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Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

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Pinchas

This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron.  In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al.  Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel. 

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Balak

This week’s Parasha is called Balak, which means devastator, and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In last week’s Parasha, the Israelis decisively defeat the Amorites because the Amorites did not want them passing through their land. This week we find the Israelis camped near the border of Moab. King Balak saw how the Israeli army defeated the Amorites.  Being afraid,

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Chukat – “Statute”

This week’s parashah is entitled Chukat meaning ‘statute’ or ‘regulation’. It covers Numbers 19:1 -22:1. It teaches us about the ordinance of the red Heifer, the water of purification, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sin, the bronze serpent and tells of Moses’ approaching death. Today I would like to focus on the red heifer

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send Out For Yourself”

The parasha this Shabbat is called Sh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself” and spans Numbers: 13-15. God said to Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel.” Moses chose one leader from each of the tribes, and sent them on a fact-finding

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Behaalotecha – “When You Set Up”

This week’s parasha is titled, Behaalotecha, meaning “when you set up,” and covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16.  “When you set up” refers to setting up and directing the light of the golden lampstand of the tabernacle, the construction of which was described in Exodus 25:31 – 40. Chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites.  This included a total washing

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Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

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Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt.  They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land.  When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former

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Mattot-Masei – Tribes-Journeys

The names of this week’s parashas are Mattot and Masei: Matot means “tribes” and Masei means “journeys”. They cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30.  If a woman made a vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father.  However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill

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Pinchas

This week our parasha is Pinchas, which covers Numbers 25:10-30:1.  Parasha Pinchas teaches us that we should have great boldness in standing up for what is right, seeking the promises of Adonai, and accepting the responsibilities we are given. We begin with the Lord commending Pinchas, the grandson of Aaron, for his actions during the sins of Peor, when many

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Balak

This week our parasha is “Balak,” named after the wicked King of Moab and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9.  In this parasha we learn that no one can stop the will of God and that the Lord can sometimes use the most unlikely and unwilling of people to accomplish His will. Numbers 22 begins with Balak, King of Moab, afraid

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Chukat – “Decrees or Ordinances”

Today’s Parasha is called Chukat (translated: Decrees or Ordinances) and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1. This morning we will concentrate on Chapter 20 and 21 In chapter 20, the death of Miriam takes place. After 37 years of wandering, the Jewish people are camped at Kadesh. Miriam’s burial is performed quickly, without much said about it. And now, once again, water has

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Korach

This week’s parasha is called Korach, named for the leader of one of the largest and most severe revolts against the leadership of Moses and Aaron during the wilderness journey.  Our passage for this week covers Numbers 16:1 – 18:32. While all those who served at the Tabernacle and later at the Temple are descendants of Levi, only the priests

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

The name of this week’s parasha is Sh’lach L'cha, which means “Send For Yourself” and covers Numbers 13:1-15:41.  Adonai told Moses in chapter 13 to send leaders from each of Israel’s tribes to explore Canaan.  Included in this list are Caleb, representing Judah, and Hoshea (whom Moses re-named Joshua), representing Ephraim. Moses told these men to gather information about the

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Behaalotecha – “When You Raise Up”

The parasha for this week is entitled B’ha-alotecha, meaning “when you raise up”, and covers Numbers chapters 8 through 12. It begins with God’s command to consecrate B’nai Levi, the Levites, for the service of the Tabernacle. God chose the entire tribe of Levi to belong to Him in place of all the firstborn sons of Israel. This unique honor

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Nasso – “Lift Up”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “Lift Up,” and covers Numbers 4:1-7:89.  It begins with a God-ordained census of the three Levitical family lines following the census of the people. The parasha continues with instructions on how to deal with skin diseases and burying the dead, how to deal with wrongs against another person, suspected infidelity, the Nazirite vow, the

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Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness” and covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites.  In this parasha we see the Lord’s involvement in every aspect of our lives and our need for a mediator between God

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Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys Of”

This week we have a double Torah portion with Mattot meaning "tribes," Numbers 30:2-32:42, and Masei meaning "journeys of," Numbers 33:1-36:13. Chapter 30 contains Adonai's instructions regarding the making of vows to the Lord or the making of a binding obligation; in other words, a promise that cannot be broken.  Both men and women were under certain requirements that, when

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Pinchas

Today’s Parasha is titled Pinchas or Phinehas and encompasses Numbers 25:10-30:1. It begins in the aftermath of Israel indulging in the worship of Ba’al at Peor as well as sexual immorality with Moabite women. Our people had been lingering in the land of Sheeteem across the river Jordan from Jericho. The last parasha ended with one of those revelers shamelessly

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Balak

This week our parasha is “Balak,” named after the wicked King of Moab and covers Numbers 22:2 - 25:9.  In this parasha we learn that no one can stop the will of God and that the Lord can sometimes use the most unlikely and unwilling of people to accomplish His will. Numbers 22 begins with Balak concerned with how the Lord

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Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1.  This portion has one of the most interesting and intriguing passages in the Torah, the sacrifice of the red heifer in Numbers, Chapter 19.  In past parashas, our speakers have focused on the deaths of Miriam and Aaron in Chapter 20 and Moses striking the rock

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Korach

This week’s parasha is entitled Korach, which covers Numbers 16 -18 it is named after the man who led a rebellion against Moses and Aaron. The name Korach means “to be made smooth or bald”. At some point during Israel’s desert wanderings, Korah, a Levite, together with Dathan and Abiram, of the tribe of Reuben, began to lead an uprising

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

This week’s parasha is Shelach L’cha, which means, “send for yourself” or “send for our own sake,” and which covers Numbers 13:1-15:41. In chapter 13 the Lord speaks to Moses, instructing him to send twelve men, one chief from each tribe, to spy out the land of Canaan which He was giving to the people of Israel. Now if this

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Behaalotecha – “When You Raise Up”

The parasha for this week is entitled B’ha-alotecha, meaning “when you raise up”, and covers Numbers 8-12. Within this Torah portion is God’s command to set apart and consecrate B’nai Levi, the Levites, for the service of the Tabernacle. From the time of the Exodus onward, every first-born male, whether of man or animal, was to be given to Adonai.

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Naso – “Take Up”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Nasso, which means “Take up,” “Elevate” or “Lift” and covers Numbers 4:21-7:89.  After taking a census earlier in chapter 4 of the Kohathite men that worked at the Tent of Meeting, who were Levites, Adonai told Moses to do the same thing for the Gershonites and Merarites, who were also Levites. The total

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