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Toldot – “Generations”

This week’s Torah portion is entitled Toldot, which is translated ‘Generations’ and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9. In Genesis – the foundational story of all Creation, there are several generational passages, and rightfully so. We are promised in Genesis chapter 3 that the seed of the woman, Messiah, would crush the head – destroy – the lesser seed. Parasha Toldot focuses our

By |2017-01-30T21:41:44-04:00November 14th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – “Generations”

Re’eh – “See”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Re’eh or in English, “See”. Parasha Re’eh begins with an appeal from Moses, beginning in verse 26. He said, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse - the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you

By |2017-01-30T21:42:17-04:00August 15th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

BaMidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week’s Torah portion is called BaMidbar, “In the Wilderness”. In the English versions of the Bible this book of the Torah is named “Numbers” because it begins with a census. BaMidbar covers Numbers 1-4:20. It begins with Adonai speaking to Moses in the wilderness, this being the Sinai desert or in Hebrew; the Arabah. Now a year and two

By |2017-01-30T21:42:20-04:00May 23rd, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on BaMidbar – “In The Wilderness”

Beshalach – “In His Sending”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Beshalach which translates as, "in his sending". This refers to Pharaoh finally freeing the Jewish people after experiencing the hand of God via ten terrible plagues. Our parasha takes us from Exodus 13:17-17:15. The nation of Israel has now departed after 400 years of slavery in Egypt. The Scriptures start by telling us that

By |2017-01-30T21:42:23-04:00January 31st, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beshalach – “In His Sending”

Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Chayyei Sarah, (the Life of Sarah) and takes us through Genesis chapters 23 to 25:18. Chayyei Sarah starts by informing its readers about the death of Sarah at the age 127. Her death took place in Hebron in the land of Canaan; roughly 20 miles south of Jerusalem. Interestingly enough, Sarah is the only

By |2017-01-30T21:42:36-04:00November 15th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

Eikev – “Because”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Eikev. It takes us from Chapters 7:12 to 11:25 in the book of Deuteronomy.  Eikev translates to English as – because; but more specific – “a consequence of” referring to an action. Parasha Eikev is a continuation of Moses translating God’s commandments, judgments and statutes to the newly formed nation of Israel. The parasha

By |2017-01-30T21:42:54-04:00August 23rd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Because”

Behaalotecha – “When You Raise”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Behaalotecha, it covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16. Behaalotecha translates to English as “when you raise or elevate.” The portion begins with instructions regarding the lighting of the seven branched candelabra. This being the gold candelabra that stood at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.  Aaron, the first High Priest is commanded to light

By |2017-01-30T21:43:02-04:00June 7th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Behaalotecha – “When You Raise”

Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s parasha is titled Tazria and covers Leviticus 12 and 13. Tazria translates to English as “T”. The parasha begins with the ceremonial cleansing a woman would undergo after giving birth. If a woman gave birth to a male child, she would be unclean for 7 days.  On the 8th day the baby boy would be circumcised. The ceremonial

By |2017-01-30T21:43:27-04:00March 29th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tazria – “She Conceives”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week's Torah portion is titled Yitro or in English, Jethro. It covers Exodus 18-20:23.We learned in the preceding Torah portions that after some 400 years of slavery, the Lord had freed the Jewish people from the bondage of Egypt. Three weeks after departing from Egypt, the nation of Israel find themselves in the wilderness at the base of Mount

By |2017-01-30T21:43:31-04:00January 15th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

Vayishlach – “And He Was Sent”

This week’s Torah portion is entitled Vayishlach which means, “And he was sent.” It covers Genesis 32:4 to 36:43. In the preceding chapter we learn that God’s purpose for the time being had been accomplished with Jacob in the house of uncle Laban. Now it was time to return to the land of his fathers as instructed by Adonai. This

By |2017-01-30T21:43:35-04:00November 16th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayishlach – “And He Was Sent”

Ki Tavo – “When You Come In”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Kee Tavo (“When you come in”). It covers Deuteronomy chapters 26 thru 29:8. Our parasha begins with Moses assembling the nation of Israel to give instruction on two very specific ceremonies when they cross over the Jordan and take possession of the Promised Land. These two ceremonies were the first fruit offerings, and the

By |2017-01-30T21:43:45-04:00August 24th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Come In”

Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's Parasha is titled Chukat or in English, “Decree of.” It encompasses Numbers 19 through 22:1. Last week's Torah reading, Korach, established the authority of Moses as the leader of Israel, as well as Aaron's authority over God's chosen priestly line. Parasha Chukat shares with us three distinct biblical accounts that the young Israeli nation experienced while in the

By |2017-01-30T21:43:52-04:00June 15th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”

Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Shemini, or in English, Eighth. It covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha continues from the previous parasha, Tzav, where Aaron and his sons were installed into the priesthood with a highly structured seven-day installment ceremony. This parasha begins on the eighth day after this ceremony. It starts with Moses instructing Aaron and his sons in

By |2017-01-30T21:44:14-04:00April 6th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemini – “Eighth”

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

This week's Torah Portion is titled Va'era, which translates as "And I Appeared" and covers Exodus 6:2-9:35. God spoke to Moses and said to him, "I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai (God Almighty), but I did not make Myself known to them by My name YHVH. I also established My covenant with

By |2017-01-30T21:44:24-04:00January 13th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”