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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Teitzei, meaning, “When you go out,” it is from the book of Deuteronomy 21:10 -25:19. This parasha opens at the conclusion of the second of three discourses that Moses gave to Israel. The topic of this discourse is what God expects of Israel. Here, Moses goes into his final subject and provides clarification of

By |2019-09-16T13:39:24-04:00September 14th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

Pinchas

This week’s parasha is entitled Pinchas meaning (Phinehas). Pinchas is also translated as “dark skin”. Our Torah portion covers Numbers 25:10- 30:1 Adonai gives Moses instructions about Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, grandson of Aaron, great nephew of Moses and also the nephew of Nadab and Abihu, whom Adonai killed in the sanctuary for dishonoring Him with false

By |2019-08-03T00:51:53-04:00July 27th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pinchas

Bamidbar – “In The Desert”

The parasha for last week is entitled Bamidbar, meaning “In The Desert,” and it covers Numbers 1:1 - 4:20. The English name, Numbers, is because this book contains statistics, such as population figures, the totals of the priests and Levites, and other numerical data. And, this name comes from the two census’ that were taken of Israel in the wilderness.

By |2019-06-17T15:07:16-04:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In The Desert”

Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s Parasha is entitled Tazria, meaning “she conceives”. It is taken from the book of Leviticus 12:1- 13:59. Why would Adonai instruct Moses to tell women that during their menstruation, or after conceiving a child, that they are unclean and not allowed to enter the Sanctuary, and that whatever they touch is unclean? Or that anyone who touches her

By |2019-04-08T13:58:37-04:00April 6th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tazria – “She Conceives”

Pekudei – “An Accounting”

This week’s parasha is entitled Pekudei which means “accounting of.”  It covers Exodus 38:21-40:38. Moses commanded the Levites to write down everything that was used to make the Tabernacle of Testimony. Ithamar, son of Aaron, was in charge of keeping the list. (verse 21). These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle. Two things here, first, later

By |2019-03-11T22:38:13-04:00March 9th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pekudei – “An Accounting”

Terumah – “Offering”

This week’s parashah is entitled Terumah, meaning “offering or gift” and covers Exodus 25:1- 27:19. This parasha focuses on the materials needed for the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. Moses said to the whole community of Israel, “this is what your God has commanded. You are to take a sacred offering for the Lord; let only those with

By |2019-02-12T00:22:04-04:00February 12th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Terumah – “Offering”

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayechi, meaning, “and he lived.” It covers Genesis 47:28-50:26 and this completes the book of Genesis. Israel and his sons were now living comfortably in Egypt, though due to the ongoing famine, the Egyptians were impoverished in their own land. It is interesting to note that Joseph spent the first 17 years of his life

By |2018-12-23T21:14:34-04:00December 22nd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”

Chayei Sarah – “The Life of Sarah”

As our parasha opens, we find that Sarah is 127 years old and about to pass away.  At this time, Abraham is 137 and Isaac would be 37 years of age. Sarah was 65 when she moved with Abraham to Canaan, in this great act of faith; she lived an additional 72 years.  When Sarah was 89 (a year before

By |2018-11-05T21:59:41-04:00November 3rd, 2018|Categories: Teachings|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chayei Sarah – “The Life of Sarah”

Ha’azinu – “Hear”

Israel had sung the "Song of Moses" at the Red Sea, which celebrated their victory over the Egyptians due to the power of God but this new song points out Israel's unfaithfulness and the Lord’s chastening of His own people. This song would indict the Israeli people for turning away from Adonai due to breaking His covenant. This was the

By |2018-09-26T09:26:28-04:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’azinu – “Hear”

D’varim – “Words”

This week Parasha is entitled D’varim, meaning (words). It covers Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22. The book of Deuteronomy is the fifth and final book of the Torah. Moses gives Israel the first of three discourses to reiterate that these are the words- of the Law. In this week’s parasha, we will focus only on two events, the spies, who initially

By |2018-07-23T20:29:35-04:00July 21st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on D’varim – “Words”

Nasso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “lift up” and it covers Numbers, chapter 4:23 through 7:89. This parasha gives us several subjects to look at, however, we will only be focusing on the priest and the transportation of the Tabernacle and its contents. Only males from the tribe of Levi were permitted to hold priestly office. The Israeli priesthood

By |2018-05-28T23:18:09-04:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nasso – “Lift Up”

Tzav – “Command”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Tzav, which means “Command,” and it covers Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36.  The book of Leviticus was written to show Israel how to live as a holy nation, in fellowship with God, and to prepare the nation for the high service of mediating the redemption of God to all other nations. Did you know that the

By |2018-03-27T01:07:52-04:00March 24th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Command”

Miketz – “At The End”

The Parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Miketz which means “At the end” it covers Genesis chapters 41:1-44:17. Today we will focus on why Joseph was forgotten and how it led him from the prison to the palace as well as how God used Pharaoh to elevate him to be the prime minister of all of Egypt. Joseph was

By |2017-12-18T16:15:41-04:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Miketz – “At The End”

Lech L’Cha – “Go Forth Yourself”

The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Lech L’Cha which means “go forth yourself.”  It covers Genesis Chapters 12:1- 17:27. In the previous chapters, we were provided with events that had taken place up until the time of Abram. From Chapter 12 on, Abram and his seed are almost entirely the only subjects of this sacred history of Genesis.

By |2017-10-30T19:22:08-04:00October 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lech L’Cha – “Go Forth Yourself”

Re’eh – “See”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh, which means “See!”  It covers Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. Moses makes it clear in chapter 11 that the real issue of drawing closer to God has to do with the heart of the individual. If Israel would serve Adonai in love and faithfulness, He would send the early and latter rain in

By |2017-08-29T09:16:25-04:00August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

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

By |2017-07-03T23:20:13-04:00July 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Statute”

B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

This week we have two Parashas: B’har (meaning, “on the mountain”), and B’chukotai (meaning, “in my statutes”). They cover Leviticus 25:1-27:34. The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. He said, “Tell the Israelis when you enter the land that I am giving you, that you must let the land have a special time of rest.”  Even in Israel’s use

By |2017-05-23T01:37:21-04:00May 20th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

Vayikra – “And He Called”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayikra, meaning “And He Called” and introduces us to the book of Leviticus. These chapters describe the various offerings made to Adonai. Each chapter describes a different type of offering. The many details might not seem exciting to today’s reader, but they are significant, and should not be ignored. In some ways they foreshadow Messiah

By |2017-04-03T23:29:04-04:00April 1st, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayikra – “And He Called”

Bo – “Go”

Today’s Parsha is entitled Bo which means ‘Go’ and covers Exodus 10:1 through 13:16. Egypt has already suffered severely through seven plagues. Moses was instructed to announce to Pharaoh yet another plague –  the plague of locusts. This time, Moses’ warning produced a great reaction. The situation had become so desperate, that finally Pharaoh’s officers dared to challenge him. They said,

By |2017-02-07T02:13:57-04:00February 4th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Go”

Noach

This week’s Parasha is entitled Noach (Noah) whose name means ‘rest’, or ‘quiet’. It covers Genesis 6:9 through 11:32. Noah is described as a just man and perfect in his generation. Noah walked with God, despite living during a time of great wickedness. Noah had three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, and each of them had wives. Shem is consistently

By |2017-01-30T21:40:55-04:00November 5th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Noach

Shoftim- “Judges”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shof’tim which means “Judges”. It takes us from Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9. Moses was instructed to choose men to be judges and officers in every town that Adonai their God had given Israel. These men were to always be fair in judging, so that controversies might be settled, injustices made right, the injured compensated, and the guilty

By |2017-01-30T21:40:57-04:00September 10th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim- “Judges”

Emor – “Speak”

This week’s Parasha is entitled Emor, which means “speak.” It covers Leviticus chapters 21 through 24 and deals with several subjects:  the priesthood, the sacrifices and the holidays.  However, holiness is the theme that ties all these subjects together. A priest was not to make himself ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person, or even being in the same house

By |2017-01-30T21:41:36-04:00May 21st, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled–“An Accounting”

This Shabbat we have two parashas: Vayakhel which means, “And He Assembled” and Pekudei which means, “An Accounting” and it covers Exodus 35:1-40:36. Chapter 35 opens with a serious reminder for Israel to observe the Sabbath.  God then invited any Israelis with generous hearts to bring offerings for the Tabernacle. They brought gold, silver and brass; cloth, leathers rams and badgers skins,

By |2017-01-30T21:41:40-04:00March 5th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled–“An Accounting”

B’Shalach – “In His Sending”

  This week’s parasha is entitled B’Shalach which means “In His Sending” it covers Exodus 13:17-17:16. Broken by the last and most terrible plague, Pharaoh finally submitted to the will of the Almighty, and let the Jewish people leave Egypt. Israel departed Egypt in an orderly way, and Moses took the bones of Joseph with them. Adonai led His people

By |2017-01-30T21:41:41-04:00January 23rd, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’Shalach – “In His Sending”

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayechi, meaning “And he lived.” It covers Genesis 47:28-50:26 and completes the first of the five books of Moses. Israel and his sons were now comfortably in Egypt, though due to the ongoing famine the Egyptians were impoverished in their own land. It is interesting to note that Joseph spent the first 17 years of

By |2017-01-30T21:41:42-04:00December 26th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”