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Ki Tavo – “When You Come”

This week our parasha is called Ki Tavo which means (When You Come) and it covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:9. The book of Deuteronomy consists mainly of three discourses of the law delivered by Moses a short time before his death. Here Moses gives his third and final discourse to the Israeli people. The dominant theme is to obey the Lord with all

By |2017-01-30T21:42:50-04:00September 13th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Come”

Balak

This week’s parasha is entitled Balak, the name of the King of Moab, which means “devastator” or "one who lays waste”. It takes us from Numbers Chapter 22: 2 through 25:9. This parasha opens as Israel traveled to the Jordan Valley in Moab, where they camped near the Jordan River, across from Jericho. Israel’s tribes were arranged in a rectangular

By |2017-01-30T21:42:59-04:00July 5th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Balak

Emor – “Speak”

This week’s parasha is entitled Emor which means speak. It is taken from Leviticus chapter 21:1 and extends through chapter 24:23 it covers several subjects: the priesthood, the sacrifices and the holidays; but it has one theme that ties it all together, The theme of holiness. The God of holiness, demands  holiness from His people. A priest was chosen by

By |2017-01-30T21:43:22-04:00May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

Ki Tisa – “When You Take”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Tisa, meaning “When you take ” and it covers Exodus chapter 30:11 through 34:35. It opens as Adonai says to Moses, “When you take a census of the people of Israel each one counted must pay a half shekel” it would be an offering, a ransom for their souls. No one was exempted. Moses

By |2017-01-30T21:43:30-04:00February 15th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tisa – “When You Take”

Vayigash – “And He Approached”

In last week’s Parasha Joseph tested his brothers’ honesty by devising a plan to accuse them of thievery. He engineered a plan to accuse Benjamin, his younger brother, the son of his mother Rachael.  Benjamin would be the means of this test. We know of the elaborate plot Joseph contrived; of the cup that was placed in Benjamin's sack, and

By |2017-01-30T21:43:35-04:00December 7th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayigash – “And He Approached”

Noach

This Parasha is entitled Noach (Noah) which means ‘rest’, or ‘quiet’. It covers Genesis 6:9-11:32. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation, Noah walked with God, despite living during a time of great unholiness. We ourselves must understand that we cannot use the excuse of the corruption of our times to justify the deficiency of our holiness.  To

By |2017-01-30T21:43:42-04:00October 5th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Noach

Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys”

Note: This parasha was a collaboration by Don Sutton and Rabbi Glenn Harris. The audio version is given by Rabbi Glenn. This week consists of two Parashas. The first is entitled Mattot – “Tribes”. The second one is entitled Masei – “Journeys”. They span Numbers 30:2 - 36:13. Chapter 30 contains rules governing the making and fulfilling or nullifying of

By |2017-01-30T21:43:50-04:00July 6th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys”

Emor – “Speak”

This week’s Parasha covers several subjects: the priesthood, the sacrifices and the holidays, but it has one theme that ties it all together - holiness. A holy God demanded holiness from His holy people. A priest was chosen by God and was holy, set apart to serve God; the priest offered gifts to God, and brought back gifts from God

By |2017-01-30T21:44:12-04:00April 27th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week our parasha is parasha Yitro, "Jethro" and covers Exodus 18:1–20:23. The gods of the Egyptians have been defeated, Pharaoh has been humiliated, his firstborn son, "killed" and his army destroyed. The Red Sea has parted, Israel has been released from slavery, Adonai has been glorified and all the nations know of the God Israel. The news of the chosen

By |2017-01-30T21:44:21-04:00February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”