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Noach

This morning's parasha is entitled Noach which means ‘rest’ or ‘comfort’. It covers Genesis 6:9-11:32. To review, in Genesis chapter 2 the Lord commanded Adam saying: "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it

By |2017-01-30T21:41:45-04:00October 17th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Noach

Devarim – “Words”

  Our parasha this Shabbat is entitled, D’varim. It covers Deuteronomy 1:1–3:22. D’varim means “words” or “matters”. D’varim is also the Hebrew name of this 5th and final book of the Torah, since the opening verse begins: These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness… Did you know that Deuteronomy is quoted

By |2017-01-30T21:42:18-04:00July 25th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Devarim – “Words”

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After the Death”-“Holy Ones”

Our parasha this week is another double portion which means there are two parashas combined into one. They are entitled Acharei Mot, meaning “After the Death” and Kedoshim translated “Holy Ones”. They cover Leviticus 16-20. The Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur is instituted here in chapter 16. This is the most solemn, significant and holy day of the year

By |2017-01-30T21:42:21-04:00May 2nd, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After the Death”-“Holy Ones”

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s Parasha is titled “Shemot” which means “Names” and covers Exodus chapter 1 through chapter 6 verse 1. Exodus shows us how God fulfilled His promise to Abraham by making him very fruitful, how Adonai redeemed Israel from Egyptian slavery, and how He provided them with instruction (Torah) for life and worship. Exodus opens with the names of the

By |2017-01-30T21:42:29-04:00January 10th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

Devarim – “Words”

This Shabbat’s parasha is entitled, D’varim, and covers Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22.  D’varim comes from the Hebrew in the opening verse: “Eleh had’varim…”, “these are the words.” D’varim is also the name of this 5th and final book of the Torah. Deuteronomy reveals much about the attributes of God. It is directly quoted over 40 times in the New Testament

By |2017-01-30T21:42:56-04:00August 2nd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Devarim – “Words”

Naso – “Lift Up”

Today’s Torah portion is entitled Naso. The verb can be translated to lift, to take or to carry. For the purposes of this parasha its primary meaning is to “take”, derived from the opening verses where the Lord instructs Moses to take or naso a census. Our parasha covers Numbers 4:21-7:89. To summarize, the parasha covers the following subjects: the

By |2017-01-30T21:43:02-04:00May 31st, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Tzav-Shemini – “Command-The Eighth”

This week’s parasha is a double-portion, entitled Tzav and Shemini, covering Leviticus 6:8 through 11:47. Tzav means “command” because Adonai commanded Moses how various offerings were to be carried out. And in turn, Moses commanded Aaron and his sons how to carry out their priestly duties. Shemini, means "the eighth," referring to the eighth day of the inauguration of the

By |2017-01-30T21:43:27-04:00March 22nd, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tzav-Shemini – “Command-The Eighth”

Bo – “Come”

This week’s Parasha is entitled Bo which in Hebrew is the command form of “come” and covers Exodus 10:1 - 13:16 In the previous Parasha, due to the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart, the first seven of ten plagues were unleashed on the inhabitants of Egypt. We now pick up in Chapter 10 where Adonai commands Moses to enter or go

By |2017-01-30T21:43:32-04:00January 4th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Come”

Toldot – ” Generations”

Moses compiled eleven genealogies in the book of Genesis. The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Toldot, translated generations, histories or descendants. This Parasha covers the 9th of these genealogies or toldot, which is the account of the generations of Isaac. Isaac’s wife Rebecca, like Sarah before her, had trouble conceiving. Isaac had learned from Abraham the painful mistake of

By |2017-01-30T21:43:35-04:00November 2nd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – ” Generations”

Shoftim – “Judges”

  This week’s parasha is entitled Shoftim. It covers Deuteronomy 16:18 through 21:9. The word Shoftim is translated “Judges.” A judge’s primary responsibility is to dispense fair and impartial justice, based on the law. Whenever law is properly applied, it reflects the good and just nature of God. Proverbs 20:8 tells us “A king who sits on the

By |2017-01-30T21:43:47-04:00August 10th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Tzav – “Give The Command”

This weeks parasha is entitled Tzav, which means “Give the command”.  Adonai commands Moses concerning how various offerings are to be carried out. In turn, Moses commands Aaron and his sons as to how they are to carry out their priestly duties. From Levitiucs 6 -8:31 Adonai outlines the laws of the grain offering, sin offering and peace offerings, how

By |2017-01-30T21:44:16-04:00March 23rd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Give The Command”

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

Our Parasha is entitled Vayechi which means “and he lived,” it covers Genesis 47:28-50:26, and finishes out the book of Genesis. In last week's parasha Joseph continued to test his brothers to see if they were indeed different people from the ones who had sold him into slavery. When Judah offered to take the place of Benjamin as a slave, Joseph

By |2017-01-30T21:44:29-04:00December 29th, 2012|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”