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Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled-Amount”

The name of this week’s double parasha is Vayakhel-Pekudei: Vayakhel means “and he assembled,” and Pekudei means “amount.”  It covers Exodus 35:1-40:38 and describes the importance of the Sabbath; the instructions for constructing the Tabernacle and everything connected with it; and the instructions for setting up the Tabernacle. Chapter 35 opens with Moses stating the importance of the Sabbath to

By |2020-03-23T17:27:53-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled-Amount”

Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

The name of this week’s parasha is Beshalach, which means “when he let go,” and covers Exodus 13:17-17:16.  After Pharaoh finally released the Jewish people, God led them along the Red Sea with a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  Moses took Joseph’s bones when Israel left Egypt, fulfilling the oath sworn by their

By |2020-02-10T12:34:31-05:00February 8th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayeshev, which means “and he settled”, and covers Genesis 37:1-40:23.  Jacob favored Joseph over his other sons, which caused them to resent Joseph, and Joseph was given a special robe by Jacob. When Joseph told his brothers and father about a dream he had in which they bowed to him, they didn’t believe

By |2019-12-24T11:22:42-05:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Chayei Sarah – “The Life of Sarah”

The name of this week’s parasha is Chayei Sarah, which means “the life of Sarah”, and covers Genesis 23:1 through 25:18.  In this parasha, we learn about Sarah’s death and burial, Isaac’s marriage to Rebekah, Abraham’s death and burial, and Ishmael’s sons and his death.  The parasha begins with the death of Sarah at 127 years of age in Hebron. 

By |2019-11-25T18:38:25-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chayei Sarah – “The Life of Sarah”

Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ha’Azinu, which means “listen”, and covers Deuteronomy chapter 32.  In this parasha, we see Moses speaking the words of a song that tells of Adonai’s greatness and His wonderful provisions for the Israelis, along with their rejection of Him that results in their misery and suffering, and concludes with Adonai’s eventual punishment of

By |2019-10-14T19:58:22-04:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

Eikev – “Consequence”

The name of this week’s parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  In this parasha, the Israelis are promised blessings for obedience to Adonai’s commandments, and penalties if they disobey His commandments; they are also reminded to remember all that He did for them.  If the Israelis obeyed Adonai’s commandments, they would be blessed with numerous people,

By |2019-08-27T00:09:47-04:00August 24th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Consequence”

Chukat – “Decree Of”

The name of this week’s parasha is Chukat, which means “decree of”, and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1.  This parasha covers the ordinance of the red heifer; the Israelis’ journey to the Promised Land; Moses and Aaron’s exclusion from leading the Israelis into the Promised Land; and the Israelis’ conquests.  A red heifer must be unblemished and without defect and has never

By |2019-07-15T21:41:30-04:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”

Bechukotai – “In My Statutes”

The name of this week’s parasha is Bechukotai, which means “in my statutes,” and covers Leviticus 26:3-27:34.  This parasha lists blessings for obeying God’s commandments; penalties for disobeying God’s commandments; and valuations for people, animals and property given to God.  If the Israelis obey Adonai’s commandments, they would be blessed with timely rainfall, abundant food, peace and security, increased population,

By |2019-06-03T23:29:55-04:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bechukotai – “In My Statutes”

Kedoshim – “Holy Ones”

The name of this week’s parasha is Kedoshim, which means “holy ones,” and covers Leviticus 19:1 through 20:27.  This parasha covers commandments regarding societal interactions and worship practices; punishments for disobeying God’s standards regarding worship, family interactions, and sexuality; and exhortations for the Israelis to be holy.  Adonai tells Moses to inform the Israelis to be holy because Adonai is

By |2019-05-14T00:40:54-04:00May 11th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Kedoshim – “Holy Ones”

Vayikra – “And He Called”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayikra, which means “and he called,” and covers Leviticus 1:1-6:7.  This parasha begins the book of Leviticus and presents instructions for making burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.  Whenever someone brought an animal for a burnt offering from the herd or flock, the animal must be a male

By |2019-03-25T13:38:48-04:00March 16th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayikra – “And He Called”

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

The name of this week’s parasha is Va’era, which means “and I appeared,” and covers Exodus 6:2 through 9:35.  God tells Moses that He had established His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He has remembered His covenant.  Moses is to tell the Israelis that Adonai will rescue them from Egyptian slavery and bring them into the Promised Land

By |2019-01-08T00:26:26-05:00January 5th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayishlach, which means “and he sent,” and covers Genesis 32:4 through 36:43.  In continuing with the previous parasha, Jacob sends messengers to his brother Esau to gain Esau’s favor.  They return with news that Esau is coming toward Jacob with 400 men.  Jacob is terrified and divides the people and animals into 2

By |2018-12-03T13:13:58-05:00November 24th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

Toldot – “Generations”

The name of this week’s parasha is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  Isaac prayed to Adonai for his wife Rebecca to bear children and his prayer was answered.  During Rebecca’s pregnancy, the children struggled inside her and she asked God why.  Adonai told her that two nations were inside her; one stronger than the other, and the

By |2018-11-12T20:20:50-05:00November 10th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – “Generations”

Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

The name of this week’s parasha is Nitzavim, which means “those taking a stand,” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9 through 30:20.  Moses stresses to the Israelis the importance of following the terms of this covenant.  Everyone there was standing in Adonai’s presence to enter a covenant with Him affirming they will be His people, and He will be their God in

By |2018-09-11T01:09:05-04:00September 8th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Those Taking a Stand”

Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vaetchanan, which means “and I pleaded”, and covers Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11. Moses asked God to allow him to enter the Promised Land, but Adonai was angry with him because of his conduct at Meribah in Numbers 20. Because Moses hadn’t honored God for providing the Jewish people water there, but took the honor for

By |2018-07-30T23:02:37-04:00July 28th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’etchanan – “And I Pleaded”

Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

The names of this week’s double parasha are Matot and Masei, meaning “tribes” and “journeys” and cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30. If a woman made an impulsive 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 their

By |2018-07-17T01:15:01-04:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

Beha’alotecha – “In Your Setting Up”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Beha’alotecha, which means “when you set up”, and goes from Numbers 8:1 through 12:16. The meaning of this parasha’s name refers to Adonai giving instructions on setting up the 7 lamps of the golden lampstand, and how to face them and light the area in front of the lampstand, which was made according

By |2018-06-05T00:10:52-04:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beha’alotecha – “In Your Setting Up”

Shemini – “Eighth”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Shemini, which means “Eighth”, and it takes us from Leviticus 9:1 through 11:47.  Moses summoned Aaron, his sons, and the Israeli elders on the 8th day after the 7 days of ordination for Aaron and his sons were completed.  Aaron was instructed to sacrifice for himself an unblemished bull calf for a sin

By |2018-04-16T22:20:29-04:00April 14th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemini – “Eighth”

Terumah – “Offering”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Terumah, which means “Offering” and it takes us from Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. Moses receives specific instructions from God on the materials, construction and location of the Tabernacle, as well as the items to be placed inside the Tabernacle. These include the Ark of the Covenant, the table, the lampstand, and the altar

By |2018-02-19T21:19:46-05:00February 17th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Terumah – “Offering”

Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayigash, meaning “and he drew near”, and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. The story of Joseph’s brothers standing before him during their second journey to Egypt is continued in this parasha, which begins with Judah’s plea – asking to take Benjamin’s place as Joseph’s slave, since he had guaranteed Benjamin’s safe return to their father

By |2017-12-26T01:22:03-05:00December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

Vayera – “And He Appeared”

The name of this Shabbat’s parasha is Vayera, meaning “and he appeared”, and covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Abraham saw God and two angels (in human form) near his tent and invited them in, offering them food and water. Adonai promised to return the same time the following year, and Sarah will give birth to a son! Upon hearing this, Sarah silently

By |2017-11-06T20:46:32-05:00November 4th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tavo, which means “when you enter in” and covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  In chapter 26, Moses instructed the Israelis on honoring God with the first fruits of the harvest after they settled in the Promised Land, including a declaration of His mighty deeds in bringing them into the Land.  In the 3rd year

By |2017-09-11T21:42:26-04:00September 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter In”

Korach – “Korah”

The name of this week’s parasha is Korach, which means “Korah” and covers Numbers 16-18.  Moses’ authority was challenged by a faction led by Korah, son of Kohath, from the tribe of Levi, along with Dathan, Abiram, and On from the tribe of Reuben, along with 250 Israeli leaders.  They objected to the restriction that priests could only come from

By |2017-06-27T01:44:55-04:00June 24th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , |Comments Off on Korach – “Korah”

Emor – “Say”

The name of this week’s parasha is Emor, which means “say” and covers Leviticus 21-24.  Adonai commanded Moses to instruct the priests on the need for holiness.  Priests must not become ceremonially unclean when dealing with the death of an Israeli, unless it is a close relative.  They were not to shave their heads, trim the sides of their beards,

By |2017-05-16T00:39:04-04:00May 13th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Say”

Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”

The name of this week’s parasha is Ki Tisa, which means “when you elevate” and covers Exodus 30:11-34:35.  Adonai instructs Moses on collecting the Israelis’ money for atonement when they were counted in a census.  Everyone was to give a half shekel, which was designated for the Tent of Meeting. Adonai gave Moses instructions for Aaron and his sons to

By |2017-03-28T02:42:22-04:00March 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tisa – “When You Lift Up”