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Shoftim – “Judges”

“It isn’t fair.”  How many times have we heard people say this?  Fairness is a rather complicated concept, and often we don’t understand all the implications of our demands, but regardless we tend to argue our idea of ‘fairness’ anyway, don't we? As adults, and especially as believers, we should recognize injustice when we see it; but where do we

By |2017-08-29T09:17:47-04:00August 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shoftim – “Judges”

Pinchas

This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron.  In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al.  Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel. 

By |2017-07-18T01:01:20-04:00July 15th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pinchas

Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt.  They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land.  When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former

By |2017-05-30T01:36:55-04:00May 27th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In the Wilderness”

Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled”-“Amount”

This week we also have a double Parasha, entitled Vayakhel-Pekudei, and it covers Exodus chapters 35 to 40.  At the end of the previous parasha, Moses had returned from Mount Sinai carrying a second set of stone tablets.  He announced to the Jewish people that they were about to begin a building campaign for the Lord.  It would include manufacturing

By |2017-03-28T02:52:51-04:00March 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled”-“Amount”

B’har – “In The Mountain”

This week’s Torah portion is named, B’har, meaning “In the mountain.”  It covers Leviticus 25:1 to 26:2 and highlights the majesty of God and His compassion for His people and the Land.  The Sabbath, Sabbatical year and the Year of Jubilee are just a few of God’s gracious provisions.  In case you didn’t know it, our Lord is very serious

By |2017-01-30T21:41:34-04:00May 28th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’har – “In The Mountain”

Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s Parasha is titled Tazria, meaning “she conceives.”  It covers Leviticus 12-13 and touches on ritual purity laws.  Here we get a glimpse into the lives of the women of Israel and discover what their days may have been like following the extraordinary experience of childbirth.  The time of post-delivery was different depending on whether they gave birth to

By |2017-01-30T21:41:38-04:00April 9th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tazria – “She Conceives”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week’s parasha is entitled Yitro (meaning Jethro), the name of Moses’ father-in-law.  This portion covers Exodus 18-20 and contains the remarkable encounter between God and the people of Israel at Mount Sinai, including the giving of the Ten Commandments.  At this point in time, the Jewish people are on roughly their third month of travel after crossing the Red

By |2017-01-30T21:41:41-04:00January 30th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

This week’s parasha is entitled Chayei Sarah, meaning ‘The Life of Sarah’, a seemingly ironic title, since the very first verse describes her death at the age of 127.  Why such a title then?  I believe it reflects the great legacy she left through her son Isaac and the generations to come; as well as her commitment to serving God,

By |2017-01-30T21:41:44-04:00November 7th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

Eikev – “Consequence”

“If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep His covenant of love with you, as He promised to your ancestors.” This is how our Parasha, entitled Eikev begins and, like last week’s portion, affirms that obedience and faith in God equal the fulfillment of a beautiful promise far

By |2017-01-30T21:42:18-04:00August 8th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Consequence”

B’har-Bechukotai “At the Mountain” – “In My Statutes”

Our world is not at rest. Too many of us live at a breakneck pace, trying desperately to stay on top of everything we need to accomplish, 24-7. Society has undergone astonishing changes in recent decades, with advances in technology that once promised more leisure time, yet now only seem to add to our burden, making it more difficult to

By |2017-01-30T21:42:20-04:00May 16th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’har-Bechukotai “At the Mountain” – “In My Statutes”

Bo – “Go”

What is the condition of your heart?  Is it strengthened by a close relationship with your heavenly Father or is it fortified by an indifference or contempt for His word? This week’s Torah portion is entitled, Parasha Bo, meaning “Go.”  It covers Exodus 10:1-13:16.  Previously, despite the Lord’s many warnings to Pharaoh, all of which he disregarded, and regardless of

By |2017-01-30T21:42:23-04:00January 24th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Go”

Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week’s Parasha is entitled, Vayera, meaning “And He Appeared.” It covers Genesis Chapters 18 to 22. In addition to the Lord informing Abraham of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, this Parasha also contains the promise of a child to the great Patriarch and his barren wife, Sarah; and God’s great test of faith, the request for Abraham to sacrifice

By |2017-10-31T12:49:46-04:00November 8th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”

Vaetchanan – “And I Pleaded”

This week’s Torah portion is entitled Va’Etchanan, meaning “And I Pleaded.”  It covers Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11.  This Parasha is a rich and powerful reading.  In addition to the preparations and warnings for crossing over the Jordan and possessing the inheritance God has promised His people, it contains the reiteration of the Ten Commandments, the Shema, instructions regarding knowing and living out

By |2017-01-30T21:42:55-04:00August 9th, 2014|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vaetchanan – “And I Pleaded”