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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

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Pinchas

In last week’s Parasha, Rabbi Glenn instructed us on the prophet Balaam and his suggestion on how King Balak could harm the Jewish nation. Balaam’s idea was for the Midianite women to have relations with the Israeli men and introduce them to Baal worship. This would prove successful in that many men of the different tribes of Israel took Midianite

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Balak

This week’s parasha is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab, and spans Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Most of us know the story of Balaam, and just about every kid who’s ever sat in a Sunday School class remembers about Balaam’s donkey talking to him. But I submit to you that Balak and Balaam are archetypes – symbols

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Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1 - 22:1.  I think that chapter 19 of this portion, concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer, contains one of the most intriguing and prophetic passages in the Torah. Today, I would like to focus on that chapter. The red heifer was designated as a type of

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Korach

This week our parasha is Korach, named after the man who started a rebellion against Moses. Parasha Korach covers Numbers 16:1-18:32.  In this parasha we see what happens when we attempt to force God to obey our desires and thinking and the devastation that it brings. We begin in chapter 16 with Korach or Korah, a Levite, leading 250 men

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Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shelach Lecha, meaning “send for yourself”, and covers Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. As our passage opens, the Lord instructs Moses to send men ahead to spy out the Promised Land.  As the title of our parasha indicates, these were not men that the Lord chose, but were selected by the people themselves.  Each tribe sends forth one of

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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

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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

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Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness”.  This parasha covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites. Numbers begins with the Lord commanding Moses to take a census of the tribes of Israel.  Moses, with help from the

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

This week’s Parasha is Behar & B’chukotai, a double Parasha covering Chapters 25-27, and brings us to the conclusion of the book of Leviticus. In Chapter 25 the Sabbatical year is discussed as well as the year of Jubilee. In Chapter 26 Adonai outlines the blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience. This is where we will spend our time this

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Emor – “Speak”

This week’s parasha is titled Emor, which means “speak.”  Our passage is Leviticus, chapter 21:1 – chapter 24:23 and covers further rules for priests on how they are to be holy ones, separated for God’s purposes. Additional responsibilities come with leadership, so it is appropriate that the Levites would be held to a higher standard than others and that the

By |2018-05-08T01:13:39+00:00May 5th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

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

This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”.  Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments.  However, all the themes of these

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Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed”-“Infected One”

This week we have a double parasha with parashas Tazria and Metzora, which translate to “She bears seed” and “Infected one”.  Parasha Tazria covers Leviticus 12:1-13:59 and parasha Metzora covers 14:1-15:33. These parashas talk about the importance of ritual cleanliness from a variety of different sources of uncleanliness. We begin with Leviticus 12, which details the required rituals for a

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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

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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

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Vayikra – “And He Called”

This week’s Parasha is called Vayikra, which means “and he called”.  It Covers Leviticus chapter 1 through chapter 6:7.  In these chapters,  we will be covering five sacrifices that El Gabor, Mighty God,  required of the Jewish people. The first sacrifice is the burnt offering, followed by a grain offering, peace offering, sin offering, and a guilt offering. We will

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

The parashas this Shabbat are Vayakhel, meaning And He Assembled and Pekudei, meaning amount or number, and concludes the book of Exodus. We again meet Bezalel and Oholiab and those working with them to skillfully and lovingly craft the articles for the Mishkan. This is a bittersweet passage. Bitter, because it comes right after the golden calf tragedy. In Moses’

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Ki Tisa – “When You Take”

Our parasha this Shabbat is Ki Tisa, meaning “When you take or carry out (as in the taking of a census)” and covers Exodus chapters 30 through 34. Included in these chapters is the command to sanctify with sacred oil the Tent of Meeting and everything and everyone associated with it. I’d like us to consider for a few moments

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Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

This week our parasha is Tetzaveh which means “you shall command” and covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10. This parashas cover the unique garments, food, and anointing for the priests (Cohanim) as well as the altar of Adonai and the sacrifices. We begin at the end of Exodus 27 with the command from Adonai for the Priesthood to keep lamps burning eternally outside

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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

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Mishpatim – “Judgments”

This week’s parasha is entitled Mishpatim, which is translated “Statutes” or “Judgments” and covers Exodus chapters 21 through 24. This section of the Torah contains extensive case law; fines and/or punishments for a broad spectrum of offenses having mostly to do with personal injury and property. Everything in this parasha demonstrates that, as beings created in the image of God,

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Yitro – “Jethro”

This week’s parasha is entitled Yitro (Jethro) and covers Exodus Chapter 18, verse 1 through Chapter 20, verse 23. Jethro is Moses’ father-in-law.  After Moses escapes Egypt after killing an Egyptian, he flees to the land of Midian and ends up settling with Jethro and his family.  Moses marries Zipporah, one of Jethro’s daughters, and stays there for 40 years before the incident at the burning

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B’Shalach – “When He Let Them Go”

The Parasha for this week covers Exodus chapter 13:7 – 17:16. Last week we left off with the plague of death and Elohim’s gift of Passover. As we look to this week, Pharaoh has decided to let the Jewish people leave Egypt. El Gabor, Mighty God, does not send the Jews the shortest way out of town, he has the

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Bo – “Go!”

The parasha this Shabbat is titled Bo, meaning “Go!” and takes us from Exodus 10 through most of chapter 13. We have already witnessed the depths of this pharaoh’s cruelty. His efforts at Jewish infanticide, and the ongoing and even intensified enslavement of our people. Adonai saw these things, heard the cries of our people, and remembered the covenant He

By |2018-01-22T20:01:27+00:00January 20th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo – “Go!”

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

What happens when we try to match wills with the Lord?  In this week’s parasha we see the great Pharaoh attempt to ignore and stop God’s Will and the total disaster that it brings.  Parasha Va’era translates to “And I Appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Parasha Va’era teaches us that no matter how much we want to deny

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