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Tzav – “Command”

This week’s Torah portion is called Tzav.  It covers Leviticus, Chapter 6:8 – Chapter 8:36.  Tzav means, “command.” This Torah portion is the culmination, the fulfillment, of the instructions that God gave Moses 6 Torah portions ago, in Parasha Tetzaveh, regarding the priestly ordination. Leviticus, Chapters 6 and 7 are an extension of the explanation that was provided about 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”

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

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Ki Tisa – “When You Carry Out”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Ki Tissa, meaning “When you take or carry out (having to do with the taking of a census)” and covers Exodus 30-34. Included in this section of the Torah is the command to anoint with sacred oil the tent of meeting, the altar and its tools, and Aaron and his sons the priests.

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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 – “Contributions”

Shabbat Shalom, this week's parasha is Terumah, which means, “contributions,” and covers Exodus 25:1-27:19. This passage discusses the building of the tent of meeting. This is where God is going to speak to our people. However, before that happens, the materials to build it must be acquired. God tells Moses to take a contribution from every man whose heart moves

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Mishpatim – “Judgements”

The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Mishpatim, which means “Judgements.” It covers Exodus 21:1 -24:18. These were the first laws Adonai gave his people after the giving of the Ten Commandments, in Exodus 20. These laws give practical application of the Decalogue in daily life. These laws are called “judgments” or rulings. They are not so much laws

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Yitro – “Jethro”

This week Parasha is Yitro, which means Jethro and covers Exodus chapters 18 1-20:23 Chapter 18 tells us about Jethro, who was a priest of Midian and Moses father-in-law. Jethro comes to meet Moses with Moses wife Zipporah and his two sons.   Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, he bowed down and kissed him.  They had a mutual respect 

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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

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Bo- “Go”

Shabbat Shalom, this week’s Parasha is Bo, which means “go” and covers Exodus 10:1- 13:16. In chapter 10, we find that God has hardened the heart of Pharaoh and his servants so that God can again show His miraculous signs to the people. This is so the Jewish people will know and remember the awesome power of how God dealt

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Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus 1-6.  The Hebrew title for this parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these are the names of the sons of Israel...,” and indeed, this book will follow what happens to the descendants of Jacob. We find in Chapter 1, that the descendants of Israel have remained in

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Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Our parasha this Shabbat is entitled Vaera, meaning “...and I appeared” covering Exodus 6-9. God tells Moses that whereas He had appeared to the Patriarchs by the title El Shaddai (‘God Almighty’), He was now revealing Himself to Moses and Israel by His personal name - a name we are no longer certain how to pronounce correctly. It is comprised

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Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayechi, meaning, “and he lived.” It covers Genesis 47:28 - 50:26 and this completes the book of Genesis. Israel and his sons were now living comfortably in Egypt, though due to the ongoing famine, the Egyptians were impoverished in their own land. It is interesting to note that Joseph spent the first 17 years of

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

Last week we left things on a cliffhanger, with an unknown Joseph telling his brothers he would be keeping Benjamin In Egypt. This week we have the resolution of Joseph’s testing of his brothers.  Our parasha this week is called Vayigash which translates to “And He Drew Near” and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. This parasha shows us how love covers a multitude

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Miketz -“At The End Of”

This week’s Parasha is Miketz, which means “at the end of” and covers Genesis 41-44:17. Pharaoh has a bad dream, he does not understand what it means.  In Pharaoh’s   dream there were seven cows that were good and plump and then all of a sudden there were seven undernourished cows and they devoured  the plump cows .  Pharaoh was a

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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

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

This week’s parasha is the eighth reading in Genesis, and is entitled Vayishlach, meaning “and he sent”. It takes us from Genesis 32-36. The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “Then Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau in the land of Seir…” Jacob had just come through a prolonged crisis with his

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Vayetzei – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Torah portion is VaYetzei, which means “and he went out.” It covers Genesis 28:10–32:3. In Chapter 28, we find Jacob departing from his home in Beersheba and heading to Haran, his ancestral homeland. He ends up spending the night in an open area where he sees a vision of a great ladder descending from heaven with angels going

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Toldot – “Generations”

Shabbat Shalom, This week’s parasha is Tol’Dot, “Generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9. Our passage starts out noting the generations of Isaac. Isaac took Rebekah to be his wife when he was 40, and she was barren. He prayed to the Lord that she would be able to have children. The Lord granted his prayer, but the pregnancy was hard. When

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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. 

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Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week our Torah portion is Vayera, which means “And He Appeared.” Vayera covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Genesis 18 begins with the Lord and two angels appearing to Abraham disguised as men. Abraham greets them and immediately offers his hospitality. During their meal of bread, meat, and milk, the Lord promises Abraham this time next year Sarah will have a son.

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Lech L’cha- “Go Forth”

The Parasha for this week is Lech Lecha – which means “Go Forth Yourself”, and covers Genesis 12:1-17:27 – the call of Abraham. At this time his name was still called Abram. God instructs Abram to go forth from his country. Adonai tells him to leave behind his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land that will

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Noach

This week’s Parasha is entitled Noach, Noah, and covers Genesis 6:9-11:32. In Chapter 6, we read that Noah was a righteous man.  The Bible does not say that he was the only righteous person at that time, but we do know that, overall, the world was corrupt and that man’s thoughts had turned to wickedness and evil, much the same

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V’zot Haberachah – “This Is The Blessing”

This week’s Parasha is entitled V’Zot HaBerachah, meaning (this is the Blessing). It is taken from the book of Deuteronomy 33:1- 34:12. Here we have the record of the final words of Moses; the man of God to the Israelis. These words also take the form of a song. Often, Moses set before the people curses and blessings, but here

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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

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