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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go Out”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Teitzei, meaning, “When you go out,” it is from the book of Deuteronomy 21:10 -25:19. This parasha opens at the conclusion of the second of three discourses that Moses gave to Israel. The topic of this discourse is what God expects of Israel. Here, Moses goes into his final subject and provides clarification of

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Shoftim – “Judges”

This week our parasha is Shoftim, which mean “Judges”, and covers Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9. Parasha Shoftim teaches us the importance of justice, and how if we claim to love the Lord, we need to love justice as well. Our parasha picks up towards the end of Deuteronomy 16 with the need to have judges in every town. These judges should have

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Re’eh – “See”

Today’s Parasha is titled “Re eh”, which means “to see”. This Torah portion, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17, describes a blessing and a curse from God.  In chapter 11:26 – 28, God says, “see, I am setting before you a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord and the curse, if you do

By |2019-09-02T23:34:42-04:00August 31st, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Re’eh – “See”

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”

VaEtchanan – “And I Pleaded”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy chapters 3:23 through 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses was pleading with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s

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Devarim – “Words”

This week our parasha is Devarim, which means words and covers Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. Parasha Devarim is the first Torah portion of Deuteronomy and is the name for this book in Hebrew. Parasha Devarim teaches us the importance of learning from our past and breaking the cycles of sin that repeat constantly in our lives. The book of Deuteronomy begins with

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Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys Of”

This week, we have a double Torah portion with Mattot, meaning "tribes," Numbers 30:2 - 32:42, and Masei, meaning "journeys of," Numbers 33:1 - 36:13. Chapter 30 contains Adonai's instructions regarding the making of vows to the Lord or the making a binding obligation; in other words a promise that cannot be broken. Both men and women were under certain

By |2019-08-05T16:58:49-04:00August 3rd, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Mattot-Masei – “Tribes-Journeys Of”

Pinchas

This week’s parasha is entitled Pinchas meaning (Phinehas). Pinchas is also translated as “dark skin”. Our Torah portion covers Numbers 25:10- 30:1 Adonai gives Moses instructions about Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, grandson of Aaron, great nephew of Moses and also the nephew of Nadab and Abihu, whom Adonai killed in the sanctuary for dishonoring Him with false

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Balak

This week’s parasha is entitled Balak.  The passage is named for the king of the Midianites, Balak, and the name Balak translates as, “Destroyer,” which is a fitting name for a king who wants to destroy Israel.  Our passage today covers Numbers, Chapter 22:2 through Numbers, Chapter 25:9. The passage begins with the Moabites and Midianites forming an alliance against

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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”

Korach

The Torah portion for this Shabbat spans Numbers chapters 16-18 and is called Korach, named after the leader of an infamous rebellion against Moses and Aaron – one which ended catastrophically. This is now the third consecutive challenge to Moses’ leadership. The first was from his own siblings, Aaron and Miriam (on the pretext of his marrying an Ethiopian woman).

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Shelach Lecha – “Send For Yourself”

This week our parasha is Shelach Lecha which means “Send For Yourself”. Parasha Shalech Lecha covers Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. In this parasha we see both the mercy and justice of the Lord. We also see the consequences for constant rebellion. We begin in Numbers 13 with our people near the border of the Promised Land. The Lord instructs Moses

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Beha’alotekkha – “When You Go Up”

This week Parasha is Beha’alotekkha which means "When You Go Up", and it covers numbers 8:1 – 12:16. We begin in chapter 8.  The Lord spoke to Moses and instructed him to make the seven lamps and how to make them and that they would shine light on what was being done just as the Messiah himself is the light

By |2019-06-24T23:57:29-04:00June 22nd, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beha’alotekkha – “When You Go Up”

Naso – Set Apart: For Disgrace and for Honor

We’re doing something a little different today. I’ve expanded the parasha to be our main message this Shabbat. There is a theme woven throughout this section of the Torah, and I felt it deserved our deeper consideration. First, I’ll give an overview of the parasha, then we’ll address that underlying theme, and draw some applications. But I’ll begin with a

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Bamidbar – “In The Desert”

The parasha for last week is entitled Bamidbar, meaning “In The Desert,” and it covers Numbers 1:1 - 4:20. The English name, Numbers, is because this book contains statistics, such as population figures, the totals of the priests and Levites, and other numerical data. And, this name comes from the two census’ that were taken of Israel in the wilderness.

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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”

Behar – “On The Mountain”

This week’s parasha, Behar, means “on the mountain” and covers Leviticus 25:1-26:2. Here are more laws God gave to establish the new nation of Israel. The people promised to obey the instructions God gave through Moses. This was their part in the covenant God made with them, but they broke that covenant. We read and understand these laws in the

By |2019-05-27T15:19:57-04:00May 25th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Behar – “On The Mountain”

Emor – “Speak”

This week our parasha is Emor which means “Speak” and covers Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23. In this parasha we see God’s plan for redeeming us through the biblical holidays and that Adonai is the source of holiness. We begin in Leviticus 21, which continues the theme of holiness found at the end of the previous chapter.  Throughout this chapter, and

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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”

Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Our parasha for this week is entitled Achrei Mot, which means, “after the death” and covers Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30.  The title of the parasha refers to the time following the death of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, who offered unauthorized fire before the Lord in Leviticus 10 and were put to death because of this unholy act. The Lord

By |2019-05-06T13:53:57-04:00May 4th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Metzora – “Diseased Ones”

Today’s Parasha is called Metzora which means “Diseased or Leprous One”.  It covers Leviticus 14-15.  Chapter 14 is a continuation of the laws concerning lepers.  If an Israeli was suffering from leprosy, and had undergone teshuvah (chuvah) (repentance), and had apparently been healed, he would first call for the priest to examine him.  If the priest saw no sign of

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Tazria – “She Conceives”

This week’s Parasha is entitled Tazria, meaning “she conceives”. It is taken from the book of Leviticus 12:1- 13:59. Why would Adonai instruct Moses to tell women that during their menstruation, or after conceiving a child, that they are unclean and not allowed to enter the Sanctuary, and that whatever they touch is unclean? Or that anyone who touches her

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Shemini – “The Eighth”

Passover is approaching, and once again we will recite The Hallel. Of the psalms that make up The Hallel, I’ve really come to enjoy Psalm 114. The parting of the Red Sea, the encounter with God at Mt. Sinai, and the crossing of the Jordan are described pictorially, and almost humorously; “the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.”

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Tzav – “Give the Command”

Our parasha this Shabbat is entitled Tzav, meaning “Give the Command!” and covers Leviticus 6-8. It opens by describing the steps for restitution when someone has defrauded another over property. This includes finding lost property and lying about it or having something entrusted to you and lying to the owner saying that it was lost or stolen in order to

By |2019-03-25T13:39:14-04:00March 23rd, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Give the Command”

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

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