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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

By |2019-11-04T23:01:57-05:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Noach

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

By |2019-10-14T19:58:22-05:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ha’Azinu – “Listen”

Nitzavim – “Those Taking A Stand”

This week our parasha is Nitzavim which means “Those Taking A Stand” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. Parasha Nitzavim warns us that life boils down to one life altering choice, to choose God and life, or abandon Him and choose death. We begin in Deuteronomy 29 with Moses finishing his warning to our people. We are told again that if we

By |2019-10-01T19:15:20-05:00September 28th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Those Taking A Stand”

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Tavo, meaning “when you enter.” It covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 (9). God gave very detailed statutes and ordinances that applied specifically to Israel’s inheritance, as they settled into the land of Canaan. Our parasha opens with two Declarations: the first one concerns the offering of Firstfruits and the second one concerns the annual tithe. For

By |2019-09-23T12:43:34-05:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

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 |2019-09-02T23:34:42-05:00August 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 |2019-08-27T00:09:47-05:00August 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

By |2019-08-19T19:52:43-05:00August 17th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on VaEtchanan – “And I Pleaded”

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 |2019-08-05T16:58:49-05:00August 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 |2019-07-15T21:41:30-05:00July 13th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”