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Chukat-Balak – “Decrees”-“Devastator”

In chapter 20, The Lord summons Moses and Aaron, and instructs them to take the staff and to speak to the rock to yield its water. Unfortunately, Moses and Aaron do not heed Adonai’s instructions.  Instead, they gather the assembly before the rock and say to them: “Listen now you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this

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Korach

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

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Sh’Lach – “Send”

This week our parasha is Shelach Lecha which means “Send For Yourself”. Parasha Shelach 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. Numbers 13 begins with our people having arrived at the border of the Promised Land. Adonai then commands Moses to send

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B’ha`alotkha- “When You Set Up”

This week’s parashah is entitled B’ha`alotkha meaning (When you set up.) It covers Numbers chapter 8:1-12:16. In verse 1, of chapter 8, Adonai said to Moses “Tell Aaron to put the lampstand with the seven lamps in the place I showed you. These lamps will light the area in front of the lampstand.” The lampstand stood on the south side

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Naso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Naso, which means, “to elevate” or “lift up.”  It covers Number 4:21-7:89.  You will probably not find the words “elevate” or “lift up” in your Bible.  Most likely, you have something like, “Take a census of the sons of Gershon…” as the start to verse 22.  However, if we look at the Hebrew, which is,

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Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness”. It marks the beginning of the book of Numbers. As many of you know, the Hebrew names for the books of the Torah are derived from the key word in the opening sentence of each book. This one is called Sefer BaMidbar because it begins with these words:

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Behar-Bechukotai – “On the Mountain”-“In My Laws”

This week we have a double parasha, Behar and Bechukotai, which means, “On the Mountain” and “In My Laws”. These parashas cover Leviticus 25:1–27:34 and close the book of Leviticus.  Our parashas for this week remind us of the importance of keeping our promises to the Lord. We begin in Leviticus 25 which records the Sabbath year and the year

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Emor – “Say”

This week’s Parasha is Emor and covers Leviticus 21-24. Chapter 21 covers the holiness of the priest and the offerings as required by Adonai. It starts with  “and the Lord said to Moses”.  This is a phrase that would be repeated throughout this section of Leviticus. The Lord tells Moses to speak to the priest and the sons of Aaron

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Achrei Mot-Kedoshim – “After the Death-Holy Ones”

The name of this week’s double parasha is Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Achrei Mot means “after the death” and Kedoshim means “holy ones.” This double parasha covers Leviticus 16:1-20:27, and opens with instructions for Aaron regarding the Most Holy Place – after his sons Nadab and Abihu were put to death because they presented unauthorized offerings before Adonai in Leviticus 10, Aaron

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Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Lepers and the ‘Leper Messiah’ The parashas this Shabbat are Tazria and Metzora, meaning “when she gives birth” and “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The larger theme is separation – distinguishing clean from unclean. It’s a bit ironic that this parasha occurs while we find ourselves in a time of mandated isolation, not just of the sick – but of

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Shemini – “Eighth”

The parasha for this Sabbath is entitle Shemini, meaning (Eighth) and it is from the Book of Leviticus 9:1-11:47. Looking back on last week’s parashah, we saw that the people were summoned by Moses and the sacrifices were brought to the altar and burned before the Lord. The tabernacle and its utensils were all anointed and the priests were called,

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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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