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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Pekudei – “An Accounting”

This week’s parasha is entitled Pekudei which means “accounting of.”  It covers Exodus 38:21-40:38. Moses commanded the Levites to write down everything that was used to make the Tabernacle of Testimony. Ithamar, son of Aaron, was in charge of keeping the list. (verse 21). These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle. Two things here, first, later

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Vayakhel – “And He Assembled”

This week’s parasha, Vayakhel, means “And He assembled” and covers Exodus 35:1-38:20. It gives an account of how the Tabernacle and its furnishings were constructed. Moses assembled the people of Israel and reminded them to observe the Sabbath. Then he told them to take up a collection of materials to be used in making the Tabernacle and its furnishings, including

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Ki Tisa – “When You Take”

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 spans Exodus 30-34. Included in this section of the Torah are the commands to sanctify with sacred oil the tent of meeting, the altar, its tools and Aaron and his sons the priests. In

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Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

This week’s parasha is entitled Tetzaveh, which means, “you shall command.”  It covers Exodus 27:20-30:10.  This week’s parasha deals mainly with the vestments, or garments required for the priests and their consecration ceremony. The priests who served at the Tabernacle, and later at the Temple, were required to be descendants of Aaron, and the high priest was required to be

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Terumah – “Offering”

This week’s parashah is entitled Terumah, meaning “offering or gift” and covers Exodus 25:1- 27:19. This parasha focuses on the materials needed for the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings. Moses said to the whole community of Israel, “this is what your God has commanded. You are to take a sacred offering for the Lord; let only those with

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Mishpatim – “Judgments”

In Exodus 21, Adonai gave Israel laws regarding the humane treatment of Hebrew slaves.  Now, Hebrew slavery consisted of two types: one was if you committed a crime against another and could not pay restitution, in which case you would be sold as a slave.  The other type was if you owed money and were unable to repay it, you

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Yitro – “Jethro”

Our parasha for this Shabbat, spanning Exodus 18-20 is one of the most significant in all the Torah, because it describes Israel’s encounter with God at Mt. Sinai, and the giving of the Ten Commandments. Interesting, that this parasha should be entitled Yitro, the name of Moses’ father-in-law. Yitro (Jethro) comes to Moses with Zipporah and Moses’ 2 sons Gershom

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B’Shalach – “When He Let Go”

This week’s parasha is entitled, B’Shalach, which means “when he let go” and covers Exodus 13:17 – 17:16.  When he let go refers to pharaoh letting the Israelis depart from Egypt after the 10th plague, the death of the first born. After their release, the Lord does not lead the Israelis in a direct route towards their final destination as

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