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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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Bo – “Go”

This week our parasha is “Bo”, which translates to Go, and covers Exodus 10:1-13:16.  In this parasha we will see our people finally leave Egypt and the foolishness of trying to thwart the will of Adonai. We begin in Exodus 10, with Pharaoh still refusing to let our people go.  The Lord tells Moses to once again go before Pharaoh

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Va’era – “And I Appeared”

The name of this week’s parasha is Va’era, which means “and I appeared,” and covers Exodus 6:2 through 9:35.  God tells Moses that He had established His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and He has remembered His covenant.  Moses is to tell the Israelis that Adonai will rescue them from Egyptian slavery and bring them into the Promised Land

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Shemot – “Names”

This week our parasha is Shemot meaning “names” and begins the book of Exodus.  Shemot is also the Hebrew name for this book.  It begins with the birth of Moses and takes us through chapter 6:1 where he has his first confrontation with Pharaoh.  In this parasha we will see the great commission the Lord gave to Moses and how

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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 his life

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

If the parasha cycle was ever made into a T.V. Show this would be where the announcer goes “Last Time On…The Bible!”  We continue from last week’s cliffhanger with 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 demonstrates the need for

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Miketz – “At The Conclusion”

The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in prison in Egypt on a bogus rape charge. Poor Joseph; betrayed by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt, imprisoned on false charges. Yet everywhere he went, Joseph conducted himself with integrity, and God gave him favor. Eventually Joseph became custodian to

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Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Last week’s Torah portion was entitled, Vayeshev, which means, “and he settled.”  It covers Genesis 37: 1-40:23. After more than 20 years of being away, Jacob returns to the Promised Land and settles in Hebron.  In Chapter 37, we are introduced to Joseph, who is Jacob’s favorite son, born of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife.  Jacob gives this favorite son a beautiful, multi-colored robe, a

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Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Parasha is Vayetze and covers Genesis 28:10 – 32:3. Jacob has had to flee his home after deceiving his father into giving him the blessing intended for Esau and, at his parents’ instructions, journeys to his uncle, Laban. In chapter 28, Jacob has traveled a full day’s distance, and arrives at a certain place where he rests for

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Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayishlach, which means “and he sent,” and covers Genesis 32:4 through 36:43.  In continuing with the previous parasha, Jacob sends messengers to his brother Esau to gain Esau’s favor.  They return with news that Esau is coming toward Jacob with 400 men.  Jacob is terrified and divides the people and animals into 2

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