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Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1 - 22:1.  I think that chapter 19 of this portion, concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer, contains one of the most intriguing and prophetic passages in the Torah. Today, I would like to focus on that chapter. The red heifer was designated as a type of

By |2018-06-26T01:43:20+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”

Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shelach Lecha, meaning “send for yourself”, and covers Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. As our passage opens, the Lord instructs Moses to send men ahead to spy out the Promised Land.  As the title of our parasha indicates, these were not men that the Lord chose, but were selected by the people themselves.  Each tribe sends forth one of

By |2018-06-11T23:44:03+00:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

Emor – “Speak”

This week’s parasha is titled Emor, which means “speak.”  Our passage is Leviticus, chapter 21:1 – chapter 24:23 and covers further rules for priests on how they are to be holy ones, separated for God’s purposes. Additional responsibilities come with leadership, so it is appropriate that the Levites would be held to a higher standard than others and that the

By |2018-05-08T01:13:39+00:00May 5th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week’s parasha is entitled Yitro (Jethro) and covers Exodus Chapter 18, verse 1 through Chapter 20, verse 23. Jethro is Moses’ father-in-law.  After Moses escapes Egypt after killing an Egyptian, he flees to the land of Midian and ends up settling with Jethro and his family.  Moses marries Zipporah, one of Jethro’s daughters, and stays there for 40 years before the incident at the burning

By |2018-02-05T21:17:19+00:00February 3rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus: 1:1-6:1.  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

By |2018-01-08T22:58:38+00:00January 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Torah portion is called VaYetzei, which means “and he went out.”  It covers Genesis, Chapter 28:10 – 32:3. As our parasha passage opens this week, we find Jacob departing from his home in Beersheba and heading to Haran, his ancestral homeland.  He ends up spending the night in an open area where he sees a vision of a great ladder descending from

By |2017-11-27T20:44:18+00:00November 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Today’s Torah portion is titled, “Mishpatim,” which means “Judgements.”  It covers Exodus: 21:1–24:18.  This parasha passage is also known as Sefer ha B’Rit (The Book of the Covenant), since this 4 chapter parasha contains over 10% of the 613 commandments found in the Torah. We often forget that the ancient world was a very brutal place.  People were maimed or

By |2017-02-28T01:01:47+00:00February 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Nitzavim – “Standing”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Nitzavim, meaning "standing."  It covers Deuteronomy 29:9 – 30:20. In Chapter 29, all the people have gathered before the Lord in order to enter into the covenant with Him.   In verse 15, we find that not only does this covenant involve those present at that time, but that this covenant extends beyond their generation, to

By |2017-01-30T21:40:56+00:00October 1st, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Standing”

Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Our parasha for this week is entitled Acharei 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 |2017-01-30T21:41:37+00:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot – “After The Death”

Vayikra – “And He Called”

Last week’s parasha is entitled, VaYikra, which means, “and He called.”  It covers Leviticus, Chapter 1:1 – 6:7.  In English, the name is Leviticus, and refers to the rules, regulations and duties that must be followed by the Levitical priesthood, the Levites, to atone for the sins of the people.  This parasha describes 5 types of offerings to be made upon

By |2017-01-30T21:41:39+00:00March 19th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayikra – “And He Called”

Miketz – “At The End Of”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Miketz, which means, “at the end of.”  It covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. If you remember Rabbi Glenn’s commentary last week, we heard about Joseph and the life he lived as the favorite son of Jacob.  Joseph boasted about his special status by telling his family, including his 10 brothers, about dreams where he attained a superior

By |2017-01-30T21:41:42+00:00December 12th, 2015|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Miketz – “At The End Of”

Naso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Naso, which means, “to elevate” or “lift up.”  It covers Numbers, Chapter 4:21 to 7:89.  You will most likely 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

By |2017-01-30T21:44:08+00:00May 18th, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

This week’s parasha is entitled Tetzaveh, which means, “you shall command.”  It covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10.  In last week’s parasha, we learned about the free will donations of the people to supply the materials required for building the mishkan, or tabernacle, the implements that were used in worship, as well as the layout of the whole structure. Continuing with

By |2017-01-30T21:44:18+00:00February 23rd, 2013|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”