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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,

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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

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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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Sukkot 2018 – Thinking Back And Thinking Clearly

Arguably, the best part of getting older is having grandchildren. Second to that is having a built-in excuse to let younger guys do the heavy lifting. As I recently mentioned, I finally swallowed my pride, bit the bullet, and got my first pair of bifocals. And now, apparently, I have reached the age where I forget why I came into

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Beha’alotecha – “In Your Setting Up”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Beha’alotecha, which means “when you set up”, and goes from Numbers 8:1 through 12:16. The meaning of this parasha’s name refers to Adonai giving instructions on setting up the 7 lamps of the golden lampstand, and how to face them and light the area in front of the lampstand, which was made according

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Behar-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain-In My Statutes”

This week’s Parasha is Behar & B’chukotai, a double Parasha covering Chapters 25-27, and brings us to the conclusion of the book of Leviticus. In Chapter 25 the Sabbatical year is discussed as well as the year of Jubilee. In Chapter 26 Adonai outlines the blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience. This is where we will spend our time this

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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

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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”.  Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments.  However, all the themes of these

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Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed”-“Infected One”

This week we have a double parasha with parashas Tazria and Metzora, which translate to “She bears seed” and “Infected one”.  Parasha Tazria covers Leviticus 12:1-13:59 and parasha Metzora covers 14:1-15:33. These parashas talk about the importance of ritual cleanliness from a variety of different sources of uncleanliness. We begin with Leviticus 12, which details the required rituals for a

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Shemini – “Eighth”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Shemini, which means “Eighth”, and it takes us from Leviticus 9:1 through 11:47.  Moses summoned Aaron, his sons, and the Israeli elders on the 8th day after the 7 days of ordination for Aaron and his sons were completed.  Aaron was instructed to sacrifice for himself an unblemished bull calf for a sin

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Tzav – “Command”

This week’s parasha is entitled, Tzav, which means “Command,” and it covers Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36.  The book of Leviticus was written to show Israel how to live as a holy nation, in fellowship with God, and to prepare the nation for the high service of mediating the redemption of God to all other nations. Did you know that 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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B’har-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain”-“In My Statutes”

This week we have two Parashas: B’har (meaning, “on the mountain”), and B’chukotai (meaning, “in my statutes”). They cover Leviticus 25:1-27:34. The Lord spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai. He said, “Tell the Israelis when you enter the land that I am giving you, that you must let the land have a special time of rest.”  Even in Israel’s use

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Emor – “Say”

The name of this week’s parasha is Emor, which means “say” and covers Leviticus 21-24.  Adonai commanded Moses to instruct the priests on the need for holiness.  Priests must not become ceremonially unclean when dealing with the death of an Israeli, unless it is a close relative.  They were not to shave their heads, trim the sides of their beards,

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

Our parashot for this Shabbat are Tazria, meaning “when she gives birth” and Metzora, meaning “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The general theme is distinguishing what is clean from what is unclean. The temporary separation of individuals who were unclean from the community had to do with the presence of a Holy God in the midst of the camp of

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Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s parasha is entitled, “Shemini,” which translates as “Eighth.”   This “eighth” refers to the 8th day of the consecration ceremony for Aaron and his sons, which was covered in our parasha commentary two weeks ago.  Parasha Shemini covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha is the last parasha in the month of Nisan. In Chapter 9, Aaron, and his sons, who have been consecrating themselves

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Tzav – “Command”

Shabbat Shalom. Our parasha for this week is parasha Tzav, which translates to “Command” and covers Leviticus 6:1-8:36. We begin in Leviticus 6 and then continue into chapter 7, where we are given more information about the five different types of offerings to the Lord, and instructions concerning them for the priesthood, specifically their disposal. The burnt offering is described

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B’chukotai – “In My Statutes”

The Big “IF...” B’chukotai (“In My Statutes”) Leviticus 26:3-27:34 How many times have you heard it said that God’s love is unconditional? Maybe you’ve said it yourself.  Now if what you mean by that is that God loves all people and that His love doesn’t depend on our behaving ourselves, and that those who reject Messiah will nevertheless go to

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