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
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
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).
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
This week Rabbi Jerry taught the Bible Study. He taught on this week's parasha, specifically Number 13-14. He then connected it to Hebrews 3-4. The theme of this study was the importance of obedience to God's Will and not rejecting His promises.
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
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
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.
The names of this week’s double parasha are Matot and Masei, meaning “tribes” and “journeys” and cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30. If a woman made an impulsive vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father. However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill their
In last week’s Parasha, Rabbi Glenn instructed us on the prophet Balaam and his suggestion on how King Balak could harm the Jewish nation. Balaam’s idea was for the Midianite women to have relations with the Israeli men and introduce them to Baal worship. This would prove successful in that many men of the different tribes of Israel took Midianite
This week’s parasha is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab, and spans Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Most of us know the story of Balaam, and just about every kid who’s ever sat in a Sunday School class remembers about Balaam’s donkey talking to him. But I submit to you that Balak and Balaam are archetypes – symbols
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
This week our parasha is Korach, named after the man who started a rebellion against Moses. Parasha Korach covers Numbers 16:1-18:32. In this parasha we see what happens when we attempt to force God to obey our desires and thinking and the devastation that it brings. We begin in chapter 16 with Korach or Korah, a Levite, leading 250 men
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
This week’s parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “lift up” and it covers Numbers, chapter 4:23 through 7:89. This parasha gives us several subjects to look at, however, we will only be focusing on the priest and the transportation of the Tabernacle and its contents. Only males from the tribe of Levi were permitted to hold priestly office. The Israeli priesthood
This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness”. This parasha covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites. Numbers begins with the Lord commanding Moses to take a census of the tribes of Israel. Moses, with help from the
This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers. These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our
This week’s Torah portion, which covers Numbers 25:10 up to chapter 30, is entitled Pinchas, who was the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron. In last week’s Parasha, after being enticed by Moabite women, many men of Israel succumbed to the worship of Ba’al. Because of this, God brought down a plague that killed 24,000 men of Israel.
This week’s Parasha is called Balak, which means devastator, and covers Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. In last week’s Parasha, the Israelis decisively defeat the Amorites because the Amorites did not want them passing through their land. This week we find the Israelis camped near the border of Moab. King Balak saw how the Israeli army defeated the Amorites. Being afraid,
This week’s parashah is entitled Chukat meaning ‘statute’ or ‘regulation’. It covers Numbers 19:1 -22:1. It teaches us about the ordinance of the red Heifer, the water of purification, Israel’s wandering in the wilderness, the deaths of Miriam and Aaron, Moses’ sin, the bronze serpent and tells of Moses’ approaching death. Today I would like to focus on the red heifer
The parasha this Shabbat is called Sh’lach L’cha, meaning “send out for yourself” and spans Numbers: 13-15. God said to Moses, “Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the sons of Israel.” Moses chose one leader from each of the tribes, and sent them on a fact-finding
This week’s parasha is titled, Behaalotecha, meaning “when you set up,” and covers Numbers 8:1 – 12:16. “When you set up” refers to setting up and directing the light of the golden lampstand of the tabernacle, the construction of which was described in Exodus 25:31 – 40. Chapter 8 describes the cleansing of the Levites. This included a total washing
Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”. Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle. This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite
Today’s parasha is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness” and begins the book of Numbers covering Numbers 1:1-4:20. A little over a year has passed since Israel had left Egypt. They had been encamped at Mt. Sinai while God has been preparing them to march into the Promised Land. When they first left Egypt, they were a disorganized mass of former
The names of this week’s parashas are Mattot and Masei: Matot means “tribes” and Masei means “journeys”. They cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30. If a woman made a vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father. However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill