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Parashat Vayetse - December 10

2016-12-09 10:00
ויצא  Vayetse Genesis 28.10 — 32.3 Genesis 28.10-19: Soon after fleeing from his home to go to his uncle Laban, Jacob receives a blessing and a revelation from God in a dream. God confirms also to Jacob the continuity and eternity of his promise to Abraham and Isaac. In fact, he blesses

Parashat Toldot - December 03

2016-12-02 08:00
Toldot תולדות Genesis 25.19—28.9 Genesis 25.21-26: “Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebecca his wife conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is thus, why do I live?” So she we

Parashat Chayei Sara - November 26

2016-12-01 14:30
חיי שרה Chayei Sarah   Genesis 23.1—25.18 Parashat Chayei Sarah includes a long description of Abraham’s efforts to ensure that the promised seed, which will ultimately lead to the Messiah, will come through the proper line. God has told Abraham that the promise will be through his so

Parashat VaYera - November 19

2016-11-24 15:30
וירא Vayera Genesis 18.1— Genesis 22.4 Genesis 18.1-2: God appears to Abraham as three men: Many have seen an appearance of the Messiah in this story. After the men finish eating the meal he prepares for them, two of them go on to Sodom (and in 19.1 and 15 they are identified as two

Parashat Lech Lecha - November 12

2016-11-24 15:00
לך לך Lech L’cha Parasha - Genesis 12:1 - Genesis 17:27 Haftar - Isaiah 40:27 - Isaiah 41:16   Genesis 12.3: “I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.” The Messiah is a descendan

Parashat Noach - November 5

2016-11-06 10:20
נח Noakh Parasha: Genesis 6.9— Genesis 11.32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - Isaiah 55:5   The ark has been seen as a symbol of the Messiah. Being in the ark is like being in the Messiah. Only those inside were saved. “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the rig

Parashat B'resheet - October 29th

2016-10-27 17:00
בראשית B'resheet Parasha - Genesis 1:1 - 6:8   Genesis 1.1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Proverbs 8.22: “The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.” The first word of the Torah, בראשית, raises the qu

Parashat Ha'azinu - October 15th

2016-10-14 08:00
  האזינו Haazinu Deuteronomy 32.1-52 Deuteronomy 32.7: “’Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations.’ Another explanation is this : ‘Remember the days of old’ means that whenever God brings sufferings upon you, remember how many good and comfortable things he is a

Parashat VaYelech - October 8

2016-10-13 17:00
  וילך Vayelech Deuteronomy 31.1-30 Deuteronomy 31.6, 8: “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you . . . It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not

Parashat Nitsavim - October 1st

2016-09-29 15:00
נצבים Nitsavim As we approach the end to the yearly cycle of Torah readings some Torah portions are combined.  This week is an example of this as both Nitsavim and Vayelech Torah Portions are combined. Deuteronomy 29.9—30.20 Towards the end of the book of Deuteronomy, in a kind of

Parashat Ki Tavo - September 24

2016-09-23 08:30
כי תבוא Ki Tavo Deuteronomy 26.1—29.8 Deuteronomy 29.10-12: “You stand this day all of you before the Lord your God; the heads of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp, both he who hews

Parashat Re'eh - September 3rd

2016-09-15 15:10
ראה R’eh Deuteronomy 11.26—16.17 Parashat Re’eh begins like the Shema; “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” Both are exhortations and appeals to the people of Israel by Moses in the last month of the forty year sojo

Parashat Ki Tetse - September 17

2016-09-15 16:00
כי תצא Ki Tetse Deuteronomy 21.10—25.19 Deuteronomy 21.18-23: “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and, though they chastise him, will not give heed to them, then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and

Parashat Shoftim - September 10

2016-09-15 15:40
שפטים Shoftim Deuteronomy 16.18—21.9 In Deuteronomy 18.18-19 Moses brings to Israel the following promise of God: “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will

Parashat Va'Etchanan - August 20

2016-08-19 08:00
ואתחנן Va'Etchanan Deut. 3:23 - Deut. 7:11 This week's Parasha contains a section that deals with the spiritual intimacy between God and His people.  We read the following in Deuteronomy 5.22-27: “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out

Parashat Masei - Aug. 6

2016-08-04 12:45
מסעי Masei Numbers 33.1—36.13 Numbers 35:14-15: “You shall give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge. These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that any one who

Parashat Devarim - August 13

2016-08-04 13:00
דברים Devarim Deuteronomy 1.1—3.22 “’Command the people’ (Deuteronomy 2.4). God said to him, ‘I do not command only you, but you must give this command to your children.’ God said to Moses, ‘You must command the heads of the generations, those who lead honorably, and command the people.’ R

Parashat Matot - July 30

2016-08-04 12:30
מטות Matot Numbers 30.2—32.42 This week's Parasha begins with instruction regarding vows that are made to the LORD. Numbers 30.2-4: “When a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out

Parashat Pinchas - July 23

2016-08-04 12:15
פינחס Pinchas Numbers 25.10—30.1 The end of parashat Balak and the beginning of parashat Pin’khas (Numbers 25.11, 13), confront us with an all-out participation in idolatry and harlotry on the part of the Children of Israel. “The people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They inv

Parashat Balak - July 16

2016-08-04 12:10
בלק Balak Numbers 22.2—25.9 An important theme of Parashat Balak is the way God will fulfill the promised blessings and curses in his covenant with Abraham. This fulfillment will come with the reign of King-Messiah in the last days (Numbers 24.14, 17ff.). Balak’s statement to Balaam that “he w

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