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Parashat Beshalach - February 11

2017-02-12 10:20
בשלח Beshalach Exodus 13:17 - 17:16 Exodus 16: Midrash Ecclesiastes (1, 1) relates how R. Berechiah said in the name of R. Yitschak, who lived before the year 300 AD: “Just as there was a First Savior so there will be a Last. Just as it is said of the First Savior (Exodus 4.20) th

Parashat Va'eira - January 28

2017-01-30 16:00
וארא Va'eira Exodus 6.2 — Exodus 9.35 Exodus 6.6-7: “Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of ju

Parashat Shemot - January 21

2017-01-20 09:00
שמות Shemot Ex. 1.1 — Ex. 6.1 Exodus 2.6: “’She opened it, and she saw the child, and the boy/youth was crying.’ It was a baby crying, and yet the fact that it says ‘youth’ teaches us that he was a baby with the voice of a youth; and he was a large youth, because we read ‘the youth S

Parashat Vayechi - January 14

2017-01-13 08:00
  VaYechi ויחי (Asara beTevet fast - see below) Gen. 47.28 — Gen. 50.26 Before he died, Jacob brought his sons together to give his final blessing to each of them according to their deeds: “This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with

Parashat VaYigash - January 7

2017-01-06 08:00
ויגש Vayigash Genesis 44.18 — Genesis 47.27 Joseph’s way of treating his brothers prefigures the way the Messiah will relate to them. On the one hand he treats them rather harshly, but he also weeps when he comes together with them. Like the Messiah, Joseph desires the full repentance of

Parashat Mikets - December 31

2017-01-05 17:00
מקץ Mikets Genesis 41.1 — Genesis 44.17 Joseph as a type of the Messiah in Parashat Mikets Genesis 41.14: Joseph is brought up from the “bor” (pit); so too the Messiah will be raised from the “bor,” which is the grave (see Isaiah 38.18; Ezekiel 32.23-24; Psalms 30.4; 88.4-7). Genesis 41.

Parashat Vayeshev - December 21

2016-12-22 10:00
וישב Vayeshev Gen. 37.1 — Gen. 40.23 Since the end of the second temple period, Judaism has spoken of the coming of two Messiahs, Messiah son of David and Messiah son of Joseph. One of the reasons for seeing the Messiah as related to Joseph is that there are many elements in the lif

Parashat VaYishlach - December 17

2016-12-21 17:00
 וישלחVayishlach Genesis 32.4 — Genesis 36.43 Genesis 32.10: “I am not worthy of the least of all the steadfast love and all the faithfulness which you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan; and now I have become two companies.” In several places in

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 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 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 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 BeChukotai - May 28

2016-06-09 15:40
בחקתי BeChukotai Lev. 26.3 — Lev. 27.34 This week's parasha summarizes the blessiings of walking in God's ordinances and commands and the curse for those who reject His ways. In Leviticus 26.12 God says to His people, “I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shal

Acharei Mot & Shabbat HaGadol - April 30

2016-04-29 08:00
אחרי מות Acharei Mot Leviticus 16.1—18.30 Leviticus 16.6, 11, 17, 24: On the day of atonement Aaron made atonement for himself. This points clearly to his own sinfulness. The Messiah will also have a priestly role, but his priesthood will be greater than that of Aaron. He will be able to offer

Parashat Tazria & Shabbat Hachodesh

2016-04-08 08:00
תזריע Tazria Leviticus 12.1—13.59 Parashat Tazria, Leviticus 12.1—13.59, is combined with Parashat M’tsora in regular years. They are read separately in leap years. Parashat Tazria begins with the eight brief verses of Leviticus 12, which deal with the purification of a woman who has given

P'kudei

2016-03-11 09:00
פקודי P’kudei Exodus 38.21—40.38 Exodus 40.9-11: “Then you shall take the anointing oil, and anoint the tabernacle and all that is in it, and consecrate it and all its furniture; and it shall become holy. You shall also anoint the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and consecrate th

Parashat Bo - Jan. 16

2016-01-31 10:15
  בא Bo Exodus 10.1 — Exodus 13.16 Exodus 12.3-6: “Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household; and if the household is too small for a lamb, then a man and his

Yom Kippur - Sept. 23

2015-09-21 08:00
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, described in the above texts. The holiest day of the year. This is the one time when the high priest would go in to the holy of holies, as described in Leviticus 16. On this day of the year our Jewish brethren pray for forgiveness of their sins and ask that they m

Yom HaShoa - Holocaust Memorial Day - April 16

2015-04-16 03:35
  On April 16th this year is the memorial day of the Holocaust in Israel. The TV channels show only a flickering candle during the entire day, at 10:00 AM the sirens will go off and the entire nation will stop for two silent minutes. Wherever you are, in a bus, on the street, in the off

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