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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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Parashat Ekev - August 8

2015-08-06 16:00
עקב Ekev Deut. 7:12 - Deut. 11:25 In this week's Parasha we read the following verses, Deuteronomy 8.2-3: “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your

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

Parashat Pesach - Passover April 4

2015-03-29 04:45
Passover Day 04/04 Exodus 12:21-51 & Numbers 28:16-25  Haftarah - Joshua 5:2 - 6:1. 2 Kings 23:1-9. 21-25   Passover First day of chol haMoed 05/04 Leviticus 22:26-23:44   Passover Second day of Chol haMoed 06/04 Exodus 13:1-16   Passov

VeZot HaBeracha - Oct. 16

2014-10-12 02:27
  וזאת הברכה Vezot Habrachah Torah Portion: Deuteronomy 33.1—34.12 Deuteronomy 33.5: “Thus the Lord became king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people were gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.” The Septuagint (the ancient Jewish Greek translation of the Old Testament) u

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) - Oct. 9

2014-10-11 01:31
The Feast of Tabernacles is a joyous holiday that consists of building a Sukkah (booth or tabernacle - any sort of temporary shelter) and living in the Sukkah as one would a normal home.  The Feast of Tabernacles begins on the evening of October 8th this year into October 9th.  The Bible r

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