Parashat Ki Tisa & Shabbat Para - March 18

כי תשא Ki Tisa

Exodus 30.11—34.35

Exodus 31.2-3: “I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God.”
Bezalel of the tribe of Judah was a man fit for the work of the Tabernacle, and thus typified the Lord Jesus who is building the spiritual Tabernacle composed of living stones.

Exodus 33.15: “He said to him, “If your presence (literally, “your face”) will not go with me, do not carry us up from here.” The phrase “if your face does not go with us” is about Metatron and the angel of the covenant. (See Parashat Mishpatim.)

Haftarah: 1 Kings 18.1-46

Shabbat Para:  Numbers 19:1-22

This special addition to the regular Torah reading is also read on this Sabbath because of the proximity in time to the Passover.  "Para" means cow and in this context it is referring to the "Para adumah" which means the "red heifer."  The red heifer was to be brought to the priest, slaughtered, the blood sprinkled before the tent of meeting seven times, the flesh (with the skin, flesh, blood, and dung)  burned on the altar with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet, and the ashes gathered for use in a purifying water to cleanse people from sin (19:9). [DG]

Haftorah for Shabbat Para: Ezekiel 36:1-38

Shabbat Shalom!

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