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Preface to the Parashot HaShavua

2017-09-23 06:45
This preface for the parashot HaShavua has been prepared to give those who are newer to the Jewish culture a better understanding of the background of the weekly Torah Portion.  We hope you find this information helpful. The Bible Society in Israel Introduction Towards the end of the T

Parashat Ha'azinu - September 23rd

2017-09-22 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 Haazinu and Shabbat Shuva September 23rd

2017-09-22 18:00
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 about to gi

Rosh haShana

Rosh haShana
2017-09-20 18:00
Torah reading: Leviticus 23:24-25, Genesis 21:1-22:24 Haftarah: 1Sam 1:1-2:10, Jeremiah 31: 1-40 Psalm: 81, 93, 96-99, 130 NT: Matthew 24:29-31, 1Cor 15:51-52, 1Thes 4:16-17, Rev 10:7, 11:15     Rosh haShana is the New Year. This year we go from the year 5777 to year

Parashat Nitsavim - October 16th

2017-09-15 08:00
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 VaYelech - September 16th

2017-09-15 08:01
  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 Ki Tavo - September 9th

2017-09-08 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 Ki Tetse - September 2nd

2017-08-31 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 - August 26th

2017-08-30 15:10
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 - August 19th

2017-08-17 15:00
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 Ekev - August 12th

2017-08-11 08:00
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

Parashat Va'Etchanan - August 5th

2017-08-04 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 - July 29th

2017-08-03 15:00
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

Parashot Matot-Masaei July 22nd

2017-07-20 11:45
There are two parashot this weekend (this occurs whenever there is not a Jewish leap year): Parashat Matot: Parasha: Numbers 30:2 - 32:42 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3   Numbers 30.2-4: “When a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he

Parashat Pinchas - July 15th

2017-07-20 11:40
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 8th

2017-07-06 15:00
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

Parashat Chukat - June 1st

2017-06-30 08:40
חקת Chukat Numbers 19.1—22.1 Numbers 19.1-10: The rabbis found the ceremony of the red heifer to be so difficult to understand that they said even King Solomon was not able to understand it: “This is the rule of the Torah. Rabbi Itzhak said, ‘I tried all this with wisdom; I said, “I will becom

Parashat Korach - June 24th

2017-06-22 16:05
קרח Korakh Numbers 16.1—18.32 Numbers 16.1-5, 12: “Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, two hundred and fifty le

Parashat Shlach Lecha - June 17th

2017-06-18 13:30
שלח לך Shlach Lecha Numbers 13.1—15.41 To begin let's look at a few verses from this week's Torah Portion.  “And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this

Parashat BeHa'alotcha - June 10th

2017-06-09 08:00
בהעלתך Beha'alotcha Numbers 8.1—12.16 This week's Parasha begins with the cleansing of the priests.  Numbers 8.5-6, 14, 19, 22: And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. . . . you shall separate the Levites from among the peop

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