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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 Mishpatim - February 25

2017-02-24 08:00
משפטים Mishpatim Exodus 21.1—24.18 Exodus 23.20-21: “Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my na

Parashat Yitro - February 18

2017-02-16 13:00
יתרו Yitro Exodus 18.1 — Exodus 20.26 Exodus 20.8-11: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your mans

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 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

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