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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

Tazria & Metzura - April 29

2017-05-07 09:00
Parashat Tazria  Leviticus 12.1—13.59 Parashat Tazria is combined with Parashat Metsora 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 birth to a chi

Acharei Mot - K'doshim - May 6th

2017-05-07 09:15
  אחרי מות Acharei Mot This week there is a double portion of the Parasha, meaning two Torah Portions for one week. 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

Parashat Shimini - April 22

2017-04-21 08:00
שמיני Shmini Lev. 9.1 — Lev. 11.47 The offering of sacrifices is a central theme of the Torah. In Genesis 8.20-22 we see that, despite man’s sinful nature, God promises that he will never again curse the ground. Why? Because of the burnt offerings made by Noah. Later God commanded Abraham

Parashat Tsav & Shabbat HaGadol - April 8th

2017-04-07 11:45
צו Tsav Lev. 6.1 — Lev. 8.36 (in the Hebrew text) Lev. 6.8 — Lev. 8.36 (in the English text) Leviticus 8.12: “He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, and anointed him, to consecrate him.” Chapter 8 gives detailed instructions for the consecration of the priests. The a

Parashat VaYikra - April 1st

2017-03-31 09:00
ויקרא VaYikra Lev. 1.1 — Lev. 6.7 (Hebrew 5:19) The central theme of the book of Leviticus is the sacrificial system that the Lord God provided for his chosen people Israel, in order that he could dwell in the midst of a holy people, cleansed from all their transgression, sins, and iniqui

Parashat VaYakhel & P'kudei - March 25th

2017-03-24 08:00
ויקהל Vayak’hel Exodus 35.1 — Exodus 38.20   "For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah." (Psalm 61:3-4) This Parasha is about God's splendor and glory -

Parashat Ki Tisa & Shabbat Para - March 18

2017-03-17 09:00
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

Parashat Tetzave - March 11

2017-03-10 08:00
T'tsaveh תצוה Exodus 27.20 - Exodus 30.10 Exodus 26.31-35: “And you shall make a veil of blue and purple and scarlet stuff and fine twined linen; in skilled work shall it be made, with cherubim; and you shall hang it upon four pillars of acacia overlaid with gold, with hooks of gold,

Parashat Trumah - March 4

2017-03-02 17:00
תרומה Trumah Exodus 25:1 — Exodus 27:19 Parashat Trumah contains God’s first revelation of the amazing structure where he wants us to worship him, the Tabernacle. The original Tabernacle was not just a mobile structure appropriate for people wandering in the wilderness. Rather it was

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


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