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Parashat Chukat - July 9

2016-07-08 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 - July 2

2016-06-30 20:05
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 25

2016-06-24 08:00
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 18th

2016-06-16 12:00
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

Parashat BeMidbar June 4

2016-06-09 15:45
במדבר BeMidbar Numbers 1.1—4.20 Numbers 3: This chapter deals with priests and Levites. We see in a number of places that the Messiah is a priest, even God’s great High Priest. Zechariah 6.12-13: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up

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

Parashat B'Har May 21

2016-05-20 08:00
בהר B’har Leviticus 25.1—26.2 In this week's Parasha we read the folling in Leviticus 25.9-10: “Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the f

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

Parashat Naso - May 30

2015-05-27 07:59
נשא Naso Numbers 4.21—7.89 God chose one family to serve as his priests in the Tabernacle and the Temple. One of the main duties of the priest was to bless the people. A very special blessing was reserved exclusively for Aaron, the High Priest, and for all High Priests who would follow him. Th

Parashat Emor - May 2

2015-05-02 08:49
אמר Emor Leviticus 21.1 — Lev. 24.23 In the middle of this week's Parasha, in Leviticus 23.10-14, it reads like this: “Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; an

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

Parashat Kedoshim - April 26

2014-04-22 02:08
קדשים K’doshim Leviticus 19.1—20.27 Leviticus 19.2: “Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’” Leviticus 20.7, 22-24, 26: “Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep my s

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