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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

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

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 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 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 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 Masei - Aug. 6

2016-08-04 12:45
מסעי Masei Numbers 33.1—36.13 Numbers 35:14-15: “You shall give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge. These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that any one who

Parashat Matot - July 30

2016-08-04 12:30
מטות Matot Numbers 30.2—32.42 This week's Parasha begins with instruction regarding vows that are made to the LORD. Numbers 30.2-4: “When a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out

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

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

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

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

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