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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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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


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


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