Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

Torah Portion: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 1st Aliyah: Exodus 27:20-28:12 (14 verses) 2nd Aliyah: Exodus 28:13-30 (18 verses) 3rd Aliyah: Exodus 28:31-43 (13 verses) 4th Aliyah: Exodus 29:1-18 (18 verses) 5th Aliyah: Exodus 29:19-37 (19 verses) 6th Aliyah: Exodus 29:38-46 (9 verses) 7th Aliyah: Exodus 30:1-10 (10 verses) Maftir: Exodus 30:8-10 (3 verses) Special Maftir Shabbat Zachor: Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (3 verses) Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets): Ezekiel 43:10 – 43:27 When Parashat Tetzaveh coincides with a special Shabbat, a different Haftarah is traditionally read: Shabbat Zachor: I Samuel … Continue reading Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

Parashat Bo / פרשת בא

AND IT SHALL BE FOR A SIGN. The lessons of the Torah are not to remain in the mind. “And you shall know (VEYADAATA) today and bring it DOWN TO YOUR HEART that HaShem is the G-d in the heavens above and on the earth below, there is none other” (Deut. 4:39). The Exodus was the greatest ever revelation in history so far of DAAS … Continue reading Parashat Bo / פרשת בא

Parashat Vayigash / פרשת ויגש

VAYIGASH Torah Reading: VAYIGASH Gen. 44:18-47:27. “AND JUDAH STEPPED FORWARD.” The key to the dramatic encounter between Judah and Joseph with which our parshah of VAYIGASH begins is to be found in the Haftara our sages attached to this parshah: Ezekiel’s vision of the joining of the two sticks. One stick the prophet was to inscribe with the names of Judah and the Children of … Continue reading Parashat Vayigash / פרשת ויגש

Noah’s Sacrifices

Noah’s SacrificesUnderlying the present parshah of Noah and the ensuing parshiyos, which tell the story of the patriarchs, is the quest for the Holy Mountain of G-d, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Adam’s body had been created from the dust and earth of the Temple Mount. And “to dust you will return!” — mankind must return to this spot and bring sacrifices in order to … Continue reading Noah’s Sacrifices

Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא

Parashat Ki Tavo is the 50th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. Deuteronomy 26:10 – 29:8 Summary Parshat Ki Tavo In this parashah, Moses tells the people that when they come into the “land of milk and honey” (“Ki Tavo” means “when you enter”) and have settled there, each of them is to bring a basket containing the first fruits of … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tavo / פרשת כי־תבוא

Shining Light on Your Best Self

Toldos Yaakov Yosef, Re’eh 10.3 If the Heavenly proclamation is discernible, why doesn’t anyone hear it? Genesis 1:31 (31) And God saw everything that God had everything, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. בראשית א׳:ל״א (לא) וַיַּ֤רְא אֱלֹהִים֙ אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֔ה וְהִנֵּה־ט֖וֹב מְאֹ֑ד וַֽיְהִי־עֶ֥רֶב וַֽיְהִי־בֹ֖קֶר י֥וֹם הַשִּׁשִּֽׁי׃ (פ) Bereishit Rabbah 9:7 (7) Rabbi Nahman said in … Continue reading Shining Light on Your Best Self

Parashat Pinchas / פרשת פינחס

PINCHAS Torah Reading PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1 PINCHAS, PRINCE OF PEACE “Pinchas son of Elazar son of Aaron the Priest turned away My wrath from upon the Children of Israel in his zealousness. Therefore say: I hereby give him My Covenant of Peace” (Numbers 25:11-12). The opening verses of our parshah of PINCHAS follow immediately after the account of Pinchas’ heroic act given at the end … Continue reading Parashat Pinchas / פרשת פינחס

Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת

AND the Lord spake with Mosheh and to Aharon, saying: This is the decree of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying: Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring to thee a red heifer, unblemished, with no spot in her, and upon which no yoke hath been put. And you shall give her unto Elazar the priest, that he may bring her … Continue reading Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

Parsha Summary for Parshas Shlach Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st Aliya: Moshe sends the Spies on their mission. 2nd Aliya: The Spies return carrying the massive fruits of the land. They deliver their … Continue reading Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך

Torah Portion: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 After the dedication of the Sanctuary — the portable Temple and repository of the Torah — the Children of Israel were almost ready to start the journey to the Land of Israel. The purpose was to fulfill the mission of Abraham, the founding father: to take the Ark of the Covenant up to Jerusalem so that the light of the … Continue reading Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך