Parashat Balak / פרשת בלק

BALAK 2 And Balak bar Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amoraah. 3 And the Moabaah feared before the people greatly because they were many; yea, the Moab are were in distress before the sons of Israel. 4 And Moab said to the elders of Midian, Now will this host consume all…

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…

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…

Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Tazria-Metzora (She Bears Seed-Infected One) TORAH READING Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33 HAFTARAH II Kings 7:3 – 7:20 In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God…

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…

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…

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…

LECH LECHA

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? GENESIS 12 (PAL) — 1 And the Lord said to Abram, Go thou from thy land; separate thyself from thy kindred; go forth from the house of thy father; go into the land which I will show thee. 2 And I will make thee a great people, and…

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…

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…

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…