Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

naso Portion Commentary   Messiah the Avenger Thought for the Week: Messiah is our redeemer. He has redeemed us from slavery, from sin, from condemnation and from death. He is our kinsmen redeemer, our brother in the house of God, who has ransomed us from the debt we could not pay. Therefore, we speak of Him as redeemer. He is also the national redeemer of Israel. … Continue reading Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

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 describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with … Continue reading Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

Torah Reading: Parashat Vayikra Leviticus 1:1-5:26 AND G-D SPOKE TO HIM FROM THE TENT OF MEETING The last five pariahs of the Book of Exodus explained the form of the Sanctuary and its vessels, and Exodus concluded with an account of how the completed Sanctuary was finally erected by Moses on the 1st of Nissan, almost one year after the Exodus from Egypt. With the … Continue reading Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Torah Reading: KI TISA Exodus 30:11-34:35Haftara: I Kings 18.1-39 (Sephardi ritual: I Kings 18.20-39). PROVIDING THE MEDICINE BEFORE THE ILLNESS The lengthy first section of our parashah of KI TISA (the entire first Aliyah in the synagogue Torah reading, up to Ex. 31:18) starts with a number of commandments concluding the account of the Sanctuary, its vessels, and the daily services of its ministering priests. … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה

God spoke to Moses… Some say that this was said to Moses during the 40 days on the mountain (Tanna DeBei Eliahu Rabbah 17; Lekach Tov on Exodus 35:1; Ibn Ezra; Baaley Tosafoth; Zohar 2:194a, 224a). According to others, it was said after the Golden Calf, when Moses went up for the second set of tablets (Exodus 34:29; Seder Olam Rabbah 6 from Exodus 34:32; … Continue reading Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה

Parashat Beshalach / פרשת בשלח

Seven days after the Exodus from Egypt, which we read about last week, the nation stood on the shores of the Red Sea and expected redemption.  The sea blocked their route ahead of them and the Egyptian army with its speedy chariots threatened them from behind.  There was no escape.  And just when they felt utter despair, God instructed Moses: “Speak to the children of … Continue reading Parashat Beshalach / פרשת בשלח

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

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות “Generations” “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac…” Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:6-31 The traditional blessing pronounced before reading the Torah is as follows: Bar’khoo et Adonai ham’vo’rakh (Congregation responds) Ba’rookh Adonai ham’vo’rakh lay’o’lahm vah-edBless Adonai, who is to be blessed. (Congregation responds) Blessed is Adonai, who is to be … Continue reading Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות

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 Chayei Sara / פרשת חיי שרה

Genesis 23:2 with Sforno, Midrash Tanhuma Source Sheet by yaakov Saavedra בראשית כ״ג:ב׳ (ב) וַתָּ֣מָת שָׂרָ֗ה בְּקִרְיַ֥ת אַרְבַּ֛ע הִ֥וא חֶבְר֖וֹן בְּאֶ֣רֶץ כְּנָ֑עַן וַיָּבֹא֙ אַבְרָהָ֔ם לִסְפֹּ֥ד לְשָׂרָ֖ה וְלִבְכֹּתָֽהּ׃ Genesis 23:2 (2) And Sarah died in Kiriath Arba—it is Hebron—in the land of Canaan; Abraham came to grieve for Sarah and to weep for her.   ספורנו על בראשית כ״ג:ב׳:א׳-ב׳ (ב) ותמת שרה. אחר שנולדה רבקה הראויה למלאת מקום … Continue reading Parashat Chayei Sara / פרשת חיי שרה

Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 -11:25 The Big IF “If only [i.e. because] you shall hearken to these laws, safeguarding and keeping them, then Hashem your G-d will safeguard for you the covenant and the kindness that He swore to your forefathers.” (Devarim 7:12) If only you shall hearken to these laws – The Hebrew word is “Eikev” which can mean “if only” or “because.” Understood as such, the Torah … Continue reading Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב