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

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