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

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach. Once again, this Shabbat is … Continue reading Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Praying by the Holy Spirit in Hodayot

By Pinchas Shir -February 22, 2021 1474 The Hebrew word Hodayot refers to “thanks” or “thanksgiving”. Other names include Thanksgiving Hymns, Thanksgiving Psalms, Hymns Scroll and Scroll of Hymns. The main scroll found in 1947 is designated 1QH a. Other fragments of this text have been found in Caves 1 and 4 (1Q35, 4Q427-432). The text quoted below is known as the Hodayot — “prayers and songs of thanksgiving” discovered … Continue reading Praying by the Holy Spirit in Hodayot

ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

תצוה    פרשת זכור   בס”ד     The Zohar says there are 53- גן Parshios in Chumash, but there are really fifty four. There are many opinions that זאת הברכה is not counted as a Parsha, since in חו”ל this Parsha is never read on שבת. There are other opinions that נצבים and וילך are considered one, and others hold the same with מטות ומסעי. The חידא says … Continue reading ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

The Gospel of Peter

The Gospel of Peter – Patristic References The following is transcribed from M.R. James in The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1924). Here I place the notices of it that are found in the Church wrtiers. There are but three. Origen on Matthew, x. 17. (They of Nazareth thought that Jesus) was the son of Joseph and Mary: but the brothers of Jesus some (founding on a … Continue reading The Gospel of Peter

Megillah Reading- Corona virus

Every member of the Jewish nation is obligated to read the Megillah on the day of Purim. One must read it during the night and once again the next day, as the verse states, “My G-d, I call out to you during the day and you do not answer; during the night I have no rest.” This verse is written in the chapter of Tehillim … Continue reading Megillah Reading- Corona virus

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

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14

CHAPTER F OURTEENPRAYERPart one: Awakening to the importance of prayerand it’s details. In the gemarah in Brachot (6b) it says, “One of the Rabbissaid to R’ Bayvo Bar Abaye, and some say that it was R’ Bayvo toR’ Nachman Bar Yitzchok, ‘What thing is very elevated and yetdegraded by people?’ [Meaning that it says this in Tehillim (12)and they asked how to understand the verse]. … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14

Parashat Terumah / Moshe and Betzalel

The Difference Between Moshe and Betzalel [Understanding Why Betzalel Was Able to Make the Menorah, Whilst Moshe Couldn’t] From HaGaon Rav Zevadia HaCohen Shlit”a, The Head of the Batei Din in Tel Aviv(translated by our dear friend Rav Daniel Levy Shlit”a, Leeds UK) This Shabbat we shall read in the weekly Parashah the donations the Bnei Yisrael gave to the building of the Mishkan. This … Continue reading Parashat Terumah / Moshe and Betzalel

The Laws of Hearing Parashat Zachor- Coronavirus

Halacha Yomit The Halacha Yomit is distributed to 26,940 active daily recipientsThe Laws of Hearing Parashat Zachor- Coronavirus “Remember What Amalek Has Done to You”On the Shabbat preceding Purim, which is this coming Shabbat, after the opening of the Ark immediately following Shacharit prayers, two Sifrei Torah are removed; in the first one, we read the weekly Parasha (which is Parashat Vayikra this year, 5779) … Continue reading The Laws of Hearing Parashat Zachor- Coronavirus

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 13

CHAPTER THIRTEENSACRIFICE FOR TORAH STUDY AND SURRENDER OFTHINGS WHICH PREVENTS VIGILANCE IN TORAHSTUDY The gemarah in massechet Brachot (71b) says, “Once thewicked ruling kingdom decreed that Yisrael may not involvethemselves with Torah. Rebi Akiva came, gathered groups ofpeople and publicly taught them Torah… it was but a few dayslater that they caught Rebi Akiva and imprisoned him. Whenthey brought out Rebi Akiva to kill him … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 13