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 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 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 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 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

Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת במדבר

Sefer Bamidbar-Lessons of Desolation א. .1 Numbers 1:1-2 ב. במדבר א׳:א׳-ב׳ .2 (א) ַוְיַדֵבּר יקוק ֶאל ֹמ ֶשׁה ְבּ ִמְדַבּר ִסיַני ְבּ ֹאֶהל מוֵֹעד ְבֶּאָחד ַל ֹחֶדשׁ ַה ֵשִּׁני ַבּ ָשָּׁנה ַה ֵשִּׁנית ְלֵצא ָתם ֵמֶאֶרץ ִמ ְצַריִם ֵלא ֹמר. (ב) ְשׂאוּ ֶאת ֹראשׁ ָכּל ֲעַדת ְבֵּני יִ ְשָׂרֵאל ְל ִמ ְשׁ ְפּ ֹח ָתם ְלֵבית ֲא ֹב ָתם ְבּ ִמ ְסַפּר ֵשׁמוֹת ָכּל ָזָכר … Continue reading Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת במדבר

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

Praying with Tears

Psalm 100 is said on weekday mornings as part of Pesukei D’Zimra, the preliminary blessings and psalms. This translation is reprinted from Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan’s anthology of sayings about prayer, A Call to the Infinite, It is written, “Serve God with gladness, come before Him with the song” (Psalms 100:2). No sadness may be shown. What if a person feels pain and anguish? He cannot rejoice in his … Continue reading Praying with Tears

Parashat Vayechi / פרשת ויחי

Parasha for the Week:  Vayechi: Genesis 47: 28 – 50:26 Haftarah for the Week:  1 Kings 2:1 – 12 Besorat Yeshua:   Mark 13:32 – 14:9 Genesis Chapter 47 1 Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said: ‘My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they … Continue reading Parashat Vayechi / פרשת ויחי

Numerical Surprises

In Hebrew, each letter has a numerical value. The numerical value of the dreidel’s nun, gimmel, hey and shin is 358. This is also the numerical value of some key words in Hebrew. It’s the same as Nachash – the snake that tempted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge in the book of Genesis. It’s also the numerical value of the Hebrew word Moshiach, or Messiah, who … Continue reading Numerical Surprises

Advanced Parsha 08 – Vayetzei Zohar

1 “And Ya’akov went out from Be’er Sheva…”In this section of secret Torah teachings, Rabbi Chiya discusses the symbolism and meaning of Ecclesiastes’ resonant verse, “The sun also rises,and the sun goes down, and hastens to its place where it rises again.” The verse refers to Ya’akov, when he was in Be’er Sheva and went to Charan,where Beresheet tells us he “tarried…all night, for the … Continue reading Advanced Parsha 08 – Vayetzei Zohar