Yochanan 1

1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [In the beginning was the Word.] In the beginning; in the same sense with Bereshith, In the beginning, in the history of the creation, Genesis 1:1. For the evangelist proposeth this to himself, viz. to shew how that, by the Word, by which the creation was perfected, the redemption was … Continue reading Yochanan 1

Matthew 24

1. And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to show him the buildings of the temple. [To shew him the buildings of the Temple.] “He that never saw the Temple of Herod never saw a fine building. What was it built of? Rabba saith, Of white and green marble. But some say, Of white, green, and spotted marble. … Continue reading Matthew 24

Parashat Ki-Teseh

Parashat Ki-Teseh begins with the exceptional law of “Eshet Yefat Toar,” which deals with the case of a soldier who encounters an attractive foreign woman while fighting a war, and desires her. The Torah allows the soldier in such a case to marry the woman after fulfilling certain conditions. The commentators explain that the Torah enacted this provision because the soldier would otherwise be likely … Continue reading Parashat Ki-Teseh

Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI

Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19.Haftara: Isaiah 54:1-10. THE HOME AND THE FAMILY The opening mitzvah of the parshah, that of the beautiful captive, takes us directly inside the home, which is where the captive is taken to “grow her hair and nails”. Life in the home and in the family is a central theme throughout the parshah. Immediately following the law of the beautiful … Continue reading Torah Reading: KI SEITZEI

9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RABBINIC JUDAISM

Aside from knowing that we share some of the same religious texts, most Christians today are completely unfamiliar with the “modern” forms of Judaism (forms that go back almost 2,000 years). To close a small portion of the knowledge gap about our religious Jewish neighbors, here are nine things you should know Rabbinic Judaism. 1. In Judaism, a rabbi is a teacher of the Torah. … Continue reading 9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RABBINIC JUDAISM

Is Fear Of Hashem Something So Insignificant?

MOSHE RABENU KNEW WHO HE WAS  Moshe Rabenu asks the Jewish people: “and now Israel what does Hashem your G-d ask of you but to fear Hashem” (Devarim 10:12). The Gemara asks regarding this pasuk: “is yirat Shamayim something so insignificant?” (Brachot 32b), to which the Gemara responds: “yes, for Moshe Rabenu it is something very small” (ibid.). There have been many who have struggled … Continue reading Is Fear Of Hashem Something So Insignificant?

Preparing Before Reading the Torah

Description: Preparing Before Reading the Torah; The Different Customs When Calling Someone For an AliyaThe Shulhan Aruch (Orah Haim 139) writes that before one reads from the Torah, he must prepare the reading and review the text at least twice, preferably four times. He must prepare the reading so he will read it properly, with the proper tune, vowels and pronunciation. This applies even in … Continue reading Preparing Before Reading the Torah

Deuteronomy Chapter 1 דְּבָרִים

Deuteronomy Chapter 1 דְּבָרִים א  אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים, אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-כָּל-יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּעֵבֶר, הַיַּרְדֵּן:  בַּמִּדְבָּר בָּעֲרָבָה מוֹל סוּף בֵּין-פָּארָן וּבֵין-תֹּפֶל, וְלָבָן וַחֲצֵרֹת–וְדִי זָהָב. 1 These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel beyond the Jordan; in the wilderness, in the Arabah, over against Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Di-zahab. ב  אַחַד עָשָׂר יוֹם מֵחֹרֵב, דֶּרֶךְ הַר-שֵׂעִיר, עַד, קָדֵשׁ בַּרְנֵעַ. 2 It is eleven days … Continue reading Deuteronomy Chapter 1 דְּבָרִים

Torah Reading: DEVARIM

Torah Reading: DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22Isaiah 1:1-27.THE BOTTOM LINEAs always, we commence the reading of the book of DEVARIM (Deuteronomy), the last of the Five Books of Moses, on the Shabbos preceding the fast of Tisha Be’Av (9th Av) commemorating the destruction of the Holy Temple. Tisha Be’Av is a call to Teshuvah (repentance), setting us on course for the season of Teshuvah during the months … Continue reading Torah Reading: DEVARIM