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 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 Shmini / פרשת שמיני

Torah Reading: Parshas SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47 THE EIGHTH DAY The “eighth day” with which our parshah of SHEMINI opens was the first day of the month of Nissan, one year since the Exodus from Egypt. This was the day marked out for the final inauguration of the Sanctuary following seven days of consecration of Aaron and his sons for service as priests. Those seven days … Continue reading Parashat Shmini / פרשת שמיני

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

Parashat Vayeshev / פרשת וישב

SECTION IX. VAYESHEV. And Jakob dwelt in peace in the land of the sojourning of his fathers, in the land of Kenaan. These are the generations of Jakob. Joseph was a son of seventeen years. He had come forth from the school, and was a youth brought up with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpha his fathers wives. And Joseph brought their … Continue reading Parashat Vayeshev / פרשת וישב

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 Achrei Mot / פרשת אחרי מות

Ha’aretz‘s cartoonist summarizes a substantial slice of what concerns us this week. He depicts one variety of religious Jews wanting to perform a sacrifice on the Temple Mount, and another Jew, unkempt and secular, walking his dog in the opposite direction. The Jew leading a young goat in the direction of the Temple Mount is neither ultra-Orthodox nor typically Orthodox. He’s part of a fringe … Continue reading Parashat Achrei Mot / פרשת אחרי מות

Parashat Metzora / פרשת מצרע

LET’S STUDY ONKELOS STUDY GUIDE METZORA (CHAPTER 14:1–15:33) SUMMARY OF THE TORAH PORTION The purification process of the metzora is outlined; the indigent metzora is allowed to bring fewer sacrifices; a house afflicted with tzara’at has a special purification procedure; the Torah addresses the impurity derived from female and male bodily discharges and under what conditions the impurity is transmitted; distinctions are made between the … Continue reading Parashat Metzora / פרשת מצרע

Parshas Tazria-HaChodesh

Parshas Tazria 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, 2nd and 3rd Aliya: The laws of purity and impurity as they pertain to childbirth are discussed. The basic laws of Tzaras, its diagnosis by a … Continue reading Parshas Tazria-HaChodesh

Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

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 & 2nd & 3rd Aliyot: The instructions for offering a “Oleh” – burnt offering (fully consumed on the Alter) is detailed. This offering could be brought from a … Continue reading Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

Parashat Pekudei / פרשת פקודי

TORAH: PEKUDEI By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: PEKUDEY Exodus 38:21-40:38. Special Selection: Shabbat Shekalim Exodus 30:11-16. II Kings 12:1-17 (Sephardi ritual: II Kings 11:17-12:17). Rosh Chodesh: Numbers. 28.9-15. A LESSON IN GOOD GOVERNMENT The parshah of PEKUDEY brings the second book of the Torah, Exodus, to an end, concluding the subject of the construction of the Sanctuary, which occupies the last five of its … Continue reading Parashat Pekudei / פרשת פקודי

Parashat Vayakhel / פרשת ויקהל

Parshas Vayakhel 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 & 2nd Aliyot: The Parsha begins with the Mitzvah of Shabbos and the penalty for her transgression. Note that Pasuk 35:5 is classic proof of the … Continue reading Parashat Vayakhel / פרשת ויקהל