Parashat Re’eh / פרשת ראה

Parsha Summary for Parshas Reeh 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 and 2nd Aliyot: Moshe instructs the Chosen People to eradicate any remnant of idolatry and strengthen all aspects of service to G-d. All … Continue reading Parashat Re’eh / פרשת ראה

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

Parshas & Haftorah Beshalach

Parshas Beshalach 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: The Bnai Yisroel (Children of Israel – Jews) had left Mitzrayim (Egypt). The closest route to Eretz Yisroel (The Land of Israel) was along the … Continue reading Parshas & Haftorah Beshalach

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

Parshas Shemini

Parshas Shemini 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 on Nissan 1, 2449. The seven-day inauguration of Aharon and his sons was completed and the ceremonies for the Mizbeach’s … Continue reading Parshas Shemini

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 Terumah / פרשת תרומה

Torah Portion Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading: Parshas TerumahNote: 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: A list of raw materials necessary for building the Mishkan was presented to the Bnai Yisroel: gold, silver, … Continue reading Parashat Terumah / פרשת תרומה

Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים

Parshas Mishpatim 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. The following Aliya summary will list the numerous laws detailed in Parshas Mishpatim. A total of 53 Mitzvot are commanded. 1st Aliya: The Jewish slave, Jewish maidservant, manslaughter, … Continue reading Parashat Mishpatim / פרשת משפטים

Parashat Yitro / פרשת יתרו

Parshas Yisro 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: Yisro brings Moshe’s wife and two sons to join him in the desert. In 18:10, Yisro proclaims his belief in Hashem (G-d) and identifies His … Continue reading Parashat Yitro / פרשת יתרו

Parashat Beshalach / פרשת בשלח

Torah Portion Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading: Parshas BeshalachNote: 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: The Bnai Yisroel (Children of Israel – Jews) had left Mitzrayim (Egypt). The closest route to Eretz Yisroel … Continue reading Parashat Beshalach / פרשת בשלח

it’s not about me: what Yosef taught Pharoah

1) The symbolism of Pharoah’s dream doesn’t really seem all that hard to figure out.  Why none of his advisor’s could  make sense of it seems more of a mystery than why Yosef got it. The Midrash contrasts “Pharoah omeid al h’ye’or” with “Hinei Hashem nitzav alav.”  The Egyptian diety was  subservient to the Pharoahs — religion was a tool to control the masses and … Continue reading it’s not about me: what Yosef taught Pharoah