Parashat Vayetzei / פרשת ויצא

Lesson Summary Parashat Vayetzei is the seventh weekly reading in the annual Torah reading cycle and the seventh reading of Bereshit (“Genesis”). Vayetzei (וַיֵּצֵא) is Hebrew for And He Left and is the first word of the parashah, which begins with Ya’akov’s (Jacob) departure from his family in Be’er Shava (Beersheva) and his journey toward Haran, to the family […]

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות

Parashat Toldot / פרשת תולדות “Generations” “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac…” Torah Portion: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:6-31 The traditional blessing pronounced before reading the Torah is as follows: Bar’khoo et Adonai ham’vo’rakh (Congregation responds) Ba’rookh Adonai ham’vo’rakh […]

Parshas Chayei Sarah

Spiritual Selection & Survival Parshas Chayei Sarah Posted on June 7, 2002 (5760) By Rabbi Aron Tendler | Series: Rabbi’s Notebook | Level: Beginner Let’s take a look at the Biblical scorecard since the beginning of Bereshis. Adam and Chava had three sons: Kayin, Hevel, and Shes. Kayin […]

Adv Parsha 05-Vaera

A word of caution the Midrash of Zohar is to be understood and study at the Sod level of interpolation, so one must not be a novice, Learn the Sod level 1st “And Hashem appeared to him” There were numerous moments in history when the goal of eternal […]

The Number 40

The number 40 has great significance throughout the Torah and the Talmud. The number 40 represents transition or change; the concept of renewal; a new beginning. The number 40 has the power to lift a spiritual state. Consider: When a person becomes ritually impure, he must immerse in […]

Parasha Noach / פרשת נח

NOAH Torah Reading: Noah: Gen. 6.9-11.32 Parshas BEREISHIS told the story of the first Ten Generations of the Children of Adam, establishing fundamental facts about the world and man’s existential situation within it. The Parshah of NOAH spans the second Ten Generations, from Noah to Abraham. The Parshah […]

Lesson 37

Parashah 37 Shalach L’kha שׁלח־לך 13:1-15:41 Rashi comments : Send for yourself: According to your own understanding. I am not commanding you, but if you wish, you may send. Since the Israelites had come [to Moses] and said, “Let us send men ahead of us,” as it says, […]

Lesson 31

Parashah 31:Emor (Speak) 21:1-24:23 21:1 (i) Vayomer ADONAI el Moshe: Emor (אמר) el ha Kohenim Benai Aharon, ve amarta alehim lenefesh lo-yitama bamav There shall none be tamei (defiled) for the dead among his people: 21:2 But for his kin, that is karov (near, קרב) to him, [that […]


DIASPORA TORAH READING FOR SHABBAT MAY 11: KEDOSHIM Universal Torah commentary By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: Parshas KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 19:1-20:27 Haftara: Amos 9.7-15 (Sephardi ritual: Ezekiel 20.2-20). BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY This week’s parshah, KEDOSHIM TIHYU, “Be holy.”, was specifically addressed by G-d through His […]

Lesson 30

Parashah 30: Kedoshim (Set Apart people)19:1-20:27 [In regular years read with Parashah 29, in leap read separately] Kedoshim : Holiness code, Parents, Shabbat n idols of chapters 19-20 consist of 64 verses and 51 mitzvot Exercise the mitzvot in Disciplinary lifestyle Key instruction: Love first Elohim with all […]

Lesson 28

Parashah 28: Metzora (Person afflicted with Tzra’at) 14:1-15:33 [In regular year read with Parashah 27, in leap years read separately] 14:1(i) And Adonai spoke to Moshe, saying: 14:2 This shall be the Torat ha metzora in the day of his Tohorah (cleansing): The First stage of Metzora’s purification […]

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) […]