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…

Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת

Numbers Chapter 19 1 Chukat And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 2 This is the statute of the law which the LORD hath commanded, saying: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer, faultless, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke. 3 And…

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…

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

UNIVERSAL TORAH: SHELACH LECHA By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: SHELACH LECHA, Numbers 13:1-15:41Haftara: Joshua 2:1-24 With the arrival of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year, we are now standing on the threshold of TEKUFAT TAMMUZ, “the season of the month of Tammuz”, the hottest time of the year. For long…

Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך

Next read in the Diaspora on 06 June 2015. Parashat Beha’alotcha is the 36th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.Torah Portion: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16After the dedication of the Sanctuary — the portable Temple and repository of the Torah — the Children of Israel were almost ready to start the…

Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

Next read in the Diaspora on 30 May 2015. Parashat Nasso is the 35th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.NASO21 And the Lord spake with Mosheh, saying: 22 Take the account of the sons of Gershon also, after the house of their fathers, by their families; 23 from thirty years…

Haftorah Behar-Bechukosai

Parshas Behar – Bechukosai 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: Parshas BeHar begins with the laws of Shemitah and Yovel. The land lay…

BEHAR SINAI – BECHUKKOTHAI

BEHAR SINAI LEVITICUS 25 (ONKELOS) — 1 And the Lord spake with Mosheh in the mountain of Sinai, saying: 2 Speak with the children of Israel, and say to them: When you have entered into the land that I will give you, the land shall have rest by an intermission (shemet shemittha) before the Lord….

Parashat Behar / פרשת בהר

BEHAR SINAI LEVITICUS 25 (ONKELOS) — 1 And the Lord spake with Mosheh in the mountain of Sinai, saying: 2 Speak with the children of Israel, and say to them: When you have entered into the land that I will give you, the land shall have rest by an intermission (shemet shemittha) before the Lord….

Parshas Emor

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: Specific restrictions for Kohanim and the Kohain Gadol pertaining to marriages, sexuality, and mourning. 2nd Aliya: Laws…