Parashat Miketz / פרשת מקץ

Early on in his laws of repentance, Maimonides gives us a definition of the highest form of repentance: What is complete repentance? When we are confronted with a situation in which we previously sinned and could do so again, but this time we desist not out of fear or weakness but because we have repented. An example: a man has sexual relations with a woman … Continue reading Parashat Miketz / פרשת מקץ

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 (2-8) He shall be brought to the Kohen: 14:3 And the Kohen shall go forth out of … Continue reading Lesson 28

Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Torah Portion Summary of The Weekly Torah Reading: Parshas Ki TisaNote: 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: This first Aliya concludes the details of the Mishkan’s construction. The Bnai Yisroel are commanded to give … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

“The fourth row of stones [in the breastplate] was chrysolite, onyx, and jasper.” (28:20) QUESTION: The Jerusalem Talmud (Pei’ah 1:1) says we can learn a lesson i n kibud av — honoring one’s father — from a non-Jew by the name of Dama ben Netina. Once, the yashpeih (jasper) stone of the breastplate got lost, and Dama ben Netina happened to have one. When the … Continue reading Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

UNIVERSAL TORAH: TETZAVEH By Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: TETZAVEH Exodus 27:20-30:10 Haftara: Ezekiel 43:10-27. LIFE IN THE HOUSE In last week’s parshah of TERUMAH, the Torah taught us the form and shape of the House of G-d with all its vessels. In this week’s parshah of TETZAVEH, we receive instructions about the daily activities that are to take place in that House. The central … Continue reading Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

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 Vaera / פרשת וארא

  Parashat Va’era פרשת וארא “And I appeared” “And God spoke to Moses…” (Exodus 6:2) Torah Portion: Exodus 6:2-9:35
 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29-21 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:14-33 Shabbat |9 January 2016  |  28 Tevet 5776 THE PHARAOH WITHIN US “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult. Lest G-d will see and it will be bad in His … Continue reading Parashat Vaera / פרשת וארא

Torah Portion Shemos

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (often contracted in English as “I AM”) is one of the Seven Names of God accorded special care by medieval Jewish tradition.[1] The phrase is also found in other world religious literature, used to describe the Supreme Being, generally referring back to its use in Exodus. The word Ehyeh is considered by many rabbinical scholars to be a first-person derivation of the Tetragrammaton. Continue reading Torah Portion Shemos

PARASHAS SHEMOS

THE KEY IS SHABBOS Adam was created for the highest mission, to “fill the earth and conquer it and rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and every living being swarming on the earth” (Gen. 1:28). But Adam fell from his mission, and instead of “tending and guarding” the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:15), he was driven out to … Continue reading PARASHAS SHEMOS

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