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Preface to the Parashot HaShavua

2017-09-23 06:45
This preface for the parashot HaShavua has been prepared to give those who are newer to the Jewish culture a better understanding of the background of the weekly Torah Portion.  We hope you find this information helpful. The Bible Society in Israel Introduction Towards the end of the T

Parashat Re'eh - August 19th

2017-08-17 15:00
ראה R’eh Deuteronomy 11.26—16.17 Parashat Re’eh begins like the Shema; “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” Both are exhortations and appeals to the people of Israel by Moses in the last month of the forty year sojo

Parashat Ekev - August 12th

2017-08-11 08:00
עקב Ekev Deut. 7:12 - Deut. 11:25 In this week's Parasha we read the following verses, Deuteronomy 8.2-3: “You shall remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your

Parashat Va'Etchanan - August 5th

2017-08-04 08:00
ואתחנן Va'Etchanan Deut. 3:23 - Deut. 7:11 This week's Parasha contains a section that deals with the spiritual intimacy between God and His people.  We read the following in Deuteronomy 5.22-27: “These words the Lord spoke to all your assembly at the mountain out

Parashat Devarim - July 29th

2017-08-03 15:00
דברים Devarim Deuteronomy 1.1—3.22 “’Command the people’ (Deuteronomy 2.4). God said to him, ‘I do not command only you, but you must give this command to your children.’ God said to Moses, ‘You must command the heads of the generations, those who lead honorably, and command the people.’ R

Parashot Matot-Masaei July 22nd

2017-07-20 11:45
There are two parashot this weekend (this occurs whenever there is not a Jewish leap year): Parashat Matot: Parasha: Numbers 30:2 - 32:42 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1 - 2:3   Numbers 30.2-4: “When a man vows a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he

Parashat Pinchas - July 15th

2017-07-20 11:40
פינחס Pinchas Numbers 25.10—30.1 The end of parashat Balak and the beginning of parashat Pin’khas (Numbers 25.11, 13), confront us with an all-out participation in idolatry and harlotry on the part of the Children of Israel. “The people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. They inv

Parashat Balak - July 8th

2017-07-06 15:00
בלק Balak Numbers 22.2—25.9 An important theme of Parashat Balak is the way God will fulfill the promised blessings and curses in his covenant with Abraham. This fulfillment will come with the reign of King-Messiah in the last days (Numbers 24.14, 17ff.). Balak’s statement to Balaam that “he w

Parashat Chukat - June 1st

2017-06-30 08:40
חקת Chukat Numbers 19.1—22.1 Numbers 19.1-10: The rabbis found the ceremony of the red heifer to be so difficult to understand that they said even King Solomon was not able to understand it: “This is the rule of the Torah. Rabbi Itzhak said, ‘I tried all this with wisdom; I said, “I will becom

Parashat Korach - June 24th

2017-06-22 16:05
קרח Korakh Numbers 16.1—18.32 Numbers 16.1-5, 12: “Now Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, two hundred and fifty le

Parashat Shlach Lecha - June 17th

2017-06-18 13:30
שלח לך Shlach Lecha Numbers 13.1—15.41 To begin let's look at a few verses from this week's Torah Portion.  “And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this

Parashat BeHa'alotcha - June 10th

2017-06-09 08:00
בהעלתך Beha'alotcha Numbers 8.1—12.16 This week's Parasha begins with the cleansing of the priests.  Numbers 8.5-6, 14, 19, 22: And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the Levites from among the people of Israel and cleanse them. . . . you shall separate the Levites from among the peop

Parashat Naso - June 3rd

2017-06-02 08:00
נשא Naso Numbers 4.21—7.89 God chose one family to serve as his priests in the Tabernacle and the Temple. One of the main duties of the priest was to bless the people. A very special blessing was reserved exclusively for Aaron, the High Priest, and for all High Priests who would follow him. Th

Parashat BeMidbar June 27th

2017-06-01 18:00
במדבר BeMidbar Numbers 1.1—4.20 Numbers 3: This chapter deals with priests and Levites. We see in a number of places that the Messiah is a priest, even God’s great High Priest. Zechariah 6.12-13: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up

Parashat B'Har May 20th

2017-06-01 17:30
בהר B’har Leviticus 25.1—26.2 In this week's Parasha we read the folling in Leviticus 25.9-10: “Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the f

Parashat Emor - May 13th

2017-06-01 17:00
אמר Emor Leviticus 21.1 — Lev. 24.23 In the middle of this week's Parasha, in Leviticus 23.10-14, it reads like this: “Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; an

Acharei Mot - K'doshim - May 6th

2017-05-07 09:15
  אחרי מות Acharei Mot This week there is a double portion of the Parasha, meaning two Torah Portions for one week. Leviticus 16.1—18.30 Leviticus 16.6, 11, 17, 24: On the day of atonement Aaron made atonement for himself. This points clearly to his own sinfulness. The Messiah

Tazria & Metzura - April 29

2017-05-07 09:00
Parashat Tazria  Leviticus 12.1—13.59 Parashat Tazria is combined with Parashat Metsora in regular years. They are read separately in leap years. Parashat Tazria begins with the eight brief verses of Leviticus 12, which deal with the purification of a woman who has given birth to a chi

Parashat Shimini - April 22

2017-04-21 08:00
שמיני Shmini Lev. 9.1 — Lev. 11.47 The offering of sacrifices is a central theme of the Torah. In Genesis 8.20-22 we see that, despite man’s sinful nature, God promises that he will never again curse the ground. Why? Because of the burnt offerings made by Noah. Later God commanded Abraham

Parashat Tsav & Shabbat HaGadol - April 8th

2017-04-07 11:45
צו Tsav Lev. 6.1 — Lev. 8.36 (in the Hebrew text) Lev. 6.8 — Lev. 8.36 (in the English text) Leviticus 8.12: “He poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron's head, and anointed him, to consecrate him.” Chapter 8 gives detailed instructions for the consecration of the priests. The a

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