Monthly archives for February, 2014

Torah Portion P’kudei (Records)

Torah Portion P’kudei (Records)

P’kudie – Exodus 38:21 to 40:18 – After five weeks of Torah portions, the Tabernacle is finally complete. All this Torah content demonstrates the importance of this structure. In fact, it is more than a building; by its construction it affirms the Israelites’ commitment to God and God’s laws. Through these laws, the Israelites will […]

Vayak’heil – Torah in Hai...

Vayak’heil – Torah in Haiku

From whence comes talent? …. Our parents, teachers, mentors? …. Are all thanks to G-d? ——— This week we are told something interesting about those selected to build the Tabernacle. First, Moses tells the people that ” … G-d has singled out by name Bezalel … endowing him with a divine spirit of skill, ability […]

Vayak’heil (And he -Moses- conv...

Vayak’heil (And he -Moses- convoked or assembled)

Vayak’heil – Exodus 35:1 to 38:20  At the start of this week’s parsha, God commands the Israelites to rest on the Sabbath and not to do any work. Over the ages the rabbis have asked what is work and what is rest? This parsha takes place after the Golden Calf incident … and the return of […]

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

  G-d talks to Moses: …. Look what your people have done …. Let me destroy them —— Moses talks to G-d: …. What will the Egyptians say …. If you destroy them?——— As the people dance around the Golden Calf, both G-d and Moses seem ready to abandon them. First, G-d tells Moses, “your […]

Ki Tisa (When you take)

Ki Tisa (When you take)

Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 to 34:35 The Golden Calf demonstrated that the people needed something tangible in order to remain faithful to God. Moses brings three items to the Israelites to fill this void … The Tabernacle, Shabbat, and direction provided by the laws and commandments of Torah. “The Eternal One spoke to Moses […]

Shabbat

Shabbat

The Eternal commanded the people to celebrate Shabbat – A day that is separated from the rest of the week by not working and filling the day with rest. Why does this make this day so important to Jews throughout history? For six days God created all the universe, the earth, and all that is […]

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work...

On Shabbat “You Shall Not Do Any Work”

Shabbat is a day of rest … God commanded “You shall not do any work…” Six days a week a week I sit at a desk. I’m an accountant…. On Shabbat I want to do something that isn’t “work” like tending my garden and maintaining the yard. To me this is rest… Is this acceptable? […]

Celebrating Shabbat

Celebrating Shabbat

The observance of Shabbat is commanded in Torah. There is to be no work, it is a day of rest. From these commandments a full day of celebrating Shabbat has evolved. Here are some of the more common rituals and traditions… The observance of Shabbat is commanded in the Ten Commandments…. “Remember the Sabbath Day […]

T’tzaveh – Torah in Haiku

T’tzaveh – Torah in Haiku

On the priests’ vestments … Ancestors are remembered …  For us, and for G-d ————- The commandments for preparing the priests’ garments include in two places (see below) instructions for the placement of precious stones to serve as ways to remember the sons of Israel. The manner in which these are described in the text […]

T’tzaveh (“Instruct”...

T’tzaveh (“Instruct” or “Command”)

T’tzavah – Exodus 27:30 to 30:10 The text moves from the Tabernacle’s structure to the priests who will maintain and officiate within this holy structure. The first command to the priests, as with the creation of the world, “let there be light.” as the lamps of the Tabernacle’s menorah are lit…. And the tradition of […]

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