Monthly archives for February, 2015

T’tzaveh (Instruct or Command)


Exodus 27:20 to 30:10 The text commands the Israelites to mount a lamp in front of the Ark of the Pact … then describes the vestments of the priest. Even thought the text seems remote, both have an impact on our sanctuaries today. This week we read the only parsha from the start of Exodus […]

T’rumah – Torah In Haiku

    ….  The Tabernacle … Built with gifts from everyone … Built by everyone — This week’s portion consists primarily of a list of the materials and details of the blueprint for building the Tabernacle. It seems tedious at times, but there is an important lesson in the opening verses. Exodus 25:1-2,8 God spoke […]

T’rumah (Donation)


Exodus 25:1 to 27:17 Moses asked the Israelites for donations of the materials needed to build a “home for God” … the structure that was also designed to become a powerful reminder of the presence of God in their lives. God tells Moses to speak to all the Israelite people … all the men and […]

Mishpatim – Torah In Haiku

Do this. Don’t do that … Last week, ten broad commandments … This week, some details — Last week we read about receiving the Ten Commandments amidst fire, clouds and thunder at Sinai. Still at the mountain, the Israelites are now presented with a list of 53 more detailed laws – the name of the […]

Mishpatim (Rules)


Exodus 21:1 to 24:15 Torah presents 613 laws. The purpose of most is clear. However, many seem dated or have no practical purpose. How are we to view and practice these laws? In last week’s text the Israelite people received the Ten Commandments. The parsha ended with God speaking to Moses: “Thus shall you say […]

Yitro – Torah in Haiku


Two days to prepare … Before God descends Sinai … The Presence revealed — Exodus 19:10-11 God said to Moses, “Go to the people and sanctify them today and tomorrow … Let them be ready for the third day; for on the third day God will come down, in the sight of all the people, […]

Yitro (Father-in-law of Moses)


Exodus 18:1 to 20:23 God speaks the words of the Ten Commandments…. These Ten statements serve as a preamble for the rules, laws and commandments that will be presented throughout the rest of Torah. The parsha opens with a meeting between Moses and his father-in-law, Yitro. Moses tells Yitro how God brought the Israelites out […]

B’shalach – Torah In Haik...

B’shalach – Torah In Haiku

Miriam, timbrels … All of the women, dancing … “Sing to Adonai” — Exodus 15:20-21 Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them: “Sing to Adonai, who has triumphed gloriously; Horse and driver God […]

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