Monthly archives for March, 2015

Tzav – Torah in Haiku

Sacrificial blood … Placed on ears, thumbs and big toes … Of Aaron and sons — Leviticus 8:22-24 He brought forward the … ram of ordination … and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the ridge of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and […]

Tzav (Command)

Tzav

Leviticus 6:1 to 8:36 In Biblical times, wrongful acts (sins) were forgiven through animal sacrifices. After the Temple’s destruction, prayer replaced the sacrifices. But, how does prayer forgive sin? This week’s Torah reading gives added details regarding the ritual animal sacrifices as the Eternal speaks to Moses about the “commands” on how Aaron and his […]

Vayikra – Torah In Haiku

Vayikray

Mishkan completed … Now the rules for korbanot … Drawing close to God — The Book of Leviticus begins with rules for the sacrifices – korbanot – that will take place in the Tabernacle (Mishkan) that was completed as the Book of Exodus ended. The Hebrew provides us with clues to find meaning in these […]

Vayikra (And He –God- Called)

Vayikra

Leviticus 1:1 to 5:26 The text discusses animal sacrifices made in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple. When the Temple was destroyed, sacrifices were replaced with prayer. Is prayer as effective? Last week we finished Exodus and read about the building of the Tabernacle – A home for God in the Israelite community. This […]

Vayak’heil / P’kudei R...

Donations for Biblical Tabernakicle

All whose hearts moved them … All who were skilled – with “wise hearts” … All built the Mishkan — Exodus 35:5 Everyone whose heart so moves them shall bring gifts for God Exodus 35:10 Let all among you who are skilled come and make all the God has commanded The Hebrew word לב (lev […]

Vayak’heil – P’kudei

Vayak'heil

Vayak’heil  (And he convoked or And he assembled)– Exodus 35:1 to 38:20 P’kudei – (Records or Accounts)Exodus 38:21 to 40:38 Final chapters of Sh’mot/Exodus– a double parsha. In Vayak’heil the materials for the construction the Tabernacle and the and the priestly vestments are assembled. The importance of Shabbat is again emphasized. In P’kudei the Tabernacle is […]

Ki Tisa (take a census)

Ki Tisa

Exodus 30:11 to 34:35 This parsha includes the two very significant events that will shape the future of the Israelite people– the construction of the Golden Calf and the subsequent visit by Moses to God where he asks the forgiveness of God for the people’s action and receives a new covenant. Moses has just concluded […]

Ki Tisa – Torah In Haiku

​ Two tablets of stone … Written by God, but destroyed … By Moshe’s anger —   Exodus 31:18, 32:19 And God gave to Moses, when they finished speaking on Mt. Sinai, two tablets of Testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God … As soon as [Moses] came near to the camp […]

T’tzaveh – Torah In Haiku

​ The priestly vestments … Like our Shabbat observance … Honor and glory — T’tzaveh in almost entirely concerned with the ritual clothing and ordination of the priests. God says the priests’ vestments are “for honor and glory” (לכבוד ולתפארת – l’chavod ul’tifaret). The same words are in the blessing that follows the Haftarah reading. […]

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