Monthly archives for February, 2016

Ki Tisa (When you take a census)

Ki Tisa

Exodus 30:11 to 34:35 For a third time, Moses asks God for his name (identity). Rather than learning about the Eternal, God’s answer tells us more about the world around us and the world God wants man to create. This parsha opens at a time just before the building of the Tabernacle…. The Eternal tells […]

T’tzaveh (Command)

Ner Tamid

Exodus 27:20 to 30:19 The priests are commanded by the Eternal to light the menorah every day. Today, the light continues to shine as the Ner Tamid, located above the Ark containing the Torah. This week’s reading opens with a “command” that instructs the Israelites to bring “clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for […]

T’rumah – Torah In Haiku

Tabernacle_in_the_Wilderness-400

WHERE IS YOUR “MIKDASH”?… YOUR PLACE TO COMMUNE WITH GOD … IS IT PHYSICAL? — Exodus 25:8 And let them make Me a sanctuary (“mikdash”) that I may dwell among them (“b’tocham”) Some of our congregations have magnificent structures in which to gather. Others have more modest buildings, or rent space in a local school, […]

T’rumah (Donations)

Tabernacle_in_the_Wilderness-400

Exodus 25:1 to 27:19 At Sinai the Israelites witnessed the Eternal and received God’s laws. But when they leave Sinai, will they remember God or turn to other gods? The Golden Calf incident is a warning … The Tabernacle – a home for God – is a response that brings God into the community. God […]

Mishpatim – Torah In Haiku

Mishpatim

TO MEET THE DIVINE … MAKE SURE YOU’RE FULLY PRESENT … AVOID DISTRACTIONS — Exodus 24:12 God said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the teachings and commandments which I have inscribed to instruct them.” Every word of Torah is […]

Mishpatim (Laws)

Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 to 24:18 God gave Moses 613 laws. ordinances and rules for the Israelites to observe. All the people said “All these things we will do!” But can the people comply with all the laws? The Reform Jewish Movement has an answer. Last week we read about the Israelites receiving the Ten Commandments. In […]

Yitro – Torah In Haiku

4th Commandment

                            THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT … REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY … AND KEEP IT HOLY —   Parashah Yitro includes our first look at the Decalogue – “Ten Commandments” is not an accurate translation, although I took poetic license with this week’s haiku. […]

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