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T’rumah (Offerings)

T'rumah

Exodus 25:1 to 27:19 – The Eternal has made a covenant with the Israelites… After presenting the laws that must be followed, the Eternal asks the Israelites to create a Tabernacle, a place where God can dwell among the people. Both are designed to bring the people closer to God. In Genesis, God created the universe […]

Mishpatim (Rules or Laws)

Mishpatim

Exodus 21:1 to 24:18 – Moses is given the rules, laws, and ordinances that will shape and define the Israelite nation. This week there is a great change in the format of Torah content. Since Genesis we have read about the dramatic, four generation story of a family that worshiped the Eternal (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and […]

Yitro (Father-in-law of Moses)

Yitro - Ten Commandments

Exodus 18-1 to 20:11 – Moses received the Ten Commandments and the Israelites promised to follow these commandments. Talmud re-interprets the second commandment providing added meaning to how we should follow God and Torah’s commandments. The book of Exodus, and maybe even Torah itself, reaches a climax with this week’s reading. Before all of the […]

Lech L’cha (Go to yourself)

Lech L'cha

Genesis 12:1 to 17:27 This text introduces Abram – or Abraham as he is called later. Torah then details the life, successes, and beliefs of Abram after his direct contact with the Eternal. “Go to yourself’” – This seems like an unusual combination of words. How can I go to myself?…. I’m with me all […]

Noach (Noah)

Noach

Genesis 6:9 to 11:32 The stories of Noah and the Tower of Babel document the corruption and evil that had taken over the earth. This week’s text tells of God’s response. The Torah tells us that “the earth became corrupt before God, the earth was filled with violence, and God saw how corrupted the earth […]

B’reishit (In the beginning)

B'rieshit

Genesis 1:1 to 6:8 In the world God created was a Garden of Eden in which a Tree of All Knowledge was planted. When the fruit of this tree was eaten, was the result a punishment or reward? And now we go back to the beginning…. In six days God created the universe, our solar […]

V’zot Hab’rachah (And thi...

V'zot Hab'rahah

Deuteronomy 33:1 to 34:12 The last chapters of Torah relate Moses’ blessing to the people and tell of his death. (Picture to right -Simhat Torah Flag – France, 1930) This week we are celebrating Sukkot. During this seven day celebration, each day has its own reading. The text for Saturday, October 22 is Deuteronomy 14:22 […]

Haazinu (Give ear … Listen)

Haazinu

Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Moses looks at the traits of the Israelites and predicts a future…. In a recent book by author Marjorie Ingall she looks at today’s Jews and sees a different future. This week’s reading, often called the Song of Moses, takes the form of a “song” or poem presented by Moses to the Israelites. […]

Vayeilech (And he went)

Vayeilech

Deuteronomy 31:1-30 In this week’s Torah reading Moses presents an idea that is designed to both establish faith in God and bring a knowledge of the law to the Israelites. “Moses went and spoke these things to all Israel…” (Deut.31:1) These are the opening words of the final address to the Israelites before they enter the […]

Nitzavim (Standing)

Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29:9 to 30:20 For the people who have turned away from God, Torah provides the process of Teshuvah – return to God – The process can apply to both the nation of Israel and the individual Jew. This week’s portion is always read the week before Rosh Hashanah. It features an extensive listing of […]

Ki Tavo (When you enter)

Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1 to 29:8 In concluding his Third Discourse to the Israelites, Moses tells them to hear and pay attention to his words. Rabbi Kook extends this command to a discussion of how to best study Torah. In this week’s text, Moses is concluding his third discourse to the people before they enter the Promised […]

Ki Teitzei – Torah In Haiku

Ki Teitzie

  Defiant children? … Torah calls on the neighbors … To help reign them in — Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and […]

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