Posts in category Torah-Exodus

Vayak’heil-P’kudei (Doubl...


Exodus 35:1 to 40:38 Most of the text is about the assembly of materials for the Tabernacle and its construction, But, before work begins, the people are reminded of the importance of Shabbat. From the Ten Commandments (Commandment number three): “Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy; six days shall you labor and do […]

Ki Tisa (When you take a census)

Ki Tisa

Exodus 30:11 to 34:35 After the Golden Calf incident, Moses journeyed up the mountain again and asked forgiveness from the Eternal. At this time Moses made a second set of tablets and agreed to a new covenant with the Eternal. The text begins with instructions for a census and a tax on all males of […]

T’tzaveh (Instruct or Command)

Exodus 27:20 to 30:1-10 The clothing and accessories worn by the High Priest create an image of dignity while delivering a strong message. The same can be said of the coverings for the Torah. Last week the text described the materials needed to build and furnish the Tabernacle. This week the parsha begins with two […]

T’rumah (Offerings)


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)


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 […]

P’kudei – Torah In Haiku


Mishkan completed … A cloud settled upon it … The Glory of God — Exodus 40:34 The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled the Tabernacle. This week’s reading is the final portion in the Book of Exodus. חזק חזק ונתחזק – Chazak, chazak, v’nitchzek The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow […]

P’kudei (Records)


Exodus 38:21 to 40:35 With this parsha, as the Tabernacle is assembled, we take a closer look at this structure, its significance, and its similarities to our present-day sanctuaries. This parsha completes the Book of Exodus…. The Israelites are assembling the Tabernacle … “ the home for God.” This structure creates a visual reminder for […]

Vayak’heil (Assemble the Commun...

Jewish Art

Exodus 35:1 to 38:20 The Tabernacle, as described in Torah, was a work of art. Until the late 19th Century, Jewish history, art has mainly taken the form of ritual objects with few human forms depicted. With the enlightenment and Jewish assimilation of the late 1800’s, Jewish art entered mainstream world art. This week’s parsha […]

Ki Tisa – Torah In Haiku

MOSES, RADIANT … AFTER EXPERIENCING … THE PRESENCE OF GOD —     Moses returned to the mountain after the Golden Calf incident. As Rabbi Beth Kalisch writes in this week’s Ten Minutes of Torah, he had the chutzpah to ask God, “Oh, let me behold Your Presence!” (Exodus 33:18). God didn’t completely grant Moses’s […]

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 […]

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