Posts in category Torah-Exodus

P’kudei – Torah In Haiku

P'kudei

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 www.thetorahinhaiku.com […]

P’kudei (Records)

P'kudei

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 […]

T’rumah – Torah In Haiku

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)

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. […]

Yitro (Jethro)

Exodus 18:1 to 20:23 This week’s parsha marks a major change in the content of Torah. We move from stories of our ancestors to text that emphasizes the laws that the Israelites are to follow for all time. In many ways this parsha serves as an introduction or preamble to all the laws that follow […]

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