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Torah Portion P’kudei (Records)

Torah Portion P’kudei (Records)

P’kudie – Exodus 38:21 to 40:18 – After five weeks of Torah portions, the Tabernacle is finally complete. All this Torah content demonstrates the importance of this structure. In fact, it is more than a building; by its construction it affirms the Israelites’ commitment to God and God’s laws. Through these laws, the Israelites will […]

T’tzaveh (“Instruct”...

T’tzaveh (“Instruct” or “Command”)

T’tzavah – Exodus 27:30 to 30:10 The text moves from the Tabernacle’s structure to the priests who will maintain and officiate within this holy structure. The first command to the priests, as with the creation of the world, “let there be light.” as the lamps of the Tabernacle’s menorah are lit…. And the tradition of […]

Mishpatim (Rules or Ordinances)

Mishpatim (Rules or Ordinances)

Mishpatim – Exodus 21:1 to 24:18 The text from this week is often called the “Covenant Code.” Its ordinances form the covenant between the Israelites and God creating a holy people. This week we explore what constitutes being “holy.” In the last verses of last week’s parsha God told Moses how the Israelites should worship […]

Yitro (Jethro – Name of Moses&...

Yitro (Jethro –  Name of Moses’ father-in-law)

Yitro – Exodus 18:1 to 20:23  The text tells of Moses receiving the 10 Commandments and the acceptance and blessing of God by Jethro, a non-Israelite… Both events tell us much about the future traditions of the Israelites. “Jethro, priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, […]

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- le...

B’shalach (When he -Pharaoh- let the people go)

B’shalach – Exodus 13:17 to 17:16 God causes the plagues, divides the waters, defeats the Egyptian army, provides water when the Israelites are thirsty, sends manna when they are hungry…. Yet, whenever they want, why do the Israelites still show little faith in God and ask to return to the slavery of Egypt? “Now when […]

Bo (Go)

Bo (Go)

Bo – Exodus 10:1 to 13:16 – The Ten Plagues were designed to demonstrate the power of God to both Egyptians and Israelites…. But why was killing of 1st born needed? Most Egyptians had no part in freeing the Israelites. In fact, many were friendly toward the Israelites. Last week we read about the first seven […]

Sh’mot (Names)

Sh’mot (Names)

Sh’mot–Exodus 1:1-6:1: As the Book of Exodus begins, the story moves from individuals to nation building under leadership of Moses. But, why was Moses chosen as a leader? He is advanced in age and has no recent contact with the Isrealites or Egyptians. This week we begin a new book of Torah – Sh’mot / […]

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi (And he lived)

Va-y’chi – Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 “Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years: Jacob’s days – the years of his life – were 147.” (Gen. 47:28) In this week’s parsha we conclude Genesis with the deaths of both Jacob and Joseph. Looking back at the entirety of Genesis, there are several observations […]

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