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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 […]

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

Ki Tisa – Torah in Haiku

  G-d talks to Moses: …. Look what your people have done …. Let me destroy them —— Moses talks to G-d: …. What will the Egyptians say …. If you destroy them?——— As the people dance around the Golden Calf, both G-d and Moses seem ready to abandon them. First, G-d tells Moses, “your […]

Ki Tisa (When you take)

Ki Tisa (When you take)

Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 to 34:35 The Golden Calf demonstrated that the people needed something tangible in order to remain faithful to God. Moses brings three items to the Israelites to fill this void … The Tabernacle, Shabbat, and direction provided by the laws and commandments of Torah. “The Eternal One spoke to Moses […]

T’rumah – Torah in Haiku

T’rumah – Torah in Haiku

Ark of Covenant … Sought by Indiana Jones … Is described this week ——— Exodus 25:16 And you shall put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.   (See Ex 25:10-22 for full description of the Ark)     Ed Nickow | The Torah In Haiku  Twitter  Facebook

Mishpatim – The Torah in Haiku

G-d makes an offer … The people do not refuse … Covenant is sealed —————- Exodus 24:7-8 Then [Moses] took the record of the covenant and read it aloud to the people. And they said, “All that the Eternal has spoken we will faithfully do.” Moses took the blood [from the offerings] and dashed it […]

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 – The Torah In Haiku

Bo – The Torah In Haiku

The final three plagues …. G-d’s power is shown – to whom? …. Egypt or the Jews? —————- The opening verses of the parsha suggest that not only did G-d intend the plagues to be a sign to the Egyptians so that Pharaoh would “let my people go.” These miraculous signs would also be recalled […]

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 […]

Va-eira – Torah in Haiku

Va-eira – Torah in Haiku

Four seder wine cups… Connected to this parsha… G-d’s four promises—————– The Passover Haggadah connects the four cups of wine to this week’s portion: Exodus 6:6-7 Say, therefore, to the Israelite people: I am the Eternal. I will FREE YOU from the labors of the Egyptians and DELIVER YOU from bondage. I will REDEEM YOU with an outstretched arm and through […]

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 / […]

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