Parashat Tzav, Why is fat to be offered by fire before God?

Vayikra / Leviticus 7:1 'Now this is the law of the guilt offering; it is most holy. (NASB)  In the Torah, the five major korbanot (offerings) are described as being “most holy” as we see here in Vayikra / Leviticu...

Parashat Vayikra, The Salt of the Covenant of Our God

            This week’s Parashat, Parashat Vayikra (Vayikra / Leviticus 1:1-5:26), details five types of korbanot (sacrifices).  The Torah states that only three of a...

Parashat VaYakhel, Is there hope in the mitzvot?

God gifted certain men to be involved in the construction of the Mishkhan (Tabernacle).  Shemot / Exodus 36:1 ‘Now Bezalel and Oholiab, and every skillful person in whom the Lord has put skill and understanding to know ho...

Parashat Ki Tisa, Have you relied upon your own strength or upon the Lord who strengthens you?

In this week’s reading, taking a census of the sons of Yisrael is considered a sin according to the Torah that leads to a plague that would break out amongst the people.  Shemot / Exodus 30:12 ‘When you take a censu...

Parashat Tetzaveh, "The Menorah Illustrates our Relationship with God."

The Triennial reading cycle for this week ( Shemot / Exodus 27:20 – 28:30) details the construction of the priestly garments and that the sons of Yisrael are to bring clear oil beaten from olives to be used to keep the menorah...

Parashat Terumah, "The genuine man of faith."

In this week’s reading, the Lord speaks to Moshe saying Shemot / Exodus  25:2 ‘Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. … 2...

Parashat Mishpatim, Selling ourselves into slavery by the work of sin.

This week’s reading, Shemot / Exodus 21:3-22:3, discusses how a man is to treat his slaves if he is a slave owner.  The Scriptures detail selling one’s self, selling one’s daughter, and treating slaves fairly....

Parashat Yitro, Seeking and Listening to Wise Counsel.

In this week’s reading, Shemot / Exodus 18:1-27, Moshe takes the responsibility of solving all the people’s problems.  Jethro, Moshe’s father-in-law, sees how this is affecting Moshe and the people and offers ...

Parasaht Beshalach, Searching for God’s Wisdom

In this week’s reading, Shemot / Exodus 13:17-15:26, Pharaoh’s army follows the Children of Yisrael into the wilderness to overtake them and bring them back to Mitzrayim (Egypt).  The people feared and blamed Moshe ...

Parashat Bo, Are you beginning to resemble what you are worshiping?

 In this week’s reading (Shemot / Exodus 10:1-11:3), Moshe and Aaron speak to Pharaoh asking to let the people go to worship their God: Shemot / Exodus 10:3 Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, ‘Thus say...

Parashat Va’era, By My name, Lord, I did not make Myself known to them.

In this week’s reading from the Triennial Cycle ( Shemot / Exodus 6:2-7:7) God says to Moshe in Shemot / Exodus 6:3 and I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name, Lord, I did not make Myself know...

Parashat Shemot: Hope’s Focus.

In the opening verses of Parashat Shemot, we learn that Yoseph (Joseph) dies and Pharaoh decides to enslave the children of Yisrael (Yaakov) because they feared the multitude of people the children of Yisrael had become.  The S...

Parashat Vayechi, Love, Praise, Worship, and Passion for God

In this week’s Parashah, Parashat Vayechi, Yisrael (Yaakov/Jacob) is dying and Yoseph (Joseph) brings his two children to Yisrael so that he could bless them before he dies.  In the narrative Yisrael adopts Yoseph’s...

Parashat Vayigash, Holding onto God in the midst of our suffering.

 One of the most memorable moments in the Story of Yoseph (Joseph), in this week’s Parsha, Parashat Vayigash, is when Yoseph wept over his brothers forgiving them of their sin against him.  Bereshit / Genesis 45:2 He...

Parashat Miketz, Remaining Faithful.

Parashat Miketz meaning “at the end” is the second word and the first distinctive word of the Parashah of the tenth weekly Torah portion in the annual cycle of the Torah reading.  The Triennial Cycle portion, Beresh...

Parashat Vayeshev, The gifts God gives us.

In Parashat Vayeshev, Bereshit / Genesis 37:1-37:36, we read 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.  37:4 His brothers saw that their fat...

Parashat Vayishlach, Testing our faith

Times of hardship can test the faith and convictions of all of us.  God’s Word in Parashat Vayishlach recognizes the challenge of testing in Yaakov’s (Jacob’s) life, whether it comes from fear that resulted fr...

Parashat Vayetze: Yeshua is our ladder to Heaven

In the reading for this week, Parashat Vayetze (“and he went out”), from Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-22, God gave Yaakov a vision of angels ascending and descending upon a ladder at a place that is called Luz.  Reading...

Parashat Toldot: Birthright, knowledge, and grace.

Bereshit / Genesis 25:29 When Jacob had cooked stew, Esau came in from the field and he was famished; 25:30 and Esau said to Jacob, ‘Please let me have a swallow of that red stuff there, for I am famished.’ Therefore his...

Parashat Chayei Sarah: Being Honest by Remembering God’s Covenant

In this week’s reading from the Triennial cycle (Bereshit / Genesis 23:1-24:9) in Parashat Chayei Sarah (life of Sarah), there are two very important observations on the life of Avraham, (i) Avraham’s dealing with the Hi...

Parashat Vayera, The One whom Avraham is speaking to.

Bereshit / Genesis 18:1 Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.  18:2 When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him;...

Parashat Lekh Lekha, Avraham was led by faith.

Bereshit / Genesis 12:4 So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.  12:5 Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his nephew, and all thei...

Parashat Noach, Having trouble hearing the Lord?

Bereshit / Genesis 6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.  7:1 Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Enter the ark, you and all your household, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before ...

Parashat V’zot Hab’rachah: The God of the Upright Ones.

In this week’s reading, the last reading for the Jewish Year we find an interesting phrase “the God of Jeshurun” in Devarim / Deuteronomy 33:26 ‘There is none like the God of Jeshurun, Who rides the heavens to...

Yom Kippur: "Prepare Your Heart"

We first find the mitzvah (command) to observe this day of atonement in Vayikra / Leviticus 16:1-34 following the story of the death of Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shmini (see Vayikra / Leviticus 10) and the erra...

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