Parashat Tzav (Command) Leviticus 6:1-8:36

בס"ד Parashat Tzav (Command) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 Shabbat HaGadol This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Passover. It is called the Great Shabbat (Shabbat HaGadol) because while in Egypt it was on a Shabbat that HaShem commanded His people to bring the Passover Lamb into their homes and keep it until the 14th day of Nissan, when they sacrificed it and placed its blood upon … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26

בס"ד Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20 / Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nisan This Shabbat begins not only the reading of the book of Leviticus, but also the new month of Nissan or Aviv. When Nissan arrives, it is time to start the preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the Gospels there is a significant … [Read more...]

Parshiot Vayakhel and Pekudei (And he assembled / commandments of)

בס"ד Parshiot Vayakhel and Pekudei (And he assembled / commandments of) Exodus 35:1-38:20 and 38:21-40:38, Shabbat Parah and Chazak! Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22, Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38   This week we have two Torah portions and it is also a special Shabbat for two reasons. First, we conclude the reading of the second book of Moses— Exodus (Shabbat Chazak) and secondly it is Shabbat … [Read more...]

Parashat Ki Tisa (When you lift up) Exodus 30:11-34:35

בס"ד Parashat Ki Tisa (When you lift up) Exodus 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39 In this week's Torah portion, one learns about trust. Sometimes it is hard to trust people. Perhaps a friend has let you down or even a spouse has betrayed the love that you had given this one. Unfortunately, humans can disappoint one another and not prove to be trustworthy. However, HaShem is always faithful … [Read more...]

Parashat Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10

בס"ד Parashat Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Shabbat Zachor Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19, Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34 This week's Torah reading teaches about the Kohanim (Priests) and their garments. In the midst of the parashah one reads, "And you shall take from the blood which is upon the altar and from the anointing oil and you shall sprinkle upon Aaron and his garments … [Read more...]

Parashat Terumah (Donation) Exodus 25:1-27:19

בס"ד Parashat Terumah (Donation) Exodus 25:1-27:19 Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13 In this week's Torah portion, there is a verse that summarizes the will of G-d. One reads, "And they will make for Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst." Exodus 25:3 An interesting question concerning this verse is "Why is the subject in the third person plural (They)?" It seems more logical that the … [Read more...]

Parashat Mishpatim (Judgments) Exodus 21:1-24:18

בס"ד Parashat Mishpatim (Judgments) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Shabbat Shekalim Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17-12:17 In this week's Torah portion, there is a wide variety of laws given. These commandments are for the purpose of regulating a community and insuring that justice is maintained. In the midst of these laws, one reads, "Do not lift up a vain report..." Exodus … [Read more...]

Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23

בס"ד Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (6-7) In this week's Torah portion, there is found the familiar verse, "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy people…" (Exodus 19:6). I often refer to this verse when people inquire about the kippah (Hebrew) or yarmulke (Yiddish). Many individuals want to know if there is any Biblical basis for this … [Read more...]

Parashat B’shalach (When he sent) Exodus 13:17-17:16

בס"ד Parashat B'shalach (When he sent) Exodus 13:17-17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 In this week Torah portion, one learns about the uniqueness of the Shabbat. It is clear from many places in the Scriptures that the Shabbat is connected to rest. I have heard many people state that of course we need at least one day to rest each week. This has led many to wrongly conclude that as long as a … [Read more...]

Parashat Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16

בס"ד Parashat Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28 A common question that I receive is in regard to Torah observance. Within the body of believers there is a movement called Messianic Judaism. Those that are a part of Messianic Judaism, whether they be Jewish or Gentile, want to worship HaShem and express their faith in Him and His Son Yeshua, in a manner that reflects many … [Read more...]