Parashat Shoftim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

בס"ד Parashat Shoftim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12-52:12 One of my favorite verses is found in the book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes). There one reads, "…for not to the swift is the race, and not to the heroes is the war, and also not to the wise is the bread, and also not to the intelligent is the wealth, and also not to the knowledgeable is the favor..." Kohelet … [Read more...]

Parashat Re’eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26-16:19

בס"ד Parashat Re'eh (See) Deuteronomy 11:26-16:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:11-55:5 Things are much easier to accomplish when one plans well in advance to do them. As we move closer to the end of the Hebrew month of Av, the month of Elul is very near. Elul is traditionally a month which prepares us for the Holy month of Tishre, in which the festivals of Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, and Succot are … [Read more...]

Parashat Eikev (Reward) Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25

בס"ד Parashat Eikev (Reward) Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 Haftarah: Isaiah 49:14-51:3 In this week's Torah reading, it is said that "HaShem will not take a bribe." (Deuteronomy 10:17) Throughout the Scriptures, there are several occurrences where those in leadership positions are commanded not to take a bribe. However, it is never said in the Bible, that one should not offer a bribe. Does this mean … [Read more...]

Parashat Vaetchanan (He supplicated) Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

בס"ד Parashat Vaetchanan (He supplicated) Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26 Earlier this week, we observed the fast of the 9th of Av.  This day commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples. It is significant to note that there are exactly seven Shabbats between this day and Rosh HaShanah. On each of the Shabbats, we read a special prophetic passage dealing with the … [Read more...]

Parashat D’varim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22

בס"ד Parashat D'varim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27 In this week's Torah portion, HaShem commands the Children of Israel saying, "…Enough dwelling at this mountain…See, I have given before you the Land, come and take possession of the Land…" Deuteronomy 1:6-8 (Selected) The mountain where the Children of Israel were dwelling was of course Mount Horeb (Mount Sinai). … [Read more...]

Parashat Masei (Journeys) Numbers 33:1-36:13

בס"ד Parashat Masei (Journeys) Numbers 33:1-36:13 Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4; 4:1-2 Shabbat Chazak In this Torah reading, one learns that having a great deal of money does not change the judgment that one receives. In chapter 35, there is a section concerning the cities of refuge. The cities were for a person who killed another without intent of killing, but still was responsible for the … [Read more...]

Parashat Mattot (Tribes) Numbers 30:2-32:42

בס"ד Parashat Mattot (Tribes) Numbers 30:2-32:42 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 Since we have observed the fast of the 17th day of Tammuz earlier this week, we have entered into the three weeks of mourning, when we remember some of the most difficult things that happened to the Children of Israel. As far as this week's Torah reading, there is instruction concerning the death of Moses. HaShem tells … [Read more...]

Parashat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1

בס"ד Parashat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: I Kings 18:46-19:21 In this week's Torah reading, one learns that each day there are certain sacrifices which are required to be offered at the Temple. This includes on the Shabbat and Holidays as well. Obviously today, without the Temple, there is no place to offer such sacrifices. Setting aside the discussion of whether one needs to make … [Read more...]

Parashat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9

בס"ד Parashat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 In this week's Torah reading, we encounter a Gentile prophet by the name of Bilam (Balaam). This man truly heard from G-d, but sadly one learns in the New Testament that he was not faithful (See 2 Peter 2:15, Jude verse 11, and Revelation 2:14). It is this man who prophesied that the sign of Messiah's birth would be a star and many … [Read more...]

Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Numbers 19:1-22:1

בס"ד Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Numbers 19:1-22:1 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 World War II represented a period of great turmoil when more than sixty nations went to war and a total of approximately seventy million people died. Although there have been wars since this conflict, nothing has compared to the instability and suffering which this war brought. Messiah Yeshua taught that the Last Days … [Read more...]