Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach

בס"ד Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach Torah Reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26 Maftir: Numbers 28:19-25 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14 This Shabbat is the Shabbat which occurs during the festival of Unleavened Bread. Since this Shabbat is part of the festival period, special readings are read and we will return to the normal Parashah next week. In this article, I would like to share a verse from the book … [Read more...]

Parashat Acharei Mot (After the death of) Leviticus 16:1-18:30

בס"ד Parashat Acharei Mot (After the death of) Leviticus 16:1-18:30 Shabbat HaGadol! Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 This Shabbat is the Shabbat prior to Passover. It is called the Great Shabbat and when the Temple stood in Jerusalem, its primary purpose was to remind the people to select the lamb for the sacrifice and on the tenth day of the month of Nisan, to bring this lamb into one's home … [Read more...]

Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Leviticus 14:1-15:33

בס"ד Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3-20 Once again the disease of leprosy plays the major role in this week's Torah reading. In last week's parashah, it is recorded that the Kohanim were to inspect the skin of the one infected in order to see if the outbreak was in fact leprosy, or if it was some other ailment. Likewise, when one saw that the leprosy had … [Read more...]

Parashat Tazria (She conceives) Leviticus 12:1-13:58

בס"ד Parashat Tazria (She conceives) Leviticus 12:1-13:58 Shabbat HaChodesh Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 This Shabbat is called Shabbat HaChodesh because it is the Sabbath before the very special month of Nissan, the month of redemption (the month in which Passover occurred). Although this week's parashah opens with matters related to the birth of a son or a … [Read more...]

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47

בס"ד Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Shabbat Parah Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38 Once again, this week there is a special Shabbat— Shabbat Parah (Cow). This is of course in regard to the Red Heifer, which was used for the purpose of purification. There is also a connection between this week's Torah reading and the concept of purification or the … [Read more...]

Parashat Tzav (Commandment) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36)

בס"ד Parashat Tzav (Commandment) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36) Shabbat Zachor Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34 This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Purim and therefore we read two special portions.  The Maftir speaks about Amalek, from whom wicked Haman came, and the Haftarah tells of the Amalek king Agag, also related to Haman. In this week's Torah … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Yayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23 In this week's Torah portion, Moses teaches about the various sacrifices which were offered first in the Tabernacle and then in the Temple. One of these sacrifices was called a "sin sacrifice". It is important to note that the sin sacrifice was only for one who sinned unintentionally. For one who sinned, … [Read more...]

Parashat Pekudei (Commandments of) Exodus 38:21-40:38

בס"ד Parashat Pekudei (Commandments of) Exodus 38:21-40:38 Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17-12:17 Shabbat Shekalim and Chazak! This Shabbat is a full one, as not only do we finish the book of Exodus (Shabbat Chazak), but we also begin the first of four special readings that relate to either Spring, Passover or Purim. This first reading is called Shekalim, as it reminds us of … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayakhel (and he assembled) Exodus 35:1-38:20

בס"ד Parashat Vayakhel (and he assembled) Exodus 35:1-38:20 Haftarah: I Kings 7:13-26 (Sephardim) 40-50 (Ashkenazim) Frequently I am asked about the Temple and if it is true that there are preparations being made for the building of the Third Temple. The answer is no. Although there are a few organizations that teach about the Temple and have made models of some of the Temple vessels and the … [Read more...]

Parashat Ki Tisa (For you shall lift up—an idiom which means “take a census”)

בס"ד Parashat Ki Tisa (For you shall lift up—an idiom which means "take a census") Exodus 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39 In this week's Torah portion, Moses ascends once more upon Mount Sinai to receive the second set of Tablets. He was upon the Mountain for forty days and forty nights and we are told that he did not eat bread nor did he drink water (See Exodus 34:28). This is … [Read more...]