Parashat Vaetchanan (And he entreated) Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Vaetchanan (And he entreated) Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26 In this week’s Torah portion, Moses sees what is called “This Good Mountain” and “the Lebanon” (see Deuteronomy 3:25). Although most English translations think that this is the area called Lebanon, like the country today, it is odd that the direct article appears on the word, … [Read more...]

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

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat D’varim (Words) Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1-27 This Shabbat we finish the third of the three special prophetic readings. This final portion is always read prior to Tisha B’Av. In this week’s Torah reading, the book of Deuteronomy opens with the following few verses, “These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel on the other side … [Read more...]

Parshiot Mattot and Masei (Tribes and Journeys)

בס״ד Parshiot Mattot and Masei (Tribes and Journeys) Numbers 30:2-32:42 and 33:1-36:13 Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28, 3:4, 4:1-2 Shabbat Chazak This week we have two Torah readings. In the opening of the first portion, Parashat Mattot, one reads about the importance of keeping one’s word. A person’s reputation is clearly affected by one’s integrity. When one says something, he should fulfill … [Read more...]

Parashat Pinchas Numbers 25:10-30:1

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Pinchas Numbers 25:10-30:1 Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3 We are now in the period of time between the 17th of Tammuz and Tish B’Av, the three weeks between when Nebuchadnezzar broke through the walls of Jerusalem and the destruction of the First Temple (Also the Second Temple was destroyed by Titus on the same date— the ninth of Av). There are three special … [Read more...]

Parashat Balak Numbers 22:2-25:9

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Balak Numbers 22:2-25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8 Although this Shabbat is the 17th of Tammuz, this fast is postponed until the following day in honor of the Shabbat. In this week’s Torah reading, one encounters a verse to which Rabbis often refer when Yeshua’s divinity is mentioned. The verse is: “Not a man is G-d that He will lie or a son of man … [Read more...]

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

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Chukat (Statute of) Numbers 19:1-22:1 Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33 In this week’s Parashah, we learn a very important quality of G-d, namely He will fight on behalf of His people. In the book of Exodus, when speaking about the crossing of the Red Sea (Sea of Reeds), HaShem is called a Man of War (See Exodus 15:3). Why do I want to emphasize this fact? Today, … [Read more...]

Parashat Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32 Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22 In this week’s Torah portion, we find an answer to the common question that many people encounter when they tell a Jewish person that Yeshua is the Messiah. I have heard so many times this response, “You mean tell me that all of our Rabbis throughout the ages have rejected Yeshua as the Messiah and … [Read more...]

Parashat Shelach L’cha (You Send) Numbers 13:1-15:41

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Shelach L’cha (You Send) Numbers 13:1-15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 In this week’s Torah reading, Moses sends out spies to bring back a report to the people concerning the Promised Land. Although the Land was good and most desirable, the majority of the spies (ten of the twelve) and all the people did not want to take possession of it. The reason for this … [Read more...]

Parashat Behaalotcha (When you kindle) Numbers 8:1-12:6

בס״ד Parashat Behaalotcha (When you kindle) Numbers 8:1-12:6 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Numbers are important in the Scriptures. Often, one can learn valuable information which will assist one in interpreting a Biblical text if this one understands the meaning and the proper use of numbers. In this week’s Torah reading, there is an interesting verse that states, “And it was in the second … [Read more...]

Parashat Nasso (Lift up) Numbers 4:21-7:89

בס״ד Parashat Nasso (Lift up) Numbers 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 In this week’s Torah portion, we learn a very important aspect of the Biblical word “holy”. In the English language, when one hears the word holy, it conjures up thoughts of purity, goodness, sacredness, etc. Such words do indeed relate to holiness, but there is another aspect of holiness that is often overlooked by … [Read more...]