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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

Parashat Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32

בס"ד Parashat Korach Numbers 16:1-18:32 Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14-12:22 In this week's Torah reading, one of the main themes is rebellion. It is clear from this passage that rebellion against G-d leads to death. Those who witnessed HaShem's response to the rebels were most fearful. After the incident with Korach's rebellion, HaShem affirms the leadership of Aaron and his sons (the priests) at … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Shelach L'cha (You send out) Numbers 13:1-15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1-24 There is no doubt that while the Children of Israel were in the wilderness they tended to think about everything from their perspective rather than HaShem's. This fact is clearly seen when they said, "…Surely it is better for us to return to Egypt." Numbers 14:3b The problem was located in what they … [Read more...]

Parashat Behaalotcha (When you light…) Numbers 8:1-12:16

בס"ד Parashat Behaalotcha (When you light…) Numbers 8:1-12:16 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 In this week's Torah reading one reads. "And they journeyed from the Mountain of HaShem, a three day journey, and the Ark of the Covenant of the L-rd journeyed before them, a three day journey, to scout out for them a resting place." Numbers 10:33 All I hear about today is how stressed everyone … [Read more...]

Parashat Nasso (Lift up, idiom for taking a census)

בס"ד Parashat Nasso (Lift up, idiom for taking a census) Numbers 4:21-7:89 / Haftarah: Judges 13:25 What guides your life? The answer should be the truth of the Word of G-d illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Too often we allow emotions and other personal considerations to lead us to make decisions which are in conflict with Scripture. Obviously grace and forgiveness are factors, but they should … [Read more...]

Parashat B’midbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20

בס"ד Parashat B'midbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 This Shabbat we begin the fourth of the five books of the Torah. In English it is called Numbers; while in Hebrew it is known as "In the Wilderness". The English title is derived from the fact that the number of men from each tribe is listed. In actuality, it is not each tribe, for the tribe of Levi is not … [Read more...]