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...]

Parashat BaMidbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20

בס״ד By Baruch—LoveIsrael.org Parashat BaMidbar (In the Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 In this week’s Torah portion, one reads, “For to Me is every firstborn; on the day I struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, I sanctified to Me every firstborn in Israel, from man unto beast shall be to Me, I am HaShem.” Numbers 3:13 You have heard me say many times that … [Read more...]

Parashat Bechukotai (In My decrees) Leviticus 26:3-27:34

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Bechukotai (In My decrees) Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 Shabbat Chazak In this week’s Torah reading, one encounters a puzzling statement. HaShem tells the people that He will establish His covenant with them. I thought this covenant had been established long before this time, at Mount Sinai. The point is that there is a major … [Read more...]

Parashat Behar (On the Mountain) Leviticus 25:1-26:2

בס״ד By Baruch LoveIsrael.org Parashat Behar (On the Mountain) Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6-27 In this week’s Torah reading, the Jubilee year is discussed. In regard to this commandment it is stated, “And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom in the Land for all its inhabitants….” Leviticus 25:10 There is only one point I want to share concerning this … [Read more...]

Parashat Emor (Say) Leviticus 21:1-24:23

בס״ד Parashat Emor (Say) Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31 In this week’s Torah reading it is stated, “And you shall not profane My Holy Name, and I shall be sanctified in the midst of the Children of Israel; I am the L-rd Who sanctifies you.” Leviticus 22:32 The term “sanctification” represents an important concept that each believer must understand. This term is derived … [Read more...]

Parshiot Acharei Mot and Kedoshim (After the death & Holy ones)

בס״ד By Baruch: LoveIsrael.org Parshiot Acharei Mot and Kedoshim (After the death & Holy ones) Leviticus 16:1-18:40 & 19:1-20:27 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 There is again this week two Torah readings. We will study from the first, Parashat Acharei Mot. There we find a well-known verse. “You shall keep My laws and My judgments; the man who will do them and he will live in them, I am … [Read more...]

Parshiot Tazria and Metzora (She will conceive & Leper)

בס״ד By Baruch: LoveIsrael.org Parshiot Tazria and Metzora (She will conceive & Leper) Leviticus 12:1-13:58 & 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: I Samuel 20:18-42 Shabbat Erev Rosh Chodesh Iyar This week we have a double reading from the Torah. The primary subject is leprosy. One reads that a person who has leprosy must behave in a certain manner. “And the one who has an affliction of leprosy— … [Read more...]

Parashat Sh’mini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47

בס״ד Parashat Sh'mini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 Unless you live in Israel, you will be reading a different Torah portion this Shabbat than the one on which I am writing. Outside of Israel, there is an additional day given to most holidays (according to the sages). Since the last day of Unleavened Bread falls on Friday this year, those who dwell in exile will … [Read more...]

Shabbat of Unleavened Bread

בס״ד Shabbat of Unleavened Bread Exodus 12:21-51 Maftir: Numbers 28:16-25 Haftarah: Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27 This Shabbat is the First Day of Unleavened Bread and therefore it would be treated as a Shabbat no matter upon which day it fell. On Friday evening the Passover Seder is observed. The Biblical basis for this special meal is found in the Torah reading. “And it shall be when you … [Read more...]

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...]