Parashat Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10

בס"ד Parashat Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Shabbat Zachor Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19, Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34 This week's Torah reading teaches about the Kohanim (Priests) and their garments. In the midst of the parashah one reads, "And you shall take from the blood which is upon the altar and from the anointing oil and you shall sprinkle upon Aaron and his garments … [Read more...]

Parashat Terumah (Donation) Exodus 25:1-27:19

בס"ד Parashat Terumah (Donation) Exodus 25:1-27:19 Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13 In this week's Torah portion, there is a verse that summarizes the will of G-d. One reads, "And they will make for Me a Sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst." Exodus 25:3 An interesting question concerning this verse is "Why is the subject in the third person plural (They)?" It seems more logical that the … [Read more...]

Parashat Mishpatim (Judgments) Exodus 21:1-24:18

בס"ד Parashat Mishpatim (Judgments) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Shabbat Shekalim Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17-12:17 In this week's Torah portion, there is a wide variety of laws given. These commandments are for the purpose of regulating a community and insuring that justice is maintained. In the midst of these laws, one reads, "Do not lift up a vain report..." Exodus … [Read more...]

Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23

בס"ד Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 (6-7) In this week's Torah portion, there is found the familiar verse, "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy people…" (Exodus 19:6). I often refer to this verse when people inquire about the kippah (Hebrew) or yarmulke (Yiddish). Many individuals want to know if there is any Biblical basis for this … [Read more...]

Parashat B’shalach (When he sent) Exodus 13:17-17:16

בס"ד Parashat B'shalach (When he sent) Exodus 13:17-17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 In this week Torah portion, one learns about the uniqueness of the Shabbat. It is clear from many places in the Scriptures that the Shabbat is connected to rest. I have heard many people state that of course we need at least one day to rest each week. This has led many to wrongly conclude that as long as a … [Read more...]

Parashat Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16

בס"ד Parashat Bo (Come) Exodus 10:1-13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13-28 A common question that I receive is in regard to Torah observance. Within the body of believers there is a movement called Messianic Judaism. Those that are a part of Messianic Judaism, whether they be Jewish or Gentile, want to worship HaShem and express their faith in Him and His Son Yeshua, in a manner that reflects many … [Read more...]

Parashat Va’eira (And I appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35

בס"ד Parashat Va'eira (And I appeared) Exodus 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 In this week's Torah portion, worship plays a major role. In other words, the reader can learn many Biblical principles in this parashah concerning how one should worship the L-rd. HaShem had previously informed Moses that the primary purpose why Pharaoh was to send forth the people (Israel), was for them to … [Read more...]

Parashat Shmot (Names) Exodus 1:1-6:1

בס"ד Parashat Shmot (Names) Exodus 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23 In this week's Torah portion, Moses marries a Midianite woman. Usually when an Israelite marries a gentile it is understood as the wrong thing to do. Even today, although interfaith marriages are looked upon with great disfavor by Jewish leaders, approximately 50 percent of Jewish individuals will marry a non-Jew. … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayechi (And he lived) Genesis 47:28-50:26

בס"ד Parashat Vayechi (And he lived) Genesis 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12 Shabbat Chazak In this week's Torah portion, Jacob prophesies concerning his twelve sons (i.e., the twelve tribes of Israel) and what will happen to them in the last days. This section of Scripture is most problematic for those who say that Israel as a people has no more relevance today. Jacob's words, although … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayigash (And he approached) Genesis 44:18-47:27

בס"ד Parashat Vayigash (And he approached) Genesis 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28 In this week's Torah reading, Jacob receives a special vision. It is a special vision for a few reasons. The term that is used here is unique. This is the only place that the expression מראות הלילה appears in the Bible. Although it is usually translated as a "night vision" the word מראות is more closely … [Read more...]