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...]

Parashat Mikeitz (From the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17

בס"ד Parashat Mikeitz (From the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 Maftir: Numbers 7:30-41 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Shabbat Chanukah In this week's Torah reading, the goblet that was placed in Benjamin's sack was found. Joseph orchestrated this as a way of showing to his brothers their sinfulness. In other words, Joseph had the goblet placed in Benjamin's sack so that the brothers would believe that … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeishev (And he dwelt) Genesis 37:1-40:23

בס"ד Parashat Vayeishev (And he dwelt) Genesis 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8 In this week's Torah reading, Joseph is sold into slavery. At first the brothers were planning to kill him. This shows how easy it is for sin to take hold of people and lead them to commit an act of physical violence. One needs to realize that pride and jealousy can be manifested by a strong hatred that leads to … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayishlach (And he sent) Genesis 32:4-36:43

בס"ד Parashat Vayishlach (And he sent) Genesis 32:4-36:43 Haftarah: Obadiah 1-21 In this week's Torah reading, Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is at the forefront of a chapter. Shechem, the son of Hamor, the Hivvite, sees her and takes her (by force) and lies with her. It is most significant that the text also says that he afflicts her ויענה (See Genesis 34:2). Obviously, this act is most sinful … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeitzei (And he went forth) Genesis 28:10-32:3

בס"ד Parashat Vayeitzei (And he went forth) Genesis 28:10-32:3 Haftarah: Hosea 11:7-14:10 In this week's Torah portion, Jacob receives revelation concerning redemption. The account of the ladder that reached into the heavens focuses on the work of the Messiah as Yeshua taught in John 1:51. It was immediately after the dream that one reads, "And Jacob lifted up his feet and went to the land … [Read more...]