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...]

Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26

בס"ד Parashat Vayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Maftir: Exodus 12:1-20 / Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nisan This Shabbat begins not only the reading of the book of Leviticus, but also the new month of Nissan or Aviv. When Nissan arrives, it is time to start the preparation for Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. In the Gospels there is a significant … [Read more...]

Parshiot Vayakhel and Pekudei (And he assembled / commandments of)

בס"ד Parshiot Vayakhel and Pekudei (And he assembled / commandments of) Exodus 35:1-38:20 and 38:21-40:38, Shabbat Parah and Chazak! Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22, Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38   This week we have two Torah portions and it is also a special Shabbat for two reasons. First, we conclude the reading of the second book of Moses— Exodus (Shabbat Chazak) and secondly it is Shabbat … [Read more...]

Parashat Ki Tisa (When you lift up) Exodus 30:11-34:35

בס"ד Parashat Ki Tisa (When you lift up) Exodus 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: I Kings 18:1-39 In this week's Torah portion, one learns about trust. Sometimes it is hard to trust people. Perhaps a friend has let you down or even a spouse has betrayed the love that you had given this one. Unfortunately, humans can disappoint one another and not prove to be trustworthy. However, HaShem is always faithful … [Read more...]

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...]