Paul’s Zeal for the Kingdom

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 In my most recent commentary, I wrote that just like the Levites, we His followers are called to take care of God’s kingdom on this … Read More

Guarding the Kingdom

Parashat Bamidbar (In the Desert/Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Maftir: Numbers 28:11-15 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-42 Why did the Levitical priests receive such an important task in guarding the tabernacle of the testimony? Let’s see what our … Read More

Obedience is a Choice

Parashat Bahar (On the Mountain) & Bechukotai (In My Decrees) Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1-26:2 & 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19–17:14 One of the most important words that we find in the Word of God is “if”. So … Read More

Caring for Body & Soul

Parashat Emor (Say) Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:3 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31 In this week’s Parashah, we see that God called the Levitical priests to a very specific standard of living. We find similar instructions in the Haftarah … Read More

Beyond Judgment

Parashat Achrei Mot (After the death) & Kedoshim (Holy ones) Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:40 & 19:1-20:27 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenazi Jews) & Ezekiel 22:1-16 (Sephardi Jews) In the end days, God’s city Jerusalem will experience His … Read More

A Testimony of God’s Healing

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) & Metzora (Leprosy) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:8 & 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 This week’s reading portions contain some very interesting precepts that God gave to the children of Israel regarding that which … Read More

Foreign Fire

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 In reading this week’s Parashah and Haftarah portions, I was once again struck by two tragic accounts. In Leviticus 10:1–2 we read: Now Nadab and Abihu, … Read More

Israel’s Physical & Spiritual Restoration

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach Torah Reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26 Maftir: Numbers 28:19-25 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14 This week we have a special reading during the time of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. As many of you know, … Read More

Soul Searching

Parashat Tzav (Command) “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Sabbath) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36) Haftarah Malachi 3:4-24 (English 3:4-4:5) LORD GOD This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Passover. It is called the “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Sabbath) because while … Read More

Motivated by Gratitude & Love

Parashat Vayikra (And He Called) Vayikra (Leviticus) 1:1–5:26 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21–44:23 This week, we begin reading from the Book of Leviticus. In our Parashah this week, we find the instructions that God gave to Moses, … Read More