A Letter From Moran

Dear Friend of Hope for Israel, Shalom! As you may have noticed, last September, we stopped posting Baruch’s weekly commentaries on the Parasha on our website. Baruch wrote these for many years as a service to Hope for Israel, even though he was never a staff member, and gave of his time and talents to bless our ministry. We are so grateful for the way he blessed us for so many years! During … [Read more...]

Parashat Tzav (Commandment) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36)

בס"ד Parashat Tzav (Commandment) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36) Shabbat Zachor Maftir: Deuteronomy 25:17-19 Haftarah: I Samuel 15:1-34 This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Purim and therefore we read two special portions.  The Maftir speaks about Amalek, from whom wicked Haman came, and the Haftarah tells of the Amalek king Agag, also related to Haman. In this week's Torah portion, … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Yayikra (And He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23 In this week's Torah portion, Moses teaches about the various sacrifices which were offered first in the Tabernacle and then in the Temple. One of these sacrifices was called a "sin sacrifice". It is important to note that the sin sacrifice was only for one who sinned unintentionally. For one who sinned, … [Read more...]

Parashat Pekudei (Commandments of) Exodus 38:21-40:38

בס"ד Parashat Pekudei (Commandments of) Exodus 38:21-40:38 Maftir: Exodus 30:11-16 Haftarah: 2 Kings 11:17-12:17 Shabbat Shekalim and Chazak! This Shabbat is a full one, as not only do we finish the book of Exodus (Shabbat Chazak), but we also begin the first of four special readings that relate to either Spring, Passover or Purim. This first reading is called Shekalim, as it reminds us of … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayakhel (and he assembled) Exodus 35:1-38:20

בס"ד Parashat Vayakhel (and he assembled) Exodus 35:1-38:20 Haftarah: I Kings 7:13-26 (Sephardim) 40-50 (Ashkenazim) Frequently I am asked about the Temple and if it is true that there are preparations being made for the building of the Third Temple. The answer is no. Although there are a few organizations that teach about the Temple and have made models of some of the Temple vessels and the … [Read more...]

Parashat Ki Tisa (For you shall lift up—an idiom which means “take a census”)

בס"ד Parashat Ki Tisa (For you shall lift up—an idiom which means "take a census") Exodus 30:11-34:35 Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39 In this week's Torah portion, Moses ascends once more upon Mount Sinai to receive the second set of Tablets. He was upon the Mountain for forty days and forty nights and we are told that he did not eat bread nor did he drink water (See Exodus 34:28). This is most … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27 Recently I met a nice young man who approached me in a very intense manner. This individual grew up in a Christian home and over the last year had become very interested in the Scriptures. He found that although he was in Church nearly every week, he was not well versed in the Bible. He had heard me relate … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Terumah (Donation) Exodus 25:1-27:19 Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Adar 1 Maftir: Numbers 28:9-15 Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24 In this week's Torah portion, a few of the vessels that were in the Tabernacle / Temple are discussed. One of these is of course the Ark of the Covenant. In this brief article, only one aspect of the Ark will be studied. In actuality, there are two main parts to the … [Read more...]

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

בס"ד Parashat Mishpatim (Judgments) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26 There are things which are a personal danger to you. I am speaking about things that lead people away from the intimacy and power of G-d. These things one must remove from his life so that they do not influence him. This is what HaShem wanted to teach the people of Israel. For G-d promised to drive the … [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) If you were to describe your relationship with G-d, what could you really say? Are you experiencing Him or is it one-sided, with you just doing the things you have been taught—praying, attending worship services, and giving; without truly experiencing any response from Him? People frequently remark to me that … [Read more...]