Vowing to be Set Apart

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89 Haftarah: Judges 13:2-25 In this week’s Parashah, we read of a very special vow that a person could take upon themselves, which is the vow of the Nazirite: … Read More

Holding to His Promises

Parashat Bamidbar (In the Desert/Wilderness) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 (1:10-2:20 in the English Bible) The reality of what took place here in Israel on October 7th and the ensuing war is heartbreaking and tragic. … Read More

His Power Perfected in Our Weakness

Parashat Bechukotai (In My Decrees) Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 I often ask myself, “Why do I do what I do?” It’s important for us to examine what motivates us. Do we do things … Read More

To Whom Does the Land Belong?

Parashat Bahar (On the Mountain) Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1–26:2 Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6–27 We live in very intersting times, since May 14th 1948, when David Ben Gurion said in Israel’s Declaration of Independence: “ACCORDINGLY WE, MEMBERS OF … Read More

Chosen for What?

Parashat Emor (Say) Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:3 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31 The Jewish people are often called God’s “chosen people”. This begs the question, “For what have we been chosen?” The answer: To reveal the God of … Read More

Holiness: What it Is & Isn’t

Parashat Kedoshim (Holy Ones) Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20:27 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 (Ashkenazi Jews) & Ezekiel 20:2-20 (Sephardic Jews) Over the years of being a Jewish follower of the Messiah, I have often asked, “What was I … Read More

Redemption Through Judgment

Parashat Acharei Mot (After the death) VAYIKRA (LEVITICUS) 16:1-18:40 HAFTARAH: EZEKIEL 22:1–16 God’s ways are mysterious. There are many things in Scripture that can be difficult to understand or seem to go against our human … Read More

Holding On to Hope

Shabbat Chol HaMoed Pesach Torah Reading: Exodus 33:12-34:26 Maftir: Numbers 28:19-25 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14 God’s appointed times are a good time to reflect upon God, His Word, and where we fit within His story. Passover … Read More

His Kingdom Come

Parashat Metzora (Leprosy) Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:1-15:33 Shabbat HaGadol! Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24 (4:6 English Bibles) This week we have a special reading from Malachi 3:4-24 for what is called the “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Shabbat) which is … Read More

All Glory to Him

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:59 Haftara: 2 Kings 4:42-5:19 In the center of this week’s reading is the issue of leprosy. It is important to remember that when studying leprosy in biblical texts, … Read More