Bought with a Price

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) I previously wrote similar thoughts about this week’s reading, but … Read More

The Foolish Shaming the Wise

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) & Metzora (Leprosy) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1–13:8 & 14:1–15:33 Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3–20 This week’s Parasha contains some very interesting precepts that God gave to the children of Israel regarding that which … Read More

What Does God Ask of You?

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1–7:17 In our Parasha portion we read of the incredible account that took place when Aaron offered the sacrifice before the Lord:  Then Aaron lifted up … Read More

Passover Reflections

Pesach (Passover) Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–15:26 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 22:1–51 This week there is a special reading for the seventh day of Passover (the last day), which according to tradition, is the day God parted the … Read More

Giving Him Our All

Parashat Tzav (Command) Shemot (Exodus) 6:1–8:36 (English 6:8–8:36) Haftarah: Malachi 3:4–24 This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Passover. It is called the “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Sabbath) because while in Egypt, it was on Shabbat that … Read More

Sacrifices from the Heart

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. I was talking to a good friend of mine about it, and he rightly … Read More

A Different Kind of Offering

Parashat VaYaqhel (And He Assembled) & Parashat Pequdei (Accounts Of) Shemot (Exodus) 35:1–38:20 & 38:21–40:38 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45–46 In this week’s readings, we find repeated instructions for collecting an offering for the LORD in order … Read More

Sitting on the Fence

Parashat Ki Tisa (When You Lift Up) Shemot (Exodus) 30:11–34:35 Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1–39 As I was reading our portions for this week, I was thinking of a very famous Israeli song by Arik Einstein, … Read More

God’s Unchageable Terms

Parashat Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) Shemot (Exodus) 27:20-30:10 Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27 Our Parasha this week is a direct continuation of last week’s Parashat Terumah, which spoke of the building and dedication of God’s dwelling place. … Read More

Preparing His Kingdom!

Parashat Terumah (Donation) Shemot (Exodus) 25:1–27:19 Haftarah: I Kings 5:26–6:13 The miracle of God desiring to dwell among humankind gets lost on us; it is one of the most incredible aspects of God’s character that … Read More