Parashat Yitro (Jethro)

Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Do you know that your testimony of what God has done in your life can change others’ lives? In this week’s Scripture portion, we see a very interesting occurrence: “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out of Egypt.” Exodus 18:1 The word was … [Read more...]

Parashat Beshalach (When He Sent)

Shemot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16 In our Scripture portion this week, Pharaoh releases the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt. It is a very dramatic exodus, and we witness the mighty hand of the Lord working on behalf of His people. When it comes to the Word of God, I love the way the Hebrew language reveals that which is to come. Sometimes, important details can get lost in translation, so … [Read more...]

Parashat Bo (Come)

Shemot (Exodus) 10:1 -13:16 Our weekly portion opens with a very interesting call that God had for Moses: “Then the LORD said to Moses, “Come to Pharaoh, for I have made his heart heavier (hardened his heart) and the heart of his servants, that I may put these two signs (wonders) of Mine in his midst, and that you may tell the ears of your son, and of your son’s son, how I made a mockery of … [Read more...]

Parashat Ve’eira (And I Appeared)

Shemot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35 In my most recent blog entry, I wrote that our faithful God heard the cry of the Children of Israel, and He remembered His covenant that He made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He saw their terrible situation, and in His perfect time, He began the process of redeeming His people and delivering them from slavery. Our weekly portion this week starts with a wonderful … [Read more...]

Parashat Shemot (Names)

Shemot (Exodus) 1:1-6:1 This week, we begin studying a new book in the weekly parasha called Shemot (Exodus). The literal translation of the Hebrew is “Names”, which comes from Exodus 1:1: “These are the names of the sons of Israel who came to Egypt with Jacob, each with his household…” There are many various pearls of wisdom in this week’s portion, which are relevant to our lives … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayechi (And He Lived)

Beresheet (Genesis) 47:28-50:26 The Bible is God’s Word; it is one book starting from the book of Beresheet (Beginnings, also known as “Genesis”), and ending with the book of John’s Vision (also known as the Book of Revelation). Unfortunately, translations of the Bible have been separated into two books known as the “old” and “new” testaments. Apart from the fact that one does not make sense … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached)

Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18-47:27 Our lives are all a matter of perspective! Do we look at everything that happens in our lives from a self-centered perspective, or from a godly perspective? The answer my dear brothers and sisters is found in the way we live our lives, in the way we walk with God. In this week’s parasha, we see a man who had every right to be angry and bitter, who had every … [Read more...]

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End)

Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1-44:17 Joseph was a man of incredible godly character. In my previous blog entry [Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt)] we learned of Joseph’s remarkable faithfulness to his God in spite of his circumstances and the extreme injustice that he suffered by his brothers and Potiphar’s wife. Joseph’s faith and obedience to God was tested through this temptation to sin with his … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayeishev (And He Dwelt)

Beresheet (Genesis) 37:1-40:23 This week we are learning about Joseph. Joseph was the youngest (and favorite) of Jacob’s 12 sons. Joseph’s brothers were very jealous of him because of their father’s love, which caused them to hate Joseph deeply. Joseph was indeed special; He knew his father’s God, Elohim, and had a very close relationship with the Lord. He began dreaming prophetic dreams at … [Read more...]

Parashat Vayishlach (And He Sent)

Beresheet (Genesis 32: 3 (4 in the Hebrew Bible)-36:43) Has the Lord ever asked you to do something that terrified you, or that seemed bigger than you? In our parasha this week, God commands Jacob to go back to the Land that He promised to Abraham and Isaac. Jacob had fled the land in fear of his life over 14 years prior, after he tricked his brother, Esau, out of his birthright. “And Jacob … [Read more...]