Choosing Him Daily

Parashat Bechukotai (In My Decrees) Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:3-27:34 Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14 “If” is one of the most important words that we find in Scripture, in my opinion. This week’s Parasha begins with this powerful word, … Read More

Spiritual Redemption in the Natural

Parashat Bahar (On the Mountain) Vayikra (Leviticus) 25:1–26:2 Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6–27 In our Parashah this week, we find instructions regarding the year of Jubilee (Yovel in Hebrew): So you shall consecrate the fiftieth year and … Read More

An Earthly Cost; a Heavenly Reward

Parashat Emor (Say) Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1–24:3 Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15–31 As I reflect upon this week’s reading and the higher call by which the Priests had to live, I have been thinking about the cost of … Read More

An Antidote to Sin

Parashat Kedoshim (Holy Ones) Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20:27 Shabbat “Head of the Month” Maftir: Numbers 28:11-15 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-42 There is a special reading for the Shabbat of the beginning of the month, which is … Read More

Jerusalem’s Destiny

Parashat Achrei Mot (After the Death) Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1–18:40 Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:1–16 Jerusalem is the most important city in the world. As I was reading this week’s Parasha and Haftarah portions, I couldn’t help but … Read More

A Sign of the Covenant

Parashat Pesach (Passover) Exodus 12:21–51 Maftir: Numbers 28:16-25 Haftarah: Joshua 5:2-6:1, 6:27 In this week’s special reading for Passover, we read once again of God’s instructions to Moses regarding the children of Israel dipping hyssop … Read More

Purification — Not Perfection

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

Eternal Leader

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1–13:8 Shabbat HaChodesh (Shabbat of The Month): Exodus 12:1–20 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16–46:18 This week we have a special reading for what is known as Shabbat HaChodesh, which is the … Read More

Purification

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Maftir: Numbers 19:1–22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16–38 This week there is a special reading for what is called “Shabbat Parah”, which is the Shabbat before the “Shabbat HaChodesh” (Sabbath of … Read More

Missing the Point

Parashat Tzav (Command) Leviticus 6:1-8:36 (English 6:8-8:36) Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21-8:30 & 9:22-23 In reading and writing this week’s Scripture commentary, I noticed a conflict that made me ask “Are we missing the point?” In the … Read More