Dwelling Among Us

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

Freedom to Choose

Parashat Mishpatim (Ordinances or Statutes) Shemot (Exodus) 21:1–24:18 Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25–26 One of the greatest gifts God has given to us is the freedom to choose. As I wrote in a previous blog (but … Read More

A Perfect Plan of Redemption

Parashat Yitro (Jethro) Shemot (Exodus) 18:1–20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1–7:6, 9:5–6 (6–7) “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 … Read More

Supernatural Victories

Parashat Beshalach (When He Sent) Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4–5:31 I hope this week’s commentary will encourage you to keep your eyes focused on the Lord in whatever situation you may be facing, even … Read More

Inescapable Judgment; Amazing Grace

Parashat Bo (Come) Shemot (Exodus) 10:1–13:16 Haftarah: Jeremiah 46:13–28 God’s judgment can come in different forms, which is something that we see in both the Parashah and Haftarah portions this week. In the Parashah, we … Read More

On Whom Do You Lean?

Parashat Va’eira (And I Appeared) Shemot (Exodus) 6:2–9:35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 At times, we can grow too comfortable with the things of the world and lean on tangible things rather than leaning on God. From … Read More

A Supernatural Calling

Parashat Shemot (Names) Shemot (Exodus) 1:1–6:1 Haftarah: Isaiah 27:6–28:13, 29:22–23 (Ashkenazi); Jeremiah 1:1–2:3 (Sephardic) You may wonder why, this week, we have two different readings from the Haftarah portion. The Ashkenazi Jewish people (those in … Read More

Leaving a Legacy

Parashat Vayechi (And He Lived) Beresheet (Genesis) 47:28–50:26 Haftarah: I Kings 2:1-12 In our Scripture portion this week, we find a touching account of Israel (Jacob) nearing his death and requesting his son Joseph to … Read More

Judah & Joseph’s Reconciliation: a Prophetic Picture of Messiah

Parashat Vayigash (And He Approached) Beresheet (Genesis) 44:18–47:27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15–28 A year ago, I wrote about the amazing connection between the Parashah and Haftarah portions this week. As some of what I write in … Read More

Visions from Beginning to End

Parashat Mikeitz (From the End) Beresheet (Genesis) 41:1–44:17 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14–4:7 Shabbat Hanukkah In this week’s reading, there is a special reading from the Haftara because Shabbat (the Sabbath day) falls during the Feast of … Read More