Parashat Tetzaveh

Shabbat Zachor – The Sabbath of Repentance Exodus 27:20-30:10; Ezekiel 43:10-27; Hebrews 13:10-17 Special reading for Zachor: Deut 25:17-19; 1 Samuel 15:1-34; Mark 6:14-29 Our parasha this Shabbat deals with; • The preparation of consecrated oil to be used to keep the menorah burning • The ner tamid that was to burn continuously before the Aaron Kodesh • the preparation of the consecrated oil • Setting apart of Aaron and his sons to serve as cohanim • The priestly vestments • The Altar of Burnt Offering • The Altar of Incense This parasha marks a transition from dealing with the structure of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle in the wilderness) to those who will serve HaShem as priests IN

Parashat Terumah

Saturday 17 February 2018 Adar 2 5778 Exodus 25:1-27:19; 1 Kings 5:26-6:13; Mark 12:35-44 The Twelve Loaves The twelve loaves of the bread of the presence symbolized the twelve tribes. The priests baked twelve fresh loaves every Sabbath and placed them before the LORD. The priests removed the old bread and ate it on the Sabbath. In this sense, the bread symbolized a shared meal between the priests (representing all twelve tribes) and the LORD, a memorial of the covenant meal that the priests and the heads of the twelve tribes participated in on Mount Sinai. The ritual of fresh challah bread on our Sabbath tables reminds us of this aspect of the Temple service. In the days of Yesh

Parashat Mishpatim

Saturday 10 February 2018 Shevat 25 5778 Exodus 21:1-24:18; Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26; Matthew 26:20-30 In God's book, it is just as grievous a sin to curse one's parents or to strike them as it is to murder someone. "For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, is to be put to death' (Mark 7:10). The Torah says that murderers, kidnappers, and insolent children are to be put to death. "He who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death" (Exodus 21:15). There is no indication that the parent was killed or even badly hurt in the altercation with the child. The mere act of hitting one's father or mother is

Parashat Yitro

Saturday 3 February 2018 Shevat 18 5778 Exodus 18:1-20:26; Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:6-7; Matthew 19:16-26 When God revealed Himself to us, He did not give us a systematic theology, creeds, recipes, or diagrams. He gave us a legal code consisting of covenant terms and obligations. He gave us laws, and each law brings a fresh revelation of His person. He did not give the laws of the Torah just to tidy up human society. Each commandment communicates a piece of divine revelation, a piece of godliness. More than just rules for governing human behavior, the laws of the Torah reflect the Lawgiver. Our Master told us that “out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.” When God broke

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