Parashat Vayetze Summary; Genesis; Chapter 28 Verse 10 – Chapter 32 Verse 3

11/21/2017 01:53:07 PM

Nov21

General Overview: Yaacov Avinu travels to his uncle Lavan. On his way he stops at the Temple Mount where G‑d appears and assures him that he will return safely to the Land of Canaan. Yaacov stays for twenty years in Charan before returning to Canaan. During his stay he shepherds Lavan's sheep, and survives and prospers despite all his uncle's attempted deceptions. He marries Leah and Rachel, and the first eleven tribes are born.

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Parashat Toledot Summary; Genesis; Chapter 25 Verse 19 – Chapter 28 Verse 9

11/14/2017 02:25:02 PM

Nov14

General Overview: This week we read about the birth of Esav and Yaacov. Yitzhak relocates to Philistine where he digs wells, resulting in friction between him and the locals. Rivkah and Yaacov successfully deceive Yitzhak, tricking him into giving to Yaacov the blessings he had intended for Esav.

1st Section: Yitzhak is 40 years old (2088) when he marries Rivkah. After 20 years, Esav and Yaacov are born. The Torah portion jumps from...Read more...

Parashat Chaye Sarah Summary; Genesis; Chapter 23 Verse 1 – Chapter 25 Verse 18

11/07/2017 03:04:32 PM

Nov7

General Overview: In this week's Torah reading, Chaye Sarah, Sarah dies and Avraham purchases the Cave of Machpelah as a burial plot for his wife. Avraham's servant Eliezer travels to Aram to find a wife for Yitzhak. Yitzhak marries Rivkah. Avraham dies.

1st Section: Sarah dies at the age of 127. Avraham negotiates with Ephron the Hitite to purchase the Cave of Machpelah as a burial place for Sarah. Tradition says that this is also...Read more...

Parashat Chaye Sarah Summary; Genesis; Chapter 23 Verse 1 – Chapter 25 Verse 18

11/07/2017 02:31:43 PM

Nov7

General Overview: In this week's Torah reading, Chaye Sarah, Sarah dies and Avraham purchases the Cave of Machpelah as a burial plot for his wife. Avraham's servant Eliezer travels to Aram to find a wife for Yitzhak. Yitzhak marries Rivkah. Avraham dies.

1st Section: Sarah dies at the age of 127. Avraham negotiates with Ephron the Hitite to purchase the Cave of Machpelah as a burial place for Sarah. Tradition says that this is also...Read more...

Parashat Vayera Summary: Genesis; Chapter 18 Verse 1 – Chapter 22 Verse 24

10/31/2017 02:20:30 PM

Oct31

General Overview: This week the Torah starts with recounting the visiting of three angels to Avraham and Sarah. Rashi explains that each of them had a specific mission to fulfill; the first to inform them that Sarah would give birth to a child despite her advanced age, the second to destroy the evil city of Sedom and the third to heal Avraham from his recent circumcision. Then the third angle (Rafael) saved Lot and his daughters out of Sedom....Read more...

Parashat Lech Lecha Summary; Genesis; Chapter 12 Verse 1 – Chapter 17 Verse 27

10/24/2017 01:34:20 PM

Oct24

General Overview: Avram and Sarai travel to Canaan. Due to a famine in the land they temporarily relocate to Egypt, where Pharaoh unsuccessfully attempts to keep Sarai as a wife. They return to Canaan with great wealth and Avram parts with his nephew Lot. Avram defeats the armies of the four kings who had taken his nephew Lot hostage. G‑d seals a pact with Avram, bestowing the lands of Canaan to his descendants. Childless Avram marries...Read more...

Parashat Noach Summary; Genesis; Chapter 6 Verse 9 – Chapter 11 Verse 32

10/17/2017 12:45:47 PM

Oct17

General Overview: In this week's Torah reading, Noach and his family, along with at least one pair of each living creature, survive the Flood by taking refuge in an Ark. The erection of the Tower of Babel angers G‑d, and leads to the dispersal of Noach’s descendants. Abraham and Sarah are born.

1st Section: Noach, a righteous man, is introduced in contrast to a generation that...Read more...

Parashat Bereshit Summary; Genesis; Chapter 1 Verse 1 – Chapter 6 Verse 8

10/10/2017 12:55:52 PM

Oct10

General Overview: This week we start with the first portion of the entire Torah, Bereshit. G‑d creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh. Adam and Chava eat from the Tree of Knowledge and are expelled from the Garden of Eden. Cain slays Abel and is punished accordingly. Enumeration of the ten generations between Adam and Noah, the birth of Noach, and the degeneration of mankind.

1st Section: The story of creation of the...Read more...

Parashat Nitzavim - Vayelech; Deuteronomy; Chapter 29 Verse 9 – Chapter 31 Verse 30

09/13/2017 03:06:11 PM

Sep13

General Overview: Here we are at the threshold of a new-year and it’s all about being honest with ourselves. The degree of our commitment to Torah and Mitzvot will be in direct proportion to how many excuses we make for ourselves in avoiding commitment. The more the excuses, the less the commitment. As Moshe continued his final discourse, he confronted the primary excuses we all use in avoiding commitment and responsibility.

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Parashat Ki Tavo; Deuteronomy; Chapter 26 Verse 1 – Chapter 29 Verse 8

09/05/2017 04:47:38 PM

Sep5

General Overview: Following the last two Torah portions that focused on Justice and the value of individual rights, Moshe directed the nation’s attention to the realities of what it meant to live in the Land of Israel.

Our behaviors, as well as natural law, are subject to the word of G-d and interface with each other in the most intimate example of cause and effect. As the Chosen People, our lifestyle should manifest the...Read more...

Parashat Ki Tetze; Deuteronomy; Chapter 21 Verse 10 – Chapter 25 Verse 19

08/29/2017 01:30:56 PM

Aug29

General Overview: This week's Torah portion contains 74 commandments, more mitzvot than any other Torah portion. Some of the commandments discussed are: the law of the rebellious son, the obligation to bury the dead without undue delay, the requirement to return a found object, the prohibition against causing pain to any living creature, the prohibition against prostitution, the laws of marriage and divorce, the procedure of the Levirate...Read more...

Parashat Shofetim; Deuteronomy; Chapter 16 Verse 18 – Chapter 21 Verse 9

08/23/2017 03:13:36 PM

Aug23

General Overview: This week the Torah addresses fundamental issues pertaining to the leadership of the Jewish people. It begins with a discussion regarding judges, and later gives rules pertaining to kings, prophets and kohanim (priests). Many commandments are introduced in this week’s reading, including: appointing judges, the obligation to follow rabbinic law and the words of the prophets, the obligations of a king, the punishment for...Read more...

Parashat Re’eh; Deuteronomy; Chapter 11 Verse 26 – Chapter 16 Verse 17

08/14/2017 02:07:14 PM

Aug14

General Overview: In this week's reading, Re'eh, Moshe continues addressing the Jewish people just before he passes away; just before the Jewish people cross the Jordan River and enter the land of Israel. Moshe commands the Jewish people to proclaim certain blessings and curses on Mount Grizzim and Mount Eval after they enter the land of Israel. He directs them to destroy all vestiges of idolatry from the Promised Land. They must then...Read more...

Parashat Ekev; Deuteronomy; Chapter 7 Verse 12 – Chapter 11 Verse 25

08/07/2017 03:16:48 PM

Aug7

General Overview: Moshe continues his pep talk to the Jewish people, cautioning them not to fear the Canaanite armies for G‑d will wage battle for them. He also notifies them that their entry into the Land is not due to their own virtues – Moshe reminds them of their many transgressions to emphasize this point – but rather, it is in the merit of the nation's Forefathers. The commandments of prayer and Grace After Meals are mentioned....Read more...

Parashat Vaetchanan; Deuteronomy; Chapter 3 Verse 2 – Chapter 7 Verse 11

08/02/2017 12:43:18 PM

Aug2

General Overview: The book of Deuteronomy, Devarim is also called “Mishneh Torah – The Review of the Torah” because it repeats over 100 commandments already mandated in the previous 4 Books. Rabbi S.R. Hirsch explains that of the 100 commandments commanded in this book, more than 70 are new. The repeated commandments focus on areas that will be of greater immediate concern as they encounter the 7 Nations. For example, the prohibition...Read more...

 Parashat Devarim; Deuteronomy; Chapter 1 Verse 1 - Chapter 30 Verse 1

07/27/2017 09:59:45 AM

Jul27

General Overview: This week's reading begins the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth and final book of the Five Books of Moses. Moses begins his final monologue, five weeks before his passing. He recounts the story of the Jewish people traveling through the desert, placing emphasis on, and rebuking them for, the story of the spies. He describes Israel's conquest of the Emorites and the Bashanites.

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Parashat Matot & Massei; Numbers; Chapter 30 Verse 2 – Chapter 36 Verse 13

07/19/2017 03:13:37 PM

Jul19

General Overview: In this week's Torah portion the year is 2488 and the 40 years in the desert are drawing to a close. Miriam and Aaron have passed on, and Joshua has been appointed as the successor. In these last two portions of Sefer Bamidbar, Matot & Massei, G-d begins to wrap things up. Pay attention to the laws selected to end the 4th Book.

1st Section: The laws of personal vows are detailed and Moshe is instructed to “take...Read more...

Parashat Pinechas; Numbers; Chapter 25 Verse 10 – Chapter 20 Verse 1

07/12/2017 12:16:36 PM

Jul12

General Overview: In this week's Torah portion Pinechas is rewarded for his bravery. A census of the Israelites is taken. The daughters of Tze’lophchad successfully argue for a portion in the land of Israel. Joshua is ordained Moses' successor. G‑d relays to Moses the details of all the holiday sacrifices.

1st Section: Last week's reading concluded with Moabite and...Read more...

Parashat Balak; Numbers; Chapter 22 Verse 2 – Chapter 25 Verse 9

07/05/2017 01:30:46 PM

Jul5

General Overview: In this week's Torah reading King Balak of Moab hires the sorcerer Bilam to curse the Jewish people. Instead of curses, only blessings come out of his mouth—including prophecies concerning the Messianic redemption. Moabite women entice some of the Jewish people to sin, resulting in a plague amongst the Jews. Pinechas zealously kills two of the high-ranking offenders, and the plague comes to an...Read more...

Parashat Chukat; Numbers; Chapter 19 Verse 1 – Chapter 22 Verse 11

06/28/2017 02:34:39 PM

Jun28

General Overview: This week's Torah reading, begins with a discussion regarding the laws of the Parah Adumah- the Red Heifer. Miriam and Aaron pass away. When the Jews are in need of water, Moshe strikes a rock – despite being commanded to talk to it. Water stream forth, but Moshe is banned from entering Israel. Amalek battles the Israelites and is defeated. Edom and Moab refuse the Jewish people passageway to...Read more...

Parashat Korach; Numbers; Chapter 16 Verse 1 – Chapter 18 Verse 32

06/21/2017 12:30:05 PM

Jun21

General Overview: Korach stages a rebellion against Moshe, accusing him of a power grab. He and his entourage are swallowed up by the earth. The people protest, and a plague kills almost 15,000 people. Of the staffs submitted by all the tribes, only Aaron's blossoms; proving that he is G‑d's chosen. The Jewish people are instructed the various presents due to the Kohanim and Leviyim.

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Parashat Shelach; Numbers; Chapter 13 Verse 1 – Chapter 15 Verse 31

06/12/2017 11:11:50 AM

Jun12

General Overview: Moshe sends scouts/spies to Canaan and all of them - except Joshua and Calev - bring back frightening reports. The people react fearfully and rebelliously. G‑d decrees a forty year delay until the Israelites will enter Canaan, during which time all males between the ages of twenty and sixty will perish. Many Jews then attempt to unilaterally proceed to Canaan, but are cut down by the...Read more...

Parashat Beha’alotecha; Numbers; Chapter 8 Verse 1 – Chapter 12 Verse 16

06/06/2017 11:47:31 AM

Jun6

General Overview: G‑d instructs Aharon concerning the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Menorah lighting. The Leviyim are initiated into the Mishkan service. The "Second Pesach" is instituted. At G‑d's request, Moses makes two trumpets, and is instructed how and when to use them. The Israelites leave Mount Sinai, and proceed towards the Land of Canaan. The people unreasonably complain about their "frugal" manna diet and receive a meat supplement, with...Read more...

Parashat Nasso; Numbers; Chapter 4 Verse 21 – Chapter 7 Verse 89

05/29/2017 11:47:31 AM

May29

General Overview: This week's Torah portion is the longest single portion in the Torah, containing 176 verses. The reading starts with a continuation of the Levite census and a discussion regarding their Mishkan (Tabernacle) duties. The laws of the Sotah woman and the Nazirite follow. The portion concludes with the Priestly Blessing and the offerings which the Tribal leaders brought in honor of the Mishkan inauguration.

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Parashat Bamidbar; Numbers; Chapter 1 Verse 1 – Chapter 4 Verse 20

05/23/2017 01:05:14 PM

May23

General Overview: This week's we begin the Book of Numbers, the fourth of the Five Books of Moses. This book of the Torah opens on the first of Iyar, one month after the inauguration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and several weeks before the Jews will depart from Mount Sinai and begin their journey to the Holy Land. In this week's portion the Israelites and the Tribe of Levi are counted separately. G‑d instructs the Israelites on how to camp...Read more...

Parashat Behar & Behukotai: Leviticus; Chapter 25 Verse 1 – Chapter 27 Verse 34

05/16/2017 11:24:28 AM

May16

General Overview: This week we read two Torah portions, Behar and Behukotai, which are the last two portions of the third book of Moses; Vayikra. We read about the Shemitah (Sabbatical) and Yovel (Jubilee) years, laws regulating commerce and the redemption of slaves. It also contains a vivid description of the rewards for observing G‑d's commandments and the series of punishments that will befall us if we choose to disregard them. The Torah...Read more...

Parashat Bamidbar; Numbers; Chapter 1 Verse 1 – Chapter 4 Verse 20

05/16/2017 11:24:28 AM

May16

General Overview: This week's we begin the Book of Numbers, the fourth of the Five Books of Moses. This book of the Torah opens on the first of Iyar, one month after the inauguration of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and several weeks before the Jews will depart from Mount Sinai and begin their journey to the Holy Land. In this week's portion the Israelites and the Tribe of Levi are counted separately. G‑d instructs the Israelites on how to camp...Read more...

Parashat Emor: Leviticus; Chapter 21 Verse 1 – Chapter 24 Verse 23

05/10/2017 12:44:57 PM

May10

Parashat Emor: Leviticus; Chapter 21 Verse 1 – Chapter 24 Verse 23

General Overview: This week we read about the specific laws which pertain to Kohanim (priests), and various laws which relate to sacrifices. These are followed by a lengthy discussion of the festivals. The portion concludes with the story of a blasphemer who was put to death.

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Parashat Acharei Mot & Kedoshim: Leviticus; Chapter 16 Verse 1 – Chapter 20 Verse 27

05/02/2017 11:29:32 AM

May2

Parashat Acharei Mot & Kedoshim: Leviticus; Chapter 16 Verse 1 – Chapter 20 Verse 27

General Overview: This week we read again two Torah porions, Acharei and Kedoshim, which begins with a detailed description of the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur. Dozens of commandments are then discussed, among them: the prohibitions against offering sacrifices outside the Temple; consuming blood; incestuous, adulterous, or other...Read more...

Parashat Tzav: Leviticus; Chapter 6 Verse 1 – Chapter 8 Verse 36

04/04/2017 01:07:05 PM

Apr4

Parashat Tzav: Leviticus; Chapter 6 Verse 1 – Chapter 8 Verse 36

General Overview: This week the Torah continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple, a topic started in last week's portion. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inauguration of the Tabernacle.

1st Section: Additional instructions regarding the Olah – ascent offering, and the Mincha – meal offering are...Read more...

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