Why Read The Torah?

Oops! Last week when I posted Parashah Shemini, I was a week too early. I missed the fact that on the Shabbat after Pesach (Passover) we read a different portion of the Torah, specifically for that Shabbat. So, that means I am a week ahead, and as such, I thought we could use this week…

Parashah Ki Tavo 2018 (When you come) Deuteronomy 26 – 29

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Parashot VayYakhel and Pekudey 2018 Exodus 35 – 40:38

If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the Video   This Shabbat we have a double parashah, which brings us to the end of the book of Exodus. Moses gathers all the people and asks that they voluntarily give the materials needed for the construction of the Tabernacle. The people…

Parashah Yayyechi 2017 (and he lived) Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)

This week we come to the end of the book of Genesis. Jacob blesses Joseph’s children, and adopts them. He later blesses each of the 12 Tribes, then acob dies. The book ends with Joseph’s death and his request to make sure his bones are brought back to the Land when the children of Israel return.…

Parashah Vayyiggash (He came near) Genesis 44:18 – 47:27

As this parashah starts, the brothers have been accused of stealing a cup from Joseph’s house, and Benjamin is found to be the one holding the cup. They are brought before Joseph, and Judah pleads for Benjamin’s life. His plea is so heartfelt that Joseph can no longer hide his identity, and upon the brothers…

Parashah V’Yeshev (and he dwelt) Genesis 37-40

We now learn the history of Joseph’s life, starting with his bad report on his brothers and ending with his interpretation of the dreams of his prison mates. Along the way we read about an incident in Judah’s life- why now? Why here? What does the significance of Judah’s experience have to do with the…

Parashah V’Yishlach (And he sent) Genesis 32:4 – 36

Jacob returns to his homeland and hears that Esau is coming to meet him, with 400 armed men. splits his camp, then sends gifts from his flocks, a bunch at a time, to his brother in order to try to appease his anger. But what is important to note is that before he sent gifts,…