This is a commentary on the Torah portion Sh'mini - "Eighth." All the preparation for and anticipation of the mishkan culminates on this the eighth day since the consecration of the priesthood began. Yet, on what should have been a joyous occasion for Aaron and his sons, this day turns out to be one of tragedy. The death of his sons, Nadav and Avihu, remind us that God is holy and, we must approach Him in the manner that He has prescribed.
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Where the previous torah portion addressed the people of Israel and the instructions of where and how they were to present their offerings, this sidrah addressed the priests and how they were perform their duties. These chapters essentially constitute a "how to" manual for the priests where these offerings are concerned.
This is a teaching on the parsha Vay'yikra - "And He called." This sidrah establishes a connection between the process to construct the mishkan with the necessary procedures to sustain the mishkan as it was intended to be - the place where His Presence would reside in the midst of His people.
Here is my d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Pekudei ("accountings"). In this parsha, we see the concluding stages of the mishkan's construction and its erection on 1 Aviv. The culmination of this entire process is when the Sh'kinah fills the house signifying His presence among His people. This teaching highlights how the Tabernacle is a manifestation of God's desire to have a house in which He and His people could coexist; a desire revealed from the very first word of Scripture - b'reshiyt. Moreover, I also delve into how the mishkan also looks forward providing a pattern of sorts for what is to come in New Jerusalem. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 60 minutes)
Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Vay'yakhel ("He assembled"). In this parsha, Moses invites the entire nation to participate in the building of the mishkan by bringing the items needed to build it. This portion highlights the willingness of the people to participate and the wisdom of the artificers responsible for taking what God had said and making it a physical reality. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 35 minutes)
Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Ki Tisa (When You Elevate). This parsha highlights Israel's failure to abide by the instruction - "You are to worship no other gods or make graven images." The Golden Calf incident, not only revealed that many were quick to turn aside from that instruction but it also hints that when things don't happen the way they think they should ("we don't know what happened to this Moses"), some people end up worshiping the image of a beast. There are many prophetic themes throughout this Torah portion. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 100 minutes)
Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Tetzaveh. This parsha highlights the selection of the priests and the holy garments designed especially for them and, in particular, the High Priest. Of particular interest to us, as believers, are the two stones worn upon the shoulders of the High Priest as well as the twelve "precious" stones upon the breastplate. The imagery in this parsha emphasizes the role of our heavenly High Priest and accentuates the importance of the restoration of the kingdom of Israel. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 80 minutes)
Here is a d'rash (commentary) on the Torah Portion - Terumah. This parsha highlights the preparation for the Mishkan - the Tabernacle - and details different components including the Ark of the Covenant and the Menorah. The emphasis of this parsha, from my point of view, is different components becoming one and the need for us to constantly remind ourselves of the responsibility to live holy. (Approximately 70 minutes)
This is our commentary on the portion Mishpatim - "Judgments." This portion contains God's instructions and ordinances that will govern Israel's civil interaction with their fellow man. Beginning with the laws of the bondservant, it addresses how the least among His people are to be treated, a direct reflection of how we interact with our Creator. Hope you enjoy. Approximately 2 hrs.
This is our commentary on the portion Yitro - "Jethro." This portion takes its name from Moses' father-in-law who offers Moses some sage advice. In this portion we also see the calling of the nation of Israel to be light to the nations of the world and the contract - Ten Commands - given to them. A lengthy study; hope you enjoy. Approximately 3hrs.