Archive for category: Torah Portions

Torah Portion – Kedoshim (Vayikra 19:1 – 20:27)

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This is a commentary on the Torah portion Kedoshim – “Holy.” If  the previous portion begins what is regarded as lev ha'torah (the heart of the Torah), this portion is the "heart of the heart." This sidrah defines the call to Israel to be holy "because I the LORD your God am holy."

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Torah Portion – Acharei Mot (Vayikra 16:1 – 18:30)

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This is a commentary on the Torah portion Acharei Mot – “After the death.” This portion begins what is regarded as lev ha'torah (the heart of the Torah) and emphasizes how the Creator is to be approached and uses the death of Aaron's sons to make the point that it must not be done "at all times."

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Torah Portion – Metzorah (Vayikra 14:1 – 15:33)

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This is a commentary on the Torah portion Metzora - "Leper." In the previous Torah portion we learned about the affliction of tzarat and how it was the physical manifestation of a spiritual malady. In Metzora, instruction is given as to the procedure when a metzora is healed of his affliction.

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Torah Portion – Tazriah (Vayikra 12:1 – 13:59)

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This is a commentary on the Torah portion Tazriah - "Conceive." Where the previous Torah portion emphasized those animals whose carcass could render someone unclean, this portion focuses on contamination resulting from what emanates from humans.

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Torah Portion – Sh’mini (Vayikra 9:1 – 11:47)

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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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Torah Portion – Tzav (Vayikra 6:8 – 8:36)

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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.

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Torah Portion – Vayikra (Vayikra 1:1 – 6:7)

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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.

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Torah Portion – Pekudei (Shemot 38:21 – 40:38)

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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)

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Torah Portion – Vay’yakhel (Shemot 35:1 – 38:20)

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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)

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Torah Portion: Ki Tisa (Shemot 30:11 – 34:35)

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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)

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