Archive for category: Torah Portions
Shalom. This is our commentary on the Torah's first portion, B'reshiyt - "In the beginning." In this opening portion is the beginning of all things. Consequently, this portion is quite lengthy; so lengthy, in fact, that I have divided the teaching into four parts.
Shalom. This is our commentary on the Torah's final portion, V'zot Ha'Berachah - "And this is the blessing." In this portion, Moses prepares to be gathered unto "his fathers" but before leaving this world, like Jacob, he blesses the tribes of Israel. In doing so, Moses exemplifies the characteristics of a great leader: he blesses those who provoked his transgression which kept him from going into the Land. Also, like Jacob, Moses blends prophecy with the blessing indicating what is to be the outcome for each tribe. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 90 minutes).
Shalom. Here is our commentary on the parsha Ha'azinu or "listen." This portion is the song of Moses given to Israel just before his death. In it we learn the faithfulness of God in the face of Israel's unfaithfulness and ingratitude. Yet, we also learn that, in the end of days, the Creator will demonstrate to Israel that He alone is able to deliver them and will do it for the sake of His great Name. Hope you enjoy. (Approximately 1 hour)
Shalom. This is our audio commentary on the portion Vay'yelech - "and he went." On the last day of his life, Moses went through the camp to encourage the people that the Creator would continue to guide them even though he, Moses, would no longer be with them. Yet, he also warned them that, in the future, their disobedience would cause God to "hide" His face from them and it wouldn't be until the end of days that their descendants would turn back to God with their whole heart. There is much to be considered in this portion. (Approximately 30 minutes).
Shalom! This is our audio commentary on the portion nitzavim - "standing." As Moses' life draws to a close, he reminds the people to beware of the idolatry they will encounter in the Land. This sidrah emphasizes the ramifications of having a "root of gall and wormwood" both to the individual and the nation. One verse in this portion also addresses the concept of things "concealed" and things "revealed" and how it relates to the redemption. Much more. (Approximately 60 minutes)
Shalom! This is our commentary on the portion Ki tavo - "when you come (into the land)." In this torah portion, the most prominent feature is the "blessings and curses" presented to Israel as a result of obedience or disobedience. Yet, there are other pretty interesting components in this portion. One of them is a possible allusion to the coming anti-Messiah. Where, you say, is that found? You'll have to listen to the audio. Blessings and hoping you enjoy the teaching. (Approximately 90 minutes)
Shalom. Here is our audio commentary on the torah portion ki tetze - "when you go out." There are so many issues that are addressed in this portion that it would require an essay to summarize them for you here; I will simply highlight some of the major ones for you.
Shalom. Here is the audio commentary on the portion, shoftim or "judges." The main emphasis of this portion is the status, qualifications and responsibilities of the officers and leaders of Israel: judges, the king, priests and the prophets. Of particular interest is Moses' prophecy of "a prophet like unto me." There was a lot to consider in this portion and hope this commentary will prompt you to dig some more. Enjoy! (Approximately 2 hrs.)
Shalom. This is the (lengthy) commentary on Re'eh - "to see." There was so much material in this portion - the Place where He sets His Name, false prophets and lying signs as well as the Year of Release - that I couldn't limit it to the typical 60 - 90 minute format. As you can "see" there are three parts. Nevertheless, I hope you will enjoy it and glean from it as much as I did. (Approximately 2:30 hours)