Archive for category: Torah Portions

Torah Portion – Ekev (D’varim 7:12-11:25)

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Shalom. This is my commentary on the parsha Ekev or "reward." This focuses on the spiritual preparations for possessing the land. In this portion we learn that for Israel to do so meant they must resist the temptation of foreign gods as the well as the temptation that the fertile land and its bounty would present - the opportunity to forget God and His commands. Thus, Moses compels them to circumcise their hearts; to hear Him, to fear Him and love Him. This is a very "rich" parsha - I hope you enjoy. (Approximately 90 minutes)

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Torah Portion – V’et chanan (D’varim 3:23 – 7:11)

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Shalom everyone. This is our commentary on the portion called V'etchanan. This sidrah covers quite a few topics including the prohibition not to mingle with the inhabitants of the Land and Israel's creed to live by - the Sh'ma. Approximately 1:40.

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Torah Portion – D’varim (D’varim 1:1 – 3:22)

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Shalom everyone. This is our commentary on the initial Torah portion of D'varim, called D'varim - "words." !In the portion, Moses encourages Israel to, not only listen to his words but, hear him. He exhorts them, as they prepare to enter the land, not to fear the obstacles, namely, the giants and the fortified cities. Enjoy Approximately 75 minutes.

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Torah Portion – Massei (B’midbar 33:1 – 36:13)

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Shalom everyone. This is our commentary on the concluding Torah portion of B'midbar, Massei - "journeys." This portion gives an overview of Israel's journeys through the wilderness, from the departure from Egypt until the encampment on the plains of Moav. Also included are instructions to Israel to drive out all the inhabitants of Canaan; the reason being similar to that of why Israel was told to destroy the Midianites. Israel cannot coexist with the corrupting influence of the nations or that influence will ultimately destroy Israel. Much more!  Approximately 60 minutes.

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Torah Portion – Mattot (B’midbar 30:1 – 32:42)

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Shalom everyone. This is our commentary on the Torah portion, Mattot. As this portion begins, it focuses on the sacredness of vows. This principle becomes very important as the portion unfolds for the tribes of Reuben and Gad. We also see in the war against Midian that Israel must learn the importance of destroying that which would destroy you before its too late. Enjoy. Approximately 40 minutes.

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Torah Portion: Pinchas (B’midbar 25:10 – 29:40)

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Shalom everyone. This is our commentary on the Torah portion, Pinchas. The beginning of this sidrah continues the narrative of Pinchas’ actions as a result of the sin of Ba’al Peor. As a reward for his righteous zeal, he is promoted from Levitical status to that of priest. We also read of Moses’ impending death and the decision that Joshua the son of Nun would succeed him. Enjoy. Approximately 1 hour.

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Torah Portion – Balak (B’midbar 22:2 – 25:9)

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This is our d'rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Balak.  In this portion we see that, despite his best efforts, the Adversary can't curse what the Father has blessed. However, we also learn that, when we let our guard down, he seduces us into behavior that will do to us what he doesn't have the authority to do.  (Approximately 80 minutes).

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Torah Portion Chukat (B’midbar 19:1 – 22:1)

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This is our d'rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Chukat.  Who can render something pure from something that is impure? This is the prevailing theme in this Torah portion. In the ritual of the Red Heifer and again in the Brazen Serpent, we see this paradox. Ultimately, what we are supposed to see is the nature and role of the Messiah Y'shua.  (Approximately 90 minutes).

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Torah Portion – Korah (B’midbar 16:1-18:32)

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This is our d'rash (commentary) on the torah portion, Korah. Rather than complaining about a lack of food and water, this portion describes a full scale revolt against Moses and Aaron coming from two different factions - one led by Korah the Levite and another led by chief men of the tribe of Reuben. As we learn, this revolt is effectively a rebellion against God and His commands.

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Torah Portion – Shelach L’cha (B’midbar 13:1-15:41)

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This is our d'rash (commentary) on the torah portion, shelach l'cha or "send for yourself." In this portion, Israel is at the threshold of crossing into the land of Canaan. However, an expedition of twelve scouts intended to discover how to take the land turned into an evil report that concluded, "we are unable to take the land." As a result, the conquest of Canaan was delayed by almost forty years.

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