Tag Archives: Pieces of Parasha

Rebellion and Selfishness … or a Message of Hope?

Parashat Korach This week’s parasha begins with an outright rebellion against Moses and Aaron. So what do we learn from this? Korach, a first cousin of Moses (and also a Levite), and those with him are presented in the parasha as having … Continue reading

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Lift Up Your Head

Parashat Bamidbar What is the purpose of the census at the beginning of the book of Numbers, and why is so much detail placed on the encampment of the tribes of Israel around the Tabernacle? This week’s Torah portion begins the … Continue reading

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Consequences of a Violated Relationship

Acharei Mot Traditionally, Leviticus 16, which deals with the proper protocol for the High Priest during the special Yom Kippur service, is read in the synagogue on the morning of Yom Kippur. The Torah introduces the Yom Kippur service immediately … Continue reading

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What does God expect of us?

Parashat Yitro This week’s Parasha tells us that “Moshe went up to G-d, and then HaShem called to him from the mountain.” This phrase begins the retelling of the powerful story of G-d giving the Torah to Israel, and of the … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled

Parashat Beshalach Parashat Beshalach is unique in that it begins by telling us what God did NOT do. God did not guide them to the highway that goes through the land of the Philistines, because it was close by – … Continue reading

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Responding to Calamity

Parashat Bo Last week’s Torah portion, Va’era, introduced the first seven of the ten plagues. This week, Parashat Bo identifies the final three plagues and records the mitzvot concerning Passover. Each of these plagues are devastating enough on their own, but added up … Continue reading

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A Stranger in a Foreign Land

Parashat Shemot Shemot is the first Torah portion in the book of Exodus and contains the narrative of Moses’ early childhood, his flight to Midian, his encounter with the Divine, and his return to Egypt. Early in the narrative, Moshe … Continue reading

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Revealing Mashiach

Parashat Vayechi It can be said that everything written in the Torah concerns Mashiach. As such, how does this week’s Torah portion, Vayechi, reveal Mashiach? Continuing on the themes from last week’s discussion, this week’s Torah portion reveals Mashiach in two primary … Continue reading

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Revealing Something Deeper

Parashat Vayigash Redemption, divine mediation, and messianic hope. These are just a few of the themes gleaned from this week’s Torah portion. However, there are two particularly profound incidents that are worth exploring in greater depth – the emotional telling … Continue reading

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Not always what it Seems

Parashat Mikketz Things are not always what they seem. Often we make assumptions, only to find out in the end we are wrong. This entire portion points out that we have to be careful about jumping to conclusions. We can additionally ask … Continue reading

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