This week's Torah reading, Tzav, continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple -- a topic started in last week's reading. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inaugural of the Tabernacle.
Torah: Exodus 18:1 - Jethro's Advice, Exodus 19:1 - The Israelites Reach Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:9 - The People Consecrated, Exodus 20:1 - The Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:22 - The Law concerning the Altar. Prophets: Isaiah 6:1 - A Vision of God in the Temple, Isaiah 9:1 - The Righteous Reign of the
Moses and Aaron come before Pharaoh and relay Adonai’s command that Pharaoh let His people go, that they may worship Him. Pharaoh responds as Adonai told Moses he would by hardening his heart and refusing to let Israel go. Moses staff becomes a serpent and devourers the magicians staffs which did the same, and after
Shemot (שמות) is both the title for the second book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Shemot means “names.” The English-speaking world calls this book Exodus. The Hebrew title for the book comes from the opening phrase of the book: “Now these are the names (shemot)
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The last reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayechi (ויחי), which means "and he lived." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, "Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years" (Genesis 47:28). In this Torah portion, Jacob prepares for his death by securing a double portion of
Tevet was the fateful month that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon besieged Jerusalem before the Temple was destroyed in 586 BC (2 Kings 25:1; Jer. 39:1; Ezek. 24:1-2). The name of the tenth month is explicitly called Tevet (טֵבֵת) in the Scriptures (see Esther 2:16).