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Torah Portion 25 – Tzav
("Command" | צו)

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 Portion 17 – Yitro
(יתרו - "Jethro")

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

Torah Portion 16 – Beshalach
(בשלח | "When He Sent")

Pharaoh pursues the Israelites into the desert. The Red Sea splits, the Israelites cross the sea while the Egyptian army is drowned. Moses and the Israelites sing a special song thanking Adonai for this miracle.

The 4 Levels of Torah (Bible) Study
Peshat, Remez, Derash, Sod

"Pardes" refers to types of approaches to biblical exegesis or to interpretation of text in Torah study. The term, sometimes also spelled PaRDeS, is an acronym formed from the same initials of the following four approaches: Peshat (פְּשָׁט‬) — "surface" ("straight") or the literal (direct) meaning.

Torah Portion 15 – Bo
(בֹּא | "Go!")

I was not able to put anything together for Torah Portion Bo due to my health problems. I spent some time in the ER. Adonai Willing, I'll be able to put something together for this upcoming week's Portion, Beshalach. —Aaron Murray 17:34, 23 January 2018 (MST)

Torah Portion 14 – Va’era
וארא ("I / He appeared ")

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

Torah Portion 13 – Shemot
The Book of Exodus

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)

Facebook Problems
At It Again

If you run a ministry and use Facebook (or any other social media for that matter), then you really need to be aware that Facebook purposely restricts your posts to a small fraction of your followers in order to 'nudge' you to pay money to promote your post.

Torah Portion 12 – Vayechi
(He lived — ויחי)

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

Rosh Chodesh Tevet
The Tenth Month

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).