Parshat Tetzaveh 5784 2024

PARSHAT TETZAVEH TIFERET (BEAUTY AND MORE) “Make sacral vestments for your brother Aaron, for honor and beauty.”  (Exodus 28:2)             This portion goes into detail regarding the sacred clothing which...

Parshat Terumah 5784 2024

PARSHAT TERUMAH A HOLY PLACE “They shall make an ark of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.”   (Exodus 25:10)             When I was a child, my...

Parshat Mishpatim 5784 2024

PARSHAT MISHPATIM SELF-DEFENSE “If the thief is seized while tunneling and beaten to death, there is no bloodguilt in that case.”  (Exodus 22:1)             Last week we read the Ten Commandments.  So...

Parshat Yitro 5784 2024

PARSHAT YITRO KELCE, SWIFT, AND THE TENTH COMMANDMENT “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house: you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox or ass, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”  (Exodus 20:14)...

Parshat Beshalach 5784 2024

PARSHAT BESHALACH JOSEPH’S BONES “Moses took with him the bones of Joseph, who had exacted an oath from the children of Israel, saying, God will be sure to take notice of you: then you shall carry up my bones from here with you.”  (Exodus 13:19)...

Parshat Bo 5784 2024

PARSHAT BO STILL IN CAPTIVITY “That very day the Lord freed the Israelites from the land of Egypt, troop by troop.”  (Exodus 12:51)             This week we read about the great redemption of Israel from...

Parshat Vaera 5784 2024

PARSHAT VAERA GOD’S NAME “I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as El Shaddai, but I did not make Myself known to them by My name Yud-Hay-Vav-Hay.”  (Exodus 6:2)             At the beginning of this week’s...

Parshat Shmot 5784 2024

PARSHAT SHMOT NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY “He [Moses] turned this way and that and saw there was no man, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.”  (Exodus 2:12) On March 13, 1964 on the streets of New York City, Kitty Genovese, a 28-year-old bartender was...

Parshat Vayechi 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYECHI GRANDCHILDREN “Now, your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, shall be mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine no less than Reuben and Simeon.”  (Genesis 48:5)...

Parshat Vayigash 5784 2023

PARSHAT VAYIGASH WHO IS JUDAH? “Judah stepped forth to him [Joseph] and said, allow your servant to speak a word in the ears of my lord, do not be angry with your servant for you are like Pharaoh.”  (Genesis 44:18)...