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Weekly Torah Portion: God is a Gracious Host

The closing chapters of the Book of Exodus complete the section that deals with the construction of the Tabernacle.  The last verses are particularly interesting.   Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle. And Moses…

Weekly Torah Portion: Exactly as Instructed

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. This section begins with detailing, step-by-step, the creation of Aaron’s garments as High Priest. First the Ephod is made, then…

Weekly Torah Portion: A Generous Heart

This week’s Torah portion opens with Moses’ instruction to the Children of Israel to donate items for the construction of the Tabernacle and its various vessels.  It echoes the very similar commandment that God gave to Moses in Chapter 25.  It would seem, therefore, that…

Weekly Torah Portion: Symbolism in the Tabernacle

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. This portion reiterates much of what was written in the previous three Torah portions. The order, however, is different. Whereas Moses…
Miriam Shechter took this shot of Simchat Torah dancing with the Torah scrolls which is similar to the dancing at a Jewish wedding to emphasize a main theme of the holiday, that our relationship with God is comparable to the relationship between a husband and wife. We are married to God and to His holy Torah.

Weekly Torah Portion: A Meeting with God

This week's portion begins with the end of Exodus Chapter 27 and includes the instructions for Aaron and the priests in their worship roles -- their clothes, the sanctification process they will go through, and some instruction regarding the altar, the incense altar and the "tent…

Weekly Torah Portion: Priestly Garments

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. Following closely on the heels of last week’s portion, Tetzaveh opens with a command to prepare pure olive oil for…

Weekly Torah Portion: A Tabernacle for All

This week’s Torah portion is the first of four Torah portions that discuss the building of the Tabernacle and the vessels within.  The details are amazing – the exact dimensions of the building and of each vessel, the materials used for both inner and outer…

Weekly Torah Portion: The Spiritual and the Mundane

Most of this week’s Torah portion involves various civil laws which help govern a kind and generous society.  The portion begins with the laws of slavery, which, when compared to the norms of society in Biblical times, are particularly humane.  It continues to deal with…

Weekly Torah Portion: Damages and Capital Crimes

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. In this extended passage, the Torah deals with a variety of cases involving damages and capital crimes. These include theft,…