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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,…

Weekly Torah Portion: Preparing to Receive the Torah

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. The Israelites travel from Rephidim to the Sinai Desert, where they encamp opposite the mountain. God tells Moses to remind…

Weekly Torah Portion: God and Israel at War

This week’s Torah portion begins with the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt and ends with the war against Amalek.  And war is a theme that runs through this week’s portion in a very interesting way.  The portion begins with an explanation of…

Weekly Torah Portion: Holy Acronyms

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. Throughout the night, God keeps His angel and His Pillar of Cloud between the Israelite camp and the Egyptians. Moses…

Weekly Torah Portion: A New Month

This week's Torah portion includes the final three plagues and the beginning of the Exodus. It also includes the instructions for the celebration of the Passover holiday and the procedure for the sacrifice of the lamb. The chapter which includes these instructions, Chapter 12, begins…