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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Tetzaveh (Command ) Sh’mot (Exodus) 27-30

Torah Portion Tetzaveh (Command ) Sh’mot (Exodus) 27-30

Haftorah Reading Ezekiel 43:10-27

This week we read a great deal about the clothes worn by the priests as they went about their functions in the Mishkan and later in the Temple. This Torah portion is always read on the Sabbath before Purim. Next week, will be Purim so we might ask what if anything do the two have to do with each other? I think one answer might be the clothes that are mentioned in the Torah portion and in the story of Purim. As I mentioned earlier, here in our portion we read of the clothes worn by the priest while in the book of Esther we read quite a bit about clothing as well. Clothing is important in many ways. It can identify someone with a certain role such as a police officer, a nun, or other jobs that require a certain uniform. Clothes can also be used to disguise a person, such as a mask or uniform used to gain entrance to a place where the person would not ordinarily be admitted.

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T’rumah (Contribution ) Exodus Sh’mot 25-27

Torah Portion T’rumah (Contribution ) Sh’mot (Exodus) 25-27

Haftorah Reading I Kings 5:26-6:13

This week we read the first Torah section concerning the Mishkan or Tabernacle. Interestingly we read of this process for the next 13 chapters. In comparison, the creation story was covered in one chapter and the story of the actual exodus from Egypt only took up eleven chapters.

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Mishpatim Judgments H'mot-Exodus 21-24

Torah Portion Mishpatim (Judgments ) Sh’mot (Exodus) 21-24

Haftorah Reading Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26

If you could summarize this Torah portion what would you say is the over-riding theme of these verses? As we start I want to say a word about the very first word of our section of scripture. In Hebrew it is actually two words, Va’eleh, which means, “And these.” These words, “and these” link what we just finished reading in last week’s portion to what we are about to read following these words. They should be understood in the same way as what proceeded. Last week we read the Ten Commandments that many would say, is the peak of G-d’s message to the people at the mountain. Therefore the words of our section tonight are to be read and understood in the same light. From our understanding of the Messianic scriptures we also see the same idea stressed over and over. James 1:27 says it plainly, ”Pure and undefiled religion before G-d and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.”  It stresses what should be the conduct of us all. The true test of a civilization is how it treats its elderly, poor and orphaned.

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