B’midbar (In the desert) B’midbar/Num. 1:1-4:20

Torah Portion: B’midbar (In the desert) B’midbar/Numbers 1:1-4:20 1.What is the connection between the HafTorah found in Hosea 2:1-22 and the Torah portion, Deut 1:1-4:20?  Both include numbers. In B’Midbar, a census was taken. Hosea was a prophet to the northern kingdom. In these verses, Hosea 2:1-20,  Hosea looks ahead in time to the Messianic age […]

B’chukkotai (By My Statutes) Lev./Vayikra 26:3-27:34

B’chukkotai (By My Statutes) Leviticus/Vayikra 26:3-27:34 1.Replacement theology is based on the premise that G-d rejected Israel because they rejected Him. His old chosen people were the physical descendants of Abraham. His new chosen people are the spiritual descendants of Abraham, in other words, not Jews but Christians. Do you find any verses in this Torah portion or other scripture […]

Behar (On the Mountain) Leviticus 25:1-26:2 

1.In our Torah Portion, Leviticus 25:1-26:2 G-d was giving instructions for the Sabbatical year/ Sh’mitah year and the Yovel or Jubilee year.  The children of Israel were still at Mount Sinai with about 38 more years to wander. Only two adults would actually get to the Promised Land. Why was G-d giving agricultural instructions to the […]

Torah Portion: Emor (Speak) Lev./Vayikra 21-24 Haftorah Reading: Ezekiel 44:15-31

Torah Portion: Emor (Speak) (Leviticus) Vayikra 21-24 Haftorah Reading: Ezekiel 44:15-31 1.In the Haftorah this week, Ezekiel 44:15-31 we read the words of Ezekiel. Who was he? When were these verses written and where was he when he wrote this?  Ezekiel was a priest who was among the Jewish captives carried away to Babylon by King […]

Kedoshim (Holy People) (Leviticus) Vayikra 19-20

Kedoshim (Holy People) (Leviticus) Vayikra 19-20 In this Torah portion we are struck by the fact that mere mortals can be Holy because in Leviticus 19:1-2 it says, “Be holy because I, the L-rd your G-d, am holy. “ A further exploration of the word Holy or Kadosh would be helpful.  While it is true that the word Kadosh implies […]

Acharei Mot Leviticus 16-18:30  HafTorah: Ezekiel 22:1-19

Torah Portion: Acharei Mot Leviticus 16-18:30  HafTorah: Ezekiel 22:1-19 1.The service of Yom Kippur was unique in the sin and guilt offerings in Israel. Normally confession was made over the animal being sacrificed. But here confession was made over the one sent away not the one sacrificed. So the question arises, “Why was the offering divided between […]

Pesach teaching 2024

1.Some families sit down every year and go over the story of Passover with their children.  What is the point of repeating this process year after year?  A fundamental lesson repeated several times during the Passover narratives in the Bible is Moses giving the command to celebrate the Passover every year for all generations as a nation. The […]

Metzora Lev. 14:1-15:33  HafTorah: II Kings 7:3-20

Metzora Leviticus 14:1-15:33  HafTorah: II Kings 7:3-20 1.This is the second Torah Portion devoted to leprosy. Four chapters given to a disease and all the details of how to tell if a person has it and if so what to do about it and how to be declared clean. Find verses in the Messianic scripture concerning leprosy […]

Sh’mini (The Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 

1.What do you think was G-d’s purpose for the kosher laws? a. The kosher laws were to set the people apart,  b. to keep them from being assimilated into the pagan world around them.   c. It was teaching them to live by G-d’s plan, to live in G-d’s framework.   d. Also the kosher laws teach […]