Yitro(Jethro)Ex./Sh’mot 18:1-20:23

Torah Portion: Yitro(Jethro)Ex./Sh’mot 18:1-20:23 Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6 Tonight we cover a Torah portion that is named for a non-Jew. This person is the father-in-law of Moshe. Also in this portion we have the giving of the Ten Commandments or the Ten Utterances. Both of these topics are extremely important to us to know how […]

Va’etchanan (I Pleaded) D’Varim (Deut.) 3:23-7:11

Torah Portion: Va’etchanan (I Pleaded)D’Varim(Deut.) 3:23-7:11

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 40:1-26

Today we read an epic Torah portion. We read again the Shema and the Ten Commandments. We also read a brief passage with high implications for the way we are to live a moral life in our day.

To begin with, I want us to look at Deut. 5:30. This verse tells us, “In all the way that the L-rd you G-d has commanded you, you shall walk.” I want to use this verse as a jumping off place for our study tonight. What does this verse say to us about our daily walk?

Jethro(Yitro) Exodus(Sh’mot) 18:1-20:23

Torah Portion:  Jethro(Yitro) Exodus(Sh’mot) 18:1-20:23

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

This week we have studied a Torah portion named for the father-in-law of Moshe. Jethro heard of all the great things G-d had done for Israel and came to visit Moshe to see for himself. He also brought along Moshe’s wife and two sons.

Va’etchanan (I Pleaded) D’Varim (Deut.) 3:23-7:11

Torah Portion Va’etchanan (I Pleaded) D’Varim (Deut.) 3:23-7:11

Haftorah Reading: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:1-26

Tonight in our Torah reading we cover two major statements that should speak to us. In the first one we read of Moshe going over the Ten Commandments again. I think he did this, at least partially, for the people who had not been there when G-d first spoke these words back in the book of Shemot/Exodus. He also delivered the Shema in D’Varim/Deut. 6:4-9.  These verses teach us that G-d should be present in our conversations, thoughts and actions thru out the day, while we are home with our families and when we are out in the work world. 

Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18-20

Torah Portion Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18-20

Haftorah Reading Isaiah 6:1-13

Tonight we read one of the most moving sections in all of Torah. In this portion we read of the covenant between G-d and the people of Israel. This covenantal relationship set out here should also give each of us a good picture of who G-d is and what He requires of us in our lives as His people.

This covenant was entirely at His initiation. All He asked was that His people agree to its terms. I expect we all have had this experience with the Father. We come to understand how much He cares for us and how He has carried us up on eagles wing, called us to Himself and gave us a frame work to live by each day.

Ki Tisa (When you take) Ex. 30-34

Torah Portion:  Ki Tisa (When You Take)(Sh’mot) Exodus 30-34

Haftorah Reading: I Kings 18:1-39

This Torah portion begins with the taking of the census of all the people of G-d and the paying of what became known as the Temple tax. However the pivotal events talked about in this section are the incidents of the golden calf and the giving of the two sets of tablets of the Law. The first set of laws was broken by Moshe when he returned from his time with G-d on top of Mt. Sinai.

Yitro (Jethro Sh’mot Exodus 18-23

Torah Portion:  Yitro (Jethro)(Sh’mot)  Exodus 18:1-20:23

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

This week we read the Torah portion Yitro. It is one of only two Torah portions named for a non-Jew and for a further point this portion contains the Ten Commandments and the ceremony where Israel agrees to submit to G-d. So why, with all of this, would this section carry the name of a non-Jew? In some ways the answer is part of the correct response to my question of the week.

Yitro (Jethro) Ex 18-23

Torah Portion:  Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18-23

HafTorah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6

Tonight we read the Torah portion Jethro. It is one of only two Torah portions named for a non-Jew. Jethro came to visit Moshe and Israel in the wilderness and brought Moshe’s family with him.  However, the main theme of the portion is G-d’s giving of the 10 Words (Commandments) and Israel’s acceptance of this Covenant with G-d.

Ki Tize (When You Go Out) Deut 21

Torah Portion: Ki Titze (When You Go Ou) Devarim (Deut.) 21:10-25:19

HafTorah: Isaiah 54:1-10

NT Matt. 5:31-32; 19:3-12; 22:23-32 Mark 10:2-12; 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-38, I Cor 9:3-18; Gal. 3:9-14.

This Torah section takes place on the east bank of the Jordan River before the people cross over. Moses reiterates the commandments to a new generation. More than 70 of the 613 commandments are covered in this section, several of which we see expounded on in the New Testament.

Yitro (Jethro) Exodus 18

Torah Portion: Yitro (Jethro) Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:26

HafTorah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6:7

New Testament: Matt. 5:21-30, 15:1-11; 19:16-30; Mark 7:5-15; Mark 10: 17-31; Luke 18:18-30; Acts 6:1-7; Romans 2:17-29; 7:7-12; 13:8-10; Eph. 6:1-3; 1Timothy 3:1-14; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5-9; Hebrews 12:18-29; James 2:8-13; I Peter 2:9-10

Tonight we look at, I think, the only Torah portion named for a non-Jew. Why do you think Jethro was given this honor? Torah tells us that he heard of all that G-d had done for Israel. It seems he wanted to know more. So, the sages say he was honored for his search for the truth. I pray that this can also be said for each of us when we come together each week – that we are seeking the truth. In chapter 19, verse one of Shemot we read where the people came to the mountain in the third month after they had come out of Egypt. As we read on in chapter 19 we see G-d instructing Moses on what to tell the people. He was to tell them how He cared for them, bore them up on eagle’s wings and brought them to Himself at Sinai, and there He proposed to them as a groom does to his bride.