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Parsha Ekev

Parsha Ekev

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Parsha Ekev עֵקֶב is the forty-six parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the third reading in Dueteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, this parsha contains the Stipulations – the General Provisions.

Ekev עֵקֶב is translated as “as a result“. JPS translates is as “because“. BDB provides four definitions (1) as a consequence of, (2) because, (3)  reward, or (4) end. 1

In English, Ekev can be spelled 6 ways: (1) E-I-K-E-V, (2) E-K-E-V, (3) E-K-E-B, (4) E-Q-E-V (5) A-I-K-E-V, AND (6) E-Q-E-B

Ekev עֵקֶב is the second word and the first distinctive word in verse 12. See the Hebrew text below.

Notes:

  1. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon  2012, Hendrickson Publishing, Massachusetts, pg 784, S# 6118
Parsha Vaetchanan

Parsha Vaetchanan

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Parsha Vaetchanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן is the forty-fifth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the second reading in Dueteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, this parsha contains the reminder of the Historical Prologue and about half of the General Provision Stipulations for the renewed covenant.

Vaetchanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן is translated as “And I pleaded“. The JPS translates it as “And I besought“.

Vaetchanan וָאֶתְחַנַּן is the first word and the first distinctive word in verse 23. See the Hebrew text below.

Parsha Devarim

Parsha Devarim

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Parsha Devarim דְּבָרִים is the forty-fourth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the first reading in Dueteronomy (Devarim). As per Rabbi Sacks, This parsha contains the Preamble and the beginning of the Historical Prologue for the renewed covenant.

HaDevarim הַדְּבָרִים is translated as “the words“. It has been shortened to “words

HaDevarim הַדְּבָרִים is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Acharei Mot – Kedoshem

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We have a double portion this week. The 29th reading Acharei Mot אַֽחֲרֵ֣י מ֔וֹת and the 30th reading Kedoshem קְדשִׁ֣ים are combined to create our third double reading during the annual reading cycle, also it is the second in Leviticus (Vayikra). This double reading occurs in the years 2021, 2023, 2025, 2026, 2028, 2029, 2031, 2032,  and 2034.

Acharei Mot/ Kedoshim parsha summary

Acharei Mot reaches back to chapter ten and picks up the narrative “from the death” of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu. God speaks to Moses to instruct Aaron concerning the Yom Kippur service. God continues His discourse, this time His instructions are addressed to Aaron, his sons and all of Israel about eating the blood of animals. Afterwards, God provides instruction the to entire nation concerning sexual relationships. This ends parsha Acharei Mot.

Vayakhel – Pekudei

We have a double portion this week. The 22nd reading Vayakhel וַיַּקְהֵ֣ל and the 23rd reading Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י are combined to create our first double reading. This is typical during a normal reading cycle. This week’s reading brings us to the conclusion of the book of Exodus (Shemot).

Vayakhel / Pekudei parsha summary

In parsha Vayakhel, we begin with Moses assembling the entire Israelite community and he provides instructions about lighting a fire on the Sabbath. From here he provides the instructions on the collection of the materials for the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Afterwords, he  selects Betzalel and Chur as the architects for the construction of the mishkan.

Sun, Moon, Stars

005: Genesis 1 Commentary: 7 Days of Creation, Pt.3, Day 4, Commentary on Bereshit

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In the first phase of creation we saw the words of God create the inanimate world which included vegetation. Beginning with the 4th day we see the second phase of creation occurring as it parallels and complements the first three days. In this study, we investigate day 4 of creation. We begin by looking at the golden thread. Then we discover how day 4 connects to day 1. By looking at the text we will see the three purposes for the sun, moon, and stars. Once more we will compare our story to the epic of Gilgamesh and other texts in the Tanak.

7 Days of Creation

004: Genesis 1 Commentary: 7 Days of Creation Pt. 2, Commentary on Bereshit

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The golden thread of Genesis 1 continues! We will see how it flows through days 2 and 3 of the creation. Also in this lesson, we will discuss the firmament and how the Hebrew text reveals an answer the English translations totally miss. We explore the age old question, “why is day two not deemed as good.”  As we progress to day 3, we will look at the epic of Gilgamesh and how it compares to the Torah story of creation and much more.

003: Genesis 1 Commentary: 7 Days of Creation, Commentary on Bereshit

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The creation story of Genesis 1 & 2 is very familiar to us today. The ancients would have seen and understood it different than we do. In the ancient world, the creation section would have been common discussion among the learned and wise men. This is still true today.  However, this question for our study is how would the ancient’s understood the creation story?