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Parsha Metzora

Parsha Metzora

Parsha Metzora מְּצֹרָע  is the twenty-eighth reading in the annual Torah cycle and the fifth in book of Leviticus (Vayikra). I have found nine ways to spell it – Metzora, Metzorah, M’tzora, Mezora, Metsora, M’tsora, Metsoro, Meṣora, or Maṣoro.

Parsha Tazria continues the discussion of tzaraat, a spiritual affliction often mistranslated as leprosy. Jacob Milgrom translates it as scale disease. This Torah portion delves into the purification process for individuals and homes afflicted with tzaraat (scale disease), as well as the rituals involved in restoring purity to those affected. Metzora also addresses the spiritual journey of the afflicted individual, emphasizing themes of repentance, introspection, and the potential for renewal and restoration.

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Parsha Tazria

Parsha Tazria

Parsha Tazria תַזְרִיעַ is the twenty-seventh reading in the annual Torah cycle and the fourth in Leviticus (Vayikra). There are five ways to spell it – (1) Tazria, (2) Thazria, (3) Thazri’a, (4) Sazria, or (5) Ki Tazria‘.

Parsha Tazira discusses the ritual purity and impurity specifically concerning childbirth and skin afflictions. It begins with the purification process for a woman after birthing a child. Then it describes skin afflictions, tzaraat (leprosy). Finally, it discusses the procedures for diagnosis, isolation, purification, and offerings associated with these conditions.

Below are verses one and two of Leviticus 12 in Hebrew. Counting the hyphenated words as two words, Tazira is the thirteenth word indicated in red. Tazira means “to produce seed“.  Tazira derives from the root verb zara which means sow or scatter seed.

Understanding Parsha Tsav

Parsha Tsav is the second portion of the Book of Leviticus in the Torah, also known as Tsav in Hebrew. It means command. This portion explains the priest’s role and responsibly in the sacrificial system. It delves into the details of the different sacrifices, including burnt offerings, grain offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.

In this rerecorded audio teaching from 2018, we use the attached worksheets to explain Parsha Tsav. We begin by explaining the first five Torahs in the book if Leviticus.

Understanding Parsha Vayikra

Parsha Vayikra

Understanding Parsha Vayikra is an exclusive, uncut, unedited audio teaching from 2018/5778. Teaching from Torah portion Vayikra, Scott Whittle focuses on the sacrificial system and the laws regarding various types of offerings. It delves into the four offerings – burnt offerings, grain offerings, peace offerings, sin offerings, and guilt offerings.

Parsha Pekudei

Parsha Pekudei

Parsha Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י, the final portion of the Book of Exodus (Shemot), is the 23rd reading in the annual cycle and the 11th in the book of Exodus (Shemot). I found six different ways to spell it – PekudeiPekudePekudeyP’kude, Pequdei or P’qude.

Parsha Pekudei Summary

Parsha Pekudei, the final portion of the Book of Exodus (Exodus 38:21–40:38), concludes the detailed account of the construction of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.

Parsha Pekudei teaches lessons of craftsmanship, dedication, and reverence for Yehovah. It emphasizes the importance of fulfilling sacred tasks with precision and devotion. It serves as a reminder of the significance of sacred spaces and communal worship in nurturing a deep and meaningful relationship with Yehovah.

Pekudei פְקוּדֵ֤י, is the second word in verse twenty-one. Its verbal root word is paqad and means, “attend to, visit, muster, or appoint.”  The noun form here means musterings, or expenses. In the JPS, used here, it is translated as the accounts of. See it below.

Parsha Vayakhel

Parsha Vayakhel

Parsha Vayakhel  is the 22nd reading  וַיַּקְהֵ֣ל and is the seventh reading in the book of Shemot. It means “and he assembled”. There are seven different ways to spell it – VayakhelWayyaqhelVaYakhelVa-YakhelVayak’helVayak’heil, or Vayaqhel.

Parsha Vayakhel Summary

Parsha Vayakhel provides a detailed account of the Israelites’ obedience in constructing the Tabernacle and highlights the importance of communal effort, skilled craftsmanship, and adherence to divine instructions in the fulfillment of God’s purposes.

Navigating Divine Messages in the Structure of Parsha Vaeira

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Outline Vaeria

Outline Vaeria: Embark on a captivating journey as we delve into the concealed beauty of Parsha Vaeira’s Hebrew structure! Beyond the conventional books, chapters, verses, and Aliyah sections lies the authentic flowing text of Hebrew, waiting to be uncovered. Join us in this enlightening video as we share the true structure with our English reading audience. Gain unique insights into the richness of the Hebrew language and deepen your connection with the sacred text. Don’t miss out on this illuminating exploration – discover the hidden gems within Parsha Vaeira’s structure!

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