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Parsha Bamidbar

Parsha Bamidbar

Parsha Bamidbar is translated as “in the wilderness”.  It’s the thirty-fourth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and first in sefer Bamidbar, the book of Numbers. I found five different spellings – “Bemidbar”, “BeMidbar”, “B’midbar”, “Bamidbar”, or “Bamidbor”.

Parsha Bamidbar Summary

Parsha Bemidbar begins with the YHVH telling Moses to conduct a census of the tribes, but the Levites must be exempted. He also provides the information about the encampments around the tabernacle (mishkan). YHVH gives the instructions to the Levites on their services in the mishkan. We discover the redemption of the first-born. It closes with the specific duties of the Kohathites.

Bemidbar בְּמִדְבַּ֥ר is the fifth word and in the Hebrew text (see text below). The hyphenated word is counted as two words.

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai is the third double portion in Leviticus (Vayikra). Parsha behar is the thrirty-second reading in the annual cycle and bechikotai is the thirty-third.  Behar is translated as “on the mount“. I found four different spellings – “Behar”, “BeHar”, “Be-har”, or “B’har”. Bechukotai is translated as “in my laws“. I found four different spellings – “Bechukotai”, “Bechuqotai”, “Bechukosai”, or “Bəḥuqothai”.

Parshat Behar-Bechukotai Summary

Parsha Behar continues the theme of scared time. It discusses the does and don’ts of the sabbatical year (Shemita) and the Jubilee year (Yovel). Shemita and Yovel have very specific details about the land, debts, and indentured servants.

Parsha Bechukotai closes the book of Leviticus. It discusses the blessings and curses based upon the actions of Israel. It ends with the instructions concerning vows and the consecration of people and property.

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Parsha Naso

Parsha Naso

Parsha Naso is translated as “take a census”. It’s the thirthy-fifth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and second in sefer Bamidbar, the book of Leviticus. I found two spellings – “naso” or “nasso”

Parsha Naso Summary

Parsha Naso opens by continuing to explain the responsibilities of the Levites. Then it moves on to discuss three topics. Firstly, it describes the test for the woman accused of adultery (sotah). Secondly, the Nazirite vow. Finally, it teaches the priestly blessing.

Parsha Naso ends with the list of the gifts from the tribal leaders.

Naso נָשֹׂא is the first word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Emor

Parsha Emor

Parsha Emor אֱמֹר‎ is the 31st reading of the annual reading cycle. Emor is translated as “speak”.

Parsha Emor Summary

Parsha Emor begins by enumerating the holiness standard for the priests and the offerings. The previous sections explains the holiness standard for the whole Community of Israel. However, the standard for the priests are even a higher level. Also the standard is even higher for the high priest. This is due to the proximity they have to sanctuary. We proceed and concluded with the high holy days.

Emor אֱמֹר‎ is the fifth word in the Hebrew text.

Parsha Ki Tisa

Parsha Ki Tisa

Parsha Ki Tisa כִּי תִשָּׂא is translated as “when you elevate”. It’s the twenty-first Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and ninth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found fouor different spellings – “Ki Tisa”, “Ki Tissa”, “Ki Thissa”, or “Ki Sisa”

Parsha Ki Tisa Summary

Parsha Ki Tisa begins with Yehovah telling Moses a man must ransom his soul during the census.

We continue with the instructions for the bronze basin. Following this the details and commands about the anointing oil is provided.

We shift away from the details of construction to the craftsmen. Yehovah names the two Spirit (Rauch) filled men – Bezalel and Oholiab. Bezalel is from the tribe of Judah and Oholiab is from the tribe of Dan.

The Shabbat is given to Israel as a perpetual covenant as a sign between Yehovah and Israel forever. We are told Moses is given the tablets of the Testimony.

The tragedy of the golden calf occurs. Moses breaks the tablets of the Testimony. Moses attempts to purge the sin from the camp. He also try’s to atone for the people but Yehovah rejects it. Yehovah instructs Moses to take the people to the promised land.

We return to the Mishkan (tabernacle) and its location. Moses cries out to see G-d’s glory. They proceed to have a conversation. Yehovah commands Moses to return once more to Mount Sinai to receive the Testimony again.

We are given the thirteen attributes of G-d. The exclusive Covenant with the children of Israel is given to Moses. He returns to the people with a veiled face.

Ki Tisa כִּי תִשָּׂא are the first and second words and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Tetzaveh

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Parsha Tetzaveh

Parsha Tetzaveh תְּצַוֶּה‎ is translated as “you shall command”. It’s the twentyth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and eighth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found four different spellings – “Tetzaveh”, “Tetsaveh”, “T’tzaveh”, or “T’tzavveh”.

Parsha Tetzaveh Summary

Parsha Tetzaveh begins with the command for the children of Israel to bring pure olive oil for the menorah (candlestand).

Aaron and his sons are set apart as the kohanim (priests). The instruction for their garments is described.  It begins with the ephod, breastplate of judgement, a blue robe, plate of gold attached to a turban, a tunic and linen under garments.

Next, the instructions to consecrate Aaron and his sons as the kohanim is detailed.

Finally, the details for the construction of the incense altar are provided. Aaron’s daily role with the altar of incense and menorah are given.  Aaron’s annual atonement ritual is mentioned and closes this parsha.

Tetzaveh תְּצַוֶּה‎ is the second word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Terumah

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Parsha Terumah

Parsha Terumah תְּרוּמָה‎ is translated as “offerings”, “contributions” or “gifts”. It’s the nineteenth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and seventh in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found four different spellings – “Terumah”, “Terumoh”, “Terimuh”, or “Trumah”

Parsha Terumah Summary

Parsha Terumah begins with Yehovah giving instructions to Moses. He is to speak to the children of Israel to voluntarily set aside an offering (gift or contribution) to Yehovah. He provides a list of items for the offering and the reason for it. Yehovah states he will give a “blueprint” of the Mishkan and its furniture to Moses.

Next Yehovah provides information about the items that contain gold: (1) the ark, (2) the table and its tools, and (3) the Menorah (candlestand). After these comes the bronze and textiles items; (1) the curtains, (2) the altar and its tools, and (3) the courtyard.

Terumah תְּרוּמָה‎ is the twelfth word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Mishpatim

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Parsha Mishpatim

Parsha Mishpatim מִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים is translated as “laws”. It’s the eighteenth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and sixth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. 

Parsha Mishpatim Summary

Parsha Mishpatim begins with the laws of the Hebrew slave. According, to the Sefer ha-Chinuch there are a total of 53 laws in this portion. There are twenty-three positive and thirty negative commands. The last command given before the narrative continues is “do not make any covenant with the people in the land or their gods.

Parsha Mishpatim’ narrative continues with this command from G-d, “Come up unto the LORD, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.” It ends with Moses entering the cloud of G-d’s glory on mount Sinai for forty days and nights.

Mishpatim מִּשְׁפָּטִים is the second word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Yitro

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Parsha Yitro

Parsha Yitro יִתְרוֹ‎ is translated as “Jethro”. It’s the seventeenth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and fifth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found five different spellings – “Yitro”, “Yithro”, “Yisroi”, “Yisrau”, or “Yisro”

Parsha Yitro Summary

Parsha Yitro begins with Yitro’s advice to Moses. YHVH speaks to Moses several times preparing him and Israel for His “appearance on Mount Sinai. YHVH gives the ten words.

Yitro יִתְרוֹ‎ is the second word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).

Parsha Beshalach

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Parsha Beshalach

Parsha Beshalach בְּשַׁלַּח is translated as “When he sent out”. It’s the sixteenth Torah reading in the annual reading cycle and fourth in sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. I found three different spellings – “beshalach”, “beshallach”, or “beshalah”

Parsha Beshalach Summary

Parsha Beshalach picks up the narrative of the exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt. We see the pillar of cloud and fire leading them day and night. There are three paths God could lead them, He chooses the path of least military resistance.

Moses keeps the promise of taking Joseph’s bones out of Egypt. We have the showdown between the Pharoah, Baal, the god of the desert, and the God of Israel – Yehovah. After the defeat of the gods Moses and Miriam sing a song commemorating the victory.

Parsha Beshalach also discusses the bitter water being sweet, the manna from heaven, and the attack from the Amalek.

Beshalach בְּשַׁלַּח is the second word and in the Hebrew text (see text below).