Devar Torah

Parsha Shelach

By Rabbi Carol Calise In today’s parsha we have the tragic story of the 12 spies surveying the Promised Land. The unfortunate outcome of the story is that an entire generation died in the wilderness instead of inheriting the Promised Land. What went wrong? Every time I read this story, it makes me reflect on […]

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BAMIDBAR

by Rabbi Carol Calise This week we begin a new book in the Torah reading, the book of BaMidbar, Numbers. We are over half way through the yearly cycle of reading. It is the 34th parsha out of 54. I’d like to share a summary on the book as a whole and lessons we can […]

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METZORA

by Rabbi Carol Calise Today’s Haftarah connection to the Torah reading is that it is a story about four men who have leprosy.  The army of Aram has gathered against the people of Israel and it does not look good.  There is no food in the city.  They consider all their options and realize death […]

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Parsha Terumah

Today’s parsha is entitled Terumah which means offering.  It details for us the instructions for building the mishkan-tabernacle.  Specific directions are given for each article within the tabernacle as well as the tabernacle itself.  In addition, Adonai gives specific materials that must be used.  There were to be no substitutes.  The Haftarah is found in […]

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Thoughts on The Torah: Parsha Bo (Go)

by Rabbi Michael Calise This weeks parsha is found in Shemot (Exodus) 10:1–13:16. The parsha culminates in the Passover and the Judgement of G-d against the false gods of the Egyptians. G-d tells B’nai Israel that the Passover is to be celebrated throughout their generations. This is a reminder of not only the power and […]

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Ki Tavo

I’d like to share from the last verse of the Haftarah reading.
Isaiah 60:22 – “The smallest will grow to a thousand, the weakest will become a mighty nation. I, Adonai, when the right time comes, will quickly bring it about.”

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Tazria

In both the Torah and Haftarah readings we are dealing with the subject of an infectious skin disease which many translate as leprosy. This portion gives a detailed account of how to determine if one has this disease, the treatment of one with this disease and how to be cleansed if one is healed of the disease. One of the most important things to note is that if one is found to have this disease they are separated from the rest of the camp. They no longer have a home. They must give up their family and friends. They no longer have a job or place in the community.

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Terumah

Today’s parsha is entitled Terumah which means offering. It details for us the instructions for building the mishkan-tabernacle. Specific directions are given for each article within the tabernacle as well as the tabernacle itself. In addition, Adonai gives specific materials that must be used. There were to be no substitutes. The Haftarah is found in Melachim Aleph 5-6. This gives us the story of King Shlomo building the Holy Temple for Adonai.

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