Weekly Torah and Prophets Reading

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Terumah: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Terumah: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Individuals, families, nations and even religions possess objects that they consider to be sacred. Everyone according to their tastes and beliefs. But one sacred object is universally considered to be holier than any other, and that is the Ark of the Covenant, first mentioned in this week’s parashat […]

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Parashat Tetzaveh

Parashat Tetzaveh General Overview: We read the details of the construction of the Tabernacle, the sanctuary in the desert. In this week’s Parshah, Tetzaveh, we discover the special garments worn by the priests and high priest when serving in the Tabernacle. Following that, we read G‑d’s instructions to Moses regarding the seven-day inauguration for the

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Mishpatim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Mishpatim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study The world’s most famous mountain is not the highest, nor the most difficult to climb, nor the coldest, and not even the most beautiful. It is relatively indistinct, and would remain unknown but for one history and nature shaking event – the meeting between G-d and man and

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Parashat Terumah

Parashat Terumah General Overview: G‑d commands the Israelites to build a Tabernacle. He provides the exact details of how to construct it, and how to build the different instruments and vessels which were used therein. First Aliyah: G‑d instructed Moses to accept contributions from the Israelites for the construction of a Tabernacle: “Let them make

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Yitro: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Yitro: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Societies need rules and regulations in order to survive, hopefully in peace and prosperity. The most famous and most universal set of laws handed down from G-d to man are the Ten Commandments, which have long since become the fundamental do’s and don’ts that guide healthy societies the

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Parashat Mishpatim

General Overview: This week’s reading, Mishpatim, details many laws, including laws related to slaves, personal injury, loans, usury, and property damage. The end of the portion speaks of the preparations the Israelites made before receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. First Aliyah: This section discusses laws pertaining to the Israelite servant, his mandatory release after

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Parashat Yitro

General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, arrives at the Israelite encampment and advises them to set up a smoothly functioning legal system. The Israelites experience the divine revelation at Mount Sinai, and hear the Ten Commandments. First Aliyah: Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, having heard about all the miracles that G‑d wrought for

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Parashat Bo

Parashat Bo General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Bo, the last three plagues—Locust, Darkness, and Death of the Firstborn—are inflicted upon the Egyptians. Moses commands the Israelites concerning the Paschal offering and the laws of the Seder. After the final plague, Pharaoh unconditionally releases the Israelites from his land. First Aliyah: Plague Eight: At G‑d’s

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Parashat Vaera

Parashat Vaera General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Pharaoh refuses to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt, even after Aaron exhibits miraculous powers, transforming his staff into a serpent. The first seven plagues strike Egypt: Blood, Frogs, Lice, Wild Beasts, Pestilence, Boils, and Fiery Hail. First Aliyah: This week’s portion opens with G‑d’s response to

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Parashat Shemot

Parashat Shemot General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Shemot, begins the Book of Exodus. Pharaoh issues harsh decrees against the Israelites, beginning decades of Jewish suffering and slavery. Moses is born and raised in the Egyptian royal palace. After killing an Egyptian, Moses escapes to Midian and marries. G‑d appears to him in a burning

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Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayigash: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.” So says Shakespeare. But the Torah assigns great significance to names. So when Yaakov is referred to as both “Yaakov” and “Yisrael” in a single narrative, there must be

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Parashat Vayechi

Parashat Vayechi General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Vayechi, discusses Jacob’s final years. Shortly before his passing, Jacob blesses Joseph’s children as well as his own. A massive funeral procession escorts Jacob’s body to Canaan. The reading, and the Book of Genesis, concludes with Joseph’s death. First Aliyah: Jacob lived his last seventeen years in

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Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Miketz: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study What’s in a dream? Our entire future, it would seem, if the dream is properly understood by a wise interpreter. Yosef was just that person, wise and gifted with enough nerve to stand before Pharaoh and tell him how things were going to play out. Today our leaders

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Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Vayeshev: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Were Yosef’s dreams of grandeur a self-fulfilling prophecy? Or was his rise to authority in Egypt, the world’s superpower at the time, a mere coincidence? And did Yaakov’s attempt to steer things in a different direction only help to facilitate what he was trying to avoid?

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Parashat Miketz

Joseph Explaining the Dream to Pharoah, Jean Adrien Guignet Parashat Miketz General Overview: Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, becomes viceroy over Egypt, and implements his plan to save the region from famine. Joseph is harsh with his brothers who come to Egypt to buy food, and demands that Benjamin be brought to Egypt. When Benjamin eventually

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Parashat Vayeshev

Parashat Vayeshev General Overview: Joseph relates to his brothers his grandiose dreams of greatness, arousing their jealousy. He is consequently sold into slavery to an Egyptian master. After defying his Egyptian master’s wife, Joseph is thrown into jail, where he interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker. The story of Judah and Tamar is

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