Sermons from May 2018

#35 Torah Parashah Naso

Naso (נָשֹׂא‎)— Hebrew for “take a census” or “lift up,” is the sixth word in the 35th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎) in the annual cycle of Torah reading. It constitutes Numbers 4:21–7:89. The parashah addresses priestly duties, purifying the camp, restitution for wrongs committed, the wife accused of unfaithfulness (sotah), the nazirite, the Priestly Blessing, and the…

#34 Torah Parashah Bamidbar

B’midbar (בְּמִדְבַּר‎)— Hebrew for “in the wilderness of” [Sinai], the fifth overall and first distinctive word in the parashah), often called Bamidbar is the 34th weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parasha) in the annual cycle of Torah reading and the first in the Book of Numbers. The parashah tells of the census and the priests’ duties and…

#32 & 33 Torah Parashah Behar-Bechukotai

B’har (בְּהַר‎) — Hebrew for “on the mount,” is the fifth word in the parashah) and is the 32nd weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parashah) in the annual cycle of Torah readings. The parashah tells the laws of the Sabbatical year (שמיטה‎, Shmita) and limits on debt servitude. The parashah covers Leviticus 25:1–26:2 Bechukotai (בְּחֻקֹּתַי‎) — Hebrew for…

Emor

#31 Torah Parsha Emor

Emor (אֱמֹר‎) – Hebrew for “speak,” the fifth word, in the parashah, it is the 31st weekly Torah portion (פָּרָשָׁה‎, parsha) in the annual cycle of Torah reading. The parsha provides purity rules for priests (כֹּהֲנִים‎, Kohanim), recounts the holy days, provides for lights and bread in the sanctuary, and tells the story of a blasphemer…