TORAH TIDBIT

Torah Tidbits - Study Judaism with Rabbi Rapport and Rabbi David.
Torah Tidbits - Study Judaism with Rabbi Rapport and Rabbi David. Ki Tisa Tetzaveh Pekudei Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1−5:26)The opening word of Leviticus that gives the book and this first parashah its name is Vayikra Tazria Metzorah Achrei Mot Emor B’har B’hukotai Sh’lach L’cha Korach Matot Masei D'varim Va-et’chanan Eikev Nitzavim

Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52)

In Haazinu (Listen), Moses explains how the history of the relationship between Adonai our God and Israel began. It is a different version/source, and a different story than the ones we read before. In this version, God did not choose us; God won us in a lottery. We are not the chosen people of God, but the people that won Adonai our God in a lottery. There are many nations in the world according to this version, and each has their own God, our lot is Adonai, and their lot is different.

This Week’s Torah Portion: Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1–52)

In Haazinu (Listen), Moses explains how the history of the relationship between Adonai our God and Israel began. It is a different version/source, and a different story than the ones we read before. In this version, God did not choose us; God won us in a lottery. We are not the chosen people of God, but the people that won Adonai our God in a lottery. There are many nations in the world according to this version, and each has their own God, our lot is Adonai, and their lot is different.

Haazinu Summary:
Moses sings his last song, a love poem to God and a chastisement of the people, who are not worthy of Adonai. (32:1–6)
The poem recounts the blessings that God has bestowed on the Israelites, the wicked deeds they have committed, and the punishments that God then inflicted upon them. (32:7–43)
God tells Moses to begin his ascent of Mount Nebo, from where he will see the Land of Israel from a distance but will not be allowed to enter it. (32:45–52)

Torah Tidbits - Study Judaism with Rabbi Rapport and Rabbi David. Ki Tisa Tetzaveh Pekudei Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1−5:26)The opening word of Leviticus that gives the book and this first parashah its name is Vayikra Tazria Metzorah Achrei Mot Emor B’har B’hukotai Sh’lach L’cha Korach Matot Masei D'varim Va-et’chanan Eikev Nitzavim

Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:1–30)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:1–30)

Moses the greatest leader, prophet, law giver we ever had dies. He dies without reaching the Promised Land. Moses’ death teaches us a great lesson, we do not get to fulfil everything we wish and aim for. Even Moses the greatest of all dies without getting to his promised land. A Life worth living, a great legacy is when you still have goals you want to achieve, when you still yearn for more.

This Week’s Torah Portion: Vayeilech (Deuteronomy 31:1–30)

Moses the greatest leader, prophet, law giver we ever had dies. He dies without reaching the Promised Land. Moses’ death teaches us a great lesson, we do not get to fulfil everything we wish and aim for. Even Moses the greatest of all dies without getting to his promised land. A Life worth living, a great legacy is when you still have goals you want to achieve, when you still yearn for more.

Vayeilech Summary:
Moses prepares the people for his death and announces that Joshua will succeed him. (31:1–8)
Moses instructs the priests and the elders regarding the importance of reading the Torah. (31:9–13)
God informs Moses that upon his death, the people will commit idolatry and “many evils and troubles shall befall them.” God tells Moses to teach the people a poem that will “be My witness.” (31:14–30)

Torah Tidbits - Study Judaism with Rabbi Rapport and Rabbi David. Ki Tisa Tetzaveh Pekudei Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1−5:26)The opening word of Leviticus that gives the book and this first parashah its name is Vayikra Tazria Metzorah Achrei Mot Emor B’har B’hukotai Sh’lach L’cha Korach Matot Masei D'varim Va-et’chanan Eikev Nitzavim

Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20)

“All of you are standing today before Adonai your God – you leaders, elders, officials, and all the men of Israel, your children, wives, and the Strangers in your midst … I am making this covenant,  … not only with you … But also with those who are not here today” (Deuteronomy 29:9-14). All of us are part of the covenant between Adonai our God and everyone who was there in Sinai when the covenant was made. Even if we were not there in body, our spirits were there and we are part of it.

This Week’s Torah Portion: Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9–30:20)“All of you are standing today before Adonai your God— you leaders, elders, officials, and all the men of Israel, your children, wives, and the Strangers in your midst…I am making this covenant, …not only with you…But also with those who are not here today” (Deuteronomy 29:9-14). All of us are part of the covenant between Adonai our God and everyone who was there in Sinai when the covenant was made. Even if we were not there in body, our spirits were there and we are part of it.

Nitzavim Summary:
Moses tells the assembled people that God’s covenant speaks to them and to all of the generations who will follow. (29:9–14)
God warns the Israelites that they will be punished if they act idolatrously, the way the inhabitants of the other nations do. (29:15–28)
Moses reassures the people that God will not forsake them and that they can attain blessings by following God’s commandments. (30:1–20)

Torah Tidbits - Study Judaism with Rabbi Rapport and Rabbi David. Ki Tisa Tetzaveh Pekudei Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1−5:26)The opening word of Leviticus that gives the book and this first parashah its name is Vayikra Tazria Metzorah Achrei Mot Emor B’har B’hukotai Sh’lach L’cha Korach Matot Masei D'varim Va-et’chanan Eikev Nitzavim

Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8)

This week’s Torah Portion begins with the ritual offering of First Fruits which contains within it the famous phrase from the Passover Seder: “My father was a wandering Aramean…” These words were meant as a reminder that the bounty of our harvest was a gift from God which we who were once wanderers without a land of our own are commanded to share with the less fortunate in our society, those who still wander without a home.

At the end of this carefully scripted ritual come the words: “I have not forgotten.”
The lesson of these words is a simple sermon on the meaning and the purpose of our lives.
When you hold in your hands the first fruits of the harvest of life’s blessings, remember.
Remember and give thanks. Remember to share your blessings. Remember where you came from every step along life’s path. Remember those who helped you to reach this day of blessing. Remember.

Ki Tavo Summary:
The Israelites are instructed to express their gratitude to God for their bountiful harvests and freedom from slavery by tithing ten percent of their crops for the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow. (26)
The people are told to display on large stones God’s commandments for all to see. (27:1-8)
The Levites are to proclaim curses upon those who violate God’s commandments. (27:15-26)
The Israelites are told that if they obey God’s mitzvot faithfully, they will receive every blessing imaginable. They are also told that if do not fulfill their brit with God, many curses will descend upon them. (28:1-69)
Moses reminds the Israelites of the miracles they witnessed in the wilderness and commands them to observe the terms of the covenant so that they may succeed in all that they undertake. (29:1-8)

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