TORAH TIDBIT

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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 Chayei Sarah Tol'dot

Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Korach (Numbers 16:1 – 18:32)

Korach is the story of a rebellion against the authority of Moses and Aaron. The ground beneath Korach’s feet literally gives way, a symbol of the rootlessness of his rebellion. Moses on the other hand, stands on solid ground, sure of his footing because he leads in God’s name.

After the rebellion, Moses gathers the staffs from each of the Tribes of Israel inscribing the name of the leader upon each staff, with Aaron’s name representing the Tribe of Levi. Miraculously, Aaron’s staff sets roots and bears fruit, a symbol of the strength of their leadership which is rooted in God’s law. The Torah is called “a tree of life to all who hold fast to her” (Proverbs 3:18). May all our leaders be rooted in the justice and righteousness which we call by the name of Torah.

KORACH SUMMARY:
Korach and his followers, Dathan and Abiram, lead a rebellion against the leadership of Moses and Aaron. God punishes the rebels by burying them and their families alive. Once again, God brings a plague on the people. (16:1-17:15)
The chief of each tribe deposits his staff inside the Tent of Meeting. Aaron’s staff brings forth sprouts, produces blossoms, and bears almonds. (17:16-26)
The Kohanim and Levites are established and assigned the responsibility of managing the donations to the Sanctuary. All of the firstborn offerings shall go to the priests and all the tithes are designated for the Levites in return for the services they perform. (18:1-32)
TOPICS: Plague, Rebellion, Tithe
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 Chayei Sarah Tol'dot

Sh’lach L’cha (Numbers 13:1−15:41)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Sh’lach L’cha (Numbers 13:1−15:41)

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God.’”
God is introduced, just as God was when God gave us the two tablets of covenant in Sinai.
And what is the one thing that God has to say about God? I am the God that frees the captive. I am the God who believes all humans should be free and treated equally. That is our God.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord your God.’”
God is introduced, just as God was when God gave us the two tablets of covenant in Sinai.
And what is the one thing that God has to say about God? I am the God that frees the captive. I am the God who believes all humans should be free and treated equally. That is our God.
Sh’lach L’cha SUMMARY:
Moses sends twelve spies to the Land of Israel to report on the inhabitants and the country. Despite the positive report of Joshua and Caleb, the people are frightened. (13:1–14:10)
God threatens to wipe out the Children of Israel but relents when Moses intercedes on their behalf. To punish the people, God announces that all those who left Egypt would not enter the Land of Israel except for Joshua and Caleb. (14:11–45)
Moses instructs the Israelites regarding setting aside challah, the observance of the Sabbath, how to treat strangers, and the laws of tzitzit. (15:1–41)
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 Chayei Sarah Tol'dot

B’haalot’cha (Numbers 8:1−12:16)

This Week’s Torah Portion: B’haalot’cha (Numbers 8:1−12:16)

“You must have the same laws for both the foreigner and the citizen”. The stranger in our midst must get the same justice and be under the same laws as a citizen. 3,000 plus years have passed, and we still have trouble treating the strangers in our midst as God instructed us (36 times in the Torah).

This Week’s Torah Portion: B’haalot’cha (Numbers 8:1−12:16)“You must have the same laws for both the foreigner and the citizen”. The stranger in our midst must get the same justice and be under the same laws as a citizen. 3,000 plus years have passed, and we still have trouble treating the strangers in our midst as God instructed us (36 times in the Torah).SUMMARY:
God speaks to Moses, describing the menorah for the Tent of Meeting. The Levites are appointed to serve as assistants under Aaron and his sons. (8:1-26)
Those who are unable to celebrate Passover during Nisan are given a time in the month of Sivan to observe a “second Passover.” (9:1-14)
A cloud by day and fire by night show God’s Presence over the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifts from the Tabernacle, the people leave Sinai, setting out on their journey, tribe by tribe. (9:15-10:36)
The Israelites complain about the lack of meat, and Moses becomes frustrated. God tells him to appoint a council of elders. God provides the people with meat and then strikes them with a very severe plague. (11:1-34)
Miriam and Aaron talk about the “Cushite woman” whom Moses has married. In addition, they complain that God speaks not only through Moses but also through them. Miriam is struck with leprosy, and Moses begs God to heal her. After her recovery, the people resume their journey. (12:1-16)

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 Chayei Sarah Tol'dot

Naso (Numbers 4:21−7:89)

This Week’s Torah Portion: Naso (Numbers 4:21−7:89)

A very weird and awkward ritual is described in our portion. When a man has a fit of jealousy against his wife, the two go to the High priest, who writes the name of God on a parchment, puts it into water and the wife drinks it. Horrible and humiliating as the ritual is, the rabbis chose to make lemonade out of this lemon, “Great is Shalom (peace and wellness and wholeness), that the Holy blessed one, allows us to defile Gods name in order to bring Shalom (peace and wholeness and wellness) into our homes”.

This Week’s Torah Portion: Naso (Numbers 4:21−7:89)A very weird and awkward ritual is described in our portion. When a man has a fit of jealousy against his wife, the two go to the High priest, who writes the name of God on a parchment, puts it into water and the wife drinks it. Horrible and humiliating as the ritual is, the rabbis chose to make lemonade out of this lemon, “Great is Shalom (peace and wellness and wholeness), that the Holy blessed one, allows us to defile Gods name in order to bring Shalom (peace and wholeness and wellness) into our homes”.

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