Tetzaveh (You are to order)

Question: What does this Torah portion deal with? This Torah portion deals with the Kohanim, their selection, their garments, and the inauguration service by which they and their offspring would become confirmed for all time as the special ministers of יהוה. (Chumash) Exodus 27:20 וְאַתָּה And you will command אֶת־ Children of Israel that they bring you pure olive oil …

Vayak’hel (He assembled)

In this portion, Moses addresses the entire nation and charges them with the privilege of building the Tabernacle. Much of the text is a repetition of the directions given in the previous chapters. Israel’s ability to create a setting for YHUH’s Presence is a measure of its greatness and, indeed, a primary reason for its very existence. Its future history …

Passover Seder Readings

PASSOVER SEDER Reader 1: Let us prepare our hearts for the Passover Seder. We must consider ourselves as having personally been freed from Egypt. As we prepare for this experience of personal redemption, let us take the leaven of sin hidden within our hearts far away from us. HAGGADAH (hah-gah-dah) means “the Telling” Seder means “order” Exodus 12:11 You will …

Vayak’hel (He Assembles) and P’kudei (Accounts)

Exodus 35:1 And gathered together Moses אֶת־ all the congregation of the Children of Israel and said to them, These are the words which יהוה has commanded that you should do אֹתָם them. 2 Six days will work be done, but the seventh day will be a sacred day, a Sabbath of rest to ליהוה: whoever does work on it …