Weekly Torah Portion

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Previous Torah Portions

In Parshat Chukat, we read the tragic story of Moshe’s fatal mistake – his hitting the rock, rather than speaking to it, to produce water in the desert for the thirsty people of Israel. Traditionally, there have been two basic ways of understanding what this sin, the punishment for which was to deny Moshe entry to the Promised Land, was really all about.
This week’s parsha, Behaalotecha, contains the laws of lighting the menorah – the seven-branched candelabra - in the Temple. One of the interesting features of the menorah is the commandment to arrange the wicks in such a way as to have all the lights facing inward, towards the menorah’s central stem.
This week’s parsha, Naso, contains the commandment to the Cohanim – the priests – to bless the Jewish people. The text of the priestly blessing is well known – “May the Lord bless and protect you. May the Lord shine his countenance upon you and show you grace. May the Lord raise His countenance to you and give you peace.”

Jewish Holidays

Shavuot: Loving-Kindness

It is the custom among Jewish communities around the world to read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot.

Jewish Life Cycle

One of the most important mitzvoth in the Torah is called the מת מצוה (met mitzvah) – a deceased person whom it is a commandment to bury.

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