Posts Tagged ‘weekly Torah portion’

Deserving of Redemption

Parshat Vayera: Exodus 6:2-9:35; Ezekiel 28:25-29:21 In Exodus 6:6-8, God tells Moses to stand before the people of Israel and tell them of their upcoming redemption. The language God uses is incredibly dramatic; God’s own outstretched arm will deliver the people from Egypt with great judgments and God will finally fulfill His promise of the…

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Weekly Torah Portion – Life: A Treasured Legacy

Parshat Vayelekh: Deuteronomy 31:1-30; Hosea 14:2-10; Micah 7:18-20; Joel 2:15-27. (Shabbat Shuva) For the first time since he came to America nearly 70 years ago, my 98-year-old grandfather, Wolf Gruca, spoke to a group of adults about his life before, during and after the Shoah of World War II: “I was the youngest in the…

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A man in a white robe reads from a scroll in a hot and sunny rocky desert landscape Shabbat Rosh Chodesh

Weekly Torah Portion – The Proof Of Prophecy

Parshat Re’eh: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 66:11-24. (Shabbat Rosh Chodesh) The litmus test for true prophecy described in this week’s Torah portion (Deuteronomy 13:2-6) reveals much about the prophet’s role in ancient Israel. In a nutshell, an individual claiming to be a prophet, even if this individual provides seemingly miraculous signs and wonders in support of…

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Engraved illustration from "The Sunday at Home " September 10th 1864

Weekly Torah Portion – Try, Try Again

Parshat Shelach Lecha: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24. In this week’s Torah portion, 12 spies are sent to check out the land God promised the Israelites. Among them is Joshua, Moses’ personal assistant, chosen from the tribe of Ephraim. It was Joshua’s first big solo assignment, his first shot at real leadership. He must have been…

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