Feb 10, 2018
Mishpatim – Judgements
Mishpatim - Judgements
 
Exodus 21:1-24:18
 
The eighteenth reading from the Torah is named Mishpatim (משפטים), which means "judgments." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to say, "And these are the judgments which you will place before them" (Exodus 21:1). The first three chapters of this Torah portion deliver a legal code of laws and commandments that form a nucleus for the Torah's laws. The last chapter tells the story of how the people of Israel consented to keep these laws and entered into a covenant relationship with God through a series of rituals conducted by Moses.
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  • Feb 10, 2018Mishpatim – Judgements
    Feb 10, 2018
    Mishpatim – Judgements
    Mishpatim - Judgements
     
    Exodus 21:1-24:18
     
    The eighteenth reading from the Torah is named Mishpatim (משפטים), which means "judgments." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to say, "And these are the judgments which you will place before them" (Exodus 21:1). The first three chapters of this Torah portion deliver a legal code of laws and commandments that form a nucleus for the Torah's laws. The last chapter tells the story of how the people of Israel consented to keep these laws and entered into a covenant relationship with God through a series of rituals conducted by Moses.
  • Feb 3, 2018Yitro – Jethro
    Feb 3, 2018
    Yitro – Jethro
    Yitro - Jethro
    Just Torah Series
     
    Exodus 18:1–20:23

    The seventeenth reading from the Torah is named Yitro (יתרו), which is the literal Hebrew behind the name Jethro. The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which says, "Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people" (Exodus 18:1). The portion tells the story of Jethro's visit to the camp of Israel, then relates the great theophany at Mount Sinai, where God gives Israel the Ten Commandments and invites the people to enter a special covenant relationship with Him.

  • Jan 27, 2018Beshalach – When he sent
    Jan 27, 2018
    Beshalach – When he sent
    Beshalach - When he sent
    Just Torah Series
     
    Exodus 13:17-17:16

    The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach (בשלח), which means "When he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be literally translated to say, "And it happened when Pharaoh sent out the people." The reading tells the adventures of the Israelites as they leave Egypt, cross the Red Sea, receive miraculous provision in the wilderness and face their first battle.

  • Jan 20, 2018Bo – Come
    Jan 20, 2018
    Bo – Come
    Bo - Come
    Just Torah Series
     
    Exodus 10:1-13:16
     

    The fifteenth reading from the Torah is named Bo (בוא), which means "Come." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which say, "Then the LORD said to Moses, '[Come] to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart" (Exodus 10:1). The portion begins by concluding the narrative of the ten plagues, the tenth of which is the slaying of the firstborn. To avoid the plague, the Israelites are given the instructions for the Passover sacrifice and the laws of the Feast of Unleavened Bread. Pharaoh finally consents to let Israel go, and they leave Egypt.

  • Jan 13, 2018Vaera – I appeared
    Jan 13, 2018
    Vaera – I appeared
    Vaera - I appeared
    Just Torah Series
     
    Exodus 6:2-9:35
     

    The second reading from the book of Exodus and fourteenth reading from the Torah is named Va'era (וארא), which means "And I appeared." The title comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which says, "And I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as God Almighty" (Exodus 6:3). The portion begins with four expressions of redemption whereby God promises to bring Israel out of the Egyptian bondage. The narrative progresses to tell the story of the first seven of the ten plagues that God unleashed on Egypt.

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