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Lekh Lekha 2021 || Brittney Scott

Lekh Lekha/”Go Forth, For Yourself”, Genesis 12:1-17:27 begins with Abram’s command from Yahweh to journey to the Promised Land and the initial promise that he is given and entrusted with.  Here we find the first record of a call that echoes all the way to the book of Revelation – the …

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Va’Etchanan 2021 || Brittney Scott

Va’etchanan/”And I Pleaded”, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11, continues on in Mosheh’s final speech to the children of Israel, yet it is within this parshah that we find some of the most fundamental texts of the Scriptures – including the repetition of the 10 Commandments, the Shema’ (Deut. 6:4), and the commandment regarding …

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Pinchas 2021 || Brittney Scott

Pinchas/”Phinehas”, Numbers 25:10-30:1, takes place on the heels of one of the final rebellions of Israel while in the wilderness!  Israel engages in adultery and idolatry with the daughters of Moab and Midian, resulting in the death of 24,000 – the last of the generation slated to fall in the wilderness.  In …

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Korach || Brittney Scott 6.12.21

Korah קֹרַח Numbers 16:1-18:32, often referred to as “The Rebellion”, this Torah portion is comprised of multiple rebellions that take place, questioning and undermining the leadership and priesthood of Israel.  But what really is the goal of this rebellion?  It’s no accident that it follows on the heels of the disastrous spying out of …

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BaMidbar 2021 || Brittney Scott

BaMidbar/”In the Wilderness”, Numbers 1:1-4:20, begins a new book of the Torah and seems to fit it’s English name quite nicely as it opens with a numbering of the tribes of Israel!  Yet the Hebrew name’s focus is quite different – it’s on the location, the wilderness/midbar!  In fact, when Israel first …

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Acharei Mot & Kedoshim 2021 || Brittney Scott

This week we have a double Torah Portion, Acharei Mot/”After the Death” covering Leviticus 16:1-18:30 & Kedoshim/”Holy Ones” covering Leviticus 19:1-20:27.  Its quite interesting, because Acharei Mot deals specifically with the rituals of Yom Kippur, the only way in which Israel by way of the High Priest is able to access …

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Counting the Omer 2021 || Brittney Scott

In the midst of the more well known festivals of Passover and Unleavened Bread, there is an interesting command given to count the days from the lesser known feast of Yom HaBikkurim (Early First Fruits – when the sheaf/omer of Barley is presented) leading up to Shavuot!  No other festival has …

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Vayakhel & Pekudei 2021 || Brittney Scott

This week’s Torah portion is actually a double parshah, Vayakhel (“And He Assembled” Exodus 35:1-38:20) and Pekudei (“Accounting Of” Exodus 38:21-40:38).  There are 5 consecutive parshahs that deal specifically with the instructions regarding the Tabernacle, these are the final 2 and also serve to complete the book of Exodus/Shemot!  It’s quite interesting …

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B’Shalach 2021|| Brittney Scott

B’Shalach/”When He Sent Away”, Exodus 13:17-17:16, details the exit of Israel from Egypt, as well as the beginning of their wilderness journey.  At first glance, one would think this is the culmination, the moment everyone has been waiting for!  430 years of bondage have come to an end, and Israel has been …

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Shemot 2021 || Brittney Scott

Shemot/”Names”, Exodus 1:1-6:1, begins not only a new parshah, but also a new book of the Torah, with Shemot lending its name to the weekly parshah, as well as the entire book!  The book of Exodus covers the descent into slavery of Israel, the plagues that usher in their deliverance, and …

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VaYeshev 2020 || Brittney Scott

VaYeshev/”And He Settled”, Genesis 37:1-40:23, interestingly reveals the final and 10th Elleh Toldot (“These are the generations”), this time associated with Jacob.  Yet once again this enigmatic phrase does not list the entire house of Jacob, but only one son is brought to the forefront – Joseph! Building upon past studies, already …

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Toldot 2020 || Brittney Scott

Toldot/”Generations”, Genesis 25:19-28:9, is a Torah portion of transition!  The focus shifts from Abraham, to Isaac, the Son of Promise!  Of the 3 patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob), Isaac is given the least amount of attention, yet the opening statement of this passage is an enigmatic element seen throughout Genesis!  Could this be …

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Lekh Lekha 2020 || Brittney Scott

Lekh Lekha/”Go Forth”, Genesis 12:1-17:27, but can more accurately be translated as go for yourself, or it is in your best interest and for your benefit that you go!  Quite interesting when we realize where it is from that Abram is being called forth, Ur of the Chaldees, aka Babylon!  This same …

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Ki Tavo 2020 || Brittney Scott

Ki Tavo/”When You Go In”, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8, comes as an interesting contrast on the heels of last week’s Ki Teitzei (“When you go out”)!  Where Ki Teitzei covers no less than 74 commandments (the most found in a single parshah), this week’s parshah focuses on only one main commandment topic – …

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Re’eh 2020 || Brittney Scott

Re’eh/”See!”, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17, opens with the dramatic appeal to Israel to see and understand that a choice is being set before them!  To choose to obey the commandments will result in the blessings, and to choose to disobey will result in curses.  The rest of the parshah seems to highlight some key …