Category Archives: Parasha

Parashat: Lech Lecha

by Adam Nakar

Hashem tells Avram to leave his land, and go to Canaan. Avram (already aged 75), his wife Sarai, and his nephew Lot, go without question.  Read more

Parashat of the week: Noach

By Adam Nakar

Hashem tells Noah to build a large wooden ark, to protect him and family from the flood Hashem will bring to destroy the world. Noah builds the ark, and it rains for 40 days and nights.

After his ark settles, Noah sends a raven, then doves, to monitor the receding water levels. Read more

Parashat of the week: Bereishit

by Adam Nakar

Hashem creates all we know in six ‘days’; on the seventh ‘day’ He rests.

Among the things created is man (Adam), who is put into the Garden of Eden to rule over the Earth, and to work and guard the land. Read more

Parashat of the week: Ha’azinu

by Adam Nakar

Moses’ song. He calls for heaven and earth to listen to his teachings. He recalls all the good Hashem did for the Israelites. But as Israel prospered, it will forget Hashem, and His wrath will flare against them. They will be scattered, persecuted by their enemies. Read more

Parashat of the week: Nitzavim

This ‘parasha’ begins with restatement of the covenant between Hashem and Israel, not just those standing there, but with those in the future too.

This is followed by another warning against idolatry, the greatest sign of the covenant being broken. Those who practice it will not be forgiven, and not only they but generations to come will suffer Hashem’s punishment, and see destruction like at Sodom and Gomorrah.

Moses then tells of the future redemption, when Israel, having probably followed the idolatrous path, will repent and return to Hashem and His Torah.

Moses assures the people that the Torah is accessible and clear to everyone, Nothing hidden. Having told Israel of the good if they follow the Torah, and the bad if they turn away, he pleads with Israel to choose the good path, the path of life.

Parashat of the week: Ki Tavo

Moses instructs the people of Israel that once in the Land of Israel, they
must bring their first-ripened fruits (bikkurim) to the Holy Temple, and
thank Hashem for all He has done for them.

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Parashat of the week: Ki Teitzei

A parasha of numerous guides and mitzvot, of which only some are described here.

It starts with how to handle lust for a beautiful maiden captured during war, followed by the reiterations of the rights to inheritance of firstborn sons, even if he is born to the hated wife of a man with more than one wife. Next is the command to remove from society the ‘wayward’ child, and the command to bury immediately those executed by hanging.

One should show concern for his neighbour’s property, and return anything of his that is found astray. Men and women must not crossdress. A mother-bird must be shooed away before collecting her eggs.

Laws concerning cases of adultery are given. Forbidden marriages, and the barring of mamzerim, Ammonites and Moabites, are laid out. A camp, even when at war, must be kept clean and pure. Interest with a fellow Israelite is prohibited. Vows must be kept to. A worker on land may eat his fill, but not take extra for himself.

Divorce is permitted, however if the woman remarries and divorces, the original husband may not remarry her. One who kidnaps someone is put to death. One should be fair in payment, and give to those in need. One should be fair in weights and measures, and not trick. Everyone must remember how Amalek attacked the Israelites from behind as they left Egypt.