Parsha Terumah

Torah: Exodus 25:1-27:19 Haftarah: 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 Brit Chadashah: 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Matthew 5:33-37 Apologies for the delay this week - it has been ridiculously busy and I just haven't managed to stop and look properly at this study, so this will be very brief. For more details, there are several different good commentaries on … Continue reading Parsha Terumah

Parsha Mishpatim

Torah: Exodus 21:1-24:18 Haftarah:  Jeremiah 34:8–22 and 33:25–26 Brit Chadashah: Matthew 5:38-42, 17:1-11 Summary This Torah portion, Mishpatim, meaning 'Judgements' is probably the most law-rich portion there is, containing laws on agrigulture, civil law, liability, finance, family purity, the sabbath and the festivals, slaves, property, justice and mercy. At the end of the portion, Moses … Continue reading Parsha Mishpatim

Parsha: Yitro

Torah: Exodus 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6 B'rit Chadashah: Matthew 8:5-20 Summary The parsha begins with the visit of Moses' father-in-law Jethro (whose name forms the title of the parsha) to him in the wilderness, bringing his wife Zipporah and their sons Gershom and Eliezer with him. Jethro notices that Moses is struggling to sit … Continue reading Parsha: Yitro

Parsha: Beshalach

Torah: Exodus 13:17-17:16 Haftarah: Judges 4:4-5:31 Brit Chadashah: John 6:15-71, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5 Summary This is really the final chapter of the Exodus from Egypt, and where the Wilderness journey begins. 'Beshalach' means roughly 'When let go' or  'Upon being sent away'. In last week's portion, the Pharaoh finally consents to letting the Israelites go … Continue reading Parsha: Beshalach

Parsha: Bo

I have been wanting to start posting notes on the weekly Torah portions ('parsha') for ages, and I have been planning to alternate between the Torah portions and the Anglican weekly lectionary readings for Sundays. I would have liked to start in the Autumn with the beginning of the new Jewish year* and/ or in … Continue reading Parsha: Bo