Toledot

Torah: Genesis 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Malachi 1:1-2:7 New Testament: Romans 9:1-31 The portion Toledot means 'Generations', after the first words of the portion, "And these are the generations of Isaac, Abraham's son." ToledotĀ includes the following stories: Birth of Esau and Jacob Esau sells his birthright Covenant with Isaac confirmed Sojourn in Gerar Dispute about wells Covenant … Continue reading Toledot

Noach

Torah: Genesis 6:9 - 11:32 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 - 55:5 A note on Bible versions: I use and link to verses and passages primarily in the Authorised King James Version (KJV) simply because I prefer it - I like the sound of the language, I think it is beautiful and easier to memorise than modern … Continue reading Noach

Bereshit

The Bible begins of course with the book of Genesis, the name of which in Hebrew is taken from the first word, 'bereshit' meaning 'in the beginning', which is also the name of the first Torah portion: Torah: GenesisĀ 1:1-6:8 The first six chapters of Genesis are so familiar - the stories of creation, the Fall … Continue reading Bereshit

New Cycle, New Year

The Jewish year ends and begins again with the festival of Simchat Torah - rejoicing in the Torah, which took place at the beginning of the week. I didn't manage to get round to posting anything for the High Holidays of Rosh haShanah, Yom Kippur or Sukkot, as we were moving house. But a new … Continue reading New Cycle, New Year

Chag Pesach Sameach!

I always feel a little out of sorts and discombobulated when Passover and Easter occur separately as they have done this year. The reason of course is the method of calculation. I honestly don't know how the Rabbis calculate Passover, but I know that the original method was to determine whether the barley was 'Aviv' … Continue reading Chag Pesach Sameach!

Second Sunday of Epiphany

The following are my scattered thoughts on the CW lectionary passages for the second Sunday of Epiphany, Year C, 17th January 2016. It is a Bible study rather than a sermon, but if anybody finds my notes of use in drawing up their own sermon, I would be very happy for you to make use … Continue reading Second Sunday of Epiphany

The Mountain of the Lord

This blog was intended to be primarily Anglican, and I do intend to start looking at the readings from the lectionary, but I haven't been able to get to an Anglican service in a while due to illness, and the fact that I can't get a lift before 10am. So, lately, I have been hanging … Continue reading The Mountain of the Lord