Parsha Thought – Bechukotai

Why do these blessings only speak of a plentiful harvest and safety from enemies? Are there no spiritual blessings that accompany obedience to the will of Elohim? Wouldn’t “following His decrees and observing His commandments and performing them” (Leviticus 26:3) merit a personal growth and blessing as well? The Torah, apparently, doesn’t see the need to expound on that. It seems to imply that there is a direct link between how the crops turn out and how we behave.  Why?

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Parsha Thought – Vayikra

This week we begin a new book of the Torah, Vayikra. Vayikra, or “Leviticus” in English actually means “And He called”. Here Adoni calls Moshe to Himself to teach him the statutes regarding the temple sacrifices and offerings. As briefly touched on in last weeks Shabbat teaching, sacrifice or korban, in Hebrew, (קָרְבָּן) comes from the root word karav (קָרַב) meaning “to approach or to come near”. It’s important to note, however, that the very first thing given to Moshe is in regards to one who decides to give an “olah kerebano,” the ascending offering.

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Parsha Thought – Vayakhel

This weeks Torah portion begins with Moshe calling the entire congregation of Israel together. This is where the title is derived from, “And he assembled”. We begin reading about Shabbat being set aside and then donations of the people for the building of the Mishkan (The Tabernacle). Note that it makes clear that the donations were from those who’s heart moved them, indicating a voluntary donation.

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