Torah Portions

 
Chukkat
Numbers 19:1 – 22:1
June 22-23, 2018

The Torah tells of the death of Miriam and Aaron.  It is a sad time in the life of Israel's great leader.  This was a period in which the wilderness generation was quickly passing, making way for the younger generation who were to be given the opportunity to enter the Promised Land.  There was a shortage of water and Moses was instructed to take his rod and speak to the rock which God chose for him; the rock would give forth water. Moses struck the rock twice, which displeased God.  God said Moses would not lead the children of Israel into the land, but another man would succeed him as leader.

 

Balak
Numbers 22:2 – 25:9
June 29-30, 2018

The Torah tells of Israel's confrontation with Moab, a people through whose territory Israel wished to march peacefully through on their way to Canaan. 

 

 

Pinchas
Numbers 25:10 – 30:1
July 6-7, 2018

            God tells Moses and Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, to take a census of the Israelites over twenty years old. There were none left of the generation counted in the census at Sinai, except Caleb and Joshua, because God had declared that they would die in the wilderness. Then, Joshua is commissioned as leader of the Israelites because Moses will soon be taken from them.

            God enumerates the burnt offerings to be presented by the people on various occasions.

 

 

Matot-Mas’ei
Numbers 30:2 – 36:13
July 13-14, 2018

            God gives the Israelites laws concerning vows. The Israelites are ordered to carry out God’s vengeance on the Midianites. And, the Reubenites and Gadites choose to take their portion of land before crossing the Jordan river.

            Mas’ei begins with a recounting of the forty years of journeys by the Israelites from Egypt to the Land of Israel. Then Moses provides instructions for conquering the land, defining its borders and dividing it among the tribes, as well as defining provisions for setting up six cities of refuge where those accused of manslaughter may go for safety and a fair trial.

 

 

 

D’varim
Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22
July 20-21, 2018

Moses says his farewells to Israel, delivered to the people at the end of his long assignment as their leader. He is soon to die, and wants to use this remaining strength to review its history for Israel, its special relationship with God, and its future as a united people. In his first address, Moses reviews the happenings of the past forty years of wandering, and asks the people to live by God's laws. Moses concludes by naming Joshua as his successor to the leadership of the people.

 


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