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Torah Portions

Exodus 35: 1 – 40:38
March 9-10, 2018

Moses assembles the Israelites and reminds them of the commandment to observe the Sabbath as a day of rest. He then reviews God's instruction concerning the building of the Tabernacle and calls upon the people to bring gifts to be used in its construction. He appoints Bezalel and Oholiab as the chief artisans. The Israelites respond to Moses' call for gifts, bringing so many riches that Moses has to proclaim that enough material has been donated.

The construction of the Tabernacle and its ornaments continues. When Moses sees that the wall of the Tabernacle is complete, he blesses the congregation. Moses appoints Aaron and his four sons as priests. The cloud of God covers the Tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting and the presence of God fills the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifts, it is a sign to break camp and begin to travel. When the cloud does not lift, the Israelites remain encamped. Throughout the journeys of the Israelites, God's presence is manifested in the cloud by day and in fire by night.

Leviticus 1:1 - 5:26
March 16-17, 2018

This portion tells of the laws concerning sacrifices offered in the Sanctuary which was the house of worship for Israel as they slowly made their way from Egypt to the Promised Land. The offering of sacrifices was the chief way of worshipping God until prayer replaced them. The sacrifices would be brought to the Sanctuary where the priests would accept them and prepare them.


Leviticus 6:1 - 8:36
March 23-24, 2018

The Torah reveals that sacrifices were brought into the Sanctuary daily throughout the year. The priests wore special garments as they tended the altar. Among the types of sacrifices were the burnt offering, the meal offering, the peace or thanksgiving offering, the sin and the guilt offerings.


First Day of Passover
Exodus 12:21-51
March 30-31, 2018

The Torah tells of the first Passover. The first-born of the land of Egypt are struck down. The Israelites leave the land of Egypt.


Last Day of Passover
Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17
April 6, 2018

The Torah tells that the first-born of the Israelites are to be consecrated to the Lord. Then, it recounts the Passover and describes the observance of Passover, the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Booths. At these three observances all males are to appear before the Lord with a gift according to the blessing that the Lord has bestowed upon him.


Leviticus 9:1 - 11:47
April 6-7, 2018

This portion consists of three chapters. The first concerns the sacrifices brought on behalf of the Kohanim—first the sin offering, second the burnt offering, third the meal offering, and the last, the peace offering. The next chapter tells the story of the sudden death of Nadav and Avihu, two of the High Priest Aaron's sons. They go against the authority of Moses and Aaron. They become drunk and bring sacrifice in this condition. For this wrongdoing they suffer sudden death. The last chapter marks the beginning of laws concerning the purity and holiness of the people of Israel including the laws of kosher and non-kosher. These are the Dietary Laws.




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