Parashot

Parashah #17: Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #17: Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 6:1-13 B’rit Chadashah: James 2:8-13 The first sentence in the parashah speaks of Yitro who was the father-in-law of Moses hearing about all that G-d had done for Moses and the Israelites. Who was this man that one of our parahshot… Read more »

Parashah #16: B’shallach (After he had let go) Sh’mot ( Exodus) 13:17-17:16

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #16: B’shallach (After he had let go) Sh’mot (Exodus) 13:17-17:16 Haftarah: Shof’tim (Judges) 5:1-31 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 15:1-4 The saga of the Exodus continues in this week’s parashah. Right away G-d’s omniscience is demonstrated when He chooses to lead the Israelites the “long way” to the land, knowing that if… Read more »

Parashah #15: Bo (Go) Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1-13:16

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #15: Bo (Go) Sh’mot (Exodus) 10:1-13:16 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 46;13-28 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 8:6-9,12; 16:1-21 The fact that this week’s parashah occurs in the first month of the Gregorian calendar provides a wonderful example of how far man has fallen from G-d’s sequence for the months of the year including… Read more »

Parashah #14: Va’era (I appeared) Sh’mot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 14: Va’era (I appeared) Sh’mot (Exodus) 6:2-9:35 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 28:25-29:21 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 9:14-17 One of the arguments concerning the truth of G-d’s Torah is that there has been no written or archeological “proof” that the Exodus ever occurred. Indeed, Many, if not all Conservative Jewish congregations have… Read more »

Parashah #13: Sh’mot ( Exodus) 1:1-6:1

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #13: Sh’mot (Names) Sh’mot (Exodus) 1:1-6:1 Haftarah: Haftarah: Yirmeyahu ( Jeremiah) 1:1-2:3 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 11:23-26 Although this commentary starts as I wrote it last year, stay with me because I am going in another direction with it. There is a “small” but significant letter that starts this parashah. In… Read more »

Parashah #12:Vayechi (He lived) B’resheit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #12: Vayechi (He lived) B’resheit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 2:1-12 B’rit Chadashah: 1 Kefa (1 Peter) 1:3-9; 2:11-17 This is the last parashah in the book of Genesis which includes the narrative of Ya’akov and Yosef’s deaths. The entire Book of Genesis includes the entire history of… Read more »

Parashah #11: Vayigash (He approached) B’resheit (Genesis) 44:18-47:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #11: Vayigash (He approached) B’resheit (Genesis) 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 37:15-28 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 (Specifically vv.13-15) In the first sentence of our parashah, we read that Y’hudah approached Yosef. This journey can be likened to the road to repentance. Y’hudah had to offer himself for Binyamin (son of my… Read more »

Parashah #10: Mikketz ( At the end) B’resheit ( Genesis) 41:1-44:17

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #10: Mikketz (At the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 3:15-4:1 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 One of the most important lessons in the parashah this week is that our most important opportunities to serve and glorify G-d may come when we least expect them. This means that we… Read more »

Parashah #9: Vayeshev ( He continued living) B’resheit (Genesis) 37:1-40:23

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #9: Vayeshev (He continued living) B’resheit (Genesis) 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: ‘Amos (Amos) 2:6-3:8 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 This week we examine how even G-d’s people often allow the evil inclination to dominate their thoughts and actions. We also learn a valuable lesson as did Joseph. That is, when G-d provides us… Read more »

Parashah #8: Vayishlach (He sent) B’resheit ( Genesis) 32:4(3)-36:43

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #8: Vayishlach (He sent) B’resheit (Genesis) 32:4(3)-36:43 Haftarah: Ovadayah (Obadiah) 1-21 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 7:1-12 Considering current world events that reflect an increasing depth and overt expression of evil focused against Israel and Judaism in general, today’s focus will be on Chapter 36, a further examination of Edom (Esav), his… Read more »