Tazria-Metzora

Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33; Haftarah: II Kings 7:3 – 7:20 Synopsis – The deaths of Nadab and Abihu opened a parenthesis which we will only close next week (verse 1 of chapter 16), therefore, we begin this week’s study with the immediate aftermath of these deaths – the injunction not to drink wine or strong…

Shmini

Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47; Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1 – 7:17 Synopsis – With this week’s parasha we find ourselves at the center of the Torah – which, from the standpoint of number of words and of number of letters, is to be found in our portion. As we study the teaching that lies at the…

Tzav

Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36; Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3; 9:22 – 9:23 Synopsis – This week’s parasha forms the second half of a pair of portions that deal with the sacrifices in preparation for the consecration of the Tabernacle which we will study next week. However, there is a very deliberate emphasis on the “law”…

Vayikra

Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26; Haftarah:¬† Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23 (this year also:¬†Ezekiel 45:16 – 46:18) Synopsis – As we enter into the book of Leviticus this week, we transition through the last chapter of Exodus where – since the entire book of Exodus is based upon the account of creation – Moses plays the role…

Vayakhel-Pekudei

Exodus 35:1 – 40:38; Haftarah:¬† I Kings 7:51 – 8:21 Synopsis – We have reached the end of the book of Exodus. Our study will offer an opportunity to review the two main themes of Exodus as we have studied them in our class: Creation and the Woman. This is in fact the theme that…