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"For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come." (Matthew 11:13)

Matot-Masei

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Numbers 30:2 – 36:13; Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4 – 28; 3:4, 4:1 – 4:2 External Sources (Num 30:2) Procopius of Gaza – Catena on the Octateuch, on Numbers 30:2.11If it is a serious matter to lie to another person, how much more to lie to God. When Scripture describes his majesty, it says that God is in heaven above,…

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Pinchas

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Numbers 25:10 – 30:1: Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 External Sources Targum Jonathan on Exodus 6:18And the sons of Kehath, Amram, and Jitshar, and Hebron, and Uzziel. And the years of the life of Kehath the saint, a hundred and thirty and three years. He lived to see Phinehas, who is Elijah, the Great Priest,…

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Balak

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Numbers 22:2 – 25:9: Haftarah: Micah 5:6 – 6:8 External Sources (Num 22:21) Irenaeus of Lyons – Fragments XXIII “And he mounted upon his ass.” The ass was the type of the body of Christ, upon whom all men, resting from their labours, are borne as in a chariot. For the Saviour has taken up…

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Chukat

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Numbers 19:1 – 22:1: Haftarah: Judges 11:1 – 11:33 External Sources (Num 19:10) St. Jerome – Letter 108.12I linger long in the land of the midday sun for it was there and then that the spouse found her bridegroom at rest and Joseph drank wine with his brothers once more. I will return to Jerusalem…

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Korach

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Numbers 16:1 – 18:32: Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14 – 12:22 External Sources Book of Jubilees 10.1–3 In the third week of that jubilee the polluted demons began to lead astray the children of Noah’s sons and to lead them to folly and to destroy them. 2 And the sons of Noah came to Noah, their…

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Sh’lach

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Numbers 13:1 – 15:41 Haftarah: Joshua 2:1 – 2:24 External Sources (Num 12:1) Demetrius the Chronographer 3rd fragment He says, however, that Moses fled into Midian and there married Zipporah the daughter of Jethro, who was, as far as it may be conjectured from the names of those born from Keturah, of the stock of Abraham, a descendant…

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Beha’alotcha

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Numbers 8:1 – 12:16: Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7 External Sources Cyril of Alexandria In John 4.4 Yea and thou shalt bring in the table (Ex. 40:4) (it says moreover) and set in order what layeth thereon and thou shalt bring in the candlestick, and set thereon his lamps. You will understand Christ by both,…

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Nasso

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Numbers 4:21 – 7:89: Haftarah: Judges 13:2 – 13:25 Synopsis – In this second portion of the book of Numbers, we begin by asking ourselves why did the wise men of old who divided the “parasha” the way they did? In fact, it seems to be much more natural and logical to being our parasha…

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Bamidbar

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Numbers 1:1 – 4:20: Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 – 2:22 Synopsis – As we begin the book of Numbers a major teaching is presented to us: the tabernacle which, in the eyes of the world is very small, is in actual reality greater than any physical reality. From this we start to learn about the tribes…

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Bechukotai

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Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34: Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14 Synopsis – We have reached the end of Leviticus – a book of holiness that is beyond time and space, a book which is so unique in that is reveals to us the mysteries of eternal life, of the true Sabbath, of the reality of the…

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