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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)

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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Behar

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Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2; Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27 Synopsis – We study the feast and assembly-times of the children of Israel and the closing of an inclusio (parenthesis) that has been with us from Exodus 27. At the end of this inclusio we meet the son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian man…

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Emor

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Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23; Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 – 44:31 Synopsis – This week we continue with the laws of purity and holiness – specifically of dealing with death and the dead. We start our study with left-overs from last week’s parasha that deal with sexual immorality and study these from a spiritual standpoint (above and…

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Achrei Mot-Kedoshim

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Leviticus 16:1 – 20:27; Haftarah: Amos 9:7 – 9:15; Ezekiel 20:2 – 20:20 Synopsis – This week’s parasha is a double parasha called “after the death of saints” — an appropriate title for the closing of a parenthesis that started with the death of Nadab and Abihu. We begin our study with leftovers from last week’s…

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Tazria-Metzora

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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…

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Shmini

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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…

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Tzav

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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”…

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Vayikra

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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…

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Vayakhel-Pekudei

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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…

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