Welcome to this week’s Parasha
(Torah Study), which is called Devarim (Words). This portion of Scripture will be read during
the morning services this Shabbat (Saturday) in synagogues all around the
Shabbat precedes Tisha B’Av, which begins
Monday night. It is called Black Sabbath because it is considered the saddest
Shabbat of the year.
It is also called Shabbat Chazon (שבת חזון—Sabbath of Vision), which is taken from the
special Haftarah (prophetic portion) that is read prior to Tisha B’Av, in which
Isaiah laments the sin that will cause the destruction of Jerusalem and the
The Waters of Mikvah and Baptism: the Connection
between Immersion, Conversion and Being Born Again
“John baptized with water, but in a few days you will
be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts
Many Christians think that
baptism originated with Yeshua’s (Jesus’) cousin Yochanan (John), who is known
in the Bible as “John the Baptist.”
But baptism is a Biblical
ritual that has been practiced regularly by all of Israel since the days of
The word baptism comes from the Greek work
Welcome to this week’s Torah
portion, Parasha Matot-Masei (Tribes-Journeys), which will be read in
synagogues around the world during the morning service this Shabbat (Saturday).
30:2–36:13; Jeremiah 2:4–28, 3:4, 4:1–2; Matthew 23:1–25:46
“Moses said to the heads of the tribes [matot] of Israel: ‘This is what the Lord commands: When
a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge,
he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
Welcome to our study of Pinchas (Phinehas), the weekly Torah portion that will be read in every
synagogue around the world during this week's Shabbat (Saturday) morning
(Phinehas / Dark Skinned)
25:10–29:40 (30:1); Jeremiah 1:1–2:3 (Diaspora 1 Kings 18:46-19:21; 1 Peter
“Pinchas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest,
has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for
my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.
Welcome to our study of
Parasha Balak (Destroyer), the weekly Torah
portion that will be read in every synagogue around the world during this week’s
Shabbat (Saturday) morning service.
May you be blessed as you read
along with us!
Balaam and the donkey
Micah 5:6–6:8; 2 Peter 2:1–22
“And Balak[בָּלָק] the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the
Amorites.” (Numbers 22:2)
Last week’s Parasha (Torah
portion) ended with Israel seeking to pass through the land of the Amorites on
their way to the promised land.
Welcome to Chukat (Decree), this week’s Torah portion that will be read in
synagogues all around the world this Shabbat (Saturday). We know you will
be blessed as you study Chukat along with us.
Judges 11:1–33; Hebrews 9:1–28
“This is a requirement [חֻקַּ֣ת/ Chukat / statute] of the law[Torah] that the LORD has commanded: Tell the Israelites
to bring you a red heifer