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Points of Divine Connection

Parashat Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Parashat Behar begins, "The LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying..." We get the name of the parashah from this opening line. The word behar, in Hebrew, means "on the mountain." But why do we need to know this information? Didn't all of the commandments and instructions given by Moses originate at Sinai when he was given the Torah in its entirety? Why hasn't the Torah reiterated this fact prior to our current reading? Why do we need to be reminded of this obvious fact? 

The Spirit of the Law

Parashat Kedoshim (Leviticus 19:1-20:27)

Parashat Kedoshim is primarily focused on practical, ethical laws that will set Israel apart from her surrounding nations. It begins with the directive, “You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2). But when Hashem gives this instruction, He tells Moses to speak this “to all the congregation of the people of Israel.” The way Hashem addresses the Children of Israel is unique to this event. Let’s take a look at why this is the case. 

Not Quite Forgiven

Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

The Leaven of Tzara’at

Parashat Metzorah (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

Flaming Arrows & Scabs

Parashat Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

The Power Of Silence

This week’s Torah reading is not only the source for the Torah’s dietary laws, but it also records the very first service of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. It was a time unprecedented in human history when the very presence of the LORD rested upon a physical structure created by the labor of man. But unfortunately, there was a horrible tragedy that took place immediately after this event. Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, enjoyed the presence of the LORD so much that they wanted to recreate it.

Immoral Food?

Parashat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1[8]-8:36)

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Parashat Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26[6:7])

An Eternal Priesthood

Parashat Pekudei (Exodus 35:1 - 40:38)

What comes to mind when you hear someone speak of an “eternal priesthood”? If you are a disciple of Yeshua, then Yeshua’s ministry automatically comes to mind. As the book of Hebrews says, he is a high priest forever, continually ministering before his Heavenly Father on our behalf:

Zeal, Tzitzit, Knowledge, and Humility

Parashat Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20)

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