Vayera

JCCMBereishit, Parachiot

  Genesis 18:1–22:24 G‑d reveals Himself to Abraham three days after the first Jew’s circumcision at age ninety-nine; but Abraham rushes off to prepare a meal for three guests who appear in the desert heat. One of the three—who are angels disguised as men—announces that, in exactly … Read More

Lech Lecha

JCCMBereishit, Parachiot

Genesis 12:1–17:27 G‑d speaks to Abram, commanding him, “Go from your land, from your birthplace and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There, G‑d says, he will be made into a great nation. Abram and … Read More

Noach

JCCMBereishit, Parachiot

Genesis 6:9–11:32 G‑d instructs Noah—the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption—to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch. A great deluge, says G‑d, will wipe out all life from … Read More

Bereishit

JCCMBereishit, Parachiot

Genesis 1:1–6:8   G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light.  G‑d creates the world in six days. On the first day He makes darkness and light. On the second day He forms the heavens, dividing … Read More

Ki Tavo

JCCMParachiot

Ki Tavo in a Nutshell Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8 Moses instructs the people of Israel: When you enter the land that G‑d is giving to you as your eternal heritage, and you settle it and cultivate it, … Read More

Eikev

JCCMParachiot

Eikev in a Nutshell Deuteronomy 7:12–11:25 In the Parshah of Eikev (“Because”), Mosescontinues his closing address to the children of Israel, promising them that if they will fulfill the commandments (mitzvot) of the Torah, they … Read More

Devarim

JCCMParachiot

On the first of Shevat (thirty-seven days before his passing), Moses begins his repetition of the Torah to the assembled children of Israel, reviewing the events that occurred and the laws that were given in … Read More

Korach

JCCMParachiot

Korach incites a mutiny challenging Moses’ leadership and the granting of the kehunah (priesthood) to Aaron. He is accompanied by Moses’ inveterate foes, Dathan and Abiram. Joining them are 250 distinguished members of the community, … Read More

Shelach

JCCMParachiot

Shelach in a Nutshell Numbers 13:1–15:41 Moses sends twelve spiesto the land of Canaan. Forty days later they return, carrying a huge cluster of grapes, a pomegranate and a fig, to report on a lush … Read More

Tetsaveh

JCCMchemot, Parachiot

Tetzaveh in a Nutshell Exodus 27:20–30:10 G‑d tells Moses to receive from the children of Israel pure olive oil to feed the “everlasting flame” of the menorah, which Aaron is to kindle each day, “from … Read More