Weekly Parshah

Parashah #31 Emor (Speak) Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #31 Emor (Speak) Vayikra (Leviticus) 21:1-24:23 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 44:15-31 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 5:38-42 This is one of the most useful parashot for referencing the festivals (G-d’s designated times), and equitable compensation for damage to persons and property. This parashah also lays out in detail G-d’s special requirements beyond… Read more »

Parashah #30 K’doshim (Holy People) Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20-27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah# 30: K’doshim (Holy People) Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:1-20-27 Haftarah: Ezekiel 20:2-20 B’rit Chadashah: 1 Peter: 13-21 Although this parashah is read with parashah #29 during regular years, it is also read alone in its own right. We are reminded of our task; “You people are to be holy because I, Adonai… Read more »

Parashah #29-30: Acharei Mot ; K’doshim Vayikra (Leviticus 16:1-18:30; 19:1-20:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #29-30: Acharei Mot (After the death); K’doshim (Holy people) Vayikra (Leviticus) 16:1-18:30; 19:1-20:27) Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 3:19-28 The first paragraph of this parashah sets the tone for today’s teaching; we are created to do G-d’s will, not ours. He leaves no room for amplified versions, new international… Read more »

Special reading for Pesach Sh’mot (Exodus) 12:21-51

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Special Pesach Message Sh’mot (Exodus 12:21-51) We will start with an analysis of three aspects of Pesach according to the Jewish commentator Ol’ot Ephraim, as they apply to our condition today and during the time of the first Exodus. I added Messianic Jewish concepts to provide a more complete understanding of… Read more »

Parashah #27: Tazria (She conceives) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13-59

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah 27: Tazria (She conceives) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13-59 Haftarah: M’lakhim Bet (2 Kings) 4:42-5:19 B’rit Chadashah: Luke 2:22-24; 5:12-16 The first sentence of this week’s Sidra teaches us that there is something special about the eighth day in the Bible. We will start here and progress to the laws concerning discerning… Read more »

Parashah #26 Sh’mini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1-11:47

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #26: Sh’mini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: Sh’mu’el Bet (2 Samuel) 6:1-19 B’rit Chadashah: Galatians 2:11-16 This week G-d demonstrates how serious He is about making sure He is glorified (Lev. 10:3). Two of Aharon’s sons took it upon themselves to worship G-d in a manner that He did not… Read more »

Parashah #25 Tzav ( Give and order) Vayikra (Leviticus) 6:1-8:36

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #25: Tzav (Give and order) Vayikra (Leviticus) 6:1(8)-8:36 Haftarah: Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 7:21-8:3; 9:22-23 B’rit Chadashah: 1 Corinthians 10:14-23; Mark 12:28-34; Romans 12:1-2 This week we are going to concentrate on the relationship between the parashah and the B’rit Chadashah a little more than usual to emphasize the applicability of the… Read more »

Parashah #24: Vayikra (He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parasha 24: Vayikra (He called) Leviticus 1:1-5:26 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 43:21-44:23 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews: 10:1-14 The Tabernacle is complete and dedicated. G-d has “moved in” and now it’s time to get down to the business of developing a close relationship with Him. Drawing close to G-d means following his instructions (Torah)… Read more »

Parashah #23: P’kudei (Accounts) Sh’mot (Exodus) 38:21-40:38

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 23: P’kudei (Accounts) Sh’mot (Exodus) 38:21-40:38 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 7:40-50 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation: 15:5-8 This is the last parashah in the book of Sh’mot. So quickly it seems we are traveling through the Torah and preparing for Purim and Pesach. We begin by examining some of the… Read more »