Weekly Parshah

Parashah #8 Vayishlach (He sent) B’resheit (Genesis) 32:4-36:43

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 8: Vayishlach (He sent) Genesis 32:4-36:43 Haftarah: Ovadyah (Obadiah) 1-21 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 7:1-12 We start this week’s parashah with Jacob’s return home after a 22-year absence. However, he is about to meet Esau on the way. Jacob prepares for the possibility of a fight with Esau in three… Read more »

Parashah #7 Vayetze (He went out) B’resheit (Genesis) 28:10-32:3

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #7: Vayetze (He went out) B’resheit (Genesis) 28:10-32:33 Haftarah: Hoshea (Hosea) 12:13-14:10 Brit Chadashah: Yochanan (John) 1:43-51 The recent terrorist attacks in France provides a sad but excellent opportunity to consider why Yaakov is the major subject in this week’s parashah. For the last two years, I concentrated on explaining… Read more »

Parashah #6 Tol’dot (History) B’resheit (Genesis) 25:19-28-9

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #6: Tol’dot( History) B’resheit (Genesis) 25:19-28:9 Haftarah: Mal’akhi (Malachi) 1:1-2-7 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 9:6-16 This week’s parashah continues with the historical narrative describing the perpetuation of the G-dly line of Abel and the un-G-dly line of Cain; Isaac and Ishmael; now Jacob and Esau. This is a war of the… Read more »

Parashah #5 Chai-Sarah (Sarah’s life) B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #5 Chai Sarah (Sarah’s life) B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 1:1-31 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:19-22; 27:3-10 Just as we addressed G-d’s specifically addressing men and women in the context of his punishment for the Jews of the Northern Kingdom in the book of Amos, this week’s… Read more »

Parashah #4 Vayera (He Appeared) B’resheet (Genesis) 18:1-22:24

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah:Vayeira (He appeared) B’resheet (Genesis) 18-22 Haftarah: M’lakhim Bet (2 Kings) 4:1-23 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 9:6-9 We begin this week’s parasha with a monumental event in the life of Abraham. It is frightening: “Some time later G-d tested Avraham.” It is dramatic and haunting: “Take your son, your only son, Yitzchak… Read more »

Parashah #3 Lekh L’kha B’resheet (Genesis) 12:1-17-27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 3 Lekh L’cha (Get yourself out) Genesis 12:1-17-27 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 B’rit Chadashah: Romans 3:19-5:6 This week we are introduced to the idea that G-d will choose a people for himself from among all the other nations. Many tend to adopt an elitist attitude concerning this subject, but… Read more »

Parashah #2 Noach B’resheet (Genesis) 6:9-11:32

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #2 Noach (Noah) B’resheet (Genesis) 6:9-11:32 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:36-44 The story of Noach and the flood provides fuel for those who choose to not believe that G-d is who He is; the Creator and Sustainer of all the universe ad everything in it. We… Read more »

Parashah #1 Bereshit (In the beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parasha #1: Bereshit (In the beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 42:5-21 B’rit Chadashah: Matthew 1:1-17; 19:3-9 G-d created space for heaven and earth before time began. This concept is better understood in the study of kabbalah. But for now, it is enough to know that G-d always was, always is,… Read more »

Parashah #53 Ha’azinu (Hear) D’varim 32:1-1-52

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 53 Ha’azinu (Hear) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-52 Haftarah: Sh’mu’el Bet (2 Samuel) 22:1-1-51 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 10: 28-39 In this parashah, Moshe prepares to leave this world for the next, admonishing the people to hear, listen, internalize, and act on all the words of G-d’s Torah. Chapter 32:46-47 reads: “Take… Read more »

Parashah #52 Vayelekh (He went) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 31:1-30

Although we covered this parashah in part last week, we will go more in depth this week. Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #52 Vayelekh (He went) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 31:1-30 Haftarah: Hoshea (Hosea) 14:2-10 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 13:5-8 Moshe is now 120 years old and ready to be called home. He transfers leadership to Y’hoshua. Moshe… Read more »