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  1. BenAvraham

    On the theme of "Light" (EX 27-30)

    PARASHA: “Tetsaveh” (you shall command) EXODUS 27:20-30:10.............EZEKIEL 43:10-27..............MARK 5:1-6:56 In this parashah, we will see the preparation of the Menorah, and the clothing of the priests. The study starts out with preparing olive oil to fill the lamps of the Menorah, The...
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    A Brief look at the Book of Esther, and "Purim"

    A QUICK MIDRASH ON THE BOOK OF ESTHER, SINCE PURIM, IS UPON US A long time ago, in a palace called Sushan, in the kingdom of Persia, there was a king named Ahasuerus who had just a little too much to drink, he called for his wife and he called for more wine, and the wine he got but the...
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    What kind of offerings can we bring before God? EX 25-27

    Parashah: “T'rumah” (offering) EXODUS 25:1-27:19............. 1 KINGS 5:12-6:13.......... MARK 3:1-4:41 Gut Shabbos, in this Parashah, we see that a request is made for a “free-will offering” so that the tabernacle can be built and the articles of furnishings for the same. As we remember, when...
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    What is the Bible's view on slavery? EX 21:1-24:18

    PARASHA: “Mishpatim” (Judgments) “Bringing to light the meaning of some difficult mitzvoth” EXODUS 21:1-24:18...... JEREMIAH 34:8-22, 33:25-26.... MARK 1:1-2:28 This parashah involves the giving of a variety of commandments, that Elohim gave to Moshe to give/write down, and teach to...
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    A Brief Look at the 10 Commandments

    PARASHA: “Yitro” (Jethro) EXODUS 18:1-20:26.......... ISAIAH 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6....... MATT 27:1-28:20 We see in this parashah, a lot of wisdom on the part of Moshe and Yitro, his father-in-law. First, we learn that Moshe had sent his wife and children back to stay with his father and...
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    EXODUS 10:1-13:16

    PARASHA: “BO” (enter) EXODUS 10:1-13:16...........JEREMIAH 46:13-28.......MATT 25:1-46 The Parasha starts out; “And the LORD said unto Moshe; ‘Go in unto Pharaoh’…” Strange, the word “Go” in Hebrew is “Sh’lach”, but the Hebrew scriptures read “Bo” (enter) so, in reality, the Word of...
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    8 Promises from God to his people, us included; EX 6:2-9:32

    PARASHA: “Va’era” (and I appeared) EXODUS 6:2-9:35........ EZEKIEL 28:25-29: 21.......... MATT 24:1-51 YHVH speaks to Moshe saying that when he appeared to Abraham, he revealed himself as “El Shaddai” which means “God Almighty” or “God all-powerful, yet he did not reveal himself as he...
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    Jacob blesses his children, but, who is "Shiloh?" (Gen 47:28-50:26)

    In this we see Jacob (Israel) in his last days, he prepares to “go the way of all men” (As king David put it), Jacob is getting ready to die. He prepares himself and makes sure that his sons and grandsons are blessed and they know what is ahead of them. A father's blessing to his children is...
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    1 Kings 2:1-12 and Matt 22: 1-23:39

    1 KINGS 2:1-12 King David is on his death bed and calls his son Solomon, and tells him “what it is to be a MAN!” so here's the truth to all “macho guys out there who just THINK they know what it is to be a real man. Melech David tells the truth through the Holy Spirit who guides his...
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    I AM JOSEPH! What's behind this statement? (GEN 44:18-47:27)

    PARASHA: “VaYIGASH” (and he drew near) GENESIS 44:18-47:27...........EZEKIEL 37:15-28............ MATT 18:1-19:30 In this Parashah, we read that “he (Y'hudah) drew near” to Yosef, and shows himself as truly repentant for his past actions against Yosef, for selling him for the price of...
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    Symbolism in the gifts of the magi (Matt 2:11)

    SYMBOLISM IN THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. “…when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11 We all know...
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    Joseph, Judge or redeemer? (Gen 41:1-44:17)

    Parashah: “Miketz” (at the end of) GENESIS 41:1-44:17.......1 KINGS 3:15-4:1.......MATT 16:1-17:27 When we look into this parashah study, we see Yosef, who was, in a way of speaking, in the “pit” He was cast into prison for something he did not do, yet he continued to trust YHVH for...
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    Jacob and Esau, reunion and reconciliation; GEN 32:3-36:43

    Parashah: “VaYishlach” (and he sent) GENESIS: 32:3-36:43................OBADIYAH 1:1-21.............MATT 13:1-58 We see in this week's parashah, that Ya'akov is on his way home to Beth-El, He comes to his “encounter” with his brother Esav. It is a time of tension for him, as we know, he...
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    Obadiah 1:1-21 and Matt 13:1-58; 26:36-46

    OBADIAH 1:1-21 This prophet talks about Esau as “Edom” similar to the name “Adam” yet spelled with a “vav” Edom is condemned, for his attack on Jacob, later on, the Edomites attack the Israelites, (brothers against brothers) Edom will be “brought down from the lofty cliffs” I have been to...
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    Jacob's Ladder....or..GOD's Ladder? GEN 28:10-32:2

    Parashah: “VaYetze” (and he went out) GENESIS 28:10-32:2............... HOSEA 12:13-14:9...........JOHN 1:51 In this parashah study, we see that Jacob is on his way to Haran to find himself a wife (or two). He is tired after a long day's journey, He stops to rest outside of a city called...
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    A Short-Story for the Thanksgiving season

    THE RABBI’S THANKSGIVING INVITATION Rabbi Jacob Groshen left his humble house on West 3rd Street, He had accepted a Thanksgiving dinner invitation from the Smith family just a few streets up. He had never met the Smiths, but old pastor Williams from First Baptist had mentioned the...
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    Jacob and Esau, who do we resemble most?

    PARASHAH: TOLDOT (generations) GEN 25:19-28:9....MAL 1:1-2:7.....MATT 10:1-11:30; ROM 9:6-13 This study starts out with the generations of Abraham and Sarah. After years of waiting and praying they finally had Yitzchak. The legacy continues, the promise of YHVH is revealed once...
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    Malachi 1:1-2:7; Matt 10:1-11:30; Rom 9:6-13

    MAL 1:1-2:7 The prophet speaks and writes through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) “Jacob have I loved, but Esau I have hated”. "Hey," you ask, “isn't God love?” isn't God all about love? Why does he “hate poor Esau?” The word “hate” has the same meaning as “reject”. YHVH who is...
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    A brief look at 1 Kings 1:1-31 and Matt 8:1-9:18

    1 KINGS 1:1-31 This tells the sad story of a father who failed to discipline his sons, and old king David reaped the whirlwind, Adonijah (which means YHVH is my master) if it were so, He would have been in subjection to his father David, had the nerve to proclaim himself king, even before...
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    Sarah dies, yet lives! but how? GEN 23:1-25:18

    ARASHAH: “Chayei Sarah” (Sarah lives) GENESIS 23:1-25:18..................1 KINGS 1:1-31...................MATT 8:1-9:38 The title of the Parashah is “Sarah lives” or “Sarah lived”. Yet Sarah is dead, so, how does she live? She lives on in the memory of Abraham, her legacy lives on, her...