Machon Milton

Parshat Tetzave by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The commandments concerning the special garments of the Cohen Gadol as well as the garments for the regular Cohanim are given.  The Cohanim and the altar are inaugurated in a 7-day inauguration.  The command of the daily offering and of...

Parshat Teruma by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Teruma has one theme: the instructions to build the Mishkan.  Moshe calls for contributions of materials.  Instructions are given for the construction of: the Aron to house the tablets of the 10 commandments, the table upon which the breads would...

Parshat Mishpatim by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks We begin a new era in the Torah: the Mitzvah era.  In the first 86 verses of the Parsha, there are 51 mitzvot. The bulk of the Parsha is civil law mitzvot.  The end of the Parsha resumes the narrative,...

Parshat Yitro by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Yitro joins Moshe.  He advises Moshe in delegating to judges.  At Mt. Sinai, G-d offers the Jewish people to be a treasured people.  The Ten Commandments are given at Sinai.  The people quake in response.  1st aliya (18:1-12) Yitro, Moshe’s father...

Parshat Beshalach by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Paro pursues, the sea splits, the people sing. The people traveled and complained for water in Mara, for bread and meat in the Desert of Sin and for water in Refidim. Amalek attacked and was defeated. 1st aliya (13:17-14:8) G-d guides...

Parshat Bo by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The 8th and 9th plagues occur. Before the 10th, death of the firstborn, the mitzvot of Korban Pesach and of Matza are given. The first-born die. The Jews are sent out of Egypt. Mitzvot are given to commemorate the momentous...

Parshat Vaera by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Parshat Vaera is the transition from Divine promises to Divine action. After Paro’s first refusal at the end of last week’s Parsha, G-d assures Moshe that He will release the Jewish people from slavery and bring them to the land...

Parshat Shemot by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The Jewish people are in Egypt. A new Paro is concerned with the size of the Jewish people. Increasing decrees of hard labor, infanticide, and finally actively drowning the male babies are made. Moshe is born, raised in Paro’s daughter’s...

Parshat Vayechi by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Vayechi means life, yet the Parsha begins with talk of death and ends with death. Yaakov demands to be buried in Israel.  Yosef swears he will.  Yaakov elevates his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe to be equal to his children as...

Parshat Vayigash- written by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The Parsha begins in the middle of the story.  Yosef has just told Yehuda and all the brothers that Binyamin, the thief, will become a slave to Yosef.  All the others are free to leave.  Our Parsha begins with...