Parshat HaShavua

Parshat Shemini by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st Aliya (Vayikra 9:1-16) On the eighth day of the inauguration of Aharon and the Cohanim, Moshe gathers the people.  He instructs Aharon to offer a chatat and an olah.  The people are also to bring a chatat, olah, shlamim...

Parshat Tzav by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 6:1-11) Instructions are given to the Cohanim: while the offerings must be done during the day, the burning of the fats and limbs may continue all night.  In the morning the Cohen shall take some of the...

By Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The theme of the Parsha is sacrifices.  Different offerings will be required in a variety of circumstances later in the book of Vayikra.  This parsha outlines the rules of those offerings so that when they come up later, their procedure will be...

Parshat Vayakel-Pekudei by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks This double parsha is the implementation of the building of the Mishkan. We have had 3 parshiot of commands to build the Mishkan. This is the actual construction and assembly. When we have a double parsha, the first parsha will have...

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...