TorahScope – Pequdei (Accounts) – “Weight of Glory” – FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Pequdei (Accounts) – “Weight of Glory” The eleventh and final parashah of the Book of Exodus comes to an exciting conclusion with the appearance of the glory of God in the completed Tabernacle. Exodus 40:34 tells us, “the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of the Lord [kavod Adonai, hwhy dAbk] filled the Tabernacle” (NJPS). For the past ten weeks, since the introduction of Moses in Shemot, the Israelites have … Continue reading TorahScope – Pequdei (Accounts) – “Weight of Glory” – FEBRUARY 28, 2014

Shemini (Eighth) – “True Shock and Awe”

“True Shock and Awe” Leviticus 9:1-11:47 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 (A); 6:1-19 (S) The title of our Torah portion for this week, Shemini or “Eighth,” points one to the chronological context of the “eighth day” that begins this section of Leviticus. A glance at the concluding statements from Tzav last week, notes how the seven days of consecration which God required of Aaron and his sons … Continue reading Shemini (Eighth) – “True Shock and Awe”