TORAHSCOPE – Shemini – Eighth – 30 Mar 2019

Shemini Eighth 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 has just … Continue reading TORAHSCOPE – Shemini – Eighth – 30 Mar 2019

TorahScope: Vayikra – He called – “Sacrificial Identification” – 10 March, 2019

Vayikra He called Leviticus 1:1-5:26[6:7] Isaiah 43:21-44:23 “Sacrificial Identification” by Mark Huey The Torah portion Vayikra begins the Book of Leviticus, and serves as the Hebrew name for the entire text. Chs. 1-7 detail sacrificial laws for individuals, for the congregation of Israel, and for priests. This is followed by chs. 8-10 describing the worship in the completed Tabernacle. Chs. 11-17 focus on the laws of clean … Continue reading TorahScope: Vayikra – He called – “Sacrificial Identification” – 10 March, 2019

TorahScope: Ki Tisa

17 February, 2019 Ki Tisa – When you take Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (A); 18:20-39 (S) “Signs of Life” by Mark Huey Ki Tisa covers a wide variety of topics that range from describing the half-shekel tax collected,[1] to the infamous golden calf incident,[2] and to instructions regarding the Sabbath.[3] Additional instruction is given regarding hand washing,[4] anointing oil[5] and incense formulas,[6] and how the Tabernacle is to be used.[7] Moses also relates … Continue reading TorahScope: Ki Tisa

TorahScope: V’et’chanan – I pleaded – “Promises Reiterated to a Chosen Nation”

22 July, 2018 V’et’chanan I pleaded Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Isaiah 40:1-26 “Promises Reiterated to a Chosen Nation” by Mark Huey This week’s parashah is so filled with incredible descriptions of the Lord’s love, promises, and anticipated plans for His chosen people, that direct quotations from this reading will be extensively repeated, because I feel that not much can be really added to the compelling words of Moses. For clearly, … Continue reading TorahScope: V’et’chanan – I pleaded – “Promises Reiterated to a Chosen Nation”

TorahScope: Devarim – Words – The Fighting Father’s Promised Plan Reiterated – 15 July, 2018

Devarim Words Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 Isaiah 1:1-27 “The Fighting Father’s Promised Plan Reiterated” by Mark Huey This week as the final book of the Torah commences, our parashah, Devarim, essentially begins a lengthy reiteration of the forty year desert sojourn of the Israelites, with reminders of the Lord’s promises sprinkled in among the testimony of a people challenged with trust in the Almighty. The aged prophet/leader, Moses, was … Continue reading TorahScope: Devarim – Words – The Fighting Father’s Promised Plan Reiterated – 15 July, 2018

TorahScope: Pinchas – Phinehas – “A Covenant of Peace” – 1 July, 2018

Pinchas – Phinehas Numbers 25:10-30:1[29:40] 1 Kings 18:46-19:21 “A Covenant of Peace” by Mark Huey This week’s Torah parashah begins with a summary conclusion to Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9), describing the gruesome consequences of the sin of Baal Peor (Numbers 25:9-10). This is followed by describing the zeal of Phinehas who stopped the plague upon Israel (Numbers 25:10-18), a census of the Israelites is taken (Numbers 26:1-65), laws of inheritance including … Continue reading TorahScope: Pinchas – Phinehas – “A Covenant of Peace” – 1 July, 2018

Torah Commentary – Ki Tisa – When you take – Faith Contrasted – 25 February, 2018

Ki Tisa – When you take Exodus 30:11-34:35 1 Kings 18:1-39 (A); 18:20-39 (S) “Faith Contrasted” by Mark Huey This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, is perhaps best remembered for the infamous golden calf incident. Because of this, it is significantly easy to overlook a variety of other details, ranging from the required half-shekel offering,[1] the anointing oil formula,[2] a description of the skilled artisans,[3] reminders about the Sabbath,[4] appeals to … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Ki Tisa – When you take – Faith Contrasted – 25 February, 2018

Torah Reading – TorahScope – Outreach Israel Ministries – Yitro – Jethro – “Blind Faith” – 28 January, 2018

Yitro – Jethro Exodus 18:1-20:23[26] Isaiah 6:1-7:6; 9:5-6[6-7] (A); 6:1-13 (S) “Blind Faith” by Mark Huey The trials and tribulations of Ancient Israel’s deliverance from Egypt continue in this week’s Torah reading, with particular emphasis on the Ten Commandments that are received while the people were encamped at Mount Sinai. After observing the many miracles performed by God to free them from the bondage of Egyptian … Continue reading Torah Reading – TorahScope – Outreach Israel Ministries – Yitro – Jethro – “Blind Faith” – 28 January, 2018

This Weeks Torah Reading – Mikkeitz – At the end – “God Honors Faith” – 10 December, 2017

Mikkeitz At the end Genesis 41:1-44:17 1 Kings 3:15-4:1 “God Honors Faith” by Mark Huey Mikkeitz, which is being considered as the Torah portion for this week, continues the narrative about the life of Joseph in Egypt. Joseph finally realized the manifestation of his dreams about his brothers bowing before him. Since being cast into a pit by his brothers and sold into slavery in … Continue reading This Weeks Torah Reading – Mikkeitz – At the end – “God Honors Faith” – 10 December, 2017

TorahScope – V’et’chanan – I pleaded – “Call Upon Him!” – 30 July, 2017

V’et’chanan I pleaded Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Isaiah 40:1-26 “Call Upon Him!” by Mark Huey mark@outreachisrael.net V’et’channan is one of the most compelling Torah portions in the entire annual cycle. With a reiteration of the Decalogue[1] and the Shema[2] being just two of the many words that are declared, the commentaries written about this critical juncture in the sojourn of Ancient Israel are voluminous. One could spend days dissecting the grand … Continue reading TorahScope – V’et’chanan – I pleaded – “Call Upon Him!” – 30 July, 2017

“Nevertheless” – Shelakh-Lekha (Send on your behalf) – June 13, 2014

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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

TorahScope – “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” – Y’yakheil (He assembled) – FEBRUARY 21, 2014

By the time we arrive at this week’s Torah portion, V’yakheil, we discover that it encapsulates a description of the actions of Ancient Israel, as the people collectively fulfill the requirements for the Tabernacle construction which was the subject of the previous Terumah (Exodus 27:20-30:10) and Tetzaveh(Exodus 30:11-34:35) readings. Without any hesitation, the text reminds us about the commandment to take a Sabbath rest, even in the midst of … Continue reading TorahScope – “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” – Y’yakheil (He assembled) – FEBRUARY 21, 2014

“Signs of Life” – Ki Tisa (When you take) – TorahScope – FEBRUARY 14, 2014

Ki Tisa covers a wide variety of topics that range from describing the half-shekel tax collected (Exodus 30:11-16), to the infamous golden calf incident (Exodus 32:1-35), and to instructions regarding the Sabbath (Exodus 31:12-17). Additional instruction is given regarding hand washing (Exodus 30:17-21), anointing oil (Exodus 30:22-33) and incense formulas (Exodus 30:34-38), and how the Tabernacle is to be used (Exodus 31:1-11). Moses also relates significant … Continue reading “Signs of Life” – Ki Tisa (When you take) – TorahScope – FEBRUARY 14, 2014

TorahScope – “Set-Apart Unto Him” – Tetzaveh (You shall command) – FEBRUARY 7, 2014

Tetzaveh (You shall command) Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ezekiel 43:10-27 “Set-Apart Unto Him” This week’s Torah portion, Tetzaveh, is in many respects a continuation of the previous reading, Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), where the willing heart contributions for the materials needed for the construction of the Tabernacle and its accouterments were freely given. Now that the various elements have been offered and gathered, certain individuals gifted with “the spirit of wisdom,” ruach … Continue reading TorahScope – “Set-Apart Unto Him” – Tetzaveh (You shall command) – FEBRUARY 7, 2014

TorahScope – “The Heart of the Matter” – Terumah (Contribution) – JANUARY 31, 2014

Terumah (Contribution) Exodus 25:1-27:19 1 Kings 5:26-6:13 “The Heart of the Matter” This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, details the construction of the Tabernacle which the glory of God occupied during the Ancient Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. This temporary dwelling place was used by Israel until the First Temple was constructed in Jerusalem by King Solomon. As you read through the details of the Tabernacle’s materials … Continue reading TorahScope – “The Heart of the Matter” – Terumah (Contribution) – JANUARY 31, 2014

“Rules Unto Others” – Mishpatim (Rulings) – TorahScope – JANUARY 24, 2014 –

Mishpatim (Rulings) Exodus 21:1-24:18 Jeremiah 34:8-22; 33:25-26 “Rules Unto Others” As we turn to Mishpatim this week, we are reminded that the Israelites have just received the Ten Commandments and have heard the terrifying voice of the Lord as He shook Mount Sinai. We recall that the Israelites were so frightened by the sound of God’s voice, that they requested that Moses be their exclusive intermediary to … Continue reading “Rules Unto Others” – Mishpatim (Rulings) – TorahScope – JANUARY 24, 2014 –

“Shema Yisrael” – Yitro (Jethro) – Torah Scope – JANUARY 17, 2014

After considering what has thus far transpired in the Book of Exodus, this week’s Torah portion, Yitro, involves one of the most memorable scenes outside of the deliverance from Egypt. It is in this reading where the Lord visits Mount Sinai and delivers the Ten Commandments (Exodus 19:1-20:17). The Ancient Israelites were deathly afraid of what was taking place, and so Moses has to explain what … Continue reading “Shema Yisrael” – Yitro (Jethro) – Torah Scope – JANUARY 17, 2014