Parashat Pekudei / פרשת פקודי

Next read in the Diaspora on 01 March 2014. Parashat Pekudei is the 23rd weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Portion (parasha) for this week:

Pekudei פקודי | “Countings”

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Torah:  Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

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Prophets: 1 Kings 7:51- 8:21, 2 Kings 12:1-17

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Brit HadashaJohn 6:1-71; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; Revelation 15:5-8


(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)

“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

Baruch HaShem

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון

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Rosh Chodesh Adar II / ראש חודש אדר ב׳

One of the historical events for this month. The 7th of Adar was the day on which Moshe Rabeinu (the Biblical Moses) was born, and also the day on which he died exactly 120 years later. His burial place is unknown.

Linking Jewish present to past, modern day Israel has instituted a public memorial ceremony on this day for Israel Defense Forces soldiers who have not yet been brought to burial (the unknown soldier). This annual memorial takes place at Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Reference: http://www.ou.org/holidays/months/

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What Is a Biblical New Moon?

 Yahweh in His wisdom has given us a calendar in the sky for all to see. He uses the sun and moon to establish days, months, years, and also His appointed observances, Genesis 1:14.  A critical component to His calendar is the new moon, which starts each Biblical month. Yahweh commanded special offerings on each new moon, and one special new moon is even a Feast day called the Feast of Trumpets, Isaiah 66:23.

Yahweh uses the new moon to establish moedim, or commanded observances, Psalm 104:19. Special offerings were also given on the new moons, 2 Chronicles 2:4; 8:13; 23:31.           

We find many references to the new moon or beginning of months in the Scriptures, including the obligation for True worshipers to observe them, Numbers 10:10; 28:11-15; 1Chronicles 23:31; 2Chronicles 2:4; 8:13; 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Ezekiel 46:1, 3, 6; Colossians 2:16.           

Apostolic Believers, who remained true to His Word, continued to honor new moon days as well as observe Feast days in the New Testament, Acts 18:21; 27:9; 1Corinthians 5:7-8.           

Further, we learn from Ezekiel’s prophecy (46:3) that new moon days will be kept in the coming Kingdom: “The people of the land shall also worship at the doorway of that gate before Yahweh on the sabbaths and on the new moons.”            

Make no mistake. The Biblical admonition to observe the new moon as a special marker in the Biblical  calendar is not a pronouncement about worshiping the moon itself. Yahweh prohibits worshiping any celestial body: “And beware, lest you lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which Yahweh your Elohim has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven”  (Deut. 4:19). At the same time He commands us to watch for and observe the new moon each month so that we honor and follow His unique calendar and the setting of His special holy days.

Reference: http://www.yrm.org/whatisbiblicalnewmoon.htm

Parashat Vayakhel / פרשת ויקהל

  • Candle lighting: 5:20pm on Friday, 21 February 2014
  • This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayakhel
  • Havdalah (72 min): 6:51pm on Saturday, 22 February 201

Portion (parasha) for this week:

Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

Vayak’hel | ויקהל | “He Gathered”

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TorahExodus 35:1 – 38:20

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Prophets1 Kings 7:13-267:40-50Ezekiel 45:16-46:18

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Brit HadashaMark 6:14-292 Corinthians 9:1-15Hebrews 9:1-14Revelation 11:1-13

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)

Baruch HaShem

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון

Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

  • Purim Katan occurs on Friday, 14 February 2014
  • Candle lighting: 5:12pm on Friday, 14 February 2014
  • This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Ki Tisa
  • Havdalah (50 min): 6:21pm on Saturday, 15 February 2014

Portion (parasha) for this week: #21

Ki Tisa | כי תשא | “When You Take”

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TorahExodus 30:11 – 34:35

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Prophets1 Kings 18:1-39Ezekiel 36:16-38

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Brit HadashaMatthew 9:35 – 11:1Luke 11:14-20Acts 7:35 – 8:11 Corinthians 10:1-132 Corinthians 3:1-18

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)

“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

Mi Chamochah:

Who is like You, Eternal One, among the gods that are worshiped? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, doing wonders?

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון

Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

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Portion (parasha) 20 for this week: Candle lighting: Shabbat Erve @ 5:11pm on Friday, 07 …..Shabbat: February 8, 2014

Tetzave | תצוה | “You Shall Command”

Torah:Exodus 27:30 – 30:10

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Prophets: Ezekiel 43:10-271 Samuel 15:2-34

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Brit HadashaMark 4:35 – 5:43; Philippians 4:10-20

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)

“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

Shabbat Shalom

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון