Want to keep up with the weekly parshah
, but don't want to spend your Saturday morning at services?
8) As Parshah
Beshalach 13:17 of Exodus (the fourth weekly chapter in annual reading of the Torah) tells us, there were two possible routes to freedom: one a straight, strategic route (peshuta), the other more dangerous, indirect, 'crooked' (me'ukum).
Rabbi Asher Brander, who has taught in Yeshiva High Schools for more than twenty years, presents Teachings: In depth Reflections on the Parshah
, an English language core curriculum of the classic Jewish study hall (the Beit Midrash).
Because a single parshah
is generally either all law (4) or all narrative, our initial sense of a lack of pattern comes from disparities between consecutive parshiyot.
36) Eliezer Kalir, in a piyut composed for the occasion of the special reading of parshah
shekalim; stylistically articulates the reason for singling out the tribe of Levi from the census as follows: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] "the precious third within them was not counted for the king's legion must be independently counted" in Siddur Avodat Yisrael, eds.
Throughout, a variety of elegant solutions are used to deal with the special issues related to vocalization, trope, chapter notations, verse notations, parshah
divisions, and aliyot.
This uniquely Jewish cookbook imaginatively pairs Torah and food to explain the weekly parshah
(Torah portion) beginning with Genesis, where a black-and-white cookie recipe complements a discussion of God separating light and darkness.
As the Midrash says in the Mechilta, Parshah
Bo: "Once leave has been given to the Destroyer to do injury, it no longer discriminates between the innocent and guilty.