God created the world but it was not complete until a home was made for God. These homes come in the forms of the Mishkan and the Temple.
Parashat Pekudei describes the construction of the Mishkan in accordance with the specific instructions given by God to Moshe.
This week’s study guide explores the building of the Tabernacle. The exploration includes time worked and communal actions completed.
Jeoash, the king discussed in this week’s haftarah, becomes king at a young age. Does his goodness come from himself or his teachers?
In the film Raiders of the Lost Ark, archeologist Indiana Jones vies to recover the Ark of the Covenant, featured in this week’s parashah.
This week’s Haftarah parallels the parashah’s discussion on God. The Israelites face more attractive gods but return to God, in the end.
This week’s study guide explores the relationship between God and the Israelites, in the Israelites keeping the Sabbath for God.
Our parashah contains the Ten Commandments, as well as instructions for preparing the Ketoret, the incense offered in the Tabernacle.
Ezekiel is rather similar to Moses. Both of them serve God and Israel outside of the land of Israel. This week’s Haftarah explores that.
This week’s study guide follows the concept of light used in the Mishkan, as compared with the light in the creation of the world.
This week’s parashah opens with God’s instructions to Moshe concerning the oil used for lighting the Menorah in the Mishkan.
Building Solomon’s Temple was perhaps the greatest feat ever of Jewish architecture. This week’s haftarah explores this more.
This week’s parshah discusses instructions for building accessories for the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. This includes a lavish, gold table.
Our parashah describes the creation of the Mishkan, especially the ark, holding the tablets, manna, Aaron’s staff, and oil.
The greatest story of our tradition is a story about freedom. This week’s Haftarah from Jeremiah explores freedom and our choices.
This week’s study guide presents commentary on the shemitah—sabbatical year—and giving to the poor or giving tzedakah.
Our parashah describes a puzzling episode, following the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai when elders of Israel envision God.
This week’s Haftarah, Isaiah, focuses on the promised destruction and regeneration. Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” depicts that.
The study guide for Parashat Yitro discusses the Ten Commandments and the relationships between fathers and children.
Our parashah contains the words of the Ten Commandments, which God speaks to Moses and the people of Israel from Mount Sinai.
A claim to the land of Israel ranged from a covenant with Abraham to laws to keep the land. This week’s haftarah discusses that.
What composes the inner grit, the resilient core of a person? Whatever it is, Pharoah is notoriously lacking.
Vaera opens with God reiterating the covenant made with Moshe’s ancestors. What’s the connection between this parshah and pizza toast?
The study guide for this week’s parashah focuses on the roles of the midwives in the beginning of the Exodus story.
Shemot describes the early years of Moshe’s life up to the pivotal moment when he is informed of his mission awaiting him in Egypt.
In this week’s parashah, Moshe is accused of “giving Pharaoh a sword to kill us,” in response to his demands of “let my people go.”