A Bissel of Torah Pesach

by Joy Scott, Congregant When the eighth and final day of Passover coincides with Shabbat, we read extracts from seven different Parshot of DEUTERONOMY. On the first day of Passover, we revert back from LEVITICUS to the book of EXODUS, and how “on this very day God took the children of Israel out of Egypt” […]

A Bissel of Torah: Parshat Pesach

by Joy Scott, Congregant 14 NISSAN 5776: When Passover coincides with Shabbat, we intercept our reading of Leviticus, and return to the portion of EXODUS, to repeat the miraculous story of how our ancestors escaped slavery in Egypt, and became a free nation. We reiterate the tenth and final plague, which God imposed on the […]

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)

by Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In Torah Parsha, TERUMAH, we read last week how the magnificent ‘MISHKAN’ (Sanctuary), a sacred place, dedicated to God, was constructed. Parshat TETZAVEH begins with instructions to Moses for creation of the final piece, to be placed in the ‘Tent of Meeting’, outside the dividing curtain. “You shall command the children […]

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23)

by Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In last week’s Torah Parsha (BESHLACH), we read about how the Israelites celebrated with song, to express their deep gratitude to God, for delivering them from the enslavement and bondage, which they experienced in Egypt, under the rule of the Pharaoh. At the beginning of this week’s Torah Parsha (YITRO), the […]

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

by Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant Torah Parsha (BO) is a sequel to last week’s Parsha, VA’EIRA, which concluded with the perpetuation of the enslavement of the Jews in Egypt, despite the seven devastating plagues, which God had imposed on the Pharaoh and his people. In BO, God relentlessly exacerbates the essence of His final three plagues. […]