Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.

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Parashat Vayikra: God doesn’t want your sacrifice, He wants you

"This Shabbat we start the Book of Leviticus with Parashat Vayikra. Leviticus focuses on commandments, many of which are related to the sacrifices, the holy service in the Tabernacle, and the laws regarding the consecration of the priests."

Commentary on Parashat Vayiqra (And He Called)

Moran writes, "We live in a broken and sick world that is in much need of healing. Is your life full of the saltiness of the Lord so that you can bring His healing to others?"
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Parashat Veyakhel-Pekudei: No generosity means no community

"The most precious thing that was given for the construction of the Tabernacle was not gold nor expensive stones, the most valuable aspect of it was the heart of man. Generosity was the most essential part and it is what truly built the Tabernacle of God."

Commentary on Parashat Vayaqhel (And He Assembled) & Parashat Pequdei (Accounts Of)

Moran writes, "The book ends with a very dramatic moment in the lives of the people of Israel, as they completed the construction of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle)..."
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Parashat Ki Tisa: We are called to plead with God

This week’s Torah portion, like the previous ones, deals with the construction of the Tabernacle as well as the appointment of Bezalel, the chief craftsman, who crafted the holy vessels.

Commentary on Parashat Ki Tisa (When You Lift Up)

Moran writes, "As I was reading this week’s parasha (weekly Scripture reading), two verses jumped out immediately. They make so much sense only if we read them with the amazing continuity of God’s Word in mind..."
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Parashat Tetzaveh: Why should we dress nice for God?

"If someone came in off the street while this Torah portion was being read in a congregation, he might think that he had mistakenly walked in on a sewing class."

Commentary on Parashat Tetzaveh (You Shall Command)

Moran writes, "Isn’t it amazing what we find when we read the Scriptures beginning to end? He wants to be with you, dear brothers and sisters – the Living God is not a distant god, but rather One who longs to be near each of you."
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Parashat Terumah: The power of our contribution

"The message of the meticulous detailing of the contributions is that the simplicity of the materials is actually the greatness of the Tabernacle."

Commentary on Parashat Terumah (Donation)

Moran writes, "Perhaps the most stunning reality that I find in the Word is the fact that God, the Creator of the universe, created man and woman in order to have relationship with us."