Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.

Commentary on Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) & Metzora (Leprosy)

Moran writes, "Why was leprosy such an issue in the Bible? In this week’s reading, the issue of leprosy comes up, and God is very precise in His instructions regarding how to handle the disease."
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Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Are we the lepers of Israel?

"In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about skin diseases that can cause impurity. These particular diseases required a separation between the unclean individuals and those that were healthy."

Commentary on Parashat Shemini (Eighth)

Moran writes, "God is very consistent! From the beginning of His relationship with Israel, we see that in order for anyone to have the revelation of His Glory in his/her life, there must be a sacrifice offered."
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Parashat Shemini: What it really means to be kosher

"Further, two major historical events occur: the dedication of the Tabernacle and the unexpected death of Aaron’s sons."

Commentary on the reading for Pesach (Passover) – Part 2

Moran writes, "This week’s reading is also a bit different because of Passover, so once again we take a break from our regular weekly reading of the parasha and we continue to read the amazing story of Israel’s redemption from the Egyptians."
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VIDEO: A Passover Greeting from Netivyah

“Passover” – this name is given to the holiday because, during the plague of the death of the firstborn, God “passed over” the homes of the children of Israel.

Commentary on the reading for Pesach (Passover)

Moran writes, "In honor of Passover, which begins Friday night at sundown, this week’s reading is the amazing story of Israel’s miraculous redemption from the hands of the Egyptians."
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Parashat Tzav: Prayer is our sacrifice

"Today, I would like to explain the concept of Judaism that replaces the sacrifice with prayer. After that, I would like to discuss prayer and the importance of it in Judaism as well as in our lives as believers."

Commentary on Parashat Tzav (Command)

Moran writes, "The requirement of the continuous sacrifice is a very interesting connection to the work of our Messiah, as described in the book of Hebrews..."
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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."