Parasha for the Week:  Shemini: Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47
Aftarah for the Week:  2 Samuel 6:1 – 7:17
Besorat Yeshua:  Romans 12: 16 - 21

Overview
On the eighth day of the dedication of the Mishkan (Sanctuary), Aharon, his sons, and the entire nation bring various korbanot (offerings) as commanded by Moshe.
Aharon and Moshe bless the nation.
G-d allows the Jewish People to sense His Presence after they complete the Mishkan.
Aharon's sons, Nadav and Avihu, present an offering of strange fire. They die on the spot, stressing the need to perform the commandments only as G-d directs.

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Parasha for the Week: Chol Hamoed Pesach

Overview
We interrupt the reading of the parashot (plural of parasha) during the Shabbat of the feasts. These Shabbatot (plural of Shabbat) called Chol Hamoed are dedicated to reading texts related to the feasts. The first night is celebrated with a special meal called the Seder which means “order” in Hebrew because everything is done according to a specific order to remember the Exodus and all the miracles G-d performed for Israel in Egypt.

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Parasha for the Week:  Vayikra: Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26
Aftarah for the Week:  Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23
Besorat Yeshua:  Romans 12: 1 - 3

Overview
The Book of Vayikra (Leviticus), also known as Torat Kohanim — the Laws of the Priests — deals largely with the korbanot (offerings) brought in the Mishkan (Tent of Meeting).
The first group of offerings is called korban olah, a burnt offering.
The animal is brought to the Mishkan's entrance.  The one bringing the offering sets his hands on the animal. Afterwards it is slaughtered and the kohen sprinkles its blood on the altar. The animal is skinned and cut into pieces. The pieces are arranged, washed and burned on the altar.
Various meal offerings are described. Part of the meal offering is burned on the altar, and the remaining part eaten by the kohanim. Mixing leaven or honey into the offerings is prohibited.
The peace offering, part of which is burnt on the altar and part is eaten, can be either from cattle, sheep or goats.

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Parasha for the Week: Vayakhel: Exodus 35:1 – 38:20
Aftarah for the Week: 1 Kings 7:13 - 51
Besorat Yeshua: Mark 15:42 – 16:6

Overview
Moshe Rabbeinu exhorts Israel to keep Shabbat, and requests donations of materials for making the Mishkan. He collects gold, silver, precious stones, skins and yarn, as well as incense and olive oil for the menorah and for anointing.

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Parasha for the Week: Ki Tisa: Exodus 30:11 – 34:34
Haftarah for the Week: 1 Kings 18:1 - 39
Besorat Yeshua: Mark 15:28 - 41

Overview
Moshe conducts a census by counting those who gave a half shekel to the temple.
Moshe is commanded to make a copper laver for the Mishkan. The people donate the metal.
The formula of the anointing oil is specified, and G-d instructs Moshe to use this oil only for dedicating the Mishkan, its vessels, Aharon and his sons.

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Parasha for the Week:  Terumah: Exodus 25:1 – 27:19
Aftarah for the Week:  1 Kings 5:26 – 6:13
Besorat Yeshua:   Mark 15:1 - 15

Overview
G-d commands Moshe to build a Mishkan (Sanctuary) and gave him with detailed instructions. The Children of Israel are asked to contribute precious metals and stones, fabrics, skins, oil and spices for the building of the sanctuary.

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Parasha for the week: Michpatim - Exodus 21:1 - 24:18
Aftarah for the week: Jeremiah 33: 25 - 34:22
Brit HaChadasha: Acts 23:5

Overview
• One of the longest Torah portions, containing:
23 positive commandments
30 negative commandments.
• Israel receive a series of laws concerning social justice, topics include:
- Good treatment of servants
- Obligations to our spouse
- Punishments for hitting people, for cursing parents, judges and leaders

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Parasha for the week: Yitro,  Exodus 18:1 -20:23
Aftara for the week:  Isaiah 6:1-13

Overview:
This is the Torah portion containing the giving of the Ten Commandments.

Moses' father-in-law, Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) joins the Jewish people in the desert, advises Moses on the best way to serve and judge the people -- by appointing a hierarchy of intermediaries -- and then returns home to Madian.  
The Ten Commandments are given.

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