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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Shoftim 5758
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch KOHEN – First Aliya – 18 p’sukim (16:18-17:13) Judges to clarify the law (and try cases) and agents of the court to enforce the law are to be appointed throughout the Land [491], and they are to carry out their duties fairly. They must not slant the law, nor […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Acharei-K’doshim 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. KOHEN - First Aliya – 17+7 = 24 p’sukim (16:1-24) The first part of the sedra deals with the Yom Kippur service in the Beit HaMikdash – SEDER HaAVODA. An emotional element is introduced when the Torah tells us that G-d gave […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Balak 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -11 p’sukim (22:2-12) Balak was a weaker king than his neighbors in the region. The defeat of the others instilled fear in Balak’s heart, and he realized that waging a conventional war against Israel would be futile. His […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat BaMidbar 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -19 p’sukim (1:1-19) The sedra (and book) of BaMidbar opens in the Sinai wilderness in the second year out of Egypt, on Rosh Chodesh Iyar. The Mishkan having been erected one month earlier, the People are now to […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat B’reishit 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Kohen – First Aliya – 34 p’sukim – 1:1-2:3 This Aliya contains the first account of Creation. FYI – The first portion of Breishit is seldom read at Mincha of the previous Shabbat. Only when Simchat Torah is Shabbat, is it read on the previous Shabbat, and in that […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat B’Shalach 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Kohen – First Aliya – 14 p’sukim (13:17-14:8) “When Par’o expels the People…”, G-d leads them along a circuitous route to prevent them from panicking and returning to Egypt. Moshe, in fulfillment of the promise made to Yosef by his brothers, takes Yosef’s remains out of Egypt with the People. […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat B’ha’a’lo’t’cha 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -14 p’sukim (8:1-14) Aharon is instructed to tend the lamps of the Menora. SDT – Rashi explains the connection between this portion and that of the gifts of the tribal leaders at the end of Parshat Naso. Aharon, […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat B’har-B’chukotai 5759
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -13+5=18 p’sukim (25:1-18) One of the most famous sedra openers in the Torah: “And G-d spoke to Moshe AT HAR SINAI saying…”. “Ma inyan shmita etzel Har Sinai?”. What does one thing have to do with the other? […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Bo 5759
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[Numbers] are mitzvot in Sefer HaChinuch Kohen First Aliya – 11 p’sukim (10:1-11) G-d once again (previously with Frogs and “Dever”) sends Moshe to Par’o (in his palace) to warn about the Locust. [SDT] The signature of this week’s sedra – BO EL PAR’O is a phrase that occurs three times, each as an intoduction […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Chayei Sara 5760
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – First Aliya – 16 p’sukim – 23:1-16 The parsha begins by telling us that Sara died in Kiryat Arba, which is Hevron. But first it tells us that she lived a full, long life of 127 years. […]