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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. […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Chukat 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. KOHEN – First Aliya – 17 p’sukim (19:1-17) This whole Aliya plus the following 5 p’sukim deal with the topic of the PARA ADUMA. (The 22 p’sukim of ch. 19 constitute the Maftir for Shabbat Parshat Para.) The mitzva involves taking a cow with […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ekev 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. KOHEN – First Aliya – 25 p’sukim (7:12-8:10) This is the longest Shabbat Mincha-Monday-Thursday reading. B’reishit and Ki Tisa have longer first-Aliyot, but we don’t read the whole portion on ShM-M-Th. Mas’ei, according to the custom of not stopping in the middle of the […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Emor 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. Kohen – first Aliya – 15 p’sukim – 21:1-15 This Aliya is particularly appropriate for a kohen; not all first Aliyot are. Following Parshat K’doshim, which focuses on the challenge to the individual Jew and the whole Jewish community to rise to higher levels […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ha’azinu 5760
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Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya – 6 p’sukim (32:1-6) Moshe Rabeinu begins his farewell “song” to the People by calling upon the Heavens and the Earth to be witnesses to what he will be saying. He asks the people (in a very poetic […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Kdoshim 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. Kohen – first Aliya – 14 p’sukim – 19:1-14 BE HOLY! – HOW? In light of the exceptionally large number of mitzvot in this sedra, one can fairly assume that the answer to that question is – by the observance of mitzvot. This means […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ki Teitzei 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. KOHEN – First Aliya – 12 p’sukim (21:10-21) The “beautiful captive”: A Jewish soldier must resist the “normal” temptations of battle, but is permitted to take a captive woman only according to the approved Torah procedures [532]. This is not an ideal situation; commentaries […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Ki Tisa 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. Kohen – First Aliya – 45 p’sukim – 30:11-31:17 The longest First Aliya in the Torah, by far (but not the longest for Monday, Thursday, previous Shabbat Mincha reading, since we don’t read all of the first Aliya. The first 6 p’sukim of the […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Korach 5760
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Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. KOHEN – First Aliya – 13 p’sukim (16:1-13) “And Korach took”. Commentators suggest different meanings for this phrase: Korach took the Reuvenites with him in his rebellion against Moshe; Korach “took with words” (i.e. persuaded) others to join his rebellion. Korach “took apart” – […]