Weekly Torah

Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.


Erasing God's Name

In this portion, why does the Torah command the priest to erase the curse from the scroll into the water? God's holy Name appears twice in the curse. The sages teach that God is so concerned for peace between a husband and wife that He is even willing for His own Name to be erased to bring it about (Sifre 17).

holy name, husbands, marriage, Name of God, Nasso, peace, respect, shalom bayit, water of bitterness, wives

From Previous Weeks

The World Was Created for Me

Each person is as valuable as Adam, the first man. Though Adam was only a single human being, he held within him the potential of all humanity. So, too, each person shares that same potential. No person should be dismissed as simply a number or a cog in the wheel. Every human being is a whole world.

Adam, Bamidbar, census, human being, humanity, lost sheep, love, special treasure

Sabbath Rest for the Land

It is easy to fall into the trap of believing that if we did stop working, the world will stop spinning. The Torah seeks to teach us to place our trust in God rather than our own efforts. Imagine having a year off, once every seven years, to devote yourself to studying the Scriptures, learning Torah and serving the kingdom.

appointed times, Behar, calendar, rest, Sabbath, sabbatical year

The LORD's Appointed Times

In the days of the Apostles, both Jewish and Gentile believers observed God's appointed times together. They met in the synagogues and in the Temple on the Sabbath and festival days to celebrate and observe God's holy days. When Gentile Christianity left the cradle of Judaism, the festivals fell into disuse for them. Is this what God intended for believers?

appointed times, biblical festivals, calendar, Emor, Passover, Pentecost, Pesach, Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat, Shavu'ot, sukkot, Yom Kippur

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