The Tabernacle Times
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February 2019
Shevat - Adar I 5779
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2 February 2019 / 27 Shevat 5779

Mishpatim "Judgments" | משפטים
Exodus 21:1-24:18

Portion Summary:
The eighteenth reading from the Torah is named Mishpatim, which means "judgments." The title comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to say, "And these are the judgments which you will place before them" (Exodus 21:1). The first three chapters of this Torah portion deliver a legal code of laws and commandments that form a nucleus for the Torah's laws. The last chapter tells the story of how the people of Israel consented to keep these laws and entered into a covenant relationship with God through a series of rituals conducted by Moses.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 26:20-30

9 February 2019 / 4 Adar I 5779

Terumah "Heave Offering" | תרומה
Exodus 25:1-27:19

Portion Summary:
The nineteenth reading from the Torah is named Terumah. In Exodus 25:2, the LORD commanded Moses to "tell the sons of Israel to [take] a contribution for Me." The word translated as "contribution" is terumah (תרומה), which is the name of this Torah portion. Terumah is a word with no real English equivalent. In the Torah, terumah refers to a certain type of offering dedicated to the Temple, like a tithe or firstfruits offering. In Exodus 25, the contribution is for the building of a holy place. This Torah reading is occupied with the instructions for the building of the Tabernacle and its furnishings.

Haftarah: I Kings 5:26-6:13
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 12:35-44


16 Febuary 2019 / 11 Adar I 5779

Tetzaveh "You Shall Comand" | תצוה
Exodus 27:20-30:10

Portion Summary:
Tetzaveh is the twentieth reading from the Torah. Tetzaveh means "You shall command," as in the first verse of the reading, which says, "You shall [command] the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually" (Exodus 27:20). This Torah portion continues to narrate the instructions for the construction of the Tabernacle, focusing particularly on the priesthood that was to serve in that sanctuary. The Israelites are commanded to make special garments for Aaron and his sons to wear while ministering as priests. After describing the priestly garments, the portion concludes with instructions for the ritual inauguration of Aaron and his sons into the priesthood.

Haftarah: Ezekiel 43:10-27
B'rit Hadashah: Matthew 5:13-20

26 February 2019 / 18 Adar I d5779

Ki Tisa "When You Take" |כי תשא
Exodus 30:11-34:35

Portion Summary:
Ki Tisa, the twenty-first reading from the Torah, literally means "when you lift up." It comes from the first words of the second verse of the reading, which could be literally rendered, "When you lift up the head of the sons of Israel to reckon them" (Exodus 30:12). The phrase "lift up the head" is an idiom for taking a head count. The portion begins with instructions for taking a census, finishes up the instructions for making the Tabernacle, reiterates the commandment of Shabbat and then proceeds to tell the story of the golden calf. The majority of Ki Tisa is concerned with the sin of the golden calf, the breach in the covenant between God and Israel, and how Moses undertakes to restore that covenant relationship.

Haftarah: i Kings 18:1-39
B'rit Hadashah: Mark 9:1-10

* The Torah and Haftarah chapter/verse numberings are taken from the Hebrew Bible (Christian published chapter/verse numberings are indicated within parenthesis)

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