Weekly Torah Portion

Jerusalem Lights Parashat Bamidbar - Shavuot Message 5781: The Gift of Torah

The penultimate portion of the book of Leviticus, parashat Behar, opens at Mount Sinai with the commandment of the Sabbatical year. The Torah alludes to a singular connection between the commandment of keeping the Sabbatical year – letting the fields of the Land of Israel lay fallow – and the very essence of ‘Mount Sinai’ itself. Indeed, the observance of the Sabbatical year and all that Mount Sinai represents, are both sublime expressions of the same secret – the very deepest level of emunah, faith          in G-d. 

The two portions of Behar and Bechukotei (Leviticus 25 : 1 - 27 : 34) are  read together on Shabbat:  Iyar 26,  5781/May 8, 2021 


Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone 

This week’s Torah portion of Bamidbar begins the account of the Children of Israel’s sojourn in the desolate, dangerous wilderness; a bleak and hostile landscape. Yet, G-d chose this very environment to give His gift of the Torah to Israel at the Sinai Revelation, as we commemorate on the Festival of Shavuot…and it was this same wilderness that served as the crucible of the fledging nation’s spiritual development, in preparation of their entry into the Land. Why did G-d give the Torah in the wilderness? The secret of the ‘great and awesome wilderness’ conveys a powerful message that aids each and every one of us to truly receive Torah in a personal and lasting way…on the level of the soul.   

The portion of Bamidbar (Numbers 1 : 1 - 4 : 20) is read on Shabbat: Sivan 4, 5781/May 15, 2021 

The Festival of Shavuot begins at sundown on Sunday, May 16 (6 Sivan) and is observed on Monday, May 17 (and a second day of the Festival, May 18, is observed in the Diaspora) 


Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone

Global Lock-down: A Time for Reflection, A Time for Change

The Book of Leviticus, the Divine Service, and the Temple Offerings: Heart of the Torah 

As we usher in the glorious month of Nisan, time of Redemption, the people of Israel now begin to read the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, called 'the heart of the Torah.'  How do we understand the korbanot, the Temple offerings, which seem so difficult to relate to in our modern world? Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long discuss the meaning and significance of the Temple offerings in the shadow of  a world paralyzed by the Corona virus, which is now keeping nearly three billion people the world over in lock-down.


Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone

Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone