Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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The Imperishable

A person who offered a peace offering needed to eat the meat of the sacrifice within two days, before the meat began to turn rancid. As an earthly reflection of the heavenly dwelling place of God, the Sanctuary naturally shuns death and mortal corruption.

A person who offered a peace offering needed to eat the meat of the sacrifice within two days, before the meat began to turn rancid. As an earthly reflection of the heavenly dwelling place of God, the Sanctuary naturally shuns death and mortal corruption.

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Messiah and the Sacrifices

Why do we start the children with Leviticus and not with Genesis? The Holy One, Blessed be He, said, "Since the children are pure and the sacrifices are pure, let the pure come and occupy themselves with things that are pure." (Leviticus Rabbah 7:3)

The 'Church' at Mount Sinai

The descent of Moses at the end of the previous Torah portion alludes to the second coming of the Messiah. Just as Moses assembled Israel at the time of his appearing, when Messiah comes again, He will gather together the assembly of Israel from the four corners of the world.

The Word Made Stone

Moses descends from Mount Sinai, ascends the mountain, and descends again. That is to say, he came down from heaven, returned to heaven, and came down a second time. Just like Moses at Mount Sinai, the Messiah descended on a rescue mission to call Israel to repentance.

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