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The Festival of Shavuot

    Please note that parashat NASO is being read in the land of Israel this Shabbat.
    Galut: BEMIDBAR: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 || Hosea 2:1-22

The Festival of Shavuot
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

«Like the Torah itself, Shavuot, the holiday which celebrates the receiving of Torah at Sinai, is multifaceted. Not only does Shavuot merit a multiple of names, its meaning and its observance incorporate a multitude of messages. But ultimately, the unified message of Shavuot is to celebrate the receiving of Torah everyday, by making it come to life, in our lives, and in this world. Chag Sameach – have a happy and meaningful Shavuot»…more:

Shabbat Shalom veShavuot Sameach

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OMER: The Meaning of Jewish Existence

    „Acharei Mot“ (Diaspora): Lev. 16:1 – 18:30 || 1 Samuel 20:18-42
    (Israel: Kedoshim)

Temple Talk Radio: Anti-Semitism vs. The Omer
The Life-Changing Potential Inherent in Time
Counting the Omer: Reflecting the Divine Attributes in Everyday Behavior
«This week’s edition of Temple Talk focuses on the unique period of time between the Festival of Passover and the Festival of Shavuot, marked by observance of the Biblical commandment (Lev. 23) to count seven complete weeks, known as ‚the counting of the Omer.‘ These days are characterized by intense spiritual introspection. Yitzhak Reuven and Rabbi Chaim Richman discuss the challenges and implications of this process, framing it against the rise of anti-Semitism and the unique Jewish perspective of time and history« …more:

Shabbat Shalom

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BAMIDBA – Shabbat Video Commentary

Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 || Hosea 2:1-22

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Israelite encampments in the wilderness at Sinai form a perfect „soul system“ in which the twelve tribal encampments are arrayed around the Mishkan/Tabernacle which resides in their center, housing the Shechina, the presence of G-d, the gravitational force around which the nation revolves»…more:


Shabbat Shalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach – Greeting Card

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Shabbat BAMIDBA Video Commentary

Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 || Hosea 2:1-22

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The Israelite encampments in the wilderness at Sinai form a perfect „soul system“ in which the twelve tribal encampments are arrayed around the Mishkan/Tabernacle which resides in their center, housing the Shechina, the presence of G-d, the gravitational force around which the nation revolves»…more:


Shabbat Shalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach – Greeting Card

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NASO and SHAVUOT Temple Institute Commentary

Galut: Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20)

Israel: Naso (Numbers 4:21 – 7:89):
Commentary and Shavuot Greetings by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

From the Levitical responsibilities in the Tabernacle, to the ‚wayward‘ woman and the Nazir, to the priestly blessing first uttered by Aharon, to the identical gifts to G-d brought to the altar by the heads of all twelve tribes, parashat Naso is all about G-d’s embracing His people and all the challenges that face them day after day…more:“

Shabbat Shalom ve Shavuot Sameach

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Bamidbar and Shavuot Video Commentary

Numbers 1:1-4:20 || Hosea 2:1-22

 

    Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

      „G-d knows your name. He’s got your number. Torah is His to share with you. All its paths lead to Him. And all you’ve got to do is ask? No! All you’ve got to do is dedicate your every moment to living a life of Torah, and He will open each and every door. It’s your birthright. This is what we learn from parashat Bamidbar, the opening chapters of the book of Numbers, and this is the message of the holiday of Shavuot – coming up this week“ …more:

      Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, Yom HaBikurim, 6 –7 Sivan

      Shavuot, Feast of Weeks, Yom HaBikurim, 6 –7 Sivan

      Greeting card »» download and print.

      Shabbat Shalom veShavuot Sameach

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Prior to Shavuoth Shabbat Naso Readings and Commentary

4. Moses 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25

Commentary by Eric Martienssen:
It is no secret that the Pentecost of the church wants to make God’s Shavuot forget. So what is at stake is no less than the fact that the most inconcrete thought by men – so called holy – wants to replace the very concrete law of God, Moses, the Torah, Five Books of Moses. Although there is only the blessing of God for the children of Israel. No law by God. no blessings by God! It is that easy. That’s how the cookie crumbles. And in our Torah portion, the parashat Naso, there is only the blessing line from God to His People, Israel. If you want to join them, ask them! And here is the chance since Gershom was no born Jew.
But 4:21 the LORD spoke unto Moses saying:
4:22 ‚Take the sum of the sons of Gershon also
And then, later on,
6:22 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
6:23 ‚Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying: On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them:

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“Jewarechecha Adonai we-jischmerecha.
Yewarechecha Adonai we-yischmerecha.
Ya’er Adonai panaw elecha we-yechunekha.
Yissa Adonai panaw elecha we-yassem lecha Schalom!
May Adonai bless you and guard you
May Adonai make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
May Adonai lift up his face onto you and give you peace

Watch to last year’s video commentary on Shabbat Naso, also spelled Nasso, by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

„Love is in the air as Israel stands at the foot of Mount Sinai, ready to receive Torah and betroth themselves to G-d, a wedding whose anniversary we celebrate this week on Shavuot. This week’s parasha, Naso, makes many a meaningful reference to the happenings at Mount Sinai“:

Shabbat Shalom ve Hag Shawuot Sameach,
Yours Eric Martienssen

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After Shavuot Shabbat Naso Commentary vs Pentecost – Law vs Holy Spirit

4. Moses 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25

Commentary by Eric Martienssen:
It is no secret that the Pentecost of the church wants to make God’s Shavuot forget. So what is at stake is not less then that the most inconcrete thought by men in the so called holy spirit will be replaced through the very concrete law of God, Moses. The Torah – Five Books of Moses. On the other hand, there is only the blessing of God to the children of Israel. No law by God no blessings by God. That’s how the cookie crumbles. And in our Torah portion, the parashat Naso, there is only the blessing line from God to His People, Israel. If you want to join them ask them! And here is the chance since Gershon was no born Jew.
But 4:21 the LORD spoke unto Moses saying:
4:22 ‚Take the sum of the sons of Gershon also
And then, later on,
6:22 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
6:23 ‚Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying: On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them:

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Insert Priestly Blessing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

“Jewarechecha Adonai we-jischmerecha.
Yewarechecha Adonai we-yischmerecha.
Ya’er Adonai panaw elecha we-yechunekha.
Yissa Adonai panaw elecha we-yassem lecha Schalom!
May Adonai bless you and guard you
May Adonai make his face shine upon you and be gracious unto you
May Adonai lift up his face onto you and give you peace

Watch the video commentary on Shabbat Naso, also spelled Nasso, by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

„Love is in the air as Israel stands at the foot of Mount Sinai, ready to receive Torah and betroth themselves to G-d, a wedding whose anniversary we celebrate this week on Shavuot. This week’s parasha, Naso, makes many a meaningful reference to the happenings at Mount Sinai“:

Shabbat Shalom

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Shabbat Bamidbar and Shavuot Readings and Video Commentary

Bamidbar(Numbers) 1:1 – 4,20; Haftara: Hosea 2:1–22

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Shavuot-Readings: Hallel, Megillat Ruth, Exodus 19:1 – 20:23; Numbers 28:26-31; Ezechiel 1:1-28 + 3:12

Both, Bamidbar and Shavuot-Video-Commentaries by Rabbi Chaim Richman,
The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

„G-d knows your name. He’s got your number. Torah is His to share with you. All its paths lead to Him. And all you’ve got to do is ask? No! All you’ve got to do is dedicate your every moment to living a life of Torah, and He will open each and every door. It’s your birthright. This is what we learn from parashat Bamidbar, the opening chapters of the book of Numbers, and this is the message of the holiday of Shavuot – coming up next week!“:

Schabbat Schalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach

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Shavuot and Shabbat Bamidbar Readings and Commentaries

Numeri 1:1 – 4,20; Haftara: Hosea 2:1–22

Abstract of the Commentary by Michael Schneider, Jerusalem:
The fourth book of Mose, of the Torah, describes the 40 years of the wandering of the SECOND generation, who were born in the desert and did not know personally Egypt. Only they were to enter the Promise Land – except Josua and Caleb. Josua and Caleb were LIVING BY FAITH and NOT BY SIGHT! They trusted the LORD despite of fearing the giant – what there eyes also saw. That’s what God is expecting from us too, Living by Faith and not by sight! Like little David with just a sling overcomes the giant Goliath.

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Readings: Hallel, Megillat Ruth, Exodus 19:1 – 20:23; Numbers 28:26-31; Ezechiel 1:1-28 + 3:12

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
„The intimate connection between receiving Torah at Sinai and bringing the first fruits to Jerusalem is the source of the Shavuot holiday joy.“
Watch his Video-Commentary here ▼

On our German blog we are discussing the question of His Word, Tenach or Old Testament?

Another thing about the desert-generation: they can be compared to children of parents that experienced the salvation from the world (Egypt today). Now God teaches them how to walk while He is the Way. The goal is the same but the way is sometimes different.

The day after Shabbat Bamidbar the Jewish people will celebrate the feast of weeks, Shavuot (find Greeting Card here>>) in remembrance of Giving of the Law at the Mt. Sinai.

Schabbat Schalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach

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