TORAH STUDY NOTES

BO STUDY NOTES – Week 15

PARASHAH BO (EXODUS 10:1-13:16) Week 15            BO: GO   The Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants, that I may show these signs of mine among them.” QASHAH:  HARDENED – CRUEL – STUBBORN  Describing the deep heart-throb of …

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VA’ERA STUDY NOTES – Week 14

PARASHAH VA’ERA STUDY NOTES (Exodus 6:2-9:35) Week 14 VA’ERA: “I appeared” (I am Adonai…I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as El Shaddai) EL:  The Almighty…God of overpowering strength! EL SHADDAI:  From the Hebrew word “shad” meaning “breast”; El Shaddai, our caring nourisher, and also from the Hebrew word “shadad” meaning to overpower, speaking of …

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SH’MOT STUDY NOTES – Week 13

PARASHAH SH’MOT STUDY NOTES (Exodus 1:1-6:1) Week 13 SH’MOT: “Names” The first verse includes the names of the 12 Tribes of Isra’el (the sons of Jacob) YHVH:  The tetragrammaton is the distinctive, personal name of the God of Israel.  This Parashah is called SH’MOT or NAMES.  The irony of this Parashah, called NAMES in the Book …

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VAYECHI STUDY NOTES – Week 12

PARASHAH VAYECHI STUDY NOTES (Genesis 47:28-50:26) VAYECHI: Week 12 “He lived…”  VAYECHI:  He lived (And Jacob lived, in the land of Egypt for 17 years) CAVE OF MACHPELA: The burial cave, with field, Abraham purchased from Efron the Hittite,  thought by rabbinical sages to be the burial site of Adam and Eve. JACOB LIVED for …

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VAYIGASH STUDY NOTES – Week 11

PARASHAH VAYIGASH STUDY NOTES (Genesis 44:18-47:27)  Week 11 “And he drew near…” VAYIGASH: “And he drew near” JUDAH: “Praise” (See how Jacob ADVANCED Judah in the lead as they processed into Egypt!) NIVALU: Great Fear HINENI: “Here I am!”  Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses responded to God’s call this way! THE COUNT OF 70:  Jacob’s family …

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MIKETZ STUDY NOTES – Week 10

PARASHAH MIKETZ  (Genesis 41:1-44:17) Week 10 MIKETZ:  At the end of (2 years since the wine steward was freed from prison, gives context to the timing) CHALOM:  Dreams (Joseph had dreams as a boy, interpreted dreams for Pharaoh, and in prison for servants of the court) TZAFNAT PA’ NEACH:  Code or Secret Breaker (Joseph’s name …

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VAYESHEV STUDY NOTES – Week 9

PARASHAH VAYESHEV (Genesis 37:1-40:23) Week Nine Vayeshev:  And he settled Jacob ~ now “Israel”:  Contender with God Joseph: He Will Add (The 11th son of Jacob, but the first with favored wife Rachel) Benjamin:  Son of the Right Hand, Son of the South (The 12th son of Jacob, second son of Rachel) Bechor:  First-Born Son …

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VAYISHLACH STUDY NOTES – Week 8

PARASHAH VAYISHLACH  (Genesis 32:4 (3)-36:43)  Week Eight VAYISHLACH: “And He sent” MALAKH:  Angel …  means Messenger MALAKH ADONAI:  The Angel of YHVH, The Angle of the Lord! AVEK:  To Grapple or Wrestle:  To make oneself dusty, having descended to the ground ISH:  Divine Fire (male) ISHA: Divine Fire (Female) BRIT MILAH:  Covenant of Circumcision, the …

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VAYETZE STUDY NOTES – Week 7

PARASHAH VAYETZE (Genesis 28:10-32:3) Week 7 VAYETZE: And He Went Out (Jacob flees from Beersheba to Haran as commanded by his father) CHALOM: To Dream (Notice how close this Hebrew word is to “Shalom”) BEIT EL:   House of God (Beit means house, El is the name of God) SHAW’AR:  Gate, Gate of Heaven HA SHEM:  …

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TOLDOT STUDY NOTES – Week 6

PARASHAH TOLDOT (Generations) STUDY NOTES  (Genesis 25:19-28:0) Week 6  TOLDOT: Meaning ‘Generations’ or ‘History’… this is the generational story of Abraham’s descendants who would usher in the Covenant Promises from Adonai to Abraham. ISAAC:  Meaning ‘Laughing’ JACOB: Meaning ‘Supplanter’, from the Hebrew root meaning ‘heel’ ESAU:  Meaning ‘Hairy’ (Esau was born with red hair all …

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