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The hope of this site is to be educational and inspirational. I see the Torah as an instruction manual given to us by a benevolent Father in heaven to help us navigate our lives, with stories and examples for us to learn from.
BIBLE = Book of Instruction By which to Live on Earth
FROG = Forever Rely On G-d
Frogs only jump forward not backward. So too must we continue to move forward in our quest for spirituality and contentment.

Wednesday March 3, 2021


My Thoughts 212 Flowers and Birds

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4 days ago
212 Flowers and Birds. How we learn, how to attain and retain knowledge.

Va'etchanan 8

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4 days ago
Chp, 5 Verses 1 - 15: Moshe reviews the first 4 commandments of the 10 commandments.

Wednesday February 24, 2021


My Thoughts 211 Purim Poor Him 2

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1 week ago
211 My Thoughts on Purim and how we understand the story and how it connects with our lives today.

Va'etchanan 7

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1 week ago
Chp. 4 verses 41 - 49: Moshe designates 3 cities on the East side of the Jordan as Cities of Refuge even though they would not become operational until Yehoshua would designate 3 Cities of Refuge in Israel proper.

Wednesday February 17, 2021


My Thoughts 210 Purim Poor Him

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2 weeks ago
My Thoughts 210, Purim, it is a time of the year when we need to turn the WE over and make it ME, think of others help others. Learn from Esther who was willing to put everything on the line for the safety and benefit of her people. Come with me on a journey through the Megillah and hopefully find some new and motivating information.

Va'etchanan 6

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2 weeks ago
Chp. 4 verses 31 - 40: Moshe continues with the theme of allegiance to God. He reminds them of all that they saw at the giving of the Torah something that no other nation has ever experienced before or after. He reminds them of their connection to the forefathers, their ace in the hole.

Parashas Vayakhel (2012)


Vayakhel 1

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4 years ago
Chp. 35 verses 1 & 2: Introduction, Moshe gathers all the people on the day after he comes down from the mountain with the second set of tablets. This included the women, which was not the norm. He told them all the things that Hashem had commanded them to do. He begins with the Shabbos, since it is equal to all the commandments in the Torah. He tells them to work six days but the seventh day should be a holy to them and a solemn day of rest to Hashem. Whoever would desecrate the day with any work would be put to death.

Vayakhel 2

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4 years ago
Chp. 35 verses 3 - 5: Not to light a fire in all your dwellings on Shabbos. Moshe told the children of Israel all that Hashem had commanded. To take from them an offering to Hashem of gold, silver, and brass.

Vayakhel 3

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4 years ago
Chp. 35 verses 6 - 22: Material for the Mishkan and its' vessels. All the wise of heart were inspired by Hashem to be able to make all that He had commanded. After they were told by Moshe what was needed they brought their offering for Hashem. The men came with the women. The women donated the jewelry that they would not give for the golden calf as a sign of their deep love and devotion to Hashem.

Vayakhel 4

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4 years ago
Chp. 35 verses 23 - 35: Continues with the of material and metals that were donated. Some by those who just happened to find those things that were needed amongst their possessions. Others who had a generous heart and also those who desired and found that they had special talents to create those artifacts that were needed for the Tabernacle. All of these works were overseen and instructed by Bezalel and Oholiab, who were from the tribes of Yehudah and Dan. Hashem filled them with all types of wisdom in all manners of skillful workmanship, in all crafts and weaving.

Vayakhel 5

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4 years ago
Chp. 36 - 37 - 38: This chp. and the next two are a review of that which was made for the Mishkan. It is noted that the donations were brought with an alacrity. Also that there was enough and at the same time to much. Chp. 37 continues with the statement that Bezalel was the one who made the Ark. Again a review of the making of the Table, making of the Lamp, and the making of the Incense Alter. Chp. 38, The making of the Sacrificial Alter, the making of the Washstand, and the making of the Enclosure.

Parashas Vayakhel (2004 - 2007)


Vayakhel 1a

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8 years ago
Chp. 35 verses 1 - 15: introduction, Moshe gathers all the people and he tells them about Shabbos. He reiterates about all the materials that were needed for the Mishkan and all the works that the artisans would need to make.

Vayakhel 1b

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8 years ago
Chp. 35 verse 16 - Chp. 38 verse 20: Continues with a description of the works that were needed for the Mishkan. The men and women came with all their gifts and talents to build the Mishkan. Chp. 36, a description of Bezalel and all the artisans and all the works that were performed for the construction of the Mishkan. Chp. 37, Bezalel makes that Ark, it's poles and it's cover. Also the table, the menorah, and everything needed for them. Chp. 38, the copper alter, and all its vessels, and then the wash basin. The sedra finishes off with the courtyard and all that was needed for it.

Parashas Pekudei (2012)


Pekudei 1

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4 years ago
Chp. 38 verses 21 - 23: Introduction, begins, "these are the accounting's of the tabernacle." Moshe gives an accounting of all the donations that were given for the construction of the Mishkan. It would be the service of the Levites under the supervision of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest. The chief architect of the Mishkan was Bezalel from the tribe of Yehudal, and his assistant was Oholiab from the tribe of Dan.

Pekudei 2

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4 years ago
Chp. 38 verses 24 - 31 Chp. 39 1 - 37: The materials, what the silver and copper were used for. Chp. 39 making the Ephod, making the Robe, Making the other vestments, and making the Head plate. The Tabernacle is completed.

Pekudei 3

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4 years ago
Chp. 39 verses 39 - 43: The people are unable to erect the Mishkan and so they bring all the pieces to Moshe hoping he would be able to do so. Moshe saw that all that Hashem had commanded him to tell the people to make they did exactly as he had told them, and he blessed them!

Pekudei 4

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4 years ago
Chp. 40 verses 1 - 38: Hashem orders Moshe to erect the Mishkan, and he does so by himself miraculously. He places the Ark, the Table, the Menorah, the Golden Alter, and the curtain to the doorway. He places the Copper Alter, the Washstand and then he sets up the courtyard. The cloud then covers the Tabernacle and the glory of Hashem filled it. The cloud would tell them if they should camp or move. The cloud of Hashem was over the Tabernacle during the day and a pillar of fire at night, all before the eyes of the house of Israel throughout their journeys.

Parashas Pekudei (2004 - 2007)


Pekudei 1a

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8 years ago
Chp. 38 verses 21 - chp. 39 verse 43: Introduction, the portion begins with an accounting of all the materials that were used in the construction of the Mishkan. Chp. 39 begins with the materials needed for Aaron's holy garments, and a description of the garments themselves. Then it states that they brought the Mishkan and all its vessels and the all the clothing for Aaron and his sons to Moshe, and he saw that they had done everything precisely as G-d had commanded, and he blesses them.

Pekudei 1b

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8 years ago
Chp. 39 verse 43 - Chp. 40 until the end of the book: It continues with the blessing the Moshe gave the people. Chp. 40 begins with a command from Hashem to Moshe to erect the Mishkan on the first day of the first month. He was to place all the vessel therein. Then he was to wash Aaron and his sons, dress them, and then anoint them. And so he did. When he was done the cloud covered the tent and the glory of G-d filled the Mishkan. Whenever the cloud would rise above the Mishkan, the people would travel and when it rested so did they. And it was a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night, that was seen by all of Israel throughout their journeys.


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