Archive for the Torah Portion Category

The ‘Church’ at Mount Sinai

Moses returned from atop Mount Sinai, radiating the glory of God. As soon as he arrived in the camp, he “assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel.” This Torah portion takes its name from the first Hebrew word of Exodus 35:1, “vaykhel.” The verb kahal […]

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The Word Made Stone

In this Torah portion, 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. The first and second coming of the Messiah follows the same pattern. As the […]

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Kohens, Priests of a Different Kind

Not long after separating from Judaism, Christianity developed a clerical class responsible for shepherding the people, officiating at services, and conducting the sacraments. The clerical class of presbyters came to be called priests. However, the various priesthoods of Christendom are different from the priesthood of the Bible. […]

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