Parashat Commentaries




Parashat Naso

Parashat Naso is the longest parasha in Torah and the reading usually falls close to the celebration of receiving the Torah. The simple meaning of the verb naso is “to raise”...


Parashat Bamidbar

Numbers 1:1-4:20 is set in the shadow of Mt. Sinai, just over a year after the Israelites have left Egypt. Preparations are still under way for the journey through the wilderness...


Dr Norman Tobias

Norman Tobias is a lay member of the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus in its renewed systematic dialogue with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. In discussing his book, ...


Sunday Readings Commentaries


Hebrew Song of the Month


Trinity Sunday

In the reading from Deuteronomy, Moses speaks to the people and reminds them of all the wonders that their God has done for them from Creation up to the present time. He reminds them....


Pentecost Sunday

From the beginning the spirit or breath (ruah) of God brought life and harmony to all of creation. Each time God spoke, God breathed life into creation. “When God was about to create...


May Song

This month’s song is from Deuteronomy 26:8 – four words of thanks to God for the fruits of the land, as we celebrate Shavuot-Pentecost. Originally a pilgrimage feast to thank God... 

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Sabbath Rest & Sunday Worship

God blessed all the days of the week but to one day of the week, the seventh day, the Sabbath, God gave a double blessing and set the day apart as God’s unique gift to the human race.


Jesus and the Sabbath

Jesus went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day. No other festival is as great as the Sabbath in both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament...


Bat Kol and the Sabbath

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their array. And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and God rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done...


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Love in the Tanach

Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires…  for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire...


The Twelve Tribes

Of Joseph he said, “Blessed of the LORD be his land, with the choice things of heaven, with the dew, and from the deep lying beneath, and with the choice yield of the sun, and with the choice...


The Old City Gates

An alternative name for Zion Gate is the Gate to the Jewish Quarter as its location is in the middle of the southern side of the Old City. It was constructed in the year 1540...



Jewish-Christian Relations

When, in 1986, Pope John Paul II met with the Rabbi Toaff in Rome Synagogue it was the first time a pope had been in a synagogue since St. Peter, in the First Century.



New Teaching Paradigm

Since the close of the Vatican Council in 1965, the Church has proclaimed that the covenant of God with the Jewish people has “never been revoked” (cf. John Paul II, 1980; Romans 11:29), and that the Jews “still remain most dear to God” (Nostra Aetate, #4). These statements and subsequent documents on the Church’s relationship to Jews and Judaism connote a change of heart towards the Jewish people... Read More

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