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– Dr. Allen Mawhinney, A Retired Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary

Passover: Tough Questions

There was a question in one of the comments on my last post. The lady quoted her pastor who had written: “There is a fickleness to the crowd which proclaims ‘Hosanna!’ one…

Thoughts Before Passover

My dear readers, I am facing a real challenge this week. The reading for the last week consisted of two Torah Portions, therefore I was supposed to comment on two Parashot, and…

Vayak’hel: Generous Givers

Shabbat The first thing that Moses did at the beginning of this Portion after he had assembled all the congregation of the Israelites, was to remind the people to keep Sabbath. “Moses…

Ki Tissa: Crime And Mercy

Today, we are going to speak about one of the richest portions in the Torah – Ki Tissa. There is an amazing story in this portion about how God “changed His mind”…

Torah Portions Trumah – Tetzaveh

Since my last post was about Purim, we missed Trumah Torah Portion. Therefore, I’ll comment on two Torah portions today – Trumah and Tetzaveh. It is not difficult to combine them, since…