August 27, 2017 – Gen. 44:18 – 46:27 – Joseph Revealed to His Brothers

Torah Reading: Gen. 44:18 – 46:27 – Joseph Revealed to His Brothers

Psalm 37

Haftarah – (1) Joshua 14:6-15
(2) Jeremiah 30:21 – 31:5 + 19
(3) 1 Kings 18:36-46

Notes on Gen. 44:18 – 46:27

Notes on Psalm 37

Notes on Joshua 14:6-15

Notes on Jeremiah 30:21 – 31:5 + 19

Notes on 1 Kings 18:36-46

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August 20, 2017 – Gen. 43:14–44:17 – Joseph’s Cup Found in Benjamin’s bag

Torah Reading: Genesis 43:14–44:17 – Joseph’s Cup Found in Benjamin’s bag

Psalm 36

Haftarah – (1) Jeremiah 42:12-20 + 43:12
(2) 1 Kings 8:50-58 + 66
(3) Isaiah 49:14-23

Notes on Genesis 43:14–44:17

Notes on Psalm 36

Notes on Jeremiah 42:12-20 + 43:12

Notes on 1 Kings 8:50-58 + 66

Notes on Isaiah 49:14-23

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August 13, 2017 – Gen. 42:18 – 43:13 – Joseph’s Brothers Return to Jacob

Torah Reading: Genesis 42:18 – 43:13 – Joseph’s Brothers Return to Jacob

Psalm 35
Haftorah – Isaiah 50:10 – 51:7 + 11
Hosea 6:2-11

Notes on Genesis 42:18 – 43:13

Notes on Psalm 35

Notes on Isaiah 50:10 – 51:7 + 11

Notes on Hosea 6:2-11

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August 6, 2017 – Gen. 42:1–17 – Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt

August 6, 2017 – Genesis 42:1–17 – Joseph’s Brothers Go Down to Egypt

This is the second half of the previous week’s reading.

(Psalm 34 and Isaiah 11:2-10 + 16 apply to this week also).

Notes on Genesis 42:1-17

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July 30, 2017 – The Fast of Ab

Observe the Fast of Ab

No Readings except for those about the fast.

See notes on the fast here.

Zechariah 8:19Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

The Fast of Tammuz, which we observed July 9, and the Fast of Ab on July 30, mark off a season of mourning and self-reflection. The first fast reminded Jews of the day when the wall of Jerusalem was breached by the Babylonians in 587 B.C. (and later by the Romans in 70 A.D.). The second fast designated the complete destruction of the Temple and Israel carried off into captivity. The focus is on the idolatry that brought God’s judgment upon them, and a search to rid themselves of any idolatry within.

The medieval Jewish commentator Maimonides said that all these fasts would cease in the times of the Messiah. So Zechariah’s prophesy points to God’s final victory, which as believers we celebrate from our position as “seated with him in the heavenlies.”

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