This Week’s Torah Portion

𝐒𝐮𝐤𝐤𝐨𝐭 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐛𝐚𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐨𝐥 𝐇𝐚𝐌𝐨𝐞𝐝

𝐄𝐱𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐬 𝟑𝟑:𝟏𝟐–𝟑𝟒:𝟐𝟔

Sukkot Shabbat Chol HaMoed (Hebrew: חול המועד), a Hebrew phrase meaning “mundane of the festival”, refers to the intermediate days of Passover and Sukkot. As the name implies, these days mix features of “chol” (mundane) and “moed” (festival). On Sukkot, Chol HaMoed consists of the second through seventh days (third through seventh in the Diaspora). Shabbos Chol HaMoed or Shabbat Chol HaMoed, a Sabbath that occurs during Chol HaMoed, is observed like any other Sabbath in almost every respect. In particular, the usual restrictions on work apply fully, as on any other Sabbath.

𝐑𝐞𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧: Is grace a New Testament invention? No, grace is shown throughout the Tanakh from Yom Kippur and the book of Jonah to this week’s Torah portion where after the tablets are broken by a frustrated Moses due to the Golden Calf incident (Exodus 32), he intercedes for the Israelites and Adonai forgives them. After this forgiveness new tablets are made and the covenant renewed. We must realize that grace is present each day we wake up and have a chance to do Teshuvah (return) and try get it right. Do not let anyone convince you that grace is a new phenomenon grace has always been present because Abba has always loved.


𝐋𝐞𝐭’𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤’𝐬 𝐓𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧! Chag Sameach!