Five books of Moses - Chumash

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Five books of Moses - Chumash


GENESIS - BERESHIT

  • Creation, Adam and Eve, Noah and the Flood, the Patriarchs and the Matriarchs, and ends with the descent of Jacob and his family to Egypt.
  • The commandment of circumcision, the promise to Abraham that he would receive the Land of Israel and that his descendants would be a blessing to the rest of the world.


EXODUS - SHMOT

  • The Hebrew title of this Book refers to the names of the Jews who entered Egypt.
  • The exile, the gradual enslavement and suffering. The birth of Moses and his initial prophecies, the ten plagues and the Exodus from Egypt.
  • The Revelation at Mt.Sinai, where the Jewish people received the Written and the Oral Torah.
  • The building of the Mishkan, a portable Temple which housed the two tablets of stone on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed.


LEVITICUS - VAYIKRA

  • G-d calls to Moses and teaches him the laws of the Priests, the Temple, the sacrifices and the Festivals.
  • Much of the Jewish code of morality and ethics appears in Vayikra, including the famous statement "Love your neighbor as yourself."


NUMBERS - BAMIDBAR

  • The travels, battles and struggles of the Jewish People during their 40 year sojourn in the desert after the Exodus from Egypt.
  • Begins with a census of the 12 tribes and describes the formation of their camp.
  • The rebellion of Korach, his demise, and the sending of 12 spies into Israel.
  • The capture of the East Bank of the Jordan river and the subsequent settlement there of the Tribes of Reuven, Gad and half of Menashe.


DEUTERONOMY - DEVARIM

  • Final address of Moses to the Jewish People before his death. This prophetic farewell includes rebuke, encouragement and warnings for their future.
  • Commandments that apply only in Israel.
  • Commandments that govern the interaction with other nations.
  • Moses writes 13 copies of the complete Torah, giving one to each tribe and placing one in the Holy Ark.
  • The Five Books of Moses close with the death of "the greatest of all prophets" and "the most humble of all men," Moses.


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