Nick and family visit Montgomery, Alabama – July, 2013
Persons on their deathbed are often able to put their things in order and make final arrangements before they die; so too in the case of Moses. Instructions are given about how the poor are to be treated and the ordinances for the freeing of slaves. Once again, the commandment is stated about celebrating the three major pilgrim festivals—Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles.
We often take for granted the yearly celebration of festivals and holidays. Of course, the word “holiday” is from “holy day.” Originally, the Lord commanded such celebrations as a way to fill the year with remembrances of God’s saving activity on behalf of God’s people. We are responding to the instruction given by God through Moses.
How do you celebrate holidays? Are they holy…or not so holy?
You’re blessing me here and now 15:4
Giving with love, being blessed 15:10
Redeemed by You, my Lord God 15:15
My heart given first to You 15:19
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12, so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions near the International Date Line.