Welcome to Torah PORTIONS!
An online hub for learning and studying the weekly Bible portions from the Torah
Torah PORTIONS seeks to encourage Christians to become familiar with the five books of Moses. On these pages you can follow, read and hear the weekly portions from the Torah. We have created the structure of PORTIONS as a hub for teachers and students to link up, share with one another, and to focus on the weekly Torah portion.
Parasha: Shavuot, Yitro
Friend of the Bridegroom
On the day of the revelation at Mount Sinai, the Almighty brought his bride, the nation of Israel, under the chuppah.
At Mount Sinai, God officially proposed to Israel (so to speak) offering to make them His people if only they would obey Him and keep His covenant. The rabbis compared it to a betrothal. In that metaphor, the Holy One, blessed be He, came to Israel as a suitor proposing marriage to His beloved.
The Almighty was the bridegroom. Israel was the bride. The Torah was their wedding contract (ketubah). Moses played the role of the “friend of the bridegroom” as a liaison between God and the people.
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The above is an excerpt adapted from Torah Club resources, an extensive program with commentary on the whole Bible, published in six editions.