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Sacrifice and Eternal Life, פרשת תצוה, Parashat Tetzaveh, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch video here In Shemot / Exodus 25:8 we read the Lord God saying, "Let them make for me a sanctuary that I may dwell in their midst" (ח וְעָשֹוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ וְשָׁכַנְתִּי בְּתוֹכָם). The Hebrew word for "sanctuary" is mikdash (מקְדָּשׁ), which is derived from the root word kadash (קָדַשׁ) meaning "to be set apart as sacred." A mikdash...

The Hebrew Word for Altar, פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths

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According to the Rabbinic literature, the Hebrew word for Altar (מזבח) is an acronym for four Hebrew words referring to forgiveness (מְחִילָה), merit (זכות), blessing (ברוך), and life (חיי). (Rabbeinu Bahya, on Shemot / Exodus 27:1) מזבחמְחִילָהזכותברוךחיי The giving of the Torah at Sinai incorporated the giving of the altar...

Socialism and the Bible, פרשת משפטים, Parashat Mishpatim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The opening verses from this week’s Torah portion begin stating the following in Shemot / Exodus 21:1-10 saying, וְאֵ֙לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם׃ 21:1 These are the rules that you shall set before them: כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י שֵׁ֥שׁ שָׁנִ֖ים יַעֲבֹ֑ד וּבַ֨שְּׁבִעִ֔ת יֵצֵ֥א לַֽחָפְשִׁ֖י חִנָּֽם׃ 21:2 When you acquire a Hebrew...

Being a Chosen People, פרשת יתרו Parashat Yitro, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah Portion (Parashat Yitro) Moshe’s father in law Yitro (Jethro) had heard in the land of Midean all the Lord had done for the children of Israel. When Yitro arrived in the wilderness, Moshe told him all that the Lord had done by delivering them from the Egyptians. As Yitro was visiting, he noted...

Moving Deeper into the Wilderness, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Bits of Torah Truths

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This week’s Torah Portion contains a vast amount of information. A lot of things take place, Israel leaves Egypt, the pillar of cloud and fire stood between Egypt and Israel (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-22), the Lord delivered Israel from the Egyptian Army through the Red Sea (Shemot / Exodus 14:1-30), the people tested the Lord with the bitter water...

The Powerful Hand of God, פרשת בא, Parashat Bo, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Bo, Moshe says to the people in Shemot / Exodus 13:3 “... ‘Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the Lord brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten.” (NASB, ג וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-הָעָם...

Taking God’s Word Seriously, וארא פרשת, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The significance of what we read here in this week’s Torah portion is taking God’s Word seriously in our lives in the sense of by the way we live our lives, either being according to God’s word or according to what we see is good in our own eyes. Our words...

The Apostle Paul was consistent in keeping with mainstream Jewish interpretation, פרשת שמות, Parashat Shemot, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The book of Shemot / Exodus opens with the children of Israel being oppressed with forced labor. We are told even in the midst of their slavery; the Lord God prospered His people causing them to increase in numbers significantly. There being blessed in this way was a fulfillment of God’s...

We do not come to the Lord God on a “Trial” Basis, פרשת ויחי, Parashat Vayechi, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In the last Torah Portion of the Book of Bereshit / Genesis, Jacob becomes sick and is about to die. Joseph brings his two sons to see their grandfather one last time (Bereshit / Genesis 48:1) and Jacob having difficulty seeing brings them near and then proceeds to bless them (Bereshit...

The Witness of the Power of God Delivering His People, ויגש פרשת, Parashat Vayigash, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, Bereshit / Genesis 46:28-34, כח וְאֶת-יְהוּדָה שָׁלַח לְפָנָיו אֶל-יוֹסֵף לְהוֹרֹת לְפָנָיו גּשְׁנָה וַיָּבֹאוּ אַרְצָה גּשֶׁן: כט וַיֶּאְסֹר יוֹסֵף מֶרְכַּבְתּוֹ וַיַּעַל לִקְרַאת-יִשְֹרָאֵל אָבִיו גּשְׁנָה וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו וַיִּפֹּל עַל-צַוָּארָיו וַיֵּבְךְּ עַל-צַוָּארָיו עוֹד: ל וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְֹרָאֵל אֶל-יוֹסֵף אָמוּתָה הַפָּעַם אַחֲרֵי רְאוֹתִי אֶת-פָּנֶיךָ כִּי עוֹדְךָ חָי: לא וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל-אֶחָיו וְאֶל-בֵּית אָבִיו...

Corn, Power, and Mercy, פרשת מקץ, Parashat Miketz, Bits of Torah Truths

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In the story of Jacob, we learn about his life, he fled from Esau and married two women (Rachael and Leah). The Torah states that Jacob loved Rachael, and he did not love Leah like he did Rachael. The Lord God opened Leah’s womb so she could have children, and closed Rachael’s womb so she could not. The Lord...

Fire from the Heart of Heaven, פרשת וישב, Parashat Vayeshev, Bits of Torah Truths

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The Torah describes God’s working in the lives of men, women, and children, and of His communicating His love to His people. In Parashat Vayetze, we read about Jacob’s ladder and the communication pathway being described as a ladder that descended to the earth from the heart of heaven. A similar description is given of the burning...

Depart from Idolatry! פרשת וישלח, Parashat Vayishlach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The most frequent sin mentioned in the bible is idolatry and the adoption of foreign gods into one’s life. The forbidden nature of worshiping foreign gods is at the core of the Torah teaching us to serve and worship the God of Israel alone. In this week’s Torah portion, we read...

Using the Torah to gain the advantage over someone else פרשת ויצא, Parashat Vayetze, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayetze, we learn about the hatred of brothers. In the narrative, we are told that Jacob loved his son Joseph more than the others. There was a sort of asymmetry in the relationship that Jacob had towards his sons. In modern times, when asking a group of people about conflict, there...

Can My Sin Effect Others? Parashat Toldot, פרשת תולדות, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This is a touchy subject, asking the question of whether the sins of the husband may affect the health of one’s spouse or children? I have in the past seen families suffer from cancer for example, where an entire church is praying for a wife, and healing doesn’t come. The question is always asked “why” and nobody...

Knowing God’s Promises, פרשת חיי שרה, Parashat Chayei Sarah, Bits of Torah Truths

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In the Hebrew bible, there are two words that are used to describe blessing, the word ברוך (Baruch) and the word אַשְׁרֵי (Ashrei). According to the Torah, the language of “blessing” is given by the Hebrew word ברוך (Baruch) “to bless.” The word ברוך (Baruch) is derived from the root word ברך meaning “to kneel.” The root...

Being Committed to God’s Word, the Gospel and Obedience, פרשת וירא, Parashat Vayera, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayera (Bereshit / Genesis 12:1-17:27) we read about the day of retribution, the day of God’s wrath, illustrated in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Bible teaches us that on the Day of the Lord, one will either experience God’s mercy or His divine...

What is the Greatest Object Lesson from the Life of Abraham? פרשת לך לך, Parashat Lech Lecha, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here The reign of God in our lives is of utmost importance and this is why we are given the narrative that we have been given in the Torah in relation to the Lord God Almighty separating a people unto Himself, delivering His people from slavery, from the bondage to sin, giving...

The Torah vs Rigid Dogma, פרשת נח, Parashat Noach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Ancient Jewish thought (i.e. Mishnah Pirkei Avot) the Torah was compared to the light, righteousness, justice, and truth. The Torah contains a mysterious transcendence that reaches beyond finite human comprehension that goes to the very essence of the divine nature of God and His will for mankind. Isaiah 55:8-9 states 55:8...

Separating light from darkness in our lives! Parashat Bereshit, פרשת בראשית, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The creation of light (righteousness) and the separation of light from darkness, this is the first of God’s creative acts, Bereshit / Genesis 1:3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. (NASB, ג וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי-אוֹר וַיְהִי-אוֹר:) The parallel is to the first of God’s creative acts...

I will perform Miracles beyond imagination! חול המועד סֻכּוֹת, Chol HaMo’ed Sukkot, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here When the Lord renewed the covenant with the people following the sin of the golden calf (Shemot / Exodus 32, Parashat Ki Tisa) what was the major focus? God gave a promise and a warning. A promise of His working in their midst, and a warning was given to the people...

The Vine of Sodom, פרשת האזינו, Parashat Ha’azinu, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion we read the following according to Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:29-35, כט לוּ חָכְמוּ יַשְֹכִּילוּ זֹאת יָבִינוּ לְאַחֲרִיתָם: ל אֵיכָה יִרְדֹּף אֶחָד אֶלֶף וּשְׁנַיִם יָנִיסוּ רְבָבָה אִם-לֹא כִּי-צוּרָם מְכָרָם וַיהוָֹה הִסְגִּירָם: לא כִּי לֹא כְצוּרֵנוּ צוּרָם וְאֹיְבֵינוּ פְּלִילִים: לב כִּי-מִגֶּפֶן סְדֹם גַּפְנָם וּמִשַּׁדְמֹת עֲמֹרָה עֲנָבֵמוֹ עִנְּבֵי-רוֹשׁ אַשְׁכְּלֹת מְרֹרֹת לָמוֹ: לג חֲמַת תַּנִּינִם יֵינָם...

Resurrection according to the Torah! פרשת וילך, Parashat Vayelech, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion, Moshe writes of the importance of hearing the Word of God for the purpose of learning to fear God. Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:10-13, י וַיְצַו מֹשֶׁה אוֹתָם לֵאמֹר מִקֵּץ | שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים בְּמֹעֵד שְׁנַת הַשְּׁמִטָּה בְּחַג הַסֻּכּוֹת: יא בְּבוֹא כָל-יִשְֹרָאֵל לֵרָאוֹת אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר...

Ignoring what God says, פרשת נִצָּבִים, Parashat Nitzavim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here This week’s Torah portion speaks of obeying the covenant of God, and seeing all of the abominations of the nations, their wicked ways, their idols, and of the person who believes he can ignore what God says. The Lord God Almighty states the following in Devarim / Deuteornomy 29:19-21, יח וְהָיָה...

Being Dull in Heart, Mind, and Spirit, פרשת כי תבוא, Parashat Ki Tavo, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In the opening verses in Parashat Ki Tavo, we read about the giving of the tithe of the first fruits Devarim / Deuteronomy 26:1-4, א וְהָיָה כִּי-תָבוֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בָּהּ: ב וְלָקַחְתָּ מֵרֵאשִׁית | כָּל-פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר תָּבִיא מֵאַרְצְךָ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ...

Sacrifice and the Cross in the Torah, פרשת כי תצא, Parashat Ki Tetze, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Ki Tetze, we read about capital offences, and one of which whose penalty is to be hung upon a tree according to Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:22-23, כב וְכִי-יִהְיֶה בְאִישׁ חֵטְא מִשְׁפַּט-מָוֶת וְהוּמָת וְתָלִיתָ אֹתוֹ עַל-עֵץ: כג לֹא-תָלִין נִבְלָתוֹ עַל-הָעֵץ כִּי-קָבוֹר תִּקְבְּרֶנּוּ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כִּי-קִלְלַת אֱלֹהִים...

Our Relationship with Yeshua and the Rational for Judges in the Land, פרשת שפטים, Parashat Shoftim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion the opening verses state the following, Devarim / Deuteronomy 16:18-20, יח שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ לִשְׁבָטֶיךָ וְשָׁפְטוּ אֶת-הָעָם מִשְׁפַּט-צֶדֶק: יט לֹא-תַטֶּה מִשְׁפָּט לֹא תַכִּיר פָּנִים וְלֹא-תִקַּח שֹׁחַד כִּי הַשֹּׁחַד יְעַוֵּר עֵינֵי חֲכָמִים וִיסַלֵּף דִּבְרֵי צַדִּיקִם: כ צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה...

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