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A Community being Punished for an Individual’s Sin, Parashat Toldot, פרשת תולדות, Bits of Torah Truths

"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one!” This is a famous quote from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In light of this week’s Torah portion this phrase speaks to us in a significant way. In the movie and the phrase we find a very Messianic Principle where one lays down his life for...

Hebrew Letter Nun (נ), and the Lord Blessing the Way of the Faithful, Parashat Chayei Sara, פרשת חיי שרה, Bits of Torah Truths

When looking at the letter Nun (נ) in Hebrew, at the opening and middle positions, we used the standard letter nun, and at the end of a word, we used the final form (ן). The bent over shape lends to the rabbinic interpretation on the word “faithful” beginning and ending with the nun (נאמן). The Talmud Bavli Shabbat 104a...

How are the Gospel and Obedience being Connected, Parashat Vayera, פרשת וירא, Bits of Torah Truths

From the perspective of Judaism, our approach to the Scriptures should begin with the unshakable faith in the One True God of Israel. The Pharisaic approach to the Scriptures was rooted in the Torah, that couples the belief in God with reward and punishment. What was taught us in the Apostolic Writings by Yeshua, his disciples, and Paul was...

Being a Man of Faith, Parashat Lech Lecha, פרשת לך לך, Bits of Torah Truths

In the Midrashic literature, the rabbis teach about the pivotal significance of God’s reign. The Kingdom of Heaven signifies God’s redemptive power. His rule over our lives encompasses the authority of the Torah. By the time the people of Israel had arrived at Sinai and received the Ten Commandments, they had already experienced the divine deliverance of God and...

The Torah has a Transcendency that goes Beyond Systematic Theology or Rigid Dogma, Parashat Noach, פרשת נח, Bits of Torah Truths

Paul teaches us that the Torah has a transcendency that goes beyond systematic theology or rigid dogma. Paul’s view of Torah is not unlike other Jewish thinkers in the first century. His way of thinking is very contrary to Marcion, who as we know became the leader of an influential movement that viewed Torah as the dark teachings of...

Faithfulness is Dynamic and Forceful, Parashat Bereshit, פרשת בראשית, Bits of Torah Truths

The Torah begins with the power of God in creating the world simply by the spoken word, Bereshit / Genesis 1:3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. (NASB, ג וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי-אוֹר וַיְהִי-אוֹר:) The first of God’s creation was not the sun, moon, and stars. The first of His creation, according to the Torah,...

Final Thoughts on the Gospel – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 6 – Bits of Torah Truths

Opening the book of Mark from the Apostolic Writings, in the first chapter we read the following: Mark 1:9-28 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him; 1:11 and...

Having a Second look at the Scriptures – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 5 – Bits of Torah Truths

The Apostle John wrote in his epistle saying sin is as practicing lawlessness. Reading through the first epistle of John chapter 3, he speaks of something much more connecting the Torah to our faith in Yeshua the Messiah. 1 John 3:1-12 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God;...

Growing Fat and Spurning God, Parashah Haazinu, פָּרָשָׁה‬ הַאֲזִינוּ‬ , Bits of Torah Truths

The Song of Haazinu in Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:1-43, also known as Shirat Haazinu, opens with an invocation of the heavens and the earth to listen (to give ear, א הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי-פִי). Here the heaven and the earth are called as witnesses.  In the verses preceding Parashat Haazinu, the Lord tells Moshe to call all...

Scriptural evidence for Torah and the Gospel Message – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 4 – Bits of Torah Truths

Obviously the Torah and the Messiah are connected! We conclude this from the Messiah’s words saying, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) The prophet Isaiah calls out to the people of Israel to listen to the Lord saying, “Give ear and...

Does it Feel as if God is Hiding His Face? – Parashat Vayelech – פָּרָשָׁה‬ וַיֵּלֶךְ‬ – Bits of Torah Truths

This week's Torah portion (Parashat Vayelech) speaks of the final days of Israel in the wilderness and just before they entered into the Promised Land.  This week we are looking at Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:14-18.  In this section of Scripture, the Lord God Almighty is speaking and tells Moshe to commission Joshua, transferring his authority over to him.  The...

Being Doomed to Repeat History – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 3 – Bits of Torah Truths

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote is most likely due to a writer and philosopher named George Santayana, and in its original form it read, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” From what I found on Santayana, he was known for aphorisms, and for being a...

Opening Yourself to Demonic Powers a Torah based Warning, Parashat Nitzavim, פרשה נצבים, Bits of Torah Truths

Many people believe it is just the involvement in pagan, satanic, or occult practices that are the only ways to be influenced by evil spirits (demons).  The fact of the matter is the dangers with the influences of the spiritual realm are broader than we realize.  For example, if a person suffered from physical or sexual abuse the dangers...

Men who Created their own Reality – New Torah Series Part 2 – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

From the depth of David’s soul he praises the Lord saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת-יְהֹוָה: ב אֲהַלְלָה יְהֹוָה בְּחַיָּי אֲזַמְּרָה לֵאלֹהַי בְּעוֹדִי: Tehillim / Psalms 146:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 146:2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (NASB) ....

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tavo, כִּי-תָבוֹא, Bringing the First and the Best to God

Since we don’t exactly live in an agricultural society, it’s easy to skip over this Torah commandment on first fruits.  This commandment of first fruits however also shows up in the New Testament. What does this mean for God's Children (followers of Yeshua the Messiah) 4000 years after this command was given? Let's see what we can learn in...

New Torah Series – Part 1 – Our Perception of Reality – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

The nature of reality for the individual relies heavily upon one’s presuppositions that have led over the centuries to controversial philosophical judgments and assumptions as they are related to biblical interpretation. This has lead to all sorts of doctrines that are difficult to sort out. The less aware we are of the underlying presuppositions and the philosophical assumptions that...

Bits of Torah truths, Parashat Ki Tetze, פָּרָשָׁה כִּי־תֵצֵא‬, Parashat Ki Tetze, Perverting the course of justice

פָּרָשָׁה כִּי־תֵצֵא Parashat Ki Tetze Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Perverting the course of justice is a serious crime. According to the Torah, Justice is logical, legal, and ethically defined.  Justice is not about getting even or experiencing spiteful joy in retaliation.  Instead, it is about correcting what is wrong which God calls moral culpability. But in today's culture, is this what we...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שפטים, Parashat Shoftim, Having Our own Form of Righteousness and therefore Justice

Today more than ever, our generation is being shaped by the social, political, and economic events of the day.  Examples may be found by observing how each subsequent generation are different than the prior generations.  This is the result of our lives being saturated by mobile technology, social media, and skewed news reporting all for the purpose of manipulating...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Re’eh, פרשת רְאֵה‬, The Torah on Spiritual Warfare and the Dangers Therein

There are two types of people when it comes to spiritual warfare.  One type of person over-emphasizes spiritual warfare, and the other under-emphasizes it.  For the one who over-emphasizes, he blames every sin, conflict, and problem on demons, as oppression or possession, etc.  Others completely ignore the spiritual realm saying the Torah does not speak of such things.  The...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת עקב, Parashat Ekev, Liberty and Human Rights are God Given

This week's Torah portion from Parashat Ekev we read the following: Devarim / Deuteronomy 7:12-15 והיה עקב תשמעון את המשפטים האלה ושמרתם ועשיתם אתם ושמר יהוה אלהיך לך את־הברית ואת־החסד אשר נשבע לאבתיך 7:12 ‘Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, The Nature of Forgiveness

In this week’s reading, Moshe writes the following, וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ 4:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לֵאמֹר֒ נֶ֗פֶשׁ כִּֽי־תֶחֱטָ֤א בִשְׁגָגָה֙ מִכֹּל֙ מִצְוֺ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֖ר לֹ֣א תֵעָשֶׂ֑ינָה וְעָשָׂ֕ה מֵאַחַ֖ת מֵהֵֽנָּה׃ 4:2 Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a person unwittingly incurs guilt in regard to any of the LORD’s commandments about things not...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ואתחנן, Parashat Va’etchanan, Recogonizing the Lord Working in the Background

In this week's Torah portion we read the following:.. Devarim / Deuteronomy 3:21-22 וְאֶת־יְהוֹשׁ֣וּעַ צִוֵּ֔יתִי בָּעֵ֥ת הַהִ֖וא לֵאמֹ֑ר עֵינֶ֣יךָ הָרֹאֹ֗ת אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֜ה יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם֙ לִשְׁנֵי֙ הַמְּלָכִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה כֵּֽן־יַעֲשֶׂ֤ה יְהוָה֙ לְכָל־הַמַּמְלָכ֔וֹת אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתָּ֖ה עֹבֵ֥ר שָֽׁמָּה׃ 3:21 I also charged Joshua at that time, saying, “You have seen with your own eyes all that the LORD your God has done to these...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת דברים, Parashat Devarim, What does the Lord expect from His people?

Mishnah Pirkei Avot 3, Part 17 רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן עֲזַרְיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ. אִם אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין חָכְמָה, אֵין יִרְאָה. אִם אֵין יִרְאָה, אֵין חָכְמָה. אִם אֵין בִּינָה, אֵין דַּעַת. אִם אֵין דַּעַת, אֵין בִּינָה. אִם אֵין קֶמַח, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין קֶמַח. הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, כָּל שֶׁחָכְמָתוֹ מְרֻבָּה מִמַּעֲשָׂיו,...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת מטות- מסעי, Parshiyot Mattot/Massei, The Revelation of God’s Instruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DVoZNtdLx0&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 31:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, נקם נקמת בני ישראל מאת המדינים אחר תאסף אל־עמיך 31:2 “Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin.” וידבר משה אל־העם לאמר החלצו מאתכם אנשים לצבא ויהיו על־מדין לתת נקמת־יהוה במדין 31:3 Moses spoke to...

Bits of Torah Truths, New Torah Series — The Torah and the Gospel Message

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D01wCSxs5qY&feature=youtu.be The new Torah series is about to begin! The nature of reality for the individual relies heavily upon one's presuppositions that have led over the centuries to controversial philosophical judgments and assumptions as they are related to biblical interpretation. This then leads to all sorts of doctrines that are difficult to sort out.  The less aware we are of the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת פינחס, Parashat Pinchas, What it Means to be a God Fearer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTV2BHInPTg&feature=youtu.be In this weeks reading following the sin of Israel at Baal Peor, we read the following, א וַיְהִי אַחֲרֵי הַמַּגֵּפָה פ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר: ב שְֹאוּ אֶת-רֹאשׁ | כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם כָּל-יֹצֵא צָבָא בְּיִשְֹרָאֵל: ג וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה וְאֶלְעָזָר הַכֹּהֵן אֹתָם בְּעַרְבֹת מוֹאָב עַל-יַרְדֵּן יְרֵחוֹ לֵאמֹר: ד מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בלק, Parashat Balak, Does Seeing and Hearing really cause Us to “Know” Him?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeShOqSQ6tU&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וַיִּשָּׂא מְשָׁלוֹ וַיֹּאמַר נְאֻם בִּלְעָם בְּנוֹ בְעֹר וּנְאֻם הַגֶּבֶר שְׁתֻם הָעָיִן: 24:15 He took up his theme, and said: Word of Balaam son of Beor, Word of the man whose eye is true, נְאֻם שֹׁמֵעַ אִמְרֵי-אֵל וְיֹדֵעַ דַּעַת עֶלְיוֹן מַחֲזֵה שַׁדַּי יֶחֱזֶה נֹפֵל וּגְלוּי עֵינָיִם: 24:16 Word of him who...

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