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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...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת חקת, Parashat Chukat, Sanctifying His Name and Belonging to God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHaUajz-QKw&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion opens with the ashes of the red heifer and those who contract impurity due to touching the dead. We read how one is to sanctify the Lord by obeying what the Lord says one should do when becoming ritually impure due to touching the dead. After seven days having followed God’s command, one is purified...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת קרח, Parashat Korach, Hearing and understanding the Truth, a How to?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arra4akKarw&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וישלח משה לקרא לדתן ולאבירם בני אליאב ויאמרו לא נעלה 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! המעט כי העליתנו מארץ זבת חלב ודבש להמיתנו במדבר כי־תשתרר עלינו גם־השתרר 16:13 Is it not enough that you brought us from a...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שלח לך, Parashat Shelach Lecha, Muttering against the little things in our Lives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czrIsFgdfBw&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following, וידבר יהוה אל־משה ואל־אהרן לאמר 14:26 The LORD spoke further to Moses and Aaron, עד־מתי לעדה הרעה הזאת אשר המה מלינים עלי את־תלנות בני ישראל אשר המה מלינים עלי שמעתי 14:27 “How much longer shall that wicked community keep muttering against Me? Very well, I have heeded the incessant muttering of the Israelites...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהעלתך, Parashat Behaalotcha, Unrepentant Disobedience to God’s Word

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zwguk0et8&feature=youtu.be In this week’s reading the people were very discontented saying the following, ויהי העם כמתאננים רע באזני יהוה וישמע יהוה ויחר אפו ותבער־בם אש יהוה ותאכל בקצה המחנה 11:1 The people took to complaining bitterly before the LORD. The LORD heard and was incensed: a fire of the LORD broke out against them, ravaging the outskirts of the camp....

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת נשא, Parashat Naso, Repentance, a necessity of Heart and Life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JODy8K6G6xY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following in Bamidbar / Numbers 5:5-9, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 5:5 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דבר אל־בני ישראל איש או־אשה כי יעשו מכל־חטאת האדם למעל מעל ביהוה ואשמה הנפש ההוא 5:6 Speak to the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar, Handling the Faith Carelessly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0envmeTCK0&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Bamidbar / Numbers 4:15-20, וכלה אהרן־ובניו לכסת את־הקדש ואת־כל־כלי הקדש בנסע המחנה ואחרי־כן יבאו בני־קהת לשאת ולא־יגעו אל־הקדש ומתו אלה משא בני־קהת באהל מועד 4:15 When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sacred objects and all the furnishings of the sacred objects at the breaking of camp,...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהר ובחקתי, Parshiyot Behar-Bechukotai, The Shemitah and having Mercy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhEiHn6EAUM&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion states the following in Vayikra / Leviticus 25:17-19 saying, ולא תונו איש את־עמיתו ויראת מאלהיך כי אני יהוה אלהיכם 25:17 Do not wrong one another, but fear your God; for I the LORD am your God. ועשיתם את־חקתי ואת־משפטי תשמרו ועשיתם אתם וישבתם על־הארץ לבטח 25:18 You shall observe My laws and faithfully keep My...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אמר, Parashat Emor, The Sacredness of Faith and the Lamb of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhfMHHIRpUM&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 21:10-15, י וְהַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל מֵאֶחָיו אֲשֶׁר-יוּצַק עַל-רֹאשׁוֹ | שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וּמִלֵּא אֶת-יָדוֹ לִלְבֹּשׁ אֶת-הַבְּגָדִים אֶת-רֹאשׁוֹ לֹא יִפְרָע וּבְגָדָיו לֹא יִפְרֹם: 21:10 ‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אחרי מות וקדשים, Parshiyot Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Reckless Behavior can Effect Others

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBma-_R3RY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Vayikra / Leviticus 20:1-7, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 20:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses: ואל־בני ישראל תאמר איש איש מבני ישראל ומן־הגר הגר בישראל אשר יתן מזרעו למלך מות יומת עם הארץ ירגמהו באבן 20:2 Say further to the Israelite people: Anyone among the Israelites, or among the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת תזריע מצרע, Parshiyot Tazria / Metzora, The Call to Self Inspection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGka-a_V9y8&feature=youtu.be This weeks double portion (Parshiyot Tazria Metzora) speaks of the most awful of skin diseases that leads to a man being unclean before both God and man, and not able to come into God’s presence or into the community of people. The rabbis have said that this disease is due to the sin that is on the inside of...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שמיני, Parashat Shemini, The Path that governs our Choices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSVNGn5OVUY&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following according to the Torah, Vayikra / Leviticus 10:16-17, ואת שעיר החטאת דרש דרש משה והנה שרף ויקצף על־אלעזר ועל־איתמר בני אהרן הנותרם לאמר 10:16 Then Moses inquired about the goat of sin offering, and it had already been burned! He was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, and said, מדוע לא־אכלתם...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת כל המאד פסח, Parashat Chol HaMoed Pesach, The Making of a Covenant

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9P-GOdxk8tk&feature=youtu.be In the reading for Pesach we find the following in Shemot / Exodus 34:10, י וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי כֹּרֵת בְּרִית נֶגֶד כָּל-עַמְּךָ אֶעֱשֶֹה נִפְלָאֹת אֲשֶׁר לֹא-נִבְרְאוּ בְכָל-הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל-הַגּוֹיִם וְרָאָה כָל-הָעָם אֲשֶׁר-אַתָּה בְקִרְבּוֹ אֶת-מַעֲשֵֹה יְהוָֹה כִּי-נוֹרָא הוּא אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי עֹשֶֹה עִמָּךְ: 34:10 Then God said, ‘Behold, I am going to make a covenant. Before all your people I will perform...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת צו, Parashat Tzav, The Torah causes us to Seek God’s Victory for our Lives

https://youtu.be/QIlIdKCRCaQ In this week’s Torah portion, comparison of the English translation (NASB) to the Masoretic Text (Ginsburg’s) reveals a discrepancy between the numbering system that is used. In the English translation, the Torah portion begins in Parashat Vayikra as compared to the Masoretic Text saying, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 5:19 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: נפש כי תחטא ומעלה...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, How to understand Forgiveness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IP9zOMGNb4 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, פרשיות ויקהל פקודי, Parashat Vayak’hel/Pekudei, The Bread of the Presence

https://youtu.be/9q9PcRJW1Kg In this week’s Torah portion we read the following concerning the construction of the table of the presence in Shemot / Exodus 37:10-16, וַיַּ֥עַשׂ אֶת־הַשֻּׁלְחָ֖ן עֲצֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֑ים אַמָּתַ֤יִם אָרְכּוֹ֙ וְאַמָּ֣ה רָחְבּ֔וֹ וְאַמָּ֥ה וָחֵ֖צִי קֹמָתֽוֹ׃ 37:10 He made the table of acacia wood, two cubits long, one cubit wide, and a cubit and a half high; וַיְצַ֥ף אֹת֖וֹ זָהָ֣ב טָה֑וֹר...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת כי תשא, Parashat Ki Tisa, Being a Laughing Stock to Our Enemies

In this week’s reading Moshe states the following, Shemot / Exodus 32:25-26, כה וַיַּרְא מֹשֶׁה אֶת-הָעָם כִּי פָרֻעַ הוּא כִּי-פְרָעֹה אַהֲרֹן לְשִׁמְצָה בְּקָמֵיהֶם: כו וַיַּעֲמֹד מֹשֶׁה בְּשַׁעַר הַמַּחֲנֶה וַיֹּאמֶר מִי לַיהוָֹה אֵלָי וַיֵּאָסְפוּ אֵלָיו כָּל-בְּנֵי לֵוִי: 32:25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת תצוה, Parashat Tetzaveh, The Lord Inspires our Pursuit of Holiness

https://youtu.be/sXbLj-4vCmA The Torah Portion for this week opens saying, Shemot / Exodus 27:20 וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃ You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. This verse speaks of bringing clear oil of beaten olives as a...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Terumah, פרשת תרומה, Being Transformed by His Presence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T-jsqNJjDk&feature=youtu.be This week’s reading in Shemot / Exodus 27:1 states the following, וְעָשִׂ֥יתָ אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חַ עֲצֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֑ים חָמֵשׁ֩ אַמּ֨וֹת אֹ֜רֶךְ וְחָמֵ֧שׁ אַמּ֣וֹת רֹ֗חַב רָב֤וּעַ יִהְיֶה֙ הַמִּזְבֵּ֔חַ וְשָׁלֹ֥שׁ אַמּ֖וֹת קֹמָתֽוֹ׃ 27:1 You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide—the altar is to be square—and three cubits high. This weeks Torah portion details the free will...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Mishpatim, פרשת משפטים, A Piece of Revelation from God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocHLqhkdta8&feature=youtu.be In this week’s reading Moshe writes the following, אֱלֹהִ֖ים לֹ֣א תְקַלֵּ֑ל וְנָשִׂ֥יא בְעַמְּךָ֖ לֹ֥א תָאֹֽר׃ 22:27 You shall not revile God, nor put a curse upon a chieftain among your people. מְלֵאָתְךָ֥ וְדִמְעֲךָ֖ לֹ֣א תְאַחֵ֑ר בְּכ֥וֹר בָּנֶ֖יךָ תִּתֶּן־לִּֽי׃ 22:28 You shall not put off the skimming of the first yield of your vats. You shall give Me the first-born...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת יתרו, Parashat Yitro, Consecrating ourselves for His Glory!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RP1Qjp2MfU&feature=youtu.be The opening verses in this week’s Torah portion state the following, וַיִּשְׁמַ֞ע יִתְר֨וֹ כֹהֵ֤ן מִדְיָן֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֤ה אֱלֹהִים֙ לְמֹשֶׁ֔ה וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל עַמּ֑וֹ כִּֽי־הוֹצִ֧יא יְהוָ֛ה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃ 18:1 Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out from Egypt. וַיִּקַּ֗ח יִתְרוֹ֙...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Having a change of heart

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8dbQPCepbs&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, 1 וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהֹוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ The LORD said to Moses: 2 דַּבֵּר֮ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵל֒ וְיָשֻׁ֗בוּ וְיַחֲנוּ֙ לִפְנֵי֙ פִּ֣י הַחִירֹ֔ת בֵּ֥ין מִגְדֹּ֖ל וּבֵ֣ין הַיָּ֑ם לִפְנֵי֙ בַּ֣עַל צְפֹ֔ן נִכְח֥וֹ תַחֲנ֖וּ עַל־הַיָּֽם׃ Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, before Baal-zephon; you shall encamp facing...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בא, Parashat Bo, Properly Proclaiming the Name of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5a6196LOEY&feature=youtu.be The opening verses in this week’s Torah portion state the following, וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה בֹּ֖א אֶל־פַּרְעֹ֑ה כִּֽי־אֲנִ֞י הִכְבַּ֤דְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ֙ וְאֶת־לֵ֣ב עֲבָדָ֔יו לְמַ֗עַן שִׁתִ֛י אֹתֹתַ֥י אֵ֖לֶּה בְּקִרְבּֽוֹ׃ 10:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh. For I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his courtiers, in order that I may display these My signs among them,...

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