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The Revelation of the Spirit, שני של שבועות, Sheni Shel Shavuot, Bits of Torah Truths

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The Rabbis explain to us that in every generation, each person should consider himself as having personally received God’s Word at the Mountain of Sinai. In the synagogue, on the days of Shavuot (two days in the diaspora), the Torah scroll is removed from the Ark. On the first day, the reading is taken from Shemot /...

Sinning against a fellow man breaks faith with the Lord God, נשא פרשת, Parashat Naso, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion begins by stating the following, Bamidbar / Numbers 5:6-8, ה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: ו דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל אִישׁ אוֹ-אִשָּׁה כִּי יַעֲשֹוּ מִכָּל-חַטֹּאת הָאָדָם לִמְעֹל מַעַל בַּיהוָֹה וְאָשְׁמָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא: ז וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת-חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשֹוּ וְהֵשִׁיב אֶת-אֲשָׁמוֹ בְּרֹאשׁוֹ וַחֲמִישִׁתוֹ יֹסֵף עָלָיו וְנָתַן לַאֲשֶׁר אָשַׁם לוֹ: ח וְאִם-אֵין...

The Scriptures, Truth, and Deception, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar , Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In Parashat Bamidbar, we read the following, Bamidbar / Numbers 1:5-15, ה וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יַעַמְדוּ אִתְּכֶם לִרְאוּבֵן אֱלִיצוּר בֶּן-שְׁדֵיאוּר: ו לְשִׁמְעוֹן שְׁלֻמִיאֵל בֶּן-צוּרִישַׁדָּי: ז לִיהוּדָה נַחְשׁוֹן בֶּן-עַמִּינָדָב: ח לְיִשָּׂשֹכָר נְתַנְאֵל בֶּן-צוּעָר: ט לִזְבוּלֻן אֱלִיאָב בֶּן-חֵלֹן: י לִבְנֵי יוֹסֵף לְאֶפְרַיִם אֱלִישָׁמָע בֶּן-עַמִּיהוּד לִמְנַשֶּׁה גַּמְלִיאֵל בֶּן-פְּדָהצוּר: יא לְבִנְיָמִן אֲבִידָן בֶּן-גִּדְעֹנִי: יב...

The Talmud gives credence to the NT idea of believing upon Yeshua for the forgiveness of sins! בהר ובחקתי פרשת, Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion opens with Vayikra / Leviticus 26:3-5 saying, ג אִם-בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת-מִצְוֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם: ד וְנָתַתִּי גִשְׁמֵיכֶם בְּעִתָּם וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ יְבוּלָהּ וְעֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ: ה וְהִשִּׂיג לָכֶם דַּיִשׁ אֶת-בָּצִיר וּבָצִיר יַשִּׂיג אֶת-זָרַע וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לַחְמְכֶם לָשֹֹבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח בְּאַרְצְכֶם: 26:3 ‘If you walk in My statutes and...

Turning the other cheek, אמר פרשת, Parashat Emor, Bits of Torah Truths

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This week’s Torah portion contains the verse that states “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Bible scholars generally interpret "eye for eye," as being derived from the ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, as a restriction on retaliation for personal injuries meaning that one was only to take an eye for an eye. Most people...

Avodah Zara, Sacrificing to Demons, and the Day of Atonement, וקדשים אחרי מות פרשת,Parashat Acharei Mot–Kedoshim, Bits of Torah Truths

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This week’s Torah Portion opens with instructions on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16. This holiday is practiced today along with the preceding month of repentance (the month of Elul), the sixth month of the Hebrew year, which immediately precedes Rosh Hashanah. The month of Elul has no specific importance in the Torah...

Bringing Uncleanness Into What is Sacred, פרשת תזריע ומצרע, Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Searching the Torah, the word קֹדֶשׁ meaning “holiness” appears in the book of Vayikra / Leviticus 48 times. קֹדֶשׁBereshit / Genesis 3 XShemot / Exodus 31 XVayikra / Leviticus 48 XBamidbar / Numbers 16 XDevarim / Deuteornomy 6 X Holiness is something that we receive...

The Testing of our Faith and the Sacred Name, פרשת שמיני, Parashat Shemini, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion we read about the priests Nadav and Avihu dying before the Lord, the Masoretic Text states the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 10:1-3, א וַיִּקְחוּ בְנֵי-אַהֲרֹן נָדָב וַאֲבִיהוּא אִישׁ מַחְתָּתוֹ וַיִּתְּנוּ בָהֵן אֵשׁ וַיָּשִֹימוּ עָלֶיהָ קְטֹרֶת וַיַּקְרִיבוּ לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה אֵשׁ זָרָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא צִוָּה אֹתָם: ב וַתֵּצֵא אֵשׁ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וַתֹּאכַל אוֹתָם וַיָּמֻתוּ...

Knowing before Whom We Stand, פרשת פסח, Parashat Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here While studying the Torah and the Apostolic Writings, we learn how the greater meaning of the Tabernacle is found in the idea that man is to sanctify the Lord God of Israel in his heart each day. When the Lord God Almighty declared His Name to Moshe, he said the phrase...

Disqualifying the Sacrifice of Atonement in Yeshua?, צו פרשת, Parashat Tzav, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah Portion, Parashat Tzav, the Lord God instructs Moshe, Aaron, and his sons on the sacrifices. The Torah states in Vayikra / Leviticus 7:1, א וְזֹאת תּוֹרַת הָאָשָׁם קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים הוּא: 7:1 And this is the instruction of the guilt offering it is a holy of holies. (NASB) Here the Hebrew text states הָאָשָׁם קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים...

Our Salvific Work is of God, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here There is a very important message that is being told in the book of Vayikra / Leviticus that comes to light as we continue to study the Torah year after year. The book of Leviticus opens on the bringing of a sacrifice due to various sins. These words in the opening...

Resting in Messiah and the Meaning of the Shabbat, ופקודי פרשיות ויקהל, Parshiyot Vayak’hel and Pekudei, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Parashat Vayak’hel opens with Moshe instructing the people on the Shabbat saying the following, Shemot / Exodus 35:1-3, א וַיַּקְהֵל מֹשֶׁה אֶת-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר-צִוָּה יְהוָֹה לַעֲשֹת אֹתָם: ב שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים תֵּעָשֶֹה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי יִהְיֶה לָכֶם קֹדֶשׁ שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן לַיהוָֹה כָּל-הָעֹשֶֹה בוֹ מְלָאכָה יוּמָת: ג לֹא-תְבַעֲרוּ...

Without the Lord there is no Hope, כי תשא פרשת, Parashat Ki Tisa, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion (Parashat Ki Tisa) speaks of the Children of Israel sinning with the golden calf. This happened while Moshe went up the mountain of Sinai and spent forty days and forty nights on the mountain. The people had become restless and they insisted that Aaron build them a...

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...

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