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Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bamidbar, פָּרָשָׁת בַּמִּדְבָּר, A better hope than Torah?

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This weeks reading is from the opening chapters of Bamidbar / Numbers, Parsahat Bamidbar (Bamidbar / Numbers 1:1-4:20). The Torah tells us the Lord God spoke to Moshe in the Ohel Moed commanding him to number the Children of Israel. The Lord said the Levites were not to be numbered because they are given to the service of the...

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

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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 שמיני, Parashat Shemini, The Path that governs our Choices

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

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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, Parashat Vayak’hel/Pekudei, פרשיות ויקהל-פקודי, What is the Meaning of Mixed Threads?

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This week is a double portion, Parshiyot Vayakhel and Pekudei, where we read of the construction of the Tabernacle and the priestly garments.  While reading through this section of Scripture, it is interesting to note how the priestly garments were constructed using “mixed threads.”  When we hear the phrase “mixed threads” we are generally reminded of two places in...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Tazria, God’s Plan for Separation and Our Choices

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In weeks reading from Parashat Tazria (Vayikra / Leviticus 12:1-13:59), the Lord speaks to Moshe saying when a woman gives birth to a baby boy, she will be unclean for seven days (12:1-2) and on the eighth day the child is to be circumcised (12:4).  Following the birth, the woman is to remain in the blood of her purification...

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

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Watch Video here 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...

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

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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 וירא, Parashat Vayera, Places of Wickedness and being Lukewarm

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROQT3W8yH_w&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion the Lord God Almighty Himself met with Abraham over dinner as a friend to discuss what was taking place in the nearby region of Sodom and Gemara.  These places of wickedness had gone up before God to the extent that He sent His messengers to investigate the matter.  Following the meal, the messengers traveled...

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

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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...

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

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Watch Video here “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 Man of Faith, Parashat Lech Lecha, פרשת לך לך, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת חיי שרה, Parashat Chayei Sarah, The Humility of Abraham

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXDHVX6UIyY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah Portion we read the following, יב וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַבְרָהָם לִפְנֵי עַם-הָאָרֶץ: יג וַיְדַבֵּר אֶל-עֶפְרוֹן בְּאָזְנֵי עַם-הָאָרֶץ לֵאמֹר אַךְ אִם-אַתָּה לוּ שְׁמָעֵנִי נָתַתִּי כֶּסֶף הַשָּׂדֶה קַח מִמֶּנִּי וְאֶקְבְּרָה אֶת-מֵתִי שָׁמָּה: 23:12 And Abraham bowed before the people of the land. 23:13 He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, ‘If you...

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

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Watch Video here 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shelach Lecha, פרשת שלח לך, What is going on in the Lives of God’s People

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https://youtu.be/6SNWR-QAI8g In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shelach Lecha, we are told of Israel’s refusal to enter into the Promised Land. The people demonstrated a lack of faith in the Lord, even after having seen all of the miracles He was performing on their behalf to bring them to this point, to enter into His blessing and rest. It is...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Tzav, To Seek, to Serve, and to Obey with a Joyful Heart

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Tzav (Vayikra / Leviticus 6:1-8:36), the opening verses in Parashat Tzav continues from last week with the Lord speaking to Moshe with regard to the guilt offering, and proceeds to describe the involvement of the Priests in the Olah (הָעֹלָה, raise) offering (6:8-9), the Minchah (הַמִּנְחָה, grain) offering, the Chatat (הַחַטָּאת, sin) offering,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayeshev, What does it mean “to hate?”

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayeshev (Shemot / Genesis 37:1-40:23) we learn that Jacob loved Joseph more than his brothers (37:3, וְיִשְֹרָאֵל אָהַב אֶת-יוֹסֵף מִכָּל-בָּנָיו). Joseph had a dream about his future (37:5-10) told his brothers and they became jealous (37:11). As the narrative continues, Joseph’s brothers are plotting murder in their hearts (37:18-22) but instead put him...

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

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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, Parashat Bamidbar, The New Testament as Midrash

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This weeks reading is from Parsahat Bamidbar (Bamidbar / Numbers 1:1-4:20). The Torah reading this week tells us the Lord God spoke to Moshe in the Ohel Moed commanding him to number the Children of Israel. The Lord said the Levites were not to be numbered because they are given to the service of the Lord in the Tabernacle...

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

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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...

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

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Watch Video here 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...

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

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Watch Video here 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...

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

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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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Noach, פרשת נח, The Lord’s Covenant for those who draw near

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This week’s Torah portion we read the following, יז וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי מֵבִיא אֶת-הַמַּבּוּל מַיִם עַל-הָאָרֶץ לְשַׁחֵת כָּל-בָּשָֹר אֲשֶׁר-בּוֹ רוּחַ חַיִּים מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם כֹּל אֲשֶׁר-בָּאָרֶץ יִגְוָע: יח וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אִתָּךְ וּבָאתָ אֶל-הַתֵּבָה אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ וְאִשְׁתְּךָ וּנְשֵׁי-בָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ: 6:17 ‘Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayikra, Sacrifices for the Glory of God

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayikra (Vayikra / Leviticus 1:1-5:26).  This is the first portion in the book of Leviticus (Vayikra, ויקרא) whose name is derived from the first word in this book meaning “And He called.”  In addition, the English name Leviticus is from the Latin Leviticus, which is a transliteration from the Septuagint (Greek) as a...

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

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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...

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

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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...

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