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

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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...

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...

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, 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, 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, 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...

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...

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, 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, 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 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, פרשת תולדות, Parashat Toldot, A Mode of Deception

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In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וַֽיִּגְדְּלוּ֙ הַנְּעָרִ֔ים וַיְהִ֣י עֵשָׂ֗ו אִ֛ישׁ יֹדֵ֥עַ צַ֖יִד אִ֣ישׁ שָׂדֶ֑ה וְיַעֲקֹב֙ אִ֣ישׁ תָּ֔ם יֹשֵׁ֖ב אֹהָלִֽים׃ 25:27 When the boys grew up, Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the outdoors; but Jacob was a mild man who stayed in camp. וַיֶּאֱהַ֥ב יִצְחָ֛ק אֶת־עֵשָׂ֖ו כִּי־צַ֣יִד בְּפִ֑יו וְרִבְקָ֖ה אֹהֶ֥בֶת אֶֽת־יַעֲקֹֽב׃ 25:28 Isaac...

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...

The Spirit of Blasphemy, פרשת וארא, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “As it is written, ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’” (Romans 2:24, τὸ γὰρ ὄνομα τοῦ θεοῦ δι’ ὑμᾶς βλασφημεῖται ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, καθὼς γέγραπται.) Paul wrote “As it is written...” The question presented to us here is “where was this written?” The...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשיות ויקהל פקודי, Parashat Vayak’hel/Pekudei, The Bread of the Presence

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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 אמר, Parashat Emor, The Origins of the Lamb of God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=supJT5MBADA&feature=youtu.be In the Apostolic Writings (NT), in the books of John and Revelation we see the phrase “Lamb of God” being used frequently as a reference to the Messiah.  Have ever wondered where the phrase “Lamb of God” originates, how, and why this phrase was applied to Yeshua the Messiah?  I would like to discuss this topic in this weeks...

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

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Watch Video here 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...

Communicating with God, Parashat Vayetze, פרשת ויצא, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion we read about Jacob’s Ladder which provides us with an illustration of the connection between heaven and earth when the Patriarch Jacob dreams during his fleeing from his brother Esau. The significance of the dream has been debated over the centuries, but most interpretations agree that it identified Jacob with the obligations...

Yeshua (Jesus) and the book of Leviticus, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here It can be stated with confidence that the book of Vayikra / Leviticus is one of the most important books in the entire Bible! From a Jewish perspective, the book of Leviticus is among the first books studied by a Jewish child. On the other hand, it is often among the last books of the Bible to...

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...

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

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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,...

The Brazen Altar and Yeshua, פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here This week’s Torah Portion speaks about the Terumah, the free will contribution the people are giving to the Lord, the materials being used to construct the Tabernacle. We also read about the dimensions of the various parts of the Tabernacle according to the pattern that Moshe saw upon the mountain of Sinai. Included in the list of...

The Sabbath Rest, פרשת ויקהל, Parashat Vayak’hel, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here This week’s Torah portion 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 אֵשׁ בְּכֹל משְׁבֹתֵיכֶם בְּיוֹם...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת כי תבוא, Parashat Ki Tavo, What Kind of Relationship is this?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyHXk5UQI0A&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah Portion is a very important one, in which Moshe says הַסְכֵּת | וּשְׁמַע יִשְֹרָאֵל הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה נִהְיֵיתָ לְעָם לַיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ “Pay attention, and hear O Israel, on this day you have become a people to God, your God.” The reason this week’s Portion is so important is its relation to what it means to be “a...

The Mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh (פיקוח נפש, Rescuing a Life) and Servant hood, פרשת שמיני של פסח, Parashat Shemini shel Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The reading for this week is from Devarim / Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 and speaks about being freed from slavery, being set free from debt, not charging interest, the Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. What these Scriptures are speaking to us is concerning servant hood, and committing our lives to the Lord. When we do this, He will provide everything...

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