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...

Dan and Ephraim not mentioned in Revelation, פרשת ויחי, Parashat Vayechi, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayechi, concludes the book of Bereshit / Genesis. In this last Torah portion, we read how before Jacob died he spoke prophetically over each of his sons, (Bereshit / Genesis 49) then his children buried him in Canaan in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite that Abraham had purchased....

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shelach Lecha, Am I allowed to have an Opinion?

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This weeks reading is from Parsahat Shelach Lecha (Bamidbar / Numbers 13:1-15:41) the Lord commands Moshe to send men to spy out the land of Canaan which He was giving to the Children of Israel (13:1-2).  Moshe sends twelve men to spy out the land saying יח   וּרְאִיתֶם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ מַה-הִוא וְאֶת-הָעָם הַיֹּשֵׁב עָלֶיהָ הֶחָזָק הוּא הֲרָפֶה הַמְעַט הוּא אִם-רָב:...

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...

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...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Chol HaMoed Succot, חול המועד סֻכּוֹת, Is Faithfulness Required for Eternal Life?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GEtUjS3smA&feature=youtu.beThis week’s Torah Portion states, יב   וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל-יְהֹוָה רְאֵה אַתָּה אֹמֵר אֵלַי הַעַל אֶת-הָעָם הַזֶּה וְאַתָּה לֹא הוֹדַעְתַּנִי אֵת אֲשֶׁר-תִּשְׁלַח עִמִּי וְאַתָּה אָמַרְתָּ יְדַעְתִּיךָ בְשֵׁם וְגַם-מָצָאתָ חֵן בְּעֵינָי: יג   וְעַתָּה אִם-נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ הוֹדִעֵנִי נָא אֶת-דְּרָכֶךָ וְאֵדָעֲךָ לְמַעַן אֶמְצָא-חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּרְאֵה כִּי עַמְּךָ הַגּוֹי הַזֶּה: יד   וַיֹּאמַר פָּנַי יֵלֵכוּ וַהֲנִחֹתִי לָךְ: 33:12 Then Moses said to the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tetze, The Torah command to show mercy and grace to others and to God’s creation

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In this weeks reading from Parsahat Ki Tetze (Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19), Moshe lists 21 Mitzvot spanning a number of topics when the people enter into the Promised Land: (i) Laws relating to prisoner of war (21:10-15), (ii) Inheritance to the first born (21:15-17), (iii) Rebellious children (21:18-21), (iv) Capital punishment by hanging on a tree (21:22-23), (v) Not...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויגש, Parashat Vayigash, The Requirements of Good Leadership

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y3sS5zLEng&feature=youtu.beIn this week’s Torah portion, we read the following in Bereshit / Genesis 44:26-32, 26 וַנֹּ֕אמֶר לֹ֥א נוּכַ֖ל לָרֶ֑דֶת אִם־יֵשׁ֩ אָחִ֨ינוּ הַקָּטֹ֤ן אִתָּ֙נוּ֙ וְיָרַ֔דְנוּ כִּי־לֹ֣א נוּכַ֗ל לִרְאוֹת֙ פְּנֵ֣י הָאִ֔ישׁ וְאָחִ֥ינוּ הַקָּטֹ֖ן אֵינֶ֥נּוּ אִתָּֽנוּ׃ We answered, ‘We cannot go down; only if our youngest brother is with us can we go down, for we may not show our faces to...

The Spiritual Significance of Anti-Semitism, Introduction Part 4, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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Back in 2018 in the United States of America in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania there was a massacre at the Tree of Live Congregation in which eleven Jewish people lost their lives at the hand of a lone gunman. Reports of witnesses that lived said the gunman had shouted “All Jews must die!” There was a hatred in the heart of...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Emor, The Resurrection of the Messiah

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This weeks reading is from Parsahat Emor (Vayikra / Leviticus 21:1-24:23) the Lord speaks to the sons of Aaron to be careful not to defile themselves by touching a dead person among his people.  The Mitzvah not to shave making baldness on our heads is given, and not to round the edges of our beards, or make cuts in...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bamidbar, Is there a New Priesthood?

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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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Yitro, Consecrate, Sancrify, Make Holy

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Yitro (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-17:16), the Scriptures tell us Yitro (Jethro) came to Moshe bringing Moshe’s wife Zipporah and his two sons (18:6-8).  Moshe told Yitro everything the Lord had done and Yitro said 18:10 “... ‘Blessed be the Lord who delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Chayei Sarah, The way we walk before God: an analysis from the Torah, the Rabbis, and the Apostolic Writings

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This week’s reading from Parashat Chayei Sarah (Shemot / Genesis 23:1-25:18) speaks about Abraham’s wife Sarah dying (23:1-3) and opens with Abraham bargaining for a piece of land from the sons of Heth to bury his wife (23:4-20). Following the purchase of the land, Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac (24:1-4). We are not told...

Bits of Torah Truths, The Covenant – Repentance Series, Introduction Part 6, The grace of God in the Torah and throughout Scripture

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According to the Scriptures, we know the Lord God of Israel as “Our Father who is in heaven.” David wrote in the psalms (10:14) praising the God of Israel as a loving Father saying, He is the “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Hosea wrote (14:3) that the fatherless find compassion...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Tzav, The ‘easy’ Mentality

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Today, we often hear the terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament,” but few people truly realize the meaning of these words, the underlying theologies involved, and the impact these words have had on our understanding of the Scriptures.  In last week’s study on Parashat Vayikra,  we looked at the opening chapters of the book of Leviticus and the sacrificial...

The Devil is in the Details of Yom Kippur, פרשת אחרי מות, Parashat Acharei Mot, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video HereIn this week’s Torah Portion, there is a very interesting combination of events that are described. The Torah Portion opens with instructions on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16. Yom Kippur is a central element of Judaism. This holiday is practiced today in the sense of remembering, including a preceding month...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Haazinu, The Joy of Torah

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Haazinu (Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52), Moshe calls upon heaven and earth to testify against the people of Israel.  The reason is so that they might reform their ways at a future time.  The Scriptures tell us the history of Israel and how they sinned through heaven and earth, by ascribing divine powers to...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Korach, Burning Incense – Life and Death

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This weeks reading is from Parsahat Korach (Bamidbar / Numbers 16:1-18:32) Korach, Datan, and Aviram rose up and assembled themselves against Moshe and against Aaron and questioned whether their role as priests was really the will of God (ב  וַיָּקֻמוּ לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה וַאֲנָשִׁים מִבְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם נְשִֹיאֵי עֵדָה קְרִאֵי מוֹעֵד אַנְשֵׁי-שֵׁם).  Moshe tells the men to assemble in the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Miketz, Do you dream a lot?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Miketz (Bereshit / Genesis 41:1-44:17), Pharaoh has two dreams that deeply disturb him and he seeks a man who can interpret his dreams (41:1-13), he calls Joseph and asks him to interpret his dream.  Joseph replies saying “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”  Note Joseph says that...

The Philosophy of Thought and its Effect on Doctrine, Introduction 7, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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The word Philosophy (from Greek: φιλοσοφία, philosophia) means the “love of wisdom” and is the study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. When studying the Hebrew scriptures, at times one may run across the concept of the “Hebraic mind-set” and...

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

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBma-_R3RY&feature=youtu.beIn 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...

Sacrifice and the Cross in the Torah, פרשת כי תצא, Parashat Ki Tetze, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video hereIn this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Ki Tetze, we read about capital offences, and one of which whose penalty is to be hung upon a tree according to Devarim / Deuteronomy 21:22-23, כב וְכִי-יִהְיֶה בְאִישׁ חֵטְא מִשְׁפַּט-מָוֶת וְהוּמָת וְתָלִיתָ אֹתוֹ עַל-עֵץ: כג לֹא-תָלִין נִבְלָתוֹ עַל-הָעֵץ כִּי-קָבוֹר תִּקְבְּרֶנּוּ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כִּי-קִלְלַת אֱלֹהִים תָּלוּי וְלֹא תְטַמֵּא אֶת-אַדְמָתְךָ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה...

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