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Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Balak, The importance of Prayer

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Balak (Bamidbar / Numbers 16:1-18:32), Balak king of Moab saw what the children of Israel had done to the Amorites and both he and the people of Moab were afraid being very anxious about Israel’s presence.  As a result, Balak asks for help from a man named Bilam. Now Bilam was well known...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayishlach, What do you think Righteousness is about?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayishlach (Bereshit / Genesis 32:3-36:43).  This week we read that Jacob, before crossing over the river Jordan into Eretz Canaan, wrestles with a man (32:24) and realizes that he has seen God face to face and lived (32:25-31).  God instructs Jacob to go to Bethel and dwell there (35:1).  The Lord appears to...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Beshalach, How Serious is Your Faith?

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In this weeks reading, from Parashat Beshalach (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-17:16), Pharaoh lets the people go, and the Lord led the people by a pillar of cloud during the day and pillar of fire by night.  The Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart (14:4-9) and his army follows the children of Israel to the Red Sea.  The Lord divides the sea...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת וארא, Parashat Va’era, This is what it means to Live and Walk in Faith!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luc-1hweEGk&feature=youtu.be At the end of last week’s reading, we read in Shemot / Exodus 6:1 וַיֹּ֤אמֶר יְהוָה֙ אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֔ה עַתָּ֣ה תִרְאֶ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֥ר אֶֽעֱשֶׂ֖ה לְפַרְעֹ֑ה כִּ֣י בְיָ֤ד חֲזָקָה֙ יְשַׁלְּחֵ֔ם וּבְיָ֣ד חֲזָקָ֔ה יְגָרְשֵׁ֖ם מֵאַרְצֽוֹ׃ (ס) Then the LORD said to Moses, “You shall soon (now you will, עַתָּ֣ה תִרְאֶ֔ה) see what I will do to Pharaoh: he shall let them go because of...

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...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayechi, The extra portion Jacob gave to Joseph

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This week’s reading from Parashat Vayechi (Bereshit / Genesis 47:28-50:26) we are told that Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years and his total life span was 147 years. We are also told that Jacob spoke to Joseph saying 47:30 but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury...

The Torah vs Rigid Dogma, פרשת נח, Parashat Noach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Ancient Jewish thought (i.e. Mishnah Pirkei Avot) the Torah was compared to the light, righteousness, justice, and truth. The Torah contains a mysterious transcendence that reaches beyond finite human comprehension that goes to the very essence of the divine nature of God and His will for mankind. Isaiah 55:8-9 states 55:8...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Chayei Sarah, פרשת חיי שרה, The Significance of Studying the Torah Today

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As we study the Torah portions, Parshiot Lech Lecha, Vayera, and Chayei Sarah, we are faced with the idea of growing old.  Old age has many frightening aspects, such as the aging body is more susceptible to illness; declining strength; feelings of uselessness (especially after retirement); the loss of friends and loved ones through death; the reality of one’s...

Inheritance is Related to what is Forgivable, פרשת פינחס, Parashat Pinchas, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read how Pinchas is rewarded for his act of zealousness, Pinchas is appointed as a Kohen (Priest). Although a grandson to Aharon, he was not included in the original selection of Kohanim. Moshe is told to do battle against the Midianites in retaliation for 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, פרשת תזריע מצרע, Parshiyot Tazria / Metzora, The Call to Self Inspection

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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 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,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Beha’alotcha, At the Command of the Lord

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In this week’s reading is from Parsahat Behaalotcha (Bamidbar / Numbers 8:1-12:15) there is a continuation from the previous Torah portion on the construction of the Tabernacle.  Following the completion of the Tabernacle and its dedication, the glory of the Lord, represented as a cloud, descended upon the Tabernacle.  The cloud covered the Tabernacle by day, and fire by...

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

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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...

Gehenom (Hell) Cleaves to this Type of Person, פרשת קרח, Parashat Korach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read something very interesting according to Bamidbar / Numbers 16:12-13, יב וַיִּשְׁלַח מֹשֶׁה לִקְרֹא לְדָתָן וְלַאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹא נַעֲלֶה: יג הַמְעַט כִּי הֶעֱלִיתָנוּ מֵאֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ לַהֲמִיתֵנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר כִּי-תִשְֹתָּרֵר עָלֵינוּ גַּם-הִשְֹתָּרֵר: יד אַף לֹא אֶל-אֶרֶץ זָבַת חָלָב וּדְבַשׁ הֲבִיאֹתָנוּ וַתִּתֶּן-לָנוּ נַחֲלַת...

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 Pinchas, The Blessing of the King Messiah

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Pinchas (Bamidbar / Numbers 25:10-30:1), the Lord speaks to Moshe saying that Pinchas, the son of Eleazar, has turned away His wrath from the sons of Israel because he was zealous for the Lord.  Pinchas’ Jealousy for the Lord is found in Bamidbar / Numbers 25:7-9.  Pinchas observed the sin of the sons...

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, Parashat Re’eh, Why does Scripture always Draw us back to the Land, the Place, and the People of God?

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In this weeks reading from Parsahat Re’eh (Devarim / Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17), Moshe says רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה: meaning “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.”  Moshe says the blessing comes if we “listen and obey.”  The curse comes to those who turn aside from the way God has commanded.  The blessing...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Lech Lecha, פרשת לך לך, The Function of Faith in Our Lives

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It’s no secret the religious landscape in America “has” and “is” in the process of going through a major change due to the shift in the face of theologies being developed for the purpose of harmonizing biblical faith with modern culture.  For example, fewer and fewer Americans are self-identifying as Christians, where more and more are identifying as the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayelech, Salvation in the Name

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayelech (Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30), Moshe is explaining to the people the blessings and the curses that will come if they do not love and obey. Moshe also tells us that the Lord God Almighty will transform (cut away at) our hearts so that we will love the Lord our God and not...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shemini, Standing in God’s Court

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In weeks reading from Parashat Shemini (Vayikra / Leviticus 9:1-11:47).  The most notable event that occurs in Parashat Shemini is the story of how Nadav and Avihu went before the Lord with fire in their firepans offering strange fire which resulted in their deaths (10:1-5).  While reading through the book of Hebrews, and thinking upon Parshiot Shemini and Korach,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Naso, Repentance is required of us!

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Naso (Bamidbar / Numbers 4:21-7:89), the Lord speaks to Moshe telling him to number the sons of Gershon and the fathers of their household by their families. Moshe obeys the Lord and numbers the Gershonites (הַגֵּרְשֻׁנִּי) and details the duties of the sons of Levi in their work to carry the Mishkhan (Tabernacle)...

Bits of Torah Truth from Parashat Toledot

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Dont let your anger get the best of you! This weeks reading from Parashat Toledot (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9) Jacob first steals Esau’s  birthright in Bereshit / Genesis 25:29-31: כט   וַיָּזֶד יַעֲקֹב נָזִיד וַיָּבֹא עֵשָֹו מִן-הַשָּׂדֶה וְהוּא עָיֵף: ל   וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָֹו אֶל-יַעֲקֹב הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן-הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה כִּי עָיֵף אָנֹכִי עַל-כֵּן קָרָא-שְׁמוֹ אֱדוֹם: לא   וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב מִכְרָה כַיּוֹם אֶת-בְּכֹרָתְךָ לִי:...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Lech Lecha, What Kind of Person do You want to be?

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This week’s reading is from Parashat Lech Lecha (Shemot / Genesis 12:1-17:27). In this week’s Torah portion, the narrative shifts to one man, Abram, whom the Lord calls out from his country, his people, and his fathers house to an unknown land the Lord is going to show him. The Lord says that He will make Abram a great...

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