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Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Korach, פרשת קֹרַח, The greatest influence in our Relationship with the Lord?

This weeks reading from Parsahat Korach (Bamidbar / Numbers 16:1-18:32) describes Korach, Datan, Aviram, and some men from the tribe of Reuben rising up and assembled themselves against Moshe and Aaron and questioned their authority as priests and whether this was really the will of God (ב וַיָּקֻמוּ לִפְנֵי מֹשֶׁה וַאֲנָשִׁים מִבְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל חֲמִשִּׁים וּמָאתָיִם נְשִֹיאֵי עֵדָה קְרִאֵי מוֹעֵד אַנְשֵׁי-שֵׁם)....

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bo, Is the Lord hardening your heart?

This weeks reading, from Parashat Bo (Shemot / Exodus 10:1-13:16), details the last plagues that God brought upon Egypt and Pharaoh drives the Children of Israel out.  In Shemot / Exodus 10:1 the Lord tells Moshe א  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה כִּי-אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת-לִבּוֹ וְאֶת-לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ:  10:1 Then the Lord said to Moses,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Kedoshim, פרשת קדשים , Holiness and being Counted Worthy of the Calling

This weeks reading is from Parshat Kedoshim (Vayikra /  Leviticus 19:1–20:27).  In Parashat Kedoshim, the Torah Portion opens with the Lord instructing Moshe to speak to the people saying, ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם: 19:2 ‘Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayeshev, Jealousy, Hatred, Envy, Joseph, and Me

This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayeshev (Bereshit / 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) as a result his brothers become jealous (37:11).  As the story continues, Joseph’s brothers plot murder in their hearts (37:18-22) but instead they put him...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shemot, פרשת שמות, The Pretense of Halfheartedness

In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot, we read that a new king raised up in Egypt and placed Israel into slavery being afraid because of Her large numbers.  We also read how the Lord raised up a deliverer, one who will take Israel out of bondage and slavery.  Based upon this week’s reading, and upon the deliverer /...

What is גָּדְלְךָ (Gadlecha) the greatness of God? פרשת שלח לך, Parashat Shelach Lecha, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video Here In Parashat Shelach Lecha, Moshe sends out a delegation to spy out the land of Canaan to see the kind of people and the kind of land the Promised Land contains. Following their return after spying out the land for 40 days, the men gave a bad report to the nation...

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

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, Parashat Vayishlach, To Walk in the Stubbornness of our Hearts

This week’s Torah Portion is from Parashat Vayishlach (Shemot / Genesis 32:3-36:43), we learn that Jacob sent messengers before him to spy out his brother Esau. The men return telling him that Esa has 400 men with him (32:6). Jacob sent along a gift ahead of him in order to appease Esau of the things he had done in...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ואתחנן, Parashat Va’etchanan, Recogonizing the Lord Working in the Background

In this week's Torah portion we read the following:.. Devarim / Deuteronomy 3:21-22 וְאֶת־יְהוֹשׁ֣וּעַ צִוֵּ֔יתִי בָּעֵ֥ת הַהִ֖וא לֵאמֹ֑ר עֵינֶ֣יךָ הָרֹאֹ֗ת אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֜ה יְהוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם֙ לִשְׁנֵי֙ הַמְּלָכִ֣ים הָאֵ֔לֶּה כֵּֽן־יַעֲשֶׂ֤ה יְהוָה֙ לְכָל־הַמַּמְלָכ֔וֹת אֲשֶׁ֥ר אַתָּ֖ה עֹבֵ֥ר שָֽׁמָּה׃ 3:21 I also charged Joshua at that time, saying, “You have seen with your own eyes all that the LORD your God has done to these...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת פינחס, Parashat Pinchas, The Message from the Daughters of Zelophehad

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83DpsaKK1FI&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, the daughters of Zelophehad (בְּנוֹת צְלָפְחָד‎‎) were five sisters: Mahlah, Noa, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah, mentioned in Bamidbar / Numbers 27. They lived at the end of Israel’s journey from Egypt as they prepared to enter the Promised Land, and who raised before Moshe and the community the case of a woman’s right and...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, פרשת בהר ובחקתי, Tzdakah and the Strengthening of Your Brother

https://youtu.be/a8pfbz-1lTs In this week’s Torah portion the Lord gives us His mitzvot on how to take care of the poor.  The Torah describes the situation for someone who has found themselves to be in trouble financially. In the worst case, a person may sell himself to someone in order to pay off his debt.  The selling of one’s self into...

Yeshua applied a Torah based Metaphor, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch LIVE Video This week’s Torah Portion contains a vast amount of information. A lot of things took place, the pillar of cloud and fire stood between Egypt and Israel (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-22), the Lord delivered the people from the Egyptian Army through the Red Sea (Shemot / Exodus 14:1-30), the people tested the Lord with the bitter water...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Balak, פרשת בלק, An Act of Double Mindedness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c9cMYR87xA&feature=youtu.be The Apostle James in James 1:8 speaks of the double minded man being unstable in all his ways. The Didache translated as “Teaching,” a reference to the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles, is a brief anonymous early Christian treatise, which is dated by most modern scholars to the first century. The Didache 2:4-5 states “You shall not be double-minded...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Toldot, Who are You?

This weeks reading is from Parashat Toldot (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9).  Parashat Toldot may be summarized in the following way: (i) the struggle between Jacob and Esav within Rebecca’s womb (25:21-23), (ii) Esav became a skilled hunter and Jacob dwelled in tents (25:27-28) Isaac loved Esav and Rebecca loved Jacob, (iii) Esav sold his birthright for a bowl of...

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

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 Devarim, Faith in the Promises

This weeks reading is from Parashat Devarim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22), the Scriptrues say 1:1 These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel across the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite Suph, between Paran and Tophel and Laban and Hazeroth and Dizahab. (NASB)  It appears that Deuteronomy begins following the end of Israel’s journey in...

Does the Torah teach “Once Saved Always Saved?”, פרשת צו, Parashat Tzav, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here In the chapters from Parashat Tzav we read how the Lord God instructs Moshe to instruct Aaron and his sons on the sacrifices. We read 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Balak, The Sin of going through the motions

In this weeks reading from Parashat Balak (Bamidbar / Numbers 22:2-25:9) 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 called Bilam. Now Bilam was well known...

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

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...

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

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...

Bits of Torah Truths 5774 Vol. 1

Bits of Torah Truths, 5774 (Vol. 1) Paperback – by Dr. Duane D. Miller (Author) Bits of Torah Truths is a fresh and accessible commentary on the weekly Torah portion looking at the English translation along side the Hebrew text. Studying the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) is a value in and of itself because it is the cornerstone of...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora, פרשת תזריע מצרע, The Call to Self Inspection

https://youtu.be/bG1eyNq0OR0 Parashat Tazria opens continuing the discussion on ritual impurity and purity.  The Torah speaks of women who give birth, whether a male or female child, undergo a process of purification following having given birth.  We also read about Tzaraat (צָרָעַת), which is often mistranslated as “leprosy.”  Tzaraat is a supernatural plague which also may afflict garments and even the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Behaalotcha, The God who would dine with us

This weeks reading is from Parsahat Behaalotcha (Bamidbar / Numbers 8:1-12:15) and we read in Bamidbar / Numbers 10:11-36 the Children of Israel set out from the wilderness of Sinai moving out for the first time and the Scriptures describe the deconstruction of the Tabernacle and the order of the tribes as they moved out.  The Scriptures then say...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Mishpatim, The Mitzvah on Selling Yourself into Slavery and why all men (Jew and non-Jew) need Yeshua the Messiah.

This weeks reading is from Parashat Mishpatim (Shemot / Exodus 21:1-24:18), the Torah portion opens with the Lord providing us with “judgments” (הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים) ordinances. He begins by telling us how to treat a Hebrew slave (21:2), if a man is forced to sell his daughter because of debt, what is he to do (21:7-9), if a man has a...

Sanctifying HaShem (the Name of God) in our Hearts, פרשת שמיני, Parashat Shemini, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video Here 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parshiot Nitzavim and Vayelech, How important is Circumcision today?

This weeks reading is from Parshiot Nitzavim and Vayelech (Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30), Moshe writes of the future when the people are scattered to the nations because of their rebellion, and come to their senses, and the Lord will remember the covenant and have compassion (mercy, וְרִחֲמֶךָ) and restore them from captivity by gathering them from all the nations....

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shoftim, Shoftim v’Shotrim (Judges and Officers)

In weeks reading, from Parashat Shoftim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9), Moshe tells the people they are to appoint judges, officers, from the men who are righteous who will give righteous judgement (16:18).  It is written that they are not to distort justice, not to be partial, and not to take a bribe, these things pervert the words of the...

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