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

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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

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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...

Bringing Uncleanness Into What is Sacred, פרשת תזריע ומצרע, Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Searching the Torah, the word קֹדֶשׁ meaning “holiness” appears in the book of Vayikra / Leviticus 48 times. קֹדֶשׁBereshit / Genesis 3 XShemot / Exodus 31 XVayikra / Leviticus 48 XBamidbar / Numbers 16 XDevarim / Deuteornomy 6 X Holiness is something that we receive from God, it is a gift, it comes by faith, and it is being...

What We Need to Know about the New Covenant, פרשת נשא, Parashat Naso, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the numbering of the Levites (Bamidbar / Numbers 4:21-49), to send the unclean people outside the camp (5:1-4), how a man is to make confession and restitution (5:5-10), the test for adultery (5:11-31),the Nazarite vow (6:1-21), the Aaronic blessing (6:22-27), and the offerings during Tabernacle consecration (7:1-89). It is interesting the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shemot, The Lord will cause the Increase

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This weeks reading, from Parashat Shemot (Shemot / Exodus 1:1-6:1), the opening verses detail the sons of Israel who had come to Egypt, that Joseph and all of his brothers had passed away and a new king arose in that did not know Joseph (1:1-7).  This king feared the children of Israel and placed them into slavery (1:9-14).  The...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Toldot, פרשת תולדות, Two Nations Striving… How does this Relate to Us?

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The Scriptures for this week may be summarized as the struggle between two brothers in which the Lord God states this is nothing less than the struggle between two nations (שְׁנֵי גֹייִם), the struggle between sin and righteousness, unfaithfulness and faithfulness.  This week’s Torah portion opens with the phrase Bereshit / Genesis 25:19, וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת יִצְחָק 25:19 Now these...

A Torah Insight on the Four Living Creatures in Revelation, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah Portion, Parashat Bamidbar, covers the opening chapters of the book of Numbers. Bamidbar / Numbers 1-4 describe Moshe taking a census of Israel’s warriors (1:1-44), how the Levites are exempted from the census (1:47-54), the arrangement of the camp surrounding the Mishkhan (Tabernacle, 2:1-34), a discussion on the sons of Aaron and the duties of the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayigash, Be Actively Seeking the Lord

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayigash (Bereshit / Genesis 44:18-47:27) and begins with Benjamin having the cup of Joseph and the sons of Israel trying to explain to that they must return their brother to their father.  Joseph then reveals himself to his brothers (45:1-8) and declares וְעַתָּה לֹא-אַתֶּם שְׁלַחְתֶּם אֹתִי הֵנָּה כִּי הָאֱלֹהִים וַיְשִֹימֵנִי לְאָב לְפַרְעֹה וּלְאָדוֹן...

How to Walk in the Power of God, פרשת נִצָּבִים, Parashat Nitzavim, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah Portion, there is a slight discrepancy in the verse numbering when comparing the Masoretic text to the English bibles. The Masoretic text opens Parashat Nitzavim with Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9 whereas the English translation opens in Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:8 (shifted by one verse when comparing the original text). Moshe goes on to talk about the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parshiot Mattot and Massei, Do we need Mashiach Now?

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This weeks reading is a double portion, Parshiot Mattot and Massei (Bamidbar / Numbers 30:2-36:13). In Parashat Mattot, the Lord commands the men of Israel saying נְקֹם נִקְמַת בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל מֵאֵת הַמִּדְיָנִים assemble to make war against Midian to “avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites.” The men went and made war with Midian, burning their cities and...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Korach, Reckless Abandon

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This weeks reading is from Parashat 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.  Two hundred and fifty men went to offer incense by fire before the Lord.  As a result, the 250 men died...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Terumah, Ascending and Descending, a Hebrew Idiom?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Terumah (Shemot /  Exodus 25:1-27:19), the Lord tells Moshe to speak to the Children of Israel to raise a contribution for the Lord (25:1, א  וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: ב  דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ-לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל-אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת-תְּרוּמָתִי:) asking them to give gold, silver, and bronze, linen materials, goat...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, The Covenant – Repentance Series, Introduction Part 5, Judaism Teaches We will know the Messiah when He makes Peace in the World! Is Yeshua really...

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The title for this study opens stating, “Judaism teaches we will know the Messiah when He makes peace in the world!” and then asks the question “Is Yeshua really the Messiah?” This is a very important question as it is related to “why we should be involved in studying the Rabbinic literature.” The reason being there are many anti-missionaries...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Re’eh, We are Commanded to be Joyful

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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 Balak, The Sin of going through the motions

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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...

God’s Presence going before us is part of a Messianic Expectation spoken by Moshe, פרשת וילך, Parashat Vayelech, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, Moshe gives some words of encouragement (Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:1-13), God tells Moshe how Israel will fall away into sin (Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:14-22), and Joshua is commissioned to lead Israel into the Promised Land. (Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:23-30) The Torah portion opens with the following statements, א וַיֵּלֶךְ מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת-הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה אֶל-כָּל-יִשְֹרָאֵל:...

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...

Who will Feed Us Flesh? פרשת בהעלתך, Parashat Behaalotcha, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, Bamidbar / Numbers 10:33-36, וַיִּסְעוּ֙ מֵהַ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה דֶּ֖רֶךְ שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֑ים וַאֲר֨וֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָ֜ה נֹסֵ֣עַ לִפְנֵיהֶ֗ם דֶּ֚רֶךְ שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֔ים לָת֥וּר לָהֶ֖ם מְנוּחָֽה׃ 10:33 They marched from the mountain of the LORD a distance of three days. The Ark of the Covenant of the LORD traveled in front of them on...

Bits of Torah Truths, The Covenant – Repentance Series, Parashat Noach, פרשת נח, The Lord Cares for All Peoples!

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A widely accepted theology today is the modern rejection of much of the Tanach (Old Testament) as not being relevant for today, and certainly not for the Gentile Church.  This claim is not just modern but has been taught from ancient times going back thousands of years to the infancy of the gentile church.  This claim states that the...

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...

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

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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...

Resting in Messiah and the Meaning of the Shabbat, ופקודי פרשיות ויקהל, Parshiyot Vayak’hel and Pekudei, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Parashat Vayak’hel 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 הַשַּׁבָּת: 35:1...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Pekudei, A Light to See in our Journey of Life

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Pekudei (Shemot / Exodus 38:21-40:38), the parashah title Pekudei (פְקוּדֵי) means “amounts of,” and is the first distinctive word, in the portion.  Parashat Pekudei is the 23rd weekly Torah portion and the 11th and last portion in the book of Shemot / Exodus.  The Scriptures detail the materials for the Tabernacle (38:21-31) and...

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