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

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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 Shoftim, Utter Destruction from among God’s People

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  In this weeks reading from Parsahat Shoftim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9), Moshe writes on the establishment of offices of administration, judges, and officers and the necessity for justice saying כ   צֶדֶק צֶדֶק תִּרְדֹּף לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ: “16:20 ‘Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת חקת, Parashat Chukat, Sanctifying His Name and Belonging to God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHaUajz-QKw&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion opens with the ashes of the red heifer and those who contract impurity due to touching the dead. We read how one is to sanctify the Lord by obeying what the Lord says one should do when becoming ritually impure due to touching the dead. After seven days having followed God’s command, one is purified...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Balak, Greed and Reasoning around the Command

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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...

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 Noach, Are you a Raven or a Dove?

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This week’s reading is from Parashat Noach (Bereshit / Genesis 6:9-11:32), we are told of the wickedness of mankind on the face of the earth (וַיַּרְא יְהֹוָה כִּי רַבָּה רָעַת הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וְכָל-יֵצֶר מַחְשְׁבֹת לִבּוֹ רַק רַע כָּל-הַיּוֹם: ו וַיִּנָּחֶם יְהֹוָה כִּי-עָשָֹה אֶת-הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וַיִּתְעַצֵּב אֶל-לִבּוֹ), and how the Lord instructs Noach to construct an Ark to save the...

Ephraim will become a multitude of nations, What does that mean? פרשת ויחי, Parashat Vayechi, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion, the last Portion of the Book of Bereshit / Genesis, we learn that Joseph heard Jacob was sick and is at the end of his life. Joseph brought his two sons to visit him (Bereshit / Genesis 48:1) and Jacob having difficulty seeing brings them near and then proceeds to bless them...

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...

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

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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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tavo, Is it important to diligently study the Bible?

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In weeks reading is from Parashat Ki Tavo (Devarim / Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8), the name “Ki Tavo” means “when you come,” is taken from the opening verse of the section of Scripture that says וְהָיָה כִּי-תָבוֹא אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ נַחֲלָה וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְיָשַׁבְתָּ בָּהּ: “When you come into the land that the Lord God has given you as...

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...

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, Parashat Vayishlach

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The City Gate, a Place of Power and Authority! This weeks reading from Parashat Vayishlach (Bereshit / Genesis 32:3-36:43) the Lord gives Jacob a new name “Israel” and Jacob returns and settles in Eretz Canaan.  While in the land, Jacob settles down near the city of shechem (Bereshit / Genesis 33:18).  While dwelling near Shechem, according to the Scriptures, Shechem...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shemini, Do these Scriptures apply? What does it mean to Live as Swine?

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In weeks reading from Parashat Shemini (Vayikra / Leviticus 9:1-11:47), we read on the eighth day Moshe called Aaron and his sons and told them to take a bull for a Sin offering and a ram for a Whole burnt offering, for the priesthood.  A male goat for a Sin offering, a calf and a lamb both one year...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tisa, To Fulfill the Law – A Rabbinic Idiom

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Ki Tisa (Shemot / Exodus 30:11-34:35).  The portion opens with the Lord instructing Moshe to take a census of the people (30:12).  The Scriptures say that and each person is to give a ransom (half-shekel) to the Lord when numbered.  Moshe instructs to make the bronze laver (30:17-18), and the perfume for incense...

Why MUST the Messiah be Lifted Up? – A Torah-Based Perspective, פרשת חקת, Parashat Chukat, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read about the laws of becoming unclean by touching the dead and how to become ritually clean. (Bamidbar / Numbers 19:1-22) Miriam (Moshe’s sister) dies (20:1). Moshe and Aaron sin before the Lord before the people at the waters of Meribah and are not allowed...

How are the Gospel and Obedience being Connected, Parashat Vayera, פרשת וירא, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here From the perspective of Judaism, our approach to the Scriptures should begin with the unshakable faith in the One True God of Israel. The Pharisaic approach to the Scriptures was rooted in the Torah, that couples the belief in God with reward and punishment. What was taught us in the Apostolic Writings by Yeshua, his disciples, and...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Va’era, The Revelation of the Name

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Va’era (Shemot / Exodus 6:2-9:35), we read of the presence of God among His people and His power to deliver His people from slavery and bondage.  The Lord God spoke to Moshe declaring that He is revealing Himself in a new way to His people saying, ג   וָאֵרָא אֶל-אַבְרָהָם אֶל-יִצְחָק וְאֶל-יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי...

Moving Deeper into the Wilderness, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Bits of Torah Truths

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This week’s Torah Portion contains a vast amount of information. A lot of things take place, Israel leaves Egypt, the pillar of cloud and fire stood between Egypt and Israel (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-22), the Lord delivered Israel 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, פרשת ויצא, Parashat Vayetze, Doing something wrong in order to make something right

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At the end of Parashat Toldot we read, in Bereshit / Genesis 28:6, וַיַּ֣רְא עֵשָׂ֗ו כִּֽי־בֵרַ֣ךְ יִצְחָק֮ אֶֽת־יַעֲקֹב֒ וְשִׁלַּ֤ח אֹתוֹ֙ פַּדֶּ֣נָֽה אֲרָ֔ם לָקַֽחַת־ל֥וֹ מִשָּׁ֖ם אִשָּׁ֑ה בְּבָרֲכ֣וֹ אֹת֔וֹ וַיְצַ֤ו עָלָיו֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר לֹֽא־תִקַּ֥ח אִשָּׁ֖ה מִבְּנ֥וֹת כְּנָֽעַן׃ 28:6 When Esau saw that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him off to Paddan-aram to take a wife from there, charging him, as he...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת עקב, Parashat Ekev, Liberty and Human Rights are God Given

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This week's Torah portion from Parashat Ekev we read the following: Devarim / Deuteronomy 7:12-15 והיה עקב תשמעון את המשפטים האלה ושמרתם ועשיתם אתם ושמר יהוה אלהיך לך את־הברית ואת־החסד אשר נשבע לאבתיך 7:12 ‘Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you His covenant and...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Va’era, Deliverance from Sin

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Va’era (Shemot / Exodus 6:2-9:35), Moshe performs miracles before Pharaoh and all of Egypt.  In Shemot / Bereshit 6:4 the Lord reminds Moshe of the covenant promise to his fathers saying ד   וְגַם הֲקִמֹתִי אֶת-בְּרִיתִי אִתָּם לָתֵת לָהֶם אֶת-אֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן אֵת אֶרֶץ מְגֻרֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר-גָּרוּ בָהּ:  6:4 ‘I also established My covenant with them,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayikra, Be Salted in Christ the Messiah

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In this weeks reading from Parashat Vayikra (Vayikra / Leviticus 1:1-5:26) the Lord calls to Moshe from the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting, אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד) saying דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי-יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן-הַבְּהֵמָה מִן-הַבָּקָר וּמִן-הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת-קָרְבַּנְכֶם: ג   אִם-עֹלָה קָרְבָּנוֹ מִן-הַבָּקָר זָכָר תָּמִים יַקְרִיבֶנּוּ אֶל-פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד יַקְרִיב אֹתוֹ לִרְצֹנוֹ לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה:  1:2 ‘Speak to...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת יתרו, Parashat Yitro, Consecrating ourselves for His Glory!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RP1Qjp2MfU&feature=youtu.be The opening verses in this week’s Torah portion state the following, וַיִּשְׁמַ֞ע יִתְר֨וֹ כֹהֵ֤ן מִדְיָן֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֤ה אֱלֹהִים֙ לְמֹשֶׁ֔ה וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל עַמּ֑וֹ כִּֽי־הוֹצִ֧יא יְהוָ֛ה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃ 18:1 Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out from Egypt. וַיִּקַּ֗ח יִתְרוֹ֙...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tetzei, The Death Penalty according to the Torah

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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 for the people when they enter into the Promised Land. The List is as follows, (i) Laws relating to prisoners of war (21:10-15), (ii) Inheritance for the first born (21:15-17), (iii) what to do with rebellious children (21:18-21),...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bereshit, The Beginning of God’s Creative Work is Separating the Righteous from the Unrighteous

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This week’s reading from Parashat Bereshit (Bereshit / Genesis 1:1-6:8) contains some of the most significant actions of God, which set the stage for all of Scripture. More specifically, we are told the first thing the Lord does in His creation, is to separate the light from the darkness. What is the significance of the Lord beginning His creative process...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Devarim, Faith in the Promises

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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...

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