Bits of Torah Truths, Chol HaMoed Sukkot, A Midrash on Achari Mot and HaMoed Sukkot

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This weeks reading is for Chol HaMoed Sukkot (Shemot / Exodus 33:12-34:26) and is taken from the end of Parashat Ki Tisa (Shemot / Exodus 33:12-34:26).  Here Moshe asked the Lord God to forgive the sins of the Children of Israel and Moshe asks the Lord to reveal Himself and His glory.  The Lord commands Moshe to make two...

Ignoring what God says, פרשת נִצָּבִים, Parashat Nitzavim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here This week’s Torah portion speaks of obeying the covenant of God, and seeing all of the abominations of the nations, their wicked ways, their idols, and of the person who believes he can ignore what God says. The Lord God Almighty states the following in Devarim / Deuteornomy 29:19-21, יח וְהָיָה...

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, Parashat Ekev, Pursuing God

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Ekev (Devarim / Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25), Moshe says וְהָיָה | עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת-הַבְּרִית וְאֶת-הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ 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...

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 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...

The Mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh (פיקוח נפש, Rescuing a Life) and Servant hood, פרשת שמיני של פסח, Parashat Shemini shel Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The reading for this week is from Devarim / Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 and speaks about being freed from slavery, being set free from debt, not charging interest, the Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. What these Scriptures are speaking to us is concerning servant hood, and committing our lives to the Lord. When we...

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...

Socialism and the Bible, פרשת משפטים, Parashat Mishpatim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The opening verses from this week’s Torah portion begin stating the following in Shemot / Exodus 21:1-10 saying, וְאֵ֙לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם׃ 21:1 These are the rules that you shall set before them: כִּ֤י תִקְנֶה֙ עֶ֣בֶד עִבְרִ֔י שֵׁ֥שׁ שָׁנִ֖ים יַעֲבֹ֑ד וּבַ֨שְּׁבִעִ֔ת יֵצֵ֥א לַֽחָפְשִׁ֖י חִנָּֽם׃ 21:2 When you acquire a Hebrew...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Korach, A different opinion and thus a difference in observance?

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This weeks reading from Parsahat Korach (Bamidbar / Numbers 16:1-18:32) describes Korach, Datan, and Aviram rising up and assembled themselves against Moshe and Aaron and questioned their authoritative role 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).  Moshe tells the men to assemble...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אמר, Parashat Emor, The Origins of the Lamb of God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=supJT5MBADA&feature=youtu.be In the Apostolic Writings (NT), in the books of John and Revelation we see the phrase “Lamb of God” being used frequently as a reference to the Messiah.  Have ever wondered where the phrase “Lamb of God” originates, how, and why this phrase was applied to Yeshua the Messiah?  I would like to discuss this topic in this weeks...

Bits of Torah Truths, Volume 2, Studying with the rabbis: Learn how studying the Torah can transform your understanding of Yeshua, your faith, and your walk with God Forever!

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Description:  Are you living a defeated life? Is there something that seems to be missing in your walk with Christ? The answers to these questions and more may be found in God's Torah. Yeshua the Messiah used the Vine-and-the-Branches analogy to illustrate that "Apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) What does it mean to be "a...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayigash, What is Your Spiritual Condition?

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayigash (Shemot / Genesis 44:18-47:27) the Portion begins with the brothers returning where Benjamin is caught with the cup of Joseph and the sons of Israel trying to explain to Joseph that they must bring their brother back to their father. We are told that Judah offers himself in the place of Benjamin...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Beshalach (פרשת בְּשַׁלַּח), Testing the People with Manna

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In this weeks reading, from Parashat Beshalach (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-17:16), Pharaoh finally lets the people go into the wilderness to worship the Lord God of heaven. We are told the Lord led the people by a pillar of cloud during the day and pillar of fire by night. What is interesting about the narrative is that the pillar...

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...

Yeshua (Jesus) and the book of Leviticus, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here It can be stated with confidence that the book of Vayikra / Leviticus is one of the most important books in the entire Bible! From a Jewish perspective, the book of Leviticus is among the first books studied by a Jewish child. On the other hand, it is often among the...

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, 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, פרשת מטות- מסעי, Parshiyot Mattot/Massei, The Revelation of God’s Instruction

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DVoZNtdLx0&feature=youtu.be This week we read the following, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 31:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, נקם נקמת בני ישראל מאת המדינים אחר תאסף אל־עמיך 31:2 “Avenge the Israelite people on the Midianites; then you shall be gathered to your kin.” וידבר משה אל־העם לאמר החלצו מאתכם אנשים לצבא ויהיו על־מדין לתת נקמת־יהוה במדין 31:3 Moses spoke to...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Terumah, פרשת תרומה, Being Transformed by His Presence

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T-jsqNJjDk&feature=youtu.be This week’s reading in Shemot / Exodus 27:1 states the following, וְעָשִׂ֥יתָ אֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חַ עֲצֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֑ים חָמֵשׁ֩ אַמּ֨וֹת אֹ֜רֶךְ וְחָמֵ֧שׁ אַמּ֣וֹת רֹ֗חַב רָב֤וּעַ יִהְיֶה֙ הַמִּזְבֵּ֔חַ וְשָׁלֹ֥שׁ אַמּ֖וֹת קֹמָתֽוֹ׃ 27:1 You shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide—the altar is to be square—and three cubits high. This weeks Torah portion details the free will...

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, Parashat Emor, פָּרָשָׁה אֱמֹר, Our Actions vs. Our Faith in Yeshua

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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 point that is being made here is the High Priest has an additional level of sanctification, as compared to other people. He must not...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Chukat, The One who was lifted up

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In this weeks reading from Parsahat Chukat (Bamidbar / Numbers 19:1-22:1) the Lord speaks to Moshe about the “red heifer” regarding ritual purity.  The entire heifer is burned to ashes, its hide, flesh, blood, and refuse, everything (19:5).  Cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet material are cast into the midst of the burning heifer.  The ashes of the heifer are...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shelach Lecha, What does it mean to “Violate the Shabbat?”

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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:...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Emor, Walking in Purity before our God in the midst of Atonement

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This week reading is from Parashat Emor (Vayikra / Leviticus 21:1-24:23); the Lord tells Moshe to speak to the Priests about the sons of Aaron to be careful not to defile themselves by touching a dead person among his people.  Scripture also says 21:5 ‘They shall not make any baldness on their heads, nor shave off the edges of...

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

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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...

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