The Hebrew Word for Altar, פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths

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According to the Rabbinic literature, the Hebrew word for Altar (מזבח) is an acronym for four Hebrew words referring to forgiveness (מְחִילָה), merit (זכות), blessing (ברוך), and life (חיי). (Rabbeinu Bahya, on Shemot / Exodus 27:1) מזבחמְחִילָהזכותברוךחיי The giving of the Torah at Sinai incorporated the giving of the altar...

Being a Chosen People, פרשת יתרו Parashat Yitro, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah Portion (Parashat Yitro) Moshe’s father in law Yitro (Jethro) had heard in the land of Midean all the Lord had done for the children of Israel. When Yitro arrived in the wilderness, Moshe told him all that the Lord had done by delivering them from the Egyptians. As Yitro was visiting, he noted...

Our Salvific Work is of God, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here There is a very important message that is being told in the book of Vayikra / Leviticus that comes to light as we continue to study the Torah year after year. The book of Leviticus opens on the bringing of a sacrifice due to various sins. These words in the opening...

Without the Lord there is no Hope, כי תשא פרשת, Parashat Ki Tisa, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion (Parashat Ki Tisa) speaks of the Children of Israel sinning with the golden calf. This happened while Moshe went up the mountain of Sinai and spent forty days and forty nights on the mountain. The people had become restless and they insisted that Aaron build them a...

The Testing of our Faith and the Sacred Name, פרשת שמיני, Parashat Shemini, Bits of Torah Truths

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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 אֵשׁ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וַתֹּאכַל אוֹתָם וַיָּמֻתוּ...

The Revelation of the Spirit, שני של שבועות, Sheni Shel Shavuot, Bits of Torah Truths

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The Rabbis explain to us that in every generation, each person should consider himself as having personally received God’s Word at the Mountain of Sinai. In the synagogue, on the days of Shavuot (two days in the diaspora), the Torah scroll is removed from the Ark. On the first day, the reading is taken from Shemot /...

The Talmud gives credence to the NT idea of believing upon Yeshua for the forgiveness of sins! בהר ובחקתי פרשת, Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion opens with Vayikra / Leviticus 26:3-5 saying, ג אִם-בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת-מִצְוֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם: ד וְנָתַתִּי גִשְׁמֵיכֶם בְּעִתָּם וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ יְבוּלָהּ וְעֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ: ה וְהִשִּׂיג לָכֶם דַּיִשׁ אֶת-בָּצִיר וּבָצִיר יַשִּׂיג אֶת-זָרַע וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לַחְמְכֶם לָשֹֹבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח בְּאַרְצְכֶם: 26:3 ‘If you walk in My statutes 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...

Knowing before Whom We Stand, פרשת פסח, Parashat Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here While studying the Torah and the Apostolic Writings, we learn how the greater meaning of the Tabernacle is found in the idea that man is to sanctify the Lord God of Israel in his heart each day. When the Lord God Almighty declared His Name to Moshe, he said the phrase...

The Scriptures, Truth, and Deception, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar , Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In Parashat Bamidbar, we read the following, Bamidbar / Numbers 1:5-15, ה וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת הָאֲנָשִׁים אֲשֶׁר יַעַמְדוּ אִתְּכֶם לִרְאוּבֵן אֱלִיצוּר בֶּן-שְׁדֵיאוּר: ו לְשִׁמְעוֹן שְׁלֻמִיאֵל בֶּן-צוּרִישַׁדָּי: ז לִיהוּדָה נַחְשׁוֹן בֶּן-עַמִּינָדָב: ח לְיִשָּׂשֹכָר נְתַנְאֵל בֶּן-צוּעָר: ט לִזְבוּלֻן אֱלִיאָב בֶּן-חֵלֹן: י לִבְנֵי יוֹסֵף לְאֶפְרַיִם אֱלִישָׁמָע בֶּן-עַמִּיהוּד לִמְנַשֶּׁה גַּמְלִיאֵל בֶּן-פְּדָהצוּר: יא לְבִנְיָמִן אֲבִידָן בֶּן-גִּדְעֹנִי: יב...

Corrupting an Entire Congregation, בהעלתך פרשת, Parashat Behaalotcha, Bits of Torah Truths

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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...

Being guilty of Slander and the Fiery Serpent, בלק חקת פרשת, Parshiot Chukat and Balak, Bits of Torah Truths

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The narrative in this week’s Torah portion lays out a very important principle about having faith and being saved. Parashat Chukat opens with the laws of becoming unclean by touching the dead and how to become ritually pure. (Bamidbar / Numbers 19:1-22) We are told that Moshe’s sister (Miriam) dies (20:1). Moshe and Aaron sin before the Lord by...

Sinning against a fellow man breaks faith with the Lord God, נשא פרשת, Parashat Naso, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion begins by stating the following, Bamidbar / Numbers 5:6-8, ה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: ו דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל אִישׁ אוֹ-אִשָּׁה כִּי יַעֲשֹוּ מִכָּל-חַטֹּאת הָאָדָם לִמְעֹל מַעַל בַּיהוָֹה וְאָשְׁמָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא: ז וְהִתְוַדּוּ אֶת-חַטָּאתָם אֲשֶׁר עָשֹוּ וְהֵשִׁיב אֶת-אֲשָׁמוֹ בְּרֹאשׁוֹ וַחֲמִישִׁתוֹ יֹסֵף עָלָיו וְנָתַן לַאֲשֶׁר אָשַׁם לוֹ: ח וְאִם-אֵין...

The greatness of God is Coupled to His Attribute of Goodness, פרשת שלח לך, Parashat Shelach Lecha, Bits of Torah Truths

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In This week’s Torah Portion, Moshe sends a delegation into the Promised Land to spy out the land of Canaan in order to see the kind of people and the kind of land they will encounter. Following the spies return examining the land for 40 days, the men gave a bad report which demonstrated their lack of...

Have You Ever Been Told Judaism doesn’t Believe in Hell?, פרשת קרח, Parashat Korach, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Parashat Korach provides us with a story of a power struggle between Moshe, Aaron, and Korach, Datan, Aviram, and Reuben. Moshe had heard Korach and these men were upset, claiming that Moshe and Aaron had made themselves to be kings due to their overseeing the services in the Tabernacle. As a...

The Inerrancy of Scripture, New Torah Series, Introduction, Part 1, Bits of Torah Truth

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When we think about the inerrancy of the Scriptures, we are considering the idea of the truthfulness of the Scriptures. Biblical inerrancy carries with it the idea that the pages of Scripture in their original form are without fault. Note, this is in the sense of looking at the original manuscripts, we are able to make a...

Obedience is Related to both the Torah and the New Covenant, מטות ומסעי פרשיות, Parshiyot Mattot and Massei, Bits of Torah Truths

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Parashat Mattot begins with a retelling of the journey made from Egypt to the boarder of the promised Land, this descriptions begins in Bamidbar / Numbers 33:1, א   אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְצִבְאֹתָם בְּיַד-מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹן: 33:1 These are the journeys of the sons of Israel, by which they came out from the land of...

Believing the Lie without Torah, Introduction 2, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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The Truth is the most precious thing! In our world, everyone is searching for something. Human beings are driven by a quest for meaning, and they find meaning when they know the truth and live by it. This is one of the fundamental reasons why Yeshua said according to John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth,...

The Significance of Not Believing Moses, Introduction Part 3, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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These are very important questions in regards to our faith, “What is the significance of believing in Moshe?” “Why is it so important for us to study/apply the Torah to our lives?” and “Why did God choose Moshe as a redeemer?” These things sit at the root of the doctrinal and theological problems that we see going...

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