Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת כי תבוא, Parashat Ki Tavo, What Kind of Relationship is this?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyHXk5UQI0A&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah Portion is a very important one, in which Moshe says הַסְכֵּת | וּשְׁמַע יִשְֹרָאֵל הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה נִהְיֵיתָ לְעָם לַיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ “Pay attention, and hear O Israel, on this day you have become a people to God, your God.” The reason this week’s Portion is so important is its relation to what it means to be “a...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהעלתך, Parashat Behaalotcha, Unrepentant Disobedience to God’s Word

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-zwguk0et8&feature=youtu.be In this week’s reading the people were very discontented saying the following, ויהי העם כמתאננים רע באזני יהוה וישמע יהוה ויחר אפו ותבער־בם אש יהוה ותאכל בקצה המחנה 11:1 The people took to complaining bitterly before the LORD. The LORD heard and was incensed: a fire of the LORD broke out against them, ravaging the outskirts of the camp....

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...

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, פרשת ויגש, Parashat Vayigash, The Requirements of Good Leadership

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y3sS5zLEng&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following in Bereshit / Genesis 44:26-32, 26 וַנֹּ֕אמֶר לֹ֥א נוּכַ֖ל לָרֶ֑דֶת אִם־יֵשׁ֩ אָחִ֨ינוּ הַקָּטֹ֤ן אִתָּ֙נוּ֙ וְיָרַ֔דְנוּ כִּי־לֹ֣א נוּכַ֗ל לִרְאוֹת֙ פְּנֵ֣י הָאִ֔ישׁ וְאָחִ֥ינוּ הַקָּטֹ֖ן אֵינֶ֥נּוּ אִתָּֽנוּ׃ We answered, ‘We cannot go down; only if our youngest brother is with us can we go down, for we may not show our faces to...

New Torah Series – Part 1 – Our Perception of Reality – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here The nature of reality for the individual relies heavily upon one’s presuppositions that have led over the centuries to controversial philosophical judgments and assumptions as they are related to biblical interpretation. This has lead to all sorts of doctrines that are difficult to sort out. The less aware we are of the underlying presuppositions and the philosophical...

Scriptural evidence for Torah and the Gospel Message – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 4 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here Obviously the Torah and the Messiah are connected! We conclude this from the Messiah’s words saying, “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17) The prophet Isaiah calls out to the people of Israel to listen to the Lord saying, “Give...

Being Doomed to Repeat History – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 3 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote is most likely due to a writer and philosopher named George Santayana, and in its original form it read, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” From what I found on Santayana, he was known for aphorisms, and for...

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, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Having a change of heart

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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...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת כי תשא, Parashat Ki Tisa, Being a Laughing Stock to Our Enemies

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In this week’s reading Moshe states the following, Shemot / Exodus 32:25-26, כה וַיַּרְא מֹשֶׁה אֶת-הָעָם כִּי פָרֻעַ הוּא כִּי-פְרָעֹה אַהֲרֹן לְשִׁמְצָה בְּקָמֵיהֶם: כו וַיַּעֲמֹד מֹשֶׁה בְּשַׁעַר הַמַּחֲנֶה וַיֹּאמֶר מִי לַיהוָֹה אֵלָי וַיֵּאָסְפוּ אֵלָיו כָּל-בְּנֵי לֵוִי: 32:25 Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Ki Tavo, כִּי-תָבוֹא, Bringing the First and the Best to God

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Since we don’t exactly live in an agricultural society, it’s easy to skip over this Torah commandment on first fruits.  This commandment of first fruits however also shows up in the New Testament. What does this mean for God's Children (followers of Yeshua the Messiah) 4000 years after this command was given? Let's see what we can learn in...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בהר ובחקתי, Parshiyot Behar-Bechukotai, The Shemitah and having Mercy

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhEiHn6EAUM&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion states the following in Vayikra / Leviticus 25:17-19 saying, ולא תונו איש את־עמיתו ויראת מאלהיך כי אני יהוה אלהיכם 25:17 Do not wrong one another, but fear your God; for I the LORD am your God. ועשיתם את־חקתי ואת־משפטי תשמרו ועשיתם אתם וישבתם על־הארץ לבטח 25:18 You shall observe My laws and faithfully keep My...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת בראשית, Parashat Bereshit, A Doctrine that is sending many to Hell!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxpGeIHqJuE&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah Portion, Parashat Bereshit, we read the following, יא וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים תַּדְשֵׁא הָאָרֶץ דֶּשֶׁא עֵשֶֹב מַזְרִיעַ זֶרַע עֵץ פְּרִי עֹשֶֹה פְּרִי לְמִינוֹ אֲשֶׁר זַרְעוֹ-בוֹ עַל-הָאָרֶץ וַיְהִי-כֵן: יב וַתּוֹצֵא הָאָרֶץ דֶּשֶׁא עֵשֶֹב מַזְרִיעַ זֶרַע לְמִינֵהוּ וְעֵץ עֹשֶֹה-פְּרִי אֲשֶׁר זַרְעוֹ-בוֹ לְמִינֵהוּ וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים כִּי-טוֹב: יג וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר יוֹם שְׁלִישִׁי: 1:11 Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation:...

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...

Opening Yourself to Demonic Powers a Torah based Warning, Parashat Nitzavim, פרשה נצבים, Bits of Torah Truths

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Many people believe it is just the involvement in pagan, satanic, or occult practices that are the only ways to be influenced by evil spirits (demons).  The fact of the matter is the dangers with the influences of the spiritual realm are broader than we realize.  For example, if a person suffered from physical or sexual abuse the dangers...

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...

Does it Feel as if God is Hiding His Face? – Parashat Vayelech – פָּרָשָׁה‬ וַיֵּלֶךְ‬ – Bits of Torah Truths

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This week's Torah portion (Parashat Vayelech) speaks of the final days of Israel in the wilderness and just before they entered into the Promised Land.  This week we are looking at Devarim / Deuteronomy 31:14-18.  In this section of Scripture, the Lord God Almighty is speaking and tells Moshe to commission Joshua, transferring his authority over to him.  The...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayeshev, What does it mean “to hate?”

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayeshev (Shemot / 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) told his brothers and they became jealous (37:11). As the narrative continues, Joseph’s brothers are plotting murder in their hearts (37:18-22) but instead put him...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Chukat, פרשת חקת, Is there a Requirement of the Law?

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https://youtu.be/MlA2WIc2MXs In Parashat Chukat there is a lot that is going on, we learn of (i) The law to deal with uncleanness, (ii) Moshe and Aaron are unfaithful to the Lord bringing water to the people, (iii) Miriam and Aaron die, (iv) Snakes bite the people due to their unfaithfulness, and (v) War with the locals (king Sihon and Og)....

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 Beshalach, “Yeshua” or “Yahshua” and What is Missed in the Hebrew text?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Beshalach (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-17:16), Pharaoh let the people go, however, the Lord God did not lead the people by the way of the Philistines but into the wilderness.  Moshe carried the bones of Joseph out of Egypt (13:19), and the Lord led the people by a pillar of cloud during the day...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Tzav, To Seek, to Serve, and to Obey with a Joyful Heart

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Tzav (Vayikra / Leviticus 6:1-8:36), the opening verses in Parashat Tzav continues from last week with the Lord speaking to Moshe with regard to the guilt offering, and proceeds to describe the involvement of the Priests in the Olah (הָעֹלָה, raise) offering (6:8-9), the Minchah (הַמִּנְחָה, grain) offering, the Chatat (הַחַטָּאת, sin) offering,...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת תצוה, Parashat Tetzaveh, The Lord Inspires our Pursuit of Holiness

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https://youtu.be/sXbLj-4vCmA The Torah Portion for this week opens saying, Shemot / Exodus 27:20 וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מֶן זַ֥יִת זָ֛ךְ כָּתִ֖ית לַמָּא֑וֹר לְהַעֲלֹ֥ת נֵ֖ר תָּמִֽיד׃ You shall further instruct the Israelites to bring you clear oil of beaten olives for lighting, for kindling lamps regularly. This verse speaks of bringing clear oil of beaten olives as a...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת עקב, Parashat Ekev, Love, Grace, and the Torah, What is not being taught in modern theologies

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c1NPb2nUTw&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, יב וְהָיָה | עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת-הַבְּרִית וְאֶת-הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ: יג וַאֲהֵבְךָ וּבֵרַכְךָ וְהִרְבֶּךָ וּבֵרַךְ פְּרִי-בִטְנְךָ וּפְרִי-אַדְמָתֶךָ דְּגָנְךָ וְתִירשְׁךָ וְיִצְהָרֶךָ שְׁגַר-אֲלָפֶיךָ וְעַשְׁתְּרֹת צֹאנֶךָ עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר-נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ לָתֶת לָךְ: 7:12 ‘Then it shall come about, because you listen to these...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bo, פרשת בא, The False Doctrine of Grace

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The opening sentence in this week’s Torah Portion (Parashat Bo) is very significant and in may ways overlooked according to the church today, 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, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the heart of...

Final Thoughts on the Gospel – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 6 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here Opening the book of Mark from the Apostolic Writings, in the first chapter we read the following: Mark 1:9-28 1:9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 Immediately coming up out of the water, He saw the heavens opening, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon Him;...

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