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...

Growing Fat and Spurning God, Parashah Haazinu, פָּרָשָׁה‬ הַאֲזִינוּ‬ , Bits of Torah Truths

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The Song of Haazinu in Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:1-43, also known as Shirat Haazinu, opens with an invocation of the heavens and the earth to listen (to give ear, א הַאֲזִינוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וַאֲדַבֵּרָה וְתִשְׁמַע הָאָרֶץ אִמְרֵי-פִי). Here the heaven and the earth are called as witnesses.  In the verses preceding Parashat Haazinu, the Lord tells Moshe to call all...

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 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, 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 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...

The Brazen Altar and Yeshua, פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here This week’s Torah Portion speaks about the Terumah, the free will contribution the people are giving to the Lord, the materials being used to construct the Tabernacle. We also read about the dimensions of the various parts of the Tabernacle according to the pattern that Moshe saw upon the mountain of Sinai. Included in the list of...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, How to understand Forgiveness

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IP9zOMGNb4 In this week’s reading, Moshe writes the following, וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר׃ 4:1 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לֵאמֹר֒ נֶ֗פֶשׁ כִּֽי־תֶחֱטָ֤א בִשְׁגָגָה֙ מִכֹּל֙ מִצְוֺ֣ת יְהוָ֔ה אֲשֶׁ֖ר לֹ֣א תֵעָשֶׂ֑ינָה וְעָשָׂ֕ה מֵאַחַ֖ת מֵהֵֽנָּה׃ 4:2 Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a person unwittingly incurs guilt in regard to any of the LORD’s commandments about things not...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת דברים, Parashat Devarim, What does the Lord expect from His people?

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Mishnah Pirkei Avot 3, Part 17 רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן עֲזַרְיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ. אִם אֵין דֶּרֶךְ אֶרֶץ, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין חָכְמָה, אֵין יִרְאָה. אִם אֵין יִרְאָה, אֵין חָכְמָה. אִם אֵין בִּינָה, אֵין דַּעַת. אִם אֵין דַּעַת, אֵין בִּינָה. אִם אֵין קֶמַח, אֵין תּוֹרָה. אִם אֵין תּוֹרָה, אֵין קֶמַח. הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, כָּל שֶׁחָכְמָתוֹ מְרֻבָּה מִמַּעֲשָׂיו,...

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;...

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...

The Torah has a Transcendency that goes Beyond Systematic Theology or Rigid Dogma, Parashat Noach, פרשת נח, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here Paul teaches us that the Torah has a transcendency that goes beyond systematic theology or rigid dogma. Paul’s view of Torah is not unlike other Jewish thinkers in the first century. His way of thinking is very contrary to Marcion, who as we know became the leader of an influential movement that viewed Torah as the dark...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Va’etchanan, פרשת ואתחנן, How to Maintain our Devotion to God

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https://youtu.be/CXAtLqqAv9M While reading through this week’s Torah portion, we are reminded of something Yeshua taught. Yeshua used this Hebrew idiom to expand upon this week’s Torah portion, saying the following, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He...

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...

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, 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 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, Parashat Beha’alotcha, פרשת בהעלתך, Tzaraat, Idolatry, Lashon Hara, and Unrepentant Disobedience to God’s Word

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https://youtu.be/GEBq7eu58AQ In this week’s reading from Parashat Behaalotcha, we are told the following, א   וַתְּדַבֵּר מִרְיָם וְאַהֲרֹן בְּמֹשֶׁה עַל-אֹדוֹת הָאִשָּׁה הַכֻּשִׁית אֲשֶׁר לָקָח כִּי-אִשָּׁה כֻשִׁית לָקָח: ב   וַיֹּאמְרוּ הֲרַק אַךְ-בְּמֹשֶׁה דִּבֶּר יְהֹוָה הֲלֹא גַּם-בָּנוּ דִבֵּר וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהוָֹה: 12:1 Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite...

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...

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, 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, 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...

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, פרשת תזריע מצרע, Parshiyot Tazria / Metzora, The Call to Self Inspection

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGka-a_V9y8&feature=youtu.be This weeks double portion (Parshiyot Tazria Metzora) speaks of the most awful of skin diseases that leads to a man being unclean before both God and man, and not able to come into God’s presence or into the community of people. The rabbis have said that this disease is due to the sin that is on the inside of...

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...

Men who Created their own Reality – New Torah Series Part 2 – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here From the depth of David’s soul he praises the Lord saying, א הַלְלוּיָהּ הַלְלִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת-יְהֹוָה: ב אֲהַלְלָה יְהֹוָה בְּחַיָּי אֲזַמְּרָה לֵאלֹהַי בְּעוֹדִי: Tehillim / Psalms 146:1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 146:2 I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being....

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:...

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