Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayera, פרשת וירא, The Urgency of Faith

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Do you have an unsettling feeling on the nature of American Culture and the underlying principles our country wants to teach our children today?  This unsettling feeling on the inside is not limited to the recent actions of the United States (i.e. gay marriage) but is a world wide phenomenon.  The reason being, everything of any importance in our...

The Vine of Sodom, פרשת האזינו, Parashat Ha’azinu, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion we read the following according to Devarim / Deuteronomy 32:29-35, כט לוּ חָכְמוּ יַשְֹכִּילוּ זֹאת יָבִינוּ לְאַחֲרִיתָם: ל אֵיכָה יִרְדֹּף אֶחָד אֶלֶף וּשְׁנַיִם יָנִיסוּ רְבָבָה אִם-לֹא כִּי-צוּרָם מְכָרָם וַיהוָֹה הִסְגִּירָם: לא כִּי לֹא כְצוּרֵנוּ צוּרָם וְאֹיְבֵינוּ פְּלִילִים: לב כִּי-מִגֶּפֶן סְדֹם גַּפְנָם וּמִשַּׁדְמֹת עֲמֹרָה עֲנָבֵמוֹ עִנְּבֵי-רוֹשׁ אַשְׁכְּלֹת מְרֹרֹת לָמוֹ: לג חֲמַת תַּנִּינִם יֵינָם...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shemot, The Lord will cause the Increase

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This weeks reading, from Parashat Shemot (Shemot / Exodus 1:1-6:1), the opening verses detail the sons of Israel who had come to Egypt, that Joseph and all of his brothers had passed away and a new king arose in that did not know Joseph (1:1-7).  This king feared the children of Israel and placed them into slavery (1:9-14).  The...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayishlach, To Walk in the Stubbornness of our Hearts

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This week’s Torah Portion is from Parashat Vayishlach (Shemot / Genesis 32:3-36:43), we learn that Jacob sent messengers before him to spy out his brother Esau. The men return telling him that Esa has 400 men with him (32:6). Jacob sent along a gift ahead of him in order to appease Esau of the things he had done in...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Tzav, The ‘easy’ Mentality

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Today, we often hear the terms “Old Testament” and “New Testament,” but few people truly realize the meaning of these words, the underlying theologies involved, and the impact these words have had on our understanding of the Scriptures.  In last week’s study on Parashat Vayikra,  we looked at the opening chapters of the book of Leviticus and the sacrificial...

Bits of Torah Truths – Parashat Vayera

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In Parashat Vayera (Bereshit / Genesis 18:17-19) Abraham shared a meal with three men (שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים).  During the meal it was prophesied that Abraham's wife Sarah would bear a child at an old age.  Following the meal, two of the messengers began their journey to Sodom to see if their sin was as great as had been reported.  Abraham stood with...

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, 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...

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 Yitro, Why does God allow sin to continue?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Yitro (Shemot / Exodus 18:1-20:23), the Scripture portion this week tells us that Yitro (Moshe’s father in law) arrived bringing Moshe’s wife Zipporah and his two sons, Gershom and Eleazar (18:1-3).  Moshe told Yitro everything the Lord had done and Yitro said י   וַיֹּאמֶר יִתְרוֹ בָּרוּךְ יְהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר הִצִּיל אֶתְכֶם מִיַּד מִצְרַיִם וּמִיַּד...

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 Ki Tisa, The Half Shekel and Atonement

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Ki Tisa (Shemot / Exodus 30:11-34:35), the Lord instructs Moshe to take a census of the people (30:12) and each person is to give a ransom (half-shekel) to the Lord when numbered.  Moshe instructs to make the bronze laver and place it between the altar and the tent of meeting (30:17-18), and the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Shelach Lecha, The Fear of the Lord is a Healthy Thing!

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This weeks reading is from Parashat 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 Yisrael (13:1-2).  Moshe says יח   וּרְאִיתֶם אֶת-הָאָרֶץ מַה-הִוא וְאֶת-הָעָם הַיֹּשֵׁב עָלֶיהָ הֶחָזָק הוּא הֲרָפֶה הַמְעַט הוּא אִם-רָב: 13:18 ‘See what the land is like, and...

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, 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 Naso, פרשת נשא, Pretending to be Holy on the Outside

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4yFsJEhfko&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion (Parashat Naso) the Lord speaks to Moshe to instruct the people in regard to making a distinction between the clean and unclean saying the following, א   וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: ב   צַו אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל וִישַׁלְּחוּ מִן-הַמַּחֲנֶה כָּל-צָרוּעַ וְכָל-זָב וְכֹל טָמֵא לָנָפֶשׁ: ג   מִזָּכָר עַד-נְקֵבָה תְּשַׁלֵּחוּ אֶל-מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה תְּשַׁלְּחוּם וְלֹא יְטַמְּאוּ אֶת-מַחֲנֵיהֶם אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי שֹׁכֵן...

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 Chayei Sarah

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Do you have faith like Eleazar? In Parashat Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18), we learn that Abraham's wife Sarah passes away and Abraham purchases land to bury his wife.  After Abraham buries his wife, he asks his servant to go and find a wife for his son Isaac.  Avraham made Eleazar swear never to take his son Isaac back to the...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayetze, How Awesome is this Place

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayetze (Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-32:2).  Jacob flees from his brother Esav from Beersheba toward Haran and falls asleep.  The Lord speaks to Jacob in a dream (וַיַּחֲלֹם) reaffirming the covenant He made with Jacob’s fathers (Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-19).  Jacob travels to Haran and meets Laban his mother’s brother (29:9-14) and also meets...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayetze, The Manner in which God’s Word affects a Faithful Heart

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayetze (Shemot / Genesis 28:10-32:2) Jacob flees, on the advice of his mother, from his brother Esau. There is a lot that occurs in this week’s Torah portion, we read that while traveling, Jacob lays down and falls asleep and the Lord speaks to him in a dream (וַיַּחֲלֹם) about the covenant He...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת וישב, Parashat Vayeshev, The influences of a loving Father

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3gZ6__NGtk&feature=youtu.be This week’s Torah portion opens with the introduction on Joseph the son of Jacob, the Scriptures state the following, וַיִּרְא֣וּ אֶחָ֗יו כִּֽי־אֹת֞וֹ אָהַ֤ב אֲבִיהֶם֙ מִכָּל־אֶחָ֔יו וַֽיִּשְׂנְא֖וּ אֹת֑וֹ וְלֹ֥א יָכְל֖וּ דַּבְּר֥וֹ לְשָׁלֹֽם׃ 37:4 And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him so that they could not speak a friendly...

The Spirit of Blasphemy, פרשת וארא, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here The Apostle Paul wrote to the Romans saying, “As it is written, ‘The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.’” (Romans 2:24, τὸ γὰρ ὄνομα τοῦ θεοῦ δι’ ὑμᾶς βλασφημεῖται ἐν τοῖς ἔθνεσιν, καθὼς γέγραπται.) Paul wrote “As it is written...” The question presented to us here is “where was this written?” The...

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, Parashat Pesach, Salvation by Family

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This weeks reading is for Pesach / Passover (Shemot / Exodus 12:21-51).  Passover is a very significant point in Israel’s history since this was the turning point in the Torah when God brought Israel out of Egypt.  According to the Torah, the Passover is commanded to be observed throughout the generations of God’s people. (Shemot / Exodus 12:14 ‘Now...

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:...

Resting in Messiah and the Meaning of the Shabbat, ופקודי פרשיות ויקהל, Parshiyot Vayak’hel and Pekudei, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here Parashat Vayak’hel 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Toldot, Who are You?

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Toldot (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9).  Parashat Toldot may be summarized in the following way: (i) the struggle between Jacob and Esav within Rebecca’s womb (25:21-23), (ii) Esav became a skilled hunter and Jacob dwelled in tents (25:27-28) Isaac loved Esav and Rebecca loved Jacob, (iii) Esav sold his birthright for a bowl of...

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