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...

Knowing God’s Promises, פרשת חיי שרה, Parashat Chayei Sarah, Bits of Torah Truths

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In the Hebrew bible, there are two words that are used to describe blessing, the word ברוך (Baruch) and the word אַשְׁרֵי (Ashrei). According to the Torah, the language of “blessing” is given by the Hebrew word ברוך (Baruch) “to bless.” The word ברוך (Baruch) is derived from the root word ברך meaning “to kneel.” The root...

Bits of torah Truths, Parashat Nitzavim, The Content of One Page from the Hebrew Bible

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Nitzavim (Devarim / Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20), Moshe writes that at a future time, Israel will sin and the Lord will send them into a distant nation, into captivity. After having been scattered to the nations in rebellion, the people will remember the Lord their God, and He will restore them from their captivity and...

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, The Covenant – Repentance Series, Introduction Part 4, Is the Torah still Binding?

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Studying the Scriptures in both the English and the Hebrew languages, the major premise that tends to come forth (from the Hebrew Scriptures) based upon the teachings in the Tanach and the Apostolic Writings is that the Torah is still binding and that Hashem, did not intend for Yeshua’s appearance to render irrelevant the message of the Torah but...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Mishpatim, פרשת משפטים, A Piece of Revelation from God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocHLqhkdta8&feature=youtu.be In this week’s reading Moshe writes the following, אֱלֹהִ֖ים לֹ֣א תְקַלֵּ֑ל וְנָשִׂ֥יא בְעַמְּךָ֖ לֹ֥א תָאֹֽר׃ 22:27 You shall not revile God, nor put a curse upon a chieftain among your people. מְלֵאָתְךָ֥ וְדִמְעֲךָ֖ לֹ֣א תְאַחֵ֑ר בְּכ֥וֹר בָּנֶ֖יךָ תִּתֶּן־לִּֽי׃ 22:28 You shall not put off the skimming of the first yield of your vats. You shall give Me the first-born...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayeshev, Choose Righteousness, do not Forget the Lord in Your Prosperity!

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In this weeks reading from Parashat Vayeshev (Bereshit / 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) as a result his brothers become jealous (37:11).  As the narrative continues, Joseph’s brothers plot murder in their hearts (37:18-22) and sell him into slavery...

Separating light from darkness in our lives! Parashat Bereshit, פרשת בראשית, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The creation of light (righteousness) and the separation of light from darkness, this is the first of God’s creative acts, Bereshit / Genesis 1:3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. (NASB, ג וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי-אוֹר וַיְהִי-אוֹר:) The parallel is to the first of God’s creative acts...

Taking God’s Word Seriously, וארא פרשת, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here The significance of what we read here in this week’s Torah portion is taking God’s Word seriously in our lives in the sense of by the way we live our lives, either being according to God’s word or according to what we see is good in our own eyes. Our words...

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 Shelach Lecha, Am I allowed to have an Opinion?

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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:...

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;...

Faith in Yeshua Carries the Weight of Torah of both the Blessing and the Curse, פרשת ראה, Parashat Re’eh, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here In this week’s Torah portion Moshe gives the people warnings concerning obeying the commandments of God as it is related to being blessed or cursed. He also warns about the nations, false prophets, and/or a neighbor or relative who leads the people away from the Torah, away from the way of...

Bits of Torah Truths, The Covenant – Repentance Series, Introduction, Part 8, Repentance and the Love of God by the Giving of His Torah

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We are beginning a new Torah series on the Covenant of God, the Repentance Series.  This week's "Bits of Torah Truths" is an introduction, Part 7. One might ask, “How are Repentance and the Love of God connected to the Torah?”  The connection is found in the Lord lovingly giving us something to turn towards, to walk in, and to...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת נִצָּבִים-וילך, Parashat Nitzavim/Vayelech, One Man’s Sin may have Corporate Consequences

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42mFnjjwijA&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah Portion, Moshe states, כח הַנִּסְתָּרֹת לַיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵינוּ וְהַנִּגְלֹת לָנוּ וּלְבָנֵינוּ עַד-עוֹלָם לַעֲשֹוֹת אֶת-כָּל-דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת: 29:29 ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law (הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת). (NASB) Notice how Moshe says 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...

A Community being Punished for an Individual’s Sin, Parashat Toldot, פרשת תולדות, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one!” This is a famous quote from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. In light of this week’s Torah portion this phrase speaks to us in a significant way. In the movie and the phrase we find a very Messianic Principle where one lays down his...

The Messiah being sent forth to guide us in God’s Ways! פרשת ויגש, Parashat Vayigash, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here Judah (יְהוּדָה) was, according to the Torah in Bereshit / Genesis, the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, and the founder of the tribe of Judah. The Kingdom of Judah in the land of Judea was named after this tribe. The Hebrew name for Judah, Yehudah (יהודה), literally...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayera, Making Godly Choices

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This weeks reading is from Parashat Vayera (Bereshit / Genesis 18:1-22:24), we read in the opening verses וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא “the Lord appeared to him (Abraham) by the oaks of Mamre,” according to the Scriptures, the Lord God almighty visits Abraham along with two men (angels) traveling with Him (18:1-3).  Abraham learns his wife Sarah is going...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת ויגש, Parashat Vayechi, The Right Perspective for Walking with God

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In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayechi, we read the following, Bereshit / Genesis 50:15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, ‘What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong which we did to him!’ 50:16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, ‘Your...

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, פרשת יתרו, Parashat Yitro, Consecrating ourselves for His Glory!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RP1Qjp2MfU&feature=youtu.be The opening verses in this week’s Torah portion state the following, וַיִּשְׁמַ֞ע יִתְר֨וֹ כֹהֵ֤ן מִדְיָן֙ חֹתֵ֣ן מֹשֶׁ֔ה אֵת֩ כָּל־אֲשֶׁ֨ר עָשָׂ֤ה אֱלֹהִים֙ לְמֹשֶׁ֔ה וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל עַמּ֑וֹ כִּֽי־הוֹצִ֧יא יְהוָ֛ה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מִמִּצְרָֽיִם׃ 18:1 Jethro priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel His people, how the LORD had brought Israel out from Egypt. וַיִּקַּ֗ח יִתְרוֹ֙...

Sanctifying HaShem (the Name of God) in our Hearts, פרשת שמיני, Parashat Shemini, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bamidbar, פָּרָשָׁת בַּמִּדְבָּר, A better hope than Torah?

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This weeks reading is from the opening chapters of Bamidbar / Numbers, Parsahat Bamidbar (Bamidbar / Numbers 1:1-4:20). The Torah 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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayigash, Jacob, Judah, and a Messianic Expectation

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayigash (Shemot / Genesis 44:18-47:27) the Parashah begins with Benjamin having the cup of Joseph and the sons of Israel trying to explain to Joseph that they must bring their brother back to their father.  Judah offers himself in the place of Benjamin (44:8-34).  Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (45:1-8) and says,...

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:...

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