Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת וישלח, Parashat Vayishlach, The Merit of Others?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTGSIecIimw&feature=youtu.be In Parashat Vayishlach, Jacob prays to the Lord for his safety saying the following, וַיֹּאמֶר֮ יַעֲקֹב֒ אֱלֹהֵי֙ אָבִ֣י אַבְרָהָ֔ם וֵאלֹהֵ֖י אָבִ֣י יִצְחָ֑ק יְהוָ֞ה הָאֹמֵ֣ר אֵלַ֗י שׁ֧וּב לְאַרְצְךָ֛ וּלְמוֹלַדְתְּךָ֖ וְאֵיטִ֥יבָה עִמָּֽךְ׃ 32:10 Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O LORD, who said to me, ‘Return to your native land and I...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת במדבר, Parashat Bamidbar, Handling the Faith Carelessly

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0envmeTCK0&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Bamidbar / Numbers 4:15-20, וכלה אהרן־ובניו לכסת את־הקדש ואת־כל־כלי הקדש בנסע המחנה ואחרי־כן יבאו בני־קהת לשאת ולא־יגעו אל־הקדש ומתו אלה משא בני־קהת באהל מועד 4:15 When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sacred objects and all the furnishings of the sacred objects at the breaking of camp,...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Bereshit, A Miracle of Midrashic Proportions

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It may be said that this week’s reading for Parashat Bereshit (Shemot / Genesis 1:1-6:8) is the most important Parashah from all of the Parshiot found in the Torah.  The reason for the significance of this portion is that we learn about the creation of the world, the creation of man and woman, the fall of man into sin...

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 אֵשׁ מִלִּפְנֵי יְהוָֹה וַתֹּאכַל אוֹתָם וַיָּמֻתוּ...

Is ritual impurity a sin?, פרשת מצרע, Parashat Metzora, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 15:1-3, וַיְדַבֵּ֣ר יְהוָ֔ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה וְאֶֽל־אַהֲרֹ֖ן לֵאמֹֽר׃ 15:1 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: דַּבְּרוּ֙ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל וַאֲמַרְתֶּ֖ם אֲלֵהֶ֑ם אִ֣ישׁ אִ֗ישׁ כִּ֤י יִהְיֶה֙ זָ֣ב מִבְּשָׂר֔וֹ זוֹב֖וֹ טָמֵ֥א הֽוּא׃ 15:2 ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, ‘When any man has a...

The Act of Holiness, of God or of Man? פרשת קדשים, Parashat Kedoshim, Bits of Torah Truths

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In the opening verses from Parashat Kedoshim we read the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 19:1-2, א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר: ב דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם: 19:1 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 19:2 ‘Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be...

Having a Second look at the Scriptures – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 5 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here The Apostle John wrote in his epistle saying sin is as practicing lawlessness. Reading through the first epistle of John chapter 3, he speaks of something much more connecting the Torah to our faith in Yeshua the Messiah. 1 John 3:1-12 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children...

The Devil is in the Details of Yom Kippur, פרשת אחרי מות, Parashat Acharei Mot, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah Portion, there is a very interesting combination of events that are described. The Torah Portion opens with instructions on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16. Yom Kippur is a central element of Judaism. This holiday is practiced today in the sense of remembering, including a preceding month...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayishlach, Be Diligent to Seek God’s Ways

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayishlach (Shemot / Genesis 32:3-36:43) we read that Jacob sent messengers before him to his brother Esau along with a gift in order to appease him of the things done in the past (32:3-20).  Jacob wrestles with a man (32:24) and realizes that he has seen God face to face and lived (32:25-31). ...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אחרי מות וקדשים, Parshiyot Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Reckless Behavior can Effect Others

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUBma-_R3RY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following from Vayikra / Leviticus 20:1-7, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 20:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses: ואל־בני ישראל תאמר איש איש מבני ישראל ומן־הגר הגר בישראל אשר יתן מזרעו למלך מות יומת עם הארץ ירגמהו באבן 20:2 Say further to the Israelite people: Anyone among the Israelites, or among the...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, פרשת בהר ובחקתי, Tzdakah and the Strengthening of Your Brother

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https://youtu.be/a8pfbz-1lTs In this week’s Torah portion the Lord gives us His mitzvot on how to take care of the poor.  The Torah describes the situation for someone who has found themselves to be in trouble financially. In the worst case, a person may sell himself to someone in order to pay off his debt.  The selling of one’s self into...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Toldot, פרשת תולדות, Two Nations Striving… How does this Relate to Us?

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The Scriptures for this week may be summarized as the struggle between two brothers in which the Lord God states this is nothing less than the struggle between two nations (שְׁנֵי גֹייִם), the struggle between sin and righteousness, unfaithfulness and faithfulness.  This week’s Torah portion opens with the phrase Bereshit / Genesis 25:19, וְאֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת יִצְחָק 25:19 Now these...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שפטים, Parashat Shoftim, Justice (מִשְׁפַּט-צֶדֶק) A Fundamental Principle in the Torah

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8I2c6TJaV4&feature=youtu.be This week’s portion opens saying, יח שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ לִשְׁבָטֶיךָ וְשָׁפְטוּ אֶת-הָעָם מִשְׁפַּט-צֶדֶק: 16:18 ‘You shall appoint for yourself judges and officers in all your towns which the Lord your God is giving you, according to your tribes, and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. (NASB) The Lord commands us to...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Re’eh, We are Commanded to be Joyful

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In this weeks reading from Parsahat Re’eh (Devarim / Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17), Moshe says רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה: meaning “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” Moshe says the blessing comes if we “listen and obey.” The curse comes to those who turn aside from the way God has commanded. The blessing...

The Glory of God in Us, פרשת פקודי, Parashat Pekudei, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion (Parashat Pekudei) tells us the Tabernacle was put together in the first month of the year (Nissan) and summarizes the construction of the Tabernacle according to the previous chapters. After the Tabernacle was constructed, we are told the following according to Shemot / Exodus 40:33-38, לג וַיָּקֶם אֶת-הֶחָצֵר סָבִיב לַמִּשְׁכָּן וְלַמִּזְבֵּחַ וַיִּתֵּן אֶת-מָסַךְ...

Bits of Torah Truths, Parashat Vayetze, A Vision of Angels

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In this week’s reading from Parashat Vayetze (Shemot / Genesis 28:10-32:2) Jacob flees from his brother Esau.  While traveling, he lays down and falls asleep.  The Lord speaks to him in a dream (וַיַּחֲלֹם) reaffirming the covenant He made with his fathers (Bereshit / Genesis 28:10-19).  Jacob travels to Haran and meets Laban his mother’s brother (29:9-14) and also...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת קרח, Parashat Korach, Hearing and understanding the Truth, a How to?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arra4akKarw&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following, וישלח משה לקרא לדתן ולאבירם בני אליאב ויאמרו לא נעלה 16:12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come! המעט כי העליתנו מארץ זבת חלב ודבש להמיתנו במדבר כי־תשתרר עלינו גם־השתרר 16:13 Is it not enough that you brought us from a...

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 translates as “thanksgiving” or “praise,” and is...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת נשא, Parashat Naso, Repentance, a necessity of Heart and Life

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JODy8K6G6xY&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion we read the following in Bamidbar / Numbers 5:5-9, וידבר יהוה אל־משה לאמר 5:5 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying: דבר אל־בני ישראל איש או־אשה כי יעשו מכל־חטאת האדם למעל מעל ביהוה ואשמה הנפש ההוא 5:6 Speak to the Israelites: When a man or woman commits any wrong toward a fellow man, thus breaking...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת שפטים, Parashat Shoftim, Having Our own Form of Righteousness and therefore Justice

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Today more than ever, our generation is being shaped by the social, political, and economic events of the day.  Examples may be found by observing how each subsequent generation are different than the prior generations.  This is the result of our lives being saturated by mobile technology, social media, and skewed news reporting all for the purpose of manipulating...

Transmitting Holiness to others? פרשת אמר, Parashat Emor, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion, Vayikra / Leviticus 21-22 speaks about the requirements for the priests and holiness. Chapter 23 speaks of God’s Meodim (appointed times) and Chapter 24 speaks of what the people are to bring to the Tabernacle, oil, grain, the sacrifices, taking the Lord’s name in vain, and the command on an eye for an...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת פינחס, Parashat Pinchas, What it Means to be a God Fearer

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTV2BHInPTg&feature=youtu.be In this weeks reading following the sin of Israel at Baal Peor, we read the following, א וַיְהִי אַחֲרֵי הַמַּגֵּפָה פ וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן-אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר: ב שְֹאוּ אֶת-רֹאשׁ | כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְֹרָאֵל מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה וָמַעְלָה לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם כָּל-יֹצֵא צָבָא בְּיִשְֹרָאֵל: ג וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה וְאֶלְעָזָר הַכֹּהֵן אֹתָם בְּעַרְבֹת מוֹאָב עַל-יַרְדֵּן יְרֵחוֹ לֵאמֹר: ד מִבֶּן עֶשְֹרִים שָׁנָה...

Greater details on becoming a Bond-Servant, פרשת משפטים, Parashat Mishpatim, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch video here The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 1:1 and Galatians 1:10 the following, Romans 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God (NASB) Παῦλος δοῦλος Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ, κλητὸς ἀπόστολος, ἀφωρισμένος εἰς εὐαγγέλιον θεοῦ, Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or...

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...

Bits of Torah Truths, פרשת אמר, Parashat Emor, The Sacredness of Faith and the Lamb of God

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhfMHHIRpUM&feature=youtu.be In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, Vayikra / Leviticus 21:10-15, י וְהַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל מֵאֶחָיו אֲשֶׁר-יוּצַק עַל-רֹאשׁוֹ | שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וּמִלֵּא אֶת-יָדוֹ לִלְבֹּשׁ אֶת-הַבְּגָדִים אֶת-רֹאשׁוֹ לֹא יִפְרָע וּבְגָדָיו לֹא יִפְרֹם: 21:10 ‘The priest who is the highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the...

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...

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