Our Faith is something that is Practiced!, פרשת בהר, Parashat Behar, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video Here This week’s Torah portion opens with Vayikra / Leviticus 25:1-2, א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹר: ב דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְֹרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן לָכֶם וְשָׁבְתָה הָאָרֶץ שַׁבָּת לַיהוָֹה: 25:1 And the Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying, 25:2 Speak unto the children of...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

The Mitzvah of Pikuach Nefesh (פיקוח נפש, Rescuing a Life) and Servant hood, פרשת שמיני של פסח, Parashat Shemini shel Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video Here The reading for this week is from Devarim / Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 and speaks about being freed from slavery, being set free from debt, not charging interest, the Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. What these Scriptures are speaking to us is concerning servant hood, and committing our lives to the Lord. When we...

The Passover, A Message of Redemption! פרשת פסח, Parashat Pesach, Bits of Torah Truths

Yeshua said “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33) What does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness? The kingdom describes the rule and reign of the God of Israel in our lives. What does that mean? How is that...

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

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...

Each of us must be cleansed from Tzaraat (Leprosy), פרשת תזריע, Parashat Tazria, Bits of Torah Truths

In this week’s Torah portion we read about the commands concerning Tzaraat a skin disease according to Vayikra / Leviticus 13:1-3, א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהֹוָה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה וְאֶל-אַהֲרֹן לֵאמֹר: ב אָדָם כִּי-יִהְיֶה בְעוֹר-בְּשָֹרוֹ שְֹאֵת אוֹ-סַפַּחַת אוֹ בַהֶרֶת וְהָיָה בְעוֹר-בְּשָֹרוֹ לְנֶגַע צָרָעַת וְהוּבָא אֶל-אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אוֹ אֶל-אַחַד מִבָּנָיו הַכֹּהֲנִים: ג וְרָאָה הַכֹּהֵן אֶת-הַנֶּגַע בְּעוֹר-הַבָּשָֹר וְשֵֹעָר בַּנֶּגַע הָפַךְ | לָבָן וּמַרְאֵה...

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

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...

Does the Torah teach “Once Saved Always Saved?”, פרשת צו, Parashat Tzav, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here In the chapters from Parashat Tzav we read how the Lord God instructs Moshe to instruct Aaron and his sons on the sacrifices. We read in Vayikra / Leviticus 7:1, א וְזֹאת תּוֹרַת הָאָשָׁם קֹדֶשׁ קָדָשִׁים הוּא: 7:1 And this is the instruction of the guilt offering it is a holy...

Yeshua (Jesus) and the book of Leviticus, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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...

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

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...

The Sabbath Rest, פרשת ויקהל, Parashat Vayak’hel, Bits of Torah Truths

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 Greatest Sin Forgiven, פרשת כי תשא, Parashat Ki Tisa, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here This week’s Torah portion (Parashat Ki Tisa) begins with the final comments on the construction of the Mishkhan (Tabernacle). We also read about Moshe going up the mountain of Sinai and spending forty days and forty nights on the mountain. The people became restless and they insisted that Aaron build them a golden calf to worship. Aaron...

Being Sanctified by the Olat Tamid (Lamb of God), פרשת תצוה, Parashat Tetzaveh, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video Here In this week’s Torah portion we read the following in Shemot / Exodus 29:45, וְשָׁ֣כַנְתִּ֔י בְּת֖וֹךְ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וְהָיִ֥יתִי לָהֶ֖ם לֵאלֹהִֽים׃ 29:45 I will abide among the Israelites, and I will be their God. וְיָדְע֗וּ כִּ֣י אֲנִ֤י יְהוָה֙ אֱלֹ֣הֵיהֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֨ר הוֹצֵ֧אתִי אֹתָ֛ם מֵאֶ֥רֶץ מִצְרַ֖יִם לְשָׁכְנִ֣י בְתוֹכָ֑ם אֲנִ֖י יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיהֶֽם׃ 29:46 And they shall know that I the...

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

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...

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

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...

Yeshua applied a Torah based Metaphor, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch LIVE Video This week’s Torah Portion contains a vast amount of information. A lot of things took place, the pillar of cloud and fire stood between Egypt and Israel (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-22), the Lord delivered the people from the Egyptian Army through the Red Sea (Shemot / Exodus 14:1-30), the people tested the Lord with the bitter water...

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

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...

Ephraim will become a multitude of nations, What does that mean? פרשת ויחי, Parashat Vayechi, Bits of Torah Truths

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...

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

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...

The Real Messiah is Hidden, Parashat Miketz, פרשת מקץ, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here The narrative in the Torah describes how the dreams of Pharaoh came to pass. There were seven years of great abundance, and then there was seven years of great famine. It was a few years into the famine that Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain because of the severity of the famine and their...

Is there such a thing as a little Hatred? פרשת וישב, Parashat Vayeshev, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here In this week’s reading we see at the opening of the Torah portion the following, Bereshit / Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic. 37:4 His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his...

Foreign gods and Theological Beliefs, פרשת וישלח, Parashat Vayishlach, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here The concept of foreign gods runs deep within the Torah in relation to the Shema (Devarim / Deuteronomy 6:4 שְׁמַע יִשְֹרָאֵל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָֹה | אֶחָד:); Here O Israel, the Lord God, He is One. In this week's reading the Lord God tells Jacob to pick up camp and move to Bethel, to live there and to...

Communicating with God, Parashat Vayetze, פרשת ויצא, Bits of Torah Truths

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...

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

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...

Hebrew Letter Nun (נ), and the Lord Blessing the Way of the Faithful, Parashat Chayei Sara, פרשת חיי שרה, Bits of Torah Truths

Watch Video here When looking at the letter Nun (נ) in Hebrew, at the opening and middle positions, we used the standard letter nun, and at the end of a word, we used the final form (ן). The bent over shape lends to the rabbinic interpretation on the word “faithful” beginning and ending with the nun (נאמן). The Talmud Bavli...

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