Parashat Va’era, By My name, Lord (YHVH), I did not make Myself known to them.

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            In this week's portion of scriptures, the name Parashat Va'era (Shemot / Exodus 6:2-9:35), declares the physical manifestation of God וארא Va'era "and I appeared" i...

Parashat Toldot, God has a plan for you

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This week’s reading from Parashat Toldot (Bereshit / Genesis 25:19-28:9) can be summarized as (i) the struggle between Yaakov and Esav within Rebecca’s womb (25:21-23), (ii) Esav became a skilled hunter and Yaakov dwelled i...

Parashat Tetzave, How does Yeshua’s Sacrifice Atone for My Sins?

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 In this week's reading, Parashat Tetzave (Shemot / Exodus 27:20-30:10) details the construction of the priestly garments (ב   וְעָשִֹיתָ בִגְדֵי-קֹדֶשׁ לְאַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ לְכָ

Parashat Shelach Lecha, Do you acknowledge the truth or do you serve your own version of reality?

In this week’s reading 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&...

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...

Being Doomed to Repeat History – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 3 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video here“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” This quote is most likely due to a writer and philosopher named George Santayana, and in its original form it read, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” From what I found on Santayana, he was known for aphorisms, and for...

Our Salvific Work is of God, פרשת ויקרא, Parashat Vayikra, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video HereThere is a very important message that is being told in the book of Vayikra / Leviticus that comes to light as we continue to study the Torah year after year. The book of Leviticus opens on the bringing of a sacrifice due to various sins. These words in the opening chapter of the book of Vayikra...

Parashat Vayechi, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

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This week's reading from Parashat Vayechi (Bereshit / Genesis 47:28-50:26) contains the final chapters of the book of Genesis.  The opening verses tell us that Yaakov (Yisrael) lived in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt) seventeen year...

Avodah Zara, Sacrificing to Demons, and the Day of Atonement, וקדשים אחרי מות פרשת,Parashat Acharei Mot–Kedoshim, Bits of Torah Truths

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This week’s Torah Portion opens with instructions on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16. This holiday is practiced today along with the preceding month of repentance (the month of Elul), the sixth month of the Hebrew year, which immediately precedes Rosh Hashanah. The month of Elul has no specific importance in the Torah...

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

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Watch Video hereWhen 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...

Yom Kippur: "Prepare Your Heart"

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We first find the mitzvah (command) to observe this day of atonement in Vayikra / Leviticus 16:1-34 following the story of the death of Aharon’s sons Nadav and Avihu in Parashat Shmini (see Vayikra / Leviticus 10) and the erra...

The Talmud gives credence to the NT idea of believing upon Yeshua for the forgiveness of sins! בהר ובחקתי פרשת, Parshiyot Behar and Bechukotai, Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video HereThis week’s Torah portion opens with Vayikra / Leviticus 26:3-5 saying, ג אִם-בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת-מִצְוֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִֹיתֶם אֹתָם: ד וְנָתַתִּי גִשְׁמֵיכֶם בְּעִתָּם וְנָתְנָה הָאָרֶץ יְבוּלָהּ וְעֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה יִתֵּן פִּרְיוֹ: ה וְהִשִּׂיג לָכֶם דַּיִשׁ אֶת-בָּצִיר וּבָצִיר יַשִּׂיג אֶת-זָרַע וַאֲכַלְתֶּם לַחְמְכֶם לָשֹֹבַע וִישַׁבְתֶּם לָבֶטַח בְּאַרְצְכֶם: 26:3 ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to...

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...

The Witness of the Power of God Delivering His People, ויגש פרשת, Parashat Vayigash, Bits of Torah Truths

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In this week’s Torah portion, we read the following, Bereshit / Genesis 46:28-34, כח וְאֶת-יְהוּדָה שָׁלַח לְפָנָיו אֶל-יוֹסֵף לְהוֹרֹת לְפָנָיו גּשְׁנָה וַיָּבֹאוּ אַרְצָה גּשֶׁן: כט וַיֶּאְסֹר יוֹסֵף מֶרְכַּבְתּוֹ וַיַּעַל לִקְרַאת-יִשְֹרָאֵל אָבִיו גּשְׁנָה וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו וַיִּפֹּל עַל-צַוָּארָיו וַיֵּבְךְּ עַל-צַוָּארָיו עוֹד: ל וַיֹּאמֶר יִשְֹרָאֵל אֶל-יוֹסֵף אָמוּתָה הַפָּעַם אַחֲרֵי רְאוֹתִי אֶת-פָּנֶיךָ כִּי עוֹדְךָ חָי: לא וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל-אֶחָיו וְאֶל-בֵּית אָבִיו אֶעֱלֶה וְאַגִּידָה...

The Power of God during Shavuot, שָׁבוּעוֹת, Shavuot, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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According to the Torah, HaShem commanded Israel with the Shalosh Regalim (שלוש רגלים) the three pilgrimage festivals. These festivals were meant to remind Israel to give thanks for the three good things He (God) did for them, the exodus from Egypt, the giving of the Torah, and the inheritance of the land of Israel. The purpose of coming to...

Does the Lord’s Promise to be with Us Guarantee We will not be Harmed? פרשת שמות, Parashat Shemot , Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Shemot, there is a lot that happens. We read about Israel’s enslavement in Egypt (Shemot / Exodus 1), the birth of Moshe, his fleeing from Egypt, and staying with Jethro a priest of Midian (Shemot / Exodus 2:11-25). Moshe marries Jethro’s daughter and has children and while tending the sheep he sees God...

Believing the Lie without Torah, Introduction 2, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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The Truth is the most precious thing! In our world, everyone is searching for something. Human beings are driven by a quest for meaning, and they find meaning when they know the truth and live by it. This is one of the fundamental reasons why Yeshua said according to John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the...

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...

Parashat Chukat, "Am I Believing by Faith or Striking the Rock in Unbelief?"

This week’s reading from the triennial cycle Bamidbar / Numbers 19:1-20:21, can be divided into two sections (i) the person coming into contact with a dead body is unclean and disqualified from the religious service for a per...

Parashat Yitro, Do not look to the altar that is hewn by human hands

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 This week's reading is from Parashat Yitro (Shemot / Exodus 18:1-20:26) the name of the Parashah "Yitro" is the name of Moshe's father-in-law.  The Scriptures tell us Moshe had two sons, Gershom and Eleazar (18:1-2).  Y...

Parashat Balak, Walking in the way of the Lord and leaning not on our own understanding.

In this week’s study from Parashat Balak (Bamidbar / Numbers 22:2-38) Balak king of Moab saw what the children of Yisrael had done to the Amorites and both he and the people of Moab were afraid being very anxious about Yisrael&rs...

Parashat Chayei Sarah: Being Honest by Remembering God’s Covenant

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In this week’s reading from the Triennial cycle (Bereshit / Genesis 23:1-24:9) in Parashat Chayei Sarah (life of Sarah), there are two very important observations on the life of Avraham, (i) Avraham’s dealing with the Hi...

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

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Watch Video HereThis 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 Israel, and say unto them, When...

Final Thoughts on the Gospel – The Torah and the Gospel Message – Part 6 – Bits of Torah Truths

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Watch Video hereOpening 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;...

The issue of being double minded, פרשת חיי שרה, Parashat Chayei Sarah, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah portion Chayei Sara, we read about the death of Sarah, the getting of a wife for Isaac, and the death of Abraham. After burying his wife Sarah, Abraham commanded his servant to go get a wife for his son Isaac. He made him swear by God that he would not get daughters from the land of...

Parashat Emor, The importance of Sanctifying the Name of the Lord.

 This week's reading is from Parashat Emor (Vayikra / Leviticus 21:1-24:23) the Lord told Moshe to speak to the Cohanim about the sons of Aharon to be careful not to defile themselves by touching a dead person among his people.&nb...

Parashat Vayelech, Zaman Matan Torah and Yeshua the Messiah

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This week's Parashah is titled Zaman Matan Torah and Yeshua the Messiah. In this weeks study is from Parahsat Vayelech, Moshe gives some closure to Sefer Devarim by explaining the reason why he can no longer lead Yisrael (Devarim / Deuteronom...

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