Does the Bible Sanction a Form of Idolatry? פרשת תרומה, Parashat Terumah, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Terumah, we read about the construction of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant (ארון העדות, Shemot / Exodus 25:10-22), the table of the presence (שולחן לחם הפנים, Shemot / Exodus 25:23-30), the golden menorah (מנורת הזהב, Exodus 25:31-40), the Tabernacle (המשכן, Shemot / Exodus 26:1-37), the Altar (תבנית המזבח, Shemot / Exodus...

Has the Torah Really Passed Away? Some Very Relevant Commands for this Day and Age! פרשת משפטים, Parashat Mishpatim, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion the title of the Torah portion is Mishpatim (מִּשְׁפָּטִים) from the root word מִשְׁפָּט meaning “judgment or justice.” This weeks portion of Scriptures describes Civil Law (or Common Law) which consists of the body of laws that govern ordinary private matters, separate from laws presiding over criminal, military, or political matters. These laws govern...

The Torah, Bondage, the Reality of Demons, Unclean Appetites, and Overcoming Pornography, פרשת יתרו, Parashat Yitro, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah Portion we read about how Yitro brings Moshe’s sons and wife to meet him in the wilderness (Shemot / Exodus 18:1-12), Moshe takes Yitro’s advice, and Yitro departs to his own country. (Shemot / Exodus 18:13-27) Israel arrives at Sinai and the Lord calls to Moshe to speak to the people about His Mitzvot (Commands,...

Stand Still and Be Silent, Wait on the Salvation of God, פרשת בשלח, Parashat Beshalach, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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There are a lot of things that take place in this week’s Torah portion. We read how the Lord God led Israel by a pillar in the shape of a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night (Shemot / Exodus 13:17-22). Pharaoh decided to pursue Israel and mustered all of his army to follow them....

The Lord God Almighty as both a Redeemer and a Destroyer, פרשת בא, Parashat Bo, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah portion opens with Shemot / Exodus 10:1-2, א וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל-מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל-פַּרְעֹה כִּי-אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת-לִבּוֹ וְאֶת-לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ: ב וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן-בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם וְאֶת-אֹתֹתַי אֲשֶׁר-שַֹמְתִּי בָם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָֹה: 10:1 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and...

A Hardened Heart and the Removal of the Path to Repentance? פרשת וארא, Parashat Va’era, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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To summarize this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Va’era, we read how God spoke to Moshe and commissioned him to go and deliver Israel from bondage. Moshe had his doubts about his own ability to speak, and the Lord brought Aaron to be his spokesman. (Shemot / Exodus 6:2-30). The Lord God then assures Moshe that He will be with...

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...

Dan and Ephraim not mentioned in Revelation, פרשת ויחי, Parashat Vayechi, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah portion, Parashat Vayechi, concludes the book of Bereshit / Genesis. In this last Torah portion, we read how before Jacob died he spoke prophetically over each of his sons, (Bereshit / Genesis 49) then his children buried him in Canaan in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite that Abraham had purchased....

Projecting an Image that is not Real to both God and Others, Parashat Vayigash, פרשת ויגש, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, we learn how much the brothers have grown over the years. When Joseph sees his brothers, and his brother Benjamin, we read what Judah making a surety for his life by offering himself in place of his brother according to Bereshit / Genesis 44:31-33, לא וְהָיָה כִּרְאוֹתוֹ כִּי-אֵין הַנַּעַר וָמֵת וְהוֹרִידוּ עֲבָדֶיךָ...

How Much Time Should we give to Waiting upon the Lord? פרשת מקץ, Parashat Miketz, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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This week’s Torah portion begins with the dreams of Pharaoh of the seven healthy and sickly cows and of the seven healthy and sick stalks of corn. The dream disturbs Pharaoh and we are told in Bereshit / Genesis 41:9, ט וַיְדַבֵּר שַֹר הַמַּשְׁקִים אֶת-פַּרְעֹה לֵאמֹר אֶת-חֲטָאַי אֲנִי מַזְכִּיר הַיּוֹם: 41:9 Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying,...

Listening to the Sound of the Trumpet, פרשת וישב, Parashat Vayeshev, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah Portion we learn about Joseph, his dreams, how his brothers become jealous of him, how they wanted to kill him, and instead sold him into slavery. This is where we pick up in the narrative according to Bereshit / Genesis 39:1-4, וְיוֹסֵ֖ף הוּרַ֣ד מִצְרָ֑יְמָה וַיִּקְנֵ֡הוּ פּוֹטִיפַר֩ סְרִ֨יס פַּרְעֹ֜ה שַׂ֤ר הַטַּבָּחִים֙ אִ֣ישׁ מִצְרִ֔י מִיַּד֙ הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר...

What is your purpose? A message from the Patriarchs! פרשת וישלח, Parashat Vayishlach, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah Portion, we read how Jacob was called to return to the Promised Land, and he sent messengers ahead of him to scout out the Land. The messengers returned and said that Esau his brother is coming along with 400 men. This caused Jacob to fear, and we read that he prayed to God in heaven...

Where is My Fair Share? פרשת ויצא, Parashat Vayetze, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah portion, we read about the struggles of life in the lives of Jacob, Leah, and Rachel. Here we find Rachel is quite frustrated according to Bereshit / Genesis 30:1-2 which states the following, א וַתֵּרֶא רָחֵל כִּי לֹא יָלְדָה לְיַעֲקֹב וַתְּקַנֵּא רָחֵל בַּאֲחֹתָהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אֶל-יַעֲקֹב הָבָה-לִּי בָנִים וְאִם-אַיִן מֵתָה אָנֹכִי: ב וַיִּחַר-אַף יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל וַיֹּאמֶר...

A Testimony of Faith in the Life of Isaac, פרשת תולדות, Parashat Toldot, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah Portion, we read about a famine in the Land and Isaac and all that he owned moved down to Gerar near to the king of the Philistines, Bereshit / Genesis 26:1, וַיְהִ֤י רָעָב֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ מִלְּבַד֙ הָרָעָ֣ב הָרִאשׁ֔וֹן אֲשֶׁ֥ר הָיָ֖ה בִּימֵ֣י אַבְרָהָ֑ם וַיֵּ֧לֶךְ יִצְחָ֛ק אֶל־אֲבִימֶּ֥לֶךְ מֶֽלֶךְ־פְּלִשְׁתִּ֖ים גְּרָֽרָה׃ “There was a famine in the land—aside from the...

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...

Lot Chose Sin rather than Righteousness, פרשת וירא, Parashat Vayera, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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In this week’s Torah Portion, there are quite a few things that take place. First, Abraham is relaxing at the entrance of his tent and three men appear. The Hebrew text states that God had shown himself to Abraham at this time (וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח-הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם) (Bereshit / Genesis 18) We are then...

Who do we listen to? פרשת לך לך, Parashat Lech Lecha, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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All Torah portions, videos, and audio files for this series located here. In this week’s Torah Portion, Parashat Lech Lecha, the Lord God told Abram that He wanted him to get up and leave the land of his birth place and go to a land that he will show him. (אֶל-הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ) The Torah also reveals to us there...

Does Noah’s Time Parallel Our Time? פרשת נח, Parashat Noach, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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Watch Video Here The story of Noah is one of the most famous stories in all of the Bible which teach us about obedience and setting a godly example in the midst of a godless society. The Torah tells us how over the course of history, as the children of Adam populated the earth, man continued to overstep the limits...

The Power of the Word of the Living God! Parashat Bereshit, פרשת בראשית, Bits of Torah Truths – Digging Deeper

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The Bible is the Word of the Living God! The Torah, the first five books of the Bible, are awesome from the sense that these are the Word of God, it is profound, and exciting and most importantly it provokes a sense of awe in the power of God. When we see or read something that is exceptional, beyond...

Energy ‘scavenger’ could turn waste heat from fridges and other devices into electricity – A Spiritual Insight

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Watch Video HereRecently scientists published a paper in Science Magazine describing a liquid-state thermocell, a scalable thermoelectric device that is capable of harvesting low-grade heat to generate electricity. They used a thermosensitive crystallization and dissolution process to create a concentration gradient of reduction-oxidation ions. The device itself is a promising technology for cost-effective low grade heat harvesting. This...

Generational Sin, יום כפור, Yom Kippur, Bits of Torah Truths

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Following the death of Nadav and Avihu we see instructions on the ritual for Yom Kippur according to Vayikra / Leviticus 16. In the festival of Yom Kippur, we find a very Torah centric principle concerning the confession of sin, atonement, and forgiveness from God! These narratives establish the concept of the God of Israel as a God of...

Why Do We Read and Study Torah? Introduction 8, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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In these introductory sections, we have discussed how studying the Torah helps us to understand (i) The Inerrancy of Scripture, (ii) it is possible to Believe a Lie without Torah, (iii) The problem of Not Believing Moses, (iv) The Spiritual Significance of Anti-Semitism, (v) what it means Christ is the End of the Law? (vi) what is a...

A New Concept in Programmable Synthetic Materials – A Spiritual Insight

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Watch Video HereThis latest research describes the development of a multivariate metal organic framework material. Most metal organic framework (MOF) materials contain only one type of metal in the nodes connecting the organic linkers. These multivariate MOFs contain multiple metals, opening the possibility of greater selectivity in absorption and catalytic properties. The paper reports the development of MOF-74...

The Philosophy of Thought and its Effect on Doctrine, Introduction 7, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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The word Philosophy (from Greek: φιλοσοφία, philosophia) means the “love of wisdom” and is the study of general and fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Such questions are often posed as problems to be studied or resolved. When studying the Hebrew scriptures, at times one may run across the concept of the “Hebraic mind-set” and...

A Spiritual Stumbling Block, Introduction Part 6, New Torah Series, Bits of Torah Truths

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What does it mean to have a stumbling block or to be a stumbling block to others? The origin of this metaphor is found in the prohibition to not put a stumbling block before the blind in Vayikra / Leviticus 19:14 (יד לֹא-תְקַלֵּל חֵרֵשׁ וְלִפְנֵי עִוֵּר לֹא תִתֵּן מִכְשֹׁל וְיָרֵאתָ מֵּאֱלֹהֶיךָ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:). We find this command in the...

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