Parashat Shoftim / פרשת שופטים

When the Torah tells us two things in practically the same breath, we can be sure that they are very closely related. Yet sometimes the connection is somewhat obscure, and we are completely dependent on the guidance of the Talmud to enlighten us. In this week’s Torah reading, we are instructed to appoint judges of…

Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Eikev, Deuteronomy 7:12 -11:25 Moshe continues his discourse guaranteeing the Jewish people prosperity and good health if they follow the mitzvot, the commandments. He reminds us to look at our history and to know that we can and should trust in God. However, we should be careful so that we are not distracted by our…

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

Parsha Summary for Parshas Shlach Note: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading. 1st Aliya: Moshe sends the Spies on their mission. 2nd Aliya: The Spies return…

WHETHER IT WAS FOR TWO DAYS

A person might ask: Since we are expecting Mashiach at ever moment, how can we possibly immerse ourselves in the drudgery of everyday life and even make plans for the future? If we are truly excited about the coming of Mashiach, how can we be excited about serving God in the world as it is…

Lesson 35

Torah Moshe 4: Bamidbar / Numbers Chapter 4 The Number and Duties of the Leviim 4:1(vii) Raise up the Kohatites And ADONAI (יהוה) spoke to Moshe and to Aharon, saying: 4:2 Take the sum of Benai Kohat from among Benai Levi, after their families, by the house of their avot, 4:3 From thirty years old…

The Western Five

Khaburis Codex (alternate spelling Khaboris, Khabouris) refers to two manuscripts in the Aramaic language. The earlier of the two is an early Aramaic manuscript of the New Testament dating to between 300-310 CE and the later copy is a 10th Century duplicate thereof.[1] The Khaburis Codices contain the complete Peshitta New Testament containing 22 books, in comparison to the Western New Testament canon which contains 27 books. The…

Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך

Torah Portion: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 After the dedication of the Sanctuary — the portable Temple and repository of the Torah — the Children of Israel were almost ready to start the journey to the Land of Israel. The purpose was to fulfill the mission of Abraham, the founding father: to take the Ark of the…

WHAT IS NAZARENE (NETZARIM) JUDAISM?

In these last days of constant and important changes in people’s understanding of our relationship to the Almighty, there will naturally be some confusion about a movement such as “Nazarene Judaism.” The most important part of this understanding is that our focus is to reestablish the faith, practice, and lifestyle of the original Netzarim. So…

The Nazarenes as a Major Party with first century Judaism

Over the past decade, there has become a progressive passion of many, Christian and Jews alike, to learn and understand the life and ministry of the first recognized congregation (ecclesia) of messianic followers of Jesus (ISHO).  Were they like us, did they believe like we do? If not, then why not?  It is recognized that…

Parashat Nasso / פרשת נשא

Parshat Naso: Nezirut – An Ideal? Source Sheet by Rabbi Joshua Koperwas Source for Nezirut במדבר ו׳:א׳-ז׳ (א) וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר. (ב) דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אִישׁ אוֹ אִשָּׁה כִּי יַפְלִא לִנְדֹּר נֶדֶר נָזִיר לְהַזִּיר לַיהוָה. (ג) מִיַּיִן וְשֵׁכָר יַזִּיר חֹמֶץ יַיִן וְחֹמֶץ שֵׁכָר לֹא יִשְׁתֶּה וְכָל מִשְׁרַת עֲנָבִים לֹא יִשְׁתֶּה…

The Holiday of Shavuot

The Holiday of Shavuot Regarding the giving of the Torah, the Torah states (Shemot 19): “And they travelled from Refidim and they arrived at the Sinai Desert and they camped in the desert; and Israel camped there opposite the mountain.” Rabbeinu Chaim ben Atar, the saintly “Or Ha’Chaim,” asks that in the previous verses the…

Parashat Bechukotai / פרשת בחקתי

DIASPORA TORAH READING FOR SHABBAT: BECHUKOSAI Universal Torah commentaryBy Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum Torah Reading: BECHUKOSAI, Leviticus 26:3-27:34Haftara: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14  IF YOU WILL GO IN MY STATUTES Our parshah, BECHUKOSAI, puts the seal on the book of Leviticus, which is the “heart” of the Torah (Genesis being the “head”, Exodus the “arms”, Numbers the “legs” and Deuteronomy the “mouth”,…

Parashat Emor / פרשת אמור

Torah Reading: Parshas EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23 SAY TO THE PRIESTS As discussed in Universal Torah #20 TETZAVEH, the Torah conception of the priests and their relationship with the people is radically different from the conception of the priesthood in other traditions. The Cohen of the Torah does not absolve the Israelite of his obligation to…

How to Reach Your Personal Exodus

How to Reach Your Personal Exodus by Rabbi Dov Heller, M.A.Liberate your will by embracing the power of small. Passover is the holiday of freedom, the opportunity to expand and grow beyond one’s perceived limitations. In Hebrew, the word Egypt means “narrow.” Egypt was a place that limited human potential and enslaved the will. Freedom from one’s…

Parashat Nitzavim / פרשת נצבים

PARSHA (8) NITSAVIM (you are standing) (Deuteronomy 29:10-30:20) Deut 29:10-29 talks about the seriousness of את His covenant ואת oath that the Israelites were taking that day before יהוה your Elohim and the consequences for those who choose to deliberately break the covenant by sin. Deut 29:15 establishes that את stands with the Israelites before…