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2014-2015 Torah Portion Schedule

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014


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Introducing Emet en la Torah Ministries

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013

 Manna from Heaven Ministries introduces Emet en la Torah Ministries:

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Posted by on Oct 28, 2012

As a Messianic congregation, having also an upbringing in the western church community, we want to welcome those visitors to our website who may also be currently members of either the gentile church or the orthodox assembly. To those who are new, we will be using the Hebrew names of both the Father (YHVH -Yahweh) and Messiah (Yahshua), rather than the more common titles of, lord, god, or Ha-Shem (The Name), or, the Greek rendering of, “Jesus”, as well as, the hybrid name of JeHoVaH.

The use of the more accurate Hebrew names is not meant to cause confusion or division among those seeking the Truth, but, our attempt to be as scripturally accurate as possible.

Manna From Heaven Ministries was founded on September 15, 1999. We are a Messianic congregation in keeping with the example of the early church as defined in the New Testament. Along with a balance of Integrity, Maturity, and Discipline, we pursue the attributes and character of YHVH that His Word mandates for the Set-Apart ones.

We would hope that our common desire for relationship with the Father and our love of Torah (The Word) will be sufficient to enable those who disagree regarding the use of His Name, to overlook that point of issue, and strive to search the Scriptures to see if what we are teaching is indeed, Truth.

We have a multi-racial congregation that welcomes anyone wishing for an exciting, exuberant relationship with Messiah. Our objective is to offer to the community a fellowship motivated by the Love of Yahshua, to minister the full counsel of His Word.

It is that mission alone that will minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the Bride preparing for these last days.

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Devarim 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015

Devarim/”Words”, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 begins the final book of the Torah (Deuteronomy, also Devarim) and seems from the surface to have the overall tone of a farewell discourse from Mosheh to Israel as the 40th year of wandering has finally arrived and it is now time to enter the Promised Land. Yet upon closer inspection, we find that the entire book of Deuteronomy is being structured in the exact same format as an ancient covenant treaty with a preamble, historical prologue, covenantal obligations, blessings and curses, and a concluding section. The generation at Sinai that accepted the terms of the contract have died off, it’s now time for the wilderness generation to declare their allegiance. Now, for the past 40 years they have been living the Torah (living out the covenantal obligations), so it causes us to ask the question why then was it so important that immediately before crossing the Jordan and before Mosheh passes that the final moments are spent once again repeating the terms of a covenant that they obviously know?


Deuteronomy 1:1-3

Words: Strong’s #1697 dabar דָּבָר speech, word, speaking, thing, one who has a cause (in a legal sense); hence from this root stems dibrah (#1700) דִּבְרָה cause, reason, in order that, for the purpose of, for the sake of in a forensic sense – relating to, used in, or suitable for a court of law

ד = Door, the overhang where the 2 lines intersect interestingly its called “the ear”

ב = House & ר = Head/Chief One; could it be that in order to have legal cause and right to access the door to the house of the Chief One (House of Yahweh – to enter the Promised Land), would only be granted to those who would lend their ear, hear His devarim/words?

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Balak 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

Balak/”Devastator”, Numbers 22:2-25:9, is quite a unique parshah, not only is there a talking donkey, but it is one of the few times in Torah that the viewpoint is not from Israel’s perspective, but instead Israel seems to take a backseat while the narration is told from the viewpoint of others, lending insight into how the minds of Israel’s enemies works! This is quite an important lesson because it seems that the more we look into this, the enemies’ tactics have not changed. This then lends some valuable insight into our own circumstances and what traps to look for and how to avoid being compromised. The portion makes it very clear that Balak and Balaam were unable to curse Israel (and from the previous parshah it’s evident that a militaristic approach also would end in failure). It seems to make one point quite clear, the tactics of the enemy are futile, lest we ourselves choose to open doors and allow the camp to be compromised!


The first clue we find is in the placement of this portion – the 40th portion of the year. The number 40 symbolizes a period of testing, trial, or probation – already foretelling that this encounter with Balak is a test!

40 = מ water, chaos, womb; the number 40 is connected to something being birthed from the womb because there are 40 weeks of gestation until birth (hence the reason there was 40 years in the wilderness until Israel was birthed from the womb of the Word/Midabar). The placement of this parshah emphasizes that its time for something to be birthed – the seed of Yahweh that’s been planted within Israel’s womb is about to be brought forth!

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Chukat 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015

Chukat – Ordinance

Numbers 19:1–22:1


  1. This particular ordinance has a unique position in rabbinical circles. For years its true meaning lay shrouded in mystery, its understanding beyond the grasp of even the most devout, yet because of the renewed efforts of the last few years to restore the Temple and its services, the particular rituals of this commandment have become the focus of a national movement, taking on more significance than ever, for without it the Divine service of the Holy Temple cannot be renewed (partial quote in italics from the templeinstitute.ord/red_heifer/introduction). What is so intriguing about this commandment and why is it more important to the Temple service than ever in history? Or is it? Can it be truly understood by Judah and Ephraim alike? Walk with me a bit further…

 Here is another source quote that gives the sum of religious Israel’s limited understanding of this holy ordinance: [“the ashes of the red heifer rectifies humanity’s most basic flaw: despair. The despair brought about by the loss of the Temple and the Divine Presence amongst us”]

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Korach 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015

Korach/”Korah” covers Numbers 16:1-18:32, and is dedicated to the rebellion of its namesake. This parshah seems to make one point very clear – Yahweh will not tolerate rebellion in His camp! Remembering that the wilderness journey becomes the pattern for a larger future exodus, this passage then seems to be a warning to later generations of the dangers of rebellion, a warning to be careful lest we fall in the same trap as Korah! In fact, Ezekiel 20:38 seems to hint at this very fact – “And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am Yahweh.” What exactly is Korah guilty of though, along with those who join with him, that would cause Yahweh to deal with it in the quick and severe manner that He does? Understanding what Yahweh views as a rebel seems to be quite important!

*Rebel: Strong’s #4775 marad מָרַד to rebel, revolt, be rebellious; מ = from, out of, a sense of origin & רד = root meaning to wander restlessly, to roam, it infers a sense of no direction or purpose; rebellion is birthed from and originates when we have no sense of direction or purpose and wander and roam restlessly and aimlessly!

It’s no accident that the term Torah itself comes from the root yarah meaning to shoot something in order to hit a mark! Torah is what provides a sense of purpose and direction, it outlines the mark we’re to aim for (Psalm 119:105 – “NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”). It’s with the removal of His Word/Torah that we find ourselves falling into the category of the rebels!

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Shelach Lekha 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015

Shelach L’cha 6-13-15

Numbers 13:1–15:41. 

  1. This Parsha is monumental! It recounts in vivid detail the turning point in the lives of the generation who came out of Israel. Let’s revisit some of the events taking place and see how they relate to our generation today!


First of all, it would seem that like our Forebears, a Great(er) Exodus lies before us. Many have already awakened and multitudes yet remain who will “Come Out Of Her”. If so, we must learn from the early mistakes. Are there reasons to believe these Parsha’s fit our current daily lives?


 FYI: This is the 37th Parsha and it centers on the group of Israelites who left Egypt yet continued to complain wanting to return to Pharaoh. Let’s look at one recent event: The last leg of the Horse Racing Triple Crown saw a winner called; American Pharaoh – for the first time in 37 years! The horse is owned by Ahmed (Highly Praised – another name for Muhammed) Zayat an Egyptian born Jew! He won the last stage at Belmont: Bel = Baal, Mont = mountain. It’s all about coming out of her! And many say these Torah portions have no modern relevance today!

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Bemidbar 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on May 31, 2015

BeMidbar: In the Wilderness.

Numbers 1:1–4:20

  1. Our English title of this new book is ‘Numbers’, which is simply derived from its focus on the census or polling of the whole house of Israel in this 4th book of Torah. However, the Hebrew title is the same as the beginning Parsha – ‘BeMidbar’. It is the 34th Torah portion of the cycle. These numbers are important as demonstrated by the emphasis on numbers in this book. How so? Let’s look at the number 34 written in Hebrew: לֹד, Lamed-Dalet. The word-picture here is that of the Lamed – to goad, prod or urge toward something; while the Dalet pictures an opening or doorway. Ironically, when used as a two-letter root, such as in Yalad, ‘he begot’ or ‘he brought forth’ there seems to be a connection to something being birthed as revealed in the word-picture ‘to urge toward an opening’. How does this fit with our title phrase, H#4057, בְּמִדְבַּר, BeMidbar whose number value equals 248? This is answered when we understand 248 as the gematria or value of the Hebrew word Abraham who was ‘the Father who brought forth’! This is intriguing since verse two begins with a command to ‘take the sum of all the congregation of Israel’! Why so?


It would seem an intermediate fulfillment of Genesis 15: 5 is taking place here: And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

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Bechukotai 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on May 15, 2015

Bechukotai 2015

Bechukotai/”In My Statutes”, Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34, is the last portion of the book of Leviticus or Vayikra. We find that at the end of a book filled with commandments and laws that will govern the nation that belongs to Yahweh, He finishes with an explanation of how our obedience or our disobedience to these statutes will affect us as an individual and as a nation as a whole! To walk in the statutes causes His blessings to be poured out and to refuse brings the curses in increasing levels of severity for the express purpose of getting our attention and causing us to return and once again walk in the statutes. This becomes a very important passage for you and I, as we look around we see the world we live in, in a state of steady decay doing the very actions that will cause Yahweh to judge us. Yet in this passage a promise is given, if I will walk in His statutes, blessings are available. Could it be that His statutes also become a source of provision in the midst of the calamities and disasters? Let’s look closer and see!

Leviticus 26:3

If: Strong’s #518 ‘im אִם if, oath contexts; it’s a cognate of ‘em (#517) אֵם mother, to womb something, seeming to infer that what’s being asked of you and I is to be one that would womb His Word/Covenant; breaking it apart א = I will & ם = waters, but also is connected to judgment; the opening statement “if” actually reveals that Yahweh will judge us and pour out either blessings or curses based on what we have chosen to place within us, whether we were willing or not to carry His covenant within us!

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Behar 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on May 8, 2015

Behar – In The Mountain:

Leviticus 25:1–26:2


This Parsha is of particular interest because it clarifies much regarding the Shmittah year cycle. This year is a Shmittah year and thus, our understanding will affect how we practice and prepare before, during and after this climatic event! The English title – ‘In the Mountain’ – Behar, בְּהַר; is a phrase that becomes quite prophetic when examined. We’ll begin by looking at its numeric value; 207, which is the same as H#216, אוֹר ‘owr, translated as ‘light’, meaning to illuminate or enlighten. This suggests that understanding this parsha should enlighten us. But, enlighten us regarding what? If we examine the 3 principal root letters Bet-Hey-Resh, written backwards they spell the word Rahab a corrupted spelling of the name of the harlot of Jericho (Rachab). This word is difficult to translate but most agree it seems to have to do with experiencing a forceful intimacy; as in Prov. 6:3 where a young man importunes his creditor who had become a surety for him. In other words, we’re being enlightened regarding how to properly exercise the terms of the Covenant – LEGALLY – which will ensure that we are in fact, released – Shmittah – from bondage – because of our obedience!

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Emor 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on May 1, 2015

Emor 2015

Emor/”Say!” covers Leviticus 21:1-24:23 and begins with a specific set of laws/commandments for the Priests. The tendency is to immediately disregard these and skim over this section seeing as there is no temple and not a functioning priesthood in the manner that they served in the Tabernacle/Temple. However, Revelation 5:10 – “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” It would seem then that in order to reign on the earth (to rule and have dominion) hinges upon our ability to understand and function in the role of a priest! In fact the term here for reign: (Greek) #936 basileuo βασιλεύω to exercise the highest influence or control, kingly power, to reign; from the root #939 basis βάσις a stepping, walking, that with which one steps, the foot – this affects the way we walk (our way of life)!

It’s interesting to note that before we begin looking into the passage itself, that the number 7 makes several innocuous appearances. This is the 7th parshah of Leviticus/Vayikra, it starts at the 21st chapter (7,7,7 or 7 x 3), the first verse has 56 letters (7 x 8) and the value/gematria of the title Emor = 241 (2 + 4 + 1 = 7).
7 = the number of Covenant, perfection, and completion; it’s connected to the ז which is a picture of a sword/weapon, meaning to cut, interestingly though the word zayin itself derives from a root word that means sustenance or nourishment
*Tying this all together the number 7 seems to infer that in order for you and I to be sustained, nourished, and be able to grow it will require something to be cut off (circumcised) and it’s only by coming in contact with this sword/weapon that we’re able to complete this covenant and to walk in it!

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Tazria 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015

Tazria – Metzora: 4-18-15

Leviticus 12:1–15:33.

  1. These two Torah portions are normally read as one. We will begin by looking at the names and their definitions for direction as to how we should examine this Parsha and its’ contents.
  • Tazria, תַזְרִיעַ from H#2232, זָרַע zara` indicating to sow or scatter seed, to be or become pregnant. If we break the word apart, the word-picture gives us the meaning of the word. Tzade-Resh, zer, indicates a border. As in the border around the Ark of the Covenant, while the letter Ayin indicates the eye or euphemistically, the womb. The implication is that of a barrier or border upon the womb that must be crossed by the seed. It has a numeric value of 277. This number is intriguing. It connects us to H#6160, H#6161, Arabah, which means a desert plain, an arid or sterile land. It can also indicate to become a pledge or surety. Ironically, it was in the Arabah on the wilderness side of Jordan where Moshe spoke his last to the people. Is it possible that we have a physical picture being painted? The people of Israel represented the SEED of YHVH who would exit the sterile place and cross-over, penetrate the Jordan –the border or barrier – and thereby cause the Promised Land to become zara – pregnant! As such, they become a Remnant who is security or pledge for those of us who will inherit the land! Doesn’t this fit the pattern of the Man (Messiah) born of woman?
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