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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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Vayetzei 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015

Vayetzei 2015

Vayetzei/”And He Went Out”, Genesis 28:10-32:3, is the Torah portion in which we see the official switch from the focus being upon Isaac as the patriarch to Jacob now. From the surface it seems as if Jacob is fleeing from his older brother Esau after having “stolen” the birthright. In fact, when looking at the entire narrative of Jacob’s life, it seems as if there’s been a deliberate attempt to paint him in a not so favorable light, giving rise to the anti-Semitism we find today rampant in the church and the replacement theology! Upon digging into the Hebrew language though we find that the English translations do a great disservice to what is happening and the importance of the journey Jacob goes upon! He is by no means running from Esau or taking the coward’s way out, but instead is being used as a tool in a restoration process for the House, a process that you and I today are also a part of and will see completed!


Genesis 28:10

Went Out: Strong’s #3318 yatsa’ יָצָא to go out, come out, exit, or go forth; specifically means to go forth with a purpose or for a result, has the sense of direction, to be headed toward something; also used meaning to deliver or lead out of bondage. And finally it can mean to germinate (to cause a seed to begin to grow and put off shoots after a period of dormancy), or to expand as a plant.

*It seems then that Jacob is being sent out for a specific purpose and to achieve a specific result! His going out is for the purpose of delivering the house from bondage! And that it’s only upon his going out that the seed/word of Yahweh will begin to germinate and grow after having been dormant for some time prior to this! Sounds quite different from the normal explanation of Jacob running from big brother Esau doesn’t it?

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Lekh Lekha 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Oct 25, 2015

Lekh-Lekha 2015

Lekh-Lekha/”Go Forth, Yourself!”, Genesis 12:1-17:27, begins with a command to Abram, which due to his obedience to this command, sets him apart and causes him to be known as the Father of the Faith, the chosen seed line of the Messiah, and the patriarch of the covenant! The interesting point here though, is that prior to this verse, not much is said about Abram personally in the Scriptures, except some information concerning his lineage. If we’re not one who is willing to dig, it would seem that this command is given on a whim, that Abram is randomly selected, and it serves as a “new chapter” in the narrative without much connection to prior events.

With only his genealogy as a clue given prior to this command, let’s take a closer look! Genesis 11:10-27 lists the genealogy of Shem leading up to Abram, but an important clue here is that there are 10 generations from Shem to Abram (there were also 10 generations from Adam to Noah)! What’s significant about the 10th generation?

*Deuteronomy 23:2 – “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of Yahweh; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of Yahweh.”

Bastard: Strong’s #4464 mamzer מַמְזֵר an illegitimate child, it specifies a person who does not have a proper pedigree or genealogy, one who is a foreigner; later in Ezra 2:62 those whose genealogy was not found among the registry were denied access to the Priesthood! Being able to declare your proper pedigree was an important integral part of being Israel – in order to have access to the Temple and the presence of Yahweh, to receive an inheritance, all of this hinged on the pedigree! This is specifically dealing with a curse concerning those who would compromise the pedigree/Seed of Yahweh!

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7th Month Festivals 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015

The 7th Month festivals. 2015.

Lev. 23: 24 – 44.


  1. The festivals begin on the first of the 7th month. I personally believe it coincides with the sighting of the sliver of the moon. This is in keeping with what is found in Gen. 1: 14, indicating that the stellar luminaries are for signs, H#226, אוֹת ‘owth, a sign or signal, banner or mark, a token or proof. A sign must be ‘seen’ to be understood. Therefore, the ‘Dark Moon’ which lasts anywhere from 1.5 to 3.5 days is an unstable measuring point.These signs regulate seasons, H#4150, מוֹעֵד mow`ed, appointed place, time or meeting, a sacred season or festival. The word mow`ed comes from the root of H#3259, ya`ad, indicating to point out or define something. It can also mean to espouse a wife. If we look at the two-letter root, the Ayin-Dalet, it hints at a witness or testimony, whether written or oral! It would seem then, that these signs must be either heard or seen in order to properly fix a date or time. This would seem fitting since the first festival of the 7th month is Yom Teruah – the Day of Trumpets or shouting/blasting! Following this logic, a sign for an espoused bride that is also a testimony would be considered a Ketubah and in this case, one written in the heavens! In fact, the root of Ketubah, katav, means ‘visible signs written down’.


Incidentally, the Hebrew wedding custom required a contract or Ketubah be given and accepted by the prospective bride. This is the first stage of a binding ‘engagement’ called kiddushin. This is followed by a period of waiting where the husband goes to prepare a place for his bride. (John 14:1-3) The next stage, ‘nisuin’ begins with the wedding ceremony where the Ketubah is read. (At the close of the Shmittah cycle the entire Torah – Ketubah is read during Sukkot) The Sages teach: From the moment the Ketubah is handed over to the bride, she must safeguard it and make sure it doesn’t get lost; according to the laws established a man cannot live with his wife for even one hour without a Ketubah in their home. Yom Teruah pictures the Bridegroom returning with a shout and the blast of the Great Shofar!


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Ki Tetse 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015

Ki Tetse 8-29-15

When You Go Out.

Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19

The Parsha begins with the imposing of measures to curtail the lustful passions of a military man who has taken a female captive. The Sages agree the criteria established here is in hopes that the man will overcome his lust for the female by a forced waiting period as a means of preventing further consequences. This connection is quite obvious when juxtaposed with the following directives concerning the ‘hated’ wife and the rebellious son produced from the union. It is as if the two are presented in order that the lustful man may see what often results from his sinful desires. The Sages teach this Parsha deals with the carnal nature and the future consequences of failing to subdue the rebellious flesh, leading to the taking of a hated wife, producing rebellious children. These lustful passions cause one to turn from the First Wife or First Love a euphemism of The Torah/YHVH. *Remember that one’s wife is considered his cistern, fountain; spring of living waters…to take another is to reject that fountain!


Though this part of the text seems innocuous on its surface, however, as with every Torah portion it has far-reaching ramifications. Let’s look.


What follows is intriguing because this Parsha contains more of the 613 (74 total) mitzvoth than any other; yet, the lustful, carnal, religious leaders of Israel are blinded to them as they walk through this scenario during the life of Messiah.

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Shoftim 2015 by B. Scott

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Shoftim 2015

Shoftim/”Judges”, covers Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9, and begins with the command to place judges and officers in the gates. It launches us into an important, yet divisive and touchy subject, how to judge in the house! To be quite honest, seldom has their been a balance in this area – the pendulum either swings too far one way or the other (with no one willing to judge, therefore all manner of issues are allowed in the house, or individuals become so judgmental that they become cynical and lose the heart of Torah.) It’s interesting to note, that the judges were stationed at the gates of the city in biblical times. This was important because to see the judges at the gates functioning as they were supposed to, was a sign to all those passing through that that city was a Torah observant place! Can the same be said of our own houses?

Deuteronomy 16:18-20

Judges: Strong’s #8199 shaphat שָׁפַט to judge, govern, vindicate, punish;

ש = To burn, consume (therefore to purify, or change)

פ = Vessel, the mouth (from the heart, the mouth speaks, something that affects your tongue/mouth, therefore deals with your heart!)

ט = To enclose, something hidden within

To judge from a Hebrew definition means to burn/consume (therefore purifying and changing) the vessel that comes before you from the inside out; it is not about proving who’s right, it’s not about airing out the dirty laundry for all to see, but deals with us learning how to handle situations in such a way that the integrity of the house is not compromised – that the individuals that come to the gates walk away a more fit vessel to be used for His purpose!

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Re’eh 2015 by D. Mathews

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

Re’eh – 8/15/15

Deut. 11:26 – 16:17.


  1. The title of the Parsha, Re’eh, H#7200, רָאָה ra’ah, is a Hebrew word that is very intriguing! It is usually translated as; Behold, to see, look at or inspect. However, it is far deeper than that, indicating to observe, give attention to and thus to distinguish or perceive and understand. It can also hint of providing for oneself. Another obscure, yet pertinent meaning is seen in Gen. 1: 9 where the dry land ‘appears – Re’eh’: In other words, to suddenly be separated and thus, distinguishable from its surroundings. The living Waters birthed the Dry Land. Much like the Breath or Word/Living Waters of YHVH formed the dry land into the Adam!

These subtle, yet important differences are not seen in the English. It should be no surprise that this word is so powerful that it is used in Gen. 22: 14 (by Abraham) as a descriptive name of Elohiym: יֵרָאֶֽה׃ יְהוָה YHVH Yire’eh. Why? Because YHVH provided, saw Himself, was Seen by Abraham as “The Lamb” the Word, the sacrifice who must die, be cut off in order to bless – restore to life! YHVH was seen as the Dry Land made Alive. The written Torah made flesh – Yahshua! We’ll see it a bit plainer below:

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Looking Inside the House of Bethany – Brenda Mathews

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015

Looking Inside the House of Bethany


Matthew 26:6-7 – “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper. There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.”

  1. Jesus: of Hebrew origin (Strong’s #3091) יְהוֹשׁוּעַ Yehoshu’a, means
  2. a) Yahveh is salvation
  3. b) It’s a two part Hebrew word – 1) Strong’s #3068 יְהֹוָה Yehovah, meaning “the existing one” and 2) Strong’s #3467 יָשַׁע Yasha’ meaning to save from moral troubles

*Moral means relating to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong.

  1. c) Conforming to the rules of right conduct – Have we been taught right conduct as Yahweh sees right conduct?

*Troubles – to disturb the mental calm and contentment of, distress, or agitate.

*Disturb – to interrupt the quiet, rest, peace, or order of, to unsettle or hinder

*Hinder – to hold back; the enemy can hold you back!

Daniel 10:12-13 – “Then said he unto me. Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and I remained there with the Kings of Persia.

*Yahweh will not put on your more than you can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13 – “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”)


  1. Bethany: Strong’s #963 bathanea, Bethany = “house of dates” or “house of misery or depression”

*Palm trees or date palms can be seen in the book of Exodus.

Exodus 15:27 – “And they came to Elim where were twelve wells of water and threescore and ten palm trees, and they encamped there by the waters.”

  • Elim – Strong’s #362 אֵילִם Eilim, means “palms”, second encampment of the Israelites after the exodus
  • Twelve – which is considered a perfect number, symbolizes God’s power and authority, serving as a perfect governmental foundation; it can also symbolize completeness of the nation of Israel as a whole

*The number 2 is a part of the number 12 and it means to do again, to repeat, it means something different or change of an attitude or character

*Change is good because we have been taught wrong! Malachi 3:6 – “For I am the LORD, I change not”

C.) Wells – Strong’s #5869 ‘ayin עַיִן means physical eye, spring, fountain

Genesis 3:5-6 – “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes (#5869) shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”

  1. The beginning of moral troubles
  2. Yehoshua’ came to save from moral troubles (the distinction between right and wrong)


Luke 16:8 – “And the Lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.”

  1. Light – Strong’s #5457 Phos (“fos”) have the power of understanding especially, moral and spiritual truth

As I was praying and asking the Father what was Adam and Eve doing, the world says it was an apple they ate. David’s taught that it wasn’t an apple, the Hebrew language says it wasn’t an apple.

This is my story. If you look on the fruit and vegetables you buy from the super market there is a number on them and to me it looked like a strong’s concordance number. The number on the apple was 4016 – Red Delicious Apple.

*Strong’s #4016 mevushim מְבֻשִׁים private parts, his privates, male genitals; literally “that excites shame”

Deuteronomy 25:11-12 – “When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets (#4016) then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.”

*Strong’s #4135 mul מוּל means to cut short, to cut off, to circumcise; Abraham was commanded to circumcise both himself and his offspring as a sign of the covenant made between him and God (Gen. 17:10-14)

Now Strong’s #8598 tappuah is the word that is used when talking about an apple in Hebrew.

  1. Means Apple, an apple tree
  2. The bridgroom is described as an apple tree among the trees of the forest (Songs 2:3)


  1. Palm Trees – Strong’s #8558 תָּמָר Tamar
  2. Palm tree, date palm, Bethany
  3. It refers to a water loving date palm tree found around springs (Exodus 15:27)
  4. A desert oasis where the date palm flourishes (Psalm 92:12)
  5. The righteous flourish as the date palm
  6. Its branches are a symbol of victory (Rev. 7:9)
  7. John 12:13 – “Took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

This is from a website article – “The Benefits and Uses of Date Palms”.

Date Palm – “the Tree of Life”: You may be familiar with date fruits that are nutritious and healthy, but do you know that date palms, the tree that produces date fruits, is the oldest fruit bearing tree on earth?

And do you know that date palms are also the source of medicine and building materials for the Bedouin Arabs that live in the desert?

Medicinial Uses of Date Palms:

  • Unripe dates as fertility foods
  • Dates to restore health –dates are rich in Vitamin A and C, fiber, calcium, iron, phosphorous, sulfur, potassium, copper, magnesium and manganese.

Date Palm – the Tree of Life, what made me sick

In August of 2009, the Muslim feast of Ramadan was held, and during that time Egyptian fruit sellers named their best dates of the year after President Barak Obama in tribute to the American leader for his outreach to the Muslim world. Dates are traditional food for Ramadan.

Date Palms are a symbol of victory

Amazing secrets about Dates

*The remarkable thing about date palms is that every tree is usually fertilized by hand. The male and female flowers grow on different trees.


Let’s look at Tamar – Strong’s #8559 תָּמָר

  1. The daughter-in-law of Judah
  2. She married Judah’s son Er who died childless.
  3. “Onan, Judah’s second son, died at the hand of LORD because he would not raise up seed for Israel through Tamar.” So he died childless.

*Genesis 1:28 – “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply”

  1. Perez – means breach, a break, a tear, a breaking up. I believe he broke the curse or the Spirit that was trying to hind the Messiah from being birthed
  2. Tamar is connected to Tadmor (Tadmor – Palm Tree). We will be camping at Tadmor for Sukkot this year in Lebanon, this is no accident!

*Isaiah 29:17-18 – “Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?”

*Genesis 49:22 – “Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall.”


And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

*Book – Sefer

Tamar is also connected to Ithamar, whose name means coast of palms

*His name in the Hebrew literally poses the question, where is the one without blemish, perfect, and complete?

*He was involved in building the Tabernacle and keeping records about it (Exodus 38:21)

*He directed the work of the Merarites and Gershonites as they cared for the wagons transporting the Tabernacle(Numbers 7:8)

Numbers 7:8 – “And four wagons and eight oxen he gave unto the sons of Merari, according unto their service, under the hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the Priest.”

  1. Wagons – Strong’s #5699 ‘agalah means cart, wagon; from strong’s #5696 ‘agol meaning round; but also connected to #5697 ‘eglah עֶגְלָה a calf, a bullock, steer, or heifer

So why is that so important? Listen to this story!

Genesis 45:26-27 – “And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.”

To prove to Jacob that Joseph had sent these messages, Joseph directed his brothers to say that the last topic he and Jacob had studied together was that of eglah arufah the calf whose neck was broken in expiation of an unsolved murder (Deut. 21:1-9)

*The word ‘agalot/wagons can also be translated as calves, thus alluding to that topic.

Therefore it is written further in this verse, “And he saw the agalos/wagons that ‘Joseph’ had sent”, it does not say Pharaoh had sent (Rashi)

The word revived – during the years of Joseph’s absence Jacob was in grief and the Divine spirit had left him, for it rests only amid joy. Now that Jacob was happy again, he was revived spiritually (Rashi, Rambam). Therefore in the next verse, he is called Israel, the name that stands for his spiritual nobility!

Deuteronomy 21:6 – “And all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley. And they shall answer and say, our hands have not shed this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.”

So it is safe to say that the absence of Ithamar and the Tabernacle is a grief to us and the Divine Spirit has left us, because we are no longer Israel as a whole. Don’t go away, there is more!

We are still in the house of Bethany!

Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper.

  1. Simon – Strong’s #4613 Simon (Semon); Simon the leper, so called to distinguish him from others of the same name

*To set apart, to distinguish between right and wrong

From strong’s #8095 Shimon שִׁמְעוֹן means “heard”, Hebrew origin; from Strong’s #8085 shama’ שָׁמַע to hear, listen, to obey

  1. Leper – Strong’s #3013 lepis (lepes); a scale, this word occurs only one time in the Greek

Acts 9:18 – “And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales (#3013) and he received sight forwith, and arose and was baptized.”

Acts 9:8 – “And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him unto Damascus.” – Saul had leprosy!

Saul means “desired”

  • The Jewish name of the apostle Paul
  • The name of the first king of Israel
  • From the Hebrew root Strong’s #7592 sha’al and #7586 sha’ul meaning to ask or asked

People sometimes sought information by asking the Urim and Thummim (Numbers 27:21). Urim = Lights & Thummim = Perfection

1 Chronicles 13:2-3 – “And David said unto all the congregation of Israel. If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let us send abroad unto our brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the Priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselves unto us:

And let us bring again the Ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.

  • Ark – Strong’s #727 ‘aron אָרוֹן ark, a box, chest; ark of the covenant, this word also refers to the chest for collecting money and offerings (2 Kings 12:9)
  • Enquired – Strong’s #1875 darash דָּרַשׁ to seek, to enquire of, to examine; its most important theological meaning involves studying or inquiring into the Law of the Lord (Ezra 7:10)

Ezra 7:10 – “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord, and to do it, to teach in Israel statutes and judgment.”


John 12:1 – “Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.”

  • Six – is connected to the word in Hebrew (Strong’s #7893) shayish שַׁיִשׁ from an unused root meaning to bleach or whiten; alabaster; also man was created on the sixth day
  • Lazarus – means “Whom God helps”; Lazarus was dead for four days, there was no help in the house of Bethany
  • Remember one of the meanings of Bethany is house of misery or depression

*The word that is used for house of misery or depression is ‘aniyah עניה

But Strong’s #6041 ‘ani עָנִי means poor, afflicted; refers to those who are suffering, in a state of poverty, oppression, misery from various causes, from being poor, needy (Exodus 22:25)

But if you look at Strong’s #6043 ‘anayah עניה = Yahweh has answered (name of a priest who helped Ezra and signed the covenant with Nehemiah)

Remember Lazarus means “whom God helps”, Ezra means “help” or “one who helps”

Psalm 121:1-2 – “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

If you read that verse in the Hebrew, it could also say “from whence comes my Ezra, my Ezra comes from the Lord”!

So what was Ezra famous for? For the rebuilding of the Tabernacle/Temple!

Ezra 7:6 – “This Ezra went up from Babylon, and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given; and the King granted him all his requests, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.”

Ezra 7:21 – “And I, even I Ar-ta-xerxes the King, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily/thoroughly.”

The pattern is clear to me that the exiles have a big part in the rebuilding of the Tabernacle. They cannot build it without the exiles and that is our connection to the land!

One of Ithamar’s descendants, Daniel, returned from the Babylonian exile under Ezra (Ezra 8:2).

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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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