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Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Vayelekh (He Went) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 31:1-30

Torah PortionVayelekh (He Went) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 31:1-30

Haftorah Reading Hosea 14:1-10, Micah 7:18-20, Joel 2:15-27

Tonight, our Torah reading covers only one chapter in D’Varim. In Judaism this Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shuva because it is the last Shabbat before Yom Kippur. The word shuva means repentance. This time of year calls us to remember, to think back over our life, over the last year and set right anything that stands between us and the Father or anything between us and another person. According to the Jewish faith, on Yom Kippur the book is closed. In the Messianic scriptures we see the same thought in Revelations 20:15. I would pray for all of us to use this time in G-d’s calendar to take a spiritual inventory and set right those things that need our attention.

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Nitzavim (Standing) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20

Torah PortionNitzavim (Standing) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20

Haftorah Reading Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 61:10-63:9

Before we get to the Torah section I would like to say a word about tomorrow. As you know, tomorrow at sundown the biblical holiday, or in Hebrew, Mo’ed, of Yom Teruah begins. The literal translation of Yom Teruah is “the blowing,” meaning the blowing of the shofar. You can read about this holiday in Leviticus 23:24-25. When we look at the times in scripture where the sound of the shofar is mentioned we see several interesting facts. It was used to announce the crowning of G-d as King at Mt. Sinai. It was also used in battle such as when the walls of Jericho fell. It also will announce the coming of Messiah. Revelation 20:4-6.

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Ki Tavo (When You Come) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8

Torah PortionKi Tavo (When You Come) D’Varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8

Haftorah Reading Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 60:1-22

Tonight, we read the Torah portion Ki Tavo. This portion begins with the bringing of the First Fruits offering. This offering was to be distributed to the priests, Levites and the poor. You also might notice each person was to recite the words of D’Varim/Deut. 26:5-10. One effect of this declaration was to solidify in the minds of the people who they were and where their harvest came from. They were part of a people who stretched back to Avraham and G-d’s promises.

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