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Teachings

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.

Torah Portion: B’Midbar(In the Desert) B'Midbar or Numbers 1-4

Torah Portion:  B’Midbar(In the Desert)  Numbers 1-4

Haftorah Reading: Hosea 1:10-2:20

Tonight we begin the fourth book of the Torah. This book will take us up to the entry into the Land 40 years later. Here in our portion we see G-d getting the people ready to begin their desert journey. Before I get to my question of the week I would like to lay out a few spiritual principles that I think will speak to us.

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B’Har(On Mount) B’chukkotai (By My Regulations) (Lev.) Vayikra 25-27

Torah Portion:  B’Har(On Mount) B’chukkotai (By My Regulations) (Lev.) Vayikra 25-27

Haftorah Reading: Jeremiah 32:6-27 and Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

This week we finish the book of Vayikra or Leviticus. The last two portions of this book contain many commandments that have in some ways a common thread. Beginning with the Shemita/Sabbatical year and continuing through the blessings and curses we see the issue of faith being at the forefront. Whether it is not planting crops for the year of Shemita or holding on during the horrible happening of the curses, one thing is evident, faith is what will get us through, not dogma, not institutions or any other thing but faith in the Father.  That is our only hope. My question this week had to do with our definition of faith. I got some good answers to which I would like to add my own thoughts.

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Emor (Speak) Leviticus(Vayikra) 21-24

Torah Portion:  Emor(Speak) (Leviticus) Vayikra 21-24

Haftorah Reading: Ezekiel 44:15-31

Tonight we cover the Torah Portion Emor or Speak. This Torah portion is mainly about the yearly schedule of Mo’adim or festivals.  I would like to begin with a discussion of the word Emor. Usually we are cautioned about speaking too much and in general that is a good rule for us to follow. However, sometimes words are called for. A wise person knows the power of speech, how words have the power to hurt and damage people. But speech also can be used to build up. Positive words can encourage and build up a person. This kind of speech is important and when used properly can bring healing and encouragement. In this Torah portion, the word Emor is a command for Moshe to encourage his people. May we all do the same.

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