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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.

Va’etchanan (And I Pleaded) D’varim (Deut) 3:23-7:11

Torah Portion:  Va’etchanan (And I Pleaded) D’varim (Deut) 3:23-7:11

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 40:1-26

This week we read one of the most heart wrenching segments of scripture in the Torah. This portion begins with the words of Moshe, “And I pleaded.” We know the story, Moshe stood on the brink of his life’s dream. He stood on the bank of the Jordan as he prepared the people to cross over into the Promised Land. Something he has prepared for for over 40 years. Yet, as he pleads to cross over G-d answers him that he will not go over but will soon die. Not only that but he must prepare and encourage another for the job of taking over his role and lead the people. What was Moshe’s response after hearing these words? Did he argue with G-d? Did he sulk, get angry, stop speaking to G-d?  In his response I think we can learn much that will help us in our own life.

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D’varim (Deut) (Word) 1:1-3:22

Torah Portion:  D’varim (Deut) 1:1-3:22

Haftorah Reading: Isaiah 1:1-27

This week we read the first Torah portion of D’Varim, known in English as Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a Greek word meaning Second Torah. This meaning is misleading since there are many commandments that do not appear here but are found in other books of Torah.  The name in Hebrew, however, has a much deeper meaning. In Hebrew the root of the word, d’var, can mean both thing and word. It was by the Word of G-d that all things came into being.

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Mattot (Tribes) & Masa’ei (Stages) B’Midbar (Numbers) 30-36

Torah Portion:  Mattot (Tribes) & Masa’ei (Stages) B’Midbar (Numbers) 30-36

Haftorah Reading: Jeremiah 1:1-2:28

Today we finish our study of Numbers (B’Midbar) by reading a double portion of Torah. My question this week comes from the second portion but before I get to that I want to talk about several other points that I believe will give us a clear understanding of G-d’s love for us and our ability to express our love for Him.

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