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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.

Mishpatim Judgments H'mot-Exodus 21-24

Torah Portion Mishpatim (Judgments ) Sh’mot (Exodus) 21-24

Haftorah Reading Jeremiah 34:8-22, 33:25-26

If you could summarize this Torah portion what would you say is the over-riding theme of these verses? As we start I want to say a word about the very first word of our section of scripture. In Hebrew it is actually two words, Va’eleh, which means, “And these.” These words, “and these” link what we just finished reading in last week’s portion to what we are about to read following these words. They should be understood in the same way as what proceeded. Last week we read the Ten Commandments that many would say, is the peak of G-d’s message to the people at the mountain. Therefore the words of our section tonight are to be read and understood in the same light. From our understanding of the Messianic scriptures we also see the same idea stressed over and over. James 1:27 says it plainly, ”Pure and undefiled religion before G-d and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.”  It stresses what should be the conduct of us all. The true test of a civilization is how it treats its elderly, poor and orphaned.

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Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18-20

Torah Portion Yitro (Jethro) Sh’mot (Exodus) 18-20

Haftorah Reading Isaiah 6:1-13

Tonight we read one of the most moving sections in all of Torah. In this portion we read of the covenant between G-d and the people of Israel. This covenantal relationship set out here should also give each of us a good picture of who G-d is and what He requires of us in our lives as His people.

This covenant was entirely at His initiation. All He asked was that His people agree to its terms. I expect we all have had this experience with the Father. We come to understand how much He cares for us and how He has carried us up on eagles wing, called us to Himself and gave us a frame work to live by each day.

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B’Shallach (He Sent) Sh’mot (Exodus) 13-17

Torah Portion B’Shallach (He Sent) Sh’mot (Exodus) 13-17

Haftorah Reading Judges 4:4-5:31

This week’s Torah portion begins with Pharaoh sending out the people of Israel and their beginning of the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. During this trek we also see their journey from slavery to freedom. In this portion we begin to see that both of these journeys will be a process, not an immediate transition.

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