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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.

Beha’alotcha (When You Set Up) Numbers (B’Midbar) 8-12

Torah Portion Beha’alotcha (When You Set Up) Numbers (B’Midbar) 8-12

Haftorah Reading: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

There are a lot of things to talk about in this week’s study. I would like us to zero in on a couple of issues I think will be especially helpful to us in our day-to-day life.

 

First let us look at Numbers 11:4-6. In these verses we read of the complaints of the people about their situation If you remember this is not the first time we see them complaining about something.  After only three days and after the miracle of the splitting of the Reed Sea, Exodus 15:24, we see them asking for water at Meriba. G-d does not scold them but directs Moshe on what to do to turn the water from bitter to sweet. Then, after only a short time they complain about having no food. (Exodus 16:1-3) Again, G-d provides manna. Finally, at Rephidim, in Exodus 17:1-7 they complain about no water. Here again G-d provided without rebuking the people.

So, what makes this time so different? Why does G-d respond differently? Maybe the first three times the complaints were about the very necessities of life, food and water. While here in our portion the complaints seemed to be about a lack of variety in the menu.  Here they are not actually hungry or thirsty. Here, they are complaining, spreading discontent just because they did not like the provisions of G-d.

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Naso(Lift) Numbers (B’Midbar) 4-7

Torah Portion Naso(Lift) Numbers (B’Midbar) 4-7

Haftorah Reading: Judges 13:2-25
 
Tonight our Torah portion is named Naso. It covers the census of the people, followed by a listing of the material making up the Mishkan and who was responsible to carry each piece. It also covers the laws pertaining to the Nazarite vow, the suspected unfaithful wife and the bringing of the gifts by the princes of Israel and ending with the priestly blessing.

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Emor(Speak) Lev. (Vayikra) 21-24

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

Haftorah Reading Ezekiel 44:15-31

Tonight we read a parasha that covers a variety of subjects. It covers commandments pertaining to the priests and how they are to live, who they are to marry and how they go about their duties.  One entire chapter covers the appointed times set by the Father. It is here where I want us to spend a bit of our time tonight.  I also want us to talk about the commandments covering the leaving of the edges of your crops and why G-d repeats this commandment when it was covered in last week’s scripture.

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