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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.

Naso (Lift) B’midbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89

Torah Portion: Naso (Lift) B’midbar (Numbers) 4:21-7:89

Haftorah Reading Judges 13:2-25

This Torah portion covers a number of topics that I would like us to look at tonight. To start, let’s take a look at the name of the portion, Naso. This is an interesting word. In Hebrew it means to lift. We see this same word used in Psalms 121:1 where the verse reads, “I will lift up my eyes…” However, here the English translation is usually, take, as in count. If we translate this using the words lift up, it will carry a completely different feeling than to count. When G-d told Moshe to lift the heads of the people what impression does that give you, as opposed to count? To lift up implies each person was important. They were not just a number in a mass of people.

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B’midbar (In the desert) B’midbar/Numbers 1:1-4:20

Torah Portion: B’midbar (In the desert) B’midbar/Numbers 1:1-4:20

Haftorah Reading Hosea 1:10-2:20

Tonight, I have several topics I want to cover. I would like to begin with my question of the week. When we start this book of Torah I think it is worthwhile to compare it to the second book of Torah called Sh’mot/Exodus. In both, the people commit a terrible sin. In Exodus it was the golden calf and here in Numbers it was the sin of the bad report of the spies. In both situations G-d threatened to destroy them and start over with Moshe. Both times Moshe appealed to G-d and G-d relented.

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B’chukkotai (By My Statutes) Leviticus/Vayikra 26:3-27:34

Torah Portion: B’chukkotai (By My Statutes) Leviticus/Vayikra 26:3-27:34

Haftorah Reading Jeremiah 16:19-34

Tonigh,t we will finish the book of Vayikra or Leviticus by looking at chapters 26 and 27. Chapter 26 covers G-d’s blessings and curses that will come upon Israel for either their faithfulness or their disobedience. I would ask you to look at these chapters in light of Romans 11:11-27. In Romans we see Shaul speaking to the believers in Rome, many of which were not Jewish. Shaul apparently was battling an idea that is still popular today, replacement theology.

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