May 3rd Messianic Torah Portion Emor

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Next Shabbat, May 3rd Messianic Torah portion Emor (in Hebrew it means “say!”).  Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31; Psalm 42; Luke 11:1-12:59.

Torah Portion Emor

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 21:1-21:15) Sunday, April 27th

2nd section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 21:16-22:16) Monday, April 28th

3rd section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 22:17-22:33) Tuesday, April 29th

4th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:1-23:22) Wednesday, April 30th

5th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:23-23:32) Thursday, May 1st

6th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus 23:33-23:44) Friday, May 2nd

7th section of Parsha Emor, (Leviticus  24:1-24:23) Shabbat, May 3rd

Torah Studies for Children:

31_Emor_Kinder

31_Emor_Shabbat

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Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Schocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos. This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Kedoshim

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I’m sharing my thoughts and ponderings on Torah Portion Kedoshim (holy ones), for what they are worth. This is my 5th year reading the Torah Portions each Shabbat and I learn something new each time.I use a different translation each Torah cycle. This cycle I am using Shocken Bible. I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf. This time I also pulled out my Onkelos translation. I love Onkelos, because if this translation changes the words of scripture, it tells you and why they changed them. I don’t like that they were changed at all, but I can assure you Every translation changes the words … just Onkelos tells you that he has.

My thoughts about Kedoshim

 

In Leviticus 19:2 we immediately see who is being spoken to… all the congregation. In my translation, it reads the entire community, but either way, it is all those that came out of Egypt, the mixed multitude, the children of Israel, all of them. And then… the words that should scare us all! Words that tell us how we should live…

Lev 19:2  “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Yisra’?l, and say to them, ‘Be set-apart, for I ???? your Elohim am set-apart. The Scriptures 1998

Lev 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them: Ye shall be holy; for I the LORD your God am holy. JPS (Jewish Publication Society Bible)

Lev 19:2  Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.

And again in Leviticus 20:7:

Lev 20:7  Sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be holy; for I am the LORD your God.  Lev 20:8  and you shall guard My laws and do them. I am ????, who sets you apart. The Scriptures 1998

Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy; for I am the LORD your God. Lev 20:8 And keep ye My statutes, and do them: I am the LORD who sanctify you. JPS (Jewish Publication Society Bible)

Lev 20:7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the LORD your God. Lev 20:8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the LORD which sanctify you.

The all say essentially the same thing… we should be set-apart, visibly, distinctly, vastly set-apart and walking a Holy lifestyle. How can we think that Yeshua born to be our Savior changes this in any way? That He came to set us free from living a Holy lifestyle? Really?  That is not logical nor is it scriptural… not in the least.

As we read through Chapters 19 and 20 that make up this portion, it reminds me of Yeshua restating how we are to live in Matthew 5 and 19. He didn’t release us from these laws… he explained them. The beginning of Leviticus 19:17 is almost exactly what Yeshua said…

Lev 19:17  You shall not hate your brother in your heart…

Mat 5:22  But I say to you, that whoever becomes angry with his brother for no reason, is guilty before the court: and whoever should say to his brother, Raca (which means, I spit on you) is guilty before the congregation; and whoever says to his brother, you are a nurse maid, is condemned to hell fire.

And again:

Lev 19:11  You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; neither shall you lie to one another.

Lev 19:12  You shall not swear by my name falsely and so profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.

Mat 5:33 Again you have heard it was said to them who were before you, that you shall not lie in your oaths, but entrust your oaths to the Lord.
Mat 5:34 But I say to you, never swear; neither by heaven, because it is God’s throne;
Mat 5:35 Nor by the earth, for it is a stool under his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of a great king.
Mat 5:36 Neither shall you swear by your own head, because you cannot create in it a single black or white hair.
Mat 5:37 But let your words be yes, yes, and no, no; for anything which adds to these is a deception.

Mat 19:18  He said to him, Which ones? And Jesus said to him, You shall not kill; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;

 

And yet again:

Lev 19:3  You must revere every man his father and his mother, and keep my commandments; for I am the LORD your God.

Lev 19:18  You shall not bear any enmity against the children of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.

Mat 19:19  Honor your father and your mother; and, Love your neighbor as yourself.

If you believe that Yeshua did away with the laws and ordinances of the “Old Testament” (Tanakh), I recommend you really pray about this and study the Word of God. Yeshua did not speak too many words for us to understand them. If you are confused by what APPEARS to be inconsistencies in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), then I recommend you just read Yeshua’s words first. Understand them before you attempt to understand the disciples’ words. Because we know that the disciples could NOT speak against anything Yeshua said. So if you understand what Yeshua said and it appears another chapter and verse go against it…. you have to assume that your understanding of the later is wrong. Yeshua’s words were really easy to understand… there is no ambiguity in them.  Period. Pray about it and really seek wisdom (Scripture) for this answer.

When reading the commentary in Onkelos, I loved what Sforno said about this Torah portion… He essentially said this teaching embodied the concept that God created man “in His image and after His likeness” (Genesis 1:26)… that this Torah portion perfectly displays the requirement to emulate the ways of God.  Can I get an AMEN? That is it… and exactly what I felt as I was reading this.  Set-apart.  Are we a set-apart people, walking out His Words and emulating our Messiah, Yeshua?  If not, we need to examine our theology and our walk!

There is so much more to study in this little portion, but this is where I’ll stop. I pray this is a blessing to you!

Until next time….

Shalom, Shalom!!

Trish

 


Pesach 2014 with Recipes

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Wow… We had one of the best Pesach dinners this year.  It was such a blessing!  We used a Messianic Passover Haggadah and my boys (husband included) not only read the English, but read and sang the Hebrew!  Oh My Goodness!  Really! Those that have been with me during our time with Beth Yeshua, you know I cry every single time I see non-Jewish believers singing the Torah portion and then this. THIS. It was so touching and beautiful!  I am so thankful my entire family is convinced of the Messianic path and that we walk out our faith!

I neglected to take pictures of each individual dish for the recipes, so please forgive me.  I wasn’t thinking about posting the recipes until today.  I’m still learning this blogging thing 🙂

Pesach 2014

 

Here is my Matzah recipe.

This Charoset recipe was adapted from What Jew Want To Eat

This Brisket recipe was adapted from Food Network

If this is your first Pesach and you are not sure how to have a Seder, see this post with a Passover workshop and the Messianic Haggadah we used.  Be sure to note that each day during the Feast are different readings, you can find those in that post as well.

One final note, we have so much fun hiding the Afikoman.  If you have children, don’t skip this part. My boys look forward to this all year long and ask David to hide matzah for the rest of this Feast.  

I pray your Pesach is a blessing! And remember that it is not so important to do it “right” but to have the desire to honor Abba. So, don’t worry too much about having everything just perfect.

Chag Pesach Semeach!

Trish


Passover Daily Torah Readings

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Passover Daily Torah Readings

 


From
Judaism 101

Parsha

Pesach (Passover), Day 1

Torah

Exodus 12:21-51

Maftir

Numbers 28:16-25

 

Numbers 28:16-25

Haftarah

Joshua 3:5-7; 5:2-6:1; 6:27

Pesach (Passover), Day 2 Leviticus 22:26-23:44 II Kings 23:1-9; 21-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 1 Exodus 13:1-16;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 2 Exodus 22:24-23:19;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 3 Exodus 34:1-26;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover), Chol Ha-mo’ed Day 4 Exodus 9:1-14;
Numbers 28:19-25
Pesach (Passover)
Intermediate Shabbat
Exodus 33:12-34:26 Numbers 28:19-25Numbers 28:19-25

 

Numbers 28:19-25

 

Numbers 28:19-25

Ezekiel 37:1-37:14
Pesach (Passover), Day 7 Exodus 13:17-15:26 II Samuel 22:1-51
Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (weekday) Deuteronomy 15:19-16:17 Isaiah 10:32-12:6 

Isaiah 10:32-12:6

Pesach (Passover), Day 8 (Shabbat) Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

If this is your first Passover, you might want to watch the Passover Seder Workshop by Rabbi Greg from Beth Yeshua International.

And download this Messianic Passover Seder Guide.

I pray you have a blessed Pesach and that you grow to love the feasts as much as our family does.

Chag Pesach Sameach!!  Next year in Jerusalem!!

Shalom!

Trish


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Acharei Mot

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I am sharing my thoughts on Torah Portion Acharei Mot. This is my 5th year of reading the Torah Portions each Shabbat and I learn something new each time. Every Torah cycle, I use a different translation each Torah cycle.  This cycle I am using Shocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. I like having a bible to hold (write in and highlight 🙂 ), but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

Thoughts about Acharei Mot

I highly recommend you study Scriptures for yourself. Don’t take anyone’s words (including mine) or commentary as anything other than their opinion. You must know why you believe what you believe. Don’t leave your salvation up to somebody else’s interpretation!

The April 12th Messianic Torah portion was Acharei Mot (in Hebrew it means “after the death”).  The reading was Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30.

This was a pretty short Torah portion and I haven’t dug into the whole portion yet… but one thing that really stuck out to me was the Azazel goat, so I really want to focus on this aspect of the Torah Portion. Azazel is many times translated as the scapegoat and this is what it means. But for me, when I think of scapegoat, I think of (e)scapegoat… as in the goat gets away foot loose and fancy free and can be seen frolicking in the tulips in the valley later. Well… I was wrong, dead wrong as a matter of fact.  There is controversy over what exactly was the point of the “azazel” in azazel goat.  See there is supposedly a mountain, a demon, and a place all called azazel.  So, was this goat simply the goat that went to the location azazel, is that why it’s called the azazel goat?  Anyway, none of that really is the point … the point is this goat does not walk away … it is either thrown from a cliff (which some Jewish commentaries claim) or it is sent to return to its master (think demon here). But either way it has become the sin of Israel …. so it is certainly not frolicking in the tulips!

Let’s go a little deeper on azazel and then I want to talk about goats!  So, azazel (Strongs H5799) actually means:  stands in opposition to El. Read Gesenius‘s definition at Blue Letter Bible (it is in the middle of the page at the top… not the short and quick definition at the very top). So, if we really think about this, we have two goats: one is for God and one is not. Hot and cold. Again, we see there is no luke warm (there is not a third goat here). We see this hot / cold, good / evil, light / dark concept over and over again in Scripture. Jacob / Esau is a great example. We are warned about being lukewarm…

Rev 3:16  So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of my mouth!

Now let’s get back to goat for a moment.  Let’s look up the meaning here in Leviticus 16:7

Lev 16:7  He must then take the two goats (H8163) and stand them before the LORD at the entrance of the Meeting Tent

I love using Blue Letter Bible, so here is the definition of H8163 … again read Gesenius.  the word is actually not goat, but “hairy”.  And Gesenius gives us three different definitions for hairy:

  1. hairy
  2. he-goat used for idolatrous worship
  3. wood-demons

This revelation could have lots of meanings!  One place in particular really had my mind racing… Esau. Do remember this description of him by Jacob?

Gen 27:11  And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy (H8163) man, and I am a smooth man:

Wow… is there more going on here than just he is “hairy”?  Not sure, but in Hebrew we know that names represent the character of whatever it is naming.  That would certainly give a vivid picture of Esau wouldn’t it?  And speaking of goats and hair… you can do some research on where they are mentioned in the bible here.  But I can tell you this deeper understanding sure gives a more vivid image for these verses!

Mat 25:32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

The only time we have two goats required and one used as the “scapegoat” is at the Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur. And speaking of Yom Kippur … did you catch verses 29-31?

Lev 16:29 Review of the Day of Atonement

“This is to be a perpetual statute for you. In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you must humble yourselves and do no work of any kind, both the native citizen and the foreigner who resides in your midst,
Lev 16:30 for on this day atonement is to be made for you to cleanse you from all your sins; you must be clean before the LORD.

Lev 16:31  It is to be a Sabbath of complete rest for you, and you must humble yourselves. It is a perpetual statute.

So this feast is for both the native citizen and the foreigner and it is a “forever” law.

Yet, another reason we keep the Biblical feasts!  

Until next time…

Shalom, Shalom!

Trish

 

 

 

I have referenced several resources I used in the above article, but I also wanted to share the others I regularly use!  These are resources I recommend to help you study scripture.  Some are free and some you have to purchase.  All of these I have and use personally!

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Schocken Bible

Onkelos

Stone’s Chumash

Complete Jewish Bible online

Keil and Delitzsch

Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels

Complete Jewish Bible

The Scriptures

Artscroll

eSword

Blue Letter Bible


April 12th Messianic Torah Portion Acharei Mot

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Next Shabbat, April 12th Messianic Torah portion Acharei Mot (in Hebrew it means “after the death”).  Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30; Malachi 3:4-24; Psalm 26; 1 Corinthians 6:9 – 20.

Messianic Torah Portion Acharei Mot

 

Daily Torah Reading:

1st section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 16:1-16:17) Sunday, April 6th

2nd section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 6:12-7:10) Monday, April 7th

3rd section of Parsha Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:18-16:24)  Tuesday, April 8th

4th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 16:25-16:34)  Wednesday, April 9th

5th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 17:1-17:7)  Thursday, April 10th

6th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 17:8-18:5)  Friday April 11th

7th section of Parsha Acharei Mot, (Leviticus 18:6-18:21)  Shabbat, April 12th

Torah Studies for Children:

29_AchareiMot_Kinder

29_AchareiMot_Shabbat

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Tools for Adults Studying Torah

I highly recommend reading scripture each year from a different Hebraic translation. Below are the different versions I’ve read:

2013 – 2014 Torah Cycle:  Schocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. Just being honest in my evaluation of the translation.  I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf.

2012 – 2013 Torah Cycle: Onkelos. This is a GREAT set of 5 books.  I refer back to these regularly.  It is my favorite. Period.

2009 – 2012 Torah Cycle: Stone’s Chumash.  My second favorite.

I use the Complete Jewish Bible online all the time for reference.  If you are like me, I need to hold a book!  Here is one on Amazon.

I have several different sets of commentary (Onkelos and Stone’s Chumash are my favorites for the Torah Portions).  For the Tanakh (rest of the Old Testament), I use Keil and Delitzsch.

In my humble opinion, the absolute BEST translation of the Gospels is Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels.

Again, I use many different translations, but this is one I use regularly Complete Jewish Bible as well as The Scriptures.

Just about anything from Artscroll… I could go broke at this store! (Note, if you visit this store on Shabbat, they will be closed… they honor the Sabbath)!

eSword.  It is a free Bible Study Software.  I got mine from this church years ago and have never received one piece of junk mail due to it. This software has multiple version of scripture (and you know how I love to read different translations) including KJV, Scriptures, JPS, Peshitta, etc. And it has several different lexicons including Strongs, BDB and Thayers.  I highly recommend you get this software and it is free.

Blue Letter Bible.  Is a website that I take the Strong’s number from eSword and go search to see how the word has been used in other verses. It has the Gesenius’ definition of Hebrew words, which I just love!

Commentaries for Torah Portions:

Lists of Messianic Commentary on Torah Portions:

Torah Portion studies for Children: **

I am always looking for my next year’s translation to read Torah from.  If you have a great Hebraic perspective Bible that I did not list here, please leave me a comment below!

Until next week… Shalom Mishpocha!

Trish


My Thoughts on Torah Portion Metzorah

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Sharing my thoughts on Torah Portion Metzorah. This was a short but meaty portion.  This is my 5th year of reading the Torah Portions each Shabbat and I learn something new each time.  I use a different translation each Torah cycle.  This cycle I am using Shocken Bible.  I have to tell you I DO NOT like the commentary part, but I love the language of the Scriptures. I like having a book to hold, but if you want to read it online, here is a pdf. Thoughts on Metzorah Torah Portion As usual, these will be my random thoughts. I highly recommend you study Scriptures for yourself. Don’t take anyone’s words, commentary as anything other than their opinion. You must know why you believe what you believe.  Don’t leave your salvation up to somebody else’s interpretation!

The first thing I noticed is that the Priest determined if a person was unclean or clean {Leviticus 14:2}. The Priest didn’t ask what or if they had sinned… because in Hebraic thought, sickness is caused by sin. Think of an umbrella. You choose to either stay under the umbrella and stay dry (receive the blessings) or you choose to walk out from underneath the umbrella and get wet (receive the curses). Abba defines the walk and He has provided the umbrella (His Word).  We choose if we are going to receive the blessings (His path) or the curses (not on His path). Either way, it is our decision.

I’ll take it one step further. Not only did the Priest not ask you IF you sinned, he knew THE sin you committed to be Leprous. Who is the person that had Leprosy first in Scripture?  And what did they have Leprosy for?  Research it… A lesson is there to be dug up. If you do not have eSword, it is a fantastic way to really dig into and search scripture. And it will help you find the first person to have it.

Another aspect that completely struck me this time is there are seven days of purification but the unclean person is not fully clean until the 8th day and the events on the 8th day. So, we are being purified… but until we reach the eighth day and are deemed clean by the Priest, we are still in the process of being purified. This process of being purified is exactly like Aaron and his sons for the priesthood…. hmmm, think something is there?  Me too! On the 8th day, the unclean person is to be bring a he lamb as an Asham offering. The only time a “he lamb” is specified for the Asham offering is here for leprosy and for the Nazarite vow. There is more to this that I have not studied out… but think about it.  In both situations the requirement to shave is stated …  Both have HE lambs as their offering. Both are set apart (although for very different reasons)… but they are both identifiable by their “set apartness.”  Did you know the Levite Priests are shaven head to toe too {Numbers 8:6-7} when they begin their service?  Consecrated….  Born again…  covenant relationship; Priests, Nazarite vows and leprous people being brought back into “priestly” covenant…. there is more here to dig into.  I will be back to visit this study and soon!

Why did the Priest place blood and oil on the leprous person’s right ear, right thumb and right thumb toe?  Because the ear is for hearing, the thumb represents doing, and the toe represents walking.  So we are to hear, do and walk in His ways.  In other words, Shema!

Then we move into a home becoming Leprous. What do the green and red eruptions represent? Rabbinic and Hebraic thought is that this is Lashon Hora (evil speech). Tearing down a person (even if it is true). Lashon Hora leads to… a breaking or removal from the Almighty, which will lead to the attitude of loftiness resulting in rebelliousness and pride, followed by wrong attachments (false light)… so Teach Torah, His path!

For such a short Torah portion, there is so much to dig in.  Every time you see detail (numbers, cities, colors, names, etc.) there is something to study out there.  So you can see there is much, much more to study in this Torah portion.

Until next time, Shalom! Shalom!

 

Resources I recommend to help you study scripture.  Some are free and some you purchase.  All of these I have and use!  

Schocken Bible

Onkelos

Stone’s Chumash

Complete Jewish Bible online

Keil and Delitzsch

Delitzsch’s Hebrew Gospels

Complete Jewish Bible

The Scriptures

Artscroll

eSword

Blue Letter Bible