Malcontents

Some people are never happy unless they have something to be unhappy about. Beha'alotcha (בהעלותך | When you set up) Regular Shabbat Readings Portion Summary The third reading from the book of Numbers and the thirty-sixth reading from the Torah is called Beha'alotcha (בהעלותך), a word that literally means "When you ascend." It comes from the first verse … Continue reading Malcontents

Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Exodus 20:13 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – April 19, 2020

Exodus 20 Exod 20:1 And Elohim spoke all these Words, saying, Exod 20:2 “I am יהוה (Yahweh) your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, out of the house of slavery. Exod 20:3 “You have no other mighty ones against My face. Exod 20:4 “You do not make for yourself a carved image, … Continue reading Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Exodus 20:13 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – April 19, 2020

Expounding the Torah

Did Moses speak in tongues? Tradition says that Moses spoke the words of the book of Deuteronomy in the seventy languages of humanity. Portion Summary Devarim (דברים) is both the title for the last book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Devarim means "words." The English-speaking world calls this … Continue reading Expounding the Torah

The Complainer and the Atheist

SHELACH Portion Summary The thirty-seventh reading from the Torah is called Shelach(שלח), an imperative verb that means "send out." The portion is so named from the first few words of the second verse: "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan" (Numbers 13:2). The Torah reading tells the tragic … Continue reading The Complainer and the Atheist

Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – The Tourists Connection – SCRIPTURES FOR June 29, 2019

Sh'lach L'cha (Send on your behalf) Numbers 13:1-15:41 Joshua 2:1-24 Hebrews 3:7-19 The Tourists Connection If a list were made of the top ten stories the Hebrews are known for during their sojourn in the wilderness, the account of the twelve spies would certainly be found. Many fingers have been pointed at the faithless reports … Continue reading Torah Commentary – Sh’lach L’cha (Send on your behalf) – The Tourists Connection – SCRIPTURES FOR June 29, 2019

Bat Kol at the Transfiguration

In our days it is even exceedingly rare to hear a voice speak from heaven, but it seems to have been more common in the days of the Apostles. Talmudic literature offers several anecdotes of “a voice from heaven” speaking during the late Second Temple Era. The Hebrew term for the heavenly voice, bat kol, literally … Continue reading Bat Kol at the Transfiguration

English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

What English Bible version should you use as a contemporary Believer? This is a topic that can not only be rather confusing, but is something that can also evoke some rather strong emotions. Very few English Bible readers, who are committed to a steadfast faith in God, ever stick with one single Bible version or … Continue reading English Bible Versions and Today’s Messianic Movement

No, Halal and Kosher Are Not the Same

Yes but halal is the same thing as kosher.’ Um no, not even close. While there are some similarities, there certainly are some big differences which we must be aware of. By Bill Muehlenberg - February 19, 2019 The differences between halal and kosher far outweigh the similarities – Photo: Supplied In an age where truth matters … Continue reading No, Halal and Kosher Are Not the Same

LECH LECHA – Abraham’s Great Reward

Life will place us in situations where we stand to make a profit by sacrificing our principles. The person who refuses to compromise his values may lose out financially, but his ultimate reward is God Himself. God promises Abraham a numerous offspring in a dream. (Image: Wikimedia commons, public domain, art by Wenceslas Hollar) LECH … Continue reading LECH LECHA – Abraham’s Great Reward

Living Torah Commentary – Shof’tim (Judges) – Love What He Loves – SCRIPTURES FOR August 18, 2018

Shof'tim (Judges) Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 Isaiah 51:12-52:13 Matthew 5:38-42; 18:15-20 Acts 3:13-26; 7:35-53 Love What He Loves With the above title in mind, let's ask the question: Just what does Yah love? For that matter, how can we determine what He loves? Through the years, the answer to that question has deepened for me, as it … Continue reading Living Torah Commentary – Shof’tim (Judges) – Love What He Loves – SCRIPTURES FOR August 18, 2018