Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

Posted on Jul 6, 2014

by Rabbi Paul Falk.   This weeks Torah portion is called Balak if you are reading the first few lines, they would translate Now Balak son of Zapor saw what Israel had done to the Ammorites. This one Torah portion is special to me. Most of the Torah up to this point is a documentary, where the focus stays on one family.  The relationship of the people of Israel and Yahweh.  We don’t see the other three hundred and some degrees of what Yahweh is doing in the rest of the world. What is intriguing is it starts off with this idea of the Ammorites.  If you didn’t read earlier, you would not know that the Ammorites had just had a war with Moab.  This was just talked about in regard to Heshban.  Heshban was stolen away from the Moab.  Israel comes in and they annihilate the Ammorites,  and take over Heshban.  So the opposing peoples to the Israelites were concerned about that annihilation. Why do the mysteries of the secret things belong to Yahweh.  Why is the scripture a puzzle.  You have to look in different books and find them mixed throughout different books.  Why do that? What if I told you that Balaam is one of the most notorious individuals in scripture.  Mentioned as one of the 3 most wanted, or most decrepit individuals that have come upon creation. He is a false prophet.  He leads people to idolatry.  He is the anti-Moses.  Someone who has a complete relationship with Yahweh, but uses it for his own purposes.  (more in audio)   Balak explained by RPF 7052014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Chukkat (Numbers 19:1-22:1; 28:9-15)

Posted on Jun 28, 2014

by Rick Ortiz      The first thing we find in this Torah portion is the commandment we find regarding the red heifer, Miriam’s death is in this, Moses striking the rock instead of speaking to it.   If you look with more detail is it the act of him striking the rock that causes him to be punished.  Initially he was instructed to strike the rock to get water from it, but then he was told to speak to the rock, there had to be a vast difference in what happened there. Aaron’s death is also in this portion.  The thing that is interesting about Aaron’s death is that they mourned for him for 30 days.  Typically in Judaism when you mourn for that time it is reserved for family members.   So you gain an understanding about their regard for Aaron.  There is a lot more than this, but these [above] are the highlights.  The fiery serpents.  This is one of the first times we hear about serpents in their walk through the wilderness.  Undoubtedly serpents live in the wilderness.   Is it that God brought the serpents, or that God lifted the veil of protection and allowed the serpents.  But what I want to focus on is the red heifer.  Numbers 19:2 starts: this is the ordinance of the law that the Lord has commanded.  It is interesting the wording.  The Lord commanded speak to the children of Israel that they bring a red heifer, without spot, where there is no blemish upon which there has been no yoke.   1. Completely red.  No yoke to be laid on it.  In order for it to be completely red, even two hairs would have rendered it not acceptable for the sacrifice.   It takes time to make that determination, to find that animal.  No yoke, means if even a mat was placed on the animal that would have rendered it unacceptable.  From birth it would not have had to do any work.  And you shall give her to Eleazer the priest that he may bring her forth from without the camp and one shall slay her before his face.  And …. Chukkat (Numbers 19:1-22:1; 28:9-15) by Rick Ortiz 2014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41)

Posted on Jun 14, 2014

explained by Patrick Shannon.  (Summary) As the Israelites arrive adjacent to the promised land, spies are sent in to survey.  Caleb, comes back and reports that, truly it is filled with Milk and Honey.  And pommegranite fruit.  The people are strong.  The cities are walled.  We saw the sons of Anuk.  Giants.  So let’s go, now let’s take it. But then other spies reported conversely, opposite perspective.  The people lifted up their voices, and they cried.  They grumbled against Yahweh’s leaders.  They were depressed and they were bitter.   They questioned the motives of Yahweh.  Why? To kill us. To give us as prey to our enemies.   Egypt is better than this.  They wanted to appoint a leader and turn back to Egypt.  Back to oppressive slavery, but at least we will live, and for food, leeks, onions, fish, and melons. Joshua stood up and said.  No, no, no, this is an exceedingly good land, and if Yahweh is going to lead us, we can’t lose.  These people are bread, they are food for us.  It says that all the congregation wanted to stone him and kill him.  , No one except Joshua and Caleb would enter from the original group. The people who Yahweh committed to 40 years in the desert, one year for each day the spies were in the land, till the generation that doubted were no longer.  However they were still his people.  Their children were not cursed, they entered the promised land.  But the spies who lied to the people and caused the rebellion, they were plagued and died. More concepts that seem unrelated but have a common thread tying them together, not doubting Yahweh and remembering and following his commands.     Shelach (Numbers 13:1-15:41) Patrick Shannon Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Be-Ha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16)

Posted on Jun 8, 2014

by Rabbi Paul Falk.  and YHVH spoke to Moses saying speak to Aaron and say to him, “When you light the lamps…. ” This is a Torah portion that has many teachings.  One aspect of it is Faith.  In the world, most believers today study only from Matthew to Revelation.   Messiah didn’t come to build something new.  He came to repair, fix what had been distorted.  We are going to start off with trying to understand Faith.   Then we are going to step back ….   “Saved by Faith,” is what has been taught.  Matthew 9:2 says this “Then behold, they brought to him a paralytic that was lying on a bed, when Yeshua saw their faith, Yeshua said, “son, be of good cheer your sins are forgiven.”  Was it the faith of the paralytic or the people who brought him.   The people who brought him.  ……   Why could we not cast it out?   Because of your faith.. “.. if you have the faith of a mustard seed..”    Strong Faith equals what?     You could be healed.  You can cast out demons.  It means forgiveness of sins.   We can cast mountains into the sea. [mountain is a metaphor for big problem, obstacle]   But we must ask in Faith for what is within YHVH’s will.   … Can we just use the Gospels to define these words.  Absolutely not.  These concepts have been being built since Genesis 1.   Be-Ha'alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:16) 2014 by RPF Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Nasso (Numbers) 4:21-7:89

Posted on Jun 1, 2014

by Rick Ortiz.          And the Lord spoke to Moses saying:  “Take also the sum of the sons of Gershon throughout the houses of their fathers by their families.”  “Register them, from thirty years old and above, even to fifty years old, all who enter to perform the service, to do the service in the Tent of Appointment.”  Also in this Torah portion is the challenge of a jealeous husband accusing a wife suspected of adultery.  How he brings her to the priest to make the accusation, the method of testing, and what happens in the result of either innocence or guilt.  Extending the metaphor to the nation (of Israel), proving by the waters. Nasso 4:21-7:89 by Rick Ortiz counting of Gershon and challenge of jealeous husband Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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