Savanna’s Bat Mitzvah

Posted on Aug 10, 2014

080914 Savannah Bat by Savannah LeFors.  Torah:  Va-Etchannan (Deuteronomy 3:21-7:11),  Haf-Torah: Isaiah 40:1-26.      GRASSHOPPERS.   Whether you think you can or you can’t you are right.  First we are going to identify the problem and read Numbers 13:26-27.  Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the wilderness of Peram at Kodesh.  They brought back word to them and all the congregation and showed them the fruit of the land.  Then they told them and said “We went into the land where you sent us.  It truly flows with milk and honey, and this it’s fruit.”  When it says they here, it is talking about spies they sent out to examine the land.  And these are all positives about that land that it truly flows with milk and honey.  So it has everything that they desire.  The next is numbers 13:28-29.  It says, “Nevertheless, people who dwell in the land are strong. Their cities are fortified and very large.  Moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there.  The Amalakites dwell in the land of the south, the Hittites, the Jebusites and the Amorites dwell in the mountains and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.  I will underline the things that they want and they need but there are big obstacles in the land.  Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession for we are well and we shall overcome it…. Savannah LeFors Bat Mitzvah Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22)

Posted on Aug 2, 2014

080214tp  by Rabbi Paul Falk.  “These are the words that Moses spoke to all Israel.”  When he is speaking, Moses goal here is to actually teach them.  What is intriguing about Devarim from all the other books, in Genesis we see sort of Yahweh evolving, not only creation but His people.  From Exodus through Numbers is one long story.  Devarim is a master teacher going “You know what, they are about to go into the land.  There are some things I have to review with them.”  It’s said that the first few words a teacher says we remember.  The last few words a teachers says we remember.  The middle part, uh, mmm, not so well.  Devarim are Moses last words. As a teacher for Yahweh he is trying to prepare the people for the journey they have to take. It’s not accidental that while we come to this portion right now and they are getting ready to go into the land, that we ourselves are getting ready to go into the journey into Yahwehs’s presence, the Holy Days.  It is like crossing over the Jordan.  It is not one that is going to be easy.  There is going to be spiritual warfare.  …. (continued on audio) Devarim (Deuteronomy 1:1 - 3:22) by Paul Falk 2014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13)

Posted on Jul 26, 2014

072614t.rickBy Rick Ortiz.  Egypt was still burying their firstborns, and the people Israel were leaving.  God destroyed all of Egypt’s gods and put judgment upon them.  It listed each of their stopping points of their journey to enter the promised land.  All contained in chapter 33.  Aarons death at Mt. Hor.   What they were to do with the inhabitants of the land, all of their idols and all of their gods and all of their things.  We are going back to go and touch upon their journey.  Chapter 34 was about how they were going to distribute the land according to their tribes.  Chapter 35 Levi’s — their inheritance was Yahweh himself, no land but they were to be set up with certain cities, and that they were to have forty-eight (48) cities total….Cities of refuge…. Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13) 2014 by R Ortiz Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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YHVH’s Will Part 2 Mattote (Numbers 30:2-32:42)

Posted on Jul 19, 2014

071914spby Rabbi Paul Falk– Moses spoke to the tribal leaders of Israel…Torah portion is Mattote.  It is the last two in Numbers before we go into Deuteronomy.  So the first few Hebrew words that we’d be reading.  Now what’s intriguing is this means “said.”  usually we’d say “Bada-behr YHVH”  This Torah starts with “Bada-behr Moshe”  Now, I am continuing with what I started last time.  We started talking about this idea of YHVH’s will.  Now I’m going to spend about six (6) slides doing a quick review, to catch our minds up. And then we are going to start off in a different direction.  So, in regard to YHVH’s will, last time we met, this is what we talked about. We said, putting our plans aside to allow his to be accomplished.  It was humbling ourselves, to serve Him.  It was truly being willing and open to change.  Probably the hardest one for us is the flexible expectations, because our expectations are our goals, they’re what we are striving for, and that they could be changed on the way, is very difficult.  I brought up Isaiah 55:11, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth, It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  What we talked about last time is YHVH’s will is always based upon His word… Mattote (Numbers 30:2-32:42) YHVH's Will Part 2 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Pinechas (Numbers 25:10-30:1)

Posted on Jul 13, 2014

by Patrick Shannon  071214tpat  Our Torah portion this week is Pinechas. you might see it spelled Pinchas or Phineas. in our English translations, but its basically numbers 25 through 29.  and depending on your translation the last verse might be 30 verse 1.  The Torah portion covers several general topics.  Five (5) actually.  One (1) regarding Pinchas or Phineas, and Midyan, Yahwehs judgement of them favorable for Phineas and not so favorable for Midyan, Numbers 26 the entire chapter is a census of this new generation. Where we are is Israel is now a whole new generation from the ones who left Egypt for the most part, and they are camped– if this is Israel my left arm held up which is not Israel yet, the nation of Israel which has wandered around the wilderness has coming in around the right side of that about to cross the Jordan and they are on a plain called the plains of Moab, or Shittim, and it is actually a lowland part before you cross the river with mount Peor sort of behind them which they just came through.  Numbers 27 talks about the daughters of selafad, and its basically the tribe of Manassa, their father was killed, and they approached the elders- they approached Moshe, and they asked just because our dad died and he had no sons, shouldn’t we the daughters inherit the land.  Moses checked in with Yahweh and so the answer “yes” rubber stamped, Manassa a tribe.  Also in that chapter the second half of it, Yehoshua, the actual Hebrew name of Joshua, the star of the book of Joshua, is the succeed Moshe.  Yahweh says to him, you are not going in to the promised land, I am going to let you go up and look at it, but you are not going in.  Moshe renamed Joshua, Yehoshua which happens to be the same name as our Messiah, Yehoshua, Salvation of Yah.  Before that it was Joshua (Hosea) Numbers 28 and 29, two whole chapters listing all the offerings and the appointed times which we are to keep. We are going to zoom in on the part of Phineas or Pinchas.  It’s going to come back to one basic thing. What an example this guy was.  I’m going to read the entire chapter…     Pinechas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) by Patrick Shannon 071214 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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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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