Ki Tetzay (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

Posted on Sep 7, 2014

090614tp by Rabbi Paul Falk.  …which would translate, “When you go to war against your enemies and Yahweh your Elohim delivers them into your hands.”  So, some of you may have read, “Various laws,”  Yahweh Has His teachings, Yahweh has His word, and quite often it’s set together on a concept.  This weeks concept is the idea of valuing that which most don’t value.  They seem to be like little details.  Oh, we can discard little details– they are not important,  we can discard the people, like the orphan the widow and the stranger, they are not important, these are little details.  No, no, no, no, there is no such thing in the Kingdom as little details.  So my focus today is this idea of details to Yahweh, and you notice the heart, we’ll get to the heart later in that regard why it’s a heart.    But its important too, in this picture, that it is a puzzle. Yahweh puts His truth throughout the scripture, and you have to find the puzzle pieces, and they may fit, but not all of them, because you know what?, they are not meant to fit here, they may fit with other verses and other places in scripture.  But you know what? That means you have to go looking.  You have to study, you’ve got to dig– you’ve got to spend time.  Today I’m going to give you the lessons before we start.  Usually I do that at the end.  So, the first lesson is that scripture is not always literal.  We have to be very careful about that, because a lot of us are very concrete thinkers.  We think about things about what we can feel and touch and smell.  But Yahweh tries to give us, metaphors, pictures of things so we can understand Him.  Because you know what, Yahweh is a spirit.  He doesn’t have eyes, He doesn’t specifically have a face, He doesn’t have arms, He’s a spirit so why does he speak of Himself with those metaphors? Because we see them in the people around us and it helps us understand Him.  There is no scriptural detail too small to be important.  Doesn’t exist.  Yahweh could have edited it.  He could have omitted it.  If He didn’t omit it, it is important to know.  And the scriptures are an amazing beautiful puzzle to put together, …(continue in audio) Ki Tetzay by RPF Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Shofetim (Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9)

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

083014t.pat By Patrick Shannon.  Our Torah portion this week is Shofetim. It means Judges. Deuteronomy 16:18 thru 21:9. And I’m about to share one thing that if you listen and obey this one command it will completely change your life. It’s something you eat, it guarantees success and prosperity, it will completely transform you into a totally new person, perfectly pleasing to Yahweh, asking whatever you wish and it will be done, One thing.   Let’s look up Deuteronomy 18:9-12. When you come into the land which Yahweh your Elohim is giving you, do not learn to do according to the abominations of those nations. Let no one be found among you who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices divination or a user of magic or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, which involves chemicals and mixtures, or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead for whoever does these is an abomination to Yahweh, and because of these abominations Yahweh your Elohim drives them out before you. Be perfect before Yahweh your Elohim. In context a better translation of perfect, (I looked up) is entirely. For these nations whom you are possessing do listen to those using magic or to diviners, but as for you, Yahweh your Elohim has not appointed such for you. We are spiritual creatures, we love the spiritual, we love the miraculous, we are fascinated by the supernatural, we fantasize about having superpowers, from the times that we’re children and some of our most popular movies are about superheroes, and little wizards, and people with superhuman power, but we are not to indulge in the spiritualism of the world. What Yahweh has for us is far, far more powerful. Yahweh, your Elohim shall raise up for you a prophet like me from your midst, from your brothers, listen to him. (continued on audio) Shofetim 08302014 Pat Shannon Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Re-eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

Posted on Aug 24, 2014

082314trick By Rick Ortiz.   …We will begin with the high level summary of chapter 11, and the blessings and the curses of course, start off chapter 11.  They were instructed to put the blessings on Mt. Gerazim, and the curses on Mt. Ebol.  This is pertinent because you see, because as they would enter the land these were two mountains on opposite sides of each other, they would be able to see the blessings and they would be able to see the curses.  In past teachings we’ve had images that showed the stark differences between the mountains.  Mt Gerazim with the greenery and life, and Mt. Ebol with its bareness.  That in essence where God tells his people to keep all the rules and laws that he sets before them.. Now Going forth to chapter 12, God tells them to destroy all of the high places…. Re-eh2014Aug23RickOrtiz Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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Ekev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25)

Posted on Aug 17, 2014

081614tp by Rabbi Paul Falk   (Sound starts at 1 min 15 secs).  Torah portion as a whole talks about his judgments.  Then it shall come to pass because you listened to my judgments.  It’s going to happen because you listened.  Shema.  Listen.  Whenever Messiah said, “He who has ears to hear let him hear”, what he was saying in Hebrew was shema.  It had nothing to do with literal ears.  What he was saying was, Listen so intently that when I’m done you won’t have to ask me any questions.  You can realize how much concentration went into listening that intently.  What I am going to cover today is this concept, the heart, remember in the heart, don’t forget in the heart.  In fact Deuteronomy is one of the books in the scriptures specifically where heart is mentioned more popularly than most other books… Ekev by RPF Aug 16 2014 Play Now | Play in Popup |...

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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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