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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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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