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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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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