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Veyechi

Started by James Trimm. Last reply by James Trimm Jan 9, 2012. 1 Reply

Parasha Veyechi Bereshit (Gen) 47:28-50:26By Rav MikhaelIncluded within this week’s parasha is Ya’akov’s blessing of his sons before his death. He begins his poetic testament with his firstborn Reuven, who receives condemnation for his illicit…Continue

Vezot Haberachah

Started by James Trimm. Last reply by Vickie Vest Dec 10, 2011. 1 Reply

Parasha Vezot Haberachah Devarim (Deut) 33:1-34:12By Rav MikhaelThis is our last parasha in the Torah, in a few weeks we’ll start Bereshit and begin again after Simchat Torah. Four of our five books of the Torah have centered around the most…Continue

Vayeilech

Started by James Trimm Sep 27, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Vayeilech Devarim (Deut) 31:1-31:30By Rav MihaelShalom Brothers and Sisters,I will begin by saying that this week’s parasha commentary will be more controversial than most. The subject matter is the future of Israel as the specific chosen…Continue

Nitzavim

Started by James Trimm Sep 18, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Nitzavim Devarim (Deut)29:9-30:20By Rav MikhaelI our parasha this week we have the mitzvah of ‘teshuvah’ or repentance, or more accurately, a returning, or turning back. In this season of the fall Holy Days, the theme of teshuvah is more…Continue

Ki Tavo

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Parasha Ki Tavo Devarim (Deut) 26:1-29:8By Rav MikhaelThis week’s parasha is mainly concerned with our Torah obedience and making sure that we take it as seriously as G-d does. There are long lists of blessings for obedience and curses and methods…Continue

Ki Tetze

Started by James Trimm Sep 7, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Ki Tetze Devarim (Deut) 21:10-25:19By Rav MikhaelOne of the major themes in this week’s parasha is justice and fair treatment, the purpose of which is to maintain the bonds of brotherhood within the community and purge it of any evil. A…Continue

Shoftim

Started by James Trimm Aug 29, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Shoftim Devarim (Deut) 16:18-21:9By Rav MikahelThis week’s Parasha contains a promise by Moshe that one day G-d will raise up a prophet like him from among them (18:15). The Nazarenes applied this to Yahushua (Acts 3:22, 7:37). If that is…Continue

Re’eh

Started by James Trimm Aug 22, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Re’eh Devarim (Deut) 11:26-16:17By Rav MikhaelMany of us familiar with Christianity have had some contact with the charismatic movement. The charismatic experience has become entrenched in much of Messianic Judaism and as such, we will all…Continue

Ekev

Started by James Trimm Aug 15, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Ekev Devarim (Deut) 7:12-11:25By Rav Mikhael“What does YHVH your G-d ask of you? Only to fear YHVH, your G-d, to go in all His ways and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul”This is really the sum total of our duty to our…Continue

Va’etchanan

Started by James Trimm Aug 12, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Va’etchanan Devarim (Deut) 3:23-7:11By Rav Mikhael This week’s parasha opens with Moshe ‘pleading’ with G-d to be allowed to enter the promised land of Israel. After the victories over the kings immediately outside the land, Moshe’s…Continue

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 19, 2012 at 12:03pm

Every seventh year the Shemittah began during the fall High Holy Days, immediately after Yom Kippur. This is one reason why Tishri (or Ethanim) beginning on Yom Teruah, is referred to as Rosh HaShannah, the “Head of the Year. It is not the beginning of the Sacred year, as we are commanded to Observe in Shemoth (Exodus) 12;2, but rather the beginning if Israel’s secular calendar, and agricultural calendar. This is also known as “The year of the Kings.”

 

25:25 If your brother be waxen poor, and sell some of his possession, then shall his kinsman that is next unto him come, and shall redeem that which his brother has sold. Note the use of the word “…brother.” Let us ask ourselves who is our brother? This verse shows us the unity of Spiritual Israel and the relationship we must have with one another. The Zohar says that we are all the same. When one of us feels pain or sorrow, we should all feel his or her pain or sorrow. Conversely, when anyone of us experiences joy or happiness, we should be more than willing to share our elation with others, so that they may share our joy or happiness.

 

This also shows us that we must never take advantage of anyone. However, we cannot help everyone that crosses our path, we are not expected to. But we must not add to the misery or misfortune of others. By the same token, we must never become envious of others. Envy always leads to destructive behavior, and the one being destroyed through envy is the one who envys.

 

25:47 - 54 These verses speak of slavery and servitude. To be a slave means that someone, or something, has control over you. It could be a person, a habit, or a material addiction. People who must control others set themselves up as slave masters, “control freaks” to use modern terminology. Jezebel was in every sense of the word a control freak. Therefore, today we could say that a person who is a control freak has a Jezebel spirit. A Jezebel spirit is an evil spirit. It is our duty to help release people from spiritual slavery or bondage by sharing with them the word of YHWH and giving them hope and purpose.

 

As mentioned earlier, B’Har means “On the Mountain.” While we must seek to control our egos, at the same time, we must in a spiritual sense strive to ascend the mountain, that is, to grow and be uplifted spiritually. As we approach Shavuoth, may we keep this worthy goal in mind, and ask Almighty Abba YHWH to show us His will for our lives.       

    

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 19, 2012 at 12:06pm

B’Chukkotai

Synopsis: The phrase B’Hokkotai means to follow the statutes and ordinances of YHWH. The singular word is Chok. A Chok is a command that doesn’t seem to have any logical sense or purpose. Whenever we encounter a Chok in the Bible we must of course, understand it in a literal sense, but we must also give it a spiritual or metaphorical application.

 

A prime example of this is Bemidbar (Numbers) 19, the account of the Red Heifer. The red heifer was a literal animal. Not one single hair of its hide could be a different color. It had to be absolutely perfect. But there is a vital metaphoric application to this chapter. Please read Numbers 19 and note carefully how many times words such as “bathe,” “water,” “wash,” and related words are used. In short, Numbers 19 is not merely cleansing ourselves from contact with a literal dead body (although that is not to be neglected) but it is about cleansing from dead works. The cleansing of course is done with water. Water is synonymous with the instruction of YHWH’s Torah, Debarim (Deuteronomy) 32:2. We cleanse ourselves first through mikvah (immersion in water) and also through the application of the Torah or our lives as YHWH directs. Every Chok, while meant to be taken literally at some point, can and must be given a metaphorical application.

 

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26:4 …then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield her produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. On the surface this seems to be a simple and straightforward verse. In rality, however, it has a variety of complex meanings. When we read the word “…rains…” our minds should go into gear regarding Deuteronomy 32:2. Then we have the phrase “…in their season…” While literally this means spring, summer, fall and winter, the word “…season” is a metaphore for YHWH’s Sacred Seasons, the Moedim or Holy Days. Let us consider “…the land.” We are made from the dust of the earth, therefore, it is no stretch that “…the land” is a subtle reference to our bodies, that is, our very physical being. Likewise, “…trees of the field,” is a metaphor or “code word” for collective Israel. We can say that based on YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 55:12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led froth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Of course trees do not have “hands” neither can they “clap,” so the obvious application is that trees are a metaphor for men. When Yahshua healed the blind man in Mark 8:24, as his healing was almost complete, the man said “…I see men as trees walking.”

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 19, 2012 at 12:07pm

For sake of time and space I would like us to consider just one additional verse in this Parsha, and that concerns 27:2, speaking of vows. We must take all precaution to not go back on our word. Admittedly, sometimes there are mitigating circumstances, but for the most part we must mean what we say and say what we mean. If we are later proven to be wrong, we must humbly admit our fault. If our words are vindicated and upheld, then we must not become arrogant or haughty.

 

Again, we will observe Rosh Chodesh Sivan early this coming week. A Rosh Chodesh symbolizes a new beginning, a chance to rectify past mistakes and repent of past sins. In our continuing countdown to Shavuoth a week from this Sunday, let us take full advantage of Yahweh’s calendar in the heavens and be refreshed and blessed. May Almighty Abba Yahweh bless each and every one of us as we seek to serve Him, and learn more of His ways. As we complete this book of the Torah, let us all seek to “Be Strong.”  

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on June 22, 2012 at 8:59pm

Shalom Brethren, here are our readings for this week, 6/22/12. Torah: Bemidbar (Numbers) 16:1 – 18:32. Haftarah: Sh’muel Aleph (1 Samuel) 11:14 – 12:22. Ketuvim Natzarim (New Testament) 2 Timothy 2:8 – 21 and Y’hudah (Jude) 1 – 25. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 119: 1 – 16; 70, and 98. And now to our Torah commentary.

 

Synopsis: This Parsha concerns Korach. At one time Korach was no doubt a righteous person and a high ranking leader among the Israelites of the tribe of Levi. But something happened. He became arrogant, puffed up, and rebellious. He began to usurp authority that did not belong to him. What happened that made him into a totally negative person? In Hebrew, the first work of this Parsha is vayikach, which can mean “…he became insolent, or may also mean “a taker.” As we read this Parsha we would do well to remember that what happened to Korach can happen to us if we become lax or allow ourselves to lapse into negativity.

 

Key Verses: 16:1 For what ever reason, Korach decided to foment a rebellion, and ostensibly, perhaps take over the leadership of Israel, thus rejecting Yahweh’s appointed leader, Moshe.

 

Notice that his first act was to entice others to join him. Negative people love company. There is no doubt that Korach sought out spiritually weak, disgruntled people. What we have to keep in mind that that we are who we associate with. If we gravitate toward negative people we will become negative. On the other hand, if we associate ourselves with loving, positive people we will become loving and positive and we might add, content.

 

Tehillim (Psalms) 1:1 Happy is the man that has not walked in the counsel of the wicked, not stood in the way of sinners, not sat in the seat of the scornful.

 

16:4 And when Moshe heard it, he fell on his face. Note Moshe’s first reaction. He examined himself to see if he had done something wrong that brought this situation about. This gives us an insight as to Moshe’s true character, a man of true humility.

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on June 22, 2012 at 9:01pm

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 16:4 And when Moshe heard it, he fell on his face. Note Moshe’s first reaction. He examined himself to see if he had done something wrong that brought this situation about. This gives us an insight as to Moshe’s true character, a man of true humility.

 

16:5 After a period of self examination, Moshe was able to rightly declare the Word of Yahweh to Korach and his company and challenge them. We have to confront evil and rebellion no matter what its form. We cannot be cowardly and shrink from our duty and allow evil to triumph. Note too that Moshe did not even think of offering a compromise.

 

16:12 “Separate yourselves from among this assembly, that I may consume them in a moment.” Note that although Moshe and faithful Israel are warned to separate them selves from Korach and his company, we have to realize that it was Korach who made the first move by separating himself from Israel by his attitude. Faithful Israel kept their distance, Yahweh acted.

 

In verses 28 to 35, at the word of Moshe, Yahweh acted to cause the earth to open and consume Korach and his rebellious rabble. At the same time, a fire went forth from Yahweh and consumed every one of then. Then the earth closed. It was as if they never existed. We have to remember that evil, rebellious people do not  “go to hell.” The Scriptures teach the eternal death and destruction of the wicked by being consumed in the lake of fire at the end of this age.

 

Please read the entire Parsha and related readings. We receive a special blessing every time we read, study and meditate on Yahweh’s Torah. Let us take heed that what happened to Korach and his cohorts could also happen to us if we grow cold and weak or allow doubt or discontent to settle in our hearts.

 

May we all be blessed in this new Scriptural month as we seek to serve Almighty Abba Yahweh and learn more of His ways, and may we be blessed through His Torah and His Living Torah, Yahshua our Messiah and kinsman Redeemer.      

 

Comment by Mikha El on July 21, 2012 at 3:13pm

T.J.,

I've just realized you have been posting lessons here. Question, instead of posting them as you are, could you make each lesson a new "blog" with the portions name as the title as Dr. Trimm has done?

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