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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

Started by James Trimm Sep 10, 2011. 0 Replies

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 Cliff Tucker on October 3, 2010 at 11:29am
James, I agree, in reference to the purity of heart needing to be in the observance of Torah. I also treasure the times that I do it out of rote, for the simple reason that sometimes the "mechanical" part of my life kicks into "cruise", because I know it is what puts Life into my life. I am not suggesting that it is "good" but that once the Torah observance becomes a habit, when the disturbances of Life last longer than a disruption my spirit should kick in with the automatic dispensing of Life and Living Water and The Word and take me to the Torah portions.
With that being said, then I am coaxed back into Life and I find myself enjoying it even more and it becomes even more refreshing to and in my life.
Thank you for the Torah portions.
Comment by Cindy on October 5, 2010 at 10:55am
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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on March 31, 2012 at 9:57pm

Shalom Brethren, Dr. Trimm has asked me to be a part of weekly Torah Parsha and offer my weekly Torah Commentary. In past years I sent out a weekly Parsha commentary to a number of outlets but due to health concerns and other pressing matters I stopped. So, I would like to resume my commentaries with a renewed zeal and with an all new set of writings. I am blessed by the writing and hope and pray that the commentaries will be a blessing to all and serve to encourage, inspire and uplift the Body of Messiah. Pesach is this week so with all the necessary preparations this first commentary, which, Yahweh willing will come out later this week, will be relatively short. Until then, May Almighty Abba Yahweh bless us all b'Shem Yahshua Meshikaynu. Have a most blessed and set-apart Passover and Chag HaMatzah. Shalom. 

Comment by Wayne Ingalls on April 2, 2012 at 9:42am

Thank you Rabbi Mitchell, I look forward to it.

 

Wayne

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 2, 2012 at 11:43pm

Torah Commentary for Pesach and Chag HaMatzah.

First, here are some suggested reading for Passover/Unleavened Bread: First Day: Torah: Shemoth (Exodus) 12:21 – 51 and Bemidbar (Numbers) 28:16 – 25. Haftarah: Malachi 3:4 – 24, Yehoshua (Joshua) 3:5 -7. Ketuvim Natzarim (New Testament): MattithYahu chapters 26 – 28 and Yochanan (John) chapters 13 and 21. Please also add Tehillim (Psalms) 116 and 118.

On the first High Day please read Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 22:26 to 23:44. Haftarah: Melakim Beth (2 Kings) 2:1 – 9 and 21-25.

This week we will present a commentary on Shemoth (Exodus) 12:21 – 51. It is found in Parashah “Bo,” which means simply “Go.”

Shemoth 12:21: Then Moshe called for all the elders of Yisrael, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the Pesach lamb.

Although Moshe spoke to the elders, we have to understand that this Feast was a Feast for all the people. It was the elder's job to pass this command onto the people and see to it that every family did as Yahweh commanded, Note the word “families.” Passover is in every way a family Feast. It is to be celebrated by individual families, and the celebration unites us to the larger family of the Body of Messiah.

And you shall observe this thing (Feast) for an ordinance to you and to your sons forever.

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 2, 2012 at 11:47pm

Note the word “forever.” (The KJV separates 'for' and 'ever'). The word “forever” ('ever') is also correctly translated in some versions as “perpetual.” It is number Strong's 5769 and the Hebrew word is transliterated as “oalm” meaning literally “To time out of mind.” Note also that we have a Mitzvah from Almighty Yahweh Himself to teach the Passover and all its ordinances to our children. The word “children: can include grandchildren, nephews and nieces. We also read that the plague of the death of the first born was executed at midnight — the darkest hour of the night time. Night can be a time of fear for the fainthearted. It is sometimes considered the time of greatest demonic activity. However, we must remember that during the plague of darkness.in Shemoth 10:21 – 23 Egypt was stricken with the plague of of darkness – a “...thick darkness.” However, that Israel had light in all their dwellings. This shows us several things. One, in order to have light, the true Light of Yahweh, we must be in and remain in a proper dwelling. A proper dwelling is not only a physical place, but if we consider this concept on the SOD level, it means that if we are right with Yahweh, keeping His commandments and under the Blood of Yahshua, we will have the The Light within us, in our hearts, minds and souls. Two, the darkness has no effect on us. 2 Corinthians 4:6 Because Eloah, who said that from darkness light should shine, has shined in our hearts, that we might be enlightened with the knowledge of the glory of Eloah in the presence of Yeshua the Messiah. (Please read 2 Corinthians 4:6 – 18).

Shemoth 12:37 And the Children of Yisrael journeyed from Rameses to Sukkot.
Numbers 33:3 tells us that the journey from Rameses was made on the morrow after the Pesach. What is interesting about this is that Rameses has a Gemartia value of 330. The number 330 has several negative meanings, such as “and he shall burn, smoke,” “he shall rend,” “lent upon interest,” and “to my adversaries.” Surely, Yisrael's bondage was served in bitterness and abject poverty.

One of the most important and oft ignored aspect of Pesach is found in verses 43 – 48. (Please read these verses) They tell us that no uncircumcised person (male) shall partake of the Passover Seder. There are no exceptions to this rule. It is a Mitzvah commanded by Almighty Yahweh Himself. In harmony with these and all preceding verses is Verse 49: One Torah shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourns among you. This verse is in total harmony with the Two House Message. A common and false idea circulating among so-called “one-house” Messianic groups and among the “Replacement Theology” crowd is that there are, somehow, two Torahs, one for “Jews” and another for “Gentiles.” This idea is in total contradiction with what the Bible really says.

On a final note, may we all have a blessed Pesach and Hag HaMatzah. But let us make this Feast our personal exodus from spiritual Egypt. With that being said, we must keep in mind that we cannot separate the spiritual from the Physical or vise verse. We must also keep in mind that when the B'nai Yisrael called on Yahweh for deliverance from Egyptian bondage, they never asked to leave Egypt. Later, as they traveled through the wilderness, they asked several times to be taken back to Egypt. As we make every diligent effort to rid our homes of chamets (any form of leaven) we must also spiritually prepare to rid the leaven from our spiritual lives. May Almighty Abba Yahweh bless us all b'Shem Yahshua Meshikaynu and may He continue to deliver us from spiritual Egypt and the real pharaoh, the “evil one.”

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 14, 2012 at 10:17am

Shalom Brethren. Since the Torah Parshas are based upon the standard Jewish Calendar there is no standard reading this week. However, Jews the world over today read the Parashot for what they consider the eighth and final day of Chag HaMatzah (Feast of Unleavened Bread). I must add that the overwhelming majority of us keep, according to Scripture, a seven day Feast. Nevertheless, we will briefly discuss the standard readings today as taken from the Jewish Calendar. the Parsha is Debarim (Deuteronomy) 15:19 -- 16:17. Our Haftarah is YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 10:32 -- 12:6. (Alternate Haftarah is: YeshaYahu 54:11 -- 55:5). Our recommended Ketuvim Natzarim (New Testament) reading is Yochanan (John) 21. (Please keep in mind during this reading that Yahshua is our Passover blood atonement sacrifice. He died for our sins and His resurrection gives us hope in our own resurrection to eternal life the the Kingdom of Yahweh. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 75 and 77.

This commentary will be divided into two sections due to limited space in the  posting blocks. From this point on, the commentaries will be in the following format: A brief overview of the Parsha followed by commentary on key verses. It will by no means be comprehensive but rather serve to pique the Bible student's interest into searching out the deeper things that Almighty Abba Yahweh has to show us. As thd body of messiah, may we all be blessed as we seek to serve Him and learn more of His ways. Let us also this day keep Brother James' wife Inga in prayer for healing.

Debarim 15:19 -- 16:17: This reading is found in Parsha Re'eh which means "See." Often times we look, but fail to see what is really before us or fail to see the situation at hand as it really is. Seeing is directly related to understanding. Many people who read the Bible give it a cursory reading, that is, without delving into the true meaning of words or giving thought to the real intent of certain words or their prophetic meaning. Our task here is to determine what Yahweh wants us to see. A vital tool to make that determination is prayer. We must pray for guidance both before and after our reading. Each Parsha and related readings are meant for us to read not only on Shabbat and High Days, but to carry in our minds and re-read and meditate on throughout the week. Yahwweh wants us to see the truth, but without the spiritual vision of the Ruach HaKodesh, our eyes can and will deceive us, and of course, obscure our understanding. That is one reason why there are so many "religions" in existence today. Yahshua pointed this out in MattithYahu (Matthew) 13:13-17. He began by saying (14) ...Hear you indeed, but understand not, and see you indeed, but perceive not."  and in verse 16 He said: But happy are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.  So with these thoughts in mind, let us proceed in the Parsha. (cont'd)

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 14, 2012 at 10:17am

5:19 All the firstling males that are born of your herd and of your flock you shall sanctify unto YHWH your Elohim..."  The first born, whether of man or animal were made special in Yahweh's sight. The Levites were first selected from the first born (male) child. They were leaders, laborers and teachers among the  congregation of Israel. No doubt, the Passover lamb that was selected for each family was a first-born male, and one without blemish.

Verse 23 tells us: Only you shall not eat the blood thereof... The Scripture says "The life is in the blood." We cn understand this as meaning, if you will have it, that our souls reside in the blood. Therefore, when we ingest the blood of any animal, we are taking its soul into our soul. We are consuming the very nature of that animal. Is it any wonder that some people act like animals today. Blood is present in virtually every morsel of non-kosher meat that we might ingest. We must be extremely diligent to eat the proper foods that have been prepared in a proper manner. Even clean foods, if not killed in a kosher manner will have blood in them.

Chapter 16 gives us a synopsis of Yahweh's Moedim (Commanded Convocations or Holy Days) from Pesach on through Sukkot (Tabernacles). We may note that Yom Teruah (Rosh HaShannah) and Yom Kippur (Atonement) are not specifically mentioned. This does not mean that these two days are somehow negated or done away with. Rather, theerre are part and parcel of what we call the "Fall Feasts." The term for this presentation of all seven Holy Days is "Shalosh Regalim."

Let us note verse 17: Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of YHWH your Elohim which He has given you. All things are from Almighty Yahweh. It is incumbent on us to support the "storehouse" from which we are fed. Supporting a spiritual work that gives us guidance and instruction is a way of saying Thank you for what you are doing. In other words, we are putting our money where are mouths (and minds) are. May we all be blessed today and through this coming week. HalleluYAH!            

           

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 28, 2012 at 11:11am

Shalom again brethren on this 21st  Day of the Omer Count - 6 Iyar, 5772 (April 28, 2012). This week we have a dual Parashot: Tazriah (She conceives) Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 12:1 -- 13:59, and M'tzorah (Infected one) Vayyiqra 14:1 -- 15:33. Haftarah reaadings are: 1. Melakim Bet (2 Kings) 4:42 -- 5:19 and 7:3 -- 20. Brit Chadasha (Ketuvim Natzarim or New Testament) readings are Luke 17:12 -- 19; Mark 1:40 -- 45; Ibrim (Hebrews) 13, (especially verse 4). Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 51, 106, and 124. Now to the first Parsha, Tazria.

Synopsis: In Hebrew there are 67 verses in this Paraha. Sixty-seven is the gematria of Binah, understanding. Binah is directly connected to Chochmah, wisdom. We need both understanding and wisdom to correctly understand the Bible and to conduct our lives according to Torah. Mishle (Proverbs0 4:1 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  Binah is also the ability to connect things.

Some key verses: Tazria concerns childbearing. One of the first commands that Yahweh gave to Adam and Chavah was to "...increase and multiply... This command was, by extention, also given to us. As we procreate, we are fufilling this positive mitzvah. 

12:3 And in the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.

Concerning the circumcision of males, circumcision is performed on the eighth day. Eight is thet number of a new beginning, the end of one cycle (there are several different numerical cycles in the Bible) and the beginning of another. Circumcision marks the beginning of a new chapter in a person's life.

 

After a woman conceives, she is unclean for a certain number of days, depending on whether she conceives a male or femal child. This symbloizes the 'down" periods in our lives. After every elevating act that brings us closer to Almighty Yahweh, we may go through a down period, much like the aftermath of running and winning a race or completing a significant event. Reading this portion insures that our own 'down" period will not take us too far down. We will recover quickly and all doubts will vanish. We will be back on top again.

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 28, 2012 at 11:57am

Chapter 13 discusses leprosy. Today, although we still have the plague of leprosy with is, it can be equated with cancer. Both cancer and leprosy eat away at the flesh or internal organs. Once discovered or suspected, the infected person must be brought to the priest. This shows us that if we really believe that Yahweh can and does heal, our first step must be to seek Him and ask for His mercy. We are told in Revelation 5:10 that we are priests (and kings) in our own right. (See Shemoth - Exodus 19:6 and YeshaYahu - Isaiah 61:6). In the latter part of YeshhaYahu 61:6 we read "...and in their splendor you shall revel. The word "splendor" is the English equivalent of "Zohar" and also means "Light." The Zohar says that the priests kindle the lamps. Lamps, of course, bring us light. Light dispells the darkness.

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