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Teachings

Below are the teachings from our weekly Torah Studies.  If you would like to join us, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can let you know where and when we meet.

Shelach L’Kha (Send on your behalf) Numbers/B’midbar 13:1-15:41

Shelach L’Kha (Send on your behalf) Numbers/B’midbar 13:1-15:41

Haftorah Reading: Joshua 2:1-24

Messianic Scripture  Hebrews 3:7-19

Today we look at one of the most difficult passages we will study all year. It is not difficult because of grammar or use of unfamiliar words. Rather it is difficult to understand because we, looking at it in hindsight, wonder how could these ten men, leaders of the tribes, have made such a serious mistake. How could they have erred in their conclusions? Remember, these men had all seen G-d deliver Israel from Egypt. They had seen the army of Egypt drowned in the Sea while they walked through on dry ground. They sung with all Israel the song of triumph when they were delivered in Exodus 15:1-18. They were all present when G-d came down on the mountain and spoke to them and gave them the Torah.

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Beha’alotcha (When you set up) Numbers/B’midbar 8:1-12:16

Beha’alotcha (When you set up) Numbers/B’midbar 8:1-12:16

Haftorah Reading: Zechariah 2:14-4:7

Messianic Scripture  John 19:31-37, Hebrews 3:1-6

Our reading today contains many themes from the highs of the Menorah to the lows of the verses about Miriam and Aaron complaining and gossiping about Moshe. Today I want us to spend our time mainly on two of these themes. The first is found in Numbers 11:4-5. Here we read of the people complaining about only having manna to eat. They go on and on with their list of just how good they had it in Egypt. They seem to have completely forgotten the part about being slaves there. Then in verses 11:14-15 we see Moshe come to the end of his patience and said to G-d, in verse 15, “And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you.” Moshe had reached the end and cried out to G-d. 

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Naso (Take) Num/B’midbar 4:21-7:89

 Naso (Take) Numbers/B’midbar 4:21-7:89

Haftorah Reading: Judges 13:2-25

Messianic Scripture  John 7:53-8:11, Acts 21:17-32

This week we read the portion named Naso. When you read this portion you will find it filled with details of the gifts brought by each family head. However, buried in these details we read the verses laying out a prayer. This prayer was given by G-d to Moshe to be used by the priests to speak over the people. This is what I want us to spend our time on today. The verses are found in Numbers 6:22-27.

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