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Is There an Inspired Oral Law?

Virtually all of modern Rabbinic Judaism subscribes to the belief that G-d gave Moses an oral law, which he gave to Joshua—meant to go along with the written Torah—and that that oral law eventually became the Talmud we have today. This belief originated with the Jewish sect commonly known as…

Parashat Yitro (Jethro)

Shemot (Exodus) 18:1-20:23 Do you know that your testimony of what God has done in your life can change others’ lives? In this week’s Scripture portion, we see a very interesting occurrence: “Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses and…

Yeshua the Pharisee

February 2017 John 1:24 Some of those who had been sent were P'rushim. 25 They asked him, "If you are neither the Messiah nor Eliyahu nor `the prophet,' then why are you immersing people?" 26 To them Yochanan replied, "I am immersing people in water, but among you is standing…

"I did not come to abolish, but to ______."

One of the most discussed passages in the Brit Chadasha (New Covenant) is Matthew 5:17. I have heard and read so many opinions on what Yeshua (Jesus) meant when He spoke those words over 2000 years ago. Looking at the words themselves seems reasonably straightforward. “Do not think that I…

Nehemiah Part II

Survey, Assess, Build Scene:  A patient lies in a bed in the ER.  His arm is covered in red and he is writhing in pain.The Doctor enters and immediately sets to bandaging the red arm.  He gives it the best wrap in medical history and administers the right amount of…

Exodus and Intergenerational Connectivity

The long struggle between God and Pharaoh, which we’ve been covering in our recent Torah readings, opens with God’s intensely personal demand: “Let my son go that he may worship me” (Ex. 4:23). Moses and Aaron repeat this same demand six times: “Let my people go, so that they may…

Forty-Two Roundabout Journeys

IntroductionParashah Beshalach Shemot (Exodus) 13:17–17:16 marks the beginning of “The 42 roundabout journeys” which commence in Mitzraim (Egypt) and culminate 40 years later in Eretz Yisrael. (The details of these 42 journeys or encampments can be found in Parashah Maasei - Bamidbar (Numbers) 33:1-36:13)HaShem has marked out a path for…

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