‍‍3 Elul 5773 - 08/8/13

T’rumah 5773



“A Heave Offering”

Shemot (Exod.) 25:1-40,

Ashlamatah: Is. 60:17 – 61:3,9 Special: Is. 40:1-26

Psalm 59 Abot: 3:7

N.C.: Mk 8:5-10; Acts 16:9-12

The Messianic Era will be an intermediate time between This World-Age and the Coming World-Age, one that will have elements of both worlds within it. This week we highlight a passage of our weekly study from Psalm 60:7. The Targum commentary to this verse says: “You will add days to the age to come (Olam HaBa), the days of the King Messiah; his years are like the generations of this age (Olam Ha Zeh) and the generations of the age to come.” It is an added period of transition to the World to Come. So then, how do the present days effect the days of Messiah and the World to Come? Are days still being added in some sense. Are we deciding through our Torah lifestyle what the condition of our present days will be at that time? Join us on Torah Focus as we discuss, for example, how it is that our rejoicing, our food, our clothing and conversation on Shabbat are indeed preparing us and adding days to the Olam HaBa[1]

[1] Synopsis by Adon Yoel ben Abraham

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‍‍26 Av 5773 - 08/1/13

Behold, I send (apostolize)

Hineh Anokhi Sholeach” “Behold, I send (apostolize)”

Shemot (Exod.) 23:20 – 24:18; Ashlamatah: Malachi 3:1-8, 23-24 Special: Isaiah 1:1-27

Psalm 58:7-12 Abot: 3:6

N.C.: Mk 8:1-4; Acts 16:1-8

 This week, as we leave the three weeks of rebuke and penitence and enter the seven weeks of consolation/strengthening, our study revolved around the Torah Seder. We also continued our discussion of how being conscious of the times and seasons will enable us to tap into the energies present within them. We discussed the Malakh of HaShem (Exodus 23:20) and ‘guardian angels’ — their nature as ‘powers’ and their role to guard/keep us in “the way.” We delineated true and false conceptions of them. Join us for this enlightening session of Torah Focus taking hold of the comfort and strengthening available as we face resistance in this time.

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‍‍12 Av 5773 - 07/18/13

If You lend Money

Shemot (Exod.) 22:24 – 23:19, B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: Isaiah 48:10-20, Special: 1 Sam. 20:18,42, Jeremiah 2:4 – 3:28

Psalm 58:1-6

Abot: 3:5

N.C.: Mk 7:31-37; Acts 15:30-41

This week’s Torah Focus centers in on the Jewish view of time. Rather than viewing time in a linear – straight line – fashion, we realize that HaShem has invested time with varying waves of energy that cycles throughout the year. Each day of the year, each month, each fast and festival, has its own particular energy. We can learn to spiritually prepare and “catch the wave” of energy as it cycles year by year. We can thereby ride the wave rather than be buried by it. Join us this week as we look at three weeks, from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av, with its own particular energy.

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‍‍24 Tamuz 5773 - 07/1/13

In the Sinai Wilderness

In the Sinai Wilderness

Shemot (Exod.) 19:1 – 20:23, Ashlamatah: Is. 35:1-10,  Psalm 56:1-14

Abot: 3:3

N.C.: Mk 7:14-16; Lk 11:45-54, Acts 15:13-18

 This Torah Focus takes a look at the address of Hakham Tsefet (Peter) as he speaks to the Nazarean Bet din concerning the Gentiles “turning to G-d.” Hakham Tsefet mentions the “Sukkah of David from Amos 9. Why does he drag Amos into the address and how does looking at the Davidic Sukkah relate to the Gentiles.  During Sukkot we are said to have seven special guests called the Ushpizin. Do they reveal anything concerning the Davidi Sukkah and Gentiles turning to G-d?

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‍‍16 Tamuz 5773 - 06/23/13

The Torah we Speak

The Spoken Torah

This Torah Focus begins by looking at Yochanan 1:1 and Messiah as the Dbar Elohim (Word of G-d). The fascination we have with the Torah is because the Torah is the Cosmos. The Universe exists because G-d read the Torah aloud when He created the Universe. However, we must always find relativity and practical application.

What practical application can we find in the words G-d spoke “In the Beginning”?

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‍‍2 Tamuz 5773 - 06/9/13

How Long do you refuse?

Shemot (Exod.) 16:28 – 18:27, B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15, Ashlamatah: Is. 58:13 – 59:7, 20, Special: I Samuel 20:18,42, Psalm 54:1-9 – 55:1-24

Abot: 3:2

N.C.: Mk 7:1-13; Lk 11:37-54, Acts 15:6-12

 In this Torah Focus we looked at the Nazarean Codicil’s Acts 15 and the unbearable yoke. What is the the “Unbearable Yoke. We ask several questions to cover varied possibilities. We look at Acts 15 and the question of what is really going on. How do the Gentiles relate to these questions and thoughts.

  • Do the Gentile accept the Bet Din?
  • Does the Bet Din accept the Gentiles
  • Or, is there another question?

We delve into the fact that the first two questions are invalid, turning to the third possibility. How does the Bet Din have any bearing on the Gentiles?

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‍‍2 Tamuz 5773 - 06/9/13

And they came to Elim

Shemot (Exod.) 15:27 – 16:27, Ashlamatah: Judges 1:23-26 + 2:5-7,  Psalm 53:1-7

Abot: 3:1

N.C.: Mk 6:53-56; Acts 15:1-5

We began the class with a brief discussion of the Man (Manna). We briefly looked at the Seven clouds of Kivod that surrounded the B’ne Yisrael. Then we turned to the Nazarean Codicil looking at the healing methods of Yeshua. The  Peshat text tells us that they grabed the Tsitsit of the Master. What does this mean? We look at possible explanations for this and then begin to delve into the Remes portion of our Nazarean Talmud. We take the time to slowly build upon the Remes/Allegorical interpretation defining Allegory and Remes in simple understandable terms.  From here we look at the initiation of the the phrase “unbearable Yoke” in Acts 15. What is the the unbearable yoke?

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