‍‍7 Adar I 5774 - 02/6/14

On The Eighth Day

בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי

“BaYom HaSh’mini”
“On the eighth day”
Vayiqra (Lev.) 9:1 – 10:7
B’Midbar (Num.) 28:9-15
Ashlamatah: Ezekiel 43:27 – 44:5, 28-30
Special: I Samuel 20:18,42
Psalm 77:11-21
N.C. 1 Pet 3:1-7; Lk 12:2-9, 13-21; Acts 22:1-21

How do you come up with such an interpretation?

Whether vocalized or not, people have questions like these. Questions are good when they are asked with sincerity and humility. Notice the Scripture verse in bold and a deeper explanation in parenthesis’ and brackets.

Shemot (Ex.) 19:16 So it came about on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunder (the voices of the Hakhamim) and lightning flashes (the Hakhamim running back and forth to elucidate the Torah) and a thick cloud upon the mountain (governance [kingdom] of God [through the Hakhamim and Bate Din as opposed to human kings]) and a very loud voice of the shofar (Tiferet – Darshan or Maggid [Prophet]), so that all the people who were in the camp (world) trembled.

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‍‍23 Tevet 5774 - 12/25/13

Command

צַו

“Tsav”
“Command” / “Enjoin”
Vayiqra (Lev.) 6:1 – 7:10
Ashlamatah: Mic. 6:6-8 + 7:14-20
Psalm 76:1-7
1 Pet 2:11-12; Luk 10:38-42; Acts 20:17-38

Understanding the Basics of the Readings

It is important for newcomers to our class that they get an orientation to the language and workings of the Triennial Cycle and our weekly studies. The recovery of these ancient principles is  relatively new and we are involved in the pioneering work to bring them back to the forefront as they once were in the Land of Israel. Tonight we review some basics and it always serves to strengthen and clarify the system that we are teaching. Join us on Torah Focus for this refreshing overview.

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‍‍10 Tevet 5774 - 12/12/13

If A Man Sins

וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי-תֶחֱטָא

“V’Nefesh Ki Techetá”

“And if a soul sins”

“Si alguien peca”

Vayiqra (Lev.) 5:1-26

Ashlamatah: Zech. 5:3-11 + 6:14 Psalm 75:1-11

N.C.: 1 Pet 2:4-10; Luke 10:13-24; Acts 20:1-16

Chanukah and Or HaGanuz – The Hidden Light

When one looks at the story of creation we notice that there was no light upon the earth from the sun, moon, and stars until the fourth day of creation, as written in Genesis 1:14. Yet, there was a light that was already spoken of in Genesis 1:3-4, “Let there be light and there was light…(and He) divided the light from the darkness…” Further, we remember the verse in 1 John 1:5 that says, “G-d is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” So, (1) G-d who is light, (2) created a light (that was outside of Himself), and then, (3) created another physical light of the sun. The created light we call “Ohr HaGanuz” – the primordial light. Chanukah is about seeing, not the light of the sun and moon, but this “Ohr HaGanuz.” This light was hidden and separated from the darkness to be accessed by the righteous at different times. Join us this week on Torah Focus as we learn about this access.

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‍‍12 Kislev 5774 - 11/14/13

And Bazelel Made

 וַיַּעַשׂ בְּצַלְאֵל

“VaYa’as B’tsal’el” “And Bezalel made”

Shemot (Exod.) 37:1 – 38:20

Ashlamatah: 1 Kings 8:8-15, 21-22 Psalm 70:1-5

N.C.: Mk. 9:30-32; Luke 43b-45; Acts 18:12-17

Understanding the Process of Spiritual Success

Spiritual endeavors, whether building the Mishkan or a Marriage, begin with an initial Inspiration.  With a flicker of light in our souls we see the vision of a realized dream or a completed project. Then comes the effort to construct it into a tangible and living reality.  The inspiration is the easy part — Service is the difficult and prolonged work. Hakham Dr. Yosef ben Haggai reminds us often that goals are realized by “1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” It is committed and continued Service to the Inspiration that will bring us to the Shalom we envisioned initially. Understanding and remaining conscious of the process can help us bring the inspiration to fruition. How do we stay energized? Join us this week on Torah Focus as we discuss these key ideas for personal growth.

 

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‍‍21 Heshwan 5774 - 10/24/13

See Adonai has called

רְאוּ קָרָא יי

“R’u Qara Adonai”

“See, Adonai has called”

Shemot (Exod.) 35:30 – 36:38

Ashlamatah: Is. 55:13 – 56:8 + 57:15  Psalm 69:1-37

 N.C.: Mk. 9:14-29; Luke 9:37-43a; Acts 18:1-11

Everyone a Rabbi? The transformation and elevation of the world is accomplished as the Torah is written upon hearts of Sapphire! The breath of HaShem flows through the words of the Hakhamim (the Rabbis) engraving trans-formative wisdom, understanding, and knowledge upon our hearts! Works and accomplishments then flow into the world that sustain and beautify it. To be a faithful Rabbi is the premier calling at the root of this whole process. Lest we fail to comprehend the Nazarean calling, listen to the words of Hakham Shaul who reminds the Bereans as well as ourselves: For by this time you should be Rabbis, you still need to be taught fundamental principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. Heb. 5:12   Everyone a Rabbi?  Please join us for this weeks Torah Focus as we elucidate on this theme.

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‍‍14 Tishre 5774 - 09/17/13

Hag HaSukkoth 5774

Hag HaSukkoth – Feast of Tabernacles

We wish all of our readers a most happy, blessed and joyous time over the holidays of Sukkoth (Tabernacles) together with your loved ones as you welcome daily your most Distinguished guests at your Sukkah, and together with all of our most noble and beloved Jewish brothers and sisters, and their Torah Scholars, amen ve amen!

Shalom ve Chag Sameach Sukkot!

 Hakham Dr. Yosef ben Haggai

Rabbi Dr. Hillel ben David

Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu ben Abraham

‍‍16 Elul 5773 - 08/21/13

You Will Command

וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה

“V’Zeh HaDabar” “And this is the thing”

Shemot (Exod.) 27:20 – 28:43; Num. 28:9-15

Ashlamatah: Hos.14:7-Joel 1:5+2:14

Special: Is. 54:11 – 55:5, I Samuel 20:18,42

Psalm 62:1-13, Abot: 3:9

N.C.: Mk 8:14-21; Lk 12:1 & Acts 16:25-34

When we look at Biblical Interpretation, there are principles embedded in the text, illuminated by our Sages and passed down through to us through the millennia. The Jewish people are forbidden particular types of mixtures, like meat and dairy, because they bring into existence something that is detrimental. This applies further when yoking together a cow with a donkey or mating different species of animals. Certain things must be corralled in separation from one another lest they are joined together to create offspring that are unhealthy and sterile. This is also true with Jewish interpretation the scripture. The four levels (PaRDeS) cannot be mixed together, but each must be in its own corral.

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