‍‍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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‍‍9 Av 5773 - 07/15/13

Readings for 9th of Av 5773

‍‍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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‍‍18 Av 5772 - 08/5/12

And Abraham was Old

B’resheet (Gen.) 24:1-41

This class looked at the principle of El-eazar whereby we see that we need the help of G-d to accomplish our mission in life.

We then began to look at the Nazarean Codicil Mk 2:21-22 with the corresponding Lucan passages concerning the torn garment and the “old” wineskins. This logical approach revealed exactly what Yeshua was saying in his analogy of garments, wine-skins and wine.

The question we must ask ourselves is who or what are these “patches” added to the “garment.” Who or what is this “garment”? And why does it need a patch?  How does the context of this passage tell us what the meaning of this supposed “unshrunken,” “unbleached” or “undressed” material. This class addresses the question straight on and answers the question frompure logic, scripture and hermeneutic.

We also looked at the difference between Parable (Midrash) and analogy as it is used in all hermeneutic levels.

 Psa 17 – Isa 51:2-11 – Mk 2:21-22 – Lk 5:36-39 – Acts 5:7-11

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‍‍12 Av 5772 - 07/30/12

And G-d Tested (Abraham)

And G-d Tested Abraham

B’resheet 22:1-23:20

This class looked at the hermeneutics of Yitzchaq’s binding. We looked forward to Yitzchaq’s meditation in the “field.” This class also looked at the question of Yeshua’s Talmidim fasting while the Master was here vs fasting while he has departed. Questions we asked. What happened to Sarah? Why did she die? Did it have anything to do with the binding of Yitzchaq? Why is Yitzchaq meditating in the “field”? Which “field” is he meditating in. This and many more.

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‍‍23 Tamuz 5772 - 07/12/12

Angels, Circumcision and Intercession

100_0990“And Appeared” B’resheet 18:1-33

This section of the Triennial Torah focuses on the angels that appeared to Abraham after his circumcision while sitting the opening of his tent. Why three angels? What were they doing in the neighborhood? How would this encounter affect Lot? What do we learn about visiting the sick? And what do we learn about hospitality. This Torah Seder is contrasted to the leper who appears before Yeshua asking for his mercy. What does Yeshua really think about this situation?

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