‍‍20 Kislev 5775 - 12/11/14

And in the day of first fruits

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 12/13/2014
Subject of Thursday Night Live on 12/18/2014

“And in the day of first-fruits”
B’Midbar (Num.)  28:26 – 30:1
Ashlamatah: Malachi 3:4, 13-18, 22-24
Psalm 105:39-45
Nazarean Codicil.: Mk 13:3-8; Lk 21:7-11; Rom 7:1-6

Each week on Thursday Night Live, we cover the Nazarean readings above for the past Shabbat as they unroll from the Torah Scroll in the ancient Septennial Reading Cycle. And, usually, we take a peek at the coming Shabbat materials. Join us each week as we continue to unravel the Nazarean Codicil, discovering its Orthodox Jewish message.

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‍‍13 Kislev 5775 - 12/4/14

Let appoint the Lord

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 12/06/2014
Subject of Thursday Night Live on 12/11/2014

“Yifqod Adonai”
“Let appoint the LORD”
B’Midbar (Num.)  27:15 – 28:25
Ashlamatah: Joshua 13:7-14 + 14:4-5
Psalm 105:29-38
Nazarean Codicil: Mk 13:1-2;
Lk 21:5-6; Rm 6:15-23

To understand Hakham Shaul’s teaching, it is important to grasp that he uses the Greek word “Nomos” (law) for numerous associated Hebrew words and ideas, such as:  a principle, contract, statute, written torah, oral torah. So, when he says, that he is speaking to those who know “the law (nomos)” we must determine what he is referring to. When he immediately begins talking about a woman’s marriage contract, we should recognize that he is referring to the Oral Torah/Law that describes this. So then, we can assume that his audience has been taught the details of marriage described, not by the Written Torah/Law, but by the Oral Torah (which was finally written down in the Mishnah). Join us as Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu ben Abraham gives a derash on the spoken Torah from Genesis.

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‍‍6 Kislev 5775 - 11/27/14

To these will be divided

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 11/29/2014
Subject of Thursday Night Live on 12/04/2014

“LaEleh Techaleq”
“To these will be divided”
B’Midbar (Num.) 26:52 – 27:14
Ashlamatah: Is. 57:13-19 + 58:12-14
Psalm 105:23-28
Nazarean Codicil: Mk 12:41-44;
Lk 21:1-4; Rom 6:12-14

Each week on Thursday Night Live, we cover the Nazarean readings above for the past Shabbat as they unfold in the Ancient Septennial Cycle of Torah Reading that was used in the Land of Israel — a fact testified of in the Talmud. And, usually, we take a peek at the coming Shabbat materials. Join us each week as we continue to unravel the Nazarean Codicil, discovering its Orthodox Jewish message.

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‍‍13 Heshwan 5775 - 11/5/14

Who can count the dust

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 11/08/2014
“Mi Mana A’afar”
“Who can count the dust … ?”
B’Midbar (Num.) 23:10 – 25:9
Ashlamatah: Isaiah 49:23-25 + 50:4-10
Psalm 105:1-6
Nazarean Codicil: Mk 12:28-34; Lk 10:25-37; Rom 5:12-16

Translation not only means translating the language, but, translating the culture. You can be the greatest Greek Scholar in the world and still be ignorant of the meaning of the Greek Text unless you know the culture in which the conversation is taking place. When one speaks of the “Shema”, there was a culture surrounding its understanding and application. If you don’t understand that culture you will never understand the depth of what is being said. The Mishnah expounds upon that culture surrounding the “Shema”. Thus, we are brought face to face again with the distinctions between the Oral Torah and the Written Torah. A very important discussion as to those distinctions in understanding Hakham Shaul lessons for this week and next week. Please join us each week as we sharpen our Torah Focus.

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‍‍7 Heshwan 5775 - 10/30/14

And Balaq saw

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 11/01/2014
“And Balaq saw”
B’Midbar (Num.) 22:2 – 23:9
Ashlamatah: Mic 17:16-20 + Nahum 1:7; 2:1-3
Psalm 104:19-35
Nazarean Codicil: Mk 12:18-27; Lk 20:27-40; Rom 5:1-11

Through Peshat

One might think that the Peshat Hermeneutic is merely some simple and elementary level of interpreting the Scriptures. This is flawed thinking. Peshat is not only the doorway into other levels of interpreting, it contains the other levels within itself. In other words, the So’od is derived through the Peshat. This is an important class to listen to and absorb the methodology of Scripture interpretation. You will want to Join us this week on Torah Focus.

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‍‍1 Heshwan 5775 - 10/24/14

Let Appoint the LORD

Readings for the Week Ending on Shabbat: 10/25/2014
Subject of Thursday Night Live 10/30/2014

Shabbat “Yif’qod Adonai” – “Let Appoint the LORD”
Rosh Chodesh Heshvan – 5775
New Moon for the month of Heshvan – 5775
B’Midbar (Num.) 27:15 – 28:26
Ashlamatah: Yeshayahu (Is.) 66:1-24
Proverbs 7:1-27
Nazarean Codicil: Col. 2:16-23‎

Precedent and Seminal Ideas

One of the chief principles in Judaism is that there is precedent set in the Torah for happenings later. We should ask ourselves where is the precedent for resurrection established in the Torah, if not with Abraham and Yitzhaq in the Aqedah (the binding). Although it may be a minor opinion presently, that Abraham actually went through with the offering up of Yitzhaq, there is strong evidence for it. And, with that, we should consider it and its implications very seriously. Join us as we explore this and other seminal ideas.

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‍‍18 Elul 5774 - 09/12/14

And now Korah

 Triennial Torah Cycle Readings for Shabbat

Ellul 18, 5774 – September 13, 2014

 Subject of Thursday Night Live Class on 9/18/2014

וַיִּקַּח קֹרַח

“Vayiqach Qorach”
“And now Korah”
B’Midbar (Num.) 16:1 – 17:15
Ashlamatah: Hos. 10:2-12
Special: Isaiah 60:1-22   ;   Psalm 102:13-29
N.C.: Mk 11:20-26; Lk 19:45-48; Rm 3:27-31

 

 

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