‍‍2 Sivan 5774 - 05/30/14

in the wilderness of sinai

Triennial Torah Cycle Readings for Shabbat

Sivan 02, 5774 – May 31, 2014

בְּמִדְבַּר סִינַי

“B’Midbar Sinai”
“In the wilderness of Sinai”
B’Midbar (Numbers) 1:1-54
Ashlamatah: Hosea 2:16-25
Psalm 90:1-17    Abot: 3:18
N.C.: Mark 9:42-48; Lk 17:1-3a; Romans 1:1-7

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‍‍24 Iyar 5774 - 05/23/14

if in my statutes

Triennial Torah Cycle Readings for Shabbat

Iyar 24, 5774 – May 24, 2014

For Discussion on Live Torah Focus Class on 5/29/2014 @ 7pm cst


“Im B’Chuqotai”
“If in My Statutes”
Vayiqra (Lev.) Lev 26:3 – 27:34     Num. 28:9-15
Ashlamatah: Is. 1:19-20, 24-27 + 2:2-5
Special: I Samuel 20:18,42
Psalm 89:16-53    Abot: 3:17
N.C.: II Pet 3:11-18; Lk 18:1-14; Acts 28:23-32

The Goal

In his Iggeret (letter) to the Synagogue in Rome (10:4), Hakham Sha’ul says that, the “Mashiach (Messiah) is the goal of the Torah…” Unfortunately, English translations give us a erroneous impression stating that Mashiach is the end of the Torah – as in a termination of the Covenant of the Torah. The Written and Oral Torah provides the vision for our maturity and the means by which it is attained — keeping the commandments transforms us into maturity. We, as was Mashiach, are perfected by the things that we endure and overcome from within and without — this is the goal of the Torah

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‍‍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” / “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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