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Tzav 5770 – For Love of God and Man

Tony Robinson pointed out some interesting facts about the five sacrifices detailed in the first two Torah portions of Leviticus. The text seems needlessly repetitious, but there is a purpose. In Vayikra, God instructs the Israelites how to make offerings … Continue reading

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Father Sky, Mother Earth

Exodus 20:24-26  You shall make an altar of earth to Me, and shall sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your oxen. In all places where I record My name I will come to … Continue reading

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Slavishly Hitched

Exodus 21:3-6 If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself. I see three levels of meaning in this law. P’shat: If a man buys a Hebrew slave who is married, the slave’s wife does not become … Continue reading

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The Family Stones

Tonight I was reading about Joshua and the parting of the Jordan River when I was struck by the similarity between the twelve men carrying the river stones on their shoulders and the High Priest carrying the two stones on … Continue reading

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Bereishit 5769 – An Help Meet for Him

Genesis 2:18, part 2 I will make him an help meet for him. According to Adam Clarke, the Hebrew for “help meet for him,” ezer kenegdo, “implies that the woman was to be a perfect resemblance of the man, possessing … Continue reading

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Ha’azinu 5768 – This Is the Way Love Is

Deuteronomy 32:4-5  He is the Rock; His work is perfect. For all His ways are just, a God of faithfulness, and without evil; just and upright is He. They have corrupted themselves: they are not His sons; it is their … Continue reading

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Tazria 5768 – She Shall Be Unclean

Leviticus 12:2 …she shall be unclean for seven days… This is the same as the monthly seven day period of uncleanness and corresponds to the seven days of the Creation Week. The potential for new life has gone out of … Continue reading

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Vayeira 5768 – Divine Genocide

A chart inspired by the comments on my last post: Ante-deluvian Genesis 6 Sodom & Gomorrah Genesis 18-19 Egypt Exodus 1-4 Canaan Joshua Commonality Primary Cause Violence Violence Oppression & infanticide Child sacrifice Violence Possible Secondary Cause Sexual immorality Sexual … Continue reading

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Following Torah

Over the past decade I have spent a lot of time discovering what it means to follow Torah. We all know that the essense of the Law is love: Love God with all your being, and love your neighbor as … Continue reading

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