Returning to the True Faith

If you would like to return to the purity of the ancient Hebrew (the “Old Paths”) faith, you are encouraged to study the original text itself, but if it is not possible for you to learn Hebrew or Aramaic, it would be best to use a decent translation of the…

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Weekly Torah Reading – Parashat Matot-Masei

Parashat Matot-Masei / פרשת מטות־מסעי (Numbers 30:2-36:13; Jeremiah 2:4-28; 4:1,2) In this week’s Torah reading we see that the laws of N’darim (vows) are explained – each individual must fulfill the vow he or she has made – or be absolved therefrom. YHWH then told Moses that revenge was to…

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Weekly Torah Reading – Parashat Pinchas

Parashat Pinchas / פרשת פינחס (Numbers 25:10 – 30:1; 1 Kings 18:46 – 19:21) Mosheh and Elazar, at YHWH’s command, took a census of all able-bodied men above the age of twenty – the total being 601,730. The Promised Land was to be divided by lot among the family-divisions of…

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Weekly Torah Reading, Chukat

Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת (Numbers 19:1-22:1; Judges 11:1–40) YHWH instructed Mosha concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer – the offering of the purification which is made together with cedar, hyssop, and scarlet thread. Ritual purification is also required on the third and seventh day for anyone who touches…

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What the Covenant is Not

The New Covenant – Did the Church Replace Israel as Christians Teach? The Religious Community of Orthodox Netzarim believes the new covenant mentioned in the book of Jeremiah is with Judah and Israel in the future. We do not share the same beliefs of certain Christian groups who teach that…

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Weekly Torah, Korach

Parashat Korach / פרשת קורח (Numbers 16:1-18:32; 1 Samuel 11:14–12:22) Korach ben Yitzchar; Dathan and Aviram, sons of Eliab; On ben Peleth, and two hundred and fifty of the leaders of Israel, rebelled against Moses and Aaron, protesting against their God-given authority. Moses rebuked Korach, pointing out that YHWH had…

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Weekly Torah, Sh’lach

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך (Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1–24) Moses chose a prince from each of the tribes (except Levi) to spy out of the land of Canaan, to bring back a report of the conditions existing there. Hoshea ben Bun was selected from the tribe of Ephraim, and Moses…

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The Hospitality of Abraham

As I was studying the commentary on this week’s Torah reading of Parashat Sh’lach, one paragraph really stood out for me. I’ll quote it here: The very nature of Torah Covenant Judaism, indeed, our hasidic faith, calls for tolerance. But, unfortunately, we are misunderstood – probably because of our failure…

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