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TERUMAH | WEEK 19

TERUMAH | WEEK 19

Ex 25:1-27:19

The word “parasha” harks to a section of text, with the word “Terumah” denoting the section’s title. Taken from v. 2, the word “offering,” or “terumah” in Hebrew, is the title. It speaks of something that is “separated,” i.e., “set apart” as a contribution for the Sanctuary….

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MISHPATIM | WEEK 18

MISHPATIM | WEEK 18

Ex 21:1-24:18

One important thing mentioned in this week’s portion is the theme of Sabbath. More sacred than the Day of Atonement, Sabbath celebration eclipses all Jewish holy days and feasts. It is a day of exceeding beauty and holiness. Mystics, rabbis, and observers through ages have written about its ethereal quality, wonder, reward, and miracle. My first Erev Shabbat experience occurred in Israel in my early twenties. That evening shone like a shaft of light piercing through a dark cloud with radiance and enduring beauty that have captivated my heart until this day…

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YITRO | WEEK 17

YITRO | WEEK 17

Ex 18:1-20:23

About a year ago, I was deep in an intensive three-day organizational strategy session for the ministry I lead, the Messianic Jewish Bible Institute (MJBI). I’m one who loves to discuss, learn and apply strategy, but even I was tiring of all of the hypothetical changes our strategic consultant was proposing.

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BESHALLACH | WEEK 16

BESHALLACH | WEEK 16

Ex 13:17-17:16

As we begin our Parashah for this week, we see that God has delivered Israel out of Egypt. What must first take place, however, is the re-educating of the newly freed nation of Israel. Having been in bondage for 430 years, this young nation has never possessed a land. They also have not learned to defend themselves against any aggressors. They have not yet been to battle or war.

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BO | WEEK 15

BO | WEEK 15

Ex 10:1 – 13:16

In last week’s reading, we saw a pattern repeated over and over again, which covered the plagues up to and including the plague of hail. Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened despite the fact of his telling Moses to appeal to the Lord to stop the specific plague with the promise that he would let the people go. When God stopped the plague, Pharaoh hardened his heart again and refused to let the people go…

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