Ephesians 1

This week we begin a new book of the Bible, Ephesians, sometimes referred to as the “Alps” of the Apostolic Scriptures. As we open this lofty Pauline letter written from prison, we first take some time to clarify several important terms, including “apostle,” “Christ,” and “mystery.” After setting this foundation, we refresh the vital but […]

November 17, 2019 in Apostolic Writings, Audio, Ephesians by

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Nate Gurnish – Thoughts on Joshua

Join Beth Tikkun as member Nate Gurnish brings a teaching on a central character in the biblical narrative – Joshua. Nate begins by taking us through the first appearances of Joshua in the biblical text. He moves on to selected topics from the first several chapters of the book of Joshua, including a focus on […]

November 10, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Brad Moore – Spiritual Leadership

This week, member Brad Moore shares teachings from two topic areas: the final chapter of the Torah and spiritual leadership. While discussing Deuteronomy 34, Brad points to the deep life that results from embracing the leadership of both Moses and Joshua, the Torah and Yeshua. On the topic of spiritual leadership, Brad brings 7 points […]

November 3, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Ve’zot Habrachah 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for an abbreviated teaching on the final Torah portion of the year, Ve’zot Habrachah, the last two chapters of Deuteronomy. Topics include the concepts of blessing and curse, brief summaries of Moses’ blessings for the tribes, and the team effort of Moses and Yeshua. Visuals: Ve’zot Habrachah 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Vezot Haberajá.pdf

October 29, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeilech & Ha’azinu 2018-19

This week, we explore within the two short Torah portions of Vayeilech and Ha’azinu, finding much treasure. Our main focus is the two great songs of Scripture, the Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb. As we consider the Song of Moses, we uncover a fascinating menorah pattern which balances the exodus on […]

October 20, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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The Menorah of Jonah and Ruth

In this special Yom Kippur teaching, we look at the books of Jonah and Ruth as “sister” books, two halves of a menorah. Though we find many similarities, we also find stark contrasts rooted in the two central characters – Jonah, a willful Jewish prophet, and Ruth, a yielded Gentile widow. Join us as we […]

October 13, 2019 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Yom Kippur 2019

As is our tradition on the Sabbath before Yom Kippur, this week we “retell” the Yom Kippur story through the details described in Leviticus 16. Join us as we rehearse the “story” of this sacred ritual at the Temple which is the foundation of all the other stories in the Word, a description of what […]

October 6, 2019 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Nitzavim 2018-19

This week we continue to focus on the Covenant of Moab via Torah portion Nitzavim. This little-mentioned covenant is expressed mainly as blessings and curses, a central theme of this week’s teaching. Specific topics include an exploration of “gall and wormwood,” and a curious word in this portion that, in all valid Torah scrolls, contains […]

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Ki Tavo 2018-19

This week, we add to the concept of “salvation of the soul” via the little-mentioned covenant of Moab found in this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo. Adding to the double emphases of redemption followed by obedience to the commandments, this week we emphasize the role of community and relationship with the Messiah as we undergo […]

September 22, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Ki Teitze 2018-19 – Nate Gurnish

This week one of our members, Nate Gurnish, brings insights from Torah portion Ki Teitze. Nate begins by pointing out that the 74 commandments found in this Torah portion represent the highest concentration of mitzvot in the Torah. Nate goes on to bring 5 tips for keeping commandments. In the second half of his teaching, […]

September 15, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shoftim 2018-19 – Brad Moore

We have a special treat for this year’s parshah Shoftim teaching as one of our members, Brad Moore, brings us a great many helpful reminders and life applications drawn from the portion. A few topics include what it means to appoint judges and officers within ourselves, how King Solomon got off track regarding the 3 […]

September 8, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Re’eh 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for a teaching drawn from Torah portion Re’eh focused on one topic: salvation of the soul. While digging into this central topic of the Word, we shift the focus slightly from the traditional Christian emphasis on sharing the basics and praying “the prayer.” Along the way, we explore the concepts of blessing […]

September 1, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Eikev 2018-19

We begin parshah Eikev by focusing on the portion’s name, translated “if” here but normally translated “heel.” We then review the blood covenant which Moses refers to so frequently in Deuteronomy, with emphasis on the relationship between God’s love and keeping His commandments. Moving on, we look at 3 extreme mindsets Moses warns believers against. […]

August 25, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Ve’etchanan 2018-19

As we begin this cycle’s teaching on portion Ve’etchanan, we examine the four ways we can mistreat God’s Word. We then look briefly at the “fish bowl” that tiny Israel is meant to be as a trading crossroads and the priestly nation. Finally, we spend the majority of the teaching focused on an intriguing and […]

August 18, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Devarim 2018-19

As we begin this year’s parshah Devarim teaching, we uncover a few textual clues pointing us to the deep essence of the Torah. We then ask the question, “Why does Moses begin his summary of the nearly 40-year wilderness journey with a recounting of the appointment of leaders, judges within Israel? Why is this foremost […]

August 11, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Mattot/Masei 2018-19

What’s special about 42, the number of Israelite encampments in the wilderness? We begin this year’s Mattot/Masei teaching by exploring this interesting number in Scripture. Moving on, we learn why it is that oaths and vows are discouraged in the Word. We then look at the special significance of God’s commandment to annihilate Midian and […]

August 4, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Pinchas 2018-19

The spear of zealous Phinehas ends Israel’s testings and failures in the wilderness. In this year’s parshah Pinchas teaching, we focus on God’s breaking of His followers in the midbar, the wilderness. Along the way, we learn an important principle regarding zealousness and hear an illustration of this principle preserved by European Jews; we compare […]

July 28, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Balak 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for this cycle’s parshah Balak teaching. We begin the teaching by comparing the two talking animals in the Bible. In the main body of the teaching, we focus on three lessons from the sociopathic Gentile prophet Balaam: Balaam’s way, his error, and his teaching. Visuals: Balak 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Balak 2018-19.pdf

July 21, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Chukat 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for this cycle’s parshah Chukat teaching. We begin the teaching by exploring the question of what the two Amorite kings conquered under Moses east of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, represent in our own lives. Other topics in this teaching include four animals that picture Messiah – the lamb, goat, copper serpent, and […]

July 14, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shelach, Korach 2018-19

We tackle two Torah portions this week, Shelach and Korach. In Shelach, we ask the question, “What does it mean that our enemies are our bread?” gleaning important lessons about spiritual food and enemies. In portion Korach, we touch on the dangers of making Christian “celebrities,” and we dig into the text via the names of the leaders […]

July 7, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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No SERVICES – June 29, 2019

Occasionally throughout the year, we cancel services so that families can observe and enjoy Shabbat at home with friends. June 29th is one of these occasions. Please be sure to share this cancellation with those who may not get emails or have internet access! We look forward to seeing you on the following week.

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Beha’alotecha 2018-19

We begin Torah portion Beha’alotecha by connecting the menorah to Yeshua and the Torah. We then explore two ways to read and “fill up” the Torah – with spiritual vision and spiritual blindness. Other topics in this teaching include hearing from the Lord, the “footfalls” of Adonai reflected in two unusually emphasized verses, and insights […]

June 23, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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NO SERVICES – June 29th, 2019

Occasionally throughout the year, we cancel services so that families can observe and enjoy Shabbat at home with friends. June 29th is one of these occasions. Please be sure to share this cancellation with those who may not get emails or have internet access! We look forward to seeing you on the following week.

June 20, 2019 in Audio by

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Nasso 2018-19

We begin this year’s parshah Nasso teaching by articulating a vital way of seeing and teaching the Word. We then explore what is beneath the surface of God’s design for Israel’s wilderness camp with special focus on the Levites. Other teaching topics for Nasso include the test of the sotah (the wife suspected of adultery) and […]

June 16, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Bamidbar 2018-19

This week listeners have two choices for teachings on parshah Bamidbar. The first is by Nate Gurnish, who shared his thoughts on the portion with Beth Tikkun while Grant was away at Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation in Mansfield, Ohio; access Nate’s teaching in the media player below. The second is from Grant courtesy of Sar […]

June 9, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Bechukotai 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we explore parshah Bechukotai. Our focus for this final portion in Leviticus is the menorah pattern – in Leviticus, the Torah, and the Scriptures in general. Our explorations bring us to the single chapter of Leviticus that stands at the very center of the Torah. Visuals: Bechukotai 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Bejukotai […]

June 2, 2019 in Audio by

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Behar and Moedim 2018-19

We begin this week’s teaching by first stepping back to Torah portion Emor to address the important topic of the Lord’s appointed times, the mo’edim, with special focus on the seemingly oddly placed verse that separates the spring and fall mo’edim. Moving on to parshah Behar, we hone in on the verb “you shall count,” […]

May 26, 2019 in Audio, The Moedim, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Emor 2018-19

In Torah portion Emor, we focus on the 12 disqualifying blemishes that preclude priests from bringing sacrifices at the Temple. We can approach these disqualifications as a kind of checklist for ourselves as we examine our own walks with Adonai since even those who are not of the Levitical line may be priests in the […]

May 19, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Kedoshim 2018-19

Our focus for Torah portion Kedoshim is holiness, the meaning of this portion’s Hebrew name. We begin by pointing out that chapters 18 and 20 share much of the same content regarding forbidden sexual relationships with at least 2 important differences that speak to how children suffer in societies riddled with sexual perversion. The bulk of […]

May 12, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Acharei Mot 2018-19

This cycle’s parshah Acharei Mot teaching begins with a summary of the ground we have covered in Leviticus – God’s handbook for holiness. Turning to the Torah portion itself, we zoom in on the two goats of the Yom Kippur service, this year placing special emphasis on the goat that remains at the Temple. In […]

May 5, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Liturgy: Odyssey of the Mind – Tim Pell

Join Beth Tikkun as we take advantage of the yearly Passover break in the Torah cycle to explore the concept of liturgical prayer. Tim Pell, one of our cantors, fits liturgical prayer into the grand narrative of creation. As he does so, he dips into a variety of ancient and modern sources and his own […]

April 28, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Metzora 2018-19

The backdrop for this year’s portion Metzora teaching aligns with the two traditional teaching emphases for the first weeks of the Counting of the Omer: 1) chesed/lovingkindness and 2) gevurah/restriction. Thus, we focus on gracious lovingkindness as we examine the restoration of the “leper,” and we take heed of the necessity for rigorous limitation as we study the […]

April 21, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Baptism-A Biblical Perspective

This week we momentarily step away from the Torah cycle to discuss the topic of baptism. Contrary to what many Believers think, baptism did not begin at the time of Yeshua. It is an ages-old Jewish practice. To uncover its meaning and its great blessing, we need to look to the ancient Jewish understanding of […]

April 14, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Tazria 2018-19

Imagine a close-knit community in which God dwells tangibly and that, because of His presence, the residents live at such a level of holiness that sin becomes obvious in the body – there’s no hiding it. Israel has experienced something like this in the past, and we hope to one day experience it again. In […]

April 7, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shemini 2018-19

We tackle two main topics in this year’s portion Shemini teaching: the mysterious deaths of Nadav and Avihu and God’s dietary laws. In the first part of the teaching, we answer the question of why it is that Nadav and Avihu are struck dead by God when another pair of Aaron’s sons, Elazar and Itamar, […]

March 31, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Tzav 2018-19

We begin this year’s teaching on portion Tzav by asking the question, “What does the commandment to the priests regarding daily removal of the sacrificial ashes have to do with my life as a living sacrifice?” Meditation on such questions leads to great insight as we apply even the seemingly most obscure commandments to our […]

March 24, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayikra 2018-19

Parshah Vayikra, the first portion in the heart of the Torah, gives us invaluable pictures of how we draw near to God. The main aim of this teaching is to lay a foundation for looking at the sacrifices as examples for how we can be living sacrifices, and, thereby, draw near to God. We start […]

March 17, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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NO SERVICES – June 29th, 2019

Occasionally throughout the year, we cancel services so that families can observe and enjoy Shabbat at home with friends. June 29th is one of these occasions. Please be sure to share this cancellation with those who may not get emails or have internet access! We look forward to seeing you on the following week.

March 6, 2019 in Audio by

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Vayakhel 2018-19

We begin this year’s teaching on Parshah Vayakhel by finding in the parshah title man’s audacious attempt to separate Jews and Gentiles by splitting the Scriptures into two separate “covenants,” the “old” and the “new.” We then compare the two sets of tablets, asking what the two could represent. Moving on, we ask why it […]

March 3, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Ki Tisa 2018-19

Torah portion Ki Tisa contains what are perhaps both the lowest point in Israel’s history in the Torah (the golden calf) and the loftiest vision of God in the Torah (God’s revelation of His goodness to Moses). It is not an accident that both this nadir and apex occur together within the same story. Topics […]

February 24, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Tetzaveh 2018-19 – Nate Gurnish

Filling in for Grant this week, Nate Gurnish first brings several important points in connection to the menorah, including an admonition to not go beyond what God has commanded. The majority of the teaching centers on the clothing of the High Priest with emphasis on important verses regarding clothing in Scripture and the two articles […]

February 17, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Terumah 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for a discussion of Parshah Terumah, a portion focused on the construction of the Tabernacle. As we explore this God-designed teaching picture – the lengthiest topic in the Torah – we begin with a brief look at each of the various elements of the Tabernacle. We then examine several patterns and teachings […]

February 10, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Yitro-Mishpatim 2018-19

Taking up the two portions of Yitro and Mishpatim, we start this week’s teaching by exploring the 4th of the 10 commandments, the Shabbat, focusing on the Sabbath as a witness of our marriage to the Almighty. We then look at the Torah’s revolutionary commandments given as the very heart of the covenant, including a […]

February 3, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Beshalach-Yitro 2018-19

These two Torah portions witness several of the most monumental events in Scripture, including the crossing of the Red Sea, Israel’s battle with Amalek, and the giving of the Ten Words at Mt. Sinai. Our focus for this year is a comparison of the two battles that bookend parshah Beshalach, the clashes with Egypt and […]

January 27, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Bo 2018-19

If there’s one thing lacking in the believing body today, it’s strength to stand against that which is evil in modern culture. The focus of this year’s teaching on Bo is just this idea, how we can be strong in this world. Topics under this theme include the Hebrew root for “burnt offering,” Pharaoh’s four […]

January 13, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Va’eira 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for this Torah cycle’s study of parshah Va’eira. Our topics include fire and water and several of God’s names, including El Shaddai, Elohim, and the holiest name of God. Visuals: Va’eira 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Vaerá 2018-19.pdf

January 6, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shemot 2018-19

After a brief introduction to the Torah portion, we pause to compare Abraham to Jacob, finding lessons for how God works in our lives according to how He worked in the lives of these patriarchs. We go on to look at the important Hebrew word “Horeb,” the name of the mountain context for God’s revelation […]

December 30, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayechi 2018-19

We begin our discussion of Torah portion Vayechi by looking at Pharaoh’s one big mistake and drawing a life lesson from it. We then focus on the wonderfully complex pictures revealed in the lives of Ephraim and Manasseh. Lastly, we explore within Jacob’s deathbed blessings for the 12 brothers, drawing lessons for us today from […]

December 23, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Mikeitz & Vayigash 2018-19

We begin this combined teaching on Torah portions Mikeitz and Vayigash with a few thoughts connected to experiencing Chanukah in the Land of Israel. We then briefly summarize Joseph’s genius as he provides the opportunity for his brothers to repent. Finally, we explore several teaching points from Joseph’s story with an emphasis on seeing Yeshua’s proper position […]

December 16, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeishev 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as two of our members, Nate Gurnish and Brandon Rose, fill in for Grant who is away in Israel. Nate and Brandon share their thoughts on Torah portion Vayeishev, the beginnings of one of the longest stories in the entire Bible, the story of Joseph. Visuals: no visuals Medios Visuales: 

December 1, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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