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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Vayishlach 2018-19

At the end of Jacob’s wrestling match in portion Vayishlach, God changes his name to “Israel.” Why, then, does the Torah often continue to call him “Jacob”? In this week’s teaching, we talk about this question and discuss 6 important principles gleaned from this patriarch’s famous contest with the God of the universe. Visuals: Vayishlach […]

November 25, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeitzei 2018-19

After a brief overview of the main topics in Vayeitzei, we explore the curious Aramaic word “memra” which occurs in the ancient Aramaic translation of this parshah and which John makes reference to in his gospel. Moving on, we reflect on Jacob’s interactions with the character named “Red” and a new character named “White.” Lastly, […]

November 18, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Toldot 2018-19

We begin this cycle’s parshah Toldot teaching with a brief look at how the Torah goes far beyond what a human would design for a religious book with its unexpected collections of stories and geneologies and building plans — all layered with unending levels of meaning. With that introduction, we discuss the interesting story of […]

November 11, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Chayei Sarah – 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we explore Torah portion Chayei Sarah, “The Life of Sarah.” This teaching starts with an admonition to guard against taking the holy for granted. Next, we explore the Hebrew word for “everything,” which, when read both forward and backward, yields a deep truth. We then move on to see one intriguing […]

November 4, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeira 2018-19

Are Believers today really being asked to “tolerate” the homosexual lifestyle or endorse it? Did God actually tell Abraham to sacrifice his son? These are just two of the many important topics we address in this year’s Parshah Vayeira teaching. The teaching focuses on the two main subjects of homosexuality and escaping the enslavement of […]

October 28, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Lech Lecha 2018-19

Why is Abraham such a big deal in Scripture? In answering this question, we focus this cycle’s Lech Lecha teaching on the ancient Semitic blood covenant, a pivotal concept for understanding many important biblical events. As we see the blood covenant between God and a man play out over history, we begin to grasp more […]

October 21, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Noach 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we dig into Torah portion Noach. After a brief description of a wonderful trip to South Africa, we step into the parshah through the observation that both the names Elohim and the holy four-letter name for God occur in Noah’s story. The observation leads to a brief exploration of how God’s mercy […]

October 14, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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B’reisheet – Brad Moore and Brian Chima

In this first lesson of a new Torah cycle, members Brad Moore and Brian Chima fill in for Grant as he continues his trip to South Africa. Brad focuses our attention on the question, “What does it mean to be made in God’s image?” Brian takes as his focus the topics of sin and remembering. […]

October 7, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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