Noach 2021

We explore two main ideas this year in parsha Noach: the wonderfully interconnected web of the Torah and the concept of grace. Via our first topic, we briefly compare such topics as the Ark and the Tower, Nimrod and the Antichrist, and the 70 nations and the 70 “apostles” mentioned in Luke. In addressing the […]

October 8, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Vezot HaBrachah 2021

In this final Torah portion of the cycle, we look at Jacob’s 12 sons in 6 pairs- a perspective suggested by Moses’ blessing of the tribes- drawing out life lessons from this diverse group that makes up the body of Israel. Being in the middle of Sukkot, we also carry over our thoughts regarding the […]

September 24, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022) by

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Ha’azinu 2021

This week’s teaching is all about the music – 3 songs in particular. We begin with a comparison of The Song of the Sea to The Song of Moses. Next we examine some curiosities from the Hebrew text of The Song of Moses. Moving on, we draw out four questions from the curious fact that […]

September 17, 2021 in Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Nitzavim-Vayeilech 2021

In the spirit of the 10 Days of Awe, we draw from this double Torah portion several important topics that we need to consider for repentance. We begin with the topic of relationship balance. In one of our main topics, we look at the words translated “gall and wormwood,” connecting these ideas to the defeated […]

September 10, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Ki Tavo 2021

In Ki Tavo, the complementary portion to last week’s Ki Teitzei, we drill down on the topic of fear of God, which is the foundation of respect for others. We look at a number of verses that illuminate fear of God, and we also hear a helpful reading from a work by R’Avigdor Miller which […]

August 27, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Ki Teitzei 2021

We take from Ki Teitzei a focus on the battle with Amalek. Central to our discussion is the idea that in order to respect others, we have to fight Amalek – a battle in the mind. Part of this battle is the cultivation of a thirst for God and having Him always on our lips. […]

August 20, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Shoftim 2021

We begin this week with a brief introduction to the special month of Elul. We then zero in on the “prophet like Moses” via John the Baptist’s interesting response to the question, “Who are you?” Next, we delve beneath the surface of “the unsolved murder,” the instructions regarding the discovering of a corpse. Moving on, […]

August 13, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Re’eh 2021

This week, Steve Meeks brings us insights from portion Re’eh, including an encouraging connection between the portion and the haftarah, a menorah comparison with the Sermon on the Mount, and a story of a particular visit to a Kenyan market, a colorful metaphor for our lives and our constant opportunity to “choose life.” Video:  Vimeo […]

August 4, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Va’Etchanan 2021

We begin exploring portion Va’Etchanan by looking at a foundational “three-stranded cord” woven throughout the Scriptures, three strands we find in this portion. In the main body of the teaching, we ask, “Did the church really start with the Apostles?” In answering that question, we look to the other structures God indwells as He does […]

July 23, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Devarim 2021

As we launch into the fifth and final book of the Torah, we join the people on the eastern side of the Jordan to listen to Moses’ final words – the book of Deuteronomy. In this teaching, we begin by looking at characteristics of those who are able to cross the river into the adventure […]

July 16, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Matot-Massei 2021

Tim Pell helps us to “peek under the lid” of Israel’s wilderness encampments. Video:  Vimeo | YouTube To download visuals, right-click the PDF file and save. Visuals: no visuals Medios Visuales: 

July 9, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022) by

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Balak 2021

In portion Balak, we begin by examining a tragic Moabite cascade that starts with human reasoning and ends with a plan to curse Israel. We continue with a fascinating “read” of Balaam’s donkey, and we finish with three mentions of Balaam in the Apostolic Scriptures: the way of Balaam, the error of Balaam, and the […]

June 25, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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Chukat 2021

Join us as we begin a new trip through the Torah cycle! We are jumping into the beloved Torah portions with Chukat, Numbers 19-21, and we will continue until a full cycle is completed. Video:  Vimeo | YouTube To download visuals, right-click the PDF file and save. Visuals: Chukat 2021.pdf Medios Visuales: Jukat 2021.pdf

June 18, 2021 in Media, Torah 5781 (2021-2022), Torah Commentary by

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