It’s the worst day ever for the human race–a day like no other when the world of humanity is destroyed in a devastating global flood that is so bad Father Yah promises never to do it again. But Noah’s flood is about so much more, as this year long disaster reveals so much information about history, astronomy and timekeeping. It is a window into the ancient world like none other in the entirety of Scripture. See the Torah open up its mysteries like never before with several bonus teachings along with the linguistics and historical analysis to tie it all together.
Welcome back to the beginning! What a joy it is to be allowed to hear the Torah all over again from the very start. May this year’s Torah cycle bear much more fruit than what we just completed and I pray you will enjoy the journey as much as I enjoy bringing it to you. I also hope you enjoy a special opening prayer of thanksgiving for the occasion.
Welcome to the 2017 Yom Kippur Special, where we see the roots and ramifications of the Day of Atonement literally from Genesis to Revelation. See the strong foreshadowing of this special day all the way back to Noah, and also how Yom Kippur stamps its template of repentance throughout the entirety of the Renewed Covenant Scriptures. There’s a lot more going on than just fasting!
Welcome to a beautiful parsha made even more so by the time of year. This year Ha’azinu–the REAL song of Moshe–is combine with the Shabbat Shuvah readings of the Haftorah. Shabbat Shuvah–the sabbath of returning–is that special Shabbat after Yom Teruah but before Yom Kippur. However this year it is also happening on the 3rd of Tishri, the time of a half day optional fast known as the Fast of Gedaliah–which is an occasion very likely kept by Y’shua at least once in the Gospels. We will also spend a good deal of time on getting ready for the great return of Genesis 1 as we go deep into some surprises that only Hebrew can reveal, as well as get set up for the Yom Kippur and Sukkot teachings also coming our way. We wait all year for this amazing time so I rapy everyone enjoys it to the fullest! Chag sameyach!
Welcome to Nitzvaim-Vayelech, where we see how ancient controversies continue to play out in modern rabbinic discourse with the phrase “The Torah is not in heaven” and also connect some deep calendar mysteries shared by Aaron and King David, hidden in the plain sight of the Scripture. Enjoy this last “normal” parsha before the majestic fall feasts hits!
It’s crunch time. With the last day of Moshe’s life winding down, this parsha has Moshe prepare to get into the last speech he will ever give and it is at this point with literally everything on the line, that the final details of the covenant are given. In graphic detail Israel is told of all the blessings they will get for obedience and also all the curses that will come from disobedience and the stake could not be higher, blessing and cursing, life and death. Also join me for a special look at Deuteronomy 28 done in the style of the Sermon on the Mount and don’t forget to check out the addenda I put at the end of the Scroll to Scroll notes as the good folks at Biblical Archaeology Review document in exacting detail all the public figures listed in the NT that can be proven to have existed from literary and archaeological sources. Finally, the schedule for all the special Fall Feast teachings is also in the Notes for your review. Enjoy!
Welcome to the Rules of War. In this parsha, Moshe lays out how the Israelites can fight a kosher war, including regulations of captive women that were the most generous in the ancient world at that time. In fact the rights of women in a variety of situations are guaranteed and protected in family and in the courts of law showing the high price of messing with an Israelite lady’s reputation. Find out how the Torah equates rape with murder and how a women sexually assaulted gets her virginity back as a matter of Torah law. There are many surprises here and we also close with a brand new teaching on the Eternal Torah Calendar and the “scrolls of time”. Enjoy!
It’s taken Ten Plagues, the parting of the Sea of Reeds and a boatload of pain and grief for Israel to get where they are now, but in a way the hardest test is still in front of them. Now this rebellious and disconnected group of 12 tribes actually has to learn how to govern and set up legal institutions, judges and even police. If you think Washington is tough, just look at ancient Israel.
Isaac and Ishmael. Jacob and Esau. And now, we have I think the next longest rivalry in Scripture: Zion-Moriah vs. Gerizim or, if you prefer Judeans vs. Samaritans. This parsha all the controversies between that last group come to the forefront. What was the original Torah message regarding Mount Gerizim? Was it changed How can we know for sure? Some of those answers are in this parsha as we explore the Samaritans throughout history and their relationship to ancient Israel. Along the way we will see how the gathering of the tribes on Gerizim and Ebal creates perhaps the largest calendar clock ever made–Big Ben going silent has nothing on this–and get an update on that impending massive solar eclipse coming next week. What foreboding might it hold for our future? These are just some of the mysteries we will explore in this parsha, along with a very surprising exchange of views on Oral Law. Don’t miss it!
We’ve seen the “big picture” over the last few weeks. The 40 year re-cap to the new generation with very selective editing, followed by the reissuing of Ten Commandments 2.0, complete with tweaks for this new generation, followed by the Shema itself. Now here is where we get the details to make that big picture possible. This week, Moshe gives even more dire messages to Israel, telling them about the true extent of their fathers’ sins and trying to make sure this generation understands that while some of them may not have seen the original miracles, following the Torah is literally a matter of life and death.
The Tour Continues with the most foundational concepts Israel ever had: The reissuing of the Ten Commandments with some critical distinctions from what was given in Exodus 20 and the Shema Prayer of Deuteronomy 6. But this parsha also draws heavily from its proximity of the 9th of Av, the day both Temples were destroyed and some of the most profound questions ever asked by the Jewish people about their purpose in the world. Then explore some deep connections between Isaiah 1 and a critical NT book and also how modern scholars have unjustly attacked the unity of that great prophet’s work.
The Farewell Tour Begins! But this tour isn’t about some rock star or other celebrity in our media saturated culture. No, this is a farewell tour of one of the most righteous people who have ever lived–Moshe himself. Enter the extreme urgency of his words because if Israel doesn’t understand him today they never will. More than any other book, Devarim is the closest thing to the unfiltered thought, desires and tragedies of this man who in spite of all against him comes down to us as someone only Messiah can best. There is glory in his struggles and eternal legacy in his challenges. Plus, explore a new calendar find from the writings of Josephus and an update on our talk about Enoch! And don’t forget to check out please the new 4 minute video on the Arch of Titus in color. Enjoy!