Monday, September 2, 2019

Readings for Shabbat of September 7, 2019

If you're "chomping at the bit" to start reading this week's Torah portion, you can find a synopsis on our website of: Parashah 53 (HaAzinu:Torah, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 ).

One of the things we absolutely MUST understand as we begin to read the two final Torah portions of the year, is that Moshe ordered the Torah he had written to be placed next to the ark (Deuteronomy 31:24-29) - which means it "crossed the Jordan" and went into the Promised Land with YHWH's people. We know this because of the following verses, and also because the Torah is IN our Bibles today!

We also need to understand that many people insist that Torah was "only for the Jews" - but this is not true, because, as we can see throughout the Torah, it was meant for all the 12 tribes AND the gentiles who had followed Moshe out of Egypt. (see Exodus 12:49 and Numbers 15:13-16.)

Remember that Cain and Abel provided sacrifices - and they weren't Jews! Neither was Noah, but he knew the difference between "clean and unclean" animals, birds and fish - and he wasn't a Jew, either...There were no Jews until Jacob had one of his 12 sons whom he named Yehudah [Judah] who started the Tribe of Judah, where the word "Jew" comes from. But yet, EVERYONE up until that time (except, of course, the pagans and heathens who were unbelievers or believers in other gods) was Torah observant!)

So, please keep those things in mind as you read the final two Torah portions of the year. To get started, simply click on the link above.

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