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Torah

Parashat Korach: A Call to Sacrifice for the People of Israel

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we learn about Parashat Korach (Korah). Who exactly was Korah? He was a prominent figure from the tribe of Levi; one of the leaders of the people of Israel. In addition, he challenged Moses regarding his leadership and Aaron’s election to priesthood. Our weekly Torah portion describes a very severe rebellion by Korah and 250 of his men, against Moses and Aaron. Korah and his men actually accused Moses and Aaron of appointing themselves to their positions: “…And now you also want to…

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Parashat Shelach Lecha: A Call to Preserve the Jewish Identity at All Costs

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study the weekly Torah portion, Parashat Shelach Lecha. From our portion, we read about the Israelites and how they spent 40 years wandering in the desert. If you stop and think about it, they were on the verge of entering into the Promised Land. The Israelites were close enough to send out spies and prepare to conquer the land. They thought that in just a few more days, they were finally going to be able to make it. However, shortly after that, the sin of the…

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Parashat Behaalotecha: Who is the True Keeper of Israel, God or the IDF?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Our Torah portion begins with discussing the menorah, which has become an important symbol of Judaism. In fact, it also serves as the symbol of the State of Israel. The olive branches to the right and to the left symbolize the desire for peace. In addition, they are based on this passage from our haftara (the prophetic reading of the weekly Torah portion): “He asked me, ‘What do you see?’ I answered, ‘I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and…

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Parashat Naso: God’s Blessing is for This Life

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week’s Torah portion is particularly long and dense and deals with a wide variety of subjects. It begins with the building of the camp and the organization of the tribes. Later on, it discusses how a husband should deal with his wife when he is suspicious of unfaithfulness. It also touches on the bitter water test, the laws of the Nazirite, as well as the well-known Priestly Blessing. The Priestly Blessing The Priestly Blessing is a special blessing that is recited daily in every…

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Parashat Bamidbar: The One Thing People are Willing to Die for

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read Parashat Bamidbar. The name of the weekly Torah portion is determined by the first word that appears in it, so too is the name of the five books of the Torah. The name is determined merely by the first word appearing in it, and not necessarily according to the content. The Hebrew name, Bamidbar, means “in the desert”: “The Lord spoke to Moses in the tent of meeting in the Desert of Sinai…” – Numbers 1:1 [NIV] The English name for it…

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Parashat Bechukotai: Our Job is to Bear Fruit in the Community

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week we conclude the book of Leviticus. We began it with an explanation of the different types of sacrifices. After that, God taught us about the sacrificial service in the Tabernacle, which later will become the sacrificial service used in the Temple. We continue on to the dedication of the Tabernacle, which was followed by the national trauma of the death of Aaron’s two sons, the chief priests of Israel. From there, the book continues to instruct the people of Israel on the laws…

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Parashat Behar: We Have the Power to Change Torah

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week, we study Parashat Behar. It talks about of the sabbatical year, the year of Jubilee, and the redemption of land – the return of all real estate to their original owners. Further, it discusses the notion of ​​helping others and lending money. According to our portion, a loan is supposed to be free of interest, in order to help your neighbor get back on his feet. Likewise, it mentions that if someone is in a difficult situation, he can sell himself as a slave. Therefore, our parasha also teaches us about the…

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Parashat Emor: We Must Care for Others at Our Own Expense

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. In Parashat Emor, we read and learn about the laws of the priests and God’s requirement for the priests to preserve holiness. After the portion discusses the priestly requirements, we move on to learn about the biblical cycle of the feasts of Israel. We begin with the Sabbath and continue onto the high holidays of Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. The Jewish Understanding of Time The Jewish perception of time is not viewed as a straight line on a graph that goes from point…

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Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Being a Good Person is Only Half of the Job

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we study the weekly Torah portion Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. In it we learn about Yom Kippur, the holiest and most important day in Judaism. During this holiday, the entire nation, and in fact, most Jews scattered around the world, join together in fasting and prayer. This is a day of national repentance and forgiveness, in which every person searches out his own life and thinks of who he might have hurt. We ask for forgiveness, and in return, we forgive others who have wronged…

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Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Are We the Lepers of Israel?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about skin diseases that can cause impurity. These particular diseases required a separation between the unclean individuals  and those that were healthy. “When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest. The priest is to examine the sore on the skin, and if the hair in the…

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Parashat Shemini: What It Really Means to be Kosher

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. I hope that everyone had a meaningful Passover. We had a great holiday, in fact, it was very hard for me to get back to work. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Shemini. Our parasha speaks of kosher laws, especially regarding animals that we are forbidden to eat. The swine, a notoriously unclean animal, is mentioned in our parasha. In addition, the famous teaching that appears in different formulations in the Bible, “Be holy, because I am holy,” (Leviticus 11:44 [NIV]) also appears at the…

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A Passover Greeting From Netivyah

Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat is the Shabbat of Passover. This holiday has several names, which I will elaborate on: “Passover” – this name is given to the holiday because, during the plague of the death of the firstborn, God “passed over” the homes of the children of Israel. The second name is the “Festival of Matzot.” This name comes from the matzot which are ​​eaten during the holiday, and they remind us of the bread of affliction that our forefathers ate during the Exodus. The third name is the “Holiday of Freedom,” and it is…

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Passover in the New Testament

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 Welcome to third and final teaching that Joseph Shulam has prepared for this Passover. In this teaching, Joseph Shulam about our mandate as believers to celebrate Passover. He talks about Paul’s exhortation to the Corinthians to purge the leaven of sin from the community, and he reminds us how Yeshua is the sacrificial lamb of Passover. The previous teachings were “Introduction to Passover”, and “The Passover Seder”.

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The Passover Seder

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Welcome to the second of three teachings that Joseph Shulam has prepared for this Passover. In this teaching, Joseph Shulam gives a description of what happens during a Passover Seder. He also addresses the importance of children in the Passover Seder, the song of Moses, and how the Passover was expressed during the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament. The next teaching is “Passover in the New Testament”, and the previous teaching is “Introduction to Passover”.

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Introduction to Passover

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 Welcome to the first of three teachings that Joseph Shulam has prepared for this Passover. In it, he addresses the placement of Passover within the Jewish calendar, how Passover represents God’s act of salvation, and the importance of celebrating Passover not only as a Jewish holiday, but as a biblical holiday. The next teachings are “The Passover Seder”, and “Passover in the New Testament”.

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Parashat Tzav: Prayer is Our Sacrifice

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Tzav. This is a Torah portion intended for priests: “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering…’” – Leviticus 6:9 [NIV] Our parasha continues on the matter of sacrifices. Today, I would like to explain the concept of Judaism that replaces the sacrifice with prayer. After that, I would like to discuss prayer and the importance of it in Judaism as well as in our lives as believers. Prayer as a Sacrifice What sacrifice are we…

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Parashat Vayikra: God Doesn’t Want Your Sacrifice, He Wants You

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we start the Book of Leviticus with Parashat Vayikra. Leviticus focuses on commandments, many of which are related to the sacrifices, the holy service in the Tabernacle, and the laws regarding the consecration of the priests. It opens with an explanation of the variety of sacrifices, this includes voluntary offerings, sin offerings, and more. The very requirement that God had for different types of sacrifices, at different times, and for a variety of reasons, points to their importance in the worship of God.…

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Parashat Veyakhel-Pekudei: No Generosity Means No Community

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Our weekly reading is called Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei; it is a double Torah portion. According to the Hebrew calendar, an additional month is added every leap year, the month of “Adar II”. This month is added so that Passover will always fall during the month of spring, Rosh Hashanah will always occur during the right time of the year, and the the first rain will be around the time of Sukkot. This additional month is added in order to preserve the order of the feasts and…

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Parashat Ki Tisa: We are Called to Plead With God

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week’s Torah portion, like the previous ones, deals with the construction of the Tabernacle as well as the appointment of Bezalel, the chief craftsman, who crafted the holy vessels. We begin this parasha with instructions for the census of the population, which was actually a call for order on a national scale. This portion talks about the oil of anointing. God dictated to us the formula for this special oil – which is essentially olive oil mixed with perfumes. With the help of this…

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A Special Purim Greeting

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Happy holidays from Netivyah! This week, our founder, Joseph Shulam, has recorded a special Purim greeting for you, in which he talks about God’s hand at work, behind the scenes, in history, in the world, and in our lives. Enjoy!

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