Michael Hillel

Michael Hillel
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Michael Hillel with his wife Vered and their three children, made aliyah from the US in late 80s, and in biblical fashion has, for the last 27 years, done whatever his hands have found to do. In 2013 Michael began working on a MA degree in Messianic Jewish Theology. Using the tools learned from his studies, he has been writing teaching and devotional materials from both the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings. Since Messianic Judaism shares a communal context with both Judaism and Christianity, he incorporates material from both traditionally Jewish and Christian perspectives. Michael Hillel with his wife Vered and their three children, made aliyah from the US in late 80s, and in biblical fashion has, for the last 27 years, done whatever his hands have found to do. In 2013 Michael began working on a MA degree in Messianic Jewish Theology. Using the tools learned from his studies, he has been writing teaching and devotional materials from both the Tanakh and Apostolic Writings. Since Messianic Judaism shares a communal context with both Judaism and Christianity, he incorporates material from both traditionally Jewish and Christian perspectives.

Thoughts on Parashat Bamidbar

Michael writes, "As believers in Yeshua, we understand that it is Yeshua, the living Word which is the full revelation of the Father to mankind (John 1.14)."

Thoughts on Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

Michael writes, "Disobedience to the mitzvot of the LORD has consequences, for sure, but also has good results just as with the discipline of the LORD described in Hebrews..."

Thoughts on Parashat Emor

Michael writes, "The regulations and requirements are not just to set the kohanim apart, but to insure that all of Israel is holy and set apart to fulfill the LORD’s desire for Bnei Yisrael..."

Thoughts on Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Michael writes, "Leviticus 19 and 20, which is known in Jewish and Christian circles alike as the Holiness Code, defines actions and attitudes of relationships within the family and the community, as well as those between man and the LORD."

Thoughts on Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Michael writes, "It is curious that the issue of “uncleanness,” tumah (תמאה) in this week’s parasha has little if anything to do with conscious actions on the part of the people involved."

Thoughts on Parashat Shemini

Michael writes, "Imagine for a moment —the Exodus is past, the Covenant has been sealed at Sinai, the Tabernacle has been meticulously constructed, the priesthood ordained and the ritual life of Bnei-Yisrael begun with the very visible presence and acceptance of Hashem."

Thoughts on Parashat Tzav and Shabbat Hagadol

Michael writes, "Before anyone says that these are just antiquated Toraic laws that have no relevance on us today, consider the following..."

Thoughts on Parashat Vayikra

Michael writes, "The important thing to realize however, is not so much the issues of poor sight, unhearing ears or even the dull heart. Instead, the issue to be remembered is that in Isaiah, it was the inhabitants of Judah who seemed to be dull witted idolaters."

Thoughts on Parashat Ki Tisa

Michael writes, "This “sum” seems to have two purposes: first is to guarantee the running of the Mishkan; second, which seems a little suspicious, is to protect against plagues. Was Israel to “pay the Almighty” protection money?"

Thoughts on Parashat Tetzaveh

Michael writes, "Neglecting to be obedient to His command can have potentially disastrous effects. We cannot tell if the book of Esther would have been written had Saul destroyed the Amalekites just as we cannot tell the result of our disobedience, except in hindsight."

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