Torah Teachings

Commentaries on the weekly Torah portions.

Parashat Mishpatim – Exodus 21:1 – 24:18

Jonathan writes, "In these days, when the world is in turmoil and the foundations of many are being shaken in all sorts of directions, we need to know where our foundation is. Where is our base and upon what are be basing our lives?"

Commentary on Parashat Mishpatim (Ordinance or Statute)

Moran writes, "Sadly, many view the statutes of the Lord negatively, as it conjures up the idea of a burdensome law. Instead, I believe we can view His statutes positively, understanding that He gave them to us to not only know what is right, just, and good, but also to have abundant life!"

Commentary of Parashat Yitro (Jethro)

Joseph writes, "I know that there are very few men who want to take advice from their fathers-in-law, but Moses needed this advice just like I need the same advice too. It is hard to be a leader that delegates authority in a healthy and organized way."

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Thoughts on Parashat Yitro

Michael writes, "Exodus 19 and 20 begin the revelation of the LORD’s covenant to His people Israel. I would encourage you to read, once again, these chapters as the LORD sets the stage for Israel to become a kingdom of priests and a holy nation to ADONAI (Exodus 19.6)."

Commentary on Parashat Yitro (Jethro)

Moran writes, "But isn’t that how we are with God? For many years, I heard about God, but it was only when I said to God, “I want to know you, not just about you”, that I encountered the Living God through Messiah Yeshua."

Parashat Yitro – Ex. 18:1 – 20:23

Jonathan writes, "This, then is our social memory, our identity as the people of G-d. Not just Sinai, but Yeshua, the Son of the Living G-d. In his excitement and enthusiasm, John wrote..."

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Thoughts on Parashat Beshalach

Michael writes, "Notice, in the beginning of Beshalach, Hashem led the people out not by the easy way, by the sea where the Philistines were but by a longer route through the desert. Not because He wanted to toughen them up but so they would not be discouraged by having to face yet another enemy."

Parashat Beshalach – The Song of the Sea

Joseph writes, "The major event in this reading is the crossing of the Red Sea and the song of Moses that follows it. It describes the battle and the battle between Israel and its enemies is a battle that God is fighting and the victory is God’s victory."

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