Category: Torah Class – Hollisa Alewine

Dr. Hollisa Alewine has her B.S. and M.Ed. from Texas A&M and a Doctorate in Philosophy from Oxford Graduate School. Her area of research is adult education with an emphasis on correctional education. Additionally, two of her three Master’s Degrees (one in Rabbinic Theology and one in Religious Education) emphasized research in Nazarene Judaism of the First Century. Now retired from a career in federal law enforcement, Dr. Alewine writes and teaches extensively in the Jewish roots of faith. She is the author of Standing with Israel: A House of Prayer for All Nations, The Creation Gospel Bible study workbook series, and a programmer on Hebraic Roots Network. Her newest project is called BEKY Books (Books Encouraging the Kingdom of Yeshua), and she is joined in the project by some of her favorite authors and teachers. Proceeds from her Creation Gospel workbook series have helped to build and provide monthly funds to the LaMalah Children’s Centre in Kenya. Dr. Alewine is a student and teacher of the Word of God.


One of the most heart-wrenching cries of the Torah, and perhaps of all Scripture, is Moses’ plea in Vaetchanan:

I also pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying, ‘Lord GOD, You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours? Please let me cross over and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan, that good hill country, and Lebanon.’ But the LORD was angry with me on your account, and would not listen to me; instead, the LORD said to me, ‘Enough! Do not speak to Me any more about this matter.’ (Dt 3:23-25)

What an aching of heart to see the Land of Israel! What a cry of pain! Moses knew that there was more in the Land than giants, wicked kings, idolatry, robbery, and sexual immorality. Those were there to test the hearts of Israel. Did they see impossibilities or opportunities for new miracles?

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DR HOLLISA ALEWINE – DEVARIM (The 2 x 4 Generation)

Question: What’s different about Moses’ delivery of words in Devarim from his addresses in the other books of Torah?

Answer: He uses more textual hints rather than direct hits, such as “Tophel and Lavan” rather than explicitly point out their quarrelings, slanders, and complaints (tophel) about manna (lavan, white). He’s subtler with the second generation, which has the ability to read deeper meanings in his words. The previous generation was the “2 x 4 Generation.” In his lesson on Devarim, a rabbi said even if you hit them upside the head with a 2 x 4, they’d argue, rebel, shift blame, and complain.

Question: What’s different about the generation receiving the Devarim?

Answer: They received Moses’ teaching words of rebuke silently, without pointing out the obvious. These were the mistakes of the previous generation, the 2 x 4s.

Let’s learn from the rebukes of this week’s Torah Portion.

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The Torah portions Mattot/Masei hold two commandments that at first glance, are unrelated. At second glance, they both instruct Israel about blood revenge. In the case of the Midianites who seduced Israel to idolatry and sexual immorality, “Moses spoke to the people, saying, ‘Arm men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian.'” (Nu 31:3)

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In this program Dr. Hollisa Alewine teaches about the two “B’s” of Magic and how the occult works as we uncover who Bilaam and Balak were in this week’s Torah Portion.

Jewish sages believe that BOTH Balak and Bilaam were sorcerers. Balak was the greatest magician in Moav. He was called Balak ben Tzippor, they believe, because he was proficient at an ancient magic in which the forces of tum’a (from tamei, impurity) could be manipulated by crafting the image of a bird (tzippor) from gold (head), silver (beak), and copper (wings), etc. and then assembling each part at a specified time of day.

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Twice in the wilderness a rock is prompted to bring forth water to drink. In Chukkat, Moses and Aaron make a huge mistake that seems like a minor one. Instead of speaking to the Rock as instructed, they strike the Rock as they did the first time. This brings us to the Bible study tip of the week. Miracles ARE repeated, but they are not performed the same way twice. Perhaps this is why in this Torah Portion Chukkat we begin to understand why it is that righteous people die.

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DR HOLLISA ALEWINE – KORACH (Beating a Dead Horse)

When we lose the big picture, it’s easy to cool off spiritually. In this week’s Torah Portion “Korach,” Korah and his rebels had cooled off even after the great experience at Sinai. Because the Israelites couldn’t stand to hear more than the Ten Words, they had to trust Moses when he gave them additional instructions. That, however, was the playing field of suspicion on the part of the rebels. It was another authority “snake test” of “Did God really say…?

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Why is the list of the twelve tribes missing two names? There may be clues as to the re-bibliography of the tribes in Revelation, and those clues are found in this week’s seeds of prophecy in Shelach Lekha.

This Torah portion provides some of the primary texts from which the idea of two messiahs arose in Jewish tradition: Messiah bar Ephraim (Hoshea/Joshua) and Messiah bar David (Caleb):

Numbers 13:1-16; 14:1-10; 14:36-38

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The issue of slavery is a difficult one for the modern mind, especially in America where its negative effects didn’t cease with the end of the Civil War. In Torah study, the many English translations of the Hebrew word eved into “slave” can confuse even the wisest of readers. “Slave” rips the economic position of the eved out of its Hebrew cultural and Biblical context and leaves a very bad taste in the mouth.

Join in today’s study as Dr Alewine unpack this week’s double Portion with a more in-depth study on the citizenship of the servants and how they are spoken of in Yeshua’s parable of the vineyard.

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