Category: Weekly Torah Portion Reading

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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