Understanding Torah

What is Torah? Does it still apply to our lives? Can we come to know the mystery and wisdom that is contained in these books? If you have wanted to know answers, listen to the many experienced teachers on Hebrew Nation who will help guide you in coming to know the Creator of the Universe.

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Introduction to the End of the New World Order

  THIS BOOK WILL ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:      •          When did the New World Order really begin? •          Why does a Loving Creator allow so much suffering? •          Why was mankind created? Is he a finished creation? •          Why does the New...

Now Is The Time w/Rabbi Steve Berkson | Covenant Community 101 | Tithing: Appreciating Blessings | Part 4

Now Is The Time w/Rabbi Steve Berkson | Covenant Community 101 | Tithing: Appreciating Blessings | Part 4

Is “tithing” mentioned in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament)? Some say it is not, therefore, tithing is not required for modern-day believers–we are to give as we are able. Beginning in Matthew 23:23, Rabbi Steve Berkson teaches on the subject of tithing from the...

Dr Hollisa Alewine –  Leading the Flock Pt 1 (Chayei Sarah)

Dr Hollisa Alewine – Leading the Flock Pt 1 (Chayei Sarah)

One of the most distressing…if not THE most distressing thing…about learning Torah within a community is that it too frequently leads to learning Torah outside a community. In our livestream on Shabbat, I plan to present a simple overview of leadership principles that may help you whether you are a congregational leader, home fellowship leader, family leader, or just want to learn how to be a good follower.

Those community principles are often challenged because we don’t have good study tools in our toolbox, and without them, we can adopt all kinds of variations of understanding and practice from a single commandment. Those variations become divisive when it affects what the community can observe together.

In this week’s newsletter, I’d like to pass on to you what I spent lots of time and money learning in college. No charge! It can be of tremendous help when navigating through divergent understandings of Scripture. If we understand the difference between meaning and significance, it could squash a lot of arguments over what a Scripture means, especially when we look as smug as our friend up there when we’re convinced we found THE explanation instead of ONE explanation.

For instance, over the last couple of years, we’ve been studying the Song of Songs. It is a parable, poetry, song, commentary, elucidation of Torah, and prophecy, so it is rich in symbolism, and we’ve enjoyed deriving lots of interpretations of each verse’s significance based on passages with similar context and even Hebrew wordplay. When one encounters Biblical symbolism, it is important to remember:

When parsing a passage of Scripture, the application of wordplay should not derive a new meaning even though a new significance is expected.

Let’s review these two principles of hermeneutics and the definition of hermeneutics.

Mark Call – Parsha “Toldot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Mark Call – Parsha “Toldot” teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa fellowship takes a two-part look at the parsha which essentially covers the life of Yitzak/Isaac, and introduces his two sons Esau and Yaakov. That alone makes it vital to our understanding, but - no surprise, of course -...

Now Is The Time w/Rabbi Steve Berkson | Covenant Community 101 | Tithing: Appreciating Blessings | Part 3

Now Is The Time w/Rabbi Steve Berkson | Covenant Community 101 | Tithing: Appreciating Blessings | Part 3

Tithing is a part of the Restoration Process–of coming into observance of the Torah. Rabbi Steve Berkson takes us into the book of Nehemiah, chapters 9 and 10 to teach us that as we come into covenant with the Creator, become obedient to His Torah, which includes...

Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 47 – (Slaughtered Gold)

Dr Hollisa Alewine – Footsteps of Messiah Part 47 – (Slaughtered Gold)

“A canopy (apiron) has King Solomon made for Him, from the wood of Lebanon. Its pillars he made of silver; its covering was gold, its seat was purple wool, its inner side was decked with love by the daughters of Jerusalem.” (So 3:9-10)

This week, we continue from last week’s lesson on the chariot of King Solomon. If you didn’t have a chance to read it or print it, click here. We’ll weave in a couple of themes from this week’s Torah portion, Vayera, particularly the second time Avraham calls Sarah his sister and the binding of Isaac on Mount Moriah.

Vayera “and appeared”
Genesis 18:1-22:24
2 Kings 4:1-37

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