THE APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURES

REDEMPTION IN THE APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURES Introduction “All Scripture is given by inspiration of G-d, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of G-d may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2Timothy 3:16-17 Introduction What are the “Apostolic Scriptures”? Why not call them the “New Testament”? Is G-d’s Word divided between a message of Law (old, bad) and a message of Grace (new, good)? … Continue reading THE APOSTOLIC SCRIPTURES

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 15

CHAPTER FIFTEENTHE GREAT OBLIGATION TO BE AS BUSY AS POSSIBLEWITH THE HOLY T ORAH The Nefesh Hachaim writes in sha’ar 4: chapter 15 how wehave been commanded from the mouth of Hashem Himself withan awesome warning, “This Torah scroll must never leave yourmouth and you must toil in it day and night.” [Joshua 1:8]. TheZohar writes in his introduction [the translated version], “Comeand see just … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 15

ADV Parashat Ki Tisa

בס”ד כי תשא Parshas כי תשא has many hints to the י”ט of Purim. In פסוק ל:כג, one of the main spices of the שמן המשחה is mentioned- בשמים ראש מר דרור, where Unkeles translates as מירה דכיא, which more or less make up the name מרדכי. In pasuk כט, describing this שמן המשחה, Rashi uses the words כי כן יסד המלך, a phrase from … Continue reading ADV Parashat Ki Tisa

Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Torah Reading: KI TISA Exodus 30:11-34:35Haftara: I Kings 18.1-39 (Sephardi ritual: I Kings 18.20-39). PROVIDING THE MEDICINE BEFORE THE ILLNESS The lengthy first section of our parashah of KI TISA (the entire first Aliyah in the synagogue Torah reading, up to Ex. 31:18) starts with a number of commandments concluding the account of the Sanctuary, its vessels, and the daily services of its ministering priests. … Continue reading Parashat Ki Tisa / פרשת כי תשא

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Shabbat Parah (“Sabbath [of the] red heifer” שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Numbers 19:1-22 describes the parah adumah (“red heifer”) in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready (“pure”) to sacrifice the korban Pesach. Once again, this Shabbat is … Continue reading Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Praying by the Holy Spirit in Hodayot

By Pinchas Shir -February 22, 2021 1474 The Hebrew word Hodayot refers to “thanks” or “thanksgiving”. Other names include Thanksgiving Hymns, Thanksgiving Psalms, Hymns Scroll and Scroll of Hymns. The main scroll found in 1947 is designated 1QH a. Other fragments of this text have been found in Caves 1 and 4 (1Q35, 4Q427-432). The text quoted below is known as the Hodayot — “prayers and songs of thanksgiving” discovered … Continue reading Praying by the Holy Spirit in Hodayot

ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

תצוה    פרשת זכור   בס”ד     The Zohar says there are 53- גן Parshios in Chumash, but there are really fifty four. There are many opinions that זאת הברכה is not counted as a Parsha, since in חו”ל this Parsha is never read on שבת. There are other opinions that נצבים and וילך are considered one, and others hold the same with מטות ומסעי. The חידא says … Continue reading ADV Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

The Gospel of Peter

The Gospel of Peter – Patristic References The following is transcribed from M.R. James in The Apocryphal New Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1924). Here I place the notices of it that are found in the Church wrtiers. There are but three. Origen on Matthew, x. 17. (They of Nazareth thought that Jesus) was the son of Joseph and Mary: but the brothers of Jesus some (founding on a … Continue reading The Gospel of Peter

Megillah Reading- Corona virus

Every member of the Jewish nation is obligated to read the Megillah on the day of Purim. One must read it during the night and once again the next day, as the verse states, “My G-d, I call out to you during the day and you do not answer; during the night I have no rest.” This verse is written in the chapter of Tehillim … Continue reading Megillah Reading- Corona virus

Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

Torah Portion: Exodus 27:20 – 30:10 1st Aliyah: Exodus 27:20-28:12 (14 verses) 2nd Aliyah: Exodus 28:13-30 (18 verses) 3rd Aliyah: Exodus 28:31-43 (13 verses) 4th Aliyah: Exodus 29:1-18 (18 verses) 5th Aliyah: Exodus 29:19-37 (19 verses) 6th Aliyah: Exodus 29:38-46 (9 verses) 7th Aliyah: Exodus 30:1-10 (10 verses) Maftir: Exodus 30:8-10 (3 verses) Special Maftir Shabbat Zachor: Deuteronomy 25:17-19 (3 verses) Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets): Ezekiel 43:10 – 43:27 When Parashat Tetzaveh coincides with a special Shabbat, a different Haftarah is traditionally read: Shabbat Zachor: I Samuel … Continue reading Parashat Tetzaveh / פרשת תצוה

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14

CHAPTER F OURTEENPRAYERPart one: Awakening to the importance of prayerand it’s details. In the gemarah in Brachot (6b) it says, “One of the Rabbissaid to R’ Bayvo Bar Abaye, and some say that it was R’ Bayvo toR’ Nachman Bar Yitzchok, ‘What thing is very elevated and yetdegraded by people?’ [Meaning that it says this in Tehillim (12)and they asked how to understand the verse]. … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 14