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  • The Yanov Torah

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Mar 13, 2013
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    THE YANOV TORAH During World War II, Jewish inmates of the Yanov labor camp in occupied Poland defied their Nazi guards, secretly conducting religious services inside their darkened barracks. To observe their ritual, the Jews had cut religious scrolls into sections, bound the parchment pieces ...read more

  • Faking It

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 8, 2021
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    One of my wife’s third graders was wearing a Fitbit watch, which prompted my wife to ask, “Are you tracking your steps?” “No,” said the little girl. “I wear this for Mommy so ...read more

  • Our Code Of Jewish Law States That A Person ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jan 28, 2008
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    Our Code of Jewish Law states that a person should work for a living, but he should "work to live," and not "live to work." After morning Torah study, a person "should go to work, for all Torah which is not accompanied by work is destined to be nullified and in danger of causing transgression, ...read more

  • The Talmud Says,

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 12, 2009
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    The Talmud says, "Blessed is Israel; when they occupy themselves with Torah and acts of kindness their inclination is mastered by them, ...read more

  • There's A Story About Two Rabbis In The Talmud, ...

    Contributed by Austin Mansfield on Jun 3, 2007
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    There’s a story about two rabbis in the Talmud, Hillel and Shammai. Hillel was patient and understanding, and more conceptual than his counterpart, Shammai, who was an engineer, or mathematician, in his mindset. According to the story, a gentile went to Shammai and said he would convert to Judaism ...read more

  • Food In Psalm 146:7

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Sep 8, 2009
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    FOOD IN PS 146:7 Though the main teaching of this vision is not about food, but about people, still, it involves food Midrash Tehillim in regard to Ps. 146:7, "The Lord allows the forbidden … and will one day allow the eating of all animals now forbidden to be eaten … In the time to come he ...read more

  • A Full Stomach Leads To All Kinds Of Sin.

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 26, 2009
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    "A full stomach leads to all kinds of sin." When all of a person’s needs are met, he tends to forget God (Beracot 32a). Quoted from ...read more

  • Follow Me

    Contributed by Tim Smith on Mar 9, 2009
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    "FOLLOW ME." To understand that calling and Jesus’ invitation, we need to understand the context. In Jesus’ day, childhood education started at age five as young boys went to the synagogue school to learn Hebrew and memorize the Torah. By the time of his bar mitzvah at age 13, a typical Jewish ...read more

  • Only The Forequarter Of A Kosher Slaughtered ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 2, 2009
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    Only the forequarter of a Kosher slaughtered animal is brought to Kosher butcheries. The hindquarters are not brought into Kosher butcheries. In Genesis (32:25-33) the Torah recounts the fight that Jacob had with an angel who dislocated his sciatic nerve. Because of that injury we are instructed ...read more

  • Seeing But Not Eating

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 8, 2009
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    SEEING BUT NOT EATING The Jewish Rabbi known as Rav held a similar viewpoint. Brad Young summarizes his view, "One will be judged not only for sins committed against Torah but also for pleasures in life that were neglected because of a false religious abstinence. The sense of joy in living ...read more

  • The Command To Love God And Love Our Neighbor Is ...

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Aug 23, 2008
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    The command to love God and love our neighbor is not new to Jesus. It comes right from Torah. The Pharisees had finessed that fundamental law right out of everyday life, but Jesus not only showed us that we can’t live without it, he took it to the limit when he loved us all the way ...read more

  • Some Jewish Rabbis Write Up Isaac And Jacob And ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 24, 2008
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    Some Jewish rabbis write up Isaac and Jacob and Rebekah as saintly and filled with good intentions. For example, one Rabbi writes, "…we read of Isaac’s plan to give his son Esau the material blessings, so that he could protect and support ...read more

  • The Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a-B):

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 27, 2011
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    The Talmud (Sanhedrin 97a-b): "The world will continue for six thousand years, the first two thousand of which were a chaos (Tahu), the second two thousand were of Torah, and the third two thousand are the days of the Messiah, and because of our sins many years of these have elapsed, and still ...read more

  • Briefly Stated, The Talmud (Kiddushin 29a) ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on May 12, 2008
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    "Briefly stated, the Talmud (Kiddushin 29a) states that a father is obligated regarding his son to circumcise him, redeem him (if he is a first-born), teach him Torah, marry him off, and teach him a trade. Some add an obligation to teach him how to swim. A father is further obligated to support ...read more

  • Hiding The Word Of God

    Contributed by Perry Greene on Jan 10, 2012
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    HIDING THE WORD OF GOD During World War II, Jewish inmates of the Yanov labor camp in occupied Poland defied their Nazi guards, secretly conducting religious services inside their darkened barracks. To observe their ritual, the Jews had cut religious scrolls into sections, bound the parchment ...read more

  • Matters Of Debate Between Rabbis Included How To ...

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Nov 30, 2009
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    Matters of debate between rabbis included how to implement the commands. Contrast later Rabbis words, "How far should you go in admonishing people? Rav said: Until they beat you up for reprimanding them (Arachin 16b)…I might think that you should admonish him even if his face turned white for ...read more

  • The Jews Of Paul's Time, By And Large, Rejected ...

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Oct 11, 2008
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    The Jews of Paul’s time, by and large, rejected the Son of God, and the covenant of faith. That’s why they revolted over and over against the Romans, who ultimately destroyed Jerusalem and scattered them all over the world. Here, Paul gets really cutting. He lumps the Jews who reject Christ ...read more

  • The Audacity To Believe… (This Portion Based On ...

    Contributed by David Rumley on Nov 8, 2006
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    THE AUDACITY TO BELIEVE… (This portion based on Rob Bell’s Nooma video called Dust) Why would Peter have the audacity to believe He could do what Jesus was doing? How would he believe in God and believe in himself enough to know he too could walk on water? To understand this we must understand ...read more

  • Bats

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 10, 2010
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    In the Spring, Marylu and I spent a day at one of our State Parks, McCormick's Creek (my personal favorite). But we could not go into the cave there because of a deadly disease that is annihilating bats. This week, an AP story broke: "A mysterious illness is threatening the bat population ...read more

  • Are You A Chief Student?

    Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Dec 27, 2010
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    ARE YOU A CHIEF STUDENT? David Friedman, in They Loved the Torah p. 61 comments about Peter (Shim'on): I see Shim'on as Yeshua's Torah-observant....talmid hakham...a Hebrew technical term meaning the leading student (of a rabbi). Every famous rabbi who daily taught the same students had a ...read more