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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thoughts on the Torah

This week's Torah was excellent and really drove me to write my thoughts on it here. This week's Torah consisted of Moses completing the Torah script and "having it placed in the Holy of Holies next to the Ark of the Covenant", says the summary I read. It also tells that Moses(Hebrew- Moshe) requested of Joshua, his soon-to-be successor, to hold a meeting on the Feast of Booths(Hebrew- Sukkot; aka Feast of Tabernacles), where there will be a public reading of the Torah and a renewal of the Covenant (Mosaic Covenant). This is Vayelech, "and he went". He also requests that all of Israel take up the Covenant. So that explains why Sukkot is a renewal of our Covenant with G-d. Now if we look at it from this context: Yeshua(Jesus) was born on the Feast of Booths, therefore when he was born there was a renewal of the Covenant. Anyways, Moses says that if the Israelites sin, they will go into exile, and only through repentance will they be allowed their city again. This is Nitzavim, "standing". The portion Vayelech is derived from the verse "So Moses went and spoke these words to all of Israel". Nitzavim is derived from the verse "You stand, all of you, before the L-rd your G-d". In some years, including this one, these two portions are read together.

Portion includes:
Torah: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
Half-Torah: Isiah 61:10-63:9
B'rit Chadasha: Acts 19-23

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