Parashah Noach (Noah)

Please join our family in this week’s Parashah reading Noach, which means Noah.

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Scripture Readings:

  • Torah:  Genesis 6:9-11:32
  • Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5 and 66:1-24
  • B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
    • Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Luke 1:5-80 and Matthew 24:36-46
    • Iggerot (Letters): 1 Peter3:18-22

Parashah in a Nutshell:  This week’s Parashah is about Noah. It begins with G‑d’s instructions for Noah to build a large wooden teivah (“ark”), coated within and without with pitch.  Noah was chosen by G-d for redemption from the flood that will kill all life on G-d’s creation of Earth because he was the only righteous man in a world consumed by violence and corruption. The ark will float upon the water, sheltering eight people (Noah and his family); as well as, seven pairs of clean and two pairs of unclean of all the animals of creation.

The rain falls for 40 days and nights, and the waters churn for 150 days more before calming and beginning to recede. The ark settles on Mount Ararat, and from its window Noah dispatches a raven, and then a series of doves, “to see if the waters were abated from the face of the earth.” When the ground dries completely, G‑d commands Noah to exit the teivah and repopulate the earth. Thus, Noah becomes the second Adam.  We are more closely related to Noah than Adam, as we – like Noah – have been born into a world of imperfection. Whereas, Adam was born into the perfect world of the Garden of Eden.

Noah builds an altar and offers sacrifices to G‑d. G‑d tells us that He will never again destroy all of mankind because of their deeds, and sets the rainbow as a testimony of His new covenant with man. G‑d also gives the Noachide laws and instructs Noah regarding the sacredness of life: murder is deemed a capital offense, and while man is permitted to eat the meat of animals, he is forbidden to eat flesh or blood taken from a living animal.

Noah plants a vineyard and becomes drunk on its produce. Two of Noah’s sons, Shem and Japheth, are blessed for covering up their father’s nakedness, while his third son, Ham, is punished for taking advantage of his debasement.

The descendants of Noah remain a single people, with a single language and culture, for ten generations. Then they defy G-d by building a great tower to symbolize their own invincibility and the consequence is that G‑d confuses their language so that “one does not comprehend the tongue of the other.”  The result is that they abandon their project and disperse across the face of the Earth creating seventy nations.

The Parshah of Noach concludes with a chronology of the ten generations from Noah to Abram (later Abraham), and the latter’s journey from his birthplace of Ur to Charan, on the way to the land of Canaan.

Study Helps, Children’s Activities, and Projects

  1. Audio of Torah Readings with Summary and Commentaries
  2. Hebrew for Christians Torah Parashah Noach Discussion
  3. Adult Study Outline
  4. Children’s Study Outline
  5. Torah Class In Depth Study of the Book of Genesis Ch. 6, Ch. 7, Ch. 8, Ch. 9, Ch. 10, and Ch. 11
  6. The Parsha Experiment – Noach: The Failure of Humanity (Video)
  7. Noah for Children (Cartoon Video)
  8. Tower of Babel for Children (Cartoon Video)
  9. Teaching from Rabbi Greg Hershberg (Beth Yeshua International) on Torah Parashah Noach: Get Ready Part 1, Get Ready Part 2
  10. Rainbow Themed Treats & Crafts
  11. More Treat & Craft Ideas
  12. Tower of Babel Game
  13. Preschool Worksheets
  14. Hebrew Lesson: Beit
  15. Homeschool Extension Activities:
    • Language Arts: Write an essay on (1) the Noachide laws and how they relate to the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mt. Sinai OR (2) on what beit represents.
    • Math: Calculate and draw a scale model of the ark using 1″ per cubit. Attach your calculations to your scale model.
    • Science: Build a foil boat and see how many pennies or beans it can hold until it sinks. What natural law applies to this experiment? Who discovered it?
    • Art: Create a timeline of the Bible that you will fill in during this year’s Parashah studies.
    • Music: Listen to the following – Noah Worked with One Saw, Song for Parashah Noach, Who Built the Ark, Arky Arky, Noah’s Song, Noah, The Song, and Praise You in The Storm.
Blessings,
Kay
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Tzedakah: What is that?

“But the righteous is generous and gives.”  Psalms 37:12b

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Tzedakah means doing the right thing.  In Jewish tradition, it is an act to help those who are in need.  It is often referred to as charity, but its root word really means justice or fairness.  We are called in Scripture to help others and as followers of Yeshua we are to demonstrate our love for each other. (Matthew 5:16, 1 John 2:29, 3:7, 10).

Each Friday night during our Erev Shabbat prayers before the kindling of the Shabbos lights, our youngest son says the blessing:

“Blessed art Thou, L-rd our G-d, King of the Universe, Who sanctified us with His commandments and commands us concerning charity.” 

He then places some money into the tzedakah box. The boys  decided that all the money in their tzedakah box will go to CBY:India and CBY:Kenya. G-d is abundantly blessing these missions.  These mission are literally caring for orphans, widows, and the poor.

Do you who gave the greatest act of tzedakah? 

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It was Yeshua. He gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, so that we would be rescued from death and eternal damnation.  He fulfilled Scripture and it is through our faith in the death, burial and resurrection of Him that we are saved. We are to righteously live by faith (Hab. 2:4, Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:11).  He is our example, and we are to give glory to the Righteous One through our actions. (Isaiah 24:16)

Baruch Hashem

 

 

Parashah Shof’tim (Judges)

Please join our family in this week’s Parashah reading Shof’tim, which means Judges.  This entire portion is about the law, justice, and duty.

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Scripture Readings:

  • Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
  • Prophets:  Isaiah 51:12-52:12
  • B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant)
    • Bestort HaGe’ulah (Gospels):  Matthew 26:47-27.10 and John 1:19-27
    • Iggerot (Letters): 1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Parashah in a Nutshell:  The name of this week’s Parshah, Shoftim, means judges.  The entire Parashah has to do with justice.  It begins with Moses telling the people to appoint judges.  The Parashah identifies forbidden forms of worship, legal decisions given by priests and judges, laws concerning Israel’s King, provisions for the priests and the Levities, abominable practices,  a new prophet like Moses, laws concerning cities of refuge, property boundaries, laws concerning witnesses and welfare, and atonement for unsolved murders.

The Bestort HaGe’ulah reading begins with the betrayal and arrest of Yeshua and his arraignment before Caiaphas and the Council.  It also includes the testimony of John the Baptist. The Iggerot reading concerns the need for members of the Body of Messiah to keep each other responsible and to expel evildoers from among the Body of Messiah.  Essentially, restating various sections within the Torah portion of this week’s reading.

It’s interesting that the law requires the king to write a copy of the Torah, keep it with him and read it all the days of his life in order to fear the L-rd.  This points to Yeshua who was the Word made flesh, and who writes the Torah upon our hearts. The Torah reading also mentions the raising a new prophet, which ties into the testimony of John the Baptist, who was the forerunner for Yeshua.

This week’s Parashah also begins the period of Elul

Study Helps, Children’s Activities, and Projects

  1. Audio of Torah Readings with Summary and Commentaries
  2. Shof’tim: What the Torah Says About Justice Video
  3. Adult Study Outline
  4. Children’s Study Outline
  5. Children’s Video About Shof’tim
Blessings,
Kay
 

Parashah Re’eh (See)

Please join our family in reading in this week’s Parashah Re’eh, which means See. The themes of this week’s Parashah are blessings, curses, sorrow and joy.

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Scripture Readings:

  1. Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
  2. Prophets:  Isaiah 54:11-16:17
  3. B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant):  Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospels) John 16:1-17:26 and Iggerot (Letters) 1 John 4:1-6

Parashah in a Nutshell:  This week’s Parashah starts with Moses telling the Children of Israel, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse”.  The blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d’s commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land.  The Parashah goes on to explain that a temple should be established in “the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there,” where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him.  It is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. Moses goes onto tell them that a  false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds are repeated. A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. The firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests). The mitzvah (commandment to of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.  The Parashah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals—Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go to “see and be seen” before G‑d in the Holy Temple.

The Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospel) reading Yeshua continues his warning to the disciples about what will happen when he goes to the Father.  He comforts them by letting them know he will send the Helper, the Holy  Spirit. He further tells the disciples that their sorrow over Him leaving will turn into joy. He tells him that he has overcome world and that they can have peace in him. Chapter 17 is Yeshua’s High Priestly Prayer to the Father. The Iggerot (Letters) reading John tells us to test the spirits to see if they are from G-d.  We must discern the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error or delusion.

Study Helps and Projects

  1. Parashah in a Nutshell Video
  2. Adult Study Outline
  3. Children’s Study Outline
  4. Good Intentions Teaching by D.T. Lancaster (Beth Immanuel)
  5. Children’s Worksheet
  6. Video for Children for the Parashah from Torah Tots
  7. Craft:  That All May Be One Coloring Sheet

Blessings,

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Parashah Eikev

Please join our family as study this week’s Torah Parashah is Eikev, which means Consequences or Because.  The themes of this Parashah eiare redemption, rebellion, repentance, and restoration.

Scripture Readings:

  1. Torah:  Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
  2. Prophets: Isaiah 54:11-55:5
  3. B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant): Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospels) – John 13:31-15:27 & Iggerot (Letters) – Romans 8:31-39

Parashah in a Nutshell:

In this week’s Parashah, Moses continues his closing remarks to the children of Israel. He reminds them that G-d redeemed them from Egypt and that if they keep G-d’s commands in he Torah, they will prosper in the land promised to their forefathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).  Moses recalls the failings of the first generation who were rebellious — their worship of the Golden Calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies, angering of G‑d at Taveirah, Massah and Kivrot Hataavah.  He also speaks about their repentance and forgiveness that G-d has shown them through the Second Tablets that G-d made for them to restore His children to Him.  He calls their attention to the fact that for the forty years in the wilderness that G-d sustained them and it was to teach them that they need to rely solely upon G-d.  Moses describes the land they are about to enter and how it is blessed with the “seven kinds”.  He commands them to destroy the idols/gods of the current inhabitants, and to beware not to become prideful and remember who provided the land to them. In other words, to circumcise their hearts.

The Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospel) reading reveals that Yeshua (Jesus) is the way, the truth, and life. Yeshua promises to send the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). Yeshua teaches that He is the true vine and G-d is the vinedresser. Therefore, whoever abides in Him will bear much fruit. He reminds us that we must keep G-d commands and love one another. He warns of the hatred of the world and we are not of the world.  The Iggerot (Letters) reading Paul describes G-d’s everlasting love for us. So much is his love that he did not spare His Son’s life. We have everlasting life in His resurrection. He intercedes on our behalf before G-d. Nothing can separate us from the love of G-d in Yeshua. HalleluYah!

Study Helps & Projects:

  1. For Children: Torah Explorers
  2. Adult Study Outline
  3. Audio of Parashah Readings
  4. Video for Torah Portion
  5. Video for Children on the Torah Portion
  6. Make a mezuzah
  7. Children’s Lessons from YMTOI
  8. Coloring Page from Challah Crumb

Blessings from our family  to yours,

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