By Grace Through Faith: You Can Do the Torah

By Joshua Spurlock Do you believe “anything is possible with G-d” (Cf. Luke 1:37, Mattityahu / Matthew 19:26)? If so, then you can do the Torah (Instruction; a.k.a. Law) of HaShem (the L-RD)! How is it possible? By the grace of G-d (cf. Titus 2:11-14), of course! HaShem enables us to keep it! According to traditional […]

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Real Faith: Loving In Deed & Truth

The Patriarch Yaakov (Jacob) was a reasonable man. It was enough for him that HaShem would be with him, giving him food to eat and clothing to wear and keeping him safe. For this, Yaakov became the faithful servant of HaShem, giving back to HaShem like Avraham (Abraham) before him (Cf. Bereshit / Genesis 14:18-20). ‘Then Yaakov […]

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Pure Religion: Caring for Orphans and Widows

By Joshua Spurlock A forty-day fast, praying three hours a day, ordination, and devoting one’s life to teaching others about G-d are all great ways to serve HaShem (the LORD). But they are not the definition of pure religion according to Him. Those wanting to be like HaShem must ensure they care for everything that […]

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Worship HaShem in Holiness, Unlike Nations

By Joshua Spurlock The ceremony was meticulously done, as one sacrifice after another was completed flawlessly. The grandeur of the Kohanim (Priests) and the Mishkan (Tabernacle) must have been a sight to behold. Yet the most awe-inspiring moment came at the end, as fire from HaShem (the LORD) consumed the sacrifice on the altar. Everyone […]

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Circumcise Your Heart and Be Born Again

By Joshua Spurlock Perhaps one of the most dramatic mitzvot (commandments) in all of Scripture is the mitzvah (commandment) of circumcision, which HaShem (the LORD) commanded Avraham (Abraham) and all of his descendants to observe from generation to generation. It’s a life-changing thing, with life-long effects—not the least of which is a permanent social classification. […]

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Live the Right Words, and Speak Them

By Joshua Spurlock Everyone is a preacher. They preach about who the best musicians are. They preach about who makes the best clothes. They preach about what lifestyle is best. And, of course, they preach about what religion is correct. What’s more, most of this preaching is done without words. Everyone’s life and appearance carries […]

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Customs and Traditions and the Way

This clip from Fiddler on the Roof speaks to both the good and bad sides of tradition. On the one hand, tradition can be a helpful and stabilizing force in the community, for good. On the other hand, tradition can be and is mistaken for being the word of G-d itself, sometimes in disastrous ways, […]

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Count Your Historical Blessings

By Joshua Spurlock We’re really good at remembering the “good ol’ days,” the days when times were supposedly better; the golden ages past. But do we remember our blessings? Be careful, lest your memory bring discontent and misery rather than the power that comes from using it the right way. Not only does remembering the […]

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From Sukkot to the Promised Land

By Elikana Nachum The Hebrew word Masei means “journeys”. It is the second word, and the first distinctive word, of Parashat Masei. The parashah begins by recounting the 42 encampments during the journeys of Yisrael (Israel) through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. Moshe (Moses) is commanded by HaShem to transmit a […]

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Unequally Yoked

Be Not Unequally Yoked, Remove the Thorns

By Joshua Spurlock I remember once having a small splinter in my finger, which needed to be removed. The problem was I really didn’t want it removed for fear of the pain it would cause. Nevermind the fact that the splinter also hurt, or the possibility of an eventual infection that could hurt far worse […]

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