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Torah Readings (Full Kriyah)

Crop of Jesus Unrolls the Book in the Synagogue by James Jacques Joseph Tissot

After HaShem redeemed His people from the slavery of Mitzrayim (Egypt)—a parable of the slavery of mankind to sin[1]—He gave us the Torah by the hand of His servant Mosheh (Moses); His instruction manual for a more abundant life.[2] Since ancient times, the Torah has been divided into weekly readings, called parashiyot (also parashot), being read publicly in the sacred assemblies of the faithful.[3]

It was the custom of our Lord, Rabbi (R’) Yeshua MiNatzeret (Jesus of Nazareth), to participate in such assemblies in the days of his flesh, attending synagogue on the Shabbat (Sabbath; the 7th Day), for example.[4] So it continues to be for those who follow his example, walking as he walked.[5] Shaul a.k.a. Paulos (Paul), a famous emissary of the Lord Yeshua to the nations, likewise instructs the servant of Yeshua to be devoted to the public reading of the Scriptures (the Tanakh; a.k.a. the “Old Testament”),[6] including the Torah, the Nevi’im (Prophets), and the Ketuvim (Writings).

As R’ Yeshua says, ‘If you believed Mosheh, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?’[7] And furthermore, ‘Whoever breaks one of the least of these mitzvot [commandments] in the Torah and the Prophets and teaches others to do the same will be called least in Malkhut HaShamayim [the Kingdom of Heaven], but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great.’[8] And as he charged his emissaries, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, immersing them in my name, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’[9]

As R’ Yeshua instructed them, ‘…repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Yerushalayim [Jerusalem].’[10] As Shaul says, ‘…through this one forgiveness of sins is declared to you, and from all things from which you could not be absolved in the Torah of Mosheh, in him everyone who believes is absolved.’[11] And as he says, ‘For by grace are you saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of G-d, not springing from [your] deeds, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua to do good deeds, which G-d prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.’[12]

As Yeshayahu HaNavi (the Prophet Isaiah) foresaw, ‘The Torah will go forth from Tziyon [Zion] and the Word of HaShem from Yerushalayim.’[13] And as the servant of the Lord Yeshua says, ‘We have the words of the Prophets more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place…’[14]

Ref.: [1] Yokhannan (John) 8:34, [2] Yokhannan (John) 10:10, cf. Luke 10:25-28, 1 Corinthians 10:11, Romans 15:4, [3] Ma’asei (Acts) 15:21, [4] Luke 4:16, [5] Yokhannan Alef (1 John) 2:6, [6] 1 Timotheo (Timothy) 4:13, [7] Yokhannan 5:46, [8] Mattityahu/Mattai (Matthew) 5:19, [9] Mattityahu 28:19-20a (emended), [10] Luke 24:47b, [11] Ma’asei 13:38b-39, [12] Ephesians 2:8-10 [13] Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 2:3b, [14] 2 Kefa (Peter) 1:19a

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Parashat Vayigash / פרשת ויגש

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