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The Yoke and Burden of Messiah, and Moses

What are the heavy burdens that Yeshua says the Pharisees were tying up and placing on men’s shoulders? What is a yoke and burden according to Torah? It’s not about keeping Torah, or tradition. The burden that is too heavy to bear, according to Torah, is the responsibility of learning, knowing, and deciding halacha for yourself and others – alone, without help.

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Understanding Luke 16:16-17 (The Law Until John)

If one realizes that prophecy is simply the speaking of G-d to man through men, then it’s not the Law that ceases, but rather G-d’s prophecy, and specifically only that which John prophesied concerning the Kingdom of G-d – the Messiah. In short, the need for prophecy concerning who the Messiah is what ceases because the Messiah (the Kingdom of G-d) has now come.

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The Messiah is “From Among Your Brothers”

The Messiah is the one from “among our brothers,” a phrase that is found in the Torah almost as if the Torah itself is telling us a story of who it is.

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The Messiah is called HaShem, the Beit El

We have no other King, Savior, or Redeemer than HaShem. If you do not believe this, then you are not Jewish, and an idolater according to the Talmud. The Messiah is the King, Savior, and Redeemer of Israel. If you do not believe this, and are not expecting his coming as such, you have no share in the World to Come, according to the RaMBaM. If you rebel against the Messiah, he will not forgive you, according to the Torah.

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Understanding Matt 5:21-25 (Raca, Fool, Murder; and Parasha Mishpatim)

An understanding of Matthew 5:21-25 derived from Parasha Mishpatim, and why Messiah Yeshua teaches that calling someone “raca” is liable to the Sanhedrin, and why one calling someone a “fool” is in danger of the fire of hell.

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Torah 101 – The Torah is One Commandment

The Torah is simple, yet complex. It is considered one commandment, and if you break one commandment of Torah, you break them all. How, and what does this mean?

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What is the Torah?

The word Torah has become increasingly popular in recent years partly due to the Hebrew Roots movement in Christianity and partly due to Kabbalah interest in the Media. Unfortunately overuse of the term has only served to add to the confusion. Part of the problem is that these modern writers can’t make sense of how Jewish writers are using the term.

We thought it would be good to take a moment and thoroughly define what Torah means so it doesn’t become just another buzz word in religious rhetoric. We hear questions all the time: “What is the Torah?” “Where did it come from?” “How does the Torah differ from the Bible?” In the rest of this article we will try to give a good introduction to Torah and how it plays a part in our lives.

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Messiah to Come Twice Like Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and David

The Torah, and the rest of the TaNaKh teaches that the Messiah would come twice for Israel, first to be rejected, despised, and killed; and then resurrected and to ascend to Heaven, and then come again to bring Israel to the Promised Land in the Olam Habah (World to Come). We see this when we understand that Messiah Yeshua is like Isaac, Joseph, Moses, and King David.

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Keeping the Covenant

What does it mean to keep the Covenant? It means to accept HaShem as your King and obey Him.

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Understanding Romans 7 (Dead to the Law, Married to Messiah)

How to understand Romans 7 from a Jewish, Hebraic, perspective. The Torah is spiritual, and Messiah is the Living Torah.

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