A Global Association of Orthodox Jewish Believers in Messiah Yeshua
The Aveinu, also known as The Lord’s Prayer, is the prayer of our rabbi, Messiah Yeshua ben Yoseph shel Netzaret. When his disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, they weren’t necessarily asking him to teach them the mechanics of prayer, more than asking what is his prayer at the conclusion of the Amidah / Shimonei Esrei (18 Benedictions).
We are to limit our understanding about the Messiah and what he taught, to the boundaries of HaDavar – the Word that HaShem commanded (mitzvah), that is, the Tablets, the Torah, and the Mitzvah. Anything else in addition, or subtraction of that, and thus of the Messiah, is according to Hashem equatable to those who engaged in fornication in the incident of Baal Peor.
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Understanding Yeshua cursing the fig tree requires one to read about Adam and Eve and the fig leaves they covered themselves with, and to understand how the Jewish idiom of “studying under the fig tree” means to study about the Messiah. To study about the Messiah and not obey him, is the reason the Messiah cursed the fruitless, leaf-only fig tree – even though it was out of season.
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.
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 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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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.
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.
A complete Messianic commentary on Paul’s letter to the Galatians in a Targum format where insertions are added which clarify known contexts.
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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.