Parsha Thought – Bechukotai

Why do these blessings only speak of a plentiful harvest and safety from enemies? Are there no spiritual blessings that accompany obedience to the will of Elohim? Wouldn’t “following His decrees and observing His commandments and performing them” (Leviticus 26:3) merit a personal growth and blessing as well? The Torah, apparently, doesn’t see the need to expound on that. It seems to imply that there is a direct link between how the crops turn out and how we behave.  Why?

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Slavery in the Scriptures?

This week Riley begins to tackle the tough subject of slavery in the Bible. We first need to examine the conditions that must occur for one to put themselves into servitude to understand that this is not a condition which Elohim desires. Together we search the Scriptures to get a clear picture of the responsibilities and obligations of the “slave owner.”

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Parsha Thought – Emor

Our portion this week is Parsha Emor – Speak.  (Leviticus 21:1-24:23)  It continues the section on holiness, and specifically deals with the priests, sacrifices, festivals, and the Mishkan/Tabernacle.  In a very strict sense, not much of this applies to us today.  Most of us are not priests, and those that…

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