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Parashah Devarim
"Words"
D’varim 1:1-3:22

This week's commentary by Rabbi Jack (Yaacov) Farber (Messianic)
This week's commentary by Rabbi Pinchas Winston (Rabbinical)

This Week's Portions

Torah
D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22
Haftarah
Yesha‘yahu 1:1-27

B'rit Hadashah
Acts 1-2

Torah

The Blessing of the Torah
Aliya: (the one who “goes up” to read)  
Bar-khu et Adonai ham-vor-ack.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised.)
Barchu
Congregation:  
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Hahmvorahch
All:  
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
 
Hahmvorahch
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah oh-lahm,
ah-sher ba-char ba-noo me-kol ha-ah­meem,
v’na-tahn lah-noo et torah-toe,
ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, no-tane hah-torah.


Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has chosen us from all peoples
and given us His Torah.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.

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Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
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D’varim (Deuteronomy) 1:1-3:22

1:1These are the words which Moshe spoke to all Yisra'el beyond the Yarden in the wilderness, in the `Aravah over against Suf, between Paran, and Tofel, and Lavan, and Chatzerot, and Di-Zahav. 1:2It is eleven days' journey from Chorev by the way of Mount Se`ir to Kadesh-Barnea.

1:3It happened in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moshe spoke to the children of Yisra'el, according to all that the LORD had given him in mitzvah to them; 1:4after he had struck Sichon the king of the Amori, who lived in Cheshbon, and `Og the king of Bashan, who lived in `Ashtarot, at Edre`i. 1:5Beyond the Yarden, in the land of Mo'av, began Moshe to declare this law, saying,

1:6The LORD our God spoke to us in Chorev, saying, You have lived long enough in this mountain: 1:7turn you, and take your journey, and go to the hill-country of the Amori, and to all the places near thereunto, in the `Aravah, in the hill-country, and in the lowland, and in the South, and by the sea-shore, the land of the Kana`anim, and Levanon, as far as the great river, the river Perat. 1:8Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya`akov, to give to them and to their seed after them.

1:9I spoke to you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone: 1:10The LORD your God has multiplied you, and, behold, you are this day as the stars of the sky for multitude. 1:11The LORD, the God of your fathers, make you a thousand times as many as you are, and bless you, as he has promised you! 1:12How can I myself alone bear your encumbrance, and your burden, and your strife? 1:13Take wise men of understanding and well known according to your tribes, and I will make them heads over you.

1:14You answered me, and said, The thing which you have spoken is good for us to do. 1:15So I took the heads of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, and captains of fifties, and captains of tens, and officers, according to your tribes. 1:16I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brothers, and judge righteously between a man and his brother, and the foreigner who is living with him. 1:17You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small and the great alike; you shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, you shall bring to me, and I will hear it. 1:18I commanded you at that time all the things which you should do.

1:19We traveled from Chorev, and went through all that great and terrible wilderness which you saw, by the way to the hill-country of the Amori, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-Barnea. 1:20I said to you, You are come to the hill-country of the Amori, which the LORD our God gives to us. 1:21Behold, the LORD your God has set the land before you: go up, take possession, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you; don't be afraid, neither be dismayed. 1:22You came near to me everyone of you, and said, Let us send men before us, that they may search the land for us, and bring us word again of the way by which we must go up, and the cities to which we shall come.

1:23The thing pleased me well; and I took twelve men of you, one man for every tribe: 1:24and they turned and went up into the hill-country, and came to the valley of Eshkol, and spied it out. 1:25They took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down to us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God gives to us. 1:26Yet you wouldn't go up, but rebelled against the mitzvah of the LORD your God: 1:27and you murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he has brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amori, to destroy us. 1:28Where are we going up? our brothers have made our heart to melt, saying, The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to the sky; and moreover we have seen the sons of the `Anakim there.

1:29Then I said to you, Don't dread, neither be afraid of them. 1:30The LORD your God who goes before you, he will fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 1:31and in the wilderness, where you have seen how that the LORD your God bore you, as a man does bear his son, in all the way that you went, until you came to this place. 1:32Yet in this thing you didn't believe the LORD your God, 1:33who went before you in the way, to seek you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to show you by what way you should go, and in the cloud by day. 1:34The LORD heard the voice of your words, and was angry, and swore, saying, 1:35Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see the good land, which I swore to give to your fathers, 1:36save Kalev the son of Yefunneh: he shall see it; and to him will I give the land that he has trodden on, and to his children, because he has wholly followed the LORD. 1:37Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, You also shall not go in there: 1:38Yehoshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there: encourage you him; for he shall cause Yisra'el to inherit it.

 1:39Moreover your little ones, whom you said should be a prey, and your children, who this day have no knowledge of good or evil, they shall go in there, and to them will I give it, and they shall possess it. 1:40But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way to the Sea of Suf. 1:41Then you answered and said to me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. You girded on every man his weapons of war, and were forward to go up into the hill-country. 1:42The LORD said to me, Tell them, Don't go up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest you be struck before your enemies. 1:43So I spoke to you, and you didn't listen; but you rebelled against the mitzvah of the LORD, and were presumptuous, and went up into the hill-country. 1:44The Amori, who lived in that hill-country, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and beat you down in Se`ir, even to Chormah. 1:45You returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD didn't listen to your voice, nor gave ear to you. 1:46So you abode in Kadesh many days, according to the days that you abode there.

2:1Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way to the Sea of Suf, as the LORD spoke to me; and we compassed Mount Se`ir many days. 2:2The LORD spoke to me, saying, 2:3You have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. 2:4Command you the people, saying, You are to pass through the border of your brothers the children of Esav, who dwell in Se`ir; and they will be afraid of you: take good heed to yourselves therefore; 2:5don't contend with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on; because I have given Mount Se`ir to Esav for a possession. 2:6You shall purchase food of them for money, that you may eat; and you shall also buy water of them for money, that you may drink. 2:7For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand; he has known your walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing.

2:8So we passed by from our brothers the children of Esav, who dwell in Se`ir, from the way of the `Aravah from Elat and from `Etzyon-Gever. We turned and passed by the way of the wilderness of Mo'av. 2:9The LORD said to me, Don't bother Mo'av, neither contend with them in battle; for I will not give you of his land for a possession; because I have given `Ar to the children of Lot for a possession. 2:10(The Emim lived therein before, a people great, and many, and tall, as the `Anakim: 2:11these also are accounted Refa'im, as the `Anakim; but the Mo`avim call them Emim. 2:12The Chori also lived in Se`ir before, but the children of Esav succeeded them; and they destroyed them from before them, and lived in their place; as Yisra'el did to the land of his possession, which the LORD gave to them.) 2:13Now rise up, and get you over the brook Zered. We went over the brook Zered. 2:14The days in which we came from Kadesh-Barnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, were thirty-eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were consumed from the midst of the camp, as the LORD swore to them. 2:15Moreover the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from the midst of the camp, until they were consumed.

2:16So it happened, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people, 2:17that the LORD spoke to me, saying, 2:18You are this day to pass over `Ar, the border of Mo'av: 2:19and when you come near over against the children of `Ammon, don't bother them, nor contend with them; for I will not give you of the land of the children of `Ammon for a possession; because I have given it to the children of Lot for a possession. 2:20(That also is accounted a land of Refa'im: Refa'im lived therein before; but the `Ammonim call them Zamzummim, 2:21a people great, and many, and tall, as the `Anakim; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and lived in their place; 2:22as he did for the children of Esav, who dwell in Se`ir, when he destroyed the Chori from before them; and they succeeded them, and lived in their place even to this day: 2:23and the `Avvim, who lived in villages as far as `Aza, the Kaftorim, who came forth out of Kaftor, destroyed them, and lived in their place.) 2:24Rise up, take your journey, and pass over the valley of the Arnon: behold, I have given into your hand Sichon the Amori, king of Cheshbon, and his land; begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle. 2:25This day will I begin to put the dread of you and the fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole sky, who shall hear the report of you, and shall tremble, and be in anguish because of you.

2:26I sent messengers out of the wilderness of Kedemot to Sichon king of Cheshbon with words of shalom, saying, 2:27Let me pass through your land: I will go along by the highway, I will turn neither to the right hand nor to the left. 2:28You shall sell me food for money, that I may eat; and give me water for money, that I may drink: only let me pass through on my feet, 2:29as the children of Esav who dwell in Se`ir, and the Mo`avim who dwell in `Ar, did to me; until I shall pass over the Yarden into the land which the LORD our God gives us. 2:30But Sichon king of Cheshbon would not let us pass by him; for the LORD your God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstinate, that he might deliver him into your hand, as at this day.

2:31The LORD said to me, Behold, I have begun to deliver up Sichon and his land before you: begin to possess, that you may inherit his land. 2:32Then Sichon came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Yahatz. 2:33The LORD our God delivered him up before us; and we struck him, and his sons, and all his people. 2:34We took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones; we left none remaining: 2:35only the cattle we took for a prey to ourselves, with the spoil of the cities which we had taken. 2:36From `Aro`er, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, and from the city that is in the valley, even to Gil`ad, there was not a city too high for us; the LORD our God delivered up all before us: 2:37only to the land of the children of `Ammon you didn't come near; all the side of the river Yabbok, and the cities of the hill-country, and wherever the LORD our God forbade us.

3:1Then we turned, and went up the way to Bashan: and `Og the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Edre`i. 3:2The LORD said to me, Don't fear him; for I have delivered him, and all his people, and his land, into your hand; and you shall do to him as you did to Sichon king of the Amori, who lived at Cheshbon.

3:3So the LORD our God delivered into our hand `Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we struck him until none was left to him remaining. 3:4We took all his cities at that time; there was not a city which we didn't take from them; sixty cities, all the region of Argov, the kingdom of `Og in Bashan. 3:5All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars; besides the unwalled towns a great many. 3:6We utterly destroyed them, as we did to Sichon king of Cheshbon, utterly destroying every inhabited city, with the women and the little ones. 3:7But all the cattle, and the spoil of the cities, we took for a prey to ourselves. 3:8We took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amori who were beyond the Yarden, from the valley of the Arnon to Mount Chermon; 3:9(which Chermon the Tzidonim call Siryon, and the Amori call it Senir;) 3:10all the cities of the plain, and all Gil`ad, and all Bashan, to Salkhah and Edre`i, cities of the kingdom of `Og in Bashan. 3:11(For only `Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of the Refa'im; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; isn't it in Rabbah of the children of `Ammon? nine cubits was the length of it, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.)

3:12This land we took in possession at that time: from `Aro`er, which is by the valley of the Arnon, and half the hill-country of Gil`ad, and the cities of it, gave I to the Re'uveni and to the Gadi: 3:13and the rest of Gil`ad, and all Bashan, the kingdom of `Og, gave I to the half-tribe of Menashsheh; all the region of Argov, even all Bashan. (The same is called the land of Refa'im. 3:14Ya'ir the son of Menashsheh took all the region of Argov, to the border of the Geshuri and the Ma`akhati, and called them, even Bashan, after his own name, Chavvot-Ya'ir, to this day.) 3:15I gave Gil`ad to Makhir. 3:16To the Re'uveni and to the Gadi I gave from Gil`ad even to the valley of the Arnon, the middle of the valley, and the border of it, even to the river Yabbok, which is the border of the children of `Ammon; 3:17the `Aravah also, and the Yarden and the border of it, from Kinneret even to the sea of the `Aravah, the Salt Sea, under the slopes of Pisgah eastward.

3:18I commanded you at that time, saying, the LORD your God has given you this land to possess it: you shall pass over armed before your brothers the children of Yisra'el, all the men of valor. 3:19But your wives, and your little ones, and your cattle, (I know that you have much cattle), shall abide in your cities which I have given you, 3:20until the LORD give rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also possess the land which the LORD your God gives them beyond the Yarden: then shall you return every man to his possession, which I have given you.

3:21I commanded Yehoshua at that time, saying, Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings: so shall the LORD do to all the kingdoms where you go over. 3:22You shall not fear them; for the LORD your God, he it is who fights for you.

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Haftarah

The Blessing of the Haftarah

Ba-rookh, ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher ba-khar been-vee-eem toe-veem,
v’rah-tzah b’deev­ray-hem,
ha-neh-eh-ma-reem, beh-eh-meht.

Ba-rookh ah-tah, Adonai,
ha-bo-char ba-to-rah,
oo-v’Mo-sheh ahv-doe, oo-v'yees­ra-ale ah-mo,
oo-veen-vee-aye hah-eh-met, vah-tzeh-dek.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who selected good prophets,
and was pleased with their words
which were spoken truthfully.

Blessed are You, O Lord,
Who chooses the Torah,
Your servant Moses, Your people Israel,
and prophets of truth and righteousness.


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Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 1:1-27

1:1The vision of Yesha`yahu the son of Amotz, which he saw concerning Yehudah and Yerushalayim, in the days of `Uzziyah, Yotam, Achaz, and Chizkiyahu, kings of Yehudah.

 1:2Hear, heavens,
      And listen, earth; for the LORD has spoken:

 I have nourished and brought up children,
      And they have rebelled against me.

 1:3The ox knows his owner,
      And the donkey his master's crib;
      But Yisra'el doesn't know,
      My people don't consider.

 1:4Ah sinful nation,
      A people loaded with iniquity,
      A seed of evil-doers,
      Children who deal corruptly!

 They have forsaken the LORD.
      They have despised the Holy One of Yisra'el.
      They are estranged and backward.

 1:5Why should you be beaten more,
      That you revolt more and more?

 The whole head is sick,
      And the whole heart faint.

 1:6From the sole of the foot even to the head there is no soundness in it:
      Wounds, welts, and open sores.
      They haven't been closed, neither bandaged, neither soothed with oil.

 1:7Your country is desolate.
      Your cities are burned with fire.
      Strangers devour your land in your presence,
      And it is desolate,
      As overthrown by strangers.

 1:8The daughter of Tziyon is left like a shelter in a vineyard,
      Like a hut in a field of melons,
      Like a besieged city.

 1:9Unless the LORD of hosts had left to us a very small remnant,
      We would have been as Sedom;
      We would have been like `Amorah.

 1:10Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sedom!
      Listen to the law of our God, you people of `Amorah!

 1:11"What are the multitude of your sacrifices to me?," says the LORD.
      "I have had enough of the burnt offerings of rams,
      And the fat of fed animals.
      I don't delight in the blood of bulls,
      Or of lambs,
      Or of male goats.

 1:12When you come to appear before me,
      Who has required this at your hand, to trample my courts?

 1:13Bring no more vain offerings.
      Incense is an abomination to me;
      New moons, Shabbatot, and convocations:
      I can't bear with evil assemblies.

 1:14My soul hates your New Moons and your appointed feasts;
      They are a burden to me.
      I am weary of bearing them.

 1:15When you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you;
      Yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear.
      Your hands are full of blood.

 1:16Wash yourselves, make yourself clean.
      Put away the evil of your doings from before my eyes;
      Cease to do evil.

 1:17Learn to do well.
      Seek justice,
      Relieve the oppressed,
      Judge the fatherless,
      Plead for the widow."

 

 1:18"Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD:
      "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.
      Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 1:19If you are willing and obedient,
      You shall eat the good of the land;
      
1:20But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword;
      For the mouth of the LORD has spoken it."

 

 1:21How the faithful city has become a prostitute!
      She was full of justice; righteousness lodged in her,
      But now murderers.

 1:22Your silver has become dross,
      Your wine mixed with water.

 1:23Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves.
      Everyone loves bribes, and follows after rewards.
      They don't judge the fatherless,
      Neither does the cause of the widow come to them.

 1:24Therefore the Lord, the LORD of Hosts,
      The Mighty One of Yisra'el, says:

 "Ah, I will get relief from my adversaries,
      And avenge myself of my enemies;

 1:25And I will turn my hand on you,
      Thoroughly purge away your dross,
      And will take away all your tin.

 1:26I will restore your judges as at the first,
      And your counselors as at the beginning.

 Afterward you shall be called 'The city of righteousness,
      A faithful town.'

 1:27Tziyon shall be redeemed with justice,
      And her converts with righteousness.

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B'rit Hadashah

The Blessing of the Ketuvei HaShalichim

Bah-rookh ah-tah Adonai, Eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lekh hah-oh­lahm,
ah-shehr nah-tahn la-noo mah-she-ahch Yeshua,
v’ha-deeb­rote shell Ha-breet Ha-kha-da-shah,
ba-rookh ah-ta Adonai,
no­tain Hah-breet Hah-kha-da-shah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us Messiah Yeshua
and the commandments of the New Covenant.
Blessed are You, O Lord,
Giver of the New Covenant.


 

Acts 1-2

1:1The first book I wrote, Theophilus, concerned all that Yeshua began both to do and to teach, 1:2until the day in which he was received up, after he had given mitzvah through the Holy Spirit to the emissaries whom he had chosen. 1:3To these he also showed himself alive after he suffered, by many proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days, and speaking about God’s Kingdom. 1:4Being assembled together with them, he charged them, "Don't depart from Yerushalayim, but wait for the promise of the Father, which you heard from me. 1:5For Yochanan indeed immersed in water, but you will be immersed in the Holy Spirit not many days from now."

1:6Therefore, when they had come together, they asked him, "Lord, are you now restoring the kingdom to Yisra'el?"

1:7He said to them, "It isn't for you to know times or seasons which the Father has set within His own authority. 1:8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. You will be witnesses to me in Yerushalayim, in all Yehudah and Shomron, and to the uttermost parts of the earth."

1:9When he had said these things, as they were looking, he was taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight. 1:10While they were looking steadfastly into the sky as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing, 1:11who also said, "You men of the Galil, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Yeshua, who was received up from you into the sky will come back in the same way as you saw him going into the sky."

1:12Then they returned to Yerushalayim from the mountain called Olivet, which is near Yerushalayim, a Shabbat day's journey away. 1:13When they had come in, they went up into the upper room, where they were staying; that is Kefa, Yochanan, Ya`akov, Andrai, Philip, T'oma, Bar-Talmai, Mattityahu, Ya`akov the son of Chalfai, Shim`on the Zealot, and Yehudah the son of Ya`akov. 1:14All these with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer and supplication, along with the women, and Miryam the mother of Yeshua, and with his brothers.

1:15In these days, Kefa stood up in the midst of the talmidim (and the number of names was about one hundred twenty), and said, 1:16"Brothers, it was necessary that this Scripture should be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Yehudah, who was guide to those who took Yeshua. 1:17For he was numbered with us, and received his portion in this ministry. 1:18Now this man obtained a field with the reward for his wickedness, and falling headlong, his body burst open, and all his intestines gushed out. 1:19It became known to everyone who lived in Yerushalayim that in their language that field was called 'Chakal-Dama,' that is, 'The field of blood.' 1:20For it is written in the book of Tehillim,

 'Let his habitation be made desolate,
      Let no one dwell therein,'

and,

 'Let another take his office.'

1:21Of the men therefore who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Yeshua went in and out among us, 1:22beginning from the immersion of Yochanan, to the day that he was received up from us, of these one must become a witness with us of his resurrection."

1:23They put forward two, Yosef called Bar-Sabba, who was surnamed Justus, and Mattityah. 1:24They prayed, and said, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two you have chosen 1:25to take part in this ministry and office of emissary from which Yehudah fell away, that he might go to his own place." 1:26They drew lots for them, and the lot fell on Mattityah, and he was numbered with the eleven emissaries.

2:1Now when the day of Shavu`ot had come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2:2Suddenly there came from the sky a sound like the rushing of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 2:3Tongues like fire appeared and were distributed to them, and one sat on each of them. 2:4They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them the ability to speak. 2:5Now there were dwelling in Yerushalayim Yehudim, devout men, from every nation under the sky. 2:6When this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own language. 2:7They were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, "Behold, aren't all these who speak from the Galil? 2:8How do we hear, everyone in our own native language? 2:9Parthians, Madai, Elamites, and people from Aram-Naharayim, Yehudah, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, 2:10Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, the parts of Libya around Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Yehudim and proselytes, 2:11Cretans and `Aravi'im: we hear them speaking in our languages the mighty works of God!" 2:12They were all amazed, and were perplexed, saying one to another, "What does this mean?" 2:13Others, mocking, said, "They are filled with new wine."

2:14But Kefa, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke out to them, "You men of Yehudah, and all you who dwell at Yerushalayim, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. 2:15For these aren't drunken, as you suppose, seeing it is only the third hour of the day. 2:16But this is what has been spoken through the prophet Yo'el:

 2:17'It will be in the last days, says God,
      That I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh.

 Your sons and your daughters will prophesy.
      Your young men will see visions.
      Your old men will dream dreams.

 2:18Yes, and on my servants and on my handmaidens in those days,
      I will pour out my Spirit, and they will prophesy.

 2:19I will show wonders in the sky above,
      And signs on the earth beneath;
      Blood, and fire, and billows of smoke.

 2:20The sun will be turned into darkness,
      And the moon into blood,
      Before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.
      
2:21It will be, that whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.'

2:22"Men of Yisra'el, hear these words! Yeshua of Natzeret, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know, 2:23him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; 2:24whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. 2:25For David says concerning him,

 'I saw the Lord always before my face,
      For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.

 2:26Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced.
      Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;

 2:27Because you will not leave my soul in She'ol,
      Neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.

 2:28You made known to me the ways of life.
      You will make me full of gladness with your presence.'

2:29"Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 2:30Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Messiah to sit on his throne, 2:31he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah, that neither was his soul left in She'ol, nor did his flesh see decay. 2:32This Yeshua God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. 2:33Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. 2:34For David didn't ascend into the heavens, but he says himself,

 'The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit by my right hand,
      
2:35Until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."'

2:36"Let all the house of Yisra'el therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Yeshua whom you crucified."

2:37Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Kefa and the rest of the emissaries, "Brothers, what shall we do?"

2:38Kefa said to them, "Repent, and be immersed, everyone of you, in the name of Yeshua the Messiah for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 2:39For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all who are far off, even as many as the Lord our God will call to himself." 2:40With many other words he testified, and exhorted them, saying, "Save yourselves from this crooked generation!"

2:41Then those who gladly received his word were immersed. There were added that day about three thousand souls. 2:42They continued steadfastly in the emissaries' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and prayer. 2:43Fear came on every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the emissaries. 2:44All who believed were together, and had all things in common. 2:45They sold their possessions and goods, and distributed them to all, according as anyone had need. 2:46Day by day, continuing steadfastly with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread at home, they took their food with gladness and singleness of heart, 2:47praising God, and having favor with all the people. The Lord added to the assembly day by day those who were being saved.

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The Blessing After Torah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai, eh-lo-hay-noo
meh-lech hah-oh­lahm,
ah-sher nah-tahn la-noo toe-raht eh-met,
v’cha-yaye oh-lahm nah-tah b’toe-chay-noo.
Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai,  no-tain ha-to-rah.

Blessed are you, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has given us a Torah of truth,
and has planted eternal life in our midst.
Blessed are You, O Lord, Giver of the Torah.


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