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09 August 2003 Parashot Index 11 Av 5763

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Parashah Va'etchanan
“I Begged”
D’varim 3:23-7:11

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

This Week's Portions

D’varim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11
Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 40:1-26

B'rit Hadashah
Acts 3-5

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Review and meditate on
last week's Parashah
Rishon [1st]: 3:23-4:4
Sheni [2nd]: 4:5-4:40

Shlishi [3rd]: 4:41-99
R'vi'i [4th]:

Chamishi [5th]: 5:22-6:3
Shishi [6th]: 6:4-25


Shvi'i [7th]: 7:1-8
Maftir [Concluding]: 7:9-11

Haftarah: Yesha`yahu 40:1-26
B'rit Hadasha: Acts 3-5


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.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
Ba-rookh Adonai ham-vor-ack ley-oh-lam vah-ed.
(Praise ADONAI Who is worthy to be praised for all eternity.)
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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D’varim (Deuteronomy) 3:23-7:11

Rishon [1st]: 3:23I begged the LORD at that time, saying, 3:24Lord God, you have begun to show your servant your greatness, and your strong hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to your works, and according to your mighty acts? 3:25Please let me go over and see the good land that is beyond the Yarden, that goodly mountain, and Levanon. 3:26But the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and didn't listen to me; and the LORD said to me, Let it suffice you; speak no more to me of this matter. 3:27Go up to the top of Pisgah, and lift up your eyes westward, and northward, and southward, and eastward, and see with your eyes: for you shall not go over this Yarden. 3:28But charge Yehoshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you shall see. 3:29So we abode in the valley over against Beit-Pe`or.


4:1Now, Yisra'el, listen to the statutes and to the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that you may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives you. 4:2You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you diminish from it, that you may keep the mitzvot of the LORD your God which I command you. 4:3Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Ba`al-Pe`or; for all the men who followed Ba`al-Pe`or, the LORD your God has destroyed them from the midst of you. 4:4But you who did cleave to the LORD your God are alive everyone of you this day. Sheni [2nd]:4:5Behold, I have taught you statutes and ordinances, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should do so in the midst of the land where you go in to possess it. 4:6Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 4:7For what great nation is there, that has a God so near to them, as the LORD our God is whenever we call on him? 4:8What great nation is there, that has statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? 4:9Only take heed to yourself, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things which your eyes saw, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life; but make them known to your children and your children's children; 4:10the day that you stood before the LORD your God in Chorev, when the LORD said to me, Assemble me the people, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children. 4:11You came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire to the heart of the sky, with darkness, cloud, and thick darkness. 4:12The LORD spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of words, but you saw no form; only you heard a voice. 4:13He declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even the ten mitzvot; and he wrote them on two tables of stone. 4:14The LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and ordinances, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it.

4:15Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Chorev out of the midst of the fire. 4:16Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make yourself an engraved image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 4:17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the sky, 4:18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth; 4:19and lest you lift up your eyes to the sky, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, even all the host of the sky, you are drawn away and worship them, and serve them, which the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole sky. 4:20But the LORD has taken you, and brought you forth out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be to him a people of inheritance, as at this day.

4:21Furthermore the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that I should not go over the Yarden, and that I should not go in to that good land, which the LORD your God gives you for an inheritance: 4:22but I must die in this land, I must not go over the Yarden; but you shall go over, and possess that good land. 4:23Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make you an engraved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. 4:24For the LORD your God is a devouring fire, a jealous God.

4:25When you shall father children, and children's children, and you shall have been long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make an engraved image in the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, to provoke him to anger; 4:26I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that you shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto you go over the Yarden to possess it; you shall not prolong your days on it, but shall utterly be destroyed. 4:27The LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you shall be left few in number among the nations, where the LORD shall lead you away. 4:28There you shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell. 4:29But from there you shall seek the LORD your God, and you shall find him, when you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4:30When you are in oppression, and all these things are come on you, in the latter days you shall return to the LORD your God, and listen to his voice: 4:31for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you, neither destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which he swore to them.

4:32For ask now of the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and from the one end of the sky to the other, whether there has been any such thing as this great thing is, or has been heard like it? 4:33Did ever a people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as you have heard, and live? 4:34Or has God tried to go and take him a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, and by wonders, and by war, and by a mighty hand, and by an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 4:35To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD he is God; there is none else besides him. 4:36Out of heaven he made you to hear his voice, that he might instruct you: and on earth he made you to see his great fire; and you heard his words out of the midst of the fire. 4:37Because he loved your fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought you out with his presence, with his great power, out of Egypt; 4:38to drive out nations from before you greater and mightier than you, to bring you in, to give you their land for an inheritance, as at this day. 4:39Know therefore this day, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is none else. 4:40You shall keep his statutes, and his mitzvot, which I command you this day, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD your God gives you, forever.

Shlishi [3rd]: 4:41Then Moshe set apart three cities beyond the Yarden toward the sunrise; 4:42that the manslayer might flee there, who kills his neighbor unawares, and didn't hate him in time past; and that fleeing to one of these cities he might live: 4:43namely, Betzer in the wilderness, in the plain country, for the Re'uveni; and Ramot in Gil`ad, for the Gadi; and Galon in Bashan, for the Manashshi.

4:44This is the law which Moshe set before the children of Yisra'el: 4:45these are the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which Moshe spoke to the children of Yisra'el, when they came forth out of Egypt, 4:46beyond the Yarden, in the valley over against Beit-Pe`or, in the land of Sichon king of the Amori, who lived at Cheshbon, whom Moshe and the children of Yisra'el struck, when they came forth out of Egypt. 4:47They took his land in possession, and the land of `Og king of Bashan, the two kings of the Amori, who were beyond the Yarden toward the sunrise; 4:48from `Aro`er, which is on the edge of the valley of the Arnon, even to Mount Tzion (the same is Chermon), 4:49and all the `Aravah beyond the Yarden eastward, even to the sea of the `Aravah, under the slopes of Pisgah.


R'vi'i [4th]:  5:1Moshe called to all Yisra'el, and said to them, Hear, Yisra'el, the statutes and the ordinances which I speak in your ears this day, that you may learn them, and observe to do them. 5:2The LORD our God made a covenant with us in Chorev. 5:3The LORD didn't make this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. 5:4The LORD spoke with you face to face on the mountain out of the midst of the fire, 5:5(I stood between the LORD and you at that time, to show you the word of the LORD: for you were afraid because of the fire, and didn't go up onto the mountain;) saying,

5:6"I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

5:7You shall have no other gods before me. 5:8"You shall not make an engraved image for yourself, nor any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5:9you shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them; for I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and on the fourth generation of those who hate me; 5:10and showing loving kindness to thousands of those who love me and keep my mitzvot.

5:11"You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

5:12"Observe the day of Shabbat, to keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. 5:13Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; 5:14but the seventh day is a Shabbat to the LORD your God: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your man-servant, nor your maid-servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates; that your man-servant and your maid-servant may rest as well as you. 5:15You shall remember that you were a servant in the land of Egypt, and the LORD your God brought you out of there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm: therefore the LORD your God commanded you to keep the day of Shabbat.

5:16"Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you; that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you, in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

5:17"You shall not murder.

5:18"Neither shall you commit adultery.

5:19"Neither shall you steal.

5:20"Neither shall you give false testimony against your neighbor.

5:21"Neither shall you covet your neighbor's wife; neither shall you desire your neighbor's house, his field, or his man-servant, or his maid-servant, his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's."

Chamishi [5th]: 5:22These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly on the mountain out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. He wrote them on two tables of stone, and gave them to me. 5:23It happened, when you heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; 5:24and you said, Behold, the LORD our God has shown us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God does speak with man, and he lives. 5:25Now therefore why should we die? for this great fire will consume us: if we hear the voice of the LORD our God any more, then we shall die. 5:26For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as we have, and lived? 5:27Go you near, and hear all that the LORD our God shall say: and speak you to us all that the LORD our God shall speak to you; and we will hear it, and do it.

5:28The LORD heard the voice of your words, when you spoke to me; and the LORD said to me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken to you: they have well said all that they have spoken. 5:29Oh that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my mitzvot always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! 5:30Go tell them, Return you to your tents. 5:31But as for you, stand you here by me, and I will speak to you all the mitzvah, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which you shall teach them, that they may do them in the land which I give them to possess it.

5:32You shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God has commanded you: you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 5:33You shall walk in all the way which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.


6:1Now this is the mitzvah, the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it; 6:2that you might fear the LORD your God, to keep all his statutes and his mitzvot, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. 6:3Hear therefore, Yisra'el, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.

Shishi [6th]: 6:4Hear, Yisra'el: the LORD is our God; the LORD is one: 6:5and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6:6These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart; 6:7and you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. 6:8You shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes. 6:9You shall write them on the door-posts of your house, and on your gates.

6:10It shall be, when the LORD your God shall bring you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya`akov, to give you, great and goodly cities, which you didn't build, 6:11and houses full of all good things, which you didn't fill, and cisterns dug out, which you didn't dig, vineyards and olive trees, which you didn't plant, and you shall eat and be full; 6:12then beware lest you forget the LORD, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 6:13You shall fear the LORD your God; and him shall you serve, and shall swear by his name. 6:14You shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the peoples who are round about you; 6:15for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; lest the anger of the LORD your God be kindled against you, and he destroy you from off the face of the earth. 6:16You shall not tempt the LORD your God, as you tempted him in Massah. 6:17You shall diligently keep the mitzvot of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he has commanded you. 6:18You shall do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD; that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land which the LORD swore to your fathers, 6:19to thrust out all your enemies from before you, as the LORD has spoken.

6:20When your son asks you in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which the LORD our God has commanded you? 6:21then you shall tell your son, We were Par`oh's bondservants in Egypt: and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; 6:22and the LORD shown signs and wonders, great and sore, on Egypt, on Par`oh, and on all his house, before our eyes; 6:23and he brought us out from there, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he swore to our fathers. 6:24The LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as at this day. 6:25It shall be righteousness to us, if we observe to do all this mitzvah before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us.


Shvi'i [7th]: 7:1When the LORD your God shall bring you into the land where you go to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before you, the Chittite, and the Girgashi, and the Amori, and the Kana`ani, and the Perizzi, and the Chivvi, and the Yevusi, seven nations greater and mightier than you; 7:2and when the LORD your God shall deliver them up before you, and you shall strike them; then you shall utterly destroy them: you shall make no covenant with them, nor show mercy to them; 7:3neither shall you make marriages with them; your daughter you shall not give to his son, nor his daughter shall you take to your son. 7:4For he will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and he will destroy you quickly. 7:5But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn their engraved images with fire. 7:6For you are a holy people to the LORD your God: the LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for his own possession, above all peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7:7The LORD didn't set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples: 7:8but because the LORD loves you, and because he would keep the oath which he swore to your fathers, has the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Par`oh king of Egypt. Maftir [Concluding]: 7:9Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his mitzvot to a thousand generations, 7:10and repays those who hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him who hates him, he will repay him to his face. 7:11You shall therefore keep the mitzvah, and the statutes, and the ordinances, which I command you this day, to do them.

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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) 40:1-26

40:1Comfort you, comfort you my people, says your God.
40:2Speak comfortably to Yerushalayim; and cry to her,
that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned,
that she has received of the LORD's hand
double for all her sins.

40:3The voice of one who cries,

Prepare you in the wilderness the way of the LORD;
make level in the desert a highway for our God.
40:4Every valley shall be exalted,
and every mountain and hill shall be made low;
and the uneven shall be made level,
and the rough places a plain:
40:5and the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken it.

40:6The voice of one saying, Cry.
One said, What shall I cry?
All flesh is grass,
and all the glory of it is as the flower of the field.
40:7The grass withers, the flower fades,
because the breath of the LORD blows on it;
surely the people is grass.
40:8The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our God shall stand forever.

40:9You who tell good news to Tziyon,
go up on a high mountain;
you who tell good news to Yerushalayim,
lift up your voice with strength;
lift it up, don't be afraid;
say to the cities of Yehudah, Behold, your God!
40:10Behold, the Lord God will come as a mighty one,
and his arm will rule for him:
Behold, his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.

40:11He will feed his flock like a shepherd,
he will gather the lambs in his arm,
and carry them in his bosom,
will gently lead those who have their young.

40:12Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand,
and meted out the sky with the span,
and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure,
and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
40:13Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
or being his counselor has taught him?

40:14With whom took he counsel,
and who instructed him,
and taught him in the path of justice,
and taught him knowledge,
and shown to him the way of understanding?

40:15Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket,
and are accounted as the small dust of the balance:
Behold, he takes up the isles as a very little thing.
40:16Levanon is not sufficient to burn,
nor the animals of it sufficient for a burnt offering.
40:17All the nations are as nothing before him;
they are accounted by him as less than nothing, and vanity.

40:18To whom then will you liken God?
or what likeness will you compare to him?

40:19The image, a workman has cast it,
and the goldsmith overlays it with gold,
and casts for it silver chains.

40:20He who is too impoverished for such an offering
chooses a tree that will not rot;
he seeks to him a skillful workman
to set up an engraved image,
that shall not be moved.

40:21Have you not known?
have yet not heard?
has it not been told you from the beginning?
have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
40:22It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,
and the inhabitants of it are as grasshoppers;
who stretches out the heavens as a curtain,
and spreads them out as a tent to dwell in;
40:23who brings princes to nothing;
who makes the judges of the earth as vanity.
40:24Yes, they have not been planted;
yes, they have not been sown;
yes, their stock has not taken root in the earth:
moreover he blows on them,
and they wither,
and the whirlwind takes them away as stubble.
40:25To whom then will you liken me,
that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One.

40:26Lift up your eyes on high,
and see who has created these,
who brings out their host by number;
he calls them all by name;
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power,
not one is lacking.

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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 3-5

3:1Kefa and Yochanan were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 3:2A certain man who was lame from his mother's womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Yafeh, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple. 3:3Seeing Kefa and Yochanan about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. 3:4Kefa, fastening his eyes on him, with Yochanan, said, "Look at us." 3:5He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them. 3:6But Kefa said, "Silver and gold have I none, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Yeshua the Messiah of Natzeret, get up and walk!" 3:7He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength. 3:8Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God. 3:9All the people saw him walking and praising God. 3:10They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Yafeh Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. 3:11As the lame man who was healed held on to Kefa and Yochanan, all the people ran together to them in the porch that is called Shlomo's, greatly wondering.

3:12When Kefa saw it, he responded to the people, "You men of Yisra'el, why do you marvel at this man? Why do you fasten your eyes on us, as though by our own power or Godliness we had made him walk? 3:13The God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya`akov, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Servant Yeshua, whom you delivered up, and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had determined to release him. 3:14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 3:15and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, to which we are witnesses. 3:16By faith in his name has his name made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which is through him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

3:17"Now, brothers, I know that you did this in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 3:18But the things which God announced by the mouth of all his prophets, that Messiah should suffer, he thus fulfilled.

3:19"Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, 3:20and that he may send Messiah Yeshua, who was ordained for you before, 3:21whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets. 3:22For Moshe indeed said to the fathers, 'The Lord God will raise up a prophet for you from among your brothers, like me. You shall listen to him in all things whatever he says to you. 3:23It will be, that every soul that will not listen to that prophet will be utterly destroyed from among the people.' 3:24Yes, and all the prophets from Shemu'el and those who followed after, as many as have spoken, they also told of these days. 3:25You are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying to Avraham, 'In your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.' 3:26God, having raised up his servant, Yeshua, sent him to you first, to bless you, in turning away everyone of you from your wickedness."

4:1As they spoke to the people, the kohanim and the captain of the temple and the Tzedukim came to them, 4:2being upset because they taught the people and proclaimed in Yeshua the resurrection from the dead. 4:3They laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was now evening. 4:4But many of those who heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

4:5It happened in the morning, that their rulers, elders, and scribes were gathered together in Yerushalayim. 4:6Anan the kohen gadol was there, with Kayafa, Yochanan, Alexander, and as many as were relatives of the kohen gadol. 4:7When they had stood them in the middle of them, they inquired, "By what power, or in what name, have you done this?"

4:8Then Kefa, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "You rulers of the people, and elders of Yisra'el, 4:9if we are examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 4:10be it known to you all, and to all the people of Yisra'el, that in the name of Yeshua the Messiah of Natzeret, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, in him does this man stand here before you whole. 4:11He is 'the stone which was regarded as worthless by you, the builders, which has become the head of the corner.' 4:12There is salvation in none other, for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, by which we must be saved!"

4:13Now when they saw the boldness of Kefa and Yochanan, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Yeshua. 4:14Seeing the man who was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 4:15But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 4:16saying, "What shall we do to these men? Because indeed a notable miracle has been done through them, as can be plainly seen by all who dwell in Yerushalayim, and we can't deny it. 4:17But so that this spreads no further among the people, let's threaten them, that from now on they don't speak to anyone in this name." 4:18They called them, and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yeshua.

4:19But Kefa and Yochanan answered them, "Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, judge for yourselves, 4:20for we can't help telling the things which we saw and heard."

4:21When they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people; for everyone glorified God for that which was done. 4:22For the man on whom this miracle of healing was performed was more than forty years old.

4:23Being let go, they came to their own company, and reported all that the chief kohanim and the elders had said to them. 4:24When they heard it, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, "O Lord, you are God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all that is in them; 4:25who by the mouth of your servant, David, said,

 'Why do the nations rage,
      And the peoples plot a vain thing?

 4:26The kings of the earth take a stand,
      And the rulers take council together,
      Against the Lord, and against his Messiah.'

4:27For truly, in this city against your holy servant, Yeshua, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Goyim and the people of Yisra'el, were gathered together 4:28to do whatever your hand and your council foreordained to happen. 4:29Now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant to your servants to speak your word with all boldness, 4:30while you stretch out your hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy Servant Yeshua."

4:31When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were gathered together. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. 4:32The multitude of those who believed were of one heart and soul. Not one of them claimed that anything of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 4:33With great power, the emissaries gave their testimony of the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua. Great grace was on them all. 4:34For neither was there among them any who lacked, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 4:35and laid them at the emissaries' feet, and distribution was made to each, according as anyone had need. 4:36Yosi, who by the emissaries was surnamed Bar-Nabba (which is, being interpreted, Son of Encouragement), a Levite, a man of Cyprus by race, 4:37having a field, sold it, and brought the money and laid it at the emissaries' feet.

5:1But a certain man named Chananyah, with Shappirah, his wife, sold a possession, 5:2and kept back part of the price, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the emissaries' feet. 5:3But Kefa said, "Chananyah, why has Hasatan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 5:4While you kept it, didn't it remain your own? After it was sold, wasn't it in your power? How is it that you have conceived this thing in your heart? You haven't lied to men, but to God."

5:5Chananyah, hearing these words, fell down and died. Great fear came on all who heard these things. 5:6The young men arose and wrapped him up, and they carried him out and buried him. 5:7About three hours later, his wife, not knowing what had happened, came in. 5:8Kefa answered her, "Tell me whether you sold the land for so much."

She said, "Yes, for so much."

5:9But Kefa asked her, "How is it that you have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out."

5:10She fell down immediately at his feet, and died. The young men came in and found her dead, and they carried her out and buried her by her husband. 5:11Great fear came on the whole assembly, and on all who heard these things. 5:12By the hands of the emissaries many signs and wonders were done among the people. They were all with one accord in Shlomo's porch. 5:13None of the rest dared to join them, however the people honored them. 5:14More believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women. 5:15They even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on cots and mattresses, so that as Kefa came by, at the least his shadow might overshadow some of them. 5:16Multitudes also came together from the cities around Yerushalayim, bringing sick people, and those who were tormented by unclean spirits: and they were all healed.

5:17But the kohen gadol rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Tzedukim), and they were filled with jealousy, 5:18and laid hands on the emissaries, and put them in public custody. 5:19But an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors by night, and brought them out, and said, 5:20"Go stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life."

5:21When they heard this, they entered into the temple about daybreak, and taught. But the kohen gadol came, and those who were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Yisra'el, and sent to the prison to have them brought. 5:22But the officers who came didn't find them in the prison. They returned and reported, 5:23"We found the prison shut and locked, and the guards standing before the doors, but when we opened them, we found no one inside!"

5:24Now when the kohen gadol, the captain of the temple, and the chief kohanim heard these words, they were very perplexed about them and what might become of this. 5:25One came and told them, "Behold, the men whom you put in prison are in the temple, standing and teaching the people." 5:26Then the captain went with the officers, and brought them without violence, for they were afraid that the people might stone them.

5:27When they had brought them, they set them before the council. The kohen gadol questioned them, 5:28saying, "Didn't we strictly charge you not to teach in this name? Behold, you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching, and intend to bring this man's blood on us."

5:29But Kefa and the emissaries answered, "We must obey God rather than men. 5:30The God of our fathers raised up Yeshua, whom you killed, hanging him on a tree. 5:31God exalted him with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, to give repentance to Yisra'el, and remission of sins. 5:32We are His witnesses of these things; and so also is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him."

5:33But they, when they heard this, were cut to the heart, and determined to kill them. 5:34But one stood up in the council, a Parush named Gamli'el, a teacher of the law, honored by all the people, and commanded to put the emissaries out for a little while. 5:35He said to them, "You men of Yisra'el, be careful concerning these men, what you are about to do. 5:36For before these days Todah rose up, making himself out to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were dispersed, and came to nothing. 5:37After this man, Yehudah of the Galil rose up in the days of the enrollment, and drew away some people after him. He also perished, and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered abroad. 5:38Now I tell you, withdraw from these men, and leave them alone. For if this counsel or this work is of men, it will be overthrown. 5:39But if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow it, and you would be found even to be fighting against God!"

5:40They agreed with him. Summoning the emissaries, they beat them and charged them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. 5:41They therefore departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for Yeshua#s name.

5:42Every day, in the temple and at home, they never stopped teaching and preaching Yeshua, the Messiah.

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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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Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT


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