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16 August 2003 Parashot Index 18 Av 5763

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Parashah `Ekev
“Because”
D’varim 7:12-11:25

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) 7:12-11:25

Haftarah
Yesha‘yahu (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3

B'rit Hadashah
Mattityahu 4:1-11
Lukas 4:1-13
Ya`akov 5:7-11

Weekly Reading Schedule

Let us recommend the Walk Torah Series
by Jeff Feinberg
A Messianic Jewish Devotional Commentary
for Readers of the Torah, Haftarah, and
B'rit Chadasha

As you “walk Torah,” your spiritual journey takes you from Eden, through the flood, into the Promised Land, and down to Egypt and out again into the Wilderness Wanderings and the construction of the Tabernacle. But the journey is not just about days gone by. It continues today for all those who choose to walk with God. This commentary series follows the weekly Torah (Pentateuch) readings from the synagogue, along with the related Haftarah (Prophets and Writings) and Brit Hadashah (“New Testament”) readings.

Sunday
Review and meditate on
last week's Parashah
 
Monday
Rishon [1st]: 7:12-8:10
Sheni [2nd]: 8-11:9:3

Tuesday
Shlishi [3rd]: 9:4-29
R'vi'i [4th]:
10:1-11
 
Wednesday

Chamishi [5th]: 10:12-11:9
Shishi [6th]: 11:10-21

 
Thursday
Shvi'i [7th]  and
Maftir [Concluding]: 11:22-25
 
Friday

Haftarah: Yesha`yahu 49:51:3
B'rit Hadasha: Mattityahu 4:1-11; Lukas 4:1-13; Ya`akov 5:7-11

 

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.

Click here to listen to this sung by
Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT.
D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25

Rishon [1st]: 7:12It shall happen, because you listen to these ordinances, and keep and do them, that the LORD your God will keep with you the covenant and the loving kindness which he swore to your fathers: 7:13and he will love you, and bless you, and multiply you; he will also bless the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock, in the land which he swore to your fathers to give you. 7:14You shall be blessed above all peoples: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. 7:15The LORD will take away from you all sickness; and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, will he put on you, but will lay them on all those who hate you. 7:16You shall consume all the peoples who the LORD your God shall deliver to you; your eye shall not pity them: neither shall you serve their gods; for that will be a snare to you. 7:17If you shall say in your heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them? 7:18you shall not be afraid of them: you shall well remember what the LORD your God did to Par`oh, and to all Egypt; 7:19the great trials which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the LORD your God brought you out: so shall the LORD your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 7:20Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them, until those who are left, and hide themselves, perish from before you. 7:21You shall not be scared of them; for the LORD your God is in the midst of you, a great and awesome God. 7:22The LORD your God will cast out those nations before you by little and little: you may not consume them at once, lest the animals of the field increase on you. 7:23But the LORD your God will deliver them up before you, and will confuse them with a great confusion, until they be destroyed. 7:24He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name to perish from under the sky: there shall no man be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them. 7:25The engraved images of their gods shall you burn with fire: you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it to you, lest you be snared therein; for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. 7:26You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and become a devoted thing like it: you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

8

8:1All the mitzvah which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers. 8:2You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his mitzvot, or not. 8:3He humbled you, and allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you didn't know, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live. 8:4Your clothing didn't grow old on you, neither did your foot swell, these forty years. 8:5You shall consider in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the LORD your God chastens you. 8:6You shall keep the mitzvot of the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. 8:7For the LORD your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of springs and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; 8:8a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates; a land of olive trees and honey; 8:9a land in which you shall eat bread without scarceness, you shall not lack anything in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you may dig copper. 8:10You shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land which he has given you.

Sheni [2nd]: 8:11Beware lest you forget the LORD your God, in not keeping his mitzvot, and his ordinances, and his statutes, which I command you this day: 8:12lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, and lived therein; 8:13and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold is multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 8:14then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; 8:15who led you through the great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions, and thirsty ground where was no water; who brought you forth water out of the rock of flint; 8:16who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers didn't know; that he might humble you, and that he might prove you, to do you good at your latter end: 8:17and lest you say in your heart, My power and the might of my hand has gotten me this wealth. 8:18But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth; that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as at this day. 8:19It shall be, if you shall forget the LORD your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 8:20As the nations that the LORD makes to perish before you, so shall you perish; because you wouldn't listen to the voice of the LORD your God.

9

9:1Hear, Yisra'el: you are to pass over the Yarden this day, to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to the sky, 9:2a people great and tall, the sons of the `Anakim, whom you know, and of whom you have heard say, Who can stand before the sons of `Anak? 9:3Know therefore this day, that the LORD your God is he who goes over before you as a devouring fire; he will destroy them, and he will bring them down before you: so shall you drive them out, and make them to perish quickly, as the LORD has spoken to you.

Shlishi [3rd]: 9:4Don't speak in your heart, after that the LORD your God has thrust them out from before you, saying, For my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land; whereas for the wickedness of these nations the LORD does drive them out from before you. 9:5Not for your righteousness, or for the uprightness of your heart, do you go in to possess their land; but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you, and that he may establish the word which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya`akov. 9:6Know therefore, that the LORD your God doesn't give you this good land to possess it for your righteousness; for you are a stiff-necked people.

9:7Remember, don't forget, how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness: from the day that you went forth out of the land of Egypt, until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD. 9:8Also in Chorev you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was angry with you to destroy you. 9:9When I was gone up onto the mountain to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD made with you, then I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I did neither eat bread nor drink water. 9:10The LORD delivered to me the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which the LORD spoke with you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. 9:11It came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that the LORD gave me the two tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant. 9:12The LORD said to me, Arise, get you down quickly from hence; for your people whom you have brought forth out of Egypt have corrupted themselves; they have quickly turned aside out of the way which I commanded them; they have made them a molten image. 9:13Furthermore the LORD spoke to me, saying, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiff-necked people: 9:14let me alone, that I may destroy them, and blot out their name from under the sky; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they. 9:15So I turned and came down from the mountain, and the mountain was burning with fire: and the two tables of the covenant were in my two hands. 9:16I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against the LORD your God; you had made you a molten calf: you had turned aside quickly out of the way which the LORD had commanded you. 9:17I took hold of the two tables, and cast them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes. 9:18I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I did neither eat bread nor drink water; because of all your sin which you sinned, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 9:19For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which the LORD was angry against you to destroy you. But the LORD listened to me that time also. 9:20The LORD was very angry with Aharon to destroy him: and I prayed for Aharon also at the same time. 9:21I took your sin, the calf which you had made, and burnt it with fire, and stamped it, grinding it very small, until it was as fine as dust: and I cast the dust of it into the brook that descended out of the mountain.

9:22At Tav`erah, and at Massah, and at Kivrot-Hatta'avah, you provoked the LORD to wrath. 9:23When the LORD sent you from Kadesh-Barnea, saying, Go up and possess the land which I have given you; then you rebelled against the mitzvah of the LORD your God, and you didn't believe him, nor listen to his voice. 9:24You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day that I knew you.

9:25So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and forty nights that I fell down, because the LORD had said he would destroy you. 9:26I prayed to the LORD, and said, Lord God, don't destroy your people and your inheritance, that you have redeemed through your greatness, that you have brought forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 9:27Remember your servants, Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya`akov; don't look to the stubbornness of this people, nor to their wickedness, nor to their sin, 9:28lest the land whence you brought us out say, Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which he promised to them, and because he hated them, he has brought them out to kill them in the wilderness. 9:29Yet they are your people and your inheritance, which you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched arm.

10

R'vi'i [4th]: 10:1At that time the LORD said to me, Hew you two tables of stone like the first, and come up to me onto the mountain, and make a teivah of wood. 10:2I will write on the tables the words that were on the first tables which you broke, and you shall put them in the teivah. 10:3So I made a teivah of shittim wood, and hewed two tables of stone like the first, and went up onto the mountain, having the two tables in my hand. 10:4He wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten mitzvot, which the LORD spoke to you on the mountain out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly: and the LORD gave them to me. 10:5I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tables in the ark which I had made; and there they are as the LORD commanded me.

10:6(The children of Yisra'el traveled from Be'erot Bene-Ya`akan to Moserah. There Aharon died, and there he was buried; and El`azar his son ministered in the kohen's office in his place. 10:7From there they traveled to Gudgodah; and from Gudgodah to Yotvatah, a land of brooks of water. 10:8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to him, and to bless in his name, to this day. 10:9Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, according as the LORD your God spoke to him.)

10:10I stayed on the mountain, as at the first time, forty days and forty nights: and the LORD listened to me that time also; the LORD would not destroy you. 10:11The LORD said to me, Arise, take your journey before the people; and they shall go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give to them.

Chamishi [5th]: 10:12Now, Yisra'el, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 10:13to keep the mitzvot of the LORD, and his statutes, which I command you this day for your good? 10:14Behold, to the LORD your God belongs heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth, with all that is therein. 10:15Only the LORD had a delight in your fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all peoples, as at this day. 10:16Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff-necked. 10:17For the LORD your God, he is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the awesome, who doesn't regard persons, nor takes reward. 10:18He does execute justice for the fatherless and widow, and loves the foreigner, in giving him food and clothing. 10:19Therefore love the foreigner; for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt. 10:20You shall fear the LORD your God; him shall you serve; and to him shall you cleave, and by his name shall you swear. 10:21He is your praise, and he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things, which your eyes have seen. 10:22Your fathers went down into Egypt with seventy persons; and now the LORD your God has made you as the stars of the sky for multitude.

11

11:1Therefore you shall love the LORD your God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his ordinances, and his mitzvot, always. 11:2Know you this day: for I don't speak with your children who have not known, and who have not seen the chastisement of the LORD your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his outstretched arm, 11:3and his signs, and his works, which he did in the midst of Egypt to Par`oh the king of Egypt, and to all his land; 11:4and what he did to the army of Egypt, to their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Sea of Suf to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the LORD has destroyed them to this day; 11:5and what he did to you in the wilderness, until you came to this place; 11:6and what he did to Datan and Aviram, the sons of Eli'av, the son of Re'uven; how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and every living thing that followed them, in the midst of all Yisra'el: 11:7but your eyes have seen all the great work of the LORD which he did. 11:8Therefore shall you keep all the mitzvah which I command you this day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land, where you go over to possess it; 11:9and that you may prolong your days in the land, which the LORD swore to your fathers to give to them and to their seed, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Shishi [6th]: 11:10For the land, where you go in to possess it, isn't as the land of Egypt, from whence you came out, where you sowed your seed, and watered it with your foot, as a garden of herbs; 11:11but the land, where you go over to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinks water of the rain of the sky, 11:12a land which the LORD your God cares for: the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year even to the end of the year.

11:13It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to my mitzvot which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, 11:14that I will give the rain of your land in its season, the former rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, and your new wine, and your oil. 11:15I will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you shall eat and be full. 11:16Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; 11:17and the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and he shut up the sky, so that there shall be no rain, and the land shall not yield its fruit; and you perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD gives you. 11:18Therefore shall you lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul; and you shall bind them for a sign on your hand, and they shall be for symbols between your eyes. 11:19You shall teach them your children, talking 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. 11:20You shall write them on the door-posts of your house, and on your gates; 11:21that your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens above the earth.

Shvi'i [7th] and Maftir [Concluding]: 11:22For if you shall diligently keep all this mitzvah which I command you, to do it, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave to him; 11:23then will the LORD drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall dispossess nations greater and mightier than yourselves. 11:24Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness, and Levanon, from the river, the river Perat, even to the hinder sea shall be your border. 11:25There shall no man be able to stand before you: the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you on all the land that you shall tread on, as he has spoken to 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.


Click here to listen to this sung by
an unknown male soloist from
Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso, TX.

Yesha'yahu (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3

49:14But Tziyon said, the LORD has forsaken me,
and the Lord has forgotten me.

49:15Can a woman forget her sucking child,
that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb?
yes, these may forget, yet I will not forget you.

49:16Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
your walls are continually before me.

49:17Your children make haste;
your destroyers and those who made you waste shall go forth from you.
49:18Lift up your eyes round about, and see:
all these gather themselves together, and come to you.
As I live, says the LORD,
you shall surely clothe you with them all as with an ornament,
and gird yourself with them, like a bride.

49:19For, as for your waste and your desolate places,
and your land that has been destroyed,
surely now shall you be too small for the inhabitants,
and those who swallowed you up shall be far away.

49:20The children of your bereavement shall yet say in your ears,
The place is too small for me; give place to me that I may dwell.

49:21Then shall you say in your heart,
Who has conceived these for me,
seeing I have been bereaved of my children,
and am solitary, an exile,
and wandering back and forth?
and who has brought up these?
Behold, I was left alone; these, where were they?

49:22Thus says the Lord God,
Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations,
and set up my ensign to the peoples;
and they shall bring your sons in their bosom,
and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.

49:23Kings shall be your nursing fathers,
and their queens your nursing mothers:
they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth,
and lick the dust of your feet;
and you shall know that I am the LORD;
and those who wait for me shall not be disappointed.

49:24Shall the prey be taken from the mighty,
or the lawful captives be delivered?

49:25But thus says the LORD,
Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,
and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered;
for I will contend with him who contends with you,
and I will save your children.

49:26I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh;
and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine:
and all flesh shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior,
and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Ya`akov.

50:1Thus says the LORD,
Where is the bill of your mother's divorce,
with which I have put her away?
or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?
Behold, for your iniquities were you sold,
and for your transgressions was your mother put away.
50:2Why, when I came, was there no man?
when I called, was there none to answer?
Is my hand shortened at all, that it can't redeem?
or have I no power to deliver?
Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea,
I make the rivers a wilderness:
their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst.

50:3I clothe the heavens with blackness,
and I make sackcloth their covering.

50:4The Lord God has given me
the tongue of those who are taught,
that I may know how to sustain with words him who is weary:
he wakens morning by morning,
he wakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

50:5The Lord God has opened my ear,
and I was not rebellious,
neither turned away backward.
50:6I gave my back to the strikers,
and my cheeks to those who plucked off the hair;
I didn't hide my face from shame and spitting.
50:7For the Lord God will help me;
therefore I have not been confounded:
therefore have I set my face like a flint,
and I know that I shall not be disappointed.

50:8He is near who justifies me;
who will bring charges against me?
Let us stand up together:
who is my adversary?
Let him come near to me.

50:9Behold, the Lord God will help me;
who is he who shall condemn me?
Behold, all they shall wax old as a garment,
the moth shall eat them up.

50:10Who is among you who fears the LORD,
who obeys the voice of his servant?
He who walks in darkness, and has no light,
let him trust in the name of the LORD, and rely on his God.

50:11Behold, all you who kindle a fire,
who gird yourselves about with firebrands;
walk you in the flame of your fire,
and among the brands that you have kindled.
This shall you have of my hand;
you shall lie down in sorrow.

51:1Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness,
you who seek the LORD:
look to the rock whence you were hewn,
and to the hold of the pit whence you were dug.

51:2Look to Avraham your father,
and to Sarah who bore you;
for when he was but one I called him,
and I blessed him, and made him many.
51:3For the LORD has comforted Tziyon;
he has comforted all her waste places,
and has made her wilderness like `Eden,
and her desert like the garden of the LORD;
joy and gladness shall be found therein,
thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

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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.


 

Mattityahu 4:1-11

4:1Then Yeshua was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 4:2When he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was hungry afterward. 4:3The tempter came and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread."

4:4But he answered, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'"

4:5Then the devil took him into the holy city. He set him on the pinnacle of the temple, 4:6and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will give his angels charge concerning you.' and,

 'On their hands they will bear you up,
      So that you don't dash your foot against a stone.'"

4:7Yeshua said to him, "Again, it is written, 'You shall not test the Lord, your God.'"

4:8Again, the devil took him to an exceedingly high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and their glory. 4:9He said to him, "I will give you all of these things, if you will fall down and worship me."

4:10Then Yeshua said to him, "Get behind me, Hasatan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"

4:11Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Lukas 4:1-13

4:1Yeshua, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Yarden, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness 4:2for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. 4:3The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."

4:4Yeshua answered him, saying, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.'"

4:5The devil, leading him up on a high mountain, showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4:6The devil said to him, "I will give you all this authority, and their glory, for it has been delivered to me; and I give it to whomever I want. 4:7If you therefore will worship before me, it will all be yours."

4:8Yeshua answered him, "Get behind me Hasatan! For it is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.'"

4:9He led him to Yerushalayim, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, cast yourself down from here, 4:10for it is written,

 'He will give his angels charge concerning you, to guard you;'

4:11and,

 'On their hands they will bear you up,
      Lest perhaps you dash your foot against a stone.'"

4:12Yeshua answering, said to him, "It has been said, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God.'"

4:13When the devil had completed every temptation, he departed from him until another time.

Ya`akov 5:7-11

5:7Be patient therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, until it receives the early and late rain. 5:8You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

5:9Don't grumble, brothers, against one another, so that you won't be judged. Behold, the judge stands at the door. 5:10Take, brothers, for an example of suffering and of patience, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 5:11Behold, we call them blessed who endured. You have heard of the patience of Iyov, and have seen the Lord in the outcome, and how the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

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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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