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“For out of Tziyon will go forth Torah, the word of ADONAI from Yerushalayim.”

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Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are my own rendering
based on the Hebrew Names Version, which is in the public domain.

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This week’s commentary from First Fruits of Zion (Messianic)
This week’s commentary from Aish.com (Rabbinical)
This week’s commentary from Hebrew4Christians.com (Christian)

This Week’s Portions
  D'varim 32:1-52

  2 Sh'mu'el Bet 22:1-51
  Yochanan 21:1-25

Apostolic Letters
   Romim 10:14-21
   Romim 12:14-21
This Week’s Reading Schedule
  Rishon [1st]: 32:1-6
  Sheni [2nd]: 32:7-12

  Shlishi [3rd]: 32:13-18
  R'vi'i [4th]: 32:19-28

  Chamishi [5th]: 32:29-38
  Shishi [6th]: 32:39-43
  Shvi'i [7th]: 32:44-47
  Maftir [Concluding]: 32:48-52

  Haftarah: Sh'mu'el Bet 22:1-51

  Ketuvei HaShalichim
       Yochanan 21:1–28
        Romim 10:14-21
        Romim 12:14-21


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.

Click here to listen to this sung by
Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT.

D'varim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-52

Rishon [1st]:

1Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak;
Let the earth hear the words of my mouth.

2My doctrine shall drop as the rain;
My speech shall condense as the dew,
As the small rain on the tender grass,
As the showers on the herb.

3For I will proclaim the name of ADONAI:
Ascribe greatness to our God.

4The Rock, His work is perfect;
For all His ways are justice:
A God of faithfulness and without iniquity,
Just and right is he.

5They have dealt corruptly with Him,
they are not His children, it is their blemish;
They are
a perverse and crooked generation.

6Do you thus requite ADONAI,
Foolish people and unwise?
Isn't he your father who has bought you?
He has made you, and established you.

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Sheni [2nd]:

7Remember the days of old,
Consider the years of many generations:
Ask your father, and he will show you;
Your elders, and they will tell you.

8When Ha`Elyon gave to the nations their inheritance,
When he separated the children of men,
He set the bounds of the peoples
According to the number of the children of Yisra'el.

9For ADONAI's portion is His people;
Ya`akov is the lot of His inheritance.

10He found him in a desert land,
In the waste howling wilderness;
He compassed him about, he cared for him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.

11As an eagle that stirs up her nest,
That flutters over her young,
He spread abroad His wings, he took them,
He bore them on His feathers.

12ADONAI alone did lead him,
There was no foreign god with him.

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Shlishi [3rd]:

13He made him ride on the high places of the earth,
He ate the increase of the field;
He made him to suck honey out of the rock,
Oil out of the flinty rock;

14Butter of the herd, and milk of the flock,
With fat of lambs,
Rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats,
With the finest of the wheat;
Of the blood of the grape you drank wine.

15But Yeshurun grew fat, and kicked:
You have grown fat, you are grown thick, you are become sleek;
Then he forsook God who made him,
Lightly esteemed the Rock of His salvation.

16They moved Him to jealousy with strange gods;
With abominations provoked they Him to anger.

17They sacrificed to demons, which were no God,
To gods that they didn't know,
To new gods that came up of late,
Which your fathers didn't dread.

18Of the Rock that became your father, you are unmindful,
Have forgotten God who gave you birth.

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R'vi'i [4th]:

19ADONAI saw it, and abhorred them,
Because of the provocation of His sons and His daughters.

20He said, I will hide my face from them,
I will see what their end shall be:
For they are a very perverse generation,
Children in whom is no faithfulness.

21They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God;
They have provoked me to anger with their vanities:
I will move them to jealousy with those who are not a people;
I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

22For a fire is kindled in my anger,
Burns to the lowest She'ol,
Devours the earth with its increase,
Sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.

23I will heap evils on them;
I will spend my arrows on them:

24They shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat,
Bitter destruction;
The teeth of animals will I send on them,
With the poison of crawling things of the dust.

25Outside shall the sword bereave,
In the chambers terror;
It shall destroy
both young man and virgin,
The suckling with the man of gray hairs.

26I said, I would scatter them afar,
I would make the memory of them to cease from among men;

27Were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy,
Lest their adversaries should judge wrongly,
Lest they should say, Our hand is exalted,
ADONAI has not done all this.

28For they are a nation void of counsel,
There is no understanding in them.

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Chamishi [5th]:

29Oh that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would consider their latter end!

30How should one chase a thousand,
Two put ten thousand to flight,
Except their Rock had sold them,
ADONAI had delivered them up?

31For their rock is not as our Rock,
Even our enemies themselves being judges.

32For their vine is of the vine of Sedom,
Of the fields of `Amorah:
Their grapes are grapes of gall,
Their clusters are bitter:

 33Their wine is the poison of serpents,
The cruel venom of asps.

34Isn't this laid up in store with me,
Sealed up among my treasures?

35Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
At the time when their foot shall slide:
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
The things that are to come on them shall make haste.

36For ADONAI will judge His people,
Repent Himself for His servants;
When he sees that their power is gone,
There is none remaining, shut up or left at large.

37He will say, Where are their gods,
The rock in which they took refuge;

38Which ate the fat of their sacrifices,
And drank the wine of their drink-offering?
Let them rise up and help you,
Let them be your protection.

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Shishi [6th]:

39See now that I, even I, am he,
There is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive;
I wound, and I heal;
There is none who can deliver out of my hand.

40For I lift up my hand to heaven,
And say, As I live forever,

41If I whet my glittering sword,
My hand take hold on judgment;
I will render vengeance to my adversaries,
Will recompense those who hate me.

42I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
My sword shall devour flesh;
With the blood of the slain and the captives,
From the head of the leaders of the enemy.

43Rejoice, you nations, with His people:
For he will avenge the blood of His servants,
Will render vengeance to His adversaries,
Will make expiation for His land, for His people.

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Shvi'i [7th]:

44Moshe came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he and Yehoshua ben Nun. 45Moshe made an end of speaking all these words to all Yisra'el; 46He said to them, Set your heart to all the words which I testify to you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, even all the words of this law. 47For it is no vain thing for you; because it is your life, and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, where you go over the Yarden to possess it.

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Maftir [concluding]:

48ADONAI spoke to Moshe that same day, saying, 49Go up into this mountain of `Avarimen, to Mount Nevo, which is in the land of Mo'av, that is over against Yericho; and see the land of Kana`an, which I give to the children of Yisra'el for a possession; 50and die on the mountain where you go up, and be gathered to your people, as Aharon your brother died on Mount Hor, and was gathered to His people: 51because you trespassed against me in the midst of the children of Yisra'el at the waters of Merivah of Kadesh, in the wilderness of Tzin; because you didn't sanctify me in the midst of the children of Yisra'el. 52For you shall see the land before you; but you shall not go there into the land which I give the children of Yisra'el.

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.

Click here to listen to this sung by
Cantor Kenneth B. Cohen of
Temple Sholom, Greenwich, CT

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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.

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

Sh'mu'el Bet (2 Samuel) 22:1-51

1David therefore departed there, and escaped to the cave of `Adullam: and when his brothers and all his father's house heard it, they went down there to him. 2Everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered themselves to him; and he became captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

3David went there to Mitzpeh of Mo'av: and he said to the king of Mo'av, “Please let my father and my mother come forth, and be with you, until I know what God will do for me.” 4He brought them before the king of Mo'av: and they lived with him all the while that David was in the stronghold.

5The prophet Gad said to David, Don't stay in the stronghold; depart, and get you into the land of Yehudah. Then David departed, and came into the forest of Cheret.

6Sha'ul heard that David was discovered, and the men who were with him: now Sha'ul was sitting in Gevah, under the tamarisk tree in Ramah, with his spear in his hand, and all his servants were standing about him. 7Sha'ul said to his servants who stood about him, “Hear now, you Binyamini; will the son of Yishai give everyone of you fields and vineyards, will he make you all captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, 8that all of you have conspired against me, and there is none who discloses to me when my son makes a league with the son of Yishai, and there is none of you who is sorry for me, or discloses to me that my son has stirred up my servant against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?”

9Then answered Do'eg the Edomite, who stood by the servants of Sha'ul, and said, “I saw the son of Yishai coming to Nov, to Achimelekh the son of Achituv. 10He inquired of ADONAI for him, and gave him food, and gave him the sword of Golyat the Pelishti.”

11Then the king sent to call Achimelekh the kohen, the son of Achituv, and all his father's house, the kohanim who were in Nov: and they came all of them to the king. 12Sha'ul said, “Hear now, you son of Achituv.”

He answered, “Here I am, my lord.”

13Sha'ul said to him, “Why have you conspired against me, you and the son of Yishai, in that you have given him bread, and a sword, and have inquired of God for him, that he should rise against me, to lie in wait, as at this day?”

14Then Achimelekh answered the king, and said, “Who among all your servants is so faithful as David, who is the king's son-in-law, and is taken into your council, and is honorable in your house? 15Have I today begun to inquire of God for him? be it far from me: don't let the king impute anything to his servant, nor to all the house of my father; for your servant knows nothing of all this, less or more.”

16The king said, “You shall surely die, Achimelekh, you, and all your father's house.”

17The king said to the guard who stood about him, “Turn, and kill the kohanim of ADONAI; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew that he fled, and didn't disclose it to me.”

But the servants of the king wouldn't put forth their hand to fall on the kohanim of ADONAI.

18The king said to Do'eg, “Turn you, and fall on the kohanim.”

Do'eg the Edomite turned, and he fell on the kohanim, and he killed on that day eighty-five persons who wore a linen efod. 19Nov, the city of the kohanim, struck he with the edge of the sword, both men and women, children and nursing babies, and oxen and donkeys and sheep, with the edge of the sword.

20One of the sons of Achimelekh, the son of Achituv, named Avyatar, escaped, and fled after David. 21Avyatar told David that Sha'ul had slain ADONAI's kohanim.

22David said to Avyatar, “I knew on that day, when Do'eg the Edomite was there, that he would surely tell Sha'ul: I have occasioned the death of all the persons of your father's house. 23Abide you with me, don't be afraid; for he who seeks my life seeks your life: for with me you shall be in safeguard.”

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Ketuvei HaShalichim

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.



Basar (the Gospel according to …)

Yochanan (John) 21:1–28

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2The same was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through Him. Without Him was not anything made that has been made. 4In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn't overcome it. 6There came a man, sent from God, whose name was Yochanan. 7The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through Him. 8He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light. 9The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.

10He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world didn't recognize Him. 11He came to His own, and those who were His own didn't receive Him. 12But as many as received Him, to them he gave the right to become God's children, to those who believe in His name: 13who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw His glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15Yochanan testified about Him. He cried out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.'" 16From His fullness we all received grace upon grace. 17For the law was given through Moshe. Grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah. 18No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared Him. 19This is Yochanan's testimony, when the Yehudim sent kohanim and Levites from Yerushalayim to ask him, "Who are you?"

20He confessed, and didn't deny, but he confessed, "I am not the Messiah."

21They asked him, "What then? Are you Eliyah?"

He said, "I am not."

"Are you the Prophet?"

He answered, "No."

22They said therefore to him, "Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"

23He said, "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, 'Make straight the way of ADONAI,' as Yesha`yahu the prophet said."

24The ones who had been sent were from the Perushim. 25They asked him, "Why then do you immerse, if you are not the Messiah, nor Eliyah, nor the Prophet?"

26Yochanan answered them, "I immerse in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know. 27He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen." 28These things were done in Beit-Anyah beyond the Yarden, where Yochanan was immersing.

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Kepherim (the Apostolic Letter to …)

Romim (Romans) 10:14-21

14How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? How will they hear without a preacher? 15And how will they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

 "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Good News of shalom,
      Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

16But they didn't all listen to the glad news. For Yesha`yahu says, "Lord, who has believed our report?" 17So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18But I say, didn't they hear? Yes, most assuredly,

 "Their sound went out into all the earth,
      Their words to the ends of the world."

19But I ask, didn't Yisra'el know? First Moshe says,

 "I will provoke you to jealousy with that which is no nation,
      With a nation void of understanding I will make you angry."

20Yesha`yahu is very bold, and says,

 "I was found by those who didn't seek me.
      I was revealed to those who didn't ask for me."

21But as to Yisra'el he says, "All day long I stretched out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people."

Romim (Romans) 12:14-21

14Bless those who persecute you; bless, and don't curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Don't set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Don't be wise in your own conceits. 17Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men. 18If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at shalom with all men. 19Don't seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God's wrath. For it is written, "Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord." 20Therefore

 "If your enemy is hungry, feed him.
      If he is thirsty, give him a drink.
      For in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head."

21Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

The Blessing of the Messiah

Ba-rookh ah-tah Adonai Eh-lo-hay-noo,
meh-lekh hah-oh-lahm,
ah-sher keed-sha-noo beed-va-reh-khah
v'na-tahn la-noo et Yeshuah M'shee-khay-noo,
v'tzee-va-noo l'he-oat oar lah-oh-lahm.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God,
King of the Universe,
Who has sanctified us in Your Word,
and given us Yeshua, our Messiah,
and commanded us to be a light to the world.


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