Weekly Torah

Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.

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The Giving of the Torah

The first Pentecost happened at Mount Sinai. Long before the tongues of fire fell upon the believers in Jerusalem, the fire fell upon Mount Sinai. The children of Israel arrived in the desert of Sinai in the third month. God descended onto Mount Sinai. He came in blazing fire heralded by the loud blast of the shofar.

languages, Mount Sinai, Pentecost, Shavu'ot, tongues of fire, Torah, Yitro


From Previous Weeks

Manna and Materialism

The journey from Egypt to Mount Sinai symbolizes spiritual growth. Israel leaving Egypt can be compared to the new believer, a born-again infant. The baby has to learn to walk, to talk, and to eat solid foods. Israel's first forty-nine days in the wilderness were filled with growing experiences.

abundance, Beshallach, generocity, giving, growing, manna, materialism, money, Mount Sinai, wealth


Darkness

A person in spiritual bondage might not know (or will not admit) that he is in bondage. He feels as if he is in control of his life, calling the shots and making decisions, but ultimately, he serves a great emptiness. For example, a man with an alcohol addiction continues to deny the problem. In the same way, human beings without faith and without God live in a state of denial.

Bo, bondage, darkness, defeat, forgiveness, kingdom of darkness, kingdom of light, light, Passover, plagues, redemption, servitude


What's His Name?

The LORD reminded Moses that He appeared to the forefathers as God Almighty (El Shaddai, אל שדי), but He did not reveal His personal name the LORD (HaShem): "I appeared … as God Almighty, but by My name, LORD, I did not make Myself known to them."

covenant, El Shaddai, Name of God, powerful, promises, Sacred Name, Va'era


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