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Reflections on the weekly Torah portions from a diverse group of Messianic Jewish rabbis, scholars, and lay people. Our contributors bring fresh insights to familiar texts, drawing connections to events across the whole of Scripture (including the Gospels and Epistles), and suggesting practical applications of these insights to our postmodern lives.

Weekly Torah Commentaries UMJC - Union Of Messianic Jewish Congregations

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Reflections on the weekly Torah portions from a diverse group of Messianic Jewish rabbis, scholars, and lay people. Our contributors bring fresh insights to familiar texts, drawing connections to events across the whole of Scripture (including the Gospels and Epistles), and suggesting practical applications of these insights to our postmodern lives.

    A Measure of Comfort

    A Measure of Comfort

    This week, as I looked back to the opening words of the haftarah portion,
    did I truly understand what it means to find comfort in the presence of
    God? How does that prophetic word penetrate our world, fractured,
    conflicted, and now in constant turmoil?

    A Covenant of Gratitude

    A Covenant of Gratitude

    The Exodus was historical and the Seder forces it to be experiential.
    Yeshua’s life was historical. Yet, when we follow him, it becomes
    experiential and transformational. Each generation is called to be the
    Joshua generation that enters the promises of God and showcases gratitude
    for God’s salvation by living out a life that reveals his character.

    The Broken-Cistern Syndrome

    The Broken-Cistern Syndrome

    We live in a culture of addiction. Alcohol and drug addiction rates,
    already elevated before the COVID pandemic, continue to rise steeply. And
    if you include what we call “process addictions”—like gambling or
    compulsive shopping, screen time, or pornography use—nearly everyone is
    touched by addiction in one way or another.

    Vast. Obscure. Unfinished.

    Vast. Obscure. Unfinished.

    “Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished
    masterpiece.” The quote is haunting, the implications are troubling, but
    the meaning speaks to a sense of anxiety to which I think everyone can
    relate.

    Ironic Blessings for Tumultuous Times

    Ironic Blessings for Tumultuous Times

    Our current world situation prompts us to cry, “how long, O Lord, how
    long?” The promised star out of Jacob has come, yet we still live with war,
    famine, pestilence, and death. As we walk through these tumultuous times,
    remember three points drawn from Balaam’s oracles.

    Does the Torah Teach about an Afterlife?

    Does the Torah Teach about an Afterlife?

    “Christians worry about eternal judgment and whether they’ll go to heaven
    or hell when they leave this world. Jews are concerned about life in this
    world, and how to make it a better place while they’re here.”

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