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אֵלֶּה פְקוּדֵי הַמִּשְׁכָּן מִשְׁכַּן הָעֵדֻת אֲשֶׁר פֻּקַּד עַל־פִּי מֹשֶׁה עֲבֹדַת הַלְוִיִּם בְּיַד אִֽיתָמָר בֶּֽן־אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵֽן
EYLEH P'KUDEI HA'MISHKAN MISHKAN HA'EYDUT ASHER PUKAD AL-PI MOSHE AVODAT HA'L'VI'IM B'YAD ITAMAR BEN-AHARON HACOHEN
"THESE ARE THE ACCOUNTS OF THE TABERNACLE, THE TABERNACLE OF THE TESTIMONY, RECORDED, AS MOSHE ORDERED, BY THE L'VI'IM UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ITAMAR THE SON OF AHARON, THE COHEN."
וַיַּקְהֵל מֹשֶׁה אֶֽת־כָּל־עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָה לַעֲשֹׂת אֹתָֽ
VAYAK'HEL MOSHE EHT-KOL-ADAT B'NEY YISRA'EL VAYOMER ALEYHEM EYLEH HA'D'VARIM ASHER-TZIVAH ADONAI LA'ASOT OTAM
"MOSHE ASSEMBLED THE WHOLE COMMUNITY OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRA'EL AND SAID TO THEM, "THESE ARE THE THINGS WHICH ADONAI HAS ORDERED YOU TO DO."
- What does Torah mean?
- Why did God give the Torah?
- What is the Torah reading cycle?
The word Torah is taken from the root Hebrew word “yarah” meaning “to shoot an arrow” or “to hit the mark.” Properly used, the word “torah” refers to, “[the] teachings.” In a broad sense, Torah is the revelation of HaShem to His people. Within this framework, and depending on the context, the term “Torah” can mean: (1) The five books of Moshe; (2) that, plus the Prophets and the Writings; (3) that, plus the Oral Torah, which includes the Talmud and later legal writings; (4) that, plus all religious teaching from the rabbis, including ethical and “aggadic” materials; or (5) all of the above as understood and interpreted in light of what Yeshua the Messiah and the rest of the New Covenant Scriptures have said about it. For the most part, we will be using definitions number (1), (2), and (5).
It is crucial for us to understand theologically, that the primary purpose in HaShem's giving of the Torah, as a way of making someone forensically righteous, only achieves its goal when... ( Read the answer, opens at TetzeTorah.com )
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