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וַיְדַבֵּר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־רָאשֵׁי הַמַּטֹּות לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֽה
VAY'DABEYR MOSHE EL-ROSHEI HAMATOT LIVNEY YISRA'EL LEYMOR ZEH HADAVAR ASHER TZIVAH ADONAI
"THEN MOSHE SPOKE TO THE HEADS OF THE TRIBES OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRA'EL. HE SAID, "HERE IS WHAT ADONAI HAS ORDERED:"
אֵלֶּה מַסְעֵי בְנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר יָצְאוּ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לְצִבְאֹתָם בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה וְאַהֲרֹֽן
EYLEH MASA'EI V'NEY-YISRA'EL ASHER YAZU MEYERETZ MITZRAYIM L'TZIVOTAM B'YAD-MOSHE V'AHARON
"THESE ARE THE STAGES IN THE JOURNEY OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRA'EL AS THEY LEFT THE LAND OF EGYPT DIVIDED INTO GROUPS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MOSHE AND AHARON."
- 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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