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וַיִּקַּח קֹרַח בֶּן־יִצְהָר בֶּן־קְהָת בֶּן־לֵוִי וְדָתָן וַאֲבִירָם בְּנֵי אֱלִיאָב וְאֹון בֶּן־פֶּלֶת בְּנֵי רְאוּבֵֽן
VAYIKACH KORACH BEN-YITZ'HAR BEN-K'HAT BEN-LEVI V'DATAN VA'AVIRAM B'NEY ELI'AV V'ON BEN-PELET B'NEY RE'UVEN
"NOW KORACH THE SON OF YITZ'HAR, THE SON OF K'HAT, THE SON OF LEVI, ALONG WITH DATAN AND AVIRAM, THE SONS OF ELI'AV, AND ON, THE SON OF PELET, DESCENDANTS OF RE'UVEN, TOOK MEN AND..."
- 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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