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    Hebrew Name : Tzav English Name : Command
    Week Nr. : 25
      Torah Haftarah Brit Chadashah
      Lev. 6:1–8:36 Jer. 7:21–8:3, 9:22–23 Mal. 3:4-24 Mk. 7:31–9:1
    Heb. 7:23-8:6
    Heb. 9:11-28
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    Torah Reading 

    Leviticus 6 : 1 – 8 : 36

    Torah of Burnt Offering

    Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: 2 “Command Aaron and his sons, saying: This is the Torah of the burnt offering. The burnt offering should remain on the hearth atop the altar all night until the morning, while the fire of the altar is kept burning on it. 3 The kohen is to put on his linen garment, with his linen undergarments on his body. He is to remove the fat ashes from where the fire has consumed the burnt offering on the altar and put them beside the altar. 4 Then he is to take off his garments, put on other ones, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.

    5 The fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it—it must not go out. Each morning the kohen is to burn wood on it, laying the burnt offering in order upon it, and burning up as smoke the fat of the fellowship offerings. 6 Fire is to be kept burning on the altar continually—it must not go out.

    Torah of Grain Offering

    7 “Now this is the Torah of the grain offering. Aaron’s sons are to offer it to Adonai in front of the altar. 8 So he is to lift up from it his handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with some of its oil and all the frankincense which is on the grain offering, and burn it up as smoke on the altar for a soothing aroma, as its memorial portion to Adonai. 9 Then what is left from it Aaron and his sons are to eat. It is to be eaten as matzah in a holy place, in the courtyard of the Tent of Meeting. 10 It must not be baked with hametz. I have given it as their portion of My offerings made by fire. It is most holy, like the sin offering and like the trespass offering. 11 Every male among the children of Aaron may eat it, as their portion forever throughout your generations from the offerings of Adonai made by fire. Whoever touches them will become holy.”


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    Haftarah Reading

    Jeremiah 7 : 21 – 8 : 3

    21 Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Israel: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat the meat! 22 For on the day that I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt I did not speak to them nor did I command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices, 23 but I explicitly commanded them: ‘Obey My voice and I will be your God to you and you will be My people. Walk in all the ways that I command you that it may go well with you.’ 24 But they did not listen or pay attention. Instead they followed their own counsel, in the stubbornness of their evil heart. They have gone backward and not forward, 25 from the day your fathers left the land of Egypt until today. Although I sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily and persistently, 26 they did not listen to Me or pay attention. Rather, they stiffened their neck, doing more evil than their fathers.

    27 “When you tell them all these things, they will not listen to you. When you call to them, they will not answer you. 28 So you will say to them, ‘This nation has not obeyed the voice of Adonai their God or received correction. Truth has perished and is cut off from their mouth. 29 Cut off your hair and throw it away and take up a lamentation on the barren hills. For Adonai has spurned and cast off the generation of His wrath.”

    Valley of Slaughter

    30 “The children of Judah have done what is evil in My sight”—it is a declaration of Adonai—“They have set their detestable things in the House that bears My Name to defile it. 31 They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire—which I did not command, nor did it even enter My mind. 32 Therefore, the days are soon coming,” declares Adonai, “when it will no longer be called Topheth, nor the Valley of Ben-Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. For they will bury in Topheth until there is no room.


    Jeremiah 9 : 22 – 23

    Boast in Knowing Adonai

    22 Thus says Adonai:
    “Let not the wise boast in his wisdom
        nor the mighty boast in his might
        nor the rich glory in his riches.
    23 But let one who boasts boast in this:
        that he understands and knows Me.
        For I am Adonai who exercises lovingkindness,
            justice and righteousness on earth.
        For in these things I delight.”
    It is a declaration of Adonai.


    Malachi 3 : 4 – 24

    4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to Adonai,
    as in days of antiquity and years of old.
    5 “Then I will draw near to you in judgment,
    and I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, adulterers, perjurers
        those who extort a worker’s wage,
        or oppress the widow or an orphan,
        those who mislead a stranger.
        They do not fear Me,”
        says Adonai-Tzva’ot.
    6 “For I am Adonai. I do not change,
    So you, children of Jacob, are not consumed.

    Bring the Whole Tithe

    7 “From the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from My statutes, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.

    Yet you say: “How should we return?”

    8 “Will a man rob[a] God? For you are robbing Me!”

    But you say: “How have we robbed You?”

    “In the tithe and the offering. 9 You have been cursed with the curse, yet you keep robbing Me—the whole nation! 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. Then there will be food in My House. Now test Me in this”—says Adonai-Tzva’ot—“if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out blessing for you, until no one is without enough. 11 I will rebuke the devouring pest for you, so it will not destroy the fruit of your land, nor will your vine be barren in the field,” Adonai-Tzva’ot says. 12 “All the nations will call you blessed. For you will be a land of delight,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot.

    13 “Your words against Me are grievous,” says Adonai.

    Yet you say: “What did we say against You?”

    14 You say: “Serving God is worthless.” Also: “What good is it that we kept His service or that we walked as mourners before Adonai-Tzva’ot? 15 So now we are calling the proud blessed. Those who practice iniquity are built up. Indeed, they have tested God, and escaped!”


    messianic Brit Chadashah Reading

    Mark 7 : 31 – 9 : 1

    31 Again He left the region of Tyre and came through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, within the region of the Decapolis. 32 They bring Him a deaf man who had a speech impediment, and they beg Him to lay His hand on him. 33 Yeshua took him aside from the crowd to a private place, and He put His fingers in the man’s ears. After spitting, He touched the man’s tongue. 34 Looking up to heaven, He says to the man, “Ephphatha,”[a] which means “Be opened!”

    35 Immediately the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened, and he began to speak plainly. 36 Yeshua ordered them not to tell anyone. But the more He ordered them, the more they continued proclaiming it. 37 People were completely astounded, saying, “He has done all things well. He makes even the deaf hear and the mute speak!”

    Do You Still Not Understand?

    8 In those days, there was another large crowd with nothing to eat, and Yeshua called the disciples. He said to them, 2 “I have compassion for the crowd, because they’ve stayed with Me for three days now and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry they’ll pass out on the way, for some of them have come from very far away.”


    Hebrews 7 : 23 – 8 : 6

    23 Now on the one hand, many have become kohanim, who through death are prevented from continuing in office. [a] 24 But on the other hand, the One who does remain forever has a permanent priesthood. 25 Therefore He is also able to save completely those who draw near to God through Him, always living to make intercession for them.

    26 For such a Kohen Gadol was fitting for us: holy, guiltless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need to offer up sacrifices day by day like those other kohanim g’dolim—first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people.[b] For when He offered up Himself, He did this once for all. 28 For the Torah appoints as kohanim g’dolim men who have weakness; but the word of the oath,[c] which came after the Torah, appoints a Son—made perfect forever.

    Yeshua, Mediator of a Better Covenant

    8 Now here is the main point being said. We do have such a Kohen Gadol, who has taken His seat at the right hand[d] of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. 2 He is a priestly attendant of the Holies and the true Tent—which Adonai set up, not man.


    Hebrews 9 : 11 – 28

    11 But when Messiah appeared as Kohen Gadol of the good things that have now come, passing through the greater and more perfect Tent not made with hands (that is to say not of this creation), 12 He entered into the Holies once for all—not by the blood of goats and calves but by His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. 13 For if the blood of goats and bulls[a] and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled[b] sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 14 how much more will the blood of Messiah—who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God—cleanse our[c] conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

    15 For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant,[d] in order that those called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—since a death has taken place that redeems them from violations under the first covenant. 16 For where there is a covenant, the death of the one who made it must be established. [e] 17 For a covenant is secured upon the basis of dead bodies, since it has no strength as long as the one who made it lives. 18 That is why not even the first covenant was inaugurated without blood. 19 For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Torah, he took the blood of the calves and goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and he sprinkled both the book itself and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant which God commanded you.” [f]



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Tu B'shvat

The meaning of the Hebrew name :   The 15th day of the month Shevat.
 Meaning of the holiday :  When the Temple in Jerusalem was still standing, Jews offered the first fruits of their trees on the Shavuot holiday.
The trees had to be at least four years old, and this date was for figuring out the age of the trees. You could call it the official tree birthday.
These days it's a great time to think about trees and the environment.
 Pronunciation :  too beesh'vat
 Scripture Reference :  Deuteronomy 20:19
 Date :  Shevat 15
 Foods :  fruits from the trees, olives, pomegranate, nuts, apple, pear etc. etc.
 Activities :  Tu B'shvat is a great opportunity to explore environmentalist themes.
Another practice is to plant trees. This is a minor holiday in that there is no traditional obligation not to work.
Holiday symbols and symbolism :  Trees and fruits from the trees
Greeting :   There is no official greeting for this holiday. Hag Sameah (Happy holiday) with a heavy gutteral h at the beginning of the first word and the end of the second.
Fulfillment : Yeshua's Cross blossomed
Scripture Reference :  Hebrews 5:4, Jude 1:11


Month of Shevat

Shevat is the name of a winter month in the Jewish lunar calendar.
Tu is 15
Every letter in the Hebrew alphabet is also a number: T (tet) = 9 and U (vov) = 6.
The “Bi” means “of ” or “ with”.
Now you know how to decode the name.
TuBiShvat is both a date and the name of a holiday celebrated on that date; it’s understood in the same way as the Fourth of July.

About Tu B'Shevat

According to Biblical law, there is a seven year agricultural cycle, concluding with the Sabbatical year.The Mystery Of The Shemitah 520x245 (copy)
When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, on years one, two, four and five of this cycle, farmers were required to separate a tenth of their produce and eat it in Jerusalem. This tithe is called Maaser Sheni, the Second Tithe, because it is in addition to the (two percent which must be given to the Kohain, and the) ten percent which is given to the Levite. On the third and sixth years of the cycle, instead of the owners eating the Maaser Sheni in Jerusalem, they gave this second tithe to the poor, who were permitted to consume it wherever they wished.
It takes approximately four months for the rains of the new year to saturate the soil and trees, and produce fruit [On the Sabbatical year, no tithes are separated. All produce which grows during this year is ownerless and free for anyone to take.]
It was therefore of vital importance to ascertain when the new year started for produce.
Although this day is Rosh Hashanah for trees, we attach special significance to this holiday because "Man is [compared to] the tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19). Through cultivating strong roots – faith and commitment to G‑d – we produce many fruits—Torah and Mitzvot.

Trees are Holy

Judaism has always seen trees as sacred. The Torah itself is called a “tree of life.”
The Torah also forbids the cutting down of an enemy’s fruit trees, even in a time of war when the wood might be needed to attack a city.

Caretakers Of The Earth

In the book of Genesis, humankind is instructed to be shomrei adamah, caretakers of the Earth, and of all God’s creations.

Modern Tu B’Shevat Customs

There are various minhagim (customs) associated with Tu B’Shevat, including:
  1. Taking part in a tree planting ceremony (neti’at etzim) tubshvat
  2. • Making an donation to Israel for purposes of beautification of the land
  3. • Eating different kinds of fruit (native to Israel) and reciting the Borei p’ri ha-etz and Shehecheyanu on this date
  4. • Participating in a Tu B’Shevat Seder
  5. • Planting your own parsley so it will be ready in time for your Passover seder

Fulfillment in Yeshua

John J. Parsons says it so beautiful on his site Hebrew 4 Christians.
From the last page of his excelent Tu B'Shevat pdf file.

Sign of the Almond Tree

The almond tree has special significance for Tu B’Shevat.
The word for almond is shakeid which comes from shakad, a verb that means to “watch” or “wake.” The almond tree is the among the first trees to “awaken” from its winter sleep... We therefore eat almonds on Tu B’Shevat to celebrate the return of spring.

In the Scriptures there is a play on words regarding the use of “almond” and God’s “watchfulness” (i.e., faithfulness): “And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ And I said, ‘I see an almond branch. Then the LORD said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it’“ (Jer. 1:11-12). almond tree

The blooming branch of an almond tree is breathtakingly beautiful - so much so that the LORD decorated the Menorah with oil cups (i.e., gevi’im) in the shape of almond blossoms (Exod. 25:33-34; 37:19-20). Indeed , the Menorah itself is a symbol of the “Tree of Life” and therefore it is fitting to regard it during this season...

Finally, some have said that Aaron’s rod - the staff he used to perform signs and wonders during the Exodus - was made from a branch of an almond tree.... Recall that during the incident of Korach’s rebellion, Aaron’s rod budded, flowered and produced almonds overnight (Num. 17), which was symbolic of the power of the “resurrected priest of God” that was coming...

Just as God exclusively chose Aaron to minister before Him, so Yeshua was the exclusively chosen to be the greater High Priest of the New Covenant. Regarding His priesthood “after the order of Malki-Tzedek,” the author of Book of Hebrews wrote: “No one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was” (Heb. 5:4).
And just as Aaron’s lifeless rod miraculously brought forth life, Yeshua’s cross -- likewise made of wood -- also “budded and produced blossoms” after His resurrection from the dead. Yeshua went into the sanctuary made without hands and there offered his blood to procure for us an everlasting atonement.
His sacrifice as our High Priest gives us life from the dead!
Under the terms of the Sinai covenant, “Aaron’s rod” was a picture of God’s authority and judgment, just the Messiah’s cross and resurrection vindicates God’s exclusive choice of Yeshua as our Mediator before God. Those who reject His choice will ultimately share the same fate as those who partook of Korach’s rebellion (Jude 1:11).

Yeshua (alone) is Adonai Tzidkenu, “the LORD our Righteousness” and Tzemach Tzaddik, God’s “Righteous Branch.” Praise His Name forever.

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