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Nitzavim 27 Elul 5781 Deuteronomy 29:9(10)-30:20* Isaiah 61:10-63:9 John 12:41-50   Since I have been walking this road of Father’s Ancient Olam, I have come to love, more and more, the wonder of His times and seasons. So much so, that what used to be extremely foreign to my physical and spiritual self has now become an integral part of my life each year, with more meaning and a greater impact on my walk. I remember when Shabbat was foreign and learning to rest was a real struggle and now if anyone asks me to do something that requires the...

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This parashat is always read at the beginning of Elul and it specifically addresses issues to do with prophet, priest and King (Yeshua).   The pashat [surface meeting] - is that the leaders would be at the gate to give advice and judge who came in and out - to enforce the decisions. On a deeper level we are all like a city - we all have gates (eyes, ears, mouths) we need to set before each of our gates - judges - to judge the things we allow in or out. Deuteronomy 17:14 “When you come to the land that...

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Parashat Re’eh This parsha is all about our spiritual sight. In our previous portions we were focused on hearing the Word – sh’ma-ing the Bread of Life. In modern life we put so much emphasis on sight and so much of our daily lives are stimulated with visual imagery that speak directly to the desires of our souls. We have become so visually stimulated in life that listening has become a secondary and often an unpractised skill. In the physical realm light comes in through the eyes but it happens the other way around in the spirit, faith comes from...

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This Torah portion is a beautiful summary of what the Israelites have walked through and most importantly it speaks to the covenant Adonai Elohim has established with His people - a covenant that comes with walking in obedience and sh’ma-ing each day. This is about a relationship of sh’ma-ing and blessing. What is interesting is how these chapters begin. The word ekev means because, following or as a result of but what we need to see here too is that the literal meaning of this word is ‘heel’. This is the root word of Ya’akov (Jacob) which means ‘he will...

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Va’etchenan This term means then to mercy/grace I appealed. I believe in this time we find ourselves in many people, whether they are believers or not, are appealing for mercy and grace from HaShem. It goes without saying that when we find ourselves stretched, stressed and feeling unsafe this is what our instinct is. What mercy is Moshe speaking of here and what is Moshe's message to the Israelites? The Israelites had at last chosen the pathways that led them to the edge of the promised land they were intended to enter 40 year prior. The last of the generation...

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