Sunday, July 30, 2017

Torah Talk (Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11) With Kevin MacDonald

This week’s Torah portion is Va’etchanan and is the second paraha in Deuteronomy. Watch live.
My tradition teaches a message of radical inclusion and love. Will you sit down and learn Torah with me, and learn love?
* There are a ton of heart-breaking emotional outbursts in the Torah, typical of Middle Eastern peoples to this day. This Torah portion begins with Moshe’s pleas to God to enter the Promised Land.
* Det. 4:1 “Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.” The purpose of Torah law is to live long, conquer and prosper.
* Det. 4:6 “Observe them carefully, for this will show your wisdom and understanding to the nations, who will hear about all these decrees and say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.”
An additional purpose of Torah law is to make Jews look good before the goyim.
* Det. 6:1-2: “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.”
Another reason to abide by the Torah is to live long.
* Det. 6:24: “The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.”
Observe the Torah so that you shall prosper.
Judaism is realistic. Its promises for observing the Torah are rooted in this world results. Judaism makes peace with the natural emotions such as lust and ambition. One of the rewards promised to Abraham is that he will become famous.
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