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Torah 101-Pekudei-Vayikra Double Parsha

I.

ANSWERS TO STUDY QUESTIONS (Vayakhel)

1) Question for Exodus 35:


How is there a hidden message in some the names in this chapter?
Note for 35:34: Oholiab (my fathers tent) is called here the son of Ahisamach,
the tribe of Dan. Ahisamach = my brother has supported. Dan, as we just saw,
means judgment. So how is it that My fathers tent my brother has supported
(his) judgment?
35:35 explains why my brother has supported Oholiabs judgment: He has
filled them with skills to perform every work as an engraver and a designer and of
an embroidererand a weaver, as performers of every work and makers of
designs. Good judgment indeed!
2) Question for Exodus 36:
Which name in this chapter has a meaning that parallels a famous saying of
Yshua? What is the saying?
Note for 36:1: Bezalel = in the protection (shadow) of El. Oholiab = my fathers
tent. Or, In the protection of El (is) my fathers tent! Compare to Yshua saying
My Fathers house has many rooms!
3) Question for Exodus 37:1-38:20
Name some details on the Tabernacle that are given here which werent offered
earlier in Exodus?
VAYITSOK LO ARBA TABEOT ZAHAV VAYITEN ET-HATABAOT AL
ARBA HAPEOT ASHER LEARBA RAGLAV (37:13) = and he cast four gold
rings for the table, placing the rings on the corners of the four legs. This detail is
not mentioned in Exodus 25:26.
VAYAAS ET-HAKELIM ASHER AL-HA-SHULCHAN ET-KEAROTAV
VEET KAPOTAV VEET MENAKIOTAV VEET HA-KESAVOT ASHER
YUSACH BAHEN ZASHAV TAHOR (37:16) = He made the utensils to go on
the table, bread forms and incense bowls, as well as half tubes and side frames to
serve as dividers of the bread, all out of pure gold. This is a detail that was not
recorded in the previous accounting, in Exodus 25:29.
VAYITSOK ARBA TABAOT BEARBA HA-KETSAVOT LEMICHBAR HANECHOSHET BATIM LABADIM (38:5) = He cast four rings on the copper
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screen to hold the carrying poles. Same as above, another unique detail not
mentioned previously (Exodus 27:4).
VEHADADANIM LAAMUDIM NECHOSHET VAVEY HAAMUDIM VACHASHUKEYHEM KESEF VETSIPUY RASHEYHEM KASEF VEHEM
MECHUSHAKIM KESEF KOL AMUDEY HECHATSER (38:17) = The bases
for these poles were made of copper and the pole hooks and bands were made
from silver. All the enclosures poles also had silver caps, and the poles were
ringed with silver. Here is yet another detail not listed in the previous accounting,
given in Exodus 27:11.
4) Haftorah Question of the Week: 1 Kings 7:40-50
In 1 Kings 7:50 one word gives a beautiful picture of Yshuas family tree and
another word describes Moshes intimate relationship with Abba YHWH. What
are these two words?
DELETH- the door, and is the same word as the letter DALET, which looks like a
door. In Aramaic that door-letter also has a dot in the middle for a knob to open it
up! Put the DALET into YHWH and you get YEHUDA (Judah, praise)!
PENIMI =innermost, as in innermost door leading to the Kadosh Kadoshim.
Derived from PANIM (face). Moshe knew YHWH panim al panim (face to face),
meaning Moshe had an intimate relationship with the Father. Here these
innermost doors lead to the intimate place of YHWH on earth and that is why you
might die if you are not a high priest or if you are and enter the shrine at the
wrong time, in the wrong way, and so on. Then face to face becomes
LITERAL and so would your death be.

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II.

QUESTIONS FOR THIS TORAH PORTION (Pekudei)

Please NOTE:
For clarity and time constraints, if I elect to not read the whole parsha
(which is the case this week) I may still ask questions relating to the
portions I did not read!

5) Question for Exodus 38:21-31:


What was one way the Israelites used to double check the numbers of their
census?
6) Question for Exodus 39:
According to the Rabbis, the Tent of Meeting was completed on what later feast
day?
7) Question for Exodus 40:
What event is recorded on the first SOLAR ANNIVERSARY of the Exodus?
8) Haftorah Question of the Week: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21
What is the special number associated with this incident?
9) NT Commentary: Acts 1:1-14

Knyshim = assembled= Knesset = synagogue. They were assembling


according to Jewish practice.
Sholtana, rendered here as authority can also refer to power. This word
would become sultan in Arabic.
Notice the order of places they will witness to. First in Jerusalem, then all of
Yehuda, then Samaria and then the ends of the earth. The Word is literally
going forth from Zion!
Since Galilee is from the word galil, meaning revelation it is interesting
how in 1:9 these Galilean men get a revelation from their Galilean Master and
then have their eyes HIDDEN after Yshua goes into a cloud. In Hebrew
cloud is Shekinah, the Presence of YHWH. Furthermore the cloud
receives him, with the word for receive QABELTEH, from where we get
KABALLAHfor the Shekinah to take him to.

Acts 1:2
Shlichim "sent ones" or "emissaries" sent to proclaim the Kingdom of Elohim
and represent the Name of YHWH and His Mashiyach.
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Acts 1:3
Yshua began appearing the 3rd day after his death and then forty days thereafter.
Therefore, a total of only seven days remains from Mashiyach's ascension, until
the Feast of Shavuot.
Acts 1:7
Here the Aramaic naphshah is rendered as "Person." Naphshah is usually
rendered as "soul/self" when relating to humans. The Hebrew cognate, nefesh,
also specifically refers to the life-force in humans and animals (Gen_2:7). When
referring to YHWH, however, the majority use in Aramaic is the word parsopa,
which is more accurately linked to the divine presence or Shekhinah. The
possibility here of referring to "YHWH's soul" as this verse implies, is
nonetheless very intriguing.
Acts 1:12
Greek reads "Sabbaton echo hodos," or "a Sabbath day's journey" rather than
"seven furlongs." Yoseph ben Matthias, a.k.a., Josephus (The Jewish War, 5.2.3)
also notes the distance between Mt. Olives and Yerushalayim, indicating the
disciples lived very close to the Temple in this manner: "These (Roman) legions
had orders to encamp at the distance of six furlongs from Jerusalem, at the mount
called the Mount of Olives which lies over against the city on the east side, and is
parted from it by a deep valley, interposed between them, which is named
Cedron." Greek readers would not likely equate seven furlongs to the maximum
distance of travel permitted on Shabbat, see Exo_16:29. The Shabbat day's
journey, t'chum, points to how time is to be invested on Shabbat, in local
participation rather than travel. Six days we go, but on Shabbat we stay and rest
in YHWH, along with those He has gathered. We welcome the Ruach haKodesh
as a Chavurah (close knit people), a Mishpocah (family), a Kedoshim (set-apart
people) who take joy together with the Spirit of YHWH and His Mashiyach. The
Shabbat is a forever remembrance. The "Shabbat day's journey" was beautifully
recorded here in Greek for non-Jewish followers of Mashiyach. Throughout the
Book of Acts, we read of multitudes of non-Jewish followers of Y'shua
worshipping on Shabbat with Jewish followers, and this continued for nearly 400
years, although on a much smaller scale. In the latter part of the First Century, the
Hellenized Christian church began to take root and replace with Sunday worship
the Shabbat that Y'shua and the Shlichim clearly observed. Early in the Second
Century, all-Gentile churches with Gentile motif were being established, thus
making the "Sabbath day's journey" irrelevant among a majority of Christians.

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Torah 101-Vayikra Parsha


III.

ANSWERS TO STUDY QUESTIONS (Pekudei)

10) Question for Exodus 38:21-31:


What was one way the Israelites used to double check the numbers of their
census?
BEKA LA-GULGOLET MACAHTSIT HA-SHEKEL BE-SHEKEL HAKODESH LE-CHOL HA-OVER AL-HA-PKUDIM MIBEN ESRIM SHANAH
(38:26) = which was a half shekel by sanctuary standards, for each of the 603,550
men over 20 years old included in the census. So many modern scholars assume
the text uses arbitrary or inflated figures, but they ignore stuff like this. Here we
see exactly how many half shekels were collected which corresponds to exactly
the right number of men 20 years and older!
11) Question for Exodus 39:
According to the Rabbis, the Tent of Meeting was completed on what later feast
day?
VA-TECHEL KOL-AVODAT MISHKAN OHEL MOED VAYAASU BENEY
YISRAEL KECHOL ASHER TSIVAH YAHWEH ET-MOSHE KEN ASU
(39:32) = All the work on the Communion Tent Tabernacle was thus completed.
The Israelites did exactly as Yahweh had commanded Moses. I love the rabbinic
tradition on this point! They say, through careful studying of the clues in the text,
that the Tabernacle pieces were all finished on 25 Kislevthe future Hanukkah.
Of course, we also know from Exodus 40:2 that the Tabernacle itself is not built
until 1 Abib the next year, or Friday, March 28th, 1446 BCE.
12) Question for Exodus 40:
What event is recorded on the first SOLAR ANNIVERSARY of the Exodus?
VE-LAKACHTA ET-SHEMEN HA-MISHCHAH U-MASHACHTA ET-HAMISHKAN VEET-KOL ASHER BO VE-KIDASHITA OTO VEET KOL
KELAV VE-HAYAH KODESH (40:9) = Take the anointing oil, and anoint the
tabernacle and everything in it. You will thus sanctify it and all its equipment
making it Set-Apart. This is a key detail because without this anointing process
for all the items here as well as for the sons of Aaron themselves, no priestly
service would be permitted by YHWH. This timing is not just is not just almost a
year since the Exodusits the precise timing from the Exodus itself in SOLAR
terms that YHWH acts as High Priest that first year, from the first day of spring in
1447 BCE to the first day of spring in 1446 BCE, at which point, the very next
Shabbat, is 1 Abib. Similarly, many of Yshuas miracles coincide with these
same alignments of the solar year.
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13) Haftorah Question of the Week: 1 Kings 7:51-8:21


What is the special number associated with this incident?
The answer is 70. The incident takes place at the feast of Sukkot in which 70 bulls
are killed. The Rabbis believe that the 70 bulls are meant to be one for each of
the 70 Gentile nations mentioned in Genesis and the Torah is also said to have
been given in 70 languages.

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IV.

QUESTIONS FOR THIS TORAH PORTION (Vayikra)

Please NOTE:
For clarity and time constraints, if I elect to not read the whole parsha
(which is the case this week) I may still ask questions relating to the
portions I did not read!
14) Question for Leviticus 1:
This book is called Vayikra or and he called, named after the first few words
of chapter 1. A similar thing happens with both the names of the individual Torah
portions and the names of the other 4 books. How do these Hebrew names for all
5 Torah books spell out a message with very minor modifications and taking into
account the full opening phrases?
15) Question for Leviticus 2-4:
How do the names of Aarons sons also spell out a message and what might it be
referring to?
16) Question for Leviticus 5:
How does one verse in this chapter give us a clue about the Second Coming of
Yshua haMashiyach?
17) Haftorah Question of the Week: Isaiah 43:21-44:23
Does the prophet Isaiah indicate that YHWH Himself has a Redeemer and what
might that really mean?
V.

Renewed Covenant Commentary: Romans 8:1-13


Romans 8:2

47) When we receive the finished work of Messiahs sufferings and surrender to him as
King of Kings then the Torah of the Spirit of Life is written upon our hearts. The Spirit of
Life living within us emancipates (sets us free) from the old carnal nature that wants to
break YHWHs Torah and continue sinning. Yshua is the door to the new spiritual man.
Regrettably, false religion uses the cross to emancipate Torah from being written upon
the heart. Many theologians teach that Torah itself was nailed to the cross, when in fact
the cross (or torture stake) is the Grace that was given to spiritually empower every
Believer to open our hearts to Torah.
Na-moo-sa gyr dRukha dkhaya (The Torah that is the Ruach of Life) in 8:2. The use of
the DALET grammatically speaking means properly OF as a proclitic, or prepositional
prefix. However DALET is the one proclitic that is NOT in Hebrew and exclusive to
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Aramaic. In Aramaic also the DALET can mean WHO, but the grammar structure has
to be different than how it reads here.
Nevertheless, I find it an intriguing little remez (hint) that for just a moment the meaning
is sort of beneath the surface poetically as for the Torah WHO is the Ruach of Life,
which IS Yshua the Mashiyach has emancipated you from the instruction of sin and
death!
Also note the contrast through the same word in Aramaic NAMUSA (nomos is the loan
word in Greek) between THE TORAH AT SINAI and torah as in a single instruction.
Here the small instruction of sin and death is OVERRIDEN by Yshua because of THE
TORAH AT SINAI that promised he would do so.
The emancipation is NOT from TORAH, but from the sins listed in Torah that will bring
you death. The torah of sin and death is taken away WHEN we are righteous through
Yshua our Mashiyach.
In general, understanding the difference between TORAH and torah though it is the same
word is one of the most important ways to clarify nearly a hundred lines of Renewed
Covenant Scripture!
Romans 8:4
48) The righteousness of Torah is fulfilled when the spiritual man delights in YHWHs
Torah, and the Perfection of the Word of YHWH lives inside of us according to
Mashiyach in us. When we see that our spiritual man desires obedience to Torah, far
more than our old carnal nature wants us to sin, then the righteousness of Torah is being
fulfilled and living inside of us.
8:4, the WALK with flesh (halakh) is compared directly with the walk of the Ruach, also
halakh, as in HALAKHA, proper application of Torah, the way to walk. You can only
WALK one way at a time and you cant walk in both. The sense of TESHUVAH
(repentance) is literally TO TURN AROUND.
Romans 8:7
49) The flesh is enmity towards Elohim: for it does not subject itself to the Torah of
Elohim. What the flesh does is choose a religion or a religious denomination that it is
comfortable with. The flesh rises up in anger and wrath and threats and accusation when
the Torah of Elohim is presented. It is not possible for the flesh to subject itself to the
Righteous Instructions of Elohim. Both Judaism and Christianity have all manner of
religious traditions that negate Torah because religion cannot spiritually empower
anyone. The letter of the law or a Statement of Faith or a doctrinal creed cannot
bring spiritual empowerment to either receive the Ruach haKodesh or write Torah upon
the heart. Mashiyach says, Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Spiritual
empowerment comes from Mashiyach when we repent of breaking Torah.
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Romans 8:11
50) The Spirit of Mashiyach is the Ruach haKodesh which brings life; there are no
substitutes which provide rite of passage into the Olam Haba (world to come). The
importance of living according to Mashiyach is paramount for Salvation, which is why
his very name means "YHWH's Salvation." Knowing that his Spirit must dwell inside of
us we can then boldly welcome His Word; Torah written upon the heart, and all substitute
false religious ideas and traditions of men are rejected.
Now compare 8:4 to 8:11that same TORAH SPIRIT raises Yshua from the dead and
promises us eternal life! There is only ONE SPIRIT of YHWH!!!
8:12- Now we are DEBTORS, the word here, KHOB also means SINNERS. In
Matthew 5:12 Yshua uses this word that the Greek mss apply sin or debt to in about
equal numbers, but its the same word. Thats why Yshua teaches in John that to be in
sin is to be a servant to sin, to be in debt to the sin as master. This is subtle yet very
cutting remark by Rav Shaul, that we need to mind who are debts are with and remember
we can be in sin-slavery at any moment, no matter who we are.

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