“Torah” is a term that is used to refer to the first five books of The Bible. It is a Hebrew word that is commonly translated in English as meaning “law”. This word connotes a certain idea in the English language that is not necessarily compatible to the Hebrew idea of this word. Although not completely incorrect, it is not the best or most appropriate understanding of how this word is to be received. A few more suitable, dare I say, accurate, definitions of this word could be “guidance”, “instruction”, or “teaching”. These words, in the English, present a closer relation to the Hebrew idea that the word “Torah” represents. When one can receive the first five books of The Bible as instructions or guidance for a life that God is pleased with , rather than a law that condemns, then one is ready to fully receive the blessings that go along with a covenant relationship with Him. The scope in which you choose to view these words can also lead to a more intimate understanding of His love for you and all who choose to follow His way.
Many might say this is simply semantics and it is not really important, I would argue however that it is absolutely relevant. I would also add that almost all study of The Bible involves linguistics which requires a certain amount of semantics (a branch of linguistics) to be used. The interpretation of The Bible is key in determining theologies and purpose in this faith, which is why it is of the utmost importance to accurately describe, interpret, translate and transliterate these words as best we can. Once we stray from the author’s intended meaning, it is easy for the enemy to sow seeds of deception and present all sorts of contradictions and problems in our lives that are not intended to occur alongside the blessings of Yehovah. It is my belief that one must adhere to the instructions presented within the Torah to fully receive our ancestral blessings promised by God to Man, and more particularly to the children of Yisrael.
This is why I have begun a process of sharing my readings of portions of the Torah that I engage in every week. This particular reading schedule is spread out in such a way that you will read 54 portions total and complete the whole of the Torah within a one year span. The reading of the Torah dates back to the days of Moses but the more traditional approaches to our modern methods of this practice are rooted in the 4th century BCE with the returning of the Jewish tribe from Persian captivity to their homeland in Judea. Ezra the Scribe was said to have instituted this practice by reading the Torah in a public place every Sabbath day. This people had been in captivity and were presumably hearing these words for the first time in their lives, establishing in them their ancient identity having previously lost it through foreign captivity. A truly pivotal point in History, for a nation, and all mankind. For this reason, we read these portions of instruction every Sabbath day as one of many ways to remember what our God has done for His people.
I will be reading in English and no providing further teaching on the content of the readings. The purpose for these portions are to simply hear the words of the Torah read aloud, and I encourage you to listen at least once every Sabbath day. Along with listening, it could also prove beneficial to write down any questions you have concerning the portion and try to answer them after the reading through studies of your own. Compare with friends and comment here with any of your findings!
Blessed is the name of Yehovah forever and ever. May Yehovah’s words find a deep secret place in your heart to be sown and grown in love. May Yehovah bless you and protect you. May Yehovah lift up his face toward you and may His face shine His light on you. Blessings FAM!