Mark Call – Parsha “Vaetchanon”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa Fellowship for a two-part look at one of the most foundational parashot in the whole of Torah, “Vaetchanon” (Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11), which includes not only one of the “most violated” commandments in the Book, but a second look at the “Ten Debarim” (Words, or Commandments) and the Most Important Commandment in the Bible, aka ‘the Shema’ (Deuteronomy chapter 6, and also noted in Mark chapter 12.)

The Erev Shabbat overview.

“When the foundations are destroyed, what CAN the ‘righteous’ do?” (Psalm 11) And just who are they?

This parsha is really all about just how we can, and must, be “tzaddikim,” people who ‘study to show ourselves approved, and truly “shema”, hear and obey, ALL of his statutes, judgments, and commandments.

There is a reason that both Moshe, and later the promised Prophet “like unto” Moses made reference to the same two witnesses, heaven and earth, to make the same point. That not “one yod or tiddle,” the tiniest part, of His Instruction will pass away so long as they still exist. Which explains why the command not to add or subtract from His Word is also so vital (and the last commandment in the whole Bible, to boot!)

We are given lots and LOTS of warnings about not just “graven images,” but all kinds of idolatry, and rebellion to Him. And all of them, and more, are now rampant.

Thankfully, one of THE very best promises in all the Bible, about what we WILL do, WHEN we finally “Return to Him,” is also a big part of this lesson.

“Vaetvhanon: The Foundations ARE Being Destroyed – What Tzaddikim Must Do”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Debarim”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Debarim (Deb/Deut. 1:1 through 3:22) is of course the first parsha in the fifth and final Book in the Torah, and consists of ‘the Words’ that Moshe spoke unto “kol Israel,” and thus all of us, in what amoounts not only to his “Farewell Address,” but a summary of the ‘teaching and instruction’ of thw whole. This is the introduction to that foundational teaching.

The Erev Shabbat overview.

Moshe begins with a review of some of the history, starting with his delegation of authority to “captains of thousands, hundreds, fifties…” and then the to story of the ‘spies’ and why almost all those where were there then, aren’t now.

What is perhaps most interesting about this retelling are the DIFFERENCES in emphasis that he chooses, almost 40 years later.

“Debarim: Spying, DNA, and Deception”

“Debarim: Spying, DNA, and Deception”

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Double-Parsha “Matot-Masei”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week the Book of Numbers concludes with a double-portion, Matot and Masei (Numbers 30:2 through the end of the Book.)

The first parsha begins with a clear, unequivocal description of the statutes concerning vows. They are, in fact, different for men than for women. And the fact that THAT is among the several things that are now so “NOT PC” demonstrate beyond any doubt why any land where a man’s word is not only no longer his “bond” is lawless.

The rest of the portions help show why that is so.

The Erev Shabbat introduction:

SSM Matot-Masei 2020

The phrase, “a man’s word is his bond,” can be traced directly to this part of Scripture. The trouble is, too many AmeriKans under the age of 50 have never heard it, and it is no longer respected in publik skools, newsrooms, statehouses, governor’s mansions, or just about any place where post-Constitutional tyrants put their hand on a Bible and lie.

Mark Call in this teaching makes clear why honoring of our word is fundamental to a free society, and why understanding the vital importance of thesse commandments are a “necessary but NOT sufficient condition,” not only for marriage, but for Mankind.

What we are seeing play out in real time, as this nation devolves into abject fear and irrational self-destruction, at the hands of oath-breakers at all levels, is what he describes as “the Great Filter.” It really is a “narrow path,” and it’s increasingly obvious why “FEW there be that find it!”

“Matot-Masei: Vows, Broken Oaths, Lies, and The Great Filter”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio

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Parsha “Pinchas”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1) may be one of the most problematic stories in the Torah. Aaron’s grandson Pinchas (aka Phineas) killed two idolators ‘in the act’, and in the process saved countless lives from a plague that had already taken 24,000. And he was given the “Covenant of Peace” by Yahuah.

The Erev Shabbat introduction:

The haftorah portion this week outlines some of the final events in the career of the prophet Eliyahu (Elijah) and also has not only some interesting parallels, but a warning, the hard truth of which has long been ignored by both whoring houses, but has now come to a head, including another plague.

There is a sword coming upon the land. All of it. Worldwide. But you cannot blow a shofar wearing a muzzle. And you cannot walk in obedience, unless, like Pinchas, you are sure Who you serve.

“Pinchas: A Choice of Life and Death”

The combined two-part teaching is here via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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Double Parsha “Chukat-Balak”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

By now, those of us who study Scripture should understand just how much what is Written still applies today. But when an unusual DOUBLE portion resonates SO dramatically with the real, literally “life and death” issues that shape the most significant conflicts in American history, AND corresponds even to the secular anniversary of the event that is almost certainly the MOST important societal AND spiritual event in history, too — it’s time to take notice.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

This double portion begins with the most famous example of a ‘chuk’ in the Torah, the preparation and purpose of the ‘red heiffer’. There’s the death of Miriam, more whining, and the double ‘rock-strike’ that cost Moshe and Aaron their entry into the Land, some famous battles, the bronze serpent on a pole, and finally the story of the ancient equivalent of a famous televangelist, Balam (or Bilaam), the guy that even had a talking donkey.

How all of this that seems to disparate somehow actually fits together, however, is downright amazing.

And there are parallels, uncomfortable as they may be, in what has been given to us, and what is being rejected today.

“Chukat-Balak: A Whole LOT of Paradoxes that Somehow Mean MORE Now than Ever”

The combined two-part teaching is here:

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Parsha “Korach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Korach” (Numbers chapters 16 through 18) is about what is probably the most famous – or infamous – ‘rebellion’ in Scripture. Which is part of the reason the lesson is oh-so-relevant today.

The Erev Shabbat overview:

Korach and those who rebelled against Moshe and Aaron’s leadership claimed to want to worship and serve Yahuah. Arguaby, power and self-aggrandizement were also imnportant to their motivation. And their fate still serves as a warning.

Yet there are parallels, and other elements which are utterly antithetical, in the worldwide rebellion in progress today.

Clearly there are both more “power hungry” wannabe tyrants at work today. But “serving God” isn’t part of their agenda. Well, unless one asks, “which?…”

“Korach: Rebellion, or ‘Argument for the Sake of Hell-on-Earth'”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Shelach-Lekha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Shelach-Lekha” (Numbers chapters 13 through 15) is sometimes thought of as the ‘story of the spies’. Mark sometimes refers to it as the ‘first recorded VOTE in human history as well,’ nothing that it went badly, and those who trusted Yahuah “lost”, 10-2.

The Erev Shabbat overview

The Sabbath midrash continues from there, with the implications.

“Shelach-Lekha: Having Eyes but Choosing NOT to See”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Beha’alotecha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Parsha “Beha’alotecha” (Numbers chapters 8 through 12) covers quite a wide range of topics, from the menorah and silver trumpets, and thus things like, “head ’em up, move ’em out”, to some elements that are considerably more “problematic.” The fact that they are still so apropos is what should resonate with us now.

The Erev Shabbat overview lays out the “what and why?”

The Sabbath midrash continues from there, with the implications.

“Beha’alotecha: Whining By Wannabe SLaves – But Don’t Pick on ’em, We’re No Better”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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Mark Call – Parsha “Naso and a bit more”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

This week, Mark Call completes the look at the last part of parsha “Naso” (Numbers chapter 7, in this case) and a look at what one of the most clearly “redundant” elements in the whole Torah, into this week’s two-part teaching.

The Erev Shabbat overview takes the repitition “head on,” not only with a bit of an ‘engineering perspective’ but a look at the bigger question, “Why?”

The Sabbath midrash picks up there. If those twelve princes of their tribes all managed to bring exactly the same offerings, each on their day, what does that really tell us. Today, we might use the term “groupthink” to describe people marching in unison. But it depends on Who they are following.

“Naso and Groupthink – a World Again Filled with Chamas – and Greater Things Than These”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via Hebrew Nation Radio.

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Parsha “Shavout – and a bit of Naso”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Chag S’meach!

This is another special week, since the regular Torah portion is — at least somewhat! — pre-empted by the final spring feast of Shavuot.

But because it turns out to be SO apropos anyway, Mark Call decided to incorporate at least SOME of parsha “Naso” (Numbers 4:21 through chapter 6, in this case) into this week’s two-part teaching.

The Erev Shabbat overview and “set-up” includes both the first couple of chapters of that parsha, along with some traditional readings from Exodus chapters 19 through 20 (the giving of the Torah and ‘Ten Debarim’ at Mount Sinai) as well, since that was at least the FIRST part of what happened during this time, so long ago.

The Sabbath midrash is not only about Shavuot, this final of the three Spring feasts [moedim], but how so much of what is happening RIGHT NOW in the biggest orchestrated global economic meltdown in history, but also the explicit destruction of most of “western civilization’ and the American republics as well, is literally about as much of a “proof” of the validity of Scripture as could be hoped for.

How do placebo masks, the ‘woman caught in adultery,’ and even the Book of Ruth manage to relate SO specifically to what happened in our history, and is now unfolding all around us, and more so than ever on this special day?

Shavuot, and a bit of Naso: Idolatary, Big Brother Style”

The combined two-part teaching is here, via the Hebrew Nation Radio page.

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