Division Exodus 5 – Shevat 15 5782 – JAN 17 2022 |Daily Devar 55

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A few words on division from Exodus 5.

And they said to them, “May haShem look at you and judge accordingly, because you have made us utterly abhorrent in the view of Pharaoh and his servants, and you have put a sword in their hands to kill us!”

Exodus 5:21

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May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

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Yitro 5782 Torah, Haftorah and Apostolic Readings

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Despite our failures and shortcomings, our Heavenly Father will see His will done. Join Him and be blessed as He shows His Glory.

Parashat Yitro tells of Jethro’s organizational counsel to Moses and G-d’s revelation of the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.

In the Haftorah, Isaiah sees a vision of the LORD ruling and reigning despite Israel’s disobedience.

In the Apostolics, Messiah tells how it is impossible to earn a portion in the wolrd to come.

The fifth portion of the book of Shemot/Exodus is Yitro, which means “Jethro.” This is the seventeenth Torah Portion.

TORAH: Exodus 18:1-20:23

HAFTORAH: Isaiah 6:1-7:6, 9:5-6

APOSTOLIC: Matthew 19:16–26

Chabad has wonderful resources for studying the weekly Torah Portion

You can read or listen to the portions through FFOZ’s Torah Portion site.

Struggle Exodus 4 – Shevat 14 5782 – JAN 16 2022 |Daily Devar 54

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A few words on struggle from Exodus 4.

Nevertheless, I am going to make him hardhearted, and he will refuse to let the people go.

Exodus 4:21

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Humility Exodus 3 – Shevat 13 5782 – JAN 15 2022 |Daily Devar 53

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A few words on humility from Exodus 3.

Moshe said to G-d, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and lead the people of Isra’el out of Egypt?”

Exodus 3:11

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Mother’s Love Exodus 2 – Shevat 12 5782 – JAN 14 2022 |Daily Devar 52

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A few words on a mother’s love from Exodus 2.

When she conceived and had a son, upon seeing what a fine child he was, she hid him for three months.

Exodus 2:2

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Defiance Exodus 1 – Shevat 11 5782 – JAN 13 2022 |Daily Devar 51

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A few words on defiance from Exodus 1.

However, the midwives were G-d-fearing women, so they didn’t do as the king of Egypt ordered but let the boys live.

Exodus 1:17

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Genesis 50 – Shevat 10 5782 – JAN 12 2022 |Daily Devar 50

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A few words on forgiveness from Genesis 50.

But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of G-d?

Genesis 50:19

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Why was the Almighty worried about the Philistines? – 5782 Beshalach Aliyah by Aliyah

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There is a commandment given to Israel that once every 7 years, during the Festival of Sukkot, they should assemble ALL the people to hear the Torah read to them. (Deuteronomy 31:10-12). Chazal (a Hebrew acronym that means, “our sages of blessed memory”) instituted a continuous cycle of reading the Torah. They defined weekly sections so that Jews would be reading and hearing Torah every single week and complete the 5 Books of Moses in a set time. The teachers I learned under taught me to follow the yearly Torah cycle and I discovered that Chabad divides their Torah study into daily aliyot. When the Torah portion is read in its entirety on Shabbat in the synagogue, there are seven sections, seven aliyot. The Chabad tradition is to study one aliyah each day, starting Sunday and going through to Shabbat. One who does this can get a double dose of the same Torah Portion each week.

Additionally, the Ashkenazic and Sepharidc, that is Eastern European and Spanish or Iberian Peninsula communities sometime differ on how they divide the Torah Portions.

It’s time to explore Torah Portion Beshalach, aliyah by aliyah.

Beshalach Exodus 13:17–17:16

Aliyah 1 – Exodus 13:17-14:8

Exodus 13:17-18

17 After Pharaoh had let the people go, G-d did not guide them to the highway that goes through the land of the P’lishtim, because it was close by — G-d thought that the people, upon seeing war, might change their minds and return to Egypt. 18 Rather, G-d led the people by a roundabout route, through the desert by the Sea of Suf. The people of Isra’el went up from the land of Egypt fully armed.

EXO 13:17-18

The Almighty is capable of anything but He knows that Man can waste His blessings through our faithlessness.

Exodus 13:19

Moshe took the bones of Yosef with him, for Yosef had made the people of Isra’el swear an oath when he said, “G-d will certainly remember you; and you are to carry my bones up with you, away from here.”

EXO 13:19

Who was keeping track of this? Israel was in Egypt for around 200 years. Generations of Joseph’s tribesmen kept a memory of this oath and fulfilled it all those years later. Why did Moses fulfill this promise? Why not someone from Ephraim or Menashe? Also, the Torah seems to be stating that oaths are important to keep. Isn’t that obvious, why point that out? The reason I mention is because I want to make a point of drawing from and learning from the Torah by taking the time to acknowledge what it is telling us.

Exodus 13:20-22

They traveled from Sukkot and set up camp in Etam, at the edge of the desert. HaShem went ahead of them in a column of cloud during the daytime to lead them on their way, and at night in a column of fire to give them light; thus they could travel both by day and by night. Neither the column of cloud by day nor the column of fire at night went away from in front of the people.

EXO 13:20-22

HaShem was always, visibly with Israel, leading, guiding and protecting them. He truly is the good  shepherd.

Exodus 14:1

HaShem said to Moshe,

EXO 14:1

Is this the 4th shortest verse in the Bible? This one was just for kicks.

Exodus 14:2-4

“Tell the people of Isra’el to turn around and set up camp in front of Pi-Hachirot, between Migdol and the sea, in front of Ba‘al-Tz’fon; camp opposite it, by the sea. Then Pharaoh will say that the people of Isra’el are wandering aimlessly in the countryside, the desert has closed in on them. I will make Pharaoh so hardhearted that he will pursue them; thus I will win glory for myself at the expense of Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will realize at last that I am HaShem.” The people did as ordered.

EXO 14:2-4

HaShem is using the people as bait to draw Pharaoh into a trap.

Exodus 14:5-8

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people. They said, “What have we done, letting Isra’el stop being our slaves?” So he prepared his chariots and took his people with him — he took 600 first-quality chariots, as well as all the other chariots in Egypt, along with their commanders. HaShem made Pharaoh hardhearted, and he pursued the people of Isra’el, as they left boldly.

EXO 14:5-8

Just as HaShem had arranged it. Pharaoh was provoked and set himself against Israel, against HaShem one more time.

Aliyah 2 – Exodus 14:9-14

Exodus 14:14

HaShem will do battle for you. Just calm yourselves down!”

EXO 14:14

This is so true. He is always with us, even when we can’t see it, we just have to trust.

Aliyah 3 – Exodus 14:15-26

Exodus 14:23

The Egyptians continued their pursuit, going after them into the sea — all Pharaoh’s horses, chariots and cavalry.

EXO 14:23

Look at the consequences of pride and a hard-heart. This entire army rushed forward into their own destruction.

Aliyah 4 – Exodus 14:26-15:26

Exodus 14:26

He said, “If you will listen intently to the voice of HaShem your G-d, do what he considers right, pay attention to his mitzvot and observe his laws, I will not afflict you with any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians; because I am HaShem your healer.”

EXO 14:26

Israel was already saved. They were redeemed and then HaShem gave them instructions on how to live full, free and happy lives. The Torah is good and beautiful and following it brings peace and blessings.

Aliyah 5 – Exodus 15:27-16:10

Exodus 16:10

As Aharon spoke to the whole community of the people of Isra’el, they looked toward the desert; and there before them the glory of HaShem appeared in the cloud

EXO 16:10

Is this the first time that the people of Israel saw a manifestation of HaShem? I guess it is, besides the pillar of cloud and fire. I guess. How are they different? How was that not a manifestation of HaShem’s glory?

Aliyah 6 – Exodus 16:11-36

Exodus 16:17-18

The people of Isra’el did this. Some gathered more, some less; but when they put it in an ‘omer-measure, whoever had gathered much had no excess; and whoever had gathered little had no shortage; nevertheless each person had gathered according to his appetite.

EXO 16:17-18

What an interesting miracle. I wonder how many types of miracles there are. This is a miracle of unity, I’ll call it this for now.

Aliyah 7 – Exodus 17:1-16

Exodus 17:12

However, Moshe’s hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aharon and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other; so that his hands stayed steady until sunset.

EXO 17:12

How messianic am I? I can’t help but see something of Messiah with a fellow Jew on either side of him being alluded to here. The victory over Amalek happens before sunset. The victory of Messiah over death on Passover happens before sunset.


That concludes my journey through Beshalach for the year 5782.

I hope these words have been a blessing to you.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.

Genesis 49 – Shevat 9 5782 – JAN 11 2022 |Daily Devar 49

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A few words on chiding from Genesis 49.

Cursed be their anger, for it has been fierce; their fury, for it has been cruel. I will divide them in Ya‘akov and scatter them in Isra’el.

Genesis 49:7

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Genesis 48 – Shevat 8 5782 – JAN 10 2021 |Daily Devar 48_

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A few words on heritage from Genesis 48.

May they remember who I am and what I stand for, and likewise my fathers Avraham and Yitz’chak, who they were and what they stood for.

Genesis 48:16

Daily Devar is a project to read and comment on one chapter of the Bible, 7 times a week.

May our Heavenly Father give you peace and joy.

This is Matthew and I am Walking In Liberty.