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Numbers 8:1-12:16

Zechariah 2:10-4:7

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This Parashah covers the construction of the Menorah, the Passover, the Levites, the grumbling in the wilderness, and more.

YHVH'S Order for the kingdom reveals the Spiritual unfaithfulness of Israel and we should learn its consequences. This Portion should be an example for us of what not to do in the dispersion. More than ever we as a people should trust our Maker for His protection and ability to provide during the hard times.

This page includes Torah Portions from multiple years covered by Wisdom in Torah. Each year we covered the Torah from a different perspective so you can explore each Parashah from a different perspective and focus.

  • 2010 Portions: Focus on Messianic connections in the Parashah
  • ANET Portions: Focus on the ancient Near Eastern cultural context of the Parashah
  • Mitzvot Portions: Focus on explaining and exploring the commandments found in the Parashah (in progress)
  • 2015 Portions: Revisiting the Parashah looking at the ancient cultural context more in depth with additional areas that have been researched
  • Brit Portions: Focus on connecting the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) to the Parashah

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Rico Cortes

I am a teacher of Scriptures, Torah follower, and believer in Messiah Yeshua. I have been given the opportunity to share the Word of God with many believers around the world. My work as a servant of the Most High God has allowed me to be a voice to spread the good news of the New Testament, unveiling its truth through context and the obedience to the Almighty through his Torah.

48 thoughts on “Torah Portion Bechalotecha Complete”

  1. Perspective on Moshe putting away Zipporah as mentioned in the 2nd part of the 2010 Shiur…..

    According to Chassidic thought. Moshe & the other 70 became Navi’im & they all had to divorce as they can’t be with a woman & become tamah whilst connecting with YHVH for prophetic download……

    Rico mentioned in the 2010 Shiur that he was not sure why Moshe divorced. Perhaps this Rabbinical explanation may be worth considering…?

    Either way, it gives insight into the sages attempt to find answers for each dilemma the Torah proposes

    1. brenda skinner

      Perhaps Moses didn’t put away Zipporah because she converted to the true YHVH and this part of the torah is a picture of Romans 10:19 ” I shall provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation”

  2. The biggest problem with each of us is the flaw we deal with everyday. Selfishness! It is selfishness that people raise themselves over others to show how much better they are than others. This comes about because people are insecure. They fear insignificance. I guess the United States is in her teenage years; hopefully, Father Almighty will keep the U.S. alive as she goes through this time of maturing, hopefully it is His will. No wonder our wonderful Messiah will rule with an iron hand when He comes back. He will have to do so order will be kept in His kingdom.

    Also, Judiasm knows how to live in community; Christianity knows individualism. When the two come together, it will be powerful and not easily defeated. I think our Messiah is about community with each person’s own uniqueness contributing to the community so as to worship and serve with holiness our heavenly Father.

    Shalom from Mary in Plainview

  3. Andrea Rivoire

    Hi Rico
    I love your indepth teachings and I try to digg deeper in the word. So I have a question about keeping the Pessach, do you say it is nessesary for the males to be circumcised in order to participate? What about the scripture 1.Cor. 7,20?
    Thank you for more understanding.
    Blessings Andrea

  4. Rico, I hope and pray to be counted worthy enough to be a brother so I preface my comment, as a brother, only in love. I love everything that you are putting before us and appreciate the time and work you have sacrificed in order to lift me up. (here it comes) However, it is my opinion that your comments concerning politics do not exactly convey equity for all sides, for all sides are equally deserving of our criticisms. Most, if not all of our elected officials display their caste preferences for the concerns of their campaign donors over their constituents. Our political system has been just a dog & pony show for many years so how about showing some equity for all of elected actors? Amen? 🙂

    In love,

    1. Shalom Scott
      I think you make a very good point and it is something that we are all learning in regards to the political issues and politicians in this country. Thanks for your comment and I can not disagree with your observation

  5. Rico,
    We belive!!!

    Will you please tell us what we are to do/go when we see the “signs of the END OF DAYS”? Where are we to go to be among the “Camp of the Believers” that will be among the remnant? As I understand the Torah, we will have about 1 week to get thare. Where is there? We are to girth ourselves and be ready to go “in the time if “Unleaven Bread” I will be ready to go..but what should I take and where are we who are believers of the promises to go to meet those who will be protected as the people of Israel?

  6. Are you selling your whole year teachings on DVD’s. I am not too technically saavy and prefer DVD’s.

    Thank you for all of your time in researching your teachings, in order to teach us correctly. Thank you Rico for being humble enough to say that you were in error or that you do not know it well enough and will research it and let us know.

    Thank you for todays teaching. I always am amazed at the little I know and hungry to learn more and more.

    Be blessed in your trip to Europe. Enjoy it and continue to touch others as you are touching us with the Word of Yah.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart and soul for what you bring us. Muchas bendiciones.

  7. Hello,
    A reference for Bemidbar 12:1
    on the Kushite woman….
    Have you ever read Josephus’s account of Moses war campaign and victory in Ethiopia? It tells of Moses marriage to an Ethiopian princess. A friend named Jim Sorensen pointed this out to me several years ago and it really made sense. Also, this could explain the Cohen genes in some of the Ethiopians.
    Her name was Tharbis.

    Antiquities of the Jews – Book II by Josephus
    scroll down to : chapter 10
    …ends with :” and when Moses had cut off the Ethiopians, he gave thanks to God, and consummated his marriage, and led the Egyptians back to their own land. ”

    What became of her after that? and did she conceive? we do not know…
    Karen in Big Springs

  8. Interesting thought Teresa. It got me thinking about why the house of David, Nathan, Levi, and Shimei are specifically mentioned. Here are the meanings of the names:

    David = “Beloved” (from the root דּוד which you may recognize in the phrase “ani dodi”; I am my beloved’s)
    Nathan = “given”
    Levi = “attached”, “joined to”, “my heart” from H3867 (lavah) which means “twine” or “unite”
    Shimei = “renowned” from H8096 which is from H8088, Shema. Shema of course means “hear and obey”

    So the message, “My beloved (Son) is given to unite those who hear and obey”.
    One thought on the wives, wives are the covenant partners of their husband. Perhaps the wives mourning is speaking something to those who are in covenant with Israel?

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