Torah Portion Va’Etchanan Complete

Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11

Isaiah 40:1-26

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This Parashah covers Mosheh's viewing the land, Mosheh's demand for obedience, the cities of refuge, the Ten Words/Commandments, the "greatest" commandment, and Israel's status as a chosen people

In this week's Torah Portion we will continue our focus on the legality of the Book of Devarim structured as a Suzerain-Vassal Treaty by digging deeper into some prevalent concepts that are found in these chapters. I pray that once we investigate these legal-covenantal concepts in their Ancient Near Eastern context, that we will gain a clearer understanding on how to "love" or be "loyal" to our King and also see how significant the Shema, the Oath is that we speak refers directly to the faithfulness and the "Divine Integrity" of Our KING YHWH.

We will also focus on the other verses of the Shema in Deuteronomy 6:5-6 and expound more into the mindset of the ancient near east and the topic of the heart. It is all about returning to the proper order,function and will of YHWH at the beginning of Creation. This will help us to bring more clarity to the topics of circumcision of the heart, the covenant written on our hearts in Jeremiah 31 , the Parable of the Sower and many other verses dealing with the heart through out Scripture.

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

51 thoughts on “Torah Portion Va’Etchanan Complete”

  1. I thought I was clear, about function of brain, and now you talk about the organ called heat again. So, if we are talking about the healthy function of the brain; then we should say that instead of “heart”. The brain stem (back of the head when the tefillin straps fall) are where are the nerve endings from our whole body move into the center of the brain, that’s an area that process (if we have emotional wounds, the processor malfunctions) from there we to to the Exedutor where we make decisions (where the tefillin box is placed) So, if the center area processor has a malfunction – then the information going to the Executor is faulty and we error.

  2. My opinion of the 1st cause of the writting on the hear, is found in 1 John 1 What was from the beginning, what we have HEARD, what we have SEEN with our eyes, what we BEHELD, and our Hands handled, concerning the Word of Life.

    We are like robots in that information comes through our senses; and then is written or experienced in the heart/mind. His students with him, night day, were to pattern themselves from Him; and his is how He, The Word is written on the heart. When we are returned, and He’s with us, we can again see, hear, touch mostly likely smell Him; and we can follow Him for reals.

  3. Comfort is part of the terminology used in the ingrafting process. There is the original tree, it must receive an ingrafting at age 3, or it will not live. The husband man goes out into a different field and finds a wild or undomesticated three, and takes a grafting. The place at which the cut is made is called a Zion, and the open wound is wrapped in swadling cloth, linen to cover the wound (a blinding) so it’s life force won’t leadk out, and will not receive disease. This wrapping of the wound is a “comfort” both to the original tree and the tree being engrafted. Fore instance the people in Iraq, who are on the hill trying to stay away from ISIS, to drop water and food; that’s humanitarian and is of benefet; but what they really need is a rescuse, a grafting in to some other nation; that’s comforting.

  4. Rico,
    One of the reasons that I enjoy watching you teach is because of what I see in you. I see an humble, enthusiastic, man who loves what he is doing, and one who is totally in love with His Lord and Master! To me that is a winning combination! There are few men of God who maintain that level of adoration of their God the way that you have done, and the excitement that you display when you when you are teaching definitely is contagious! The way that you teach, makes it easy enough for anyone to understand. Some people teach in a manner that makes one feel that a degree in theology is needed just to understand what they are talking about. I appreciate so much the way that Yehovah is using you to train up His body in the way that we should go! I love the integrity that I have seen displayed in your life and the way that you refuse to do or say anything that separates, but instead insist that everyone move in the direction of unity, trying to unite the body!
    Thank you for all that you do to strengthen, educate, & move us closer to the day we see our Redeemer return! May Yehovah richly bless you and your family for all the time that you are required to be away from them in your service to Him!
    Shalom!
    Deb

  5. Another point is, when the brothers of Joseph were returning to the land and Father Jacob, he told them “don’t argue along the way”; Yeshua also gave the same admonition; we are not to argue along the way. Those who have ears to hear, will hear it; those who do not won’t. The time is late Little Children we are coming upon the 11th hour; get ready as best you can.

    Shalom, Ms. Be

  6. Peace Rico;

    It is enough to teach truth without comparing our selves with any other group who may have a different twist. We have scripture that says He will return the House of Judah and his companions, and the House of Judah and his companions. I’ve not heard anyone define who are companions. Messianic Jews & Gentiles worshiping together (this is more to serving not music; though music is wonderful) or some say Jew/Christian together. (this is one house) Hebrew Roots is 2 house Jews/Christians/or nations together. Both can be right as In His Hand-governance/coveants we will be One nation (not religion). He’s going to sprinkle us, and teach us Himself in the land; we have come along way; but just like the days of the judges, there are divisons. People just need to drop the issues, do the best they can; none of us have it all correct. Most all leaders speak from their places and manage to dis each other in some way, some sarcasum, comparing or making statements negative about church is at least very poor form. Red house, blue house one way or the other Abba will Have One House, One nation under His Covenantal Kingship.
    When some Jewish leaders stated ‘we have Abraham for our father, Yeshua replied that He could make sons out of stones. He doesn’t need the arogant; He only needs 8 relatively righteous to begin a new world. Yeshua didn’t always answer some people’s quetions of challenge; neither do we. Be blessed in what the Father has given you to do; don’t look to right or left; walk forward toward Him and you won’t fall in the lake.
    Blessing to all the Messianic Teachers, Malachi’s scathing words of rebuke were 1st to the leaders. It is said that if the Children would have been in one accord; then they didn’t need Moses; they would have walked out. However, had that happened Pharouh would have rose up and slaughter all. Breslever’s “Be Happy” there’s no despair, Rabbi Lazer Brody’s admonition to the nations, “Hang on to the Tallit of HaShem” with all your might; its going to get a bit rough out there.
    Shabbat Shalom
    By the way “comfort” is related to process of ingrafting, when the cut into the trees both the natural and the wild in the field are made is called “blinding” Each zion or cut must be wrapped, clean clothes, priest garments; to prevent loss of fluid, nutrition and infection this is comfort; to be wrapped in priestly garments. The comforter is the husbandman/vinedresser who does the engrafting. Just keep doing your best He’ll take care of the rest.

  7. Very timely for me and my family as we have recently chosen to step out of the church we are in and just obey what the Lord has revealed to us. We have been attacked and dispised by our “brothers” but the Lord is teaching us to rely completely on Him and not to respond but to keep our eyes on Him. We serve a faithful Father. Thank you for the heart He has given you Rico, keep on keeping strong.

    Shalom,

  8. Dear Brother, may Yahweh continue to hold you in His arms and bless your efforts in teaching His people the Torah. Be encouraged! Hazak, hazak, v’nit’chazek! Be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened!
    Jacqueline

  9. Yo Rico,

    I thought that the time of repentance started on the first of the month Elul.
    Don’t it take 40 days till the day of Yom Kippur to do the Sellichot prayers?
    May strenght be with you!

    Shalom,

    Roeland

  10. Rico, thank you for sharing your heart with us. Although this has been a painful journey, please remember that HE made HIS children tread the straw into the mud until their legs became strong enough to make the journey. Your heart and head were already ready, but perhaps he is hardening your spiritual legs to make it through the tribulation times ahead when your brothers will turn on you. A year has passed, but you may not yet see the reason for your test, but when you do see, please share with us. We need those lessons to help prepare us, too.

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