Amazing teaching on this portion of Scripture. I use the Aramaic too. I didn't know the Talmud shows us so much that Yahshua is the Messiah. I'd heard not to study it that it doesn't agree with the law, is this so?
Excellent question. I would first off refer to Genesis 26:5 and Deuteronomy 17:8-13. One things "Messianics" have a hard time with is the clear evidence in the Scripture of a Torah She Be'al Peh, an oral Torah. For even the words of Yeshua in terms of halichic matters and the words of Paul are just that, Torah She Be'al Peh.
There is only one sect that disregards Deuteronomy 17, Genesis 26 and Matthew 23:1 and that is a sect known as the Karaites which is a Muslim infiltration in the Hebrew Roots. They admit even on their website that they are indeed Muslims and they are trying to infiltrate Judaism. They have not been successful in Orthodox Judaism but it saddens me to say they have been majorly successful in the Hebrew Roots. I have seen many fall pray to the Karaites and they are a very cleaver not only Muslim but anti-missionary sect and they claim to be the "original Jews" but it just is not so considering the earliest records of Karaites were in Islam in 600AD and the earliest in Judaism in 900AD. Now that is a red flag. Why do they sway people from the oral Torah? Because it proves the Messiahship of Yeshua. The Karaites prey in those who are very young in their walk and they have been very successful in terms of getting people to first question Paul then denounce Paul then they work to get people to deny Messiah Yeshua. So therefore we must also make note of 1 John 2:22 and when we look at Revelation 2:9 and Revelation 3:9 the thing that is scary is that Karaites who reject the rabbinical rulings fought alongside the Nazis in WWII they were known as the Crimean Karaites. So when you see that verse and it talks of "those who say they are Jews but are not" they are talking about Karaites. I can also prove a Yeshua was definitely not a Karaite by looking at Luke 22. Notice Yeshua is having a Pesach Seder, where is the Seder commanded in the written Torah?? Nowhere, it is in the oral tradition. We also see Yeshua quote R. Hillel often and favorably in 10 different verses. The oral Torah is not for the young in their walk but it is important to have an appreciation for it and move on to it when you know the written Chumash front to back and know it well.
Wow, like Nehemia Gordon? He is a Karaite.
Well Callie, let's look at Nehemia's closest friends, Ira Michelson..denied Yeshua, Avi Ben Mordechai....denied Yeshua, Jono....denied Yeshua, Jim Morgan.....denied Yeshua, Ronnie James....denied Yeshua, Mike Haynes.....denied Yeshua, the list goes on and on and on, and one of those guys is training to be a Muslim sheek now....remember the words of Yeshua "a good tree cannot bear bad fruit and a bad tree cannot hear good fruit".
Good points, what do you think of Jim Staley?
It is not my job to sit and talk about other teachers. All I will say is I teach Judaism and a Jim teaches Christianity. I am not a heart surgeon telling a lawyer how to do his job. Jim and I don't run in the same crowds, we used to but not anymore. If you are fishing for what teachers to watch or listen to let me say this, it is not up for me to tell you. Sometimes stumbling and falling and getting bad information causes you to gain wisdom, when I started in my walk I listened to a much different group of teachers and rabbis than I do now. It is because of growth and because of bad experiences....and good experiences. It all comes down to not putting your faith in a teacher and following him but putting it in Hashem. Only a cult leader would say "you should only listen to this person that person and this other one" if you find yourself in a position to where those whom you listen to wish to burn books or tell you who you can and can't listen to then you know you may not be in the right place. All I can say is that you will need to figure that out for yourself and you are gonna need to go through it. But when you find a teacher or rabbi who makes you look introspectively as opposed to seeing the Torah as a loaded weapon, then you know you are in good hands for it is written and it was said by our Messiah "blessed are the peacekeepers for they will inherent the Kingdom of Heaven". Personally I want to be around those kats :)
Very wise of you Rav. Yes, I see much of this. You're the only popular teacher who has give me a satisfactory answer on this. Thank you I will listen every week.
I got a chuckle today when I subscribed to your podcast after listening to your podcast for a month and I saw on my iPod it says Christopher Fredrickson. Are you the same Christopher Fredrickson that wrote Yetzer Shalom? I love that book. If that is you are you going to write a follow up? I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down.
Yessir, Yetzer Shalom: Inclinations of Peace is my magnum opus essentially :) I am not planning on a follow up of it but I am constantly expounding upon it and may release a 3rd edition in a few months. I am very proud of that book and I see it as an ongoing effort as opposed to a book that is complete, that book will never be complete until it needs to be separated into volumes essentially and only then will I ever even scratch the surface of what I attempted to convey in that book. I am glad you enjoy the book and the teachings
Rabbi where can I get a PDF of the Talmid so I can look up Sukkot 52? I find this so fascinating how you explain Yoseph.
We have the Talmud for free download at www.NazareneMedia.net under the "media" tab click on "free eBooks" and the Talmud as well as over 150 other books are there for free.
Praise Yah. I listened to this and my friend Daniel said you don't teach Yahusha anymore but I'm happy to see he is wrong you teach about the Savior so lovingly that I feared if he was right then we would have lost our sage of the generation which is you Rabbi Chris. Your audios and videos are such an anointed blessing when I listen I feel I am sitting on the floor of your house learning at the feet of a great sage. If you had left Yahusha I would have too because I trust your teaching so much because it blessed me so much and this one is no different. You help many who want to learn about Yahusha and we are happy to have a great sage like you on our side. Blessings to you in the name of Yahuah.
Just heard you on Nazarene Media radio and this was the best I'd heard on this readings. You must do a lot of study to quote as many things you do. I can't believe this is free, I've paid for recordings that aren't half as good as this. Your a devoted servant and an anointed man. Is this a weekly recording? Thank you.
Glad you enjoyed it and yes mam it is weekly :)
Don't listen to this fraud listen to real teachers like me Rico Cortes and Adam White at www.messianiclambradio.com and www.wisdomintorah.com. Chris is a fraud he's not even a believer in Moshiach he is faking it. Don't be fooled. Those who are fooled are lemmings heading towards destruction you will burn in the fires of hell with Chris. Listen not to this false prophet.
Rabbi do you do kiddish? Is it a mitzvot? I love your shows.
Kiddish is a very sacred thing. Many congregations do the kiddish in the orthodox sects every week. I think personally it is a good thing to do if you are compelled to do so, especially of you have lost someone close to you. The thing that is beautiful about the kiddish is that it is a prayer for someone who has passed on and in many ways it became a part of our tradition in the Parsha Chayai Sarah. Let it be known Yeshua was not against "all" tradition. He was against tradition taking away from God. Some tradition helps us to have a physical model to understand the spiritual because as human beings we have varying degree of intellect. Yeshua himself engaged in a tradition in John 10, and Luke 22 both he endorsed, one in his words and the other in traveling 90 miles on foot to be in Jerusalem. But the kiddish is a prayer for the dead, yet the prayer does not mention death once and we see Avraham Avenu engaging in the kiddish in the Parsha Chayia Sarah. You asked if it is a mitzvos....I say no yet it is a mitzvah. Only do the kiddish if you feel compelled to or if your congregation does it do not separate yourself from your assembly when they do it. And if they don't then do not make it an issue if you feel compelled yet the others and the Rav does not. For the most important mitzvos and mitzvah is shalom and having holy convocations. I pray that helps to answer your question.
Do you read Ohr Chaim?
I find that the writings of Rabbi Chayim ben Attar as well as the Maharal of Prague, the Baal Shem Tov, R Bachya, and the Ramchal are essential readings for those who want to dig deeper into the Torah and most importantly who want to learn how to apply mitzvios for the sake of Hashem. For too often we tend to practice Torah for the sake of self, those great Rabbis I listed and Rabbi Chayim ben Attar (the Ohr Chayim) are perfect for extra reading to learn how to apply Torah in every second of the day and to raise awareness of Hashem working and orchestrating every second of your life and the thing that is great about those Rabbis is they do an amazing job of making that known and making you aware of that. I am a student of their amazing writings or that of the writings of their students who recorded their words and their teachings. I think the Ohr Chayim is amazing.
Great! Also one last question, why do you say Bereshit different than other people do in their shows?
That is a question I get often lol. Many are used to the Sefardi dialect of Hebrew cause that is the most used in the Hebrew Roots, yet as I am sure you have realized in my teaching I was trained much differently and I learned much differently. And when I learned Hebrew I was looking at the two dialects and when you read it with the Sefardi dialect it just seemed very choppy to me it doesn't flow very well. And in terms of Genesis they say Beresheet, now in the Askinazi dialect they say Bereishis (Bear-ee-aye-sheesh) and the thing I have realized is the Ashkinazi flows better off the tongue and it flows better and it reads almost like poetry in its fluidity. And it sounds much different and it is essentially easier to learn cause it sounds like music when you read it and it has a syllable beat essentially. The Sefardi dialect reads like nails in my head to be honest, and that is just me.
Also many learn their Hebrew from things like STRONG's concordance and it turns the Hebrew language into something parallel to the Greek which I personally think is dangerous cause Hebrew and Aramaic are not like languages like Greek. The Greek language is great for science and mathematics but horrible to convey Scripture because it does not allow the fullness to come out. And James Strong relied on the Sefardi as well in terms of paralleling the Greek and he took that route because he believed in a Greek primacy, essentially he agreed in an English primacy by taking the English back to Greek then taking the Greek back to Hebrew which is a backwards way of learning what the text actually says and you only have 1/8 of a chance of getting the words right in the original text of the Khabouris Codex and the Masoretic text, and so that means out of 8 words you MIGHT get one of them right, so to further the ideal of Greek primacy he used the Sefardi to make it seem like a discombobulated mess when trying to speak it. Not that there is anything wrong with the Sefardi dialect but I personally think that if you are going to read the Hebrew on the air that one should show how beautiful it is. I love brother Mark Biltz like a brother he is a very smart guy and one of my favorite people to listen to but when you hear him do the Hebrew blessing at the end of his broadcast it drives me up the wall and it doesn't flow well in the Sefardi dialect and for me, a person who can speak fluent Hebrew it is hard to listen to for me, for some who do not it may not be like nails on a chalk board to them but to me it is.
Now I studied with Hasidim, and they always read in the Askinazi as do 90% of the people in Israel today as well as maybe close to 99% of the synagogues and personally I find the Askinazi dialect 100x more beautiful. So you will see even in the ways I wrote the Torah Portions in transliterated Hebrew you see my translation of the Parsha is in the Ashkinazi. In two weeks we have Shemos and most will call it Shemot. I know I am a part of a minority in this sect in terms of the Hebrew Roots and the Netzari Faith, and don't think I am saying everyone needs to switch to the Ashkinazi dialect if they are learning and do not think I am here to correct people and saying the Sefardi dialect is bad in any way it is not bad at all, it is awesome. But for me I find the Ashkinazi to be more beautiful and when I am interviewed by people on Israel on radio stations there they all use the Askinazi dialect so as well I tend to stay with the dialect when I have to speak in Hebrew. :) I pray that answer helps understand why I spell and say some things differently.
Oh wow ok. That makes sense. Thank you for the thorough explanation. I did see you know Hebrew better than others I hear speak it on radio. Yours does flow better and I though you grew up with it I guess I am wrong. I thought maybe someone was wrong in how they said it and I am just trying to understand and it's nice you didn't condemn anyone that makes it easier and makes me stress not as much. Thank you for your time and patience Rabbi. None of the other famous teachers like you take the time out for me and I appreciate you do and also give me a complete answer. I knew the first time I heard you that you were different and kinder than the others. I wish others were like you (sad face). It's getting late Shabbat Shalom achi.
I pray to YHVH your teachings reach all corners of the earth and I know with each person who listens we are one step closer to the return of Yehoshua Hamashiach. Your teachings are are like the special meals people bring out the good china for and the wine glasses. Each teaching you do, for me and my family it is an event and a special occasion that is like a holiday for each of us. We used to watch Jim Staley and Michael Rood and we felt something was missing and we feared we would never find what was missing and your teachings have restored the faith of the first century. Satan does not like what you are doing and those you are reaching. I would learn from you any day of the week. Thank you for not charging for your teachings you obviously could make a lot of money if you odd I see all the comments and I hear people in my own assembly speak about your teachings at oneg all the time. They pass around your DVDs and CDs all the time and you are reaching more than you know for each person who listens online there are 2 more that you don't know about. I think everyone in my assembly have at least 2 CDs of DVDs of your teachings thank you once again for not charging us. Tears flow from my eyes every week when I get the email about your new teachings. I receive so much blessing and peace when I listen to you.
I love Pardes Radio Network so much. I'm listening too all the shows and sermons on sabbath and so much knowledge is on this station. You are my favorite of all them though. Such a sweet servant of Yah you are.
Rabbi I was surfing in the Jewish section in the iTunes Store I saw Brutal Planet is still #1 and I didn't know that this one is #3 there. Wow that is so wow. G-d has put an amazing blessing on your podcast you're reaching thousands everyday and it warms my heart.
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