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Posted February 23, 2015 - 6:54am

A great and chronic myth has been perpetuated within Christianity that needs to be addressed. It is the belief that the Law (i.e., the Torah) has been and always will be impossible to keep, and that Yeshua came to live out the Torah perfectly and thus "fulfill" it so his followers would not have to. This article seeks to examine the veracity of this claim and expose the problems of misunderstanding the Torah and its function. We will be examining some familiar passages, but hopefully in a new light that will begin to illuminate this subject.

Three primary passages have lead many to believe the Torah to be impossible to keep: Acts 15:10, James 2:10 and Paul’s circuitous argument in Romans 6-7. This series of articles will address each of these cases. We will begin with the first passage, the famous argument Peter puts forth at the Council of Jerusalem. 

The Question of Gentile Believers

In Acts 15 we read of a debate among the followers of Yeshua — who were all Jewish up to this juncture — in regard to the position of Gentiles who have confessed allegiance to Yeshua and forsaken idolatry. Followers of Yeshua who were also Pharisees thought that the natural thing for these Gentiles to do was to be circumcised and keep the Law of Moses:

But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.” (Acts 15:5)

Posted January 18, 2015 - 10:45am

A recent report has just revealed that what appears to be the oldest extant copy of the Gospel of Mark has been discovered. It appears that it was discovered at least three years ago and both scientists and are working together to publish their findings in the months ahead. Up to this point the entire discovery has been hidden behind sealed lips. However, a little bit of the information has been leaked to the media.

The discovery actually comes from an unexpected location. The gospel fragment was discovered in secondary use as part of an Egyptian burial mask on a mummy of common status. The forthcoming report will reveal more details on its discovery and its contents.  Biblical scholar Craig Evans has been working as part of the team to unravel the mystery behind the text and hopes to publish his findings as soon as the scientific report has been made public. You can read more about the discovery here:

http://www.livescience.com/49489-oldest-known-gospel-mummy-mask.html

Posted December 30, 2014 - 7:38am

Another year has come and gone. The year 2014 been difficult, but we have finished strong and are encouraged about what the coming year has to offer. We are thankful for those who have partnered with us to help us accomplish many of our goals for this past year. If you have been one of those partners, we sincerely thank you for your support. It has helped tremendously. We desire to show our stewardship of the resources with which you have entrusted us. Below is a review of some of the things Emet HaTorah has accomplished in 2014.

In 2014 Emet HaTorah has:

Posted December 11, 2014 - 9:44am

Many times we are asked why we focus so much on studying and teaching the Torah alongside the teachings of Yeshua. The answer to that is quite simple. Yeshua was a Torah teacher. He was a first century rabbi, expounding upon the concepts of Torah and sharing his interpretations and rulings for the practical applications of Torah with his disciples. Many people do not approach the teachings of Yeshua from this perspective, simply because they do not realize his focus was upon bringing the hearts of his followers closer to the Torah. His ultimate goal was the re-establishment of the Kingdom. He continually proclaimed his gospel message, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” This Kingdom, however, would not come until the people of God would repent — that is, until they turned their hearts back to His ways, the commandments found within the Torah. He will one day come as King and rule over the nations from Jerusalem, as is written, “A Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression” (Isaiah 59:20).

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The Magerman Edition

Author: Daniel Rose & Jay Goldmintz
Publisher: Koren Publishers
Year: 2014

The Koren Ani Tefilla Siddur is one of the latest in Koren’s growing collection of siddurim (prayer books) geared towards a specific demographic. Koren describes Ani Tefilla as “an engaging and thought-provoking siddur for the inquiring high school student and thoughtful adult.” Koren says that Ani Tefillah has been developed in order “to help the user create their own meaning and connection during the Tefilla [prayer] experience.” The name of the siddur is connected with its objective. Ani Tefilla means “I pray.” 

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