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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).

Posted November 23, 2014 - 7:03am

I was recently asked a sincere question about the relationship of Yeshua to the Torah. Yeshua’s words in Matthew 5 seem to advocate changing the Torah’s principle of “eye for eye” with grace and mercy. The question was as follows:

God gave the people laws to obey, as recorded in Exodus 21 ("these are the laws you are to set before them..." v. 1) through 23. Among them is "an eye for an eye, tooth for tooth" (v. 24). Yeshua said "you have heard they were told 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.' But what I tell you is this: do not resist those who wrong you..." (Mt. 5:38-42). If we are required to be fully Torah observant, and Yeshua was simply establishing a way for us to do so in practice but without making any actual change to the laws Moses communicated, then how could Yeshua establish a new law of mercy in their place as he told his followers here?

Maybe you have come across this type of question as well. In our current newsletter, I address this question with an article entitled “An Eye For An Eye,” explaining Yeshua’s teaching in this instance. Maybe it will help you to explain this seeming contradiction to others who have posed this or a similar question to you. When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman's husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (Exodus 21:22–25)

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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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