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Intro to Torah Students: Lesson # 1. I am often asked, “How did you learn all of this?” I smile and think to myself, “I had an instructor that I think was related to Mr. Miyagi.” I never say that out loud, but I do think of it on occasion! As that is the case, I am going to try to give you an example, because a living example teaches better than an explanation.

OK, Confession… Torah is Like Rocket Science. Ordinary thinking, will not get you to the heights that you want to reach! It just won’t! You have to look at things from a whole new perspective!

Take a look at this series of photos below very carefully. Make note of what they all have in common, identify the patterns, connections, correlations… and make note of what you seewhat insights can you find? I will come back tomorrow and provide an answer to this riddle and provide you scriptural support for what I am trying to convey with this example. Post your observations under comments. If there are no comments, I will just leave the question open until a later time. Enjoy!

HINT: Think in terms of p’shat, d’resh, remez and sod. Ref: Torah Lishma – Click Here


See you soon! Shalom.

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Now You’re Learning Torah!

Lesson#2: Read Genesis, Chapter 11. This is a Pivotal Chapter in the torah. We are introduced to Abraham for the 1st time. After reading this chapter, are there any questions that you would expect a student to come away with? Are there any valid questions to be asked? Or, since we have the benefit of having read the entire book… is chapter 11 a brief geneaology and introduction with the meat of the word beginning later? (Post your observations in the comments section below).

  • NEED A HINT?: Think in terms of p’shat, d’resh, remez and sod. Ref: Torah Lishma – Click Here
  • Click this Link: to go to Biblehub.com for Hebrew/English Interlinear/Transliteration starting with Genesis 11:1 in order to obtain word for word translation from Hebrew to English, if you would like.

Although I had no participants for this exercise, I am going to see if I can offer a little help! As of June 5th, I am underlining a few sentences below in the verse that should cause us to ask some questions. See if you have any questions that come to mind as you review what is underlined. Scripture is open to questions, because GOD likes to provoke some thought. Later, I will come back, perhaps a week from now, and we will move to the next step.

Also, if you would like to follow along on another exercise of this nature, Click Here and the link will take you to the exercises listed on the Language of Prayer Page. Enjoy! Feel free to participate. If you do not want to do it live by posting comments on the post, just keep your notes in your journal and check back for updates! God Bless


1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:

11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:

13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:

15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.

16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:

17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.

18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:

19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.

20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:

21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.

22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:

23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.

24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:

25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.

26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.

28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.

30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.

31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.



A Higher Level of Divine Service to GOD

Course: Intro to Torah Anthology– Class Handouts Note: I am currently transitioning class materials onto this page as we continue through the course. Please refer back to this page at least once per week to ensure you collect all class materials/handouts/worksheets. Shalom

Always approach your time of study in the Word of GOD with humility and prayer before you begin and close with prayer afterward. To assist with this, I am adding this link to the BLESSING BEFORE & AFTER TORAH STUDY, for quick access. After you are done studying, scroll to the last prayer on the LANGUAGE OF PRAYER page and you will see the Blessing After Torah Study.

FYI: Only 2 of 3 pages of the Torah Lishma Handout have been included on this page. Beneath page 2, I have added an exercise for each student to complete. Reflect on the teaching, consider the assignments carefully, make note of your reply and check back at least weekly for the next step. God Bless.


Many times, students have asked what steps they should take to gain a deeper revelation of the scriptures. I suggest that they begin with learning and understanding the methods of Biblical Exegesis of the Scriptures from a Hebraic standpoint. Most of you have learned the Classical Method of Biblical Exegesis from a Christian viewpoint. Now, we are going to add to your arsenal of information by looking at the scriptures in a new way. The Objective: discipline our minds to see the finer details in the text. Traditionally, from my perspective as a teacher, we read over key information. We read right past key information, that I call “flags” that are trying to wave us down in order to alert us that, “more is going on… right there on the pages of scripture than we allow ourselves to take the time to see.” This exercise is about shifting your torah study, to the level of becoming meticulous in the text!

As I say that, I can hear the voices from my past saying… “It doesn’t take all that!” I assure it that it does. If you are at all interested in shifting your study to the level that it becomes “A Higher Level of Divine Service to GOD”, then you have to become determined to push past a few voices in order to get to where it is you want to go in the things of GOD. That’s lesson #1.

IN THE EXCERCISE BELOW, I am presenting an excerpt from the Bible from the Book of Ruth. Your assignment is to pinpoint at least 6 points of information that are “flags” to pursue further inquiry. What 6 points of information in the text are flags? i.e., which key points jump out at you in the message? What are the questions that you should be asking about them?

That’s it! I will update this post in a few days with the 6 points that I would choose and suggest some possible questions that you should ask when studying the Book of Ruth. We will move forward after we have are questions in line…. See you soon!

Keep these 3 Basics in Mind as you Meditate on Chapter 1 of the Book of Ruth.

  • The scriptures contain timeless teachings/ lessons that can sometimes take years to uncover.
  • All of Scripture conveys ‘Spiritual’ teachings and instructions. The Word of GOD is not given for the purposes of building up the flesh, I.e., carnal desires and motives. The Word is given for the purpose of building us up spiritually. The wisdom contained in the Word is speaking to the Spirit of mankind, in order to protect the soul.
  • There are levels of meaning in the messages/teachings in the Word. Scripture elevates the soul and the spirit. The literal meaning of the text is only the beginning of wisdom.
  • Humility is/can be your greatest asset in your quest to delve deeper into the depths of God’s Word. Humility is greatly undervalued. Desire it, acquire it and cherish it, whichever is the case. Suppress any compulsion to judge the characters or their actions in the text. Their lives and stories are for the purpose of instruction. The virtue of humility must be applied in every aspect of your walk, even study. Approach every encounter with the Word in humility. Amen.


Click this Link: in order to view a word-for-word translation of the Book of Ruth from Hebrew to English. The link will take you to Biblehub.com starting with Ruth 1:1

A/O 06-05-21 I have updated this post by underlining Key Phrases in Chapter 1 of Ruth (below) that indicate that are stated in such a way that they should cause questions to arise. Take a look at what has been underlined and make note if they provoke any questions and what they are? I won’t underline all of them right now, but enough to show you something new. Later, I will come back and suggest some questions of my own. God Bless

FYI: Another exercise of this kind can be found on ‘HOW TO STUDY THE TORAH’ Click Here Enjoy!

Now it came to pass in the days when the judges ruled, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem-Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he, and his wife, and his two sons.

And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, and the name of his two sons Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem-Judah. And they came into the country of Moab, and continued there.

And Elimelech Naomi’s husband died; and she was left, and her two sons.

And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years.

And Mahlon and Chilion died also both of them; and the woman was left of her two sons and her husband.

Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the Lord had visited his people in giving them bread.

Wherefore she went forth out of the place where she was, and her two daughters in law with her; and they went on the way to return unto the land of Judah.

And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother’s house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me.

The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband. Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept.

10 And they said unto her, Surely we will return with thee unto thy people.

11 And Naomi said, Turn again, my daughters: why will ye go with me? are there yet any more sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?

12 Turn again, my daughters, go your way; for I am too old to have an husband. If I should say, I have hope, if I should have an husband also to night, and should also bear sons;

13 Would ye tarry for them till they were grown? would ye stay for them from having husbands? nay, my daughters; for it grieveth me much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord is gone out against me.

14 And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her.

15 And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law.

16 And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

17 Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

18 When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her.

19 So they two went until they came to Bethlehem. And it came to pass, when they were come to Bethlehem, that all the city was moved about them, and they said, Is this Naomi?

20 And she said unto them, Call me not Naomi, call me Mara: for the Almighty hath dealt very bitterly with me.

21 I went out full and the Lord hath brought me home again empty: why then call ye me Naomi, seeing the Lord hath testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me?

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter in law, with her, which returned out of the country of Moab: and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.





Expect MORE Dreams!

Capture those Dreams and Pray them through During this Season!

If your dreams are vivid and a tad bit alarming…write them down as well and ask for deeper revelation. You could have been given a warning dream which is awesome!

Remember what Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Hannah, Hezekiah, Abigail, Deborah, the Zelopehad Daughters, Jochebed, Miriam, Aaron, Esther, and many more… did when they were confronted with situations that they were not so pleased about?

They stepped in and had a conversation with GOD. They didn’t let problems, complications, situations, even edicts from GOD, just stand unchallenged. They negotiated a better outcome for the people!

Should any dream alarm you… Never Fear…it’s time to open up negotiations with GOD!

The dreams we love the most are wrapped in sugar and spice, right? Definitely pray those dreams through!

Attached is a journal page from the workbook. Use it to write down your dreams and take them to prayer (in your hand) with you during your consecrated prayer time.

Make Note of The Time of the Watch in Which Your Dream Occurred

Jot down the date and time of your dreams whenever possible… Write the visions and run with them! (Hab 2:2).

Hebrew Root Word Study: ratz = run, to carry speedily, to escort speedily to a destination

ya’rutz = future imperfect; meaning Your actions (whether you will or will not) determine the outcome. In Hebrew the imperfect tense leaves room for what you are prepared to do with the information or situation, VISION OR DREAM!

This is one of the things I love most about the Word…GOD left room for our choices on the pages of scripture and in the declaration of His Will…

GOD has invited You to take part… the tense is imperfect… because He is waiting for Your decision….The Choice is Yours.

May all our prayers saturate you with prophetic insight, and visions and dreams… May this be the richest Season of Dreams and visions and insight for you EVER! May you see the crooked places made straight… May you see the abundance of rain coming in the distance.. May you walk each day in divine outcomes and decisions because you have stepped into the ALL The Provisions that GOD has made for you in His Word! You Shall Dream.

Enjoy! AMEN.




Elul… May GOD Find You Praying, like David Prayed…

ELUL, The Month of The Search… Praying The Lord’s Prayer IN HEBREW & ENGLISH

Practice reading The Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew (Matthew 6:9-15). Use the transliteration key in BLUE in order to practice reciting the prayer daily. You can incorporate the prayer before, during or after praying the Psalms.

Flow with these prayer strategies during the month of Elul and watch the power of GOD fall on your faithfulness.

The Month of Elul: August 20th – September 18, 2020. -29 Days of Elul

We learned this as children, and it has devolved for some as a “patty cake” type of prayer. It’s been relegated to the place of a nursery rhyme for far too many Christians.

Over the next few months I hope to demonstrate the revelatory power in this sweet, clear, concise, precious message to every believer on how to pray. It’s more than a simplistic pattern of prayer.

Let us press in for a new level through speaking the prayer in the Hebrew tongue and stand the watch.

Note: Click on the Attachment below in order to enlarge the picture. In Hebrew you read from right to left. Begin with… ah-vee-new she-bah-sha-my-eem

For Heather and Renae! Attached is a recording just for you!

If any of you have trouble printing out a copy of the prayer, send me an email to torahbythesea@gmail.com and we will forward you a copy as soon as possible. Thank You.

Recording #1 The Lord’s Prayer read in Hebrew only – very slowly
Recording #2 The Lord’s Prayer read in both Hebrew & English – very slowly –all verses

Over the next 33 days, remain faithful to Praying the Psalms with us and rehearse the Lord’s Prayer in your own ears, over your own spirit. Don’t be critical over your pronunciation, don’t be discouraged. GOD rewards your diligence in pursuit of Him and His Holy language.

Understanding will come. You never had to be perfect, we only need to be faithful in the little things.

During this Elul, we are taking a huge step towards GOD, through increased consecration and dedication, and GOD is Faithful!

May revelation and insight abound in you over the next 33 days, like never before! Amen.

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The Genealogies contain so many Pearls of Wisdom, so much detail, so many facts. I need to show you this, so that my students will never be among those who skip over the genealogies as if they are repetitive, full of dead history that is not applicable or useful in anyway.

All of scripture All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Tim 3:16

Every jot and title is important and we will not overlook them. We will search them out and investigate the scriptures to find every hidden treasure available to enrich our understanding.