The Torah (Pentateuch) defines the purpose of human life, love, virtue, and righteousness; but the greatest treasures of Torah are the tools within to help us draw closer to our Heavenly Abba Father.  How many times have you heard sermons or teachings that did little or nothing to inspire you; while at other times your spirit became excited and you felt transformed, elevated and changed.  Engaging your neshama (the breath of life within you) is more about how you hear, than what you hear.  Consider two people listening to the same teachings: one will be inspired, but the other is bored and can’t wait to get up and go.  We’ll look at the principles of how to hear through what is embedded within original Hebrew and Aramaic terms.

The Living Torah is based on the spirituality of Torah as taught by Yeshua (Jesus) and the Apostles.  The goal is to train our ears to hear the Father’s Voice in our spirits.  Spirit on spirit.  Have you ever heard that the Hebrew word tsadiq, “righteous,” means… “the journey to the door of eternity”?  This definition is based on the ancient Hebrew word pictures.  Being “righteous” has some interesting similarities to the “ger toshav, the non-Israelite (Gentiles) who “sojourn” with Israel.  Putting aside all religious identities, when we consider who the “Israel of God (Elohim)” of Galatians 6:15-16 is, then we can also see how Jews and Gentiles must walk the same path if they want to pass through the door of eternity.  Paul wrote, “For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation (is what is something). And to those who follow this path: Let there be peace and mercy upon them and upon the Israel of Elohim.”

IF, you are a “new creation,” then you are the “Israel of Elohim (God).”  Scripture tells us that, “Whoever is in the Mashiyach (Messiah) is a new creation: old things have passed away;  And all things are made new, by Elohim (God) who has reconciled us to Himself by the Mashiyach (Messiah), and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.”  2 Corinthians 5:17-18.  The problem is that most of our human family have displaced the Kingdom of Heaven for religious or non-religious identities based on the choice of religion, secular, or pagan ideologies.

Being a “new creation” means that you’re probably not going to win a popularity contest with religious people, or the world, and it’s not something everyone is interested in; but, in this life, there’s nothing more excellent to live for.  Never forget!  If you are a new creation then you are the Israel of Elohim.  Ya’akov (Jacob) was renamed “Israel” for spiritual purposes; the same purpose of Mashiyach that you and I believe in, and live for.  Scripture toggles between using the name Jacob and Israel for a reason; because, just like you and me, Jacob had a propensity to toggle between the old and new man.

I’m so excited as I’m working on this new series.  The last couple of years has seen some major changes in my life; in so much that I’m looking forward to sharing with you and also hearing from others who are on the path of the Kingdom of Heaven.  Living Torah content will emerge as Abba leads.  It will be like nothing like I’ve ever written before, because of how Abba has been changing me and those around me.  When YHWH Elohim (the LORD God) speaks I don’t expect everyone to agree, but I’m so grateful for the souls who take the time to consider the beauty and depth of our Father’s Word to our spirits.

While praying and writing content for the Living Torah, I’ve also been inspired to write content for the Leadership Review.  I encourage you to check this out as well.  The leadership we sit under can make the difference between entering into the Kingdom of Heaven or not.  It’s just that simple.  Any authority that speaks in the name of “the LORD,” or “Jesus,” or invokes the Name of YHWH, Yeshua, HaShem, etc., is weaving spiritual threads within our souls, and we must be very attentive to understand where our leaders are taking us.  Torah provides us with the tools to qualify and examine our leaders; and this is what we’ll do with the Leadership Review.

Virtue TV, Virtue Moments, The Living Torah, and the Leadership Review are produced by my wife Chayah (Adele) and myself.  We have been involved in a number of religious movements over the years and found that we never fit into any of the popular religious models; so, one of our goals is to find others who are centered on the Kingdom of Heaven and choose to live a life of honor and virtue.

Baruch Ben Daniel–Editor & Publisher