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Teachings from Rabbi David Levine and Beth Israel Messianic Synagogue in Jacksonville, Florida.

Torah and the Nations

April 19, 2008

Rabbi David Levine Yom Shabbat, Saturday, April 19, 2008

Parsha: Acharei Mot - Leviticus 16–18 Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15 With additional references from Acts 15

When Gentiles became disciples of Yeshua, the Messianic Jewish Apostles decided that the Gentiles did not have to convert to Judaism. Circumcision wasn’t required, therefore, but t’vilah (immersion in water) was. And some of the specific food and sexual laws were also required of the Gentiles, especially those listed in this week’s Torah portion. Rabbi David looks back at those decisions with a fresh perspective for our times during this Passover season.