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Torah is the Hebrew word meaning teaching. It’s root means to throw or shoot an arrow.? HaShem uses this word Torah in scripture to signify His Teaching to His people. The Teaching which God gave Moses (Moshe) is called the Torah of Moses, but this does not mean that Moses authored it, only that he received it from God.
Learning the Torah is serious business. The Torah was given to every Jew and each Jew has an obligation to study it.? Since the Torah is divided into weekly portions which are read in the synagogue on the Shabbat, each person should spend time learning each day from the weekly portion of the Five Books of Moses.
The Torah is righteousness and goodness. It is purity, love, and faith. It is covenant, loyalty, and truth. It is our life and the length of our days, our body and our spirit. One must not compromise a single yod in the Torah.
If devotion to a teacher means less focus on Torah, then that teacher is a charlatan, a heretic, a false prophet.
If your rabbi is a true Torah teacher, then every mitzvah that you perform—whether it is an overarching principle or merely a fence around the least commandment—will be a testament to his greatness and a point of connection between you and him. Likewise, every chance that missed to do a mitzvah, each compromise and failure, no matter how small or great, will be a missed opportunity to bring honor to your teacher and draw closer to him.
But for some reason, people who obey the least of the commandments and teach others to do so, who hold to the weightier matters of the Torah without neglecting the finer points—these people are accused of treason and their motives are called into question.
Our master Yeshua is the embodiment of the Torah. If you truly know him, then you cannot focus on the Torah without focusing on him. If you truly understand him, you cannot devote yourself to him without plunging into the deepest depths of Torah.
The most bottom-line argument for a Torah-teaching Yeshua is based on Deuteronomy 13. If Yeshua is the Messiah, then he should be able to pass the Torah’s test of a true prophet with flying colors.
If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, “Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,” you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing you to find out if you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from among you. (Deuteronomy 13:1-5 NASB, emphasis mine.)
The passage speaks of a prophet who may truly be able to perform a miraculous sign. This teaches us that the ability to perform miracles alone does not establish the authenticity of a prophet. The test of a true prophet is not only that his prophecy is true, but also that he instructs Israel to obey the commandments in the Torah of Moses. If a supposed prophet instructed Israel that they need not or must not obey a commandment in the Torah of Moses, then he would be a false prophet. The punishment for false prophecy is death (note: at the hands of a court; it is not a vigilante system as some people assume).
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