Torah observance-issues concerning us

How do I "Keep the Torah" or "Observe the Torah?"
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"Keeping" the Torah is not exactly the same as "Obeying" the letter of the Torah. We must strive for "obedience" to our Heavenly Father's Will ("will" as meaning the Torah instructions as it was given to us in writing at Mt. Sinai, where He published His "will," for us), and that should always be our mind's serious pursuit; it is the "target," at which we aim; it becomes our "focus." This is because our understanding of obedience should be one of mature acceptance of our responsibility of the "priesthood," (we are said to be a kingdom of priest when we are born again and pursue the role of a true disciple... learning how to be like our teacher Yeshua, our High Priest).  

Keeping the Torah is an act of responsive love on our part; as the new creation man, we have already passed through the "confession" or our sins and "repentance," and Yeshua has purged our sins (to be forever forsaken by us, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we are not to return to them); and now, our choosing the action of "guarding" our hearts, thoughts and deeds, so that we honestly try to "keep" the intent (or the Spirit) of the Torah (The Father's Will), is our observance of the Torah. This is done as best we presently understand it and begin to actually walk it out in our lifestyle. It is the way we return our gratitude and is the motive action of what is in our hearts. We are "keeping" our part of the relationship in balance as best we can (with Yeshua making up the difference of our limitations with the overwhelmingly abundant grace that He pours out upon and into our lives in His role as our Redeemer Savior).  

As we study the Torah and the person of the Messiah Yeshua, and how He walked out the Torah, we "keep" the Torah more fully as we learn it and His ways. Now, mind you, some parts of the Torah are not for everyone; men do not keep the Torah parts that refer to Women and visa/versa, or things that can only be done in the Land of Israel with a standing Temple and Priesthood. In other words, we learn to keep the Torah as a progressive experience. It is like "faithfulness" of a faithful spouse; while every effort is made to be as perfect a spouse as possible, people make mistakes. When mistakes are made, we take our honest heart and faithful mind set and make amends and ask forgiveness and seek reconciliation for any errors in our duties and commitments as best we can. We then move on doing our best to live as Yeshua exampled for us as He walked and taught in His day.  

The fall feasts of YHWH (Lev Chpt 23) includes Yom Kippur (day of atonement); it is the culmination of days of self-examination, and an annual event, on which Torah observant believers do deep soul and heart searching to seriously examine their own lives and motives to "get right," with YHWH and our fellow man (a good observance that YHWH knew we needed each year to measure ourselves against His eternal truths). One thing is obvious to those who commit themselves to a Torah lifestyle, and that is that you only learn to understand what you walk out; it is like swimming... if you do not get into the water, you will never know about swimming.  

Yeshua summed up the way to "Keep the Torah" when He discussed the "first Commandment of all," with the scribe that inquired of Him what it was:  

Mark 12:28-34

28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these. 32 And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: 33 And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. 34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question. KJV  

We should go and do likewise. It is not known to many, who rebuke the relevance of the Torah to our lives today, that Yeshua (above) is quoting the Torah (vs 29 and 30 above are from Deut 6:4; verse 31 above is from Lev 19:18)... as he did in all his answers. He was the Torah in the flesh (John 1:1-14).