On hearing about this, Yeshua left in a boat to be by himself in the wilderness. But the people learned of it and followed him from the towns by land.
So when he came ashore, he saw a huge crowd; and, filled with compassion for them, he healed those of them who were sick.
As evening approached, the talmidim came to him and said, "This is a remote place and it's getting late. Send the crowds away, so that they can go and buy food for themselves in the villages."
But Yeshua replied, "They don't need to go away. Give them something to eat, yourselves!"
"All we have with us," they said, "is five loaves of bread and two fish."
He said, "Bring them here to me."
After instructing the crowds to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fish and, looking up toward heaven, made a b'rakhah. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the talmidim, who gave them to the crowds.
They all ate as much as they wanted, and they took up twelve baskets full of the pieces left over.
Those eating numbered about five thousand men, plus women and children.
Immediately he had the talmidim get in the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he sent the crowds away.
After he had sent the crowds away, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night came on, and he was there alone.
But by this time, the boat was several miles from shore, battling a rough sea and a headwind.
Around four o'clock in the morning, he came toward them, walking on the lake!
When the talmidim saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said and screamed with fear.
But at once Yeshua spoke to them. "Courage," he said, "it is I. Stop being afraid."
Then Kefa called to him, "Lord, if it is really you, tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come!" he said. So Kefa got out of the boat and walked on the water toward Yeshua.
But when he saw the wind, he became afraid; and as he began to sink, he yelled, "Lord! Save me!"
Yeshua immediately stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, "Such little trust! Why did you doubt?"
As they went up into the boat, the wind ceased.
The men in the boat fell down before him and exclaimed, "You really are God's son!"
Having made the crossing, they landed at Ginosar.
When the people of the place recognized him, they sent word throughout the neighborhood and brought him everyone who was ill.
They begged him that the sick people might only touch the tzitzit on his robe, and all who touched it were completely healed.
Then some P'rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him,
"Why is it that your talmidim break the Tradition of the Elders? They don't do n'tilat-yadayim before they eat!"
He answered, "Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition?
For God said, `Honor your father and mother,' and `Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'
But you say, `If anyone says to his father or mother, "I have promised to give to God what I might have used to help you,"
then he is rid of his duty to honor his father or mother.' Thus by your tradition you make null and void the word of God!
You hypocrites! Yesha`yahu was right when he prophesied about you,
`These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away from me.
Their worship of me is useless, because they teach man-made rules as if they were doctrines.'"
Then he called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand this!
What makes a person unclean is not what goes into his mouth; rather, what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean!"
The talmidim came to him and said, "Do you know that the P'rushim were offended by what you said?"
He replied, "Every plant that my Father in heaven has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.
Let them be. They are blind guides. When a blind man guides another blind man, both will fall in a pit."
Kefa said to him, "Explain the parable to us."
So he said, "Don't you under stand even now?
Don't you see that anything that enters the mouth goes into the stomach and passes out into the latrine?
But what comes out of your mouth is actually coming from your heart, and that is what makes a person unclean.
For out of the heart come forth wicked thoughts, murder, adultery and other kinds of sexual immorality, theft, lies, slanders. . . .
These are what really make a person unclean, but eating without doing n'tilat-yadayim does not make a person unclean."