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Va’era – “And I Appeared”

What happens when we try to match wills with the Lord?  In this week’s parasha we see the great Pharaoh attempt to ignore and stop God’s Will and the total disaster that it brings.  Parasha Va’era translates to “And I Appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Parasha Va’era teaches us that no matter how much we want to deny

By | 2018-01-16T01:19:59+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom!  Jewish Singer-Songwriter Adam Sandler once wrote, “Chanukah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.”  In doing so he encapsulated what most people’s understanding of Channukah is, presents and lights.  Now while we could spend some time discussing proper gift giving practices for Channukah, I would instead like

By | 2017-12-18T16:18:17+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

This week our parasha is Va'yeishev which means “And He Settled”, and covers Genesis 37:1-40:23.  Parasha Va’yeishev covers the beginning of the life of Joseph and the reality of sins ability to appear in one generation and then the next as an unbroken destructive cycle. Chapter 37 introduces us to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, who is given an ornate robe

By | 2017-12-11T18:17:28+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

What Gratitude Looks Like

What does gratitude look like? What does it mean to be thankful? First of all, there needs to be a recipient. You can’t give thanks to the air, or to an inanimate object. If you are grateful, it is to Someone! To get an idea of what true Thanks-giving looks like, this morning I’d like us to read and consider

By | 2017-11-27T20:48:06+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on What Gratitude Looks Like

Toldot – “Generations”

Our parasha for this week is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  In this parasha we see the destruction playing favorites brings and the dangers of being too clever for our own good. We pick up in Genesis 25 with the birth of Jacob and Esau to Isaac and Rebekah.  Before they were born, Rebekah was given a

By | 2017-11-20T16:40:11+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Toldot – “Generations”

2 Corinthians 4:1-18 – Going Towards The Light

Today, Lord willing, I will be continuing our series in 2 Corinthians with one of my favorite chapters in all of God’s Word.  2 Corinthians 4.  In this chapter, we see Rabbi Paul continue to give a defense of His Apostleship.  In doing so we are given a deeply personal look at how the great Rabbi from Tarsus lives and

By | 2017-11-13T16:22:10+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 – Going Towards The Light

Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

This week’s parasha is entitled Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” and covers Genesis 23:1-25:18.  In this parasha we see God’s plan to continue His promises through Abraham’s son Isaac, and a teaching for us on what it means to be servants of the Lord. As our parasha opens, immediately we are confronted with the death of Abraham’s wife

By | 2017-11-13T16:21:49+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot

Today we celebrate the 3rd day of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.  My first experience with a Sukkah and Sukkot was when I was around 8 years old and still attending Reform Hebrew School.  I remember being herded with my classmates to see the Sukkah that was built outside.  It was very similar to the one we build here

By | 2017-10-09T22:24:15+00:00 October 7th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot

Yom Kippur Neilah 2017 – More Than A Day Of Fasting

We are very close to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe.  In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts.  Hopefully, this has been a meaningful time for you of self-reflection through prayer and maybe even fasting.  But it is possible for us to fast and

By | 2017-10-02T22:45:16+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yom Kippur Neilah 2017 – More Than A Day Of Fasting

Rosh Hashanah 2017 – The Call To Reconciliation

L’shana Tova.  During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar.  These reasons range from a reminder of the faithfulness of the patriarchs to the eventual end of all wars with the return of Messiah Yeshua.  The reasons why we blow the Shofar may be varied, but the sound of the Shofar ringing in our

By | 2017-09-25T21:51:37+00:00 September 21st, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh Hashanah 2017 – The Call To Reconciliation

Spiritual Disciplines

This week Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn and taught on Spiritual Disciplines, focusing on the Spiritual Discipline of Celebration or Joy. Much of the study came from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster and The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for ordinary people John Ortberg.  The notes from the study are below: 12 Spiritual Disciplines

By | 2017-09-04T22:03:18+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , |Comments Off on Spiritual Disciplines

Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

By | 2017-09-04T21:53:21+00:00 September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

Tzedakah And Stewardship

This week Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn.  He lead a special study on the idea of Tzedakah, Tithing, and Stewardship throughout Scripture. The notes from this study will be available later.

By | 2017-08-22T00:53:19+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , |Comments Off on Tzedakah And Stewardship

1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. I have entitled this message, The Art of Public Speaking, after one of my textbooks in college, because this section serves as an important lesson on how we should speak and teach in our services. However, before we begin this section of Rabbi Paul’s letter it is

By | 2017-09-25T21:54:31+00:00 August 12th, 2017|Categories: Sermons, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

1 Corinthians 13 – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Shabbat Shalom.  Last week we continued our series through 1 Corinthians with a message on chapter 12 given by Rabbi Glenn.  Aptly titled, Nitroglycerine in the Hands of Toddlers, Rabbi Glenn pointed out how this chapter of 1 Corinthians has been misused and misunderstood by Messiah’s Community.  1 Corinthians 12 is not about cataloging all spiritual gifts but is really

By | 2017-08-08T01:20:08+00:00 August 5th, 2017|Categories: Sermons|Tags: |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 13 – What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

By | 2017-07-25T02:50:32+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

By | 2017-06-05T23:49:28+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

This week we have a double parasha, Acharei Mot, which means “After The Death”, and Kedoshim, which translates to “Holy Ones”.  Between these two parashas we will be covering Leviticus 16-20. These two parashas cover the Yom Kippur service, sexual sins, punishment for child sacrifice, and the repeated teaching to observe the Lord’s commandments.  However, all the themes of these

By | 2017-05-09T01:33:09+00:00 May 6th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

Genesis 43 And 44

This week Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn.  He continued the study in Genesis with Genesis 43-45:15, covering the conclusion of Joseph's deception with his brothers.

By | 2017-05-09T01:35:43+00:00 May 3rd, 2017|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Genesis 43 And 44

Tzav – “Command”

Shabbat Shalom. Our parasha for this week is parasha Tzav, which translates to “Command” and covers Leviticus 6:1-8:36. We begin in Leviticus 6 and then continue into chapter 7, where we are given more information about the five different types of offerings to the Lord, and instructions concerning them for the priesthood, specifically their disposal. The burnt offering is described

By | 2017-04-11T01:40:15+00:00 April 8th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Command”

Yitro – “Jethro”

Yitro, the Hebrew name for Jethro, is our parasha for this Shabbat. Parashat Yitro covers Exodus 18:1-20:23. Besides practical management advice, this parasha contains the Ten Commandments, and a lesson for those who would approach Adonai on their terms. Chapter 18 begins with Jethro, Moses' Father-In-Law, going out to meet Moses at the base of Mount Sinai along with Moses' wife and

By | 2017-02-20T21:53:32+00:00 February 18th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week we end the book of Genesis with parasha Vayechi which translates to “and he lived”. It takes us from Genesis 47:28 to 50:26 and finishes the book of Genesis.  This parasha contains the final Messianic prophecy of Genesis as well as a powerful lesson on forgiveness. Our parasha begins with Jacob making Joseph swear an oath that when he passes

By | 2017-01-17T03:04:41+00:00 January 14th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”

Channukah 2016: Messiah’s Light In A Dark World

Shabbat Shalom, tonight begins the 1st night of Chanukah.  For me Chanukah is one of my favorite holidays, and not just because of the presents.  It is a favorite holiday because some of my earliest memories involve celebrating Channukah.  The very first blessing I ever remember being taught and memorizing is the blessing for the Channukah candles. Once again we

By | 2017-10-16T18:28:45+00:00 December 24th, 2016|Categories: Sermons, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Channukah 2016: Messiah’s Light In A Dark World

Lech L’cha – Go Forth

This week our parasha is Lech Lecha which means “Go Forth” and covers Genesis 12:1-17:27. Parasha Lech Lecha introduces us to the father of the Jewish people, Abram Son of Terah, and his extraordinary faith in Adonai. Genesis 12 begins by immediately thrusting us into what will be the turning point in Abram’s life, the Call of the Lord.  The

By | 2017-01-30T21:40:54+00:00 November 12th, 2016|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lech L’cha – Go Forth

Sukkot 2016 – Lessons From A Temporary Sukkah

Shabbat Shalom.  Tomorrow evening begins the holiday of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.  During the day tomorrow we will be building our congregation’s Sukkah, and so this morning I would like to spend some time and consider the lessons the Sukkah and Sukkot have for us today.  The Sukkah teaches us of our complete dependency on Adonai and the

By | 2017-09-25T21:55:17+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2016 – Lessons From A Temporary Sukkah