This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed a few significant items from Genesis 35 and proceeded to study Genesis 36 - the generations of Esau.
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed Genesis 33-35 in preparation for the next few weeks of the study.
The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Terumah and covers Exodus 25:1 through 27:19. This morning, rather than our usual 5-7 minute commentary, I’ll be expanding our parasha into a full message. Terumah means contribution, gift or offering. The parasha opens with God’s invitation to raise a contribution - a terumah. It was not to be under any compulsion, but
The thoughts I will be sharing with you this morning from Scripture fall under the category of the Second Great Commandment – “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I have a riddle to propound to you. I wield no weapon, nor do I even raise a hand, and yet I can inflict wounds from which some will never recover.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Genesis 30:25-32:2, the section that describes Jacob's desire to return to Canaan, the deal Laban strikes with Jacob to get all the speckled, spotted and striped animals, Jacob's ingenious method to increase his own flock, his eventual secret departure from Laban, Laban's pursuit of him and their meeting up and covenant agreement to leave one another alone.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered the Jacob/Leah/Rachel/Laban narrative in Genesis 29:1-30:24.
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed Genesis 27 and 28:1-9, and then went on to complete Genesis 28. There was then a Q&A for about 1/2 hour.
This week Rabbi Glenn continued his study of Genesis with Genesis 27.
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed all of Genesis 25 and covered all of Genesis 26.
Being on the Right Side of (Repeated) History Our Torah reading this Shabbat bears the same name as the book it introduces: Shemot meaning “names”. The English name for the book, Exodus, is borrowed from Greek, and means “the way out”. It reflects the real, historical, monumental event of Israel leaving Egypt as a free people. Elsewhere in Scripture God
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed Genesis 24 and continued on into Genesis 25.
This week’s parasha is entitled VaYigash, which means, “and he drew near.” It covers Genesis 44:18 – 47:27. Last week, Rabbi Glenn left us with a cliffhanger at the end of his parasha commentary as Joseph’s brothers were about to depart Egypt for the second time. The evening before, they had feasted with Joseph, who still kept his identity a
Rabbi Glenn continued the study in Genesis with Genesis 24 which relates how Abraham sent his servant to find a bride for Isaac.
The parasha for this week is entitled MiKetz, meaning “at the conclusion” and covers Genesis 41:1-44:17. Joseph has been in prison in Egypt on a bogus rape charge. Poor Joseph; betrayed by his brothers, enslaved in Egypt, imprisoned on false charges. But everywhere he went, Joseph conducted himself with integrity and God was with him. Eventually Joseph was given charge
This week Rabbi Glenn spent the first half of the study discussing the Obama/Kerry betrayal of Israel at the United Nations and it's significance. He then covered Genesis 23.
We have a humorous saying that describes Jewish history and we trot it out each year around some of the more festive holidays. The saying goes like this: “They tried to kill us – we won – let’s eat”. We laugh, and we can afford to, since we did win. One of the great lessons of Chanukkah is that God
The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach, which means “and he sent”. Jacob is returning from Aram (Syria) to the land of Canaan, and there is this little unresolved matter – something about his brother Esau wanting to kill him. They say ‘time heals all wounds’, but Jacob wasn’t about to take any chances. As the parasha opens, Jacob
This week Rabbi Glenn continued the study of Genesis by covering Genesis 22. He discussed in detail the binding of Isaac (the Akedah) and how it clearly connects to Yeshua's sacrifice.
Rabbi Glenn continued the study of Genesis by covering Genesis 20 and 21.
This week’s parasha, Genesis 23:1-25:18, is Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” the title of which is a little ironic, since it records her death (at 127 years of age). After grieving for Sarah, Abraham approaches the sons of Heth in nearby Hebron to negotiate the purchase of a field and a cave in Machpelah, where he wishes to
This week Rabbi Glenn finished Genesis 19 focusing on the consequences of Lot's life.
I have never served in the United States Armed Forces, but I have the utmost admiration for those who do and those who have. In case you didn’t know it, we have men and women right here at Shema who have served our country, and with distinction, and I couldn’t be more proud to be associated with them! They are
This week Rabbi Glenn finished Genesis 18 and covered Genesis 19:1-21.
This week Rabbi Glenn reviewed and completed Genesis 17, and proceed to cover Genesis 18:1-21.
This week Rabbi Glenn continued his study of Genesis with Genesis 17.