(or: how to completely destroy your credibility) Don’t you just love it when you hear a Christian (usually one with a pride issue) claim that there aren’t any good churches and say something like, “I want to be part of an authentic ‘New Testament’ church.” My response is, “Oh really? Like, say, the Church at Corinth (not exactly a sterling
This week Rabbi Glenn continued his study of Genesis with Genesis 46-47.
This week Rabbi Glenn returns and covered Genesis 43-45 (which Jerry taught last week) with a different focus, and then went on to teach through Genesis 46:7.
Our parashot for this Shabbat are Tazria, meaning “when she gives birth” and Metzora, meaning “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The general theme is distinguishing what is clean from what is unclean. The temporary separation of individuals who were unclean from the community had to do with the presence of a Holy God in the midst of the camp of
This week Rabbi Glenn continued the Bible Study with Genesis 41 and 42, eeing in Joseph's experiences a very powerful type of the Messiah.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Genesis 39 and 40 during the Bible Study.
This week Rabbi Glenn did a focused study of Scripture on why Messiah had to rise from the dead, and the significance of it happening on the 3rd day. He also read about Bikkurim, the holiday of First Fruits, and spent a little time in Q/A.
This week Rabbi Glenn studied Genesis 38 tonight (Judah and Tamar). He tied the importance of Judah to the genealogical line of Messiah Yeshua, and demonstrated how God's grace overrides the messes we make. Despite the grotesque circumstances surrounding the birth of Perez (and Zerah), God allowed Perez to be in the ancestral line of King David and of Messiah
This week Rabbi Glenn continued the Bible Study with Genesis 37.
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