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Bo – “Go!”

The parasha this Shabbat is titled Bo, meaning “Go!” and takes us from Exodus 10 through most of chapter 13. We have already witnessed the depths of this pharaoh’s cruelty. His efforts at Jewish infanticide, and the ongoing and even intensified enslavement of our people. Adonai saw these things, heard the cries of our people, and remembered the covenant He

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2 Corinthians 9:1-15 – More Lessons About Giving

We come into this world as helpless infants who are only concerned about our own needs. And because we are born with a fallen nature, we are selfish. We are takers, not givers. But God is different. He is gracious. He is full of love. He is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him

By | 2018-01-16T01:20:14+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 – More Lessons About Giving

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”

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus: 1:1-6:1.  The Hebrew title for this parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these are the names of the sons of Israel...,” and indeed, this book will follow what happens to the descendants of Jacob. We find in Chapter 1, that the descendants of Israel have remained in

By | 2018-01-08T22:58:38+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

2 Corinthians 8:1-24 – Lessons On Giving; And Handling Money That Is Given

By nature, human beings are selfish. We are takers, not givers. God is different. He is love. God is a giver, not a taker. He wants us to become more like Him - unselfish; full of love; givers, not takers. He wants us to become givers of our time, our talents and our treasures. Giving is to be an important

By | 2018-01-08T22:49:04+00:00 January 6th, 2018|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 8:1-24 – Lessons On Giving; And Handling Money That Is Given

What Will We Be in 2018?

Notice I didn’t ask what will happen in 2018. The more I’ve been wondering what the year ahead holds for us, the more I realize that our particular circumstances will be profoundly less important than how we deal with them. Because how we address our circumstances tends to reveal the state of our souls. Let me share with you the

By | 2018-01-02T02:06:46+00:00 December 30th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on What Will We Be in 2018?

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning “And he lived”, referring to Joseph, and completes the book of B’reysheet. Last Shabbat we contemplated Jacob’s joyful reunion with his son Joseph, who for all those years he had thought to be dead. On account of the ongoing famine, Jacob and his entire family had relocated to Egypt, and

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Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

The name of this week’s parasha is Vayigash, meaning “and he drew near”, and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. The story of Joseph’s brothers standing before him during their second journey to Egypt is continued in this parasha, which begins with Judah’s plea – asking to take Benjamin’s place as Joseph’s slave, since he had guaranteed Benjamin’s safe return to their father

By | 2017-12-26T01:22:03+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

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

Chanukkah 2017: Cleanse the Temple… Again!

Don’t you wish there were more things in life that could be a one-and-done proposition? Like shoveling snow? In fact, there are very few things in this world, once accomplished, that you never have to think about again. Certainly not the dishes or the laundry, and, in the case of the Harris home, sweeping up dog hair tumbleweeds. It just

By | 2017-12-18T16:17:07+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2017: Cleanse the Temple… Again!

Miketz – “At The End”

The Parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Miketz which means “At the end” it covers Genesis chapters 41:1-44:17. Today we will focus on why Joseph was forgotten and how it led him from the prison to the palace as well as how God used Pharaoh to elevate him to be the prime minister of all of Egypt. Joseph was

By | 2017-12-18T16:15:41+00:00 December 16th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Miketz – “At The End”

2 Corinthians 7:2-16 – Godly Sorrow And Worldly Sorrow

Making Room In Our Hearts For Our Leaders; Conflicts On The Outside And Fears Within; God Comforts The Downcast; Godly Sorrow And Worldly Sorrow; Paul Had Complete Confidence In The Corinthians Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, one of the most prominent cities in Greece. After being there for a year and a half, the Rabbi left

By | 2017-12-11T18:22:17+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 7:2-16 – Godly Sorrow And Worldly Sorrow

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”

2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1 – Not Putting Any Unnecessary Obstacles In Anyone’s Way

Not Putting Any Unnecessary Obstacles In Anyone’s Way By Responding Well To Every Situation; The Corinthians Needed To Have A Close Relationship To Paul And Timothy And Limit Their Relationships To Unbelievers; They Needed To Keep Themselves Holy Even though the Rabbi from Tarsus was one of the greatest men who ever lived - not only an apostle, but a

By | 2017-12-05T00:04:13+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 6:3-7:1 – Not Putting Any Unnecessary Obstacles In Anyone’s Way

Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach, translated “And He Sent”. It will take us through Genesis chapter 36. Allow me to preface my summary of the parasha with a brief statement. Human beings are inherently sinful – a perpetual condition inherited from our first rebellious parents in Eden. Because of it, we routinely fail to trust and wait

By | 2017-12-05T00:02:02+00:00 December 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayishlach – “And He Sent”

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

Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

This week’s Torah portion is called VaYetzei, which means “and he went out.”  It covers Genesis, Chapter 28:10 – 32:3. As our parasha passage opens this week, we find Jacob departing from his home in Beersheba and heading to Haran, his ancestral homeland.  He ends up spending the night in an open area where he sees a vision of a great ladder descending from

By | 2017-11-27T20:44:18+00:00 November 25th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayetze – “And He Went Out”

2 Corinthians 5:1-6:2 – Being Confident, Yet Sad, Because We Know We Will Have A Better Body

Knowing This Motivates Us To Please The Lord; Knowing We Will Appear Before The Judgment Seat Of Messiah Motivates Us To Do What Is Good And Not Do What Is Bad; The Ministry Of Reconciliation Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, one of the most prominent cities in Greece. After being there for a year and a

By | 2017-11-20T16:41:43+00:00 November 18th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 5:1-6:2 – Being Confident, Yet Sad, Because We Know We Will Have A Better Body

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”

2 Corinthians 3:1-18 – Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants

Paul Defends Himself And His Ministry; The Corinthians Are Paul’s Letter Of Recommendation; Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants Paul and his team started Messiah’s Community in Corinth, which was one of the most prominent centers in Greece. The congregation grew into a significant community. After being there for a year and a half, Paul left the city. After he

By | 2017-11-14T12:49:16+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Loren, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 3:1-18 – Contrasts Between Old And New Covenants

Vayera – “And He Appeared”

The name of this Shabbat’s parasha is Vayera, meaning “and he appeared”, and covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Abraham saw God and two angels (in human form) near his tent and invited them in, offering them food and water. Adonai promised to return the same time the following year, and Sarah will give birth to a son! Upon hearing this, Sarah silently

By | 2017-11-06T20:46:32+00:00 November 4th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”

2 Corinthians 1:12–2:17 – It’s All Good

Being in spiritual leadership is such an easy gig. It’s the little things; like how everyone respects your advice, and nobody causes problems. Nobody questions your motives or takes issue with your decisions; nor do people compare you with other preachers. Criticisms are few, always presented in love and gentleness, and never behind your back. Just ask Moses… or the

By | 2017-10-30T19:23:14+00:00 October 28th, 2017|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 1:12–2:17 – It’s All Good

Lech L’Cha – “Go Forth Yourself”

The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Lech L’Cha which means “go forth yourself.”  It covers Genesis Chapters 12:1- 17:27. In the previous chapters, we were provided with events that had taken place up until the time of Abram. From Chapter 12 on, Abram and his seed are almost entirely the only subjects of this sacred history of Genesis.

By | 2017-10-30T19:22:08+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Lech L’Cha – “Go Forth Yourself”