I would like to begin our message this morning with a kvetch (complaint). Why do I have to lock every door of my house and car? Why must I give a sizeable chunk of my income to a company just in case my car is stolen or my house burns down or someone decides to sue me because they tripped on the
Shabbat Shalom, this week is a very special Sabbath, Shabbat Nachamu, the Sabbath of comfort or consolation. Shabbat Nachamu follows after Tisha B'Av, the day we mourn and remember the destruction of both Temples and other tragic events in Jewish history. This shabbat is named after the Haftorah portion for this week found in Isaiah 40, which speaks of God
God is a person. In fact, He is HaShem, the Name, the Person, the Supreme Person. Because He is a person, with mind, emotion and will, and we are persons, we can relate to God as we relate to human beings. The same principles of relationship apply to our relationship with God. David was one of the greatest men who
Together, Psalms 1 and 2 form the introduction to the book of Psalms, which was Israel’s original prayerbook. To really enter into this prayerbook, and truly benefit by it, Psalm 1 informs us that our lives must be built on God and on His Torah (teaching, instruction). Psalm 2 tells us that our lives must be yielded to God and
The God of Israel is the kind of God who wants to reveal Himself to us; He longs for us to know Him. He reveals Himself to us primarily in two ways: through His world and through His Word. In Psalm 19, King David tells how to read them both, so that we will come to know God the way
Before there was the Siddur, Israel had a prayer book. It’s the book of Psalms. In this divinely inspired prayer book, Psalms 113-118 focus on God’s saving power and are used during Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot and Chanukkah to praise Him for various aspects of His saving power. Since we use the Hallel Psalms a lot in our prayers, I thought
Here I Am, I Have Come - It Is Written About Me In The Scroll Of The Book This morning I want to talk about the Incarnation of the Son of God. The Incarnation of the Son of God is one of the most amazing things that ever happened! Think about it: The One Who Fills All Things emptied Himself.