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Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Shabbat Shalom.  Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Chanukkah, a time of eating way too many fried foods and hopefully getting some presents that are not clothing, for certain family members listening to this message please take note. But what is Chanukkah about? The typical story of Chanukkah which I was taught in Hebrew school, is how the wicked king

By |2018-12-03T13:25:31+00:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

Shabbat Shalom!  This morning we have heard from Rabbi Glenn about the meaning of Sukkot as a joyful celebration in our past and its importance still today.  So now, Lord willing, I will try and pick up from where he left off and share with you some thoughts about Sukkot, for us in the present but also in the future.

By |2018-10-02T00:14:07+00:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts.  As we come to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe I hope this has been a meaningful time for you.  Hopefully, a time for self-reflection through prayer, reading God’s Word and even fasting.  Our service right now

By |2018-09-26T09:26:09+00:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

L’shana Tova.  During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar.  We blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, from remembering the binding of Isaac to the return of Messiah Yeshua.  We may blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, but the shofar essentially has a straightforward purpose. The sound of the shofar

By |2018-09-11T01:18:06+00:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

False Teachers And False Teachings

Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible study this week for Rabbi Glenn. He surveyed briefly scriptures involving false teachers and teachings.  He also shared and discussed this article from the Gospel Coalition on 7 Traits of False Teachers.

By |2018-09-04T01:18:31+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: |Comments Off on False Teachers And False Teachings

Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research. During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye. The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something they yearned

By |2018-09-04T01:18:26+00:00September 1st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

Eikev – “Consequence”

This week our parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  In this parasha we will see the importance of making choices and the consequences that it brings depending on how we choose. Our parasha begins in chapter 7 continuing the speech Moses is giving our people before we begin to take possession of the promise land.  If

By |2018-08-06T23:45:12+00:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Consequence”

Korach

This week our parasha is Korach, named after the man who started a rebellion against Moses. Parasha Korach covers Numbers 16:1-18:32.  In this parasha we see what happens when we attempt to force God to obey our desires and thinking and the devastation that it brings. We begin in chapter 16 with Korach or Korah, a Levite, leading 250 men

By |2018-06-19T01:26:20+00:00June 19th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Korach

Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

This week we begin the book of Numbers with Parashat Bamidbar which translates to “In The Wilderness”.  This parasha covers Chapter 1 through Chapter 4:20. These chapters contain censuses, encampment instructions, and duties for the special tribe, the Levites. Numbers begins with the Lord commanding Moses to take a census of the tribes of Israel.  Moses, with help from the

By |2018-05-28T23:18:03+00:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

Reasons Why We Suffer

This week Jerry lead the bible study in a discussion on the many different reasons why we suffer.  He used a handout prepared by Dr. Gene Mayhew from Moody Theological Seminary.  You can find the handout below.  He also looked at Lamentations 3 briefly. Click Here For The Handout  

By |2018-05-28T23:17:47+00:00May 24th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , |Comments Off on Reasons Why We Suffer

2 Samuel 16:15-19:8

This week Jerry filled in for Rabbi Glenn and continued the study of 2 Samuel.  He first briefly recapped several previous chapters in 2 Samuel and continued with 2 Samuel 16:15-19:8.  The study this week focused on the relationships in David's family, human will vs. God's will, and the need to have discernment when dealing with persuasive people.

By |2018-05-22T02:11:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 2 Samuel 16:15-19:8

Psalm 63: Seeking God In The Wilderness Of Our Lives

Shabbat Shalom.  This Shabbat I had originally planned to bring a message on either God as our Peace or God as the source of Truth.  While both are topics I am passionate about the Lord lead me to a completely different place for my message today. As many of you know I have just finished my Masters of Divinity from

By |2018-05-14T21:57:11+00:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Psalm 63: Seeking God In The Wilderness Of Our Lives

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 |2018-05-01T00:07:55+00:00April 28th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Acharei Mot-Kedoshim – “After The Death”-“Holy Ones”

Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed”-“Infected One”

This week we have a double parasha with parashas Tazria and Metzora, which translate to “She bears seed” and “Infected one”.  Parasha Tazria covers Leviticus 12:1-13:59 and parasha Metzora covers 14:1-15:33. These parashas talk about the importance of ritual cleanliness from a variety of different sources of uncleanliness. We begin with Leviticus 12, which details the required rituals for a

By |2018-04-24T01:21:34+00:00April 21st, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Bears Seed”-“Infected One”

Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

This week our parasha is Tetzaveh which means “you shall command” and covers Exodus 27:20 - 30:10. This parashas cover the unique garments, food, and anointing for the priests (Cohanim) as well as the altar of Adonai and the sacrifices. We begin at the end of Exodus 27 with the command from Adonai for the Priesthood to keep lamps burning eternally outside

By |2018-03-05T21:36:48+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

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+00:00January 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+00:00December 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+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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+00:00October 7th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot