The Torah portion for this Shabbat spans Numbers chapters 16-18 and is called Korach, named after the leader of an infamous rebellion against Moses and Aaron – one which ended catastrophically. This is now the third consecutive challenge to Moses’ leadership. The first was from his own siblings, Aaron and Miriam (on the pretext of his marrying an Ethiopian woman).
Think for a moment about the more memorable stories from the Bible; don’t they usually involve men and women who rose to the occasion and showed courage in the face of danger? Those are the stories that make it into children’s Bibles, and into a lot of sermons, precisely because they inspire faith. This morning, as we consider seven acts
This week our parasha is Shelach Lecha which means “Send For Yourself”. Parasha Shalech Lecha covers Numbers 13:1 - 15:41. In this parasha we see both the mercy and justice of the Lord. We also see the consequences for constant rebellion. We begin in Numbers 13 with our people near the border of the Promised Land. The Lord instructs Moses
Introduction: “Safety First” has become almost a mantra in our litigious society. Doesn’t it seem like every TV or radio ad ends with a litany of disclaimers, meant to protect the maker of the product from legal action, should anyone have a bad experience? It seems like every message coming at us urges us to exercise caution. Wear your seatbelt,
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 40:1 - 41:4.
We’re doing something a little different today. I’ve expanded the parasha to be our main message this Shabbat. There is a theme woven throughout this section of the Torah, and I felt it deserved our deeper consideration. First, I’ll give an overview of the parasha, then we’ll address that underlying theme, and draw some applications. But I’ll begin with a
This week Rabbi Glenn gave an introduction to the second major section of Isaiah covering Isaiah 40-66. He then covered Isaiah 40:1-11 in detail.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 38-39 (Hezekiah's illness and recovery and the delegation from Babylon). This marks the end of the first major division of the book.
This week Rabbi Glenn studied Isaiah 36-37 and compared it with 2 Kings 18. (Sennacherib's attempted invasion of Jerusalem, Hezekiah's prayer, and God's judgment on the Assyrian army)
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 32-35 , which is one literary unit.
Click Here For Rabbi Glenn's PowerPoint One of the most haunting lyrics ever put to song, lamenting the brevity of life, went like this: “It slips away, and all your money won’t another minute buy.” I know I’m giving away my age, when I quote a line from a 70’s song by Kansas; but since I could tell that many
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 30 -31 (the futility of making alliances with Egypt / God's intent to rescue His people). Since they were already there, the Messianic prophecy they studied was Isaiah 30:20 (cf. John 13:12-14).
Rabbi Glenn this week had a special Bible study on Israel in honor of Israel's independence day. Click Here For Rabbi Glenn's PowerPoint.
I think most of us are familiar with Yeshua’s words in Luke chapter twelve: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). Well, to whom anything is given, something will be required! Our dear brother of blessed memory, Jhan Moskowitz,
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 29 as well as Matthew 11:1-6, Isaiah 35 and Matthew 15:1-7, which are related passages. In the second session, we studied Psalm 16:10 which by extension prophesied the resurrection of the Messiah.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 27-28. In the second session, he reviewed Isaiah 28:16, and then studied Numbers 24:17-19.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 25-26. In the second session, he studied Zechariah 14:1-9.
This week Rabbi Glenn covered Isaiah 23 &24. He also discussed the importance of discernment when dealing with insincere people who challenge us, quoting Proverbs: "Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him. Answer a fool as his folly deserves, lest he be wise in his own eyes."
Passover is approaching, and once again we will recite The Hallel. Of the psalms that make up The Hallel, I’ve really come to enjoy Psalm 114. The parting of the Red Sea, the encounter with God at Mt. Sinai, and the crossing of the Jordan are described pictorially, and almost humorously; “the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.”