Because human beings tend to think in pictures, we sometimes learn and remember a truth better when it is taught to us through a story, or by the use of images, symbols or metaphors. This is why the prophets of Israel so often employed parables, or else compared individuals, nations or situations to things that people were familiar with, and
This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Teitzei, meaning, “When you go out,” it is from the book of Deuteronomy 21:10 -25:19. This parasha opens at the conclusion of the second of three discourses that Moses gave to Israel. The topic of this discourse is what God expects of Israel. Here, Moses goes into his final subject and provides clarification of
This week our parasha is Shoftim, which mean “Judges”, and covers Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9. Parasha Shoftim teaches us the importance of justice, and how if we claim to love the Lord, we need to love justice as well. Our parasha picks up towards the end of Deuteronomy 16 with the need to have judges in every town. These judges should have
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This week Rabbi Loren, Rebbetzin Martha, Rabbi Glenn, and Rebbetzin Alexandra discussed Proverbs 17 together.
Today’s Parasha is titled “Re eh”, which means “to see”. This Torah portion, from Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17, describes a blessing and a curse from God. In chapter 11:26 – 28, God says, “see, I am setting before you a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord and the curse, if you do
The name of this week’s parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25. In this parasha, the Israelis are promised blessings for obedience to Adonai’s commandments, and penalties if they disobey His commandments; they are also reminded to remember all that He did for them. If the Israelis obeyed Adonai’s commandments, they would be blessed with numerous people,
Rabbi Loren and Rabbi Glenn discuss together Proverbs 14.
In The Sound Of Music, Julie Andrews sang: Raindrops on roses And whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things. What are a few of your favorite things? Try to think of five. If what I’m about to mention isn’t on your list,
The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers Deuteronomy chapters 3:23 through 7:11. As the parasha opens, Moses was pleading with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the Land of Promise. God’s answer was a firm “No” but He did allow Moses to ascend Mt. Pisgah and get a bird’s
Every so often, the evangelical world is rocked by news of some high-profile leader walking away from the Faith. This past month, it was Joshua Harris (no relation), who first achieved notoriety with his best-selling 1997 book I Kissed Dating Goodbye – published when he was just 19 years of age. It was followed by another best seller, Boy Meets
This week our parasha is Devarim, which means words and covers Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. Parasha Devarim is the first Torah portion of Deuteronomy and is the name for this book in Hebrew. Parasha Devarim teaches us the importance of learning from our past and breaking the cycles of sin that repeat constantly in our lives. The book of Deuteronomy begins with
In 2017 the suicide rate in the U.S. was the highest it has been for at least 50 years, as reported by CBS News. Some experts after reviewing the data attribute this to an “epidemic of hopelessness”, which has lead to more drug related deaths and suicide. Last month the L.A. Times reported on a study that shows in 2017
This week, we have a double Torah portion with Mattot, meaning "tribes," Numbers 30:2 - 32:42, and Masei, meaning "journeys of," Numbers 33:1 - 36:13. Chapter 30 contains Adonai's instructions regarding the making of vows to the Lord or the making a binding obligation; in other words a promise that cannot be broken. Both men and women were under certain
God is real. He is great. He is so great, we have only the tiniest inkling of how great He is. And He is good. And He is righteous. Everything He does is right, because that is who He is. That’s His nature. Not only is He our Creator, when we joined the rebellion of the fallen angels, and sinned
This week’s parasha is entitled Pinchas meaning (Phinehas). Pinchas is also translated as “dark skin”. Our Torah portion covers Numbers 25:10- 30:1 Adonai gives Moses instructions about Phinehas, the son of Eleazar the priest, grandson of Aaron, great nephew of Moses and also the nephew of Nadab and Abihu, whom Adonai killed in the sanctuary for dishonoring Him with false
Verses 1-2 (author/recipients – note three-fold formula of greeting) Jude, a servant of Messiah Yeshua and a brother of James, to those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Messiah Yeshua: mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance. Almost certainly, this is Yehuda or Judas, Yeshua’s earthly half-brother, since he calls himself
This week’s parasha is entitled Balak. The passage is named for the king of the Midianites, Balak, and the name Balak translates as, “Destroyer,” which is a fitting name for a king who wants to destroy Israel. Our passage today covers Numbers, Chapter 22:2 through Numbers, Chapter 25:9. The passage begins with the Moabites and Midianites forming an alliance against
The Lord Yeshua is looking for servants - not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave. A servant is someone who has a master and puts his master’s interests before his own. To be Yeshua’s servant, we must know what His interests are and
The name of this week’s parasha is Chukat, which means “decree of”, and covers Numbers 19:1-22:1. This parasha covers the ordinance of the red heifer; the Israelis’ journey to the Promised Land; Moses and Aaron’s exclusion from leading the Israelis into the Promised Land; and the Israelis’ conquests. A red heifer must be unblemished and without defect and has never
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).
The Lord Messiah is looking for servants, not church goers, not messianic synagogue goers who go to a worship service, sing some songs, hear a message, donate some money and leave. The Lord Messiah is looking for servants. A servant is someone who has a master and puts his master’s interests before his own. Human beings are not servants by
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,