The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Yeshua and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance
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The Parasha for this week is Lech Lecha – which means “Go Forth Yourself”, and covers Genesis 12:1-17:27 – the call of Abraham. At this time his name was still called Abram. God instructs Abram to go forth from his country. Adonai tells him to leave behind his relatives and his father’s house and go to a land that will
Shabbat Shalom. Have you ever experienced a congregational split? Have you ever felt burned out from God’s Community? If so today’s message is for you. This morning, Lord willing, we will be looking at Galatians 6:1-10. In this passage we see Rabbi Paul address various issues in the community at Galatia. A community that had become bitterly divided, prideful, and
This week’s Parasha is entitled Noach, Noah, and covers Genesis 6:9-11:32. In Chapter 6, we read that Noah was a righteous man. The Bible does not say that he was the only righteous person at that time, but we do know that, overall, the world was corrupt and that man’s thoughts had turned to wickedness and evil, much the same
This week’s Parasha is entitled V’Zot HaBerachah, meaning (this is the Blessing). It is taken from the book of Deuteronomy 33:1- 34:12. Here we have the record of the final words of Moses; the man of God to the Israelis. These words also take the form of a song. Often, Moses set before the people curses and blessings, but here
On the first day of the seventh month, Yom Truah, the day for sounding the shofar, also known as Rosh HaShana, we blew the shofar and considered the things the shofar reminds us of. For the Yamim Nora’im, the 10 Days of Awe from Rosh HaShanah to Yom Kippur, we confessed our sins and turned to the Lord. Now we
Sukkot is a joyful time to celebrate the glory and power of Adonai. We are called to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of modern life and to seek Adonai in the peace of the Sukkah. Sukkot, like the other High Holidays is a time for introspection, to examine our relationship with God. We are also invited to look
Here we are – once again approaching the most delightful of holidays, Sukkot – the Feast of Booths, or Shelters, or Tabernacles; the seventh of the annual God-given holidays found in Leviticus chapter 23; completing the cycle of these sacred times. Whatever name you choose to call it, Sukkot is, I think, the most joyous of celebrations, and the most
The name of this week’s parasha is Ha’Azinu, which means “listen”, and covers Deuteronomy chapter 32. In this parasha, we see Moses speaking the words of a song that tells of Adonai’s greatness and His wonderful provisions for the Israelis, along with their rejection of Him that results in their misery and suffering, and concludes with Adonai’s eventual punishment of
For The Tablet Magazine Article Referenced In This Message Click Here As we reach the end of Yom Kippur and blow the Shofar last time, our hope is that we are all written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But being in a right relationship with God goes beyond our outward appearances. All our fasting, reciting of lengthy prayers, and
The story is told of a man who was a lover of old books. One day he ran into an acquaintance who, in the course of their conversation, casually mentioned that he had recently thrown away a Bible that had been stored in the attic of his family’s home for generations. “I couldn't read it,” the friend explained. “Somebody named
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We are nearing the end of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, at which time we’ll return to Genesis. This week’s parasha, entitled Vayyelech, covers Deuteronomy 31. Israel has just reaffirmed the Covenant, and been assured, on the one hand, of great blessings if we would be obedient, but warned of dire consequences if we chose disobedience. Our attention now
L’Shana Tovah. Besides this greeting for Rosh Hashanah, we also wish one another a “sweet new year”. In a little while we will be celebrating the new year with sweets of all kinds, including the very traditional apples and honey. Now the origins of our tradition of apples and honey is debated but there are a few facts we know.
Years ago at a diner in New Jersey I read a humorous saying on a packet of sugar: “experience is a valuable thing; it helps you recognize a mistake when you make it again.” You know, they say the mind is the first thing to go. I disagree. What is the first thing to go? Well, anyway, I disagree. You
This week our parasha is Nitzavim which means “Those Taking A Stand” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. Parasha Nitzavim warns us that life boils down to one life altering choice, to choose God and life, or abandon Him and choose death. We begin in Deuteronomy 29 with Moses finishing his warning to our people. We are told again that if we
This week’s parasha is entitled Ki Tavo, meaning “when you enter.” It covers Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 (9). God gave very detailed statutes and ordinances that applied specifically to Israel’s inheritance, as they settled into the land of Canaan. Our parasha opens with two Declarations: the first one concerns the offering of Firstfruits and the second one concerns the annual tithe. For