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Passover 2020: Passover and Matzah – Getting Rid of Sin

Passover begins Wednesday night. Before then, those of us who want a more traditional experience of Passover will get rid of the yeast in our homes. Our family will do that. Then, starting Wednesday night, we will eat matzah for seven days. We eat unleavened bread to remind ourselves of Israel’s hasty departure from Egypt. The Lord saved us so

By |2020-04-06T16:36:16-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: Passover and Matzah – Getting Rid of Sin

Passover 2020: Happy Hints Hidden in the Hallel

Every year as the members and friends of Congregation Shema Yisrael gather to celebrate Passover, we recite the following words from the Haggadah: “This is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt; let all those who are hungry enter and eat of it. All who are in distress, come and celebrate the Passover.” I’d

By |2020-04-06T16:33:43-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: Happy Hints Hidden in the Hallel

Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Shabbat Shalom. This year will be a weird Passover. Usually at this time I am helping Shema prepare for our Seder and sharing Messiah In The Passover throughout Metro Detroit. This year we are in the process of preparing for our first digital Seder like many others around the world. Covid-19 may be changing our lives right now but the

By |2020-04-06T16:29:35-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Tzav – “Command”

This week’s Torah portion is called Tzav.  It covers Leviticus, Chapter 6:8 – Chapter 8:36.  Tzav means, “command.” This Torah portion is the culmination, the fulfillment, of the instructions that God gave Moses 6 Torah portions ago, in Parasha Tetzaveh, regarding the priestly ordination. Leviticus, Chapters 6 and 7 are an extension of the explanation that was provided about the

By |2020-04-06T16:26:54-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tzav – “Command”

Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

Shabbat Shalom. This week we continue our walk through The Parables of Yeshua with the Parable of The Friend at Midnight and the Parable of The Good Samaritan. Clearly, we find ourselves in interesting and unusual times. Forced to physically distance ourselves from one another, while at the same time creating emotional connections through the technology of our day. As

By |2020-03-30T17:47:58-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

Vayikra – “And He Called”

This week’s Parasha is called Vayikra, which means “and he called”.  It Covers Leviticus chapter 1 through chapter 6:7. In these chapters, we will be covering five sacrifices that El Gabor, Mighty God,  required of the Jewish people. The first sacrifice is the burnt offering, followed by a grain offering, peace offering, sin offering, and a guilt offering. We will

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Parables of Yeshua: Behold, the Bondslave of the Lord…

Would you agree that we are occupying what is a very brief, remarkable period of history? We live at the tail end of an amazing 244-year old experiment in human freedom and dignity. For us, the concept of being a servant or a slave is entirely academic. Yet, the New Covenant Scriptures were written at a time when indentured servanthood

By |2020-03-23T17:28:26-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables of Yeshua: Behold, the Bondslave of the Lord…

Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled-Amount”

The name of this week’s double parasha is Vayakhel-Pekudei: Vayakhel means “and he assembled,” and Pekudei means “amount.”  It covers Exodus 35:1-40:38 and describes the importance of the Sabbath; the instructions for constructing the Tabernacle and everything connected with it; and the instructions for setting up the Tabernacle. Chapter 35 opens with Moses stating the importance of the Sabbath to

By |2020-03-23T17:27:53-04:00March 21st, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Vayakhel-Pekudei – “And He Assembled-Amount”

Faith In Crisis

Maybe you’ve heard the saying: Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. When facing the coronavirus pandemic, and the economic and social consequences it’s triggering, my advice is: Pray for the best. Have faith to accept the worst. Have Yeshua’s attitude. He knew He was about to be arrested, humiliated, tortured and crucified. In the garden of Gethsemane, He

By |2020-03-16T17:55:56-04:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Faith In Crisis

Parables of Yeshua – The Lost Sheep

The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. Why did He teach in parables? Several reasons: A parable is a short story that’s easy to understand. It’s used to explain things that are harder to understand, especially spiritual truths. Parables are interesting. They’re easy to remember. Messiah taught in parables to make the truth clear to those who were

By |2020-03-16T17:52:38-04:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Parables of Yeshua – The Lost Sheep

Ki Tisa – “When You Carry Out”

The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Ki Tissa, meaning “When you take or carry out (having to do with the taking of a census)” and covers Exodus 30-34. Included in this section of the Torah is the command to anoint with sacred oil the tent of meeting, the altar and its tools, and Aaron and his sons the priests.

By |2020-03-16T17:49:52-04:00March 14th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Tisa – “When You Carry Out”

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

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Terumah – “Contributions”

Shabbat Shalom, this week's parasha is Terumah, which means, “contributions,” and covers Exodus 25:1-27:19. This passage discusses the building of the tent of meeting. This is where God is going to speak to our people. However, before that happens, the materials to build it must be acquired. God tells Moses to take a contribution from every man whose heart moves

By |2020-03-02T16:45:16-05:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Terumah – “Contributions”

The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

Shabbat Shalom. What would you say if I told you I had a surefire way to make you rich? That there was a limited time offer available for you and everyone else right now? This morning we will be continuing our series through Yeshua’s parables and looking at three across four verses. In these parables we will see the vast

By |2020-02-24T14:48:34-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

Mishpatim – “Judgements”

The parasha for this week’s Sabbath is entitled Mishpatim, which means “Judgements.” It covers Exodus 21:1 -24:18. These were the first laws Adonai gave his people after the giving of the Ten Commandments, in Exodus 20. These laws give practical application of the Decalogue in daily life. These laws are called “judgments” or rulings. They are not so much laws

By |2020-02-24T14:47:43-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Mishpatim – “Judgements”

Yitro – “Jethro”

This week Parasha is Yitro, which means Jethro and covers Exodus chapters 18 1-20:23 Chapter 18 tells us about Jethro, who was a priest of Midian and Moses father-in-law. Jethro comes to meet Moses with Moses wife Zipporah and his two sons.   Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, he bowed down and kissed him.  They had a mutual respect 

By |2020-02-17T15:39:12-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yitro – “Jethro”

The Parables Of Yeshua: Wheat and Weeds and Mustard Seeds

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what

By |2020-02-17T15:38:43-05:00February 15th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Wheat and Weeds and Mustard Seeds

Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

The name of this week’s parasha is Beshalach, which means “when he let go,” and covers Exodus 13:17-17:16.  After Pharaoh finally released the Jewish people, God led them along the Red Sea with a pillar of cloud by day, and a pillar of fire by night.  Moses took Joseph’s bones when Israel left Egypt, fulfilling the oath sworn by their

By |2020-02-10T12:34:31-05:00February 8th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beshalach – “When He Let Go”

The Parables Of Yeshua: Luke 12:35-48

The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. Why did He teach in parables? Several reasons: A parable is a short story that’s easy to understand. It’s used to explain things that are harder to understand, especially spiritual truths. Parables are interesting. They’re easy to remember. Messiah taught in parables to make the truth clear to those who were

By |2020-02-03T18:46:57-05:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Luke 12:35-48

Bo- “Go”

Shabbat Shalom, this week’s Parasha is Bo, which means “go” and covers Exodus 10:1- 13:16. In chapter 10, we find that God has hardened the heart of Pharaoh and his servants so that God can again show His miraculous signs to the people. This is so the Jewish people will know and remember the awesome power of how God dealt

By |2020-02-03T18:49:11-05:00February 1st, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bo- “Go”

The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning we will be continuing our series on the parables of Messiah Yeshua.  This shabbat we will be looking at two of my favorites in the Gospel of Luke.  The parable of the Two Debtors and the parable of the Rich Fool.  Both parables share a theme in looking at life from Adonai’s perspective and not our

By |2020-01-27T19:09:58-05:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

Shemot – “Names”

This week’s parasha is Shemot, which means, “names.”  It covers Exodus 1-6.  The Hebrew title for this parasha comes from the first verse, which begins, “these are the names of the sons of Israel...,” and indeed, this book will follow what happens to the descendants of Jacob. We find in Chapter 1, that the descendants of Israel have remained in

By |2020-01-27T19:06:13-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemot – “Names”

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Our parasha this Shabbat is entitled Vaera, meaning “...and I appeared” covering Exodus 6-9. God tells Moses that whereas He had appeared to the Patriarchs by the title El Shaddai (‘God Almighty’), He was now revealing Himself to Moses and Israel by His personal name - a name we are no longer certain how to pronounce correctly. It is comprised

By |2020-01-27T19:08:05-05:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”

The Parables Of Yeshua: Salt And Light And Wisdom

Matthew 5:13-15 and Luke 6:46-49 (Matthew 7:24-27) Fact: you are salt “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Sodium chloride, a.k.a. salt, is absolutely essential for human life. Salt is

By |2020-01-14T12:20:06-05:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: Salt And Light And Wisdom

Vayechi – “And He Lived”

This week’s parasha is entitled Vayechi, meaning, “and he lived.” It covers Genesis 47:28 - 50:26 and this completes the book of Genesis. Israel and his sons were now living comfortably in Egypt, though due to the ongoing famine, the Egyptians were impoverished in their own land. It is interesting to note that Joseph spent the first 17 years of

By |2020-01-14T02:16:09-05:00January 11th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayechi – “And He Lived”