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Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

The names of this week’s double parasha are Matot and Masei, meaning “tribes” and “journeys” and cover Numbers 30:2-36:13. Moses gave Israel Adonai’s commands regarding vows in chapter 30. If a woman made an impulsive vow, it could be revoked by her husband or father. However, widows and divorced women didn’t have this option and would have to fulfill their

By |2018-07-17T01:15:01+00:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

1 Corinthians 1:17-29: Who’s Running This Show?

Preview: Deficient theology leads otherwise good, well-intentioned people to think they need to ‘help’ God by repackaging the Gospel in a way that attracts people. Entertaining, stylized, shallow services instead of substance Trying to ‘fit-in’ with culture (‘hipster’ dress/talk) Latching onto the latest fashionable media-driven issue It’s not only inauthentic, but it trivializes Yeshua’s death! Introduction: This morning, let’s think

By |2018-07-17T01:14:49+00:00July 14th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 1:17-29: Who’s Running This Show?

Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew: Part 2

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves reading biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. Of all the people who have lived, I’m most interested in one - Yeshua. There are so many things I like about Him. Here are some that come

By |2018-07-09T23:37:37+00:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew: Part 2

Pinchas

In last week’s Parasha, Rabbi Glenn instructed us on the prophet Balaam and his suggestion on how King Balak could harm the Jewish nation. Balaam’s idea was for the Midianite women to have relations with the Israeli men and introduce them to Baal worship. This would prove successful in that many men of the different tribes of Israel took Midianite

By |2018-07-09T23:37:26+00:00July 7th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pinchas

Balak

This week’s parasha is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab, and spans Numbers 22:2 – 25:9. Most of us know the story of Balaam, and just about every kid who’s ever sat in a Sunday School class remembers about Balaam’s donkey talking to him. But I submit to you that Balak and Balaam are archetypes – symbols

By |2018-07-03T01:06:32+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Balak

Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew

Many interesting people have lived during the past 6,000 years. My brother-in-law David loves reading biographies, learning about some of those interesting people and the interesting things they have said and done. Of all the people who have lived, I’m most interested in one - Yeshua. There are so many things I like about Him. Here are some that come

By |2018-07-03T01:06:21+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Things I Like About Yeshua From Matthew

Chukat – “Decree Of”

This week's parasha is entitled, Chukat, which means "decree of" and covers Numbers 19:1 - 22:1.  I think that chapter 19 of this portion, concerning the sacrifice of the red heifer, contains one of the most intriguing and prophetic passages in the Torah. Today, I would like to focus on that chapter. The red heifer was designated as a type of

By |2018-06-26T01:43:20+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Chukat – “Decree Of”

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

Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

This week’s parasha is entitled Shelach Lecha, meaning “send for yourself”, and covers Numbers 13:1 – 15:41. As our passage opens, the Lord instructs Moses to send men ahead to spy out the Promised Land.  As the title of our parasha indicates, these were not men that the Lord chose, but were selected by the people themselves.  Each tribe sends forth one of

By |2018-06-11T23:44:03+00:00June 9th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’lach L’cha – “Send For Yourself”

Beha’alotecha – “In Your Setting Up”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Beha’alotecha, which means “when you set up”, and goes from Numbers 8:1 through 12:16. The meaning of this parasha’s name refers to Adonai giving instructions on setting up the 7 lamps of the golden lampstand, and how to face them and light the area in front of the lampstand, which was made according

By |2018-06-05T00:10:52+00:00June 2nd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Beha’alotecha – “In Your Setting Up”

Nasso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Nasso, meaning “lift up” and it covers Numbers, chapter 4:23 through 7:89. This parasha gives us several subjects to look at, however, we will only be focusing on the priest and the transportation of the Tabernacle and its contents. Only males from the tribe of Levi were permitted to hold priestly office. The Israeli priesthood

By |2018-05-28T23:18:09+00:00May 26th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nasso – “Lift Up”

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”

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

Behar-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain-In My Statutes”

This week’s Parasha is Behar & B’chukotai, a double Parasha covering Chapters 25-27, and brings us to the conclusion of the book of Leviticus. In Chapter 25 the Sabbatical year is discussed as well as the year of Jubilee. In Chapter 26 Adonai outlines the blessings for obedience and punishments for disobedience. This is where we will spend our time this

By |2018-05-14T21:54:43+00:00May 12th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Behar-B’chukotai – “On The Mountain-In My Statutes”

Emor – “Speak”

This week’s parasha is titled Emor, which means “speak.”  Our passage is Leviticus, chapter 21:1 – chapter 24:23 and covers further rules for priests on how they are to be holy ones, separated for God’s purposes. Additional responsibilities come with leadership, so it is appropriate that the Levites would be held to a higher standard than others and that the

By |2018-05-08T01:13:39+00:00May 5th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Speak”

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”