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Chukat-Balak – “Decrees”-“Devastator”

In chapter 20, The Lord summons Moses and Aaron, and instructs them to take the staff and to speak to the rock to yield its water. Unfortunately, Moses and Aaron do not heed Adonai’s instructions.  Instead, they gather the assembly before the rock and say to them: “Listen now you rebels, shall we bring water for you out of this

By |2020-07-06T17:34:42-04:00July 4th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Chukat-Balak – “Decrees”-“Devastator”

Psalm 29 – The Glory Of The Lord Unleashed

Shabbat Shalom. This week I have the privilege of sharing from one of my favorite psalms, Psalm 29. What I love about the psalms is what I love about Hebrew poetry. It is incredibly expressive and filled with some of the most beautiful imagery in all of God’s Word. On display through the Psalms is the full range of human

By |2020-07-09T10:04:44-04:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Psalm 29 – The Glory Of The Lord Unleashed

Korach

The Torah portion this Shabbat (Numbers 16-18) is called Korach, named after the leader of an infamous rebellion against Moses and Aaron – one which ended catastrophically. This is now the third challenge to Moses’ leadership. The first from his own siblings, Aaron and Miriam (allegedly for having married an Ethiopian woman). The second was the evil report of the

By |2020-06-29T15:15:27-04:00June 27th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Korach

Shavuot 2020: The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

I love getting gifts. How about you? What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever received? An engagement ring? A wedding ring? Expensive jewelry? A nice watch? A car? A generous inheritance?   While those might be good gifts, they’re not the best gift – not even close. Messiah Yeshua and Simon Peter told us about the best gift: Before He ascended,

By |2020-06-28T23:02:16-04:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shavuot 2020: The Gift Of The Holy Spirit

Psalm 2

What is up with the world right now? Could things get any crazier, any weirder, any more hateful and divisive? Are we having fun yet? I’m obliged to tell you that things can, and will, get worse. The world has always been engulfed in sin; there have been many periods of time of violent upheaval. Right now it seems especially

By |2020-06-22T17:08:56-04:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Commentaries by Rabbi Glenn, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Psalm 2

Sh’Lach – “Send”

This week our parasha is Shelach Lecha which means “Send For Yourself”. Parasha Shelach 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. Numbers 13 begins with our people having arrived at the border of the Promised Land. Adonai then commands Moses to send

By |2020-06-22T17:08:52-04:00June 20th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Sh’Lach – “Send”

Psalm 1 – Delighting In The Lord’s Teaching

Why study the Psalms? They’re part of the Word of God, and all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. The Psalms teach us about God - and knowing about God is the greatest knowledge.

By |2020-06-15T17:43:42-04:00June 13th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Psalm 1 – Delighting In The Lord’s Teaching

B’ha`alotkha- “When You Set Up”

This week’s parashah is entitled B’ha`alotkha meaning (When you set up.) It covers Numbers chapter 8:1-12:16. In verse 1, of chapter 8, Adonai said to Moses “Tell Aaron to put the lampstand with the seven lamps in the place I showed you. These lamps will light the area in front of the lampstand.” The lampstand stood on the south side

By |2020-06-16T12:28:58-04:00June 13th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on B’ha`alotkha- “When You Set Up”

Mark 13:28-29, 33-37 & Matthew 25:1-13 – One of These Days…

Introduction Timing is always important! It is true in everything from knowing when to buy or to sell shares of stock; or when to negotiate the best price on the lease or purchase of a car; or to lock in the lowest possible interest rate on a mortgage. Good timing can save you multiplied thousands of dollars, or earn them.

By |2020-06-09T01:37:06-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Mark 13:28-29, 33-37 & Matthew 25:1-13 – One of These Days…

Naso – “Lift Up”

This week’s parasha is entitled Naso, which means, “to elevate” or “lift up.”  It covers Number 4:21-7:89.  You will probably not find the words “elevate” or “lift up” in your Bible.  Most likely, you have something like, “Take a census of the sons of Gershon…” as the start to verse 22.  However, if we look at the Hebrew, which is,

By |2020-06-09T01:36:20-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Naso – “Lift Up”

Shavuot Message 5780 – 2020

While the unity of Jew and Gentile in Yeshua certainly comes as no surprise to you, the members and friends of Shema, there are many – most, in fact – to whom this concept is (pardon the pun) alien. Regrettably, for many centuries there has been a detrimental, man-made, barrier separating us, and far too many religious leaders, whether out

By |2020-06-02T00:34:08-04:00May 30th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shavuot Message 5780 – 2020

Matthew 21:23-32; 22:1-14 – The Two Sons & An Invitation To A Wedding Banquet

The Two Sons Matthew 21:23-32 It was the last week of Yeshua’s life. Passover was approaching. Messiah was in Jerusalem. The leaders of the nation had rejected Him and were looking for a way to kill Him. While He was teaching in the temple courts, the chief priests and the elders of the people challenged His authority to do the

By |2020-05-26T11:26:59-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Matthew 21:23-32; 22:1-14 – The Two Sons & An Invitation To A Wedding Banquet

Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness”. It marks the beginning of the book of Numbers. As many of you know, the Hebrew names for the books of the Torah are derived from the key word in the opening sentence of each book. This one is called Sefer BaMidbar because it begins with these words:

By |2020-05-26T11:25:40-04:00May 23rd, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Bamidbar – “In The Wilderness”

Behar-Bechukotai – “On the Mountain”-“In My Laws”

This week we have a double parasha, Behar and Bechukotai, which means, “On the Mountain” and “In My Laws”. These parashas cover Leviticus 25:1–27:34 and close the book of Leviticus.  Our parashas for this week remind us of the importance of keeping our promises to the Lord. We begin in Leviticus 25 which records the Sabbath year and the year

By |2020-05-18T15:24:38-04:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Behar-Bechukotai – “On the Mountain”-“In My Laws”

Luke 18:9-14; 19:11-27: The Pharisee And The Tax Collector & The King’s Ten Servants And The Ten Minas

Luke introduced this parable by giving us the reason Yeshua told this parable: To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Yeshua told this parable. Obviously, it’s wrong to be confident in our own righteousness and look down on everyone else. Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee

By |2020-05-18T15:25:14-04:00May 16th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Luke 18:9-14; 19:11-27: The Pharisee And The Tax Collector & The King’s Ten Servants And The Ten Minas

Emor – “Say”

This week’s Parasha is Emor and covers Leviticus 21-24. Chapter 21 covers the holiness of the priest and the offerings as required by Adonai. It starts with  “and the Lord said to Moses”.  This is a phrase that would be repeated throughout this section of Leviticus. The Lord tells Moses to speak to the priest and the sons of Aaron

By |2020-05-11T14:47:35-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Emor – “Say”

Luke 18:1-8 & Matthew 20:1-16 – Faithfully Following The Lord’s Example

Shabbat Shalom. This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering two parables of Messiah Yeshua.  The parable of the persistent widow and the unjust judge and the parable of the workers in the Vineyard.  Both parables have powerful lessons on justice and mercy and on following the Lord’s standard and not our own.  They are convicting parables that probe our

By |2020-05-11T14:47:51-04:00May 9th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Luke 18:1-8 & Matthew 20:1-16 – Faithfully Following The Lord’s Example

Messiah’s Musings on Money Management – Luke 16:1-9 and 19-31

A little wit from wise King Solomon: Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything. …and a warning He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 10:19 and 5:10) A big warning from wise Rabbi

By |2020-05-04T13:41:42-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Messiah’s Musings on Money Management – Luke 16:1-9 and 19-31

Achrei Mot-Kedoshim – “After the Death-Holy Ones”

The name of this week’s double parasha is Achrei Mot-Kedoshim: Achrei Mot means “after the death” and Kedoshim means “holy ones.” This double parasha covers Leviticus 16:1-20:27, and opens with instructions for Aaron regarding the Most Holy Place – after his sons Nadab and Abihu were put to death because they presented unauthorized offerings before Adonai in Leviticus 10, Aaron

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The Lost Sheep, Coin, And Son – Luke 15:3-7;8-10;11-32

The Lord Yeshua is known for teaching in parables. He taught using parables for 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. They cause you to think, reflect, meditate, ponder about spiritual truths - which is

By |2020-04-27T15:42:41-04:00April 25th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Lost Sheep, Coin, And Son – Luke 15:3-7;8-10;11-32

Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Lepers and the ‘Leper Messiah’ The parashas this Shabbat are Tazria and Metzora, meaning “when she gives birth” and “concerning lepers”, covering Leviticus 12-15. The larger theme is separation – distinguishing clean from unclean. It’s a bit ironic that this parasha occurs while we find ourselves in a time of mandated isolation, not just of the sick – but of

By |2020-04-27T15:41:58-04:00April 25th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Tazria-Metzora – “She Gives Birth”-“Concerning Lepers”

Shemini – “Eighth”

The parasha for this Sabbath is entitle Shemini, meaning (Eighth) and it is from the Book of Leviticus 9:1-11:47. Looking back on last week’s parashah, we saw that the people were summoned by Moses and the sacrifices were brought to the altar and burned before the Lord. The tabernacle and its utensils were all anointed and the priests were called,

By |2020-04-20T17:48:16-04:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shemini – “Eighth”

Parables Of Yeshua: The Good Shepherd And The Bad Shepherds; The Tenants

The Sheep, The Sheep Pen, The Gate, The Gatekeeper, The Good Shepherd And The Bad Shepherds John 10 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

By |2020-04-20T17:47:57-04:00April 18th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables Of Yeshua: The Good Shepherd And The Bad Shepherds; The Tenants

The Owner Of A House With Old And New Treasures – Matthew 13:52

Every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old. A man owns a house. He likes to collect valuable things. He has a room in his house to store his treasures. He collected some of

By |2020-04-17T03:41:51-04:00February 29th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Owner Of A House With Old And New Treasures – Matthew 13:52

Messiah’s Death And Resurrection: How They Are To Change Us

The Rabbi from Tarsus was one of the greatest men who ever lived. God powerfully used him and his team to do many great things. They proclaimed the good news, started Yeshua-following communities in the Roman empire, taught Messiah’s Community, and defended the faith from those who were a danger to it. Paul and his team were persecuted because of

By |2020-04-13T16:13:51-04:00April 11th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Messiah’s Death And Resurrection: How They Are To Change Us