Messianic Judaism

/Messianic Judaism

Chanukkah Light

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the common response is: “Chanukkah is about a miracle that took place when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and pigs were sacrificed there. The Syrians forbid the Jewish people from practicing Judaism. They intended to wipe

By |2018-12-10T19:58:00+00:00December 8th, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah Light

Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Shabbat Shalom.  Tomorrow night begins the holiday of Chanukkah, a time of eating way too many fried foods and hopefully getting some presents that are not clothing, for certain family members listening to this message please take note. But what is Chanukkah about? The typical story of Chanukkah which I was taught in Hebrew school, is how the wicked king

By |2018-12-03T13:25:31+00:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Chanukkah 2018 – My $0.02 (Can Go a Long Way in the Right Hands)

Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, “Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the Lord will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few” (1 Samuel 14:6). Jerry has described our need to cultivate courage and persistence through the example of Mattathias and the Maccabees. I

By |2018-12-03T13:25:04+00:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Glenn|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – My $0.02 (Can Go a Long Way in the Right Hands)

A Teaching On Sukkot

Sukkot is the last of the holidays mentioned in the Torah. It is the 7th holiday that takes place in the 7th month of the Jewish calendar. Sukkot is translated as the “Feast of Tabernacles.” The word, “tabernacle,” comes from the Latin, “tabernaculum,” which means “booth” or “hut.” This holiday is described for us in Leviticus 23 and mentions some

By |2018-09-26T09:34:17+00:00September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , |Comments Off on A Teaching On Sukkot

Shavuot 2017: Shavuot And The Giving Of The Spirit

The Jewish holidays are fantastic. Year by year they pace our lives according to the cycle God has designed into nature. They teach us many things. They remind us of some of the great things God has done in Israel's history. They are prophecies which reveal God's plan to redeem a remnant of fallen humanity. The holidays begin in the

By |2017-05-30T01:47:53+00:00May 27th, 2017|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shavuot 2017: Shavuot And The Giving Of The Spirit

Passover Hagada

This is the Passover Hagada (Telling) for Congregation Shema Yisrael: Download The Shema Passover Hagada Download Instructions For The Passover Seder     SHEMA’S PASSOVER SEDER PREPARING FOR PASSOVER BEDIKAT CHAMETZ: THE SEARCH FOR LEAVEN Special preparations need to be made before we begin our observance of Passover. Before we celebrate the Passover meal, we

By |2018-03-19T14:14:58+00:00January 4th, 2013|Categories: Holidays, Prayers, Hagada, Machzor|Tags: |Comments Off on Passover Hagada

The Real Meaning Of Chanukkah: The Holiday Of The Dedication Of The Temple

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the traditional response is: “Chanukkah is about a great miracle that took place in Israel when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and unclean pigs were offered there. The Syrians also forbid circumcision and Sabbath observance and

By |2017-10-16T18:27:25+00:00December 20th, 2014|Categories: Holidays, Sermons, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on The Real Meaning Of Chanukkah: The Holiday Of The Dedication Of The Temple

Chanukkah

Chanukkah In Scripture The prophets Daniel and Zechariah predicted some of the events involving the Maccabean period: see Daniel 8:9-14, 23-25, 11:21-35, and Zechariah 9:11-17. Messiah Yeshua celebrated Chanukkah. In John 10:22-30 it says: at that time the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah means dedication) took place at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Yeshua was walking in the Temple in the

By |2017-10-16T18:27:25+00:00October 5th, 2012|Categories: Holidays|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah

Chanukkah: The Holiday Of Dedication; The Dedication Of The Priests

When asked, “What is the miracle of Chanukkah?” the common response is: “Chanukkah is about a miracle that took place when the Jewish people fought against the Syrians who had invaded Jerusalem and desecrated the Temple. The Temple was dedicated to Zeus and pigs were sacrificed there. The Syrians forbid the Jewish people from practicing Judaism. They intended to wipe

By |2017-01-30T21:41:42+00:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: |Comments Off on Chanukkah: The Holiday Of Dedication; The Dedication Of The Priests

Zechariah 9:11-17: The Real Miracle Of Chanukkah

Before the service started, a couple confided to me that their pastor didn’t want them attending our Chanukkah celebration - that there was something wrong, maybe even spiritually dangerous, about Christians celebrating Jewish holidays like Chanukkah. I want all my Christian brothers and sisters everywhere to know that Chanukkah is not spiritually dangerous! It’s an important holiday that all of

By |2017-01-30T21:41:43+00:00November 30th, 2013|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Zechariah 9:11-17: The Real Miracle Of Chanukkah

Sukkot: Pointing Us To Future Fulfillment

We finished Rosh HaShana/Yom Truah, the Jewish New Year and the Day To Blow The Shofar, the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month, the month of fulfillment, and we blew the shofar, and considered the important things that the important shofar reminds us of, like our need to be spiritually alert while we wait for King Messiah Yeshua to

By |2017-01-30T21:43:24+00:00October 25th, 2016|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Loren|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot: Pointing Us To Future Fulfillment

High Holiday Machzor

Download The Shema Machzor! SHEMA'S HIGH HOLIDAY PRAYERS FOR ROSH HASHANA AND YOM KIPPUR THANKING GOD FOR KEEPING US ALIVE בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה! Baruch Ata Adonai Elohaynu Melech HaOlam, she-he-chay-yah-nu, v'kee-y'mah-nu v'hi- gee-ah-nu laz-man ha-zeh! Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has kept us alive,

By |2017-10-16T01:26:46+00:00May 29th, 2013|Categories: Prayers, Hagada, Machzor|Tags: |Comments Off on High Holiday Machzor

Things We Are To Remember

Things We Are To Remember We have been so damaged by joining the rebellion of the fallen angels, and the fall of man, and the consequences of sin, that unless we make special efforts, we forget what is true. How quickly the majority of the jewish people forgot the lord’s commands when moses went up on mount sinai and what

By |2017-01-30T21:43:30+00:00February 18th, 2014|Categories: Prayers, Hagada, Machzor|Tags: |Comments Off on Things We Are To Remember

Sukkot: The Need For Closeness To God, Intimacy With The Creator

We finished Yom Truah, the first day of the seventh month, the month of fulfillment, and we blew the shofar, and considered the things that the shofar reminds us of. We searched our deeds and our souls for the Yomim Nora'im - the 10 Days of Awe between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Then on Yom Kippur we fasted and

By |2017-01-30T21:43:32+00:00October 5th, 2012|Categories: Holidays|Tags: |Comments Off on Sukkot: The Need For Closeness To God, Intimacy With The Creator

Sukkot

We are celebrating Sukkot, and so let’s read from the Torah, from Leviticus 23:33-43: Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. On the first day is a holy gathering; you shall do no regular work

By |2017-01-30T21:43:35+00:00October 5th, 2012|Categories: Holidays|Tags: |Comments Off on Sukkot

Wedding Service

BEFORE THE CEREMONY HAVE WINE AND TWO WINE GLASSES AVAILABLE SIGN KETUBAH WITH TWO WITNESSES PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CELL PHONES THE BRIDE STANDS TO THE RIGHT OF THE GROOM, FACING THE RABBI'S LEFT. PARENTS STANDING NEAR CHUPPAH OR GIVEN OPTION TO BE SEATED. XXX IS THE GROOM’S NAME. YYY IS THE WOMAN’S NAME. PROCESSION RABBI AND XXX AND CHUPPAH

By |2017-09-19T02:29:12+00:00December 27th, 2012|Categories: Prayers, Hagada, Machzor|Tags: |Comments Off on Wedding Service

Purim: It’s No Coincidence!

[I’d like to give credit to the author of the following Purim message, but I can’t remember who originally gave it! Whoever he is, I ask that he not be offended that it’s reprinted for the visitors on the Shema website, so that more people can benefit from his insights. They are too good not to be more widely circulated!]

By |2013-02-03T02:30:04+00:00October 5th, 2012|Categories: Holidays|Tags: |Comments Off on Purim: It’s No Coincidence!

Prayers For The New Month

We usually pray the following prayer on Sabbath before the beginning of the next Biblical month, at the end of the worship service: Birchat Ha-Chodesh Blessing For The New Month O Lord our God and God of our fathers, draw us closer to Yourself in this coming month, and bring us goodness and blessing! Grant us fullness of life in

By |2017-01-30T21:44:26+00:00December 27th, 2012|Categories: Prayers, Hagada, Machzor|Tags: |Comments Off on Prayers For The New Month