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Prayers For Our Children

A good Jewish tradition is when, on the Sabbath, the father blesses his children. The father is like the priest of his home, and it is a good thing for him to bless (pray that good things would come to) his children. Children may hear many demands and criticisms during the week. On the Sabbath, it is a pleasant change

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Prayers for Israel

Recently I was given an anonymous sheet of prayers for Israel. I liked most of them and slightly modified the rest. I want to pass them on, hoping they will better equip us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Lord our God, we ask You to bring peace and well being to Jerusalem, Your special city (Psalm 122:6). Enable

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The Dedication of (Name of child)

Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohaynu Melech ha-Olam, she-he-che-ya-nu v'kee-ma-nu v'hee-gee-ah-nu laz-man ha-zeh. Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life and sustained us and permitted us to reach this season. XXX and YYY, welcome, and may you be blessed by the God of Israel, who is the Living God! The Word of God

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Baby Naming Ceremony For A Girl

XXX is the Father YYY is the Mother ZZZ is the daughter Baruch Ata Adonai, Elohaynu Melech ha-Olam, she-he-che-ya-nu v'kee-ma-nu v'hee-gee-ah-nu laz-man ha-zeh! Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has granted us life and sustained us and permitted us to reach this season! God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, righteous

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Funeral Service

APPRECIATION FOR COMING On behalf of the family I want to express our appreciation that you came to share our time of grief with us, and that you came to comfort the family as well. K'REE-YAH RENDING OUR GARMENTS (OPTIONAL) Rending one's garments is an ancient mourning practice. It used to be customary to tear one's clothes upon hearing sad

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Aruchat Adonai The Lord’s Supper

God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, righteous and holy Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, You are the holy God; yet we who were created in Your image have sinned against You. We have participated in rebellion against You. We were alienated from You, who are the Source of goodness, blessing and life. We have sinned and have earned

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Thoughts On Aruchat Adonai – The Lord’s Meal

The main teaching on the Lord’s Supper is found in 1 Corinthians 11, starting with verse 17. In chapter 11, Rabbi Paul deals with the problems the Corinthian congregation was having in celebrating “The Lord’s Supper.” But in giving this instruction, I do not praise you, because you come together not for the better but for the worse. Rabbi Paul

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Choose Life That You May Live!

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Israel, righteous and holy Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, You are the just and true judge of all the Earth. We come before You, interceding for the innocent and the defenseless, praying for those who cannot cry out on their own behalf! O Dayan ha-Emet - True Judge, we

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Sample Order of Services

Congregation Shema Yisrael Shabbat Order of Service Date: December 30, 2006 9 Tevet, 5767 Hanukkah Welcome and opening prayer Tevilah Ceremony Yeshua’s B’rachot Song: Roni Bat Tzion Isaiah 62 Song: Say to the Daughter Psalm 96 Song: Sing to the Lord a New Song Song: God of Our Fathers Romans 9 11 Song: Brethren, My Heart’s Desire Song: Holy Unto

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Giving – Part Of Our Worship

During our worship service, in connection with the people giving to support the synagogue (by the way, we don’t “pass the plate.” Instead, we have a donation box in the back so that people put their contributions in it), we may teach on one of these various aspects of giving before praying that the Lord would direct us what He

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Why Come Regularly To The Synagogue?

It’s important for your spiritual growth to not only come to the Synagogue, but come regularly. Regular attendance should be a habit that you develop and make part of your life. A church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. "I've gone for 30

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Principles To Prepare For Worship

Principles To Prepare For Worship For the Shema Community, Sabbath mornings when we meet and worship and get spiritually renewed and inspired are the most important hours of the week. It’s a special time to get closer to God, and to one another, and to build ourselves up in our Most Holy. To get the most out of this time,

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Shavuot 2016 – Acts 2:5-8 In Many Tongues

This year during our Shavuot service we invited people to read Acts 2:5-8 in the language of their culture.  The audio recording of this special event is available above. Acts 2:5-8: 5 Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the crowd came together, and were bewildered because each one of

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Principles For Worship

Our worship is God-centered. Our worship is Messiah-centered. Our The worship is Scripture-centered. We pray the Scriptures; we sing the Scriptures; we teach the Scriptures. Our worship is open to everyone - Jews and Gentiles, but those who come must be willing to adapt to a Jewish worship style. Our worship is a fusion of Jewish and Christian songs and

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Shavuot: The Feast Of Weeks

As many within Messianic Judaism seek to reclaim a biblically-based lifestyle, we are rediscovering the importance of the biblical holidays. The holidays bring order to our lives. Through them we pace ourselves; on a weekly basis, as on Shabbat we enter into God's perfect rest, and seasonally, as we mark our place during the year. God appointed these times to

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Baptism

The Definition of Baptism In Greek, it literally means "immersion" or "dipping." Though the word for baptism in Greek means immerse or dip, not all Christians use this mode when baptizing. Many sprinkle water on the head and some pour. We believe that immersion of the total body in water is the proper mode, not only because of the meaning

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Passover Seder Instructions

CONGREGATION SHEMA YISRAEL’S PASSOVER SEDER INSTRUCTIONS   Head Table:   The Seder will be led from the head table. The head table should be pre-set like the other tables, except it needs two white candles that are either 10 or 12 inches tall, with candlestick holders and matches.   If others are to be seated at this table, make sure

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Passover, Unleavened Bread And Firstfruits: Death, Victory Over Sin And Resurrection: For Israel, For Messiah And For Us!

The world is full of contradictions. It is an incredibly beautiful yet ugly place. There is much that is good and yet much that is marred by evil. Life has pain and suffering, and also happiness and pleasures, and sometimes the happiness is mixed with the suffering. Sometimes we feel good about ourselves and other times bad about ourselves. There

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Leviticus 23 – Jesus in the Jewish Holidays

Jesus In The Jewish Holidays The holidays that the Lord gave the Jewish people, which are described in Leviticus 23, accomplish multiple purposes. They keep us in touch with the seasons God has designed into creation. They remind us of the great things God has done in Israel’s history. They look forward to what God will do to save the

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Thoughts About The Incarnation

We are close to that time of the year when hundreds of millions of people around the world will be celebrating Christmas. While the focus of Christmas should be the birth of the Messiah, for many today, the focus of Christmas is not the Incarnation of the Son of God, but trees, decorations, lights, Santa Clause, reindeer, elves, football and

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Thoughts About Christmas

Although we don’t know the exact day when Yeshua was born, it is always appropriate to consider the Incarnation of the Son of God. Yeshua’s Incarnation is something so amazing, something so miraculous, and so profound; it is one of the very most important events in human history, so much so that much of the world marks time based on

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Thoughts On The Incarnation

Even though we don’t know when the Son of God was born, this season, hundreds of millions of people around the world are thinking about the Incarnation of the Son of God - and that’s a very good thing. The Incarnation is the most amazing thing! Think about it. The Son of God became a human being! The Creator of

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Thoughts About The Incarnation From Psalm 40

Here I Am, I Have Come - It Is Written About Me In The Scroll Of The Book This morning I want to talk about the Incarnation of the Son of God. The Incarnation of the Son of God is one of the most amazing things that ever happened! Think about it: The One Who Fills All Things emptied Himself.

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