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Eikev – “Consequence”

This week our parasha is Eikev, which means “consequence”, and covers Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25.  In this parasha we will see the importance of making choices and the consequences that it brings depending on how we choose. Our parasha begins in chapter 7 continuing the speech Moses is giving our people before we begin to take possession of the promise land.  If

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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

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

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Reasons Why We Suffer

This week Jerry lead the bible study in a discussion on the many different reasons why we suffer.  He used a handout prepared by Dr. Gene Mayhew from Moody Theological Seminary.  You can find the handout below.  He also looked at Lamentations 3 briefly. Click Here For The Handout  

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2 Samuel 16:15-19:8

This week Jerry filled in for Rabbi Glenn and continued the study of 2 Samuel.  He first briefly recapped several previous chapters in 2 Samuel and continued with 2 Samuel 16:15-19:8.  The study this week focused on the relationships in David's family, human will vs. God's will, and the need to have discernment when dealing with persuasive people.

By |2018-05-22T02:11:48+00:00May 17th, 2018|Categories: Bible Study|Tags: , , |Comments Off on 2 Samuel 16:15-19:8

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

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

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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

By |2018-03-05T21:36:48+00:00March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Tetzaveh – “You Shall Command”

Va’era – “And I Appeared”

What happens when we try to match wills with the Lord?  In this week’s parasha we see the great Pharaoh attempt to ignore and stop God’s Will and the total disaster that it brings.  Parasha Va’era translates to “And I Appeared” and covers Exodus 6:2 – 9:35. Parasha Va’era teaches us that no matter how much we want to deny

By |2018-01-16T01:19:59+00:00January 13th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Va’era – “And I Appeared”

Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom!  Jewish Singer-Songwriter Adam Sandler once wrote, “Chanukah is the festival of lights, instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.”  In doing so he encapsulated what most people’s understanding of Channukah is, presents and lights.  Now while we could spend some time discussing proper gift giving practices for Channukah, I would instead like

By |2017-12-18T16:18:17+00:00December 16th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2017: The Menorah – Our Symbol Of Light

Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

This week our parasha is Va'yeishev which means “And He Settled”, and covers Genesis 37:1-40:23.  Parasha Va’yeishev covers the beginning of the life of Joseph and the reality of sins ability to appear in one generation and then the next as an unbroken destructive cycle. Chapter 37 introduces us to Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, who is given an ornate robe

By |2017-12-11T18:17:28+00:00December 9th, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayeshev – “And He Settled”

Toldot – “Generations”

Our parasha for this week is Toldot, which means “generations” and covers Genesis 25:19-28:9.  In this parasha we see the destruction playing favorites brings and the dangers of being too clever for our own good. We pick up in Genesis 25 with the birth of Jacob and Esau to Isaac and Rebekah.  Before they were born, Rebekah was given a

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2 Corinthians 4:1-18 – Going Towards The Light

Today, Lord willing, I will be continuing our series in 2 Corinthians with one of my favorite chapters in all of God’s Word.  2 Corinthians 4.  In this chapter, we see Rabbi Paul continue to give a defense of His Apostleship.  In doing so we are given a deeply personal look at how the great Rabbi from Tarsus lives and

By |2017-11-13T16:22:10+00:00November 11th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 – Going Towards The Light

Chayei Sarah – “The Life Of Sarah”

This week’s parasha is entitled Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” and covers Genesis 23:1-25:18.  In this parasha we see God’s plan to continue His promises through Abraham’s son Isaac, and a teaching for us on what it means to be servants of the Lord. As our parasha opens, immediately we are confronted with the death of Abraham’s wife

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Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot

Today we celebrate the 3rd day of Sukkot or the Feast of Booths.  My first experience with a Sukkah and Sukkot was when I was around 8 years old and still attending Reform Hebrew School.  I remember being herded with my classmates to see the Sukkah that was built outside.  It was very similar to the one we build here

By |2017-10-09T22:24:15+00:00October 7th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2017 – The Joy Of Sukkot

Yom Kippur Neilah 2017 – More Than A Day Of Fasting

We are very close to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe.  In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts.  Hopefully, this has been a meaningful time for you of self-reflection through prayer and maybe even fasting.  But it is possible for us to fast and

By |2017-10-02T22:45:16+00:00September 30th, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yom Kippur Neilah 2017 – More Than A Day Of Fasting

Rosh Hashanah 2017 – The Call To Reconciliation

L’shana Tova.  During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar.  These reasons range from a reminder of the faithfulness of the patriarchs to the eventual end of all wars with the return of Messiah Yeshua.  The reasons why we blow the Shofar may be varied, but the sound of the Shofar ringing in our

By |2017-09-25T21:51:37+00:00September 21st, 2017|Categories: Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh Hashanah 2017 – The Call To Reconciliation

Spiritual Disciplines

This week Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn and taught on Spiritual Disciplines, focusing on the Spiritual Discipline of Celebration or Joy. Much of the study came from Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster and The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for ordinary people John Ortberg.  The notes from the study are below: 12 Spiritual Disciplines

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Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

This week our parasha is Ki Teitzei, which means “When You Go”, and covers Deuteronomy 21:10–25:19.  Parasha Ki Teizei covers a large variety of topics and has 74 different commandments.  While we could go through all 72 commandments in the interest of time I would like to only discuss a small number of them. Weaving through the many different topics

By |2017-09-04T21:53:21+00:00September 2nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Ki Teitzei – “When You Go”

Tzedakah And Stewardship

This week Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn.  He lead a special study on the idea of Tzedakah, Tithing, and Stewardship throughout Scripture. The notes from this study will be available later.

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1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning, Lord willing, we will be covering 1 Corinthians 14:1-25. I have entitled this message, The Art of Public Speaking, after one of my textbooks in college, because this section serves as an important lesson on how we should speak and teach in our services. However, before we begin this section of Rabbi Paul’s letter it is

By |2017-09-25T21:54:31+00:00August 12th, 2017|Categories: Sermons, Sermons by Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on 1 Corinthians 14:1-25 – The Art Of Public Speaking

Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

This week we have a double parasha with Matot and Masei which translates to “Tribes” and “Journeys” Respectively. Parasha Matot covers Numbers 30:2–32:42 and Masei covers Numbers 33:1-36:13, this is also the final parasha for the book of Numbers.  These parashas speak on the importance of vows and promises and teach us the importance of having our actions match our

By |2017-07-25T02:50:32+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Matot-Masei – “Tribes”-“Journeys”

Naso – “Lift Up”

Our parasha for this week is Naso which means “lift up”.  Parasha Naso covers Numbers 4:21–7:89 and concerns priestly duties, laws for dealing with an unfaithful wife, the Nazirite vow, the Aaronic blessing, and the consecration of the Tabernacle.  This morning I plan to focus on the Nazirite Vow. We find in chapter 6 the requirements to enter a Nazirite

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