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
Shabbat Shalom! This morning we have heard from Rabbi Glenn about the meaning of Sukkot as a joyful celebration in our past and its importance still today. So now, Lord willing, I will try and pick up from where he left off and share with you some thoughts about Sukkot, for us in the present but also in the future.
In a few minutes, we will sound the Shofar a final time and then go and break our fasts. As we come to the end of Yom Kippur and the Days of Awe I hope this has been a meaningful time for you. Hopefully, a time for self-reflection through prayer, reading God’s Word and even fasting. Our service right now
L’shana Tova. During our Rosh HaShanah services we read Twelve Reasons Why We Blow The Shofar. We blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, from remembering the binding of Isaac to the return of Messiah Yeshua. We may blow the shofar for a variety of reasons, but the shofar essentially has a straightforward purpose. The sound of the shofar
Jerry Weinstein covered the Bible study this week for Rabbi Glenn. He surveyed briefly scriptures involving false teachers and teachings. He also shared and discussed this article from the Gospel Coalition on 7 Traits of False Teachers.
Several years ago I was on an Orthodox Jewish website doing some research. During my browsing I discovered their “Ask the Rabbi” section and an article caught my eye. The question concerned whether motives mattered when giving tzedakah. The person writing was concerned because they had been giving regularly, but lately were giving in the hopes of something they yearned
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
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
This week Jerry continued his discussion on suffering from last week with Psalm 90.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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