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Devarim – “Words”

This week our parasha is Devarim, which means words and covers Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22. Parasha Devarim is the first Torah portion of Deuteronomy and is the name for this book in Hebrew. Parasha Devarim teaches us the importance of learning from our past and breaking the cycles of sin that repeat constantly in our lives. The book of Deuteronomy begins with

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Our Enduring Hope

In 2017 the suicide rate in the U.S. was the highest it has been for at least 50 years, as reported by CBS News. Some experts after reviewing the data attribute this to an “epidemic of hopelessness”, which has lead to more drug related deaths and suicide. Last month the L.A. Times reported on a study that shows in 2017

By |2019-08-05T16:58:29-04:00August 3rd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: |Comments Off on Our Enduring Hope

Healthy Vs. Unhealthy Congregations Part 1

This week Rabbi Jerry began a two part study on Healthy vs. Unhealthy Congregations.  Using the book Everyone Is Normal Until You Get To Know Them by John Ortberg he discussed being authentic, empathetic, accepting, dealing with conflict, and forgiveness between individuals.

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Shelach Lecha – “Send For Yourself”

This week our parasha is Shelach Lecha which means “Send For Yourself”. Parasha Shalech 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. We begin in Numbers 13 with our people near the border of the Promised Land. The Lord instructs Moses

By |2019-07-02T00:48:26-04:00June 29th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Shelach Lecha – “Send For Yourself”

Shavuot 2019 – What Will You Choose?

Shabbat Shalom, today we celebrate the holiday of Shavuot. Shavuot is a biblical Jewish holiday that doesn’t get as much attention in modern times as other days like Yom Kippur or Passover, but it is very important. Shavuot was a holiday that was required to be attended when the Temple still stood. Shavuot means the “Feast of Weeks,” and is

By |2019-06-11T00:49:20-04:00June 8th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Shavuot 2019 – What Will You Choose?

Emor – “Speak”

This week our parasha is Emor which means “Speak” and covers Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23. In this parasha we see God’s plan for redeeming us through the biblical holidays and that Adonai is the source of holiness. We begin in Leviticus 21, which continues the theme of holiness found at the end of the previous chapter.  Throughout this chapter, and

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Bo – “Go”

This week our parasha is “Bo”, which translates to Go, and covers Exodus 10:1-13:16.  In this parasha we will see our people finally leave Egypt and the foolishness of trying to thwart the will of Adonai. We begin in Exodus 10, with Pharaoh still refusing to let our people go.  The Lord tells Moses to once again go before Pharaoh

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Shemot – “Names”

This week our parasha is Shemot meaning “names” and begins the book of Exodus.  Shemot is also the Hebrew name for this book.  It begins with the birth of Moses and takes us through chapter 6:1 where he has his first confrontation with Pharaoh.  In this parasha we will see the great commission the Lord gave to Moses and how

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Advent 2018: Joy To The World

Joy To The World, The Lord Is Come, Let Earth Receive Her King. “Joy To The World”, is a hymn I’ve heard sung too many times to count and I bet you have as well.  Like many songs associated with Christmas it tends to go in one ear and out another.  In many ways I think it is like the

By |2018-12-23T21:18:37-04:00December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Advent 2018: Joy To The World

Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

If the parasha cycle was ever made into a T.V. Show this would be where the announcer goes “Last Time On…The Bible!”  We continue from last week’s cliffhanger with the resolution of Joseph’s testing of his brothers.  Our parasha this week is called Vayigash which translates to “And He Drew Near” and covers Genesis 44:18-47:27. This parasha demonstrates the need for

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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 |2018-12-03T13:25:31-04:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Holidays, Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2018 – What Can One Jew Do?

Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

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.

By |2018-10-02T00:14:07-04:00September 29th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2018 – Looking Forward To Future Joy

Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

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

By |2018-09-26T09:26:09-04:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Ne’ilah Yom Kippur 2018 – Getting In Before The Gate Closes

Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

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

By |2018-09-11T01:18:06-04:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh HaShanah 2018 – Hearing and Responding To The Sound Of The Shofar

False Teachers And False Teachings

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.

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Ki Tavo – “When You Enter”

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

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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

By |2018-08-06T23:45:12-04:00August 4th, 2018|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Eikev – “Consequence”

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 |2018-06-19T01:26:20-04:00June 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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