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Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Shabbat Shalom. This year will be a weird Passover. Usually at this time I am helping Shema prepare for our Seder and sharing Messiah In The Passover throughout Metro Detroit. This year we are in the process of preparing for our first digital Seder like many others around the world. Covid-19 may be changing our lives right now but the

By |2020-04-06T16:29:35-04:00April 4th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Passover 2020: A Connection Through Time

Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

Shabbat Shalom. This week we continue our walk through The Parables of Yeshua with the Parable of The Friend at Midnight and the Parable of The Good Samaritan. Clearly, we find ourselves in interesting and unusual times. Forced to physically distance ourselves from one another, while at the same time creating emotional connections through the technology of our day. As

By |2020-03-30T17:47:58-04:00March 28th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Parables Of Yeshua: The Parable Of The Friend At Midnight & Good Samaritan – Widening Our Hearts

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

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The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

Shabbat Shalom. What would you say if I told you I had a surefire way to make you rich? That there was a limited time offer available for you and everyone else right now? This morning we will be continuing our series through Yeshua’s parables and looking at three across four verses. In these parables we will see the vast

By |2020-02-24T14:48:34-05:00February 22nd, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Parables Of Yeshua: The Treasure of God’s Kingdom

The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

Shabbat Shalom.  This morning we will be continuing our series on the parables of Messiah Yeshua.  This shabbat we will be looking at two of my favorites in the Gospel of Luke.  The parable of the Two Debtors and the parable of the Rich Fool.  Both parables share a theme in looking at life from Adonai’s perspective and not our

By |2020-01-27T19:09:58-05:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Two Debtors And The Rich Fool: Looking Through Heaven’s Eyes

Vayigash – “And He Drew Near”

Last week we left things on a cliffhanger, with an unknown Joseph telling his brothers he would be keeping Benjamin In Egypt. This week we have 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 shows us how love covers a multitude

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Chanukkah 2019: Letting Yeshua’s Light Shine

Chag Samach, Shabbat Shalom! Tonight, as we know begins the holiday of Channukah, but today is special for another reason. It is the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. I think it is fitting that this festival of lights lines up with the day of greatest darkness. This morning, Lord willing I will be sharing how the menorah

By |2019-12-24T11:23:54-05:00December 21st, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Chanukkah 2019: Letting Yeshua’s Light Shine

Thanksgiving As A Way Of Life

We’ve heard two great messages on giving thanks, why it is important and how it is a response to God’s mercy. This morning I would like to talk about the importance of giving thanks every day to Adonai, and to those around us. Let’s begin with Luke 17:11-19, which unfortunately reveals how most human beings treat the importance of being

By |2019-11-25T18:41:30-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Thanksgiving As A Way Of Life

Vayera – “And He Appeared”

This week our Torah portion is Vayera, which means “And He Appeared.” Vayera covers Genesis 18:1-22:24. Genesis 18 begins with the Lord and two angels appearing to Abraham disguised as men. Abraham greets them and immediately offers his hospitality. During their meal of bread, meat, and milk, the Lord promises Abraham this time next year Sarah will have a son.

By |2019-11-19T01:16:06-05:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Vayera – “And He Appeared”

Galatians 6:1-10 – Burdens Worth Bearing

Shabbat Shalom. Have you ever experienced a congregational split? Have you ever felt burned out from God’s Community? If so today’s message is for you. This morning, Lord willing, we will be looking at Galatians 6:1-10. In this passage we see Rabbi Paul address various issues in the community at Galatia. A community that had become bitterly divided, prideful, and

By |2019-11-04T23:01:21-05:00November 2nd, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Galatians 6:1-10 – Burdens Worth Bearing

Sukkot 2019 – A Sukkah Under The Stars

Sukkot is a joyful time to celebrate the glory and power of Adonai. We are called to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of modern life and to seek Adonai in the peace of the Sukkah. Sukkot, like the other High Holidays is a time for introspection, to examine our relationship with God. We are also invited to look

By |2019-10-14T20:00:30-04:00October 12th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Sukkot 2019 – A Sukkah Under The Stars

Neilah Yom Kippur 2019 – More Than A Day

For The Tablet Magazine Article Referenced In This Message Click Here As we reach the end of Yom Kippur and blow the Shofar last time, our hope is that we are all written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But being in a right relationship with God goes beyond our outward appearances. All our fasting, reciting of lengthy prayers, and

By |2019-10-14T19:41:14-04:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Neilah Yom Kippur 2019 – More Than A Day

Rosh HaShanah 2019: Seeking After The Sweetness Of God

L’Shana Tovah. Besides this greeting for Rosh Hashanah, we also wish one another a “sweet new year”. In a little while we will be celebrating the new year with sweets of all kinds, including the very traditional apples and honey. Now the origins of our tradition of apples and honey is debated but there are a few facts we know.

By |2019-10-01T19:15:51-04:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on Rosh HaShanah 2019: Seeking After The Sweetness Of God

Nitzavim – “Those Taking A Stand”

This week our parasha is Nitzavim which means “Those Taking A Stand” and covers Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20. Parasha Nitzavim warns us that life boils down to one life altering choice, to choose God and life, or abandon Him and choose death. We begin in Deuteronomy 29 with Moses finishing his warning to our people. We are told again that if we

By |2019-10-01T19:15:20-04:00September 28th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Nitzavim – “Those Taking A Stand”

2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 – Our Call To The Ministry Of Reconciliation

Shabbat Shalom. This morning, Lord willing, we will be reading together 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2. This section of 2 Corinthians as part of 2 Corinthians 3-6 holds as very special place in my heart. This is because it is where I go for encouragement in ministry. 2 Corinthians gives us a model for what it means to be a minister of

By |2019-09-23T12:45:44-04:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Sermons by Rabbi Jerry|Tags: , |Comments Off on 2 Corinthians 5:16-6:2 – Our Call To The Ministry Of Reconciliation

Shoftim – “Judges”

This week our parasha is Shoftim, which mean “Judges”, and covers Deuteronomy 16:18–21:9. Parasha Shoftim teaches us the importance of justice, and how if we claim to love the Lord, we need to love justice as well. Our parasha picks up towards the end of Deuteronomy 16 with the need to have judges in every town. These judges should have

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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

By |2019-08-11T10:19:37-04:00August 10th, 2019|Categories: Torah Parasha|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Devarim – “Words”

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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