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
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
Rabbi Jerry finishes his two part study on Healthy vs. Unhealthy Congregations. He discusses the need to act in love, discipleship, and inclusion.
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.
This week Rabbi Jerry covered the Bible Study and led a discussion on hope. He mostly focused on Psalms 42-43 and explained what biblical hope is.
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
This week Rabbi Jerry taught the Bible Study. He taught on this week's parasha, specifically Number 13-14. He then connected it to Hebrews 3-4. The theme of this study was the importance of obedience to God's Will and not rejecting His promises.
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
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
This week Jerry covered the Bible Study for Rabbi Glenn. He gave a study on Apologetics, focusing on worldviews and the reliability of the Bible manuscripts we have. Click Here For Jerry's Powerpoint
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
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
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
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
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