“Last Day” Ponderings

Posted by on Apr 3, 2021 | 0 comments

“Last Day” Ponderings

 LAST DAY? What last day? Dear Mishpocha (family), Today, on the calendar that I follow for the Feast Days, it is the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, following Passover and then First Fruits (Lev 23:9-14). For some of you, Easter comes tomorrow and you will be celebrating the Resurrection then. To reconcile the two, one can also read I Cor. 15:20-23 where Paul speaks about Jesus being the First Fruits. Either way, those of us that follow the God of Israel and our Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) rejoice in the Son overcoming evil and paving the way for all of us to return to the Father!...

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Torah Portion #17 – Yitro

Posted by on Jan 31, 2021 | 0 comments

Torah Portion #17 – Yitro

I am the Holy One your God. It is I Who brought you forth from the land of Egypt. Exodus 20:2 This is one of the most amazing and confusing Torah portions I’ve ever combed through – how about you? Have you ever considered a different understanding of this portion than the one you have been spoon-fed for years? Have you ever gone outside the box of religiosity and the dogmatic approach of theology to gaze into the looking glass of centuries past? Well, get ready beloved, you may vehemently object, but after you kick and scream and cling to your religious blanket, you may view our...

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The Revelation of …..

Posted by on Dec 25, 2020 | 0 comments

The Revelation of …..

THE REVEALING! This week’s Parsha (reading) of the scriptures concerns the revealing of a man whom many presumptiously thought dead. When his brothers turned against him in anger, threw him in a pit for being what they thought was arrogant and presumptious, and then finally sold him off to some unscrupulous gangs traveling along the road to Egypt….they thought they were rid of their ‘problem’. Not so. Nothing is ever that simple! We ourselves try to get rid of our problems by dumping them into a pit, passing them off to an unsuspecting soul and believing that we have...

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Vayigash-Genesis 44:18-47:27

Posted by on Dec 22, 2020 | 2 comments

Vayigash-Genesis 44:18-47:27

18 Then Judah went up to him and said, “Oh, my lord, please let your servant speak a word in my lord’s ears, and let not your anger burn against your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself. 19 My lord asked his servants, saying, ‘Have you a father, or a brother?’ 20 And we said to my lord, ‘We have a father, an old man, and a young brother, the child of his old age. His brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother’s children, and his father loves him.’ 21 Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, that I may set my eyes on him.’ 22 We said to my lord, ‘The...

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Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 | 0 comments

Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

LIGHT IN DARK TIMES  – VAYETSE 5781 What is it that made Jacob – not Abraham or Isaac or Moses – the true father of the Jewish people? We are called the “congregation of Jacob,” “the Children of Israel.” Jacob/Israel is the man whose name we bear. Yet Jacob did not begin the Jewish journey; Abraham did. Jacob faced no trial like that of Isaac at the Binding. He did not lead the people out of Egypt or bring them the Torah. To be sure, all his children stayed within the faith, unlike Abraham or Isaac. But that simply pushes the question back one level. Why did he succeed where Abraham...

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Parsha Chayei Sarah

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 | 0 comments

Parsha Chayei Sarah

Introduction to Parsha #5: Chayei Sarah Torah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18 Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31 B’rit Chadasha: I Corinthians 15:35-58   What a beautiful parsha we are follwing this week! This week’s parsha is all about two amazing, astounding, godly women! Two ‘eishet chayils’ … women of virtue, valor and strenth! The bible has many instances of ‘eishet chayils’, but these two…these two stand head and shoulders above the rest. Why do I say that? I say that because they are the example that all the rest follow.  And, by the way, they are whom...

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