Parashat Lech L’chah

Saturday 28 October 2017 Cheshvan 8 5778 Parashat Lech L’chah - Melchizedek's Banquet Genesis 12:1-17:27; Isaiah 40:27-41:16; Romans 4:1-25 As Abraham returned from war, a local chief came out to meet him. He offered Abraham and his men provisions, and he blessed Abraham. The chief is called Melchizedek, the king of Salem. The Torah does not tell us much about Melchizedek. We know that • Melchizedek ruled as a king; • he ministered as a priest of God; • he ruled a city called Salem; • he worshipped God Most High; • he blessed Abraham, and • he received tribute from Abraham. The Torah does not provide

Parashat No’ach

Saturday 21 October 2017 Cheshvan 1 5778 Parashat No’ach Fixing a Broken World e-d’rash FFOZ Torah: Genesis 6:9-11:32; Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-55:5; Gospel: Matthew 3-4 Human evil grieves God's heart. God is not peering down on the planet making observations like a dispassionate astronaut. Neither is He watching us like a man sitting on a sofa watching a football game. Rather, He is like a Father who observes the behavior of His children. He is like a king taking note of how events unfold in his kingdom. When a father sees his children involved in self-destructive behaviors, it grieves him. When a king sees his subjects living in open rebellion aga

Parashat Bereishit

B’reisheet 1:1 – 6:8; Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10; Rev 19:6-16; 21:1-7 (John 1) The mystics say that God made Adam in the image of the Heavenly Adam, the firstborn of all creation, the spiritual image of God. The theology of the heavenly Adam attempts to reconcile the conflict between the idea that God is incorporeal, that is without image and form, and the idea that man is created in the image of God. The apostles say, "Yeshua is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation" (Colossians 1:15). "He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature" (Hebrews 1:3). Paul also alludes to the same mystical ideas when he states: “Just as we have borne the image of th

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