A Close Escape from being proclaimed the Messiah

Narrow Escape FFOZ When the crowd of five thousand realized the scope of the miracle that they had just witnessed, they began to acclaim Yeshua as “The Prophet,” i.e. the Messiah. Yeshua neither confirmed nor denied the acclamation. Darkness had fallen on the lake shore. The Zealots in the crowd of five thousand began to stir up the multitude. “Perceiving that they were intending to come and take Him by force to make Him king,” Yeshua needed to act quickly to diffuse the situation (John 6:15). The crowd teetered toward declaring Him to be the Messiah with or without His permission. A violent

Gentiles, Dogs and Jesus - Israel Study Center

Gentiles, Dogs and Jesus by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg and Rev. Jim Stowe Israel Bible Center Two Gospels record a meeting between Judean Jesus and a Greek woman (Mk.7:24-29; Matt.15:21-28). Jesus goes to Tyre and Sidon (allotment territory of the tribe of Asher that was never fully taken over by Israelite). There he meets a desperate mother willing to do anything for her suffering child: “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely tormented by a demon.” (Mat. 15:21-22) As we continue reading, we see that Jesus first gave her the silent treatment. Then, when his Jewish disciples demanded he answer her, he responded: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house

Parashat Vayeshev - stuck in a rut'?

Saturday 24th November 2018 16th Kislev 5779 Parashat Vayeshev Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; Matthew 1:1-6, 16-25 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. (Bereshit/Genesis 37:4) A mental block is when you find yourself stuck in a psychological rut you can't get out of. You have likely heard of writer's block, when a normally prolific writer can't seem to get their thoughts on paper (or screen). In the moment (or much longer) all creativity comes to a complete halt. What makes this so frustrating is the sense that t

HANUKKAH  -  The Festival of Lights

HANUKKAH - The Festival of Lights Join us in a Beit Ariel celebration of the miracle of Hanukkah at our home. Time: 16h30 for 17h00 Date: Saturday 1st December 2018 Venue: our home at 14 Gazania Street, Door de Kraal (off Jip de Jager) Supper: it will be our usual bring ‘n share supper (‘milchik” – no meat products). Bring vegetable quiches, fried fish, fish cakes, salad sticks with dips, assorted cheeses with crackers, read-made sandwiches with avo, cheeses, tuna fillings etc. Bring sufficient food and juice for your family and a little extra for our guests. Paper plates, cups and serviettes will be provided. Bring your own cutlery, if necessary. Seen as it is also a Saturday evening, we

Kislev and the Concealed Light

Kislev and the Concealed Light By Aaron Eby FFOZ God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts. The sky is black as midnight at six in the morning; by the time I get home from work, the sun has already set. The wind is chilly here in Hudson, Wisconsin. As Kislev begins, we are settling into a frigid and dark new normal that will last for the next couple of months, maybe more. But then the warmth and sunlight will return as before. It’s just a cycle. In seeking to understand this cycle, ancient mythologies often envisioned it as a dualistic battle between supernatural forces. This forms a dramatic narrative: The personification of light and warmth

Peter's Confession: You are the Messiah

Peter's Confession: You are the Messiah FFOZ A secret about Yeshua was miraculously revealed to Simon Peter, and it still happens today! Yeshua put the question directly to His disciples. “But who do you say that I am?” (Mark 8:29). As the foremost disciple among the twelve, Simon Peter spoke for the group. He answered simply and directly on behalf of the twelve: “You are the Messiah.” All three synoptic accounts offer slightly different versions of Peter’s confession: Matthew 16:16: You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Mark 8:29: You are the Messiah. Luke 9:20: The Messiah of God. In the Gospel of Matthew, Simon Peter says, “You are the Mes

Hatikvah / The Hope

Hatikvah / The Hope by Rowan Polovin, Chairman, SAZF Cape Council As long as in the heart, within, A Jewish soul still yearns, And onward, towards the ends of the east, an eye still gazes toward Zion; Our hope is not yet lost, The hope two thousand years old, To be a free nation in our land, The land of Zion and Jerusalem. On 20 April 1945, survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp sang the Jewish anthem of freedom and hope known as Hatikvah or The Hope. They had been liberated by Allied forces only five days before. A year earlier Czech Jews, marched into the Auschwitz-Birkenau gas chamber, spontaneously erupted in the anthem and sang the stirring notes whilst being whipped

Parashat Vayishlach

Saturday 24th November 2018 16th Kislev 5779 Parashat Vayishlach Genesis 32:3-36:43; Obadiah 1:1-21; 2 Peter 1:1-13 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. (Bereishit/Genesis 32:12; English: 32:11) We are instructed to bring all our requests and prayers and supplications, and make them known to the Lord. However, we shouldn't be too surprised when God doesn't answer our half-hearted requests. In this week's parasha, we see this again but from a different angle. It's been about twenty years since Jacob ran a


Forgiveness Guy Cohen Nov 13, 2018 The general atmosphere here in Israel during the Autumn “high holiday” biblical feast season is one of repentance. Many people (even atheists) ask each other for forgiveness, at least on a superficial level, leading up to the Day of Atonement. In Matthew 18:15-22 we read Yeshua’s teaching on forgiveness. “…if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother…” (NKJV). This is not forgiveness between man and God but between man and man. Here the person who has been hurt must go to the one who caused the damage. What is the damage caused through hurt and unresolv

Messianic Jews are not Antisemitic!     by Dr. Michael Rydelnik

Messianic Jews are not Antisemitic! by Dr. Michael Rydelnik Nov 12, 2018 One of the mini-controversies to erupt in the wake of the horrific Antisemitic murders in a Pittsburgh synagogue was a candidate inviting a Messianic Jewish leader to pray at a campaign event at which Vice-President Pence was present. Afterwards, both in the media and on social media, Messianic Jews were characterized as Antisemitic. Are Messianic Jews hateful of their fellow Jews? At the outset, I don’t want to comment on the wisdom of having a Messianic Jew pray at a political campaign event or even if such an invitation should be offered or accepted. That’s not my concern. The question is, are these public charac

The Jewish people are reminded From Where Their Help Comes

The Jewish people are reminded from Where Their Help Comes Tuesday, October 02, 2018 | by Charles Gardner (Charles Gardner is author of Israel the Chosen, available from Amazon; Peace in Jerusalem, available from olivepresspublisher.com; and A Nation Reborn, available from Christian Publications International) Against the shameful background of blatant anti-Semitism at Britain’s annual Labour Party Conference, Jews everywhere are being reminded of where their help comes from. As tens of thousands descend on Jerusalem’s Western Wall complex to receive the priestly Aaronic blessing during the Feast of Tabernacles, they hear afresh those solemn, soothing words of comfort: “The Lord bless you a

Every Time - a poem

EVERY TIME Every time you act kindly, the world has more kindness. Every time you are compassionate, the world has more compassion. Every time you smile to someone, the world is a more cheerful place. Every time you give money to charity, the world is a more charitable place. Every time you calm someone who is angry, the world is a more pleasant place. Every time you judge someone favorably, you are making the world a kinder place to live in. Every time you help transform someone's worry into serenity, the world is a more serene place. Every time you encourage someone to do something for others, you create a partner to make a better world.

Parashat Vayetzei - beyond the "I"

17th November 2018 9th Kislev 5779 Parashat Vayetzei by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Genesis 28:10-32:2; Hosea 11:7-14:9; 1 Peter 2:13-25 This week’s parasha relates a powerful, primal vision of prayer: Jacob, alone and far from home, lies down for the night, with only stones for a pillow, and dreams of a ladder, with angels ascending and descending. This is the initial encounter with the “house of God” that would one day become the Beit Mikdash (Temple) and later, the synagogue. This was the first dr

Anti-Semitism: A Messianic response

Anti-Semitism: A Messianic response One For Israel Staff Nov 4, 2018 “All these Jews need to die!” screamed the gunman as he opened fire in a synagogue. On Shabbat, 27th October 2018, a crazed Anti-Semite burst into in the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He murdered eleven Jewish people and shot six others who had come to worship, including some who had survived the Holocaust only to be mown down by the same evil hatred decades later. We pray for all the families and the community left devastated by such hatred, cruelty and wickedness, and remember the names of those who had their lives stolen from them: Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal and his

Yeshua transfers authority from rabbis to apostles

Yeshua transfers authority from rabbis to apostles Ron Cantor Nov 1, 2018 One of the responses I received, from my warning concerning the new Sanhedrin and the building of the third temple, was that we have to obey the rabbis as they have God-given authority over the Jewish people. This is not the first time I have heard this. It is based on Matthew 23. Yeshua tells the people: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” (Matt. 23:2-3) Moses’ Seat The idea is that, even in unbelief, they “sit in Moses’ seat” and therefore should be obeyed. The t

Parashat Toldot - examining the bigger picture

Saturday 10 November 2018 2 Kislev 5779 Parashat Toldot Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7; Romans 9:1-13 B’racha before Studying Torah Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divrei torah. Blessed are You, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with commandments, and commanded us to study words of Torah. בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ מֶלֶך–הָעולָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָנוּ בְּמִצְותָיו וְצִוָּנוּ לַעֲסק בְּדִבְרֵי-תורָה. It is easy to read through the history of the Patriarchs and get lost in the detail. All we tend to see is human wea

Dear G-d, An Open Letter from a Jew in Pittsburgh

Dear G-d, An Open Letter from a Jew in Pittsburgh By Eli Rubin Dear G‑d, the One by whose word all comes to be, I write to You from Pittsburgh, and from the empty space that only faith can fill. I write to You with the suggestion that Your eternal word shall issue forth anew, “I will descend now and see if the cry that has reached me represents what has been done.” (Genesis, 18:21) These words, preserved as black fire on white fire in the Torah scroll, were read aloud on the holy Shabbat this week in our locked-down shul. Then a few lines further we heard Abraham’s echoing plea, “Will You even destroy the righteous ... ? Far be it from You to do a thing such as this, to put to death t

The seven–fold ministry

The seven–fold ministry by Asher Intrater Oct 29, 2018 In Acts 1, there were only “Apostles” as ministers. Let’s call them the Apostles of the Lamb (Revelation 21:14). They were twelve. In Acts 6, as the congregation grew, there was a need for more ministers. These were called “deacons.” They were seven. This was the second stage. Many of them were Greek speaking. Read more In Acts 8, because of persecution, dispersion of the Jerusalem community, and the spread of the gospel message, there emerged a new ministry called “evangelist.” The first evangelist was Philip, who was previously ordained as a deacon (Acts 21:8). He went to Samaria. By Acts 11, the congregations had multip

Parashat Chayei Sarah

Saturday 3 November 2018 25 Cheshvan 5779 Parashat Chayei Sarah by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Genesis 23:1-25:18; 1 Kings 1:1-31; Matthew 1:1-17 The language of the Torah is, in Erich Auerbach’s famous phrase, “fraught with background.” Behind the events that are openly told are shadowy stories left for us to decipher. Hidden beneath the surface of Parshat Chayei Sarah, for example, is another story, alluded to only in a series of hints. There are three clues in the text. The first occurs when Abraham’s servant is returning with the woman who is t

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