Golan Heights recognition by the US

– The timing couldn’t be better Israeli news channel broadcasting U.S. President Trump's signing of the proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights Recognition of the Golan Heights couldn’t have come at a better time for the embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu whose many criminal allegations have been the main source of chatter among Israelis, since the news of his indictment came out, casting grave doubt as to whether he’d be able to hold on to his post with Israeli elections only weeks away. But all that changed Monday when U.S. President Donald Trump declared and signed a proclamation to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights. Here’s a

The Promise of a New Heart and a New Spirit: Shabbat Parah

The Promise of a New Heart and a New Spirit: Lev Hadash Veru’ah Hadashah By Mychal Springer, Director, Center for Pastoral Education This Shabbat is Shabbat Parah - שבת פרה, the Shabbat of the Red Heifer. The special Torah reading for this Shabbat, in Numbers 19, addresses the defilement of coming into contact with the dead. The Parah Adumah section makes clear that contact with the dead disrupts our ability to function, and that we must engage in a ritual in order to be restored into society and into proper relationship with God. And anyone who is involved with the ritual that purifies others will become impure in the process; there is no way to eradicate the impurity absolutely. Death’s p

Parashat Shemini - Shabbat Parah

Saturday 30th March 2019 23rd Adar 11 5779 Leviticus 9:1-11:47, 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17, John11:47-57 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the LORD, declares the Lord GOD, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. (Ezekiel 36:23) The story of the Bible is the story of God's rescue operation of the creation. According to the earliest chapters of the Bible, from the moment God cursed the world in response to our first parents' rebellion, he determined to put a comple

The Seventh Shofar and The Rapture (Part 1)

by Rabbi Dan Juster Those who believe that the rapture of the saints and the resurrection of the righteous in Yeshua comes at the end of the tribulation (Post Tribulation), present two views of where to place the rapture. One view, which I think is the more dominant, is that it comes at the seventh Shofar in Rev 11. The other view is that it comes at the end of the season of the bowls of wrath (a brief season at the end of the tribulation), and is identified with the blowing of the shofar at the end of Yom Kippur. This identification is connected to the I Cor. 15:51-52 text that says we will be transformed at the last shofar. In my book Passover, Key to the Book of Revelation, I argue for

The Secret Political History of Queen Esther

From Queen Elizabeth to Abraham Lincoln, the story of Purim has shaped our most contentious debates By Ari Lamm Presidential election season in America is heating up in a political environment that feels more polarized than ever. At such a precarious moment, it is valuable to consider the surprising influence upon Western political history of a relatively understudied biblical work: the Book of Esther. In particular, two crucial disputes at moments of great polarization—one during the rise to power of Queen Elizabeth I, the other during the American Civil War—turned upon dueling interpretations of Esther’s story. Set during the reign of the Persian Emperor Xerxes, the Book of Esther narrates

Parashat Tzav

Saturday 22nd March 2019 16th Adar 2 5779 Parashat Tzav Alan Gilman - Torahbytes Lev 6:1 - 8:36; Jer 7:21 – 8:3, 9:22-23; Matt 9:10-17 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this command I gave them: "Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you." (Jeremiah 7:22-23) Why would God make it sound as if he didn't say somethin

Ilhan Omar, the Benjamins and Purim Today

Ilhan Omar, the Benjamins and Purim Today Mar 13, 2019 | by Rabbi Benjamin Blech The Purim story’s warning of enemies who seek our destruction assumes such powerful relevance today. George Elliott is credited with saying, “History repeats itself.” Mark Twain sharply improved on it with his observation that “history doesn’t repeat itself – but it does rhyme.” No matter how much things may change, one constant always remains: the Hamans of the world, the Jew haters who seek “to destroy, to murder and to bring to an end all Jews, from young to old”, are somehow forever with us. It was foretold in the Torah. In the first battle against Amalek, prototype of the anti-Semite throughout the ages,


WE WILL CELEBRATE PURIM ON WEDBESDAY 20TH MARCH (school holidays). Venue: Beit Ariel, Hycastle House, 58 Loop Street, Cape Town Time: 18h00 Dress: Fancy dress Meal: our usual bring 'n share supper ('milchik" - no meat products, please) . All are welcome

The Similarity Between Purim and Yom Kippur

The Similarity Between Purim and Yom Kippur Rabbi Zalman Cohen In every festival mandated by the Torah we have to spend half the day learning Torah and the other half eating and drinking and enjoying ourselves. As the Gemara explains (Pesachim 68b): “One verse says ‘a solemn convocation for the Lord your God’, and another verse says 'a solemn convocation for you.’ Rabbi Eliezer was of the opinion that it is all for God or all for you. Rabbi Joshua was of the opinion that it should be divided half for God and half for you.” The law was decided like Rabbi Joshua as explained in the Shulchan Aruch (529:1): "The holiday commandments should be divided, half the time for studying in

Pharisees and Sadducees on free Will

Pharisees and Sadducees on free Will by Prof. Pinchas Shir February 2, 2019 This is an excerpt from “Antiquities of the Jews” by Flavius Josephus (Late First Century CE). Writing for a Roman audience this Jewish historian (from Pharisaic background himself) endeavors to explain the varieties of Jewish belief and practice, comparing them to schools of philosophy. The contrast Josephus highlights here are the opinions on afterlife, fate, free will, and destiny. (11) The Jews had for a great while three sects of philosophy peculiar to themselves; the sect of the Essenes, and the sect of the Sadducees, and the third sort of opinions was that of those called Pharisees; of which sects althou

What’s Behind the Crisis Over the Temple Mount?

Israel Today Wednesday, March 13, 2019 | Yochanan Visser On Tuesday, Israeli police finally decided to close the Temple Mount in Jerusalem after a Muslim terrorist threw a firebomb at a station of the Border Police near the Al-Aqsa Mosque. One police officer was seriously wounded by the firebomb while Muslim worshippers engaged in a violent confrontation after police tried to arrest the perpetrator of the attack. Tensions over full Muslim control of the Temple Mount exacerbated last week when an Israeli court in Jerusalem ordered the closure of the Mount and summoned the Wakf for an explanation about its bellicose policies. Needless to say, the Wakf refused to comply with the court order an

Americans’ support for Israel falls to lowest point in a decade

Americans’ support for Israel falls to lowest point in a decade By Eric Cortellessa 6 March 2019, 8:29 pm Gallup survey finds Republican sympathy for Israel declined 13% over the last year, while Democratic sympathy dropped by 6% WASHINGTON — Support for Israel in the American public is at its lowest point in a decade, according new Gallup poll released Wednesday, with a whopping decline among self-identified Republicans who said they sympathized more with Israelis than Palestinians. Whereas 65 percent of Americans said they were “more sympathetic” to Israel over the Palestinians in 2018, 59% said the same in 2019, marking a six point drop. That decline is the biggest over a one-year period

Parashat Vayikra (Shabbat Zachor)

Saturday 16th March 2019 9th Adar 2 5779 Lev 1:1 – 5:26; 1 Sam 15:2 – 34; Mark 6:14 - 24 This Shabbat we start the Book of Leviticus with Parashat Vayikra. Leviticus focuses on commandments, many of which are related to the sacrifices, the holy service in the Tabernacle, and the laws regarding the consecration of the priests. It opens with an explanation of the variety of sacrifices, this includes voluntary offerings, sin offerings, and more. The very requirement that God had for different types of sacrifices, at different times, and for a variety of reasons, points to their importance in the worship of

Deny myself? – Why?

Deny myself? – Why? Asher Intrater Feb 28, 2019 Yeshua said to let our “Yes” be “Yes” and our “No” be “No” (Matthew 5:37). In context He was speaking of making religious vows, but we can take this a step further: Good is good; bad is bad (Isaiah 5:20). To what do we say “Yes”? – everything good! All the promises of God are “Yes” and “Amen” through Yeshua (II Corinthians 1:20). We are to think about every good and pure thing (Philippians 4:4-8). Through meditating on God’s promises we develop an optimistic attitude and are transformed in our minds (Rom 12:1-3). But we also have to say “No” to bad things. Evil comes from three sources: the World (social pressure); the Flesh (pride an


The remarkable story of Yantu Weiss who survived the horrors of the Holocaust, and lived independent and strong till age 109. https://www.aish.com/sp/so/With-Mengele-in-Auschwitz.html?s=mm

Denmark Stands Up for Israel

Denmark Stands Up for Israel So many countries in the United Nations discriminate against the Jewish state. Israel is the one democracy in the Middle East, yet it has more resolutions against it than any other country many cruelly ruled by dictators. But Denmark’s foreign minister Anders Samuelsen criticized the United Nations for its treatment of Israel. Some countries are finally taking a stand against the singling out of Israel. The Australian prime minister has also slammed the UN for how it falsely accuses Israel. The thing is, it really should not take so much thought to decide to condemn the UN. Standing with Israel is standing with democracy. And that is the moral thing to do. What t

I Did Not Come to Abolish the Torah

I Did Not Come to Abolish the Torah FFOZ Disciples of Yeshua are not even allowed to “think” that He abolished the Torah, much less to say it or teach it. To answer the charges that he came to abolish the Torah, the Master declared the validity of the Torah and the Prophets by saying, "Till heaven and earth pass…" (Mt. 5:19) Any prophet or would-be Messiah who breaks the Torah and teaches others to do so as well disqualifies himself. The Torah says, “You shall not listen to the words of that prophet … he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God … to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk” (Deuteronomy 13:3-5).

Parashat Pekudai

Saturday 9th March 2019 2nd Adar 2 5779 PARASHAT PEKUDAI by Rabbi Daniel Nevins, Pearl Resnick Dean of The Rabbinical School and the Division of Religious Leadership Exodus 38:21-40:38; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 There is a rather dramatic ending to the book of Shemot - of Exodus. After all the effort to design, build, and assemble the Tabernacle, the divine glory enters the structure as a cloud, driving out Moses and obscuring the sacred precincts from view. In the priestly sections of the Torah, the divine glory (kavod) is enveloped by cloud cover, apparently to protect the people. Israe

Majors unite against anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement

Majors unite against anti-Semitism and the BDS Movement Among the officials who announced the recent launch of the Global Mayors Coalition Against Hate, Antisemitism and BDS were mayors from Germany, the U.S, and Israel. Mayors from around the world have announced a coalition to combat anti-Semitic and anti-Israel sentiment. Announcing the launch last week of a Global Mayors Coalition Against Hate, Antisemitism and BDS were Mayor Uwe Becker of Frankfurt, Germany; Mayor Gabriel Groisman of Bal Harbour, Fla.; and Mayor Haim Bibas of Modi’in-Maccabim-Reut in Israel. The announcement was made at the MuniWorld Conference—the annual international municipal conference hosted by the Federation of Lo

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