S’firat HaOmer - Counting of the Omer

The counting of the Omer (Hebrew: ספירת העומר, Sefirat HaOmer) is an important verbal counting of each of the forty-nine days between the Festival of Passover and Shavuot as stated in the Hebrew Bible: Leviticus 23:15–16. “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord." This mitzvah ("commandment") derives from the Torah commandment to count forty-nine days beginning from the day on which the Omer, an offering containing an omer-measure of barley, was offered in the Temple in Jerusalem: "When you enter the land

The First Encounter

The First Encounter FFOZ teaching The Messiah we think that we know and seek is not always the same as the Messiah that lives and breathes. The risen one moved among men at times unrecognized by His own disciples. Miriam (Mary Magdalene) believed the Master’s enemies had dealt one more indignity to Him by stealing away his body. The possibility of a resurrection had not occurred to her. Alone with her grief, she gathered the courage to peer into the tomb herself. As yet, she had not done so. She saw what the same thing the other women saw. Two angels clothed in white sat where the Master’s body had lain. The linen shrouds lay between

The Eighth Day of Pesach

Deut 14:22 - 16:17; Numbers 28:19-25; 2 Sam21:1-51; John 20:1-14 The Bread of Affliction You shall eat no leavened bread with it. Seven days you shall eat it with unleavened bread (matza), the bread of affliction - for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste - that all the days of your life you may remember the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. (Devarim / Deuteronomy 16:3) If you attended a Pesach (English: Passover) Seder the other day, or any other time for that matter, you most likely heard the following words when the matza (English: unleavened bread) was uncovered near the beginning of the evening: "This is the bread of affliction that our forefathers ate in the land of Egy

Is this the end of American Jewry’s golden age?

By Adam Garfinkle How cosmically lucky the American Jewish community is, blessedly sited at the intersection point of two forms of chosenness, two forms of exceptionalism. A perfect storm of mazel, one might say: American Enlightenment universalism and Jewish particularism matched up like peas in a pod. Our serendipitous good fortune is invoked routinely for any number of purposes. Here is how the Tikvah Fund advertised a March 26 lecture by Ruth Wisse on Irving Kristol: “[H]e felt twice blessed, as a Jew and an American, and cheerfully shored up the best of both traditions …” This self-serving celebration of conjunction has always been an exaggeration, fully credible only insofar as the cel

A Deeper Meaning of Pesach

Saturday 20th April 2019 15th Nissan 5779 A Deeper Meaning of Pesach by Herschel Raysman On the original Passover, God told His people to slaughter a lamb and apply its blood to the doorposts and lintels of their homes, with the promise that Malach HaMavet – the Angel of Death – would pass over the homes when He saw the applied blood. Then, they were instructed to eat the lamb roasted with fire, together with bitter herbs and unleavened bread - matzoh. That night, on the 14th Nissan, God rescued them from Egypt and told them to keep the festival of Passover as a remembrance of their salvation from bondage and slavery. The Passover, however, was more than just a remembrance. As one of God’s a

What you need to know about Pesach - Passover

What you need to know about Pesach - Passover There are five mitzvot (commandments) for the Passover Seder, two from the Torah and three from our Sages. The two mitzvot from the Torah are to eat matza ("In the evening you shall eat unleavened bread" -- Exodus 12:18) and to tell the story of our exodus from Egypt ("And you shall relate to your child [the story of the Exodus] on this day" -- Exodus 13:9). The rabbis added the mitzvot of drinking the four cups of wine, eating marror (bitter herbs) and reciting Hallel (Psalms of praise for the Almighty). During the times of the Temple in Jerusalem, there were 16 additional mitzvot associated with the Pesach offering. All of these commandments

No Services on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April - Pesach

IMPORTANT NOTICE: There will be NO service on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April because of Pesach/Passover. Instead, we encourage you to meet in your homes and invite family/friends/one’s neighbours to join you for the seder meal. If you need guidance on how to conduct one, please contact me at beitariel@beitariel.org

Parashat Metzora: The sickness of slander

Saturday 13th April 2019 8th Nissan 5779 Parashat Metzora: The sickness of slander By Shlomo Riskin Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 kings 7:3-20; Matthew 17:9-13 ‘The person who is leprous [Hebrew: tzora’at], the priest-kohen must declare him ritually impure… The leprous person who has the plague: his clothing must be torn, his hair must go wild and cover his face until his lips. “Ritually impure, ritually impure” he will call out…. This shall be the law of the leper [Heb.: metzora] on the day of his purification: he shall be brought to the kohen-priest” Continuing last week’s theme (Tazria), our p

Services during the weekend of 18th and 19th of April

Please note that there will not be any services of Friday 19th of April and Saturday 20th April. We celebrate Pesach (Passover) in our homes with family and friends. We will meet again the following weekend - 26th/27th April to study the portion - Metzora. May I wish you all chag sameach Pesach in advance.

'Deal of the Century' - Dividing up the Land

Report: Yehonatan Gottlieb, 04/04/19 10:57 The Arab website Al-Khaleej Online reported Thursday that US President Donald Trump is expected to present his “Deal of the Century” on May 15. This date is also the date on which the Arabs in Israel mark the so-called “catastrophe” of the establishment of the state as “Palestinian Nakba Day.” According to the report, Trump has completed all preparations for the deal, including approvals for funding from other Arab countries to ensure the economic side of the deal. According to estimates, the Arab countries that will be partners in the deal are Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and even the United Arab Emirates. A senior Hamas official said that "setting

The First Messianic Jew to Run for Knesset

First Messianic Jew to run for the Knesset Tuesday, April 02, 2019 | David Lazarus Many in our community know Rabbi David Friedman because he has visited our shores on several occasions and conducted seminars at Beit Ariel. Rabbi David and his wife, Margalit, made Aliyah in the mid-seventies and live outside Jerusalem. A message from Rabbi David: Israel's general election is less than two weeks away, and few expect that the nearly-unknown Bible Bloc party has any chance of winning seats in the next Knesset. Even so, the fact that this party finally exists and is standing in a national election is a major step forward for the local Christian and Messianic Jewish communities. Established by D

Parashat Tazria  - the danger of negative speech

Saturday 6th April 2019 1st Nissan 5779 Parashat Tazria Rabbi Kalman Packouz Lev 12:1 – 13:59; Eze 45:16 – 46:18; Luke 22:1-13 One of the distinguishing features of human beings from other species is that we can talk. And one of the distinguishing features amongst human beings is how we use the gift of speech. Do we speak in an elevated manner or in a crass manner? The way we speak says a lot about us -- who we are, how we perceive ourselves, who we identify with. The Torah teaches that human beings were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Since God has no corporeal image, the Torah is tel

Parashat Tazria the danger of negative speech

Saturday 6th April 2019 1st Nissan 5779 Parashat Tazria Rabbi Kalman Packouz Lev 12:1 – 13:59; Eze 45:16 – 46:18; Luke 22:1-13 One of the distinguishing features of human beings from other species is that we can talk. And one of the distinguishing features amongst human beings is how we use the gift of speech. Do we speak in an elevated manner or in a crass manner? The way we speak says a lot about us -- who we are, how we perceive ourselves, who we identify with. The Torah teaches that human beings were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Since God has no corporeal image, the Torah is telling us that we were created in a spiritual image of the Almighty --

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