Shavuoth – שבועות – Pentecost

We will celebrate Shavuoth at Beit Ariel on Saturday 8th June 2019 at 18h15. Speaker: Edie Sher We will also have a bring ‘n share meal after the service. (‘milchik’ – no meat products please) Please bring vegetable quiches, salad sticks with dips, assorted cheeses with crackers, ready-made sandwiches with tune, egg, cottage cheese etc. Bring fried fish and fish cakes. Please note that it is a finger supper. Also, please bring some juice. And, cheese cake!

The inner meaning of 50 and why Shavuot has no date.

The Deeper meaning of Shavouth Every Jewish holiday falls on a specific day of the month, with one exception: Shavuot, the day on which we accepted the Torah. Shavuot is always the 50th day following the beginning of Passover. Under the essential Jewish calendar in which the rabbinical court determined the beginning of a month through witnesses who saw the new moon, it could technically fall on any one of three dates since the number of days in a Jewish month could vary from year to year. The name Shavuot alludes to its independence from the standard calendar. The name means "weeks," demonstrating how the holiday marks the culmination of seven weeks regardless of the date. What is the essenc

Bechukotai – take two

Parashat Bechukotai - Take Two Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks This week we read the Tochecha, the terrifying curses warning of what would happen to Israel if it betrayed its Divine mission. We read a prophecy of history gone wrong. If Israel loses its way spiritually, say the curses, it will lose physically, economically, and politically also. The nation will experience defeat and disaster. It will forfeit its freedom and its land. The people will go into exile and suffer persecution. Customarily we read this passage in the synagogue sotto voce, in an undertone, so fearful is it. It is hard to imagine any nation undergoing such catastrophe and living to tell the tale. Yet the passage does not end

Parashat Bechukotai

Saturday 1st June 2019 42nd Day of Omer 27th Iyyar 5779 Parashat Bechukotai Leviticus 26:3-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19-17:14; Matthew 21:33-46 What is the most important question in life? Perhaps: "Is there a God?" If there is a God, then there is every possibility that God created the world with a purpose and our lives have meaning. If there isn't a God, then all was created randomly and meaninglessly and the only meaning in life is that which we choose to impose upon our lives. If there is a God, then there very well may be consequences for our actions; God may have a standard of behaviour He expects us to live up to and if we don't, th

End Time Lessons from Israel Iron Lady – Golda Meir

End Time Lessons from Israel's Iron Lady by Cody Archer After reading, “My Life,” the autobiography of Golda Meir, my appreciation for the founding fathers and mothers of the modern state of Israel has greatly increased. They faced incredible challenges and yet helped “birth a nation in a day” (Isaiah 66:8). I believe Golda’s story particularly has prophetic significance for the final years before Yeshua returns. Golda was born in 1898 in the harsh environment of the Russian Empire. In 1906 her family immigrated to America in search of freedom and prosperity. There Golda was strongly influenced by her older sister’s Zionist friends and gained a deep desire to one day move to Palest

Deny Yourself: Why?

DENY YOURSELF! WHY? By Asher Intrator 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 (Romans 12:1-3). But we also have to say “No” to bad things. Evil comes from three s

Parashat Behar

Saturday 25th May 2019 Day 35 of the Omer 20th Iyyar 5779 PARASHAT BEHAR Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Lev 25:1 – 26:2; Jer 32:6-27; Luke 4:14-22 There are, it is sometimes said, no controlled experiments in history. Every society, every age, and every set of circumstances is unique. If so, there is no science of history. There are no universal rules to guide the destiny of nations. Yet this is not quite true. The history of the past four centuries does offer us something close to a controlled experiment, and the conclusion to be drawn is surprising. The modern world was shaped by four revolutions: th

Parashat Kedoshim

Saturday 11th May 2019 6th Iyyr 5779 Parashat Kedoshim Herschel Raysman Lev 19:1 – 20:27; Amos 9:7 – 15; Mark 12: 28 - 34 The Torah portion this Shabbat is called Kedoshim and it calls the Jewish people to be holy. It then proceeds with the instructions on how to achieve holiness, which is nearness to the Almighty. Within it lie the secrets and the prescription for Jewish continuity. If any group of people is to survive as an entity, it must have common values and goals -- a direction and a meaning. By analyzing this portion

Parashat Kedoshim

Saturday 11th May 2019 6th Iyyar 5779 Parashat Kedoshim by Herschel Raysman Lev 19:1 – 20:27; Amos 9:7 – 15; Mark 12: 28 - 34 The Torah portion this Shabbat is called Kedoshim and it calls the Jewish people to be holy. It then proceeds with the instructions on how to achieve holiness, which is nearness to the Almighty. Within it lie the secrets and the prescription for Jewish continuity. If any group of people is to survive as an entity, it must have common values and goals -- a direction and a meaning. By analyzing this portion we can learn much about our personal and national destiny. Firstly, the parasha is directed

Gentile Kings and Jewish Prophets

Gentile Kings and Jewish Prophets by EITAN SHISHKOFFMAY 1, 2019 As a high school student in the early 1960’s I dreamed for world peace. The concept of one benign government that could unify the globe in justice and compassion appealed to me. After graduation, I advanced to the draft-dodging, demonstrating in the streets phase. By late 1968 I had failed to unify the world. It was time to drop out of society totally and aid world peace by living on a country commune. It wasn’t until I met Yeshua, the Prince of Peace, that my dreams found fulfillment. In the Bible I read that “In your (Abraham’s) seed, all the families of the earth will blessed” (Genesis 22:18) and “Unto us a son is given and t

Do We Want The Jewish People To Disappear?

Do We Want The Jewish People To Disappear? by DAN JUSTER APRIL 8, 2019 I am burdened about the destiny of 100,000 to 200,000 Jews in the Churches of North America. Do they continue to maintain any serious Jewish identity and transmission of that identity to their children? Sometimes those in the Messianic Jewish congregations have written off these Jews in churches. However, we need to ask if God has a special purpose for them. The Context There are three clear contexts in which Jewish followers of Yeshua live their lives. There is first the context of congregations where the majority of members are Jewish and where Jewish life is fostered in some significant way, either Israeli life, Jewis

Right from Wrong: No wonder anti-Semites hate us

Hate Stops Here rally against antisemitism sponsored by the World Zionist Organization. (photo credit: WORLD ZIONIST ORGANIZATION) Jews cannot escape targeted hatred by changing their address. By Ruthie Blum May 2, 2019 21:11 It was horrifically fitting that Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day mere days after a crazed Jew-hater went on a shooting spree at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego, killing 60-year-old Lori Gilbert Kaye and costing Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, 57, his index finger. In an additional tragic twist, the two other congregants who miraculously survived with shrapnel injuries were 34-year-old Israeli Almog Peretz and his eight-year-old niece, Noya, whos

The Polish Holocaust hero you’ve never heard of

The Polish Holocaust hero you've never heard of Konstanty Rokicki and fellow diplomats in Berne forged thousands of passports to save Jewish lives. He died in obscurity, until now May 2, 2019, 3:06 PM Konstanty Rokicki, a Polish diplomat and intelligence operative who died in penniless obscurity, turns out to have been one of the forgotten heroes of the Holocaust. He tried to save lives of thousands of Jews with his knack for forging Paraguayan passports. Three quarters of a century after Rokicki applied his formidable skills to tricking the Nazis, 60 years after his death from lung cancer, my diplomats, members of my team at the Polish Embassy in Switzerland were astonished to recognize the

Yom HaShoah– The Day of Remembering the Holocaust

Yom HaShoah– The Day of Remembering the Holocaust Yom HaShoah– The Day of Remembering the Holocaust I’m Still Alive – Eurovision 1983 The backstory for the following song is the most powerful revenge against the Nazis by the State of Israel. This was the song performed by Israel at the 1983 Eurovision contest. Everything about it was symbolic, transferring the message that while the Nazis succeeded in annihilating 6 million Jews, they failed in their ultimate goal of destroying the Jewish people. Not only are the Jewish people still alive, we have a proud country of our own. Famous Israeli singer Ofra Haza was chosen to perform an amazing song written for the contest called “Alive”. The song

Parashat Acharei Mot

Saturday 4th May 2019 14th Day of Omer 29th Nissan 5779 Parashat Acharei Mot - ‘after the death of’ - מות פרשת אחרי Lev 16:1 - 18:30; 1 Sam 20:18 – 42; Matt 15:10 - 20 The Devil is in the Details of Yom Kippur In this week’s Torah Portion, there is a very interesting combination of events that are described. The Torah Portion opens with instructions on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16. Yom Kippur is a central element of Judaism and is not a stand-alone observance. The instruction is that we are to observe a day of fasting and afflicting one’s soul on the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei

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