Erev Rosh Hashana will be celebrated at Beit Ariel (58 Loop Street, Hycastle House, 2nd Floor) on Sunday 29th September at 18h15. Our service will be followed by a bring 'n share meal - 'milchik' i.e. no meat products, please! Bring platters of ready made sandwiches with assorted cheeses, tuna, egg etc, vegetable quiches, assorted cheeses with crackers, vegetable sticks with dips, fish cakes or fried fish etc etc. Also, please bring some juice. Come and hear to sound of the shofar, the call to make teshuva, as we enter into the Yomim Noraim - The Days of Awe - which culminate in Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement. This solemn fast day will be observe on Tuesday, 8th October 2019, at Beit Arie

The Shofar of Auschwitz

Sep 24, 2019 | by Dr. Yvette Alt Miller Rosh Hashanah, 1944: A group of ragged Jewish prisoners assembled for yet another exhausting work detail. All around, Jews were starved, tortured and murdered. The slightest expression of Jewish faith was strictly forbidden, grounds for execution by Nazi guards. Yet on that Rosh Hashanah, a group of courageous Jews managed to pray with a minyan. Miraculously, they even managed to blow a shofar and evade detection. Prof. Judy Tydor Schwartz, the Director of Holocaust research at Bar Ilan University in Israel, is the daughter of the man who facilitated that astounding feat. In an exclusive interview, she described her remarkable father, Chaske

Israel Election Analysis

Israel Election Analysis by RON CANTOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 Here is a brief analysis of the Israeli elections. There is almost no change from the last election that failed to produce a government. Likud has 31 seats and Blue and While has 32 seats. They still, most likely, need each other to form a government. Of course, if those numbers stick, Blue and White will have the most votes and will be given an opportunity to form a government. So, yes, that is a big change. Netanyahu did not get the mandate he had hoped to receive from the voters. This time he will be even with Blue and White or slightly behind. Voters were turned off after Bibi pledged before the last election to be against an pri

Apocalyptic Times

APOCALYPTIC TIMES by DAN JUSTER SEPTEMBER 22, 2019 I recently thought of writing about the danger of a massive human tragedy of enormous scope. I am writing about the potential of acts of war that can bring untold death and destruction. C. E M. Joad was one of the more significant philosophers of the 20th century. He was an atheist who used to argue for atheism on British Broadcasting Company Radio. Then he converted to Christianity and wrote two books which were a great influence on me in my days of searching. One was The Recovery of Belief and the other God and Evil. Both books argue that evil is endemic to human life and proves the Bible view that the human race is under a curse an


Saturday 28th September 2019 28th Elul 5779 PARASHAT NITZAVIM Deut 29:9 – 30:20; Isaiah 61:10 – 63:9; John 12:41 - 50 Rosh Hashana begins Sunday evening, September 29th! What is the Essence of Rosh Hashana and How Do We Observe It? Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year, but unlike the secular New Year which is celebrated in many parts of the "civilized" world by partying, drinking to excess and watching a little ball descend a tower in Times Square, the Jewish New Year is celebrated by reflecting upon the past, correcting one's mistakes, planning for the future, praying for a healthy and sweet year and celebrati

Should Gentiles Keep The Feasts of Israel?

SHOULD GENTILES KEEP THE FEATS OF THE LORD? by DAN JUSTER SEPTEMBER 12, 2019 As we move into the Holiday season, I want to address the issue of Christians keeping the Holy Days. I am not planning on defending my interpretation of the passages that talk about Gentiles keeping the Feasts of Israel, also called God’s appointed times, and the Feasts of the Jews in the Gospel of John. They were God’s appointed Feasts for Israel. They are still central to Jewish tradition and Jewish identity and have been celebrated continuously even with the destruction of the Temple and the scattering of the Jewish nation in the first and second centuries. They are all national holidays in Israel. I read Rom

The Least of the Commandments

THE LEAST OF THE COMMANDMENTS FFOZ "Don't make mountains out of molehills" means don't turn a trivial matter into a large concern. Yeshua seems to espouse a similar sentiment when He chastises the religious for scrupulously observing the small details of God's Law while ignoring the "weightier provisions of the Torah" (Matthew 23:23). Nevertheless, Yeshua taught His disciples to keep even the smallest of the Torah's commandments. He said, "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:19). Have you ever wondered what the "least of


Saturday 21st September 2019 21st Elul 5779 PARASHAT KI TAVO by Rabbi Russ Resnik Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8; Isaiah 60:1-22; Matthew 4:13-24 We humans may say we like change, but something within us resists it. It’s part of our human nature to stick with routine and the status quo—especially when it comes to inward things. We might like to try out new experiences, new flavors and colors and places, but when it comes to changing the things closest to ourselves, we’re most likely to resist. Just ask anyone—including yourself—who’s tried to exercise more or eat less or ph

The Chaggim – The Jewish Festivals - The Feasts of the Lord

The Chaggim – The Jewish Festivals - The Feasts of the Lord Erev Rosh HaShana - The Feast of Trumpets Sunday 29th September. Time: 1800. At Beit Ariel. Service will be followed by a bring ‘n share supper (‘milchik’ – no meat products). Speaker Dr Benjamin Herr Erev Yom Kippur – The Day of Atonement Tuesday 8th October 2019. Time: 18h30. At Beit Ariel. This is a day of fasting and prayer, thereby afflicting one’s soul. Speaker: Michael Page Yom Kippur morning – Service commences at 10h00 The service will be followed by a time of prayer Erev Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles Sunday 13th October. See brochure (NOT at Beit Ariel) Erev Simchat Torah – Rejoicing in the Torah Monday 21st October

Torah Club - Shadows of the Messiah

Torah Club is where disciples learn. It’s about understanding the Bible and finding fellowship. We want to spread the revelation of Messiah and His kingdom to the world. Torah Club accomplishes this by creating serious and intentional small-group studies where disciples of Jesus study the Bible from a Jewish perspective. Club members become adept in the Scriptures while forming quality relationships in a community of learners. OUR GOAL IS THE REVELATION OF YESHUA AND HIS KINGDOM IN ALL THINGS. OUR JOB IS RAISING UP MORE DISCIPLES FOR HIM. Toward the end of October, we commence a new cycle in our Torah Club called: Shadows of the Messiah Lift the veil and see Yeshua in the five books of Moses

The Replacement Theology Challenge Today

The Replacement Theology Challenge Today by DAN JUSTERJUNE 3, 2019 A dear friend works in a church connected to an apostolic leader who has published a book that argues for replacement theology. As most teachers who hold to this very wrong theology, he does not like to call his theology “replacement” but “fulfillment.” According to this view, the church is the ongoing meaning of Israel. It is the fulfillment, and ethnic Israel is no longer the elect nation of God. My friend asked me to help him respond. In reflecting on this I thought it worthwhile to write something new on this for all of you. I hope it aids your understanding for both your teaching and your prayers. A Brief History Of Repl

On Love and Collective Responsibility

On Love and Collective Responsibility by Yehuda HaKohen, Shoftim deals primarily with statutes pertaining to Israel’s leadership. Because leadership is not a position of honor for the individual but rather a burden of responsibility for the welfare of the Jewish people, the Torah sets down specific guidelines in order to steer our leaders towards attaining their full potential. “It shall be that when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself two copies of this Torah in a book, from before the Kohanim, the Levi’im. It shall be with him, and he shall read from it all the days of his life, so that he will learn to fear HaShem, his G-D, to observe all the w


Saturday 14th September 2019 14th Elul 5779 PARASHAT KI TEITZEI Deut 21:10 – 25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10; Matt 24:29-42 This parasha contains the most mitzvoth of all the parashiyot in Torah. Ki Teitzei (“When you go out”) contains a significant portion of the Torah’s laws: no less than 74 mitzvot (out of a total of 613) have been counted by the halachic authorities as deriving from our parasha. And, it is so easy to get weighed down by the mere numbers and the minutiae of the instructions. But, as someone once remarked, the key to understanding the mitzvot is that they are about relationships within the community of the faithful. In this Shabbat’s portion covers an array of comma

Deeper meanings of Elul

Deeper meanings of Elul (August 23 – September 20, 2017) Sandra Teplinsky | Aug 29, 2017 | On August 23 we entered into Elul, the 6th month of the year on the calendar God assigned to Israel in Exodus 12:2. Elul is also the 12th month of the year on Israel’s civil calendar that some rabbis teach was observed in ancient times by the rest of the world. In this present age, Israel operates on both calendars. (The country adheres to most aspects of the Gregorian calendar as well.) Elul comes after the heat – and often warfare – of Tammuz and Av, but before the judgment associated with the month of Tishrei. It is regarded as a month of transition. According to Jewish tradition, God gi

Show Mercy

SHOW MERCY FFOZ Yeshua teaches, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Those who are merciful and compassionate towards others are blessed because they will receive mercy and compassion from God. Conversely, one who does not show mercy toward others should not expect to receive mercy from heaven. The Talmud says, “He who is merciful to men, toward him God is merciful in heaven.” The beatitude of the merciful finding mercy with God belongs to a series of the Master’s teaching based upon the biblical rule of measure-for-measure. “By your standard of measure, it

Elul: How to Realistically Change the World

Elul: How to Realistically Change the World Aug 31, 2019 | by Rabbi Benjamin Blech Start by thinking small - and in that way change ourselves and our own world. Feeling down about the state of the world? Hard to read the newspapers with all of the tragedies that have become part and parcel of our daily lives? Well the month of Elul is here – the month, with its daily blowing of the shofar, meant to remind us that Rosh Hashanah is just a short four weeks away and that we have got to give serious thought to our personal responsibility to do our part to make the coming year a better one. In light of the immensity of our problems how can we possibly do anything that would make a difference? Ca


PARASHAT SHOFTIM Saturday 7th September 2019 7th Elul 5779 Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12; John 14:9-20 by Rabbi Russ Resnik Fourth Haftarah of Consolation after Tisha B’Av (9th day of Av) One of the first things to learn in counselling and rabbinic-pastoral care is, “Just show up.” For someone grieving the death of a loved one, or facing their own death or long-term illness, or the trials of a wandering son or daughter, being present with them is more important than any words of comfort or advice you might bring. We sometimes describe care for people in need as “spiritual accompaniment,” and Jewish tradition pictures God himself as the m

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