The Songs of Moses

THE SONGS OF MOSES by Herschel Moshe Rabenu sang three songs to HaShem. The first when Israel crossed the sea on dry land and the pursuing Egyptian army drowned. On three distinct occasions in scripture, Moses, overflowing with emotional and spiritual fervor, sings a song of praise to HaShem. You will find these 3 instances recorded in Exodus 15, Deuteronomy 32 and Revelations 15 and they are known as The Songs of Moses or in Hebrew ‘Shirat Moshe’. Now, according to the Torah’s definition, a ‘shirah’ or ‘song’ is a profound and unusual spiritual phenomenon. According to the Talmud (oral tradition) – and I’m quoting fr

The Covid-19 Lockdown

The Covid-19 Lockdown The 21-day lock down commences on Thursday 26th March. Thursday 26th March is rosh chodesh Nissan (the 1st day of a new month in the Hebrew calendar), the month when Pesach/Passover is observed. The exodus from Egypt was such a pivotal event in redemptive history, that HaShem said “This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you” (Exodus 12:2). And so, Passover commences on the 14th Nissan (8thApril) and is observed for seven days i.e. on 16th April – 22nd Nissan. The 21-day shutdown provisionally ends on 16th April 2020 i.e. the last day of Passover. Let’s put this all together. Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter y

The Sacrifices

The Sacrifices Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Sacrifices, the subject of this week’s parsha, were central to the religious life of biblical Israel. We see this not only by the sheer space devoted to them in the Torah, but also by the fact that they occupy its central book, Vayikra. We have not had the sacrificial service since the destruction of the second Temple almost 2000 years ago. What is deeply relevant today, however, is the critique of sacrifices we find among the Prophets of the first Temple. That critique was sharp and deep and formed many of their most powerful addresses. One of the earliest was delivered by the Prophet Samuel: “Doe

PARASHAT VAYIKRA

Saturday 28th March 2020 3rd Nisan 5780 PARASHAT VAYIKRA ויקרא (And he called) FFOZ Torah: Leviticus 1:1-5:26; Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21-44:23; Gospel: Matthew 5:23-30 Messiah and the Sacrifices The book of Leviticus begins with several chapters describing the sacrificial services. God called to Moses from within the Tent of Meeting and delivered to him the laws of the sacrificial system. In today’s world, when there is no Temple, the laws of the sacrifices seem obsolete and irrelevant. Nevertheless, devout Jews continue to diligently study the laws of the sacr

Israel and the Church (Part 2)

Israel and the Church (Part 2) By Arnold Fruchtenbaum March 10, 2020 The following is a continuation of “Israel and the Church (Part 1)”. Dr. S. Lewis Johnson, former professor of Greek and New Testament Exegesis at Dallas Theological Seminary, has done a detailed study of Galatians 6:16. In his introduction, Johnson makes the following observation: In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, persistent support remains for the contention that the term Israel may refer properly to Gentile believers in the present age… the primary support is found in Galatians 6:16 … I cannot help but think that dogmatic considerations loom large in the interpretation of Galatians 6:16. The te

PARASHAT VAYAKEHL AND PEKUDAI

Saturday 21st March 2020 25th Adar 5780 PARASHAT VAYAKEHL AND PEKUDAI Exodus 35:1 – 40:38; Ezekiel 45:16 – 46:18; Luke 22:1-13 We have a double portion this Shabbat which concludes the book of Exodus. At the conclusion of e ach of the five books of Torah, we stand together as a community and chant ‘chazak, chazak v’nitzchazeik’ – ‘be strong, be strong and may we be strengthened’ ( you can learn more about this custom at http://beitariel.co.za/articles/why-do-we-say-chazak-chazak-vnitzchazeik-end-each-book-torah,). This Shabbat is also another of the special Shabbatot that punctuate the Jewish year and is

No services at Beit Ariel

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL SERVICES AT BEIT ARIEL ARE SUSPENDED. WE URGE EVERYONE TO REMAIN AT HOME AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, BUT OFFER THE REMINDER THAT WE WALK BY FAITH IN YESHUA AND NOT IN FEAR! THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY, TO SPEND TIME IN PRAYER AND IN THE WORD OF GOD Romans 13:11 – 14 Besides this, you know the time—that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first came to trust. The night is almost gone and the day is near, so let us put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly as in the day—not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality,

Mi Shebareich

Listen and be encouraged. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHKo3CjuzpY Mi shebeirach avoteinu M'kor hab'racha l'imoteinu May the source of strength, Who blessed the ones before us, Help us find the courage to make our lives a blessing, And let us say, Amen. Mi shebeirach imoteinu M'kor habrachah l'avoteinu Bless those in need of healing with r'fuah sh'leimah, The renewal of body, the renewal of spirit, And let us say, Amen

The Word Made Stone

The Word Made Stone FFOZ In this Torah portion, Moses descends from Mount Sinai, ascends the mountain, and descends again. That is to say, he came down from heaven, returned to heaven, and came down a second time. The first and second coming of the Messiah follows the same pattern. As the divine Logos descended from the heavenly glory of the Father to take on flesh and dwell among men, He came with a purpose: to save Israel and to bring salvation to the world. Just like Moses at Mount Sinai, the Messiah descended on a rescue mission to call Israel to repentance and to avert the disaster of judgment. He descended to r

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה

Shabbat Parah / שבת פרה Shabbat Parah ("Sabbath [of the] red heifer" שבת פרה) takes place on the Shabbat before Shabbat HaChodesh, in preparation for Passover. Shabbat HaChodesh falls on 21st March which corresponds to 25th Adar. Numbers 19:1-22 (Parashat Chukat) describes the parah adumah ("red heifer") in the Jewish temple as part of the manner in which the kohanim and the Jewish people purified themselves so that they would be ready ("pure") to sacrifice the korban Pesach. “This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.” (BaM

PARASHAT KI TISA

Saturday 14th March 2020 18th Adar 5780 PARASHAT KI TISA Shabbat Parah Rabbi David Friedman Exodus 30:11–34:35; Ezekiel 36:16 – 38; John 11: 47 - 57 How incredible are the blessings and gifts of God! Every day I wake up is a new start; I recite the “modeh ani” prayer every morning, and before me is a chance to live life fully, to spend time with people I love, to study and apply our magnificent Torah, to enjoy living in the Land and in the city of my great love. Yet, even after experiencing such incredible blessings, too often I so quickly turn from God’s ways! Th

Chief Rabbi composes special prayer to halt plague

Chief Rabbi composes special prayer to halt plague Prayer should be said when Holy Ark is opened on Shabbat, Mondays, and Thursdays when the Torah is read publicly. Mordechai Sones, 05/03/20 14:19 The Rishon L'Tzion, Israel's Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef composed a special prayer to stop the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic. The prayer should be said when the Holy Ark is opened on Shabbat, Mondays, and Thursdays when the Torah is read publicly: May it be Thy Will our G-d and G-d and our ancestors, that You be overcome with mercy upon all the world's inhabitants and upon the inhabitants of this land, and protect them from all the harsh and evil decrees that may visit the world, and rescue us from

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven Rabbi Jonathan Sacks The Korach rebellion was not just the worst of the revolts from the wilderness years. It was also different in kind because it was a direct assault on Moses and Aaron. Korach and his fellow rebels in essence accused Moses of nepotism, of failure, and above all of being a fraud – of attributing to God decisions and laws that Moses had devised himself for his own ends. So grave was the attack that it became, for the Sages, a paradigm of the worst kind of disagreement: Which is an argument for the sake of Heaven? The argument between Hillel and Shammai. Which is an argument not for the sake of Heaven? The argument of Korach an

WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING?

WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING? As a jeweller engraves signets, so shall you engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Israel. You shall enclose them in settings of gold filigree. And you shall set the two stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod, as stones of remembrance for the sons of Israel. And Aaron shall bear their names before the LORD on his two shoulders for remembrance. (Shemot/Exodus 28:11-12) This week we are looking at one particular aspect of the elaborate garb of the Cohen HaGadol (High Priest). Over his main clothing, he was to wear an ephod (Hebrew is pronounced similarly), an apron like over-garment with special spiritual significance. On each of the ephod's shoulder p

Parashat Tetzaveh - Shabbat Zachor - the Sabbath of Remembrance

Saturday 7th March 2020 11th Adar 5780 Parashat Tetzaveh - Exodus 27:20 – 30:110, 1 Samuel 15:2 – 34; Mark 6:14 – 29 Exodus 27:20. 20 Now, you shall command (Tetzaveh) - äåöú äúàå - the Children of Israel that they shall take for you pure, pressed olive oil - úéæ ïîù - for illumination, to kindle the lamp continually: ãéîú øð úìòäì 21 In the Tent of Meeting, outside the Partition that is near the Testimonial- tablets, Aaron and his sons shall arrange it from evening until morning, before Hashem, an eternal decree for their generations, from the Children of Israel: Our parasha this Shabbat is called

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