Study, study

Study, study FFOZ At the very center of the Torah are the words “Search, search!” The same words can be understood to mean, “Study, study!” Studying Torah Requires Searching the Scriptures Leviticus 10:16 says, “Moses searched carefully for the goat of the sin offering, and behold, it had been burned up!” The words “searched carefully” translate the repeated Hebrew verb darash (דרש). Darash means “to search.” In Hebrew, the verse repeats the verb darash to indicate a diligent search. It says, “darosh darash,” literally, “searching, he searched.” The same word applies to the study of Torah. For example, a short

A New Commandment   FFOZ

A New Commandment FFOZ e-disciple How can Yeshua give a “new commandment” when the Torah forbids adding and subtracting from the commandments? In the Messianic Era, men will live peaceably with one another. Even the animals will dwell in peace. All of humanity will live in common fraternity. As the Messiah prepared to depart, He bequeathed the peace and love of the Messianic Era to His disciples. He gave them a “new commandment” that, if obeyed, would preserve the spirit of His presence among them: “Love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” I am giving you a new mitzvah: that you love one another. As I hav


PARASHIYOT ACHAREI MOT/KEDOSHIM Acharei Mot: Lev 16:1-18:30; Amos 9:7-15 (A), Ezek. 22:1-16 (S); 1 Cor 6:9-20 Kedoshim: Lev 19:1–20:27; Amos 9:7–15; Luke 16,17 Lev 16:1 “Now the L-rd spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they had approached the presence of the L-rd and died.” Our Torah portion picks up right where chapter 10 left off with the death of Nadav and Avihu. Chapter 10 took us outside the camp with their death. We come back to the Holy of Holies with the cleansing of the metzora in chapters 11 through 15. This brings us full circle back to the tabernacle in chapter 16. This week's Parasha describes the rite of Yom Kippur service, including the ancient


Isolation by Alan Gilaman He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp. (Vayikra/Leviticus 13:46) With the rare exception, human beings don't like to live alone. Even most loners don't want to be alone all the time. And when they do, they want to be alone by choice. It's no wonder that one of the worst punishments people have ever devised is solitary confinement. We were meant to be in community, not in isolation, except under certain circumstances. We are living in most unusual times. Never before have we seen what some are calling: "the quarantine


PARASHIYOT TAZRIA METZORA - תזריע/מצורע Torah: Leviticus 12:1-15:33; Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3-20; Gospel: Luke 2:22-35; Mark 1:35-45 Why does the Talmud refer to the Messiah as “The Leper?” What does the Messiah have in common with a leper? In one cryptic passage from the Talmud, the sages discuss different theories about the potential name of the Messiah. Several schools of disciples offer different opinions. Each one has a theory about what the name of the Messiah will be. After the Talmud offers the list of opinions, it presents an authoritative ruling of the sages. The Messiah will be called “the Leper of the House of Rabbi,” a strange name indeed for the promised Savior King: And the rab

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar - ראש חודש אִיָּר

Rosh Chodesh Iyyar ראש חודש אִיָּר Rosh Chodesh — which literally means “head of the month” — is the minor holiday that marks the beginning of every Hebrew month. The Jewish calendar, which combines both lunar and solar aspects, has 12 months (and 13 in leap years); half of these months are 30 days long and half are 29 days. At the end of months that have 30 days, Rosh Chodesh is observed for two days, on the 30th day of the previous month and the first day of the new month. After months that have 29 days, only the first day of the next month is observed as Rosh Chodesh. The month of Iyar The name of this month is called Iyar as its Babylonian name. In the Torah, it is called the second mon

S’firat HaOmer – The Counting of the Omer

Saturday 25th April 2020 16th Day of the Omer 1st Iyyar 5780 S’firat HaOmer – The Counting of the Omer BA-RUCH A-TAH ADO-NAI E-LO-HE-NU ME-LECH HA-OLAM ASHER KID-E-SHA-NU BE-MITZ-VO-TAV VETZI-VA-NU AL SEFI-RAT HA-OMER. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer. Hayom shisha asar yom shehem sh’nei sshavuot ush’nei yamim laomer Today is sixteen days, which is two weeks and two days of the Omer

Biblical Disasters — Divine Providence

Biblical Disasters — Divine Providence by Barry Segal A Message of Hope for God’s People Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6 At times like these, I am reminded of the story of when the children of Israel were fleeing Egypt and were stricken by a plague of serpents in the desert. Moses asked God to save them, and in response, God instructed him to fashion a snake out of bronze, and to wrap it around a pole. When the afflicted looked upon the bronze snake, they would survive their injuries. Today, we understand this as one of many powerful signs of God’s pro

Calling To God Together” - A Prayer Initiative ICEJ

“Calling To God Together” - A Prayer Initiative ICEJ “Calling To God Together” is a prayer initiative that aims to unite Jews and Christians around the globe in prayer together – by reading through the Book of Psalms in the original Hebrew and in various other national languages – and in an attitude of reverence and faith that Adonai will hear our prayers and answer from heaven. Join us this Friday April 17th at 12PM (Israel Standard Time) for prayers by respected rabbis, pastors, officials and other global community leaders! Join via Zoom:


UNDERSTANDING TRAGEDY Alan Gilman Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. (Vayikra/Leviticus 10:1-2) There are two insights into human tragedy that I would like to share from this grim incident. The first is straightforward; the second not so much. The first is that God isn't someone to be handled lightly. Dealing with him is serious business and fooling around with his way of doing things can cost you your life. Many people avoid thi

Corona, Prophecy, and the Doctor’s Battle

Corona, Prophecy, and the Doctor’s Battle by DAN JUSTER APRIL 7, 2020 There was a growing prophetic consensus that we were to engage in massive prayer as we entered the Passover Resurrection time. Some have spoken out that the virus will be overcome during this season if we fast, pray and unify our hearts together. However, those who are far out in their prophecies are unlikely to be confirmed. There have been massive prayer events by internet taking place and some international events with hundreds of thousands. My own sense is not that the virus will be a thing of the past within the next week, but that the corner will be turned. In this, I wonder how many of my readers have pic


PARASHAT SHEMINI FFOZ Leviticus 9:1-11:47, 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17, Matthew 3:11-17 If disciples are supposed to commit their lives to following Yeshua, why did He tell his disciples, “Where I am going, you will not be able to come”? Where Are You Going that We Cannot Follow? During the festival of Sukkot, Yeshua told the authorities who were trying to arrest him, “For a little while longer I am with you, then I go to Him who sent Me” (John 7:33). The pilgrims gathered for the festival listened in on the exchange. Some speculated that Yeshua might be going out to teach in the synagogues of the Diaspora. He corrected them, “I go away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin; where I am going

S'firat HaOmer - The Counting of the Omer

Saturday 18th April 2020 9th Day of Omer 24th Nissan 5780 BARUCH ATAH ADONAI ELOHEYNU MELECH HAOLAM ASHER KIDESHANU BEMITZVOTAV VETZIVANU AL SEFIRAT HAOMER. Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments, and commanded us concerning the counting of the Omer Hayom Tisha yamim shehem shavua echad ush’nei yamim laomer Today is nine days, which is one week and two days of the Omer

S'firat HaOmer - The Counting of the Omer

S'firat HaOmer - The Counting of the Omer “How blessed are those who give to the poor! When calamity comes, Adonai will save them.” - Psalm 41:2 This year, as commanded in Leviticus 23:15-16, we will count the Omer from Passover to Shavuot. We are counting in a time of calamity, facing a global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and isolation from our beloved communities. The Torah and our Messiah teach that we should never forget the poor, even in times of trouble. In this spirit, the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations will devote 50% of your Shavuot offering to ministries in Israel that deliver relief to the poor, who are especially vulnerable during this crisis. We will give prima

Matzah’s Majestic Meaning

Matzah’s Majestic Meaning Pesach/Passover By Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture Posted on April 08, 2020 / 5780 I don’t know why we ask the first of the four seder questions—“On all other nights we eat both hametz and matzah but on this night only matzah.” The Ha lahma anya paragraph that immediately precedes the questions already answers it. The opening words, “this is the bread of affliction (lahma anya in the Aramaic) that our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt,” suggest that the Israelite slaves in Egypt, who presumably had no time to bake bread, ate matzah. And that is why we eat matzah on Passover. So why ask the first question? This

Yeshua's Farewell Discourse

Yeshua's Farewell Discourse FFOZ After Iscariot left the table, the Master said His farewells to the men who had followed Him over the course of the last several years. “My little children, I am with you a little while longer,” He told them (John 13:33). Disciples of a sage considered their rabbi as their spiritual father and head of household, and the sage considered his disciples to be his spiritual sons. Ordinarily, Yeshua steered away from the father-son language when describing His relationship with His disciples. He often admonished them to become like little children and to regard God as their heavenly father. On other occasions, He


Saturday 11th April 2020 17th Nissan 5780 Pesach/Passover by Alan Gilman You shall tell your son on that day: It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt. (Shemot/Exodus 13:8) Pesach begins this year the evening of Wednesday, April 8. One of the reasons for this annual commemoration of Israel's freedom from slavery in Egypt is to retain connection from generation to generation, "l'dor vador" as it is said in Hebrew. The ritual aspects of the retelling of the exodus were designed by God to not only remind subsequen

Points of Light

Points of Light Rabbi Avi Weiss March 27, 2020 Can anything push away the darkness of the coronavirus? The world is grim these days. COVID-19 has driven people indoors. Streets are desolate. Spirits are low. The dangers of the hour and the global pain and suffering are very real, but there may also be points of light that we can take away. Humility: With the advances of humankind, we often think we're in absolute control. We regard the bubonic plague of the Middle Ages, which killed one-third of Europe's population, and the Spanish flu, which took 50 million lives in the early 20th century, as things of the past.

Are the Prophecies About Coronavirus True?

Are the Prophecies About Coronavirus True? Anat Schneider March 23, 2020 | Many are turning to Scripture and Jewish prophecy to address the present pandemic. All kinds of messages are being passed around the Internet concerning Bible prophecies and Jewish sages who foresaw the coronavirus pandemic. Are these real? What should we believe? Here is an example of a Hebrew post that has around Israel and the world: “In Isaiah 26:20 it is written, ‘Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves a little while until the wrath has passed.’” This fascinating prophecy written by Isaiah more than 2,600 years ago grabbed my attention. But does it actually re

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