Anti-Semitism in NYC

The new normal of anti-Semitic attacks in NYC is worse than you thought by Avi Abelow Antisemitism in NYC is rising at an alarming pace. It has become the new normal. And New York officials don’t seem to be doing much to counter the attacks. Antisemitism in NYC Attacks against Jews throughout the world have been happening too often. But if you take a look specifically at antisemitism in NYC, it is terrifying. (copy and paste to watch this disturbing footage of anti-Semitic attacks in NYC) <iframe title="vimeo-player" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/382156422" width="640" height="362" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> It is so alarming that you don’t want to believe the s

Death And Resurrection in All Things

Death And Resurrection in All Things by Asher Intrater The Scriptures were written by different men all inspired by the Holy Spirit. Thus there are different styles to each book yet the same underlying theme. They address different historical situations in their generations, but all point to the same eternal plan. The central figure of the entire Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation, is Yeshua (Jesus), the son of God and the son of David (Romans 1:3-4) Yeshua is revealed in the Law and Prophets as the Angel YHVH, and in the gospels as the Messiah. The central event of the Scriptures is Yeshua’s death and resurrection. This event is foreshadowed in the Law and Prophets, and co

“…Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool…”

“…Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool…” (Isaiah 66:1-2) By Dan and Dalia Alon Jul 23, 2020 We are all now witnessing what is happening today in congregations in Israel and around the world. Many of the congregations’ buildings are standing empty, most of the congregations have moved to meetings through the electronic media, traveling abroad has stopped, conferences were postponed and the social ties between us dwindled, due to the physical distance. God sits on His throne in Heaven and knows exactly what is going on Earth. He is in control of everything that happens in the world! He allows all of these to happen, but to whom is God looking today? He is looking: At – the po

PARASHAT VAETCHANAN              Shabbat Nachamu

Saturday 1st August 2020 11th Av 5780 PARASHAT VAETCHANAN Shabbat Nachamu Torah: Dev 3:23 - 7:11; Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1 – 26; B’rit Hadasha: Luke 3:2 – 15 BY NAOMI KALISH, HAROLD AND CAROLE WOLFE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR PASTORAL EDUCATION [if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"><

Our Words, Our Witness

Our Words, Our Witness By Joseph Shulam July 16, 2020 We are reading a double portion of the Torah and the prophets on this next Shabbat! We are reading Matot (Numbers 30:1-32:42) and Masei (Numbers 33:1-36:13). From the prophets we are reading from Jeremiah 1:1-3:4. From the New Testament we read this Shabbat from Philippians 3;12-16, and from James (Jacob) 4:1-12. The agenda of Numbers 30 is the legal force of promises and vows and binding obligations undertaken under oath. This issue is universal, and has importance for all ages and cultures. Today the issue has doubled in importance because words are being written and recorded by audio and video and broadcast around the globe

As the World Groans

As the World Groans by Aaron Hecht July 15, 2020 Romans 8: 19-23 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.” This isn’t one of the more widely discussed and dissected

Does the Bible Speak to Mask-Wearing? Yes!

Does the Bible Speak to Mask-Wearing? Yes! by RON CANTOR JULY 19, 2020 The other day a friend of mine asked a very timely question online: Would Yeshua and the disciples wear masks issued by the Roman Authorities? If you believe that they would have, do you think that they would wear the masks in Synagogue while they read the Torah and worshipped? Would Yeshua have worn a mask also while he was healing the sick and raising the dead? Would the disciples have worn masks while preaching the good news of The Kingdom? Theology over Opinion I loved the question because he wasn’t asking, What is your opinion about mask-wearing, but instead, does the bible speak to mask-wearing. We have to l

PARASHAT DEVARIM  - "These are the words ..."

Saturday 25th July 2020 Shabbat Chazon 4th Av 5780 PARASHAT DEVARIM Herschel Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27; Acts 9:1-22-Matt 24:1-22 This Shabbat, we commence with the final book of Torah. Devarim 1:1-3 These are the words - eileh hadevarim - which Moses spoke to all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, As per usual, the parasha and the entire book derives it name from the opening verse. The Hebrew word for ‘words’ is ‘devarim’. And so, the parasha is called Parashat Devarim (words) and this final book of Torah is also called Devar

Anti-Semitism Continues To Grow Rapidly Across North America

Anti-Semitism Continues To Grow Rapidly Across North America By Dovid Mark July 13, 2020 With every day that passes the unleashed forces of anti-Semitism continue to grow across North America. While BLM (Black Lives Matter movement) is an organization that supposedly focuses on justice for Black Americans, it has led the way in pointing fingers at Israel and those that support it as the real reason why Blacks are “oppressed” in the USA. None of this is surprising. The Jewish people have never been able to stay in a foreign country for long once they begin to assimilate and/or attain success. They become the envy of others who turn on them. The difference now, is that Americans on both the

Iran-China Deal Sending Shockwaves Through The World

Iran-China Deal Sending Shockwaves Through The World By Micha Gefen July 15, 2020 With one stroke of the pen and 400 billion dollars, China has reshaped the geo-political map of both the Middle East and Near East. The Chinese-Iranian deal essentially ends what was billed as the apolitical Belt and Road Initiative and confirms the US State Department’s claim that the initiative has acted as a colonial project for China. In the post-Cold War world, alignments had gone out the window. This allowed Israel to break into the Near East and in the past 10 years penetrate both China and India at the same time. With Iran’s ascendency and threat to the Middle East, even Sunni states have begun to wa

Did Yeshua change “the way” of salvation?

Did Yeshua change “the way” of salvation? FFOZ Yeshua told his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me” (John 14:6). The implications of those claims beg consideration. Was He suggesting that the mechanism of salvation, eternal life, and communion with the LORD had changed (or was about to change)? Did He mean that, although devout men and women of faith (like the heroes of the Old Testament) had previously accessed the Father by means of faith in God and honest piety, henceforth, only Christians could have hope of entering eternal life and fellowship with the Father? Did “the way” of salvation change? O

The Man over the Congregation

The Man over the Congregation FFOZ The LORD told Moses that his time to die had drawn near. Moses did not object, but he expressed his concern for those he would leave behind. He implored, “Appoint a man over the congregation, who will go out and come in before them, and who will lead them out and bring them in, so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:16-17). The LORD told him to lay hands on Joshua the son of Nun to designate him as his successor. The mystics interpret Moses’ request as a prayer for the coming of the Messiah: “Moses our teacher asked for the kingdom of David and the M

PARASHIYOT MATOT-MASEI

Saturday 18th July 2020 26th Tamuz 5780 PARASHIYOT MATOT-MASEI Torahbytes Torah: Numbers 30:1-36:13; Haftarah: Jeremiah 2:4-28,3:4; Gospels: Luke 13:1-9 And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil. (B'midbar/Numbers 35:25) The casual reader of the Hebrew Scriptures may be struck by the amount of violence found therein

The ‘More Than’ Crisis Remedy

The ‘More Than’ Crisis Remedy by YONI KOSKI JULY 2, 2020 How should we live in the face of a global flood of sin, a deadly pandemic, looming financial crisis, riots, international conflicts, terrorism, growing anti-Semitism and Satan’s bold moves to take over our world? Should we retreat into a perceived protective bubble, or is there a better place to be? Paul says that it is not only us human beings who suffer in this world: “The whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies” (Rom

Five Ways Suffering Brings Life

Five Ways Suffering Brings Life by Ron Cantor One of my favorite verses is Philippians 3:10. Here Paul is in prison, yet instead of asking God to rescue him from prison he says: I want to know Messiah―yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death. Most people read the first part of that verse and stop. But consider this, in order to receive resurrection power, you must first die. No one has ever been raised from the dead who wasn’t first dead! We embrace this death—entering into His sufferings—by suffering for the Gospel. Here are five spiritual benefits of suffering: [if !supportLists]1. [endif]With Sufferi

PARASHAT PINCHAS

Saturday 11th July 2020 19th Tamuz 5780 PARASHAT PINCHAS by Rav Yehuda HaKohen (with additions) Numbers 25:10 – 30:1; Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3; John 2:13-22 A true pursuer of peace/completeness is one who identifies the obstacles to HaShem’s ideal for this world and works passionately to remove them. Fearing Israel’s Divine protection, Moav and Midian followed Bilaam’s advice. They sent their women to entice the Hebrew tribes toward sexually promiscuous and idolatrous behavior that would betray Israel’s values and sever our connection to the Kadosh Barukh Hu (the Holy One

The Bronze Serpent Raised up in the Wilderness

The Bronze Serpent Raised up in the Wilderness (Numbers 21:4-10) Herschel After another bout of kvetching (complaining) and rebelling against God’s anointed and appointed leadership, Moses, God sends a judgment of serpents into the camp, which starts killing off the complainers. The chazal (sage) Rashi explains that God chose snakes for two reasons. The serpent in the Garden of Eden was punished for speaking words of slander against God. God sent the serpent, who was punished for speaking slander, to punish those who were guilty of speaking slander. The second reason was that the serpent had been cursed to eat dust all the days of its life. God sent the serpent, who was punished by being gi

Christianity has been tried and found Wanting?

Christianity has been tried and found Wanting? by DAN JUSTERJUNE 28, 2020 This is a common phrase, but G. K. Chesterton disagreed and said, “Christianity has been found difficult and therefore untried.” What the famous Chesterton really meant is that while multitudes profess Christianity, few really practice it. The Bible teaches that all human beings are created in the image of God. That foundational truth leads to teaching on how we are to treat all human beings. Jacob (James) says of the tongue, “With it we bless our ADONAI and Father, and with it we curse people, who are made in the image of God. . . these things should not be.” (Jacob 2:9,10) Paul said, “From one He made every nation

Affliction, Hope & Relief

Affliction, Hope & Relief by GUY COHEN JUNE 30, 2020 “Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my trouble…” (Psalm 102:2). Psalm 102:1-12 is the prayer of a man in the midst of suffering. We can identify with him. He is bringing his complaints, fears and sorrows before God. He feels pressure from many directions. He speaks specifically about his enemies and also his physical body. On the other hand we get the impression that part of the problem is that the writer feels distanced from God. Whatever the reason, whether it was a personal struggle on David’s part or whether God was displeased with his actions and was waiting for repentance; this is a dangerous place for anyone to be in. How

STRIKING THE ROCK

STRIKING THE ROCK JTS The iconic story in our parashah of Moses striking the rock to bring forth water for the People of Israel is often framed as a morality tale, the consequence of a toxic—and disastrous—combination of unchecked rage and faltering faith. Indeed, God doles out the harshest possible punishment to Moses for flouting God’s directive to speak to the rock, in full display of the congregation: “Since you did not have faith in Me to sanctify Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly to the Land which I have given them” (Num. 20: 12). Yet in fixating on the split-second impulse of Moses’s lost temper, we miss

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