A Glutton and a Drunkard

Why did the Master's critics and opponents call Him "a glutton and a drunkard"? Regular Shabbat Readings   Ki Tetze (כי תצא | When you go forth) Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1-10 Haftarah: Matthew 24:29-42 Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to … Continue reading A Glutton and a Drunkard

Expounding the Torah

Did Moses speak in tongues? Tradition says that Moses spoke the words of the book of Deuteronomy in the seventy languages of humanity. Portion Summary Devarim (דברים) is both the title for the last book from the scroll of the Torah and the title of the first Torah portion therein. Devarim means "words." The English-speaking world calls this … Continue reading Expounding the Torah

The Complainer and the Atheist

SHELACH Portion Summary The thirty-seventh reading from the Torah is called Shelach(שלח), an imperative verb that means "send out." The portion is so named from the first few words of the second verse: "Send out for yourself men so that they may spy out the land of Canaan" (Numbers 13:2). The Torah reading tells the tragic … Continue reading The Complainer and the Atheist

Nostalgia for the Familiar – June 22, 2019

Regular Shabbat Readings Beha'alotcha (בהעלותך | When you set up) Torah: Numbers 8:1-12:15 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14-4:7 Gospel: Matthew 14:14-21 Note: The regular readings are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions. Portion Summary The third reading from the book … Continue reading Nostalgia for the Familiar – June 22, 2019

Do Not Do As They Do

He commands us to be a people set apart, easily distinguishable from the secular context around us. One of the most obvious ways in which we should be different is in the area of sexuality. May 4, 2019 Portion Summary The twenty-ninth reading from the Torah and sixth reading from Leviticus is named Acharei Mot (אחרי מות), … Continue reading Do Not Do As They Do

A People Ransomed by God

Looking for spiritual deliverance? The last day of Passover commemorates the crossing of the Red Sea, the final deliverance from bondage, and the miracle of immersion. April 27,2019 Portion Summary On the final day of Passover, which commemorates the crossing of the Red Sea, there is a custom to end the season of redemption with … Continue reading A People Ransomed by God

Pressed in Gethsemane

The Messiah (one anointed with oil) prayed in an olive grove at a place called Olive Press on a hill called Mount of Olives. He felt intense pressure like an olive in an olive press. Yeshua concluded His seder and farewell discourse in the upper room of a house in Jerusalem’s upper city. He went … Continue reading Pressed in Gethsemane

A Memorial

For the Jewish people, Passover is a day of remembrance of the exodus from Egypt, but disciples of Yeshua have another important aspect of Passover to remember. Portion Summary The sixteenth reading from the Torah is named Beshalach(בשלח), which means "When he sent." The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which can be … Continue reading A Memorial

Bat Kol at the Transfiguration

In our days it is even exceedingly rare to hear a voice speak from heaven, but it seems to have been more common in the days of the Apostles. Talmudic literature offers several anecdotes of “a voice from heaven” speaking during the late Second Temple Era. The Hebrew term for the heavenly voice, bat kol, literally … Continue reading Bat Kol at the Transfiguration

Buffalo, Bacon or Sloth?

I would certainly eat that delicious bacon, but My Father in heaven has forbidden me to eat of it, so I will not. Special Shabbat Reading Shabbat Parah: Special readings are applicable this Shabbat. Shabbat Parah (פרה | Cow) Maftir: Numbers 19:1-19:22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-36:38 Gospel: John 11:47-57 Shabbat Parah ("Sabbath [of the] red heifer" שבת פרה) … Continue reading Buffalo, Bacon or Sloth?