Return, Remember, Obey

Photo by Haley Black on Pexels.com Behar-Bechukotai Leviticus 25:1-27:34 Behar-Bechukotai is the last portion of Leviticus. Return - The connection between rest and freedom God made the land he knows the land, he loves his creation. The Lord formed man from the dust of the earth, he cares deeply for the earth. He is the…

Israel’s Independence

Many people may not be aware that it was during Harry S. Truman's presidency that Israel became a Jewish State. On May 14, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaims the State of Israel, establishing the first Jewish state in 2,000 years. ... At midnight, the State of Israel officially came into being upon termination of the British mandate in Palestine.…

Each One is to Be Holy to his God

Parsha Emor - “speak” Leviticus 21-24  The main idea of the portion EMOR, is holiness and purity, the purity and holiness of priests, days and offerings. The concept of holiness is revealed through repetition. For example: God is speaking to Moses and instructing Moses to speak to Aaron, who is then to tell  the children…

Life is a wilderness

We are in the wilderness. A wilderness without sandstorm, a wilderness without manna or desert heat, a wilderness day after day, longing after longing, hoping pleading , praying, complaining, rejoicing grumbling, fighting, fearing and worrying. God brings his covenanted people whom he has delivered from slavery immediately into the wilderness. Like with Jacob with Israel,…

The First Shammash

A mother is first and foremost, assuredly, a servant to her family. She is continuously learning and relearning her place in the hearts, minds and lives of her children as they grow and change. It is not they who have the first light, but her and she understands that she can give light to them…

Free to Rest

How do we observe the Sabbath day? God made the Sabbath for man before he made race or religion, and yet there are so many conflicting idea that surround this one command: "observe the Sabbath day and keep it holy." Although Jews read the same command and the same text from the same God we…

no scissors in heaven

  Each Torah portion is like a tiny light, when we read the portions with the knowledge of Messiah we turn on these lights week by week. After many weeks, we have many lights, with many lights there is much illumination within our hearts. This week’s Torah portion is out of Numbers 4:21--7:89. The light…