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Rising Sparks: Parsha Behar/Bechukotai Leviticus 25:1-27:34
"All of a sudden, at the end of the book of Leviticus, Chapter 25, begins by referring to Mount Sinai? Why bring up Mount Sinai all of a sudden? We can understand this verse perhaps by saying Moses is clarifying and expounding upon a law, which he received on Mount Sinai. But didn’t Moses receive the whole Torah on Mount Sinai? Why does this verse seemingly go out of its way to tell us something we already know?"
Shabbat: Practical Advice for Messianic Gentiles
A little Sabbath is better than no Sabbath at all. Jew and Gentile both need to set aside a holy day for rest and sanctification. We need a time to reconnect, both with our family and with God himself. Sabbath is the day we prepare for ahead of time, so all that we have left to do is to enjoy and delight in this precious gift. As the world becomes more and more hectic and our lives become more and more busy, the practice of Shabbat becomes more and more important.
When Suffering Is Worthwhile
"Some people imagine the Beatitudes to be the antithesis of Judaism’s harsh legalism. Those people must not have much real experience with Judaism, however. The teachings of Yeshua in the Beatitudes have numerous parallels in rabbinic literature. He was not contradicting Judaism; he was drawing attention to some of the most important Jewish ideas."
Guarding the Tongue
First Fruits of Zion teaches us about Lashon hara לָשׁוֹן הָרַע. "Controlling the tongue is one of the 613 traditional commandments of the Torah. The more conversation, the greater the chance that we will slip into gossip. Last month we discussed the sages’ advice, “a fence to wisdom is silence.” We can protect our wisdom, the Torah, when we remain silent. Sometimes it is better to be quiet than to get involved in potentially dangerous conversations."
Asarah B'Tevet: The Fast of the Tenth Month
The book of Zechariah mentions a fast that takes place in the tenth month. Traditionally this is seen as a commemoration of the destruction of Jerusalem, which began in the year 588 BCE: The word of the LORD came to me in the ninth year, in the tenth month, on the tenth of the month, saying, “Son of man, write the name of the day, this very day. The king of Babylon has laid siege to Jerusalem this very day.”
The Revelation: I Am Joseph
"Joseph’s revelation to his brothers foreshadows the messianic redemption to come. When the Egyptian ruler declared, “I am Joseph,” everything changed. The veil lifted from their eyes, and all the puzzle pieces fit together. Everything became clear as God’s master plan fell into place."
Joseph in Disguise
"Joseph’s brothers did not “recognize” him in that they did not treat him like a brother. He recognized his brothers in that he treated them with mercy when they fell into his power. Joseph did not return evil for evil. This alludes to the grace and mercy which our Master Yeshua makes available to the faithful of His people despite Israel’s continuing rejection of His name. Though the Jewish nation has not yet recognized Him as a brother and as the Messiah, He recognizes His brothers."
Do Christians NEED Israel?
"Over the last century, the land and people of Israel have experienced one of the most dramatic and miraculous resurgences ever seen in the history of the world. Many Christians are recognizing this obvious fulfillment of biblical prophecy and are filled with excitement to see God’s hand so clearly demonstrated. However, of the 2.5 billion Christians worldwide, only an estimated 20% are pro-Israel."
Noah, Noah, and Messiah
"Noah has a lot in common with the Messiah. The Torah's story of Noah and the flood illustrates the human condition, man’s sin, God's reaction, the horror of divine judgment, and the need for salvation. Noah was the savior of the world. In the days of Noah, the Almighty held a terrible, universal judgment over the world. The whole earth was corrupt, but Noah “was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God” (Genesis 6:9)."
Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species
The particular four species gathered together for Sukkot are: the lulav לוֹלָב (an unopened palm branch), hadassim הֲדַסִּים (three myrtle branches), aravot עֲרָבוֹת (two willow branches), and the etrog אֶתְרוֹג (the citron). Do you know which four types of believers in God does a well-known rabbinic analogy compare these four species to?
True Happiness is Found in the Feast of Ingathering
Sukkot is commonly known as זְמַן שִׂמְחָתֵנוּ “Z’man Simchateinu” - “Season Of Our Joy.” This title was given by the sages of Israel based on Leviticus 23:40 and Deuteronomy 16:14-15, where God commands Israel to rejoice during the feast of Tabernacles.
Psalm 27: A Story of Faith and Trust
"Psalm 27 lies at the heart of the fall festivals and perfectly encapsulates the attitude of the holy days. Within this psalm are two of the most important elements of a believer’s life: bitachon (“trust”) and emunah (“faith”)." What's the difference between trust and faith?
The Fast of Gedaliah
"The Fast of Gedaliah (Tzom Gedalya) is a minor fast day that usually takes place on the Tishrei 3 just a day after the second day of Rosh HaShanah. It is traditionally a fast from both food and water and lasts from dawn until nightfall. While this fast is not explicitly commanded in the Torah we do find mention of it in connection with three other fasts that are observed by the Jewish people in commemoration of the destruction of the Temple in Zechariah 8:19."
Rosh Hashanah: The Feast of Fish... no, wait, it's the Feast of Trumpets!
My memories growing up as a Jewish kid didn’t have much to do with apples and honey or the blowing of the shofar at the synagogue service. Everything had to do with gefilte fish... As a child, whenever Rosh Hashanah drew near, I remember everything was about gefilte fish. Is Rosh Hashanah, the Feast of Trumpets or the Feast of something else for you? Are you waiting for this trumpet, or like me before I knew Messiah, are you distracted with other things?
The Redemptive Significance of Israeli Vineyards and their Vinedressers
"Isaiah prophesied that there would be a time when the nations of the world would come to Israel to worship God and to take part in the redemptive, agricultural restoration. These prophecies are being fulfilled today, right before our very eyes! Thirty years ago there were no vineyards on the mountains of Samaria. Now, our volunteer teams harvest around four hundred tons of grapes every year!"
(Partially) Seeing Jesus from the East
"Do we really owe the Eastern mind “the understanding of faith and its interplay with faithfulness,” or is it the Jewish mind? The repeated emphasis on “Easternness” in Seeing Jesus from the East intentionally obscures the Jewishness of Jesus and its significance in the early church. The fact is that the early church of the book of Acts was, at first, entirely Jewish and practiced Judaism. It is the Jewishness of Christianity that the disciples of Jesus need to see afresh and recapture."
The Miracle of the Grapes
The incredible part about this story is that the harvest this year is nearly a month behind schedule. Normally, the white grapes are ready to harvest during the last week of July and the red grapes are ready for harvest in mid-August. This year however, and quite unexplainably, the red grapes were not ready for harvesting until the first week of September. It’s almost as if they were waiting for their usual volunteers to come and lovingly pick their clusters from the vines.
The prophetic worldwide release of "100 gates-100 shofarot" and special invitation for Rosh Hashana
Watch this video from Ahavat Ammi Ministries about a special Machzor מחזור (prayer book) for the coming Rosh HaShanah, with also a link for free download. "The Machzor includes: Selichot prayers, full Sephardic Jewish seder for Erev Rosh Hashanah, Mishnah tractate Rosh Hashanah with commentary, full commentary on Genesis 22, Seder Tekiyot (Shofar blowing), Mussaf Amidah for Rosh Hashanah morning, and Tashlich service."