February 21, 2017
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Chosen for What?

Parashat Yitro, Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 By Rabbi Paul L. Saal   In the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” the main character, Tevye, ironically entreats God, “I know, I know. We are your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t you choose someone else?” In his frustration, Tevye echoes 4000 years of Jewish experience. […]

Song of the Two Miryams

Parashat B’shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16 Rabbi Barry Rubin, Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation, Clarksville, MD   In this week’s Torah portion, we read what happened after the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Of course, we know that right after Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt, he regretted his decision and went after them, pushing their […]

Exodus and Intergenerational Connectivity

Parashat Bo, Exodus 10:1–13:16 Rabbi Russ Resnik In the protracted struggle between God and Pharaoh, it’s clear that the Lord is taking this thing personally: “Let my son go that he may serve me. If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son” (Ex. 4:23). These aren’t the words of […]

What’s in a name?

Parshat Va’era, Exodus 6:2-9:35 Jared Eaton, Congregation Simchat Yisrael, West Haven, CT   In this week’s parasha, Va’era, Moses returns to God, discouraged after a disastrous start to his campaign to deliver the Jewish people from slavery. Moses actually has the temerity to rebuke God for failing to impress Pharaoh. He tells God that not […]

Never Forget: A Story of Liberation

Parashat Sh’mot, Exodus 1:1–6:1 David Friedman, UMJC rabbi, Jerusalem This week’s parasha is the beginning of the story of Israel’s redemption. When we finished the book of Bereisheet (Genesis), Jacob and his descendants were in Egypt. They were cared for by the royal family, and prospered in a time of economic woes. The book of […]

Jacob’s Blessing

Parashat Vay’chi, Genesis 47:28-50:26 David Wein, Tikvat Israel, Richmond, VA He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. Genesis 48:20 Every week at shul we bless the sons in our community with this […]

Joseph and the Hero’s Journey

Parashat Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 Rabbi Russ Resnik When Joseph said, “I am Joseph,” God’s master plan became clear to the brothers. They had no more questions. Everything that had happened for the last twenty-two years fell into perspective. So, too, will it be in the time to come, when God will reveal Himself and announce, […]

UMJC Executive Statement on UN Resolution 2334

The Executive Committee of the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (UMJC) released the following statement on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017: The UMJC expresses its profound disappointment in the US government’s recent abstention on the non-binding UN Security Council Resolution 2334. The UMJC affirms Israel’s right to exist behind firm and secure borders. The UN’s disproportionate focus on […]

Beneath the Disguise

Parashat Miketz, Genesis 41:1-44: 17 by Jared Eaton, Simchat Yisrael, West Haven, CT In this week’s parasha, following a long and eventful separation from his family, Joseph is finally reunited with his brothers after a famine forces them to travel to Egypt in search of provisions. However, in a case of dramatic irony, Joseph’s brothers […]

Jacob’s Story: Joseph

Parashat VaYeshev, Genesis 37:1-40:23 David Friedman, UMJC rabbi, Jerusalem   This parasha always stirs the deepest of emotions in me. The first two verses are extraordinarily powerful, both for what is written, and also for what is implied but not written. To translate the Hebrew of verse two literally, I would render it in this […]
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