August 23, 2017
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Whoever You Are, God Can Use You

Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1. Haftarah, Judges 11:1-33 Rabbi Stuart Dauermann, Interfaithfulness In this week’s haftarah we read about Yiftach, or Jephthah as he is known in English. He lived during the time of the Judges, an undisciplined time when everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Samuel, the last of the Judges, would […]

The Mutiny on Moses

Parashat Korach, Numbers 16:1-18:32 by Dr. Jeffrey Seif Ever heard the title Mutiny on the Bounty? On April 28, 1789, Lieutenant Fletcher Christian seized control of HMS Bounty, and set Captain William Bligh adrift in a small boat on the open sea. I mention it here, because we’re looking at one of the Hebrew Bible’s […]

Clothes Make the Man

Parashat Shlach L’cha, Numbers 13:1–15:41 by Rabbi Russ Resnik Clothes make the man, or so it is said, but the Torah turns this principle around. Clothing cannot make us something we’re not, but it can remind us what we’re supposed to be. Moses instructs the Israelites “to make tassels on the corners of their garments […]

Father Peter Hocken 1932-2017

Roman Catholic scholar and priest, Peter Hocken, a long-time friend and advocate of the Messianic Jewish community, passed away in his sleep during the night of June 9-10. Fr. Peter was one of the pillars of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal. He served for many years on the International Leadership Council of Toward Jerusalem Council II, […]

Are Jews Adorable or Deplorable?

Parashat Beha’alotecha, Numbers 8:1–12:16 by Dr. Jeffrey Seif The word “deplorable” was bantered about in recent political discourse, was it not? The word comes to us by way of Latin and French employments, and harks to something or someone that invokes shock, fear or disgust. By contrast, the word “adorable,” harks to someone or something […]
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