June 22, 2017
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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 […]

B’Midbar: Wildfire, Water, and Wilderness

Parashat B’Midbar, Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 Rabbi Paul L. Saal, Congregation Shuvah Yisrael, West Hartford, CT   B’Midbar, the fourth book of the Torah, is so named since it begins “Vay’daber Adonai el-Mosheh b’midbar Sinai (And the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai).” Midrash Rabbah B’Midbar asks, “Why does Adonai give the […]

The Humble Mountain

Parashat B’har- B’chukotai, Leviticus 25:1-27:34 Rabbi Isaac S. Roussel, Congregation Zera Avraham Our parasha this week opens with God speaking to Moses from Mount Sinai. A midrash speaks of three mountains, Tabor, Carmel, and Sinai, vying to be the one from which God would reveal the Torah. God chooses Sinai because it is the lowliest […]

The Blemished and the Whole

Parashat Emor, Leviticus 21:1–24:23 By Rabbi Paul L. Saal, Shuvah Yisrael, West Hartford, CT   For decades, Western society has been making concerted efforts to be more accepting and inclusive of those who have physical and mental disabilities. This means that accommodations must be made for impediments that have historically restricted people from living fully […]

Safeguarding the Light

Parashat Acharei Mot – K’doshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27 Dr. D. Friedman, UMJC rabbi, Jerusalem, Israel   Leviticus is an amazing work, a book that is called “Torat HaKohanim” in many circles, that is, the book of instructions for the priests, and is written in beautiful chiastic form. Wedged into its contents is this week’s double portion. […]

Eighth Day, First Day

Parashat Tazria-Metzora, Leviticus 12:1–15:33 Rabbi Russ Resnik All of Creation is in need of redemption, as Scripture says: “. . . which God created to do.” (Sefat Emet)  Messiah’s resurrection on the first day of the week during Passover, which we recently commemorated, is the seed of redemption, the firstfruits of the resurrection to come […]

“Hey Teacher, Leave Those Kids Alone!”

Parashat Shemini Lev. 9:1-11:47 by Dr. Jeffrey L. Seif   Years ago, Pink Floyd’s irreverent song “Another Brick in the Wall” caught my attention. Lines like, “We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control. No dark sarcasm in the classroom,” followed by the commanding, “Teachers, leave them kids alone!” caught my attention. […]
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