Genesis

Parashah #4: Vayera (He appeared) B’resheit (Genesis) 18:1-22:24

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #4 Vayera (He appeared) B’resheit (Genesis) 18:1-22:24 Haftarah: M’lakhim bet (2 Kings) 4:1-37; 4:1-23 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 6:13-20 This week we are introduced to the event of Isaac’s miraculous birth to an aging Sarah, the destruction of S’dom and ‘Amora, and the Akaida (Binding) of Isaac; this being the most… Read more »

Parashah #3 Lech L’kha (Get yourself out) B’resheit (Genesis 12:1-17:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #3: Lech L’kha (Get yourself out) B’resheit (Genesis) 12:1-17:27 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 B’rit Chadashah: Galatians 3:15-18 The story of Abraham is one in which we see the first example of a man actively searching for G-d. Abraham was the son of Terach who was sold idols in the province… Read more »

Parashah #2 Noach: B’resheit (Genesis) 6:9-11:32

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #2 Noach (Noah) B’resheit (Genesis) 6:9-11:32 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 24:36-44 The story of Noach and the flood provides fuel for those who choose to not believe that G-d is who He is; the Creator and Sustainer of all the universe ad everything in it. We… Read more »

Parashah #1 B’resheit (In the beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #1 B’resheit (In the Beginning) Genesis 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 42:5-21 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 21:1-5; 22:1-5 We have been blessed to start our new adventures in studying and learning G-d’s Torah. The book of Genesis lays the foundation for the history of Israel (true believers) and the world. As Messianic… Read more »

Parashah #12: Vayechi (He lived) B’resheit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #12: Vayechi (He lived) B’resheit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 2:1-12 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 11:21-22; 1 Kefa (1 Peter) 1:3-9; 2:11-17 Let’s start with a lesson in the peculiar writing of this parashah in the Torah scroll. This parashah is unique in that there is no space between… Read more »

Parashah #11: Vayigash (He approached) B’resheit (Genesis) 44:18-47:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parasha #11: Vayigash (He approached) B’resheit (Genesis) 44:18-47:27 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 37:15-28 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 (specifically vv.13-15) If we look more deeply into this week’s Torah portion we can derive a truth not obvious to the casual reader. Let us examine this portion from a mystical or Kabbalistic perspective. From… Read more »

Parashah #10 Mikketz (At the end) B’resheit (Genesis) 41:1-44:17

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #10: Mikketz (At the end) Genesis 41:1-44:17 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 3:15-4:1 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 During most years, this parashah coincides with Chanukkah, which is no coincidence. The deeper connection between the two is not difficult for the Messianic Jew who understands that Yahshua is G-d and Yosef… Read more »

Parashah #9 Vayeshev (He continued living) B’resheit (Genesis) 37:1-40:23

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #9 Vayeshev (He continued living) Genesis 37:1-40:23 Haftarah: ‘Amos (Amos) 2:6-3:8 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:9-16 Before getting into this week’s parashah, I will address the question about whether it is a Biblical command not to eat the sinew (thigh muscle) that passes along the hip socket of an animal. This… Read more »

Parashah #8 Vayislach (He sent) B’resheit (Genesis) 32:4-36:43

Beth Elohim messianic Synagogue Parashah #8: Vayishlach (He sent) B’resheit (Genesis 32:4-36:43) Haftarah: Hoshea Ovadyah (Obadiah) 1-21 (S) B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 7:1-12 A great confrontation is about to take place. Jacob and Esau are destined to meet after at least 20 years. Esau is the older brother who was “tricked” out of his birthright because… Read more »

Parashah #7: Vayetze B’resheit (Genesis) 28;10-32:3

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #7 Vayetze (He went out) B’resheit (Genesis) 28:10-32:3 Haftarah: Hoshea (Hosea) 11:7-12 B’rit Chadashah: Yochanan (John) 1:43-51 Today I want to focus on the genealogy of Bilhah, who was Rachel’s maid, because of her connection to Dan (he judged) (Gen. 30:9). It is important to follow the ancestry of our… Read more »