Parashot

Parashah #5: Chai Sarah (Sarah’s life) B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #5 Chai Sarah (Sarah’s life) B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18 Haftarah: M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 1:1-31 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 8:19-2; 27:3-10 In the context of understanding the difference between intellectual knowing and knowing through experience, the focus of this teaching on the parashah centers on the biblical perspective of coping with… Read more »

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) B’rit Chadashah: James 2:14-24 This week’s parashah begins with the statement that three “men” appeared to Avraham by the oaks of Mamre. This sets up the introduction to one of the most important teachings for a successful… 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: Acts 7:1-8 This week we are going to address what may seem to be a contradiction between the name of our parashah and the narrative from which it is named. “Lech lecha” is translated as… Read more »

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

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #2 Noach (Noah) Genesis 6:9-11:32 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10 B’rit Chadashah: Luke 17:26-37 This year we are going to concentrate on Genesis 11:1-9. These verses address human pride that defies G-d’s warnings against it. In retrospect, we start with the example of Adam and Eve eating from only One Tree,… Read more »

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

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #1 B’resheit (In the beginning) B’resheit (Genesis) 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah 42:5-43:10) B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:1-17 Some of the statistical information used for this message is taken from “The Genesis One Code” by Daniel Friedman, who was the CEO of MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates until 2016. In this book,… Read more »

Special Parashah Eight Day of Sukkot

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Special Parashah Eighth Day of Sukkot (Sh’mini Atzeret) Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 Numbers 29:35-30:1 Haftarah: 1 Kings 8:54-66 B’rit Chadashah: Mark 12:28-34 There are four scriptural readings for this special parashah; special points of interest to be addressed today. The first is found in Deut. 14:1; “You are the people of Adonai your… Read more »

Special Parashah: B’midbar (Numbers) 29:17-35

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Special Parashah: Numbers 29:17-35 Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18-39:16 B’rit Chadashah: John 7:37-39 (Also see Zechariah 14:1-21) This parashah focuses on the offerings given in the Temple during the festival of Sukkot. The sheer number of sacrifices that represent money is astounding and should cause us to consider whether anyone individually or collectively… Read more »

Parashah #53: Ha’azinu (Hear) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-52

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 53 Ha’azinu (Hear) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 32:1-52 Haftarah: Sh’mu’el Bet (2 Samuel) 22:1-1-51 B’rit Chadashah: Hebrews 10: 28-39 The crux of this week’s parashah is found in chapter 32:46-47: “Take to heart all of the words of my testimony against you today, so that you can use them in charging… Read more »

Special Parashah for Rosh Hashana Shabbat

Rosh Hashana 1 (Shacharit) The scriptures from which today’s message is drawn include: Genesis 21, Numbers 29:1-6 Haftarah: 1 Samuel 1;1-2-10 B’rit Chadashah: Matt. 24; Mk 13; Luke 21 Genesis 21: As this chapter relates to Rosh Hashana, Avraham had recently (Chapter 20) prayed that G-d would heal Avimelekh, is wife, and slave-girls so that… Read more »

Parashot 51-52: Nitzavim (Standing) & Vayelekh (He went) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20; 31:1-30

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah 51-52: Nitzavim (Standing) and Vayelekh (He went) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 29:9-30:20; 31:1-30 Haftarah: From Nitzavim: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 61:10-63:9 B’rit Chadashah: Vayelekh: Hebrews: 13:5-8 Since this is a regular year versus a leap year, we are to read and explore these two parashot together. Therefore, I chose one concept from each for… Read more »