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

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#11: Vayigash (He approached) Genesis 44:18-47-27 Haftarah: Yechezk’el (Ezekiel) 37:15-28 B’rit Chadashah: Acts: 7:9-16 (specifically vv.13-15) Excerpts from the Zohar Vol. II   This week the story of Joseph and his brothers and the striking similarities to Yahshua and His life continue. But I want to look more closely at Chapter… 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, with this year being no exception, this parashah coincides with Chanukkah. Of course, this is no coincidence because there is a deeper meaning that we will explore including Joseph’s… Read more »

Parashah #8: Vayishlach (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: Ovadayah (Obadiah) 1-21 B’rit Chadashah: Revelation 7:1-12 The rabbinic advice for this parashah is expressed in the midrash (B’resheit Rabbah 78:15) and reiterated in Ramban’s commentary on the Torah (B’resheit 32:4), that the section dealing with the dramatic meeting between Yaakov and Esav… Read more »

Parashah #7: Vayetze (He went out) B’resheit (Genesis 28:10-32:33)

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #7: Vayetze (He went out) B’resheit (Genesis 28:10-32:33) Haftarah: Hoshea (Hosea) 12:13-14:10 Brit Chadashah: Yochanan 1:43-51 This week’s Parashah describes the births of Jacob’s 12 sons who evolve into the 12 tribes of Israel. If we even superficially peruse Genesis chapters 29 and 30, we can make some pretty striking… Read more »

Parashah#6: Tol’dot (History) B’resheit (Genesis) 25:19-28:9

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parasha #6: Tol’Dot (History) B’resheit (Genesis) 25: 19-28:9 Haftarah: Mal’akhi (Malachi) 1:1-2:7 B’rit Hadashah: Romans 9:6-16; Messianic Jews (Hebrews) 11:20; 12:14-17  In this week’s Parasha we read of Rivkah giving birth to twins; Esau sells his birthright to Jacob; Isaac leaves Canaan because of a famine repeating his father Abraham’s sin… Read more »

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) 8:19-22; 27:3-10   This week’s parashah narrative describes another dimension of Abraham’s hospitality on a very personal note. Many of you know that the Rosh Rebbe of Beth Elohim passed from this… 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  Today we are going to examine the account of the three men introduced in the first sentence of this parashah, Abraham’s character compared to Lot’s, and the sins of S’dom. A correct understanding… Read more »

Parashah #3: Lekh L’kha B’resheit (Genesis) 12:1-17:27

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#3: Lekh L’kha (Genesis 12:1-17:27) Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 40:27-41:16 B’rit Chadashah: Acts 7:1-8  This parashah zooms in on the life of Avraham and its significance to those who call themselves his descendants. We believe ourselves to be so well-versed with the story of Abraham that we do not always stop to… Read more »

Parashah #2: Noach (Noah) 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  We read of the flood account this week in which everything on dry land died, including the birds of the air (Gen. 7:21-23). G-d changes the diet of man from that of a vegetarian… Read more »

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

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#1 B’resheit (Genesis) 1:1-6:8 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 42:5-43:10 B’rit Chadashah: Mattityahu (Matthew) 1:1-17 This week we begin a new cycle of reading and learning more of G-d’s Torah. What a gift from G-d! We just concluded with learning of Moshe’s death and the peace of G-d demonstrated throughout the narrative, and… Read more »