Weekly Parshah

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 »

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 »

Parashah #50 Ki Tavo (When you come) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8(9)

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #50: Ki Tavo (When you come) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 26:1-29:8(9) Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah 60:1-22) B’rit Chadashah: Romans 11:1-15 In the first paragraph of this parashah, we learn how G-d expects us to prioritize our response to blessings G-d provides. That is, when the people came into the land G-d promised them,… Read more »

Parashah #49: Ki Tetze (When you go out) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah # 49 Ki Tetze (When you go out) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 21:10-25:19 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 52:13-54:1-10 B’rit Chadashah: Mark 12:18-27 This parashah begins and ends with a discussion of going out to war. Between these narratives are 74 mitzvot that address various laws of the covenant. These commands address private issues… Read more »

Parashah #48 Shof’tim (Judges) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah#48: Shof’tim (Judges) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 16:18-21:9 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 54:1-10 B’rit Chadashah: Matthew 3:1-17 In this parashah, Moshe describes the practical applications for life in Canaan. The Israelites will now settle throughout the land instead of being camped around the Tabernacle and their worship will be modified. Instead of being fed… Read more »

Parashah #47:Re’eh (See) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 11:26-16:17

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #47: Deuteronomy (D’varim) Re’eh (See) 11:26-16:17 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 44:11-45:5 B’rit Chadashah: 1 Corinthians 5:9-13 The first word of this parashah translates as “take heed,” packing greater emphasis than “see” as we think of the word in English. It is also more appropriate to the context of the sentence, for… Read more »

Parashah#46 ‘Ekev (Because) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25

Beth Elohim Messianic Synagogue Parashah #46 ‘Ekev (Because) D’varim (Deuteronomy) 7:12-11:25 Haftarah: Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 49:14-51:3 B’rit Chadashah: James 5:7-11 The entire first paragraph of this parashah is a summary of the blessings that G-d will bestow on those who follow his rulings. Obedience out of love transforms our world in some way. G-d promises explosive… Read more »