What Calendar Do You Use? 

While the current version of the Hebrew calendar has been in effect for nearly 1700 years, there is still some dispute over it in the greater Messianic community. As an overview, Jewish/Biblical holidays are kept on the lunar cycle, whereas our modern calendar is set to the solar cycle. And the modern Jewish calendar was…read more.

Why Don’t You Serve Lamb at Your Passover Seder?

We are planning our 5th annual community Passover seder and were recently asked about lamb. We’ve gotten this question several times in the past few years, so I wanted to take the opportunity to write about our thoughts on this aspect of the seder, and why we don’t serve lamb. The Passover sacrifice (Hebrew: Korban Pesach…read more.

Parsha “Sh’mini” – How To Approach HaShem

This week’s parsha (Sh’mini – Leviticus 9:1-11:47) is all about how to approach HaShem properly. We pick up right after the ordination and training of Aaron & his sons for their priestly duties. They have made the first sacrifice & Adonai has come down in His glory into the tabernacle. Right away we see Aaron’s…read more.

Parsha “Terumah” – What Is True Worship?

Why did G-d deliver the Israelites? “He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve G-d on this mountain.’” -Exodus 3:12 They were to perform acts of service. What was that…read more.

Parsha “Tetzaveh” – The Light of the World

“You shall command the people of Israel that they bring to you pure beaten olive oil for the light, that a lamp may regularly be set up to burn. In the tent of meeting, outside the veil that is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall tend it from evening to morning before the Lord. It shall…read more.

Parsha “Jethro” – The Marriage Proposal

This week’s portion comes from Exodus 18:1-2:23(26). There are several important things in this portion, as usual. But the one thing I want to focus on comes from Exodus 19:4-6 (ESV). “4 You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now therefore,…read more.

Parsha “Shemot” – When Moses Called G-d a Liar

“… And you haven’t delivered Your people at all!” -Moses (Ex. 5:22-23) “Pay no attention to lying words…” -Pharaoh (Exodus 5:9) At this point Moses seems to be very discouraged. Based on his past experience, he’s already told G-d that the Israelites wouldn’t accept him. Now he’s just been rejected, not only by Pharaoh, but…read more.