Celebrating The Passover

Over the past couple of weeks the Torah portions have described the plight of the Israelites in Egypt, the mission of Moses and an account of the ten plagues. This week’s reading concludes with the instructions for the Passover and the account of the Israelites leaving Egypt. If you are new to a  Hebraic understanding … Read more

The Ma Tovu Prayer

The Ma Tovu prayer is found in the Siddur (Jewish prayer book, from the Hebrew word meaning “order”) at the beginning of the Sabbath service.  It is traditionally recited upon entering the synagogue or other place of worship.

Read the Bible in 2016

According to a recent Barna Group poll, about 1 in 5 Americans claims to have read the Bible through from start to finish. Many who have done so follow a Bible-reading schedule that will take them through the Bible in a year. Personally, I have kept a 1-year Bible reading practice for many years now, … Read more

The War on Christmas

Around this time of year we seem to hear a lot about what some call a “war on Christmas.” In fact, it seems to have intensified in recent years. A store prints its holiday advertising making reference to a holiday but doesn’t call it Christmas. Perhaps they are even selling “holiday trees.” A debate arises … Read more

The Prodigal Son – Two Houses Part 3

The story of the prodigal son is a beautiful parable told by Yeshua (Jesus) and recorded in the Gospels only in Luke chapter 15. The parable is usually interpreted as describing a Christian believer who backslides, wandering off into sin. Is that how those originally hearing it would have understood it?

The Two Houses of Israel – Part 1

Ancient Israel was at its peak during the reigns of King David and King Solomon. Solomon was blessed with divine wisdom from God, constructed a magnificent Temple, and expanded Israel’s influence worldwide. But Solomon married many foreign wives and was drawn into their pagan religions.

Psalm 121 – Shomer Israel

Psalms 120 through 134 are known as the Psalms of Ascents. They were songs sung by the children of Israel as they made their way up the hills and into the city of Jerusalem for the three annual pilgrimage feasts: the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks (Shavuot) and the Feast of Tabernacles … Read more

More About Food – Are All Foods Clean?

  Sometimes those new to the Messianic movement or a Torah-obedient lifestyle face a dilemma when it comes to eating. You know that God has established in the Torah (the books of the law written by Moses) what animals can and cannot be eaten, yet well-meaning friends (and others) are telling you that the New … Read more

Killing Shechem

No, that is not the title of yet another book by Bill O’Reilly. It is one part of Torah portion Vayishlach, which brings Jacob (Israel) back to his homeland. Most of the things you read will probably focus on Jacob wrestling with an angel, whoever that may be. It is an interesting study. I want … Read more