repentance

Our Coming In And Our Going Out

Parashat Ki Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8[9])

When the Torah says things in an unusual way, it’s usually to teach us an important lesson. Normally, when we think of a person’s comings and goings, it is from the perspective of first leaving a place and then returning to it. The Torah, however, has a different frame of reference: 

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. (Deuteronomy 28:6)

Not Quite Forgiven

Parashat Acharei Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

Come Away My Beloved

Our sages tell us that the word Elul (the 6th Hebrew month) is an acronym for "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine" (Song of Songs 6:3). Most of the year we see God in His role as Father. Elul is when we see Him as Lover. God says to us: "Return to me. Come Away My Beloved and let us be intimate and passionate lovers once again." What are you doing to take advantage of this special season?

Parashat Nitzavim - Deuteronomy 29:9[10]-30:20

Circumcise Me Twice

Currently, we are living in a world where the heart of man struggles to submit to the Divine will. Its natural tendency is to challenge the guidelines God has established for the good of man. In the Messianic Age, however, the heart of man will surrender to the will of God. The prophets anticipated this future time and spoke of its implications:

Parashat Ki Tavo - Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8

Will your going be like your coming?

Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. (Deuteronomy 28:6)

Come Away My Beloved…

Repentance, Prayer, & Tzedakah annul the evil decree.1

Yesterday began the month of Elul, the sixth month on the Biblical calendar. It is the month just prior to the onset of the High Holy Days of the Fall. Here are some ways to understand this holy month from a Messianic perspective.

Foundational Teachings of Messiah - Part 1

Being a disciple of Yeshua, one of our primary responsibilities is in regard to memorization. We are to memorize, properly interpret and transmit his teachings. However, in order to properly interpret his teachings, we must have the proper filter and foundation with which to interpret his instructions. There are some basic assumptions Yeshua and his apostles make when they give instructions. They assume we have a fundamental understanding of the Hebrew Scriptures, along with a sense of cohesion as to how these relate to our life in Messiah.

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