Counting the Omer

Tonight is the 7th night of counting the Omer.  The Omer is the 50 day period between Pesach and Shavuot.  We are commanded to count these 50 days in VaYikra (Levticus) 23.15-16 which states, “‘From the day after the day of rest -that is, from the day you bring the sheaf for waving -you are […]

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Resurrection Power

Tomorrow night we celebrate Passover.  Last week as I was preparing in my heart for the holiday, this Scripture kept coming to mind. “And if the Spirit of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead is living in you, then the One who raised the Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life […]

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The Best Is Yet to Come – Part Two

In last week’s word for the week, I ended talking about “the best is yet to come.”  This week I would like to conclude my thoughts on that.  As I mentioned, I had heard a devotional based on Ephesians 3 earlier that week.   As we focus on the principle that the best is yet to […]

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The Best Is Yet to Come – Part 1

This past Tuesday Rabbi Michael and I attended a meeting with other local leaders of congregations.  During the devotional, the gentleman speaking encouraged us with Ephesians 3.  At the end he quickly shared the following three main points from a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, a man Adonai used greatly during the The Great Awakening.  (An […]

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Purim D’rash

Shalom, We will be celebrating Purim on Saturday, March 11.  (We trust you will be joining us if you live locally.)  Purim is a fun holiday.  We have a great time dressing up in costumes, eating great food, playing games, and retelling the Purim story in a fun way.  But in the midst of our […]

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Simply Believe

In Mattityahu (Matthew) 19.26 Yeshua told his talmidim, “”With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  I believe this is a word to encourage us in the midst of the challenges of life.  Sometimes our circumstances can seem so overwhelming and in the natural we cannot see how thing could improve […]

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Hunger For G-d

Recently Rabbi Michael and I picked up a book called “The Fire That Never Sleeps”.  We have our leadership reading the book and I would encourage each one of you to pick up the book as well.  It is a book challenging us to seek the manifest presence of Adonai in our daily lives so […]

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Tu Bishvat – Trees of Adonai

by Rabbi Carol Calise Tu Bishvat begins at sundown today, February 10, 2017.  It literally means “the fifteenth of the month of Shevat.”  It is known as the “New Year for trees” and is somewhat like Arbor Day.  This holiday is not listed in the Tenach and is a minor holiday that is not widely […]

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Parsha Shelach

By Rabbi Carol Calise In today’s parsha we have the tragic story of the 12 spies surveying the Promised Land. The unfortunate outcome of the story is that an entire generation died in the wilderness instead of inheriting the Promised Land. What went wrong? Every time I read this story, it makes me reflect on […]

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BAMIDBAR

by Rabbi Carol Calise This week we begin a new book in the Torah reading, the book of BaMidbar, Numbers. We are over half way through the yearly cycle of reading. It is the 34th parsha out of 54. I’d like to share a summary on the book as a whole and lessons we can […]

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