Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

May 25 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon


“Here Comes the Judge"

Paul’s “2nd” letter to the Corinthians is filled with arguments calling for changed behavior on the part of the Corinthian Congregation. Now, in the final chapter, Paul switches from arguments to warnings. But his summation reveals something else entirely. Come and hear the heart of a true Apostle!

Simchat Torah

October 15 - Simchat Torahtorah
The Joy of the Torah - Morning Service
Concluding the annual Torah reading and beginning anew.
Join us celebrating God's word.

Rosh haShanah

Saturday, September 24 - Rosh haShanah Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Rosh HaShanah, also known as the Jewish New Year, is called in the Bible the Feast of Trumpets, or, in Hebrew, Zicharon Teruah, the Day of Memorial of Blowing.
Rosh HaShanah (literally, Head of the Year) occurs on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei.
Please join us for the morning service on Saturday, September 24, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 5 - Yom Kippur Messianic Service at 10:30am:


Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement, occurs on the tenth of Tishrei, it is to be a "Shabbat of solemn rest."
Please join us for the morning service on Wednesday, October 5, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Saturday, October 8 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:


Join us for a Sukkot celebration.

Shabbat Zachor, the Shabbat of Remembrance

On the Shabbat before Purim, Jews throughout the world will turn their attention to two special readings in Deuteronomy and Samuel, describing how the ancient nation of Amalek attacked our ancestors in the desert. These readings come before Purim because Haman was the descendent of Agag, King of Amalek.

Deuteronomy 25:17-19: “Remember what Amalek did to you by the way, when you came out of Egypt. How he met you by the way, and struck at your rear, all who were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he did not fear God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from all your enemies around, in the land which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance to possess, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shall not forget it.”

Not only was the attack unprovoked, but it came at a time when the people were faint and weary. Shabbat Zachor - the Sabbath of Remembrance - is so named because we are commanded to remember the heinous deeds committed by Amalek. Our memories as victims of violence and persecution are a two-edged sword, though. We sometimes find that many of our people have accumulated emotions of hate and vengeance against whoever belongs to a nation or group which has hurt us. We sometimes hear expressions of anger, following murderous attacks. Feelings of rage and the desire for revenge are natural and understandable in moments of crisis, and one cannot be judged in his or her moment of anguish.

But it seems that this mitzvah has a different meaning, because the Torah does not “command” us to feel that which is naturally felt. The Torah does not enjoin us to love our children, for example, we do that naturally. On the other hand, it does charge us to “love the stranger.” With this commandment to remember the deeds of Amalek, Torah seems to command us to make every effort not to be contaminated by the actions like those of Amalek and the tendency to respond to violence with violence and stain our souls and minds with violence.

Our God asked to “love your neighbor as yourself” and “love your enemies” but our mind, clouded by our sinful nature, cannot comprehend the full magnitude of this commandment, thus, at least we have to remember not to be like Amalek and darken our souls by hate. Justice is enough.

Hanukkah Celebration

December 28 - Hanukkah Celebration at 4:00pmhanukkah
Come, celebrate Hanukkah with us.
- Menorah Lighhting
- Dancing
- Children’s Activities
- Dreidel Playing
- Traditional Foods
- Latkes & Sufganiyot

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no morning service.

Coming up at Ben David - Purim

March 12 - Purim Celebration:

Join us for a fun filled Purim Celebration: costumes, parade, children's program, joyful music, insightful sermon, and an Oneg with delicious hamantaschen. Purim is the last event of the biblical calendar and symbolizes the ultimate victory over evil.

Hamantaschen Baking Contest:

Bring two dozen of your homemade hamantaschen before the service to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded at the Oneg.

Coming up at Ben David - April 14 - Yom HaShoah

With guest speaker Rochelle Dreeben author of "One Dark Night"
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The Shavuot festival was celebrated primarily as a thanksgiving for the wheat harvest – the second First Fruits; it falls seven weeks after the barley harvest – the first First Fruits, when an Omer of the new produce was offered. The Torah refers to Shavuot as Hag haKatsir (the Feast of the Harvest) and Yom haBikkurim (the Day of First Fruits), observed by offerings of the best ripe produce of the fields. Beginning with the second day of Passover, seven weeks, or forty-nine days, were carefully counted, and the fiftieth day was celebrated as the festival of the First Fruits. In the course of time, as a result of the transformation of the agricultural festivals into historical commemorations, the additional significance of Shavuot, as the Festival of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai completely overshadowed its original significance. Though the Bible does not identify Shavuot with the anniversary of the giving of the Torah, the tradition has been that it was given on the sixth day of Sivan, at Shavuot.

“You shall count seven weeks, from the day when the sickle is first put to the standing grain. You shall then keep the Feast of Weeks in honor of the Lord your God, and the measure of your freewill offering shall be in proportion to the blessing that the Lord your God bestowed on you. You shall rejoice before the Lord your God with your son and daughter, your male and female servants, and the Levite of your community, as well as the stranger and the fatherless and the widow among you." Deuteronomy 16:9-11.

Shavuot is called Atzereth (Assembly) in the Talmud, in the sense that it serves as a concluding festival to Pesach. In the observances of Shavuot, the traditional as well as the agricultural aspects are reflected. The Decalogue is read in the synagogue on the first day. Plants and flowers, reminiscent of the slopes of Sinai, decorate the bimah and the Aron haKodesh. The book of Ruth, for its description of a summer harvest in Israel, and the famous liturgical poem Akdamut are read before the reading of the Torah on the first day. Milk dishes are the customary foods, symbolizing the Torah which is likened to milk, according to the allegorical interpretation of the book of Song of Songs ("Honey and milk are under your tongue").

Shavuot reminds us of the contribution of the Torah to the world. Torah was the first mind-set to recognize the worth of ordinary people, to champion human rights, public education, environmental responsibility, freedom of information, medical ethics, and social action — the whole concept of progress and hope for the future. No other teaching has had a comparative impact on our way of thinking today. It reminds Israel of her obligation to be a "Kingdom of Priests" and a "Holy Nation."

But for the believers Shavuot is more than that. Shavuot is a picture of a spiritual harvest, a harvest of the first fruits imbued with spiritual power, with the outpouring of the Ruach haKodesh. The first century of the Common Era was God's first harvest of those redeemed in the blood of Yeshua haMoshiach - both Jewish and Gentile.

"And when the day of Shavuot was fulfilled, they were all together with one mind at the same place. And there was suddenly from Shomayim a sound like the rushing of a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And tongues appeared to them, being divided as fire, resting on each one of them, and all were filled with the Ruach haKodesh." Acts 2:1-4

On Shavuot two loaves of fine flour baked with leaven were presented as offering of first fruits (Leviticus 23:17). The symbolism of these two loaves is revealed by Ya’akov (James 1:18) as representing the first fruits of believers. The two loaves are Jewish and Gentile believers that God brought together to form a new body, a new creation, the Ekklesia. God redeemed us from the world of sin, from the spiritual Egypt, through the shed blood of His Son. But then why are the two loaves with leaven, the symbol of sin? That is to symbolize that we cannot cleanse ourselves of sin before coming to Him - all our good intentions are but as filthy rags in His eyes. We come to Him with our sins and He is the One who cleanses and makes us holy.

“Having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Messiah Yeshua Himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a Holy Temple in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit” Ephesians 2:20-22. God has built something else to take the place of the physical Temple in Yerushalayim destroyed in 70 CE - it is a spiritual Beth haMikdash, it is the Ekklesia. It is a Jewish Holy Temple, where Jews and Gentiles are fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Moshiach Yeshua. This passage tells us that the foundation of the Ekklesia is Jewish, Jewish, Jewish - Jewish apostles, Jewish prophets and Jewish Messiah. Therefore, Shavuot is the fulfillment of Torah-true Judaism, the hope of the Jewish people and the blessing of the Gentiles so that they might come together in faith as one.

It cost Yeshua a lot to bring us together, to form the Ekklesia. He died executed on a Roman cross shedding His blood and suffering agonizingly in order for us to be united as one Holy Temple in the Spirit. Because of that we owe it to Him to be holy and to love one another as He loved us.

Chag Shavuot Sameach!

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