Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

May 25 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon

Title:

“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

September 29 - 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 8 - Rosh HaShanah Messianic Service at 10:30am.

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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 8, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.


Yom Kippur

Wednesday, September 19 - Yom Kippur Messianic Service at 10:30am:

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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, September 19, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Sukkot

Saturday, September 22 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:

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Join us for a Sukkot celebration.
- Morning Service followed by Oneg in the Sukkah.


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 8 - 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 3 - 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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Eikev - “Because"

"Man Does Not Live by Bread Alone"

In this Parashah Moshe continues encouraging the Nation to trust in God for the conquest of the Promised Land and for receiving blessings in every aspect of their lives.

“All the commandments which I command you this day you shall take care to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which Yehovah swore to your fathers. You shall remember the entire road on which Yehovah your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments, or not. He humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of Yehovah does man live. Your garment did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell, these forty years. You shall also consider in your heart, that, as a man discipline his son, so Yehovah your God disciplined you. Therefore you shall keep the commandments of Yehovah your God, to walk in His ways, and to fear Him. For Yehovah your God brings you into a good land, a land of brooks of water; a land of wheat, and barley, and vines, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a land of olive oil, and honey. A land where you shall eat bread without poverty, you shall not lack any thing in it... When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless Yehovah your God for the good land which He has given you” Devarim 8:1-10.

In a sense, this passage defines the purpose of man on earth, that is, to have a relationship with God. “Man does not live by bread alone,” writes Moshe. Man was created as a spiritual being; he cannot live only for, or with, the material world. He also needs a spiritual component. God redeemed the Israelis from their Egyptian bondage and He provided for their physical as well for their spiritual nourishment. He fed them the bread from heaven, manna (the bread of angels as noted in Psalm 78:25), He gave them water from the rock, their garment did not deteriorate, nor their foot swelled for forty years. But God also provided for their spiritual needs by giving them the Torah — which is likened to bread, as in spiritual nourishment.

What God requires of man is to love Him, to serve Him, and to keep His Commandments. Moshe enjoins the people to keep God's commandments no fewer than seven times in this Parashah: "you shall be careful to do" (8:1); "you shall keep" (8:6); "to keep Yehovah's commandments" (10:13); "always keep His commandments" (11:1); "keep every commandment" (11:8); "listen obediently to My commandments" (11:13); "keep all this commandment" (11:22), because, indeed, will come a time when men will move away from God's commandments and passionately declare that God is dead and that man can live by the physical bread alone. It will come a time when God will send a famine in the land — as prophesied in Amos 8:11 — “’Behold, the days come,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘That I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.’” Therefore, man is urged to give as much attention to his spiritual needs as he does for his physical ones. Moshe warns Israel to be aware least it allows the forthcoming prosperity and security to blind her to the identity of the source of her blessing, God.

In the wilderness God supplied all their needs, but as to test their faith, that is, subjecting them to the uncertainty of not having any reserves of food, He gave them double on Friday and none on Shabbat. Thus God was testing their faith by making them trust Him that there will be manna awaiting them Sunday morning. Similarly, God took us out of the bondage of sin and He is providing for our physical as well as spiritual needs but once-in-a-while He is testing us. There are some believers who say, should I be tithing (10% would be just right) first to God when I need new clothes for my children, or when I have unpaid bills, or when I need to pay tuition, rent, buy food or take care that I have enough saved up for my future, for my retirement? That is exactly the challenge to our faith. When we give to God - that is, to various ministries dedicated to the work of God - of our excess and are still assured that we can afford all the things we need or desire in life, how is our faith challenged? Do we trust in God that the “manna” will await for us tomorrow? And if so, why do we toil for our physical needs more than for the spiritual ones?

Are the good things that the modern life offers us make us forget that we cannot do anything apart from God? Are the secular voices of the radio, Internet, and TV, proclaiming that God is dead, that we made scientific discoveries in which we do not need God, or that “I did it my way and I have no regrets,” louder that God’s voice who says, “I created you as a spiritual being and you cannot live by bread alone”? Are we spending more time listening to those voices than reading the word of God? We need to check our priorities. We need to hunger and thirst for His righteousness, for the word of God who says: “Godliness is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” I Timothy 6:6-8.

The good things of the world are provided for man's enjoyment, thus man shall be moved to praise God for His grateful heart. Giving thanks and praising God after enjoying physical as well as spiritual food should come from an overflowing heart. A reverent and humble recognition of the Author of our sustenance and gratitude to Him would prevent our obedience to Him to become wearily. Praised and blessed be His name for all that He gives us.

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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