Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

December 15 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon

Title:

“Are GoFundMe Campaigns Biblical?"

Paul recognized that the disciples in Jerusalem needed financial help, and so he led the charge to raise money to support them. Did that make him the creator of the first “GoFundMe” campaign? Come this Shabbat morning and hear a BIBLICAL answer to this question!

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.


Sisterhood Event Oct-21

October 21 - Sisterhood Eventtorah
Has the Lord been good to you? Have you experienced His grace and blessings in your life? Psalm 105:1-3 Instructs us to:
“Give thanks to the Lord! Proclaim His Name; Make known His deeds among the people. Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; Talk of all His wondrous works. Glory in His Holy Name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who see the Lord.”
If you answered “yes” to the questions above, then we hope that you will join us as we gather to say Toda Adonai in worship and fellowship. Let us proclaim His great Name and declare His wondrous works in our lives.
Join us after the morning service at 12:30pm for a giving thanks luncheon. Lunch donation: $5.

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"

Coming up at Ben David

August 18 - Message by Guest Speaker, Rabbi Shmuel Oppenheim:guest

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Shabbat VaYigash

Parashah VaYigash reveals the meaning of Yosef's troubles: it was part of God's plan in forming the Jewish nation. Torah not only reveals to us a bit of God's character, but also, is a guide and a tutor for our lives, especially in times of trouble. There are times in our lives of disturbing events which we may never understand. Other times, when we look back after many years and after God opens our eyes, we get a glimpse of God’s plan for our lives, just as it has happened with Yosef. God could have stopped the famine and saved the forming Jewish nation the trouble of going down to Egypt. But God had to shape the soul of this nation to learn humility, to know what slavery means, and to learn what it means to be at the lowest point in one's life, for they were to be the moral compass for all other nations. And in doing so, God would teach us that, in the end, all things will work for good for those who love Him (Romans 8:28). It may not be what we expect, which is usually a material thing, but a spiritual good, a spiritual growth.

Yosef looked back at all that had happened to him and understood. Even though he was entitled to be mad at his brothers because they sold him into slavery, with a voice full of compassion he said to them: “God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.” Genesis 45:7.

Yosef at a very young age was receptive to the things of God and he learned from his father about the spiritual things passed down from his great grandfather Avraham. He knew about the covenant God made with Avraham and what God told him about the future of the Jewish nation: “And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Avram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him. And He said to Avram, 'Know for a certainty that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.'” Genesis 15:12-13.

Their going down to Egypt was necessary because God wanted the Jewish nation not only to multiply in a land that was secure from the surrounding nomadic tribes, but also to prepare them for receiving the Torah. God put them in situations in which everything they accomplished was above their powers so they could understand that God is in control, that He is with them and that He is the One doing all these things in their lives.

When we call the visible things nature, most of the times we do not consider it to be the manifestation of God's controlling hand because God created a universe that functions within a set of rules that we may understand. We read in the Brit Chadashah Yeshua's admonishing words toward the Pharisees and Sadducees which could understand nature, but could not understand God's plan manifested in Yeshua's work: “When it is evening, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.' And in the morning, 'There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening. Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?'" Mattityahu 16:2-3. God may or may not choose to alter nature — we will later see in the parting of the Red Sea that He chose to do so — but He will use nature to manifest Himself to us, as He beautifully manifested Himself to the prophet Eliyahu in 1 Kings 19:11-12: “So He said, 'Go forth and stand on the mountain before Yehovah.' And behold, Yehovah was passing by! And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before Yehovah; but Yehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but Yehovah was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake a fire, but Yehovah was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of a gentle blowing.”

The awesome powerful God was not in the manifestations that we have expected Him to be, the strong wind or the earthquake, but He was in the gentle breeze — He spoke to Eliyahu with a gentle voice — God manifested Himself in the smallest thing, just as His Son, Yeshua, came not as a king but as a lowly carpenter's son. And this is exactly the message of the life of Yosef and also the message we have learned from the Holiday of Hanukkah. We must begin to serve God in the small things, in the mundane things of the daily life and not wait for the “big events.” We must begin serving Him taking small steps, beginning with our four cubits where God placed us in this world, and, as our spiritual strength grows, so, too, our service will increase.

Yeshua said: “You are the Light of the World. A city lying on a mountaintop cannot be hidden. No one, after lighting a menorah, places it under a measuring basket, but on the table, and it gives light to all in the house. In like manner, let your light so shine before the sons of men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.”

If we could take to heart Yeshua's words and translate them in our modern lifestyle our good deeds will become manifested knowing that:
- We have been given His Light so now we are ourselves lamplighters. Our job in this world is not just to receive the Light, but also to make others shine with their own light.
- Each day we have to bring in more Light from the Scriptures than we did the day before. Never stand still. Never say, “Now I've made it.” Always find new ways to help others, because being Yeshua's disciple is about others.
- The more Light we give, the more Light we will receive back.
- If we do only what is possible within our means we give glory to ourselves, but if we attempt to do what it is seemingly impossible to the world, we give glory to God.
- Real growth happens step by step, one light at the time. Resolve to do one small thing each day, read the Scriptures chronologically, pray, fast, read Bible commentaries, call someone, visit the sick and do a good deed.

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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