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

October 19 - 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 28 - 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 28, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.


Yom Kippur

Wednesday, October 9 - 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, October 9, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Sukkot

Saturday, October 12 - 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 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 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"
Weekly Scripture Commentary
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Parashah VaYishlach – “And sent”

YA'AKOV PREVAILED

Ya’akov is returning to the land of his father, Yitzchak. On his way, he must pass through the land where Esau lived. Not wanting to enter into a conflict with his brother, he sends messengers to announce his intention. The returning messengers are not bringing good news; Esau is coming toward Ya’akov with four hundred men, implying that Esau is ready for battle. What Ya’akov does next is a lesson for us all. He prepares to win his brother’s favor not only through prayer, but also through earthly means. He trusts that God will deliver him, but he does not just wait for that deliverance, he prepares a tool through which God could show His mercy and deliver him from the hands of Esau. And this is the lesson; God could act in miraculous ways, but most of the times He acts through earthly means. We pray for deliverance from material, emotional, or health issues, but our faith must be tested by our actions to receive that deliverance. Just as Ya’akov prepared gifts from his acquired wealth to win Esau’s favor, so, too, we must wisely take all available steps to accomplish the deliverance that we need. Faith without works is dead, to paraphrase the Brit Chadashah's words of the apostle Ya'akov. God will use our works to fulfill our faith, but we should never believe that our works are the cause of the deliverance.

In the Brit Chadashah, Yeshua gives us an example of how we wisely should use our material means in the work for the kingdom. In Luke 16:1-13, Yeshua tells a parable of a rich landowner and a steward who was accused of squandering his owner’s possessions. Some interpret the Greek word “diaballo” (which appears only once in the entire Brit Chadashah) to mean "falsely accused," or slandered, because Yeshua concludes the parable by not giving any hint of condemnation, on the contrary. With the actions that the steward takes, he receives praises from both the debtors and from the landowner. Yeshua’s concludes the parable by saying: “And I say to you, use the wealth to make for yourselves friends, so that when unrighteous mammon fails, they may welcome you into the eternal dwellings. The one trustworthy in little also is faithful in much, and the one who is unrighteous in little, also in much is unrighteous. If then you were not faithful with unrighteous mammon, who will entrust you with true wealth? And if you were not faithful with that which belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?”

Yeshua gives us a lesson paralleling the steward's actions. Deliverance will come, in one form or another, but we cannot just wait for it; we must take action. Yes, we do need to pray to God for our daily needs and deliverance, but we also need to put in action what we believe, we need to match our fervent prayers with the actions through our earthly possessions. Because if we are not good stewards with what God gave us on this earth in the form of talents, of time, or of wealth, is then God going to give us the rewards that should be ours in the eternal life? Can He trust us to properly manage the true riches when we mismanage these earthly ones?

Ya’akov prayed, but he also put the words in action, Genesis 32:10-12: “And Ya’akov said, 'O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, “Return to your country, and to your family, and I will deal well with you;” I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which You have shown to Your servant; for with my staff I crossed this Jordan... Rescue me, please, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him lest he come and strike me down...'”

Ya'akov acknowledges that he received from God mercy and truth. Mercy reflects the benefits that God confers without having first promised them; truth in action refers to the mercy He gives in fulfillment of earlier promises. Ya’akov’s merits may have been diminished by all the kindnesses that God showed him and that is why he was afraid. Since God’s promise, he may have become soiled by sin in the land of Laban and not deserve to be delivered from Esau’s hands. This shows that even good people can be judged and disciplined for not having achieved their full potential. Perhaps Ya’akov had failed to grow spiritually as much as he could have, perhaps he contended with God before. This is a challenge to every one of us to strive to live up to our full potential.

After Ya’akov prepared physically, God wanted him to understand that the deliverance he will receive from Esau was not his own doing but God’s, just as our actions will not earn us salvation because salvation is the work of God. At night, while Ya’akov was left alone, an angel — as noted in Hosea 12:4 — wrestled with him all night. Neither the angel nor Ya’akov physically prevailed in this cosmic encounter. But God wanted to show Ya’akov that even if he thinks he is physically ready, this strength is coming from God who can give it or take it away. To show him this, the angel dislocates his hip-socket. Then the angel reveals to Ya'akov what God Himself would do later by changing Ya'akov's name. Genesis 32:28: “And he (the angel) said, 'your name shall be called no more Ya’akov, but Yisra'el, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.'”

This mysterious encounter has become the universal human allegory of the struggles on the eve of some dreadful crisis. The Jewish people faced many crises throughout their history and they have striven with God and with men. But God wants them, and us, not to strive with Him. He calls everyone to salvation. He asks us to come to Him and know Him intimately as the only one who could truly take our burden and deliver us.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest,” is Yeshua gently calling.

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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