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

Yom Kippur

Monday, September 28 - 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 Monday, September 28, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Saturday, October 3 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:


Join us for a Sukkot celebration.
- Morning Service followed by light refreshments, bagels. fruit, and coffee.

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"
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Parshah Ha'azinu - “Give Ear"

"The Second Song of Moshe"

"Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. My teaching shall drop as the rain, my speech shall flow as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Because I will proclaim the name of Yehovah; ascribe greatness to our God. He is the Rock, His work is perfect; for all His ways are justice; a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He." Devarim 32:1-4 "... And Moshe came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Joshua the son of Nun. And Moshe finished speaking all these words to all Israel. And he said to them, 'Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall instruct your children to be careful to perform all the words of this Torah. For it is not an empty thing for you; because it is your life; and through this matter you shall prolong your days in the Land, where you go over the Jordan to possess it.'" Devarim 32:44-47

This is the second "song" of Moshe. In it he calls heaven and earth to bear witness to the calamities that will befall Israel if it sins, and the ultimate joy that will come with the final redemption. The climax of Moshe's life and the legacy that he will leave behind is to charge the people to instruct their children in the Torah, for it is not an empty thing but it is life. Indeed, instructing the children in the ways of God must be first priority. But Torah is a tutor for us too; we cannot give that which we do not possess. Have you crossed the spiritual Jordan yet to possess it? Have you come to possess the wisdom, the joy, the hope, and the life that the teachings of the Torah give?

The rabbis comment that in the Torah's definition, a “song” is a profound and unusual spiritual phenomenon. Even the sublime “poetry” of David and Yeshayahu, is not considered a song. What then constitutes the Torah's concept of a song? In the normal course of events, we fail to perceive the hand of God at work and often wonder how most of the daily, seemingly unrelated, events surrounding us could be part of a Divine coherent plan. We see suffering and evil, and we wonder how they can be the handiwork of a Merciful God. Rarely, however, there is a flash of insight that makes people realize how all the pieces of the puzzle fall into place. At such times, we can understand how every note, instrument, and participant in God's symphony of Creation plays its role. The result is a song, for the Torah's concept of a song is the condition in which all the apparently unrelated and contradictory events do indeed melt into a coherent, merciful, comprehensible whole.

But the victory song of Moshe, his first song, sang after the exodus from Egypt, will be heard again. It will be heard in heaven together with a new song, the song of the Lamb: "And they sang the Song of Moshe, the bond-servant of Yehovah, and the Song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvelous are Your works, Yehovah Adonai the Almighty, righteous and true are your ways, You are Melech kol haGoyim, King of all Nations.' Adonai, who would not fear You and ascribe glory to Your Name? Because You alone are Kadosh, Holy, for all the Nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been made known.” Revelation 15:3-4

What is the Song of the Lamb and what are the Lamb's righteous acts? "You are worthy... for You were slain and with Your blood You paid the price for the redemption and purchased ones for Yehovah from every family and tongue and people and nation, and made them for Eloheinu a kingdom and priests, and they will reign on ha'aretz, the earth." Revelation 5:9-10

Indeed this is a song who expresses a profound spiritual truth in which Tanakh prophecies melt into a coherent, merciful, comprehensive whole. God sent His beloved Son to satisfy His requirement for holiness announced in the Torah. Our sins cannot be forgiven unless atonement is done for them by the shedding of innocent blood, and not just any blood, but blood that has been provided by God Himself. "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement." Yeshua came to cover our sins with His shed blood once and for all. He is our kapporah, He made atonement for us. Believe in Him. Indeed, He is worthy for our praises and songs. Let us rejoice that the Lamb of God, Yeshua, came on this earth and made atonement for us, for this indeed is the true meaning of Yom Kippur.

How to Observe a True Yom Kippur

We read about the Yom Kippur service in the Torah in Leviticus chapter 16: "He (the High Priest, Aharon) shall take the two goats and present them before Yehovah at the doorway of the tent of meeting. Aharon shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for Yehovah and the other lot for the scapegoat. Then Aharon shall offer the goat on which the lot for Yehovah fell and make it a sin offering. But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before Yehovah, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat." This was the ancient Yom Kippur service when the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem. Today we cannot perform this service, but there is also something else that we cannot do, we cannot say that we believe in the Torah, and then disregard parts from it. Traditional Judaism believes that this is a relic of antiquity, that this is not something that God expects us to practice any more since there is no Temple that stands. So they throw out what God has set down as a permanent statute. But you cannot change the word of God, you cannot add to it or subtract from it, you have to understand why God gave it also for this generation, not as progressive history, but as an eternal principle. But these rabbis have substituted the sacrificial system with a system of their own saying that now prayer, penitence, and charity avert God's decree.

God nowhere in Scripture said this, but what He said is that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. And so this is the requirement - there has to be blood offered to God for the sins, transgressions and iniquities which have been committed. Orthodox Judaism tries to replace it symbolically with chickens and with roosters. Do they really believe that a chicken is taking away their sins? But did we ever truly believe that a goat took away our sins? If we could have believed that a goat could take away our sins, why not a chicken? And since we can only offer a goat in the Holy Temple, which does not stand now, it is important that we do something to fulfill what God said is required. So the Orthodox do not disregard the Scripture, they try to retain its meaning through a similar ceremony. But in so doing they also have had to change the Scripture, because the Torah said that only the Kohen Gadol can sacrifice only one type of animal, a goat, in the Holy Temple for the people's atonement.

Messianic Judaism does not do away or change these Scriptures. Messianic Judaism understands that animals cannot take the place of human beings paying for their sins, that animals are only symbols, that the goat offered up to God and the goat which has all of the sins of Israel confessed over and sent into the wilderness, are only pictures of what the Messiah was to do for us. We understand that chickens and roosters cannot replace the ceremony, but that the two goats speak of Messiah's work on our behalf. These are two pictures of our Messiah, one picture of the goat which was sacrificed and its blood offered, and the other picture showing us that when that goat was sacrificed our sins were transferred to it. Through these pictures we get the message that God has given us as a permanent statute and we can believe it without altering the Scripture. Without changing the principle of God, we believe that it was a sacrifice done for us, and that our sins were transferred to that sacrifice. And that it is God Himself who made atonement for us, that our people in antiquity never made atonement for themselves.

Only believing in Messiah can keep us true to the text; without the Messiah having come, yes, it is a big problem to know what to do now that the Temple does not stand. And the Temple does not stand for a very good reason. It is because God has fulfilled the rites of the Temple through the Messiah. The rabbis recorded in the Talmud - Mas. Yoma 39b - a most interesting event that occurred year after year on Yom Kippur in the period between Yeshua's death and the destruction of the Temple: "Our Rabbis taught: During the last forty years before the destruction of the Temple the lot [‘For Yehovah’] did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap become white; nor did the westernmost light shine." The rites of Yom Kippur have been fulfilled by Yeshua's sacrifice on the cross; there is no more a need for animal sacrifices. When we believe in Him we do not do away with the Scripture or change it, but we actually see the Scriptures come to life in a Person, that this atonement actually happened through God's Anointed.

Through king David God explains the purpose of what was written in Leviticus 16. In Psalm 40 verse 6 David speaks in the spirit through prophesy and the Messiah speaks through him and says: "You gave Me to understand that You do not desire sacrifice and meal offering; You do not ask for burnt offering and sin offering. Then I said, 'See, in the scroll of the book [Torah] it is written of Me. To do what pleases You, My God, is My desire; Your Torah is within My heart.'" God never wanted animal sacrifice; they never really took away sin. He did not want meal offering because grain could never cover our iniquity. But we certainly thought so. In the Torah, which cannot be changed or altered, it is required; and yet He says it is not required because it speaks of something or someone else that is required. Verse 7 says: "It is written of Me in the scroll of the book." This person here, speaking through David, says that what we read in Leviticus 16 about the two goats was written about Him. He says, What is written in the Torah concerning sacrifice, concerning sin offering, is about Me, and I delight to do Your will, O God, Your Torah is within My heart. All the sacrifices of the Temple, all the rites of the Temple, all the rituals are in this person's heart and He delights to fulfill it within Himself. Messiah Himself becomes the sacrifice to satisfy God's requirement for remission of sin, so that all of our sins are transferred to Him so we no longer have to worry about making atonement for sins because He did it for us.

Let us be grateful that we have had atonement made for us and that Yeshua is in heaven interceding through His own blood for us. We can believe in Him, we can receive forgiveness, and we can start anew with a clean heart. All your sins, no matter how many, are forgiven you for His name sake if you will take His hand in faith right now.

L'Shanah Tovah Tikatevu!

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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