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 2 - 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 4 - 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 4, at 10:30am and celebrate this Biblical Holy Day and its Messianic significance.


Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16 - 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 Thursday, September 16, for this Messianic Service at 10:30am.


Sukkot

Saturday, September 25 - Sukkot Service at 10:30am:

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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 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"
Weekly Scripture Commentary
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Parashah Emor - "Say"

The Eight God Given Holy Days - The Appointed Times

Some advocate that God’s commandments are antiquated regulations and, because Yeshua took all our sins upon Himself on the Roman execution stake - the cross, we are not obligated to observe any of them. Indeed, Yeshua took our sins upon Himself and He removed the condemnation and the punishment for not obeying God’s commandments, but God’s commandments, His instructions for a holy life, are for all eternity not only because He is Holy and everything He taught us through Torah is for our own good, but also because He never changed and did not annul any of it. Yes, we have to understand that some of the commandments were given for a specific location, for Israel and the Temple, other ones to a specific group of people, the Jews, and others to all mankind, and yet, all commandments have within them a moral, or a teaching, because they represent the ethics of a Holy God.

Our holiness begins with understanding the fundamental principles of these commandments and we should pay attention to them and try to understand what they teach because of the simple fact that God cares for our well-being. By not trying our utmost to observe these commandments in their fundamental principle as representing the ethics of God, we would say to Him, we know better, we do not need Your instructions. Unfortunately, the present state of the world is a testimony of pushing God away from our lives. The Church without the Torah (the Law) has become a lawless Church.

As believers, obeying God's commandments should be a manifestation of our new nature in Messiah. We should live our lives as in His presence because He is Holy and His commandments are an expression of His holiness.

This week’s Parashah enumerates the Holy Days of the LORD and we should observe them not only because a Holy God told us to do so, but also because all these Holy Days speak of the redemptive work of Yeshua, past, present and future. Thus, what better way to come close to our Messiah but to celebrate these Holy Days into Him, into the Lord, with the full understanding of their meaning.

"The LORD spoke to Moshe, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, These are My Appointed Festivals, which you shall proclaim to be holy gatherings:" (Please note: these are not man-made holidays, but God’s Holy Days, if you believe in Him, you must believe and obey His words).

— 1) Shabbat - "Six days shall work be done; but the seventh day is the Shabbat, a holy gathering; you shall do no work in it; it is the Shabbat of the LORD." - Symbolizing the eternal Shabbat of worship and rest.

— 2) Pesach - "In the 14th day of the first month at evening is the LORD’s Passover." - Symbolizing the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross.

— 3) Hag HaMatzot - "And on the 15th day of the same month (Aviv) is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. In the first day you shall have a holy gathering; you shall do no labor in it. In the seventh day is a holy gathering; you shall do no labor in it." - Symbolizing the sinless life that we are called to live as believers - bread without leaven represents life lived without sin.

— 4) Hag HaBikurim, The first “First Fruits” - "When you come to the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring an Omer of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; And he shall wave the Omer before the LORD; on the next day after the Shabbat the priest shall wave it." - Symbolizing Yeshua's resurrection, Him being the first "First Fruits" of a new life from the dead.

— 5) Shavuot - The second "First Fruits" - "And you shall count from the next day after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the Omer of the wave offering; seven Shabbats shall be complete; To the next day after the seventh Shabbat shall you count Fifty Days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to the LORD, two loaves of bread of fine flower baked with leaven, as first fruits to the LORD." - Symbolizing the first outpouring of the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit, into the Body of Believers, Jews and Gentiles, the "First Fruits" of a new spiritual life.

— 6) Zikaron Teruah (Rosh HaShanah) - "In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, you shall have a Shabbat, a Memorial of Blowing, a holy gathering. You shall do no labor in it." - Symbolizing the calling of the Jewish people as a nation to repentance which it will happen in the future, hopefully soon.

— 7) Yom Kippur - "Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement; it shall be a holy gathering to you; and you shall afflict your souls. And you shall do no work in that same day; for it is a Day of Atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatever soul it is who shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatever soul it is who does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. It shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be to you a Shabbat, and you shall afflict your souls; in the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, shall you celebrate your Shabbat." - Symbolizing the realization by the Jewish people of who Messiah was and their acceptance of the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua - "and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, 'THE DELIVERER WILL COME FROM ZION, HE WILL REMOVE UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB'" (Romans 11:26).

— 8) Sukkot - "The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day shall be a holy gathering; you shall do no labor in it. On the eighth day shall be a holy gathering to you; it is a solemn assembly, and you shall do no labor in it. You shall take on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm-trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days. It shall be a statute forever in your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. You shall dwell in booths seven days; all who are Israelites born shall dwell in booths; that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God." - Symbolizing the fulfilled deliverance of God's people, and the Kingdom of God.

Now that the salvation has come to the Gentiles, what a better way for the believing community to fulfill the apostle's Paul words "to make them (the Jewish people) jealous," but by observing the Biblical Holy Days in their true Messianic meaning.

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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