Coming up this Shabbat at Ben David

January 5 - Message by Doug Friedman:sermon


“To Give, or Not to Give, That is the Question"

Paul is trying desperately to raise money to help the believers in Israel during an intense famine that threatened to destroy the “mother congregation” where faith in Yeshua had begun. They needed help badly, and Paul reached out to all the new congregations he had started to help. Asking for donations is always a touchy thing to do. How did Paul navigate this situation – what reasoning did he use – to win the day? Come on Shabbat morning and learn how he did it!

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.


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:


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.


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


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

January 19 - Guest Speaker, David Rubin: guest

Former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel,
founder of "Shiloh Israel Children's Fund."

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Shabbat Shirah

Shabbat Shirah is the Shabbat in which the Victory Song of Moshe is read in the synagogues throughout the world.

“Then Moshe and the people of Yisrael sang this song to Yehovah, and spoke, saying, 'I will sing to Yehovah, for He has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider has He thrown into the sea. Yehovah is my strength and song, and He has become my Yeshua / my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Yehovah is a master of war; Yehovah (YHVH) is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his army has He thrown into the sea; his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red Sea. The depths have covered them; they sank to the bottom as a stone. Your right hand, Yehovah, is glorious in power; Your right hand, Yehovah, has dashed in pieces the enemy... Who is like You, Yehovah, among the heavenly powers? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?... In Your loving-kindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed... Yehovah shall reign forever and ever.' " Shemot: 15:1-18

The rabbis comment that the Torah's definition of a "song" is a profound and unusual spiritual phenomenon. They contend that 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, phenomena 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 phenomena do indeed meld into a coherent, merciful, comprehensible whole.

At the sea, Moshe and the Jewish people understood their situation as never before. The suffering of the Egyptian exile, the deception that led Pharaoh to pursue them, the hopelessness they had felt when they were surrounded by Pharaoh, the sea, and the wilderness; the demands from many of their own that they return to slavery, even Moshe' old accusation that his arrival in Egypt to carry out God's mission had only made things worse — such doubts and fears disappeared when the sea split. To the Jews at the sea, creation became a song, because they understood how every unrelated and incomprehensible event was part of the harmonious score that led up to that greatest of all miracles. The uniqueness of this song was that an entire nation — not merely its prophets, scholars, and leaders — could rise to a state of prophecy.

But the Jewish people will experience again a similar moment when all their persecution and all their suffering will melt away. All the pieces of the puzzle will fall into place again and they will understand that God was working for their redemption all along. At that moment they will not only sing the song of Moshe but also a new song: "And they sang the song of Moshe, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!" Revelation 15:3.

They will understand that Yeshua was sent as the Lamb of God to redeem everyone, Jew or Gentile, who would believe in Him.

In this week's Parashah we see how God is shaping the character of the newly reconstructed Jewish nation. Instead of leading them through the shortest route to the Promise Land, He guides them through the desert. He wants to teach them that their survival is entirely in God’s hands, and that He provides for their physical as well as spiritual needs. On the physical level, He guides them in the desert through the hot day by the protection of a cloud and through the cold night by the warmth of a pillar of fire, He turns the bitter waters of Marah into sweet drinkable water, He gives them food - the bread from heaven - manna, and quails as meat. On the spiritual level, God gives them the blessing and the joy of the observance of the Shabbat.

The first recorded Shabbat observance in the Tanakh is here, in Shemot 16:19-26: “And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man; and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moshe. And he said to them, ‘This is what Yehovah has said, Tomorrow is the Shabbat observance, a holy Shabbat to Yehovah; bake that which you will bake today, and boil what you will boil today; and that which remains over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.’ And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses ordered; and it did not stink, neither was there any worm in it. And Moses said, ‘Eat that today; for today is a Shabbat to the Lord; today you shall not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it; but on the seventh day, which is the Shabbat, in it there shall be none.’ ”

This event was before the Commandments were given at Mount Sinai, and yet, to show its importance, the Shabbat observance was later included in the Ten Commandments. God in His fourth utterance says: “Remember the Shabbat day, to keep it holy. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is the Shabbat of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger that is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and Shabbat the seventh day; therefore Yehovah blessed the Shabbat day, and made it holy” - Shemot 20:8. Observing the Shabbat is a testimony for creation, a testimony to the unbelieving world that there is a God and that He created all things. The Shabbat is a commandment and a covenant - just as the circumcision - between God and the Jewish people: “Therefore, the sons of Yisrael shall observe the Shabbat, to celebrate the Shabbat throughout their generations as an everlasting covenant” - Shemot 31:16.

Whatever God wants from us it is written in the Torah, which by extension is the whole Bible. Believe in the word of God because Yeshua said that it is about Him (John 5:39, 46). Believe in the Torah and you will come to believe in Yeshua's words and you will receive a shalom that surpasses all understanding. You will want to observe the Shabbat, not to be saved, but because you are saved.

Shabbat joy, peace, and blessings! Shabbat Shalom!

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