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Rosh HaShanah: The Coronation of Isaac

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The story of the binding of Isaac (Gen. 22) is read every Rosh HaShanah. Many theories have been put forth as to its meaning. This teaching suggests that the entire story is really an ancient coronation ritual. Part 1

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Locusts are not Helicopters

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One of my goals this year is to tackle the book of Revelation. I have laid some groundwork over the last few years by examining the historical context and by explaining the apocalyptic language. While many approach the book from a prophetic perspective only, the reality is that it describes the political environment of the Temple in the first century. The Temple and its leadership are critically important, and Israel’s history, leading up to the first century, cannot be overlooked. We need to study the Hasmonean dynasty, the Herodian dynasty, the Roman world, Greek culture and most importantly the political, social, religious and institutional life of the Temple. The seminal…

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Shemot: Who Died and Made You King!

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Shemot

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The Folly of the 70 Nations

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All eyes are fixed on January 15th as leaders from the world’s 70 nations meet in Paris to force Israel to accept the two-state solution. They are more than ready to divide the land based on the false premise that this will result in peace. Simply delusional! It was November 29, 1947, when the UN passed a resolution calling for the creation of a Jewish state as part of the partition plan. This year marks the 70th anniversary of that agreement. In the last few weeks, there has been no end to the speculation regarding the consequences of dividing the land. Certainly, we know history is nothing more than repeating…

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The King and I

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In this week’s portion, V’yigesh, And He Approached, Joseph is ruling over Egypt as Pharaoh’s representative. As vizier-in-chief, he prepared for the coming famine by conserving food from each city’s fields (every temple complex had fields for growing food). The famine affected all of Egypt, as well as the entire known world, which included Canaan where Joseph’s family lived. Seven years of fruitfulness would be followed by seven years of famine. Joseph methodically preserved the grain seed during the years of abundance. The repeated emphasis on the number seven is related to kingship and temple building and dedication. In the ancient world, once a king defeated his enemies, rest came…

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Vayera: Yeshua, King of the Field

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Valera:

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Dinah: Revelation’s Bride or Harlot?

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Vayishlach:

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Vayetze: Immersion and Kingship

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Vayetze: part 1 Vayetze: part 2

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Toldot: The Only Begotten Son (part 1&2)

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Toldot: part 1 Toldot: part 2

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Lech Lecha: A Pattern for Kingship

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