More Righteous than the Pharisees?

The Master said that unless the righteousness of His disciples exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, they will not enter the Messianic Era (Matthew 5:20). The conventional stereotype assumes that the Pharisees and teachers of the Torah were merely hypocrites pretending to be pious. Under that assumption, the righteousness of the Pharisees and scribes was only a false piety which any sincere-hearted person might easily … Continue reading More Righteous than the Pharisees?

He shall be called a Nazarene

Matti 2:23. And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, [He shall be called a Nazarene.] Those things which are brought from Isaiah 11:1 concerning Netzer, the Branch; and those things also produced concerning Samson the Nazarite, a most noble type of Christ, have their weight, by no means to be despised. We add, that … Continue reading He shall be called a Nazarene

Parashat Vaera / פרשת וארא

  Parashat Va’era פרשת וארא “And I appeared” “And God spoke to Moses…” (Exodus 6:2) Torah Portion: Exodus 6:2-9:35
 Haftarah: Ezekiel 28:25-29-21 B’rit Chadash/New Covenant: Romans 9:14-33 Shabbat |9 January 2016  |  28 Tevet 5776 THE PHARAOH WITHIN US “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult. Lest G-d will see and it will be bad in His … Continue reading Parashat Vaera / פרשת וארא

Torah Portion Shemos

Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh (often contracted in English as “I AM”) is one of the Seven Names of God accorded special care by medieval Jewish tradition.[1] The phrase is also found in other world religious literature, used to describe the Supreme Being, generally referring back to its use in Exodus. The word Ehyeh is considered by many rabbinical scholars to be a first-person derivation of the Tetragrammaton. Continue reading Torah Portion Shemos