Category: Connections

27
Dec
wannabe maccabee

Are You a Wannabe or a Maccabee?

Are You a Wannabe or a Maccabee? “It was now winter, and Yeshua was in Jerusalem at the time of Chanukah, the Festival of Dedication.”  (John 10:22) What the world needs more than ever are heroes. There are many Wannabes but few Maccabees. Let me explain. The story of Hanukkah reads like a fairy-tale.  A wicked, Greco-Babylonian […]

27
Dec
Taken for a spin

Taken for a Spin

Taken for a Spin “And the Lord shall be King over all the earth. In that day it shall be—“The Lord is one, ”And His name one.” (Zech. 14:9) One of the main messages of Hanukkah is for us to examine our hearts and ask: What are we trusting in? Are we trusting in our own abilities […]

25
Dec
Get Lit

Get Lit

Get Lit “It was now winter, and Yeshua was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication.” – John 10:22 In John 10, Yeshua is in Jerusalem for the celebration of Hanukkah.  Prior to that, in John 9, he performs a miracle for the man who has been blind since birth.  Right before […]

23
Dec
Stay Lit

Stay Lit

Stay Lit “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14 Hanukkah and the celebration of the light of the Messiah must remind you that He has hand-chosen you before the foundations of the world to embark on a journey into the fullness of your destiny.  […]

22
Dec
How To Hanukkah

How To – Hanukkah | Fusion Global with Rabbi Jason Sobel

Why We Light the Hanukkah Menorah Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights and celebrates a great miracle G-d performed for our ancestors. After defeating Antiochus Epiphanies, the Jewish people led by the Maccabees cleansed the Temple in Jerusalem of pagan idols and re-lit the Menorah, the seven-branched candelabra. There was only enough oil […]

22
Dec

Hidden Light Revealed

The Mystery of the Hidden Light The first time God speaks in Genesis He says, “Let there be light, and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3).  But what light is this referring to since the sun, moon, and stars were not created until day four? One answer that the ancient Jewish commentators give to this question […]

13
Feb
Why Read the Torah

‘Terumah’ and Creating Real and Lasting Change

This week’s Torah portion, called Terumah, enumerates in great detail (almost agonizingly so) all the aspects of the building of the Tabernacle. Why so much attention to detail? Almost the entire final third of Exodus is devoted to this one topic. What is even more strange is the fact that the Tabernacle was only a TEMPORARY […]

19
Dec
Still Spinning

Still Spinning

Still Spinning You are not far from the kingdom of God. – Matthew 19:16 Once we understand that the focus of Hanukkah is re-dedicating ourselves to God, we can begin to go deeper and get a better picture of how to re-center our lives on the Messiah. Let’s explore the Hebrew letters on the four […]

25
Jul

Salaam Alaikum – Peace to You

One of the greatest conflicts in the world today is the one that exists between Jews and Arabs. If the Gospel is truly “the power of God unto salvation” then it must contain the divine wisdom and empowerment necessary to transform this seemingly hopeless situation. I personally experienced this power several years ago in Detroit. […]