Rank #1: Yom Kippur and the Omens of Jerusalem's Fall
Before the destruction of the Temple, the people of Judea experienced a series of dire omens and warnings that pointed to the coming catastrophe. Listen to a fascinating class, recorded live in the Beth Immanuel Green Room on Tisha b'Av in the year 2012, that compiles a list of the omens from the Talmud, Josephus, the Gospels, and Jewish tradition to tell the story of the lead up to the darkest day. Download the original handout in the PDF below.
Aug 09 2019
Rank #2: The Teaching of Yeshua
It's a disciple's job to learn the teaching of his rabbi. As a student in the school of Yeshua’s disciples, it’s important to know the subject matter you are studying and to understand the lesson the teacher presents. Before you agree to be immersed, you need to have at least a basic idea of what Yeshua was teaching. Listen to the audio and/or download the PDF version of the teaching below.
May 03 2019
Rank #3: Not by Bread Alone: The Power of Fasting
Enhance your prayer life, enhance your spiritual growth, develop self-discipline, and improve your health, all at the same time! This teaching about fasting gears us up for the Forty Days of Repentance. Based on a text in parashat Ekev, we take a look at fasting not only as a spiritual discipline but also at as a source of physical benefits for health and longevity.
Here are some useful links about the health benfits of Intermittent Fasting and OMAD (One Meal a Day).
Aug 03 2018
Rank #4: Enslaved to the Gods
Does Paul rebuke Gentiles for observing the biblical calendar? If not, how do we understand Galatians 4:9-10?
"How can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more? You observe days and months and seasons and years!" (Galatians 4:9).
Jul 23 2018
Rank #5: Endurance and Perseverance
One mussar theme pervades Yeshua's teachings, but it defies the typical categories of middot (traits) taught by the mussar masters. This instruction for life is the defining theme of Yeshua's message to Israel: Endurance and Perseverance for the Kingdom of Heaven.
Aug 16 2018
Rank #6: R U Normal or Average
What does the normal disciple of Messiah look like? Here's a challenging teaching on the difference between the average disciple of Yeshua and the normal disciple of Yeshua.
What does the normal disciples of Messiah like? He looks like Messiah. He looks like the Sermon on the Mount. He looks like the new life, the transformed life, the quickened life. That transformation, that new life that dwells within him, impacts everything he does, everything he says, everything he is, thought, speech, and action. The branches of his life are weighted down with the ripe fruit of the spirit.
This teaching is part two of "The Quick and the Dead."
Jan 17 2020
Rank #7: Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Your soul's purpose in this world is to serve God. That's why it was given a body. This purpose implies that there is a foundational commandment in the Torah that many of us may be neglecting. The soul is like an astronaut in a spacesuit. Is an astronaut concerned with maintaining his spacesuit?
In the interest of proper credit, some inspiration for this teaching came from this page. Beth Immanuel does not necessarily endorse everything on that site (which appears to be from a Breslov perspective).
Aug 09 2018
Rank #8: Lightsome
Are you carrying a heavy burden? It might not be just sin and guilt. This teaching speaks about the need to train the animal side of the human being and bring it into subjection. Part two of the Choose Life teaching and the conclusion to the Train Yourself for Godliness series, just on time for the high holidays.
Sep 20 2018
Rank #9: Messianic Jewish "Lent"
Forty days in the wilderness! The season of repentance is often referred to as the Jewish version of Lent, but which came first? This teaching from 2010 makes the case that the Christian season of Lent was originally based on the Jewish season of Teshuvah. This teaching calls upon us to employ asceticism and meseret nefesh in a forty-day face-off with the devil as we train for Yom Kippur.
Aug 10 2018
Rank #10: Women, Prayer, and Rosh Hashanah
The teaching from the first day of Rosh Hashanah on the subject of a woman's obigation to pray, efficacy of her prayers, and the power of a praying mother.
Nov 15 2019
Rank #11: The Unbegotten God
Why can't we see God? Why is he concealed from us? Before becoming a disciple, it's a good idea to find out what we believe. Here's a quick study on the existence of God, his transcendence, and the nature of reality. Listen to the audio and/or download the PDF version of the teaching below.
May 09 2019
Rank #12: All Things To All People
Was Paul in disguise? Paul says, "I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some." Did he adopt hypocritical pretenses in order to win people with the Gospel, acting like Jew around Jews and like a Gentile around Gentiles? This teaching on Galatians 4:12-20 considers Paul's evangelism strategies and the real meaning behind 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
Aug 13 2018
Rank #13: Save Yourself from this Generation
"Every generation in which the Temple is not rebuilt, is considered guilty of its destruction." Our Master knew that baseless hatred was the sin which was going to cause his generation to forfeit the redemption and go into exile. Therefore he called upon his generation to repent, and by repent, he meant, "Love God," and "Love one another." Love is at the center of his Gospel message.
Why was the second Temple destroyed at a time when people occupied themselves with the study of Torah, the observance of the commandments, and the practice of charity? Because baseless hatred prevailed within them. (b.Yoma 9b)
Jul 19 2018
Rank #14: Choose Life
If Yeshua came to die for our sins, then why did he pray that the cup of suffering might be taken away from him? This teaching on Parashat Ki Tavo's curses and blessings reaches into the kingdom to obtain some help for our physical condition in the world today.
Sep 20 2018
Rank #15: Missionary Man
In Judaism, the word "missionary" carries a negative connotation, but in the Torah, Abraham was the first missionary. This teaching learns from Father Abraham how to influence your fellow human beings with the light of the revelation of God. Rediscover a heart for evangelism.
Nov 04 2019
Rank #16: Birth of Yeshua at Sukkot
Why do we celebrate the birth of Yeshua on the first day of the festival of Sukkot, and why do we remember the day of the giving of his name on the eighth day of Sukkot? Listen to this teaching to learn about the literary evidence that points to early Jewish disciples of Yeshua celebrating the festival of Sukkot as the season of our Master's birth.
Oct 18 2019
Rank #17: Anatomy of the Soul: Kids Say the Darndest Things
What if you had memories from before your conception? Does the undying soul pre-exist human conception and birth? Here's a crash course on the anatomy of the soul, including children's soulish memories of heaven from before conception and birth.
Dec 10 2018
Rank #18: Feeding the Multitude
How did feeding a multitude with five loaves and two fish meet important Jewish messianic expectations, making it a perfect sign of Messiah? Learn how this event dramatized the Psalm the sages refer to as "the Messiah chapter" and discover the "two fish" hiding in plain sight in the Torah.
Nov 15 2018
Rank #19: The Unapproachable Light
Heaven and Hell are a heartbeat away! Most people who visit the World of Souls desribe "going into the Light," a being of pure love, but not every Near Death Experience is so positive. What does the scripture teach us about the Great Light? And what do Near Death Experiences tell us about the other side of the great divide?
The blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light. (1 Timothy 6:15-16)
To learn more about a Messianic Jewish perspective on Heaven and Hell, get the audio series What About Heaven and Hell.
Jan 29 2019
Rank #20: Near Death Experiences
Are reports of Near Death Experiences (NDE) credible? People resuscitated from clinical brain-death sometimes report out-of-body experiences in the World of Souls. Does that correlate with the Bible? Do these reports have anything to teach us about the state of the dead before the resurrection? This teaching explores the NDE in light of traditional Jewish teaching and New Testament expectation.
Dec 24 2018