Rank #1: Greatest Religion in the World
A lot of people say that they are searching for God, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself, "What is God searching for?" This teaching explains what Yeshua meant when he told the Samaritan woman, "You worship what you do not know, but we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews." Find out why Messianic Judaism is the greatest religion in the world, even though its too Jewish.
Jan 30 2018
Rank #2: The Reason Why (It's Too Jewish)
Where would Jesus go to church? Everyone knows that Beth Immanuel Messianic Synagogue is "too Jewish," but is it too Jewish for Yeshua and the Apostles? This second teaching in the series "It's Too Jewish" tries to get to the bottom of the problem of "too Jewish" and explain the kingdom-based rationale behind a traditional "orthodox-styled" Messianic Jewish syangogue. At the same time, we consider the need for a more culturally adaptable expression of our faith for the other seven billion people on planet earth.
Jan 30 2018
Rank #3: 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 #4: Ezekiel Prophet in Exile
Take a visit to Babylon to spend some time with the Prophet Ezekiel. What's going on with Ezekiel's "wheel way up in the middle of the sky," and what is he doing in Babylon anyway? Follow the story of Ezekiel from his deportation to his commissioning to his tragic visions of Jerusalem's fall to his stunning preditions of the redemption and the Messianic Era Temple.
Apr 24 2019
Rank #5: How to Celebrate Rosh HaShanah
Are you ready for Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays? A teaching on the basic observances of the festival of Rosh Hashanah. This practical how-to teaching covers all the essentials with a few quick explanations regarding the major themes of the holiday.
Here are links to additional teachings referenced in the audio:
Rosh Hashanah Menu includes an audio about the significance of the ritual foods and a pdf of the handout.
Are Two Heads Better than One explains why we celebrate Rosh HaShanah for two days, even in the Diaspora.
Sep 08 2017
Rank #6: Paul's Gospel
What is "Paul's Gospel" and what makes it different than everyone else's Gospel? This third installment offers a summary of Paul's autobiography as presented in Galatians 1:11-24, in which he describes his revelation from Heaven and his divine commission to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.
May 15 2018
Rank #7: Sarah, Hagar, Isaac, and Ishmael
Does Hagar represent the Jews in slavery under the law while Sarah represents the Christians in freedom under grace? That's the conventional interpretation of Paul's parable in Galatians 4:22, but this teaching turns over that common interpretation by revealing the Jewish background to the story.
Aug 14 2018
Rank #8: Famine Relief for Jerusalem
Does Galatians 2 contain an alternate version of events at the Acts 15 Jerusalem Council. Many scholars think so, but a careful look at the story in the book of Acts suggests otherwise. After an absense of more than a decade, Paul journeys to jerusalem in the company of Barnabas and Titus with a collection for famine relief.
May 16 2018
Rank #9: Why The World Came To Be
Why did God create the universe and why did he make man to be a citizen of the universe? In other words, "What is the meaning of life?" Here's a quick half-hour course in the subject of life, the universe, and everything.
May 30 2019
Rank #10: Eternal Life
When humanity sinned and went off the rails, why didn't God just delete us and start over? Here's a quick look at the plan of redemption and the good news of obtaining eternal life through Yeshua.
God did not abandon the human race but summoned them at various times from error and folly into an understanding of truth, leading them from slavery and wickedness into freedom and piety, from iniquity into righteousness, from eternal death into everlasting life. (Apostolic Constitutions)
Jun 06 2019
Rank #11: How to Observe Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. It is well known as a day of fasting, repentance, and lots of prayers. But there is so much more to observing Yom Kippur than simply showing up at synagogue and not eating anything! Make Yom Kippur even more special and meaningful this year by plugging into the full Yom Kippur experiences. Learn all about Yom Kippur and its associated themes, practices, and prayers.
Sep 14 2017
Rank #12: Running the Race in Vain
Was Paul a Lone Ranger and John Wayne type of apostle who heard directly from God, or did he honor higher authorities? In this episode, Paul goes up to Jerusalem to submit his gospel of Gentile inclusion to the authority of the apostles, fearing that he may have been running his race in vain.
"I set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure that I was not running or had run in vain." (Galatians 2:2)
May 23 2018
Rank #13: Faith Versus Works
Have you ever heard of faith versus works? The theological argument about whether God saves a person by grace alone or if a person's obedience and good works are a necessary part of the equation is old as the New Testament itself. This teaching offers a resolution of the classic faith-versus-works debate through exploring Paul's theology of justification for the circumcised and the uncircumcised.
Order the book, Holy Epistle to the Galatians.
Jun 08 2018
Rank #14: 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 #15: Curse of the Law
Has anyone ever warned you that you might be placing yourself under a curse by keeping the Torah? Paul says, "As many as are of the works of the law are under the curse" (Galatians 3:10). What's the "curse of the law" and how does it apply?
Jun 25 2018
Rank #16: The Shofar That Would Not Blow
The Chassidc tale of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev and the shofar that would not blow provides us with insights into the coming of the Messiah. This teaching from Rosh HaShanah 2014 looks into the source texts which associate the coming of the Messiah with the sound the shofar and derives a solemn warning for his disciples as we prepare for the high holidays.
Aug 28 2017
Rank #17: The Torah is not of Faith
Paul says, "The Torah is not faith." This seems to imply that, if you want to be a person of faith, the one thing you chould not do is observe the Torah. Does this make sense? In Galatians 3:11-12, Paul quotes Leviticus 18:5 and Habakkuk 2:4 in a manner consistent with rabbinic interpretation to establish that it is not the hearers of the Torah who will be declared righteous but the doers of the Torah.
Jun 27 2018
Rank #18: Long-distance Healing
Why is the story of the healing of an official's son in Capernaum considered to be the second sign? Here's a close-up look at an important but often unnoticed story in the Gospel of John and similar stories from the Synoptic Gospels and the Talmud.
Nov 01 2018
Rank #19: 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 #20: 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