Rabbi’s Reflections – Friday, October 13, 2023
(Early) Shabbat Shalom,

Our friends in Israel are fully involved in too many humanitarian aid projects to detail them all.   Let me mention two out of the four of them (the other two are Leon Mazin and Avishalom Tekelhaimanot) that we have been sowing into this year.  These are men that have been part of our Tikkun family for decades and we can testify to the depth of their character.

Jonathan Moore is co-leading Ahavat Yeshua in Jerusalem.  They are involved in a great many projects.  Without revealing too many specifics, he told me how they are providing hospitality (lodging and meals) for the displaced members of the Messianic community of S’derot (about 20 people), and providing emergency medical supplies to a temporary medical center in Jerusalem that is under the direct oversight of a congregational member.

I also spoke with Guy Cohen this morning.  He said his congregational humanitarian aid efforts are focused on three areas.  They are supporting the military by assisting field kitchens in providing food for meals and sandwiches.  Secondly they are involved in directly supporting local civilians who need assistance, and finally, they are working through other organizations that provide assistance.

These are just examples of how everyone in Israel is involved in the war effort in some way.  We want to help and be involved too.  If we were closer, we could make some matzah ball soup.  But since we are here and they are there, the best we can do in a hurry is to fund their efforts.  Shomair has established an Israel Emergency Fund exactly for this purpose.  Many people have asked me where to give that the money will go where it’s intended.  Our people are faithful and trustworthy.  Here is the link.  https://shomairyisrael.churchcenter.com/giving then choose “Israel Emergency Fund.”

Life In The Body part 15 – Romans, part 190

Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be proud, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Live in harmony, be humble and try not to acts like I’m a know-it-all.  Sounds easy enough, but it must not be.  Otherwise, why would it take a lifetime to perfect these character traits?  Paul isn’t the only one to admonish the family of God in this way.  Peter also shared these same thoughts.

1Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, tenderhearted, humble-minded.

Joel Chernoff recorded this song, released 21 years ago.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_j3D_4wJ-k  The first words are “love one another.”  This is the substance of Yeshua’s prayer in John 17.  He knew He was living and breathing His last night on earth, yet His thoughts and prayers were fixed on our unity.  Unity can be very powerful.  It’s why I love marching bands.  Everyone is working together to produce a unified end result.  In next week’s Torah portion we find this on unity.  Genesis 11:6  Adonai said, “Look, the people are one and all of them have the same language. So this is what they have begun to do. Now, nothing they plan to do will be impossible.

God knew that when the people are one, “nothing they plan to do will be impossible.”  And the same is true of us today.  As we love one another, in humility, we can do everything to build the kingdom of God.  Who is more humble than Yeshua?  Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Messiah who strengthens me. 

Paul gives us this admonition at the start of Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I,… urge you to walk … 2 with complete humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up (I like “persist” instead of “putting up”) with one another in love, 3 making every effort to keep the unity of the Ruach in the bond of shalom.

Shabbat Shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Fri 13-Oct-2023 28th of Tishrei, 5784
Ge 4:23-5:24 Jos 7 Ps 7 Mt 5:27-48 (1 Pet 1)