Rabbi’s Reflections – Monday, April 17, 2023

Reminder: Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th, (27th of Nisan on the Hebrew calendar) is Yom HaShoah, known in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day.  Here are some links to help you honor the memory of those who were murdered, those who acted with courage, and those who did both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqUVxJ3qfDg  This is a link to a 5 minute video which gives a great overview of the Shoah.  It ends with the hope of the birth of the State of Israel only 3 years after the camps were liberated.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYeOEAsHS78  Every year (twice, first in the evening and again the next morning) there is a two minute siren that the entire country honors.  Watch this short video to see what happens.


Day 9 of counting the Omer
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר
Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav, Vitzivanu Al Sefirat Ha-Omer.

Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us about the counting of the Omer.  Today is one week and two days of the counting of the Omer.

Follow up that prayer by remembering a blessing from the Lord and give Him thanks.


Victory Over Sin 6 – Romans, part 67

Romans 6:9 We know that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies; death no longer is master over Him. 10 For the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.

Victory over the grave!  What just happened?  Yeshua “…died to sin once for all….”  This magnificent act of love required perfect obedience and humility as recorded.… Luke 22:41 And He pulled back about a stone’s throw from them, got on His knees, and began to pray, 42 saying, “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” 43 Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.

When Yeshua submitted His will to the will of the Father, He became strengthened to conquer death.  John 10:17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.”

Yeshua died, so we could live for Him.  2 Corinthians 5:15 And He died for all so that those who live might no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.  This is something new, and wondrous to behold.  2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Messiah, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

This is all a great blessing.  It is summarized in the last verse of the chapter… 2 Corinthians 5:21 He made the One who knew no sin to become a sin offering on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  Did you catch that?  We give His sacrifice meaning when we obey God by grace.  This is the evidence of our salvation.  Shalom shalom.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Day 9 of the Omer
Mon 17 April-2023 26th of Nisan, 5783 Day 9 of the Omer
Le 13:24-39 Isa 45 Job 3 Jas 5 (Mt 5)