Joseph Shulam has prepared three new teachings for you this Passover. Check them out here.

Posts by Adam Lee Rosenfeld

Jerusalem Prayer List April 20, 2018

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Today was Israel’s 70th Anniversary of Independence. Our congregation had the traditional picnic in Park Danya. Each year on Israel’s Independence Day our congregation has a picnic. We have two large grills and people bring their meat to grill. There is always too much food because people of the congregation bring extra food and there is always guest that appear for the picnic. Israeli people love to go out into nature and take their grill with them and tons of food to spend some time in nature, eating, and eating. Today like every year the Israeli air force did a…

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Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: Being a Good Person is Only Half of the Job

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we study the weekly Torah portion Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. In it we learn about Yom Kippur, the holiest and most important day in Judaism. During this holiday, the entire nation, and in fact, most Jews scattered around the world, join together in fasting and prayer. This is a day of national repentance and forgiveness, in which every person searches out his own life and thinks of who he might have hurt. We ask for forgiveness, and in return, we forgive others who have wronged…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 16, 2018

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I am still in Greece and that is the reason why I couldn’t write the prayer list last week on Thursday. We had a group from Netivyah travel in Greece to enjoy fellowship and a kind of a short vacation and to see the archaeology of Greece and learn a bit of the history of Greece. (If you want to see and hear some of what I did teach in Greece please go to the Netivyah facebook page and see what Yehuda is teaching and what I was teaching in Greece. I am sure that you will be inspired by…

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Jerusalem Prayer List April 6, 2018

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The last night of Passover in Israel. The seventh night of the seventh day that will be tomorrow. It ought to be the last day of eating Matzoth (unleavened Bread). However, because the actual Passover ends tomorrow evening and the Sabbath enters immediately there is no time to bake bread. This year we will eat Matzoth (unlearned Bread) eight days instead of seven days. It is no big deal, but I believe that most of Israel is already anxious to eat good soft white bread. Most of Israel will be patient and wait until Sabbath night when the new week…

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Parashat Tazria-Metzora: Are We the Lepers of Israel?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. In this week’s Torah portion, we learn about skin diseases that can cause impurity. These particular diseases required a separation between the unclean individuals  and those that were healthy. “When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest. The priest is to examine the sore on the skin, and if the hair in the…

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Parashat Shemini: What It Really Means to be Kosher

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. I hope that everyone had a meaningful Passover. We had a great holiday, in fact, it was very hard for me to get back to work. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Shemini. Our parasha speaks of kosher laws, especially regarding animals that we are forbidden to eat. The swine, a notoriously unclean animal, is mentioned in our parasha. In addition, the famous teaching that appears in different formulations in the Bible, “Be holy, because I am holy,” (Leviticus 11:44 [NIV]) also appears at the…

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A Passover Greeting From Netivyah

Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat is the Shabbat of Passover. This holiday has several names, which I will elaborate on: “Passover” – this name is given to the holiday because, during the plague of the death of the firstborn, God “passed over” the homes of the children of Israel. The second name is the “Festival of Matzot.” This name comes from the matzot which are ​​eaten during the holiday, and they remind us of the bread of affliction that our forefathers ate during the Exodus. The third name is the “Holiday of Freedom,” and it is…

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Jerusalem Prayer List March 29, 2018

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We are deeply involved in the preparation for Passover. The congregational Passover Seder for tomorrow evening is absolutely full. We had to say “no” to more guests who wanted to participate than the number of seats that we have for our own members and a few special guests. Christians from China, Japan, Korea, England, Germany, Poland, South America, are all interested to learn about the Passover Seder. This is an interesting phenomenon. The Historical Churches (Catholic/Orthodox) worked for six centuries to eradicate every trace of the First Century Church and the Jewish heritage of the New Testament Church as we…

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The Passover Seder

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Welcome to the second of three teachings that Joseph Shulam has prepared for this Passover. In this teaching, Joseph Shulam gives a description of what happens during a Passover Seder. He also addresses the importance of children in the Passover Seder, the song of Moses, and how the Passover was expressed during the Lord’s Supper in the New Testament. The next teaching is “Passover in the New Testament”, and the previous teaching is “Introduction to Passover”.

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Introduction to Passover

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 Welcome to the first of three teachings that Joseph Shulam has prepared for this Passover. In it, he addresses the placement of Passover within the Jewish calendar, how Passover represents God’s act of salvation, and the importance of celebrating Passover not only as a Jewish holiday, but as a biblical holiday. The next teachings are “The Passover Seder”, and “Passover in the New Testament”.

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Parashat Tzav: Prayer is Our Sacrifice

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and study Parashat Tzav. This is a Torah portion intended for priests: “Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offering…’” – Leviticus 6:9 [NIV] Our parasha continues on the matter of sacrifices. Today, I would like to explain the concept of Judaism that replaces the sacrifice with prayer. After that, I would like to discuss prayer and the importance of it in Judaism as well as in our lives as believers. Prayer as a Sacrifice What sacrifice are we…

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Jerusalem Prayer List March 22, 2018

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The secret is out! Israel confessed bombing the Nuclear Reactor that the North Koreans built in Dir El Azur next to the Euphrates River and not far from where our Father Abraham was born. Ιn 2007 Israel dropped 18 tons of bombs on the Syrian Nuclear Reactor that was located far in the eastern most boarder of Syria and Iraq. The nuclear reactor was built and manned by the North Koreans. The reactor was just a few short months from becoming operational. Israel discovered the existence of this reactor they say by chance. A young military intelligence analyst noticed strange…

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Parashat Vayikra: God Doesn’t Want Your Sacrifice, He Wants You

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we start the Book of Leviticus with Parashat Vayikra. Leviticus focuses on commandments, many of which are related to the sacrifices, the holy service in the Tabernacle, and the laws regarding the consecration of the priests. It opens with an explanation of the variety of sacrifices, this includes voluntary offerings, sin offerings, and more. The very requirement that God had for different types of sacrifices, at different times, and for a variety of reasons, points to their importance in the worship of God.…

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Jerusalem Prayer List March 15, 2018

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The Torah reading this Shabbat is from the book of Leviticus. In 2017 teaching the book of Leviticus was one of the main topics that I taught in four continents. The last time was in January 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherland. The book of Leviticus is not an easy book to study today. The reason that is normally given is that most of the book of Leviticus that addresses the work of the Priests and the Levites in the Tabernacle and later on in the Temple in Jerusalem. Well today neither the Jewish people nor the Christians have a physical temple,…

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Parashat Veyakhel-Pekudei: No Generosity Means No Community

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Our weekly reading is called Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei; it is a double Torah portion. According to the Hebrew calendar, an additional month is added every leap year, the month of “Adar II”. This month is added so that Passover will always fall during the month of spring, Rosh Hashanah will always occur during the right time of the year, and the the first rain will be around the time of Sukkot. This additional month is added in order to preserve the order of the feasts and…

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Jerusalem Prayer List March 8, 2018

The Torah reading this Shabbat is double from Exodus 35:1-40:38. This Shabbat the reading is two Parshiot (portions) – VaYakehel and Massaei. Moses summarizes all the work and the tools of the Tabernacle that was built under Mt. Sinai. It is a kind of builder’s catalogue of the parts and tools of that will be used for the next few hundred years as the place of worship for the children of Israel. With these readings the book of Exodus ends. Next Shabbat is the beginning of the reading of Leviticus. Leviticus is my Bar-Mitzvah reading. I am looking forward to…

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Parashat Ki Tisa: We are Called to Plead With God

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This week’s Torah portion, like the previous ones, deals with the construction of the Tabernacle as well as the appointment of Bezalel, the chief craftsman, who crafted the holy vessels. We begin this parasha with instructions for the census of the population, which was actually a call for order on a national scale. This portion talks about the oil of anointing. God dictated to us the formula for this special oil – which is essentially olive oil mixed with perfumes. With the help of this…

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Jerusalem Prayer List March 1, 2018

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The reading this Shabbat is from Exodus 31:11-34:35 – Parashat Ki – Tisa. This is one of the saddest and at the same time happiest text of the Torah. It is saddest because at one of the most dramatic and great moments of the history of Israel in relationship to God, the highest spiritual authority of Israel, Aaron the brother of Moses and the rest of the Priesthood of Israel, created the Golden Calf. This terrible deed did not happen in some remote dark basement. The Golden Calf was created at the foot of Mount Sinai, but the very brother…

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A Special Purim Greeting

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Happy holidays from Netivyah! This week, our founder, Joseph Shulam, has recorded a special Purim greeting for you, in which he talks about God’s hand at work, behind the scenes, in history, in the world, and in our lives. Enjoy!

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Blessing Messianic Soldiers in Israel This Purim

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Happy Purim! Purim is a holiday that has several customs, the most important of which are: “Mishloach Manot” – everyone sends their neighbor or friend a small package of good things. Gifts for the poor – the commandment of generosity to the poor (tzedakah) gets a special emphasis on Purim. Celebration and rejoicing – it is customary to celebrate with parties, food and drink, with an emphasis on joy and dancing. And of course the most important custom is to read the Book of Esther. One of the great lessons that I can learn from the Book of Esther is that…

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