Posts by Adam Lee Rosenfeld

Parashat Terumah: The Power of Our Contribution

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. I love Parashat Terumah because it speaks about the heart, about giving. It deals with the inner struggles that we all have between the desire to give and help, and the natural inclination towards selfishness, to care about the most important person in the world – “me”. It teaches the value of investment, of giving, and of creating. We learn that the Israelites gave a heartfelt contribution. They gave a lot more than was necessary, until Moses actually had to issue an order for them to stop…

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Jerusalem Prayer List February 17, 2018

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This week the Synagogues read Exodus 25:1-27:19. The whole Parasha deals with the free will contribution for the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness of Sinai. Long and very detailed lists of the type of materials that are needed for the building of the Tabernacle for a place of meeting with God. The main line in chapter 25 is, “Building me a tabernacle so that I can dwell inside of you.” The transitional interpretation of this verse is that God is not going to dwell in the tent of meeting, but will dwell in the inside of the children…

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Parashat Mishpatim: Is Our Compassion Making Us Cruel?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. These are the laws you are to set before them… – Exodus 21:1 [NIV] After the Ten Commandments are given, there is a long list of laws and orders related to the course of life, such as a person’s property, responsibility for this property, laws of loss, and the relationship between the citizen and the government. This Shabbat I want to talk a bit about the contrast between the exciting and the mundane, between the extraordinary and the ordinary. Then I want to talk a little…

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Jerusalem Prayer List February 8, 2018

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This week’s Torah reading is called Mishpatim / ordinances or Judgments or Statutes. It starts in Exodus chapter 21:1 and ends in chapter 24:18. There are some very important principles in this portion of the Torah reading this Shabbat. The Torah teaches that if you kill a person pre-meditated/planned murder. You will pay with your own life. However, if you kill a person by accident God has provided for you a city of refuge and when the High Priest dies you and all the other people who are in the city of refuge will go free and no one can…

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Parashat Yitro: From My God to Our God

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. This Shabbat we read and learn from Parashat Yitro. This is an important Torah portion because it gives the account in which God gave the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel, which of course, are the heart of the Torah. In addition, in Parashat Yitro we bear witness to a big change in the Torah. There is a shift from a focus on individuals to a focus on the group. This is a huge change in how we perceive God. The importance of this point is…

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Jerusalem Prayer List February 1, 2018

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Exodus chapter 15 the Song of Moses. Israel is celebrating the great victory of the Lord over Egypt with Moses praising God for His greatness over the Sea and over the Egyptian army and Pharaoh. The women led by Miriam, Moses’ sister, dancing with the tambourines. One big party of praise and Worship of the Lord. Up to here! The next chapter, Exodus 16, starts with the following words: And they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of…

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Parashat Beshalach: Do Miracles Really Build Faith?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. In the Bible, we read about amazing miracles, similar to what we read in this week’s Torah portion. Our weekly Torah portion describes the miracle of the Exodus, the parting of the Red Sea, manna in the desert, water out of a rock, and the war with the Amalekites, where Moses raised his hands and brought victory for Israel. All of this brings about an important question in our modern society: Where have all the miracles and wonders gone? If I were to personally witness…

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Jerusalem Prayer List January 26, 2018

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Marcia and I arrived last night to our son’s home in the USA. We had a very enjoyable time in Amsterdam, Holland. Our brothers and sisters in Beit Yeshua received us very cordially and the seminar on the book of Leviticus was good. It was actually the seminar with the most students that we have had in Amsterdam. I didn’t think that a study on the book of Leviticus will bring so many students. Over 80 students participated in the seminar and the place was full for three days between 12:00 noon to 18:00 hours in the evening. Now we…

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Parashat Bo: Do We Have Free Will? (part 2)

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Last week we concluded the weekly Torah portion with a thought-provoking question: What happened to Pharaoh’s freedom of choice? We talked about how each person has the power and the ability to choose whether or not to follow God’s path. Free will is a gift from God; we’ve backed this up with several verses such as: …I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live… – Deuteronomy 30:19b [NIV] God says “choose…

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Jerusalem Prayer List January 17, 2018

The Torah reading this coming Shabbat (January 20, 2018) is the story of the Exodus. The Parasha (portion) is called Bo (“come into Pharaoh” or “go into Pharaoh”) in Hebrew. It starts from Exodus 10:1 – 13:16. This narrative is the most dramatic part of the Exodus story. God reveals his “cards” to Moses in the first verses of this reading. God said: I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him,and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty…

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Parashat Vayeira: Do We Have Free Will?

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. Passover is one of the main feasts in The Scriptures due to its motif of redemption, salvation, and the creation of God’s people. Passover is the connection between God and a nation, “…you will be my people, and I will be your God.” On Passover we drink four cups of wine which describe and represent the four stages of redemption from Egypt. This is based on the first verses from this week’s Torah portion: …I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.…

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Parashat Shemot: Moses’ Excuses, Our Calling

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Yehuda Bachana. In some respects, Parashat Shemot, our weekly Torah portion, connects us to some of the major parts of the Torah. This parasha brings us back to the beginning, as well as connects us with the giving of the Torah, the prophets, and even the New Testament. The portion begins with the following concept: But the Israelites were exceedingly fruitful; they multiplied greatly, increased in numbers and became so numerous that the land was filled with them. – Exodus 1:7 [NIV] This verse should remind us…

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Jerusalem Prayer List January 4, 2018

Happy New Year to all of our prayer partners and supporters! New Year and we have finished the reading in the book of Genesis and this Shabbat we are starting the reading in the book of Exodus. The reading if from chapter 1 to 4 of Exodus. We ended the book of Genesis with Jacob’s death and Joseph’s death in Egypt. Both Jacob and Joseph did not want to be buried in Egypt. They were both mummified and their bodies preserved and they both wanted to be buried in the Land of Canaan in the City of Hebron in the…

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Parashat Vayechi: He Has Removed Our Transgressions

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 Read the teaching below, or watch a video of the teaching by Daniel Stern. In this week’s Torah portion we read about Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons, who are the heads of the tribes of Israel. This was followed by Jacob’s death along with the mourning and burial process. After that we come to a section that I find particularly interesting. Genesis 50 verses 15 through 21 describe events between the sons of Jacob after his death. Joseph’s brothers, who had been very envious, planned to kill him, and eventually sold him into slavery, were fearful that…

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Jerusalem Prayer List December 28, 2017

This is the last Jerusalem Prayer List for this year. In the reading of the Torah Portions we are at the end of Genesis. The Parasha is called VaYechi. Like all the Portions of the Torah and in fact like all the names of the books in the Torah – the name comes from the first word in the reading. The reason for that is that numbers of chapters and verses did not exist until much later. Chapter numbers were added by Archbishop Stephen Langton in the 13th Century and in the 16th Century numbers for verses were added by…

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Jerusalem Prayer List December 21, 2017

By Joseph Shulam – from Jerusalem Israel’s eternal capital This week the reading of the Torah is Vayigash: Genesis 44:18 – 47:27, and the reading from the Prophets is from Ezekiel 37:15-28. From the New Testament we read Matthew 18:1-19:30. In Genesis it is the end of the story of Joseph. The reading opens with one of the most dramatic scenes in the whole Bible. Next to the scene of the crucifixion of Yeshua on a barren hill in Jerusalem this scene that takes place in a palatial home of Joseph the second most important person in Egypt. Joseph was…

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Jerusalem Prayer List December 13, 2017

From Beijing, China – by Joseph Shulam In the whole Bible there is not a more dramatic story than the story of Joseph. In this week’s Parasha (portion of the reading of the Torah in the Synagogues the whole world over. The reading starts with Joseph in Prison in Egypt. Two years in the Egyptian jail accused of abusing sexually the wife of his landlord, Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard. Apropos the atmosphere of today in the avalanche of accusations of sexual misconduct by the VIP’s of the High Society of the Western World. In these…

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Jerusalem Prayer List December 8, 2017

From Beijing, China Shabbat’s portion (Parasha) reading from the Torah is VaYeshev. It starts with Genesis 37:1 and ends in Genesis 40:23. The reading from the Prophets, the Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8. This Shabbat is the beginning of one of the most intriguing short novels in the bible: The Story of Joseph the son of Jacob. In this story there is everything that Hollywood could have imagined. There is Love and Hate, from riches to rags, and from rags to riches, there is sex drama, there is social issues, there is religious issues, there is selfish ambition, and guilt…

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Jerusalem Prayer List November 30, 2017

Joseph Shulam – from Hong Kong This week the Parasha in the Torah reading is Vayishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43). This portion of the Torah has the main event of Jacob and his family returning back to the land God gave his grandfather Abraham, and his father Isaac. Jacob left the land of Canaan alone and with nothing. Now 21 years later her is returning married with a few wives, twelve sons, and who knows how many daughters, servants and riches galore. There is only one fly in the ointment – that is his brother Esau. Esau has also grown and multiplied…

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