Emor 2018-19

In Torah portion Emor, we focus on the 12 disqualifying blemishes that preclude priests from bringing sacrifices at the Temple. We can approach these disqualifications as a kind of checklist for ourselves as we examine our own walks with Adonai since even those who are not of the Levitical line may be priests in the […]

May 19, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Kedoshim 2018-19

Our focus for Torah portion Kedoshim is holiness, the meaning of this portion’s Hebrew name. We begin by pointing out that chapters 18 and 20 share much of the same content regarding forbidden sexual relationships with at least 2 important differences that speak to how children suffer in societies riddled with sexual perversion. The bulk of […]

May 12, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Acharei Mot 2018-19

This cycle’s parshah Acharei Mot teaching begins with a summary of the ground we have covered in Leviticus – God’s handbook for holiness. Turning to the Torah portion itself, we zoom in on the two goats of the Yom Kippur service, this year placing special emphasis on the goat that remains at the Temple. In […]

May 5, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Liturgy: Odyssey of the Mind – Tim Pell

Join Beth Tikkun as we take advantage of the yearly Passover break in the Torah cycle to explore the concept of liturgical prayer. Tim Pell, one of our cantors, fits liturgical prayer into the grand narrative of creation. As he does so, he dips into a variety of ancient and modern sources and his own […]

April 28, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Metzora 2018-19

The backdrop for this year’s portion Metzora teaching aligns with the two traditional teaching emphases for the first weeks of the Counting of the Omer: 1) chesed/lovingkindness and 2) gevurah/restriction. Thus, we focus on gracious lovingkindness as we examine the restoration of the “leper,” and we take heed of the necessity for rigorous limitation as we study the […]

April 21, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Baptism-A Biblical Perspective

This week we momentarily step away from the Torah cycle to discuss the topic of baptism. Contrary to what many Believers think, baptism did not begin at the time of Yeshua. It is an ages-old Jewish practice. To uncover its meaning and its great blessing, we need to look to the ancient Jewish understanding of […]

April 14, 2019 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Tazria 2018-19

Imagine a close-knit community in which God dwells tangibly and that, because of His presence, the residents live at such a level of holiness that sin becomes obvious in the body – there’s no hiding it. Israel has experienced something like this in the past, and we hope to one day experience it again. In […]

April 7, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shemini 2018-19

We tackle two main topics in this year’s portion Shemini teaching: the mysterious deaths of Nadav and Avihu and God’s dietary laws. In the first part of the teaching, we answer the question of why it is that Nadav and Avihu are struck dead by God when another pair of Aaron’s sons, Elazar and Itamar, […]

March 31, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Tzav 2018-19

We begin this year’s teaching on portion Tzav by asking the question, “What does the commandment to the priests regarding daily removal of the sacrificial ashes have to do with my life as a living sacrifice?” Meditation on such questions leads to great insight as we apply even the seemingly most obscure commandments to our […]

March 24, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayikra 2018-19

Parshah Vayikra, the first portion in the heart of the Torah, gives us invaluable pictures of how we draw near to God. The main aim of this teaching is to lay a foundation for looking at the sacrifices as examples for how we can be living sacrifices, and, thereby, draw near to God. We start […]

March 17, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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NO SERVICES – March 9, 2019

Due to unavailability of the building on Saturday, March 9th, there will be no services. So, we look forward to seeing you on the following week.

March 6, 2019 in Audio by

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Vayakhel 2018-19

We begin this year’s teaching on Parshah Vayakhel by finding in the parshah title man’s audacious attempt to separate Jews and Gentiles by splitting the Scriptures into two separate “covenants,” the “old” and the “new.” We then compare the two sets of tablets, asking what the two could represent. Moving on, we ask why it […]

March 3, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Ki Tisa 2018-19

Torah portion Ki Tisa contains what are perhaps both the lowest point in Israel’s history in the Torah (the golden calf) and the loftiest vision of God in the Torah (God’s revelation of His goodness to Moses). It is not an accident that both this nadir and apex occur together within the same story. Topics […]

February 24, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Tetzaveh 2018-19 – Nate Gurnish

Filling in for Grant this week, Nate Gurnish first brings several important points in connection to the menorah, including an admonition to not go beyond what God has commanded. The majority of the teaching centers on the clothing of the High Priest with emphasis on important verses regarding clothing in Scripture and the two articles […]

February 17, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Terumah 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for a discussion of Parshah Terumah, a portion focused on the construction of the Tabernacle. As we explore this God-designed teaching picture – the lengthiest topic in the Torah – we begin with a brief look at each of the various elements of the Tabernacle. We then examine several patterns and teachings […]

February 10, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Yitro-Mishpatim 2018-19

Taking up the two portions of Yitro and Mishpatim, we start this week’s teaching by exploring the 4th of the 10 commandments, the Shabbat, focusing on the Sabbath as a witness of our marriage to the Almighty. We then look at the Torah’s revolutionary commandments given as the very heart of the covenant, including a […]

February 3, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Beshalach-Yitro 2018-19

These two Torah portions witness several of the most monumental events in Scripture, including the crossing of the Red Sea, Israel’s battle with Amalek, and the giving of the Ten Words at Mt. Sinai. Our focus for this year is a comparison of the two battles that bookend parshah Beshalach, the clashes with Egypt and […]

January 27, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Bo 2018-19

If there’s one thing lacking in the believing body today, it’s strength to stand against that which is evil in modern culture. The focus of this year’s teaching on Bo is just this idea, how we can be strong in this world. Topics under this theme include the Hebrew root for “burnt offering,” Pharaoh’s four […]

January 13, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Va’eira 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun for this Torah cycle’s study of parshah Va’eira. Our topics include fire and water and several of God’s names, including El Shaddai, Elohim, and the holiest name of God. Visuals: Va’eira 2018-19.pdf Medios Visuales: Vaerá 2018-19.pdf

January 6, 2019 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Shemot 2018-19

After a brief introduction to the Torah portion, we pause to compare Abraham to Jacob, finding lessons for how God works in our lives according to how He worked in the lives of these patriarchs. We go on to look at the important Hebrew word “Horeb,” the name of the mountain context for God’s revelation […]

December 30, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayechi 2018-19

We begin our discussion of Torah portion Vayechi by looking at Pharaoh’s one big mistake and drawing a life lesson from it. We then focus on the wonderfully complex pictures revealed in the lives of Ephraim and Manasseh. Lastly, we explore within Jacob’s deathbed blessings for the 12 brothers, drawing lessons for us today from […]

December 23, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Mikeitz & Vayigash 2018-19

We begin this combined teaching on Torah portions Mikeitz and Vayigash with a few thoughts connected to experiencing Chanukah in the Land of Israel. We then briefly summarize Joseph’s genius as he provides the opportunity for his brothers to repent. Finally, we explore several teaching points from Joseph’s story with an emphasis on seeing Yeshua’s proper position […]

December 16, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeishev 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as two of our members, Nate Gurnish and Brandon Rose, fill in for Grant who is away in Israel. Nate and Brandon share their thoughts on Torah portion Vayeishev, the beginnings of one of the longest stories in the entire Bible, the story of Joseph. Visuals: no visuals Medios Visuales: 

December 1, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayishlach 2018-19

At the end of Jacob’s wrestling match in portion Vayishlach, God changes his name to “Israel.” Why, then, does the Torah often continue to call him “Jacob”? In this week’s teaching, we talk about this question and discuss 6 important principles gleaned from this patriarch’s famous contest with the God of the universe. Visuals: Vayishlach […]

November 25, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeitzei 2018-19

After a brief overview of the main topics in Vayeitzei, we explore the curious Aramaic word “memra” which occurs in the ancient Aramaic translation of this parshah and which John makes reference to in his gospel. Moving on, we reflect on Jacob’s interactions with the character named “Red” and a new character named “White.” Lastly, […]

November 18, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Toldot 2018-19

We begin this cycle’s parshah Toldot teaching with a brief look at how the Torah goes far beyond what a human would design for a religious book with its unexpected collections of stories and geneologies and building plans — all layered with unending levels of meaning. With that introduction, we discuss the interesting story of […]

November 11, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Chayei Sarah – 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we explore Torah portion Chayei Sarah, “The Life of Sarah.” This teaching starts with an admonition to guard against taking the holy for granted. Next, we explore the Hebrew word for “everything,” which, when read both forward and backward, yields a deep truth. We then move on to see one intriguing […]

November 4, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Vayeira 2018-19

Are Believers today really being asked to “tolerate” the homosexual lifestyle or endorse it? Did God actually tell Abraham to sacrifice his son? These are just two of the many important topics we address in this year’s Parshah Vayeira teaching. The teaching focuses on the two main subjects of homosexuality and escaping the enslavement of […]

October 28, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Lech Lecha 2018-19

Why is Abraham such a big deal in Scripture? In answering this question, we focus this cycle’s Lech Lecha teaching on the ancient Semitic blood covenant, a pivotal concept for understanding many important biblical events. As we see the blood covenant between God and a man play out over history, we begin to grasp more […]

October 21, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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Noach 2018-19

Join Beth Tikkun as we dig into Torah portion Noach. After a brief description of a wonderful trip to South Africa, we step into the parshah through the observation that both the names Elohim and the holy four-letter name for God occur in Noah’s story. The observation leads to a brief exploration of how God’s mercy […]

October 14, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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B’reisheet – Brad Moore and Brian Chima

In this first lesson of a new Torah cycle, members Brad Moore and Brian Chima fill in for Grant as he continues his trip to South Africa. Brad focuses our attention on the question, “What does it mean to be made in God’s image?” Brian takes as his focus the topics of sin and remembering. […]

October 7, 2018 in Audio, Torah 5779, Torah Commentary by

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The Torah Cycle – Tim Pell & Ben Alger

This week’s teaching takes the form of a discussion between two of our members on the topic of the Torah Cycle. Join us as Ben Alger and Tim Pell discuss first the historical background for this ancient “Bible study plan,” then launch into deeper aspects of communal reading of God’s Word. Topics include hunger for […]

September 30, 2018 in Audio, Special Teachings by

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Yom Kippur 2018

With a bit of editing, we have managed to recover the Yom Kippur 2018 teaching from a less-than-ideal recording. Join us as we explore the intricate movements of the High Priest on this holiest day of the biblical calendar. Visuals: no visuals

September 23, 2018 in Audio, The Moedim by

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Sukkot 2018 – Adam Haynes

Join us as we explore the joyful mo’ed of Sukkot. Filling in for Grant, Adam Haynes leads a discussion about the “Feast of Booths,” the week-long appointment with God that is the culmination of the fall mo’edim. Adam’s topics include Torah commandments related to Sukkot, historical mentions of Sukkot elsewhere in the Bible including the […]

September 23, 2018 in Audio, The Moedim by

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2017, 2016 Yom Kippur Teachings

Due to a recording glitch, this year’s Yom Kippur teaching was not recorded. As with previous years, we walked through the intricate movements of the High Priest on this holiest day of the biblical calendar. Please see the following links for similar teachings: Yom Kippur 2017 Yom Kippur 2016

September 16, 2018 in Audio by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

September 16, 2018 in Audio by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 4

This final lesson in the 6 Elementary Principles series will be stunningly illuminating for many who were raised in typical Evangelical churches. In addressing the last pair of principles mentioned in Hebrews 6:2 – the resurrection of the dead and aionial judgment – we re-examine foundational teachings regarding heaven, hell, salvation, resurrection, and judgment. We […]

September 9, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

September 9, 2018 in Audio by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 3

Join us for the third teaching in our “6 Elementary Principles” teaching series. In this teaching, we tackle the second pair of principles listed in Hebrews 6 – baptism and the laying on of hands. It is not until we have an understanding of the traditional Jewish concept of “mikvah” that clarity is brought to […]

September 2, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 2

In this second teaching from Hebrews chapter 6, we focus on the first two elementary principles of the faith: 1) repentence from dead works and 2) faith toward God. In the usual Evangelical paradigm, these two principles seem to be reversed; faith should come before repentance, belief before action. In reality, the author of Hebrews […]

August 26, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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6 Elementary Principles – Part 1

This introduction to a new teaching series on elementary principles starts with another helpful illustration from the venerable “Grover’s Book of Cute Little Baby Animals.” Grover’s entry on kangaroos helps us dive into the topic of the believer’s need to purposefully move from a place of immaturity to maturity. This group of teachings will take […]

August 19, 2018 in 6 Elementary Principles, Audio, Special Teachings by

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High Holy Days Service Schedule

Join us for the High Holy Days services! Our services will be held at our normal meeting location, Riverside Alliance Church in Akron, Ohio. Be sure to mark your calendars for the following dates: Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, Sept. 9, 7:00pm Erev Yom Kippur: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7:00pm Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10:00am – […]

August 12, 2018 in Audio by

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Song of Songs – Part 2

Join us as we complete our study of the “most spiritual” of King Solomon’s 3 books, the Song of Songs. We begin with an analysis of a prophetic vision of Messiah’s return at the end of the age that includes a veiled reference to the Aaronic Blessing. Then, we consider three parallel statements made by the […]

August 5, 2018 in Audio, Song of Songs, Tanakh by

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Song of Songs – Part 1

Join us as we dive into the “most spiritual” of King Solomon’s 3 books, the Song of Songs. We begin by acknowledging the intimate subject of the book; this rather plain-spoken introduction is followed by a lesson on interpreting allegory with the help of the Hebrew word “ani” which means “I” or “boat.” We then […]

July 29, 2018 in Audio, Song of Songs, Tanakh by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 4

The last 6 chapters of Ecclesiastes can be summarized by 2 main topics: 1) how to live a slightly less miserable life and 2) do what you can while you can for you will soon grow old and die. After tracing Solomon’s wisdom on these 2 invigorating topics, we once again return to the idea […]

July 22, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 3 – Interlude

In this “interlude” in the study of our text, we take a moment to examine a vital contrasting picture to Solomon’s confined worldview expressed in Ecclesiastes. Using Revelation 21 as our main study passage, we lay John’s soaring vision of the future New Jerusalem next to Solomon’s earth-bound portrait of reality. The Revelation New Jerusalem […]

July 15, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Studies in Ecclesiastes – Part 2

This second teaching on the book of Ecclesiastes begins with an outline for chapters 4-6. We go on to take a closer look at a few of the many topics in these chapters which continue to demonstrate the “merely” physical life. In the second half of the teaching, we step away from Ecclesiastes to look […]

July 9, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Studies In Ecclesiastes – Part 1

After a brief review of Solomon’s 3 writings, we dive into the book of Ecclesiastes by focusing on a critical Hebrew word in the book, “hevel,” often translated as “vanity.” “Hevel” and the important phrase “under the sun” help us to grasp the limited Ecclesiastes view of time and space. Later topics include the number […]

July 1, 2018 in Audio, Ecclesiastes, Tanakh by

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Proverbs Part 4

In this final overview teaching of Proverbs, we first identify and analyze the 3 “leading ladies” in the book, The Woman of Folly, Lady Wisdom, and The Woman of Valor. While the book has much to teach about each of these women individually, studying them together reveals deeper levels of understanding. In the second half […]

June 24, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Tanakh by

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Proverbs Part 3

We begin this third teaching in Proverbs by adding to our list of Bible marking symbols. We focus the remainder of the lesson on three related ideas that often appear together in Proverbs and elsewhere in Scripture, including the Apostolic Scriptures –  wisdom, understanding, and knowledge (chochmah, binah, and da’at in Hebrew). After discussing the distinctions between […]

June 17, 2018 in Audio, Proverbs, Tanakh by

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