Messiah Echad was pleased to hear from Joseph Bailey Lewis, during his debut torah portions, Acharei Mot – After the death Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30, and Kedoshim – Holy ones Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27. He did an amazing job summarizing the double parsha and if you missed any of the verses he referenced, his slides are attached http://messiahechad.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Lewis-Parsha.pdf. Then in the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered current events; notably the riots surrounding Freddie Grey’s passing, and how we should view things as believers. After all, we are called to be wise as serpents yet harmless as doves (Mathew 10:16), from which knowledge in the scriptures (Proverbs 29:18, Hosea 4:6), is our heavenly direction. Enjoy the audio recording http://messiahechad.org/resources/02-may-2015-r9m/, and practice viewing world events, through His Eyes.
“Tabernacle and Babel – JLD.” As we welcomed back Rabbi Jonathan from cycling 500 miles with over 200 veterans in the United Healthcare, Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge (see his email updates), we summarized Tazria “She bears seed”, Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59, and Metzora “Infected one”, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33. For us, this was about cleanliness in the mishkan or tabernacle, which we aim to have in our place of worship. So whether a co-tenanted building or our own sanctuary, we encourage you to take personal ownership in keeping it clean. In the main message, Rabbi Jonathan covered the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11:1-9, where man fell victim to pride, and wanted to build a tower for themselves, without God. So enjoy the audio http://messiahechad.org/private/25-apr-2015-r9c/, and help us ensure our congregation is rooted in Messiah, where we can rightly be a unified Echad.