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The Prophet Daniel

Daniel said, "Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, For wisdom and power belong to Him."It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding. "It is He who reveals the profound and hidden things; He knows what is in the darkness

Daniel 2:20-22

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MRav. Gary Beresford, Congregational Leader
August 26th, 2017 ~ 4th Elul, 5777
PARASHAH SHOFTIM (JUDGES)
DEVARIM (DEUTERONOMY) 16:18 – 21:9
HAFTARAH
YESHA’YAHU (ISAIAH) 51: 12 – 52:12
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Tehillim (Psalms) 21
Mishlei (Proverbs) 15: 7-9
Ivrim (Hebrews): 10: 23-39
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

1.  Hebrew level 2 begins Shabbat August 26.

2. Hebrew level 1 begins Sunday August 27 @ 5pm.
3. Remember to listen to CTOMC teachings every evening on inSpeak.
Rabbi Gary teaches on “The Apostolic writings and Torah observance” Mondays @ 7:30-9PM
4. Erev Rosh HaShanah dinner on Wednesday September 20 @ 7pm. @ Bob & Charlene’s home.
Please bring Vegetarian or Fish dish only and side dish or dessert.
5. Rosh HaShanah schachrit services will be on Thursday September 21 @ 10 am.
We will celebrate with a festive meal after services and tashlich at the lake.
6. Erev Yom Kippur begins Friday evening September 29 @ 7pm and continues throughout Saturday.
7.  Sukkot shachrit services begin @ 10am Thursday October 5.
8.  Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah will be held @ 10am October 12.
Please remember that we will be placing an order for the lulav sets soon in order to fulfill the Biblical commandment.

THE BREAKING OF BREAD

   The disciples devoted themselves to the breaking of bread. This means that they regularly hosted one another in each other’s homes and shared common meals together. “And day by day, attending the Temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad generous hearts” (Acts 2:46).

   The breaking of bread does not imply any unusual sacramental
function such as the L-rd’s Supper or Eucharist. In Judaism “breaking bread” is a common idiom for hospitality and a shared meal. It specifically refers to the beginning of the meal, when the participants offer G-d a blessing of thanks for bread before dividing a common loaf. Blessing G-d together over shared meals is a standard of Jewish observance:

   The host breaks bread [with the blessing before the meal] and the guest says the grace after meals. The host breaks bread so that he should do so generously, and the guest says grace after meals so that he can bless the host [in the blessing]. (b. Berachot 46a).1 The traditional Jewish blessing for bread is “Blessed are you, L-RD our G-d, King of the universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.” Apostolic tradition expanded on the blessing for bread as follows: And concerning the breaking of bread, say: We thank You: our Father, for the life and for the knowledge that you made known to us through Your servant Yeshua. Yours is the glory forever. Just as this piece of bread was scattered over the mountains and gathered together, so may Your assembly be gathered from the ends of the earth into Your kingdom. For Yours is the glory and the power through Yeshua forever. (Didache 9:34) Jewish tradition mandates three festive meals every Sabbath. Special meals also mark the festivals and holy days. The disciples gathered at the Sabbath and festival meals to break bread, enjoy one another’s fellowship, and encourage one another in the words of Yeshua. The Jerusalem community of disciples went beyond the weekly Sabbath meals and quickly began to take all their meals in common. The Twelve had long been accustomed to eating together with the Master. They welcomed the new disciples to the table. The tradition of communal meals among the believers continued through the Apostolic Era. Jude 12 refers to these community meals as “love feasts.”
T.b.c.
1. Babylonian Talmud, tractate Berachot

Shabbat Shalom!