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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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בית כנסת אור ישוע
MRav. Gary Beresford, Congregational Leader
August 19th, 2017 ~ 27th Av, 5777
YESHA’YAHU (ISAIAH) 54: 11 – 55:5
Tehillim (Psalms) 20
Mishlei (Proverbs) 15: 5-6
Yochanan Alef (1 John): 4: 1-6

1. Days of Repentance begin on August 22 which is the first day of chodesh Elul.
2. Hebrew level 2 begins Shabbat August 26. 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.
Continuing an article by D. Thomas Lancaster for Messiah Magazine – spring 2014
Before the Church Was Called the Church -The First Messianic Jews Who Never Intended To Attend ‘Church’


   The community of disciples devoted itself to the apostles’ teaching ([which is supposedly derived from the] Didache). New believers were called disciples, that is, students. The apostles received them as students into the school of Yeshua. The new students devoted themselves to learning the Scriptures and the words of Yeshua under the instruction of the apostles.

    The teachings of the apostles consisted primarily of Yeshua’s teachings. The twelve disciples stepped into their role as links in the chain of oral transmission, and they immediately began to pass the teaching of Yeshua on to the new generation of believers. Furthermore, the apostles delved deeply into the Scriptures in daily study and teaching. They found new messianic insights that interpreted the life of Yeshua and their own circumstances. By devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching, the community of early believers continued in the Jewish mode of faith and practice, which prioritized study above other pursuits. Judaism places a heavy emphasis on study, learning, and Torah education. Jewish life structured itself around study, and study of Torah permeated every aspect of Pharisaic Judaism. Rabbinic literature frequently extols the virtues of study and praises the man whose “delight is in the Torah of the LORD, and on his Torah he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2). The sages had numerous axioms about the greatness of Torah study. Judaism regards the study of Torah as a mitzvah incumbent upon every Jew and the primary obligation of Jewish life.


    The community of disciples devoted itself to the fellowship (koinonia). “The fellowship” refers to the community itself, not to mere congenial camaraderie. The Greek word implies common sharing or participation in a common cause. It speaks of the interdependency of people living and
working together in a close-knit, social unit. By devoting themselves to the fellowship, the early disciples devoted themselves to the day-to-day needs and concerns of the apostolic community in Jerusalem. The fellowship is the collective identity of the local believers. First-century Judaism contained other holy societies resembling the koinonia in Jerusalem. The Pharisees organized themselves into fellowships (chavurim [in Hebrew]) that studied, ate, and prayed together. The sect of the Essenes lived collectively in holy fraternities resembling [and in the case of Qumran] monastic orders. The disciples of the Jerusalem community seemed to arrange their priorities on the model of a Pharisaic Chavurah [fellowship], the Essene brotherhood of the Qumran community, and other holy brotherhoods that shared meals and divided the day into three parts—a third for Torah, a third for prayer, and a third for work” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 9:1). T.b.c.

Shabbat Shalom!