Fundamentals of the Faith
Many people frequently ask us for information on the fundamentals of Messianic Judaism. We respond by directing them to either attend seasonal classes offered at the synagogue such as Messianic Judaism 101, or new members classes and books such as Return of the Remnant, by Rabbi Michael Schiffman.
While these resources are invaluable in understanding the history and theology of the Messianic Jewish Movement - specifically in the manner that we as a shul understand and practice it - we would also like to suggest you read a publication by the UMJC titled, Introducing Messianic Judaism and the UMJC. This material, produced by our fellow rabbis and leaders in one of the most significant modern movement-organizations, is a great primer on understanding the history, practice, theology, and vision of what Hashem is doing today in Messianic Judaism.
It also identifies some of the errant and problematic teachings and practices that have crept into Messianic organizations and congregations. However, there is no better way to get those important questions answered than by asking someone who is a mature and seasoned participant in Messianic Judaism.
We invite you to come and get those much-needed answers to the questions that you have. Messianic Judaism has not been formed in a vacuum, disconnected from cultural and historical, both Biblical and traditional practices in Judaism. If you cannot make it into the shul now, download a copy of the publication by the UMJC. May Hashem guide you and bless you in understanding this incredible work He is doing among His people. Shalom.
Sefirat Ha'Omer (Counting the Omer) and Shavuot
You may remember during the first week of Passover (Monday, April 22, 16 Nisan), we began the 49-day period of counting the omer. This period is the only Biblically prescribed method for arriving at the next festival, Shavuot; that's why it's called Feast of Weeks. Israel was instructed to count 'up' in preparation for what Hashem was going to deliver to them after He delivered them out of the hands of Pharaoh in Egypt. We are going to conclude Sefirat HaOmer with the exciting celebration of Shavuot. Come and join us, if you want to experience an evening of praise, study and festivities on Sunday evening, June 9, 6 PM, at our synagogue on Mission Ave. in Greenacres, WA. Feel free to be dressed in white and bring a dairy oneg dish, such as a blinzte, a cheescake, or a quiche, or the like. See you there!