September/October 2011 – God’s Sign On Yom Kippur
Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 28, Number 1 September/October 2011
** High Holy Day Schedule for our free services!
**Men’s Retreat Oct.21-23
**Women’s Retreat Nov.11-13
God’s Sign On Yom Kippur
By Rabbi Barney Kasdan
As we move into the changes of the Fall season, the Jewish community
is gearing up for the most important holy days in the biblical
calendar. After the long, dry summer we move into several festivals
packed into a 3-week period. The High Holy Days start with a focus on
repentance at Rosh Hashanah (New Year). Yet the 10 days following are
even more intense as we search our souls and evaluate our relationship
with our Creator. On the 10th day of the Jewish month, we enter into
the most holy day of them all known as Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
This solemn time includes a strict fast and numerous prayers as we
seek to have our lives in order as we appear before the King. This
year Jews worldwide, including many from the 100,000 strong Jewish
Community here in San Diego, will gather on October 7-8 for this
annual observance. Yet, it should be noted that the modern Yom Kippur
service has greatly evolved for the observance of biblical times. When
the Temple was standing in Jerusalem, the Holy Day was not only a time
of prayer and fasting but also of some vital animal sacrifices. After
all, that is the theme of Yom Kippur. Atonement and restoration must
be bought by an outside sacrifice. It is not something we can muster
up ourselves, even with our most sincere intentions. In the Torah
itself (Leviticus 16), we are told that we must have the priest
present a peculiar offering; namely, the 2 goats. One animal, called
the Chatat/Sin Offering, was to be brought before the priest who in
turn would lay his hands on the goat as he confessed the sins of
Israel. After the confession, the goat was then slain as a symbolic
atonement for the sins of the nation. The second goat has quite a
different task. As the priest prayed over this animal, it was then set
aside and not to be killed. In contrast to the sin offering goat, this
second goat was then to be set free in the wilderness. It was
fittingly called the Azazel or”scapegoat” in that it escaped while
carrying away the sins of the people. In the Talmud we are told
another fascinating detail about the scapegoat. It became a tradition
in the days of the Temple to tie a crimson red thread to the horns of
the goat to illustrate the darkness of sin. Yet we are told that every
year the thread of the scapegoat turned from crimson to white to
clearly show that the sins of the people had been forgiven. This was
interpreted as a fulfillment of the verse in Isaiah 1:18 “though your
sins be a scarlet they shall be white as snow.”
For hundreds of years, generation after generation, the ceremony of
the crimson thread was fulfilled. That is, until one somber Yom Kippur
day in the first century AD. In the Talmud it states “During the last
forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the lot for the Lord
did not come up in the right hand; nor did the crimson-colored strap
become white” (Tractate Yoma 39b). This is an astounding statement
when one realizes that the Second Temple was destroyed in 70 AD. The
thread stopped turning white some 40 years previous, meaning around 30
AD. Up until that time God had consistently given a sign of
forgiveness to our people. But something happened around 30 AD that
changed things. Call it a coincidence that at that very time a man
came to Israel named Yeshua claiming to be our long-awaited Messiah.
He lived a perfect life and yet died at that time as an atonement for
the sins of Israel and indeed the whole world. If it is true that He
paid the full price for us, it makes perfect sense why the crimson
thread never changed again. There was no longer a need for the
scapegoat of Yom Kippur because Yeshua of Nazareth completed the work.
This incident with the goat was such a dramatic sign that it is
recorded in Jewish tradition. As believers in Yeshua (both Jews and
Gentiles), may we have a fresh vision of what God has done for us this
High Holy Day season. It is my prayer that as we enter the Days of
Awe, many of our people will consider God’s sign on Yom Kippur.
L’Shana Tova Tikateyvu!
September 17, Saturday, 10:30am. Bat Mitzvah of Salma Chabner. Come
to this beautiful Shabbat service as Salma is called to the Torah.
Sept 24, Saturday, 7:30 pm. Selichot Service. Join us for a special
concert with the Goor Band as well as prayers and a workshop on
preparing for the Holy Days.
Sept 28, Wednesday, 8:00 pm. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service Usher in the
spiritual New Year celebrating the goodness of Messiah! This will be a
traditional service including the sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn)
and a message on the importance of the holiday for all believers in
Yeshua. Special Note: All services are free but reservations are
required for all Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services for non-members
of KA. Call the KA office to reserve your seats and invite a Jewish
Sept 29, Thursday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will
continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 29, Thursday, 4:00 pm. Tashlich Service at La Jolla Shores. Join
us for this beautiful time as we cast bread crumbs into the sea to
remind us of the important truths of the High Holiday season, “Thou
will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19). We
will also have an immersion service for new believers in Messiah.
Bring your own dinner (and bread crumbs) and meet us on the grassy
area by the main lifeguard tower.
Oct 7, Friday, 7:30 pm. Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre Service. We will
have a special assembly for this holiest day of the biblical calendar.
We are encouraging a day of congregational fasting starting sundown
Friday through sundown Saturday as we pray for our spiritual lives and
for our people of Israel. Special Note: In the spirit of “tzedakah”
(helping others), we are suggesting that all worshipers bring to
service some package food items or a check donation which will in turn
be given to help some needy families through Jewish Family Service. It
would be fitting to donate the value of the amount which we would
normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Oct 8, Saturday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue
in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Oct 8, Saturday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service followed
by a potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast. Bring your favorite dish
to share with all.
Oct 15, Saturday, 10:30 am. Sukkot Service. Join us for this exciting
praise service as we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be
able to have Kiddush in the Sukkah and there will be a great time of
Davidic worship and praise. There will also be a special message on
the significance of the holy day for all believers in Messiah.
Followed by a Sisterhood Luncheon with donations going to their
Oct 20, Thursday, 7:00 pm. Simchat Torah Service. This will be a
fitting close to the fall Holy Days as we “rejoice in the Torah.”
There will be plenty of music and dance as we celebrate God’s gift of
Oct 21-23 UMJC Men’s Retreat at Camp Mountain Chai. All men are
invited to this great event in the San Bernardino Mountains close to
Big Bear Lake. Hiking, games, Shabbat services and encouraging
workshops. Delicious meals served from the kosher kitchen of this
Jewish-owned facility. Come out and enjoy connecting with brothers
from 12 different synagogues from around the West. Call the KA
office today for more info.
Nov 11-13 UMJC SoCal Women’s Retreat. Join messianic women from many
different congregations around the West. Shabbat services, music,
dance, teaching and many new friends. Contact our office for
registration info. Be there!
November 19, Saturday, 6pm. KA 30th Anniversary Luau Celebration!
We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 30 years of our
messianic synagogue. Luau with Hawaiian theme. Dinner, dance (both
Israeli and Hawaiian) and a great program as we mark this significant
milestone. Tickets $10 per person, $5 for kids under 12. At the
Social Hall of Clairemont Emmanuel Church overlooking Mission Bay.
Pick up your tickets at the shul or call our office. Invite all
friends who appreciate our ministry.
Shabbat Morning Services: at 3219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., in
Clairemont, Saturday, 10:30am. Join us for this uplifting time of
worship, fellowship and study. Our current sermon series is “I
Peter—The Jewish Walk With Messiah” which is an detailed study of this
New Covenant letter written to the early Jewish believers in Yeshua.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of
the service, then break for different classes. Classes for ages 2
through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on
Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry: Beginning Dance workshop is held every Shabbat,
10:00-10:25am in the upstairs classroom area. All welcome to learn!
Tuesday Minyan and Messianic Jewish Institute of San Diego:
Corporate prayer from 6:30-7:00 as we lift up Israel and the needs of
our synagogue. Class from 7:00-8:30. Current class: “The Jewish
Context of the Gospel of Matthew.” Taught by Rabbi Kasdan using his
recently published 400-page commentary entitled “Matthew Presents
Yeshua, King Messiah.” $60 fee per student (plus book fee) for this
14-week course. The MJISD classes can lead to a certificate of
Messianic Jewish Studies. Call our office for further information.
“A Taste of Torah” Classes: Saturday 9:00-10:00am. This survey of the
Torah class will take you through the Parsha in one year. Currently in
Devarim/Deuteronomy. A great way to learn the foundations of our
faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time.
Contact Rabbinic Intern Mark Rantz or Luciano Rivera for info.
All men are invited to this Monday evening group (2nd and 4th at KA)
for connecting, dialogue and encouragement on vital issues that we
deal with today. Always some good discussion and study along with
service projects for men to be involved with. Also a group meets
every Wednesday 5am. Contact Frank Rosas or Rome Remigio for more
This dynamic group of women meets monthly for study, friendship and
service. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon
and meeting. All women are welcome!
Board of Directors
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Frank Rosas Luis Garabay,
Patty Kolb, Tovik Liberman, Laurie Herlickman, Bob Haas
Audio: Gabe Pacheco
CD Duplication: David Stephens
Dance: Diana Martin
Facilities: Jim Scarborough
Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Jan Folb
Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas
Translation: Paty Garibay
Ushers: Elisabeth Sant’ana
Website: Mark Rantz
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton
Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays 7pm.
Encinitas, Michael & Jan Folb, 2nd & 4th Weds. 7:00 pm.
Carlsbad, Yrena Friedmann, 1st & 3rd Thurs. 7:00 pm.
Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs. 10 am.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano Rivera, Shabbat 4pm-sunset at KA upstairs. Potluck Havdalah.
Sisterhood, monthly meeting.
Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.
Upcoming Speaking Engagements of Rabbi Barney Kasdan:
North Coast Church in Vista, Mondays at 7pm starting September 26 –
October 17, “The Jewish Yeshua in the Gospel of Matthew.”
If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work
within the Jewish community, please send it to:
P.O. Box 178755
San Diego, CA 92177
Thank you! And may God return a special blessing to you as you bless
our people! (Genesis 12:3)
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