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September/October 2013 – The High Holy Days and The Parables of Yeshua


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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter
Volume 30, Number 1 September/October 2013 Tishrei/Cheshvan 5774
**High Holy Days begin Sept.4
**Free Beginning Hebrew Class starts Oct.5
The High Holy Days and The Parables of Yeshua
by Rabbi Barney Kasdan
When one mentions the concept of “parables”, many people assume that they are a uniquely New Testament concept. But, like many “new” things of the New Testament, the parabolic form of teaching is not so new after all. As far back as Asaph (one of King David’s musicians @1000 BCE) we find the following reference: “Listen, O my people, to my Torah; Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old” [Psalm 78:1-2]. The Hebrew word for parable is “mashal” which has the meaning of a comparison, a saying or an illustration. Understanding this, we realize that the largest book of parables is not even in the New Testament but is in fact the book we call Mishley (Proverbs). This book of the Tenach is full of rich comparisons and illustrations into practical wisdom. Later, the Greeks called this genre of literature “parabole” which comes from two words meaning “to cast alongside” which is surely a good way to compare things. The definition of this Jewish way of teaching therefore could be “a true to life narrative which conveys a specific truth by way of comparing something known to that which is unknown.” The Talmud (Rabbinic commentaries), like the Hebrew Scriptures, is rich in parabolic teaching. The classical rabbis especially loved to illustrate a point by the use of these interesting stories. In fact, it is said “Let not the parable be lightly esteemed in your eyes, since by its means one can master the whole of the words of the Torah!” [Shir HaShirim Rabba 1:1]. At one point, the rabbis even use a parable to illustrate a parable! They note that a man once had a problem of trying to transport a jug of boiling water. What was the solution? Put a handle on the jug so it may be moved. Such are the parables for the Scriptures; they are practical handles by which to make the Torah accessible.
With this rich Jewish heritage found in the mashal/parable, it should not surprise anyone that Yeshua of Nazareth often used this distinctive tool as a means of communicating his teaching. As he addressed the crowds, Yeshua spoke of such things as hidden coins, leavened bread and lost sheep. Every parable from his

lips was to focus the people’s attention on one powerful comparison: that which is known (e.g. coins, bread, sheep) with that which was not so well known (e.g. the spiritual Kingdom of G-d). To elaborate on this point, let us consider the first recorded parable spoken by Yeshua, often called the Parable of the Soils [Matthew 13]. It is here that our Messiah teaches us about His kingdom from the gritty reality of the soil of Israel. You may recall that this is a story about a farmer (G-d) who went to sow seed (The Word) and this seed fell on four different kinds of soils. Each is informative for us, especially as we enter into the High Holy Days.
1. The Compacted Soil: Some seed fell on the hardened path and could not take root. This is compared to the hardened person who wants nothing to do with the things of G-d or the Messiah. This still seems to describe the state of the majority of those in the world. Such a person may even talk of religion but the lack of spiritual fruit is apparent.
2. The Rocky Soil: Some seed is said to have fallen on rocky soil which could actually take root quickly yet, because there was not much soil, it died quickly as well. This is compared to a superficial believer; that is, one who seems to accept the message of Messiah yet fades sometime thereafter. Specifically, we are told it is some affliction or troubles which dry out the new plant like the summer sun. How many people have started the faith walk with zeal and good intentions only to fall away when some tzuris/troubles hit!
3. The Thorny Soil: Other seed fell on acceptable soil but it had many thorns which choked out the life of the new plant. What are the thorns? The distractions and cares of this life. That should be a sobering thought for many believers today. We may have new life in Messiah but too often we allow other cares distract us from G-d’s perfect plan for our lives.
4. The Fertile Soil: This seed fell on good soil, took strong root and continues to bear much fruit for the things of G-d. Hopefully this describes our lives as those who are seeking to walk the talk. We may not be perfect and we certainly have not arrived yet, but at least the spiritual fruit of a follower of Yeshua is there for all to see.
What a simple yet powerful lesson this was for the first century Jewish followers of Yeshua as the Messiah. They understood about farmers, seed and different kinds of soils. Through the dynamic use of parables, they could now understand more of that which was not so well known; namely, the Kingdom to come. These lucid word pictures have much to teach us as well. As Yeshua said, “Blessed are your eyes because they see; and your ears because they hear” {Matthew 13:16]. What kind of soil describes our spiritual life and attitude towards God? What can we do to improve our relationship with God this upcoming year? We would do well to carefully consider the spiritual lessons of Yeshua’s parables as we enter this new spiritual year of 5774. L’shana Tova/Happy New Year!

Upcoming Events
Sept 4, 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 friend.
Sept 5, Thursday, 10:30 am. Rosh Hashanah Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and meditation at this traditional service.
Sept 5, 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.
Sept 13, 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 will enter into the congregational fast 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 normally would have eaten when not fasting.
Sept 14, Saturday, 10:30 am Yom Kippur Morning Service. We will continue in prayer and fasting at this traditional service.
Sept 14, Saturday, 5:30 pm. Neilah Service. The closing service plus Yizkor, followed by a potluck at 6:30 pm to break the fast. Bring your favorite dish to share with all.
Sept 21, 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 Youth Hosted Luncheon with donations going to their mitzvah projects. Don’t miss it and invite a friend!

Sept 26, 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 the Word.
Oct 5-Nov 9, Saturday, 1:30-2:30pm. Free Beginning Hebrew Class. This 5-week course will have you reading and understanding our beautiful language. All welcome (adults and kids) to this free opportunity! If not now, when?
Oct 26, Saturday, 10:30am. Bat Mitzvah of Moriah Seymann. Join us for this special Shabbat as Moriah is called to the Torah. Oneg luncheon following.
November 16, Saturday, 6pm. KA Anniversary Celebration! We have a very special evening planned as we celebrate 32 years of our messianic synagogue. Save the date and plan to attend!
Weekly Services
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 “The Messianic Meaning of the High Holy Days” which is an in-depth study of the connection between our religious calendar and Yeshua.
Children Shabbat School: Our children join us for the first part of the service, then break for different classes. Classes for Nursery through High School which include a Bible lesson plus background on Jewish studies and Hebrew.
Dance Ministry: Dance Review Workshop is held every Shabbat, 9:30-10:25am in the upstairs Dance Room. All welcome to learn the dances for that day’s service!
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 7:00-8:30pm. New class starting Sept.10, “Book of Micah–A Messianic Perspective”. This
5-week course will take an in depth look at this foundational scroll and what it means to us today. $40 per student. Call our office for further information. New course starting Oct.15 (onsite or online): “The Jewishness of the New Testament” offered by MJTI. $99 for this 6-week intensive class. Both courses taught by Rabbi Kasdan.
“The Core” Tuesday Youth Group: Join this great group of teens for a fun time of games, nerf wars, etc. at 6:30pm then a youth oriented Bible study from 7:00-8:30pm. Connect with other messianic youth!

“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 Bemidbar/Numbers. A great way to learn the foundations of our faith! There is also a Spanish Torah Study at this same time. Contact Gabe Pacheco or Luciano Rivera for info.
Men’s Club: 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 information.
Sisterhood: This dynamic group of women meets bi-monthly for study, friendship and service projects. Call the KA office for the latest info on the next luncheon and meeting. All women and daughters are welcome!
Messiah TV: Check out our TV outreach program as we share Mashiach and the Jewish background of the New Covenant faith in Yeshua. Seen cross-country! Check your local cable listings and spread the word.
KA Leadership
KA Zekeynim/Elders Board of Directors
Barney Kasdan, Rome Remigio, Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman,
Frank Rosas Tovik Liberman, Gabi Ring, Ron Wallace
Shamashim/Servants
Deborah Remigio
Luis Garibay Paty Garibay
Eric Kragenbrink Joanne Kragenbrink
Joan Savarese Tony Savarese
Jeannie Stinton Michael Stinton
Tovik Liberman Colleen Liberman
Ron Wallace Rene Wallace
Committee Coordinators
Audio: Gabe Pacheco CD Duplication: Luis Garibay
Dance: Sue Rubin Facilities: Jim Scarborough
International: Eddie & Yrena Niewald Music: Eric & Joanne Kragenbrink
Office: Jan Folb Oneg: Maria Montelongo
Prayer: Patty Kolb Resource Center: Alice Hoover
Singles: Bob and Jeannette Haas Social Action: Eric Tauber
Translation: Paty Garibay TV Outreach: Lety Levy
Ushers: Tony Savavese Website: Rome Remigio
Youth/Education: Michael & Jeannie Stinton

Havurot/Small Groups (connect with the community!)
Del Cerro, Tony & Joan Savarese, 2nd & 4th Fri, 6:30 pm. Cover dish.
UTC/La Jolla, Tovik & Colleen Liberman, 2nd & 4th Weds, 7:00 pm.
Carlsbad, Eddie & Yrena Niewald, 2nd & 4th Thurs, 7:00 pm.
Bay Park, Mike and Sylvia Ferson, every Thurs, 10 am.
Oceanside, Frank and Marianne Rosas, every Fri, 6:30 pm. Shabbat dinner.
Yachad (Singles Fellowship), Bob & Jeannette Haas, Various events planned.
Espanol, Luciano & Lucia Rivera, every Weds, 6pm.
Tijuana, Yisrael and Aviva Vazquez, 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thurs plus last Friday, 7pm.
Sisterhood, bi-monthly meeting, Shabbat, 1pm.
Carlsbad (women), every Tuesday, 10am.
Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA, 7pm.
Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.
Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.
Speaking Engagements for Rabbi Kasdan
Sept 9- Oct 21: “Messiah in the Jewish Holy Days”. Class at Maranatha Bible College (Rancho Penasquitos), Mondays 7:00-9:00pm.
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Kehilat Ariel
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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