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January/February 2014 – Parashat Shemot Exodus 1:1-6:1


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Kehilat Ariel Messianic Synagogue Newsletter

Volume 30, Number 3 January/February 2014 Shevet/Adar I 5774

**TU B’SHVAT FAMILY HIKE, JANUARY 19

**GREG SILVERMAN IN CONCERT, FEBRUARY 1

 

Parashat Shemot

Exodus 1:1-6:1

by Tamar Klayman (a drash from her adult Bat Mitzvah)

Synagogue Intern, Kehilat Ariel, San Diego

 

God’s character and the evidence of his labor are revealed throughout Scripture, even down to the jot and tittle. This week, as we approach the reading of Exodus, it’s evident that every detail from the most visible to the least is clearly ordered and plays out to piece together the greater picture. The Exodus, just to clarify, was not the Exodus ship from 1947 that carried Jewish immigrants (Holocaust survivors) from various sectors of Europe to Palestine to form what became Israel in 1948 when the state was founded. Nor was the Exodus a 1960 Academy Award-winning film featuring Paul Newman as the Haganah rebel who smuggled over 600 Jewish inmates out of a DP camp for their voyage to Palestine. The Exodus at hand is one of the greatest and most miraculous moments of Jewish history. Despite frequent attempts by minimalist Bible scholars and others who have relentlessly tried to refute its historicity or deny its Mosaic authorship, this Exodus encounter was an undeniable demonstration of God’s love and constant pursuit of man.

Exodus, from the Greek word, “Exodos” means “the road out” or refers to a mass departure. The first two chapters of the book recount not only the era of bondage to a land and people outside of Israel’s jurisdiction and sphere of freedom, but also the birth of the one who would bring deliverance to his people from the hand of the Egyptians under divinely orchestrated circumstances. In Joseph’s era, 70 of the children of Israel were already in Egypt, and they would multiply to well over a million. In time, a Pharaoh arose who “knew not Joseph” and, fearing the Hebrews would rise up and overtake the Egyptians, he forced them into slavery.

But God remembered his covenant with Abraham and with Abraham’s descendants.

He spared a baby Levite from Pharaoh’s mass infanticide, hiding this future redeemer in, of all places, Pharaoh’s own palace! Pharaoh’s own daughter had found him in the Nile, drawing him out, and therefore had given him the Egyptian name Moshe, meaning “To draw out.” Little did she know her adopted son would “draw out” the very nation of Israel right from under her father’s restraint. But God did not want to use an aristocrat educated in law, literature, language and leadership as his instrument of Israel’s salvation. Instead, God had Moses run out of Egypt, chased into the desert to become a fugitive, desert dweller, and keeper of sheep.

In his formative years, Moses learned that to lead God’s people he must first be faithful leading sheep. In order to lead the Hebrew people in the wilderness, he would

first need to live and care for sheep in that very same wilderness. In due season, while tending the flock, the Lord appeared to Moses out of a burning bush. He called out, “Moses, Moses!” And he responded, “Hineni! (Here I am)!” According to Midrash Shemot Rabbah: A pagan once asked a Rabbi: “Why did God choose a bush from which to appear?” He answered: “Had he appeared in a carob tree or a sycamore, you would have asked the same question. However, it would be wrong to let you go without a reply, so I will tell you why it was a bush: to teach you that no place is devoid of God’s presence, not even a lowly bush.”

Moses was the cornerstone that foreshadowed the Messiah, Yeshua. Yeshua brought us out of slavery of sin, eternal bondage. As Moses was a Levitical priest interceding on behalf of Israel, so Yeshua intercedes with the father on our behalf. Just as Moses faced down Pharaoh, the tyrant who held Israel in captivity, so did Yeshua face down Satan, who holds all those unredeemed in captivity to sin.

Finally, Moses exemplified the kind of leaders God wants to raise up: those humble, inadequate, and dependent not on their education, background or self-elevated abilities, but on him alone. Our limitations do not define us. God chose Moses, a shepherd who stood before the king of all Egypt. As an imperfect, flawed, awkward in speech, weak, criminal, fugitive and marginalized man, Moses led the million-man nation out of bondage to the Promised Land.

Brothers and sisters, I urge you to fight off indifference in your lives, to repel the lethargic trance accepted as normal in the modern world, to stand your ground in faith and virtue, and to press on by running the race. For by not taking a stand, you have already taken a stand. But by embracing your God-given destiny and standing in faith, although all odds may seem to come up against you, you will prevail mightily in fulfilling what you were born to accomplish. Seasons come, seasons go; but His word and promises to you are “L’olam va’ed,” forever and ever. If God can speak out of a dirty bush to a dusty desert shepherd, he can speak to you and invite you to be a part of his plan. So, how will you answer the call?

Upcoming Events

Jan. 19, Sunday, 9:00am-noon. Tu B’shvat Family Hike at Mission Trails Regional Park in Mission Gorge. All are invited to meet at the Mission Trails parking lot at 9:00am for this nice 3.6-mile walk to the Padre Dam (round trip). On an easy paved path so all welcome, even your dog on leash. Bring water and a nosh as we celebrate the Torah holiday for trees in this beautiful spot.

Feb. 1, Saturday, 7:00pm. Special Concert with Greg Silverman. This messianic musician has his PhD in Jewish Music and has presented concerts nationwide. Greg will present various numbers from his own original music and keyboard compositions. A great event to invite a Jewish or Christian friend. Free concert and a love offering will be received.

Feb. 8, Saturday, 1:15 pm. KA Congregational Meeting.following Shabbat Service. We will receive various reports from the committees and approve our 2014 budget. Make it a priority to attend. Youth hosted Oneg luncheon.

Feb. 9, Sunday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Boot Camp Study Seminar with Dr. Stuart Dauermann. Want to sharpen your understanding of how to study the Scriptures? Want to get a fresh perspective for this new year? Come out to the great opportunity to study and dialogue about the #1 bestseller, the Bible! Limited seating for 30 people to maximize the personal interaction. $60 per person with lunch on your own. Sign up by calling our office today!

Feb. 14-16. MJAA Southwest Regional Conference. at the Hotel Irvine Jamboree Center in Irvine, CA. Worship services, seminars by many outstanding teachers (including our own Rabbi Barney). Also concerts by Paul Wilbur and Lev Shelo with Corry Bell. More information at mjaa.org.

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 “Treasures from the Torah” which is an in-depth study of the weekly parasha reading and how it relates to our walk with 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. Current 8-week class: “Biblical Archaeology” taught by Rabbi Kasdan. Join us as we explore the most recent discoveries in the Middle East as they relate to the Bible. We offer a certificate in Messianic Jewish Studies for those who complete 7 of these quality courses.

“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 parasha in one year. Currently in Shemot/Exodus. 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 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, Frank Rosas                                          Alice Hoover, Elliot Klayman, Tovik

Liberman, Gabi Ring, Ron Wallace

SHAMASHIM/SERVANTS

Luis Garibay                                                                                                  Paty Garibay

Eric Kragenbrink

Joanne Kragenbrink                                                                                    Deborah Remigio

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: Devorah 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, monthly meeting.

San Marcos (women), every Tuesday, 10am.

Men’s Club, Rome Remigio every Wed, 5:00 am or 2nd and 4th Mondays at KA 7pm.

Young Adults (21-40), various events planned.

Hiking Havurah, Gabe Pacheco, 7am every Sunday at Cowles Mountain in SD.

Contact the KA office for more details and contact information.

Donate

If you would like to send a special love gift donation for our work within the Jewish community, you candonate online at kehilatariel.org or send a check to:

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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