Boker Tov!!! (Morning Greeting)!!!
Today begins Kislev, the ninth month of biblical calendar year. The name “Kislev” is the Babylonian name of the month. In the Bible, it is referred to as both “the ninth month” and “Kislev” as in Zechariah 7:1, “the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Kislev” (NIV).
Among other historical events that occurred during Kislev, none is perhaps more well known than the Festival of Hanukkah, an eight day festival which begins on Kislev 25 (December 20th at nightfall where we light the first candle). “Hanukkah” is a word that means “dedication,” for it was during these days that the Temple was rededicated in 165 BCE. This occurred during the Intertestamental period, and its history is preserved in the Apocryphal books of 1 & 2 Maccabees, as well as in the Talmud (b. Shabbat 21b).
In the second century BCE, the Syrian Greeks ruled over thelandofIsrael. In an effort to assimilate the cultures under their control, the Greek ruler Antiochus IV outlawed the “peculiar” customs of the Jewish people, namely, Torah. It became illegal for the Jews to observe the Sabbath, study the Torah, keep kosher, or circumcise their sons. It now became a legal requirement to sacrifice unclean animals and offer incense to the emperor. Sadly, many Jews obeyed these laws and turned away from the Torah of God. They denounced their brothers who remained faithful to the Covenant.
These harsh decrees eventually led to a revolt of those faithful to God against the Greeks. The Hasmonean family, led by Judah Maccabee, were successful in the revolt. They were able to defeat their enemies and reclaim control of theTemple. They set to work rebuilding and purifying theTempleof the uncleanness the Greeks had brought. Tradition also claims that only one days’ amount of oil for the menorah was found in the Sanctuary, though eight days’ worth was needed. Miraculously, the oil continued to burn for eight days.
The meaning of Hanukkah is one of dedication, commitment, and devotion. We may not be called to bear arms, “for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood” (Ephesians 6:12), but in every generation we are called to persevere under persecution. The Apostle Paul calls us to “not be conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2). Our Master taught, “blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mathew 5:10). May we all remain steadfast in our faith in God and our Master Yeshua by the strengthening of the Holy Spirit.
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Vayetze ויצא : ” He Went Out”
The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze (ויצא), which means “and he went out.” The title comes from the first verse of the reading, which says, “And Jacob went out fromBeersheba” (Genesis 28:10 KJV). This portion tells the story of Jacob’s flight from his brother Esau, his vision atBethel, his employment with his uncle Laban and his marriage to the two sisters, Rachel and Leah. Jacob’s double marriage results in a baby-bearing contest that gives him eleven sons. At the end of the portion, Jacob leaves Laban and returns to theland ofCanaan, but not before Laban tries to stop him.
Torah (First Five-Shumahs Books Of The Bible): B’resheet (Genesis) 28:10-32:2
Outline for this weeks TORAH
- Genesis 28:10 | Jacob’s Dream atBethel
- Genesis 29:1 | Jacob Meets Rachel
- Genesis 29:15 | Jacob Marries Laban’s Daughters
- Genesis 30:25 | Jacob Prospers at Laban’s Expense
- Genesis 31:1 | Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks
- Genesis 31:22 | Laban Overtakes Jacob
- Genesis 31:43 | Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant
Haftarah (Prophets): Hoshea (Hosea) 12:13 -14:10
Outline for this weeks prophets
- Hos 12:2 | The Long History of Rebellion
- Hos 13:1 | Relentless Judgment onIsrael
- Hos 14:1 | A Plea for Repentance
- Hos 14:4 | Assurance of Forgiveness
Torah and Haftarah / Prophets Readings, Outlines Torah and Haftarah Readings and outlines are reposted as seen on http://.torahportions.org/
Brit’ Chadashah (New Covenant): Yochanan (John) 1:19-51
Outline for this weeks new covenant
- John 1:19 | Yochanan The Immerser
- John 1:29 | The lmmersion of Yeshua
- John 1:35 | Shim’on, Andrai and The Sons of Zavdai
- John 1:44 | Netan’el
Suggested Weekly Gospel Reading: Mattai (Mathew) 3:13-4:11
Outline for this weeks gospel
- Mathew 3:13 | The Immerserion of Yeshua
- Mathew 4:1 | The Testing of Yeshua
B’rit Chadashah / New Covenant and Weekly Gospel Reading plus Outline reposted from The Delitzsch Hebrew Gospels http://vineofdavid.org/resources/dhe/
For further study on “Vayetze” and commentaries, please read these articles from First Fruits of Zion http://.ffoz.org
- The Sun Had Set: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/the_sun_had_set.php
- Rachel and Leah: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/rachel_and_leah.php
- Anointing from Heaven: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/anointing_from_heaven.php
- What You See Is What You Are: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/what_you_see_is_what_you_are.php
- The Ideal Family: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/so_jacob_went_in_to.php
- The Dispersion and Return: http://ffoz.org/resources/edrash/vayetze/the_dispersion_and_return.php
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