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What’s In a Word

By Pastor Matt McKeown | January 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion is Vaera, on of my personal favorites. And it is a favorite because of the relationship between the brothers Moses and Aaron and the way in which they help each other. Moses makes the excuse that he is a person that cannot speak well and so God sends his brother Aaron […]

What’s In a Name?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | January 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion is Shemot, which means “names”. It is the first of the book of Exodus. There are many things to talk about in the portion but we will start with Rashi and Pharaoh’s three advisors and see where we go from there. At the very beginning of Exodus it tells us that […]

The River of Life

By Pastor Matt McKeown | December 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion is Miketz, the continuing dramatic saga of the life of Joseph. This portion begins with the phrase “at the end of two years.” Now Joseph has already been in prison for ten years for a crime he did not commit. Two years before we pick up the story the chief cupbearer […]

At What Price?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | December 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week’s Torah portion is Vayeshev. But before I get to that, thank you everyone for your prayers and good thoughts. I tested positive about a week and a half ago and now am feeling better and hopefully will be coming out of quarantine soon. So this portion is about Joseph the sale of Joseph […]

Peace with Strength

By Pastor Matt McKeown | December 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

This past week we studied Vayishlach, the portion that contains a continuation of the narrative between the twin brothers Jacob and Esau. There has been enmity between them since the birthright incident. Jacob has now been told that his brother’s hatred toward him has softened a bit,  perhaps now it is safe to approach Esau. […]

What To Do?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | November 28, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week we studied the portion vayeitzei in which Jacob dreams of a ladder to heaven. In the very first verse of this portion we learn that Jacob has left Bersheva, travelling to Haran, so we know he is on a journey. The rabbis, the ancient sages of Israel, tell us that when a righteous […]

What is Right?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | November 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

So this last week we studied Toldot, the narrative with the most famous interaction between the brothers Jacob and Esau – in which Esau sells his birthright for a bowl of lentils. If you grew up Christian as I did, it might seem that Jacob is the villain of the story, the deceiver, somehow tricking […]

Where’s the Lamb?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | November 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

This week’s portion is Vayeira, which includes the story of the binding of Isaac. This story is central to Judaism and Christianity. A misrepresentation of this story is also central to Islam. What I mean by a misrepresentation is that Islam believes that it was not Isaac who went up with Abraham but Ishmael. That […]

Walk or Swim?

By Pastor Matt McKeown | October 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

This past week we learned about Noah or Noach, one of the most popular biblical stories especially with children. Probably because it tells of the animals going two by two on a great adventure on a boat. But if we dig a bit we see that there is a lot more going on in this […]

In The Beginning

By Pastor Matt McKeown | October 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

Happy 5781 to you all! I had an amazing High Holy Day season, just finishing with Sukkot and Simcha Torah and I trust that you and your family had a wonderful season as well. So, better late than never, this past week we started all over. We have rewound the scroll and found ourselves back […]

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