Daily Devotionals

Re-dedication (New)

December 13, 2017 - 12:00 am

“A psalm. A song. For the dedication of the temple. Of David. I will exalt you, LORD,  for you lifted me out of the depths  and did not let my enemies gloat over me.” — Psalm 30:1 Today is the first day of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, a … Read more…

Have a Dream for the Future

December 12, 2017 - 12:00 am

“Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.” — Genesis 41:11 This Torah portion for this week is Mikeitz, which means “at the end,” from Genesis 41:1–44:17, and the Haftorah is from 1 Kings 3:15–4:1. The Talmud teaches that if … Read more…

Living on “Borrowed Time”

December 11, 2017 - 12:00 am

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile . . . — Genesis 41:1 This Torah portion for this week is Mikeitz, which means “at the end,” from Genesis 41:1–44:17, and the Haftorah is from 1 Kings 3:15–4:1. A young child was riding … Read more…

A New Era Begins

December 10, 2017 - 12:00 am

God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Everyone has turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good,  not even one. — Psalm 53:2–3 In the 3,000 years of Jewish history, we have … Read more…

The Power to Heal

December 8, 2017 - 12:00 am

“Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.” — Amos 2:13 The Torah portion for this week, Vayeishev, which means “and he lived,” is from Genesis 37:1—40:23, and the Haftorah is from Amos 2:6—3:8. This week’s Haftorah reminds us that our actions have consequences. … Read more…

Taking Time to Care

December 7, 2017 - 12:00 am

So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?” — Genesis 40:7 The Torah portion for this week, Vayeishev, which means “and he lived,” is from Genesis 37:1—40:23, and the Haftorah is from Amos 2:6—3:8. One time, a … Read more…

In Good Hands

December 6, 2017 - 12:00 am

As they sat down to eat their meal, they looked up and saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead. Their camels were loaded with spices, balm and myrrh, and they were on their way to take them down to Egypt. — Genesis 37:25 The Torah portion for this week, Vayeishev, which means … Read more…

From a Distance

December 5, 2017 - 12:00 am

But they saw him in the distance, and before he reached them, they plotted to kill him. — Genesis 37:18 The Torah portion for this week, Vayeishev, which means “and he lived,” is from Genesis 37:1—40:23, and the Haftorah is from Amos 2:6—3:8. I once heard a story about a … Read more…

Tailor-Made Troubles

December 4, 2017 - 12:00 am

Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. — Genesis 37:3 The Torah portion for this week, Vayeishev, which means “and he lived,” is from Genesis 37:1—40:23, and the Haftorah is from Amos … Read more…

Like an Olive Tree

December 3, 2017 - 12:00 am

But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love  for ever and ever. — Psalm 52:8 I was recently thinking about two incidents that occurred in Israel on the same day several years ago. One was reported widely by the media, … Read more…