Daily Devotionals

Catch the Flame

March 18, 2013 - 6:16 pm

This week’s Torah portion is called Tzav which means “command.” It comes from the second verse of the reading: “Give Aaron and his sons this command . . .” This reading is about the laws of the service of the priests – Aaron and his descendants. Read more…

Rags to Riches

March 17, 2013 - 6:16 pm

People love rags-to-riches stories . . . It gives us hope that if life can change so dramatically for one person, then maybe our life can change as well. While we try to believe that anything is possible with God, nothing is quite as reassuring as seeing His hand in action! Read more…

Weary for God

March 15, 2013 - 5:00 am

I have a friend who used to say that there are two kinds of tired. There’s good tired and bad tired. Bad tired is when we feel overburdened and overworked. It’s the fatigue that comes with backbreaking labor or a restless night of sleep. We feel drained and maybe even depressed. Good tired, on the other hand, is the feeling of sleepiness but also a great sense of joy. It’s the kind of tired we feel after putting time and effort into the things we love –our family and friends, a great achievement, or even our work, if it’s something that speaks to our soul. Read more…

The Best YOU Can Be

March 14, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Most sacrifices were directly prescribed by Scripture, but when it came to describing the sacrifice brought by the sinner, there was a sliding scale. Not everyone brought the same offering when they sinned against God. But the scale was not determined by the gravity of the committed sin; it was determined by the amount of money the person had. Read more…

Soul Offerings

March 13, 2013 - 8:06 pm

Many different kinds of offering were brought to the Temple each day. Some were mandatory, others voluntary. Some sacrifices were animals, others were birds, and some, grain. But one sacrifice in particular was more beloved to God than all the others. That sacrifice was called the mincha sacrifice. It was a voluntary sacrifice made simply of grain and oil. Read more…

The Sacrifice Experience

March 12, 2013 - 8:06 pm

As people living in today’s society, it’s hard to relate to the worship practices of ancient societies, which revolved around bringing sacrifices to God, or in most cases, gods. It’s hard for us to imagine that burnt offerings were of any worth to the Almighty. Yet, here we clearly find in the Bible a commandment from God to bring Him animal sacrifices. Read more…

God Loves You!

March 11, 2013 - 8:05 pm

If there’s one word we hear just about every day, it is our name. However, every time our name is said, it doesn’t always carry the same meaning. Let’s say your name is Jane. There’s the “Jane” that is said sweetly and means “I love you.” Then there is the “Jane” that is said sternly and means “You’re in big trouble!” There can also be the “Jane” said pleadingly which might indicate that someone is about to ask you for a favor. There are many meanings to any name depending on how it is said! Read more…

The Good News about Bad News

March 10, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Imagine this scenario: You are invited to a party by a friend, and as you arrive, you are greeted with big smiles and gracious hospitality. There is a beautiful spread of food and an elegant selection of wines. The other guests begin to arrive, all dressed in their best attire, and the music starts up. Everything looks perfect. There’s just one problem; you don’t know what the party is for. So you ask your friend: “What are we celebrating?” He replies: “I lost my job!” Read more…

‘Human Becomings’

March 8, 2013 - 8:04 pm

While this week’s Torah portion dealt with the completion of the Tabernacle, the Haftorah takes us to the time when the Temple was finally completed. It was a joyous occasion when the Temple was inaugurated by King Solomon. This reading describes what took place at the dedication celebration Read more…

Bearing the Burden Together

March 7, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Sometimes it feels as though the load we have been given to carry is too much to bear. We say, “God, I can’t carry this alone!” To which He always replies, “And you don’t have to.” As the saying goes, “If God’s will brought you to it, His grace will see you through it!” Read more…