Lectures and Sermons

This page is provides videos, audio recordings and text documents of sermons, talks and lectures given by the Rabbis and members of Zera Avraham.  

 

Some of these are from our Ta Shema monthly lecture series to help Christians understand Scripture from a Jewish perspective.  "Ta Shema" means "Come and Learn". It is a rabbinic term used to introduce an explanation for a difficult subject. 

July 12, 2020

In our Torah reading today, when Moshe Rabeinu was about to relinquish his leadership over the children of Israel, he addressed God in a most unusual way: “Moshe spoke to the Lord, saying, 'Let the Lord, Source of the Breath of All Flesh (E-lohei Haruchot L’chol Basar)...

July 5, 2020

We, humanity, are in pain. We are in sorrow. We’re in a state of confusion. The world is turned upside-down. COVID-19, economic depression, racism, civil and social unrest, killer hornets, and Saharan dust clouds, to name but a few of the causes. These things have turn...

June 21, 2020

Parshat Shelach

Our parsha this week speaks of the 12 spies being sent into the Land. Two of them, Yehoshuah and Kalev, give an encouraging report. But the other ten focus on all of the challenges in the Land; the people are like giants, the cities are fortified, the la...

June 7, 2020

In our Besorah reading this week Yeshua speaks of the birth pangs of Messiah. He warns his talmidim that there will be great troubles in the days before his return. There will be faminines, wars, earthquakes, and religious persecution. Children will turn on their paren...

June 4, 2020

This morning, Rabbi Isaac and I sent the following letter to leaders and pastors of African American churches in the local Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti communities. It is incumbent upon us, as Jews, to speak out against hatred, to speak out against racism, to speak out agai...

May 31, 2020

Shavuot means “weeks” and refers to the 7 weeks between Pesach and Shavuot, the time in which we count the omer. This is indeed how the Torah refers to this holy day. In Exodus and Deuteronomy it is called “Chag Shavuot” or “Chag ha-Shavuot”; the Feast of Weeks. Exodus...

May 24, 2020

In our Besorah reading this week Yeshua is asked what is the greatest commandment. This was a common topic of debate in his day with various teachers giving different answers. The question wasn’t really about the greatest commandment specifically, but more about how ca...

May 17, 2020

In our parsha this week, God says to Israel ‘If you walk in my statutes and are sure to obey my commandments… I will walk among you and I will be your God and you will be my people.” But does this mean that if we obey His commands that He will just walk in our midst wh...

May 10, 2020

Our parsha this week includes a listing of strictures upon the kohanim; the priests who serve in the Mishkan and later the Temple. Due to their elevated service and closeness to Hashem, they have the most demands upon them. 

Most of you know that one of my deepest conne...

April 1, 2020

Good morning.

Last Sunday I turned in my final exam for my MJTI class on Early Rabbinic Judaism. In it, we surveyed the early rabbinic writings like the Mishnah, the Talmuds, and the many midrashic compilations. For our final exam, I was given two paragraphs of a Midras...

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