Role Models of Righteousness

Parasha Nitzvim 5779 There are evil forces all around us—aliens, who are continually out to destroy the world. As Agent K (played by Tommy Lee Jones) puts it “There’s always an alien battle-cruiser, or a Corillian death ray, or an intergalactic plague that’s about to wipe out life on this miserable planet. The only way that these people get on with their happy lives is they DO NOT know about it.” So what saves us from all of these evil forces? Why it’s the Men in Black of course. As Will Smith puts it in the music video for the movie, “”We are the best kept secret in the universe. Our mission is to monitor extraterrestrial activity on earth. We are your best, last, and only line of defense.

Having a Right Relationship with HaShem and Others

It has been on my heart as we prepare ourselves spiritually in this month of Elul, to talk about having right relationships with G-d and others. First, I would like to read some scriptures from Tanakh and the Besorah: Matthew 5-7 In the Beatitudes, Yeshua lays the groundwork for righteousness in His kingdom. These were first directed at the People of Israel: "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see G-d." "Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of G-d" In Micah 6 Hashem states: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your G-d.“ G-d created us to have relationships. The

God's Call to Pursue Justice

Parasha Shoftim 5779 Throughout scripture we can see a link between the concepts of love and justice. Justice is the biblical term for the expectations and rights that should govern how we interact with each other, and especially for how we prioritize responding to the diverse needs within our community. Love motivates us to respond to the needs we see, justice guides our response through the cloudy waters of fairness, equality of all persons, and competing interests. As Jews and the Body of Messiah, we are commanded to love others and therefore compelled to take seriously the needs we see around us. Yeshua told the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) to illustrate how love for other

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