Parsha “Miketz”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

December 9th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Miketz,” (Genesis 44:1 through 44:17), which continues the story of Yosef (Joseph) from the time of Pharoah’s dreams through the first phase of what might be called the ‘testing’ of his brothers.

The Erev Shabbat review of the whole story, up to the ‘cliff-hanger’ —

SSM Miketz 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is again about only some of the major themes in the parsha — which should TRULY resonate today, along with both the haftorah (from I Kings 3, and the story of Solomon’s wisdom, via an innovative ‘test’), and some lessons from Romans chapter 10, IN CONTEXT, as opposed to what we may well have been TOLD it said.

And if the reference to a “zero cross” doesn’t make sense, take a lesson; hopefully it will.

Miketz: The ‘Zero-Cross’ and Trust but Verify

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Parsha “Vayashev”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

December 2nd, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Vayashev,” (“and he [Yakov] dwelt,” Genesis through chapters 37 through 40), which now moves on primarily to the story of Yakov’s sons, and especially Yosef (Joseph).

The Erev Shabbat review contains not only the story of Joseph’s sale into slavery by his brothers, and the subsequent false claims by Potiphar’s wife which result in his time in prison, but an “insertion” into the story (AKA, an “atbash,” which is a story in itself) of Judah, and Tamar, and just how important that insertion turns out to be, as well as the importance of dreams, as opposed to direct words from YHVH, to Joseph.

SSM “Vayashev” teaching for 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is again about only some of the major themes in the parsha, from a few of the apparently ALMOST ‘trivial,’ throw-away elements of the parsha, to an almost enigmatic comment about Yakov dealing with the loss of his son. They are indeed VERY important to us today.

Vayashev: Refuse to be comforted!

 

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Parsha “Vayishlach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

November 25th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Vayishlach,” (“and he sent out,” Genesis 32:3 through chapter 36), which now tells the story of Yakov’s (Jacob’s) return home, with his wives and children, and how he deals with his brother, Esau.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, we again hear the story in sequence, this time including some things that just even appear at ALL from the original Hebrew (the ‘jots’):

SSM “Vayishlach” 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching focuses on a theme which not only pervades Scripture, but is also more relevant by the day as civil war looms: “Brother against brother”.

Vayishlach: Enmity between Brothers — What’s coming and what can we learn?

 

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Parsha “Vayetze”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

November 18th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Vayetze,” Genesis 28:10 through 32:3, which beings the story of Yakov’s (Jacob) journey (“and he went out”) via his famous vision, his wives, his sons, and his strengthening faith, in truth.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, we hear the story in sequence, and Mark takes a look at aspects that are not only too often ‘overlooked’ by much of the ‘mainstream’, but even some things that just don’t translate well from the original Hebrew:

SSM “Vayetze” 2018

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The Sabbath Day teaching is more about “Yakov’s journey,” but in a way that is intended to show just how important the lessons he learned, and is teaching us, are in a world where our threats may seem much greater, but the solution remains the same.

Vayetze: ‘Yakov, ‘Doubting Thomas,’ and ‘help my unbelief’ “

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Parsha “Toldot”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

November 11th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Toldot,” Genesis 25:19 through 28:9, which is most of the rest of the story of Yitzak (or Isaac) and introduces his two sons, and perhaps a problematic twist to the story of the “sons of promise”.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, Mark Call again looks at the entire parsha, and what it is about Isaac that sets up ‘the rest of the story’.

SSM “Toldot” 2018

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It also sets up that much-contested deception that results in the “swap” of the birthright between the elder, and the younger of the two twins from Raquel’s womb, Esau and Yakov (or Jacob).

Did Yakov “steal” the birthright, and then the blessing, from his older brother? Or did Esau simply “despise” his birthright, and not consider it worth bothering about?

(And yes, as you might suspect by now, Mark is about to suggest that people who despise their birthright, and all the responsibility that might go along with it, are hardly unique to that “olde” testament. In fact, whether they’re called “snowflakes,” or “progressives,” or just haters-of-Yah, this is a story that still very much OUGHT to resonate today with those who have “eyes to see!!!”)

The Sabbath Day teaching, is thus all about that enduring question, WHY was Yakov the son of promise, and not Esau? (And, likewise, Isaac before him, as opposed to Ishmael?)

Toldot: ‘Isaac I have loved, but Esau I have hated’ — and which are we?”

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Parsha “Chayei Sarah”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

November 4th, 2018

Join Mark Call for a look at parsha, “Chayei Sarah,” Genesis 23:1 through 25:18, which he describes as including THE pre-eminent “common law textbook” stories in the entire Torah.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, Mark Call again looks at the entire parsha, from the “life of Sarah,” and then her death and burial, through those stories that formed the basis for the common law concepts of “contract law,” and then marriage, and finally the idea of “agency,” power of attorney, or what the Bible means by a good and faithful servant who “comes in the name of,” his master.

SSM “Chayei Sarah” 2018 teaching

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark looks initially and a bit more deeply into the elements of the story of Abraham’s purchase of the Cave of Machpelah and the first recorded land transfer deed in history, and the elements of what we see a “good and faithful servant,” who goes to do his master’s will, in his name, should look like.

And, now, just how far those twin pillars of a just society — Trust, and the Rule of Law –have been undermined.

How better to destroy that society? And how can we begin to rebuild those elements?

“Chayei Sarah: Common Law, Trust — and the Destruction of BOTH”

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The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are up here via the permalink on Hebrew Nation Radio.  (This week there were a lot of additional questions following the teaching, related to peripheral topics — from bicoins to solar systems and EMP —  so that extended Q&A is also at the end of this recording)

 

Parsha “Vayeira”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

October 28th, 2018

The story of the life of the First Patriarch, Abraham, continues with what might be one of the most problematic, certainly contested, and perhaps even confusing portions in the Torah, “Vayeira,” Genesis chapters 18 through 22.

During the Erev Shabbat teaching, Mark Call again looks at the entire parsha, from the arrival of the three ‘men’ who come to Abraham’s tent in the heat of day, and the discussion that follows, through the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and then the “akeida,” or binding of Isaac:

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark looks into those themes that both unite, and divide the “two houses,” that each see some, but only some, of the patterns that tie the plan of YHVH, literally “from the Beginning,” to what happened, more than once, on a mountain in what was then called Moriah.

It involved a walk of faith, ‘chesed,’ sometimes translated from Hebrew as “kindness,” and the continued concept of choice, or free will. It even has a lot to do with laughter.

Vayeira: When the choice seems to hurt, do we laugh or cry?”

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Parsha “Lech Lecha”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

October 21st, 2018

Join Mark Call for the first parsha in the lives of the patriarchs, “Lech Lecha,” (Genesis chapters 12 through 17) in which Abram is told to “go forth” out of his home, away from all that he has known, “by faith”…only later to be worthy of being renamed “Abraham”.

The Erev Shabbat teaching “SSM Lech Lecha for 2018”.

 

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark takes a deeper look at why “go forth,” (or “come out!”) should still resonate so profoundly with each of us today, still faced with remarkably similar challenges:

“Lech Lecha – Deja Vu’ (yeah, all over again, only more)”

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Parsha “Noach”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

October 14th, 2018

Join Mark Call for part two of an examination of “as it was in the days of Noach,” in Bereshiet, the first Book, continuing in parsha “Noach” (Genesis 6:8 through all of chapter 11) — and it’s far more than even one of the most memorable stories in the Bible, of “Noah’s Flood”.

Yes, it starts out that way, along with the following story of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel.

First, the overview story from Erev Shabbat, to set the stage.

SSM “Noach” 2018

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During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark picks up on the second part of the theme, “as it was in the days of Noah,” and suggests that there may be more to what constitutes the ‘days of Noach’ than just pre-Flood wickedness.

“The Days of Noach, Bookends, and Mirror Images”

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Parsha “Bereshiet”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

October 7th, 2018

This week, Mark Call takes a look at Bereshiet, “In the Beginning,” FROM the Beginning (Genesis 1:1 through 6:8) in what is probably a different way than you’ve ever heard before.

Yes, this is one of the “meatiest” and most truly information-packed portions in the whole of Scripture, and more than enough to occupy (and it has!) literally volumes of study.

But have you considered that the act of Creation, and the creation of mankind, “HaAdam,” in the image of YHVH Himself, has elements that are still in process?

First, the overview from Erev Shabbat, and a look at the many elements that make up the story, from the “Time Domain;” what happened first, and then next. Or is it?

SSM “Bereshiet” for 2018/2019 Torah cycle

During the ‘meat-filled’ Sabbath Day teaching, Mark-the-Engineer again “waxes nerdy,” and hopefully manages to make what “as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be…” (and how we’ll be able to tell) take on a whole new aspect. Don’t let the title scare you off, and don’t miss this one:

“Bereshiet: Free Will plus a bit of Control Theory…
…equals Self-Selection.”

 

 

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