Mark Call – “Ki Tasa”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

March 19th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Ki Taso”, Exodus 30:11-34:35) which includes one of the most important “turning points” in all of Scripture – the ‘golden calf’.

As usual, the Erev Shabbat summary tells the story in detail, along with some of the key connections to the ‘rest of the Book’.

SSM Ki Tasa 2017

 The Sabbath Day teaching this week perhaps even “pulls fewer punches” than usual, because the idolatry of the golden calf arguably pales in comparison to much of churchianity today. But it’s the other ‘parallels’ that REALLY should serve as a “sign of the times.”

“Golden calves, many gods, and other Really Big Lies”

“Tetzaveh/Zachor”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

March 12th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for an in-depth look week’s ‘combo’ Torah portion (parsha “Tetzaveh”, Exodus 27:20-30:10, and a bit that goes with the haftorah and Purim).

The Erev Shabbat summary includes the first description of the ‘priestly garments,’ and what sets them apart.

SSM Tetzaveh 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week is quite a bit different than usual, too, in that Mark doesn’t tend to spend too much time on holidays that aren’t “moedim of YHVH.” But – especially NOW – perhaps there’s a LOT more to the Book of Esther and Purim than usual that we simply can’t afford to ignore. How much of Amalek is now Amerika? And can we afford to keep silent, or is it perhaps our blessing to be put here “for such a time as this?”

Amalek and Amerika – Confusion and Discernment for such a time as this

“Terumah” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

March 6th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Terumah”, Exodus 25:1 through 27:19).

The Erev Shabbat overview introduces the first detail concerning the Mishkan (‘tabernacle’) and begins a look at why this apparent “digression” from the main story happens NOW:

SSM Terumah 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching this week is itself a digression of a sort, since it seems that — like the ancient Israelites — we, too, are at a major crossroads, and a story that seems to have paused, while heading for a climax.  There’s FAR more here than might meet the eyes, from pi to parables:

Why THIS digression, now?

 

“Mishpatim” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

February 26th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Mishpatim”, Exodus chapters 21 through 24).

The Erev Shabbat overview covers the parsha with more <em>mishpatim </em>than any other in Scripture, and provides some understanding as to why this portion, which follows immediately on the heels of the “Ten Words/Commandments” is so fundamental.

SSM Mishpatim 2017

There’s a reason Mark says again that Mishpatim is his favorite Torah portion to TEACH (OK – actually, several reasons)…and this will make them clear:

The Sabbath Day teaching is entitled,
“Human Nature and the CHOICE of Freedom”

“Yitro” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

February 19th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion (parsha “Yitro”, Numbers chapters 18 through 20).

The Erev Shabbat overview begins with the arrival of Yitro, Moses’ father-in-law, of course, but includes perhaps the most “Divine Revelation” in all of history, at Sinai:

SSM Yitro 2017

 The Sabbath Day teaching is entitled,

“Yitro, Double-Think Download vs Sinai, and EYES to HEAR”

“B’shalach” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

February 12th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for this two-part look at the many lessons contained in one of the most famous stories in the Book, the “parting of the Red Sea” (OK, See of Reeds).

The Erev Shabbat complete story overview:

SSM B’shalach 2017

 

Are we “Goin’ out, or comin’ IN?” One thing is for sure, though, the ‘human condition’ hasn’t changed, and arguably YHVH will STILL have “war with Amalek,” throughout even our generations. And THAT is a key to where we are, too.

Stand still and See! — the human condition and cycles continue

 

“Bo” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

February 5th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, which completes the story of the final three plagues in Mitzraim (Egypt) and, perhaps even more importantly, what we are commanded to know, teach, and DO — forever.

The Erev Shabbat teaching makes the point, again, that Scripture emphasizes repeatedly, and why:

SSM Bo 2017

During the Sabbath Day teaching, it’s time for another look at the ‘times and seasons,’ and what the perhaps-soon-coming plagues might look like, given what we’ve seen.

“Vayeira” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 29th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for another two-part look at this week’s Torah portion, which begins the story of the plagues in Mitzraim (Egypt) and all that it portends.

The Erev Shabbat teaching is an introduction to what might well be one of THE most “fundamental” stories, when it comes to understanding all that YHVH “was, is, and will be,” in Scripture:

SSM Vayeira 2017

The Sabbath day is all about why it just BEGINS with “ani YHVH”. How can He REALLY prove that He really IS Who He says He was, is, and will be?

Vayeira – Plagues – Distinction – and what to expect next time

” Vayechi” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 22nd, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for his review of the final parsha in the Book of Bereshiet/Genesis, “Vayechi” (Genesis 47:28 through the end of the Book.)

The Erev Shabbat overview:

SSM Vayechi 2017

  As the first Book ends, and the same remains true today, certain patterns still repeat, and are arguably more vital to understand than ever before in history.

The Sabbath Day teaching is entitled, “The Cycle Begins Again!”

“Shemot” – teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

January 22nd, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for this two-part look at the first parsha in a new book, Exodus, aka “Shemot” (Ex. 1:1-6:1)

The Erev Shabbat complete story overview:

SSM Shemot 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching addresses the story of so many people in Scripture — especially in this parsha — who “feared God” more than Pharoahs, Popes, or even Presidents, and disregarded the Authorized Clergy Response Team Official IRS-Approved Version of Romans 13 — “as Twisted.”

Shemot – Midwives – and the Clergy Response Team Romans 13 Big Lie