Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa the torah portion “Vayigash,” Genesis 44:18-47:27, and the story where Joseph reveals himself to his brothers.
The Sabbath Day teaching is of course “not PC,” but is probably even more so than usual:
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at the ‘middle portion’ of the continuing story of Joseph, and the development of the twelve tribes of Israel; Mikketz (Genesis chapters 41 through 44:17).
The Sabbath Day teaching is not only “NOT PC,” pretty much as usual, but even has a bit of ‘nerdiness’:
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa his teaching on Parsha Vayashev (Genesis chapters 37 through 40).
The Erev Shabbat overview of the entire parsha begins the story of Joseph, and the concept of “Messiah ben Yosef,” and introduces the concepts that form the crux of the latter teaching on Sabbath:
And the Sabbath Day teaching is again VERY “not PC” — because that’s where we are today.
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa two teachings on the parsha this week, Vayishlach (Genesis 32:3 through chapter 36).
From the messengers that Yakov (Jacob) sends to see what his brother Esau is up to, and the encounters that follow, this is a story of fear, faith, reconciliation, and ultimately prophecy.
During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark explores some of the connections between that story, and
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for some insight into what might be called the first Law Seminar in the Scripture — several stories that literally form the basis for what was once known as the “Common Law”: Contract, Agency, Covenant;
Parsha “Chayei Sarah” (Genesis 23:1 through 25:18).
The Erev Shabbat teaching is all about Learning By Example; “precedent”, even. The first land contract, about one of the most important parcels ever sold, and why. What it means to “come in the name of,” and why marriage is more than a contract, but isn’t “covenant” without understanding, either.
The Sabbath Day teaching suggests that there is a reason why “lawlessness abounds” now, perhaps like never before:
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a look at one of the most overwhelmingly “packed” of all the paraschot in Scripture:
Vayeira (Genesis chapters 18 through 22).
From the vist of YHVH and His messengers to Abraham in the desert, and the bargaining over 10 “tzadikim” (righteous men) to save Sodom and Gomorrah, to Lot’s rescue, through the story of the Akeida (‘binding’ of Isaac) — this one overflows with important information.
The Sabbath Day teaching asks more questions than it tries to answer, but the lessons are more important now than ever.
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Lech Lecha” (Bereshiet/Genesis chapter 12 through 17).
The Erev Shabbat teaching tells the story of the first of the Patriarchs, and the promises made through his seed.
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “Noach” (Bereshiet/Genesis 6:8 through 11:32).
The Erev Shabbat teaching covers two of the most well-known stories in the Bible, from the Flood of Noah to the tower of Babel. But the Big Question comes from the reference in Matthew 24:36 — just what does He mean by “as it was in the days of Noah” — and, ‘are we there YET?’
The Sabbath Day teaching compares the “days of Noah,” and the promises of Isaiah chapter 54 into 55, and the ‘covenant of peace’. This Torah portion also describes one of the biggest “cycles” in Scripture, too:
NOTE: There was a problem with these audio links for a while; now corrected.
Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a study of the parsha “VaYelekh” (Deuteronomy chapter 31).
The Erev Shabbat as usual covers the whole short reading, from “And he WENT,” to what he said when he got there. And why it’s still at least as vital to us now as it ever has been.
During the Sabbath Day teaching, Mark focuses on key elements, like, “Kazakh!” (“Be strong, and of good courage”) and the connections of the lessons Moses left in his last message to the people of Israel then, and those of us now, the still-scattered sons of Israel.