Posts Tagged ‘laughter’

Parsha “Vayeira”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa”

Sunday, 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:

Link via Hebrew Nation Radio:

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?”

Link via Hebrew Nation Radio:

The combined part 1 and 2 files for both sections are available here for download.

“Lech Lecha ”– teaching from Shabbat Shalom Mesa

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Join Mark Call of Shabbat Shalom Mesa for a two-part look at one of the rightfully most famous figures in Scripture, and the first of the Patriarchs — Abram, later Abraham.

The Erev Shabbat overview teaching is a look how he is first called (to “come out of” the pagan land where he, and his family, were) and begins to walk the path that leads directly to THE primary Covenant upon which all that follows is based, and leads to his being given a new name, and reputation as the father of nations, and of faith.

SSM Lech Lecha 2017

The Sabbath Day teaching is all about Abraham’s legendary FAITH, but perhaps in a bit different way than we’ve usually heard it taught. Why is LAUGHTER such a big part of the story? And what does that teach us?

“Lech Lecha – Abraham: Faith and Laughter!”