Congregation Shema Yisrael,

Offices: 1200-A Scottsville Rd., Suite 395, Rochester, NY 14624

Services: Brighton Presbyterian Church - Wallace Hall, 1775 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14610

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Spirit of the Law

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What does the word Torah really mean? Why should believers in Yeshua consider the New Covenant as Torah? Who should we look to for help in interpreting Torah? Why did Yeshua call the Holy Spirit the Counselor? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on December 30, 2017.

Holding On To God's Promises

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Did Jacob really wrestle with G-d? What other meaning could the Hebrew of the text have? What lesson concerning prayer does this alternative meaning hold for us? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given as part of a Bat Mitzvah on December 2, 2017.

Jewish FAQs Part 2

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Do the B'rit Hadashah (New Covenant) and the Tenakh contradict each other concerning G-d's nature?  Does the B'rit Hadashah teach there is one G-d or three?  What are some of the names the scriptures give to God?  Why do the scriptures give so many names to G-d?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on November 25, 2017.

Jewish FAQs

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What are the most frequently asked questions or objections to the Good News?  What should  you do when you can't find a satisfying answer to a question about your faith?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this message given on November 18, 2017.

Have Your Teeth Been Set On Edge?

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What did the Prophet Jeremiah mean by the proverb "the fathers have eaten sour grapes and the children's teeth have been set on edge"?  When did Jeremiah predict this proverb would no longer be used?  What caused the change?  How is this change a great blessing of the B'rit Hadashh (New Covenant)?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching from Parashah Vayera, Genesis 18-22, given on November 11, 2017.

Born A King And Priest

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When was Yeshua born?  If Joseph was not Yeshua's father, how did He fulfill the prophesy that said Messiah must be descended from King David?  Did Yeshua also descend from Aaron the Cohane Hagadol (Great High Priest)?

Rabbi Jim answers these and other questions in the teaching given during Sukkot on October 7, 2017.

Yom Kippor 2017 The Lamb and the Goat

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How did Yeshua fulfill the Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) scapegoat sacrifice?  What is the connection between Yom Kipppur and being filled with the Ruakh Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit)?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Leviticus 16 given on September 30, 2017.

Be Aggressive

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What did Yeshua mean when He gave His disciples "authority over all the forces of the evil one"?  How are we to exercise that authority?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Shabbat T'shuvah, September 23, 2017.

Erev Rosh Hashannah 2017 Secret Iniquity

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Why did G-d arrange His calendar so that we have days of introspection between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur every year?  Why did He arrange that there would be ten days to seek Him for the revelation on things we need to change?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching on Erev Rosh Hashannah, 2017 in this teaching on secret iniquity given on September 20, 2017.

Manifestation of God

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What is a manifestation of G-d?  Why does G-d say He manifests Himself?  To whom will He manifest Himself?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Deuteronomy 4:32-36 given on August 26, 2017.

Works of Law and Faith of Messiah

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Is keeping Torah in opposition to faith?  Why did God give us commands?  Did Yeshua make God's commands obsolete?  Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching from Galatians 2:16 given on July 29, 2017.

2017 Messiah Conference Report

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What is the L-rd doing in Europe, Israel and Washington, DC? What is the significance of the 50th year since Jerusalem was restored to the Jewish people? Rabbi Jim gives a summary of the talks of four speakers at Messiah Conference 2017 that answers these questions. Given on July 15, 2017.

Sacrifice and Suffering with Stewart and Chantal Winograd

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Messianic Rabbi Stewart and Chantal Winograd share about their work in Belarus and Israel. Rabbi Stewart teaches from the Bible about sacrifice and suffering. Given June 23, 2017.

Heavenly Fathers Day

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What does the name of G-d El-Shaddai mean? Why did G-d call Himself a different name when He appeared to Moses at the burning bush? Why do we learn about the nature of G-d from Him being called Our Father? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on June 17, 2017.

My Cup Runs Over

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What is the difference between receiving the Ruakh Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit), being filled with the Ruackh and overflowing with the Ruakh? Which of these three does God want you to be? Which do you want to be? What are the requirements for overflowing with the Ruakh? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in the teaching on the day before Shavuot, June 3, 2017.

Yom Yerushalayim

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What miracles happened to bring about the restoration of Jerusalem to the State of Israel? Why are these miracles important in the life of every Bible believer? Who are the watchmen and women G-d has placed on the walls of Jerusalem? What does it mean that they are to give G-d no rest? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on May 20, 2017.

Judge Not

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We all know Yeshua said "judge not". But, sometimes the Bible tells us to judge. Is there a right way to judge? What are the spiritual roots of the wrong way of judging? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching from Matthew 7:1-2 given on May 13, 2017

Being Born From Above

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Do you understand what it means to be born from above? Was it possible to be born from above before Yeshua came to establish the New Covenant? Do you know what must happen in a Believer's life to fully experience the new birth? Pastor Tom Burgo answers these questions and more in his teaching from John 3:1-15, Matthew 8:11-12 and Luke 13:28 given on May 6, 2017.

Yom Ha Atzmaut 2017

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How does the knowledge of the history of the Jewish people & of the establishment of the State of Israel reveal the war that has been raging over God’s plan for the world? How does that knowledge reveal the spiritual aspect of that war? What are some of the many unexpected, miraculous twists & turns in that history? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in the teaching about Yom Ha Atzmuot given on April 29, 2017.

Why Are You Here?

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What are some of the reasons people attend a Messianic Jewish congregation? What is G-d's purpose for a Messianic Jewish congregation? What lies keep Jewish people from being open to the Good News about Messiah Yeshua? How do Messianic Jewish congregations reveal the truth? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on April 22, 2017.

The Unblemished Lamb

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What important event happened on the 10th of Nissan on the Jewish calendar? How is this day connected to the Christian Palm Sunday? How does the day point prophetically to Yeshua being the Messiah? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat on April 8, 2017.

Do You Get Angry?

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What is anger? Can anger be righteous? Why is it important to forgive? How is bitterness like the roots of a garden weed? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on April 1, 2017

Does G-d Really Get Angry?

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Will G-d's anger be poured out in the future? Why does G-d get angry? What is the redeeming value of His anger? Pastor Tom Burgo answers these questions and more in this teaching given on March 25, 2017.

Pray Like Moses

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What can we learn about how to pray from Moses intercession for Israel after the incident of the golden calf? What do we learn about God from this section of scripture? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Parashah Ki Tisa (When You Take) Exodus 30:11-34:35 given on March 18, 2017.

Purim 2017

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How is the story of Esther related to the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem described in the Book of Ezra? What should we expect to happen after we see G-d move in mighty ways? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from the Book of Esther given just before Purim on March 11, 2017.

Coals of Fire to Cloven Tongues

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Guest Speaker Bishop Ronald Matthis

It's A Battle

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How many trials did the Israelites experience after they were sent out of Egypt? Are you dismayed by the number of trials you have had to face since you began serving the L-rd? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Parashah Jethro, Exodus 18-20, given on February 18, 2017.

Tu B'Shevat Parables

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Why did Yeshua teach using many agricultural parables? Why do many people today have a hard time understanding these parables? How do three of these parables apply to our lives? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching given on Tu B'Shavat, February 11, 2017

Sent Out By Faith

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What did Yeshua mean when He said "whoever has ears to hear, let him hear"? What are the four steps to you need to take for you trust or faith in God to grow? Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching from Parashah Bo (Go) Exodus 10:1 - 13:16 given on February 4, 2017.

Send My People Away

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Why does the Hebrew text say that Moses commanded Pharaoh to "send my people away" rather than "let my people go"? What does this understanding teach us about our spiritual journeys? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Parashah Va'era (And I Appeared) Exodus 6:2 - 9:35. Given on January 28, 2017.

Cohanim of Israel

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Who are the King's cohanim (priests) referred to in 1 Peter 2:9? To whom are these cohanim sent? What are the Biblical roles of cohanim? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching given on January 14, 2017

What do You Fear?

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What is the difference between fear and anxiety? When is fear a good thing? How can you overcome the emotional effects of fear? Pastor Tom Burgo answers these questions and many more in this teaching given on January 7, 2017.

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