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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God Made the Heavens

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Did God create more than one heaven?  Who dwells in the second heaven?  Who dwells in the third heaven?  What is the significance of being seated in heaven?  What is satan's primary strategy?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this message given on December 29, 2018.

Swaddling Clothes

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What was the prophetic significance of Yeshua being wrapped in swaddling clothes as an infant?  What was the significance of Him being laid in a manger?  What was the significance of where He was born?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on December 22, 2018.

Servant, Friend, Child

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What does the Bible say is the difference between a servant/master relationship and a relationship between friends?  Does G-d want you to have a friend relationship with Him?  What do you have to do to participate in a friend relationship with G-d?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on December 15, 2018.

Be Maccabees

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Why would there be no Christmas if there had been no Chanukkah?  How was assimilation a problem in the time of the Maccabees?  Is the war the Maccabees fought still going on?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on December 8, 2018.

The Fourth Temple

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What is G-d's Fourth Temple?  What does the construction of Moses' Tabernacle and that of the First Second Temples in Jerusalem teach us about how to come into His presence?  Elder Judith Benhamou answers these questions and more in this teaching given on December 1, 2018. 

Understanding and Applying God's Pattern of Creation

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What is the pattern G-d followed in the creation account in Genesis 1?  What can the steps of creation, light, darkness, separation, water, time, fruit represent?  How can we apply these steps to our lives?  Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching given on November 17, 2018.

Being A Steward

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What was G-d's purpose in giving you the talents you have?  How much of your finances should be submitted to the Lord?  How can you invest in the Kingdom of God?  What is needed in addition to tithing to experience God's blessing on your finances?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching given on October 20, 2018.

Increasing Your Love

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How much forgiveness do you need from G-d?  How often do you need forgiveness from G-d?  How does an appreciation for  your need for forgiveness effect your love for G-d?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on October 13, 2018.

Rightly Dividing the Word

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What is the latest sign we are in the End Times?  How can you improve your ability to understand the Bible?  What are some useful websites that will help you with Bible study?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on October 6, 2018 when Congregation Shema Yisrael celebrated Simcha Torah.

Following the Pillar of Cloud and Fire

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Why are sukkot traditionally made to be flimsy?  How does this tradition not reflect the true reason our ancestors lived in sukkot?  What is "ha Amude"?  Why was it important?  Rabbi Jim answers theses questions in this teaching given on the Shabbat during Sukkot, September 29, 2018.

Increasing Your Faith

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What faith growth principle is revealed by Yeshua saying faith is like a mustard seed?  What is the relationship between serving God & faith?  How does fasting increase faith?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on September 22, 2018.

Proclaim Liberty Throughout the Land

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Why is Yom Kippur a day of  liberty?  What is the Forefathers Monument?  Why was it built?  What instruction does it give us for our nation?  For our personal lives?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Erev Yom Kippur, September 18, 2018.

Shabbat T'shuvah Repentance

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When he was repenting of adultery and murder why did David say to G-d against you and you only have I sinned"?  Did David have a guilty conscience even after G-d had forgiven him?  What provision does the B'rit Hadashah make to deal with guilt and shame?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on September 15, 2018, Shabbat T'shuvah.

PTSD

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What is PTSD?  Can you be effected by PTSD even it you've never been a combat soldier?  Can PTSD have spiritual roots?  How can those roots by pulled out?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on September 1, 2018.

Who Do You Say I Am

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Who do people say you are?  Who does the Lord say you are?  Who do you say the Messiah is?  Ethel Chadwick speaks on our identity in the Lord.  Given on August 25, 2019.

Blessings From God

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How strong are G-d's promises of blessing?  What do you have to do to experience His blessings?  Will and Janet Gallagher speak about the way the Lord has blessed them as they have served Him.  Given on August 18, 2019.

Authentic Beauty

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Do you understand the difference between authentic beauty and worldly beauty? Do you know how people try to make themselves look more beautiful? Do you understand the cost of trying to improve worldly beauty? Do you realize the cost of not seeing authentic beauty? Do you know how to truly become more beautiful?  Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching given on August 11, 2018.

Sally Klein O'Connor's Tour of the Roses

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Composer, lyricist, musician, singer and moving speaker, Sally Klein O'Connor shares in song and speech about G-d's work in her life and in her ministry of reconciliation.  Given on July 21, 2018.

Jubilee Outpouring

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How many Jubilees can be associated with the restoration of Jerusalem to Israel?  What can we expect following the most recent Jubilee?  What should our response be to the pattern revealed by these Jubilees?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on July 14, 2018.

Receive the Unexpected

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What hidden effect do the words you use have on your life?  Are you seeing life or death from the power of your tongue?  How powerful is the tongue?  Mark Stone answers these questions and more in this teaching given on July 7, 2018.

Subtle Rebellion

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Do you know that it is possible to hear from the one true God and still be influenced by false gods? Do you know that a person can prophesy for God and still be living in disobedience to Him? Do you understand how someone can believe that they are doing God's will, and actually be in subtle rebellion to Him? Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching given on June 30, 2018.

Hidden & Profound Truth

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What are the profound, hidden truths Rabbi Sha'ul or Paul refers to in Ephesians 5:32?  How are these truths related to marriage? What truths did Rabbi Jim & his wife Diane learn in their 50 years of marriage? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching given on June 2, 2018.

Mysteries of the Spirit

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What are the mysteries of the Spirit? Is there a difference between receiving the Ruakh HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) and being filled with the Ruakh HaKodesh? What are the ten purposes of speaking in tongues? Rabbi Jim answers these questions in this teaching given on May 26, 2018.

Breath, Wind or Spirit

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What is the meaning of the Hebrew word Ruach, and the Greek word Pneuma? How are breath, wind and spirit similar? What is the difference between the soul and the spirit? How does does spirit affect a person? How can a believer insure that the effects are positive? Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching given on the day before Shavuot, May 19, 2018.

Spirit of Truth

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How does the Holy Spirit help us deal with our baggage, that is our ungodly attitudes, false beliefs, bad habits, etc?  What kind of heart attitude is needed to deal with these things?  What prevents us from allowing these changes in our lives?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on May 12, 2018.

If You Build It They Will Come

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How has Bible prophesy been fulfilled in the events surrounding Jerusalem over the past 51 years?  What future events are predicted?  Guest speaker Rabbi Ron Goldberg answers these questions and more in this teaching given on May 5, 2018.

Submission and Obedience

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What is the difference between Biblical submission and obedience?  When should a believer refuse to obey a person in authority over them?  Who established all authority in the world?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching from Parashah Achari Mot (After the Death) Leviticus 16-18, given on April 28, 2018.

G-d's Love

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Why do we all have a need to be loved? Why is it impossible for any person to satisfy that need for love which we all have? What does it mean to be "in the love of G-d"? Are you looking to G-d to be the source of love in your life? How much do you believe G-d loves you? What can block you from experiencing G-d's love? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on April 21, 2018.

Awesome God

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What happened that gave the Israelites the faith to follow Moses out into the desert?  Have you experienced a miracle in your life?  How were you effected when you experienced that miracle?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on April 14, 2018.

God's Amazing Timing

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Why do Jewish people in the Diaspora keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread for eight days? Why is Yom Ha Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day just a few days after Passover and one week before Israel's Independence Day? How do the answers to these questions reveal G-d's amazing timing? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on April 7, 2018.

Gods Firstfruit

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Do you know how the events leading to the execution of Yeshua apply to the life of a believer? What did Yeshua mean when He said, "It is finished?" Do you fully understand the significance of Yeshua's resurrection and the implications for the believer? Find the answers to these questions and more in this teaching given by Pastor Tom on April 1, 2018.

What's Your Baggage

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What is the personal message taught by the Jewish tradition of cleaning out the chametz (leaven) before Passover?  What is holding you back from serving God with all of your heart?  Elder Judith Benhamou answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Shabbat HaGadol (the Great Shabbat), March 24, 2018.

In Messiah

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What does the  B'rit Chadashah (New Covenant) mean when it says Messiah is in you and you are in Messiah or you are in G-d's Spirit and G-d's Spirit is in you?  What is the Bible teaching us about G-d by using these expressions?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on Biblical New Years Day, March 17, 2018.

Your Hope of Glory

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What did Rabbi Sha'ul (Paul) mean when he referred to "Messiah in you, the hope of glory" in Colossians 1:27?  How often are you aware that, if you are a follower of Yeshua, the Messiah is in you?  Learn more about His presence in you in this teaching by Rabbi Jim given on March 10, 2018.

A Different Kind of Hero

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How did Queen Esther demonstrate Biblical humility?  How is humility a powerful weapon in spiritual warfare?  What does Rabbi Jim look like with hair?  Find out in this Purim teaching by Rabbi Jim given on March 3, 2018.

Israel Report

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What promises of G-d in the Bible have been fulfilled in our lifetimes through the restoration of the state of Israel and the return of the Jewish people to their homeland? How does a knowledge of those fulfillments increase your faith in the Bible? Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this message given on February 24, 2018, based on his recent trip to Israel.

Cost Value And Worthiness

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Do you understand the difference between the cost, the value and the worthiness of salvation to you and to the one who saved you? Do you know the meaning behind Philippians 2:8 which states that Yeshua humbled Himself? Find out the answers to these questions as we look at a picture of salvation in the book of Judges. Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching from Judges 19-20 given on February 10, 2018.

Tug-O-War

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Do you feel like there is a tug-o-war going on in your mind? Do you know what can cause you to be on the losing side of the battle? Do you understand what can keep you in the fight and what can put you on the winning side of the fight in your mind? Pastor Tom answers these questions and more in this teaching from Romans 6:11-14 given on February 3, 2018.

Grafted In

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What practice of ancient olive farmers gives great understanding and meaning to the analogy of the olive tree written by Rabbi Sha'ul (Paul) in Romans 11?  How is this ancient practice being fulfilled by the Messianic Movement and Christian Zionists today?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on January 27, 2018.

Forgiveness

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How did Yeshua communicate to us the importance of forgiving those who have offended or hurt us?  Why is it so important to G-d that we forgive them?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on January 20, 2018.

Jerusalem Jubilee

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How is President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital related to the ancient Jubilee (Yovale) restoration cycle established in Leviticus 25.  What should the fulfillment of this ancient cycle mean to you?  Rabbi Jim answers these questions and more in this teaching given on January 14, 2018.

Out of the Darkness

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Do you struggle with depression, anxiety or believing you are loved by G-d? Can you experience victory over these things? Elizabeth shares how the L-rd brought her out of the darkness of all three in this teaching given on January 6, 2018.

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