Living on Joy by Rabbi Nathan

 Sukkoth is a Festival about Joy. Journey with Rabbi Nathan from Sukkoth into neuroscience on the role of joy in our brains, hearts and souls! Delivered at Ruach Israel’s Outdoor Sanctuary on September 25, 2021 Direct Link to Youtube video of message.
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How to build a Sukkah by Rabbi Nathan

 Sukkot has three names in the Torah. The Festival of the harvest, the festival of Sukkot and the season of our rejoicing. Join Rabbi Nathan as we take a deeper dive into The meaning if Sukkot and build a Sukkah of joy in our hearts! Delivered at Ruach Israel’s Outdoor...
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The Very Narrow Bridge – A Yom Kippur Message

 The Very Narrow Bridge – A Yom Kippur Message.   Yom Kippur is a day that we rehearse our own death. It is a day where all life collapses all around us and we can touch the true substance of our lives. Rabbi Nathan explores the deeper meaning behind life, death and...
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The High Holy Days Drama

 In his Shabbat message, Rabbi Nathan helps us to prepare for the upcoming Holy Days. From Ruach Israel’s Outside Sanctuary, September 4, 2021 Direct Link to Youtube video of message.
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Pray about all things

 A sequel to the power of a daily prayer time, Rabbi Nathan unpacks verses in Philippians and James which provide a practical roadmap to manage life’s trials and worries. We close with a practical activities that you can bring into your own prayer time to help you “pray...
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The power of a daily prayer time

 Returning from Camp Or l’dor, Rabbi Nathan shares about the purposes of communal and individual prayer and how to establish a consistent and daily time of prayer first thing in the morning. Direct Link to Youtube video of message.
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Tish B’Av – A Day to Remember

 Rabbi Nathan encourages our community to participate in this very solemn day of remembrance, the Ninth of Av Direct Link to Youtube video of message.
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We Belong To One Another: Ephesians (Part 4)

 What does it mean to walk in the way we were called — as a community? Ephesians 4:4-16 teaches us how to come together around God’s higher purposes through community life. How can you use the gifting God has given you and become a community builder? This is the fourth...
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Community Builders: Ephesians (part 3)

 What does it mean to walk in the way we were called — as a community? Ephesians 4:4-16 teaches us how to come together around God’s higher purposes through community life. How can you use the gifting God has given you and become a community builder? This is the third...
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Shared Community Life: Ephesians (part 2)

 Rabbi Nathan continues with the series on the Book of Ephesians. The first half of the Book of Ephesians is about the larger story. God is working to bring peace and make all things well in our world. As we move into the second half of the letter (Ephesians 4:1-2) we learn...
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The Two Fold Community of Messiah in Ephesians (part 1)

 Rabbi Nathan begins a series on the Book of Ephesians. Community life is important at Ruach Israel. Strengthening community is our congregations strategic focus for 2021. What does the life for the community in Messiah look like? Let’s see what Rav Shaul (the Apostle Paul)...
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Mussar and the Parable of the Rich Man

   Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Mussar and the parable of the rich man (humility, trust and generosity)      
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Wrestling with the Amalek

On the Shabbat before Purim (Shabbat Zachor) the parsha reads several disturbing passages in the Bible that command us to “blot out the Amalekites,” the descendants of Hamon who tried to instigate genocide in the story of Esther.  At Ruach Israel, we do not shy away from...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Nearness of HaShem: The Incarnation

The Nearness of HaShem: The Incarnation Parashat Yitro describes the great theophany at Mt Sinai where we received the Torah from G-d. Using our Torah, Haftara and Besora readings Rabbi Nathan unpacks the incarnation in Jewish terms – how the physical mediating presence of...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Great Jewish Hope!

 Direct Link to Youtube video of message. The Great Jewish Hope! Rabbi Nathan takes us through the seven verses and psalms used in Hebrews 1:4-2:4 to proclaim proclaim the hope we have in Yeshua — the Messiah who is greater than the Angles. During these days, let us walk...
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Rabbi Nathan – Parashat Shemot

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. Drash Identity, calling and purpose – lessons from Parashat Shemot:        
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Rabbi Nathan – “Your New Senior Rabbi”

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. A Journey into the Wilderness As of January 1 2021, Rabbi Nathan has is the new Senior Rabbi at Ruach Israel allowing Rabbi Rich to transition to Rabbi Emeritus after his 40 year tenure. After discussing Parshat Vayechi, Rabbi Nathan picks...
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Rabbi Nathan – “A Journey into the Wilderness”

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. A Journey into the Wilderness Have you been through a wilderness experience? Drawing insights from Jacob’s time in the wilderness in Parshat Vayetze and Yeshua’s time in the wilderness in Luke 4. Rabbi Nathan shares some important insights...
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Rabbi Nathan – “To Have a Why” Living a full life from Chayei Sarah.

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. “To Have a Why” Living a full life from Chayei Sarah Rabbi Nathan features the late Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s commentary on Parsha Chayei Sarah draw important spiritual lessons for living a life true meaning and purpose.      
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Rabbi Nathan – The Biblical Plan for Anxiety

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. The Biblical Plan for Anxiety It is easy to say, “Don’t be anxious. Trust in God.” But in these challenging days anxiety seems to be the new normal for many people. Using lessons on trust from the life of Abraham in our weekly Parsha...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Healing Power of Repentance – a Yom Kippur Message

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. The Healing Power of Repentance – a Yom Kippur Message  During our Kol Nidre service over Yom Kippur, Rabbi Nathan helps to brings Repentance to life. T’shuvah is not harsh and condemning. Instead, it is about drawing near to...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Healing Power of Forgiveness – Shabbat Shuvah

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. The Healing Power of Forgiveness – Shabbat Shuvah On Shabbat Shuvah, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Rabbi Nathan shares a moving message on forgiveness. Our time ends with a prayer, walking through eight steps to...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Drama of the High Holy Days

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. The Drama of the High Holy Days Before Rosh Hashanah 2020, Rabbi Nathan helps us enter into the High Holy Day drama — the real spiritual realities that are happening behind the scene of our lives.      
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Rabbi Nathan – A Prophecy of Micah

Direct Link to Youtube video of message. A Prophecy of Micah Micah gives us an important message of hope in the deepest sense. In this message Rabbi Nathan unpacks how Micah points us toward the eternal Messiah who would be born in the small town of Betlechem, embody justice,...
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Rabbi Nathan – A Fathers’ Day Message

Rabbi Nathan Direct Link to Youtube video of message. A Message for Fathers Rabbi Nathan shares lessons he has learned while daddying his six children over the past eleven years. Many of these lessons go beyond being a good dad and are relevant for for everyone. Enjoy!    
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Rabbi Nathan – A Message of Unity

Rabbi Nathan Direct Link to Youtube video of message. In the wake of the tragic and brutal death George Floyd Rabbi Nathan shares important reflections for our community — a message of hope and unity in a very confusing and anxious time.    
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Rabbi Nathan – Hebrews Series 6: The Household of King Solomon

 Direct Link to Youtube video of message.   Hebrews Series 6: The Household of King Solomon At the beginning of COVID, Rabbi Nathan leads us through 2nd Samuel 7:14 and discusses why the Book of Hebrews quotes this important Messianic verse in the opening chapter. These...
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Rabbi Nathan – COVID-19 and The Ashes of the Red Heifer

Rabbi Nathan – COVID-19 and The Ashes of the Red Heifer Direct Link to Youtube video of message. We are in uncertain times. At the last minute, we had to close in person services at Ruach Israel and go online in order to do our part to slow the spread of Covid-19...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Book of Hebrews Series 5: Psalms and Angels

Rabbi Nathan continues in our study in the book of Messianic Jews…   Where does Yeshua fit into the hierarchy of Angels? He doesn’t. He bears the name that is above every other name and is far above the Angels. Hebrews 1:4-14 goes through seven rabbinic style proofs...
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Rabbi Nathan – The Book of Hebrews Series 4: The Son of Man

Rabbi Nathan continues in our study in the book of Messianic Jews… . “After He made atonement for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3b) How would our early first-century Messianic Jews have understood these weighty words for...
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