Devakut – a Drash by Rabbi Rich

 Devakut by Rabbi Rich In his sermon Rabbi Rich introduces a key word for our growth -“Devakut.” The Chasidic concept of “cleaving to God” is an important strategy, rooted in Torah, which can help us stay emotionally and spiritually strong during these challenging...
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A Lesson From A Gutsy, Elderly Jewish Lady

 A Lesson From A Gutsy, Elderly Jewish Lady by Rabbi Rich This week’s Besorah (New Testament) reading reveals an important truth about our spiritual lives: We must be, first and foremost…lovers of truth. Follow Rabbi Rich’s thinking and enjoy the surprising real-life...
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Love Given…Love Received

In this week’s Torah reading Acherei Mot, Aaron, the brother of Moses and father of two deceased sons, needed help. Thinking midrashically about how G-d met his need for healing from his tragic loss, Rabbi Rich focuses on the Yom Kippur liturgy performed by Aaron as carrying the...
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The Resurrection of Yeshua – Up Close and Personal by Rabbi Rich

The Resurrection of Yeshua – Up Close and Personal by Rabbi Rich Direct Link to Youtube video of message. As Messianic Jews we are keenly aware of the central role the idea of resurrection has had in Jewish thinking. And, we celebrate continually the expectation that a...
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Parashat Vayigash

In his drash this morning – the last he will bring us until after his three month sabbatical – Rabbi Rich explores the amazing ways God takes our Jewish people to higher levels of awareness of his purposes. Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers and by doing...
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A Chanukah Sermon

The time we live in seems unique…never since the Viet Nam war has there been such division and uncertainty in the United States. Where is our point of referance in all this? How do set our feet so we can navigate these troubled waters? When we consider the history of...
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Parashat Vayishlach

This week Rabbi Rich explores the vital role of reconciliation in human affairs. We consider a defining moment in the life of Jacob as he prepares to meet his estranged brother Esau and the wonderful conclusion which speaks to us even today.   Direct Link to Youtube video of...
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Embrace the Sadness, Embrace the Joy

Embrace the Sadness, Embrace the Joy – preparing for תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב Rabbi Rich’s message from a virtual gathering… Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur...
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What we need right now is…

Rabbi Rich’s message from a virtual gathering… Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julielavender
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Real Happiness in a Virtual Time.

Rabbi Rich’s message from a virtual gathering… Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julielavender
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Yitro – Finding Truth Using a Secret

Rabbi Rich shares about Truth an a way to help find it. Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julielavender
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Yitro – The Miracle of the Exodus Crossing

In this sermon, Rabbi Rich discusses the Exodus and different understandings of what kind of miracle this was. Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be...
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Va’yechi – Resurrection

In this sermon, Rabbi rich explores the important concept of resurrection and how important it is to the future of the Jewish people and to each and every human being. Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete...
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Warming Up – Rabbi Rich

A warm up for the High Holy Days? – in this Shabbat drash Rabbi Rich this week’s parsha in light of the upcoming High Holy Days. Listen and enjoy. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The...
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Why Observe the High Holy Days? – Rabbi Rich

Why Observe the High Holy Days? – in this Shabbat drash Rabbi Rich explains the deeper reasons why we should come to services on Rosh Ha Shana and Yom Kippur. In this secular age we need reminders which go deeply into our souls. Listen to this powerful sermon and prepare to...
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The Other Centered Life – Rabbi Rich

Parashat Ki Tietze is filled with wisdom for building successful lives and successful societies. In this sermon Rabbi Rich focuses on Deuteronomy 23: 5-13 and demonstrates how Torah connects with the very last and very touching exchange between Yeshua and Kefa (Peter). The...
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Hope – Rabbi Rich

Sermon for the new month of Elul – Rabbi Rich prepared us for the upcoming High Holy Days with a powerful message  centering on the magnificent predictions about Messiah found in Isaiah 53. His theme is: “Have hope because hope rooted in reality… will get ...
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Feel the Pain; Feel the Hope – Rabbi Rich

A sermon for Tisha B’Av – Rabbi Rich has entitled this sermon “Feel the Pain; Feel the Hope.” Lean how the tragedies of the saddest of Jewish holy days is reflected and brought to an ultimate joyful resolution through the work of our wonderful Messiah, Yeshua. . . Julie...
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Where Do You Start? – Rabbi Rich

Where Do You Start? – Rabbi Rich asks us all a very important question. . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julielavender
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Greatness – Rabbi Rich

Climbing the Ladder God’s Way -Parashat Pinchas has message of real encouragement for all of us who want to make a difference in the world. Listen and enjoy! . . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The...
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The Mystery of the Red Heifer – Rabbi Rich

Parashat Chukat – In this week’s sermon Rabbi Rich tackles a mysterious passage concerning a very unusual  animal, the “Red Heifer.” Fund out how the treatment of this rare animal  can lead us to a sympathetic understanding of the human condition and then to a magnificent...
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Korach – Rabbi Rich

Parashat Korach – In this week’s sermon Rabbi Rich discusses the difference between arguing for ourselves and arguing to advance the Kingdom. . . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur...
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What Does Resurrection Have To Do With It? – Rabbi Rich

In this unique dash, Rabbi Rich explores the meaning and importance of the concept of resurrection for Messianic Jews, Christians and for the world. The story is set against the backdrop of Yeshua’s bringing back to life his close friend, Lazarus. Enjoy this encouraging message!...
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Clear Identity – Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich’s Drash addresses the important subject of the relationship of Christians to the Messianic Jewish community. . . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be...
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May 18th – Rabbi Rich

In this sermon, Rabbi Rich explores the important questions, “Why were some people so intent on stopping Yeshua – and why does this matter today? .   . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album...
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The 4th Cup, Looking Forward – Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich encourages us to look forward as we bring Passover to a close for this year. .   . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at:...
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Pesach, Our Story- Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich talks about the importance of our story of Pesach.   .   Here is the Link to the message Rabbi Rich referenced to listen to to help get prepared for Passover. Remember that the dates mentioned in the message change from year to year!   Pesach . Julie...
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Get Into the Story – Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich provides encouragement to Get Into the Story of Pesach by doing. He recounts the story from recent history of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, the beloved Rabbi from Jerusalem.   .   Here is the Link to the message Rabbi Rich referenced to listen to to help get prepared...
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The Path to Real Peace – Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich shows that all things work together towards peace.   .     . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at:...
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The Spirit of Abandon – Rabbi Rich

Rabbi Rich talks with us about the Spirit of Abandon   .     . Julie Lavender’s Bikhat HaTorah is the introduction and closing music. The complete song or the album “The Siddur Project” can be purchased at: https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/julielavender
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