Messianic Jews: Called To Be “Chaos Busters!”

 Why do we make it a priority to attend High Holy Services? In the week’s drash Rabbi Rich presents a surprising reason rooted in God’s purposes for our Jewish people and for the world. By Rabbi Emeritus Rich Nichol at Ruach Israel, on September 24, 2022 Direct Link to...
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The Simcha Factor – Part 4

 In this week’s drash (sermon) Rabbi Rich takes us deeper into the powerful role joy can play in the Messianic Jew’s life. His focus are the powerful reflections of two biblical luminaries   – Habbakuk and Ezra) –  and some of the final words of Messiah Yeshua...
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The Simcha Factor – Part 3

 Rabbi Rich continues his Simcha (Joy) series. He will explore the great poignant moment during the rebuilding of Jerusalem under Nehemiah when the assembled people hear these words: “Don’t cry. The joy of Adonai is your strength.” Find out how these profound words can make...
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Finding G-d in the Midbar

 In this drash, Rabbi Rich explores how Israel best heard the word of G-d in the wilderness – not in the distracting city, but at the remote Mt. Sinai. His message has great practical meaning for each of us, too, as we journey through life. Don’t miss it!   Delivered...
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The Simcha Factor – Part 2

 In his Shabbat drash, Rabbi Rich continues to explore the all-important subject of joy. Relying on the teaching of Yeshua, on insights offered by the Baal Shem Tov and a remarkable scene from the movie Prince of Egypt, he explores a key element in the “joy equation”...
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The Simcha Factor

 In his drash Rabbi Rich discusses the most critical element in all spiritual growth – JOY! Based on the teachings of Scripture and the most recent revelations of neuroscience, the Simcha (joy) Factor can make all the difference, especially as we all navigate this...
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Looking Deeply at Isaiah 53 (part 3)

 In this concluding drash on the most powerful prophetic picture of Messiah, Rabbi Rich brings together themes which point to one fabulous conclusion – the self-sacrificial love of the God of Israel.Don’t miss it! As Isaiah the Prophet noted elsewhere “In all their...
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Two Garments Which Guided History

 “Often, the rabbis of old make connections which are not obvious, but when explored, demonstrate profound spiritual insight. In this week’s sermon, Rabbi Rich will explore an example: the relationship between the karpas – the greens dipped in salt water and eaten...
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Looking Deeply at Isaiah 53 (part 2)

 In this second of a two part drash offered by Rabbi Rich on February 26th and March 19th. he first explains the larger context of the most profound messianic prophecy found in Scripture – Isaiah 53. Then, he explores the essence of its message: As Isaiah the Prophet...
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Looking Deeply at Isaiah 53 (part 1)

 In this first of a two part drash offered by Rabbi Rich on February 26th and March 19th. he first explains the larger context of the most profound messianic prophecy found in Scripture – Isaiah 53. Then, he explores the essence of its message: As Isaiah the Prophet...
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The Best New Year’s Resolution

 Rabbi Rich offers 10 observations about Messiah Yeshua uniqueness and how these can motivate us to make decisions for the next calendar year which can bring joy and blessing to us and to the important people in our lives. Don’t miss it! By Rabbi Emeritus Rich Nichol at Ruach...
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A Thanksgiving Drash

 A Thanksgiving Drash – In our Shabbat Besorah (New Testament) passage read on Shabbat Vayashev, Rabbi Rich explores how John 4:43-54 reveals the complex, personally powerful and deeply caring character of our Messiah Yeshua. “There is just no one like him,” notes our...
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Is Revival Coming?

 Rabbi Rich’s drash (sermon) concerns a subject which has proved important to both the Jewish and Christian communities throughout the centuries: “Will God again stoke the flames of tishuvah and commitment among his people?”” Rabbi Rich thinks the answer is a resounding “yes”...
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Parashat Lech L’cha – The Power of Covenant

   Dr. Seuss’ Horton the Elephant is quoted to have repeated, “I meant what I said and I said what I meant…An elephant faithful 100%.” In this sermon on the power and importance of “covenant,” Rabbi Rich builds on the giant mammal’s mantra to explain the essence of Abraham...
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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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