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The Day of Atonement - Jorge Sedaca
September 18, 2018

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director Tonight at sundown, Jewish people around the world will begin observing Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. According to Leviticus 16 and 23, this is the only day of the year when the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies – initially in the […] [READ MORE]

The Cry of the Shofar - Marcello Araujo
September 14, 2018

By Marcello Araujo, Chosen People Ministries' Hamilton Outreach and Messianic Rabbi of Kehila Kumi Ori / Arise & Shine CongregationMost of my acquaintances complain about life’s inexorable cycle, doing the rounds year in and year out. They sound like the preacher who declared: “The thing that was, it is the […] [READ MORE]

The High Holy Days, Part 1 - Ben Volman
September 5, 2018

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi at Kehillat Eytz Chaim and Toronto Ministry Team Leader. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t want a new start.  Some want everything to start over. Like the two guys sitting at computers looking out at a complete barren landscape and one turns to the other: ldquo;Did […] [READ MORE]

A Light to the Nations - Michael Wodlinger
August 27, 2018

By Michael Wodlinger, Quebec Representative.“You are light for the world.” Matthew 5:14a is rich in meaning for all believers and for all those seeking to understand what it means to be a believer.  However, this was not the first time we were called to venture out into the world to carry […] [READ MORE]

The Month of Elul - Anna Bortsova
August 20, 2018

By Anna Bortsova, Toronto Ministry Team.A few short weeks ago, I returned from Israel … and today I am full of memories. Sometimes I catch myself feeling that I am still in Israel; my heart is still there. Every time I go to the Holy Land, I see or learn something […] [READ MORE]

Knowing God in All Our Ways - Michael Wodlinger
July 31, 2018

By Michael Wodlinger, Quebec RepresentativeKnowing God in all our ways … This is an interesting concept. Usually, we are encouraged to know Yahweh, God, in all His ways.  This comes most clearly to us, first from Jeremiah 31:34 (“For all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest”) […] [READ MORE]

The Pearl of Great Price - Ben Volman
June 12, 2018

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation, and Toronto Ministry Team Leader.“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. A man found it, hid it again, then in great joy went and sold everything he owned, and bought that […] [READ MORE]

The Feast of Shavu'ot / Pentecost - Michael Wodlinger
May 17, 2018

By Michael Wodlinger, Quebec RepresentativeShavu'ot, the Feast of First Fruits (also known as Pentecost) is a holy convocation commanded by the Lord (see Leviticus 23). It is one of the three Pilgrimage Feasts (Pesach/Passover, Shavu’ot/Pentecost and Sukkot/Tabernacles) when leaders from the families of the earth were to meet in Jerusalem […] [READ MORE]

Reflections on the Toronto Tragedy: The Redeeming Power of Hope - Ben Volman
May 2, 2018

By Ben Volman, Toronto Ministry Team Leader and Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation. On Monday, April 23, 2018, a van in Toronto sped south onto the sidewalks of Yonge Street, from Finch Avenue to a point south of Sheppard Avenue, killing 10 and injuring 16 others  […] [READ MORE]

Daily Renewal - Michael Wodlinger
March 9, 2018

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Representative. Be quiet; and listen, Isra’el! Today you have become the people of Adonai your God (Deuteronomy 27:9). Each day the sun rises.  Each evening the sun sets.  Does this mean each day is the same?  Clearly, each day is new, bringing with it fresh insights, as fresh dew […] [READ MORE]

Where Are the Angels - Ben Volman
December 13, 2017

By Ben Volman, Toronto Ministry Team and Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life CongregationWe live in an age that’s far too cynical to believe in angels.  Yet at this time of year, the reassuring images of angels are everywhere—and why should we avoid them?  The message […] [READ MORE]

Who Is Yeshua to You - Jorge Sedaca
October 24, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive DirectorWhether you are Jewish or Gentile, whether you are a follower of Yeshua (Jesus) or not, I want to ask the question, “Who is Yeshua to you?”  I’m sure a survey would find as many different answers to that question as the number of people surveyed.  There are […] [READ MORE]

Facing Intimidation - Michael Wodlinger
October 16, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec RepresentativeFor God gave us a Spirit who produces not timidity, but power, love and self-discipline  (2 Timothy 1:7). Every true believer in Yeshua (Jesus) faces intimidation when he or she attempts to share the Good News of the Gospel with family, friends and strangers.  From an intellectual […] [READ MORE]

King Messiah in the Ten Days of Awe - Ben Volman
September 27, 2017

By Ben Volman, Toronto Ministry Team, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz ChaimFrom the impressive blasts of the shofar (trumpet) announcing the start of the Jewish High Holy Days to the final note on the evening of Yom Kippur symbolizing the closing of the Book of Life for another year, many […] [READ MORE]

God Is in Control - Michael Wodlinger
September 11, 2017

Before I moved forward to receive grace and redemption from the Lord, I sincerely believed I was in control of my life and its direction.  This perception was reinforced when a positive consequence followed my actions.  I also knew I had made a poor choice when I encountered a negative […] [READ MORE]

Putting God in a Box - Michael Wodlinger
September 4, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Quebec RepresentativeI cannot count the times I have been faced with polar-thinking.  Do you know what I mean?  How often have you heard someone say something must be either one way or the other; it’s either black or white.  I’ve observed that many people are unable […] [READ MORE]

Will Israel Rebuild the Temple - Ben Volman
August 23, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim After Tisha B’Av (the 9th of Av – this year August 1), Israel’s despair over the ruins of the Temples of Jerusalem turns to words of comfort because there is a hope that God will do more than just comfort us. The […] [READ MORE]

Go to Your True Self - Michael Wodlinger
July 26, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Representative I find the Book of Genesis one of the more fascinating books of Scripture.  Why?  Simply put, Torah allows us to see (read and feel) the joys, the pain, the anguish and the errors of those who came millennia before and who paved the Way […] [READ MORE]

A Time for Covenant Renewal - Charles Hopkin
May 30, 2017

By Charles Hopkin, Toronto Ministry TeamThe Jewish people traditionally believe that Shavuot (Pentecost or Weeks) is when God gave the Torah to His people Israel through Moses on Mount Sinai.  At that time, God made a covenant with them.  “And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and […] [READ MORE]

God's Grace - Jorge Sedaca
May 9, 2017

By Jorge Sedaca, Executive Director“But Jonah was greatly displeased and became furious. He prayed to the Lord: “Please, Lord, isn’t this what I said while I was still in my own country? That’s why I fled toward Tarshish in the first place. I knew that You are a merciful and […] [READ MORE]

A Study on First Fruits - Ben Volman
April 19, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation and Director of the Toronto Messianic Centre. The Seder is a journey—from despair to hope, from fear to power, from death to life, from doubt to faith. But it also has a destination. While the ultimate destination […] [READ MORE]

The Courage to Live in Freedom - Ben Volman
April 10, 2017

By Ben Volman, Director of the Toronto Messianc Centre and Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation. The Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat Gadol. By tradition, this is one of the few times in the year when rabbis were expected to preach, because it was the […] [READ MORE]

Fear of "The Other" - Michael Wodlinger
March 20, 2017

By Dr. Michael Wodlinger, Québec Ministry Worker “Always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that sums up the teaching of the Torah and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). There are two foundational commands given by our Messiah, Adonai Yeshua (Luke 10:27).  The first, “You are to love Adonai your God with all your […] [READ MORE]

Purim and the Invisible God - Ben Volman
March 11, 2017

By Ben Volman, Messianic Rabbi of Kehillat Eytz Chaim / Tree of Life Congregation and Toronto Director In real life, believers see God everywhere. To unbelievers, He’s invisible. In a remarkable way, the little Scroll of Esther manages to satisfy the expectations of both.  God’s presence is so discreet, not even […] [READ MORE]

God Is Near and He Cares - Anna Bortsova
February 16, 2017

By Anna Bortsova, Toronto Ministry Team.Recently, on my way to the bank, I stopped at a small boutique where my Russian-Jewish friend, Sonia, works. Sonia’s neck was covered with gauze because she had dropped a kettle of boiling water and burned lower neck and chest. I felt so sorry for […] [READ MORE]

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