"Don't think that I have come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete."  Matthew 5:17

Kehilah Portland


A Messianic Jewish Synagogue

"However, to those of you who are Gentiles I say this: since I myself am an emissary sent to the Gentiles, I make known the importance of my work in the hope that somehow I may provoke some of my own people to jealousy and save some of them! For if their casting Yeshua aside means reconciliation for the world, what will their accepting him mean? It will be life from the dead!" Romans 11:13 - 15

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Ask The Rabbi

Our Tuesday Evening Bible Studies have been focused on answering questions pertaining to Scripture and the world we live in. The format is a written question and response format.

May 17, 2022
There have been many questions as it pertains to Adonai's covenants so the next few weeks of Ask The Rabbi will be used to clarify and thus answer many questions. (Non-Universal - New Covenant)
May 3, 2022
There have been many questions as it pertains to Adonai's covenants so the next few weeks of Ask The Rabbi will be used to clarify and thus answer many questions. (Non-Universal - Mosaic and Davidic Covenants)
April 26, 2022
There have been many questions as it pertains to Adonai's covenants so the next few weeks of Ask The Rabbi will be used to clarify and thus answer many questions. (Non-Universal - Avrahamic Covenant)
April 19, 2022
There have been many questions as it pertains to Adonai's covenants so the next few weeks of Ask The Rabbi will be used to clarify and thus answer many questions. (Universal Covenants - Adamic and Noachic)
April 12, 2022
I received several questions pertaining to Isaiah 42:5 - 9. Rather than share the questions here, I will share them within the response.
March 29, 2022
How can we view the effectiveness of Moshe when it comes to leadership and prayer and how can we apply it to our lives?
March 22, 2022
I keep hearing about this phrase "under the law" what does it really mean?
March 15, 2022 Did Sha'ul truly live his life and thus instruct even Gentiles according to the foundation of Torah?
March 8, 2022
How are we to understand tithing today within the framework of the New Covenant and absent the Temple?
Is there any problem splitting a tithe to two places?
March 1, 2022
Who is Sha'ul?
February 15. 2022
How are we to understand Colossians 2:16 where it says we are not to judge anyone as it pertains to Jewish festival, Rosh Hodesh (New Moon) or Shabbat?
February 8. 2022
How do you respond to someone who uses Romans 14:2 in support of justifying that people don't need to adhere to Torah and Kashrut (Kosher)?
What about Romans 14:6 and that of "special days"?
February 1. 2022
During last week's Ask the Rabbi the verse 1 Corinthians 10:27 came up as part of the discussion. I had thought then about expanding upon it further, in order to offer further clarification and thus better understanding.
January 25. 2022
In Leviticus 11:31-32, it talks about touching the creeping thing. Does this mean if we kill a spider or hornet (etc.), that we are unclean? Does this apply to us?
January 18. 2022
When we die do we go to Heaven?
January 11. 2022
Additional thoughts pertaing to January 4th question pertaining to the Image and Likeness of God?
Can you expand upon what it means to be "Born Again"\ and within the context of Yeshua's interaction with Nakdimon (Nicodemus)?
January 4. 2022
If we are made in the image of God, where is it located?
Is God ingrained in our unconsciousness?
December 28. 2021
I have always wondered why Yeshua does not know when he is returning?
What is the significance of the number 10 in the Bible? What is the significance of a minyan in our world today?
This question is in regards to Luke 4:5-7 when Yeshua was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by the adversary. The Adversary says that he has power over all the kingdoms of the world, and the authority to hand that power over to whomever he chooses. Is it true that he had that power and authority or is he telling a lie, since he is a liar?
December 21. 2021
Is there more to understand about the woman caught in the act of adultery, than what is typically taught from a church perspective?
December 14. 2021
How are we to view the Talmid and thus what is identified as the Oral Law, from a Messianic perspective? Is the Oral Law authoritative and thus binding?
December 7, 2021
Within Traditional Judaism, a great deal of emphasis and authority is given to the Rabbis / Sages (philosophers). How are we, as believers in Yeshua to understand their teachings? Are we to embrace them or reject them when they talk about Yeshua?
November 30, 2021
How do you respond to the premise that the Jewish people don't need Yeshua because they don't need an mediator between them or God?
How do you further address the perspective where they convey our mediator is Moshe and thus we don't need another?
November 23, 2021
How can we understand and therefore present more of a Jewish understanding when it comes to the New Covenant writings, whether we are talking to a Jewish non-Believer or a Gentile Believer (Christian)? How do we counter anti-missionaries and Gentile believers who do not fully embrace either Messiah or the Jewishness of Messiah?
November 16, 2021
Questions about B'resheet (Genesis) 19, Lot and his wife.
What does the age of the Goy (Gentiles) mean in relation to Luke 21:24 and it coming to an end?
November 2, 2021
In 2 Chronicles, mainly chapters 15-16 concerning King Asa, it is said in 15:17 that Asa was wholehearted throughout his life. But in chapter 16, he fell away because he did not seek Adonai help but rather man help to defeat King Ba'asha of Israel. When a seer came & rebuked him for it he (Asa) became angry & threw him in prison. He became sick & still did not seek Adonai's help but turned to physicians. He died.

Question: Do you think he died righteous because as stated in 15:17 that he was whole hearted throughout his life that he is in paradise or did he die in this sin and is in Sheol? (Maybe not for us to judge or know?)

October 26, 2021
In I Cor. 11:5-6, it talks of head coverings for women. Does this apply to women today? Particularly those who are not Jewish. How do you apply this scripture?
1 Timothy 4:3-4 - We know according to Leviticus 11, there are certain foods we can/cannot eat. And yet, this scripture seems to say we can eat anything as long as we give God thanks for it. Could you explain this scripture since we know that He does not contradict Himself?
In John 14:21, Messiah says that if we KEEP his commandments, that we love Him. How does this relate to those who keep pagan holidays instead of those ordained by God? We all know other believers who do not believe as we do as it relates to Torah.
October 19, 2021
Luke 9:59-62 what did Yeshua mean by saying let dead bury the dead, and the other one that wanted to say goodbye to his family, it seems kind of hard to our human minds not to be able to tell the family he would be going away?
October 12, 2021
Is there a definitive difference between the Ruach and the Sh'kinah (Shekina Glory)? What is the difference between the two and will both be with us in eternity?
September 28, 2021
Do you have an idea of what Adonai is trying to convey when he gives the different accounts in Matthew 8:5 - 13 & Luke 7:1 - 10 In Matthew, the centurion comes himself, but in Luke he sends his friends.
September 21, 2021
Whereas Tammuz is a Babylonian idol, why is Tammuz on the Jewish calendar?
Can the tithe (10 %) be given to charity or other programs and still be considered the tithe?
Or does it have to be given to the actual place of worship?
A friend who does not go to church asked me if he gave 10% of some money he is expecting would it be considered as a tithe by God.
September 6, 2021
In reference to Mark 9 the discussion on fasting and prayer. why couldn't the taught ones bring healing through prayer?
What type of fasting and prayer is being referred to?
Should fasting be a spiritual discipline we practice?
If so, is it by individual or as a body?
August 17, 2021
I wonder as to the meaning of the different consequences of being blessed for being poor in spirit vs. meekness. Is being in the kingdom of heaven a different type of reward than inheriting the earth? Is one better than, worse than, or the same as the other? Do they accumulate more and more different kinds of blessings, having mutually exclusive aspects from one another for different kinds of obstacles overcome in following Him?
August 10, 2021
In light of your request for "Ask the Rabbi" questions, and this might be a broad one...what's your perspective on believers' political involvement, as well as speaking out about issues?
July 28, 2021
What is the Isaiah 19 Highway?.
My "Ask the Rabbi" question revolves around Lev. 19:18 - How do you fulfill the mitzvot if you don't love yourself?
July 20, 2021
Please explain the parable of the Wedding Feast of Matthew 22.
July 13, 2021
"Rapture", Resurrection and Return of Messiah - Part 5
June 29, 2021
"Rapture", Resurrection and Return of Messiah - Part 4
June 22, 2021
"Rapture", Resurrection and Return of Messiah - Part 3
June 8, 2021
"Rapture", Resurrection and Return of Messiah - Part 2
June 1, 2021
"Rapture", Resurrection and Return of Messiah - Part 1
May 25, 2021
Why are there sacrifices in the Millennium Kingdom? Why do we need sacrifices if Yeshua was the sacrifice once for all?
Could you please exegete (expand upon) the Olive Tree portion in Romans chapter 11.
May 18, 2021
Based on the way Paul was called - i.e. after Yeshua had ascended into heaven, could there be apostles today?
What exactly is "The fallen tent of David"?
May 11, 2021
Deuteronomy 23 and Nehemiah 13 state that no Moabite is ever to be admitted as part of the assembly of God. But Ruth was a Moabite who became part of the assembly. How do you explain this contradiction?
Where does the Jewish DNA come from?
Please explain Matthew 11:10 - 12.
Why, when Torah says the scapegoat is to go free, yet rabbinic Judaism says the goat is to be "led" over a cliff and killed?
May 4, 2021
Can you explain the differences between Two House Theology and Messianic Judaism?
April 27, 2021
If Ya'akov was raised knowing God, why would His wife Rachel steal her father's idols?
If kashrut (kosher) applied to Gentiles, it would have been mentioned in Acts 15, so, how would you respond?
April 20, 2021
What does Isaiah 52:12 refer to and how does it relate to Matthew 24?
If we are "saved" in the 1st Resurrection, why do we need to stand before God at the judgment?

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