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Part 1 - Parashah Bereshit

Genesis 1:26-28; 3:4-5; 4:9, 23-24; 6:1-8; 50:20; Hebrews 1:3

Rabbi Michael Vowell

The media continually tells us that our image is the key to our success in love, job, social standing, etc., etc. But is image really all that important, and if so, why?

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Part 2 - Parashah Noach

Genesis 50:20; Hebrews 1:3; Genesis 6:8-21; 9:13-21; 10:8-12; 11:1-4; Exodus 8:20; Jeremiah 13:10

Rabbi Michael Vowell

Our world is filled with wickedness, just like it was in the days of Noah. Has God turned His back on us? What is God’s highest priority for a rebellious world?


Part 3 - Parashah Lekh Lekha

John 1:45; Luke 24:44; Genesis 11:27-32; 12:1-13; 13:1-9; 14:13-20; 15:1-21; 16:1-2; 17:18-23; 50:20; Matthew 5:17; 26:28; Romans 4:20-5:2

Rabbi Michael Vowell

What in the world is a Suzerain covenant have to do with Israel, and why should I care? A lot! And it affects us all.


Part 4 - Parashah Va-yera

Genesis 18:1, 19, 20-24, 32; Proverbs 21:3; Isaiah 5:7; 64:5-6; 59:15-16; 2 Peter 2:7; Luke 4:16-19; Matthew 5:6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Acts 2:44-45; 4:34-35

Rabbi Michael Vowell

“For I have made myself known to him so that he will command his sons and his household after him to keep the way of Adonai by doing social justice…” (Gen. 18:19a) What does this mean to us?


Part 5 - Parashah Hayyei Sarah

Genesis 23:13-16; 24:1-9, 12-14, 26-27, 55-56, 61-67; Isaiah 49:22-23; 42:6; 52:5; Joel 3:1-2; John 17:20–23

Rabbi Michael Vowell

Most of us don’t realize how important we are to God.  But if we really think about it, we see him speaking and working through His people throughout scripture. We just need to make ourselves available.


Part 6 - Parashah Ya’yetze’

Genesis 28:10-22; 31:6-7; Proverbs 3:11-12; Isaiah 40:3-4; John 1:45-51

Rabbi Michael Vowell

In Genesis 28 Jacob encounters God in a way that changes his life forever and through that encounter we learn much about God’s mercy and love for us.


Part 7 - Parashah Va-yishlach

Genesis 32:23-33:1; 32:7-8, 11-12, 23-25; 46:26; Psalm 104:32; 1 Samuel 10:26; Hosea 12:3-5

Rabbi Michael Vowell

It’s hard to think of being broken as a blessing, but when we’re broken by God that is always His purpose.  Jacob found that out one night, alone in the dessert.  He found the blessedness of brokenness.


Part 8 - Parashah Va-yeshev

Genesis 37:3-4, 18-20, 26-27, 31-32, 34-35; 38:25-26; 39:1-20

Rabbi Michael Vowell

“There is nothing more bewildering than doing what is right only to earn what is wrong.” How many times did that thought cross the mind of Joseph? And why did he persevere?


Part 9 - Parashah Vayechi

Philippians 2:12-13; Genesis 47:28-31; 48:17-20; 49:5-12; 50:20; Psalm 75:5-7; Exodus 32:26; 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21

Rabbi Michael Vowell

As we enter this new year and reflect on the chaos of 2017, we might think there is nothing we can do to affect the people around us. But the story of Joseph proves that God works through willing individuals. It proves that with God, it’s not too late for you to change the world.