GRAFTED IN

Romans 11 tells us that G-d has not rejected His people which means Israel and the Jews have not been replaced by the church.  This symbol was discovered in Jerusalem in 1990 and is believed to represent the Jerusalm Church.

Each of the three symbols; The Menorah, The Star of David, and The Fish have their own individual meaning.

The Menorah at the top represents the Torah, the fulfillment of the promises to Abraham and that special calling to the people of Israel.

The Fish has a rich history of identification with the believer. It was a common symbol for believers because the Greek word for fish (ICHTHYS) was used as an acronym for "Yeshua, Son of G-d, Savior." 

When the base of the Menorah and the bottom of the Fish are placed together they create The Star of David. The Magen David (Star of David) is a symbol of the kingdom and a reminder that the son of David, Yeshua the King, will sit on the throne of David. 

The entire symbol represents G-d’s faithfulness to his people; from His promise to Abraham, to the fulfillment of eternal salvation through the Messiah. This beautiful triune design represents a unified congregation- the Jew and the Gentile together as one body in the Messiah, Yeshua. 

  

Welcome to Havdalah Drasha

Havdalah is the celebration at the end of Shabbat (Sabbath) that was given to the Jews in the Torah. DRASHA means a study or interpretation of a religious text. We see this happening in Acts 20:7 as Paul is doing a drasha probably out of the weekly reading from Torah called a Parsha. Reading of the weekly Parasha has been a Jewish practice since Ezra restored the temple after the Jewish return from captivity in Babylon. We read in Luke 4:18 that Yeshua (Jesus) read from a Haftarah, which is also part of the weekly study, as he reads Isaiah 61 at the end of the Sabbath morning meeting in the synagogue. He was able to give this reading because he was a Rabbi and honored to read from the Tanakh or scriptures.

 

Havdalah

Havdalah means separation and sadly for the last 1700 years the church has been separated from its Jewish root missing out on a lot of precious understanding of the character of God as a result. Paul tells us in Romans 11:18 that it is the “root that supports you” which means that Israel and the Jewish faith and the Torah are our foundation. When Paul or Jesus spoke of the Scriptures they were quoting from the Parashat or Haftarah in most cases. For the first 60 years of the church the Apostles and disciples were mostly Jewish, as was Paul, in their practices and understandings. It was primarily the ministry of Paul, formerly a Jewish Pharasee, that reached out to the gentiles. 

Havdalah Drasha will provide Jews and Gentiles an opportunity to observe the Parashat and examine their relevance to the difficult times we face today. We will see how  Paul and Yeshua (Jesus) would have understood these Scriptures which will help us understand their application to the difficult challenges of life today. Most of all as we put aside the things that divided us in the past we will see how the Jews and the Gentiles are grafted together in this important time in the Eternal plan of G-d.

Yeshua and his disciples followed common Jewish practice in their teaching and the great commission calls us to do what any Jew would do in Yeshua's day and that is become a disciple of a trusted teacher so that we might grow in our faith and experience the joyful and exuberant worship that comes from a closer walk with HaShem (LORD).

The trusted teacher that this site will focus on is Yeshua or Jesus and Havdalahdrasha.org will provide studies or drasha from a Jewish and Christian or Messianic perspective to help both Jews and Gentiles dig deeper into the truth of G-d's Word.

 

Hebrew Roots

Yeshua never came to set aside the relationship G-d had with His elect and replace it with a NEW RELIGION. He came to UNITE the Jew and the Gentile. As you dig into the things presented in this site it is our hope that both our Jewish and Gentile guests will discover that it has never been G-d's plan to separate us into two groups. Both now worship the one true G-d called the Great I AM in the Bible.

Jewish Guests

Havdalah Drasha's goal is to examine the "EMET" or truth of the scriptures and move closer to God as a result of that study. The drasha on this web site are intended to review common Jewish teachings and compare them to teachings found in the gentile church. Jews and Goyim alike will be surprised at how our two faiths focus on the same truth. This site will review passages from TANAKH (Old Testament) from a Hebrew perspective using views of the Sages and Rashi and the Rambam to see how they match those of the teaching of the Apostles and Christian commentary.

Christians for the past 1700 years have not understood the Jewish faith and unfortunately the bad behavior of some generations of Gentiles has not increased Jewish willingness to examine the teachings of Yeshua (Jesus) much either. Both Jews and Christians have a lot to learn from each other and as the world seems to be increasingly hostile toward both Jews and Christians it is important for us to unite and pray for the Peace of Jerusalem . We both long for the uniting of the world under Messiah where Isaiah concluded his writing saying

"I know their works and their thoughts; the time is coming to gather all the nations and tongues. They shall come and see My glory." 

  Gentile Guests

Jesus was born and raised a Jew in the land of Israel. His way of teaching using questions and stories was very Jewish. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, was also very Jewish in his teaching and practices. Many of the drasha or teachings of Paul assumed an understanding of Jewish practices. Yet for most Christians centuries of rejection of the Jews and the incorrect replacement of the promises to Israel with the church have lead to little understanding of the culture that the Bible must be examined with. 

With the Romanization of the  church in the 4th Century the shared  fellowship of both the Jewish believers and the Gentile believers came to an end as each went their own ways until the return of Israel to their land in 1948. With that came a resurgence of the Hebrew language and of the Messianic Jewish community. 

This web site hopes to examine the fellowship and understanding of the Jewish practices of the 1st Century in celebration and study of the roots of our faith. Our goal is not to return to the sacrifices or practices of old but to instead study them and examine them to learn more about the heart of the God who gave them to us . Many of the difficult passages of Paul and Jesus begin to find greater application in our lives as we examine the Root. 

 
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