FAQs

The majority of Scripture was originally given and taught in Hebrew. We equally believe in the importance of Greek; we believe that the original languages are key to forming our understanding of Scripture.

Biblical Studies

  • Torah Resource Institute – TorahResource Institute exists to provide advanced education in biblical and related studies in order to prepare leaders and teachers at all levels for the Messianic, Torah movement.
  • Biblical Training – BiblicalTraining.org provides a comprehensive Biblical education from world-class professors to encourage spiritual growth and equip leaders in the church.  Most seminary level classes are free.
  • The Bible Project – From page one to the final word, we believe the Bible is a unified story that leads to Jesus. This diverse collection of ancient books overflows with wisdom for our modern world. As we let the biblical story speak for itself, we believe the message of Jesus will transform individuals and entire communities.

Biblical Hebrew

Modern Hebrew

  • Rosetta Stone – For Ohio residents this resource is accessible for free through the Cleveland Public Library (online)
  • Duolingo – A free online resource to learn Hebrew & other languages

There are many Messianic and Torah teachers out there.  This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to list the ones that we have found on our journey to be trustworthy and worthwhile.  While we do not agree with them on every point, we believe that the majority of what they have to offer is worthwhile.

We have broken them into two categories, Believers in Messiah & Jewish.  We believe that the Jewish teachers we have listed, have much to offer, but it is important to recognize that they do not believe in Yeshua as the Messiah.

As with all teachers, remember, “Beloved ones, do not believe every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are from Elohim, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

Believers in Messiah

  • Skip Moen – Recovering the meaning of Scripture, one Hebrew or Greek word at a time.
  • Torah Resource – Led by Tim Hegg, this ministry is dedicated to the education of people in Messianic and Hebraic thought
  • Kineti L’Tziyon – A personal blog of a Messianic, Judah Himango
  • Messiah Matters – A weekly video & audio podcast from Caleb Hegg & Rob Vanhoff discussing Scripture
  • Growing in Messiah – A blog from Caleb Hegg & his wife Lacacia Cardoza
  • Exploring My Strange Bible – Exploring My Strange Bible is Tim Mackie’s personal podcast, produced by The Bible Project. It’s an anthology of Tim’s lectures, sermons, and classroom teachings, collected over the last 10 years. They’ve been brought together to help you take a deeper dive into the Scriptures and the language and history of the Bible. May Bible nerds live long and prosper!

Jewish

Computer

  • Accordance Bible Software – For over 25 years, Accordance Bible Software has been equipping people to engage in deep study of the Bible. Known for its speed, ease of use, and flexibility, Accordance removes the common roadblocks to scriptural insight by keeping the Bible central to your studies.
  • E-Sword – a free PC based computer software with a variety of free and paid resources.
  • theWord – a free PC based computer software with a variety of free and paid resources.
  • Bible Support – a forum containing a number of custom resources for E-Sword and MySword
  • Sefaria – An online resource for Jewish commentary on the Tanach (Old Testament)
  • Rashi Online – a Jewish medieval commentator on the Tanach

Phone/Tablet

  • E-Sword LT – E-Sword version for the iPhone
  • E-Sword HD – E-Sword version for the iPad
  • MySword – Android app with free and paid resources
  • Sefaria iOS – A resource for Jewish commentary on the Tanach (Old Testament)
  • Sefaria Android – A resource for Jewish commentary on the Tanach (Old Testament)
  • Prayer Mate – Prayer is an amazing privilege, but it’s also really hard work (the apostle Paul compares it to a wrestling match!) PrayerMate is an award-winning Christian prayer app that seeks to help you actually pray for all the people and causes you care about.
  • Shabbat Siddur – The prayer book we use for our weekly services.
  • Yom Kippur Sidur – A prayer book we developed for use on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).
  • Kid’s Torah Corner – A weekly teaching and activity packet for children to learn the Torah
  • Parsha Thoughts – A weekly blog on the Torah Portion (Sign up for the mailing list to receive this automatically).
  • YouTube Teaching – The video recordings of our weekly teachings
  • Podcast – The Audio recordings of our weekly teachings

As with most “faith terms” it depends on who you ask. For us, it is one of the labels that helps to define who we are: Believers in Yeshua as the promised Messiah, the only Son of Elohim, who also believe that the Torah was not done away with at the time of Yeshua’s death.

Please feel free to stay as long as you would like, you will not disrupt or offend if you need to leave at any point.

  1. We start between 1 & 1:15 pm on Shabbat – Saturday
  2. Shema / V’ahavta (Traditional Blessings)
  3. Blessing & blowing of the Shofar
  4. Introduction/Welcome
  5. Community Prayer
  6. Kid’s Torah Corner
  7. Praise & Worship
  8. Traditional Prayers
  9. Blessing over the Torah
  10. Message w/ closing prayer (2:30-3:30pm)
  11. Closing blessings
  12. Aaronic Blessing
  13. Oneg (Every other week)
    1. 30 minute snack/break
    2. 60 minute Oneg
  14. Midrash
    1. Non-Oneg weeks (4:00PM – 2 Hours)
    2. Oneg weeks (5:00PM – 2 Hours)

Any books or movies in the Kol Tikvah Library we would recommend.  While there are certainly others, these are the resources we have purchased for our own congregational use.

Other books that we would suggest are:

Adonai: Hebrew for Lord or Master. This is also used as a substitution for the Covenant Name of God, יהוה (YHVH or Yahweh).

Brit Chadasha: Hebrew for Renewed Covenant, a term for the New Testament

Elohim: Hebrew for God.

HaShem: A Hebrew phrase meaning The Name. This is also used as a substitution for the Covenant Name of God, יהוה (YHVH or Yahweh).

Oneg: A Hebrew word meaning Delight. It also refers to a community meal on Shabbat

Parsha: Hebrew for Portion.  Each week a section of the Torah (Pentateuch) is read so that in 1 year all 5 books of Moses are studied.

Ruach haKodesh: Hebrew for Holy Spirit

Shabbat: The Sabbath

Shema: A Hebrew word meaning to hear. It is also a traditional blessing based on Deuteronomy 6:4

Shofar: An animal horn traditional blown to call the assembly together.

Torah: A Hebrew word meaning Instructions. Generically it can refer to any of Elohim’s instruction to His people in Scripture, but specifically it refers to the Law give to Moses at Mt. Sinai. It also refers to the first 5 books of Scripture, also known as the Pentateuch.

Yahweh (יהוה): This is the covenant name of Elohim. It is sacred, and should not be over/under used. We predominantly use this during Scripture reading and prayer.

We believe in the principles set forth in Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no guidance the people call, but in an abundance of counselors there is victory.” As such we have no single designated pastor or rabbi. Rather we have appointed a Beit Din who act much like a board of elders.

Currently the Beit Din is also responsible for teaching, however this function is not reserved for them. Any who have a gift of teaching and prove to be mature in the faith are welcome to help in this task.

The Beit Din currently consists of 2 people (Riley and Jonathan). If Elohim chooses to bring greater numbers to the congregation, additional members will be chosen and elected by the community.

As necessary the Beit Din can also appoint deacons

Just before Praise and Worship we have a section called “Kid’s Torah Corner” geared for children 5-11 (though fun for all) that teaches on the weekly Parsha (Torah Portion).  We also provide an activity packet for the children to do during the Service.  

While we understand sometimes younger children get restless, we encourage them to stay with the community during the service.  It is an opportunity for all to participate and hear the Word, and we don’t mind a little noise!

We only ask that you dress modestly.  The majority of people dress business casual.  On Feast Day celebrations like Passover and Yom Kippur you may wish to dress a little nicer, but it is not a requirement.

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