FAQ Series

This is a fun series where Rabbi Jesse and Rabbi Ira discuss some of the Frequently Asked Questions they get. It is an opportunity for you to get answers to questions you always wanted to ask but never did.

Dig In or Give Up

Dig In or Give Up

Exodus 3 :4-8 & 10 - 4When Adonai saw that he turned to look, He called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” So he answered, “Hineni.” 5Then He said, “Come no closer. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” So Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 7Then Adonai said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their slave masters, for I know their pains. 8So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, to bring them up out of that land into a good and large land, a land flowing with milk and honey, 10 Come now, I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people Bnei-Yisrael out from Egypt.”

The 4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?


Drunk Woman

1 Samuel 1: 1-20

4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?


The Cost of Discipleship

Matthew 4:18-23

Matthew 8:18

Matthew 8:21-22

Matthew 9:9-13

Matthew 19:16-26

4 Questions:

  1. Why do you feel like giving up?

  2. What makes you press onward?

  3. What obstacles prevent you from moving ahead?

  4. What tools can keep you focused on your goal?

Rolling Back the Reproach

Rolling Back the Reproach

Joshua 5:7-10 - 7But He raised up their children in their place. Joshua circumcised them, for they were uncircumcised, since they had not been circumcised along the way. 8Now it came to pass after they had finished circumcising the entire nation, they remained in their places in the camp until they recovered. 9Then Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.” Therefore the name of that place has been called Gilgal to this day. 10While Bnei-Yisrael camped at Gilgal, they observed Passover on the evening of the fourteenth day of the month in the plains of Jericho.

Joshua 5:9 - 9Then Adonai said to Joshua, “This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you.”

Passover - Past, Present & Future

Part 1: Redemption From Slavery

Exodus 1:5-11 - 5The souls that came out of the line of Jacob numbered 70 in all, while Joseph was already in Egypt. 6Then Joseph died, as did all his brothers and all that generation. 7Yet Bnei-Yisrael were fruitful, increased abundantly, multiplied and grew extremely numerous—so the land was filled with them. 8Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. 9He said to his people, “Look, the people of Bnei-Yisrael are too numerous and too powerful for us. 10Come, we must deal shrewdly with them, or else they will grow even more numerous, so that if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and then escape from the land.” 11So they set slave masters over them to afflict them with forced labor

Exodus 12 - 1Now Adonai spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying, 2“This month will mark the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family one lamb for the household. 6You must watch over it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to slaughter it at twilight. 7They are to take the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the crossbeam of the houses where they will eat it. 8They are to eat the meat that night, roasted over a fire. With matzot and bitter herbs they are to eat it. 11b You are to eat it in haste. It is Adonai’s Passover. 12“For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night and strike down every firstborn, both men and animals, and I will execute judgments against all the gods of Egypt. I am Adonai. 13The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. So there will be no plague among you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 14“This day is to be a memorial for you. You are to keep it as a feast to Adonai. Throughout your generations you are to keep it as an eternal ordinance. 15For seven days you are to eat matzot , but on the first day you must remove hametz from your houses, for whoever eats hametz from the first day until the seventh day, that soul will be cut off from Israel. 16The first day is to be a holy assembly for you as well as the seventh day. No manner of work is to be done on those days, except what is to be eaten by every person—that alone may be prepared by you. 18During the first month in the evening of the fourteenth day of the month, you are to eat matzot , until the evening of the twenty-first day of the month. 19For seven days no hametz is to be found in your houses, for whoever eats hametz, that soul will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an outsider or one who is born in the land. 20You are to eat no hametz; in all your houses you are to eat matzot . 29So it came about at midnight that Adonai struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh sitting on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn cattle. 30Then Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was loud wailing in Egypt. For there was not a house where someone was not dead. 31So he called for Moses and Aaron at night and said, “Rise up, go out from my people, both you and Bnei-Yisrael, go, serve Adonai as you have said. 40Now the time that Bnei-Yisrael lived in Egypt was 430 years. 41So it happened at the end of 430 years, to the very day, that all the armies of Adonai went out from the land of Egypt. 51It was on that very day that Adonai brought Bnei-Yisrael out of the land of Egypt as armies.


Pesach Today

Acts 21:17-20 - 17When we arrived in Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters welcomed us gladly. 18On the next day, Paul went in with us to Jacob; all the elders were present. 19After greeting them, he reported to them in detail what God had done among the Gentiles through his service. 20And when they heard, they began glorifying God. They said, “You see, brother, how many myriads there are among the Jewish people who have believed—and they are all zealous for the Torah.

Luke 22:14-19 - 15And He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will never eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17And when He had taken a cup and offered the bracha, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18For I tell you that I will never drink of the fruit of the vine from now on, until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And when He had taken matzah and offered the bracha, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, given for you. Do this in memory of Me.”


A Future Passover

Preparing A Place

Preparing A Place

Exodus 40:34-38 - 34Then the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. 35Moses was unable to enter into the Tent of Meeting, because the cloud resided there and the glory of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. 36Now whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tabernacle, Bnei-Yisrael went onward, throughout all their journeys. 37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not move out until the day that it was. 38For the cloud of Adonai was on the Tabernacle by day and a fire was there by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel throughout all their journeys.

Exodus 35:1-3 - 1Then Moses assembled all the congregation of Bnei-Yisraeland said to them,  “These are the words which Adonai has commanded you to do. 2Work is to be done for six days, but the seventh day is a holy day for you, a Shabbat of complete rest to Adonai. Whoever does any work then will die. 3Do not kindle a fire in any of your dwellings on Yom Shabbat.”

Exodus 35:2b - Whoever does any work then will die.

John 4:13-14 - 13Yeshua replied to her, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never be thirsty. The water that I give him will become a fountain of water within him, springing up to eternal life!”

Next week: 

Preparing a Place

Willing Hearts


Willing Hearts

Exodus 35:4-29 - 4Moses also said to all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, “This is the word which Adonai commanded saying: 5Take from among you an offering for Adonai. Whoever has a willing heart, let him bring Adonai’s offering: gold, silver and bronze; 6blue, purple and scarlet cloth; fine linen and goat hair; 7ram skins dyed red, sealskins and acacia wood; 8oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet incense; 9onyx stones, and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastplate. 10“Let every wise-hearted man among you come and make everything that Adonai has commanded, including 11the Tabernacle, its tent and its covering, its clasps and its boards, its crossbars, its pillars and its bases; 20Then all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael departed from before Moses. 21Everyone whose heart stirred him and everyone whose spirit was willing came and brought Adonai’s offering for the work of the Tent of Meeting and for all its service as well as for the holy garments. 22So they came, both men and women, everyone whose heart compelled him, and brought nose rings, earrings, signet rings, bracelets, and all kinds of golden jewels —everyone who brought a wave offering of gold to Adonai. 23Everyone who had blue, purple, scarlet, fine linen, goat hair, ram skins dyed red or sealskins brought them. 24Everyone who could make a contribution of silver or bronze brought Adonai’s offering, and every man who had acacia wood of any use for service brought it. 25Also all the women who were wise-hearted spun with their hands, and brought what they had woven—the blue, purple, scarlet and fine linen. 26All the women whose heart stirred them up with wisdom spun the goat hair. 27Also the leaders brought onyx stones and setting stones for the ephod and for the breastplate, 28along with the spice, the oil for the light and for anointing and for the sweet incense. 29Every man and woman whose heart made them willing gave toward all the work that Adonai had commanded to be done by Moses’ hand. So Bnei-Yisrael brought it as a freewill offering to Adonai.

Exodus 35:5 - 5Take from among you an offering for Adonai. Whoever has a willing heart, let him bring Adonai’s offering: gold, silver and bronze;

Luke 6:45 - Out of the good treasure of his heart the good man brings forth good, and out of evil the evil man brings forth evil. For from the overflow of the heart his mouth speaks.

Proverbs 21:2 - All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but Adonai weighs the heart


The Glory Falls

Exodus 40:17,33-38 - 17 So the tabernacle was set up on the first day of the first month in the second year. 33 Then Moses set up the courtyard around the tabernacle and altar and put up the curtain at the entrance to the courtyard. And so Moses finished the work. 34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out;  37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

Isaiah 9:5-6 - 5For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God My Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace. 6Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end—  on the throne of David and over His kingdom— to establish it and uphold it through justice and righteousness from now until forevermore. The zeal of Adonai-Tzva’ot will accomplish this.

1 Corinthians 3 - 16Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that the Ruach Elohim dwells among you? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Shalom Boca - A Vision For Peace

Part 1: Shalom Boca - A Community Of Peace


Shalom = Peace?

  • Completeness

  • Wholeness

  • No War

  • No Strife

  • May you be filled with well-being!

  • May health and prosperity be upon you!

Numbers 6:23-27 - This is how you are to bless Bnei-Yisrael, by saying to them 24‘Adonai bless you and keep you! 25Adonai make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you! 26Adonai turn His face toward you and grant you shalom!’ 27In this way they are to place My Name over Bnei-Yisrael, and so I will bless them.”

Isaiah 9:5-6 - For to us a child is born, a son will be given to us, and the government will be upon His shoulder. His Name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, My Father of Eternity, 

Prince of Peace - Of the increase of His government and shalom there will be no end

Psalm 122:6-7 - Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. 

Psalm 122:6-7 - May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God

Next week:

Pillar 1: Know God


Pillars Of Peace

Pillar 1: Know God

Shalom Boca  - Pillars of Peace

Pillar 1: Know God

Genesis 3:8 - And they heard the sound of Adonai Elohim going to and fro in the garden in the wind of the day. 

Exodus 33:11 - So Adonai spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, did not leave the Tent.

John 1:1  - In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 15:10-14  - If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and your joy may be full. 12“This is My commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15“I am no longer calling you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing. Now I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.


Pillars Of Peace

Pillar 2: Freedom In Community

Acts 2:42-47 - 42They were devoting themselves to the teaching of the emissaries and to fellowship, to breaking bread and to prayers. 43Fear lay upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were happening through the emissaries. 44And all who believed were together, having everything in common. 45They began selling their property and possessions and sharing them with all, as any had need. 46Day by day they continued with one mind, spending time at the Temple and breaking bread from house to house. They were sharing meals with gladness and sincerity of heart, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And every day the Lord was adding to their number those being saved.

Romans 12:3-13,18 - I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of yourself than you ought to think—but to use sound judgment, as God has assigned to each person a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many parts in one body—and all the parts do not have the same function— 5so we, who are many, are one body in Messiah and everyone parts of one another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace that was given to us—if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; or the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8or the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who gives, in generosity; the one who leads, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. 9Let love be without hypocrisy—detesting what is evil, holding fast to the good. 10Be tenderly devoted to one another in brotherly love; outdo one another in giving honor. 11Do not be lagging in zeal; be fervent in spirit. Keep serving the Lord, 12rejoicing in hope, enduring in distress, persisting in prayer, 13contributing to the needs of the kedoshim, extending hospitality… 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live in shalom with all people

Hebrews 10:24-25 - 24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good deeds. 25And do not neglect our own meetings, as is the habit of some, but encourage one another and all the more so as you see the Day approaching.


Pillars of Peace

Pillar 3: Your Purpose

Psalm 57:2 - I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.

Jacob/James 1:5 - But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all without hesitation and without reproach; and it will be given to him.

Psalm 119:105 - Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Rabbi's Top 5 Strengths (book recommendation: Strength Finders 2.0 - click for link)

  1. Communication

  2. Maximizer

  3. Strategic

  4. Activator

  5. Positivity 

Proverbs 11:14 - Without guidance people fall, with many counselors there is deliverance


Pillars of Peace

Pillar 4: Change The World

Jeremiah 17:9 - The heart is deceitful above all things, and incurable—who can know it?

Isaiah 53:4-5 - Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our pains. Yet we esteemed Him stricken, struck by God, and afflicted. But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities. The chastisement for our shalom was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 

Aleinu-Al Kain Prayer -And therefore we hope to You, Lord our God, that we may speedily behold the splendor of Your might To banish idolatry from the earth  –  and false gods will be utterly destroyedTo perfect the world (Tikkun Olam) under the sovereignty of the Almighty. All mankind shall invoke Your Name to turn all the wicked of the earth to you.

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 

Shalom Boca’s 4 Pillars of Peace

  1. Know God 

  2. Freedom in Community

  3. Your Purpose

  4. Change the World

Shalom Boca - Bringing Peace to a Broken World