Saturday, April 17, 2021

Reading (Acts 6:1-7)

[1] Around this time, when the number of talmidim was growing, the Greek-speaking Jews began complaining against those who spoke Hebrew that their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution.

[2] So the Twelve called a general meeting of the talmidim and said, “It isn’t appropriate that we should neglect the Word of God in order to serve tables. [3] Brothers, choose seven men from among yourselves who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom.

We will appoint them to be in charge of this important matter, [4] but we ourselves will give our full attention to praying and to serving the Word.” [5] What they said was agreeable to the whole gathering.

They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Ruach HaKodesh, Philip, Prochoros, Nikanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas, who was a proselyte from Antioch. [6] They presented these men to the emissaries, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

[7] So the word of God continued to spread. The number of talmidim in Yerushalayim increased rapidly, and a large crowd of cohanim were becoming obedient to the faith.

Gospel (John 6:16-21)

[16] When evening came, his talmidim went down to the lake, [17] got into a boat and set out across the lake toward K’far-Nachum. By now it was dark, Yeshua had not yet joined them, [18] and the sea was getting rough, because a strong wind was blowing.

[19] They had rowed three or four miles when they saw Yeshua approaching the boat, walking on the lake! They were terrified; [20] but he said to them, “Stop being afraid, it is I.”

[21] Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and instantly the boat reached the land they were heading for.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Reading (Acts 5:34-42)

[34] But one of the members of the Sanhedrin rose to his feet, a Parush named Gamli’el, a teacher of the Torah highly respected by all the people. He ordered the men put outside for a little while [35] and then addressed the court: “Men of Isra’el, take care what you do to these people.

[36] Some time ago, there was a rebellion under Todah, who claimed to be somebody special; and a number of men, maybe four hundred, rallied behind him. But upon his being put to death, his whole following was broken up and came to nothing.

[37] After this, Y’hudah HaG’lili led another uprising, back at the time of the enrollment for the Roman tax; and he got some people to defect to him. But he was killed, and all his followers were scattered.

[38] So in the present case, my advice to you is not to interfere with these people, but to leave them alone. For if this idea or this movement has a human origin, it will collapse. [39] But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them; you might even find yourselves fighting God!”

They heeded his advice. [40] After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. [41] The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of him.

[42] And not for a single day, either in the Temple court or in private homes, did they stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah.

Gospel (John 6:1-15)

[1] Some time later, Yeshua went over to the far side of Lake Kinneret (that is, Lake Tiberias), [2] and a large crowd followed him, because they had seen the miracles he had performed on the sick.

3] Yeshua went up into the hills and sat down there with his talmidim. [4] Now the Judean festival of Pesach was coming up; [5] so when Yeshua looked up and saw that a large crowd was approaching, he said to Philip, “Where will we be able to buy bread, so that these people can eat?”

[6] (Now Yeshua said this to test Philip, for Yeshua himself knew what he was about to do.) [7] Philip answered, “Half a year’s wages wouldn’t buy enough bread for them — each one would get only a bite!”

[8] One of the talmidim, Andrew the brother of Shim‘on Kefa, said to him, [9] “There’s a young fellow here who has five loaves of barley bread and two fish. But how far will they go among so many?”

[10] Yeshua said, “Have the people sit down.” There was a lot of grass there, so they sat down. The number of men was about five thousand. [11] Then Yeshua took the loaves of bread, and, after making a b’rakhah, gave to all who were sitting there, and likewise with the fish, as much as they wanted.

[12] After they had eaten their fill, he told his talmidim, “Gather the leftover pieces, so that nothing gets wasted.” [13] They gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten.

[14]When the people saw the miracle he had performed, they said, “This has to be ‘the prophet’ who is supposed to come into the world.” [15] Yeshua knew that they were on the point of coming and seizing him, in order to make him king; so he went back to the hills again. This time he went by himself.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Reading (Acts 5:27-33)

[27] They conducted them to the Sanhedrin, where the cohen hagadol demanded of them, [28] “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name! Look here! you have filled Yerushalayim with your teaching; moreover, you are determined to make us responsible for this man’s death!”

[29] Kefa and the other emissaries answered, “We must obey God, not men. [30] The God of our fathersraised up Yeshua, whereas you men killed him by having him hanged on a stake.

[31] God has exalted this man at his right handas Ruler and Savior, in order to enable Isra’el to do t’shuvah and have her sins forgiven. [32] We are witnesses to these things; so is the Ruach HaKodesh, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

[33] On hearing this, the members of the Sanhedrin were infuriated and wanted to put the emissaries to death.

Gospel (John 3:31-36)

[31] “He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the earth is from the earth and talks from an earthly point of view; he who comes from heaven is above all. [32] He testifies about what he has actually seen and heard, yet no one accepts what he says!

[33] Whoever does accept what he says puts his seal on the fact that God is true, [34] because the one whom God sent speaks God’s words. For God does not give him the Spirit in limited degree — [35] the Father loves the Son and has put everything in his hands.

[36] Whoever trusts in the Son has eternal life. But whoever disobeys the Son will not see that life but remains subject to God’s wrath.”

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Reading (Acts 5:17-26)

[17] But the cohen hagadol and his associates, who were members of the party of the Tz’dukim, were filled with jealousy. [18] They arrested the emissaries and put them in the public jail.

[19] But during the night, an angel of Adonai opened the doors of the prison, led them out and said, [20] “Go, stand in the Temple court and keep telling the people all about this new life!” [21] After hearing that, they entered the Temple area about dawn and began to teach.

Now the cohen hagadol and his associates came and called a meeting of the Sanhedrin (that is, of Isra’el’s whole assembly of elders) and sent to the jail to have them brought. [22] But the officers who went did not find them in the prison.

So they returned and reported, [23] “We found the jail securely locked and the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened it, we found no one inside!”

[24] When the captain of the Temple police and the head cohanim heard these things, they were puzzled and wondered what would happen next. [25] Then someone came and reported to them, “Listen! The men you ordered put in prison are standing in the Temple court, teaching the people!”

[26] The captain and his officers went and brought them, but not with force; because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Gospel (John 3:16-21)

[16] “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed. [17] For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but rather so that through him, the world might be saved.

[18] Those who trust in him are not judged; those who do not trust have been judged already, in that they have not trusted in the one who is God’s only and unique Son. [19] “Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why?

Because their actions were wicked. [20] For everyone who does evil things hates the light and avoids it, so that his actions won’t be exposed. [21] But everyone who does what is true comes to the light, so that all may see that his actions are accomplished through God.”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Reading (Acts 4:32-37)

[32] All the many believers were one in heart and soul, and no one claimed any of his possessions for himself, but everyone shared everything he had. [33] With great power the emissaries continued testifying to the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua, and they were all held in high regard.

[34] No one among them was poor, since those who owned lands or houses sold them and turned over the proceeds [35] to the emissaries to distribute to each according to his need.

[36] Thus Yosef, whom the emissaries called Bar-Nabba (which means “the Exhorter”), a Levi and a native of Cyprus, [37] sold a field which belonged to him and brought the money to the emissaries.

Gospel (John 3:7-15)

[7] Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! [8] The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going.

That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.” [9] Nakdimon replied, “How can this happen?” [10] Yeshua answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Isra’el, and you don’t know this?

[11] Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! [12] If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven?

13] No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. [14] Just as Moshe lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; [15] so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Reading (Acts 4:23-31)

[23] Upon being released, they went back to their friends and reported what the head cohanim and elders had said to them. [24] When they heard it, they raised their voices to God with singleness of heart.

“Master,” they prayed, “You made heaven, earth, the sea and everything in them. [25] By the Ruach HaKodesh, through the mouth of our father David, your servant, you said, ‘Why did the nations rage and the peoples devise useless plans?

[26] The kings of the earth took their stand; and the rulers assembled together against Adonai and against his Messiah.’ [27] “This has come true in this city, since Herod and Pontius Pilate, with Goyim and the peoples of Isra’el, all assembled against your holy servant Yeshua, whom you made Messiah, [28] to do what your power and plan had already determined beforehand should happen.

[29] “So now, Lord, take note of their threats; and enable your slaves to speak your message with boldness! [30] Stretch out your hand to heal and to do signs and miracles through the name of your holy servant Yeshua!”

[31] While they were still praying, the place where they were gathered was shaken. They were all filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, and they spoke God’s message with boldness.

Gospel (John 3:1-8)

[1]There was a man among the P’rushim, named Nakdimon, who was a ruler of the Judeans. [2] This man came to Yeshua by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.”

[3] “Yes, indeed,” Yeshua answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” [4] Nakdimon said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?”

[5] Yeshua answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. [6] What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit.

[7] Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! [8] The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

Sunday, April 11, 2021

First Reading (Acts 4:32-35)

[32] All the many believers were one in heart and soul, and no one claimed any of his possessions for himself, but everyone shared everything he had.

[33] With great power the emissaries continued testifying to the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua, and they were all held in high regard.

[34] No one among them was poor, since those who owned lands or houses sold them and turned over the proceeds 35 to the emissaries to distribute to each according to his need.

Second Reading (1 John 5:1-6)

[1] Everyone who believes that Yeshua is the Messiah has God as his father, and everyone who loves a father loves his offspring too. [2] Here is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God, we also do what he commands.

[3] For loving God means obeying his commands. Moreover, his commands are not burdensome, [4] because everything which has God as its Father overcomes the world. And this is what victoriously overcomes the world: our trust.

[5] Who does overcome the world if not the person who believes that Yeshua is the Son of God? [6] He is the one who came by means of water and blood, Yeshua the Messiah — not with water only, but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit bears witness, because the Spirit is the truth.

Gospel (John 20:19-31)

[19] In the evening that same day, the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!”

[20] Having greeted them, he showed them his hands and his side. The talmidim were overjoyed to see the Lord. P21] “Shalom aleikhem!” Yeshua repeated. “Just as the Father sent me, I myself am also sending you.”

[22] Having said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Ruach HaKodesh! [23] If you forgive someone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you hold them, they are held.” [24] Now T’oma (the name means “twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Yeshua came.

[25] When the other talmidim told him, “We have seen the Lord,” he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into the place where the nails were and put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe it.”

[26] A week later his talmidim were once more in the room, and this time T’oma was with them. Although the doors were locked, Yeshua came, stood among them and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” [27] Then he said to T’oma, “Put your finger here, look at my hands, take your hand and put it into my side.

Don’t be lacking in trust, but have trust!” [28] T’oma answered him, “My Lord and my God!” [29] Yeshua said to him, “Have you trusted because you have seen me? How blessed are those who do not see, but trust anyway!

[30] In the presence of the talmidim Yeshua performed many other miracles which have not been recorded in this book. [31] But these which have been recorded are here so that you may trust that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by this trust you may have life because of who he is.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Reading (Acts 4:13-21)

[13] When they saw how bold Kefa and Yochanan were, even though they were untrained ‘am-ha’aretz, they were amazed; also they recognized them as having been with Yeshua. [14] Moreover, since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there beside them, there was nothing they could say to discredit the healing.

[15] So they told them to step away from the Sanhedrin while they discussed the matter privately. [16] “What can we do with these men?” they asked each other. “Why, anyone in Yerushalayim can see that a remarkable miracle has come about through them — we can’t possibly deny that.

[17] But to prevent it from spreading any further among the people, let’s warn them not to speak any more to anyone in this name.” [18] So they called them in again and ordered them under no circumstances to speak or teach in the name of Yeshua.

[19] But Kefa and Yochanan answered, “You must judge whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God. [20] As for us, we can’t help talking about what we have actually seen and heard.”

[21] They threatened them some more but finally let them go — they couldn’t punish them because of the people, for everyone was praising God over what had happened,

Gospel (Mark 16:9-15)

[9] When Yeshua rose early Sunday, he appeared first to Miryam of Magdala, from whom he had expelled seven demons. [10] She went and told those who had been with him, as they were crying and mourning.

[11] But when they heard that he was alive and that she had seen him, they wouldn’t believe it. [12] After that, Yeshua appeared in another form to two of them as they were walking into the country. [13] They went and told the others, but they didn’t believe them either.

[14] Later, Yeshua appeared to the Eleven as they were eating, and he reproached them for their lack of trust and their spiritual insensitivity in not having believed those who had seen him after he had risen.

[15] Then he said to them, “As you go throughout the world, proclaim the Good News to all creation.

Friday, April 09, 2021

Reading (Acts 4:1-12)

[1] Kefa and Yochanan were still speaking to the people when the cohanim, the captain in charge of the Temple police, and the Tz’dukim came upon them, [2] very annoyed that they were teaching the people the doctrine of resurrection from the dead and offering Yeshua as proof.

[3] The Temple police arrested them; and since it was already evening, they put them in custody overnight. [4] However, many of those who heard the message trusted; the number of men alone was about five thousand.

[5] The next day, the people’s rulers, elders and Torah-teachers assembled in Yerushalayim, [6] along with ‘Anan the cohen hagadol, Kayafa, Yochanan, Alexander and the other men from the family of the cohen hagadol.

[7] They had the emissaries stand before them and asked, “By what power or in what name did you do this?” [8] Then Kefa, filled with the Ruach HaKodesh, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people!

[9] If we are being examined today about a good deed done for a disabled person, if you want to know how he was restored to health, [10] then let it be known to you and to all the people of Isra’el that it is in the name of the Messiah, Yeshua from Natzeret, whom you had executed on a stake as a criminal but whom God has raised from the dead, that this man stands before you perfectly healed.

[11] “This Yeshua is the stone rejected by you builders which has become the cornerstone.[12] There is salvation in no one else! For there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by whom we must be saved!”

Gospel (John 21:1-14)

[1]After this, Yeshua appeared again to the talmidim at Lake Tiberias. Here is how it happened: [2] Shim‘on Kefa and T’oma (his name means “twin”) were together with Natan’el from Kanah in the Galil, the sons of Zavdai, and two other talmidim.

[3] Shim‘on Kefa said, “I’m going fishing.” They said to him, “We’re coming with you.” They went and got into the boat, but that night they didn’t catch anything. [4] However, just as day was breaking, Yeshua stood on shore, but the talmidim didn’t know it was he.

[5] He said to them, “You don’t have any fish, do you?” “No,” they answered him. [6] He said to them, “Throw in your net to starboard and you will catch some.” So they threw in their net, and there were so many fish in it that they couldn’t haul it aboard.

[7] The talmid Yeshua loved said to Kefa, “It’s the Lord!” On hearing it was the Lord, Shim‘on Kefa threw on his coat, because he was stripped for work, and plunged into the lake; [8] but the other talmidim followed in the boat, dragging the net full of fish; for they weren’t far from shore, only about a hundred yards.

[9] When they stepped ashore, they saw a fire of burning coals with a fish on it, and some bread. [10] Yeshua said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” [11] Shim‘on Kefa went up and dragged the net ashore.

It was full of fish, 153 of them; but even with so many, the net wasn’t torn. [12] Yeshua said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the talmidim dared to ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

[13] Yeshua came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. [14] This was now the third time Yeshua had appeared to the talmidim after being raised from the dead.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Reading (Acts 3:11-26)

[11] While he clung to Kefa and Yochanan, all the people came running in astonishment toward them in Shlomo’s Colonnade. [12] Seeing this, Kefa addressed the people: “Men of Isra’el! Why are you amazed at this? Or why do you stare at us as if we had made this man walk through some power or godliness of our own?

[13] The God of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov, the God of our fathers,has glorified his servant Yeshua — the same Yeshua you handed over and disowned before Pilate, even after he had decided to release him.

[14] You denied the holy and innocent one, and instead asked for the reprieve of a murderer! [15] You killed the author of life! “But God has raised him from the dead! Of this we are witnesses.

16] And it is through putting trust in his name that his name has given strength to this man whom you see and know. Yes, it is the trust that comes through Yeshua which has given him this perfect healing in the presence of you all.

[17] “Now, brothers, I know that you did not understand the significance of what you were doing; neither did your leaders. [18] But this is how God fulfilled what he had announced in advance, when he spoke through all the prophets, namely, that his Messiah was to die.

[19] “Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased; [20] so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence; and he may send the Messiah appointed in advance for you, that is, Yeshua.

[21] He has to remain in heaven until the time comes for restoring everything, as God said long ago, when he spoke through the holy prophets. [22] For Moshe himself said, ‘Adonai will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your brothers. You are to listen to everything he tells you.

[23] Everyone who fails to listen to that prophet will be removed from the people and destroyed.’[24] Indeed, all the prophets announced these days, starting with Sh’mu’el and continuing through all who followed.

[25] “You are the sons of the prophets; and you are included in the covenant which God made with our fathers when he said to Avraham, ‘By your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed.’

[26] So it is to you first that God has sent his servant whom he has raised up, so that he might bless you by turning each one of you from your evil ways.”

Gospel (Luke 24:35-48)

[35] Then the two told what had happened on the road and how he had become known to them in the breaking of the matzah. [36] They were still talking about it when — there he was, standing among them!

[37] Startled and terrified, they thought they were seeing a ghost. [38] But he said to them, “Why are you so upset? Why are these doubts welling up inside you? [39] Look at my hands and my feet — it is I, myself! Touch me and see — a ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see I do.”

[40] As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. [41] While they were still unable to believe it for joy and stood there dumbfounded, he said to them, “Have you something here to eat?” [42] They gave him a piece of broiled fish, [43] which he took and ate in their presence.

[44] Yeshua said to them, “This is what I meant when I was still with you and told you that everything written about me in the Torah of Moshe, the Prophets and the Psalms had to be fulfilled.”

[45] Then he opened their minds, so that they could understand the Tanakh, [46] telling them, “Here is what it says: the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day; [47] and in his name repentance leading to forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed to people from all nations, starting with Yerushalayim. [48] You are witnesses of these things.

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Reading (Acts 3:1-10)

[1] One afternoon at three o’clock, the hour of minchah prayers, as Kefa and Yochanan were going up to the Temple, [2] a man crippled since birth was being carried in. Every day people used to put him at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, so that he could beg from those going into the Temple court.

[3] When he saw Kefa and Yochanan about to enter, he asked them for some money. [4] But they stared straight at him; and Kefa said, “Look at us!” [5] The crippled man fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.

[6] Kefa said, “I don’t have silver, and I don’t have gold, but what I do have I give to you: in the name of the Messiah, Yeshua of Natzeret, walk!” [7] And taking hold of him by his right hand, Kefa pulled him up.

Instantly his feet and ankles became strong; [8] so that he sprang up, stood a moment, and began walking. Then he entered the Temple court with them, walking and leaping and praising God! [9] Everyone saw him walking and praising God.

[10] They recognized him as the same man who had formerly sat begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple, and they were utterly amazed and confounded at what had happened to him.

Gospel (Luke 24:13-35)

[13] That same day, two of them were going toward a village about seven miles from Yerushalayim called Amma’us, [14] and they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened.

[15] As they talked and discussed, Yeshua himself came up and walked along with them, [16] but something kept them from recognizing him. [17] He asked them, “What are you talking about with each other as you walk along?”

They stopped short, their faces downcast; [18] and one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only person staying in Yerushalayim that doesn’t know the things that have been going on there the last few days?”

[19] “What things?” he asked them. They said to him, “The things about Yeshua from Natzeret. He was a prophet and proved it by the things he did and said before God and all the people. [20] Our head cohanim and our leaders handed him over, so that he could be sentenced to death and executed on a stake as a criminal.

[21] And we had hoped that he would be the one to liberate Isra’el! Besides all that, today is the third day since these things happened; [22] and this morning, some of the women astounded us.

They were at the tomb early [23] and couldn’t find his body, so they came back; but they also reported that they had seen a vision of angels who say he’s alive! [24] Some of our friends went to the tomb and found it exactly as the women had said, but they didn’t see him.”

[25] He said to them, “Foolish people! So unwilling to put your trust in everything the prophets spoke! [26] Didn’t the Messiah have to die like this before entering his glory?” [27] Then, starting with Moshe and all the prophets, he explained to them the things that can be found throughout the Tanakh concerning himself.

[28] They approached the village where they were going. He made as if he were going on farther; [29] but they held him back, saying, “Stay with us, for it’s almost evening, and it’s getting dark.” So he went in to stay with them.

[30] As he was reclining with them at the table, he took the matzah, made the b’rakhah, broke it and handed it to them. [31] Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. But he became invisible to them.

[32] They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn inside us as he spoke to us on the road, opening up the Tanakh to us?” [33] They got up at once, returned to Yerushalayim and found the Eleven gathered together with their friends, [34] saying, “It’s true!

The Lord has risen! Shim‘on saw him!” [35] Then the two told what had happened on the road and how he had become known to them in the breaking of the matzah.

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Reading (Acts 2:36-41)

[36] Therefore, let the whole house of Isra’el know beyond doubt that God has made him both Lord and Messiah — this Yeshua, whom you executed on a stake!” [37] On hearing this, they were stung in their hearts; and they said to Kefa and the other emissaries, “Brothers, what should we do?”

[38] Kefa answered them, “Turn from sin, return to God, and each of you be immersed on the authority of Yeshua the Messiah into forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Ruach HaKodesh!

[39] For the promise is for you, for your children, and for those far away — as many as Adonai our God may call!” [40] He pressed his case with many other arguments and kept pleading with them, “Save yourselves from this perverse generation!”

[41] So those who accepted what he said were immersed, and there were added to the group that day about three thousand people.

Gospel (John 20:11-18)

[11] but Miryam stood outside crying. As she cried, she bent down, peered into the tomb, 12 and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Yeshua had been, one at the head and one at the feet.

[13] “Why are you crying?” they asked her. “They took my Lord,” she said to them, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” [14] As she said this, she turned around and saw Yeshua standing there, but she didn’t know it was he.

[15] Yeshua said to her, “Lady, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you’re the one who carried him away, just tell me where you put him; and I’ll go and get him myself.”

[16] Yeshua said to her, “Miryam!” Turning, she cried out to him in Hebrew, “Rabbani!” (that is, “Teacher!”) [17] “Stop holding onto me,” Yeshua said to her, “because I haven’t yet gone back to the Father.

But go to my brothers, and tell them that I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” [18] Miryam of Magdala went to the talmidim with the news that she had seen the Lord and that he had told her this.

Monday, April 05, 2021

Reading (Acts 2:14, 22-33)

[14] Then Kefa stood up with the Eleven and raised his voice to address them: “You Judeans, and all of you staying here in Yerushalayim! Let me tell you what this means! Listen carefully to me!

[22] “Men of Isra’el! Listen to this! Yeshua from Natzeret was a man demonstrated to you to have been from God by the powerful works, miracles and signs that God performed through him in your presence. You yourselves know this.

[23] This man was arrested in accordance with God’s predetermined plan and foreknowledge; and, through the agency of persons not bound by the Torah, you nailed him up on a stake and killed him!

[24] “But God has raised him up and freed him from the suffering of death; it was impossible that death could keep its hold on him. [25] For David says this about him: ‘I saw Adonai always before me,for he is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken.

[26] For this reason, my heart was glad; and my tongue rejoiced; and now my body too will live on in the certain hope [27] that you will not abandon me to Sh’ol or let your Holy One see decay.

[28] You have made known to me the ways of life; you will fill me with joy by your presence.’[29] “Brothers, I know I can say to you frankly that the patriarch David died and was buried — his tomb is with us to this day.

[30] Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that one of his descendants would sit on his throne, [31] he was speaking in advance about the resurrection of the Messiah, that it was he who was not abandoned in Sh’ol and whose flesh did not see decay.

[32] God raised up this Yeshua! And we are all witnesses of it! [33] “Moreover, he has been exalted to the right hand of God; has received from the Father what he promised, namely, the Ruach HaKodesh; and has poured out this gift, which you are both seeing and hearing.

Gospel (Matthew 28:8-15)

[8] So they left the tomb quickly, frightened yet filled with joy; and they ran to give the news to his talmidim. [9] Suddenly Yeshua met them and said, “Shalom!” They came up and took hold of his feet as they fell down in front of him.

[10] Then Yeshua said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go and tell my brothers to go to the Galil, and they will see me there.” [11] As they were going, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the head cohanim everything that had happened.

[12] Then they met with the elders; and after discussing the matter, they gave the soldiers a sizeable sum of money [13] and said to them, “Tell people, ‘His talmidim came during the night and stole his body while we were sleeping.’

[14] If the governor hears of it, we will put things right with him and keep you from getting in trouble.” [15] The soldiers took the money and did as they were told, and this story has been spread about by Judeans till this very day.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

First Reading (Acts 10:34, 37-43)

[34] Then Kefa addressed them: “I now understand that God does not play favorites, [37] You know what has been going on throughout Y’hudah, starting from the Galil after the immersion that Yochanan proclaimed; [38] how God anointed Yeshua from Natzeret with the Ruach HaKodesh and with power; how Yeshua went about doing good and healing all the people oppressed by the Adversary, because God was with him.

[39] “As for us, we are witnesses of everything he did, both in the Judean countryside and in Yerushalayim. They did away with him by hanging him on a stake; [40] but God raised him up on the third day and let him be seen, [41] not by all the people, but by witnesses God had previously chosen, that is, by us, who ate and drank with him after he had risen again from the dead.

[42] “Then he commanded us to proclaim and attest to the Jewish people that this man has been appointed by God to judge the living and the dead. [43] All the prophets bear witness to him, that everyone who puts his trust in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

Second Reading (Colossians 3:1-4)

[1] So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God.[2] Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.

[3] For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. [4] When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory!

Gospel (John 20:1-18)

[1] Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Miryam from Magdala went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. [2] So she came running to Shim‘on Kefa and the other talmid, the one Yeshua loved, and said to them, “They’ve taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they’ve put him!”

[3] Then Kefa and the other talmid started for the tomb. [4] They both ran, but the other talmid outran Kefa and reached the tomb first. [5] Stooping down, he saw the linen burial-sheets lying there but did not go in.

[6] Then, following him, Shim‘on Kefa arrived, entered the tomb and saw the burial-sheets lying there, [7] also the cloth that had been around his head, lying not with the sheets but in a separate place and still folded up.

[8] Then the other talmid, who had arrived at the tomb first, also went in; he saw, and he trusted. [9] (They had not yet come to understand that the Tanakh teaches that the Messiah has to rise from the dead.)

[10] So the talmidim returned home, [11] but Miryam stood outside crying. As she cried, she bent down, peered into the tomb, [12] and saw two angels in white sitting where the body of Yeshua had been, one at the head and one at the feet.

[13] “Why are you crying?” they asked her. “They took my Lord,” she said to them, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” [14] As she said this, she turned around and saw Yeshua standing there, but she didn’t know it was he.

[15] Yeshua said to her, “Lady, why are you crying? Whom are you looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you’re the one who carried him away, just tell me where you put him; and I’ll go and get him myself.”

[16] Yeshua said to her, “Miryam!” Turning, she cried out to him in Hebrew, “Rabbani!” (that is, “Teacher!”) [17] “Stop holding onto me,” Yeshua said to her, “because I haven’t yet gone back to the Father.

But go to my brothers, and tell them that I am going back to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.” [18] Miryam of Magdala went to the talmidim with the news that she had seen the Lord and that he had told her this.

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Reading (No Reading)

Gospel (Mark 16.1-8)

[1]When Shabbat was over, Miryam of Magdala, Miryam the mother of Ya‘akov, and Shlomit bought spices in order to go and anoint Yeshua. [2] Very early the next day, just after sunrise, they went to the tomb.

[3] They were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone from the entrance to the tomb for us?” [4] Then they looked up and saw that the stone, even though it was huge, had been rolled back already.

[5] On entering the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right; and they were dumbfounded. [6] But he said, “Don’t be so surprised! You’re looking for Yeshua from Natzeret, who was executed on the stake. He has risen, he’s not here!

Look at the place where they laid him. [7] But go and tell his talmidim, especially Kefa, that he is going to the Galil ahead of you. You will see him there, just as he told you.”

[8] Trembling but ecstatic they went out and fled from the tomb, and they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Friday, April 02, 2021

First Reading (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12)

[13] “See how my servant will succeed! He will be raised up, exalted, highly honored! [14] Just as many were appalled at him, because he was so disfigured that he didn’t even seem human and simply no longer looked like a man, [15] so now he will startle many nations; because of him, kings will be speechless.

For they will see what they had not been told, they will ponder things they had never heard.” [53:1] Who believes our report? To whom is the arm of Adonai revealed? [2] For before him he grew up like a young plant, like a root out of dry ground.

He was not well-formed or especially handsome; we saw him, but his appearance did not attract us. [3] People despised and avoided him, a man of pains, well acquainted with illness. Like someone from whom people turn their faces, he was despised; we did not value him.

[4] In fact, it was our diseases he bore, our pains from which he suffered; yet we regarded him as punished, stricken and afflicted by God. [5] But he was wounded because of our crimes,
crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises we are healed.

[6] We all, like sheep, went astray; we turned, each one, to his own way;
yet Adonai laid on him the guilt of all of us, [7] Though mistreated, he was submissive —
he did not open his mouth.

Like a lamb led to be slaughtered, like a sheep silent before its shearers, he did not open his mouth. [8] After forcible arrest and sentencing, he was taken away; and none of his generation protested his being cut off from the land of the living for the crimes of my people, who deserved the punishment themselves.

[9] He was given a grave among the wicked; in his death he was with a rich man. Although he had done no violence and had said nothing deceptive, [10] yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness, to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering.

If he does, he will see his offspring; and he will prolong his days; and at his hand Adonai’s desire will be accomplished. [11] After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction. “By his knowing [pain and sacrifice], my righteous servant makes many righteous; it is for their sins that he suffers.

[12]Therefore I will assign him a share with the great, he will divide the spoil with the mighty, for having exposed himself to death and being counted among the sinners, while actually bearing the sin of many and interceding for the offenders.”

Second Reading (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9)

[14] Therefore, since we have a great cohen gadol who has passed through to the highest heaven, Yeshua, the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we acknowledge as true.

[15] For we do not have a cohen gadol unable to empathize with our weaknesses; since in every respect he was tempted just as we are, the only difference being that he did not sin.

[16] Therefore, let us confidently approach the throne from which God gives grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace in our time of need.

[5:7] During Yeshua’s life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions, crying aloud and shedding tears, to the One who had the power to deliver him from death; and he was heard because of his godliness.

[8] Even though he was the Son, he learned obedience through his sufferings. [9] And after he had been brought to the goal, he became the source of eternal deliverance to all who obey him,

Gospel (John 18:1 40; 19:1-42)

[1]After Yeshua had said all this, he went out with his talmidim across the stream that flows in winter through the Vadi Kidron, to a spot where there was a grove of trees; and he and his talmidim went into it. [2] Now Y’hudah, who was betraying him, also knew the place; because Yeshua had often met there with his talmidim.

[3] So Y’hudah went there, taking with him a detachment of Roman soldiers and some Temple guards provided by the head cohanim and the P’rushim; they carried weapons, lanterns and torches. [4] Yeshua, who knew everything that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Whom do you want?”

[5] “Yeshua from Natzeret,” they answered. He said to them, “I AM.” Also standing with them was Y’hudah, the one who was betraying him. [6] When he said, “I AM,” they went backward from him and fell to the ground. [7] So he inquired of them once more, “Whom do you want?” and they said, “Yeshua from Natzeret.”

[8] “I told you, ‘I AM,’” answered Yeshua, “so if I’m the one you want, let these others go.” [9] This happened so that what he had said might be fulfilled, “I have not lost one of those you gave me.”

[10] Then Shim‘on Kefa, who had a sword, drew it and struck the slave of the cohen hagadol, cutting off his right ear; the slave’s name was Melekh. [11] Yeshua said to Kefa, “Put your sword back in its scabbard! This is the cup the Father has given me; am I not to drink it?”

[12] So the detachment of Roman soldiers and their captain, together with the Temple Guard of the Judeans, arrested Yeshua, tied him up, [13] and took him first to ‘Anan, the father-in-law of Kayafa, who was cohen gadol that fateful year.

[14] (It was Kayafa who had advised the Judeans that it would be good for one man to die on behalf of the people.) [15] Shim‘on Kefa and another talmid followed Yeshua. The second talmid was known to the cohen hagadol, and he went with Yeshua into the courtyard of the cohen hagadol; [16] but Kefa stood outside by the gate.

So the other talmid, the one known to the cohen hagadol, went back out and spoke to the woman on duty at the gate, then brought Kefa inside. [17] The woman at the gate said to Kefa, “Aren’t you another of that man’s talmidim?” He said, “No, I’m not.”

[18] Now the slaves and guards had lit a fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it warming themselves; Kefa joined them and stood warming himself too. [19] The cohen hagadol questioned Yeshua about his talmidim and about what he taught.

[20] Yeshua answered, “I have spoken quite openly to everyone; I have always taught in a synagogue or in the Temple where all Jews meet together, and I have said nothing in secret; [21] so why are you questioning me?

Question the ones who heard what I said to them; look, they know what I said.” [22] At these words, one of the guards standing by slapped Yeshua in the face and said, “This is how you talk to the cohen hagadol?”

[23] Yeshua answered him, “If I said something wrong, state publicly what was wrong; but if I was right, why are you hitting me?” [24] So ‘Anan sent him, still tied up, to Kayafa the cohen hagadol.

[25] Meanwhile, Shim‘on Kefa was standing and warming himself. They said to him, “Aren’t you also one of his talmidim?” He denied it, saying, “No, I am not.” [26] One of the slaves of the cohen hagadol, a relative of the man whose ear Kefa had cut off, said, “Didn’t I see you with him in the grove of trees?”

[27] So again Kefa denied it, and instantly a rooster crowed. [28] They led Yeshua from Kayafa to the governor’s headquarters. By now it was early morning. They did not enter the headquarters building because they didn’t want to become ritually defiled and thus unable to eat the Pesach meal.

[29] So Pilate went outside to them and said, “What charge are you bringing against this man?” [30]They answered, “If he hadn’t done something wrong, we wouldn’t have brought him to you.” [31] Pilate said to them, “You take him and judge him according to your own law.”

The Judeans replied, “We don’t have the legal power to put anyone to death.” [32]This was so that what Yeshua had said, about how he was going to die, might be fulfilled. [33] So Pilate went back into the headquarters, called Yeshua and said to him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

[34] Yeshua answered, “Are you asking this on your own, or have other people told you about me?” [35] Pilate replied, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and head cohanim have handed you over to me; what have you done?”

[36] Yeshua answered, “My kingship does not derive its authority from this world’s order of things. If it did, my men would have fought to keep me from being arrested by the Judeans. But my kingship does not come from here.”

[37] “So then,” Pilate said to him, “You are a king, after all.” Yeshua answered, “You say I am a king. The reason I have been born, the reason I have come into the world, is to bear witness to the truth. Every one who belongs to the truth listens to me.” [38] Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

Having said this, Pilate went outside again to the Judeans and told them, “I don’t find any case against him. [39] However, you have a custom that at Passover I set one prisoner free. Do you want me to set free for you the ‘king of the Jews’?”

[40] But they yelled back, “No, not this man but Bar-Abba!” (Bar-Abba was a revolutionary.) [19:1] Pilate then took Yeshua and had him flogged. [2] The soldiers twisted thorn-branches into a crown and placed it on his head, put a purple robe on him, [3] and went up to him, saying over and over, “Hail, ‘king of the Jews’!” and hitting him in the face.

[4] Pilate went outside once more and said to the crowd, “Look, I’m bringing him out to you to get you to understand that I find no case against him.” [5] So Yeshua came out, wearing the thorn-branch crown and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look at the man!”

[6] When the head cohanim and the Temple guards saw him they shouted, “Put him to death on the stake! Put him to death on the stake!” Pilate said to them, “You take him out yourselves and put him to death on the stake, because I don’t find any case against him.”

[7] The Judeans answered him, “We have a law; according to that law, he ought to be put to death, because he made himself out to be the Son of God.” [8] On hearing this, Pilate became even more frightened.

[9] He went back into the headquarters and asked Yeshua, “Where are you from?” But Yeshua didn’t answer. [10] So Pilate said to him, “You refuse to speak to me? Don’t you understand that it is in my power either to set you free or to have you executed on the stake?”

[11] Yeshua answered, “You would have no power over me if it hadn’t been given to you from above; this is why the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” [12] On hearing this, Pilate tried to find a way to set him free; but the Judeans shouted, “If you set this man free, it means you’re not a ‘Friend of the Emperor’!

Everyone who claims to be a king is opposing the Emperor!” [13] When Pilate heard what they were saying, he brought Yeshua outside and sat down on the judge’s seat in the place called The Pavement (in Aramaic, Gabta); [14] it was about noon on Preparation Day for Pesach.

He said to the Judeans, “Here’s your king!” [15] They shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Put him to death on the stake!” Pilate said to them, “You want me to execute your king on a stake?” The head cohanim answered, “We have no king but the Emperor.”

[16] Then Pilate handed Yeshua over to them to have him put to death on the stake. So they took charge of Yeshua. [17] Carrying the stake himself he went out to the place called Skull (in Aramaic, Gulgolta).

[18] There they nailed him to the stake along with two others, one on either side, with Yeshua in the middle. [19] Pilate also had a notice written and posted on the stake; it read, YESHUA FROM NATZERET THE KING OF THE JEWS [20] Many of the Judeans read this notice, because the place where Yeshua was put on the stake was close to the city; and it had been written in Hebrew, in Latin and in Greek.

[21] The Judeans’ head cohanim therefore said to Pilate, “Don’t write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but ‘He said, “I am King of the Jews.”’” [22] Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

[23] When the soldiers had nailed Yeshua to the stake, they took his clothes and divided them into four shares, a share for each soldier, with the under-robe left over. Now the under-robe was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom; [24] so they said to one another, “We shouldn’t tear it in pieces; let’s draw for it.”

This happened in order to fulfill the words from the Tanakh, “They divided my clothes among themselves and gambled for my robe.”This is why the soldiers did these things. [25] Nearby Yeshua’s execution stake stood his mother, his mother’s sister Miryam the wife of K’lofah, and Miryam from Magdala.

[26] When Yeshua saw his mother and the talmid whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Mother, this is your son.” [27] Then he said to the talmid, “This is your mother.” And from that time on, the talmid took her into his own home.

[28] After this, knowing that all things had accomplished their purpose, Yeshua, in order to fulfill the words of the Tanakh, said, “I’m thirsty.” [29] A jar full of cheap sour wine was there; so they soaked a sponge in the wine, coated it with oregano leaves and held it up to his mouth.

[30] After Yeshua had taken the wine, he said, “It is accomplished!” And, letting his head droop, he delivered up his spirit. [31] It was Preparation Day, and the Judeans did not want the bodies to remain on the stake on Shabbat, since it was an especially important Shabbat. So they asked Pilate to have the legs broken and the bodies removed.

[32] The soldiers came and broke the legs of the first man who had been put on a stake beside Yeshua, then the legs of the other one; [33] but when they got to Yeshua and saw that he was already dead, they didn’t break his legs.

[34] However, one of the soldiers stabbed his side with a spear, and at once blood and water flowed out. [35] The man who saw it has testified about it, and his testimony is true. And he knows that he tells the truth, so you too can trust.

[36] For these things happened in order to fulfill this passage of the Tanakh: “Not one of his bones will be broken.”[37] And again, another passage says, “They will look at him whom they have pierced.”

[38] After this, Yosef of Ramatayim, who was a talmid of Yeshua, but a secret one out of fear of the Judeans, asked Pilate if he could have Yeshua’s body. Pilate gave his consent, so Yosef came and took the body away.

[39] Also Nakdimon, who at first had gone to see Yeshua by night, came with some seventy pounds of spices — a mixture of myrrh and aloes. [40] They took Yeshua’s body and wrapped it up in linen sheets with the spices, in keeping with Judean burial practice. [41] In the vicinity of where he had been executed was a garden, and in the garden was a new tomb in which no one had ever been buried. [42] So, because it was Preparation Day for the Judeans, and because the tomb was close by, that is where they buried Yeshua.

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