Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Reading (Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10)
 Adonai saw that the people on earth were very wicked, that all the imaginings of their hearts were always of evil only. Adonai regretted that he had made humankind on the earth; it grieved his heart.
 Adonai said, “I will wipe out humankind, whom I have created, from the whole earth; and not only human beings, but animals, creeping things and birds in the air; for I regret that I ever made them.”
 But Noach found grace in the sight of Adonai. [7:1] Adonai said to Noach, “Come into the ark, you and all your household; for I have seen that you alone in this generation are righteous before me.
Of every clean animal you are to take seven couples, and of the animals that are not clean, one couple;  also of the birds in the air take seven couples — in order to preserve their species throughout the earth.
 For in seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; I will wipe out every living thing that I have made from the face of the earth.”  Noach did all that Adonai ordered him to do.  After seven days the water flooded the earth.
Gospel (Mark 8:14-21)
 Now the talmidim had forgotten to bring bread and had with them in the boat only one loaf.  So when Yeshua said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves from the hametz of the P’rushim and the hametz of Herod,”  they thought he had said it because they had no bread.
 But, aware of this, he said, “Why are you talking with each other about having no bread? Don’t you see or understand yet? Have your hearts been made like stone?  You have eyes — don’t you see?
You have ears — don’t you hear? And don’t you remember?  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Twelve,” they answered him.
“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you collect?” “Seven,” they answered.  He said to them, “And you still don’t understand?”
Monday, February 15, 2021
Reading (Genesis 4:1-15, 25)
 The man had sexual relations with Havah his wife; she conceived, gave birth to Kayin [acquisition] and said, “I have acquired a man from Adonai.”  In addition she gave birth to his brother Hevel. Hevel kept sheep, while Kayin worked the soil.
 In the course of time Kayin brought an offering to Adonai from the produce of the soil;  and Hevel too brought from the firstborn of his sheep, including their fat. Adonai accepted Hevel and his offering  but did not accept Kayin and his offering.
Kayin was very angry, and his face fell.  Adonai said to Kayin, “Why are you angry? Why so downcast?  If you are doing what is good, shouldn’t you hold your head high? And if you don’t do what is good, sin is crouching at the door — it wants you, but you can rule over it.”
 Kayin had words with Hevel his brother; then one time, when they were in the field, Kayin turned on Hevel his brother and killed him.  Adonai said to Kayin, “Where is Hevel your brother?” And he replied, “I don’t know; am I my brother’s guardian?”
 He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying out to me from the ground!  Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood at your hands.
 When you farm the ground it will no longer yield its strength to you. You will be a fugitive, wandering the earth.”  Kayin said to Adonai, “My punishment is greater than I can bear.  You are banning me today from the land and from your presence.
I will be a fugitive wandering the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” Adonai answered him, “Therefore, whoever kills Kayin will receive vengeance sevenfold,” and Adonai put a sign on Kayin, so that no one who found him would kill him.
 Adam again had sexual relations with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she named Shet [granted], “For God has granted me another seed in place of Hevel, since Kayin killed him.”
Gospel (Mark 8:11-13)
 The P’rushim came and began arguing with him; they wanted him to give them a sign from Heaven, because they were out to trap him.  With a sigh that came straight from his heart, he said, “Why does this generation want a sign?
Yes! I tell you, no sign will be given to this generation!”  With that, he left them, got into the boat again and went off to the other side of the lake.