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So Vat’s Nu?
Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation
Quarterly Newsletter
Tammuz 5775 June 2015

In This Issue
Beit Midrash – Adult Education
The Rabbi’s Corner
What’s Happening @ Chavurot?
Prison Ministry

D’var Chaim  Bookstore  


The book of Vayikra, Leviticus, concludes with a double portion that conveys two seemingly unrelated themes – holiness and restoration, kedusha and hashava – among perhaps many themes that can be found in those final chapters.  The idea of holiness, kedusha, is prevalent throughout this middle book of the Torah, from the purity of the priesthood; to the purity of the camp, the settlement, of the tribes of Israel; to the purity of the central worship site, the Tabernacle; to the purity of the offerings brought before HaShem.


But is holiness an end in itself or are there larger purposes to be found in the Levitical commandments that distinguished Israel from all other nations; distinguished the tribe of Levi from the other tribes; distinguished the Sabbaths, the Holy Days, from all other days on the calendar; and distinguished the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, from all other tents pitched at Sinai and elsewhere as the nation journeyed toward the Promised Land.  Centuries after these commandments were given through Moshe, in the course of a series of commandments that restated the heart-intent of Torah observance, Yeshua told those gathered, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”


He seems to be telling them, and us, that we are to achieve perfection in faithfulness to the mitzvot, including obedience to parents, commitment to marital vows and all other Biblical covenants, in performing merciful deeds that are not always publicly revealed, in elevating society’s poor and outcast to a place of honor and nobility so that G-d can be given the glory when an individual gains or re-gains possession of personal property and spiritual freedom so that they can become whole persons.  Spiritual freedom found through the presence of Ruakh Elohim, the spirit of HaShem, when Yeshua is invited into a redemptive work.  Holy conduct can help to bring restoration to broken lives in a broken world.  And the partial and incomplete justice available through a community living within Kingdom principles is merely a foretaste of the full restoration that can be expected at the full revelation when Mashiakh returns.


Throughout the final chapters of Vayikra, as elsewhere in the entire book, there are multiple examples of small ways by which holy conduct can repair a broken life.  We may be seeking grand, sweeping gestures from heaven that will overturn earthly kingdoms and destroy evil rulership, but more often we encounter opportunities where simple acts by an individual, modest steps taken by any one of us, can restore to someone the life that G-d intended from the beginning.

D’var Chaim bookstore: seforim (books), chumashim (Bibles), siddurim (prayer books), midrashim (commentaries), and z’mirim (praise and worship CDs).  Drop by during Oneg Shabbat, 12:45p – 1:15p.



Adult Education     

Beit Midrash


In January of 2015, those in attendance at the Adult Education class got to go on a tour through Ohev’s Web Site and was guided by our very own Rabbi Michael Rudolph on a tour which is full of resources and information, such as our
Shabbat messages, the weekly
Parashot and Daily Readings, links to outside resources, a helpful calendar of Ohev events including the Ozrim schedule and other useful information. Rabbi Michael also rendered a teaching on the “


- Infilling and Baptism”.There were many other varied topics taught during our Adult Education sessions. To name a few, we had a teaching from Scott Moore on “The Mystery of the 144,000 Explained, Sandy Tobias shared info on How to Prepare for Pesach, Lacie Rawlings rendered a teaching on “Being Known – Prayer Tool to Get to Know G-d”, Joshua Guzman provided us with more insight and on Rabbinic Traditions and the Oral Law Part ll: From Talmud to Modern Judaism and Jill Melton shared with us on “How to Communicate: Silence or Words? Only G-d Knows”. Some, but not all, of the teachings were recorded and can be made available to you upon request. The cost for a copy is very minimal. Please see Jean Brown concerning this.

It is always our intent to provide you with teachings which you will findspiritually uplifting, educational, interesting, and encouraging. I take this opportunity to thank all those who participated in our Adult Education program this entire season.Their teachings were exemplary and reflected diligence in their efforts, their time spent in preparing and their desire to share with others.   I also take this opportunity to remind those Ohev members and attendees,who have never rendered an Adult Education teaching and who feel they have something on their hearts they would like to share with others, that Rabbi Michael Rudolph has extended to you an invitation to let him or Jean Brown know of your desire to share with us in this endeavor.   In June, we will take our usual summer break from Adult Education teachings and will look forward to resuming sometime in September.   We will end our Adult Education sessions on June 6thwith a teaching on
“The 1967 Six Day War in Israel”.Our Adult Hebrew classes have continued to draw and hold those interested in learning Hebrew. While Hebrew classes are not always regularly scheduled, we have still been effective in having a Hebrew class at least once each month and sometimes twice a month. Melanie Sollenberger, our Hebrew teacher, is zealous about teaching Hebrew and oftentimes would offer to sit with one or two individuals to provide


one-on-one teaching. I believe that those of you who regularly attend Hebrew classes can attest to the fact that they are beneficial, informative, helpful and interesting. If you think you may be interested in joining our Adult Hebrew classes, please don’t hesitate to see Melanie Sollenberger, Kay Hemmings or Jean Brown.
Jean Brown

July Birthdays

Happy Birthday!

Samantha Trinidad   9
Anna Huzoveck   20
Chaya Bluestein   20
Ariana Bluestein   27
James Stearman   29



July Anniversaries

Dennis & Melanie

July 14

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Rabbi Rudolph

The Rabbi’s Corner   



Our Response to Moral Decline

By Michael Rudolph 





Our country was founded on biblical values, yet today the moral fabric of our society appears to be collapsing with increasing rapidity everywhere we look. It is right that it distresses us, but let us not think that it is the first time in history that it has happened. We need only to reflect on the recent advent of ISIS and that of the Nazis before them, to realize that evil has been in the world throughout the ages and even today, but it has mostly been somewhere else. Centuries ago, the Apostle Paul wrote:


“What is revealed is God’s anger from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people who in their wickedness keep suppressing the truth; because what is known about God is plain to them, since God has made it plain to them. For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities- both his eternal power and his divine nature- have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles! This is why God has given them up to the vileness of their hearts’ lusts, to the shameful misuse of each other’s bodies. They have exchanged the truth of God for falsehood, by worshipping and serving created things, rather than the Creator- praised be he for ever. Amen. This is why God has given them up to degrading passions; so that their women exchange natural sexual relations for unnatural; and likewise the men, giving up natural relations with the opposite sex, burn with passion for one another, men committing shameful acts with other men and receiving in their own persons the penalty appropriate to their perversion. In other words, since they have not considered God worth knowing, God has given them up to worthless ways of thinking; so that they do improper things. They are filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and vice; stuffed with jealousy, murder, quarrelling, dishonesty and ill-will; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God; they are insolent, arrogant and boastful; they plan evil schemes; they disobey their parents; they are brainless, faithless, heartless and ruthless. They know well enough God’s righteous decree that people who do such things deserve to die; yet not only do they keep doing them, but they applaud others who do the same.” (Romans 1:18-32 CJB).


Sounds familiar, doesn’t it! Still, it is the first times that, in these United States, the institutions and authorities upon which we once depended to set us straight when we strayed seem to now be leading the charge in declaring what is wrong to be right, and what is right to be wrong. We should not be surprised though, because the Bible predicts that, as the end-times approach, it will happen:


“Moreover, understand this: in the acharit-hayamim [the last days] will come trying times. People will be self-loving, money-loving, proud, arrogant, insulting, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, uncontrolled, brutal, hateful of good, traitorous, headstrong, swollen with conceit, loving pleasure rather than God, as they retain the outer form of religion but deny its power.” (2 Timothy 3:1-5 CJB).


We are not going to change what is prophesied, but God does not want us to lie down and let it happen either. Yeshua knew what his end was to be, yet He thought it not a waste to preach godly truth and morality unceasingly while He was able. And so it must be with us. We tend to think that we have no authority to oppose the ungodly things we are seeing happen, but it is not so. Most of us are not government officials and do not have authority of that kind, but we do have biblical authority:


“Remember, I have given you authority; so you can trample down snakes and scorpions, indeed, all the Enemy’s forces; and you will remain completely unharmed.” (Luke 10:19 CJB).


And Scripture also says:


“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6 NKJ).


Perhaps the kind of snakes and scorpions we are to trample down are not only the kind that crawl on the ground. It’s something to think about.



Chavurot Activities





Herndon Chavurah                        Bruce & Nita Bakaysa

We continue to meet on an every other week basis at the home of Dave and Jacquelise Charlton and are enjoying wonderful times of praise and worship, intercessory prayer, and sharing testimonies and needs with one another.  We are blessed to have Mercedes and Harry Jackson as part of our group and are so happy whenever they are able to attend.  We started a Bible Study series on the Book of Acts in April and are enjoying looking more indepth at the working of the Ruach in the early believers.


Gibborim Ehmunim                         Art & Judy Cohen 

The Cohens have moved recently and are taking a break from hosting their chavurah.

SHOMER HaMishpacha          Steve & Etta Caldwell


We have been meeting at the Bluestein’s home in Lorton, Virginia. The group was designed for young married couples and young families. In the past year Johnny and Patricia Younger have joined the group as newlyweds and most recently Jenny and Henry Jordan. We hosted a baby shower for one of our couples, Abi and Josiah Rueters who are expecting their second baby, a boy! Older daughter Mishka was super excited to be part of the fun of this family gathering. Unfortunately, it was also our farewell to the Rueter family, as Josiah is being transferred to Camp LeJuene. Josiah is a Navy corpsman, but we know the Marines always need a good man! Congratulations to the Rueters! May blessings follow you as you move into your new assignment with your new baby!


Ha’Aretz                          Nancy & Larry Rothstein

Ha’Aretz met in February and March to hear a presentation from Eleiah about “lone soldiers” in the IDF.  It was very insightful and gave all of us a better understanding of what these brave soldiers without family do for Israel.  In April, we met at Jean Brown’s house to watch the movie “The Shmeitah” , about the concept of resting and releasing the land at the end of 50 years.  It taught us the connection between this concept and how it is affecting the USA right now.  In May, Ha’Aretz will not be meeting at a house, but instead all are encouraged to attend the Israeli Street Festival on Sunday, May 31st at the Village at Shirlington.  We think it is important to support the state of Israel in this annual celebration.  New people are welcome to join us as we continue our engaging discussions about the wonderful state of Israel!   Upcoming meetings will be announced in the bulletin.

Meshared Ermoza (Spanish Group)
Ron & Cheryl Zapien

The Spanish Chavurah has been meeting once a month for the past few months at the Zapien’s home.  We have been discussing having a picnic at Veterans’ Park in Woodbridge sometime in the period late June  to mid-July.  We haven’t finalized plans at the moment.  We are considering conducting a small home service on Wednesday nights also at the Zapien’s home.  Some members have not been able to attend Chavurah or Saturday morning services because of work commitments.  We thought that maybe a mid-week early evening service, conducted every other week, could help those who need the fellowship and message.  The service would include a small drash on the readings for that week.


Prison Ministry

We continue to be blessed in our prison ministry endeavor and are so very thankful to our Heavenly Father that he continues to touch the hearts of Ohevites and gives them a desire to serve in this endeavor. It is with excitement and thanksgiving that I can report that we have two new volunteers who are anxiously awaiting their opportunity to serve at the Manassas Adult Detention Center, namely Johnny Younger and Rani Mims. They have both received their orientation and are just waiting for their prison ministry badges. Please join me in congratulating them and welcoming them to our Ohev Prison Ministry Volunteer Team. Mary McCloy, who recently joined our Team,has been attending and assisting in the rendering of Bible Study to the WIND Dorm ladies for a couple of months now. I am also very pleased to announce that there are others who have made known their desire to join the Prison Ministry Team and the appropriate steps are being taken to bring them aboard.

On March 21stseveral of us (Miguel and Fabiola Salazar, Nathaniel Michael, Mary McCloy and I) attended the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry Banquet, a yearly event which is held at the Reconciliation Community Church in Manassas. This Banquet is attended by volunteers from all of the various churches and congregations which minister to the Prince William Adult Detention Center MIND Dorm and WIND Dorm men and women. It provided us volunteers with an opportunity to hear of the many successes that have been realized individually and by the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry organization as a whole as well as to hear of their challenges and needs.   We got to meet some of the others who render Bible teachings to the inmates, and got a chance to have a personal visit with Chaplain Perez, the one who is in charge of the Manassas Adult Detention Center Prison Ministry. And since it was a banquet, we gladly partook of the wonderful food they so graciously served to us.

Occasionally, we are offered an opportunity to share with, to be a blessing to and to assist in the meeting of specific needs of the Manassas Adult Detention Center. Recently, there was a request for donations of Mothers’ Day cards, which was responded to. Chaplain Perez informed us that “Within just a couple of hours there were commitments to meet the need we had for Mother’s Day cards. He further reported that “We havedistributed Mother’s day cards to all of our inmates”.

We are most grateful for the opportunity to serve and minister to the men and women of the Facility. We solicit your prayers for us as we minister to them and also ask that you pray for those that are incarcerated – that their hearts would be changed by the washing and cleansing by the Word of G-d and that they would be successful in being victorious over every challenge they are confronted with in life.


We have six teams with captains Tracy McDonald,
Eliah Sexton, Lauren Duewer, Patricia & Johnny Younger, Sherry Moore and Fabiola Sanders.  These teams do the work of setup, cleanup, and serving of the
Oneg Shabbat each week.  If you are new and have not been assigned, please see Sherry Moore (703-627-7992) to be placed on a Ozrim Team.

The schedule is now available on our website!


July Schedule

July 4 – McDonald

July 11 – Duewer 

July 25 – Sanders 

August 1 – Younger 

Ohev Family  


The Benevolence Committee asks for your help as the need for financial assistance continues to grow faster than the contributions. If you can possibly contribute to the welfare of our Ohev families in need, please consider this a request for your donations. The families of Ohev and your Benevolence Committee thank you for your generous giving.

May HaShem richly bless

you for your faithfulness to His community.



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