So Vat’s Nu?
Ohev Yisrael Messianic Jewish Congregation
Quarterly Newsletter
Sh’vat 5777 February 2017
In This Issue
Featured Article
The Rabbi’s Corner
Prison Ministry
What’s Happening @ Chavurot?

UPCOMING EVENTS & Most Recent Events

March 7 – Congregational Meeting at 6:30pm at Ohev.
March 9 – Reading of Megillah Esther at 7:00pm at Ohev
 March 12 – Purim Festival at Ohev at 4:00pm

Purim is right around the corner!
If you are interested in chanting/cantillation-of a verse or two of the Megillah (“scroll” of the Book of Esther) for a service – Thursday evening, March 9th, 7:00pm – that will be a segment of Ohev Yisrael’s multi-day Purim observance, please contact me.  We are in the early stages of publicizing this Fourth Anniversary Ohev Megillat Esther Service and plans are moving forward.
The Scriptures for Esther can also be found online here: pt/pt3301.htm or here: pdf/273/LuRF2731060.pdf.  Note that the nusach (melodic, trope system) for this and other megillot is unlike those for Torah and Haftarot but, as several in Ohev can testify, can be learned in a matter of a few hours.
To prepare for the Megillat Esther Service, congregants have found useful:
  • The Book/Scroll of Esther with vowel points and tropes.  See the attached file.
  • A transliterated (English) version of the (Hebrew) Scroll.  I have not been able to find a free complete transliterated version, but will gladly create verses manually for anyone, or, using this transliteration engine, you are welcome to generate transliterated verses – try it out and copy/paste a verse or phrase from the Scroll at this site (easier to copy from there than from the attached PDF).  With the engine, be sure to select a transliteration table from the drop-down menu; I have found the Modern Israeli style to be user-friendly, along with a couple others (Academy of the Hebrew Language, American Library Association).  
If you participated by chanting verses in previous years, you may repeat your portion this year.  And if you are not interested in chanting a verse but want to help in some other way such as in an English reading, refreshments, or any other part of the planning, or if you have any questions, please reply to me.
Bob Blicksilver

D’var Chaim  Bookstore  
Sefer Shemot, the Book of Exodus, begins by recounting the names – Shemot – of Jacob’s sons who came to Egypt, but this book also has much to say about other names: the names of G-d.  In Genesis, Hashem is identified as a plurally unified creator, Elohim, and as El Shaddai, the G-d of . . . the G-d who . . . well, we’re not sure what Shaddai means.  One popular Midrashic interpretation breaks down Shaddai into she-dai, where dai is understood as “enough” or “sufficient”, such as when we read and sing Dayenu at the Pesach Seder, where we remember that it was enough for us that G-d performed successive wonders: bringing Israel out from Egyptian oppression; giving the nation the Torah, Shabbat, and manna in the wilderness; and many more.
In the writings of the New Covenant, this theme of the gradual unfolding revelation of the identity of Hashem is further communicated in the book of Hebrews:
At many times and in many ways, God spoke long ago to the fathers through the prophets.  In these last days He has spoken to us through a Son, whom He appointed heir of all things and through whom He created the universe. This Son is the radiance of His glory and the imprint of His being, upholding all things by His powerful word. When He had made purification for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus He became as far above the angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (TLV)
The writer of Hebrews bears witness that the Son of the Most High has inherited a name more excellent than all prior names given among men and angels.  And because the Son has come in the imprint, the image, of the Father, the Son and Father share the same name: Yeshua.  In Sefer Shemot, Moshe, a descendant of Noah’s son Shem, bears witness of the one true G-d to Pharaoh, a descendant of Ḥam, another of Noah’s sons.  And centuries later, the shaliach/apostle Peter, another of Shem’s seed, bears witness to representatives of a multitude of nations on the day of Shavuot.  To which of the nationalities present within our communities are we being sent to proclaim the name above all names?
D’var Chaim bookstore: Seforim (Hebrew and English Bibles, commentaries, and study guides), Siddurim (prayer books),and Z’mirim (praise and worship CDs).  Drop by during Oneg Shabbat, 12:45p – 1:15p.

Ohev’s Sisterhood, will be holding their annual elections meeting on February 4th in the library.  Elections will be for President, Vice-President and Treasurer.
Our Bible Study will be Sunday, February 26th at Alexis Harris home.  The teaching will be on “G-d’s Jealous Love.”   Come, bring a brunch munch to share and  join us for a fun time of fellowship and learning together. 

Bruce & Nita Bakaysa
February 14

Steve & Etta Caldwell
February 16

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BirthdaysHappy Birthday!

Okdong Husoveck  2
Dennis Sollenberger    5
Pat Brown   9
Mary Exline  11
Melanie Sollenberger  13
LaWanna Willingham  19HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!


Rabbi Rudolph

The Rabbi’s Corner   

The Gospels as Torah

Excerpted from
Introduction to the Law of Messiah
Compiled as Mitzvot
by Michael Rudolph
According to Jeremiah 31:30 (30), the New Covenant is a covenant of “Torah – God’s teaching written on our hearts. With that in mind, let us see if any of the New Covenant books are analogous to the Torah books – the Pentateuch.  If the test for “pentateuchal” Torah is whether a New Covenant book of the Bible contains the ” Torah” put in our minds and written on our hearts, then the Gospel books – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John certainly pass the test.  Consider the many similarities between the Pentateuch and the Gospels:
1. The Pentateuch contains the life of Moses who was used by God to deliver the Sinai Covenant to Israel (Exodus 34:27).[1] The Gospels collectively contain the life of Yeshua, who was used by God to deliver the New Covenant to Israel (Hebrews 8:6).
2. The Pentateuch contains the event in which Moses proclaims the blood of the Sinai Covenant (Exodus 24:8). The Gospels collectively contain the event in which Yeshua proclaims his blood of the New Covenant (Matthew 26:28).
3. The Pentateuch contains the teachings and the commandments of the Sinai Covenant conveyed through Moses (Deuteronomy 4:13). The Gospels collectively contain the teachings and the commandments of the New Covenant conveyed through Yeshua (Matthew 5:1-7:29).
4. The Pentateuch contains the means by which men must atone for their sins through animal sacrifice. The Gospels collectively contain the means by which men must be forgiven for their sins through Yeshua’s sacrifice.
5. The Pentateuch initiates the Levitical priesthood and the appointment of Aaron as High Priest (Exodus 28:1-3). The Gospels collectively initiate the priesthood of believers and the appointment of Yeshua as High Priest (described in Hebrews 7:20-28).[2]
6. The Pentateuch contains shadows of things to come. The Gospels collectively contain the prophetic fulfillment of those shadows.
7. The Pentateuch ends with the death of Moses. The Gospels collectively end with the death and ascension of Yeshua.
Yeshua’s life and blood are the substance of the New Covenant – its “Torah” (John 1:14, 14:6), and Yeshua’s sacrificial death and resurrection mark both the New Covenant’s beginning (John 19:30) and its fulfillment. It is in the Gospel books that we find this New Covenant substance, and the Gospel books are therefore truly New Covenant Torah.

[1] The Pentateuch also contains the lives of the patriarchs of earlier covenants.
[2] Yeshua’s priesthood begins with his resurrection.


Prison Ministry

Ohev Messianic Jewish Congregation has been actively involved in outreach to the Manassas Adult Detention Center to two groups: the WIND Dorm (Women in New Direction) and the MIND Dorm (Men in New Direction). Our very own Congregational Leader, Rabbi Michael Rudolph and his wife, Marie, participate in ministering at the Manassas Facility along with others of us, namely, Nathaniel Michael, Jim Eadie, Mary McCloy and Jean Brown. It is my understanding that there are many congregations from whom volunteers participate in ministering at the Facility and to my knowledge, Ohev is the only Messianic Jewish congregation that attends.
It was February of 2010 that Rabbi Michael saw the vision and was led to encourage others of us at Ohev to join the ministry Team and be involved in Prison Ministry. In speaking with others on the Team, and from my own personal experience, I can say that it has truly been, and continues to be, a wonderfully blessed and rewarding venture. We find the men and women to be very receptive and eager to be ministered to and having a thirst for a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. We do find that there are many who seem to be very knowledgeable of the Scriptures. There are approximately 20 to 25 ladies and approximately 32 men.
So what is this Prison Ministry venture made by the Ohev Volunteers like? With respect to the ladies, every Monday morning from 7:30 am until 9:00 am, Mary McCloy and I visit with the WIND Dorm ladies. We go in with excitement and an expectation of having a joyful time of fellowship as we allow the Ruach HaKodesh to lead and guide us in ministering to the ladies. Sometimes as I walk into the room or as we are preparing to depart, I feel a song in my heart and will begin singing and the ladies will join in. Ministering to the ladies is easy – We endeavor to show them Yeshua by explaining the Scriptures to them, by interacting with them, by drawing them into discussions and asking questions and helping them to understand. It is our desire that they will allow the Scriptures to work in their lives, to change them and cause them to be empowered to be overcomers and truly women in a new direction.  We enjoy providing them with pages from coloring books that contain Scriptures as they say it is very relaxing to color. Occasionally, we will generate a little witten “test” for them which they say they enjoy.   We recently concluded an indepth teaching of Psalm 91 and are currently providing teachings from Jonathan Cahn’s book, “The Book of Mysteries”. Mary and I work closely together, somewhat like a tag team as the Ruach HaKodesh puts something on our hearts to share. We very much enjoy ministering to the ladies and ministering together. We enjoy sharing with them Hebrew words and endeavor to help them to better understand the Hebraic roots of Scripture.
With respect to the MIND Dorm men, Rabbi Michael, Nathaniel Michael (Nate) and Jim Eadie provide ministering to the men beginning at 9:30 am until 11:00 am. The men show their excitement and appreciation for Volunteers coming out to minister to them by standing and clapping as we walk into the room. We find some of the men to be very knowledgeable of Scripture, and some appear to have a desire to understand more deeply the Word of G-d. Rabbi Michael usually puts on his “Ask the Rabbi” hat and offers for the men to ask away. Some of the questions posed by them are thought provoking. Perhaps you have attended an Ohev Beit Midrash where Rabbi Michael has put on his “Ask the Rabbi” hat – well, this is what it is like. Nate and Jim provide very inspiring teachings on the subjects of faith, forgiveness, the feast days, among others, which blesses the men immensely. Those ministering to the MIND Dorm men also share Hebrew words and information to help them understand the Hebraic roots of Scripture.
Ohev Volunteers continue to exhibit zeal, commitment and dedication in rising to the call Abba Father has put on their hearts to minister His Word to others. I take this opportunity to encourage any who might have given some thought to Prison Ministry or who may have questions about it to please reach out to one of us volunteers. We would love to have others join the Team! Please know too that, as we have done in the past, we can seek permission for someone who feels a strong calling into this Ministry to attend the Manassas Adult Detention Center, for a few times, as an observer.
As Mary related to me, serving at the Manassas Adult Detention Center provides an incredible opportunity for spiritual growth, to be bumped out of our comfort zone, for us to learn how to live out the Scriptures, to show love to our neighbors, to have compassion and understanding for others and to be a blessing to the men and women of the Facility as they bless us.

Jean Brown


Corporate Prayer


Corporate Prayer continues to meet at the Caldwell residence once a month.  We come together in unity of Spirit to worship Hashem and invite His Ruach to pray through us, as we join our prayers with Yeshua, Who is interceding at Abba’s right hand for us.  This month we are meeting February 15th
from 1-3pm.

Chavurot Activities
Chavurah (Home Group) Meetings
Shomrim meets at Moores on Tuesday, February 7 at 7:30pm
Me’onah meets at Eadies on Wednesday February 8 at 7:00pm
Gibborim Ehmunim meets in Woodbridge on February 7 at 7:15pm
Reston/Herndon Group meets at Charlton’s on
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30pm
Shomer HaMishpacha (Young couples/familiesmeets at
Bluesteins on alternate Sundays at 5pm
Ha’Aretz (Israel chavurah) meets at Moore’s on
Sunday, February 26 at at 9:45am
 Shomrim Chavurah                      Scott & Sherry Moore
 Shomrim is beginning a series on “Lashon Hara”

 or “evil tongue.”  The good thing about this series is that no one will complain about it when it’s over.  For anyone interested in coming, please contact Scott or Sherry Moore to make sure of the dates when the meetings will be.
Ha’Aretz                                      Nancy & Larry Rothstein 
In September 2016, we had a Skype interview with Adina Kory who lives in Israel. She won a business contest in Israel which led to her current job. She meets with a group of people for a business consulting forum, for start up businesses that gives out loans, consulting, and financial counseling. They are called First Fruits. Adina also works with Jamie Cowen’s legal group that helps people buy homes in Israel. Adina shared about some of the realities of making Aliyah, which she did at the age of 16. She also served in the IDF.
In October and November 2016, we discussed current political issues, using internet articles. We did not meet in December, due to travel and the holidays. In January 2017, we had a wonderful Skype interview with Judah Morrison who told us about his current job working with a wine company in Israel. We learned about all the schooling he had in California and all the hard work that goes into making a wine company thrive. The company that he works for is kosher and is one that produces a large amount of wine. It imports wine to the USA and operates under the name Yarden.
Our next meeting will be on February 26th.

Gibborim Ehmunim                              Michael Rudolph

We’ve been meeting 1-time per month since the Biblical/Jewish fall holidays.  Rabbi Michael has been coming down giving a teaching he’s prepared about the “Ideal Messianic Congregation”.  It’s been raising upbeat conversations with our group.  We are going through a transition moving from Jean Brown’s house to other members homes.  On Tuesday, February 21st and March 14th, meetings will occur at Blondell/Pedro Kennedy’s home.

We have six teams with captains Tracy McDonald,
Karen Hemmings, Lauren Duewer, Millie Monge and Rani Mims, Sherry Moore and Bob Blicksilver .  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!


2016Hannukah Celebration!!
It was a joyful and beautiful one. The children were delighted with the puppet play that Shirley Johnson prepared.


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