December 27, 2016 Psalm 134, Deuteronomy 3, Psalm 26, (18)

Rabbi Portman talked about Hanukah which Commutating the fight with the Maccabean. People make the case for a fight for religious liberty. Very minor holiday for Jews. He brought gifts, coins and tops. The Shaman Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Affirmation of one God. The Shamaz is the witness to the one God. The rabbi showed the prayer regalia. This was discovered in the dead sea scrolls. Is Torah more important than prophets? Yes you read it every week but only occasionally are the prophets read. The 10 commandments in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5 are worded differently. All prayers are time limited. Women are exempt from prayer. The prayers are regimented and they always say the same prayer. In Deuteronomy God sets the place of worship, Mt. Sinai which they called Horan. Jews are awaiting a Messiah, the reformed say it could be a movement while conservatives believe it is a person. People have both evil and good inclination and a belief in God helps people overcome the evil inclination and follow the good inclination. Maybe half of the Jews in Iowa city affiliate with the synagogue.