Aliyah Congregation Values

David served God's purpose in his own generation (Acts 13:26). This is also our goal: To be Torah-observant believers in Yeshua HaMashiach. Our goal involves three generations: our generation, the one preceding us and the one following us. For this reason, our activities and outreach ministries aim at those three groups of society, and we warmly welcome Jewish inter-marriages.

Isaiah 2 and Micah 4 state that in the last days (acharit hayamim), the law (Torah) will go out from Zion and the Word (Davr) of God from Jerusalem. This is a beautiful picture of what our values are. The Law and the Word refer to Zion and Jerusalem. Zion is the center, the kernel, the place where God puts His Name. The temple was built there and today the location is called the Temple Mount; a piece of land inside of the City of Jerusalem - the Jerusalem of Gold that we sing about; the City that God loves. The two cannot be separated. Zion is part of Jerusalem, Jerusalem is part of Zion. In the future, during the Messianic Age, God will rule the universe headquartered in Jerusalem, with His throne in Zion.

The prophets Isaiah and Micah related the Torah and the Davr (the Law and the Word) to those two places: Zion and Jerusalem. Just as those two physical locations cannot be separated, so too the Law and the Word cannot be separated.

However, history shows that we have over 2,000 years of attempts to separate them. In an important event, Constantine and the Nicean Counsel compiled what is known in the western world as the contemporary "Holy Bible." They took the Tanach, changed the order of some of the books, and renamed it "Old Testament." Then together with 318 Catholic bishops, they selected which books to be included in the "New Testament," thus producing the contemporary "Holy Bible."

The Jewish community upheld the Torah "Law" and the Christian community elevated the Davr "Word." Yet the prophets Isaiah and Micah show a picture of the two being together. To us at the Aliyah Congregation, the study of Torah "Law" - the first five books - is essential. They are the very foundation which is necessary for a complete understanding of all of the holy writings.

Shalom to you.