Bri't Ahavah - Covenant of Love
Arnold DaVigo, Ph.D.
Brit Ahavah is a peripetetic (wandering) multi-ethnic congregation for the past 20 years. We rented in Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, and now back in Livermore.
We pray that you will experience how aspects of Shabbat and festivals point to the love of G-d and his holy calling for our daily life.
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We believe there is one book of Jewish Scriptures, consisting of the Tanakh (Torah, Prophets, Writings) and B’rit Hadasha (The Renewed Covenant) containing the progressive revelation of G-d, with each renewed covenant being an extension coming naturally out of the previous covenant. We believe G-d’s word is wholly inspired by Him and worthy of our full trust in its completeness, accuracy and consistency.
We believe that G-d is fully echad (one), and exists eternally unified as Avinu (Our Father), Son (Yeshua), and Ruach haKodesh (Holy Spirit). One G-d, not three. No one can adequately explain this oneness.
We believe that Y'shua is the promised Messiah, whom Moses and the prophets foretold; He is divine, the Son of God; He was born from the seed of a woman, a virgin (as translated by Jewish scholars about 150 BCE in the Septuagint); He came to sound the call to repentance and to bear witness to the truth; He came as the living Torah to tabernacle among us, teaching the intended meaning and goal of Torah and upholding it in all its fullness; He was righteous and without sin; He performed the miracles specified of the Maschiach to perform; He atoned for our sins through his sacrifice that we may be reconciled to the Father; He was resurrected on the third day during Pesach, specifically on Yom haBikkurim, the first fruits of the promise of resurrction and eternal life; On Shavuot, the 50th day of the Omer, he ascended in front of a multitude of witnesses to the right hand of the Father. Yeshua ha-Notzri, glorified the Father on earth, as Maschiach ben Yosef (the Suffering Servant) at his first coming, and will return as Maschiach ben David (the Ruling King).
We believe that, after the event of undeserved salvation through faith (initiated by heart belief and vocal assent), internal regeneration by the Ruach haKodesh is essential to live a life of daily sanctification and holiness, and that the Torah is G-d's program for training in such a lifestyle of righteousness.
We believe those who receive the gift of redemption through Messiah have full assurance that they will live eternally with G-d. Those who reject G-d's gift, have no such assurance except to stressfully hope that their righteous deeds can measure up to the holy demands of haShem (The Name).
Our congregation uses Sephardic (Israeli) pronunciations: English does not cleanly convert from Hebrew. You might see Y'Shua and Yeshua. Both are pronounced Yeh-shua. For sanity sake, we follow spellings in the Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) translated by David Stern. However, do not be surprised to see Y' instead of Ye. We use the CJB, making it easier to refer to page number from the bima (podium). The CJB acquaints us with Jewish terms and book ordering within the Tenach (Bible).
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