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Why Am I Jewish?

When I was older, I remember church. I was fascinated by the Preacher. Not a certain Preacher, but any Preacher. The sermons grabbed me. I tried to memorize what they were saying. It seemed so important.

Continue Reading November 27, 2018 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

A Psalm for Today … Ps. 94

Psalm 94:1 O יהוה, Ěl of vengeance; O Ěl of vengeance, shine forth!

I was reading this Psalm during my morning prayers. It is the Psalm the Rabbis recite on Wednesdays at the rostrum.

Psa 94:2 Raise Yourself up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud.
Psa 94:3 יהוה, how long are the wrong, How long are the wrong going to exult?

With the heated debates on the political scene today, I pondered,”Man, that’s close!” Now look at the next verses.

Psa 94:4 They pour forth words, They speak arrogantly; All the workers of wickedness boast in themselves.
Psa 94:5 They crush Your people, O יהוה, And they afflict Your inheritance.
Psa 94:6 They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless.

OMG!!! Really!! This was written 2000 years ago and it perfectly describes the doings of Evil today! They crush Your people, O יהוה, … look what happened last Shabbat !!

Psa 94:7 Yet they say, “Yah does not see, And the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ pays no heed.”

Sound familiar? Let’s skip a few verses …

Psa 94:21 They band together against the life of the righteous, And declare innocent blood wrong.

But don’t despair … for we win.

Psa 94:23 And brings back on them their own wickedness, And cuts them off in their own wrongdoing; יהוה our Elohim does cut them off.

I know those who know me know where I stand. I am praying for righteousness to prevail next Tuesday. Our country, our World depends on it. But however it comes out, HaShem (God) is in control and if he deems we should have mercy, we will have mercy.

 

November 1, 2018 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Report from Spiderluf

It’s in the Heavenlies, so the description is not really possible. One of the Melach’s is approaching Gabriel with a report.

“Here’s the report you asked for yesterday, Your Eminence”

“Did you read it?”, He asked (knowing that he had).

“Yessir, looks like all is good on Monroe residence.”

Report from Spiderluf: Monroe Date Monday April 9, 2018

Subject appears listless. Vitals are nominal. Color is pale. Frequent trips to bathroom.

Last Monday, I was lying in my bed feeling horrible. Some virus had entered our domain (Brenda had it yesterday) was causing terror. In the afternoon, my body was exhausted after several trips to the john that were necessary to expel through the southern end whatever it was that wasn’t supposed to be there.

I looked up the wall and saw a black spot on the ceiling molding. I thought, “hmmm, how’d that get there?”

Then it moved.

Ahhh, a spider. What’s it doing? There’s no food there. Nothing to hang a web on. It moved about a foot to 18 inches and then reversed course and went back to wherever it came from. 

“Looks like they got that bug we sent. I was wondering why we didn’t hear the morning or afternoon Schma (prayer). OK, thanks, that’ll be all” 

 

 

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April 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

Why Su Ann Is Talking to Yeshua As We Speak

One of my favorite cousins is in the Afterlife today. Her soul is not trapped in her body any more. This is a sad time for us but I guarantee you not her. She is talking with the Master and finding out  her next mission.

From the Gospels (We call it the Nazarean Codicil).

Mat 22:35 and one of them, one learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying,
Mat 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
Mat 22:37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38 “This is the first and great command.
Mat 22:39 “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

יהושע  is Hebrew for Yeshua (Jesus).

Every time I saw Su she was fulfilling this mitzvot (commandment). In the Jewish faith it is the Schma (Schma means to hear and to do). No matter what tests and trials this life gave her, that’s what she did.  I could give you examples and stories but have neither the time nor the talent to do so. Besides, if you knew her, if you met her then you know I’m right.

I love you SuAnne and can’t wait to see you again when I go for my next mission.

The last few months have been rough but she smiled through them because she knew what was ahead. HaShem (G-d) granted me the privilege of being with her last December. She was SO excited. She knew she was about to shed this earthly suit and she was grinning from ear to ear about it. She had questions for me because we both were trying to fulfill the mission laid out in the Schma to the best of our abilities. I was woefully inadequate in explaining what I thought she would be facing.

I know she forgives me because that’s how we show we love each other. We forgive each other.

Goodbye Su … can’t wait till I see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2018 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Revelations From Shacharit

Just before I started my morning prayers, this morning, (we call them the Shacharit sha-ka-reet), I had a major insight.

You see, I used to be a DeeJay (announcer, record spinner, etc) when I was in my 20s. I always wondered if I had any listeners. My own little ego trip, I guess. I was assured I did when I would call on advertisers during the day and they would ask me to play certain songs and such. I’ll never forget when I walked into Tulia Auto and they said,”Man, you cracked us up this morning!”. I said,”Oh, how’s that?”. One of them said,”When you said, ‘wind warnings are in effect for only those lakes with water in them!” The Texas panhandle is notorious for lakes drying up.

One of the questions I have always had in my Halak (Walk) with HaShem is Prayer. Actually, it’s how to pray effectively. I know in Jakov it reads, (more…)

April 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Happy Purim 5777

Happy Purim 5777 (Chag Semeach Purim is my guess on the Hebrew greeting). Giberet Chaggit (Brenda) and I had a wonderful Shabbat yesterday as we most generally do. This week we made the trek to Amarillo to be with likeminded individuals. An inspiring time of Midrash (discussion), Prayer and food was had by all. By the way, you can find this week’s Parasha (triennial cycle) here.

This has been a crazy month already. What with the fires in our land. Over a million acres burned, 4 human souls died (last I heard) and untold number of animals, wild and domestic.

The story of Esther. That’s what today is all about though. It’s in the Old Testament. There have been many discussions about its authenticity but I see no reason to doubt it. The fact that it is a Rabbinical holiday deters some from celebrating. No problem. The Nations don’t need to celebrate Jewish Feasts anyway. Some say they do but don’t want anything to do with Hannuka or Purim. These people adhere to the principal that if it is not written in the Tanak (Hebrew O.T.) or in the Nazarean Codicil (N.T.), then the Rabbis made it up and it’s not a valid date to be celebrated. Let me just say this about that. Baloney.

Esther saved the Jewish people from destruction. Mordeḵai, believed to be her Uncle and spiritual advisor, helped her do it. There are a few parallels with Hannuka. In Hannuka, the Greeks didn’t want to annihilate the Jews, they just wanted the Israelis to assimilate, and leave all that Jewish stuff behind. In Esther, Haman (the bad guy, a descendant of Amelich) wanted to destroy Judaism and wipe every Jew from the face of the Earth. Much like the descendants of Amelich (Terrorist Muslims and Progressive Liberals, to mention a couple of the groups) want to destroy Israel and its people today.

In Hannuka, the battle was fought with force by a family of Levites. In Purim, the battle is fought with prayer.  There is a lesson in that.

 

March 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Fast of Purim

Less than 2 hours to go….

I started this fast some 11 or so hours ago at sun-up.

This is a fast that is in memory of Esther of the Bible. Purim is a Rabbinical holiday that is based on her story in the Tanak (Old Testament). She (and Israel) fasted 3 days before implementing her plan to save her people.

It’s going pretty good, actually.

I can honestly say that I haven’t had anything since this morning. OK, Ok, I did take a little too long finishing my coffee. I guess I need to explain. On a day-fast fast, if you get up early enough, you can eat and drink before the sun comes up. In Judaism, there are four fast days: Tammuz 17, Av 9, Tishri 3, and Tevet 10. The entire Talmud tractate of Taanit contains the details of these fasts. The Tanach records these fasts as though they were contained in the written Torah:

 Zechariah 7:2-5 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat HaShem By asking the priests of the house of G-d Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of HaShem Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

This is quote from Rabbi Dr. Hillel

I think that Yom Kippur is the only Sundown to Sundown fast we have. It’s kind of funny that nowhere is it written to fast on these days. It all comes from Oral Law. Oral Law is the part that a lot of people get a big stumbling block. I  consider that it makes perfect sense that there be an Oral and a Written Torah. Here’s a good article R. Hillel has about it.

My morning and afternoon prayers were very good. The were some additions especially for this occasion in the Amidahs. The Amidahs are the silent prayers we say during the other prayers.

Along with fasting food and drink, I try to limit myself on secular entertainment and such.

I also like to study Torah and listen to teachings.

So, it’s about and hour till sundown and Giberet Chaggit has started the beans and rice.  I will be ready

Erev Shabbat is tomorrow night and Purim is Sunday.

Shalom U’brachot

Adon Aviner ben Abraham

March 9, 2017 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

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