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Conversation With An Atheist

He actually at one time said he wasn’t an Atheist or non-believer but in a subsequent conversation he revealed atheistic attributes, including there is no afterlife for our souls. He said we all just kind of melt into one big mixture. I said, “Disappear like a drop of water in a pool of water?” He said, “Exactly!”

It was really rather depressing to think about his reasoning.

So I asked him why? What is our purpose? Why are we here? He said to help fellow humans. Well, to tell you the truth, that don’t cut it with me. I mean, I’m goal oriented. I strive to know the end game. To be here to help other people here so we can all disappear in a soup someday is not much of an end game.

He said for “millions and millions” of years men have tried to appease the gods by sacrificing (virgins, time, crops, you-name-it). All Judaism (and Christianity) have done is funneled the many gods to one god. He didn’t have anything against believers, if they needed that crutch.

Well, thank you very much but no thanks.

I reject your simplistic argument that we are just some kind of cosmic accident without a Creator.

I asked him about reward and punishment. He said emphatically there is not reward and punishment. Things just happen no matter what we choose to do.

It’s hard for me to sink to that level of deduction. I mean, choice is really what separates us from other living, breathing beings, isn’t it? Creatures other than us have instinct to do. They have no choice, no free will. Their souls are basic unlike ours. We have a spark from the Creator in us that they do not.

So, Mr. Atheist, I reject your “imagine there is no Heaven or Hell” theory, emphatically! I toss aside this dangerous “that is all there is” philosophy. You don’t want to take responsibility for your choices or actions is the bottom line. You think that not believing in a Higher Being makes you superior to believers, when in actuality your refusal to submit makes you nothing but arrogant and clueless to the reality of this cosmos.

We do have a purpose. We do have a G-d. A Creator that loves us, punishes us, rewards us and is there for us 24/7/365. He watches us like a hawk!

Can I prove that last statement? Only by example of everything that has happened in my life (the only life I truly know).

I’ll finish by stating the argument that really fits. If you’re right, then what have I lost. If I’m right, what have you lost? Because, you see, my friend, we get what we declare. And if you swear that you have no G-d, then He is a gentleman, and you will have no G-d. And you will disappear in a soup at the end.

I, on the other hand, will go on to the next big adventure He has planned for His children.

August 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm Leave a comment

Jacob Esau Edom Egypt

First a few definitions. We are Jacob who became Israel. Esau is our evil twin. Jacob wants to serve his Maker. Esau wants to draw him from that. Edom is Rome which is to say modern western civilization. Egypt is the civilization, the oppressive government against early Israelites, placing them in bondage or slavery. Edom is its counterpart today, to place Israel/Jacob in bondage.

When looking at the Exodus plagues to extract the meaning of today’s situation, one doesn’t have to stretch his imagination greatly to reach parallels of both times.

Each plague can be corresponded to something in the modern world (Edom). For example, the blood plague was a punishment for the infanticide of Israeli babies. What will be the plague for the millions of innocents murdered in abortion mills globally?

Let me clarify, that Edom is Rome but it’s more than Rome. It’s modern western civilization that has abandoned HaShem. The philosophy of the modern Edomite is that fear and belief in an Eternal Creator is ludicrous and sophomoric. They have no use for ancient values that do not serve their fleshly desires. They have little patience for those who hold the values of our ancestors dear and even sacred.

We can focus in on the U.S.A. to illustrate the evolution of such belief. A country that started as a G-d fearing experiment by mostly young idealists that believed that the way to experience His Will was to eliminate the tyranny of forced worship of a man made god. Now, after some 230 years, the experiment has gone awry. Instead of each individual being able to worship His Creator the way they choose, we are forced to either bow to a false god or declare there is no god.

What used to be the majority, that is belief in and reverential fear of the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has steadily become the minority.

What used to be the ‘Law of the Land’ is becoming outlawed and soon to be banished.

The same thing happened in Egypt. Jacob’s family was welcomed to Goshen after Joseph miraculously saved the country and brought all known kingdoms under it’s possession. It didn’t take long, about the same length of time – some 200 years – that the Israelites were in bondage to a system akin to today’s Edom.

In desperate need of a Redeemer.

The slow but steady crawl of our freedoms being eroded are so evident.

Pharoah had our ancestors making bricks. Our families have gone from the male provider / female homemaker scenario to both parents working 2 or more jobs just to pay the bills. The children are being raised by the State in public indoctrination centers. Talk about bricks without straw.

It’s interesting that our ancestors in Egypt didn’t go from freedom to slavery overnight. They started in a kind of a partnership with the Egyptian monarchy that turned into full fledged bondage. Kind of like we started out as pioneers in partnership with government building a country and somehow we have wound up serving an elite class of privileged persona in Congress that are not accountable to no one except perhaps whoever pulls their strings behind the curtain, some have called it the “Deep State”.

Is President Trump the Moses of modern times? We shall see. He’s certainly a backlash of the agenda pushed by Edom. Is he delaying the inevitable? Most certainly. We know that the Light of HaShem will grow dim to almost dark before the Redemption through Messiah. We know that the Israelites were at the brink of the 50th level of darkness due to their own sin of assimilation before Moses came. The little known fact that only twenty percent of Israelis left Goshen (80 % lost in the dark) speaks volumes about the power of Yetser Hara (the evil inclination) to draw the human soul from his Maker. One can only guess how many will be lost today. As someone once said,”The phrases “Stairway to Heaven” and”Highway to Hell” shows clearly the traffic flow in each direction. What level are we at today? I would dare say closer to 50 than we are to 40.

The allegory of birthing springs to mind. The closer the birth the faster and closer together the pains come.

(Mat 24:36) “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only.

(Mar 13:32) “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

Each plague has a parallel to modern times. The overall picture is that we can look at the Exodus and the events just prior to it and see that the spirit of Esau and Egypt through Edom are preparing to take over the world, that’s the bad news. The fact that we are smack dab in the throes of Yeshua’s eminent return and we may see the Redemption in our lifetime. That’s the good news.

(Mar 13:30) “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away till all this takes place.

I had a friend take issue with me calling Esau the “evil twin” … listen and watch (watch if you want, but it is a must that you listen to this, if you think that Jacob was the “evil” one. v=_ZTN9YOksW8&t=6s

May 9, 2020 at 1:00 am Leave a comment

On Becoming Connected

My beloved and I get along most stupendously. I don’t say this lightly or in a ‘Evangelical Christian” way, to say something that ain’t so to make it so. We really do get along great. What’s our secret? We both bend, but we don’t break.

We have such different tastes in many, many areas. I love technology. She hates most of it. I couldn’t wait to get my first computer in 1990. She gets all glassy eyed over plants on sale at WallyWorld. I’m thinking of getting the latest and greatest from Apple. She has finally gotten the hang of texting and Pinterest and decided her next cell phone will be similar to a flip phone.

I love movies, T.V., drama, stories, suspense, action and plot. Not her. Just the facts please. She would rather listen to a good teacher about Torah than 100 offerings of the Netflix fare.

Don’t get me wrong. I love good Torah teaching, too. But my entertainment diet has to be watched carefully because the Yetser Hara (the Evil Inclination, a tool of Satan) knows my weakness and exploits it when he can.

And this brings me to the point of this treatise. Since we decided to leave the mainstream and convert to Judaism, we have to work to maintain balance in our lives. Because, if nothing else, Judaism is about balance.

Most of Christianity has this conversion thing so wrong. You don’t just walk down the aisle and ‘accept Jesus in your heart’ and you are ‘Saved’ and your ticket to Heaven is secure. In Judaism, you become righteous/generous and grow toward HaShem (the Creator of the Universe) and by the way, (spoiler alert) nobody goes to Heaven. You’re either going back to Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) or being eliminated completely. That’s right, according to the Sages of Judaism, there is no ‘permanent’ Hell. Now there is Gehinnom, which is not to pleasant, but it is for tikkun (correction) and never lasts more than a year.

I think now would be a good time to interject my personal belief on the afterlife. Any time someone tells you what is going to happen after you check out of this incarnation, take it with a grain (grain? how about a spoonful) of salt. The obvious reason is because the stairway to Heaven is a one way ride. Now I know that there are people that have had NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and I don’t discount their encounters. But that’s the key, it was THEIR experience, not yours. HaShem, most blessed be He, may have something entirely different in store for you.

So, do NOT, base your actions because someone said they’ve been there and this is the way it is. Base your actions on what the Holy One tells you. Just make sure you know it’s the Holy One, the Ancient of Days.

How do you know it is G-d directing you down a certain path? This is the reason my beloved and I get along so well. We have a relationship. We talk to each other. We know each other.

This is what you must have with the Creator, blessed be He. Read His Word, pray to Him and follow His directions. Now, you don’t have to be Jewish and have a Siddur (Jewish prayer book) to pray to G-d. He created YOU! He loves YOU! He wants to hear from YOU! My advice on reading His Word is that you learn Hebrew if you want to get the correct translation. I know, I know, learning a language is very difficult and Hebrew is really difficult. So if you’re going to continue to read the Bible in your native tongue, here is a rule I have found helpful. If you read something that contradicts or nullifies the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) it is most probably mis -translated and needs further research to see what went wrong.

Becoming a Jew for me is a process. I’m still walking it out. I’m definitely a work in progress. But guess what, we all are. The thing is at the end of the day, you need to be able to say … I think I’m a little bit closer to you HaShem, Todah Raba (thank you very very much), because we never are stagnant, we either grow to Him or away from Him.

December 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Love will keep us Together or Tear Us Apart

Love is Blind (to Truth)

It baffles the tar out of me that ANYONE would be a Democrat these days. Or a Muslim. Or a Socialist. Are these people nuts? What kind of insanity justifies their thinking?


They love their belief. So much so they overlook, turn a deaf ear, ignore any logical explanation of why they are … as I heard someone once say,”Lost as a goose in a snowstorm”.

How do I know this?

cue the Beatles … “because I’ve been in love before and I know that love is more … than just holding hands”

When a soul latches on to something he/she/it believes in and they know in their knower … it’s hard to shake. When something happens to someone and it rings true down deep, convincing them otherwise is nigh near impossible. True or not, doesn’t matter. If they BELIEVE it true, to them TRUE it is. No amount of argument, statistics or even facts will sway them.

It reminds me of a young one that won’t hear anything bad about their future mate.

cue Percy Sledge … When a Man Love’s a Woman

Liberals, for the most part, are in love with their fellow man. They want equality for all and willing to give all to get it. Liberal politicians know this and exploit it to the max.

This is why the “swamp” we call Congress is so corrupt.

Conservatives, for the most part, are in love with earning and fair play. They are not against charity but know that it can be abused. Conservative politicians also exploit this to the max.

This is why the “swamp” we call Congress is so corrupt.

What’s the answer? Well, barring Yeshua returning and setting us all straight, I gotta say I don’t know.

I just think I see the problem.

May 1, 2019 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

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

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