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Sorry, NOT Sorry

Man (generic term, includes women) was created from the dust of the ground. HaShem (Creator of All) breathed into this dust His Spirit. We didn’t go to the local pharma dude and say,”gimme a Spirit, make it a double”.

We also didn’t say,”I’ll think my dust should be paler than most”.

As a matter of fact, I don’t recall ordering HaShem around before I donned this Earthly suit. No, that attribute came about afterwards and I regret every time I do it.

That being said, it is my belief that no man (or woman, that’s the only two genders, and that’s a fact!) … No man chose his race before getting here.

Therefore, and follow my logic here, no man is responsible for his race. Or to put it more succinctly, no man is liable for the color of his skin.

HaShem made it that way on purpose. (I know , I know, He does EVERYTHING on purpose). His purpose on this particular thing was to teach us that no one is better than another.

Our circumstances may be different but you are not better than I and I am not better than you. It is truly a level playing field.

What we do, the choices we make, the chances we take, the promises we break, the love we seek, the strong, the weak … these are what sets us apart.

So, I am sorry but I am not sorry for being white. I am sorry for a ton of other things I have done in my life but being peach colored ain’t one of them.

AND NEVER WILL BE.

June 24, 2020 at 11:36 am 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

Servant

I am a servant of the Most High, The Creator of Everything Created. I wake up to serve Him and sleep to wake up to serve Him. If I am doing something for myself, it is ultimately to serve Him the more. I want to serve Him 24/7/365. That is my goal in life.

Some say that that goes too far. That no one can or should “give up his life” that HaShem gave him. That is their opinion, not mine

I do not seek reward for this lifestyle. I know that I will be given my ‘just deserts’ in the end. The thing is the more I seek to serve Him, the more I am rewarded. If not materialistically then spiritually. Or both.

December 24, 2019 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Treatise from My Rabbi About Nazarean Judaism

What Shall We Do?

What Does It Mean To Be A Nazarean Jew?

By Hakham Dr. Yosef ben Haggai

One of the unknown correlations between the festival of Shavuot and the events that transpired in 2 Luqas (Acts) Chapter 2, is an obscure but pivotal bridge Torah passage which many seem to miss or even discount. However, in this Shiur, I shall point to the tremendous underpinnings that 2 Luqas Chapter has upon this particular Torah text, as well as being one of the main themes projected through page after page in the Nazarean Codicil. Let us for a moment systematically describe the events that lead to the account of 2 Luqas Chapter 2, the events that took place, and the outcomes of that event. In doing so, I remind all to understand that this approach is of a necessity a Judaic one and viewed from an entirely Hebraic rabbinical perspective.

The reason for the event: Just before the ascension of His Majesty King Yeshua Ha-Mashiach to the Heavens (2 Luqas 1:9-11), His Majesty the Master Hakham commands his Talmidim Hakham (Rabbinical Students) to:

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:4-5 And being synagogued with him, he commanded them from Yerushalayim not to depart, but to await the promise of the Father, which you heard of me. For Yochanan indeed immersed you with water, but you will be immersed with the spirit of Holiness not after many days.

Now, if I have trained diligently and thoroughly a group of Talmidim Hakham (Rabbinical Students) and I am about to depart for a long, long time, what would be expected of me? Of course, Smikha (Rabbinical Ordination)! So from a strictly logical perspective we would expect that this immersion in the spirit of Holiness would be equivalent to a Rabbinical Ordination.

Now, if my calculations do not fail this was said on or very close to Lag B’Omer which we celebrated not many days ago. Thus the expression “not after many days” (2 Luqas 1:5) indeed would have been understood clearly as a Gemara hint pointing to the coming festival of Shavuot. Therefore, a connection is established between Smikha (Rabbinical Ordination) and the festival of Shavuot.

Now the Talmidim (Rabbinical students) interject, Master, we have been your faithful Rabbinical students but please tells us before you leave “will you as Mashiach restore again self-rule to Bne Israel?” (2 Luqas 1:6) The question hints also at “What will be our place as Hakhamim in the Messianic Kingdom that you are about to establish now?”

The answer from the Master Hakham is swift to his Talmidim Hakham –

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:7 And he said to them, not yours it is to know the duration of time or ages which the father placed in his own authority.

This reminds us of the Torah text “The secret things belong HaShem, our G-d” (Devarim 29:28). In other words the kingdom certainly will be restored to Israel. When? That is none of your business. As Hakhamim you will bring this process about by teaching Torah (Matityahu 28:19-20) and by establishing reputable courts of Torah justice, Batei Din (Matityahu 6:33) throughout all the world. This is important since from these two passages we understand what the office of a Rabbi (Hakham) is, not a Pastor, not a Priest, but a Torah Scholar and a Judge.

After this brief interruption of what the Master Hakham was saying. The Master Hakham continues explaining:

2 Luqas (Acts) 1:8 but you will receive power, having come the spirit of Holiness upon you, and you will be to me witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Judaea and Samaria and to uttermost part of the earth.

Now instead of your ruling the world as the Gentiles do by the power of the gun, or by political power, you will rule the earth through both a didactic and judiciary program starting in Yerushalayim. But first you will need to receive power from the spirit of Holiness. Now, question: Do we have a precedent in the Tanach where a Prophet shares of the spirit by which he was anointed as a confirmation of Smikha (Rabbinical ordination)?

The Pivotal Torah Passage

I propose that undergirding this brief introduction in 2 Luqas Chapter 1 and the whole of Chapter 2, is none other than Bamidbar 11:24-30. In this portion we read about the Smikha (ordination) of the seventy Elders (the Hebrew word Elder always denote the modern term Hakham) and how the spirit that had been imparted on Moshe Rabbeinu was caused to emanate from him and be bestowed upon the Seventy Hakhamim (a whole Sanhedrin).

Let us look and compare some of the phrases used in this passage and those used in 2 Luqas, Chapter 2.

a) The miracle of HaShem‘s presence.

Bamidbar 11:25 – HaShem descends in the cloud and it envelops Moshe Rabbeinu and the seventy Elders.

2 Acts 2:2 – a sound from heaven like as a rushing mighty wind envelops the Temple.

On this pasuk (verse) from the Torah Hakham Samson Raphael Hirsch comments: “and HaShem descended … and spoke with him” The text does not tell us the words that HaShem uttered to Moshe on this occasion. Was this omission, perhaps intended to make clear to all further Sanhedrins that not everything that HaShem said to Moshe is recorded in Scripture? Was this meant to remind them that the field of competence for which they had been appointed at that moment was the Oral Law, that Word of HaShem which was to remain unwritten, handed down only by word of mouth?

b) The Emanation of the spirit from one Hakham to many.

Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:25 He caused the spirit that had been imparted on Moshe to emanate, and He (HaShem) bestowed it upon the seventy Elders.

2 Luqas (Acts) 2:3 And appeared to them divided tongues of as fire, and sat upon each one of them

Now there may well be a connection here with the beginning of Parasha Beha’alotekha[1] concerning the lighting of the Menorah and the tongue of fire coming out of each candlestick. But also the connection here of the spirit emanating from Moshe towards the seventy elders, contrasted with the spirit that was in Mashiach emanating from the heavens, now towards his Talmidim Hakham.

c) The Result

Bamidbar 11:25 – When the spirit rested on them (the 70 Elders) they began (Hebrew: YITNABEU – “were made” or “were impelled”) to prophesy without ceasing.

2 Luqas (Acts) 2:4 And they were all filled with the spirit of Holiness and began to speak with other languages as the as the spirit gave them to utter forth.

Now it is important to note that one of the requirements according to Chazal, our Sages, of members of the Sanhedrin was the ability to speak not only in Ivrit, but also in several other languages of the seventy Gentile Nations. This point again reconfirms that the major theme of this event at the Beit HaMikdash (the Temple) was a Smikha, and with this Mashiach indicating to the people of Israel that the legal authority amongst the Jewish people was to be transferred from the Kohanim (Priests) to the Rabbinate until his return.

What other important theme also undergirds this event at the Temple? The clue to this most important question is given to us in Bamidbar (Numbers) 11:29:

“I only wish that all of HaShem‘s people would have the gift of prophecy! Let HaShem grant His spirit to them all!”

In other words, that the pedagogic objective of the miracle at the Temple, by which the Talmidim of His Majesty King Yeshua HaMashiach received Smikha indicated that the goal of every Nazarean should be to be indentured under a Hakham, become a Talmid Hakham and at some point become Hakhamim themselves. Look at this statement of Hakham Shaul:

“Faithful is the Torah, if any stretches forward (makes sacrifice and studies) to attain overseership (the Rabbinate) a good work he is desirous.”

Now, this is evidence enough that what Hakham Shaul is alluding with the phrase “if any stretches forward” is an echo of Moshe’s words “would G-d that all of HaShem‘s people were prophets.” That is, the intention here is that every man ought to keep stretching forward towards the goal of receiving Smikha.

A further piece of evidence leading to this conclusion are the words of Hakham Yochanan as recorded in:

1 Yochanan (John) 3:1 “See what Ahavah (steadfast love) has given to us the Father that Bne Elohim we should be called.”

Now, again the phrase “Bne Elohim” has been literally translated as “Children of G-d,” but the title of a Hakham is also “Ben Elohim” (son of G-d to indicate his role as a Judge), a title which is also given by G-d to Melech David and to His Majesty King Yeshua HaMashiach as Chief of all Hakhamim. Thus the above pasuk states that Ha-Shem, Most blessed be He, has given to us so much Ahavah that he calls and expects every Nazarean Jew to become a Hakham a genuine Ben Elohim.

And after this Event They Started a Church, Nu?

Good question, Christians teach so, but we know that the church started at Sinai (Acts 7:38). So what did the Nazareans start, a new religion, a new denomination, or what? In 2 Luqas 3:41 we read that by the end of Shavuot that year at the Temple 3,000 male Jews and Converts were added. But the question still remains added to what?

Again we have many hints in 1 Luqas 2:42, which when carefully read, more aptly describes a Yeshiva to train future Hakhamim than it does a Church, a new religion, or a new Jewish denomination. Yes 3,000 Jews that day decided to drastically turn their lives around and matriculate in that Great Nazarean Yeshiva using as their classrooms the various courts within the Temple grounds.

Conclusion

In summary, Shavuot is not only a festival by which we receive the Torah afresh from HaShem, Most Blessed be He, but also a festival that reminds us year by year what should be our goal in life, to sit at the feet a genuine Jewish Rabbi (Hakham) a Torah Scholar like Gamaliel[2], and work hard, stretching ourselves towards receiving Smikha[3] and becoming Hakhamim.[4] Truly then we shall gradually see the fulfillment of the words of the prophet Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah), “They will no longer teach each man his fellow, each man his brother saying, ‘Know HaShem!’ For all of them will know Me, from their smallest to their greatest, the Word of HaShem, when I will forgive their lawlessness and will no longer recall their sin”.[5]


[1] Bamidbar 8:1ff.

[2] II Luqas(Acts) 22:3

[3] Smikha (Hebrew: סמיכה‎, “leaning [of the hands]”), also semichut (Hebrew: סמיכות‎, “ordination”), or semicha lerabbanut (Hebrew: סמיכה לרבנות‎, “rabbinical ordination”) is derived from a Hebrew word which means to “rely on” or “to be authorized”. It generally refers to the ordination of a rabbi within Judaism. In this sense it is the “transmission” of rabbinic authority to give advice or judgment in Jewish law. Although presently most functioning synagogue rabbis hold Smikha by some rabbinical institution or academy, this was until quite recently not always required, and in fact many Haredi rabbis may not be required to hold a “formal” Smikha even though they may occupy important rabbinical and leadership positions.

[4] Hakhamim (plural of Hakham) is the title Sephardim give to their Rabbis.

[5] Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:33

August 28, 2019 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

King of the Hill

When we were kids we used to play a game called ‘King of the Hill’. We would find a hill of dirt and someone would climb to the top and the rest would try to knock him off.

Last night, I heard a Ravi talk about how this is how our internal struggle is today. The Yetzer Hara (evil inclination) and the Yetzer Hatov (good inclination) are fighting to be king of the hill (our soul). This is especially true when it comes to addictions. Our internal demons have won before and will not give up easily. Yeshua (Jesus) talked of overcomers. One of the biggest victories you can have is to be an overcomer. He also said that a Zadeek (Righteous One) does not have this struggle any more. He has completely overcome the Yetzer Hara. Call me a dreamer but, I strive to achieve this one day.

It’s not easy.

It’s not quick.

You must do it over and over again, everyday.

But it you do … oh … if you do … the joy is so sweet and the satisfaction is so lovely.

It’s all worth it.

 

July 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm 1 comment

3AM Internal Alarm Clock

It’s amazing how HaShem is waking people up in the middle of the night. Jodie McClellan is using to time to gather prayer warriors! cool beans …

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Why I’m usually up at 3AM in no particular order:

  1. Someone is Snoring Loudly
  2. Cats. Cats are being loud.
  3. I’m thirsty.
  4. I had a weird dream and now I need to look something up
  5. I had a night terror and woke up screaming.
  6. I read somewhere waking up at 3AM is the perfect brain frequency for working on creative projects.
  7. I was born at around 3AM, so now I feel like it’s a “lucky” time for me.

So, what do I do with this time? 
I use this as “extra” time. I can do whatever I want! If I want to draw, I draw. If I want to play a game, I game out. I exercise, do yoga, write, read about spiders. Whatever I want to do.

Sure, I could probably use it to work or do something “productive”, but I noticed when I try to do that, I get…

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March 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Idris Elba? Boehner? Jim Geraghty compiles wish list of House Speaker candidates

Let’s dump Boner!!!

January 6, 2015 at 3:29 am Leave a comment

Why I Wanted to be an Actor

I was in the 5th grade and we had a talent show coming up. One day coming home from school in the car, my best friend and I heard a pair of comedians do a routine. It was funny because before one guy would complete a sentence the other guy would answer him. I haven’t got a clue who they were as this was in 1960. We decided to plagiarize the act for the talent show.

Talk about a hit! We did it the first time in front of our class. The kids were rolling in the floor! We did it for the school at the Talent Show. Funny, I can’t remember if we won or not. As far as I was concerned, we won because all our classmates kept telling us how funny it was.

I’ll be honest. There was nothing like that feeling I got when all the kids accepted me because of the skit.

It is a basic human need to be accepted. Now that I’m in my retirement years, I see that.

I also see that we must accept ourselves first because if you are unhappy with yourself, you have misery as a constant companion.

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VaYichi … and he lived…

Brenda had an amazing revelation last night and I would like to show it to you.

Gen 50:5  ‘My father made me swear, saying, “See, I am dying, bury me in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Kenaʽan.” And now, please let me go up and bury my father, and return.’ ”
Gen 50:6  And Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
Gen 50:7  And Yosĕph went up to bury his father. And with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Mitsrayim,
Gen 50:8  and all the house of Yosĕph, and his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
Gen 50:9  And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great company.

Starting with Gen 50 (jubilee) and 5 (grace). Now I know that man made the chapters and the verse numberings but I don’t believe in coincidences either. The Father could have directed this.

Joseph is talking to Pharoah and telling him that he is to bury his father in Canaan. Look at Gen. 50:5  … I am dying, bury me….and return.  Death, burial and resurrection!

Now look at vs. 6-9. The entire House of Israel and Pharoah’s servants went out of Goshen to bury Jacob. Only their little ones were left behind. Now I don’t believe for a minute they left little ones (small children) by themselves. So who were the little ones? Small tots that were left with a few grown-ups they didn’t mention? Uneducated people but grown up?

Also there are several Alef Tavs in this passage, although they are not stand alone. Gen. 50:5 has one near the end of the verse. Here’s how it reads if it suggests Yeshua ….bury my father, (Yeshau) and return (shub in Hebrew, can mean both return and repent).

Very interesting!

 

December 14, 2013 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

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