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

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

I Beat the Big C …

…. Before the Drs. Killed me

I sit here with heavy heart because one of my loves is going through a battle for her life. And there is nothing I can do.

She was diagnosed about the same time I was the first time I think. Mine was Colon Cancer. Hers was in the brain. They cut out the top half of my colon and then told me I needed to take Chemo to make sure they got it all. I asked so what are the odds if I don’t take it. 50/50. And what are the odds if I do take it. 80/20.

My Dad died of cancer. I watched that strong man shrivel to nothing in a relatively short time span. I’ll take the 50/50.

Now, understand, I did not just go my merry way and ‘believe G-d’ for healing. Although, I did pray … intensely. Then I did what He told me to do. I did what Giberet Chaggit (my soulmate) told me to do.

My wife is an amazing woman. She is so grounded, so focused on HaShem that nothing can keep her from His Truth.

She researched cancer intensely on the internet. Do you know what cancer is? It is ………… (drum roll) …….

The body attacking itself.

Now why on God’s green Earth would the body attack itself? Good question!

I don’t know.

Anyway, she had me take Barley powder. I cut it with grape juice. I still take it. At least 5 times a week. Ok, here’s my early morning regime.

  1. I get up and get a cup of water
  2. I take my thyroid pill.
  3. I take a half spoon full of coconut grease. (oh, get over it. Sure, its yucky but you got a cup of water! Wash it down!)
  4. I pour a splash of grape juice in my barley cup. Add splash of water. Put in scoop of barley. Stir. Drink.

I’ve been doing this basically since I got cancer.

7 years ago,.

The Sages say that when your time is come, it has come. You might prolong it a few years by prayer and perhaps, fasting, but we are all destined to live on this Earth a certain period of time. That’s the paradox of Fate. HaShem is beyond Time. He knows what we will do before we do it, yet what we do determines our Fate. A great brain surgeon (and Rabbi) said that before every surgery, he would pray that HaShem fulfill His divine will on the patient and then go and do the surgery as if the patient’s life depended on him, not G-d.

Did they barley prevent the cancer from coming back? I couldn’t tell you. But I’m going to keep taking it!

March 15, 2017 at 7:36 am 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

The Erev Rav

I was listening to one of my favorite Rabbi’s Yosef Mizrachi, this morning and got an explanation of the Erev Rav. They were Egyptians that converted to Judaism when they saw the ruin HaShem made into Egypt before the Exodus. Problem was, Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) did not consult with HaShem before he accepted them. These are the 3000 that got the Golden Calf made. That’s not the only rebellion they stirred up, but it’s the one that caused the most trouble. This is the only time He called them Moses nation.

(Exo 32:7) And HaShem said to Mosheh, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves.

Did you know the reason Aaron formed the Golden Calf was because he watched the Erev Rav murder his nephew (son of Mariam) Hur assassinated after he reproved them for doubting.

I love the story of the Exodus. Purim is Sunday and that means that Pesach (Passover) is in a little more than 2 weeks.

This little tidbit of our fathers in the wilderness just spices it up.

 

March 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Why I Am Boycotting the NFL

Now, I am under no Grandiose Delusion here.

I understand that their loss of one part-time viewer will not affect the bottom line to any extent. It would be close to a raindrop in the Pacific.

But I love watching football and hate to see what the NFL is doing to it.

The Tom Brady case was the first crack in the ice. He should not be playing today but that’s a different argument.

The fact that the NFL allows players to promote an agenda completely against this great Nation and doesn’t allow an agenda that supports our way of life is why I’ll not be watching any NFL game.

I hope you know I’m talking about Colin K. and other thug millionaires that are showing contempt for America by not standing for the National Anthem and on the other side, the NFL ruling that the Dallas Cowboys could not remember the fallen police officers slain in the line of duty by assassins.

When I was in High School, I got caught drinking and was kicked off the football team. I thought it was unfair because I knew that the ‘stars’ of the team drank and smoke all the time. My buddies told me that the coaches knew it and if I were a starter, they would have let it slide.  Well, whether the coaches knew about the others or not, I’ll never know, but I do know this:

They were right in booting me off the team because it was against the rules.

If only I had learned that lesson then I probably wouldn’t have had so many failures later in life.

That’s what sports are all about. To teach youth how to live in our society.

The NFL has devolved into some political monstrosity that confuses more than teaches.

It shows youths of today that it’s okay to cheat if you get away with it, i.e. Tom Brady.

But today’s protest go farther. The NFL is actually backing an agenda that divides rather than unifies our great Nation. At the same time, punishing those who believe in G-d, USA, and family values, i.e. the Denver QB that knelt in prayer.

I don’t see much hope in the NFL changing their ways. The problem is a cancer that is deep inside the bowels and brains.

I boycott because I don’t like my stomach turning every time the National Anthem is played before a game.

 

 

 

 

September 16, 2016 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

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