Posts tagged ‘prayer’

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

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

Prayer Before Medication

…cheerfully help and support rich and poor, good and bad..

Continue Reading July 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Why Learn Hebrew?

When you go to a foreign land and learn the language, it is a high complement to the natives. We have been to Germany several times and tried to learn Deutsch (German), we knew the attitude of the natives did a 180 when we even attempted to speak the native tongue. When a foreigner comes here and learns English, I have more respect for his words.

The Father’s native tongue is Hebrew. When we learn Hebrew and speak it back to Him, we are giving Him reason to listen to our prayers with more respect. James 5:16 Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working. (ASV)

I like this translation too

James 5:16 So admit your sins to each other, and pray for each other so that you will be healed. Prayers offered by those who have God’s approval are effective. (GW)

Being righteous means you have G-d’s approval. It is Greek Word: δίκαιος
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary. from (dike); equitable (in character or act); by implication innocent, holy (absolute or relative) :- just, meet, right (-eous).
Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary.

James 5:16 (KJV)
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Could it be that obtaining God’s approval includes learning Hebrew. I am not suggesting that it is mandatory. But like they say “…it couldn’t hurt.” (grin).

learn the Aleph Bet … then the vowels … and check out this book http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=chozesblog-20&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0939144328&ref=qf_sp_asin_til&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

October 26, 2011 at 9:01 am 1 comment


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