Why you need copy editors and proofreaders…

It is much easier to spot someone else’s errors because your brain will not as easily assume what the author meant to write. I do try to check my posts, but sometimes things will get by me and I do not have a proofreader. So, please show mercy if you see an error. Just make a note in the comments section and I will fix it.

This former copy editor and proofreader thanks you for your understanding.

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Chodesh Tov! Hello Kislev!

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Today is the first day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.  This is the month of Hanukkah.  The sign of Kislev here in Israel is the arrival of doughnuts in the bakeries.  I will be sharing some of the pretty creations throughout the month.

The holidays observed in Judaism today are divided into major holidays and minor holidays. A major holiday is one which is mandated in the Torah.  All major holidays are observed as rest days, with the same prohibitions against work as apply to the Sabbath.

I’m sure you know that Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Tenach (Old Testament) but is mentioned in the New Testament (John 10:22). “And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.”  Hanukkah in Hebrew means “dedication”.

In 165 BC, led by the Hasmonean family of Mattathias the Priest and his eldest son, Judah (called “the…

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2016 12 01 Prayer

Avinu shabashamayim, regardless of the holiday celebrated this time of year…whether Christmas or Chanukkah…it can be a really hard time for many. It can be the first without a loved one. Or there can be financial challenges or health challenges. So many things can interfere with our ability to enjoy the celebrations taking place all around us. We can feel alone in our grief or struggles.

But we are NEVER alone! You ARE with us!

Even as we grieve.

Even as we hurt.

Even as we struggle.

You WILL give us what we most need…physically, spiritually, emotionally, mentally.

You WILL connect us with resources.

You WILL help us to overcome.

You WILL help us to rest in YOU and YOU alone.

You are our Abba.

Our husband.

Our shield.

Our strong tower.

You COVER us with Your wings and Your tzitzit.

In this we CAN rejoice!

Even in the midst of deep sorrow, there can also be deep joy…only because of YOU!

This is something the world cannot understand. May we shine Your Light to the darkened world in how we live for You regardless of our circumstances.

Thank You for Your many blessings!

And Avinu, I know I need this reminder very much and very often. Help me to take this to heart every hour of every day!

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2016 11 28 – Prayer and thoughts

Shalom, mishpochah (family)!
 
May the L-rd bless you and keep you.
 
May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
 
May He lift up His countenance to you and give you shalom.
 
 
Mishpochah…I heard something really enlightening about this blessing. Think about this. How does a father lift up His face to His children? By holding them up in the air! Consider a father of a small child. He lifts that child up and looks up at him/her. What a sweet picture!
 
Avinu is lifting us up like a small child and looking up at us! And what does a father who holds his child up typically do? He smiles at the child! He laughs with the child! He is playing with the child!
 
What a thought!
 
Avinu…our Father…loves us and does endearing things with us, like holding us up! His look into our faces is one of deep love and compassion!
 
I pray you find comfort in this today. 
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What Else Could I Want?

From my quiet time this morning:

Abba, You are GOOD! You are amazing! How could I want anything more than You?

You created me.

You LOVE me, in spite of all my MANY blow-its and imperfections.

Your PERFECT LOVE covers all my wrongdoing and sets me FREE from the bondage it brings.

When I stray from Your ways and ignore Your heart, You touch me and draw me back – never by force, but with love and tenderness. You lead my wandering heart back to You and show me how very cherished I am by You.

What more do I really need?

Everything in this world will pass away. It will eventually be undone. This world will forget me and most of it – the very, very, huge majority – never knew me at all.

Yet You – You have engraved my name on Your palm. You have given me a new name (new to me, but not to You) and said I bring You joy! When You see me, You feel joy! What an amazing thing that is to me!

That is why I am now “Abba’s joy”. It is hard to comprehend. Yet, there it is!

You spoke to my heart and answered the greatest questions of my soul. You have met (and still meet) my deepest need.

What else really matters?

No matter what is thrown at me in this life, I HAVE YOU! That is the greatest and most important gift I could ever have! The rest is, as they say, “icing on the cake”. You do truly allow me to “have my cake and eat it, too”! You give me both physical life and spiritual life!

I know the world does not see it. To some in the world, we have very little. We struggle and our dreams have been crushed. But to some, in other places, we have much. To them we are rich. And we are!

But the greatest wealth we have is our relationship with You. That overshadows all else as You cover us with Your “wings”.

THANK YOU!

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Shabbat Shalom!

Excellent thoughts on the parshah for this week and for how it reflects what Yeshua (Jesus) does in us. Also, we NEED to be praying for Israel. It is such EVIL for these fires to be lit. This is a form of terror attack against her and her people! May all of Israel turn to Hashem for deliverance.

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A view of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) from above Tiberias.

Today we are in prayer for Israel, as we continue to be ravaged by fires.  Over 60,000 people from Haifa have been evacuated.  Many homes and buildings have been lost.  I read in the news that this fire is the worst in Israel’s history.  There was a terrible one near Haifa in 2010, when 44 people were killed.

Please pray for the safety of the people, whether they be residents or firefighters.  It is a very serious situation.

Please find below a brief commentary on this week’s Torah portion, Parashat Chayei Sarah.

Parashat Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah) Genesis 23:1-25:18

Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31

In this week’s Torah portion, a man by the name of Eliezer, who was Abraham’s trusted servant, was commanded by his master to find a wife for Isaac. Although Abraham was a man of strong…

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Are you a Hipster? I am!

I SO relate to this!! Sometimes, it is challenging to know what to call ourselves! Many terms have a lot of “baggage” that does not really reflect what we believe or how we live.

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Part of the coffee machine at my favorite cafe chain in Israel, Aroma.

The “whole point of hipsters is that they avoid labels and being labeled. However, they all dress the same and act the same and conform in their non-conformity.”

I found this quote in the New York Times from years ago.  I think it sort of describes how many of us feel today within the religious community.  People shy away from the terms “Christian”, “Messianic”, or other labels because these terms have either lost their meaning somewhere along the way or no longer describe that group.  But on the other hand, by rejecting these labels, and choosing to just follow the Word of G-d, we have sort of found our own conformity within a subgroup.

Today, in our home, Baruch and I had a long discussion with another couple about this subject.  For example, the term “Christian” today…

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You woke up today…

You woke up today. Do not waste the precious gift of time you have been given. Work hard. Love deeply. Make your corner of the world a better place for everyone.
 
Peace starts YOU…with EACH one of us! Seek the peace only the Creator can truly give and then spread it around to others.
 
Make a positive difference!
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Growing in Influence

Rabbi Baruch’s teachings are very solid. I highly recommend them and, if you are able to give support, I know it would be very appreciated by both them and us!

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LoveIsrael.org has grown in the past couple of years in ways we never imagined.  We are currently broadcasting on DayStar, which covers nearly every home in the United States, as well as homes in Canada and throughout the world.

If you were at our conference, you heard about further expansion we would like to accomplish.  Networks have approached us to expand into India, Russia and the Ukraine, as well as other countries.  They have offered us very good rates.

People stepped forward at the conference and said that they felt led to help spearhead funding for some of these countries.  This does not mean they are funding them, but are organizing the fundraising efforts for particular countries.  If you would like to participate in that, please email me through the “contact us” on LoveIsrael.org.

For our current commitments, WE NEED YOUR HELP.  If we are to continue to…

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It’s All About Perspective…

I love my Creator. He has blessed us tremendously. We have very little compared to many in this country and yet we have abundance compared to others in this country. When I look at the world as a whole, again, we have very little compared to many and abundance compared to many. It is all about perspective. Will we look at the glass as half empty or half full? Will we bemoan not having what others have or will we be grateful for what we do have? It is OUR choice!
 
“Grandma” Evie always used to say that G-d takes our little and makes it His much. When we share the little bit we can with others, He multiplies it and makes it His much. When we are creative with what we have, He multiplies it and makes it His much. Early SS is not much to live on, but He makes it enough if we are willing to be grateful for what we have and be creative with it. He supplies our needs in often unexpected ways for which we are extremely grateful.
 
He is our ultimate Provider. We look to Him, first and foremost and trust Him.
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“Dismantle”–A Word That I Heard Today

Interesting thoughts.

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“Dismantle” was a word that I heard today
as I was praying for this country and the election Tuesday.
And as I looked it up in a Concordance…
this is what I came to find–
to overthrow, unsettle, or destroy…
and God’s plan for this country came to my mind.
And the scripture that I saw…
talks about “wreckers” being called.

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