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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Dear Abba – 9/22/2017

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Happy Rosh HaShanah!

Rosh Hashanah!

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Rosh HaShanah begins Wednesday night at sundown.   It is observed for 2 days and will end Friday night and then we observe Shabbat.  So, in Israel we will have 3 days of Yom Tovs/Shabbat.  We want to wish you a blessed holiday.  Blessings

Please find below an article written by Baruch for the holiday

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The Fall Festivals

The Fall Festivals consist of The Day (or Memorial) of Sounding (Rosh HaShanah), The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), and the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). In this article, I will focus on Rosh HaShanah. According to Rabbinical tradition, Rosh HaShanah is related to creation. More specifically, to the sixth day of creation. The view is that the very first Rosh HaShanah was on the sixth day of creation. This is of course the day in which G-d made man. The question one should ask is, “What can one…

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Dear Abba 9-8-2017

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Thankfulness 9-8-17

I am thankful for the changing seasons.

I am thankful for all the people who survived Hurricane Harvey and that it was not worse than it was.

I am thankful that this life is not all there is…my real Home is in the New Heaven and Earth!

I am thankful we have a loving Creator who gives us purpose and meaning in this life.

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Shabbat Shalom! – Parashat Ki Tavo

Parshat Ki Tavo

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Please find below a short commentary by Baruch on this week’s parasha, parashat Ki Tavo.  May you have a blessed Shabbat!

This week’s Torah reading opens up with the commandment to offer to HaShem the first of every fruit from the harvest. This commandment is connected to the Children of Israel dwelling in the Land. In fact, when the individual gives the offering to the priest he is to say,

I have declared today to HaShem your G-d that I have come to the Land which HaShem swore to our forefathers to give to us.” Deuteronomy 26:3

This offering should not be confused with the tithe, but rather it should be understood as a special symbolic offering that acknowledges the faithfulness of G-d is a unique way. As believers in Messiah Yeshua we too should acknowledge the faithfulness of HaShem to save us. In the Deuteronomy passage the…

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C. S. Lewis quote

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.
~C. S. Lewis

Our Creator is who He is. No one and nothing can change that truth.

Refusing to acknowledge Him does not make Him less real.

We all worship something or someone.

Make sure you are worshiping the One who truly deserves worship…the One who made all there is and then made you to live in it.

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Making a Mess of Things…Think About It

We humans sure can make a mess of things…without even trying. And when we do try, that is when the most horrible evil takes place. I think of serial killers, mass murderers, torturers, sexual abuse, violence, slave traders/owners and so on. I am sure you can think of more examples of evil if you just take a serious look at our world. But I think most of the bad that happens is not necessarily that people are trying to be bad, but it is more that they are not trying to be good.

For example, there is plenty of food to go around. Countries throw food away in astronomical amounts. So, why is there starvation? Think about it. There should not be one starving person on this planet! But that would mean being generous. It would mean giving without expecting to make money on it. See what I mean? There are not enough people trying to be good. And that is just one example. There are many more.

Another one is homelessness. There are people who are homeless by choice, but that percentage is very small compared to those who do not want to be homeless. There are organizations that look at why a person is homeless and they address those things. But there are not enough of those places…not enough people trying to do what is good and right. I read about how some cities have found that the cost of an apartment building dedicated to the homeless and the cost of feeding them is less than the cost of them being on the street, unable to eat, getting sick, ending up in the ER, stealing to get food and so on. Are they addicted? Get them help. Are they in need of job training so they can work? Get them that. Are they in need of a place to shower and get cleaned up for job interviews? Hard to do that when you are on the street. Hard to stay healthy when you are stressed wondering where your next meal will come from or where you will stay that night or if you will be attacked. Take care of a person’s most basic needs and it frees them up to be able to do what they need to do. Of course, there are those who will take advantage. That’s why there are rules. But from what I have read, most people are just so grateful to be off the street they are more than willing to follow rules so they can become independent. Most people do not want to be slaves to a system or to a person. They want to be self-sufficient, earning their way.

There is also the problem of simply being human…imperfect beings who make mistakes…sometimes lots of mistakes. We try to do what is right, but nowaday an awful lot of people don’t even know how to identify what is right and what is wrong. What is good and what is bad. They keep stumbling around like someone in the dark. They need a light turned on so they can see clearly.

Just how do we determine what is right and what is wrong? Well, it starts with acknowledging there IS a right and wrong! If you believe you are just the result of some randomness…an accident…how do you determine what is good, what is right?

Some say it comes from society. But think about it. Where does society come from? While randomness may explain the physical, it cannot even begin to explain the heart. What DNA produces a caring heart? An evil heart? Randomness cannot explain thought, emotion, justice or even logic. All those concepts come from the idea that we are created beings designed to have a higher awareness than mere molecules come together. If we have a designer, we should expect to see order in the universe around us. Most early scientists recognized some sort of designer, even if they did not always agree on who/what that designer is. They expected to see order and they sought to understand and explain the order they saw around them.

And if randomness was the cause of everything, where did the material for randomness originate? It had to come from somewhere. No matter how you slice it, there has to be a first cause. Something, or someone, had to put the material world into place. Even science now recognizes the universe had a beginning. They used to believe it was infinite…always here. But they know better now. So, how did it get here? How did we get here?

The only real solid way to define good and bad, right and wrong is to look to the First Cause…to our Designer. When you go to fix a building you look at the blueprints to see how it is designed. When you go to fix your car, you look at the manual. Your computer comes with instructions…hopefully. (Good luck with that!) Our Creator has given us a manual…a book that explains from where we came, why we are here, where we are going, how to best live life. Granted, there are a lot of things that are hard to understand in that book because of poor translations and a lack of understanding the culture of the time and history. However, through it all, there is an overarching message. We have purpose. We are loved. This is just a temporary stopping point. How we live, what we do, in this life impacts the next.

People say it is all about love, but how do you define love? What does it mean to love? There are some pretty messed up definitions for love out there. For example, there are people who believe it is fine for an adult to have sex with a child…that it is an expression of “love”. Really? The majority of us recognize the fallacy…the evil…in that. But how do you KNOW, how do you PROVE, that it is a false expression of love? Who is to say it is OK or not OK? We cannot base it on our “feelings”. We need something solid!

If we allow the majority in society to determine right and wrong, we have a problem. There have been cultures that believe it is OK to eat people; or to kill people for any reason or even no reason at all. On their own, they never changed. But when introduced to their Designer, they changed their whole way of living. Only the One who designed us has the right to say what way is best for us to live…what is most beneficial…just as only the designer of a building can say what is the best way to keep the building running efficiently. We look at the labels in our clothing to know how to best care for them, yet we ignore the “label” our Creator gave us on how to best care for our bodies, our minds, each other, our world.

It is my prayer that you will wake up to the wonder and marvelousness of who we are and of the world in which we live. That just as you would never think something as simple as a child’s wagon came together through randomness, you will recognize that we are much more complex than that wagon. Just as you would never think a building just happened to come about, the universe we live in is much more complex than that building.

Think about it!

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What a journey!

There is a Rabbi/teacher we like to listen to who lives in Israel. He teaches there in Hebrew, but he also makes teachings in English while traveling around the world to teach many different people groups. With the help of translators, his teachings are reaching many more people than just Hebrew and English speakers!

His name is Rabbi Baruch Korman. His wife, Rivka, does a blog called Love Israel Connection. You can find it here: https://loveisraelconnection.wordpress.com

One of the things we really love about Rabbi Baruch is that he really opens the scriptures up to us. He knows both Hebrew and Greek intimately and teaches directly from them without need of a translation. Wow! He knows the scriptures, the sages, the history, the context of the scriptures. He is also the only one I have heard teach on Revelation in a way that makes total sense to me and I love that, although I did not understand a lot of the symbolism, there are things that I did have correct!

Rivka writes about their travels and adventures. When we saw he was coming, somewhat, to our area we thought we might be able to actually meet them both in person! Although it was over two hours away, we started making plans. Oh, what a delight and honor it was to be able to go and meet them both and to hear Baruch speak…not just once, but twice! It was a memorable occasion!

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The Solar Eclipse

We know an astrophysicist who went to see the eclipse in its totality. He made a short video where he shares about the sun and explains what is happening. You can find it in this article:  https://biblicalscienceinstitute.com/astronomy/the-sun-the-moon-solar-eclipses-and-creation/

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Shabbat Shalom – Parashat Shoftim

Thoughts from Baruch on this week’s parshah…

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Here is a brief commentary on the Parasha, written by Baruch.

In this week’s Torah portion, there are many instructions about leadership. In fact, in chapter 17 there is a discussion about establishing a king for the nation of Israel. Ultimately this command will be fulfilled by the Messiah, Israel’s final King. Rabbi Moses Maimonides, known as the Rambam, wrote an extensive work called the Mishneh Torah, which systemizes Jewish Law. In the section dealing with leadership, which he also called Shoftim, he discusses laws related to the kings of Israel and the Messiah. In this section the Rambam states,

“…and all these things of Yeshua the one who kept (Himself) and of this Ishmaelite (Muhammad) that stood after him, were only to straighten the way for the King Messiah; and to repair the world, all of it, to worship the L-rd together.” Mishneh Torah section “Shoftim…

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