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Remember, beloved! We are made in His very image! Imagine it! Can you? I find the things of our Avinu Shabashamayim/Heavenly Father to be so amazing and wayyyyyyy over my head. His thoughts are not my thoughts and His ways not my ways. But, I WANT them to be! And I am sure you do, too! Right?
How can this happen? We are merely human. Yet…and it is a HUGE “yet”…we have His Ruach dwelling inside of US! Oh, my! The implications! I cannot begin to fathom it, but He IS living inside of me and HE is changing me…day by day…bit by bit.
Did you get that? HE is doing the changing. It is my job to surrender to that amazing work and to be grateful for ALL He allows in my life. Scripture tells us to be thankful IN all things and FOR all things. Not an easy thing to do. BUT, His Ruach/Spirit enables us to do it. It is with His might and His love that we are changed.
May His glory shine through each one of us…every day…everywhere we go…every thought we have…every word we speak…every word we write…every action we take. May ALL of our being be a reflection of Him and His Light and Truth to a darkened world so used to the darkness and so willing to sacrifice Truth for preferences.
Be blessed, mishpochah/family!
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The very first commandment related to observing Passover is bringing the lamb into one’s home on the 10th day of Nissan and keeping him there until the 14th day, when he would be sacrificed. What was the purpose of this commandment? Why not simply select the lamb on the very same day he would be killed? In order to answer these questions, one must pay close attention to what is said in Exodus 12:6, “And heshall be for you for a למשמרת”. This Hebrew word is most significant. If one reviews the most common English translations, he will find that nearly all render this word as a verb, rather than as the noun which it is. Normally one reads in English, “And you shall keep it….” The Young’s Literal Translation is the only one of the twenty-two translations which appear on Biblehub.com that renders it…
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The government is not my “god”.
No matter what happens, my G-d will never let me down.
I may hurt and I may suffer, but He is there with me.
He is giving me the strength to get through what this world may throw at me.
He is the source of all my blessings…regardless of what channel He may use to route them to me.
He is the One who gives me joy in the midst of all that is going on in the world and our country.
Joy and peace in the midst of trying times and even personal tragedy and sadness…are hallmarks of a very real and deep relationship with our Creator…the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the G-d of the bible.
Can you also say this? I truly hope so!
This world may seem dark and gloomy. Things may seem hopeless…for a variety of reasons. It helps to understand there is a bigger picture than our neighborhood…than our states…than our country…than the whole world.
Our Creator has a plan and all of this is temporary. Get to know Him. He revealed Himself to us in His written word, in His miraculous acts on behalf of His people (whose ongoing existence in the light of so much antisemitism through the ages is a HUGE miracle) and He revealed Himself in His Messiah Yeshua/Jesus who came to walk among us.
Our Creator wants an upfront and personal relationship/connection to the people He has created. That means you and me!
Do not lose heart! Seek Him! Turn to Him! Be at peace as you experience His true shalom (peace and wholeness) in the midst of trying times and a darkened world and country.
I want to live an authentic life. That may mean different things to different people, so let me explain what it means to me.
I want to live and walk in Truth. While I may be in error about some facts, I do not lie. While there is a time and place for being circumspect, it is not healthy for me or others if I ignore the “elephant in the living room” or pretend that things are OK when they are not. There is a delicate balance of what people do and do not need to know, but I will not play games.
On the flip side, I also want to walk in Faith. Walking in Faith means seeing beyond what is in front of me. For example, I may be sick now, but I can stand on the promises of healing, even though I may not see that healing until the next life. I will not “declare” myself “healed”, but I will thank our Creator for His promises of healing (on all levels inside and out) and I will live in joyful (with His help) expectation of that healing…whenever and however it will come.
Another example is in the area of provision. Our Creator is our Provider. I will not “declare” we have income we do not have. That would be lying and not walking in Truth. However, I will thank our Creator for being our Provider and trust Him to provide as He sees fit…even if it does not fit with what I want it to look like. I will live in joy, knowing I can trust Him for what I truly need (as opposed to what I want). I can declare that He is providing and will continue to provide.
This also applies to broken relationships. Our Creator is a Restorer and Reconciler to those who are willing to allow Him to be in the center of all they are and do…to those who surrender to His Spirit. I will not “declare” a relationship restored, but I will thank Him for all that I know He is doing to bring restoration and reconciliation. While He will not cross people’s free will, I can trust that He will continue to pursue reconciliation…so long as the other person has not hardened his/her heart completely toward Him.
Faith equals Trust and neither are worth anything if they are not built upon Truth. I can trust all I want in a lie and it will bring me nothing but eventual heartache. It may feel good for a time and even bring me some happiness, but none of it will last. True joy is not dependent upon happenings (like happiness is), but upon Truth.
So…I choose to live an authentic life. Will I do it perfectly? Nope. Will it mean I am always “up” and feeling wonderful? No. Life is still life. It comes with trials and hardships and challenges. Yet, in the midst of it all, I can live and walk in Truth knowing in Whom I have entrusted my whole wellbeing…body and soul.
I pray you will see our Creator today. He has revealed Himself to us in His word…the bible… and then again in His Living Word…the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus. There are hard things in the bible. I won’t deny that. But the more I study, the more I recognize that some of those hard things are misunderstandings, some of which are based upon poor translating, but many of which are simply not doing due diligence to study the full context (linguistical, historical, textual and so forth).
Don’t give up. Keep seeking our Creator and ask Him to help you understand. Dave and I are not all knowing, but we are willing to answer questions as best we can. You can contact us via the contact form tab above.
Our Creator wants to be known. He already knows you and loves you and is just waiting on you to express a desire to know Him. Ask Him to show Himself. He will do it. It may be over time because of things in your life or questions you need answered, but He will reveal Himself to you.
Every generation is broken. We inherit some form of our parents’ brokenness and then pass some form of our own on to our children. It is up to each generation to work at getting better and being better than the one before it. It is up to us to take what we have been given and improve on it so that each successive generation is better and does better than us.
Will we take up the challenge? Or will we just complain about the previous generation and what we have been given? Will we hide behind inherited brokenness? Or will rise to the occasion and truly be all that we CAN be?
It may seem like an impossible task, but with the help of our Creator, we can do anything!
Think about it.
Love these insights on this week’s parshah.
Parashat Ki Tisa
(For you shall lift up—an idiom which means “take a census”)
Haftarah: 1 Kings 18:1-39
In this week’s Torah portion, Moses ascends once more upon Mount Sinai to receive the second set of Tablets. He was upon the Mountain for forty days and forty nights and we are told that he did not eat bread nor did he drink water (See Exodus 34:28). This is most similar to what one reads concerning Yeshua, for He was tempted in the wilderness also forty days and forty nights, during which He did not eat or drink anything (See Matthew 4:2 and Luke 4:2). What is the connection between these two verses?
The number forty appears numerous times in the Scriptures and it relates to a transition or a change. Certainly when Moses received the Torah and descended to the people and gave to them this revelation from…
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This guy makes a LOT of sense!
I wrote a philosophical piece last week on health care. Here are some details:
To understand the repeal of the ACA, you have to remember what healthcare delivery was like BEFORE it. Americans have a difficult time remembering yesterday …much less five years ago.
The first thing you have to put in perspective is that INSURANCE isn’t the same thing as health CARE. Insurance is there for catastrophic things. But we have been using insurance as the payer of all things medical in this country. To me, that’s our first mistake. We NEED to pay something for care. Otherwise, it starts losing it’s value.
I like mini clinics. I think they are a great innovation in medicine. They’re generally inexpensive, quick and easy for things like a cold or the flu or a strep test or some weird bump or bruise that isn’t going away. These guys aren’t going to…
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We have been through some really hard times, but G-d is so good! He has blessed us anyway, although we have not always been able to see it in the moment.
There are many people who have supported us in many different ways. Some we have known. Some have been anonymous. But we are grateful for ALL of them!
We are also very grateful that hubby won his disability case. There is a backlog, so we don’t know when we will see it or how much it will be, but we know it is coming.
This kind of reminds me of the blessings we have in our eternal future. Just as we have the judge’s “promise”, we also have our Creator’s promise. The judge is imperfect and can make mistakes, but not our Creator! Everything we go through in this life is temporary. There is a forever coming…new heavens and a new earth. That is what I look forward to.
But there is another kind of eternity…one of darkness without our Creator…forever alone…tormented by what we could have had and rejected. I know I am not in that group. I am grateful for all He has done to make sure I could be included…that ALL of us could be included!
Our Creator desires that NONE should perish. NONE! The only ones that do will have no excuse. They will know and understand who the Creator is…and yet reject Him. It is hard for me to imagine rejecting someone with full understanding, but it will happen. How very sad.
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