Dear Abba (Avinu Shabashamayim)

Dear Avinu Shabashamayim (our Father in heaven), thank You for Your touch in our lives, whether recognized or not.
 
Thank You for making this amazing universe for us to live in.
 
Thank You for the future restoration You will do to fix the complete mess we have made of it.
 
Thank You for the coming of Mashiach/Messiah and for the redemptive work he has done for our souls.
 
Thank You for the wonderful people You have brought into my life, including Hebrew teachers, who have helped to open my eyes to more wondrous things in the verses in Your bible.
 
May my life bring glory to You this day!
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Forgiveness and Health

I have found forgiveness and letting go to be a huge key to happiness and to health. Holding on to grudges hurts the holder the most. Oftentimes, the other party either does not know or does not care. They have moved on.

So, don’t nurse hurts. Let it go. Forgive. That does not mean trust, necessarily. But don’t hold onto things. It will not bring you joy or happiness.

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Thoughts for 10-26-2017 #2

As I was reading the Bible this morning, two passages really stood out to me as being applicable to what I see happening in our world. I won’t comment…just ask that you read and ask G-d to show you whatever He wants you to see in these.
 
Here is the second one. It is a familiar passage and account. So, please do not rush over it, thinking you know all there is to know. We can always gain new insights and the Spirit can always show us new things about ourselves in His words.
 
Matthew 6:
You, therefore, pray like this:
 
‘Our Father in heaven! May your Name be kept holy.
 
‘May your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
 
‘Give us the food we need today.
 
‘Forgive us what we have done wrong, as we too have forgiven those who have wronged us.
 
‘And do not lead us into hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One.
 
‘For kingship, power and glory are yours forever. Amen.’
 
‘For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will not forgive yours.’
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Thoughts for 10-26-2017 #1

As I was reading the Bible this morning, two passages really stood out to me as being applicable to what I see happening in our world. I won’t comment…just ask that you read and ask G-d to show you whatever He wants you to see in these.
 
Here is the first one. It is a familiar passage and account. So, please do not rush over it, thinking you know all there is to know. We can always gain new insights and the Spirit can always show us new things about ourselves in His words.
 
Luk 10:27 And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
 
And He said to him, “You have answered correctly; DO THIS AND YOU WILL LIVE.”
 
But wishing to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
 
Jesus replied and said, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
 
“But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.’
 
“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbers’ hands?”
 
And he said, “The one who showed mercy toward him.”
 
Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do the same.”
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In The States

Important message from Baruch!

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So excited to be in the States.  Wanted to let those of you who live in South Florida know that Baruch will be speaking this Wednesday night, October 25, at Granada Presbyterian in Coral Gables, FL.  The service will begin at 6:30pm.  If you are in the area, we’d love to see you there !

I have been in Illinois and Indiana visiting our families and dealing with the realization of aging parents.  Since we don’t get to visit our parents very often, we see big changes when we do get together.

We are very excited about this trip, as it is serving many different functions.  We are going to a conference (other than our own), speaking opportunities, pre-appointed times for sharing the Gospel, and concluding with our Eighth Annual LoveIsrael.org Conference in Orlando.  It looks to be a busy trip.  Baruch flies in tomorrow, and I fly to Florida…

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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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