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For those who don't remember, I posted a piece a while back about one of the readers of this blog, Ignacio. The piece was entitled: "Blog Helps Reader Return to G-d" and Ignacio wrote the following:
"...both my wife and I have come to believe that if he existed "J" was neither G-d nor Messiah and that to believe otherwise is Idolatry. We looked at the scriptures that were presented and finally saw that he didn't fulfill any of the Messianic prophecies and the ones that the christian churches use are ALL taken out of context.")
He wrote me the following and I thought I would post this as well, as it is something we need to remember and consider when it comes to the 'do we trust them or not' issue which, considering history, we Jewish People have every right to ask ourselves.
Here is one of Ignacio's recent emails to me:
I was reading one of the blogs on Arutz Sheva called the "The Wilder Way" , where he was writing about Pastor Hagee and some of the stuff he and his people are doing . Mr. Wilder pointed out things about Torah studies going on and things of that nature and the donations and good things that this group is doing in Israel.
I also spent some time looking at the responses to his blog and something struck me about the comments. Everyone seemed to be focused on Hagee and his sneaky way of doings things, saying on one hand that he is for Israel but that they all convert at the same time, and I felt like one very important point had been missed in it and I wanted to run it by you to see what you think.
I have little to no use for any of the so called christian leadership, because I tend to figure that if I have been able to find the truth, surely they with all their doctorates know the truth already so I am not here to defend them or Hagee.
They are not looking to the pastors and so called leaders for the answers they are looking to the scriptures themselves and at some point they are going to see the places where G-D makes it very clear that He is ONE and there are not other god's.
What I thought that has been missed in this is the fact that xtians are picking up the Torah, for the first time, and are studying it to see whats there. I think perhaps what some people , that have never been involved in xtianity , don't realize is that in xtianity you are not taught much about the Tanach and especially the Torah. You are taught that the "new Testament" and their false god is all that you need and that the "old Testament" is filled with good stories and all , but because of the blood of the J or Y (if your messianic) that the Torah is no longer applicable and that the rest is just history. You are taught the "new" and the "old " is ignored
So the fact that average xtian's are now looking for the truth found in the Tanach is astounding, yes there are snakes amongst them who will try to convert Jews, but the vast majority are earnestly searching because they KNOW somewhere down deep inside that something isn't right, that their religion is dead.
They are not looking to the pastors and so called leaders for the answers they are looking to the scriptures themselves and at some point they are going to see the places where G-D makes it very clear that He is ONE and there are not other god's. It will happen, I know this for 2 reasons. The first is because it happened to me and my family and the second is because the prophets foretold of this day.
If we are to believe that we are living in the time of the Messianic age, then we have to remember that the prophets predicted that the Gentiles would be coming to you for the truth and along with them all the lost tribes and even those who didn't even know that they were of G-D's people. The prophecies are being fulfilled right before our eyes. I understand the fear of the snakes and wolves amongst those who are searching and I believe that G-D will deal with their deception in His own way, but please remember that for every snake you find , and you will find them, there are a hundred people who are looking for the truth.
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ISRAEL SPARED WORST OF ECONOMIC WOES
Unemployment is up in Israel, but the country was spared the economic beating America and many other rich countries took. High-tech and biotech, Israel's top industries, are booming and many global firms now have a presence there, driving demand for college-educated English speakers.
Elliot Lazarus, a 30-year-old architect from Long Island will soon be relocating to Jerusalem with his wife and 5-year-old son, after spending last fall interning at two Jerusalem architectural firms. When he was initially laid off in December 2008, Lazarus was in despair. But with time, he came to think of his job loss as a new beginning.
"Most people can't just walk away from a six figure salary," he said. "I had to be shaken out of my comfort zone."
Unlike most participants, Lazarus is an orthodox Jews who long had a desire to live in Israel. But he says it took the economic crisis to push him over the edge.
On his blog "Recessioning in Jerusalem", he ruminates about his decision and more everyday pursuits, like haggling over the price of a haircut or jogging through the Old City at dusk.
For some, the appeal of Israel is religious. For others it's practical: life is cheaper there. But overwhelmingly, participants say they are surprised by Israel's work culture, which encourages flexibility and a better life-work balance.
"It was never a problem to ask my boss if I could come in late or leave early," recalls 27-year-old Rachael Freedman who interned at a Tel Aviv architecture firm after losing her job in 2008. "It's definitely more relaxed."
(End of excerpts. For the rest of the article, click here.)
Now, Yvonne may not be able to bear to read this blog or watch this video that someone sent me in an email, so my sympathies to her in advance. However, the good news is that the American People have woken up (those that choose to not hide their heads in the sand), to realize that the America they once knew, is almost gone. The question is though, "Is it too late?".
Some of you may be wondering, "Why is Tamar writing about the White House?". The reason is, is because if there IS a communist on the White House, then this will have an adverse effect on Israel as well. Communism is an enemy of religious freedom, of Zionism, and of course, of G-d. And the reason for this is, that communism calls for complete obedience. The 'collective' or the 'state' is of all importance, and the people, the private person, is just a brick in the wall.
One must give complete obedience to' the state' and not have any other 'law' or 'belief' which threatens one's submission to the all powerful government. This is why religious people, people who believe in G-d and the Bible, are automatic 'enemies of the state'. Because if they believe in a Higher Power, if they believe in G-d, then G-d's law will surpass the State's law, and this is unacceptable in communism. This is why the U.S.S.R. had to kill G-d. There was no room for G-d in a communist state. And this is why the Jews who lived in Soviet Russia were not allowed to be 'Jewish', to study Torah or learn Hebrew, or attend synagogue, or perform a circumcision, or celebrate any Jewish holidays. The U.S.S.R. stripped religion away from their population, turning them in to atheists with no higher or 'divine' law to adhere to.
If communists in the White House (?) have their way, Bible believing Jews and Gentiles in the U.S.A. will also find themselves as 'enemies of the state' -without their wanting to. Right now, being a 'religious' person in 'Amerika' could conceivably be a crime. A G-d fearing person could be accused of 'hate speech' because he would counsel against sodomy - as G-d says it is an 'abominable' act. And recently, a new bill is being pushed in Massachusetts against circumcision on anyone without their consent. This would quite possibly mean that if this bill is passed, no Jew in Massachusetts would be able to circumcise their son until they were 18 years old, instead of 8 days old.
As an aside, it amazes me that these liberals are so worried about any trauma a circumcision might cause a baby, but are pro-actively adamant when it comes to abortion. Seems to me that being murdered inside your mother's womb is pretty traumatic...
People who grew up loving America, its constitution, and their personal freedoms, will all of a sudden find themselves as targets of that same government they once loved. But I shall say again what Shifra Hoffman once said on my show, something akin to: "If Americans think that their constitution will save them, they better think again. The constitution is only as strong as the people willing to roll up their sleeves and defend it." And with up to 30 million illegals, as well as a plethora of un-educated drop-outs and dumbed-down kids, and a lot of leftist liberals, democrats and progressives who make up a great deal of the population that would like to see 'change', then conservative patriotic Americans are going to have a hard time keeping their country from turning into a commie-zombie horror film. Let's face it, as it is now, Americans can't even get their president to produce his birth certificate to put to rest their legitimate concerns that he may not be eligible to hold the office of the presidency. Why don't the courts enforce the law?
Many Americans today believe that there has been a communist infiltration into the White House, and if they are correct, it is certainly a huge 'change' one can believe in.
I once heard a conservative American radio talk show host recite a poem about Obama. It went something like this...
"Roses are red,
...and so is the White House!"
I call Gutman Locks the 'Mitzvah Man'. He is blessed with the will and the opportunity to go out and increase mitzvoth (good deeds, the commandments) in the world. But it wasn't always like that for him, which gives us all hope, that we too can turn around our lives to achieve more than we thought we ever could.
Locks has been through the spiritual spectrum. Born a Jew, he was raised in a household which was not religious Jewishly, though he was told to marry a Jewish girl when he got older. He grew up and became a successful businessman in real estate, made the cover of a magazine but after buying bigger and bigger homes, he thought, 'is this all there is to life?'. He soon afterwards dropped out of the 'American dream', becoming a hippie. Wanting more guidance and direction to the meaning of life, he met a yogi who showed him an amazing movie of her guru in India who had millions of followers. The guru purportedly could materialize diamonds out of thin air. Locks was impressed and took off for India. There, he studied under this famous guru and practiced meditation to an extreme, up to 10 hours a day. After witnessing his spiritual mentor's hypocrisy of how he preached and then how he lived his life, he became disillusioned and left back for the States. More spiritual searching brought him to read the Christian Bible, where he subsequently tore out their second half, keeping only the first five books of Moses, the Torah. He then headed off to Israel to find G-d, where, at the Western Wall, he was helped into a yeshiva to learn Torah and thus he returned to his roots. I interviewed him several years ago, and personally, it still stands as one of my most memorable interviews. It was entitled, "From Hippie, to Guru, to Religious Jew".
Now, I left out all the good stuff, the details in his story, in order not to make this blog too long. For instance, I didn't tell you about his courage -or naivety(?), of running into the path of a charging elephant in India, or his walking amongst people in India who thought he was a god because they said he was 'glowing' or eminating a light from his body, or his living on a park bench in Central Park, NY, wearing only a sheet wrapped around him. Or his living in Hawaii and walking on the beach hearing voices or 'demons' raging inside his head.
Today, he is a frum Jew and stands at the Kotel looking for Jews to help don Tefillin. He has hundreds of stories to tell about his experiences pulling people off to the side to help them with Tefillin, and some he pulled in, unbeknownst to him turned out to not even be Jewish. ha ha. His story is colorful, yet educational, funny, yet inspiring, and you can read about in his book, "Coming Back To Earth". I HIGHLY recommend it for all, Jew or Gentile. But take out the kleenex and be prepared for some belly laughs as well. It's a book you will want to loan out afterwards to your friends. I loaned out mine, and now I have no idea where it is. (sigh) - I'll have to get another.
Here are some videos of Gutman Locks that are now up at his website. I got an email today with a link to it, and after viewing them (all are short, under 4 minutes or so), I had to giggle, but also had to wipe a tear or two away from my eyes as well. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired by them as I was.
Get his book, you won't be sorry, and neither will anyone else you might want to buy it for. Click HERE.
Yuk, yuk, yuk, ha ha ha (Enjoy the funnies for Purim)
An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel and came upon a casket containing a mummy, a rather rare occurance in Israel, to say the least. After examining it, he called the curator of the Israel museum in Jerusalem.
"I've just discovered a 3,000 year old mummy of a man who died of heart failure!" the excited scientist exclaimed.
To which the curator replied, "Bring him in. We'll check it out."
A week later, the amazed curator called the archaeologist. "You were right about both the mummy's age and cause of death. How in the world did you know?"
"Easy. There was a piece of paper in his hand that said, '10,000 Shekels on Goliath'."
Moshe goes to see his Rabbi. "Rabbi, last week I missed saying grace after meals."
"Why," asked the Rabbi.
"Because I forgot to wash my hands before the meal."
"That's twice you've broken the law but you still haven't told me why."
"The food wasn't kosher."
"You ate non-kosher food?" asked the Rabbi.
"It wasn't a Jewish restaurant."
"That makes it even worse," said the now angry Rabbi. "Couldn't you have eaten in a kosher one?"
"What, on Yom Kippur?"
A middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While
on the operating table she had a near death experience. Seeing God, she
asked if this was it. God said, "No you have another 43 years, 2 months,
and 8 days to live."
Upon recovery the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face
lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. She even had
someone come in and change her hair color, figuring since she had so much
more time to live, she might as well make the most of it.
She got out of the hospital after the last operation and while crossing, the
street was killed by an ambulance speeding to the hospital.
Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 40
God replied, "I didn't recognize you!"
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Moses died and went to heaven. God greets him at the Pearly Gates.
A laywer moved to the country and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100.00. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died." The lawyer replied, "Well then, just give me my money back." The farmer said, "Can't do that. I went and spent it already." The lawyer said, "OK then, just unload the donkey." The farmer asked, "What ya gonna do with him?" The Lawyer says, "I'm going to raffle him off."
Farmer, " You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
The lawyer, "Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he is dead."
A month later the farmer met up with the Lawyer and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?" Lawyer, "I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $998.00." Farmer, "Didn't anyone complain?" Lawyer, "Just the guy who won. ...So I gave him his two dollars back."
....Now your turn. Leave your favorite (clean) joke as a talk back.
Have a freulich Purim, a HAPPY Purim, and let's all please say a prayer for the victims of the earth quake in Chile.