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Tevet 28, 5770, 1/14/2010
The last 6 months or year have been a very traumatic time here in my house. My wife and I have gone back and forth as to whether or not "J" was G-d or the Messiah and the whole gambit of stuff that goes with it. For awhile I was convinced that he wasn't and then I wasn't sure and we have gone back and forth with this. A few weeks ago I commented on your blog. I don't remember for sure which one, but I recieved some interesting comments and it is these people that I would like to thank. The first person is for you, your show and your blog has taught me much and I will be eternally grateful for that.
The second person is a woman who goes by "meira" she came to my defense and explained to someone who was really upset by what I said, it is a scary thing to think that because you don't have "J" you are going to hell, which is exactly what we are taught.
Thanking Meira for her kindness and Liad for the web site links
The last person is one of those people who did hammer me, however the hammering had a good result, and that person is "Liad" s/he pointed me towards a couple of web sights that opened my eyes to the truth of it all.
The short end of this is thanks to the both of them, 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. We haven't considered our selves to be christians for a long time , but this just brought all of it to a screaming halt. We are not sure what to do from this point but any form of christianity is out including the messianic movement because it is just a different approach to the same idolatry.
I am telling you this because I don't know how to get a hold of them except via your blog, so I was hoping that if you knew who they are could you just send them a thanks for me and I promise to not purposely say stupid missionary sounding thing's again.
We have a Hebrew/English Tenach coming that we ordered from artscroll so that is where we are going to start, we have learned much from what we have but we wanted it strictly from a Jewish perspective. We have been keeping Shabbat and doing the Holy Days for the last 2 years but now we are going to be re-looking at them and making sure that what we have learned doesn't have a christian twist to it.
Any how enough of my rambling, again thank you.
Ignacio & Alison
I then emailed Ignacio back and asked him if I had his permission to post his email to me on the blog. This was his reply:
"Please feel free to publish it. I want as many people helped as possible. Make sure though that however you do this that the people understand that this was not something we came to lightly or easily. We struggled with it and tried to find loopholes. In the end though it simply became clear that we had been lied to and that this lie goes back to the begining of christianity. My greatest sorrow is that I was a pastor and I have taught these lies to others, granted in total ignorance, but I have taught them none the less. But I believe that G-D has heard my cry for forgiveness and that we can at least try to undo some of the damage that I have done..
So yes please publish it.
Ignacio & Alison"
I would like to suggest these two web sites for other Gentiles who may wish to explore what exactly their bligations and commandments are in this world, according to the Torah. I welcome your feedback and comments.
http://noahidenations.com/index.php (May I suggest that you sign up for their YAHOO! Email list/ Newsletter located midpage?)
http://www.shuvoo.com/ (Please hit the tab in the middle of the page towards the right, where it says, "I am a non-Jew and read the material there.)
Tevet 21, 5770, 1/7/2010
Really, I can't find the time to post, and there is so much I want to, but I don't have time to accompany the news items with what I want to say, and do it eloquently. So I decided to just rush this post and leave it up to you to discuss, because really, this stuff needs to get out....
To read more, click HERE. http://www.nachi.org/forum/f14/cap-and-trade-license-required-your-home-44750/
If you are saying to yourselves, "But I don't have a job waiting for me there in Israel", then just remember, that MOST new immigrants don't have jobs waiting for them. In fact, when your grandparents came to the shores of America, they didn't have jobs waiting for them either!!!! But they made it. You are alive, and educated, and come from a once wealthy country. You have more going for you than any of your past ancestors did.
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Tevet 16, 5770, 1/2/2010
It used to be fun and exciting to travel. Now? Now it's not only a pain, it's dangerous and humiliating. Somehow I never minded the security checks at Israeli airports or Israeli El AL counters around the world. I knew I was being protected and it wasn't too much of a bother. But then, on returning home to Israel from abroad, I have to go through ridiculous and often humiliating security checks.
First of all, they have this official 'no profiling' policy. However, inevitably, I - as well as my elderly parents (who travel separately from me), are ALWAYS 'randomly' picked for a special check. I am publicly asked to step aside for this 'random' security check. You might be familiar with the drill... Taking shoes off, having to remove my head covering (which I refuse to do in public, and then only with a female security person). They run their fingers through my hair --checking for a barrette bomb? And as I am in this private room while they are checking me, I keep wondering, has there ever been an Israeli, or a Jew for that matter, that has tried to blow up a plane? Why do they always 'randomly' pick me? Shouldn't they be 'profiling' or 'randomly' picking passengers that have connections to Islamic terror sponsoring regimes? Yet, people tell me when they travel, Muslim women covered with a burkah are usually let through without any check whatsoever. Go figure. Albeit, I don't feel any safer after these checks, except for the fact that I now know that at least I am not a terrorist. (wink)
"While North America's airports groan under the weight of another sea-change in security protocols, one word keeps popping out of the mouths of experts: Israelification.
Tevet 14, 5770, 12/31/2009
Don't drink to that! Any Jew who raises his cup for the 'Sylvester' New Year, is toasting to a day synonymous with the flow of Jewish blood. I hate to be a party-pooper, but really, let's take a look at the history of this day....
From Simple To Remember: http://www.simpletoremember.com/articles/a/newyearshistory/
"In 46 B.C.E. the Roman emperor Julius Caesar first established January 1 as New Years day. Janus was the Roman god of doors and gates, and had two faces, one looking forward and one back. Caesar felt that the month named after this god (January) would be the appropriate door to the year. Caesar celebrated the first January 1 New Year by ordering the violent routing of revolutionary Jewish forces in the Galilee. Eyewitnesses say blood flowed in the streets. In later years, Roman pagans observed the New Year by engaging in drunken orgiesa ritual they believed constituted a personal re-enacting of the chaotic world that existed before the cosmos was ordered by the gods."
Roman pagans observed the New Year by engaging in drunken orgiesa
"The Israeli term for New Years night celebrations, Sylvester, was the name of the Saint and Roman Pope who reigned during the Council of Nicaea (325 C.E.). The year before the Council of Nicaea convened, Sylvester convinced Constantine to prohibit Jews from living in Jerusalem. At the Council of Nicaea, Sylvester arranged for the passage of a host of viciously anti-Semitic legislation. All Catholic Saints are awarded a day on which Christians celebrate and pay tribute to that Saints memory. December 31 is Saint Sylvester Day - hence celebrations on the night of December 31 are dedicated to Sylvester's memory."
And what has this celebration begot today to our youth and Western culture? A night of partying, drinking, making out under a mistletoe, and making new year resolutions that are hardly ever kept.
Is Dec. 31st / Jan 1st not a night where there are massive car accidents? Where people never even have a chance to finish the end of their Jan. 1st hangover? I mean, friends, what's there to celebrate here, Drunk Drivers Day? Spilled Jewish Blood Day? If one really wanted to honor the Gregorian New Year to make it meaningful and to better themselves and this world instead of having an excuse to dress up and get drunk, then wouldn't it be more fitting to celebrate it with a nice meal with family and friends and some meaningful time for introspection and serious accounting?
When I came to Israel in 1978, Jews didn't celebrate the 'Sylvester' as they call it here. In fact, one was hard up to find a hotel that had some bar open until midnight where they could go and maybe find some sort of partying there. Today? Today it is different. Today the western culture has invaded Israel and our secular youth are celebrating this day (unbeknownst to them) of a Jewish blood bath by an evil anti-Semite. Today on the news, I heard them beseeching people to not drive home after any parties, and that instead taxis would give people a special 'new years discount' to take them home. Yes, we have come to this. But maybe a little history lesson like the one above will make people think again before raising a glass to this historically anti-Semitic day.
Tevet 7, 5770, 12/24/2009
Holidays are given to us to in order to remind us who we are. We remember the history and the importance of the day and use it to develop and mold us into better people so we can serve G-d better.
Note: This post is a re-post from 2007. I want to remind everyone that this piece is not meant to hurt anyone's feelings or put anyone down. This is merely to enable people to make an educated decision as to what they want to teach their children and bring into their home.
Growing up in the West, where people are steeped in a xmas atmosphere with trees, lights, mistletoe, santas and manger scene decorations, I decided to do some research to find out more about the symbols of Christmas. Don’t get me wrong, some of the holiday decorations are very beautiful to the eye, but I believe that one should know the truth behind these symbols in order for them to be true to themselves and serve G-d the best they can. We should not be deceived by 'cosmetics' or decorations, if behind these symbols lies darkness and leads people away from truth.
And so, below are some questions posted on the internet asked by people wanting to know more about their own holiday, and some of the answers posted by their own fellow holiday celebrators.
Why do we celebrate Christmas in December when Jesus was born in March or even around the feast Of Tabernacles (sukkot) in the Fall? Why did the Catholic Church choose December 25 for the birth date of jesus?
Is this in your house?
"The idea to celebrate Christmas on December 25 apparently originated in the 4th century. The Catholic Church wanted to eclipse the festivities of a rival pagan religion that threatened Christianity's existence. The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, Mithras during this time of year. Although it was not popular, or even proper, to celebrate people's birthdays in those times, church leaders decided that in order to compete with the pagan celebration they would themselves order a festival in celebration of the birth of (their god)….
Question: Why do "Christians" use a Pagan symbol, like the Christmas tree, in their celebration of the birth of Jesus?
Answer: "Because way back in the day, the Catholic church started to absorb Pagan symbols in order to make conversion less of a drastic step for Pagans."
"Pagan and Christian families would bring a live tree into the home so the wood spirits would have a place to keep warm during the cold winter months. Bells were hung in the limbs so you could tell when a spirit was present. Food and treats were hung on the branches for the spirits to eat and a five-pointed star, the pentagram, symbol of the five elements, was placed atop the tree. The colors of the season, red and green, also are of Pagan origin, as is the custom of exchanging gifts."
Christians, you believe in the Tanach, the Bible. G-d specifically commands:
Cutting down a tree to place in the house.
This is what the Pagans did, and you are carrying this on.
Question: Why do they allow a plethora of other Pagan symbols?
Elves are a pagan idea from Scandinavian countries.
Answer from another Christian site:
"Christmas is a Pagan holiday - "Christmas" is not in the Bible, and we are not commanded to celebrate the Messiah's birth in all of Scripture. The Messiah was not born on or near December 25. He was born sometime in late September (most likely Sept. 29) or early October during the Feast of Tabernacles, but no one can be sure of the exact day. If the Almighty Sovereign Creator wanted us to celebrate the day He would have told us in Lev. 23.
"December 25th was celebrated by the Pagan sun-worshippers of Mithraism as the "birthday of the invincible sun," because on that day the sun began its return to the northern skies "the winter solstice." And so, the sun and the Son, have become a deliberate Pagan mix. Tammuz, the Babylonian Pagan sun deity, was also the first counterfeit savior… December 25th was also the date of the Pagan Brumalia (winter) festival in Rome. It was preceded by the Saturnalia festival Dec. 17-24 - in honor of the Roman god Saturn, as a period of unrestrained merriment in celebration of the winter solstice. The Saturnalia and Brumalia festivals were so popular among the heathen and so deeply entrenched in their customs, that rather than attempt to reform the Pagan populous the Roman Church, the Emperor Constantine, chose instead to absorb their festivities into the Constantine Roman Catholic Church."
Friends, is this what you wish to perpetuate? Do you wish to continue pagan ways in today's world?
Paganism: It's the fastest-growing religion in Australia, according to the 2001 census. Sydney pagan worshippers learns about spells, covens and the importance of being "skyclad"( being clad/covered only by the sky, Ritual nakedness performing their rituals naked).
Moonstruck: high priest David Garland celebrates the summer solstice with other pagans on Rotaract Hill. Photo: Tamara Dean
So, to my brothers and sisters on this planet who celebrate xmas, this is not an attack, but an honest query to you: What’s the deal here? What are you bringing into your homes? What rituals are you really observing? Will you embrace a holiday that brings paganism into your homes? Should you not go back to the word of G-d as given to Moses on Mt. Sinai? Should you not embrace instead the 7 laws of Noah as commanded by G-d to all Gentiles, whom He created and loves and wants to be closer to Him? To read about what your obligations are as a Gentile, you must RETURN to the source.
Wishing you truth and a closer relationship with the One Creator of the Universe. May you remove darkness from the world and let in the light!
Hear my show "The Surprising Origins of Christmas".