On November 23, 2019 was the annual convention of Lubavitch Chabad Chassidism gathering together at their headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over 5000 emissaries from all over the world gathered together for this celebration devoted to the strengthening of Judaism and the final redemption of the World through the coming of the Messiah.
Israel is today a democracy. In the times of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem it was a theocracy with a King. There were no elections like in Israel today. The King was chosen by a prophet. The first King was King Saul appointed by the prophet Samuel. The son-in-law of Saul and warrior in his army was David who became the successor to King Saul. The son of King David was Solomon who became King at the age of 12 years old and reigned for forty years.
In synagogues throughout the world this week on the Sabbath will be read the story of Abraham in Genesis:12. God appeared to Abraham and gave him instructions to leave his native country, the land of his father and go to Israel. He said to Abraham I will make from you a great nation, I will bless you, and make your name great, you will be for the world a blessing, those that bless you will be blessed, those that curse you shall be cursed, in you all the families of the world will be blessed.
Already Israel has reached a standoff in elections and in the formation of a government. In Israel there are two sides which are led by two of the major parties which is Blue-White and Likud. Both of these parties have received the same number or close to the same number of mandates but still have not been able to make a majority coalition government. Each of these parties need to reach 61 mandates which include mandates from other parties in the coalition.
The story of the Tower of Babel has a universal message. Just after the flood of Noah mankind began to rebuild. Nimrod a warrior wanted to conquer the world that all people should speak the language of his nation. He began to build a tower to show his strength.. God interfered with their plans and spread the people of his nations throughout the world speaking many languages.
In synagogues throughout the world this week, the story of Noah and the flood is read from the Torah. The Torah was completed on the holiday of Simchat Torah the eight day of the holiday of Succot. Last Sabbath was read the first chapter of Genesis “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
In the light of the death of Aba Bakr al-Baghdadi, the world has become aware of the danger of religious extremism. It still is not over but the problem of extremism in religion has become more public. It is not only a Muslim problem. It is also Christian and Jewish problem. There has been terrorism from all sides.
President Donald Trump announced proudly to the world “Last night the American Army brought the greatest terrorist in the world to justice.” Abu Bakr al –Baghdadi was the leader of the terrorist organization ISIS which was and still is a threat to the whole world. Similar to this event came the time when the Obama administration announced the death of Osama Bin Ladin who had been the organizer of the terrorist attack which downed the Twin Towers in New York and a part of the Pentagon in Washington.
On the High Holidays ten days between Rosh Hashanna until Yom Kippur is emphasized prayer and repentance and the blowing of the Shofar. On Rosh HaShanna is blown one hundred blasts of the Shofar in each of the two days and the Fast Day of Yom Kippur is culminated with one long blast of the Shofar.
On Wednesday October 9, the Jewish people celebrate the high holy day of Yom Kippur, a fast day beginning at the night until the next evening 24 hours. On the day of Yom Kippur the whole Jewish nation would gather in Jerusalem at the holy temple for the ceremonies and prayers. One of the miracles of the Holy temple was that the whole nation of all the men of Israel were able to fit in the four corners of the temple and worship together include prostrating themselves on the ground. Yom Kippur is a one day high holiday representing the faith in the one God the creator of the universe.
President of Israel Reuven Riblin at the 22nd inaugural meeting of the Knesset said that Israeli Democracy is in a state of emergency and a government must be formed as soon as possible. Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the long period of political uncertainty from April since the 21st Knesset was dissolved without making a government. They both called for a unity government. They said that Israelis will not forgive the leaders of the two major parties if a third election is held within a year.
This week the Jewish people celebrated the New Year on their Lunar Calendar. In many congregations in Synagogues throughout the world they gathered together performing their ritual services. It is a great feeling to be united as a group, a people in unity. The unity of the Jewish people is that they are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The story of the Jewish people is written in the Bible.
Israel and Jews in the whole world will be celebrating their New Year’s day on Monday September 30, 2019. Two days are celebrated in which it is forbidden to do work. The Nation of Israel honors Rosh HaShanna as a national holiday. The observance of Rosh HaShanna is mentioned in the Bible Number 29: 1-5 “ In the seventh month the first of the month is a holy day where all work is forbidden called the day of the blasting of the Shofar the ram’s horn.” There were specific sacrifices that were made on Rosh Hashanna in the holy temple.
There is a conflict between religion and psychology over living in the past. Psychology can be called a modern secular social science. If religion is called a way of life; this can also be said about psychology and sociology guiding people in a secular way of life. The influence of psychology is also being felt in religion.
The results of the Israel elections are final. Benny Gantz of the Blue-White party has defeated Netanyahu winning 33 mandates while Netanyahu and Likud received 31 mandates. The government consists of 120 mandates which is divided by all the various parties in the Israel coalition. The candidate who receives the most mandates like Benny Gantz has the first opportunity to make a majority government of 61 mandates. The President of Israel Reuven Rivlin is working to help Gantz achieve this majority.
Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s Poem Where the mind is without fear is a pre-independent poem in which the poet seeks complete freedom, a political and spiritual freedom:
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by Thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that Heaven of freedom, my father, let my Country awake!
Not only Jews, but all people can learn from Shlomo Carlbach, a singer, Rabbi and spiritual leader. Born to a Religious Chassidic family dynasty, Shlomo Carlbach learned the way of authentic Judaism at a young age. He studied in the most prestigious Torah schools in America including Lakewood Yeshiva and Lubavitch. At some point in his life he rebelled against Ultra-Orthodox Judaism and established a new approach toward Judaism, progressive Jewish spirituality.
Idolatry is believing in something physical– a nation or a person– and making it your God. In this world there is good and evil. Good is the way of peace and love. Evil is hate and the desire to destroy and kill. National religion denies that they are idolatry. Christianity claims Jesus is God the trinity. There are two national religions at war, Islam and Israel. Christianity today stands in the background, the Pope in the Vatican.
People are waiting for the coming of the Messiah. Tensions continue to build up as national conflicts become more severe. Scientists reveal the dangers of global warming and insist that the earth is aging and needs to be renewed. Everyone is seeking a way to calm their chaos. They need the Messiah for themselves and for the whole world. The revelation of the Messiah is the best solution.
In America the Supreme Court ruled in the time of the Bush Administration that separation of sexes is not always illegal discrimination. In the Supreme Court case called “Brown vs. Board of Education” the courts ruled that separation of people based on color of skin was racist. The attempt to use this legal ruling in other situations was limited in later court rulings. It was ruled that separation of sexes should be allowed in secular and religious schools for many reasons. In a concert it may also be allowed that sometimes it can prevent interactions between these sexes which may become disturbing. Only separations which have in them racism are forbidden which is not the case of separation of sexes.
What or who is a Christian? That is a question that would take many more words than I can write, but I will attempt to explain. I heard a message from our Pastor tonight titled “Suffer and Sanctify” and it gave me an idea of what a real Christian is.
First, we need to truly believe that Jesus Christ was God’s Son as well as being God. This is confusing but I will try to explain that God is a trinity. God the Father who always was, always is, and always will be. He is also God the Son, who always was and always is, and always will be. He is also God The Holy Spirit who always was, always is, and always will be. God in three persons but one God.
Our favorite self righteous preacher (name to be withheld so he will not get even more publicity) attended Lubbock Pride on September 1, 2017 and the attendees denied him!
He and two other protestors were carrying signs that read:
- Jesus Said “… God made THEM male and female.”
- It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
- Will give you $5,000 cash today if….
The world lived without religion until the establishment of Judaism the first monotheistic religion. Even for four hundred years in Israel before the temple was built in Jerusalem in the period called Judges there was no organized religion about which it says Judges:21:25, “And in those days there was no king in Israel, every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” There was opposition in Israel against the establishment of the kingship but in the end religion was established on earth beginning with Judaism. For better or for worse, like it or not, religion is today a reality.
Some pastors have a wicked and warped interpretation of scripture and religion. In my previous blog post Hatred Towards LGBT People By Those Who Are Not Knowledgeable About LGBT Issues, I talked about the misunderstanding of LGBT individuals by uneducated people, and the hatred that is shown. This post was quickly shared by LGBT individuals, Pride organizations, and several local activists and advocates. With this blog post being shared so rapidly and so broadly, this has drawn scrutiny from several groups, and anti-LGBT individuals.
Politics can be religious political like in theocracy. Politics can be secular like in democracy. Israel today is a democracy but in the past the biblical nation of Israel was a monarchy a theocracy. The religion of Judaism is based on the Law of Moses for building a theocracy. Theocracy mixes religion and politics.
Menachem Begin visited the Lubavitcher Rebbe in Brooklyn New York on his way to Camp David to meet with President Carter and Anwar Sadat to make the peace treaty with Egypt where he returned to Egypt the Sinai Peninsula. His first words which he said to the Rebbe who he considered to be the leader of the Nation of Israel “Our nation the Biblical nation of the Jewish people is an eternal people, not like the Modern State of Israel.” The modern state of Israel needs to make concessions in order to survive which means concessions to America and Egypt.
In mid-1975, New Delhi was abuzz with a rumor about Indira Gandhi’s secret romance with her aide R.K. Dhawan. Tales of the prime minister’s love affairs had been abound for quite some time, including her alleged affair with Mohammad Yunus, a close friend of hers and a former Indian diplomat. Long ago, M.O. Mathai, her father Jawaharlal Nehru’s private secretary, was rumored to have had an affair with Gandhi. Her yoga teacher, Dhirendra Brahmachari, and Dinesh Singh, once a foreign minister in her cabinet, were also among her reported consorts.
India is back to square one, thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move Monday to scrap special political rights for a Muslim-majority state in the Hindu-dominated country. The Muslim-rights issue, which led to the creation of Pakistan as a Muslim homeland in 1947, has now resurfaced: Can the Muslims get a fair shake in India?
India revoked Kashmir’s special status with a rush decree. A presidential decree issued on August 5, 2019 removed Article 370 of India’s constitution that provided special rights to Kashmir, which is also the Muslim-majority state. The state lost its unique constitution and the right to implement their own laws. India sent military troops to the region in anticipation of protests.
The controversy over anti-semitism and anti-Zionism is connected to the opposition of Americans today to President Trump and the claims that President Trump is a racist. President Trump has accepted Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump supports the annexation of the Golan Heights by Israel. People of America are claiming that President Trump and his rhetoric causes violence like the two recent incidents in Dayton Ohio and El Paso Texas. During the Obama administration there were also incidents of domestic terrorism.
The theory of evolution by natural selection (first formulated in Darwin’s book On the Origin of the Species in 1859) is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes in heritable and physical behavioral traits. These are changes that allow an organism to better adapt to its environment which will help it survive and have more offspring. According to this theory over billions of years on the planet earth these changes have taken course to create the man we know today. The changes are still taking place. These changes can effect DNA structures within organisms.
There is a book on the market available through the internet written by a former minister “Jesus was not a Christian.” Without reading the book the title and introduction hits my heart because it is true. Most people accept religion as truth. There is truth which is hidden by religions.
Judaism does not emphasize truth. Most important in Judaism is accepting the law given by Moses to the Jewish people. The Law of Moses is divided into two parts the Oral law and the written law.
Minorities have a voice in Democracy. The communists a minority in America burned the American flag on the lawn of the White House on Independence Day in the middle of the address of President Trump.. Democracy allows the burning of the flag as a symbol of freedom of speech. Anarchism is also a minority. If not, there would be no state or law and order.
Nationalism is a necessary evil. God is both national and universal. The highest spiritual level is universal revealed by the Messiah of Freedom through resurrection. You need both national and universal to build the kingship of God on earth. The Byzantine Empire also called the Roman Empire today lives in the small country of Vatican City. The smallest nation in the world may be the most powerful. Last week July 4 Vladimir Putin visited Pope Francis at Vatican City. Russia, the largest nation in the world, visited the smallest.
The Jewish people and their leaders are beginning to soften up about their feeling about Jesus the Messiah. Christians are beginning to soften up about their feeling about Jews. The event of crucifixion is recorded in history in the first century Judea between 30-33 AD. The crucifixion is recorded in New Testament epistles and other ancient sources as an historical event. The softening up of the heart of stone was part of the Jewish prophecy of Ezekiel, I will give to you a new heart and a new spirit, I will remove from you a heart of stone and give you a heart flesh.
America today is celebrating Independence Day. The nation was established July 1776 when the Continental Congress declared the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and now were united and independent states.
Before America could become an Independent nation they had to fight the American Revolutionary War that took place from 1775-1783. With the assistance of France the American colonial pioneers signed the Declaration of Independence and won their independence.
Nick Cave was asked, “What does God’s voice sound like?” His answer was beautiful.
A rock star becomes for his fans a model, a life coach, a guru, a friend. People ask him all sorts of questions like how to overcome loneliness and grief. CNN picked up on his answer to a follower on “What does God’s voice sound like?” It seems that he is going in the way of the famous female pop-star Madonna who entered the spiritual realm many years ago. His latest song “Red Right Hand” is an allusion to the vengeance of God. In the last few months he has posted on his website “you can ask me anything.” He got a flood of 100 letters a week.
What makes a wedding special? Is it money? No.
Is it doing what your friends did ? No.
It’s about making it your special day. We have won “Wedding Venue of the Year” three times in a row and what we believe brides really want is their own special day. A day that bring their family and friends in from the present and past to meet and enjoy the time with their spouses family and old friends. A wedding should feel very warm inside and be a joyous occasion.
From the venue to the bride’s dress, everything should be welcoming, open and fun. Even though it is not as important as the ceremony itself, this might just be the most important day of your life. Our best advice is to simply try to enjoy the entire journey, the time with family, because this great event will pass rather fast and the memories will be significant and long lasting.
Before asking yourself the question: Do I need the Messiah, first ask yourself the question Do I need God? Do I need to study the Bible? President Trump is pictured carrying a Bible.
There are atheists in the world who refuse to believe in God. They may have suffered in the holocaust or have witnessed great tragedies in life which have made them atheists. Atheists live their whole life without faith in God performing their duties to humanity as doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers etc. Most atheists did believe in God once but lost it. Their faith is compared to a lost object which has disappeared and the hope of finding it has been given up. Every day they witness another tragedy reinforcing their atheism.
Loyalty is defined as faithfulness to accept obligation. It has an important place in life.
Two people marry. They should be loyal to each other. A person goes out to work and accepts a job. His employer expects his worker to be loyal. This means that his worker is required to do all of his appointed duties. The employer designates to his worker what is his job. He is not obligated to do the job which is appointed to another worker. If the employee will not perform the employer has the right to fire him.
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The wedding industry is facing many challenges including lower marriage rates and brides wanting to reduce their costs that average around $33,900. No wonder the wedding industry is seeing very little, to no, growth. One slice of the wedding industry is doing very well and that’s the lower cost Do It Yourself (DIY) wedding industry.
We believe if you live in Oregon we can provide ideas that could bring a great/dream wedding for well under $15,000.
As I was reading an article by a man whose first name was Collin and last name was smudged too much to see, I became interested in what he was writing about. He was writing about the truth of Peace and the truth of Wrath. I remember reading about the wrath of God that will come somewhere in the future in my Bible studies.
- Voted the Best Wedding Venue (Gold) for 2019 by Salem’s Oregon Statesman Journal
- Voted the Best Wedding Venue (Gold) 3 years in a row by the Statesman Journal
Affordable Dream Wedding is very proud to win the gold medal for the best wedding venue, for three years in a row, if helps when you have a historic pioneer church built 1892 or a 127 years ago. We believe this is the oldest continuously run wedding and church in Oregon. For 127 years strait years the chapel has had some type of services at the same location. On many clear evenings it almost appears the belfry is touched by God.
The world was created in six days and on the seventh day God rested. The seventh day God sanctified and blessed. The seventh day is the beginning of the next week which begins with Sunday. The seventh day is the end of the week and continues forever without end. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The direction of heaven is upward; the direction of earth gravity is downward. Through the Sabbath heaven and earth become connected the unity described in the Zohar the book of Splendor, One with One, God is One and his name is One.
Universal faith means that religions of the world were revealed in order of progressive revelation. This means that God sent each religious founder prophet to progressively advance religious teachings. The Bha”i faith in Haifa is a Universal faith. Unlike other universal religions, the Bha”i writings do not state that the human race is a whole but celebrates the variety of religions and the differences among peoples. The Bha”i faith was founded in the mid-nineteenth century by Bahuulah who claimed to be a prophet. He was persecuted and spent over a decade in prison in Ottoman Palestine.
On May 2, 2019 was a National Day of Prayer in America. The motto of this event is Pray for America. Love one another. President Trump in honor of National Day of Prayer issued a proclamation.
At the White House was an event where President Trump spoke about the importance of prayer. He also spoke about the importance of belief in God as part of America. He had representatives from both Christian and Jewish Americans to lead in these prayers. He singled out this year as a difficult year for peace between religions in America and mentioned the various terrorist attacks on synagogues, mosques and churches in the world.
Relativism is the belief that there is no absolute truth, meaning that there is no absolute perfection in the universe. Universality is the belief that there are universal facts which can be discovered through searching for truth.
These two philosophies interplay in Christianity and in Judaism. Pope Benedict XVI who resigned in 2013 was known to be a Relativist. Pope Francis who took his position has shown that he is a Universalist through his more liberal tendencies. Pope Benedict became a priest in 1951 and in the beginning his beliefs were considered liberal. He adopted conservative views after 1968. In 2005 he became Pope.
Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel is celebrated a week before Israel Independence Day. This year it falls out on Thursday, May 2. Every Human being suffered from the wrath of Hitler. Six million Jews were killed in concentration camps in Europe and over forty million people died in World War II.
In and around 1941 Hitler officially declared his desire to exterminate all the Jews. He already had this plan many years before.
Christendom, Islam, Zionism are three parts of Religious nationalism which can only be received together in peace through freedom of religion which doesn’t accept violent acts of religious terrorism. Freedom and justice can tolerate hatred when it is confined in the four walls of religion but not when it goes outside. The humanitarian will not accept violence in the name of God. The humanitarian believes in freedom. He also believes in peace. God cannot tolerate building a Golden Calf desiring only for material pleasures or a Tower of Babel nationalism without religion like the Las Vegas and the California discotheque shootings.