Today May 11 beginning at Sundown and all of May 12 Israel celebrates the holiday of Lag B’Omer. Lag B’Omer is translated as the 33 day of the counting of the Omer. In Biblical times from the second day of Passover was the custom in the holy temple of waiving a sheaf of ripe grains from wheats of the new harvest season.
Israel Independence Day will not be the same in the midst of Corona Quarantine. This month the holiday of Lag B’omer where gathered hundreds of thousands of Chassidism to the village of Meron the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai will only be celebrated by Ten Chassidim and two Torch lightings. The holiday of Shevuot where at the Western Wall gathered hundreds of thousands of Jews will also be limited to ten Jews. Eurovision Israel song contest has been cancelled. These are today only memories. Madonna called Corona on her website “the great equalizer.” Corona strikes both religious Jews and secular Jews in Israel equally.
The Universal faith unites the whole world with the name of God which is Shalom or peace. The world should not have needed Corona the great equalizer to unite religions together in prayer. In Jerusalem was gathered together representatives of the major religions living in Israel in prayer and meditation to end the Corona Pandemic.
Mysticism relates that the Garden of Eden where Adam the first man was placed by God is still intact. This means that it is still intact even after the corona pandemic has struck the world. Today there have been 1,576,496 cases of infection, 93,575 deaths, 348,188 recoveries in the world. In Israel 10,001 infected cases, 87 deaths, and 10,011 recoveries. In NY 151,079 infections more than 81,000 in NYC, 7,067 deaths. Corona is fuel for atheists and anti-Semites. Atheism and anti-Semitism always travel together but the same hate for God applies also to opposition to other religions. This year was marked with attacks on the church for sex-abuse.
This week the Jewish people throughout the world celebrate the holiday of Passover. The holiday of Passover begins with the Passover night meal which is in memory of the last plague which passed over the houses in Egypt called the plague of the smiting of the first born. This was the tenth plague and initiated Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt. In all of the ten plagues Pharaoh the king of Egypt considered releasing the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt but later changed his mind. Now on this night he finally gave the Jews his permission. The Jewish people were slaves in Egypt 210 years.
The Jewish people throughout the world will be celebrating in the next two weeks the holiday of Purim. The holiday of Purim was not initiated by Moses when he gave the Torah to the Jewish people when they entered the Land of Israel. The holiday of Purim was added to the Jewish religion after the destruction of their first temple while the people were exiled in Babylon in the 4th century BC.
Lubavitch Chassidism is spread out throughout the world but its central location is in Brooklyn, NY 770 Eastern Parkway. They have branches in almost every country in the world where live or visit Jews. Recently their representative in China was interviewed about the effects of the Coronavirus.
On the 10th of the month of Shvat which falls out this year on Febraury 5 representatives of Lubavitch and followers of the Rebbe the leader of Lubavitch will be visiting Crown Heights Brooklyn where is there hometown, the place where lived the previous Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneerson and his successor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Rabbi Yosef Schneerson on this day passed away and a year later on this date was crowned his successor Menachem Mendel. Today is the seventieth anniversary.
The wise men of God and truth in the history of mankind set their goals for the highest levels of truth and peace. The lives of these great saints are recorded in history. There are two types of spiritual giants who are compared in scripture to the Ox or bull and the whale or sea serpent called Leviathan. These are saints of national religion and universal faith. In history their ideologies sometimes clash. The universal light is called the supernal shining light. The National light is compared to the moon which has no light of its own.
Israel is faced with external and internal tensions. External tensions are the confrontations with its neighbors— Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. America is assisting Israel in self-defense of its nation. Israel will not accept the presence of Iran in Syria. In the news on Friday, after a tense week between Iran and America, Israel again attacked storehouses of weapons located at the border of Syria and Iraq.
The Supreme Court of New York decided in 1986 that the holy books in the Library of Agudas Chassidei Chabad on Eastern Parkway were their own treasures left to them by their Grand Rabbis and personal collections. The Grand Rabbi is part of his congregation and the Rebbe and his followers are one body with one divine interest the welfare of the Jewish people and the holiness of Judaism. The day of this decision was declared by their leader Rabbi Schneerson to be a Jewish holiday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah made a visit to the Ukraine. The purpose of the trip was to discuss the expansion of economic cooperation between the two nations. He met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and together they signed three bi-lateral financial agreements. In a joint statement Zelensky said that the two had discussed the establishment of joint trade and technology offices in Jerusalem and Kiev to jump start both economies. He also thanked Israel for backing Ukraine’s territorial integrity after Russia’s annexation in 2014 of Crimea. It is well known that the father of Zelensky is Jewish.
Racism is interwoven in life and it is hard to avoid racists not only in secular racist discrimination but also in religion. Black Americans have fought against racism in America and are only now beginning to win their battle. Martin Luther King led the black Americans as an American Baptist Minister until he was assassinated in 1968. When your color is black it is difficult to hide it when seeking employment.
President Trump appears crazy in love with Israel. There is a close connection between the two nations more than just politics and economics. Not only is Israel and America representing Democracy in the world, they are both connected to the essence of freedom and democracy revealed by their flags, the American flag also called the Star Spangled Banner, and the Israel Flag.
The LBGTQ community went out July 14 in protest against the statements of Rafi Peretz, the newly selected Minister of Education in the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Minister Peretz, an Orthodox Jew, is firmly against Israel supporting surgeries for people to change their genders. As Minister of Education, Rafi Peretz feels it is important to provide therapy to those that are influenced to change their lives drastically and even to go through surgery to change their bodies to become transgender.
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.
Most people are innocent witnesses of the conflicts in today’s life between democracy and theocracy. In common folk language we are Jehovah witnesses seeing history revealed. Sunday morning in Brooklyn, we would wake up late and about noon time would come to our doors two very lovely ladies to give us some help. They were carrying a Bible and some pamphlets which said on them “Jehovah Witnesses.” We were not Orthodox Jewish but maintained in our house Jewish Tradition. My mother was respectful to these missionaries. Not interested was our answer and they tried to accept it.
A 40 foot World War I memorial cross can continue to stand on public ground in Maryland, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in an important 7-2 decision about the use of religious symbols in American life.
The judges said preserving a long-standing religious monument is very different from building a new one. The court said that this doesn’t violate the constitutional prohibition on the government favoring one religion over others.
Sing to God a new song, sing to God the whole earth (Psalms 97:1)
Israel this year has hosted Eurovision which is the world’s most foremost alliance of public service media representing 117 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. There is beauty in song. There is freedom in song.
Song without lyrics is universal. When we add to song lyrics is made its connection to intellect; but song is from the heart. On Mount Sinai God spoke to the Jewish people and gave to them the Torah.
The State of Israel is in the middle of forming a new government after its recent elections. Israel is in the center of the world and cannot be ignored.
Judaism is the first of the three religions which are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. After the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, the Jewish people were given their Torah by Moses. Between the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and when the children of Israel entered into the land of Israel took forty years. In the beginning of these forty years there was an event in Jewish history recorded in the Bible which was the building of the Golden Calf. Another event in Jewish history recorded in the Bible Numbers 13: Moses sent spies from each of the twelve tribes of Israel distinguished men to report to the Jewish people in the wilderness about their capability of conquering and living in the land of Israel.
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.
A recent article about iconoclasm and the power of religious objects got me thinking about Kashmir. In the world today there are two sides in conflict claiming that the other side is idolatry. These two sides are from the side of the Abrahamic religion and the side of Christianity and Hinduism. In the middle of this conflict are innocent human beings who become the victims of terrorism.
In Kashmir there is a long time dispute both political, ethnic and religious between Pakistan Muslims and India Hindus. Muslim religion prohibits building any statues of deities. In Muslim temples there are also no forms or images. The Koran is very strict to prohibit connecting to anything but an empty formless space who is Allah hidden and revered.
About at the same time when is being celebrated the holiday of Passover, Christians are celebrating the Easter festival. Passover is the time when the Jewish people exited the land of Egypt where they had been slaves for 210 years. The redemption of the Jewish people from Egypt began when Moses while doing his work as a shepherd witnessed a bush which was burning with a fire which would not extinquish called in Genesis 2:4 “the burning bush.”
Two Jewish woman both millionaires and billionaires have donated 122 million Euro for the restoration of Notre Dame.
One is the widow of the Sephardic banker Safra bank of Geneve and Brazil. Her husband Edmond Safra was killed in a strange fire in their home in Monaco in 1999. She has pledged 20 million from her estate. The other Jewish woman is the wife of the billionaire Morris Betanker from the cosmetic company Loriel. Forbes estimates their estate to be as much as $50 billion.
The boys of the Covington Kentucky Catholic School showed their bravery to stand firmly for what they believed. Who is right is another question?
There is right and there is wrong. Religion is believing and following a path which is called the right way. Christianity is teaching these boys a way of life believing in God and morality. You can see that these boys will grow up to become successful human beings. They wear the Mega Caps because they admire President Trump who is a successful person. Whites and blacks can both become successful in a free society. Slavery is in the past. President Lincoln freed the slaves. What is missing in the lives of Americans is religion.
The word Karma today is part of Western Culture Vocabulary. In my opinion the Hindu word Karma refers to obligation. Free from obligation is called Moksha spiritual liberation, Nirvana spiritual bliss. Secularists accept Karma, call Nirvana – vacation, moksha – freedom. However these terminologies need explanation.
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden were free from Karma. They lived in Moksha and Nirvana. They were coaxed by the snake to experiment touching a forbidden tree and when Eve ate from the forbidden tree it tasted good. She gave her husband Adam to eat and they ate together. As a result their life changed. They had obligation to their family and their children. When they were single Adam and Eve were free of obligations. They could enjoy the light of God day and night without a baby waking them up in the middle of the night. Once they entered the real world, they could not get back to the garden, their children kept them busy.
In the picture of me I am wearing Mirrored Glasses used in my clinic for healing trauma. In this article I relate healing through interaction of mirrors with the eternal healing of the Messiah.
God is called the One Infinite Light in many Jewish Mystical texts. He has also other names like compassionate one, merciful one, just one, sustainer, creator, the unity, God of love, the fearful God, Jesus, Allah, Brahma, Beautiful One, the giver of life, omnipotent, eternal God etc.
All the names of God are attempt to pinpoint his greatness. They are all attributes of God but none of these names can approach his essence. The name used most in Jewish Mystical texts is The One Infinite Light.
There are two aspects of Infinite God using the aspect of light, The One Infinite Light. God is by definition One God so there may be a conflict to suggest that there are two aspects of Infinite light. This conflict exists between the concept of God in Islamic religion and in Christianity. Christianity came from Judaism which is believing in God the Infinite One, the infinite light. Also Islam worships God the Infinite Omnipotent One, the Infinite light. Both oppose Christianity. However Christianity immerged from Judaism and Islam followed Christianity so there must be a connection somewhere between these three religions.
The name of God peace Shalom is the most important revelation of God in the world. It is difficult to believe when you look at the religious conflicts which plague the world everyday. In the Middle East is the political conflict between Israel and the Arabs, Muslim – Jewish conflict, Muslim Shiites conflict with the Sunni, Catholics conflict with Protestant, Judaism clashes with Christianity, Islam clashes with Christianity, Hindu with Muslim. What is the source of these conflicts from a Biblical eye?
In order to answer this question it is important first to separate religion and politics; political conflicts from religious conflicts. Politics all the time interfere with peace. Politics is defined by Wikipedia as the process of making decisions by members of a group. Groups conflicts exist in their interests and within groups when there are conflicting interests. The goal of politics is to make peace like the goal of religion. Whereas politics is connected to group interaction religion is divided into group and individual. Religion has a place for the individual and for the group.
Six million Jews were slaughtered in the Holocaust by the Fascist Nazi Regime of Hitler and over forty million human beings. According to Wikipedia Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition, and control of industry and commerce. Fascists believe that liberal democracy is obsolete and they believe in a complete mobilization society under a totalitarian one party state. Such a state is led by a strong leader a dictator and a martial government composed of members of his governing party to forge national unity and maintain a stable orderly society. Fascism rejects assertions that violence is automatically negative in nature and views political violence, war, and imperialism as a means that can achieve national rejuvenation. German Fascism was also racial. Hitler claimed that the German people the Aryan race were supreme. The Holocaust came to teach a lesson to Jews and to mankind.
In the history of the world there have been many dictators who have used their power like Hitler. Hitler may be considered the worst of these evil leaders. In the history of the world there have been political and religious racists that used the type of idealism used by Hitler for the sake of National Unity. There are still movements in the world using this type of racism for the sake of national unity. There are two major types of governments which are dictatorship and democratic.