The bible encourages mankind to prove in their lives that they are not homo sapiens evolved from the Ape. Religion came into the world to make this distinction. There is a great similarity between Man and the Ape. Both have similar physical stature. Both have hair on their bodies. Man the ape is also called Homo sapiens. Some say the main spiritual work of man and woman is to find how they are distinguished from the Ape.
On the first day of creation God said Let there be light and there was light to begin the New Age. The New Age movement is a movement for World Unity and Peace. It is a movement to unite religions and nations. The goal of the New Age is to prevent war. Living today under the threat of a third nuclear war, New Age development becomes of utmost importance. Pope Francis representing Christianity is negotiating peace between Old Age and New Age. Today he is visiting Iraq.
God rules the world. God will not compromise on truth. Truth is one of the names of God. Peace is another name of God. Every day God displays his humility. In humility God gave to man free choice. God is the father; and mankind are his children. The father wants his children to enjoy the gift of life. The gift of life is in two worlds. It begins with this physical world and continues into another realm of existence, the existence of souls and spirit. The father watches over his children. He allows them to choose but works in the background to guide them to make the right decisions.
God placed the desire for freedom in the world. The desire for freedom is called by some an enemy and by others the secret of God.
Adam and Eve were created from the dust and placed in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden there was peace and tranquility. Adam and Eve had a free hand to choose to eat from the fruits of all the trees on the earth. Only one tree in the Garden was called for them the forbidden fruit like it says in Genesis 1 : And God commanded to Adam from all the trees of the garden you can eat, but from the tree of knowledge of good and evil you should not eat from it that in the day that you eat from it you will die.
The main cause of suicide is depression. Depression can come to people in many ways. One of the ways it may come to people is through poverty. When a person is accustomed to a life of wealth, and for many reasons he has lost his riches, this may be the cause of depression even suicide. Poor people can be happy even living under the stresses of poverty when they have the minimum life requirements food, shelter and friendship. Poor people work hard to maintain themselves and their families which gives them satisfaction even if they have not more than low income life.
Jewish people have a tradition going back to Biblical times to separate meat and milk in their kitchens. In Kosher restaurants it may be possible to order a Pita with Shwarma, or a Pita with a Burger but not a cheese burger. McDonalds will offer a cheese burger with onions and vegetables which may be a delight for humanity but for Orthodox and traditional Jews a temptation which they refrain from enjoying. Some pizza shops may offer salami on a pizza pie; but in a kosher pizza store only vegetables, onions, mushrooms and olives.
Pope Francis on Wednesday marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by urging people to keep a close watch on distorted ideologies. He said, “To remember is an expression of humanity. To remember is a sign of civility. To remember is a condition for better future for peace and fraternity.“
The Jewish world is filled with diversity. In Israel the nation is divided into many coalitions each coalition represents another approach toward Jewish life. Likud the largest party in Israel in which Netanyahu is the leader represents a portion of the Israeli Jews estimated to be 30 mandates out of 120 mandates of the entire Knesset. This is only one quarter of the Jewish nation. Likud is called center right party. The right side besides Likud consists of religious Zionists and Ultra- Orthodox Zionists. Likud is not a religious party but accepting the authenticity and importance of Judaism.
The two channels of spirituality are religion and Universal faith. Judaism is teaching Jews to accept the Torah from their prophet Moses. The Torah instructs Jews what is their obligation to surrender their will and their intellect to serve God in heaven. God is above the intellect to comprehend the creator of the universe. The Torah is the word of God given to the Jewish people by Moses. Through doing the commandments of the Torah including the learning of Torah, the Torah makes the Jewish people a nation.
There is a teaching in the Ethics of the Fathers that competition between sages promotes more wisdom. The same is true in business where we see price wars. The supplier has to meet the demand at the best price. Also this is true in religion. Religions try to satisfy their followers to prevent them from looking somewhere else to be for them a connection to God.
The Nation of Israel has a Biblical history more than any other nation in the world. Like all nations it was established and survived through wars. The whole Bible from Genesis is the story of the establishment of the Biblical nation of Israel which began with Adam in the Garden of Eden.
Adam was created by God from the earth unlike all other human beings who come from the sexual union of male and female. The belief in the special creation of Adam is the foundation of faith in God the creator. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” are the first words of the Bible. The belief in the special creation of Adam refutes evolution.
Rabbi Lord Jonathon Sacks passed away at the age of 72 in November. He devoted his life toward uniting the secular world with the religious world. He served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth the largest the largest synagogue body in the UK. He held this position from September 1991 until September 2013. He is known to be not only a Rabbi but also a philosopher, theologian, author and politician.
Search to find the Unity of God on earth and don’t give up. Each person living in this world is worried about himself. He is worried about his family. He may also worry about his nation. The world is made up of nations which are divided. Each nations has its own land and its own constitution. The nation exists for the sake of the people. Sometimes the people exist for the sake of the nation.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi affirmed “the total rejection of terrorist acts in all their forms, and the refusal to link any religion to acts of violence and extremism, and not to prejudice religious symbols,” while French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stressed that his country respects and appreciates all religions, stressing that French Muslims are a part of France.
After the high holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur starting the New Year, the Jewish people begin to build on their porches and in the streets temporary dwellings called Sukot or booths. These booths are symbolic of the housing quarters in which the Jewish people lived in for forty years wandering in the wilderness of Sinai. The generation of the wilderness has the possibility to cross over into Israel in a short time since the distance between the Sinai Peninsula and Israel is not long only requiring to cross over the Jordan River to reach Israel. However God had for them other plans and they were ordered by God to wait forty years with Moses their leader before entering Israel. Moses did not enter Israel but he sent his disciple Joshua to lead the people into Israel.
Living in a democratic society until you understand the relationships between religion, faith and freedom you cannot appreciate democracy. All three factors religion, faith and freedom are in the center of life each one making its claims on modern society. Before religion came into the world beginning with Abraham described in Genesis in the bible, there was freedom and there was chaos.
Elections in America are approaching in November. Both sides Republican and Democrat are campaigning for votes. President Trump is encouraging people to vote for him on the basis of his achievements in his four year term. Biden is pointing out the failures of the previous Trump administration and the democratic way of improving America.
Love is difficult to control. Love makes the world go around. Woman abuse is a problem in America and the whole world. The healthy way of controlling love is to get married to the one you love. Love in this way becomes productive through procreation. Family is the cradle of life.
The Jewish people are dependent on Jews marrying Jews. When Jews marry out of Judaism the nation loses important souls. The survival of the Jewish nation depends on fighting intermarriage, interfaith marriage.
Corona virus is still with us even though there are some improvements. There have already been 22 million people infected and 780 thousands deaths from the disease. In America alone more than 5.5 million cases and 173 thousand deaths. Russia is the first to produce a vaccine and there are many companies in the world on the way to producing an accepted vaccine. Including all the people infected in the world with those that will be eventually vaccinated hopefully will be reached Herd Immunity. In case that will come another similar virus, medical science is doing research the use of anti-viral drugs like Hydrochloroquine and Remdesvir to prepare for the next plague God Forbid.
There are things which everyone knows and there are things which some people know and other believe in. Physics and science studies the known and extends its knowledge of the known into many channels to improve life. Scientists attempt to solve the difficulties faced in life whether they be connected to the material world or the world of emotions. For nervous people there are sedatives; for the physically sick there are medicines.
Corona Virus has comes to push America and the world ahead and not backwards. The Lubavitcher Rebbe of blessed memory called America a nation of kindness. America has open arms to people of all races, creeds, ethnic groups and religion. America welcomes new immigrants which have entered the country legally. America offers a stable government with a stable economy. It also has the most powerful military in the world.
Covid-19 has produced a revolution. The whole world is locked down on the way to normalcy. The great powers of the world Russia, China, U.S. are victims of Covid revolution. Covid has been called “the great equalizer.” Covid is at war with humanity to break through it conflicts. Covid is a challenge to humanity. Scientists say, “Covid is here to stay. It is not as bad as we thought” Covid will make changes even after return to normalcy.
Corona was called by Madonna the American singer and Guru on her website “the Great Equalizer.” The truth of her statement can be seen in many ways. Corona virus besides being a killer has brought several changes in the direction of equalization and democracy.
Corona virus began in Wuhan China. After it was revealed, the Chinese began quarantine to isolate the virus. The quarantine continued until they were able to completely isolate the virus to particular people that were infected and to separate these people until they were healed. Corona outbreak in China today is 82,933 cases 4,633 deaths, 78,209 recovered. There are almost no new infections.
A hidden geometric structure was found in the large-scale religious building of Göbekli Tepe, an archaeological site in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey approximately 12 km northeast of the city of Şanlıurfa. The tell has a height of 15 m and is about 300 m in diameter. It is approximately 760 m above sea level.
A nation like Israel after elections battles for its government ministry positions. The government represents the majority of its people. There are two sides to the Israel government the right side and the opposition side. The Knesset has 120 mandates. The government is required to represent a majority with at least 61 mandates. The government will be sworn in on Thursday and will represent the people of Israel until the next elections or until it is dissolved.
It is difficult to love the God who has already killed 205,930 people and infected with suffering 2,971,533 people with Covid-19. A vaccination has not yet been made and the future is dark. In 1918 the world suffered the Spanish Flu in which killed possibly as much as 100 million people which was the deadliest pandemic in human history. World War II and the holocaust left its total 6,000,000 Jews and forty million human beings. In the light of these tragedies it is difficult to love God.
Corona attacks the body and creates a tremendous emotional trauma. The Clergy and psychologists are working together to heal the emotional stress of Corona.Madonna the American entertainer on her website called Corona the great equalizer. Corona even though it has separated all the nations of the world from each other through cancelling air traffic, the nations of the world have been united in the battle to return to normalcy.
In times like today when the world is struck by the Pandemic Corona each person is instructed to stay home. Many people are unemployed. Each day the numbers of infections rises and deaths increase. It is a hard time emotionally and there is always the fear of infection. Perhaps your whole life you never felt the need to connect to God; to take refuge in God. You may never attended church, or synagogue. Your connection to religion was lost when there was no danger or daily suffering. For those that need today the help of God both emotionally and to pray to God for an answer to today’s dilemma, God has provided for everyone from all faiths and from all backgrounds the Universal Faith.
Some churches and mosques in Kenya have announced a moratorium on worship and other activities to protect believers from Coronavirus infection. Anglican Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit announced the termination of all church services including Sunday services, wedding ceremonies, and funerals.
While modern medicine has not found a cure for Coronavirus, natural and spiritual healers have their own answers and suggestions to the deadly virus preferably for prevention but maybe also for healing the sick. Scripture teaches that before each disease God created a cure. The panic of a pandemic like corona creates a darkness which the Bible calls in sentence 2 of Genesis, emptiness and void, “And the earth was empty and void and darkness was on the face of the deep.”
Quarantine separates the infected by the virus from the healthy. Religion separates people from the influences of evil. Freedom does not give permission to people not to quarantine and should not give permission for people to spread evil. Evil is defined very clearly in the bible in the Ten Commandments.
Jews are in the news not only in World news but also in American politics. The elections in America are scheduled for November 2020 with President Trump running against a Democratic candidate who may be from his Jewish liberal opponents. One of these candidates may be Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of NY and successful businessman. Charles Schumer another important Jew in American politics has not showed interest in running for President but he is still young and may sometime become a Democratic Presidential candidate.
Progressive liberal influences are affecting Orthodox Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Jews throughout the world. In the news is an article regarding the Catholic church Pope Benedict warns against relaxing priestly- celibacy rules. Pope Benedict resigned from his position and Pope Francis is his successor. Many people guess the reason for his resignation which was very unusual for a Pope to resign. He may have seen that in the future there would be pressure on the Catholic Church to institute reforms and he was not willing to make these changes. One of the changes is being talked about by Pope Francis regarding priestly celibacy rules under the pressures of his opponents that have pressured the church on the issue of immunity of Priests to sexual abuse accusations. Pope Francis has opened the Catholic Church to gays, and has endorsed interfaith dialogue.
Democracy is the result of six thousand years in the development of civilization. Democracy is the macrocosm of the story of life and civilization from the first day of creation until today. The microcosm of creation and civilization are the religions in the world, the nations of the world with a law. The macrocosm democracy with the ideology of freedom is one, the aspect of unity. The microcosms are multiple nations each with their own law. The law of a democracy is like is written in the Declaration of Independence, One nation under God with liberty and justice forever. Within a democracy is a microcosm which is called its constitution. There is no nation without boundaries, without a constitution. In a democracy the macrocosm is freedom as an ideal. In a microcosm a theocracy or secular dictatorship there is no statute of freedom written in the law. The people are called subjects, servants of their nation. President Trump declared at the Evangelist rally, America worships God and not its nation.
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.
Being selective does make a person is racist. The wrong friends and associates can cause a person to fall. Learning how to be selective in life is important for succeeding. Select your goals and be careful. Build your life through adding in it all the important healthy ingredients of life. Be like a chemist producing a useful chemical in his laboratory.
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.
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.
Is Zero a number? What is Zero? How is it related to the number One? Is Infinity a number? How is infinity related to the number One and Zero? How are all these numbers related to God? First study a little mathematics.
Mathematicians have delved into the questions above and all have drawn the conclusion that 0 is a number. Those that once believed that there were only ten numbers without including Zero were mistaken like those that once believed that the sun revolved around the moon. The concept of ten is connected to religion Ten Commandments a ten number system which we all use in our daily lives. Jews also count to seven receiving the Sabbath each week but always the week continues again from 1 – 7 without end. Zero is missing in religion but not in mathematics. Zero stands between two directions which are positive number +1,+2 0 -1, -2. Religion does not consider the importance of the other direction it is suppressed.
Fission and fusion are two sources of energy compared to the energy of heaven and earth. Religion primarily connects with the spiritual energy fusion. Mysticism connects to the spiritual energy of fission.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1) It is beyond our understanding how the world and the universe was created by God from nothing. Creation of something matter from nothing is beyond the human capacity to understand and create. A human being can take matter and shape it, change it, even to produce from it energy by way of Fusion and Fission. He cannot create something from nothing.
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.
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.
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.
Duncan Lawrence received the award for his song “Loving You is a Losing Game” at the Eurovision song contest in Jerusalem last month. Everyone wants love. Love is in our nature from birth.
The baby comes out of his mother’s womb and cries. He cries for love. His mother embraces him and feeds him. Children need love throughout the childhood and adolescence. When they reach the age of 12 for a girl and 13 for a boy they need love which their mother can no longer give them. By some people this stage in life is called independence. Others say that it is the trick of the devil. The song of Duncan Lawrence “Loving you is a losing game” is teaching beware of love.
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.
The Internet is sometimes called a friend and sometimes an enemy. In th small African nation of Chad, the internet has been closed for one year. Chadians feel anger and are revolting as they struggle without internet.
An internet shutdown happens when someone, usually a government, intentionally disrupts internet access to control what people say and do. Blackouts are sometimes called blackouts or kill switches. The internet enables all our human rights. When there is peace, people enjoy life with The Internet. In times of war it may be better to close The Internet.
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.
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.”
Every Christmas season is a period of joy for people all the world over. When I was young, we always look forward to Christmas day because of the impact of the season and the celebrations attached to it among our people.