Things I Miss


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I was thinking this morning about things I miss.

One thing I miss was I used to have a Hebrew word processor. It let me write in Yiddish and Hebrew. I can’t remember if it was DavkaWriter or Dagesh (I think it was Dagesh, which you can’t even get anymore).
I kept thinking the whole time I had it was that it was a $19.95 program for $109.00, which is common with a lot of Jewish software. The Bavli Talmud CD Rom was the finest $39.95 program for $295.99. No kidding, minimal search capabilities. Minimal tools. Terrible.
But I do miss Dagesh.

I miss my calendars from Chabad, with its weird little indecipherable codes on it! So I’d call my Rabbi up and ask him, “What’s today?” He’d usually answer me fairly impatiently, because a nice person he wasn’t. (that’s normal sentencing structure by the way, if you speak Yiddish).

I sometimes miss speaking Yiddish. Someone saw me yesterday and asked me how I was, and my answer was “Ich bin Ein bissele krenk” without thinking. If you speak German, you’ll kind of understand that. Hint – Bischen and Bissele mean the same thing.
Among Chassids, the answer to “how are you today?” was “Baruch Hashem” (praise God). Which meant I usually had to ask them a second time to find out how they were, and they’d get uncomfortable when I did it! “Gut, gut, shayne dank.”

I miss my little pocket Tehillas Hashem prayer book that I kept in my long black coat pocket. Had the psalms in it, too. My Rabbi gave me that. The prayer book, not the coat.

I kind of miss having the Kitzer Shulchan Aruch. I’d use that and the Chofetz Chayim’s list of commandments you could keep today.

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Fortunately, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour, and don’t need any of that anymore. I just get nostalgic for memories.

I sometimes miss the days when Bible study meant dragging out a 27 lb. Volume of Strongs’ a King James Bible, and a notebook. And of course, everyone would tell me I needed to get Jay Greene’s Interlinear. But those were $50 and I couldn’t afford one.

I sometimes miss when I got my first modern PC, which was a Compaq Presario, which had the oddest programs on it – some kind of program with Microsoft Works, but it had a feature where you could include things in a binder. To this day, I have no idea what that means.

And I had Quickverse 3 on it. And I got an extra $25 one day, and I trotted out to Eggheads, and I bought a mouse pad or something, and I saw “LOGOS 2.0” there, so I bought it. I know that the Bible programs I have today are much better, but I get nostalgic for that.

I sometimes miss these things. Would I go back to them? No. But sometimes the happiness in life is remembering when times were bone crushingly hard, and you had a little luxury here and there, and being thankful for those things.

That’s when we see the hand of God in our lives, guiding us, taking care of us, driving us.

Baruch Hashem.

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Psalm 22:16


They pierced my hands and feet. Kari כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י can be K’ari, “like a lion” or the Aramaic Kari, “they have pierced”. which is it? it’s clear from context that the Aramaic makes more sense (“Like a lion my hands and feet” lack the clear sense that “They have pierced” has) – but even if you’re a purist, okay! Let’s look at the Hebrew and ask a simple question – what does that mean? “They did to my hands and feet like a lion did… either claw and rend, or more likely, bite. Tigers shred, lions bite. Lions prefer to jump at you, dig their claws in only to keep you from getting away, then start biting. So, what would that mean, “they did to my hands and feet what a lion would do?”

It would mean… “they have pierced.”

Argument over.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #34


I’ve heard it taught that we atone for our sins by prayer and charity. Let’s look at that.

‏כָּפַר‎ is the root word for “to atone”. ‏כָּפַרה‎ is the usual sense we see it in our Hebrew Bibles. As a matter of fact, it’s in the siddur, too. Look it up.

Kapparah (the dagesh in the peh is mighty small – I can’t see it) first found in Exodus 29. It’s connected with the atonement needed before the Kohenim could serve. Their sins had to be forgiven, because you could not offer anything with a blemish or not perfect… that includes the one officiating. There are laws that the High Priest, the Kohen, was invalid if suffering from certain injuries or birth defects.

In Bible study, we understand the rule that since this is the word of God, then God defines His words. Thus, the rule of first usage is studied. The first time a word is used, the context tells us the meaning of the word throughout the Bible. Literally, in one of the first Bibles put in English, there was at that time no English word for Kapparah. So, two words and a suffix were combined to make the word atonement.

At-One-ment.

20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. Exodus 29:20-21 (KJV)

33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. Exodus 29:33 (KJV)

Prayer is not mentioned here. Atonement, by the Bible’s own definition, requires blood.

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)

24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:24 (KJV)

Prayer does not atone for the soul.

Neither does charity.

35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. 36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Leviticus 25:35-37 (KJV)

That’s really the first reference in the Bible to charity. Just to be honest and fair, let’s look at another one.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)

Two passages on Charity. nothing in there about Atonement. Nothing.

Blood is required to atone for the soul. There are several words in the Bible by which we understand this concept. In many ways, the New Testament (a thoroughly Jewish book, by the way) helps to illuminate what we’ve studied in our Tanakh.

Propitiation is one word used – this means “satisfaction of a debt.” Since blood is required to atone for sins, our blood must be shed for so much as a single lie. How much blood? Can you just cut your arm or something? No. “A part is the same as a whole”, is how the Gemara explains it. The Bible speaks of “Ha’dam” or “ha’Damim” – thus, the bloods, meaning ALL OUR BLOOD.

That means if you sin, you must die. That’s explained to Adam and Eve when they rebelled in the Garden. By putting our hands upon the sacrifice, our sins are transferred to the animal. It doesn’t mean the animal has now sinned, but the responsibility passes to that animal. And the animal must be put to death.

Without the Beis Miqdash, there’s been no way to atone for our sins for 2,000 years. The Gemara says that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Miqdash. the temple, that they used to tie the doors shut on Yom Kippur with a red cloth, and it would turn white, showing that the sacrifices were accepted. In AD 30, it stopped turning white. The atonement was no longer accepted.

Guess who was crucified that year?

It means that sins the propitiation, the satisfaction of a debt, was paid that year. On Pesach, Passover. So, that year, there was no need for the atonement of Yom Kippur.

Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #33


If you follow the category links on the right hand side, you’ll find the old entries on this. During my first venture into this, I first put up about 170 of the Taryag Mitzvos (613, in case you never spent any time as a Chassid).

Then I put up about 170 prophecies from the Bible of who the Messiah was.

These were important, especially since I discredited the Oral Torah. THe Torah She’beaal Peh, or Oral torah is just what it reads like – The P’rushim movement in Roman era Israel was a strong minority, trying to push for a renewed Judaism based upon the Oral Torah. But the problem was – there was no oral torah (hold that thought – I’m about to re-rpove that for those recently joining this newly resumed discussion). So, they had to invent one. The first thing they did was start with Pirke Avos, which became the heart of the Mishneh. After that, they began serious work on the Mishneh.

The mishneh came to an abrupt halt, and then the Gemara was started. We all know this. If you went to Cheder, you were probably taught this. I had to learn this from self study, since my family was extremely assimilated, and my parents wanted nothing to do with any form of Orthodoxy.

So, if the Oral Torah ALWAYS Existed…. why then didn’t it mention any Rabbi’s before the Mishnaic period???

Uh-oh.

Huh.

“Well, there WERE no Rabbi’s. It was the Priesthood. But Ezra taught the Oral Torah at the Great Synagogue.”

Huh.

So, Ezra, at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the repairing of the gates and the Beis Miqdash… stood there and read to the Kehillat, “Rabbi Judah The Prince taught, there are seven kinds of…”?

This would be the same Rabbi Judah who would not be born for six centuries, right?

“Well, no. The Oral Torah back then didn’t have the Gemara in it.”

Okay, then they read the Mishneh. Like, the teachings of Choni the Circle Drawer, who was born after the Maccabees.

“well, no. They didn’t have that part either.”

Okay, find me ONE PART of the Mishneh, which existed in Ezra’s time. Where are these teachings that Ezra and Nehemiah taught Kehillat Yisrael?

Hm. There are no parts of the Mishneh that old. Everything is post-Maccabbee.

The real issue here is, God put in place the Kohenim. The priests, if you speak as much Hebrew and Yiddish as I did growing up, which was little. I actually learned more Yiddish growing up, and zero Hebrew.

Man put in place the Rabbi’s. Who do we find quoted in the Gemara? The Rabbi’s. Not the priests.

Really, when you look at it… today’s Judaism looks about as much like Biblical Judaism as the Talmud looks like the Bible.

The Bible is full of Authority. “And the LORD Spoke unto Moses, saying….”

THe Talmud is full of man’s opinions and arguments. “And so taught Rabbi Zusya. But there is a PROB-lem….”

So, where do we turn to?

The Gemara. The Talmud.

We’re supposed to be the people of the book, but we actually abandoned it! We read the Torah portion, and the Haftarah, and if you’re part of the Lubavitch tradition, you read the Psalms every month.

What about the parts of the Bible that AREN’T the haftarah? What about Proverbs? What about Isaiah? What about Jeremiah? CAn you quote me ONE verse in the Bible from Isaiah or Jeremiah?

I can think of gentiles who can. A lot of them, as a matter of fact. About 200 of them read this blog. They read their Bibles. Many of them study it the way you study the Daf.

And they know more about God’s word than Jews.

Let’s try this. Read God’s word. Put aside the writings and opinions of man. Read God’s word. Read the Bible.

And ask yourself if what’s in your daily Daf is really Judaism? Or something the Rabbi’s invented?

Really Really Creepy


Apparently, back in the 1960’s, there was a book called “666”. this book was a novel written to depict what the tribulation would be like.

MY friend, who is reading it, was reading part of it to me where the Antichrist (!) orders that recreation centers be built in churches. Workout rooms, basketball courts, etc.

That churches must now accept all faiths and religions as authentic, and that there is more than one way to God.

That all churches must hire Christian rock bands to perform updated music at churches, and that the churches should purchase psychedelic lights to flash in time to that music.

Tv screens in the churches.

I promptly asked him, “was the Antichrist named Rick Warren, by any chance?”

I was joking – no, Rick Warren is not the antichrist – but it’s CREEPY that this book was describing what goes on today in most churches. True, only the megachurches have the workout rooms. But all the churches have the rest.

I recall going to a pastor’s convention where the church looked amazingly like a mini-shopping mall. Pastors wandered through the four auditoriums, looking around with envy and coveting. I was looking for the men’s room. Had to decide which of the three men’s rooms I’d use.

Friends, even the Temple in Jerusalem will not be that extravagant. I mean, if you’re preaching the Gospel, and REALLY doing God’s work, then, yeah, that’s something!

But the drummer in that church had a bigger pulpit area than most American pastors do.

I’m not decrying success… but I have to ask, with these megachurches…

What kind of discipling goes on there? Can the members of that church answer simple questions on, “quote me a single verse to prove salvation by faith” (that should be a no-brainer… Eph. 2:8-9), or “once saved always saved” (John 3:16), or even “show me a verse that proves the Trinity” (1 John 5:7).

If they can… good! You’re doing your job.

If you’re caring for the needy.

If you’re preaching the Gospel.

if you’re edifying the Saints.

If you’re concerned with pleasing, worshiping and honoring the God of the Bible. (an aside note, I seem to have some mental block that keeps me from spelling “worshiping’ correctly!!!)

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Acts 20:27 (KJV)

But if your megachurch is all about entertainment, skits, loud music, light shows, and occasionally is interrupted by some guy talking in the middle about the Bible for 15 to 20 minutes (I mean, what is THAT about, dude?)… then… doesn’t it scare you that that’s exactly what was predicted to be a description of the End Times churches in a novel about the Antichrist???

Redeeming the Time


16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Ephesians 5:16-20 (KJV)

Christians,

This is the time. Seriously. I am becoming more and more convinced that the Rapture of the Christians is nearing. Many of you have blogs… this is the time to get serious about this.

Contend earnestly for the faith. Witness to the lost. Try to reach those who call themselves Christians, whose entire claim for a hope in Heaven but who actually claim nothing but a wet forehead as a baby. Try to reach those who think they are a god, and can speak things into existence. Try to reach those who believe that the Watchtower Society is God’s faithful servant on this earth. Try to reach those who believe that Joseph Smith was visited by an Angel who used to be a man named Moroni. Try to reach those who believe they have to keep the laws of Moses to be saved. Try to reach those who think “the Sunday Sabbath is the number of the beast”. Try to reach those who think Hinduism is the way. Who think their Buddhist faith will get them reborn if they redeem enough karma points. Try to reach those who think the vibration of cosmic crystals will allow them to ascend into a higher order of sentient being. Try to reach those who think, “My whole family is Baptist, so I guess I go to heaven too…”

You’re going to get arguments. You’re going to offend many. You’re going to risk a lot of heartache just to finally reach one person – but that one person will avoid Hell forever, and that’s the point.

And you may be planting a seed for when (after we disappear) they may wake up and realize, “This was real, and I just missed it.”

But if you do nothing… they all are lost. Condemned.

Redeem the time, for the days are evil.

Messianic Judaism 56 – The Oral Torah


9 And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. Deuteronomy 31:9 (KJV)

3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 1 Kings 2:3 (KJV)

The issue of the Oral Torah is one that few Messianics bother with. Most Messianics simply refuse the Oral Torah. No issues.

But if you become one of those Messianics who follow the Oral Torah, then be prepared – you’re on a roughly one year countdown of denying Christ. It won’t take long. Some take as long as three years, hovering in the emotionally painful time of wallowing between the Oral Torah and the Written Torah. Eventually, conversion to Judaism or a return to Judaism if you’re Jewish is not far behind.

The Oral torah is a major danger point. Any kind of dedicated study of the Talmud leads to acceptance of the Talmud, which leads to following of the Talmud.

If the Oral Torah was real… wouldn’t they be mentioned in those verses I just quoted? Yes? No? Why is it ignored as if it did not exist?

Because it didn’t. It started in the Maccabean period as traditions of the elders, something the Lord makes mention of. He makes no acceptance of that oral Torah. Instead, the Lord asks several times, “Have ye not read?” or “is it not written?”

The vast majority of the Oral Torah comes about centuries after Jesus Christ.

There’s no validity for the existence of the Oral Torah. An open minded reading of the Talmud reads like this – a group of men who have absolutely no idea what the Bible literally means, so they sit and make up stories, come up with fanciful allegorical interpretations, argue with each other’s interpretations, and then a building upon it.

That’s how it read to me when I was in Chabad. That’s how it reads to me today. I remember reading the Talmud back then and thinking, “I must be stupid. I must be missing something. Everyone talks about how difficult it is to understand it, yet it looks easy to understand to me!”

Basically, you take the Talmud seriously. What it says is what it means.

But you’re not allowed to interpret what the Bible says in the same manner. It has to be allegorical. And you have to take the Rabbi’s word for it that the Talmudic Sages possessed insight you do not.

I’ve got problems with that. Because if you can’t interpret the Bible without the Talmud, you’re placing the Talmud over the Bible. That’s like any other cult, that places their writings above the Bible, like Roman Catholicism or Jehovah’s Witnesses.

This is how they keep Judaism Jewish. It’s like the Sanhedrin knew if Israel accepted Jesus, they’d be out of a job. So the Pharisees won, by writing their special texts that you needed a “teacher” to understand, that kept you blindly following an allegorical interpretation of the Bible. And as I’ve said before, the members of a religion that takes the Bible allegorically are slaves to the very teachers that possess the key to the allegory.

If you’re a messianic, RUN NOW. Get out of that cult. It’s not Christianity, it’s a Christ-denying cult. It may well be that Messianic Judaism is the synagogue of satan.