Conversion


Well, I attended my first Hebrew class this week. I can now read: שבת

The truly cool thing is my wife decided to come with me! Once she found out there wasn’t any tests to take she agreed to go 🙂 I think it’s great that the College of Charleston allows you to take two semesters of Hebrew for free, even the workbooks are free.

I’ve been trying to teach myself to read Hebrew but it’s always easier when you can learn directly from someone that speaks the language fluently. I’m looking forward to no longer sounding like a small child when I read from my siddur.

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In my last post Mind If I Rant? I posed a question to everyone: Does the term ‘secular Jew’ bother you? Although I didn’t receive hundreds of responses, the responses I did receive (todah rabah, thank you very much) had one common answer: “who am I to judge?” No one thought it appropriate to judge another person’s walk. One reader even thought I came across as insulting to the Goyim (Gentiles, Nations) although I can assure you it was not my intention to insult anyone. Then an interesting question was asked of me. Would I be willing to write about my life’s mistakes? (more…)

I just happened to come across this short film and knew immediately that I had to talk about it.

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a difficult subject for me to speak about. As a newcomer to the Yahudim, I oftentimes feel guilty for not having had to endure the constant pain and suffering that the others before me have felt. I wonder, even now, am I qualified to raise my voice? I cannot remain silent. In fact, I will not remain silent. Over six million men, women, and children were helplessly slaughtered while the world stood by and did nothing!

Tragically, even now as the last of the survivors pass away there are people denying what happened. I find it interesting that General Eisenhower spoke about just such a thing when he communicated the following to General Marshall:

The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick. In one room, where they [there] were piled up twenty or thirty naked men, killed by starvation, George Patton would not even enter. He said that he would get sick if he did so. I made the visit deliberately, in order to be in a position to give first-hand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations merely to “propaganda.”

As painful as it is to watch and speak about we must not remain silent. We must teach our children, family, friends, everyone. This must never happen again and with YHWH’s protection this never will happen again.

Sh’ma kolenu, hear our voice…

Shabbat Shalom!

Two loaves of challah

Two loaves of challah

While doing some reading/studying this erev Shabbat I was made aware of just how amazing our Elohim really is and why it is so important to learn the Hebraic roots of our faith. As with most things I learn about Hebrew, the simple word lechem is not quite so simple. Sure lechem means bread but it also conveys the meaning of Torah or the Word of YAH. When we ask YAH to provide for us our lechem continually we are not merely asking to have bread to eat but also that He would feed our soul with His Torah, His Word. Just as eating food refreshes our body, consuming the Torah refreshes our soul!

With this understanding of the significance of the word lechem we can begin to understand the significance of why the Meshiach was born in Beit Lechem (Bethlehem). Beit Lechem literally means: House of Bread. The Meshiach, Yahushuah, is the living Torah, the living Word of YAH. Yahushuah is that lechem that refreshes our soul. Therefore the House of Bread is the House of Torah, the House of the Living Word. How awesome is Avinu (Our Father) to give us such beautiful poetry in our simple lives? All we have to do is open our eyes and look around to see His amazing creations surrounding us.

I’ll leave you with this to meditate on: it’s not that Yahushuah had to be born in Beit Lechem but rather, Beit Lechem had to be so named because this would be the birthplace of our Meshiach! HalleluYAH!

Shabbat Shalom.

Shalom,

Yesterday while observing Shabbat I was privileged to receive a profound gift, something that I am sure will change my life forever! (more…)

One of the things that has often troubled me is a feeling of being unworthy. Who am I to receive such great blessings? All too often, when I look back on those who have endured terrible suffering and were far better children of Elohim I wonder why do I deserve this? I’ve always felt that rewards should be earned. Even going back to my military days I had issues with wearing ribbons or medals that I qualified for yet to me weren’t “earned.” To this day I will not call myself a veteran because (thank YAH) I never had to endure the hardship of war.

However, yesterday I learned a lesson. (more…)

Maybe you noticed that the Inspired Word published earlier this week included two seemingly unrelated teachings. This was not coincidental. I’m of the belief that these two verses actually go hand in hand, here’s why:

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