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Secret Behind the Messiah's Miracles (via torahclub.ffoz.org) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Whenever Yeshua healed someone, He told him to keep the matter secret. Despite the Master’s warnings, the men He healed did not keep the miracles private. They “went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land” (Matthew 9:31). How could a no-longer-mute man be expected to keep anything quiet How could no-longer-blind men resist public celebration ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Predictably, the crowds grew even larger and more unmanageable. Although Rabbi Yeshua found His proclamation of the gospel continually hampered by the large crowds, He did not turn the people away. When He saw them, He felt compassion for them. The Master performed His miracles as acts of compassion to meet the physical needs of those He saw. He did not do signs, wonders, or magic tricks to impress people or to establish His prophetic credibility. He only sought to meet people’s needs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Compassion for the crowds of Jewish people stirred in the Master’s heart because He saw them “distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). The metaphor appears frequently in scripture. In the Torah, Moses likens himself to a shepherd and the nation to a flock. He implores God to raise up a leader after him “so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:17). In the Prophets, the metaphor describes the role of the king. For example, when the prophet Micaiah predicted the defeat and death of King Ahab, he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep which have no shepherd” (1 Kings 22:17). A pertinent and often overlooked passage from Ezekiel condemns the kings of the Judean monarchy as irresponsible shepherds who failed to care for the flock in Ezekiel 34:4-6. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Compassion stirring in His heart, Yeshua proved Himself a shepherd worthy of fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy about Messiah shepherding Israel: “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd” (Ezekiel 37:24). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Secret Behind the Messiah's Miracles
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Whenever Yeshua healed someone, He told him to keep the matter secret. Despite the Master’s warnings, the men He healed did not keep the miracles private. They “went out and spread the news about Him throughout all that land” (Matthew 9:31). How could a no-longer-mute man be expected to keep anything quiet? How could no-longer-blind men resist public celebration?
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Predictably, the crowds grew even larger and more unmanageable. Although Rabbi Yeshua found His proclamation of the gospel continually hampered by the large crowds, He did not turn the people away. When He saw them, He felt compassion for them. The Master performed His miracles as acts of compassion to meet the physical needs of those He saw. He did not do signs, wonders, or magic tricks to impress people or to establish His prophetic credibility. He only sought to meet people’s needs.
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Compassion for the crowds of Jewish people stirred in the Master’s heart because He saw them “distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36). The metaphor appears frequently in scripture. In the Torah, Moses likens himself to a shepherd and the nation to a flock. He implores God to raise up a leader after him “so that the congregation of the LORD will not be like sheep which have no shepherd” (Numbers 27:17). In the Prophets, the metaphor describes the role of the king. For example, when the prophet Micaiah predicted the defeat and death of King Ahab, he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep which have no shepherd” (1 Kings 22:17). A pertinent and often overlooked passage from Ezekiel condemns the kings of the Judean monarchy as irresponsible shepherds who failed to care for the flock in Ezekiel 34:4-6.
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Compassion stirring in His heart, Yeshua proved Himself a shepherd worthy of fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy about Messiah shepherding Israel: “My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd” (Ezekiel 37:24).
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2017-10-23 02:41

A Jewish look at Christianity (jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ New Jersey, United States of America: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When he was in rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the late 1990s, Rabbi David J. Fine developed a particular interest in Christianity. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The development of the synagogue occurred at the same time as that of the church,” he said, noting that his interest in Christianity dates back to his studies of ancient Judaism, “particularly the influences that go back and forth between the rabbis and the early church fathers. A lot of newer scholarship points more to mutual cross-fertilization between the two. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “We need to understand Christianity as an outgrowth of Judaism, and rabbinic Judaism as an outgrowth of the same core culture,” he said. In addition, “I don’t think you can understand the origins of Christianity without understanding Judaism — though sometimes the Jewish origins of Christianity are not as well known to the Christian population.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To spread that understanding, beginning on October 19 Rabbi Fine — who is the religious leader of Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center — will offer a series of six lectures on “Judaism and Christianity: The History of a Challenging Relationship” for the CSI Scholar Fund of the JCC of Fort Lee. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rabbi Fine would characterize Jewish-Christian relations today as strong, though “there are still things we have to work on.” Israel is another complication, because “we have more of a natural relationship with mainstream churches,” and many of them endorse the BDS movement. “In terms of Jewish-Christian relations, that is not helpful,” he said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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A Jewish look at Christianity
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New Jersey, United States of America:
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When he was in rabbinical school at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the late 1990s, Rabbi David J. Fine developed a particular interest in Christianity.
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“The development of the synagogue occurred at the same time as that of the church,” he said, noting that his interest in Christianity dates back to his studies of ancient Judaism, “particularly the influences that go back and forth between the rabbis and the early church fathers. A lot of newer scholarship points more to mutual cross-fertilization between the two.
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“We need to understand Christianity as an outgrowth of Judaism, and rabbinic Judaism as an outgrowth of the same core culture,” he said. In addition, “I don’t think you can understand the origins of Christianity without understanding Judaism — though sometimes the Jewish origins of Christianity are not as well known to the Christian population.”
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To spread that understanding, beginning on October 19 Rabbi Fine — who is the religious leader of Ridgewood’s Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center — will offer a series of six lectures on “Judaism and Christianity: The History of a Challenging Relationship” for the CSI Scholar Fund of the JCC of Fort Lee.
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Rabbi Fine would characterize Jewish-Christian relations today as strong, though “there are still things we have to work on.” Israel is another complication, because “we have more of a natural relationship with mainstream churches,” and many of them endorse the BDS movement. “In terms of Jewish-Christian relations, that is not helpful,” he said.
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2017-10-22 13:46

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reverend William Hechler: Father Of Christian Zionism (via mida.org.il) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He was a close partner of Theodor Herzl in the early Zionist movement. His activism helped lay the groundwork for establishing a Jewish state in their historic homeland. He used his connections to European royalty to help Herzl secure meetings with key world leaders. Herzl thanked him at the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897. We are speaking of the Reverend William Hechler, a devout Christian who befriended Herzl and became the “foreign minister” of the Zionist movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Born in 1845 to a devout Anglican family, Hechler took up the cause of Zionism years before Herzl even began his work. Faithful to this commandment, he was looking for Jewish leaders who would get behind the return to Zion. When he read Herzl’s booklet on “The Jewish State,” Hechler went immediately to meet this visionary and encourage him to pursue his dream. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Serving as chaplain of the British Embassy in Vienna, he used his ties to the German royal family to open doors for Herzl across Europe, arranging for him a meeting with Frederick I to lay out his plan for Jewish resettlement in Eretz Israel. Hechler also accompanied Herzl on a journey to Palestine, and helped him meet the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. He also served as a special envoy on behalf of the British prime minister in connection with Herzl's efforts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hechler took part in the early Zionist Congresses and even had special words of gratitude from Herzl for his work during the first Congress. Herzl even noted that Hechler and his biblical inspiration had a great impact on his efforts, giving him a sense that he was a modern-day Moses leading his people back to the Promised Land. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Hechler was not only the first supporter of Herzl, but also consistent, constant and most tireless," wrote the historian and scholar of Christian Zionism, Dr. Paul Merkley. The story of the close partnership between Herzl and Hechler is also told in the book "The Prince and the Prophet," by Claude Duvernoy. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Reverend William Hechler: Father Of Christian Zionism
(via mida.org.il)
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He was a close partner of Theodor Herzl in the early Zionist movement. His activism helped lay the groundwork for establishing a Jewish state in their historic homeland. He used his connections to European royalty to help Herzl secure meetings with key world leaders. Herzl thanked him at the first Zionist Congress in Basel in 1897. We are speaking of the Reverend William Hechler, a devout Christian who befriended Herzl and became the “foreign minister” of the Zionist movement.
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Born in 1845 to a devout Anglican family, Hechler took up the cause of Zionism years before Herzl even began his work. Faithful to this commandment, he was looking for Jewish leaders who would get behind the return to Zion. When he read Herzl’s booklet on “The Jewish State,” Hechler went immediately to meet this visionary and encourage him to pursue his dream.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Serving as chaplain of the British Embassy in Vienna, he used his ties to the German royal family to open doors for Herzl across Europe, arranging for him a meeting with Frederick I to lay out his plan for Jewish resettlement in Eretz Israel. Hechler also accompanied Herzl on a journey to Palestine, and helped him meet the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II. He also served as a special envoy on behalf of the British prime minister in connection with Herzl's efforts.
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Hechler took part in the early Zionist Congresses and even had special words of gratitude from Herzl for his work during the first Congress. Herzl even noted that Hechler and his biblical inspiration had a great impact on his efforts, giving him a sense that he was a modern-day Moses leading his people back to the Promised Land.
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "Hechler was not only the first supporter of Herzl, but also consistent, constant and most tireless," wrote the historian and scholar of Christian Zionism, Dr. Paul Merkley. The story of the close partnership between Herzl and Hechler is also told in the book "The Prince and the Prophet," by Claude Duvernoy.
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<< Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

2017-10-22 02:46

White Supremacist Heckled in Florida as Jewish Students Do Good Deeds (chabad.org) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite tensions that mounted throughout the week with news that white supremacist Richard Spencer was coming to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville—a school with an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, one of the highest demographics on a campus outside of Israel—the event ended relatively quietly on Thursday, with a low turnout for the address and some heckling by protestors who far outnumbered Spencer supporters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fears had worsened before the speech when the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center, the campus Chabad House, was targeted by the neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer, which urged people to “Go other places in the city of Gainsville [sic] and stage multiple flash demonstrations with a group of people.” It was the first place listed as a potential site for flash-mob demonstrations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Goldman, co-director of the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center at UF. For the last few days, he has been fielding calls from concerned students, parents, alumni, community members and media from throughout the country. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Another issue, he continued, is how to react as an organization. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Do you shut your doors, or do you stay resilient and open to the community” he posed. “Some want a showdown, but we believe there are only two ways to respond: by shunning them, and by using our energy and message of light and goodness in response to the darkness of hate.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To that end, Chabad held a “Good Deed Marathon” with a visible booth on the school’s campus, encouraging all who passed by the opportunity to counteract the negativity nearby—and in the world—by pledging to do a mitzvah. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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White Supremacist Heckled in Florida as Jewish Students Do Good Deeds
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Despite tensions that mounted throughout the week with news that white supremacist Richard Spencer was coming to speak at the University of Florida in Gainesville—a school with an estimated 6,000 Jewish students, one of the highest demographics on a campus outside of Israel—the event ended relatively quietly on Thursday, with a low turnout for the address and some heckling by protestors who far outnumbered Spencer supporters.
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Fears had worsened before the speech when the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center, the campus Chabad House, was targeted by the neo-Nazi publication The Daily Stormer, which urged people to “Go other places in the city of Gainsville [sic] and stage multiple flash demonstrations with a group of people.” It was the first place listed as a potential site for flash-mob demonstrations.
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Goldman, co-director of the Tabacinic Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student Center at UF. For the last few days, he has been fielding calls from concerned students, parents, alumni, community members and media from throughout the country.
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Another issue, he continued, is how to react as an organization.
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“Do you shut your doors, or do you stay resilient and open to the community?” he posed. “Some want a showdown, but we believe there are only two ways to respond: by shunning them, and by using our energy and message of light and goodness in response to the darkness of hate.”
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To that end, Chabad held a “Good Deed Marathon” with a visible booth on the school’s campus, encouraging all who passed by the opportunity to counteract the negativity nearby—and in the world—by pledging to do a mitzvah.
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<< Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

2017-10-20 15:13

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Televangelists Defend Israel to the World Through Film Series (via www.jpost.com) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Several years ago, CEO of the Christian network CBN Gordon Robertson came to the same realization: Israel has a PR problem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “When Americans would think of Israel it was always in terms of terror attacks or anti-Israel resolutions at the UN,” Robertson told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, from Jerusalem where he was participating in the annual Christian Media Summit. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In 2013, Robertson decided to do something about it, launching the first in a series of films to educate the public about Israel. The first one, 'Made in Israel', showcases Israeli technology and innovation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next came 'The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel,' which journeys through the 50 years preceding the founding of the state of Israel, featuring Zionist visionaries and founders of the Jewish state including Theodor Herzl, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, and Golda Meir. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 'The Hope' was followed by ''In Our Hands,'' a docudrama which tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade in the Battle of Ammunition Hill in the war of 1967. Robertson said with the release of the film earlier this year, “No film we know of actually recreates these pivotal scenes and events with such intense accuracy. For new generations of Jews and Christians, ''In Our Hands'' is a must-see.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next film the network will release will coincide with Israel's 70th Independence Day. The network followed Israeli volunteers and organizations providing humanitarian aid around the world. "Most people wouldn't have a clue that Israel was the second largest provider of aid to victims of the Nepal earthquake, after India," he said. "I think that's phenomenal and it's a story that needs to be told." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For Robertson, it’s important that the Israeli government is aware of the friendships it has in the Christian community and "how willing they are to be of help to Israel...and be a friend of Israel," he said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full article on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

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Televangelists Defend Israel to the World Through Film Series
(via www.jpost.com)
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Several years ago, CEO of the Christian network CBN Gordon Robertson came to the same realization: Israel has a PR problem. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “When Americans would think of Israel it was always in terms of terror attacks or anti-Israel resolutions at the UN,” Robertson told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday, from Jerusalem where he was participating in the annual Christian Media Summit.
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In 2013, Robertson decided to do something about it, launching the first in a series of films to educate the public about Israel. The first one, 'Made in Israel', showcases Israeli technology and innovation.
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Next came 'The Hope: The Rebirth of Israel,' which journeys through the 50 years preceding the founding of the state of Israel, featuring Zionist visionaries and founders of the Jewish state including Theodor Herzl, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Chaim Weizmann, David Ben-Gurion, and Golda Meir. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
'The Hope' was followed by ''In Our Hands,'' a docudrama which tells the story of Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade in the Battle of Ammunition Hill in the war of 1967. Robertson said with the release of the film earlier this year, “No film we know of actually recreates these pivotal scenes and events with such intense accuracy. For new generations of Jews and Christians, ''In Our Hands'' is a must-see.”
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The next film the network will release will coincide with Israel's 70th Independence Day. The network followed Israeli volunteers and organizations providing humanitarian aid around the world. "Most people wouldn't have a clue that Israel was the second largest provider of aid to victims of the Nepal earthquake, after India," he said. "I think that's phenomenal and it's a story that needs to be told."
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For Robertson, it’s important that the Israeli government is aware of the friendships it has in the Christian community and "how willing they are to be of help to Israel...and be a friend of Israel," he said.
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(This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full article on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

2017-10-20 03:02

Students challenged to fight persecution and stand up for Israel in Convocation (liberty.edu) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Liberty University students gathered in the Vines Center Wednesday to honor the culture, heritage, and accomplishments of past and present Jews during a Judeo-focused Convocation that both challenged and encouraged students in their own relationship with God. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Convocation kicked off with a performance by Israeli worship band Miqedem, who led the crowd in a worship set that was sung entirely in Hebrew. During the set, students were taught how to pronounce certain Hebrew words and were encouraged to sing along to the lyrics. The songs were directly inspired by passages found in the book of Psalms, all of which encouraged the Jews of the day to boast and proclaim the word of God in the face of tribulation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The band was followed by a message from Wayne Hilsden, co-founder of the King of Kings Community in Jerusalem, a congregation that seeks to unify the faith-based community in Israel. It also started the National Bible College of Israel. Hilsden, a native of Canada who moved to Israel in 1983, also serves as founder and president of Fellowship Israel Related Ministries. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hilsden spoke strongly about the need for Christians and Jews alike to come together to fight against the secularization of the world and to speak out against those who persecute believers of their faith. He brought up specific cases where Israel has been targeted by Middle Eastern armies and terrorist groups for its belief systems as evidence of a declining tolerance toward the Jewish faith. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “For us to openly declare that we will not tolerate the hatred of the Jews means that we will not be very popular in our present society,” Hilsden said. “There may be a day when your life and mine will be at risk because of our unwavering commitment to love and bless the Jewish people.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Students challenged to fight persecution and stand up for Israel in Convocation
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Liberty University students gathered in the Vines Center Wednesday to honor the culture, heritage, and accomplishments of past and present Jews during a Judeo-focused Convocation that both challenged and encouraged students in their own relationship with God.
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The Convocation kicked off with a performance by Israeli worship band Miqedem, who led the crowd in a worship set that was sung entirely in Hebrew. During the set, students were taught how to pronounce certain Hebrew words and were encouraged to sing along to the lyrics. The songs were directly inspired by passages found in the book of Psalms, all of which encouraged the Jews of the day to boast and proclaim the word of God in the face of tribulation.
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The band was followed by a message from Wayne Hilsden, co-founder of the King of Kings Community in Jerusalem, a congregation that seeks to unify the faith-based community in Israel. It also started the National Bible College of Israel. Hilsden, a native of Canada who moved to Israel in 1983, also serves as founder and president of Fellowship Israel Related Ministries.
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Hilsden spoke strongly about the need for Christians and Jews alike to come together to fight against the secularization of the world and to speak out against those who persecute believers of their faith. He brought up specific cases where Israel has been targeted by Middle Eastern armies and terrorist groups for its belief systems as evidence of a declining tolerance toward the Jewish faith.
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“For us to openly declare that we will not tolerate the hatred of the Jews means that we will not be very popular in our present society,” Hilsden said. “There may be a day when your life and mine will be at risk because of our unwavering commitment to love and bless the Jewish people.”
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2017-10-19 14:27

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Officials spot ‘miracles’ amid ashes of Jewish camp in Northern California (via www.jta.org) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Administrators of a Jewish summer camp destroyed by a wildfire in Northern California toured the site for the first time, finding “miracles” amid the devastation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Although most of Camp Newman’s buildings were lost in the North Bay Area wildfires, camp officials said an entrance gate, prayer books and prayer shawls survived the flames, along with an iconic wooden Star of David that overlooks the Union for Reform Judaism camp from a rocky perch. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The camp’s executive director, Ruben Arquilevich, and other camp officials visited the fire-ravaged site for the first time on Friday and were shocked by the scene even before they arrived. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Arquilevich in an interview Tuesday said “....as we drove through that neighborhood, all we saw were homes burned to the ground. This used to be a color scene, and it was black and white. It just haunted me,” but his spirits were raised when he saw that the giant gate to the camp, inscribed with the words “May you be blessed as you go on your way,” was standing. Grapes dangled from some vines in the camp’s vineyard, which was undisturbed. He was further relieved when the visitors found that a pair of Torah arks created by former camp artist-in-residence Helen Burke had survived. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The group made the 15-minute hike to the 6-foot Star of David, at which campers traditionally scream “I love being Jewish!” The wooden symbol “was completely untouched, surrounded by hundreds of yards of blackened brush.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The bimah of an amphitheater was heavily damaged, and all the nearby sheds were charred — “except for this one shed that contains our sacred texts and our prayer books and the tallitot,” Arquilevich said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It was completely intact,” he said. “We all just about broke into tears there because the tallitot were safe. That was just another miracle and just so moving.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full article on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

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Officials spot ‘miracles’ amid ashes of Jewish camp in Northern California
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Administrators of a Jewish summer camp destroyed by a wildfire in Northern California toured the site for the first time, finding “miracles” amid the devastation.
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Although most of Camp Newman’s buildings were lost in the North Bay Area wildfires, camp officials said an entrance gate, prayer books and prayer shawls survived the flames, along with an iconic wooden Star of David that overlooks the Union for Reform Judaism camp from a rocky perch.
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The camp’s executive director, Ruben Arquilevich, and other camp officials visited the fire-ravaged site for the first time on Friday and were shocked by the scene even before they arrived.
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Arquilevich in an interview Tuesday said “....as we drove through that neighborhood, all we saw were homes burned to the ground. This used to be a color scene, and it was black and white. It just haunted me,” but his spirits were raised when he saw that the giant gate to the camp, inscribed with the words “May you be blessed as you go on your way,” was standing. Grapes dangled from some vines in the camp’s vineyard, which was undisturbed. He was further relieved when the visitors found that a pair of Torah arks created by former camp artist-in-residence Helen Burke had survived. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The group made the 15-minute hike to the 6-foot Star of David, at which campers traditionally scream “I love being Jewish!” The wooden symbol “was completely untouched, surrounded by hundreds of yards of blackened brush.”
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The bimah of an amphitheater was heavily damaged, and all the nearby sheds were charred — “except for this one shed that contains our sacred texts and our prayer books and the tallitot,” Arquilevich said.
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“It was completely intact,” he said. “We all just about broke into tears there because the tallitot were safe. That was just another miracle and just so moving.”
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2017-10-19 01:57

Author Dan Brown Gets Smacked Down by Physicist He Referenced in Novel (pjmedia.com) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The best-selling author of the purely fictional books The Da Vinci Code and Inferno is not known for letting facts get in the way of his stories. The problem isn't so much Dan Brown, though. It's the legions of readers who believe that the drivel he spills onto the paper is true. There are reasons why I used the qualifier "purely fictional": many people believe that the history and theology in Dan Brown's books are correct. They're not. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Hopefully, the smackdown that physicist Jeremy England gave Dan Brown in a Wall Street Journal article titled "Dan Brown Can't Cite Me to Disprove God" will help people realize that Brown is pretty much making all of his anti-God nonsense up. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In his new novel Origin, Brown includes a character named Jeremy England who is a physics professor. This fictional character based on the real-life Jeremy England has "identified the underlying physical principle driving the origin and evolution of life." Furthermore, according to the book, Professor England has disproven all other theories of creation, including the Biblical account recorded in Genesis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The real Jeremy England scoffs at Dan Brown's fictional creation that hijacks England's actual research. England takes umbrage at Brown's use of his name and research to suggest that the Book of Genesis has been refuted. England points out that his namesake in Dan Brown's book offers no real science to interact with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I’m a scientist, but I also study and live by the Hebrew Bible. To me, the idea that physics could prove that the God of Abraham is not the creator and ruler of the world reflects a serious misunderstanding -- of both the scientific method and the function of the biblical text." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Author Dan Brown Gets Smacked Down by Physicist He Referenced in Novel
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The best-selling author of the purely fictional books The Da Vinci Code and Inferno is not known for letting facts get in the way of his stories. The problem isn't so much Dan Brown, though. It's the legions of readers who believe that the drivel he spills onto the paper is true. There are reasons why I used the qualifier "purely fictional": many people believe that the history and theology in Dan Brown's books are correct. They're not.
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Hopefully, the smackdown that physicist Jeremy England gave Dan Brown in a Wall Street Journal article titled "Dan Brown Can't Cite Me to Disprove God" will help people realize that Brown is pretty much making all of his anti-God nonsense up.
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In his new novel Origin, Brown includes a character named Jeremy England who is a physics professor. This fictional character based on the real-life Jeremy England has "identified the underlying physical principle driving the origin and evolution of life." Furthermore, according to the book, Professor England has disproven all other theories of creation, including the Biblical account recorded in Genesis.
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The real Jeremy England scoffs at Dan Brown's fictional creation that hijacks England's actual research. England takes umbrage at Brown's use of his name and research to suggest that the Book of Genesis has been refuted. England points out that his namesake in Dan Brown's book offers no real science to interact with. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"I’m a scientist, but I also study and live by the Hebrew Bible. To me, the idea that physics could prove that the God of Abraham is not the creator and ruler of the world reflects a serious misunderstanding -- of both the scientific method and the function of the biblical text."
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2017-10-18 15:10

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Bat Kol at the Transfiguration (via torahclub.ffoz.org) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Hebrew term for the heavenly voice, bat kol, literally means “daughter of a voice,” a way to describe an echo or reverberation. The Talmud uses the term to refer to a voice heard from an unseen speaker. The Apostle Paul heard a voice from heaven. The Gospels record three incidents:: the voice at the Jordan, the voice at the triumphal entry (John 12:29), and the voice on the mount of the Transfiguration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The voice from heaven that spoke at the Transfiguration repeated the same message which the Master heard at the time of His immersion in the Jordan... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him! (Matthew 17:5) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The mysterious declaration “This is my beloved son” alludes directly to Psalm 2 where the LORD tells His anointed one (messiah), “You are my Son; today I have begotten You” (Psalm 2:7). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The words “with whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17) directly allude to the messianic servant song of Isaiah 42:1: “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him …” (Isaiah 42:1). “With whom I am well-pleased” is a Greek equivalent for the Hebrew idiom, “In whom My soul delights.” By alluding to Isaiah 42:1, the first of the servant songs, the voice from heaven identifies Yeshua of Nazareth as the subject of all of Isaiah’s “Servant of the LORD” prophecies which culminate in the suffering servant of Isaiah 53. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The voice directed the disciples to “listen to Him,” alluding to the prophecy of the prophet like Moses. In Deuteronomy 18 Moses told the children of Israel that the LORD would one day raise a prophet like him from among the Jewish people. The Torah says, “You shall listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15). The heavenly voice identified Yeshua as the prophet like unto Moses to whom the people must listen. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full article on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

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Bat Kol at the Transfiguration
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The Hebrew term for the heavenly voice, bat kol, literally means “daughter of a voice,” a way to describe an echo or reverberation. The Talmud uses the term to refer to a voice heard from an unseen speaker. The Apostle Paul heard a voice from heaven. The Gospels record three incidents:: the voice at the Jordan, the voice at the triumphal entry (John 12:29), and the voice on the mount of the Transfiguration.
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The voice from heaven that spoke at the Transfiguration repeated the same message which the Master heard at the time of His immersion in the Jordan...
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This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him! (Matthew 17:5)
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The mysterious declaration “This is my beloved son” alludes directly to Psalm 2 where the LORD tells His anointed one (messiah), “You are my Son; today I have begotten You” (Psalm 2:7). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The words “with whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 17:5; 2 Peter 1:17) directly allude to the messianic servant song of Isaiah 42:1: “Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him …” (Isaiah 42:1). “With whom I am well-pleased” is a Greek equivalent for the Hebrew idiom, “In whom My soul delights.” By alluding to Isaiah 42:1, the first of the servant songs, the voice from heaven identifies Yeshua of Nazareth as the subject of all of Isaiah’s “Servant of the LORD” prophecies which culminate in the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.
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The voice directed the disciples to “listen to Him,” alluding to the prophecy of the prophet like Moses. In Deuteronomy 18 Moses told the children of Israel that the LORD would one day raise a prophet like him from among the Jewish people. The Torah says, “You shall listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15). The heavenly voice identified Yeshua as the prophet like unto Moses to whom the people must listen.
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2017-10-18 02:02

Can Christians stay in the Middle East now that they are being persecuted for their ancient religion (independent.co.uk) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Christianity is an eastern religion. Jesus appears in the Quran (so does Mary) and for more than 600 years, Christ’s followers had it all to themselves in the Middle East ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So there I was this week, staring at a picture of the Virgin Mary, painted at Melitene (now Malatya in present-day Turkey), its real home in Damascus – since it belongs to the Syriac Patriarchate, but is currently kept in Lebanon because of the war – and stunned at Mary’s deeply embroidered cloak (black and blue) and the brassy shine of her golden halo. And I noticed the date. 1065. Harold had yet a year to live before his death at the Battle of Hastings. We survived the Normans. But will Christians survive the Middle East ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Possibly yes. For this wonderful painting appears at an equally wondrous exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, a place where you might expect to see more treasures from Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world than from the Christians. But then you have to remember that Christianity is an eastern religion, that Jesus appears in the Quran (so does Mary) and that for more than 600 years, Christ’s followers had it all to themselves in the Middle East – since the Prophet Mohamed was born in June 632 AD. And, I hasten to add, the Christians of the Arab world are – of course – also Arabs. And Muslims regard Jesus as a prophet (but not the son of God). But there you have it. The Virgin holds a scroll in her hand upon which the words are written in Greek and Estrangelo, the oldest version of the Syriac alphabet. Aramean was the language which Christ spoke – it is still spoken today in towns north of Damascus; I have heard the people there singing in Aramean, both before and after the Islamists arrived to try and kill them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Can Christians stay in the Middle East now that they are being persecuted for their ancient religion?
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Christianity is an eastern religion. Jesus appears in the Quran (so does Mary) and for more than 600 years, Christ’s followers had it all to themselves in the Middle East ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So there I was this week, staring at a picture of the Virgin Mary, painted at Melitene (now Malatya in present-day Turkey), its real home in Damascus – since it belongs to the Syriac Patriarchate, but is currently kept in Lebanon because of the war – and stunned at Mary’s deeply embroidered cloak (black and blue) and the brassy shine of her golden halo. And I noticed the date. 1065. Harold had yet a year to live before his death at the Battle of Hastings. We survived the Normans. But will Christians survive the Middle East?
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Possibly yes. For this wonderful painting appears at an equally wondrous exhibition at the Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA) in Paris, a place where you might expect to see more treasures from Saudi Arabia and the Muslim world than from the Christians. But then you have to remember that Christianity is an eastern religion, that Jesus appears in the Quran (so does Mary) and that for more than 600 years, Christ’s followers had it all to themselves in the Middle East – since the Prophet Mohamed was born in June 632 AD. And, I hasten to add, the Christians of the Arab world are – of course – also Arabs. And Muslims regard Jesus as a prophet (but not the son of God). But there you have it. The Virgin holds a scroll in her hand upon which the words are written in Greek and Estrangelo, the oldest version of the Syriac alphabet. Aramean was the language which Christ spoke – it is still spoken today in towns north of Damascus; I have heard the people there singing in Aramean, both before and after the Islamists arrived to try and kill them.
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2017-10-17 14:03

⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 'Jerusalem’s Lost Theater’ and 8 Ancient Stone Courses Discovered Under Western Wall (via www.jpost.com) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A rare 200-seat theater from the Roman period and eight large ancient stone courses recently unearthed under Wilson’s Arch near the Western Wall by the Israel Antiquities Authority were presented for the first time at a press conference in the Old City Monday morning. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The site’s excavators on behalf of the Authority, Dr. Joe Uziel, Tehillah Lieberman and Dr. Avi Solomon, said the dig was initiated to date Wilson’s Arch, but turned into far more when the theater was discovered. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “From a research perspective, this is a sensational find; the discovery was a real surprise,” said Uziel. “We did not imagine that a window would open for us onto the mystery of Jerusalem’s lost theater...” They described the discovery of the theater-like structure as “the real drama.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Monday’s press conference was attended by the Western Wall Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz; IAA Director, Israel Hasson; Western Wall Heritage Foundation director, Mordechai Eliav; IAA District Archaeologist Dr. Yuval Baruch; and the excavation’s directors. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eliav deemed the discoveries one of the most important unearthed during his 30-year tenure with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “There is no doubt as to the immeasurably rich scientific value of the discoveries in this area,” he said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “The findings symbolize the guests from past empires that were here over the years, as opposed to the Jewish people, who held fast to this place some 3,000 years ago and have been here ever since and always.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rabinovitch said he was most taken by the tangibility of the findings. “Time after time the amazing archaeological findings allow our generation to actually touch the ancient history of our people and Jewish heritage, and its deep connection to Jerusalem,” he said. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full report on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

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'Jerusalem’s Lost Theater’ and 8 Ancient Stone Courses Discovered Under Western Wall
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A rare 200-seat theater from the Roman period and eight large ancient stone courses recently unearthed under Wilson’s Arch near the Western Wall by the Israel Antiquities Authority were presented for the first time at a press conference in the Old City Monday morning.
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The site’s excavators on behalf of the Authority, Dr. Joe Uziel, Tehillah Lieberman and Dr. Avi Solomon, said the dig was initiated to date Wilson’s Arch, but turned into far more when the theater was discovered.
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“From a research perspective, this is a sensational find; the discovery was a real surprise,” said Uziel. “We did not imagine that a window would open for us onto the mystery of Jerusalem’s lost theater...” They described the discovery of the theater-like structure as “the real drama.”
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Monday’s press conference was attended by the Western Wall Rabbi, Shmuel Rabinowitz; IAA Director, Israel Hasson; Western Wall Heritage Foundation director, Mordechai Eliav; IAA District Archaeologist Dr. Yuval Baruch; and the excavation’s directors.
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Eliav deemed the discoveries one of the most important unearthed during his 30-year tenure with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
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“There is no doubt as to the immeasurably rich scientific value of the discoveries in this area,” he said.
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“The findings symbolize the guests from past empires that were here over the years, as opposed to the Jewish people, who held fast to this place some 3,000 years ago and have been here ever since and always.”
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Rabinovitch said he was most taken by the tangibility of the findings. “Time after time the amazing archaeological findings allow our generation to actually touch the ancient history of our people and Jewish heritage, and its deep connection to Jerusalem,” he said.
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(This report was edited to fit the word limit. Read the full report on our Facebook or other social media pages.)

2017-10-17 01:57

Simchat Torah: The Joy of the Torah and how music and dance can change lives (christiantoday.com) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Jewish community world-wide has just ended the annual New Year and Atonement Days of Awe with the joyful festivals of Sukkot, Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah. which celebrate the 'joy of the Torah'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But what do we mean by 'joy of the Torah' Do we mean that the Jewish people are joyful in celebrating the Torah, or is it the other way round Is this the day when the Torah, regarded by observant Jews as G-d's partner in creation, takes joy in the Jewish people ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In Judaism law is personified as a woman. To observant Jews, the Torah is simply the 'boss'. And all the imagery is based around this partnership in which men appear to have the upper hand. But this is simply not the case. Because in everything they do they are led by the Torah which is unashamedly female and therefore multifaceted. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Many people have mocked the Sukkot custom of shaking the 'lulav and etrog', a combination of four species of plant which symbolise both appreciation of nature and the four different kinds of people who make up the world and are all equal in G-d's eyes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Throughout the ages Judaism has been derided for the riotous behaviour that goes on in even the staidest of shuls during this last week of Jewish New Year, when the reading cycle ends with Deuteronomy and starts again with Genesis and the creation of our world. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The most famous put-down of Simchat Torah in history came from the famed 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys, whose diaries are immortalised and open to view in the Pepys Library of Magdalene College, Cambridge University. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pepys got himself invited to the Simchat Torah service at Creechurch Lane Synagogue, London and did not mince his words about this clash of cultures when he returned to his diary later in the day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Pepys objected to the women being placed 'behind a lattice out of sight'. He also found it odd that 'their service [was] all in a singing way and in Hebrew'. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ << Visit our other social media pages for a link to the full article. >>

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Simchat Torah: The Joy of the Torah and how music and dance can change lives
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The Jewish community world-wide has just ended the annual New Year and Atonement Days of Awe with the joyful festivals of Sukkot, Shemeni Atzeret and Simchat Torah. which celebrate the 'joy of the Torah'.
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But what do we mean by 'joy of the Torah'? Do we mean that the Jewish people are joyful in celebrating the Torah, or is it the other way round? Is this the day when the Torah, regarded by observant Jews as G-d's partner in creation, takes joy in the Jewish people?
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In Judaism law is personified as a woman. To observant Jews, the Torah is simply the 'boss'. And all the imagery is based around this partnership in which men appear to have the upper hand. But this is simply not the case. Because in everything they do they are led by the Torah which is unashamedly female and therefore multifaceted.
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Many people have mocked the Sukkot custom of shaking the 'lulav and etrog', a combination of four species of plant which symbolise both appreciation of nature and the four different kinds of people who make up the world and are all equal in G-d's eyes.
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Throughout the ages Judaism has been derided for the riotous behaviour that goes on in even the staidest of shuls during this last week of Jewish New Year, when the reading cycle ends with Deuteronomy and starts again with Genesis and the creation of our world.
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The most famous put-down of Simchat Torah in history came from the famed 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys, whose diaries are immortalised and open to view in the Pepys Library of Magdalene College, Cambridge University.
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Pepys got himself invited to the Simchat Torah service at Creechurch Lane Synagogue, London and did not mince his words about this clash of cultures when he returned to his diary later in the day.
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Pepys objected to the women being placed 'behind a lattice out of sight'. He also found it odd that 'their service [was] all in a singing way and in Hebrew'.
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2017-10-16 14:53

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#101@selenagomez
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#102@arianagrande
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#103@beyonce
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#104@taylorswift
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#105@kimkardashian
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#106@kyliejenner
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#107@therock
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#108@justinbieber
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#109@nickiminaj
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