Advice for a Wonderful Life

The original international smash hit “Sunscreen” by Baz Luhrmann now comes to you in a new “Advice for a wonderful life” format based on the teachings of emuna, the pure and simple faith in The Almighty. This non-denominational clip has been produced by Breslev Israel, who purchased rights to the original melody from Karaoke Recisio, Paris. Producer: Yosef Nechama; Audio-Video technician: Amichai Frisch; Lyrics and narration: Lazer Brody.

LYRICS:

Ladies and gentlemen of the 21st Century:

Wear Sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, even better than sunscreen, emuna would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas my advice about pure and simple faith, what we call emuna, has been handed down from Moses on Mount Sinai. With G-d’s loving grace, I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your soul. To do so, you must develop your own personal relationship with G-d. Once you do, the day will come when you’ll look back at yourself and realize that you could never have been truly happy without talking to Him every single day. He loves you so much because you are His own beloved child. You are much more special than you imagine.

Don’t fret about the past and don’t worry about the future. Worrying is as effective as trying to cross the ocean by putting on your roller skates. The real troubles in your life come from forgetting that you have a soul that’s a tiny part of G-d, and by giving first priority to the body.

Focus on your good points every day.

Always keep a song in your head and talk to God in your own words.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s feelings. Forgive those who are reckless with yours.

Anger is the worst poison on earth, so don’t let it penetrate your heart, ever.

Jealousy is senseless. Sometimes you’re up and sometimes you’re down. You’re not competing against anyone but your own negative inclinations. You have a job on earth that no one else can do.

Don’t rejoice about compliments you receive and don’t be upset about the insults. They’re both from G-d, and all for our ultimate good.

Thank G-d for the past and ask for all your your needs in future.

Exercise and don’t eat junk food.

Do something new every day. Don’t be afraid to declare a new beginning in life, even if you’re over 65.

Read a lot. Avoid passive entertainment. It ruins the brain. Folks who don’t use their brains end up missing them they’ve degenerated and gone.

People who try to act like someone else never discover their own precious capabilities, so be yourself and rejoice in your individuality. Whatever you do, don’t take credit for your accomplishments and don’t persecute yourself when you have a setback. Don’t ever complain about what seems to be bad, because everything comes from G-d, and it’s all for the best.

Enjoy your power of prayer. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of what other people think of it. Personal prayer and your ability to talk to G-d 24/7 are the greatest gifts you’ll ever have.

Dance, even if you have no one to dance with except a tree in the field.

Do not read advertisements. They will only make you feel like you’re lacking something in life.

Get to know your Father in Heaven, but don’t try to understand Him. When you believe in Him, miracles will become natural occurrences in your life.

Understand that fad spirituality comes and goes, but emuna – you’re own pure and simple faith in G-d – is something ever so precious to hold on to. Emuna will expand your horizons and carry you way beyond the limits of nature, for emuna is above nature.

Don’t focus on making money, because money never stays with you. But, no one can ever take your charitable deeds away from you. Focus on making this world a little better that the way you found it.

Be grateful for everything. Rejoice when you get your soul back every single morning. Take nothing for granted, and be happy with every tiny blessing in life.

Respect your elders.

As long as you keep trying, you’re never a loser. A winner is someone who never gives up. Above all, don’t ever compromise on your dreams and aspirations. Share them with G-d in your daily conversations with Him. Don’t delay talking to G-d, because the time will come when you wish you did.

Be careful whose advice you take. Judge others as you’d like them to judge you; better yet, don’t judge them at all. Don’t give anyone advice that you wouldn’t give yourself; if you don’t walk it, don’t talk it.

But trust me on the emuna; it’s better than sunscreen.

“What Is Emunah? – Generally translated as faith”
Learn more about “Emunah” at;http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/1398519/jewish/Emunah.htm

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Don’t Oppress the Convert! Parshas Mishpatim

Parshas Mishpatim: Don’t Oppress the Convert!
by Rabbi Chaim Coffman

“Do not oppress a stranger; you know the feelings of a stranger for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (Exodus 23:9)

There are many verses in the Torah that warn us about the mistreatment of converts to Judaism. The reason the Torah tells us is because you were strangers in the land of Egypt. This means since you understand better than others what this feels like, do not do it to them.

We have to be more sensitive to their needs. We are not allowed to remind them of their past because of the negative feelings it may bring up; the same goes for baalei teshuvah (returnees to Judaism) as well.

Since these people have left their former religions, moved into a Jewish community and sacrificed friends and family along the way, don’t they deserve our compassion and help? How could someone be so cruel and not understand this basic idea?

The problem is that when someone wants to convert to Judaism, the communities around the world are skeptical and want to make sure that they are converting for the right reason and are genuinely sincere. At the same time, when this has been proven, the Jewish community should do what they can to help.

The Torah doesn’t teach us things that are obvious, there must be a deeper reason why this command is here. The answer is that it must be a lack of sensitivity on our part that the Torah has to tell us this.

People are human and make mistakes and say things they shouldn’t and act in a way they shouldn’t. At the same time, we need to be more cognizant of what we say especially when it comes to converts.

They deserve our respect for the hardships that they have gone through and our help when it is needed. We must not make the mistake and think that our skepticism of their sincerity is equivalent to making them feel bad or on guard when they don’t need to be.

Skepticism is ok; treating them poorly is not. The Torah here wants us to know that even if we doubt them, it does not give us the right to abuse them in any way. We forget sometimes and get caught up in how religious we are and what we have to guard ourselves against that people have feelings and need to be treated properly.

If I had a dime for the people that contact me about issues they have in Jewish communities of things said or done, I would be a very wealthy person today. I remind them not to mix up Jews and Judaism. This is very important because we as Jews have the obligation to uphold the Torah to the highest standard and we sometimes fail.

This is not a problem of the Torah but rather human deficiency. The Torah is precise in every place telling us not to oppress converts. While this may be obvious, we sometimes don’t internalize the message and make mistakes.

We have to remember that we were once strangers in a strange land. If we think in those terms and remember the compassion others had for us, we will act accordingly and have compassion for the convert to Judaism who has given up so much to connect to the Jewish people!

Shabbat Shalom

Source: http://rabbichaimcoffman.blogspot.com/2015/02/parshas-mishpatim-dont-oppress-convert.html

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An Open Letter to Righteous Gentiles

Originally posted on :

6366By Howard Klineberg, Times of Israel

To those that offered us sanctuary from persecution, Thank You,

To those who saved or tried to save a life, you are all ‘Schindlers’, Thank You,

To those who gave your life fighting the tyranny of the Nazis, Thank You,

To those who lost a loved one in battle against evil, we grieve with you, Thank You,

We are all children of G-D,

We have the same values,

We have a similar culture,

We teach our children to love not hate,

We stand together against evil and terror,

No longer are we the ‘silent majority’ we are the ‘vocal majority,’

No longer will we tolerate discrimination,

No longer will we accept fundamentalism and extremism in our communities,

We honour all those of any faith who came to stand besides us in our centuries of need,

We offer to you the…

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Christians Are Leaving Yeshua (jesus) in Droves

“RealityCheckTV 26: What Judaism believes, yet believing in the Messiah is believing a myth.”?

“In this short video I begin discounting the claims of traditional Judaism that we can’t believe in the Messiah because it’s just “a myth” and can’t be the truth!” ~Carmen Welker

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“I’m sure Carmen would love your comments on her video.”

But wait…she’s blocked all comments after two days of people backing up their beliefs with “scripture”. [Comments are disabled for this video.]

One friend who shares his journey into Judaism post this on a twitter link:

I am one of many who write, create, share and proclaim our faith and journey using the medium of the Internet. This leaves us wide open to peoples opinions. They have the right to form them. They have the right to share them. This is part and parcel of being in the place that we are in ‘public’ (however small or large) the public eye.

However, what is NOT ok is to USE this right to form and share opinions when you yourself cower and hide behind a censor wall.

Carmen, after seeing the many, MANY responses to her two videos has blocked people from commenting. Now she is like the child, safe behind the window, free to name call, insult, create and play up.

If you are going to insult people.. at least leave them the right to reply. ~ Jason SB

You’re welcome to comment on Carmen Welker’s video here:

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1000 VERSES

1000 VERSES

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by Rabbi Yisroel C. Blumenthal
Many Christians cannot seem to fathom why it is that Jews do not accept Jesus. These Christians believe that Jesus is the Messiah predicted by the Jewish prophets, and cannot begin to understand why anyone would think differently. After all, these Christians ask, didn’t Jesus fulfill hundreds of messianic prophecies? These Christians tell themselves, that the Jewish people must be supernaturally blinded to the obvious truth. These Christians charitably pray for the scales to be removed from the eyes of the Jews. Other Christians (of less charitable nature), believe that the Jews see Jesus in the Jewish Bible, but refuse to accept him anyway. Needless to say, these Christian assessments of the Jewish rejection of Jesus were not positive factors in the history of civilization.

The fact of the matter is that there are many moral and ethical reasons which stand in the way of the Jew’s acceptance of Jesus. Most of these reasons are spelled out in the Jewish Bible, the very book that both Jews and Christians accept as the word of the Living God. Not only are these reasons spelled out in the Jewish Bible, but they are repeated again and again. These teachings are emphasized and highlighted throughout the Jewish scriptures.

The significance of the scriptural repetition of these concepts cannot be overemphasized. The foundational teachings of Christianity are nowhere to be found in the Jewish scriptures. There is not one passage that can be understood to read that the only path to eternal salvation is through loyalty to an individual. There is not one passage that can be understood to read that there is no atonement for sin without faith in the same individual.

According to Christian theology, these are the most important religious concepts, yet God saw no need to mention them in His holy scripture. Yet God did see fit to repeat the foundational concepts of Judaism hundreds of times. Do you repeat anything hundreds of times if it doesn’t mean a lot to you? Could you believe that God repeated these concepts so many times but considers them of minor significance?

To Whom Should Our Hearts Belong?
The foundational teaching of the Jewish scriptures is that God created heaven and earth, and that everything that is in them are His subjects. Scripture opens with the words: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” In the Ten Commandments it is stated: “for in six days did the Lord make the heaven and the earth, the sea and all that is in them” (Exodus 20:11). Moses taught us: “Behold, to the Lord your God belong the heavens and the heaven of the heaven the earth and all that is in it” (Deuteronomy 10:14). Isaiah describes God with the words: the Lord God, He that created the heavens and stretched them forth, He spread forth the earth and all which comes out of it, He who gave a soul to the people upon it, and spirit to those that walk upon it” (Isaiah 42:5).
God utilized the miracles of the exodus, the Sinai revelation and Israel’s 40 year journey in the desert to teach Israel the foundational truth of God’s absolute mastery over nature.
Moses told us: Unto you it was shown in order that you know that the Lord is the God there is none else aside from Him… And you should know today and turn it to your hearts that the Lord, He is the God in the heavens above and in the earth below there is none else.” (Deuteronomy 4:35,39).

The scriptures teach us that when we look at the world around us, we are looking at a world created by God. Every inhabitant of heaven and earth, be it an inanimate object, a plant, a beast, a human or an angel, are but creations of the One Master of all. All of God’s creations are equally subject to Him, because they are all equally created by Him. The Christian doctrine that exalts one inhabitant of this earth and points to him as an object of religious devotion directly violates this central biblical teaching.

By pointing to one created being and elevating him to the status of divine, Christianity has blurred the distinction between Creator and created. The arguments presented by Christendom to justify their devotion could just as easily be used to justify devotion to any created being such as a cat, a rock, a statue, or another person. The unequivocal message of scripture is that every last inhabitant of heaven and earth is but a subject of the One Creator.

Genesis 1:1, 2:1-3, 14:19,20,22, 18:14, 21:33, 24:3, Exodus 4:11, 7:17, 8:6,18, 9:14,15,16,29, 10:2, 14:4,18, 15:11,18, 18:11, 20:2,11,19, 23:13, 29:46, 34:14, Leviticus 11:45, 19:36, 25:23,38, 26:13,45, Numbers 15:41, Deuteronomy 4:9-24, 31-39, 5:6,7,15, 6:4,12,13,14,21, 7:9,18,19,21, 8:2,3,4,14-18, 9:3, 10:14,17,18,21,22, 11:2-7, 13:3,6,7,11,14, 17:3, 20:1, 26:8, 29:1,2,4,5, 32:6,39,40, 33:26,27, Joshua 2:11, 3:11, 4:24, 24:17,18, 1Samuel 2:2,3,6,10, 10:18, 12:6, 2Samuel 7:22, 22:32, 1Kings 8:23,27,60, 2Kings 19:15, Jeremiah 2:6, 5:22,24, 10:6-16, 14:22, 23:24, 27:5, 31:34, 32:17-21,27, 51:15-19, Isaiah 40:12-26,28, 41:4, 42:5, 43:10-13, 44:6-8,24, 45:5-7,12,18-23, 46:5,9,10, 48:13, 51:15, 66:1, Hosea 13:4, Amos 4:13, 5:8, 9:5,6, Jonah 1:9, Nahum 1:2-4, Zechariah 12:1, Psalm 8:4, 10:16, 11:4, 18:32, 19:1-7, 24:1,2, 29:10, 33:6-11, 65:7-14, 66:6-9, 68:8,9, 71:19, 74:12-17, 78:12-16,42-55, 81:11, 83:19, 86:8-10, 89:6-14, 95:1-7, 96:4,5, 100:3, 102:26, 104:1-35, 113:4,5, 114:7,8, 115:3-11, 119:73,89-91, 121:2, 124:8, 134:3, 135:5-21, 136:1-26, 139:5-16, 145:9,14-16, 146:1-10, 147:1-20, 148:1-14, 149:2, Job 4:17, 5:9,10, 9:2-12, 10:8-12, 12:9,10,13-25, 25:1-6, 26:6-14, 28:23-28, 34:13, 35:10, 36:22,23,26-37:24, 38:1-42:6, Proverbs 3:19,20, Ecclesiastes 3:11,14, Daniel 2:20-22, 3:33, 4:31,32,34, 5:23, 6:27,28, 9:15, Ezra 1:2, 5:11, Nehemiah 9:6, 1Chronicles 16:25,26, 17:20, 29:10-12,14-16, 2Chronicles 2:5, 6:14,18, 20:6, 36:23,

The Election of Israel
One of the foundational principles of Christianity is the concept that those who have faith in Jesus are considered the elect of God. There is not one passage in the Jewish Bible that can be read as a support for this doctrine. There is not one passage in the Jewish Bible that speaks of a new election on the basis of loyalty to an individual. In contrast, the Jewish scriptures repeatedly emphasize God’s irrevocable election of Israel.

Throughout history, the prevalent teaching of the Church was that the Jewish people are no longer God’s elect, and that the Church inherited Israel’s status as God’s elect. In recent years many Christian denominations have come to acknowledge that the Jewish people are still elected by God. But even those Christians, who accept Israel’s election, have eviscerated the concept of all meaning. God appointed Israel to be His witnesses (Isaiah 43:10), but these Christians consider the testimony of Israel to be false. God called upon Israel to observe His law (Deuteronomy 26:18), but these Christians, for the most part, believe that the law is null and void. According to these Christians the priesthood of Israel is abrogated, the teachers of Israel have no authority, and the sanctity that Israel experiences is demonic. These Christians have usurped all of the gifts of Israel’s election. The fact that they begrudgingly allow Israel to share with the Church the empty title “elect of God” does not bring them in line with the spirit of scripture.

The following list of verses teaches us how God’s promises to Israel, to Israel’s priests and concerning the Land of Israel are irrevocable.

Genesis 9:27, 12:2,7, 13:14-17, 15:5,7,18, 17:7-14, 18:18, 22;17,18, 25:23, 26:3-5, 28:13,14, 35:12, 48:4,16,20, 49:10, 50:24, Exodus 2:24, 3:8,17, 4:22, 6:4,8, 8:19, 11:7, 15:16,17, 19:5,6 24:8, 25:8,22, 29:43-46, 31:12-17, 33:1,16, 34:10,27, Leviticus 11:45, 15:31, 19:2, 20:3,24,26, 22:33, 26:44, Numbers 15:41, 22:12, 23:21, 24:9, 33:53, 35:34, Deuteronomy 1:8, 4:7,20,31-39, 6:10,18, 7:6-8, 8:1, 9:5,26,29, 10:11,15, 11:12,31, 14:1,2, 21:8, 23:6, 26:15-19, 27:9, 29:11-14, 32:9-12, 33:28,29, Joshua 1:6, 5:6, 21:41, 1Samuel 12:22, 2Samuel 7:23,24, 1Kings 8:13,51-53, 9:3, 10:9, 11:36, Jeremiah 2:2,3, 10:16, 12:14, 14:9, 31:2,8,34-36, 33:19-26, 46:27,28, 50:33,34, 51:5, Ezekiel 11:16, 16:60, 37:28, Isaiah 41:8-16, 43:1-21, 44:1-8,21-23, 45:4,14-17, 46:3,4, 48:12, 49:14-16, 51:7,15,16,22-52:12, 54:10, 55:5, 59:21, 60:1-3,12,21, 61:6,9, 62:1-12, Hosea 2:1,21,22, Joel 4:17,20,21, Zephaniah 3:20, Zechariah 2:12, 8:20-23, Malachi 1:2, Psalm 28:9, 29:11, 38:12, 44:18, 47:4,5, 48:9,15, 50:7, 68:35,36, 74:2, 78:5,69, 79:13, 89:16, 94:14, 95:7, 98:1-3, 100:3, 105:8-45, 111:4-9, 125:2, 132:13-18, 133:3, 135:4, 144:15, 147:19,20, 148:14, 149:2,4, Nehemiah 1:10, 9:7,8, 1Chronicles 15:2, 16:15-22, 17:21,22,24, 23:13,25, 2Chronicles 6:6, 7:16, 9:8, 20:7

The Messianic Expectation
Christianity believes that Jesus was the Messiah predicted by the Jewish prophets. Missionaries claim that Jesus fulfilled hundreds of Messianic prophecies. Many Christians find it difficult to understand why Jews don’t recognize Jesus as the Messiah. What Christians fail to realize is that the prophets painted a broad and comprehensive picture of the Messiah and the Messianic era. This picture has nothing to do with Jesus and Christianity. When we read the scripture without any preconceived notions about the Messiah, when we read God’s promises for Israel’s glorious future age, we can readily see why the Jewish people cannot accept the claims of Christianity. The passages that allegedly support the claims of the missionary are being wrenched out of their broad scriptural context. (This is aside from the fact that the passages quoted by the missionaries are generally being wrenched out of their local textual context.)

Numbers 24:14-19, Deuteronomy 4:30, 30:1-10, 32:43, Jeremiah 3:14-18, 16:14,15,19, 23:3-6, 30:3,7-11,16-25, 31:1-39, 32:37-44, 33:6-26, 46:27,28, 50:4,5,19,20, Ezekiel 11:17-20, 20:40-44, 28:25-26, 34:9-16,22-31, 36:6-15,22-38, 37:1-28, 38:1-48:35, Isaiah 1:26,27, 2:2-4, 4:2-6, 10:33-12:6, 24:21-25:9, 30:26, 34:1-35, 40:1-11, 41:10-20, 43:5-10, 44:1-5 49:8-26, 51:11,22-52:12, 54:1-55:5, 56:7, 60:1-63:9, 65:17-25, 66:10-24, Hosea 2:1-3,16-25, Joel 3;1-5, 4:1-21, Amos 9:11-15, Obadiah 1:17-21, Micah 4:1-7, 5:1-13, 7:8-20, Zephaniah 3:9-20, Zechariah 2:9, 8:2-8, 14:3-21, Malachi 3:4,16-24, Psalm 51:20,21, 69:36,37, 98:1-3, 102:14-23, 126:1-6, Daniel 2:44, 7:18,22,27, 12:2,3,

Atonement
Christians believe that there can be no atonement for sin without a blood sacrifice. This concept is not to be found in the Jewish Bible. Instead we find that God assures us again and again that God forgives anyone who turns to Him in sincerity and truth. The clear and unequivocal teaching of the Bible is that repentance is all that God demands for the atonement of sin.

Genesis 4:7, Deuteronomy 4:29, 30:1-10, Judges 10:16, 2Samuel 12:13, 1Kings 8:33-36,48-50, 2Kings 20:1-6, Jeremiah 3:22, 4:1-4, 18:7,8, 25:5, 26:3,19, 35:15, 36:3,7, Ezekiel 3:18, 18:21-23,27,28,31,32, 33:11,14-16,19, Isaiah 1:16-18, 55:7, Hosea 14:2-10, Joel 2:12-27, Jonah 3:10, Micah 6:7,8, Psalm 51:19, Job 11:13-20, 22:21-30, 33:26-30, Daniel 4:24, Nehemiah 1:9, 2Chronicles 6:24-30,34-39, 7:13, 12:6,7, 30:9, 33:12,13,

Works
Christianity teaches that no good works of men are counted as righteous before God. It is difficult to think of a concept that is more contrary to the Jewish scriptures. The Tabernacle and the Temple narratives, which take up so much of scripture, tell us how God favors the obedient works of men – Exodus 25:1-31:11, 35:4-40:38, Leviticus 8:1-9:24 Numbers 7:1-8:26, 1Kings 5:16-8:13, 2Chronicles 1:18-7:3. These narratives show us how important this concept is to God. The fact that the details of the people’s obedience are recounted and repeated demonstrates how significant these acts are in God’s eyes.

The following scriptural references all demonstrate that the Christian teaching which denigrates the deeds of men has no basis in the words of the Living God.

Genesis 7:1, 18:19, 22:16,18, 26:5, 30:18, Exodus 1:21, 4:25,26, 15:26, 20:6, 23:22,25, Leviticus 25:18,19, 26:3-13, Numbers 15:40, Deuteronomy 17:18-20, 30:11-20, 32:47, 1Samuel 12:14, 15:22, 2Samuel 22:21-27, 1Kings 2:3, 3:14, 6:12,13, 8:23,25, 9:4,5, 11:33,34,38, 14:8, 15:5, 2Kings 10:30, Jeremiah 7:3-7,23, 9:23, 17:7-8,10, 22:1-4,16, Ezekiel 3:21, 18:5-9, 17, 20:11, Isaiah 1:19, 3:10, 56:4-7, 58:8-14, Hosea 6:6, 10:12, Amos 5:14,15, Zephaniah 2:3, Psalm 1:1-3, 15:1-5, 18:21-27, 24:3-5, 25:10, 37:31, 41:2, 103:17,18, 106:30,31, 112:1-10, 128:1-6, Proverbs 12:22, 13:6, 15:26, 16:6, 19:17, 21:3,21, Ecclesiastes 12:13,14, Daniel 9:4, 12:3, Nehemiah 1:5, 1Chronicles 22:13, 2Chronicles 7:17, 15:7.

Law of Moses
The practical observance of God’s Law as dictated through Moses is not highly regarded in the teachings of Christianity. Many Christian denominations believe that with the death of Jesus, the Law of Moses was completely annulled. Others believe that it is still practicable for Jews to observe the Law of Moses, but it is not a significant part of their relationship with God. The Jewish scriptures teach that the Law of Moses is eternal, it is holy and beautiful and it is central in our relationship with God. The following list of scriptural passages all speak of the importance of the Law. Some of these passages teach us that the Law is relevant for all generations, into and including the Messianic age. Other passages confirm that the Law is beautiful, holy, life-giving and central to our relationship with God.

Genesis 2:3, 17:7-13, Exodus 12:14,17,24,42, 13:10, 19:9, 27:21, 29:28,42, 30:8,10,21, 31:16,17, Leviticus 3:17, 6:11,15, 7:34,36, 10:9,15, 16:29,31,34, 17:7, 18:5, 23:14,21,31,41,43, 24:3,8,9, Numbers 15:15,21,23,38, 18:8,11,19, 19:10, 25:13, 35:29, Deuteronomy 4:2,6,8, 5:3, 6:18,24,25, 7:11-16, 8:1, 10:12,13, 11:1,9,13-15,18-25,27, 12:28, 13:1,18,19, 14:1,2, 15:4,5, 16:20, 18:5, 19:9, 25:15, 28:1-14, 29:8, 30:1,2,15-20, 31:21, 34:10-12, Joshua 1:7,8, Judges 5:31, Jeremiah 31:32, Ezekiel 36:27, 37:24, 44:23,24, Malachi 3:22, Psalm 19:8-11, 119:1-176, Esther 9:28, Nehemiah 9:13,

Dear reader, I am well aware that Christian theologians have managed to explain all of these verses according to the teachings of Christianity. But the Church is reading these verses with the preconceived notion that the doctrines Christianity are already established truths. That is not the setting into which God placed these verses. God gave us these verses before anyone ever heard of Christianity. God wrote these passages in order to establish a worldview in our hearts and minds so that we can evaluate claims such as those presented by Christianity. Ask yourself, how would a Jew have read these verses before the advent of Christianity?

What attitudes towards God, towards Israel, and towards the commandments would the Jew have acquired from these verses? Imagine a person imbued with the spirit of these verses. How would such a person react to the teachings of the trinity, replacement theology, and annulment of the Law? Can you still believe that it is a supernatural blindness that prevents the Jewish people from accepting the doctrines of the Church?

Source: Rabbi Yisroel C.Blumenthal

https://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2010/08/31/1000-verses/

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How the doctrine of the Trinity developed in the Christian Church

Rabbi Tovia Singer describes how the doctrine of the Trinity developed in the Christian Church

How can there be one God if Jesus is also God? Rabbi Tovia Singer explains how Christians struggled for a solution to this conundrum. As it turns out, the doctrine of the Trinity is a later Christian invention. This creed of long duration is therefore not expressed in any of the books of the Christian Bible. The notion that Jesus was God developed long after the inception of Christianity. In this live interview, Rabbi Tovia Singer explains how, when, and why Christians came to regard Jesus as God.

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Eve, Noah, Sarah and the Key to Letting Go

Happiness is Not Being There

Eve, Noah, Sarah and the Key to Letting Go

Eve came to the world. She became wrapped up with a snake.

Noah came to the world. What happened to him? “He drank from the wine and was drunk.”

Sarah came to the world. She descended and she came back up, as it is said, “And Abramcame up from Egypt, he and his wife with him.”

For this, Sarah earned transcendental life . . . that life belonged to her.

Zohar 1:122b

It’s a passage from the Zohar, and—as to be expected from the Zohar—very enigmatic. What is the sequence? What does the story of Eve and the snake have to do with Noah and his wine? What does either story have to do with Sarah and her descent to Egypt?

The solution to the puzzle, in short, is that the Zohar is telling us a history of happiness. There are three approaches to happiness in the human repertoire. Two fail. One succeeds.

A Brief History of Happiness

Eve came to the world, initially standing a step beyond it. Physical pleasure and pain were nothing more than external stimuli, providing information about what needed to be done, and what should be avoided. But Eve came to believe that happiness could be found only by experiencing the garden from within, as in I am experiencing this pleasure. That is the primordial snake—that sense of I am here. And that is the voice of the snake: “Am I happy yet?” That is where all confusion begins.

“Am I happy yet?” That is the voice of the primordial snake.

Once experience became wrapped up with ego, then pleasure became wrapped up with pain, good with evil, beauty with ugliness, and all of life became as we know it today: a world where no deed is innocent and simple, no motive pure and untainted. Eve—and all of us—fell from her transcendent state down a rabbit hole into a maelstrom of chaos.

Then came Noah. He stepped off his ark after the flood and saw a new world. He saw the opportunity to start again, to abandon Eve’s error and to rebuild with a new strategy for happiness. The solution seemed straightforward and obvious: He drank wine, forgot himself, and was happy.

Problem is, once the ego has appeared, it cannot be forgotten. That is how memory works—as an arrow let loose, never to be reversed without being countered head-on. As for Noah, all he accomplished was to introduce confusion back into a freshly-laundered world.

Then came Sarah. She encountered the snake head-on, face-to-face, on its own territory, in the darkness of its own chamber, held tightly within its iron clutch.

The primordial snake this time around was Pharaoh, a mortal being wholly obsessed with ego and power. As did the snake, he offered Sarah the opportunity to share in that power. But Sarah remained bound up with Abrahamand with the One G‑d. Even as she was in Pharaoh’s palace, she transcended it, ruled over it, and ruled over Pharaoh as well.

And so, Sarah achieved eternal life. Because she healed the wound that Eve had inflicted upon the human soul.

Sarah eventually had a child. She named him Yitzchak (Isaac), which means, “he will laugh.” Her life was filled with joy, and her child was a child of joy. We are the children of that child.

No Expectations

We all want to be happy. Sometimes we think happiness will come from getting what we want, enjoying it, and then getting more and more things we want. Further entanglement in the same old snake.

Sometimes we think happiness will come from forgetting ourselves, whether with alcohol, or drugs, or entertainment, or any other form of escape. Blame Noah for that one.

Well, the research data is all in, and it turns out that neither of these strategies ever made anybody any happier.

Those with no expectations carry an inner joy in all they do.

What does make us happier? We all know the answer, and it seems such an easy formula: Joy bursts in where there is no ego to obstruct it. Those who feel they deserve everything can never be satisfied. Those with no expectations, who feel they deserve nothing, that every breath is a gift—they carry an inner joy in all they do.

Yet it is so difficult. An ego, after all, is not something you can shed on a whim, like a sweater or a cap. It is much harder to deal with than some trait you can eventually change—like fear or anger. It is you—your sense that you exist.

But we are the children of Sarah. She forged the path for us, and now we need only follow in her footsteps. The ego cannot be ignored, or swept under the carpet in drunkenness. But it can be presented with a higher context, one in which our entire sense of being takes on a whole new meaning.

Find a higher purpose in all you do, an eternal purpose, the purpose for which your soul came to this world. Bond yourself with that purpose and with the One who created you with this purpose. That is all you truly are.

The ego becomes irrelevant, a mere nuisance. With purpose comes inner joy. With purpose, your life belongs to you. And it is eternal life, as your purpose is eternal.

Maamar Chayei Sarah 5712, 5720, 5741.

Source: Chabad.org

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Debate: Rabbi Tovia Singer vs. Dr. Craig Evans: The Rabbi Who Preached at the Baptist University?

Rabbi Singer debates Dr. Craig Evans:”Is Jesus the Promised Jewish Messiah?”

Recorded at the campus of Houston Baptist University on November 8, 2014.

Did You Hear the One About the Rabbi Who Preached at the Baptist University?

After Shabbat, Ellen attended a debate at Houston Baptist University (HBU) between Rabbi Tovia Singer and Dr. Craig Evans. The full debate on the topic “Is Jesus the Promised Jewish Messiah?” can be viewed at this link.

Dr. Evans is recognized as one of the leading and most prolific Christian scholars in the world. He is a staunch conservative Christian and is held in the very highest regard in the evangelical community. The moderator was Mary Jo Sharp, an Assistant Professor of Apologetics and a prominent member of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Rabbi Singer told JewishIsrael, “I was treated with genuine respect and deference by all the staff at HBU.  We all chatted quite a bit prior to the debate; they all seemed to be genuinely ecstatic and relieved that I am a person of faith and not some atheist. I was delighted as well because we were going to discuss the Jewish Scriptures that evening.  We were set to debate a core, fundamental question: Is Jesus the promised Jewish messiah?  It was vital to me that I answer this question by appealing to the Tanach.  After all, what is God’s opinion?   I was set to appeal to the most graphic messianic passages in the Jewish Scriptures that evening.”

The audience was a mix of devout Christians, HBU faculty and students, Christian academics from other institutions, as well as members of the Jewish community and former Christians who have expressed an interest in Judaism.

JewishIsrael does not advocate theological debate. We have written and reported extensively on the late Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s halachic position on the matter of interfaith dialogue. However this encounter was something to behold.

Rabbi Singer impressed a packed auditorium with a combination of humor and scholarship. Based on the audience reaction and the crowds surrounding Rabbi Singer after the debate, it appeared that there was no contest. From what JewishIsrael has heard, sales of Rabbi Singer’s book after the event were brisk.

Perhaps most telling was the remarkable silence emanating from the sponsors following the event. While there was wide-spread publicity prior to the debate, as of this writing neither Houston Baptist University, Christian Thinkers Society or the First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Houston have reported on the event itself. Confident Christianitysimply linked to the debate video without further comment.

Source: JewishIsrael‘s

The full debate on the topic “Is Jesus the Promised Jewish Messiah?”

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Christian, what are you going to say to G-d of Israel when your god Jesus doesn’t return?

noachbenavraham:

“One day the whole earth, all the nations will worship G-d and Him alone, but you don’t have to wait until then. You can make a choice whom you will serve this day.”

Originally posted on Daily Minyan:

man-bowing-before-jesusWorshiper of Jesus, Christian/Messianic, what are you going to say when you stand before G-d after the false man-god Jesus whom you worship and to whom you pray doesn’t appear? What are you going to say to your Maker when you knew all along (and I am merely reminding you here now) that worshiping anyone or anything other than Him is a grave sin and betrayal? How will you justify your worship of a mortal creature to whom billions bow their knees? Will you deny that you knew that He has warned you that He was neither a man nor a son of man (Numbers 23:19), that He had no visible form and that He can’t be compared to anything He created? Will you try to defend yourself that you only followed your leaders or will you admit to G-d your sin of idolatry? Will you appeal to the polished…

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Trinity, Idolatry and Worship

Trinity, Idolatry and Worship

by Rabbi Yisroel C. Blumenthal

As God’s witnesses to the ultimate truth, the Jewish people testify that the Christian worship of Jesus is the idolatry that the Jewish Scripture condemns as the greatest rebellion against God.

But isn’t the trinity so much more sophisticated than the pagan obeisance to crude images? Isn’t the Christian belief about the incarnation of God honoring the Creator?

The answer is that it is not the BELIEF of the Christian that is idolatry. Idolatry is not a belief. Idolatry is an act. The act of directing the heart’s devotion to a man is no different than directing the heart’s devotion to a statue or to the sun.

Directing the heart’s devotion (in the sense of worship of the divine) toward anyone or anything aside from the One Creator of all is idolatry – there are no distinctions between the worship of one created being or another.

The beliefs of the Christians are used to justify the devotion. Perhaps the arguments of some idolaters are more confusing than the arguments of others. Indeed, God judges each of us according to our capabilities and according to our opportunities. If a Christian was taken in by the sophisticated arguments of the Church men and did not realize that the devotion that they are advocating is wrong; we can be sure that the Righteous Judge will factor the confusion in to the equation.

Israel’s testimony is not about judging people. Its about telling the world that every last entity owes everything to the One Creator of heaven and earth.

The key words here are “EVERY LAST ENTITY”- including, of course, the gods of the various religions. After all; if they walked God’s earth, breathed His air, and lived in His universe – who else would they owe their existence to?

Source: http://yourphariseefriend.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/trinity-idolatry-and-worship/

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