Friday, September 25, 2015

Pope Frances Speech to the United Nations

If you have been learning about the Real Yeshua, then you will recognize that the pope's speech to the UN is loaded with the TOV Values that the Real Yeshua taught and the theological ancestors of the pope subordinated to their theological interests. Read this amazing speech at -- http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122916/pope-franciss-address-united-nations-transcript-his-full

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lessons About Prayer: The Times for Prayer


Lessons About Prayer from the Jewish Culture of Yeshua Series
#3 The Times for Prayer

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer,
the ninth hour. (Acts 3:1)

What time was the ninth hour? The following information from To Pray as a Jew provides us with important insights about this topic.

The Times for Prayer

When Ezra the Scribe and the Men of the Great Assembly prescribed the number of prayer services for each day, they also fixed the time framework in which to say them. The official time for the   various services was set to correspond to the time that the daily communal offerings were brought in the Temple.

An Explanation of the ‘Variable Hour” (Sha-ah Zemanit)

In order to understand how the exact time parameters of the daily services are fixed, one must begin by knowing that wherever the Mishnah or later halakhic sources referred to the time of the day, they were not referring to a fixed hour, nor, when they used the term “hour” did they mean our constant interval of sixty minutes.

They were referring to a certain fraction of the day, and the hour they had in mind is a “variable hour” or “seasonal hour” (sha-ah zemanit) whose length is determined by the length of the day measured from sunrise to sunset, which in turn changes with the seasons. The one constant thing about the “variable hour” is that it is always one-twelfth of the day. The fourth “hour,” for example, always means a third of the day; the sixth “hour” means midday. If we were dealing with a day that has twelve daylight hours beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. this would mean 10 a.m. and 12 noon respectively. But days are not so perfectly fixed. They are longer or shorter; they begin and end earlier or later.

If one knows the exact time of sunrise and sunset on any given day, the length of the variable hour is easily calculated. Once this is established, it is easy to determine the time of the fourth “hour” or the sixth “hour” or the exact time on the clock that corresponds to two and one-half or one and one-quarter “hours” before sundown.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Lessons About Prayer: Prayers That Will Not Be Answered


Lessons About Prayer from the Jewish Culture of Yeshua Series
#2 Prayers That Will Not Be Answered

The Talmud tells us that God will not answer some kinds of prayer. God will not answer a prayer: that is:

(1) that is not sincere

(2) that asks Him to break one of His own laws

(3) that asks for Him to do what we ourselves should be doing

(4) that asks Him to help us by hurting others

There are two partners in prayer, man and God. Prayer does not always work in the way we want it to or think that it will. God is concerned with every one of His creatures. There is a great difference between speaking magic words and saying a prayer. In magic we believe that we can force something to happen. In prayer, we know that we are not the boss. In prayer we are trying to “get in touch with” God; not trying to force God to obey us.

We must also remember that sometimes the answer to our prayer may be “No.”

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(Source: When a Jew Prays By Seymour Rossel with Eugene B. Borowitz and Hyman Chanover; © 1973 Begrman House, Inc. Publishers, New York, NY; pp. 51, 57, 58 & 59.)


Lessons About Prayer: Whom Should I Thank?


Lessons About Prayer from the Jewish Culture of Yeshua Series
#1 Whom Should I Thank?

Once a boy who had just eaten lunch turned to his mother and said, “Thank you very much.” But his mother said, “You should not thank me alone, for I only prepared the food.”

The boy wondered, “Whom should I thank?” He went to the grocery store and saw the grocer.  “Thank you, Mr. Grocer, for the very fine bread that I ate at lunchtime.”  “Oh,” said the grocer, “you should not thank me alone. I only sell the bread. I do not bake it.”

So the boy went to the bakery where all the bread was made; and there he saw the baker. “Mr. Baker,” the boy said, “I want to thank you for the wonderful bread that you bake. The baker laughed and said, “I bake the bread, but it is good because the flour is good. And the flour comes from the miller who grinds it.”

“Then I will thank the miller,” said the boy and he turned to leave.   “But the miller only grinds the wheat,” the baker said. “It is the farmer who grows the grain which makes the bread so good.”

So the boy went off in search of the farmer. He walked until he came to the edge of the village and there he saw the farmer at work in the fields. “I want to thank you for the bread that I eat every day.’’

But the farmer said, “Do not thank me alone. I only plant the seed, tend the field, and harvest the grain. It is sunshine and good rain and the rich earth that make the wheat so good.”

“But who is left to thank?” asked the boy, and he was very sad, very tired, and very hungry again, for he had walked a long way in one day.

The farmer said, “Come inside and eat with my family and then you will feel better.”

So the boy went into the farmhouse with the farmer   and sat down to eat with the farmer’s family. Each person took a piece of bread and then, all together, they said, “We thank You, Ο Lord, our God, King of the universe, who bring bread out of the earth.”

And then the boy discovered that it was God whom   he had forgotten to thank. One of the most important reasons we have for praying as Jews is to thank God for His wonderful gifts.  

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(Source: When a Jew Prays By Seymour Rossel with Eugene B. Borowitz and Hyman Chanover; © 1973 Begrman House, Inc. Publishers, New York, NY; pp. 33-34)

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Prayer in the Real Yeshua’s Jewish Culture


Prayer is the human side of an unending dialog between God and man. It is through the Scriptures that God speaks to man. Man’s response to God is prayer. Most Hebrew prayers are expressions of adoration and gratitude. They are prayers of thanksgiving and praise for God’s boundless mercy and goodness, for His providential love and beneficence to all His creatures. Prayers also play an educational role, especially petitionary prayers.

 Petitionary prayers voice our needs, and they ask for deliverance from the various afflictions that beset us in the world. The function of petitionary prayer is to make us more conscious of our dependence on God, that we may thereby become more receptive to divine influences. God answers petitionary prayer, but not necessarily according to our specifications.

Man and God are partners in the work of creation; therefore man must be a co-worker with God in the struggle against the deficiencies which challenge him.

(1) We cannot expect God to overrule the laws operative in His universe.

(2) God cannot replace our own role in effecting the goals we seek.

(3) We cannot expect God to heed our request when they run counter to the needs of the world as a whole.

(4) We cannot expect God to lift us out of the limitations which are inherent in the human condition, i.e. our mortality (life is given us for only a limited allotment of time) or our capacity to feel pain (when attacked by hostile forces in our environment).

God answers our prayers by helping us attain our goals, now or later, or by giving us the power to accept our condition and endure it. The function of prayer in all its manifestations is to bring us closer to God, that we may more faithfully perform His will. It is not to induce God to perform our will.

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Jim Myers

Source: The Prayer Boor: Weekday, Sabbath, and Festival Translated and arranged by Ben Zion Bokser © 1983 (Behrman House Publishers, Inc., New York, NY)