Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Depends on who you ask

Her: Are you Jewish?
Me: Depends who you ask.
Her: What do you mean?
Me: Look what they did to Spinoza.
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

A tale of two haplogroups

A tale of two haplogroups. 

Long ago, there was a haplogroup named H. This haplogroup eventually became a haplogroup named IJ. Much later, IJ split up into two separate haplogroups named I and J

Long ago, there was a group named Hebrews. This group eventually became a group named Israel. Much later, Israel split up into two separate groups named Israel and Judah


Are you following along?

Monday, July 31, 2017

Purity is a pre-requisite for access to the holy

"Purity is a pre-requisite for access to the holy."

You think you know Torah, then you watch these videos. You then have to ask everyone, particularly those who claim "Torah Observance": Which Torah are you talking about, exactly?






"For the priestly source (Leviticus, Numbers), holiness is a goal to be obtained through obedience to God's Torah. For Deuteronomy, holiness is a status to be lost through disobedience to God's Torah."
יהוה הוא ישועה



Sunday, July 30, 2017

The JPS tampers with the Scriptures?


I think the JPS Tanakh tampers with certain sections to be in accord with Rabbinic tradition. This is very sad.

For example..

‎It says in Lev 24:15-16 that pronouncing יהוה is punishable by death. I find this in NO other translations.

Other translations state that blaspheming (or cursing) the Name is forbidden.

‎There's really no excuse for this as there is no translation of " נָקַב " which can mean simply to pronounce. Again, this is sad.

Furthermore, there are other terms for 'pronounce' or 'speak' which could have been used-they were not.

Clearly the intended meaning was curse/blaspheme.

In general the JPS Tanakh is wonderful. But this, is a sad thing to discover and breaches trust.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Revisions

I've unpublished the most recent version of Turn to HIM so that I can make revisions. I will likely put it out again in a substantially different form. I was reading through it recently and there are just too many things that I wouldn't find myself saying at this point. Hopefully I can have a cleaned up version in the near future.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Lost Sheep



In Turn to HIM, I wrote that the parable given by Yeshua of the prodigal son could be explained thusly: 

The Jewish people are the prodigal son while the Gentile church are the son who stayed home.

I now believe this is in error. (I will hopefully correct this in the manuscript at some point but for now it will need to suffice that I correct this error here on the blog.)

I now believe that the parable deals with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. That is, the lost sheep of the house of Israel (who were dispersed and divorced by the LORD due to their unfaithfulness) are the prodigal son, while the house of Judah are represented by the son who stayed home.

Gentiles are among the lost sheep as the house of Israel were dispersed among them (and many lost their identity as Israelites), but they are not the focus of the parable. This seems completely obvious to me now and it's amazing to me that I got it so badly wrong for so long.

What's more, Yeshua tells us directly in Matthew 15:

"I was only sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

In addition, Yeshua instructs his disciples in Matthew 10:

"Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." 

Seems pretty obvious when you really think about it, no?

And this leads to a further conclusion, and an important one. If anyone should still need good reason not to proselytize-especially to members of the house of Judah-this is it. Yeshua didn't come for them but to bring the lost sheep back. Later, the house of Judah and the house of Israel will be reunited-and this is already beginning. But the message and purpose of Yeshua's coming is for the lost sheep of the house of Israel-those who were dispersed. He tells us so!

So don't worry if the house of Judah rejects Yeshua's mission because it makes perfect sense that they might reject Yeshua's mission. Not only for the reason that the misguided Christian church (which Yeshua never came to setup) persecuted Jews throughout history, nor only for the reason that they have so much of Judaism so wrong, but for the reason that His mission wasn't for them to begin with. And, this isn't to say that all of the house of Judah do reject Yeshua's mission or deny its validity, it's just to say that it's not a big deal if the house of Judah does. 

The house of Judah and the house of Israel have suffered each from adding to Scripture and taking away from Scripture. Judah added more (on the whole) and Israel took away more (on the whole). Examine the parable of the prodigal son and you will see how this was all revealed by Yeshua.

Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the LORD.

יהוה הוא ישועה




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I thought I knew how to pronounce The Name and then...

I thought I knew how to pronounce The Name (YHWH) and then I read this page by Michael McHugh:

http://www.timesandappointedtimes.com/The-Name.html

He also has videos, which are perhaps easier to follow if, like me, you're not fluent in Hebrew.


This is truly humbling and enlightening. So much I don't know. Thank you Michael!