Dividing and Gathering

20161029_165208During last week’s Torah Portion, Tommy and Dorothy Wilson, while leading the Shabbat discussion at the Second B’ney Yosef Congress, made a statement that I found very interesting and insightful.  Of course, the Portion was Bresheit and their focus was on the creation and fall of Adam and Chava.

As we read the Portion, we noted the dividing and bringing together of light and dark into one day, the dividing of waters below waters and the sky, then the dividing of waters and land, etc, etc.  In each case, the dividing revealed something and the bringing together revealed something else in how each relates to the other and how together he parts reveal aspects of the Creator.

This process culminates in the dividing out of Chava from Adam.  He was perfect, yet, Abba chose to divide him, taking Chava out of him and then immediately bringing the two back together.  We know, quite well, that men and women are different and that each reveals different aspects of the Father.  Man and woman started as one, were divided.  Fell in rebellion and are in the process of being restored.

All of this we know.  Continue reading “Dividing and Gathering”

Global Reading of Shema Prayer Announced for Monday

Yesterday, I received an email alerting me to a global initiative to pray the Shema at 9 p.m. Jerusalem time (2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).  I encourage readers here to participate in solidarity with Brother Judah as we call on the Holy One of Israel.

IMG_20150520_090553276A personal note on the Shema:  while this is a recitation of Scripture and a declaration of our Elohim (God), this has also become a commandment that I make into the spiritual realm that surrounds me as I declare to All Israel to Shema, HEAR!!  As often as you pray/declare the Shema, remember that you are making a statement to All Israel and the spiritual realm around you as well as our King hears and presses this forward to the ears of those yet deaf!

Here is a link to the article on Breaking Israel News:

Global Reading of Shema Prayer Announced for Monday Amid Growing Crisis Around World

Encouragement on the Wall

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We have four boys who currently range in age from 13 to 19.  I am continually trying to teach them to care for each other, live lives for the King, be true to their ingrafting and be warriors.  When I saw this print in Israel six weeks ago, I almost immediately teared up as it so spoke to me concerning my own boys.

Well, today we picked it up from the frame shop and hung it prominently on a wall in our house to remind them daily of the things that are important.  May they grow closer together as they pursue the King and take a strong stand on behalf of Israel and Jerusalem!!