Today is South Carolina National Shabbat and we are hosting the Washburn Family from Tennessee as they will be providing the music. They got in yesterday evening and we had a blessed erev Shabbat hanging around the firepit.
The Washburns, as agreed, brought the challah, so when it came to that point in our simple setting apart of the day, I asked Tom to lead in blessing the bread and the Bread of Life. He held the bread up and began, “I am not a ‘two house’ person. I am ‘one house’ because two house was never the Father’s will. Sin is what caused two houses and the Father is bringing restoration!”
I’m on whopping page 39 of Tim Hegg’s Fellow Heirs and already have dozens of margin notes and thoughts. While some come directly from his writing, others not necessarily related to his topic have been generated by something he says. This is one of those thoughts…
Now, before I lay this thought out there, I have to state clearly, I am NOT unfairly addressing the Rabbis. I am an “equal opportunity offender” and have dressed down many Christian theologians, Reformers, translators and doctrines. So, in addressing something with the Rabbis, it is not personal, just the business of seeking truth! Fair?
Hegg, on page 21 said,
The Sages, following the destruction of the Temple, ruled that in lieu of the sacrifice an equivalent payment of money was required: “Our Rabbis taught: A proselyte in these days has to put aside a fourth [of a denar] for his sacrifice of birds. Said R. Simeon: R. Johanan b. Zakkai held a vote on this rule and abolished it for fear of misuse. Said R. Idi b. Gershom in the name of R. Adda son of Ahaba, The decision is according to R. Simeon.” Once again, the fact that a Sage of the stature of Johanan B. Zakkai should seek to abolish the halachahbecause he saw it as potentially dangerous, should tell us that this requirement was also in some state of flux before the destruction of the Temple. [Rabbinic quote footnoted from b. Keritot 9a in Fellow Heirs, by Tim Hegg]
Do you have an errant Messianic or Hebrew roots person in your life that you pray for? Well, here is exactly how you can pray for them!! I think I can promise you, with full assurance, that God will answer this prayer!!
First, a little background.
I am one of those who Christendom perceives to be errant, so, feel free to pray this very prayer for me as well… I try to the best of my abilities and by the leading of the Spirit to be obedient to God’s ways as expressed in the Torah. I also firmly hold to my faith in Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah. By traditional Christendom I am at best, confused and at worst, LOST! So, if you pray this for me, I will not be offended! In fact, I will thank you!
I really can’t tell you how much I enjoy listening to R. Shapira explain the presences of Yeshua and His identity in Jewish literature. It is a whole world of new wonders as Messiah is revealed and present with brother Judah… now being revealed! Here is an amazing video with beautiful views into Person of the Metatron and His presence in the Rosh Hashanah liturgy recited by every observant Jew!!