Humanity, Jews, Le'bnsshpil = lifestyle - way of life, Life matters, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith

Welcoming Interfaith Families, Maintaining Tradition – Eqev 5781

Throughout the ages, interfaith has always been a matter of discussion and for sure did not make matters of life easier.

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Intermarriage and Protecting the state of the Jewish and/or Jeshuaist family

The Modern Rabbi

I recently completed my fourteenth year as a rabbi, since I was ordained at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 2007. As many of you know, I have been affiliated with the Conservative movement for my entire life.

The Jewish Theological Seminary of America

But you may not know that in 1994, when I was finishing my Master’s degree in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, I applied to the rabbinical school at the Reform movement’s Hebrew Union College, at the urging of the Reform rabbi at the Texas A&M Hillel. When HUC rejected me, Rabbi Tarlow was incensed, and he called the chair of the admissions committee to find out why. He was told that the committee felt that I had difficulty seeing multiple sides to an issue.

Now, it may be that what they saw about me during the interview was engineering clarity: trying…

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Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Humanity, Le'bnsshpil = lifestyle - way of life, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others, Universe (Space)

Genesis 2:5-9 Theological terraforming and the Genesis worldview.

Our understanding of Scriptures is received by our different characters with different views and necessarily conveyed in human words and imagery.

Out of nothing, using nothing, from nothing, simply by God’s Word speaking ‘Into Being’ everything came into being.
Theology should simply be understood to be the ‘study of the Theos,’ The God Who gives a theological illumination in chapter 1 of Genesis.
Even when we do not know how God made everything, it is not as such something to know, but something we have to accept and believe.

In the end, people shall come to understand that “Its all up to God. God’s will be done.” People also shall come to see that everything is connected and that by following God’s advice, given in the many assembled books, man shall be able to make the best of his life, capable for the challenges of our lives in corporately challenging times and circumstances.

Rev Stephen Thompson preachingUnderneath you may find Stephen Thompson’s interpretation of Genesis 2. He looks at it and at Tate Modern and the Clore Gallery and the multitudes of sketches and watercolours by the English Romantic landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner, known in his time as William Turner, who created expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.

For him we are invited in this Genesis 2:5-9 passage into a personal viewing of God’s creative studios at the start of time as we might think of it, now having the curtains and canvas being pulled back and we get to see something of what is going on, behind the dashboard as it were.

He looks at the introduction of the El or the Mighty – high-ranking god, YHWH or Jehovah and compaes Him with the heathen’s el (or god).

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To remember:

  • we can only know the One who was called ‘El’ by men if the real God chooses to reveal their Reality. And so YHWH does!
  • God = explicit first cause
  • ground described metaphorically = having a face which God has tended with gentle moisture >God takes dust of the ground + forms an animate being with a face that is really sensitive + responsive +> first conception: ‘God formed… God breathed… > the man became
  • scope for an ongoing relationship with God as equals in nature in some vital respects.
  • God = only One capable of making a universe or matter with capacity to form life
  • God’s world = placed under our authority + control > our delicate stewardship, which must consider whether this plant is to be made a crop or a weed, and whether this bush will live here or there or not at all.
  • God’s creation = designed to point to a quality of life which reaches beyond our physical existence for a few short decades, + a quality of wisdom which is grounded in simple knowledge but then goes beyond what we might find out for ourselves.

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On the 17th of January 2021 the article we reblogged was not anymore to be connected. Well are the following articles there to be read where he a.o. mentions that God is a hard worker and that it is how the universe got to be here.

God is an abundantly creative worker: that’s how the world with all its variety (including you and me) came to be here.

For him, it is also clear that Jehovah God doesn’t want us to ‘’die’’, but remarks:

That, of course, is what did happen when the first people trespassed across this known boundary. They sinned to their own eternal harm. We break God’s commandments and find that we ourselves are broken on them. If we break them, it is even more the case that they break us.

It is also by the bond of people:

The marriage of one man to one woman is God’s invention, and like the rest of His creation it is ‘good’. Also, like the rest of the created order, it has been affected by the fall. Sin spoils marriages and ultimately blasts people apart. But if we will keep looking to the One who gave us the gift of marriage, and if we trust in His resources, we can nevertheless know a wonderful harmony and intimacy.

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Bereshith 1-2 The Creation of the World – The Seven Days

Bereshith 2 Man and Woman placed in a Royal Garden

Starting from a point in time when two elements existed

Account of origin of man, sin and death

Possible problems with two Accounts of the beginning of human race

The figure of Adam

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Find also to read

  1. Stories of the beginnings, and one Main book composed of four major sections
  2. Blackness, nothingness, something, void
  3. “Before” and “after” the Big Bang
  4. A Book to trust #4 Cause of Being and Truth
  5. Nothingness
  6. Accommodation of the Void
  7. Something from nothing
  8. 3rd question: Does there exist a Divine Creator
  9. Why think there’s a God? (1): Something from Nothing
  10. About the Cosmological argument for proving that there is a Creative Deity
  11. Consciously or unconsciously forming a world-view and choosing to believe or not to believe in God
  12. When no man can say with absolute certainty that God does or does not exist
  13. The very very beginning 1 Creating Gods – Nothing, none, something or more present
  14. The very very beginning 2 The Word and words
  15. From waste and void coming into being by God’s Word
  16. From nothingness, except an eternal Being, the Ruach brought into being
  17. Different principle about the origin and beginning of everything
  18. From nothingness and choices being made
  19. From nothingness to a growing group of followers of Jeshua 4 Trusting the Right One
  20. Scattered, broken, thwarted reflection of God
  21. Different principle about the origin and beginning of everything
  22. Science, belief, denial and visibility 2

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Related articles

  1. In The Beginning. 2021
  2. Nothing
  3. What is Nothing?
  4. There is No Such Thing as NothingNothingness
  5. The Profundity of Emptiness
  6. The Simplicity of Nothingness
  7. The illusion of our own power
  8. Creation or Evolution
  9. Creation, Part 1: What is a doctrine of creation?
  10. God as Creator
  11. Genesis 1 – In the Beginning
  12. Genesis 1-2: A Harmonised and Historical Reading – Peter Heavyside
  13. Beckett: Poetry – No. 2138, Genesis: Creation & The Fall
  14. the bible’s big story
  15. God Speaks! How to (imperfectly) hear the indirect/subtle voice of God – Part II
  16. Evening Sentences

common or garden theologian

Artist Illustration of Dragon entering the Martian atmosphere before landing (2015). Original from Official SpaceX photos. Millions of years ago Mars had a magnetic field and an atmosphere, but both are long since gone, so it is not presently inhabitable.

Genesis 2:5-9 (ESV) When nobush of the field[a]was yet in the land[b]and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for theLordGod had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no manto work the ground,6and a mist[c]was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground—7then theLordGod formed the man ofdust from the ground andbreathed into hisnostrils the breath of life, andthe man became a living creature.8And theLordGod planted agarden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom…

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Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, Jeshuaists, Jews, Life matters, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith, Writings

Walking the Walk or Stepping on the right Path

God has given the world His Word and Guidance for life, but everyone is free to follow it or not. It is not by doing good or doing bad that everything in life shall run like we would like it, or would go good or bad. We all know that “bad” things happen to “good” people, and no spiritual building can hold by pretending otherwise. It’s simply untrue that every well-lived life leads only to outwardly positive outcomes. It’s equally untrue that difficult circumstances prove that someone strayed from the path.

Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Humanity, Jews, Life matters, Re-blogs and Thoughts of others

Jews have the Ultimate Support System

Bnei Yisroel as Am kadosh shall always be the most favoured or set-apart people of God, no matter that the Elohim provided now a means of others also to have their relationship with Him restored, by the ransom offering of the mashiach.

14-22 Nisan gives us time to read about how the HaShem took care of His People and provided also a solution for the goyim. All should come to recognise the Bore as their Father of fathers and God above all gods, making them pure and clean to come close to Him as His children.

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To remember

how Ethan Katz looks on tefillah

  • With so many different mitzvos for us to be cognizant of + so many aveiros available for us to do = impossible to actively keep all of Hashem’s mitzvos without stumbling a few times
  • view aveiros as “stumbling” > instead believing that we’ve “fallen.”
  • we say same two words during Shemoneh Esrei > someich noflim => someich, “He supports,” noflim, “those who are (currently) falling.”
  • Satisfied, I continued my davening keeping this new way of thinking in mind.
  • a machlokes in the gemara in Kiddushin 36a on the pshat of the beginning of the pasuk in Devarim (14:1) “Banim atem l’Hashem Elokeichem,” (you are sons to Hashem, your God).
  • no matter what, bein kach ubein kach, we are always Hashem’s children!

Yirmiyahu (4:22)= “foolish sons.”

Devarim (32:20) “faithless sons.”

Yeshayahu (1:4)  “the seed of evildoers, destructive sons.”

Hoshea (2:1), pasuk > “instead of being told (by Hashem) “you are not My nation,” Hashem will call them b’nei Kel-Chai (sons of Living-God).”

  • gemara explains: granted when Jews are foolish = despite all shortcomings > still sons > not faithless > even when there is no faithfullness => faithless Jews = still called sons
  • pasuk > banim mashchisim = destructive sons

in our spiritual lives, in our lives striving to keep Hashem’s Torah + mitzvos, THERE IS NO BOTTOM.

Hashem never lets us hit the bottom because we are His children eternally

=> forever child of Hakadosh Boruch Hu.

Hashem brought geulah to the Jews in Mitzrayim because a parent is always there for his children

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Troubles testing your faith and giving you patience and good prospects

A night different from all other nights and days to remember

The offspring from a tortured generation finding the Word of God again

Ambassadors showing hope and a world of peace

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Additional reading

  1. A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 2 Jews for a Messiah
  2. A Tool to shed light over the qualities in our life 3 Menorah and 7 basic emotions
  3. No insurmountable obstacles to come to know God
  4. A God between many gods
  5. Necessary to be known all over the earth
  6. God as Father
  7. Out of the seed of Eve
  8. The Love of God
  9. Back from gone #2 Aim of godly people
  10. Back from gone #3 Giving worries to God and believing in His promises
  11. Patriarch Abraham, Muslims, Christians and the son of God
  12. Moshe Rabbenu and Torat Moshe
  13. Memorizing wonderfully 7 Exodus
  14. Last Events of Old Testament – Right of Wrong?
  15. Seeing or not seeing and willingness to find God
  16. People Seeking for God 5 Bread of life
  17. Religions and Mainliners
  18. Added commentary to the posting A Progressive Call to Arms
  19. Silencing Women – Of God or Men ?
  20. Reactions against those of the other sex
  21. Christians remaining hidden not sharing the gospel
  22. 100-Day Identity Makeover: Day 56
  23. The Immeasurable Grace bestowed on humanity
  24. Born of the Father
  25. Behold, My mother and My brothers!
  26. Jesus, A way given to find the right way to God
  27. Marriage of Jesus 10 Old and New Covenant
  28. Are Christians prepared to Rejoice in the Lord
  29. Avoiding friction and distraction in the body of Christ
  30. One Mind, One Accord
  31. Fellowship over meals
  32. Nazarene Commentary Matthew 4:1-4 A Wilderness Temptation
  33. Matthew 13:36-43 – The Nazarene’s Commentary: Parable of the Zizania in the Field Explained
  34. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
  35. We Are The Children Of God
  36. The God of hope filling us with all joy and peace
  37. The Rise of Anti-Seminism

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Further reading

  1. We are Daughters and Sons of God
  2. Adopted by God
  3. Children In His Arms
  4. The Children of God vs. The Children of the Devil: 1st John 3:10
  5. #WeAre
  6. “In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself”
  7. “Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” — Galatians 3:26
  8. A Story of Adoption
  9. Why did Jesus say to share the gospel with all creation?
  10. Groanings, Pt 2 – Waiting for Our Adoption – Romans 8:23-25
  11. Phone Calls to a Father
  12. Day 10: He Ate with Publicans and Sinners
  13. You dont have to try to be children of God [1064]
  14. You dont have to try to be children of God [1064a]
  15. We are NOT sinners! Stop saying that.

Tefillah Melodies

Before I start discussing my thoughts on tefillah, I want to quickly say that although I hope to consistently post, since these ideas are actual thoughts I have when davening that help me with my kavannah and not me being mamshich through tefillah as a limud, I will be posting ideas at random, with no real seder. Having said that, I hope one day I can really go through the siddur and learn it like a mentsch. Now on to my first official post.

“I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

This quote, taken from a Life Alert commercial, reflects how many Jews, including myself at times, constantly feel. With so many different mitzvos for us to be cognizant of and so many aveiros available for us to do, it is impossible to actively keep all of Hashem’s mitzvos without stumbling a few times. The problem many of us face…

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Bible Study, Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Humanity, Life matters, Religiosity + Way of Expressing Faith, Scriptures

Willing to do and we willing to learn everything that the Elohim has spoken

Man has to know he can connect to the Creator God as He reveals Himself within creation, but the only way we can connect to Jehovah God Himself is by likewise rising above the limits of rationality.

Elohim Hashem Jehovah, Flora or Plant kingdom, History, Humanity, Life matters, Wildlife or Animal kingdom

The figure of Eve

After having looked at Adam we cannot pass his helper Eve. It was she who brought the man to follow her idea and to ignore God's Wish not to eat from the Tree of moral, with as consequence that they got knowledge of good and evil and came to learn pain and death.