Sacramental Conversation 28 July 17

1 Aug

Working Dates: Friday, July 28, 2017 to Tuesday, August 1, 2017

To: Rabbi Tuly Weisz <rabbituly@israel365.com>

Yehuda Glick <yglick@knesset.gov.il>

From: Kathryn Hauser, Camarillo, CA

Kindly, please respond.

[Yehuda Glick: Out of Office]

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Rabbi Tuly Weisz: Personal Request-help rebuild the Temple with acts of lovingkindness

Yehudah Glick (Member of the Knesset): Be an Ambassador for Jerusalem – the City of Peace

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Tisha B’Av 2017 – When the People are Ready, The Obstacles Dissolve

Rabbi Avi Baumol: In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness. At the end of I Samuel 23, having almost met his demise at the hands of SaulDavid flees to a fortresses in Ein Gedi, located in the Judean desert. The desert is a place of solitude and shelter.  Saul will have great difficulty finding David among the cliffs and caves of the Judean desert. Five hundred years later, Jeremiah yearns for a respite from rebuking the nation of Israel in Jerusalem and he also desires to escape to the desert (Jeremiah 9:1). Over a thousand years later, Simon Bar Kokhba flees to the same mountains, and plans his rebellion against the Roman regime controlling the Land of Israel from there. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of God’s blessings, it is filled with life.

Matthew Laney: Don’t run. Don’t hide. Don’t refuse the invitation to be fed and healed by grace.

Brat (27 July 17): Leviticus 16: 22 The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a remote place; and the man shall release it in the wilderness.

Poor goat. Saul chases David into the wilderness. The goat bears witness. “In times of great danger, David yearns to escape to the wilderness.” (Rabbi Avi Baumol) At least there your enemies are familiar. Jeremiah needs a break from rebuking Israel, so he runs to the desert. (Jer 9:1) The goat bears witness. Rebels run to the desert. The goat bears witness. Holy hermits seek the desert. The goat bears witness. Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. The goat bears witness. The priest who escorted the goat into the wilderness (Lev 16:21) is now seeking encouragement. What can the goat do but simply bear witness? (Rev 2:13)

To Pergamum: Revelation 2: 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.

Pastor Steve Dittmar: “By grace we are saved through faith and that not of ourselves” the scriptures teach us. It is how we live, are healed and delivered and prosper. By grace through faith…

Yosef Marcus: Through the above teachings, we can gain insight into the verse “And from the desert a gift” (Num. 21:18). The “desert” is described by Jeremiah (2:6) as a place “where no man goes and no human dwells” – alluding to a sublime spiritual place where human experience cannot venture. However, from this desert comes an unearned gift, indeed an unearnable gift, the Torah, which allows man to access the sublime realities that are inherently beyond him.

Revelation 12: 13 When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. 14 The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the wilderness, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach.

Sarah Schneider: Belief in Mashiach’s imminent arrival requires us to accept that a discontinuous shift in reality is not only possible, but likely even though the world appears to be moving in the opposite direction. Nuclear armament threatens the planet’s existence; materialism is rampant; morality is crumbling; Jews are assimilating in numbers approaching the Holocaust; economies are collapsing; terrorism is increasing. How could a generation such as this merit the consummate reward of witnessing the redemption?8[1]

Edie Bayer: “But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized),…” (1 Timothy 4:1-2 AMPC)

Karen Hardin: Again, remember that past miracles become the soil for future miracles and provision when we remember and restate (offer praise) for what God has done in the past. It becomes like a fertilizer that works into the soil of our hearts that nourishes the seed of promise in impossible situations. Why? Because we remember what He has done in the past and that He can and will do it again. We see this as we read in the book of Psalms as King David “encouraged himself in the Lord” as he looked back and reviewed all the things God had done for him in the past.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Protestants deny this sacramental vision. Even the most Catholic of Protestants–the Anglicans and Lutherans–deny the shocking reality of the sacraments inasmuch as their formal theology lessons the degree of belief in this sacramental efficacy. Protestants from a Calvinist and Anabaptist tradition deny it utterly and scarcely practice the sacraments at all–denying any efficacy and insisting that it is no more than a symbol, and sometimes not even that–saying it is simply a “public witness” to God’s spiritual work in their lives.

Brat (in “Temple” 24 July 17): God raised me up from the bowels of the Church. As a sacramental scribe, I am neither Catholic nor Protestant. I don’t fit or belong to either, but my love is strong and pure for Jesus. I am mandated by God to write and He doesn’t have a denomination. He just says to love and share.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: In this context, the opening exclamation, “Does G‑d have friends in heaven?” means that if one could say that G‑d is not Alone in heaven, then one could argue that He is not everywhere, since He has to “share” the world with other beings, but since this is not so, then He must be everywhere, as the Baal Shem Tov says here.

Brat: Then why did Jesus send His angel to the Seven Churches?

Revelation 22: 16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Daniel Baer: Lately I’ve been thinking about Genesis 3:9. Adam and Eve have eaten of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and they are hiding in the Garden, and God asks, “Where are you?” It’s the first question God asks of a human being, and the question does not issue from a place of judgment or suspicion but from a place of care and concern. The man is in danger of losing himself to apathy—the attitude that at its root essentially says, “The world doesn’t really matter. The future doesn’t really matter. I don’t really matter.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The Screen – We love the screen. The tablet, the laptop, the PC, the smartphone, the movie theater and the TV. We become addicted to the artificial image, the pretend story, the entertainment and the juice and jazz of the screen. But the screen screens us from reality. Turn off the screen.

Pastor John Tolle: [Humpf…] TV. Some of you are glued to that kingdom for five hours at a time!

Brat: Lord Jesus, I lift up Geppetto to You. All Pinocchio really wants is to be a boy. Loved. No strings attached.

Genesis 29:15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?”

Brat: A safe, quiet place of sanctuary where I can pray and write.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Both the cotton candy Jesus and the cold cruel Jesus are fictions. They are the kind of religious teacher we would make up if we were creating a religious teacher out of our imagination, and we would do so according to our own personality type and the matrix of our particular personalities.

Lana Vawser: For there will be temptations, opportunities, and situations that will ‘glitter and sparkle’ but the Lord is not breathing on some of them. Some will look like God, others will be temptations attempting to lure the soul and flesh of God’s people and I saw both areas masked in such ‘luring beauty and opportunity’ but they were both NOT being released from the heart and hand of God, but rather an attempt of the enemy to LURE and DERAIL God’s people from the rapid acceleration and positioning of God. Listen to the Spirit of God in every circumstance. Seek the heart of God, ask the Holy Spirit for strategy, for insight, for direction and trust where He is leading. Protect the purity by being like Jesus and be only about the Father’s business, doing only what the Father is doing, going only where the Father is going, staying deeply surrendered and anchored into His heart, living in the secret place of the God most high, the place you are protected and always shielded from harm. (Psalm 91)

Sarah Schneider: 1) The first rule is to give space to the voice of our dissatisfaction. Our Tradition requires that of us: a) Our thrice-daily Amida prayer is a litany of lacks and requests. b) At midnight, tzadikim break their sleep to bewail our fallen state. c) And on one whole day of the year (Tisha b’Av), we sit on the floor and mourn our broken lives, fractured people-hood, and ruined Temple. We step into glass-half-empty consciousness and spend the day embracing its (albeit partial) truth.

Pastor John Tolle: I was discouraged the other day. I was lamenting and I sat in my chair for an hour and told God how unfair it was of all the things that have happened to me in my life.

Doug Addison: I like to think of all the hard times I have experienced in my life as situations that have helped train me. I would not like to experience them again, but how else would I know how to help others unless I made it through myself? The reality is that “God is love” (1 John 4:8), and when you understand this part of His character, then you will not doubt God’s motives. You will realize that He loves you no matter what is happening—even when it looks contrary.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Book of Lamentations, referring to Jerusalem, reads: “Her impurity is in her hems,”[4][2] meaning her outskirts. Similarly, the hem of our soul refers to its nether reaches—its unconscious layers—the part of ourselves that we haven’t yet faced, partly because our consciousness hasn’t penetrated there, and partly because we’re ashamed of its coarseness and deny its existence.

Matthew 13:49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous

Anna Blake: And worst of all, there is a huge ration of self-loathing that comes along when a rider admits they’re timid. It takes up as much room in a rider’s heart as the fear does. It’s the self-loathing that hurts the most to hear and see in a client. I’m certain horses feel the same.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: But the beast needs its outlets. It must have opportunities to express its carnal self (for example, through sports, political protest, competitions, dancing or the vicarious emotional catharsis of movies, etc). Otherwise its frustration will lead either to depression or to unpredictable outbursts that leave a lot of messy fallout in their wake.

Alane Haynes: “Redress is not for you to impress, but it will be for My express. Do not strive, do not get in the flesh, this is a time to press, press, press. Press through the veil of the eyes of your flesh. Set aside fleshly or soulish desire, you’ve been purged through the baptism of holy fire. It is now time to come up higher.

Tom Rapsas: Sage Advice From the 14th Dalai Lama: Don’t Be a Jerk

Brat: Stop! In this collective story we still have no place where we can say definitively that ‘The Buck Stops Here!’ There is no one to hold the Churches accountable.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: ‘The Pride of Jacob’ was the name of a famous academy of Torah learning in the Land of Israel, also called ‘Yeshivat Eretz Yisrael’, which lasted from the 6th century until the 12th century CE. It began in Tiberias, the center of Jewish intellectual life from the 2nd-10th centuries CE, under the tutelage of Rabbi Judah Nesiah, grandson of Rabbi Judah the Prince. Tiberias was the last stop of the High Court of Israel, called the ‘Sanhedrin,’ which left Jerusalem after it fell to the Romans in 70 CE. It was the home of the Jerusalem Talmud, the diacritics for Hebrew writing, cantillation and many other Jewish intellectual activities. The academy went through many iterations and locations but maintained a strong, central position in Jewish life and scholarship for close to six hundred years.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: In the month of Av, says one of the oldest texts of Kabbalah, Sefer Yetzira, the sense of listening is up for rectification. In the sin of the spies (Num. 15:25-14:10), the princes returned and derided the Land of Israel. We heard their words and took them to heart without discrimination. And why shouldn’t we? The scouts were the elite of their tribes and, like a rabbinical court, they voiced the majority view (10 vs. 2). Yet G‑d expected more from us. He expected us to listen in with ears of faith and hearts attuned to truth by the lights we absorbed at Sinai.

Rick Joyner: Jesus, the apostles, and the prophets disclosed many other such distinctions in Scripture. Some Bible teachers avoid addressing this because many take this to the extreme, or promote a spiritual elitism, but they are nevertheless clearly biblical. As Peter warned about Paul’s teachings, “the untaught and unstable distort” (see II Peter 3:16). This has happened with many truths, but avoiding them has not proven to be a deterrent. Anyone who actually reads the Bible will discover these truths. If they are not taught about them the right way, they will likely embrace them in a wrong way and take them to extremes. If they are in Scripture, they are there to be understood, and we must address them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The News – We hear a lot about “fake news”. Most of it is fake inasmuch as it is invariably written with a slant. The editors choose what stories are important and which ones are not. The secular news is always written from a foundation of a secular, atheistic viewpoint. We shouldn’t stick our head in the sand, but on the other hand, we can cut back on the amount of “news” we think we need and be critical of the stuff we do read.

Pastor John Tolle: John Wimber called secular, surface Christians “Cosmetic Christians.”

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The devil hates reality. He loves the superficial appearance, the whirligig of lies, the smoke of confusion, the shadowplay, the drama, the vanity, pomp and show. He loves to entertain us, confuse us and distract us with a whole range of tricks.

Daniel Baer: We are already in a wonderful reality; we have only to see that we are and that we always have been.

Anna Blake: Sit a little taller and remind yourself that you have a noble goal. To collaborate with another species in equality has been the life’s work of élite equestrians and children from the beginning of time. You have a rich heritage.

Karen Hardin: I knew immediately that this was a word for this hour. Our restoration and ability to move forward is contingent upon our obedient action to write down what the Lord has done and said and to pass it on to our families and to others.

Anna Blake: Short of that, just keep chipping away. Make friends with your instincts. Smile more. Reward yourself for small wins. Breathe. Go slow. Show yourself the kindness that you show your horse. Let him carry you to a better self.

Karen Hardin: This is an important action of obedience and a prophetic act for the future. When we don’t write down the miracles and blessings of God’s provision in our lives, they are easily forgotten. Not only can we forget over time, but then they are not passed down to instill faith in our families. Miracles from our past become the soil of miracles for the future.

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: To this end it must be added, the destruction of the Temple was not only a national and physical destruction but also a personal and emotional one. The Talmud (Yoma 9b) explains that the First Temple was destroyed because the Jews had degenerated into widespread violations of the prohibitions against idol worship, sexual sins, and wanton bloodshed. During the time of the Second Temple, in spite of the fact that the nation had completely repented for those three cardinal transgressions, they were nevertheless constantly at odds with one another in an endless cycle of unfounded and senseless hatred.

Rabbi Shaul Yosef Leiter: Don’t Go Around in Circles!

Rabbi Yosef Y. Jacobson: Why?

Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk: Why? Because it is a moment of unity between G‑d and the Jewish people.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: On Tisha B’Av we mourn the loss of our House of Holy Presence (aka Bet HaMikdash), the heart of our people, that turns us from a throng into a higher order unity called Kenesset Yisrael. Without our holy hub it is hard to contain the ricochet of our clashing extremes that produce the causeless hatred that prevents our inner peace. But what is it, really, that we are missing? It is probably not what most assume. Click below for the secret:

THE TEMPLE FOR WHICH WE (ARE SUPPOSED TO) YEARN[3]

Karen Hardin: When Joshua was leading the Israelites to take the Promised Land and they had experienced a miraculous victory, they were given instructions to create a memorial so it could be remembered by future generations.

The Jerusalem Petition: God signed the Jerusalem Covenant, now it is your turn!

Lana Vawser: As we are now crossing over, rather than contending FOR the ground, we are moving into the place where we have TAKEN the ground, TAKEN the land and are now beginning to STEWARD the NEW.

Anna Blake: Most of all, count your blessings.  Common sense is not a tumor to be cut out.  Common sense isn’t a weakness, just as bravado isn’t courage. Think of it as a training aid. Fear is common sense trying to get your attention. Say thank you.

Yehudah Glick (Member of Knesset): Thank you for signing the Jerusalem Covenant

Laibl Wolf: The secret of the sefira of hod lies in acceptance. It takes a heartfelt thank-you and surrender to the Other to activate submission to the greater wisdom of the Creator.

Anna Blake: Word choice matters. We need to understand each other’s instincts for self-preservation because that’s how both species–horses and humans–will flourish.

Toby Keith: “Whiskey for My Men, Beer for My Horses”: https://youtu.be/o1JOFhfoAD4

Doug Addison: I turned on the news and heard about another mass shooting in a club, followed by a story of what appeared to be brutal retaliation of police officers on an unarmed person. I had mixed emotions of hopelessness and anger. I cried out to God, asking for a solution and I heard the Holy Spirit say, “What would Jesus do?” Jesus told us that the greatest commandment of all time is to love. I have read these verses many times throughout my life, but one day I noticed that there are actually 3 separate types of love mentioned by Jesus.

House of Destiny: Temple Mount under attack! What is the bigger picture?

Laibl Wolf: By fighting our seeming adversities, the cosmic process of rebalancing invariable results in the rise of even more pressing circumstances that are in truth a corrective mechanism of the Creator. And then war erupts on another front – until we learn the lesson of acceptance. It is more life-enhancing for us to submit our will, not with passive resignation, but in humble acceptance of opportunities as they arise.

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz: In the face of ongoing Muslim riots surrounding the Temple Mount, several dozen National Religious rabbis sent out a call on Thursday for Jews to ascend to the holiest site in Judaism.

House of Destiny: Jane will be joining the Codebreakers set, as well as Lars Enarson from Jerusalem to provide us the bigger picture, the Biblical perspective, to the rage happening on the streets of Jerusalem. First, comprehend the invisible war in order to understand the visible battle. The Temple Mount is sacred territory, therefore, it is also a target.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Psalm 56: 2  Be gracious unto me, O God, for man would swallow me up; all the day his fighting oppresseth me.

3  They that lie in wait for me would swallow me up all the day; for they are many that fight against me, O Most High,

4  In the day that I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee.

5  In God–I will praise His word– in God do I trust, I will not be afraid; what can flesh do unto me?

Yosef Marcus: The relationship between the sun and the moon parallels the relationship between G‑d and man on the level of hearing. The divine light is constant and steady like the sun’s; but man, like the moon, is not always a full recipient of that light. He is like a person trying to meet up with a fellow on a roof. He tries one way and finds that it is obstructed; he tries another and finds that he is encumbered by his inadequate gear. He is on the bottom looking up and cannot see the full picture.

Matthew 24: 17 Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: And, of course, one of the most socially sanctioned outlets is to direct its innate aggression toward an enemy (real or imagined) that is trying to harm us. On one hand the enemy poses a threat which legitimizes an aggressive discharge, and on the other hand, it instigates a bonding experience for the group, nation, or even couple that feels besieged. It is well-known (and documented) that a shared enemy exerts a bonding influence upon society. The free-floating aggression of its members gets directed outward, toward the scapegoat, and since the aggression is safely and “honorably” discharged, the people are moved to express their warmth and loyalty to each other.

Brat: Poor goat.

Doug Addison: The second type of love Jesus mentioned is to love your neighbor. He wasn’t talking about just loving the person next door, but learning to show love to others—including those in the car that just cut you off, or those who have different beliefs and values than you. Loving other people means that you are kind, patient and understanding. If everyone would show love, then we would have a world with less war and violent deaths, and even less disease.

Daniel Baer: The challenges facing our country and the world are enormous. I believe any challenge can be met with and overcome with human ingenuity, but the great danger is either the lack of or the unwillingness to exercise foresight. Judas Iscariot did not exercise foresight and, even after the realization of the gravity of his mistake, he lost everything. There is a lesson in this for humankind today. We can hope that we go the way of Paul, whose conversion came not at the end but in the middle of his life; yes, the destruction he caused as persecutor of Christians was real, just as much of the destruction wrought by the human race presently is real, but he turned the situation into one of creation, building, and community. It’s too bad the message of the Book of Revelation is overshadowed by colorful images of the Four Horsemen and Beasts and Dragons. Perhaps the most meaningful single line in that book, found in chapter 21, reads, “The one who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’”

Rick Joyner: Many believe that it is the bride who sits on the throne with the Lord in Revelation 3. This is in contrast to the “great company” that cannot be numbered that stands before the throne in Revelation 7. This is certainly reasonable.

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: There is a second ramification we need to consider.   We need to “build up” those who are currently “not wise by human standards, not influential, not of noble birth.”   Why?  Because these are the people that God calls to represent Him in our world!   Rather than beating up the young Moses that makes poor decisions, let’s be the people where others can grow in their faith and if/when they make a mistakes along the way, that we will be honest with them as we build them up-never beating them up.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: My point, now elaborated, is that because of this denial of the sacraments they also deny that art is worthwhile. The most they can do is produce art that is didactic. It must always have a lesson. So I have known Protestant artists who produced very worthy and beautiful artwork, but they always felt they had to attach to it a Biblical caption.

Matthew 13:51 “Have you understood all this?” They answered, “Yes.”

Pastor John Tolle: We can parrot scriptures that enflame the dialogue.

Brat: [Downcast eyes. Chew lip.]

Yosef Marcus: On its deepest level, the difference between sight and hearing is the difference between the perception of a true artist and that of an amateur.

Anna Blake: In my experience, hard feelings grow in the dark. Most of us have some time or place that the boogey man threatens us. I won’t say ignore him; there’s usually a spark of truth there. You should be cautious about monsters under the bed (lock the house, be careful in parking lots, and yes, monitor the dangers of riding.) Part of that common sense is an instinct for self-preservation. Like a horse.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Fictional revenge is satisfying. Superhero justice is cathartic. But if Esau had stooped to my calling instead of rising to God’s, the world might never have met its savior.

God: I can’t come through when you have your way.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets think their way is better than God’s way.

Baal Shem Tov: Struck with a Sledgehammer During Prayer

Laibl Wolf: To surrender to life’s exigencies does not mean that one meekly turns the other cheek. On the contrary, it means that we engage in life fully, that we ride the rhythms of life and sing to the cosmic winds. Choosing our battles carefully enables us to see the forest as well as the trees. We become open to the signposts that direct our own tentative steps.

Anna Blake: At the same time, it’s incredibly powerful to drag your boogey man out into the daylight. The first time you admit that you’re timid, your voice might quiver a bit but right after that, your heart starts beating again. Your jeans feel like you’ve lost weight. And you have.

Yosef Marcus: But that was not what G‑d had in mind. The people were not to enter the Land on Moses’ level, but rather on Joshua’s level. Like the face of the moon, they would constantly struggle to align themselves with the Divine Light.

Edie Bayer: However, notice in the dream that the horse does not go off the mountain completely – only the rider. God’s word stands forever in heaven!

Pastor John Tolle: We wanna argue with God.

Brat: Personally speaking, I don’t have a problem arguing with God. It’s man that I have a problem arguing with.

Anna Blake: Riders get told to relax because horses can read our emotions. It’s true but humans who listen with their eyes read them, too. It doesn’t matter what you think intellectually, how much experience you have with horses, or what you should have done. Act timid or act with bravado, but you aren’t fooling us, so why not admit it out loud?

Karen Hardin: Why is this action so important? Because it prophetically launches something into the spirit realm and takes the supernatural and pulls it into the natural. It establishes His promise of what He has spoken (see Habakkuk 2:1-3).

Anna Blake The Print Version: Dysfunctional Fetching and an Anniversary

Eeyore: Here ~ we ~ go ~ again…!

Pastor John Tolle: Then I said to myself, “Why is the dog cowering?” He was a rescue dog. Most likely he was beaten. He wasn’t born cowering. He’s like a kid. Kids trust people…[until]…

Anna Blake: Ever think about where courage comes from? It isn’t born of arrogance and success. It’s purchased, one drop at a time, by internal moments of persistence in the face of challenge.

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus perspired drops of blood. His capillaries burst. He had no desire to die! It was agony for Him to say, “Not my will, but Yours, Father!”

Alane Haynes: I hear the Lord say, “Press through the veil of the flesh and the soul, be positioned to receive full measure, in whole. This is a time of pressing through. I have much I am going to do. I am sending the more to you.

Matthew 13:33 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”

Brat: Three measures of Christians, Jews, and the Company of Prophets, who know the Kingdom of Heaven within their beings. Jesus shared of Himself with each of them.

Rick Joyner: This subject deserves a book, but we can only address it in a cursory way in this study. It is apparent that the “end of the times of the Gentiles” marks the end of this calling, when the bride is complete and this high calling is closed. Because it seems that we are in this time between the sounding of the sixth and seventh angels, we have no time to waste in running this race. This is by far the most important event at the end of the age. When this race has been concluded, we can expect the end of the age to be wrapped up quickly.

Emily C. Heath: If you’re like me, Scripture passages about war and armor are difficult. I don’t like the idea of violence. I don’t want to encourage militaristic ways of looking at the world, and I especially don’t want to perpetuate some idea that Christians need to arm ourselves against others. Every time I read this Scripture, though, I wrestle between these fears and something else: hope.

Yosef Marcus: The true artist works differently. He sees the essence of a scene, he finds its soul and core of being; the details flow from there.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: So, is there hope for us?

Anna Blake: Share your feelings. Notice that the rest of us are just like you and let go of the self-loathing part. Besides, a boogey man doesn’t have a chance in the broad daylight with a bunch of middle-aged women glaring at him.

(In “Rat Again!”) Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 11:38 am             Journal: Parked at work. I stopped by my first solitude spot on my way here. Once again I saw a rat dart through the drainage hole in the abandoned library patio wall. This rat was smaller than the first one, but still a RAT. The tail was long enough to tell me that it was an adult rat. Just as I uttered the words, “Oh no! Not again!” a huge flock of crows flew silently overhead. I felt a chill crawl up my spine in the summer heat. Lord, this is the second time with a rat here. Two represents closure. Nip this cycle in the bud!

Genesis 29:25 When morning came, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?”

Pastor John Tolle: You can be caught up in any system.

Baal Shem Tov: “Does G‑d have any friends in heaven? If he is unable to concentrate the first time,” he answered him, “He is struck with a sledgehammer until he is able to concentrate.” (Berachot 33a-34b)

Alane Haynes: “This is not a time to doubt and fear, not the time to stay in the rear. This is the time, listen and hear. I am calling for you to come near. Walk through the door, do not hesitate. I have prepared the table, do not be late. Keep your heart pure and your gaze steady. Come to the table that is being made ready.”

Revelation 19: 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God

Karen Hardin: When God gives us a revelation and we write it down, it becomes our road map. It is important that we go back often to make sure we are on target. When we don’t write it down, we can lose part of that vision/revelation. We are told to keep in our minds and heart what He has said. We are to meditate on the Word and keep it in our heart. How can we do that if we haven’t taken the time to write it down? We then are progressing without a road map.

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): Lord, I need some mercy here! If You want me to complete my assignments, then I need You to step in and help me finish them. And it’s hot! Thank You for the cool breeze! You’ve brought me to a place in the journey again where I need a cool space to sit with You AND to go home and work on the computer to write where this sacramental conversation is going. If You want the looping to stop, then I need Your mercy to step in, so I have the time and space to write it up. Scribes need this. I lay myself at Your feet again and worship You.

Genesis 29:26 Laban said, “This is not done in our country–giving the younger before the firstborn.

Anna Blake: I’m not saying I’m just like that cattle dog. Actually, I’m more like a donkey. But I do take Spam’s point. Don’t live on a loop; life doesn’t work that way. One thing should lead to another and it might be something that you can’t see from [where] you’re standing.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Standing on My Head

Vince Amlin: “Why don’t you try it without something written down,” she suggested.

Anna Blake: Well, words matter. I’m going to go back and do some editing before we continue.

Yosef Marcus: In our divine worship we have these two levels: man reaching out to G‑d and G‑d reaching out to man. In prayer, we reach out to G‑d; we attempt to transcend our material orientation and cleave to the divine reality. Through Torah study, on the other hand, G‑d reaches out to man, and the divine reality is revealed to him without his having to pull himself upward.

Sarah Schneider: 2) The second rule is to know with the certainty of faith that success is truly an option that if Mashiach could come today and we would still be able to fulfill our personal and collective missions, then he will come today, and nothing could hold him back. There is only one reason that Mashiach will not appear this year on Tisha b’Av (or any other “today”), and that is if his arrival would (inadvertently) prevent the actualization of some potential that must occur for Creation’s purpose to succeed. (Mashiach will come. That is not in question. But whether he will come today is based on the factors mentioned.)

Edie Bayer: His authority is a vehicle, to be used by permission with wisdom and discernment, given to those whom He chooses. He may allow others to use it for a season – but eventually, wrong doctrine and lies are the doctrine of demons, and God cannot allow it forever. As my mother always says, “God cannot bless Sin!”

Yosef Marcus: It was this perspective that he wished to impart to his people when he asked G‑d permission to see the Land and thereby bestow that vision upon it. So even after he was told that Joshua would lead them into the Land, he still wished to enter the Land and see it for this purpose. In the end, he was only allowed to see it from afar, which also had a great affect on the people but not the same as if he would have seen it up close.

Sarah Schneider: 4) Rule four is to dance back and forth between the aching (of #1) and the acceptance (of #3), all the while keeping the faith-vision (of #2) as a steady background presence. This is the secret of chashmal5 [[4]]– the kabbalistic technique of embracing paradox by oscillating between contrary truths, which, in this case, are longing and acceptance, though on Tisha b’Av we emphasize the longing (and the pain which prompts it), whereas on Shabbat we emphasize the opposite pole of acceptance.6[[5]]

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: False Religion – Any religion that is contrary to reality is false religion. Any religion that is contrary to common sense is false religion. Any religion that condones hypocrisy and humbug is false religion. Any religion that treats people badly while pretending to love God is false religion. Satan loves false religion more than extreme decadence.

Genesis 29:27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”

Brat: My Master is Jesus. One cannot serve two masters.

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Tom Rapsas: Don’t bully. Don’t belittle. Don’t be petty. Don’t be mean. Don’t yell or shout. Don’t be rude. Control your anger. Be considerate. Be friendly. Be helpful. Be kind. Encourage. Inspire. Treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. Do good. Don’t be a jerk. BE A HUMAN BEING.

Quinn G. Caldwell: Every time I read the story of Jacob and Esau, I’m struck again by how much Jacob. totally. sucks. Like, a lot. Esau, the older brother, is supposed to receive the position of head of the family, plus a special blessing, from their father. Jacob, the younger brother, forces Esau into giving up his birthright by withholding food when he’s starving. Then Jacob tricks their elderly, blind, confused father into giving him the special blessing reserved for elder sons, leaving only a paltry left-over blessing for Esau. These are weighty matters in the world of the story, and Esau is brokenhearted. He vows to kill Jacob.

Pastor John Tolle: There’s a war going on. We can make it political, but if you think that, you lose. You cannot choose two masters. If you choose that realm, you choose to be in charge. It’s not political and religious. Jesus fought with that.

Sarah Schneider: Yet this dance only works if we embrace each viewpoint fully when we stand in its shoes at that moment it becomes the whole truth. Yet like a propeller that spins so fast it appears still, this alternation of perspectives produces a gestalt that jiggles the mind open to higher truths. It is not just a mental exercise, but a spiritual practice.

Doug Addison: The third type of love that Jesus mentioned is to love yourself. Most people miss this one when reading this verse. But it is so important for us to love ourselves. People who don’t understand this suffer from low self-esteem. Then there are others who love themselves too much and lack humility or become prideful. Like everything, there needs to be a balance.

Monk: Lord? Where are You leading?

Yosef Marcus: While the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not….

Revelation 12:1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Yosef Marcus: Among the differences between the sun and the moon is that the light and the path of the sun is constant; it experiences no change. “The sun knows its destination” (Psalms 104:19). The Talmud comments that while the sun seems to know where it is going, the moon does not. Its orbit is irregular and erratic in comparison to the relatively steady cycle of the sun. (Rosh Hashanah 25a)

Pastor John Tolle: Have you asked the Lord to teach you to pray?

Brat (in “Rat Again!” 29 July 17): I need more quality time to sit with You, God, and the two pieces I have going concurrently (“Temple” and “Sacramental Conversation”) and I want to finish them. The Great THEY say I should go about my regular day doing my regular things, but I find that I am getting crunched more and more. I need time and space to do my assignment, but Satan seems to be working overtime in stretching me to the limit. I need to give myself time to grieve Keith’s, Jay’s, and Pat (Clark’s) deaths. I can’t rush that. I still have to go to work. I still have to eat, sleep, and shower. I still need to be there for friends. I still need down time to listen to You, God!

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Our test today is to not be drawn in by voices that claim authority but do not embody the truth of Torah.

Brat: He was talking about the political versus the spiritual kingdoms. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus was comparing the spiritual versus the kingdom of Mammon. I have no resources. I only have the collective story of our journey together over the decades. That’s my dowry.

David Slavin: Know, that all of the sin of Adam, the physical existence, it’s actions and pleasures – all stem from the primordial snake. For through the Sin, they became physical, after being spiritual with an intellectual connection to the wisdom of G‑d. Therefore a wise person who pushes off all lusts and only partakes of the material world his bare necessities [without intention for the pleasures involved], will not be infected by physical impurity, as well as ailments of the physical nature. The only cause of his death stems from the poison of the Snake, that has been transferred down to him from the sin of Adam, not his own shortcomings. Nonetheless, those people who indulge in the pleasures of this world and its lusts add to the poison of the Snake. It’s as if they are renewing within themselves the sin of Adam. Therefore they die their own deaths.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: Please HaShem, help us to find our center, both individually and collectively, the place that can hold all the disparate parts of ourselves in grace and joy and peace and love, the place that can hold your mashiach and draw his revelation into the world NOW.

Edie Bayer: There are those who have somehow illegally gotten to this place of prominence. They have entered by another door.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber” (John 10:1 ESV).

Brat: I knocked, but they didn’t open the door.

Matthew Laney: Have you ever knocked on someone’s door and hoped they wouldn’t answer? Or called someone and prayed they wouldn’t pick up? Maybe that’s why we like email and texting. We can communicate and hide at the same time.

Yosef Marcus: The amateur is an outsider. The true artist enters inside the scene and conveys that perspective. So when you look at his painting you do not see a reproduction of the external details; you see the life and soul of the scene.

Matthew Laney: Peter had good reason to hide. If Jesus was dead, all Peter had to face was his guilt for being a disaster of a disciple, If Jesus was alive, Peter had to face Jesus.

Rabbi Avi Baumol: Constantly on the run in a very small Israelite kingdom, David does the irrational; he escapes to the Philistine city of Gath (I Samuel 21 11-16). The Philistines were the main enemy of the Israelites at the time, and David himself had slain Goliath who was from the same city. How does David survive when the advisers of the king Achish (also called Abimelech in Psalm 34:1) reveal that this is the same David who killed Philistines by the thousands? David feigns insanity. He dances uncontrollably, foams at the mouth and sputters unintelligible words. His behavior leads the king of Gath to make his famous statement “Do I lack madmen, that ye have brought this fellow to play the madman in my presence?” (I Samuel 21:26). He lets David free, and David responds to this near-death experience in the best way he knows how; with a psalm of gratitude to the Lord.

Jennifer LeClaire: Let’s pray for the Jonah prophets, showing them the mercy they are trying so hard to withhold from the nation. Let’s stand in the gap for the Jonah prophets who are blinded by their own bitterness. Let’s cry out on behalf of the Jonah prophets, petitioning God to help them step into their true calling, refusing to filter what He is saying through the anger in their own hearts. Let’s move in the opposite spirit of the Jonah prophets and bless those who are cursing our nation.

Yosef Marcus: The teacher, on the other hand, comes from the perspective where the soul of the concept is clear in his mind. He does not need the mathematical evidence to make the point real; it is real to him because he knows its essence. He provides the anecdotes and the details for the student. The idea does not flow from the details but to the details.

Jennifer LeClaire: Jonah prophets are self-centered drama queens.

Pastor John Tolle: Kids are trusting and vulnerable. They put faith in people until that trust is broken.

Brat: I know how they feel.

Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber: How can we be healed?

Anna Blake: Something bad happened. The details don’t need to be repeated for me to understand. It doesn’t matter whose fault it was; whether it was you or your horse. Excuses don’t help and emotions are rarely swayed by logic. Your trust has been broken.

Brat: Yup. Can’t argue that.

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: The Torah informs us that these brutish impurities, banished to the outer edge of our psyche are the wild beasts that HaShem is concerned about, that need to be kept in check by, strangely, keeping enemies around until we are ready, really ready, to be done with them.

Daniel Baer: But when a Deeper Voice asks each one of us, “Where are you?” the question conveys a definitive statement: “You do matter, and We need you to turn toward the world, to engage the world, to renew the world.”

Sarah Yehudit Schneider: G‑d wants tzadikim who are honorable in their dealings with the mundane world.

Brat: Yes! This is TRUE!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: OK, but what I was digging at was something deeper, and that is not so much whether there are some good Protestant artists or whether the Anglicans and Lutherans have sacraments or not, but what constitutes a sacramental world view. Catholics have this. Protestants do not.

Anna Blake: I used to fight the curve ball, not that it did any good. I play the game differently now. When life throws something out in front of me, I chase out a good distance but once I get there, I expect to veer off course and then try to act like it was my idea all along. Call it grace. Sometimes losing direction is just taking an alternate route.

Deuteronomy 1: 23 The idea seemed good to me; so I selected twelve of you, one man from each tribe. 24 They left and went up into the hill country, and came to the Valley of Eshkol and explored it. 25 Taking with them some of the fruit of the land, they brought it down to us and reported, “It is a good land that the Lord our God is giving us.”

Pastor Gary Dunahoo: In chapter 3 [of Exodus] we see, “Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, ‘I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.’ ” But when he gets over to the bush … now he thinks it’s his idea by the way … he says, “Oh, I will turn aside from my ordinary routines. I will go look at this strange sight. This is odd, a bush that’s burning.”

Laibl Wolf: Do we really know what is around the corner? Can we really decide in advance whether an occurrence is going to bring benefit or cause harm? Our only realistic alternative is to remain curious and open, to accept the moment as it arises and follow its development. Adopting a stance of natural curiosity and visualizing a positive outcome raises our tolerance for discomfort. The basis of hod allows the creation of a neutral and accepting stance and the manifestation of a more positive disposition.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: The sacramental vision of Catholicism simply extends this to baptism, matrimony, ordination, confirmation, confession and anointing of the sick. God comes to us in and through water, oil, fire, the marital kiss, the laying on of hands and more. Sacramentals are the more and in a lesser way we say he comes in and through the statue, the icon, the painting, the scapular, the holy medal, the breviary, the book, the bell, the candle and the cross.

Anna Blake: “Really, is this the whole game? Seems obtuse and repetitive to me.” 

Pastor John Tolle: The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray. They observed His life. His life was not normal. He had a habit of prayer. It was not ritual or form. Those don’t come from the soul. They are memory aids. Talk to Him from the depths of your being. The disciples watched Him.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: The Baal Shem Tov taught:
The question still remains. Perhaps this person wants to repeat the verse because he was unable to concentrate the first time, and now he wants to fulfill his obligation and recite it with concentration. Furthermore, why does Rabbi Ze’ira only speak about someone who repeated the Shema Yisrael, and not about any other verse in the Shema prayer, or any other verse, for that matter?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Doug Addison: In John 13:34-35 (and again in 15:12-14), Jesus gave His disciples a new command, “…that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” This small command to love has somehow been long overlooked and needs to be put into practice. To love others as God has loved us is the very resurrection power and revelation that will truly transform our lives and change the world.

Pastor John Tolle: John the Baptist taught repentance. If you want blessings, you must allow God to be in charge of your life.

Sarah Schneider: 3) Rule three, is to accept the present circumstance unconditionally, knowing that “everything G‑d does is for good.” (Berachot 60b) Without a doubt, this is the gentlest way that could possibly be devised to bring about a necessary tikun. And the upshot of every tikun is expanded awareness and that (i.e. growing consciousness) is the only true and enduring pleasure. The new increment of awareness that became available in this (imperfect) moment will actually produce more joy, peace and soul-satisfaction, then the blessing for which we yearned.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: This can be understood by comprehending what it means to accept the yoke of heaven. A person should believe that G‑d’s glory fills all worlds, and that there is nothing in which He does not exist. Thus, G‑d’s existence is inherent in all of man’s thoughts, and each and every human thought is a complete spiritual structure on its own. Hence, when an untoward thought arises in one’s mind during prayer, it arises so that he rectifies it and raises it back to its Source. If one does not believe this, then one has not fully accepted the yoke of heaven, for he is placing a limit on G‑d’s existence.

Vince Amlin: “I hate the Prayers of the People,” I confessed to my co-pastor.

Anna Blake: And while we’re being honest, one more bit of sideways truth. However it happened that your trust was damaged, it wasn’t that you lost control of your horse. You never had control. As a recovering Type-A who thought she could steer her horse, and the rest of her life, to brilliant happiness, I feel qualified to say the sooner we get over thinking we can even control our hair, the better we’ll be.

Brat: [Whew!]

K.D. Lang: “Pullin’ Back the Reins” [https://youtu.be/_8M-iqYw6OQ]

Laibl Wolf: Chasidut teaches us that two basic guidelines affect our course in life: The first lies in our gifts – the special qualities that distinguish each of us from the other. The second is the constellation of events around us, over which we have no control. The Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chasidut, teaches us that these are divinely ordained to provide us with the optimal stage upon which to express our life’s role. But we fight these events. We seek to control them through our limited wisdom, although we may in fact be doing ourselves a grave disservice.

Karen Hardin: There are many reading this who have heard the Lord speak to you to, “Write it down.” When we write something down it takes something that was just a thought, and when we commit it to paper it is like bringing it from the supernatural into the natural realm.

Vince Amlin: To be clear, I didn’t hate people’s prayers. I hated leading that part of the service. Each week I’d write what I thought was a decent prayer and work in the joys and concerns folks raised. But it always felt disconnected. My words sounded wooden.

Karen Hardin: As I was praying one morning the Lord led me to this verse, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will bring My people Israel and Judah back from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:2-4)

Vince Amlin: Each week, as the nausea overtakes me, I hope I’m practicing my nonresistance. I hope to be ready when the Spirit speaks in me.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: What is “reality”? Reality is what is. Reality is the way things are in the natural world. Reality is the way we were created. Reality is the destiny God has in store for us. Reality is humble. Reality is down to earth. Reality is simple. Reality is true, beautiful and good.

Vince Amlin: Prayer
Hey there God, uh…um, a little help here?

Pastor John Tolle: I’ve been working with someone who tends to forget they are a child of God. They look in the mirror and think they are not good enough and that God is displeased with them. Because they believe that, they are like a roller coaster: up one minute and in the Valley of Death the next. They believe the lie that God has disowned them.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Self-righteousness – Believing we’re good enough just as we are is not real. God loves us just as we are, but he loves us too much to leave us that way

Brat: Have you been talking to Pastor John Tolle?

Anna Blake: Then forgive yourself. We are our own worst enemy and holding a grudge against our own instincts is crazy-making. Show your heart some tolerance and ask your brain to rest. Leave the trash talk to others.

Vince Amlin: The Holy Spirit is a famous supplier of words, especially when we think we have none. She’s always been good to me. But I have to listen. I have to connect.

Sarah Schneider: If, as Tradition maintains, Mashiach is to reflect the spiritual level of the generation, then only an era free of sin and devoted to God should merit redemption. Although our generation does not seem to meet that standard, nevertheless, there is an invisible reservoir of merit and consciousness that grows fuller with each day. And at some critical point, which could be the next person who gives charity, or walks into yeshiva, or apologizes to his neighbor, or chooses the high road…at that critical point…the scale will tip and the whole nature of reality will shift tracks. People will feel compelled from within to seek G‑d and truth and Torah with the same passion that they are now pursuing money, fame and power. At that point the era of mashiach will begin…as a discontinuous shift in our socio-cultural reality.

Vince Amlin: Extemporaneous public prayer. The thought made me want to puke. I know, your ministers do it regularly and with ease. Good for them! I like to have my script in front of me. I want to choose my words carefully, get my thoughts clear, edit and revise. That’s why I write for the Daily Devotional!

Fr. Dwight Longenecker: Instead when we read the whole gospel we encounter an authentic, fascinating, well rounded and mysterious person. When we read the whole gospel the unique authenticity of Jesus is what impresses more than almost anything else.

Yosef Marcus: This level will reach its apex in the Messianic era when G‑d promises that the light of the moon will shine like that of the sun. (Isaiah 30:26) Man’s relationship with G‑d will no longer hinge upon his own actions. The divine light will shine without a shield and “they will see with their own eyes as G‑d returns to Zion” (Isaiah 52:8).

Vince Amlin: The next Sunday, as I descended the chancel stairs, I looked around for the closest vessel to hurl into. What stupid things was I about to say? How awkward would my pauses be? Would I find words at all?

Tom Rapsas: This is never truer than when you are in a position of power.

Pastor John Tolle: God, You’re in charge. You are the King-in-Residence in my life.

Edie Bayer: The next generation reformation team is here. They ruthlessly chase truth. Nothing but Jesus will do. Their eyes are closed to falsehood and their ears open only to His voice. Their authority and anointing is so far beyond what we have seen to date! It will be the Church of Acts all over again!

Sarah Schneider: Let the power of our collective longing, visioning (and accepting) this Tisha b’Av tip the scale and initiate the quantum shift into growth-through-joy that is the messianic signature and promise.

Pastor John Tolle: If you wait an hour to respond, then that’s not living by faith. You live by the renewing of your mind. Your mind does not operate on the Spirit’s wavelength.

Tom Rapsas: I’m not sure when I first jotted down the list below and Google was not a big help in determining its origin. The important thing is the simple point it makes. We need to THINK before we speak, text or email. Whether you’re talking to friends or family, chatting with co-workers, or engaging in any exchange with another, you should ask yourself the following questions before you communicate:

T – Is this true?

H – Is this helpful?

I – Is this inspiring?

N – Is this necessary?

K – Is this kind?

Pastor John Tolle: Most Christians don’t ask questions.

Vince Amlin: I also listened harder than I had been and connected more deeply to my neighbors and to God. And stopped hating the Prayers of the People.

Sarah Schneider: The question becomes: How do we hope for Mashiach with certain faith that he REALLY could materialize at any moment, weeping for the sorry state of our reality without him, and yet also find a way to embrace our present moment (despite his no-show) with unconditional acceptance. This becomes the prototype of how to process all of our longings both personal and collective in a way that does not exhaust the heart and produce despair.4 [6]

Pastor John Tolle: Jesus goes to the Father. To return from His mission. He came to disrupt and destroy the works of the devil. To bring order back into the chaos. To do the same thing through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost. Jesus breathed on them. The Spirit was poured out on all believers. There is some confusion. They think the Holy Spirit is only able to save, but not to do great things through us. The Father brings us to Himself. We’re drawn by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convinced us that Jesus is the Messiah and convicted us of our own sinfulness.

Sarah Schneider: The soul of Mashiach has two dimensions. One is the enlightenment that all of creation will enjoy; and one is that there will be an individual (or a couple) that will master mind and master heart this giant planetary-scale project of coordinating all of humanity into a single, smoothly operating organism, that will run as efficiently as a person’s body. According to Kabbala, all of humanity, actually all of creation, is really a single partzuf, a single Adam. In fact, one main feature of messianic consciousness is a greater awareness of our oneness in this regard. The distinguishing feature of this individual (or couple) is that he become the point of entry for the soul of Mashiach. The highest tip of our world contacts the lowest toenails of the hovering soul of Mashiach, and the highest tip of our world is the person Mashiach.

Matthew 13:52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like the master of a household who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”

Tom Rapsas: In other words, we need to THINK before we act, consider the repercussions of what we’re doing and saying to the person or people we’re communicating with, regardless of our station in life—and this includes (if you live in America) the highest office holder in our land. What we do, when we are in power, ultimately inspires and encourages those around us to act in kind, for better or for worse.

Anna Blake: Forgive your horse. He responded by instinct; he didn’t betray you or want to hurt you. Forgive him because holding a grudge doesn’t work. Breathe and forgive him again. Feels good, doesn’t it?

Shema Yisrael: Hear, O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: Thus, the person who repeated the Shema prayer because he had an untoward thought the first time. But had he known that even in that untoward thought he could have found G‑d, he would not have had to repeat the verse. And this is what the Talmud alludes to by being struck with a sledgehammer:1 The thoughts themselves are striking the person like a sledgehammer so that he rectify them and elevate them, so why should he repeat the Shema, which would imply that G‑d could not be found in his first recitation. By doing so, he places a limit on G‑d’s existence, and in the acceptance of the yoke of heaven, which is why he must be silenced.2

Rick Joyner: Revelation 10:4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write; and I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things that the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

Rabbi Yehoshua Starrett: However, sometimes there are thoughts that one must push aside. The question is, then, how is one to know which to push aside and which to elevate? The answer to that is that one should take note if when the untoward thought arises in one’s mind, if a corresponding thought of how to rectify and elevate it arises simultaneously in one’s mind, then one should work with that thought to elevate it. However, if the thought of rectifying and elevating the untoward thought does not arise in one’s mind, then the untoward thought was probably sent to him simply to confuse him and distract him from his prayers. In that case, one may push the thought aside, following the rule, “If someone is pursuing you to kill you, you may kill him first.” (Talmud Berachot 58a)

1 Samuel 24:The men said, “This is the day the Lord spoke of when he said to you, ‘I will give your enemy into your hands for you to deal with as you wish.’” Then David crept up unnoticed and cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.

Lubavitcher Rebbe: “There is a straightforward answer in the last teaching in Pirkei Avot (“Ethics of our Fathers”, a tractate of Mishna). Everything that G-d created in His world He created for the purpose of honoring Him. We are supposed to use everything to honor G-d, by using it to fulfill a commandment or to accomplish some other positive action. This is what we find in the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov – that everything a person sees or hears should be utilized for serving G-d.”

1 Samuel 24:Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe. He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.” With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Brat: For ten years I have been asking clergy for a safe place in which to pray and write. That goes beyond all denominations and religions. It arc’s to love.

Anna Blake: You’ve got that. It’s holding to a truth about yourself. And then horses. In the process, keep your love just an inch bigger than your common sense and you’ll be fine.

Brat: Thank you.

Daniel Baer: But isn’t this what we were invited to do all along: to renew ourselves? and in so doing, to renew the world?

Anna Blake: The problem isn’t that we have common sense, it’s that we love horses and aren’t giving them up. Now what?

Karen Hardin: Have you written a memorial of what God has done in your life? Are you passing that on to others? God said, “Write the vision and make it plain so that others can run with it” (see Habakkuk 2:2). Did you know that God has a book of remembrance (see Malachi 3:16-18)? If He does, shouldn’t we?

Brat: I have been writing it. And sharing it. And I get more silence.

Pastor John Tolle: YOU are His angel on this planet for His kingdom!

Revelation 10:Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”

Brat: Who will take the scroll in an honest and upright fashion this time?

[1] 8.Actually the Gemara (Sanhedrin 97a,b) teaches that, surprisingly, these are signs of Mashiach’s immanent arrival, and also serve, in their own backhanded way, to hasten his coming. As the Chofetz Chaim explains, one reason for this lengthy exile is to increase merit to Israel for believing and waiting for such a long time. Yet when it starts having the opposite effect, and people begin to lose faith from the long dark night of exile, G‑d will hasten the redemption for it has stopped serving its purpose. (Chofetz Chaim, Tsipita L’Yeshua.)

[2] [4]טֻמְאָתָהּ בְּשׁוּלֶיה”.”

[3] http://astillsmallvoice.org/holiday-video-downloads/

[4] 5. A word that appears in Ezekiel’s vision and that is built from two paradoxical subroots: chash which means silence, and mal which means speech. Together they produce chashmal (which became the modern Hebrew word for ‘electricity’), an oscillating current that vibrates back and forth between an electric wave then a magnetic wave many times a second and this produces the phenomenon we call electromagnetism (i.e. chashmal).

[5] 6. Like a tennis player that hops from foot to foot and thus stays ever ready for the moment’s call, be it a forehand to the right, or backhand to the left. So the dance (and vibration) of chashmal which happens, ideally, within every moment, readies us to emphasize longing, if that is the task at hand, like on Tisha B’Av, or acceptance, if that is the task at hand, like for example, on Shabbos (where the consciousness of the day is “All your work is done.”

[6] 4.Hope deferred makes the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Prov. 13:12)

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