Jews share a concern for the well-being of humanity

Apr 1, 2012 Full story: Lake Cowichan Gazette 86

Susan Shawlee and Dinah Kerzner, of the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre of Kelowna, with their table at the Diversity Health Fair, held last month in Vernon.

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True Christian witness

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#63 Mar 2, 2013
shari wrote:
"Christian Witness" (above) doesn't speak for me even though I'm a Christian - and it's safe to say he/she doesn't speak for Jesus either.
Since God clearly made an eternal covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their descendants ... and told us over and over again that covenant is eternal, unbreakable, and that He would keep covenant EVEN IF Israel broke their covenant with Him ... we're clearly deceived if we think He could turn His back on the ones He made the covenant with to begin with.
And speaking as a follower of Jesus here, how can any of us who believe "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1, New Testament) ever believe He would cancel His own promises that He swore to keep forever?
ON THE CONTRARY - I can't say it strongly enough that we as believers need to be standing together with Israel and her people worldwide - not condemning or judging Jewish people. God is the Judge of all of us and I'd just as soon not have any religious people judging me either, thank you very much.
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If you knew your Bible, you would know that Jehovah God is the only God, and he rejected the natural nation of Israel, except for a remnant that was used to produce the new spiritual Israel of God. These true Christians in the first century were the nucleus of the body of Christ, made up of Jews and Gentiles. Today the spiritual Israel of God is made up of spiritual Jews who will rule with Jesus in heaven as Kings and Judges over this earth.
Galatians 4:28

Revelation 7:1-8 These Scriptures identify those who fulfill the prophecy that Israel would be a nation of Kings and Priests, these are not the twelve tribes of Israel, these twelve tribes are the spiritual Israel of God, ruling in the heavenly Jerusalem with the King Jesus.

The Jews are part of this world today, they do not represent the God of the Bible, only Jehovah's witnesses have that privilege today. The nation that God's heavenly Kingdom rules over today is made up of people out of every nation, tribe and language, and they are obedient and loyal subjects of God's heavenly government, with Jesus as our King.
Isaiah 43:10

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#64 Mar 2, 2013
True Christian witness wrote:
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If you knew your Bible, you would know that Jehovah God is the only God, and he rejected the natural nation of Israel, except for a remnant that was used to produce the new spiritual Israel of God. These true Christians in the first century were the nucleus of the body of Christ, made up of Jews and Gentiles. Today the spiritual Israel of God is made up of spiritual Jews who will rule with Jesus in heaven as Kings and Judges over this earth.
Galatians 4:28
Revelation 7:1-8 These Scriptures identify those who fulfill the prophecy that Israel would be a nation of Kings and Priests, these are not the twelve tribes of Israel, these twelve tribes are the spiritual Israel of God, ruling in the heavenly Jerusalem with the King Jesus.
The Jews are part of this world today, they do not represent the God of the Bible, only Jehovah's witnesses have that privilege today. The nation that God's heavenly Kingdom rules over today is made up of people out of every nation, tribe and language, and they are obedient and loyal subjects of God's heavenly government, with Jesus as our King.
Isaiah 43:10
Your antisemitic governing body is wrong and their hateful replacement theology is especially vile:

http://www.yadlachimusa.org.il/...

Here is what Jesus had to say about the law of Israel:

Matthew 5:17

New International Version (NIV)
The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

Jesus demonstrated that we could comply with the Law by recognizing that both the Law and the Prophets are based on the GOD you reject who is as it is stated in 1 John 4:8 (King James Version)

"8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love."

To claim your organization has taken the place of the Nation of Israel is to call both Jesus, and the OMNIPRESENT GOD your governing body rejects, liars.

Considering that Jehovah's Witnesses reject the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel makes your governing body's claim of replacing the nation of Israel with themselves and the god created by Judge Rutherford even more insane:

http://www.seanet.com/~raines/jehovah.html

We all need to get informed as to the evil nature of the Roman hoax of Christianity and it's many derivatives that deny the Jewish GOD and the Jewish Jesus and get involved in restoring true Christianity based on the OMNIPRESENT GOD of Israel to humanity that is even now being found to be in accord with the latest scientific findings concerning the nature of the Cosmos!

GOD is LOVE. WE are ALL ONE WITH GOD, even the unloving!

““You must not lose faith ”

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#65 Mar 2, 2013
“The people saw that Moshe had delayed in descending the mountain, and the people gathered around Aharon and said to him,‘Rise up, make an elohim for us that will go before us, for this man Moshe who brought us up from the land of Egypt -- we do not know what became of him!’”(32:1)/

R’ Yosef Bechor Shor z”l (France; 12th century) writes:“Elohim” in this verse means,“judge, leader, and spokesman,” as in (Shmot 7:1),“I have made you [Moshe] an elohim to Pharaoh.” G-d forbid! Bnei Yisrael did not intend to make an idol. This verse proves that their only intention was to find a substitute for Moshe.(Bechor Shor)

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“The Tablets were G-d’s handiwork, and the script was the script of G-d, charut / engraved on the Tablets.”(32:16)

Pirkei Avot (6:2) notes that the word “charut” can be read “cherut”/“freedom,” and comments:“There is no free person except one who occupies himself with Torah.”
What does this mean? R’ Yitzchak Isaac Chaver z”l (1789-1852; rabbi of Suvalk, Lithuania) explains that a person who occupies himself with Torah is free because he is not enslaved by his yetzer hara.

He continues: This spiritual freedom is what distinguishes the Exodus from all other redemptions that the Jewish People have experienced throughout history. In Egypt, not only were Bnei Yisrael enslaved physically, they were enslaved spiritually as well. After the Exodus, which culminated in the Giving of the Torah, the Jewish soul could never again be enslaved. All later persecutions were of the body only, not the soul, and all later redemptions were merely physical redemptions.

R’ Chaver adds: Another aspect of the freedom that resulted from the Exodus is that we acquired the ability to rise above the laws of nature--to live on the plane of miracles, where we rule over nature rather than to be ruled by it. Therefore, the ultimate goal of the Exodus, writes R' Chaver, was to enter Eretz Yisrael, the land that exists on a miraculous plane where nature does not hold sway.(Haggadah Shel Pesach Yad Mitzrayim p.147)

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“Hashem, Hashem, Kel, Compassionate and Gracious, Slow to Anger, and Abundant in Kindness and Truth ...”(34:6)

This verse and the next contain Hashem’s 13 Attributes of Kindness. The Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 17b) interprets the first two attributes as follows:“I am Hashem before man sins; I am Hashem after man sins.”

R’ Moshe ben Yosef Trani z”l (Mabit; 1505-1585) offers several explanations for the first phrase,“I am Hashem before man sins”:(1)“I have mercy on a person before he has sinned, even though he is planning to sin.”

(2)“Even before a person sins, I resolve to forgive him when he repents.” This, writes Mabit, is the meaning of the statement that teshuvah was created before the world. Although G-d knew before Creation that mankind would sin, He resolved that He would forgive them.

(3)“I will accept the penitent back as if he had never sinned.”(Bet Elokim: Sha’ar Ha’teshuvah ch.1)

cont.

““You must not lose faith ”

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#66 Mar 2, 2013
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“Hashem said,‘Behold! there is a place ‘iti’/ with Me; you may stand on the rock.”(33:21)

R’ Baruch Horowitz z”l (died 2011) writes in the name of R’ Yehuda Ashlag z”l (the Ba’al Ha’sulam; 1885-1954): We are taught that we are supposed to aspire to closeness to G-d. One might ask, however: How are we supposed to long for something that we’ve never even tasted? The answer is contained in our verse: The way to desire a place with Me is through “iti”(aleph-tav-yud), which is an acronym for emunah / faith, tefilah / prayer and yegiah / toil. He explains:
Emunah is the foundation for everything, and its holiness purifies a person’s senses so that he can enjoy Hashem’s light. To the same degree that one strengthens his emunah so he will attain understanding of the Torah, just as Bnei Yisrael received the Torah by declaring “na’aseh v’nishmah”-- first we will do, then we will understand. Indeed, this is the trait that most distinguishes the Jewish People from all other nations.

What is emunah? It does not mean to believe that there is a Creator who created the world.[...] Rather, emunah means believing in the greatness of the 'King', in particular, that everything He does is for the best, though we often cannot see that.

Proper tefilah is an expression of longing for G-d. Through tefilah, one becomes a receptacle capable of receiving what Hashem wants to give. Our Sages say that “Hashem desires the prayers of the righteous.” What this really means is that Hashem desires that the righteous turn themselves into receptacles capable of receiving from Him.

Yegiah / toil also prepares a person to be able to receive spirituality. And, when a person has toiled to attain spirituality, he is less likely to let go of it.(Otiot D’liba p.46)
PAUL shykora ARTs

Calgary, Canada

#67 Mar 2, 2013
...ahhhh..yawn...I's just LIVE the ''best'' Life ,each and every day...eh....the above is tooooooooooooooooooo long and no body reads it...yawn..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. ..

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#68 Mar 2, 2013
Absolutely, these people are hypocrites and I think Jesus talked about that. They're condemned by their own theology.
True Christian witness

Bartlesville, OK

#69 Mar 2, 2013
No one can see the truth, unless Jehovah God opens your spiritual eyes, it is not available to the spiritually dead or mankind in general, it is only available to those who are looking and searching for the truth.
Matthew 13:13-15 Proverbs 2:1-9

Jesus said only a few would find the road to life, or the real life in God's new world, soon to be here. In comparison to the billions of people on this earth, there are only over 7,000,000 Jehovah's witnesses that are loyal subjects of God's heavenly Kingdom government.
Matthew 7:21

Any Jehovah's witness that proves to be a hypocrite, is still given the opportunity to repent and be disciplined by the congregation elders. It is the rebel that believes he is not subject to discipline from men, that is removed from the congregation.
1Corinthians :13

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#70 Mar 3, 2013
Salvation depends on the condition of your soul/body when you die If you've committed a deadly sin or have not repented and made atonement for your sin, you're not going to make it. Once a sinner turns from his sin, he'll live in his righteousness. If a righteous person commits iniquity they'll die in their sin and most of us don't know when we'll die so I would recommend keeping the covenant. With regard to Jehovahs witnesses, the scripture says, "They are their own witnesses, they see not nor know..."
PAUL shykora ARTs

Calgary, Canada

#71 Mar 3, 2013
susanblange wrote:
Absolutely, these people are hypocrites and I think Jesus talked about that. They're condemned by their own theology.
..maybe so..maybe..thankyou's...eh...y ada u u..(+)..shalom
Hobo

Denman Island, Canada

#72 Mar 4, 2013
Religion is a lot of crap.It was invented to scare people into behaving themselves.It has been the greatest source of misery to mankind.

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#73 Mar 4, 2013
When the Messiah comes there will be no more religion, it will be a way of life and reality. The knowledge of God shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. John Lennon Imagine.
True Christian witness

Bartlesville, OK

#74 Mar 4, 2013
Be happy and enjoy what life you have left, because that is all there is for you, you have been warned by Jesus Christ wanting this work done today.

Matthew 28:19,20

Only those who are meek and obey his instructions will inherit the new world of paradise.

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#75 Mar 4, 2013
I had a vision (a waking dream) of my own death in October 1983 and I went to heaven. It was just like near death experience with the tunnels and son(pun intended)light. A whirlwind (heaven) and a whirlpool (hell). I am so brazen because I KNOW I'm going to heaven
PAUL shykora ARTs

Calgary, Canada

#76 Mar 4, 2013
susanblange wrote:
I had a vision (a waking dream) of my own death in October 1983 and I went to heaven. It was just like near death experience with the tunnels and son(pun intended)light. A whirlwind (heaven) and a whirlpool (hell). I am so brazen because I KNOW I'm going to heaven
..well..most interesting,here...eh...
vancouverite

Coquitlam, Canada

#77 Mar 19, 2013
Concerned with human well being???? Bahahahaaaa... More like lining their pockets.
True Christian witness

Bartlesville, OK

#78 Mar 20, 2013
susanblange wrote:
Salvation depends on the condition of your soul/body when you die If you've committed a deadly sin or have not repented and made atonement for your sin, you're not going to make it. Once a sinner turns from his sin, he'll live in his righteousness. If a righteous person commits iniquity they'll die in their sin and most of us don't know when we'll die so I would recommend keeping the covenant. With regard to Jehovahs witnesses, the scripture says, "They are their own witnesses, they see not nor know..."
Salvation depends on your surviving Armageddon, people who believe they have an immortal soul, are believing a lie even Jesus didn't have an immortal soul, he was only a flesh and blood man, who had a prehuman existence in heaven as the first and only angelic son God created.
Colossians 1:15

Jesus was sent to Earth to redeem all mankind, the righteous and the unrighteous. You are not automatically forgiven of your sins, you must ask for forgiveness on the basis of Jesus' sacrifice as the Lamb of God.
Hebrews 9:22

Everyone is a sinner and an imperfect subject of mistakes, no one is without sin, we all need forgiveness from God, Jesus gave his life so we can have forgiveness through his blood. 1John 1:7

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#79 Mar 20, 2013
susanblange wrote:
I had a vision (a waking dream) of my own death in October 1983 and I went to heaven. It was just like near death experience with the tunnels and son(pun intended)light. A whirlwind (heaven) and a whirlpool (hell). I am so brazen because I KNOW I'm going to heaven
Just remember, not everyone who wears a white suit is an angel. Some of them are orderlies...

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#80 Mar 20, 2013
God does not love everybody, she loves the righteous who love her. Jesus came for the wicked and to strengthen them against the righteous. He finished Satans work. The NT says their god is kind to the unthankful and to the evil. The God of Israel is coming for the righteous and will "cast down the truth to the ground". The Messiah is neither Christian nor Jewish, the Messiah is the God of Abraham. "Zion shall be redeemed with judgment and her converts with righteousness" Is. 1:27

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#82 Mar 20, 2013
Parshas Tzav

Chapter 1: Mishna 18: Part 1

Rabban Shimon ben Gamliel says: Upon three things the world is sustained: On judgment ("din") on truth ("emeth") and on peace ("shalom"). As it is written (Zechariah 8:16) "Truth, and judgment of peace [you should] judge in your gates.

We need to understand why the world is sustained specifically on these three things. Furthermore, we learned earlier in the chapter (Mishna 2) that the world stands on three things -- and they weren't these three!(The word used there was "omed," which means to stand; the word used here is "kayam," which means to be sustained. Please refer back to the shiurim on Mishna 2 (DC1_021 through DC1_025). It will be very important in appreciating the problems being raised, as well as helping to get a fuller understanding of what the Maharal is writing here.)

G-d created man with individual components that can be considered to belong to him. There is an intellectual component, where man acquires wisdom and Torah, as Chazal teach us: A "zaken" (literally an elder, but referring to any wise person) is one who as acquired ("kanah") wisdom (Kidushin 32b). The second component is man's own human (intelligent) life force. And finally there are man's economic acquisitions, his money and property.

The human life force is the essence of the person himself. The other two are acquired from outside of himself, which makes them subject to variation. One person may be lacking in intellectual acquisitions, and another lacking in financial acquisitions. But all three need support, so three pillars are required to prevent them from toppling. This is the meaning of the world being supported by three pillars.

Truth is one of the supports, for if falsehood prevails in the world this eradicates the intellectual component. G-d created the world with an intellectual dimension (which compels truth) and it is the pursuit of truth which ensures that this dimension exists in the world as it was meant to be.

Judgment (law) is a second support, for it ensures the integrity of the property which G-d has given to each man. Each person is given the material possessions G-d deems fitting for him and for his personal challenges and mission in the world, and it is improper for any person to impinge on the resources that G-d has prepared for another. Without the rule of law and strict judgment, the system of personal property and resources would disintegrate, for the property of one person would end up in the possession of another. This is totally at odds with the way G-d wants the world to run.

This does not negate the possibility or justification of people having financial litigation. There are many cases where two people have a dispute, each one claiming in good faith to be in the right. No one is purposely lying, and no one is trying to acquire that which does not belong to him. True judgment awards the disputed property to the rightful owner, and the resources are in the possession of the one to whom G-d allocated them in His creation plan.

It is for this reason that we are taught (Shabbath 10a): "Every judge who reaches a truthfully correct verdict is considered a partner with the Almighty in the creation of the world." G-d created the world with a precise view of how every resource should be allocated to enable the purpose of the world to be accomplished. The judge who ensures that every person has exactly the resources that befit him and his purpose, rectifying any deviations from G-d's intended allocations, becomes a partner with G-d in His creation.

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#83 Mar 20, 2013
cont.

The language of the Talmud in Shabbath should be noted. It refers to a judge who is "dan din emeth l'amito," literally meaning one who judges a true judgment to its truth. Can there be a true judgment not "judged to its truth?" Is there more than one kind of TRUE JUDGMENT? It is possible that based on the claims that were entered by the litigants, the judge made a correct legal decisions. But this decision could lack absolute truth, if the claims were not entered properly by one of the sides, leading to a situation where the money didn't really belong to the person to whom it was awarded. The judge made the correct legal decision. But he has not become a partner with G-d in creation, since there is still a deviation from G-d's original view of how the resources should be allocated.(How this can happen touches on the scope of man's free will, which we won't discuss now...) Only judgment which is correct in the absolute does that, and it is one of the pillars which sustain s the world.

(We have discussed before that when the Rabbis say "Doing X is equated with Y" they are not simply using Y to illustrate how good (or bad) X is. That could be done by simply saying that doing X is a wonderful thing. Rather, they are revealing an underlying and fundamental commonality between X and Y. In this case, a judge who renders a proper legal decision has done the correct thing. But only in the case when the money reaches the absolute owner can the judge be considered a partner in creation, for the reason explained above.)

Finally, the world is sustained on the pillar of peace, which is necessary to support the person and his human life force. The tendency of the human being is to want to be the center of existence, negating and invalidating all others. This is the source for strife and argument, "machloketh." (This emanates from uniquely human qualities, which in fact are contradictory. Man is created as a reflection of the Divine, and each human being is so great as to be considered an entire world, instructed to say "For me was the world created." (See Sanhedrin 37a.) Yet a person's insecurities, caused by his failure to recognize his greatness, motivates him to arrogance leading to conflict with other people. The connection between arrogance and insecurity, as well as that between humility and self-awareness of one's true greatness, are dealt with in a truly masterful fashion by Dr. Abraham Twerski in his classic work "Let Us Make Man.")

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