Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6235 Sep 13, 2013
You keep the Sunday, and not the Saturday; and you do so rightly, for this was the practice of all Christians when Protestantism began [Catholic leaders erroneously say there were no Protestants prior to the sixteenth century]; but you have abandoned other Catholic observances which were equally universal at that day, preferring the novelties introduced by the men who invented Protestantism, to the unvarying tradition of above 1500 years [of Catholic teaching].
We blame you not for making Sunday your weekly holyday instead of Saturday, but for rejecting tradition [the sayings of the popes and councils of Rome], which is the only safe and clear rule by which this observance [of Sunday] can be justified.
In outward act we do the same as yourselves in this matter; we too no longer observe the Sabbath, but Sunday in its stead; but there is this important difference between us, that we do not pretend—as you do—to derive our authority for so doing from a book [the Bible], but we [Catholics] derive it from a living teacher, and that teacher is the [Roman Catholic] Church. Moreover, we believe that not everything which God would have us to know and to do is written in the Bible, but that there is also an unwritten word of God [the sayings of popes and councils and canonized saints], which we are bound to believe and to obey ..
We Catholics, then, have precisely the same authority for keeping Sunday holy instead of Saturday as we have for every other article of our creed, namely, the authority of "the Church of the living God, and ground of truth" (1 Timothy iii. 15); whereas you who are Protestants have really no authority for it [Sunday sacredness] whatever; for there is no authority for it in the Bible, and you will not allow that there can be authority for it anywhere else.
Both you and we do, in fact, follow [Catholic] tradition in this matter; but we follow it, believing it to be a part of God’s word, and the [Catholic] Church to be its divinely appointed guardian and interpreter. You follow it [Catholicism], denouncing it all the time as a fallible and treacherous guide which often "makes the commandment of God of none effect" (Matthew xv. 6).
—"Why Don’t You Keep Holy the Sabbath Day?" pages 3-15, in The Clifton Tracts, Vol. 4, published by the Roman Catholic Church. Originally released in North America in 1869 through the T. W. Strong Publishing Company of New York City,
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6236 Sep 13, 2013
CLEAN AND UNCLEAN ANIMALS
God created certain animals that man CAN use for food and others that by His design are UNFIT to eat. "Clean" foods are those which in their "natural state" (no man made drugs added) do not harm the human body and which man can use for his nourishment. "Unclean" foods are those which are unhealthy to consume and are poisonous to the body. Below is a comprehensive list of foods, defined in the Bible, as being Clean (fit to eat) and Unclean (unfit and harmful to eat). The Bible discusses this topic in detail in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14. Below list was obtained via public domain.
*Clean Land Animals
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:1-3, Deut. 14:4-6)
Antelope Deer (venison) Goat Ox
Bison (buffalo) Elk Hart Reindeer
Caribou Gazelle Ibex Sheep (lamb, mutton)
Cattle (beef, veal) Giraffe Moose
Clean Birds and Insects
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:21-23, Deut. 14:20)
Chicken Grouse Pigeon Sparrow (and other songbirds)
Dove Guinea fowl Prairie chicken
Duck Partridge Ptarmigan Teal
Goose Peafowl Quail Turkey
Types of locusts that may include crickets and grasshoppers
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:9, Deut. 14:9-10)
Mackerel, Jack) Hardtail
(Blue Runner) Mullet Shad
(Branch/River Herring) Herring
Lake/River/Sea Herrings) Muskellunge
Anchovy Kingfish Orange Roughy Silver Hake
Barracuda Long Nose Sucker
Red Striped Sucker) Perch
Bass Common Sucker
(Fresh Water Mullet,
White Sucker) Pike
(Pickerel, Jack) Smelt
(Frost or Ice Fish)
Black Drum Crappie
(Black/White Crappies) Pig Fish Snapper
(Ebu, Jobfish, Lehi,
Onaga, Opakapaka, Uku)
(Monchong) Drum Pollack
(Pollock, Boston Bluefish) Snook
(Dab, Gray/Lemon Sole,
Yellow Tail) Pompano Sole
(Glut Herrings) Grouper
Yellowfish Grouper, Gag) Red Horse Sucker
(Redfin) Spanish Mackerel
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6237 Sep 13, 2013
Bluebill Sunfish Grunt
(White/Yellow Grunts) Red Snapper Steelhead
Bluefish Gulf Pike
(Robalo, Snook, Sergeant) Redfish Striped Bass
Bluegill Haddock Robalo
(Gulf Pike) Sucker
(Red Horse Sucker, Redfin)
Bonitos Hake Porgy
Bowfin Halibut Red Drum
Buffalofish Hardhead Rockfish Trout
(Gray Sea/Lake/Sand Sea/
White Sea/Spotted Sea Trouts, Weakfish)
(Chum, Coho, King,
Pink or Red)
(Ahi, Aku, Albacore, Bluefin, Bonito, Shipjack, Tombo, Yellowfin, Yellowtail)
[not the mammal dolphin]) Sardine
(except European turbot)
(Bloater, Longjaw, Blackfin) Menhaden Scup
Cod Minnow Sea Bass Whiting
(Gulf Pike) Yellow Perch
Unclean Land Animals
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:4-8, 29-31, Deut. 14:7-8)
Canines Equines Gorilla Rat
Coyote Ass Groundhog Rhinoceros
Dog Donkey Hare Skunk
Fox Mule Hippopotamus Slug
Hyena Horse Kangaroo Snail (escargot)
Jackal Onager Llama (alpaca, vicuña) Squirrel
Wolf Zebra (quagga) Mole Wallaby
Felines Other Monkey Weasel
Cat Armadillo Mouse Wolverine
Cheetah Badger Muskrat Worm
Leopard Bear Opossum Swine
Lion Beaver Porcupine Boar
Panther Camel Rabbit Peccary
Tiger Elephant Raccoon Pig
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:21-23, 41-42)
All insects except some in the locust family.
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:13-20, Deut. 14:12-19)
Albatross Eagle Magpie Roadrunner
Bat Flamingo Osprey Sandpiper
Bittern Grebe Ostrich Seagull
Buzzard Grosbeak Owl Stork
Condor Gull Parrot Swallow
Coot Hawk Pelican Swan
Cormorant Heron Penguin Swift
Crane Kite Plover Vulture
Crow Lapwing Rail Water Hen
Cuckoo Loon Raven Woodpecker
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:29-30, Deut. 14:7)
Unclean Fish/Marine Animals
(Biblical Reference: Lev. 11:10-12, Deut. 14:9-10)
Fish Shellfish Soft Body Sea mammals
Bullhead Abalone Cuttlefish Dolphin
Catfish Clam Jellyfish Otter
Eel Crab Limpet Porpoise
European turbot Crayfish Octopus Seal
Marlin Lobster Squid (calamari) Walrus
Paddlefish Mussel Whale
(includes most caviar) Shrimp
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6238 Sep 13, 2013
Many of the animals labeled as "unclean" are primarily scavengers. They do not have the kind of multiple digestive system that the cud-chewers do, so the poisons that they consume go directly into their flesh. Only the unclean animals are regular hosts to such parasites as the trichina worm.
Isn't it amazing that almost every cookbook notes that you should always be extra careful to fully cook pork to a well-done state, but they never mention that their unspoken reason is-so that you will be sure to kill the trichina worms in their little cysts! It is an accepted fact that much of the pork in America, even with all our "modern" health precautions, probably contains trichina.
Health authorities also warn against eating shell fish at certain times of year because they are poisonous then. They don't bother to mention that the shellfish have the same scavenging habits all year long that causes this problem. Trichinosis and possible poisoning is bad enough, but the unclean animals are host also to much more serious problems for humans.
VERY IMPORTANT! Even if the animal is listed in Scripture as "clean" we must understand two more important factors that will render them unclean.
All BLOOD must be removed from the meat before eating (See Genesis 9:4)
All animals must be "drug free" and raised 100% natural (organic) before eating.(See Revelation 18:23 and NOTE that the word "sorceries" in that passage is defined " pharmakeia" or "pharmacy" as we say today. Even if you don't take mind altering drugs, if the animal you eat was administered these drugs (as most are, to keep them submissive) then you may very well be affected by this drug.
If disease can be transferred by eating infected animals, so can the drugs they ingest.)
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6239 Sep 13, 2013
3.5 years after the cross of Christ, Peter receives a vision of the Lord.
As we know, the Word says Peter misunderstood the vision in Acts 10:17.
Because of this misunderstanding, Peter confidently declares to the Lord Himself that he has never eaten anything unclean! However, the Lord keeps saying “kill and eat” and Peter keeps saying no, nothing unclean has entered my mouth!(See Acts 11:8)
Again, keep in mind this is 3.5 years after the cross when some say it was ok to eat pork, or other unclean foods.
Later on in the very same book of Acts we see Peter contemplates the vision of the sheet, and finally understands it completely.
In fact, he understands it so clearly that he then shares with those looking on what it really meant.
Acts 10:28, "And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean."
So.. how is it they say you can eat pork after Christ's death, when Peter sees the vision was meant for MAN and not animals?
Everyone that misunderstands the vision will see as did Peter the day he received it, they will see unclean ANIMALS being cleansed instead of unclean Gentiles being cleansed.
The Bible confirms the meaning of the vision later on as Peter explains the vision to the "now clean" Gentiles.
But one unmistakable fact is this. Peter, "a New Testament Christian" three and a half years after the cross of Christ is declaring he has not eaten unclean meats and he has no intention of doing so either.
Like today's Christians, Peter truly misunderstood what the Lord was saying in that vision. Thank God he later explained it!. Sadly, most Christian ignore the explanation for the assumption Satan offers of the sheet.
My question is this. God created man way back in creation week. We are still human, and we still have certain foods that were created for us to eat. Have our bodies EVOLVED to a point where we can now eat poisonous foods? That's an honest question that deserves an honest answer.
If the Bible depiction of Peter’s vision of the sheet is read in context one can see the whole truth here. But if people seek to ok sin, then they’re going to have to somehow change what is being said here. The easiest way to understand completely what’s happening is to read all that is said regarding a certain topic. This vision of Peter has to be one of my favorite areas of the Bible to show people how important it is to stay IN CONTEXT! Two completely different outcomes come from reading in and out of context.
By the way… want to know why the sheet came down THREE TIMES? It’s because THREE GENTILES were knocking at Peter’s door during his vision!
Acts 10:19, "While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee."
Continuing in the same line of thought. Some even go so far as to try an "ok" the eating of unclean food by using this next passage out of context.
Matthew 15:11, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6240 Sep 13, 2013
If you read further you will find that Jesus was not making reference to unclean meats at all. In fact, if you read the entire chapter you will see that He was making reference to unclean hands. In Matthew 15:20, it is written, "These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man." The Jews were teaching that eating without the "ceremonial washing" defiled the eater.
Why is it so many Christians want to do exactly the opposite of that which is written?
So many Christians prefer to eat pork and other unclean foods, and by doing so they are slowly but surely destroying the Temple of the Holy Spirit just as sure as a smoker or a drinker!
It is so plainly written that, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." -1 Corinthians 3:17 But for those of you that want further evidence, see that which was penned by Isaiah so long ago.
Isaiah 66:15-17, "For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many. They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD."
Yes, this is a little unsettling to say the least. However, IT IS WRITTEN is it not? Shall we close our eyes and ignore that which is written so we can chomp on that which is forbidden? This passage is openly speaking of the second coming, and in the same breath it is talking about those that eat that which poisons the body. What people are eating today is poisoning them in many ways. Look around.
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6241 Sep 13, 2013
Notice the people around you as you walk down the street. For those of us age 40 and above, we can see something rather strange occurring here. When I was young there were not as many obese people walking around as we see today. Since the invention of "growth hormones" that are injected into all farm animals to make them larger and of course, worth more when sold for slaughter, we see people that would be considered "plump" some years ago, are now referred to as down right obese today! Some of these people are downright huge! Plus, science has already proven that eating "unclean" foods fogs a major organ in our bodies into working in a graphically less than designed manner then originally planned. That organ is the HUMAN BRAIN! That is why so many Christians out there are having a major problem understanding the milk of the Gospel, not to mention the meat of the Word as well.(no pun intended!) Biblical fact is, Jesus, our main example, did not eat unclean food. And if we do as our Lord did, we too can have the mind of Christ that is not fogged by unclean food. Is it not written...
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" -Philippians 2:5,
So, if what we eat directly effects our bodies appearance as well as general health and ability to function properly. Can it affect our children as well? I am sure most everyone knows the answer to that one. But were you aware that the Almighty also speaks of that as well?
Deuteronomy 12:25 it is written, "Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD."
How many documented cases have we discovered over the years of children being poisoned in the very womb by their mothers eating that which is unclean? One graphic example is alcohol and smoking. If the mother drinks, smokes, or does drugs, it certainly affects the unborn child, correct? So in the very same way, if she is eating unclean meats, this too is understood without much difficulty that the unborn child will be affected adversely. Some children are born lacking in many ways and it's all due to mommy chomping on a pork chop!
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6242 Sep 13, 2013
Shadrach, Mesach, and Abednego are concrete Biblical PROOF that a proper diet can help you both physically and spiritually...
Daniel 1:9-21, "Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs. And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head to the king. Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat. Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse. As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm. And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus."
TEN TIMES WISER?? We not only have scientific proof that eating unclean food affects the brain in a very negative way. We now have rock hard biblical evidence as well!
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." - Galatians 6:7
"It is just as much sin to violate the laws of our being as to break one of the ten commandments, for we cannot do either without breaking God's law. We cannot love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength while we are loving our appetites, our tastes, a great deal better than we love the Lord. We are daily lessening our strength to glorify God, when He requires all our strength, all our mind. By our wrong habits we are lessening our hold on life, and yet professing to be Christ's followers, preparing for the finishing touch of immortality." Counsels on Diet 44.3
Ponder this significant fact carefully. If certain animals were identified as unclean before the flood; if they were still counted as unclean when Peter rejected them in his vision; if they are still called unclean in Revelation 18:2, where it speaks of "unclean" birds; and if Isaiah declares that all who are eating swine and the abomination at the time of the second advent will be consumed (Isaiah 66:15-17), how can we feel that they are now fit to eat? When did they become clean?-a concerned Christian
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6244 Sep 15, 2013
Yom Kippur 2013 began in the evening of
Friday, September 13 and ended in the evening of Saturday, September 14
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6245 Sep 15, 2013
DAY OF ATONEMENT (Heb. יו 65;ם הכ 60;ּפ& #1468;וּ רִ 97;ם, Yom ha-Kippurim), one of the "appointed seasons of the Lord, holy convocations," a day of fasting and atonement, occurring on the Tenth of Tishri. It is the climax of the "*Ten Days of Penitence" and the most important day in the liturgical year.
In the Bible
All manner of work is forbidden on the Day of Atonement, as it is on the Sabbath (being likewise called "a Sabbath of solemn rest"), and the soul is to be "afflicted" ("from the evening of the ninth day of the seventh month until the evening of the morrow"), the punishment for transgressing these commandments being destruction and extirpation (Lev. 16:29–31; 23:27–32; Num. 29:7). Special additional offerings were to be brought (Num. 29:8–11), and, apart from these, a ceremony peculiar to the day (see *Avodah) was solemnized in the Temple (Lev. 16:1–34). The essence of the day and the reasons for the ceremony are expressed by the verse: "For on this day shall atonement be made for you, to cleanse you; from all your sins shall ye be clean before the Lord" (Lev. 16:30). In the Jubilee year the shofar is to be sounded on the Day of Atonement to indicate the setting free of slaves and the restoration of the fields to their ancestral owners (Lev. 25:9–10).
In the Second Temple Period
The ritual performed by the high priest in the Temple was the central feature of the Day of Atonement (see *Avodah; *Sacrifice). When the high priest, representative of the people (Yoma 1:5), "entered where he entered and stood where he stood" (5:3), while all feared for his life (5:1), he himself was enveloped in awe, holiness, and mystery; while when he had come out, he resembled, in his majesty, "a bright star emerging from between clouds" (Ecclus. 50:6ff.). It is certain that during the time of the Second Temple the Day of Atonement was already considered the greatest of the festivals. It is related that none of Israel's festive days compared with the Fifteenth of Av and the Day of Atonement, on which days the daughters of Jerusalem would go forth, dressed in white, and dance in the vineyards – "And what did they say?–'Young man! Raise your eyes and behold what you choose for yourself '" (Ta'an. 4:8; and see below). According to the calendar of the Book of Jubilees, accepted by the *Dead Sea Sect, the Day of Atonement usually occurred on a different date from that kept by the remainder of Israel; and it is told that "the wicked priest" persecuted the members of the sect and "appeared amongst them just at the fixed time of the season of the rest of the Day of Atonement, to destroy them and to lead them astray on their fast day of Sabbath of rest" (Pesher Hab. 11:4–8).
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6246 Sep 15, 2013
Especially characteristic of the Day of Atonement prayers is the duty of *confession. Though statutory on "the eve of the Day of Atonement close to nightfall," confession is made both prior to the last meal before the fast ("lest he become confused while eating and drinking"), and after it ("lest some mishap occurred during the meal"), as well as at each of the Day of Atonement services, the individual saying it after the Amidah proper and the reader in the middle of it (Tosef., Kippurim 4:14). Confession is now said once in the afternoon prayer on the eve of the Day of Atonement and ten times during the Day itself. Forms of confession are already to be found among the amoraim (Yoma 87b; TJ, Yoma 8:9, 45c), some of which are currently in use. Versions written alphabetically have been preserved from the early Middle Ages. The short form of confession ("We have trespassed, we have dealt treacherously," etc.) would appear to have originated already in the days of the amoraim, whereas the long form of confession ("For the sin wherein we have sinned," etc.) dates from a somewhat later period. However, it was already found in *Yannai (see *Al Ḥet; *Ashamnu).
In early times many piyyutim, especially seliḥot and raḥamim (entreating forgiveness and mercy), were added to the Day of Atonement prayers and acquired for themselves an important role as part of the "obligation of the day." The piyyutim of the *Avodah ("Order of the Temple Service") occupy a central position in the prayers. Some added special psalms before the morning prayers. Although there are differences of opinion and custom with regard to the details of the piyyutim to be said on the Day of Atonement, some saying moreand some less, the piyyutim and seliḥot have greatly endeared themselves to the public. However, there were also rabbis who were opposed to piyyutim, preferring in their stead "sermons on the laws of repentance, on religious topics, on wise opinions, and on true beliefs" (Menahem Ha-Meiri, in Ḥibbur ha-Teshuvah, ed. A. Sofer (1950), 532). The day concludes with the blowing of the shofar, a series of phrases in praise of God, and ends with "Next Year in Jerusalem."
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6247 Sep 15, 2013
The Reading of the Torah
In the morning service six people are called to the reading of the Torah (Meg. 4:2) from the portion arei Mot (Lev. 16; cf. Meg. 3:5), whose subject is the Day of Atonement. The *maftir is the section in Numbers dealing with the additional sacrifices of the Day of Atonement (Num. 29:7–11; cf. Tosef., Meg. 4 :7), and the haftarah is Isaiah 57, from verse 15 (or 14) until 58:14 (Meg. 31a), in which the prophet describes the ideal fast. During the afternoon service three men are called to the reading of the Torah of Leviticus 18, which deals with incest prohibitions (and which is a continuation of the morning reading of the Torah according to the ancient custom which still exists in Italy). The haftarah is the Book of Jonah and Micah 7:18–20, whose subject is ideal repentance and its effect, and God's forgiving mercy (Meg. 31a).
Many customs have their origin in the Middle Ages, especially among the Ashkenazi Jews. Thus it is customary to arrange the table for the eve of the Day of Atonement in the same manner as the Sabbath (Sefer Ravyah, ed. by V. Aptowitzer (19642), no. 528); to adorn the synagogue with beautiful drapery (Tur, OḤ 610); to wear white clothes, either in order to resemble the angels (Sefer Ravyah, no. 528) or because white is the color of shrouds and will thus inspire repentance by evoking death (Isserles to Sh. Ar., OḤ 610, 4). This last custom also passed into Italy and Provence, and it became a widespread custom to wear a white robe called kittel. Even a confirmed repentant is forbidden to wear sackcloth (Sefer Ḥasidim, ed. Freimann, 646). Very significant is the custom which originated in Germany in the days of the tosafists, and which became law, to light candles at home and recite a blessing over them. In addition to this candle and to that kindled (according to ancient custom) in order to prevent cohabitation, which is forbidden this day (Pes. 4:4), it has also become customary in some places to light a candle for the souls of the living (Abraham b. Nathan ha-Yarḥi, Ha-Manhig (1855), Hilkhot Ẓom Kippur, no. 71; cf. E.E. Urbach (ed.), Arugat ha-Bosem of Abraham b. Azriel, 3 (1962), 572, notes 35–36) and a candle for the souls of the dead (Sefer ha-Minhagot of Abraham b. Saul of Lunel in S. Asaf, Sifran shel Rishonim (1935), 152). It also became the custom "to mention the dead on the Day of Atonement and to donate charity in their memory" (Tanḥ., Ha'azinu 1, addendum). In northern France and Germany, after the reading of the Law, they used to publicly announce charitable donations "on behalf of the living and the dead: charity on behalf of the dead is not donated throughout Germany save on this Day" (Maḥzor Vitry, ed. S. Hurwitz (1923), 392).
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6248 Sep 15, 2013
The custom of donating for charity was also adopted in Provence, Italy, and Spain, whereas the special prayer commemorating the dead was adopted only among the Ashkenazim and the Italians. Northern France is the place of the source of the custom of wearing a tallit also for the evening service, which is even put on while it is still day in order to be able to recite the blessing over it (Rashi, Ha-Pardes, ed. by Ehrenreich (1924), 234). In Germany it was fixed that in the evening, just at the beginning of the prayer, "absolution is granted from the ban against praying together with anyone guilty of transgressing any communal regulations" (Sefer Ravyah, no. 528). The formula "In the higher [i.e., celestial] assembly and in the lower assembly, with the consent of the Omnipresent and the consent of the congregation, we permit prayers being said together with transgressors" (Tur and Sh. Ar., OḤ 619) was adopted, with minor variations, throughout most of the Diaspora. It was customary, in the main, to recite the She-Heḥeyanu blessing in the synagogue on the night of the Day of Atonement before *Barekhu. Some, however, said the blessing at home, or on the way to the synagogue, or even after the evening prayer. Women recite it when they kindle the festive candles. During the recital of the *Shema, the words "Blessed be His glorious sovereign Name for ever and ever" are said aloud and not quietly as is usual (Deuteronomy Rabbah, ed. by S. Lieberman (19642), 69). In Germany the custom of saying the Amidah aloud was introduced, and from there comes also the custom that some remain standing during all the Day of Atonement prayers, and some even remain in the synagogue throughout the whole night, reciting psalms, hymns, and praises (Sefer Ravyah, 529). In many places, no break at all is made in the prayers during the course of the day, the Minḥah service following immediately after the Musaf service. Some places are most particular about the choice of a suitable reader, and some have had the custom of having two men stand one at each side of the reader during all the prayers. It is customary to smell spices, the enjoyment of pleasant odors not being forbidden.
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6249 Sep 15, 2013
The Eve of the Day of Atonement
A special importance was assigned to the day prior to the Day of Atonement, which was regarded already in the period of the Mishnah and Talmud not merely as a preparation for, but as an inseparable part of, the Day of Atonement. The statement, "Everyone who eats and drinks on the ninth [of Tishri] is considered by Scripture as having fasted on the ninth and tenth" (Ber. 8b) means that one should eat and drink well on the eve of the Day not merely to prepare for the fast but also to fulfill the command to rejoice in and to honor the festive day. From ancient times much meat, fowl, and fish was eaten on this day (see, e.g., Gen. R. 11:4), in which one spent less time in study and prayer. Little by little the eve of the Day of Atonement took on the character of a festival, some people desisting from doing any work then. It is customary to send gifts to the poor, and a duty to ask forgiveness from one another and to appease each other. During the geonic period, the custom of ritual immersion on the eve of the Day of Atonement after midday was introduced; this was usually performed before the Minḥah service, in any case before the final meal (se'uddah mafseket), but there were also other customs. Some said a blessing before the immersion. The opinion of most halakhic authorities, however, has been that a blessing should not be said. Even one who finds it difficult to immerse himself should endeavor to wash in hot water. It is also customary to trim the hair. In Germany and France it was customary after the Minḥah service to inflict 39 stripes, while the victim repeated the confession, and the one wielding the lash said "And He being full of compassion forgiveth iniquity" (Ha-Orah 1:95; et al.). This also became the custom among the Sephardim. Some visit the cemetery. In recent generations the custom originated in some places of blessing one's children before nightfall.(For customs from the geonic period which have an element of magic, see *Kapparot,*Kol Nidrei.)
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6250 Sep 15, 2013
There are 3 elements of the Day of Atonement that apply directly to Christians:
The first element is the fast itself. Going 24 hours without food and water is not easy (anyone who has ever done it can tell you that it can be a very uncomfortable experience). It takes genuine determination and willingness. An Israelite’s refusal to fast, which resulted in the offender being cut off from the community (Leviticus 23:29) is the Old Testament’s equivalent of a person today refusing to repent, which will result in the offender being cut off from eternal life (Luke 13:3). Fasting is outward proof that the person doing the fasting is serious about repentance, which is vital for forgiveness. It’s very significant that the first Christians, including the apostle Paul himself, who wrote a large part of the New Testament, repented and observed the fast of the Day of Atonement as a Christian Holy day (Acts 27:9).
The second element involved the high priest. Only once per year, on the Day of Atonement, the high priest (Aaron, the brother of Moses, was the first high priest, and after him the role was filled by his descendants) entered the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle to offer ceremonial sacrifices for the forgiveness of the people (Hebrews 9:7). That Old Testament observance was a symbol of Jesus Christ, our High Priest (Hebrews 9:11), who, after His sacrifice, resurrection and ascension, entered the Throne Room of God the Father in Heaven to make atonement for all humanity (Hebrews 9:11–12).
The third element during the Day of Atonement involved the Azazel goat, or scapegoat which was taken out into the wilderness after having had all of the sins of the Israelites ceremonially placed on it (Leviticus 16:10, 21–22). The scapegoat symbolised the condemnation of Satan for the sins of all humanity, and putting him away in an eternal wilderness, firstly for 1,000 years in a bottomless pit, and then, after he is allowed to return for a short while, into the lake of fire, from which he will never return (Revelation 20:10). The sending of the azazel goat out into the wilderness was done by a "suitable man", after the high priest returned from inside the Most Holy Place. This symbolises God sending Satan into the abyss which will be done after Christ’s return from Heaven.
The Day of Atonement signifies the 3 most vital aspects of Christianity:
Willing repentance on the part of those to be saved.
The completed sacrifice of Jesus Christ formally presented to God the Father to make atonement for the sins of the Church and of all humanity.
The final guilty verdict upon Satan as the source of all evil, and the sentencing of him to an eternity separated from God.
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6251 Sep 15, 2013
CALGARY — Calgary’s Jewish community is celebrating Yom Kippur this weekend — its holiest day of the year.
“While the daily liturgy of the Jewish prayer book encourages the individual to seek forgiveness for sin, it is the holiday of Yom Kippur that brings this universal human need to shed guilt for wrongdoing to its ultimate expression,” says Rabbi Shaul Osadchey, of the Beth Tzedec Congregation.“For a period of 25 hours beginning this year at sunset on Friday, September 13 and concluding at sunset on Saturday, September 14, Jews gather in the synagogue to confess their sins as individuals and as a community and to seek forgiveness from God by returning to the righteous person that they ought to become in life.
“During this period, Jews refrain from eating or drinking or engaging in any pleasurable activities. Instead, the day is filled with prayer, introspection and the study of sacred texts that offer guidance along the path of repentance. Yom Kippur, significantly, atones only for those sins committed between the individual and God. Sins between one person and another can only be atoned through a process that replaces the harm done with acts of goodness and reconciliation. The day concludes with a long blast of the shofar, the ram’s horn, signalling the hope that the year will be filled with health, happiness, and peace.”
Rabbi Menachem Matusof, executive director of Chabad Lubavitch Alberta, says the day of atonement, the day of forgiveness, is the holiest day of the year.
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6252 Sep 15, 2013
It is the day people are closest to God.
“For nearly 26 hours, starting before sundown Friday evening ... through nightfall Saturday ... we fast, and among other restrictions, we abstain from food and drink,” he says.“Chasidic Philosophy teaches us that the 26 hours correspond to the holiest name of G-d, the name Havaye or most commonly known as ‘Hashem’, as the numerical value of this name is 26.
“On this day our true inner being connects with the deepest level in G-dliness. Which is why many are drawn to Yom Kippur, even if throughout the year we are necessarily ‘all there’... Yom Kippur gives us a feeling and sense of hope and renewal. At the end of the day, before breaking away to a festive meal, we sound one blast of the Shofar, as the announcement and assurance that our prayers were welcomed by G-d, and now is time to start celebrating and preparing for the joyous holiday of Sukkot, celebrating the ‘victory in the heavenly court’!”
Since: Jun 12
#6254 Sep 15, 2013
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6255 Sep 15, 2013
yea..........GOD BLESS THE JEWS INDEED!!
everyone jews indeed
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
#6257 Sep 27, 2013
King James Version (KJV)
15 For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.
16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.
17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the Lord hath spoken it.
19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord's.
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