bless the jews
holiness

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6747 Nov 15, 2013
It may be specific in our case. Lips may in that general sense be defiled, unclean. They may be in a more specific sense unclean. We can never fulfil a ministry of holiness, never bring home to others their sin, never be a voice of judgement against wrong if in either general or specific ways our lips are unclean. Lips may be unclean by empty talk, gossip, criticism; not intentionally — for who would intentionally injure the Lord’s interests — but just letting ourselves talk. And in the end there is mischief, there is a seed sown unintentionally that bears a crop.

It may be lips, it may be other things, but with the Lord it is all a question of holiness. It is not our thought to deal with specific sins, but it is our leading just to point out this matter of holiness, which is basic to everything. Holiness has to work out in every part. We can be unclean by what we allow ourselves to listen to. Sometimes it would be the maintaining of holiness before the Lord for us to say, "I do not want to hear that, that is not good, that is not glorifying to the Lord, we are not going to get anywhere by that, it is only death and injury along that line."

It may be eyes. Sometimes the question of holiness is bound up with our refusing to take account of some things. There are many things that in responsibility we have to take account of, but there are times when we could afford to shut our minds to some things because they are only going to lead to an unholy state. It is all a question of holiness, because holiness is Life. Leviticus 16 says with that object:“...that he die not”(Lev. 16:2,13). This all relates to Aaron going into the most holy place and not dying before the presence of infinite holiness, having on the garments of holiness, and taking the precious blood. All the garments are for every part of the man, that his whole flesh be covered up,“that he die not”, when he comes into the presence of the Lord. The Lord says, in a full and inclusive way, that there must be Life in everything, in all work, in all service, in all relationships, and it is a question of holiness. If there is talk that is not holy, then there is death. If there is listening that is not holy, then there is death. If there is taking account in an unholy way, then there is death. Holiness is Life; unholiness is always spiritual death. The altar works by reason of the throne and the throne works through the altar.
holiness

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6748 Nov 15, 2013
You see what is involved - the secret of power is holiness. If our lives are powerless it may be due to a lack of this utterness for God, separation unto God; due to compromise somewhere, somehow, with the prince of this world who is robbing us of our spiritual power and vitality on his own ground. The secret of power is holiness. The secret of a testimony that counts is a holy life. It is not our teaching, our truth, our practice, religious ordinances, our forms, in the first place. Our real testimony is the testimony of a holy life. It counts far more than all our words.
And remember - this is the secret of divine support. The Lord will commit Himself to His own ground - holiness. The Lord will stand by those who stand for Him in His nature. The Lord will look after such. Mark you, whatever we may have in this life, in this world - and we may have a lot - if we have not got the Lord with us at the last it is no gain, but a terrible loss. Israel had the ordinances and the oracles, the tradition and all that. They had a mighty lot, but at the last they lost the kingdom. It was no gain.
Well, now, what are we concerned about? I can focus it all down to one thing - the Lord being with us and committing Himself to us, and I am concerned about a testimony in power, a life that counts for God, leaving a mark for God, being remembered for what was of God. This is the only justification of our having come this way at all, and, as I see it, all that depends upon this utter separation unto God, gathered into this word: holiness. "Ye are... a holy nation."
Jesus

Wolverhampton, UK

#6749 Nov 15, 2013
I like bagels.

I like jewish mothers

I like circumcised cocks ... they are cleaner (I wont suck the other type) and they feel nice and smooth in your mouth. Mind you , has to be said .. that the arabs do same thing.

Um .. not keen on all the Palestine stuff.. It's naughty ... your always upsetting them by taking even more and more and more and more land ... arrogant nasty and horrible.. but that's just naughty zionists right?

Since: Apr 08

Nottingham, UK

#6750 Nov 15, 2013
Superstitious mumbo jumbo.

Your ju-ju is no better/worse than anyone else's ju-ju.
quantum

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6753 Nov 17, 2013
The Quantum Physics Connection

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3

What Hebrews is saying is that what we see was made out of what was invisible -- namely the Spirit of God and sound.

There is sound in all matter. So, when someone in the Glory Realm speaks to, say, a bone to be healed, the sound the person is speaking affects the sound in the bone. Bones are healed. Metal pins in the joints can be turned into bone.

While in the Glory realm, God has even bent the time continuum so that point A and point B became the same location. David Herzog was on a highway in France and instantly reached his destination in Belgium.
quantum

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6754 Nov 17, 2013
In the Sound, Health and Quantum Physics article, you may have read that

♦ atoms can be divided into
♦ electrons, photons & neutrons which in turn are divided into
♦ quarks which in turn are divided into
♦ superstrings.

This is according the a quantum physics theory called string theory. This theory requires you to accept the fact that there are eleven dimensions rather than the four we are used to:

♦ Length,
♦ Width,
♦ Height and
♦ Time.

David Van Koevering theorizes that at least one of these superstring travels faster than the speed of light. This means that it would pass through time. This in turn would give one explanation as to why people sometimes dream future events. The superstring simply brings people the memory of a future event.

Danger of Negative Speaking

It may also help explain how we can create our own reality. If we think and speak negatively, we can accept a negative thought that is on a trajectory through time. If we think and speak positively, we can accept a positive thought that is on a trajectory through time.

It is a fact that we can create reality with our thoughts and spoken words.

We're interrelated

Quantum physics could convince you that reality is much different from what you thought it was before you studied the subject. For instance, consider quantum entanglement. This state occurs when particles such as photons, electrons and molecules interact physically and then become separated.

In experiments particles have been together so that the action of one affects the actions of the other. Then, after they are separated by over 100 km, a change in action of one still IMMEDIATELY affects the action of the other particle.

This concept is used in commercial applications of quantum physics.

For more information, watch this YouTube animated video.

Double slit experiment

You may have heard David Van Koevering speak about the double slit experiment. This experiment showed that the appearance of something can change depending upon the perception of the observer. For more information, watch the double slit experiment cartoon below.
quantum

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6755 Nov 17, 2013
After studying quantum physics over the past few weeks, this is what I believe:

♦ When God said, " Let there be light ", I believe that superstrings were created.

♦ Then superstrings come together to form quarks which combined to form larger subatomic particles which combined to form atoms.

♦ These superstrings are moving so fast that they create the properties of solid objects.

♦ Because some superstrings move faster than light, they can carry thoughts from the past and from the future.

♦ A consequence of this is that we can create our own reality.

♦ If we speak negative thoughts, we can create a negative reality. If we speak positive thoughts, we can create a positive reality.

Study these two pages and see if you come to the same conclusion: Quantum Particles and Sound and Health .
angels

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6756 Nov 17, 2013
Discerning Spirits

A seer is a prophetic person who walks in a high level of spiritual discernment. Jonathan Welton can turn on and off his spiritual discernment at will. Read on to hear how Jonathan Welton walks in his anointing as a seer prophet.

1 Corinthians 12 talks about the nine gifts of the Spirit. Spiritual discernment is one of them.

There are four types of spirits that a seer can expect to discern -- the Holy Spirit, heavenly spirits such as angels, the human spirit and the demonic.

Sometimes Jonathan sees angels. He has actually seen them crying when worship was cut off too soon in church. At one time during a particularly strong anointing in church, his own spirit rose and looked down to see his body on the floor. Three angels were holding him down.
no to wheat gluten

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6757 Nov 18, 2013
Is Wheat Secretly Making You Sick?

Have you been feeling “blue” lately?

Maybe a little more irritable than usual? And forgetful?

Have your joints and muscles been aching and crampy? And do you feel bloated and gassy — especially after eating?

Chances are you’re secretly suffering from the newest medical complaint making the rounds these days:

A pesky and potentially dangerous allergy to wheat.
Are you secretly sensitive to gluten?

Gluten is the protein in wheat, rye and barley that can trigger an inflammatory immune response in the human body. This can cause diarrhea, hives, congestion, nausea, abdominal pain, bloating and gas, depression, vertigo, irritability, joint pain, mouth sores, muscle cramps, skin rash, nerve pain, and neurological damage.(Whew!)

But gluten intolerance (also called gluten sensitivity) is no joking matter to those who suffer from it.

And celiac disease, which is a more severe reaction to gluten, makes gluten intolerance look like a walk in the park.

Celiac disease causes the body’s immune system to attack its own tissue. Gluten triggers antibodies that flatten the intestinal villi and cause immediate cramping, bloating, and diarrhea. These antibodies also “eat” tiny holes in the intestinal walls, thus preventing the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals, which leads to a host of serious ailments, including malnutrition and osteoporosis. It also heightens your risk of cancer.

Gluten sensitivity is a sneaky disorder
If you have celiac disease (which afflicts about 1% of the US population), you really know it because the symptoms are usually so severe that they can’t be ignored.

Gluten sensitivity is much sneakier. But there’s a very easy way to tell if you have it.(I’ll describe it in a moment.)

Both conditions also seem to be spreading — and doctors can’t figure out why.

According to recent estimates, gluten sensitivity affects between 6% and 15% of the US population and is becoming increasingly common in children.

Why is it rearing its ugly head now?

Even though we’re becoming more aware of gluten sensitivity these days, it really isn’t a “new” problem. Medical textbooks diagnosed it as early as 1888 and it’s been described as “one of the most common human diseases.”

Wheat has been a mainstay of the human diet for thousands of years. It’s also been a dominant presence within the food pyramid. So why, you might wonder, are we seeing so much more gluten sensitivity now?

One big reason is that there’s more wheat in our diet than ever before.
no to wheat gluten

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6758 Nov 18, 2013
“You have to remember that Stone Age man didn’t eat wheat,” Dr. Nick Avery of the Center for the Study of Complementary Medicine said in The Independent.“It was introduced only 10,000 years ago with the cultivation of crops. This is relatively recent compared to the diet of millions of years ago, for which our bodies are better adapted — nuts, berries, fruits. We overdose on wheat and end up eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner — toast, sandwiches, a pizza. It’s too much.”

This isn’t your grandpa’s wheat
Another reason for the rise of gluten-sensitivity may lie in the nature of modern wheat. Today’s conventionally-grown wheat berries are doused with fungicides and herbicides before they’re even planted.

Once these seeds become plants, they’re blasted with another round of fungicides and herbicides, as well as insecticides, such as disulfoton (Di-syston), methyl parathion, chlorpyrifos, dimethoate, diamba and glyphosate.

In addition to being linked to neurotoxic diseases and cancer, these pesticides can disrupt our body’s hormone balance. Men, women and children can all find their bodies jacked by these xenoestrogens, which cause “man boobs,” hormone-related cancers and even early-onset puberty.“Plant growth regulators,”(aka synthetic plant hormones) also are applied.

Once harvested, the wheat is stored in collection bins sprayed with insecticide, and as the bins are filled up, more insecticide is added. When the bins are full, still more insecticide is added, four inches deep into the grain.

If any insects are found, the wheat is fumigated. And then, of course, it’s “processed” to separate the endosperm from the bran and the germ. This refining produces the most nutrient-depleted portion of the wheat as good ole white flour, which spikes your blood sugar … triggers carbohydrate cravings … and leads to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

If you aren’t gluten-sensitive, your safest strategy is to ditch any conventional wheat-containing products. If it’s not truly organic and non-GMO, avoid it entirely. Choose organic Ezekiel sprouted bread or organic whole grain bread (and don’t fall for “the whole wheat hoax”).

How to tell if you’re a gluten victim:
Wondering if gluten is harming your health? One way to tell is by eliminating wheat and gluten-containing foods from your diet for several weeks, and recording how you feel on a daily basis.
Begin a journal prior to the elimination. Then, cut out wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut and triticale.(You can substitute “safe” grains such as buckwheat, amaranth, millet, quinoa, brown rice, and teff.)
no to wheat gluten

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6759 Nov 18, 2013
IMPORTANT: You have to be vigilant and read foods labels carefully. That’s because gluten can be found in lipstick, sunscreen, and even ice cream and French fries, to which gluten has been added for texture enhancement. Even gluten-free foods such as oats are often processed in the same facilities as wheat, and then become cross-contaminated.

Don’t be fooled. Wheat and wheat products often masquerade on food labels as “starch”…“modified starch”…“food starch”…“modified food starch”…“emulsifiers”… and “stabilizers.” Some medications (prescription or over-the-counter) also contain gluten. Visit this website to check if your medicines are included.

The “sure” way to know

The shortcut method is to get tested. Doctors can perform a blood test to see if you have either gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Testing for the antibodies can be performed in any doctor’s office.

If you turn out to be gluten-sensitive, don’t fret! You have lots of “safe food” options. You don’t have to live your life in a gluten-free jail.

Most of your favorite gluten-containing foods are available in gluten-free versions in your local natural grocery store. Bob’s Red Mill offers delicious gluten-free flours and an extensive line of baking ingredients — and Udi’s line of gluten-free breads have a delicious texture familiar to those who enjoy conventional bread products. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Your best bet is to eat whole, organic, gluten-free foods, avoid fast and processed foods, and link up with gluten-free recipes and reputable brands.
no to wheat gluten

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6760 Nov 18, 2013
How gluten damages the brain

One of the sinister effects of gluten-sensitivity is how it can damage the brain. When the antibody combines with this protein, it generates inflammatory chemicals called cytokines. These cytokines are detrimental to brain health and function and have been linked to such devastating conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even autism.

Is there life after wheat?

We’ve been raised to believe that wheat is so essential to human health and nutrition that it’s been referred to as “the staff of life.”
But even if you aren’t gluten-sensitive, you should think twice about consuming wheat — especially in its refined form.

If the only wheat items that cross your lips are organic and truly whole grain, you can skip this part. But for those of you who crave chips, crackers, cake, cookies, pastries, doughnuts, bagels, buns, muffins and bread made of refined wheat flour, then you should know that you might as well be eating table sugar by the spoonful.

Sweetened or not, white wheat products hit your bloodstream like cotton candy, spiking your blood sugar. In response, your pancreas pumps out insulin, converts the elevated blood sugar into fatty triglycerides, and stores them as fat.

Foods made from white flour are just as responsible as sugar in sodas for the twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes (often called “diabesity”). So step away from the English muffin!

Dialing down your fast carb intake will allow you to fill the vacuum with fresh, colorful organic vegetables and fruits — as well as quality protein from raw nuts, omega-3 eggs, grass-fed beef and wild-caught Pacific salmon. Other healthful, healing foods include organic dairy products, pasture-raised eggs, and healthy fats such as extra-virgin olive oil and butter.

But you don’t have to abandon bread entirely. There are plenty of whole grain breads you can trust. And true whole grains, such as fiber-rich amaranth, quinoa, and brown rice pilafs are healthful options that will keep your blood sugar steady and your body ticking along with a steady, crash-free source of energy. When you shield your body from “wheat burnout” you’ll notice how much better you feel.

I’d love to hear from you about this
Are you gluten sensitive, or do you have celiac disease? How are you coping?

Please share your stories, strategies, favorite gluten-free foods and recipes. I’d to share you experience with other readers about what’s working for you, and what isn’t.

If you’re newly diagnosed, or just want to eliminate wheat from your diet to see if it improves your health, please share any requests for help and tips here. I’d love to assist you on your journey. Just enter your comments below.

P.S. Novak Djokovic’s gluten-free switch
Those of you following this year’s US Open are well aware of Novak Djokovic’s sudden improvement and leap into the spotlight as the number one tennis player on the men’s tour.

The 24-year-old Serbian has been a good player for several years — but this season has been exceptional. So far he has only lost only two matches out of 63 and is on track to have the winningest year in the history of men’s tennis.
What made the difference between the old Djokovic and the new one?

Few people know that in the off-season last year, Novak discovered he was gluten-sensitive and switched to a gluten-free diet.

Now instead of fading in the long five set match, he’s finishing strong — and beating everyone in his path.
Blessings of the LORD

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6761 Nov 18, 2013
((((((((( The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.)))))))))

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

Other Translations of Proverbs 10:22

The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and hee addeth no sorrow with it.
- King James Version (1611)- View 1611 Bible Scan

It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The blessing of Jehovah, it maketh rich; And he addeth no sorrow therewith.
- American Standard Version (1901)

The blessing of the Lord gives wealth: hard work makes it no greater.
- Basic English Bible

The blessing of Jehovah, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow to it.
- Darby Bible

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh's blessing brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
- World English Bible

The blessing of Jehovah -- it maketh rich, And He addeth no grief with it.
- Youngs Literal Bible

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and toil addeth nothing thereto.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible
Blessings of the LORD

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6762 Nov 18, 2013
Comments for Proverbs 10:22

It's a powerful word! When God bless you, that blessing bringeth Joy, peace and Comfort, there is no sorrow, pain or struggle in it. It can be your Job, Marriage, physical health or Spiritual life. Anything that comes with sorrow, pain and struggle is not from the Lord God Almighty. And you know where it is from. If you lost your Joy, Peace and comfort in your surroundings, better you leave out of the zone. Because you are in the wrong direction. God Bless you.

The blessings of God will indeed result I riches. However being rich does not necessarily mean one has the blessings from God. As Christians, we shold be carefull not to fall in the temptation of doing everything we can in order to get riches. The bible says many have fallen into sin because of the love of money. Let the riches be part and parcel of 'seek ye first the kingdom and its righteousness, and all these other things (including riches, health, obedient children, happy marriage, favor etc) shall be added unto you".
Blessings of the LORD

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6763 Nov 18, 2013
Jews Who Accept Yeshua Are Completely Jewish

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 3:36:26 AM by SeekAndFind

The One true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. "I am the Lord, and there is no other, apart from me there is no God." (Isaiah 45:5) In other words, the "Jewish God" is the only God that exists. All the other "gods" among the various religions do not actually rule the universe. In fact, they exist only in the minds of those who seek to obey them and earn their favor.

Jewish people know all about seeking to obey God. Moses was given the Law so that God's people would know what God expected of them. But Jews have the same problem we all experience. As hard as we try to be obedient to all of the rules, we still find ourselves falling short of perfection. We miss the mark. Our behavior, and even our thoughts, are imperfect and out of alignment with the Law.

Under the Old Covenant, God's people could rely upon animal sacrifices to help ease their conscience in this regard. Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is still the holiest day of the year for Jewish people. Deep down, we all know that we need something to atone for our sins.

Believe it or not, the Law can actually help us discover the answer to our sin problem. The Law was put in charge to lead us to the Messiah.(see Galatians 3:24) It points us to the One who delivers us even though we have sinned against God. The Law reveals to us that we are lawbreakers. As hard as we try to obey the Law, we still do not keep it the way God requires. So we must have His Messiah if we are going to be delivered from our sin and our shame.

The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob placed prophecies in Scripture to tell us about the coming Deliverer. These messianic prophecies were actually fulfilled many years ago by a Jewish man named Yeshua. That is His Hebrew name. In English, His name is Jesus. The messianic details in Scripture are explained beautifully by Jews at "Chosen People Ministries."

The seven prophecies listed below come directly from their website. These fulfilled prophecies are a big reason many "Messianic Jews" refer to themselves as "completed Jews," since their faith in the God of Israel has been "completed," or fulfilled in Yeshua.
Blessings of the LORD

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6764 Nov 18, 2013
Each prophecy is about "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (John 1:29) Animal sacrifices under the Old Covenant were incredibly weak when compared to the sacrifice of this perfect Jewish Lamb. Yeshua ushered in the New Covenant for the Jews, and He even came for Gentiles too. You see, Good Friday was the ultimate "once for all" Day of Atonement. The benefits of that one-time sacrifice are received by Jews and Gentiles who accept Yeshua into their heart and life.(see Romans 6:10, Hebrews 5:9, Hebrews 7:27, Hebrews 9:26, Hebrews 10:1-10)

May the Lord bless you my friend as you consider these prophecies which Yeshua fulfilled.
precious menorah

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6765 Nov 18, 2013
Menorah

Seven-Branched MenorahOne of the oldest symbols of the Jewish faith is the menorah, a seven-branched candelabrum used in the Temple. The kohanim lit the menorah in the Sanctuary every evening and cleaned it out every morning, replacing the wicks and putting fresh olive oil into the cups. The illustration at left is based on instructions for construction of the menorah found in Ex. 25:31-40.

It has been said that the menorah is a symbol of the nation of Israel and our mission to be "a light unto the nations." (Isaiah 42:6). The sages emphasize that light is not a violent force; Israel is to accomplish its mission by setting an example, not by using force. This idea is highlighted in the vision in Zechariah 4:1-6. Zechariah sees a menorah, and G-d explains: "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit."

The lamp stand in today's synagogues, called the ner tamid (lit. the continual light, usually translated as the eternal flame), symbolizes the menorah. Many synagogues also have an ornamental menorah, usually with some critical detail changed (for example, with only 6 candles) to avoid the sin of reproducing objects of the Temple.

The nine-branched menorah used on Chanukkah is commonly patterned after this menorah, because Chanukkah commemorates the miracle that a day's worth of oil for this menorah lasted eight days.
TALLIT TZITZIT

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6767 Nov 18, 2013
Tzitzit and Tallit

They shall make themselves tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and they shall place on the tzitzit of each corner a thread of techeilet. And it shall be tzitzit for you, and you will see it, and you will remember all the mitzvot of the L-RD and do them and not follow your heart or your eyes and run after them.-Numbers 15:38-40

Tallis with Tzitzit The Torah commands us to wear tzitzit (fringes) at the corners of our garments as a reminder of the mitzvot, kind of like the old technique of tying a string around your finger to remember something. The passage also instructs that the fringe should have a thread of "techeilet," believed to be a blue or turquoise dye, but the source of that dye is no longer known, so tzitzit are today are all white. There is a complex procedure for tying the knots of the tzitzit, filled with religious and numerological significance.

The mitzvah to wear tzitzit applies only to four-cornered garments, which were common in biblical times but are not common anymore. To fulfill this mitzvah, adult men wear a four-cornered shawl called a tallit (pictured above) during morning services, along with the tefillin. In some Orthodox congregations, only married men wear a tallit; in others, both married and unmarried men wear one. In Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist synagogues, both men and women may wear a tallit, but men are somewhat more likely than women to do so. A blessing is recited when you put on the tallit. See the text of the blessing at Tallit and Tefillin.

Strictly observant Jewish men commonly wear a special four-cornered garment, similar to a poncho, called a tallit katan ("little tallit"), so that they will have the opportunity to fulfill this important mitzvah all day long. The tallit katan is worn under the shirt, with the tzitzit hanging out so they can be seen. If you've ever seen a Jewish man with strings hanging out of his clothing, this is probably what you were seeing.

Right and wrong ways to wear a tallit There is no particular religious significance to the tallit (shawl) itself, other than the fact that it holds the tzitzit (fringes) on its corners. There are also very few religious requirements with regard to the design of the tallit. The tallit must be long enough to be worn over the shoulders (as a shawl), not just around the neck (as a scarf), to fulfill the requirement that the tzitzit be on a "garment." Likewise, it should be draped over the shoulders like a shawl, not worn around the neck like a scarf, though that is commonly done (see illustration at right). A longer tallit is commonly folded over the shoulders, to prevent the tzitzit from dragging on the ground. The tallit may be made of any material, but must not be made of a combination of wool and linen, because that combination is forbidden on any clothing.(Lev. 19:19; Deut. 22:11). Most tallitot are white with navy or black stripes along the shorter ends, possibly in memory of the thread of techeilet. They also commonly have an artistic motif of some kind along the top long end (the outside of the part that goes against your neck). This motif is referred to as an atarah (crown). There is no particular religious significance to the atarah; it simply tells you which end is up! It is quite common, however, to write the words of the blessing for putting on the tallit on the atarah, so you can read the blessing while you are putting the tallit on.
prophet is a what

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6768 Nov 18, 2013
What is a Prophet?
Many people today think of a prophet as any person who sees the future. While the gift of prophecy certainly includes the ability to see the future, a prophet is far more than just a person with that ability.
A prophet is basically a spokesman for G-d, a person chosen by G-d to speak to people on G-d's behalf and convey a message or teaching. Prophets were role models of holiness, scholarship and closeness to G-d. They set the standards for the entire community.
The Hebrew word for a prophet, navi (Nun-Beit-Yod-Alef) comes from the term niv sefatayim meaning "fruit of the lips," which emphasizes the prophet's role as a speaker.
The Talmud teaches that there were hundreds of thousands of prophets: twice as many as the number of people who left Egypt, which was 600,000. But most of the prophets conveyed messages that were intended solely for their own generation and were not reported in scripture. Scripture identifies only 55 prophets of Israel.
prophet is a what

Johor Bahru, Malaysia

#6769 Nov 18, 2013
A prophet is not necessarily a man. Scripture records the stories of seven female prophets, listed below, and the Talmud reports that Sarah's prophetic ability was superior to Abraham's.

A prophet is not necessarily a Jew. The Talmud reports that there were prophets among the gentiles (most notably Balaam, whose story is told in Numbers 22), although they were not as elevated as the prophets of Israel (as the story of Balaam demonstrates). And some of the prophets, such as Jonah, were sent on missions to speak to the gentiles.

According to some views, prophecy is not a gift that is arbitrarily conferred upon people; rather, it is the culmination of a person's spiritual and ethical development. When a person reaches a sufficient level of spiritual and ethical achievement, the Shechinah (Divine Spirit) comes to rest upon him or her. Likewise, the gift of prophecy leaves the person if that person lapses from his or her spiritual and ethical perfection.

The greatest of the prophets was Moses. It is said that Moses saw all that all of the other prophets combined saw, and more. Moses saw the whole of the Torah, including the Prophets and the Writings that were written hundreds of years later. All subsequent prophecy was merely an expression of what Moses had already seen. Thus, it is taught that nothing in the Prophets or the Writings can be in conflict with Moses' writings, because Moses saw it all in advance.

The Talmud states that the writings of the prophets will not be necessary in the World to Come, because in that day, all people will be mentally, spiritually and ethically perfect, and all will have the gift of prophecy.

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