Esther…and Concealment – Part 2

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 | 0 comments

Esther…and Concealment – Part 2

(miss part 1? Click here!) Part 2 So, here we are – it seems that Esther & Mordechai have saved the day! But not quite. Even though Haman (who by the way was a descendant of Agag the Amalakite – sworn lifetime enemy of Israel) was out of the picture, the decree that he finagled to kill the Jews was not! Now comes the crux of the story. Would the Queen who has been concealed all this time in the pages of history reveal herself and be able to save her people? Let’s review. Esther has just revealed that she has a ‘people’ other than her Persian subjects! Her...

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Esther…and Concealment

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017 | 0 comments

We all know the story – have read it a hundred times – is there anything new in there? Let’s see if we can look back in time and dig a little deeper shall we? Setting aside all the nuances of Esther and Haman and Mordechai and the King, let’s look at a layer that is right there before us, but glanced over for what we deem to be mystical and spiritual. Now I have everyone’s attention – yes? What don’t we know about this Queen? Well, first of all – this short excerpt will barely scratch the surface but we will scratch anyway. It will then be up...

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A New Purim

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 | 0 comments

A New Purim

The megillah (story) of Esther (hidden star) will be read throughout the world by many of the Jewish faith next week to remember the festival of Purim. A fast was called to open the doors of heaven for a miracle during that time. The story line was about an egotistical, arrogant adviser to the king, named Haman, who devised a plan to exterminate all the Jews in the land of Persia (which is modern day Iran). The unlikely hero of the story was a young Jewish girl named Hadassah (a myrtle branch) who was called upon by her uncle Mordechai to go before the King, against protocol and intercede...

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A New Beginning – or more of the same?

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Today is the last day of the Gregorian Calendar … the last Shabbat of the Year, the last day of Hanukkah. A time to not only reflect on past events of the year, but to also hold the joy and accomplishments close to one’s heart as well as to look forward to a new day, a new beginning. Day by day we go forward, never realizing how fast time encroaches upon us, how many moments we let slip through our fingers. Moments turn into minutes, minutes turn into hours – to days – to months – and here we are – a year older….hopefully a little bit wiser. But no...

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Chanukah – Day 8 Blessing

Posted by on Dec 31, 2016 | 0 comments

Eighth Candle: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12). “For you/we, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you/us as a thief.  You/we are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:4-5). “O house of Jacob, come and let us walk In the light of YHVH” (Isaiah 2:5). “For Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”(Psalm 119:105). “Arise, shine; for your/our light has come! And the glory of YHVH is...

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Chanukah – Day 7 Blessing

Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 | 0 comments

  Seventh Candle: “Then Yeshua said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light” (John 12:35-36).   To read all the blessings go to CHANUKAH...

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