Elul – Day 24

Posted by on Sep 23, 2019 | 0 comments

DO YOU PRAY FOR FORGIVENESS? It is during this season, the season where the King is in the field, that we examine our hearts, our lives, our motives, our agendas and return back to the ways of our King, our Messiah. During this time, the traditional prayers are ones that all ask our Creator, our Father, to forgive us. The three prayers that are customary are called selach lanu, mechal lanu and kapper lanu. The words may seem a bit different, but they all mean the same thing, howbeit with different implications. Not only do they implore us to seek forgiveness from God – we need to seek...

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Elul – Day 23

Posted by on Sep 22, 2019 | 0 comments

WHOSE SHOULDERS DO YOU STAND ON? This is the final week of the month of Elul, the Hebrew month before the Fall Feast Days of the LORD begin… Can you feel the change of the weather? Can you sense the excitement in the air? I know I can! During this final week it is customary to begin reading the Selichot prayers. These are penitential prayers and poems that lead us further into examining our hearts and seeking forgiveness from those we have wronged, and seeking reconciliation from those who have wronged us. Whether reconciliation and forgiveness follows our attempts is not the only goal...

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Elul – Day 22

Posted by on Sep 21, 2019 | 0 comments

HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER Sometimes we have a lot of trouble believing that – especially when one is going through a lot of trials and tribulations that never seem to end. Our faith weakens and falters. But let’s take a look at a few bible characters and see if we can increase that weakened faith. Take a look at the greatest prophet of what we call the “Old Testament” – Moshe – or Moses in English. His greatest test of faith came when he descended Mt. Sinai and was greeted full force with blatant idolatry by the ones he had just led out of Egypt. The sin...

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Elul – Day 20

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019 | 0 comments

THE GATE OF TEARS Judaism teaches that a soul is never damaged. The body perhaps, the psyche perhaps, but the inner core of goodness that is the soul – never. The essence always remains intact. Although that is true, the damage that we do in our physical lives can create a ruin so big, so high, and so wide that it completely obscures the pure essence underneath. And yet, Moses taught us that there is never a ruin so big that it can’t be rebuilt; there is nothing that breaks that can’t be mended. After the sin of the Golden Calf, in his plea for forgiveness, Moses told God,...

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Elul – Day 19

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 | 0 comments

THE MEANING OF TESHUVAH What exactly does the word teshuvah mean? Well, we’ve come to understand that it means repentance. But the real understanding is actually the opposite of what we think. What??? you say. Well, repentance, usually implies that we need to turn around, to get on the right path and off the wrong one. However, the Hebrew word teshuvah literally means to return. And one can not return to something that they have never had a relationship with…or an encounter with. Now, that is not to say that we should not repent, that we should not get on the right path and that...

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