Elul – Day 24

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 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...

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Elul – Day 23

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 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...

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Elul – Day 22

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 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...

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Elul – Day 21

Posted by on Sep 24, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

THE SECRET OF A BROKEN HEART   We all make mistakes and break things in our life, but life also breaks us. We’ve all been broken in one way or another. We have all experienced broken promises or broken relationships; we have experienced the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one. Different people react in a different manner to the hurt that inevitably accompanies breakage. Some people are devastated. Others grow because of it. Some people have strength, some don’t. And there is a reason why. A tree that doesn’t fall over...

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Elul – Day 20

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 3 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...

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Elul – Day 19

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 2 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...

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Elul – Day 18

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

Since Elul is compared to the month of REPAIR, let’s look at some ways to actually do that. First a little history lesson on one of the most famous Jewish sages ever born. His name was Maimonides. Maimonides was born as Moshe ben Maimon or in Hebrew – רמב״ם‎‎ – and then acronymed RAMBAM for “Rabbeinu Moshe Ben Maimon“, “Our Rabbi/Teacher Moses Son of Maimon”). He became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. Born in Cordova, Almoravid Empire (present-day...

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Elul – Day 17

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 0 comments

FACING YOURSELF As you send this set apart time, this month of Elul (6th month of the Hebrew calendar), examining the patterns of your life that you have woven for yourself, always remember that the Holy One (God) always radiates compassion. His arms are always wide open when you turn away (teshuvah) from those shortcoming and seek refuge in His Light. Let’s look at just one shortcoming that we, as human beings, all seem to walk in at some point each and every day. Offense. Yep….I said it outloud. You either offend, or you are...

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Elul – Day 15

Posted by on Sep 17, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 3 comments

TAKE IT OFF! OK got your attention! Today we must ‘face‘ ourselves. How do we do that and what does that exactly mean? Well, think about it – each of us wear different faces, depending on the circumstance or the situation we find ourselves in. It is, for lack of a better word, survival. It is how we get through the day. Sigh. The Hebrew word for face is panim and it comes from the same root as pnim which means ‘interior‘.  Interior. The inside – of you and of me. As with any Hebrew word, the Holy One named...

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Elul – Day 14

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in All Posts, Elul | 1 comment

HOLINESS – ON YOUR SLEEVE? What exactly is holiness? Have you ever wondered about the meaning of holiness or have you just given it a nod head? Let’s delve a bit deeper into what holiness might look like. First of all, if we are made in the image of God, and He is certainly holy, than surely some of that holiness must be somewhere within us! Wouldn’t you agree? Now, I know…..some of you may be saying…well I certainly don’t see any holiness in so and so. That might be true, you might not be able to see any...

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