Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in All Posts, Parsha Table Talk | 0 comments

Light in Dark Times (Vayetse 5781)

LIGHT IN DARK TIMES  – VAYETSE 5781

What is it that made Jacob not Abraham or Isaac or Moses – the true father of the Jewish people? We are called the “congregation of Jacob,” “the Children of Israel.” Jacob/Israel is the man whose name we bear. Yet Jacob did not begin the Jewish journey; Abraham did. Jacob faced no trial like that of Isaac at the Binding. He did not lead the people out of Egypt or bring them the Torah. To be sure, all his children stayed within the faith, unlike Abraham or Isaac. But that simply pushes the question back one level. Why did he succeed where Abraham and Isaac failed?

It seems that the answer lies in parshat Vayetse and parshat Vayishlach. Jacob was the man whose greatest visions came to him when he was alone at night, far from home, fleeing from one danger to the next. In parshat Vayetse, escaping from Esau, he stops and rests for the night with only stones to lie on, and he has an epiphany:

He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it…. When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” (Gen. 28:12–17)

In parshat Vayishlach, fleeing from Laban and terrified at the prospect of meeting Esau again, he wrestles alone at night with an unnamed stranger:

Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”…So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared.” (Gen. 32:29–31)

These are the decisive spiritual encounters of Jacob’s life, yet they happen in liminal space (the space between, neither a starting point nor a destination), at a time when Jacob is at risk in both directions – where he comes from and where he is going to. Yet it is at these points of maximal vulnerability that he encounters God and finds the courage to continue despite all the hazards of the journey.

That is the strength Jacob bequeathed to the Jewish people. What is remarkable is not merely that this one tiny people survived tragedies that would have spelled the end of any other people: the destruction of two Temples; the Babylonian and Roman conquests; the expulsions, persecutions, and pogroms of the Middle Ages; the rise of antisemitism in nineteenth-century Europe; and the Holocaust. It is truly astonishing that after each cataclysm, Judaism renewed itself, scaling new heights of achievement.

During the Babylonian exile, Judaism deepened its engagement with the Torah. After the Roman destruction of Jerusalem it produced the great literary monuments of the Oral Torah: Midrash, Mishnah, and Gemara. During the Middle Ages, it produced masterpieces of law and Torah commentary, poetry, and philosophy. A mere three years after the Holocaust it proclaimed the State of Israel, the Jewish return to history after the darkest night of exile.

When I first became Chief Rabbi I had to undergo a medical examination. The doctor had me walking at a very brisk pace on a treadmill. “What are you testing?” I asked him. “How fast I can go, or how long?” “Neither,” he replied. “I will be observing how long it takes for your pulse to return to normal, after you come off the treadmill.” That is when I discovered that health is measured by the power of recovery. That is true for everyone, but doubly so for leaders and for the Jewish people, a nation of leaders. (This, I believe, is what the phrase “a kingdom of Priests” [Ex. 19:6] means).

Leaders suffer crises. That is a given of leadership. When Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of Britain between 1957 and 1963, was asked what the most difficult aspect of his time in office was, he famously replied, “Events, dear boy, events.” Bad things happen, and when they do, the leader must take the strain so that others can sleep easily in their beds.

Leadership, especially in matters of the spirit, is deeply stressful. Four figures in Tanach – Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Jonah – actually prayed to die rather than continue. This was not only true in the distant past. Abraham Lincoln suffered deep bouts of depression. So did Winston Churchill, who called it his “black dog.” Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. both attempted suicide in adolescence and experienced depressive illness in adult life. The same was true of many great creative artists, among them Michelangelo, Beethoven, and Van Gogh.

Is it greatness that leads to moments of despair, or moments of despair that lead to greatness? Do those who lead internalise the stresses and tensions of their time? Or is it that those who are used to stress in their emotional lives find release in leading exceptional lives? There is no convincing answer to this in the literature thus far. But Jacob was a more emotionally volatile individual than either Abraham, who was often serene even in the face of great trials, or Isaac, who was particularly withdrawn. Jacob feared; Jacob loved; Jacob spent more of his time in exile than the other patriarchs. But Jacob endured and persisted. Of all the figures in Genesis, he was the great survivor.

The ability to survive and to recover is part of what it takes to be a leader. It is the willingness to live a life of risks that makes such individuals different from others. So said Theodore Roosevelt in one of the greatest speeches ever made on the subject:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.[1]

Jacob endured the rivalry of Esau, the resentment of Laban, the tension between his wives and children, the early death of his beloved Rachel, and the loss – for twenty-two years – of his favourite son, Joseph. He said to Pharaoh, “Few and evil have been the days of my life” (Gen. 47:9). Yet, on the way he “encountered” angels, and whether they were wrestling with him or climbing the ladder to heaven, they lit the night with the aura of transcendence.

To try, to fall, to fear, and yet to keep going: that is what it takes to be a leader. That was Jacob, the man who at the lowest ebbs of his life had his greatest visions of heaven.

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[1] Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic”, speech given at the Sorbonne, Paris, 23 April 1910.

 

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I believe in sharing insights that touch my soul and this is one of them. You should certainly bookmark this site! The above is the weekly essay of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, a renowned sage who has left this world for his reward. This is part of a series on Lessons in Leadership ~ Covenant & Conversation.

 

Thanksgiving … a day of Giving Thanks

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in All Posts, Our Family, Pams Ponderings | 6 comments

Thanksgiving … a day of Giving Thanks

THANKSGIVING

AND

GIVING THANKS

 

This week the buzz is all about how different THIS Thanksgiving will be and how much we can’t experience. But let’s treat that ‘buzz‘ like the nasty little critter it is … and SWAT IT!  We have MUCH to be thankful for this year. Whether you have chosen to seclude yourself within your home and have your own turkey dinner, or you’ve chosen to carry on as usual, each and every one of us have much to be thankful for!  It is time to recognize that fact and change our perspective on our situation.

‘In the day‘ – and that is quite a long time ago, I began my ‘married’ life with hosting almost every holiday that rolled around. The dinner table would carefully be set up with unique and specially prepared dishes to match whatever event rolled around in the calendar year. Little turkey molds of cranberry relish with whipped cream, or cut-outs of pumpkins and turkeys for the Thanksgiving tables, each and every setting lovingly set with great anticipation. Year after year after year for nearly 45 years it was my joy to invite my entire family (which included not just parents, but in-laws, grandparents, all 5 siblings and their families) over to whatever house we happened to live in and celebrate together. It truly was a labor of love. From our first gathering in that 12×60 mobile home to our beautiful farmhouse…no detail was too small, no chore too big. All done in the name of FAMILY and LOVE.

However, so much has changed. With both my youngest son, Jason, and my husband, Jim, now gone from this time realm, along with the separation periods of my oldest son Jim and his family … the motivation seems to have darn near disappeared. In fact, truth be told, the last few years have held little interest in my doing just about anything as it seemed my home was in ashes. However, the flame wasn’t extinguished…an ember still flickered here and there and for some reason…..this COVID thing has resurrected a tiny spark of motivation. Who knows why is beyond me. BUT being told I can NOT do something…has always gone against the grain with me. In fact, telling me NOT to do something, usually has the opposite affect and I try my best to DO it. So here we are….Covid Thanksgiving 2020. And I’m determined NOT to focus on the negative….but to focus on the POSITIVE!

This morning I met for prayer with one of my two prayer partners…..we shared that same feeling and we blessed and thanked our Heavenly Father for ALL that He has done in our lives! Even for those extremely hard situations, we praised Him. We praised him and thanked him for giving us discernment, for allowing us to be wise and prudent in our decision making, for placing us in those family situations, for choosing our family for us and our soulmates and giving us those special guardian angels in our lives that lift us up when no one else seems to be around. There was so much we both shared that we were thankful for and in the end…..we felt uplifted and blessed beyond measure!

So, this week my beloved, GIVE THANKS – prepare yourself by contemplating on what you have, rather than what you don’t have. It’s all about perspective!

This Thanksgiving, yes, I will spend it with a few special people that won’t be there …. but I will give THANKS for the ones I will be with and will remember with gratitude and love all those that have left the table just a little bit too early.

May your bounty overflow and your heart be at peace! ~ Pam ~

This is only a part of my family….my husband, Jim, of 48 years and my youngest son, Jason, who was 41, were there in spirit; so many other family members were not able to join us last year, but we were so blessed to have our parents and the legacy of their union.

Kislev ~ New Month

Posted by on Nov 20, 2020 in All Posts, Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Sabbath Musings | 0 comments

Kislev ~ New Month

Kislev (כִּסְלֵֵו)

The biblical calendar brings us to the month of Kislev (כִּסְלֵֵו). It is the ninth redemptive/ecclesiastical month, if we use Nisan as the first month or the third month of the civil calendar – our November-December. And as we’re sure you’ve noticed, the days are getting shorter and the nights a bit longer….night around my neck of the woods comes about 5:30pm. Kislev is also known as the ‘month of dreams’ probably due to the fact that it is not only the darkest month of the year but it also contains the winter soltice. And to top that, the readings during this month include more dreams than in any other parshas. Most of these dreams involve Jacob’s son, Joseph, who was nicknamed by his brothers as master of dreams and Pharaoh called him the Decipher of Secrets.  So never discount a dream 🙂

So, with all that happening, Kislev is also noted as the “darkest” month of the year and the Winter Solstice generally happens around the last week of Kislev (many times around December 21). Even Chanukah, which sometimes falls between Kislev and Tevet, will contain the longest night of the year! With Chanukah being the ‘Season of our Joy’ or ‘Season of Lights’ it makes perfect sense to dig a bit deeper into the symbolism of this time. One of the ‘lights’ of the season is that if Yeshua/Jesus was born at Sukkot…he would have been conceived at Hanukkah…thereby truly being ‘The Light of the World’!

Many commentators believe that the Hebrew word Kislev comes from the primitive root word  כִּסְל, kesel or kisla meaning hope or trust. However, it can also mean foolishness, maybe eluding to the wisdom of God appears as foolishness to man (1 Cor 3:19).

There is a great deal of late Jewish history centered in the month of Kislev. The time of Antichus IV Ephanies and the Maccabean revolt centered in and around the month of Kislev (167 to 164 BCE). Much of this history is recorded in the apocryphal books of the Maccabees and in the writings of Flavius Josephus, whom himself was a descendent of the Maccabean (Hasmonean) family. The Hasmoneans were members of the tribe of Levi and part of the priesthood. This was a time of great upheaval but a light and hope to the Maccabees.

The sign in the heavens (zodiac) for the month of Kislev is the bow represented by the constellation Orion, or the Archer which is highest in the sky during the month of Kislev. In the Hebrew, bow can mean either an archer’s bow or a rainbow. The theme of Chanukah can bethought of as the archer’s bow of the Maccabees, symbolizing their trust in God to fight against the Hellenistic culture of the  Selucid Empire. The art of archery and the bow are ascribed to the tribe of Benjamin.

Here are some events in history that occurred in the month of Kislev:
4th – 412 BCE – The people inquired of Zechariah whether they should continue with the
tradition of fasting for the destruction of the Temple. (Zechariah chapter 7&8)
14th – 1568 BCE – The birth of Ruben, son of Jacob.
14th – 1445 BCE – Death of Ruben.
15th – 167 BCE – The Greeks set up the “Abomination of Desolation” in the Temple.
20th – 457 BCE – Ezra addresses a three day long assembly in Jerusalem, telling the people to observe the Torah and dissolve their interfaith marriages.
21st – 128 BCE – The Samaritan temple at Mount Gerizim was destroyed.
25th – 167 BCE – The Greeks make pagan sacrifices in the Temple.
25th – 164 BCE – The miracle of Hanukkah.
27th – 2105 BCE – Flood rains cease (Genesis 6:8)

Here are the Parsha readings for Kislev:

Kislev 5777 Scripture readings (from Torah Portions) (includes Haftarah (prophets& writings) and Brit Chadashah (New Testament)
Hebrew Date Kislev 5 (Nov. 21) – Toldot
Genesis 25:19-28:9; Malachi 1:1-2:7; Luke 3:1-18

Hebrew Date Kislev 12 (Nov. 28) – Vayetze
Genesis 28:10-32:3; Hosea 12:13-14:10; Matthew 3:13-4:11

Hebrew Date Kislev 19 (Dec. 5) – Vayishlach
Genesis 32:4-36:43; Obadiah 1:1-21; John 1:19-2:12

Hebrew Date Kislev 26 (Dec. 12) – Vayeshev
Genesis 37:1-40:23; Amos 2:6-3:8; John 2:13-4:42

May this month be one of HOPE and LIGHT in a dark world!

 

Parsha Chayei Sarah

Posted by on Nov 10, 2020 in All About Women, All Posts, Parsha Table Talk | 0 comments

Parsha Chayei Sarah

Introduction to Parsha #5:

Chayei Sarah

Torah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1-31
B’rit Chadasha: I Corinthians 15:35-58

 

What a beautiful parsha we are follwing this week! This week’s parsha is all about two amazing, astounding, godly women! Two ‘eishet chayils’women of virtue, valor and strenth! The bible has many instances of ‘eishet chayils’, but these two…these two stand head and shoulders above the rest. Why do I say that? I say that because they are the example that all the rest follow.  And, by the way, they are whom we are to emulate as well. Let’s begin with Sarah.

In this week’s parsha we have two men – one is an old one who walks humbly with his Creator and the other is a young man…his son, filled with great passion and potential but has little experience, at least compared to his aged father. They have just come from the exhilerating experience from Mount Moriyah and are now deposited into the pits of despair in the valley of the shadow of death. Avram’s beloved wife of decades, and Yitchak’s beloved mother, has left this time realm. As my friend, Bill Bullock of ‘Rabbi’s Son’ so elequently puts it:

…even for men of shalom, who follow the way of the Holy One with all their heart, and who live only to do tzedakah u’ mishpat, sometimes there is no path that leads to anything that remotely resembles victory. Sometimes, even for the patient and the wise, there is no protocol that leads to understanding. Sometimes, even for the faithful, there is no miraculous healing, no supernatural rescue, and no deliverance comes for us or for those we love.

However, it is not a time to continue weeping and looking back. This week’s parsha is about living, about life, about promise! These women, these men, … are not just strangers in a book – they are FAMILYYOUR family! That family has passed down it’s seeds of righteouisness through the centuries and now that holy seed dwells in each of us … in our bodies, souls and our spirits! We are those ‘trees of righteousness’!!

They weren’t perfect, and neither are we. However, we still carry a little piece of Sarah and a little scrap of Rivkah, a tad of Avram and a shred of Isaac in each of us. But let’s stick to Sarah and Rebecca….after all, the men get quite a bit of recognition throughout the yellowed pages. It’s time beloved, to ponder on the impact of all the women of faith in your ancestry. How many matriarchs of emunah (faith) have you been blessed with in your life?  Think on that for a few minutes. Bring those Godly women to the forefront of your mind and embrace them slowly….purposefuly…individually. They have all been responsible for who you are today. Let’s give them the credit they are due.

As my friend Bill has said….this is a very special season … it is ordained by the Holy One in which He calls all of us to release old hurts and to receive healing for old wounds.

“Sarah was the first, and prototypical, matriarch of our people. She set the bar. She established the benchmark. She transcended. She trusted. She walked it out. She put on the garments of tzedakah and mishpat; she wore them – and she wore them well! And that is why Covenant daughters of all generations, past, present, and future, receive blessings in her name above any other. From the womb, their fathers and mothers pray over them: May you be as Sarah . . . . Oh, yes, precious princesses of the Kingdom – May you be as Sarah indeed!

Sarah taught us many things. She taught us how to deal gracefully, but wisely, with disappointment, hardship, adversity, and personal failure. She taught us how to entertain strangers – alert to the possibility that we could be entertaining angels unawares. Perhaps most  importantly she taught us how to laugh again.

So I invite you to join with me as we have a little family celebration of the tremendous nurturing power of a woman’s love – even as we acknowledge and shudder at the damage that can sometimes be inflicted by a woman’s scorn. A part of you is, I warn you, going to die this week. But do not fear. For a part of you is also going to be sought out, tested, and ransomed from darkness this week. And after having been bought with a great price that part of you will – if and to the extent you surrender to the process – find yourself in your Bridegroom’s embrace, will experience the light of your Bridegroom’s countenance, will taste the pleasures and plumb the depths of your Bridegroom’s love, and will take up residence in a place of honor in your Bridegroom’s household.”

As you can see, Bill’s commentaries contain a wealth of gold. If you want to follow along with me, please download the full daily commentaries below…. be blessed as we walk through this valley together! We’ll look at a few other interesting ‘sayings of Bill’ throughout the week!

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Stay the Course!

Posted by on Nov 7, 2020 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 2 comments

Stay the Course!

Pam’s Ponderings….

Today is the Shabbat … Sabbath … peace … rest … today … NOW!

While we can ‘observe‘ what is going on in the world, in our own country, in our own community, it still is nothing to go crazy over. We know who is still in charge – and it is not any president, any dictator, any king who controls the wheel. Our Father in heaven still is the driver….and we need to remember that. We do not have to buy into the fear-mongering that is out there. If you have read the ‘word’ … in the end … He WINS!

So……take a deep breath….let your eyes and your soul be refreshed with the beauty of the fall colors, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and enjoy what you have >>> NOW <<<!

Because that is the key – walk out your journey NOW in faith, in humility and in trust in Him. No one knows what the future holds … at least no one alive today – so live your life TODAY ~ it is what it is … Be blessed!

~ Pam ~

 

Parsha Vayera

Posted by on Nov 6, 2020 in All Posts, Parsha Table Talk | 0 comments

Parsha Vayera

THIS WEEK

Righteous and Just

Vayera – Torah : Genesis 18:1-22:24|
Prophets
: 2 Kings 4:1-37|
Gospel
: Luke 17:28-37

 

Identifying a single incident – or statement – that, in retrospect, changed the entire course of history, is one of the most exhilarating discoveries.

We have one such verse in this week’s Torah portion:

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they will keep G-d’s way, to do righteousness and justice (Genesis 18:19).

Indeed, therein lays the secret of Abraham’s eternal success. As the sequence of the verses suggests: The previous verse states, Abraham is about to become a great and mighty nation, and through him all the nations of the world will be blessed. And the reason is given in the next sentence: For I know him, that… his children and his household will… do righteousness and justice. Abraham and his nation’s greatness and might are a result of their commitment to the just and righteous path.

This may be the first and earliest documented episode of humans adopting the most powerful moral mandate:

To do what is right and just.

As benign and correct as this life choice resonates within us, the disturbing fact is that, despite Abraham’s commitment, the path of righteousness and justice would not come natural and easy to the human condition. It would take literally thousands of years for the idea to take hold and become the standard of virtue in the world at large.

Living in our free world today, it may be hard to imagine that institutionalized values of freedom, justices and righteousness are relatively new to our governments and institutions – merely a few centuries old. Before the 18th century nations were ruled by monarchs and despots, some of who may have been benevolent, but most were not and regardless, righteousness and justice was not the Divine right of the masses.

It was the American Revolution that embraced man’s Divine human rights, in its Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Reading this historical declaration and its appeal for “justice and magnanimity” and despair at those leaders “deaf to the voice of justice” provides us with an accurate depiction of the state of world affairs from the beginning of time. The ruling power was not justice and righteousness, but the people in control. From one end of the globe to the other, individuals ruled, often with tyranny and force, and their citizens were subject to their mercy. There were undoubtedly individuals throughout history that chose a path of peace, kindness and justice. From time to time there sprung up movements and life approaches that followed or were inspired by Abraham’s life, which helped plant the seeds of democracy. But these were exceptions, and they definitely did not create generations or nations that followed their personal philosophies.

So it’s quite remarkable to go back over 3700 years to the time when Abraham made his momentous move, and pioneered the path to keep G-d’s way, to do “righteousness and justice.” And this was not merely his personal choice; this became the defining principle that would shape and permeate Abraham’s “children and household,” for generations to come.

It’s quite amazing when you think about it: G-d knew and trusted that.

It’s one thing to make a personal promise. But how many of us can be sure what our children and households would embrace? And not for one generation, but for over 90 generations, till this very day!

Easy it wasn’t. Indeed, this commitment to virtue cost many lives and caused much anguish. For thousands of years empire after empire persecuted those committed to an authority greater than theirs. Righteousness and justice had to be fought for, every step of the way.

Yet, Abraham’s “children and household” held on to the commitment. They maintained it and endured through their Egyptian slavery, through their suffering at the hands of the Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and Romans. Their dedication to Abraham’s just path continued despite the hellish Crusades and Middle Ages, through the Inquisitions, expulsions and pogroms. And finally, through the horrors of the Holocaust in the 20 th Century.

Through all these nightmares of history Abraham’s “children and household” did not just hold up their commitment; they exported it and spread the light unto nations, even to those nations that tormented them.

A nation with such vigilance and fortitude deserves to become a great and mighty nation, and through him all the nations of the world will be blessed.

And indeed, who has prevailed? Not the tyrants, not the killers and persecutors. Not they and not their families have remained. The world has become a more righteous and just place. Nations today are ruled by laws guaranteeing human rights, with freedoms unheard of just a few hundred years ago. And Abraham’s “children and household” are here to tell the story.

Many, many lessons can be gleaned from this ultimate story of history. Above all, it is the story of our own lives, or better yet, our own personal choices.

Today, we are not asked to pioneer a new path of justice and virtue. We stand on the shoulders of Abraham and his children and students. Yet, in our own way we are all faced with moral choices every moment of our lives. Each of us in our heart knows that the battle is not over. Despite our freedoms and all the great advances made over the millennia, we still are faced with our individual vices, driven by self-interest and greed.

Abraham’s mandate is as important today as ever. And his persistence teaches us the power of one individual’s choice, how much it can accomplish.

When your turn comes – and when does it not?will you be an Abraham?

And how will you educate your “children and household?”

 

The above is a wonderful example of Rabbi Jacobson’s messages – read more at Meaningful Life!

“WORDS”

Posted by on Nov 6, 2020 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

“WORDS”

This was a message sent to us and it was so good, I wanted to share it with all of you. Hope it blesses you!

MESSAGE: ” Words “

When Solomon speaks of ‘deep waters’, he’s referring to the water at the bottom of the well that’s the cleanest and coolest. If you want to know what kind of water a well has, go down to the bottom. And if you want to know what’s in a person’s heart, listen to his or her words. An old country farmer put it this way: ‘What’s down in the well always comes up in the bucket!’

One of the surest signs of wisdom and maturity is the ability to say the right thing, in the right way, at the right time, to the right person – or to say nothing at all. Indeed, as you become wiser, you’ll talk less and say more. When someone is arrested, the police are required to read the police caution before questioning them, informing them of their right to remain silent: ‘You do not have to say anything…Anything you do say may be given in evidence.’ So unless your words are intended to build someone up rather than tear them down, silence is a ‘right’ you should exercise every day. Sometimes the wisest words are the ones never spoken. Someone said, ‘A wise man is someone who thinks twice before saying nothing.’

PRAYER :
Dear Abba GOD, King of the Universe,
Thank you for your amazing power and work in our lives, thank you for your goodness and for your blessings over us. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times, strengthening us for your purposes. Thank you for your great love and care. Thank you for your mercy and grace. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for your incredible sacrifice so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us when we don’t thank you enough, for who you are, for all that you do, for all that you’ve given. Help us to set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh. Renew our spirits, fill us with your peace and joy. We love you and we need you, this day and every day. We give you praise and thanks, for You alone are worthy!
In Jesus’ / YESHUA’s Name, Amein.

Days after the BIG DAY

Posted by on Nov 6, 2020 in All Posts, Pams Ponderings | 0 comments

ELECTION

and of course that BIG DAY was the 2020 Election!

and we still don’t know who will be running the country!

 

Our country is so divided…so torn apart by the rhetoric and imaginations that run wild with conspiracy theories and deep state shenanigans. Are they valid accusations? I don’t know. What I do know is that there is truly something going on! You can not have this much confusion, this much division, this much NOISE without something going on! The last time our country was THIS divided was right before the civil war …. just saying.

All that being said……what do we do?

What do we, as ones who call ourselves bible believers, and who say we adhere to a higher calling, walk this out? We who believe and say we follow the God of Israel, obey the ten commandments and try to walk out our faith in all situations – how do we behave when everything looks so dire? We do what we always do…..go to our knees!

It is time for ALL of us in the KINGDOM to realize that KINGDOM RULES >>>> RULE <<<<. There is a protocol that goes along with building a kingdom … and we, as believers, need to recognize that our KING is on the THRONE and that we need to approach Him as that Supreme Judge! So, while He is, yes, our Father, He is also the King of the Universe. So if you are unfamiliar with Kingdoms and protocol and rules…. let’s review.

In a Kingdom there is a time to approach the King. A servant must petition the court to hear his case and that case has to have not only facts and figures, it must be iron-clad (unless you want to take a chance on losing!). So, in short, as servants we need to gather our facts (promises of the King and written down in His book) present them before Him.  We need to take counsel with our mediator, Yeshua HaMashiach and then appear in the courtroom with our case. Our mediator will plead our case before the Judge and remind Him of the rules of the book and the promises that the King has made with His people. Then we will throw ourselves on the court and ask that the prosecuting attorney, the adversary and his accusations are struck from the record and that the case ruled in our favor!

It is time, beloved, to get serious! Let’s put on our boots and grab our sword ~ are you with me?

 

The night before….

Posted by on Nov 2, 2020 in All Posts | 1 comment

 

So…here we are. The night before what is termed as the most important election in United States history. Well, I’m not sure if that’s true, but it IS important – VERY IMPORTANT!!

It is very disconcerting to me to know that there are many people (family AND friends) who do not vote….very disconcerting! I simply do not understand it!! Do they not realize that to NOT vote ….. IS …. TO …. VOTE!!!???

Please people, please….reconsider what is at stake in this election. We are headed for socialism….communism….the death of our country as the founding fathers saw it if we do not take the initiative to study out the issues. Look at the ISSUESNOT the politicians! One party believes this…the other part belives that. If you would like to see the black and white – here it is – this is from Diffen:

Democrat Republican
Philosophy Liberal, left-leaning. Conservative, right-leaning.
Economic Ideas Minimum wages and progressive taxation, i.e., higher tax rates for higher income brackets. Born out of anti-federalist ideals but evolved over time to favor more government regulation. Believe taxes shouldn’t be increased for anyone (including the wealthy) and that wages should be set by the free market.
Social and human ideas Based on community and social responsibility Based on individual rights and justice
Stance on Military issues Decreased spending Increased spending
Stance on Gay Marriage Support (some Democrats disagree) Oppose (some Republicans disagree)
Stance on Abortion Should remain legal; support Roe v. Wade Should not be legal (with some exceptions); oppose Roe v. Wade
Stance on Death Penalty While support for the death penalty is strong among Democrats, opponents of the death penalty are a substantial fraction of the Democratic base. A large majority of Republicans support the death penalty.
Stance on Taxes Progressive (high income earners should be taxed at a higher rate). Generally not opposed to raising taxes to fund government. Tend to favor a “flat tax” (same tax rate regardless of income). Generally opposed to raising taxes.
Stance on Government Regulation Government regulations are needed to protect consumers. Government regulations hinder free market capitalism and job growth.
Healthcare Policy Support universal healthcare; strong support of government involvement in healthcare, including Medicare and Medicaid. Generally support Obamacare. Private companies can provide healthcare services more efficiently than government-run programs. Oppose Obamacare provisions like (1) requirement for individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine, (2) required coverage of contraceptives.
Stance on Immigration There is greater overall support in the Democratic party for a moratorium on deporting – or offering a pathway to citizenship to – certain undocumented immigrants. e.g. those with no criminal record, who have lived in the U.S. for 5+ years. Republicans are generally against amnesty for any undocumented immigrants. They also oppose President Obama’s executive order that put a moratorium on deporting certain workers. Republicans also fund stronger enforcement actions at the border.
Traditionally strong in states California, Massachusetts, New York Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas
Symbol Donkey Elephant
Color Blue Red
Founded in 1824 1854
Website www.democrats.org www.gop.com
Senate Leader Chuck Schumer Mitch McConnell
Chairperson Tom Perez Ronna Romney McDaniel
Famous Presidents Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Richard Nixon
Seats in the Senate 45/100 (not including 2 independent Senators who caucus with the Democratic Party) 53/100
Seats in the House of Representatives 235/435 200/435
Governorships 23/50 27/50
Membership 44.7 million (as of 2017) 32.8 million (as of 2017)
2020 Presidential nominee Joe Biden Donald Trump

So…. do your homework….vote the issues, even though it is hard to ignore the person 🙂

Vote as if your children’s and your children’s childrens lives depend on it….. THEY DO!!!

Sabbath Musings….2020

Posted by on Oct 31, 2020 in All Posts | 0 comments

Sabbath Musings….2020

Dear Beloved….

 

As I sink into the wonder of Sabbath…the mystical, esoteric, beauty of knowing that THIS is the day that the Holy One, blessed be He, ordained and presented to us, His children. This is His present to us…His gift of love.

That being said…have you ever considered that the words in the bible really mean what they say? That when the God of the Universe said:

 

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11

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Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy, as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do. Deuteronomy 5:12-14
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I am the Lord your God; follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.  Ezekiel 20:19-20
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Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
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One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:23-28
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“How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”Matthew 12:12
So….. after reading all those scriptures throughout the whole bible…..what say you?

Shabbat Shalom!

~ Pam ~