Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
In particular, it is the date that both Temples were destroyed and the Jewish people forced into exile.
587 BCE (3338)- The First Temple is destroyed by
Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians.
70 CE (3830)- The Second Temple is destroyed by Titus and the Romans
It is interesting to note that other tragedies have fallen on this date as well:
Sin of the Spies that started the 40 year exile from the promised land
135 CE (3895) - The Romans defeat Bar Kochba's and Emperor Hadrian turns Jerusalem into a Roman city.
1290 (5050) - King Edward I of England signs an edict expelling allJews from England.
1492 (5252) - The Alhambra Decree takes effect, expelling the Jews from Spain and from all Spanish territories.
1914 (5674) - World War I begins when Germany declares war on Russia
1940 (5700) - Himmler presents his plan for the "Final Solution" to the Jewish problem to the Nazi Party.
1942 (5702) - Nazis begin deporting Jews from the Warsaw Ghetto.
This year, Tisha B’Av begins at sundown on Monday, August 8, 2011 and ends one hour after sundown Tuesday, August 9th and the same type fasting as for Yom Kippur applies. Because of the tragedies that have befallen this day, it is considered the saddest day of the Jewish year but there is good news!
Adonai has said that He is closest to the ones who need comfort.
“How Blessed are those who mourn! For they will be comforted.” Matt 5:4
It is also said that this fast day marks the time of a coming great joy! Zechariah, the prophet, foresaw the time when the fast days of Israel would be turned to appointed times of great joy. This will occur at the coming of Yeshua, Ha-Maschiach of Y’Israel (Jesus, Messiah of Israel).
And so we declare: “Nachamu, Nachamu ami – Comfort and keep comforting my people, says your God. Tell Yerushalayim (Israel) to take heart, proclaim to her that she has completed her time of service, that her guilt has been paid off, that she has received at the hand of Adonai double for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1
Why should we as Messianic Jews and Gentiles relate to the days of Israel? Because Israel beats with the heart of God. Her goodness is His blessings and her future belongs to Him. His throne shall abide there in the coming reign of Yeshua and her pulse shall beat in the heart of every believer. Stand strong with her believers in Yeshua. Stand and know the Lord Adonai is with you and with her and His goodness, His favor, His Shalom shall be upon you. Amein.
Tzom Kal – May your fast be easy.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Ever thought about marking your home with the Word of God? In the above scripture the Lord commanded that we mark our door frames (or rather our homes) with his word and most Jews do this with a Mezuzah.
A Mezuzah is a kosher parchment scroll that has Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21 inscribed on one side and the Hebrew letter Shin inscribed on the other. The letter Shin stands for Shaddai, one of the many names of Adonai meaning: The Mighty.
The scroll is rolled so that the Shin can be seen, and is then placed inside a tube of sorts. These tubes can be made of wood, glass, metal or plastic. They can be very simple or extremely ornate.
The Mezuzah is then hung at an angle on the right side of the door frame of the home. Some Orthodox homes have one on every door in the house (except the bathroom), but having only one on the front door will suffice.
Upon entering or leaving the home, it is customary to touch the Mezuzah with your right hand and then kiss your fingers, while giving silent or audible thanks to the Lord for the covenant he has made with his people.
Whether you mark your home in a visible way or by the spirit of your heart, I pray the Lord watch over you, your family and your home.
Friday, May 6, 2011
It is said that Jewish identity is as much our story as it is genetic.
With that in mind, I invite you to enjo
y a bit of our story. My hope is that in Yeshua (Jesus), Jew and Gentile will embrace the same story and become one as we endeavor to live a biblical way of life.
A heart poured out through ink on paper. Folded and sealed with tears, placed tenderly into the crack of an ancient wall, an act of faith that God will answer the cry of one’s heart.
Every day, this happens at the Western Wall. Ancient stones that have become the symbol of the Jewish people and yet it is a symbol for all who believe in God.The wall border Mount Moriah, the religious epicenter of all who believe in the God of Israel. It’s the place where Abraham went to sacrifice Isaac, the place where Jacob wrestled with God and dreamt of a ladder filled with angels, and the place where the Holy Temple was built.