VISIONS AND A VOICE
Yochanan Ezra ben Avraham
© 8 Sivan 5778 [22 May 2018]
A Childhood Memory: In the 1970’s when we had our ocean-front home in Longbeach, WA., I used to play my guitar and sing the Tehillim (Psalms of) L’David from a Gideon’s “New Testament with Psalms” but not really knowing how to play the guitar. I would just strum the strings and gave it all it was worth. Now the Holy One has blessed me to be able to sing the Tehillim in Hebrew. In this way, Praise of the L-RD; (for it is written, “Yet Thou art holy, O Thou that art enthroned upon the praises of Israel.” Tehillim 22.3) David became my “king and lord” (Hoshea 3.5) in HaShem’s Monarchy!
A Messianic Vision I was sealed in a vision with the Name of G-D (HaVaYaH) in my forehead as it were: I was walking down a street in Astoria leaving a Messianic Supper and as I walked across a sprinkling mist of water misting from a hose I saw a prism (the colors of a rainbow) reflecting in the late evening sunset. At that instance I saw the Yud Hay Vav Hay (Tetragrammaton) in a vision [that is, the Tetragrammaton was impressed or sealed upon my forehead in a spiritual vision like the prophets of old had visions.] The Tetragrammaton which I saw was surrounded by, and with the colors of the rainbow enfolding within and around the Name/Letters of the Tetragrammaton (“sovev v’memalle” Encompassing and Penetrating or Filling, as it were)! Ezekiel 1.28
HaVaYaH: (lit. “being”); the Tetragrammaton, G d’s Divine Name of the four Hebrew letters Yud-Hay-Vav-Hay, expressing His transcendence of time and space!
Later, when I arrived at the “Upper Room” (a Messianic Meeting Hall) I was asked by David Fisher in front of all those present, “Did you have a vision?” To which I replied, “Yes! Who told you?” But it was obvious that HaShem told David. The vision came with restrained power – powerful yet not debilitating!
Ezekiel 9.4 “And the L-RD said unto him: ‘Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.'”
Revelation 14:1-5 …’And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Tzion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
Revelations 22.4 “And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.”
Another Messianic Vision The second vision I had was while hitchhiking in the evening mist. I was singing to the Holy-One and saw a vision of a chalice being tilted as if drunk from. Then the verse from Revelations 3.20 came to mind. Revelations 3.20 “Behold, I stand at the door, …; and will sup with him, and he with me.”
A Still Small Loving Voice (“I will always Provide for you!”) ( 1 King’s 19.12) While enroute to Klamath Falls as I was hitchhiking I stopped at the Park by Oakridge, Oregon near a river to brush my teeth and drink from the river. I was pretty hungry. As I squatted down to sip from the river, a Clear, Still Small, Most Loving, Caring and Compassionate Voice, (in response to my prayer because I was hungry) called my birth name and said, “I will always provide for you!” Later, that same afternoon I found in a trash can a half of a water-mellon and in another trash can hot dogs and buns which were left over from a Church pick-nik. In quiet assurance, I gave thanks and ate as was my custom.
A Voice in the Night (1 Samuel 3.10) I was asleep in my cell at Oregon State Penitentary and my birth name was called twice, just like in 1 Samuel 3.10! I immeadiately awoke and simply “knew” I was to pray for Denise Schmidt. So I got out of bed and kneeled and prayed for her. As it turned out, her husband, Joe became jealous of our correspondence and they got into a big argument.
An Angel standing guard in the night. (I woke from my sleep and looked towards the cell door and saw an Angel standing guard over me by the door!)
A Genealogical Search & the Christian Identity Movement (Anglo-Israelism): While at the Oregon State Penitentary I was researching my genealogical history, writing a “historical novel” and studying the doctrines of what turned out to be the racist Christian Identity Movement (Anglo-Israelism – World-Wide Church of G-D – Herbert Armstrong).
“Armstrong adhered to a form of British Israelism which stated that the British, American and many European peoples were descended from the so-called Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, using this belief to state that biblical references to Israel, Jacob, etc., were in fact prophecies relating to the modern day, with literal application to the USA, Britain, and the British Commonwealth.”
At some point in time it was propounded to me in Judah’s Septre, Joseph’s Birthright, (J.H. Allen, Destiny Publishers) that the Anglo-Saxon race takes its name from Isaac (viz, saac= Sax-sons).
“Ancient writers, such as Josephus and Jerome would associate the Scythians with the peoples of Gog and Magog, but British Israelist etymologists would see in Sacae a name derived from the biblical “Isaac”,:294–295 claiming that the appearance of the Scythians where they claimed the Lost Tribes were last documented also supported a connection. The chain of etymological identification leading from Isaac to the Sacae was continued to the Saxons (interpreted as Sac’s sons – the sons of Isaac), who are portrayed as invading England from Denmark, the ‘land of the Tribe of Dan’.”
At that time, knowing very little Hebrew I got out my Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and Dictionary and discovered that Isaac was actually pronounced: Yitzchaq (Isaac), a far cry from and vs. [Anglo-]Saxson (Isaac’s Sons)! From that moment on I knew that the Christian Identity Movement was in error, I rejected their racist theology and continued to embrace Messianic Judaism until I “Found a Pin” in my cell at Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center (which I sent with a sworn declaration to Ronit Z. Walker).
I FOUND a Pin: While at Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center in 1997 I found a pin/needle and performed hatafot dam (“ritual drawing of a drop of blood from one previously circumcised”) for my “Brit Milah” (Acceptance of the Covenant [of Circumcision] of Avraham)! (My First Passover and Jewish Cuisine is thanks to Attorney at Law Ronit Zivah Walker.
Learning Hebrew: A Sephardi Primer and the Siddur Tehillat HaShem! While at USP Terre Haute an inmate loaned me his Sephardi primer, “Reading Hebrew.” From the primer HaShem taught me to read the Aleph – Bet. I joyously “forced” myself to learn to pronounce the characters and eventually the Hebrew prayers even though I was mocked by Muslim inmates. When I was at Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center in 1997 Rabbi Yosse Lerman of Chabad in Atlanta brought to me a Hebrew Prayer Book – the Hebrew-English Siddur Tehillat HaShem. One day when I was in the middle of prayer, a guard came into my cell and ripped the Siddur out of my hand and threw it across the room (cell). I never saw the siddur again as it was a forced cell move! I made a formal complaint and prayed that morning for a small amount of raisins (from my raisin bran cereal) to make kiddush for the Sabbath. Then I left for Court, came back and there was a surprise waiting for me – the Detention Center Chaplain brought me: a box of Matzah (unleavened bread), a gallon of grape juice, a new Siddur Tehillat HaShem, a Naftali Hertz Artscroll Pesach Machzor (Passover Festival Prayer Book) and a book of poetry on the Holocaust with a picture of a pile of shoes from a concentration camp on it’s cover!
A Punch in the Face: While at the Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center my response to the guards slapping and punching me in the face was for me to get the Pesach (Passover) Machzor and sing Tehillim to the Holy One with tears streaming down my face. My disposition was instantly changed from weeping to estatic joy!
Charged With Attempted Escape: While at Atlanta Pretrial Detention Center, I was Davening (praying the Minchah [afternoon] Tefillah [prayer] – Erev Shabbat) and keeping my Kosher food warm in the sink water and the guard came into my cell and said to me that I was “nothing but trouble since arriving at Pretrial and that I deserved nothing but an “ass woopin” while housed [t]here.” He grabbed me by the tee-shirt collar and flung me out the cell door into the sally-port where he grabbed the back of my head and slammed it face first into the cell door lock cutting my eyebrow ridge! He then went back into my cell and turned off the water. At that moment I saw two female guards as I stepped into the sally-port doorway and called to them as they were about to get on an elevator for them to “get the Shift Lt. “up here” [there] so we could resolve a problem.” When the Lt. came and asked what had happened I explained that I was praying and keeping my meal warm till after sunset and my Sabbath prayers when the guard came into my cell, started harrassing and threatening me with an “ass-woopin!” The Lt. told the guard to “go home;” to which the guard said, “I can’t believe you’re taking the word of an inmate over me!”
The following week I was charged with attempted escape but my diligent attorney had the charges dismissed with excellent examination of the guard at the pretrial hearing! Fortunately, the guard admitted that there was a problem with the Kosher food!
Messianics don’t Marry with a Ketuvah. In 2002, in a heated debate with Thomas “Tommy” Carr, (aka Talmadge “TC” Carr) it was determined that he only married a Jewess by civil marriage without a Ketuvah (marital contract obligating him to fullfill a husband’s three obligation to his wife: food, clothing and conjugal relations. This ended my contact with Messianic Jews. In fact, it was written by Paul in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 “… For ye know what commandments we gave you….For this is the will of G-D, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not G-D:That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the L-RD is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For G-D hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”
Nor do Messianics Divorce with a Get as it is written: “But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but G-D hath called us to peace.” (1 Corinthians 7.15) Contrast this with the Biblical obligation to write a GET found in Devarim 24 : “When a man takes a wife and is intimate with her, and it happens that she does not find favor in his eyes because he discovers in her an unseemly matter, and he writes for her a document of severance, gives it into her hand, and sends her away from his house. She leaves his house and goes and marries another man….” Devarim (Deuteronomy) 24:1-2. Clearly, a Biblical Divorce requires a document of severance and a sending away! Proof of a Divorce requires a GET “document of severance” – “Thus saith the L-RD: Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, wherewith I have put her away?” Yesheyahu (Isaiah) 50.1
Borrowed Shoes: I did not have shoes to work in while in Jerusalem so I borrowed a pair two sizes too big for me from Rabbi Yoseph Weiss.
Returning lost, forgotten Gold Coins in Y’rushalayim: In 2003 while cleaning rubble in a Wolfson Towers Apartment on Diskin Street in Jerusalem (doing shipootsim [demolition and remodeling] for Rabbi Yoseph Weiss), I found and returned 8 gold [UK] sovereigns to the new owner [Iska DeBeer] of that apartment home! I taped them into a long display in masking tape and put them in my pocket to finish my work when Iska DeBeer came into check on my progress and she jokingly said, “If you find any gems be sure to let me know.” To which I replied, [reaching into my pocket] “You mean like these?” and held out to her the eight gold sovereigns. She then said, “Be sure to mark where you found them so I can return them to the rightful owner!”
An Emerald and a Ruby: Led to my wedding! I fell in love with Grace Farah over her story about her semi-precious stones from all around Eretz-Yisrael. She took each stone out of her purse and placed them on my palm explaining as she did so that her father helped her collect them. The only stones she did not have in her collection, she said were an Emerald and a Ruby. (Before I left Portland, my brother sent to me in the mail a raw un-cut Emerald and a raw un-cut Ruby.) I generously gave them to her as a gift!
Should HaShem Return to Tzion as a Roaring Lion or as a Cooing Dove? (Calling IT’S Mate: Doves Mate for Life!) Surely we could be dealing with Shir ha-Shirim, the Song of Songs, O my dove, in the cranny of the rocks, hidden by the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is comely (Song 2:14)…. a burning question: Should there be a nuclear arms race in the middle east, and wars/terrorism continue, perhaps HaShem will come as a Roaring Lion? Yet in Joel 3.16 and in Hoshea 11.9 Israel finds comfort: “I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am G-D and not man, the Holy One in your midst, And I will not come in wrath. 10They will walk after the L-RD, He will roar like a lion; Indeed He will roar, And His sons will come trembling from the west. 11They will come trembling like birds from Egypt And like doves from the land of Assyria; And I will settle them in their houses, declares the L-RD.… )! One can only Hope for HaShem’s Rachoom (Mercy) while waiting in quiet assurance that the final redemption will be in Mercy!
A Little Theology:
G-D is Not Man is stated in the Hebrew Bible Three Times: B’midbar (Numbers) 23.19, 1 Samuel 15.29 and Hoshea 11.9 (No Trinity Doctrine or deification of man is taught in the Hebrew Bible)!
Human sacrifice is reprehensible to the Holy One. (B’rashith [Genesis] 22.12 “lay not your hand upon the lad nor do anything to him for now I know ….” and, Devarim [Deuteronomy] 12.31 “for even their children they make to pass through the fire.” [“Thou shalt not do so unto the L-RD thy G-D; for every abomination to the L-RD, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods.] Thus it would be reprehensible in the Eyes of the Holy-One to accept “Jesus as the Lamb of G-D which takes away the sin of the world.” John 1.29 )
Vicarious Atonement is not taught in the Hebrew Bible:
Everyone shall be punished for their own sin (except they make Tshuvah)! Devarim 24.16 “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers; every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
“In the eighteenth chapter of Ezekiel, the prophet was teaching his people a fundamental Biblical principle: A righteous person cannot die vicariously for the sins of the wicked. This alien notion was condemned by Ezekiel. He taught that the belief that the innocent can suffer to atone for the sins of the wicked is pagan, and was to be purged from the mind of the Jewish people. This core tenet of Judaism is conveyed explicitly throughout the eighteenth chapter of the Book of Ezekiel. In verses 18:20-23, the prophet declares that true repentance alone washes the penitent clean of all iniquities; every one of his sins are forgiven in Heaven. This chapter is so clear and unambiguous, there can be no other reading of these passages. Blood-sacrifices or the veneration of a crucified messiah are not mentioned or even hinted throughout Ezekiel’s thorough and inspiring discourse on sin and atonement.
Ezekiel’s teaching is not novel. The Jewish people were warned throughout the Torah never to offer human sacrifices. When Moses offered to have his name removed from the Torah in exchange for the sin that the Jewish people had committed with the Golden Calf, the Almighty abruptly refused Moses’ offer. Exodus 32:31-33 Moses, who was righteous with regard to the golden calf, could not suffer vicariously for the sin of the nation. Rather, only the soul that sinned would endure judgment.”
The key to repentence is in man’s hand!
Free will is given to all mankind. Transgressions are by Choice (“Unto you shall be it’s desire but you can rule over it” B’rashith 4.7)! (There is no doctrine of bondage to a sin nature; and we are not “slaves to sin.” John 8.34, Romans 6.20) We have a choice to sin or not to sin: “Let the wicked forsake his way, And the man of iniquity his thoughts; And let him return unto the L-RD, and He will have compassion upon him, And to our G-D, for He will abundantly pardon. Yesheyahu (Isaiah) 55.7
“For I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked….” Y’kezkel (Ezekiel) 18.23, 32; 33.11.
Do not follow a false prophet. False prophets are merely a test for the children of Israel. Devarim (Deuteronomy) 13.4 – “for the L-RD your G-D putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love the L-RD your G-D with all your heart and with all your soul.”
(Jesus falsely prophesied that he would physically return within the lifetime of his disciples to establish the kingdom of G-D on Earth:
Matthew 16:28, “Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who shall not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.” Luke 9:27 “But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of G-D.” OBVIOUSLY this (Jesus’ imminent return within the 1st Century of the Common Era) did not happen! Moreover, his disciples expected a restoration of the Kingdom of Israel, (Acts 1.6, 7.) but Jesus said that only the Father knew when that would happen! I thought that one of the attributes of HaShem is omniscient (all-knowing). Certainly if Jesus were eternally co-equal with G-D he would know when the Kingdom would be restored to Israel!
Muhammad states in the Quran 40.36-37 that Haman was in the Court of Pharoah, the Egyptian; when in fact Haman was in the Court of Xerxes the Persian [centuries later]! He also states that Pharoah crucified people when it was the Romans [centuries later] who did so Qur’an 7:123-124 . He also mistakenly refers to Mary, the mother of Jesus as Miriam, the sister of Moshe Qur’an 19:27- 28 . He mixed up the stories of the Tower of Babel, Egypt, Pharoah and Esther. A Non-Existent Mosque in Jerusalem: The Quran (7.1) claims the furthest Mosque is in Jerusalem. Muslims claim that Al-Aqsa mosque is mentioned in the Qur’an as the furthest mosque, even though there was obviously no mosque in Jerusalem during Muhammad’s time. A true prophet would not make these mistakes!
The Satanic Verses (by Salman Rushdie) fit neatly into the prohibition to not go after false deities and false prophets, as is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy 13).
“[V]ehement protest against Rushdie’s book” began with the title itself. The title refers to a legend of the Prophet Mohammad, when a few verses were supposedly spoken by him as part of the Qur’an, and then withdrawn on the grounds that the devil had sent them to deceive Mohammad into thinking they came from G-D. These “Satanic Verses” are found in verses eighteen to twenty- two in surah An-Najim of the Qur’an and by accounts from Tabari, but is seldom mentioned in the first biography of Mohammad by Ibn Ishaq. The verses also appear in other accounts of the prophet’s life. They permitted prayer to three pre- Islamic Meccan goddesses*: Al-lāt, Uzza, and Manāt —a violation of monothe- ism. The utterance and withdrawal of the so-called Satanic Verses forms an important sub-plot in the novel, which recounts several episodes in the life of Muhammad. The phrase Arab historians and later Muslims used to describe the incident of the withdrawn verses was not “Satanic verses”, but the gharaniq verses; the phrase ‘Satanic verses’ was unknown to Muslims, and was coined by Western academics specialising in the study of Middle Eastern culture.
(*It should be noted that the Torah prohibits mentioning the names of false deities such as Allah, Al-lāt, Uzza, and Manāt: “And in all things that I have said unto you take ye heed; and make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth.” Shmoth 23.13)
The Divine Revelation at Har Sinai is the ONLY National revelation of G-D in the entire history of the world, which makes Judaism a unique religion in the history of world religions! The Divine Revelation at Har Sinai has no parallel in the history of world religions. All other religions are based upon an individual receiving a [personal] “revelation;” rather than the Entire Nation receiving a revelation as was the case at Har Sinai on Shavuot [matan Torah]! “Ye are My witnesses, saith the L-RD, And My servant whom I have chosen; That ye may know and believe Me, and understand That I am He; Before Me there was no god formed, Neither shall any be after Me.” (Isaiah 43.10)
Since G-D is not man and Jesus was a man, Jesus is not G-D nor is he Eternally co-Equal with G-D! 1 Corinthians 15.28 states that Jesus shall [according to this Messianic Scripture] be in submission or subjection to G-D! How could G-D [viz e.g. Jesus, the son] be in Submission to G-D [the Father]? G-D cannot change: “For I the L-RD change not; and ye, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” Malachi 3.6 Moreover, how could G-D (the son) pray to G-D (the Father) as in “My G-D, My G-D, why hast Thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27.46) Can G-D supplicate, that is PRAY to G-D?
A contradiction arises and there is no contradiction in the truth. Since G-D cannot change and Jesus will eventually be (according to 1 Corinthians 15.28) in submission to G-D, (a change of sovereignty) Jesus is not the “same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13.8).
Man is meant to be Charitable – Tzaddaka Adam. Hence, the Torah’s emphasis on “loving the neighbor and the stranger;” of “not having diverse weights and measures” (prejudice towards our fellow man) and of “not putting a stumbling block before the blind!”
The Jewish Monarchy:The Torah says the People of Israel are to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation! Shmoth (Exodus) 19.6 and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. In Devarim (Deuteronomy) 17.15 the Torah says that when the Jews enter the land of Israel, they shall appoint a king over themselves. Based on this, Maimonides writes that when the Jews entered the land of Israel, they were commanded to do three things: appoint a king, destroy the Amalekites and build a Temple. Maimonides writes further that in the Messianic era a Jewish king will arise and restore Jewish sovereignty, build the Temple in Jerusalem and ingather the exiles. In I Samuel 8.8, however, it says that the Jews were condemned for requesting a king. This seems to be inconsistent.
There is a distinction between the appointment of a king as a substitute for the Al-mighty, as in Samuel’s time, and the appointment of a king as a channel to become closer to G-D (as in the case of King David his “Last Ordinance” and Tehillim (Psalms) 51). Deuteronomy 17:14,15, Mishnah Torah, Laws of Kings, Ch. 1. Specifically, Devarim says, “…whom the L-RD thy G-D shall choose.”
The Torah commands the use of the Urim and Thummim to decide when to go out to war. B’midbar 27.21, Shmoth 28.30, 1 Samuel 28.6, Ezra 2.63
Presumably, the King is to Consult the High Priest and the L-RD would give an answer by the Urim and Thummim excluding the King from making such a decision of his own volition – hence Samuel objects to the type of king they asked for, one like the nations around them; rather than one in subjection to the high priest and the will of HaShem through the Urim and Thummim. They rejected HaShem’s Kingship and asked for a king to lead them out and in from war like the nations around them who do not know HaShem ! 1 Samuel 8.5, 20 (“that we also may be like all the nations.”)
HaShem does not want Israel to “be like all the nations” but to be distinct, set apart, a holy kingdom. Shmoth (Exodus) 19.6 (“and ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.”) “He declareth His word unto Jacob, His statutes and His ordinances unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation; and as for His ordinances, they have not known them. Hallelujah.” and see: Devarim (Deuteronomy) 4.8 – “And what great nation is there, that hath statutes and ordinances so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?”
Some Kindly Advice: Respect the Elderly and Your Parents – They are the Gatekeeps of Wisdom and Unity! Keep your vows. Don’t tolerate bullies! Don’t do drugs, tattooings or piercings and Don’t smoke! Use Alcohol in moderation and abstain from sexual gratification except where permissible in a mono-gamous halachicly sanctioned marriage! Sing to HaShem – It will transform the most depressed person. Song is theraputic for the soul.
A Little Kuzari: “The Khazari King with whom the Rabbi debates, in the Kuzari, wants to know why the Rabbi introduced his G-D as ‘The G-D of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,’ instead of by the more grand description, the creator of the heavens and the earth. The Rabbi states that he was following a hallowed precedent: ‘In the same strain spoke Moses to Pharaoh, when he told him: ‘The G-D of the Hebrews sent me to thee,’ viz. the G-D of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob … He did not say: ‘The G-D of heaven and earth,’ nor ‘my Creator and thine sent me.’ In the same way G-D commenced His speech to the assembled people of Israel: ‘I am the G-D whom you worship, who has led you out of the land of Egypt,’ but He did not say: ‘I am the Creator of the world and your Creator.’’ And the reason that the Rabbi gives for this traditional façon de parle is that the Jewish relationship with G-D is, first and foremost, a personal one. They have known G-D directly through His miracles and providence, and thus, ‘I answered thee as was fitting, and is fitting for the whole of Israel who knew these things, first from personal experience [especially via the national revelation at Sinai], and afterwards through uninterrupted tradition, which is equal to the former.’ “
Kuzari opens his discourse with the G-D of Avraham, Yitzchaq, v’Ya’acov because of the passuk:
“And G-D said moreover unto Moses: ‘Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel: The L-RD, the G-D of your fathers, the G-D of Abraham, the G-D of Isaac, and the G-D of Jacob, hath sent me unto you; this is My name for ever, and this is My memorial [how I am to be remembered] unto all generations.” Shmoth 3.15
“Further, Kuzari propounds the principle upon which his religious system is founded; namely, that revealed religion [Judaism] is far superior to natural religion. For the aim of ethical training, which is the object of religion, is not to create in man good intentions, but to cause him to perform good deeds. This aim can not be attained by philosophy, which is undecided as to the nature of good, but can be secured by religious training, which teaches what is good. As science is the sum of all truth found by successive generations, so religious training is based upon a set of traditions; in other words, history is an important factor in the development of human culture and science.”
A Little Talmud: (“He Sits and Roars like a Lion”) Talmud Brachot 3a
UNTIL WHEN [How Late in the Evening] MAY THE SHEMA BE RECITED?
“UNTIL THE END OF THE FIRST WATCH. What opinion does R. Eliezer hold? If he holds that the night has three watches, let him say: Till four hours [in the night]. And if he holds that the night has four watches, let him say: Till three hours? — He holds indeed, that the night has three watches, but he wants to teach us that there are watches in heaven8 as well as on earth. For it has been taught: R. Eliezer says: The night has three watches, and at each watch the Holy One, blessed be He, sits and roars like a lion. For it is written: The L-RD does roar from on high, and raise His voice from His holy habitation; ‘roaring He doth roar’9 because of his fold. [….]
Thus I then learned from him three things: One must not go into a ruin; one may say the prayer on the road; and if one does say his prayer on the road, he recites an abbreviated prayer. He further said to me: My son, what sound did you hear in this ruin? I replied: I heard a divine voice, cooing like a dove, and saying: Woe to the children, on account of whose sins I destroyed My house and burnt My temple and exiled them among the nations of the world! And he said to me: By your life and by your head! Not in this moment alone does it so exclaim, but thrice each day does it exclaim thus! And more than that, whenever the Israelites go into the synagogues and schoolhouses and respond: ‘May His great name be blessed!’14 the Holy One, blessed be He, shakes His head and says: Happy is the king who is thus praised in this house!”
“He Sits and Roars like a Lion”
Amos 1.2 “And he said: The L-RD roareth from Zion, And uttereth His voice from Jerusalem;
and the pastures of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.”
Joel 3.16 “And the L-RD shall roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem, And the
heavens and the earth shall shake; But the L-RD will be a refuge unto His people, And a stronghold to
the children of Israel.“
Jeremiah 25.30 “Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them: The
L-RD doth roar from on high, And utter His voice from His holy habitation; He doth mightily roar
because of His fold; He giveth a shout, as they that tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the
Shir ha-Shirim, (the Song of Songs):
O my dove, in the cranny of the rocks, hidden by the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is comely (Song 2:14)…
The Leaves Fall…
to what purpose…I ask?
Who is the MASTER … you ask?
of the Leaves!
For the Tree … the worms
the crawling things… the soil… the
Whose Beauty … you ask?
But its naked … she said!
Who is naked … he asked?
The Tree … said the Master!
Why … asked the Sky?
To Know… said the Clouds!
What… asked the Wind?
It’s Essence… said The
The Wind Wispers It’s Love,
As It Caresses Creation.
The Birds Briefly Sing Their Praise,
From Dawn Through Dusk.
The Flower’s Fragrance Express Their Joy,
When Blooming Brightly in the Spring Sun.
The Horses’ Hooves When Prancing Upon the Earth,
Shouts a Strength All Their Own.
The Black and White Whales When Crashing Through the Seas,
Declare Dominion They Hold over the Ocean.
The Water Washing In From the Ocean,
Ripples It’s Poetry Sad and Solemnly Upon the Sea’s Shore.
The Moon Magnifies Two Lovers,
As the Clouds Kiss the Sky.
Over It All, The KING Keeps Vigil, Silent* and Waiting,
For the Time When HIS Throne Will Descend to Receive