Zion’s Healing

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I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says Adonai,
Because they called you an outcast saying: This is Zion; no one seeks her.

– excerpt from the book of the prophet Jeremiah

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Healing is the bread given to his children
Restoration is the hope for all who are his

Israel is his child,
His firstborn son
When all the nations and all the peoples
Cast you out

O Zion, he will seek you out
Your father will find you
When you are lost and destitute
He will rescue you

The heart of the father,
The heart of Adonai
Calling out, crying out
Bringing life to his children
Remembering their cries

Today is the Day

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The prompt is:

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Today is the Day

Today is the day to decide
Not to stay silent in the face of injustice and hatred

Many learned a lesson they never wished they had
Some seventy years ago

Many stayed silent,
Thinking they would be safe

Many were slaughtered

Yet those who lived
To preserve themselves
Still lost their dignity

The shame that comes with regret
Is immeasurable
It’s reach insurmountable
May the blood-stained silence
Never prevail again

A people consumed with self-preservation and fear
Will not stand against that which kills your neighbor

Yet in not standing for your neighbor
You lose the essence of your humanity,
The ability to be free and whole
The ability to love

If we do not love our neighbor as ourself,
We do not love our Maker and Creator

May we learn from those who lived through such darkness
To love our Maker,
To love our neighbor
To not remain silent today

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Am Yisrael Chai (The People of Israel Live)

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The prompt is:

Alive

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Barracks and Watchtower at Former Concentration Camp Auschwitz ll-Birkenau

Let me tell you a little story.

Today is Purim, or the feast of Esther. The Jewish people were preserved from destruction in Esther’s day. Who could have imagined there would be a company of people in modern times that were far worse than Haman of Esther’s day? Who could have imagined that so few would lift their voices against such a hellish plan of annihilation in “Christian” nations?

I’ve been on a couple of journeys in the last year related to these things.

First, I went to Auschwitz (and Birkenau) – the former Nazi concentration camp that symbolizes the desired annihilation of the Jewish people. This place represents the Shoah (Holocaust). This place witnessed more murder of and cruelty towards the Jewish people than they ever could have imagined. The betrayal by those who had been their neighbors for centuries nearly crushed their corporate soul. Auschwitz and Birkenau tell a story of death, darkness and brutality. But the story doesn’t end there.

The story begins again in Israel.

After going to Auschwitz, I went to Israel again. You have to go to Israel after Auschwitz. This is where the life is. The people of Israel were reborn in a way. G-d regathered his people to the place he promised. The people he called himself after – the G-d of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – were remembered. G-d preserved his people in Esther’s day and G-d preserved his people in our day. Because Israel lives, we know G-d lives.

Happy Purim! ✨

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Do Not Keep Silent

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There is a heartbeat, a cry of anguish still heard. The tears of the sovereign One weeping over his people mingled with the tears of Rachel mourning over her children who are no more.

The anguish and the suffering and the tears of the Shoah (Holocaust) bear no graspable equivalent.

Peering into the blackest black that is the Holocaust is unending in parallel and scope. The wretchedness of man in acquiescence to darkness knows no culpable bounds.

In a superiorly modern and industrial culture leaning on centuries of leadership in ethical thought and theology, men and women quickly consented to murkiness of thought and obeyed the gods of depravity, exploitation and injustice. The very value of human life came into question in a culture deeply rooted in Judeo-Christian principles.

Standing eighty years in distance from the greatest catastrophe the world has known, the best of thinkers, theologians, ethical teachers and peacemakers would likely stand in line and quickly give themselves over to the same god with a different face. In the most troublesome of times, the majority choose to turn away from their neighbor’s suffering. This being said, will we allow the Shoah to teach us.

Will we comprehend that in giving up our own dignity, we lose the essence of being human? Will we breathe in the reality of the Source higher than ourselves lest we fall into decline?

We lose the sacredness of who we are as individuals and as a body of humanity when we submit ourselves to silence in the face of moral crisis. The holiness of God upon man is lost and we lose our unique place in creation if we do not allow our conscience to move us to act on behalf of those in need.

As a German teacher on the Holocaust said, “We know and we’ve seen the end of humanism: it is the Holocaust.” The goodness in humanity comes to a quick end in the face of tribulation. Many would vehemently disagree with the statement yet it would behoove us to consider the idea.

When we rely on our own moral fortitude, we make ourselves vulnerable to arrogance. Arrogance opens the door for dullness that slowly leads our hearts away from who we truly long to be.

The most evil events in history repeat themselves when those with sight choose to look away. Deep darkness invades when those who can hear muffle their ears and choose not to listen. Gloominess and the shadow of death begin to loom over a people when those with understanding do not lift their voices.

On our watch and in our day, what will we choose? What will you choose? The greatest leaders of our day are mere men and women like the men and women of past generations. No better and no worse.

Will we humble ourselves and look to the Source of life who gives strength to stand in the midst of adversity?

Will we hear the heartbeat, the cry of anguish of the sovereign One over his people? Will we weep with Him?

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

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Today’s prompt is:

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A Day of Dancing & Rejoicing

When the LORD brought back
the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South.
Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

Tehillim/Psalm 126

What a day of dancing and rejoicing this day will be!
The Lord will fully and completely
bring back the captivity of Zion!

The people of Israel will know their G-d
He will be their G-d and they will be his people
in righteousness and truth

There is no question and no doubt
that this will happen
All the nations will look and see
the goodness of the G-d of Israel

There will be no other god
Exalted in that day
The one G-d, the living G-d,
The holy one of Israel will be
Exalted and lifted high
in that day

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Do not forget Jerusalem

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 31: Almost

The challenges continue in Israel
Attacks happening on a near daily basis
Many attacks have happened in and near Hevron
where the patriarchs were buried
Attacks are too common in Judea and Samaria
Stabbings have also visited Rishon leZion and Tel Aviv

The difficulties continue for Israel
Yet Israel hasn’t lost hope
Israel cannot lose hope
Israel hasn’t given up
and cannot give up

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
Whether you’re in Israel
or you’re on the other side of the planet,

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem
G-d loves Jerusalem and marked that city forever
He will not forget Jerusalem nor his people, ever
Because G-d does not forget,
Do not forget
Because his love does not grow cold,
Do not let your love grow cold

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem,
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Because of the house of the Lord our G-d
I will seek your good.

Tehillim/Psalm 122

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill!
If I do not remember you,
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth –
If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Tehillim/Psalm 137

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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To Love the G-d of Israel

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To those who have been reading daily, I apologize for the delay in posting this. You may understand when you read this post.

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 30: Bacon

Bacon is a difficult word prompt for me. Let me explain why.

About seventeen years ago, I accidentally landed upon a path that has been wonderful yet filled with heartache in many ways. It has been a lonely road and it took me years to comprehend why. The path has been to learn about and walk with the G-d of Israel and the people of Israel.

If you ask the average person that has been a part of what has historically been called the “church,” you may never know that the faith began as a Jewish sect. The church seems to be a place where it is very rare to learn about the dynamic Jewish experience and the story of the historical people of Israel. Most would know that Jesus was a Jew even though some still desire to rewrite this historical fact due to their hatred of all things Jewish.

The story goes on. I connected with G-d as the G-d of Israel almost two decades ago. It has been a journey I would never ever regret. As I mentioned earlier, it has been lonely and isolating at times. As I’ve delved into the study of Jewish history, their story is filled with loneliness, isolation and rejection.

The overall Jewish experience at the hands of those who profess to believe in Israel’s long-awaited messiah has been utterly horrible. Rejection and isolation would have been kind compared to what the historical realities are. There are not words to adequately describe this tragic and dark history nor the Jewish people’s anguish and persecution by Christians. I realize that you may be shocked by this information but the reality is undeniable. This history can no longer be denied nor argued away. It must be taken seriously.

If you have a courageous heart, I implore you to take a glimpse of this story for yourself. Please stare at it with open eyes and an open heart and be willing to ask some deep and difficult questions.

A book written by the late Catholic priest Father Edward Flannery, originally published in 1965, chronicles twenty-three centuries of anti-Semitism. Father Flannery wrote a “confessional” history of the historical church’s longstanding mistreatment and hatred of the Jewish people. His post-Holocaust self-reflective hope was to see many own and repent over such sins. He links the church’s anti-Semitism to ancient pagan anti-Semitism. This faulty foundation of anti-semitism in the church opened the door for supersessionist ideology, the claim that the church was the new and true Israel. This ideology thrived among the early church fathers and has proven to be a seedbed for some of the most vile and abhorrent acts of murder and hatred of the Jewish people ever expressed throughout history.

Most surprising of all is that this history has been mostly hidden and ignored in the halls of churches and the classrooms of theological seminaries. Yet the Jewish community is starkly aware of it. Here is an excerpt from Flannery’s book to this point, “The vast majority of Christians, even well educated, are all but totally ignorant of what happened to Jews in history and the culpable involvement of the Church…the anti-Semitic record does not appear in Christian history books or social studies, and because Christians are not inclined to read histories of anti-Semitism. Jews on the other hand are by and large acutely aware of this page of history if for no other reason than that it is so extensively and intimately intermingled with the history of the Jews and Judaism. It is little exaggeration to state that those pages of history Jews have committed to memory are the very ones that have been torn from Christian (and secular) history books.”

All that to say, caring about Israel in a world of people who profess to follow a Jewish man is harder than you’d think. 1900 years of a rewritten identity of this Jewish man is sad and it is painful. It is heartbreaking. And because most don’t know this history, people are shocked by even small pieces of this information. Many get offended when the subject is brought up and many want to stay ignorant of the hard facts and the real realities.

Yet, how can there be any real reconciliation between Jews and Christians without dealing with this history? How can the church be absolved if they never ask forgiveness for these crimes? How can those who follow this Jewish man walk outside of hypocrisy and into reality without dealing with him as a Jew?

Outside of the historical truths, what is the core identity of the messiah that the masses say they follow? Who was he? Where did he live? Who was his family? What was his background? It’s like knowing someone without knowing their personal history, their family background, the joys and heartaches of their experience, what they love and what they don’t. All of these things are simply thoughts and questions to stir hunger and hopefully shed light on the subject.

So what about bacon besides the obvious fact that it isn’t kosher. In light of what we’re talking about, Jews were forced to eat bacon to prove they had converted to Christianity or they would face death during the days of the Spanish inquisition. This is the history of the church. This is the history of the Jewish people.

Reconciliation is the goal. Yet the hard work of reconciliation is hard work. And oftentimes we don’t want to do the hard work until it comes knocking on our door, and oftentimes it comes later than we had wished. Germans know this better than any modern culture. A nation professing belief in the one G-d, yet standing by while the Jews in their midst slowly but surely had everything, ultimately their lives, taken from them.

If all of this sounds too heavy and is confusing, it is heavy but it doesn’t have to be confusing. Let me connect you a couple of resources to look into it on your own. Contact me on the comments page if you have throughts/questions.

Note: In using the term “church” I am referring to all parts of what has historically been considered a part of the church including Catholics, Protestants and other Orthodox churches.

The Anguish of the Jews by Edward H. Flannery
Link to New Revised & Updated Paperback Edition: http://www.amazon.com/The-Anguish-Jews-Twenty-Three-Antisemitism/dp/0809143240

Link to Used Edition: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&tn=anguish+of+the+jews

Link to Electronic Edition:
https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=J40gNC7cxfYC&rdid=book-J40gNC7cxfYC&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb

Our Hands are Stained with Blood by Michael Brown
http://askdrbrown.myshopify.com/collections/special-deals/products/special-buy-our-hands-are-stained-with-blood-book-and-receive-a-free-dvd

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 29: Sea

“We’re going to drive them into the sea!”

That was the rhetoric of the Arab Muslim leaders to their followers regarding the Jews in the early days of the rebirth of the Jewish nation called Israel. The Arab leaders encouraged annihilation back then as they encourage hatred today.

“Just get rid of the Jews; push them into the Mediterranean Sea and take over all of the land partitioned to the Jews and to the Arabs.”

Before the rebirth of Israel, the Brits controlled the land. Before the Brits the Turks (the Ottoman Empire) controlled the area for hundreds of years. But furthest back and most prominent in the history of this area was Israel and always will be Israel.

G-d created a people who he called his own people. The descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are these people. The Jewish people are these people. G-d led their descendants to the land he promised to them. Eventually this land became Israel.

Today the land is called Israel again. After a tragic 2,000-year history of terrible persecution for the Jewish people up to the Holocaust, the Jewish people are home again.

As many rage against Israel and multitudes rage against the Jewish people, it’s time to make a choice to stand against this injustice against G-d and his choosing of Israel. It’s time to choose to stand with G-d and to stand with the Jewish people and Israel.

History of Israel http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/History/Pages/Facts%20about%20Israel-%20History.aspx

Israel in Maps http://mfa.gov.il/MFA/AboutIsrael/Maps/Pages/Israel%20in%20Maps.aspx

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Hear, O Israel

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Shema – Hear, O Israel

Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 28: Hope

There is hope in the midst of the storm
Israel, remember your G-d, your maker
Remember the one who formed and fashioned you,
Who made and called you forth

Israel, you are not forgotten nor forsaken
The G-d of the whole earth is your G-d
He watches over you
He keeps you
He calls you his own

Israel, your hope is in your G-d
He is jealous over you
He is zealous for you
He is calling you near

In the midst of trial
Run into the embrace of your maker
In the midst of tribulation
Turn to him

He will deliver you, O Israel
The only true and living G-d
will deliver and bring you life
He is breathing life into you
He is restoring your soul
He is redeeming you
Your G-d never sleeps nor slumbers

Hear, O Israel,
Trust in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore
He is yours
You are his
Your hope is in your G-d

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Perhaps

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Writing Every Day for Thirty-One Days
to Speak Life over Israel

While much of the earth is speaking death and accusation over the Jewish nation, let’s take 31 days to do the opposite. Let’s speak life over the nation of Israel and the Jewish people.

Day 27: Perhaps

Perhaps things are better than they seem
Perhaps the hatred we see is not really hatred at all
Perhaps the darkness of young ones
desiring to murder Jews in the name of god
isn’t as bad as it seems
Perhaps peace is possible
Perhaps

Perhaps the world will not continue in their anti-Semitic ways
Perhaps Israel will not be hated continually,
in the same way Jews have been hated century after century
Perhaps

Perhaps the kings will bow before the one G-d
Perhaps the enemies of G-d will stop their hating
Perhaps those who hate the G-d of Israel
will change their ways
and change their minds
and change their hearts
Perhaps

May the wicked turn to G-d
that they may not perish in their wickedness
May those who glorify death
turn from their wicked ways
and seek the living G-d who gave them life

May the haters find G-d’s love
May those seeking death find G-d’s life
May those given to darkness encounter G-d’s light

May G-d keep and protect his people Israel
from those seeking their destruction
May Israel find deliverance and life
in the G-d who has never forgotten nor forsaken them
May Israel run into the heart of G-d
who made Israel for his own glory

Baruch haShem

Standing with Israel, Standing with G-d

O G-d, do not be silent;
 do not hold aloof; 
do not be quiet, O G-d! For Your enemies rage,
 Your foes assert themselves. They plot craftily against Your people,
 take counsel against Your treasured ones. They say, “Let us wipe them out as a nation; 
Israel’s name will be mentioned no more.”…pursue them with Your tempest, 
terrify them with Your storm. Cover their faces with shame
 so that they seek Your name, O Lord…May they know
 that Your name, Yours alone, is the Lord, 
supreme over all the earth. Tehillim/Psalm 83

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Chai is the Hebrew word for Life

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