Friday, October 13, 2017

Sabbath Music - House of Gold






This song has been on my heart for the past couple of weeks:   House of Gold

(as sung by Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott).  At the end of this post, you'll find the lyrics, which were written by Hank Williams, Sr.

This song is so true because you sure can't take it with you.  When I pass on, I'll have no earthly wealth to leave behind.  I will, however, leave behind something much better.  The treasures of love and wisdom are an inheritance that thieves can't steal and moths can't corrupt.  

This graphic touched my heart this week, and it fits with how I'm thinking.  The best things in life aren't things.


This month, I've been reading and meditating on Psalm 119 and found these passages that express my thoughts on what I'll leave behind:
   
The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.
Psalm 119:72
  
 How sweet to my tongue is your promise,
truly sweeter than honey in my mouth!
(verse 103)
Your word is a lamp for my foot
and light on my path.
(verse 105) 

Therefore I love your mitzvot
more than gold, more than fine gold. 
 Thus I direct my steps by [your] precepts;
every false way I hate.
(verses 127-128) 

The main thing about your word is that it’s true;
and all your just rulings last forever.
. . . my heart stands in awe of your words.
I take joy in your promise,
like someone who finds much booty.
(verses 160-162)

 Those who love your Torah have great peace;
nothing makes them stumble.
(verse 165)

I always say, "I'm rich. . . just filthy rich!"  and I'm leaving it all behind for my children and grandson, and to those with whom I've shared His truth.  They will be rich, too, if they accept their inheritance. 

House of Gold Lyrics:

Some people cheat, they steal and lie 
For wealth and what it will buy
Don't they know on judgment day
All the gold and silver melt away?

What good is gold and silver too 
If your heart's not pure and true? 
Sinner hear me when I say 
You gotta get down on your knees and pray.

 I'd rather be in a deep dark grave,
And know that my poor soul was saved 
Than to live in this world in a house of gold 
And deny my God and lose my soul. 

Some people people cheat, they steal and lie
For wealth and what it will buy 
But don't they know on the judgment day 
All the gold and silver melt away? 

Sinner hear me when I say 
You better get down on your knees and pray

Tonight in the synagogue, Erev Shabbat, we begin the new Torah reading cycle with  Parashat B'resheit (Genesis 1:1 - 6:8).  Simchat Torah will be celebrated tonight, too, with all-night Torah study, food, dancing, and worship.  The Hebrew calendar has turned over to the year 5778, and we're praying for a blessed year ahead.

Good Shabbos to you, Gail-Friends, and have a good week.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thankful Thursday- Beauty Left Behind



After Hurricane Irma, this mangrove washed ashore here on the Space Coast.  Looks pretty ugly, right?   But look closely at what was left behind. . .


And here's another photo, taken at sunrise.


Isn't G-od's creation awesome?  There's beauty all around if we just look for it, even after a terrible storm.  I'm thankful for local photographers who looked for the good and share it on a local Facebook page.

I'm thankful for a dog who prays:



Well, not really.  She's actually scratching her nose.  Sometimes, she also washes her face by licking her paws and then washing just like a cat.  I've tried to get a video of it, but haven't been fast enough.  I really think she was raised by a cat.  It's really funny to watch.

We had a great time at the synagogue for Erev Shabbat and our Sukkot celebration.  Lots of singing, dancing, and waving of the lulav.  Hopefully, I'll have some pics next week.  Synagogue members have been sending me photos of their sukkahs,  and it's fun to see how each one is different.

Tomorrow night is Simchat Torah - all night Bible study and celebration of the beginning of the yearly Torah cycle.

I'll have lots of good stuff to share next week, so stop by and sit a spell.  Lots more excitement happening in the week ahead.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Sabbath Music - Sukkot Music and Dancing


Haleuyah - it is the time of our rejoicing!  Tonight we celebrate Shabbat as well as Sukkot - the Feast of Tabernacles.  I'm busy as a bee today, so this post will be brief.  I'm sharing three songs (two with dancing), and I hope you enjoy them.  To find more music for Sukkot, go to YouTube and search for Sukkot dance or Sukkot music playlist.  There is a treasure trove awaiting you!  Listen -- Worship -- and I hope you dance!

It's the Time of Our Rejoicing  

Feast of Tabernacles Dance 


Your Name by Zemer Levav

**To learn more about Sukkot, click on this LINK.  You'll see today's post first, but just scroll down to see past celebrations, explanations, scriptures, and photos.

 Have a wonderful holiday and Shabbat Shalom to you all.  I'd love to hear about your celebration and see photos of your sukkah.  Just post them in the comments.

not my sukkah - but isn't it nice?


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Quiet Reflection

Golden Cottage Garden

Life has been a whirlwind since Hurricane Irma visited Golden Cottage.  My quiet time on the porch has been disturbed.  We moved everything off the porch and then decided to do a cleaning and painting project.  Subsequent rainy, windy days have delayed getting my "secret place" restored.   I've learned a new gratitude for the lovely spot where I enjoy quiet reflection, watching birds, and communing with my Heavenly Father.


I'm grateful for quiet reflection during the days leading up to Yom Kippur.  Every year, as we ponder the sins listed in our service's liturgy, I'm convicted of that same, old sneaky sin has crept back into my life:  murmuring and complaining.  My prayer during each day's quiet reflection will be to keep this in the forefront of my mind.   More on that during another post.   Thankful Thursday is a part of my resolve.

Here are a few photos of our Yom Kippur observance.

Several of the ladies in the synagogue have worked to make a priestly robe for Rabbi Jem to wear on this holiest day of the year.


The bottom of the tunic has bells and pomegranates, as described in the Torah.  We even had a cat help us with that project:

Thank you, Tebow

Rabbi Jem with brothers, Sam and James

Rabbi Jem during the Torah procession
And a big thank you to the ladies who helped make this project a success.  I will do a future post about the significance of the elements of the priestly robe.

After the service, we danced to the song Mashiach ben David, celebrating and thanking Him for Yeshua's great sacrifice for our sins.   Try to look over my singing in the background as I filmed the video.  Focus instead on James kicking up his heels during the dance.  :)

video

Rabbi Jem always says, "When the rabbi dances, everybody dances."

From Rabbi Jem, me, and our congregation, "May your name be written in the book of life for 5778, and may you have a blessed year of shalom."




What are you grateful for this week?



Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be grateful for all the good things in my life.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wisdom Wednesdays - Emet / Truth


Hebrew is a unique and fascinating language.  The graphic above explains the Hebrew word "emet" which means truth.  (graphic from MiYah Music)

An understanding of Torah and Hebrew are vital to understanding the New Testament.  The graphic above is a perfect example.  If you, like me, were taught a Christian view and theology, you know the verse from Revelation 22:13 as, "I am the (alpha)beginning and the (omega)end."  This is because modern translations are from the Greek.  As the saying goes, "A lot gets lost in translation."

Remember, when Yeshua spoke the following words, He was speaking in Aramaic / Hebrew.  Truth was understood to mean Torah.  He was speaking of Himself as the embodiment of Torah (the living Torah).  Ponder these words:

I am the way, the truth (emet) and the life. (John 14:6)


You will know the truth (emet), and the truth (emet) will make you free. (John 8:32)



But the time is coming — indeed, it’s here now — when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (emet), for these are the kind of people the Father wants worshipping him.
 (John 4:23)


The  119th Psalm is all about truth.  When you read/study it, keep the word emet in mind.  Here are just a few examples:

Your righteousness is eternal righteousness, and your Torah is truth (emet).  (Psalm 119:142)
You are close by, ADONAI, and all of your commandments are truth (emet).  (Psalm 119:151)

With reference to the graphic: If you erase the alef, you are left with mem and tav, which is the Hebrew word "met," which means  "death." We must have the whole truth which leads to life - not half-truths.

 
Beloved, are you following the "emet"? Or are you following half truths?  I asked myself this question almost twenty years ago.  I sought His wisdom and He led me to emet.

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