Jun 8, 2005
“God Told Me To Kill My Children”
As of around midnight last night I finally “finished” (although I’m going to revise it as a more thorough piece for use in my book) my article Visions of Sugar Plums. The phrase, “God Told Me To Kill My Children,” is how it starts. Check it out when you have time. I’m also going to create an appendix to deal with the questionable contradiction related to the Akida (which is not really a problem at all). I’ve got a good portion of that written already.
For those interested, I received the Galatians commentaries this week. If you’re interested, they are $50 ea. including shipping. I only have a few left, so let me know quickly if you are interested.
Update on Galatians Commentary
I am no longer endorsing Avi’s position on Galatians and no longer carry the books. Please see my reasoning here and here.
Jun 1, 2005
A friend of mine has recently created a website, called Blepw (Greek: “I See”) which is specifically geared towards Orthodox Christianity, but also as a means to facilitate interfaith dialogue. The site is mainly a discussion board (at this time) with topics ranging from Liturgy to Jewish / Christian dialogue. Drop by some time and tell Michael that Darren sent you.
FYI – I’m continuing to update the site, slowly but surely. I had thought about including a discussion board on DWD, but I’m over-committed in my time as it is. I wouldn’t be able to facilitate it properly at this point. Maybe in the future. I’m thinking about using this Blog to post updates to the site as well. It might be a lot easier, and keep you posted on site changes quicker. I’ll mull it over.
Avi’s Galatians Commentary
I’ve just purchased twenty copies of Avi ben Mordechai’s Galatians Commentary. If you would like one, please let me know as soon as possible. I already have more than half of them spoken for. They are $50 each including shipping. (Yes, that’s a hefty price, but for this information — all 525 pages worth! — it’s a bargain, even if you don’t agree with his conclusions.) Please email me your address and I’ll ship them as soon as I get them. You can send me a check when you receive the book. The profit from the sale of these books will go to Rabbi Cohen’s ministry.
Email me if you use this site. I would like to find out who is hitting the site, and how it is being used, and how it might be benefitting you. I would also like to hear your suggestions for the site as well.
May 24, 2005
You say you want a revolution? What about a reformation? How about a Torah Reformation?
Some people think that the Protestant Reformation was the greatest thing since sliced bread. But if you could foresee the impact of the Torah Reformation, the Protestant Reformation would look like a drip in an ocean compared to the tidal waves that the Torah Reformation will produce. I dare say that the Torah Reformation will be the catalyst which ushers in the return of King Messiah.
What is the Torah Reformation? Never heard of it? Probably not. Why not? It has been trying to poke it head out of the soil ever since the coming of Messiah. It has recently been sweeping the world for the last three decades, and is building momentum. The reason you haven’t heard of the “Torah Reformation,” is simply because I just coined the phrase. But it doesn’t mean it hasn’t existed. It just means that we’ve been trying to put labels on the birthings of the movement, and have not seen the movement itself. The birth of the Torah Reformation began with Messianic Judaism, which then gave birth to the Hebraic Roots movement, which has now given birth to several other sprouts such as the almost ambiguously labeled Two House movement. There have been several such offshoots which are either contained within these, or have simply become autonomous movements, such as the Sacred Name faction. But each of these are only the infant children of the mature product yet to be seen: the Torah Reformation. How will this reformation be distinct from the literal thousands of reformations within the Body of Messiah within the last two millennium?
Like a lion from his slumber rises the Torah Community of Believers. Like a crouching lioness are those who proclaim the wholeness of the Word of Hashem. Fire is shut up in their bones, and the weapons of carnal warfare will not be a deterrent. Torah and Messiah—the Word of the L-RD and the Word-Made-Flesh—will rise to claim what was stolen. The hearts of the fathers will return to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers. The hearts that have been lead astray by the doctrines of demons will return to Torah and Messiah. The Jewish community will succumb to its revelation, and the Christian Church will fall to its truth. Nation will rise against nation, fathers against sons, and mothers against daughters. The Word of Hashem will divide the soul from the spirit, and cast judgment on those who have lead astray the multitudes.
There is a storm brewing on the horizon, and a cry of war ringing in the distance.
“…and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’ For out of Zion shall go forth the Torah, and the word of the L-RD from Jerusalem.” Isaiah 2:3.
And one will come who will be the forerunner, to prepare the hearts of the people for the return of Messiah. The one will be like a voice screaming, echoing in the emptiness of the wilderness, calling for repentance — a return to the paths of the ancients.
“And he will be His forerunner in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn fathers’ hearts to the children, and cause the rebellious to walk in the wisdom of the upright, to make a people perfectly ready for the lord.” Luke 1:17.
Will you be that voice? Will you stand for truth and righteousness? Will you create the spark to help ignite the Torah Reformation?
May 17, 2005
Not that many people would be interested, or even notice, but I’m taking the next three days off to head to the “midbar” (wilderness – literally) and seek Hashem. I have too many critical decisions to make regarding the direction of my family to have the noise and the affairs of every day life clutter up my ability to hear from the Father. If you read this, please be in prayer for me during this time. It will be a time of strictly prayer, study and fasting. I completely understand Yeshua’s need for this to be a routine in his life. I wish it were so in mine.
May 8, 2005
I just heard that there has been a change of speakers at the annual Jerusalem Conference at the American Institute of Holy Land Studies (AIHLS), scheduled for the end of July. One of the speakers had to cancel and Daniel Gruber (author of Rabbi Akiba’s Messiah, The Torah and The New Covenant, etc.) will be speaking in his place.
This is especially of interest to me as I have been studying the implications of his book regarding Rabbi Akiba in conjunction with Avi ben Mordechai’s work on Galatians which uses Gruber’s work as a springboard for his delving into the most disturbing and difficult work of Paul. I’m very interested in seeing what Gruber’s topics are, and if he will address any of the issues presented within his work on Akiba. He may not address these particulars, since this conference is not geared towards a Torah observant audience.
For those who are interested, the Jerusalem Conference is an annual conference hosted by AIHLS. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of these conferences. Although, as previously stated, these conferences are not geared towards a Torah observant audience, they are specifically focused on the Hebraic perspective of Scriptures bringing in ancient texts and archaeological discoveries to illuminate difficult passages of Scripture. This conference (nine or ten years ago) is what challenged me to begin my studies into the Hebraic paradigm of the Scriptures, for which I am very thankful.
This year’s conference will be held July 28-31. The current speaker list includes:
- Dr. Ron Moseley (Founder & President of AIHLS, author of Yeshua: A Guide to the Real Jesus and the Original Church, etc.)
- Dr. Brad Young (Author of the ground breaking Jesus: the Jewish Theologian and Paul: the Jewish Theologian, etc.)
- Dr. Paul L. Maier (author of Josephus: The Essential Works etc.)
- Daniel Gruber (Author of multiple works, per above. FYI – his information does not yet appear on the Conference website.)