The Ancient Hebrew Roots of Hanukkah (Rebroadcast)

Ancient, Hebrew Roots, Hanukkah, history, rabbis, Jewish, authority, celebration, miraculous, military, victory, faithful, Jews, Yehovah, Greeks, Judah, yhvhFind out the true history of Hanukkah before it was hijacked by ancient rabbis wanting to subjugate the Jewish people under their authority. The original Hanukkah was a celebration of a miraculous military victory and the audacity of faithful Jews to stand against man-made rules and regulations. It's no surprise that the rabbis saw a need to obfuscate the original message of this national Jewish Day of Joy and re-cast it as a reminder of their self-appointed power. It's time to reclaim Hanukkah for Yehovah and stand against the ban of the rabbis and the ancient Greeks alike! Continue reading

Thanksgiving to Yehovah

thanksgiving-350x200In this Thanksgiving Raw Stream of Torah Consciousness, I share about my journey from wallowing in my own misery, to being thankful every day for the gifts that Yehovah has given me. In the study, I explore the complex and expressive root for “thanks”—yod-dalet-hay—and the profound changes understanding this has brought to my life. In this special message, I remind my Support Team that the best time to give thanks is not during the best of times. I encourage those standing with me on the wall to express thanks and trust in Yehovah, knowing that that when we call upon Him in truth, He will answer. It’s going to be an awesome Thanksgiving! Continue reading

My U-Haul Sukkot

Gordon Family U-Haul Sukkah 1976.One of my earliest childhood memories was Sukkot of 1976, when I was 3.5 years old. I remember sitting in the family Sukkah, looking up through the branches that formed the roof, at the clouds as they whisked across the sky. We lived in a 17-story condominium and there was no obvious place to build a Sukkah. My father (of blessed memory), an Orthodox rabbi, asked permission to build a Sukkah in his designated parking space. When his request was turned down by the condominium board, my mother came up with the idea of building our Sukkah on the back of a U-Haul trailer. Continue reading

Sukkot (Feast of Booths) & Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly)

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The Yom Kippur Jazz Singer

Scene from the movie The Jazz Singer (1972).One Yom Kippur I watched a great movie, the original 1927 film The Jazz Singer. This was the first "talkie," containing several scenes with sound, although most of it was still silent. The second “talking” scene in the movie - actually, the second non-silent scene in movie history - features a Jewish cantor singing Kol Nidre, a famous Yom Kippur prayer in Aramaic. This alone makes the movie worth watching. Just imagine an American audience in 1927. The first time they see a "talking" movie. And it’s a Rabbi singing a Jewish prayer in Aramaic! Continue reading

Four Fasts of Zechariah

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Shalom Support Team! The rabbinical fast of Tisha B'av, (the 9th of Av), commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in 586 BCE and 70 CE. The prophet Zechariah mentions this fast along with three other annual fasts. Should we be observing these four fasts in accordance with the prophet's teaching? Find out in this "raw stream of Torah consciousness". Continue reading

Tammuz and the Lunar Sabbath

tammuz-lunar-sabbathThis message is called "Tammuz and the Lunar Sabbath." This is a follow up to my last message "Don't Call It Tammuz!" In this audio recording I explain how Jewish months and English weeks have been usurped by pagans, covering over the biblical truth underneath both systems. In case you are wondering, the Lunar Sabbath is nonsense. In this recording I provide definitive proof of why it's nonsense and where the nonsense comes from. I also talk briefly (yeah, right) about the Yearly Sabbath or Shemitah cycle, which provides a sharp contrast to the Weekly Sabbath or Shabbat cycle.

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