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Messiah Bullets

Posted by Avraham ben Yaakov
October 31, 2014

I don't mind if Hebrews call him Mashiah or Moshiach, or if the English call him Messiah or Anointed. And if the Greeks choose to call him Christos, which in their language means “anointed”, that's their affair. As long as the real one comes!!! Until he shows himself, I believe we should strive to behave as if he is already here! For the prophets and sages have already given us many teachings about how things will be in the times of Mashiah, and those are what we must follow.

What's in a Name?

Posted by Avraham ben Yaakov
October 31, 2014

Everyone talks about God, but when we use that word, are we all talking about the same thing? HaShem is a Hebrew noun that means “The Name”. Ha- is the Hebrew prefix that means “the”, while Shem is the Hebrew word that means “name”, any name or noun. When Jews speak of HaShem, they are talking about THE Name – which they also call the “essential” name of God (SHEM HA-ETZEM), which appears throughout the original Hebrew scriptures, the Torah. The actual Hebrew name to which HaShem refers is a name consisting of the four Hebrew letters Yod, Heh, Vav, Heh. However, Jewish tradition holds that because of the supreme holiness of this Name, it is forbidden to utter or pronounce it. Thus it is sometimes called the “ineffable” (=unsayable) name of God. Because it has four letters, many scholars refer to it as the Tetragrammaton (in Greek, Tetra is 4 and gramma means a letter).

Will the real Israel please stand up

Posted by Avraham ben Yaakov
October 31, 2014

With everyone bandying terms that carry different meanings for different people, the delicacy of the task of clarifying the truth may be illustrated by considering the term ISRAEL. In the minds of people everywhere, Israel refers to a country in the Middle East, loved or detested, whose problematic existence is widely seen as the key factor obstructing world peace. Traditionally, the term Israel has of course been used in the names of Jewish synagogues and communal organizations of all complexions, as well as by some Christian churches. Their purpose is to identify with the Israel of the Bible. The Israel of the Bible are the descendants of the founding father Jacob. Jacob was given the name ISRAEL (or YISRAEL) as his "name of greatness" after his successful struggle with the angel (Genesis 32:28, 35:10). Jacob's twelve sons were called BNEY YISRAEL, "the Children of Israel".

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