RELIGION OR TRUE FAITH

 

 

     In these many years up to now,  I have seen people not only choose to accept religion instead of the true faith of the scriptures, but also by accepting mere religion, have allowed it to replace the intimacy of a real, relevant, close and lasting relationship with the Creator of the universe.  Yes, many people can be devout in their religion and still not know G-d!  Anyone can attend a synagogue, Jewish community center, go to church, even give what they perceive as a tithe, or offering, and still have no idea who G-d is!  When I meet people across the board, from every walk of life, from month to month,  I can tell by how they act, or carry themselves, if they are just religious.  Religion does something that a relationship with G-d cannot do;  produce arrogance and pride!  Many, having a form of  godliness, but denying the power thereof, are ever learning, but never coming to the acknowledgement of the truth!  

     Here is another thought,  religion does not teach this one important truth; that your covenant relationship defines your identity,  and your identity defines your behavior!  A relationship with the master of the universe, through the atonement of the Moshiach Yeshua – the divine tzaddik, and our obedience to his covenant, the mosaic laws, and the oral tradition,  can be so spiritually changing, to such a degree,  that a person’s whole physical lifestyle can be altered!  

At our Hebrew seminary, students work on their dissertations, and there is a lot to study.   What is also of import, is the student living out their covenant relationship within community.  The school and the community are never separated!  65% of the commandments of the bible are domestically oriented!  The master/teacher student relationship,  the rabbis, the sages, the old ones, become actively involved with each student, and each community member!  Being a part of an intimate, local community forces us to look at one another, work with each other, forgive one another, and helps maintain our Jewish traditions and customs, which again, is community!  People jump from one group to the next, one doctrine to the next, all on a whim, with no true commitment.  Here at Brit Avraham,  and our other communities around the world,  we are attempting to stop assimilation into the world system.  Because the world system has joined religion!  

 

May we all work together, drawing ever closer to a real, true and living G-d, who loves us, and has great things in store for us.

                                                                                              

                                                                                Think on these things,  

 

                                                                             Chief Rabbi, Yosef Hilbrant

 

Quotes

During the last 2000 years, as the Jewish people, forlorn and wandering from place to place,  the land of Israel went into disuse.  “The land refused to prosper in the hands of the Pagans, Romans, Christian Crusaders, Egyptians, Mohammedans, Turks.  All conquered the land and tried to make it their own.  But none succeeded.  The land patiently waited for her own beloved.  The land without a people, waited for the people without a land!”  Siddur book,  taken from “Our love for Eretz Yisrael”, “Torah, our tree of life”. 

The Torah endows man with modesty and reverence,  and teaches him to be virtuous, pious, upright, and faithful.     “The Sh’ma:  Hear oh Israel, the L-rd our G-d, the L-rd is one,  And you should love the L-rd thy G-d, with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”  This ancient prayer from Deut. 6:4-5,  is the most important prayer in Judaism!   First,  to love the L-rd with all your heart, means to love him with all your spiritual nature,  the very supernatural essence of your deeper self,  that which has been awakened by   G-d.  Second, with all your soul,  means with all your personality,  till the end of life;  and third,  with all your might,  means with all your efforts and will!  If you reverse this it teaches a valuable lesson,  you end up with human effort attempting to gain access to  G-d:  I will love him with all my human effort, so that I can somehow change my soul, thereby getting to a supernatural state of being!  Thereby gaining access to heaven.  This is not biblical teaching,  but a reversal of this very important prayer that says we are to trust haShem  for the finished work in each soul,   Chief Rabbi. Joseph Hilbrant………………

Spiritual Warfare and Being Prepared For It

picture1Shalom, and greetings,  I think most of us can agree, that the last 117 years have been the most turbulent in man’s history!  Spiritually, darkness and light have waged enormous battles, and much of it unseen.   I believe most of what we see in the physical has already been fought in the spiritual.  When wars, disease, and horrific accidents happen,  it’s all because light and darkness in heaven are already fighting,  and we get the tail end of those battles.

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BIBLICAL COVENANT

 

In this day and age, in America, people have primarily lost the understanding of what covenant really means.  Not only G-d’s covenant but a covenant of man, also covenanting with each other.  The Biblical outline for covenant was first given to the nation of Israel.  There is an old saying,  “on the stable chair of Judaism, there are four legs.

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 Why Do Jewish People Keep Shabbat (Sabbath) from Friday Night to Saturday Night? 

         The Jewish Sabbath, in Hebrew called Shabbat, or rest,  has been kept and understood for 4000 years of Jewish history. We know by the books of Moishe Rebbeinu (Moses our Teacher), the Torah (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), that Moses copied down all of man’s history.   The full weight of history, from Adam and Eve onward, was all Orally passed down to Moses.  And, every Jewish family was required to put to memory all of the history of Judaism, not just Moses!   Abraham, Isaac and Jacob  were all required to learn and then teach the younger ones the full history of man and then its continuance as each Jewish son grew up with this knowledge.  It was an awesome responsibility.

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