Blessing Our Children like Ephraim and Manasseh (31 Days of Israel)

 
Names, Vows, Blessing and Cursing – words have real power and the Jewish people believe this to be true in a way that Christians do not, but probably should.

One of the prayers recited at Yom Kippur (according to my research using Google) is a prayer the nulls vows that have been made. Jewish people ask God for mercy against any wrathful vows He has made against them. (If I understand correctly). But to be in a position to ask this of God, one must release others we have vowed against.

This only happens once a year, on the holiest day of the year. I think there is a lesson here for everyone to speak your words very carefully.

 

Another custom of Yom Kippur is for parents to say a blessing on their children. The blessing used refers to Ephraim and Manasseh, Joseph’s sons born while he was in Egypt. When Jacob (Israel) was reunited with Joseph, he asked to bless them alongside his own sons.

Info in part courtesy of Chabad.org

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/520258/jewish/Why-do-we-bless-our-sons-to-be-like-Ephraim-and-Manasseh.htm

 

I wonder if this deeply rooted history between the tribes of Israel and Egypt will play a part in the events to come….

Israel, Gaza and Questioning Everything I Read (31 Days of Israel)

I started writing this in the summer and never published it. At the time, I really thought the mainstream media would realize that the whole truth was only just being uncovered. But after I discovered this little tiny article in the link below, nothing much more came of it. It’s sad that the way history gets written is never the full truth.

From the beginning of this conflict in Gaza, I have just felt like I was NOT getting the full story of what was happening from mainstream North American media.  For the first time, I started following and searching for information I knew that was missing.  I started following the IDF on Twitter, I started reading British, European and Middle East media.  I knew in my gut, we were NOT getting the full story.

Finally, some of what I knew in my gut, is finally starting to come to light

The Australian reported earlier this week

WHILE no civilian casualties are good, reports are emerging that strongly question the number of civilian casualties in Gaza.

The BBC’s head of statistics has highlighted that the figures presented are highly improbable. He says “some of the conclusions being drawn from them may be premature”. With that, Hamas’s illusion begins to crack. The reality behind it is far uglier, and more dangerous, than many have realised.

 

Have an Easy Fast (31 Days of Israel)

…In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall afflict your souls, and you shall not do any work … For on that day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all your sins before the L-RD. -Leviticus 16:29-30

Yom Kippur is the Jewish day of atonement – as described in Leviticus. It consists of a complete 25 hour fast with no work being done.  It is considered to be the holiest day of the year.

Jewish believers greet one another saying – Have an Easy Fast

Muslims mark Eid al-Adha by giving meat to the poor in remembrance of a story in the Quran stating that Abraham was to sacrifice Ishmael and Ishmael agreed to it before they were stopped by Allah.

Muslims greet one another saying – Eid Mubarak (“Have a blessed Eid”)

Yom Kippur 5775 (2014) – Today and tomorrow, for the first time in 33 years, the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holdiy of Eid al-Adha coincide so let’s especially pray for peace for Israel today.

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