Of interest, hopefully, to You Reader:) or Any Hebrew–Actual or Spiritual:)
On January 30, 1995, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel deliberately pronounced the divine name. He did this while reciting a tikkun, a Cabalist prayer of correction. This prayer is uttered so that God might restore a degree of harmony to the universe, which, according to the worshipers, has been disrupted by evil forces. The newspaper Yedioth Aharonoth of February 6, 1995, stated: “This is a liturgy of such incredible power that its wording appears only in a special booklet that is not sold to the public.” Invoking God’s name in this context is thought to lend special force to the request.
It is noteworthy that the Bible commands God’s servants to use the divine name, Jehovah. (Exodus 3:15– Then God said once more to Moses: “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘Jehovah the God of your forefathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and this is how I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” ; Proverbs 18:10–“The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous one runs and receives protection.*(Lit., “is raised high,” that is, out of reach, safe); Isaiah 12:4–“And in that day you will say: “Give thanks to Jehovah, call on his name, Make his deeds known among the peoples! Declare that his name is exalted.” ; Zephaniah 3:9–“For then I will change the language of the peoples to a pure language, So that all of them may call on the name of Jehovah, To serve him shoulder to shoulder.’*(Or “worship him in unity.”)
In the original Hebrew text of the Bible, that name appears almost 7,000 times. However, the Bible warns against misusing God’s name. The third of the Ten Commandments states: “You must not take up the name of Jehovah your God in a worthless way, for Jehovah will not leave the one unpunished who takes up his name in a worthless way.” (Exodus 20:7) How might God’s name be taken up in a worthless way? A commentary by The Jewish Publication Society notes that the Hebrew term translated “in a worthless way” can include not only “frivolous use” of the divine name but also “the recitation of an unnecessary blessing.”
How, then, should we view the Cabalist tikkun prayer of correction? What is its origin? In the 12th and 13th centuries C.E., a mystical form of Judaism, called Cabala, started gaining popularity. In the 16th century, Isaac Luria, a rabbi, introduced “tikkunim” into Cabalist liturgy. God’s name was used as a mystical charm with special powers, and it became a part of Cabalist ritual. Do you feel that this is a proper use of God’s name?—Deuteronomy 18:10-12–“There should not be found in you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, anyone who employs divination, anyone practicing magic, anyone who looks for omens, a sorcerer, 11 anyone binding others with a spell, anyone who consults a spirit medium or a fortune-teller, or anyone who inquires of the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and on account of these detestable practices Jehovah your God is driving them away from before you.”
However you answer that question, you will agree that the open utterance of God’s name in modern-day Israel was a most unusual event. Yet, God himself foretold: “In that day you will certainly say: ‘Give thanks to Jehovah, you people! Call upon his name. Make known among the peoples his dealings. Make mention that his name is put on high. Make melody to Jehovah, for he has done surpassingly. This is made known in all the earth.’”—Isaiah 12:4, 5. [excerpted: The Divine Name Uttered in Israel w ’99]
(Afraid to Praise Yahweh by name?)…(not me aka spiritual Hebrew)…
Some of us, Fellow-Beautiful-Breathing-Life aka Fellow-Family -of-Humans continue our “on-going search” for “Truth” and to live it–what we discover; the best we can:)…and sadly, this makes some (very?)mad. 🙁
(and at me(?))
Reader:) please continue Your personal search for Truth…don’t give up.
i like this encouraging song: cause sometimes we find “pearls” of Truth in unexpected places, eh?
in leadership/government; in education/academia; in news/media; in churches/religion; in markets/business; the compiled rip–offs
(the sad irony? (And) i say/write this coming from: an over-all agreeable, positive-optimistic, people-person, extra-extroverted personality. This is not a fleeting feeling, this is not a morbid mood; it’s logical/evidenced. Look around/examine events here/USA/France/Venezuela/Haiti, etc. (i am Not depressed.) This is a realistic/spiritual assessment/evaluation of so-called “functioning” society at large…the present system of things…it’s a counterfeit, a truth/vérité coup d’etat.)
don’t be fooled; don’t be distracted Reader:) by the disinformation/bogus stats/number manipulators with hidden-selfish-agendas carrying stuffy-pocketbooks…the “positive” propaganda circulating simultaneously with the “negative” propaganda..(cancel each other out)..strategically designed to suppress awareness and keep groups of people sleepingly complicit!!!!…and blind to TRUTH.
Titanic is going down. Doesn’t matter what fancy room, fancy clothes, fancy food, fancy music plays or seemingly fancy education entertains or fancy paycheck…on…the Titanic….will sink!
Institutions/organizations/religions/businesses are severely sick and will die…to put it mildly.
These will NOT RECOVER! it is a waste of time, energy, life, money, intellect, talent to reform or attempt to reform the irreformable. Gangrene.
Oh PLEASE! you cannot be serious, joanie.
(Eye brows of high brows raised, um, a “gang” green?!;))
However, Precious Individuals out of these various sectors…are reformable and are hope FULL! Humbly helping individuals (who need/want/ask for it)…is not a waste of time, energy, life, money, intellect, talent…resources.
a healthy-functioning-spiritual-paradise exists among some spiritually-minded humans who have fled the false…false religion, false government, false teachings, false thinking, false hope…The holes for the Wholes. And are wholly United in Living Truth and Agape Love.
Literal watchmen often stood on the walls of a city to help keep the inhabitants safe. They served as tangible evidence that the ruler of the city cared for his subjects. Although a blast from a watchman’s horn might startle sleeping residents, the same piercing call could save lives of those who responded to it. Similarly Yahweh/Jehovah appointed watchmen, not because he wanted to terrorize the Israelites with messages of doom, but because he cared for his people and wanted to save lives.
When appointed Ezekiel to be a watchman. Jehovah revealed aspects of his personality that we find reassuring. Consider just two of these attributes:
Justice: Jehovah’s justice is evident in that he deals impartially with us as individuals. For example, although Ezekiel’s message was heard and rejected by large crowds, Jehovah did not treat the Israelites as a rebellious mob; rather, he wanted to see how individuals responded. He repeatedly speaks about talking to the “wicked one” and to “someone righteous.” Therefore, Jehovah passes judgment based on how each individual reacts to the message.–Ezek. 33:8, 18-20.
7. On what basis does Jehovah judge people?
7 Jehovah’s justice can also be seen by the way in which he judges people. Individuals are held accountable, not for what they did in the past, but for how they respond to the current warning. Jehovah told Ezekiel: “When I say to the wicked one: ‘You will surely die,’ and he turns away from his sin and does what is just and righteous, . . . he will surely keep living.” Then Jehovah adds a remarkable statement: “None of the sins he committed will be held against him.” (Ezek. 33:14-16) On the other hand, those who followed a righteous path cannot expect past obedience to excuse current rebellion. Jehovah stated that if a man “trusts in his own righteousness and does what is wrong, none of his righteous acts will be remembered, but he will die for the wrong that he has done.”—Ezek. 33:13.
8. What do prophetic warnings teach us about Jehovah’s justice?
8 Jehovah’s sense of justice is further evident in that he gives due warning before he acts. Ezekiel began his work some six years before the Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem. But Ezekiel was not the first to warn God’s people that they would be held accountable. For more than a century prior to the destruction of Jerusalem, Jehovah sent the prophets Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Oded, and Jeremiah to act as watchmen. Jehovah had Jeremiah remind the Israelites: “I appointed watchmen who said, ‘Pay attention to the sound of the horn!’” (Jer. 6:17) Neither Jehovah nor those watchmen could be held accountable for the lives lost when the Babylonians finally executed Jehovah’s judgment.
Love: Jehovah displayed loyal love by sending his watchmen to warn not only the righteous but also the wicked—the very ones who broke his heart and tarnished his reputation. Just think—the Israelites were known as Jehovah’s people, but they repeatedly turned their backs on him and ran after false gods! Jehovah conveyed the depth of his emotional pain at this betrayal by likening the nation to an adulterous wife. (Ezek. 16:32) Even so, Jehovah did not give up on them quickly. He sought reconciliation, not revenge. He wielded the sword of judgment as a last resort, not a first response. Why? He told Ezekiel: “I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that someone wicked changes his way and keeps living.” (Ezek. 33:11) That was how Jehovah felt back then, and it is how Jehovah feels today.—Mal. 3:6.
10, 11. What lessons can we learn from Jehovah’s dealings with his people?
10 What can we learn from the just and loving way that Jehovah dealt with the Israelites? One lesson is that we must view the people […], not as part of a faceless crowd, but as unique individuals. What a mistake it would be to prejudge a person as unworthy […]because of his past conduct or because of his ethnic, tribal, economic, or language background! Jehovah taught the apostle Peter a lesson that resonates today: “God is not partial, but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”—Acts 10:34, 35. [Excerpt: Pure Worship of Jehovah Restored at Last! Chapter 11, “I Have Appointed You as a Watchman” Ezekiel 33:7
“Look! I am coming as a thief. Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments.”—REVELATION 16:15.
When Jesus said, “Happy is the one that stays awake and keeps his outer garments,” he may have alluded to a procedure then followed that involved guard duty at the temple. The Jewish Mishnah says: “The priests kept watch at three places in the Temple: at the Chamber of Abtinas, at the Chamber of the Flame, and at the Chamber of the Hearth; and the levites at twenty-one places: five at the five gates of the Temple Mount, four at its four corners inside, five at five of the gates of the Temple Court, four at its four corners outside, and one at the Chamber of Offerings, and one at the Chamber of the Curtain, and one behind the place of the Mercy Seat [outside the rear wall of the Most Holy]. The officer of the Temple Mount used to go round to every watch with lighted torches before him, and if any watch did not stand up and say to him, ‘O officer of the Temple Mount, peace be to thee!’ and it was manifest that he was asleep, he would beat him with his staff, and he had the right to burn his raiment.”—The Mishnah, Middoth (“Measurements”), 1, paragraphs 1-2, translated by Herbert Danby.
Filters need changing (my own included)…cleaning to function properly. I encourage You reader to PAY ATTENTION/KEEP ON THE WATCH..CLEAN/CHANGE YOUR FILTER. (i will try my best to do the same, of course.)
Avoiding overindulgence will help us to stay spiritually awake. When speaking about his presence, Jesus urged his apostles: “Pay attention to yourselves that your hearts never become weighed down with overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life, and suddenly that day be instantly upon you as a snare. For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth.” (Luke 21:7, 34, 35) Gluttony and drunkenness are out of harmony with Bible principles. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21) Proverbs 23:20, 21 says: “Do not come to be among heavy drinkers of wine, among those who are gluttonous eaters of flesh. For a drunkard and a glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe one with mere rags.”—Proverbs 28:7. [excerpted reading: Happy are those Who Stay Awake! w ’97]
Peace & Security??…excerpted AWAKE! No. 1 2019
Do you believe that mankind can solve the many problems that rob us of peace and security and that threaten our future? To be effective, any cure must surely address the root causes of our troubles, not just the symptoms.
To illustrate, a patient named Tom was sick and later died. Why did he die? “When his first symptoms appeared, no one thought to search for their underlying cause,” wrote the doctor whose hospital received Tom shortly before he died. It seems that Tom’s earlier caregivers had simply given him medication to make him feel better.
Are humans taking a similar approach to the world’s ills? For example, in fighting crime, governments enact laws, install video surveillance, and strengthen police forces. But these measures, while effective to some extent, do not address underlying causes. After all, behavior usually reflects attitudes, beliefs, and desires.
An ancient book of wisdom rightly states:
“The inclination of the heart of man is bad from his youth up.”—Genesis 8:21.
“The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9
“Out of the heart come wicked reasonings, murders, . . . sexual immorality, thefts, false testimonies.”—Matthew 15:19.
Mankind has been unable to find a cure for the hurtful traits that lurk within us.
There are humble ones out there..searching for Truth…living Truth and courageously working on any “hurtful that lurks within”…and with the help of the Bible…a Worthwhile/Noble Pursuit. 🙂
Knowing my “human” limitations/weaknesses…my personal inner battles is useful and, therefore, i remain politically neutral.
[further excerpted article reading: Getting to the Roots of Our Problems, AWAKE! 2019]
ARE WE ATTEMPTING THE IMPOSSIBLE?
Even if by some miracle we could cure mankind’s hurtful traits, we would still be unable to make the world safe and secure for all. The reason? Our human limitations.
The simple truth is this: “It does not belong to man . . . even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) Yes, we were not created to govern ourselves. In fact, we were no more created to rule over our fellow humans than we were created to live under water or in outer space!
Reader:)–Courageously Keep Up Your Search For TRUTH! And Courageously Live it! Never Give UP!🙂
How do I treat so-called “criminals” ?
How do I treat so-called “non-criminals” ?
Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16 Have the same attitude toward others as toward yourselves; do not set your mind on lofty things,*(or “cultivate lofty ideas”) but be led along with the lowly things. Do not become wise in your own eyes.
17 Return evil for evil to no one.Take into consideration what is fine from the viewpoint of*(or “in the sight of”) all men. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, be peaceable with all men. (Romans 12:15-18)
[…] in August 1944, authorities in a totalitarian regime sent Henryk Dornik and his brother to a concentration camp. However, the opposers acknowledged: “It is impossible to persuade them to do anything. Their martyrdom brings them joy.” Brother Dornik explained: “Although I had no desire to be a martyr, suffering with courage and dignity for my loyalty to Jehovah did bring me joy. . . . Fervent prayers drew me closer to Jehovah, and he proved to be a reliable Helper.” [excerpt: Happy are Those Who Serve The Happy God, w September 2018]
“Detlef Garbe’s book takes historical scholarship to new levels of subtlety and sophistication. His insights into the moral and legal resistance mounted by the Witnesses against the Nazis both inside and outside concentration camps are pathbreaking and provocative. All students of persecuted religious minorities are greatly in his debt for bringing to light so much fresh evidence concerning the role of Jehovah’s Witnesses in resisting National Socialism. This is historical investigation of the highest importance and quality.” —James A. Beckford, author of The Trumpet of Prophecy: A Sociological Study of Jehovah’s Witnesses
“Virtually all accounts of the German Church Struggle (including my own) have given very little attention to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, possibly because of denominational bias, or because the numbers involved were relatively few. But this defect has now been splendidly remedied by the appearance of Detlef Garbe’s…book…. Garbe’s excellent history…is the first full treatment of this small [group’s] fate during the Nazi period, combining extensive research into the remaining Nazi records with a sympathetic analysis of survivors’ testimonies. The result is a convincing scholarly description which supersedes all previous accounts.”—John. S. Conway, author of The Nazi Persecution of the Churches, 1933-45
Many actions of Jehovah’s Witnesses antagonized Nazi authorities. While Witnesses contended that they were apolitical and that their actions were not anti-Nazi, their unwillingness to give the Nazi salute, to join party organizations or to let their children join the Hitler Youth, their refusal to participate in the so-called elections or plebiscites, and their unwillingness to adorn their homes with Nazi flags made them suspect. A special unit of the Gestapo (secret state police) compiled a registry of all persons believed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. Gestapo agents infiltrated Bible study meetings. While Jehovah’s Witnesses as such were not banned, many of the activities which were basic to the exercise of the faith increasingly came under attack. Above all, the authorities sought to interdict the distribution of printed materials, produced locally or smuggled in from outside the country in large quantities, which in the eyes of the Nazis were clearly subversive.
Conditions in Nazi camps were harsh for all inmates. Many prisoners died from hunger, disease, exhaustion, exposure to the cold, and brutal treatment. Incarcerated Jehovah’s Witnesses were sustained by the support they gave each other and by their belief that their suffering was part of their work for God. Individual Witnesses astounded guards with their refusal to conform to military-type routines like roll call or roll bandages for soldiers at the front. At the same time, camp authorities considered Witnesses to be relatively trustworthy because they refused to escape or physically resist their guards. For this reason, Nazi camp officers and guards often used Witnesses as domestic servants. [excerpt & Further Reading: encyclopedia.ushmm.org ]
Highlighting: Anathema to Nazi police state:
After the Nazis came to power, persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses intensified. Witnesses believed themselves to belong to Jehovah’s Kingdom and considered all worldly powers unwitting allies of Satan. They refused to swear loyalty to the Nazi regime. Moreover, their international theological and organizational contacts were anathema to the Nazi police state. Initially, Witness indifference to the Nazi state manifested itself in the refusal to raise their arms in the Heil Hitler salute, join the German Labor Front (which all salaried and wage workers were forced to join after the Nazis outlawed trade unions), participate in Nazi welfare collections, and vote in elections. Likewise they would not participate in Nazi rallies and parades.
Nazi authorities denounced Jehovah’s Witnesses for their ties to the United States and derided the apparent revolutionary millennialism of their preaching that a battle of Armageddon would precede the rule of Christ on earth as part of God’s plan. They linked Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Nazi idea of “international Jewry” by pointing to Witness reliance on certain Old Testament texts. The Nazis had grievances with many of the smaller Protestant groups on these issues, but only the Jehovah’s Witnesses refused to bear arms or swear loyalty to the state. [excerpted & further reading: jehovahs-witnesses-in-germany-from-the-1890s-to-the-1930s]
If one wishes to successfully resist and/or survive any tyranny…or any totalitarian regime (and its methods)…