The Sixties Radical-Azriel Beware when one loses oneself emotionally and intellectually

More thoughts taken from my class on The Best of Man in the Worst of Times taught by Rabbi Gutnick.

Couple this class with what my teacher Pastor Steve Gray is teaching me has exploded my heart, my mind, my body, and my soul into a new level of thinking, being, and seeing.

G-d change me.

Let me see, think, and do like my L-rd and saviour Yeshua taught us to do.

The Torah is to teach us how to live our lives.

The lessons in the Torah are relevant to our lives today.

These lessons are real.

They are not antiquated.

These lessons apply even today no matter what anyone tries to tell us.

These lessons shape our lives and characters.

It is incumbent upon me to study these lessons, learn them, internalize them, then let sink them into brain and then do them.

Take action first and then my feelings will catch up with my actions.

Torah is designed to have G-d’s words supersede my broken thinking into G-d’s way of thinking and acting.

G-d washes my thinking and heart clean so I can act and be a clean person.

When you lose yourself emotionally is one thing. When you lose yourself emotionally and intellectually you have nothing left. The result is when you have severed all ties to your human structure (your human DNA- your expectations as a thinking human being) all hope for humanity is lost.

It wasn’t the collection of sins. It was when we lost the ability to see right from wrong. Right is right and wrong is wrong. Once robbery became sanctioned and it becomes okay to steal the foundation of society cannot stand.

More to come

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Noach was a Flawed and Courageous Man

This is what I learned today from class on The Best of Man in the Worst of Times taught by Rabbi Gutnick.

The following concept rocked my entire world. This blew my mind. I never heard this teaching before.

It wasn’t the immoral behaviour that G-d became really angry with it was this simple yet hard cold fact- man was so trapped by his instinctual desire that his intellectual faculties stopped functioning so that robbery was condoned. This caused all common sense to be thrown out the window. Thus, anything goes.

Genesis 6:11 “Was corrupt” is an expression of immorality and idolatry. “And the earth became full of robbery” [means] thievery.” Rashi

This concept comes from the teaching by Nachmadies, Genesis 6:13:” Our sages teach that man’s fate was sealed with the sin of robbery. Because it is a violation of a mitzvah sichli [a command arrived at through reason], it does not require a prophet to warn us against it.”

This means what I think I do. When my thinking becomes corrupt I become corrupt and I am doomed to fall.  Take this concept a step further, when a government condones stealing that nation is doomed to fail.

Noach was a flawed man yet he was able to with stand the pressures of society to live a life that rejected immorality and legalized stealing.

Noach was a righteous man and this is why he and his family were saved.

Noach is a good example of someone who didn’t succumb to the pressures of society to abandoned G-d. Instead Noach stood firm in his walk with G-d (taken from my teacher Pastor Steve Gray) and this Noach became the father of all future generations of man.

This courageous act led to the birth of the Jewish people through Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov.

And the end the redemption of man was set in motion by Noach’s refusal to give in to the pressures to walk away from G-d and this laid the foundation for Yeshua come from the House of David.

More to come.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel All the Kingdom all the Time!

This is getting really freaky. This is in a good way. My lessons in Chumash and the Tanya were about paying attention to the details and the instructions G-d gives us in the Torah.

What does my teacher Pastor Steve Gray preach about today Sunday November 26th details, details, details.

What details do you ask?

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray said:” G-d wants to bless us. In return we serve only G-d and we give up all other G-d’s except HaShem- The G-d of Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya’akov (I added the last part)

The Pastor Steve Gray added the real kicker;” Yeshua reactivated the covenant for the last time. “

Then I saw the 613 mitzvahs’ as a ladder ascending into the sky. At the very last rung of the ladder was Yeshua with his hand welcoming us home.

My eyes filled up with tears when my teacher Pastor Steve Gray said:” G-d’s agreement is for us to walk together with HaShem. Not walk together in agreement but walk together with G-d”

Then my teacher Pastor Steve Gary added this huge gem;” Think of this book as details not in general.”

Then I saw Moshe arguing with G-d when we built the golden calf.

G-d wanted to destroy us all.

Moshe changed G-d’s mind.

G-d thanked Moshe for breaking the tablets. For either tablets would be destroyed or the Jewish people.

Moshe knew the heart of G-d and this is why Moshe broke the tablets. (Deuteronomy 33:12)

The words of the Shema prayer echoed in my head.

We say this prayer every morning. “So that you may remember and perform all My mitzvot; and be holy to your God. I am God, your God, Who has removed you from the land of Egypt to be a God to you. I am God your God… it is true.”

This why I love my teacher Pastor Steve Gray. “Real forgiveness is when you cancel the debit and pay for it yourself”

This is what Yeshua did.

This is what Moshe did.

Then I saw my teacher Steve Gray’s real heart. He is willing to do this for us.

L-rd let me lead by example.

Love is an action.

Love is correction.

Love is discipline

Love is a kind word.

Love is an arm around someone shoulder that needs comfort and compassion.

Love is active listening.

Love is willing to take direction.

Love is admitting you are wrong and then changing your actions.

To be a Jew one must learn how to be a Jew first.

To learn how to be a Jew? Study Torah.

We are taught how be Jew’s by our parents, Rabbi’s, and family.

Torah is G-d’s lesson plan.

In the end it all comes back to covenant. Covenant means I must give up self, so I can be a real human being that serves G-d first and then and only then can the world be changed when I change treat people the way I would like to be treated.

This sums up G-d’s word perfectly.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Creation

This is taken from my class on the Tanya taught by Rabbi Gordon.

Creation is made up of four parts inanimate, animate, vegetable, and human.  The human being is highest form of creation. Yet the human being cannot live without the lower forms of creation.

The  human being cannot live without animals.

The animals and man cannot live without vegetable or vegetation.

And neither the human being,  the animals and vegetables or vegetation cannot live without water or minerals.

So how is it that man needs the lower forms of creation to live?

The answer lies in the Torah.

The Torah states that not by bread alone can man live.  Man lives on the word of G-d invested in the bread.

Why is this so?

It is the higher word of G-d invested in the lower that keeps us humans alive.

The Toho energy is invested in the mineral and animal and this Toho energy sustains us.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Holy Rebels

L-rd do not let me become arrogant like Korach. L-rd let me be humble and teachable.

G‑d told Moses to conduct a test that would demonstrate the error of Korach and his supporters. Offering up incense was part of the Tabernacle service that was allowed to be performed only by the priests, and only at specified times. The Jewish people had previously witnessed how Aaron’s two elder sons had died on account of having offered up an unauthorized incense offering. Now, G‑d had Moses instruct Korach and his company to offer up incense, as would Aaron, also. Whoever’s incense was not accepted by G‑d would perish.

Let each man take his censer and place incense upon it, and let each man present his censer before G‑d. Numbers 16:17

Although they knew that unauthorized use of the incense would cause their death, Korach and his followers took up the challenge. They wished to experience the lofty service of the high priest even if it would cost them their lives.

In this sense, their motivations were pure, and we can learn from their example, similarly aspiring to the most uplifting spiritual experiences. Their error, which we must also learn from, was disregarding the absurdity of going against G‑d’s will in order to get close to Him.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 18, pp. 190–191.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Community and Individual

A community that builds itself by quashing the individual is not a community.

True unity and harmony is only achieved when each individual plays his or her unique part, meshing and interlocking together as a single, organic whole.

From a letter to a kibbutz member. See also 11 Shvat 5731, sicha 3. Likutei Sichot, vol. 18 pg. 115.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Sharing the Workload

In every venture, divide the workload between yourself and your Partner Above.

Where is the dividing line? That depends on the sort of venture.

When it comes to anything to do with money, health, or anything material, the dividing line is that point at which you become emotionally obsessed. Up until there, do your job as best you know how. Anything necessary past that line is best left in His trust.

In spiritual matters, take whatever He gives you and fire it up with all you’ve got.

Kuntres Umayan, Maamar 17; Maamar Mayim Rabim 5738

The Sixties Radical-Azriel Love Conquers Hatred

Avraham’s love for G-d stopped all evil thrown at him.  When I love G-d and do HIS mitzvahs- treat others as the way I want to be treated (love my fellows), perform acts of kindness, generosity and love HaShem will protect me.

Balaam hoped to get G‑d to agree to curse the Jewish people by “reminding” Him of how quick they had been to rebel against Him repeatedly during their 40 years in the desert.

Balaam arose in the morning and saddled his donkey. Numbers 22:21

Balaam loathed G‑d and His emissaries, the Jewish people, with a passion. By rising early to set out on his mission of evil, he hoped to “remind” G‑d how quick the Jews had been to rebel against Him. But G‑d informed Balaam that his quickness had been preempted by that of the patriarch Abraham. Abraham had risen early in the morning in order to lovingly and devotedly fulfill G‑d’s command to sacrifice his son Isaac. The merit of Abraham’s love of G‑d counterbalanced Balaam’s hatred. Abraham’s love had been inherited by the Jewish people; their rebellions in the desert had merely been temporary lapses in their inherent, undying devotion to G‑d.

Similarly, whenever we find ourselves having to repair the damage we might have caused by having deliberately disregarded G‑d’s will, the surest way to make amends for such misdeeds is to bolster our love for Him. This love will in turn transform past misdeeds into the motivation for doing good deeds. Just as G‑d transformed Balaam’s curses into a blessing, we too can always transform “curses” into blessings.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 28, pp. 163–164.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Danger of Either or Thinking

This lesson very important for all of us.

Me too.

The incident of the spies, recounted in the previous section, underscored the importance of entering the Land of Israel in order to fulfill G‑d’s commandments in the physical world. Soon afterward, Moses’ cousin Korach staged a rebellion against Moses’ authority.

[Korach and his supporters] confronted Moses. Numbers 16:2

Korach mistakenly concluded from the incident of the spies that the study of the Torah is not intrinsically superior to the performance of the commandments. Therefore, he reasoned, a person who works for a living has no need to aspire to moments of “reconnection” to spirituality. As such, he further concluded that there is no need for an elite class of individuals – the tribe of Levi, the priests, and the high priest in particular – who would be devoted exclusively to the spiritual life in order to inspire the rest of us.

Moses responded to Korach’s claims by telling him that a clergy devoted exclusively to the service of G‑d is indeed necessary, in order to inspire those involved in the mundane world and instruct them as to what is permitted and what is prohibited. Without such inspiration and guidance, it is too easy to lose sight of our ideals and end up as slaves to materiality rather than its masters.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 8, pp. 108 ff.

The Sixties Radical- Azriel Yeshua is the only remedy for Rejection!

Pastor Kathy Gray’s sermon Sunday November 19th took my breath away.

Pastor Kathy said:’ Yeshua is moved by compassion not pity. True compassion is to heal the leper. Compassion comes from the bowels of mercy.”

Then Pastor Kathy dropped the atomic bomb;” True compassions requires that one must vulnerable to hurt.  One must place themselves in a position to be hurt to be truly compassionate.”

Yeshua did it!

Yeshua is the example for us (me) to follow.

Then Pastor Kathy added this real kicker:” The only remedy for rejection is Yeshua.”

Think about these words for more than a minute.

I kept hearing this voice say to me: “Teach these things thoroughly to your children. When you sit at home. When you walk along the way. When you retire. When you arise.  Write them on the door posts of house and upon your gate. Bind them for a sign on your arm and let them tefillin between your eyes” (This is taken from our morning prayer)

Then this lesson replayed in my mind from my class on the Chumash by Rabbi Gordon.

The third day of creation is compassion. This shows how important severity is. The first day of creation is severity. The second day of creation is kindness and the third day of creation is compassion.

You need a triangle of severity, kindness, and compassion. Compassion is the base of the triangle and this brings out beauty of both day one and day two of creation.

Without the severity, without the detail you have nothing.

We really do not appreciate what we have until the third day of creation.

To prove this point we do not appreciate Avraham. Avraham produced Ishmael as well as Yitz’chak.  From too much kindness comes as Ishmael.

We do not appreciate Yitz’chak fully. In addition to Ya’akov Yitz’chak produced Esau.

The bottom of the triangle is Ya’akov. He is combination of the triangle Avraham and Yitz’chak (Kindness and Severity) and thus Ya’akov was able to establish the children of Israel.

This is the perfection of the third part of the triangle.

It is only the third day that we appreciate the blessing of the first and second day.

This is why the good of the second day is mentioned on the third day.

Let’s take this a step further.

Ya’akov is Torah and Torah is Ya’akov. Ya’akov is the second Adam.

The last Adam is Yeshua. Yeshua is Torah and Torah is Yeshua.

All three Adam, Ya’akov, and Yeshua represent all Jews from the beginning of time till the end of time.

Yeshua is the Son of Man- The Moshiach. Yeshua is the combination of the three parts of the triangle. The sides kindness and severity and the base compassion.

Pastor Kathy summed it up this way:” G-d at the right time adapted us. We are G-d’s adopted kids.”

When Pastor Kathy speaks, I listen and then do.

Pastor Kathy comes from the line of great prophets that began with Sarah.

Pastor Kathy is a true Tzaddik (righteous person).

How did Pastor Kathy know I just finished up a class on C.S. Lewis? Lewis is a man that G-d gave great insight to. His writings touched on what is happening in this day age.

Praise G-d I have great teachers like Pastor Steve and Kathy Gray.

I love my teachers Pastor Steve and Kathy Gray.

I also have great fear too for I see HaShem in both Pastor Steve and Gray. For they are truly G-d’s servants.  I have seen many times when Pastor Steve and Kathy Gary are preaching G-d’s word I saw G-d standing behind them and covering them with the kippah.  I saw it today when Pastor Kathy Gray preached.