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The Sixties Radical- Azriel Darkness With Hope

There are dark jewels in this world that can be salvaged, purified and taken as precious bounty for the good.

And there is darkness itself, the absence of light, that must only wait its time to expire.

How can we tell between them?

If the darkness fights back, there is hope.

It means there is something there worth fighting for.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Power of Light

We all know the power of darkness—it is in the news every day. A thousand times over is the power of light.

A busy person stopping to do an act of kindness, a small child reaching up to kiss the mezuzah on the door of her room, a flickering candle for Shabbat or Chanukah—each of these are as bursts of light in the nighttime sky.

True, they rarely appear in the daily news. But the darkness of yesterday’s news will pass like the shadows of clouds on a windy day. Light endures forever, accumulating with every flash, until no room is left for darkness to hide.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Power of One

Chanukah was a victory of few over many. Each Maccabee was a hero, essential to the victory.

One could think that in those days, when the population of the world was so much smaller, a single individual would have more power to change the world. In fact, just the opposite is true. Technology and information have put enormous power in each of our hands.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Experiment

Life is an experiment. You are the subject.

We begin with a hypothesis. Then we devise a test.

But one test is not sufficient. We have to test our hypothesis under multiple and diverse conditions.

If in each situation the same result occurs, only then can we say we have discovered a truth.

So too with the truth within you.

Standing in one safe and comfortable space throughout your life and remaining a good boy or girl is no big deal.

It’s only when the earth keeps shifting beneath your feet, the seasons carry you from one extreme to the other, and every day demands a mode of life distinct from the day before
—only then can you discover the truth you hold.

Torat Menachem 5749 vol. 1 page 316


The Sixties Radical-Azriel Yeshua wants you! He can’t have you! You have to follow Yeshua!

Thank G-d for my teacher Pastor Steve Gray. Thank you HaShem for planting in me to come to World Revival Church when I saw my teacher Pastor Steve Gray 2008 on Day Star.

We didn’t arrive until May 2014.

Let’s not bore you with the details.

Let’s get right to it.

Right from the outset. Pre-service prayer to the worship something was boiling up in me. The flood gates were ready to burst.

I felt this hand. The Ruach HaKodesh was pushing me down to the floor.  I began to see things that I never saw before.

I will explain later what I saw.

The following words my teacher Pastor Steve Gray spoke today blew all the doors and windows off my mind, my body, my soul, and my spirit.

“Yeshua defeated misery (death) so we can become really human.”

The add this to mix:” Yeshua let his original position with HaShem he had to fight for it and earn it.

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray further went on to state:” When came to the part where Yeshua wanted you. He can’t have you! You have to follow HIM.  Yeshua wants a people. He can’t have a people unless you give yourself to HIM.”

Then the whole weight of the truth fell on me like a ton of bricks. HaShem since the beginning gave us freedom of choice. Follow Him and become His people. Or not follow HIM and be lost in the wilderness with nothing.

All of this began with Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov when Jews decided to follow G-d.

This is what breaks my heart. Some of us decided to not follow Yeshua and many of us missed out on becoming fully human again.

Many of us refused to see when G-d became flesh and blood. MAN! Yeshua defeated death and returned to HaShem to sit on His right hand.

My teacher Pastor Steve Gray said;” Stephen screamed out I see the Son of Man standing up at the right hand of G-d.”

Then I saw Hebron and Bethlehem come together as one united for G-d.

Hebron is a Holy site for us Jews. This is where Ya’akov had the dream of the ladder. This where the patriarchs and matriarchs of my Jewish faith are buried.

This is except for one-person Rachel mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Rachel was buried in Bethlehem.

We Jews had to pass before this city twice during the destruction of the first and second Temples.

This Holy site is the birth place of Yeshua.

Then my teacher Pastor Steve Gray said these words that are etched on my soul;” This is irreversible.”

Then I knew G-d spoke through Pastor Steve Gray.

The images of Hebron and Bethlehem becoming one made total sense.

I saw this since the beginning of today’s service December 10th.

Now you know why I thank G-d we are here.

For HaShem truly resides at World Revival Church Kansas City.

The Sixties Radical-Azriel The Soul is Never in Exile

When we stay on G-d’s path the world around us will change. It is incumbent on me to stay true to G-d’s direction and then and only then will the world be transformed into G-d’s true dwelling place.

Moses then asked the king of Edom to allow the Jewish people to pass through his land on the way to the Land of Israel. The Edomites refused, so Moses led the people southward, detouring around their territory.

[In his message to the king of Edom, Moses said,] “We will walk along the king’s road, turning neither to the right nor to the left until we have passed through your territory.” Numbers 20:17

Moses’ message to the Edomite king is the same message that our Divine souls must convey to the material world so long as we are still in exile. “True, we Jews are physically the same as all people; we have physical needs that must be met by working and living in the physical world. Nonetheless, we will not let this fact obscure our true purpose in life: to fulfill our Divine mission of elevating and refining physicality. We will walk along our Divine King’s road; we will not deviate from G‑d’s ways, either to the right or to the left!”

By remaining true to both our inner selves and to our Divine mission, we will merit witnessing the ultimate redemption of the world and its transformation into G‑d’s true home.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 18, p. 468.


The Sixties Radical-Azriel Improving the World

For us human beings to live in harmony with nature, it is not enough that we cause it no harm, or even that we attempt to leave zero footprint behind. The only way we can achieve sustainable symbiosis with our environment is by improving it.

And should you ask, “How can a member of the ecological system have the audacity to believe that he can improve that system? On the contrary, don’t you see that all we have done until now has been reckless and destructive?”

But this is the defining quality of the human being: On the one hand, we are part of this world; on the other, we bring with us a power from beyond, the power of tikun—to reorganize, innovate, and improve. That is why we were originally placed in the garden, “to work it and to protect it.”

With the same capacity with which we have wrecked the environment, with that we can bring it—and must bring it—to be yet more resilient, harmonious, and beautiful.

11 Nisan, 5748