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Life and death is in the power of the tongue. See James 3:6-13. Speak life and we have life. Speak lies and deceit this what we have. L-rd clean out my mouth and let me become a mature person who speaks life not death.

Make me clean and make me Kosher Yeshua. Clean me out and keep my mouth in check.

One of the prohibited forms of behavior is gossip.

 [G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “You must not go around as a gossipmonger.” Leviticus 19:16

According to the Talmud, gossip “kills” three people: the speaker, the listener, and the object of the gossip. That the speaker and listener deserve to be punished is understandable, but why should the person about whom they are gossiping suffer? The answer is that speaking about another person’s shortcomings does more than just belittle him. Words have the power to bring latent energy into actuality. When we speak about a person’s negative traits, it activates them and reinforces them. As a result, his behavior takes a turn for the worse and he thus incurs punishment.

Conversely, when we speak about the good traits of another person, we reveal and reinforce those traits. We can thus be a positive or negative influence on people; the choice is ours.

It is not only prohibited to speak derogatorily about someone; it is also prohibited to think about them derogatorily. In some ways, thinking negatively about someone is more serious than speaking negatively about them.1 Likutei Sichot, vol. 12, pp. 91–95; Sefer HaSichot 5750, vol. 2, pp. 429–432


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What is an alef?

A point above, a point below, and a line between.

Whatever we may understand of Him
is but an infinitesimal point above.

The only way we can join with Him
is as an infinitesmal point below.

And what empowers us to become this zero-point below
that resonates with the infinite-point above?

Our awe of Him,
a line that connects below to above.

Hayom Yom, 8 Adar I; 10 Shevat 5716


The Sixties Radical-Azriel Forgiveness is the key

Pastor Steve Gray’s sermon on Sunday September 17th is etched on my heart, my mind, my body, and soul. It is more than etched. It seared inside my soul.

When I do not forgive G-d will not let me fulfill the calling that was given to me by HaShem on my life.

This is like my old actions. I’ll show you! I’ll drink poison so you will die.

What? are you nuts?


Thank you Yeshua for the attitude adjustment.

We are made in the image of the Divine We are not just animals. We are not just creatures with bodies.  We have the divine capacity within us.  That ability is not within us to do it.  That reservoir of forgiveness is a reflection of our divinity. Our being made in the image of G-d.

Our expression of forgiveness is an expression of our G-dliness.

This is why forgiveness is very hard.  I am filled with ego. I am filled with worldliness.

When I give forgiveness, I am revealing the G-dliness that is within me.

And this is what Yeshua i.e. HaShem is all about. Forgiveness.

The Tanya states in Chapter 11: “By the standard of G-d there is no difference between once and a thousand times. Because being forgiving is an expression of mercy. And G-d’s characteristics not bound or limited; they are infinite as it is written (Eichah 3:22) “His mercy is never-ending”. Relative to infinity there is no difference whatsoever between a small number and a large one.”

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We Jews are by G-d’s design to live in complete connection with G-d’s will. This is hard. Many times, I get lost and forget what my primary purpose is. We Jews are supposed bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth so G-d can have HIS dwelling place.

Lo-rd make me pure. Clean me out of all of the things that are not of you.

This is why Yeshua came to us over two thousand years ago. Yeshua came to correct us and bring us back to the father.

Yeshua is the spirit of Elijah.

HE is the son of man.

Yeshua is the son of G-d.

Yeshua is the L-rd of my life.

The money quote. “This means that as Jews, we are intended to live with the awareness that the laws of nature pose no contradiction to Divinity. There is no aspect of life that is beyond our capacity to elevate, so long as we are connected to G‑d and act in accordance with His will. Therefore, we can “sanctify” all aspects of our lives, even the most self-understood and commonplace. We should consider everything that we do to be part of our Divine mission, a way of bringing G‑d into the world and making it into His home.1” Likutei Sichot, vol. 27, pp. 116–123.

G‑d began to instruct Moses regarding the code of conduct the Jewish people are called upon to follow in order to be holy. While some of these rules do go beyond what most people would consider normally required behavior, many (such as honoring parents, not stealing or robbing, etc.) do not fall into this category.

[G‑d instructed Moses to tell the Jewish people,] “You must be holy, for I – G‑d, your G‑d – am holy.” Leviticus 19:2

The Hebrew word for “holy” (kadosh) means “separate,” “removed,” and “beyond.” G‑d is absolutely and infinitely holy, for inasmuch as He created the world, He is beyond it, unlimited by time, space, or any other of its attributes. Thus, by being told that we are to be holy because G‑d is holy, we are being told that we are able to partake of G‑d’s otherness, that the heights of holiness we can reach are infinite, just as G‑d is infinite.”


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At Sinai, He said, “Let us bond together. Let us embrace in these mitzvahs, commune in this Torah, and in them we will be one.”

But He is an infinite, unknowable G‑d. If we cannot know Him, how can we bond with Him?

And so, when He came to us in His Torah at Mount Sinai, He began with an alef. And when we begin to learn, we begin with an alef.

In that first, infinitesimal point of not knowing, in that is contained all wisdom.

Leil Simchat Torah 5736:16.


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This one was very hard to write. Once again, my teacher Pastor Steve Gray hit me right between the eyes with a two by four on Sunday September 17th.

My teacher Steve Gray’s words about troubling times struck a chord.  It was more like an atomic bomb in my heart, my mind, my body and my soul.  “People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, and lover of pleasure more than G-d.”

Then Pastor Steve added this real kicker in butt.” Go to Church with a form of G-dliness. They will deny the power of G-d for themselves. And this will cause troubling times for you.” (Paraphrase)

These words echoed in my ears. “The guy that says that’s not me. That’s the guy.”

When I point the finger of accusation at another let me see the three pointing back at me saying:” This is you.”

L-rd make me teachable.

Transform me into the G-dly man you want me to be.

Let this be the true desire of my heart.

Root out all of the love of self, money, pleasure and most of all do not let me deny the power of G-d to transform and change my life when I admit I am powerless over self and the only way is by turning to you Yeshua and give my entire life to you L-rd and become a follower of you Yeshua.

Everything Paul taught and spoke of was written in the Torah that was given to Moshe on Mount Sinai.

This sums up what G-d wants us to do. Without true forgiveness, I will not be forgiven.

“Master of the universe, I hereby forgive anyone who has angered or vexed me or sinned against me, whether physically or financially, against my honor or against anything else that belongs to me, whether accidentally or intentionally, inadvertently or deliberately, by speech or by deed… May no one be punished on my account. – Siddur”

It all goes back to the beginning.

The first line of our morning prayer. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your resources. Let these matters that I command you today be upon your heart.

I love my teacher Pastor Steve Gray. Thank you HaShem bringing my family to World Revival Church Kansas City.  This is a place where HaShem truly as found HIS foot stool and dwelling place.

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The Torah and a Jew are one.

So much so, that even a Jew who claims he has no connection with the Torah—when pushed up against a wall, even that Jew will hold the Torah as the most precious thing in life.

Bamidbar 5739:7.