The Zionist Roots of Thanksgiving

Without question, Thanksgiving is connected to Sukkot. Maybe more than one realizes.

The first Thanksgiving day was not a day… it was a week, preceded by a day of fasting. If that sounds like Yom Hakippurim and Sukkot, you would be right.

Here is more information.

May the Almighty bless you this day as you ponder the foundations of America, the many things we have to be thankful for and the awakening of our part of the House of Israel. Shalom!

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Restoring kol Israel: How we ‘disable’ our children

“What’s the use? I’m gonna die anyway?”

His reply to my question was rather listless.

It started after Shabbat when I asked a young man in our fellowship what he wanted to study for and do when he finished school. He just shrugged his shoulders and said, “What’s the use? I’m gonna die anyway?”

I probed him with a couple more questions to diagnose the problem and quickly figured out that he was deeply concerned about the state of the world and the coming Great Tribulation. In his mind, there is nothing much to live for.

Why try?

My immediate response was a vigorous reminder that we have at least 1000 years to go! The Tribulation is not the end. It is a beginning!! A beginning to the millennial reign! Others gathered around, wondering what the hubbub was, and it turned into a wonderful impromptu lesson for all who had lingered.

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Reblog: That Might Work for You, But Not My Marriage

I do not normally reblog entire articles, but usually provide a link. I am making an exception for this article because it encapsulates so well the reason why we must recapture the proper roles of men and women in marriage as God designed. The Torah pursuant community is so serious about learning and walking in God’s ways, but retain a huge blind spot regarding what the Bible actually says about marriage, men and women.

We will be held accountable for truth in this area because it is foundational to the Restoration of Kol Israel. Calendars, liturgy and minute details about the Torah throughout Scripture are meaningless if we get the roles of men and women and family structure wrong. Simply, Torah cannot be walked rightly if headship and patriarchy are not right at the very foundation.

Here is the complete article from BiblicalGenderRoles.com with a few of my comments at the end. While he supports most points from the Brit, everything is supportable from the Torah.

That Might Work for You, But Not My Marriage

November 13, 2019 / biblicalgenderroles

“BGR, (my wife and I refer to you as Bigger Guy, phonetically pronounced), Just a word of encouragement, we decided over a year ago to switch the dynamic of our marriage to a more Biblical approach. Your blog has inspired a lot of the changes that we have implemented. We were “happily married partners” for many years. Since the change, our marriage has grown and flourished like never before.

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Torah Portion: Chayei Sarah (Gen. 23:1-25:18)

We dive into bride price, concubines and western culture in this this portion that is sure to spark some interesting discussions!! Check out Chayei Sarah on our Torah Portion Series page as we continue to explore the foundational parts of a full restoration of kol Israel.

Shabbat shalom!

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Torah Portion: Vayera (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

This week’s Torah Portion commentary for Vayera, Genesis 18:1 – 22:24, is posted on the Torah Portion Series page. Our commentary is focused pretty closely on the roles and responsibilities of man and woman as revealed in Scripture, marriage, family and Biblical headship. This series is designed to connect closely with the Restoring kol Israel series of articles.

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Why is this so hard?

Paradigm shifts are rarely easy. And, for those on the cutting edge, they can be particularly difficult.

Many readers are in some stage of ‘coming to’ or beginning Torah observance, and the whole process is challenging. But, why? In theory, this should be easy, right? Read the Scriptures. See truth. Walk in it.

As humans, we tend to act like pack animals. We have way too much of a herd mentality. Deep inside, whether a lie of the adversary or voice from our flesh, we do not want to be different or perceived as ‘outside’ the fold. We even know that Yeshua clearly taught that following Him was the antithesis to crowd following.

Yet, we follow. Comfortably. And, justify it.

In truth, this should be simple, but we make it hard. Too, hard. We should simply say, ‘Abba, You call, I haul! Just show me truth in Your Word and I’ll walk in it.’

That’s it! No dickering or negotiating. No checking with men and their doctrines. No worrying about what the neighbors or family members will say.

Just see it, believe it and walk it out.

I pray each of you cease to negotiate the price. Stop trying to find the easy path. Give up on pleasing the folks around you. Just focus on the Word and what it actually says.

Selah!

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Restoring kol Israel: The ‘lost’ first post…

I’m sitting here staring at my screen.  Writing feels a bit like blood letting. Yet, my brain is totally full and I have no idea where to begin, which string to pull first so the dam will beak.

For weeks, months even, I have been pondering the many facets of the restoration of kol Israel. One might call it a minor obsession because it is where my thoughts go when nothing else pressing is at the forefront.  Among those thoughts, I have been juggling the hot potatoes that few have the courage to touch, subjects that draw extreme ire and irrational unbiblical pushback. Post titles float across my mind, titles like Feminism and the Destruction of Western Culture, or Patriarchy, God’s Solution that Everybody Hates, or Where have all the Men Gone and Why don’t they Care?

Most whom I have conversations with concerning the restoration of Israel, the return of the whole House of Israel and what it will look like, have a lilting dreamy character to their voice until they understand that to be successful, we must divorce ourselves from Western Greek influences.  It is one thing for most to erase Christmas or Easter and the many unbiblical elements absorbed from the nations, but it is another matter entirely to realize that future Israel will Continue reading

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The Global Fertility Crash

Two or three evenings ago, my eldest son read some information to me regarding the growing global fertility crisis. He is working on his Masters level degree as a Nurse Practitioner and is immersed in all things health related, so his interest being peaked by a report on fertility rates crashing was no surprise.

We had an excellent discussion about the relationship between the fertility rate and the rate at which women embrace the God-ordained role of bearing children and caring for the home instead of pursuing education and careers. I further explained that reversing this and walking according to Scripture in the whole area of patriarchy, family structure and marriage is imperative for the restoration of kol Israel. (Did I mention this blog has a whole series on the subject?)

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Torah Portion Series, 03 Lech Lecha

Our Torah Portion Series focusing on the specific topics of headship, patriarchy and family structure continues with Lech Lecha, Genesis 12:1-17-27.

A special ‘thank you’ to Jeremy and Robin for their insight, edits and input.

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Samuel Adams is kosher?

Well, color me surprised. We had wonderfully delicious fajitas for dinner and I succumbed to my craving for a beer. My eldest had one as well and commented, ‘Hey dad, these things are kosher!’

Well, I do know there are a couple brands that are unclean due to added flavorings, but had never noticed a kosher symbol on a beer before. This was a welcomed surprise.

Kudos to Sam Adams. I guess now I have to do a little ‘market research.’ 😉

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Torah Portion Series, 02. Noach

Our Torah Portion Series focusing on the specific topics of headship, patriarchy and family structure continues with Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32

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Ani Yosef publishes 2020 trip dates

Curious what the Ani Yosef dates for the 2020 Pesach and Sukkot service project trips are? How about the reduced cost option? Desire to be in Jerusalem for one or both of these important feasts next year? Great!!

Go here!

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Restoring Kol Israel: Patriarchy to Thrive Societally!!

Over the last several months, we have been unfolding this series on headship and patriarchy from a Biblical perspective. The Bible is clear concerning the structure of family and marriage, but we are sure the average reader has harbored the ‘why does God do it this way?’ question. And, we could simply say, ‘Because He can…’ but for many, that would be too simplistic or even entirely unsatisfactory.

Susan B. Anthony, unwitting instigator in the destruction of America.

Personally, I accept Scripture as truth. Period. End of story. But, as with many other areas where the wisdom of Elohim proves true, what if there are very solid sociological reasons why headship and patriarchy are the best route to go?

Today, I read an amazing article that exactly explains the ‘why?’

How Getting Marriage ‘Wrong’ Destroyed Every Great Civilization in World History

The article is long with a pile of research, but it is well worth your time to read and process if you want to understand the major underlying reason why civilizations fail. And, more significantly, why God mandates patriarchy.

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A cup of coffee in Madrid

Five years ago, traveling to Israel was on my bucket list. A dream for ‘maybe one day.’ Sure, the Torah says, ‘All your males shall appear before Me three times a year…’ but, that seemed utterly impossible.

This morning, we are sitting in Madrid waiting for our flight home to Charlotte, NC, and I knew exactly where I wanted to have a cup of coffee. This is the end of our sixth feast in Israel in the last four years and our sixth or seventh trip through this airport. Abba has provided and blessed as we have reached to be obedient to this command.

I look forward in the coming days to sharing some of the things we learned and experienced during Yom HaKippurim and Sukkot with AniYosef.com, but would much prefer if you were sitting here with us… or, serving with us in THE City.

It breaks my heart that so many are content to celebrate at home instead of begging the Father to bring them up, even once per year.. (I wonder how HE feels.) Yes, cost is an issue, but He owns the hills that the 1000 cattle reside on… Commit. Sellout. You can spend 14 days in Israel at Pesach or Sukkot for LESS than $900. Meals and lodging included! (And, a couple of us are working to cut that price in HALF, if you are willing to camp. Tent provided!)

If you desire to be there and are willing to commit to total obedience, tune in to AniYosef.com and send a contact request for more information.

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Torah Portion Series, 01. Breisheet

This week we begin posting a series of Torah Portion studies focusing on what the Torah has to say regarding headship and partriarchy. If Israel is to be restored, and the tribes are to return, and if the Messiah is to uphold Torah, then we need to wrestle with what that will look like structurally. Does the Torah define what a family looks like? Does it give us clear instruction on the authority structure? Do we know the roles and responsibilities of man and woman? What does a clan or tribe look like? How does it function?

Most readers here were reared in a Christian environment and may have a sense of truth, but do we really know the root in Torah and have we seen it walked out in righteousness? Have we been infected with Greco-Roman thinking in areas that we may not even know?

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