JERUSALEM of Gold, Stones, and Light – 12.30 mins

 

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The wonder and beauty of Jerusalem make a deep impression. The bustle, the noise and the inevitable grime of any modern city, makes things look quite natural. Then suddenly, as if a veil is gently pulled aside for a lingering moment, one sees something of deep and breathtaking splendor. It’s a beauty that is different than is found in any other beautiful city. A quality one not only sees, but experiences with all one’s being. It is the revelation of a miracle concealed in the seemingly mundane. 

When I go to Israel every stone and every tree is a reminder of hard labor and glory, of prophets and psalmists, of loyalty and holiness, [We] go to Israel for renewal, for the experience of resurrection.

~ Abraham Joshua Heschel – Israel, An Echo of Eternity

Artwork: Alex Levine, Israel

JERUSALEM of Gold, Stones, and Light (12.30 minutes)

Download the transcript for H-I MLPJ 20 – Jerusalem of Gold

The Beauty of Holiness – “Behold the Bridegroom!”

This is a recording of the first time I (Keren Hannah) was invited to share at a conference together with my beloved husband Dwight, of blessed memory. It was held in England, October 2002, with a great group of women – The Lydia Fellowship.

Be looking out and prepared to meet the Bridegroom!

Part 1

How do we do that?
He says: “Remain in my love and in obedience to my commands, that your joy may be full!”

The theme of the conference was: “Behold the Bridegroom. Go out and Meet Him!”

We meet our Beloved at the time of Pesach, the time of the Song of Songs.

Conference verses: Isaiah 62:1-5  and Revelation 19:6-8

Part 2

One facet of the theme verses of the conference was: “And you will be a crown of splendor, a beautiful diadem, in the Lord’s hands.” (Isaiah 62:3).

You were created to love and to be loved.

You were created to be beautiful in a beautiful setting, enjoying and reflecting His great beauty.

Let us allow His beauty and glory to shine forth and bring healing and hope – tikkun olam -to the world around us.

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Part 1 Correction – The first guest-house I stayed in, in Israel, was Ayelet HaShachar, which means: Deer of the Dawn.

The Beauty of Holiness Part 1 (29.20 minutes)  

The Beauty of Holiness Part 2 (13.43)

TREES in the Bible – 18.19 mins

In time for Tu B’Shevat – the New Year for Trees!

There are many references to trees in the Bible, from the first chapter to the last!

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In the beginning, at Creation, we find the “trees bearing fruit” that provided food for Adam and Eve and in the last book of Revelation we find the the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, having leaves that provide healing for the nations.  Fascinating!

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Let us learn more about the significant trees recorded in the Scriptures. Particularly those referenced in the Seven Species:

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For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and [date] honey (Deuteronomy 8:7-8).

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Trees of the Bible ( 18.19 mins)

 

Download the transcript for H-I MLPJ 21 – TREES IN THE BIBLE

 

Is Your Godly Imagination Starved? 11.06 mins

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Nature to a saint [a tzaddik] is sacramental. In every wind that blows; in every night and day of the year …in every blossoming and withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us, if we will simply use our starved imaginations to realize it.

~Oswald Chambers

Is Your Godly Imagination Starved? ( 11.06 mins.)


Download the transcript for MLPJ # 19 – IS YOUR GODLY IMAGINATION STARVED?

The prophet Isaiah, in chapter 40, verse 26, exhorts Israel: “Lift your eyes to the heavens: Who created all these?” Oswald Chambers notes: “The people of God had starved their imaginations by looking at the face of idols.” How is this applicable to us today?

When is Religion Evil? 15.2 mins

When is Religion Evil? (15.2 mins.)

Download the transcript for pdf MLPJ 18 – CAN FAITH BE EVIL?

 

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The opening sentence of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ outstanding new book, entitled, ‘NOT IN G-D’S NAME  – Confronting Religious Violence,‘ reads:

When religion turns men into murderers, God weeps!

At some point in history both Christians, and Jews, to one degree or another, have blood on their hands in the name of religion. Today, however, in the form of Islam, we are experiencing an unprecedented global uprising of a strategic, militant religion that deserves our close attention.

Please be informed. Jonatahn Sacks helps us gain a clearer understanding of the violence both Israel and the world are facing today and how best we can address it.

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You can purchase Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence via Amazon.com

A Circumcised Heart? 8.35 mins

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A Circumcised Heart? (8.35 m)

Download the transcript for MLPJ 17 – A CIRCUMCISED HEART?

 

Repentance is the gift that offers the path out of sin and, when taken, results in the happiness of reconciliation.

When our hearts are circumcised we can experience joy!

 

~ Keren Hannah

 

HOW MANY FORESKINS? 13.15 mins

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How Many Foreskins? ( 13.15 m)

Download the transcript for MLPJ 16 – How Many Foreskins?

 

The brit milah, or circumcision, of a Jewish baby boy is a sign in the flesh which becomes a constant physical reminder of his unconditional covenant with God.

We may ask: “Why on the 8th day?” and “What about girls?”

There are 3 other foreskins to be circumcised. Are they also connected with the 8th day?

The Festival Cycle – Cycles of Righteousness – 42.32 mins

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The set times of the biblical calendar provide a framework and reference for our growth in the purposes of God, in the power of His Spirit of holiness and in His love in Yeshua our Messiah.

They are God-given aids to enable us to walk after our Good Shepherd in paths or “cycles” of righteousness for His Name’s Sake (Psalm 23:3).

Enjoy this very special  and personal teaching from Keren, which was shared (after Passover 2004) in her home congregation at the time and which highlights the love of God and the  connection between the Spring and Fall Feasts.

You can download and print a copy for yourself of Keren’s New Life Cycle – Cycles of Righteousness diagram here:

New Life Cycle – Cycles of Righteousness

 

Does God See Our Tears? 9.30 mins

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Does God See Our Tears? (9.30m)

Download the transcript for MLPJ 14 – Does God see our Tears?

 

When the heart cries, only God hears.

Only man’s acceptance of God’s gift of repentance can turn his heart of stone into one that can cry with God and can love and heal; and rejoice!

~ Keren Hannah

What Can We Learn from Job? 6.55 mins

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What Can We Learn from Job? (6.55m)

 

 At this time of reflection and repentance during the Hebrew month of Elul, and in the light of  the tumultuous times we are living in, the lessons of  Job are particularly relevant.

~ Keren Hannah

Learn from the Crawling Creatures? 10.55 mins

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Learn from the Crawling Creatures? The Snake, the Ant & the Spider and the Fly! (10:55m)

 

The more one studies these amazing creatures, the more there is to discover!

The punishment given by God to the snake was very fitting. He was made to crawl on his belly in the dust. The Sages wisely conclude, “Falsehood does not have legs [to stand on].”

Ants are the epitome of cooperation… all is done for the common good.

The spider can be found spinning its web in the palace of a king. It is tolerated due its web’s ability to trap flies.

Praise God for His wonders! We indeed can sing, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God endures forever!”

~Keren Hannah

 

 

 

Learn From The Animals? 9.40 mins

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Learn From The Animals? – 9.40 minutes

 

“Yours, God, is the greatness, and the might, and the splendor and the victory, for everything in Heaven and on earth is Yours!”

There is much we can learn from our four-footed friends, the animals. Today we take a look at three of them: the Donkey, the Gazelle and the King of the beasts himself – the Lion.

Let us look forward to the day when all Creation can live in harmony, as our Creator intended.

~Keren Hannah

Learn From The Birds? 9.00 mins

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Learn From The Birds – 9.00 minutes

 

“God teaches us from the animals of the land, and from the birds of the heavens He makes us wise.” `~Job

Today, we take a look at three birds and find out what we can learn from:

The Stork, the Rooster and the Dove.

 

When our spirits soar in the Presence of God and we are faithful to His purposes for us, we too can know the signs of the times and move in harmony with them.

~ Keren Hannah

HEBREW EYES? 5.11 mins

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Hebrew Eyes? – 5.11 minutes

 

The Bible you are reading is the Hebrew Bible, but are you reading it with Hebrew eyes?

If the meaning of Scripture is contained and hidden in the text, then the language and the tools of the language, are vital for clear understanding.

Israel is restored…and Hebrew, the ancient and original tongue of the Bible, has been restored. And we, each one of us, both Jew and Christian, have the privilege of participating in God’s ongoing, creative work of Redemption.

~Keren Hannah Pryor

A REDEMPTIVE RELATIONSHIP? 6.46 mins

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A Redemptive Relationship? 6.46 minutes 

 

The relationships that make a difference and deeply affect our lives, in a positive way, are the redemptive or transformative relationships we enjoy.

How do we tell if a relationship is transformative?

Every redemptive relationshp demands honesty and presence.

Transparency – an openness of heart and thoughts – enables true and caring communication and interaction.

~Keren Hannah Pryor