I Asked For Wonder (2) – THE BIBLE

I asked for Wonder

 

THE BIBLE  [Chapter Six]- 5.20 minutes

 

The Bible is holiness in words.

It is as if God took these Hebrew words and breathed into them of His power, and the words became a live wire charged with His Spirit.

To this day they are connections between heaven and earth.

~ Keren Hannah

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I Asked For Wonder: A Spiritual Anthology

I Asked For Wonder (1) – PRAYER

I asked for Wonder

Prayer [Chapter Two] – 6.40 minutes

 

Prayer is the border between heaven and earth.

Lord, the dominion is Thine. Take away from me all that would not enter Thy realm.

If not for the certainty that God listend to our cry, who could stand so much misery, so much callousness?

Prayer [in the light of His truth and will] makes visible the right and reveals what is hampering and false. In its radiance, we behold the worth of our efforts, the range of our hopes, and the meaning of our deeds.

~ Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath – To Sanctify Time (3)

The Sabbath - Heschel

 

To Sanctify Time [Epilogue] – 5.45 minutes 

 

Our world is a world of space moving through time –
from the Beginning to the End of Days.

One good hour may be worth a lifetime; an instant in returning to God may restore what has been lost in years of escaping from Him.

It is the dimension of time wherein man meets God, wherein man becomes aware that every instant is an act of creation.

To witness the perpetual marvel of the world’s coming into being is to sense the Giver in the given, to realize that the source of time is eternity, that the secret of being is the eternal within time.

The Sabbath leads us to a realm of endless peace, or to the beginning of an awareness of what eternity means.

 

Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath

 

The Sabbath – A Palace In Time (2)

The Sabbath - Heschel

 

A Palace In Time  [Chapter One] – 5.21 minutes

 

Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth;
on the Sabbath we particularly care for the seed of eternity planted in the soul.
The world has our hands, but our soul belongs to Someone Else.

The seventh day day is a palace in time which we build.

What was created on the seventh day? Tranquility, serenity, peace and repose.

 

Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath

 

The Sabbath – Architecture of Time (1)

The Sabbath - Heschel

Architecture of Time – Prologue  – 5 minutes 

 

There is a realm of time where the goal is not to have but to be, not to own but to give, not to control but to share, not to subdue but to be in accord.

The higher goal of spiritual living is not to amass a wealth of information but to face sacred moments.

The main themes of faith lie in the realm of time. We remember the day of the Exodus from Egypt, the day when Israel stood at Mount Sinai;

and our Messianic hope is the expectation of a day,
of the end of days.

 

Keren Hannah

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The Sabbath

 

ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (3) – The Final Redemption

Israel - Echo

 

The Final Redemption – 13.47 minutes

 

Not only is Redemption necessary for man, man is a necessity to Redemption. His actions are vital and affect the course of the process. Man holds the key that can unlock the chains fettering the Redeemer.

The heart of the relationship of God and man is reciprocity, interdependence. The task is to humanize the sacred and to sactify the secular.

The hope is for universal Redemption, for ontological transformation. Yet it seems that fulfillment will come about by degrees. …The point in history at which that restoration [of His Kingdom] will take place remains the secret of the Father.

“It was a hatred without cause that brought about the destruction of the Second Temple. It will be love without cause that will save Israel and all mankind.”
~ First Chief  Rabbi of British Mandate Palestine/Israel, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook

 

~ Keren Hannah

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Israel: An Echo of Eternity

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ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (2) – Jerusalem And The Wall

Israel - Echo

Jerusalem And The Wall – 9.25 minutes

 

This is a city never indifferent to the sky. …Prayers are vibrant. The Sabbath finds it hard to go away. Here Isaiah heard:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of His glory.  (6:3)

No words more magnificent have ever been uttered. Here was the Holy of Holies.

Jerusalem has the look of a place that is looked at… “the eyes of the Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year till the end of the year.” (Deut 11:12)
Psalms inhabit the hills, the air is HalleluYah!

What is the Wall? The unceasing marvel. Expectations.
The Wall will not perish. The Redeemer will come.

Silence. I hug the stones; I pray. O Rock of Israel, make our faith strong and Your words luminous in our hearts and minds. Pour holiness into our moments.

Once you have lived a moment at the Wall, you never go away.

 

~ Keren Hannah

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ISRAEL An Echo Of Eternity (1) – The People And The Land

Israel - Echo
The People And The Land – 9.50 minutes

 

Israel reborn represents a breakthrough into whole new areas of experience and understanding. It defies conventional conceptions, ordinary expectations.
Its essence is a proclamation.

Israel is a miracle in disguise. Things look natural and conceal what is a radical surprise. Zion rebuilt becomes a harbinger of a new understanding, of how history is intertwined with mystery.

Israel is the opposite of commonplace, it is an extraordinary place, and it is on the verge of the extraordinary that we may encounter the marvel….It is an accord of a Divine promise and a human achievement.

To the Jewish people, Eretz Israel is home, hope  and all they can call their own.
It is not only memory, our past, that ties us to the Land, it is our hope, our future.

~ Keren Hannah
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Man Is Not Alone (3) – Religion And Faith – The Holy Dimension

Man Is Not AloneReligion And Faith – 3.50 minutes

 

Religion for religion’s sake is idolatry.
True religion is for God’s sake.
The goal is “to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God.”
All existence stands in the dimension of the holy…
There is no escape from God.

~ Keren Hannah

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Man Is Not Alone : A Philosophy of Religion

Man Is Not Alone (2) – Man Is Needed By God

Man Is Not Alone

Man Is Needed By God – 4.01 minutes   [from Ch.20 The Essence of Man]

 

There is only one way to fumigate the obnoxious air of our world – to live beyond our own needs and interests.
…How can man succeed in breaking out of the circle of his self?

Our needs are temporal, while our being needed is lasting.

The souls of men are candles of the Lord …and every soul is indispensable to Him.

~ Keren Hannah

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Man Is Not Alone (1) – Man Stands Between God And The Beasts

Man Is Not Alone

 

* Man is always faced with the choice of listening either to God or to the snake.

* Man is the knot in which heaven and earth are interlaced.

 

Between God and the Beasts   3.25 mins. [from Ch.20 – The Essence of Man]

 

More from: ‘Man is Not Alone’

[from Ch.15 The Divine Concern]

The concern for others is not an extension in breadth but an ascension, a rise. Man reaches a new vertical dimension, the dimension of the holy, when he grows beyond his self interests, when that which is of interest to others becomes vital to him.

…The self, the fellow-man and the dimension of the holy are the three dimensions of a mature human concern.

…Our first impulse is self-preservation. …If life is holy, as we believe it is, then self-regard is that which maintains the holy. …The moral task is not how to disregard one’s own self but how to discover and be attentive to another self.

The self is not evil. The precept: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” includes the care of one’s own self as a duty. …To serve does not mean to surrender but to share.

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” concludes with the words: “I Am the Lord.” It is this conclusion that contains the ultimate reason for that solemn command. True and timeless is the command; but if God were not God, there would be no truth, no timelessness and no such command.

~Keren Hannah

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THE ORCHARD

Four entered the orchard:
Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Elisha and Ben Azzai and Ben Zoma.
Ben Zoma gazed and died,
Rabbi Elisha cut down the plantings,
Ben Azzai gazed and was harmed.
Only Rabbi Akiva emerged in peace.

THE ORCHARD
by Yochi Brandes
Translated from the Hebrew by Daniel Libenson

~ Review by Cindy

The Orchard is one of the most profoundly thoughtful, intensely moving, at times keenly troubling, and spellbinding reads I have taken the time to enjoy for a long while. 

Yochi Brandes weaves a story of the greatly venerated Rabbi Akiva (born not long after the birth of Yeshua) as told through the eyes of his second wife Rachel. Though fiction, it is rooted in Scripture, historical events, and Talmudic lore. Brandes paints for us the life of Akiva, an illiterate shepherd who meets Rachel, the daughter of one of the richest men in Israel. Though on the brink of betrothal, Rachel is stuck by the heart and mind of Akiva and withdraws from her betrothal. Seeking out Akiva’s company (and hand in marriage) Rachel teaches Akiva to read and marvels at his uniqueness of drawing out meaning not only from the words of Scripture but also from the individual letters and spaces between them. Seeing potential for greatness, Rachel pushes Akiva at the age of 40 to study Torah under Rabbi Eliezer, a leading sage of the post-Temple era.

The Orchard is centered on the life of Rabbi Akiva, but it also tells the story of the rabbis who lived following the destruction of the Second Temple (70 C.E.) and one Rabbi who died just before 70 C.E. – Paul of Tarsus. The Orchard propels the reader into the struggles between the schools of Judaism – the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel, the struggles between the Sadducees and the Pharisees, and the struggles between Israel and Rome. Yochi Brandes also gives a glimpse of the complicated relationship between the Nazarenes and the Sages in this same period.

At times I laughed out loud, other times my heart swelled and overflowed with such warmth and love, and then there were times I wept. Throughout this read I had many sleepless nights of wrestling. Please if you pick up this book don’t expect it to be a happily-ever-after read. It is visceral, raw, and at times heart breaking.  But with all that said, The Orchard is fascinating. What a gift to witness arguments for the sake of Heaven.

The Orchard is a deeply moving read, penetrating the heart. It is an experience not to be missed, and also an experience not to be entered into lightly.

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