Saturday, March 28, 2009

New Year's Eve

Last night we took the opportunity to go into the town square of Newport and blow our shofars and witness to our own community that it was the beginning of Yahweh's New Year. During the day, while shopping for Preparation Day in the square with my daughter, I took the opportunity to wish everyone we came in contact with, "Blessed New Year!" which resulted in conversations about why the card store had no cards for Passover and when the local churches were having their second annual Passover seder, etc.
Let us encourage one another to keep the light shining, wherever we are!
May Yahweh grant us all a beautiful, green, fruitful year, full of spiritual growth!
Shanah Tovah!
Happy New Year!

Friday, March 27, 2009

BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!

From Friday night (6th day) to Sabbath evening(7th day) marks the First Day of Yahweh's New Year!! (Exodus 12:1) Have a great day and look forward now to Passover which starts on the evening of the 14th day(April 10th-11th) of Yahweh's month!(Exodus 12:6) Don't forget to choose YOUR lamb on the 10th day(April 5th- 6th) of this new month(Exodus 12:3)...we will choose Yahshua the Messiah(I Peter 1:19) ~ We hope you do too! We will be diligently continuing to remove the leaven from our home(origin of Spring Cleaning!) before Passover, both physically and spiritually.( I Corinthians 5:8) This will be a year to remember.....Let us use it to draw close to Yahweh and do His will.
HalleluYah!
Here is a recipe that would be fun and instructional for the children:

Yahweh’s New Year is tomorrow! Here is a nice recipe for observing Yahweh’s New Year! I would use light green food coloring to tint.
Barley Candy
2 Tablespoons of pearl barley. 5 cups water.
Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, 2-2/3 cups sugar.
Pinch of cream of tartar. Lightly oil baking sheet.
Put the pearl barley in a saucepan with 1-1/4 cups
of the cold water and bring to a boil.
Drain and rinse under cold running water.
Put the barley back in the pan with the remaining
cold water and the lemon rind. Bring to a boil again,
cover and simmer about 2 hours. Strain the barley
liquid into a measuring cup and add the lemon juice
and enough cold water to make 2 -1/2 cups.
Put the sugar, cream of tartar and barley water
in a large heavy saucepan and heat gently until
the sugar is dissolved, stirring continuously.
Bring to a boil and boil to 290 degrees.
Remove the pan from the heat and quickly pour
the syrup onto the prepared baking sheet.
Tilt the sheet to spread it evenly. Leave to cool a little.
As soon as the barley sugar is firm enough to
handle, cut it into strips with scissors and twist
each strip. Place on a board to finish cooling.
The outside cools quicker than the middle, so
work from both sides toward the middle, not
straight from one side to the other. Wrap in twists
of clear wrap and store in a glass jar with an airtight stopper.

#373: Aviv Found!
Posted by: "ngordon4" mailto:ngordon4@gmail.com?Subject=ngordon4
Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:58 am (PDT)
Karaite Korner Newsletter #373Aviv Found! On Thursday March 26, 2009 we found Aviv Barley in two fields in the Jordan Valley, several kilometers south of Beth Shean. Samplings from these plots of barley were between 70% and 90% Aviv or beyond. Much of the barley we found had ripened past the stage of Aviv. Based on this there will definitely be sufficient quantities of barley that will be harvest-ready in two weeks time. Therefore, the upcoming new moon this Friday night will begin the Month of the Aviv and the new biblical year. Chag HaMatzot (the Feast of Unleavened Bread) will begin on April 10 at sunset and continue until April 17 at sunset. Photographs of this year's Aviv taken by CB Newman are posted at:http://www.karaite-korner.org/aviv/2009/The following people participated in today's Aviv Search:Nehemia Gordon, Ruthanne Koch, Devorah Gordon, Dina Marcus, Daniel Pitrone, Baruch ben Hosea, Adam Kinghorn, Bruce Brill, Larry Moldaur, Valerie Knowles, Miri Burgin, C. B. Newman, and Randy Boer. We will examine the barley in the northern Negev tomorrow. However, our findings so far are adequate to determine that the upcoming new moon will begin the new biblical year. Nehemia Gordonand Ruthanne Koch

Friday, March 20, 2009

Write to a Prisoner

Please write to our friend Chris Jones who is in prison for providing Alex Jones with video footage of Bohemian Grove (a shame on this nation-participated in by members of YOUR government!) check out what Bohemian Grove is about here: http://www.infowars.com/bg1.html
Chris' address is:
Christopher L. Jones
G17784-320-9L
POB 9
Avenal, CA 93204

We are also collecting monetary donations for a quarterly package to send to Chris. If you would like to donate (he can only receive one package per quarter, not just one package from different individuals, but ONE package ONLY!) We would like to be able to pool our resources and send the largest package possible (they are only allowed so many ounces).
You can write to The Lavertys
RE: Chris Jones
POB 21
Marysville, PA 17053

If you write to him, put your return address on the letter itself, as they may throw away the envelope that the letter came in. Do not enclose stamps or anything else, as they are only allowed to get supplies through their quarterly package.

Chris keeps the Sabbath and the Feasts and believes in Yahweh and Yahshua the Messiah. Please keep him in your prayers. Chris is one of the most up-beat people I have ever met and we didn't meet him until after he went to prison! He would love to hear from you and you will be blessed by meeting him too!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Strange customs.......

In reflecting on how our Savior died, we were wondering something...would things be different if He had died in the electric chair? Would the title of a famous song, "The Old Rugged Cross" be quite so appealing if it were instead, "The Old Rugged Electric Chair"? How about jewelry, would one be tempted to wear a sterling silver electric chair round one's neck, instead of a cross? We had to revisit customs or "traditions" that we did surrounding our beliefs and thoroughly examine them against the Scriptures. We ended up throwing out a lot of traditions that suddenly made no sense to us. We had heard an old joke that sort of summed up how we came to keep these things in the first place, cuz we sure hadn't gotten them from the Scriptures.
The joke goes like this: Husband sees wife preparing a roast for dinner and observes her cutting off the end to discard it. Husband knows that meat costs money and asks wife why she has done this thing. Her response is "My mother always did it." Husband wants to know "why" her mother did it. Wife calls mother and asks. Mother indicates that her mother always did it, so she should call her grandmother to find out why. Wife calls grandmother and asks why she always cut off the end of the roast. Grandmother's reply: "Because it wouldn't fit in the pan I had!"....... In short, we have been handed down some "traditions" that have nothing to do with how we should be worshipping Yahweh, how He wants to be worshipped. There is a verse that says: Jeremiah 16:19 Yahweh, my strength, and my stronghold, and my refuge in the day of affliction, to you shall the nations come from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Our fathers have inherited nothing but lies, even vanity and things in which there is no profit.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Outrageous Homeschool ruling in NC

Please visit this blog and take action to stop this "judge" from having children indoctrinated in the local prison, oh, sorry, I mean public school institution.
http://www.hsinjustice.com/

I left a comment that asked if a bank account had been set up for the wife of the adulterous husband. If every one would send in 1.00 that visits the web site, the wife should at least be able to pay for the "mental health evaluation" that the "judge" has ordered her, and not himself or her husband, to undergo.
In any event, please go to the "take action" section and complete the suggestions there.
Thank you!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What is the "Age of Accountability"?

The “Age of Accountability”
In the Bible
Until what age should we continue to train up our children in the way they should go? When are we, as parents, released from this particular intensive duty? Certainly we should always be available to offer advice and support to our grown children, but at what age do our children cease to be children, and become accountable to Yahweh for their own lives and choices? Let us look to the Bible for the answer.
It is often stated in theological discussion, that the Bible does not speak of, nor define, nor even address, an “Age of Accountability” anywhere. Let us examine this position.
First, let us take a look at the definition of accountability in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Ac-count-a-ble
Adj.
Liable to being called to account; answerable. See Synonyms at responsible.
That can be explained: and accountable phenomenon.
In the Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary Copyright 1996,1998 MICRA, Inc. it states:
Ac*count’a*bil”i*ty, n. The state of being accountable’liability to be called on to render an account’ accountableness. “The awful idea of accountability.”--R. Hall.
WordNet (registered) 1.6 copyright 1997 Princeton University lists: Accountability, n.: responsibility to someone or for some activity [syn: answerability, answerableness]
The Bible states, in Matthew 12:36,“ But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
The question is, at what age do we become responsible in this manner to Yahweh for our conduct? When we look in the Torah, we find some interesting instructions directed at a specific group of people. In Leviticus 27:1-4 in the KJV Bible translation (Sacred Names have been inserted) we read:
1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses, saying,2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for Yahweh by thy estimation.3 And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.4 And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.
The passages go on to assign lesser values of estimation to the varying age groups, but to this group is the estimation levied upon.
In Numbers 1:1-4 we read, “1 And Yahweh spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
Here we see that a person was not eligible to participate in the army unless they had attained a certain age. That age was twenty.
In Numbers 14:26-34 we also read, “26 And Yahweh spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,27 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me.28 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith Yahweh, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you:29 Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward which have murmured against me.30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.33 And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
This is one of the most compelling entries in the Bible for the age of accountability being twenty years old. The adults who murmured against Yahweh were not allowed into the Promised Land, except for Caleb and Yahshua the General, both of whom gave good reports of the spied out land of Canaan. Those men responsible for bringing an evil report about the spied out land, died immediately of the plague, before Yahweh.
In Deuteronomy 24:5 we read, “5 When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer up his wife which he hath taken.This verse is very interesting. It tells us that a man shall not go out to war, which presumes, as we have shown previously, that he must be 20 years old or older. It would seem prudent for a young man to be at least 20 years old then, before he consummates a marriage, and that the happy couple should have one full year to get to know each other and adjust to married life before resuming full responsibilities. It would seem logical that the parents of the twenty year old male shall have helped him prepare to fulfill this directive of a year at home, by saving up money and storing a years worth of provisions for the couple. Further more, preparation and rehearsal for the Sabbatical year should have well prepared them to more easily carry this directive out.
Furthermore, we see no indication in the Bible of an alternative age of accountability. At the age of twelve, when Yahshua was in the Temple, about His Father’s work, he was still accountable to his earthly parents, as evidenced by their returning to look for him and questioning his absence. Thirteen is the age the Jews perform the Bar/Bat mitzvah, but the children remain under their parents tutelage. A search of the Strong’s Concordance of numbers shows no other such compelling evidence of the answer to the original questions posed at the beginning of this tract. The numbers 13 and 18 are not mentioned in such context. The following is from the web site http://www.mnment.com/barmitzvahs/historical.bar.mitzvah.php: The notion of a Bar/Bat Mitzva dates back to the Talmudic period. This concept of Bar Mitzvah is not discussed in the Bible. It is a concept that the Rabbis of the Talmud created perhaps over 2,000 years ago.
The earliest source of which I am aware on this subject is the Mishnah, ca. 200 C.E., where it is taught that thirteen is the age for responsibility for the mitzvot. (Avot 5:23) There were some authorities which held people fully responsible only at the age of 20, but this was a decided minority.
The rabbis determined that a girl at age 12(and one day) and a boy at age 13(and one day- brought to your attention so as not to introduce the fallacy that the Jews really mean from conception-this is their definition also taken from the above site (editor‘s clarification), had reached an age where they were old enough to know right from wrong and should have enough self-discipline to choose to do what is right. Bar- son and daughter- bat mitzva- commandment- you are now legally responsible for fulfilling the commandments which are part of being a Jewish adult. One becomes a Bar or Bat Mitzva upon reaching the age of responsibility. One also gains certain privileges, such as being able to be counted in a prayer quorum- minyan, and being able to recite the blessings at the Torah reading- aliya. Initially, the Bar Mitzva was publicly celebrated by doing this for the first time, perhaps giving a short talk with an explanation of the Torah reading, and one's parents providing juice and cookies following the service. It has only taken on a life of its own in relatively recent times.
We find the preceding to be contrary to what we read in the scriptures.
Society and its humanism and secularism has decided that age 18 is the optimal age to put a child out into the world to fend for itself.
While some children may be exceptions to the rule, generally having a child move out of the house at age 18, shaves off two whole years for the opportunity to reinforce Biblical concepts to the child as they approach the time when they will become an adult. We, personally, would rather look to the scriptures to help us decide the optimal age to expect to hand over full accountability to our children. In light of this information, we surmise that a child should be “around” age 20 to appreciate and accept the responsibility of baptism. The Bible has recorded no accounts of children being baptized, and its silence is compelling. There are plenty of recorded adult baptisms. (Take Yahshua’s for example.) We are certainly not implying that a child does not have a close spiritual relationship with Yahweh before then, but that Yahweh will not hold them “accountable” for wrong actions before then. (Certainly there should be "earthly consequences, by parents, for those wrong actions, they are, indeed, perfect opportunities to reinforce and stress correct actions, based on Torah!) At whatever age you decide is right for your children, it would seem beneficial to see that the child has a clear understanding of what accountability means.
The Laverty Family Ministry-2004

Monday, March 9, 2009

Has your place of worship ever told this as a memorial?

If not, why not?

Matthew 26:6-13 (King James Version)
6Now when Jesus(Yahshua) was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
7There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
8But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
9For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10When Jesus(Yahshua) understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Romans 13- Yahweh's Govt. or Secular Govt.?

Here is a reply post to a woman who is confused by Romans 13 because her heart tells her the state/Feds should have no authority over her husbands' right to educate their children in the manner they see fit.
She knows that Romans 13 is problematic, however she did not do the research to figure out why.
We think that a person violates Torah when they fail to stand up against evil. (Psalm 94:16, Psalm 144,Proverbs 25:26, Proverbs 31:8-9,Numbers 31:3,Nehemiah 4:17-18, Exodus 22:2-3(right to self defense),Luke 22:35-36

Here is the Text of Romans 13:
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Rom 13:2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
Rom 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Rom 13:5 Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Rom 13:6 For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
Rom 13:7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Our response to her:
We do believe that those verses have been misapplied(Romans 13)....if you do a Concordance search, you will see that in the KJV, it says "Higher powers"...."ministers" (vs 6 attending continually to this very thing) and "rulers"(are not a terror togood works(**the kind you do to show you have Faith**), but to evil(**sinning***))....please also keep in mind that the letters, when originally written, were not numbered or put into paragraphs, so one should really start at the beginning of the book and remain in continuity, not breaking things up. Higher is number 5242, and has better, excellency, higher, supreme in the definition.....powers is # 1849 and has heavenly, lawful in the meaning. Ministers(verse 4), # 3011 has, a functionary in theTemple or Gospel, a worshipper of God. Rulers is 758, Chief ruler,to be first, reign over.The Holy Spirit leads me to believe that the writer was intending for the "believer" to be listening to the "governmental authority"of the gospel.........since Yahweh is my chief ruler, higher power,magistrate,heavenly and lawful and my Elders *where I worship* are worshippers of Yahweh(God).......We try to stay in the Spirit while reading, not carry preconceived,perhaps convenient political, interpretations.

Psalm 22:22 "I will declare your name to my brethren"
Isaiah 42:8 "I am Yahweh, that is my name"
The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.--Albert Einstein"
Such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing. -Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man"

Friday, March 6, 2009

Shalom! Welcome to our blog. We will be posting articles we have written, links and other items of interest here. Thanks for stopping by and don't hesitate to contact us with your questions, suggestions and comments.