Wednesday, December 28, 2011

10th Month New Moon

New Moon Report
December 2011
Tenth Biblical Month

On Sunday December 25, 2011 observers from Israel looked for the new moon but it was not sighted. It was raining throughout the country. Visibility would have been uncertain even under ideal conditions so unless another report comes in of a sighting, new moon will be Monday night December 26. My thanks to Yoel Halevi, Devorah Gordon, and David Cachicas for braving the Jerusalem rain to carry out the observation this month in the Holy City. 

Nehemia Gordon
Reporting from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Saturday, November 26, 2011

New moon of the 9th month sighted

Nehemia Gordon


Sighted the new moon at 4:48pm from Jerusalem on Sabbath, 


Nov. 26th, 2011 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sabbath Services 12-10-11

Shalom!  We will be hosting Sabbath Services on 12-10-11 from 2-7pm at the Millerstown Community Center on Juniata Parkway WestMillerstown, PA.  This center is right on the road, just down fromthe Grange, on the left hand side if coming from Newport.  Please bring a kosher dish to share.  The topic will be John 10:22 and the Book of Maccabees.  There will be crafts for the children, dancing and food.  We will provide paper products.  Please bring a seven branch menorah if you wish.   We will be advertising this meeting in the local papers. 

Yahweh Bless!
The Laverty Family
717-567-3386

You are Invited to the Anti Xmas Party Shoot!

You are Invited to our 3rd Annual Anti X-mas party shoot!  How Ironic that it will be on Sunday December 25th this year lol…….From 2-??pm Please bring a Kosher dish to share.  If you have any Xmas stuff still lurking in your attic and want to use it for target practice, bring it along and we will make short work of it!  Please RSVP, as this is a popular event and we may need to shuttle people from the Newport Park and Ride.  
RSVP to dlavertyfamily@yahoo.com, or call 717-319-3997 or 717-567-3386.  Will be held Snow or Shine!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Final Info for FOT Loysville, PA 2011

Feast of Tabernacles 2011
  Well, it is hard to believe that this will be our final email about information for the Feast of Tabernacles!  As you know, we will be hosting Yahweh’s Feast of Tabernacles this year at the Paradise Stream Family Campground, in Loysville, PA.  Our family will be setting up on Thursday, October 13th and leaving on Sunday October 23rd.
This will be a personal responsibility feast.  Each family should bring enough food and place settings for their family.  We will try to meet together as often as we can for corporate meals, with each household bringing a dish to share, and their own place settings, especially for lunch on the High Days.
All activities scheduled are completely voluntary.
Each head of household is welcome to bring their teachings, and family members any specials, talents, etc. This is Yahweh’s Feast, and all are welcome.
 Please note, there are two double Sabbaths.  Preparation day for them will be on Thurs., and the schedule will be light on Thurs. so that everyone can make their own preparations. (*This reminder is for those observing the Jerusalem sighting of the new moon - if you are on a different calendar, please plan accordingly)
There is a camp store, a laundry room and bath/shower facilities on the premises.  The mini golf should be open.  The pool will be closed, but if it is warm enough to swim, there is a creek to swim/wade in. There is a play ground, a game room, and a stocked lake with peddle boats.
This is what the schedule looks like.
Some early birds will be arriving on Wed the 12th :)
Thurs. the 13th: Set up
Friday the 14th, The First High Day  Services at 10am and 2pm  Dance praise and worship, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sat. the 15th Sabbath - Services at 10am  and 2pm. Dance, praise and worship, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sat. the 15th Sabbath, after sunset there will be a Youth Gathering at Shanna and James’ tent site.
Sun. the 16th thru Wed. the 19th: We are doing a little something different this year and are offering optional workshops on preparation.  We have 8 slots set aside for them. Please meet on the porch of the camp store for all workshops at the appointed time and we will proceed to workshop location from there.
The schedule is as follows:
Sunday October 16th from 10:30am to 12:00noon Kristie Grier Soap Making
Sunday October 16th at 1:00pm. Paul  Advanced Medical Training
Monday, October 17th at 10am Dave, Patton and Karl Laverty Land Navigation/Map & Compass Course will also be held after the sun goes down for Night Land Navigation.
Monday October 17th at 1:00pm diane laverty and Shanna  Edible Food Walk
Tuesday October 18th at 10:00am Diane Laverty Intro to Canning, both pressure and water bath.
Tuesday October 18th at 1:00pm David Laverty Food Storage
Wednesday October 19th at 10:00am Diane Laverty Raw Food Preparation
Wednesday October 19th at 1:00pm  Angie Holliday Making Yarn with Plastic Bags
If you aren’t interested in attending the workshops, or only want to attend select workshops, Scripture study should be available to alternately attend or of course, free time.
 Activities are also scheduled for the children including arts and crafts.  Monday at 1pm and Tues at 1:00 pm children that wish to participate may meet on the steps of the camp store porch.  Other craft times will be announced. Parents may stay or drop children off. (any help is welcome :)  
Monday Oct. 17th Shanna and James are hosting the Talent Show from 7-8pm or later.  Anyone can sign up to share their talents!
Wed. the 19th at 7pm: Market Place night.  If you have any crafts to sell, this is the night to do that!  We have crocheted hats, baby nursing aprons, soaps, scrubs, jewelry and more already scheduled for your feast shopping pleasure! Please bring some money to make change with if you are going to be a vendor
Thurs. the 20th: Light schedule for preparation day, and after a satisfying preparation day, will be the Women’s group fellowship at 7pm - join us for fellowship and chocolate!
Fri. the 21st Last Great Day of the Feast- High Day.  Services at 10am and 2pm. Praise worship dance, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sat. 22nd: Sabbath  Services at 10am and 2pm, Praise worship, dance, specials, Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sun. 23rd Tear Down.  
If  you will be just visiting for the day, there is a 5.00 charge to enter the campground and use the facilities, per person over age 12.

If you have any questions, please email or call 717-567-3386 or 717-319-3997  email dlavertyfamily@yahoo.com
When making reservations at the campground, please tell them you are with the group Yahweh’s Newport Assembly for the discount. The phone number for the campground is 717-789-2117.  This is the link:  http://www.campparadisestream.com/
Shalom
The Laverty Family

Thursday, September 29, 2011

It's A GO! New Moon sighted in Israel/Trumpets 2011

Nehemia Gordon
New moon sighted from Haifa, Israel on Thursday Sep 29 at 6:35pm.

Trumpets 2011

Shalom!  We will be hosting a Feast of Trumpets- Yom Teruah gathering on (now confirmed by the new moon sighting) friday, Sept. 30th 2011 at Little Buffalo State Park at 1pm.  We will be meeting at the second entrance, 1st parking lot in the park, as usual.  Please bring a kosher dish to share if you like.  Questions or to be put on speaking/specials list, call Dave at 717-567-3386

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

6th month info from Nehemiah

Karaite Korner Newsletter #527

New Moon Report
August 2011 (2)
Sixth Biblical Month

On Tuesday August 30, 2011 observers across Israel looked for the new moon but it was not sighted. Visibility was uncertain even under ideal weather conditions due to a short lagtime of only 35 minutes. Lagtime refers to the time between sunset and moonset. This month the moon set only 35 minutes after the sun. During those 35 minutes, the light of the sun had not faded enough for the moon to be visible, and by the time it got dark enough, the moon had already set or was too close to the horizon to see. Normally when the moon has a short lagtime, it coincides with a small percentage of the moon's surface facing Earth being illuminated. This month the short lagtime of 35 minutes coincided with an unusually high illumination of 3.71% making a concerted effort at sighting the moon worthwhile. Despite our efforts we did not see the moon. Clouds may have played a factor in our negative sighting. New moon day will be tomorrow evening, Wednesday August 31, 2011.

Nehemia Gordon
Jerusalem, Israel

Monday, July 25, 2011

Trumpets 2011

Shalom!  We will be hosting a Feast of Trumpets Yom Teruah gathering on (yet to be confirmed by the new moon sighting) friday, Sept. 30th 2011 at Little Buffalo State Park at 1pm.  We will be meeting at the second entrance, 1st parking lot in the park, as usual.  Please bring a kosher dish to share if you like.  Questions or to be put on speaking/specials list, call Dave at 717-567-3386

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Feast of Tabernacles 2011/ Loysville, PA

Shalom! We wanted to Thank everyone who came out for the Israeli Cultural Day on Sabbath for all the time, effort, food, well, everything you helped do to make the day a success!
This is a preliminary email about the Feast of Tabernacles. We will be hosting Yahweh’s Feast of Tabernacles this year at the Paradise Stream Family Campground, in Loysville, PA. Our family will be setting up on Thursday, October 13th and leaving on Sunday October 23rd. This will be a personal responsibility feast. Each family should bring enough food and place settings for their family. Each head of household is welcome to bring their teachings, and family members any specials, talents, etc. This is Yahweh’s Feast, and all are welcome. To help keep the schedule organized, if you have a teaching you would like to share, or anything else, please call Dave so that we can make one schedule to hand out, to include a time slot for you.
Please note, there are two double Sabbaths. Preparation day for them will be on Thurs., and the schedule will be light on Thurs. so that everyone can make their own preparations. There is a camp store, a laundry room and bath/shower facilities on the premises. The mini golf should be open. The pool will be closed, but if it is warm enough to swim, there is a creek to swim/wade in. There is a play ground, a game room, and a stocked lake with peddle boats.
This is what the preliminary schedule looks like.
Thurs. the 13th: Set up
Friday the 14th, The First High Day Services at 10am and 2pm Dance praise and worship, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sat. the 15th Sabbath - Services at 10am and 2pm. Dance, praise and worship, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sun. the 16th Thru Wed. the 19th: We would like to do something a little different this year and offer optional workshops on preparation. We have 8 slots set aside for them as it stands now, although we can probably fit more in if you write or call with ideas of what you would like to see covered that is not on the list so far. Right now we have Kristie Grier doing a soap making demonstration and workshop- the date and time will be announced later. Then we have Making Tinctures (diane laverty and Rebekah), Map & Compass course (Dave, Patton and Karl), Canning water bath and pressure canning introduction (Shanna Ridener)., Medical (to be announced, waiting for speaker confirmation), Food Storage (Dave Laverty) and a Eating Wild Foods walk and talk(diane laverty & Shanna Ridener). If you would like to teach or co teach a workshop please call so we can add/ schedule it. If you have an idea for a workshop that wasn’t mentioned, please call so we can try to accommodate the idea. If you aren’t interested in attending the workshops, or only want to attend select workshops, Scripture study should be available to alternately attend. Any Baptized adult male that would like to lead a Scripture study as an alternative, please call so we can add you to the schedule.
Wed. the 19th at 7pm: Women’s group fellowship - join us for fellowship and chocolate!
Thurs. the 20th: Light schedule for preparation day
Fri. the 21st Last Great Day of the Feast- High Day. Services at 10am and 2pm. Praise worship dance, specials, etc. Fellowship lunch meal together.
Sat. 22nd: Sabbath Services at 10am and 2pm, Praise worship, dance, specials, Fellowship lunch together.
Sun. 23rd Tear Down.

We would like to get a head count for the workshops once we have scheduled exact times for them. We will send out another email when they are scheduled. That way, even if you are attending another feast, but you would like to attend a particular workshop, we can make arrangements to accommodate you. If just visiting for the day, there is a 5.00 charge to enter the campground and use the facilities, per person over age 16.

We will also be scheduling a Talent Show and Activities for the children. If you would like to coordinate either of these things or something else, please email or call!
If you have any questions, please email or call. When making reservations at the campground, please tell them you are with the group Yahweh’s Newport Assembly for the discount. The phone number for the campground is 717-789-2117. This is the link: http://www.campparadisestream.com/
Shalom
The Laverty Family

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Israel Cultural Day Sat. July 9th 2011

You Are Invited To A
Israel Cultural Day!

Where: Perry Valley Grange
When: Sat. July 9th, 2011
2pm to 5pm
Free - Open to the Community!

Come learn about Israel!
There will be Israeli Dance (come learn an easy Israeli style dance with dance instructor Katie Francis from 2:15 to 3:15!), Foods to taste and cultural items on display (Menorahs, Torah Scroll, Shofars, etc.) Guest speakers from Meyers Go Seek will be speaking about their trips to Israel from 3:15 to 3:45pm. Dave Laverty will be speaking from 3:45 to 4:15 about the Israeli Feast Days

For More Information
Call
Dave Laverty
717-567-3386

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Shavuot notice

For those of you joining us at Paradise Stream campground for Shavuot, the campground would like us to remind everyone that the speed limit on the road into the campground is 5 mph. There are residential houses on the road with small children. Thank you! :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shavuot Loysville, PA (Harrisburg area)

The next High Day in conjunction with this Feast cycle (The Spring Feasts of Yahweh) is Shavuot or Pentecost. This falls on First day, June 12th, 2011 which is a sunday. We will be camping at the Paradise Stream Family Campground in Loysville, PA http://www.campparadisestream.com/
Phone 717-789-2117.
Due to Shavuot falling right after Sabbath, and we do no servile work on a Sabbath, we will be staying from the afternoon of Friday, June 10th, and paying until nightfall on the 12th. The camp ground is only charging by the hour after check out until we leave. The day fee is 5.00 to come out and join us for services. We will be paying the day fees after Shavuot is over.
We will be meeting on Sabbath, Sat. June 11th at 10am for scripture study at the campground in the pavilion. We will meet again on Sabbath, Sat. June 11th at 2pm for scripture study also. If you plan to attend and the head of household has a study to share, please do so. If anyone has a special, verse reading, poem, song, etc. please share with the brethren.
We will be meeting on 1st day, s-nday June 12th at 10am and again at 2pm in the pavilion at the campground. If you plan to attend and the head of household has a study to share, please do so. If anyone has a special, verse reading, poem, song, etc. please share with the brethren.
We will be sharing a corporate lunch and dinner if you would like to attend on both days. Please bring a kosher dish, beverage or dessert to share if you wish. All paper products will be provided for both lunches and dinners.
If you are planning to camp with us for Shavuot, Please call and make your reservations as soon as you can and let them know you will be in the Yahweh's Newport Assembly group, for your discount.
If you have any questions, please call Dave Laverty at 717-319-3997 or 717-567-3386.
Wherever you spend Shavuot, may Yahweh Bless, and safe travels!
Shalom
The Laverty Family

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Keeping a Biblically Clean Home

Keeping a Kosher Home: Or, Keeping a Biblically Clean Home

What does the word kosher mean?
Kosher : Encyclopedia: In Judaism the fitness of an object for ritual purposes. Though generally applied to foods that meet the requirements of the dietary laws (kashrus), kosher is also used to describe, for instance, such objects as a Torah scroll, water for ritual bathing (mikvah), and the ritual ram’s horn (Shofar). When applied to food, kosher is the opposite of terefah (forbidden) when applied to other things, it is the opposite of pasul (unfit).

What does Kashruth or kashrus mean: World English Dictionary: The condition of being fit for ritual use in general
The system of dietary laws which require ritual slaughter, the removal of excess blood from meat and the complete separation of milk and meat and prohibit such foods as pork and shellfish.
Literally: appropriateness, fitness.

As you can see, the traditions of Judaism have crept into the definitions of what makes food acceptable. We will just stick with the Torah laws found in Leviticus and Deut. We call it kosher just because most people are familiar with the term. We do not include the Talmudic kosher laws found only in the Talmud which was written between 200-500CE.

There was a time when all food preparations were done in the family's own kitchen. Back then, it was obvious that pig's feet were not kosher, and ice cream was. In the past few decades, however, there has been a revolution in the way we eat. Almost 90 percent of our food is now processed before reaching our kitchens.
The problem that many encounter, when they decide to start eating kosher, or even if they have been eating kosher for a number of years, is the many different ingredients that are listed on food products. It would almost require a person to have a degree in chemistry, to know the origin of most of those listed ingredients and the ingredients in a product can change periodically as companies strive to cut costs for the sake of profit. People who decide to keep kosher, after living a life as a “quote un quote” gentile, often feel that it is difficult. Actually, keeping kosher is not very difficult in and of itself; what makes it difficult to keep kosher is the fact that the rest of the world does not do so. One quarter we do get help from is the vegetarian market. They magnify our voice so to speak in the arena of ingredients that tend to fall on the kosher side.

What about all the other products we bring into our homes? It is much easier to keep a kosher home when we stick with single ingredient cleaners, such as baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and salt. If we are bringing in other products, it is best to do a google or Wiki search for the origination of the ingredients in those products.

When we purchase any food in a grocery store, we do not know who is involved in its production, what their religious beliefs are or when they harvested the items included in it. We are almost to the point where we have no idea what is in it, including cells from other animals, organisms, (GMO), etc. I am sure you are all aware of the nightmare ingredients in some GMO foods now, which include, Soybeans, Cottonseed, Corn, Alfalfa, Hawaiian Papaya, Tomatoes, Rapeseed (Canola), Sugar Cane, Sugar Beet, Rice, Squash (Zucchini) and Sweet Peppers.
The following is from Wikipedia:
Genetically modified foods (or GM foods) are foods derived from genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. These techniques are much more precise[1] than mutagenesis (mutation breeding) where an organism is exposed to radiation or chemicals to create a non-specific but stable change. Other techniques by which humans modify food organisms include selective breeding; plant breeding, and animal breeding, and somaclonal variation.
GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. Typically, genetically modified foods are transgenic plant products: soybean, corn, canola, and cotton seed oil. Animal products have also been developed, although as of July 2010 none are currently on the market.[2] In 2006 a pig was controversially[3][4] engineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids through the expression of a roundworm gene.[5] Researchers have also developed a genetically-modified breed of pigs that are able to absorb plant phosphorus more efficiently, and as a consequence the phosphorus content of their manure is reduced by as much as 60%.[6]

Another area of recent concern has been the discussion of whether or not Torah observant people should purchase and eat things that are Halal. Halal means lawful or legal and is a term designating any object or an action which is permissible to use or engage in, according to Islamic law. The term is used to designate food seen as permissible according to Islamic law (Sharia). The opposite of this word is haraam. To discuss whether we should purchase and eat anything marked as Halal or perhaps dedicated to Buddah at a Chinese restaurant or any thing of this nature, we turn to the scriptures:
Please turn to 1 Corinthians chapter 8.
Chapter 8
1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
3 But if any man love Yahweh, the same is known of him.
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other Elohim but one.
5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
6 But to us there is but one Elohim, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Messiah, Yahshua, by whom are all things, and we by him.
7 Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.
8 But meat commendeth us not to Yahweh: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.
9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of your's become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Yahshua died?
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Yahshua.
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

Now, to me, this passage is saying, that if people know you worship Yahweh and accept the sacrifice of Yahshua, and they know you do not sacrifice to idols, yet they see you freely eating meat sacrificed to an idol because you know there are none - that a brother could misinterpret from that situation that it is ok to keep ones idols and sacrifice to them and eat the meat.

Here is another passage: 1 Corinthians 10: 27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Yahweh's, and the fulness thereof:
29Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
30For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of Yahweh.
32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the Assembly of Yahweh:
33Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Here again, we have Shaul telling us that if we eat at another’s house, we don’t have to insult them by asking if the meat was Halal or dedicated to Buddha (As long, of course, as it is a permissible meat to eat according to Torah!- we would never eat swine whether it was dedicated to Yahweh, Buddha or No One!).
So, if we are shopping in a store and we pick up a kosher product according to Torah, or we are in a restaurant and we order something kosher, Shaul is saying that it doesn’t matter if the thing was dedicated to a non existent idol. On the other hand, if you are at someone’s house and they make a point to tell you that the meat was dedicated to allah, then, Shaul’s advice to us is to refuse the meat, so that you do not confuse the person about what you believe! If you then eat the meat, he may think that you have sympathies that lie in the direction of believing in allah.

As we approach the Tribulation, it seems that it is going to get harder and harder to eat an acceptable diet, especially if we only continue to buy things from the corporately owned supermarkets. In our family we are planting a garden and buying more and more plants that will make us as self sufficient as we can be within our financial and physical limitations. We have heeded Yahweh’s instructions to store up food for the Sabbatical years and that is a way of life for us now. We also have a video that shows how to package food in mylar bags, add oxygen absorbers, seal the bags with heat and store in 5 gallon buckets with gaskets. There is also a man who sells barrels on Rte. 104 in Liverpool. You can also buy large quantities of grain from area feed mills. You will probably want to stock up on things that are being rapidly destroyed like rice due to the Mississippi flooding and of course Fukushima before that. Although we can not find a specific verse specifying that radiation is not kosher, unless we point to the wormwood verse, we can use our Yahweh given intelligence to understand that ingesting radiation is not good for our “Temples” so to speak. In the news we read that radioactive water was dumped into the Mississippi River by accident from the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Mississippi. (See article). We are watching the fallout prediction maps for Fukushima and in order to avoid the bulk of the radiation, we are drinking milks that are somewhat protected from fall out in the almond and the coconut, which both have shells as a protection. When planting our garden, we have put off planting broad leaf vegetables such as spinach, which absorb radioactive rain. Root vegetables and narrow leaf vegetables do not get as much exposure. The radiation goes down through the dirt and is not absorbed as much by the plant. It goes without saying that we rely on Yahweh to protect us after we have obeyed everything we can in his Torah, such as the Sabbatical year injunctions to store up food, which was not contaminated, and doing our part to be as self sufficient as possible, as we read in 1st Thess. 4:11-12 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing. (Quiet is number 2270 and means refrain form meddlesome ness-which means to officiously intrusive which is to involve yourself in something in which you are not invited to be involved in.)
If we take this advice and are being diligent now, we will be able to help many and to continue to share the Good News with any who are seeking it and continue on with the Great Commission.






Tuesday, May 10, 2011

David's letter to the state of Pennsylvania.....

I, David Laverty, claim religious persecution by the state of Pennsylvania on

the following grounds:

Sunday Blue Laws have interfered with my ability to pursue my own

happiness (Sec 1 Declaration of Rights sub section Inherent Rights of

Mankind) whereas being an avid hunter I have not been able to pursue

hunting on the first day of the week, there by being persecuted for following

the laws of the Creator of the Universe Most High, “Yahweh”, as laid down

in the Holy Scriptures and given at Mt. Sinai, written with the very finger of

Elohim. These laws can be referenced in Exodus 20: 8-11, Exodus 31: 12-

18, Leviticus 23:3 and Genesis 1:31 and 2:3.

This is also a violation of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of

Pennsylvania, Article 1 Declaration of Rights, Sec 3 Religious Freedom.

All men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God

according to the dictates of their own consciences; no man can of a right, be

compelled to attend, erect or support any place of worship, or to maintain

any ministry against his consent. No human authority can, in any case

whatever, control or interfere with the rights of conscience and no

preference shall ever be given by law to any religious establishments or

modes of worship.

By interfering with my desire, and my right to hunt on the first day of the week, mainly, Sunday, the state of Pennsylvania has violated my natural and

indefeasible right to worship almighty Yahweh according to the dictates of

my conscience. The have compelled me to support a place of worship and a

mode of worship, not prescribed by the Holy Scriptures, but grounded in

Paganism and founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 321 AD.

Evidence quotes by Phil Schaff from the History of The Christian

Church, Vol. 3 page 380; And also about 16 years later in 337 AD the

council of Laodicea AD 337, Canon. Quoted in C.J. Hefele, A History of

the Councils of The Church, Vol 3 Page 316.

The Constitution of PA clearly states that no preference shall ever be given,

by law, to any religious establishments or modes of worship, but this is

exactly what you have done, in violation of the Creator, Yahweh’s, law and

the Constitution of the State of PA. You have given preference, by law, to

the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church. You have left out and

persecuted Jews, 7th Day Adventists, 7th Day Baptists, Messianic Jews, and

all others who do not worship on the 1st day of the week.

I am compelled to obey the 7th Day Sabbath laid down by the Creator of the

Universe, since the beginning of the time of Creation. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

You are invited to services Sabbath May 14th

Shalom! You are invited to services on Sabbath May 14th, 2011 at 2:00pm, at the Perry Valley Grange. It is located at the corner of Juniata Pkwy West and Owl Hollow Rd in Millerstown, PA. Here is the website for directions: http://perryvalleygrange.org/directions.html

If the head of household has a study to share, please call Dave at 717-319-3997 or 717-567-3386 and let him know and he will add you to the schedule. If anyone has a special (poem, song, dance, etc.) to share, please plan to share and encourage the brethren with it.

Please bring a kosher dish/dessert/beverage to share if you like. All paper products will be provided.

The topic of the main discussion for the service is Keeping a Kosher Home.

Hope to see you there- have a great week!
Yahweh Bless,
The Laverty Family

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Moon 2nd month/clouds

Update: It is New Moon by default tonight (May 4, 2011) as last month was also 30 days!~

Karaite Korner Newsletter #512

New Moon Report
May 2011
Second Biblical Month (correction)

Tonight (Wednesday May 4, 2011) was actually the 31st evening since the previous sighting making it new moon day by default, even if we did not succeed in sighting the moon. On the previous evening sighting would have been impossible from Israel even under ideal conditions. That makes tonight the beginning of the 2nd biblical month. Sorry for the confusion.

Nehemia Gordon
Overtired in Jerusalem, Israel

Karaite Korner Newsletter #511

New Moon Report

May 2011

Second Biblical Month

We looked for the moon on Wednesday May 4, 2011 from Israel. It should have been visible under good viewing conditions but there were clouds across Israel and so far no one has reported seeing it. Those who accept the principle of "potential visibility" will be observing tonight as new moon since it would have been visible if there had not been clouds. However, those who accept the principle of raw 30-day visibility will observe new moon day tomorrow night.

If I receive further information I will send out a follow up report.

Pictures of tonight's horizon from Jerusalem are posted at:

https://www.facebook.com/NehemiaGordon

Nehemia Gordon

Jerusalem, Israel

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Earthquakes in the Scriptures

Earthquakes in the Scriptures

Just about 2000 years ago, this week, earthquakes were “in the news” so to speak, as they are in our own time. Only these earthquakes were connected to the death and resurrection of our Messiah, Yahshua.
When we look at the words in the scriptures connected with earthquakes, we find the words Earthquake, earthquakes, shake, shaking, shaketh, quake(d), shook and tremble(d).
In Strong’s the definition for Earthquake is number 7494 and it means: ) quaking, rattling, shaking
It is from number 7493 which means: ra`ash raw-ash a primitive root; to undulate (as the earth, the sky, etc.; also a field of grain, partic. through fear; specifically, to spring (as a locust):--make afraid, (re-)move, quake, (make to) shake, (make to) tremble.

Earthquakes is number 4578 and means: 1) a shaking, a commotion
2) a tempest
3) an earthquake

Shake is number 7493 and means: ) to quake, shake
(also used of the rustling of grain moved by the wind- also to terrify the nations- (Gesenius’s Lexicon)

Shaken is number : 1607 and means to shake, quake
To push, to thrust, to push with the horn (my note, *as a bull does or a goat). (Gesenis’s Lexicon)

Shaketh is number 7264 and means: tremble, quake, rage, quiver, be agitated, be excited, be perturbed
To be moved with anger to be angry to act with anger etc. (Gesenis’s Lexicon)
Shaketh is also number 2342 which means to twist, to return, to turn oneself around, to be born, to writhe in pain.



A partial list of the earthquakes that are mentioned in the Scriptures:
(1) At Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:18);
(2) Korah and companions destroyed in fissure and sinking ground (Numbers 16:31; Ant, IV, iii, Numbers 3);
(3) in the Philistine camp in the days of Saul (1 Samuel 14:15);
(4) after Eliyah's flight (1 Kings 19:11);
(5) in the reign of Uzziah, between 790 and 740 BC (Amos 1:1); Zechariah 14:5 probably refers to the same (Ant., IX, x, 4);
(6) at Yahshua’s death (Matthew 27:51-54);
(7) at Yahshua's resurrection (Matthew 28:2);
(8) In Acts when the Holy Spirit was given Acts 4:31.
(9) at Philippi when Paul and Silas were freed from prison (Acts 16:26).
(10) Five references in the book of Revelation.

The quaking of the earth is an indication to us, on earth, of the presence of Yahweh (Judges 5:4-5; 2Sam 22:8; Psalms 77:18; 97:4; 104:32).
In the Scriptures earthquakes are also mentioned as manifestations of Yahweh's power (Job 9:6) and of His presence and anger (Psalms 68:8; 18:7; Isaiah 13:13: "She shall be visited of Yahweh of hosts .... with earthquake, and great noise" (Isaiah 29:6); also as a sign of Yahshua's "coming, and of the end of the world" (Matthew 24:3-7). See also Revelation 11:13,19; 16:18.

On the day that Yahshua was hung on the tree, there were 3 major unusual events that the scriptures tell us took place. One was Darkness at mid day: Matthew 27:45. This was not a solar eclipse. This happened at Passover during a full moon. You can only have a solar eclipse during a new moon. This incident should bring to mind the darkness of the Egyptian plagues in Exodus 10:21 And Yahweh said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness [which] may be felt. This was also not a solar eclipse!
Then, there was the torn temple curtain in Matthew 27:50 and at the same time we read in Matthew 27:51-54 that there was an earthquake.
This was no ordinary earthquake. When this earthquake occurred, the “harvested grain” so to speak, was shaken awake! Why did this happen? In part I believe it was because there was a schism between the Sadducees and the Pharisees regarding resurrection. Of course, even if there had not been a schism, it was a sign to the world that there IS a resurrection.
This excerpt is from a web site http://www.livius.org/saa-san/sadducees/sadducees.html
The Pharisees [and followers of Yahshua], on the other hand, believed in the resurrection of the dead. When Paul had to explain his ideas to a court in which some members were Pharisees and others Sadducees, he found it easy to create division among his judges.
When Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, 'Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!'
And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, 'We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God.' [ Acts 23.6-9]

The second earthquake connected with Yahshua’s death was the one in Matthew 28:1-4 when Mary Magdalene and Mary came to the sepulcher when the malak-(angel, messenger) rolled back the stone from the door and sat upon it.

The dual earthquakes at the crucifixion of Yahshua are shadow pictures of the greater earthquakes that will occur at His return.

A third earthquake occurred in Acts 16:26. We see that Paul had commanded a spirit to come out of a woman who was a fortune teller thereby releasing her from the bonds of wickedness. Her masters, who then lost their cash cow, took Paul and Silas before the magistrates who threw them in prison and beat them with rods. During the night, as they sat with stocks on their feet, in prison, singing praises to Yahweh, a great earthquake shook so that the foundations of the prison house were shaken and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bands were loosed and they were set free. This, of course, resulted in the prison guard becoming a believer in Yahshua and Yahweh. An interesting parallel verse in Isaiah 58:6-7 says Is not this the fast that I have chosen; to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

A fourth earthquake happened in Acts 4: 29-31. This was at Shavuot when the Holy Spirit was given. Just prior to this, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them and charged them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Yahshua. But Peter and John answered and said to them, Whether it is right in the sight of Yahweh to listen to you rather than to Yahweh, you judge, for we cannot but speak the things which we saw and heard…..and all the men glorified Yahweh for that which was done. Acts verse 4:26 The kings of the earth set themselves in array and the rulers were gathered together against Yahweh and against His anointed…..in verse 4:31 we read and when they had prayed the place was shaken in which they were gathered together and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of Yahweh with boldness. Once again we see the earthquake as a prominent sign of Yahweh’s Sovereignty.


The first time an earthquake is mentioned in scripture is in Exodus 19:18 And mount 2022 Sinai 5514 was altogether on a smoke 6225, because 6440 834 Yahweh 3068 descended 3381 upon it in fire 784: and the smoke 6227 thereof ascended 5927 as the smoke 6227 of a furnace 3536, and the whole mount 2022 quaked 2729 greatly 3966.

2729 means: to tremble, quake, move about, be afraid, be startled, be terrified

To bring this into the current day we did some research on earthquakes. There have been aprox. 323 earthquakes of interest according to the USGS in the United States since aprox. 1727. There have been about 157 quakes of a magnitude of 6.0 or more in the muslim countries from 1138 to today. When we looked at the statistics for Israel on the USGS site, for the same time period, they had one loan earthquake (a 5.3) listed from 2-11-04. A news article from that day in Israel reads that a PA negotiator responded to Livni’s request for them to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, by saying, Go back to the 1947 partition and then we will talk……
We found another earthquake recorded for 2-11-07 (a 5.3 again) and the news from that day included an article with the headline: Fifteen Palestinians killed in Gaza clashes; Hamas vows revenge.…The lack of earthquakes in Israel was astounding to us, considering that neighboring Turkey had 37 and Iran had 30 just for example during the same time period. Loss of life in just Iran alone for that period totaled more than half a million people. We could find no record of even an injury from the two Israeli earthquakes.
Even in the supposed “world wide” earthquake reported for March 17th 2003, Israel was not even represented on a seismograph. (see World Wide Earthquake sheets).

This brings us to what we can expect in the coming years as far as earthquakes are concerned. In Matthew 24:7, Mark 13:8 and Luke 21:11, we read the familiar verses about Nation shall rise against nation, kingdom against kingdom and there shall be famines, and pestilences and earthquakes in divers places. I think we can see that this is starting to happen now.
One table shows the increase in earthquakes of a 6.99 or greater. From 1863 to 1900 there were 12. From 1901 to 1938 there were 53. From 1939 to 1976 there were 71 and the projected amount from 1977 to 2014 is aprox. 164. The table was initially written in 2006 and so far to date for the last projection there have been not 164 earthquakes so far for the criteria, but 190. The table will be updated in 2014, but it will be significantly higher than the original 164 predicted.

The book of Revelation lists 5 earthquakes. Rev. 6:12; 8:5, 11:13, 19, 16:18.
Rev. 6:12 is the opening of the sixth seal: And I saw when he opened the sixth seal and there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the whole moon became as blood and the stars of heaven fell to the earth as a fig tree casts her unripe figs when she is shaken of a great wind.
Here, once again we see darkness associated with the earthquake, just as at the crucifixion.
Rev. 8:5 This verse is about the opening of the 7th seal- And the angel took the censer and he filled it with the fire of the altar and cast it upon the earth and there followed thunders and voices and lightnings and an earthquake.
This sounds like a reenactment of Mt. Sinai’s events.

The next earthquake is Rev. 11:13. This one occurs after the two witnesses are resurrected. And they heard a great voice from heaven saying to them “Come up here” and they went up into heaven in the cloud and their enemies saw them. And in that hour there was a great earthquake and the tenth part of the city fell and there were killed in the earthquake seven thousand persons and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the Elohim of heaven.
This sounds like the earthquake after the resurrection of Yahshua, only men were not killed at that time, they were brought out of the grave and appeared to many. This time, some of the men who are in the area, will not be worthy of life, but death.

The next earthquake is in Rev. 11:19 after the 7th angel sounds. And there was opened the temple of Yahweh that is in heaven and there was seen in his temple the ark of his covenant and there followed lightnings and voices and thunders and an earthquake and great hail.
Again, it sounds like what took place on Mt. Sinai.

The last mention of an earthquake in Rev. is verse 16:18. After the seventh angel pours out his bowl of the wrath of Yahweh into the earth, a great voice comes out of the temple saying “It is Done” (reminiscent of “It is Finished” at the crucifixion): and there were lightnings and voices and thunders and there was a great earthquake Such As Was Not since there were men upon the earth, so Great an earthquake so mighty and the great city was divided into three parts and the cities of the nations fell and Babylon the great was remembered in the sight of Yahweh to give to her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath. And every island fled away and the mountains were not found And great hail every stone about the weight of a talent, comes down out of heaven upon men.
A talent in NT times would have weighed about 130lbs.
It was approximately the mass of water required to fill an amphora.[1] A Greek, or Attic talent, was 26 kilograms (57 lb),[2] a Roman talent was 32.3 kilograms (71 lb), an Egyptian talent was 27 kilograms (60 lb),[2] and a Babylonian talent was 30.3 kilograms (67 lb).[3] Ancient Palestine adopted the Babylonian talent, but later revised the mass.[4] The heavy common talent, used in New Testament times, was 58.9 kilograms (130 lb).[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talent_%28measurement%29

So, obviously, we are not finished having earthquakes, as a matter of fact, the worst one is yet to come- far worse than the Indonesian and Japanese earthquakes. We believe Yahweh is trying to prepare us gradually for the things to come, while trying to get anyone who will, to repent, turn around and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth - forsaking the traditions of men. In Zechariyah we read that:
Zechariah 14:3-5 – “Then Yahweh will go forth and fight against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle. And in that day his feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east. And the Mount of Olives shall be split in two, from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain shall move toward the north and half of it toward the south.” And you shall flee by the valley of my mountains for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azel; yes, you shall flee like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah; and Yahweh my Elohim shall come and all the holy ones with you.
Zechariah 14:6-7 – “It shall come to pass in that day that there will be no light; the lights will diminish. It shall be one day, which is known to Yahweh. Neither day nor night. But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light. [Caution! Speculation ahead!! This could happen as the result of a polar shift- If it does, this may be the scenario as it plays out: you may notice a strange phenomenon. The sun as it slips down below the horizon begins to rise from the same horizon as though it were a new day.
Yes the sun is arising from the west and the earth has just experienced a complete physical pole reversal. We will literally be seeing what the prophet perceived in vision when he wrote these strange and mysterious words,

Zechariah 14:7 - “But at evening time it shall happen that it will be light.”

This planet earth with its magnetic pole to the North Pole will suddenly find its magnetic pole flipped over to the south. The current clockwise rotation of the earth on its magnetic pole rotates this planet downward to the east and the sun appears to be rising in the east. This event will be reversed. Suddenly the rotation of the earth will be going counter-clockwise. The earth will now rotate upward while facing the east and the sun will be setting in the east and rising in the west. However Yahweh makes it happen, What a day that will be!]

The good news is, that Revelation 14:12 says: Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of Yahweh, and the faith of Yahshua.
Paul tells us in Acts 20:24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of Yahshua the Messiah, to testify the gospel of the grace of Yahweh.
Let us end with words from Yahshua Himself, who said:
John 16:33
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Year/Memorial Emblems/Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread

We just wanted to let you all know what our schedule is looking like, in case you would like to join us. Any questions, please email dlavertyfamily@yahoo.com or call 717-567-3386.

New Year/Memorial Emblems/Passover/Feast of Unleavened Bread

This is the proposed schedule at this time for Yahweh’s first month~ The Abib. We follow the Jerusalem New Moon sighting, aviv Jerusalem Barley.

1. The 1st day of Yahweh's New Year is scheduled for the night of April 4th and the day of April 5th.

2. On the 10th day of Yahweh’s first month, you are to spiritually choose and examine “your lamb“, to see if it is worthy to be the Messiah~ don‘t just follow anyone who claims to be a Messiah, you must choose the One without blemish! This day falls on the night of April 13th and the day of April 14th, this year. This day is spiritually compared to the 10 days of Awe ending on the Day of Atonement, only during that time, WE examine ourselves to see if we are worthy of the Lamb.

3.On the night of April 17th on the secular calendar, we will be hosting The Taking of the Memorial Emblems. Any Baptized members may join us at our home at 6:00 for a meal and then afterward the foot washing and memorial emblems. Please bring a towel and basin.

4. We are observing the First High Day of The Feast of Unleavened Bread from the night of April 18th to the night of April 19th. So, if you will be observing this date, you should make arrangements to not be conducting any commerce during this time period. We will be meeting during the day on Tuesday, April 19th at 1:00pm in Little Buffalo State Park, the second entrance, the first parking lot on the right. There is a covered pavilion and bathrooms, near by if the ones there are not yet open.

5.The intervening days, except for Sabbath, are not mandated Sabbaths, so you may work on them.

6. The 24th of April is the Day of the waving of the Omer. It is not a High Day, but we will be “observing” this day in the morning by reading verses about the wave sheaf offering. You are welcome to join us at our home at 1:00pm. This day starts our 50 day count to Shavuot or Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit was given.

7.The Last High Day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread is Monday April 25th so no work should be done from the night of the 24th until the night of the 25th. We will be meeting again at 1:00pm at Little Buffalo State Park - same location.

8.The next High Day in conjunction with this Feast cycle (The Spring Feasts of Yahweh) is Shavuot or Pentecost. This falls on First day, June 12th, 2011 which is a sunday. We will be camping at the Paradise Stream Family Campground in Loysville, PA http://www.campparadisestream.com/

Phone 717-789-2117. They open on April 16th for the season.

Due to Shavuot falling right after Sabbath, and we do no servile work on a Sabbath, we will be staying from the afternoon of Friday, June 10th, and paying until Monday, June 13th. We will tear down after the High Day is over though, on the 12th.

There are no more High Day Feasts until Fall, after Shavuot. We will contact you again with the dates if you indicate interest in participating.

Where ever you go to keep the Holy Days, Have a safe and spiritual observance!

Shalom

The Laverty Family

Friday, February 11, 2011

Looking forward

It has been a while since we posted. In the winter we do "Scriptural Maintenance." Kind of like when farmers spend time repairing equipment and planning things for the spring, during the cold winter months when not much physical labor can be done outside. We are looking forward to Yahweh's New Year and the regrowth that comes with it, the fruitfulness and the hopefulness. We are looking forward to the messengers doing a good work in Israel looking for the ripe barley. If you would like to contribute to the search, here is the information:

Karaite Korner Newsletter] #493: Upcoming Aviv Search and Biblical Holidays...

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Karaite Korner Newsletter #493

Upcoming Aviv Search and Biblical Holidays

This year's Aviv Search will take place March 4th and 6th, the last two days of the 12th Biblical Month. The examination of the barley throughout the Land of Israel will determine whether the new biblical year will begin at sunset on March 6 or sunset on April 4. Here are the possible dates for Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) depending on whether or not the barley is Aviv by the end of the 12th Biblical Month:

*If we find Aviv by March 6, Chag HaMatzot will be March 20 at sunset through March 27 at sunset.

*If we don't find Aviv by March 6, Chag HaMatzot will be April 18 at sunset through April 25 at sunset.

The potential dates of all the biblical holidays for the year and expected sightings of new moons are posted here:

http://www.karaite-korner.org/holiday_dates.shtml

We need your help to carry out the Aviv Search. It is a costly undertaking. Please support this work by sending a check to:

Makor Hebrew Foundation, POB 13, Mansfield TX 76063

You can also support the Aviv Search online by clicking on the "donate" button at:

http://makorhebrew.org/donations.shtml

To learn more about Aviv Barley in the Bible please visit:

http://www.karaite-korner.org/abib.shtml

Many people have asked me to predict whether or not we will find Aviv by March 6. The real answer is that I don't know. March 6 is early in the solar year but it is still possible. Israel has had little rain this year which could make the barley become Aviv later rather than earlier. The bottom line is there are too many factors to predict when the barley will ripen. It is largely dependent on weather which no one can predict past next week let alone a month from now. We will just have to "observe the Month of the Aviv" as Scripture commands (Dt 16:1).Nehemia Gordon Jerusalem, Israel