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
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!
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:

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:

Nehemia Gordon

Jerusalem, Israel