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The Sixties Radical-Azriel

This one was very hard to write. Once again, my teacher Pastor Steve Gray hit me right between the eyes with a two by four on Sunday September 17th.

My teacher Steve Gray’s words about troubling times struck a chord.  It was more like an atomic bomb in my heart, my mind, my body and my soul.  “People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, and lover of pleasure more than G-d.”

Then Pastor Steve added this real kicker in butt.” Go to Church with a form of G-dliness. They will deny the power of G-d for themselves. And this will cause troubling times for you.” (Paraphrase)

These words echoed in my ears. “The guy that says that’s not me. That’s the guy.”

When I point the finger of accusation at another let me see the three pointing back at me saying:” This is you.”

L-rd make me teachable.

Transform me into the G-dly man you want me to be.

Let this be the true desire of my heart.

Root out all of the love of self, money, pleasure and most of all do not let me deny the power of G-d to transform and change my life when I admit I am powerless over self and the only way is by turning to you Yeshua and give my entire life to you L-rd and become a follower of you Yeshua.

Everything Paul taught and spoke of was written in the Torah that was given to Moshe on Mount Sinai.

This sums up what G-d wants us to do. Without true forgiveness, I will not be forgiven.

“Master of the universe, I hereby forgive anyone who has angered or vexed me or sinned against me, whether physically or financially, against my honor or against anything else that belongs to me, whether accidentally or intentionally, inadvertently or deliberately, by speech or by deed… May no one be punished on my account. – Siddur”

It all goes back to the beginning.

The first line of our morning prayer. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.

Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity.

You shall love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your resources. Let these matters that I command you today be upon your heart.

I love my teacher Pastor Steve Gray. Thank you HaShem bringing my family to World Revival Church Kansas City.  This is a place where HaShem truly as found HIS foot stool and dwelling place.


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The Torah and a Jew are one.

So much so, that even a Jew who claims he has no connection with the Torah—when pushed up against a wall, even that Jew will hold the Torah as the most precious thing in life.

Bamidbar 5739:7.


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Every society has that which bonds it: A common ancestry and a system of lineage. Or a common language or common borders or governing body. Usually, it is a combination of several factors that mold a mass of people into a single whole.

The Jewish people are unique in that they have only a single nucleus—and it is none of the above.

All that bonds us is Torah. Nothing else has proven capable of holding us together for more than a generation or two. Nothing else, other than the same Torah that first forged us as a nation.

From a letter, and on many occasions. See also Likutei Sichot, volume 24, pp.18–19.


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One man carries rocks for a livelihood. Give him emeralds, and all he sees is more rocks.

Another carries diamonds with devotion and care. Give him the emeralds, and he exclaims, “What beauty is here!”

Only one who values his own heritage is able to appreciate the beauty that others hold.

from a letter to Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his youth.


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I can’t get these words spoken by Pastor Steve Gray on Sunday September 10th. Yeshua said to Peter:” 31 “Shim‘on, Shim‘on, listen! The Adversary demanded to have you people for himself, to sift you like wheat! 32 But I prayed for you, Shim‘on, that your trust might not fail. And you, once you have turned back in repentance, strengthen your brothers!” Complete Jewish Bible Luke 22:31-32

Pastor Steve said that Yeshua called Peter by his formal name not Peter’s new name. (Paraphrase) “The Evil one wants you to lose your faith. The Evil one wants tear you apart.” (Paraphrase)

This hit me like a ton of bricks. I saw the Evil one not only wanted Peter to give up on his place with Yeshua but to return to his old life as a fisherman as well to return to the dead religious system of Judaism.

We Jews lost our way. Instead of being a light to the non-Jewish Nations and we became corrupt and stopped being a people who sought to transform us first so we would transform the world into a dwelling place for HaShem.

This is what G-d showed Moshe.

This is what our primary purpose in life is really about Alfie.

And this made me cry.

Yeshua means salvation. Yeshua also means the L-rd turned to us. It means to pay attention. To have a general regard for.

The L-rd turned to us and many of us turned away.

Peter didn’t and this is reason for celebration.

Yeshua I pray that my people return to you and see who you really are Yeshua Son of man the Jewish Messiah and the Messiah for the entire world.

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Getting closer to G-d is of the utmost of importance.  This is a key for all of us Jews to do.

“Today, our daily prayers are a reflection of the sacrifices offered up in the Tabernacle. Just as with the sacrifices, it may seem illogical to “waste” our valuable time on praying when we could be actually “doing” something – even holy deeds, such as studying the Torah or performing some “practical” commandment. Yet it is precisely by dedicating our valuable time and concentration to nothing other than getting closer to G‑d that we connect to Him in the most profound, intimate way.11. Likutei Sichot, vol. 32, pp. 1–5.

The rest of the daily study goes like this. “G‑d gave Moses further instructions regarding sacrifices, stipulating that they may be offered up only in the Tabernacle (or in its successor, the holy Temple).

The Israelites should bring their feast-offerings to G‑d. Leviticus 17:5

Offering up animal sacrifices to G‑d seems to go against the Torah’s respect for animal life. Even with regard to non-animal sacrifices, why would G‑d ask us to take valuable property and burn it up for no apparent benefit? Furthermore, of all G‑d’s commandments, why does the Torah refer only to sacrifices as being “pleasing” to G‑d? Surely it pleases G‑d when we perform any of His commandments!

The answer is that sacrifices please G‑d in the purest way precisely because the only possible reason for offering them up is in order to fulfill His will. Unlike other commandments, there is no possible “ulterior motive” for sacrifices. Since they fly blatantly in the face of logic, no self-interest can be involved. Clearly, this is a much greater state of self-nullification than that required to fulfill any of the Torah’s other commandments.”


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Everyone agrees with all the wonderful advice and ethics written in the books of the sages. Everyone agrees that this is the way to run your life.

Yet each of us has our escape route, to avoid bettering our lives by changing ourselves. We ask, “Were those words truly meant for me, or perhaps for someone else in another time and another place?”

If it is truth, it is meant for you, here, now.

Shelach 5726:24, Leil Simchat Torah 5736:5–7, and countless other talks.