Our prayer is that as a reader you will be blessed. It has been for over a decade since Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International (EWCMI) has been founded in Travis County Texas. And over this time thousands of people have been reached through its sermons and radio messages. From its conception, EWCMI has been a zero-dollar ministry. That what goes in, goes out for ministry and its tools, zero profits, all volunteers, and all for the love of Yeshua (Jesus). The reach of a ministry like EWCMI is beyond our understanding, the Liberal extremists, Communist and Muslim controllers are not able to stop the message of the Love of Yeshua and the true liberation that He brings.
The question of why many conservative Christians, Messianic Jews, or traditional Jews distance themselves from contemporary television is a multifaceted one. It's easy to hastily conclude that such a choice leads to a retreat into an insular world, detached from reality. However, this perspective merits a more nuanced examination.
Reflecting on the political turmoil and character assassination prevalent in media over the past few years, one could argue that it is, in fact, television that often distorts reality. Whether it's news or entertainment, the content presented through various channels—be it social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, or traditional TV networks—Whatever this might be it is not reality, it is a distortion of what is going on in the real world, it is a look at the world through this channels, reporters, organizations, pink, purple, red, or blue colored glasses. This distortion extends beyond just the news; it permeates all forms of televised content.
The news, for instance, is frequently more about entertainment, driven by ratings and advertising, than about an objective portrayal of events. It's a selective representation, often omitting the mundane yet significant aspects of everyday life. This phenomenon isn't limited to any one network; it's a systemic issue. Networks like Fox News and MSNBC, for example, are known to cater to conservative and liberal audiences, respectively. This pattern is observable across various networks worldwide, each presenting a unique viewpoint, whether it's Al Jazeera's Middle Eastern perspective or CBN's Christian, pro-Israel stance.
Similarly, television entertainment often replaces genuine human interaction with a fictionalized version of reality. As Rabbi Aron Moss insightfully points out in his article, which this discussion draws upon, television shapes a narrative far removed from the complexities and nuances of real life. Rabbi Aron Moss wrote in an article after which this blog is based " Those who spend their hours following soap operas are missing out on the lives of their own family and friends. The sitcom junkies are oblivious to the hilarity of everyday living. And the fans glued to “reality TV ” are blind to the reality happening in their own home. Could it be that TV is a major cause of the relationship crisis we face today? So many people are complaining that they can’t find somebody to love. How often do we hear, “I just can’t find the right person”? Well, to a couch potato, it’s no wonder no one is “the right person.” Who can compete with the beautiful, funny, interesting and witty characters who strut on the screens and fill their minds every night? Never mind that it’s all contrived and staged. How many people do you know who fit TV ’s narrow definition of what is considered attractive? Of course, no one in the real world matches up. "
From a personal standpoint, agreeing with Rabbi Moss, one might find a deeper connection with reality when television is not a constant presence. Watching a movie or a show becomes a conscious choice, akin to selecting a book to read, rather than a passive consumption of whatever is broadcast. This approach allows for control over the content and timing of television viewing, avoiding the intrusion of overtly sexual or suggestive advertisements.
In essence, the decision to limit television consumption is about exercising control over one's media intake, ensuring that it doesn't overshadow real-life interactions and experiences. Enjoying a show like "Doctor Who" after a long day's work is a form of entertainment, but it's crucial to remember that it's just that—entertainment. It shouldn't replace the valuable time spent with family and friends or become a substitute for engaging with the real world. Life, after all, is meant to be lived fully, not merely in the intervals between commercial breaks.
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For most people it just does not say anything, we have embraced technology in such a matter that I dare to say the some people litteraly would die without technology. Eagle Wings Charismatic Ministries International is a church and ministry highly dependend on technology too, and for us we would not be able to spread the news of a loving G_d and Savior on its current s
cale without technology. This is however expansive and also frequently breaking down. Let me give you some examples. We broadcast from our office to a large server on a so called server farm from where you in turn are reading this message on our webpage, or are listening to our radio station. We update a little piece of software on that remote server, and it doesn't work correctly, result we are not reachable, we are down. We update something on our office server, the same thing can happen. As we are located in the countryside of the beautifule texas hill country, we are connecting over a microwave connection, bad weather, again we are down. Thunderstorms, the power is out, we are down, etc, etc, etc, I can go on and on, thus we needed to do something about it and planned 4 steps to do so.
Traditionally the feast to count the weeks between Passover and Shavuot.
Shah-voo-oat. Some Jews also say Shah-voo-iss.
Scripture Reference :
Exodus 14 – 17, Ruth
Sivan 6, 7
Dairy foods are traditional on Shavuot, some say because the Jews learned that all their meat was not kosher when they received the Torah! One important traditional food is blintzes.
One of the traditional texts for Shavuot is the book of Ruth. Reform Judaism therefore chose Shavuot as the holiday on which to hold Confirmation ceremonies, when teenagers reaffirm their Jewish beliefs. Some Jews follow the mystical custom of an all-night study session, called a Tikkun Leil Shavuot, on the eve of Shavuot.
Holiday symbols and symbolism:
The Ten Commandment tablets, blintzes.
Hag Sameah (Happy holiday) with a heavy gutteral h at the beginning of the first word and the end of the second. Or if you are really sophisticated, Moadim l'simcha, which means "festivals for joy." You may also hear "gut yontev," which is Yiddish for happy holiday.
“Shavuot” is the Hebrew word for “weeks.” The Torah tells us to count seven full weeks after the second day of Pasover to Shavuot. In ancient times, the Israelites were an agricultural people who brought sheaves of grain as gifts to the Temple for these seven weeks.
On the fiftieth day, Shavuot, they brought loaves of bread made out of the new grain.
The holiday is also called Hag HaBikkurim (Hebrew for Holiday of the First Fruit) as it marks the beginning of the fruit harvest when the first ripe fruits were brought to the Temple as an offering of thanksgiving.
What Does The Holiday Of Shavuot Celebrate?
Seven weeks after the Hebrew slaves left Egypt— seven weeks after Passover— the Israelites were transformed into the Jewish people when they received the Torah at Mt. Sinai.
The tradition tells us that everyone who is a Jew today stood at the mountain with the children of Israel— and the “strangers in the camp” were there too (Deuteronomy 29:9-14).
At Pesach (Passover), we are all encouraged to see ourselves as having been in Egypt. At Shavuot, we are encouraged to see ourselves as part of the crowd that stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai. You can get a sense of the awesome power of that encounter by reading the story starting with Exodus 18: “There was thunder and lightning, a thick cloud, the sound of a shofar (ram’s horn) and smoke. The earth itself quaked!” The Torah tells us that the people “saw the thunder.” So powerful was Sinai, our senses became interchangeable.
How Was The Torah Created?
The tradition tells us we received the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, at Mt. Sinai. In Exodus and
Deuteronomy, there are several different versions of what happened. The sages have interpreted the different version in several ways:
God dictated all five books of the Torah, word for word.
God gave the Ten Commandments, in full, to Moses.
Some say God gave Moses just the first commandment, or only the first word, or even the first letter.
The Torah is a response, written by men, to the encounter at Sinai.
The Torah is a collection of our mythic stories, which teach and direct our lives with their wisdom.
Whichever interpretation(s) you believe, all agree that it was a unique spiritual experience.
No matter what happened back then, we do know one thing.
Somewhere, sometime, something occurred that was so awe-inspiring that a people was born, their belief system founded on the principle that they are holy, connected to one another and to the Source— whatever that may be— that conferred meaning on them and on life everywhere. And in response to
that discovery, the Jews pledged themselves, individually and collectively, to join their will to God’s and to seek to increase holiness in the world.
[Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin, The Tapestry of Jewish Time: A Spiritual Guide to Holidays and Life-Cycle Events.]
How is Shavuot Celebrated?
Shavuot begins at sundown with a holiday meal which includes blessings for candles, the holiday kiddush (blessing over the wine) and shehechiyanu (prayer of gratitude for reaching this day).
Because the Torah mentions the offering of two loaves of bread made from new grain, it is a custom to have two loaves of bread on the table. Some people bake two loaves of challah side-by-side, leaving them connected so they look like the two tablets of the commandments.
It is customary to eat a dairy meal at least once during Shavuot.
One reason is that it is a reminder of the promise that Israel would be a land flowing with “milk and honey.” Another reason might be because the Israelites abstained from eating meat as part of their purification before receiving the Torah.
No one really knows how this tradition started, but it is a good excuse to indulge in dairy delicacies.
Rice pudding and cheese-filled filo are common dishes in the Sephardic (Mediterranean) Jewish communities.
Jews of Kurdistan prepare a dish with ground wheat cooked in sour milk and butter that is served with dumplings. In Triploi, women bake wafers in the shape of a ladder that helped Moses to the top of Mt. Sinai or in the shape of the tablets.
Ashkenazi (European) Jews eat cheese filled crepes called blintzes and bake cheesecakes.
In the medieval period, mystics from Safed studied all night in preparation for the opening of heaven at midnight. They believed they would hear the echo of the giving of the Torah.
Some synagogues emulate this tradition with all-night study sessions, taking turns reading from the Torah and teaching each other until dawn. This ritual is called tikkun leil Shavuot (literally “healing for Shavuot night,” it is known as a “night of learning [for Shavuot]”).
Families can replicate this custom and make Shavuot a time when children are allowed to stay up late reading bible stories or watching movies with biblical themes while enjoying dairy snacks.
What is added to the regular synagogue service? Hallel, a collection of verses from Psalms, is traditionally chanted on all festivals.
Before the Torah portion of the week, which includes the reading of the Ten Commandments, the Book of Ruth is read.
Names for Shavuot
Because it is a multifaceted holiday, Shavuot is given different names in the Scriptures and in the Jewish tradition:
Chag Shavuot (“The Festival of Weeks”); the Hebrew word sheva means seven, shavu’ah means week, and Shavuot means weeks. Exodus 34:22; Deut. 16:10
Chag Hakatzir(“The festival of the Harvest) Exodus 23:16
Yom Habikkurim(“The Day of First Fruits”) Num. 28:26(not to be confused with the festival of First Fruits (Lev. 23:9-12).
BikkureiKetzirChittim(“The first fruits of the wheat”) Exodus 34:22
YomHaKahal(“The Day of Assembly”) Deut. 18:16
Z’manMattanTorateinu“The season of the giving of the Torah”
The two-month wait is nearly over now, and we anticipate a time to recommit our lives to the LORD God of Israel. On Shavuot Jews are commanded to remember the revelation given at Sinai (Deut. 4:9)and to spiritually reenact kabbalat ha-Torah (the receiving of the Torah).
This is symbolic of a wedding day, when God betrothed Israel as His own people, separate from all others.
The goal of Passover redemption was to set us free to become God’s own treasured people (am segulah), a light to the nations: ambassadors for Heaven’s voice... According to some of the sages, the entire Jewish nation will one day be saved from their spiritual exile on Shavuot.
As Messianic Jews and gentiles alike, we understand that our Passover redemption was designed by God to set us free to become appointed heirs (κληρονομοι) with Yeshua (Jesus) and to identify with His redemptive purposes in the earth (Rom. 8:17, Titus 3:7, etc.).
By God’s chesed we are now called God’s own treasured people (am segulah), a light to the nations: ambassadors for the Kingdom of God (1 Peter 2:9).
We have been saved from or spiritual exile when the Ruach Ha-Kodesh (Holy Spirit) was given to us (Acts2).
Exodus 14 – 17, RuthCollectively, the followers of Yeshua are called kallat Mashiach - the bride of the Messiah (2 Cor. 11:2, Rom. 7:4, Eph. 5:25-27, Rev. 21:9, 22:17). Presently we are living during a betrothal period in which the bride and groom are separated until the wedding.
Our responsibility during this age is to be faithful to our Heavenly Bridegroom (2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:24). When Yeshua returns, we will finally be united with Him and the glorious "wedding ceremony" will take place (Rev. 19:7-9; 21:1-2).