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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Shomer Israel

Shalom from San Antonio, Texas to Honolulu, Hawaii and globally.

The past few months has been such a blessing. Not that it has been easy, but it has been an advantage to stay stable, secure and trusting in Adonai Elohim.

When we lose time or put Torah study off, we become more susceptible to falling into temptation. Since this past year I have seen so many fellow believers fall from G-d. They believe living in sin, through mercy, is still being "Christian", or "Jewish". Mercy in this sense is being as a child who expects but never gives. Who whines when they do not get their way, rather than behave thankfully and still continue to work to please their parents.

In the Torah, and Brit, we always see two sides of a story. As in Bereshit (Genesis), Hashem separated the darkness from the light. He always causes a distinct division between good and bad or right and wrong. And so in Siddur, we thank him for his unique distinction that is not seen with other false deities or moralities in adame (the world, the earth, the dirt).

With all of the turmoil in the world, many ask why, if he is Omnipresent, does he allow such evil to exist. There are two things to consider here,
1. That your ability to feel hurt by the evil in the world shows that his love is within you and to be thankful that you have this keen eyesight.
2. Even through death, life is found. As a seed is planted, it must first rot in order to blossom.
3. Tehillim (Psalms) 121:4 "Behold, the Guardian of Israel neither sleeps nor slumbers." Even as we fall asleep and become still, he always sees and plans ahead. "When one begins to fall into despair, when he sees that his prayers do not seem to be working and begins to have doubts, this is precisely the moment he should feel great encouragement and hope. It is specifically then, when a person begins to feel despair, that is the most auspicious time for Yeshuah (salvation).

YAHshua, who paid the ultimate price, the sacrifice for our sins, is our Salvation. HE is our Guardian that neither sleeps nor slumbers. He is the Angel that prevented Isaac from being sacrificed. He is the Angel that went around to see if there were any tzaddik (wholly righteous person(s)) in Sodom. He was that Angel that asked Sarah why she laughed and didn't believe that G-d could do it. He was the angel of pillar day and night before Israel.

Hashgachah is the knowing of whats goin on and the supervision of it. Tehillim (Psalms) 33:14 "From His dwelling place He oversees all of the inhabitants of the earth."

So...no matter what you are going on today. No matter how disturbing it may seem, have EMUNAH. This is faith that brings back to memory the things he has done for you in the past. The memory of what he has done for your ancestors. What he has done for Avraham, Yit'zach and Yacov. How He brought thousands of people out before from slavery. How he destroyed their enemies.

When you sit and meditate on what He HAS DONE, it gives you confidence that He WILL DO.

So this song, as simple as the choreography is, the simplicity of it means more because FaithFULness is simple. You have faith or you do not. You believe that your ABBA (Father) is there or He is not. Faith is something that no one in the world can take from you. Be like Job who, even when literally everything was taken from him he blessed Hashem. He tore his clothes, he cried, and still did not sin against Adonai. He said, Baruch attah Adonai Elohenui! Blessed are You, L-rd my G-d! At the end, months later, he was blessed with way more than he had lost. How much more will his blessings be when he enters heaven?

Shomer Israelshomer (Hebrew: שומר‎, pl. שומרים, shomrim) in Halacha is a Jewish legal guardian, entrusted with the custody and care of another's object. The laws of shomrim are derived from the Torah in Shemot (Exodus) 22:6-14.


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