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Should I start blogging again…?

June 18, 2014

I just feel that random rambling usually becomes politics, and that gets me into discussions and online arguments with all the typical online argument features – useless and meaningless. Maybe I need a more defined theme, instead of speaking on such a broad spectrum of things. Finding a niche, instead of being… you know… human.

In general, things are well. I have one year left to my degree in Economy. I have an idea for a book that I will start write in one year. Now, after two years in Jerusalem, when I have been walking by foot to and from work, two hours every day, my legs are in really good shape. The upper part of my body is a blob. We are happy with our new congregation, I have started teaching in the Shabbat School, and got a few teaching opportunities in other small meetings. Homeschooling is great, and a lot more challenging, as our kids advance in age. We are planning the next year now, purchasing books, etc.

We will see… either I get back to writing here, once in a while, or this will be the last thing I ever write. I don’t know.

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We are betrothed to God

February 16, 2013

Hosea 2:19-20 NASB

“I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and in justice, In lovingkindness and in compassion, And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the Lord .

Sometimes I wish I wrote here more often. Other times I’m happy my online public signature is more low-profile. Nevertheless, today I just wantes to share some thoughts on this passage. I love how this is giving us the essence of the gospel in such a direct way, hundreds of years before Yeshua came.

Just take a moment and think of it. How could he betroth us in righteousness and justice? We could never live up to the standards of His righteousness and justice. In lovingkindness and compassion he could. Just forgive our sins and justify us, even if we are wicked. Many religions, and even some Christians, believe that. That he “could have been just with us but chose to be compassionate”. No, I’m sorry, but that’s heresy.

Proverbs 17:15 NASB

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord.

So unless you think of God as someone who would be an abomination to himself, you need to rethink this. The passage in Hosea says clearly thay he will be BOTH – both righteous and just and also lovingkind and compassionate. How is that possible?

God gives us the answer in how the Messiah will solve this in Jeremiah 31, Isaiah 53, and various other passages. But right here he explains how this will come about – in faith. Faith and faithfulness is the same word in Biblical Hebrew. The translator always nees to make a judgement. Right here I think it should rather be FAITH.

God tells us that he will betroth us in both righteousness and justice and lovingkindness and compassion. Impossible. How will this happen? Through faith! And that is how we will know the Lord. This is exactly what he says will happen in Jeremiah 31, once the New covenant has been established.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 NASB

“Behold, days are coming,” declares the L ord , “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the L ord . “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the L ord , “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the L ord ,’ for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares the L ord , “for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

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A Practical Solution

January 28, 2013

This analysis by Calev Myers is one of the best I’ve read on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This practical solution is feasible, practical, and reasonable. And it’s very close to the idea put forward by Naftali Bennet, who got 12 seats in the latest elections, and was unfairly stamped as a radical extremist by the foreign media.

The op-ed by Calev Myers:

http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/a-practical-solution/

Naftali Bennet’s plan:

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Elections

January 21, 2013

I liked Yair Lapid’s agenda. He has some great ideas on things that need to change. Housing, Military Service, Cost of living, Education. He hasn’t said so much about the Palestinians, but he seems to be onboard with Bibbi. Also, he is against the religious ruling our lives. I like his party, and hope they’ll go far.

But I’m not voting for him. New central parties have sprung up every single election the last 40 years, bring with them a bunch of seats in the knesset, and then they dissappear. Tsomet, Merkaz, Shinui, Kadima… the list is long. I hope that Lapid’s party will be different, that he will get into the government and do some changes. But my vote he doesn’t get. I am not a gambler.

I also liked Naftali Bennet. He has an actual practical plan on how to make some things better – annexation of the C-areas of the West Bank. It’s a new kind of thinking, and it means that we are not keeping settlements on areas where Israeli law is invalid (whose idea was that anyway, to build settlements without annexation of the areas first? I’m all for settlements, but why were the areas not annexed?) Bennet also have great ideas when it comes to military service etc, and they even say that he and Lapid have a lot of issues in common.

But I’m not voting for him. A religious party might pass anti-missionary laws, or at least support them. They might be against, or indifferent, to minority rights.

At the end of the day – what we need is stability. If there’s anything lacking in Israeli politics, it’s stability. We need a strong unified government, with as few parties as possible, to lead our country, and I have a lot of faith in Netanyahu to keep doing that.

I hope that Bennet and Lapid will make it to the government. But they’re not getting my vote. My vote goes to the stability we need. My vote goes to Likud in this election.

By the way – Netanyahu has promised to work to get down the housing prices during the coming 4 years – if he doesn’t keep that promise, I might need to revise my decision in the next election.

Happy election day (tomorrow)!

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Don’t Forget To Vote, Israel!

January 20, 2013

Israelis!

On Tuesday there’s election day. We Israelis have an amazing privilege – we are citizens of a democratic country, with many parties and a small population, and whose leadership has a huge impact on world politics.

Unlike the US voter who gets to choose one out of two, we get to choose one out of 34(!!). Unlike the US voter who is 1 out of millions and millions of people, the Israeli is one out of just 7 million (even less, considering the 7 million digit includes kids). Unlike the Belgian or Swedish voter, our leaders, whoever they are, are well known to the entire world, are regular visitors to the White House, and give speeches at the UN that give great impact.

Of all the people in the world who are citizens of a democratic country, the individual Israeli is the one individual who has the most influence on worldwide politics. There is no other individual voter in the world with as much power as you. So why, oh, why, would you give that up???

Go and vote! Yes, even if you are against my views. A high percentage of voters is more important. Indifferent citizens is the worst thing there can be in any country. Go to vote!

This image is a version of the “DFTVA”-campaign that the “vlogbrothers” launched for the American elections (you can find it on youtube). I pitched the idea to make an Israeli version, someone I know did it, posted to her tumblr, and it was reblogged by Hank Green, one of the vlogbrothers. Pretty cool. If the Americans – where each vote is one of many many millions, and you only have two choices – can make a campaign like that, then we Israelis definitely can. Don’t forget to vote, Israel!

 

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Celebrating ten years of an awesome marriage today

December 28, 2012

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Happy Hanukka!

December 9, 2012

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