Biblical Lessons

Brace yourself – the anti-Christian crusade is already ramping up in the media.

Recently I wrote about the consequences of Christians' association with radical right-wing supporters and the anger it fostered in those outside our religion. As a result of this unfortunate alliance, we are entering an era of anti-Christian rhetoric, unlike anything seen in modern times. An example of this anticipated anti-Christian rhetoric appeared this week from a liberal-left media outlet - Boing Boing. Under the titillating title "Christians censor monoliths, vandalize property and tear down monuments", the article claimed Christians were tearing down the mysterious monoliths that have been appearing across the world. Of course, Christians, like everyone else, find these monoliths amusing. We're certainly not tearing them down out of fear. But the evidence submitted by Boing Boing was not just misleading, it was unethical journalism

There are consequences for evangelists’ blind support of Donald Trump. Here’s what to expect in a post-Trump America.

Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally. For four years, many Christians watched in horror as fellow Christians and evangelist leaders publicly and proudly supported a President that represented the antithesis of Christian ideals. Supporters misread Trump's bravado and bullying as strength, then argued that they supported Trump’s policies, not Trump himself. Still, they cheered Trump on with bravado, and made a mockery of Christian beliefs in the process. Those outside of our religion took notice of our sycophantic adoration and labelled us zealots. Skeptics found their skepticism validated and as strange as it may seem, to others, we now appear to be the exact opposite of what we believe. Yes, the change in administration will bring a more liberal agenda. Some changes will simply undo Trump's

Elder abuse has reached unprecedented levels – abused, ignored, and isolated – the elderly need our prayers – now.

Elder abuse has reached "unprecedented levels" during the coronavirus pandemic I've found I'm one of those people that must see or experience things firsthand in order to truly understand its impact on others. It's not something I'm proud of - it's just the way I'm wired. I never truly comprehended child abuse until I adopted an abused child. I never felt the plight of African Americans until videos emerged on the Internet and racists began climbing out of the woodwork and making their presence openly known. And I never truly perceived the sadness of elder abuse until I saw a in-home worker verbally abusing our elderly mother on a remote camera feed. Elder abuse occurs right under our noses and the situation is especially dire today. A

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Regulations concerning the remaining services of the high priest on this day in the times of the First and Second Temples.

p. 69 CHAPTER V. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE REMAINING SERVICES OF THE HIGH-PRIEST ON THIS DAY IN THE TIMES OF THE FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLES. MISHNA: They brought to him a [golden] spoon and censer: he took two handfuls [of incense] and filled the spoon with it. If he had a large hand, it was much; otherwise, it was a little: he used the hand as the measure. He took the censer in his right hand, and the spoon in his left hand. GEMARA: In a Boraitha we have learned: They brought him an empty spoon from the chamber of the utensils, and a censer full of incense from the chamber of Beth Abtinas. "He took two handfuls." What was the spoon needed for on the Day of Atonement? It is written

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Regulations concerning the two goats on the Day of Atonement, how they were slaughtered, send away, etc.

p. 58 CHAPTER IV. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE TWO GOATS OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT: HOW THEY WERE SLAUGHTERED, SENT AWAY, ETC. MISHNA: He shook the box, and took out two lots. On one is written, "to Jehovah"; on the other is written, "to Azazel." The Segan is at his right, and the head of the family [see above] on his left. If that of Jehovah was taken up by his right hand, the Segan says to him, "My lord the high-priest, raise thy right hand." If that of Jehovah was taken up by his left hand, the head of the family addresses him: "My lord the high-priest, raise thy left hand." He placed them [the lots] on the two he-goats, and uttered: "To Jehovah a sin-offering." R. Ishmael

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Regulations concerning the time of slaughtering the daily offering, the entering of a layman into the court of the Temple…

p. 40 CHAPTER III. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE TIME OF SLAUGHTERING THE DAILY OFFERING, THE ENTERING OF A LAYMAN INTO THE COURT OF THE TEMPLE, AND THE ORDER OF THE HIGH-PRIEST'S SERVICE ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT. MISHNA: The Superintendent used to say to them: Go out and see whether the time for slaughtering has come. If it had come, the one who saw it said: "(Barqai) It becomes light." Matthew b. Samuel says: He used to ask: "Is the whole east bright, as far as Hebron?" and he answered: "Yea." [Why was all this necessary? Because on one occasion the moonlight was bright, and they mistook it for dawn. They slaughtered the daily sacrifice, and removed it to the place of burning (finding it unfit).] The high-priest used to

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Concerning the lots the priests drew, what priests should go to the altar, and how many priests were needed for each sacrifice.

p. 30 CHAPTER II. CONCERNING THE LOTS THE PRIESTS DREW, WHAT PRIESTS SHOULD GO TO THE ALTAR, AND HOW MANY PRIESTS WERE NEEDED FOR EACH SACRIFICE. MISHNA: Formerly, whoever desired to clear the altar of the ashes did so. When there were many of them (priests), they ran on the staircase (leading to the top of altar). Whoever first came within four ells, merited it. When two were on a par, the superintendent said to them (all priests): Put forth your fingers. Which did they put forth? One or two, but not the thumb in the Temple (which were counted instead of the persons they belonged to, and the service was given to the last). Once an accident happened: one of two who were running up the staircase pushed

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Concerning the high-priest’s preparations for the service of the Day of Atonement.

p. 1 TRACT YOMAH (DAY OF ATONEMENT). CHAPTER I. CONCERNING THE HIGH-PRIEST'S PREPARATIONS FOR THE SERVICE OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (WHEN THE TEMPLE WAS IN EXISTENCE). MISHNA: Seven days before the Day of Atonement the high-priest is to be removed from his house to the Palhedrin Chamber (), and another high-priest is appointed to substitute him in case he become unfit for the service by becoming unclean. R. Jedudah says another wife is to be appointed for him also, in case his own wife dies, whereas it is said [Lev. xvii. 11], "and shall make atonement for himself and for his house"; "his house"--that is, his wife. But it was objected that in this manner there will be no end to the matter. (The other wife may die

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Yomah – Synopsis

p. xi CONTENTS. PAGE DEDICATION, v EXPRESSION OF THANKS, vii INTRODUCTION, xiii SYNOPSIS OF SUBJECTS OF VOLUME VI.--TRACT YOMAH, xvii CHAPTER I. CONCERNING THE HIGH-PRIEST'S PREPARATIONS FOR THE SERVICE OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT (WHEN 1 THE TEMPLE WAS IN EXISTENCE), CHAPTER II. CONCERNING THE LOTS THE PRIESTS DREW, WHAT PRIESTS SHOULD GO TO THE ALTAR, AND HOW MANY 30 PRIESTS WERE NEEDED FOR EACH SACRIFICE, CHAPTER III. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE TIME OF SLAUGHTERING THE DAILY OFFERING, THE ENTERING OF A 40 LAYMAN INTO THE COURT OF THE TEMPLE, AND THE ORDER OF THE HIGH-PRIEST'S SERVICE ON THE DAY OF ATONEMENT, CHAPTER IV. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE TWO GOATS OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT: HOW THEY WERE 58 SLAUGHTERED, SENT AWAY, ETC., CHAPTER V. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE REMAINING SERVICES OF THE HIGH-PRIEST ON THIS DAY IN THE TIMES OF 69 THE FIRST AND SECOND TEMPLES, p. xii CHAPTER

Jewish Babylonian Talmud – Tract Pesachim – Regulations concerning the meal on the eve of Passover and the four cups of wine to be drunk with the meal.

p. 210 CHAPTER X. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE MEAL ON THE EVE OF PASSOVER AND THE FOUR CUPS OF WINE TO BE DRUNK WITH THE MEAL. MISHNA: On the eve of any Passover it is not lawful for a person to eat anything from the time of Min'hah (afternoon prayer) until after dusk. Even the meanest in Israel shall not eat until they have arranged themselves in proper order at ease round the able; nor shall a person have less than four cups of wine, even if they must be given him from the funds devoted to the charitable support of the very poor. GEMARA: Does the law (in the first clause of the Mishna) apply only to the eve of Passover? is it not unlawful to eat aught on