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pilgrim replied to Kimberly Daniel's discussion Can someone help us with a question about Is 7:14 & Matt 1:23
"Try this: Virgin? That would make Matthew not relevant."
Jul 14, 2012
pilgrim replied to Ahava bas Levi's discussion Isaiah 53: about Israel the Nation or Yeshua?from Masoteric Text-Jewish Society of Amer.
"An analysis of the Hebrew scripture and history shows that those verses were incorrectly understood. As posted they can only make sense when using the distortions of the gentile bible and commentary. A detailed study and analysis can be found here…"
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pilgrim replied to Ahava bas Levi's discussion Isaiah 53
"There is no man here. It requires the redefinition of the bible to paint him in here. Is. 53 overview "
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"I do get teachings from Aish and Chabad on a weekly basis.  I read about 20 articles a week i would guess Torah portions, Rashti, Kabbalah, Talmud, Tanya...  I am learning Hebrew and try and read my bible in Hebrew although my nose is in…"
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At 12:50am on February 13, 2011, John Wickes said…
I do get teachings from Aish and Chabad on a weekly basis.  I read about 20 articles a week i would guess Torah portions, Rashti, Kabbalah, Talmud, Tanya...  I am learning Hebrew and try and read my bible in Hebrew although my nose is in the dictionary more then the bible.  So really I do have alot of interaction on the Jewish front.  100x more then on the christian,  I have read up on Noahides as well and not really interested there either.  The word says 'same law for stranger as Israelite' multitudes of times in the Torah.  Noachides is just another Rabbinic invention.

  For me there is only one avenue.  The Word. 

Isa 8:20  To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

At 12:50am on February 13, 2011, John Wickes said…

Hey Les,

 Where I live there are 4 Jews that I know of.  I'm the most observant of any of them.  The closest synagogue to me would be about 800ks.  I do visit a Synagogue when in the states from time to time.  I'm usually there for only 3 months and at least 5 different states, visiting family and friends.  It's been 6 years now.  So my odds of being able to visit a Chabad are slim but I do appreciate it.

  As far as isolation is concerned that is something I'm pretty used to.  I was a Baptist preachers kid growing up in SLC UT 95% mormon at that time.  High school I went to a school in Bolivia that was in the middle of no where about 300 ks from any city that had 24 hr electricity.  The closest village was about 20 mins away by car which there was only one for 200 people in the boarding school I went too.  That was isolated.

  When I pastored a church I was getting into the "OT" and most of my church really didn't like that, that only lasted a few years.  Last 18 I've lived here, culturally, language,, beliefs, even internet wasn't good till a year or so ago (for me last week changed servers).  Me and isolation are good buddies, He is the one who has given me the time to study, consider all this stuff.  I do write a couple of 'ask a rabbi' type things but the answers tend to be curt.  So even them I only write when I can't find an answer any where else.


At 4:49am on February 12, 2011, John Wickes said…

Hello Les,

  A while back I made the comment that tallits are mix of wool and linen as well the priestly garments.  I wasn't able to give any quote any where to back up what I said so I just left it even though I knew it to be true.  Please see this link below.


  The discussion as per mixing the two doesn't start till about the 40 min mark.  Please note he never mentions nor defends where in the torah it says to mix the two for the sash.  He just starts at the assumption that they are.  To me that is the worst place to start.  I'm still looking for where it says that you can/are to mix them in the first place.  Until then see it as most definitely adding and taking away from the Torah.

  You also made a comment and I won't quote cuz I'm too lazy to go back and find it, but it was more a less -all christians bring up these arguments- just as per myself I have never studied Judaism from christian sources.  I have never approached Judaism in the context to argue it nor disprove it.  my approach has always been to find out honestly what and why the belief system is what it is- is it true.  I have always used Jewish sources to research.  But sometimes there comes glaring problems that everyone can see regardless of what you are looking at or wherever you may come from.

  Do you know where and can you give me a verse or a teaching that defends the use of mixing wool and linen together?  Not as a challenge but because I want to know.  Where does it say to make the sash and tallit out of wool and linen?  I really enjoyed this guys teaching and he had a lot of very interesting eye opening things to say.  But he did not give any verse or teaching as per why they decided to mix them in the first place.  That is what I am looking for.

At 1:08pm on October 29, 2010, pilgrim said…
Micah speaks of Moshiach and the defeat of Gog and Magog at the end of days. It is thus a continuation of the previous prophecy (Micah 4:8-14) which spoke about the restoration of the Davidic kingship and the war of Gog and Magog.

There is no "spiritually" which allows for re-interpretation of the literal text. With all due respect, that is a method which is used to create one's own theological positions. What is in us, should we accept it, is the right to follow the commands, precepts and ordinances given to us by HaShem. The "keys to the kingdom" only exist in NT theology.

btw, I do not accept "what Jesus taught". Which does not mean you cannot.

One would have to show me by what authority his teachings have any credibility. I do not make my decisions based on emotion. I will only sight one of many instances which cancel his validity.

1 Samuel 21:1, Mark 2:25-26: The account in 1 Sam. completely contradicts his sayings in Mark 2.

One who does not even know biblical history?

A rhetorical question. Why should I believe any of his words, even if some may seem to be right?
At 9:10am on September 23, 2010, Rui Pedro Jonah said…
Shalom Les, miss you.
At 3:15am on July 11, 2010, John Wickes said…
Thanks for that good word. You are right for sure. It is hard word muttling through all that one has been given to find out what is right and good. I agree with you as well that there is only can be one path not one christian Jewish... I think Christians for the most part a very ignorant of how different Judaism is from Christianity. They think it is just a matter of 'accepting Jesus' They have no idea how far the gap is. As well R judaism from the word. It is just a matter of agreeing on what the bible says, and not according to one 'prophet' or 'sage' or another. Just simply the word of God.
I'm a graduate from Mobile College. Was there during Hurricane Fredric. '79 I think it was. When I come back to the states (every 4 to 5 years) I always visit a friend in Hartselle, but he just moved to a town a bit further north.
At 3:12pm on January 15, 2009, Ralph Buntyn said…
Les, sorry for the tardy response. I used to live in B'ham, Al but retired in 2003 and now reside in Asheville, NC.
Keep up the good work and best wishes for 2009.
Best, Ralph B.
At 5:18pm on December 28, 2008, Joe said…
Shalom Les,
in answer to your question regarding Pinchas there are two opinions.
Up to that time ,only Aaron and his sons had been as Kohenim and any future offspring born to the family would be Kohenim from birth.
Pinchas, who was already living, was not included in the appointment, so that he remained a Levite up to this time.
with this appointment he became a Kohen.

this covenant was a promise that the Kohenim Gedolim would come from the line of Pinchas.

Source : Stone's edition Artscroll Chumash.

At 8:22pm on December 3, 2008, Pat/Avigail Robbins said…
Wow! WELCOME HOME, MISHPOCHAH (FAMILY)!!!! Whatever they are calling you, we've all been called at one time or another - and just look at how our numbers are growing! We are coming in from all parts of the Earth! This is such an exciting time to be alive!!! We are actually living out Prophecy!!!! I'm so glad to know you, Les.
At 7:36pm on December 3, 2008, Pat/Avigail Robbins said…
Awesome!!!! I converted to Orthodox, but have no Synagogue near me. Have a lot of Churches though! Were y'all able to visit with Rabbi Greenbaum when he was in AL a week or two ago? I would have loved to have met him in person.



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