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    Wednesday, August 29th, 2007
    1:20 pm
    The Book is DONE and AVAILABLE!!!

    After years of hard work -- especially the last couple of months -- the Opus is COMPLETE!

    You can get your copy of Beyond Salvation by Rabbi Adam J. Bernay at http://www.lulu.com/content/1152136

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007
    7:03 pm
    Psalm 132:1-5
    "Sanctuary": Remember, O LORD, on David's behalf, All his affliction; How he swore to the LORD And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, "Surely I will not enter my house, Nor lie on my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob."

    I was thinking, in the past few days, about financial troubles... both mine and my congregation's.  We're both in the hole financially.




    Current Mood: contemplative
    Wednesday, July 25th, 2007
    10:24 pm
    Latest Letter to O'Reilly
    He will probably ignore this one like all the others:

    "SUBJECT: Lindsay, Paris, Britney, et al

    First we had the Rat Pack, then the Brat Pack.  Now we seem to have the Trashed Pack.  These people really need God in their lives."

    That pithy enough for ya, Bill?
    Thursday, July 19th, 2007
    10:41 pm
    At What Point Does It Cease To Be A Bris?
    In Torah, we are commanded to circumcise our infant males on the eighth days of their lives as a sign of the covenant. This ceremony has come to be called a "bris," which means "covenant." There is now a movement afoot to eliminate the circumcision from the ceremony... not to have it done medically (a position I could easily see), but for baby boys not to be circumcised at all:

    http://www.forward.com/articles/11192/

    Forgetting the massive amounts of scientific data showing that circumcised males are healthier than their non-circumcised counterparts... how in the WORLD can you still call it a bris when no circumcision is involved? This is the sign of the covenant, and you've eliminated the sign of the covenant, so how can you logically call it a covenant ceremony?

    Just as Believers in Yeshua are moving more and more towards fuller and fuller observances of Torah, the mainstream Jewish community is moving further and further away... go figure...
    Monday, July 16th, 2007
    8:52 am
    "What I Want My Presidential Candidate to Say"
    We're now in the thick of the Silly Season, starting for some ridiculous reason about a year earlier than it should, and, as seems to have become the norm, candidates are out there saying... well, things I couldn't care less to hear from them, to be honest.



    Current Mood: annoyed
    Friday, July 13th, 2007
    8:10 am
    Letter to Bill O'Reilly
    I sent the following to Bill O'Reilly this morning, we'll see if he puts it on his show:

    Subject: Miss New Jersey & The Culture War

    After viewing Miss NJ's photos on your show last night, it struck me this morning how low we've sunk as a culture. It wasn't too long ago -- within my short 32 years -- that those pics would've been deemed unacceptable for anyone, and now we're all saying how innocuous they are. How far we've come.
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
    8:47 pm
    TWENTY Years Ago Today, Wow...
    Twenty years ago today, President Ronald Reagan made one of the most important speeches in world history.  These immortal words were said: "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"  Two years later, the Berlin Wall came down. I remember it like it was yesterday, and cannot believe it was two decades ago!

    Read the speech in its entirety:

    http://www.reaganfoundation.org/reagan/speeches/wall.asp
    Monday, June 11th, 2007
    6:26 pm

    Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship

    invites you to

     

    Sunday, June 10th, 2007
    8:29 pm
    Demo Track of My First Original Song...
    Is up on that My Space place...  http://myspace.com/benmordechai  And if they won't let me post that, look for the nickname benmordechai (Son of Mordechai, my Hebrew name is Adam Ben Mordechai).

    I'm going into the studio to record my first CD in the next month or so.  This is the title track.
    Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
    7:37 am
    Latest Letter to the Editor
    I have stepped out of politics, but certain things happen that just require comment. Here, then, is my latest letter to the editor:

    The recent arrests of Hmong counterrevolutionaries for fomenting a rebellion against the socialist Laotian government caused me to ponder how we treated similar groups in the past.  When the Communist Fidel Castro took over Cuba, we welcomed those fleeing his tyranny and assisted those Cubano counterrevolutionaries in attempting to retake the island – although JFK's decision not to allow the use of naval aircraft at the Bay of Pigs destroyed that effort.  When the socialist Sandinista regime took over Nicaragua, we supported the Contras, and that counterrevolution allowed democracy to return to Nicaragua.  On principle, we used to stand up for and assist counterrevolutionaries in stopping Communism and socialism from enslaving people.  I guess we just don't care about those principles of freedom and democracy anymore, unless they're in the Mid-East and we have to send our soldiers to do the work.

    Saturday, May 26th, 2007
    10:45 pm
    "Jehovah"/"Yahuwah" -- NOT God's Name, Actually a Curse
    I am very tired of being told that "Jehovah," "Yahuwah," or any other similar formulation is the Name of God, and then being told that if I just "knew Hebrew" I would agree with these people. I may not be fluent in Hebrew, but I can break down compound Hebrew words and read a lexicon. Here's what I found:

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2007
    11:47 pm
    A High School Meme
    A High School Meme Haven't done one of these in awhile, but here goes...

    A High School Meme

    In High school....

    1. Who was your best friend(s)?
    There were two sets. For the first year and a half, I was at Roosevelt School of the Arts, and my best friends there were probably Matt Miller (who has since gone on to Broadway) and Mick Winger (who is off somewhere doing theater, not sure where). For the second year and a half (I got out a year early with an equivalency because I hated school) at Fresno High, it would be two members of my Star Trek fan club, Carol Klavon and Hope... Lange, I think was her last name, but I can't remember.

    2.What sports did you play?
    Varsity School Ditching

    3. What kind of car did you drive?
    None (didn't get my license until I was 21)

    5. Were you a party animal?
    Heh... hardly...

    6. Were you considered a flirt?
    Heh... hardly...

    7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
    Choir

    8. Were you a nerd?
    Define "nerd"

    9. were you ever suspended or expelled?
    I don't recall if I was ever suspended. I came close to being expelled for ditching, ended up taking the equivalency and getting out.

    10. Can you sing the fight song?
    I don't recall our fight song. I can sing our Alma Mater, though.

    11. Who were your favorite teachers?
    Mrs. Layous (Choir), Mrs. Robertson (theater), Mr. Bologna (Dance Exploration -- no kidding, I actually took it), Mrs. Zinn (science) and... man, I cannot remember his name, but he was the video production teacher.

    12. Where did you sit during lunch?
    Usually, I ate lunch sitting out on the lawn, away from the hubbub of the cafeteria.

    13.What was your school's full name?
    I went to two schools, Roosevelt School of the Arts at Theodore Roosevelt High School and later Fresno High School.

    14. School mascot?
    Roosevelt Rough Riders and Fresno High Warriors (indian)

    15. Did you go to Prom?
    No.

    16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
    Hmmmm... I don't know. I probably would, and do it a lot differently, but who knows?

    17. What do you remember most about graduation?
    My graduation came in the mail from the State of California. Then the family went out for Chinese.

    18. What was your fav. class?
    I think video production was probably my favorite, although I also enjoyed... well, look at who my favorite teachers were and those were my favorite classes...

    19. Where were you on senior skip day?
    Probably in class at Fresno City College

    20. Did you have a job your senior year?
    No senior year.

    21. Where did you go most often for lunch?
    Went by the cafeteria, grabbed something quickly and then went to hang out on the lawn with my Trekkie friends, except a few times I ate with some friends on the cheerleader squad (really!).

    22. Have you gained weight since then?
    Oh, yeah.

    23. What did you do after graduation?
    See #17

    24. What year did you graduate?
    1992

    25. Who was your Senior prom date?
    Didn't go to my Senior prom

    26. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
    It already passed and I didn't go. I was planning to, but I was laid up at the time with sciatica.

    27. Who was your home room teacher?
    I can't remember...

    28. Who will repost this after you?
    Hopefully Kim, I can't wait to read hers...
    Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
    10:47 pm

    Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship

    invites you to take a spiritual journey

    this May to experience Pentecost

    AS YOU’VE NEVER EXPERIENCED IT BEFORE!

     Check out our website at http://beit-tefillah/pentecost/index.doc


    11:12 am
    "Our struggle is not against flesh & blood..."
    "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." -- Ephesians 6:10-12

    I have been a big believer in the battle of spiritual forces going on around us ever since reading "This Present Darkness" by Frank E. Perretti many years ago.  I am convinced that demonic forces are at work behind terrible incidents like this Virginia Tech massacre last week.  Demons oppress people who are vulnerable due to brain ailments or depression or whatever and work on them for months to do these things.  I believe demonic oppression was at work at VA Tech, and I also believe it was at work in the Columbine massacre several years ago.

    Columbine, I believe, was a direct assault (in the spiritual realm) on the organization
    First Fruits of Zion, which is also based in Littleton, CO, is basically right up the street from Columbine High School, and I believe I've heard that children of some of their employees attended Columbine at the time.  I'm not sure what the VA TECH massacre might've been an assault upon, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a Messianic or similar Torah-based Believers ministry involved somewhere, like (a) child(ren) of such workers or people training for such work or something.

    I would not be surprised if we see more physical manifestations of spiritual warfare in the future.  I'm going to try to keep aware of them and post on them.
    Sunday, April 1st, 2007
    4:20 am
    Springtime for Obama -- The Unmitigated Gall, April 1, 2007
    Many people have asked me recently who I am supporting in the presidential race.  Many expect me to support Mitt Romney, or Fred Thompson.  Some have suggested Rudy Giuliani.  A few were sure I was going to come out for Newt Gingrich.  Only those who do not know how vehemently I opposed the “Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act” have tried to recruit me for the McCain camp.  I have said, consistently, that I wasn’t going to pick until closer to the fall.


    Tuesday, March 27th, 2007
    12:03 pm
    Is this pithy enough?
    I just sent the following e-mail to Bill O'Reilly... we'll see if it's pithy enough to make the broadcast:

    "At a town hall meeting in Oakland recently, uber-Leftist actor-activist Sean Penn stated, "Iraq is not our toilet."  No, sir, but more and more, it seems to be that Hollywood is."

    Heh, heh...
    Sunday, March 25th, 2007
    10:23 am
    Hypocritical & Bass Ackwards -- The Unmitigated Gall, March 25, 2007

    In these heady days of Congressional subpoenas, claims of executive privilege, screams of “cover-up,” and “political firings,” it is time to examine the facts of the case and show what the Democrats in the U.S. Senate are really upset about.

    Sunday, March 18th, 2007
    11:27 am
    Schoolhouse Rock -- The Unmitigated Gall, 18 March 2007

    In Indiana, two sixth graders had sex in an industrial arts class with a teacher in the room and other students standing guard.  This is a classroom where there are significant parts of the room are not visible to the teacher in charge without a Herculean effort or being in two places at once.

    In Florida, a male high school teacher is back in the classroom after finally getting caught in at least three years of molesting his female students.  To quote just a few charges, printed in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “One girl said he tried to kiss her belly button. Two said he invited them home for sex. One later claimed he cornered her in a supply room, unbuckled his pants and asked her to ‘touch it, kiss it, or at least look at it.’”

    Sunday, March 11th, 2007
    10:00 am
    Rethinking Reagan -- The Unmitigated Gall Returns!
    Some time ago, I had an ongoing commentary column on the Palace of Reason web journal called "The Unmitigated Gall."  I've decided to return that to action every Sunday right here on LiveJournal.  Maybe, later on, I can start it on its own website.  But here's the first edition of the new Unmitigated Gall -- "Rethinking Reagan."  Tell me what you think:

    The political party that I am a member of -- the Republican Party, for those who have somehow missed it -- is undergoing a hilarious piece of improvisational theater called "selecting our presidential nominee before the first primary vote is cast."  There's another performance of this improv theatrical going on across the street, but let us focus on the elephants for the nonce and leave the jackasses to their braying.  They can be dealt with later.


     

    Wednesday, March 7th, 2007
    8:14 am
    Passover Public Outreach
    You See That "WWJD" All The Time,
    But Have You Ever wondered…

    What DID Jesus Do?

     When was He really crucified?
    How did He live?
    What holidays did He celebrate?
    What did His teachings mean
    to the people who heard them?

    Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship
    invites you to take a spiritual journey
    this April during the Week of Passover.
    April 3-9, 2007, 7:00PM


    Beit Tefillah Messianic Fellowship
    A Torah Observant Assembly
    of Jewish and non-Jewish Believers
    in
    Yeshua HaMashiach
    (Jesus the Messiah)

    1573 West Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711
    At Delno, Between Fruit & West Avenues

    For more information, contact Rabbi Adam J Bernay
    at (559) 227-7610 or ravbernay@ctomc.org
    or check out our website at
    http://fresnohouseofprayer.com


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