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March 27, 2016

Purim 2016

First time in years that I manage to have a Purim custom.  It felt good to participate.  I am a prophetess, or as my young friend told me, a Moroccon Jew...whatever, I usually don't ware a house-dress in public....
Having Fun with Nataliya 

January 10, 2016

Yoav

He is 3 kg today.  

When he was born, less than two month ago, Yoav weighed 1.17 kg.  When I met him at 3 weeks old, his weight dropped to 1.11 kg and I was afraid to touch him as he laid in the little crib in the premature babies department.  but today, he was 3 kg and I held him and he is at home.

A newborn baby, what a delight.

I can understand the feelings that takes over the angels when we have a newborn believer.  Joyful delight.

Cuddling Yoav 



January 04, 2016

SENIOR LIFE

We were up around 6:00am; prayed; ate pizza for breakfast; vacuumed and done the wash. I made my bed; we took down the trash; went to the store; fed the outdoor cat; talked to a white big dog; told the volunteer office we are taking a day off.  Back - fed the inside cat; hung the wash; washed dishes; made a chicken-hamburger-veggies- soup; heat my coffee, and now I am preparing to study the Excel Scot told me to learn while willie is studying at his station.

It is 9:20am and I love being a senior!

Eucalyptus Leaves
The doctor told me last week to use a grandmother remedy - boil water, pour into a bowl, add eucalyptus oil or leaves, stick my head in it with a towel over my head and breathe in…No problems, with the storm we had, we were able to collect lots of leaves. It fills the house with fantastic smell.  I have good physicians; they opt for the natural remedies before medications.

It is 9:30am and I love being a senior! Such freedom…


January 01, 2016

BY EXAMPLE

1 January 2016

New Year arrived on midnight. Wet howling through the cement walls, the cold gripped and sent us under covers of five blankets and an under-15-degrees-weather-sleeping-bag.  Misty joined us there for warmth. 

Happy New Year, 2016 is going to be a cold one.

During the night, laying with my eyes open in the dark listening to the thunders, I thought of all the unusual events that we went through in 2015.  We had learned that God directs us with eternity in mind; Thus, I was looking for a pattern in the events. I might have found it.

When Willie started cultivating the garden bed below, it looked like a giant ashtray. Debris and cigarette butts gathered in corners and the plants were chocked and dying.  We cleaned part of it and started to look after the plants. New plants were planted in and the city workers added some beautiful yellow flowers bulbs in the summer. The local storeowners smiled and kept watch to ensure that no one used it as a trash can again. Since then, the garden grew, and changed with the seasons. The clean area expended. It is now almost as long as the block itself. The neighborhood responded watching our example.
Jenia in his store

Workers in local restaurants are called often to respond to beggars. When we frequent these places, it is hard to tell who is habitually visiting that location and who has a real need of food.  We've watched the owners hand money or food to the 'regular' and we saw others who sent them away.  During the summer, we saw a man on the beach, who avoided direct eye contact with everyone around him. He carried some bags filled with empty bottles and clothes.  His hand shot forward when he saw us looking, "Yes, I'm hungry" he said when we asked. We ordered breakfast for him. When the restaurant owner realised that we are paying for his breakfast, she reduced our bill and shared in the cost. On the last day of the year, we talked to another restaurant owner. We set up an agreement by which we will buy a breakfast coupon once a month to give away to a needy person. The owner gave us a reduce price.

Israelis are generous; they simply need an example to follow.

Our stairway needs cleaning. In three years, we lost three cleaners. After some discussions with the neighbours, it seems that a new one will not be hired at this time. Dirty stairs bug me. After a month of dust being blown into the staircase from Syria and the Sahara desert, I prayed asking God to "fix" it.  He did. He woke me up at 4:30am and told me to take a bucket etc. and…go clean the stairs.  I did not have much of a choice…so, I filled up the bucket, starting at the top floor, I cleaned the entire area…all 80+ stairs, and bar handles. It took me over 2 hours.  Two weeks later, I was woken up at 5:30am and again I cleaned the entire staircase. So early, I was sure that no one would see me; apparently, they did.

People told me I should not get others to get used to my cleaning; that every floor should do their own area; that this way no one will be hired to clean the stairs…I shrugged my shoulders.  What could I tell them? God told me to do it?!

It took another month and the lady upstairs sent her cleaning lady to do the stairs…two weeks later, she herself cleaned two floors…and on New Year Eve we arrived at the bottom floor, smelling cleaning supplies and seeing the lady down below us, moving a bucket of water and wiping the floors… A pleasant surprise, others followed my example.

Jinjee... Purr
Willie started to feed some kittens outside. At first people said that he should not do that. Later, a local vet picked the cats, neutered them, and returned them to the area. One such orange cat, Jinjee (Hebrew for red hair) now has a shelter from the rain; that outdoor cat is living well being fed by the locals following Willie example.


Often, we are told to live as an example so others will see God in us. I always thought I did. Maybe not; this is the first time I noticed God in the public flower beds, in the red hair cat, and in the cleaning bucket.  I wonder what we will learn in 2016.

June 24, 2015

I Was There

 Nahariya Hospital June 17 - June 21, 2015
Her feet were chapped and dry; the deep cuts looked dirty and painful.  The Muslim woman in the bed next to mine was sweating. Her swollen body heaved as she tried to turn on her side to find comfort and to sleep.  I opened the window; a heat wave assaulted the room. My eyes were drawn to her feet. Unable to avert them, I stared.

Unsuccessfully, as I fought my staring, I also fought the thoughts in my head.  "He washed feet…of the disciples not strangers; but, He washed dirty, dusty feet…yes, but He knew them; He washed feet…they were Jews, she is a Muslim; He washed feet and He healed…but she might have infectious disease; the servant is no greater than his Master ". I yielded.

"How are you feeling?" I asked her. 
"Hot", came the answer.
"Are you in pain?" "Yes, all the time"
"Your feet?"  "Oh, that's years like that. I saw dermatologist, had many ointments, it is still chap and dry". Seeing tears in her eyes, compassion seized me.  

Later Willie brought with him my mint salve. After washing her feet with the hospital's alcohol, she massaged the mint ointment in.  Within the hour, her feet were soft and the pain subsided.  Her family took pictures of the jar, promised to buy it for her in Acco, and if they cannot find it there, they will try in Hebron; into the night we talked about God.   She left in the morning, smiling.

My room was quiet. The medical staff surrounded me with loving peacefulness, smoothly moving about in their white gowns, like angels.  I heard Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, and English.  I slept most of the day.  My arms, blue from probing needles, and my aching bones were at rest in the comfortable bed near the window.  Blue sky, sunny wind, peaceful sounds in the middle of a shouting city. At midnight they wheeled in another woman.

As the medical staff continued to probe our bodies, to take our vital signs and to wheel in great tasting food, three generations of family surrounded my neighbour's bed. I thought of my boys and grandkids in Canada, of my father in law coming 93rd birthday, and I was thankful for my faithful, attentive husband.  Friends visited; Willie walked 5 miles a day between home and hospital.  During the quiet times between visits, the two of us ladies talked of God.

The choppers sounded in the evening.  Emergency Flying Vehicles screeched in the darkened sky.  Another woman was wheeled in. We were three. Nurses hurried, Physicians wiped sweat off their brows, and we were three Jewish women in our quiet room surrounded with activities full of shouting in Arabic via the corridors of the Neurology department.  We ate our supper quietly, and then began to talk. 

An island of Hebrew - we talked of God, we told jokes, we laughed and we exchanged cellular numbers.

The Ramadan fast started the night before. The corridors were crowded with black cladding men and women, wearing white-cloth hats and white scarfs; family members.  The three of us were in room 8; in the 20 other rooms laid Druze.  "When you are in hospital, you eat!" demanded the nurse from the patient, "your family fasts the Ramadan, but you eat".  

Medical helicopters were coming in more often, louder, throwing fear and hope simultaneously.  Shouts in Arabic were outside the hospital gates, demonstrating.  Emergency and hospital beds were filling up with Druze and / or Syrians of all ages. Border and civilian police walked about armed, guarding. I stayed in my room; the full corridors made me feel as an intruder.

Nurses, Physicians and medical aides on the Neurology Ward were about 70% Israeli Arabs and 30% Jews; the cleaning staff - 99% Russian Jews.  All of them continued to move among the patient population efficiently and peacefully; by Friday night the beds were full of Arab speakers, all but for our room. The department specialists were called off for consultations to the emergency rooms and ran around the clock between our Third Floor and the basement, all weekend long. The choppers kept coming.

On the news an IDF high up official announced that Israel will not allow genocide of any people around its borders.  The Medical Helicopters continued to fly into the hospital in Nahariya all week.  It is 3am of Tuesday, they are still flying in.  Against the demonstrations of both political sides, against a world full of discussions and snobbish talks and shows of hate, against all odds - IDF medical choppers are filling our hospital with Druze from the Syrian border side of the Golan.

I took a private taxi to the Emergency Ward last week; they are flown in free.  I pay deer for the medical help while 67% of our old age pension goes to medications each month; they get it free.  We are thankful for the knowledge and the care; they demonstrate against it.  It is my country, they are the enemy. Yet, they receive loving and humane care.

On Sunday afternoon I was released. Monday, when the specialist saw me again, he advised me that two of the procedures that he requested were not done.  "Too expensive, you will have to do it on your own".  Monday evening I was in hospital again, being probed and given a radio-active something or other for the test. Dizzy and feeling faint I was laid down in a side room.  Neither doctor nor nurse had time to look in on me.  Willie filled me with water, orange juice and chocolate.   After a long wait, I was able to get off the bed and leave the hospital, second time this week.  We walked home through streets loaded with bumper to bumper vehicles.  By this afternoon I will see the GP, and by tomorrow afternoon we will ride the bus for two hours one way to have the second procedure done - the one that is too expensive to be given to Israelis in our own hospital that is full of Syrian Druze.
The three of us women in that room were all released the same afternoon. The choppers continue, even now, to fly overhead bringing with them Syrians of all ages from the border for medical help.

The next time someone tells you that Israel is where Arabs are second class citizens, or that it should be eliminated since its people are enemies of the world, sent them for a week to Nahariya hospital.







February 21, 2015

Willie's Book - Aliya

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The land of Israel is like no other place in the world. A place God created to be the home of the Jewish people. This land is calling out for the return of its children. After 2000 years the Jewish people are finding their way home. With this connection to the Land of Israel is a dream of being part of a greater reality that what we see in the world today.
This manuscript describes a journey my wife and I took moving from Canada to Israel. It was a journey that separated us from many things we understood to be important. A way of life that many people believe is the best and the best place you can live outside of Israel. But the inner calling of Israel drew us to our new home and to an inner peace that we did not have living outside of Israel.
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December 31, 2014

Freed Men - משוחררים


While reading the Bible in Hebrew, I received an unexpected reward:  A description of myself.

I met Yeshua when I was 30.  Since then I struggle with what to call myself.

Until I met Yeshua, I was a Secular Jew.  I am a Jew, it is my people group- it is my race.  Now, I am a Jew who believes that Yeshua is my Messiah.  I did not change my religion nor did I change my race, I only found my faith.

I don't think myself a Christian because I understand it to be a description of gentiles who are not Muslims, or Hindus or some other religion.  In many cases they are people who were born into a Christian home and they might be Catholic, Protestant or some other Christian denomination.  Among them are people who believe that Yeshua is the Saviour, they refer to themselves as believers.  

For a while, people referred to me as a Jewish-Christian; than I was told that "there is no such animal".   

A friend told me to explain that I am a Messianic Jew.  I am not sure how I feel about that…

God knew my struggles.  As I read His word in Hebrew, he gave me a gift, a description I can live with. 

In Acts 6:9, "The Holy Scriptures Hebrew and English Bible", I found "the Synagogue of Freedmen ".  In Hebrew it is "m-shu-ch-ra-rim" (I know that you cannot pronounce it, sorry about that, I understand) משוחררים.  This word in Hebrew translates to, "the ones who have been set free".

I am free to be who I am.  Race = Jew; Religion = none; Faith = Yeshua is my Messiah.  I do not follow do's and don'ts of man, I follow no religious practices.  I believe that the Bible [Tanach -Old Testament and Brit Chadasha -New Testament] is the true Word of God, and I am free to follow God because I love Him, not because I am required to do so by some law. 

Therefore, going into the year 2015 - I am describing myself as I found in the Holy Scriptures:  A Freed Jew.  יהודיה משוחררת.  I like that best.  I believe it describes everyone who follows Yeshua as Messiah: Jews and non-Jews.

Free to be who God created me to be. 

365th Day of Praise - I thank God for His word and for my blog readers.  I thank God for a new year, 2015 -year-of-our-Lord, the year of the Overcomer.

My New Year wish for you, my reader, is that you too will be freed.  That from this day on, God the Father will look at you through your faith in His Son, Yeshua; that the Son's righteousness will be your cloth and shield and will bring you from slavery to sin into freedom of forgiveness, holy and presentable to Elohim, so you live eternal life. 

May you live Free as God created you to be,

Happy and Free New Year to you,


Orith

December 30, 2014

Two days to go…


Over 13,000 hits by readers!  
Blogger says: 16273 page views!  

Wow!  That's since March 2008 - how great that is?!

364th Day of Praise -

I thank you God for all the hits on the blog and for all your faithful readers.

Loving the numbers,


Orith

December 29, 2014

A Completed Task

My Hebrew-English Bible
Done!  It took me approximately 245 hours to complete reading the bible in Hebrew, cover to cover.

The longest 11 days or so in my life; Willie says, the most spread out days.  I am thankful that I allotted a year to complete the task; I was wondering if I'll ever accomplish what I set out to do.

Praise the Lord.

I thank you God for your word.


Orith

Immune System

Fresh Fruit
So eat well, exercise and maybe the immune system will return to function well….but…with God all things are possible.

363rd Day of Praise -
I thank you God that you created our bodies so they can rejuvenate themselves. I thank you God that the immune system can recover and we just have to find a way to do it and trust you to lead us there.  I thank you God that in the year 2015 you will help me to achieve my goal of being healthier.

Checking the web again,


Orith

December 28, 2014

Count Down

Four days to go…
Canadian Calendar

Still reading the Bible in Hebrew, which allows me a fresh new look at the Word of God.

Still writing daily on the blog which reminds me how good God is to me.

 362nd Day of Praise -

 I am thankful God for your encouragement to take the time to read the Bible in Hebrew and to write thanks on the blog. 

Still at it,


Orith

December 27, 2014

New Year Resolutions

Almost end of year, only 5 more days to go till end of 2014.

Did you write your New Year Resolution list?  You know, the one you promise yourself to do next year but kind of look at it thinking that you will break it in a week? Yap, that one.

Mine is not ready.  I am not even sure if I'll make a list this 2015.  But I made one last year.

In the beginning of 2014 I had two items list.  The first, to write a thank- you note to God on my blog, every day of the year; the second, to read the entire bible, Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:2,  in Hebrew during this year. 

Neither was easy to accomplish.  

On my blog are my notes of thanks to God.  I missed some days in my writings.  I did write on Face Book or in my private journal, but I missed a day of thanks on the blog itself; so not all 365 days are on the blog. 

Reading the bible in Hebrew was way more difficult than I anticipated.  The biblical Hebrew was not as easy as I once learned; I'd forgotten many words and had to look up their meaning or read the English on the other half of the page to see why I don't recall the verses.

So I have 5 days to complete the tasks.  I am praying that I will be able to write the notes of thanks for each one of the last 5 days, and I am doing some marathon reading of the last few books of the bible. 

361st Day of Praise - 

I thank you God for helping me to complete the tasks that were set before me, by the end of 2014.

Shabbat Shalom,


Orith

December 26, 2014

Boxing Day

Ashlyn is 13
360th Day of Praise -

I thank you God for Benjamin Netanyahu's Christmas address to Christians, reminding them that Israel is the only safe country in the Middle East.

I thank you God for Moshe Fayglin's video that reminds us that we are not simply a collection of misfits from all over the world but Jews connected to each other.

I thank you God for sons who remember their aging parents and are taking the time to sit their children in front of the computers so they can speak to their grandparents across the world before they go out to have fun in the snow.

I thank you God for your love, for your healing, for answering prayers, for the world you created and for your Word.  I thank you God for your Son our Messiah.

Marathon Reading,


Orith

December 25, 2014

Christmas Day

Santa?
Christmas.  Birth of the Savior.  Snow.  Christmas / Hanukah Tree. Gold and silver tassels.  Presents. Christmas pudding. Home Baked Cookies.  Lot of people shopping.  Family dinners and office parties.  Santa.  Festive.

That was in Canada, overall, sort of.

In Israel: Birth of the Christian Savior, King of the Jews.  Sunny.  Haifa erected a huge, green tree of lights on the main street.  We walked all over Nahariya to find a little Santa decoration for a friend - nothing, some chocolate Santa but that's it.  No festivities. 

A new meat store opened last week and it sales ham products.  It was packed this week with local Israeli Russians speakers.  

The Jews don't celebrate Christmas in Nahariya.  
The Christians must be living elsewhere.  
The Messianic Jews don't tell us what they are doing. 

But…

The lady upstairs shared with us home baked cookies specifically commenting, "We don't celebrate Christmas".  Then she went out last night for festive-family-dinner.  Great Home Baked cookies, covered with light sugar and full of dry fruits - reminder of Christmas pudding.

Friends sent to us Christmas Chocolate from USA - the best I've ever eaten and it's all gone by this morning - and that was a true taste of the season.

A couple of our friends invited us tonight to a "festive dinner" and we are very much looking forward to that.

Our sons called and we celebrated on the Skype screen:  Wishing Happy Birthday to Ashlyn on her 13th birthday, and chit-chatting and wishing a great Christmas and New Year to the rest of them.  Joy. 

A friend Skyped from Chicago and as we Chit-Chat with her, we met her youngest son.  Nice.  

God is good.

359th Day of Praise -

Thank you God that you sent Your Son to earth to save us all, Jews and Gentiles alike; thank you that gave us the celebration of the day in various forms - while generations pass and technology advances to some direction - the joy is still holding; I thank you God for Family and Friends who love us far and near all over the world.

Looking forward to tonight,


Orith

December 24, 2014

The 8th Day


 
Six days God created the world and on the seventh He rested.  That's why we have a Shabbat - to rest and remember His goodness.

So how come the 8th day seems important?  There are 18 references to it in the Bible, but I still don't know the answer.  
 The eighth day of Chanuka, always feels special, and when I look at the candles burning, I believe in miracles...  

I copied the biblical verses down below, if you find an answer, or just had an idea, I'll be glad to hear it.

358th Day of Praise -
I thank you God for all the days you have given me to live and to enjoy on this earth.  I also thank you God for understanding.

Just thinking…

Orith

Gen_21:4  And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him.
Exo_22:30  Likewise shalt thou do with thine oxen, and with thy sheep: seven days it shall be with his dam; on the 8th day thou shalt give it me.
Lev_12:3  And in the 8th day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Lev_14:10  And on the 8th day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish, and three tenth deals of fine flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and one log of oil.
Lev_14:23  And he shall bring them on the 8th day for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, before the LORD.
Lev_15:14  And on the 8th day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and give them unto the priest:
Lev_15:29  And on the 8th day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Lev_22:27  When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the 8th day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
Lev_23:36  Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the 8th day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.
Lev_23:39 Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land, ye shall keep a feast unto the LORD seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the 8th day shall be a sabbath.
Num_6:10  And on the 8th day he shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation:
Num_7:54 On the 8th day offered Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh:
Num_29:35  On the 8th day ye shall have a solemn assembly: ye shall do no servile work therein:
1Ki_8:66  On the 8th day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went unto their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.
2Ch_7:9  And in the 8th day they made a solemn assembly: for they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
2Ch_29:17  Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the 8th day of the month came they to the porch of the LORD: so they sanctified the house of the LORD in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.
Neh_8:18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the 8th day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.

Luk_1:59  And it came to pass, that on the 8th day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father.