Izzy here. And Shabbat's just around the corner! Here are some things that I hope will enrich your Shabbat experience.
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Adi is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
My name is Adi, and I started following Yeshua at the age of 17, though at that time I didn't know Him as Yeshua, my heart burned for Him. My family was the "Sunday" type, so I did go to church my entire life. As He is always on time, He asked me to follow Him then, and I did.
Shortly after giving my life to God, I started learning Ivrit. I met a Messianic brother, with the title "Rabbi" and through Him, doors in my heart were opened that I never knew. Since conversion I had always loved Yisrael, but after meeting this brother, I found out about the truth of grace and the truth of Torah. As I sought on my own I began to learn Ivrit as well. A messianic sister sent me a Hebrew Primer book, and a Dictionary for the beginners prayer book. I learned to read and write with the Hebrew Primer, and Yeshua's favor of course.
Somehow I found Holy Language Institute on Facebook, and for a while I longed to be able to subscribe. Finally! I was able to recently and the first thing I learned about was Hebrew Sketches, I have learned the words Igeret, agaltal, velo-te'egol and agorah so far and that every Hebrew word has a root word that connects it to others; kinda like how we're all connected as the "Body of Messiah". Awesome, simple things.
In my free time, if i'm not eating, or riding my bike, I am either studying Hebrew or the Bible or, trying to teach myself an Israeli song. :3 Sometimes I like to paint. I really would like to connect with you all! What ever heart the Lord touches. I personally believe it's very important to be close as a body. Loneliness is something none of us in Messiah ought to deal with. You can contact me on Facebook at, Adi Rodriguez.
Are you following Yeshua in a Hebrew way? If so, the Holy Language tribe would love to hear your story, and we would love to help you tell it! Here's how.
Modern Hebrew with Elihana Elia this Monday evening, watch here!
Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Derek Leman this Thursday evening, watch here!
Live Shabbat services this Friday evening and Saturday morning, join us here!
Hats off to Jonathan Lovelace for this meme! Make your own Hebrew meme here or here and send it to email@example.com and we'll share yours too.
I'll leave you with a goodie from a conversation I had with my five year old daughter Tirzah as we were reading from the weekly Torah portion in Hebrew last Shabbat morning.
We came across the word "עלם alam" which is translated "hidden".
I explained to Tirzah that this is the root verb behind the Hebrew word "עולם olam", which is usually translated as "universe" or "forever" contingent on context. Then we talked about the connection between these three things - the act of hiding something, the universe, and forever.
If you go as far as you can into time, that's forever - עולם olam. And what's there is hidden - עלם alam. We don't even know what's concealed in tomorrow.
If you go as far as you can into space, that's the universe - עולם olam. And what's there is hidden - עלם alam. We don't know what's concealed beyond the farthest galaxies we've detected.
In the traditional Jewish blessing we call God the "melech ha'olam", the "king of the universe". I hope listening in to Tirzah's and my convo has given that phrase new meaning for you.
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