Shabbat's just around the corner! Here are some things that I hope will enrich your Shabbat experience.
Here's a note from Nathan Geer about an awesome app that you can get for both Android and iPhone.
Hello Izzy! I am a longtime student of Holy Language Institute and thought you would like to know about this awesome app called Pocket Torah. The app chants every Torah portion with its commentary, haftarah and maftir aliyah. Great for anyone trying to learn Hebrew canting or Hebrew reading because you can hear the correct pronunciation. Great work and thank you for putting so much time and effort into this ministry! You have been a huge blessing to many people.
Thanks Nathan! And if you know of any useful resources, please let me know too - right here.
Michael is following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's his story.
Hello Holy Language Tribespeople (is that a word?)!
I started following Yeshua (Jesus within the Christian context of the church) in response to a puppet ministry at the age of seven, which told the story of HaShem's one and only Son. I believe this aspect of my faith brings me back to a point of humility, which I need regularly, knowing that a puppet opened up my heart to Yeshua.
While I've been drawn to various ministries since a youth, it wasn't until I was thirty-three that my learning took on a more intentional focus. It wasn't until forty years of age that I really began to dig into the Hebrew (but only using a reference book at that time). In response to the Ruach HaKodesh, I began attending Seminary classes online, but quickly found during the second semester that it was lacking in its Jewishness. I REALLY enjoyed, however, the taste of Hebrew I got from my seminary professor.
Not wanting to loose the basic Hebrew I had learned, I found Yisrael Avraham's YouTube videos on learning Hebrew and watched every one of them (some multiple times). My favorite of all the videos is the teaching on the "brachot" for meals. My three year old son sings the blessings along with me, and even my 19 month old daughter joins in for a hearty "AMEIN!" at the end of the brachah. I've also purchased a wooden Hebrew Aleph-Beit puzzle, from which my son is proudly showing me letters and saying the names even as I type this story.
In the meantime, I had been searching for another "seminary" which would provide the Hebrew teaching my heart yearned for. As silly as it may sound, I wanted to learn the Hebrew language (inasmuch as possible) like a Jewish boy growing up in Nazareth. Then, suddenly, it hit me! Why not look for a Messianic school?! That is when I found Rabbi Paul Saal at Shuvah Yisrael in Bloomfield, CT. He in turn introduced me to MJTI - Messianic Jewish Theological Institute. Now, I'm enrolled in the Masters of Jewish Studies program at MJTI (mjti.org).
My primary congregation is Praise Christian Fellowship in Barkhamsted, CT, where I am a "Lay Minister" and adult Bible teacher. I teach, mostly out of the Tanakh (showing the connections to verses in the Brit Chadashah), nearly every Sunday, with opportunities to preach on a regular basis.
Additionally, once a month, my family attends Shuvah Yisrael (Messianic Jewish Congregation) in Bloomfield, CT. Most Wednesdays, I also go to Shuvah for a Yeshua based Mussar program and Hebrew Grammar study. So, at my Christian congregation, I'm a preacher/teacher, while at the Messianic congregation I'm a Talmid (with big ears!).
I'm so excited to see HaShem moving in my life in such a new and refreshing way, and equally excited to see where He might lead me in helping to repair a schism which occurred between Jewish and Gentile believers in Yeshua that was almost two millennia ago (and it is two millennia too long!). If you are reading this, and have not yet begun to learn from the materials at holylanguage.com, then you are in for a real treat. I encourage you to dive right in!
If YOU have already benefited from Izzy's posts and YouTube videos, do the right thing and send HOLYLANGUAGE.COM a donation. I don't give a lot, but I give every month. If you have questions about what has helped me in my study, or you just want to say hi, you can connect with me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mikereldred
(thanks and shalom)
You have a story too, and the tribe would love to hear it! Will you tell it? www.holylanguage.com/story.html
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 Kimberly Russell for this meme! Make your own Hebrew meme here or here and send it to email@example.com and we'll share yours too.
On a personal note, we're still up in Saskatoon at my Mom's place waiting for baby Nava's birth certificate and passport to arrive so we can head back to Albuerque for the remainder of the winter. It's good spending time with family and friends and the local Messianic fellowship. But the downside is, my film studio is back in Albuquerque so I haven't been able to produce much! In a way though that hasn't been a downside, because it's freed me up to rework some of our internal systems to make it easier for our volunteers to get around and get stuff done, which in turn will free me up to spend more time creating more lessons for you. So I guess it's all win win in the end. I just appreciate your ongoing support even when I'm not able to get new lessons out every week for you. Thank you.
And Shabbat shalom!
P.S. I'm here for you and I would love to hear from you. But this email is unmonitored - so instead of replying to it, please contact me here. Thanks so much!