Shalom, Izzy here. Once again, the Holy Language volunteers have put together an amazing email for you. Inspiring stories, hilarious and thought provoking memes, and the most informative news lineup that I personally have ever seen when it comes to Hebrew related content. I wanted to take this opportunity to say hats off to them. I'm not sure if you knew this, but we're primarily a volunteer run ministry, with over thirty people from almost every continent working together to serve the Holy Language tribe. Today's story is an example - Maretta is one of our story editors. When you share your story with the Holy Language tribe, she's one of the gals who receives the story, touches up any spelling or grammatical bloopers, and puts it in the formats required for this weekly email and our various social media profiles. Some other recent stories shared by our volunteers? Bradley, who coordinates our news group combing through dozens of news sites to compile the news lineup. Peter, who helps with the tech side of things. Cindy, who helps students with their accounts. And Amariah and Chana...who put this email together!
If these people didn't do the sacrificial behind the scenes work they do every week, Holy Language Institute wouldn't exist. So, to each of our volunteers - thank you so much.
(As an aside, if you want to volunteer we're always open. Apply here.)
Maretta is following Yeshua in a Hebrew way! Here's her story.
As, I was growing up, my family attended several Christian denominations. I learned something at each one, but none led me fully to the truth. In 1985, my journey really began with following Yeshua because I knew that there was much more to what I had been taught growing up. On my own, I kept the Saturday Shabbat for a short time. Feeling so isolated and too afraid to go to a synagogue, I eventually decided to return to Sunday church.
Fortunately, all the while I knew and kept it in the back of my mind that the Shabbat and feast days were important in following the Messiah. For some reason I could not make the connection then that Torah was for "whosoever will" and not just the Jews. Finally in 2009, the truth became evident to my family. From that time on, my understanding of being a disciple of Yeshua has gradually brought me to the place of understanding the Hebrew roots of the faith.
During 2012, I first became interested in the Hebrew language so I could read the Tanakh for myself and in its original context. Since learning some Hebrew, my understanding of the scriptures has greatly increased. I find myself having to do something Hebrew-related just about everyday. Lately, my focus primarily has been learning syntax and vocabulary.
I found Holy Language Institute on Facebook a couple years ago and started following.
To help further my growth with learning Hebrew, last year I taught an introductory course (letters, vowel points, 50 vocabulary words and some songs) to a group of homeschooled high school students. By the end of the class, all of them could clearly read Genesis chapter 1. One mother even attended the class and has continued to learn Hebrew on her own. Because of learning the Holy Language, my relationship with Yeshua has deepened. I can’t wait until I am fluent.
When I am not busy working for my husband, being a stay at home mom, and homeschooling my son, I enjoy learning Hebrew, gardening, landscaping, archery, four wheeling (at least watching my boys ride) and spending time with my daughter and granddaughter. While in 3rd grade, I had to memorize Psalms 91; I now hope to have it memorized in Hebrew one day.
One of my favorite scripture verses is: Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from Yahweh, which made heaven and earth.”
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.
Listen to Katy Raczkowski's most recent interview on the Devora Clark show here.
No Hebrew Prayer with Yisrael Levitt this Sunday evening!
No Modern Hebrew with Elihana Elia this Monday evening!
Biblical Hebrew with Rabbi Derek Leman this Thursday evening, watch here!
Live Shabbat services this Friday evening and Saturday morning, join us here!
"It is traditional to dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah. Somehow I don't think this is what they had in mind." Hats off to Robert for this meme! Make your own Hebrew meme here or here and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll share yours too.
On a personal note, we made the annual drive down from Saskatchewan, Canada to Albuquerque, New Mexico this last week. Thanks to those of you who prayed for us for a safe trip! Here's our place, the same lot at the same campground we've been at for the last couple years.
One little snag - the campground management came by today and told me the rules changed and 'sheds' are no longer allowed - which includes my mobile studio on the trailer on the left hand side of the picture. That's where I do my work and filming - so I'm going to have to look for alternative venues. If you wouldn't mind praying for the Father's provision and leading for us there, I'd appreciate it.
Shavua tov - have a good week! And shanah tovah - have a good year!
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