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WHERE was BETHLEHEM ?

In Joshua 19:10-16 we read that there was a town Bethlehem in the tribal territory of ZEBULON (the Israelite tribe Zebulon; correct transliteration: Zevulun).  This Bethlehem is situated in Galilee in the north of Israel, and should not be confused with the area Bethlehem in Judea.  The original Hebrew behind the name Bethlehem is Beit Lechem, which means "House of Bread" i.e. "Area of Food-supply" i.e. a territory fit for planting agricultural crops, especially grains such as wheat, oats, barley, rye and spelt. Joshua 19:10-16 10The third lot came out for the children of Zevulun according to their families, and the border of their inheritance was as far as Sarid. 11Their border went toward the west and to Maralah, went to Dabbasheth, and extended along the brook that is east of Jokneam. 12Then from Sarid it went eastward toward the sunrise along the border of Chisloth Tabor, and went out toward Daberath, bypassing Japhia. 13And from there it passed along on the east of Gath Hepher, toward Eth Kazin, and extended to Rimmon, which borders on Neah. 14Then the border went around it on the north side of Hannathon, and it ended in the Valley of Jiphthah El. 15Included were…

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I FEAR FOR MY COUNTRY…

Why did Avraham Avinu (our father Avraham) pray and intercede on behalf of the wicked people of Sodom and Gomorrah? It was because, in his day, Avraham Avinu stood in the capacity of the “Guarantor of Humanity”, the custodian of humanity, the representative interceding advocate who represented humanity before YHWH. From Avraham's prayer and the response of HaShem, we learn that populations and nations may be protected and spared from severe judgement, in the merit of the Tzadiqim (righteous ones) who dwell in their midst. In 1929 the Chafetz Chayim gave a shalosh se'udot teaching (i.e. teaching after the 3rd meal of the shabbat) in Germamia shel Edom. His words were: There is a fire that hangs over the world at all times which seeks to come down from the sky and consume the world.  The only thing which shields the world is the vapour which comes from the breath of innocent young children who are starting to learn Torah.  Since the Communists, Socialists, secularists and Reform Movement were taking the children out of yeshivot (Torah learning centres), the protective magen or shield which shields Am Yisra'el from the threatening fire, was disappearing and within 10 years this devouring fire…

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CHURCH: A CLUB FOR LADIES…

Cliff is a man’s man. On the job he’s known as a go-getter and a very hard worker.  He’s a good provider who loves his wife and kids.  He’s well respected by his neighbours.  Cliff drives a powerful 4×4 Double-Cab pick-up truck.  He loves the outdoors and takes every opportunity for hunting and adventure.  He enjoys a cold beer and a naughty joke now and then.  And Cliff never ever goes to church… Ask him why he doesn’t go to church, and he’ll use words like boring, uninteresting, guilt-monger, irrelevant and hypocrite. We live in a society wherein Christianity is experienced as a religion for females and not for strong, practical men.  Christianity, in its various flavours, is "something the wife likes".  Masculine men find churchgoing a painful ordeal and they generally distrust pastors as smooth-talkers and crowd-hypnotists who attempt to charm the gold from one's purse.  Pastors psychologically attract women, and occasionally these women manage to drag their husbands to church... Deep inside, Cliff is a God-fearing patriot with a strong sense of reverence for a Deity.  But going to Church is the last thing he will consider — a dozen or so bad experiences with untenably boring sermons…

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