Torah Portion CHAYEI SARAH – Beresheet (Genesis) 23:1-25:18
And answering, He said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? Matthew 15:3 TLV
Shabbat Shalom, dearly beloveds!
The below imaginary story could have been written by any Christian that is a Christmas enthusiast.
Read carefully, enjoy, and apply!
My Christmas Challenge
My dear Diary,
The Christmas season has officially begun! The countdown is on. So much to do, and now so little time, these next 24 days seem to disappear on me. Especially as you watch those chocolates disappear from the event calendar, you know the day is drawing near. It is funny how this season is so mixed with warm and happy feelings, and also sad and worried feelings. I was writing my “to do” list, so much is still to do:
- Buy a tree and put it up
- Find the manger scene and other decorations.
- Buy a new angel or star for the top of the tree.
- Make sure all the Christmas cards are written and sent (next year, I will do the newsletter to everyone).
- I also need to do the ecards later on.
- Make sure all the presents are bought – family, friends, people at work, friends at church, bible study group, spare gifts if someone gives me something.
- Food shopping for Christmas
- Food to have in the house for visitors
- Get clothes for the Christmas parties, work, church, Bible study, friends, and family, and of course, Christmas day.
- Buy wrapping paper, ribbons, candy canes, chocolates, etc.
- Help to prepare for Church Christmas Carols
- All the forgotten things
- Find the money tree somewhere…
When did Christmas get so busy and cost so much money?
One of my friends at work only paid off last Christmas a month ago, and now she is starting all over again. At work, we cannot even say Christmas anymore; it is Xmas day. Those people who want to be politically correct are trying to take Jesus out of Christmas, the fact that he was born on this day, and that it is the entire reason we have this holiday. They do not care about it. They want to remove the managers from malls and change the name, and in some places when you sing Christmas Carols (or those places it is Xmas Carols), you cannot sing songs about Jesus, the manger, or anything that happened that night. It is ridiculous. All they want is Santa and Rudolf, and his red nose. I like those songs too. We even have a Santa that comes to kid’s church, but just when they try to replace him for Jesus, it gets me upset. The churches have been trying to protest about going to Xmas and them not allowing the manager to go up this year in the mall. So, they decided to have the manager on one side and Santa on the other side. That way, people get to enjoy both.
Hmmm, I wonder what it was really like back then. On that night, Mary and Joseph were trying to find somewhere to sleep. You sort of get the idea from the kid’s story of this couple walking around with their donkey, all nice and beautiful, but I guess they may also have been a bit stressed. I mean, she was about to have a baby, and then it is wintertime in Israel in December, so I guess it was also cold. I wonder if it was even raining or even snowing. Hey, maybe they had a white Christmas. They finally found somewhere to have the baby, and they would have had all the visitors coming with the gifts; so, I guess that would have made up for it. I wonder if when they called him Jesus, or when they saw him if they really knew who they were holding… I am sure that it was an amazing experience—one of those goose bump moments. Huh, someone is at the door hold that thought, diary!!
Hi my Diary! I am back!
Wow, that was a strange visitor; he gave me a flyer, “Christmas is not Jesus’ birthday.” I gave it back to him and said, “Sorry, I do not want this trash. I am a Christian, and this is the time of my Savior, Jesus Christ’s birthday. It is people like you who are trying to ruin the real meaning of
Christmas by taking Jesus out of it.” But then he said to me that he was also a believer, and that he also goes to church, but that there were some things that we did not know about that night. It was a surprise to me, so I took the flyer to have a look. It talked about Mary and Joseph and
Bethlehem, which is in Israel, and how they were Jewish. It said that the name they really gave to Jesus was Yeshua, which means “salvation,” and that the name Jesus did not come in for many years later. It also said that the time of his birth was Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles), which is in September/October. This is a Jewish holiday, and that this Yeshua, who is Jesus, is connected to all the Jewish holidays; as he came to fulfill them so that the Jewish people, and the world, would see the Messiah. That all the Jewish holidays speak about him, just like Easter is not the correct name or timing, but it is Passover and in fact, what has really happened is that the Church and the World has taken Yeshua, and the Jewish people, and history out of the Bible.
I mean, this is mind-blowing… Jesus vs. Yeshua, Christmas vs. Sukkoth – which one is right?
What is the real meaning of Christmas? I think I need to keep reading his flyer.
All I can say is I will never look at this time of year again the same way. It is too much to write here, but I believe it is true. Around 325AD, there was a separation between the true believers in the Messiah and the Jewish roots and the people who were also believers but were mixed with pagan religions.
The origins of Christmas are pagan, which is not the time of His birth, but it was at the time of Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkoth). He had to be born then to fulfill the prophecy in the Bible. Otherwise, the Bible is full of lies and loopholes.
Also, can you imagine those Shepherds with their sheep and the wise men being out in the field in the middle of winter? About His name, I like it, “Yeshua.” It is special, even the fact it is Hebrew makes it seems more connected to the Bible because he is a Jew. I mean, I would not want someone to change my name, especially to make my name sound like another god. All this giving of presents etc. is out of control. I have already spent over $1,000, and I am only halfway done. The time of birth is about giving gifts to the child and the parents and celebrating birth, not about giving gifts to everyone and seeing who gives better gifts or getting what we want.
So where does that leave me now… I have a few weeks left before Christmas. I can’t just tell everyone I am not celebrating it… or can I?
I know what I am going to do! I will buy some gifts for the poor and reach out to the lost and lonely; then, I am going to send a gift to Israel and support someone over there, saying thank you for giving us the Bible and the Messiah. Then in my Christmas cards, I am going to tell everyone what I have learned. Maybe I can even put it in this flyer. Then I can talk to my pastor and ask him about including the Jewish feasts and the name Yeshua while removing the Christmas tree from our church, as the Bible says:
Hear the word which the Lord speaks to you, house of Israel. This is what YHVH says: “Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens, although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are futile; For it is wood cut from the forest, the work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. They decorate the idol with silver and gold; They fasten it with nails and hammers so that it will not totter. They are like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, and they cannot speak; they must be carried, because they cannot walk! Do not fear them, for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good.” Jeremiah 10:1-5
On Christmas day, I will pay a visit to my family while explaining to them the reason why I do not celebrate Christmas anymore. However, I am all too happy to see them and share a meal with them. And instead of a Christmas gift, I will present them the Jewish Messiah and the newly written book by Archbishop Dominiquae Bierman – The Identity Theft!
That is it!
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and born nine months later in Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles). You are invited to join us for our Sukkot Tour of Israel next year and celebrate Yeshua in His Land with His People. (For more information: email@example.com)
Then all the survivors from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, and to celebrate Sukkot. Furthermore, if any of the nations on earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, they will have no rain. Zechariah 14:16-17 TLV
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