Sunday, July 20, 2014

Don't Call It a Come Back?

I sometimes wonder why I even keep this blog up. That is until I have something happen that brightens up my day and I have write it down somewhere. Today's joy is that I have been working for some time to get my novel Masoth: The Journey Beyond edited so I could release an official 2nd Edition. The current book is to me my trial run with this project, but I knew that I would need to step up my game and get the book really flowing with spelling and grammar, a common criticism of self-published novels. 

Currently, it looks like I will have the 2nd Edition out in on-line book sellers some time in August. I can't wait.

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Riddick - One of my favorites

I have been a long time fan of Pitch Black and the Chronicles of Riddick so I was excited to hear that they were working on a third one. It was these films that inspired me to start writing my novel, Masoth: The Journey Beyond, since it gave me the the idea of how such a vision could work. 

The other night I saw Riddick and I really enjoyed it. I loved the survival aspect of the movie as well as the focus on Riddick's skill to overcome adversity. The anti-hero genre is interesting but I think that the Riddick universe presents it in the best light for me. I don't often get out to see movies in the theaters, and the last movie I saw in a theater was Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Yet, the moment I heard that this one was coming out I planned for months to see and I wasn't disappointed.

I can't wait to get this on DVD.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Masoth: The Latest Update Beyond

Here is the latest video that I made to advertise for my novel Masoth: The Journey Beyond. The 2nd Edition is under the works and I hope to have it ready by summer.
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Abir Qesheth on the History Channel

I wished I had the History Channel so I could have seen this episode. I am only in bits of this short from the episode on the Israeli Museum, to the far right, because I was only able to make it to one of the classes when this was being filmed. It is nice never the less.

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Masoth: The Journey Beyond on the move

Good news! Seven copies of the first edition of my novel just showed up in Israel and I am almost done with the edits that I have been preparing for the second revision of the book. I only have about 10 pages left to correct and then I will hand it off to someone else to edit before sending back to the publisher.

If you haven't ordered your copy, or if you don't know what I am even talking about check out the link on the picture below.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

More on Masoth: The Journey Beyond

As mentioned before, the novel I wrote is available in both eBook and paperback. I am going to work on some new videos about the story, while trying not to reveal to much. Here is one of the videos I worked on for the initial release.

If you want to order the paperback you can find it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Masoth: The Journey Beyond on

The eBook can be ordered through my web-site HERE.
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Masoth: The Journey Beyond is here!

Okay all, it has a been a long time. I mean a long time since I have even thought of even using this blog. Yet, now I have more reasons to post on it a few more times.

If you kept up with some of my last posts you may have noticed that I was writing a sci-fi novel to self-publish. Well, the wait is over. It is here. I present to you:

The novel is available on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles. More to come on this.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Masoth - Update #1

The time is finally here. I have completed the last of six edits for my book, Masoth: The Journey Beyond, and now I am completing the application to send the book for publishing. It will be about 3 months of waiting for the process but I am excited just getting this far in the process.

I will admit that there is a bit of fear of the unknown territory that I am about to enter but also a certain level of anticipation. The idea that in several months I will actually have a copy of the book that I have toiled over for the last two and a half years brings me thoughts of joy.

A part of me wishes that I had been at this point back in 2007 or 2008 when written blogs were more in style but maybe this is the right time. While I wait I am going to work on creating several video adds to promote the book before and after its release.

So with that full speed ahead and more updates to come.
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Debunking the Curse of Ham

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Masoth: An Update

So far, I have raised $805 out $4,000 with about 40 days left to raise money. It is still way to go, but I am hopeful that I can convince a few key people I know to make some either middle or last minute donations.  In any case, there are always surprises that happen which I need to be proactive in making reality. This is of course of the key points of the book.

On another note, I just recently did some work on the About the Author or About This Book, which will be displayed on the back of the book. Even though this part should be the easiest, due to its length, it is for some reason the hardest. I guess trying to summarize something that I wrote, with all of its complexity, is not as easy as taking a simple idea and making it more complex. 

If any of this has sparked your interest, please visit the link below and consider donating to my cause of self-publishing the book that I wrote called Masoth: The Journey Beyond. 

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Masoth The Novel - Raising Funds

If you have read my blog in the past two years  you may have seen mentions that I have written a sci-fi novel that I am trying to get self-published. Well, I am a lot closer to that goal and I am trying to raise money to the end. See below my campaign to raise the funding necessary for self publishing.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Hebrew Israelite Challege

One of the Hebrew Israelite commenters on the video I did concerning the Hebrew Israelite claims has requested that I prove to him that I know a few things. Below is the answer to his request so that he can see it in an easily accessible format. Before one gets to the answer to his question, it must be known that the claims, that I clearly made in the video concerning the difference between Yisraelim\Yehudim (ישראלים\יהודים), were:
  1. Those who call themselves "Hebrew Israelites" use different terms.
  2. Those who call themselves "Hebrew Israelites" use different texts.
  3. Those who call themselves "Hebrew Israelites" have different interpretations.
  4. Thus those who use the title "Hebrew Israelites" are a different group of people.
Now it must be noted that prior to this particular Hebrew Israelite's request, I requested that he provide a picture/copy of the texts that Hebrew Israelites use for Exodus 20. This should have been an easy request to answer since according to his own claim his people, those who call themselves Hebrew Israelites, read from Hebrew texts. Instead, the Hebrew Israelite user told me to look at the Los Lunos stone, shown below.

When I asked for more information, none of my questions were answered in a direct manner. For example, I asked if the Hebrew Israelite commenter if the Los Lunos stone is a word for word copy of what can be found in the "Hebrew Israelite" bibles. This question is of course simple enough to answer with either a yes or a no. If the answer is yes, then we can proceed with a realistic conversation. Yet, if the answer is no then I have to wonder why would the Hebrew Israelite refer me to the stone in the first place. Also, the Los Lunos stone only has a "version" of the Ten Commandments, not the entire text of Exodus 20, which is what I requested. So I went on to explain what I asking for and the Hebrew Israelite commenter refused to give a straight answer on this. He instead offered to make a video about my question, even though the answer is either yes or no. I can only assume, because of his responses, that the Los Lunos stone is exactly, word for word, what is found in the Hebrew Israelite bibles or that he just sent it for no real reason.

So now to answer the Hebrew Israelite commenter's question. He asked me to prove that I can read Paleo-Hebrew showing the following words: door, dream, blue, red, chariot, debt, earth, Judah, Issachar, Jerusalem, Ephraim, and Elijah. The words have been provided in the four formats two of them in (from right to left) two Ancient Ivrith scripts, one in Samaritan Ivrith, one in Ketav Ashuri.

Because I understand that Hebrew Israelites have different texts, understandings, etc. from me and others like me, I will provide the following links HERE and HERE which details what exactly Paleo-Hebrew is according to Middle East scholars and Yisraelim/Yehudim (ישראלים\יהודים). I will be doing a video soon to detail the before mentioned differences between those who call themselves, Hebrew Israelites, and Yisraelim/Yehudim (ישראלים\יהודים).

For those who want to see the video, look below in my previous post or click HERE.
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Video Response: Wifey Material 2.0

The following is a video response that I did concerning the below video.

This is my response.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Walk of the Weary

A few months ago I read an article about an eighty year old man who is good shape. He spoke at length about how he keeps fit and when asked about his secret he basically said that he walks everyone. No buses and no cabs. His two feet serve as his primary mode of transportation. I can respect this since I love to walk everywhere it is a very rare occurrence that I use public transport.

It is both a matter of saving money and also keeping myself physically fit. Sure there are times when I am tired from all of the walking I do but I keep hearing from people that I have lost a lot of weight. I don't notice it as much because I have always had an interesting way of looking at myself. When I was younger I always saw myself as older and as I get older I now see myself as younger. Maybe that is the key to staying young.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Hardest Part

So now back to the basics. Today I had to travel to Tel Aviv to take care of some business at an office there only to find out that the office was closed due to Thanksgiving in America. I couldn't believe it, even though the office is based from America, but I guess the waste of the trip was the biggest problem. I haven't been much into Tel Aviv for a while just because of how some parts of it remind me of living in NYC, which I loved for a while, and at the same time the more seedy parts of Tel Aviv really bother me. Add to the fact that finding kosher food is a chore in many parts of Tel Aviv and I find that as I wanted to return to the desert in Southern Israel as soon as possible.

 Egged Bus

It wasn't always that way. There was a time, years ago, when I enjoyed certain elements of Tel Aviv more but now with time and age I just don't have any interest anymore. The worst part of it was that I was not able to take my laptop which would have allowed me to do some work on the book. I did a lot of the initial writing of the book on the buses from either Jerusalem to the desert or the bus from Jerusalem to work. It brings back memories to think of the early development of the book and to consider I am getting close to the final steps.

So far I am putting in the edits that I made to the written copy and I am wishing that I had done both at the same time. Then again the written edits were more of a framework of what I needed to do with each chapter and now I think I am getting a more rounded story. Currently, I am on page 62 with a total of 373 pages to check.

Currently, I am trying to describe the main character's reaction to being in a place where the inhabitants are behind the times so to speak and he must walk a very delicate line with them. The main fight I have right now is with various forms of procrastination, something that has plagued me for a number of years in my life. What keeps me going is when I consider the impact that this book I am writing will make when I complete it. I keep dreaming of the day when I will receive the book with its cover and will be able to tell everyone that I actually did it. I also consider that as far as I know no one has written a book like this from the perspective that I am writing it from and I keep imagining how it can change so many things.

I am still wrestling though with the book cover design. There was a time when  thought of going for the simple but a part of me thinks that I should go for something visually stunning. The advantage of the simple approach is that people may remember it easier when there is something symbolic and I kept thinking of something on the level of Heidi Durrow's book The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. Yet, I also thought of how epic the covers of the Dune books are and a part of me wants something like that. Especially since the main character of my book reflects a background that I keep saying isn't really represented in the sci-fi genre. I keep thinking of something epic like the following.

It all seems like a dream right now, kind of like how things felt when I dreamed of living in Israel so many years ago. There were times when I wanted the reality to hurry itself along so I could wake up knowing that I was in the reality. So with that I probably should get back writing this book so that this won't be some thing that I regret never having done.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Incorrect Translation: Part 4

As promised this is the fourth and final segment of my critique on false translations. IF you haven't read of PART 1, PART 2, and PART 3 please start there so that it will be clear what this post is about.

During the early version of my review there was someone who claimed that the a theory about the development of the Torah created by European Christians proved the BOY. For those who bring up the Documentary Theory aka the Graf-Wellhausen hypothesis in order to defend the BOY. This theory posits that the Torah, and only the Torah, is not a single text written by Moses but a series of documents collected over time.

The problem is that the Documentary Theory is about the different writing styles in the Torah and it is only a THEORY. There is no hard evidence that Documentary Theory is true, that is why it is called a theory or a hypothesis. Jewish and Samaritan sages, on the other hand, have discussed and can explain every segment of Torah and its transmission from Mount Sinai to the present era. If you read through the information you will also see how the Documentary Theory also disproves the HOY claim that their text is based on an original text.

The Torah Scroll

According to Jewish Law, a sefer Torah (scroll) should be preferably written on gevil. Gevil is a form of skin made from the whole hide, after the hair is removed. The precise requirements for processing gevil are laid by the Talmud, Geonim and Rishonim. They were reconfirmed as "the law according to Moses" by Maimonides, in his Mishneh Torah.

Gevil Torah Scroll

According to the Talmud (Tractate Bava Batra 14b and Gittin 54b), gevil existed during the time of Moses (approximately 1280 BCE); Moses is described as using gevil for the Torah scroll he placed into the Holy Ark of the Covenant. Elsewhere in the Talmud (Tractate Gittin 54b), there is testimony that Torah scrolls were written on gevil.

200 Year Old Torah Scroll

The oldest Yemenite manuscripts are those of the Hebrew Bible, which the Yemenite Jews call "Taj" ("crown"). The oldest texts dating from the 9th century, and each of them has a short Masoretic introduction, while many contain Arabic commentaries.

Jewish Claim Authenticity

According to Jewish texts from 2,000 years ago there are three views of how the Torah was composed. A first view states that the entire Torah was given all at once to Mosheh (Moses) at Mount Sinai. In the maximalist view, this dictation included not only the quotations that appear in the text, but also every word of the text. A second view holds that although Moses wrote the vast majority of the Torah, the last four verses of the Torah were written after his death by Yehoshua bin-Nun (Joshua). A third view holds that YHWH dictated four books of the Torah, but that Moses wrote Devarim (Deuteronomy) in his own words (Talmud Bavli, Meg. 31b). All classical rabbinic views hold that the Torah was entirely or almost entirely Mosaic and of divine origin. 

The Torah given to the entire nation of Yisrael (Israel)

Judasim further holds that YHWH is not a human and does not communicate with humans in methods that can attributed to human thought. As Rabbi Mosheh ben-Maimon (1135-1204 CE) who wrote in the Mishnah Torah and the Moreh HaNevuchim (The Guide to the Perplexed) explained that that the Torah was written in the words of humans with divine concepts as the basis. The Jewish perspective further holds that the Torah is written in different styles for theological purposes and understanding the Torah can only be done by understanding the Oral Teachings about the text.

Another aspect of the giving of the Torah is that the entire nation of Yisrael (Israel) heard and saw the voice of YHWH when He spoke. Thus, when Moses presented the Torah it was not just his word, the revelation was to hundreds of thousands of Israelites. In this light Moses and also later scribes could not change or fake the text because hundreds of thousands could attest to what the original text was. Judaism also holds that before Moses died he made 12 copies of the first Torah he wrote and gave a copy to each of the 12 tribes. Further, several Jewish sources such as Pirke Avoth and the Mishnah Torah list the names of all of the Jews from Moses to the 2nd Cent. CE who preserved the Torah from Mount Sinai.

Mori Amnan Yitzhaq writing the last letters of a Torah Scroll

From Rav Ashe (Talmudic times) back to Moshe (Moses) there were forty generations of great men; that is to say: (1) Rav Ashe, (2) from Rabba, (3) from Rabbah, (4) from Rav Huna, (5) from Ribbi Yohanan, Rav, and Shemuel, (6) from Our Holy Teacher, (7) from his father, Rabban Shim`on, (8) from his father, Rabban Gamliel, (9) from his father, Rabban Shim`on, (10) from his father, Rabban Gamliel the Elder, (11) from his father, Rabban Shim`on, (12) from his father, Hillel, and Shammai, (13) from Shemayah and Avtalyon, (14) from Yehudah and Shim`on, (15) from Yehoshua and Nittai, (16) from Yosef and Yosef, (17) from Antignos, (18) from Shim`on the Righteous, (19) from Ezra, (20) from Baruch, (21) from Yirmiyah, (22) from Tsefanyah, (23) from Havaqquq, (24) from Nahum, (25) from Yoel, (26) from Michah, (27) from Yeshayah, (28) from Amos, (29) from Hoshea, (30) from Zecharyah, (31) from Yehoyada, (32) from Elisha, (33) from Eliyahu, (34) from Ahiyah, (35) from King David, (36) from Shemuel, (37) from Eli, (38) from Pinehas, (39) from Yehoshua bin-Nun, (40) from Moshe (Moses), the greatest of all of the prophets, from YHWH.

Jews of Southern Arabia (Habban) Displaying their Torah Scroll

 In order to maintain the accuracy of the text a a master copy was kept in the Temple and used as the reference. Jews further list a number of Kohenim (Priests) who insured the accuracy of the text from the time of Moses until the present time.To see how accurate Jews have kept the Torah go to the following link where you can hear how Jews read from the Torah HERE. This is the proof of the accuracy of the text from the Jewish perspective.

The Samaritan Claim of Torah Authenticity

The Samaritans of Northern Israel hold that the first Torah was given directly from YHWH to Moses in the form of a scroll that Moses copied for each tribe. Further, the Samaritans claim that the Levites were charged by Moses with the task of making copies of the Torah for the masses. Similar to Jews, the Samaritans also hold that an that Oral Teachings were given to Israel in order to properly understand the Torah. Also, similar to Jews Samaritans claim that there has been an unbroken chain from Moses to the present era proving the same Torah that was given at Mount Sinai exists today.

Samaritan Abisha Torah Scroll

The Samaritans also claim to have a scroll which they say was written 13 years after the Israelites entered Canaan by a priest named Abisha the grandson of Aharon the priest, and brother of Moses. Information about this scroll can be found HERE on pages 11 and 12 and HERE. The Samaritans claim the Torah to have been passed on to them through a priesthood that can be found in he following list HERE.

 Samaritan Torah Scroll in Shechem, Northern Israel

The Documentary Theory

The JEDP Theory found its roots in Jean Astruc (1684-1766), the son of a Protestant minister who had converted to Catholicism, who speculated that Moses used existing written or oral sources in constructing Genesis. By analyzing a) the use of different names of YHWH, b) stylistic differences, and c) patterns, Astruc saw clues of a composite or editorial structure.This method of biblical criticism became known as source criticism, and Astruc believed that Genesis was written from two main sources, the Yahwist and the Elohist which he later thought was too simplistic.

By the early 1800s and contrary to the traditional dating of Mosaic authorship around 1450 BCE the idea that the Torah was written around 900-800 BCE was introduced. Other scholars developed this form of biblical criticism resulting in K. Graf (1815-1869) and Julius Wellhausen’s (1844-1918) 19th century classic the Graf-Wellhausen Hypothesis. Julius Wellhausen (May 17, 1844 – January 7, 1918), was a German biblical scholar and orientalist of the Lutheran Christian faith. Wellhausen’s work was influential, because he was able to persuasively correlate the history and development of the Torah with the development of the Jewish faith. This hypothesis became later known as the Documentary Hypothesis.

A more detailed description of the Theory can be found HERE.

Problems with the Documentary Theory

Today, as the result of problems and criticisms brought on by anthropological and archeological findings and literary analysis, very few biblical scholars hold to JEDP theory or to Wellhausen’s Documentary Hypothesis. Notice that in all of these theories none of the creators of the theories have evidence for all of the different writers they claim took part in creating the Torah. They have no names of any of the authors and all of this is  speculation. Further, the creators of the theory are Christian theologians from Europe, none of whom had contact with the Middle East. None of those who came up with the JEDP theories including information about for flung Jewish communities that had no contact with European Jewish communities and how their Torah's were virtually the same.

 YHWH's Revelation at Mount Sinai to Yisrael (Israel)

An additional problem for these theories is the Dead Sea scrolls. The Dead Sea Scrolls are a collection of 972 texts from the Hebrew Bible and extra-biblical documents found between 1947 and 1956 on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name. The Dead Sea scrolls disprove the various elements of these theory since the differences between the Dead Scrolls, the Masoretic text, and the Samaritan Torah do not match any of the theories for different authorship. All three groups conform in more areas than disagree.

Jewish Torah Scroll with YHWH's (יהוה) Name

Further, 7th century BCE silver scroll found in Jerusalem, containing the priestly benediction matches the text as it is preserved by  (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Also, if the documentary theory were correct the Samaritan Torah would have Elohim in it more than YHWH. Yet, the Samaritan Torah has YHWH in it more than Eluwwem (this is the Samaritan pronunciation of Elohim). The Samaritans descend from the Northern Tribes of Israel and according to the Documentary Theory Northern Israel used Elohim in their texts as compared to the tribes of Yehudah (Judah) who used YHWH in their texts.

Samaritan Torah Disproving Documentary Theory

This is the reason why when HOY members who defend the BOY when asked to provide the source from which the BOY was translated they refuse or ignore the request. What they do instead is demonize anyone who questions and their text even when the introduction to their book makes it appear that all that was done was to rework a KJV bible translation.

Further, YHWH guaranteed that the people of Israel would always have those who keep the words of The Creator correctly.
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Incorrect Translation: Part 3

This post is a continuation of PART 1 and PART 2. If you haven't read please start there so that it will be clear what this post is about.

This post concerns a comment that was made by of the HOY supporters. In the comments section of the review one HOY supporter claims that the following is a translation of Yermiyahu (Jer.) 23:26-27:

"How can you (scribes) say we are the wise, and the Law of Yahweh is with us? Behold, the lying pen of the scribes has written them wrong!" and in Yeremyah 23:26-27 - "How long will this be in the hearts of the prophets (scribes) who prophesy lies, yes, they are prophets of the deciet of their own hearts, who cause my people to forget my NAME for Ba'al (Lord), which they tell everyman to their neighbor"

It must first be noted that the commenter did not come up with this on their own. If one looks in the introduction of the BOY the same passage is quoted but without the word (scribes) inserted. Now this commenter of course ADDS in several places (scribes) to their translation. The reality is that both the translation is incorrect and the assertion that both the HOY and the commenter makes that the passage is talking about future scribes is also wrong. 

The commenter is basically repeating a part of the HOY theology. The HOY claims that scribes changed all of the Biblical texts and of course they have no evidence for which scribes and supposedly changed the text or when. Grasping at straws they mistranslated a text of legends that claimed that states that the scribes of the pre-1st Temple era (meaning Ezra) fixed the understand of the Hebrew Scriptures. The HOY further claims that a group of scribes known as the Masoretes who operated between the 7th and 11th cent. were responsible for changes in the Torah. For the REAL history of the Masoretes please see this page HERE and HERE.

The word scribes does not show up in any of the Hebrew texts. The statement in this verse in fact doesn't even have anything to do with scribes. In Yirmeyahu 23:16-18 it explains that this statement was made from YHWH to the prophets of Yirmeyahu's (Jerimiah) own time (circa 610 BCE). The following is a copy of the text. Please note that the word in Hebrew for "scribes" is (סופרים) and the word that shows up in the below text is (נבאים) meaning "prophets."

Yermiyahu (Jer.) 23:26-27 From Aleppo Codex

Notice the red boxes around the word (נבאים) "prophets" and never once does the word (סופרים) "scribes" never shows up in the text. Since we know that the Masoretes were never claimed to be prophets we know that this has nothing to do with them. Further, this texts talks about prophets dreaming and speaking falsehood. There is not one statement about writing so we know that a scribe has nothing to do with this passage. We also know that the commenter is also incorrect about the scribes trying to hide the name of YHWH (יהוה).

Check out PART 4 HERE.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Incorrect Translation: Part 2

So if you haven't read the part 1 to this post I suggest that you go back to the first part HERE. So now I will start dealing with the issues that I mentioned in the first post on this topic. In this post I will explain how the organization calling itself the House of Yahweh (HOY) in their text Book of Yahweh (BOY) changed entire names with no evidence for such. Below are a few examples.
If one goes to this link HERE and looks in the BOY table of contents (click on the right arrow 10 times) one will find a list of the names of the different texts that the BOY contains. You will notice some alterations that the HOY did on a number of names. Here are three examples.
  • In the Hebrew scriptures there is a record of Ezra the Scribe. In Hebrew his name is (עזרא). The BOY contains Ezraya.
  • There is a prophetic writing in the Hebrew Scriptures by a prophet who is called Hoshea in English. This is basically the easiest way to write it in English from the original Hebrew (הושע). The BOY claims that his name was Hosheya.
  • There is further a prophetic writing in the Hebrew Scriptures by a prophet who is called Ezekiel. In reality his name should be written something like Yekhezqel from the Hebrew (יחזקאל). The HOY changes his name to Yechetzqyah.
This begs the obvious questions of where are they getting these spelling/transliterating methods from? The reality is that they are changing names to fit their theology with no historical, archeological, or even textual evidence for their alterations. Here are a few examples based on the above.

Proof #1 - the name of Ezra

Proof #1 shows a copy of one of the oldest complete versions of Ezra from the Aleppo Codex. Notice at the top right how the name is written (עזרא) which can be pronounced in English as Ezra.

Proof #2 - the name of Hoshea

Proof # 2 shows the name of oldest text of Hoshea. In the top right hand corner it is spelled as (הושע). Now it must be noticed that in the second to last line the name YHWH shows up right before Hoshea's name. This line deals with when YHWH began to speak with Hoshea.

Proof #3 - the name of Ezekiel

Proof #3 shows one of the oldest texts of Ezekiel. In the right hand corner you will notice the spelling .(יחזקאל)  What also must be noted about the BOY spelling of Yechetzqyah is even partially transliterated.  the underlined tz denotes how they incorrectly mixed up two Hebrew letters (ז) pronounced like "z" with (צ) pronounced "tz" or "ss".  This could be considered an honest mistake IF it were not for the other alternations they made and the fact that they have had years to correct it.

Further, the Dead Sea scrolls have the oldest fragments of Yehhezqel (Ezekiel) and Pseudo Ezekiel. The Dead Sea scroll fragments also confirm this spelling and the accuracy of the Aleppo Codex text.

Pseudo Ezekiel Fragment - Dead Sea Scrolls

The HOY provides nothing in their book that even shows how these names would be written in Hebrew. It must be noted that the only response that the HOY has to something like this is claim that  Jewish scribes changed the texts to take out YHWH's name. This of course has no evidence behind it and also makes no sense since it isn't logical to take out the name in one place in and leave it in others. Also, if you ask the HOY for the individual names of the scribes that they claim changed the text they can't give you any. So they  then claim it was the Masoretes who did it. In my next post I will explain this issue further why the HOY is wrong in this.

HERE is Part 3

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Incorrect Translation: Part 1

This post is a way of dealing with responses to a book review I wrote on Amazon concerning a book that is being passed off as a translation of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures, Hebrew Bible, etc.). The book in question is called "The Book of Yahweh", which I will denote as BOY in the rest of this post. The book review I wrote can be found at the following link HERE. My review is the first review that pops up and it is called "Untrustworthy, and by no means a translation of any text" dated November 4th, 2005. The book review concerns a fake translation, the BOY, written by an christian style organization in America that calls itself the House of Yahweh, I will call them HOY for short. They are led by a man who calls himself Yisrayl Hawkins.

One of the difficulties with writing a review about a book that is falsely claimed to be a translation is trying to show people why it is a fake. Because Amazon does not allow one to insert Hebrew or pictures I am opting to use my blog as a way to post the issues. My reason for doing this is because I have met people who were misled by this group and others like it and it is often hard to show in a simple English email why said book is wrong. There is also a debate I am involved with in the comments sections with some members of the HOY so this makes it easier to present my points for reference. If you read my book review it will make it easier to follow this post.

So the question that I deal with is, Is the BOY really a translation? What is the source material the translation was produced from? For example, if someone were to tell you they have produced an accurate translation of a 3,000 year old Middle Eastern text in the midst of a number mistranslated works how do you know if their work is any better than the others that exist? Other christian groups such as the Catholics and Protestants have bible's that they claim are accurate translations how does one know that the BOY isn't any different than them? The only way one can know is by researching the issues.

A practical example is the following. If someone were to ask me how does the Hebrew text of Isaiah 8:20 translate from Hebrew to English, I would answer in the following way. (Translation) To the Torah and the testimony/tradition/witness;  if a matter doesn't speak like this, it has no dawn.

Said person may say to themselves, how do I know if Ehav translated that correctly? The obvious next step would be for said person demand that I show them what original Hebrew text I translated from. If I actually translated it based on a source then I should have no problem presenting you with the following. Further, they may also demand that I show the oldest versions of Isaiah to compare them to determine if there was ever a change in the text. My response to them would be the following. Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 8:20, in Hebrew looks like this:

Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls

Note: The last word of the first line is the beginning of the statement in question.

Further, you may look at the original text and express the reality that you cannot read it for yourself to which I can take the text and word for word break it down for you in the following way.

Translation - Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 8:20
"To the Torah (לתורה) and to the testimony/witness/revelation (ולתעודה); if a matter doesn't speak like this (אם-לא יאמרו כדבר הזה), it has no dawn (אין-לו שחר)."

The following words are really important for what I am going to be presenting. It concerns the words:

The above is from the Isaiah Scroll of the Dead Sea scrolls. This particular section of it states to the testimony/witness/revelation (ולתעודה). Now what one has to notice about this is the word (ולתעודה) is derived from the root word (ע-ו-ד), which means witness, testimony, custom. It is important to note that this root is also used for witnesses that are inspected for accuracy in courts. All of this can be found on page 589 of the Analytical Hebrew an Chaldee Lexicon as well page 1048 of Jastrow's Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Yerushalmi, and Midrashic Literature.

Another word in question could be the following.

This is also from the same Isaiah scroll and it states, it has no dawn (אין-לו שחר). The Hebrew word (שחר) means the early dawn between the time when it is still dark and about to transition into sunrise. All of this can be found on page 709 of the Analytical Hebrew an Chaldee Lexicon as well page 1551 of Jastrow's Dictionary of Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Yerushalmi, and Midrashic Literature.

If there is a possibility that I have mistranslated for any number of reasons than your question may cause me to either ignore you or to simply pretend as if you should just take my word on it because I am right. Any rational person would consider that they may need to look at the issue on their own in order know for sure. Anyone who reads this is free to choose to either accept, reject, or argue with my translation but they do not have to rely on for the correct understanding. Further, said person may determine that instead of trusting me, or anyone else for that matter, they should learn the languages for themselves and cut out the middle men.

This is the basis for the following posts about the HOY's book and though they are a christian organization in America I feel duty bound as a Jew to bring awareness to people who may be fooled by organizations like this who are basically put out a faulty product. I also am using this forum to respond to some of the HOY members who make comments in the comments section of the review. With this introduction I will post my further comments about the BOY.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update On the Book

So as I have said before I am in the process of working on a book I hope to publish. The is written and I am not going through and performing a first draft edit. What this means is correcting spelling mistakes and as much grammer as possible. There is also the issue of fixing any plot holes and making sure that the story flows properly.

Because I wrote the book in different stages of throught I have to take information that I came up with later in the process and intergrate it into parts of the book I wrote with earlier concepts. This I would say is the hardest part about writing a book. The idea of consistancy. Yet, on some level I have been thinking about this for years as I have seen movies in the past where there were questions or plot holes with no answers.

I hope to finish the review by next week and then begins the process of going back into the computer copy and implementing the changes. I have dome some of it in areas where I noticed entire sections missing more than likely due to computer errors. All and all the process is fun and I can't wait to see this thing as a finished product.

I can say that this blog has prepared me for this project in more than one way. Yet, at least with the blog I don't have to go back and check for editing. I can just write what I think and let it be what it is. So if you see mistakes in this post, please excuse them. I promise the book will be better.
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Monday, September 19, 2011

Writing a Sci-fi Novel

It has been a while since I have really maintained this blog so anyone is now reading it probably realizes that  a lot has happened since the last time I wrote in this blog. What is new is that I am working on completing a science fiction novel. As I write I am taking a break from one of the chapters that I need to complete. My hope is to finish it tonight and get it printed out tomorrow so I can begin the first draft review process. 

I am hoping that this novel, when it is complete, can change the face of current cultural literature. Currently, I don't know of anyone with my background who is writing something like this. It is my hope that I can take this concept and make it into something amazing. I will keep those who are still reading posted on how this goes.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

What People Say

When you live a life like mine you get used to the fact that people will talk, or write things about you regardless of how fair and how nice you try to be about things. Ever since I was a kid I have never really liked conflict just because of the energy and the focus that one has to have to maintain such things. Also, what is the point of conflict if it does not result in some kind of resolution that is either benificial to either one side or the other?

What I find dually strange about conflict and the people who willingly involve themselves in it is the lengths they will go to maintain their conflict and not the lengths they will go to make sure their facts are right. I have had this issue on several occasions such as:
  1. Once a person on a web-site claimed they had been arguing, on-line, with me when if they had just checked their facts they would have realized that they were argueing with someone else. Instead of revising their accusations against me, their false comments remain.
  2. On same web-site, due this person's incorrect comments, another person made comments about me that there was no reason for them to even make, because they don't agree with or understand certain things I have talked about in video. As if have a point of view is a crime to them and they are the beacons of all truth.
  3. I have posted reviews of books, several of which I have negative comments about the actual content of the books, and there are supporters of the book who don't debate my review but instead they create arguements based on incorrect assertations.
  4. There was a time when I took a side in an organization that I was once involved in and because the other side was more numerous I was considered a traitor. Afterwards I didn't fight them but simply went my way and did my own thing.
These things come up no matter what I may say at time or even how I try to present things. This is one of the reasons I even started blogging to begin with in order to express myself away from the conflicts of others. Yet, this all makes me wonder why for some being right is such an important thing. Why is the desire to be the winner so important to the point where a person is willing to throw away their common sense? All of these are questions which really don't have direct answers but as always I know of a way to deal with this. That is to say that if a person puts it in writing and makes it stick this is the way to set things right. It is a way to win. 

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Episode 29: Change

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The Blog is Back

Well, just when I thought I was out they pulled me back in. I am returning to blogging at time when I feel like I real must express what I have to say in life. I have done both the written blog and the VLOG and for a while I felt like I had reached the end of both but now I realize that there is still much to say. For now I will add some of the VLOG's I worked on while I was gone just for those who didn't know that I was making video logs for a while.

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Ehav Ever - Incorrect Article from Israel News Blog

So the blog is back for a little while. I didn't think I would start doing a written blog again, until I found out that someone had written an article about me and used a picture of me without my permission. There is an article I found out about that tries to play at the idea that Zionism can't be racist by placing my face on it in an attempt to show people if a person like me is a Zionist, then how can Zionism be racist.

They try to play up the article by acting as if they are describing an illegal racist zionist settler living in the west bank they link to this blog, and then use a photo of mine. The idea being the shock of somone reading the article when they see a supposed "black" face that the person will say, oh wait a minute Zionism can't be racist. What they don't realize is that this method does not work, and it is not even the point of Israel's existance.

There are several problems I have with the article and they are the following:
  1. The authors did not ask my permission before writing their peice.
  2. They did not ask to use my likeness.
  3. The article uses a token black kind of method that does not work, and has been proven not to work.
  4. I don't agree with their methods, and because I didn't agree to the article they misrepresented me.
  5. Their article states that I live in Maale Adummim, and I don't live there anymore.
Most of all if they had simply asked my permission I could have given them a way better article that does correctly represent me and my stance about Israel's existance in the Middle East. So if the owners of Israel News sees this post, I again ask you respectfully to please take down the article including its title.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Abir Warrior Arts Web-Site

The Abir Warrior Arts Web-Site has been updated. The site can be found at the below links.

English Abir Warrior Arts Site

אביר אמנות לחימה בעברית

Just in case you are wondering what this is about here are a few videos.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cold So Cold in Jerusalem

It January in Israel, and it is FREEZING cold. The good thing is that there is more rain, and as I have mentioned on my blog before we need rain here in Israel. We only get rain in the winter, which means that if we don't get enough during that time we are in for some difficult times during the summer. For the last two years there hasn't been enough rain, and this winter I had heard that we hadn't receiver enough. That is one of the reasons that the water rates have recently gone up. What this means for me is strictly controlling my water use.

One thing I can say is that when it does rain here in Israel it comes down in torrents. There has been news of flooding in the southern part of Israel in the Negev (Desert). These videos are from previous years, but you get the idea.

Back to the cold issue. I am sitting here right now typing this in my room and I am freezing. My famous heater has partially died on me, so at the moment what it is giving is just not enough. I may have to open it up and see what the deal is. One thing I can say is that I can't wait for the spring to come so that I can go out more. Okay, you can now disregard that last part about my heater not working. I opened it up and one of the switches is not working. So with a little bit of engineering it now works again.

So while it may be cold as the Antartic outside, the Chronicles will continue.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

My Blog - The Red Headed Step Child

To my blog, I have to apologize. I haven't spent as much time on you as I probably should. I have been spending my time with another love of mine, the film that I have been going on about. I'm sorry blog, but I had to do a lot of work to prepare for the showing of the film. The showing went well and I got a lot of good comments. Now I have to do some editing and a little bit of refilming. I really hope that I get accepted to the Mixed Roots Film Festival. Well, that is one story.

Next up, the season of the haters has begun in full swing. What it is that I get a number of haters, mostly on YouTube who seem to have two things in common.
  1. They all seem to have the same calender which they use to determine the best time for their hate mail.
  2. They all seem to work off the same script.
The first one I got was one of a person claiming to be Muslim trying to convince me to convert to Islam. It is funny how all my friends who are from Islamic families or from the Middle East are easy to get along with. These types of Muslims I get along with very well and we respect each others similarities and differences. Yet, every once and a while recent, or somewhat recent converts to Islam think that they can convince me of their religious points of view.

The next hater claimed to be a member of the fraternity I used to be a part of Phi Beta Sigma. This person sent an email with all kind of weird claims in it, not understanding the reasons why I left. In fact, this person personified some of the reasons I did leave and ended with threats against my person. Always comical and always something that seems to further press the point that sometimes YouTube can be the nexus of weirdness. lol Only one way to deal with haters.

In any case, back to my blog. I haven't felt like anything really warrented me posted to you of late. I have so much going on, but I hate to drone on to you with mundane things. At the same time there are some things of a political nature I could post on you, but sometimes I really hate politics. I prefer for the real the world to just kick in and eject the politics from life. This is what I think abot politics.

Okay, it is funny to me.

Hey My Blog, I did take recent photos that I uploaded to FaceBook......Whoops My Blog you weren't supposed to know about that FaceBook thing. Trust me, FaceBook means nothing to me. I only did it because EVERYONE kept bugging me about not being on FB. Please understand My Blog it wasn't anything personal. I do plan on getting back to you on some things that I want to write about. I promise.........because without you the Chronicles could not continue.
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Friday, November 27, 2009

The Drive

A few weeks ago something happened in my life. An awakening of sorts. I can't quite explain it, but I started to feel a deeper pride in being Israeli and being the type of Israeli that I am. It may have been when I viewed the completed first revision of my documentary, and I remembered the feeling I had back in 2006 when I completed the book that I was working on. The book still sits on my desk since I vowed to a family member that I would never publish it because of some sensative family issues crucial to the story.

Ever since this awakening a few weeks ago, I have been wanting to do more. That more can simply be described as longing and working towards living my life more and more by the logic of Yisrael that we call Torath Mosheh. There are many things that I had said I wanted to do, but I was to lazy to act upon them. There are things that I did in spurts, but something about finishing my documentary and editing it brought me back to an understanding on how important action is as compared to simply talking about what should be done.

Maybe part of the awakening was that I was letting other parts of my life overshadow my need to be logical. I enjoy so much the difference in a day when I know that I am being the best me that I can be, and how throwing away false logic can make all the difference in taking hold of destiny. That word, destiny, comes up a lot in my documentary and I can say that I get this from the influence my grandmother had on me. She made me believe that I had some grand destiny that I had to live up to. That was not the kind of thing I wanted to hear as a kid, but that is all she would talk about. When she passed away I realized that I had to do something with my life, and no matter what the cost I had to attempt to live up to all of my potential.

This leads to the other day I met with a guy who is going to do some drawings for me. At the outset he told me about a speaking engagement he had just done. He then went into his story. In order to be a Torah based Jew he gave up EVERYTHING. He lost his wife, his kids, his jobs, and a connection to his family. His wife divorced him, his kids told him they didn't want to see him, and he was going to burn in hell, and he was fired from his job. All because he sought out truth, and had a real desire to live by truth. His story really inspired me, and did something to me. I can relate to having to walk your own path to seek out truth, although I have never had it happen to the extreme level he had.

So I found myself this last week feeling so alive, and seeking to do more with my life. I found myself putting up Mezuzoth in places that I had been procrastinating to put them. I found myself doing Mitzwoth (Torah responsibilities) that I had shrugged off for some time. I also found myself starting to figure out ways to stand up for the right things. I love where I can go with my life if I continue with this drive and focus. There is something to be said about change and destiny, but I always find that Dune says it better than I can.

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Saturday, November 21, 2009


Ever since I was kid I was one of the those people who was sometimes the center of contraversy. That is what it means to stand between many different worlds. It is one the main points of the documentary I have been working. After some time I have gotten used to it, because the older I get the less I care about pleasing peoples' sensabilities. I am not the type of person who goes out looking for such things, and I don't believe in throwing my views in the faces of others. I simply believe in putting them out there, and standing on the ground that I am supposed to stand on.

I can tell you have seen some way out there stuff in my day. I have also seen a number of concepts and things that I don't agree with, but I don't feel compelled for the most part to comment on them or get into debates with people on them. The same freedom I have to be is the same freedom everyone else has. If there is anything that I just down right have a problem with, I simply approach on my ground i.e. this blog or on my YouTube videos.

Yet, with all of this I often get people who for some reason feel the need to approach me in ways that are quite laughable. Not only laughable, but remind of elementary school and he way kids pick on other kids. In the end, for me, such things are futile since a certain age most rational adults get past this stage and move on to more adult things. Yet, this is not the case with some.

One of the things I had to personally learn was to not waste so much time with these types of people. Some of them need conflict to, I guess, make their day go smoothly. I have found that there are people who need conflict in order for their lives to have meaning, and there are certain things that feed these people like a good lentil stew. So I made a decision that certain types of arguements I would simply ignore, others I would give a short time frame, and others I would dive right into it but on my own ground.

This comes up every once and a while, because I know that some of the people I am talking also view my blog. So I mean to say that I am still here, and things get better and better for me. More to come from the Chronicles soon.
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Quick Update

I am taking a bit of a break from blogging and vlogging to finish up the documentary so the posts will be a bit sparse. At the moment I am about 90% done with the film, and I plan on having a showing for it on December 3rd, 2009 in Jerusalem. That is a pre-showing to get people's reaction and determine what changes I should make before I send it to the Mixed Roots Festival.

That is all for the moment, but as soon as I finish there will be some fresh updates. Stay tuned.
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Friday, November 6, 2009

A Country For Old Men

So I had a surge of documentary energy this past week, and I put together some good material. The next phase that I need to do is about my childhood in Kansas City. Specifically when I lived on 73rd and Norton, which for so many years has drawn a range of emotions. When my mother and I lived there I felt like I was really a part of something. It was the only place I felt was home. It was a closed off community, not by design but by circumstance. It was the type of neighborhood that did not have through street traffic, but instead only two streets led in and out of it, and not in a straight line. This in a sense made the neighborhood a secure safe haven for those of us who lived there.

For me, it was also this neighborhood design that created a sense of exclusivity since it gave me the feeling that our neighborhood was the entire world. On one side of the neighborhood were the woods that were a part of a huge park, Swope Park, further inclosing the neighborhood from outsiders. I remember thinking that a certain street that led outside of our neighorhood led to a completely different world, and traveling beyond it was like leaving the planet.

Every kind of life cycle event affected everyone in the neigborhood and in the summer there were community barbecues at least once or twice a month. One of the things I enjoyed was to listen to the older men talk. I can't quite figure out why, but hearing old men talk about life and philosophy was such a joy to me. Maybe, because of the fact that my father had passed away when I was three, I saw in these conversations what I wished I had at home. I especially loved to see older men joke around with each other and the jokes that their wives never understood. I enjoyed their zeal for life, and their overly opinionated ferver for what they felt was right. I marveled at what things could be gleaned from the age group of 40 and above. My favorites were those old me that were the modest and reserved types. Yet, I also liked the talkative and joking type of old men that would come up with wacky nick names for us kids. I remember how even with how close the neighborhood was there were at least 2 families that did not have their stuff together, but you dealt with them on their terms and life went on.

Love Lost

I loved that neighborhood so much, and cherished every memory so much that when my mother told me we were moving I felt my heart shatter into 1 million peices. I hated the idea of leaving so badly that I even tried to sabatoge the move. We moved into a neighborhood that had nothing that I could relate to. No community, no friends of value, no childhood games, no barbecues, and no old men to listen to. For a time I let myself slip into the wrong crowd because there was nothing else, and I nearly fell completely away from my family logic. I secretly planned for years after we moved to somehow move back to 73rd and Norton and regain what I had lost. If not 73rd and Norton there had to be some place like it that met the exact same criteria.

I was fanatic in this and when my got my driver's license the first thing I did was to drive to 73rd and Norton to try and find a peice of myself that was missing. Yet, when I got there what I found was that the neighborhood I grew up in was no longer there. The place had become run down, and destitute. The house we once lived in was in ruins, and there were no longer any old men to listen to. I felt so devasted that the only reality I knew was no longer in existance. I felt for many years after this that I had to find this sense I had on 73rd and Norton again. Every place I ever traveled to after that time never met all criteria and there were no old men to learn from and listen to.


In college I worked in a lab with a math professor and a former commander in the Navy, and their conversations reminded me of my childhood. They were Dr. Freddie Frazier and Commander Kelley. Throughout the course of my working in that lab I enjoyed hearing the conversations between Dr. Frazier and Commander Kelley and I was reminded so much of the past. Yet, one summer, the conversation stopped when Commander Kelley died of a heart attack while he was cutting his grass. When Commander Kelley passed away things just weren't the same, and he and Dr. Frazier were such good friends and seeing that empty place where Commander Kelley used to sit was hard since I began to realize that I was living in a country without old men. I remember how about a week or so before Commander Kelley passed away he gave his 10 year predictions of where he believed that all of the students who worked in the lab would be. I remember his prediciation for me that I would be completely dedicated to my work. At the time I felt it to be kind of an empty predication since I wanted more from life, even thought I knew on some level he was correct. After that point I never found that kind of feeling again, and maybe this was why for many years I was lost.

A Country For Old Men

That was until I moved to Israel and I found a country of old men. At every turn here I find myself reminded of my life on 73rd and Norton. I find myself hearing, either on the bus, or sitting in the resturants that I am surrounded by the type of conversations that I remember as a kid. I love the things I hear old men talking about here, and it brings such joy to my heart when I encounter the conversations of old men.

Just last night I was waiting at the bus stop near a military base close to Latrun to return home to Jerusalem. There was an older man maybe in his 50's at the stop and he asked me a few questions about the bus that he had been waiting on. He said he had been waiting for an hour and it was already dark. At that moment another older man, also in his 50's, and immediately these old friends began to talk and laugh together. The second old man said he was headed to Jerusalem and he could give his friend a ride. He looked in my direction and asked his friend if there was anyone else that he knew at the stop. He looked at me with an expectation of Why are you not asking me for a ride young man? I asked him, if I could get a ride to Jerusalem and he said, What are you talking about I was waiting for you to hurry up and come along with us. Come on young man the car doesn't mind. Get in.

I made a few of my own jokes on the way back to the car, and they laughed. On the way from Latrun to Jerusalem I listened to them talk and a smile came across my face. The conversations they had reminded me so much of my childhood on 73rd and Norton. How they spoke reminded me of exactly how the old men in my past spoke, with such passion and 100% clarity and confidence in what they spoke about. They talked about a wedding of a young man and woman that they both attended. They spoke about how good the young couple was and how beautiful the wedding was, and how it was such a blessing for two such young people to get married and building a life together. They spoke in detail on how the wedding brought such joy to their hearts. They later spoke about how it is a mistake in Israel that Arabic is no longer a part of the formal education in the schools. They both were fluent in Arabic, being that they were Moroccan Jews and I caught a few phrases in Arabic here and there.

The driver dropped me off in Givat Shaul near the Jerusalem bus station. I made them laugh a bit with some of my wit before I jumped out and I wished them a Shabbat Shalom (good Sabbath). Then they sped off on their way into the Jerusalem night. I just remembered that just the other day I was at a hardware store and the owner struck up a conversation with me. He enjoyed me so much he invited me to come to his some at any time and we could have coffee together.

This is my experience in the Middle East and it is why I say that I am home, and I would never return to live in America or anywhere outside of Israel. Though 73rd and Norton faded away, the concept is still etched into my heart, and one day in the future I will be one of those old men in my country telling my own stories of my passion for life. Yet, maybe that is exactly where I am right now thus this blog and everything that comes from it.

This is my life and I love it so much for these are the Chronicles of Ehav Ever.

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