Monday, November 2, 2020

Emunah - The Vote that Never Fails

(Please Note: Rabbi Goldberg is not directly associated with this blog in any way.)
I'm in the room with former Wall Street Executive Business Language Instructor and Author-Producer of the My Love is One project, LeTicia Lee. She's sharing a few secrets that may help others survive the global COVID-19 Health and Economic Crisis. 

Ms. Lee initially seems a bit distracted checking off items on a list in front of her. But once seated, she closes her notebook and gives me one hundred percent attention. 

M.A_Shabbos Hi. Thanks for scheduling time to speak to me today.
LeTicia: My pleasure. It's an important topic.

Of course it is. Who'd you vote for? 

LeTicia: Watch the video.

M.A_Shabbos: Many people worldwide are feeling hopeless. So many are out of work and either running out of money or have depleted their savings altogether. What can you say to give them hope?
LeTicia: Well, first never stop hoping. Hope is free and essential to our well being. Just be careful where you place your hope and trust.

M.A_Shabbos What do you mean?
LeTicia: People are placing their hope in the outcome of elections, their government, jobs, the lottery etc. I think recent events, especially the impact of the corona virus, and the erratic weather have proven there are no guarantees in man. Only GOD can make guarantees and turn the tide for humanity.
M.A_Shabbos Oh, I see. This is a religious thing.
LeTicia: Actually, no. It's practical. It just seems religious.
M.A_Shabbos You lost me. I thought you said only GOD can help humanity?
LeTicia: I did.
M.A_Shabbos And that's not religious?
LeTicia: No.  It's actually practical and scientific.
M.A_Shabbos How so?
LeTicia: Well, when your smartphone or laptop stops working properly, where do you go?
M.A_Shabbos I take it to the manufacturer's designated repair site.
LeTicia: Exactly. Who's in control of the weather?
M.A_Shabbos I see where you're going. That may cover climate change. But what does that (GOD) have to do with the corona virus or the economy?
LeTicia: Everything. The "Manufacturer of the Universe" gave humanity an Owners' Manual. It's called the Tenach by some and Holy Bible (Old Testament) by others.
M.A_Shabbos Hmm. I never thought about it that way. You sure this is not religious?
LeTicia: Definitely. How many people do you know who have read the owner's manual to their car, cellular phone, or computer before using it?
M.A_Shabbos Very few. Actually, if I'm being honest, I don't know of anyone personally who has.
LeTicia: That's what I mean. Reading an owners manual makes one seem overly zealous. Yet if something they own of value breaks, they prefer to pay an "expert" to fix it rather than first referring to the manual already provided to get their device back on track.

Since I am one of those people who searches for the nearest support site online, I pause. Lee notices me going into mental over drive.

LeTicia: Don't stress your self. Almost everyone does it. I'm just saying that it's going to have to change.
M.A_Shabbos Something tells me this is not about rebooting my computer.
We both laugh.
LeTicia: You're right. It's not about rebooting your computer or cell phone for that matter. It is about rebooting your life, your family and your finances.Actually, it's an upgrade.

Oooh. Glad I stayed. Now I think we're getting somewhere. 

M.A_Shabbos So you're saying "The Universal Manufacturer a.k.a. GOD" is trying to reboot or "upgrade" my life? Or should I say the lives of our readers, their families, and their finances?
LeTicia: Exactly.
M.A_Shabbos Is the corona virus a mean sickness sent to slap us (humanity) over the head? Doesn't sound like a very nice Manufacturer.
LeTicia: The corona virus wasn't sent to slap humanity. Regardless of its cause, it was allowed because of the continuous inappropriate use of the most sophisticated creation on earth, humanity. 

Just as I am about to defend the whole of humanity, a list of "improprieties" run through my head like, human trafficking, the systematic abuse of black men igniting the Black Lives Matter movement, the explosive unjustified use of opioids, dirty politics and on an on. I feel like an erupting volcano and say so to Ms. Lee.

M.A_Shabbos : This sounds potentially catastrophic.
LeTicia: See what I mean? It's cause and effect. Physics 101. Practical and scientific.

I'm starting to feel kind of heavy. This wasn't quite what I expected.

M.A_Shabbos Alright. You said you were going to give people hope today. How do we (humanity) survive and overcome "the decree" The Judge has placed on humanity? How can we survive economically and stay healthy? Do we have to read the entire owner's manual?
LeTicia: It wouldn't hurt.
M.A_Shabbos Is there a Technician we can call?
LeTicia: Of course! But the "Technician" will refer you to the Owner's Manual.
M.A_Shabbos I'm lazy I suppose.
LeTicia: You're not alone. Most people are. But everything is now at our disposal to make it easier for you and everyone for that matter. Technology has never made information more accessible than it is today. Almost everyone has a cell phone and access to the internet.
M.A_Shabbos Will GOD make people rich?
LeTicia: GOD can make people rich and has done so in the past. But I think most people just want to pay their bills, keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Am I right?
M.A_Shabbos Certainly.
LeTicia: Then put GOD to the task. There's only one place in the entire Owner's Manual (Bible) where GOD says test this and see.
M.A_Shabbos I only just got one foot in the door. I'm not sure I want to "tempt GOD". Might piss Him off or something. Can't afford to be on anyone's $%#% List, especially GOD's.
LeTicia: No seriously. It's the secret to staying afloat during any crisis. It's also the secret to coming out of and staying out of a crisis.
M.A_Shabbos Okay. I'm back in. Give it to me. I'm tired of being in crisis mode. If not for me, please help our readers today.
LeTicia: Certainly. Let's start with Malachi 3:10. This is The Voice version, but look up any version of Malachi 3:10 for yourself. 

"To rectify this situation, you must bring the entire tithe into the storage house in the temple so that there may be food for Me and for the Levites in My house. Feel free to test Me now in this. See whether or not I, the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies, will open the windows of heaven to you and pour a blessing down upon you until all needs are satisfied. " Malachi 3:10

M.A_Shabbos: GOD needs food?
LeTicia: God is self-sufficient but relishes (food) in 1) Gratitude for what you already have. Thank God for everything. 2) The Golden Rule.
M.A_Shabbos The Golden Rule: "Love thy neighbor as thyself?"
LeTicia: Exactly.
M.A_Shabbos Are we supposed to be thankful for the corona virus?
LeTicia: Be thankful for the benefits it has brought on society. Quality time with family. Small children are grateful that they have become a mandatory priority especially being home schooled and parents working from home. I know it's been difficult for parents but children are a priority for GOD and they should be for parents. Some people get so caught up in getting ahead, collecting paper to provide a better life for their children than they had only to find their children all grown up and resentful because their parents were too busy to spend time with them.
M.A_Shabbos Oh, it's about the children.
LeTicia: Remember that many adults were once neglected children. Parents and adults overall are re-organizing their priorities out of necessity. Working from home allows them more quality time with family. That's also less time commuting and travel which causes less impact on the planet (earth).

"I would not come to you if I were hungry, for the world and all it contains are Mine.
13 Do you really think I eat bull meat or drink goat’s blood?
14 Set out a sacrifice I can accept: your thankfulness. Be true to your word to the Most High.
15 When you are in trouble, call for Me. I will come and rescue you, and you will honor Me.”
Psalm 50:12-15

I see.
LeTicia: Do you?
M.A_Shabbos So the erratic changes in the climate. Is GOD mad at us for that too?
LeTicia: I'm not saying GOD is mad at us. I'm saying it's all cause and effect - including the weather. Reaping and sowing. Ironically, many prayers being answered now were prayers made by adults when they were children! They just forgot! Careers they wanted. Goals they had. Family life they desired. They just got busy and settled for less.

Now I'm really puzzled. Not because I'm confused, but because she's really starting to make sense! 
M.A_Shabbos: Have I been settling for less?
LeTicia: We all have to some degree when we don't wait for GOD's response in GOD's time. We want answers now! I know I do.
M.A_Shabbos Me too!
LeTicia: But it doesn't work that way. Call it emunah (faith) or bitachon (Trust in GOD). You can't put generic parts in a Rolex or Rolls Royce and expect it to work smoothly. You are a sophisticated creation. You must call the Living GOD (Creator /"Manufacturer" of Heaven and Earth) to restore your life and get it on track.

My foot is tapping. My legs are shaking. I'm starting to feel it. I'm suddenly feeling confident and enthusiastic.

M.A_Shabbos What do I do? We do. Who do we call?

I'm suddenly tripping over myself. I always do this when I'm sold on a new luxury item I can't afford. 

LeTicia: Start with being kind to others.
M.A_Shabbos You mean The Golden Rule?
LeTicia: Yes.

Sounds easy enough. But that may mean I'll have to avoid certain people for now until I get strong enough to deflect any insincerity as it pertains to my well being.

LeTicia: Don't gossip.

Okay, now I see others will be avoiding me as well. There may be some "divine rationale" to this social distancing even if only to give us time to figure this out.

You mentioned "tithe to Levites". What's that?
LeTicia: Giving tithes to Levites means donating ten percent of any income you receive to a synagogue or shul that teaches Torah/Parashat. It's basically the original Owner's Manual in Hebrew. GOD always refers to the place where and to whom the instruction was first given.
M.A_Shabbos So 1) Be kind to others and 2) tithe 10% of your income to the Levites. Is that it? Anything else?
LeTicia: Refer back to Malachi 3:10. Do that daily for thirty days and see what happens. I call it supernatural insurance.
M.A_Shabbos So we're putting GOD to the test.
LeTica: GOD says "prove me on this". Test it. Can't hurt.
M.A_Shabbos What about those with no money to give a tithe? 10% of their paycheck or income.
LeTicia: You always have something to give. Do something nice for others daily for no particular reason.
M.A_Shabbos No strings attached.
LeTicia: Exactly. Do something nice for a stranger. Smile. Volunteer to help a cause you respect. Help a friend, neighbor or family. Use your gifts and talents to help and benefit others until you can find a company that can and will pay you. But remember GOD is the orchestrator. GOD will ultimately review how you used your time (a gift from God) and your money. Time is the one thing you can not get back. Use it wisely. Serve others using your gifts and talents. As you do, you will notice your life improving bit by bit.
M.A_Shabbos Every day?
LeTica: Yes. It's a conscious effort. But it must be daily. At the end of your life, you will see that you were making deposits into the Eternal. You will get it back with super compound interest. Give 10% to the Levites and put 10% into your own interest bearing savings account on earth.
M.A_Shabbos Oh we are being practical after all.
LeTicia: Yes. Actually all of it is practical. You just can't see it yet, but you will when you need it. People who saved a portion of their income are floating through the pandemic economically, but it doesn't protect them from COVID-19. Tithing to GOD, giving a little extra to charity or doing charitable deeds (The Golden Rule) does.
M.A_Shabbos Well, I think you've given our readers a lot to ponder.
LeTicia: Good.
M.A_Shabbos I hope it helps them.
LeTicia: I know it will. After they start seeing good results, they won't stop.
M.A_Shabbos Where can people go to learn more about your work and how you've built your emunah (faith)?
LeTicia: Still building actually. 

She peers at me and grins. I sense it's not an overnight process. But she makes me feel like I can do this.

LeTicia: They can go to www.TellThem.Live or
M.A_Shabbos: Excellent.
LeTicia: Thank you. Stay healthy.

M. Abrams-Shabbos

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Racing for Answers Starts at Home

These are sensitive, momentous, and pivotal times. People are looking for answers, solutions, cures, and dynamic social change for the better. They are stretching the boundaries of their faith and former beliefs. And many are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. There's hope. But sincere wisdom, knowledge and re-education is needed. Ironically, what most people are seeking is right in their own homes.

I've said it many times before, and I hope it is not taken too lightly, but at the core of everything we are a human race sharing one home, planet earth. Let's start with that truth. Would anyone disagree with that?

And if anyone had a life or death situation and needed a blood transfusion to live, I don't know anyone who would stop the surgeon to review the background (i.e race) of the blood donor. Do you?

That said. I've heard many non-blacks ask people of color what can they do to help teach their children about racism?

If one sits back quietly, it becomes easy to see the question is faulty. "Racism" is built into the equation so ultimately it will exist in the outcome.

The real question is how can we teach our children to love and respect every human being as if they were a family member? I know the question does not yet seem perfect as many of us don't like certain members of our family. But the truth of the matter is that most, if not all, of us love our family. We just don't like some of their ways.
The Creator actually tells us that it is a personal favor to GOD to love them (others) as you love yourself. Many of us learn this in grade school as the Golden Rule. "Love thy neighbor as thyself."

Honestly,  I must admit, I  have often had a problem with that as I came to notice how many people don't love themselves! So how could they love and respect me? They couldn't.

You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.Leviticus 19:17-18

So at the root of the situation, we find that many people simply do not love themselves. Many parents can't teach this as they are beating themselves up daily about their spouse, their past, their thighs, their grey or thin hair, job insecurity or lack of financial increase or stability for that matter.

And of course there is the false photo shop social media beauty and lifestyle images so many people strive for that don't actually exist. It all takes work, and it all begins with self-love and acceptance .Not all parents had self love, or were loved properly to pass it along.

In addition, most schools (school books) teach "skewed" history which has built in biases of white European heroes. Many of the school book images still lack diversity.  They don't reflect the colorful world as it is.

This subconsciously teaches youth that only the images they see in books, movies, toys and games matter. Those you don't see, don't matter. Clearly, that is not so. Never the less, that is the message.

The truth is that this world was developed by a multitude of known, and mostly unknown and forgotten heroes and heroines of all races. Many of us have family members that made major contributions to their family, communities and society the world over that first need to be remembered and celebrated at home.

Teachers can ask students who their family heroes are. Where is your family from? Who made a significant difference for your family? That starts the conversation to seek the good ON PURPOSE. It starts at home.

In doing so, it shifts parents' paradigm who previously may have only seen life (including themselves and their children) from a mean and ugly perspective to one of hope and possibilities. It starts the process of cleaning the mirror in front of them as well as the rear view mirror.

We (as a society) are very frivolous about the "value" of human life overall. Have sex. Get pregnant. Don't want it? No problem...

"It" being that beautiful human God is creating to help bring light into a selfish dark world.I believe the future will look back and bare witness to the overall careless insensitivity that our society handled such matters.

Think I'm exaggerating? Consider the Roman Colosseum. People gathered to watch hungry lions chase and tear apart certain people in the Amphitheater for sport. Several times in one day. Today, we would call that barbaric. Right?

Before cameras with smart phones certain white men with pick up trucks chased down and murdered black men for sport and even while certain police officers "looked out" while they did so like hunting season (See Ahmaud Aubrey). More have not been caught on camera than have, but God sees all. Until George Floyd, it was called "self-defense".

Hollywood movies and gaming are no better. The emphasis is on violence on almost every screen  in every genre. Violence has almost become a required film success formula. Sex and violence sells tickets.

It's rare to see people flinch at violent scenes on screen. In most cases it's applauded. The audience watches in anticipation while chewing excitedly on buttered popcorn and sipping bubbly soda.

What does that say about us as a society? What message are you (we) sending your (our) children?

Little do they know that the subconscious mind perceives EVERYTHING it takes in as factual. So youth (and adults) are unconsciously forming biases and callous responses to the loss of human life (real or imagined).

Toddlers and mothers are being ripped apart at the US (ICE) border with no way of reuniting them as families seek sanctuary. This happened in Germany before the Holocaust. It all matters. If you don't disrupt bad behavior, it gets emboldened. History left unchecked repeats itself.

If you want it (violence) to stop, then stop participating. These entities are filling the appetite of the masses.

Seek, demand and teach good values. Youth will then seek the good in themselves and others.
They will write a better history because they will not be working from a bitter past. The past is where they (we will) go to learn lessons so as not to repeat mistakes, but most of all to learn and gain a healthy objective perspective. I hope this helps.

Help affirm the positive. "Let there BE LIGHT. Let there BE JUSTICE. Let there BE PEACE." 

LeTicia Lee
Author of My Love is One (now also a documentary)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Passover Taking the Sting out of the CoronaVirus

The Book of Ecclesiastes says there's nothing new under the sun. But we can all agree that the coronavirus pandemic is one for the history books.

Everyone is looking for quick solutions. Everyone wants relief. But people rarely like the taste of medicine even if it's the truth.

However, there is an answer. God never allows or sends a plague without a cause or remedy.

Media doesn't have the answer. Nor does the government. God willing, neither of the aforementioned will stop those of us who do know. We (the people) determine the outcome.

That said. There will still be those who prefer to be lulled to sleep listening to the orchestra play a beautiful soothing melody while the Titanic is sinking. To them, I say go ahead. Enjoy the music.

I won't be sharing a music video today. But feel free to sing and dance after you take your daily medicine.

You may find this hard to believe, but there were some slaves who wanted to stay in Egypt when Moses came to set them free. I am not Moses. Just thought I'd throw that in since Passover starts at sundown. (sundown April 8 - sundown April 16, 2020). It's relevant.

For the rest of you, whether you believe the coronavirus was caused by a bat or one of those crazy tests in government biological warfare, it's been tried many times before. But unfortunately, this time God allowed it to happen.Why? After all, it could have wiped out humanity. But it didn't.

And it can't if people are aware of their circumstances and how they can make a difference. United, empowered with proper knowledge, faith, and a little wisdom, we stand. There will always be survivors.

But how? This is not "business as usual." It is not a time to be angry. It is a time of wisdom and unity. Once we come through this, and some will, we can address the "other" underlying issues at hand with certainty.

I have selected somewhat of a "lifeboat" video that I believe best describes the root cause and how society can survive this pandemic and help prevent future catastrophes from occurring. I hope you're listening.

Be sure to send whatever financial contributions you can to the gentleman teaching on this video.  You should always support those telling, sharing, and teaching the truth. It helps them help more people.  I hope you're paying attention.

                                              Please share this blog post. Happy Passover!

Please remember to support your local food banks. Count your blessings. Pray daily.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “You are my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the deadly plague.

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"if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14