Rabbi’s Reflections – Sunday, April 24, 2022
Shavuah Tov,

Today we begin counting the omer.  We receive this commandment from the Lord… Leviticus 23:15 “Then you are to count from the morrow after the Shabbat, from the day that you brought the omer of the wave offering, seven complete Shabbatot. 16 Until the morrow after the seventh Shabbat you are to count fifty days, and then present a new grain offering to Adonai.

For 49 days, we count our blessings through God’s provision.  This year, we are going to do short devotionals on the sermon on the Mount contained in Matthew 5,6,&7.

Counting the Omer – Day 1

Here is the proper blessing to be said each day.  This is how Jewish people fulfill the command to count.

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעֹֽמֶר

Baruch Atah Adonai Elohenu Melech Ha-Olam, Asher Kid’shanu B’mitzvotav, Vitzivanu Al Sefirat Ha-Omer.

Blessed are You O Lord our God, King of the universe, who has sanctified us by his commandments and commanded us about the counting of the Omer.  Today is no weeks and one day of the counting of the Omer.

Mathew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  

This verse and the following 8 verses start with the word “Blessed.”  The meaning of the Hebrew word “Baruch” is “to bend the knee” or “bow down.”  It is how we start our Hebrew blessings, but that word is not used here.  Rather, “Ashre,” which is an expression of being overcome with joy, is used.  Now, let’s read that verse again.  “Overcome with joy are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven will belong to them.”  

Yeshua starts His “big sermon” with this thought.  To be spiritually poor is a good thing.  This connotes humility and one who is devout.  To be spiritually devoted is beyond desire; it’s not what you want, it’s who you are.  It requires the submission of the flesh to every spiritual thing.  Of course, that will bring forth a spiritual inheritance.  

“The kingdom of heaven will belong to them.”  These people, who appear forsaken in this world, (because they put value on spiritual things) will inherit the kingdom of heaven.  Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Ruach, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want.

Do you seek freedom?  Doesn’t everybody?  John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!  Live in the spirit.  John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no benefit. The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and are life! And the last word for today… John 10:10b I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly! 11 “I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Biblical Perspective of Current News – April, 2022 (partial month)
by Dr. Raymond Finney

INTRODUCTION: I began an experiment last month. On the last Sunday of the month, I may devote the RRs I write to a discussion of a few news articles published earlier that month. I hope to show how these articles prepare to fulfill end-time prophecies. By reading both newspapers and the Holy Bible, one conclusion seems probable– Yeshua is returning soon. Click on the underlined URL link to read the entire article. Maranatha!

►TITLE (DATE): 20 Questions The US Government Refuses To Answer (April 15, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Principia Scientific International ( 20 questions The US government Refuses to answer | Principia Scientific Intl. (principia-scientific.com) )

● SUMMARY: Interesting questions for federal health officials.

►TITLE (DATE): World War Three has already STARTED, say Kremlin state TV propagandists… accusing the West of wanting to ‘wipe Russians off the face of the earth’ after sinking of Putin’s flagship Moskva (April 15, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Daily Mail ( World War Three has already STARTED, say Russian state TV propagandists | Daily Mail Online )

● SUMMARY: Russian state TV propagandists claimed that World War III has started, after Ukrainian forces sank Russia’s Black Sea flagship, the Moskva.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: The Ukrainian invasion has recently become an embarrassing failure for Putin. No one knows the final outcome of this invasion, but we can know that the egomaniacal, totally evil dictator of Russia, Vladimir Putin, surely will take steps to bolster Russia’s war capabilities. Israel may next be targeted for Russian invasion– the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39). As I read prophecy, I believe this future invasion of Israel, doomed to fail, will lead directly to the rise of the Antichrist and the “peace solution” of dividing the Temple Mount for shared use of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. We really may be this close to the return of Yeshua!

►TITLE (DATE): Why the Term ‘Genocide’ Matters in Ukraine War (April 14, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Military.com (Why the Term ‘Genocide’ Matters in Ukraine War | Military.com )

● SUMMARY: Calling a campaign aimed at wiping out a targeted group “genocide” increases pressure on and obliges a country to act– partly because of a genocide treaty approved by the United Nations  General Assembly after World War II, a treaty signed by the United States and more than 150 other nations. Many believe Russia is committing genocide against the Ukranians.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: In the Russian invasion of Ukraine, we are witnessing what happens when a ruthless armed force– officially an atheistic armed force– wages war against a people at shalom. The Russians target civilians in despicable ways, through rape, summary executions of innocent people in front of their families, bombing civilian refuge shelters, and so forth. We will witness the invasion by Russia (Magog) of a people at shalom (Israel) in the War of Gog and Magog (Ezekiel, chapters 38 and 39). Fortunately, in this war Israel will not need to depend upon the likes of Joe Biden, the United Nations, and NATO; Adonai alone will bring victory to Israel and defeat Magog and her evil comrades. And, the Gog-Magog conflict is only a precursor to an even greater threat, a global threat– the Tribulation rule of the Unholy Trinity.

►TITLE (DATE): The war on lukewarm Christianity has begun. Will you fight? (April 12, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): The Christian Post ( The war on lukewarm Christianity has begun. Will you fight? | Voice (christianpost.com) )

● SUMMARY: Nearly all Believers understand that evil prevails at an alarming rate. We Believers are not called to run, but to rescue. We must lead in the battle, not flee the battle. God often shakes the physical to get us to respond in the spiritual. Our nation is being shaken to her core. Do you see the calamity, decadence, and perversion all around you? If so, then why are so many “Believers” stagnant, inactive, and lifeless?

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: In the second and third chapters of The Revelation, Yeshua dictated through the Apostle John letters to seven first century congregations in Roman Asia (modern Turkey). Many scholars agree that these seven communities of Believers (churches) symbolize the seven ages of Yeshua’s worship communities (church ages). (I will soon write a RR about these ages.) The last congregation, the Messiah’s community in Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22), was detested by Yeshua because its Believers were neither hot nor cold, but were lukewarm. Multiple Scriptures speak of Yeshua’s followers being lukewarm, apostate, and lacking in faith when He returns. We increasingly see evidence of lack of faith in Yeshua’s worship communities. Yeshua told the Laodiceans that He would spew them out of His mouth because they were only lukewarm. (“Spew” is a dignified translation. The actual word Yeshua used is ἐμέσαι [emesai] = “vomit.”) If Shomair Yisrael becomes lukewarm, Yeshua will look at us and think that we make Him want to vomit.

►TITLE (DATE): OPEC To EU: We Can’t Replace Potential Russian Oil Supply Loss (April 11, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Newsmax Finance ( OPEC To EU: We Can’t Replace Potential Russian Oil Supply Loss | Newsmax.com )

● SUMMARY: OPEC told the European Union that current and future sanctions on Russia could create one of the worst ever oil supply shocks and it would be impossible to replace those volumes. OPEC signaled it would not pump more.
● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: Many nations– European Union, India, Arabian nations, and even the United States– say it is too bad Russia has invaded Ukraine, but still purchase Russian petroleum. Petroleum sales finance the Russian military. Of course, Russia’s traditional allies (China, for example) are doing everything possible to finance the Russian invasion.

►TITLE (DATE): How many Americans think we’re in ‘last days’ of Bible? (April 11, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): WorldNetDaily ( How many Americans think we’re in ‘last days’ of Bible? (wnd.com) )

● SUMMARY: A new poll, conducted by The Joshua Fund, is taking Americans’ temperature on whether they think we are in the final days before the return of Yeshua to Earth. Persons were asked about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (which is, in reality, a proxy war between Russia and the United States). They were specifically asked if this invasion was what Yeshua meant, when He prophesied about “wars and rumors of wars” in the last days. Results showed that  39.8 percent answered “yes,” 40.3 percent answered “no,” and 19.9 percent answered “I don’t know.”

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: Of course, such a poll reflects beliefs (“gut feelings”), rather than knowledge. One reason the poll numbers show such low affirmative responses and high undecided responses may be that Bible prophecy is not taught in most churches and synagogues. Most Believers are ignorant of what the Bible teaches about the end of the Age of Grace.

►TITLE (DATE): China Stockpiling Nuclear Weapons Capable of Striking North America, At An Alarming Rate (April 10, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Daily Caller Foundation ( China Stockpiling Nuclear Weapons Capable of Striking North America, At An Alarming Rate – Liberty Unyielding )

● SUMMARY: China is racing to stockpile nuclear weapons capable of striking North America and “accelerating the development of more than 100 suspected missile silos,” The Wall Street Journal originally reported.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: [Yeshua said] “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must happen but it is not yet the end. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…..” (Matthew 24:6-7a) China will be a major force in the armed forces of the Kings of the East, which will move westward toward Israel for the Battle of Har-Megiddo, or Armageddon (see Revelation 16:12-16).

►TITLE (DATE): 761 acts of violence committed against Indian Christians in 2021 (April 9. 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): The Christian Post ( India: 761 acts of violence committed against Christians in 2021 | World News (christianpost.com) )

● SUMMARY: A federation of Indian American Christian groups says it documented at least 761 incidents of violence against Christians last year, including lynching and armed assaults. “The year 2021 has proven to be the most violent year for Christians in India,” said a spokesman.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: The Bible foretells persecutions and acts of martyrdom that will be committed by the Unholy Trinity against God’s people– Jews and Believers/ Christians– during the Tribulation. Expect increasing numbers of atrocities against God’s people, as we approach this terrible time. This article is but one of many– a sample– of many persecutions happening (and increasing) today. Many Bible verses address persecutions (see:  https://www.openbible.info/topics/christian_persecution ). But, Yeshua promised an eternal reward– the Crown if Life– for any Believer martyred in this life (Revelation 2:10): [Yeshua said] “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, so that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

►TITLE (DATE): Ukrainian girl, 9, writes heartbreaking letter to mum killed by Russian forces (April 10, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): The Sun ( Ukrainian girl, 9, writes heartbreaking letter to mum killed by Russian forces (thesun.co.uk) )

● SUMMARY: Mass deaths, whether in pandemics or war, are minimized  by the sheer numbers involved. Every death is more than a statistic, though, and many people are impacted. A nine-year old Ukranian girl, whose mother was murdered by Russian soldiers, wrote a simple, heartfelt letter in her little journal to her mum [British “mum” = American “mom”]. The letter, translated to English, reads: “Mama. This letter is a present for you on March 8. If you think that you raised me in vain. Thank you for the best nine years of my life. I am very grateful to you for my childhood. You are the best mum in the world. I will never forget you. I want you to be happy in the sky. I wish you go to heaven. We will meet in heaven. I will try my best to be a good [girl] to go to heaven also. Kiss you, Galiya.”

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: In previous RRs, I have discussed the horrific last days (the Tribulation). Unprecedented numbers of people will be slaughtered. We group these people unemotionally into statistics, but every person’s death is a shattering loss for his/ her family and friends. Little Galiya misses her mama, who was senselessly killed by a Satanic madman (Putin) in a bid to add land to his already extremely large nation. Neither Galiya nor her “mum” will experience the joys of growing older together and playing with Galiya’s children. Union General William T. Sherman is credited with the quote, “War is hell.” All soldiers in battle have probably come to this same conclusion– war IS hell. But, there is an even greater truth: those who start an unjust war surely must be bound for Hell. It is comforting that little Galiya has deep faith in Heaven, and we can hope that Galiya’s mother is now in Paradise with Yeshua, awaiting Galiya’s arrival to join her some day. Perhaps the Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians, best summed up a Believer’s hope for eternity (2 Corinthians 4:11-5:10; 12:1-10).

►TITLE (DATE): White House: Sex Changes For Kids Are ‘Life Saving,’ States Banning Operations Will Be ‘Held Accountable’ (April 8, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): InformationLiberation

( https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=63011 )

● SUMMARY: The White House said that sex change surgeries for children are “life saving” and threatened that the Department of Justice will hold states “accountable” for allegedly violating the Constitution by banning the macabre procedures. Life saving? Violating the Constitution? Really?

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: Presented in the article is a useful table summarizing methods of gender reassignment in children– social affirmation, puberty blockers, hormone therapy, and gender-bending surgery. Nowhere is mentioned God’s method of assigning genders, as recorded in the Book of Genesis. People who “play God,” whether politicians or physicians,  should read Ecclesiastes 8:13: But it will not go well with the wicked, and he will not lengthen his days like a shadow, because he does not fear God.

● PLEASE NOTE: It is easy for those of us who are “straight” (heterosexual) to criticize or demean those who are not. We must remain compassionate and kind. Gender-confused people are God’s children, loved by Him. So should we love them. I remind you of this truth, because I must keep reminding myself.

►TITLE (DATE): It’s Later Than You Think (updated April 8, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): rev310.net ( It’s Later Than You Think (rev310.net) )

● SUMMARY: To the Dispensationalist, the entirety of humanity’s short span on this earth can be broken down into clearly definable seasons…or ages in which God (who never changes) dealt differently with mankind in regard to his relational standing before Him (Ecclesiastes 3:1, followed by examples): For everything there is a season and a time for every activity under heaven: ….

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: After reviewing the various ages of Adonai’s dealing with humankind, the author concludes: We don’t know how much longer the Holy Spirit will hold back His restraint. However, if the past is any key to understanding the future when our [age] has reached its fullness, it will come to its inevitable end (just as the rest of the dispensations have– save the Law). Nearly 2,000 years since the Messiah’s death, burial, and resurrection, the end of our age is about to end suddenly and without warning.

● SIDELIGHT: Prophecy students point out two features of end-time prophecy:

Acceleration: Little happened to fulfill prophecies for many centuries. In recent decades– especially since Israel was reborn in 1948– multiple prophecies are being fulfilled or are being readied for fulfillment at a blinding pace. Heaven no longer is at rest, but is stirred for a momentous event. That event is the splitting of the eastern sky by the King of kings and Lord of lords–  Yeshua HaMashiach–   who comes in the clouds to rule the world. I only quote a very few news articles in this RR to show how Adonai is preparing to set in motion events that will conclude the Age of Grace. Time is fast drawing to a close!

Convergence: All prophecies are consistent with each other. Prophecies, in both the Tanakh and the B’rit Chadashah, revolve around one Person (Yeshua), as stated in the old adage: “The Old (Testament) is the New (Testament) concealed; the New (Testament) is the Old (Testament) revealed.” Twenty-eight percent of the Bible’s verses are prophetic in nature. There is no discrepancy in prophecy. One prophecy builds upon or explains another prophecy. As the Apostle Peter wrote (2 Peter 1:19-21): Furthermore, we have the reliable prophetic word. You do well by paying attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all understand this: no prophecy of Scripture comes about from a person’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever brought forth by human will; rather, people spoke from God as they were moved by the Ruach ha-Kodesh. END sidelight.

►TITLE (DATE): New Chinese Law Bans the Word ‘Christ’ on Social Media, Says it Causes ‘Incitement’ (April 7, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Christian Headlines ( New Chinese Law Bans the Word ‘Christ’ on Social Media, Says it Causes ‘Incitement’ – Michael Foust (christianheadlines.com) )

● SUMMARY: China has banned “Christ” and other religious words from social media apps. The policy also requires licensing and training to post Christian and religious content on the Internet.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: It is not surprising that such a policy is established in China, officially an atheistic nation, but this attitude will spread to other nations, as the world sheds any love for Yeshua and prepares to greet the Antichrist. Even in America, social media are beginning to censor religious thought. Yeshua knew this would happen (Luke 18:8b): [Yeshua said] “… But when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

►TITLE (DATE): GLAAD CEO calls for more LGBT stories in children’s programming (April 7, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): The Christian Post ( GLAAD CEO calls for more LGBT stories in children’s programming | Entertainment News (christianpost.com) ), combined with other sources

● SUMMARY: A leading LGBT watchdog group is urging Hollywood to incorporate more LGBT content into children’s programming, as it pushes back against a new Florida law that prohibits public school instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity for children 9 years and younger. The Gay and  Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) CEO expressed her desire to see more LGBT representation in children’s media.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: Alternate lifestyle proponents are openly bidding to rob our young children of their innocence and recruit them to the lifestyles they practice and promote. This call to indoctrinate our children comes on the heels of Disney ‘s president, Karey Burke, calling (in late March, 2022) for more “inclusivity” in Disney productions– fifty percent of characters from “unrepresented groups” (racial minorities and various LGBTQIA community members). Burke says the decision is just business– it makes commercial sense for Disney to show more gay and non-binary characters because Generation Z is “30-40 percent queerer than other generations.” (Proof?) Burke admits that her two children belong to the LGBTQ community– one is transgender and the other, “pansexual” (whatever that is). Whatever the cause for transgender, homosexual, and similar viewpoints, Adonai has a plan for humans, creating both males and females, and He has a plan for marriage– a union of one man and one woman. If you wonder whether the “woke” crowd is after your children and grandchildren, wonder no more– they are. Applicable are these words from the Bible (Isaiah 5:20-21): Oy to those who call evil good and good evil, who present darkness as light and light as darkness, who present bitter as sweet, and sweet as bitter! Oy to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! In another Christian Post article, not herein cited, the author reminds Disney of an applicable Bible verse (Proverbs 16:18): Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. I would remind Disney of a more modern proverb: “Go woke, go broke.”

►TITLE (DATE): Bible Reading Hits Historic Low in the U.S. (April 6, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Christian Headlines ( Bible Reading Hits Historic Low in the U.S., Survey Finds: It’s a ‘Tremendous Opportunity’ for the Church – Michael Foust (christianheadlines.com) ) See also: American Bible Society finds ‘unprecedented drop’ in Bible users | U.S. News (christianpost.com) .

● SUMMARY: Bible reading and usage are at an all-time low in the United States (American Bible Society’s State of the Bible Survey).The data also show  that despite the discouraging news about Bible usage, half of Americans believe the Bible includes “everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.” The 2022 survey registered a 10-percentage point decline in the percentage of Bible users among American adults, from 49 percent in 2021 to 39 percent in 2022, which was the lowest percentage ever recorded in the survey.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: Both Yeshua and Paul warned of apostasy (lack of faith) in the world’s inhabitants before Yeshua’s return. Failure to learn and apply Biblical principles is one certain way to achieve apostasy.

►TITLE (DATE): Top General: War in Ukraine Likely to Last ‘Years’ (April 5, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Newsmax ( Top General Urges More US Troops in Eastern Europe | Newsmax.com )

● SUMMARY: Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee, “I think [the Ukranian war] is at least measured in years…. This is a very extended conflict that Russia has initiated.”

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: In His Olivet Discourse, Yeshua clearly warned that an end-time sign is that we will hear of “wars and rumors of wars” (Matthew 24:6, Mark 13:7). Yeshua did not warn that these things may happen, but, rather, He told us these things must happen, even though the end has not yet come. The West– including the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and others– are faced with strong enemies– including Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. These evil enemies possess (or are developing) nuclear weapons, and they do not share America’s Judeo-Christian principles or love of freedom. In our future are multiple wars (Gog-Magog invasion of Israel; nuclear attack on Damascus, Syria; unleashing of the first four Seal Judgments and other Tribulation wars; run-up to the Battle of Armageddon; etc.). The United Nations, NATO, and the United States military cannot save us. OnlyYeshua can save us.

►TITLE (DATE): Accuweather Forecasts 2022 to Be 7th Straight Above-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season (April 5, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Reuters (Accuweather Forecasts 2022 to Be 7th Straight Above-Average Atlantic Hurricane Season (ntd.com) )

● SUMMARY: Accuweather forecasts 2022 will be the seventh straight above-average Atlantic hurricane season seeing the formation of between three and five major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour (178 kph). We tend to use “average” as a verbal weapon. Half of observations are at or above average, but half of observations are at or below average.

● SIGNIFICANCE FOR THE BELIEVER: In His Olivet Discourse, Yeshua prophesied strong storms (Luke 21:25b): “… On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.”


►TITLE (DATE): The Resurrection of Christ Was a Game-Changer (April 14, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): New American Prophet ( The Resurrection of Christ Was a Game-Changer | N.A.P. (americanprophet.org) )

►TITLE (DATE): Russian intelligence chief thrown into maximum security jail in shakeup over disaster in Ukraine (April 13, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): WorldNetDaily ( Russian intelligence chief thrown into maximum security jail in shakeup over disaster in Ukraine: Reports (wnd.com) )

►TITLE (DATE): Israel says Iran has nearly enough uranium for a bomb, as talks remain stuck (April 13, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): The Jerusalem Post ( Israel says Iran has nearly enough uranium for bomb, as talks are stuck – Israel News – The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com) )

►TITLE (DATE): 769 Athletes Collapsed During Games in Past Year: ‘Average Age of Cardiac Arrest Just 23’ (April 9, 2022)

● SOURCE (URL): Slay News ( 769 Athletes Collapsed During Games in Past Year: ‘Average Age of Cardiac Arrest Just 23’ – Slay News )

►►► BECOME YOUR OWN EXPERT: I will periodically offer Internet-based resources to aid your study. Today, I put many of the world’s newspapers,  magazines, and books available through your Internet device at no cost to you.

● NEWSPAPERS: Go to: https://www.world-newspapers.com . Listed by continents, nations, or states, you will see Style Tiles, which serve as links to many newspapers, magazines, and news sites. These news sources in English represent the most recent issues. Since Shomair congregants have interest in Israeli news, I provide this example: Go to link (posted above) > Scroll down to “Middle East” heading > Press “Israel” Style Tile > Available are links to approximately thirty-two Israeli newspapers and news sites. Clicking on any of these sites will allow you to read current news printed in that source.

● TENNESSEE ELECTRONIC LIBRARY (TEL): My wife is an avid reader. She has read hundreds of books, free of charge, through TEL. TEL is an online library which gives Tennessee residents access to magazines, journals, newspapers, essays, e-books, primary source materials, test preparation, homework help, genealogy records, career search, and more. Out of curiosity, I searched for a topic of possible interest to Shomair congregants– “Messianic Judaism.” I found ninety (90) Messianic Judaic magazine resources available to be read online through a TEL membership.

Any Tennessean with an Internet connection may gain access to innumerable reading materials, without charge and without needing to leave home. All you need is a (free) membership card from your local public library to participate in TEL. See https://tntel.info for more information. Or, call your local public library. (States other than Tennessee may have similar programs.)

● THE FREE LIBRARY: This source claims more than 28-million articles or books that can be read online (see: https://www.thefreelibrary.com ).

RESTORE MAGAZINE: Persons associated with Shomair Yisrael probably know that Tikkun America has started a monthly e-mailing to interested subscribers an attractive, informative e-newsletter in magazine format– Restore Magazine. Subscribe (free): https://www.tikkunamerica.org/restore-magazine/

● NEWS ALERTS: Some news sources will send breaking news reports to your Internet mail inbox, upon your subscription (your request to be included), typically at no cost to you. Because of Israeli news interest in this congregation, I include as an example The Jerusalem Post‘s Digital Library options for news reports that can be emailed to you: https://www.jpost.com/DigitalLibrary/Report . Sources other than The Jerusalem Post also send breaking news update/ alert articles to your computer, free of charge. Just search for them. ALSO: As mentioned last month, a conservative news aggregator, with dozens of daily links to news stories, is: Whatfinger News, https://www.whatfinger.com .

I reluctantly must stop today’s RR, leaving many, many articles behind. Today is a good day to start maximizing your time on the internet to make God proud of you (2 Timothy 2:15): Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth. Will the “word of truth” be found in silly social media sites? Truth  will certainly be found in God’s Holy Word. Shalom and Maranatha.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Sun 24-Apr-2022 23rd of Nisan, 5782  Counting the Omer – Day 1
Le 16:1-17 Isa 48 Pr 27 (Mt 13:31–58) 1 Jn 3