May You Have an Easy Fast

Tomorrow night is Erev Yom Kippur- the evening that begins the Holy Day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. This is one of the holiest days of the Jewish year.  It is a commanded day of gathering together (although this is not one of the “Big Three” where you need to go to the…

Bruck’s 3 Rules of Prayer

Everyone has rules, and I have my own rules for prayer. Rule #1: God always hears your prayers. There are places in the Bible where God says He will not hear us. For instance: 1 Samuel 8:18 (And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and…

SWISH

How many times do we find ourselves looking back at a situation and thinking, “Why did I get so upset?” I know I do, and then I add to that, “And what was I thinking (or not thinking) when I said/wrote that?” It’s funny how we always blow everything up from manageable to unmanageable. You…

Parashah Beha’alotcha (Numbers 8:1-12:15) When you set up…

We begin this portion of the Torah with the lighting of the menorah. The Tabernacle has been constructed and anointed, then Aaron and his sons, now the menorah is lit and Aaron is told that he and his descendants are the ones blessed and honored to perform that duty. The Levites are separated, cleansed and appointed…

Parashah Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89) “Take”

This reading starts with a census of the Levitical clans so that the number of those who are able to do service in the Tent of Meeting can be counted. The age range for service is from 30 to 50 years old. It also outlines the regulations about restitution for sin against each other, the Water of…

Power of Prayer or Power of God?

I was waiting at the hospital yesterday for Donna to finish a procedure and the TV had on one of those “daily” shows, which was talking about a “miracle” kid whose parents state that he has survived because of the power of prayer. Although I was intently playing on my laptop, I stopped to listen for a…

Do You Really Mean It?

Have you ever complimented someone, then they returned a compliment to you, but you knew that they were just saying something because they thought they should? Did it really mean anything to you? When you pray to the Lord, do you really mean it? I’m not talking about when you ask for something you want,…

The Ultimate Anger Management Tool: Prayer

There are a number of things that just can’t be done in this life: 1. You can’t scratch your ear with your elbow; 2. You can’t make a leopard change its spots; 3. You can’t make the person ahead of you in line go faster; and 4. You can’t stay angry with someone when you…

Is God Really Invisible?

We often hear about the “Invisible God” of the Jews. Whereas the pagan worshipers of old had gods that one could see and feel, the Hebrew God was an invisible god that no one had ever seen. And, for the most part, God is invisible. Good thing, too, since He tells Moshe that no human…