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If your brother becomes poor

In America, predator lenders target the poor and charge them the highest interest rates of all. Predator merchants charge them the highest prices for their basic needs, including food. What would Yahweh think about this? The answer is found in Leviticus 25:35-38:
If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you.
(1) Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.
(2) You shall not lend him your money for usury.
(3) You shall not lend him your food at a profit.
I am Yahwehyour God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.
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The Case of the Persian Period Judaean Community in Elephantine

One important set of Judaean text betrays no knowledge of a “book of law of Moses” (or other sacred writings, for that matter), the Aramaic documents from Achaemenid Egypt, documenting the Judaean community in Elephantine (Jebin Aramaic). But another characteristic of the religious practice of the Elephantine Judaeans is that they were not monotheists. For instance, oaths sworn in a court reveal that the Elephantine Judaeans recognized deities other than YHW. To what extent other deities were actually worshipped is another question. Yet, the enigmatic “Collection Account” suggests that the Judaean community collected silver not only for YHW but also for the deities Eshembethel and Anathbethel. Further, the epithet “god/lord of heaven” could be used for YHW both in the context of Achaemenid officials and within the context of the Judaean community itself. See pictures and read article at

What does Adam represent for us, today?

What does Adam represent for us, today? True, his destiny is unique, but that is true for every one of us. Every man must believe that his every deed involves all other men. Whoever kills, kills Adam. Whoever kills, kills Adam’s vision, kills in Adam’s name. Every man should be Adam to all others. That is the lesson learned — or to be learned — from his adventure.
Nor is it the only one. Expelled from paradise, Adam and Eve did not give in to resignation. In the face of death they decided to fight by giving life, by conferring a meaning on life. After the fall they began to work, to strive for a future marked by man. Their children would die — never mind! One moment of life contains eternity, one moment of life is worth eternity.
Here again Adam differs from most other mythological figures. Though defeated by God, he did not wallow in self-denial. He had the courage to get up and begin anew. He understood that though man is doomed from the start, he can and must act freely when planni…

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Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown today (October 2, 2016)

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American New Year midnight partying and drinking bash followed by a day of football games. Below are two links that will explain much more about this special celebration. L'shanah tovah ("for a good year").