The Amidah


The Amidah also known as ha-Tefilah; also called the Shmoneh Esreh or “The Eighteen Benedictions” (now 19 plus) is prayed twice (or 3x’s) a day by the Rabbinic Orthodox. Some Messianic Leaders (Rabbi, Pastor, Congregational Leader, etc) also seek to press this prayer into rank and file personal adherence. They substantiate this doing so by sighting the ‘Our Father’ (Lord’s) prayer of Mt.6:9 as being (allegedly) ‘part’ of the Amidah. Whalla/Viola – poof; I guess if its part (1/18th more or less) it is! – Huh???

First of all; this model prayer (Mt.6:9-13) comes after the admonishment of Mt.6:7;Mat 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (heathen – fromG1484 includes ‘a tribe’)

The Amidah (formalized 5th century B.C.E to after 70 C.E.) is a centuries old Pharisaic/Rabbinic ready packaged canned formula prayer (this would constitute ‘vain repetitions’) recited twice to three times a day (this would constitute ‘much speaking’).

Where’s the heart? – Where’s the emotion? – Where’s the honest relationship? Abraham and Moses spoke to Yah as with a friend – David was a man after Yah’s own heart – no ‘canned’ prayer involved! David wrote Psalms with passion and heart – no Psalmidah.

One anomaly of “The Eighteen (now 19 plus) Benedictions” is that Prayer Num. #19 (attributed to Shmuel ha-Katan or Samuel the Younger) is against the ‘minim’ (heretics) that purportedly included the Sadducees to Believers in Yahshua. Some versions of the Amidah attribute this prayer as the 19th of 19 some other versions attribute it as 12th of 19 – either way it makes the “Eighteen Benedictions” a 19 count.

Prayer 19 (12) – Concerning the ‘Minim’ (Heretics)

“May there be no hope for slanderers, and may all wickedness instantly perish, and may all Your enemies quickly be destroyed. May You quickly uproot, smash, destroy, and humble the insolent quickly in our day. Blessed are You, Adonai, who smashes his enemies and humbles the insolent.”

Doesn’t look much like ‘love your enemies’ or ‘pray for those who spitefully use you’ or ‘turn the other cheek’ now does it?

Prayer # 10 is of particular interest for it is for the ‘return of the exiles’. The exiles are the lost 10 tribes. The lost 10 tribes are not Jews from the House of Judah. They are and will be the returning House of Israel. They will be returning with the same gifts and calling Yah originally gave (Rom.11:29). This includes the ‘Double Portion Birthright’ pre-eminence tribe of Joseph with Ephraim and Manasseh which involves the 2 sticks of Ezk.37 and the ‘Two House Theory’ with All of Israel coming together as ‘one’.

May that day come – Blessings


The Kol Nidre

Still another example to the contradiction of Torah and the 613 laws that again involves both the Messianic and the Orthodox alike is found just 10 Days later in a formal prayer recited during of all things; the Commanded ‘convocation’ of the Day of Atonement. Continue reading

The Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur

The Day of Atonement / Yom Kippur

Lev 23:27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto YHWH. 

Clearly no fire is involved in modern atonement proceedings – a clear commandment break. Continue reading

Clearing Up the Confusion Between the Melchizedek and Levitical Priesthoods

This just in Torah Fans

Basically the Melchizedek Priesthood spanned from Adam to Moses (Rom 5:14) until the Gold Calf Covenant Break of Israel (Ex.32); thrusting the people into a Levitical Priesthood (Heb.7:11) – Until Yahweh re-established the Melchizedek Priesthood thru Yahshua (Ps.110:1-4 / Heb.7:20-24).  Continue reading

Ever Wonder Why Rabbi’s Say Not to Eat Meat and Milk Together?

Shalom – Ever wonder why Rabbis say not to eat meat and milk together;

“This is to avoid any possibility of “seething” a kid in the milk of its mother, meaning to cook the meat of one animal in the milk of that animal’s own mother which the Torah tells us is an abomination to G-d. The Talmud then interprets this as a ban on cooking any meat and milk together, or eating such a mixture which is known as basar bechalav – this rules out cheeseburgers and certain candies which may contain both dairy and gelatine – as the rabbis who created the Talmud could find no reason for this rule, it is designated one of the Chukim – those of the 613 Mitzvot (commandments) for which there is no apparent reason… Continue reading

Ever Hear of the Rabbi’s Tale of the Pomegranate?

Ever hear the Rabbi tale of the pomegranate? How it’s supposed to have 613 seeds? A supposed verification of the 613 laws. 

Well; depending on where you are in the world the pomegranate can have as few as less than 170 seeds or over 1300.