isaac jacob and esau

This weeks Old Testament (Torah) portion reading is from the book of Genesis. It is named “generations.” It is so named because it begins with the words “Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac” (Genesis 25:19). It tells us the story of the birth of Jacob and Esau and their struggle for the birthright and blessing of their father, Isaac. We also learn about Isaac’s trials and difficulties in the land of Canaan. The portion concludes with Jacob’s deception of Isaac in order to procure the family blessing. Genesis 25:19-28:16 And so it is our friends, in every generation their are struggles in the outer world. There are struggles and conflicts within families, groups, religions and nations. There are also struggles and conflicts between them. Struggle and conflict is part of Creation. All things change in the outer world and change brings conflict and struggle. As a human being you can physically touch things that are within three feet of you in the outer world. However you can affect and change your inner world. Through the consciousness of Abraham (the father of Christians, Muslims and Jews) we realize that ALL of Creation and ALL generations are connected and one through the Divine Force. Our consciousness of the connection and ONENESS with CREATION brings an inner peace in a world of change. Amen. ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED

genesis

Adam and Eve, in the tradition of Abraham father of Christians, Muslims and Jews, were the first humans. Eve gave birth to Cain. Then she gave birth to his brother Abel. Abel became a shepherd of a flock. Cain cultivated the land. In the course of time, Abel lived in Unity with the Spirit that flows through ALL of Creation and appropriately sacrificed physical comfort to live in Unity. Cain, however, lived in separateness connecting with the physical rather than the Spirit that connects the ALL and did not appropriately sacrifice the physical to live in Unity. Abel, through living harmoniously with the Spirit that connects the ALL lived with Inner Peace. Cain, in his disconnection, was left tormented and angry. Cain was furious and he was downcast because the physical things left him disconnected from the Spirit that connects the ALL. And why are you furious? And why are you downcast? If you do right and live in Unity with the Spirit that connects ALL of Creation, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do right and connect with physical things, rather than the Spirit that connects ALL, loneliness, torment and anger will destroy you. The desire is for you to be One with Creation, but you must master it over your desire for the physical. But Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Genesis 4:1-8 And so you see my friends, the story of Cain and Abel is at the root of all human conflict, loneliness, torment and misery. Amen

genesis

Then the Spirit of Creation formed a man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:27 And so it is my friend, we are all formed with the Spirit of the Creator as part of our souls. It is breathed into us from Creation. The consciousness of our connection with each other and the Spirit of Creation lies buried in each of our souls and we find it each and every day in each other and the world around us. That consciousness will change the way we spend our days. It will shape our relationships with family friends and strangers. When we reach out to another in connection of our Spirits, we are not only connecting with the other, we are connecting with our own soul and the Spirit that Connects ALL of Existence. Where do we connect with this Spirit. In the love of our children. In the hand of our wife. In the touch of the sun upon our face. In the warmth of a smile from a stranger. In a kind word and a gentle hug. Our true strengths lie in these connections. We ALL want to be a living being. A be-ing of aliveness. For when we are truly alive our heart is conscious of and emulates and is in harmony with the Spirit of Creation. Rabbi David Burstein- Spiritual Guide Shalom, Salam, Inner Peace on this day of rest and ALL days:)

abraham

“as he sat by the opening of his tent in the heat of the day.” Abraham was sitting by the entrance of his tent. The midrash tells us that Abraham’s tent was open on all sides so that he could see visitors coming from any direction (Genesis Rabbah 48:9 411). So you see our friends, Abraham, from whom all Muslims, Christians and Jews are spiritual descendants, saw the Life Spirit in ALL of Creation and that we are part of that Life Spirit. He was able to not only open his tent on all sides to welcome the stranger but also open his mind on all sides to welcome the power and interconnectedness of ALL of Creation and ALL beings. How much can we learn today about our own global consciousness from this openness exemplified by Abraham. In nature, the Spirit of Creation bubbles to the surface all around us in the life force of all creatures. As a shepherd, Abraham knew every nook and cranny, every blade of grass and wadi spring. He was a mystic of the natural world , whose gentle touch could welcome the stranger looking for rest and comfort a sheep lost in the desert. If we can open to seeing the Spirit in the ALL that we come in contact with everyday, the the example of Abraham will come to each of our lives. Look to the natural world as you look into each other’s eyes with compassion searching for connection and ONENESS with the Spirit of Creation and each other. David Burstein- Rabbi/ Spiritual Guide So on this Day of Rest, open you tent to connect with each other and the Life Source of Creation to which we are eternally connected and ONE. Amen

abraham

“I will make you Abraham into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 How is Abraham a blessing? The consciousness of the experience of Abraham, father of Muslims, Christians and Jews, of connection and ONENESS with the FORCE that CONNECTS all of EXISTENCE is a pathway to INNER PEACE, It is because Abraham brought us this consciousness that we know we are not alone. For it was in his acceptance and openness to a consciousness greater than himself that he makes us realize that we are connected. He opens his heart and mind to the possibility far beyond the physical realm. Far beyond worship of objects. That a consciousness of global and universal reach is not only possible it is definite for those willing to be as he was in the wilderness accepting the ONENESS of CREATION. Abraham provides the consciousness of great transcendence. He is not exclusive to one path or one religion because in his shift of consciousness to the FORCE that CONNECTS ALL he transcended any one definition. In his willingness to travel a new path he gives all of us a glimpse of what is possible if we are willing to establish a new consciousness. Where we are conscious of our ONENESS and CONNECTION, then religions see their commonalities instead of their differences. Where the color of skin , the sound of language or country in which we reside only serves as a different view point to learn about and appreciate our true common SPIRIT within each of us and the SPIRIT that connects and is ONE with ALL of Existence. Then we truly will see each other as blessings. On this day of rest, may we consciously connect with the Spirit of the Divine and be grateful for our Blessings- AMEN

abraham

At this time of year, we read about Abraham, the spiritual father of Christians, Muslims and Jews in the Torah (Old Testament) portions. Abraham was very different. He was a man among men. He and his wife Sarah not only discovered the Force that connects and is ONE with ALL of Creation- but made it their life’s mission to teach the world about the connection and ONENESS of the great Spirit- to spread the truth and beauty of its ways to ALL who would hear. Their house was open to ALL. All guests and travelers would be fed and cared for, and would be enlightened as to the true source of the food they had just been graced with (Talmud Sotah 10b). And when others were threatened- even those in Sodom whose disconnection from each other and the great Spirit threatened to destroy them- Abraham dropped all and prayed for their salvation (Genesis 18:20-33). “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do the things Abraham did”. Prophet Muhammad asserted that Abraham is the patriarch of Islam because he “surrendered himself to Allah”. May PEACE be upon you our sisters and brothers:) As-salamu Alaykum:) Shalom Aleichem:)

joseph

Joseph is an important person in the Hebrew Bible and in the Quran, where he connects the story of Abraham (the fathr of Christian, Muslims and Jews), Isaac and Jacob in Canaan to the subsequent story of the liberation of the descendants from slavery in Egypt. Joseph’s father Jacob favored him and gave Joseph a coat of many colors as a gift. As a result, he was envied by his brothers, who saw the special coat as his father liking him the best and an indication that Joseph would assume family leadership. His brothers’ suspicion grew when Joseph told them of his two dreams (Genesis 37:11) in which all the brothers bowed down to him. The narrative tells that his brothers plotted against him when he was 17, and would have killed him had not the eldest brother Reuben interposed. He persuaded them instead to throw Joseph into a pit and secretly planned to rescue him later. However, while Reuben was absent, the others dragged Joseph up and sold him to the merchants for 20 pieces of silver. The brothers then dipped Joseph’s coat in goat blood and showed it to their father, saying that Joseph had been torn apart by wild beasts. The Book of Genesis, then, tells that despite Joseph being sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, he rose to become the most powerful man in Egypt next to Pharaoh. Genesis 37:1-36 So you see my friend, Joseph reached the point of total despair. He was totally alone, abandoned by his family and sold into slavery. Yet through the depths of his despair and depression, he found his faith in the Holy Spirit that connects and is ONE with ALL people, Creation and Creator. Through that faith he rose again through connection and ONENESS with others and Creator and created his own family and prospered and became the link between Abraham and Moses. AMEN

Creation-In-the-Beginning

GENESIS CHAPTER 1 1 In the beginning, the FORCE that connects and is ONE with ALL of Existence connected and held together the physical solid, liquid and gasious matter and it and the Force was ONE. 2 And ALL was without form, and void; and darkness was upon Existence. 3 And the FORCE that connects ALL was LIGHT: and there was LIGHT. 4 And the FORCE that connects ALL divided the LIGHT from the darkness. 5 And from the LIGHT came the day and night and it was connected to the LIGHT. 6 And the LIGHT divided land, water and space. 7 And the land, water and space were connected to the LIGHT of CREATION. Abrahamic (Spiritual) Judaism- One People World United Version The image is called “The Pillars of Creation” and was taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. AMEN

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GENESIS– (CHAPTER 1:8-17) 8 And the FORCE that is ONE and connects Existence brought Light to the earth and divided the seasons, the days, and years. 9 And the LIGHT, years, seasons, and days were connected and ONE in CREATION. 10 And the LIGHT touched the earth and the water and mixed them and brought forth plants, and touched the plants yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, grass yielding seeds and whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and it was connected to the ONE. 11 And the LIGHT mixed earth and water and there was life. 12 And all the types of plants and vegetation were connected to the ONE in CREATION 13 And the LIGHT shone unto the waters and brought forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, the birds that fly above the earth, the fish that are in the seas. 14 And every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, which the LIGHT lit the Life Force in the fish that swim the seas and the birds that fly above the earth and each with the ability fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 15 And the LIGHT separated the fish and the birds and they were connected in the ONE of CREATION. 16 And the LIGHT that shone on the earth mixed with water and brought forth the living creature that roamed the earth and each with the ability to be fruitful, and multiply, and fill and multiply in the earth. 17 And the LIGHT separated the Creatures and they were connected to the ONE in CREATION. ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED EDITION

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GENESIS- CHAPTER 1: 18-21 18. And the LIGHT that shone mixed the earth and the water and brought forth man on earth with the ability to be fruitful and multiply, and fill and multiply on the earth. 19 So Spirit was created in man in the same Spirit as the Divine, in the image of Divine Spirit which created him; male and female created in them. 20 And the LIGHT created man and woman with the ability to pass the LIGHT to other generations and be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and care for it. 21 And the FORCE that connects and is ONE with existence separated Man and WOMAN and they were connected in the ONE of CREATION. ABRAHAMIC (SPIRITUAL) JUDAISM- ONE PEOPLE WORLD UNITED- EDIITION