UI 077: Visions of the Anointed: Dehumanization & Globalization

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We are approaching a tipping point in our world.   A very patient and tireless crowd (ie. the "elites") has influenced the masses into being lulled to believe what the media reports is truth, what the experts say is irrefutable, and what celebrities say is significant and important.  While our society maybe very literate compared to our recent past, it makes no difference because they lack the … [Read more...]

UI 076: God and His 13 Attributes

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This episode is a podcast featuring a class I recently taught on the book of Exodus.  In this particular class we focused on Exodus 33:21 -34:7. Exodus 33 (NIV) 21Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23Then I will remove my hand and you will … [Read more...]

UI 074: 3 Lessons For Starting Over

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Sometimes I talk about ultimate issues in the big, global, macro arena and other times it's a small, personal, micro subject.  This week's topic, while a big deal, is more of a micro, personal subject. The Issue is about  Starting Over... Too often people quit before they ever start... and that is definitely a problem (you can check out my very first podcast for more on that … [Read more...]

UI 073: Why Be Happy?

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Since we are celebrating Sukkot, and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Festival of Booths) is supposed to be JOYOUS, I figure I should do a show on happiness.  After all, God commands us to be happy for Sukkot so it must be an ultimate issue. But first, some questions. Why should we be happy?  Should we be happy?  What does it really mean to "be happy"? If you truly are happy, GREAT! … [Read more...]

UI 072: A Real Tragic Combination on Real Time

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In a rare moment on television something actually intellectually interesting happened.  It was on the recent Bill Maher show "Real Time" and it involved a debate between Maher, Sam Harris (author), Ben Affleck (actor), Nicholas Kristof (columnist for NY Times), and Michael Steele (former Republican National Committee Chairman). Below is a link to the video I play and discuss on the … [Read more...]

UI 071: Forgiveness and Atonement

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Since there seems to be a theme that's developed over the last few podcasts, I figured why not continue the series. So where are we now? Now, we are coming up on Yom Kippur the "Day of Atonement." This is a very special and holy day.   This is the day were we stand before God and atone for what we've done, and He listens.  Now before you tune out, just bear with me.  Once again, … [Read more...]

UI 070: Brutally Honest Introspections, Criticisms, and Change

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Are you brutally honest with yourself? Do you maybe sugar coat your short comings or down play some of your transgressions? If you are a little like me then you too are a master at deceit and misdirection. What do I mean by that? It's coming up on what are referred to as the "High Holy Days.  Rosh Hashanah (New Year), Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Festival of … [Read more...]

Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech: The Longer Shorter Way

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This we read parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech which is really a double portion.  Parsha Nitzavim-Vayelech consists of Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30.  Nitzavim means  “ones standing” and Vayelech means "then he went out."  You can find a brief summary here. From Chabad.org Said Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananiah: "Once a child got the better of me." "I was traveling, and I met with a child at a crossroads. I … [Read more...]

UI 069: What is Your Primary Question?

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The questions we ask ourselves determine not only what we think about, but also how we think.   And our thoughts impact or decisions.  And our decision impact our behavior.  Over the course of our lives our behaviors impact our destiny.  So way back along our journey we started with questions. Today, you still ask yourself fundamental questions that have tremendous influence over you and your … [Read more...]

Parsha Ki Tavo: Whom Do You Thank?

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This week we read parsha Ki Tavo (Ki Thavo, Ki Tabo, Ki Thabo, or Ki Savo) “when you enter”.  Ki Tavo consists of  Deuteronomy 26:1–29:8.  And here is a very brief summary of the parsha.   Deuteronomy 26 1When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from … [Read more...]