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Elul. What every Jew should do? (Part I)

2019-09-09 09:00:00

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Elul is the 12th month of Biblical calendar that lasts for 29 days and corresponds to August-September of the Gregorian calendar. The name of the month originates from Aramaic “ve-elilu” – which means “to probe, contemplate, or analyze”. This biblical month precedes the fall biblical feasts. The first of these feasts is Rosh ha Shana (Jewish New Year, that is known in the Scripture as Yom Teruah – or remembrance of the trumpet sound), when according to the tradition, God judges all He’s created.

Elul. What every Jew should do? (Part II)

2019-09-09 09:00:00

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Elul is a charitable time, the time of special opportunities to show love to people. On these days it’s important to meet the financial needs our loved ones’ (and that of others). According to Hebrew tradition: when we are concerned with our material status – we’re being material, but when we focus our attention on the needs of other people – it’s the manifestation of our spirituality.

Only in God, we are real

2019-08-14 00:13:37

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That’s what a wise rabbi once said. At the moment I heard these words I didn't fully understand them. But now I know what they mean because I’m going through it in my own life. Only with God, I’ve begun to recognize myself as a real me. Not like my parents, teachers or friends wanted me to be. But me personally, the way I was conceived and created by my Creator. Not to be as a spitting image of anybody, but exactly myself.

Yulia Polozova "Why I`m here?"

Before coming to Congregation, I had spent my life trying to hide my Jewish identity. When I was a child, I did it because of the anti-Semitic manifestations and other aggression I experienced at school, but after that, I continued to hide who I was out of fear, of new undeserved insults.

Not surprisingly, when I turned to God in the Bible during this time, I could not see the Jewish roots, Jewishness or the God of Israel.

I was already a believer a few years later when I joined Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation. It was here that God began to “unfreeze” me. My deep rooted fears began to leave me step by step and, I began to accept myself as a Jew. It was a long process as my heart was full of fear and confusion. Honestly, it was my spiritual family who ultimately helped me to understand and truly accept myself as a Jew. Finally, I felt good and comfortable in life. I realized that the very thing I was made to feel ashamed of earlier in my life was indeed a privilege … even a responsibility. I realized it was possible to be one of His people without feeling shame. I found out it was possible to be a Jewish believer like others, accepted by our Father. Not only that, but perhaps the most interesting thing I realized that all of those fears and the inner bondage I carried had severely limited my fellowship with God. As I became free from the inside, the things God had designed for me as a Jewish woman began to unfold in my life.

I keep feeling the fullness of joy and fellowship with my Lord for many years. This is very cool and I’m really happy!

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