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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.

KJMC Rabbi Boris Grisenko represented Ukrainian Churches at the International Forum in Japan

KJMC Rabbi Boris Grisenko took a trip to Japan (March 17 – March 21, 2012) to participate in the International Forum Fukushima «Disaster relief 3.0"

KJMC Rabbi Boris Grisenko took a trip to Japan (March 17 – March 21, 2012) to participate in the International Forum Fukushima «Disaster relief 3.0". The summit was dedicated to the topics of mitigation and prevention of various disasters, accidents at nuclear power plants and natural calamities.

The summit in Japan was held under the theme «Listening to God and listening to each other.» It was attended by representatives of different countries and continents. The Forum purpose was to update a global approach to emergency response, force majeures, spontaneously arising in different cities and countries. The key question, which was discussed by participants of the summit – the reaction of believers to unforeseen disasters and crises, including other states.

Forum delegates shared their experience in helping people after the disaster and natural calamities occurred. In particular, the Forum organizers spoke about Japan’s unprecedented triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami and the accident at a nuclear facility), which occurred in Fukushima, Japan, March 11, 2011, and led to the strongest in-migration of hundreds of thousands and became the most expensive financial disaster in the history of Japan.

For the first time B. Grisenko represented Ukraine and Ukrainian believers at the International Forum Fukushima «Disaster relief 3.0?. He took part in the Forum and Youth Forum, which took place within its framework, as well as in a meeting with the pastors of local churches. With great interest the participants listened to about the activities of the Kiev Jewish Messianic Congregation (KEMO), the development of Christian churches in Ukraine, the increased cooperation between Christian denominations and confessions in recent years.

Talking about the tragedy that occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (Ukraine) in 1986, KJMC Rabbi briefed the Forum with the statistics of the disaster and help of Ukrainian believers in the a nuclear power plant accident response. In particular, he told about the ministry «Lekavot» at KEMO, which assisted children who were undergoing treatment at the Chernobyl Centre for Radiation Medicine (in general, these children were born in subsequent years in the localities affected by the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant).

Upon arrival in Kiev, sharing his Forum impressions on the KJMC Sabbath March 24, which was dedicated to the biblical Jewish holiday of Purim, Rabbi Boris Grisenko marked out Purim aspect of Japanese summit: «God prepares the Body of the Messiah for any trial anywhere in the world. And no matter what happens, no matter what tragedies and disasters may occur, God can use even the seemingly obvious success of the enemy, like the temporal explicit victory of evil for His truth to triumph, and the enemy to be disgraced.» He also said: «If there’re believers in a place where something evil, bad happens, if there are those who trust in God and know that God does not ever leave them, whatever happens, God is able to turn it upside down. All that the enemy did, it would seem hopeless, and as a defeat, but God is ready to update in hope and turn into His victory, if there are Mordecais and Esthers in the places where it happened.»

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