Hashkama: The Christmas Bash

Christmas bashing is a historical habit.  The reason for the season is under attack as the root of Christmas is questioned once again – whether it be Christian or pagan.  It is argued that Jesus’ birthday wasn’t celebrated in the Bible.  I wonder, did someone forget to mention to the angels, the shepherds, and the star-gazing guys from the East that eventually showed up, that they shouldn’t be making a fuss about the birth of the Saviour?  “God never told us to remember Jesus’ birth, only His death”, is another reason for ditching the season, and, “Jesus wasn’t born in D

Rachamim Letter

Since our first letter we have opened a fundraiser for the work of the Rachamim Holidays, and for the Hashkama School in Tanzania.  So far, no donations have been made.  With such an encouraging beginning we continue to plan ahead.

Rachamim Trust

You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favour to her; the appointed time has come (Psalm 102:13)

I have drawn the word “Compassion” from the wells of Psalm 102 and Isaiah 54.  God, speaking through Isaiah, to Israel says, “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”  The phrase “deep compassion” translates two Hebrew words, “gedolim” (great), and“Rachamim” (compassions).  The word “rachamim” is in the plural, and it is usually used to speak of God’s compassions.

Hashkama: The Satanizing of Britain, and the West

Satan is the god of this world, or the god of this age, the Olam Hazeh (oh-lahm haz-ZEH), to put it another way (2 Corinthians 4:4; John 12:31; Ephesians 2:2), and it is Satan that blinds the hearts and minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ.  Darkness covers Britain and the Western nations, places that were once open to the word of God are now closed or in the process of closing.  Society is not simply changing it is being changed.  An example is that, not so many years ago almost nobody was supportive of gay marriag

Hashkama: All at Sea

The British Isles is not only surrounded by sea, but in events over the last few years, it is actually awash, with waves of confusion.  If recent British politics had taken place at sea, Parliament, as the crew, would have been keel-hauled…and rightly so.

The mother-of-all parliaments is acting more like a crazed, demented grandmother bent on self-destruction.  It is as if all her members have refused to respond to medication and are lashing out and thrashing around all over the place, causing chaos with a destructive force unseen in her history.

Hashkama: The flesh wars against the Spirit

For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another (Galatians 5:17)

The “flesh” as opposed to the “Spirit” is an important contrast for Paul (Galatians 4:29; 5:16-25; 6:8; Romans 2:28-29; 8:4-17; 1 Corinthians 5:5).  While the term, the “flesh” does not appear in the Tanakh or rabbinic literature, the concept does, and we will look at this as we go on.

Hashkama: The not so Silent Killer

Many diseases are silent killers.  I want to open by speaking of a silent killer that is not so silent; and one that you will not find in the medical list under that title.  It is a silent killer, except for those that suffer from it, or are victimised by it, and there are many in society that are.

Our son married an attractive Polish girl.  She had a daughter that was six-years-old when she entered our family and life.  I first met her and her mother when the family came to visit me in hospital.  I was recovering from a nephrectomy and cancer.

Hashkama – His Blood be upon us

“His blood is on us and on our children!” (Matthew 27:25) – Is it true, as someone suggested to me, that this curse is upon all Jews for all time?  The Bible gives the answer.  Jesus was alive at the time this curse was pronounced, and Jesus is a Jew.  The disciples were all Jews.  After the death of Jesus, when Peter, a Jew, preached (Acts 2:41), about 3000 of his Jewish listeners were baptised ….and were added to the believers that day!  Before that event, God’s Spirit was poured out upon the Jewish believers as they were all together in one place (Acts 2:1-4).