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    DennisTate reacted to cathyyg in Manner of Prophesying Among the Jews   
    In Judaism, prophets are not seen as predicting the future. Their role is speaking truth to power, particularly the ruler. They are the check and balance against corruption and sin, by making it public and holding them accountable to HaShem for their actions. Sin has consequences, as we see going back to the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy, and continuing on. But those are potentialities, not predictions, for teshuva by the ruler and the people can alter those consequences.
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    DennisTate reacted to thekabalist in Why?   
    With so many prayers in the Jewish Sidur (book of prayers) why oh why oh why by the long beards of all our sages don't we have one tiny little fragment of a prayer to do away with a back hernia?
    Anyway just wanted to say that I'm back though I'm taking it slow at the computer because I can't stand the pain of sitting down for too long.
    Missed you all!
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    DennisTate reacted to Aish HaTorah in Shabbat Shalom   
    Shalom to each of you.  May your name be written in the Book of Life this Rosh Hashanah.  I am a bit late posting, as it is now Sukkot.  
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    DennisTate reacted to Emmanuel Goldstein in Feast of Tabernacles   
    Hence the name, Feast of Tabernacles? Very cool tradition.
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    DennisTate reacted to Lindy in Question about the Jewish image of the Messiah   
    Just adding my two cents in here..... not wanting to argue politics, but just want my voice out there.
     Anyone who had any knowledge of Trump at all, knew he was a businessman not a politician. I didn't like the man from what I knew of him, he has a lot of flaws and I thought he was a pr--- , but yet I voted for him because I thought he was a better choice than Clinton..... a much better choice. 
    I still think he's a pig. But a patriotic pig. A pig who loves his country and wants the best for this nation. He still has flaws, but flaws and all - he is doing what he can to help this country.
    I think we should keep him.
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    DennisTate reacted to anatess2 in Shalom, my friends   
    We'd love 3 rabbi opinions on the Pearl of Great Price.  Let's get on with it. 
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    DennisTate reacted to The Rebbe in Shalom, my friends   
    I bid you shalom.  I had participated on this forum at another time in the distant past.  I cannot remember my user name, nor can I remember my password, nor do I have access to the e-mail I provided at that time.
    Alas, here am I.  I recognize many of those who still participate here (Hi, Pam!), and I hope to get to know everyone a little better.
    I am a rabbi.  I have always had an abiding love for the LDS people, and, while I do not agree on much, I love your focus on the family and your general amiability.  I ask the Almighty, praised be He, to help me learn more of you and your ways.  I come never with a contentious heart; I come to love and learn.
    Thank you and shalom!
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    DennisTate reacted to Aish HaTorah in The Rabbi Loves You   
    If I may ask, from where does your desire to become a part of the Jewish people come?  Is it something that you have always felt/experienced?  Have you had a conversation with any rabbis (Chasidic or Conservative or Reform?).
    For the record myself, I am not here to persuade you are anyone to become a part of anything.  I love the LDS people, and I am mindful of what I say and do here.  I am always willing to share my beliefs out of love, and will readily do so when asked, but I do not wish to dissuade anyone from their walk with HaShem.  May the L-rd G-d of Israel bless you in your journey, my friend!
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    DennisTate reacted to Aish HaTorah in The Rabbi Loves You   
    Shalom and thank you, my friend.  Hopefully you are keeping warm up there!
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    DennisTate reacted to mormonboy51 in Does the LDS faith offend the Jewish?   
    Does the LDS church offend the Jewish? Does our baptisms for the dead offend you because we could be baptizing someone who died in the holocaust?
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    DennisTate reacted to Aish HaTorah in The Rabbi Loves You   
    Thank you most kindly!  Aish actually means "fire" in Hebrew.  Aish HaTorah means Fire of Torah.
    As to the Tevye bit...alas, he never did, and he is kvetching to this day!  
    I have heard it said that his son (Chiam Topol) is playing Tevye on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, but I don't know if that is true.
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    DennisTate reacted to anatess2 in The Rabbi Loves You   
    So Rabbi Aish means Fiery Rabbi!  Hey hey hey! 
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    DennisTate reacted to Aish HaTorah in The Rabbi Loves You   
    Shalom, my friends.  I am back after a long number of years and trials and tribulations.  Suffice it to say, some of you may remember me (for good or ill), and many of you do not know me.  One of the things that has changed since last I was among your good selves is that I have completed my training to become a rabbi.
    I love you and I am happy to be among you again.  We do not always agree on things, but we can certainly discuss things in love.  As the great prophet Isaiah said,  "Come then, and let us reason together."
    I pray the Almighty, blessed be He, grants you a day of fullness and love.  It is a great day to be alive!
    G-d, it is true, before You there is no night, and the light is with You, and You make the whole world shine with Your light.  The mornings tell of Your mercy, and the nights tell of Your truth, and all creatures tell of Your great mercy and of great miracles.
    Each day You renew Your help, O G-d!  Who can recount Your miracles?  You sit in the sky and count the days of the devout, and set the time for all Your creatures.  Your single day is a thousand years, and Your years and days are unbounded.
    All that is in the world must live its life to an end, but You are there, You will always be there...
    You, G-d, are pure, and pure are Your holy servants who three times ever day cry, "Holy," and sanctify You in heaven and on the earth.
    You, G-d, are sanctified and praised.  The whole world is filled with Your glory for ever and ever.
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    DennisTate reacted to Jane_Doe in Non-LDS: Why do you pray?   
    We have a lot of non-LDS on the board lately and have had some really good discussions, so I thought I'd take advantage to ask a question thats been on my mind for a while.
    We LDS folk are really into praying to God for answers to questions.  I ask God about faith, work, family etc.  However, when I talk to a non-LDS person, praying to God for answers seems like a foreign idea.  That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, which probably means I'm misunderstanding something somewhere.
    So, non-LDS folks: why do you pray?
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    DennisTate got a reaction from anatess2 in Your Relief Society may be in a position to address financial crisis.   
    I was discussing all of these things by e-mail and got back such an encouraging response to my idea:
    (a neighbor of mine who specializes in advanced studies of Comparative Religion). : 
    He is of course correct that I don't have to become a Latter day Saint to finish what I am being led to do but...... the idea of being a part of a church again after twenty eight years of not really fitting in with any group is of course attractive to me......
    That was his brilliant response to these statements from me:
    I am interested in baptism as a Latter day Saint but.....
    Prediction..... over the coming months, years, decades and even centuries........

    Latter day Saints will save millions of lives.... and improve millions of lives.......

    and the Great Wealth Transfer that will significantly be directed toward you will play a role in that......


    One significant part of the way to stabilize the 166.3 TRILLION USA petrodollar crisis that is headed in our direction will be the realization that each and every human life has essentially INFINITE value to G-d... who formed the spirit within each of us..... long before we were even conceived. You Latter day Saints have some of the clearest and I believe most accurate teachings on that topic of our human pre-existence that I have ever read.... .outside of near death experience accounts. 

    Here are a couple of statements that you will be able to use to get this idea across to the Evangelical Christians who recognize the wisdom that has been given to this man:

    Pastor Rick Joyner, The Final Quest:




    Throughout history men calculated value based on gold, silver, copper, salt or lately.... oil.......

    but I do believe firmly that the coming attack on the value of the USA petrodollar puts us into a situation where

    the only answer is to teach how each human life has essentially INFINITE value to G-d who formed our souls, spirits and bodies. 

    Actually..... I feel that you Latter day Saints may well save MORE THAN A BILLION infinitely precious lives over the coming century or two. You will also improve even more lives than that.......... It is amazing to me how well you have been set up for this role.
    He added:

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    DennisTate reacted to Iggy in I am interested in baptism as a Latter day Saint but.....   
    Also, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does teach that every individual who has been gifted with the Holy Ghost at confirmation has the ability and right for personal prophesy aka revelation for themselves and for those under their stewardship. Thus in the LDS church, I as a wife (with no children) who has been baptized, confirmed and endowed has stewardship over myself. My husband, who has been baptized, confirmed and endowed has stewardship over himself, me and in some things his children, grands & greatgrands. 
    Now come the callings we members have accepted. We are *Set Apart* by the laying on of hands by those who have the Melchizedek Priesthood, and we are given the stewardship regarding that call. My Husband is Branch Sunday School President. Under his stewardship are the Sunday School Teachers, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarians, the Counselors/Secretary (if any are needed) he has called to assist him. He is given the right to revelation ONLY for those under his stewardship. Not their spouses, nor the Branch Presidency, nor the Branch Membership, nor the Stake Presidency, etc., etc.
    Now, EVERY baptized member has been given at least one special gift through the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Mine is discernment. This gift of mine works not only in person aka face-to-face encounters but also over the phone, or in letters (such as when my nephew's soon to be bride wrote to me), on forums such as this one, in viewing video's of interviews, news broadcasts, listening/watching church talks, etc. This gift tells me when one is speaking the truth or lying. This gift is honed also by my hearing impairment. Since I was about 7 months old until I was 24 I had been treated with penicillin for "ear infections". At age 25, a Dr saw the infection for what it really was, a yeast infection. All those years the penicillin was feeding the infection, not curing it. My inner ears collect fluids, those fluids breed and become yeast infections. So I take anti-histamins to dry up my inner ears. Now, all those decades I have not really heard what people have been saying to me, thus my ability to be a 'visual' person was enhanced. Use pictures, writing along with your audio verbage and I can understand you. My husband has asked for me to watch news videos via the internet, and also certain Trials of real people and then asked me what my gift said to me. Each time it was: Lies, deception, sinful lies. Often I feel like that robot in the original TV series Lost in Space. "Danger, Danger, Will Robinson".
    Then at age 32 I got a hearing aid. What a marked difference. I can now hear you. But - what jumped out at me was your words did NOT match your body language. It took another 2 decades for me to learn how that was. My gift of discernment was screaming at me, but I had yet to put 2 & 2 together (so to speak) to fully comprehend it. It took my LDS husband (who is my 2nd husband by the way) explaining this to me AND our watching the TV series Lie To Me to fully explain and teach me what I was capable of doing.
    So often, members are unaware of their Gift(s), so when they do come into awareness it is a spiritual sight to behold!
    On 6 Jan 2019 we had a Special Stake Conference, and had one of the Apostles come speak to us along with those he had invited to speak. In our little Branch, we received this conference via closed circut streaming. As usual, there is always a glitch with it, no visual, no audio or both. This time it was audio. The Branch President stated in front of all who were in our chapel - Sister Iggy, you read lips, what are they saying. I stood up and said, President, no I don't read lips at least not without some sound to give me a small clue as to what one is saying. What I do do is read Body Language that goes with ones verbal conversatiuon. In other words, I can easily tell when a speaker is telling an Untruth. Or as Brother Iggy's Grandfather would say: That person is a Stranger to the Truth!
    The audio glitch only lasted for 15 minutes - all we missed was the hymn, opening prayer, and Stake news. Thankfully all of the talks came in clear.
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    DennisTate reacted to Jane_Doe in I am interested in baptism as a Latter day Saint but.....   
    I respect that you believe that, but again the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints does not believe this in the way you do.  
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    DennisTate reacted to Jane_Doe in I am interested in baptism as a Latter day Saint but.....   
    Dennis, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is not a political organization.  It does not endorse candidates or parties, nor are Church venues are not to be used for those purposes.  That political neutrality is an DEEP theological belief.  Now, this website isn't sponsored or officially associated with the Church, but the members on here still hold those values.  
    Now I obviously can't for anyone but myself, but you continually starting the same copy-paste political threads and taking everything to a political angle, makes me feel EXTREMELY uncomfortable and like your trampling on those beliefs I feel so deeply for political gain.  It's not cool, and I personally find it to be a disrespect to the true leader of everyone: Jesus Christ.  Here is a place to praise Him with our own individual words we write unique for every post, not to seek office.  
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    DennisTate reacted to applepansy in Tallit   
    What is tallit?
    Edit: Just googled.
    I've never used a prayer shawl. I've never seen a member of the Church use a prayer shawl.
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    DennisTate reacted to Gerasim in Tallit   
    I would like to know everything about tallit, please ! Thank you
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    DennisTate reacted to cdowis in Youtube Apologetics   
    "It makes no difference what is written or what anyone has said, if what has been said is in conflict with what the Lord has revealed, we can set it aside. My words, and the teaching of any other member of the Church, high or low, if they do not square with the revelations, we need not accept them. Let us have this matter clear.   You cannot accept the books written by the authorities of the Church as standards in doctrine, only in so far as they accord with the revealed word in the standard works.   Every man who writes is responsible, not the Church, for what he writes. If Joseph Fielding Smith writes something which is out of harmony with the revelations, then every member of the Church is duty bound to reject it. If he writes that which is in perfect harmony with the revealed word of the Lord, then it should be accepted."   
    - Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1956, 3:203-4

    "If anyone, regardless of his position in the Church, were to advance a doctrine that is not substantiated by the standard Church works, meaning the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, you may know that his statement is merely his private opinion. The only one authorized to bring forth any new doctrine is the President of the Church, who, when he does, will declare it as revelation from God, and it will be so accepted by the Council of the Twelve and sustained by the body of the Church. And if any man speak a doctrine which contradicts what is in the standard Church works, you may know by that same token that it is false and you are not bound to accept it as truth.
    " - President Harold B. Lee, 1st Area General Conference for Germany, Austria, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and Spain, August 24-26, 1973
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    DennisTate reacted to cdowis in Youtube Apologetics   
    >>leave the church
    The Prophet Joseph Smith made the following statement to a man who wondered why those who had left the Church fought so fiercely against it:
    "Before you joined this Church you stood on neutral ground. When the gospel was preached good and evil were set before you. You could choose either or neither. There were two opposite masters inviting you to serve them. When you joined this Church you enlisted to serve God. When you did that you left the neutral ground, and you never can get back on to it. Should you forsake the Master you enlisted to serve, it will be by the instigations of the evil one, and you will follow his dictation and be his servant." (in "Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith, " Juvenile Instructor, 15 Aug. 1892, 492
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    DennisTate reacted to cdowis in Youtube Apologetics   
    >>Joseph Smith had 40 wives, some of whom were already married, and others who were 14 years old.
    Get the facts.
    "some were already married" There are two types of marriage -- temporal and spiritual marriages. Spiritual marriages are sealings for eternity only. These women already had another husband, in a temporal marriage, and their "marriage" to Joseph Smith were for eternity only.
    "14 years old" Permission was granted from both the father as well as the young lady. While unusual, it was permitted -- the King of England, Henry VII, was born to the queen when she was only 13 years old. Finally, DNA research shows no offspring from any of these marriages.
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    DennisTate reacted to cdowis in Youtube Apologetics   
    Raymond Moody spoke at BYU and told us that he found it interesting how the LDS church beliefs and stories of the afterlife were so close to his own findings regarding NDE experiences.
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    DennisTate reacted to Maureen in What name would you choose?   
    @DennisTate, for many decades now the COJCOLDS church time on Sundays was three hours long. Starting this year, church time on Sundays is now 2 hours long. So since that 3rd hour is no longer spent on Sundays at church, members of this forum can spend it here. 😊