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The INTOLERANCE of the TOLERATED

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Bible“If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervour at a white heat, it is concerning missions to the heathens.” (Charles Spurgeon)

It is easier to preach ‘to the choir’, or in a soup kitchen as you dish out food to the hungry. They are both compelled to listen and respond howbeit, dishonestly at times. The human nature responds well to familiarity (as in the choir) or when down-trodden (as in a down, out and helpless disposition – in the soup kitchen). The real test is in the reality of the world today. That is why God usually allows trials to humble us and get our attention. However, you need a special dose of anointing and Holy Ghost infused power to convince a human being who lacks nothing materially, physically or economically to name a few, that they are in dare need of a Savior and a life change. Or better still to approach and advocate for ruthless and rough gang members who could have snapped your neck in a minute… (CHIDIWE)

“In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.”  Mark 3:26-28

Imagine a world where every one spoke tongue-in-cheek, made all their comments and judgement behind closed doors and then cowered in fear when it came time to back their beliefs. My imagination would only run for two minutes before I throw up in disgust (please forgive the graphics). A former great nation is slip-sliding into a hopeless time of turmoil, travesty and torment, and those that have the resources, tip-toe around the real issue pointing fingers at the wrong people and topics. They know to exercise their powers at little defenseless people, but are nowhere to be found when the rubber-meets-the-road with the power brokers.

A very famous political Conservative Commentator’ died suddenly last week at a young age, his friends and foes alike had a remarkable amount of respect for him. Simply because he stood unflinchingly for what he believed. Most people did not agree with his conservative rhetoric. Even some so-called conservatives and christians whose boast is to bury their head in the sand and then pull it out to rant at random, thought he was boisterous. Really? Well I don’t know what his spiritual inclination was (saved or not). But for someone channeling the cause of conservative and moral issues in a nation bullied and dominated by liberalism and the ‘gospel of anything-goes’. I was grateful. You don’t see the people who you would expect to take a stand making any difference, they are all bunched and hurdled at the jury bench throwing darts.

While we the people of God are in the closet (praying), God forbid someone ventured into Hollywood to distribute Jesus, or stop by Washington to provoke a sense of accountability to truth and while they were at it, threw a ball of conviction into the basket ball court as they continued to score touch down for the name of Christ in the ‘American football field’. The closet crusaders will become all miffed and mangled in their hapless comments and powerless raves. As long as they are not comfortable with what is going on, or what is going on is beyond their sphere of influence then it is wrong. Those who claim to speak for God, should know about the heart of God and His revealed plan. And they sure should be able to raise some dust for what they want to represent. Doing this though, could crack many a picket fences.

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips (the Bible); meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8 

About four days ago another believer in Jesus Christ, Kirk Cameron, a talented and fine actor (see ‘FIREPROOF’), a brother and a true crusader of the cross I might add simply stated what the word of God the Creator said. He as a Christian upheld and honored the word of God (the Bible). The Bible being the very foundation of his belief, he is entitled to quote it “in the land of the free”. All hell has broken loose again (it seems the hemlines (of hell) was not tightened from previous outrages). He has been bashed in the media, critiqued unfairly and ridiculed for believing and expressing what the Bible says. And all these done, by those that cry out about ‘intolerance’. Same was the fate of the beauty contestant Miss California 2009. Regardless of what you think of her and her mission then, the principle remains the same. She was beloved by the judges and on the verge of winning until she took a moral and an anti-liberal stand. I do not know what her status is right now, but I pray she does not change course due to popular pressure.

Remember the conservative commentator I talked about in an earlier paragraph; Here is a clip from his book that ran on his web site: The statement on his sites quoted the concluding passage from his book, Righteous Indignation

“I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and — famously — I enjoy making enemies. Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands — who knows? — of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night,” Breitbart wrote. The statement ended: “Andrew is at rest, yet the happy warrior lives on, in each of us.”

I am in agreement, I could have made that statement myself. At the end of the day; it is peace and joy unspeakable in my heart. How refreshing to have had someone who even had the guts to propagate the fundamentals of a troubled and confused nation. He was and is not the Messiah, but the truth he believed, he fought for – simple! Yes there were controversies and accusations of inaccuracies, but what better side to err and falter on than that of conviction and righteousness. I like to know that some day the pursuit of liberalism and godlessness will not stifle my speech and worship in this country. We as Christians are mistaken, if at the end of the day we had no impact on the world at large as we cramp our ‘holy selves’ inside the church closet and play politics instead. If everyone else is free to promote their mission and agenda; we as lovers of Christ should be able to promote His plan on earth. “… Though none go with me, still I will follow”.

“Doin’ what I can with what I got.” (BG)

Today I take this course of action and rhetoric; because at one point or another, just like the Camerons, Prejeans and many more religious and political right-wingers.  I  too was ostracized and cut short in momentum for daring to bring conviction first to myself and later to the people and situation at hand. Occasionally, this still happens every now and later. I am received and beloved by skin and mind deep values and then dropped like ‘hot potato’ when I exalt the One who really rules and reigns in me. I am not the least bit intimidated to change course; CHRIST IS LORD and that settles it. Very soon and I mean sooner than we expect, every knee will bow to the soon coming King of all kings.

Make no mistake about it, the time is coming when your little secure arena of influence, religious or not, might become unlawful. When the very mention of truth and justice will instigate a riot. Are you ready? Or would you keep playing it safe, until ‘safe’ becomes endangered…

Let us pray.

THE RIDICULED, REVILED AND REPROACHED RELIGION

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A man is never more God conscious than when he is in touch with his humanity and relevant to his world. He is able to translate the in filling of the Holy Spirit to bread for those that hunger, light to those in darkness and salt for those on the verge of losing their thirst. Any other use of that revelation is ‘redundant religion’, confined to the four walls of the church and its only effect is the thumping behind the pulpit. Christ Himself inquired of the multitude, was accessible to them and then fed them… I have never been more aware (than at this time) of my inspiration which directives are from the Holy of holies’. CHIDIWE 

 “He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so.” Mark 8:5-7

“He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.”
Deuteronomy 4:12-14

Domus Galilaeae Latin Ten Commandments.

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God Bless America,
Land that I love. (And land of my birth- Chidiwe)
Stand beside her, and guide her
Thru the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home  

Do these words sound familiar? Oh well, they are now fading sentiments, as America kicks and thumps her nose at the God on which she was founded and blessed. From the mockery of the Christian church and spiritual activities as was portrayed in an unnecessary and over-the-top performance in the GRAMMYS to the new show on T.V. that cast shame on being a Christian woman and even gone as far as rewriting the ‘Ten Commandments’.

Once when someone made a comment about Mohammed that was not in line with the Quran, all hell broke loose. A few burnt buildings, cars and flags later; the offender recanted. Right now we are in the throes of a riot and unrest because of the (unintentional) burning of the Quran in Afghanistan last month. Here are some of the headlines so far; (1) The recent burning of Qurans at a NATO base in Afghanistan involved five American servicemen and a local translator, according to a NATO official familiar with the investigations. The Qurans burned were among religious materials seized from a detainee facility at Bagram Airfield last week. Throngs of outraged Afghans took to the streets following the incident, prompting U.S. President Barack Obama to apologize to his Afghan counterpart, Hamid Karzai, calling the burning an inadvertent error. Furor over the burnings have fueled a string of protests and attacks that have left at least 39 people dead, including four American soldiers. Hundreds more have been wounded in the attacks. CNN (2) A suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance to Afghanistan’s Bagram Airfield on Monday, an attack the Taliban called revenge for the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops there last month. CNN

Christians have their special guidelines from God re-written and mocked. The only person that even raised an eyebrow or moved a muscle as far as I know, was a councilman in Queens,  New York. He called for the show to be boycotted. While we have been subject to a certain sphere of influence and no further as some within and without the body might think, the bible is being ridiculed as Christians cower and shuffle in the closet for more prayer time. Which I must say serves as great convenience for the devil. That is as long as Christians remain in church comparing ‘holy notes’, then he (Satan) can saturate and do with the world whatever he wants sans interference.

Children are being taught ‘diversity ‘ in school alright, but it has nothing to do with accepting someone of a different race or economic disposition. Deafening silence. In California,  “where two or three are gathered…” is now against the law;  more silence and extra prayer time. I wonder what would have happened if when Jesus came into the temple as the people converted the house of God into a place of commerce, He had taken some more time to pray about the pigeons defiantly flying and flapping around the temple roof to avoid being sold. Or He had gone to the corner to find out what God would have Him do as the goats urinated on the altar, ate the ‘shew bread’ and bleated loudly in His (listening-to-God) ears.

“Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.” Matthew 21:12-14

I guess the religious leaders would have hung Phinehas for being overly zealous, even though that zeal of his, stayed a plague that had devoured almost 25,000 people. And in the end God had blessed him and made a ‘covenant of peace’ with him. The well-meaning conservative commentators that would attempt to make a difference regardless of their spiritual state are either shut down and criticized by the church itself or they are dead. Slowly but surely I as a lover of Jesus Christ have become a target and an endangered citizen. Anyone can take a swap at me, dishonor my beliefs, use my Saviours name in vain, mixed along with a string of profanities and go scott free…

“When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand and followed the Israelite into the tent. ‘… Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped;  but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. The LORD said to Moses, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.” Numbers 25:7-12

Yes I am called to pray for my enemies, but what will it take for those that call themselves Christians to be proactive as opposing to sitting back as children are subject to try anything and experiment with everything to find their identity. Below find out the creed patterned after this new tv show titled GCB: Good Christian B—–. I hate to pollute my page with such travesty, but you have to see this to believe it. And if it just makes you shrug and move on to the next thing, then I suggest you check  the temperature of your ‘assumed’ relationship to Christ.

‘The Ten ‘GCB’ Commandment as recited and published by the new tv show: Thou shalt add bling to everything, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbours husband… unless he’s really hot, Thou shalt love a C cup unless you fit into a D cup, Remember the spa and keep it holy, Thou shalt know it is wrong to expose your thong, Honor thy manis and pedis, Thou shalt not bear false designer labels, Thou shalt not wear it if it’s under a carat, Thou shalt match the volume of thy hair to the size of thy handbag, Thou shalt not mess with Texas.

That is what God’s Holy word has been reduced to. Since they did not want it in government buildings, classrooms and public places, they can re-write and irreverence it. This is exactly why the Lord is saying we have to permeate and saturate our society with Christ. If people are not beating down our doors to come and hear us in church, then we have to make sure our life and message is powerful and bears relevant light and salt to the world we live in (specifically).

Go ahead and chew on the messenger…

America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine! 

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INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY (Международный женский день)

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“Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” Genesis 2:21-23

March 8th (8 марта) pronounced ‘Marta’ is very well revered in Russia. It is the day exclusively set aside for women, and the men go out of their way to make it special. Actually it turns out even more special than the women’s respective birthdays. Wives, Mothers and Daughters get bunches of roses first thing in the morning as the festivities of the day progresses.

The first national Women’s Day was observed on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. In August 1910, an International Women’s Conference was organized to precede the general meeting of the Socialist Second International in Copenhagen. Inspired in part by the American socialists, German Socialist Luise Zietz proposed the establishment of an annual ‘International Woman’s Day’ (singular) and was seconded by Clara Zetkin, although no date was specified at that conference. Delegates (100 women from 17 countries) agreed with the idea as a strategy to promote equal rights, including suffrage, for women. The following year, on 18 March, 1911, IWD was marked for the first time, by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In the Austro-Hungarian Empire alone, there were 300 demonstrations. In Vienna, women paraded on the Ringstrasse and carried banners honouring the martyrs of the Paris Commune. Women demanded that women be given the right to vote and to hold public office. They also protested against employment sex discrimination. Americans continued to celebrate National Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February.

Female members of the Australian Builders Labourers Federation march on International Women’s Day 1975 in Sydney

In 1913 Russian women observed their first International Women’s Day on the last Sunday in February (by Julian calendar then used in Russia). In 1917 demonstrations marking International Women’s Day in Saint Petersburg on the last Sunday in February (which fell on 8 March on the Gregorian calendar) initiated the February Revolution.

The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. In many countries, International Women’s Day is an occasion to honor and praise women for their accomplishments. In 2012, Oxfam America is inviting people to celebrate inspiring women in their lives by sending a free International Women’s Day e-Card or honoring a woman whose efforts make a difference in the fight against hunger and poverty with Oxfam’s International Women’s Day award.

On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2012, the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) is calling for more action to help the mothers and wives of people who have gone missing during armed conflict. The vast majority of people who go missing in connection with conflict are men. As well as the anguish of not knowing what has happened to the missing person, many of these women face economic and practical difficulties. The ICRC underlines the duty of parties to a conflict to search for the missing and provide information for the families.

The Google Doodle for March 8, 2012 had an International Women’s Day theme.

To those ladies who wrote to remind and chastise me for not acknowledging this remarkable day. Я прошу прощения (Ya proshu prashenia)Translation: I ask your forgiveness. Enjoy this remarkable day and together let us cherish the blessing of being ‘born this way’.

Поздравление с Днем женщин (Pazdrablenie c dnyom shjenshina) Congratulating you on Women’s day!

Oh How I Love HIM!!!

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‘I LOVE THE LORD’ 

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… I need you to shine on me Jesus, I look to YOU after all my strength is gone…”

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“… Where do I turn when the stream of sorrow flow.”

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“… Long as I live and troubles rise, I’ll hasten to His throne”

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“… still water runs deep”

 

The ISAAC and ISHMAEL ISSUE

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“He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone’s hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers.”
Genesis 16:11-13

I dashed into that sandwich shop (that one) the other day with frozen limbs and blood drained extremities. I had to get a hot soup or coffee or something that would thaw my iced vessel. The real feel of the weather was a far cry from the actual temperature and once again I was caught of guard. As I waited on-line, I rummaged furiously inside my handbag, for what exactly I do not remember. Maybe the money to pay for the expected warming element…who knows? Anyway when I finally lifted up my head, there were two young men more than happy to take my order. The one on my left had a broader smile and the managers cap on. So naturally off to my left I scooted. No sooner had I done that than recognition dawned on me. He was an avid blog reader from months back who had recognized me at this same store. A very remarkable and hard-working College student I must say, of whom the Lord had started to do a work in his heart.

As he ladled soup into the bowl for me, we chatted about the weather, his school and of course God. He thought I was funny and was able to pinpoint his favorite blog moments as he informed his co-workers that indeed this lady was a star as far as he was concerned (bless his heart!). I was a tad bit worried that I had given him that impression, but was relieved to hear him say (to another co-worker), she comes in acting like a nobody… As he packaged my loot (to go), he asked me what I thought about the ‘church burning craze’ in Nigeria, West Africa. He said he was very disappointed when he read about it and would like to know my thoughts about the situation. My real thoughts are actually more heated, lambasting and thorough. But I would spare humanity my vent, simply because it cannot handle it. But this is the biblical, refined and edited version of what I feel. And I dedicate it to that fine soon-to-be Ambassador for Jesus (even though he does not know it yet). Every worker behind the counter stood and waved me off as I left with my bag of soup, sandwich, coffee and chocolate chip cookie all for no charge at all. Hey, do not hate, it is called favor…

I cannot tell you how many times I have faltered at believing God to come through with what He promised. One second I believe and my faith is strong, the next second I take my eyes of the Lord as I suddenly sense the absurdity and impossibility of ‘walking on water‘, as I begin to sink. Thank God for His tenderness and mercy, that picks me right back up again. Sarah must have felt the same way and besides her self in anxiety, when she suggested Abraham go in into her maid. One wrong decision in moment of doubt, and the world is still held hostage thousands of years later. Yes Sarah faltered, but no where in the bible was it recorded that Abraham vehemently refused to comply with an action that in no way collaborated with what God had initially or previously told him as the head of the household. Anyways let us move on.

“He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.”
Genesis 16:3-5

In the ‘triangle of trouble’ a son is born and he is named Ishmael. In a little over a decade of existence and satisfying Abraham’s desire for an heir (howbeit not completely). I say that (not completely), because nothing can quite fill you up and bring you to a place of peace aside from the will of God for your life. At the appointed time of life as promised by God, Sarah is pregnant with the child of promise and covenant. “But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” Genesis 17:20-22  But before that while Ishmael was growing up, Hagar became confused about her real role so trouble begins to brew in Abraham’s household (polygamy will do that to you). God wasn’t confused though and He gently told Hagar to resume her calling and stay in her place. He would take care of her son, but she could not eclipse the vessel bearing the seed of covenant that was Sarah her mistress.

“Then the angel of the LORD told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” Genesis 16:8-10

The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” Genesis 16:9-11

Eventually, Isaac the covenant son is born, Abraham is happy, Sarah is fulfilled and Ishmael is in a heated state of bitterness. The bible does not tell us if he actually expresses what irks him, but could it have been having to be circumcised as a teenager, who knows? Well Sarah the matriarch catches him in a disdainful glare towards Isaac and tells Abraham it was time to clean house (which she caused to be overloaded in the first place). Abraham is distressed. They are both his seed therefore: “can’t we all get along?” Well one seed was the work of the flesh and impatience which is often heralded by conflict. The other seed was the work of the Spirit of God and patient obedience, the result of a covenant (symbolized by circumcision) and the fulfillment of a peaceful promise. Flesh and Spirit cannot dwell peaceably together, because each one wants to be in control and lead. Although God will not strive with flesh (it has to die), He (God) will not share His glory with another.

“The child grew and was weaned, and on the day Isaac was weaned Abraham held a great feast. But Sarah saw that the son whom Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham was mocking, and she said to Abraham, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son, for that woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with my son Isaac.” The matter distressed Abraham greatly because it concerned his son. But God said to him, “Do not be so distressed about the boy and your slave woman. Listen to whatever Sarah tells you, because it is through Isaac that your offspring] will be reckoned. I will make the son of the slave into a nation also, because he is your offspring.”  Genesis 21:8-13

Also Ishmael is always around to act as a deterrent, heartache and a vehicle of derailment for the chosen of the Lord, as in the case of Joseph. “So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt.” Genesis 37:27-29  Well, seemingly happily ever after, God makes a nation out of Ishmael and multiplies his seed also. You see God had initially blessed Abraham, and blessed he remained. Provision had been made in advance for human error, but that did not erase the fact that there would be grievous consequences for disobedience and sin. Ishmael would live forever like Abraham had foolishly and unwittingly prayed. “And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Genesis 17:17-19

Ishmael knew and still knows that Isaac was the long-awaited heir of covenant and that he was and is still irrevocably blessed. Ishmael believes that he came first, therefore Isaac was unnecessary and deserves to be extinct. To aggravate Ishmael even more is the fact that because the covenant of innumerably seed lies with the child of promise, he is indeed being increased rapidly. You see apart from the natural seed, there are the spiritual seed being grafted in by faith. In fact when God showed Abraham the stars in the sky as an example of the vastness of his future seed,a huge percentage of those were going to be grafted in by faith. Abraham had been called the father of faith. His blessing was to come by faith and keep growing by faith.

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,” Romans 11:16-18

Now Ishmael had a major predicament and another group to contend with; the heirs of Abraham by faith. It appeared the furious lad could not catch a break. He was there before every one else, and would be there after everyone else was eliminated, or so he thought. Like the prophecy in the beginning verse; Ishmael’s hand will be against everyone… To pretend this is a fairy tale and skirt through the issues in this day and age in order to be ‘politically correct’ is the ultimate foolishness. Ishmael is angry and bitter and does not know nor propagate peace. He has only one desire; to extinguish every one else but his descendants. And he believes he is doing it as a warped and sick favor to god. Actually now more than ever before, Ishmael is planning his biggest attack yet as the ‘infidels’ blindly and stupidly give him grounds, opportunities and leeway.

Why would God not protect Isaac and the non-Ishmaelites alike you ask? Always in the scripture God has allowed and used the enemy to correct and discipline His children. So one more time, Ishmael will be allowed to create incredible havoc and untold chaos of which the Prophets of God foretold. Then maybe, just maybe natural Isaac will unite with spiritual Isaac as the non-Ishmaelites run to and fro for answers and for much-needed deliverance and respite…

“You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.Truly I tell you, all this will come on this generation. “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”  Matthew 23:33-38

.“When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Luke 21:19-2


Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord/ Baruch haba bashem Adonai/  אשרי מי שבא בשם ה ‘

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