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June 2008


In Israel male dancers are honored and respected.  In the US, however, men frequently are reluctant to become involved in dance.  King David, a man after God's heart, was a man who was not fearful to dance before God. 


2 Samuel 6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might…

Even when David was criticized by his wife, Michal, he didn't "back down".

2 Samuel 6:16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.  David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’S people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD. 22I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor."



We're fortunate to be living in a time when God is restoring many things that have been not been embraced by the church in previous generations - dancing is one of those things.  As a result, men are beginning to realize that dancing is not an option - it's a command from Psalm 150.


Psalm 150:4 Praise Him with the timbrel and dance.


(Below) There were many women at this Erev Shabbat meeting,
but the men were the first to step up to dance.


Thanks to Kirk for these photos

July 4, 2008


Doug & Lynda invited the Jewish Roots Shabbat Group to their house in Blowing Rock, NC, for the 4th of July.  Their house is located on the mountain above Tweetsie Railroad and Tweetsie has a spectacular fireworks show for the holiday that celebrates America's independence.  From Doug & Lynda's house, you're actually looking down on the fireworks display.

(Below) Doug & Lynda's mountain home provides a spectacular view of the Great Smokey Mountains.  The US & Israeli Flags spoke of our love for those two nations.
(Below) Paul, Dave & Ann, Melba, Carolyn & Rita enjoyed the view as others arrived
(Below Left) As sundown approached, Chuck sounded the shofar. 
Its beautiful sound echoed through the mountains.

(Below Center & Right) Susan lit Shabbat candles
while Paul said the blessings over the bread & wine.
(Below) Doug led the group in a time of prayer, which included a prayer for Israel
(Below) Melba, Dave & Ann, Susan
Tweetsie's spectacular fireworks display started around 9:30 PM
(Below) After the fireworks, there was a wonderful time of Oneg (food & fellowship).
(Below Left) Ann & Lynda, Lance & Andy, (Below Right) Jane & Sharon

Barry Segal's Birthday

Barry Segal celebrated his 54th birthday on July 15, 2008.    Steve Martin and the staff at Vision For Israel & The Joseph Storehouse in Charlotte, NC, wanted to celebrate Barry's birthday while he was in the US (from Jerusalem) on several speaking engagements.  Steve planned a birthday party for Barry on Sunday evening, July 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Greetings From Jerusalem & The Joseph's Storehouse Offices in Charlotte. 
Doug & Lynda, Paul & Susan, Carolyn & I were invited to attend
It was a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and reconnect with old ones
Barry arrived and fellowshipped with family and friends. 
We learned about the arrival of Barry and Batya's first granddaughter.
Everyone enjoyed the great food
Barry opened the many gifts and cards.  We found out that he was a big BEATLES fan.
Barry's humorous personality came through in everything he did
Steve gave Barry one of the popular "Sa-ba-ba" T-Shirts they sell at Greetings From Jerusalem
Prayers and prophetic words were offered for Barry & Batya, their family and ministry
(Left) Steve led the group in a time of Praise & Worship.
(Right) Barry blew out the candles - on two cakes.
Carolyn snapped a shot of me with the group
(Left to Right) Paul, Susan, Curtis, Doug & Lynda

Summer Hebrew Aleph-Bet Class


Carolyn and I have studied the Hebrew Aleph-Bet (the written Language) and the spoken Hebrew Language for many years.  When Rita expressed an interest in learning to read Hebrew, Carolyn and I jumped at the opportunity to teach her.  We decided to do a 6-weeks summer class - meeting on Monday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Carolyn and Rita
It's amazing to realize that you can read Hebrew so quickly
"Aleph, Bet/Vet, Gimmel, Dalet, Hey, Vav, Zayin, Chet, Tet, Yod,
Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Nun, Samech, Ayin, Pey/Fey,
Tsade, Qof, Resh, Shin/Seen, Tov"
The Hebrew Language consists of 22 consonants, and unlike English, reads from right to left 
The Aleph-Bet Song
To the tune of "Shalom Alechem"
Lyrics By Curtis & Carolyn

Aleph, Bet (Vet), Gimmel, Dalet, Hey, Vav,  Zayin,
Chet, Tet, Yod,
Kaf, Lamed, Mem, Nun,
Samech, Ayin, Pay (Fay),
Tzadi, Koof, Resh, Shin (Sin), Tov.

Now you’ve learned the Hebrew Aleph-Bet,
You can read Torah in Ivrit,
22 letters, written by the Hand of God,
Giving us Torah to be our guide.


Israeli Folk Dance during July 2008

Dancing "Mi Ha Ish"
1.   Step Right, Step Left, Tcherkesia (RLRL), Sway Side-Step Right, Sway Left,
Step Right, Step Left, Tcherkesia (RLRL), Sway Side-Step Right, Sway Left,
Step Right, Step Left, Pivot to face Center, Sway Right Left,
Right crosses in front of Left, Left Brush-Lift,
Left crosses in front of Right, Step Right,
Left crosses in front of Right, Right Brush-Lift,
Right crosses in front of Left, Step Left, Left Coupe,
Step Right & Left Back out of Circle.
2.   Face Center, Move CW (Counter-Clockwise),
Right crosses Left, Step Left,  Right crosses Left, Step Left,
Toward Center of circle,
Step Right, Kick Left & Hold, Left down, Step Right,
Step Left, Kick Right & Hold, Right down, Step Left.

Fall Hebrew Aleph-Bet Class


After the success of the small Summer Aleph-Beth Class, Carolyn and I decided to see if there was an interest for an evening session for the Fall on Friday evenings when we were not meeting with the group for Shabbat.   There was a good response, so the class was offered.  Our kitchen became the new classroom.

(Below) Chris & Amber, as well as their children, work on an activity together


(Below) How many "Chets" can Barry & Melba find on the second row of this text?


(Below) Jeanne & Jeremy read simple words written in Hebrew


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