December 25, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: Christmas: It Isn’t What You Think


“For today is born to you in the city of David the Savior who is Master Yahweh, the Messiah.”

Luke 2: 11


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Christmas: It Isn’t What You Think

I’m not Ebenezer Scrooge, and I’m not saying “bah humbug” under my breath, but did you know that…

December 25th is the day that most Christians celebrate as the Messiah’s birthday.  However, we know that He was born in the fall of the year during Sukkot—the Feast of Tabernacles.  We also know that in the 300s A.D. under the leadership of Roman Emperor Constantine and his embryonic Catholic church, the winter solstice was chosen as the day to celebrate the Messiah’s birth because that day coincided with an existing Roman holiday honoring the sun god, Sol Invictus.

Christmas is a counterfeit tradition, yet it is so well-entrenched that many Christians view pointing it out as an assault on their fundamental beliefs.  I believe that Christmas is a perfect example of placing misguided traditions above Yahweh and His commands.  It ranks right up there with the Jewish tradition of forbidding speaking Yahweh’s Name even though He commanded us to declare His Name to the world.

Whatever the Roman leaders’ motives may have been when they combined worship of the Messiah with a debauched festival honoring a pagan deity, they were way off the mark.  Their actions profaned Yahweh’s Name by associating Him with pagan gods.  Regrettably, we celebrate Christmas to honor the One who commanded us not to mix the clean with the unclean.

Ironically, Yahweh mandated Sukkot, but Christmas falls into the same category as other pagan festivals that Yahweh condemned.  As Yahweh told Ezekiel, “Her priests do violence to my law and profane my holy things; they do not distinguish between the holy and the common; they teach that there is no difference between the unclean and the clean; and they shut their eyes to the keeping of my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them.” (Ezekiel 22: 26)  That’s exactly what Christians have done with Christmas.

The information in the videos below will open your eyes to important facts that you need to know and share.  Believers have an obligation, a sacred duty to share the truth—not fables and false doctrine.  As I said in my video below, Christians need to abandon Christmas and embrace Sukkot.  It’s the right thing to do, and it will honor Yahweh.

I hope that you take the time to watch these videos, and I pray that you will carefully consider the actions that you and your family need to take.  This is a serious matter that demands your attention.

Don’t wait for preachers to get onboard with the truth.  Raising questions about Christmas in most churches would result in the pastor losing his job.  Few pastors are willing to take that chance.  Even though this may sound crass, as Deep Throat told Woodward and Bernstein, “Follow the money.”

I think it boils down to an economic issue for many if not most preachers.  Those who aren’t afraid of losing their jobs are just ignorant about the facts.  However, nothing that preachers do or don’t do negates our responsibility to know and share the truth.

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9--Jerusalem Post


With Christmas upon us, ’tis the season to bash Israel

Police officer stabbed in back during terrorist attack near West Bank checkpoint

PA: Palestinian, Israeli Negotiators No Longer Meeting Directly

EU mulls delaying anti-Israel document in light of ongoing peace talks

At least 14 killed, over 100 wounded in big blast in Egypt’s Nile Delta

Syrian activist to ‘Post’: If al-Qaida helps us topple regime, let it be

Analysis: The race against time to find the bombers

Erekat rejects possible extension of deadline of talks with Israel

Netanyahu may condition advancing peace talks on Pollard release

Vandals desecrate Russian synagogue with pig’s head



10--Arutz Sheva


One Week After Storm, Parts of Gaza Fence Still Down

Two More Universities Quit ASA Over Israel Boycott

Iran Denies that Rouhani Wrote Op-ed for German Paper

Israel Releases Hunger Striking Terrorist

Bennett: The PA is Responsible for the Attacks

Condition of Stabbed Officer Improves

Protest Tuesday At Adam Junction Against Terror 

Iran Claims Saudi Delegation Met Netanyahu

Egyptian PM: Mansoura Attack an ‘Act of Terrorism’

At Least 14 Dead in Egypt Explosion





Abbas, PLO lash Israel in Christmas messages

Israel to Abbas: No, Jesus was not a Palestinian

As both sides wait for Kerry, the refugee camps boil

Policeman stabbed near Jerusalem in apparent terror attack

Security forces search for suspects in Bat Yam bus bombing

Rocket from Gaza falls near children’s bus stop

Islamist rebels said to forcibly convert Syrian Druze

Rouhani eyes rebuilding relations with the US

Finance C’tee greenlights defense budget boost

Jihadist group in Sinai threatens Egyptian forces



12--Other News


Barbara Walters on Obama: ‘We Thought He Was Going To Be The Next Messiah’

Passenger vigilance foils terror attack on bus near Tel Aviv

PA to Seek Arab League Backing for Response to Kerry’s Framework Peace Proposals

‘Saudi delegation visited Israel, met with PM’

Haredim protest universal enlistment, Christians support it 

Dozens of Universities Reject ASA Boycott of Israeli Academics; None Known to Support It

Hamas Rocket Lands near Egypt

Guardian Mourns a Palestinian Who Asked: Are Jews Evil by Nature?

The Camp Ashraf Massacres: A Failure to Protect

Sen. Schumer: Time to Ratchet Up Sanctions on Iran



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Steve Apfel: The UN cop for Israel—Richard Falk is a one-off cop. What other polices a whole people, is duty-bound to bring them to book, and obliged to blow the whistle on that people even before he sets off on his beat. If that sounds like a freak cop, there’s more. How many servants can there be of diplomat lounge-abouts who expect their hiring to slap criminal charges on a predetermined felon? That’s Richard Falk, the UN cop for Israel. An old Princeton law professor, with a caricature face that Herr Goebbels plastered around the Reich to drum up the oldest hatred in the world, Falk an American Jew, is a troublemaker without par. “Israel has genocidal intentions against the Palestinians,” he lately declared on Russian television. It could be the final straw. Canada has called on the UN Human Rights Council to remove Falk from the honorary position it gave him.

The Economist: Snail’s Pace—John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, has suggested that Israeli forces could remain for at least ten years in the Jordan Valley. “If we’re in control of the area, there’s no reason for the [Jewish] settlements to leave,” said Dore Gold, a former ambassador to the UN. The settlements, he said, could provide staging posts for rushing Israeli troops to the border in the event of attack, and would help safeguard Israel against any infiltration of weapons by hostile outsiders. Meanwhile, Jordan’s King Abdullah seems determined to link a Jordanian industrial park to a new Israeli one straddling the Jordan River. This “Jordan Gateway” park is to include an electricity plant fueled by Israeli gas piped under the Jordan River and a storage area for goods traffic heading from Israel’s port of Haifa via Jordan into the Arab world. Shlomi Fogel, one of the park’s Israeli architects, says that in July alone, 6,000 trucks full of grain, steel and marble crossed from Israel to Jordan, much of it bound for Iraq.

Martin Kramer: The Iran Foray of the ASA— Critics of the Israel boycott resolution of the American Studies Association (ASA) sometimes ask why the ASA doesn’t also boycott Chinese or Iranian universities. (I make the double-standard argument myself, in a post today at Foreign Policy.) Even the president of the ASA, Curtis Marez, admits that Israel’s neighbors have worse human rights records, but adds that “one has to start somewhere.” But the Israel boycott resolution isn’t the ASA’s first “start” in the Middle East. In fact, the ASA had an earlier foray, in Iran. More precisely, it coddled one of Iran’s most prominent America-bashing academics, at the very moment when Iran’s President [Ahmadinejad] was busy purging Iran’s universities.

Dr. Aviad Hacohen: An unwise ban—This week, Israel Hayom ran a sensational story informing us that the commander of the Education and Youth Corps had banned the screening of the movie “Bethlehem” in Israel Defense Forces events. The movie is considered critical of the Israeli presence in Judea and Samaria. “The movie is not sanctioned for screening before rank and file in a military setting,” read the commander’s letter. However, according to the directive, the IDF should encourage the senior brass to watch the film. Officers who are company commanders or have a more senior title can view the film, and so can “special” units such as those in the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, because this will “encourage the relevant discourse on values.” However, such screening must first be greenlighted by a colonel or someone higher up in the chain of command.

Yoav Limor: Alarm bells going off— Lady Luck smiled on Bat Yam on Sunday. Take away a fraction of the passengers’ vigilance and this morning’s headlines would have tallied a terror attack’s casualties and fatalities. The bomb in question was a relatively small one, but in the confinements of a crowded bus the blast would have been lethal. It is highly likely that this was not the work of a lone individual. Unlike the majority of terror attacks that have taken place over the past few months in Judea and Samaria, Sunday’s attack appears to be the work of a terror cell: someone had put the explosive device together and someone had smuggled it into Israel, plant it on the bus and flee.

Eli Hazan: Palestinians give up on reciprocity— The various attempts by countries in the international community to bring about a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict deserve our gratitude, but we have to put things in the right perspective, because it seems as though we are repeating past mistakes. Yet again, Israel has become subject to ongoing international criticism, even though Jerusalem compromised on some of its most fundamental interests, expressing a willingness to pay a heavy price for the sake of achieving the lofty goal of peace. Just as it was before, no matter what price us Israelis are willing to pay for peace, or how far we are willing to go, our country remains under the microscope. That kind of skewed perception stems from pursuing the wrong interests.

Boaz Bismuth: Obama’s incoherence— U.S. President Barack Obama admitted in early December at the Saban Forum in Washington that the nuclear deal signed with Iran has only a 50 percent chance of success. Due to this very reason, he must understand (although he doesn’t) the 26 senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, who presented a bill in recent days threatening new sanctions against Iran if it violates the conditions of the interim agreement signed in Geneva, or if a comprehensive deal is not be finalized within a year. Everyone agrees that only the sanctions led Iran to make concessions (relatively speaking). Congress is of the belief that pressure on Iran must continue to be applied. Does anyone really believe otherwise?

Michael S. Roth: Boycott of Israeli Universities: A Repugnant Attack on Academic Freedom—The American Studies Assn. recently passed a resolution that “endorses and…honor[s] the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.” The boycott is a repugnant attack on academic freedom, declaring academic institutions off-limits because of their national affiliation. Here’s what the American Assn. of University Professors has to say about the importance of unfettered interaction among scholars: “Since its founding in 1915, the AAUP has been committed to preserving and advancing the free exchange of ideas among academics irrespective of governmental policies and however unpalatable those policies may be viewed. We reject proposals that curtail the freedom of teachers and researchers to engage in work with academic colleagues, and we reaffirm the paramount importance of the freest possible international movement of scholars and ideas.”

Richard Baehr: Mainstreaming anti-Israelism— The New York Times, the mainstream voice of the American Left, published two articles this week on a boycott resolution passed by a little-known academic group — the American Studies Association. The second of the two articles appeared on the front page of the paper, meaning that a resolution adopted by the votes of just over 800 members of the association was viewed as one of the top stories in the world that day. Had the association refused to endorse such a boycott, the story would never have made the front page, and the results of the vote by the association’s members would likely not even have been reported in The New York Times. The Times’ breathless coverage, and eagerness to report on the symbolic blow to the Jewish state reflects a dismaying sign of the times in the United States — hostility to Israel has become a signature issue for the Left.

Udi Dekel and Yoel Guzansky: Israel and Saudi Arabia: Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend?— Recent reports and commentaries have suggested that a rapprochement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is underway. Indeed, both countries are eager to prevent Iran from achieving military nuclear capability and would like to curb Iranian attempts to attain regional hegemony. In addition, both are perturbed by recent developments in US policy, particularly the reluctance to use force against Iran and Syria, and signs of a gradual shift away from the problems of the Middle East. However, in spite of the convergence of interests between Israel and Saudi Arabia, full normalization is not on the agenda as long as there is no significant political breakthrough between Israel and the Palestinians. At the same time, there is a wide range between full diplomatic relations and a total lack of contact, and the two countries can take advantage of this.



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4--Scripture of the Day Yahweh

Luke 2: 11 from the Peshitta (sometimes called the Aramaic Bible):

“For today is born to you in the city of Dawid (David) the Savior who is MarYah (Master Yahweh), the Mashiyach (Messiah).”

Luke 2: 11 from:

  • The New International Version: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”
  • The King James Version: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
  • The New American Standard Version: “for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

About the Peshitta: The Peshitta is the version of the New Testament that is translated from writings in the original language of the New Testament, Aramaic—the only language that common men and women of that day in Israel could read and understand.  For a complete explanation about the Peshitta and its importance, read Ruach Qadim: Aramaic Origins of the New Testament by Andrew Gabriel Roth.

HalleluYah! Yahweh our Savior came to pay the price for our sins, save us, and tell us the truth about Himself and His word.

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His Name is Yahweh explains why the Name of God, Yahweh, is so important.  It’s available in eBook format and in paperback.  It’s also available for free in PDF format.

  • God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘Yahweh, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This [Yahweh] is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15)
  • “Therefore behold, I am going to make them know—this time I will make them know My power and My might; and they shall know that My name is Yahweh.” (Jeremiah 16: 21)
  • “Behold, the days are coming,” declares Yahweh, “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.  In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘Yahweh our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23: 5-6)
  • Yeshua said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” (John 8: 58)


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14--Blessings from Revelation 2

Blessings in the Book of Revelation is a book that you need to read, especially now.  There are blessings throughout the Scriptures but Revelation is the only book in the Bible actually containing a specific blessing for reading it. It’s repeated twice, once at the beginning and again at the end. This is the reason that I believe Revelation should be the first step toward studying biblical prophecy. Though not easy to do, Revelation can be broken down and understood by anyone, not just the academic elite. So, Revelation’s blessings are for everyone.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.


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  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
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