“For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My Name will be great among the Gentiles, and in every place incense is going to be offered to My Name, and a grain offering that is pure; for My Name will be great among the Gentiles,” says Yahweh Sabaoth. (Malachi 1: 11)
My Bar Mitzvah and Other Things
In 2003, Katie and I took our daughters, Melanie and Rebekah, to Israel. This trip was memorable for a number of reasons. For instance, I was in the process of writing His Name is Yahweh. I wasn’t finished with it, but it was far enough along that I felt comfortable sharing a draft copy of the manuscript. I wanted to give it to Rabbi Chaim Richman. I had met him several years before.
Rabbi Richman is the International Director of the Temple Institute, and he’s actively involved with the Sanhedrin.
The Sanhedrin was reestablished in 2004 for many reasons probably the most important of which is to authenticate the Messiah. That’s an interesting issue that deserves a lot of attention, but I don’t want to delve into it in this editorial. At some point, I’ll come back to it.
We flew EL AL out of New York. EL AL is a textbook example of great airline security. There are several security stations before you board the plane. At the first stop, we were assigned to a young man who had just completed his IDF service.
First, he confirmed that we were a family. Families traveling together fall into a lower security risk group than men traveling alone, for example.
Next, he wanted to know why we are going to Israel and if we were Jewish. We were tourists, but we also have friends in Israel with whom we always spend time. They are Sabra Jews, i.e., born and raised in Israel. That put us in an even lower risk category.
Typically, Israeli security personnel don’t ask directly if you are Jewish, although sometimes they do. The young man to whom we were assigned got to that point by asking me as the head of the family if I could speak or write Hebrew.
I said, “A little.”
He handed me a piece of paper and a pen and said, “Write something in Hebrew.”
I wrote yod-hey-vav-hey in Hebrew and handed it back to him.
He looked at me and said, “Do you know what this is?”
“Of course, I do.”
“What is it?” he asked with a quizzical look.
“That’s God’s Name, Yahweh.”
“How do you know this?”
“I wrote a book about it.”
“What’s the title of your book?”
“His Name is Yahweh.”
With each question, he seemed a little more perplexed. Eventually, he said, “Do you have a copy of it with you.”
I took the bound manuscript that I had brought for Rabbi Richman out of my backpack and handed it to him. He already knew that I was Neil Snyder. There on the cover of the manuscript was my name.
“Why are you taking it to Israel?”, he asked.
“The book is almost finished. I’m giving this copy to Rabbi Chaim Richman. I want to know if he has any comments.”
Israel is a small place. Rabbi Richman is someone that most Israelis have heard about even if they don’t know him. That answer put us in an even lower risk category, but it did something else, too.
At that point, the young man became our advocate. As we proceeded to the second security stop, he shadowed us. When we got to the front of the line, he said, “Let them through.”
That’s not normal.
He followed us all the way to the boarding gate. When we reached the front of that line, he told the woman to let us through.
That’s really not normal.
It was a remarkable experience. I’ve traveled to Israel many times. The only thing like it that has ever happened to me was when I was participating in an Israeli security meeting that was headed Uzi Arad, a man who later became Prime Minister Netanyahu’s National Security Advisor.
I got special treatment then, too, but it was nothing like the treatment I got when the person asking the questions associated me with Yahweh. That speaks volumes.
Flying EL AL out of New York means that the plane is loaded with Orthodox Jews. My seat was next to an elderly gentleman named Rabbi Friedman. It was an overnight flight to Tel Aviv, so I got to know him quite well.
Even with glasses, the rabbi had trouble seeing, so he asked me to read the ingredients that were listed on everything he was given to eat throughout the flight to make sure it was kosher. We talked about lots of others things, too.
Rabbi Friedman was a boy living in Israel in 1948. He witnessed the War of Independence. Later, he moved to New York. He told me about growing up in Israel during that difficult period. It was fascinating.
As we approached Tel Aviv, he asked me if I had been bar mitzvahed. I said, “No.”
“Do you want to be?”
“Sure,” I said.
During bar mitzvah ceremonies, young men are asked to recite the Shema. It’s Deuteronomy 6: 4: “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!”
The Hebrew word “shema” means to hear or to listen. It’s a command, not a suggestion.
Rabbi Friedman asked me if I knew the Shema. I told him that I did. Then he asked if I knew it in Hebrew. Again, I said that I did and that I would like to say it the way it’s written in the Torah.
He said, “That’s fine.”
When it was time for me to recite the Shema, I said, “Shema, Yisrael, Yahweh Eloheinu Yahweh Echad.”
The first time I said “Yahweh”, the rabbi stopped me and said, “We don’t use that Name.”
I said, “Rabbi Friedman, that’s the way it’s written in the Torah.”
He nodded his approval and said, “Go ahead.”
When the ceremony was over, I asked the rabbi if I could take a picture. He said, “Fine.”
I asked a young woman in the row in front of us if she would take a picture for me. She agreed, but when she saw that it would include a picture of the rabbi, she asked him for permission.
She wasn’t just being polite. Many rabbis don’t want to have their picture taken. She wanted confirmation from him that it was okay. He nodded his approval and she took the picture. It’s below.
Officially, I am a son of the commandment. That’s what bar mitzvah means.
That was a significant moment in my life. I can’t explain why.
It was important to me personally, but it was more than that. I believe that Rabbi Friedman being on the plane next to me was providential. Even more, I think the rabbi asking me if I wanted him to bar mitzvah me was Divine design.
Again, I can’t explain why, but I am glad that I said, “Yes.”
The website is loaded with factual information that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Yahweh is our Savior and that the Messiah is Yahweh.
I hope you will take a few minutes and explore the website. I also hope you will share it with your friends and family.
It’s time for believers to tell the world about our God by His Name—Yahweh.
At a Thursday White House forum on criminal justice reform, President Obama ended the session by volunteering some comments, unprompted.
Obama chose to weigh in on the simmering controversy over the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” More specifically, he gave his take on the idea that the phrase is a threat, a verbal affront or some kind of intentional effort to devalue the lives of others. This idea seems to have started with a few not-exactly disinterested police union heads and law enforcement officials, boiled over on a number of conservative blogs and has reverberated with a certain share of the white American public. One Fox News anchor even asked on air why Black Lives Matter is not considered a hate group. Her explanation: It’s her job to ask questions.
Here’s what Obama said, from Wesley Lowery:
“Sometimes, like any of these loose organizations, some people pop off and say dumb things but … on the other hand though, it started being lifted up as ‘these folks are opposed to police, they’re opposed to cops and all lives matter,’ so the notion was that somehow saying black lives matter was reverse racism or suggesting that other people’s lives don’t matter or police officers lives don’t matter,” Obama said. “And whenever we get bogged down in that kind of discussion, we know where that goes, that’s just down the old trap.”
Obama went on to suggest that organizers of Black Lives Matter — which he declared a “social media movement” — do value all lives and do support good law enforcement. But he added, repeating a line he has used often when discussing issues of race and policing, that concerns about policing and profiling in minority communities are real and valid.
“I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities,” Obama said. “And that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Of course, black lives matter. All lives matter.
Blacks more than any other ethnic group in our country are killing their unborn children via abortion. How can anyone say that black lives matter and at the same time say that abortion on demand should be the law of the land?
It doesn’t make any sense.
Stone-throwing Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip during “Day of Rage” protests on Friday while diplomats tried to end more than three weeks of bloodshed.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he was cautiously optimistic there was a way to defuse tensions after holding four hours of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Berlin on Thursday.
Israeli authorities also lifted restrictions on Friday that had banned men aged under 40 from using the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s walled Old City – a move seen as a bid to ease Muslim anger.
Charles Krauthammer—Bewildered Obama leaves Middle East to Putin and his puppets:
Guess who just popped up in the Kremlin? Bashar al-Assad, Syrian dictator and destroyer, now Vladimir Putin’s newest pet. After four years holed up in Damascus, Assad was summoned to Russia to bend a knee to Putin, show the world that today Middle East questions get settled not in Washington but in Moscow, and officially bless the Russian-led four-nation takeover of Syria now underway.
Does the bewildered Obama administration finally understand what Russia is up to?
President Obama says Russia is doomed to fail in the Syrian quagmire. But Russia is not trying to reconquer the country for Assad. It’s consolidating a rump Syrian state on the roughly 20 per cent of the country he now controls, the Alawite areas stretching north and west from Damascus through Latakia and encompassing the Russian naval base at Tartus.
It’s a partition. It will leave the Islamic State in control in the interior north and east. Why is this doomed to failure?
As Stephen Harper banged out the final piano chords to the Beatles song Hey Jude at a private dinner for Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem last year, he underscored, albeit somewhat bizarrely, his absolute commitment to the Israeli leader.
It was a commitment that in Mr Harper’s nearly 10 years as prime minister had seen Canada, long viewed in the region as an honest, if minor, broker in the Arab-Israel conflict, shift emphatically and unequivocally to the Israeli side.
While he will undoubtedly remain a friend of Israel, the incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau will also be aiming to repair relations with the Arab world in order to assert his firm belief that a two-state solution requires dialogue with both sides.
By contrast, Mr Harper managed to convey the impression that Muslims and Arabs were not to be trusted, most tellingly in his handling of the Syrian refugee crisis.
SnyderTalk Comment: I think Harper was right on the money. That’s what the facts tell us. It’s not a matter of personal opinion as the BBC writer seems to believe.
It concerns me that so many people in our society think that all opinions are created equal. Some of them are off-the-wall.
When people who don’t know anything, don’t care that they don’t know anything, and plan to do nothing to get informed think that their opinions matter, we have a problem.
The real problem is that they vote.
Ben Cohen—The Mufti and the Holocaust, Revisited:
“If a man was a Jew, it was good enough for him to be killed or stamped out,” wrote a senior British official serving abroad to his superiors in London in 1929.
From where was this gentleman—Major Alan Saunders—writing his dispatch? From Munich or Berlin or any of the other German cities where Hitler’s Nazi Party was gaining supporters and street thugs? In fact, no. Major Saunders was the head of the British Police in Palestine during the mandate period, and his statement concerned the massacre by Arabs, in August 1929, of 69 Jews in Hebron, a city where their community had been a consistent presence for at least two millennia.
I was reminded of Major Saunders’s pithy summary of the motive behind the Hebron pogrom when news broke of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, in which he essentially argued that it was the Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, who crystallized the idea of the mass extermination of the Jews in Adolf Hitler’s mind. But before I talk about the controversy that followed these comments, I want to make a couple of more general observations by way of introduction.
SnyderTalk Comment: If you haven’t seen “Nazi Jihad” on American Heroes Channel, you should watch it. You can get it on YouTube. Also see “The real reason a Palestinian mufti allied with Hitler? It’s not so shocking.”
The Obama administration is cutting aid to the Palestinians by $80 million in what congressional sources describe as a “message” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
The State Department notified lawmakers on Sept. 25 of its intention to reduce economic aid for the West Bank and Gaza Strip from $370 million to $290 million in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, Al-Monitor has learned. The news of the 22% cut from the department’s initial request follows mounting criticism from Congress about Palestinian “incitement” in the rash of stabbing attacks that have left at least 10 Israeli civilians dead over the past three weeks.
“We need to dial up pressure on Palestinian officials to repudiate this violence,” said Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The committee voted unanimously Oct. 22 on a resolution taking Abbas and other Palestinian leaders to task for “incitement” of violence against Jewish Israelis, both for recent statements that Israel wants to change the status quo on the Temple Mount and for longtime hate-mongering in Palestinian schools and media. While some Israeli right-wingers such as Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel have advocated for more Jewish access to the controversial site, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has largely maintained the status quo.
Soeren Kern—Germany: Asylum Seekers Make Demands:
- “Human traffickers and the media in their home countries are making promises that do not correspond to reality.” — Hans-Joachim Ulrich, regional refugee coordinator.
- The migrants said they were angry they were being asked to sleep in a huge warehouse rather than in private apartments. Hamburg officials say there are no more vacant apartments in the city. “The city lied to us. We were shocked when we arrived here,” said Syrian refugee Awad Arbaakeat.
- “One of the men, who spoke broken German, said they [a family of asylum seekers from Syria] were not interested in viewing the property because I am a woman… I was taken aback. You want to help and then are sent away, unwanted in your own country.” — Aline Kern, real estate agent.
- “A constitutional state cannot allow itself to be blackmailed.” — Marcel Huber, Bavarian politician.
- “I man. You woman. I go first.” — Muslim male with a full shopping cart at the supermarket.
- An asylum seeker from Somalia successfully sued the German Agency for Migration and Refugees for taking too long to process his application — 16 months. The agency said it currently has a backlog of 250,000 unprocessed applications.
- Seventy percent of migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria who were offered apprenticeships fail to complete them. According to the director of the Munich Chamber of Trade, many young migrants believe apprenticeships are beneath them.
Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs—Israel rejects UNESCO Executive Board decision on ‘Occupied Palestine’:
Israel totally rejects the shameful resolution on ‘Occupied Palestine’ adopted today at the plenary of the 197th Session of UNESCO’s Executive Board. The resolution aims to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a religious confrontation and its adoption is a disgrace for UNESCO’s Executive Board. The Executive Board has joined the pyromaniacs seeking to set fire to the most sensitive sites to humankind.
The decision is an abuse of UNESCO’s mandate. UNESCO’s Director-General Mrs. Irina Bokova yesterday expressed her strong opposition to the resolution, which constitutes “taking the protection of cultural heritage hostage” and “undermining UNESCO’s mandate and efforts”. The DG: “deplores the proposals…appeals to the UNESCO Executive Board to take decisions that do not further inflame tensions on the ground and that encourage respect for the sanctity of the Holy Sites”.
Instead of striving to reduce tensions, the authors of the resolution are working to fuel the flames in the region, using irresponsible religious rhetoric and distorting history.
This decision is yet another step in the continuous Palestinian endeavor to rewrite history and distort the sources of World Heritage in this part of the World. The Palestinian leadership’s attempt to claim for themselves Jewish and Christian holy sites doesn’t bode well; suffice to look at the torching of Joseph’s Tomb by Palestinians just a few days ago. The deep Jewish ties to the holy sites in Jerusalem and its surroundings are undeniable and no decision of UNESCO can alter that.
Ron Dermer—Ten Deadly Lies about Israel:
As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks:
First: Israel is trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount.
False. Israel stringently maintains the status quo on the Temple Mount. Last year some 3.5 million Muslims visited the Temple Mount alongside some 200,000 Christians and 12,000 Jews. Only Muslims are allowed to pray on the Mount, and non-Muslims may visit only at specified times, which have not changed. Though the Temple Mount is Judaism’s holiest site—where Solomon built his Temple some 3,000 years ago—Israel will not allow a change in the status quo. The ones trying to change the status quo are Palestinians, who are violently trying to prevent Jews and Christians from even visiting a site holy to all three faiths.
Second: Israel seeks to destroy al-Aqsa mosque.
False: Since reuniting Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has vigorously protected the holy sites of all faiths, including al-Aqsa. In the Middle East, where militant Islamists desecrate and destroy churches, synagogues, world heritage sites, as well as each other’s mosques, Israel is the only guarantor of Jerusalem’s holy places. Palestinians have been propagating the “al-Aqsa is in danger” myth since at least 1929, when the Palestinian icon, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, used it to inspire the massacre of Jews in Hebron and elsewhere. Nearly a century later, the mosque remains unharmed, but the lie persists.
SnyderTalk Comment: The Knockout Game and things like it are leading toward trouble.
In the real world, there are consequences. When thugs and criminals of any color or religion endanger innocent people, their first response should be to rely on law enforcement authorities to solve the problem. If the police and political leaders don’t do their jobs, people will take matters into their own hands. If the problem persists, vigilante justice will ensue. It’s a natural progression.
Barack Obama has made it his business to glorify villains and to demonize victims. There are many examples of this, but I’ll mention 3: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the college professor in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the Muslim kid from Irving, Texas (a Dallas suburb) who made what appeared to be a time bomb.
I want to focus on the kid from Texas. He actually made a digital clock, but it looked like a bomb. School officials called the police, and the kid was taken out of school in handcuffs.
That created a real brouhaha. School officials and law enforcement authorities were demonized. The kid went on a tour of Muslim countries in the Middle East where he spread the message that America is a racist country that is anti-Muslim. When he returned from his tour, he went to the White House for a meeting with Obama. He was made out to be a hero.
This is the first pertinent question: do Americans have any reason to believe that Muslims are putting their lives at risk?
If you think the answer is no, you have a problem or you are woefully ignorant.
This is the second pertinent question: did school officials and law enforcement authorities overreact?
Let’s say they did. So, why did they overreact?
It’s because they know what’s been going on, and they don’t want to answer this question in case there is a serious incident and lots of innocent people die: why didn’t you do something because you knew or had reasons to suspect that the kid made a bomb?
The safest course of action was to assume the worst, make an arrest, and sort things out. That’s what they did, and I think that’s what they should have done. In other words, I don’t think they overreacted.
This is the third pertinent question: why did the kid’s parents send him on a tour of Muslim countries in the Middle East to vilify the United States?
A thinking person can conclude very easily that it was part of an orchestrated plot with evil intent. If he was my son, that’s not what I would have done.
I would have straightened things out with police and school officials. In other words, I would simply want to prove his innocence and restore his good reputation. The tour strongly suggests ulterior motives.
This is the fourth pertinent question: why did Obama intervene and elevate the incident to a national issue at the highest level?
It may be that Obama is an imbecile. I’m not talking about intellect here. I’m referring to common sense. Obama doesn’t seem to have any.
Many have said that Obama has evil intentions. Candidly, there is so much evidence supporting that conclusion that dismissing it without doing due diligence is foolish.
Where there is smoke there is fire. Where Obama is concerned, there is plenty of smoke.
By making the kid out to be a hero, Obama sent the wrong message to the American people. He told us that taking precautions is not the right thing to do.
The kid’s parents sent the wrong message, too. They made the incident into a Muslims vs. Christians issue. That falls into line with the radical Islamist mindset and raises some very serious questions about their motives.
This is the last pertinent question: why didn’t Obama invite the 60-year-old woman who shot 2 or 7 Knockout Game players to the White House. She’s a role model. She was prepared to defend herself. That’s what the president should be telling all of us.
Thanks to Obama, our lives are more at risk today than they have been in many decades. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact.
SnyderTalk Comment: Since when is lying under oath not a crime?
SnyderTalk Comment: What difference does it make? The only pertinent question is what does the Temple Mount symbolize to Yahweh?
1 “And you shall make the altar of acacia wood, five cubits long and five cubits wide; the altar shall be square, and its height shall be three cubits. 2 You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it, and you shall overlay it with bronze. 3 You shall make its pails for removing its ashes, and its shovels and its basins and its forks and its firepans; you shall make all its utensils of bronze. 4 You shall make for it a grating of network of bronze, and on the net you shall make four bronze rings at its four corners. 5 You shall put it beneath, under the ledge of the altar, so that the net will reach halfway up the altar. 6 You shall make poles for the altar, poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with bronze. 7 Its poles shall be inserted into the rings, so that the poles shall be on the two sides of the altar when it is carried. 8 You shall make it hollow with planks; as it was shown to you in the mountain, so they shall make it.”
SnyderTalk Comment: Read His Name is Yahweh.
- 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)
Can you say Jesus is Yahweh?—Jim Hutchens
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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.
Other Books by Neil Snyder
- 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.
- What Will You Do with the Rest of Your Life? deals with a question that every Christian has to consider: what should I do with my life? Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
- Falsely Accused is a true story about a young woman who was accused of committing a double homicide. It’s about a travesty of justice, and it reveals Yahweh intervening in the life of a believer to rescue her from danger in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Everyone will enjoy the book, but young people in particular need to read it because the mistakes made that led to the problem could have been avoided. They were the kinds of mistakes that young people are prone to make. As they say, forewarned is forearmed. Click here to order the eBook. Click here to order the paperback.
See “His Name is Yahweh”.