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Which god?

The “G-word” is everywhere today. People from very different religions, no religions, and atheists use it every day – as if they are all talking about the same god. Even people that self-identify with the same religion aren’t always talking about the same god. How important is it for us to know which god we are talking about?
If someone said, “Do you want food?”; would you ask “What kind of food?”
How about if your doctor called and said, “You need an operation.” Would you ask, “What kind of operation?”
Based on the impact the “G-word” has on our lives today in America, doesn’t that make knowing which is very important? But when people use the “G-word,” most people never ask, “Which god?” – not even professional reporters that work for large media corporations, newspapers and magazines!
Christianity, Judaism and Islam are monotheistic religions that teach that there is only one god -- but their memes about their “God” are very different. Jewish and Christian Scriptures contain storie…
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Critical period for teaching 10 to 18 month old infants how to control their emotions.

The discovery of the critical period became one of the most famous in biology in the second half of the twentieth century. The brain is especially plastic (changeable) and sensitive to the environment and experiences rapid, formative growth during critical periods. Each neural system has a different critical period.
A particularly important critical period lasts from approximately ten or twelve months to sixteen or eighteen months, during which a key area of the right frontal lobe is developing and shaping the brain circuits that will allow infants both to maintain human attachments and to regulate their emotions. This system allows us both to read people’s facial expressions, and hence their emotions, and also to understand and control our own emotions.
A mother who is with her baby during the critical period for emotional development and attachment is constantly teaching her child what emotions are by using musical speech and nonverbal gestures.
When she looks at her child who swallo…

God Did Not Command Men to Rule Over Women or Curse Them

This is the fourth and final part of the “What Happened in a Garden in Eden” discussion between Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers. This video is about the first demonstration of divine justice. God does not curse the man and woman and neither does he “punish the woman by telling her the man will rule over her.” This account reaffirms the establishment of gender equality in all things that the first creation account revealed. If you have a daughter, be sure she understands the wisdom principles of this account.
This video covers Genesis 3:8 to 3:23 (26:11 minutes). This video was originally part of a Facebook Live broadcast and it is posted on Facebook. You do not have to be a Facebook member or sign into Facebook to view it. When you click on the link below, if a "Sign Up" screen pops up, just click on the "Not Now" option to immediately view the video. We hope you will find the video entertaining and informative. https://www.facebook.com/100011127369862/videos/710…

Two Humans vs a Walking Talking Religious Snake Part 2

This is the third part of the “What Happened in a Garden in Eden” discussion between Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers. This video contains the discussion between the serpent and the two humans. This is the first account of the power of persuasion in the Bible. It is also the first opportunity for one human to protect another human.
This video covers Genesis 3:1b to 3:7b (11:41 minutes). This video was originally part of a Facebook Live broadcast and it is posted on Facebook. You do not have to be a Facebook member or sign into Facebook to view it. When you click on the link below, if a "Sign Up" screen pops up, just click on the "Not Now" option to immediately view the video. We hope you will find the video entertaining and informative. https://www.facebook.com/100011127369862/videos/710740465973526/?l=6406524282342416647 ______________________________________________
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Two Humans vs. a Walking Talking Religious Snake

This is the second part of the “What Happened in a Garden in Eden” discussion between Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers. In this video, God decides the man by himself is not “TOV,” so God decides to create a mate for him. The first thing God creates to fill that role is a wild predatory animal! What was God thinking?
This sets the stage for one of the most important events in the Scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. As a matter of fact, the Garden of Eden story was reinterpreted by Augustine in the 5th century CE and his new interpretation laid the theological foundation upon which modern Christianity now stands.
The verses discussed in this video set up the first confrontation in the Bible -- “Two Humans vs. a Walking Talking Religious Snake.” The questions raised in the minds of the ancient Hebrew audience were these:
Will the two humans act together and be “the image of God”?
Or will the two humans act as individuals and be “images of a wild predatory animal”?
This video covers…

What Happened in a Garden in Eden Part 1

This is the first part of the “What Happened in a Garden in Eden” discussion between Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers. Their linguistic approach to Bible study allows the ancient Hebrew text to tell its own story – and its story is very different from the stories that have been told by religious institutions. This video covers Genesis 2:4b to 2:17 (19:36 minutes).
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What do God’s image, having sex and filling the earth have in common?

This is the second video of the “Humans from the Creator’s Perspective.” Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor begins by reviewing what the biblical text reveals about the mysterious unnamed creator in Genesis 1. These are things that creatures “created in the Creator’s image” should absolutely know. Next Rabbi Leynor and Jim Myers focus on the Creator’s blessing of the humans, which endows them with the capacity to do the things specified in the blessing. This is a great overview of “human potentiality from the Creator’s perspective.
What is the first thing on the Creator’s list of human empowerments? – “Have sex!” And the second is “fill the earth,” which means a lot more than “making babies.” A lot of people treat sex as a “recreational activity” today, but “filling the earth” is a very serious responsibility for the people that “make a baby.” Failure to understand and learn the skills necessary to “fill the earth” can have very bad consequences for the babies they make, their families and their co…