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You filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy. . .

When Breath Becomes Air” was written by Paul Kalanithi, a man that had just completed his residency in neurological surgery and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience. He had a MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine from Cambridge and graduated from the Yale School of Medicine. He also received the American Academy of Neurological Surgery’s highest aware for research. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training in medicine, he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. During the last 22 months of his life he wrote this book. The following quotes are from this beautiful, inspiring and informative book – a story written by a dying father to an infant daughter.
“A few months ago, I celebrated my fifteenth college reunion at Stanford and stood out on the quad, drinking a whiskey as a pink sun dipped below the horizon; when old friends called out parting promises – “We’ll see you at the twenty-fifth!”— it seemed rude to respond with “Well… …

The Foundation of a Society of Shalom: Strong Gender Equal Relationships Built on the Sacredness of Life & Valuing “The Image of God” in Yourself and Others.

Shalom is a Hebrew word that has traditionally been translated “peace,” but in the Hebrew language shalom means much more than “peace” means to English speakers today.
Shalom does not have the passive, even negative, connotation of the word “peace.” It does not mean merely the absence of strife. It is pregnant with positive, active and energetic meaning and association. It connotes totality, health, wholesomeness, harmony, success, the completeness and richness of living in an integrated social milieu.1
Even today when Hebrew speakers meet or part they wish each other “shalom” or they inquire about each other’s “shalom.” The foundation of a social environment of shalom is strong gender equal relationships built on the sacredness of life and valuing “the image of God” in others.
The idea of a Society of Shalom first appears in the Scripturesof Christianityand Judaism in the first chapter of the first book – Genesis 1 – in the account of the creation of humans.
27God created the ADAM in …

What the "Image of God" Really Means, God’s Parenting Model, Purposes of Life, Exercising Power & much more.

The Sixth Day of Creation is packed with instructions, principles and wisdom most Bible readers are completely unaware of. Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers discovered the things below, and more, embedded in the Hebrew words of the account of the Sixth Day of Creation in Genesis 1.
● Humans share an Earthly soul with the animals.
● “The image of God” is a “them” -- not a “him” or a “her.
● God’s model of “parenting.”
● Gender equality in the ancient text.
● “Impulse control” and “self-discipline.”
● God’s model for exercising power.
● Purposes of life.
● Jewish & Christian “images of God” are different.
● Judaism & Christian Religions view history differently.
View the discussions between Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers about the Sixth Day of Creation by clicking on the links below.
Creation of Animals(6:37 minutes)
​● Creation of Humans #1(6:41 minutes)

Realities, Elephants & Riders

From the moment we awaken in the morning, we are surrounded with a rush of light and sounds and smells. Our senses are flooded. All we have to do is wake up every day and without thought or effort each of us is immersed in his or her unique irrefutable reality. We naturally assume that our “irrefutablereality” is “the reality” of the entire world. Why would anyone ever stop to consider there’s something beyond that reality? The brain controls the organs that make us aware of the world outside of our bodies. They combine to produce the navigation system that guides us through life and keeps us from or causes us to bump into each other. Read the complete blog at https://tovcenter.blogspot.com/2018/10/realities-elephants-riders.html

Whose Image of God?

Humans are created “in the image of God” is a very important tenet of Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity; but their understandings of what “in the image of God” means are very different. Since both views are based on the same scripture, we decided to examine the ancient Hebrew text in which the phrase first appears. It is found in the opening account of Genesis (1:1-2:4a), specifically in the events of Day Six. Let’s allow that context to define the ancient meaning of “in the image of God.”
24And God said, “Let the Earth cause to bring forth a living soul according to her kind; a large animal (cattle, oxen), small moving creature, and wild predatory beast of the Earth, according to her kind.” And it was so.
The first thing God does on the sixth day is command the Earth to bring forth a “living souls according to her kind.” The Hebrew word NEFESh is the word translated “soul.” The presence of a soul indicates the presence of life and the soul is the source of a creature’s appetites, desi…

Tracing the histories of our religions -- Judaism and Christianity.

An important goal Rabbi Jeffrey Leynor and Jim Myers shared at the beginning of our journey was discovering how our religions, Rabbinic Judaism and Protestant Christianity, began as two sects of Second Temple Judaism and became two mutually exclusive monotheistic religions.

Mutually exclusive means a person can belong to one but not both religions.
Monotheistic means both religions believe that only one God exists.
From my (Jim Myers) perspective the primary difference between our religions was that they have very different beliefs about God. From Jeffrey’s perspective beliefs about who God is are less important than doing what the God of his Scriptures instructed and commanded people to do. Read the complete blog at -- https://therealyesua.blogspot.com/2018/10/tracing-histories-of-our-religions.html

We are Genetically Structured Creatures

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The above picture was taken in 1953 when James Watson (left) and Francis Crick presented their model of a DNA molecule (deoxyribonucleic acid model). They had pieced together pieces of a scientific puzzle that scientists had been working on for many years. With the discovery of this model a new way of understanding life began -- humans could understand the basic building blocks of lifefor the first time in history.2

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DNA is a double-strandedmolecule that encodes the geneticinstructions used in the development and functioning of all known living organisms and many viruses.4 3,000,000 species share this genetic code. The DNA alphabet consists of four letters that represent the four chemical bases that make up the rungs of the DNA – A, T, G & C.
A - adenine
G - guanine
C - cytosine
T - thymine
Be sure to note that rungs are made of combinations of “A and T” or “C and G.” The human genome is the genetic instruction manual for creating the physical make-up of a h…