The size of the Shiite majority is so close to the Sunni minority that power is tossed back and forth. When Jericho fell, it was the shofar and the shouts of the children of Israel that brought down the City’s walls.
The New Year is a time to reflect upon the past, while looking forward to the future. It has been so since the early Romans, who dedicated the first day of the New Year to theirGod, Janus, keeper of the gate and the door.
In nations where Sunnis are the majority, they can virtually have their way with the Shiites. But strangely enough, in Iran and Iraq the tables are turned. Iran is 90% Shiite and 10% Sunni while Iraq is 60% Shiite and 40% Sunni. Numbers like these are the ones that create problems. The Sunnis in Iran are at a disadvantage and oppressed while their neighbors are allowed freedom in majority Sunni countries.
The Israelites had become utterly faithful about keeping Passover by the time Jesus and His disciples gathered in the Upper Room. Before the Babylonian exile, this was not always the case. Their inconsistency in keeping Passover was part of a long, sad story of unfaithfulness to the Old Covenant. Their story is a microcosm of our story. But we come again to the table tonight to celebrate our liberation from slavery, for the re-presentation of the greatest Passover of all. Jesus, the innocent, unblemished Lamb of God, our Passover, is sacrificed for us to take away the sin of the world.
Akedah- this is the biblical passage recited on Rosh Hashanah that speaks of the story of how God tested Abraham’s faith when he was asked to sacrifice his son Isaac.
I’ve dated women who chanted every morning when they got up and prayed to Buddha. I’ve dated women who go to church. Have I gone with them? No. Have I respected them and their belief system? Absolutely!
Gehringer would have better seasons and win a MVP award of his own. His double play partner, Billy Rogell never won a MVP and enjoyed his finest season in 1934. The leadoff hitter batted .296 with a .392 OBP setting the table for the thunder behind him. He scored 114 runs, rapped 175 hits, had 32 doubles, and knocked in 100 with only three home runs. He was also tough as nails and played the World Series on a broken ankle.
The 1934 Detroit Tigers boasted the greatest infield ever assembled. The foursome missed one game in leading the Tigers to the pennant. They punished American League pitching while playing tight defense behind their pitchers. Their effort played a major role in Detroit’s success and has stood the test of time.