Chicken Soup with Chopsticks (Excerpts from Chapter One)

Written by Jack Botwinik

Does God care if I marry a gentile?

Even as I started dating a Chinese girl, I knew I was embarking on a remarkable adventure. I just had no idea where and how farrepparttar adventure would take me. The more events unfolded,repparttar 148245 more I realized that my view ofrepparttar 148246 world and how I lived in it were being profoundly and permanently altered...

Ifrepparttar 148247 problem with marrying a gentile was that my religion prohibited intermarriage, why should that bother me? Perhaps not everything in Judaism made sense, and as an intelligent and thinking individual I could take from my heritage what I felt was meaningful and disregardrepparttar 148248 rest...

The possibility that God Himself does not want a Jew to marry a gentile is not something I recall being taught explicitly. This may be because, even though I believed in God in my own nebulous way, I didn’t take seriouslyrepparttar 148249 proposition that God authoredrepparttar 148250 Torah. For one thing, I considered many claims inrepparttar 148251 Torah absurd: thatrepparttar 148252 world is less than 6,000 years old, that Noah lived more than 900 years and built an ark to houserepparttar 148253 planet’s animals, and that a sea parted miraculously to enablerepparttar 148254 Hebrews to escape their Egyptian pursuers. As far as I was concerned, these were stories with possible moral messages but not actual facts. Ifrepparttar 148255 Bible were true, thenrepparttar 148256 theory of evolution, and much of science, must be wrong. In a world where humans went torepparttar 148257 moon, performed brain surgery, and saw and talked to people onrepparttar 148258 other side ofrepparttar 148259 planet, I had far more trust in what modern science presumed than in whatrepparttar 148260 Bible stated...

Quest for a Life Partner

I was expected to marry one of my people. Not to do so would be a shocking betrayal of my family. The prohibition against intermarriage was so ingrained that it was hardly an appropriate subject to bring up for a family discussion...

Whereas my siblings sought only Jewish spouses, I kept my options open. I was not convinced ofrepparttar 148261 necessity to restrict my search for a mate to those of my religion, especially as we constituted a tiny minority (a fraction of one percent) ofrepparttar 148262 human population. Moreover, I encountered females, from various religions and backgrounds, who were extremely nice, good-natured, and attractive. My motto about intermarriage, as in other areas of life, was “I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.”


Inrepparttar 148263 summer of 1994, three years after I left my parents’ home in Montreal and was living on my own in Toronto, I met Belinda. I was twenty-nine; she was twenty-five. We quickly became friends.

“Would you like to see my snake?” Belinda asked, as I dropped her off in front of her building.

My heart pounded and raced.

“Okay,” I heard myself saying. I knew that sooner or later she would show me her pet. I hadn’t reckoned it would be so soon.

Belinda ran inside and returned shortly with a tiny corn snake tucked into her sleeve. Once inrepparttar 148264 car, she let me hold it. It wasrepparttar 148265 first time I had held a snake. Instinctively, I applied my peripheral vision torepparttar 148266 clammy, slender creature in my palm, imagining it was some inanimate object.

Belinda reached for my other hand. “What do you think about our relationship?” she asked.

The heavenly vision

Written by Adeolu Oluade







Acts 26:19(King James Version)

"Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient untorepparttar heavenly vision:"

In every generation,there have been people who have caught and pursued differents kinds of visions; and some of these people have been celebrated in various history books. But there is a type of vision that brings glory to God,and salvation to mankind-'the heavenly vision'. It is a divine package that deliversrepparttar 148219 complete solution to any human problem. It isrepparttar 148220 summation of all that God has called mankind to be,to do,and to have. It involves God's use of human agents for it to be fulfilled. It is bigger than anyone, and it is multifaceted in nature.It is God's will that no one is 'disobedient untorepparttar 148221 heavenly vision'.

To understand how any one can be 'obedient untorepparttar 148222 heavenly vision',we shall examinerepparttar 148223 book of Nehemiah inrepparttar 148224 Bible.

Nehemiah 1:1(King James Version) "The words of Nehemiahrepparttar 148225 son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass inrepparttar 148226 month Chisleu, inrepparttar 148227 twentieth year, as I was in Shushanrepparttar 148228 palace,"

Nehemiah is an example of a person that was 'obedient untorepparttar 148229 heavenly vision'. The heavenly vision on this occasion wasrepparttar 148230 rebuilding ofrepparttar 148231 walls of Jerusalem. He became 'burdened' withrepparttar 148232 the heavenly vision; and this 'burden' led him into earnest and fervent prayer unto God 'the vision giver' (Neh. 1 : 4-11). Thereafter he sought to fulfillrepparttar 148233 vision by usingrepparttar 148234 opportunities available to him to accessrepparttar 148235 resources needed (Neh. 2 : 1-8).

Nehemiah 2:16-18(King James Version) "Andrepparttar 148236 rulers knew not whither I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it torepparttar 148237 Jews, nor torepparttar 148238 priests, nor torepparttar 148239 nobles, nor torepparttar 148240 rulers, nor torepparttar 148241 rest that didrepparttar 148242 work" "Then said I unto them, Ye seerepparttar 148243 distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, andrepparttar 148244 gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build uprepparttar 148245 wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach." "Then I told them ofrepparttar 148246 hand of my God which was good upon me; as alsorepparttar 148247 king's words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work."

Nehemiah displayed leadership skills to mobilise and motivate others to catchrepparttar 148248 heavenly vision and use their different gifts and talents to pursue it .

Nehemiah 2:10,19(King James Version) "When Sanballatrepparttar 148249 Horonite, and Tobiahrepparttar 148250 servant,repparttar 148251 Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seekrepparttar 148252 welfare ofrepparttar 148253 children of Israel." "But when Sanballatrepparttar 148254 Horonite, and Tobiahrepparttar 148255 servant,repparttar 148256 Ammonite, and Geshemrepparttar 148257 Arabian, heard it, they laughed us to scorn, and despised us, and said, What is this thing that ye do? will ye rebel againstrepparttar 148258 king?"

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