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PostSubject: Shalom Everyone   Wed Jul 04, 2012 2:54 am

Yeah I must admit... The beginning is always the hardest part.

It's 2:51 PM as I am typing these words. I started writing at about 5:30 AM as the sounds of the singing crickets were beginning to wane. After a glass of water to wake me up, I finished a lengthy introduction about myself but immediately scrapped and throw it away after realizing how self-absorbed and annoyingly highbrow I sounded.*LOL*

I guess for now this word, "Grafted In" would suffice as a description for myself.

Since many people are confused and not familiar by this term, I reckon these term needs some explaining. I've been Googling for definitions of the word "grafted in" but what I've been getting were just as obscure.

But eventually I found a nice answer!

Where?

Of course, in the Scriptures!

In Romans 11:17-24, Paul wrote:

"But if some of the branches were broken off, and you - a wild olive - were grafted in among them and have become equal sharers in the rich root of the olive tree, then don't boast as if you were better than the branches! However, if you do boast, remember that you are not supporting the root, the root is supporting you. So you will say, Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." True, but so what? They were broken off because of their lack of trust. However, you keep your place only because of your trust. So don't be arrogant; on the contrary, be terrified! For if God did not spare the natural branches, he certainly won't spare you! So take a good look at God's kindness and his severity: on the one hand, severity toward those who fell off; but, on the other hand, God's kindness toward you - provided you maintain yourself in that kindness! Otherwise, you too will be cut off! Moreover, the others, if they do not persist in their lack of trust, will be grafted in; because God is able to graft them back in. For if you were cut out of what is by nature a wild olive tree and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these natural branches be grafted back into their own olive tree!"

I decided to use the word because that is how we describe ourselves...

Rabbi Shaul likened us to wild olive branches grafted into the cultivated olive tree of Israel. Since this is the basis of our acceptance by the Elohim of Israel, I as a wild olive explores the implications of this relationship.

I want to feel true resTORAHtion, and how I can draw nourishment from my Hebraic roots.

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