bio: Shalom, I'm Izzy. I'm passionate about getting people reading the Bible that Jesus read, in the language he read it in - Hebrew! See you on my site?
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Sashya is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
I became saved while staying with my Grandmother one summer when I was 7. I prayed and felt his presence in the room in a real way. In junior high school I turned my back on Yeshua and got heavily involved in alcohol and drugs. In my early 20s I landed in a treatment center for the 7th time, and prayed and asked Yeshua to just be my friend...(all my prayers while I was using were "foxhole" prayers: get me out of jail, keep me alive, get my parents off my back...) and we have been walking together ever since. My path has been very jagged and crooked at times, however He is always faithful. About 5 years ago, he told us to leave Babylon and we found ourselves studying the Old Testament in a new light. We soon met others in the Hebrew Roots movement and now fellowship with them in our homes.
Our desire to know Yeshua for who He really is brought us to a desire to learn His language. I hope to be able to pray to Him in His own language someday. I love that Hebrew is multidimensional and soooo literal. I have always been a person who takes things literally! I used to get teased about it when I was little. Now I am proud of that because He speaks so concretely and literally to His people. I wish I had a good list of Hebrew Cultural Idioms I could reference!
My friends from Colorado are friends with Izzy on Facebook so I was reading posts from him every now and then. I really respect how he uses social media to teach others! I was really angry at the church for teaching me all those pagan customs until I started hearing/reading his perspective. Izzy said one time that he even visits some of the churches so that they come to see him as a friend. It taught me that you just never know when or h... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Jules is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's her story.
I grew up in Southern Baptist churches with Protestant views most of my life. As an adult, it didn't take long to stray from my knowledge of God as I had never made any real connection to Him. It took my world crashing down around me almost two years ago to realize I was desperately in need of a Savior. I've grown a lot in these last several months and have turned my life over to God/Jesus - the Almighty One. I began attending a wonderful non-denominational church that is respectful of Jewish roots without fully centering around it. One particular family at this church was very centered on Jewish roots and got me thinking a lot about about the Bible and how it still fully, 100% applies today. Just watching how they lived and reached so many people was a powerful testimony.
As I try to learn more on my own, sometimes it feels like a puzzle box has been handed to me and all the pieces are dumped and scattered on the floor. I still feel like I can't fully grasp who God is. For the longest time, I felt like the God of the Old Testament was so different from God/Jesus of the New Testament. When I finally started reading the whole book, I saw all the times He forgave and wanted His people to just return to him in the Old Testament. I had always thought that God of the Old Testament was such a punishing God while God of the New Testament was so forgiving. Reading the Bible with a new heart and opened eyes brought so many revelations.
In the middle of this new journey, I've encountered pressure from a few other religions that say they've re-established order in the Bible, but now I'm seeing that order never really left and we just went our own way ourselves. I have a new perspective that the whole Bible really...Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Collette's a member of the Holy Language tribe! Here's her story.
My name is Collette Gaskin-Gutierrez. I have been in Messiah since May 1999.
Abba has been growing me through a process, the seeds of which were planted by my Dad.
Clement Gaskin, from the very start of his walk with the Lord, had a love for the the Scriptures and also for Israel and the Jewish people. In learning about the Hebrew roots of his faith, he would try to teach others, receiving mixed reactions.
I believe his mantle has fallen on me.
Right after Dad passed, about two years ago, The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI) Riverside asked me to become one of their first Bible teaching mentors.
Around the same time, I was helping Mom go through Dad's things and found a book on biblical health by a Jewish believer, Jordan Rubin, The Maker's Diet.
In the book, Jordan explained how his former "evangelical" lifestyle led to dis-stress, dis-function and deadly dis-ease. He told his story of being delivered from death by following the Maker's instructions for life and health.
As I implemented the instructions my energy increased, constant cravings ceased and un-wanted weight was released. People started asking how I was getting such results. I shared how I was simply following principles of biblical health.
There was an immediate resistance. People, even Christians, were more interested in a "miracle" product or program than in the miracle of healing our bodies are designed to be IF handled with care.
Christians would quote NT scripture to cancel the OT instructions. Meanwhile, they are suffering from the same lifestyle-related illnesses as the rest of the world.
I became angry. I asked, "If Christians are physically suffering by ignoring the OT instructions about health, what else are we ignor... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Soly is an Arabic-speaking member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew! Here's his story.
I started following Jesus intimately about 4 years ago. It was when I realized that I need him more than anything else and I made a commitment that day to seek him with all my heart at all times until I see him face to face.
As I sought Jesus, I got more curious of what the Bible means in specific areas. I soon found out that the origin of the Tanakh is Hebrew. As I got more interested in this language, I researched for hours a month. Through my research I found out that 40% of the words and meaning are taken out when you translate the Bible from Hebrew to English because of the dramatic differences in the language. So then I started a search to find a reliable Hebrew course. At first I was planning to teach myself and I thought it would work out easily because I speak Arabic - turns out that it was extremely difficult.
So I searched more and more online and I asked the Lord to please bless me with a good Hebrew course. Eventually, I found Holy Language Institute on Google. So after I received my account, I started right away, but shortly after, I quit. I told myself I will just wait until college. But as I got closer to Yeshua I kept being drawn near to the desire to learn the Holy Language. So I finally agreed to start again, but this time, with eight other friends. We just finished Aleph and we started officially last week. We meet up every Saturday to do it at my house, and throughout the lesson we acknowledge the talent and the gift of Izzy, to be a such an informative teacher and at the same time a spiritual mentor.
I am a Jr. in Temple City High school, and I have an extreme passion for serving Jehovah. I am al... Read the rest of this story and connect with Soly on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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George Muller is famous for his missionary and orphanage work and for living by faith. Did you know he was also an ardent Christian Hebraist who loved the Hebrew language and spent many hours studying the Tanach (Old Testament) in its original language?
"I became exceedingly fond of the Hebrew language, which I had cared about very little up to that time, and which I had merely studied now and then, from a sense of duty. But now I studied it, for many weeks, with the greatest eagerness and delight..."
"My earnestness in studying Hebrew, and my peculiar love for it, however, continued..."
"I now studied much, about 12 hours a day, chiefly Hebrew...and committed portions of the Hebrew Old Testament to memory; and this I did with prayer, often falling on my knees…I looked up to the Lord even whilst turning over the leaves of my Hebrew dictionary."
Learn more about dozens of famous Christian Hebraists like George Muller in the forty lessons of Hebrew Quest at holylanguage.com!
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I recently popped in to the studios of Bible Interact here in Albuquerque, New Mexico to conspire with their executive director Anne Davis about how our organizations could work together. See Bible Interact's videos and academic courses for yourself on their website, www.bibleinteract.tv!
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David has one of the most touching stories I've ever heard. Here it is.
This one has a story, a beginning that extends back over four decades. I was molested by a stranger at the age of 13; this one act changed a boy, took away all he had ever known and turned me toward the only relief for the pain, shame and anger of this deed I could find, rage or drugs. So began a nightmare of drug use and abuse that would last forty years. No one knew what had happened, for I kept it all inside, my secret, for honestly I did not know how to articulate it. Too young to truly understand what had occurred, I blamed myself though I had done nothing wrong to bring this upon me. I then blamed my parents, and eventually God for surly this was all someone else fault. By the age of sixteen I was addicted, a heavy drug user; I enlisted in the military at seventeen, and became a life taker by eighteen. By the time of my 21st birthday I was totally lost to the world and fully embraced the ways of the enemy. I joined an outlaw motorcycle club, became a "cook" (manufacturing meth) and became the type of man you would cross the street to avoid.
My life continued to spiral downhill at breakneck speed. I got married, then divorced; then married again. I have four boys (all men now) but my addictions marred their childhoods. Things got so bad that I abandoned my family and began been living on the streets for almost two years, separated from wife and children, divorced from life, without hope. The drugs had ravaged me, turned my life upside down, and all I wanted was for my heart to finally stop beating, for the drugs to end my pain.
Then someone spoke to me three words, three words that broke a dam in the heart. At a homeless feed under a bridge, a little ten or eleven year old boy ran up to me with a can...Read the rest of David's story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com.
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Translations are good, but reading the original Hebrew is better! What if Christians spent all that time and energy learning to read the Bible Jesus read instead of fighting about translations? Learn with us at holylanguage.com! #holylanguage #hebrew #bible #kjv #kingjames #christian #church
Jax is a member of the Holy Language tribe, following Yeshua and learning Hebrew. Here's her story.
Howdy! Here's a snippet of my journey. Although my humble beginnings on a tiny Caribbean island brought many challenges and trials as a child, I found an unshakable childlike faith that came about from the direct guidance of the awesome Ruach. Someday I will write more on my experiences, but one very influential happening that plunged me into my journey was the call by Yeshua (Jesus) to follow him through a dream where the room lit up with a very bright intense white light. A very frightening but awesome experience that left me seeking for truths and a desire to draw closer to Him. At the age of eleven, I left the island and later was adopted into an American family in California. My life in a new culture and region brought about new challenges and lessons that served to increase that desire to find out more of the one that spoke to me through that pure light from dreams.
The Light of YHWH gave me a freedom that the world failed to offer me, so I committed myself to live for the Father and follow in His footsteps according to his teachings in the Scripture. I am the mother to four and we currently reside in Pennsylvania. I am committed to teaching my children the truths about being in covenant with the Creator and what it means to live under the authority of YHWH and His instructions - Torah. As believers in the Messiah Yeshua, my kiddos and I are grateful for the grace and mercy He gave and continues to give, so that we can teshuva - return back - into the original covenant with Him that we may eat from the Tree of Life.
Apart from being a full time mom, I had an opportunity to run my own talent and modeling agency and be part of the entertainment and modeling industry for... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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Last week I told you the story about David, Ben, and Joseph teaching a Hebrew ulpan camp in Tennessee. Here's Joseph's story!
My family started to recognize the Shabbat in 1997 and since then has continued to become interested in the Torah and the Hebrew roots movement. The first time that I thought about learning Hebrew was probably in 2002 or so, my mother had bought a little Hebrew book that taught the Alephbet and a few basic vocabulary words. I learned how to read and a few of the words that the book taught. Looking back I see that it was the Father's hand directing me, because at the time I really had no thought that I would ever go to Israel in my lifetime. In 2009 my family attended a family camp in Kentucky, and heard about an organization that was doing volunteer work in Israel. We continued to attend the family camp each year as well as a camp done by the same people in Colorado. It wasn't until 2010 that I seriously thought about going to Israel myself. My oldest brother went that fall and had a lot of good things to say about it.
I ended up going to Israel for the first time in the spring of 2011. While I was there I picked up a few more Hebrew words and a huge desire to learn the language. Shortly after I returned home I started learning Hebrew using Rosetta Stone. It took me a little over a year to finish all three levels of Rosetta Stone's Hebrew program. During the time that I was using this course I went back to Israel two more times. Each time that I came home I couldn't wait to get back to learning Hebrew. It was so encouraging when I actually started to be able to have conversations in Hebrew.
Another thing that really helped me with my Hebrew was speaking with a friend of mine named Ben, who is also learning Hebrew. Ben was a huge inspiration to me to keep learning...Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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If you've heard of Bitcoin, you probably know it's a new digital currency challenging the way transactions have traditionally been done. Bitcoin is fast, free, private, and international.
I'm happy to announce that Holy Language Institute now accepts #Bitcoin as an option for all transactions. We hope this will be especially useful for our international students.
Just look for the Bitcoin option on the subscribe, order, and donate pages at www.holylanguage.com! #holylanguage #international #hebrew #school
I have a different kind of story for you today. On the drive down from Canada we stopped in Tennessee to see...a Hebrew camp!
For six weeks, my brother David and two friends of his - Joseph and Ben - are teaching an ulpan-style Hebrew language school to about 50 people who travelled to Tennessee from all over. Here are their stories. ~David~ I'm passionate about the Hebrew language. About ten years ago I learned the Hebrew Alphabet and committed to reading through the Torah in Hebrew in one year. Reading through the Torah was an amazing experience, but it was also very challenging. I would sit down to enjoy reading the portion on a Shabbat, and three or four hours later I would finally finish the portion, exhausted. Since I didn't understand what I was reading I got a Hebrew dictionary and started looking up all the words that I didn't know. It was time intensive, but every word that I found felt like a missing piece of a puzzle that was being put back together. I again began reading through the Torah in Hebrew the next year, and it was easier and I understood more. Every year it has only gotten easier, and now I understand so much more of the Biblical texts in Hebrew. This year is our second year reading through the Torah as a family, and my wife and children love reading and listening to each portion.
Two years ago my family and I were blessed with the opportunity to spend three months in Jerusalem while I studied at an Ulpan, an intensive Hebrew school. I had wanted to learn more modern Hebrew, so we took this opportunity to learn more Hebrew. It was an amazing experience learning Hebrew from Israeli teachers and seeing the style that they would use to teach. Their style of teaching really engaged each student. They would ask each student to say different sentences in Heb... Read the rest of this story on the Stories page at holylanguage.com!
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