A FRESH START…

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

Kintsukuroi (Original Image c/o Wikipedia Commons)

2014-06-16 @ 06:10 CDT

With any grace, the above photograph and caption – which I found on Facebook – will be the perfect summary of my life as I portray it on this blog. (Wikipedia’s article on the Japanese aesthetic philosophy itself is well worth reading.)

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PTSD Facts and Fables

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

As I told the author, “I have a close friend with PTSD and in her honor I will repost this on my personal blog. Thank you very much for this comparison.”

Originally posted on Never Howl Alone:

Facts and Fables…Fighting PTSD

Like with every mental problem or disorder, there are a lot of fables and myths about PTSD. That’s not that strange, people can’t see it or they don’t understand it, but it can be very frustrating to those of us who suffer from it.

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So, let’s set some things straight today!

Fable 1

Only veterans can get PTSD.

Nope. Anyone who suffers from a traumatic experience can get PTSD.

(Sexual) abuse, the sudden death of a loved one, domestic violence, serious injury, witnessing or going through a terrifying event and more are all causes for PTSD.

Fable 2

Everyone who experiences a life-threatening event will develop PTSD.

Although it’s true that a lot of people have symptoms of PTSD after a life-threatening event, they can reduce after a couple of months. But, only when you still have the symptoms of PTSD 10 months after the event…

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A SIMPLE REFUTATION OF THE “LUNAR SABBATH” ERROR

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Prompted by something a friend mentioned to me on Facebook…

Originally posted on Scribal Habit:

Lunar Crescent from Boulder, CO. (c/o Komar.org)Lunar Crescent from Boulder, CO. (c/o Komar.org)

2015-04-12 @ 13:30 CDT

For some strange reason I have yet to track down, some people who realize that the New Testament, like the Old Testament, upholds the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath and the Festivals and Holy Days of Leviticus 23 think that the weekly Sabbath is linked to the phases of the moon. I wonder how many of them realize that they are simply reviving a simplified version of the Babylonian Sabattu, which was also so linked. Since many of the same people would reject anything remotely connected with ancient or prophetic Babylon once they knew about it, that fact should give them pause.

But even apart from going into the logic of the biblical calendar, one can reduce the whole “lunar Sabbath” thesis to absurdity by looking at some practical examples in the Bible itself. I will just give…

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SONG OF SONGS 8:1-16: 7TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

And now, for the 7th Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-10 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 7:1-16: 6TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 7th Day of Unleavened Bread: yet another repost… :)

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-09 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 1:1-4: FULLY POINTED

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

The first verses of the Song of Songs, as deciphered by SHV, ever recorded (in 1976)…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-08 @ 10:45 CDT

By coincidence – if that’s what it is – the next video in my ongoing project happens to be Song 1:1-4 as sung on the Volume 1 recording by cantor Adolphe Attia. Here it is.

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SONG OF SONGS 6:1-12: 5TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 5th Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-08 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 5:1-16: 4TH DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 4th Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-07 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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THE BLOOMING ROSE (LA ROSA ENFLORENCE), 2015-04-04

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

Considering I was performing for God, the visiting Dr. Meredith AND the LCG Houston congregation, I wish this Offertory music had been better… still, the heart I put into it and which I believe was conveyed doesn’t really carry over on the recording in my opinion.

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-06 @ 10:00 CDT

This is a live performance of “La Rosa Enflorence (The Blooming Rose)” on Aletheia, my Greek-style evocation of the 12-string Hebrew nevel. The recording is not good and truth to tell, the performance – which was given as Offertory on the 1st Day of Unleavened Bread – isn’t perfect either, but it allowed my old teacher, Dr. Roderick C. Meredith, to see and hear an echo of antiquity…

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SONG OF SONGS 4:1-16: 3RD DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 3rd Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-06 @ 06:00 CDT – (יוחנן רכב)

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SONG OF SONGS 3:1-11: 2ND DAY OF UNLEAVENED BREAD

John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav):

For the 2nd Day of Unleavened Bread…

Originally posted on The Music of the Bible Revealed:

2015-04-05 @ 08:00 CDT

For those impatient to hear the entire Song all at once, this YouTube playlist contains it.

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