(by Rabbi Baw'naw)
At Nazarene Media we have accomplished a lot the past 5 years. In the past 5 years we started the most listened to Netzari Jewish radio station on the Internet (averaging 140,000 unique listeners every week based upon unique IP addresses), we have started the first Hebrew Roots only podcast server known as YeshuaCast. We started a free PDF eBook database with over 150 titles and collections. I am happy to announce that our newest project is going to blow all of those out of the water and I am excited beyond measure. 4 years ago I cut the cable and purchased a Roku box solely because it allows me to watch Netflix on my TV. Since that time thousands of channels have been created by developers and companies because they have found the Roku to be one of the most popular new pieces of technology. Thousands of channels and lots of searching I was surprised there was not a single Roku on-demand channel that plays the weekly torah portions. No Netzari channels exist, no orthodox channels provide torah portion commentary and none of the overly hyped two house channels provide weekly torah portion commentary. Well it is time to kick in the doors. Nazarene Media is proud to announce the very first Roku channel that has weekly Torah portion teachings from your favorite and most trusted commentators every single week. AND IT IS FREE!! Not only that but I was looking at the possibilities of creating this Roku channel and and decided to utilize everything that the channel has to offer. And at the bottom of this article you can be a BETA tester and test drive the channel. What all does this channel have to offer?
Weekly Torah Portion Teachings: every week this section of the channel will be updated with various teachings on the torah portion for the week
Last Week's Torah Portion: every week we will move those teachings to the section of the channel that contains the teachings from the previous week in case you missed them.
PaRDeS Radio: you can play PaRDeS Radio live from the Roku Channel.
Movies (Coming this week): every week 4-5 new movies will be featured on the Roku channel. There will be a weekly rotation and these are not small time Biblical movies from a Jewish perspective these are major movies. Every week movies will be replaced with new ones to keep it fresh and also so we don't use our allotted space every week for hosting the channel and to be able to keep it fresh at the same time.
Documentaries: oh my you are not gonna believe what we have gotten our hands on for this section, various documentaries on Jewish History and Mashyach Yeshua.
Topical teachings: we have added topical teachings on various subjects categorized by teacher and both their videos and mp3s are available to watch or listen to on your Roku on your television.
Live Streaming Teachings (Coming Soon): I thought it would be a cool idea to do a weekly half hour teaching every week that will also be archived from the teachings for later viewing. People can ask questions while they watch the teaching for an extra 15-20 minutes of Q&A and they can watch me answer their questions live in real time. We could also broadcast live teachings from our other teachers when they are doing a live stream from when they are teaching at congregations.
How To Add The Station for Free
1) Click on this link: https://owner.roku.com/add/TorahPortions
2) It will then ask you to log in to your Roku account, make sure to log in.
3) It asks you if you wish to add the channel to your Roku player, hit yes.
4) If your Roku is on, turn it off then turn it back on as it refreshes the channel list as it does every time it is turn on.
5) Click on the icon on your Roku channel list and enjoy
Keep in mind, we are going to need your help to get this going. Promoting is going to be a big step. It is important to test the channel, watch the teachings, let us know what you like and don't like, send us reviews of the functionality and content. If you like what we are doing then share this article all over social media and let people know about this private channel. We are also going to ask for help on this matter in a way we hate to ask but we believe in this project and our track record as you all know is pristine. We are going to need your financial help to maintain this in the first year so we can keep it free for those who cannot afford all the paid channels others are doing. Here is the breakdown of cost for the entire year we are incurring and need your help with to give you an overview as to accomplishing this:
Roku Channel: $545 per year (we paid for the first month but we would like to lock it in for the whole year)
Storage: We are looking at the possibility of upgrading our Vimeo Plus to Vimeo Pro so our files can be hosted there and linked to the Roku Channel and that costs $199 a year (they don't have a monthly option for Pro only for Plus.
RSS feeds for the teachers videos: we paid the first month of $20 but we can get a whole year at $200 and lock that down.
HD Camera and wireless lapel mic for live teachings: We know how to stretch a buck, and we know where we can get a HD camera for $50 and a wireless lapel for $120.
LiveStream service: This is the only service our Roku channel provider can link us to to with proficiency and it is gonna cost $500 a year (I remember back when Live stream was free)
Now some of the other services we are easily able to maintain, as I work my secular job, so like the PaRDeS Radio stream, no need is needed there, nor the equipment we use to record from online I own, the editing materials I own etc. Most try and start a Roku channel and say they need tens of thousands to sustain it. But the issue is either they don't know how to find the best deals or maybe they are not being so honest. The fact is, this station can be sustained and made free for everyone for the first year and be basically the only roku channel you will ever need and we can do it all for 1 year and keep it free to the entire world for only $1,500 approx. We do not wish to pressure anyone to help, because that is not edifying and that is not honest. But if you feel that Hashem is asking you to help in this matter than do what it is Hashem tells you and not what I say. To donate to the channel to make this happen click on the home page of www.NazareneMedia.net and click our paypal button and make a donation. I pray you all enjoy the channel.
Help Us Make PaRDeS Radio Better By Taking This Survey (You Can Also Submit your Music or Teachings for Review)
For the past couple of years PaRDeS Radio has been the #1 Hebrew Roots Radio station on the internet, averaging over 140,000 unique IP addresses tuning in every single week. It has taken us many successes and many failures to get to this point and constant re-adjustments. But we always want to improve so we can help the community of the Guf HaMashyach and also those whom we are trying to reach in the understanding of Torah and Mashyach. So in order to help us do that, we would like for you to take the survey below (and we will not ask for any of your information this survey is 100% anonymous so we can get a feel for what you like, don't like, and what we can do to improve in the coming months and years on PaRDeS Radio.
(by Rabbi Eh'bed Baw'naw of Kehilat Melech Mashyach)
There were once two pairs of spouses. The first pair, the husband still had an infatuation with his ex wife. He was not consecrated to his current wife, and instead would bring up the bad instances that flowed from his former marriage. He would speak to his current wife about how his ex wife would snore, speak down to him, cheat on him, not allow him to watch sporting events, make fun of his profession. He would make note that he felt she was a bad mother and just all and all bad person. Every conversation with his current wife would be about his former wife and the anger and animosity he has towards her.
The second pair however, the husband would not bring up his ex under any circumstance. His energy was focused on edifying his wife, being a servant to her, and in his eyes no other woman has ever existed in the entire world. He would come home from work and say "sweetheart, I am sure you are tired from watching the children all day and doing all that it is you do for them and myself. So I want you to not worry about dinner, go and lay down I'll cook dinner and take care of the children and wake you up for dinner". He would bring her flowers, jewelry and chocolates not because it was their anniversary or any other reason she could foresee but rather he did it because his focus is on her and he wanted to build her honor and vitality.
The question then becomes this, "which husband displayed love towards his wife?"
"If anyone says I have ahavah for Hashem and the Ach b'Mashyach he hates, he is a shakran. For the one not having ahavah for the Ach b'Mashyach of him whom he has seen, how can he have ahavah for the Elohim whom he has not seen? And this mitzvah we have from Him that the one having ahavah for Hashem should have ahavah also for the Ach b'Mashyach of him."
(1 John 4:20)
It has become in this day the status quo of the Hebrew roots movement to focus attention upon one's former religious institution, and to attack them on social media in podcasts, YouTube videos, blogs etc. The ideal is that by doing such things you will be considered a valiant warrior of emes for that of Hashem, and that one will be rewarded for doing so. This is a huge misnomer and a trap by the internal satan known as the yetzer hara who uses one's gevah (pride) or tzadakah shitla (self righteousness) to seek and destroy from one's inward being. For if one is immersed in seeking destruction of their former religious institution, they are like the husband who talks only about his ex and is a neglectful husband towards that of his wife. At some point the wife will say, "why don't you ever talk good about me? Why don't you ever focus on me? Why is it there is this huge wall between us so we can grow in echad (unity) together? ". The fact is because the husband is focusing so much on his ex he is neglecting his wife, and those in the hebrew roots who do this in towards their former religious institution are unable to consecrate themselves unto Hashem because they are too busy focusing on their ex, thus G-d is neglected because He is not the focus, instead the ex is the prime target of focus.
The prideful will say that they are trying to bring a person to emes. My question then is, is not Hashem in control of not most things or some things or is Hashem in control of all things? For Yeshua said we should be the the tov pri (good fruit). Does an apple, orange, etrog, or banana choose who plucks it from the tree and takes a bite of it? God forbid, for all things are destined by Hashem, and all things are timed by Hashem because it is Hashem is the one who is in control. So therefore how does the pri become tov and how does it get picked and not the same fruit that is right next to it on the next branch over? The pri must be nourished with good soil, plenty of mayim (water) the pri must realize it's nutrients come from the branches that come from the trunk of the tree that sprouts from the soil and that the system was created by Hashem for it's own good and for the good of the one who plucks it and eats it. The fruit must be connected to the source to grow, if the stem of the fruit snaps it doesn't receive the nutrients to grow. It falls on the ground and it goes bad, not fulfilling it's purpose and the seeds of the fruit can become underdeveloped and not able to take root in the soil. So therefore it "bears no fruit" (Matthew 7:17). It did not fulfill it's purpose because it broke from it's source.
The source in which all things come is Hashem. When we feel the source is da'as (knowledge) and we act nabal (foolish) and think da'as is all we need. So da'as and our own mind becomes our source and we break from the tree saying; "I got this". We are back to being again the first husband mentioned. Because it is not connected to it's source but relies upon it's own mo'ad (mind).
"Trust in Hashem with all your lev, and lean not unto own own binah. In all your drakhim acknowledge Him, and He shall make yasher your orkhot (paths)."
When we make our focus Hashem, and we follow the Jewish path, and pursue derech Hashem we become fulfilled through things that are emes, tov, tiferet as opposed to things that are the antithesis of these things. For if we focus on hara (evil) and seeking out what is hara for reasons of "research" or "witnessing" etc, then we are not cleaving to Hashem. For our Melech Mashyach Yeshua said:
"For where your otzar is, there also will be your lev."
Focus not on the thing you wish to destroy, allow not your yetzer hara to build, because the goal of the yetzer hara is ultimately to kill your nefesh and your basar. Science has proven that the happier person, lives longer. When we focus on the bracha (blessing) from Hashem fulfillment comes, and worry ends because we realize that Hashem is in control of all things, when we realize this we also are able to better identify the tiniest bracha from Hashem and we get hooked on identifying the daily brachot (blessings) and connecting with his chesed (loving kindness) he bestows upon every one of us daily. And in turn we give todah (thanks) and we are more of a hakarat (grateful) person towards that of our Creator. We are closer and more bound to Him because of it because our focus is on Him. It is a millah (message) that we apply which will bring about real change all around. For as it says in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in the original aramaic "Khoo-ba nagira hee roo-kheh
wuh-va-seem khoo-ba la kh-sa-meh khoo ba mesh-te-gesh wuh-la met-khetar wuh-la sa-ar deh-veht-ta deh-yee-lah weh-la met-tapir weh-la met-ra-eh de-vesh la khada be-aw-la
ah-la kha-da beh-koosh-ta kol medem me-see-bar kol medem ma-hi-meen kol mes-bar kol sa-vei"
"Love is patient, and is kind; love is not envious; love does not shout loudly; and is not boastful; And does nothing that causes shame; and seeks not her own; is not passionate; and thinks no evil; (It) does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; (It) bears all things, believes all things, hopes for all, and endures all"
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah at Beit Geulah in Morganton, NC (www.BeitGeulah.com)