Aliyah Congregation's View of God

Exodus 15:2 says Moses sang, "This is my God and I will praise Him. The God of my father and I will exalt Him." We join Moses in singing: "He is our God" - the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

In Hebrew, there are 72 titles for God, which reveal His qualities and attributes. His official name, however, are those four Hebrew letters "Y H W H" called the TETRAGRAMMATON. No one knows how to pronounce those letters because there are no vowels, and in order to avoid accidentally misusing The Name, Hebrew scholars decided to stop pronouncing it. Instead, Jewish translators of the Hebrew Scriptures used the term HASHEM (The Name) wherever those four letters appear. Many Christian translators used the name LORD (in all capital letters) where those same four letters appear.

At our meetings, we recite the verse known as the Sh'ma ("Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is One" - see Deuteronomy 6:4). This verse not only affirms our faith in God but also expresses our belief in One God and our acceptance of His rule over our lives. We are monotheists. We do not believe in the "Trinity" doctrine, because it is not mentioned in the Torah (Law) or the Davr (Word). We do not attempt to prove or explain what God Himself has not done in His inspired writings by creating words such as "Trinity," "Essence" or "Substance." We reject the man-made statement "God is manifested in 3 persons" because nowhere is it stated in the entire Bible. If it were important in God's sight, he would have stated it in His word. We only state what is in the Torah or the Word.

This brings us to Messiah. What is our view? Our position is that the person who, in the 15th Century of the Common Era (C.E.), was nicknamed "Jesus" is based on what is stated in the Torah and the Davr:

In Leviticus 17:10-12, HaShem says not to eat blood, stating: "I have given it (blood) to you in the altar to make atonement for yourselves, for it is the blood that makes atonement because of the life." If HaShem is only spirit, how can He give blood on the altar to make atonement for us?

In Psalms 2, the author is talking about HaShem and His Anointed. He refers to His Anointed as the King that He installs on Mount Zion. Then He says, "The kings of the earth will kiss the Son." Who is this anointed king that the earthly kings should kiss? Who is the Son? About whom is He talking? And remember that the word "anointed" is the translation of the Hebrew word Messiah (Mashiach) which is the word used in the original text.

Exodus 31:18 speaks of the two "Tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone inscribed by the finger of God." In John 8:6, it speaks of Yeshua, "writing in the dust with His finger." We maintain that the finger that wrote on the tablets of stone and the finger that wrote in the dust are the same finger. The difference was not in the finger, but where it wrote.

In the first case, when the Torah was given, He used the best form possible for the writing to remain. In the second case, He wrote in the dust because He did NOT want it to remain and substitute Torah. By doing so, He exalted and honored Torah.

Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. The government will be on his shoulders. He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Who is this child who was born who is also a Mighty God? Who is the son who was given, who is also the Everlasting Father?

Isaiah 7:14 "Adonai Himself will give you a sign. A young woman will become pregnant, bear a son, and name him Immanuel, God with Us."

Isaiah 8:8 "Then it will sweep on into Judah, it will overflow and pass through, it will reach even to the neck; and the spread of its wings will fill the breadth of your land, O Immanuel.

Isaiah 8:10 "Devise a plan, but it will be thwarted; state a proposal, but it will not stand, for God is with us."

Who is this Immanuel or this God who is with us?

A Jewish man named Mattityahu (Matthew) living at that time in Jerusalem was convinced that Immanuel was Yeshua (Matthew 1:23 - 25). We believe this also.

Shalom to you.