WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME, AND WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO?
She came from a close family and not being with them for the holidays was a difficult idea for her. And she convinced her sister and her sister’s husband to join them as well.
She was with him on his spiritual journey as well and he eventually discussed with her his discovery about the pagan holidays and his interest in the Torah. She was a hardcore Christian, from a strong evangelical background. They cracked open the books, asked questions, and searched online. Not only did his wife agree to join him on his journey in Jewish observance, she took the lead and pushed him to consider an orthodox conversion.
When he was seven his grandfather came to live with him. He thought that if you give up on Jesus you burn in hell. But the more you learn, the more questions you have. But a deal is a deal and he had to tour to support the album. But on the condition that he wouldn’t get paid – except for touring expenses – and in return for not taking any money he wanted to observe Shabbat and the holidays on the road.
And that was comfortable because he didn’t want to give up on Jesus. He no longer wanted to wade knee deep in the muck and mire of entertainment international.
Some people see images of the Virgin Mary in their toast, too. But he decided it was time to put his gifts back into action, not for self-glorification, but to inspire, to be a positive role model, and to help others. A record deal fell into his lap, invitations for music festivals came out of nowhere, the local press took a sudden interest in him, and he recorded a new album.
God can do anything, but He doesn’t usually send messages via broken recording equipment.
And in particular, he had the power to do good with music.
There was nothing Nissim could do but pray and hope for a miracle.
But fear – fear of the cops, fear of jail – is a powerful motivator. But his grandfather wasn’t destined to be a symbol of stability in his life.