Chavah Messianic Radio: now with machine intelligence and Moshav Band

Chavah Messianic Radio has been churning out some awesomeness this past week, enough that it’s worth amplifying beyond the Chavah blog.

  • Chavah remembers you
  • Chavah demonstrates her intelligence surrounding your music tastes
  • Chavah brings on the Moshav Band!

 

Chavah Remembers You Across Devices

Many Messianic folks listen to Chavah on more than one device. For example, they might listen on a PC and a tablet. Or maybe you want to listen on your Mac and your iPhone. (Messianic hipsters?) That’s cool with Chavah, but all your song thumb-ups and thumb-downs don’t stick across devices.

That’s where the new feature comes in: Chavah lets you sign-in on any device, thus carrying your Messianic music tastes across all your devices.

To sign-in with Chavah, just click the sign-in link in the top left:

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We’re doing some cutting edge stuff with this sign-in. We’re using a technology called Mozilla Persona which lets you sign-in without having to register and without having to create a new password. Super cool!

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After you click sign-in, Persona will verify you as the owner of the account, then you’ll be shot back to Chavah, now fully signed in:

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Notice my account is now shown in the top left, indicating Chavah is playing music specifically tailored to my tastes.

Then, I might head into my car and drive to work. What about the songs of Zion I thumbed-up on my PC? Will they be thumbed-up on my phone?

Youbetcha.

I can go to my phone and all my song likes/dislikes are kept, and Chavah plays more of the stuff I like and less of the stuff I don’t.

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Chavah knows your tastes

Chavah has always known what Messiah music you like, based on your thumb-ups, thumb-downs, and song requests. She then tailors the music she plays especially for you.

But, how can you be sure Chavah knows you? Is she really so intelligent? (Please indulge my anthropomorphizing for a moment. Smile)

Yes, as it turns out, Chavah knows a lot about you, and now you can peer into her digital brains and see what she thinks about you.

To do that, sign-in, then click your email:

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Clicking your email will take you to your user profile, where Chavah tells you everything she knows about you:

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Check out that treasure trove of intelligence. Indeed, she knows me! I love me some Lamb, Micha’el Ben David, Marty Goetz, Barry & Batya Segal. And she sees I have a special love for Micha’el Ben David’s Mizmor L’Ben David and Troy Mitchell’s Light of the World.

She knows my favorite artists, my favorite albums, right down to the kind of songs I like. Then she uses all that information to tailor what she plays to my tastes.

Chavah also treats you with more respect and privileges the higher in rank you are. As you can see, Chavah deems me a level 3 sojourner גר, so my likes, dislikes, song preferences, song requests weigh more and have more influence than, say, a level 1 yelid ילד. SmileThere are several ranking levels, and by my count, just one listener among the hundreds of thousands of Chavah listeners has attained the highest level through several years of devotion to Messiah’s music.

Kind of a fun little thing to encourage you to absorb more of Messiah’s music.

Chavah brings Moshav Band to the Messianic masses

Moshav Band is coming to Chavah! Yes, the widely popular Orthodox Jewish music group has given us the thumbs up to play their music on Chavah. Hallelu!

Moshav is one of the most well-known Jewish music groups in the world. They learned music under the late Shlomo Carlebach, made a name for themselves, produced 9 albums in 3 decades. Their latest album, New Sun Rising, features Matisyahu and may be one of their finest albums yet.

Moshav has a modern sound rich in righteousness and love for goodness, for Israel, for Torah.

My interest in them was piqued when  I came across a few Chavah fans who loved Moshav. I knew Moshav was not Messianic (they’ve even been featured on those crazy Chabad telethons, LOL), but I’ve come to appreciate their music which draws from the Hebrew Scriptures that Christians and Jews share.

Still, I have long been hesitant to host non-Messianic music on Chavah, even Tenakh-focused music from the Jewish people. Why? Well, my thinking has been, “Can we or even should we learn from people who ultimately reject Israel’s Messiah?”

While Judaism is the One and Only Non Non-Christian Religion (no, that’s not a typo), I am nonetheless cautious about promoting a spiritual message from people who reject Israel’s Messiah. At least, that’s been my religion mind speaking.

Well, my thinking has changed over time. (Matured, I hope!) My thinking is this: Messiah’s disciples have much to learn from the Jewish people. Followers of Jesus can and should learn from God’s chosen people, the Jewish people.

Yes, even for the Jews that reject Yeshua as Messiah, we still have things to learn from them. Things of Torah, things of devotion, things of corporate worship. Things of inheritance, things of promise.

This view takes humility: admitting that we are not so wise after all, spiritually imperfect and prone to error, and that we can discern good and righteousness from Judaism, even the kind that rejects Jesus.

Perhaps it’s a form of repairing the great breach between Christianity and Judaism, between the believers and God’s chosen, the great divide we initiated with the persecution of the Jewish people by so-called Christians in ages past.

I believe that repair is necessary first steps towards reconciliation. It has to start somewhere. My conviction is it will culminate in the revelation of Messiah to the Jewish people.

(Please, Lord, reveal the beauty of Messiah to all Yisrael soon and even in our days!)

So, that’s my thinking to date, friends.

But aside from the spiritual aspect, I’ve also figured, “Gosh, most Jewish artists surely want nothing to do with us crazy Jesus-believers!”

Well, that’s what I thought.

I reached out to Moshav this past week. I explained who we at Chavah Messianic Radio are, and I asked if they would be willing to let Christians and Messianics learn from their music, if they would allow me to play their music on Chavah.

The response was surprising and generous.

Yehuda Solomon, the founder of Moshav, responded,

We are happy when anyone hears our music and is inspired for the good. Our music is not only for Jews. We feel and aim for our music to have a universal message and hopefully bring more unity to the world. So we'd be honored for Christians to hear our music.

And with that, I was stoked! So kind of them to be opened to the seemingly-strange proposition of the music of Orthodox Jews streaming to Messianic believers.

As I was doing research on Moshav for this post, I came across something quite beautiful. I found that Moshav actually played at Messianic Jewish congregation Ruach Israel about 5 years ago.

At the time, they received a some backlash from certain hardliners – to be expected – and so Yehuda cancelled the concert, and the Messianic congregation was understanding. But then, after discussing the issue with his rabbi, Yehuda reversed his decision, and went ahead with the concert anyways.

The end result? Well, the folks at Ruach Israel write,

“What a concert it was! Barriers were shattered. All who attended were able to feel God’s love through the amazing music of the Moshav Band that filled the room on that historic Sunday evening. The ensuing dialogue with members of the Jewish community that has been occurring since the concert has been productive beyond description.”

I am glad that Moshav reached across the aisle, even if in some small way. I am glad a Messianic Jewish congregation did the same to host them.

And now, in some small way, I am also reaching across the aisle, renegotiating an old boundary in bringing Moshav’s music to Messianics and Christians through messianicradio.com. Thank you, Yehuda and Moshav, for your willingness to reach across to us in the Messianic world and minister to us with your music.

I hope you fine Kineti readers enjoy the tunes for the Lord, including Moshav’s righteous music for God on MessianicRadio.com.

Yeshua-faith made possible through Chanukah

Without the events of Chanukah, the Jewish people would have assimilated into the Greek-speaking culture.

If the Jewish people assimilated, Jews and Judaism would disappear.

If the Jewish people disappeared, there would be no Jewish Messiah born some 160 years later.

If there was no Messiah, there would be no Jewish disciples, no gospels, no Jewish emissaries to the nations – the writings that comprise the New Testament.

No New Testament, we would still be sacrificing to wooden idols, practicing temple prostitution with fertility goddesses, or moved onto other false gods or no-god, to our own destruction.

Chanukah made possible not only the preservation of the Jewish people, but also made possible the coming of the Jewish Messiah, laying the foundation of Judeo-Christian values that remain with us to this day.

Messiah’s final words on earth were to go into all nations to be witnesses of him. That resulted in Christianity, the Messianic Jewish movement, the Hebrew Roots movement, and all variations on believing in the Jewish Messiah and coming to know the God of Israel. Christians have much to be grateful to the Jewish people for.

Really remarkable to consider the work God’s done in the last 2000 years, is it not?

Happy Chanukah, fine Kineti readers.

Hearing again the sound of joy

Again there shall be heard / Od yishama
In the cities of Judah / be'arei Yehuda
And in the streets of Jerusalem / uvechutzot Yerushalayim
The voice of joy / kol simcha
The voice of gladness / kol sason
The voice of the bridegroom / kol chatan
And the voice of the bride! / v'kol kala!

Jeremiah 33:10

Just learned this classic oldie on the guitar (chords here), as performed by classic 1970s Messianic Jewish music group Kol Simcha. (Quite a fitting song for them!)

This song is based on a the prophecy from Jeremiah, part of the famous “new covenant” prophecy of Jeremiah 33:

Here is what Adonai says: “You say that this place is a wasteland, with neither people nor animals in the cities of Y’hudah, and that the streets of Yerushalayim are desolate, without people or animals — no inhabitants.

Yet there will again be heard here the sounds of joy and gladness and the voices of bridegroom and bride, the voices of those who sing, ‘Give thanks to Adonai-Tzva’ot, for Adonai is good, for his grace continues forever,’ as they bring offerings of thanksgiving into the house of Adonai.

For I will cause those captured from the land to return, as before,” says Adonai.

-Jeremiah 33

Notice the before-and-after condition:

Israel a wasteland, but then Divine reversal: sounds of joy, gladness, bride and bridegroom.

Desolate and empty, but then a mass return to the land.

Thinking on this for a moment, isn’t it true that this actually come about in the modern age? I think it has. Consider this:

Barren: Not 100 years ago, Israel was a wasteland. Mark Twain visited Israel in the late 19th century and described it aptly,

….. A desolate country whose soil is rich enough, but is given over wholly to weeds… a silent mournful expanse…. a desolation…. we never saw a human being on the whole route…. hardly a tree or shrub anywhere. Even the olive tree and the cactus, those fast friends of a worthless soil, had almost deserted the country.”

Twain’s play-by-play: Barren, desolate, not a human in sight.

Jeremiah’s prophecy: Wasteland, desolate, no people or animals.

Then, in 1948, after a several decades of God stirring men’s hearts towards a love for the land of Israel -- Zionism -- and just 3 years after the horrific events of the Holocaust forced those in exile to rethink their status among the nations, after the Holocaust which conditioned the hearts of leaders around the globe to sympathize with a Jewish return to Israel, then, a mass return to the land. Israel becomes a state.

I think that’s from God.

And I think it’s a fulfillment (or perhaps, a partial fulfillment) of that ancient prophecy that the land of Israel would be divinely transformed from barren wasteland to a land filled with kol simcha. Smile