Parshat Vayikra Shemini
Leviticus 9.1 – 11.47
Learning To Remain Holy
Parshat is unique. I not know every uniqueness in Parshat Shemini.
Those who study Ha Torah know that Parshat Shemini is unique the
Eighth Day of Installation happens during Parshat Shemini.1 Our
Sages Teach The Eighth Day was Sunday, Rosh Rhodesה Nissan,
The Jewish New Year. Every Day for Seven Days Moses set up and took down The Holy
Tabernacle. Now it was The Eighth Day. The Eighth Day was the
inauguration of The Holy Tabernacle, Aharon The Kohen Gadol / High
Priest and the sons of Aharon The Kohanium / The Priests.
Day for Seven Days Moses set up and took down The Holy
Tabernacle. Now it was The Eighth Day. The Eighth Day was the inauguration of
The Holy Tabernacle, Aharon The Kohen Gadol / High Priest and the
sons of Aharon The Kohanium / The Priests.
on The Eighth Day for the first time Aharon performs the service
of offering The He-Goat as The Sin Offering, The calf and lamb as
The Burnt Offering and the ox and ram as The Peace Offering, and
fine flour for / The Meal-Offering.
offering The Offerings Aharon descends from the Holy Altar. He
raises his hands and Blesses The People by saying Birkas Kohanim. Fire Came Forth from Before HaShem and consumes The Offerings. All
The people see and raise their voices in praise to HaShem. The
People fall on their faces in worship.
and Avihu bring a strange fire with incense before HaShem. Fire
Came forth from HaShem and consumed them. Aharon's two sons died.
Moses and Aharon taught The People Precepts of what was acceptable
to eat from what was not acceptable to eat. The taught The People
how to distinguish between clean animals, birds and fish from
unclean animals, birds and fish.
see how Parshat Shemini is distinguished, special and uncommon
from other Parshot?
hidden - There are Words in each Parshat that stand out. They are
distinct. Often the usage of a Unique Word is rare. We will
discuss Two Unique Words.
כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל־הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ
Moses said to Aaron, This is what The Lord Spoke, Saying, אֶקָּדֵשׁ 'I
will be sanctified in them that come near to me, and before all the people אֶכָּבֵד I
will be glorified.'
And Aaron held his peace.
Daysh - Holy Separate
Daysh I will be sanctified occurs only – Is Written Twice in Ha
Vayd - Great / Severe
Bayd I will be glorified – Is written only Once in Ha Torah.
אֶת־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְאֶת־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ
וְאֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו אֲקַדֵּש לְכַהֵן לִי: ס
I Will Sanctify The Tent of Meeting, and The altar; I Will
Sanctify also both Aaron and his sons, אֲקַדֵּשׁ to
be Separated to me in The Priest’s Office.
Letter א Aleph is
placed in front of קָדֵשׁ Kaw
Daysh. א The
Letter Aleph Represents HaShem. Notice the center Letters spell קד meaning
104 and Fire. We read that a Fire Came Forth from HaShem twice.
The Word קָדֵשׁ Kaw
Daysh - Holy Separate is Written 104 times in Ha Torah.
Letter א Aleph
is placed in front of כָבֵד Chaw
Vayd א The
Letter Aleph Represents HaShem. Notice the center Letters spellבוֹ Boh
meaning In Him, In it and therein. In Parshat Shemini we read,
כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל־הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ:
I Am The Lord your God; וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם and
you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and
you shall be Holy; for I Am Holy; nor
shall you defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that
creeps upon the earth.
Creator is saying to us, Within Him There is Holiness. Our Creator
Wants His Holiness to be in each of us. Notice the center Two
Hee Tih Kah Dee Shih Tehm meaning, and
you shall therefore sanctify yourselves. The
center Letters are קד.
Parshat Tzav we discussed that The
Word צַו Tzav
is to be understood as teach precepts. I shared about the Seven
Laws in Genesis 2.16. One of The Seven Laws is defined as לֵאמֹר Lay
Moor, meaning to speak / to Teach. In Leviticus 11.2 the concept
of לֵאמֹר Lay
Moor is continued when HaShem Instructs Moses and Aharon to לֵאמֹר Lay
Moor, i.e. Teach the precepts regarding what living things are
acceptable to eat and what living things are not acceptable to
eat. We learned about vessels which were unclean and impure and if
and how they could be restored to clean pure. Eventually these
precepts are drawn to a conclusion in Verses 44 and 47. In other
words, how we eat and what we eat impacts our degree of Holiness /
Separation to HaShem. We can be pure or repulsive. The choice is
ours. Our relationship with The Creator is impacted by our
choices. Our relationship with our spouse, children, relatives,
community is impacted by our choices. We are what we consume!
Manufactures are required to share how a drug can impact the user.
It is important to pay attention to the know effects. I take
medication for diabetes mellitus. An additional medication was
necessary to bring my blood sugar down. The new medicine caused me
to be dizzy for several hours after taking it. This was a side
effect. There were other side effects. I mentioned these to my
doctor. He did not seem interested. I changed doctors. My new
provider immediately told me to stop taking that medication and
prescribed another medicine that had no noticeable side effects.
We can understand the impact of medicine but we sometimes
struggles with the impact of the foods we eat and how we consume
Gematria of לְלַמֵּד Lih
Lah mayd meaning To Teach is 104. The Gematria of קד is
also 104. We were born into this world as perfect pure holy
beings. We were entirely without any sin. The Mitzvot of Ha Torah
are intend to assist us with remaining Holy and separated. When an
individual purchases a new auto they receive an owners manual
which instructs them in how to use and care for their new auto. We
can understand the importance of the owner's manual for a new auto
but sometimes struggle with The Manufactures Guide for us. We want
better relationships. The Manufactures Guide explains how we can
have better relationships. It's up to us to learn. Dear Ones it is
up to us to learn how to remain Holy / return to being Holy.
Lah Mayd / To Teach
ל30 ל30 מ40 ד4
Noo Ach / Peaceful / Restful
מ40 נ50 ו6 ח8
Noo Ach is a peaceful restful state of being. Learning to be
righteous assists us in entering into a special place protected
from outside interference. We look to the coming Moshiach /
Messiah to usher in מָנוֹחַ Maw
Noo Ach. Today we maybe troubled and stressed and anxious but when
Moshiach comes the lion will lay down with the lamb. We will enter
a state of מָנוֹחַ Maw
Noo Ach. Today we can experience a taste of what the special מָנוֹחַ Maw
Noo Ach will be like. Observing the Mitzvot of Ha Torah helps us
to taste מָנוֹחַ Maw
Noo Ach before Moshiach comes.
Our Creator Bless each who study, learn and Observe Ha Torah.
Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi - Brachah Rivkah Belk
Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies
B’nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
Author of Many Books
View Books and Information by Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk