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Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 2 Class Discussion 1


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

Class Discussion on:


Steps to complete Shabbat observance

The difference between Shabbos and Shabbat

Introduction of the name Yeshua by Messianics

Messianic translations problems

Why try to translate the Christian Testament into Hebrew?

33 Rabbinic Laws by Rabbi Jesus - Who is supposed to observe them?

Chessed Fund

We never use verses of lesser stature or authority to correct Ha Torah...

Do not use the term "Gentile" or "Goy", use non Jew or Spiritualist


This class discussion is dedicated to the loving memory of Mr. George Belk, my Father, may he rest in peace.


From Sandra,

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat. 
The Shabbat is a covenantal sign that G-d established with B'nei Yisroel. It was given to Moshe and B'nei Yisroel at Mt. Sinai as part of the TenCommandments. Shabbat is a weekly reminder to rest, to concentrate on living the Torah and to pay homage to our Creator. GOOD

2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain. 
I have observed the Shabbat since 1995. I have yet to light the candles, but am moving in that direction. I don't handle money, I don't watch TV or listen to the radio. I am usually reading and studying the Torah portion for the week. GOOD


Shalom Sandra,

Please include your name with assignment answers and questions.

It takes me a while to associate e - mail address and names, that is why I like names included. 

Please fill in a few gaps for me...
Religion: Are you Jewish or non Jewish by birth?
Children living at home: Male or female? Age?
Former spouse Jewish or non Jewish by birth?

If we at BNTI can be of assistance in your learning please let us know.

Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel 


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From Michal,

ASSIGNMENT ANSWERS.

Q1... "explain connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat"
Answer: Shabbat is a sign between G-d and B'nei Yisroel. It is an everlasting covenant between HaShem and B'nei Yisroel. HaShem rested on that day and has commanded us, through Torah, to do the same because it is holy to us, as B'nei Yisroel. Non-Jews are not bound by this. EXCELLENT


Q2: Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain.
Answer: As a Jewish convert, it is my personal opinion that if I am going to follow the faith of my forefathers Avarham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, then I am going to follow all the mitzvot as well, including those outlined in the Torah about observing the Shabbat. If I had no intention on following the law, I could have remained a Non-Jew. I do not believe HaShem tells us to observe Shabbat for no reason. How does it feel to know you don't have to go anywhere on Shabbat? To know you don't have to take phone calls? To know you don't have to cook, clean, do laundry? Have you ever sat in silence and listened? I have six days to do all that work, and on Shabbat, it is my time with Hashem alone. It is my time to be still, silent and listen to G-d. EXCELLENT


Michal


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From David,

Assignment:

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat. 
a) Gematria connection: B'nei Yisroel + 8 letters = Torah. GOOD
b) Shabbat observance: One of the cornerstones of the Torah - the 7th day is a space in time where we can remove ourselves from our physical world and connect to the spiritual essence of our souls 
GOOD
c) The B'nei Yisroel are COMMANDED to observe the Shabbat 
GOOD

David, ACTUALLY WHAT YOU HAVE JUST DEFINED IS "SHOMAR SHABBAT" {ONE WHO GUARDS SHABBAT} Yes, what you have just said is accurate as far as guarding Shabbat is concerned. However there is another side to this called elevating Shabbat. On my CD entitled Steps Of Observance I explain the importance for every Jew to elevate Shabbat. By this I mean that the positive Shabbat observance a Jew does elevates the holiness of the Day. So if a Jew worked on Shabbat, G-d forbid, and began only working 1/2 of Shabbat with the intention of honoring the other half, that would be an act of elevating Shabbat. If a Jew normally turned lights on and off during Shabbat but stopped in order to honor Shabbat, that would be an act of elevating Shabbat! Now on the other hand, if a Jew did not attend shul on Shabbat but began driving to shul, normally that would NOT be elevating Shabbat!

2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain. 
a) I am inbetween the "0" and the "1" - this is a scary realization that, according to what I read in your email, I have in fact not been observing Shabbat at all. I attend services, listen to the weekly Parsha reading, do not work, meditate and recharge my soul BUT I often switch the lights on or off, listen to the radio or watch Sports on TV. My spiritual goal is to observe Shabbat 100% ... 

Shalom David! {Dovid}

This is a very good goal that will help to bring Moshiach!!

Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Eugenia's Husband Derek,

Dear Dr Akiva,

My wife asked me to send this message to you as she had to return to Brazil at short notice a few weeks ago. She is due back on Thursday
 [Yom Chamishi]. This has meant she has been unable to complete any class assignments. In addition, she asked me to advise you that she may struggle with these as she doesn't have a great command of English just yet (although I'll certainly help her out wherever I can). 

She is very keen to continue with the course.

Best Regards,
Derek H.


Shalom Eugenia's Husband,

Thanks!

Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Bill,

Dr. Belk,

I was called out of town for two weeks, (my 82 year-old-mother had brain surgery; recovering nicely) and I've just read the class rules. I apologize for inadvertently violating your rules before I even got started. However, with your permission, I would like to catch up. I have just e-mailed the first lesson to you. If my tardiness is not acceptable I am sure you will let me know. 

Sincerely,
Bill S.


Shalom Bill,

Please catch up... I understand. Also please place your mother's name on our prayer list.

Blessings, Love and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Assignment:

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat.
 
Shabbat, or more precisely, the observance of Shabbat, since every living being experiences the seventh day of the week, was intended as a celebration reserved only for the Jews. I use the word "reserved" in the context that it was set aside by the Most High G-d as a day for His Chosen People to rest from their labors, reflect on their relationship to the Creator, and to pay homage to HaShem through worship, 
GOOD both individual and corporate. Obviously, if the seventh day found them on the road while traveling, or in the field tending their flocks and herds, worship must be individual. [JEWS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO TEND FLOCKS ON SHABBOS OR TRAVEL] If, on the other hand, they were in town, they would gather for organized corporate worship. There is much I do not know about Shabbat and I assume the next few weeks will plug some of the gaps in my knowledge. Classmates, it is necessary to take issue with Bill at the conclusion of his assignment answers.

2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain. 
I am aware of Shabbat, probably more so in my heart than in my head. I do not always honor Shabbat as I know I should. We attend Erev Shabbat services every week. Saturday [Yom Shabbat] often becomes a work day through expediency. 

My Paternal Grandmother was Jewish so you would tell me since my mother is a Gentile [Non Jew] I am not Jewish. For 60 years of my life I was a Baptist Christian and I would have probably agreed with you. Then I realized a couple years ago that if I had lived in central Europe in the mid 1930's, I could have died for being a Jew. Why then can I not live as a Jew?

I am now a member of a Messianic Synagogue, I observe the Feast Days, I serve on the Yom HaShoah Remembrance Committee and I strive to follow a Kosher diet. No Rabbi can remove the genes of Moshe from my DNA nor can any Rabbi cause me to regrow my foreskin. 

In the last two years I have encountered more outright hatred from the Jewish community than anti-Semitism from the non-
Jewish community. I decided to take this course to learn more about Judaism. I trust I have explained my situation satisfactorily?

Shalom, 
Bill  


Shalom Bill,

I could go on for pages answering your questions BUT Shuvah 101 is not designed for that purpose. First, you have made your mind up that you are Jewish and based upon less observant teachings. Yet you are by your own admission not observant of Ha Torah. One mitzvah you should work on is Shabbat observance. Second, you are Messianic. Both are in conflict with Ha Torah. Third, the absence of your foreskin does not mean you have had a brit milah nor accepted the 613 commands of Ha Torah. 

Bill, I understand where you are and understand much of how you feel. I was a Messianic for 39 years. I also understand that you want to learn about Judaism but I must ask you, Why do you want to learn from me? Christian Messianics teach that Jews who do not believe in Jesus are blind of the truth and going to Hell. What light could I possible provide you based on this doctrine? I am not suggesting that you withdraw from BNTI but that you just expand your thinking some...

Thank you for learning with me...

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Adelle P.,

Assignment:

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat. 
Shabbos Observance is given only to the descendants of Yisroel / Yaakov. Essentially this means, the descendants of Yaakov / Jacob‰ who have continued to guard Shabbos as originally given by Hashem. This means the descendants who have passed down proper Shabbos observance from generation to generation. So it is possible that one may be of Jewish descent yet not be included in the Torah's meaning of B'nei Yisroel. 

One may have Jewish heritage but not be considered Jewish. In other words, one's father may be Jewish but that does not make the children Jewish. One' grandmother and grandfather may be Jewish but that does not make one Jewish if one's mother is not Jewish...

First, I am unclear whether Shabbos and Shabbat are interchangeable terms for the same thing / idea, or whether Shabbos refers only to the initial candle lighting. It seems also as if Shabbat might refer to the holiday and Shabbos refer to the celebration, that is a linguistic dichotomy of spirit and praxis. (I see a definite need for a Hebrew / English dictionary -- immediately!) However, a split between the spiritual and physical seems -- to my limited background -- to be more of a platonic concept than Hebrew, so I'll proceed on the basis of the terms being interchangeable. 

The above is answered in BNTI Glossary which is part of the BNTI Classmate package for tuition classmates... Shabbos is the Ashkenazi pronunciation and Shabbat is the Sephardic pronunciation... They mean the same thing...

B'nei Yisroel then is not only a matter of heritage but of hereditary practice. While one may have a Semitic racial heritage of "Jewishness", if one does not have the tradition passed down to one, faithfully and seamlessly, then one has compromised the lineage of B'nei Yisroel. "Shabbat is the most important ritual observance in Judaism. ... We are commanded to remember Shabbat; but remembering means much more than merely not forgetting to observe Shabbat. It also means to remember the significance of Shabbat, both as a commemoration of creation and as a commemoration of our freedom from slavery in Egypt."VERY GOOD

The point is to retain both group and personal identity as the B'nei Yisroel: to consistently reinforce what it is that defines the difference between "them" and "us". For the B'nei Yisroel, identity is that of G-d's chosen people. This constitutes a separation from the rest of humanity, an incredible blessing that is not available to others. Always, to whom much is given, much is required. Remembrance is not enough. It is too easy to say, in essence, "Yeah, yeah, yeah. I remember already." The Shamor (observance) is frequently inconvenient in that it takes prior planning and delays activities that one might want to accomplish. The weekend is only so long, after all. Absolute observation of the restrictions and celebrations becomes a question of personal/temporal choice versus alliegance to the preservation of the Covenant. To observe all the restrictions and celebrations of Shabbat is what provides the continuity of identity, the guarantee that nothing will be lost or eroded over the generations. If one piece of a 1500 piece puzzle is lost, yes, one can still see the picture and one might think, "No big deal. The piece is probably around somewhere. I'll find it later." At what point does the loss of pieces become irreversible? At what point is the picture so compromised as to be unrecognizable? Can one pass the puzzle on to another with simply an explantion of what it is supposed to be, or does it really make a difference if the puzzle remains intact? The concept of B'nei Yisroel as the people who have faithfully practiced the "most important ritual" in unbroken generations claims that all the pieces have to be there, that the puzzle has to be passed down intact.

Shabbat is a tithing of time and attention. The L-rd 
[WE USE "HASHEM"] gives one the week; one gives back Shabbat. If a covenant is a contract, a broken contract has to be renegotiated. If the Covenant is broken ... can one renegotiate with G-d? GOOD


2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain. 

As a gentile, I am "out of the loop", so to speak. 

I am a retired professor of humanities: community college introductory courses. With few variations, I taught western culture up to the Renaissance. That was 10,000 years of politics, history, art, architecture, music, philosophy, religion, psychology, sociology ... from 3 continents. I told my students that the course covered about 1/3 of the library and their chances of "learning it all" in a 6 week course were even worse than their chances of winning the lottery. What I tried to provide was a scatter-shot approach of tidbits that might be interesting enough to encourage further exploration on their own. 

Judaism fell after the stone age, Mesopotamia, and Egypt, and before Greece, Rome, Islam, medieval Europe (including the development of the Greek Orthodox & Roman Catholic Churchs in all their political as well as religious guises), and equatorial West Africa. Judaism was crammed into one 3-hour session: I had to cover the ancient history of a peripatetic people, the academic approach to the texts as texts, archeological evidence of the events described in the texts (and a bit of archeological evidence disputing the texts -- I'm an academic, remember?), some few aspects of the culture (such as the position of women with regard to the Law, i.e. children, marriage, divorce, ownership of property, battering ... It's hard not to notice that Proverbs has a lot to say about the difficulties of living with a contentious wife, but nothing to say about living with a man with a violent temper, and the political/social/legal position of the Jews in medieval Europe. 

I am looking for something beyond the academic appreciation of a cog in the development of my own 20th century American culture. I approach this course with respect and humble profession of gross ignorance.

Adelle P.


Shalom Adelle,

There is something that you did not mention in question number two, "Spirituality." Few know about Spirituality because of the degradation of humankind. Bereishis {Genesis} 4:26 explains that just after 235 years from Creation, humankind had so drifted from our Creator's intention which we refer to as "The Original Operating System" at BNTI that "man began to call idols by the Name of Hashem." This was the introduction to all the world's present religions. Ha Torah does not consider Judaism or Spirituality to be religions... 

We cover this material in Bereishis 101... Bereishis 101 teaches non Jews Spirituality and Shuvah 101 teaches Jews Judaism. I recommend that you consider enrolling in Bereishis 101. We will begin a new class in several weeks.

Blessings, Love and peace..

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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From Bill,

Your comment on Question #1:
 [My comment is in red] Obviously, if the seventh day found them on the road while traveling, or in the field tending their flocks and herds, worship must be individual. [JEWS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO TEND FLOCKS ON SHABBOS OR TRAVEL]

My response: [Bill's] I understand Jews are not supposed to work on Shabbos. However, sheep being dependent on the shepherd would require even more work if confined to a sheepfold for Shabbos. They would therefore have to leave them in the field to graze. Am I to assume the Shabbos goy was employed to guard the sheep from predators and lead them back to safety at nightfall?

BILL, YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT TORAH JUDAISM TEACHES... HA TORAH SAYS REMBER THE SHABBAT... HONOR THE SHABBAT.. THIS DOES NOT EXCLUDE JEWISH SHEPHERDS!!

Your question on Question #3 "I also understand that you want to learn about Judaism but I must ask you, Why do you want to learn from me? Both Christian and Messianics teach that Jews who do not believe in Jesus are blind and going to Hell."

I found you website while surfing the Internet. I was intrigued by the description of the course (and the offer of no tuition). I spent my life as a Christian, worshipping Jesus. Three years ago I discovered Messianic Judaism and learned His name is really Yeshua. Messianic Jews feel ill at ease thinking of themselves as Christians considering all the things that have been done to Jews down through history in the name of Christianity. They want to retain the rich heritage of Judaism and keep the Feast Days, etc. They simply believe the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah, all 312 of them, have been fulfilled by Yeshua.

I did not seek your class to learn about Yeshua HaMeshiach, but as you noted above, to learn about Judaism. As to the subject of eternal destination, if you have the time and inclination to discuss it, I would be delighted to have a dialogue with you. 

Shalom,

Bill S.


Shalom Bill,

It is clear to me that you want to argue, NOT LEARN. Let's get a few facts straight.

First, the New Testament was written in Greek, NOT HEBREW! 
Nowhere was Jesus ever called Yeshua. In the 1800's Christian Messianics began to call Jesus Yeshua. This is a Messianic invention! Next Messianics began to attempt to translate the New Testament into Hebrew. Why? According to the Trinitarian Bible Society, "for distributing the holy scriptures to the Jews." If you could read and understand Hebrew you could examine the various translations and make comparisons as I have done. It only takes a few minutes of reading to realize most Messianics have a very poor education in Hebrew!! Yet it is these people who attempted to translate the New Testament into Hebrew.

Second, this number 312 is fictitious. It is not recognized by Torah Judaism. This is another Messianic invention. You say that you want to learn about Judaism. You are learning about Judaism. Judaism exposes Jesus for who he is. To you Jesus is the Messiah. Judaism teaches that Jesus is not the Messiah. At BNTI you may refer to Jesus ONLY by the name "Jesus" NOT "Yeshua". Now you are learning Judaism! In our Three Step Enrollment we clearly state the following:

Use of Unacceptable Terms / Words
In addition there are certain terms and concepts that are not scripturally supported by Ha Tenach. Please note the following about B'nai Noach Torah Institute:

- We do not call Jesus "Yeshua"

- We do not call Jesus a "Prophet" Jesus is a 'False Prophet' see Mt. 12:40

- We do not call Jesus "the son of G-d"

- We do not refer to Jesus as "the Christ" or "the Messiah" or Ha Moshiach"

- We do not call the New Testament "the Brit Ha Dah Shaw"

- We do not refer to the New Testament as "the scripture" or "the Scriptures"

- We do not accept the common view taught by Christianity that the Christian New Testament is built upon Ha Tenach, what Christianity refers to as "the Old Testament"

- We use the Term Christian Scriptures or Christian Bible or Christian Testament.

- We do not refer to Tenach as the "Old Testament"

We use the Term Hebrew Scriptures, Hebrew Bible or Hebrew Testament.

Now classmate, we at BNTI are not suggesting that you have to believe as we do. We are only saying that in the course of your discussion with us these terms are not acceptable and will not be accepted. BNTI is not a Christian Institute and does not support many Christian teachings or doctrines. We reserve all arguments regarding Christian doctrine to the course "Messianic Challenge."

Bill, do you understand what rabbinical law is? Christians, Baptists and Messianics teach Jews are legalistic. They teach that our rabbim burden us with laws... Messianics teach Jesus was a rabbi. The Christian Testament teaches Jesus was a Rabbi. That being the situation few Messianics realize that Matthew chapter 5 is R abbinical law directed at Jesus' Talmidim... his followers of which you claim to be a follower also.. Have you considered what Jesus burdens you with in comparison to Ha Torah?

First let's learn what Judaism teaches regarding Rabbinic Law...
In the world today only several rabbium have the recognized stature and authority to make rabbinic law that Kal Yisroel will follow. Yet few rabbinic laws are made. Devarim 18:15 instructs us to obey the laws of a Prophet... This also includes changing a Torah Law for a short time. Such a things happened in the days of the Maccabees. Mattathias, a Kohein, and other pious Jews decreed that they must fight on Shabbat to defeat the enemy. This Rabbinic Law was in place in Yisroel for several years. When the war was over the law was repealed. {1 Maccabees 2:39-41}

Bill, the point to all this is many Rabbinic Laws are good. Some are not. Yet Rabbinical Law is established by Ha Torah. Not all Rabbinic Law is followed. If Kal Yisroel does not agree to follow the Law then it is not established. According to the Christian Testament Rabbi Jesus had a large following. His following respected him. Yet I find it very interesting that the writer of Matthew fails to state that Rabbi Jesus instituted rabbinic law for his followers even though it is clear that this is exactly what he did. Bill, few pastors, Christians or even Messianics realize that Jesus' directives... instructions in the Gospels are based upon his understanding of Ha Torah. I am providing you with a brief example below. It is actually not brief. Yet in the scope of 28 chapters from Matthew it is brief. 
I am reviewing the Rabbinical law Jesus commanded his followers to observe. In the short span of just Matthew 5, Jesus commands his followers to observe OVER 30 of his new Rabbinical Laws. In just 48 verses Jesus requires his followers to obey all these new Rabbinical Laws. Let's learn some more about Judaism. In Matthew 5 Jesus legislates more rabbinical Law in just one chapter of the Christian Testament than the total number of Laws in any chapter of Ha Torah. In all of Ha Torah there are only 613 Commandments. In comparison, one chapter of Matthew has 31 Rabbinical Laws... 

Bill, as you review the Rabbinical Laws Jesus established in Matthew chapter 5 please notice that I have added the references Christians / Messianics give in the side margins of their Christian Testaments and commentaries. These references prove that Christians / Messianics who referenced and published the Christian Testament books recognized that Jesus was speaking about the Law of Moshe. Jesus made Rabbinic Law, changed Torah Law and added RabbinicLaw. 

Rabbinic Law # 1 from Jesus
"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:17, 18

Bill, this means according to 'Jesus' law' the Jewish Scripture is NOT done away with... even though Christian Messianics teach it is... Why? Because Heaven and earth still remain...

Rabbinic Law # 2 from Jesus
"Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments[Torah Mitzvahs], and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven:" Matthew 5:19

Bill, do you understand what this means? Right here in 
the Christian Testament Jesus proclaims that if anyone teaches you to violate... to break Ha Torah he will be the least in the kingdom of Heaven. Bill, how do we know that Jesus was referring to Ha Torah instead of the Christian Testament when he made this rabbinic Law? The Christian Testament did NOT exist at that time. The concept "ChristianTestament"... i.e., the very term "New Testament," was not even uttered until hundreds of years later. The book of Matthew was not even written until decades later... Bill, examine every reference that Jesus made to the term "Scriptures." Every instance was to Ha Tenach!! NO EXCEPTIONS!!

Rabbinic Law # 3 from Jesus
"...whosoever shall do and teach them [the mitzvahs of Torah], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20

This is proof that Jesus commanded his followers to obey... follow Torah. Here Jesus states that those that "do" - Do what? That do - [observe Ha Torah commandments] and that teach others to observe Torah Commandments will be called great... Jesus' own teaching rebukes Messianic teachings and doctrines...

Rabbinic Law # 4 from Jesus
"For I [Jesus] say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20

Bill, do you realize that Jesus' Rabbinic Law in this area is an extreme position that Torah Judaism does not Teach. This extreme position is only taught by Jesus. "For I say unto you...' This is not a teaching of grace but of EXTREME Works which Paul, a follower of Jesus, condemns... Here is a clear addition of Rabbinic Law by Jesus. This teaching by Jesus is by far more strict than Torah... This Rabbinical Law, that you Bill as a Messianic are required to follow, is harder than any Rabbinic Law of Ha Torah!! What Jesus imposes here makes it nearly impossible for most to enter the Kingdom of Heaven for his followers!

Rabbinic Law # 5 from Jesus
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; [Shemos 20:13] and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I [Jesus] say unto you, 'That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment:'" ... Matthew 5:22

Bill, this is another extreme position that Ha Torah does not teach or endorse. Here, Jesus issues another harsh rabbinic law... 
This is a doctrine but it is NOT a doctrine of "Grace." Jesus is making another addition to Torah for his followers. Jesus' addition is by far more strict than anything taught in Ha Torah Judaism.

Rabbinic Law # 6 from Jesus
"...and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council..."
Matthew 5:22

This is humorous. First, after checking with a variety of Christian / Messianic commentaries I was surprised to learn that their best know NOTHING about the word "Raca". Even more interesting, the publishers who translated the New Testament from Greek into English could not find the word "Raca". So they made one up... There are a number of opinions among Christians / Messianics about what this word means. They don't know! They're guessing...

I am not going to give them any light on what they don't know... except to say, Jesus is teaching another extreme position NOT taught by Ha Torah. Ha Torah requires that an individual first be warned, then after being warned the individual must be seen by two witnesses to bring him to the Bet Din... {Jewish Supreme Court}. Bill, this is Judaism. Judaism is much more understanding than Jesus!

Rabbinic Law # 7 from Jesus
"but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." Matthew 5:22

Bill, this is not a Torah Commandment. This is a Law Rabbi Jesus as a radical leader placed upon his followers... The word "fool" does not even appear once in the Torah. Bill, several weeks ago I wrote about Loshon Hara which Torah Judaism discusses in 31 separate places. Rabbi Jesus just raised the level of observance from 18" in Torah Judaism to over 7 feet for his followers! 
Do you really believe this?

Rabbinic Law # 8 from Jesus
"Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift." Matthew 5:24

Bill, Torah Judaism teaches that as part of Shuvah {returning / repentance}
 #1,one acknowledges their error, #2, makes a plan not to repeat the error and #3,pays restitution for their error to the victim. One does not approach the Mizbayach {altar} without first following the path of repentance. Torah Teaches these elements are essential for repentance. The victimized party may not forgive you. It may be impossible to be reconciled to such an individual. That is why the Bet Din rules on these matters. The Bet Din determines what is fair based upon Ha Torah. An individual may disagree with the Bet Din... The point is that one does not come 
haphazardly to the mizbayach with an offering. It is well thought out. It is planned. 

Rabbi Jesus' teaching lacks consideration for the expense of the offering and shows a lack of understanding regarding Ha Torah's process for repentance.

Rabbinic Law # 9 from Jesus
"Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison." Matthew 5:25

This is sickening. Nowhere in Ha Torah do we read anywhere of the word prison except for Yaakov's son Yosief being cast wrongfully into prison. When someone does wrong, Ha Torah teaches a decent, humane way of correcting the problem. Ha Torah does not teach anything about prison. Ha Tenach does speak several dozen times about Jews being tossed into prison. Jesus' teaching has to do with dealing with non-Jews.

Rabbinic Law # 10 from Jesus
"Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: [Shemos 20:14] But I [Jesus] say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart." Matthew 5:27,28

Again this is another example of an extreme teaching by Jesus. Judaism Teaches that a man should not touch a woman other than his wife. Judaism teaches modest dressing for men, women and children. Judaism teaches that a man should not compliment another man's wife. A man should limit his conversations with women other than his mother and his wife. Yet in these very areas we often violate the intention of Torah... Here once again 
Jesus raises the bar for his followers!! Jesus' Law is much more difficult to observe than Ha Torah!!

Rabbinic Law # 11 from Jesus
"And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:29

Most Christians / Messianics will tell you that this verse does not actually mean pluck out your right eye if your right eye causes you to lust. They will say that Jesus was speaking only in an allegory. Regardless, this is extreme. One does not read of such self-destructive behavior in Ha Torah. In fact Ha Torah forbids any form of self-mutilation, so to even suggest mutilation of body parts in a story or an allegory is inappropriate. It is wrong! IT IS A SIN according to Torah Judaism!!

Rabbinic Law # 12 from Jesus
"And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." Matthew 5:30

Ha Torah does not teach the Christian concept of hell, fire and brimstone. The term hell only occurs once in all of Ha Torah. The New Testament preaches this hell concept 23 times... Here Jesus is teaching his followers that self-mutilation, a Torah violation, is better than perishing in the Christian version of Hell. This is nowhere near a Torah concept... Torah value... Torah Teaching...

Rabbinic Law # 13 from Jesus
"It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement." [Deuteronomy 24:1,2] Matthew 5:31

Devarim {Deuteronomy} 24:1 does not talk about putting one's wife away. Ha Torah recognizes that a couple may not get along. Ha Torah acknowledges that a couple may not be right for each other... Ha Torah understands marital complications. Ha Torah wants husbands and wives to enjoy each other. Ha Torah desires for couples to enjoy Shalom Bais {peace at home}. When a relationship does not work out Ha Torah teaches that a couple should divorce and seek a new, better relationship. Hashem's desire is for Shalom Bais!

Now I find it absolutely amazing how Christians blaze right by Rabbi Jesus' teaching regarding divorce. Almost half of the married Christian world has been divorced at least once! WOW! Christians by their very actions embrace Ha Torah doctrine when it comes to divorce. So, classmates, any time a Christian / Messianic approaches, ask them if they have ever been divorced. If they say "Yes!" Then tell them to practice what they preach before preaching to you...

Next, I am just beside myself. Do you know the definition of fornication? Jesus doesn't according to Matthew! Fornication is between unmarried people. The correct term should have been adultery. 

Rabbinic Law # 14 from Jesus
"That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery." Matthew 5:32

Ha Torah does not teach this! Ha Torah teaches it is better to find happiness in another marriage than to fight, argue, speak evil, etc. in a marriage that should have never occurred. Yet Jesus teaches his followers that if a divorced man or woman remarries they are each living in adultery. This is extreme! It is harsh! Clearly Jesus' Rabbinic Law increased the level of harshness on this good, understanding, compassionate Torah commandment. Again, much of the Christian community does not observe Jesus' rabbinical commandment here. 

Rabbinic Law # 15 from Jesus
and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Matthew 5:32

Bill, I have actually met people claiming to be Christians that require a divorced person to divorce their present mate and to remarry their former mate whom they divorced. 
Torah Judaism does not teach this... Would you call this adding to the Law? This is what Christians... Messianics dislikes... This is what they accuse Jewish rabbium of doing! The entire New Testament is full of rabbinic law from Jesus and from Paul... 

Rabbinic Law # 16 from Jesus
"
Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: [Leviticus 19:12]. But I say unto you, Swear not at all." Matthew 5:33,34

Rabbinic Law # 17 from Jesus
"
Neither by heaven; for it is G[-]d's throne." Matthew 5:34

Rabbinic Law # 18 from Jesus
"
Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool." Matthew 5:35

Rabbinic Law # 19 from Jesus
"
Neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King." Matt. 5:35

Rabbinic Law # 20 from Jesus
"
Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black." Matthew 5:36

Rabbinic Law # 21 from Jesus
"
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil." Matthew 5:37

Bill, again Jesus has expanded beyond what Ha Torah teaches. 
Jesus is teaching a much harsher law than Ha Torah. G-d never commanded this!

Rabbinic Law # 22 from Jesus
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: [Shemos 21:24]. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also." Matthew 5:38,39

Bill, the very first issue here clearly shows that Rabbi Jesus did not understand Ha Torah halacha regarding damages. G-d in His wisdom placed limits on what damages a victim could receive. When Ha Torah states an eye for an eye it does not literally mean an eye for an eye. Ha Torah means that one should pay the value of an eye. For example: the value of an eye to a doctor is greater than for an uneducated day laborer. Both have value but the value is different. Ha Torah, as stated earlier, does not teach self-destructive behavior or any form of self-mutilation.

Here we again see Jesus changing Ha Torah even though Jesus said,
 "Think not that I am come to destroy / change the law, or the prophets..." The point is that in every situation we have discussed so far in which Jesus has discussed Ha Torah {The 5 Books of Moshe} he has increased the level of harshness. He has made it more difficult! He has imposed a more strict law to observe. I know of few Christians / Messianics that observe this Rabbinic Law imposed upon them by Jesus.

Rabbinic Law # 23 from Jesus
"And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also." Matthew 5:40

What Christian or Messianic practices this rabbinic law?

Rabbinic Law # 24 from Jesus
"And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain." Matthew 5:41

How many of the Christians / Messianics that have been divorced have said 'Here, dear, take the house and the car keys also...'? Most Christians / Messianics do not follow these rabbinic commands by Jesus in the New Testament.

Rabbinic Law # 25 from Jesus
"Give to him that asketh thee." Matthew 5:42

Rabbinic Law # 26 from Jesus
"and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away." Matthew 5:42

Rabbinic Law # 27 from Jesus
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, [Leviticus 19:18] and hate thine enemy. But I [Jesus] say unto you, Love your enemy..."Matthew 5:43, 44

Bill, Ha Torah teaches us to love our neighbor. This is the same for Jew, Spiritualist and Christian... However, Jesus was mistaken when he claimed "and hate thine enemy." This is an untrue message. Ha Torah does not teach the Jew or Spiritualist to "hate their enemy." 

Rabbinic Law # 28 from Jesus
"Bless them that curse you..." Matthew 5:44

Rabbinic Law # 29 from Jesus
"
Do good to them that hate you..." Matthew 5:44

Rabbinic Law # 30 from Jesus
"...and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44

"That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so?" Matthew 5:45 - 47

Rabbinic Law # 31 from Jesus
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."Matthew 5:48

Bill, after reviewing just one chapter from the New Testament book Matthew it should be quite clear that Rabbi Jesus according to the New Testament used his power to institute rabbinical law. What you have just read in Matthew 5 is NOT some Sunday School lesson by Rabbi Jesus. It is not just a sermon. IT IS RABBINIC LAW INSTITUTED BY RABBI JESUS to his followers. Knowing this has impact. 

If you pay attention here you should have learned MUCH about Torah Judaism..

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Raymond K.

1.) Please explain the connection between B&Mac226;nei Yisroel and Shabbat. 
In this connect between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat there is a base of knowing that Hashem has made a mitzvah or (covenant) with the childern of Yaakov, to which there is an everlasting sign. The Sabbath is Holy because it is tied to B'nei Yisroel, and whenever there is a reference made to B'nei Yisroel there is a separtion from people and the world. So the connection that is made is one of cessation of work but also of ceasing to place self as the authority THE CONNECTION IS THE SIGN OF SHABBAT. IF JEWS DO NOT HONOR SHABBAT THEN WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE OF THE SIGN?

2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain.
 I still have a long way to go, and I feel that as I study the Torah I can know what Ineed to work on and give that the attention that I need to. I am not Jewish by birth but would like to convert if at all possible, but I am willing to take my time as I do this. I want to be sure of what I need to do before making this step.GOOD

Shalom Raymond,

Please keep me informed about where you are going with thoughts of conversion. I think you should enroll in Bereishis 101 to learn about Spirituality...

Spiritualists observe about 80 commands of Ha Torah.

Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel 


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From Zenaida S.

Shalom Dr. Akiva 

First of all I'd like to thank you for your warm welcome, I eagerly hope to be able to cope with this course so interesting and so different at the same time from all I've learned before in my present religion. I can tell you that I feel very attracted to Judaism, perphaps in a romantic search of my family's Sephardic roots.

Please excuse the English faults you might find in my written exchange with you as, even though I have a good command of the English language, my mother tongue is Spanish. Could you please recommend me a special Hebrew-English Dictionary containing the lexicon (words like Kohein, challah, aliyahah, etc.) used in this and other courses related to this one, or perhaps and even better a Hebrew-Spanish one? 

One of the questions arising after reading your texts is: Why do you write the word G-d without the vowel? Is this vowel pronounced when speaking? I ask you to please be patient with me as all about Judaism is new to me.


Below please find my Assignment:


1) B'nei Yisroel observe the Shabbat as it is an essential element of the agreement that Jewish people have with the Creator.
 GOOD


2) My elders were Sephardic Jews who fled from Spain due to the religious persecution. As far as I know, first they moved to Portugal and from there to Amsterdam, Curazao, finally reaching Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (where I was born). In Santo Domingo Sephardic Jews spread all over the country. The small size of this community and lack of communication among them due to the remoteness of their respective locations, made impossible the celebration of their rites; soon afterwards they assimilated local customs and Catholicism, and as a result I belong to the sixth generation of Christians of this family; as you can see my process is rather insignificant. 

Hoping that you receive my warm regards, 

Zenaida S.


From K. O.

Greetings,

Thank you for adding me to this class. I think I should withdraw as I have not been in a position to contribute at this point.

I appreciate your time and effort and thought I should withdraw to avoid any inconvenience to yourself.

Thank you again.


Shalom K. O.,

Our position at BNTI is to teach Judaism and Spirituality. Yes, we do need finances to pay our expenses, etc. but we have a Chessed Fund for those desiring to learn. Please make an application to our Board of Advisdors. All that is necessary is to write a letter stating your situation. We discuss this in the Three Step Enrolment under Chessed Fund as follows:

Chessed Fund
At B'nai Noach Torah Institute we have a Chessed Fund which is designated to assist any classmate who is in excellent standing. If funds are available in the Chessed Fund, classmates who are impoverished may request that funds from the Chessed Fund be used to pay for their course. When we say in excellent standing we mean a classmate must take their one free course at BNTI and follow procedure.

These classmates are required to do special research projects of appreciation in gratitude for learning at BNTI through use of Chessed funds.

The Chessed Fund receives money from BNTI classmates who want to lovingly reach out to those who cannot afford our courses. BNTI matches 30% of all gifts to the Chessed Fund.

Below are the assignment questions for Step 3. Thank you for taking the time to complete them. After we receive your assignment you will receive Lesson 1, G-d willing!


Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


From Ari

The connection between B'nei Yisrael and Shabbat. 
The first Shabbat is enshrined in the story of 
Creation, when G-d rested on the seventh day after Creation 

...the heaven and the earth were finished, and all their array. And on the seventh day G-d finished the work which He had been doing, and He ceased on the seventh day from all the work which He had done. And G-d blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because on it G-d ceased from all the work of 
Creation which He had done. 

(Genesis 2:1-3) 

GOOD - ARI, IT IS ALSO GOOD THAT YOU USE THE DASH BETWEEN THE G AND THE D OF G-D... YOU MAY USE THE TERM "BEREISHIS" {IN BEGINNING} FOR GENESIS 

Following their redemption from bondage in Egypt, Moshe and the Israelites with him, received a revelation that changed the status of this people from one living by faith to a nation bound by a covenant of statutory law, the Torah, presented to the people by Moses as the word of G-d. (Wouk1987). 

Among these laws was the institution of the Shabbat, and the commandment to both remember and observe, as it was to be a sign between Hashem and B'nei Yisrael. 
GOOD
An agreement that 
If you walk in my statutes and keep my covenant .I will be your G-d and you shall be my people (Lev: 26:3-12) 
THIS IS GOOD BUT SHEMOS {EXODUS} 31:16-17 IS CORRECT...

Therefore, Shabbat was a seal of identity, between Hashem and the children of Yisrael. An identity which would set them apart as Holy (separate)
EXCELLENT

And you shall be to me a Kingdom of priests, a Holy nation (Exodus 19:6) 
YOU MAY USE THE TERM "SHEMOS" {NAMES} FOR EXODUS 

Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe throughout their generations for a perpetual covenant. Exodus 31:16-17 

The following verses show that the covenant is conditional upon observance 

Jerusalem's glory depending on keeping the Sabbath. Jeremiah 17:24,25,27, 

G-d rebukes Israel's continued disregard of the Sabbath. Ezekiel 20: 10-13, 17-22, 

ARI WE NEVER USE VERSES OF LESSER STATURE TO CORRECT HA TORAH.. HA TORAH IS PERFECT. JEREMIAH AND EZEKIEL ARE NOT. ALSO BNTI DOES NOT PERMIT CLASSMATES TO JUST MAKE REFERENCES TO ANYTHING. ONE MUST QUOTE WHAT THEY ARE MAKING REFERENCES TO. THIS SAVES TIME FOR THE PROFESSORS.. THANK YOU!

The observance of Shabbat is essential to maintain Jewish identity and to remain faithful to the fulfilment of the covenant given to B'nei {THE PUNCTUATION BETWEEN THE "B" AND THE "n" of "B'nei" IS AN APOSTROPHE, NOT A COMMA} Yisrael on Mt. Sinai. GOOD

It is a visible sign demonstrative of distinct separateness between Jews and Gentiles. WE DO NOT USE THE TERM GENTILES WE EITHER USE THE TERMS NON-JEWS OR SPIRITUALISTS. WE TRY TO BE SENSITIVE TO THE FEELINGS OF OTHERS.. THANK YOU

The Shabbat is a time where B'nei Yisrael can reflect and fully identify with who they are and what is required of them as people, it is a time of withdrawal from the demands of the world and become immersed in relationship with Hashem. It is also a time of remembrance of G-d's blessings and his promises. GOOD
Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt and the L-rd your G-d freed you from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the L-rd your G-d has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day. (Deuteronomy 5:12-15


YOU MAY USE THE TERM "DEVARIM" {WORDS / THINGS} FOR DEUTERONOMY 

Throughout history, the Shabbat has provided B'nei Yisrael with a focal point of continuity and survival of their faith and moreover, as a people, it has maintained separateness and facilitated coherence among the Jews during times of dispersion 

It is said that more than Yisrael has kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept them 

My position: 

I am a 45 year old male (divorced) presently working as a Nurse. I am also completing a degree at a Melbourne University of which is almost completed. 

Most of my life I have been preoccupied with the search for meaning, purpose and fulfilment. Raised as a Catholic, I had long abandoned the rationale that the salvation of mankind lies in a statement of faith. 

After investigating many of the very extensively marketed worldviews and studying widely, I discovered myself being consistently drawn towards the faith of Judaism. 

At present, I am studying the Torah, reading many books on Jewish belief, practice, history and folklore. I possess PC software that I'm using to learn Hebrew, praying, 

Learning about Kosher, and trying to observe as much as I'm currently aware. 

My intention is to approach a Rabbi to undertake a formal conversion. 

In regard to the observance of Shabbat, I have traditionally worked Saturdays but I'm reviewing and negotiating my contracts to exclude Saturday for the purpose of full and proper observance. I have learned some of the blessings in Hebrew (Kiddush) and eat a Shabbat meal on the Friday evening. As my knowledge improves I will continue to move forward. 

Ari 


Shalom Ari,

Thank you for sharing with me. Your answers to the assignment were very good. In the future please remember to include the question in red before the answer in blue. Presently I review about 21 different courses. Remembering this helps. Thank you! Also please keep quotes and references together. Thank You!

The Bereishis series, Torah series and Parsha series would all be helpful to you. Also being a registered classmate would be helpful even though it is not required for this first course. Registered classmates can use the BNTI Search Engine, BNTI Glossary, Message Board, plus much more...

I am really pleased that you did your first assignment and that it was very good!

When you have the opportunity could you give me a little more detail on the book Wouk, H. (1987) This is my G-d: Canada; Little, Brown and Company Ltd...? Thank You!

May Hashem Bless you!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


References: 
Kolatch, A.J. (1981). The Jewish book of why: NY; Jonathan David Pulishers, Inc. 
Wouk, H. (1987) This is my G-d: Canada; Little, Brown and Company Ltd


Shalom [Dr. Akiva]
Thanks for the prompt return of my work, your encouragemnt and corrections.
The book, This is my G-d by Herman Wouk was part of a preconversion reading list obtained from a local site (Melbourne, Australia) which runs conversoin programs for non-Jews. I have found the book very readable and informative. It was described in the reading list as "a very accessible introduction to Jewish beliefs and practices, by an Orthodox Jew, who is also a leading novelist.

Its contents cover Jewish history and survival, The faith of Judaism, Shabbat, Festivals, High Holy Days, Minor Holy Days, Prayers, Synagogue and Worship,Food Clothing and Shelter., Birth and Jewish life cycles, Love and Marriage., Explainations of the Torah and Talmud, Differences in expressions of Judaism,Israel, etc.

I obtained a copy from the local public libarary, Publishing details were as I provided with my assignment reference.

Hope this is useful for you 

Toda Raba
Ari


Shalom Ari,

You're welcome. My goal is to assist you where possible.

Thank you for the prompt information... also...

G-d willing I will check into this book.

Please don't forget to check out my new book releases at: bnti.us/books.html



Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


ב''ה

Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 2 Class Discussion 2


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

Class Discussion on:

Wrong E - Mail address and route address

Contradiction of terms "Jewish Messianic Congregation"

Brit Milah

This class discussion is dedicated to the loving memory of those we love  may they rest in peace.

Greetings Dr. Belk,

Following is my response to Shuvah 101 Lesson 1:

1. Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat: 
The observance of Shabbat is a Command given to B'nei Yisroel by G-d. GOOD

Shabbat is a sign from Hashem to B'nei Yisroel that He is making His people holy and setting them apart. VERY GOOD

We are to observe the Command and to pass it down to future generations. The command to observe Shabbat is not open to reinterpretation or adaptation.GOOD

However, Hashem knows our past, present, and future and He is kind when it comes to judging our current levels of observance. GOOD - This is a good point and very important to remember. 

A purpose of Shabbat is to take the time to look inside to find our errors and to repent of them. The process of teshuvah requires introspection. 
GOOD

We connect ourselves to Holy Temple Jerusalem when we find and follow the inner light. 
GOOD

I am ignoring the whole number presentation for the moment. I know it is significant, but I have not yet grasped the concepts you presented. My guess is that it is Kaballah-esque. Or in other words, I am pretty literal-minded and just don't get it. Give me a leaf, fruit and tree metaphor and I can usually figure it out. Gematria is Jewish Mysticism.
 It's not a requirement of this course or of BNTI to become deeply involved in Gematria. I use a little Gematria in two other lessons of Shuvah 101. 

Thank you for teaching me. You're welcome...

2. Where are you in this process? What is your situation. Please explain. 
I am like a wee child when it comes to Torah Observance. I have taken my first wobbly steps, experienced some peace and joy and some failure and repentance. I have serious trust issues and have not sought out any other Jews to join with. I live 20 miles from the nearest Shul and had to get over the whole driving part way and walking the rest thing. I have found some helpful friends over the internet and their encouragement is making it easier for me to take the next steps. I am studying Kashrut and am working to modify my diet and cooking methods. I try and take a few steps every day. I will confess that yesterday I was feeling totally overwhelmed and kind of lonely and read a novel instead of worrying about everything I am not doing right. 

Respectfully, 

Jodie M.


Shalom Jodie,
I encourage our classmates to take steps that they can maintain. It is better to take small secure steps than to take large steps and become discouraged. So do what you can yet don't over do it. Grow at a reasonable pace. Consider every decision carefully. When you consider Kashrut it is very important to consider all the costs... It is good to learn about Kashrut at a slow steady pace before purchasing new pots, pans, plates, etc...

I would change my focus to being happy with what you enjoy about Ha Torah and the level of Jewish observance you are at regardless of what others think. If you are feeling stuffy, claustrophobic, etc. it is probably because you are pushing too much. Slow down some. Give yourself a break..

Blessings, Love and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Ya'akov B.,

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat
The Torah definition of Shabbat Observance and B'nei Yisroel remains exactly the same as the day Hashem gave it. The definition of Shabbat Observance and B'nei Yisroel is not open to reinterpretation or adaptation. Their definition and purpose remain the same from generation to generation.
We call Shabbat holy. There is a reason for this. That reason is directly tied to B'nei Yisroel. Kaw Dohsh {holy} also means separate. Shabbat, the seventh day, is separated from the other 6 days of the work week. B'nei Yisroel, which again only occurs 7 times in Bereisheit, is separated from the other peoples of the world. One of the main points of that separation is observance of Shabbat... is separating Shabbat from the other days of the work week 
VERY GOOD

2.) Where are you in this process? What is your situation? Please explain
A) Shabbat observant, All High Holy Days, including the 7th day Shabbat.
B) I'm a member@ Beth Hallel, a Jewish Messianic Congregation, fully Shabbat observant.
Converted 1984, from the traditional Christian doctrine. I do not indulge in any pagan holidays such as easter, christmas etc. I identify myself with the Seed of Avraham, adopted by Grace as an heir according to the promises (B'RESHEET 17:3-9)

May G-D Bless You and Your Family Forever,
Ya'akov

Ya'akov B.

Shalom Ya'akov,
It goes without saying that neither I nor B'nai Noach Torah Institute agree with the term or concept of "Jewish Messianic Congregation". One cannot be Jewish and Messianic, i.e. observe Ha Torah and the New Testament. They are two different books that often do not agree. 
This will become clear as we learn together. One may believe in Jesus as the Messiah and one may follow the teachings of the Christian Testament as closely as possible, yet if one is born of a Jewish mother much of this is in violation of Torah observance. I did the very same thing for almost 40 years.

Most groups in Judaism consider such an individual NOT to be Jewish because of their desire to observe the Christian Testament, Jesus and Paul, etc. I do not agree with this position. I believe that our Creator, blessed is His Name, in His Long-suffering, Compassion, Tender Mercy and Gracious Kindness does not agree with this position either. Why? The Thirteen Attributes of our Creator express how eagerly our Creator forgives, even in-your-face, deliberate, rebellious sin - let alone sins of misunderstanding or absence of understanding.

Through the years there is one common issue among all humans, "misunderstanding". Truth corrects our misunderstandings. 

Ya'akov, I am not sure what you mean by the statement, "fully Shabbat observant." I would appreciate a little more detail on your definition of Shabbat observance. I do appreciate your comment "I do not indulge in any pagan holidays such as easter, christmas etc." You will observe that I encourage all my classmates and talmidim to bring honor to G-d by not using the pagan names of the month or pagan days of the week. I would appreciate a little more information on why you do not indulge in Christmas and Easter. 

The observant rabbium strongly discourage non Jews from observing beyond the required observance of Ha Torah for Spiritualists. Why? Once they have observed a Torah Mitzvah three or more times it is the same as an oath or vow. One has embraced the mitzvah. So many of your self-imposed observances for whatever reason become required observances... 

I must inquire, have you observed Brit Milah? 

Ya'akov, thank you for sharing with me regarding these very important details of your life and observances.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


A)Ya'akov, I am not sure what you mean by the statement, 
"fully Shabbat observant." I would appreciate a little more detail on your definition of Shabbat observance. 
A)What I mean is, I keep the Shabbaths required in Torah. (Vayikra) Leviticus: 23

Ya'akov, I understand what Ha Torah requires of Shabbat Observance. What I was more interested in is how you understand and observe Shabbat. How do you keep Shabbat? 

B) I do appreciate your comment 
"I do not indulge in any pagan holidays such as easter, christmas etc." You will observe that I encourage all my classmates and talmidim to bring honor to G-d by not using the pagan names of the month or pagan days of the week. I would appreciate a little more information on why you do not indulge in Christmas and Easter. 

B) Please forgive me, I did not intend to offend anyone, it will not happen again, I only meant that these holidays are for the worship of idols. It is true that my family keep these holidays, and so did I before I learned about Torah and whatG-D expects of us. I feel these are not Jewish holidays, but all who worship G-D Alm-ghty [a dash is necessary out of respect to His Holy Name] in truth.

Ya'akov, BNTI agrees that Christmas and Easter are pagan days. What I was attempting to state was that just as these are pagan holidays days, NOT HOLY DAYS, the names of the months and the names of the days of the week are pagan names that do not bring honor to our Creator. Ha Torah uses numbers. "In the first month" Vayikra 23:5 "In the fourteenth day of the first month" Vayikra 23:5 So my point was don't just stop with not observing Christmas or Easter but stop using the pagan names of the month and the pagan days of the week also... In other words, honor our Creator by separating from the usage of these names...

I also understand that the NT & Torah are two separate books.
I want to study Torah with an understanding and insight, from a master.

I must inquire, have you observed Brit Milah? 

No, only because of this:
Rom 2:25 For circumcision indeed profits, if you are a doer of the law, but if you are a transgressor of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision. 

Rom 2:26 If therefore the uncircumcised keep the ordinances of the law, won't his uncircumcision be accounted as circumcision? 

Rom 2:27 Won't the uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfills the law, judge you, who with the letter and circumcision are a transgressor of the law? 

Rom 2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision which is outward in the flesh;

Rom 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit not in the letter; whose praise is not from men, but from G-d. 


Shalom Ya'akov,
I am not suggesting that you go out and have a Brit Milah. Yet Brit Milah is a requirement of Ha Torah given to Avraham when he was 99 years old. {Bereishis 17:9-27} Brit Milah was commanded by our Creator before Shabbat observance. Brit Milah is a requirement of every Jewish male of eight days and older regardless of what Paul says... I don't mean this in a hostile way.

You can mark this as a clear difference between Ha Torah and the Christian Testament. Ya'akov, just as Shabbat observance is a sign, so is brit milah a sign. Shabbat is a sign that all B'nei Yisroel can observe. Brit milah is a sign that only Jewish males can observe. Just as Shabbat separates the Jew from the rest of the world brit milah separates the Jewish male from other men. 

What we have here is one of those very serious misunderstandings between Judaism and Christian Messianics. Ha Torah teaches that observance of the 613 Mitzvahs makes one holy. The ChristianTestament teaches that Jesus makes one holy. Ya'akov, holiness is an action that one does. Without the action there is no holiness. We observe Shabbat. Why? Because G-d rested on the Shabbat.

I cannot go into this with you now, but we will learn about brit milah in another course in the future, G-d willing. You and the rest of Shuvah 101 will be receiving 4 lessons this week, G-d willing.

Blessings, Love and Peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

ב''ה

Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 3


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

The Blast Of The Shofar ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

Rosh HaShanah is divided into two parts: The days leading up to Rosh Hashanah and the actual days of Rosh HaShanah. Rosh HaShanah begins at night on 1 Tishri. This can be confusing for western society because days begin at midnight instead of sundown like in Judaism and Spirituality. Most western calendars put Rosh Hashanah on the day following the evening. So when one notices that the calendar posts Rosh HaShanah beginning on 09-27-03, Rosh Hashanah actually begins at sundown on 09-26-03. However to be sure one should check with the local Rabbinic authority.

Since Rosh HaShanah begins on 1 Tishri, Rosh HaShanah is also Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month. One can tell that a new month is beginning by observing the moon. When the moon is not a full moon, not a half moon, not a quarter of a moon, not an eighth of a moon but close to one sixteenth of its full size the new month begins.

On the Shabbat before the new moon occurs special blessings / prayers are said before the Torah is returned to the Aaron Kodesh. The Shul gabbai normally is the one to publicly announce the name of the coming month, the day, the hour and the exact minute the new month begins. 

On the day the new month begins special prayers from Tehillim {Psalms} are said except on Rosh HaShanah. Now we are about to begin our journey from Elul to Rosh Hashanah. The new Month of Elul announces with the first blast of the shofar {except for Shabbat} the soon to come day of Rosh HaShanah.

We blow the shofar for the entire month of Elul each morning leading up to Rosh Hashanah except on Shabbat. Tradition has it that this will confuse the suttan. If he is confused then he will not know which day is the judgment day. He will not know what day to accuse us on before our Creator.

In addition to the blowing of the shofar special prayers called "Selichot", penitential prayers, are said along with "Orchos Chaim," a list of important guidelines for studying and living each day of the week. Each of these reminds us of the coming day of judgment, Rosh HaShanah.

1 Tishri is not only Rosh HaShanah and Rosh Chodesh. 1 Tishri is also the birthday of the universe. Hashem began Creation on 1 Tishri. It is customary to wish every Jew Happy New Year and a successful outcome on judgment day, on Rosh Hashanah. There are several ways to do this.


Li Shaw Naw - Toh Vaw - Tay Caw Tay Vu - Vi Tay Chaw Tay Mu

"May you be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life."


1 Tishri is also Oul Yaw Meem - Vi Shaw Neem, {and days and years} the Spiritualist New Year. 1 Tishri is the day of judgment for every human... every particle in the universe... every bit of matter... for every being of the animal, bird and insect world... 1 Tishri is the day when all Creation stands before the Creator to give account of the past year and to be judged. It is the day of fruit and grain sacrifice for the Spiritualists of the world to Hashem the Creator.

The month of Elul is charged with electricity. It's full of excitement! Elul is the official call each morning to the much anticipated arrival of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is one of my most favorite times of the year. Shuls in general take on a different atmosphere as Yidden come for morning prayers. The sound of the shofar fills the air waves. It's a wonderful time as Jews worldwide begin turning their attention and hearts towards the High Holy Days. There is no way to adequately express the feeling when one hears the shofar's blast. It is a powerful yet gentle call to the urgency of preparing oneself to stand before the Judge. It is an awesome feeling!!!

Can you imagine standing before the Judge to give account for this past year's actions? It is indeed awesome. However, the greatness of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that each of us can prepare for them. We know the High Holidays are coming. It is not a sudden surprise like the day of one's death, G-d forbid. It is wonderful to know...it is comforting to be a part of...it is a secure anchor for one's soul. WOW! When a Jew is truly anchored in the High Holidays, it means that Jew can drift only so far before the mooring of the Elul with the sound of the Shofar begins beckoning shuvah...shuvah...shuvah each morning. In Yiddishkeit we have a very definite boundary. It is lovingly set there by Hashem as a reminder to RETURN to Torah study! ...Return to morning prayers... ! Search your heart, the Commander is coming for an inspection... ! Think about where you're at. Are you pleased with your actions? Do you need to make things right?

There is no way to describe the powerful emotions of shuvah / repentance during the month of Elul.

I remember many years ago in the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah as a baal t'shuvah, (a Jew who has returned to Judaism / a Jew who is on the road of return to Judaism) living outside of the formal Jewish Community like many Jews do. Yet my heart was desiring to return like the Jews living inside the Community. However the thought of attending a shul was just too stuffy. The services would be long. I had rarely attended a shul. I was a stranger to my own religion. It was difficult to connect with Denver's Orthodox Community because of the environment I lived in at the time. 

That year I went up into the mountains to pray on Rosh Hashanah. It was a great relief to take a vacation from business in an effort to relax, pray and connect with G-d. At that time, in my mind, going to the mountains was the closest I could get to G-d. Then it had the mental effect of climbing Har Sinai like Moshe Rabbeinu so to speak.

On Rosh Hashanah morning while praying Shacharis a beautiful, beautiful connection happened. There, where I was camped alongside a dirt road at the edge of the forest on a mountainside above Fraser, Colorado, G-d heard the prayers in the absolute stillness. This happened while I was praying Dovid Ha Melech's "Song of Praise" to Hashem, "Then the trees of the forest will sing with joy before Hashem," 1 Chronicles 16: 8-36. Just as I uttered the above words, a forest that had been frozen with stillness was immediately charged by an enormous Ruach sweeping the giant blue and green spruce trees, the aspens and lodge pole pines back and forth with one very powerful gust. The trees of the forest swayed back and forth, circling side to side then they returned to their still up right position as if they were unmovable. The forest returned to absolute stillness again.

Being there, experiencing this was possible like Adam and Chava experienced G-d's presence in Gan Eden in the cool of the day. This was not any wind that I have experienced before or after. It was like the introduction to the arrival of G-d's presence on the mountainside. It was awesome! My sons were fortunate enough to be praying there with me, experiencing this very special revelation of G-d's presence during that particular Rosh Hashanah prayer.

To this day when I reach this verse in Dovid Ha Melech's "Song of Praise" to Hashem, I remember that Rosh Hashanah on the still mountainside.

Each of us has our own way of connecting to G-d during this most important time of the year. Even though community is very important, CONNECTION TO G-D is more important. Make that connection!

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Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Assignment:

1.) Explain what happens beginning 1 Elul of this coming year

2.) What is 1 Tishri? {There are two answers...}

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah?

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh HaShanah?

ב''ה

Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 3 Class Discussion 1


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS


Class Discussion on:

The Month of Elul

What Happens on Rosh HaShanah

Preparing for Rosh HaShanah

What Repentance Is

There is a Difference Between Repentance and Forgiveness

The Purpose of Assignments

Quoting Other Web Sites

This class discussion is dedicated in the loving memory of those we love may they rest in peace.

From Bill S.

Lesson 3 Assignment:

1.) Explain what happens beginning 1 Elul of this coming year
The Shofar will be sounded every morning of the month of Elul. GOOD

2.) What is 1 Tishri? {There are two answers...}
a) The beginning of Rosh Chodesh, the new month, and Rosh HaShanah, the new year. GOOD - THE NEW YEAR FOR WHO?
b) The anniversary of the first day of Creation. GOOD

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah?
All Creation stands before the Creator to give an account of the past year to be judged. GOOD

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh HaShanah?
One must return to Torah study, return to morning prayers. Search your heart. Think about where you are. Think about your conduct, your actions. Consider what areas of your life you may need to make right. GOOD Each of these are good answers. Yet, in addition to this we say extra prayers called Selichos {Prayers of Pardon, forgiveness, penitential prayers} and we recite Orchos Chaim Of The Rosh. These are prayers that focus our attention on important areas of living that every Jew and Spiritualist should pay close attention to.

Bill, in Ha Torah we do not simply say, 'I'm sorry' when we make a mistake and the sin is canceled! REPENTANCE DOES NOT WORK LIKE THIS! The course Bereishis 104 is devoted to how to receive forgiveness. In Tehillim {Psalms} 201 we refer to this as beating down a path of unrighteousness. What I am saying is this. How frequently do we say "I'm sorry" for doing the same thing over and over again... for repeating the same mistake time and time again?

Repeating the same mistake is beating down a path to unrighteousness! When one continues to make the same mistake over and over again it shows / proves one has NOT ADEQUATELY DEALT WITH THAT PROBLEM!

So what I am saying is that simply saying 'I'm sorry!' so often falls short of Ha Torah's definition of REPENTANCE. Repentance requires:

1.) Acknowledgment of Sin - One has to take ownership of what they have done wrong. This means statements like, "If I have done anything to hurt you... I am sorry!" or "If I have done anything wrong... I am sorry!" The problem of these statements is there is no acknowledgment so there can be no repentance.

2. Change Behavior / Correct the Problem - This is built on acknowledging the problem. If one does not acknowledge the sin they are either not aware there is a sin or they are denying the sin. Acknowledgment is saying, "I have sinned! This is my sin!" When one acknowledges their sin they can then move to step two, changing their improper behavior... correcting their problem. So the second step of repentance is making a plan to change one's improper behavior from what it was to what Ha Torah expects it to be. This may take weeks, months or even years and may require professional assistance. Yet the point is that one has acknowledged their problem. One has made a plan to not repeat their problem again. One is actively taking action to improve! 

Simply saying "I'm sorry" fails to accomplish this!!

3. Restitution - Once one has failed, acknowledged their failure and begun to work at correcting the improper behavior, the third step is DAMAGES! We must resolve any reasonable damages our behavior has created.

Bill, this is what Ha Torah expects when Ha Torah uses the term "Teh Shuvah" {return / repentance}.

Bill this is just one major problem with the concept of Jesus forgiving everyone of every sin they every committed. 
"Forgiveness" is not repentance. When we read in the Christian Testament "If we confess our sins, [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 this does not say anything about step two - changing one's behavior or step three - paying restitution which are 2/3rd's of repentance. So based on 1 John 1:9 the sinner is only required to confess not change... Confession alone is not Teh Shuvah according to Ha Tenach!

Bill, we read in the New Testament 
"that if we wilfully sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for [our] sins." Hebrews 10:26 In other words, the Christian Testament teaches that one MUST change their behavior even though John does not state this. In addition, the Christian Testament states "there remains no more sacrifice for [the one who] sins." Ha Tenach does not teach this!

Blessings, Love and Peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Raymond K.,

1.) Explain what happens beginning 1 Elul of this coming year
There is the blowing of the shofar for the entire month, and also special prayers are prayed which are called Selichos or penitential prayers. The Orchos Chaim is read which is a study for living GOOD

2.) What is 1 Tishri? 
It is the beginning of Rosh HaShanna and also Rosh Chodesh, and it is also the birthday of the universe. GOOD

Tishri is also Oul Yaw Meem-Vi Shaw Neem (Days and Years), the Spiritualist New Year. 
GOOD

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah?
It is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year. No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah, and much of the day is spent in the synagogue for prayer. The name "Rosh Hashanah" is not used in the Bible to discuss this holiday. The Bible refers to the holiday as Yom Ha-Zikkaron (the day of remembrance), and the holiday is instituted in Leviticus 23:24-25. The common greeting at this time is L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem, which means May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year. VERY GOOD

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh HaShanah? In preparing for Rosh HaShanah we search our hearts, and make an effort to let go of those things that are not pleasing to Hashem. I am not sure if one ever gets to the point of never making mistakes again, but I am sure that Hashem loves us enough that He knows we are going to have human moments. This to me is the beauty of Rosh HaShanah, knowing that we can be forgiven in those moment of weakness. GOOD

I am indebted to Dr. Belk for raising new questions for me to explore, outside the context of the class. For example, it is interesting to know that there is a very specific time, measured in minutes, for Shabbat to begin and end. However, this time strikes me as a fairly modern addition to praxis as I doubt Swiss clockwork (much less digital technology) predates Marco Polo's trip to the Orient. WHERE that specific time came from and why interests me much more than simple memorization of 18 minutes before and 63 minutes after sundown.

If failure to respond appropriately to the questions constitutes requirement for withdrawal, then so be it. Please extend my gratitude and thanks to Dr. Belk for the pleasure of his writing and his providing new areas to explore and learn.

Sincerely,

Adelle P.


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From Zenaida S.

Lesson 3 Assignment:

1.) Explain what happens beginning 1 Elul of this coming year
The shofar will be blown each morning starting on 1 Elul throughout the entire month. During this time Selichos are said along with Orchos Chaim, which are important guidelines for studying and living every single day of this period.GOOD

2.) What is 1 Tishri? {There are two answers...}
Rosh HaShanah 
GOOD... and Yom Kippur [NOT YOM KIPPUR 10 TISHRI IS YOM KIPPUR] / OulYaw Meem - Vi Shaw Neem GOOD

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah?
Is the day of the judgment when all Creation stands before the Creator in order to give account of the past year's actions to be judged. VERY GOOD

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh HaShanah? 
With special prayers from Tehillim for repentance. GOOD


Shalom Zenaida Senior Rojas,

Good study!

Blessings, Love  and Peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Ari,

1.) Explain what happens beginning 1st Elul of this coming year 
The first day of Elul proclaims the coming of Rosh HaShanah. The shofar is blown each morning, every day, during this month with the exception of Shabbat.GOOD

Special prayers called Selichos, ( penitential prayers) are recited with a list of important guidelines (Orchos Chaim) for the study and way of conducting one's life each day of the week. 
GOOD 

2
.) What is 1st Tishri? 
The first day of Rosh HaShanah and the beginning of a new year, the date that marks the birth of the universe or the beginning of Creation. 
GOOD

It is a day of judgment when Creation stands before G-d and gives an account of the past year and seeks atonement by repentance. This is especially the focus during the 10 days leading up to Yom Kippur, a time of increased effort and mindfulness of one's deeds and intentions. 
GOOD

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah? 
One makes a special effort to connect with G-d in a personal and intimate way. It is a focus of the entire community at this time but emphasis is upon one's personal connection. 
GOOD

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh Hashanah? 
The coming of Rosh HaShanah during the month of Elul is expressed by attention to and anticipation of the coming of the High Holy Days. The sounding of the shofar calls to remind us to return to morning prayers, study of the Torah, reflecting upon one's actions, repentance and refinement of one's self prior to standing before G-d on this truly awesome occasion. EXCELLENT


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



ב''ה

Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 3 Class Discussion 2


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

Class Discussion on:


This class discussion is dedicated in loving memory of those we love, may they rest in peace.

From Ya'akov B.,

Assignment:
1.) Explain what happens beginning 1 Elul of this coming year
The new Month of Elul announces with the first blast of the shofar {except for Shabbat} the soon to come day of Rosh HaShanah. We blow the shofar for the entire month of Elul each morning leading up to Rosh Hashanah except on Shabbat. GOOD

2.) What is 1 Tishri? {There are two answers...}
Rosh HaShanah GOOD
Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of a new month, 1 Tishri is also Oul Yaw Meem - Vi Shaw Neem, {and days and years} the Spiritualist New Year GOOD

3.) What happens on Rosh HaShanah?
The day of judgment for every human... every particle in the universe... every bit of matter... for every being of the animal, bird and insect world... 1 Tishri is the day when all Creation stands before the Creator to give account of the past year and to be judged. It is the day of fruit and grain sacrifice for the Spiritualists of the world to Hashem the Creator. GOOD

4.) How does one prepare for Rosh HaShanah?
[THE] greatness of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is that each of us can prepare for them. We know the High Holidays are coming. It is not a sudden surprise like the day of one's death, G-d forbid. It is wonderful to know... it is comforting to be a part of... it is a secure anchor for one's soul. WOW! When a Jew is truly anchored in the High Holidays, it means that Jew can drift only so far before the mooring of the Elul with the sound of the Shofar begins beckoning shuvah... shuvah... shuvah each morning. In Yiddishkeit we have a very definite boundary. It is lovingly set there by Hashem as a reminder to RETURN to Torah study! ... Return to morning prayers... ! Search your heart, the Commander is coming for an inspection... ! Think about where you're at. Are you pleased with your actions? Do you need to make things right? GOOD


Shalom Dr. Belk,
After reading the class discussions, especially the one regarding Jesus, on Matthew 5, I have a better understanding now, more than ever before. You know I try and live my life by the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I had a Rabbi tell me [one] time that the Torah teaches men to love one another, everything else is commentary. This statement is one that I took to heart, so you're right when you say that mankind was created with Spirituality, and not religion. My crossing over to Spirituality is one that I cherish very deeply. I feel the need to learn Torah, because of the nature G-D has placed in all mankind; some listen, others don't. 

I know you don't like attachments, however there is something I would like for you to read. There was an article in the Jewish Times, about the Temple I attend "Beth Hallel." It's not a faltering article, but with your permission I will send it to you.

Thank you for taking the time to go into such detail with classmates, and our individual needs.

G-D Bless,
Ya'akov


Shalom Ya'akov,

Please tell me which paper, day of the article, the article title and author. I will look it up on the internet, G-d willing. 

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We will be posting more lessons, discussions and stories soon...


Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Dreams & Visions


Introduction


A Visit By G-d ©

Genesis 18:1 - 22:24

Parshat Vayeira


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Audio


Dear Ones,


Please do not skip the first three paragraphs.


We are beginning a course of study about dreams.  EVERYONE is welcome to take this course of study about dreams. The course is presently text and audio with some questions. The cost for this course of study is a contribution of any amount. Even though we do not have a set charge for the course, it  is not free. It costs B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC to produce this course. This  required computers and software.  To make Dreams available to the public required purchasing a URL and registering it.  The internet server used to make courses available on the internet costs us.  The design and maintainance of our  web site requires the skills of a professional web designer.  Then we often interact with classmates. So when we invite you to study with us and at the same time we are requesting a heart felt contribution of any amount. 


Dear One the doors to China and India are opening more and more through the internet.   Over the past few years we have had a surge of individuals desiring to learn from China and India. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to share God's Word with them.  Many through out the world earn very little. They take a portion of what they earn to access the internet. Some learn with us. We are so delighted that they desire to learn with us. We understand that they sacrifice a great deal to just access the internet to learn with us. Our courses are no charge to them. 


We invite you to be a partner with us in providing this course, Dreams on the internet. Dear One B'nai Noach Torah Institute is an LLC.  We are a business that does not charge for our courses.  We are not a 501 C 3. Our request is to participate in learning and to participate in making a contribution. Being a partner with us provides a great reward. The reward is being a pillar of a fine Institute that makes learning God's Word available to everyone. Contributors share in the rich benefit of those that learn here. We invite you to be a unique individual. ONLY the exceptional individual ever says thank you or makes a contribution. This is your opportunity to be exceptional.


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Our course of study is offered in the Loving memory of my uncles James Belk,  John Sakash and Paul Sakash may they rest in peace, 


Dear Ones our goal in this course is to learn about dreams, to share dreams  and to discuss dreams. 


The first time the Word dream occurs in Ha Torah is in Parshat Vayeira / Genesis 18:1 - 22:24.  It was back in 5754  (Oct of 1993) that I experienced the dream I share in this discussion. However before we begin our exploration of dreams let me say this about our course.


Many years ago, after returning to Hashem, I became ill several hours before Shabbat began. I was unemployed, without insurance in a lonely {cold} basement apartment. It was a very difficult time. Nineteen years of a non Jewish, tumultuous marriage had just crashed. The pieces were still scattered everywhere. My sons were with their mother. The family business was failing. Tax foreclosure was looming. My former spouse (who was the the company's previous bookkeeper) refused to release the business records, even after a court order, so I could not properly defend myself. My parents and two brothers disowned me. The story gets worse... my former spouse gave away my best friend - Chase, my dog. He was a registered Weimaraner who was wonderful. Actually it gets even worse, but...

It was at this time that I picked up the phone and called a dear friend of many years who lived a short block away, Danny Kravitz, Treasurer of JewishPath. He jumped in his car, raced to King Soopers, purchased medicine, then raced to my apartment. He got home with several minutes to spare. In addition he made sure I had hot chicken soup, challah and other Shabbat essentials. Only God knew how Danny accomplished so much in such a short time...Later he checked back on me to make sure everything was fine. It is good to have such wonderful friends. Thank God!

Actually, this is where our story for Parshat Vayeira begins. With so many things seemingly going wrong and then to be sick on top of it, I was expecting something special from Hashem. Remember, "it is Hashem Who helps to support the fallen ones."

That evening I experienced the type of dream that one wants to continue. I was lost and alone on a very dark night. In the far distance a twinkle of light sparkled. After hours of walking towards this light it grew brighter and brighter. It was a beacon light for lost souls, like me... The light was very powerful! It shone in all directions constantly. I wondered while walking towards the light, what is a beacon light doing in the middle of nowhere?...

Eventually I reached a location not too distant from where the light was shining. It was the tent of Avraham Aveinu just after his brit milah. Hashem's presence was very powerful! It was the beacon of Avraham's tent reaching out into the night. There were no walls to Avraham's tent. Only a cover and corners. In the center of the tent was a prepared table with challah and wine where Hashem's Presence Emanated from. Avraham restlessly paced back and forth looking off into the night for lost souls... for visitors... for anyone...

This is when my dream ended.

As a result each year when we study Parshat Vayeira, I fondly return to that night and anytime I'm sick the question arises in my mind, 'Will Hashem visit me?'

There are many themes that we could discuss in this Parshat, but the most important is how Hashem Supports the fallen, the downcast and the sick. My friend, from the depths of your failure, and from the canyons of your discouragement and from the unknown levels of your pain, look for the small sparkle of light in the great distance of the pitch black night. Then reach out towards it.

That light is the Torah illuminating the Jewish people who are filled with Torah and mitzvahs...

That light is the Torah illuminating the B'nai Noachides, the  people who observe the Torah Mitzvot and love our Creator with all their heart...


Blessings,  Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Dreams & Visions


Lesson 2


According To The Vision ©

Numbers 8:1 - 12:16

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Audio


This study of Ha Torah is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. Stephen Reynolds, Mr. Donald Wayne Belk and Mr. Gary Lee Belk, the Rebbetzin' younger brother and my older brothers, may they rest in peace.

We read, 'And this is [how] the menorah was made from hardened gold [from] its base to [each of] its blossoms. It was shaped from something seen, [according to] the vision, [everything from Aleph to Tav] that The Lord [showed] Moshe.' Numbers 8.4

Sometimes we reach a place where we need a vision. We need a road map to show us what to do. We need to see something that will guide us in our preparation. We need an architectural plan. We need assistance from beyond our realm. This is what The Lord Did for Moshe.

Sometimes we may be short on the skill or technique we need to do the task. We may need a teacher. We may need a video. We may need to see a movie on how to do the task we are facing... This is also what The Lord Did for Moshe.

Years ago before returning to Torah Observance back in 5740 (1980) I was appointed by my Daddy to manage the family property. This meant the cleaning, painting, repairing and renting, etc. was all my responsibility. My family owned a beautiful two bedroom bungalow several blocks away from Washington Park now know as the 'Wash Park Area'. My younger brothers grew up in this older home. My family purchased another property to live in back in the hills of Missouri. It was my responsibility to make our former home ready to lease. It needed to be prepped for painting on the inside. There was enough money in the budget to hire a professional painter. Instead I chose to take on the job myself. After all, my Daddy and my Mommy, may they rest in peace, my brothers and I had painted many apartments and houses over the years. This was something I was acquainted with. It did not seem that difficult. However I made it difficult... extremely difficult!!

I got impatient. I was in a hurry to get started. I wanted to knock the job out in one day. Those hired to cover the mantle, windows, hardwood floors and other areas were moving much too slow for this impatient kid. I wish I had the energy from back then...They were doing a very good job but I was impatient. After awhile I could take no more. I hooked up the high pressure sprayer and began spraying everything in sight. Unfortunately this included many areas that should not have been sprayed. The pressure was not correct. The paint mixture was wrong. Many areas had considerable over spray like the oak hardwood floors, window panes, mirrors, ceramic tile, sinks, door handles, etc. I made a real mess of things! This was very embarrassing! My only solace was all of my family was out of town for awhile. 

I began trying to clean up the over spray. It only got worse. I wanted to bury my face in my hands and cry. Later that evening, after hours of work, I gave up and went home realizing this was not going to go away without a miracle. Have you every wanted to take back a deed? Have you ever wanted to relive a day? Well...

Late that night I cried, 'Oh Lord please help me. Look at what I have done. My Daddy is going to kill me. What a sad thing to do! I need your help! What am I going to do'?

That night I had a dream... I had a vision of a television commercial. It was a short dream. All I saw was the name... the label on a white plastic cleaning bottle. Then I heard these words, 'Remember what happened when you used that product [to clean the dirt from around the light switches]'? I remembered spraying the wall around the dirty area. The spray rolled down the wall removing the dirt and some of the paint also. Obviously the product name is omitted for a reason.

The next morning I instructed my helpers to purchase that product and hurry over to the house. We sprayed it on the hardwood floors then let it settle several minutes. The paint wiped clean! I shouted 'Thank G-d!' We used this spray to clean the paint off of everything. The nightmare was finally under control. The Creator came to my rescue through a dream.

Holy reader, The Lord Uses visions to give us clarity. It is like The Lord Says,'Quiet on the set! Action! Roll 'em!' Then the picture begins to play. It was like The Lord gave me a self-help... instructional video... Dear ones, in a more profound way The Lord Showed Moshe every detail on how to create the Menorah from Aleph to Tav that we read about in this Parshat.

What do you need the Creator to show you?

Dear ones, not to long ago in a recent class discussion I shared about a Dream / a Vision while sitting on theL2 front porch of our home back in the hills of Missouri. The dream was about how we could store our Sukkah lumber. Rebbetzin Revi and I have had this on going discussion on what to do with our Sukkah lumber etc.  In the Vision I was shown how to build a holder under our deck. I awoke.  Several hours later we completed our Sukkah holder in an out of the way place close to where we will built this years Sukkah, G-d Willing.


Not all dreams and Visions need to be about the future. Some Dreams and Visions are about today. Some Dreams and Visions are about what we are facing and require assistance with.  A Dream or a Vision does not need to be complicated.


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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A Shabbat Dream ©


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This past Shabbat, [Shabbat Parshat Chayei Sarah / 5773 From Creation, 11-10-2012 ] in the early hours of the morning, around four hours before sunrise, I awoke. It was near the same time of the morning, back in 5764 From Creation, when my father, may he rest in peace, visited me, after departing this world. That was another most memorial Dream / Vision.


Yesterday, on Shabbat, a Chassidic Rav came to me while I lay asleep. I could visualize myself as laying in an open casket, which is not done in Observant Judaism. Yet, in actuality, I was sleeping in my own bed. The Chassid said to me, 'Arise and pray.' I struggled to awake! I fought to awake. My mouth was unclean. My body began to tremble as I said, 'Modeh Ani Lee Faw Neh Kah Melech Chi...' 'I give thanks before you O living King', The Chassid said, 'Say your Tefillah to the L-rd.' I began to say, Modeh Ani as if it were a mantra over and over again. I arose, walked to the bathroom, re-leaved myself, rinsed my finger tips and swished my mouth with fresh water. After leaving the bathroom I dawned a bathrobe, wrapped myself, tightened the cloth belt and said, Ah Shehr Yaw Tzahr, meaning 'who fashioned man'. Then I walked to the kitchen area and poured my self a small glass of whiskey. I thought, what is happening to me? This Chassidic Rav wants me to 'Arise and pray.' What is going on? I paced back and forth for a short time then went to the dinning table, the place of the Meez Bay Ach, the Altar in our home and began saying a praiseful negin to our Creator.


When I sat at the dinning room table I joined the Chassidic Rav in my vision. He was standing to my right. He was not at the table with me. He seemed to be in my old Yeshiva facing several bookshelves saying, Borchi Nafshi Et Hashem, 'Bless everything from Aleph to Tav of the Lord O my Soul...',

בָּרֲכִי נַפְשִׁי אֶת־יְהֹוָה , Tehillim 103.1. His black hat was firmly pulled down on his brow with the brim turned down in the front... His jacket appeared as if he had been lightly dusted by a wind storm while traveling to me. I joined him in saying, Borchi Nafshi. His tefillah was intense and beautiful like that of Rabbi Shlomo Carebach, may he rest in peace. He davened back and forth as a candle flame moved by the breeze. He took a piece of paper that was rolled like a Mezuzah scroll and said to me, 'This is my prayer for you' as he placed it between the Seforim. I then realized we were actually at the Western Wall.. the Holy Wall.


I placed my hands in front of my face and began to weep. The Holy Place overwhelmed me. I could not look upon it. I have not been to Israel, or to Jerusalem or to the Holy Wall. I began to say a negin Mah Yakar Chasdakah, 'How Precious is Your Kindness Oh G-d',

מַה־יָּקָר חַסְדְּךָ אֱלֹהִים , Tefillah 36.8. I said, Leeh Shuah Tih Kaw Kee Vee Tee HaShem, meaning, 'For Your Salvation I do yearn Oh L-rd', לִישׁוּעָתְךָ קִוִּיתִי יְהוָֹה:1 , Genesis 49.18. I felt myself being drawn back to our dinning room table thousands of miles away from the Western Wall. It was like I could feel the layers of the many time zones as I was returned to my place of prayer. I went to the Western Wall again. I said Baruch Shame Kavod, Mahl Choo Toh Lih Oh Lawm Vaw Ed, 'Blessed is the Name of his glorious Kingdom Forever and ever.' ברוך שם כבוד מלכותו לעולם ועד Then I placed my hands on my face a second time and was drawn back to my table. This was an amazing experience. Blessed be His Name!


This morning I awoke and a arose before dawn to say praises at the Holy Wall... Kah Nah Naw Ha Raw! I felt the Kavanah 'the direction of the heart' lift and lift again and again. Baruch HaShem!


This dream informs each of us that when we say Praiseful Worship / Tefillah we are each quickly drawn before our Creator who deeply enjoys the praises of His Creation.


May each of us join our Creator at any time of the day or night.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Dreams & Visions


Bah Chah Lom (meaning) In Dreams

Lesson 4

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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 וַיָּבֹא אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בַּחֲלוֹם הַלָּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ הִנְּךָ מֵת עַל־הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר־לָקַחְתָּ וְהִוא בְּעֻלַת בָּעַל


And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev, and lived between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah.  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife.  But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation?  Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.  And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; for I also kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her.  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all who are yours.   Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were very afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? And in what have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.  And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?  And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.  And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, This is your kindness which you shall show to me; at every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother.  And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and women servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned to him Sarah his wife.  And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you; live where it pleases you. 1 And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all who are with you, and with all other; thus she was reproved.  And Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children. 18  For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife, Bereisheit 20.1-18.


In the above Passukim / Verses is the first and second times in Ha Torah and in the Bible where the Word  בַּחֲלוֹם Bah Chah Lom, meaning, in a dream occurs. The Gematria of בַּחֲלוֹם is 86 when using the normal Gematria.  The Gematria increases to 646 when using the ם Final Mem as a final Letter. 


Dear Ones notice page 53 in my book Gematria And Mysticism IN GENESIS.  Notice the Word אֱלֹהִים Elohim, God is the Gematria 86. Now notice the special relationship between the one who dreams and God our Creator. 


The next time that you receive a Dream stop and consider it.  Why did I have this dream.  Is this Dream a Vision from our Creator? Is this dream a nightmare, a hallucination? Explore the Dream. Think on it. Don't pass it by.  Ask, What is the message?  What is the purpose.  Dear One it is important be sensitive to Dreams. Dreams are often a communication from God. Dreams can and often do carry important messages. 


Receiving a Dream from God is an awesome experience. Some of our Classmates are greatly blessed. May they live and be well. May they be protected.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



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 Violence - Is there Hope? ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Before we begin our discussion, my heart and the heart of the Rebbetzin goes out to those who suffered the loss of their life and those who lost family members in Connecticut and in other places in our world.  May they rest in peace.  The memories  of those who have gone on to the beauty of the next world will always be special.



A great deal is revealed about violence from the Bible.


 וַתִּשָּׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ לִפְנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים וַתִּמָּלֵא הָאָרֶץ חָמָס:


The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.


The inhabitants of the world were corrupt in the face of God the Judge.  This means improper acts were not hidden. They were open and very noticeable. This is where we are right now.  If I were to offer a discourse on the perverseness of our world the majority reading the discourse would say that I was old fashion, out of step and that society has moved on. If I were to list just ten changes every mother and father could immediately make that would dramatically change our world for the better they would ignore them. They would argue with me.  Why?


The definition of what is good has changed in every home!!  Society defines and redefines the definition of what is good.  The inhabitants of the world in Genesis 6.11 were corrupt in the face of God the Judge [ AND THEY DID NOT CARE!! ]  This is precisely where our world is today.  We do not look to God to define what good is.  We look to society to define what good is. Societies definition of good has move, and moved, and moved away from God's definition of good. 


Society teaches that one must change with the times.  Unfortunately many religious values have slipped and slipped and disappeared completely... God Teaches that mothers and fathers must maintain His values. And what do we do?  We do what we think is best.  The point is that if we do what we think is best then God is NOT guiding our world any longer. We are.  If we do what society says then society is guiding our world. Then we experience violence.  Then we ask the so called experts why our world is broken.  We question why one or two displaced individuals / sociopaths could bring such devastation and acts of violence to a peaceful community.


How is it that we can understand when an individual purchases a new auto they must follow the manufacture guidelines to properly maintain their auto BUT that same individual thinks they can manage their life without following God's Guidance? When we let our auto go it will eventually have problems.  When mothers and father let God's guidance slide there will eventually be problems.


Still following God's guidance will not eliminate the Cain's or the Ham's of the world.  Yet, following God's Guidance will make this world a much better place!!


We learn from the Torah portion of the Bible about violence. We note that there are twenty two Hebrew Letters and five final Letters.  Of these Letters two are very Mystical.  My this I mean one cannot tell what will happen with these Letters.  They are like a circle. We do not know where they begin or end.  they let nothing out. They are very hidden. These two Letters are a Mystery.  What happens with the two letters is difficult or impossible to understand.  Dear Ones this is how violence is. Violence is difficult or impossible to understand. VIOLENCE HAS ALWAYS BEEN DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO UNDERSTAND.  This will NEVER change.  Violence is intended to be a mystery. 


The word for violence is חָמָס Hamas. Within the two Hebrew Letters that spell Hamas are the two mysterious Letters. The first Letter of Hamas is the Letter ח Chet. The Letter Chet is also the first Letter of Cha Ch Mah meaning Wisdom.  From this we understand that the violent are wise and very mysterious.  They are discreet. They take. They are opposite EVERYONE else!!  If anyone thinks they will stop the violent they are mistaken. They have these unique characteristics that are hidden. This is why their acts of violence is so difficult to detect. It's like they are always out in front.  It is like they are ahead of those that search for them... Again, They are opposite. 


So what does one do?? 


Can you imagine the world being filled with them?  Genesis 6.11 Says 'And the earth was full of violence.


Can you see that violent acts are becoming common place.  Violent acts are happening more frequently.  Violent acts are on the increase.  Will we reach the place where our world is full of violence like in Genesis 6.11?  It is possible.  It could happen. It depends on mothers and fathers. It depends on each of us. We each must ask our selves, am I willing to follow God's Guidelines? If we follow God's guidelines we will make our home... our world a better place.  How? Today we live in more of a gray world.  Our good values have become compromised!  Our values are not a crisp black and white.  When a nations values are a crisp black and white Hamas stands out. 


The violence we experience is do to our own depravity.  We do not realize how far we are away from God.  Can we really tell what is good in our house?  What is good in our life?  I do not think we want to consider just how disgusting each of us really are.  In the eyes of society we fit in fine.  Hamas fits in fine also... Hamas should NOT fit in fine. Society discloser to those that are opposite than to God.


We are bags of hot air!! We put pressure on politicians and law enforcement and courts etc to deal with the violence.  Yet, who is guiding our lives? Who is in control of our live? Are we doing what we want...? Are we doing what we think is OK?   Are we placing restrictions on our behavior? Are we following our Creator's Guidlines? Do we have the attitude that our Creator's Guidelines are to restrictive and out dated?


If we do not hold our selves accountable to what God requires our world will not get better. 


May we each feel the protection and encouragement of our Creator,


Blessings and Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk







Family - Healing & Restoration


Parshat Vayigash

Genesis 44.18 - 47.27


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We offer this study in the memory of those we love.  May they be elevated in the Heavens. May there memory be for good.  May they rest in peace.


Dear Ones,

Teachers , Classmates, Members and Supporters are curious and sometimes wonder what a day, or week, or month is like in our life.  It would take a lot of time to provide details.  The Rebbetzin worked more than 60 hour this past week. She has been on call 24 / 7 this week. She worked until around 2:30 am this morning then retired. Due to emergencies she was paged several times after retiring and needed to respond to each...  The Rebbetzin is tied down during her turn of being on call 24/7. She cannot go anywhere... She handles most of the cleaning, laundry, meals, Sabbath and High Holiday prep.  Then she still makes time for daily prayers and some study. This is why it has been challenging for her to do Reflections. 


I work full-time as a Realtor which normally includes 12 hours of floor time and 28 hours in the field each week. Considerable driving is required. It is easy to spend between 4 to 12 hours just driving. Sometimes its more or less.  This past week I prepared four lessons wrote many E-Mails.  Some E-mails were brief other requires hours.  This week centered on many family issues.


One man will not speak with his mother and father-in-law.  His Father-in-law is in the hospital dying.  He is a widower. He has suffered greatly and been horribly abused by his mother-in-law.  His children are effected. Friends are effected. The story goes on. 


Another husband and wife must tell their daughter that Daddy is not really Daddy after more than two decades of giving loving care to the one he raise as his daughter. The real Daddy wants to meet his daughter etc.


A daughter whose mother has been informed that her mother is dying of cancer and must have immediate surgery.


One man discovers that his daughter is a lesban. 


One woman discovers her son married without inviting her.


Two individual lost who lost employment needed encouragement.


Four different individuals who are each returning to Torah Observance are bubbling with excitement. They want to share their joy with  us. That is so wonderful amid a week of so much pain.


I shared a report with Teachers , Classmates, Members and Supporters about the larger picture of what we are seeing at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC.


This week we received no donations. 


After Shabbat last we the Rebbetzin and I built a wonderful Chanukah Menorah and celebrated Chanukah each evening. I exchanged some Chanukah E-mail with Classmates...


Our Parshat again centers on family issues. The Family issues are between Yoseif and Yehudah, Benjamin and their father Yaakov. Yoseif reveals he is their brother. Yaakov is informed that Yoseif lives and is Viceroy of Egypt. Pharaoh and Yoseif invite Yoseif's relatives to move to Egypt.  They are given choice land in Goshen. 70 relatives total move to Egypt.  Yaakov unites with Yoseif.  Yaakov meets Pharaoh. 


We pray that our Creator will Bless you...


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr, Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


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Family - Helping Family


Parshat Vayigash

Genesis 14.1 - 24


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We offer this study in the memory of those we love.  May they be elevated in the Heavens. May there memory be for good.  May they rest in peace.


Lot makes a poor choice when he separates from Avram. He moves to Sedom.  The Torah says, This was in the Days of Amraphel, i.e. Nimrod who threw Avram in to the furnace in Chaldee, (Gen 15.7). Four kings waged ware on five kings, (Genesis 14.9). When the four kings defeated the five they took Lot, Avram's nephew, his wife, children and all his wealth. Avram was informed and responded.  This battle between the four kings and Avram happened on Erev Pesach / Passover. During the battle with the four kings Nimrod was killed. Avram took Lot, his wife, their family and possessions and returned them to there homes in Sedom. Lot was returned but not Spiritually restored.  Avram kept nothing from the spoils of war for himself.  After his victory, Avram traveled to the city that would later become known as Jerusalem.   There Shem, the son of Noach also known as Malki (king) Zedek (of righteousness) came out to met Avram. Malki Zedek blessed Avram and offered him bread and wine.  He paid 10% of all that he had to Malki Zedek then returned to his home. 


If one is in a position where they can help family they should.  If one cannot help they should pray and offer words of encouragement.


Our Rabbi place a limit on the amount of assistance one can offer in a year as 20% of one's wealth.


The Rabbis Say one needs a base to be able to assist in following years.  If you gives all they have away then they will need assistance themselves.


Some countries like America tax citizens. Some of this money pays welfare, food stamps and for other programs.  That counts as part of the good one does even though it is a tax.


We pray that our Creator will Bless you...


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr, Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi



Gematria Nuggets ©

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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Hebrew Studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

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Dear Ones,

Gematria is an ancient Jewish method of interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures by computing the numerical values of Hebrew Words based on  those of their constituent Letters.

Gematria is a theological study that reveals inaccessible truths through disciplined uses of numerical values of Hebrew Letters.

Dr. Akiva Gamliel has been Teaching Gematria Disciplines at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC since 1999. He is the Author of several books on Gematria.


The Gematria Relationship of 246

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Psalms 119.37

הַעֲבֵר עֵינַי מֵרְאוֹת שָׁוְא בִּדְרָכֶךָ חַיֵּנִי:


Transfer my eyes from evil nothingness through Your Path of Life.



בִּדְרָכֶךָ

Bee Dih Raw Cheh Chaw

Through Your Path... Through Your Way...

בדר200  כ20 ך20 = 246



Genesis 1.15

וְהָיוּ לִמְאוֹרֹת בִּרְקִיעַ הַשָּׁמַיִם לְהָאִיר עַל־הָאָרֶץ וַיְהִי־כֵן:


And let them be lights from [God] in the firmament of the heaven to give the light upon the earth; and it was so.


לְהָאִיר

Lih Haw Eer

to give the light

ל30  האי10  ר200 = 246


When one walks in the Way of Life... The Word of God... One is Giving Life to all they come upon...


Psalm 119.105

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




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Parshat Vayechi

Genesis 47.28 - 50.26


For until Shiloh comes...

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Our Torah Discussion is in the loving memory of Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah, Idah bat Chavah, Will been Chavah, George ben Idah, Ethel Channah bat Channah, Stephen been Martha, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah. May they rest in peace.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.  May their memory be for good.



Dear Ones, as always there are many Torah subjects in this weeks Parshat.  A few are:

The days and years of Yaakov's Life...


Yaakov's request / demand to yoseif - Do not bury me in Egypt, bury me with my fathers.


Yaakov takes Ephraim and Menasheh as his sons.


Yaakov Blesses Ephraim and Menasheh


 Yaakov Teaches the method of blessing - He placed his hand on their head and said, In you shall Israel bless, saying, God Make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh


Yaakov draws his son near to share the 'End of Days' with them. He Blesses them and gives each instruction. This is 2,315 From Creation.


In Yaakov's instruction to Yehudah he says, 'Until Shiloh comes.' Our Rabbis point to this statement as the first Verse in Ha Torah's portion of the Bible which points to the Messiah coming. This does not mean those living prior to Yaakov were unfamiliar with the Coming of Messiah. This is the first time Messiah is mentioned. As we will discover this prophecy is mystical in nature. THE ONLY WAY we observe Messiah in these four Word is through Jewish Mysticism. Jewish Mysticism is one form of Bible interpretation. 


Genesis 49.10

לֹא־יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו

עַד כִּי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּים:


עַד כִּי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה

For until Shiloh comes...

Within the Word שִׁילֹה are a composition of Letters that the Sages Teach, שי and לו meaning [peoples will ] bring to him a gift.


Psalms 76.12  Make a vow, and pay to the Lord your God; let all who are around him bring presents to him who is to be feared.


Isaiah 18.7

 In that time shall a gift be brought to the Lord of hosts, by a people tall and smooth, and from a people terrible from their beginning onward; a nation mighty and conquering, whose land the rivers divide, to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, the Mount Zion.


Sforno comments that within the Word  שִׁילֹה are the Letters שלה which is the root Word for  שִׁילֹה  שַׁלְוָה meaning happiness and שְׁלוֹם meaning peace. 


From this we learn that the Messiah will bring happiness and peace.


Our Parshat concludes with Yoseif approaching Pharaoh to request that he be allowed to bury his father in Eretz Canaan. Our Sages point to the wording Yoseif used. This was a sign to Pharaoh. Originally when Yoseif was selected to be Viceroy he was tested by Pharaoh in his knowledge of the seventy languages. Yoseif knew them all. Pharaoh did not know Hebrew. Even though he tried to learn Hebrew he could not.  He made Yoseif take a vow not to reveal this to anyone.  Yoseif took the vow.  Yoseif told Pharaoh that his father made him take a similar vow. Pharaoh knew that if he required Yoseif to break the vow with his father then his vow with Yoseif could also be broken. He would loose his position as Pharaoh because he did not know all seventy languages.


Near the conclusion of the Book of Genesis we read these Words.


Genesis 49.18


לִישׁוּעָתְךָ קִוִּיתִי יְהוָֹה:

For your salvation Ooh Lord I do long.


The last Parshat concludes with Yoseif reassuring his brother of his good intents after their father had passed on.


Yoseif dies at 110. Levi remains alive.


Chazk


May our study be for good!


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Weekly Noachide Limood

Genesis 15.1 - 21


You Shall Go To Your Fathers in Peace

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Our Torah Discussion is in the loving memory of Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah, Idah bat Chavah, Will been Chavah, George ben Idah, Ethel Channah bat Channah, Stephen been Martha, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah. May they rest in peace.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.  May their memory be for good.


Dear Ones, 

Genesis 15 is known as the chapter with the 'Covenant between the Pieces.'  Avram is seventy years old.  Sari is Sixty years old. This was in year 2,018 From Creation. It was there first venture into Eretz Canaan.  They would visit then return to Charan. They would leave Charan for the last time in 2,023 From Creation. That is five years away. 


In Chapter 15 we learn:


The Lord is Avram's shield - מָגֵן 


Avram and Sari were childless


Avram is told he would have children - Look to the Heavens ... so shall your seed be...


The Lord tells Avram that He delivered him from the fires of the Chaldees...


Avram is instructed to sacrifice...


Avram is informed his seed as strangers in a land that is not their's will be afflicted four hundred years... 


The Lord will Judge the nation responsible...


His Descendants would come forth with great wealth.


In the fourth Generation they will return to the land...


The Lord and Avram made a covenant.


Avram was informed,


Genesis 15.16

וְאַתָּה תָּבוֹא אֶל־אֲבֹתֶיךָ בְּשָׁלוֹם תִּקָּבֵר בְּשֵׂיבָה טוֹבָה:


And you shall go to your fathers in peace; 

you shall be buried in a good old age.


Genesis 15 Teaches us about death. 


The Lord God offers comfort to Avram. '[Your Soul] shall go to your fathers in peace.'


Shalom is representative of Success, of Contentment, of Comfort, of Well-Being and of Tranquility. In other Word Avram was going to the World after.  He was going to Heaven... There are many wonderful words for Heaven.


Avram is informed that others he knew in this live would also be there in Heaven, i.e. 'Your Fathers.'


He was '[lovingly] gathered to his people.' Who were his people?  The righteous. The Observant. He was NOT rejected... He was NOT done away with. He was lovingly gathered.  He was brought into his people.


We know that Terach, Avraham's Father, a former Idol maker repented repented from Idol making because Avraham joined his father in heaven. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 531


'Your Fleshly body will be buried.' 


This will happen when you are old. 


You will be at a 'Good Old Age.' It is not going to be tragic.


We know that the issues between Avraham and Yishmael were resolved because his sons buried him.


Genesis 25.7-9

And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, a hundred and seventy five years.

8 Then Abraham expired, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 


Genesis 25.9

'...his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah...'


Dear Ones what we observe here is that Avraham's soul went to Heaven.  He joined other souls already in Heaven. Heaven is a very good place. 


May our study be for good!


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


ב'ה

Course: Shuvah 101


Lesson 4


Opening The Gates Of Change ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



Outside of Eretz Yisroel Rosh HaShanah is celebrated over two days. Each day is the same except for the Torah reading and the Haftarah reading in Temple. Also candle lighting is delayed until exactly at sundown. One lights a candle from an existing light source like the pilot light on a stove on a long burning candle light lit before Rosh Hashanah began.


First day

Genesis 21, Maftir: Numbers 29: 1- 6

Haftorah: 1Samuel 1:1-2:10


First day

Genesis 22, Maftir: Numbers 29: 1- 6

Haftorah: Jeremiah 31:1-19


On Rosh Ha Shanah we attend services at our local Congregation, Shul or Temple? Will we be bored? Will we pray the same long, long prayers? Will we pray for hours? Will we visit with friends that we haven't seen since the last High Holy Days? WHAT WILL WE DO? 


After years of participating in Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur services there is one thing extremely clear! Very little changes! What is the point of all of the praying? What is the point of fasting, of afflicting one's body? What is the point?? 


The point of Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur is REPENTANCE! There are Three Steps To Repentance.


1. Repentance is acknowledging ownership of one's sins. In past lessons I have discussed that: extensively on acknowledging one's sin. Acknowledgement of sin is the first step in repentance. Without acknowledgement / ownership of sin, the entire process is circumvented! We are side stepping our guilt! We're playing games with ourselves! Forgiveness is based on a genuine acknowledgment of sin!


2. Repentance requires a plan, a map of how not to repeat the same sin. Alcoholics Anonymous has a plan, "Don't take the first drink." 


3. Repentance is satisfying one's debt! One can acknowledge sin and one can design a plan not to repeat sin but THAT is not enough! How sincere is an acknowledgement of sin without a willingness to pay restitution? That confession is a sham! It lacks sincerity! It is only a mask and nothing more!!


So we come back to Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur -- same day, same time, another year... another year and another year ... we go through the motions and nothing changes. We keep coming back because it's our Jewish tradition. Yet there is more to Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur than tradition! If we are not improving as individuals because of Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur... if our character remains the same after Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur... if our improper habits do not change as a result of our prayers and our confessions and our repentance on Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur then we should be asking ourselves, "What is beneath our foundation?" 


This is like being in the red zone without scoring. This is like driving in reverse. This is like a rocket that cannot break free of Earth's gravity. This is like going to school without learning. THIS IS ATTENDING ROSH HA SHANAH and YOM KIPPUR SERVICES WITHOUT CHANGE!!


Classmate, let's focus on repentance, on conduct change, on breaking free from improper habits and on self improvement. In Parshat Nitzovim {Deut. 29.9 - 30.20}, we discussed immunities that we often subconsciously provide ourselves. This week we want to continue with that thought. Our subconscious self is very powerful. It influences our every movement. Our subconscious self is the soil beneath our foundation. So when we struggle with change we must look at our subconscious self.


For example in the parshat for Rosh Ha Shanah, GENESIS 21, the Torah responds to Sarah's subconscious self. Remember in Parshat Vayeira Sarah's subconscious self laughed when the angel said, 'I will surely return to you at this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son,' {Genesis 18: 10} 


Genesis 17: 15

And G-d Said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife - do not call her name Sarai, for Sarah is her name. I will bless her; indeed, I Will Give you a son through her; I Will Bless her and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples will rise from her.'


Genesis 17: 16-19

And Abraham threw himself upon his face and laughed; and he thought, 'Shall a child be born to a hundred year old man? And shall Sarah a ninety year old woman - give birth? And Abraham said to G-d, '0h thatYishmael / Ishmael might live before you! 


G-d Said, 'Nonetheless, your wife Sarah will bear you a son and you shall call his name Yitzchok / Isaac; and I will fulfill my Covenant with him as an everlasting Covenant for his offspring after him...


Classmate, the birth of Yitzchok was an extremely important issue at stake here. Yet in these two instances we see Abraham and Sarah struggling with their subconscious selves just as many of us do ... 


So at Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur it is imperative for us to wrestle with a chronic condition that opposes change, a chronic condition hidden deep within our subconsciousness! This does not mean another round of quick fix self improvement classes. That is why so many of us have failed in our attempts to change. We placed emphasis upon what is known as personality ethic. Personality ethic focuses on quick fix influence techniques, communication skills, positive attitudes {especially mind over matter}, etc. It does not insist on real bona fide change! This is the fundamental difference between personality ethic and character ethic. What we need in our lives, if we want change, is to deal with and to focus on our character ethic. This requires dedicated effort! It is not like using a can of flat fix on a flat tire. It is removing the nail, sanding the punctured area, gluing and patching the puncture, mounting and rebalancing the tire.


When we look at the parshat for Rosh Ha Shanah we see words Vah Tah Hahr, meaning 'She conceived.' This is the Torah's reference to Sarah's giving birth to Isaac. The message, 'She conceived' is the Torah's paradigm shift to the subconscious self of Abraham and Sarah. This was a view different from the one Abraham and Sarah originally had. Their subconscious selves did not allow for the birth of a son at their advanced ages. Yet the words 'She conceived' pre-empted their subconscious selves. The message from the angel provided them with a new paradigm that contradicted - that conflicted with - their own subconscious selves. 


From right to left;

Vah Tah Hahr

She conceived

ו6 ת400 הר200 = 611


Torah

Five Books of Moshe

ת400  ור200 ה5 = 611


Now the message 'She conceived' ties in so beautifully with the Lord's aforementioned promise to Abraham, "I will fulfill my Covenant with him as an everlasting Covenant for his offspring after him..." We recognize this Covenant to be the Torah. The Gematria for Torah and for Vah Tah Hahr are both 611. Sarah's conception was a paradigm introducing the Covenant, the Torah! The Torah is a paradigm to our conflicted subconscious self which provides direction and character ethic to those of us who carefully observe it! Not only do we see a message of hope in the words Vah Tah Hahr, but we see the method which we can use to rise above defeat, the Torah. Vah Tah Hahr is a message of change to every Jew! It is the conception of the Torah! It is the soil beneath the foundation for Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur. It is the map to follow. It is the open gate to positive character change!


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Assignment:


1.) What are the three steps of repentance?


2.) How does one open the gate to change?

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Dear Ones over the years through thousands upon thousands of hours of study many very special Gematrias have been revealed to me over the decades. With the assistance of those who dearly love our Creator, I have compiled a number of gematries through the first 11 chapters of Exodus (& Genesis also). God Willing other books will be following...


What is Gematria? Gematria is a ancient study process used in interpretation of the Hebrew Scriptures by computing and comparing the number values of a Letter, a Word or a group of Words and their relationships. Gematria is a Greek word that has come to be recognized as the study of Hebrew Letters, Numbers, Words and Phrases  in The Torah. 


This is the SECOND in a series of Five Books, God Willing.


Gematria is a unique beautiful key that when properly used can open doors to what is intentionally hidden in The Torah. Gematria is a form of Kabbalah, i.e Jewish Mysticism that allows some access to portions of the Scriptures we would like to know more about. Through diligent study and application of Gematria we are able to go deeper in to the hidden learn and more of what there is to discover about God, Angels, Humankind, Creation and much more. In this book we weave back and forth through the pages of the Torah exploring how to have a tranquil life.  The flood in Noahs age was not tranquil but it teaches us about tranquility. The world that then was not tranquil but we can sift through the pages of Hebrew for unique discoveries. 


The Bible is a Book of many mysteries for Christians, For Noachides and for Jews. Each will find my book to be exceptionally interesting as hidden truths are unwrapped and revealed for all to enjoy. 


Within the Bible are the Five Books of Ha Torah, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The conundrum within Ha Torah is different than within the rest of the Bible. Why? Besides what is hidden in Ha Torah there many quandaries. Within Ha Torah there is a system of Hebrew Letters which each have a numerical value. The numerical values can reveal many interesting, perplexing, bewildering and mystifying relationships within the Hebrew Letters, Words, Phrases etc. of Ha Torah that I discuss in this book. Some call this numerology. Others call this Gematria. I call this a study of Oh Toht / Signs.


When in daily study of the Five Books over the past decades various Oh Toht / Signs were unveiled to me as well as to other scholars of much greater stature. It is a special honor to share some of these signs in this book after years of preparation.


A great deal of Oh Toht is about relationships. Hebrew Letters share ties with numbers that unveil many principled secrets if one knows what to look for. No matter how much information is known about certain Hebrew Word or numbers only a small portion is known in comparison to the entire picture. I have been gathering, compiling and organizing for many years kah nah nah haw raw. Many years can pass between one discovery to another which forms a bridge between two discoveries. Revelations are the product of many bridges. Enclosed in this book are some of these special relationships. 


There is a special sweetness in sharing a Torah Gematria / Sign during a wonderful Shabbat or High Holy Day meal.




Shemot - Va'eira

REVELATION... ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Exodus 6.2,3

וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:

וָאֵרָא אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אֶל־יִצְחָק וְאֶל־יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל

 שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהֹוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם ד


And He, God Spoke to Moshe, and Said to him, I am the LORD;  And I appeared to Avraham, to Yitzchok, and to  Yaakov as El Shaddai / The Almighty and [by] My Name LORD I  was not known to them.


נוֹדַעְתִּי

Noh Dah eih Tee

I  was not known to them.

נ50 ו6 ד4 ע70 ת400 י10 = 540


 שָׁמַר 

Shaw Mayr

To Guard - To Keep

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


This is how we are to teach...



Deuteronomy 6.7


וְשִׁנַּנְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ וְדִבַּרְתָּ

 בָּם בְּשִׁבְתְּךָ 

בְּבֵיתֶךָוּבְלֶכְתְּךָ 

בַדֶּרֶךְ

וּבְשָׁכְבְּךָ

וּבְקוּמֶךָ:


And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up.


Parents are reminded to nag their children. I say nag because if we spoke to are children as instructed to in Ha Torah some may consider us to be nagging them....


Think about it... I used the word nag to remind us we must be careful in our presentation.  Yet, three times everyday we are reminded to 'Diligently' speak to our children. Think about this dear ones... Even when we are diligent some of our children will not obey...


Our Sages Teach that only 1 / 4 of B'nai Yisroel came out of Mitzriam... They saw the miracles... They saw the Mighty hand of God... yet only 20 percent came out of Egypt... 


We stood on har Sinai.  We saw the fire and the thunder.  We felt the ground shake.  We heard the Voice of God yet look at us...


Dear ones we are the kingdom of Priests. We are the chosen nation. We have the REVELATION. 


Dear Ones, How does our Creator appear to us?  Do we know if our Creator appears to all humankind exactly the same? I think NOT!!


We each have a different revelation of the Creator. What are we doing with our revelation.


In the blink of an eye lash that can change!   It will change. 


That day is not distant!!  Moshiach will usher in that day! The Creator will remove the confusion between the languages. We will see and be seen as we are. 


Blessings, love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk 



ב''ה


Limood Bereisheit 17


A Father Of Many Nations ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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 וַיְהִי אַבְרָם בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה וְתֵשַׁע שָׁנִים

 וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו

 אֲנִי־אֵל שַׁדַּי הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי וֶהְיֵה תָמִים:  


וְאֶתְּנָה בְרִיתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ וְאַרְבֶּה אוֹתְךָ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד:  


וַיִּפֹּל אַבְרָם עַל־פָּנָיו וַיְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ אֱלֹהִים לֵאמֹר:  


אֲנִי הִנֵּה בְרִיתִי אִתָּךְ וְהָיִיתָ לְאַב הֲמוֹן גּוֹיִם:  


וְלֹא־יִקָּרֵא עוֹד אֶת־שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָם וְהָיָה

שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָהָם כִּי אַב־הֲמוֹן גּוֹיִם נְתַתִּיךָ:  


וְהִפְרֵתִי אֹתְךָ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד וּנְתַתִּיךָ לְגוֹיִם

וּמְלָכִים מִמְּךָ יֵצֵאוּ: [שביעי]  


וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ וּבֵין

זַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ לְדֹרֹתָם לִבְרִית עוֹלָם לִהְיוֹת

 לְךָ לֵאלֹהִים וּלְזַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ


And when Abram was ninety nine years old, [2147 FC] 

the Lord [Spiritually] appeared to Abram, and said to him, 

I am the El Shaddai / Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. 


And I will make my covenant between me and you, and 

will multiply you exceedingly.


And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,


As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, 

and you shall be a father to many nations.


And you shall not be called from Aleph to Tav of your name Abram, 

your name is now Abraham; for a father to many nations I have made you.


And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, 

and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.


And I will establish everything from Aleph to Tav of 

my covenant between me and you and your seed 

after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant,

to be a God to you, and to your seed after you.


Originally I was going to share about the Gematria Relationship of 642 between לִבְרִית Covenant and בִּרְכָתֶךָ Blessing but felt this subject would be more interesting to Noachides.



הֲמוֹן

Hah Mohn

Many Multitude

ה5 מ40 ו6 ן50 = 101


 צִוָּה

Tzee Vawh

Command

צ90 ו6 ה 5 = 101


Notice the relationship between Hah Mohn, meaning multitude and Tzee Vawh, meaning Command. How does this impact the Noachide. Before reviewing this it is important to note the Covenant made here with Avraham is Brit Milah, Circumcision. Note Verse 11 and Genesis 21.4 And the Torah also makes that the seed is from Avraham.


Genesis 21.4


וַיָּמָל אַבְרָהָם אֶת־יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ בֶּן־שְׁמֹנַת יָמִים כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה אֹתוֹ אֱלֹהִים:


And Avraham circumcised everything from Aleph to Tav of Yitzchok, his son, being eight days old, as God had Commanded him.


It here in this weeks Limood that God Commanded Avraham.


Genesis 17.11 - 12

And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. And he who is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any stranger, who is not of your seed.


In a book we soon hope to publish entitled, 'Would You Like To Be Jewish' I discuss where we come from. What are our roots...


Now we can ask the question what is meant when the Creator of the Universe said to Avraham, 'you shall be a father to many nations?' 


One could argue that Avraham had ten sons in addition to Yitzchok. They were born in his house. Avraham would have circumcised them.  Eisov was the grandson of Avraham. Deenah was the great  grand daughter of Avraham. What happened to them? They are the seed of Avraham.  Are they included in the the multitude of nations spoken of in Genesis 17.4? I think they are. So in theory there are a number of descendants of Avraham that maybe included in the multitude of nations that are not necessarily Jewish. And it is possible you maybe one of them... You would not be B'nei Yisroel.  You would be B'nai Avraham.  You would also be B'nai Noach. And you would be required to keep some of the 613 Commands of Ha Torah. No one is required to keep all of them. 



We who are in search of who we are... may we be blessed with answers.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk

  ב'ה


Sin Has Limits!


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Parshat Bo

Exodus 10.1 - 13.16


THE REFERENCES WILL DIFFER BETWEEN 

THE HEBREW SCRIPTURES AND THE ENGLISH BIBLE.


Please remember that we are using Dr. Akiva Gamliel's New Book

Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah REVEALED IN EXODUS

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This Zerah Torah Parshat is in the Loving Memory of Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, may she rest in peace, may her memory be for good and may her soul be elevated in the Heavens.


There are two different Words Translators use for hardened


 וְהַכְבֵּד

Vih Hah Chih Bayd - ChihBayd

meaning - hard, burdensome, difficult, weighty

ChihBayd is singular but used as plural at times. This is to =Teach us the unity of Pharaoh and his advisors his servants. Their hardness was unified.



וַיֶּחֱזַק

Vah Yaw Chaw Zahk - Chazak

meaning - to be strong, robust, hard


Pharaoh would not listen, i.e. hear - Exodus 7.16, 7.22, 8.11, 8.15


Exodus 10.1 - 2 

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל־פַּרְעֹה כִּי־אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ וְאֶת־לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ:  ב וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן־בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם וְאֶת־אֹתֹתַי אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי בָם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:

  ג

כִּי־אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי

For I hardened


And He, the Lord Said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh; for I have hardened everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of his heart, and  everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the heart of his servants, that I might show these my signs before him; 2  And that you may tell in the ears of your son, and of your grandson, what things I have done in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that you may know that I am the Lord. 



אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה

Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of My Signs to Pharaoh

Exodus 7.2; 9.12, 10.20, 11.10, 14.4, 14.8


וְאֶת־לֵב עֲבָדָיו 

And Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the hear if his servants

Exodus 9.12, 9.21, 10.1


Sign of the serpent - Exodus 7.10-14


Each plague was a month apart. Each plague was for seven days or less.

Stone p328


Each plague was equal to more than fifty miracles. For example it was a miracle one frog came out of the river and when struck became two frogs, i.e. duplicated. This duplication happened thousands of times. Each was a miracle. When the frogs returned to the river all at once it was a miracle. Returning to the river was a miracle. Dying in the river was a miracle.  There were many additional miracles associated with each plague. How do we know this? In Exodus 8.15 the Torah says this is the finger of God. In Exodus 9.3 The Torah Says, Behold, The hand of the Lord is upon the cattle... A hand has five fingers. The interpretation is each plague represents five miracles... 


אֶצְבַּע אֱלֹהִים


Water turns to Blood, Fish died, river stank could not drink water for seven days - Exodus 7.19,20,21


Frogs leave the river - Exodus 8.1 

One frog came forth from the river. The Egyptians struck that frog.  It became two frogs. Then they struck two frogs. They became four frogs. Then they struck the four frogs.  They became eight frogs.  Then they struck eight frogs.  They became 16 frogs. This continued until the country was flooded with frogs. Stone p 329


וַיַּרְא פַּרְעֹה כִּי הָיְתָה הָרְוָחָה וְהַכְבֵּד אֶת־לִבּוֹ וְלֹא שָׁמַע אֲלֵהֶם כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה: ס 


The frogs left their house and returned to the river. 

The frogs stayed in the rived. They died. - Exodus 8.8, 9, 10

Exodus 8.11 in the Chumash in the English Bible 8.15

WARNING!  WARNING

And he saw, Pharaoh for there was RESPITE... REST... He hardened everything from Aleph to Tab of there heart and did not hear them as The Lord Said.


Pharaoh kept making his heart hard... - Exodus 8.11


Lice - Exodus 8.12

Pharaoh's sorceress could not duplicate the lice infestation - Exodus 8.14


Exodus 8.15


וַיֹּאמְרוּ הַחַרְטֻמִּם אֶל־פַּרְעֹה אֶצְבַּע אֱלֹהִים הִוא וַיֶּחֱזַק לֵב־פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא־שָׁמַע אֲלֵהֶם כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה: ס 

WARNING!  WARNING

Pharaoh's heart was strong... - Exodus 8.15


Swarm of Wild Beasts - Exodus 8.16, 17

Next Day

Not in Goshen - Exodus 8.18, 19

A sign of distinction between My people and your people...

Swarm ended tomorrow - Exodus 8.26, 27

Exodus 8.28


וַיַּכְבֵּד פַּרְעֹה אֶת־לִבּוֹ גַּם בַּפַּעַם

 הַזֹּאת וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־הָעָם: פ

And he, Pharaoh hardened everything from Aleph to Tav of his heart 

and he did not send the people out.

WARNING!  WARNING

Pharaoh made his heart stubborn - Exodus 8.28


Livestock Epidemic - Exodus 9.1 - 

No Livestock Epidemic against B'nei Yisroel - Exodus 9.2

not one of B'nai Yisroel's livestock died ... Exodus 9.6

Livestock Epidemic begins tomorrow - Exodus 9.5 

Exodus 9.7

וַיִּשְׁלַח פַּרְעֹה וְהִנֵּה לֹא־מֵת מִמִּקְנֵה

יִשְׂרָאֵל עַד־אֶחָד וַיִּכְבַּד לֵב פַּרְעֹה

 וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־הָעָם: פ  

Pharaoh sent scouts and behold not a single animal of b'nei Yisroel died. 

And He Pharaoh hardened his heart.

WARNING!  WARNING

Pharaoh's heart remained hard - Exodus 9.7


Boils - Exodus 9.8


Exodus 9.12

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא שָׁמַע אֲלֵהֶם כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה: ס  יג

And He, The Lord Strengthen everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heart of Pharaoh...


Hail - Hail Fire - Exodus 9.23

In the land of Goshen there was no hail - Exodus 9.26

Pharaoh says, 'This time I have sinned...' - Exodus 9.27

Moshe Says, When I leave the city I will lift my hands in prayer to The Lord, the thunder will cease and there will be no more hail so you know that the earth belongs to The Lord. Exodus 9.29

When it ceased... he continued in his sinful ways. Exodus 9.34



וַיַּרְא פַּרְעֹה כִּי־חָדַל הַמָּטָר וְהַבָּרָד וְהַקֹּלֹת

וַיֹּסֶף לַחֲטֹא וַיַּכְבֵּד לִבּוֹ הוּא וַעֲבָדָיו:  לה

And his servants ware hard [like one]

וַיֶּחֱזַק לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־בְּנֵי

יִשְׂרָאֵל כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה בְּיַד־מֹשֶׁה: פ


Exodus 9.35

וַיֶּחֱזַק לֵב פַּרְעֹה

And He, Pharaoh's Heart was strengthened... Exodus 9.35


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Exodus 10.1  - 19


Exodus 10.1 - 2 

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בֹּא אֶל־פַּרְעֹה כִּי־אֲנִי הִכְבַּדְתִּי אֶת־לִבּוֹ וְאֶת־לֵב עֲבָדָיו לְמַעַן שִׁתִי אֹתֹתַי אֵלֶּה בְּקִרְבּוֹ:  ב וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר בְּאָזְנֵי בִנְךָ וּבֶן־בִּנְךָ אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִתְעַלַּלְתִּי בְּמִצְרַיִם וְאֶת־אֹתֹתַי אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי בָם וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי־אֲנִי יְהוָֹה:


And He, the Lord Said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh; for I have hardened everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of his heart, and  everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the heart of his servants, that I might show these my signs before him... How long will you refuse to be humble before me? 


Locusts - Exodus 10.13, 14 [the next day] when the morning began the locust came up over the entire land of Egypt... 


Pharaoh - I have sinned... Exodus 10.16

Pharaoh sand to Moshe, Exodus 10.17 - 'Plead with The Lord, your God... to remove this death from me...


Moshe prayed.  The Lord removed the locusts... Exodus 10.18, 19.


Exodus 10.20 


וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא שִׁלַּח אֶת־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: פ 

And He, The Lord Strengthen everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heart of Pharaoh...


Darkness - Exodus 10.22


And to all B'nei Yisroel there was light in their dwellings...


Again Pharaoh calls for Moshe... Moshe tells Pharaoh, 'You must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.  Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not a hoof be left behind; for we must take it to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come there.


Exodus 10.27

וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה וְלֹא אָבָה לְשַׁלְּחָם:  

And He, The Lord Strengthen everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heart of Pharaoh...


The Lord Said to Moshe, There is one more plague...


Firstborn, Exodus 12.1 - 


Pharaoh had at least six opportunities to change.  He did not repent.  Pharaoh crossed the line.   He could not repent from that point on.  Why? His opportunity for repentance had passed. Now, God hardened his heart.  One may thing they can repent at any point in life and they may.  However that was not possible for Pharaoh and some of his advisors. They crossed the line. They toyed with God. they went beyond what was reasonable.  They could not repent from where they were. 


 Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

ב''ה

Why Does The Creator Visit Avraham


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Zerah Torah Limood

Genesis 18.1 - 33


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This Zerah Torah Parshat is in the Loving Memory of Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, may she rest in peace, may her memory be for good and may her soul be elevated in the Heavens.


Genesis 18.1 - 5

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא

יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם: 


And He, HaShem / The Lord [Spiritually] Appeared to him in the plains of Mamre; as he dwelt in the tent door in the heat of the day.


וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים

נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם 

מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה: 


And he lifted his eyes and he looked, and behold, three [Angles who appeared as Arab] men stood above him; and he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and he bowed himself to the ground... [Mentally HaShem is Present with Avram.]


 וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנָי אִם־נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן

בְּעֵינֶיךָ אַל־נָא תַעֲבֹר מֵעַל עַבְדֶּךָ:  

And he [Avram] said, [to HaShem] My Master, if  I find favor in your eyes, pass not away, I beseech you, from your servant. [Then Avram addresses the three Arab men.]

 יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ: 


Please take a little water and wash your feet, and rest yourselves beneath the tree; 

וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר

 תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם

 וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ: 


And take a piece of bread, and sustain your hearts; after that pass over; for you have come to your servant. And they said, Yes! Make like that as you have said. 


Why did the Creator visit Avraham? Our Sages Teach that this was the third day after His Brit Milah / his circumcision. The third day is when it is most painful. 


At night fall Passover would begin. Avraham and Sarah did not celebrate Passover as his descendants would in a few hundred years. Yet they did have a form of celebration.

They removed leaven from their bread.

They removed leaven from their dwellings.

They made matzah.

How do we know this?  Avraham taught me. 


Genesis 19.3


וַיִּפְצַר־בָּם מְאֹד וַיָּסֻרוּ אֵלָיו

וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־בֵּיתוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם

מִשְׁתֶּה וּמַצּוֹת אָפָה וַיֹּאכֵלוּ:   


And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread / [Passover] Matzots, and they ate. 


Why did Lot do this? The local law forbid having guests.  His wife and sons would not participate. He made a kosher feast with Matzah as Avraham had taught him. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 680


We who have freedoms should enjoy them. Lot did not enjoy the freedoms we have. He risked everything he owned to celebrate Passover.  He was in the gate of the city seeking guests to celebrate Passover  as Avraham had taught him. Avraham was sitting with his tent flap open so he could search for guests to celebrate Passover with.


One must inquire why did Avraham have his Brit Milah three days before Passover. 


Genesis 17.1,2

And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly...


Genesis 17. 9 -13

And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every male child among you shall be circumcised. And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.  And he who is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any stranger, who is not of your seed.  He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your money, must be circumcised; and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant...


Genesis 17.19-21

And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he father, and I will make him a great nation.  But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.


Genesis 17.22 - 27

And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all who were born in his house, and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin that very day, as God had said to him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  In the same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.  And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money from the stranger, were circumcised with him.


Dear one, Avraham deeply desired to Obey the Commands of our Creator. He did not hesitate. He immediately got after it.


What do we do?


So, even though it was close to Passover Avraham preformed Brit Milah on all the men of his camp over the age of eight days. This is why no servants were available to get the calf and prepare it. Yishmael was the young man, i.e. the lad who prepared the calf.  How do we know this? The lad of Genesis 21.12 and 17,18, 19, 20 is Yishmael.  Yishmael, like his father Avraham obeyed the Commands of the Creator even when great pain was involved.


Dear ones from this lesson we can see why the Creator would come to visit a loyal, dedicated and faithful servant like Avraham.



Blessings, love and peace,

'

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


ב''ה


Beshlach 

Exodus 13.17 - 17.16


Developing Consistence


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There are many translations and possible meanings for each verse of Ha Torah. 


וַיַּסֵּב אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָעָם דֶּרֶךְ הַמִּדְבָּר

יַם־סוּף וַחֲמֻשִׁים עָלוּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל

מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:  יט


Translation one:

But God led the people around, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea; and the people of Israel went up armed out of the land of Egypt. 


Translation two:

And God led everything from Aleph to Tav of the nation [Yisroel] around, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea; and a fifth of the nation of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt. 


The Word וַחֲמֻשִׁים Vah Chah Moo Sheem means armed or it could mean five.  We call the Five Books of Moshe The Chumash, meaning the Five. 


Rashi says an alternate meaning for verse eighteen is one out of every five went out of Egypt. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 157 • Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 367


600,000 men between the age of  twenty and sixty went out of Egypt. If  4/5th died in Egypt this means 2,400,000 died in Egypt during the three days of darkness. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 60


The slave mentality was very strong. Those that did come out were horribly abused by the evil task masters in Egypt. The Nation Israel was not ready for war. They were not ready to stand up to another nation. They were fragile.


Exodus 13.17

And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest perhaps the people change [their minds] when they see war, and they return to Egypt; 


Dear Ones there are many possibilities to these two very different interpretations.  We know that the nation Israel was frightened when they saw Pharaoh and his army coming after them. Even though they may have been armed, mentally they were not prepared to fight.  They were devastated by years of slavery. It would appear that 4 out of 5 were weak, were sick, were hooked on being slaves and worshiping idols. The fifth that did leave would need to develop confidence and change the way they viewed life. 


In Chapter four of my book Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah REVEALED IN EXODUS I discuss constancy. The Nation Yisroel would need to begin learning how to be faithful to The Lord out of choice. The Nation Yisroel would need to develop being dependable to The Lord as people who were free. They would do this.


May each of us learn to be enduring and unchanging in our observance of the Torah portion of the Bible.


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Bereisheit / Genesis

Genesis 19


Bread And Salt


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Salt is placed upon raw meet to draw out the blood. Salt is a preservative. Salt is a seasoning that enhances the flavor of meat bread and other foods. When our Holy Temple stood we had a Meez Bach/ a Holy Altar. We salted our sacrifices  when we placed them on the Holy Altar. Today our Shulcan / Dinning Table is the Holy Altar in the Jewish home. We place salt on the table just like we did on the Holy Altar. We pray at our Table. We share The torah Portion of the Bible at our Table.


Lot prepared unleavened bread, i.e. Matzah. This is bread without leaven. The Torah makes it very clear that Lot prepared Matzah. This is to inform us that Lot was Observant of Avraham's Teachings. 


Genesis 19. 1- 3

וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה בָּעֶרֶב וְלוֹט יֹשֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר־סְדֹם וַיַּרְא־לוֹט וַיָּקָם לִקְרָאתָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַפַּיִם אָרְצָה:  ב וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֶּה נָּא־אֲדֹנַי סוּרוּ נָא אֶל־בֵּית עַבְדְּכֶם וְלִינוּ וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשְׁכַּמְתֶּם וַהֲלַכְתֶּם לְדַרְכְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹּא כִּי בָרְחוֹב נָלִין:  ג וַיִּפְצַר־בָּם מְאֹד וַיָּסֻרוּ אֵלָיו וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־בֵּיתוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם מִשְׁתֶּה וּמַצּוֹת אָפָה וַיֹּאכֵלוּ: 


And there came two angels to Sodom at evening; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the ground; 2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I beseech you, to your servant's house, and remain all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your way. And they said, No; we will stay in the street all night. 3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.


Genesis 3.19

 יט בְּזֵעַת אַפֶּיךָ תֹּאכַל לֶחֶם עַד שׁוּבְךָ אֶל־הָאֲדָמָה כִּי מִמֶּנָּה לֻקָּחְתָּ כִּי־עָפָר אַתָּה וְאֶל־עָפָר תָּשׁוּב: 


This was the night of Passover. Lot was honoring this night even though Passover would not happen for many years in the future. In these two Verses we comp rear the Hebrew Words for bread. 



In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust shall you return. 


וּמַצּוֹת

Oov Mah Tzot - Unleavened Bread.


לֶחֶם

Leh Chehm - Leavened Bread


The people of Sedom were really evil. They did not permit hospitality. They were evil to guests. It was against the law of Sedom to invite guests to you home. One could be seriously punished for making a guest feel welcome. 


Rabbi said: There was no city more wicked than Sodom: when a man was evil he was called a Sedomite;... The men of Sedom were wicked and sinners. They committed sexual sins... The Sedomites made an agreement among themselves that whenever a stranger visited them they should force him to sodomy and rob him of his money . Br R 50.7 They were wicked to each other. They were adulterers. They were idol worshippers. The shed blood. Br R 41.7


Last week we discussed how hospitably Avraham was and how lot learned to be hospitable from Avraham. We did not dwell on the danger Lot placed upon himself or his family. We did not speak of Lots wife. She did not participate in the Passover meal .A fierce quarrel broke out over the salt, for he [Lot] said to her [his wife], ' Give these guests a little salt,' to which she replied, 'Do you want to introduce that evil practice here also?' Br R 50.4


She gossiped about Lot. When Lot did not have salt for the Passover meal she went from house to house requesting sale. She announced 'We have Guests' and Lot needs salt for the feast he is preparing them. Br. R 51.5


One of our Sages taught, 'Lot's wife turned into salt because she was stingy towards the needy. Lot himself was a generous person, always inviting guests. His wife resented guests and discouraged them. One trick of hers was not to provide salt, a small thing which makes a big difference to guests. Therefore, she was punished by means of salt, measure for measure.

R. Judah ben Shila said in R. Assi's name in R. Johanan's name: There are six things, the fruit of which man eats in this world [and enjoys], while the principal [blessing] remains for him for [in] the world to come. Such is Hospitality to wayfarers, Sabbath 127 a.

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May we bless our Creator and those around us with bread and salt. 

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel





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My wife, Revi and I were traveling up the interstate when all of the sudden we came upon this huge sign. We were informed that we could not get off our normal place of exit.  It was closed for repairs. Now we would be forced to follow this detour that went on for miles. We eventually reconnected with the road we would have exited at. Oh relief, no more detour.  Road Closed signs and detours can be very frustrating.  


Many readers of Would You Like To Be Jewish know what it feels like to be placed on this endless road of detours towards their goal of converting to Judaism.  Some of you visited with a Rabbi who may have said, something like this, 'Why do you want to convert? Why do you want to be Jewish? We don't do conversions in Judaism.'  You ended up walking away disappointed, angered, exasperated, annoyed and very dissatisfied. Eventually you find a rabbi that agrees to do the conversion. Then you find out he charges thousands of dollars to do conversions and the conversation will take several years. Now you are steaming. You think, how can this be?  All these detours keep popping up! 


Some of the detours or road closed signs are the result of what we perceive Judaism to believe and to teach.  In this book we bring clarity.  We close the gaps and fill in blank pages.  I explain why we have issues with Jesus. We carefully review a few of these issues. When the reader understands our issues then our issues will be come the reader's issues. You will understand and identify.  We study inspiration and revelation. We discuss and compare the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Writings. Have you ever read the NIV Bible's Introduction to each Book in the Christian Writings?  Read Author and Date. Take away the speculation, the theories, the conjectures and the guesses and so much of what is left is blank.  We go behind the scenes to learn how the Bible was written and copied. What precautions were followed to eliminate errors etc. When one sees how this comes together road closed signs are removed. Individual objections... beliefs... doctrines that have held one back from their heart's desire to convert to Judaism diminish to a size where we can deal with them.


Dear Reader if you are supposed to return to Judaism or to convert to Judaism my book will help you.  If your soul stood at Mount Sinai to receive the Observances then this book will be helpful.  Even if you don't want to be Jewish but want to learn about Judaism my book will be helpful.  May the Creator of the Universe help each of us be the people we are supposed to be. Each book in this series will reveal greater detail as we study along together. I share a number of stories and insights. 



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What do Jews believe? There are many ideas about what Jews believe.  And there is a load of disinformation about what Jews believe. Teachers, Spiritual Leaders, Pastors, Priests and over 700 different religions all have ideas about what Jews believe. With all this speculation , how is one going to know what Jews believe?

Who do you think would be best qualified to share what Jews believe?

Dr. Akiva Gamliel translates a few words in this book that could change your life, make the foundation of your beliefs tremble and perhaps collapse or validate what you thought was true. Dr. Akiva Gamliel sheds light on the issues of Salvation, Sin, Repentance and many other issues. If you are a seeker of Truth this book will be a light on your path dispelling myths and untruths.
L 5 Yitro Heard

Parshat Yitro
Exodus 18.1 - 20.23


This discussion is offered in the loving memory of Steven ben Martha may he rest in peace.  May his memory be for good. May he be elevated in the Heavens. May those that give charity in Stephen's memory be blessed many times over. 

Yitro and Job were advisors to Pharaoh. Yitro was a priest of Midian and father-in-law to Moses. 
Yitro was also a famous convert to Judaism.

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Interest & Loans


Parshat Mishpatim

Exodus 21.1 - 24.18


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We offer this study in the loving memory of Stephen may he rest in peace.  May his memory be for good. May he be elevated in the heavens. May we dedicate our lives to good deeds, giving charity and loving others in his memory...


Exodus 22.24-26


 אִם־כֶּסֶף ׀ תַּלְוֶה אֶת־עַמִּי אֶת־הֶעָנִי עִמָּךְ לֹא־תִהְיֶה לוֹ כְּנֹשֶׁה לֹא־תְשִׂימוּן עָלָיו נֶשֶׁךְ: 


If you lend anything from Aleph to Tav of money to My people, anything from Aleph to Tav to the poor, miserable, lowly, helpless with you, do not act like a creditor, do not put upon him interest. 


Years ago while serving in the U S Navy I observed quick loans. $5,00 for $7.00 or $10.00 for $12.00 or $20.00 for $25.00... Think of it? $5.00 for $7.00 is 40% - $10.00 for $12.00 is 20% - $20.00 for $25.00 is 25%.  These type of loans were normally for just a few days until payday. Ha Torah does not permit nehshek interest between Jews. In the military I would find friends who would loan to a friend for 'free'. We did not charge interest or pay interest. 


We have a responsibility to not charge interest to a fellow Jew. We have a responsibility to not act like a creditor. What does the Torah Mean when Instructing us to not act like a creditor?  We must be warm and open to the borrower when we meet. We should be friendly. We should avoid any reference to money or debts.


Granting a non interest loan is one of the highest form of charity because this act preserves the self-respect of the borrower while allowing time to repair and rebuild his financial stability. Rabbi Menachem Davis, The Shottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash Shemos / Exodus, {Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition 1st impression 2007}, p 218


Dear Ones may we be conscientious thoughtful and careful, with our with our lending and our actions. 


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Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Zerah Torah Limood

Bereisheit 20.1 - 18


COMPARISON  ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Stephen Ben Martha may he rest in peace. May his memory be for good.  May he be elevated in the Heavens.


The comparison is between God the Creator of All and Avimelech King of Gerar.


Genesis 20.1

וַיִּסַּע מִשָּׁם אַבְרָהָם אַרְצָה הַנֶּגֶב וַיֵּשֶׁב בֵּין־קָדֵשׁ וּבֵין שׁוּר וַיָּגָר בִּגְרָר ב

Genesis 20.1

And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev, and lived between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.  


וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וַיִּשְׁלַח אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ גְּרָר וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שָׂרָה:  ג


And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah.



When he did this what did God do?  What did God Say?

But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife. 


But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation? 


[Avraham Said] to me, She is my sister? and [and Sarah]  herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.


And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; for I also kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her.  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all who are yours.



Matthew 1:18-20

Now the birth of Jesus was according to this account: When as his mother Mary {Jesus mother]  was espoused [Married] to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


The account in Matthew IS A LIE! Why? We have an example in Genesis 20 of how God viewed taking another man's wife.  IT IS WRONG! 


God came to Avimelech and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, the woman you have took is a man's wife.... 


God chastised Avimelech for taking Sarah the wife of Avraham. THEREFORE God would not take Mary the wife of Joseph!!


Avimelech said [There was deception involved] [Avraham Said] to me, She is my sister? and [and Sarah]  herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this... 


On the Other Hand look at what the Christian Writings accused the Creator of the Universe of... the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


If this story were true AND IT IS A LIE! The Angel of the Lord would be required to repeat the exact Words spoken to Him by God, Creator of all.  THEREFORE when the Angel is quoted by Matthew as saying 'Mary your wife'. He would ONLY Say what God Told him.  WE KNOW GOD DID NOT TELL HIM THIS! How do we know? Taken another mans wife is FORBIDDEN by God!! God was going to kill Avimelech for taking the wife of Avraham.  Think of it like this. Avimelech did not know Sarah was the wife of Avraham and he was in very BIG TROUBLE! According to the Christian Writings God knew Mary was Joseph's wife. 


In addition AND Avimelech did not touch her. The Christian Writings say the Holy Ghost impregnated Mary. IMPOSSIBLE!


Dear Reader do you see the bigotry of this story? Do you see the lies of this story.


So we have a comparison of what God Does and What God would NEVER DO!



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Devri Torah Limood

Bereisheit 21.1 - 18


The Lord Counted ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Stephen Ben Martha may he rest in peace. May his memory be for good.  May he be elevated in the Heavens.


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Last Discussion we made a comparison between God the Creator of All and Avimelech King of Gerar. The Christian Writing proudly proclaim:


God took another man's wife...

God impregnated another man's wife...

The wife had NO PRIOR knowledge of her impregnation. Behold she was pregnant.

Mary's life was placed in danger. 

Is it possible Mary may have thought sinful thoughts?

Where is the honesty in this action?  

Does impregnating another man's wife have improbities?

What about free will? Matthew Writings imposes pregnancy on a twelve year girl. Is this free will? 


Joseph's first awareness of Mary being pregnant was when he saw the undeniable.

How do you think Joseph felt?

What do you think Joseph thought?

Is it possible Joseph may have thought sinful thoughts?

What about Joseph's freewill?  Was he given a choice about what happened to Mary? Was it imposed upon him? 



In reading the Writer Luke's commentary, (Luke 3:23) Jesus was supposed to be the son of Joseph..., Jesus was thought to be the son of Joseph... We see this continued intentional deception...


This story is so far out in very weird land... Anyone who studies about God knows, God is a God of order, righteousness, honesty and integrity.


So we come to this week's discussion. For many the birth of Isaac is the most important birth in the Bible. The birth was planned. The promise was announced in advance. Nothing was hidden. 


Genesis 21.1

The Lord remembered everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah.

What does this tell us? What does this Verse say?


The Lord God is NOT happenstance.  Everything about our Creator is well defined and thought out. Nothing is a surprise! Yet the Christian Writing say, Mary was surprised... shocked to learn she was pregnant... Joseph was surprised to see Mary, his wife pregnant, Joseph was shocked... IT IS NECESSARY TO STOP LIVING IN WIERD LAND! 



For years God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. It was to happen at the designated time. Our Sages Teach Sarah became pregnant on the Day of Remembrance. This was the birthday of the world. This was Rosh Hashanah, this was the Day of Judgment.


Genesis 21.1


וַיהוָֹה פָּקַד אֶת־שָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמָר

 וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָֹה לְשָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר:  


The Lord counted, enumerated, ordered, arranged everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah as He had said...  For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.


The Word פָּקַד Paw Kahd means to count, to enumerate, to order, to arrange... What needed arranging? 



Genesis 15.13


וַיֹּאמֶר לְאַבְרָם יָדֹעַ תֵּדַע כִּי־גֵר ׀ יִהְיֶה זַרְעֲךָ בְּאֶרֶץ לֹא לָהֶם וַעֲבָדוּם וְעִנּוּ אֹתָם אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה



Genesis 15.13

 And He [the Lord God] Said to Abram, Know for a certainty that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 


At the time the Creator spoke these Words to Abraham he was seventy years old.  Our Creator was on the clock so to speak. This means for the prophecy to happen Avraham and Sarah would have to get together very late in life.  Sarah was 89 and Abraham was 99. They had to be attracted to each other. Their sexual organs had to function. Sarah returned to having her monthly menstruation. Sarah had to have eggs to be impregnated.  Abraham had to have firmness without virago. Abraham had to have quality seed to impregnate Sarah. His sperm count had to be good.  So dear Ones there was a lot of counting going on.


May we be blessed to study each Word in The Torah Portion of the Bible for meaning.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Parshat Terumah

Shemot / Exodus 25:1 - 27:19


Am I Unique, Distinct, Rare, Exceptional, One of a Kind? 


Would I like to be Unique, Unlike others?


Our discussion is in the loving memory of Mr. and Mrs Belk may they rest in peace. May their memory be for good.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.


By Dr. Akiva G. Belk


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In my book entitled, Mysterious Signs Of The Torah REVEALED IN EXODUS I write about Parshat Terumah.  I share a store of when operating a charitable organization that received contributions of gifts. In the story I discuss the concept of giving. 

What is it like to give?

What is it like to give junk away?

What is it like to give discards, useless things of little or no value away?

What is it like to give something away that one does not need or use?

What is it like to give something that is costly, prized, cherished away? 


I share this story.


One day we were having a yard sale. Many items were on display, including a dozen or so bikes in very rough condition. A middle aged man seemed to be taking an interest in these bikes. A few of us noticed. We thought maybe he was a bike dealer. After a while I approached him to begin a conversation. The first words out of his mouth were, 'It's amazing what junk some people will give to a non profit organization.'


Over the years I have experienced and shared many humorous and sad stories. I cannot count the times someone has said to me, 'Akiva, it's amazing the discards people try to pawn off on non profits.' 

Dear reader, We would receive calls. The giver would describe the item over the phone. Their description would sound like ice cream with chocolate syrup melting down the sides, with nuts scattered generously over it with a cherry on top. We couldn't wait to receive the contribution. Well, needless to say, it did not take us long to begin asking several questions like, How old is it? Does it have any rips, tears, holes, worn spots, stains? What color is it? Does it need cleaning? With televisions, radios, stereos, refrigerators, ranges, etc. we would ask does it work... properly...?

Even after this, on some occasions when we would arrive to receive the contribution you would think we spoke a different language. I recall the conversation with an individual after refusing to accept her contribution. She was sincere. This professional blew big time. She said, 'What's the matter with you? I can't believe this! We took this furniture out of our home. It was good enough for us! The board of your organization is going to hear about this! Leave it! I'll call the Salvation Army.'  I made the mistake of saying, "They won't take it either..."

Her contribution was a particle board computer desk from Noah's ark. It had a hole in the side the size of a football. The children had redecorated it with paints and stickers. Unfortunately I touched it and it fell over. There were other items but...

I cannot count the shoes with holes, the high heels without the heel, the pants where the seat was missing, the faded dresses, the stained shirts and blouses, pots and pans without handles, etc.

Actually we did receive many very good usable gifts but our focus today is on acceptable gifts. Many gifts were not acceptable.

Years ago I purchased an old oak desk that several friends help restore to its original condition. This took much work. It was drenched in white and blue enamel paint. We spent days of stripping, sanding, oiling, etc. This desk lived in my study at home. At my office I had a new solid wood executive desk. It was nice but I like the old oak desk the best.  When the office was closed I had two desks. A friend expressed a desire for my old restored oak desk. I did not want to part with it.  I gave it to her and her husband even though it was very special to me. Years later when my friends no longer required the desk they gave it back to me.

Dear Reader, It is one thing to give away a useless piece of discarded junk and an entirely different matter to give away a priceless, warm, special treasure that happily lives in your home or office.

Years ago in a discussion entitled GENEROSITY I shared the following comment:

There is no way to describe the impact of generosity BECAUSE it is so unusual. It is so odd based upon the pattern of people who study on our web sites. Well over 99.9% take without giving anything back.. In fact it is so very very rare to even receive a simple 'Thank You' let alone a contribution. In this sense here is what I am saying.

At JewishPath.org... JewishPath.com... Jewishlink.net... 7commands.com... and bnti.us we reach out to people. Our web sites reach millions of individuals. Thousands study on our sites daily. We are so pleased! YET, - Only a very very small handful of all these millions upon millions of people ever send a thank you... an appreciation... a gift... an offering. This type of generosity is so rare... 

Now we return to the question we began with. Am I Unique, Distinct, Rare, Exceptional, One of a Kind? Then this question was followed by another, Would I like to be Unique, Unlike others?

To be unique all that is necessary is to simple write the words, 'Thank you' and e-mail them to us... 

Every once in awhile we receive an email or letter or a phone call from the millions who are out there... Several days ago was one of those days. The phone rang. I answered. The caller was a lady. She asked who she was speaking to. I said, 'Akiva Belk'.  She went on to explain that she had placed an order and had not received it. Within a couple of days we took care of that issue. I drove the order to the US Post Office and shipped it myself.  What is the point?

This special lady has been studying with us for years.  We did not know who she was.  We still don't. Yet, we knew she was out there. Dear Reader, you are out there.  We don't know you. Yet, we know you are out there. You are one of the millions who are from one of over a hundred plus countries that learn with us daily... weekly... monthly... We love you! We appreciate you!  Yes, it would be nice to hear from you. It would be nice to know who you are... If you wrote to us it would get our attention. Then if you sent us a gift... Can you imagine how rare and unusual you would be?  Do you have any ideal of the power it takes to move one to just write 'Thank You!?  Can you imagine the enormous motivation required to take a charge card out of one's billfold or purse and to take five minutes to send a Terumah Offering to us?  I cannot describe to you how unique... how different... how rare this type of individual is.

Years ago, On 1 Shevat my father passed away. May he rest in peace! He was eighty-nine years of age. We informed our students about my loss. 100% of my classmates... those enrolled at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLCV wrote words of kindness and thoughts of compassion. A small percentage sent cards and gifts which were very much appreciated. However from the millions of students {not classmates} who have received this service free for years sent fewer than 5 emails of condolence. Dear Ones, a foundation stone of Judaism is Chesed... Kindness...Charity... Recently, i.e. less than two weeks ago I released two books. Book one is entitled, 'Would You Like To Be Jewish?' Book two which is real hard hitting is entitled, 'Would You Like To Be Jewish 2 ?' In these two books we discuss how to have and enjoy doctrinal FREEDOM from the religions of the world. We discuss how one does not have to fear hell or satan or believe in Jesus to be saved or to make heaven their home. These books are part of a series.  One cannot cover all there is to being Jewish in two books of a 150 pages. One of the areas I did not discuss YET is a heart of generosity! God Willing this is a topic for another book in this series of books. 

Dear Reader, the point is that in this weeks parshat we read about the Jew whose heart is impelled... is driven to generosity. 

Exodus 25.1,2

 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:  ב

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

 דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ־לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל־אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת־תְּרוּמָתִי: ג

Speak to the people of Israel, that they may take me an offering; from every man that is impelled by his heart you shall take everything from Aleph toTav of my offering. 

Dear Ones there is a special message here.  The message tells us who can be Jewish. The message is ONLY one whose heart impels him / her to generosity. How is one implied to generosity?  One can ONLY be impelled through The Letters... the Words... the Verses... the Observances of Ha Torah. How do we know this?  The Gematria of 'TORAH' is 611. The Gematria of אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ Ah Sher - Yee Dih Beh Nu - Le Boh, meaning, implied by his heart, is the Gematria of 611. What does this mean?  This means if you are of that school that teaches the Hebrew Scriptures are Old and fulfilled and done away with THE MESSAGE OF TORAH CANNOT TOUCH YOU! You cannot be Jewish! Your heart is hardened by a doctrine that takes you away from the source, i.e. Ha Torah that has the power to impel your heart to generosity!  You cannot be Unique or Distinct, Rare, Exceptional in this way. Your heart is CLOSED to the force that impels. Can this change? Yes!  Dear Ones I am not saying that because you haven't written to us or sent a gift offering to us that your heart is not impelled to  generosity. I am saying when your heart is impelled by Ha Torah to Generosity you will know it. No one will have to tell you. The scales by which one measures changes drastically!  No longer does one measure how much one is required to tithe or to give but one is told by the Sages they have reach the maximum of giving allowed for them in a year. They are not permitted to give beyond this point!  I have know individuals so motivated by Ha Torah to give that it is difficult for them to operate their business.  Their office is lined with individuals seeking a contribution. There is a beaten path to the door of their homes from individuals needing assistance. 

Dear Ones, there are non-Jews who are motivated by The Torah to give like this. The point I am making is the motivation to give like I have described comes from the Torah. The principle comes from the Torah. 

Now do not be saddened if you have no money to give. Do not be down and out if you cannot give money in the way your heart desires to give. You have something else that is of great value that you can give. SIMPLY WRITE 'THANK YOU!'  I am saying Words of sincere encourage are very valuable!  Dear Reader you can give Ha Torah's Words of encouragement to anyone you choose. The Torah Speaks more about the Words we select to use than Tithes... than Offerings... than Charity... even those these are important. 

Your Words are powerful. You can help others by sharing experiences... you can help others who are lonesome. Call someone who is lonesome. Love them. Listen to them! Care about them. God has chosen those who are wealthy to give money. God has chosen us to give our time, our energy, our experience, our advice, our words to help others...

We can tithe our time.  We can give an offering of time.  We can share with others the things we are good with. There is an individual that i follow on Twitter. This individual has a gift of baking which she gives to others. There is another individual who cares deeply about pets. She advocates for pets. There are a number of men that do not have congregations who learn with others. They give what they have with others. They share what they are good at with others.

We ask the questions again, Do you want to be Unique or Distinct, Rare or Exceptional. You can be Unique  Distinct, Rare and Exceptional.

I would like to encourage you to make a contribution to B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC. We are NOT a 501 c3. We do not want the government telling us what we can and cannot say. Why? At B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we have a flask of wine we call Yien Ohlam, meaning 'Eternal Wine.' When an individual sends a offering of any size a small portion is used to purchase Kosher Wine. A small portion of the wine from each purchase is poured into the flask of Yien Ohlam, the 'Eternal Wine.' This goes back many years now. Only God knows how many individuals have made a contribution to the Eternal wine. We have said thousands and thousands of Blessings on the wine which comes from the Eternal Wine. Every Sabbath, High Holiday etc we take from the Yien Ohlam to say Blessings. These that gave when we began the 'Eternal Wine' have been blessed thousands of times. Some gave money to help us purchase the wine.  Others gave their time. Both are valuable. If you would like to be included send a money offering of any amount through our secure donation button or give donation of your time then email us these Words along with your name, 'I give!' We will include you in our Blessings of the 'Eternal Wine'. 

 אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ 

Ah Sher - Yee Dih Beh Nu - Le Boh, meaning, implied by his heart,

א1 ש300 ר200     י10 ד4 ב2 נ50 ו6    ל30 ב2 ו 6 = 611

תּוֹרָה

Torah - Five Books of Moses

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611

May we be blessed by strong acts of generosity.


Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Zerah Torah Limood

Genesis 22.1 - 24


The binding of Yitzchok on the altar.


The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Our discussion is in the loving memory of Mr. John Bond and Mr. Patrick Reynolds and Mrs. Martha Bond Reynolds may they rest in peace. May their memory be for good.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.


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Genesis 22.1,2

And it happened after these events,( the birth of Yitzchok, the ejection of Hagar and Yishmael and the agreement between Abraham and Avimelech,) and the God Tested everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Abraham... Examined Abraham... Experimented with Abraham... Tempted Abraham... and He Said to him. "Abraham!" and he [Abraham} responded, "Here I am." He Said, "Take everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of your son, everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of your only son, everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of who you love - Yitzchok - and go get everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of to the land of Moriah [Jerusalem] Sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you."


Is it necessary to really say any more? This was another test. This was the tenth test. 


Some of us like to think we are being tested as Avraham. NOT SO in most instances. We are not on Avraham's level of righteousness or Observances.  Yet we comfort ourselves with being tested like Abraham...


Dear Reader, would you like to be tested like Abraham?


וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת־אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי:  ב


The Word נִסָּה Nee Sawh means to prove to try... The Word חָזַק Chaw Zahq means to be strong.  Our Creator was proving Avraham strength in His Word. Our was observing if Avraham would be obedient.


נִסָּה

Nee Sawh means to prove to try

נ50 ס60 ה5 = 115


 חָזַק

Chaw Zahq means to be strong.

ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115


I write about Avraham's experience in my book entitled, Passover, The Last Six Days.


And it happened after these events, that God Tested Abraham and He Said to him. 'Abraham!'

and Abraham responded, 'Here I am.' 

and He Said to him, 'Take your son. '

and Abraham said I have two sons, 

and God Said, 'your only son',

and Abraham said Yishmael is an only son to Hagar 

and Isaac is an only son to Sarah

and God Said, the one whom you love 

and Abraham said I love Yishmael and I love Yitzchok.

and God Said take  - Yitzchok - and go to the land of Moriah sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you.


Dear Reader Abraham had many scars. He bled some. He was tried and proven. Yet, Abraham remained strong. How many of us can stay when we have been tried we have remained strong? 


How Did Abraham do this? It's not complicated. Abraham loved and worshipped the Creator. Abraham Obeyed the Creator.  Abraham filled the Torah.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi



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Parshat Tezaveh

Exodus 27.20 - 30.10


Holy Clothing

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk and Mrs Martha Reynolds may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.


וְאַתָּה תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב אֲשֶׁר מִלֵּאתִיו רוּחַ חָכְמָה וְעָשׂוּ אֶת־בִּגְדֵי אַהֲרֹן לְקַדְּשׁוֹ לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי: 


And you shall speak to all who are wise hearted, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, that they may make Aaron's garments to consecrate him, that he may minister to me in the priest's office.


There are some unique Word relationships here.


אֶל־כָּל

Ehl Cawl

To All

א1 ל30    כ20 ל30 = 81      


פא

Pey

The Letter Pey - Mouth

פ80 א1 = 81


We know that the Letter פ Pey has two forms by design. The normal פ Pey is bent. The normal פ Pey appears everywhere in a Word except for the concluding Letter. The Final Pey letter is a ף , we use a Final ף Pey at the end of a word. This is supposed to allude to the two different functions of the mouth. Rabbi Michael L. Munk speaks of this in his Book entitled, The Wisdom IN The HEBREW Alphabet . The bent Pey symbolizes a closed mouth. This means there are many times we should not speak. The Final Pay, which is tall and straight and looks a little like a shepherd's staff. This symbolizes when one should speak. So, the Final Pey teaches one should speak. The Final Pey teaches when one should speak, one should not interrupt. 


In this passage we observe the Word תְּדַבֵּר precedes אֶל־כָּל. When we Observe a Letter in an unusual place this is a sign to STOP and to mine awhile. Search around a little. Discover. The Letter ת Tav is the last Letter of אות, meaning SIGN. The Letter ת Tav is the last Letter of אמת Truth and אות Sign. This behooves us to pay attention to the Letter Tav especially when the Tav appears in front of a Word that normally would not require a Tav to begin. 


The Word תְּדַבֵּר is an example. As such it occurs only fourteen times in Ha Torah. This means  תְּדַבֵּר is carrying a special message. In this usage I believe תְּדַבֵּר is pointing  'how we speak' to the Wise of heart. The first usage of  תְּדַבֵּר was when God Spoke to Laban as to how he should speak to Jacob in Genesis 31.24. Then we observe the Word דִּבַּרְתָּ where the ת Tav concludes the Word. דִּבַּרְתָּ is another unique Word which is found only nine times in Ha Torah. Remember nine is representative of Sefirah Yesod, the establishing of the foundation. If one wants to establish a good solid foundation they must be careful how they speak. דִּבַּרְתָּ is in reference to what has already been spoken. The Angels Answered Abraham, דִּבַּרְתָּ, Genesis 18.5. The Angel answered Lot דִּבַּרְתָּ. Eisov answered Isaac דִּבַּרְתָּ. 


The Gematria of  תְּדַבֵּר  and דִּבַּרְתָּ are both 606.


 תְּדַבֵּר

ת400 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 606


דִּבַּרְתָּ

ד4 ב2 ר200 ת400 = 606


חַכְמֵי־לֵב

Wise of Heart

ה8 כ20 מ40 י10      ל30 ב2  = 110 


 יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ

Whose Heart Impels him to generosity. 

י10 ד4 ב2 נ50 ו6   ל30 ב2 ו 6 = 110


Above are to very special Gematria relationships. In Exodus 25.2 we observe the one whose Heart Impels him to generosity.  יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ and in Exodus 28.3 we observe the Wise of Heart. We need both. Both are important. Generosity is a unique quality that is rare. A special type of kindness is required to be generous. A Generous individual must be Blessed with plenty. One should not be generous with what they don't have. An individual Blessed with Generosity is NOT selfish. An individual who is Blessed with Generosity is openhanded... benevolent... copious... They are indeed rare. We thank our Creator for them.


We have individuals that have given and given to us at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC and then all of a sudden they stop. Their heart tends toward Generosity but their wallet is saying STOP! We understand this!  We deeply appreciate those who have been Generous. Yet, we also understand when one cannot give. It's OK.  We love you! We appreciate you! G-d Willing you will receive rain and sunshine and God Willing your wealth will grow again. The Rebbetzin shared a special story last week at the Sabbath Table. Maybe we can get her to share it on audio.


We also have a need for those that can make Holy Garments. One would think that the wisdom is required in the construction of the garment. To a degree this is true. Rabbi Elie Munk in his book entitled, The Call Of The Torah points to Ramban's explanation. The Wise of Heart focus on the Inner meaning of the Garment while working on them.  Normally each Yom Shi Shi, sixth day which begins when? Yom Shi Shi begins at dark on Thursday evening. As the sixth day ushers in I hear the mixer running fast then slow then fast then slow. A little later I hear the Rebbetzin singing a Kabbalist melody Aw Naw  - Bih Choh Ach while she kneads the Sabbath Challah  The melody raises and raises. It's beautiful. Kaw Naw Nah Hah Raw. Then the Challah begins to rise... Then our home is filled with the fragrance of fresh Sabbath bread baking.  As we shall soon see the original garments of Adam and Eve where made of light. 


Exodus 28.2

 וְעָשִׂיתָ בִגְדֵי־קֹדֶשׁ לְאַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ לְכָבוֹד וּלְתִפְאָרֶת: 


And you shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother for glory and for beauty. 


God Commanded that those who are wise of heart to make the Holy Garments / Garments that are set aside from other garments. Holy means sanctified, consecrated,  set aside or separated. Garments that are Holy are different from other Garments. So we have Holy Garments and we have Garments that are not holy. Holy garments are worn by the Priests. Holy Garments are Garments for כָבוֹד Honor and Garments for תִפְאָרֶת Splendor, i.e. beauty. The beauty being spoken of here is an emanation of the Creator. One of the purposes of this emanation of the Creator is to draw us together. When we study the diagram of the Sefirot we Observe that Tiferet ... Beauty...  Splendor...  is the only emanation that has a direct path to the other nine emanations. The emanation, Tiferet has exterior coverings. Tiferet is the Palace of Priests. Tiferet is the Palace where Adam and Eve lived before she took... Tiferet is the Palace of Light... of  Revelation... Adam and Eve Wore Clothing of Light. They were covered with Divine Revelation until Eve took what was not her's and shared it with her husband...


Genesis 2.15 God took

Genesis 2.21 God took

Genesis 3.6 the wife took - 


The 'wife' saw that the tree was good for food and that it was pleasant to the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise [SO]  she took of the fruit and ate and then gave it to her HUSBAND with her; and he did eat. - Note: Ha Torah does not say Adam. 


From this point Adam, the Husband And Eve the Wife, lost their Beauty, their covering.  Since this time Adam has been on the Left of Tiferet and Eve has been on the right of Tiferet. They have been Azeri / opposite each other.  Eve is opposite him. Adam is opposite of Eve.


How did this happen? She took...  She stole... she gave to her husband... He accepted stolen goods.


Both were driven from Tiferet. 


Think of the impact. 


Those who are Wise of Heart make the Holy Garments. They Spiritually / Mentally weave and stitch thoughts of Holiness into the garment they are preparing. They know when to say nothing. Stitch! Stitch! They know when to speak. Stitch! They know how to say the Holy Words that must be said. Stitch! Stitch! Stitch! 


What about us who wear them? How wise are we? Are we preparing ourself to wear the Holy Garments. 


We are a מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים Kingdom of Priests [to the nations of the world].  Exodus 19.6.  We are supposed to be living in Tiferet. Are we?


What is the relationship of the Priests Clothing to that of the Sefirot?


As an important note this Parshat has the first mention of Yesod in Ha Torah..., i.e. the establishing of the foundation.


This weeks discussion is a spin off of my book entitled, Mysterious SIGNS Of THE TORAH REVEALED IN EXODUS .

For more information please visit bnti.us/books.html


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




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Zerah Torah Limmod

Genesis 23.1 - 20


Extreme Grief

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk and Mrs Martha Reynolds may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.


We are going to take a few minutes to review 25 Verses of the Torah portion of the Bible to determine who Sarah is. 


Abraham said that Sarah was his sister.

The Torah said Sarah was Abraham was his wife.


Please review:


Genesis 11.31, 32

 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and lived there. 32  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.


Genesis 12.5

And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan; and to the land of Canaan they came.


Genesis 12.11 - 13

אִמְרִי־נָא אֲחֹתִי אָתְּ לְמַעַן יִיטַב־לִי בַעֲבוּרֵךְ וְחָיְתָה נַפְשִׁי בִּגְלָלֵךְ


And it came to pass, when he came near to enter to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a pretty woman to look upon; Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife; and they will kill me, but you they will keep alive. Say, I beg you, that you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you. 


Genesis 12.19

לָמָה אָמַרְתָּ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וָאֶקַּח אֹתָהּ לִי לְאִשָּׁה וְעַתָּה הִנֵּה אִשְׁתְּךָ קַח וָלֵךְ:


Genesis 12.17 - 20

And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?  Why did you say, She is my sister? so I might have taken her for my wife; now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way.  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.


Genesis 13.1

And Abram went up from Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the Negev. 


Genesis 16.1

Now Sarai Abram's wife bore him no children; and she had a maid servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 


Genesis 17.15

And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.


Genesis 17.19

 And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 



Genesis 20.2

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וַיִּשְׁלַח אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ גְּרָר וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שָׂרָה

Genesis 20.2, 3, 7

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife.... Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all who are yours.


Genesis 20.12- 18

וְגַם־אָמְנָה אֲחֹתִי בַת־אָבִי הִוא אַךְ לֹא בַת־אִמִּי וַתְּהִי־לִי לְאִשָּׁה:  

And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, This is your kindness which you shall show to me; at every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and women servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned to him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you; live where it pleases you. And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all who are with you, and with all other; thus she was reproved. And Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.


וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ


Genesis 23.1

And Sarah was a hundred and twenty seven years old; these were the years of the life of Sarah.  And Sarah died in Kiriath-Arba; which is Hebron in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.


Abraham came to express his deep sorrow for the loss of Sarah. Abraham came to express his deep regret to Sarah. Abraham came to show his extreme grief. Abraham came to communicate his anxiety, his pain and his great sorrow at the loss of Sarah. He grieve! He trembled in distress! He weep! He cried! He moaned / bewailed. The the pain of Sarah's death was so great! 


וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן קָבַר אַבְרָהָם אֶת־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֶל־מְעָרַת שְׂדֵה הַמַּכְפֵּלָה עַל־פְּנֵי מַמְרֵא הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן:


Genesis 23.19, 20

And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is in it, were made over to Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the Hittites.


What do you draw from these Verses?  NOT ONE PLACE in the Torah portion of the Bible does Abraham say Sarah is his Wife. Now we are not saying that Abraham did not claim Sarah as  his wife. The Torah portion of the Bible does not record Abraham  as having said this.


How did Sarah feel about Abraham not identifying her in the Torah as his wife? 


There are many things we do not know. However we know that Abraham loved Sarah and that he was deeply moved by her death. We know that he chose to be obedient to God even though it resulted in his wife of more than a hundreds years death. 


May our Creator Bless all who mourn in Zion.


May our Creator Bless all who mourn.



Blessings, Love and peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk

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Zerah Torah Limmod

Genesis 23.1 - 20


The Wrong Marriage Partner


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk, Mrs Martha Reynolds and Gary lee ben Ethel Channah, and Donald Wayne ben Ethel Channah  and Stephen ben Martha may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.



Genesis 24.1 - 4

And Abraham was old, and well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put, I beg you, your hand under my thigh;   And I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live;   But you shall go to my country, and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.


When Abraham sent Eliezer, the head servant of his household to find a  wife for Isaac, he was 40 years old.  How do we know this?


Genesis 17.17

Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him who is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear? 


Genesis 21.5

And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. 


Genesis 23.1

 And Sarah was a hundred and twenty seven years old; these were the years of the life of Sarah.


Now it requires a little addition and logic to figure this out.


Sarah was a 127 when she died.  How old was Abraham?  Abraham was 137 years old.  How old was Isaac/  Isaac was 37 years old. When Isaac was offered as a sacrifice how old was he?  He was 37 years old.  He was NOT a little child.  How do we know this? 


Genesis 22.19 -

 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.  And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor;   Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,  And Kesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.  And Bethuel fathered Rebekah;


And it came to pass after these things...,i.e after Isaac was offered as a sacrifice...



Again Abraham is 137.  Isaac is 37.  Rebekah is just born. Three years later Isaac marries Rebekah when she is only 3 years old.  To Young? Think about the age Jacob's sons watched his flocks.  How old were they? Jacob worked for seven years, Genesis 29.20. He married Leah, Genesis 29.21-27. The following week he married Rachel.  He fathered 11 sons and 1 daughter during his second seven years. His oldest son Reuvein was only six years old when he guarded his family flocks... 


Genesis 24.67

And Isaac brought her to his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.


Genesis 25.20

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah for his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-Aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.


Genesis 25.24 - 26

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.  And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.   And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.


Isaac was 60 and his wife, Rebekah was 23. 


We return to the point Abraham made with his Chief Servant. Do not take a wife for my son from  the daughters of the Canaanites..


We have several points. 

1. Isaac was 37 years old. Why did he not seek his own wife? Why did he submit to his father and to his father's servant to find him a wife?


Abraham was old and wise and blessed.  


Notice how Abraham approached the subject.  Abraham knew who he absolutely did not want for a daughter - in - law. We learn that it is fine to make a distinction for our children with regards to marriage.  It is OK to discriminate in marriage. The sanctified discriminate. When we fail to discriminate we open ourselves up for problems as I have done. The Wrong Marriage Partner can ruin you, Kaw Naw Nah Haw Raw.


Age should not be an issue in marriage.  Finding the right marriage partner should.


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Zerah Torah Parshat

Ki Tisa

Exodus 30. - 34.35


More On The Atonement Pledge


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk, Mrs Martha Reynolds and Gary Lee ben 

Ethel Channah, and Donald Wayne ben Ethel Channah  and Stephen ben Martha may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.


More than twenty years ago I returned to Judaism. Returning for me was not like an on and off switch. It wasn't like today Today, I believe like Christians and tomorrow I believe like Jews.  There was some transition time between what I used to believe and what Ha Torah Teaches.  There we were some amazing minutes during this transition. There were some real strong struggles. I was taught that only Jesus could save one's soul. I believed this with all my heart for 39 years. I attended Bible College and then Seminary.  Christian teachings were rooted deeply within me.  Some of those teaching aligned with Ha Torah Teaches and other did not agree. In Parshat Ki Tisa we learn that MONEY provides an atonement. Can you imagine what a shock that was to me? 


If one has been taught all their life that only Jesus blood can atone for sin then they read Exodus 30.12 there is a collision. For me it was actually a relief.  It was so pleasing to learn an old Teaching. It was new to me, yet, it was an old teaching. Jesus and Christianity and all their doctrines did not come around for  another  thousand years.


One has to wonder how did this doctrine about Jesus mislead so many. Christians have been taught that Jews are blind. They believe God has blinded our eyes as to who Jesus is. Actually that is not true at all. Christians don't spend much  time studying the Christian Writings. If they did they would be asking their Teacher and Pastors a lot of challenging questions.  I was there. I know what goes on. I lived in that shallow life style. However, back then when I was in transition it was difficult. I couldn't see the shallowness of Christianity and the lack of real thinkers. Try talking to Christians about logic. Logic is reasoning conducted or assessed according to strict principles of validity. Logic is a system of codified principles.


Let me provide just one example. I discuss this in several books, PASSOVER - Jesus Last 6 Days On Earth and A Sincere Journey Ends Without JESUS.  These books are available through http://www.bnti.us/books.html  - I discuss In Matthew 12:40.  http://www.bnti.us/books.html


The Writer Matthew quotes Jesus as saying,


'For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.'  


Now, we really don't know if Jesus said this or not. Matthew says Jesus said this. Yet, the point is, that Christians don't understand the implications of this quote!!  Has anyone stopped to add up what three days and three nights  equal? What is 3 times 24?  Can Christians add?  When did Jesus die?  How do you get three full days and three full nights and 72 hours from late Friday to just before sunrise on Sunday? IT DOES NOT WORK... Christians don't care.  They believe.  Christians accept what they read is true. It does not matter that there are not three full days and three full nights between Friday evening and early Sunday morning.  They believe that even though there is only one day it's actually three. They believe that even though there are only two nights it's actually three nights.  Christians say they have the truth. WHAT IS TRUTHFUL ABOUT THIS?  Christians say Jews are blind. Who is looking the other way here?  This is NOT close!! Christians can believe all they want that 36 hours equals 72 hours but we know differently.  There are so many places where Christians are so very shallow... so empty... so clueless... I WAS THERE! I was empty!  I was shallow!  I was Clueless!


So Dear Reader when I read money was an atonement pledge, this was news to me.  This was like fresh vegetables right out of the garden.  I discuss the atonement pledge in my book Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah in EXODUS on page 113. 


Exodus 30:12

כִּי תִשָּׂא אֶת־רֹאשׁ בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל 

לִפְקֻדֵיהֶם וְנָתְנוּ אִישׁ כֹּפֶר נַפְשׁוֹ

 לַיהוָֹה בִּפְקֹד אֹתָם וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה

 בָהֶם נֶגֶף בִּפְקֹד אֹתָם:  11יג


Exodus 30:12

Take a head count of everything from Aleph to Tav of B'nei Israel to determine the amount each man shall give as an atonement pledge  for his soul to The Lord when you count them and as a result there will be no plague among them when you count them.


We want to center on the Words אִישׁ כֹּפֶר Eesh Coh Fehr, meaning Man's Atonement Pledge.  Man's Atonement Pledge is represented by a half shekel coin for each man above the age of twenty.   Each man brought a half shekel as an atonement for his soul.  אִישׁ כֹּפֶר Eesh Coh Fehr, is the Gematria of 611.  The Gematria for תּוֹרָה Torah / Law, meaning the 613 Commands of Ha Torah of the Law is also 611.  This tells us that obeying, i.e. Observing the 613 Commands of Ha Torah is and atonement for our soul. 


May our learning be expanded,


Blessings, Love and peace.


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




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The Biblical Historical Calendar Book focuses on the History of the Bible and the beauty of nature. There is a great deal to learn about the Bible's Calendar while at the same time enjoying some breath taking wildlife photographs. My goal is to provide the reader with interesting information about the measurement of time in the Bible and more than a dozen photographs from my prized nature and wildlife photograph collection. Many will wonder how i got within just a few feet of most of these wild animals.


The Biblical Historical Calendar Book will open the doors to many special journeys in time. The reader will walk in the paths of Noah, Abraham and Moses. Readers will learn how today's calendar is much different from the Biblical Calendar. We will learn why the calendar was changed and how that has impacted us.


We will take an adventure with Noah on the ark. We will follow the Children of Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai where The Lord Gave us the Commandments. This is a book that every household can and will enjoy for years to come. I invite you to make an investment that will pay dividends the rest of your life. The Biblical Historical Calendar Book is a precious tool that offers each of us many dates of spirituality and celebration. I wish you much pleasure and enjoyment as you travel through the history of the Bible.


A word about my Biblical Historical Calendar. It is different from my Biblical Historical Calendar Book. The Calendar months and pictures are the same. The Biblical Historical Calendar covers many goals for all walks of life. My calender is a religious / Biblical calendar and a compilation of many prized wild life photographs including trophy Mule Deer, Elk, Rocky Mountain Goats, Coyotes and Foxes and beautiful birds.


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My Biblical Historical Calendar is different from my Biblical Historical Calendar Book. The Calendar months and pictures are the same. The Biblical Historical Calendar covers many goals for all walks of life. My calender is a religious / Biblical calendar and a compilation of many prized wild life photographs including trophy Mule Deer, Elk, Rocky Mountain Goats, Coyotes and Foxes and beautiful birds. 

The Biblical Historical Calendar Book focuses on the History of the Bible and the beauty of nature. There is a great deal to learn about the Bible's Calendar while at the same time enjoying some breath taking wildlife photographs. My goal is to this Biblical Historical Calendar for those who are already acquainted with the material in the book. While the Biblical Historical Calendar does provide the reader with interesting information it only goes so far. The Biblical Historical Calendar Book goes much futher. We discuss the measurement of time in the Bible while enjoying more than a dozen photographs from my prized nature and wildlife photograph collection. 

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Bereisheit Bereisheit

Genesis 1.1 - 6.8

The Light Of The Torah


A Taste Of Torah

Weekly VIDEO Gematria Parshat


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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There are three Torah Revelations we want to discuss.


First, is the Gematria of Eht Haw Ohr אֶת־הָאוֹר

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


There are 613 Observances written within The Five Books of Moshe, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These Observances were at that time Given to all. 2448 years later the 613 Observances of Ha Torah were separated from the people of the world, i.e. the B'nai Noach for The People of Israel Bnei Yisroel to follow. How do we know this?


The Lord God Gave the revelation on Day One when He Said, 'Let My Light be Revealed'.


Bereisheit 1.1 - 4

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:

  וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם:  

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר ד

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְה 

וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי־עֶרֶב וַיְהִי־בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד: פ  ו 

Genesis 1.1 - 4 

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And a wind from God moved upon the face of the waters. 3  And God said, Let there be light; [Let My Light Be Revealed] and there was light. 4  And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5  And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. 


Second is the Word Eht אֵת At B'nai Noach Torah Institute we define Eht to mean 'Everything from the First Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The א Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The ת Tav. Why do we do this?


The First usage of Eth was  אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם  eth Ha Shaw Mah Yeem meaning 'Everything from the First Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The א Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The ת Tav.  This is all inclusive. Everything in the Heavens was Created by God. The Second usage is וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ Vih Ayt  Haw Aw Rehtz meaning 'And 'Everything from the First Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The א Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The ת Tav of the earth. This is also inclusive. Everything on earth was Created by God. 


Third is Revelation is יוֹם אֶחָד Day One.  The original language does NOT Say The first day. Ha Torah Says Day One.  Day One has no beginning because it represents The Creator who is without beginning or end.   


Bereisheit Bereisheit

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A Taste Of Torah Bereisheit Bereisheit 5774


Bereisheit 1.1-4


A Taste Of Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



Ha Torah


The Creator's Revealed Light


Bereisheit 1.1-4

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ: וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם: וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר: וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ1:1


Genesis 1.1-4

In the beginning God Created everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the Heavens and everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And a wind from God Moved upon the face of the waters. And God Said, Let [My] Light; [be revealed] and there was Light. And God Saw the Light, that it was good; and God divided the Light from the Darkness.


This is the first four Verses of Ha Torah.


The Jewish understanding of the Ten Utterances in Creation mentioned in Pirkei Avot 5.1.


1. In the Beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth. In other Words:


God Said, Let there be Heavens and Earth, - Genesis 1.1.


2. The Ruach... The Spirit of God hovered on the face of the waters. In other Words:


God Said... God Spoke... God Breathed and the waters moved, - Genesis 1.2.


3. God Said, Let My Light be Revealed and there was the Light [of the Torah... the 613 Commands of the Torah], Genesis 1.3. In the Original Text the Words אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht - Ha - Ohr have a very strong mystically meaning. 'this includes everything from the first Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Tav of the REVEALED Light. The Light... the Illumination came from God. It is true that the Light the Illumination are Words. However these Words of Illumination are written. They are the 613 Commands written in the Torah. The Original language is Mystical in that each Letter has a numerical value. The Numerical value for Eht - Ha Ohr is 613. The 613 is representative of the 613 Commands God wrote in Ha Torah. They have nothing to do with Jesus.


The enlightenment we receive flows from The Torah. We talk about the order of the Letter and how they point to God as First and only source of enlightenment.


We explain that the Words אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Ha Ohr mean more than everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav. They speak of the method by which God Revealed His Light through the Torah. Eht Ha Ohr is the Gematria of 613. In The Torah God Reveals 613 Commands that all Creation is to follow. The textbook discusses this in greater detail. All the Bible flows from the 613 Commands of the Torah. Nothing exists without The Torah. The 613 Commands tells us what God Wants from us. They tell us what our Creator Expects.


אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת 400 ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


616 Mitzvot


We examine the relationship of The Torah and the number 613. We discover that the 'Light', written of in Genesis 1.1-4 is the Revelation of God as disseminated through 613 Commands. It is not the sun or the moon which were created on day four. We learn that the 613 Commands flow out from the Words God Spoke, 'Let My Light Be Revealed.' We learn of the great importance of the 613 Commands for each of us.


Some Commands are just for B'nei Yisroel / The Children of Israel. Other Commands are for every humans on this earth. Come Commands are just for women. Some Commands are just for men. Some Commands are for the Kohan Gadol / the High Priest. Some Commands are for Commands are for just the Priests. Some Commands are just for the Levites. Some Commands are for just farmers. Some Commands are just for children. The point is there are 613 Revelations of G-d's Light to us. No one Observes all 613 Commands. Yet each of us are suppose to Observe some of our Creator's Commands.


All that we have flows from the light we have received.


We view the Commands differently based upon our revelation. That is O. K. None of us has the golden key that unlocks the complete intent for each Command from our Creator. G-d Willing we go forward with this understanding.


א ת Eht means Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of הָאוֹר the Revelation of Light. I discuss this in more length in Chapter One of my book entitled: Mysterious Signs OF THE TORAH IN GENESIS.



Bereisheit Noach


Video Course: A Taste Of Torah Bereisheit Noach 5774


Bereisheit 6.9 - 11.38


A Taste Of Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



What Is It Like To Be Perfect?


Bereisheit 6.9

אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ־נֹחַ1:1


Genesis 6.9

These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked [in every way] from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav with God.


The word תָּמִים Taw Meem means to be whole hearted without blemish. The Bible Says Noach was Perfect in his generation. To me this means Noach was without flaw. There are some that Teach Noach was only perfect because his generation was so evil. In other words Noach was a conditional type of perfection. He wasn't really entirely perfect. I do not believe this. Ha Torah Says Noach was perfect. The Mysticism of perfection is great. The Gematria is 490.


תָּמִים

Taw Meem

Perfect

ת400 מ40 י10 ם40 = 490


I discuss Noach perfection in my new book entitles Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, Gematria And Mysticism IN GENESIS Book 2 Chapters 11- 20 (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2013)



There is another Gematria that I find most interesting. It is for the Word סלת So Lewht meaning 'Fine Flour'. What could Noach and fine flour have in common? The very first time the Word סלת So Lewht is mentioned in Ha Torah is in Genesis 18.6.


Bereisheit 18.3-8

וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנָי אִם־נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ אַל־נָא תַעֲבֹר מֵעַל עַבְדֶּךָ: יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ: וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ: וַיְמַהֵר אַבְרָהָם הָאֹהֱלָה אֶל־שָׂרָה וַיֹּאמֶר מַהֲרִי שְׁלֹשׁ סְאִים קֶמַח סֹלֶת לוּשִׁי וַעֲשִׂי עֻגוֹת: וְאֶל־הַבָּקָר רָץ אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח בֶּן־בָּקָר רַךְ וָטוֹב וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־הַנַּעַר וַיְמַהֵר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֹתוֹ: וַיִּקַּח חֶמְאָה וְחָלָב וּבֶן־הַבָּקָר אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וַיִּתֵּן לִפְנֵיהֶם וְהוּא עֹמֵד עֲלֵיהֶם תַּחַת הָעֵץ וַיֹּאכֵלוּ1:1

Genesis 18.3-8

And said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, pass not away, I beseech you, from your servant; Let a little water, I beseech you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree; And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and you comfort your hearts; after that you shall pass on; seeing that you are come to your servant. And they said, So do, as you have said. And Abraham hurried to the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine flour, knead it, and make cakes. And Abraham ran to the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and gave it to a young man; and he hurried to prepare it. And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they ate.

Our Sages Teach the Words לוּשִׁי וַעֲשִׂי עֻגוֹת

meaning Kneed and make cakes actually mean to make Matzot. How do we know this?


Shemot 12.39

וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת־הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם עֻגֹת מַצּוֹת כִּי לֹא חָמֵץ כִּי־גֹרְשׁוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לְהִתְמַהְמֵהַּ וְגַם־צֵדָה לֹא־עָשׂוּ לָהֶם1:1



Exodus 12.39

And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not remain, neither had they prepared for themselves any provision.


We also know that very evening Lot prepared Matzo for his guests.See Genes 19.3 What is the point? Matzo is bread without leavening. It is bread of the Holy Temple. It is without sin. Mystically we see that Noach was without sin.


סֹלֶת

Soh Leht

Unleavened Cakes

ס60 ל30 ת400 = 490


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Bereisheit Noach

Bereisheit Noach 6.1 - 11.32


A Taste Of Torah - Parshat

Video Course: A Taste Of Torah Bereisheit Noach



The Bridge Of Righteousnessss


This year our goal is to use several of my study books to help guide this class. The Study books can be ordered on the internet at:   http://www.bnti.us/books.html


There is one Torah Revelations we want to discuss.


The Gematria of הַתֵּבָה of Hah Tay Vah is 412. This is the same Gematria as בֵּית Bay תeet meaning house.


Bereisheit 7.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה לְנֹחַ בֹּא־אַתָּה וְכָל־בֵּיתְךָ אֶל־הַתֵּבָה כִּי־אֹתְךָ רָאִיתִי צַדִּיק לְפָנַי בַּדּוֹר הַזֶּה:

Genesis 7.1

And He HaShem  / The Lord Said to Noach you go and your household into the Tava / Ark for I have seen you are righteous before me in this generation.


 הַתֵּבָה 

Hah Tay Vah

ה5 ת400 ב2 ה5 = 412


 בֵּית

ּBay Yeet ? House

ב2 י10 ת400 = 412


When we examine the Word צַדִּיק Tzah Deek meaning Righteous the Gematria is 204. Noach was Righteous.  and Noach was Righteous in his generation.  The Word דֹּר Dohr meaning Generation is also the Gematria of 204. Sometimes the Letter ו Vav is between the Letter ד Dalet and ר Reish. When this happens the Gematria is 210.


Mystically we see the world continuing on because of eight Noachides. Noach was Righteous and because he was Righteous His family was chosen to carry Righteousness into the next world and into the next generation.  When I read the Words Saying that Noach was Righteous before Me in his generation. Mystically we Observe that Noach was righteous everyday before The Lord. Noach was Righteous all seven days of the week. Noach was Righteous on Day Seven. We MUST REMEMBER that we are always before The Lord. Everything w do is before The Lord. The difference between Noach and many of us is Noach lived like everything he did was before The Lord.  To much emphasis is placed on 'In This generation'. More emphasis should be placed on 'Noach was Righteous Before Me צַדִּיק לְפָנַי everyday of the week, i.e all seven days. Mystically we Observe that בְּשֶׁבַע Bih Shaw Vah means with seven or through seven or in seven.  


 צַדִּיק לְפָנַי 

Tzah Deen Lih Faw Nai / Righteous Before [The Lord]

צ90 ד4 י10 ק100   ל30 פ80 נ50 י10 = 374


בְּשֶׁבַע

Bih Shaw Vah / With Seven or Through Seven or In Seven

ב2 ש300 ב2 ע70 = 374


Serving The Lord is 24 / 7.


The Revealed Light

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A Taste Of Torah - Bereisheit Limood

Bereisheit 1.1 - 31 

LIMOOD VIDEO


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The Revealed Light

 אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


There are 613 Observances written within The Five Books of Moshe, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. These Observances were at that time Given to all. 2448 years later the 613 Observances of Ha Torah were separated from the people of the world, i.e. the B'nai Noach for The People of Israel Bnei Yisroel to follow. How do we know this? 


The Lord God Gave the revelation on Day One when He Said, 'Let My Light be Revealed'. At that time His Revelation was to all creation. In next week's Bereisheit Limood we will learn how Observances of Ha Torah were Given.


Bereisheit 1.1 - 4

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:

  וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחשֶׁךְ עַל־פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל־פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם:  

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר:  ד

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ:  ה 

וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי־עֶרֶב וַיְהִי־בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד: פ  ו 

Genesis 1.1 - 4 

In the beginning God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the heaven and everything from Aleph to Tav of the earth. 2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And The spirit from God Moved upon the face of the waters. 3  And God Said, Let everything from Aleph to Tav of My Light Be Revealed] and there was light. 4  And God Saw the light, that it was good; and God Divided the light from the darkness. 5  And God Called the light Yom / Day, [56 / 616] and the darkness He Called Law Yih Lah Night, [75] And there was evening and there was morning, One Day. 


One cannot pretend to know the first five Verses of Ha Torah.  An unknown amount of time is represented here. 


1.) We know that The Creator Revealed everything of His Light and of His Darkness. All Revelation is contained in Ha Torah, i.e. The 613 Observances of Ha Torah.


2. Originally the Light of His Revelation was a mixture of Day Revelations and Night Revelations. 

 

3. The Creator divided the Day Revelations to one location and the Night  Revelations to another location. He divided His Revelation so that Creation would understand the mental / Spiritual difference between Yom / Day Revelation and Law Yih Law / Night Revelation. If you will our Creator organized His Revelation for us. 


4. Even though our Creator divided His Revelation they are all a part of His Revelation. Day Revelations and Night Revelations together are One Revelation. I am saying that at that time  the Day Revelation was like the Light of our daytime and the Night Revelation was like the night of our nighttime.  The Presence of Light existed in the form of God's Revelation and the Presence of Darkness existed in the form of God's Revelation even though there was no sun, moon or stars.  All order and all Creation was established in the Spirit Mind of God. Creation established the Will of the Spirit Mind of God.


Considering thoughts like these can be frightening.  We have just tasted a  smidgen of the unknown.  The above discussion regarding the Revelation of God happened on Day One. The Creation of the sun, moon and stars and daylight and night happened on the Fourth Day. Please note that as we discussed the Revelation of God the Word Create or formed or fashioned does not occur because God's Revelation already existed.


Genesis 1.14 - 19

And God Said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years; And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth; and it was so. And God made everything from Aleph to Tav of two great lights; Everything from Aleph to Tav of the large light to rule the day, and everything from Aleph to Tav of the small light to rule the night; and He Made everything from Aleph to Tav of the stars.  And God Set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God Saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 


The Word Eht אֵת 

At B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we define Eht to mean 'Everything from the First Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The א Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The ת Tav. Why do we do this? We define אֵת as above. When interpreting The Bible there Hermeneutical Rules. These are rules which scholars follow to interpret The Bible. One Hermeneutical Rule requires us to examine the very first usage of the Word in The Bible. It is also good yo examine the second and third usages of the text in question to see if a patter forms. 


First usage is: אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם  - We believe God Created everything in the Heavens.  So with or without the את we believe this. Yet, the Word את is there for a reason. We at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC  Teach the reason for the את is to say 'Everything from the First Letter of the Aleph Bet, The א Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet,  The ת Tav. Nothing is excluded! 


Second usage is: וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ - We believe God Created everything in the Earth.  So with or without the את we believe this. Yet, the Word את is there for a reason. Again, we at B'nai Noach Torah Institute Teach the reason for the את is to say 'Everything from the First Letter of the Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of The Aleph Bet,  The ת Tav. Nothing is excluded!


So we translate 'In the Beginning God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heavens and Everything from Aleph to Tav of the Earth...'


Third usage is אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Ha Orh, i.e Everything from aleph to Tav of His Revelation. In addition to the first three usages is references for additional discussion.


The Bahir

Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 pp 108, 109


Bereishis Vol. I(b)

Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989)

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A Taste Of Torah - Parshat - 5775

Bereisheit Lech Lecha 12.1 - 17.27


Watch Course Video

How are we Influenced By The Letter כ ך Chof ?


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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The normal Letter כ  Chof looks like a reversed letter c in English. The Final Letter Chof looks like and upside down capital letter L from English.  The Gematria of Chof is 20. When the Letter Chof is at the end of a Word the Gematria maybe either 20 or 500. 


Bereisheit 12.1 - 

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ:  ב 

Genesis 12.1

And He, The Lord Said to Avram, Go! Get Out! from your land and from your relatives and from your Father's House to go to the Land that I will show you. 


This is like saying 'Go to a land that I will show you and Get away from your land and from your relatives and from your Father's House.  This was a Message to Avram and to Sarai. 


Genesis 11.26

And Terah lived seventy years, and fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran.


It would appear like Abram, Nahor, and Haran were triplets. We know Avram was born in 1948 F. C. [From Creation].  Our Sages Teach Avram left Charan for the first time at the age of 70. Genesis 15 took place when Avraham was 70 years old.  Five years later Avram left Charan the second time at the age of 75. This means when Avram left Charan at the age of 75 his Father would have been 145 years of age. So when Ha Torah Says Terach died at the age of 205 this would have been 60 years from When Avraham left his land, his relatives and his Father's house.


Genesis 11.32

And the days of Terach were two hundred and five years; and Terach died in Haran.


Genesis 12.4

So Abram departed, as the Lord Had [Previously] spoken to him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy five years old when he departed from Charan.


Terach lived 60 years after Avram departed Charan. Yet, at the time Avram left his Father it was like he was a dead man. This is the message we are given when Ha Torah says Terach lived to 205 years then died. Yet, we know In Genesis 15 Avram received a prophecy that when he would live to advanced in years and then he would go to be with his Fathers. Our Sages Say this included Terach who use to be an Idol maker. Terach repented before his death The Letter כ Chof had the power to reverse Terach life style. 


Genesis 15.15

And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.


We Mystically Observe the influence of the Chof in the following three Words.

ך = 20

מֵאַרְצְךָ 

ך = 20

וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ

ך = 20

וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ

60



The Word הַהֹלֵךְ Ha Hoh Laych means 'To Go' The Gematria is 60. In addition we know this is in relationship to Avram beause Genesis 13.5 Says.


הַהֹלֵךְ

Ha Hoh Laych / To Go

ה5 ה5 ל30 ך20 = 60


Bereisheit 13.5

וְגַם־לְלוֹט הַהֹלֵךְ אֶת־אַבְרָם הָיָה צֹאן־וּבָקָר וְאֹהָלִים:  ו 

Genesis 13.5

And Lot also, went to go with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.


לְלוֹט

Lih Loht / To Lot or Also Lot

ל30 ל30 ו6 ט9 = 75


75 is the age Avram left Charan.


Mystically we see many interesting nuggets. We Observe that the Letter Chof would change Avram. In Avot, i.e. Ethics of our Fathers we read, Rav Yehudah Said, Be careful in study for an error in study amounts to presumption. Rav Shimon Said, there are three Crowns. There is the Crown of Ha Torah, the Crown of the Priesthood and the crown of Royalty. However the Crown of a good name excels them all, Avot 4.13.


Genesis 12.2

And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing;


We know The Lord God Changed Avram's name in Genesis 17.


Genesis 17.5-7

Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I Made you. And I Will Make you exceedingly fruitful, and I Will Make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you. And I Will Establish My Covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you.


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A Taste Of Torah - Bereisheit Limood

Bereisheit 2.1 - 25 


Watch Course VideoThe First Observance


This year our goal is to use several of my study books to help guide this class. The Study books can be ordered on the internet at:   

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We begin on page 35.


The First Observance

Within The Ha Torah there are 613 Mitzvot / Observances. Last week in Chapter 1 we discussed the 613 Mitzvot. Let's review briefly. Notice the Words  אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Haw Ohr meaning 'My Revealed Light'. The Gematria is 613.


 אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


Of the 613 Mitzvot Some of the Observances are only for The High Priest. Some of the Observances are for Priests, i.e. the sons of Aharon.  Some of the Observances are only for The Levites.  Some of the Observances are only for the farmers and the property owners.  Some of the Observances are only for men. Some of the Observances are only for women. Some of the Observances are only for hunters.  Some of the Observances are only for animals, birds, fish, trees and plants.  Some of the Observances are only for giving Offerings.  Some of the Observances are only for the Holy Temple. Some of the Observances are only for The Land Of Israel.  Some of the Observances are for those who are not Jewish. Regardless, these 613 Observances were given to guide and direct our lives.


Originally the Creator Gave just one Observance to Adam and Eve. Do you know which Observance it was?  Do not steal! Our Creator Said to Adam and Eve, 


Genesis 2.16

And the Lord God Commanded Ha Adam / Eve, Saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.


Our Creator did not lay a heavy burden on Adam or Eve. Our Creator Gave them one observance. The observance was a prohibition, i.e. The Creator Said, Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil belongs to me. It does not belong to you. It is forbidden to you.  This is how we train our children. We give them one important responsibility. Then we watch to see how they perform.  Our hope is that they will perform well and that we will be able to give them additional responsibilities as they mature.


Human kind had not sinned prior to stealing from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet, even though Adam and Chavah sinned all was not lost. Chapter 1 concludes with a very important comment from the Lord God, after creation was concluded and after Adam and Eve sinned. The Creator Said, Behold it was very good.


Genesis 1.31

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.


How could the Creator say this?  Our Sages Teach that seven things were created before the world. They are: The Torah, Repentance, the Garden of Eden, Gehenna, the Throne of Glory, the Temple, and the name of the Messiah, Nedarim 39b.  This means that both Adam and Chavah did 

teshuvah, i.e. they acknowledged their sin, they turned away from their sin, they made a plan to not repeat their sin, they reversed their sinful action and they offered restitution. This is how the Lord God could say, 'Behold, it was very good.' God Willing in the following Chapter we will discuss How One Receives Forgiveness for Sin.


In Chapter 2 we learn that embedded in Genesis 2.16 are Seven Observances The Creator Gave for every Human to follow.  One may ponder, where are these observances? I can understand questions like these. Are Sages Teach that the Lord God Created this world with Ten Utterances. Can you imagine, everything being created in our entire universe  from just Ten utterances?  It is possible to ask the same question when reading Genesis Chapter 2.16. We are very big on keywords. These are words that are very very important. In Genesis Chapter 2.16 there is a keyword which is like the door to a very large research.


Bereisheit 2.16

וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל:


Genesis 2.16

And He, The Lord God Commanded, to Haw Adam meaning both Adam and Chavah...


This is the first time in the Bible that we read the word Vah Yih Tzvah, וַיְצַו meaning 'To Command'. It is at this place and location that our Creator Games Seven Laws to all humanity.  We know this because of the Word צַו.  Humankind violated the Seven Laws often. So when we as a people cannot Observe 1 Command as in Adam and Chavah or Seven Commands as in the descendants of Cain and the people of the flood age how could our Creator Share all 613 Observances? Then came Noach a perfect man in his generation, his son Shem and his great great grandson Eiver.  Shem and his great Grandson formed the first Torah Academy, i.e. The School of Shem and Eiver. They taught Ha Torah to Avraham / Abraham, Yitzchok / Isaac and Yaakov / Jacob. Their descendants would receive Ha Torah in 2,448 on Mount Sinai. How do we know this? The Gematria of וַיְצַו  is 112. This is the same Gematria number of בָּעָם Baw Awm meaning The People of Israel. וַיְצַו Vah Yih Tzvah is the first usage of the Word Command.  בָּעָם Baw Awm is the first usage. 


 וַיְצַו 

Vah Yih Tzvah / And the Command

ו6 י10 צ90 ו6 = 112


 בָּעָם 

Baw Awm / 

Through the People / by The People / With The People

ב2 ע70 ם40 = 112




A Taste Of Torah - Bereisheit Limood

Bereisheit 3.1 - 24 

LIMOOD VIDEO


This year our goal is to use several of my study books to help guide this class. The Study books can be ordered on the internet at:   

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We begin on page 35.


Individual and Group Accountability


We will try to review four areas that we discuss in Genesis 3.


First  is a discussion on  who the serpent was and does the serpent pose danger today as then?  We discuss why the serpent was NOT Suton / Satan, i.e. the devil. We discuss the role the Creator has mapped out for Suton.


Bereisheit 3.1

 וְהַנָּחָשׁ הָיָה עָרוּם מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אַף כִּי־אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן:  ב


Genesis 3.1

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made... And he said to the woman, Has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


Let's compare  עָרוּם the word subtil... clever to עֲרוּמִּים naked. The plural for  subtil... clever... is עֲרוּמִּים which is also the spelling for naked. STOP! Who was naked? They were both naked. What is the point? עֲרוּמִּים naked is plural for  עָרוּם subtil... clever... 


Bereisheit 2.25

 וַיִּהְיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם עֲרוּמִּים הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְלֹא יִתְבּשָׁשׁוּ:


Genesis 2.25

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


The point is that they were naked... they were exposed... they were uncovered... Yet could they have been subtle... clever... shrewd... crafty...prudent... deliberate... foxy...?



Second is a discussion on accountability. Who is accountable for taking the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?  

Is the Serpent responsible? 

Is Eve / Chavah responsible?

Is Adam responsible?

Are all responsible?


Adam was present for the entire conversation.


Bereisheit 3.1-5

וְהַנָּחָשׁ הָיָה עָרוּם מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אַף כִּי־אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן:  ב וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה אֶל־הַנָּחָשׁ מִפְּרִי עֵץ־הַגָּן נֹאכֵל:  ג וּמִפְּרִי הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ־הַגָּן אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִמֶּנּוּ וְלֹא תִגְּעוּ בּוֹ פֶּן תְּמֻתוּן:  ד וַיֹּאמֶר הַנָּחָשׁ אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה לֹא־מוֹת תְּמֻתוּן:  ה כִּי יֹדֵעַ אֱלֹהִים כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְכֶם מִמֶּנּוּ וְנִפְקְחוּ עֵינֵיכֶם וִהְיִיתֶם כֵּאלֹהִים יֹדְעֵי טוֹב וָרָע:  ו 


Genesis 3.1-5

 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman [WIFE], Has God Said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, surely you shall not die; For God knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 


Should we consider the serpents choice and number of Words? YES! Why? Nothing is by chance. The serpent was subtle... clever... shrewd... crafty...prudent... deliberate... foxy...? The number of Words are highlighted in Yellow. The serpent spoke 26 Words to the Wife of Adam. The Gematria of Yud Kay Vav Kay. This is the Gematria of the Holy Name of the Lord.  


י ה ו ה


י10  -  ה5  -  ו6  -  ה5  = 26

Chavah did not stop the conversation with the serpent.  Chavah did not use her authority over the serpent. Chavah listened. Chavah reasoned. Chavah did not consult with her husband.


Genesis 3.6

And when the woman [WIFE] saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her; and he ate. 


1. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food...

2. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was pleasant to the eyes

3. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a tree to be desired to make one wise,


Adam did not stop the conversation. Adam did not intervene. Adam did not use his authority over the serpent. Adam listened. Adam watched. Adam did not consult with his wife nor advise her. 'Chavah took, i.e. she stole of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her; and he ate. 


Each are individually responsible and each are responsible as a group. Ha Torah is Teaching individual responsibility and group responsibility it this life story.


This should raise many questions about human and group behavior. Should Adam her husband spoke up? Should he have intervened? Should he have done something? Ha Torah does not say, Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food... or that  Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was pleasant to the eyes or that Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a tree to be desired to make one wise.  Adam was standing right there with Chavah. Chavah's eyes were opened first. She realized that she was naked first. Yet, Chavah gave to Adam and he ate of the forbidden fruit. He ate of the stolen fruit. 


Dear one, this is exactly how each of us are. We know better. We know what we should be doing. We know that what we are about to do is wrong yet, we do it anyway... 


Third we discuss clothing.

There is NO PLACE in The Bible that says The Lord God sacrificed animals to cover Adam and Chavah. The Bible does not say anything about the Lord God shedding the blood of any animal. 'The Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them.'  The Lord God took the skin of the serpent and combined that with the wool of sheep and goats to provide coats for Adam and Chavah.   עוֹר Ohr means skin.



Bereisheit 3.21

 וַיַּעַשׂ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים לְאָדָם וּלְאִשְׁתּוֹ כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר וַיַּלְבִּשֵׁם: פ 


Genesis 3.21

For Adam and for his wife the Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them. 


In Chapter 1 we learned about אֶת־הָאוֹר 'The Lord's Revealed light through the 613 Observances of Ha Torah. We discussed the Word אוֹר Ohr meaning Light. When Adam and Chavah sinned their Glorious Shekinah which covered them departed. leaving them unclothed... The aura... the light... the shekinah they once enjoyed was now gone. In place of the Ohr / Light the Lord God made coats of עוֹר skins, and clothed them. 


Our Sages Teach that one may interchange the Letters א Aleph and ע Ayin. When we interchange the Letter Aleph for Ayin in  אוֹר Ohr meaning Light it becomes  עוֹר skins. The Gematria changes from 207 to 276. The difference between them is 69. אוֹר Ohr is a Spiritual cover.  עוֹר Ohr is a skin covering. אוֹר Ohr represents a nearness to The Lord. עוֹר Ohr represents a greater distance from The Lord God. This is the result of our parents sin. סוּג Soog means to withdraw, to retreat, to move back, to recede. The Gematria of   סוּג Soog is 69.


 סוּג

Soog / withdraw, to retreat, to move back,

ס60 ו6 ג3 = 69



How Did Avram Pray?

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Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27

A Taste Of Torah


Watch Course Video: No 3 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


How Did Avram Pray?


Bereisheit 13.4

אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה שָׁם בָּרִאשֹׁנָה וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה


Genesis 13.4

[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram through The Name of The Lord.


Avram is a mystic to us. We follow Avram. We study Avram. A great deal can be learned in doing this. Today we are going to consider how Avram may have called out to The Lord.


The Letter ב Bet in the Word בְּשֵׁם Bih Saym may mean:

in the Name...

with the Name...

through the Name...

There are other possibilities as well.


We are going to consider the possibility of 'through the Name'.


When we look at the Word בְּשֵׁם Bih Saym we understand שֵׁם could be in reference to:

The Holy Name...

A designation for The Holy Name...

A place of the Holy Name...

There are other possibilities as well.


We are going to consider the possibility of 'through a designation of the Holy Name'. In this discussion designation would mean Torah.


What is the Gematria of Torah?

תּוֹרָה

Torah

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 =611


אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה

ָAvram through The Name of The Lord

א1 ב2 ר200 ם = 40 = 243

ב2 ש300 ם40 = 342

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26

611 = 26 + 342 +243


Mystically we see Avram crying out to the Creator through Words of Ha Torah. What Words? Perhaps:


Bereisheit 15.1

אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד: ב


Genesis 15.1

'...Fear not Avram, I am Your Shield, your reward is very great.'


Bereisheit 12.3

וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה: ד


Genesis 12.3

I will bless then that bless you...

Notice the Word תִּירָא the Gematria for תִּירָא is 611 also.


תִּירָא

Fear

ת400 י10 ר200 א 1 = 611


[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram through Words of The Torah of The Lord.


One could say,

[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram in fear [awesome respect] of The Lord.


Mystically there are many possibilities. Yet we see the different ways in which one may call out to The Lord.


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Genesis 18.1 - 22.24

How The Taryag [613] Mitzvot Protect Us


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We have been discussing different applications of  אֶת־הָאוֹר The Light, i.e. the Revelation of The Lord the past three lessons. 


אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת 400     ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


616 Mitzvot


We have examined the relationship of The Torah and the number 613. The number 613 represents the 613 observances given to all humankind originally then in 2448 F.C.  the majority of the 613 Observances were placed upon The People of Israel. Now, chronologically the discussion here in Ha Torah is taking place hundreds of years before the separating of the Mitzvot / Commandments from B'nai Noach to B'nei Yisroel.


In Genesis 1.1 - 4 we discovered that the Light, i.e. The Revelation of God's Will for us preceded the creation of the sun, moon and and stars which were Created on the Fourth Day.  We learn that the 613 Commands of Ha Torah flow out from the Words God Spoke, 'Let My Light Be Revealed.' We learn of the great importance of the 613 Commands for each of us. 


In week three we learned that the Spiritual Light, i.e. The Shekinah covered Adam and Chavah from there creation until there sin. When they sinned the Spiritual Light departed from them. They were uncovered .  They were naked. They needed a covering. The Creator Provided a skin covering for them. The serpent shed his skin. The Creator took the shed skin from the serpent along with goats hair and lamb's wool to fashion coats for our first parents. Spiritual Light is represented by the Letter א Aleph. The Letter אלף Aleph is the first Letter in Name of Godאלהים . and and the first Letter of אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Ha Ohra. Adam and Chavah were created to live forever in Gan Eden but because of there sin they were expelled. The Orah, the Spiritual Light departed our parents. Later the עור orah / the skin of the serpent and the hair from goats and the wool from lambs would be combined to covered their bodies. Notice the עור  orah is spelled beginning with the Letter ע Ayin which has to do with vision, sight, the eyes. Chavah saw that the Tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food... She saw the fruit was pleasant to the eyes and Chavah saw it was a tree to be desired to make one wise.   So to a degree Adam and Chavah sinned because of gazing upon Tree of knowledge of good and evil and because of their disobedience.


All humanity was weakened because of our parents failure. They did not implore the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. Unfortunately they let their guard down.  They allowed themselves to be vulnerable to the craftiness of the serpent. 


They were warned in advance about the serpent when they were placed in Gan Eden.



Bereisheit 2.15

 וַיִּקַּח יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן־עֵדֶן לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ:     טז


Genesis 2.15

And the Lord God took everything from the Aleph to the Tav of them [ha Adam], and put him into the Garden of Eden to guard it and to work it. 


Adam and Chavah had the upper hand.  They were in control. They failed to use the tools given to them by The Lord God. When we sin it is normally the same for us. We did not use all of our resources to defeat the enemy.


Bereisheit 22.1

  וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת־אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי1:1

Genesis 22.1

And it happened after the words, the oath and then God tested everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav of Avraham, and He said to Avraham, and he [Avraham answered], Here I am. 


The fifth, sixth and seventh words equal the Gematria 613.  והאלהים נסה את Vih Haw El-Him - Nee Saw - Eht - Avraham 'And then God tested everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav [of Avraham]. 


This reminds us when we are going through tests to remember to observe the 613 Commands of Ha Torah.  The Mitzvot are our protection. The Observances are our shield. It is difficult to stand when going through tests.  Sometimes it is challenging to observe the 613 Commands of Ha Torah when going through tests. One feels like they need to be protected, like they need to be shielded. Just as sheep are gathered into a corral we need to be gathered into the corral of the Great Shepherd, HaShem.  The boundaries of the fence are the 613 Commands of Ha Torah


613 Mitzvot / Commands of Ha Torah

Vih Haw El-him - Nee Saw - Eht - Avraham

 ו6 ה5 א1 ל30 ה5 י110ם40   נ50 ס60 ה5   א1 ת400  = 613


Protective Fence Pen or Corral

ג3 ד4 ר200 ו6 ת400 =613


Remember Satan's complaint to the Creator with regards to Job.  You have built a hedge... a fence around him...


Job 1.10

You have made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side. You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.


When Adam and Chavah sinned there was a breach in their hedge in their fence.  Ask this question would you rater be tested with in the protection of the fence or outside of the protective fence?


Avraham opened the door for his descendants to receive the 613 Mitzvahs of Torah.  How?  Avraham went on a discovery of God. Avraham trusted God. Avraham was obedient to God.


The Akeidah was to prove that there was strength in the agreement between God and Avraham.   It was to place the agreement between God and Avraham on trial.  Avraham was tested to see if he would obey God's Command.  We are also tested to see if we will obey God's Commands.   Now, we are not commanded to sacrifice our children as Avraham was, Thank God!   Yet we are tested.  When we are tested, our test can reach the same Spiritual places as our Father Avraham. 


Avraham faced his test relying on what God had promised him.  We share in the promises of our father Avraham.  Each generation from Avraham until now shares in the Covenant between God and the People of Israel. Our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren share in our agreement.  Yet like Avraham we must be tested to demonstrate the dedication, honor and strength of our agreement with God. 


So we are going to be tested. The question is do we want to be tested with in the protection of the fence or outside of the protective fence? Will we use the Observances of Ha Torah to help shield us in our times of being tested. Will we use all of our resources to succeed? God Willing!


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Bereisheit Vayera

Genesis 18.1 - 22.24

What Is A Morsel Of Bread?


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A Taste Of Torah


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What is A Morsel Of Bread?


Bereisheit 18.4, 5

יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ:  ה


וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ:  ו



Genesis 18.4, 5

Please! Let me take a little water and wash your feet while you rest beneath the Tree.


And I will take take [for you] A Morsel of bread to sustain your hearts. Afterwards, continue on. However, this is the reason you passed by your  servant. They answered [in unison] Yes! Make like as you said.


This reason? What is for this reason? 


The Angels had a reason to stop and to visit with Avraham. The Hebrew Scriptures Say, 


Isaiah 52.7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace; who brings good news of good, who announces salvation; who says to Zion, Your God Reigns!


Michael announced Sarah's conception. Raphael brought healing for Avraham. Gabriel salvation for Lot His Wife and children. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 628


Were these the only reasons? Rav Chama bar Chanina said, It was the third day since Avram's Brit Melah. It was on the third day our Creator paid a sick call to Avraham. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 172 Is it possible that on the day of Avraham's brit milah that our Creator dispatched the three angels? Perhaps! Is it possible the three Angels were traveling for three days? Perhaps! I don't know! Yet, we know years later B'nei Yisroel would travel three days without Water, Exodus 15.22.   And we know that Water is like Ha Torah. It is from this portion of Ha Torah that we learn we cannot go beyond three days without sharing Ha Torah. Is it possible the Angels stop to give and receive Words of Ha Torah? Yes! How do we know this? The Gematria of  וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

meaning, to take a little water and wash your feet is 613. And we know the Mitzvot of Ha Torah are 613. 


וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

[to take a little water] and wash your feet

ו6 ר200 ח8 צ90 ו6 = 310

ר200 ג3 ל30 י10 כ20 ם40 = 303

613 = 310 + 303


We also know that the Gematria of

פַת־לֶחֶם meaning A morsel of Bread is the Gematria of 558. What did our Creator Say about Bread?


Deuteronomy 8.3

And he humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live. 


פַת־לֶחֶם

Paht Leh Chehm / A morsel of Bread

פ80 ת400   ל30 ח8 ם40 = 558


וּמִצְוֹתָיו

Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv 

and [all] His Commandments

ו6 מ40 צ90 ו6 ת400 י10 ו6 = 558


We Observe that the Gematria of וּמִצְוֹתָיו Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv meaning and [all] His Commandments is 558. Mystically this is reference to a morsel of bread. So by this we understand Mystically  water is like Torah and the Commandments of our Creator, like a morsel of bread. 


Ezekiel 12 Says, '... Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and with anxiety....'


Exodus 1.8 informs us that a new king came into power who did no know Yoseif. In other Words he did not eat the Bread of Mitzvots / Commandments nor drink the Water of Ha Torah... This is what Yoseif did...


Shemot 1.8

וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ עַל־מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדַע אֶת־יוֹסֵף:  ט


Exodus 1.8 

And there arose up a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 


וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ

And there arose up a new king

ו6 י10 ק100 ם40 = 156

מ40 ל30 ך20   ח8 ד4 ש300 = 402

558 = 156 + 402

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Genesis 4.1 - 26

How God Forgives Sin?

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This discussion is predicated upon Genesis 3 discussion about individual and group accountability when Adam and Eve sinned.  Some teach that when Adam Ha Reshon {the first man} and Eve Ha Reshonah {the first lady, Eve} sinned that they brought a blood offering. NOT TRUE! 


G-d Provided a skin covering from the shed serpent's skin and combined the serpent's skin with woven goats hair and woven wool  from lambs to Clothe and provide a covering for Adam and Eve.  The Lord God Did Not Shed blood from animals.   


Animal sacrifices did not begin until after the flood of Noach. For the first 1,647 years prior to the flood animals were not sacrificed. Every being was vegetarian. Taking the life of an animal was forbidden! (Genesis 9.2-5) The Tributes  of Cain and Able in Genesis 4.3 - 5 are often translated 'offerings' yet No animal life was taken. מִנְחָה Mee Nih Chawh is the Word many mistakenly translate as Offering. Yet, Minchah is a Gift a Tribute. The act of taking an animals life was not done during the first 1,648 years. There were no animal offerings and  no animal sacrifices. There were only tributes and gifts.

How do we know Able did not offer a blood sacrifice?  They did not build an altar because they were prohibited from slaughtering animals, (R' Yosief Kimchi; Tur). Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 145


In Genesis 4.3 - 5 many translators incorrectly say they brought an offering to The Lord. Cain and Able brought a Tribute to The Lord. It is for reasons like this that translators MUST be so very careful because one incorrect translation can give the wrong impression!! The jump from Offering to Sacrifice is easy to make. The jump from Tribute to Sacrifice is not. This is how misunderstandings begin. This is how pseudo doctrines begin.


Bereisheit 4.4

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ1:1


Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of rich cream of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his offering;


מִנְחָתוֹ

Mee Nih Chaw Toh / His Offering

מ40 נ50 ח8 ת400 ו6 = 504


לָדַעַת

Law Dah Aht / to know for sure...

Genesis 3.22 - humankind knows for sure the difference between what is right and what is evil...

ל30 ד4 ע70 ת400 = 504


Bereisheit 3.22

וַיֹּאמֶר ׀ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים הֵן הָאָדָם הָיָה כְּאַחַד מִמֶּנּוּ לָדַעַת טוֹב וָרָע וְעַתָּה ׀ פֶּן־יִשְׁלַח יָדוֹ וְלָקַח גַּם מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים וְאָכַל וָחַי לְעֹלָם:  כג 

Genesis 3.22

And the Lord God Said, Behold, the man [meaning Adam and Eve] has become like one of us [meaning other Spiritual Beings having the ability] to know for sure [what is] good and [what is]evil; and now, what if he puts forth his hand, and takes also from the tree of life, and eats, and lives forever; 


As we read Genesis 4. 1-7 please pay careful attention to the highlited Words. 


Bereisheit 4.1 - 7

וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת־חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת־קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת־יְהוָֹה:  ב וַתֹּסֶף לָלֶדֶת אֶת־אָחִיו אֶת־הָבֶל וַיְהִי־הֶבֶל רֹעֵה צֹאן וְקַיִן הָיָה עֹבֵד אֲדָמָה:  ג וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה ד וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ ה וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו:  ו וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־קָיִן לָמָּה חָרָה לָךְ וְלָמָּה נָפְלוּ פָנֶיךָ:  ז הֲלוֹא אִם־תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ: 


Genesis 4.1 - 7

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have acquired a man from the Lord.   And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground a Tribute to the Lord.   And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his Tribute;  But for Cain and for his tribute He did not have respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.  And The Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?  If you improve, you shall be accepted. and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire, and yet you may rule over him. 


Cain, the older brother of Able gave a Tribute of spoiled flax seed to the Creator. It is understandable that Cain's / Cain's Tribute was rejected by the Lord! Cain's Tribute was NOT from the best of his vegetarian produce. Cain's Tribute was not from the first fruits of his vegetarian produce. Cain's offering was NOT rejected because it was vegetarian. It was rejected because of Cain's stubbornness, stinginess and very poor choice for a Tribute to the Creator. 

Able's Tribute was NOT a blood offering!! The Torah portion of the Bible says Able's Tribute was from the very best of his firstborn flocks. Our Sages Teach this means Able brought the finest spun wool. Able brought the finest cream and cheese. Able's Tribute was accepted because of the correct attitude in which he gave his Tribute to The Lord. 

Midrash Tanchumah states,  Cain's offering consisted of poor quality flax seed.  [Cain offered] inferior produce as a sacrifice, taking the best for himself. (Eitz Yosef} Avrohom Davis, Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1 (Monsey, NY Eastern Book Press Inc. 2005) p50


Our attitude of giving to the Lord must be proper

Bereisheit 4.3 

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה1:

Genesis 4.3 

And it happened in the process of many days that he, Cain / Cain brought from the fruit of the ground a Tribute to The Lord. 

Cain brought his Tribute to the Place of the future Altar of the Bet Ha Mikdosh / The Holy Temple. This was the most Holy Place outside Gan Eden. It is the place where our Creator Took from the dust of the ground to form the body of Ha Adam. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash Travel Size (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 2001), p. 39 

Bereisheit 4.4 

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ:

Genesis 4.4 

And Able / Able, He brought from the firstlings / the first born of his sheep and  from the fat [the choice of / the cream from the milk and cheese, and He, The Lord Had Regard to Able and to His Tribute. 

Bereisheit 4.5 

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו1:

Genesis 4.5 

And to Cain's and to his Tribute there was no respect and he, Cain was angry towards [himself], and His face showed great disappointment. 

What is the difference between the Tributes? 

1.) Cain did NOT bring a choice Tribute. 

2.) Cain did NOT bring a Tribute from the first of . מִבְּכֹרוֹת .his crops, i.e 

Think of Cain like this. If a friend were to tailor a shirt for you out of left over scraps it maybe a nice shirt but it came from scraps. No matter how nice our scraps maybe and no matter how beautiful we can transform our scraps the fact remains we do not give our scraps to The Lord the Creator of The Universe as Cain did. Compare the difference. If this taylor went into a fine fabric store and purchased the finest and most costly materials with the intent of using his / her's greatest tailoring skills to design and produce the best possible shirt this would be what Able did and what Cain did NOT do. Now let's put this in perspective a little more. I have heard the stories of many children whose parents took cloth from grain sacks and made them nice clothing. I understand. At that time they could not afford more. This was NOT the situation with Cain. He could have afforded to give the best crop to the Creator but did not. Cain could have prepared and planned his Tribute instead of throwing something together for the Creator of the Universe. Cain was unwilling to give or spend. He was not generous. He was stingy. He was stubborn. He was unwilling to open his hand to the Creator let alone the poor and destitute. If one will not select the best, plan and prepare for the Creator and Judge of the Universe then what will that one do for those who are the least? Cain's lack of generosity was a sin. Cain was disrespectful to the Creator. Cain's gift was garbage. Our Sages Say Cain offered as his Tribute spoiled flax seed. This was a sin! Can we now understand why Cain's offering was rejected? Cain had issues with acknowledging and honoring the Creator. Cain's thoughts and actions were sinful.

Genesis 49.3 

Reuvein /Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength, and my initial vigor, foremost in rank and foremost in power. 

Yaakov described why the firstborn is the choice. The first born is the cream of the crop. So in a similar way we can understand that one of the issues with Cain is he was stingy. He did not want to give the Creator anything of value. He wanted to give the Creator something that he no longer had use for. 

Let's discuss the meaning of what Ha Torah Able brought from the very best of the first born sheep.

Able brought a choice Tribute. The Word Voo May Cheh Lih Vay Hehn is deep וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן because of it's meaning. The root Word has several meanings which apply in this Verse. Able brought a choice Tribute. Why was Able's Tribute considered a choice Tribute? First is because Able gave serious thought to his selection. Able's Gift to the Lord was not thrown together. Able's gift was contemplated, planned and carefully prepared. There are grades of cream, cheese and wool. Able's flocks were separated. Separation is a form of Holiness! The Bih Cohr, first born of Able's cattle were בְּכֹר separated from the other cattle. The quality of the produce from the first born cattle were graded and separated. This is a higher step of holiness. Then the highest quality of the produce was carefully prepared by Able to present as a Tribute to The Lord. Able prepared the finest cream, butter, cheese and wool. This was the highest step of separation / Holiness. It was for these reasons that Able's Tribute was honored and selected. It was not a sick mangy runt or from the poorest produce from his flocks. Ha Torah equates a firstborn to the Words Yaakov / Jacob Spoke to Reuvein his first born. Let's examine his words to get a better idea of the Scriptures intent regarding a first born. 

One could also say rich cream or the fat of the Tribute because the spelling for rich cream and animal fat is the same. Yet we know it was not an animal sacrifice because the Word Minchato tells us this was a Tribute and therefore was not meat.


Abel kept his sheep chiefly for their wool (besides milk), for killing animals and eating them was forbidden... But why did the Torah say twice over, 'to Cain and to his offering and to Able and to his offering?'  We can explain this on the basis of Chazal's comment that [G-d Did Not] allow Adam to kill beasts or to consume their flesh. (He [Permitted] it only in Noah's time.)  Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, Insights In The Torah - Bereishis (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition, 1991), p33



What did The Creator Say to Cain?

The Creator Said, 'If you improve there is forgiveness..' Genesis 4.7 So we see the plan to receive forgiveness is to simply 'Improve'. However, part of improving is acknowledging the mistake. Take ownership for doing wrong. Cain would not take ownership for his sin. Therefore sin lay at his door and it consumed him. He died in his sins. He entered eternity in defiance to his sin. He perished!


Noach brought a 'Burnt Offering'. This is identified by the Word עלת Oh Loht which represents it was a bird or animal. When the Word Minchah is used it is not an animal. When the Word Oh Lam or Oh Loht are used it is an animal sacrifice.


Stone Edition

But if his means are insufficient for two turtledoves or for two young doves, then he shall bring, as his guilt-offering for that which he sinned, a tenth-ephah of fine flour for a sin-offering; he shall not place oil on it nor shall he put frankincense on it, for it is a sin-offering.  He shall bring it to the Kohen, and the Kohen shall scoop his threefingersful as its memorial portion and shall cause it to go up in smoke on the Altar, on the fires of Hashem; it is a sin offering.  The Kohen shall provide him atonement for the sin he committed regarding any of these, and it will be forgiven him; and it shall belong to the Kohen, like the meal-offering. Vayikra 5.11-13


King James Version

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, even a memorial thereof, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: it is a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a meat offering. Leviticus 5.11-13



New International Version

" 'If, however, he cannot afford two doves or two young pigeons, he is to bring as an offering for his sin a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering. He must not put oil or incense on it, because it is a sin offering.  He is to bring it to the priest, who shall take a handful of it as a memorial portion and burn it on the altar on top of the offerings made to the LORD by fire. It is a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for any of these sins he has committed, and he will be forgiven. The rest of the offering will belong to the priest, as in the case of the grain offering.' " Leviticus 5.11-13


 When man follows Ha Torah, Ha Torah atones for man.  How do we know this?  The Gematrias are the same.  The Torah is Perfect.  The Torah can and does atone for man.  So in the Observance of Torah we see the portrayal of atonement for man.


Vayikra 1.1 - 2 

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר1:1 דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־ יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־ הַבָּקָרוּמִן־הַצֹּאןתַּקְרִיבוּאֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם: ג 

Leviticus 1.1 - 2 

And He Called to Moses, and the Lord Said, to him from the Tent of Witness Saying, Speak to the People of Israel and say to them if Adam, [a man] among you brings an Offering to the Lord from animals, from the cattle, and from the sheep you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your offering. 


The ָןבּרְקָ Karbon / Offering is offered at a particular place. How do we know this? '...if Adam, [a man] among you brings an Offering to the Lord...' The Offering is brought to The Lord. Where is The Lord? The Lord Spoke to Moshe from the Tent of Witnesses. Any where will not do! In Leviticus the offering is offered at the entrance to the Mishkon / the Tabernacle. This is the place where the Presence of the Lord dwells. This teaches us that there is a place for our offerings. Before offerings were made at the entrance of the Holy Tabernacle offerings were made at the place of our formation. Tributes were originally made at the place where the Lord God Formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the ground. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash Travel Size (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 2001), p.  


Remember!


Vayikra 1.1 - 3

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר:  ב דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־הַבָּקָר וּמִן־הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם:  ג


Leviticus 1.1 - 3

And He Called to Moses, and He the Lord Said, to him from the Tent of Witness Saying, Speak to the People of Israel and say to them [if Adam] If a man among you brings an Offering to the Lord from animals, from the cattle, and from the sheep you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your offering.


אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב

[if Adam] If a man among you brings...

א1 ד4 ם40 כ20 י10 י10 ק100 ר200 י10 ב2 =397


מִן־הַבָּקָר

From the cattle

מ40 ן50 ה5 ב2 ק100 ר200 = 397


Originally all the animals belonged to Adam. Our Sages point to Adam's ownership of all animals. Leviticus 1.2 is a reflection on Adam's ownership because it Says, '...if Adam among you brings...' We translate this is as '...if a man among you brings...' because we understand we must gain ownership of the animals from Adam. The second Gematria brings this point a little closer with the Words, 'From his animals'. Adam used to own the animals but now they are from some else's flock. The Torah Says 'from his animals'. This speaks of the ownership. Yet, Adam offered matzah. He brought Unleavened Bread to the Lord as his Tribute.


Individuals who have believed sin can only be forgiven with a blood sacrifice may now be entangled in confusion because the Truth of Genesis 4.3 - 5 is being revealed. Lets return to what David Said.


Psalms 51.17 - 19 / KJV - Psalms 51.15 - 17

'Oh Lord open my lips that my mouth may declare Your Praise. For You do not desire a sacrifice, else I would give it; a burnt offering You do not want. The Sacrifices God Desires are a broken Spirit; a heart broken and humbled, Oh God, You will not despise...'


King David Said, 'For You do not desire a Sacrifice, else I would give it; a Burnt Offering You do not want. King David is specifically speaking about a Sacrifice for his sin. He is speaking about a Burnt Offering for his sin. Dear

ones bringing a Sacrifice or a Burnt Offering does not eradicate one's sins. An individual may bring all the Sacrifices and Burnt Offerings they desire and they will NOT remove any sin if the individual is just going through a formality. Sin is forgiven by first being touched by what ones has done that is not correct... that is a mistake... that is an improper behavior... that is a sin... One has a broken Spirit. One realizes their Spirit is broken and needs repair. One is humbled by their improper action by their sin. Then one confesses their mistake to The Lord God, One makes a plan not to repeat their mistake, one offers restitution for their mistake. At this point the sinner is restored. Our Creator Instructed Cain to simply 'IMPROVE'. David taught us to acknowledge our sins to The Lord God. David taught us to be humble, i.e. to confess our errors to The Lord God. This is how sins are forgiven. This is the basis for receiving forgiveness for sin. Now let's examine the basis for this Teaching from Ha Torah.



Bereisheit 8.20

וַיִּבֶן נֹחַ מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה וַיִּקַּח מִכֹּל הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהֹרָה וּמִכֹּל הָעוֹף הַטָּהוֹר

:וַיַּעַל עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ

Genesis 8.20

And Noah built an altar to the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.


Bereisheit 46.27

וּבְנֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר־יֻלַּד־לוֹ בְמִצְרַיִם נֶפֶשׁ שְׁנָיִם כָּל־הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית־יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה שִׁבְעִים:1


Genesis 46.27

And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two soul[s]; all the soul[s] of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.


The point here is the word Soul is used when making reference to two souls and when making reference to seventy souls. two soul are 'One Soul'. Seventy Souls are 'One Soul' This Teaches that we are bound together. We are our brothers1keeper. We share the same bond. We share the same soul. Notice Leviticus 5.1 uses the same Word שֶׁנֶפ Nefesh / Soul as Genesis 46.27. In נֶפֶשׁ Genesis 46.27 all seventy souls are called one single soul. In part this is why on Yom Kippur we plead for our sins the sins our one soul has committed. Our Creator groups us together as if we each shared the same soul. So when we say 'If a soul sins' we are speaking both on an individual basis and a community basis. If one is poor they may gain atonement with an offering of a tenth-ephah of flour. NO BLOOD! Lets examine Leviticus 5.


Vayikra 5.1 - 13

 א וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי־תֶחֱטָא וְשָׁמְעָה קוֹל אָלָה וְהוּא עֵד אוֹ רָאָה אוֹ יָדָע אִם־לוֹא יַגִּיד וְנָשָׂא עֲוֹנוֹ:  ב אוֹ נֶפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר תִּגַּע בְּכָל־דָּבָר טָמֵא אוֹ בְנִבְלַת חַיָּה טְמֵאָה אוֹ בְּנִבְלַת בְּהֵמָה טְמֵאָה אוֹ בְּנִבְלַת שֶׁרֶץ טָמֵא וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא טָמֵא וְאָשֵׁם:  ג אוֹ כִי יִגַּע בְּטֻמְאַת אָדָם לְכֹל טֻמְאָתוֹ אֲשֶׁר יִטְמָא בָּהּ וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא יָדַע וְאָשֵׁם:  ד אוֹ נֶפֶשׁ כִּי תִשָּׁבַע לְבַטֵּא בִשְׂפָתַיִם לְהָרַע ׀ אוֹ לְהֵיטִיב לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יְבַטֵּא הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא־יָדַע וְאָשֵׁם לְאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה:  ה וְהָיָה כִי־יֶאְשַׁם לְאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְהִתְוַדָּה אֲשֶׁר חָטָא עָלֶיהָ:  ו וְהֵבִיא אֶת־אֲשָׁמוֹ לַיהוָֹה עַל חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא נְקֵבָה מִן־הַצֹּאן כִּשְׂבָּה אוֹ־שְׂעִירַת עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן מֵחַטָּאתוֹ:  ז וְאִם־לֹא תַגִּיעַ יָדוֹ דֵּי שֶׂה וְהֵבִיא אֶת־אֲשָׁמוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא שְׁתֵּי תֹרִים אוֹ־שְׁנֵי בְנֵי־יוֹנָה לַיהוָֹה אֶחָד לְחַטָּאת וְאֶחָד לְעֹלָה:  ח וְהֵבִיא אֹתָם אֶל־הַכֹּהֵן וְהִקְרִיב אֶת־אֲשֶׁר לַחַטָּאת רִאשׁוֹנָה וּמָלַק אֶת־רֹאשׁוֹ מִמּוּל עָרְפּוֹ וְלֹא יַבְדִּיל:  ט וְהִזָּה מִדַּם הַחַטָּאת עַל־קִיר הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְהַנִּשְׁאָר בַּדָּם יִמָּצֵה אֶל־יְסוֹד הַמִּזְבֵּחַ חַטָּאת הוּא:  י וְאֶת־הַשֵּׁנִי יַעֲשֶׂה עֹלָה כַּמִּשְׁפָּט וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן מֵחַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא וְנִסְלַח לוֹ: ס [שביעי]  יא וְאִם־לֹא תַשִּׂיג יָדוֹ לִשְׁתֵּי תֹרִים אוֹ לִשְׁנֵי בְנֵי־יוֹנָה וְהֵבִיא אֶת־קָרְבָּנוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא עֲשִׂירִת הָאֵפָה סֹלֶת לְחַטָּאת לֹא־יָשִׂים עָלֶיהָ שֶׁמֶן וְלֹא־יִתֵּן עָלֶיהָ לְבֹנָה כִּי חַטָּאת הִוא:  יב וֶהֱבִיאָהּ אֶל־הַכֹּהֵן וְקָמַץ הַכֹּהֵן ׀ מִמֶּנָּה מְלוֹא קֻמְצוֹ אֶת־אַזְכָּרָתָהּ וְהִקְטִיר הַמִּזְבֵּחָה עַל אִשֵּׁי יְהוָֹה חַטָּאת הִוא:  יג וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן עַל־חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא מֵאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְנִסְלַח לוֹ וְהָיְתָה לַכֹּהֵן כַּמִּנְחָה: ס  יד 

Leviticus 5.1 - 13

1  And if a soul sins, and hears the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of it; if he does not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. 2  Or if a soul touches any unclean thing, whether it is a carcass of an unclean beast, or a carcass of unclean cattle, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and if it is hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty. 3  Or if he touches the uncleanness of man, whatever uncleanness it is that a man is defiled with, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty. 4  Or if a soul swears, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatever it is that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these. 5  And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; 6  And he shall bring his guilt offering to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin. 7  And if his means are not sufficient for a sheep, then he shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav for his trespass, which he has committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, to the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering. 8  And he shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not divide it asunder; 9  And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar; it is a sin offering. 10  And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the prescribed order; and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he has sinned, and it shall be forgiven him. 11  And if his means are not sufficient for the acquisition of two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he who sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, nor shall he put any frankincense on it; for it is a sin offering. 12  Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, a memorial part of it, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord; it is a sin offering. 13  And the priest shall make an atonement for him in regard to his sin that he has sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him; and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a Meal / Minchah Offering. 


And if his means are not sufficient for a sheep

Today I went online to try and get an idea of how much sheep are selling for.  It has been decades since I lived on a farm and helped the family raise sheep. A young Ewe In the United States, a sheep weighing between 45 to 99 pounds may sell for $275.00. We are not taking into consideration the physical condition of the sheep or it's specific breed. Prices vary a lot. So how often could most of us afford $275.00 for our sins?  How often do we sin? Do we sin daily weekly or monthly? If we could purchase ritual pure sheep for just $100.00 each how much would this cost us? The point is clear.  Many would not be in a position to purchase sheep. This is why Ha Torah offers two turtledoves, or two young pigeons which are more affordable. Yet even $5.00 or $10.00 could be a lot. This is why we may offer a Minchah Offering / A flower Offering. Notice the last two Words of Leviticus 5.13. 


Bereisheit 4.4

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו:  ו 


Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his offering;


Vayikra 5.13

 וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן עַל־חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא מֵאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְנִסְלַח לוֹ וְהָיְתָה לַכֹּהֵן כַּמִּנְחָה: ס  י


Leviticus 5.13

13  And the priest shall make an atonement for him in regard to his sin that he has sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him; and the remnant shall be Meal / Minchah Offering. 



מִנְחָתוֹ - Genesis 4. 5


מִּנְחָה - Leviticus 5.15


Having shared this I would like to point out one of the origins for the false teachings regarding blood sacrifice. If one takes a careful look at the book of Hebrews which is part of  The Christian Writings the following is stated:


Hebrews 9:22
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.


The fact is most sin offering offered by individuals are Minchah Offerings! 


For whatever reason the 'ALMOST' is often missed... I have offered many examples where blood is not required to purge sin as discussed in this chapter. Our concluding point is this our Creator has always had a plan for sin.  The plan is simple. 'IMPROVE!' Our Creator's plan has nothing to do with a savior or murdering a man at Passover. We acknowledge our sin. We make a plan to change. We offer restitution. We improve. When we die we go to heaven. We do not need to worry about hell. Instead we should concern ourselves with Obedience. Judaism places the emphasis on a loving Creator who deeply cares about all His Creation. Everyone is important to the Lord. This is how salvation is received and maintained. 



The Mystical Triangle 5

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Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18

The Mystical Triangle



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Bereisheit 23.1

 וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי שָׂרָה1:1


Genesis 23.1

And it was the lifetime of Sarah, one hundred years, and twenty years and seven years, [These were the] years of Sarah's life.


Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the words ויהיו חיי שרה Vah Yeeh Yoo- Chah Yay Sarah, meaning, and it was the lifetime of Sarah. One should inquire, what was the lifetime of Sarah? In so doing they would find these three words reveal rich treasures. The Gematria of Vah Yeeh Yoo - Chah Yay Sarah is 570. Why is 570 so special? There are many Gematrias of 570.


This was the lifetime of Sarah

ו6י10ה5י10ו6 ח8י10י10 ש300ר200ה5 = 570

Shema [Yisroel]

ש300י10ן50 מ40ם40 ע70י10ן50 = 570


To Be Rich

ע70 ש300 ר200 = 570


The number 570 represents the lifetime of Sarah our Matriarch and richness. Sarah Emeinu / our mother's, lifetime was one of great wealth. Her life was filled with richness.


Shlomo Ha Melech / King Soloman said, An accomplished wife who can find? Far beyond [rich] pearls is her value. Mishlei / Proverbs 31.10

Our sages Teach Sarah's tent was Sarah's Temple. Sarah Emeinue brought Holiness into her home. Her home was no ordinary tent. It had extraordinary qualities: A cloud [the Shekinah] of Holiness [resting over it], doors which proclaimed their openness to all passers-by, a blessing in her dough, a Sabbath lamp that remained lit all week long. These miracles were not Abraham's doing; they ceased with Sarah's death. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereisheit Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 832


The Shekinah over Sarah's Home represented that this was a holy home. God's Presence Rested over it. The home was protected! There were special blessings of satisfaction in Sarah's dough that flowed out to the entire community. Just as the bread of the Bet HaMikdosh / the Holy Temple Brought prosperity and abundance to B'nei Yisroel, so did Sarah's bread. Sarah's Esau candles represented spiritual growth that would begin with each Erev Esau and last all week. When Sarah died all of these vanished. With Sara's death the Cloud of Glory over the tent vanished, the blessing in the dough ceased, and the candle that had burnt in the tent from one Erev Sabbath to the next was extinguished. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 210

When Sarah lived a cloud covered her tent; when she died, the cloud left. When Rebekah came, the cloud returned. When Sarah lived, the doors to her tent were wide open. When Sarah died the liberal giving ceased. When Rebekah came, the liberal giving returned. When Sarah lived, there was blessing upon her dough. The Sabbath candle / oil burn from the evening of the Sabbath until the evening of the following Sabbath. When Sarah died, these ceased. When Rebekah came they returned. Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba Genesis II (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) p 538


Who is My Soul Mate? 5

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Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18

Who Is My Soul Mate? 5


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Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


Our Sages Teach that Avraham took Hagar whose name was changed to Keturah because here deeds were as beautiful / spiritual as קְטֹרֶת incense. Incense rises to the Heavens like one's Spirit. The root for קטר means incense, smoke and to shut one's self in, to enclose. Because of Hagar's attitude she became known as Keturah, the lady with a Spirit like incense or the lady who secluded herself to remain true to her husband. Keturah was was well thought of because she did not seek a divorce from Avraham. And Avraham did not grant Hagar a divorce. The Torah Portion of the Bible Says, וַיְשַׁלְּחֶהָ Vah Yih Shah Lih Cheh Caw, meaning 'And he sent her away.' Hagar was lost without her husband, Avraham. Ha Torah does NOT Say Avraham divorced Hagar. Sarah did not say to Avraham divorce Hagar. Sarah Said,


Genesis 21.10

[Sarah] Said to Avraham, 'Drive out this slave woman and everything from Aleph to Tav of her son for the son of this slave woman will not inherit with my son with Yitzchok.'


We have NO indication that Avraham divorced Hagar. Our Creator Said to Avraham,


Genesis 21.12

Elohim Said to Avraham, 'Do not consider this wrong in your eyes on account of the boy and your slave woman. Regarding all that Sarah tells you listen to her. For through Yitzchok will seed be considered yours.


The Gematria of וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, meaning and he took is 430. The Gematria of נֶפֶשׁ Neh Pehsh / Nefesh meaning 'Soul' is 430. When one takes a wife Mystically we observe he is connecting with a soul. His wife is his Soulmate. How does one know He / she are soul mates? The fact is we are each from the same soul given to us by our Parents of Creation. Still the concept of one's SoulMate being the perfect one... the exact match... the correct fit... is correct. One must understand that perfection is received through marriage. Marriage is an institute where by the husband and wife help to polish the other into what our Creator Intends. The husband and wife work together to form a holy relationship to have a Holy Family with Holy children. The work together to be the single soul God Created them as.


וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, and he took

ו6 י10 ק100 ח8 - א1 ש300 ה5 = 430


נֶפֶשׁ

Neh Pehsh / Nefesh 'Soul'

נ50 פ80 ש300 = 430


Remember: THERE IS A CHOICE! A man or woman's intent is VERY IMPORTANT. The purpose of taking each other is NOT for just physical sexual pleasure. The Marriage relationship is intended by our Creator to be one of Holiness. Our Creator Blessed the marriage relationship. He did NOT Bless the one night sexual fling!!


Sarah was noted as Avram's Wife. This is an elevated place. Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד


Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3.


אֵשֶׁת

[Avram's] Wife / His Wife

א1 ש300 ת400 = 701


שְׂאֵת

To Elevate... To Rise...

ש300 א1 ת400 = 701


For a Husband and Wife to reach the lofty Mystical place of being a SoulMate requires elevating the relationship. It requires raising the relationship. Being a 'SoulMate' is not physical. Being a 'SoulMate' is Spiritual!


We continue with several additional points of importance.


What did Avraham do?

וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר He got up early in the morning. Whenever we see Avraham facing a great difficulty we observe these three Words, וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר See Genesis 19.27; 21.14 and 22.3. The first Letter of each Word combined spells שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw as in to draw strength or as in to draw water (Devarim 29.10) which Mystically means to draw strength from Ha Torah. Sending Yishmael and Hagar away was troubling for Avraham but he did it first thing in the morning. Watching Sedom burn was troubling for Avraham. He arose early in the morning with the hopes there were ten righteous in Sedom. Avraham counted, Lot, Lot's wife, Lot's two married daughters and their husbands, Lot's two daughters who were yet to consummate their marriage and their husbands, a total of 10. When Avraham saw the smoke from the fire it was troubling to him. He felt great anxiety. Avraham arose early to travel to the place where he would offer Yitzchok as an offering. Why? This was deeply troubling to him. וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' From this we learn that Avraham faced his troubles in the morning. Avraham would draw from the Wells of Torah for Strength. The morning was Avraham's time for prayer. Avraham would seek הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord]. The Gematria of שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah] is 303. The Gematria of וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' is 303. The Gematria of הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord] is 303.


שֹׁאֵב

Shoh to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah]

ש300 א1 ב2 = 303


וּבְצָרָה

Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, 'And with trouble.'

ו6 ב2 צ90 ר200 ה5 = 303


הָרַחֲמִים

Haw Rah Chah Meem, the Mercy [of The Lord]

ה5 ר200 ח8 מ40 י10 ם40 = 303


We have discussed how Avraham faced issues that deeply troubled him. Now lets return to considering what a SoulMate is. We have established that The Torah Portion of the Bible does not Say Avraham divorced Hagar. This means they remained married. They remained separated for 38 years. How do we know this? Yitzchok was weaned when Yishmael mocked him, Genesis 21.8 - 14. Our Sages Teach this was after 24 months which is the customary time for a child to suckle, Gittin 75b; Kesuvot 60b. Yitzchok was 40 years of age when he married Rivkah, Genesis 25.20. It was immediately after this Avraham again took his wife Hagar whose name became Keturah.


Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


I understand אִשְׁתּוֹ is the Word for 'His Wife. Because אִשָּׁה is used the translation would normally would be 'Wife' or 'A Wife'. However Keturah was already Avraham's wife. Therefore this usage means something entirely different than what meets the eye. When Avraham married Hagar she was Sarah's Servant. Notice the Wording carefully!!


Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד

Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3. In Genesis 25.1 Ha Torah Informs us that Avraham took again. Does this mean He took Sarah and now he was taking a wife again? Or does this mean Avram had already taken Hagar and was taking her back again? The Answer has to do with שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם Sarai was the wife of Avram. Hagar was a wife to Avram but not אֵשֶׁת 'his wife' because she belonged to Sarai. This changed when Avram sent Hagar out from his home. Hagar was free. She was no longer Avram's responsibility to care for as a slave. As a result he only gave her bread and water, i.e. Mystically Ha Torah to live on.


Exodus 21.7 -

And if a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she pleases not her master, who has designated her for himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her to a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter. If he takes for himself another wife; her food, her garment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he does not do these three things to her, then shall she go out free without payment of money.


Thirty eight years pass. Sarah dies. Yitzchok marryies Rivkah. At this point Avraham again takes Hagar. We know it is Hagar because of several Words that are used.

First is וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם and again Avraham took a wife...

Second is וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And he took a wife.' Ha Torah Uses this language to point out this was Hagar, a wife. In Ha Torah 'A Wife' who is owned as a servant is not like a wife that is free. Hagar was NOT אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. Hagar was Sarai's bond maiden. Hagar was a servant wife. She was owned by Sarai. So Sarai gave Hagar to her husband Avram to be a wife not to be אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. So when we see Ha Torah Say וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And He, Avraham again took his wife...' We understand this is in reference to Hagar, 'a wife.' Our Sages point out that Hagar's / Keturah's status is still that of a concubine, i.e. a wife who status is lower than אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם 'His Wife', Genesis 25.6. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 267



The Torah portion of the Bible Teaches a man may have more than one wife at the same time. While a Wife may only have one Husband. Why? Does this seem equal? Is this fair? This is not an issue of fairness or equality. It is an issue of mixing seed which is prohibited by the Creator. Now, we are also required to abide by the laws where we reside. Laws that prohibit polygamy must be followed.


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Adam and Eve Are Equal

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Genesis 4.1 - 26

Adam And Chavah Are Equal


Bereisheit Limood Chapter 5

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Genesis 5.1

 זֶה סֵפֶר תּוֹלְדֹת אָדָם בְּיוֹם בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם בִּדְמוּת אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֹתוֹ1:1


This is the Book of Generations of Adam [singular] in the day God Created [singular] Adam [singular]. With [Spiritual] likeness, God made them [plural] .


Genesis  5.2

 זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בְּרָאָם וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמָם אָדָם בְּיוֹם הִבָּרְאָם1:1


Male and Female He Created [plural] and Blessed them [plural] and He Called everything from Aleph to Tav of their name [plural] Adam [singular] in the day they were Created [plural].


Adam and Eve were created in one physical body [then separated later the same day]. They were Created in the Lord God's Spiritual Image as were the Angels. God does not have a physical body. Pharaoh defined this when he said in regards to Joseph, And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? Genesis 41.38


The writer John said,

God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth, John 4:24.


Genesis 1.26

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶ1:1 


And He Said [singular] God [plural] Let us Make Adam in our image [plural] in our likeness [plural] and let them rule [plural] fish in the waters and birds in the heavens and with all animals in the earth and with all creeping on the earth.


Who was God Speaking with?  The Sages say the Angels.  


Genesis 1.27

וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם

בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא

 אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם1:1


And He [singular], God [plural] Created [singular] everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Ha Adam / the man [singular] in His Form [singular] in His Form [singular] God [plural] Created [singular] them [plural] male / masculine and female / feminine He Created [singular] them [plural].


Here we Observe that God Created [singular]. They did not create anything.


Genesis 2.27

וַיִּיצֶר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם

 עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה וַיִּפַּח

 בְּאַפָּיו נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים וַיְהִי

 הָאָדָם לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה1:1 

And He [singular] The Lord [singular] God [Plural - used as singular] Formed [singular] everything from Aleph to Tav of Ha Adam / Adam and Eve from dust of the ground and He [singular] blew into the nostrils the Soul of Life and it happened Ha Adam / The Man became a living Soul.


The Midrash Says, Adam's physical creation was twofold, male and female in one body.  In front he was a man, but attached to him in back was a woman. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 33


Right from the beginning God Created 'mankind' male and female, with equal Godliness and of equal worth.  Neither was more in the likeness of God than the other, both were given the same Blessing by God, both together were given the name 'Adam'...And He Called them Man on the day they were created - i.e., He Called both of them Man - including Eve - because her formation was from the man, individually, however, she was called Eve (R. Meyuchas).


Harav David Cohen points out that male and female components were originally created in the single body of Adam (Eruvin 18a).  Thus, when God Named him Adam, it was implicit that his female part - which was later to become a separate human being - was also called Adam, because male and female were two halves of one whole. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 167


R' Yirmiyah ben Elazar Said... - The first man [Adam] had, i.e. he was created with two facial figures.  The back was later separated to form the first woman, Eve...  - As it states (Psalms 139.5) [From the] back the front You Have Formed me.


The Gemara cites a dispute concerning the appendage from which Eve was fashioned...

It is Written (Genesis 2.22): Then the Lord, God, built the side that He Had Taken from the man into woman...  Rav Shmuel disputed the meaning of this verse... - One Said the side referred to was a figure, i.e. man was created as a double figure, a male figure and a female figure joined back to back.  The female figure was later removed to form Eve. Talmud - Eruvin 18a

(Genesis 5.2) He Created them male and female, which indicates  that humans were created from the very first both male and female...


The Gemara Explains:

This verse can be explained as [taught by] R' Abahu... For R' Abahu contrasted the two Verses:


[1] He Created them male and female, referring to man's creation in the plural, indicating that both man and woman were created at the same time; but it is also written...


[2] In the image of God He Created him, referring to man's creation in the singular, [possibly] indicating that only man was created originally, not woman... [In actuality the one [Eve] was fashioned from the first [one Adam]]. 


Genesis 2.18

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לֹא־טוֹב הֱיוֹת

הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂה־לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ1: 1


And the Lord God Said it is not good for Ha Adam [ the man - which at that time include Adam and Eve ] to be alone.  I will fashion a help mate like [him] opposite [him].  


Wife / Ee Shaw

אעשה

 אשה


To Make to Fashion 

עשה

אעשה


The Hebrew Letter ע Ayin Represents sight or insight... Our Creator Formed the wife with sight / insight. 


The word Eeh Shaw meaning wife has the Letter Aleph א which may be exchanged for the Letter ע Ayin. One must question the use of the word him when we know in fact it is them.  Adam and Eve are in one shared body that is referred to as him in Genesis 5.1, 2.


We see that our Creator Endorses some separation of husband and wife.  He Separated them. He Created them.


Originally Adam and Eve were one body and one soul.  Then they were divided.  They were separated.  Up until this point we know they were in agreement or they could not function.  However after they were separated they each had their own individual choices.  The Word כְּנֶגְדּוֹ Cih Neg Doh means like him [but] opposite of him.  This means Eve was opposite of him sexually.  This also means that Adam was like Eve and that Eve was like Adam.  She was created like him.  HOWEVER if Adam would stray from the original Adam, i.e. the created Adam, then Eve would no longer be like the strayed Adam she would be opposite him. 


Genesis 2.21

וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה1: 1

The Lord God Caused a deep sleep to fall on Ha Adam, the man. [Both Adam and Eve were asleep.  Both were not conscious.]  the Lord God Took from the being... the double figure that was Ha Adam, [i.e. Adam and Eve] and closed the flesh in its place.


When our Creator Takes a woman from a man there is a wound left afterwards. The Torah Says that [He] closed over the flesh in its place. Anytime a couple separates there is a wound.  The man has a wound and the woman has a wound. Make no mistake there is a wound that requires closing. The time required for closing is different for each of us.  The Word  וַיִּסְגֹּר Vah Yee Sih Gohr means to lock, to close, to shut, to enclose, to bolt shut...  When a relationship ends when togetherness ends when sharing ends, when loving ends IT IS PAINFUL!!  The flesh must be closed over.  


This next part is AMAZING!! It is תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh meaning to close over.  However the translation does not explain what is at the core of closing over.  The shoresh (root) of  תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh is חתן Chah Tawn meaning to wed.  The point is that marriage heals the wound of what one has lost.  So while one requires sometime to adjust after being separated from one's mate the real closing of separation comes with MARRIAGE of a new mate - not a relationship. A man needs a wife for balance. A woman needs a husband for balance. Together husband and wife possess the ability to be equal.


Genesis 2.22

וַיִּבֶן יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הַצֵּלָע אֲשֶׁר לָקַח

מִן־הָאָדָם לְאִשָּׁה וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם1:1 


And He, the Lord God, Built everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam into [the most beautiful] wife and brought her to Adam [the man no longer the couple].


Our Creator who fashioned Eve built from everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam.  The result had to be the best of the best.  We notice from the Gematria of 68 for the Word וַיִּבֶן Vah Yee Vehn meaning, to build up. By building up the the material He took from Adam our Creator provided חַיִּים Chah Yeem meaning Life, and יָחֹן Yaw Choon meaning Favor, Beauty, and חֲכַם Chah Cahm meaning Wisdom to Eve.  This was not just for Eve's benefit. It was for all of our good.  Our Creator Breathed Life into lifeless clay then our Creator fashioned life out of Adam's side.

וַיִּבֶן 

Vah Yee Vehn

And He Built

ו6 י10 ב2 ן50 = 68


חַיִּים

Chah Yeem

Life

ח8 י10 י10 ם60 =68 


יָחֹן

Yaw Choon

Favor Or Beauty

י10 ח8 ן50 = 68


Dear Ones both Adam and Eve were created equal.  Both were Created at the same time. Both Adam and Eve came from the same body. The body changed when the Lord God Took Eve from Adam. At the time of their separation Adam needed a wife and Eve needed a husband.  Neither was equal any longer. Adam needed what Eve had and Eve needed what Adam had. Together they were equal. Separated neither were equal! The flesh from where they were separated needed to be closed over and was healed. This happened when Adam and Eve wed. 


May each mate within marriage be sensitive to the other.  May each mate seek out the advice of their mate.  May each of us realize the great value and blessing of our mate!


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Bereisheit Vayeitzeit - 7

Genesis 28.10 - 32.3

Contact With God


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Bereisheit 31.1 - 3

וַיִּשְׁמַע אֶת־דִּבְרֵי בְנֵי־לָבָן לֵאמֹר לָקַח יַעֲקֹב אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר לְאָבִינוּ וּמֵאֲשֶׁר לְאָבִינוּ עָשָׂה אֵת כָּל־הַכָּבֹד הַזֶּה: ב וַיַּרְא יַעֲקֹב אֶת־פְּנֵי לָבָן וְהִנֵּה אֵינֶנּוּ עִמּוֹ כִּתְמוֹל שִׁלְשׁוֹם: ג וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב שׁוּב אֶל־אֶרֶץ אֲבוֹתֶיךָ וּלְמוֹלַדְתֶּךָ וְאֶהְיֶה עִמָּךְ: ד 


Genesis 31.1-3

And he heard everything from Aleph to Tav of the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away everything from Aleph to Tav of all that was our father's; and from that which was our father's has he gotten everything from Aleph to Tav of all this, the honor. And Jacob saw everything from Aleph to Tav of Laban's face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3  And The Lord Said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your family; and I Will be with you.


Jacob actually heard Words. The Lord God can speak to you in a crowd of people and you maybe the only one to Hear His Voice and Words. On the other Hand Everyone present may hear His Voice and Words. A few select individuals may be included. However here only Jacob heard The Words of The Lord God. How do we know this? Ha Torah Says, And The Lord Said to Jacob.


One may wonder, how often does The Lord God Speak to humankind? Would you be surprised to learn that from Creation up until this conversation The Lord God is recorded as Having Spoke with only 13 humans? This is only the 36th conversation from creation until Genesis 31.3.


The Gematria of  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב Vah Yoh Mehr - HaShem Ehl Yaakov - Meaning And The Lord Said to Jacob. The Gematria of these four Words is 496. We can Mystically Observe that within The Lord God's Words is His Kingdom. Let's say it like this. Everything in the world and in the universe outside of The Lord God is constructed by The Word of The Lord God. Everything that exists exists because of the Power of His Word. I share this so that we may realize the ultimate power of The Lord God's Word. It is God's Word that holds every kingdom together...


The Words the ten phrases that The Lord God Spoke have maintained this universe from the beginning. Think of the power within These Words The Lord God. Think of the keeping power... Think of maintaining power of The Lord God's Words...


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב

Vah Yoh Mehr - HaShem - Ehl - Yaakov

And The Lord Said to Jacob

ו6 י10 א1 מ40 ר200 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 א1 ל30 י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 496


מַלְכֻתוֹ

Mah Lih Choo Toh

Kingdom

מ40 ל30 צ20 ת400 ו6 = 496


We should think of The Lord's Kingdom with the same reflection. Ever since The Lord God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heavens and everything from Aleph to Tav of the earth they were completed. Nothing remains to be completed. Nothing more remains to be done. This is the power of The Lord God's Word... So now we think about what it means for the Lord God to Speak to one of us as He did with Jacob. We reflect on that contact with The Lord God. Can we imagine the impact? Can we imagine the reslut of having Contact with The Lord God?


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Showing Respect


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies at

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Question:

Rodrigo Ferreira Reis asked the following: Hi. I was watching your videos and i realize that you call Jesus Rabbi. Why do you call him Rabbi?


Shalom and Todah.


Laila Tov



Christians With QuestionsDear Ones,


First this is a position that I have just recently come to terms with. I use to call Rabbi Jesus by his first name as many do in the Christian Writings. However, I have repented of my error. And am working on changing my behavior. Even though I am not a Christian or a follow of Rabbi Jesus this does not permit me to show disrespect. The Christian Writings teach that Rabbi Jesus was a Rabbi. He was a Rabbi Of Israel. So even though I do not believe Rabbi Jesus is the Messiah or the son of God or God it is not proper for me to be disrespectful.


King David Wrote:

2 Samuel 1.1 - 19

 1  And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; 2  It came to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came from the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and earth upon his head; and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and bowed down. 3  And David said to him, From where do you come? And he said to him, From the camp of Israel have I escaped. 4  And David said to him, How went the matter? I beg you, tell me. And he answered, The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5  And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 6  And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, behold, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7  And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called me. And I answered, Here am I. 8  (K) And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9  And he said to me, Stand, I beg you, upon me, and slay me; for agony has come upon me, and yet I still have life in me. 10  So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he was fallen; and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord. 11  Then David took hold of his clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the men who were with him; 12  And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until the evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen by the sword. 13  And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14  And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? 15  And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he struck him that he died. 16  And David said to him, Your blood be upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have killed the Lord's anointed. 17  And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son; 18  And he said To teach the sons of Judah the use of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jasher. 19  The beauty, O Israel, is slain upon your high places; how are the mighty fallen!.


I followed the path of disrespect in part because of how The Christian Writings make reference to Rabbi Jesus. Yet, regardless of what Christians do in their writings this does not free me from doing what I believe to be right. Now here is what I find most amazing. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe his name is highly exalted above every name in the world. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe he is the Messiah which means 'Anointed' [of The Lord.] Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe believe Rabbi Jesus is the son of The Lord God. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe Rabbi Jesus is God. Now I do not believe any of these claims yet I do believe in respect.


There is no excuse to be disrespectful.

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Genesis 6.1 - 26

What's In A Name? What's In A Word?


Bereisheit Limood Chapter 6 

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What's In A Name? What's In A Word?


Bnai Elohim / Sons of God


In our textbook we discus The Lord God and the angels Shamchazzi and Azael discussing man.  Angels are required to do exactly as the Creator Wishes. On the other hand, humankind has free will and chooses either to do the Wishes of the Lord God or to do something else. Shamchazzi and Azael were saying how easy it was for humankind. They wanted to prove they could live as humans and not sin... At their request the Lord God Granted that they  could have Free Will and that they could live on earth with humankind. In the Gematria for this chapter we Observe how they failed...


Psalms 8.5 - 7

What is man, that you are mindful of him? And the son of man, that you visit him?  For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.   You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; 


Bereisheit 6.1,2

 א וַיְהִי כִּי־הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם:  ב וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת־בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ:  ג


Genesis 6.1,2

 And it came to pass, [the descendants of] Ha Adam sexually profaned, to increase [their way] on the face of the earth, daughters were born to them. And they the sons of God [Shamchazzi and Azael] saw everything from Aleph to Tav of the daughters of  [the descendants of] Ha Adam For they were good; and they took for themselves as wives from all they chose.



בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים

Bih Nay   Haw Elokim

ב2 נ50 י10  ה5 א1 ל30 ה5 י10 ם40 = 153


וְהֶעֱוִינוּ

Vih  Heh Eh Vee Nu

To do iniquity

ו6 ה5 ע70 ו6 י10 נ50 ו6 = 153


First the descendants of Ha Adam, i.e. the children of Adam and Eve did evil. They sexually profaned.


Second, the sons of God, i.e.  the angels Shamchazzi and Azael took human wives and and sinned with them. They mixed angelic seed with human seed. Strange children were born. And in so doing they brought destruction upon the entire earth.


Bereisheit Toldot


A Taste Of Torah


Genesis 25.19 - 28.9


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



What Makes A Man the Perfect Husband?


Weekly Gematria Video


Bereisheit 25.9

:וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ישֵׁב אֹהָלִים


Genesis 25.9

And the boys grew up. And it happened, Eisov was a cunning man, a hunter, a man of the field and Yaakov was a man without fault dwelling in the tents [of learning].


The Torah Portion of the Bible is Speaking about the time when the boys turned thirteen. Each became a man. Notice the use of the Words אִישׁ Eesh. Eisov is described as a 'cunning man'. Mystically he knew the way of wisdom. Ha Torah is Informing us that Eisov valued Wisdom. With Eisov everything was a guarded calculation based upon his accumulated knowledge. Ha Torah is Informing us that Eisov was a wise man at the age of thirteen. He knew how to confuse others. He knew how to trick others. He was skilled in achieving what he wanted by using deceit or through evasion, i.e. indirect answers. However in addition to Yoh Day Ah can also mean to know one sexually.


We have the Eisov type men. They give the appearance that they are on the path to Ha Torah but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah Wisdom to only benefit them self and to take advantage of others.


אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ

Eesh - Yoh Day Ah

א1 י10 ש300 י10 ד4 ע70 = 395


לְהַשְׂכִּיל

Lih Ha Seh Ceel

the path to Wisdom

ל30 ה5 ש300 כ20 י10 ל30 = 395


There is reason The Torah Portion of the Bible describes Eisov with the Word Eesh in two different ways. It is like Eisov had two different faces. He has the good inclination and the evil inclination. When we Observe Eisov the man who is described as a farmer we see a man who has gone through a cleansing but still struggles with his impure and evil nature. He says he is going to kill his brother. This is the evil nature. He does not kill his brother. This is the good nature. He is going to meet his brother with 400 servants. His intent seems to be evil yet he hugs his brother and invites him to travel with him. Now we know that even though we see this Gematria shows the clean good side of Eisov we realize he has a very bad side. The Gematria for אִישׁ שָׂדֶה Eesh - Saw Deh, meaning, A Man of the Field, A Farmer is 620. The Gematria for being pure is 620.


We have the Eisov type men. They give the appearance that they are clean and pure but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah as a cover for their actions.


אִישׁ שָׂדֶה

Eesh - Saw Deh

A Man of the Field, A Farmer

א1 י10 ש300 ש300 ד4 ה5 = 620


טְהֹרוֹת

Tih Hoh Roht, Pure Clean

ט9 ה5 ר200 ו6 ת400 = 620


Now lets look at Yaakov. Ha Torah Says Yaakov at the age of manhood, i.e. thirteen was a man without fault. תָּם Tawm means perfect yet we do not translate Yaakov as being Perfect. Now, in comparison Ha Torah Says Noach at the age or 600 was a righteous man perfect in his generation... There are three important points.


 אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ־נֹחַ: י


First

When The Torah portion of the Bible Says, נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים Noach was a righteous man, perfect... this was when Noach was 600 years old. His life of righteousness and perfection were well established over a very long period of time. He was Observed for 600 years. This says a great deal for Noach. In comparison, Yaakov's life was Observed in Ha Torah for only 13 years at the time of this witness.


Second Noach was married. This means that he was perfect in his marriage. Noach was a father. He was perfect in his relationship to his sons and daughter-in-laws. Yaakov was not married. He did not have any children.


Third, the Word תָּם Tawm also means to be finished to be complete. Is Ha Torah Saying Yaakov was finished, i.e. [Spiritually] complete 134 years before he died? I think Ha Torah is saying Yaakov has gone as far as he can as a single man can. He needs a wife. He needs children. He needs relatives. How do we know this? The Gematria of 10י Yud and ם40 Mem equal 50. The Yud and the Mem are missing from the end of the Word תָּם Tawm. When we Observe the Word used for perfection in Noach's life the Yud and the Mem are present.

נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים

The Gematria of תָּם Tawm is 440. The Gematria of תָּמִים is 490. Why is this significant? At 13 Yaakov is תָּם Tawm a Gematria of 440. At the age of sixty three , i.e. 50 years later Yaakov leaves home to begin his pursuit of a wife, children and relatives. In addition one could say Yaakov was perfect of without fault in one area of his single life while as Noach was perfect in every area of his life. By adding the י Yud ם Mem to the end of Tam one could argue in multiple levels of perfection.


Yaakov did not rush into marriage as did Eisov. Yaakov was 77 years of age when he married Leah and Rochel. Yaakov did not begin his search for a wife until he was 63. 13 + 50 = 63 It was at the age of 63 that Yitzchok, his father instructed him, '...Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother', Genesis 28.2.


From Yitzchok's Blessing we learn that he ratified his original Blessing. He did not consider himself tricked. His second Blessing was of his own free will. Yitzchok's instruction also indicates his disapproval of Eisov's actions of marrying Canaanite women. He instructed Yaakov to not to take a wife from the Canaanite women. He instructed Yaakov to take a wife from Lavan, his mother's brother. He did as his father instructed.


Soul Mate

Ha Torah is Teaching Women who are not Jewish to marry a non-Jewish man. Marry a Noachide man. Your soulMate is a Noachide man. There are many very good Noachide men.


Ha Torah is Teaching Jewish men not to marry a non Jewish woman. A Jewish man's SoulMate is a Jewish Woman.



We are going to look at the Mispar Katan of

אִישׁ תָּם Eesh Tawm, A man without fault, this week. God Willing in Parshat Vayishlach we will pick this discussion again.


אִישׁ תָּם

Eesh Tawm, A man without fault

א1 י1 ש3 ת4 ם4 = 13


Another Mispar Katan is קָדָשִׁים Kaw Daw Sheem, Kadoshem, meaning Holiness. Or many holinesses.


קָדָשִׁים

Kaw Daw Sheem / Holiness.

קּ1 ד4 ש3 י1 ם4 = 13


A good husband is Holy. This mean he Observes the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. It is the Observance of the Mitzvot that separate him, that dedicate, him that cause him to be moral and of Spiritual Excellence. He respect the rights of his wife and others in accordance with The Lord God's Commands. This is the real difference between the Eisov's and Yaakov's of the world.


אֲבִי

Ah Vee

Father [ like ]

א1 ב2 י10 = 13


א - He should love God

ב - He should have a House

י - He should be strong in Observances of Torah


אֲהֵבָהּ

Ah Hay Vawh

Love - Tenderness... Gentleness... Kindness... Deep Devotion... Sensitivity to pain... Affection... Physical expressions of feeling...

א1 ה5 ב2 ה2 = 13


The Letter ה Hey is found twice in אֲהֵבָהּ Ah Hay Vawh / Love because the greatest part of being loving is being like the Lord. The comment, 'Love is Divine' is 100% accurate. Be slow to anger. Be gracious. Be long suffering.. be gentle... be faithful... be merciful.


We know that Yaakov loved Rochel so much that he worked fourteen years. The first seven years, '... seemed to him, like a few days because he loved her so much.'


זֶבֶד

Zeh Vehd, A choice gift... A precious gift... To bestow upon..., to endow with...

ז7 ב2 ד4 = 13


אֶחָד

Echad... to be one

א1 ח8 ד4 = 13


A husband must be one with his wife. He must be extremely sensitive to her needs... to her wants... to her desires... to her conversation... to her soft spoken words... to her tears... to her shouts... to her frustrations...


Yaakov had four wives. He was the husband to the wife he loved, Rochel. He was the husband to the wife he hated, Leah. He was the husband to a concubine wife, Bilhah the half sister of Rochel. He was the husband to a concubine wife, Zilpah the half sister of Leah. He was buried with Leah in the cave of Machpeilah.



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Bereisheit Toldot - 6

Genesis 25.19-28.9

Mystical Struggles


A Taste Of Torah

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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Our Parshat begins with Yitzchok pleading to HaShem for children. 

Genesis 25.20, 21

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah for his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-Aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.  And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.


Our Gematria Parshat begins with Isaac taking Rebekah as his wife. He was forty years old. Rebekah was three years old.  Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old in 2048 From Creation.  Rebekah was born in 2095 F. C.  This was the year of the Akidiah  when Abraham took Isaac up Mt Moriah to be offered as a sacrifice. How do we know this?


The Torah Says Abraham was 10 years older than Sarah his wife. [Abraham said, '...Shall a child be born to him who is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear? - Genesis 17.17


The Torah Says Sarah was 127 years when she died. Genesis 23.1-2.

The ages are based upon Bereisheit 23.1.  Sarah is 127, Avraham is 137 and Yitzchok is 37.  It is immediately after the Akeidah that Avraham 'was informed [by HaShem] that his son's mate had been born. This is in accordance with Genesis 22.20-24. 'And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor... and Bethuel fathered Rebekah...' Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 504


It is at this chronological time Abraham is informed of the birth of Rebekah. The soul of Sarah transmigrates to Rebekah. This is how in part we know that Rebekah was 3 years old when Isaac was 40 years old. In addition Genesis 24.16 provides more information 


Bereisheit 25.22,23

וַיִּתְרֹצֲצוּ הַבָּנִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אִם־כֵּן לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי וַתֵּלֶךְ לִדְרשׁ אֶת־יְהוָֹה1:1


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ וּלְאֹם מִלְאֹם יֶאֱמָץ וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר1:1 

Genesis 25.22,23

And they crushed [and bruised and struggled] the sons inside her, and when this happened she questioned why is this happening to me?  And she went to inquire from Aleph to Tav about this from HaShem.  Bereisheit 25.22


And He Said HaShem to her, 'Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will separate from within you and to one people will be fullness [and great] boldness and the great will serve the junior.' Bereisheit 25.23


This historical event we are discussing was in the year 2098 F.C.


For those in the 21st century this will seem strange. It maybe strange for people in the 21st century but it was common for people living in 


Bereisheit 24.16

 וְהַנַּעֲרָ טֹבַת מַרְאֶה מְאֹד בְּתוּלָה וְאִישׁ לֹא יְדָעָהּ וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיְנָה וַתְּמַלֵּא כַדָּהּ וַתָּעַל:  יז 

Genesis 24.16

And the girl [damsel] was very pretty to look upon, a virgin, and no man had known her; [i.e. she had not practiced unnatural intimacy] and she went down to the well, and filled her vessel and came up. 


Genesis 24.16. KJV uses the word damsel.  See Strong's reference # 5291, (a girl from infancy to adolescence).   It is immediately after the Akeidah that Avraham 'was informed [by HaShem] that his son's soulmate [Rebekah] had been born. This is in accordance with Genesis 22.20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor... and Bethuel fathered Rebekah...' Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 504


Yitzchok and Rivkah did not consummate their marriage until she was twelve or thirteen. This means nine years passed.  Rebekah was now 12 and Isaac was 49 years of age. It was at this time that they consummated their marriage. Then they have no children after ten years of a normal husband wife relationship. Instead of taking a second wife as his Father Avraham did Isaac prays for his wife to have children. Within the next year they had a child see Bereisheit 25.21 - 26.  Isaac was sixty years of age and Rebekah was 23 years of age.


The girl.. והנערה Vih Hah Nah Ah Raw Rivkah was only three.    See Bereisheit 24.16. Her mother and brother refer to Rivkah as לנערה Lah Hah Nah Ah Raw, the girl. See Bereisheit 24.57.  They felt she was attached to her present family.  They felt she was too young to leave home even though boys and girls then, were much different than they are today.  They were more developed.  They were more intelligent.  They worked from a very young age.  To verify this consider, Yaakov's children.  All in all five references in Ha Torah refer to Rivkah as a young girl.


Yaakov's oldest child Reuben, who was born after Yaakov had worked for Laban for seven years, kept the flock for his father, which was a three-day journey away.  Ha Torah states, He gave them [the sheep] to his sons, Bereisheit 30.35.  Ha Torah states, He [Yaakov] placed them a three days journey [away], Bereisheit 30.36.  How old were his sons when this happened?  This was after Yaakov had served Laban for 14 years.  He served seven years for Leah and seven years for Rachel, then he served six years for his cattle. {Bereisheit 31.41}  This means that Reuben was no older than six years three months old when he began keeping his father's flocks with his brothers.  Reuben was born to Yaakov after Yaakov had worked for seven years.  Yaakov then worked an additional seven years.  It was during the first year of that second seven-year period that Yaakov's first wife, Leah, gave birth.  This was the birth of Reuben.  Now all the other brothers were much younger.  The second son, Shimon, was around five.  Levi, the third son, was around four.   Judah was close to three.  It was at this point that Rachel gave Bilhah to Yaakov.  So, dear reader, we see that Ha Torah establishes the age of children who worked a full day, and who were responsible to be much younger than children today.


Now this proves that the age of Rivkah, three,  when she married Yitzchok was not out of the question.  It is well within the realm of possibility!!  Yet this is why they sent Devorah, Rivkah's nurse, along with her.


Interesting letters are added to several of the words in the first Passuk / Verse.  This is not by mistake.  I have noted the letters.  The Yud represents the intensity of the struggle between Esau and Yaakov.  The Tav in Vah Yeet Roh Tzah Tzoo represents that this fighting in the womb of Rivkah was a sign.  The Tav in Vah Toh Mehr represents another sign.  Rivkah spoke out loud to her sons.  Why are you fighting?  Like a mother would say to her children, Why are you fighting / hurting your brother?  Yet this was very puzzling to Rivkah.

 

Our sages state that when Rivkah would pass by the doorways of Torah study at the school of Shem and Evier, Yaakov would rush to come out, and when Rivkah would pass by houses of idol worship Esau would rush to come out. Can you imagine how Rivkah must have felt?


Let's examine this a little closer. Notice the phrase, שני גוים בבפנך Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych {Two nations are in your womb} Within these three words there are two unique acrostics. An acrostic is the composition in which certain letters in a line form a word or words. In the first acrostic notice the first Letter, i.e. on the right.  In the second acrostic notice the last Letter on the left.


The first acrostic is from the first letter of each of the three words below from the phrase Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych. This is noted in the first example. The second acrostic is taken from the last letter of the last two words of the same phrase. The second acrostic follows the first as Yaakov followed Esau in birth. This acrostic is taken from the last letter of the last two words of the same phrase. I noted this by making these letters darker.  Esau was the first born.  The first acrostic refers to him. 


 שני   גוים   בבטנך = שגב

Saw Gahv {to be high, mighty, strong, extolled, sublime}.


ש300 ג3 ב2 = 305


 שני   גוים   בבפנך


[Final Mem]       מ = ם  [Normal Mem]

 מך

Mawch {poor, humble}


מ40 ך20 = 60


The second acrostic describes Yaakov the second born son, the son who fled from his brother.  Yaakov was the son who for twenty years was the poor son.  From a lesson in a course {Torah 203} at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC entitled Yaakov's Staff we take the following quote which discusses Yaakov's poverty: 'Our sages teach that when Yaakov fled his father Yitzchok's home, Elifaz, the son of Esau, went after him {Yaakov} and overtook him. Elifaz was ordered by his evil father Esau to murder his Uncle Yaakov. Yet Elifaz was raised by his grandfather Yitzchok. Elifaz did not want to disobey his father's order to kill his Uncle Yaakov, even though he realized it was an evil order. Elifaz recognized this responsibility to his father, yet he also recognized his responsibility to do righteousness... When he overtook his Uncle Yaakov he explained his predicament. His Uncle Yaakov helped him sort things out.


...Yaakov's counsel to his nephew was to take everything that he [Yaakov] had with him because a poor man is considered dead. So Elifaz heeded his Uncle Yaakov's counsel and took everything but Yaakov's clothes and staff.


So from the same three word phrase Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych {Two nations are in your womb} we have the acrostic of Saw Gahv {to be high, mighty, strong, extolled, sublime} representing Esau and the acrostic of Mawch {poor, humble} representing Yaakov. The Gematria of שגב Saw Gahv is 305.  The Gematria of מך Mawch is 60.  


The Gematria 305 through Mysticism describes the actions and intent of Esau in the word להרע Lih Haw Rah {to hurt, harm; to do evil} which is what Ha Torah states Esau intended to do to his brother Yaakov. Esau said in his heart, 'The days of mourning for my father are approaching. I will then kill everything from Aleph to Tav of my brother, Yaakov,'  Bereisheit 27.41.  Esau's evil intention was to make it seem as if Yaakov had never been born or existed.


להרע Lih Haw Rah {to hurt, harm; to do evil} 

ל30 ה5 ר200ע70 = 305


הלכה Ha Law Chawh {law, rule, tradition}

ה5 ל30 כ20 ה5 = 60


In the Gematria 60 we see reverence for God and reverence for His Commands in Ha Torah in the word הלכה Hah Law Chawh {law, rule, tradition}. It was Yaakov who loved to study Hah Law Chawh, according to our sages. Yaakov who loved to dwell in tents of learning. Yaakov learned with Shem, the righteous son of Noach, and with Eiver, the righteous great grandson of Shem.


So among these two nations we see Esau, the high, mighty and strong one, subdued by Yaakov, the younger, the humble student of Ha Torah! 

Modeh - Thank You...

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Modeh

In the Morning when we awaken we are suppose to say thank you to our Creator for restoring our soul to us.  We are suppose to say thank you for a restful night. God Willing! How do we handle this responsibility?  How thank flu are we? How do we represent our thanks. Watch this short Video...


מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


I grateful thank you Ooh Living King  for restoring and returning my soul in me with compassion... Great is Your Faithfulness!


מוֹדֶה 

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ,

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם,


מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


Great is Your Faithfulness


Even Them

http://youtu.be/6KPu03zISz0


For Your Salvation I Do Long

http://youtu.be/V78S2BKHQBE


Prayer: Modeh and Rah Baw Emunah Taw Kaw

http://youtu.be/a3pqq-4t3EU


Improve

http://youtu.be/0t5mTYfhyLw


Great Is Your Faithfulness

http://youtu.be/-4JxZ_b9TrQ



Raw Baw Emunah Teh Kaw - Great Is Your Faithfulness [Oh God]


In this short 4 minute video we learn a Negin and a few comments about Our Creator's Faithfulness. The first prayer in the morning before anything else  a Jewish man says Moh Deh Anh Nee  מודה אני  This prayer is just 12 Words. The last two Words reading from the right to left are - רבה אמונתך, meaning our Creator faithfulness to us is great. This Negin / song / tune is just two Words. One can be walking down the street or riding a bike or driving a car and light up with this tune.


When one is down and out and feels like no one cares and all is lost and there is no hope there is Raw Baw Emunah Teh Kaw, i.e God's very very great faithfulness to us. This negin reminds us that we are not alone in our poverty our struggles our seemly hopeless situation. Nothing can exceed God's Faithfulness to us.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4JxZ_b9TrQ&feature=youtu.be


Many Blessings,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies,

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

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Genesis 7.1 - 24

God's Might As Seen In The Gematria of 617 & 762

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 7

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Psalms 117

O Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you peoples. 2  For his loving kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!


The World as know before the Noach Flood was about to change drastically. The Lord God Selected eight individuals from among millions to replenish humankind on earth.  Can we imagine what it was like for Noach and His Wife, sons and daughter-in-laws?  The entire world... all other humans had become corrupt... evil... violent... They rejected our Creators directives. They did what they choose. They were very evil...  I cannot imagine how unruly it was. I cannot imagine how humankind could be so very evil and corrupt.  They were so evil they had to be destroyed. There were so rotten they would perish when the entire earth was flooded.  


Yet, we know that 'Noach did all that the Lord Commanded him.' Noach and his wife, his sons and his daughter-in-laws were different!! They did not live like the other people in the world. They were different. They lived righteously in the face of evil everyday. They remained separated from the world. They were Obedient to the Observances given to them by the Lord God. They did not allow the evil in the world to influence them to sin or do evil. They proclaimed righteousness and obedience in the face of much violence and evil. The faced combative destructive forces and yet remained honest, righteous, pure, holy and faithful to The Lord God and each other.


In our world so many different thoughts... doctrines... religious beliefs exist. Originally the world was in agreement in their beliefs. How is it so many differences exist?


This reminds me of king David spoke of his wondering and of his tears in Psalms 56.9.  He Said,  You have kept count of my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book? In Genesis 7.5 we are reminded of our Creator's accounting... of His Book.


Psalms 56.9

נֹדִי סָפַרְתָּה אָתָּה שִׂימָה דִמְעָתִי בְנֹאדֶךָ הֲלֹא בְּסִפְרָתֶךָי 


בְּסִפְרָתֶךָ

Bih Sae Feh Raw Teh Kaw / In Your Book

ב2 ס60 פ80 ר200 ת400 ך20  = 762


נֹחַ כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּהוּ יְהוָֹה:

Noach   Cih Chohl   Ah Shehr   Tzee Vaw Hoo   HaShem

Noach did all that The Lord Commanded him.

נ50 ח8  כ20  כ20  ל30  א1 ש300 ר200  צ90 ו6 ה5 ו6  י10 ה5  ו6  ה5 =  762


Bereisheit 7.5

וַיַּעַשׂ נֹחַ כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּהוּ יְהוָֹה:  ו 

Genesis 7.5

And he, Noach did all that The Lord Commanded him.


The Book of Jasher / Yasher speaks of how Noach and his family were treated.


Bereisheit 9.8 - 19

 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־נֹחַ וְאֶל־בָּנָיו אִתּוֹ לֵאמֹר:  ט וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי מֵקִים אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְאֶת־זַרְעֲכֶם אַחֲרֵיכֶם:  י וְאֵת כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם בָּעוֹף בַּבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ אִתְּכֶם מִכֹּל יֹצְאֵי הַתֵּבָה לְכֹל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ:  יא וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְלֹא־יִכָּרֵת כָּל־בָּשָׂר עוֹד מִמֵּי הַמַּבּוּל וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה עוֹד מַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ:  יב וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים זֹאת אוֹת־הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי נֹתֵן בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם לְדֹרֹת עוֹלָם:  יג אֶת־קַשְׁתִּי נָתַתִּי בֶּעָנָן וְהָיְתָה לְאוֹת בְּרִית בֵּינִי וּבֵין הָאָרֶץ:  יד וְהָיָה בְּעַנֲנִי עָנָן עַל־הָאָרֶץ וְנִרְאֲתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן:  טו וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל־בָּשָׂר וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה עוֹד הַמַּיִם לְמַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל־בָּשָׂר:  טז וְהָיְתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן וּרְאִיתִיהָ לִזְכֹּר בְּרִית עוֹלָם בֵּין אֱלֹהִים וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאָרֶץ:  יז וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־נֹחַ זֹאת אוֹת־הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר הֲקִמֹתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵין כָּל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאָרֶץ: פ [ששי]  יח וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי־נֹחַ הַיֹּצְאִים מִן־הַתֵּבָה שֵׁם וְחָם וָיָפֶת וְחָם הוּא אֲבִי כְנָעַן:  יט שְׁלֹשָׁה אֵלֶּה בְּנֵי־נֹחַ וּמֵאֵלֶּה נָפְצָה כָל־הָאָרֶץ:  כ 


Genesis 9.8 - 19

 And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9  And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10  And with every living creature that is with you, of the bird, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11  And I will establish my covenant with you; nor shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; nor shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12  And God said, This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for everlasting generations; 13  I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. 14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; 15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17  And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. 18  And the sons of Noah, who went out of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19  These are the three sons of Noah; and from them was the whole earth peopled. 


After the world was destroyed and was renewed with life The Lord God established His Covenant.


הַבְּרִית

Hah Bih Reet / The Covenant

ה5 ב2 ר200 י10 ת400 = 617


   אִישׁ  

Eesh Man / Husband

א1 י10 ש 300 = 311


    אִשָּׁה

Eesh Shawh Woman / Wife

א1 ש300 ה5 = 306


617 = 311 + 306


Mystically we observe that the Covenant is with man / woman. The covenant is with the man and woman that observes the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. This means the man, i.e. the husband and the woman, i.e. the wife have a correct relationship with their unified covenant with The Lord God.



Psalms 117

O Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you peoples. 2  For his loving kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!

 

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Bereisheit Vayishlach - 8

Genesis 32.4 - 36.43