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Journey Through Genesis ©


Genesis 35


Give Account of Your Life! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־יַעֲקֹב קוּם עֲלֵה בֵית־אֵל וְשֶׁב־שָׁם וַעֲשֵׂה־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לָאֵל הַנִּרְאֶה אֵלֶיךָ בְּבָרְחֲךָ מִפְּנֵי עֵשָׂו אָחִיךָ:  


Bereisheit / Genesis 35.1


וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־יַעֲקֹב


Arise - Yaakov was praying.  He was prostrated.  He was bowed low. He was extremely serious. He was seeking advise. Nations gathered their armies and were preparing to go to war with him. Several weeks ago we read that Eisov, his brother was coming with four hundred men.  Yaakov felt like Eisov's intent was to attack him. Our Creator guided Yaakov and his family through this trial.  Now Yaakov faced another life threatening trial. Deenah was kidnapped and rapped. 


The men of Shechem would not bring their young prince to justice.  The men of Shechem would not follow the Seven Laws. Kidnapping is a capital offense.  Kidnapping is stealing. Rape is also stealing. They would not bring the prince to justice. Shimon and Levy, as Jews had the right to enforce Noachide law even outside of Yisroel. 


Go - 


Up to Bethel


And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-El, and live there; and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother. 2  Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments; 3  And let us arise, and go up to Beth-El; and I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4  And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5  And they journeyed; and the terror of God was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6  So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-El, he and all the people who were with him. 7  And he built there an altar, and called the place El-Beth-El; because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


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Genesis 36


GREED! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Dear Ones when we read the first Passuk / Verse of Bereisheit / Genesis 36 immediately a question should pop up. What is that question?



 וְאֵלֶּה תֹּלְדוֹת עֵשָׂו הוּא אֱדוֹם:


Genesis 36.1

And these are descendants of Eisov who also was known as Edom.


Why Does our Creator Identify Eisov as Edom?  What did Eisov do to become known as Edom?  What is the significance of being known as Edom?  Why should we go in the opposite direction? 


Eisov was the first born of Yaakov.  He was the older twin brother of Yaakov. He had greater potential than Yaakov to know learn and follow Ha Torah.  Remember Ha Torah is Genesis Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.


Let's note the Gematria Miluy Godal of Edom. The final letter of Edom is a ם Final Mem. The Final Mem looks like a square. A Final Letter can only be used at the end of a Word. When a Final Letter is used for the Letter Mem the Gematria may remain as 40 or increase to 600.  In this case the Letter Mem מ can be either 40 or 600. When we use the Final Mem ם


The Normal Gematria of Edom is 51. This points to Eisov desire to consume. The Gematria of eating... consuming is also 51.


Edom

אֱדוֹם

א1 ד4 ו6 ם40 = 51


וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל

Genesis 2.16, 17

And He, the Lord God Commanded to the Adam [i.e. Adam and Chavah] Saying , 'From All Trees in the Garden [of Eden] eat freely... But from the tree of knowledge of good and evil do not eat from it for in the day you eat from it you will die.


וּמֵעֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע לֹא תֹאכַל מִמֶּנּוּ כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ מוֹת תָּמוּת:


What did Adam and Chavah do?  They ate from the tree. They desired the tree. They lusted for the tree they could not have. They defended their actions of sealing by saying they could see it was good for food. They disobeyed the Command of the Creator. They broke the Command do not steal.  They stole. They feed their desire!


Eat / Consume

אָכֹל

א1 צ20 ל30 = 51


Dear Ones,  What is the definition of GREED?  To be Covetousness... to be materialistic... to be money-grubbing... to be self indulge... to Desire... to Crave.. to Lust... to yearn... to hunger... From this we learn that Eisov was driven by strong appetites to do wrong. 


On the day of his Grandfather Avraham's death and burial our Sages Teach 'Yitzchok and Rivkah weep; Yaakov weeps; heaven and earth weep. The sick people Avraham had healed and all those upon whom he had showered hospitality -- all mourn for him. The great of all the nations stood in the mourner's row and lamented, 'Woe to the world that has lost its leader; woe to the ship that has lost its pilot!' (Bava Basra 91b) Yishmael mourns the great father he had just helped bury.  They return from the Cave of Machpelah Yitzchok sits on the ground and mourns while Yaakov prepares the customary mourner's meal from his own lentils since a mourner may not eat the first meal from his own food, but only from that of others.


Where was Eisov? 


Esau, in contrast, is portrayed as going about his evil business as usual, uninvolved, as it were, in his family's bereavement: 'Esau came in from the field' after he committed five crimes on that very day: 


1. He violated a betrothed maiden.

2. He committed murder.

3. He denied God.

4. He denied the resurrection of the dead.

5. He spurned the birthright.  See Artscroll Bereisheit 25


This brings us to the Spirituality of our discussion.  The Gematria of Torah is 611. Eisov had the opportunity to learn from the world's best Spiritual Teachers, Shem and Eiver. He walked away from them... Eisov walked away from Torah Observance.


Torah

 תּוֹרָה

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611


The Midrash Teaches that when Esau learned why Jacob was preparing lentils he exclaimed blasphemously, 'If Judgment has been able to overtake that righteous man (i.e. Abraham who did not reach the longevity of Adam or Noah -- [Yafeh Toar]) then there is neither reward nor resurrection!' To this the Midrash concludes, the Shechinah cried out, 'Weep not for the dead -- i.e. for Abraham -- nor bemoan him; but weep bitterly for him who went away -- that is, for Esau (who forsook the true faith).']


This brings us to the Word Edom. What did Eisov say to Yaakov?


We know that the Seven Laws come from Bereisheit 2.16.  We Mystically the connection between Edom and Greed. There is also a Spiritual connection.  What is the Spiritual Connection?



Edom

אֱדוֹם

א1 ד4 ו6 ם600 = 611



Genesis 25.30

 וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל־יַעֲקֹב הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן־הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה כִּי עָיֵף אָנֹכִי עַל־כֵּן קָרָא־שְׁמוֹ אֱדוֹם:


And He Eisov said to Yaakov, [with animal like voracity] pour into me, now some of that red red stuff for I am exhausted. And therefore he was named Edom.


Dear ones the point to our discussion is for us to ask ourselves what drives us.  Why do we do the things we do?


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Journey Through Genesis ©


Genesis 37


 חֲלוֹם

Chah Lom,  A Dream, A Vision ©


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Bereisheit 20.3

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

'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.'


Bereisheit 31.10

וַיְהִי בְּעֵת יַחֵם הַצֹּאן וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי וָאֵרֶא בַּחֲלוֹם וְהִנֵּה הָעֲתֻּדִים הָעֹלִים עַל־הַצֹּאן עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּבְרֻדִּים

 'And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were striped, spotted and speckled.'


Bereisheit 31.11

 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים בַּחֲלוֹם יַעֲקֹב וָאֹמַר הִנֵּנִי

'And the Gngel of God Spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob; And I said, Here am I.'


Bereisheit 37.5

וַיַּחֲלֹם יוֹסֵף חֲלוֹם וַיַּגֵּד לְאֶחָיו וַיּוֹסִפוּ עוֹד שְׂנֹא אֹתוֹ

'And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers; and they hated him even more.'


Bereisheit 40.8

'Do not interpretations belong to God?'


BaMidbar 12.6-8 

Our Creator Said,  'And he said, Hear now my words; If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream.  Not so with my servant Moses, for he is the trusted one in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, manifestly, and not in dark speech; and he behold the form of the Lord.'


Rabbi Michael Munk writes in his Book, The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet on page 112, 'The number eight symbolizes man's ability to transcend the limitations of physical existence.' The Letter ח / Chet which in Gematria is the number eight is the first Letter of חֲלוֹם / Chah Lom, meaning to dream to have a vision. The first three usages of חֲלוֹם actually begin with the Letter ב Bet as referenced above. The Letter ב Bet normally means in or with or through. The letter Bet combined with Chah Lom means in a dream or through a dream or with a dream etc. Mystically our Creator can and does communicate with us in a dream or a vision.


The first time Ha Torah records the actual use of the word בַּחֲלוֹם meaning in a dream is in Bereisheit 20.3 Our Creator Spoke to a Noachide king, Avimelech. 


Another way our Creator Communicates with us is through a deep sleep known as תַּרְדֵּמָה / Tah Rih Day Maw.  Here one enters a state of unconsciousness. It's as if the Letter Chet like a bag descends upon us. 


Bereisheit 2.21

וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה

'And the Lord God Made Adam fall into a deep sleep, and he slept; and He took one from his side, and closed up the flesh.'


Bereisheit 15.12

וַיְהִי הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לָבוֹא וְתַרְדֵּמָה נָפְלָה עַל־אַבְרָם וְהִנֵּה אֵימָה חֲשֵׁכָה גְדֹלָה נֹפֶלֶת עָלָיו

' And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him.'


Bereisheit 15.1

אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great.


Then there is Vah Yah Rawh where one has a mental vision as Avram did in Bereisheit 18.1. Avraham's eyes may have been open but most likely they were closed.  He had a mental vision.  This is similar to a dream. One may be awake.


Bereisheit 18.1

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם:


Dear Ones our point here is to say there are special ways some of us may experience a communication from God. It helps to know what is happening. If you would like to share a vision or a dream  from our Creator we have a web blog set up to discuss and share at:


http://www.bnti.us/bnti_blog/2012/05/visions-dreams-and-other-mysti.html


I will share a recent dream in the blog.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 38


Living The Life of a Harlot?


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Parshats in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.



Dear Ones Ha Torah Says,


Yehudah Saw her, he thought her to be a harlot since she had covered her face. So he detoured to her by the road and said, "Come if you please, let me consort with you," For he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law, Bereisheit 38.15,16


He thought she was a Harlot because she exhibited what many call modesty...


What is a Harlot?

What does Ha Tenach Teach about Harlotry?


Harlot.... A prostitute, a whore, file de joie, a call girl; promiscuous an informal hooker,a  hustler, a tramp; a streetwalker, a hussy, a lady of the evening, a pro, a member of the oldest profession, a scarlet woman, a loose woman, a fallen woman, a cocotte, a wanton; a archaic a strumpet, a courtesan, a trollop, a doxy, a trull.


What is it to be Promiscuous?

Promiscuous -  a promiscuous teenager licentious, sexually indiscriminate, wanton, immoral, fast; informal easy, swinging, sluttish, whorish, bed-hopping; dated loose, fallen. antonym chaste, virtuous. promiscuous reading indiscriminate, undiscriminating, unselective, random, haphazard, irresponsible, unthinking, unconsidered. antonym selective.


The question arises, Did Yehudah do wrong?  What do you think?


Our Sages Teach us to view Yehudah's actions in the correct historical perspective.  Yehudah's actions happened around 2212 FC. At this time harlotry was permitted according to Rambam.  See Stone p211


The halachic perspective of Judah's action.

Judah's action must be viewed in the perspective of the time in which he lived. As Rambam (Hit. Ishus 1:4) writes, harlotry was permitted in those times -- just as non-kosher foods were not forbidden -- before  the Torah was given. Even though the Patriarchs -- and presumably their families -- observed the Torah before it was given, they did so voluntarily, so that it was conceivable that where necessary they would act according to the laws that were obligatory at the time. Consequently, if the Divine plan required Judah to cohabit with a "harlot," he would be permitted to do so. [Cf. the case of Jacob marrying two sisters which later Torah law would absolutely forbid.]

14. -- And she had not been given to him as 'a wife. This explains why Tamar did such an undigni­fied thing. She was determined to have children from Judah (Rashi). Since it could not be through Shelah, she had no alternative but that it be from Judah himself (Gur Aryeh). This was part of God's plan, for he wanted the Messianic dynasty to come from Tamar through Judah, who was more righteous and pure than his son Shelah (Sforno).


16-18.-- What will you give me? Tamar did not want money and would have refused it if it had been offered--_ She wanted something that she could use later to prove -­her consort was Judah, so that her pregnancy would acknowledged as the result of a levirate union. So  great was the passion burning within him [as a result c- Providential intervention (Abarbanel)] that Judah gave her  three valuable items as a pledge for a single goat and items that would so conclusively identify him.


Look at:http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?Criteria=harlot&t=KJV


How do we live?  How do we want to be thought of?  It is important for us to be careful... Do we live as a Harlot to our Creator?


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 39


Needing G-d's Favor ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.




וְיוֹסֵף, הוּרַד מִצְרָיְמָה; וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, אִישׁ מִצְרִי, מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה.


 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an

 Egyptian, bought him from the hands of the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down there, Genesis 39.1.



YOSEIF'S BROTHERS HUMBLED & REJECTED HIM...

Yoseif was was stripped of his tunic [of many colors] his fine woolen tunic that was on him, Genesis 37.23

Yoseif was cast [down] into a pit, Genesis 37.23


YOSEIF WAS SOLD INTO SLAVERY...

Yoseif was sold to Midianite Traders who sold him to Yishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver  Genesis 37.27,28

Yoseif was brought down to Mitzrim / Egypt... Genesis 39.1

Yoseif was sold to Potiphar, Genesis 37,36


 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ; וַיְהִי, בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי.


HASHEM IS WITH YOSEIF

And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian, Genesis 39.2



 וַיַּרְא אֲדֹנָיו, כִּי יְהוָה אִתּוֹ; וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ בְּיָדוֹ.


And his master saw, For the LORD was with him, and all that he made, LORD Prospered with his hand. Genesis 39.3



 וַיִּמְצָא יוֹסֵף חֵן בְּעֵינָיו, וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתוֹ; וַיַּפְקִדֵהוּ, עַל-בֵּיתוֹ, וְכָל-יֶשׁ-לוֹ, נָתַן בְּיָדוֹ.


And he, Yoseif found favor in his eyes, and he Minister to him, and [Potiphar] appointed [Yoseif] over his house and all substance was given into his hand, Genesis 39.4


   וַיְהִי מֵאָז הִפְקִיד אֹתוֹ בְּבֵיתוֹ, וְעַל כָּל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ, וַיְבָרֶךְ יְהוָה אֶת-בֵּית הַמִּצְרִי, בִּגְלַל יוֹסֵף; וַיְהִי בִּרְכַּת יְהוָה, בְּכָל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ--בַּבַּיִת, וּבַשָּׂדֶה.


And it happened from the time [Yoseif] was appointed over [Potiphar's] house and all his substance that HaShem Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of the Egyptian's house on account of Yoseif. And it happened that the Blessing of HaShem was on all [Potiphar's] substance and in his house and in his field, Genesis 39.5.


Yosief is a beautiful man, Genesis 39.6

The Master's wife wants a physical relationship with Yoseif, Genesis 39.7

Yoseif refuses, Genesis 39.8

The Master's wife was persistent, Genesis 39.9-11

The Master's wife lies about Yoseif, Genesis 39.12-18

The Master heard and was angry, Genesis 39.19

Yoseif is placed in prison, Genesis 39.20



HASHEM IS WITH YOSEIF

 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד; וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ, בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר.


And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and Extended Kindness to him and he was given favor in the eyes of the officer of the prison house, Genesis 39.21.


 וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, בְּיַד-יוֹסֵף, אֵת כָּל-הָאֲסִירִם, אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר; וְאֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם, הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה.


And he, the officer of the prison house gave into Yoseif's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison house and all that was done their [Yoseif]  was the doer, Genesis 39.22.


אֵין שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, רֹאֶה אֶת-כָּל-מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ, בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָה, אִתּוֹ; וַאֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ.


The Officer of the prison house, saw everything from Aleph to Tav of all , anything in ]Yoseif's] hands in that HaShem was with him and his doings HaShem Made to prosper, Genesis 39.23.


Our Creator Allows some people to get in our way. Our Creator Allows some people to make things difficult for us. Yet our Creator is with us.  Our Creator Blesses our Works. Our Creator Blesses our hands. Our Creator blesses things under our direction. Others see the Creator's Blessing upon us. Potiphar's and the Officer of the prison house each realized HaShem's Blessing on Yoseif. Yet where was Yoseif? He was deserted by his brothers. He was forsaken by his brothers.  He was sold into slavery. He was placed in prison because of lies. Yet our Creator blessed him.


Was it easy for Yoseif? No! Did Yoseif like his situation? No, not entirely... Did everything go in Yoseif's direction? No! Did Yoseif have struggles? Yes! It is important to focus on the facts. It's OK to dream yet we need to be realistic! Our Creator does send us challenges amidst His Blessings. 


You can look into your life no matter how difficult it maybe and see the hand of our Creator 'IF' you want to...  May we see His Blessings... May we be thankful for His Blessing upon us!


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 40


Letters Of Sin ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai NOach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Ha Torah Says that a sin was committed in Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1 If we want to know what sin is we must  travel back to Bereisheit / Genesis 4.6 & 7 where sin is mentioned for the first time in the Bible. Ha Torah Says,

Bereisheit / Genesis 4.6

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־קָיִן לָמָּה חָרָה לָךְ וְלָמָּה נָפְלוּ פָנֶיךָ  


And He, HaShem, the LORD Said to Kayin, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?


Have you ever tried to reason with a son or daughter that was angry?  Have you ever tried to reason with a spouse that was angry?  Have you ever tried to reason with a friend or a boss or a co-worker that was angry?  Our Creator is trying to reason with Kayin who is angry...


Bereisheit / Genesis 4.7


 הֲלוֹא אִם־תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת  רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ


The LORD Said... Surely, If you do well, i.e if you improve yourself, you are forgiven, i.e. lifted up! And if you don't do well, sin creeps at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it, i.e govern it.


The KJV Says, 'And the Lord Said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.


There is a huge translation difference here...




The Word  אִם  Eem is a conditional Word that means 'If'.  Eem represents a choice. One can do good. One can do not as good. One can do bad. One can do very bad.  Eem represents a choice. It is very important to understand sin is a choice. Doing better is a choice!!


What are the choices?  The Word תֵּיטִיב Tay Veet means to improve. The LORD says, 'if you improve'.  Our Sages Say HaShem Wanted to Teach Kayin how to repent, Stone p21 (Radak). The emphasis is upon improving. The next Word that follows is שְׂאֵת Sih Ayt meaning to be lifted up to be elevated to be forgiven. The point is that if one improves one is elevated. One is forgiven. Again our Sages Teach, HaShem taught Kayin that man can always repent and that He Will always forgive him, Stone 21 (Ramban).


In this [Verse HaShem] tells Cain that he does not desire sacrifice but obedience ... (Malbim) 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 147


Dear Ones, in this first discussion about sin and repentance in the Bible NOTHING is said about offering a sacrifice. The emphasis is upon improvement and controlling one'S evil inclination.  Ha Torah Says,


וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת  רֹבֵץ


'And 'if' you do not do well, i.e if you do not improve yourself sin Chah Tawt meaning sin חַטָּאת creeps at the door.


וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ 


Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.



The Bible Teaches that we have power over the desires that bring about sin in each of our lives. Nothing is said about needing a redeemer or a savior.  The Word וְאֵלֶיךָ  Vih Ay Leh Chaw means 'to you or towards you'.  The Word Vih Ah Taw means 'yet you...' The LORD is Teaching Kayin that he has the ability to control his desires and to conquer them.  This is how we deal with issues. The LORD Gives each of us strength to conquer our desires.  This is God's Plan and has ALWAYS been God's Plan. If G-d is willing I plan to discuss this in an up coming book entitled God's Plan From The Beginning.


When we consider the Word Tee Mih Shawl - Bow תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ we note the Letter in red is a ת Tav. When the Letter Tav is attached to the beginning of a Word where it does not normally belong this often represents that 'this is a sign'. This would be like spelling the word govern with the letter t in front of it, (tgovern). It does not go there.  Those who read English know the word govern is not spelled with a t in the beginning. In English we would call this an incorrect spelling.  In the Original Language of the Bible, Hebrew we call this a Letter that is pointing to an important sign.


The Letter Tav is the last Letter in the Word אות Oht, meaning 'Sign'.


In Bereisheit 4.7 the Letter Tav is not part of the Word. This means that the Tav is a sign we need to pay close attention to. Ha Torah is telling us to dig around a little to mine here. The intent is for us to understand that one can conquer their desires and that one can govern their desires!


Now that we have defined sin as letting our desires get out of line we return to Bereisheit 40.1


The root Word for sin is  חָטָא Chaw Taw.  Notice the red Word in Bereisheit / Genesis 4.7. Chaw Taw means to sin. Notice the Word in Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1


וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה חָטְאוּ מַשְׁקֵה מֶלֶךְ־מִצְרַיִם וְהָאֹפֶה לַאֲדֹנֵיהֶם לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִם


When Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1 begins by saying, 'After these events a sin was committed.' We understand that an officer of Pharaoh's court let his desire get out of line. What Ha Torah Says and does not say here is very important.  See if you can pick it up. Pharaoh is angry with his Chief Butler and his Chief Baker. He is not angry with one man alone. He is angry with two men. Yet Ha Torah Says, 'After these events a sin was committed.' The Word used is  חָטְאוּ 

Chah Tih Voo meaning 'a sin'.  There were not multiple sins committed. In Vayikro / Leviticus 20.20 Ha Torah Says,


 וְאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אֶת־דֹּדָתוֹ עֶרְוַת דֹּדוֹ גִּלָּה חֶטְאָם יִשָּׂאוּ עֲרִירִים יָמֻתוּ 



And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he has uncovered his uncle's nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless, Leviticus 20.20. The Word used is plural.  How do we know the Word is plural? חֶטְאָם meaning, sins Cheh Tih Awm has the Final Letter ם Mem at the end of the Word. This normally means the Word is plural. Why am I pointing this out? It is because Pharaoh was angry with two men but ha Torah informs ONLY ONE man committed the offense. I discussed this offense in another lesson a few years back so I won't repeat it here. 


וַיַּחַלְמוּ חֲלוֹם שְׁנֵיהֶם אִישׁ חֲלֹמוֹ בְּלַיְלָה אֶחָד אִישׁ כְּפִתְרוֹן חֲלֹמוֹ הַמַּשְׁקֶה וְהָאֹפֶה אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם אֲשֶׁר אֲסוּרִים בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר


The two of them [the Chief Butler and the Chief Baker] had dreams [plural]. Each had his dream [singular] in one night...


Here we see the use of plural and singular. English translators can really mess things up when they don't make these significant differences known in their translations...


The story goes on to say Yoseif said, 'Do not interpretations belong to God?  Then Yoseif explains the meaning of each dream. The Chief Butler was restored to his position the Chief Baker was executed. So what Ha Torah is sharing with us is that two men were accused and imprisoned but only one was guilty. The innocent officer was restored. The guilty officer was punished. The premise for the entire story is stated in the first five Words of the story, 'After these events a sin was committed.'


What should we take away from this lesson?


Blessings, Love, and Peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 41


The Trauma of Yoseif an Osnat © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Parshat is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.


This is an excerpt from my new book entitled The Mysteries of Ha Torah Revealed... G-d Willing to soon be published... Kan Nah Nah Haw Rah....


'In Parshat Mikeitz an interesting name surfaces. The name is אסנת Osnat, wife of Yoseif.  When we think of אסנת Osnat we should immediately think of אשרי Ahsh Ray... We should think of her as an individual who is praiseworthy.  We should also think of תקוה Teek Vaw...  We should think of Osnat as a woman of hope and expectation.


As a child Osnat was driven from Yaakov's house by her uncles according to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer. This was because her uncles were concerned that people would speak of licentiousness in their tents.  They were concerned that people would think that they were morally perverse.  As a result Yaakov engraved a metal plate and put it around Osnat' neck to protect her.  The metal plate was engraved with words to the effect that Osnat' parents were Shechem and Deenah and that whoever married her would be marrying a relative of Yaakov's family.  

Potiphar

At this point Osnat was placed under a bush in a field and left.  Her name is a derivative of the word Si Neh {thorn bush}.  Through providence a Malach {messenger} took Osnat from under the thorn bush to the house of Potiphar in Egypt.  He and his wife raised her as their own daughter.  Twenty-two years later Pharaoh ordered that Osnat marry Yoseif to vindicate Yoseif from any guilt brought on by the false accusation of her foster mother, Potiphar's wife.  Potiphar's wife accused Yoseif of sexual assault.  It is at this point that we make mention of the fact that the Midrash points out that at every birth of Yaakov's sons a twin daughter was born.  The purpose was so that the sons could marry sisters as wives.  However when Yoseif was born without a twin sister this was a sign that Yoseif would marry someone else, Osnat.'


May our Creator ASSIST EACH OF US who have struggled with trumah and difficulties in life to see His Purpose and how these struggles fit into the puzzle of our life's...  Kan Nah Nah Haw Rah....


Many blessings of Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 42

Prison Or  ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute. LLC


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Prior to Genesis 42.16 prison was the 'the round house'. Beginning with Genesis 42.16 prison takes on an entirely different meaning as we shell see... 


Genesis 39.20-23

וַיִּקַּח אֲדֹנֵי יוֹסֵף אֹתוֹ וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ אֶל־בֵּית הַסֹּהַר מְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־אסורי [אֲסִירֵי] הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲסוּרִים וַיְהִי־שָׁם בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר

And Yoseif's master took him, and put him in the prison / the round house, a place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the prison / 'In The Round House'

וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר


However, HaShem was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison / the round rouse.


 וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר בְּיַד־יוֹסֵף אֵת כָּל־הָאֲסִירִם אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה


And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoseif's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatever was done there, he was the doer of it.


אֵין ׀ שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר רֹאֶה אֶת־כָּל־מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אִתּוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר־הוּא עֹשֶׂה יְהוָֹה מַצְלִיחַ: פ


The keeper of the prison / the Round Hose looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because HaShem was with him, and that which he did, HaShem made it to prosper.

וַיַּחַלְמוּ חֲלוֹם שְׁנֵיהֶם אִישׁ חֲלֹמוֹ בְּלַיְלָה אֶחָד אִישׁ כְּפִתְרוֹן חֲלֹמוֹ הַמַּשְׁקֶה וְהָאֹפֶה אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם אֲשֶׁר אֲסוּרִים בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר

Genesis 40.5

And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison /the round House.


 שִׁלְחוּ מִכֶּם אֶחָד וְיִקַּח אֶת־אֲחִיכֶם וְאַתֶּם הֵאָסְרוּ וְיִבָּחֲנוּ דִּבְרֵיכֶם הַאֱמֶת אִתְּכֶם וְאִם־לֹא חֵי פַרְעֹה כִּי מְרַגְּלִים אַתֶּם:

Genesis 42.16

Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, tied up confined [in my house] that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies. 

 וַיֶּאֱסֹף אֹתָם אֶל־מִשְׁמָר שְׁלשֶׁת יָמִים:

Genesis 42.17

17  And he put them all together under guard [in the prison] for three days.


אִם־כֵּנִים אַתֶּם אֲחִיכֶם אֶחָד יֵאָסֵר בְּבֵית מִשְׁמַרְכֶם וְאַתֶּם לְכוּ הָבִיאוּ שֶׁבֶר רַעֲבוֹן בָּתֵּיכֶם: 

Genesis 42.19

 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in the house of your prison; you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.


Yoseif did not want his brother to experience the prisons he did.  May we be kind to those around us. May we be tender hearted about their needs.  May our Creator be blessed.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 43


Ha Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben ChavahEthel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


Dear Ones please notice Genesis 43.26-30... The first discussion is about loving and enjoying Ha Torah. There is a very great value to loving Ha Torah.  One does not need to be a Rabbi to love and enjoy Ha Torah.  One does not need to be Jewish to love and enjoy Ha Torah. One does not need to be educated to love and enjoy Ha Torah.  Dovid Ha Melek wrote, Happy is the man / woman ...whose delight is in Ha Torah of HaShem; and in His Torah he / she  meditates day and night. He / She shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; [his / her] leaf shall not wither; and whatever he / she does shall prosper. Tehillim / Psalms one


We want to be joyful.  We want to be happy. We want to be fulfilled. We arrive at this goal by hungering for Ha Torah. Dovid Ha Melech wrote, 



 סֵעֲפִים שָׂנֵאתִי וְתוֹרָתְךָ אָהָבְתִּי:

...and Your Torah I love,  Tehillim / Psalms 119.113.


סִגִים הִשְׁבַּתָּ כָל־רִשְׁעֵי־אָרֶץ לָכֵן אָהַבְתִּי עֵדֹתֶיךָ:


...I love Your Witness / Your Testimonies, Tehillim / Psalms 119.119.


 עַל־כֵּן אָהַבְתִּי מִצְוֹתֶיךָ מִזָּהָב וּמִפָּז:


Oh! Yes!  I love Your Commands more than gold more than finest [Gold], Tehillim 119.127.


רְאֵה כִּי־פִקּוּדֶיךָ אָהָבְתִּי יְהֹוָה כְּחַסְדְּךָ חַיֵּנִי:


Observe! For Your Precepts I love, like [I love] Your Kindness and grace, Tehillim 119.159.


The Word Torah occurs 23 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Ha Torah occurs 48 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Toraht occurs 49 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Ha Toraht occurs 1 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Torah Tekah meaning Your Torah occurs 8 times in Ha Tenach.


What is the point to this?  Most English Bibles do not use the Word Torah. Most often they say Law rather than Torah. In doing this the meaning is some what stifled and hidden and covered. The read may equate many thoughts to the Word Law that they would not if the Word Torah was used. When we read in Tehillim 19 that the Torah of the L-rd is Perfect we may miss the intent if we were to read the Law of the L-rd is Perfect. The Law of the L-rd is quoted in many places. The Law of the L-rd that Dovid Ha Melek is writing about is Ha Torah. When one reads Ha Torah of the L-rd is perfect that reference is ONLY to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. 


The Gematria of Ha Torah is 616.  For those that are new to the studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we Teach according to the custom of our Sages. Our Sages Teach that every Letter of the Alef Bet / the Hebrew Alpha Bet has a corresponding number. When these numbers are combined they equal a total. The Total is an אות a sign. Scholars call this Gematria, i.e. a system of assigning a number value to a Hebrew Letter Word or Phrase... This is also called Kabbalah or Jewish Mysticism.




Ha Torah

התורה


ה5 ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 616



Genesis 43.26

וַיִּשְׁאַל לָהֶם לְשָׁלוֹם וַיֹּאמֶר הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם הַעוֹדֶנּוּ חָי:  



And he inquired of them about [how is your] peace / welfare, And he said, [how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder, you spoke of [him] is he alive, Genesis 43.26?



 הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן

[how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder


ה5 ש300 ל30 ו6 ם40 = 381   א1 ב2 י10 כ20 ם40 =73   ה5 ז7 ק100 ן50 = 162    162 + 73 + 381 = 616  



We have just shown that the total for the Letters in the Word Ha Torah is 616 and the total Letters in the Words [How is] the peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder is also 616. What does this say to us?  What should this say to us? 


Rabbi Eleazar Said in the name of Rabbi Chanina: The disciples of the wise increase peace in the world, as it says, And all thy children shall be taught of the L-rd, and great shall be the peace of thy children. Do not read בניך banayik meaning your children but instead read bonayik your builders Why? Because great is the peace for those that love Ha Torah / Your Law, and there is no stumbling for them. Peace be within your walls and prosperity within your homes. For my brethren and companions' sake I say, Peace be within you  For the sake of the house of the L-rd our G-d I will seek your good. The L-rd will give strength to His people, the L-rd will Bless His people with peace. Berachot 64a


Dear Ones this speaks to the great value for the daily study of Ha Torah.


Assignment:


Those that have enrolled in Journey Through Genesis are required to do their homework assignments. Please answer each question then return it by E-mail. If you would like to discuss any area of this discussion please write or phone me at 636-577-7945.


1.) List the ONLY Books of Ha Torah.

2.) Why is it better to use the Word Torah instead of the Word Law? Do you agree with this? 

3.) King David said, The Torah of the L-rd is Perfect. Can you think of any reason why someone would want to do away with the Perfect Torah?


May HaShem Bless those who love and enjoy and Observe Ha Torah and for those who try...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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There are points below that are not discussed in the audio.  


The Second point of discussion is the Word בַּיְתָ meaning house.  In Passuk 27 it is called הַבַּיְתָה Which brings about another discussion.  


Genesis 43.27

 וַיָּבֹא יוֹסֵף הַבַּיְתָה וַיָּבִיאוּ לוֹ אֶת־הַמִּנְחָה אֲשֶׁר־בְּיָדָם הַבָּיְתָה וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ אָרְצָה:  


And he, Yoseif came to the house. And they [his brothers] brought the offering that was in their hand

to the house and they prostrated themselves on the ground, Genesis 43.27.



It is important to note Ha Torah's usage of the Letter Hey at the end of the Word. The Letter Hey is not necessary at the end of the Word unless it is telling us something.  Since the Hey is there it is telling us whose house it is.  It is 'HER' house.  Notice Genesis 39.11



Genesis 39.11

 וַיְהִי כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וַיָּבֹא הַבַּיְתָה לַעֲשׂוֹת מְלַאכְתּוֹ וְאֵין אִישׁ מֵאַנְשֵׁי הַבַּיִת שָׁם בַּבָּיִת



And it happened on the day, this very day, And he came to the house to do work and no man from the ruler of the house was in the house, Genesis 39.11.


וַתִּתְפְּשֵׂהוּ בְּבִגְדוֹ לֵאמֹר שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי וַיַּעֲזֹב בִּגְדוֹ בְּיָדָהּ וַיָּנָס וַיֵּצֵא הַחוּצָה


And she grabbed him saying, 'be with me' He left his garment and fled and went outside. Notice that the Word Lay Mohr is not feminine.  Normally when a woman is speaking the Word would be spelled like Genesis 3.2 and 3.13. 


 וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה אֶל־הַנָּחָשׁ מִפְּרִי עֵץ־הַגָּן נֹאכֵל

And she said...


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לָאִשָּׁה מַה־זֹּאת עָשִׂית וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה הַנָּחָשׁ הִשִּׁיאַנִי וָאֹכֵל


And he said...


And she said...


However here the Word לֵאמֹר is an adverb used to modify the verb. She grabbed him. The adverb tells us how she trapped him.  It was not just that she grabbed him. She grabbed him like a man who would not be refused, like a man with a death lock on a woman. As she grabbed him with this death like hold and at the same time she said to him in a hard determined voice like when one commands another,  'BE WITH ME!!". It was to this house that Yoseif  met his brothers. The lady who did this to him became his Step Mother in Law. Yoseif married Asnot , her step daughter (the daughter of Deenah bat Leah). Yoseif was her step son in law. Her attempt was for a righteous purpose. As Viceroy Yoseif was now over his former master and all that he had. There was a purpose that Yoseif met his brothers at her house. Yoseif's House had mezuzah on the door.  Yoseif's house had Shabbat Candle holders and Challah covers and a very noticeable Jewish presence. So he met his brothers at her house.


Why did Lot's wife turn back to look at the city.  Many teach it was because her daughters and grand children were their. It is because the house was her house.  Ha Torah Says in Genesis 19.11


וַיִּשְׁלְחוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים אֶת־יָדָם וַיָּבִיאוּ אֶת־לוֹט אֲלֵיהֶם הַבָּיְתָה וְאֶת־הַדֶּלֶת סָגָרוּ


Ha Torah Says that the men [Angels] put out their hands and pulled Lot to them, into the house and closed the door.



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וַיִּשְׁאַל לָהֶם לְשָׁלוֹם וַיֹּאמֶר הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם הַעוֹדֶנּוּ חָי:  



And he inquired of them about [how is your] peace / welfare, And he said, [how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder, you spoke of [him] is he alive?



 וַיֹּאמְרוּ שָׁלוֹם לְעַבְדְּךָ לְאָבִינוּ עוֹדֶנּוּ חָי וַיִּקְּדוּ וישתחו [וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲוּוּ] :  



And they said [together He is at] peace, your servant, our Father. He is alive. They bowed their heads and prostrated to the ground.


וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת־בִּנְיָמִין אָחִיו בֶּן־אִמּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר הֲזֶה אֲחִיכֶם הַקָּטֹן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם אֵלָי וַיֹּאמַר אֱלֹהִים יָחְנְךָ בְּנִי:



And he lifted his eyes and saw everything from Aleph to Tav of Benjamin his brother, son of his mother, And he said to his brothers Is this the little one that you spoke of to me? And he said [to Benjamin], G-d Be Gracious to you my son!



 וַיְמַהֵר יוֹסֵף כִּי־נִכְמְרוּ רַחֲמָיו אֶל־אָחִיו וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת וַיָּבֹא הַחַדְרָה וַיֵּבְךְּ שָׁמָּה



And he Yoseif hurried [away] because enkindled was his compassion to his brothers and he needed to weep and he went to the room and weep there. Our Sages question why did Yoseif Weep?  The following story is told. Yoseif was touched with great compassion because of his brother Benjamin's actions.


Yoseif inquired of Benjamin, Do you have a brother from the same mother? 


Benjamin responded, I had a brother but I do not know where he is.


Then Yoseif inquires of Benjamin, Do you have any children?


Benjamin answers, I have ten sons.


Yoseif asks, What are their names?


Benjamin said Bela, Becher, Ashbeil, Geiroh, Naamon, Eichi, Rosh, Muppim, Chuppim and Ard


Yoseif inquired, what is the essence of each name?


Benjamin answers by saying each name is related to my brother and the troubles he has experienced. בֶּלַע

He was called Bela, because Yoseif was swallowed up 

נבלע (Nee Vih Lah)  among the peoples.


בֶכֶר

He was called Becher, because Yoseif was the firstborn

 בְּכוֹר Bekor of his mother. 


אַשְׁבֵּל

He was called  Ash bel, because G-d Sent Yoseif into 

captivity שבאו אל [Shaw Vih Oh El ].


גֵּרָא

He was called Gera, because Yoseif dwelt גֵר  

[gar] in lodgings [in a strange land].



נַעֲמָן 

He was called Naaman, because he was especially 

beloved נאכז [na'im]. 


אֵחִי 

He was called Ehi because Yoseif  is my brother. -   


רֹאשׁ

רֹאשׁ Yoseif was called 

 because he was my Elder


 מֻפִּים 

He was called Muppim because Yoseif learned 

from מִפִּי  the mouth of my Father.

חֻפִּים

Chuppim, because Yoseif  did not see my Chupah

marriage-canopy [chupah] and I did not see his.


אָרְדְּ

He was called Ard, because Yoseif descended [yarad] among the peoples. 



Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 44

So You Think You Have Problems ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

AUDIO 1

Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Ha Torah Perik 44 continues with the story of Yoseif and his brothers. Yoseif was determined to try his brothers. He had money placed in their sacks on there first departure.  He had his chosen goblet placed in Benjamin's sack on there second departure.  

Our Creator uses our spouse, our children, our grand children, our siblings and our relatives to smooth our rough edges. 


Notice Yedudah,

What shall we say to [Yoseif] my master? What can we speak? How can we justify ourselves? G-d [the Judge] has found the iniquity of your servants... Yehudah explains... He requests a favor... 'let me be a slave to my master instead of the lad.'  Let me take his place. Let the lad go home to his father...

The discussion focuses on issues we face.  Everyone has problems. The rich have problems. the wise have problems.  The pretty and the beautiful have problems. Everyone has problems.  Those who love and believe in the Torah of HaShem have an answer for every problem.  Delight in the Torah of HaShem.  Meditate in the Torah of HaShem. Nothing helps like Prayer and Ha Torah...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 45


Uncontrolled Weeping ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben Chavah Ethel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Ida bat Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


Dear Ones on the afternoon before Tisha B'Av, the Chasam Sofer would neither study Ha Torah nor write Torah Discussions. He closed himself in his room. On an occasion his disciple Reb Moshe, quietly opened the door to his room. He saw the Chasam Sofer weeping over the destruction of the Temple. His tears fail into a glass. At the meal prior to fasting on Tisha B'Av the Chasam Sofer drank from the tears collected in the glass.


Our Sages Say, this action fulfilled the Verse, You fed them with the bread of tears, and gave them tears to drink in great measure, Tehilim / Psalms 80:6.



R. Eleazar said: prayer is more efficacious even than good deeds, for there was no-one greater in good deeds than Moses our Master, and yet he was answered only after prayer...


R. Eleazar also said: Fasting is more efficacious than charity. What is the reason? One is performed with a man's money, the other with his body...


R. Eleazar also said: prayer is more efficacious than offerings, as it says, To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me, Isaiah 1.11


R. Eleazar also said: From the day on which the Temple was destroyed the gates of prayer have been closed, as it says, Yea, when I cry and call for help He shuts out my prayer. Though the gates of prayer are closed, the gates of weeping are not closed, as it says, Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; keep not silence at my tears, Tehilim 13.13 / Psalms 13.12


I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.


Tisha B'Av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, At B'nai Noach Torah Institute we call this day The Fast of Chodesh Ha Chamishi the fifth month the ninth day.  We mourning to remember the many tragedies that have befallen B'nai Yisroel / the Jewish People.  Tisha B'Av means the ninth (day) of Av. It usually occurs during August however this year it is in July.  It was on this day that both the First and Second Temples were destroyed.  The first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 3338 FC {From Creation} or 586 BCE. The Temple was Destroyed by the Romans in 3830 F C {From Creation} or 70 CE.


I have written more extensively about The Fast of Chodesh Ha Chamish at the following link.

http://www.jewishpath.org/hdtishabave.html


The primarily meaning is to remember  the destruction of the Temple, however it is appropriate to remember many other tragedies like the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

So now we remember the writings of Shlomo Ha Meleck,

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 

This is the time to weep... to mourn... to rend... to refrain from embracing...

  א וְלֹא־יָכֹל יוֹסֵף לְהִתְאַפֵּק לְכֹל הַנִּצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיִּקְרָא הוֹצִיאוּ כָל־אִישׁ מֵעָלָי וְלֹא־עָמַד אִישׁ אִתּוֹ בְּהִתְוַדַּע יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו:

And he, Yoseif could not control all his emotions from all those {spiritually} above him. And he cried to all men go out from me and no man stood with him when Yoseif made himself known to his brothers.


  ב וַיִּתֵּן אֶת־קֹלוֹ בִּבְכִי וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ מִצְרַיִם וַיִּשְׁמַע בֵּית פַּרְעֹה: 

And he, Yoseif gave out everything from Aleph to Tav of a call  in weeping and the Mitzrim heard and the house of Pharaoh heard.


 ג וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו אֲנִי יוֹסֵף הַעוֹד אָבִי חָי וְלֹא־יָכְלוּ אֶחָיו לַעֲנוֹת אֹתוֹ כִּי נִבְהֲלוּ מִפָּנָיו

And He, Yoseif Said to his brothers, I am Yoseif is The bind to father lives and they his brothers could not answer him, For they were confused before him.



וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו גְּשׁוּ־נָא אֵלַי וַיִּגָּשׁוּ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲנִי יוֹסֵף אֲחִיכֶם אֲשֶׁר־מְכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי מִצְרָיְמָה

And He, Yoseif Said to his brothers, come close to me please. And they came close. And he said, I am Yoseif  your brother that you sold me into slavery in Mitzriam.


May Hashem Bless each individual as we enter this time of fasting and weeping....


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi




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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 46


Nefesh [Soul] ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones please remember that each of us are from the family of Adam Ha Reshon and Chavah Reshonah, Adam and Eve.  Each of us are descendants of Noach and Na'amah.  Even those who maybe descendant from Cham who was cursed that curse has long passed. 


What is the point?  Everyone is important!!  We have the power to elevate ourself through Ha Torah.  It is observance of Ha Torah that unites our soul with the family of Yaakov.


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.6,7

וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת־מִקְנֵיהֶם וְאֶת־רְכוּשָׁם אֲשֶׁר רָכְשׁוּ בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן וַיָּבֹאוּ מִצְרָיְמָה יַעֲקֹב וְכָל־זַרְעוֹ אִתּוֹ


 בָּנָיו וּבְנֵי בָנָיו אִתּוֹ בְּנֹתָיו וּבְנוֹת בָּנָיו וְכָל־זַרְעוֹ הֵבִיא אִתּוֹ מִצְרָיְמָה:


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.6,7

And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him;


His sons, and his grandsons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him to Egypt.


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.27

וּבְנֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר־יֻלַּד־לוֹ בְמִצְרַיִם נֶפֶשׁ שְׁנָיִם כָּל־הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית־יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה שִׁבְעִים


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.27

And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two soul; all the soul of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.


BaMidbar / Numbers 14.18

The Lord is long suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.


'If the Jewish people would only observe two Sabbaths according to their law, they would be redeemed immediately.' Quote from the Talmud is from Sabbath 118b


May we work together to encourage Jewish Sabbath Observance.  May we each do our part.


Blessings, Love, and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 47


Choose Words Carefully ©


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben Chavah Ethel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Ida bat Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־פַּרְעֹה יְמֵי שְׁנֵי מְגוּרַי שְׁלשִׁים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה מְעַט וְרָעִים הָיוּ יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיַּי וְלֹא הִשִּׂיגוּ אֶת־יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי אֲבֹתַי בִּימֵי מְגוּרֵיהֶם: 


וַיְבָרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב אֶת־פַּרְעֹה וַיֵּצֵא מִלִּפְנֵי פַרְעֹה:



And He Yaakov / Jacob said to Pharaoh, the days - years of being a stranger are thirty years and a hundred years few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and [I] have not attained everything from Aleph to Tav, the days -  years of the life of my fathers in the days of their being a stranger. 


And Jacob Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.



This was a summit meeting between the two most powerful men in the world. Both were wise and well educated.  Both were wealthy.  Both had many servants. Both were warriors.  Both were leaders of many people. One had grain. The other needed grain.


We have a difficult task before us.  This task is to try and understand the use of Words Yaakov / Jacob choose when speaking before Pharaoh. We must be careful not to judge Yaakov. Yet we must inquire why Yaakov said, '...years few and evil have the days of the years of my life been...'


There is another place where similar Words were used in Ha Torah to describe how Yaakov felt about Rachael. See Bereisheit 29.20


 וַיַּעֲבֹד יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וַיִּהְיוּ בְעֵינָיו כְּיָמִים אֲחָדִים בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ אֹתָהּ: 


And he, Yaakov served seven years for Rachel and in his eyes it seemed like a few days...


So when Yaakov was serving the evil Lavan for his daughter Rochel it seemed like a few days...


Could it be that Yaakov was saying his days of evil were few? When Yaakov says few is this referring to the days or to the days of evil? Ask yourself this question, Would you want a blessing from an individual whose days were evil?  I don't think so.


What I see Yaakov saying is that his days of evil have been few. The evil days have been just days not years.... Thank G-d! Many of the translations I read seem to translate Yaakov as saying.


'The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage, Bereisheit 47.9.


Now we could debate Yaakov's intent from now until... Regardless of who is correct in the translation of what Yaakov said we MUST choose words carefully.


I write poetry some. Choosing words carefully is so very necessary when writing poetry.  Yet it is so important for every day and hour and minute. It is so very important for husbands to carefully choose words when speaking with one's wife or children. Words can build or break. So each of us need to be careful with our words.


In addition words can draw attention to situations we would rather not draw attention to.  We do not want the evil eye to focus on words we choose. 


We can also say things that could result in causing others problems. I see this happening a lot...


May we be very careful with our fords.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 48


Feeling Left Out ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Thomas H. Davis ben Na'amah, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah,  Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones we read that Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt for seventeen years.


Genesis 47.28

 וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה:


And it was Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; and it was, Yaakov's entire life was a hundred and forty seven years.


What is Ha Torah Sharing with us?  Ha Torah is Saying that Yaakov could have spent 17 year cycles with His grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  Ha Torah is Saying Yaakov could have shared 884 Sabbaths with His grandchildren.  


Why is this important?


Yoseif was removed from the place of his captivity when he was 30 years old, Bereisheit 41.46. 


Pharaoh gave Osnat [the daughter of Deenah and grand daughter of Yaakov to Yoseif as a wife.  Shechem, the prince of Shechem was the father of Osnat. Osnat bore two sons to Yoseif, Manasseh and Ephraim  They were born to Yoseif before the famine. It is likely that Manasseh was born in the first year of plenty and Ephraim in the second year.  This would mean Manasseh could have been eight years old and Ephraim could have been seven years when they met their grandfather, Yaakov. They could have also been twins and born at the conclusion of the seven years of plenty.  If this were the situation they would have each been two years old when they met their grandfather. We know they had to be at least two years old because Yoseif said to his brothers that the famine was [now] two years, Bereisheit 45.6. 


The point is they spent 17 productive years with their grandfather. When Yaakov called them into bless them the boys may have been as old as 25 or as young as 19. Each spent quality productive years with Yaakov.  SO THEN WHY did Yaakov wait until hours before his death TO BLESS them?  See Bereisheit 48.  The entire Perik is about Yaakov's blessing of his children.  We are instructed to bless our children as Yaakov did, Bereisheit 48.20.


The question we ask is, why did Yaakov wait to this time to bless his grandchildren?


וַיְבָרֲכֵם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמוֹר בְּךָ יְבָרֵךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר יְשִׂמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת־אֶפְרַיִם לִפְנֵי מְנַשֶּׁה:


And Bless them, in [that] day, say the same blessing. You shall bless Israel saying,  May G-d Make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh...


On the one hand for seventeen years it may have appeared like Ephraim and like Manasseh were out casts because of their lineage.  Shechem was their father.  He over powered their mother.  He kidnapped her. He raped her. He was the lowest of the low. The place of their up bringing may have been an issue. Ephraim and Manasseh, were born outside of Eretz Yisroel.  They were raised in the land of Egypt among idol worshipers. Then what about the influence of living in Egypt? They were not part of a minyan of ten Jewish men above the age of twelve. How could they say their daily prayers and study Ha Torah etc? How could they keep kosher? They were not taught by Rabbis in a day school. They did not have the advantages that Yaakov's sons enjoyed.  Ha Torah Does Not describe any other interaction with their grandfather Yaakov.  One could argue that Ephraim and Manasseh were feeling left out. Many of the thing that existed in their lives are the things that some of us may feel left out. SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY COULD FEEL LEFT OUT...


Yet it is clear that Yaakov saw things differently.  He included Ephraim and Manasseh.  He included them because their lives were very righteous.  ALL OF HIS CHILDREN'S LIVES WERE RIGHTEOUS. He also included them to bring a message to each of us about including others especially others who may have genealogy issues, who may have community issues who may have pasts that don't fit the mold of observant Judaism. 


May each of us be real careful to include others in our lives and among our group at B'nai Noach Torah Institute. 


Blessings and peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 49


After Shiloh Comes ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Thomas H. Davis ben Na'amah, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah,  Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


א וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל־בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם 

בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים:

And He, Yaakov called to his sons...


ב הִקָּבְצוּ וְשִׁמְעוּ בְּנֵי יַעֲקֹב וְשִׁמְעוּ אֶל־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיכֶם:


Come together and hear sons of Yaakov {Used only 8 times in Ha Torah and 14 times total in Ha Tanach.}


Listen to Yisroel your father...


ג רְאוּבֵן בְּכֹרִי אַתָּה כֹּחִי וְרֵאשִׁית אוֹנִי יֶתֶר שְׂאֵת וְיֶתֶר עָז:


Reuvein, you are my firstborn, you are my strength and the beginning of my manhood...



Bereisheit 49.9

 גּוּר אַרְיֵה יְהוּדָה מִטֶּרֶף בְּנִי עָלִיתָ כָּרַע רָבַץ כְּאַרְיֵה וּכְלָבִיא מִי יְקִימֶנּוּ:


Judah is a lion gathering from the prey, my son, you are gone up; he stooped down, he couched like a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?


Bereisheit 49.10

לֹא־יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו עַד כִּי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּים:


The staff shall not depart from Judah, and law enforcement from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall be obedience of the people. 


Yehudah is the only son that Yaakov make reference to as my son...


Until or after Shiloh comes... The Gematria of שִׁילֹה Shiloh is 345.


The Gematria of [ מֹשֶׁה ]Moshe is 345.


Why is this significant?


G-d Willing we will discuss these notes...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 50



Weeping For Unity ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit 50.15

וַיִּרְאוּ אֲחֵי־יוֹסֵף כִּי־מֵת אֲבִיהֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוּ יִשְׂטְמֵנוּ יוֹסֵף וְהָשֵׁב יָשִׁיב לָנוּ אֵת כָּל־הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר גָּמַלְנוּ אֹתוֹ:


And when Yoseif's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, Yoseif will perhaps hate us, and will certainly pay us back for all the evil which we did to him. 


Bereisheit 50.16

וַיְצַוּוּ אֶל־יוֹסֵף לֵאמֹר אָבִיךָ צִוָּה לִפְנֵי מוֹתוֹ לֵאמֹר


And they sent a messenger to Yoseif, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying, 


כֹּה־תֹאמְרוּ לְיוֹסֵף אָנָּא שָׂא נָא פֶּשַׁע אַחֶיךָ וְחַטָּאתָם כִּי־רָעָה גְמָלוּךָ וְעַתָּה שָׂא נָא לְפֶשַׁע עַבְדֵי אֱלֹהֵי אָבִיךָ וַיֵּבְךְּ יוֹסֵף ww


Yoseif's humility is great.  He understood the importance of inclusion or our Creator's Plan of inclusion of Tiferet of beauty of unity of coming together.  Do we understand this principle?  


At B'nai Noach Torah Institute and JewishPath and at 7 Commands and at Congregation Bet  Tefillah you are welcome.


May HaShem Bless ,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Brachee Revi



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Parshat Bereisheit Vayera


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In this lesson we return to a discussion of the 613 Mitzvot of The Lord. In the textbook: Mysterious SIGNS of the Torah Revealed in GENESIS we teach the 613 Commands of Ha Torah are a revelation of our Creator.  Our Creator said, Let My Light be revealed and what resulted was a revelation of the 613 Commands in the Torah.  Now in this weeks Parshat we add to this the power of PROTECTION. What our Creator has Revealed to us we are to guard, to protect.


Bereisheit 22.1

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


And it happened after these things that the [Eternal] Judge tested everything from the Letter א Aleph to the Letter ת Tav of Avraham.  And He Said to him, 'Avraham'. And he, [Avraham] responded 'behold'.


Notice the two Words in red.


To Test / to Prove

נִסָּה

נ50 ס60 ה5 =115


Behold / I am Here / I am Ready

הִנֵּנִי

ה5 נ50 נ50 י10 = 115


To be Strong / To be Courageous

חֲזַק

ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115


Dear Ones Avraham was ready to be proven.  Avraham was strong in Torah Observance and Courageous.  The tests are not for the weak. What Avraham was about to experience washout of the realm of normally.  When things are challenging for us we should not think of ourselves as being proven like Avraham was proven. We are not in his realm. Our Creator took Avraham down an entirely different road.   Avraham had to travel three days just to arrive at the proving grounds...  Dear Ones what we face are struggles and difficulties of an entirely different Spiritual level.  We think of them as tests.  We call them tests.  Yet, Did the Eternal Judge Speak to us? Did the Eternal Judge Direct us to do something that is considered very much out of the ordinary?  


The point is many of us struggle from our own errors in judgment. There is a difference between what Avraham faced and what we face.  Avraham was an entirely righteous man. No where in the Torah do we observe Avraham use strong language like Jesus did in Matthew 23. We see Avraham as a man that is very sensitivity. Avraham was a pure man. Avraham was a sanctified man. 


Then one has to ask what about Yitzchok? How could Avraham at 137 years overcome his 37 year old son to offer him as a sacrifice.  It would seem to me that Yitzchok a very very great man also.


Dear Ones, the facts are that most of us we are not on the very high Spiritual level of these great men. Can we image what it would be like to be proven as Avraham and Yitzchok?  The greatness of these two men provides us with a reality check. 


Avraham and Yitzchok learned in the Academy of Shem and Eiver.  Shem and Eiver learned from Metushelach and Noach. Metushelach learned from Chanoch who was taken. Chanoch and Metushelach learned from Adam. We are many generations down the road. We did not have the opportunity to sit at the feet of Metushelach and learn what Adam taught him. 


This may seem like we are denied the opportunity to be an Avraham.  Not so. We must learn as Avraham did on how to gathering the 613 Commands of Torah and how to preserve and protection them.


May we learn from their courageousness, strength and humility.


Questions:

1. Draw at least five distinctions between Avraham and us.

2. There are three Gematrias of 115.  Please discuss there relevance to Avraham and to us.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Chapter 2


Lesson 6


Seven Commands

Govern The Entire Universe


Do Not Murder!


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Textbook: Gematria And Mysticism IN GENESIS


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Another course we offer at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is entitled Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah Revealed IN GENESIS.  In this course we discuss Offering in the Bible.  We are going to make that lesson available here because it covers important material pertaining to this course.


Offering Of Ha Torah



Bereisheit / Genesis 2.16


וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל:


וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל:


Within the Name Ha Adam is the Word Dom / blood. This is a caution not to shed blood.


Some teach that Abel brought an Animal Sacrifice in Genesis 4.4. In another course entitled Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah Revealed IN GENESIS I go into this in. There I explain that the name for a meat offering is OhLam.  The Words used in regards to Cain and Abel is Minchah and Minchato in Genesis 4. These Words mean they offered something other than a meat offering. The first time a meat / animal offering is offered the Word Oh Lot is used. This was in Genesis 9 when Noach clearly offered animal sacrifices.  This was the first time animal sacrifices were offered.


Midrash Tanchuma says that Hevel offered the finest wool and cream from the best of the first born of his flocks. Metsudah Midrash Avrohom Davis, Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1 (Monsey, NY Eastern Book Press Inc. 2005) p50


R' Yosef Kimchi; Tur said that they did not build an altar because they were prohibited from slaughtering animals. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I (b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 145


Why? How is this? 


Dear Ones our Creator prohibited humankind from murder and killing. Our Creator prohibited animals from murder. 


Genesis 1.29,30 says,  

And God said, [to the Adam] Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, on which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food. [And God said, to the Animals] And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to every thing that creeps upon the earth, where there is life, I have given every green herb for food; and it was so.


The Stone Chumash says, 'At this time it was forbidden to kill animals for forbidden.'



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Chapter 4 


Being Scattered Among The Nations


Discussion Questions

Dr. Akiva Gamliel listed reasons why we do not spill blood. Discuss each of these reasons.

1. Genesis 1.29,30

2. Genesis 9.4-6

3. We were made in the Image of God.

4. The Name of Adam.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Bereisheit 113


Lesson 3


Exploring The Spiritual Image Of G-d In Us...


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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In our first discussion one we deliberated about being uniquely designed in G-d's Spiritual Image. In our second discussion we we examined the physical side of our creation as a man then as a man and as a woman. In our third discussion we want to lighten the conversation a bit by exploring the Sefirot - the Kabbalistic Concept of our Creator.  


We want to come back to being made in the Spiritual Image of G-d. Bereisheit / Genesis1:27, "G-d created man in His own image, in the image of G-d He Created him, male and female He Created them"


We want to learn more about G-d and the relationship we Spiritually share. We want to understand more about G-d so we can know more about ourselves. We will use the metaphor of the Sefirot to draw this comparison.


וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶת־קוֹל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים מִתְהַלֵּךְ בַּגָּן לְרוּחַ הַיּוֹם וַיִּתְחַבֵּא הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ מִפְּנֵי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים בְּתוֹךְ עֵץ הַגָּן1:1



  1. Adam and Chavah Heard the Voice of the L-rd G-d Moving in Gan Eden.

    a. Chanoch Walked with G-d, Bereisheit 5.22.

    b. Noach Walked with G-d. Bereisheit 6.9

  2. Adam and Chavah removed themselves from the area where they could feel the Ruach the Breeze of The L-rd G-d on their bodies.

  3. Moshe was close to the The L-rd G-d when He received the Tablets of Stone Mount Sinai that the skin on his face glistened... Shemot 34.29

  4. The L-rd G-d Appeared to Avram in a prophetic vision in Bereisheit / Genesis 18.1 - 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 625




We will also discuss Eht Ha Orh Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of the the Revelation of Light.


The enlightenment we receive flows from The Torah. We talk about the order of the Letter and how they point to G-d 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 G-d Revealed His Light through the Torah. Eht Ha Ohr is the Gematria of 613. In The Torah G-d 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 G-d Wants from us. They tell us what our Creator Expects.


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 G-d 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 G-d 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.


Questions

1.) List the different degrees to which we can experience our Creator's Spiritual Image.


  1. Discuss your individual experience with the Spiritual Image of our Creator.


Dear Ones may our Creator Bless us with the desire to learn the portions of Ha Torah He Has Commanded us and may we walk with

Him as Noach, Chanoch and Avraham.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel 


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Dear Ones we are delighted that you are learning with us. We want to remind you that this is the fifth of 13 studies.  Our goal is for our Classmates to feel enriched when learning at our institute. We want to be a source of encouragement and uplifting of the soul. Our goal is to also provide a reminder that EVERYONE is welcome to take this course of study if they purchase the Textbook: Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah Revealed IN GENESIS © and make contribution of any amount.   We invite classmates to answer the questions given with each class discussion and to post them on the blog pertaining to the lesson.


Questions:

This week we are studying the Gematria 570.

In our textbook we connect the Gematria 570 to seven signs revealed in Ha Torah about our Mother Sarah.


Please list the seven mystical signs and comment on each.

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.



Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Q -n- A About Jesus


Do Not Use Common Sense Or Logic 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Nach Torah Institute, LLC


Lesson 6


Audio 1


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Dear Ones we are delighted that you are learning with us. We want to remind you that this is the fifth of 13 studies.  Our goal is for our Classmates to feel enriched when learning at our institute. We want to be a source of encouragement and uplifting of the soul. Our goal is to also provide a reminder that EVERYONE is welcome to take this course of study if they purchase the Textbook: A Sincere Journey Ends Without JESUS and make contribution of any amount.   We invite classmates to answer the questions given with each class discussion and to post them on the blog pertaining to the lesson.


Questions:

In the two audios discussions that relate to Chapter Five we show there are issues with the Christian Testament.


1. What two books discuss the errors in the Christian Testament?

2. How does one of  explain the errors in the Christian Testament?

3. Psalms 19.7-9 says what?


A number of issues were discussed.

4. Explain how or why the Creator would replace the Perfect Torah with the Error ridden Christian Testament? 


5. Discuss Matthew 1:18-22 i.e. Joseph the husband of Mary and Mary the wife of Joseph.

6. Discuss Joseph's Parents, Mary's Parents and the Jewish Community.


7. Marriage in the Christian Testament in comparison to Ha Torah is quite different. Please explain. What are the Torah issues with divorce and remarriage in Matthew?

8. Discuss the problems with why some may have issues finding their soulmate. 


9. Discuss Matthew 12:40 in light of Luke 23:54 and in light of Matthew 28:1.

10. Where are the three days and three nights?


11. How does salvation work?


Dear Ones may our eyes see the TRUTH and may soul soul respond to ha Torah.


May Our Creator encourage us not to fear but to trust in him.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Balak - The Deception Of Bilam ©


By Dr. Akiva G. Belk


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Gematria is a particular study of Jewish mysticism based on the numerical value of Hebrew letters in the Aleph Beit {Hebrew Alphabet} as inscribed in the Torah.  Hebrew Gematria has many disciplines.


This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of our loved one, may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones,


As we enter this Prayerful Tefillah we must understanding the background from which this beautiful prayer came forth from. In the Intro audio I use the example of being selected last on a sports team. Why use this example?  Dear Ones, it is because Israel was the last among the nations to have been offered Ha Torah. Once we hd Ha Torah we were elevated above the other nations. It was then that king Balak hired Bilam to curse B'nai Yisroel. Instead of cruising Yisroel he said:


Ba Midbar / Numbers 24.5


מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל:


How Goodly are your tents oh Yaakov and your dwelling Places oh Yisroel,



  וַיַּרְא בִּלְעָם כִּי טוֹב בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָֹה לְבָרֵךְ אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא־הָלַךְ כְּפַעַם־בְּפַעַם לִקְרַאת נְחָשִׁים וַיָּשֶׁת אֶל־הַמִּדְבָּר פָּנָיו1:1



A glimpse of the Word בִּלְעָם Bil'am reveals that his name consists of two separate Words.  The first Word בִּלְ Beit Lamid, Bee Lih / Bayl {chief god of the Babylonians}. Bayl comes from the Word Bah Ahl {lord} Beit Ayin Lamid.  The second word is עָם Ahm {nation}comes from the ע Ayin ם Final Mem..


מַה־טֹּבוּ אֹהָלֶיךָ יַעֲקֹב מִשְׁכְּנֹתֶיךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל1:1


Bayl {chief god of the Babylonians}

32 = Lamid 30 Bais 2


Ahm {nation}

670 = Mem 600  Ayin 70


702 = 32 = 670


Gematria Mispar Godal

Bil'am {god of the nations}

702 =   Mem 600 Ayin 70 Lamid 30 Bais 2


These are the first things we notice about Bil'am.  Next we notice that he was eager to accept a payment to curse what G-d had blessed.  If G-d had not prohibited him he would have cursed B'nei Yisroel for money.


In the Gematria Mispar Katan of the word Bil'am we see the number 702.  The Gematria 702 is increased from the Gematria Regil {i.e., the normal Gematria of 142}.  Throughout the entire story of Bil'am he is attempting to arise.  He is attempting to find a higher place than Shabbat, than the seventh day.  In Numbers 22:20 he is instructed by G-d, "Arise! Go with them."  In Numbers 22:41 we read, "And he [Balak] led him up to the high place of [his] god}."  Next we notice in Numbers 23:4 the allusion to setting "up" or establishing or arranging seven altars...  Then we observe that Bil'am's place of observing Kal Yisroel is from the peaks of the mountaintops and the hills. {Numbers 23:9}  Then in verse 14 he is taken up to the peak of a mountain... Now we notice that Yisroel is likened by G-d to a lion that arises, that lifts up... {Numbers 23:24}  Again Bil'am is taken to another peak, to curse G-d's chosen people...G-d forbid! {Numbers 23:28}  In Numbers 24:2 we observe that Bil'am raises his eyes before being forced to bless Kal Yisroel.  What does he see?  Mystically he sees something that he - Bayl Ahm {chief god of the Babylonians nations} - cannot have.  What is it that he sees?  He sees the Am Yisroel and the elevation of Shabbat!  He realizes that no matter how high he is on the peaks of the mountaintops, nothing he can do will come close to Shabbat' elevation by Kal Yisroel.  He realizes that no matter how high he builds his altars... no matter how many altars he builds... no special mystical numerical combination of seven will surpass Kal Yisroel's Shabbat observance.  He realizes that as we say on Shabbat, "You, Hashem, did not give Shabbat to the nations of the lands nor did you, G-d, give the inheritance of Shabbat to worshippers of idols..."


Next notice the special numerical connection to Shabbat.  On Bamos {the raised place} Ba'al{[of his] god} had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams. {Numbers 23:1}  What does Hashem say to Bil'am? "Shuv" {return...}


Next Balak takes Bil'am to the peak of the mountain where again he had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams. {Numbers 23:14}  What does Hashem say again to Bil'am?  "Shuv" {return...}


Next Balak takes Bil'am to the peak of Pe'or where again he had seven altars built to slaughter seven bulls and seven rams.  There Bil'am blesses Yisroel... He says "How goodly are your tents, Yaakov, your dwelling places Yisroel..." Numbers 24:5,6


Each of these sets of seven mystically points to Shabbat, the seventh day!!


Finally we realize that Shabbat, the Gematria of Shabbat which is 702, brings down the Gematria Mispar Godal of Bil'am / Bayl Ahm {chief god of the Babylonian nations}.  And now we realize the dwelling place that Bil'am Mystically saw was Kal Yisroel dwelling... rooted... enjoying Shabbat, the seventh day.


Shabbat {rest}

702 = ת Sav 400 Bais 2 ש Shin 300


The point is that when Kal Yisroel, "ALL" the descendants of Yaakov, begin observing Shabbat it will bring down all the gods of the nations and usher in the  Moshiach and the third Beit Ha Mikdosh...  This is why so many of the religions attempt to deny the Jewish Shabbat... to alter the Jewish Shabbat.. to challenge the Jewish Shabbat!!


Blessings Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Audio - Let every thing that breathes praise the Lord! Hallelujah! - Psalms 150.6


Praiseful Worship is part of the course Blessings and Praise.  Our goal is to teach simple Hebrew Prayers of Worship to our Creator that we can burst forth with like a fountain of Joy at anytime. 

The slower more difficult tones at the beginning are intended to teach the Words. As the tones pick up we repeate the Words more like a flowing stream thus entering a place of praiseful worship to our Creator. We lift our hands. We sway back and forth like the flickering flame of a Sabbath Candle. We say the Words over and over...


Moh Dehy - 3 Words


Moh Dehy


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee - Lih Faw Neh Chaw


I give thanks before You.


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Moh Dehy - 6 Words


Moh Dehy


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee - Lih Faw Neh Chaw


I give thanks before You.


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee - Lih Faw Neh Chaw - Meh Lehch


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee - Lih Faw Neh Chaw - Meh Lehch - Chi


Moh Dehy - Anh Nee - Lih Faw Neh Chaw - Meh Lehch - Chi - Vih Qah Yahm


I give thanks before You.  Ooh living and eternal King...

There is a great deal more to Leviticus 18.22 than homosxuality. 


Homosexuality is an immoral act that will never be right. Homosexuality is also an unnatural act. Homosexual actions are a sin. Will homosexuals be condemned to hell fire and brimstone? I don't think so. Yet, I don't know. 


I don't think so because out of the 613 Commands God Gives humanity, one Command has to do with Homosexual actions. ' Every action of the male sexual organ shall not be to cohabitant [with men] as a [husband] cohabitants with a wife, Leviticus 18.22. 


Leviticus 18.22 is making a comparison of what is natural and what is moral to what is not natural and what is immoral. Few realize this. There is only one true proper sexual act between a husband and a wife. That sexual act is for the purpose of having children. It is necessary to be fair, and to correctly interpret Leviticus 18.22. Most of us VIOLATE the Command contained in this Verse. One must understand the comparison to understand the intent of this verse. The comparison is NOT just sex with a woman is proper and sex with a man is improper. The comparison is much more involved!! The comparison in this Verse is with the pure and proper act of sex between a husband and a wife.  Sex between a husband and wife is for the purpose of reproduction. In most instances, any form that is designed to prohibit reproduction during sex between a husband and wife is a violation of this Command. Anal sex is forbidden. Anal sex with ones wife is forbidden. Anal sex with a man is forbidden. Oral sex is forbidden. Oral sex with one's wife is forbidden. Oral sex with a man is forbidden.  How about lust? What about passion?  There are limits to lust and passion between a husband and wife. Fornication is forbidden. Adultery is forbidden. Rape is forbidden. The fact is that fornication, adultery and rape are discussed more in the Bible than homosexuality. 


So when we place Leviticus 18.22 in perspective we should see that homosexual actions are unnatural and immoral. Many actions between heterosexuals even in husband wife relationship can be improper, unnatural, immoral and sinful.   Leviticus 18.22 prohibit homosexual acts,  improper heterosexual relationships, unnatural and immoral sexual actions among heterosexuals. 


I encourage each of us to consider our own individual actions and to work toward our own proper relation with our Creator and others. 


Perhaps we should be more concerned with how we communicate with other.  The Bible discusses our failures in communication much more than homosexuality. The Bible teaches that our tongue is a challenge to control. Our tongue can cut like a knife and can kill like a sword.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Q - N - A About Jesus


Lesson 7


This Lesson is offered as an addendum between Lessons 6 and 8. In the future

we are going to try and take a little different path regarding the identification of 

the Christian Testament from that of the Hebrew Testament.



Dear Ones, I take exception with the use of words like  OT, (Old Testament)  NT (New Testament) and would like to share why.


The Word 'Scripture" occurs 31 times In the Christian Testament. The Word Scriptures occur 21 times in the Christian Testament. Jesus is quoted as having said 'It is Written 26 times in the Gospels. It is written is found an additional 67 times in the Christian Testament.  


Reader do you realize everyone of these 145 reference are to the Jewish Scriptures.  At the time each of these verses were quoted Christian Testament did not exist. 


The Christian Testament does not speak one word on tithing.  


Are Christians ready to give up Psalms 23 and Psalms 91?


All reference to the coming of the is from the Jewish Scriptures. In fact Christians try to prove that Jesus is the Messiah using the very book they teach is done away with... 


Paul wrote in 2 Timothy, 'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  When Paul wrote these words the Christian Testament did not exist.


Dr Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University), Southern Evangelical Seminary and author of coauthor of over fifty books and Dr. William E. Nix (A.B., Wayne State University; A.M. University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Oklahoma), former Dean of Southern Evangelical Seminary together wrote, A General Introduction to the Bible, Moody Press.  In there book they state that the Christian Testament has more than 100,000 errors.  Dr Josh McDowell, author of Evidence that demands a verdict states there are over 150,000 error in the Christian Testament.


King David stated in Psalms 19 that the Torah of The Lord (meaning Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) is perfect restoring the soul.


Dear one why would God do away with the Torah and replace it with a mistake ridden Christian Testament?


The words Old Testament and New Testament are divisive.  They pit Christian, Jews and Noachides against each other. Words like Christian Testament, Christian Scriptures or Christian Bible and Words like Hebrew Bible or Jewish Scriptures or the Hebrew Bible are accurate without offense.  These are the words I encourage those who love God and there fellow human to use.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



I invite you to check out one of my books at: bnti.us/books.html


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Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 1


Books By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Would You Like To Be Jewish ? Book 1 


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS


The Holy Day: "Connecting To Shabbat" ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Ollie and Mr. T.J. Norman, may they rest in peace.

Dear One, if for any reason you want to be Jewish, or if you feel like you are Jewish but don't know anything about Jewish Observances, or if you have relatives who are Jewish or if you just desire to learn more about Judaism this is a wonderful course to take.  There are no requirements. You may learn at your own pace. We are goingto discuss what it is like to be Jewish.

We will use a number of Jewish terms.  Then we will forward slash with the term you should already know. 

Classmates, in Parshat Ki Tisa {Shemot / Exodus 30:11 - 34:35} like many other places in the Torah we observe instructions given to 'B'nei Yisroel' / The Children of Israel regarding Shabbat.


And you, [Moshe], speak [these words] to B'nei Yisroel saying, Everything [from Aleph to Tav of] My Shabbat you, [B'nei Yisroel], must observe, for [Shabbat] is a sign between Me and yourselves [passed down] to each of your generations to know that I, Hashem, am making you holy [separated]. And you must observe everything [from Aleph to Tav of] Shabbat for it is holy to you. Shemos 31:13,14

'And they, B'nei Yisroel, shall guard [observe] everything [from Aleph to Tav] of the Shabbat to accomplish [Torah Observance for] everything [from Aleph to Tav regarding] the Shabbat to their [future] generations as an everlasting Covenant. Between Me and Between B'nei Yisroel [Shabbat] is an everlasting sign that in six days Hashem made everything [from Aleph to Tav of] the Heavens and everything [from Aleph to Tav of] the earth and in Day Seven, [Shabbat], He [G-d] abstained from work and rested.' Shemos 31:16,17

Among Jews and non Jews there exists quite a misunderstanding surrounding Shabbat. There is a misunderstanding about Shabbat Observance. 

Non-Jews may not understand that Shabbat Observance is a command given ONLY to B'nei Yisroel {the children of Yaakov}. Observing the Mitzvah {the Command} of Shabbat is an essential element of the agreement {Covenant} that we the Jewish people have with the Creator of the Universe. 
Observing Shabbat is not an option with Jews. It is a Torah Command.

So if non-Jews disagree with Ha Torah's instructions regarding Shabbat Observance that is not our concern in this discussion or in any of the discussions of Judaism 101. From the very onset of this course please let me encourage every classmate to at some point purchase my CD's entitled Steps to Observance and Shabbat Observance. They can be purchased through the BNTI Learning Store at:

http://www.bnti.us/learning_store/the_learning_store.html

The Torah definition of Shabbat Observance and B'nei Yisroel remains exactly the same as the day Hashem / The Lord 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. There is no variance to this!!

Having said this... What I mean is Ha Torah's meaning remains the same. I understand that there are many who have some Observance of Shabbat.... who keep some part of Shabbat Observance. It is not my position or the position of this course to judge anyone. Our position is to explain what Ha Torah says understanding that you may not be in a position to observe every detail, etc... That is between you and the Creator.

At this point I would like to say that it is possible one may be of Jewish descent yet not be included in the Torah's meaning of B'nei Yisroel. How can this be?

When Jews disobey Ha Torah by intermarriage with non-Jews, immediately Shabbat Observance is affected. The marriage is not recognized by G-d, the Giver of Ha Torah. Since the marriage is not recognized by G-d, other areas that are also not recognized. In a marriage where the husband is of Jewish descent and the wife is a non-Jew, the children are not considered Jewish by the seriously observant rabbium. In this situation it is possible not to be recognized as 'B'nei Yisroel' even though one is a descendant of Jewish heritage.

The reason that we must make this distinction is because the Creator's agreement regarding Shabbat observance is only with B'nei Yisroel. Dear classmate, I understand that YOU MAY BE THE VICTIM OF JEWISH ASSIMILATION! I am sorry! I also understand that you may be the VICTIM OF FALSE TEACHINGS regarding Shabbat Observance or B'nei Yisroel. Again, I am sorry! You are the after-product of what someone else did... Now you find yourself here reading this discussion of what the Holy Day Shabbat means... You have done nothing, yet your Jewish past may not be recognized for one reason or another. You have only accepted what someone else taught you. You feel this incredible need to return to G-d as a Jew or as a non-Jew but more doors close than seem to open. You receive much rejection and little or no encouragement. In some situations you are looked down on. You may feel like dirt. It can even be much worse, G-d forbid. For this I am sorry.

We realize that only Hashem knows our heart. Only Hashem knows our intention. Only Hashem knows our desires. Only Hashem knows and understands our past, present and future.

One's commitment to Torah Judaism or to spirituality cannot be a fad! Classmate, you may think that you want to be Jewish... that you want to return to the religion of your relatives... AND that may be true. There is much more to being an observant Jew than just a whimsical desire or even a very extremely sincere desire. Returning to Judaism requires much!!

Judaism is a way of life. A major part of that way of life is the blessed and Holy Shabbat. We call it Holy Shabbat because it is separated from the other days of the week. This requires that we do things different on the seventh day. 

Being born Jewish and living Jewish are woven together in the same cloth. What is one without the other? We Mystically observe the definition of B'nei Yisroel in the Gematria of the words B'nei Yisroel.

The actual definition of B'nei Yisroel' is 'Children of Yisroel.  We also observe that 611 is the Gematria of Ha Torah. This means that being descendants of Yaakov is not all there is to the definition of B'nei Yisroel. Mystically there is more. The descendant of Yisroel must also observe all Ha Torah... all the words of Torah and all the letters of Torah. Again, a very big part of this is Shabbat! While Spiritualist are not required nor expected to observe Shabbat they also have commandments from Ha Torah that must be observed. 

The words B'nei Yisroel are found only seven times in the Book of Creation, Bereisheit / Genesis. Why does B'nei Yisroel occur only seven times? One reason is because B'nei Yisroel represents Shabbat Observance. B'nei Yisroel represents that connection to the seventh day.

Within the Letters of B'nei Yisroel we find:
א Aleph for Avraham
י Yud for Yitzchok
י Yud for Yaakov

ש Shin for Sarah
ר Reish for Rivkah
ר Reish for Rachel
ל Lamid for Leah

ישראל

Note that the Word is from the first Letter of each  Patriarch's and Matriarch.


When we combine all occurrences of B'nei Yisroel within Ha Torah there are 374 occurrences. This is the Gematria for Bih Sheh Vah {In Seven}. In the Mystical sense we see all 374 occurrences of B'nei Yisroel defined in Bih Sheh Vah {In Seven}. B'nei Yisroel are the people who live 'in seven'. Jews are defined by the seventh day, our Shabbat! Our lives... our Torah... our beliefs revolve 'In Seven'.

Bih Sheh Vah 
{In Seven}
374 = Ayin 70 Bet 2 Shin 300 Bet 2

Classmate, our theme in this discussion is to show the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat. Every High Holiday is a Shabbat so making this connection is very important! Now the question is what do we do with this information? How do we react to what we are learning? It is my hope that this will spark or encourage a return to Judaism... a return to Torah... a return to learning, a return to Shabbat observance... So I am greatly hoping that we will read and we will learn and we will return...

The last letter of Vih Hay Shev {and return} is the letter Bet. The Bet informs us of the distance we must travel to return. The place of shuvah, the place of repentance and the place of sacrifice for our errors is the Bet. It is the Bet HaMikdosh, the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Since our Holy Temple is destroyed, that means one must look within the inner Bet {house} of their being. One must take the time to get acquainted with the softness, with the stark quietness, with the stillness of their inner house. THIS REQUIRES CESSATION OF ALL ACTIVITIES and reconnecting with their Original Operating System given to us by the Creator. One needs to take the time to shut the world out! One must take the time to seek the stillness of their own soul. One must meditate!

Vih Hay Shev {And Return}
323 = Bet 2 Yud 10 Shin 300 Hey 5 Vav 6

One must find and follow the inner light in the inner house of the neshama. It is that inner light that always connects us with the Spirituality of the Bet HaMikdosh! How do we do this? Shabbat! Shabbat is the time for cessation of work. Shabbat is the time for connecting with G-d! Shabbat is the exact time of meditation!! The center letter for the foundation of Shabbat is the Bet.

Shabbat {to rest, to cease}
Sav 
Bet Shin

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. This is what we are commanded to do as Jews. This is what being Jewish is all about. Being Jewish is about living a certain way. And a big part of that way occurs every 7th day. So when other religions attempt to convert the Jew or persuade the Jew to not observe the 7th day as commanded in the Torah, to not separate the 7th day, they in fact are encouraging us to break our Covenant with the Creator of the universe, G-d forbid. 

Now in addition to this, Shabbat is a sign.. Shabbat is supposed to be a sign. The only way that Shabbat is a sign is when B'nei Yisroel properly observes Shabbat. In other words, half of a stop sign is not a full stop sign. It may not accomplish what it is intended to do. In the same way, partial observance of Shabbat by the Jew does not fulfill the agreement in the Torah. 

Now in our next lesson entitled Rejoicing with the Shabbos Queen, G-d willing we are going to discuss some of the important observances of Shabbat.

Now, classmates, I would like to say a word to those who are not Jewish, who may be seeking to convert. Conversion to Judaism requires normally several years of dedicated study. There is much to being a descendant of B'nei Yisroel. Among our many classmates, we have some classmates scattered throughout the world in observant conversion programs doing observant conversions. And if it is G-d's will, they will complete that conversion process. So it can happen. It is possible that your neshama stood next to mine and other Yidden {Yiddish for Jews} at Har Sinai. It is possible that your neshama received the 613 commands.

Now this may sound like I encourage and promote conversion to Judaism. That is not true. What I have said is simply an acknowledgment that the possibility exists. If you are sincere about a conversion to Judaism, we may be able to help you with a conversion program. However, the actual conversion will be up to you following through and observing a Jewish way of life as directed by the Rav doing the conversion. 

Once your conversion is final then you are a part of B'nei Yisroel in the fullest sense and meaning. 

Dear Classmate these discussions were from some of our early classes.  As we have time we update them.


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Assignment:

1.) Please explain the connection between B'nei Yisroel and Shabbat. 

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

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Course: Shuvah 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 1 Class Discussion 1


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

Class Discussion on:

Restrictions on unapproved web sites

Proper use of the Holy Names of our Creator

Communication problems ...


This class discussion is dedicated to the loving memory of my mother, Mrs. Ethel Sakash Belk, may she rest in peace.

From Bill,

Assignment:

1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?
Shabbat begins 18 minutes prior to sunset and ends 63 minutes after the first candle is lit the following evening.

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 
Preparations are made throughout the week; various items are purchased expressly for the next Shabbat. Housecleaning and table preparation are done in anticipation of Shabbat. Food is made ready and Challah is baked. It occurs to me that all these things must also be done for the other six days of the week, and in reading the discussion I was struck with the word, "Attitude." The thing that really sets Shabbat apart from the other days is the joy of anticipating Shabbat. I was reminded of the excitement a small child generates as his birthday approaches, or the emotional fervor of a teen preparing for his Driver's License! I have seen it as we arrived at Temple for Erev Shabbat service, i.e., "I've had a real rough week! I'm glad I finally made it to Shabbat!" VERY GOOD

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
The common term is "Hands-On" - one may learn most about Shabbat by actually participating in the celebration of Shabbat by observant Jews in Shul.GOOD

Shalom,

Bill S. 


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From David,

Assignment:
1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?
Shabbat begins 18 minutes before Sundown on Friday [Yom She She] afternoon and ends 24 hours + 72 minutes later ...
 Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown, as the sixth day of the week draws to a close, and concludes 63 minutes after candle lighting time the next evening. not 24 hours + 72 minutes

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 

Peace, 
GOOD
Family gathering together, 
GOOD
Additional soul enters 
GOOD
Opportunity to connect to true Spiritual essence 
GOOD
Torah reading with 7 aliyot 
GOOD
Seuda Shlishi 
GOOD
Opportunity to have the most restful sleep of the week on Shabbat afternoon :)
GOOD

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
Attend the local Chabad Center and talk with the Director ... 
GOOD, OR ANY OBSERVANT SHUL...


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From Adelle,

Assignment:
1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?

"Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown, as the sixth day of the week draws to a close, and concludes 73 minutes after candle lighting time the next evening."
[73 minutes is a typo - 63 minutes is the correct answer](http://www.bnti.us/studies/shuvah_101/2_rejoicing_with_the_shabb.html) Times for sunset may be aquired locally from newspapers or on line from sites like http://www.shabbos.com or http://www.candlelightingtimes.org/shabbos/. (Calculations might be a bit complicated if one were, for example, at the exact North Pole where days and nights last for six months each, but such nit-picking speculations are undoubtedly outside the purview of this question.) 

Those times, of course, are the literal answer. If the word "begins" is taken in a broader sense, then Shabbat might be considered to begin with preparations, such as the purchase of food and candles; preparation of food, house, and human bodies; and mental preparation for the celebration. 
[THIS DOES NOT WORK BECAUSE WHEN SHABBOT BEGINS WORK ENDS ] Including activities respectfully and devoutly undertaken for the purpose of Shabbat could conceivably extend the "beginning" and "end" into a seamless continuum more reminiscent of a sine curve than an abrupt excising or encapsulating of time from the week. One remembers and observes during the Shabbat, but then what one remembers and observes should carry over to the rest of the week. 

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 
To an outsider, the most obvious difference between Shabbat and the rest of the week are the prohibitions. [WRONG TERM - "OBSERVANCES OF SHABBAT"] "The Torah does not prohibit "work" in the 20th century English sense of the word. [INCORRECT] The Torah prohibits "melachah" (Mem-Lamed-Alef-Kaf-Heh <http://www.jewfaq.org/defs/alephbet.htm> ), which is usually translated as "work," but does not mean precisely the same thing as the English word. ... [INCORRECT] Melachah generally refers to the kind of work that is creative, or that exercises control or dominion over your environment. The word may be related to "melekh" (king; Mem-Lamed-Kaf [INCORRECT]<http://www.jewfaq.org/defs/alephbet.htm> ). The quintessential example of melachah is the work of creating the universe, which G-d ceased from on the seventh day. Note that G-d's work did not require a great physical effort: he spoke, and it was done. ... The use of electricity is prohibited because it serves the same function as fire or some of the other prohibitions, or because it is technically considered to be "fire."" (http://www.jewfaq.org/shabbat.htm). That an automobile requires the use of an internal combustion engine (even a battery operated car would be using electricity and thus "fire"), pretty much requires that one live within walking distance of the shul. (Since horses don't mix well with modern traffic, a domicile must, consequently, be pretty much within the city limits.) [ RIDING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE REGARDLESS] Suburbia and rural residence would, in general, be incompatible with the requirements, unless, of course, the suburb also contained a shul. 

(I am a bit confused as to why refrigerator lights (ersatz "fire") are prohibited while candles (real fire) aren't, but, again, that probably falls into the nit-picking area.) 
[WE LIGHT THE CANDLES 18 MINUTES BEFORE SHABBAT BEGINS. IF ONE OPENS THEIR REFRIGERATOR ON SHABBAT THAT IS THE SAME THING AS TURNING ON A LIGHT SWITCH IF THE LIGHT COMES ON] 

For a participant, I would expect that the first thing a child notices are the foods reserved for Shabbat, such as the challah. Next might come the appreciation of the rituals attached specifically to Shabbat: the blessing of the Kiddish cup, the mother's lighting of the candles (question: do the candles STAY lit while the family goes to shul, or are they re-lighted upon return? 
[HA TORAH INSTRUCTS ONE NOT TO LIGHT A FIRE ON SHABBAT] or does it depend on whether or not one has a cat that is likely to knock the candlesticks over and start a fire?), the inviting home of strangers for an Erev Shabbat Kiddish, the various special prayers ... [MOST OBSERVANT JEWS DO NOT HAVE CATS OR DOGS]

To adults, Shabbat is a time-out, a time of renewal, a time to be present in the present. "Shabbos is indeed a day of rest---physically and emotionally. All grief, care, and sorrow are forbidden and indeed, with ourselves." (http://www.utexas.edu/students/cjso/Shabbos/shabexp.html) 
Shabbat allows (requires one) to narrow one's focus to the now -- to set aside yesterday and tomorrow: to set aside cares, worries, deadlines, and stress. 

Shabbat is not at all in the same category as a vacation. On a vacation, one is frequently still watching the clock (we have tickets for ___ at ___), the checkbook (they want HOW much for a hamburger????), the kids (I thought YOU were watching them!) such that, arriving home, one needs a vacation from the vacation. On Shabbat, one makes a deliberate choice to focus on the positive. Children praise their mother; the husband lauds his wife. (http://www.bnti.us/studies/shuvah_101/2_rejoicing_with_the_shabb.html)
Where the focus of a vacation is pleasure, the focus of Shabbat is joy. Shabbat provides a time to truly relate to people (and to G-d) in Martin Buber's I-You* rather than the objective I-It* that fills up so much of thought and time the rest of the week. Vacation is aimed at separation, isolation from the everyday. While Shabbat is also a separation from the everyday, it is aimed at achieving wholeness rather than fragmentation.

* "The world of experience belongs to the basic word I-It. The basic word I-You establishes the world of relation." (p. 56) "Even as a melody is not composed of tones, nor a verse of words, not a statue of lines -- one must pull and tear to turn a unity into a multiplicity -- so it is with the human being to whom I say You. I can abstract from him the color of his hair or the color of his speech or the color of his graciousness; I have to do this again and again; but immediately he is no longer You." (p. 59)
Buber, Martin. I and Thou. 1923. Walter Kaufmann, trans. 1970. Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, New York, 1996.


3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances?
Well, that might depend on what one meant by the word "best". The class notes advise, "Any Jew desiring to learn more about Shabbat observance of course can write to us, but the very best way is to visit your local Chabad Center and speak with the director." (http://www.bnti.us/studies/shuvah_101/2_rejoicing_with_the_shabb.html <http://www.bnti.us/studies/shuvah_101/2_rejoicing_with_the_shabb.html> ). That would, of course, apply if one meant by "best" an "authoritative, thorough, and personal" approach. If by "best" one means "easy", one could move in with a friend who practices strict Shabbat observances. However, one must also remember the old adage that "After 3 days, fish and company stink." If by "best" one prefers something a bit more anonymous, there are a number of web sites, [ WRONG - THIS IS CLEAR BECAUSE YOU HAVE RECEIVED INCORRECT INFORMATION OVER THE WEB - HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS TRUE AND WHAT IS INCORRECT?] some of which were quoted above. Particularly as a gentile, I find this course qualifies for "best" for me at this time. It is a place where I can learn and ask questions without interrupting the flow of someone else's devotions. I do appreciate your offering it.

Shalom Adelle,
I must restrict your references to approved web sites like: Aish Ha Torah... O.U. - Torah org 613... Jewishpath.org 7commands.com.... I will not accept references from other web sites in the future....

Blessings and peace!

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

Classmates, at BNTI we do restrict our learning to approved web sites as indicated in the Three Step Enrollment process as follows:

Web Site Quotes - We accept quotes from recognized sources. Anyone can set up a web site and say anything they choose. Presently the only authorized web sites we will accept quotes from are:

7 Commands: http://www.7commands.com 
Aish Ha Torah: http://www.aish.com
Jewishpath: http://www.jewishpath.org
Project Genesis: http://www.torah.org
Torah.org: http://www.613.org
Virtual Jerusalem: http://www.virtual.co.il

Others can be included once we establish their credibility. To add a web site to this list all that is necessary is to inform us of the web site. We will visit it when we can and make a determination of acceptance, exception or rejection.

Blessings and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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From Raymond K.,

1.) When does Shabbat begin and end? 

Shabbat begins on Friday [Yom She She] 18mins after sundown [BEFORE SUNDOWN] and ends 63 mins after candle lighting time the next evening. 

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 

There is a high anticipation of the Shabbat Queen in the air, and brought about by the smells of fresh baked challah, and many other delicacies. The house is clean from top to bottom being careful not to miss anything. Two candles are lit, one for remembrance of Shabbat and the other for the obseverance of Shabbat There are special prayers that are prayed. The Father prays for each of the children, for the Boy it is said (May G_d make you as Ephraim and Menashe) and for the (Girls it is said May G_d make you as Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah. May Ad-noy [PLEASE USE A DASH FOR THE WORD ADOSHEM]bless you and guard you. May 
Ad-noy shine His countenance upon you and be gracious unto you. May Ad-noy turn His countenance toward you and grant you peace), as he places both hands upon their head when reciting these blessing, and then the Father leads in the Aishes Chayil in honor of his wife and her many household responsibilities.
GOOD

Shabbat cannot be Shabbat without a moment of reference at the local Shul. Where the Torah is read and blessings are said for some of the members. There is a time spent in search of a stranger to invite home for the Shabbat meal, and on returning home there is a song sung Aleichem Shalom. This is Shabbat not of works but of rest. GOOD

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
By going to a local Shul and asking a Rabbi for information on Shabbat services or finding links on the website that teaches the process of Shabbat GOOD

Shalom Raymond,

In Step Three of the Enrollment process we discuss the Holy Names of our Creator as follows:

Use of G-d's Holy Names
In Bereishis 101 you will learn why the following is required. However for now the following procedure must be observed. Any time you make reference to a Name of the Creator a dash is required. For example:
G-d
G-D
L-rd
L-RD
El-him {pronounce Elokim}
Ad-ni - Yud - Kay - Vav - Kay {pronounced Hashem}
Hashem is the Most Holy Name of our Creator Ha = the and Shem = Name

We do not say the actual words or write the actual words in any language...

This means we 
DO NOT DO THE FOLLOWING... WE DO NOT WRITE OR SAY THESE WORDS OR ANY VERSION! 

J-e-h-o-v-a-h Or Y - H- W - Y Or Y-a-w- -w-a y Or Y-a-w--W-e-h

Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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From Ari,

Assignment:
1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?

In keeping with the timing of the Jewish day, that is, beginning at nightfall rather than midnight, which is consistent with Bereishis 1: 5. 

Shabbat begins on the eve of Yom shi-shi - the 6th day 18 minutes before sundown and ends 63 minutes after the candle lighting of the following evening. Following Shabbat and during the coming week planning and preparation take place for the coming of the next Shabbat such as cleaning and preparing the ritual objects, the purchase of relevant foods and wine and the organising of worldly affairs to avoid intrusion upon Shabbat. 
VERY GOOD

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 

In contrast to the working week, Shabbat is concerned with being rather than doing. It is a time where one is able to let go of the toil of life and connect with Hashem, to become spiritually re-invigorated and reflect upon relationship with the Creator. It is also a time to spend time with the family in togetherness and to reconnect with one's self. 

While work is not done on Shabbat, it is also a time of physical rest where one can 
[SHOULD] find time to engage in more reflective activities such as going for a walk, studying and meditating upon the Torah. 
GOOD

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
Other than reading, study and asking questions, observation by becoming involved with others who are observant and are able to demonstrate the practise of keeping Shabbat. By being involved with a congregation one has access to the knowledge of a Rabbi and others who are competent to guide and clarify questions. 
GOOD


Dear Classmate these discussions were from some of our early classes.  As we have time we update them.


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: Judaish 101

Would You Like To Be Jewish?

Lesson 1 Class Discussion 2


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS


This class discussion is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Lil Creek, may she rest in peace.

From Ya'akov,

Assignment:

1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?
Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown, as the sixth day of the week draws to a close, and concludes 63 minutes after candle lighting time the next evening. However the preparation for the next Shabbat begins immediately after Shabbat concludes. By this I mean special Shabbat pieces like the Shabbat challah board, knife and challah cover, the Shabbat tablecloth, the Kiddish cup, the candlesticks are cleaned and prepared for the coming Shabbat. 

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week
Throughout the week we make purchases of food, wine and flowers all in honor of Shabbat. We call this Lichubid Shabbat. These items are just for Shabbat. We purchase the finest that our individual budgets will allow. During the prayers one will notice men searching from seat to seat, from person to person, looking for a stranger... a visitor... an individual to invite home for an Erev Shabbat Kiddish and meal. Before welcoming the Shabbat into the home by lighting the Shabbat candles, the mother with help from the children at home is careful to complete all cooking, turn off all electricity that will not be staying on for Shabbat and sets what will stay on {the blech, the crockpot, certain lights and / or timers that control lights, makes sure the light is out in the refrigerator, etc.}.

{Shemos 20:8 (Exodus 20:8)} {Devarim 5:12 (Deuteronomy 5:12}.
Our sages say that for Shabbat a second neshamah, a second spirit or soul, joins us to elevate us spiritually for Shabbat, for the seventh day. Many Chassidim teach that on the way home from shul, one is accompanied home by malachim, angels.

When one arrives home, the presence of Shabbat is so strong it is almost palpable, you can both see and feel Shabbat in the air. Upon entering the home, one's neshama is immediately drawn to the glowing Shabbat candelabrum and the Shabbat table which is set with the best tablecloth, napkins, silverware, dishes and glassware each parent gives a blessing to each of the children. {This blessing is found in standard siddurim.} It is a very warm moment, full of love, as the children line up and wait their turn for their parent to place their open right palm over the child's head or forehead and recite the blessing.
 

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
Course: Shuvah 101 GOOD Plus - Visit an observant Jewish home for Shabbat.

I'm really not sure about the answer to this question, however this lesson gave me insight on Shabbat Observances.


G-D Bless,

Ya'akov


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From Jodie M.

Assignment:
1.) When does Shabbat begin and end? 
Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown, as the sixth day of the week draws to a close, and concludes 63 minutes after candle lighting time the next evening.GOOD

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different} from the rest of the week. 
In preparation for Shabbat, I purchase the best I can afford, in terms of foods and spirits. If I can, I buy some pretty flowers. I carefully clean and protect the special items used on Shabbat and do not use them for mundane meals. To get ready for Shabbat, I make sure my home and person are clean and ready to welcome friends. GOOD I do not focus on rules, but choose to place my focus on the joy and freedom that a good and happy observance of Shabbat brings.

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 
For me, I think the best way is to attend Shabbat at a variety of people's homes who participate at various levels of observance. EXCELLENT

Jodie M. 


Dear Classmate these discussions were from some of our early classes.  As we have time we update them.


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 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

QUESTIONS

Rejoicing With the Shabbot Queen ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

Timing for Shabbat
Shabbat begins 18 minutes before sundown, as the sixth day of the week draws to a close, and concludes 63 minutes after candle lighting time the next evening. However the preparation for the next Shabbat begins immediately after Shabbat concludes. By this I mean special Shabbat pieces like the Shabbat challah board, knife and challah cover, the Shabbat tablecloth, the Kiddish cup, the candlesticks are cleaned and prepared for the coming Shabbat.

Purchases Lichubid Shabbat {In Honor of Shabbat}
Throughout the week we make purchases of food, wine and flowers all in honor of Shabbat. We call this Lichubid Shabbat. These items are just for Shabbat. We purchase the finest that our individual budgets will allow. Obviously this differs from household to household.

Preparing the Home & the Meals for Shabbat
Housecleaning normally is well under way by the evening of the fifth day. In many households the Shabbat table is prepared one night in advance of Shabbat. This really creates an atmosphere in anticipation of the upcoming visit of the Shabbat Queen. Often the lady of the home and older daughters begin preparation of special Shabbat dishes like noodle kugel or apple kugel, gefilte fish, a pie or cake are made. Challah is normally purchased or baked the afternoon before Shabbat begins. The wonderful smell of challah baking again tells family and close neighbors Shabbat is now just hours away.

The Rest of the Family Comes Home to Get Ready for Shabbat
Soon all the children living at home will be arriving home from school and father from work. By now laundry is done and put away. Bedrooms are given a last pick up. Clothes are neatly folded or hung and put away. Bath time begins. Every mishpachah has their own rotation. It's not exactly the same in every household but similar.

Heading to Shul, Davening & Greeting Friends & Strangers Alike
Soon father and some of the children leave for shul. The sun is still easily seen in the sky. Some mishpachah drive, others walk. Those that drive leave their auto at shul until after Shabbat. On the way to shul family members exchange greetings with other family members. 'Gut Shabbat!' 'Gut Shabbat!' Fathers join other fathers walking down sidewalks or in the street in smaller cities. Children frolic with other children, all heading to shul. 

Upon arriving at shul each person takes their special place. Everyone has an assigned seat. Study and pre-Shabbat Mincha {afternoon} prayers begin soon with the words Ahsh Ray Yosh Vay Vay Tehchaw. Men and children and a few women continue to join those already there. The atmosphere by now is warm, friendly, kind and caring. After Mincha prayers, Kabbalah Shabbat begins, then Maariv. During the prayers one will notice men searching from seat to seat, from person to person, looking for a stranger... a visitor... an individual to invite home for an Erev Shabbat Kiddish and meal. Some families have already made invitations for the evening. This is a very warm and wonderful time.

The service concludes with everyone going to the front of the shul to greet the Rav. Some will receive a special blessing from the Rav. On the men's side of the mecheetzah men shake hands, and on the ladies side a few hugs are shared between ladies.

Meantime, Back At Home...
Before welcoming the Shabbat into the home by lighting the Shabbat candles, the mother with help from the children at home is careful to complete all cooking, turn off all electricity that will not be staying on for Shabbat and sets what will stay on {the blech, the crockpot, certain lights and / or timers that control lights, makes sure the light is out in the refrigerator, etc.}. 

When the mother lights the Shabbat candles she waves her hands three times in full circles above the candles in a motion as if drawing the candlelight into her eyes, closes her eyes and places her hands gently over them. She then says a silent prayer from the heart. One candle is lit to remember the Shabbat, the other candle is lit to observe the Shabbat. {Shemos 20:8 (Exodus 20:8)} {Devarim 5:12 (Deuteronomy 5:12}. In some households it is the custom to light one candle in honor of every member of the family. 

Returning Home
As those who participated in services at shul depart the shul, two very important things occur. Our sages say that for Shabbat a second neshamah, a second spirit or soul, joins us to elevate us spiritually for Shabbat, for the seventh day. Many Chassidim teach that on the way home from shul, one is accompanied home by malachim, angels. This being the case, some sing Shalom Aleichem on the way home and others around their Shabbat table. 

When one arrives home, the presence of Shabbat is so strong it is almost palpable, you can both see and feel Shabbat in the air. Upon entering the home, one's neshama is immediately drawn to the glowing Shabbat candelabrum and the Shabbat table which is set with the best tablecloth, napkins, silverware, dishes and glassware. The two best loaves of challah are in front of the father's place setting, placed on the challah board and covered with a lovely challah cover. The Kiddush cup often sits on a little plate of its own next to the father and every son of Bar Mitzvah age and older. 

When the father and children return from shul, the family and guests gather around the Shabbat table. While still standing, each parent gives a blessing to each of the children. {This blessing is found in standard siddurim.} It is a very warm moment, full of love, as the children line up and wait their turn for their parent to place their open right palm over the child's head or forehead and recite the blessing. It is perfectly acceptable for stepparents to give this blessing to their stepchildren as well. Then the father leads the children and all guests in Aishes Chayil in honor of his wife and her many household responsibilities. The children rise as we reach verse Qaf, Her children rise and praise her. Immediately they are joined by the husband as he lauds her. 

Kiddush
The father pours the wine to overflowing, raises the Kiddush cup and recites the prayer over the wine. And the wine is shared by family members and guests. Everyone washes for Shabbos challah and recites the blessing for washing hands. The Shabbos challah is normally braided with a 3-, 4-, or 5-braid, baked and garnished with oil or egg, then placed on the shulchan {table aka the family altar}. The father says the prayer over the challah and cuts or tears one loaf, sprinkles salt over it and has a bite. He shares his piece with his wife and passes out the rest of the pieces to the others at the table. Everyone has a piece and a piece and a piece...

The Meal
The Shabbat meal is composed of several courses, traditionally gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup, salad, the main course {frequently chicken and vegetables and kugel} and dessert. The Torah parshot of the week is discussed and songs of praise are sung. Everyone bensches {recites a group of prayers thanking Hashem for the meal}. After the bensching, sometimes the community is invited to a Shalom Zachar, the celebration of the birth of a male child. In some communities, the celebration of the birth of a female child, Shalom Bet, is also enjoyed on Yom She She night.

Morning
The father and older children {and depending on the time and situation} the mother walk to shul. If the mother stays home, she davens at home.

Shacharit
Shacharis is the name for morning prayers. Shabbat prayers are a little longer than weekday prayers because more Tehillim are said and the pace is a bit slower. Normally three different men conduct the service. We're not going to go into the order of the service except to say that the most glorious part is when the Aron HaKodesh is opened and the Torah scrolls are removed and carried to the beemah. In some shuls this is a long procession with men lining up on both sides of the aisle to kiss the Torah. In some shuls ladies touch the Torah with their siddurim as it is carried close to the mecheetzah. The Torah arrives at the beemah and is joined by the shul gabbai. Torah is normally divided into seven readings and the maftir. For each reading a man is given an aliyah, a call to arise and come up to the Torah. A Kohein is called first, then a Levi, then Yisrael. The person receiving the aliyah is known as the oleh. They touch the Torah with their tzitzis, recite two blessings, the baal koray reads the Torah portion, they touch the Torah with their tzitzis where the Torah portion concludes and say a final blessing. Normally they make a pledge to contribute to the shul, special blessings are said and another man is called to the Torah. Normally the man receiving the Maftir aliyah recites the Haftara. Then the magbiha {one who raises the Torah} is called to the beemah. He raises the Torah so at least three sections are noticeable to the congregation. And the congregation says, "This is the Torah that Moshe placed before B'nei Yisrael..." Then he takes a designated seat and is joined by a second honoree, the golelet. Then the golelet assists the magbiya in rolling the Torah scrolls together. The golelet secures the Torah scrolls with a gartel, then places a mantel over the Torah scrolls and adorns the Torah scrolls with a silver crown ornament. The crown is usually very ornate. The magbir holds the Torah during the reading of the Haftara. When the Haftara reading is completed, additional blessings are said, lines are formed and the Torah processional begins with men and children lining up again while it is being carried to the Aron Kodesh. At this point, in some shuls, the Rav will give a short drasha {hopefully}. There may be additional special calls to the Torah for a variety of reasons which we will not go into. After the Torah is concluded additional blessings are said and the Haftara is read which is a collection of recitations from the Prophets. Additional blessings are said, the Torah is held up.

Mussaf
Mussaf is the name for the additional morning prayers. Mussaf prayers are said and often are charged with beautiful, stunning emotion. Shul concludes and in some shuls Kiddush follows. 

Kiddush at Shul
After davening is over it is time for enjoying the company of others along with Kiddush.
The rabbi says the blessing over the wine to begin the Kiddush which usually consists of appetizers, sweets, beverages and spirits...

Shabbat Lunch
If anyone was not present for the blessing over the wine at shul, the blessing over the wine is recited for them by the father {or they recite it themselves if they are a man}. Shabbat lunch is begun by washing for challah, the blessing over the challah by the father, and the eating of challah by everyone. The meal usually consists of several courses including cholent {a hot, tasty bean, meat and potato dish}. The lunch is usually less formal than the Yom She She evening repast but still has special dishes lichubid Shabbat and follows much of the same tradition as the evening meal.

Shabbat Afternoon
After lunch it is time for studying the weekly parshot, visiting with friends, playing games with the children and possibly catching a Shabbat nap - which is often the most deeply restful sleep one gets all week, no matter how short!

Mincha
As late afternoon arrives, the men and women return to shul for a period of study and Mincha {afternoon prayer}. 

Shalosh Seudos, The Third Meal
Mincha is normally followed by Shalosh Seudos. This is a light meal, at which it is customary to have challah {of course after the ritual washing for challah and saying the blessing over the challah}. A small snack of herring and vodka or other enjoyable treat is shared followed by a drasha {short lecture}, bensching and Maariv.

Maariv
Maariv is normally the final prayer of the evening, said after dark, after Shabbos has concluded. This is normally a quick prayer of about 20 minutes. Shabbos is officially over. In some shuls, given the time of the month, the men go outside and say Kiddush Lavanah {Sanctification of the Moon}. The men return home, the wives have the Havdalah set ready. 

Havdalah
Havdalah is a beautiful little ritual performed by the father with the family and friends gathered around. It is the ritual that marks the separation of Shabbat and the rest of the week, of the holy and the mundane. Prayers are recited over a cup overflowing with wine which represents a week full of prosperity, G-d willing, a container of spices that is passed around for everyone to smell and a candle braided with at least 4 wicks. The senses are filled with a lingering of the sweetness of Shabbat. The lights are turned down, the candle is lifted high, everyone lifts their hands in the light and gazes on their fingernails to view the reflection of the candlelight. We do this because light invades darkness, light dispels evil. This is a symbolic act used for centuries against darkness and evil. 

Motzi Shabbat / Melaveh Malka 
Motzi Shabbat is the name for the rest of the night after Shabbat has concluded. Melaveh Malka translates as "Escorting the Queen." Just as a good host and hostess escort their guests part of the way as they leave to express their reluctance to part with good company, so Jews escort the Shabbat Queen in order to linger a little longer. This is expressed in the form of a meal shared with a few or many in a warm and festive atmosphere.

Our intention here was to share the warmth of Shabbat and not to quote the 39 Shabbat prohibitions. One can quote Shabbat prohibitions day and night and give the inflection of a very negative, strict, harsh, constricting climate. Shabbat is nothing at all like that. For those of us who love Shabbat dearly, it is the most beautiful way of life. And even though we have included the 39 Categories of Shabbat Prohibitions below, we will not discuss them. One has to experience Shabbat to see how these prohibitions fit. Judaism is a way of life, Shabbat is a very large part of that life. Any Jew desiring to learn more about Shabbat observance of course can write to us, but the very best way is to visit your local Chabad Center and speak with the director. 

39_Shabbat_Prohibitions.jpg

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Assignment:

1.) When does Shabbat begin and end?

2.) Give several examples of what separates Shabbat {what makes Shabbat different}
from the rest of the week. 

3.) What is the best way for one to learn about Shabbat observances? 

ב''ה

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



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Gematria Nuggets ©

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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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

Books by Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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 Gospel Writers each offer a different perspective of Jesus last six days on Earth. They differ some.  It can be quite interesting and very challenging. Each goes to great measure sharing about Jesus last six days on earth. About 30 percent of Matthew, 33 percent of Mark, 30% of Luke and 40% of John share their individual views of the history of Jesus last six days of Jesus Life on Earth. The reader will learn a great deal of what happened from mornng to evening during the last six days of Jesus life on earth.


If you believe in Jesus this book will be very challenging. I started on this Journey almost 30 years ago with a desire to give my Baptist Congregation a historical view of Jesus last six days on earth. Since then I have returned to Judaism. I share some of the untold stories and fill in some of the blank pages... My journey can be of great help to you if you discern there are problems with the story the story the Christian Writers tell of Jesus last six days on earth.


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Other Books By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


My Biblical Historical Calendar Book covers many goals for all walks of life. My calender is a religious 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 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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