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

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Bereisheit Bereisheit

Genesis 1.1 - 6.8

The Light Of The Torah


A Taste Of Torah

Weekly VIDEO Gematria Parshat


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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There are three Torah Revelations we want to discuss.


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

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


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


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


Bereisheit 1.1 - 4

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:

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

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר ד

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

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

Genesis 1.1 - 4 

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


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


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


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


Bereisheit Bereisheit

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Bereisheit 1.1-4


A Taste Of Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



Ha Torah


The Creator's Revealed Light


Bereisheit 1.1-4

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


Genesis 1.1-4

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


This is the first four Verses of Ha Torah.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת 400 ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


616 Mitzvot


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


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


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


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


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



Bereisheit Noach


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Bereisheit 6.9 - 11.38


A Taste Of Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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



What Is It Like To Be Perfect?


Bereisheit 6.9

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


Genesis 6.9

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


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


תָּמִים

Taw Meem

Perfect

ת400 מ40 י10 ם40 = 490


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



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


Bereisheit 18.3-8

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

Genesis 18.3-8

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

Our Sages Teach the Words לוּשִׁי וַעֲשִׂי עֻגוֹת

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


Shemot 12.39

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



Exodus 12.39

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


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


סֹלֶת

Soh Leht

Unleavened Cakes

ס60 ל30 ת400 = 490


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Bereisheit Noach

Bereisheit Noach 6.1 - 11.32


A Taste Of Torah - Parshat

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The Bridge Of Righteousnessss


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There is one Torah Revelations we want to discuss.


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


Bereisheit 7.1

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

Genesis 7.1

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


 הַתֵּבָה 

Hah Tay Vah

ה5 ת400 ב2 ה5 = 412


 בֵּית

ּBay Yeet ? House

ב2 י10 ת400 = 412


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


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


 צַדִּיק לְפָנַי 

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

צ90 ד4 י10 ק100   ל30 פ80 נ50 י10 = 374


בְּשֶׁבַע

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

ב2 ש300 ב2 ע70 = 374


Serving The Lord is 24 / 7.


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Genesis 1.1 - 31

The Revealed Light - 1


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Bereisheit 1.1 - 31

The Revealed Light 

 אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


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


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


Bereisheit 1.1 - 4

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:

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

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי־אוֹר וַיְהִי־אוֹר:  ד

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

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

Genesis 1.1 - 4 

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


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


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


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

 

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


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


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


Genesis 1.14 - 19

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


The Word Eht אֵת 

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


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


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


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


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


The Bahir

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


Bereishis Vol. I(b)

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

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A Taste Of Torah - Parshat - 5775

Bereisheit Lech Lecha 12.1 - 17.27


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How are we Influenced By The Letter כ ך Chof ?


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


Bereisheit 12.1 - 

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

Genesis 12.1

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


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


Genesis 11.26

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


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


Genesis 11.32

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


Genesis 12.4

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


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


Genesis 15.15

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


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

ך = 20

מֵאַרְצְךָ 

ך = 20

וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ

ך = 20

וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ

60



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


הַהֹלֵךְ

Ha Hoh Laych / To Go

ה5 ה5 ל30 ך20 = 60


Bereisheit 13.5

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

Genesis 13.5

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


לְלוֹט

Lih Loht / To Lot or Also Lot

ל30 ל30 ו6 ט9 = 75


75 is the age Avram left Charan.


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


Genesis 12.2

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


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


Genesis 17.5-7

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


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Genesis Chapter by Chapter

Genesis 2.1 - 25

The First Observance - 2


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The First Observance

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

 אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


Of the 613 Mitzvot Some of the Observances are only for The High Priest. Some of the Observances are for Priests, i.e. the sons of Aharon.  Some of the Observances are only for The Levites.  Some of the Observances are only for the farmers and the property owners.  Some of the Observances are only for men. Some of the Observances are only for women. Some of the Observances are only for hunters.  Some of the Observances are only for animals, birds, fish, trees and plants.  Some of the Observances are only for giving Offerings.  Some of the Observances are only for the Holy Temple. Some of the Observances are only for The Land Of Israel.  Some of the Observances are for those who are not Jewish. Regardless, these 613 Observances were given to guide and direct our lives.


Originally the Creator Gave just one Observance to Adam and Eve. Do you know which Observance it was?  Do not steal! Our Creator Said to Adam and Eve, 


Genesis 2.16

And the Lord God Commanded Ha Adam / Eve, Saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.


Our Creator did not lay a heavy burden on Adam or Eve. Our Creator Gave them one observance. The observance was a prohibition, i.e. The Creator Said, Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil belongs to me. It does not belong to you. It is forbidden to you.  This is how we train our children. We give them one important responsibility. Then we watch to see how they perform.  Our hope is that they will perform well and that we will be able to give them additional responsibilities as they mature.


Human kind had not sinned prior to stealing from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet, even though Adam and Chavah sinned all was not lost. Chapter 1 concludes with a very important comment from the Lord God, after creation was concluded and after Adam and Eve sinned. The Creator Said, Behold it was very good.


Genesis 1.31

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.


How could the Creator say this?  Our Sages Teach that seven things were created before the world. They are: The Torah, Repentance, the Garden of Eden, Gehenna, the Throne of Glory, the Temple, and the name of the Messiah, Nedarim 39b.  This means that both Adam and Chavah did 

teshuvah, i.e. they acknowledged their sin, they turned away from their sin, they made a plan to not repeat their sin, they reversed their sinful action and they offered restitution. This is how the Lord God could say, 'Behold, it was very good.' God Willing in the following Chapter we will discuss How One Receives Forgiveness for Sin.


In Chapter 2 we learn that embedded in Genesis 2.16 are Seven Observances The Creator Gave for every Human to follow.  One may ponder, where are these observances? I can understand questions like these. Are Sages Teach that the Lord God Created this world with Ten Utterances. Can you imagine, everything being created in our entire universe  from just Ten utterances?  It is possible to ask the same question when reading Genesis Chapter 2.16. We are very big on keywords. These are words that are very very important. In Genesis Chapter 2.16 there is a keyword which is like the door to a very large research.


Bereisheit 2.16

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


Genesis 2.16

And He, The Lord God Commanded, to Haw Adam meaning both Adam and Chavah...


This is the first time in the Bible that we read the word Vah Yih Tzvah, וַיְצַו meaning 'To Command'. It is at this place and location that our Creator Games Seven Laws to all humanity.  We know this because of the Word צַו.  Humankind violated the Seven Laws often. So when we as a people cannot Observe 1 Command as in Adam and Chavah or Seven Commands as in the descendants of Cain and the people of the flood age how could our Creator Share all 613 Observances? Then came Noach a perfect man in his generation, his son Shem and his great great grandson Eiver.  Shem and his great Grandson formed the first Torah Academy, i.e. The School of Shem and Eiver. They taught Ha Torah to Avraham / Abraham, Yitzchok / Isaac and Yaakov / Jacob. Their descendants would receive Ha Torah in 2,448 on Mount Sinai. How do we know this? The Gematria of וַיְצַו  is 112. This is the same Gematria number of בָּעָם Baw Awm meaning The People of Israel. וַיְצַו Vah Yih Tzvah is the first usage of the Word Command.  בָּעָם Baw Awm is the first usage. 


 וַיְצַו 

Vah Yih Tzvah / And the Command

ו6 י10 צ90 ו6 = 112


 בָּעָם 

Baw Awm / 

Through the People / by The People / With The People

ב2 ע70 ם40 = 112


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Genesis 3.1 - 24

Individual And Group Accountability - 3


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We will try to review four areas in Genesis 3.


First  is a discussion on  who the serpent was and does the serpent pose danger today as then?  We discuss why the serpent was NOT Suton / Satan, i.e. the devil. We discuss the role the Creator has mapped out for Suton.


Bereisheit 3.1

 וְהַנָּחָשׁ הָיָה עָרוּם מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אַף כִּי־אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן:  ב


Genesis 3.1

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made... And he said to the woman, Has God said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden?


Let's compare  עָרוּם the word subtil... clever to עֲרוּמִּים naked. The plural for  subtil... clever... is עֲרוּמִּים which is also the spelling for naked. STOP! Who was naked? They were both naked. What is the point? עֲרוּמִּים naked is plural for  עָרוּם subtil... clever... 


Bereisheit 2.25

 וַיִּהְיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם עֲרוּמִּים הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְלֹא יִתְבּשָׁשׁוּ:


Genesis 2.25

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.


The point is that they were naked... they were exposed... they were uncovered... Yet could they have been subtle... clever... shrewd... crafty...prudent... deliberate... foxy...?



Second is a discussion on accountability. Who is accountable for taking the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?  

Is the Serpent responsible? 

Is Eve / Chavah responsible?

Is Adam responsible?

Are all responsible?


Adam was present for the entire conversation.


Bereisheit 3.1-5

וְהַנָּחָשׁ הָיָה עָרוּם מִכֹּל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה אַף כִּי־אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִכֹּל עֵץ הַגָּן:  ב וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה אֶל־הַנָּחָשׁ מִפְּרִי עֵץ־הַגָּן נֹאכֵל:  ג וּמִפְּרִי הָעֵץ אֲשֶׁר בְּתוֹךְ־הַגָּן אָמַר אֱלֹהִים לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִמֶּנּוּ וְלֹא תִגְּעוּ בּוֹ פֶּן תְּמֻתוּן:  ד וַיֹּאמֶר הַנָּחָשׁ אֶל־הָאִשָּׁה לֹא־מוֹת תְּמֻתוּן:  ה כִּי יֹדֵעַ אֱלֹהִים כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְכֶם מִמֶּנּוּ וְנִפְקְחוּ עֵינֵיכֶם וִהְיִיתֶם כֵּאלֹהִים יֹדְעֵי טוֹב וָרָע:  ו 


Genesis 3.1-5

 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman [WIFE], Has God Said, you shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, you shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die. And the serpent said to the woman, surely you shall not die; For God knows that in the day you eat of it, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. 


Should we consider the serpents choice and number of Words? YES! Why? Nothing is by chance. The serpent was subtle... clever... shrewd... crafty...prudent... deliberate... foxy...? The number of Words are highlighted in Yellow. The serpent spoke 26 Words to the Wife of Adam. The Gematria of Yud Kay Vav Kay. This is the Gematria of the Holy Name of the Lord.  


י ה ו ה


י10  -  ה5  -  ו6  -  ה5  = 26

Chavah did not stop the conversation with the serpent.  Chavah did not use her authority over the serpent. Chavah listened. Chavah reasoned. Chavah did not consult with her husband.


Genesis 3.6

And when the woman [WIFE] saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her; and he ate. 


1. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food...

2. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was pleasant to the eyes

3. The Wife saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a tree to be desired to make one wise,


Adam did not stop the conversation. Adam did not intervene. Adam did not use his authority over the serpent. Adam listened. Adam watched. Adam did not consult with his wife nor advise her. 'Chavah took, i.e. she stole of its fruit, and ate, and gave also to her husband with her; and he ate. 


Each are individually responsible and each are responsible as a group. Ha Torah is Teaching individual responsibility and group responsibility it this life story.


This should raise many questions about human and group behavior. Should Adam her husband spoke up? Should he have intervened? Should he have done something? Ha Torah does not say, Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food... or that  Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was pleasant to the eyes or that Adam saw that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was a tree to be desired to make one wise.  Adam was standing right there with Chavah. Chavah's eyes were opened first. She realized that she was naked first. Yet, Chavah gave to Adam and he ate of the forbidden fruit. He ate of the stolen fruit. 


Dear one, this is exactly how each of us are. We know better. We know what we should be doing. We know that what we are about to do is wrong yet, we do it anyway... 


Third we discuss clothing.

There is NO PLACE in The Bible that says The Lord God sacrificed animals to cover Adam and Chavah. The Bible does not say anything about the Lord God shedding the blood of any animal. 'The Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them.'  The Lord God took the skin of the serpent and combined that with the wool of sheep and goats to provide coats for Adam and Chavah.   עוֹר Ohr means skin.



Bereisheit 3.21

 וַיַּעַשׂ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים לְאָדָם וּלְאִשְׁתּוֹ כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר וַיַּלְבִּשֵׁם: פ 


Genesis 3.21

For Adam and for his wife the Lord God made coats of skins, and clothed them. 


In Chapter 1 we learned about אֶת־הָאוֹר 'The Lord's Revealed light through the 613 Observances of Ha Torah. We discussed the Word אוֹר Ohr meaning Light. When Adam and Chavah sinned their Glorious Shekinah which covered them departed. leaving them unclothed... The aura... the light... the shekinah they once enjoyed was now gone. In place of the Ohr / Light the Lord God made coats of עוֹר skins, and clothed them. 


Our Sages Teach that one may interchange the Letters א Aleph and ע Ayin. When we interchange the Letter Aleph for Ayin in  אוֹר Ohr meaning Light it becomes  עוֹר skins. The Gematria changes from 207 to 276. The difference between them is 69. אוֹר Ohr is a Spiritual cover.  עוֹר Ohr is a skin covering. אוֹר Ohr represents a nearness to The Lord. עוֹר Ohr represents a greater distance from The Lord God. This is the result of our parents sin. סוּג Soog means to withdraw, to retreat, to move back, to recede. The Gematria of   סוּג Soog is 69.


 סוּג

Soog / withdraw, to retreat, to move back,

ס60 ו6 ג3 = 69



How Did Avram Pray?

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Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27

A Taste Of Torah


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How Did Avram Pray?


Bereisheit 13.4

אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂה שָׁם בָּרִאשֹׁנָה וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה


Genesis 13.4

[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram through The Name of The Lord.


Avram is a mystic to us. We follow Avram. We study Avram. A great deal can be learned in doing this. Today we are going to consider how Avram may have called out to The Lord.


The Letter ב Bet in the Word בְּשֵׁם Bih Saym may mean:

in the Name...

with the Name...

through the Name...

There are other possibilities as well.


We are going to consider the possibility of 'through the Name'.


When we look at the Word בְּשֵׁם Bih Saym we understand שֵׁם could be in reference to:

The Holy Name...

A designation for The Holy Name...

A place of the Holy Name...

There are other possibilities as well.


We are going to consider the possibility of 'through a designation of the Holy Name'. In this discussion designation would mean Torah.


What is the Gematria of Torah?

תּוֹרָה

Torah

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 =611


אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה

ָAvram through The Name of The Lord

א1 ב2 ר200 ם = 40 = 243

ב2 ש300 ם40 = 342

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26

611 = 26 + 342 +243


Mystically we see Avram crying out to the Creator through Words of Ha Torah. What Words? Perhaps:


Bereisheit 15.1

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


Genesis 15.1

'...Fear not Avram, I am Your Shield, your reward is very great.'


Bereisheit 12.3

וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה: ד


Genesis 12.3

I will bless then that bless you...

Notice the Word תִּירָא the Gematria for תִּירָא is 611 also.


תִּירָא

Fear

ת400 י10 ר200 א 1 = 611


[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram through Words of The Torah of The Lord.


One could say,

[Avram went] to the place of the Altar that he built their in the first visit and called their Avram in fear [awesome respect] of The Lord.


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Bereisheit Vayera

Genesis 18.1 - 22.24

How The Taryag [613] Mitzvot Protect Us


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We have been discussing different applications of  אֶת־הָאוֹר The Light, i.e. the Revelation of The Lord the past three lessons. 


אֶת־הָאוֹר

Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת 400     ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613


616 Mitzvot


We have examined the relationship of The Torah and the number 613. The number 613 represents the 613 observances given to all humankind originally then in 2448 F.C.  the majority of the 613 Observances were placed upon The People of Israel. Now, chronologically the discussion here in Ha Torah is taking place hundreds of years before the separating of the Mitzvot / Commandments from B'nai Noach to B'nei Yisroel.


In Genesis 1.1 - 4 we discovered that the Light, i.e. The Revelation of God's Will for us preceded the creation of the sun, moon and and stars which were Created on the Fourth Day.  We learn that the 613 Commands of Ha Torah flow out from the Words God Spoke, 'Let My Light Be Revealed.' We learn of the great importance of the 613 Commands for each of us. 


In week three we learned that the Spiritual Light, i.e. The Shekinah covered Adam and Chavah from there creation until there sin. When they sinned the Spiritual Light departed from them. They were uncovered .  They were naked. They needed a covering. The Creator Provided a skin covering for them. The serpent shed his skin. The Creator took the shed skin from the serpent along with goats hair and lamb's wool to fashion coats for our first parents. Spiritual Light is represented by the Letter א Aleph. The Letter אלף Aleph is the first Letter in Name of Godאלהים . and and the first Letter of אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Ha Ohra. Adam and Chavah were created to live forever in Gan Eden but because of there sin they were expelled. The Orah, the Spiritual Light departed our parents. Later the עור orah / the skin of the serpent and the hair from goats and the wool from lambs would be combined to covered their bodies. Notice the עור  orah is spelled beginning with the Letter ע Ayin which has to do with vision, sight, the eyes. Chavah saw that the Tree of knowledge of good and evil was good for food... She saw the fruit was pleasant to the eyes and Chavah saw it was a tree to be desired to make one wise.   So to a degree Adam and Chavah sinned because of gazing upon Tree of knowledge of good and evil and because of their disobedience.


All humanity was weakened because of our parents failure. They did not implore the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. Unfortunately they let their guard down.  They allowed themselves to be vulnerable to the craftiness of the serpent. 


They were warned in advance about the serpent when they were placed in Gan Eden.



Bereisheit 2.15

 וַיִּקַּח יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן־עֵדֶן לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ:     טז


Genesis 2.15

And the Lord God took everything from the Aleph to the Tav of them [ha Adam], and put him into the Garden of Eden to guard it and to work it. 


Adam and Chavah had the upper hand.  They were in control. They failed to use the tools given to them by The Lord God. When we sin it is normally the same for us. We did not use all of our resources to defeat the enemy.


Bereisheit 22.1

  וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת־אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי1:1

Genesis 22.1

And it happened after the words, the oath and then God tested everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav of Avraham, and He said to Avraham, and he [Avraham answered], Here I am. 


The fifth, sixth and seventh words equal the Gematria 613.  והאלהים נסה את Vih Haw El-Him - Nee Saw - Eht - Avraham 'And then God tested everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav [of Avraham]. 


This reminds us when we are going through tests to remember to observe the 613 Commands of Ha Torah.  The Mitzvot are our protection. The Observances are our shield. It is difficult to stand when going through tests.  Sometimes it is challenging to observe the 613 Commands of Ha Torah when going through tests. One feels like they need to be protected, like they need to be shielded. Just as sheep are gathered into a corral we need to be gathered into the corral of the Great Shepherd, HaShem.  The boundaries of the fence are the 613 Commands of Ha Torah


613 Mitzvot / Commands of Ha Torah

Vih Haw El-him - Nee Saw - Eht - Avraham

 ו6 ה5 א1 ל30 ה5 י110ם40   נ50 ס60 ה5   א1 ת400  = 613


Protective Fence Pen or Corral

ג3 ד4 ר200 ו6 ת400 =613


Remember Satan's complaint to the Creator with regards to Job.  You have built a hedge... a fence around him...


Job 1.10

You have made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side. You have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.


When Adam and Chavah sinned there was a breach in their hedge in their fence.  Ask this question would you rater be tested with in the protection of the fence or outside of the protective fence?


Avraham opened the door for his descendants to receive the 613 Mitzvahs of Torah.  How?  Avraham went on a discovery of God. Avraham trusted God. Avraham was obedient to God.


The Akeidah was to prove that there was strength in the agreement between God and Avraham.   It was to place the agreement between God and Avraham on trial.  Avraham was tested to see if he would obey God's Command.  We are also tested to see if we will obey God's Commands.   Now, we are not commanded to sacrifice our children as Avraham was, Thank God!   Yet we are tested.  When we are tested, our test can reach the same Spiritual places as our Father Avraham. 


Avraham faced his test relying on what God had promised him.  We share in the promises of our father Avraham.  Each generation from Avraham until now shares in the Covenant between God and the People of Israel. Our children and grandchildren and great grandchildren share in our agreement.  Yet like Avraham we must be tested to demonstrate the dedication, honor and strength of our agreement with God. 


So we are going to be tested. The question is do we want to be tested with in the protection of the fence or outside of the protective fence? Will we use the Observances of Ha Torah to help shield us in our times of being tested. Will we use all of our resources to succeed? God Willing!


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Bereisheit Vayera

Genesis 18.1 - 22.24

What Is A Morsel Of Bread?


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Course Text Begins Here:Bereisheit Vayera


A Taste Of Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


What is A Morsel Of Bread?


Bereisheit 18.4, 5

יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ:  ה


וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ:  ו



Genesis 18.4, 5

Please! Let me take a little water and wash your feet while you rest beneath the Tree.


And I will take take [for you] A Morsel of bread to sustain your hearts. Afterwards, continue on. However, this is the reason you passed by your  servant. They answered [in unison] Yes! Make like as you said.


This reason? What is for this reason? 


The Angels had a reason to stop and to visit with Avraham. The Hebrew Scriptures Say, 


Isaiah 52.7

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace; who brings good news of good, who announces salvation; who says to Zion, Your God Reigns!


Michael announced Sarah's conception. Raphael brought healing for Avraham. Gabriel salvation for Lot His Wife and children. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 628


Were these the only reasons? Rav Chama bar Chanina said, It was the third day since Avram's Brit Melah. It was on the third day our Creator paid a sick call to Avraham. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 172 Is it possible that on the day of Avraham's brit milah that our Creator dispatched the three angels? Perhaps! Is it possible the three Angels were traveling for three days? Perhaps! I don't know! Yet, we know years later B'nei Yisroel would travel three days without Water, Exodus 15.22.   And we know that Water is like Ha Torah. It is from this portion of Ha Torah that we learn we cannot go beyond three days without sharing Ha Torah. Is it possible the Angels stop to give and receive Words of Ha Torah? Yes! How do we know this? The Gematria of  וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

meaning, to take a little water and wash your feet is 613. And we know the Mitzvot of Ha Torah are 613. 


וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

[to take a little water] and wash your feet

ו6 ר200 ח8 צ90 ו6 = 310

ר200 ג3 ל30 י10 כ20 ם40 = 303

613 = 310 + 303


We also know that the Gematria of

פַת־לֶחֶם meaning A morsel of Bread is the Gematria of 558. What did our Creator Say about Bread?


Deuteronomy 8.3

And he humbled you, and let you hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord does man live. 


פַת־לֶחֶם

Paht Leh Chehm / A morsel of Bread

פ80 ת400   ל30 ח8 ם40 = 558


וּמִצְוֹתָיו

Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv 

and [all] His Commandments

ו6 מ40 צ90 ו6 ת400 י10 ו6 = 558


We Observe that the Gematria of וּמִצְוֹתָיו Oov Meezt Vooh Tawv meaning and [all] His Commandments is 558. Mystically this is reference to a morsel of bread. So by this we understand Mystically  water is like Torah and the Commandments of our Creator, like a morsel of bread. 


Ezekiel 12 Says, '... Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with trembling and with anxiety....'


Exodus 1.8 informs us that a new king came into power who did no know Yoseif. In other Words he did not eat the Bread of Mitzvots / Commandments nor drink the Water of Ha Torah... This is what Yoseif did...


Shemot 1.8

וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ עַל־מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדַע אֶת־יוֹסֵף:  ט


Exodus 1.8 

And there arose up a new king over Egypt, who knew not Joseph. 


וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ

And there arose up a new king

ו6 י10 ק100 ם40 = 156

מ40 ל30 ך20   ח8 ד4 ש300 = 402

558 = 156 + 402

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Genesis 4.1 - 26

How God Forgives Sin

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This discussion is predicated upon Genesis 3 discussion about individual and group accountability when Adam and Eve sinned.  Some teach that when Adam Ha Reshon {the first man} and Eve Ha Reshonah {the first lady, Eve} sinned that they brought a blood offering. NOT TRUE! 


G-d Provided a skin covering from the shed serpent's skin and combined the serpent's skin with woven goats hair and woven wool  from lambs to Clothe and provide a covering for Adam and Eve.  The Lord God Did Not Shed blood from animals.   


Animal sacrifices did not begin until after the flood of Noach. For the first 1,647 years prior to the flood animals were not sacrificed. Every being was vegetarian. Taking the life of an animal was forbidden! (Genesis 9.2-5) The Tributes  of Cain and Able in Genesis 4.3 - 5 are often translated 'offerings' yet No animal life was taken. מִנְחָה Mee Nih Chawh is the Word many mistakenly translate as Offering. Yet, Minchah is a Gift a Tribute. The act of taking an animals life was not done during the first 1,648 years. There were no animal offerings and  no animal sacrifices. There were only tributes and gifts.

How do we know Able did not offer a blood sacrifice?  They did not build an altar because they were prohibited from slaughtering animals, (R' Yosief Kimchi; Tur). Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 145


In Genesis 4.3 - 5 many translators incorrectly say they brought an offering to The Lord. Cain and Able brought a Tribute to The Lord. It is for reasons like this that translators MUST be so very careful because one incorrect translation can give the wrong impression!! The jump from Offering to Sacrifice is easy to make. The jump from Tribute to Sacrifice is not. This is how misunderstandings begin. This is how pseudo doctrines begin.


Bereisheit 4.4

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ1:1


Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of rich cream of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his offering;


מִנְחָתוֹ

Mee Nih Chaw Toh / His Offering

מ40 נ50 ח8 ת400 ו6 = 504


לָדַעַת

Law Dah Aht / to know for sure...

Genesis 3.22 - humankind knows for sure the difference between what is right and what is evil...

ל30 ד4 ע70 ת400 = 504


Bereisheit 3.22

וַיֹּאמֶר ׀ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים הֵן הָאָדָם הָיָה כְּאַחַד מִמֶּנּוּ לָדַעַת טוֹב וָרָע וְעַתָּה ׀ פֶּן־יִשְׁלַח יָדוֹ וְלָקַח גַּם מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים וְאָכַל וָחַי לְעֹלָם:  כג 

Genesis 3.22

And the Lord God Said, Behold, the man [meaning Adam and Eve] has become like one of us [meaning other Spiritual Beings having the ability] to know for sure [what is] good and [what is]evil; and now, what if he puts forth his hand, and takes also from the tree of life, and eats, and lives forever; 


As we read Genesis 4. 1-7 please pay careful attention to the highlited Words. 


Bereisheit 4.1 - 7

וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת־חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת־קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת־יְהוָֹה:  ב וַתֹּסֶף לָלֶדֶת אֶת־אָחִיו אֶת־הָבֶל וַיְהִי־הֶבֶל רֹעֵה צֹאן וְקַיִן הָיָה עֹבֵד אֲדָמָה:  ג וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה ד וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ ה וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו:  ו וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־קָיִן לָמָּה חָרָה לָךְ וְלָמָּה נָפְלוּ פָנֶיךָ:  ז הֲלוֹא אִם־תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ: 


Genesis 4.1 - 7

And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bore Cain, and said, I have acquired a man from the Lord.   And she again bore his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground a Tribute to the Lord.   And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his Tribute;  But for Cain and for his tribute He did not have respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.  And The Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? and why is your countenance fallen?  If you improve, you shall be accepted. and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire, and yet you may rule over him. 


Cain, the older brother of Able gave a Tribute of spoiled flax seed to the Creator. It is understandable that Cain's / Cain's Tribute was rejected by the Lord! Cain's Tribute was NOT from the best of his vegetarian produce. Cain's Tribute was not from the first fruits of his vegetarian produce. Cain's offering was NOT rejected because it was vegetarian. It was rejected because of Cain's stubbornness, stinginess and very poor choice for a Tribute to the Creator. 

Able's Tribute was NOT a blood offering!! The Torah portion of the Bible says Able's Tribute was from the very best of his firstborn flocks. Our Sages Teach this means Able brought the finest spun wool. Able brought the finest cream and cheese. Able's Tribute was accepted because of the correct attitude in which he gave his Tribute to The Lord. 

Midrash Tanchumah states,  Cain's offering consisted of poor quality flax seed.  [Cain offered] inferior produce as a sacrifice, taking the best for himself. (Eitz Yosef} Avrohom Davis, Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1 (Monsey, NY Eastern Book Press Inc. 2005) p50


Our attitude of giving to the Lord must be proper

Bereisheit 4.3 

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה1:

Genesis 4.3 

And it happened in the process of many days that he, Cain / Cain brought from the fruit of the ground a Tribute to The Lord. 

Cain brought his Tribute to the Place of the future Altar of the Bet Ha Mikdosh / The Holy Temple. This was the most Holy Place outside Gan Eden. It is the place where our Creator Took from the dust of the ground to form the body of Ha Adam. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash Travel Size (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 2001), p. 39 

Bereisheit 4.4 

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ:

Genesis 4.4 

And Able / Able, He brought from the firstlings / the first born of his sheep and  from the fat [the choice of / the cream from the milk and cheese, and He, The Lord Had Regard to Able and to His Tribute. 

Bereisheit 4.5 

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו1:

Genesis 4.5 

And to Cain's and to his Tribute there was no respect and he, Cain was angry towards [himself], and His face showed great disappointment. 

What is the difference between the Tributes? 

1.) Cain did NOT bring a choice Tribute. 

2.) Cain did NOT bring a Tribute from the first of . מִבְּכֹרוֹת .his crops, i.e 

Think of Cain like this. If a friend were to tailor a shirt for you out of left over scraps it maybe a nice shirt but it came from scraps. No matter how nice our scraps maybe and no matter how beautiful we can transform our scraps the fact remains we do not give our scraps to The Lord the Creator of The Universe as Cain did. Compare the difference. If this taylor went into a fine fabric store and purchased the finest and most costly materials with the intent of using his / her's greatest tailoring skills to design and produce the best possible shirt this would be what Able did and what Cain did NOT do. Now let's put this in perspective a little more. I have heard the stories of many children whose parents took cloth from grain sacks and made them nice clothing. I understand. At that time they could not afford more. This was NOT the situation with Cain. He could have afforded to give the best crop to the Creator but did not. Cain could have prepared and planned his Tribute instead of throwing something together for the Creator of the Universe. Cain was unwilling to give or spend. He was not generous. He was stingy. He was stubborn. He was unwilling to open his hand to the Creator let alone the poor and destitute. If one will not select the best, plan and prepare for the Creator and Judge of the Universe then what will that one do for those who are the least? Cain's lack of generosity was a sin. Cain was disrespectful to the Creator. Cain's gift was garbage. Our Sages Say Cain offered as his Tribute spoiled flax seed. This was a sin! Can we now understand why Cain's offering was rejected? Cain had issues with acknowledging and honoring the Creator. Cain's thoughts and actions were sinful.

Genesis 49.3 

Reuvein /Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength, and my initial vigor, foremost in rank and foremost in power. 

Yaakov described why the firstborn is the choice. The first born is the cream of the crop. So in a similar way we can understand that one of the issues with Cain is he was stingy. He did not want to give the Creator anything of value. He wanted to give the Creator something that he no longer had use for. 

Let's discuss the meaning of what Ha Torah Able brought from the very best of the first born sheep.

Able brought a choice Tribute. The Word Voo May Cheh Lih Vay Hehn is deep וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן because of it's meaning. The root Word has several meanings which apply in this Verse. Able brought a choice Tribute. Why was Able's Tribute considered a choice Tribute? First is because Able gave serious thought to his selection. Able's Gift to the Lord was not thrown together. Able's gift was contemplated, planned and carefully prepared. There are grades of cream, cheese and wool. Able's flocks were separated. Separation is a form of Holiness! The Bih Cohr, first born of Able's cattle were בְּכֹר separated from the other cattle. The quality of the produce from the first born cattle were graded and separated. This is a higher step of holiness. Then the highest quality of the produce was carefully prepared by Able to present as a Tribute to The Lord. Able prepared the finest cream, butter, cheese and wool. This was the highest step of separation / Holiness. It was for these reasons that Able's Tribute was honored and selected. It was not a sick mangy runt or from the poorest produce from his flocks. Ha Torah equates a firstborn to the Words Yaakov / Jacob Spoke to Reuvein his first born. Let's examine his words to get a better idea of the Scriptures intent regarding a first born. 

One could also say rich cream or the fat of the Tribute because the spelling for rich cream and animal fat is the same. Yet we know it was not an animal sacrifice because the Word Minchato tells us this was a Tribute and therefore was not meat.


Abel kept his sheep chiefly for their wool (besides milk), for killing animals and eating them was forbidden... But why did the Torah say twice over, 'to Cain and to his offering and to Able and to his offering?'  We can explain this on the basis of Chazal's comment that [G-d Did Not] allow Adam to kill beasts or to consume their flesh. (He [Permitted] it only in Noah's time.)  Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, Insights In The Torah - Bereishis (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition, 1991), p33



What did The Creator Say to Cain?

The Creator Said, 'If you improve there is forgiveness..' Genesis 4.7 So we see the plan to receive forgiveness is to simply 'Improve'. However, part of improving is acknowledging the mistake. Take ownership for doing wrong. Cain would not take ownership for his sin. Therefore sin lay at his door and it consumed him. He died in his sins. He entered eternity in defiance to his sin. He perished!


Noach brought a 'Burnt Offering'. This is identified by the Word עלת Oh Loht which represents it was a bird or animal. When the Word Minchah is used it is not an animal. When the Word Oh Lam or Oh Loht are used it is an animal sacrifice.


Stone Edition

But if his means are insufficient for two turtledoves or for two young doves, then he shall bring, as his guilt-offering for that which he sinned, a tenth-ephah of fine flour for a sin-offering; he shall not place oil on it nor shall he put frankincense on it, for it is a sin-offering.  He shall bring it to the Kohen, and the Kohen shall scoop his threefingersful as its memorial portion and shall cause it to go up in smoke on the Altar, on the fires of Hashem; it is a sin offering.  The Kohen shall provide him atonement for the sin he committed regarding any of these, and it will be forgiven him; and it shall belong to the Kohen, like the meal-offering. Vayikra 5.11-13


King James Version

But if he be not able to bring two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he that sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, neither shall he put any frankincense thereon: for it is a sin offering. Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, even a memorial thereof, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: it is a sin offering. And the priest shall make an atonement for him as touching his sin that he hath sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him: and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a meat offering. Leviticus 5.11-13



New International Version

" 'If, however, he cannot afford two doves or two young pigeons, he is to bring as an offering for his sin a tenth of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering. He must not put oil or incense on it, because it is a sin offering.  He is to bring it to the priest, who shall take a handful of it as a memorial portion and burn it on the altar on top of the offerings made to the LORD by fire. It is a sin offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for him for any of these sins he has committed, and he will be forgiven. The rest of the offering will belong to the priest, as in the case of the grain offering.' " Leviticus 5.11-13


 When man follows Ha Torah, Ha Torah atones for man.  How do we know this?  The Gematrias are the same.  The Torah is Perfect.  The Torah can and does atone for man.  So in the Observance of Torah we see the portrayal of atonement for man.


Vayikra 1.1 - 2 

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר1:1 דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־ יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־ הַבָּקָרוּמִן־הַצֹּאןתַּקְרִיבוּאֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם: ג 

Leviticus 1.1 - 2 

And He Called to Moses, and the Lord Said, to him from the Tent of Witness Saying, Speak to the People of Israel and say to them if Adam, [a man] among you brings an Offering to the Lord from animals, from the cattle, and from the sheep you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your offering. 


The ָןבּרְקָ Karbon / Offering is offered at a particular place. How do we know this? '...if Adam, [a man] among you brings an Offering to the Lord...' The Offering is brought to The Lord. Where is The Lord? The Lord Spoke to Moshe from the Tent of Witnesses. Any where will not do! In Leviticus the offering is offered at the entrance to the Mishkon / the Tabernacle. This is the place where the Presence of the Lord dwells. This teaches us that there is a place for our offerings. Before offerings were made at the entrance of the Holy Tabernacle offerings were made at the place of our formation. Tributes were originally made at the place where the Lord God Formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the ground. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash Travel Size (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 2001), p.  


Remember!


Vayikra 1.1 - 3

וַיִּקְרָא אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֵלָיו מֵאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֵאמֹר:  ב דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־הַבָּקָר וּמִן־הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם:  ג


Leviticus 1.1 - 3

And He Called to Moses, and He the Lord Said, to him from the Tent of Witness Saying, Speak to the People of Israel and say to them [if Adam] If a man among you brings an Offering to the Lord from animals, from the cattle, and from the sheep you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your offering.


אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב

[if Adam] If a man among you brings...

א1 ד4 ם40 כ20 י10 י10 ק100 ר200 י10 ב2 =397


מִן־הַבָּקָר

From the cattle

מ40 ן50 ה5 ב2 ק100 ר200 = 397


Originally all the animals belonged to Adam. Our Sages point to Adam's ownership of all animals. Leviticus 1.2 is a reflection on Adam's ownership because it Says, '...if Adam among you brings...' We translate this is as '...if a man among you brings...' because we understand we must gain ownership of the animals from Adam. The second Gematria brings this point a little closer with the Words, 'From his animals'. Adam used to own the animals but now they are from some else's flock. The Torah Says 'from his animals'. This speaks of the ownership. Yet, Adam offered matzah. He brought Unleavened Bread to the Lord as his Tribute.


Individuals who have believed sin can only be forgiven with a blood sacrifice may now be entangled in confusion because the Truth of Genesis 4.3 - 5 is being revealed. Lets return to what David Said.


Psalms 51.17 - 19 / KJV - Psalms 51.15 - 17

'Oh Lord open my lips that my mouth may declare Your Praise. For You do not desire a sacrifice, else I would give it; a burnt offering You do not want. The Sacrifices God Desires are a broken Spirit; a heart broken and humbled, Oh God, You will not despise...'


King David Said, 'For You do not desire a Sacrifice, else I would give it; a Burnt Offering You do not want. King David is specifically speaking about a Sacrifice for his sin. He is speaking about a Burnt Offering for his sin. Dear

ones bringing a Sacrifice or a Burnt Offering does not eradicate one's sins. An individual may bring all the Sacrifices and Burnt Offerings they desire and they will NOT remove any sin if the individual is just going through a formality. Sin is forgiven by first being touched by what ones has done that is not correct... that is a mistake... that is an improper behavior... that is a sin... One has a broken Spirit. One realizes their Spirit is broken and needs repair. One is humbled by their improper action by their sin. Then one confesses their mistake to The Lord God, One makes a plan not to repeat their mistake, one offers restitution for their mistake. At this point the sinner is restored. Our Creator Instructed Cain to simply 'IMPROVE'. David taught us to acknowledge our sins to The Lord God. David taught us to be humble, i.e. to confess our errors to The Lord God. This is how sins are forgiven. This is the basis for receiving forgiveness for sin. Now let's examine the basis for this Teaching from Ha Torah.



Bereisheit 8.20

וַיִּבֶן נֹחַ מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה וַיִּקַּח מִכֹּל הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהֹרָה וּמִכֹּל הָעוֹף הַטָּהוֹר

:וַיַּעַל עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ

Genesis 8.20

And Noah built an altar to the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.


Bereisheit 46.27

וּבְנֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר־יֻלַּד־לוֹ בְמִצְרַיִם נֶפֶשׁ שְׁנָיִם כָּל־הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית־יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה שִׁבְעִים:1


Genesis 46.27

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


The point here is the word Soul is used when making reference to two souls and when making reference to seventy souls. two soul are 'One Soul'. Seventy Souls are 'One Soul' This Teaches that we are bound together. We are our brothers1keeper. We share the same bond. We share the same soul. Notice Leviticus 5.1 uses the same Word שֶׁנֶפ Nefesh / Soul as Genesis 46.27. In נֶפֶשׁ Genesis 46.27 all seventy souls are called one single soul. In part this is why on Yom Kippur we plead for our sins the sins our one soul has committed. Our Creator groups us together as if we each shared the same soul. So when we say 'If a soul sins' we are speaking both on an individual basis and a community basis. If one is poor they may gain atonement with an offering of a tenth-ephah of flour. NO BLOOD! Lets examine Leviticus 5.


Vayikra 5.1 - 13

 א וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי־תֶחֱטָא וְשָׁמְעָה קוֹל אָלָה וְהוּא עֵד אוֹ רָאָה אוֹ יָדָע אִם־לוֹא יַגִּיד וְנָשָׂא עֲוֹנוֹ:  ב אוֹ נֶפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר תִּגַּע בְּכָל־דָּבָר טָמֵא אוֹ בְנִבְלַת חַיָּה טְמֵאָה אוֹ בְּנִבְלַת בְּהֵמָה טְמֵאָה אוֹ בְּנִבְלַת שֶׁרֶץ טָמֵא וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא טָמֵא וְאָשֵׁם:  ג אוֹ כִי יִגַּע בְּטֻמְאַת אָדָם לְכֹל טֻמְאָתוֹ אֲשֶׁר יִטְמָא בָּהּ וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא יָדַע וְאָשֵׁם:  ד אוֹ נֶפֶשׁ כִּי תִשָּׁבַע לְבַטֵּא בִשְׂפָתַיִם לְהָרַע ׀ אוֹ לְהֵיטִיב לְכֹל אֲשֶׁר יְבַטֵּא הָאָדָם בִּשְׁבֻעָה וְנֶעְלַם מִמֶּנּוּ וְהוּא־יָדַע וְאָשֵׁם לְאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה:  ה וְהָיָה כִי־יֶאְשַׁם לְאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְהִתְוַדָּה אֲשֶׁר חָטָא עָלֶיהָ:  ו וְהֵבִיא אֶת־אֲשָׁמוֹ לַיהוָֹה עַל חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא נְקֵבָה מִן־הַצֹּאן כִּשְׂבָּה אוֹ־שְׂעִירַת עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן מֵחַטָּאתוֹ:  ז וְאִם־לֹא תַגִּיעַ יָדוֹ דֵּי שֶׂה וְהֵבִיא אֶת־אֲשָׁמוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא שְׁתֵּי תֹרִים אוֹ־שְׁנֵי בְנֵי־יוֹנָה לַיהוָֹה אֶחָד לְחַטָּאת וְאֶחָד לְעֹלָה:  ח וְהֵבִיא אֹתָם אֶל־הַכֹּהֵן וְהִקְרִיב אֶת־אֲשֶׁר לַחַטָּאת רִאשׁוֹנָה וּמָלַק אֶת־רֹאשׁוֹ מִמּוּל עָרְפּוֹ וְלֹא יַבְדִּיל:  ט וְהִזָּה מִדַּם הַחַטָּאת עַל־קִיר הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְהַנִּשְׁאָר בַּדָּם יִמָּצֵה אֶל־יְסוֹד הַמִּזְבֵּחַ חַטָּאת הוּא:  י וְאֶת־הַשֵּׁנִי יַעֲשֶׂה עֹלָה כַּמִּשְׁפָּט וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן מֵחַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא וְנִסְלַח לוֹ: ס [שביעי]  יא וְאִם־לֹא תַשִּׂיג יָדוֹ לִשְׁתֵּי תֹרִים אוֹ לִשְׁנֵי בְנֵי־יוֹנָה וְהֵבִיא אֶת־קָרְבָּנוֹ אֲשֶׁר חָטָא עֲשִׂירִת הָאֵפָה סֹלֶת לְחַטָּאת לֹא־יָשִׂים עָלֶיהָ שֶׁמֶן וְלֹא־יִתֵּן עָלֶיהָ לְבֹנָה כִּי חַטָּאת הִוא:  יב וֶהֱבִיאָהּ אֶל־הַכֹּהֵן וְקָמַץ הַכֹּהֵן ׀ מִמֶּנָּה מְלוֹא קֻמְצוֹ אֶת־אַזְכָּרָתָהּ וְהִקְטִיר הַמִּזְבֵּחָה עַל אִשֵּׁי יְהוָֹה חַטָּאת הִוא:  יג וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן עַל־חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא מֵאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְנִסְלַח לוֹ וְהָיְתָה לַכֹּהֵן כַּמִּנְחָה: ס  יד 

Leviticus 5.1 - 13

1  And if a soul sins, and hears the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he has seen or known of it; if he does not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. 2  Or if a soul touches any unclean thing, whether it is a carcass of an unclean beast, or a carcass of unclean cattle, or the carcass of unclean creeping things, and if it is hidden from him; he also shall be unclean, and guilty. 3  Or if he touches the uncleanness of man, whatever uncleanness it is that a man is defiled with, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty. 4  Or if a soul swears, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatever it is that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it is hidden from him; when he knows of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these. 5  And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he has sinned in that thing; 6  And he shall bring his guilt offering to the Lord for his sin which he has sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin. 7  And if his means are not sufficient for a sheep, then he shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav for his trespass, which he has committed, two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, to the Lord; one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering. 8  And he shall bring them to the priest, who shall offer that which is for the sin offering first, and wring off its head from its neck, but shall not divide it asunder; 9  And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall be wrung out at the bottom of the altar; it is a sin offering. 10  And he shall offer the second for a burnt offering, according to the prescribed order; and the priest shall make an atonement for him for his sin which he has sinned, and it shall be forgiven him. 11  And if his means are not sufficient for the acquisition of two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, then he who sinned shall bring for his offering the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a sin offering; he shall put no oil upon it, nor shall he put any frankincense on it; for it is a sin offering. 12  Then shall he bring it to the priest, and the priest shall take his handful of it, a memorial part of it, and burn it on the altar, according to the offerings made by fire to the Lord; it is a sin offering. 13  And the priest shall make an atonement for him in regard to his sin that he has sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him; and the remnant shall be the priest's, as a Meal / Minchah Offering. 


And if his means are not sufficient for a sheep

Today I went online to try and get an idea of how much sheep are selling for.  It has been decades since I lived on a farm and helped the family raise sheep. A young Ewe In the United States, a sheep weighing between 45 to 99 pounds may sell for $275.00. We are not taking into consideration the physical condition of the sheep or it's specific breed. Prices vary a lot. So how often could most of us afford $275.00 for our sins?  How often do we sin? Do we sin daily weekly or monthly? If we could purchase ritual pure sheep for just $100.00 each how much would this cost us? The point is clear.  Many would not be in a position to purchase sheep. This is why Ha Torah offers two turtledoves, or two young pigeons which are more affordable. Yet even $5.00 or $10.00 could be a lot. This is why we may offer a Minchah Offering / A flower Offering. Notice the last two Words of Leviticus 5.13. 


Bereisheit 4.4

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו:  ו 


Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his offering;


Vayikra 5.13

 וְכִפֶּר עָלָיו הַכֹּהֵן עַל־חַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־חָטָא מֵאַחַת מֵאֵלֶּה וְנִסְלַח לוֹ וְהָיְתָה לַכֹּהֵן כַּמִּנְחָה: ס  י


Leviticus 5.13

13  And the priest shall make an atonement for him in regard to his sin that he has sinned in one of these, and it shall be forgiven him; and the remnant shall be Meal / Minchah Offering. 



מִנְחָתוֹ - Genesis 4. 5


מִּנְחָה - Leviticus 5.15


Having shared this I would like to point out one of the origins for the false teachings regarding blood sacrifice. If one takes a careful look at the book of Hebrews which is part of  The Christian Writings the following is stated:


Hebrews 9:22
And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.


The fact is most sin offering offered by individuals are Minchah Offerings! 


For whatever reason the 'ALMOST' is often missed... I have offered many examples where blood is not required to purge sin as discussed in this chapter. Our concluding point is this our Creator has always had a plan for sin.  The plan is simple. 'IMPROVE!' Our Creator's plan has nothing to do with a savior or murdering a man at Passover. We acknowledge our sin. We make a plan to change. We offer restitution. We improve. When we die we go to heaven. We do not need to worry about hell. Instead we should concern ourselves with Obedience. Judaism places the emphasis on a loving Creator who deeply cares about all His Creation. Everyone is important to the Lord. This is how salvation is received and maintained. 



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Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18

The Mystical Triangle



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Bereisheit 23.1

 וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי שָׂרָה1:1


Genesis 23.1

And it was the lifetime of Sarah, one hundred years, and twenty years and seven years, [These were the] years of Sarah's life.


Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the words ויהיו חיי שרה Vah Yeeh Yoo- Chah Yay Sarah, meaning, and it was the lifetime of Sarah. One should inquire, what was the lifetime of Sarah? In so doing they would find these three words reveal rich treasures. The Gematria of Vah Yeeh Yoo - Chah Yay Sarah is 570. Why is 570 so special? There are many Gematrias of 570.


This was the lifetime of Sarah

ו6י10ה5י10ו6 ח8י10י10 ש300ר200ה5 = 570

Shema [Yisroel]

ש300י10ן50 מ40ם40 ע70י10ן50 = 570


To Be Rich

ע70 ש300 ר200 = 570


The number 570 represents the lifetime of Sarah our Matriarch and richness. Sarah Emeinu / our mother's, lifetime was one of great wealth. Her life was filled with richness.


Shlomo Ha Melech / King Soloman said, An accomplished wife who can find? Far beyond [rich] pearls is her value. Mishlei / Proverbs 31.10

Our sages Teach Sarah's tent was Sarah's Temple. Sarah Emeinue brought Holiness into her home. Her home was no ordinary tent. It had extraordinary qualities: A cloud [the Shekinah] of Holiness [resting over it], doors which proclaimed their openness to all passers-by, a blessing in her dough, a Sabbath lamp that remained lit all week long. These miracles were not Abraham's doing; they ceased with Sarah's death. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereisheit Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 832


The Shekinah over Sarah's Home represented that this was a holy home. God's Presence Rested over it. The home was protected! There were special blessings of satisfaction in Sarah's dough that flowed out to the entire community. Just as the bread of the Bet HaMikdosh / the Holy Temple Brought prosperity and abundance to B'nei Yisroel, so did Sarah's bread. Sarah's Esau candles represented spiritual growth that would begin with each Erev Esau and last all week. When Sarah died all of these vanished. With Sara's death the Cloud of Glory over the tent vanished, the blessing in the dough ceased, and the candle that had burnt in the tent from one Erev Sabbath to the next was extinguished. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 210

When Sarah lived a cloud covered her tent; when she died, the cloud left. When Rebekah came, the cloud returned. When Sarah lived, the doors to her tent were wide open. When Sarah died the liberal giving ceased. When Rebekah came, the liberal giving returned. When Sarah lived, there was blessing upon her dough. The Sabbath candle / oil burn from the evening of the Sabbath until the evening of the following Sabbath. When Sarah died, these ceased. When Rebekah came they returned. Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba Genesis II (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) p 538


Who is My Soul Mate? 5

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Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18

Who Is My Soul Mate? 5


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


Our Sages Teach that Avraham took Hagar whose name was changed to Keturah because here deeds were as beautiful / spiritual as קְטֹרֶת incense. Incense rises to the Heavens like one's Spirit. The root for קטר means incense, smoke and to shut one's self in, to enclose. Because of Hagar's attitude she became known as Keturah, the lady with a Spirit like incense or the lady who secluded herself to remain true to her husband. Keturah was was well thought of because she did not seek a divorce from Avraham. And Avraham did not grant Hagar a divorce. The Torah Portion of the Bible Says, וַיְשַׁלְּחֶהָ Vah Yih Shah Lih Cheh Caw, meaning 'And he sent her away.' Hagar was lost without her husband, Avraham. Ha Torah does NOT Say Avraham divorced Hagar. Sarah did not say to Avraham divorce Hagar. Sarah Said,


Genesis 21.10

[Sarah] Said to Avraham, 'Drive out this slave woman and everything from Aleph to Tav of her son for the son of this slave woman will not inherit with my son with Yitzchok.'


We have NO indication that Avraham divorced Hagar. Our Creator Said to Avraham,


Genesis 21.12

Elohim Said to Avraham, 'Do not consider this wrong in your eyes on account of the boy and your slave woman. Regarding all that Sarah tells you listen to her. For through Yitzchok will seed be considered yours.


The Gematria of וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, meaning and he took is 430. The Gematria of נֶפֶשׁ Neh Pehsh / Nefesh meaning 'Soul' is 430. When one takes a wife Mystically we observe he is connecting with a soul. His wife is his Soulmate. How does one know He / she are soul mates? The fact is we are each from the same soul given to us by our Parents of Creation. Still the concept of one's SoulMate being the perfect one... the exact match... the correct fit... is correct. One must understand that perfection is received through marriage. Marriage is an institute where by the husband and wife help to polish the other into what our Creator Intends. The husband and wife work together to form a holy relationship to have a Holy Family with Holy children. The work together to be the single soul God Created them as.


וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, and he took

ו6 י10 ק100 ח8 - א1 ש300 ה5 = 430


נֶפֶשׁ

Neh Pehsh / Nefesh 'Soul'

נ50 פ80 ש300 = 430


Remember: THERE IS A CHOICE! A man or woman's intent is VERY IMPORTANT. The purpose of taking each other is NOT for just physical sexual pleasure. The Marriage relationship is intended by our Creator to be one of Holiness. Our Creator Blessed the marriage relationship. He did NOT Bless the one night sexual fling!!


Sarah was noted as Avram's Wife. This is an elevated place. Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד


Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3.


אֵשֶׁת

[Avram's] Wife / His Wife

א1 ש300 ת400 = 701


שְׂאֵת

To Elevate... To Rise...

ש300 א1 ת400 = 701


For a Husband and Wife to reach the lofty Mystical place of being a SoulMate requires elevating the relationship. It requires raising the relationship. Being a 'SoulMate' is not physical. Being a 'SoulMate' is Spiritual!


We continue with several additional points of importance.


What did Avraham do?

וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר He got up early in the morning. Whenever we see Avraham facing a great difficulty we observe these three Words, וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר See Genesis 19.27; 21.14 and 22.3. The first Letter of each Word combined spells שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw as in to draw strength or as in to draw water (Devarim 29.10) which Mystically means to draw strength from Ha Torah. Sending Yishmael and Hagar away was troubling for Avraham but he did it first thing in the morning. Watching Sedom burn was troubling for Avraham. He arose early in the morning with the hopes there were ten righteous in Sedom. Avraham counted, Lot, Lot's wife, Lot's two married daughters and their husbands, Lot's two daughters who were yet to consummate their marriage and their husbands, a total of 10. When Avraham saw the smoke from the fire it was troubling to him. He felt great anxiety. Avraham arose early to travel to the place where he would offer Yitzchok as an offering. Why? This was deeply troubling to him. וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' From this we learn that Avraham faced his troubles in the morning. Avraham would draw from the Wells of Torah for Strength. The morning was Avraham's time for prayer. Avraham would seek הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord]. The Gematria of שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah] is 303. The Gematria of וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' is 303. The Gematria of הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord] is 303.


שֹׁאֵב

Shoh to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah]

ש300 א1 ב2 = 303


וּבְצָרָה

Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, 'And with trouble.'

ו6 ב2 צ90 ר200 ה5 = 303


הָרַחֲמִים

Haw Rah Chah Meem, the Mercy [of The Lord]

ה5 ר200 ח8 מ40 י10 ם40 = 303


We have discussed how Avraham faced issues that deeply troubled him. Now lets return to considering what a SoulMate is. We have established that The Torah Portion of the Bible does not Say Avraham divorced Hagar. This means they remained married. They remained separated for 38 years. How do we know this? Yitzchok was weaned when Yishmael mocked him, Genesis 21.8 - 14. Our Sages Teach this was after 24 months which is the customary time for a child to suckle, Gittin 75b; Kesuvot 60b. Yitzchok was 40 years of age when he married Rivkah, Genesis 25.20. It was immediately after this Avraham again took his wife Hagar whose name became Keturah.


Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


I understand אִשְׁתּוֹ is the Word for 'His Wife. Because אִשָּׁה is used the translation would normally would be 'Wife' or 'A Wife'. However Keturah was already Avraham's wife. Therefore this usage means something entirely different than what meets the eye. When Avraham married Hagar she was Sarah's Servant. Notice the Wording carefully!!


Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד

Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3. In Genesis 25.1 Ha Torah Informs us that Avraham took again. Does this mean He took Sarah and now he was taking a wife again? Or does this mean Avram had already taken Hagar and was taking her back again? The Answer has to do with שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם Sarai was the wife of Avram. Hagar was a wife to Avram but not אֵשֶׁת 'his wife' because she belonged to Sarai. This changed when Avram sent Hagar out from his home. Hagar was free. She was no longer Avram's responsibility to care for as a slave. As a result he only gave her bread and water, i.e. Mystically Ha Torah to live on.


Exodus 21.7 -

And if a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she pleases not her master, who has designated her for himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her to a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter. If he takes for himself another wife; her food, her garment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he does not do these three things to her, then shall she go out free without payment of money.


Thirty eight years pass. Sarah dies. Yitzchok marryies Rivkah. At this point Avraham again takes Hagar. We know it is Hagar because of several Words that are used.

First is וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם and again Avraham took a wife...

Second is וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And he took a wife.' Ha Torah Uses this language to point out this was Hagar, a wife. In Ha Torah 'A Wife' who is owned as a servant is not like a wife that is free. Hagar was NOT אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. Hagar was Sarai's bond maiden. Hagar was a servant wife. She was owned by Sarai. So Sarai gave Hagar to her husband Avram to be a wife not to be אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. So when we see Ha Torah Say וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And He, Avraham again took his wife...' We understand this is in reference to Hagar, 'a wife.' Our Sages point out that Hagar's / Keturah's status is still that of a concubine, i.e. a wife who status is lower than אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם 'His Wife', Genesis 25.6. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 267



The Torah portion of the Bible Teaches a man may have more than one wife at the same time. While a Wife may only have one Husband. Why? Does this seem equal? Is this fair? This is not an issue of fairness or equality. It is an issue of mixing seed which is prohibited by the Creator. Now, we are also required to abide by the laws where we reside. Laws that prohibit polygamy must be followed.


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Genesis 4.1 - 26

Adam And Chavah Are Equal


Bereisheit Limood Chapter 5

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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Genesis 5.1

 זֶה סֵפֶר תּוֹלְדֹת אָדָם בְּיוֹם בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם בִּדְמוּת אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֹתוֹ1:1


This is the Book of Generations of Adam [singular] in the day God Created [singular] Adam [singular]. With [Spiritual] likeness, God made them [plural] .


Genesis  5.2

 זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בְּרָאָם וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמָם אָדָם בְּיוֹם הִבָּרְאָם1:1


Male and Female He Created [plural] and Blessed them [plural] and He Called everything from Aleph to Tav of their name [plural] Adam [singular] in the day they were Created [plural].


Adam and Eve were created in one physical body [then separated later the same day]. They were Created in the Lord God's Spiritual Image as were the Angels. God does not have a physical body. Pharaoh defined this when he said in regards to Joseph, And Pharaoh said to his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? Genesis 41.38


The writer John said,

God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth, John 4:24.


Genesis 1.26

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶ1:1 


And He Said [singular] God [plural] Let us Make Adam in our image [plural] in our likeness [plural] and let them rule [plural] fish in the waters and birds in the heavens and with all animals in the earth and with all creeping on the earth.


Who was God Speaking with?  The Sages say the Angels.  


Genesis 1.27

וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם

בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא

 אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם1:1


And He [singular], God [plural] Created [singular] everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Ha Adam / the man [singular] in His Form [singular] in His Form [singular] God [plural] Created [singular] them [plural] male / masculine and female / feminine He Created [singular] them [plural].


Here we Observe that God Created [singular]. They did not create anything.


Genesis 2.27

וַיִּיצֶר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם

 עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה וַיִּפַּח

 בְּאַפָּיו נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים וַיְהִי

 הָאָדָם לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה1:1 

And He [singular] The Lord [singular] God [Plural - used as singular] Formed [singular] everything from Aleph to Tav of Ha Adam / Adam and Eve from dust of the ground and He [singular] blew into the nostrils the Soul of Life and it happened Ha Adam / The Man became a living Soul.


The Midrash Says, Adam's physical creation was twofold, male and female in one body.  In front he was a man, but attached to him in back was a woman. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 33


Right from the beginning God Created 'mankind' male and female, with equal Godliness and of equal worth.  Neither was more in the likeness of God than the other, both were given the same Blessing by God, both together were given the name 'Adam'...And He Called them Man on the day they were created - i.e., He Called both of them Man - including Eve - because her formation was from the man, individually, however, she was called Eve (R. Meyuchas).


Harav David Cohen points out that male and female components were originally created in the single body of Adam (Eruvin 18a).  Thus, when God Named him Adam, it was implicit that his female part - which was later to become a separate human being - was also called Adam, because male and female were two halves of one whole. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 167


R' Yirmiyah ben Elazar Said... - The first man [Adam] had, i.e. he was created with two facial figures.  The back was later separated to form the first woman, Eve...  - As it states (Psalms 139.5) [From the] back the front You Have Formed me.


The Gemara cites a dispute concerning the appendage from which Eve was fashioned...

It is Written (Genesis 2.22): Then the Lord, God, built the side that He Had Taken from the man into woman...  Rav Shmuel disputed the meaning of this verse... - One Said the side referred to was a figure, i.e. man was created as a double figure, a male figure and a female figure joined back to back.  The female figure was later removed to form Eve. Talmud - Eruvin 18a

(Genesis 5.2) He Created them male and female, which indicates  that humans were created from the very first both male and female...


The Gemara Explains:

This verse can be explained as [taught by] R' Abahu... For R' Abahu contrasted the two Verses:


[1] He Created them male and female, referring to man's creation in the plural, indicating that both man and woman were created at the same time; but it is also written...


[2] In the image of God He Created him, referring to man's creation in the singular, [possibly] indicating that only man was created originally, not woman... [In actuality the one [Eve] was fashioned from the first [one Adam]]. 


Genesis 2.18

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לֹא־טוֹב הֱיוֹת

הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂה־לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ1: 1


And the Lord God Said it is not good for Ha Adam [ the man - which at that time include Adam and Eve ] to be alone.  I will fashion a help mate like [him] opposite [him].  


Wife / Ee Shaw

אעשה

 אשה


To Make to Fashion 

עשה

אעשה


The Hebrew Letter ע Ayin Represents sight or insight... Our Creator Formed the wife with sight / insight. 


The word Eeh Shaw meaning wife has the Letter Aleph א which may be exchanged for the Letter ע Ayin. One must question the use of the word him when we know in fact it is them.  Adam and Eve are in one shared body that is referred to as him in Genesis 5.1, 2.


We see that our Creator Endorses some separation of husband and wife.  He Separated them. He Created them.


Originally Adam and Eve were one body and one soul.  Then they were divided.  They were separated.  Up until this point we know they were in agreement or they could not function.  However after they were separated they each had their own individual choices.  The Word כְּנֶגְדּוֹ Cih Neg Doh means like him [but] opposite of him.  This means Eve was opposite of him sexually.  This also means that Adam was like Eve and that Eve was like Adam.  She was created like him.  HOWEVER if Adam would stray from the original Adam, i.e. the created Adam, then Eve would no longer be like the strayed Adam she would be opposite him. 


Genesis 2.21

וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה1: 1

The Lord God Caused a deep sleep to fall on Ha Adam, the man. [Both Adam and Eve were asleep.  Both were not conscious.]  the Lord God Took from the being... the double figure that was Ha Adam, [i.e. Adam and Eve] and closed the flesh in its place.


When our Creator Takes a woman from a man there is a wound left afterwards. The Torah Says that [He] closed over the flesh in its place. Anytime a couple separates there is a wound.  The man has a wound and the woman has a wound. Make no mistake there is a wound that requires closing. The time required for closing is different for each of us.  The Word  וַיִּסְגֹּר Vah Yee Sih Gohr means to lock, to close, to shut, to enclose, to bolt shut...  When a relationship ends when togetherness ends when sharing ends, when loving ends IT IS PAINFUL!!  The flesh must be closed over.  


This next part is AMAZING!! It is תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh meaning to close over.  However the translation does not explain what is at the core of closing over.  The shoresh (root) of  תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh is חתן Chah Tawn meaning to wed.  The point is that marriage heals the wound of what one has lost.  So while one requires sometime to adjust after being separated from one's mate the real closing of separation comes with MARRIAGE of a new mate - not a relationship. A man needs a wife for balance. A woman needs a husband for balance. Together husband and wife possess the ability to be equal.


Genesis 2.22

וַיִּבֶן יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הַצֵּלָע אֲשֶׁר לָקַח

מִן־הָאָדָם לְאִשָּׁה וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם1:1 


And He, the Lord God, Built everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam into [the most beautiful] wife and brought her to Adam [the man no longer the couple].


Our Creator who fashioned Eve built from everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam.  The result had to be the best of the best.  We notice from the Gematria of 68 for the Word וַיִּבֶן Vah Yee Vehn meaning, to build up. By building up the the material He took from Adam our Creator provided חַיִּים Chah Yeem meaning Life, and יָחֹן Yaw Choon meaning Favor, Beauty, and חֲכַם Chah Cahm meaning Wisdom to Eve.  This was not just for Eve's benefit. It was for all of our good.  Our Creator Breathed Life into lifeless clay then our Creator fashioned life out of Adam's side.

וַיִּבֶן 

Vah Yee Vehn

And He Built

ו6 י10 ב2 ן50 = 68


חַיִּים

Chah Yeem

Life

ח8 י10 י10 ם60 =68 


יָחֹן

Yaw Choon

Favor Or Beauty

י10 ח8 ן50 = 68


Dear Ones both Adam and Eve were created equal.  Both were Created at the same time. Both Adam and Eve came from the same body. The body changed when the Lord God Took Eve from Adam. At the time of their separation Adam needed a wife and Eve needed a husband.  Neither was equal any longer. Adam needed what Eve had and Eve needed what Adam had. Together they were equal. Separated neither were equal! The flesh from where they were separated needed to be closed over and was healed. This happened when Adam and Eve wed. 


May each mate within marriage be sensitive to the other.  May each mate seek out the advice of their mate.  May each of us realize the great value and blessing of our mate!



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Showing Respect


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies at

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Question:

Rodrigo Ferreira Reis asked the following: Hi. I was watching your videos and i realize that you call Jesus Rabbi. Why do you call him Rabbi?


Shalom and Todah.


Laila Tov



Christians With QuestionsDear Ones,


First this is a position that I have just recently come to terms with. I use to call Rabbi Jesus by his first name as many do in the Christian Writings. However, I have repented of my error. And am working on changing my behavior. Even though I am not a Christian or a follow of Rabbi Jesus this does not permit me to show disrespect. The Christian Writings teach that Rabbi Jesus was a Rabbi. He was a Rabbi Of Israel. So even though I do not believe Rabbi Jesus is the Messiah or the son of God or God it is not proper for me to be disrespectful.


King David Wrote:

2 Samuel 1.1 - 19

 1  And it came to pass after the death of Saul, when David returned from the slaughter of the Amalekites, and David had stayed two days in Ziklag; 2  It came to pass on the third day, that, behold, a man came from the camp from Saul with his clothes torn and earth upon his head; and so it was, when he came to David, that he fell to the earth, and bowed down. 3  And David said to him, From where do you come? And he said to him, From the camp of Israel have I escaped. 4  And David said to him, How went the matter? I beg you, tell me. And he answered, The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people also have fallen and dead; and Saul and Jonathan his son are dead also. 5  And David said to the young man who told him, How do you know that Saul and Jonathan his son are dead? 6  And the young man who told him said, As I happened by chance upon Mount Gilboa, behold, Saul leaned upon his spear; and, behold, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. 7  And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called me. And I answered, Here am I. 8  (K) And he said to me, Who are you? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. 9  And he said to me, Stand, I beg you, upon me, and slay me; for agony has come upon me, and yet I still have life in me. 10  So I stood beside him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after he was fallen; and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them here to my lord. 11  Then David took hold of his clothes, and tore them; and likewise all the men who were with him; 12  And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until the evening, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they had fallen by the sword. 13  And David said to the young man who told him, Where are you from? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. 14  And David said to him, How were you not afraid to stretch forth your hand to destroy the Lord's anointed? 15  And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he struck him that he died. 16  And David said to him, Your blood be upon your head; for your mouth has testified against you, saying, I have killed the Lord's anointed. 17  And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son; 18  And he said To teach the sons of Judah the use of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jasher. 19  The beauty, O Israel, is slain upon your high places; how are the mighty fallen!.


I followed the path of disrespect in part because of how The Christian Writings make reference to Rabbi Jesus. Yet, regardless of what Christians do in their writings this does not free me from doing what I believe to be right. Now here is what I find most amazing. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe his name is highly exalted above every name in the world. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe he is the Messiah which means 'Anointed' [of The Lord.] Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe believe Rabbi Jesus is the son of The Lord God. Christians call Rabbi Jesus by his first name even though they believe Rabbi Jesus is God. Now I do not believe any of these claims yet I do believe in respect.


There is no excuse to be disrespectful.

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Genesis 6.1 - 26

What's In A Name? What's In A Word?


Bereisheit Limood Chapter 6 

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Bnai Elohim / Sons of God


In our textbook we discus The Lord God and the angels Shamchazzi and Azael discussing man.  Angels are required to do exactly as the Creator Wishes. On the other hand, humankind has free will and chooses either to do the Wishes of the Lord God or to do something else. Shamchazzi and Azael were saying how easy it was for humankind. They wanted to prove they could live as humans and not sin... At their request the Lord God Granted that they  could have Free Will and that they could live on earth with humankind. In the Gematria for this chapter we Observe how they failed...


Psalms 8.5 - 7

What is man, that you are mindful of him? And the son of man, that you visit him?  For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.   You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet; 


Bereisheit 6.1,2

 א וַיְהִי כִּי־הֵחֵל הָאָדָם לָרֹב עַל־פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה וּבָנוֹת יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם:  ב וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת־בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ:  ג


Genesis 6.1,2

 And it came to pass, [the descendants of] Ha Adam sexually profaned, to increase [their way] on the face of the earth, daughters were born to them. And they the sons of God [Shamchazzi and Azael] saw everything from Aleph to Tav of the daughters of  [the descendants of] Ha Adam For they were good; and they took for themselves as wives from all they chose.



בְנֵי־הָאֱלֹהִים

Bih Nay   Haw Elokim

ב2 נ50 י10  ה5 א1 ל30 ה5 י10 ם40 = 153


וְהֶעֱוִינוּ

Vih  Heh Eh Vee Nu

To do iniquity

ו6 ה5 ע70 ו6 י10 נ50 ו6 = 153


First the descendants of Ha Adam, i.e. the children of Adam and Eve did evil. They sexually profaned.


Second, the sons of God, i.e.  the angels Shamchazzi and Azael took human wives and and sinned with them. They mixed angelic seed with human seed. Strange children were born. And in so doing they brought destruction upon the entire earth.


Bereisheit Toldot


A Taste Of Torah


Genesis 25.19 - 28.9


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

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What Makes A Man the Perfect Husband?


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Bereisheit 25.9

:וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ישֵׁב אֹהָלִים


Genesis 25.9

And the boys grew up. And it happened, Eisov was a cunning man, a hunter, a man of the field and Yaakov was a man without fault dwelling in the tents [of learning].


The Torah Portion of the Bible is Speaking about the time when the boys turned thirteen. Each became a man. Notice the use of the Words אִישׁ Eesh. Eisov is described as a 'cunning man'. Mystically he knew the way of wisdom. Ha Torah is Informing us that Eisov valued Wisdom. With Eisov everything was a guarded calculation based upon his accumulated knowledge. Ha Torah is Informing us that Eisov was a wise man at the age of thirteen. He knew how to confuse others. He knew how to trick others. He was skilled in achieving what he wanted by using deceit or through evasion, i.e. indirect answers. However in addition to Yoh Day Ah can also mean to know one sexually.


We have the Eisov type men. They give the appearance that they are on the path to Ha Torah but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah Wisdom to only benefit them self and to take advantage of others.


אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ

Eesh - Yoh Day Ah

א1 י10 ש300 י10 ד4 ע70 = 395


לְהַשְׂכִּיל

Lih Ha Seh Ceel

the path to Wisdom

ל30 ה5 ש300 כ20 י10 ל30 = 395


There is reason The Torah Portion of the Bible describes Eisov with the Word Eesh in two different ways. It is like Eisov had two different faces. He has the good inclination and the evil inclination. When we Observe Eisov the man who is described as a farmer we see a man who has gone through a cleansing but still struggles with his impure and evil nature. He says he is going to kill his brother. This is the evil nature. He does not kill his brother. This is the good nature. He is going to meet his brother with 400 servants. His intent seems to be evil yet he hugs his brother and invites him to travel with him. Now we know that even though we see this Gematria shows the clean good side of Eisov we realize he has a very bad side. The Gematria for אִישׁ שָׂדֶה Eesh - Saw Deh, meaning, A Man of the Field, A Farmer is 620. The Gematria for being pure is 620.


We have the Eisov type men. They give the appearance that they are clean and pure but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah as a cover for their actions.


אִישׁ שָׂדֶה

Eesh - Saw Deh

A Man of the Field, A Farmer

א1 י10 ש300 ש300 ד4 ה5 = 620


טְהֹרוֹת

Tih Hoh Roht, Pure Clean

ט9 ה5 ר200 ו6 ת400 = 620


Now lets look at Yaakov. Ha Torah Says Yaakov at the age of manhood, i.e. thirteen was a man without fault. תָּם Tawm means perfect yet we do not translate Yaakov as being Perfect. Now, in comparison Ha Torah Says Noach at the age or 600 was a righteous man perfect in his generation... There are three important points.


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


First

When The Torah portion of the Bible Says, נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים Noach was a righteous man, perfect... this was when Noach was 600 years old. His life of righteousness and perfection were well established over a very long period of time. He was Observed for 600 years. This says a great deal for Noach. In comparison, Yaakov's life was Observed in Ha Torah for only 13 years at the time of this witness.


Second Noach was married. This means that he was perfect in his marriage. Noach was a father. He was perfect in his relationship to his sons and daughter-in-laws. Yaakov was not married. He did not have any children.


Third, the Word תָּם Tawm also means to be finished to be complete. Is Ha Torah Saying Yaakov was finished, i.e. [Spiritually] complete 134 years before he died? I think Ha Torah is saying Yaakov has gone as far as he can as a single man can. He needs a wife. He needs children. He needs relatives. How do we know this? The Gematria of 10י Yud and ם40 Mem equal 50. The Yud and the Mem are missing from the end of the Word תָּם Tawm. When we Observe the Word used for perfection in Noach's life the Yud and the Mem are present.

נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים

The Gematria of תָּם Tawm is 440. The Gematria of תָּמִים is 490. Why is this significant? At 13 Yaakov is תָּם Tawm a Gematria of 440. At the age of sixty three , i.e. 50 years later Yaakov leaves home to begin his pursuit of a wife, children and relatives. In addition one could say Yaakov was perfect of without fault in one area of his single life while as Noach was perfect in every area of his life. By adding the י Yud ם Mem to the end of Tam one could argue in multiple levels of perfection.


Yaakov did not rush into marriage as did Eisov. Yaakov was 77 years of age when he married Leah and Rochel. Yaakov did not begin his search for a wife until he was 63. 13 + 50 = 63 It was at the age of 63 that Yitzchok, his father instructed him, '...Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother', Genesis 28.2.


From Yitzchok's Blessing we learn that he ratified his original Blessing. He did not consider himself tricked. His second Blessing was of his own free will. Yitzchok's instruction also indicates his disapproval of Eisov's actions of marrying Canaanite women. He instructed Yaakov to not to take a wife from the Canaanite women. He instructed Yaakov to take a wife from Lavan, his mother's brother. He did as his father instructed.


Soul Mate

Ha Torah is Teaching Women who are not Jewish to marry a non-Jewish man. Marry a Noachide man. Your soulMate is a Noachide man. There are many very good Noachide men.


Ha Torah is Teaching Jewish men not to marry a non Jewish woman. A Jewish man's SoulMate is a Jewish Woman.



We are going to look at the Mispar Katan of

אִישׁ תָּם Eesh Tawm, A man without fault, this week. God Willing in Parshat Vayishlach we will pick this discussion again.


אִישׁ תָּם

Eesh Tawm, A man without fault

א1 י1 ש3 ת4 ם4 = 13


Another Mispar Katan is קָדָשִׁים Kaw Daw Sheem, Kadoshem, meaning Holiness. Or many holinesses.


קָדָשִׁים

Kaw Daw Sheem / Holiness.

קּ1 ד4 ש3 י1 ם4 = 13


A good husband is Holy. This mean he Observes the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. It is the Observance of the Mitzvot that separate him, that dedicate, him that cause him to be moral and of Spiritual Excellence. He respect the rights of his wife and others in accordance with The Lord God's Commands. This is the real difference between the Eisov's and Yaakov's of the world.


אֲבִי

Ah Vee

Father [ like ]

א1 ב2 י10 = 13


א - He should love God

ב - He should have a House

י - He should be strong in Observances of Torah


אֲהֵבָהּ

Ah Hay Vawh

Love - Tenderness... Gentleness... Kindness... Deep Devotion... Sensitivity to pain... Affection... Physical expressions of feeling...

א1 ה5 ב2 ה2 = 13


The Letter ה Hey is found twice in אֲהֵבָהּ Ah Hay Vawh / Love because the greatest part of being loving is being like the Lord. The comment, 'Love is Divine' is 100% accurate. Be slow to anger. Be gracious. Be long suffering.. be gentle... be faithful... be merciful.


We know that Yaakov loved Rochel so much that he worked fourteen years. The first seven years, '... seemed to him, like a few days because he loved her so much.'


זֶבֶד

Zeh Vehd, A choice gift... A precious gift... To bestow upon..., to endow with...

ז7 ב2 ד4 = 13


אֶחָד

Echad... to be one

א1 ח8 ד4 = 13


A husband must be one with his wife. He must be extremely sensitive to her needs... to her wants... to her desires... to her conversation... to her soft spoken words... to her tears... to her shouts... to her frustrations...


Yaakov had four wives. He was the husband to the wife he loved, Rochel. He was the husband to the wife he hated, Leah. He was the husband to a concubine wife, Bilhah the half sister of Rochel. He was the husband to a concubine wife, Zilpah the half sister of Leah. He was buried with Leah in the cave of Machpeilah.



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Bereisheit Toldot - 6

Genesis 25.19-28.9

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Our Parshat begins with Yitzchok pleading to HaShem for children. 

Genesis 25.20, 21

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah for his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-Aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.  And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife conceived.


Our Gematria Parshat begins with Isaac taking Rebekah as his wife. He was forty years old. Rebekah was three years old.  Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old in 2048 From Creation.  Rebekah was born in 2095 F. C.  This was the year of the Akidiah  when Abraham took Isaac up Mt Moriah to be offered as a sacrifice. How do we know this?


The Torah Says Abraham was 10 years older than Sarah his wife. [Abraham said, '...Shall a child be born to him who is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear? - Genesis 17.17


The Torah Says Sarah was 127 years when she died. Genesis 23.1-2.

The ages are based upon Bereisheit 23.1.  Sarah is 127, Avraham is 137 and Yitzchok is 37.  It is immediately after the Akeidah that Avraham 'was informed [by HaShem] that his son's mate had been born. This is in accordance with Genesis 22.20-24. 'And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor... and Bethuel fathered Rebekah...' Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 504


It is at this chronological time Abraham is informed of the birth of Rebekah. The soul of Sarah transmigrates to Rebekah. This is how in part we know that Rebekah was 3 years old when Isaac was 40 years old. In addition Genesis 24.16 provides more information 


Bereisheit 25.22,23

וַיִּתְרֹצֲצוּ הַבָּנִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ וַתֹּאמֶר אִם־כֵּן לָמָּה זֶּה אָנֹכִי וַתֵּלֶךְ לִדְרשׁ אֶת־יְהוָֹה1:1


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לָהּ שְׁנֵי גיים [גוֹיִם] בְּבִטְנֵךְ וּשְׁנֵי לְאֻמִּים מִמֵּעַיִךְ יִפָּרֵדוּ וּלְאֹם מִלְאֹם יֶאֱמָץ וְרַב יַעֲבֹד צָעִיר1:1 

Genesis 25.22,23

And they crushed [and bruised and struggled] the sons inside her, and when this happened she questioned why is this happening to me?  And she went to inquire from Aleph to Tav about this from HaShem.  Bereisheit 25.22


And He Said HaShem to her, 'Two nations are in your womb and two peoples will separate from within you and to one people will be fullness [and great] boldness and the great will serve the junior.' Bereisheit 25.23


This historical event we are discussing was in the year 2098 F.C.


For those in the 21st century this will seem strange. It maybe strange for people in the 21st century but it was common for people living in 


Bereisheit 24.16

 וְהַנַּעֲרָ טֹבַת מַרְאֶה מְאֹד בְּתוּלָה וְאִישׁ לֹא יְדָעָהּ וַתֵּרֶד הָעַיְנָה וַתְּמַלֵּא כַדָּהּ וַתָּעַל:  יז 

Genesis 24.16

And the girl [damsel] was very pretty to look upon, a virgin, and no man had known her; [i.e. she had not practiced unnatural intimacy] and she went down to the well, and filled her vessel and came up. 


Genesis 24.16. KJV uses the word damsel.  See Strong's reference # 5291, (a girl from infancy to adolescence).   It is immediately after the Akeidah that Avraham 'was informed [by HaShem] that his son's soulmate [Rebekah] had been born. This is in accordance with Genesis 22.20 And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor... and Bethuel fathered Rebekah...' Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 504


Yitzchok and Rivkah did not consummate their marriage until she was twelve or thirteen. This means nine years passed.  Rebekah was now 12 and Isaac was 49 years of age. It was at this time that they consummated their marriage. Then they have no children after ten years of a normal husband wife relationship. Instead of taking a second wife as his Father Avraham did Isaac prays for his wife to have children. Within the next year they had a child see Bereisheit 25.21 - 26.  Isaac was sixty years of age and Rebekah was 23 years of age.


The girl.. והנערה Vih Hah Nah Ah Raw Rivkah was only three.    See Bereisheit 24.16. Her mother and brother refer to Rivkah as לנערה Lah Hah Nah Ah Raw, the girl. See Bereisheit 24.57.  They felt she was attached to her present family.  They felt she was too young to leave home even though boys and girls then, were much different than they are today.  They were more developed.  They were more intelligent.  They worked from a very young age.  To verify this consider, Yaakov's children.  All in all five references in Ha Torah refer to Rivkah as a young girl.


Yaakov's oldest child Reuben, who was born after Yaakov had worked for Laban for seven years, kept the flock for his father, which was a three-day journey away.  Ha Torah states, He gave them [the sheep] to his sons, Bereisheit 30.35.  Ha Torah states, He [Yaakov] placed them a three days journey [away], Bereisheit 30.36.  How old were his sons when this happened?  This was after Yaakov had served Laban for 14 years.  He served seven years for Leah and seven years for Rachel, then he served six years for his cattle. {Bereisheit 31.41}  This means that Reuben was no older than six years three months old when he began keeping his father's flocks with his brothers.  Reuben was born to Yaakov after Yaakov had worked for seven years.  Yaakov then worked an additional seven years.  It was during the first year of that second seven-year period that Yaakov's first wife, Leah, gave birth.  This was the birth of Reuben.  Now all the other brothers were much younger.  The second son, Shimon, was around five.  Levi, the third son, was around four.   Judah was close to three.  It was at this point that Rachel gave Bilhah to Yaakov.  So, dear reader, we see that Ha Torah establishes the age of children who worked a full day, and who were responsible to be much younger than children today.


Now this proves that the age of Rivkah, three,  when she married Yitzchok was not out of the question.  It is well within the realm of possibility!!  Yet this is why they sent Devorah, Rivkah's nurse, along with her.


Interesting letters are added to several of the words in the first Passuk / Verse.  This is not by mistake.  I have noted the letters.  The Yud represents the intensity of the struggle between Esau and Yaakov.  The Tav in Vah Yeet Roh Tzah Tzoo represents that this fighting in the womb of Rivkah was a sign.  The Tav in Vah Toh Mehr represents another sign.  Rivkah spoke out loud to her sons.  Why are you fighting?  Like a mother would say to her children, Why are you fighting / hurting your brother?  Yet this was very puzzling to Rivkah.

 

Our sages state that when Rivkah would pass by the doorways of Torah study at the school of Shem and Evier, Yaakov would rush to come out, and when Rivkah would pass by houses of idol worship Esau would rush to come out. Can you imagine how Rivkah must have felt?


Let's examine this a little closer. Notice the phrase, שני גוים בבפנך Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych {Two nations are in your womb} Within these three words there are two unique acrostics. An acrostic is the composition in which certain letters in a line form a word or words. In the first acrostic notice the first Letter, i.e. on the right.  In the second acrostic notice the last Letter on the left.


The first acrostic is from the first letter of each of the three words below from the phrase Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych. This is noted in the first example. The second acrostic is taken from the last letter of the last two words of the same phrase. The second acrostic follows the first as Yaakov followed Esau in birth. This acrostic is taken from the last letter of the last two words of the same phrase. I noted this by making these letters darker.  Esau was the first born.  The first acrostic refers to him. 


 שני   גוים   בבטנך = שגב

Saw Gahv {to be high, mighty, strong, extolled, sublime}.


ש300 ג3 ב2 = 305


 שני   גוים   בבפנך


[Final Mem]       מ = ם  [Normal Mem]

 מך

Mawch {poor, humble}


מ40 ך20 = 60


The second acrostic describes Yaakov the second born son, the son who fled from his brother.  Yaakov was the son who for twenty years was the poor son.  From a lesson in a course {Torah 203} at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC entitled Yaakov's Staff we take the following quote which discusses Yaakov's poverty: 'Our sages teach that when Yaakov fled his father Yitzchok's home, Elifaz, the son of Esau, went after him {Yaakov} and overtook him. Elifaz was ordered by his evil father Esau to murder his Uncle Yaakov. Yet Elifaz was raised by his grandfather Yitzchok. Elifaz did not want to disobey his father's order to kill his Uncle Yaakov, even though he realized it was an evil order. Elifaz recognized this responsibility to his father, yet he also recognized his responsibility to do righteousness... When he overtook his Uncle Yaakov he explained his predicament. His Uncle Yaakov helped him sort things out.


...Yaakov's counsel to his nephew was to take everything that he [Yaakov] had with him because a poor man is considered dead. So Elifaz heeded his Uncle Yaakov's counsel and took everything but Yaakov's clothes and staff.


So from the same three word phrase Shih Nay - Goh Yeem - Bih Veet Naych {Two nations are in your womb} we have the acrostic of Saw Gahv {to be high, mighty, strong, extolled, sublime} representing Esau and the acrostic of Mawch {poor, humble} representing Yaakov. The Gematria of שגב Saw Gahv is 305.  The Gematria of מך Mawch is 60.  


The Gematria 305 through Mysticism describes the actions and intent of Esau in the word להרע Lih Haw Rah {to hurt, harm; to do evil} which is what Ha Torah states Esau intended to do to his brother Yaakov. Esau said in his heart, 'The days of mourning for my father are approaching. I will then kill everything from Aleph to Tav of my brother, Yaakov,'  Bereisheit 27.41.  Esau's evil intention was to make it seem as if Yaakov had never been born or existed.


להרע Lih Haw Rah {to hurt, harm; to do evil} 

ל30 ה5 ר200ע70 = 305


הלכה Ha Law Chawh {law, rule, tradition}

ה5 ל30 כ20 ה5 = 60


In the Gematria 60 we see reverence for God and reverence for His Commands in Ha Torah in the word הלכה Hah Law Chawh {law, rule, tradition}. It was Yaakov who loved to study Hah Law Chawh, according to our sages. Yaakov who loved to dwell in tents of learning. Yaakov learned with Shem, the righteous son of Noach, and with Eiver, the righteous great grandson of Shem.


So among these two nations we see Esau, the high, mighty and strong one, subdued by Yaakov, the younger, the humble student of Ha Torah! 

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Bereisheit Vayeitzeit - 7

Genesis 28.10 - 32.3

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Bereisheit 31.1 - 3

וַיִּשְׁמַע אֶת־דִּבְרֵי בְנֵי־לָבָן לֵאמֹר לָקַח יַעֲקֹב אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר לְאָבִינוּ וּמֵאֲשֶׁר לְאָבִינוּ עָשָׂה אֵת כָּל־הַכָּבֹד הַזֶּה: ב וַיַּרְא יַעֲקֹב אֶת־פְּנֵי לָבָן וְהִנֵּה אֵינֶנּוּ עִמּוֹ כִּתְמוֹל שִׁלְשׁוֹם: ג וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב שׁוּב אֶל־אֶרֶץ אֲבוֹתֶיךָ וּלְמוֹלַדְתֶּךָ וְאֶהְיֶה עִמָּךְ: ד 


Genesis 31.1-3

And he heard everything from Aleph to Tav of the words of Laban's sons, saying, Jacob has taken away everything from Aleph to Tav of all that was our father's; and from that which was our father's has he gotten everything from Aleph to Tav of all this, the honor. And Jacob saw everything from Aleph to Tav of Laban's face, and, behold, it was not toward him as before. 3  And The Lord Said to Jacob, Return to the land of your fathers, and to your family; and I Will be with you.


Jacob actually heard Words. The Lord God can speak to you in a crowd of people and you maybe the only one to Hear His Voice and Words. On the other Hand Everyone present may hear His Voice and Words. A few select individuals may be included. However here only Jacob heard The Words of The Lord God. How do we know this? Ha Torah Says, And The Lord Said to Jacob.


One may wonder, how often does The Lord God Speak to humankind? Would you be surprised to learn that from Creation up until this conversation The Lord God is recorded as Having Spoke with only 13 humans? This is only the 36th conversation from creation until Genesis 31.3.


The Gematria of  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב Vah Yoh Mehr - HaShem Ehl Yaakov - Meaning And The Lord Said to Jacob. The Gematria of these four Words is 496. We can Mystically Observe that within The Lord God's Words is His Kingdom. Let's say it like this. Everything in the world and in the universe outside of The Lord God is constructed by The Word of The Lord God. Everything that exists exists because of the Power of His Word. I share this so that we may realize the ultimate power of The Lord God's Word. It is God's Word that holds every kingdom together...


The Words the ten phrases that The Lord God Spoke have maintained this universe from the beginning. Think of the power within These Words The Lord God. Think of the keeping power... Think of maintaining power of The Lord God's Words...


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־יַעֲקֹב

Vah Yoh Mehr - HaShem - Ehl - Yaakov

And The Lord Said to Jacob

ו6 י10 א1 מ40 ר200 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 א1 ל30 י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 496


מַלְכֻתוֹ

Mah Lih Choo Toh

Kingdom

מ40 ל30 צ20 ת400 ו6 = 496


We should think of The Lord's Kingdom with the same reflection. Ever since The Lord God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heavens and everything from Aleph to Tav of the earth they were completed. Nothing remains to be completed. Nothing more remains to be done. This is the power of The Lord God's Word... So now we think about what it means for the Lord God to Speak to one of us as He did with Jacob. We reflect on that contact with The Lord God. Can we imagine the impact? Can we imagine the reslut of having Contact with The Lord God?

Modeh - Thank You...

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Modeh

In the Morning when we awaken we are suppose to say thank you to our Creator for restoring our soul to us.  We are suppose to say thank you for a restful night. God Willing! How do we handle this responsibility?  How thank flu are we? How do we represent our thanks. Watch this short Video...


מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


I grateful thank you Ooh Living King  for restoring and returning my soul in me with compassion... Great is Your Faithfulness!


מוֹדֶה 

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ,

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי

מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם,


מוֹדֶה אֲנִי לְפָנֶיךָ, מֶלֶךְ חַי וְקַיָּם, שֶׁהֶחֱזַרְתָּ בִּי נִשְׁמָתִי בְּחֶמְלָה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.

רַבָּה רַבָּה רַבָּה אֱמוּנָתֶךָ.


Great is Your Faithfulness


Even Them

http://youtu.be/6KPu03zISz0


For Your Salvation I Do Long

http://youtu.be/V78S2BKHQBE


Prayer: Modeh and Rah Baw Emunah Taw Kaw

http://youtu.be/a3pqq-4t3EU


Improve

http://youtu.be/0t5mTYfhyLw


Great Is Your Faithfulness

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Raw Baw Emunah Teh Kaw - Great Is Your Faithfulness [Oh God]


In this short 4 minute video we learn a Negin and a few comments about Our Creator's Faithfulness. The first prayer in the morning before anything else  a Jewish man says Moh Deh Anh Nee  מודה אני  This prayer is just 12 Words. The last two Words reading from the right to left are - רבה אמונתך, meaning our Creator faithfulness to us is great. This Negin / song / tune is just two Words. One can be walking down the street or riding a bike or driving a car and light up with this tune.


When one is down and out and feels like no one cares and all is lost and there is no hope there is Raw Baw Emunah Teh Kaw, i.e God's very very great faithfulness to us. This negin reminds us that we are not alone in our poverty our struggles our seemly hopeless situation. Nothing can exceed God's Faithfulness to us.


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Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Genesis 7.1 - 24

God's Might As Seen In The Gematria of 617 & 762

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 7

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Psalms 117

O Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you peoples. 2  For his loving kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!


The World as know before the Noach Flood was about to change drastically. The Lord God Selected eight individuals from among millions to replenish humankind on earth.  Can we imagine what it was like for Noach and His Wife, sons and daughter-in-laws?  The entire world... all other humans had become corrupt... evil... violent... They rejected our Creators directives. They did what they choose. They were very evil...  I cannot imagine how unruly it was. I cannot imagine how humankind could be so very evil and corrupt.  They were so evil they had to be destroyed. There were so rotten they would perish when the entire earth was flooded.  


Yet, we know that 'Noach did all that the Lord Commanded him.' Noach and his wife, his sons and his daughter-in-laws were different!! They did not live like the other people in the world. They were different. They lived righteously in the face of evil everyday. They remained separated from the world. They were Obedient to the Observances given to them by the Lord God. They did not allow the evil in the world to influence them to sin or do evil. They proclaimed righteousness and obedience in the face of much violence and evil. The faced combative destructive forces and yet remained honest, righteous, pure, holy and faithful to The Lord God and each other.


In our world so many different thoughts... doctrines... religious beliefs exist. Originally the world was in agreement in their beliefs. How is it so many differences exist?


This reminds me of king David spoke of his wondering and of his tears in Psalms 56.9.  He Said,  You have kept count of my wanderings; put my tears into your bottle. Are they not in your book? In Genesis 7.5 we are reminded of our Creator's accounting... of His Book.


Psalms 56.9

נֹדִי סָפַרְתָּה אָתָּה שִׂימָה דִמְעָתִי בְנֹאדֶךָ הֲלֹא בְּסִפְרָתֶךָי 


בְּסִפְרָתֶךָ

Bih Sae Feh Raw Teh Kaw / In Your Book

ב2 ס60 פ80 ר200 ת400 ך20  = 762


נֹחַ כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּהוּ יְהוָֹה:

Noach   Cih Chohl   Ah Shehr   Tzee Vaw Hoo   HaShem

Noach did all that The Lord Commanded him.

נ50 ח8  כ20  כ20  ל30  א1 ש300 ר200  צ90 ו6 ה5 ו6  י10 ה5  ו6  ה5 =  762


Bereisheit 7.5

וַיַּעַשׂ נֹחַ כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּהוּ יְהוָֹה:  ו 

Genesis 7.5

And he, Noach did all that The Lord Commanded him.


The Book of Jasher / Yasher speaks of how Noach and his family were treated.


Bereisheit 9.8 - 19

 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־נֹחַ וְאֶל־בָּנָיו אִתּוֹ לֵאמֹר:  ט וַאֲנִי הִנְנִי מֵקִים אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְאֶת־זַרְעֲכֶם אַחֲרֵיכֶם:  י וְאֵת כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ הַחַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם בָּעוֹף בַּבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ אִתְּכֶם מִכֹּל יֹצְאֵי הַתֵּבָה לְכֹל חַיַּת הָאָרֶץ:  יא וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתְּכֶם וְלֹא־יִכָּרֵת כָּל־בָּשָׂר עוֹד מִמֵּי הַמַּבּוּל וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה עוֹד מַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת הָאָרֶץ:  יב וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים זֹאת אוֹת־הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר־אֲנִי נֹתֵן בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה אֲשֶׁר אִתְּכֶם לְדֹרֹת עוֹלָם:  יג אֶת־קַשְׁתִּי נָתַתִּי בֶּעָנָן וְהָיְתָה לְאוֹת בְּרִית בֵּינִי וּבֵין הָאָרֶץ:  יד וְהָיָה בְּעַנֲנִי עָנָן עַל־הָאָרֶץ וְנִרְאֲתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן:  טו וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אֲשֶׁר בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל־בָּשָׂר וְלֹא־יִהְיֶה עוֹד הַמַּיִם לְמַבּוּל לְשַׁחֵת כָּל־בָּשָׂר:  טז וְהָיְתָה הַקֶּשֶׁת בֶּעָנָן וּרְאִיתִיהָ לִזְכֹּר בְּרִית עוֹלָם בֵּין אֱלֹהִים וּבֵין כָּל־נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בְּכָל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאָרֶץ:  יז וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־נֹחַ זֹאת אוֹת־הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר הֲקִמֹתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵין כָּל־בָּשָׂר אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאָרֶץ: פ [ששי]  יח וַיִּהְיוּ בְנֵי־נֹחַ הַיֹּצְאִים מִן־הַתֵּבָה שֵׁם וְחָם וָיָפֶת וְחָם הוּא אֲבִי כְנָעַן:  יט שְׁלֹשָׁה אֵלֶּה בְּנֵי־נֹחַ וּמֵאֵלֶּה נָפְצָה כָל־הָאָרֶץ:  כ 


Genesis 9.8 - 19

 And God spoke to Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9  And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10  And with every living creature that is with you, of the bird, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11  And I will establish my covenant with you; nor shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; nor shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12  And God said, This is the sign of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for everlasting generations; 13  I set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between me and the earth. 14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud; 15  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17  And God said to Noah, This is the sign of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth. 18  And the sons of Noah, who went out of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth; and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19  These are the three sons of Noah; and from them was the whole earth peopled. 


After the world was destroyed and was renewed with life The Lord God established His Covenant.


הַבְּרִית

Hah Bih Reet / The Covenant

ה5 ב2 ר200 י10 ת400 = 617


   אִישׁ  

Eesh Man / Husband

א1 י10 ש 300 = 311


    אִשָּׁה

Eesh Shawh Woman / Wife

א1 ש300 ה5 = 306


617 = 311 + 306


Mystically we observe that the Covenant is with man / woman. The covenant is with the man and woman that observes the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. This means the man, i.e. the husband and the woman, i.e. the wife have a correct relationship with their unified covenant with The Lord God.



Psalms 117

O Praise the Lord, all you nations; praise him, all you peoples. 2  For his loving kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endures for ever. Hallelujah!

 

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Bereisheit Vayishlach - 8

Genesis 32.4 - 36.43

Mystical Struggles


A Taste Of Torah 

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Bereisheit Vayishlach

Genesis 32.4 - 36.43


Jacob's Mystical Staff


Bereisheit 32.11

קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל־הָאֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי בְמַקְלִי עָבַרְתִּי אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת:  יב 


Genesis 32.11

I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which you have shown to your servant; for with my stick... my rod... my staff... I passed over this Jordan; and now I have become two bands. 


The Gematria of  בְמַקְלִי  with my stick... rod... staff... is 182. The Gematria of  יַעֲקֹב Yaakov / Jacob is 182.   מַקַּל Mah Qahl means stick, rod or staff.


בְמַקְלִי

Vih Mah Qih Lee / Stick... Rod... Staff

ב2 מ40 ק100 ל30 י 10 = 182


יַעֲקֹב 

Yaakov / Jacob

י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 182


Genesis 27.30-45 expresses how Esau felt after Isaac Blessed Jacob.

And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had scarcely gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.  And he also had made savory food, and brought it to his father, and said to his father, Let my father arise, and eat of his son's venison, that your soul may bless me.  And Isaac his father said to him, Who are you? And he said, I am your son, your firstborn Esau. And Isaac trembled very much, and said, Who then is he who hunted venison, and brought it to me, and I have eaten of all before you came, and have blessed him? moreover, he shall be blessed. And when Esau heard the words of his father, he cried with a great and very bitter cry, and said to his father, Bless me, me also, O my father. And he said, Your brother came with cunning, and has taken away your blessing.  And he said, Is not he rightly named Jacob? for he has supplanted me these two times; he took away my birthright; and, behold, now he has taken away my blessing. And he said, Have you not reserved a blessing for me?   And Isaac answered and said to Esau, Behold, I have made him your lord, and all his brothers have I given to him for servants; and with grain and wine have I sustained him; and what shall I do now to you, my son?  And Esau said to his father, Have you but one blessing, my father? bless me, me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept.  And Isaac his father answered and said to him, Behold, your dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;  And by your sword shall you live, and shall serve your brother; and it shall come to pass when you shall have the dominion, that you shall break his yoke from off your neck.  And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him; and Esau said in his heart, When the days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.  And these words of Esau her elder son were told to Rebekah; and she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee to Laban my brother to Haran;  And remain with him a few days, until your brother's fury turns away;  Until your brother's anger turns away from you, and he forgets what you have done to him; then I will send, and fetch you from there; why should I be deprived of both of you in one day?


Esau sent his oldest son to murder his brother, Jacob. However Elifaz did not want to murder Jacob because of his love and closeness to his Grandfather Isaac who raised him. In addition he had a fondness for Jacob who was often present with his grandfather studying... Jacob learned at the school of Shem, i.e. Melchizedek and Eber which was close to the home of Isaac and Rebekah. After each days learning Jacob would visit with his father. Isaac would test Jacob. They would discuss Ha Torah together. So how could Elifaz murder his uncle Jacob? Yet, he needed to obey his father, Esau. What was Elifaz to do? Elifaz was conflicted!  Elifaz over took Jacob left his parents with great wealth. His caravan traveled slow because he had servants and cattle and much wealth given to him by Isaac and Rebekah. Elifaz over took his caravan. Elifaz discussed his problem with his uncle Jacob. 


Jacob explained to his nephew Elifaz that a man who didn't have wealth was like a dead man. Jacob said take my wealth then you can tell your father what you have done. He will understand that I am poor and without resources and like a dead man. Elifaz did this. Genesis 32.11 is a reflection of what Elifaz did. Yet the Blessing of Isaac was with Jacob. What Blessing?


Genesis 28.1 -

And Isaac called Jacob, and Blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people; 4  And give the blessing of Abraham to you, and to your seed with you; that you may inherit the land where you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham.


So now we look at this מַקַּל Mah Qahl this stick, this rod, this staff in Jacob's hand. Ha Torah Tells us that Jacob to this stick this rod this staff and placed it in the waters where


Bereisheit 30.37 - 43

 וַיִּקַּח־לוֹ יַעֲקֹב מַקַּל לִבְנֶה לַח וְלוּז וְעַרְמוֹן וַיְפַצֵּל בָּהֵן פְּצָלוֹת לְבָנוֹת מַחְשׂף הַלָּבָן אֲשֶׁר עַל־הַמַּקְלוֹת:  וַיַּצֵּג אֶת־הַמַּקְלוֹת אֲשֶׁר פִּצֵּל בָּרְהָטִים בְּשִׁקֲתוֹת הַמָּיִם אֲשֶׁר תָּבֹאןָ הַצֹּאן לִשְׁתּוֹת לְנֹכַח הַצֹּאן וַיֵּחַמְנָה בְּבֹאָן לִשְׁתּוֹת:  וַיֶּחֱמוּ הַצֹּאן אֶל־הַמַּקְלוֹת וַתֵּלַדְןָ הַצֹּאן עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּטְלֻאִים:  וְהַכְּשָׂבִים הִפְרִיד יַעֲקֹב וַיִּתֵּן פְּנֵי הַצֹּאן אֶל־עָקֹד וְכָל־חוּם בְּצֹאן לָבָן וַיָּשֶׁת לוֹ עֲדָרִים לְבַדּוֹ וְלֹא שָׁתָם עַל־צֹאן לָבָן:  וְהָיָה בְּכָל־יַחֵם הַצֹּאן הַמְקֻשָּׁרוֹת וְשָׂם יַעֲקֹב אֶת־הַמַּקְלוֹת לְעֵינֵי הַצֹּאן בָּרְהָטִים לְיַחֲמֶנָּה בַּ וֹת:  מב וּבְהַעֲטִיף הַצֹּאן לֹא יָשִׂים וְהָיָה הָעֲטֻפִים לְלָבָן וְהַקְּשֻׁרִים לְיַעֲקֹב:  מג וַיִּפְרֹץ הָאִישׁ מְאֹד מְאֹד וַיְהִי־לוֹ צֹאן רַבּוֹת וּשְׁפָחוֹת וַעֲבָדִים וּגְמַלִּים וַחֲמֹרִים:


Genesis 30.37 - 43

And Jacob took rods of green poplar, and of the almond and plane tree; and peeled white streaks in them, and made the white appear which was in the rods. 38  And he set everything from Aleph to Tav of the rods which he had peeled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink. 39  And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle striped, speckled, and spotted. 40  And Jacob separated the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the striped, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not among Laban's cattle. 41  And it came to pass, whenever the stronger cattle conceived, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. 42  But when the cattle were weak, he did not put them in; so the weaker were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's. 43  And the man [Jacob] increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.


מַּקְל

Mah Qihl / Stick... Rod... Staff

מ40 ק100 ל30 = 170


So we see how this stick when used correctly increased Jacob's cattle in size and strength... We Mystically see the Jacob's Mystical Rod... What we Observe is the Blessing... Even a stick brings forth... like a fountain


Vayikrah  11.36

אַךְ מַעְיָן וּבוֹר מִקְוֵה־מַיִם יִהְיֶה טָהוֹר וְנֹגֵעַ בְּנִבְלָתָם יִטְמָא:  לז 


מַעְיָן 

Mah Ih Yawn / A Fountain

מ40 ע70 י10 ן50 = 170


ב ' ח

Genesis 8.1 - 22

The Raven and The Dove

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 8

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Genesis 8.7

And he sent forth everything from aleph to Tav of 'the raven', which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.


The Sages Teach three sinned by copulating on the Tava the Raven, The Dog and Chum. Noach was dis satisfied with the Rave so he sent hime out. The Raven is an unclean bird. His mate was left to fend for the little ones... The Raven complained, What will happen if I die? Who will care for my mate and the little ones. How will the world be repopulated with us? 

What does all this Gematria concerning the Raven mean?  The Raven who is the most intelligent of  species aside from humans who is black sinned at night by copulating. We see the Raven's sin in the Gematria 277. The Raven 277 gave seed 277 and the Raven sinned 277.


The Raven and Crow are called by the same name.


הָעֹרֵב

The Raven

ה5 ע70 ר200 ב2 = 277


זֶרַע

Seed

ז7 ר200 ע70 = 277


עָבְרָה

Aw Vih Raw, Meaning Sin

ע70 ב2 ר200 ה5  = 277


עֵזֶר 

Aizer - Helper

ע70 ז7 ר200 = 277


The Dove


הַיּוֹנָה

Ha Yoh Naw, [Jonah] meaning The Dove 

ה5 י10 ו6 נ50 ה5 = 76


עֶבֶד

Eh Vehd, meaning Servant

ע70 ב2 ד4 = 76


The dove is humble and willing to serve where as the Raven is a predator. The Dove is the symbol of the Spirit of purity and serving. The Raven is the symbol of darkness and sin. The Raven has the potential to help as when the Ravens fed the great Novie Prophet bread. The point to this discussion is the Raven was put out because of his sin. The Dove was asked to serve because of his willingness to purify. The Dove circled the Tava. The Doves action represent the world was purified from sin. The Dove returned with an Olive twig. This is a symbol of Holiness and purity and peace. The flood was the purification. The Raven was sent out first. This is like the night is black with sin. Later the Dove was sent out. This is like the world is cleansed, i.e. purified and has again retuned to spirituality.


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Bereisheit Vayeishev - 9

Genesis 37.1 - 40.23

Realizing Our Creator In Every Action - 9


A Taste Of Torah 

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Bereisheit 39.2

וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ וַיְהִי בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי:  ג



Genesis 39.2

And the He, The Lord Existed in everything from Aleph to Tav with Joseph, and he was a successful man and he prevailed in the house of his master the Egyptian.


There are three connecting Letters used in this eleven Word sentence. What Letters are the connecting Letters? There three connecting Words. Identify the connecting Words. The connecting Words are spelled the same. What are the three Words? Each connecting Word makes an important statement.


The Letter ו Vav is the connecting Letter.  וַיְהִי Vah Yih Hee is the connecting Word.



וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף

And the He, The Lord Existed in everything from Aleph to Tav with Joseph...


 וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ


and he was a successful man 

We see the prevailing in the Hebrew.


 וַיְהִי בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי:  ג

and he prevailed in the house of his master the Egyptian.


How do we know Joseph prevailed?  The Word  וַיְהִי was used three times. This is a sign. This is not by mere chance. Normally  וַיְהִי means 'And it happened'  or 'And it was. When ever we read this Word look for the hand of The Lord. Nothing just happens by chance.  Notice that  וַיְהִי has the Letter י Yud at the beginning and end of the Word. The Letter ו Vav is a connecting Letter. The Letters of וַיְהִי when rearranged spell the Name of The Lord.


The Letter י Yud is the smallest Letter in the Aleph Bet. Yet, the Letter י Yud represents strength. Anytime one Observes the Letter י Yud twice in a Word this indicates great strength.  The Letter י Yud is used to refer to the Name of The Lord, i.e. יי  The Gematria of  וַיְהִי is 31. In וַיְהִי we see God. 


 וַיְהִי

And it happened... And it was...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10 = 31


אֵל

God

א1 ל30 = 31


3 x 31 = 93


מָגֵן

Maw Gayn / Shield

מ40 ג3 ן50 = 93 


Do you have a Gematria Sheet? Look at your Gematria sheet.

The full Gematria of  וַיְהִי is


ו = וו  = ו6 ו6 = 12

י = יוד  י10 ו6 ד4 = 20

ה = הא  = ה5 א1 = 6

י = יוד  = י10 ו6 ד4 = 20


58 = 20 + 6 + 20 + 12


חֵן

Chayn / Grace... Beauty

ח8 ן50 = 58



The ה Hey, the ו Vav, and the י Yud are the three Hebrew Letters with the lowest numerical values. Yet, these three Letters are very great! These are the three Letters the Creator choose to spell His Name. When we are small we are great.  When we are like Joseph we are at our greatest potential. Joseph was rejected by his brothers and sold into slavery. Yet, Joseph came from a wealthy home. He had many fine things.  Joseph is the great grandson of Sarah and Abraham.


Joseph's brothers betrayed him. He was sold into slavery. While in slavery Joseph was accused of Sexual misconduct. Joseph was innocent yet he was imprisoned. Through all this The Lord God was with him. In Genesis 50.20 Joseph said to his brother, You thought was to do evil against me; but God meant your actions to be  good... There are many who maybe against us. They make try to do evil to us. Yet God can make everything they try to turn out good. 

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Genesis 9.1 - 28

Vegetarians Until 1657 From Creation

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Spiritual sensitivity is important in each of our lives. This sensitivity is especially noted in in the food we eat. What foods do we eat? How is the food prepared? During the first 1,657 years humans were vegetarians. Meat, poultry and fish were not part of our diet. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, roots and grasses were our diet. Humans cared for livestock to enjoy cream, milk, cheese and eggs. People lived hundreds of years. People did not age. Yet, when our spirituality should have been at the highest peek it was the worst time on earth. Humankind were extremely sinful. After this generation perished in the Noah Flood The Lord God permitted humans to eat meet, poultry and fish with certain exceptions. There are clean animals, birds, fish and crawling things and there are unclean animals, birds, fish and crawling things.


Genesis 7.2 - 3

Of every clean beast you shall take to you seven pairs, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean one pair, the male and his female. 3  Of birds also of the air by seven pairs, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 


From these Instructions we can see things were about to change. Before the flood humans and animals had a relationship of harmony. After the flood this relationship changed when The Lord God permitted humans to consume meet, poultry and fish life. Now animals could be killed and eaten. The animals that were killed and eaten were clean animals.


Genesis 9.2 - 3

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; to your hand are they delivered. 3  Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 


Genesis 9.5 - 6

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God he made man.


Our Creator Instructs Noah and his sons not to consume blood.


Genesis 9.

But flesh with its life, which is its blood, you shall not eat. 




Last week when we discussed the Raven and the Dove I mentioned that martial relations were suspended while on the ark. 


Genesis 7.5 - 7

And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.


Genesis 8.16

Go out from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you.


We know who went into the Ark so why did our Creator Say to Noah  you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives? Our Sages Teach the purpose is to show marital relations on the Ark were interdicted. After leaving the Ark God Blessed Noach and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, Genesis 9.1... Cohabitation had been forbidden, Sanhedrin - Notes 108b.


Genesis 9.1

God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 


Genesis 9.7

And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it. 


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Genesis 10.1 - 28

Speaking Through The Generations


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The world tdol]woT] {Toh Lih Dot} meaning 'generations' speaks to each of us. The Gematria is 840. The Torah Says, These are the generations of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japhet. How does the generations of Ham speak to us? How does the generations of Japhet speak to us? The fact is that The Torah for the most part follows the generations of Shem. It is the generations of Shem that speak to us. The generations of Ham and Japhet are mentioned here through Chapter 11. At the conclusion of Chapter 11 Avram and Sarai are introduced. So it is important to understand that The Torah for the most part covers the descendants of Shem. It is Shem that is the chosen.


Why then does The Torah Say these are the descendants of Noah if for the most part only the descendants of Shem are discussed? The Torah focuses on the hope for humankind. The Torah is clearly Saying the hope for humankind comes through the descendants of Shem.


In Leviticus 1.2 we see a similar approach. The Torah Records, 

laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeDæ {Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl} meaning Speak to [the] children of Israel. Why is this passage similar? The Gematria is also 840. Leviticus focuses on offerings. There is Israel, Levites and Priests. The function of the Priests is offerings and blessings etc. It is the Kohan (Priest) that is the chosen.


tdol]woT]

Toh Lih Dot / Generations

ת400 ו6 ל30 ד4 ת400 = 840 


laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeD

Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl

Speak To The People Of Israel

840 = t400 r200 l30 d4 t400

840 = l30 a1 r200 c300 y10 - y10 n50 b2 - l30 a1 - r200 b2 d4



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Bereisheit Mikeitz - 10

Genesis 41.1 - 44.17

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Osnat, A Praiseworthy Woman of Yaakov's House

Chapter 10



Bereisheit Mikeitz

Bereisheit / Genesis 41.1 - 44.17


 Bereisheit 41.45

וַיִּקְרָא פַרְעֹה שֵׁם־יוֹסֵף צָפְנַת פַּעְנֵחַ וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ אֶת־אָסְנַת בַּת־פּוֹטִי פֶרַע כֹּהֵן אֹן לְאִשָּׁה וַיֵּצֵא יוֹסֵף עַל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:


And he, Pharaoh proclaimed Yoseif's [Egyptian] name Tzaw Pih Nat - Paheh Nay Ach and he gave everything from Aleph to Tav of Awsnat daughter of Poti Phera, Priest of On, for a wife, and He, Yoseif, emerged over the land of Mitzriam.   Bereisheit 41.45


In Parshas 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.  


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 Potifer in Mitzriam.  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, Potifer's wife.  Potifer'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.  See Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), pp 1800, 1801; Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 829


From the inscription on the plate around her neck left under a bush she knew that she was a descendant of Yaakov as was Yoseif.  Somehow this surfaced.   


We know that Yoseif would not have married outside of his household.  So we know at some point this connection had to be revealed to both of them.  Mystically the greatness is noted in Osnat.  The Gematria of her name is 511.  This is the same Gematria as that of Ahsh Ray {praiseworthy} and Teek Vaw {expectation}.  Osnat is praiseworthy for rejecting the lies of Zulaicha. Osnat is praiseworthy for returning to Judaism and she is praiseworthy for raising her children by Yoseif's tradition instead of her own.   Her praiseworthiness is so great that all Judaism blesses their children as Yaakov blessed Ephraim and Menasheh.


Aws Nays / Aws Nayt{daughter of Deenah}

א1ס60 נ50 ת400 = 511



Ahsh Ray {Praiseworthy}

אש300 ר200 י10 = 511


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Bereisheit Vayigash - 11

Genesis 44.18 - 47.27

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Bereisheit 45.19

וְאַתָּה צֻוֵּיתָה זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ־לָכֶם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם עֲגָלוֹת לְטַפְּכֶם וְלִנְשֵׁיכֶם וּנְשָׂאתֶם אֶת־אֲבִיכֶם וּבָאתֶם1:1


And you are commanded [to have your brothers do] this work. [Each of] you, take wagons from the land of Mitzriam to your children and to your wives everything from the letter Aleph to the letter Tav to your father and bring them [to Mitzriam]. Bereisheit 45.19


In Parshat Mikeitz we discussed the Gematria 511 and the relationships to Osnat, Yoseif's wife, and her praiseworthiness and her hope of meeting her grandfather Yaakov, who placed a special inscription around her neck that saved her life. That hope, that praise is realized in this week's parshat. And in addition to this, we realize other important Gematrias. Ha Torah states that when Pharaoh heard of Yoseif's brothers and father, he צֻוֵּיתָה Tzu Vay Taw {commanded}... Pharaoh commanded that they take wagons from Mitzriam to transport Yoseif's relatives to Canaan and back to Mitzriam. He commanded that Yoseif's relatives should not be concerned with their belongings. He commanded that the best of Mitzriam be provided for Yoseif's relatives.


Tzu Vay Taw {Commanded}

צ90 ו6 י10 ת400 ה5 = 511


Holy reader, we observe Pharaoh reacting to his appreciation for Yoseif. We observe Pharaoh reacting to the painful separation between Yoseif and his family. We observe Pharaoh sharing in Yoseif's joy and in Osnat's joy.


Pharaoh gives the command that we began with, we observe the result of that command. Ha Torah states that the sons of Yisroel transported everything from Aleph to Tav of their father Yaakov and everything from Aleph to Tav of their children and everything from Aleph to Tav of their wives בָּעֲגָלוֹת Baw Ah Gaw Loht {in wagons}. Bereisheit 46.6 Baw Ah Gaw Loht has the Gematria 511.

Bereisheit 46.6

וַיָּקָם יַעֲקֹב מִבְּאֵר שָׁבַע וַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶת־יַעֲקֹב אֲבִיהֶם וְאֶת־טַפָּם וְאֶת־נְשֵׁיהֶם בָּעֲגָלוֹת אֲשֶׁר־שָׁלַח פַּרְעֹה לָשֵׂאת אֹתוֹ1:1


And Arose, Yaakov from Beer Sheva, and the sons of Yisroel transported everything from Aleph to Tav of him, Yaakov their father, and everything from Aleph to Tav of the children, and everything from Aleph to Tav of their wives in wagons that Pharaoh sent to carry them [to Mitzriam].


Baw Ah Gaw Loht {in wagons}

ב2 ע70 ג3 ל30 ו6 ת400 = 511


511 = Tav 400 Vav 6 Lamid 30 Gimmel 3 Ayin 70 Bet 2


In the last chapter we observed this holy connection in relation to Osnat. In this chapter we observe this holy connection surrounding Yoseif and his dreams. In both instances we mystically observe the Gematria footprints of Yoseif and Osnat and Divine providence guiding... directing at difficult places in their lives through the Gematria of 511.


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Genesis 11.1 - 32

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In Chapter 11 our discussion is not just about our Creator confusing the language but about our Creator confusing the meanings of words. We were created with the ability to ORIGINALLY communicate perfectly but God Confused the languages and the words of each language. This is why relationships have communication issues. One's spouse can say one thing and mean one specific thing and it can be received in an entirely different way. This is the result of the languages and words being confused. This is different from how it used to be. Pirkei Avot 5.1 Says, with ten Divine Utterances was the world created... Think of this. With just Ten exact precise utterances God Created everything that exists... This tells us of the strength and exact explicit detailed meticulous meaning one Word used to convey.


When we speak of misunderstandings we are speaking about a failure to understand a communication correctly, i.e. as it was intended. Misunderstandings happen about every second in our world somewhere. They can be pretty challenging to avoid.



Bereisheit 11.1

וַיְהִי כָל־הָאָרֶץ שָׂפָה אֶחָת וּדְבָרִים אֲחָדִים:1

Genesis 11.1

And it was, all the earth was one lip / language {Hebrew} and [all their] words [were] one.


One could also say, And it was, all the earth was all calm... plain... smooth because[all their] words [were] one.

Ha Torah is informing us that the earth was one language. People and animals and other beings did not know what it was like to have diversity of language. So sometime after the flood of Noach but before the birth of Avraham, God confused the language. The descendants of the Tava / Ark observed the transformation of the world from one language to seventy languages. However, it wasn't just the language that was transformed it was the meaning of words. Words were confused! So our discussion in part is about introducing misunderstandings.


The use of the Word שָׂפָה Saw Fawh is interesting for a number of reasons. This is the first usage of Saw Fawh in Ha Torah. We have nothing prior to compare it with. Saw Fawh means calm plain smooth. This is in reference to the language.


The Letters ofשָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh represent power and corruption, mouth and anger, superiority and preciseness. שָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh means [a language that is calm plain smooth and the lip surrounding an opening.


שָׂפָה

Saw Fawh

ש300 פ80 ה5 =385


הָרָקִיעַ

Haw Raw Kee Ah

Haw Raw Kee Ah meaning Firmament.

ה5 ר200 ק100 י10 ע70 = 385


Their goal was to build a tower to reach into the heavens. They wanted to break through the הָרָקִיעַ Haw Raw Kee Ah, meaning Firmament that the Lord God Created to divide the waters in the Heavens from the waters in the Earth. They wanted to break through the Firmament God Established. So what did God do? God confused the languages. God changed what was smooth and calm into confusion. God authored the confusion among words we use. In other words our misunderstandings date back to Babel when God confused the language and the words we use. 

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Bereisheit Vayechi - 12

Genesis 47.28 - 50.26

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Bereisheit 47.28

וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה1:1


And he, Yaakov lived in [the] land of Mitzriam / Egypt seventeen years. And the days of Yaakov, the years of his life were one hundred forty seven years. Bereisheit 47.28

Our parshat begins with the words, 'And lived He, Yaakov in the land of Mitzriam for seventeen years...' Bereisheit 47.28


Did Yaakov want to live outside of Eretz Canaan? No! Is Mitzriam where Yaakov wanted to live? No! Did Yaakov want to die in Mitzriam? No! Dear reader, our sages teach that when Yaakov journeyed to Mitzriam, the remaining five years of the famine immediately ended, upon his entrance into Mitzriam. That being the situation one may wonder / question, 'Then why did Yaakov stay in Mitzriam until his death?' Holy reader, the point is not complex. Even Yaakov the great tzaddik could not just leave Mitzriam and return to Eretz Canaan as he desired. The timing was not right. He had to remain in Mitzriam until his death.


The lesson here is that even though there are Jews who would desire to live in Eretz Yisroel, it may not be possible for them. And even though there are Jews who may strongly desire to live in an observant Jewish Community, it may not be possible for them. There are times that it is necessary to live just where we are. Then there are times that it may be necessary for one to actually move away from the land of Yisroel as Yaakov did. It may be necessary to move away from an observant Jewish community. One may wonder why. It may be for any number of reasons. However our point in this discussion is not to explore the why. Our point is to simply observe the words, Yaakov lived. Even though Yaakov preferred to live in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam. Even though Yaakov preferred to die in Eretz Canaan he lived in Mitzriam, knowing that he would die there.


Holy reader, there is a message in the words "Yaakov lived"! Yaakov was LIVING where he did not want to be. Yaakov was prospering in Mitzriam. Yaakov's children were greatly prospering in Mitzriam. They were not in Eretz Canaan. They were in Mitzriam. This is the point! Yaakov and his descendants lived and prospered in a place other than where they desired to be. This is the message to many of us. Do you think that Yoseif would have rather remained in Mitzriam or returned to Eretz Canaan immediately? It is obvious what Yoseif would have rather done. Yet he remained in Mitzriam. This is a message to those who would rather work somewhere other than where they are. This is a message to those who would rather reside somewhere else. Yaakov lived!


For many it is not possible to work in the position they desire. For many it is not possible to work in the location they desire. For many it is not possible to live in the country or city they would choose. For many they cannot live in the house they may dream of living in. For many we cannot attend the day school, high school, Bais Yaakov, Yeshiva, prep school, institution, college or university that we truly desire to attend. Yet even when all of these no's exist... when all of these impossibilities exist, understand this: Yaakov lived! We must gravitate to Yaakov's level. We must join Yaakov in living. We must exploit the area of life to the fullest regardless of where we are, where we work or what school we learn in. This is the introduction to Parshat Vayechi. Yaakov Lived!


Even if we lose our position... even if we lose our business or place of employment... even if we lose our family home... even if we lose our children, WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!


Dear readers, many years ago I lost my position. I lost the family business'. I lost the family home. Then I lost my children and many relatives for awhile. I have been there. I was destitute. I was penniless, I was homeless. I was without transportation. It was not easy! Yet, I needed to learn how Yaakov Lived!


Noach lived during the flood. It was not easy! Avraham was tossed into the fiery furnace. It was not easy! Yitzchok / Isaac offered himself as the willing sacrifice. It was not easy! Yaakov lived with his evil father-in-law for twenty years. It was not easy! God, Please help us all!


When so much does not go the way we desire, we must learn how to live with adversity, affliction, bad luck, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation. We must learn how to live without things we need or desire. Now, I am not saying we cannot have these things. If God Wills, we can have them. Yet, there may be times that we will be required to learn how to live with issues. Again, God please help us all!


When our country is attacked... when peace fails... when our business fails... when we face adversity we must learn how to live! This is what Yaakov taught us! This is what Yoseif taught us. This is what B'nei Yisroel taught us while living as slaves in Mitzriam.

The absolute importance of us understanding the first two words of Parshat Vayechi, 'Yaakov Lived' is so important to us living and thriving. Even though Yaakov did not want to reside in the land of Mitzriam, Yaakov Lived! Even though Yaakov did not care to expire in Mitzriam, for seventeen years Yaakov Lived. Yaakov taught us the importance of living in whatever situation we find ourselves. The Gematria of Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is 216.


Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 י10 ע70 ק100 ב2 = 216


Now, holy reader, the point to Vayechi Yaakov {Yaakov Lived} is not just the fact that Yaakov lived but HOW Yaakov lived. Mystically we observe that Yaakov had a special peace about himself. Yaakov had a special place of peace within himself that he withdrew to for renewal, and to receive encouragement, strength, guidance and assistance. One could say that Yaakov lived within a protected place. This protective place is revealed to us in Bereisheit 35.7 where Ha Torah says, וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם and he called to [the] place אֵל בֵּית־אֵל God is [the] House of God, i.e. There is a Spiritual place which is called the House of God. God dwells there. It is a Spiritual place. It is not a physical house. So Mystically through  בְּרוּחַ the Spirit we reach out לַמָּקוֹם to the Place Where God Dwells in Spirit.


 בְּרוּחַ 

Bih Ru Ach  - In Spirit / Through Spirit

ב 2 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 216


Bereisheit 35.7

וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ וַיִּקְרָא לַמָּקוֹם אֵל בֵּית־אֵל כִּי שָׁם נִגְלוּ אֵלָיו הָאֱלֹהִים בְּבָרְחוֹ מִפְּנֵי אָחִיו1:1

And He built [בנה] there [שם] an altar and he called to [the] place, God, House of God, for their God was revealed [נגלה] to him when he fled from his brother.


The point that is necessary to make here is that Yaakov's life frequently faced adversity, affliction, calamity, difficulty, distress, hardship, life's misfortunes, misery, pain, sorrow, suffering, trouble, tribulation... EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A RIGHTEOUS MAN.


Ha Torah records the difficulty Yaakov faced from the moment of conception until his departing. When Yaakov spoke with Pharaoh he said, '...few and troublesome have been the days of my life...,' Bereisheit 47.9.


Lah Maw Kohm {to the place}

ל30 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 = 216


Ha Torah credits Yaakov and Yoseif as men who lived amidst great adversity. We observe this in two ways.


First, Vayechi {lived} refers to both Yaakov and to Yoseif. Yoseif was seventeen when sold into slavery, Bereisheit 37.2. That means Yoseif lived all but seventeen years of his life in the land of Mitzriam. Yaakov lived in the land of Mitzriam, which would become the land of slavery, for seventeen years, Bereisheit 47.9,28.


Vayechi {Lived}

ו6 י10 ח8 י10 = 34


34 = Yaakov lived 17 years in Mitzriam, Yoseif lived 17 outside of Mitzriam. Together they represent 34.


So we see through this that Yoseif was the one sent to prepare the way for the survival of his family. Dear one, this may be your destiny in life. Maybe HaShem will use you to bring back those that you love to God. Maybe HaShem will choose you to be the one to return to an observant life in advance of other family members. You may be disowned like Yoseif. You may be sold into slavery. You may suffer for a while. Your resources may be limited for a while. You may lose your position, business, place of employment, family home and even your children for a while. If this were to happen, God Forbid, try to take Yaakov and Yoseif's directive. WE MUST LEARN TO CONTINUE LIVING!


Yoseif and Yaakov are our examples of how to live. Both left home with nothing. Both were separated from those they loved. Both became wealthy over 22 years. Thank God! When we face adversity lets try to live as best as we can like Yaakov and his son, Yoseif. May HaShem be blessed forever!


Dear readers, when so much does not go the way we desire we must learn how to live with adversity!

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Genesis 12.1 - 20

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Avram's Father, Terach


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Terach's business was the sale of idols, and the young Avram did his best to convince people not to buy them. Once it happened that his father had to go on a trip and left Avram in charge of his store. His instructions to his son were, "The bigger the god, the higher the price you charge. If an important person comes in, offer him a big idol; to a lesser customer, give a smaller one." Terach left.


An impressive looking broad shouldered man entered the store. "Give me a big idol as befits my status!" he pompously addressed the boy Avram. Avram handed him the largest idol he could find on the shelves and the man drew a substantial amount of money from his pocket.

"How old are you?" Avram questioned him.

"I am fifty years old."

"And you are not ashamed to worship a god that is only one day old?" Avram asked. "My father just made this one yesterday!" Confused, the man put the money back in his pocket and left.

An old woman entered. She told Avram that thieves had invaded her house during the previous night and stolen her gods.

"Is that so?" Avram asked. "If your gods were unable to protect themselves from the robbers, how do you expect them to protect you?"

"You are right," the woman admitted. "But whom shall we serve?"


"The Greater of heaven and earth who made me and you," Avraham answered. The woman left without buying a god.


Another woman came with a bowl full of flour as an offering for the gods. Avram took an axe and smashed all the idols except the biggest. He placed the axe leaning against the big idol. When Terach returned and saw the havoc in the house, he screamed angrily, "What happened here?"
"Why shall I conceal the truth from you? While you were away, a woman brought some flour as an offering. Each god exclaimed that he wanted to be the first to have it. The biggest was insulted, so he seized an axe and broke all the others!"

"What nonsense is this?" shouted Terach. "You know very well that they neither speak nor move around."

"Is that so?" Avram retorted. "Pray think about what you just admitted. Why then do you serve them?' '

One day it was Terach's turn to conduct the services before the gods in Nimrod's royal palace. Terach took Avram along to the capital. They arrived in Nimrod's palace and found it to contain a large exhibition of gods in gold, silver, copper, wood, and stone.


Terach brought bread and wine and offered them to the gods. "Take them, eat, and drink," Avram said to the idols, "and be appeased." None of the idols moved or answered with a sound.

"You see, they are not worth anything," Avram remarked.

He threw all the idols and shoved them together in a pile. Then he set fire to them and hurriedly fled from the palace.


This could not be ignored any longer. Terach himself, a loyal subject of King Nimrod, reported his son's misdemeanor to the king.


Avram had successfully passed the first trial. He had applied his mind to recognize his Creator and had rejected idol worship.


After reading this conversation it is understandable why the Creator of the Universe Instructed Abraham to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father.


Dear Ones our discussion begins with our Creator Instructing Avram to leave his place of birth, his relatives and his father house.


Bereisheit 12.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ1:1


Genesis 12.1

And He, The Lord had said to Abram, Go! Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you...


Why does the Bible Say Terach died 60 years before he died?  The Midrash informs us Terach manufactured idols. He stopped manufacturing idols before he died. He eventually returns to The Lord God.


 לֶךְ Lehk means 'Go' and לְךָ Lih Kah means get out! When we drop the zeros of לֶךְ Lehk the Gematria numbers is ה Hey which equals 5.

The 5 represents the Five Books of Moses, i.e. The Torah.


ל30 ך20 = 50 - drop the zeros

ל3 ך2 = 5


I have been placing a strong emphasis upon the number 5. Why? When Abram was Abram, i.e. the Gematria 243 he was not the Father of nations. The Promise from the Creator seemed impossible. However 1 year before the birth of Isaac the Creator changed Abram's name to Abraham. Our Creator added the Letter Hey to Abraham's name. Our Creator added 5 to 243 to equal 248. 248 represents the organs in the body. One could say the Creator healed or added organs that may have been missing or not working correctly.


אַבְרָם

Abram

א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 243


אַבְרָהָם

ָAbraham

א2 ב2 ר200 ה5 ם40 = 248


We note another Promise of our Creator to Abram.


Genesis 15.15

You will join your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age.


Rashi Says this verse Teaches that Terach repented from his idol making. It also Teaches that Abraham would die five years before his appointed time. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 150


The Gematria of Terach is 608 תֶּרַח .

ת400 ר200 ח8 = 608.


What happens when the Letter ה Hey is added to Terach' Name? The Gematria changes to 613. What does 613 represent? 613 represents all the Commands of the Creator. So we see that if the Letter Hey were added to Terach his name would equal 613. And perhaps we would see Terach observing All the Commands including the ones that he formerly violated.


 

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Exodus 1.1 - 6.1


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Exodus 1. 8

וַיָּקָם מֶלֶךְ־חָדָשׁ עַל־מִצְרָיִם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדַע אֶת־יוֹסֵף1:1 


And He arose, a new king to Egypt that did not know everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif.

וַיָּקָם

Vaw Yaw Kawm

And He Arose

ו6 י10 ק100 ם40 = 156


יוֹסֵף

Yoseif 

ו6 י10 ס60 ף80 = 156


The Words  מְצַוְּךָ Mih Tzah Voo Chaw, meaning Commanding You and הָאָסִיף Haw Aw Seef, meaning ingathering. They are the Gematria 156.


מְצַוְּךָ

Mih Tzah Voo Chaw 

Commanding You

מ40 צ90 ו6 ך20 = 156


הָאָסִיף

Haw Aw See

ingathering

ה5 א1 ס60 י10 ף80 = 156



New leaders bring changes. Departing leaders bring changes. With the departing of Yoseif / Joseph we see ingathering.  With the new king we see commanding you...


In our world today we need ingathering that Yoseif brought. Yoseif brought families, peoples and nations together.  Yoseif was concerned for all of The Lord's Creation. Notice the Final Letters of Yoseif and Haw Aw Seef.  Both Words end in the Letter ף Final Pey.  The Final Pey looks like a shepherd's staff.  In our world we need people who care about others.  We need the right type of leadership in every facet of life.  We need leaders who draw people together.  Our world is hurting for the right type of leadership. We see this in the Gematria 156. There are different types of people in leadership positions.   One ף Final Pey the Verse the other concludes it. 


Genesis 50.19 - 21

'Joseph said to them, Fear not; for am I in the place of God? But as for you, you thought evil against me; but God meant it to be good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive. Now therefore do not fear; I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them...'


Many years ago as a staff member for a Jewish school  I observed such an act.  We were having the dedication for  a new building. Great Rabbis were invited to participate from all around the country. The school was across the street from a major Hospital.


One afternoon during our celebration a young man came in the front door of the school heading right into the sanctuary where he sat down, bowed his head and remained quiet. He was from hundreds of miles away.  I noticed him.  One of the Rabbi's also noticed him.  The Rabbi walked over to me, leaned over and whispered into my ear something like, What does this young man need? 


My reply was, I don't know


He immediately motioned for his assistance to go speak with the young man. Then he whispered another sentence in my ear, 'We should find out what he needs.'  This is what one expects of a great Rabbi.   He was a Yoseif type leader. 

We learned, the young man was Jewish.  He lived in a small town hundreds of miles away.  His wife was in the hospital having surgery. That Rabbi saw to it that this young mans needs were attended to.


We need rulers who care about people as this Rabbi did. The man was dressed in blue jeans. He was not wearing a kippah or tzitzit. So What! The keen sensitiveness of this great Rabbi has stuck with me. 



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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 13

Genesis 13.1 - 18

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Chapter - 13 Traveling Towards the Altar 


Bereisheit  / Genesis 13.1 - 18


Bereisheit 13.1

וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה1:1


Genesis 13.1

And He, Avram went up from Mitzraim, He and his wife and all that he had, and Lot together they went south.


Bereisheit 13.2

וְאַבְרָם כָּבֵד מְאֹד בַּמִּקְנֶה בַּכֶּסֶף וּבַזָּהָב1:1


Genesis 13.2

And Avram was burdened greatly in cattle in silver and in gold.


This almost has the appearance of a fairy tale. Why? Only a very small number of individuals are wealthy like Avram.  The Word  כָּבֵד Caw Bayd means heavily burdened. Caw Bayd means one is weighted down. Avram was so wealthy that his wealth was an encumbrance to him. It was a troublesome difficulty for him. Avram was over loaded with wealth. Avram was wealth was so great it was oppressive. The Torah portion of the Bible Tells us Avram was greatly burdened in cattle, in silver and in gold. It is difficult for me to imagine being that wealthy. Many of us are on the other side of that coin.  We are burdened with paying bills and earning enough to get by. 


Abraham is a most unique individual. What do I mean?  Adam HaReshon / the first man taught very guarded Torah truths to Chanoch who was taken and to his son Methushelach who taught them to Noach who taught them to his son Shem and to Abraham. The span of lives reached from Adam to Methushelach to Noach to Abraham. The principles Abraham learned from Noach and Shem  greatly strengthened his faith in the Lord. Then Abraham's faith drew him close to the Creator of the universe. 


Abraham was not weighed down with guests or being hospitable. Abraham was not weighed down by his daily hours of Torah study. Abraham was not weighed down by his many daily hours of Teaching his Talmidim. 


We, on the other hand are weighed down with earning a living and as a result it becomes a struggle for us to do as our Father Abraham did. It is a challenge for us to be hospitable.  It is a daily strain to learn Torah let alone the thought of teaching others. We are so different in comparison to Father Abraham. Our Father Abraham was full of Emunah / Faith yet we do not read anything about faith being a weight to Abraham.  We do not read of prayer being a weight to Abraham. Is it possible that we are a little backwards in comparison to Abraham? These areas that the Torah portion of the Bible does not out right mention are mystical. They are hidden.  The Name of our Creator is the Gematria 26. The Gematria of the Word כָּבֵד Caw Bayd meaning  heavily burdened is also 26. The Letters of the Word כַּבֵּד Cah Bayd, meaning to honor are also the same spelling. The vowels are different so the pronunciation is different. 


י-ה-ו-ה

The Lord

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26


כָּבֵד

Burden down

כ20 ב2 ד4 = 26


יודו

Yoh Doo / Tp praise, to offer thanksgiving

י10 ו6 ד4 ו6 = 26

It is also interesting to note that the names of the Matriarchs and the Patriarchs combined have 26 letters.

אברהם = 5 

יצחק = 4

יעקב = 4 

שרה = 3

רבקה = 4

רחל = 3

לאה = 3

_______


26 


We must ask ourself, what burdens me? Mystically Abraham was burdened with The Lord. Abraham did not seek wealth or honor. Abraham sought The Lord.  Yet Abraham did not consider these a burden. And it is not 'JUST' that Abraham  was burdened with the Lord, i.e burdened with being hospitable, daily Torah study, daily prayer daily education of others IT WAS HOW Abraham went about being burdened with the Lord. 


Our Matriarchs and Patriarchs left us a good path to follow right to the Altar of The Lord...

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Exodus 6.2 - 9.35


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Exodus 6.2

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עַתָּה תִרְאֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶעֱשֶׂה לְפַרְעֹה כִּי בְיָד חֲזָקָה יְשַׁלְּחֵם וּבְיָד חֲזָקָה יְגָרֲשֵׁם מֵאַרְצוֹ1:1


And The Lord Said to Moses, soon you will see what [I will do to] Pharaoh. For with [My] strong hand [he will] send them out and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.


Exodus 6.3

וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהוָֹה1:1


And He, God Spoke to Moses, And He Said to him, I am The Lord.


Exodus 6.4

וָאֵרָא אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אֶל־יִצְחָק וְאֶל־יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהֹוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם1:1


And [ I ] Appeared to Abraham, to Jacob and to Issac as God Almighty and not by My Name The Lord. [I] did not reveal to them.


The Word נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee means 'reveal'. The Gematria of נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee is 540

נוֹדַעְתִּי

Noh Dah Tee

נ50 ו6 ד4 ע70 ת400 י 10 = 540


שָׁמַר

Shaw Mahr

To Guard

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


A revelation from God is very special. We must carefully guard revelations. We have to be careful not to loose what we have. We have to be careful to keep the rust off the revelations the Creator Gives us. His revelations are precious to us. My Rabbi once spoke to me. He said, 'Akiva, do you know how fortunate you are? You have heard the Voice of God at least four times. I have never heard the Voice of God. I envy you!! You are truly Blessed!' He is right!


Dear Reader the Torah portion of the Bible was given to Moses by the Voice of God. The Torah is a revelation of God! No other Book of the Bible was spoken to the Writer Word for Word. In this chapter we are going to review how God [singular] Spoke these Words.


The Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural. אֱלֹהִים means gods when it is not used in reference to God as Judge or Creator. Even though the Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is ALWAYS used as singular when reference is made to God as Creator. Why? אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem our Creator is One. The Name אֱלֹהִים is singular in Exodus 6,3. The Name אֱלֹהִים is always used with the singular intent when used in reference to God.


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 14

Genesis 14.1 - 24

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Bereisheit 14.1

וַיְהִי בִּימֵי אַמְרָפֶל מֶלֶךְ־שִׁנְעָר אַרְיוֹךְ מֶלֶךְ אֶלָּסָר

כְּדָרְלָעֹמֶר מֶלֶךְ עֵילָם וְתִדְעָל מֶלֶךְ גּוֹיִם1:1


Genesis 14.1

And it happened in the days Ahm Raw Phel, king of Shinar...


Who is אַמְרָפֶל מֶלֶךְ־שִׁנְעָר Ahm Raw Phel, king of Shinar? We address this by reviewing Genesis 10.8 Here Ha Torah states, Cush had a son who was named נִמְרֹד Nimrod. In verse 10 Nimrod is identified as being the king in the land of Shinar. Once we put the pieces of these verses together we learn that Nimrod is Ahm Raw Phel.


Why did he change his name from Nimrod to Ahm Raw Phel?


When we examine the name נִמְרֹד Nimrod we observe the first three letters as נ Nun מ Mem ר Reish. They are the three-letter Shoresh / root of the word Nimrod. Naw Mayr means tiger, leopard. When the ו Vav and the ד Dalet are added to Naw Mayr the meaning changes slightly to one who hunts like a tiger or hunter. נִמְרוֹד with the Letter Vav is often how Nimrod is spelled. Today we do not think of a hunter as one who hunts like a tiger yet that is the etymology of the word from Ha Torah for Nimrod. Reuben Alcalay, The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary {Chemed Books Massada 1990} p 1646


Dear Ones, I have observed that the letter י Yud which has the Gematria of ten often has the effect of added strength. When the Letter Yud is added to a word Strength is added. When the Letter Yud is removed from a word strength is removed from that word. As we study the Hebrew of Ha Torah please keep this in mind. I mention this because when we add the Yud to Naw Mayr, meaning tiger, leopard we get Ni May Ree, meaning tigerish or tiger like. The significance of this is that the Gematria of Vav and Dalet combined equal the Yud. So it appears as though the Vav and Dalet added to Naw Mayr have an impact similar to that of the Yud. The Gematria of Nimrod meaning One who hunts like a tiger and the Gematria of Ni May Ree meaning tigerish or tiger-like are each the Gematria of 300.


Nimrod meaning hunter

נ50 מ40 ר200 ו6 ד4 = 300


Ni May Ree meaning tigerish or tiger like

נ50 מ40 ר200 י10 = 300


Inclination

י10 צ90 ר200 = 300


Humans have two inclinations a טוב Tov meaning good and an רע rah meaning evil. Our inclinations can be tiger like...


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Exodus 10.1 - 13.16


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Shemot 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 


Exodus 10.1-2

And He, The Lord Said to Moses, Go to Pharaoh; for I have Strengthened 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; 


And that you may relate [tell in book format] 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.


Gematria Motel

[Regular Gematria + the number of total Letters]


וּלְמַעַן תְּסַפֵּר

Voo Lih Mah Ahn - Tih Sah Payr

And to Teach / Relate from a Book


ו6 ל30 מ40 ע70 ן50   -   ת400 ס60 פ80 ר200 = 936

945 = 935 + 9 Holy Letters [ולמען תספר]


Shemot 10.20

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


Exodus 10.20

And The Lord Strengthened everything from Aleph to Tav of Pharaoh's heart, and he did not send out anything from The Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the people of Israel.


וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה


וַיְחַזֵּק יְהוָֹה

Vih Yih Chah Zayk HaShem

And He, The Lord Strengthened

ו6 י10 ח8 ז7 ק100  -  י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 157


אֶת־לֵב פַּרְעֹה

Eht Lahv Pharaoh

Everything From The Letter Aleph To The Letter Tav

Of Pharaoh's Heart

א1 ת400 ל30 ב2  -  פ80 ר200 ע70 ה5 =  788


945 = 157 + 788


Deuteronomy 6.12

Beware lest you forget The Lord, who Brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.


Pharaoh was steeped in hard denial. Not only was he unwilling to acknowledge his sin of oppressing B'nei Israel, he increased the level of oppression. Pharaoh also denied the existence of God. 

Throughout this parshat we are constantly reminded that Pharaoh's heart was hard, that his heart remained set in preventing B'nei Israel from worshipping The Lord! His denial was a public denial! It was a sin against The Lord and against His people. B'nei Israel! 

He ordered his officers to afflict B'nei Israel! At each turn in the course of events, The Lord Tells Moses to remind Pharaoh and the people of Egypt.


'...that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:5 


'By this you will know that I am The Lord...' Exodus 7:17 


'...You will know that there is none like The Lord, our G-d..' Exodus 8:6

 '...You will know that I am The Lord in the midst of the earth...' Exodus 8:18


'This is what The Lord The God of the Hebrews has said...' Exodus 9:1


'...so that you may KNOW that there is none like Me in all the earth.'  Exodus 9:14 


'...so that My Name will be declared throughout the earth.' Exodus 9:16


Long before this point, the end of the fifth plague, Pharaoh knew! Yet, he continued in his ways of sinful disobedience of The Lord's Commands. There are those who know what The Lord has Commanded yet in outright denial they continue in their pattern of sin. Their conclusion will be like that of Pharaoh and Egypt. They will cross the line as Pharaoh did. Pharaoh reached a place where he was no longer was able to control his own heart... his thoughts... his actions... The Torah tells us that God took control of them. God hardened his heart!  When Pharaoh had a choice he chose to oppress B'nei Israel. He chose to continue in his pattern of disobedience. He chose to continue his denial of The Lord. He crossed the line that no one should cross. He could not return. This is the danger of the one hardened in denial of The Lord and His Commands!!


Holy reader, a staff member at JewishPath posed this question: Can't a Jew return from wherever they are, from however far they have fallen? Isn't the Jewish light an eternal light? Well, the answer is Yes and No! Yes in the sense that it is possible. Yes in the sense that The Lord can draw anyone to him. However in the practical sense, No! Don't be fooled! When a tree is young it is flexible but when it is old the flexibility is gone. If it bends too much it will break. This should serve as a caution to us not to live on the outer perimeters of Judaism where God forbid, one's lifestyle may prevent one from repentance...

One may think that eventually they may change their mind, BUT that is not necessarily true.  Those like Pharaoh, who cross the line, or those who live on the outer perimeters may go to far. It is a very scary, dangerous place to dangle with one's life! I don't like this type of teeter.


When I was a child my Father, may he rest in peace, would give an illustration to the children at youth camp. He had a bundle of sticks that were smooth and dried out. He picked these sticks up along a beach in the San Francisco Area. He also had several freshly cut Aspen branches. Daddy showed the children how flexible the young Aspen branches were.  He would bend them in every direction with out breaking a branch. He show how stiff and how unforgiving the smooth dried sticks, he found along the ocean were. He could not bend them at all. Daddy made the comparison.  Daddy explained that when we are young we can go in many directions.  Then he taught, when we are older, we will be hardened. We will not be able to go in many directions.  He explained that now was the time to let God shape our lives. Then, again reminding us many years later it would be difficult, and possible impossible, because we would be to set in out ways. 


Ecclesiastes 7.13

Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, what He Has Made crooked?


Each of us should remember The Lord Who delivered us from Egypt and be careful to walk in His ways...

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 15

Genesis 15.1 - 21

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Dear Reader, there is a great deal that happens in Genesis 15 which is especially known as the 'Covenant between the Pieces.' Avram is seventy years old. Sarai is Sixty years old. This was in year 2,018 From Creation. It was their 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 Sarai 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 would be strangers in a land that is not their's and 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 טוֹבָה1:1


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.'


Let's examine the mysticism of Children.


Bereisheit 15.1

אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד1:1


Genesis 15.1

After these Words, it happened the Word of The Lord came to Avram in a vision [in an ecstatic state] saying, 'Fear not Avram, I am your shield. Your reward is very great'.


Listen, Avram was an astrologer. He could see in the stars that he as Avram and his wife as Sarai would not have children.


בַּמַּחֲזֶה

Our Sages Teach that there are ten designations for prophecy, 

[ נָבוֹאָה ].

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Gematria Shemot Beshalach 4

Exodus 13.17 - 17.16


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Exodus 15.22

וַיַּסַּע מֹשֶׁה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִיַּם־סוּף וַיֵּצְאוּ אֶל־מִדְבַּר־שׁוּר וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁלֹשֶׁת־יָמִים בַּמִּדְבָּר וְלֹא־מָצְאוּ מָיִם1:1


So Moses brought everything from Aleph to Tav of Yisrael from the Sea of Reeds, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.


וַיָּבֹאוּ מָרָתָה וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לִשְׁתֹּת מַיִם מִמָּרָה כִּי מָרִים הֵם עַל־כֵּן קָרָא־שְׁמָהּ מָרָה1:1

Exodus 15.23

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore its name was called Marah.

They came to Marah expecting one thing but got another. The intention of B'nei Israel was to find water, what they got was bitter water.


The Gematria for Marah is 245.


מָרָה

Bitter

מ40 ר200 ה5 = 245


מהר

Moh Hahr

Contract price, to hurry,

מ40 ה5 ר200 = 245


Hah Mayr

המר

Change

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


המר

Hay Mar

Embitter / Permute

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


המר

Haw Mayr

Alterations Rearrangements

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


רככה

Roo Chi Chawh

Softness / Tenderness

ר200 כ20 כ20 ה5 = 245


באברם

Bih Avram

Through With Avram

ב2 א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 245


Dear ones, it is so easy to get caught up in the emotion of the minute. B'nei Israel just experienced the greatest military victory of their lives. The greatest, most feared army of Egypt had just been annihilated. They watched as the waters came crashing down on horse, chariot and rider. They observed as foot soldier, sergeant and captain drowned in the Yam Suf / the Reed Sea. They saw their once feared tormenters eliminated in an instant, never to bother them again. Under such circumstances it is extremely difficult not to get caught up in the singing and rejoicing. After all, this was a very great victory. This was a powerful deliverance by The Lord.


The same can be said for tragedy. On the morning of 9-11 I was preparing to leave for work when the phone rang. The caller was our son. He stated, "Turn on your television, Avie. The World Trade Center has just been hit by a terrorist plane." I turned on the television and watched. Soon my ride to work arrived at the door. He came in. I asked if he had heard the news. He said, "What news?" I invited him to join me. We sat their stunned as the events of the day unfolded. We decided to not go to work that day. We watched for hours....


Holy reader, it is easy to get caught up in festivities and in tragedies. We must be careful. While we need to rejoice and mourn we must still remain constant in our observance of Torah study. If we allow ourselves to be drawn away or permit ourselves to be attracted to something other than what it is we should be doing, we may be endangering our own existence. This is what happened to B'nei Israel in Parshat Beshalach. This is what can and occasionally may happen to us. We must be careful.


In all the rejoicing, B'nei Israel neglected to study The Torah for three days. Their neglect immediately resulted in the evaporation of their entire water supply. B'nei Israel went for three days without water and without studying The Torah. Their rejoicing almost immediately turned into tragedy. Over three million people were in need of water. The mothers, children and fathers needed water. Millions of sheep and cattle needed water. The vast herds grew weak. Everyone was searching for water. No one could find water. Things were quickly becoming desperate.


The point is being constant in times of rejoicing and tragedy. The point is remaining constant in all types of weather. This is why our Sages instituted the reading of Torah on Shabbat, Monday and Thursday so B'nei Israel would never again go three days without Torah study. You see we became so involved in a good thing... a great deliverance... a great victory... a powerful miracle that we neglected a very important thing, our Torah study.


So even though there are times that by accident or need we are drawn away from our important responsibilities of studying Torah, during each day our sages have placed a guard... a fence... a protection in our path to protect us from the bitter waters. That guard is consistency. It is good to rise at the same time each day. It is good to study at the same time each day. It is good to pray at the same time each day. In other words, it is important to develop a life built on consistency. I refer to this as digging a rut. When a Jew has deep ruts to follow throughout life it is much easier. There is nothing wrong in hugging deep ruts. They keep us consistent. They keep up us in place, God Willing, the right place. What I am saying is that for the observant Jew there is always a place that we are supposed to be and normally that is good. The problem erupts when we get out of our rut. Emergencies, vacations, meetings all have the potential of drawing us away from where we are supposed to be and away from what we should be doing. As an author of parshat studies each week, I must carefully guard my time. Studying, preparation and writing require many hours each week. I spend hours at work each week and driving between home and work. Each day begins with prayer. The night normally concludes with supper before bedtime and prayer. The days are long. The nights are short. Every minute of the day is scheduled in some form.


Dear Reader it does not matter how high one can climb. One can fall just as far. These principles are not for you alone but for me also. They are for all of us. One of the guards or fences the Rabbis strongly encourage is living in a Jewish Community. I did not use the word Orthodox for a purpose. Live next door to Jews. Live across the street from Jews. Live down the block from Jews. I appreciate the wisdom of living in a community. Several of the great mistakes in my life have been living outside the Jewish Community. Choose a community that is large enough to allow for some privacy. Choose a community with choices of many congregations. If it is not possible to live in a community then associate closely with the community. Attend studies, events, social gatherings daily prayer and Sabbath services when possible. Remember the waters of Marah were bitter but Ha Torah is sweet.


Psalms 19.8 - 12

The Torah of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward.


If we make the right changes we can avoid a lot of bitterness.

One Sabbath, while camping near Triangle Circle, about 26 miles up in the mountains above New Castle, Colorado, several family members took a hike. It was intended to be a short hike. We could not carry. It did not turn out that way. We refers to this hike as the Nine Mile Hike. We do not know how long it actually was. However, hours later by the time we found our way back to camp we were very thirsty.


I saw this water bottle lying there. I was very thirsty. I picked it up and removed the cap. I began to drink. I rinsed my mouth. After a couple of gulps I spit the rest out. PHEW!! Have you ever opened a plastic water bottle that has been sitting in the sun for a long time? Not only is it hot but it has a horrible taste. I can only imagine what it was like for B'nei Yisroel after traveling three days without water and then to see this wonderful looking oasis with what appeared to be refreshing water. Can you imagine bending down to drink this water? Can you imagine how awful the water tasted. B'nei Yisroel could not drink the water because it was so bitter.


We allowed our good intended walk to take us away from where we need to be. We allowed our walk to place us in a difficult place.


A friend from the Jewish Community stopped by my place of employment. During our brief conversation he asked, "Akiva, what day do you have off?" I responded, "Truthfully, only Shabbat!"


Dear ones, I remember the words of a Teacher who studied with me. He said something to the effect of, 'Akiva, there is never a time for a Jew to let his hair down. We are always suppose to be aware of God's Presence.' A Jew should always be somewhere. That somewhere is planned. That somewhere is prepared. That somewhere is deliberate. Unfortunately, B'nei Israel allowed themselves to be drawn out of that consistent cycle that my teacher spoke of. We must guard our constancy. May The Lord bless us with being great rut huggers!


We must be careful to fill our cups with The Torah several times a week. We must stay true to our agreements. Our actions God Willing will keep our water delightful...

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 16

Genesis 16.1 - 16

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Bereisheit 16.1

וְשָׂרַי אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם לֹא יָלְדָה לוֹ וְלָהּ שִׁפְחָה מִצְרִית וּשְׁמָהּ הָגָר1:1


Genesis 16.1

And Sarai, the wife of Avram, had no children and she had a Egyptian maid servant and her name was Hagar.


At this time Sarai was 75 years of Age and Avraham was 85 years of age. Ha Torah Says Avram was 99 and Yishmael was 13 at the time of their Brit Milah. 13 from 99 equals 86. Avram was 86 when Yishmael was born and 85 when Yishmael was conceived, Genesis 17.24,25.


Bereisheit 16.2

וַתֹּאמֶר שָׂרַי אֶל־אַבְרָם הִנֵּה־נָא עֲצָרַנִ יְהוָֹה מִלֶּדֶת בֹּא־נָא אֶל־שִׁפְחָתִי אוּלַי אִבָּנֶה מִמֶּנָּה וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָם לְקוֹל שָׂרָי


Genesis 16.2

And She, Sarai Said to Avram, Behold! Now! The Lord Has Constrained me from having children. Go, now to my maid servant, it maybe you can build [through her] and he, Avram listened to the voice of Sarai.


I was seeking a ladies perspective on the words וַיִּשְׁמַע אַבְרָם לְקוֹל שָׂרָי so I asked my wife, Brachah Rivkah what her perspective was on these words. Brachah Rivkah wrote several comments:


'Sarai was influenced by the customs of the time and the people whom they were surrounded by.' Society influence's us.


'She Saw that The Lord was restraining her from becoming pregnant because of some failing within her. The act of selflessness was meant to obtain favor from The Lord and in someway "atone" for her failing. Was she right to do this? Should she have waited? I think most people believe she should have waited. But Sarai did not want barriers in her relationship to The Lord. so Sarai took Hagar and gave her to Avram. He did not take Hagar. He received her from Sarai...'


What are your thoughts on this matter?


My close friend Yochanan and I were discussing these words. Yochanan felt like one has to see beyond the words sometimes. He felt like Avram should have prayed about Sarai's Words. He should have talked to The Lord like he did in Genesis 21.12. There we observe several changes. First the words are not לְקוֹל שָׂרָי meaning, 'listen to her voice.'


They are תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ meaning, 'Sarai, She Said to him, hear meaning in the words.' In other words hear what my heart is saying.


I think this means, hear what is in Sarai's heart... what is in Sarai's mind. Hear the intent of Sarai and not just what she is saying. Don't listen just to the words. Listen to her intent. In Genesis 16.2 Avram listened to the Words Sarai Said. A full month in the Jewish calendar, is thirty days. This is equal to the Letter Lamid.


The moon and its cycle of birth and death are a symbol of rebirth every thirty days. In the sefirot there are ten attributes. Each attribute is an emanation of The Lord God. We study the attributes to learn how to be more like our Creator. One of the ten attributes is Malchut, meaning kingdom. Malchut embodies King David in that he is a King that descended from the kingly tribe of Yehudah / Judah. How? The Gematria of יְהוּדָה Yehudah is 30.


יְהוּדָה

Yehudah

י10 ה5 ו6 ד4 ה5 = 30


This is mystically representative of the Letter ל Lamid and of the month's renewal. In קידוש לבנה which is the service of blessing the new moon we exclaim:


וְלַלְּבָנָה אָמַר שֶׁתִּתְחַדֵּשׁ. עֲטֶרֶת תִּפְאֶרֶת לַעֲמוּסֵי בָטֶן שֶׁהֵם עֲתִידִים לְהִתְחַדֵּשׁ כְּמותָהּ. וּלְפָאֵר לְיוצְרָם עַל שֵׁם כְּבוד מַלְכוּתו: 
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' מְחַדֵּשׁ חֳדָשִׁים1:1

And He Said of the moon, that it should renew itself like a crown of splendor, as those that are borne [by Him] from the womb, those who are destined to renew themselves [each month] like [like the moon] and to glorify their Creator for the sake of His Glorious Kingdom. Blessed are You Lord Who Renews the months. The Shottenstein Edition Siddur for Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. first edition 2002) p 456


An Adult woman has a monthly cycle. The basic, physically cycle is connected to the lunar month which is the basis of the Jewish calendar.


All of this is represented by the Letter Lamid. Now we connect the Lamid to the voice of Sarai. It is לְקוֹל שָׂרָי which means 'listen to the voice [heart] of Sarai. This is the issue that men have. Husbands listen to the voice of their wife without hearing or understanding what the wife's heart is saying. I think this is why The Lord used the Letter ב Bet in Genesis 21.12 when Speaking with Avraham.


Bereisheit 21.12

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אַל־יֵרַע בְּעֵינֶיךָ עַל־הַנַּעַר וְעַל־אֲמָתֶךָ כֹּל אֲשֶׁר תֹּאמַר אֵלֶיךָ שָׂרָה שְׁמַע בְּקֹלָהּ כִּי בְיִצְחָק יִקָּרֵא לְךָ זָרַע1:1


Genesis 21.12

And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your slave; in all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called.


We see in this Verse the Letter bet three times. Is this an indication that Avraham did not want to see... that Avraham did not want to listen... than Avraham wanted to share between Yishmael and Yitzchok? I don't know. However it is clear that Avraham was torn by what Sarah said. Avraham's heart was crushed. His heart was torn!


I think the point is for men not just to listen to their wife's voice but to hear what is in her heart. The Letter ל Lamid and ב Bet spell לב Lav meaning 'heart'. What is my wife communicating. So, if Avram had heard the heart of Sarah it would not have mattered that Sarai brought Hagar to him to be a wife to give him children. It would not have mattered that this was the custom of society the community. Why? Men must listen to the heart of their wife. The wife says the proper things, the expected thing. Yet the heart may not always agree with the voice. The voice of the wife attempts to put up a good front. The voice of the wife attempts to be pleasing to her husband. Many times a wife says what she thinks her husband whats her to say. The husband must go beyond the voice of his wife to hear her heart. In other words we could ask, is the husband seeking a rubber stamp from his wife? Such an action is normally not the best choice. Although the husband is listening to his Wife's Words he listens with blindness. He is not listening to her heart. The Gematria of לְקוֹל שָׂרָי Lih Kohl Sarai is 676. The Gematria of עוֹרֹת Oh Roht Blindness is also 676.


לְקוֹל שָׂרָי

Lih Kohl Sarai

To hear Sarai's voice

ל30 ק100 ו6 ל30 ש300 ר200 י10 = 676


עוֹרֹת

Oh Roht

Blindness

ע70 ו6 ר200 ת400 = 676

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Gematria Shemot Yitro 5

Exodus 18.1 - 20.23


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Shemot 18.1

וַיִּשְׁמַע יִתְרוֹ כֹהֵן מִדְיָן חֹתֵן מֹשֶׁה

אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אֱלֹהִים לְמֹשֶׁה

וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל עַמּוֹ כִּי־הוֹצִיא יְהוָֹה

אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִמִּצְרָיִם: ב


Exodus 18.1

When Yitro / Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, and that the Lord had brought everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Israel out of Egypt...


Our Sages say that Parshat Yitro was added in honor of Moses's father-in-law. This parshat was named after Yitro. It expresses his wisdom and powerful contribution to our system of justice in the Torah. Yitro was a man who understood government, politics and justice. He was Priest of Midian. He was a consultant to Pharaoh. And then he was an advisor to Moses our teacher. Yitro was a convert to Judaism. He was a spiritual leader of Midian. It is for these reasons and others that this week's Parshat was named after him. In fact within our Torah there are only a few Parshot named after people: Noach, Chayei Sarah, Yitro, Korach, Balak and Pinchas. As a result we should begin to sense how very special Yitro is.


We are informed that Yitro had seven names: Re'uel, Yesser, Yitro, Chovev, Chever, Keini and Putiel.

The letter ו Vav represents a connection from Yeter to Yitro to the Torah! The ו Vav also represents a connection that a non Jew makes when he / she converts to Judaism. The non Jew receives a Hebrew name. The letter ו Vav is added to Yeter after his conversion thus becoming Yitro. In other words, it is somewhat comparable to adding the letter ה Hey to Torah. When we add the letter ה Hey to Torah it represents an article. So Torah becomes "The Torah." We now compare the Gematria of Yitro with "The Torah." Both are the Gematria 616.


יִתְרוֹ

Yitro

י10 ת400 ר200 ו6 = 616



הַתּוֹרָה

Torah

ה5 ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 616


 דִּבַּרְתִּי 

Dee Bah Rih Tee / To say... To speak

ד4 ב2 ר200 ת400 י10 = 616


The Gematria 616 expresses the full acceptance of "The Torah" by Yitro. How fitting for the man who contributed to our system of justice in The Torah!


In addition to this, the Gematria 616 is 'MYSTICAL' in the sense that it represents acceleration, the increase, the uplifting of one's day. We see this in the Gematria Godal of Yom, meaning 'Day'. The normal Gematria of day is 56 but when we use the Gematria Miluy Godal, we so to speak elevate the day, i.e the normal Gematria transcends to Gematria Godal 616! Our day takes on a 'GREATNESS'. Can one think of a higher form of elevation than the day one converts or returns to Torah observance?


Holy reader, B'nei Israel had fallen to the 49th level while they were slaves in Egypt. They were only one level from the very lowest level.  Our Sages Say there were three reasons they did not fall to the lowest level which may have prevented their return. One of those reasons was that they kept their Hebrew names. They used their Hebrew identity! It is our Hebrew Name that has essence. It is our Hebrew Name that is scribed in the book of Life. When Yeter converted to Judaism his name was changed to Yitro. Can we imagine what it is like to have a name that shares the Gematria with Ha Torah?

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 17

Genesis 17.1 - 27

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The Perfection Of Abraham


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When does Avram's name change?

Avram is ninety-six years old and his name is still Avram. In Passuk Hey / Verse 5 Avram's name is changed to Avraham.


Bereisheit 17.1

וַיְהִי אַבְרָם בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה וְתֵשַׁע שָׁנִים וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי־אֵל שַׁדַּי הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי וֶהְיֵה תָמִים1:1


Genesis 17.1

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.


When we write about the perfection of Avram aren't we really writing about the perfection of each of us? Aren't we really writing about each of us walking before our Creator as The Lord God Instructed Avraham to do? So when I ask questions about what the Lord Meant isn't that directed to a personal level for each of us?


What did The Lord Mean when He Said to Avram, 'Walk before Me and be Perfect' ? Notice the last Word of the Passuk.


תָמִים Taw Meem means honest, innocent, harmless, upright, naive, whole, full, complete, entire, flawless and unblemished...


The Word Taw Meem occurs 54 times in Ha Tenach. The first occurrence is Genesis 6.9 when Ha Torah States 'Noach was flawless in his generation.' The second occurrence of Taw Meem is here in Genesis 17.2. The Gematria of Taw Meem is 490.


In Genesis 15.2 Avram was 70 years old. Ha Torah Records Avram's statement, It is interesting that the tenth Word is עֲרִירִי Ah Ree Ree, meaning childless. The Gematria of עֲרִירִי Ah Ree Ree meaning: childless is 490.


Bereisheit 15.2

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם אֲדֹנָי יֱהוִֹה מַה־תִּתֶּן־לִי וְאָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ עֲרִירִי וּבֶן־מֶשֶׁק בֵּיתִי הוּא דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר1:1


Genesis 15.2

And Abram said, Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?


Avram's contention in Genesis 15.2 was 'Lord You have not given me children.' In last chapter's discussion of Genesis 16, Sarai, Avram's wife, had a similar contention. Sarai Said, 'The Lord has restrained me [Sarai] from having children.' Chronologically Genesis 16 is 15 years past Genesis 15.2.


In Genesis 16 Sarai gave Avram her handmaiden, Hagar. Avram was 85 years old at the time. A year later when Avram was 86 years old Yishmael is born. Something changes. Avram is no longer childless. Yet, Sarai remains childless.


תָמִים

Taw Meem / Perfect

ת400 מ40 י10 ם40 = 490


עֲרִירִי

Ah Ree Ree / Childless

ע70 ר200 י10 ר200 י10 = 490


What is the connection between these two Gematrias? What does not having children and walking perfect before The Lord possibly indicate? What did Avram lack? What do we lack? Do children bring about perfection? Do children bring about trials which may lead to perfection? Don't parents look back as grandparents and often say something like wish I knew what I know now today about raising children? I would have done things differently... think of the Words 'Walk before Me'.  This indicates that before a husband and his wife bring children into the world they should work on them selves first so there home