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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
The Holiness Of The Name Of The Lord God
Idolatry Is Prohibited
Caring For The Holy Name
Dear Ones stop for a minute and think about the Holiness of G-d's Name. Do any of us really understand what it means to be holy. Do any of us think we can understand the degree to which G-d's Name is Holy? We may think we can perceive the Holiness of G-d's Name but we cannot. We can understand concepts that assist us in formulating some awareness of what holiness maybe, yet for the most part we do not know what Holiness is.
Try to imagine this. For a short time let's imagine that our Creator's Holiness is like a quarter of a degree measuring point on a 360 degree circle. This would mean there would be 1,440 quarter degree marks. Now image that the circle is entirely black. Imagine that you are going to draw a white line straight to the edge of the circle. Our Sages Call this Tzimtzum, Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 p xxii.
Our Sages Say this is somewhat like what our Creator did. The circle is like the universe. The white line is like our Creator who withdrew this tiny portion of himself from the entire circle. The white line is like 1/1440th part of the circle. Everything within our universe functions within this tiny area. Our Creator Withdrew a huge portion of himself from this area. Why was it necessary for our Creator to withdraw Himself? Our Creator's Presence is so Holy that no one could survive. It is like our Creator greatly reduced Himself in this area so we can live and function.
Dear Ones what we know about the Holiness of Our Creator's Name is many levels and multiply greatness's above our ability to know. Having said this, we have a specific teaching at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC, that we try to Observe to honor our Creator's Holy Name on a level we can understand. It takes real work to honor the Creator's Holy Name. Here are a few mundane examples.
We wear a covering on our head when we say a Brachah / a Blessing in which we say the Creator's Name. Our Sages Teach that a hat or scarf used to cover one's head is a form of humility. Why? To answer this question, I must explain that our Sages assign Ten Emanations to our Creator. One of the emanations is Keter, meaning crown. Keter is representative of the Mind of G-d. Our head is the Keter to our body. We were created sinless. So what happens when we sin? Our body needs a covering because G-d's Presence which covered us departed. Was our sin intellectual reasoning to a degree? We listened to the serpent. We listened to the serpent's reasoning. We made an intellectual choice that resulted in sinning. Why would humans eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil? The point is that G-d who did not sin does not need a covering for the Keter. However we who are human need a covering for our Keter. We intellectually sin. We need to cover our Keter. We need to be humble. A holy person covers their Keter. A holy person does not speak the Creator's Name without a covering for their head.
In the morning we rinse our mouth out before we speak the Creator's Name in a Blessing. We try to wash out the unpleasant taste in our mouth. Why? The Creator is Holy. Our mouth is not holy. James wrote, No man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly, evil, and full of deadly poison. With our tongue we bless our Creator, and with our tongue we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of G-d. So how is it that out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing... Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh, James 3:8-12.
We separate our upper body from our lower body with a gartel, a belt, elastic. Why? We separate our lower body from our upper body because we release excrements from the lower body.
We do not repeat the Holy Name in a place that is unclean like a bathroom . In fact, we do not actually say the Holy Name. We build fences around the Holy Name. We say Adoni [Master] in prayer in place of the Holy Name. We say HaShem in place of Adoni in daily use. Only the Kohen Gadol actually says the Holy Name on Yom Kippur. When we write the Holy Name we place a dash to alter the spelling of the Holy Name so that the Holy Name is altered. We alter the Holy Name so if an individual is careless they will not be guilty of disrespecting the Holy Name. If one were to make a mistake while using the Creator's Name while saying a Blessing they would say, Brauch Shame Kovod Mal Choo To Lil Oh Lam Vih Ed.
We do not place any book on top of a Chumash? The Chumash houses the Holy Name in print. If we were to drop the Chumash or a Siddur, G-d Forbid, we would pick it up and kiss it. Why? Because everything about our Creator is extremely Holy. We take all these precautions and many more because the Creator's Name is Holy.
Now, can anyone image the sinful act of blaspheming the Holy Name?
This is also why we do not say unkind words. We try to keep our mouth holy and pure. This is why hateful and offensive speech is not wise. This is why cursing is vile. This is why cussing is a bad thing to do. It is so important for us to keep our mouth holy! We are not to speak anything derogatory about others even when it's true. Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, Guard Your Tongue, (Brooklyn, New York, 1975) p 29
Dear Ones what is it like if we treat a Holy Book like any other book? In your eyes, would that be like treating the Holy Name as if it were common?
The Christian Testament writers note several rants that Jesus went on where he called Holy Men and Men in Holy positions horrible names. I cannot tell you how forbidden this is. Even if every word Jesus said were true about these men IT WOULD STILL BE FORBIDDEN!! Saying something vile about another person is a sin! This is termed loshon hora. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 155
Consider Matthew 23.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
23 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe,[a] that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, 'Rabbi, Rabbi.' 8 But you, do not be called 'Rabbi'; for One is your Teacher, the Christ,[b] and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.[c]
15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.
16 "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.' 17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies[d] the gold? 18 And, 'Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.' 19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells[e] in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.[f] 26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, 'If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.'
31 "Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' guilt. 33 Serpents, brood of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
We continue our discussion with the second audio, Idolatry Is Prohibited!
Dear Ones this is sinning with the mouth. We must be careful not to say horrible things even if they may be true. It is sin!!
In our second Audio we discuss how humankind began to call idols gods. Idolatry began after the birth of Enosh.
וּלְשֵׁת גַּם־הוּא יֻלַּד־בֵּן וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמוֹ אֱנוֹשׁ אָז הוּחַל לִקְרֹא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה:1
אֱנוֹשׁ means severe, serious, mortal, man, human,
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bore a son, and called his name Seth; For God, said she, has appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh; then began men to call idols by the Lord's Name.
We could say it like this:
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name 357; then began men to call idols by the Lord's Name.
In Bereisheit 28.11 we read of Yaakov / Jacob reaching the place. Ha Torah Says,
וַיִּפְגַּע בַּמָּקוֹם וַיָּלֶן שָׁם כִּי־בָא הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ וַיִּקַּח מֵאַבְנֵי הַמָּקוֹם וַיָּשֶׂם מְרַאֲשֹׁתָיו וַיִּשְׁכַּב בַּמָּקוֹם הַהוּא1 : 1
And he reached a certain place, and remained there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
א1 נ50 ו6 ש300 = 357
וַיִּפְגַּע בַּמָּקוֹם / He Reached a certain Place
ו6 י10 פ80 ג3 ע70 ב2 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 =357
Mystically Enosh is a marker. Just as when Yaakov reached a certain place Enosh reached a certain place. Ha Torah uses this place Enosh reached as a chronological marker to when idolatry began.
And Adam lived a hundred and thirty years, and fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth;
And Seth lived a hundred and five years, and fathered Enosh;
When we add the periods of time of 130 years and of 105 years we arrive at 235 years From Creation when idolatry began. This is significant. Mystically we learn the outcome of idolatries. The end is destruction!
וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים לְנֹחַ קֵץ כָּל־בָּשָׂר בָּא לְפָנַי כִּי־מָלְאָה הָאָרֶץ חָמָס מִפְּנֵיהֶם וְהִנְנִי מַשְׁחִיתָם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ:99ד
And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
המקץ / The end of
ה5 מ40 ק100 ץ90 = 235
We learn that when idolatry began that it was the end for those who were idolatrous.
In Bereisheit 8.3 HaTorah Says, 'After the end'. referring to after the destruction of the world. It was after the destruction of the idolaters.
וַיָּשֻׁבוּ הַמַּיִם מֵעַל הָאָרֶץ הָלוֹךְ וָשׁוֹב וַיַּחְסְרוּ הַמַּיִם מִקְצֵה
1:1חֲמִשִּׁים וּמְאַת יוֹם
After the end
מ40 ק100 צ90 ה5 = 235
Worship belongs to the Creator. Our adoration is for the Creator. Our devotion, our praise our exaltation is for the Creator. How do we know this? Tehilim / Psalms 150.1 Says,
1: 1הַלְלוּיָהּ ׀ הַלְלוּ־אֵל בְּקָדְשׁוֹ הַלְלוּהוּ בִּרְקִיעַ עֻזּוֹ
Hallelujah! Sing to the Lord a new song, and his praise is sounded in the congregation of the pious.
הַלְלוּיָהּ Praise The Lord
ה5 ל30 ל30 ו6 י1- ה5 = 86
הַלְלוּיָהּ ׀ הַלְלוּ עַבְדֵי יְהֹוָה הַלְלוּ אֶת־שֵׁם יְהֹוָה
Hallelujah! Praise, O you servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Dear Ones it is our 'SERVICE' to praise the Lord. We were created to praise the Lord. Let them praise the name of the Lord; for he Commanded, and they were created, Tehilim 148.5.
Our point is that the Lord God is to be Praise and no other.
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to you, and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever, Tehilim 30.12,13.
Whoever offers praise glorifies me; and to him who orders his way [conversation] a right I will show the salvation of God, Tehilim 50.23.
You are my God, and I will praise you; you are my God, I will exalt you. O give thanks to the Lord; for he is good; for his loving kindness endures for ever, Tehilim 118.28,29.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the lyre to our God; Tehilim 147.7.
Dear Ones we were Created to offer Praise to The Lord God. If we take our praise and offer it to another that is stealing. If we withhold our praise that is also stealing. So as we have disgusted it is so important to keep our conversation pure so we can offer the Holy Praises to The Lord God.
May our Creator Bless us with a strong desire to worship Him and encourage us to offer Praiseful Worship to him.
1, Based upon this discussion, using your own words, describe the Holiness of our Creator's Name.
2. List specific things each of us should be doing to guard the Holiness of the Creator's Name.
3. Define loshon hora.
4. Site examples of loshon hora from Matthew 23.
5. What is the significance of the number 235?
6. What is the significance of the number 357?
7. Discuss what the Gematria 86 reveals to us.
8. The way of the idolater is? _________
Blessings, Love and peace,
Dr. Akiva Gamliel