Blessings 1 Class 5
Blessings and Prayer
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel
Dear Ones as we continue with Berachot Vih Tefillah (Blessings and Prayers) we move to page 6. The prayer at the top of page 6 is special. Jewish men that don Tzitzit say this prayer. Remember there are 613 Commands of Ha Torah. Yet the 613 Commands of Ha Torah do not pertain to everyone. Here is an example of this. The Command in Numbers 15.38 Says,
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:
דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם וְעָשׂוּ לָהֶם צִיצִת עַל־כַּנְפֵי בִגְדֵיהֶם לְדֹרֹתָם וְנָתְנוּ עַל־צִיצִת הַכָּנָף פְּתִיל תְּכֵלֶת:
And He, The Lord Said to Moshe to teach -
Speak to the Sons of Israel and Teach them and [help] them make for themselves Tzitzit on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and place on the corner of the Tzitzit a thread of blue, Numbers 15.37, 38.
This Mitzvot / Command is only for Jewish men. The garment that the Tzitzit are to be placed is called a Tallit. At the top of page six Jewish men are instructed to place the Tallit over their head and to wrap them selves in the Tallit. It is wonderful do do this if you are a Jewish man. In my book Gematria And Mysticism IN GENESIS I discuss the 613 Mitzvot in the first chapter in relevance to the Revealed Light of our Creator. My book is available at any quality bookstore or on Amazon.
There are two sides to the Tzitzit and the Tallit.
Side 1 is that only Jewish men are to wear them.
Side 2 is that non-Jews are not to wear them. Why?
Leviticus 11.44 explains why.
כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וְהִתְקַדִּשְׁתֶּם וִהְיִיתֶם קְדֹשִׁים כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אָנִי וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל־הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ:
For, I am, The Lord, your God. [Therefore] You [The Jewish People] shall Sanctify / Separate yourselves and your lives shall become Holy / Separated, For Holy / Separated I am...
The second part of the coin is that the Children of Israel, the Jews must be separated from the rest of the world. How is B'nai Yisroel separated? B'nai Yisroel is separated by the things they are Commanded to do like wearing Tzitzit. If everyone wore Tzitzit then how would this be separated?
Yet one may ware a prayer cloth without Tzitzit. One may wrap themselves in a prayer cloth. And one may say this special prayer if one understands the intent of the prayer.
There is a very special mantra here:
מה יקר חסדך אלהים...
How precious is your kindness O God...
Say this prayer a few times and then offer it in prayerful worship. Feel yourself being surrounded and enlaced by the Creator's Presence.
1. Explain the purpose for separation in Leviticus 11.44 and how this applies to Numbers 15.37, 38.
2.Take several deep breaths. Close you eyes. Begin clearing all the thought in your mind but How precious is your kindness O God... Concentrate on the goodness the kindness of our Creator...