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


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


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


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



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

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

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

Parshat Yitro
Exodus 18.1 - 20.23


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

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

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Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Interest & Loans


Parshat Mishpatim

Exodus 21.1 - 24.18


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


Exodus 22.24-26


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Zerah Torah Limood

Bereisheit 20.1 - 18


COMPARISON  ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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


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


Genesis 20.1

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

Genesis 20.1

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


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


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



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

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


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


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


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



Matthew 1:18-20

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi





Devri Torah Limood

Bereisheit 21.1 - 18


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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


Please remember to pick up acopy of my two new books.


Would You Like To Be Jewish?


WouldYou Like To Be Jewish 2?


Go to bnti.us/books.html


Thanks...


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


God took another man's wife...

God impregnated another man's wife...

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

Mary's life was placed in danger. 

Is it possible Mary may have thought sinful thoughts?

Where is the honesty in this action?  

Does impregnating another man's wife have improbities?

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


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

How do you think Joseph felt?

What do you think Joseph thought?

Is it possible Joseph may have thought sinful thoughts?

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



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


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


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


Genesis 21.1

The Lord remembered everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah.

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


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



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


Genesis 21.1


וַיהוָֹה פָּקַד אֶת־שָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמָר

 וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָֹה לְשָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר:  


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


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



Genesis 15.13


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



Genesis 15.13

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


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


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


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Parshat Terumah

Shemot / Exodus 25:1 - 27:19


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


Would I like to be Unique, Unlike others?


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


By Dr. Akiva G. Belk


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

What is it like to give?

What is it like to give junk away?

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

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

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


I share this story.


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exodus 25.1,2

 וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר:  ב

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ 

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

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

תּוֹרָה

Torah - Five Books of Moses

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611

May we be blessed by strong acts of generosity.


Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Zerah Torah Limood

Genesis 22.1 - 24


The binding of Yitzchok on the altar.


The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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


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Genesis 22.1,2

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


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


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


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


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


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


נִסָּה

Nee Sawh means to prove to try

נ50 ס60 ה5 = 115


 חָזַק

Chaw Zahq means to be strong.

ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115


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


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

and Abraham responded, 'Here I am.' 

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

and Abraham said I have two sons, 

and God Said, 'your only son',

and Abraham said Yishmael is an only son to Hagar 

and Isaac is an only son to Sarah

and God Said, the one whom you love 

and Abraham said I love Yishmael and I love Yitzchok.

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


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


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


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi



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Parshat Tezaveh

Exodus 27.20 - 30.10


Holy Clothing

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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


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


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


There are some unique Word relationships here.


אֶל־כָּל

Ehl Cawl

To All

א1 ל30    כ20 ל30 = 81      


פא

Pey

The Letter Pey - Mouth

פ80 א1 = 81


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


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


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


The Gematria of  תְּדַבֵּר  and דִּבַּרְתָּ are both 606.


 תְּדַבֵּר

ת400 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 606


דִּבַּרְתָּ

ד4 ב2 ר200 ת400 = 606


חַכְמֵי־לֵב

Wise of Heart

ה8 כ20 מ40 י10      ל30 ב2  = 110 


 יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ

Whose Heart Impels him to generosity. 

י10 ד4 ב2 נ50 ו6   ל30 ב2 ו 6 = 110


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


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


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


Exodus 28.2

 וְעָשִׂיתָ בִגְדֵי־קֹדֶשׁ לְאַהֲרֹן אָחִיךָ לְכָבוֹד וּלְתִפְאָרֶת: 


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


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


Genesis 2.15 God took

Genesis 2.21 God took

Genesis 3.6 the wife took - 


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


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


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


Both were driven from Tiferet. 


Think of the impact. 


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




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Zerah Torah Limmod

Genesis 23.1 - 20


Extreme Grief

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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


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


Abraham said that Sarah was his sister.

The Torah said Sarah was Abraham was his wife.


Please review:


Genesis 11.31, 32

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


Genesis 12.5

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


Genesis 12.11 - 13

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


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


Genesis 12.19

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


Genesis 12.17 - 20

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


Genesis 13.1

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


Genesis 16.1

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


Genesis 17.15

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


Genesis 17.19

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



Genesis 20.2

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

Genesis 20.2, 3, 7

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


Genesis 20.12- 18

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

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


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


Genesis 23.1

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


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


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


Genesis 23.19, 20

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


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


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


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


May our Creator Bless all who mourn in Zion.


May our Creator Bless all who mourn.



Blessings, Love and peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk

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