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Gematria Shemot Beshalach 4
Exodus 13.17 - 17.16
A Taste Of Torah
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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
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מֹשֶׁה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִיַּם־סוּף
וַיֵּצְאוּ אֶל־מִדְבַּר־שׁוּר וַיֵּלְכוּ
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.
מָרָתָה וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לִשְׁתֹּת מַיִם
מִמָּרָה כִּי מָרִים הֵם עַל־כֵּן
when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah,
for they were bitter; therefore its name was called Marah.
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.
Gematria for Marah is 245.
price, to hurry,
Embitter / Permute
ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245
ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245
Roo Chi Chawh
Softness / Tenderness
ר200 כ20 כ20 ה5 = 245
Through With Avram
ב2 א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 245
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19.8 - 12
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;
also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is your servant warned; and in keeping of them there
is great reward.
we make the right changes we can avoid a lot of bitterness.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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!
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...