April 2015 Archives

ב ' ח

Counting The Omer - Why?

Holy Day Video

The Sefirah


Counting The Omer Guide


Download a PDF Of Counting The Omer Guide


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


Learning Classes CLICK HERE


Course Text Begins Here:

The Sefirah


The goal of this discussion is to provide some information and history leading up to the reasons for Counting הָעְוֹמֶר Haw Ooh Mehr, The Omer. The Word used in the Brachah we say each evening after Maariv is הָעְוֹמֶר Haw Ooh Mehr. We say,


בָּרוּךְ אַתַּה יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָםאֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעְוֹמֶר.ר


When actually counting we say לָעְוֹמֶר or בָּעְוֹמֶר . However the Word Ha Torah uses is עֹמֶר Oh Mehr five times, הָעֹמֶר Ha Oh Mehr five times and בָעֹמֶר Vaw Oh Mehr one time.


When we speak of the Omer this is in reference to the day after Pesach / Passover when we bring everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the first fruits of our harvest to the priest; And the Priest waves everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer before the Lord, so our offering will be by The Lord accepted for us. On the day after Pesach when the Omer is waved by the priest we are to begin counting for seven weeks and for forty nine days. The fiftieth day is the giving of Ha Torah on Mt Sinai. This is Shavuot, the fifth day.


Vayikra 23.10 - 21

Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come to the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; And he shall wave everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer before the Lord, to be accepted for you; on the day after the day of rest [Pesach / Passover] the priest shall wave it. And you shall prepare on the day when you wave everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer, a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the Lord. And the meal offering of it shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet savor; and the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. And you shall eat nor bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And you shall count from the day after the day of rest [Pesach], from the day that you everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the wave offering; seven complete weeks, i.e. Seven Sabbaths; To the next day after the Seventh Sabbath shall you count fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to the Lord. You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the first fruits to the Lord. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bull, and two rams; they shall be for a burnt offering to the Lord, with their meal offering, and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, of sweet savor to the Lord. Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the Lord with the two lambs; they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. And you shall proclaim on the same day, that it may be a holy gathering to you; you shall do no labor in it; it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.


As a point of interest עֹמֶר Oh Mehr makes reference to the amount of manna gathered by each man gathered while living in the Wilderness.


Exodus 16.13-18

And it came to pass, that at evening the quails came up, and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp. And when the dew that lay was gone, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as hoarfrost on the ground. And when the people of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna; for they knew not what it was. And Moses Said to them, This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord Has Commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons, whom each of you has in his tent; And the people of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did measure it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.


Counting the Omer is a Mitzvot. We are Commanded by The Lord God to count the Omer each year following the day of Passover. Our Sages Teach that one of the many purposes for counting the Omer for forty nine day is because The People of Israel had fallen to the forty ninth level of impurity. Thew purpose of counting the Omer is for us as a people is to rise out of our impurity to receive Ha Torah on the fiftieth day. So when we were in Mitzrim / Egypt in slavery in our lowest state we began the climb from the forty-ninth level of impurity to the fiftieth level of purity. This was not forty nine steps. This was forty nine steps out of impurity PLUS fifty steps up to purity. We actually climbed ninety-nine steps. 


Every year from our deliverance from Mitzrim when we count the Omer there are very important reasons why we do this in addition to this being a Mitzvot / Command of The Lord God. Each of us are scattered some where along the steps from the lowest level of impurity to purity. Each day when we count the Omer we are to take account of actions. We are to do two steps of Tikkun. We need repair. We need restoration. We need to climb the stairs of return. Our world needs Tikkun Olam / Repairing The World. We do this by the Sefirah. The Lord Said,


Leviticus 11.45

For I am The Lord that Brings you out of the land of Mitzrim, to be your God; you shall therefore be Holy, for I Am Holy.


This is what counting the Omer is about. Our goal is to climb from where we are to higher levels of holiness. This can ONLY be accomplished through Ha Torah.


Psalms 19.8 - 

The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring 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. Who can discern his errors? Clean me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.


Week One


חֶסֶד שֶׁבְּחֶסֶד

Kindness restores Kindness

גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Strength restores Kindness

תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Beauty restores Kindness

נֶצַח שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Endurance restores kindness

הוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Humility restores Kindness

יסוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Bonding restores Kindness

מַלְכוּת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Kingdom restores Kindness



Our Sages Teach that we were delivered from Mitzrim on account of these things:

First, The People of Israel were redeemed because of the merit of Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov and Yoseif. Ha Torah Says, 


And God Remembered His Covenant. For Israel were not worthy of salvation, since they were wicked, but they were redeemed because of the merit of their fathers; hence is it written: And God Remembered His Covenant.


Exodus 6.2 - 5

And God Spoke to Moses, and Said to him, I Am The Lord; And I Appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, byThe Name of God Almighty, but by My Name 'The Lord' I was not known to them. And I Have also Established My Covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojourning, in which they sojourned. And I Have also Heard the groaning of The People of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in slavery; and I Have Remembered My Covenant.


Second, The People of Israel kept their Hebrew Names

Rabbi Huna in the name of Bar Kappara said: Israel was redeemed from Egypt on account of four things, one being because they did not change their names. Shemot Rabba 1.28

And these וְאֵלֶּה / Vih Ay Leh are the names Another explanation: Rabbi Abhu said: Wherever the text says 'these' אֵלֶּה / Ay Leh, this invalidates those things previously mentioned, but wherever it says 'And these' / Vih Ay Leh, it adds new praise to those previously mentioned. Here is an example from Genesis 2.4.


Bereisheit 2.4

אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ בְּהִבָּרְאָם בְּיוֹם עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם: ה

These אֵלֶּה / Ay Leh are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.


The אֵלֶּה / Ay Leh does not include the Letter ו VavThe result is Genesis 2.4 cancels the preceding creations, which were reduced to formlessness and emptiness. Wear as Genesis 46.8 and Exodus 1.1 which have the Letter Vav And these וְאֵלֶּה / Vih Ay Leh are the names, add new praise for the seventy souls who are mentioned intimating that all of them were righteous. Shemot Rabba 1.2


Bereisheit 46.8

וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרַיְמָה יַעֲקֹב וּבָנָיו בְּכֹר יַעֲקֹב רְאוּבֵןט


Genesis 46.8 - 26

And these are the names of the people of Israel, who came to Egypt, Jacob and his sons; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn...


Shemot 1.1

וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרָיְמָה אֵת יַעֲקֹב אִישׁ וּבֵיתוֹ בָּאוּב


Exodus 1. 1 - 5

And these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came to Egypt, with Jacob, every man with his household. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. And all the souls who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; for Joseph was in Egypt already. 


Israel is of equal importance with the host of heaven; for here it says NAMES, and in reference to the stars, the word 'names' is also used, as it is said: He counts the number of the stars; He Gives them all their names . So the Holy One, blessed be He, when Israel came down to Egypt, counted their number, too, and because they were likened to stars, He called them all by their names. Hence it is written, Now THESE ARE THE NAMES. Shemot Rabba 1.3


Tehillim 147.4

מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָאה

Psalms 147.4

He Counts the number of the stars; He Calls them all by their names.


Jeremiah 40.26

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things; who brings out their host by number, he calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. 


The Zohar writes about the symbolic meaning of Exodus 13.13.


Exodus 13.13

And every firstling of an ass you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break his neck; and all the firstborn of man among your children shall you redeem.


'The ass and the lamb symbolize the evil and the good inclinations. The very evil can be turned into good by repentance: the 'ass' must be redeemed by a 'lamb'. In other words, even if a man is an 'ass', a spiritual ignoramus, he can be redeemed from the exile of darkness and be included in the redemption of Israel, 'the scattered sheep. mentioned in Jeremiah 50.17. But if he does not repent, Ha Torah Instructs, 'you shalt break his neck', meaning, he belongs to the stiff necked ones who will be blotted out from the Book of Life.' The Lord Said that unrepentant sinners would be blotted out of The Book Of Life.


Exodus 32.33

And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot from my book.


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץב


Genesis 1.1 tells us that God Created אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם everything from the Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the Heavens and וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ everything from the Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the Earth. God Created everything. 


Our Sages Teach that when the Lord God Created the Heaven and Earth He Created the Host of The Heavens on the second day. However, Day Four is when the Stars of the Heavens were Created. 


Third, The People of Israel kept Hebrew as their language.

The Woman were not immoral. They did not commit adultery. R. Akiva said in a discourse that Israel was redeemed from Egypt on account of the righteous women of that generation. Shemot Rabba 1.12


Fourth, The People of Israel were redeemed Mitzrim because of the righteous women of that generation.

Rabbi Akiva said that The People of Israel were redeemed from Mitzrim on account of their righteous women of that generation.


History

The people of Israel lived in Mitzrim 210 years. The People of Israel were in slavery for 116 years before the Creator Delivered them. When The People of Israel came to Mitzriam they were righteous as noted later in this discussion. However while in Mitzrim The People of Israel fell to the lowest possible level that one can return to the Lord God. They fell to the forty-ninth level on impurity. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 190


Genesis 15.13

And He 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;


2048 From Creation

This count began with the birth of Yitzchok.


Exodus 12.40

Now the sojourning of the people of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.


2018 From Creation

This count began when Abraham and Sarah visited Eretz Canaan when Abraham was 70 years old in Genesis 15. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Vayikra (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1994) pp 141 - 142



The People of Israel were NOT SLAVES for 400 years. They were afflicted for 400 years. They sojourned in a land that was not their's for 430 years. 


2238 From Creation

Jacob went down to Mitzrim / Egypt when he was 130 years of age, See Genesis 47.9. Levi was 43 years of age when Jacob went to Mitzriam. Levi lived 137 years.


2332 From Creation

Levi lived 94 years in Mitzriam.


2448 From Creation

The people of Israel lived in Mitzrim 210 years. The People of Israel were in slavery for 116 years before the Creator Delivered them. When The People of Israel came to Mitzriam they were righteous as noted later in this discussion. However while in Mitzrim The People of Israel fell to the lowest possible level that one can return to the Lord God. They fell to the forty-ninth level on impurity. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 190


Blessings Health, Prosperity Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Gematria Vayikra Shemini

Leviticus 9.1 - 11.47

Weekly Torah Gematria Video

Grading Our Holiness- 3 - 3


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 Order Class Textbook


View Other Books Authored By Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

 for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


To Join other Learning Groups please CLICK HERE.


Course Text Begins Here:


Vayikra 9.1

וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי קָרָא מֹשֶׁה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו וּלְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן קַח־לְךָ עֵגֶל בֶּן־בָּקָר לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל לְעֹלָה תְּמִימִם וְהַקְרֵב לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה: וְאֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר קְחוּ שְׂעִיר־עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְעֵגֶל וָכֶבֶשׂ בְּנֵי־

שָׁנָה תְּמִימִם לְעֹלָה:  ד


Leviticus 9.1

And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said to Aaron, Take a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

We know that there are times when Jews do what is righteous, pure, Holy and correct. The same can be said for the B'nai Noach. Then there are sometimes when Jews and non-Jews walk a too close to the edge. There is a gray area where the two sides meet. In the gray area there is a thin line between being pure, Holy and correct and from being evil, sinful and wrong. In the gray area one could easily drift from one side to the other if they were not careful. This is a difficulty of living in or near the gray area.  One can be shrewd in business and then quickly drift into improper business behavior. Therefore it is good to make a fence between the area we know to be pure, Holy and correct behavior from that of where the gray area begins. This way we are always careful to live in the pure, Holy and correct areas of life. 


There was a sharp young businessman. He, his parents and grandparents were pillars of the Jewish Community. He and his wife had just returned from living in Israel. He returned to operate the family business so his parents could move to Israel. They owned businesses in America and in Israel. They were successful. They have a good name. The young couple rented a house in the community. After sometime the young man and a neighbor were talking. The neighbor indicated he would like to sell his home. The young man inquired how much he wanted for his home. The price was considerably lower than its actual value. The young man made the deal. Some of us might call this an awesome business deal. Others might say he swindled the neighbor. I don't know. After the deal was made the neighbor learned what the value of his property was worth and became angry. 


So we must inquire, Was the young businessman responsible for educating the neighbor on the value of property in the area? Was the neighbor careless and reckless and just looking for someone to blame. I don't know! I don't know the entire story. This may have been an issue for the Community Rav to settle or the Bet Din / Jewish Court to settle. Did this young man break any local, county, state or government laws. I am not aware of any local, county, state or government laws that were broken. Yet, I ask, 'What is so different from grabbing the best deal possible from an unlearned, poor neighbor'  Wouldn't most people of the world rush down to their attorney and have a deal drawn up as quickly as possible before the neighbor learned of the true value?  Unfortunately yes!  So why are we discussing this? It is because, God Has His own Law that we are compelled to abide by. So the next question is did this young man break God's law? 


Perhaps... We don't know the entire situation or the conversation between the parties. The matter was not brought before the Community Rav or a Jewish Bet Din. 


This goes back to chapters one and two where we made a case that we are our brother's keeper and that we have a moral and ethical obligation to our brother.  How far does this care and goodwill for a brother extend? To what degree are each of us responsible for our brother? We have Ha Torah, God's Law, we have Rabbinic Law and we have our own Law.  This is why we Examine ourselves and grade our level of Holiness. No matter how righteous we are if we walk a little too close to the edge we could get into trouble.


Dear Reader, in Judaism we teach that one should not dress as the nations of the world.  We teach that our clothes should be modest.  We teach that men should wear gentlemen's apparel and that women should wear ladies' apparel.   We go to great lengths to dress in a very modest fashion.  We do this because we are NOT supposed to be like the other nations of the world. This is a form of building a line of modesty and keeping it.  Our actions MUST correspond with our way of dressing.


As observant Jews we make so much out of the fact we changed our pattern of daily worship.  We no longer prostrate ourselves before God with the exceptions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  WHY?  Why did we change our pattern of worship?   It was because the nations of the world prostrate themselves in their worship.  We changed because we are commanded to be different.  


The point is that Jews have a higher power that we give account to and that we must ALWAYS be aware of  and act accordingly!!  We are supposed to be righteous!  We are supposed to be honest in our business dealings.  We are supposed to be above reproach! IT IS NOT GOOD TO ACT DIFFERENT IN BUSINESS THAN IN PRAYER...   IT IS NOT GOOD TO DRESS THE PART OF A RIGHTEOUS JEW YET CONDUCT BUSINESS LIKE SUTAN (SATAN), God forbid!!  God calls ALL JEWS to a higher level of righteousness.  Unlike the nations of the world, we are chosen... we are separated... we are elected to righteousness!  WE MUST LIVE LIKE IT!


Dear Reader, there are only seven days of the week however in a few places of the Torah Portion of the Bible we read about the eighth day as we do here in this Parshat of Leviticus. This has special meaning.  It was on the eighth day, 1 Nisan, the Jewish new year, the beginning of months, that our Mishkon service... our Temple worship began... וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי equals the Gematria 504. Also there is a place in this weeks Parshat that is known as the center of The Torah portion of the Bible. The halfway point between the first half of the Torah and the second half of the Torah is marked by the words דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ Daw Rahsh  Daw Rahsh meaning to diligently inquire makes the center word of the Torah Inquiry! This is what our discussion is about. We are to  diligently inquire about our actions. 


וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי

And On the Eighth Day...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10    ב2 י10 ו6 ם40 

ה5 ש300 מ40 י10 נ50 י10 = 504


דָּרשׁ

Daw Rahsh

To Diligently Inquire

ד4 ר200 ש300 = 504


Vayikra 10.16 [The Center of Ha Torah]

 וְאֵת ׀ שְׂעִיר הַחַטָּאת דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ מֹשֶׁה וְהִנֵּה

 שׂרָף וַיִּקְצֹף עַל־אֶלְעָזָר וְעַל־אִיתָמ

בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַנּוֹתָרִם לֵאמֹר:  יז


Leviticus 10.16

And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burned; and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron, who were left alive, saying,


Few of us are anywhere near the level of the righteousness of Aharon's two sons who crossed the line a little. Crossing the line is serious, especially for a very righteous person, is quite serious. Yet we know,


Psalm 37.12,24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord Will uphold him with his hand.


As noted above many translate 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:' However the correct translation is The Steps of the Strong are Ordered by The Lord and He Delights in His Way. 


Judging and correcting one actions takes great strength. One must be just with their self. One must not be to strict or to lenient. This is a fine line to walk.


This is why we inquire about our actions.


Many years ago while sitting in a packed auditorium as a Junior High student at Morey Middle School in Denver, Colorado, I heard Principle George E. Mathes relate the following story.  Principle Mathes said, There was a little boy named Billie who was about twelve years. Billie worked for the local drugstore as a delivery boy.  He would ride all over town on his shiny red bike with chrome fenders. 


One day Billie came into the local Ice Cream store which was located a block or so down the street from the drug store where he worked. He climbed up on the stool, sat down and ordered a ice cream shake. After ordering the ice cream shake he asked the owner, Mr. Fisher if it would be alright for him to use his phone for a local call.  Mr. Fisher said, Sure. Billie went to the end of the counter and made his call. Mr. Fisher over heard the following conversation. 


Billie said, Hello, could I speak with the owner of Smith's Drug Store.


Mr. Smith answered, Yes! This is Mr Smith.


Billie inquired, Mr. Smith, I hear you are looking for a delivery boy.


Mr. Smith said, No! We have a delivery boy.

Billie said, I hear he is not doing a good job.  Are you sure you don't need a new delivery boy.


Mr Smith said, Our delivery boy is Billie Jones. He is johnny on the spot. He is polite to our customers.  He is quick to make his deliveries. We are very pleased with him.  You must be thinking about another delivery boy somewhere else.


Billie hung the phone up. His Ice Cream Shake was just about ready.  As Billie sat there enjoying his Ice Cream Soda. Mr Fisher asked Billie a question.


Billie I thought you were the delivery boy for Mr. Smith's Drug Store down on the corner.


Billie said, I am.


Mr Fisher asked, Can I ask why you called to see if Mr. Smith needed a delivery boy? 


Billie said, Yes!  I was just checking up on myself.  I want to make sure Mr. Smith is pleased with my delivery service.


This is the type of attitude I am trying to draw out in this discussion. We need to check on ourselves. We also need to remember that when a strong man or woman fails the Lord Will help them back up again. 


Gematria Vayikra Shemini

Leviticus 9.1 - 11.47

Weekly Torah Gematria Video

Grading Our Holiness - 3 - 3


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 Order Class Textbook


View Other Books Authored By Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

 for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


To Join other Learning Groups please CLICK HERE.


Course Text Begins Here:


Vayikra 9.1

וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי קָרָא מֹשֶׁה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו וּלְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן קַח־לְךָ עֵגֶל בֶּן־בָּקָר לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל לְעֹלָה תְּמִימִם וְהַקְרֵב לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה: וְאֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר קְחוּ שְׂעִיר־עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְעֵגֶל וָכֶבֶשׂ בְּנֵי־

שָׁנָה תְּמִימִם לְעֹלָה:  ד


Leviticus 9.1

And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said to Aaron, Take a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

We know that there are times when Jews do what is righteous, pure, Holy and correct. The same can be said for the B'nai Noach. Then there are sometimes when Jews and non-Jews walk a too close to the edge. There is a gray area where the two sides meet. In the gray area there is a thin line between being pure, Holy and correct and from being evil, sinful and wrong. In the gray area one could easily drift from one side to the other if they were not careful. This is a difficulty of living in or near the gray area.  One can be shrewd in business and then quickly drift into improper business behavior. Therefore it is good to make a fence between the area we know to be pure, Holy and correct behavior from that of where the gray area begins. This way we are always careful to live in the pure, Holy and correct areas of life. 


There was a sharp young businessman. He, his parents and grandparents were pillars of the Jewish Community. He and his wife had just returned from living in Israel. He returned to operate the family business so his parents could move to Israel. They owned businesses in America and in Israel. They were successful. They have a good name. The young couple rented a house in the community. After sometime the young man and a neighbor were talking. The neighbor indicated he would like to sell his home. The young man inquired how much he wanted for his home. The price was considerably lower than its actual value. The young man made the deal. Some of us might call this an awesome business deal. Others might say he swindled the neighbor. I don't know. After the deal was made the neighbor learned what the value of his property was worth and became angry. 


So we must inquire, Was the young businessman responsible for educating the neighbor on the value of property in the area? Was the neighbor careless and reckless and just looking for someone to blame. I don't know! I don't know the entire story. This may have been an issue for the Community Rav to settle or the Bet Din / Jewish Court to settle. Did this young man break any local, county, state or government laws. I am not aware of any local, county, state or government laws that were broken. Yet, I ask, 'What is so different from grabbing the best deal possible from an unlearned, poor neighbor'  Wouldn't most people of the world rush down to their attorney and have a deal drawn up as quickly as possible before the neighbor learned of the true value?  Unfortunately yes!  So why are we discussing this? It is because, God Has His own Law that we are compelled to abide by. So the next question is did this young man break God's law? 


Perhaps... We don't know the entire situation or the conversation between the parties. The matter was not brought before the Community Rav or a Jewish Bet Din. 


This goes back to chapters one and two where we made a case that we are our brother's keeper and that we have a moral and ethical obligation to our brother.  How far does this care and goodwill for a brother extend? To what degree are each of us responsible for our brother? We have Ha Torah, God's Law, we have Rabbinic Law and we have our own Law.  This is why we Examine ourselves and grade our level of Holiness. No matter how righteous we are if we walk a little too close to the edge we could get into trouble.


Dear Reader, in Judaism we teach that one should not dress as the nations of the world.  We teach that our clothes should be modest.  We teach that men should wear gentlemen's apparel and that women should wear ladies' apparel.   We go to great lengths to dress in a very modest fashion.  We do this because we are NOT supposed to be like the other nations of the world. This is a form of building a line of modesty and keeping it.  Our actions MUST correspond with our way of dressing.


As observant Jews we make so much out of the fact we changed our pattern of daily worship.  We no longer prostrate ourselves before God with the exceptions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  WHY?  Why did we change our pattern of worship?   It was because the nations of the world prostrate themselves in their worship.  We changed because we are commanded to be different.  


The point is that Jews have a higher power that we give account to and that we must ALWAYS be aware of  and act accordingly!!  We are supposed to be righteous!  We are supposed to be honest in our business dealings.  We are supposed to be above reproach! IT IS NOT GOOD TO ACT DIFFERENT IN BUSINESS THAN IN PRAYER...   IT IS NOT GOOD TO DRESS THE PART OF A RIGHTEOUS JEW YET CONDUCT BUSINESS LIKE SUTAN (SATAN), God forbid!!  God calls ALL JEWS to a higher level of righteousness.  Unlike the nations of the world, we are chosen... we are separated... we are elected to righteousness!  WE MUST LIVE LIKE IT!


Dear Reader, there are only seven days of the week however in a few places of the Torah Portion of the Bible we read about the eighth day as we do here in this Parshat of Leviticus. This has special meaning.  It was on the eighth day, 1 Nisan, the Jewish new year, the beginning of months, that our Mishkon service... our Temple worship began... וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי equals the Gematria 504. Also there is a place in this weeks Parshat that is known as the center of The Torah portion of the Bible. The halfway point between the first half of the Torah and the second half of the Torah is marked by the words דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ Daw Rahsh  Daw Rahsh meaning to diligently inquire makes the center word of the Torah Inquiry! This is what our discussion is about. We are to  diligently inquire about our actions. 


וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי

And On the Eighth Day...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10    ב2 י10 ו6 ם40 

ה5 ש300 מ40 י10 נ50 י10 = 504


דָּרשׁ

Daw Rahsh

To Diligently Inquire

ד4 ר200 ש300 = 504


Vayikra 10.16 [The Center of Ha Torah]

 וְאֵת ׀ שְׂעִיר הַחַטָּאת דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ מֹשֶׁה וְהִנֵּה

 שׂרָף וַיִּקְצֹף עַל־אֶלְעָזָר וְעַל־אִיתָמ

בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַנּוֹתָרִם לֵאמֹר:  יז


Leviticus 10.16

And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burned; and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron, who were left alive, saying,


Few of us are anywhere near the level of the righteousness of Aharon's two sons who crossed the line a little. Crossing the line is serious, especially for a very righteous person, is quite serious. Yet we know,


Psalm 37.12,24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord Will uphold him with his hand.


As noted above many translate 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:' However the correct translation is The Steps of the Strong are Ordered by The Lord and He Delights in His Way. 


Judging and correcting one actions takes great strength. One must be just with their self. One must not be to strict or to lenient. This is a fine line to walk.


This is why we inquire about our actions.


Many years ago while sitting in a packed auditorium as a Junior High student at Morey Middle School in Denver, Colorado, I heard Principle George E. Mathes relate the following story.  Principle Mathes said, There was a little boy named Billie who was about twelve years. Billie worked for the local drugstore as a delivery boy.  He would ride all over town on his shiny red bike with chrome fenders. 


One day Billie came into the local Ice Cream store which was located a block or so down the street from the drug store where he worked. He climbed up on the stool, sat down and ordered a ice cream shake. After ordering the ice cream shake he asked the owner, Mr. Fisher if it would be alright for him to use his phone for a local call.  Mr. Fisher said, Sure. Billie went to the end of the counter and made his call. Mr. Fisher over heard the following conversation. 


Billie said, Hello, could I speak with the owner of Smith's Drug Store.


Mr. Smith answered, Yes! This is Mr Smith.


Billie inquired, Mr. Smith, I hear you are looking for a delivery boy.


Mr. Smith said, No! We have a delivery boy.

Billie said, I hear he is not doing a good job.  Are you sure you don't need a new delivery boy.


Mr Smith said, Our delivery boy is Billie Jones. He is johnny on the spot. He is polite to our customers.  He is quick to make his deliveries. We are very pleased with him.  You must be thinking about another delivery boy somewhere else.


Billie hung the phone up. His Ice Cream Shake was just about ready.  As Billie sat there enjoying his Ice Cream Soda. Mr Fisher asked Billie a question.


Billie I thought you were the delivery boy for Mr. Smith's Drug Store down on the corner.


Billie said, I am.


Mr Fisher asked, Can I ask why you called to see if Mr. Smith needed a delivery boy? 


Billie said, Yes!  I was just checking up on myself.  I want to make sure Mr. Smith is pleased with my delivery service.


This is the type of attitude I am trying to draw out in this discussion. We need to check on ourselves. We also need to remember that when a strong man or woman fails the Lord Will help them back up again. 


ב ' ח

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 22

Genesis 22.1 - 34

Bereisheit Limood Video

The Tenth Trial Of Abraham - 22


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 Order Class Textbook


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


Learning Classes CLICK HERE

Course Text Begins Here:


The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


Life is filled with challenges. Everybody has them. No one is exempt from challenges, or trials, or road blocks, or difficulties, or tests. Some tests are very great. Some challenges are so great it may feel like we won't survive the trial. This past year my wife, Revi [Rivkah / Rebekah ] has faced a life challenging disease, Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw. We have traveled to over 100 medical appointments. Revi has had several surgeries. There have been some very dark days. We have experienced times of depression. We have shed many tears. We have worried. We have tried to trust in The Lord God. Our faith has been challenged. We have cried out to The Lord. We have expressed our anger to The Lord. We have been upset many times. Dear Reader, when the one we love is faced with a life changing illness it is very difficult.


Revi loves to feed the birds. We have a special place on our deck set aside for bird pleasures. I say pleasures because during this very difficult time Revi would receive such pleasure from feeding the birds. Even though this tiny little woman was sick and in enormous pain she would find a way to feed the birds. On days after her surgeries when she was in the hospital we made arrangements for the birds to be cared for. When Revi was not permitted to get out of bed she would softly say to me 'Honey please don't forget to feed the birds.' I would stand in the background and watch Revi. She would stand by the flaishik sink [meat sink] and gaze out the window. She would call me to announce when a yellow finch would come for seeds. Every new bird would bring a glow on her face. Revi would talk about the Crows. Oh how she enjoyed it when they came in for a drink. They would grab a piece of bread and often dip it in the water then fly off. They would call to her, Revi! Revi! How are you?


With our Creator's help Revi improved a little here and a little there. We thank God for His many Blessings. And we look forward to better days, God Willing... Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw.

A few years back I was injured at my place of employment. The injuries were serious but we were told that they were not life threatening. Surgery was required. Hundreds of medical appointments were necessary. I received physical therapy 5 days a week. There was physical therapy for my wrist, hand and fingers at one location then there was physical therapy for my lower back and knee at another location. Then there was pool therapy at another location. There were medical appointments with wrist, hand and finger specialists. There were appointments with back and spine specialists. There were appointments with knee specialists. With this type of injury sleeping beyond several hours was very difficult so there were appointments with sleep specialists etc. There were dozens and dozens of doctor and medical appointments. There was a point where one doctor said I might be 100 percent disabled for life. During the first four months it was necessary to be driven to each appointment. It was necessary to use a walker. The medical appointments would require the entire day just about every day for a long time.. I would leave in the morning after breakfast and not return until evening. It was necessary to do in home physical therapy before leaving and after returning. My life... my recovery... my health were tied to hours and hours of physical therapy each day. For months my only job was following three to five different physical therapy plans daily. I constantly had to remind each therapist of therapy over load.


The injuries left me with disabilities. Yet, I do my best to fight through these limitations. From time to time there are flare ups resulting from these injuries which require more physical therapy. The path has not been easy. It has been challenging. Yet, through these struggles The Lord has been my guide and comfort. I am extremely thankful for all who have aided me in these times of difficulty. Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw.


Even though my path has been difficult it is nothing in comparison to what my wife, Revi has faced this past 15 months. I have seen Revi suffer in anguish and enormous pain even with powerful medication. Yet, God has been with us through everything. I think of what we have been through and am very very grateful for all that have assisted us each and every day. Thank God!


I had a wonderful neighbor, a distinguished Rabbi who used to say to me, 'Akiva, everyone has a pack'. His point was we each face trials. The rich, the wise, the poor, the foolish, the young and the seniors each face trials. I have written in this book about some of the trials Revi and I have experienced. Please don't make too much of them. They are trials. Everyone has trials. So it is not a surprise to read Abraham had a test, a trial. Abraham was a tzaddik, i.e. a righteous man. The righteous face trials differently than we do. Our goal in this discussion is to view Abraham's method of working through a trial.


Dear Reader, Abraham was a 137 years old at the time of his last trial. This is the trial we are about to discuss. Abraham was different than us. We do not read of Abraham doing the things most of us do. We do not read of Abraham ever being angry with God. We do not read of Abraham doubting God or complaining to God. In fact The Holy Scriptures only record Abraham speaking 13 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. I find this interesting. We read about the trials Abraham experienced but we don't read about Abraham being depressed or sad or frustrated like most of us would be. Abraham was different. His faith was challenged but he did not waver. Mystically we will Observe Abraham remained strong when he was being tested. We will Observe why Abraham remained strong while being tested. In The Torah we read that God completely Tested Abraham. Yet Abraham remained strong. How did Abraham do this?


We need to be aware that Abraham and Sarah were seniors. As one grows older, life events take on a different impact. Children need to be aware of how age impacts their parents. We Observe the closeness of Isaac and Ishmaael to Abraham several times in The Holy Scriptures. Ishmaael was one of the 'young men' who traveled with Isaac and Abraham to Mount Moriah. Isaac climbed the mountain with Abraham while Ishmaael waited at the foot of the mountain as instructed.


These are the thirteen times Abraham spoke.

Genesis 13.8, 14.22, 15.2, 15.3, 16.6, 17.18, 20.2, 20.11, 21.24, 22.5, 22.8, 24.2 and 24.6.


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... Tested Abraham... and He Said to him. 'Abraham!' and he 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.'


This was Abraham's tenth test.

Dear Reader, would you like to be tested like Abraham? I doubt that any of us would. Some of us like to think we are being tested as Avraham. This is NOT SO in most instances. We are not on Avraham's level of righteousness or Observances. Yet we comfort ourselves by thinking we are being tested like Abraham... What was the key to Abraham's success when he was tried? The Holy Scriptures Tell us. So none of us should worry about being tested like Abraham. We don't need to worry about being required to take our child to Mount Moriah to offer our child as a sacrifice on the altar. Our trials are different. Still, we need to know how Abraham faced his trials and worked through them. As an individual becomes older it is important for their children to reach out to assist them.


Genesis 18.19

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


Abraham kept the way of the Lord.

This means Abraham guarded the Observances in The Holy Scriptures. There are 613 Observances in The Holy Scriptures. Not all apply to each of us. Abraham kept those that applied to him. He carefully followed what The Lord God Commanded. He was meticulous with the Observances that applied to him.. Abraham was just. He was honest. He judged situations fairly. He did not deviate. He stayed on the path of The Lord. He did not wander or stray. He taught his children and those living with him to follow the Observances that applied to them. Following the Observances worked for Abraham. Following the Observances will also work for us. First we must learn what the Observances are and then which apply to us individually.


In my Book entitled, Would You Like To Be Jewish I write, 'From the beginning of creation God Revealed to humankind 613 Observances that cover every aspect of life in this universe. The 613 Observances were given EXCLUSIVELY to the Children of Israel on Mount Sinai 2,449 years later yet, these Observances were in existence and Observed from Creation. THINK ABOUT IT! This makes sense because the first Five Books of the Bible are the Torah. The 613 Observances are contained in these Five Books. Even though the bulk of these Observances are intended only for the People of Israel, each of us are responsible to observe certain Obligations within The Torah. This is one of the areas religions omit. Religions fail to accurately identify what Obligations humankind is required to observe.' Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk Would you Like To Be Jewish? (Cedar Hill Missouri, B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC, Publisher 2013) pp 44, 45 Some Observances are just for women. Some Observances are just for men. Some are just for children. Some Observances are for the High Priest. Some are just for the Priests. Some are just for the Levites. Some are just for farmers. Some are just for husbands. Some are for plants, some for animals and some are for mother earth. Still the key is to keep The Way of The Lord with all that we have...


Bereisheit 22.1

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


Genesis 22.1

And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Behold, here I am.


The Word נִסָּה Nee Sawh means to prove to try... The Word חָזַק Chaw Zahq means to be strong. Mystically we see the benefit of keeping our Observances. Keeping The Observances is also known as 'Keeping The Way of The Lord' or Derek HaShem, i.e. The Way of The Lord or The Path of The Lord. The point is that when one follows the Observances of Ha Torah, the Holy Scriptures they are keeping the way of The Lord. This is what Abraham did. Abraham was strong because he kept the Way of The Lord. We can be strong if we keep The Way of The Lord. Moses wrote:


Exodus 15.2

The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.


Keeping The Way of The Lord is how one remains strong when tested. Mystically we see this in the Gematria 115. The Observances of Our Creator proved Abraham's strength in His Word. Abraham was obedient to The Word of The Lord..


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 of Jesus Life On Earth.


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.'

ב ' ח

Holy Days - Counting The Omer Sefirah Week 2

Holy Day Video 

The Sefirah


Counting The Omer Guide


Download a PDF Of Counting The Omer Guide


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


Learning Classes CLICK HERE


Course Text Begins Here:


The Sefirah Week 2

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Counting the Omer is a Mitzvot. We are Commanded by The Lord God to count the Omer each year following the day of Passover. Our Sages Teach that one of the many purposes for counting the Omer for forty-nine days is because The People of Israel had fallen to the forty-ninth level of impurity. The purpose of counting the Omer is for us as a people to rise out of our impurity to receive Ha Torah on the fiftieth day.


חֶסֶד שְׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Lovingkindness Restores Strength

Love is the foundation and motivation for Strength. Gevurah without love has no foundation. Love is NOT a crutch of tolerance for improper actions. Loving kindness is the reverse. Lovingkindness guides one's discipline. When discipline is necessary. Lovingkindness is required in the training / teaching of modesty, ethics, middot and proper appropriate actions. Without Lovingkindness discipline is only viewed as punishment.


A principle in Judaism is Lovingkindness. Rabbi Hillel, Head of the Sanhedrin was asked by a Noachide to summarize, the 613 Observances of Ha Torah. Rabbi Hillel Said, Whatever you consider to be hateful do not that to your fellow man. This is the whole of Ha Torah; the rest is mere commentary Sabbath 31a. Through these words, Hillel expressed a foundation stone within Ha Torah. Moral law requires the Biblical precept of brotherly love.


Leviticus 19.18

You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.


גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Strength restores Strength

Before we can understand how Strength Restores Strength we must first comprehend and accept the Biblical principle of brotherly love. For Strength to properly restore or return, Strength, Lovingkindness must be present. Just as one is required to love their neighbor as they would themselves one is required to discipline themselves with love and our neighbor with love. Each of our lives requires self-restraint. We understand we must place boundaries that discipline our actions. In this same vein, one acknowledges responsibilities that MUST be kept. Keeping responsibilities that we do not enjoy or detest requires discipline. This is where Strength restores Strength.


גְּבוּרָה Gevurah is very powerful. Gevurah must be used with caution and in limited measure. The Gematria of Gevurah is 216. The Gematria of יָרֵאָה Yaw Ray Awh Fear... Reverence... Terror... Dread... Awe... is also 216.


גבורה

Gevurah / Strength

ג3 ב2 ו ר20606 ה5 = 216


יראה

Yaw Ray Awh

י10ר200 א1 ה5 = 216


תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Beauty Restores Strength

תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiferet / Beauty... Glory... Magnificence... Grandeur... Honor are each between Chesed / Lovingkindness and Gevurah / Strength. Beauty can only be accomplished when there is Honor between both Strength and Kindness. Glory, Grandeur and Magnificence are accomplished when Strength and Kindness operate Spiritually as directed in Ha Torah, i.e. in complete cooperation. They find balance and harmony.


נֶצַח שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Endurance Restores Strength

Simply put when the balance between Strength and Kindness operates properly this causes the נֶצַח Endurance of Strength. נֶצַח Netzach, often requires tenacious balancing and rebalancing of Strength and Kindness thus maintaining the beauty that is enduring.


הוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Humility Restores Strength

הוֹד / Hod is the capsulation of Lovingkindness, Strength, Beauty, and Endurance. The balance and harmony of these four are the foundations for Hod. Hod is the absence of arrogance. Hod is selflessness. Hod is absent of human bias.


יסוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Bonding restores Strength

How difficult is it bonding with a humble, loving, kind, strong, beautiful individual who endures trials by being flexible? When an individual disciplines theirself a great deal more than others as discussed in Gevurah, we see and feel the strength that creates the atmosphere for bonding. Certain individuals bond well with others. Why?


מַלְכוּת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Kingdom restores Strength

מַלְכוּת / Malkhut is the very base for each of the other six steps of Gevurah. We must work from our heart of Lovingkindness and strength towards the Royalty of Malkhut / Kingdom. One accomplishes Royalty through self-restraint and giving of one's self. This type of dignity is not the power to take but the power to give. Royalty like this comes from the honor one gives to others.


We honor the Lord God. The Lord God is King, Creator, and Master Over All! How can Royalty rise higher than Humility? It is exactly the opposite. Royalty results from greater humility. We turn to Moshe as an example. Moshe greatness resulted in part because he was humble.


Chodesh Echad - The beginning of Months - Exodus 12.1 - 2


10 Chodesh Echad - Take a lamb - Exodus 12.3


14 Chodesh Echad - Slaugher the Pesach Lamb - Exodus 12.6


15 Chodesh Echad - The People of Israel were delivered from Egypt by the powerful hand of the Lord. First Sedar Meal


16 Chodesh Echad - The Festival of Unleavened Bread - Begin counting the Omer.


15 days of Chodesh Echad

30 days of Chodesh Sheini

45 days from Mitzrim - This would be the 44th day of counting the O m e r.


1 Chodesh Sh'lishi - This would be the 45th day of counting the O m e r.


In my book entitled The Biblical Historical Calendar Book There is a page entitled: The Chronology of B'nei Yisroel's Exit From Mitzriam / Egypt to the Receiving of Ha Torah on Har Sinai. This page provides a breakdown of the dates and cooresponding events in The Holy Scriptures from exiting Egypt to receving The Torah. Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, The Biblical Historical Calendar Book (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2013) p 68


Exodus 19.1 - 6

In the third month, when The People of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the desert of Sinai, and had camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up to God, and The Lord Called to him from The Mountain, Saying, You shall say this to the house of Jacob, and tell the people of Israel; 'You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles wings, and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will obey My Voice indeed, and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own treasure among all peoples; for all the earth is Mine; And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests, and a Holy Nation. These are the words which you shall speak to The People of Israel.


Shemot 19.6

וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: ז 


We are instructed to Obey The Lord's Voice and to Observe His Covenant. Doing these will make us The Lord's Treasure among all peoples of the earth and we will be a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation to The Lord.


Priests are royalty. Think about what priests do?


Gematria Vayikra Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 - 13.59

Weekly Torah Gematria Video

 Change The World with One Action - 4


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 Order Class Textbook


View Other Books Authored By Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

 for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


To Join other Learning Groups please CLICK HERE.


Course Text Begins Here:

Change the World with ONE Action 

Chapter Four


Parshat Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 -13.59


Vayikra 13.13

וְרָאָה הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה כִסְּתָה הַצָּרַעַת אֶת־כָּל־בְּשָׂרוֹ וְטִהַר אֶת־הַנָּגַע כֻּלּוֹ הָפַךְ לָבָן טָהוֹר הוּא יד

Leviticus 13.13

Then the priest shall consider; and, behold, if the leprosy has covered everything from Aleph to Tav of all his flesh, he shall pronounce him everything from Aleph to Tav clean, he who has the disease; it is all turned white; he is clean.


There are individuals with sin rooted deep within them. Then there are individuals like this poor leper with all his sin exposed for the entire world to see. His sin is obvious to all who come in contact with him. His error remains for a short while then new skin is generated by his body replaces the old white skin with leprosy. He is clean. He is  טָהוֹר הוּא. He / She returns to the Jewish Community as a changed man / woman.


Vayikra 13.35, 36

וְאִם־פָּשׂה יִפְשֶׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר אַחֲרֵי טָהֳרָתוֹ: וְרָאָהוּ הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר לֹא־יְבַקֵּר הַכֹּהֵן לַשֵּׂעָר הַצָּהֹב טָמֵא הוּא לז


Leviticus 13.35,36

And if the patch did spread much over the skin after his cleansing;  Then the priest shall look on him; and, behold, if the patch has spread over the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean.


This is an individual who sin is deeper than the surface of the skin. Originally He / She was declared clean because the leprosy appeared to be just on the surface. Later it becomes clear that the leprosy is deeper rooted than the surface.


In Parshat Tazria there are two unique words each of which begins with the same letter, the letter ט Tet.  The words areTaw Hoor {clean} and Taw May {not clean}.


טָהוֹר

Taw Hoor {clean}

ט9 ה5 ו6 ר200 = 220


Taw May {not clean}

ט9 מ40 א1 = 50


What did The Spirit of God do when Moving upon the void unformed desolate and dark waters in Genesis 1.2?


וְרוּחַ

Vih Ruach

And Spirit [moved]

ו6 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 220


Mystically the Spirit purges and cleanses.


Judges 3.20

Ehud came to him [King Eglon who was very obese] while he was sitting alone in his cool upper chamber.  Ehud said, 'I have a Word of God for you,'  [King Eglon ] stood up from his chair, [even though standing was extremely difficult for him].


This may seem insignificant until you know the rest of the story.  Our rabbium state that anyone who recites Kaddish should stand.  Why?  If this extremely wicked king of Moav stood to receive a Word from God we should do likewise.  As a result this wicked king has altered the world.  Now millions of Yidden stand for Kaddish because of his single solitary action.  Dear Reader, in a similar way we can change the world.  One action can give light... Thomas Edison.  One action can give instant communication... Alexander Graham Bell.  One action can change the world.


A number of years ago I took a break from business around lunchtime to take care of some errands.  Sometimes while running errands I included two very special little friends, my year and a half old twin beagles, Kalie and Dov.  They provided so much company!  As we were returning from an errand, Dovie looked up at me with those big brown, sad eyes, as if to say, 'Could we please go for a run? Please!'  We were close to an area they particularly loved to run in.  Any time we are close to that area, they begin whimpering.  I know what they want!  


We went to this area where they occasionally run.  Normally I let them out of the vehicle on a seldom used dirt road and they follow behind for aways.  Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, on this occasion, Kalie picked up the scent of bighorn sheep and instead of running behind the vehicle he immediately turned to the left and began climbing this steep, rocky mountain like a billy goat.  It was absolutely phenomenal watching him go over rocks much larger than him, like a caterpillar with plungers on his feet.  Up and down and around and over the rocks he went with his heavy little brother behind him.  I stopped the vehicle, set the emergency break and jumped out, beckoning him to stop and to return to me.  It was as if Kalie was in a trance.  Nothing I said made any difference!   He was so concentrated and focused on following that scent that my words couldn't reach him.  Nose to the ground, tail waving in the air... then came the bellows, every third or fourth step, as only a beagle can do.  I knew he was gone and it seemed as if there was nothing I could do.  


Both he and his brother were climbing farther and farther up the mountain.  I called to his brother, 'Dov!  Come Tatty!'  Dov stopped. He turned to look at me.  I gave him a loving motion to come back to me.  He did.   With that one action, he chose me over his twin brother, over his powerful instinct to hunt and over his desire to have fun.  He came down the mountainside right to me.  And there is no way I can tell you how proud I was!  We went to the vehicle, he got in, poked his head out the window, and began calling his brother.  These boys love each other very much.  About ten years later when my former spouse chose a different direction in life she took these little boys. I could have fought for one but how could I separate these two brothers? They were now older guys. They had been together since being in the womb. Back to the story -  It is very difficult for them when they are separated. Kalie was near the top of the mountain.  Dov was in the truck with me.  Kalie climbed over a thousand feet up the mountain side. He was out of my voice range and almost out of my sight. Dov began to howl and cry. He heard his brother beckoning in that high pitched sound of his. He halted in his footsteps and immediately began his return to us.


Dear Reader, this is an example of how one very positive, dedicated action can alter a situation.  Had Dov not returned to me, the hunt, the following of the scent could have lasted for days.  And certainly hours.  In the same way,  we can use our influence with those we influence and they will influence others.  One act can change the world.  


That days the boys took off up the mountainside,  Interstate 70 was a few hundred feet away. The truck was parked on the dirt road and the mountain high mountain was next to it.  When the boys took off I immediately had visions of them chasing wildlife which is against the law and of them trying to cross this huge interstate with a four foot divider between east and west lanes. I was very worried this may be the last time I would see them alive.  I cried out to the Lord.  He Heard my desperate cry and somehow brought those two little beagle boys back to me.


Blessed be Hashem!

Gematria Vayikra Metzoro

Leviticus 14.1 - 15.33

Weekly Torah Gematra Video

Sanctifying An Unclean House At Passover - 5


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Dr_Akiva_Gamliel Pix _1.jpg

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

 Order Class Textbook


View Other Books Authored By Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk


Course Information

Every course at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC is FREE

 for those who do not have the means to pay.  Give


To Join other Learning Groups please CLICK HERE.


Course Text Begins Here:


Vayikra 14.43

וְאִם־יָשׁוּב הַנֶּגַע וּפָרַח בַּבַּיִת אַחַר חִלֵּץ אֶת־הָאֲבָנִים וְאַחֲרֵי הִקְצוֹת אֶת־הַבַּיִת וְאַחֲרֵי הִטּוֹחַ:   וּבָא הַכֹּהֵן וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבָּיִת צָרַעַת מַמְאֶרֶת הִוא בַּבַּיִת טָמֵא הוּאוְנָתַץ אֶת־הַבַּיִת אֶת־אֲבָנָיו וְאֶת־עֵצָיו וְאֵת כָּל־עֲפַר הַבָּיִת וְהוֹצִיא אֶל־מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל־מָקוֹם טָמֵא:  מו


Leviticus 14.43

And if the disease comes again, and break out in the house, after he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the disease has spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, its stones, and its timber, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them out of the city into an unclean place. 


A while back, in a separate discussion not in this book, in Shemot Shemot we discussed Shuvah / Repentance. At that time I stated  many of the world's population were preparing to turn over a new leaf in the secular new year.   Then a few weeks later while studying in Parshat Beshalach I stated, 'We have entered our fourth week from Parshat Shemot / January 2000.' Already many who made a determination to alter their poor or improper actions, to do shuvah / repentance to be free from habits... from bondage... and from problems have fallen. During the past three weeks we discussed the monsters that bring us down, that help us fall and that help us to fail.'


Well, Dear Reader, we are now 13 plus years from that date where many made a determination to change.  That being the situation, we must assess where we aret.  Have we returned to the bondage we so desperately attempted to escape from?  Have old habits / addictions crept back?  Have we fallen?


If the answer is perhaps or yes please do not become discouraged. There is HOPE!! There is a Spiritual Season for Freedom. There is a  festival for freedom, a special time that  The Lord God Created for us to deal with those issues that have bound us. It is during this time frame that we can deal with everything about our nature, our shortcomings, our failures and our struggles more than we could ever. imagine.   This is one reason why The Lord stated in Parshat Metzozo


Vayikra 14.35, 26

וּבָא אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ הַבַּיִת וְהִגִּיד לַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר כְּנֶגַע נִרְאָה לִי בַּבָּיִתוְצִוָּה הַכֹּהֵן וּפִנּוּ אֶת־הַבַּיִת בְּטֶרֶם יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַנֶּגַע וְלֹא יִטְמָא כָּל־אֲשֶׁר בַּבָּיִת וְאַחַר כֵּן יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַבָּיִת:  לז


Leviticus 14.35 - 45

And he who owns the house shall come to the priest, tell him, saying, It seems like there is a disease in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty everything from Aleph to Tav of the house before the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease, so that all that is in the house not be made unclean; and afterwards the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the house.


Notice the Words  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע Eht Ha Naw Gah meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease. There are several connections that we must make here. 


First, The owner of the house calls the Kohein / The Priest. Why does the owner call The Priest?  It is because  נֶּגַע Naw Gah, i.e. this disease is not a medical issue.  נֶּגַע Naw Gah is a Spiritual issue. Dear reader many of the problems that we have are spiritual in nature. These issues must be brought before The Lord God. Our Sages Teach we are discussing a disease that results from speaking Loshon Hora, i.e speaking evil... gossiping... 


Second, the owner of the house must go to the Priest. The owner must take the initiative for help. The one who owns the house has the problem. The one who has the problem must come to the realization that he / she has the problem and seek the assistance of the Priest. Note Ha Torah Does NOT Say a Rabbi. The Priest is set aside. The Priest is anointed. The Priest has a special High Level of Holiness. This is not a slam against Rabbi's. This is simply explaining why one must go to a Priest. Aharon was the High Priest as well as a Rabbi! 


Third the owner who has this problem must express to The Priest that he has a potential problem and request help from The Priest.


Fourth The Priest becomes involved. The Priest has everything not attached to the house removed. The items are carried outside for all the neighbors to see. This now becomes an embarrassing humbling acknowledgement for the owner to his / her neighbors that he / she has a problem. This is an opportunity for all neighbors to come together to be loving, kind, understanding and to reach out to their fallen brother / sister and to offer to help. This is NOT a time to judge!! This is a time to be compassionate! This is a time to restore if one has fallen.  Now I say 'IF' because this is not certain. The Word used in Ha Torah is   כְּנֶגַע Kih Neg Gah meaning 'Like a disease'. The determination has not yet been made. This only appears like a disease. So all the Jewish Community MUST be very careful NOT to judge during this examination or after even if this is found to be a disease!!


Fifth after all items in the house have been removed The Priest enters the house to examine,

אֶת־הַנֶּגַע '...the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'


The Gematria for  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע is 529.  Mystically we are Informed that the purpose of the Priest's examination, For The Priest הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm to know without any doubt that this is נֶּגַע.  The Gematria for  הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm. is 529.


אֶת־הַנֶּגַע 

Eht Ha Neg Gah 

'...Everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'

א1 ת400   ה5 נ50 ג3 ע70 = 529


הַיְדַעְתֶּם 

Hah Yih Dah Tehm 

The Knowledge

ה5 י10 ד4 ע70 ת400 ם40 = 529


Sixth, The Priest, i.e. a Righteous man... a Spiritual man... He examines the possible issue. He must ascertain what the issue is. This is NOT left up to conjecture! This is NOT open to speculation. He will know!!


Seventh, He will offer the guidelines for treating the issue. Much of this is done in the view of the community. This is painful! It is shameful! It is now easy for the one desiring  freedom. Yet this is the path for this specific remedy. The path for each remedy must be completely followed. 


My hope and prayer is for each of us to use the Seasons of Freedom to free ourselves of issues and to better serve our Creator by Observing His Commands.


Categories

Powered by Movable Type 4.1

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries from April 2015 listed from newest to oldest.

March 2015 is the previous archive.

May 2015 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.