Gematria Vayikra Acharei Mot - Guarding Against Sin - 6

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Gematria Vayikra Acharei Mot

Leviticus 16.1 - 18.30

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Guarding Against Sin - 6


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Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם: פ פ פ

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


In the previous Chapter we concluded with a caution to stay on the Path of Ha Torah.  Staying on the Path of Ha Torah can be a challenge. 

For example: It easy to become angry and say and do the wrong things. It is easy to let one's mind, thoughts eyes stray from the path of Ha Torah... How do we face these challenges?  Facing challenges is not new to our people. In the past we have been surrounded by abominations intended to attract us to sinfulness like when The People of Israel were surrounded by abominations while living in the BaMidbar / Wilderness.  There were nations intent on drawing us into there abominable customs. We had to draw together like eaglets drawn to the protection of their mother and covered by her wings.  The sin that was all around us could not be permitted in Eretz Canaan.  The People of Israel had to separate from these iniquities.  The People of Israel had to live by a higher standard.  


People who have not taken the time to carefully study The First Five Books of The Bible and who may not understand or know anything about The 613 Mitzvot / Commands from The Lord God written in The First Five Books of The Bible may take the position that the 613 Observances of Ha Torah are done away with. Many have been indoctrinated from conception to beliefs taught by their parents, their parents customs, traditions, religions just as we who Observe Ha Torah are supposed to do with our children. They believe they are correct. We believe we are correct. Many of them are zealous just as many of us are zealous. Only The Lord God knows the Truth!  Only the Lord God Knows how we will each come together in peace at some point in the future. I am saying that today as it was in the days of Moshe people who have been raised differently than us. They have different understandings of The Lord God than we have. Some try to persuade us to act like them, believe them etc. We MUST have a great deal of resolve to be understanding with them and to show kindness. Still we must remain committed to the Observances of Ha Torah. Dear Reader, lets think about this. We are supposed to be the Holy People. We are supposed to be the example.  This means we CANNOT act as they do. Our actions must follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they curse at us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they are mean to us we MUST follow Ha Torah.  If they try to entice us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. We MUST NOT ACT LIKE THEM!! 


Just as The Lord God charged The People of Israel then, we are charged now! The Lord God Said, 


Leviticus 18.30

And You [The People of Israel] shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


Now we are back to the question, How are we to do this?  Well, simply put, we stand guard over our lives, over our family, over our neighbor, over our house, over our block, over our community, over our city and over our nation...


The point is that we are our keeper and we are our brother's keeper.


When I was single my next door neighbor's were  the Kohn's. I lived in the basement of the house next door. They were very very special neighbors. They were like parents to me. Rabbi Kohn was always checking on me. If I did not daven / pray as part of the morning minyan at our congregation the Rabbi would ask me the next time we met where I davened that morning. A Minyan is group of ten Jewish men above the age of twelve.  When one davens they pray. 


On Sabbath, I would hear this tapping on my basement window. It was my neighbor, Rabbi Kohn.  I could hear him saying, 'Akiva!  Akiva! It's time to walk to shul for morning prayers.'  He wanted to make sure I was up and about.  He wanted to make sure I was going to be at the congregation for morning prayers. 


On one Erev Sabbath he was on his way to services. I just pulled up to my apartment in my old brown truck. He was going to wait for me to get ready so we could walk to congregation together. I said, I need to go to the store quickly.


He said, 'What for?'

I said, 'I need a few things?'

Rabbi Kohn said, 'What do you need? It is almost time for Sabbath to begin?'


I said,  'A few groceries and some whiskey. 

 

Rabbi Khon was a short man but that did not get in his way.  He reached up to me with both hands and firmly took hold of my lapels and pulled me down right in front of his face and firmly but kindly said, 'Akiva listen to me! You come eat a my house this Sabbath. You drink all the whiskey you want at my house. Now, park your truck. Empty your pockets. Let's walk together. It's time to Observe Sabbath.'


What could I say? I did as instructed. I ate all three meals with the Kohn's. It was real special. That Sabbath Rabbi Kohn invited a guest to come dine with us after Evening Prayers. He invited a Chassidic Rabbi from Israel, may he rest in peace.  Dear Ones, we MUST care about each other. We must be like the soldiers whose motto is not to leave anyone behind.  Then in addition to us caring about our own we MUST show gentle loving care and be kind to all humans, i.e. the Noachide. 


The Lord Chose us, the Jewish people, as His people.  The Lord Chooses Eretz Yisroel as the earthly location for His Dwelling place, the Bet HaMikdosh, the Holy Temple.  When I say Holy I am saying 'SEPARATED'. The OBSERVANCES of The Mitzvot of Ha Torah Make The People of Israel Holy, Make the Temple Holy, Make the City of Jerusalem Holy, Make the Land of Yisroel Holy. Our Creator Say's They are Holy. Our Creator Gave us guidelines to make sure this Holiness remains. The Lord God Has Selected each of these to be Holy. It is our duty as the Jewish People to keep these important Observances.  We are the ones who follow the directives that separate The Holy Things.

WHY is this important?

The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel and the other nations and beliefs of the world.  The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel  and the Levium.  The Lord God Set a standard between the Levium and the Kohenim! Each standard requires a greater degree of separation, Holiness.  The standard begins with being born Jewish and continues from this point onward. This standard cannot be achieved through any other means.  No amount of learning or number of degrees will achieve the standard set down in the Torah by The Lord God!  No amount of Holiness will achieve that standard set down by The Lord God in Ha Torah!


Some religions teach the Observances written in Ha Torah, i.e. the standards set by The Lord God  have been discarded. Some teach that they have been eliminated. Some teach they have been superseded. It is for these very reasons and others that The Lord God Said to The People of Yisroel: 


Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת

מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם

וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם1:1

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


This is why we we, The People of Yisroel REJECT ANY NOTION THAT HA TORAH IS FULFILLED, THAT THE TORAH IS COMPLETED, THAT THE TORAH IS SUPERSEDED!  It is our responsibility to guard every Observance of Ha Torah with all that we have! The Gematria for  וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo Baw Hehm, meaning 'and you shall not defile yourselves through them' {any of the abominable customs...},  is 540.


וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם 

Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo  Baw  Hehm

'and you shall not defile yourselves through them'

ו6 ל30 א1  ת400 ט9 מ40 א1 ו6  ב2 ה5 ם40 = 540


שָׁמֹר

Shaw Mohr /Guard / Keep / Observe

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


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