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Parshat Bereisheit Chayei Sarah
Genesis 23.1 - 25.18
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In The Path Of Truth
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
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Dear Ones, Recently I shared on the subject, 'Do Not Bear False Witness.' I stated, The Holy Scriptures Group four evil vile sins together for a reason. You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, and you shall not bear false witness are grouped together.
Society downplays lying with comments like, 'It was only a little white lie. It was only a little black lie.' Lying is a grievous sin!! What is the matter with us? Some of us associate with people who are known liars. . .
Some of us contribute to the political campaigns of known liars. . . Some of us vote for known liars to lead our governments.
Do we understand the implications of the words 'Do not bear false witness? The Torah is teaching us a valuable lesson about trust. The individuals that we associate with, the individuals we have close relationships with and the individuals we share a bond with must be trustworthy.
Those who we choose to lead us must have a foundation of being reliable and truthful. Anyone who bears false witness lacks the fear of The Lord God. Leaders must walk in The Way of The Truth!! It deeply disturbs me that so many seem willing to accept lying as a pre-qualification for being a politician. What is the matter with us? What is a matter what society?
The answer is clear, we lack morality! We lack ethics! Do we think that if we have leaders who are liars that God will go any easier on us if we lie?
The Torah Speaks about walking In The Path of Truth. It disturbs me that I must remind everyone of the value and importance of Truth.
What if our doctors were like politicians? What if our doctors lied to us about our tests and examinations? What would be the value of going to a doctor? What if drug companies lie about their medications what would be the value of using their products?
Dear Friends, Truth and Truthfulness are very valuable!! Relationships between husbands and wives are founded upon truthfulness!! Children depend upon their parents to be honest and truthful and forthright with them.
Anyone who has been lied to knows how horrible it feels. We understand how lying damages relationships. We understand the problems lying causes in relationships. Most of us have lied. Yet, this is not an excuse for us to continue following this pattern of sin!
So we should not lie.
We should walk 'In The Path of Truth.'
We should teach others not to lie.
We should teach others to walk 'In The Path of Truth.'
We should be careful not associate with liars.
We should be careful not to support liars.
We should be careful not to elect individuals with a history of lying to gain a political position in government.
One can lie with their words, and one can lie by the way they live. Remember, Truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true.
2088 years passed before The Word Truth was mentioned in The Holy Scriptures. Does this mean Truth was absent? Absolutely not! Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, said,
'And I bowed down my head, and worshipped The Lord, and said, "Blessed The Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me In The Path of Truth to take my master's brother's daughter [to be the wife] of his son.'"
Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, understood and acknowledged The Path of Truth. He stated that The Lord God led him In The Path of Truth. From Eliezer's comment we learn, The Path of Truth was known and taught before being mentioned in The Torah. בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת Bih Deh Reh Kih - Emet meaning 'In The Path of Truth' is the Gematria of 667. The Gematria Miluy Echad allows us to add The Number One to any Gematria because The Lord God is Echad, i.e. One. From time to time I share a Gematria Miluy Echad. Now we must ask what if we subtracted The Aleph from a Gematria. What would the meaning of 'In The Path of Truth' be if just the Aleph was removed?
Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth
ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 ם40 ת400 = 667
Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death
ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 מ40 ת400 = 666
If The Letter Aleph representing God were removed the meaning of the phrase Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth would change to Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death. The Gematria would change from 667 to 666.
One may walk In The Path of Truth, which enjoys the Presence of God, or one may walk in the path of death with does not enjoy the Presence of God.
Numbers 23.19 informs us that 'God is not a man, that He should lie.' David wrote, 'God is Holy', Psalms 99.9. This means The Lord God is separated from sin. God is separated from those who lie. We are called to be Holy. The Torah Says, 'be Holy because I am Holy', Leviticus 11.44. In other words, we are to live separate from those who lie because lying is NOT HOLY! Lying is a sin! We are to separate ourselves from the sins associated with lying, murder, adultery and stealing.
The Path of Truth brings life.
The path of lying brings death.
The truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true.
May The Lord Bless all who read, study and Observer The Torah.
Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
Dean of Jewish Studies,
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC