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Genesis 1


The Trinity 

Creation of Adam and Eve

G-d's Blessing on Relationships ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of those who are dear to us who have departed for the life to come... May they rest in peace. 


Those who learn with us in this here in Journey Through Genesis would also find our Course Gematria And Mysticism in GENESIS interesting.  We cover additional information on this subject in Bereisheit 113 Lesson 1.


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Bereisheit / Genesis 1.26

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ


This discussion is based on Genesis 1.26-28; Bereisheit 1.26 - 2.8


Jewish Translation

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. Bereisheit 1.26


King James Version - 

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1.26

Dr. Akiva Gamliel's Translation

And G-d Said, [to the Angles] Let Us Make [everything from the first Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Letter Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet the Letter Tav of Ha Adam] man in Our [Spiritual] Image, after Our [Spiritual] Likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth. Bereisheit / Genesis 1.26


Many are unaware of what is actually being conveyed in Genesis 1.26.  Those of us who understand the meaning Ha Torah is Conveying need to do a much better job or relating the accurate meaning. Why? Many depend upon us to convey the intention in addition to the actual meaning. Those that do not understand Hebrew must rely on those who do understand to properly convey what is being said and what is intended.  Notice the translations above.


Notice the second Word from the right in the Hebrew Text of Bereisheit 1.26; Genesis 1.26.  The second Word is  אֱלֹהִים  Elokim, meaning G-d, gods, judge, judges ruler, rulers.   (See Strong's Reference Number 430)  Elokim is plural.  Does this mean G-d is more than One?  No! How do we know this?  The Word Elokim when it makes reference to G-d our Creator is ALWAYS single. How do we know this?  Devarim 6.4; Deuteronomy 6.4 says, 'Hear Yisroel, Hashem our G-d, Hashem is One.'  Here Moshe records that the יְהוָֹה Word Hashem our G-d is one. The Word Hashem is always singular.  So even though the Word אֱלֹהִים  Elokim, G-d is a Plural Word when the reference is to G-d the Creator the meaning is singular.


Devarim 6.4; Deuteronomy 6.4

 שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָֹה ׀ אֶחָד:


Jewish Translation

Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord, Devarim 6.4


King James Version

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: Deuteronomy 6.4

Dr. Akiva Gamliel's Translation

'Hear Yisroel, Hashem our G-d, Hashem is One.' Devarim 6.4




Then in addition to this we read many time in Ha Torah the combined Words Hashem G-d {The L-rd G-d}.  Notice Genesis 2.18; Bereisheit 2.18


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לֹא־טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂה־לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ


 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים

Vah Yoh Mehr - Hashem Elokim, meaning the L-rd G-d Said is singular even though the Word Elokim is plural.  Why? Every usage of the Word אֱלֹהִים  Elokim when used to make reference to G-d our Creator is always singular in Ha Tenach; the Christian Old Testament.


Sense G-d is One where do we get the Words 'Let Us Make'?  These Words are implied.  The words 'Let Us' are implied.  They do not exist in the Hebrew Text. The Words 'Let Us' are inserted to help explain the Words  בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ Bih Tzah Lih Mah Nu  -  Kee Dih Mooh Tah Nu meaning in Our [Spiritual] Image in Our [Spiritual] Likeness.  Both of these Words are plural.  


However when the words 'Let Us' are inserted into the English translations one must be careful to also convey the proper meaning.  And G-d Said, [to the Angles] Let Us Make [everything from Aleph to Tav of Ha Adam] man in Our [Spiritual] Image, after Our [Spiritual] Likeness... (References: Rabbi Yisrael Isser Zvi Herczeg, The Sapirstein Edition Rashi Bereisheit / Genesis {Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition 10th impression 2007}, p 139; Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), pp 67-75;)


NOW additional reference to what I am stating is found in the Hebrew Text Bereisheit 1.27; Genesis 1.27.



Bereisheit / Genesis 1.27

 וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ 

בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם



Jewish Translation

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female He created them. Bereisheit 1.27


King James Version - 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1.27

Dr. Akiva Gamliel's Translation

And He, G-d, Created [everything from Aleph to Tav of Ha Adam] the man in His [Spiritual] Image in the [Spiritual] Likeness, of G-d, He Created him Male and Her Female [He] Created them. Bereisheit 1.27


Verse 27 Gives account of the actual creation of Humankind.  In Verse 27 we see that וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים Vah Yih Vih Raw - Elokim as being used is used in the SINGULAR format.  Ha Torah States, 'And He, G-d Created.'   


Verse 27 Gives account of the actual creation of humankind.  Ha Torah Says,  וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים 'And He, G-d Created [SINGULAR]  בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים  in His [Spiritual] Image [SINGULAR] in His [Spiritual] Form [SINGULAR].   So in the actual creation of humankind G-d Created in the singular.  G-d Created one being that we call אֶת־הָאָדָם Eht - Ha Adam, Everything from the first Letter of the Aleph Bet to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet of the man.  The human creation was first One soul then second One body.  It is very important to notice the 'them' in the Hebrew Text. In Bereisheit 1.27; Genesis 1.27 there is no mention of a body.  The only mention is Spiritual.  Again, in His בְּצַלְמוֹ [Spiritual] Image [SINGULAR] in His בְּצֶלֶם [Spiritual] Form [SINGULAR].  It is important to note that the soul for humankind was created in advance of the body.  The Essence of humankind was created on Yom Sheini, the second day after the creation of the angles.


The Word הָאָדָם Ha Adam which is used in creation of humankind is masculine. This is very important to note.  Why?  Chavah, Eve, the Woman was a part of man in the Created Ha Adam. Adam Ha Reshon, Adam the first man, and Chavah Ha Reshonah and Eve the first Woman shared the same body originally. Chavah was separated from the back side of Ha Adam. Chavah was not taken from a rib. This is for another discussion.  Note what Ha Torah Says,  בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם:  He [G-d] Created אֹתוֹ זָכָר meaning him male,  וּנְקֵבָה  meaning her female. Then we notice בָּרָא אֹתָם [He] Created them.


It is from the Text in Bereisheit 1.27 that we learn the Spiritual Form of G-d is both a Masculine Form and a Feminine Form.  When G-d Separated Ha Adam the soul which was one was divided.  Adam was one half of the original soul of Ha Adam.  Chavah was one half of the original soul of Ha Adam.    There is where we get the concept of our 'soul mate'. Two half souls equal a whole soul. {References: Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp. 31-33}


וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹהִים וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת־הָאָרֶץ וְכִבְשֻׁהָ וּרְדוּ בִּדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבְכָל־חַיָּה הָרֹמֶשֶׂת עַל־הָאָרֶץ:


In Verse 28 we observe the Blessing of G-d as the Righteous Judge on Adam and Chavah on their physical union on their sexual activity as a married couple with the Words,  וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם אֱלֹהִים.  Then we observe G-d Instruction וַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אֱלֹהִים to Adam and Chavah. G-d Said to Adam and to Chavah, פְּרוּ וּרְבוּ וּמִלְאוּ אֶת־הָאָרֶץ be fruitful and multiply and fill [everything from Aleph to Tav] of the earth.  This is how we know a homosexual life style is wrong.  Children are not produced from a gay or lesbian lifestyle.  The Blessing of G-d IS ONLY ON the husband Wife relationship!!  This does not mean that one should be mean to Gay or lesbian people.  We should be kind and loving to all of G-d's creatures. 


In addition to this please very carefully note that the Blessing of G-d is not on single individuals.  The Blessing of G-d is on the married relationship. This is one reason why I remarried after divorcing.  This is why I sought a new mate. The Blessing of G-d is on the married relationship. Our Creator heals over the wounds of a misplaced marriage with a new special individual in one's life, kaw naw nah haw raw!  May marriage continue to be blessed! It is wise to support marriage when possible.


This Verse of Ha Torah Teaches the only life style that G-d Blessed was that of a man and of a woman who joined as a married couple.  One can produce all the scientific research on genes being related to a particular life styles that they choose but it does not change Ha Torah.  I acknowledge the potential of these studies. I acknowledge that we so to speak live in a modern society but again this does not change what our Creator has Instructed.  I understand and empathize with the struggles we may face and will try to encourage and assist as I can.  I hope you will also assist us at B'nai Noach Torah Institute with you gifts of kindness.


May Hashem Bless each of us with understanding that G-d Created [singular] created humankind in His [singular] image and that each of us who are single are to seriously seek for our mate so that our lives will be blessed by the first Blessing G-d pronounced over man and woman.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis


Bereisheit 2 


Wealth - The Value Of A Good Wife ©


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LL


This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Channah Sakash, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Sharon bat Vivian, Donald Wayne ben Ethel ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Ethel ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah, Stephen ben Martha, Lloyd ben Na'amah Von ben Na'amah, John ben Na'amah and Jerry ben Na'amah may they rest in peace.  



May Hashem Bless all who joyfully, lovingly and enthusiastically Observe the Mitzvot of Ha Torah and those who try too...


Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Genesis 2


And He Brought Her to the Man ©

וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of Lee Daniel, Leann Daniel and Kathleen Travis, Mr. Joseph Edgar Copesteaks, Mrs Gertrude Virginia Copesteaks, Ms Alice Virginia Copesteaks and Mr. Don Bueling may they rest in peace. 



Bereisheit [Genesis] 2.18

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לֹא־טוֹב הֱיוֹת הָאָדָם לְבַדּוֹ אֶעֱשֶׂה־לּוֹ עֵזֶר כְּנֶגְדּוֹ: 


And Hashem G-d Said it is good for Ha Adam [Adam and Chavah / Eve] to be alone.  I will fashion a help mate like[him] opposite [him].  


One must question the use of him when we know it is them.  Adam and Chavah are in one shared body that is referred to as him.


 We see that our Creator Endorses some separation of husband and wife.  He Separated them. He Created them.


Originally Adam and Chavah were one body and one soul.  Then they were divided.  They were separated.  Up until this point we know they were in agreement or they could not function.  However after they were separated they each had their own individual choices.  The Word כְּנֶגְדּוֹ Cih Neg Doh means like him [but] opposite of him.  This means Chavah was opposite of him sexually.  This also means that Adam was like Adam and that Chavah was like Adam.  She was created like him.  HOWEVER if Adam would stray from the original Adam, i.e. the created Adam then Chavah would no longer be like the strayed Adam she would be opposite him. 


This can work either way.  When a man and woman meet they note certain special qualities in each other that attract them to each other. If either alter their attraction the consequences can be serious.  One can argue that a certain degree of change is normal.  This is true but the core of the individual must remain the same with some exceptions.  Those exceptions are injury and illness.  When ones mate is either injured or become ill this should NOT ALTER THE RELATIONSHIP.  However if the core of the individual in the relationship changes do to other reasons the relationship may fail.  One needs to guard against lethargy and stupor.


My first relationship changed.  I was a Christian who was Jewish.  I was a Christian Pastor who was Jewish.  I became a Messianic Christian who was Jewish.  I became a Messianic Congregation Leader who was Jewish.  I eventually returned to Judaism.  My Christian wife was justified in not converting.  I was NOT the husband she married.  My core principles changed from being those of a Christian / Messianic to those of an Observant Jew.  This was a dramatic core change.  


My second relationship changed.  I was injured while at work.  Several years later my wife was diagnosed cancer. Our relationship changed.  I was no longer the man she married.  She was no longer the woman I married.  This was very difficult.  Each of the core beings changed because of injury and sickness.  My core being changed. I became more dormant. My wife's core being changed Spiritually and sexually.  


When an individual's core being changes his / her mate will object.  The relationship may not survive.



Bereisheit [Genesis] 2.21

 וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה


Hashem G-d Caused a deep sleep to fall on Ha Adam, the man. [This appears like both Adam and Chavah were asleep.  Both were not conscious.]  Hashem G-d Took from the being that was Ha Adam, [i.e. Adam and Chavah] and closed the flesh in its place.


When a relationship becomes dormant, unexciting, lacking vigor we could say it is in a state of unconsciousness.  The true relationship has ended.  The relationship is going no where.  The woman is taken from the man.  The man is separated from the woman.  This should be a sign to us that we should guard against allowing our relationships to become dormant. We should do our best to keep our relationship from becoming lethargic or stupor. Relationships need vitality.  Relationships need excitement.  There is a painful principle here. Both Adam and Chavah were together but they were really alone. Things had to change.  They did.


There are several ways of looking at this.  G-d Separated the man and woman.  G-d Took from the man.  The point is the relationship was not working.  There had to be a change in the relationship.  Adam and Chavah thought alike. They went to the same places.  They did everything together. There was no independence from each other.  They were always together. We learn from this that relationships need individual space.  My brother Gabor Yitzchok tells this story to couples who intend to wed.  He says to them, My wife and I take two days off.  I take Yom Sheini off and she takes Yom Sh'lishi off. 


When our Creator Takes a woman from a man there is a wound left afterwards. Ha Torah Says that [He] closed over the flesh in its place. Anytime a couple separates there is a wound.  The man has a wound and the woman has a wound. Make no mistake there is a wound that requires closing. The time required for closing is different for each of us.  The Word  וַיִּסְגֹּר Vah Yee Sih Gohr means to lock, to close, to shut, to enclose, to bolt shut...  When a relationship ends when togetherness ends when sharing ends, when loving ends IT IS PAINFUL!!  The flesh must be closed over.  


This next part is AMAZING!!   Notice the Word in gray.  It is  תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh meaning to close over.  However the translation does not explain what is at the core of closing over.  The shoresh of  תַּחְתֶּנָּה Tah Chih Teh Nawh is חתן Chah Tawn meaning to wed.  The point is that marriage heals the wound of what one has lost.  So while one requires sometime to adjust after being separated from one's mate the real closing of separation comes with MARRIAGE not a relationship. 


וַיִּבֶן יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הַצֵּלָע אֲשֶׁר־לָקַח מִן־הָאָדָם לְאִשָּׁה וַיְבִאֶהָ אֶל־הָאָדָם


And He, Hashem G-d, Built everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam into [the most beautiful] wife and brought her to Adam [the man no longer the couple].


The reason I added the Words 'the most beautiful' to wife is because our Creator who fashioned Chavah built Chavah from everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav from the side that He took from Ha Adam.  The result had to be the best of the best.  


וַיֹּאמֶר הָאָדָם זֹאת הַפַּעַם עֶצֶם מֵעֲצָמַי וּבָשָׂר מִבְּשָׂרִי לְזֹאת יִקָּרֵא אִשָּׁה כִּי מֵאִישׁ לֻקֳחָה־זֹּאת


עַל־כֵּן יַעֲזָב־אִישׁ אֶת־אָבִיו וְאֶת־אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד:


 וַיִּהְיוּ שְׁנֵיהֶם עֲרוּמִּים הָאָדָם וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְלֹא יִתְבּשָׁשׁוּ:


May warmth enter our lives.  May we find our Soulmate.  May our source of goodness be realized by our mate.  May it be pleasing. May HaShem Bless us.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Genesis 3

Wealth - Some Gifts Are Not Good!

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



May Hashem Bless all who joyfully, lovingly and enthusiastically Observe the Mitzvot of Ha Torah and those who try too...


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Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Genesis 3


Sin / The Test! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of Jeanne C. W.  Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.


In this Perek of HaTorah we have the original sin. Discussing is immediately after Rosh HaShanah , the ten days of repentance and Yom Kippur seems like a good ideal. 


How do we avoid sin?


We observe how sin is introduced. Sin is introduced by a cunning, crafty, clever, skilled, artful, devious, scheming, calculating, shrewd, astute, deceitful, deceptive individual whose aim is to achieve their goal. In other words Television.  Advertisers on television use many deceitful styles to sell their product.  Television is an easy target because it is in so many homes in our world. 

Television is the means by which people who are very skilled and well financed sell their products. 


Now the original sin was not caused by television. Ha Torah Says the sin of Adam and Chavah was introduced by a serpent that could talk and reason and lie.


1.) Talking: Bereisheit 3.1

'And the serpent said...'


2.) Reasoning: Bereisheit 3.1

'Did G-d even say that you should not eat from the trees of the Garden?'


3.) Lies: Bereisheit 3.1

'You certainly will not die.  For G-d Knows that on the day you will eat from it, your eyes will be opened, and you will become gods, knowing what is good and what is evil.'


4.) False Promises: Bereisheit 3.1

This sounds like drugs.  The presentation is this will open your eyes. You will have fabulous new experiences that will enlighten you...


Why would the Serpent say the Words, 'knowing what is good and what is evil'  Why would he say this when humankind were created with a Good Inclination and an Evil Inclination?    [The word vah-yizer] is written with two Yod's, to show that God Created two inclinations, one good and the other evil, Beresheit 61a.  Man already knew what was good and evil. The statement from the serpent indicates that humans were missing something. What is it that man was missing?   Bereisheit 1.27 clearly states, וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא 'And Hashem G-d Created Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Lettter Tav of Adam and Chavah.' Nothing was left out.  They were created complete.  Their relationship was prepared for every situation.  There was nothing they could not face.  They were prepared to face sin even the most cunning, crafty, clever, skilled, artful, devious, scheming, calculating, shrewd, astute, deceitful, deceptive individual!


Bereisheit 1.27

וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם



Why would  'knowing what is good and what is evil' attract Chavah to disobey the Command of the Creator in Bereisheit 2.7?  She wanted something that was out of her reach.  Why would Adam follow her?  Why does Ha Torah Say after they disobeyed G-d 'that there eyes were opened that they realized that they were naked'? (Bereisheit 3.7)


6.) Listening to the wrong beings: Bereisheit 3.5


7.) Being Influenced by the wrong being: Bereisheit 3.5

They were influenced by the serpent who  cunning, crafty, clever, skilled, artful, devious, scheming, calculating, shrewd, astute, deceitful, deceptive


8.) Seeing: Bereisheit 3.6

The Woman saw... Notice the Letter Tav in front of the Reh.  The Tav is place their to tell us this is an important sign, וַתֵּרֶא הָאִשָּׁה כִּי טוֹב הָעֵץ  .


 וַתֵּרֶא הָאִשָּׁה כִּי טוֹב הָעֵץ לְמַאֲכָל וְכִי תַאֲוָה־הוּא לָעֵינַיִם וְנֶחְמָד הָעֵץ לְהַשְׂכִּיל וַתִּקַּח מִפִּרְיוֹ וַתֹּאכַל וַתִּתֵּן גַּם־לְאִישָׁהּ עִמָּהּ וַיֹּאכַל


9.) Tempting: Bereisheit 3.6

The fruit was tempting. Sin is tempting. Disobedience is tempting.


10.) Appealing: Bereisheit 3.6

Sin is appealing.


11.) Obtaining Wisdom: Bereisheit 3.6

Yes, their eyes were opened.  Yes, they obtained wisdom.  They obtained wisdom that they could only experience from sinning.  


The Test:

Ha Torah Says:


יִּקַּח יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן־עֵדֶן לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ


'G-d Took Everything from the Letter Aleph to the Lettter Tav of Adam and Chavah, {Nothing was left out.} and placed him in the Garden of Eden to it and to guard it.'Bereisheit 2.15


None of us can get by the test.  We will all be tested!  We have everything we need to pass the test. Yet we will be tested.  Each of us can improve our situation by knowing how the test are administered.  This is the purpose for this Devri Torah Limood.


May each of us be careful to observe these points that warn us so we can avoid sin and sinning and remain true to our Creator.


G-d Bless each of us!


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 4


Sin / The Effects! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of Jeanne C. W.  Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.


Devri Torah Limood

Bereisheit [Genesis] 4. 1-26


In this Perek of HaTorah we have the original sin. Discussing is immediately after Rosh HaShanah , the ten days of repentance and Yom Kippur seems like a good ideal. 


Bereisheit 4.1

וְהָאָדָם יָדַע אֶת־חַוָּה אִשְׁתּוֹ וַתַּהַר וַתֵּלֶד אֶת־קַיִן וַתֹּאמֶר קָנִיתִי אִישׁ אֶת־יְהוָֹה


And the man had [everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav] of sexual relations with Chavah his wife and she became pregnant and birthed Kayin, and she said, 'I have obtained a man with Hashem, Bereisheit 4.1.


Words to consider:

והאדם

Vih Haw Aw Dawm, the correct translation is to emphasize 'the man' instead of 'the Adam'. Why? Adam Ha Reshon and Chavah Reshonah were separated.  They were married.


ידע

Yaw Dah means to know as in past tense.  The sexual act was over. "The translation in the past perfect follows Rashi: he 'had known', i.e. the events of this verse: the conception and birth of Cain had occurred before the sin and expulsion of Adam and [Chavah] from [Gan] Eden." Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 141


אשתו

Eeshi Toh meaning, His wife.  At this time Chavah was the only other living human on earth.  She was the only woman.  Why then is it necessary to say the obvious, His wife? What is Ha Torah teaching us by saying this? We know there is only one man and one woman on earth.  We know they are married.  The pronouncement 'his wife' comes following their sexual relationship. Ha Torah states this in 5770 to remind us, to support and to teach us that the only proper place for sexual relationship is within marriage. In 1 F.C. [From Creation]  it was obvious that there were no other human choices. Today with many choices and many options there is still only one proper path to a sexual relationship.  That is marriage.


ותהר

Vih Tah Har, meaning, [הרה] to become pregnant.  Note the letter Tav. The Tav informs us that this is a sign.  This is a neon sign flashing brightly saying, Pay attention! Mine here!


ותלד

Vih Tay Lehd, [ילד] to bare; Again please note the added Tav represents a sign.  This has VERY STRONG implications.  Why? Kayin was born in Gan Eden before the sin.  If so why was he expelled along with his parents.  At this time we have no record of him sinning...  The parents sins had an effect on Kayin. He was no longer from perfect seed. He was born in perfection but ejected from Gan Eden because of their sin.  Why / How did their sin impact him?


את

Eht, meaning, I define this to mean,  Everything from the first Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Letter Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet, the Letter Tav. The Eht represents being all inclusive from the beginning of one letter to the conclusion of another letter.  'The word Et is spelled Alef Tav, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  It therefore implies a transition from beginning to end.  Rabbi Ishmael therefore states that its main purpose [in the instance he is referring to] is to indicate the transitive sense of the word "created."


Rabbi Akiba, on the other hand replies that the very fact that Et contains the Alef Tav implies that it superimposes the entire alphabet between the subject verb and the predicated noun adding all things that pertain to that noun(Cf. Or Torah, Bereisheit).  Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 pp 108, 109


קין

Kayin is taken from קניתי Kaw Nee Tee, meaning 'I have obtained..' Kaw Nee Tee follows Kayin by two words.  


Bereisheit 4.2

 וַתֹּסֶף לָלֶדֶת אֶת־אָחִיו אֶת־הָבֶל וַיְהִי־הֶבֶל רֹעֵה צֹאן וְקַיִן הָיָה עֹבֵד אֲדָמָה


And she added to the birth of [Kayin] everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of his brother [Hevel] and everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Hevel, and it happened Hevel became a shepherd but Kayin was a worker of the ground.


Words to consider:

ותסף

Vig Toh Sehf, meaning to add to to do again.   Again, the Tav informs us that this is a sign.  This is a neon sign flashing brightly saying, Pay attention! Mine here!


את

There are three Words connected to Eht.

Eht Kayin - everything from Aleph to Tav of Kayin - את קין

Eht Aw Cheev - everything from Aleph to Tav of his [Kayin's] brother את-אחיו

Eht Haw Vehl - everything from Aleph to Tav of Hevel את-האל


Rashi teaches that the Word Eht which are used here these three time, once with Kayin and twice with Hevel, implies additional [facts or things].  Here it means Kayin had a twin sister and Hevel had 2 twin sisters... Rabbi Avrohom Davis / Rabbi Avrohom Kleinkaufman, The Metsudah Chumash / Rashi (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc. 1993) p10


It is important to note that Hevel had two wives at the same time.  Both were his soul mate.

Bereisheit 4.3

 וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה:


And it happened after the end of days, Kayin brought fruit, [the poorest spoiled flax seed] from the ground as an offering to Hashem.


I wonder why Kayin went to such extreme measures to bring the worst of the worst offering to Hashem.  Kayin went out of his way to bring the worst offering he could. What was Kayin's reasoning?  What was he thinking?  What was his point? The attitude he displayed was one of anger and rebellion.  Why was Kayin angry with G-d? Is it possible that Kayin was angry with G-d for being expelled from Gan Eden because of his parents sin?  Is Kayin angry with G-d because Hevel had two twin sisters who became his wives when he only had one twin sister that became his wife?  Kayin was the older brother.  Did he feel like Hevel disrespected him? 


Bereisheit 4.4

 וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ:


And Hevel, his [younger brother] brought from firstlings and the choicest [of cheese, cream and woven wool]. And [as a result] He, Hashem turned to Hevel's offering.


Bereisheit 4.5

אֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו


To Kayin and to his offering He paid no regard. Kayin became very angry and depressed.


The main point here is that it is easy to be like Kayin.  Do we give the best of our morning hours to Tefillah / prayer, the best of the afternoon time [for B'nei Yisroel] to prayer and the best of the evening hours to prayer?  It is challenging to do this.  Do we pray when it is convenient for us.  How about May Ah Sar / tithing?  Those that have the means, do we tithe?  Do we pay the first fruits of our earnings?  Do we pay the first fruits of our earnings before paying anything else? 


Look!  These are two easy examples to offer of how we can be like Kayin.  There are many ways to give our Creator less than the best and from the back instead of the front so to speak.


May we move away from the Kayin approach to the Hevel approach. May Hashem Bless us with making right choices every day.  By making the right choices we will avoid the effect of sin.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Journey Through Genesis



Genesis 5

Them! ©


אֹתָם


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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In this Perek of HaTorah we have the original sin. Discussing is immediately after Rosh HaShanah , the ten days of repentance and Yom Kippur seems like a good ideal. 

 Bereisheit 5.1

 זֶה סֵפֶר תּוֹלְדֹת אָדָם בְּיוֹם בְּרֹא אֱלֹהִים אָדָם בִּדְמוּת אֱלֹהִים עָשָׂה אֹתוֹ:


 Bereisheit 5.2

זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בְּרָאָם וַיְבָרֶךְ אֹתָם וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמָם אָדָם בְּיוֹם הִבָּרְאָם:


This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day God Created man, in the likeness of G-d He Made him, Bereisheit 5.1.


Male and female He Created them; and blessed them, and named them man [Adam], in the day when they were created,  Bereisheit 5.2.


Notice Bereisheit 1.27 where the same words זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה  Zaw Chawr - Oov Nih Kay Vah are used.


The Blessing is not just on the man and woman but their exclusive reproductive forms for the purpose of creating children after them...


 May Hashem Bless us with making right choices in bring children into the world.  May we bring pure holy G-d Fearing children into being by making the right choices...





May Hashem Bless all who joyfully, lovingly and enthusiastically Observe the Mitzvot of Ha Torah and those who try too...


Blessings and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Journey Through Genesis 


Genesis 6


Tavah! ©


תבת / תבה


 עֲשֵׂה לְךָ תֵּבַת עֲצֵי־גֹפֶר



By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


This Divrei Torah is offered in the loving memory of Rabbi Yehosuah Gutman and Yehosuah Goodman, may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit [Genesis] 6.14 Make, Construct, Build, Design, Assemble for yourself an Ark of Ceder Wood.


Build this Tavah [Box, Chest, Case] for yourself but invite others to join you.  What is the message?

Consider the cost of the Ark.  How would Noach pay for such an expensive project?  Where would he get the resources? Consider the design, the architectural skills required.  Had anyone built an ark before? What technical skills would be required for designing and constructing buildings the ark?  Think of the knowledge and skill required to build the ark.  How would Noach test the competency of the Ark?  After the ark was constructed what about navigating the ark


The Midrash Says that Noach began 120 years before the flood by planting trees.  He had to grow the trees to specific heights.  Noach would have to plant the trees and harvest them at the appropriate times.  How would he know how to do this? 


I cannot imagine.  Building a Sukkah does me in for several weeks.


At the top are two words Tay Vaht  in blue type and Tay Vawh in red type.  It is interesting that the introduction to the Tavah has a Tav in the beginning and at the End of the word.  The Letter Tav symbolizes Truth and Perfection.  The Letter Tav is often used to represent SIGN when attached to the beginning of a letter.  The center Letter Bet represents blessings, creation and duality or plurality.  So, it is interesting that the Letter Bet has the Letters Tav before and after.  It is also interesting to note that the animals etc. that were not clean came in two's, a male with a female.


During the period of time that the evil in the world were perishing, being drowned by water and being sweep away within the Tavah were the blessed!  The blessed were surrounded by perfection with a Tav on each side. The Letter Bet means house.  So lodged between each Tav was the house that housed the living, purified beings of the world.   They were the blessed!  What did they do to be selected to be among thoughts chosen to repopulate the earth? 


This was a dark time for most of the world.  The world had to be cleansed by water.  The world had to be immersed in a mikvah so to speak.   Yet there was light in the Tavah.  Noach was Instructed to place a Precious Stone in the top of the Tavah.  Light would emanate from this stone throughout the Tavah.  So when there was darkness all around there was light coming from this precious stone. 


rhæxo Tzoh Har means window, skylight and brightness, To be bright... To be clear...

I take this to mean that within the Tavah there was brightness and clarity.  There was no confusion.  Everyone had to look to the top of the Tavah for brightness and Clarity, i.e. to the precious stone, to Hashem!


This is a reminder that we should be careful to surround ourselves with purity.  We are the House... we are the Temple... We always need brightness and clarity. We should look up to Hashem, our Precious Stone.  There is a key word here.  It is the second word.


hc,[æTæ Tah Ah Seh means for us to MAKE a place in our Bet, our house for brightness for clarity.  It is our responsibility to make a place for the precious stone.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 7


The Final Seal! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


 Bereisheit [Genesis] 7.1 24


Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of Leann Daniel, Kathleen Travis, Mary Ila Warren, Cloyd Burke, may they rest in peace.


Dear ones we are going to look at Bereisheit 7.16 and Bereisheit 36.6.  Please notice the last three words of Bereisheit 7.16:


Wd"[æBæ    h    y  h   w   rGOos]yiwæ

Vah Yees  Gohr - Hashem - Bah Ahd Voo


He, Hashem Enclosed [them] and sealed [them in the tavah]...  They were especially protected.  Notice why? Those that came were male and female from among all flesh they came LIKE Elokim Commanded [Noach], then He, Hashem enclosed [them] and sealed [them in the tavah]...


The first word, Vah Yees  Gohr  means He Enclosed them!

The third word Bah Ahd Voo  means Hashem Stood in front of the Tavah door.  He Sealed them in!   Then Hashem placed wild animals like bears surrounding the Tavah to prevent them the evil beings from boarding the Tavah or destroying it. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.19


They came like G-d Commanded Noach.  They came in pairs one male and one female.  Sometimes we want to do things our own way.  That will not work if G-d Has Not Commanded it!


They benefited from observing the Command of G-d.  

They were shut in the Tavah.

They were sealed in the Tavah.


In Bereisheit 36.6 we read, 


Eisov took his wives, his sons, his daughters, all the people of his household, his livestock, all his animals and all his possessions that he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and he went to a land away from his brother, Yaakov.


Again notice the last three words in Ha Torah:


wyjia; bqoøO[æyæ ynEP]mi

Mee Pih Nay - Yaakov - Aw Cheev


...away from the face of Yaakov his brother.  Eisov represented a threat to Yaakov so our Creator Sent him away to protect Yaakov and his relatives.


We have two interesting phrases here that have similarities.


387 = w6 d4 [70 b2    h5    y10  h5   w6    r200 g3 s60 y10 w6

387 =  w6y10 j8 a1  b2 q100 [70 y10   y10 n50 p80 m40

In one instant Noach is Commanded By G-d to bring all the animals into the Tavah.  Noach did this.


In the other instant Eisov is sent away with all his animals and relatives etc. 


Both of these phrases are a Gematria of 387.   Both have a Letter which is representative of the circle of life, the Mem [m] and the Samech [s] .  Both have a visual Letter in Ayin [[].  Vah Yees  Gohr - Hashem - Bah Ahd Voo Has the Letter [w] Vav 3 times which equals 18 [yj] life.  Hashem Enclosed them and Sealed them for life!  Each word has a Vav.


18 = w6 d[b    h    y  h   w6    rgsyw6

Mee Pih Nay - Yaakov - Aw Cheev Has the Letter [y] Yud 3 times.  Eisov was very powerful.  He and his family were feared.  Why would he have left Eretz Canaan after living their for over a hundred years.  It was because Hashem Sent him away from the face of his brother, Yaakov!  Each Word has a Yud!


30 =  wy10 ja  bq[y10   y10 npm

So in our discussion we observe several was that our Creator protects us from those that would hurt us.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis 


Genesis 8


The Upheavals End, The World's Most Horrific Storm Ends Peace Returns ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Audio


Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving Memory of Mr. Jim Beaudry and Author Davis, Sr., may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit 7.11

In Year six Hundred of Noach's years of life in the second month in the seventeenth day of the month in this day all the fountains of the deep burst forth [volcanic lava] and the windows of heaven were opened [torrential down pour]. 


Using the Gregorian Calendar as a point of reference the flood date for 2008 would have begun on 11-15-08 or last Shabbat, Parshat Vayeira.


Bereisheit 7.12

And the water was upon the earth for forty days and forth nights... [17] ...and the waters increased and lifted up the Tava and it rose above the earth. [18] The waters were powerful and increased greatly on the earth. [19] ...[the waters] covered all the highest mountains [peaks].  [20] ...by up to 30 feet. [21] All flesh that moves on earth  perished; in birds and in animals  and in beasts and in all creeping creatures upon the earth and all humans.  [22] Everything that had with nostrils with a souls breath of life, from all on dry land died.  [23] Every living substance was on the face of the ground was obliterated...and only the remnant [of the earth] Noach and those with him in the Tava survived.


Bereisheit 7.24 And the waters prevailed on the earth for one hundred fifty days.


Bereisheit 8.1

Hashem Remembered everything from Aleph to Tav of  Noach and all the life and all the animals that were with him in the [Holy] Tavah. And G-d, He Caused Spirit on the earth and the waters subsided. [2] The fountains of the deep [volcanic lava] were closed and the windows of the Heaven [torrential down pour].  [3] The waters receded continually from earth.  The waters were diminished at the end of one hundred fifty days.


Bereisheit 8.4

The [Holy] Tavah rested in the seventh month on the seventeenth day of the month on the mountains of Ararat.


The flood began in the second month the seventh day.  

2nd Month 13 Days remaining days

3rd Month  30 Days 

4th Month  30 Days - There were 30 days on this month.  5769 has only 29

5th Month  30 Days

6th Month  30 Days - There were 30 days on this month.  5769 has only 29

7th Month  17 Days beginning days

_______________

Total Days   150 Days = 


The [Holy] Tavah Rested in the Mountains of Ararat in the seventh month on the seventeenth day of the month.  This was 04-11-2009 of the Gregorian Calendar.


Bereisheit 8.5 The waters continuously diminished until the tenth month. In the tenth month the mountain peaks became visible. 


The 30 feet of water depth that covered the highest peaks on earth and all land had diminished.  These means Mount Everest in Asia at 8848 meters / 29,028 feet and Mount Aconcagua Mendoza in South America at 6962 meters / 22, 841 feet and Mount McKinley in North America at 6194 meters / 20,320 feet and Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa at 5895 meters/feet and Mt Elbrus in Europe at 5642 meters / 18,506 feet and Mount Vinson in Antartica at 4892 meters / 16, 050 feet and possible even Mount Evans at 434 7 Meters / 14,264 feet in Colorado in the United States became visible. How do we know this?


Mount Ararat is 5165 meters / 16,946 feet. The waters had diminished from nine meters / thirty feet ABOVE Mount Everest 8843 meters / 29.028 feet to the point where the mountain peaks in the area of Mount Ararat could be seen.   Do the math.


Highest point of the waters was 8843 meters {Mt Everest} PLUS an additional 9 meters = 8852 meters.

Highest point of the waters was 29,028 feet {Mt Everest} PLUS an additional 30 feet = 29,058 feet.


The mountain peaks around Mount Ararat became visible in the tenth month. Again Mount Ararat is 5165 meters / 16,946 feet.  The waters diminished from 8852 meters to below 5165 meters.  The waters diminished more than 3690 meters by the tenth month and by more than 12,112 feet. WOW!


From the time of the seventh month the seventeenth day until the tenth month the twenty-seventh day the [Holy] Tavah rested 99 days. This began a period of 40 days plus 7 days plus 7 days and plus 7 days which led up to the day of judgment, Rosh HaShanah.  The 40 days began on the eve of  07-19-09 of the Gregorian Calendar, which is the [27th day 11th month of 5769 FC.


The 40th day ended on 08-28-09 of Gregorian Calendar, which is the 9th day of the 12th month of 5769 FC.  There are several key words found in Bereisheit 8.6.  Ha Torah Says, 'at the end of forty days'.  When does the day end?  The day ends with night fall.  It was at the end of forty days that the raven was sent out.  This was Erev Shabbat.


Seven days later on the 16th day of the 12th month the dove was sent out.  The dove returned. This was Erev Shabbat. 


Seven days later on the 23rd day of the 12th month the dove was sent out a second time.  The dove returned in the evening. This was Erev Shabbat. 


Seven days later on the 1st day of the new year 1657 FC which begins at evening which is the first day of the seventh month the dove was sent out and did not return. This was Erev Shabbat.  This was Erev Rosh HaShanah of 1657 F.C.


Another key series of words are found in Bereisheit 8.11.   The dove came back at evening. 



Bereisheit 8.6

And it was after 40 days Noach opened the window of the Tavah which he made.  [7] He sent out a raven...


This was on the eve of  08-29-09

[5769 FC]


Bereisheit 8.7

[Seven days later] He sent the dove to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground.  [9] The dove found no rest for her foot so she returned to the Tavah...


This was on the eve of  09-04-09 [5769]


Bereisheit 8.10

[Noach ] waited another seven days and again sent the dove out of the [Holy] Tavah. [9] The dove came to him toward evening and behold, there was a tore olive leaf in her mount.  Noach knew then that the waters had diminished from the earth.


The olive leaf was a sign to Noach that peace had returned to the world just seven day before Rosh Hashanah which was the first judgment after the flood. 


Bereisheit 8.12

[Noach] waited another seven days and sent out the dove. [The dove] did not return to him again.


Bereisheit 8.13

And it happened in the six-hundredth first year in the first month on [day] one that the waters from upon the earth had dried.  Noach removed the covering of the [Holy] Tavah.  He looked out and behold the face of the earth had dried.


This is Rosh HaShanah - The day of Judgment for the entire world.


Bereisheit 8.14

In the second month on the twenty-seventh day of the month the earth was dry.


Bereisheit 8.15

G-d Spoke to Noach, Saying, [16] Depart from the Tavah...



Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Journey Through Genesis 


Genesis 9


A Brachah Cannot Be Reversed! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Our Devri Torah is in the loving Memory of Mr. Donald Wayne Belk and Mr. Gary Lee Belk, may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit [Genesis] 9


In the beginning of Perek Tet {Chapter 9} of Bereisheit we read, And He G-d [the Judge] Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of Noach and everything from Aleph to Tav of his sons.  G-d Gave this blessing knowing that a future time Noach would get drunk and Cham would emasculate Cham his father.  Even though our Creator Knows what our actions will be... Even though our Creator knows what our life's outcome will be our Creator does not treat us differently than everyone else.  Our Creator offers us the same blessing!


After Cham emasculates his father our sages Teach that Noach did not curse him because one cannot curse what the Creator Has Blessed!  As a result Noach rWra' {Awh Roor} curses Canaan the grandson of Cham.   rWra' {Awh Roor} meaning cursed or dammed.  We read in Ha Torah that Hashem G-d rWra' Cursed the serpent, Bereisheit 3.14.  In Passuk 17 Hashem G-d hr...Wraæ Cursed the ground because of Adam Reshon's sin.  Then in Bereisheit 9.25 Noach As a result Noach rWra' {Awh Roor} curses Canaan the grandson of Cham.   In Bereisheit 27.29 we read that  ...those who  rWra' {Awh Roor} curse you [Yaakov] are ˚'yr≤r"ao {Oh Rih Reh Chaw} cursed and those that bless you are blessed.  In Bereisheit 49.7  Yaakov says, [to Shimon and Levi]  rWra' Cursed is your anger for it is powerful...

We see the Word cursed used six times in Bereisheit.  Hashem G-d Curses the serpent and the ground.  Noach curses Canaan.  Yaakov curses the anger of Shimon and Levi. Yitzchok says to Yaakov 'those who curse you are cursed.'  These are some very strong Words.  They are not to be used carelessly!


When the word awroor is used as a very serious sign to everyone.  We just don't go around cursing people places or things!  Awroor is used sparingly in Ha Tenach.  Another word, lleqi {Kee Layl} meaning to curse or to revile is also used sparingly in Ha Tenach.


On the other hand words representing Bless, Blessed, Blessing etc are often found in Ha Tenach.


Last week we discussed the Tavah.  We called the Tavah the Holy Tavah yet the Gematria of curse, sign and Tavah are each 207.


The hb;Te {Tavah} was Holy to those dwelling inside. The Tavah was their protection from the destruction of the world outside. Everything outside of the Tavah was cursed with death and eternal destruction.  When G-d shut the door to the Holy Tavah there were two seals.  There were those sealed  inside for safety, protection, life and blessing and there were those sealed outside for doom, destruction and eternal death.


As we began G-d Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of Noach and everything from Aleph to Tav of his sons. Then G-d established the rainbow as an eternal twoa [Oht] sign in the Heavens that He would not destroy the world again by flood. This was a sign for all humankind. This was a reminder of sin, destruction and salvation for the righteous.  The rainbow is not just pretty.  The rainbow is an Oht, a sign.  


407 = r200 w6 r200 a1

407 = h5 b2 t400

407 = t400 w6 a1

I pray that each of us will merit the blessings of our Creator and not the curse, that we in turn are careful NOT TO DAM or curse anyone or anything especially G-d our Creator!  And that we remember the lesson of the Tavah.  Those in the Holy Tavah were sealed for life, protection and blessing. Those outside the Tavah were sealed for doom, destruction and death.  We observe all this in the Gematria 207.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Journey Through Genesis 


Genesis 10


תּוֹלְדֹת

Speaking Through the Generations 


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 10


The world תּוֹלְדֹת {Toh Lih Dot} meaning 'generations' speaks to each of us.  The Gematria is 840.  Ha Torah Says, These are the generations of Noach, Sheim, Cham and Yafet.  How does the generations of Cham speak to us?  How does the generations of Yafet speak to us?  The fact is that Ha Torah for the most part follows the generations of Sheim.  It is the generations of Sheim that speaks to us.  The generations of Cham and Yafet are mentioned her through Perek 11.  At the conclusion of Perek 11 Avram and Sarai are introduced.  So it is important to understand that Ha Torah for the most part covers the descendants of Sheim.  It is Sheim that is the chosen.


Why then does Ha Torah Say these are the descendants of Noach if for the most part only the descendants of Sheim are discussed?  Ha Torah focuses on the hope for humankind. Ha Torah is clearly Saying the hope for humankind comes through the descendants of Sheim.


In Vayikra 1.2 we see a similar approach.  Ha Torah Records, דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל {Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl} meaning Speak to [the] children of Israel.  Why is this passage similar?  The Gematria is also 840. Vayikra / Leviticus focuses on offerings. There is Yisroel, Levim and Kohanim.  The function of the Kohanim is offerings and blessings etc.  It is the Kohan that is the chosen.


840 = t400 r200 l30 d4 t400

840 = l30 a1 r200 c300 y10 -  y10 n50 b2 -  l30 a1 -  r200 b2 d4


So Ha Torah includes everyone.  We all are the descendants of Noach.   We all enter through the same Tav of Toh Lih Dot.  The Letter Tav represents Truth.  Each soul comes from the original soul, Ha Adam.  Each soul experiences the Tav, Truth.  The Tav also represents perfection.  We entered this world Perfect through Ha Adam Reshon and Chavah Reshonah {the first man and the first woman}.  We will exit this world through the perfection of mashiach.


Toh Li Doht it is like a house with both a front and rear door. That is to say one enters the front and passes through the back as from generation to generation...  So even though we maybe come discourage because we are not from Sheim we are still part of the generations of Noach. One may feel let out because they are not the Kohan, a priest, yet we are B'nei Yisroel. ALL OF US came through the same door.  We will all exit through the same door!

Hashem Spoke through the descendants of Sheim.  Hashem Spoke through B'nei Yisroel.  We all benefit!  

In a way if we receive a blessing does it matter who the blessing comes through?  Being blessed is the issue. May Hashem Bless each of us through Sheim and through B'nei Yisroel!  May we receive a blessing!

Blessing, Love and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel




Journey Through Genesis


Chapter 11


שֵׁם אֵשֶׁת־אַבְרָם שָׂרָי



The Name of Avram's Wife was Sarai


The Wealth of What Names Tell Us ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 11


Bereisheit 11.29 And Avram and Nachor took themselves wives.  The wife of Avram was Sarai...


The word tv,ae Ay Sheht meaning wife is interesting.  Ay Sheht has the Gematria of 701. Other words that share the Gematria 701 are:


 taec] Sih Ayt meaning elevation, majesty, dignity, strength and vigor.

ytirEp]hiw" Vih Hee Pih Ray Tee meaning And I [Elokim] Will Make you [Sarah] fruitful.

 µykia;l]mæ {Gematria Miluy Gadol} Mahl Aw Cheem meaning Angel, Messenger, Delegate, prophet.  


701 = t400 v300 a1

701 = t400 a1 c300

701 = y10 t400 r200 p80 h5 w6

{Gematria Miluy Gadol}

701 = µ600 y10 k20 a1 l30 m40


So when Ha Torah Says 'The Name of Avram's Wife was Sarai' its real important to note that the name  tv,ae Ay Sheht Mystically Teaches that a wife is to be elevated by her husband.  A wife is to be treated with dignity.  Ones wife is worthy of honor and respect.  Why? Ha Torah Says, 'The Name of Avram's Wife was Sarai'.  Is the emphasis on Avram's wife's name is Sarai?  Or is the emphasis on Sarai is Avram's wife?  One could make an argument for both positions.   Notice the order of the words at the top of the page.  They are: Name Wife Avram Sarai.  The name wife comes first.  Why?  The name wife describes a position.  The name Sarai describes a person.  We observe the same pattern of words with Adam Ha Reshon.  Notice Bereisheit 2.20


 .yj...âAlK; µa´à ht...`y"h...â awhià yKiö hW:-j' /T¡v]ai µv´à µd:üa;h...â ar:éq"YIw"   

The third word from the right is Shaym meaning name.

The fourth word from the right is Eesh Toh meaning wife.

The fifth word from the right is Chah Vah meaning Eve or mother of all living.


So while Ha Torah's purpose is to introduce Sarai as Avram's wife in actuality Ha Torah is Saying the wife of Avram is Sarai!  So the name wife takes precedence over the wife's name.  In other words the actions of what describes a wife's position is more important.  


In Bereisheit 2.23 Adam Reshon calls Chavah hv;ai Ee Shaw meaning Woman or Wife.  hv;ai Ee Shaw is the root word for  tv,ae Ay Sheht meaning wife.  Our Sages Teach that the Letters a Aleph and [ Ayin maybe interchanged.  If we were to change the Aleph in hv;ai Ee Shaw to an Ayin the word would be spelled hc;[; Aw Saw meaning to make, to work, to labor, to act, to prepare, to produce, to yield, to create, to perform, to accomplish, to cause, to effect, to bring about, to execute, to appoint, to keep, to fulfill, to acquire to manage etc.  So by simply changing the Letter Aleph with an Ayin we see the fulfillment of  Proverbs 31.10- 31.


Epilogue: The Noble Wife of Good Character


A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.  She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers. She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy. When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple. Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land. She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes. She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears Hashem is to be praised.

Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.


The Letter Aleph reminds us of G-d our Creator in our wife.  The Letter Ayin reminds us of all the things we see her accomplish for our good.  Thank G-d for giving men wonderful wives!!


When we interchange the Letter Aleph with the Letter Ayin in tv,ae Ay Sheht we get tv,[, Eh Sheht meaning to grow stout or bar of steel or strength of steel.  The point is that the Letter Ayin represent eyesight.  It is so important for the husband to recognize his wifes strength's her contributions, her labors and all that she does to make the husband wife relations so wonderful.  When man views the relationship with the Letter Aleph he views the relationship with judgment.  When the man views the relationship with the Letter Ayin he views the relationship with eyesight with perception with appreciation for the many many contributions of his wife.


May Hashem Bless each wife with her husband's who deep appreciate for her contribution to their marriage.  May Hashem strengthen each husband wife relationship with love and compassion and much appreciation!


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 12


 Traveling Towards Shabbat ©



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Bereisheit [Genesis] 12.1 - 20


Bereisheit [Genesis] 12.9

וַיִּסַּע אַבְרָם הָלוֹךְ וְנָסוֹעַ הַנֶּגְבָּה:


And he, Avraham traveled, the proceeding and traveling to the south.


ו6 י10 ס60 ע70   א1 ב2 ר200 ם40   ה5 ל30 ו6 ך20    ו6 ס60 ו6 ע70    ה5 נ50 ג3 ב2 ה   = 707


Bereisheit [Genesis] 13.1

 וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה:


And He, Avram went up from Mitzraim, He and his wife and all that he had, and lot together they went south.


Ha Torah speaks of Avram traveling and Avram proceeding and traveling south.  Avram was traveling away from his land, his birth place and his father's house while at the same time traveling towards the south towards Jerusalem. There were some stops along the way.  there were some challenges along the way.  Avram and Sarah kept traveling south. 


Haw Lohk {הָלוֹךְ} meaning 'proceeding' speaks of the process Avram and Sarah took as they traveled.  They began traveling way from things and toward other things, i.e. their destiny. Ha Torah Defines their Destiny as the south. 


Each direction one travels has a purpose and a significant meaning. Each of the four directions mystically correspond to the Sefirot. The Sefirah is defined by Letters from the Aleph Bet representing numbers. Our Sages Teach there are eleven positions. The position of the South corresponds to cheesed and lovingkindness...  This is the direction that Avram and Sarai were traveling.


Ha Torah Says, 'Avram took his wife, Sarai..' Bereisheit 12.5


Ha Torah speaks of the physical and mystical direction Avram went in. Sarai also went in a physical and mystical direction.  How do we know this?  Two words represent this to us.  וַיִּסַּע and וְנָסוֹעַ. Both mean to travel. Avram was traveling in the physical and in the mystical. Sarai was traveling in the physical and the mystical.  The Letter Samech represents support. There are two Samach's.  The Samech is an eternal Letter. The Samech makes a complete 360 degree circle.  The Word נסט Naw Sa meaning to journey or to travel has as it's center the Letter Samech. This informs us that the center of our journey is a circle. This also informs us that the journey begins in the south with the Letter [ נ ] Nun, representing 50 then proceeds to the Letter [ ס ] Samech representing 60 then proceeds to the Letter [ ע ] Ayin representing 70.  In other words the Letters move from or process from right to left. They move from south to north.  Yet Avram and Sarah went from north to south. Mystically we see the circle.  Avraham and Sarai are traveling in one physical direction but Spiritual they are traveling in the opposite direction. Confusing?  Yes... maybe.


The Nun represents the beginning. Faithfulness, the Soul, our Emergence

The Samech represents support, protection, memory and the life cycle both physical and Spiritual.

The Ayin represents sight, insight, light. The ayin primarily identifies the organ of sight, also represents the light, vehicle that makes vision possible. Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 171


So we see them traveling physically towards the south and Mystically towards the light. Shabbat is the day of Light.  It is the time Jewish women and women who have taken the Spiritual responsibility of lighting Shabbat, light Shabbat Candles.  Physically  light generated by a wifes Shabbat candles illuminates the home, on Shabbat, However her Spirituality is the light that lights the home during the weekdays.  the Midrash tells us that the Shabbat lamps kindled by our Matriarch Sarah continued to burn for an entire week. Moreover, the miracle repeated itself whenever her daughter-in-law, our Matriarch Rivkah, lit her candles. And less visibly, the same miracle occurs whenever a Jewish woman or girl lights her Shabbat candles. Just as in the physical sense, a candle reveals the otherwise unseen contents of a room, so, too, in a spiritual sense, the Shabbat candles reveal the unseen and intangible G-dly energy which permeates our existence.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/110393/jewish/Let-There-Be-Light.htm


G-d Willing we will continue this subject next Shabbat.

The Gematria of Ha Shabbat is 707

ה5 ש300 ב2 ת400 = 707 

Just as Avram and Sarai were physically traveling in one direction Mystically and Spiritually they were traveling towards Shabbat.

Blessings, Love and peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 13



 וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה 


And he built there an Altar to Hashem ©


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 13.1 - 18


The last four words of this Torah Limood are  וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה Vah Yee Vehn - Shawm - Meez Bat Ach - Lah  Hashem { And [Avram] build there an Altar to Hashem}.  In Bereisheit 12.4 Ha Torah States,  'And He, Avram, went rv,a}Kæ Cah Ah Shehr like that Word told him by Hashem...'  What was it that Avram did? 

Bereisheit 12.1-He went away from his birth place... Bereisheit 12.4 He left Charan...  Bereisheit 12.5 He set out for the land of Canaan...  He came to the land of Canaan... Avram travel through the land of Canaan until he reached Shechem until the plain of Moreh [Teacher]...


Bereisheit 12.7 He built an altar there. Hashem Appeared [Spiritually to him there]...


Bereisheit 12.8 Avram continued to the mountain just east of Bet El.  He set up a tent.  He built an altar.  He proclaimed the Name of Hashem.


Bereisheit 12.9  Avram journeyed southward...   


Bereisheit 12.10 Because of famine Avram went dr<yIwæ Vah Yee Rehd down to Mitzriam...  We could say he got a little off the path because Ha Torah Says He went down to Mitzriam. Later when Avram exits Mitzriam Ha Torah Says, Avram went up from Mitzriam...


Bereisheit 13. 2 Avram was very wealthy...


Bereisheit 13.3 Avram continued on his travels to Bet El until the place hy:h;Arv,a} Ah Shehr - Haw Yawh {that it happened} there he set his tent where it began between Bet El and Ai.  


Bereisheit 13.4 To the Place of the altar that he made there first and there he called on the Name of Hashem.


Bereisheit 13.17 Avram set up his tent.  Avram Settled.  Avram built an altar to Hashem.

  וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה:Vah Yee Vehn - Shawm - Meez Bat Ach - Lah  Hashem { And [Avram] build there an Altar to Hashem}.


521 = r200 v300 a1 a1 k20


521 = h5 y10 h5 -  r200 v300 a1


521 = h5 w6 h5 y10 l30 -  j8 b2 z7 m40 -  µ40 v300 -  ˆ50 b2 y 10 w6

Notice the acronyms - Two words are formed from the first letters of .hwO:hylæ jæBez"mi µv;Aˆb,yIw  ymi - Mee anyone, he who whoever  vyE - Yaysh meaning existence.  This says that the place of existence for anyone is the place Avraham built an Alter to Hashem and proclaimed His Name...



Dear Ones when we go down to Mitzriam pray that we will rise up out of Mitzriam as Avram did. G-d Willing we will return to the place that we first placed our tent which was near to the Altar of Hashem where we proclaimed the Name of Hashem.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Journey Through Genesis


Chapter 14


וּמַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק

Who Is  Malki Tzedek -  The King of Righteousness? ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 14.1 - 24


Our Sages Teach that Malki Tzedek was Shem the son of Noach who survived the flood.  How do we know this?  This is discussed in the commentary of the Talmud, Nedarim 32b (9) and other ancient writings. Much of the commentary of the Talmud dates back to the Sages of the first Bet Ha Mikdosh to the Sages of the Great Assembly also known as the Great Sanhedrin.  Those Sages Novim {Prophets} and Scribes of Ha Tenach, what Christians refer to as the Old Testament.  Notable, 'Among them were many prophets, including Chaggai [Haggai] Zecharyah [Zechariah], Malachi, Daniel, Chananiah,  Mishael,  Azariah, Ezra, Nechemiah, Mordechai, and Zerubavel...  History of the Jewish People From Yavneh to Pumbedisa Mesorah Series, (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 97th Impression, 2004) p 34


As a point of interest the Shadrach, Meshach and Abed Nego that steeped out of the fire were also known as Chananiah,  Mishael,  Azariah.  Daniel The Artscroll Tanach Series - Sefar Daniel  (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition 1979), pp x; 128,129  Also please notice Daniel 1.6,7.


Zechariah lived at the time of the destruction of the first Bet Ha Mikdosh {3338 F. C. } and at the time of the construction of the second Bet Ha Mikdosh.  Why is this significant?  That was 2,431 years ago, 5769 F. C.   - 3338 F. C.  = 2,431.  F. C. means From Creation.  I.e. that is from the creation as stated in Bereisheit 1, 2. The Talmud States that R' Zecharyah said in the name of R' Yishmael[ben Nethaniah]: Originally, the Holy One, Blessed is He, wished for the priesthood to emerge from the descendants of Shem, son of Noach, as it is stated in reference to Shem, 'and he was a priest of G-d, the most High...'  See Bereisheit 14.18


There are several important points to consider.

First, this is the Novie [Prophet] Zechariah who wrote Sefer Zecharyah of our Bible.

Second, he is credited by the Talmud of stating who Malki Tzedek is.  He stated that Malki Tzedek was Shem the son of Noach.  Even though Malki Tzedek's identity as Shem was common knowledge thousands of years ago that information could be lost down through the years so Zechariah stated it.

Third, in Judaism the information of Malki Tzedek has been passed from Teacher to student for thousands of years.  We did not loose sight of who Malki Tzedek was. 

Fourth, there are different spellings for Mah Lih Cee Tzeh Dehk, Malki Tzedek, Malchizedek, Melchizedek and Melchisedec.  These are variations in translations.   In Ha Tenach there are two references to Malki Tzedek, Bereisheit 14.18 and Tehillim [Psalms] 110.4.  In the New Testament there are nine references,  Hebrews 5:6,10; 6:20; 7:1,10,11,15,17 and 21. 


A series of serious differences surround Malki Tzedek. I feel that these differences exist due to a lack of historical knowledge and translation errors from Hebrew to English.  It may be possible to clear up issues by providing additional information.  Let's carefully examine the details. Let's examine Tehillim {Psalms} 110.4. 


Tehillim 110.4

  1:1נִשְׁבַּע יְהֹוָה ׀ וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם אַתָּה־כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם עַל־דִּבְרָתִי מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק

Hashem Has Sworn and Will Not rescind [His Oath to Avraham] you are a Kohan {priest} [by dynasty] forever upon the word of Malki Tzedek.


1. Who is Tehillim 110.4 Making reference to? When did Hashem Swear this?

The first Word Tehillim 110.4 is [Bæ¶v]nI Nee Shih Bah, which means 'has sworn' has already taken place. Tehillim 110.4 is making reference to an event that happened between G-d, Malki Tzedek and Avraham in Bereisheit 14.18,19.  The root word of [Bæ¶v]nI Nee Shih Bah is [Bæ¶v] Shih Bah.  It is unusual for the Letter Nun to be added to the front of   [Bæ¶v] Shih Bah.   Placing the Letter Nun at the front of  [Bæ¶v] Shih Bah represents 'What G-d Has Sworn He Will Be Faithful to keep'.  In addition if a human swears it maybe before seven men.  When G-d Swears it is like this is before seventy men.   This shows our Creator's very strong commitment to keep His Oath.  For more information compare the Gematria of 422 for  [Bæ¶v]nI and the Gematria 422 for µy[ib]v Shee Vih Ee, meaning seventy. 

The first time the Word  [Bæ¶v]nI Nee Shih Bah occurs in Ha Torah is in Bereisheit 24.7 where Avraham Says to Eleazer, 'Hashem, G-d of heaven, Who Took me from my father's house, and from the land of my birth, and Who Spoke to me and Who Swore to me...'  This was years after Bereisheit 14.18,19.   This is a challenging situation. Why?  The Action of  Hashem Swearing happened yet we do not have a pin pointed reference to where it happened or to when it happened.   We Observe the Promises of Hashem to Avraham in Bereisheit 12.2,3 yet there is no reference to Hashem Swearing.  Again in Bereisheit 13.14-17 we Observe the Promises of Hashem to Avraham, yet there is no reference to Hashem Swearing.

Tehillim 110.4

  1:1נִשְׁבַּע יְהֹוָה ׀ וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם אַתָּה־כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם עַל־דִּבְרָתִי מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק


2. The Writer of Tehillim 110.4 Informs us that not only did Hashem swear to Avraham but Hashem Will Not rescind [His Oath to Avraham].  Hashem's Oath to Avraham is an eternal oath. 

Tehillim 110.4

  1:1נִשְׁבַּע יְהֹוָה ׀ וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם אַתָּה־כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם עַל־דִּבְרָתִי מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק


Hashem Has Sworn and Will Not rescind [His Oath to Avraham] you are a Kohan {priest} [by dynasty] forever upon the word of Malki Tzedek.


3. Then Hashem Says to Avraham, 'You are a Kohan {Priest} [by dynasty] forever.'  Now if one reads Bereisheit 14.18,19 these Words are not recorded there.  One must question, Where does the Writer of Tehillim 110.4 come up with these Words, 'You are a Kohan {Priest} forever.' ?  Tehillim 110.4 is the only place in all of Ha Tenach where these words are recorded.  Spoken of once in all of Ha Tenach.  As indicated earlier the New Testament mentions this four times.  We now have a second instance where Tehillim 110.4 makes a proclamation that we cannot pin point the reference.  Yet we know these Words, 'You are a Kohan {Priest} forever.' were Spoken by Hashem.



2 Samuel 8.18

 1:1וּבְנָיָהוּ בֶּן־יְהוֹיָדָע וְהַכְּרֵתִי וְהַפְּלֵתִי וּבְנֵי דָוִד כֹּהֲנִים הָיוּ

1 Chronicles 18.17

וּבְנָיָהוּ בֶּן־יְהוֹיָדָע עַל־הַכְּרֵתִי וְהַפְּלֵתִי וּבְנֵי־דָוִיד הָרִאשֹׁנִים לְיַד הַמֶּלֶךְ1:1


4. Define ˆheko Kohan.   ˆheko Kohan is singular for priest.  µynIhæKO Choh Nah Neem is plural for priests.  'The term kohen [priest] always means one who ministers to Deity except for in specific cases - such as [Bereisheit 41.45]: The ˆheko [chief] of On; and [Exodus 2.16] Jethro the ˆheko [chief] of Midian - where the term denotes one of high rank.' Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 495 Do we have precedence for this? Yes! 2 Samuel 8.18 Says, '...Dovid's sons were senior ministers.' Notice the Words in red above.  Notice the third Word, µynIhæKO Choh Nah Neem, meaning Priests. Yet here we translate this 'ministers'.  The KJV translates this  'Chief Rulers'.   The NIV says David's sons were royal advisors.  Interesting,  if one looks up 'chief' in the Strong's Concordance for 2 Samuel 8.18 it gives the reference # 3548.  Their they define ˆheko Kohan to include priest, chief ruler, prince, principle officer.  Then in 1 Chronicles 18.17 Ha Tenach uses a different Word to describe Dovid's sons, µynIvoarIh;

Haw Ree Shoh Neem, meaning the chief ministers.  KJV says, chief again.  NIV says,  chief officials.  This establishes that Kohan does not always mean priest. 


5. Why is this important to prove that the Word ˆheko Kohan does NOT always mean priest?  When Tehillim 110.4 Speaks in reference to Avraham as being a Kohan [by dynasty] forever it is important to understand that Avraham's descendants were  Priests through Aharon ben Levi ben Yaakov and kings through Yehudah ben Yaakov.  G-d Willing we will discuss this later.

Tehillim 110.4

  1:1נִשְׁבַּע יְהֹוָה ׀ וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם אַתָּה־כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם עַל־דִּבְרָתִי מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק


6. Why do we say Avraham was a Kohan [by dynasty] forever?  It is because Avraham is the beginning of  a succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role as Kohanim {Priests}  and Melechim {Kings}.  On the second line of Hebrew above the first word is µl;wO[l] Lih Oh Lawm, meaning forever. When Hashem Says or Thinks Avraham is a Kohan forever that represents a dynasty. 


7. Who spoke the Words, 'You are a Kohan [by dynasty] forever.' ?  Were they directly Spoken by Hashem?  Were they spoken through a Malach {Angel}?  Did a Novie {Prophet} speak these Words?  The answer is found in the last four Words of Tehillim 110.4.  '...upon the Word of Malki Tzedek.'  The Words, 'You are a Kohan [by dynasty] forever.'  were not spoken by anyone.  These were perceived!  They eminated from the Mind of Hashem.  Over 2,400 years ago The Novie Zechariah provides us with an explanation. This explanation is quoted in numerious books.  It is astounding that other religious have by in part ignored this.

''[The Prophet] Zechariah said on behalf of Rav Yishmael [ben Nethaniah] that the Holy One, Blessed is He, had intended that the priesthood should stem from Shem the son of Noah [who later assumed the title of Malchizedek.]  But after Malchizedek uttered this blessing, [G-d Decided] that the priesthood should stem from Abraham.  For when Malchizedek blessed Abraham before [G-d],  Abraham had rebuked Malchizedek: =[Saying]. 'Should a servant's blessing be given precedence over his Master's?'

Therefore, [G-d Gave] the priesthood to Abraham.  The [Words] of HASHEM... You shall be a priest forever because of the træB]dI Dee Bih Rawt, words of Malchizedek, who accorded Abraham precedence over Hashem.''  After Tehillim 110.4 Says, 'You are a Kohan [by dynasty] forever upon the Word of Malki Tzedek.' 


Tehillim 110.4

  1:1נִשְׁבַּע יְהֹוָה ׀ וְלֹא יִנָּחֵם אַתָּה־כֹהֵן לְעוֹלָם עַל־דִּבְרָתִי מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק

The Word l[æ Ahl means on, upon, by, on behalf of, on account of, because.  As discussed already the Word ytræB]dI Dee Bih Raw Tee means, 'Words'.  The point is that ytiræB]dIAl[æ Ahl - Dee Bih Raw Tee means 'upon the Words' of Malki Tzedek.   If one wanted to argue that the translation should be after the order of Malki Tzedek as is stated in the New Testament one must substantiate this position.  If one looks up the Word Order in Strong's Concordance for Psalms 110.4 the reference is 

# 1700.  Strong's defines hr...b]DI Dee Vih Rawh as meaning, reason, suit or style, end, estate, order or regard.  The correct definition of  hr...b]DI Dee Vih Rawh is Word, cause or reason.  The Word hr...b]DI Dee Vih Rawh is found only three times in all of Ha Tenach. If one examines how the KJV translates hr...b]DI Dee Vih Rawh in Genesis 29.10 and 39.19 the translation is 'spoke'.  In 2 Kings 5.4 the translation is 'said'.   The Word ytræB]d" is found 79 times in Ha Tenach.  Genesis 24.33 told, 28.15; 41.28 spoken, Genesis 42.14 spake, Exodus 20.22 talked,  Exodus 25.22 commune, Numbers 11.17 talk, Numbers 14.35, Said, Numbers 23.26 told,  Numbers 24.12 speak, and Deuteronomy 33.3 Word.  We could go on.  The point is that ytiræB]d" Dee Bih Raw Tee does NOT mean order.  To argue that ytiræB]dIAl[æ Ahl - Dee Bih Raw Tee means after the order of Malki Tzedek ignores what the Prophet Zechariah, what was then common knowledge and what the correct definition of ytiræB]d" Dee Bih Raw Tee is. At the very least the Talmud Gives us a beginning and an ending of Malki Tzedek. He is not from an unknown priesthood.  Malki Tzedek. is not without a father or mother.  Noach was Malki Tzedek's father and Na'amah was his mother.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 15


 אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ

I am your Shield ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 15.1 - 21


When we examine the Gematria of   אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ Aw Noh Chee - Maw Gayn Law Kih, meaning I [Hashem] Am your Shield is 224.  In Ha Torah we make a lot of stir about Hashem being Avraham's Shield.  In our morning prayers, in the very first blessing of Shemoneh Esrei we say, 'O King, Helper, Savior and Shield. Blessed are You, Hashem Shield of Avraham.'  The Schottenstein Edition Siddur for Weekdays With An Interlinear Translation (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. first edition 2002) pp144,145


Our Sages Teach B'nei Yisroel to be extremely careful when repeating this first Blessing of Shemoneh Esrei.  We try to use all our power to concentrate on this IMPORTANT BLESSING.  Why?  Every Jew has a Divine Spark from Avraham.  Every Noachide has a Divine Spark from Noach.  No matter how far one drifts this Divine Spark is NEVER extinguished!  The Divine Spark ALWAYS BECKONS us to return to the Way of Hashem!  But that is not all!


The Gematria o אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָך, I Am your Shield Mystically Teaches us.  The Gematria for ˚]r<D<, Deh Rehk meaning Way is 224.  As in [Hashem is the] Way. Or as in [Ha Torah is the] Way... The Way of Hashem is hr:hoF]hæ, Hah Tih Hoh Raw, meaning clean / pure.  We are to walk in purity in cleanness on the path Hashem Has Given us qyDIXækæ, Chah Tzah Deek, meaning, like the righteous.  We we see Avraham we see our great Patriarch on the way.  We see him as righteous.  We see him as clean and pure.  This tells us something about being shielded by Hashem. We in turn should be on the path, the way.  We should be righteous like the righteous.  We should be clean and pure.  Being on the path shields us.  Being righteous shields us.  Being pure shields us.  Ned I say anything about how television programs DISRUPT being on the path, being righteous and being clean and pure.


224 = ˚20 l30  ˆ50 g3 m40  y10 k20 n50 a1

224 = ˚20 r200 d4

224 = h5 r200 h5 f9 h5

224 = q100 y10 d4 x90 k20


If we examine just the word Maw Gayn, meaning shield we notice that the Gematria is 93 which is also the Gematria of ab;x;, Tzaw Vaw, meaning host.  Through out the first several chapters of Bamidbar the word Tzaw Vaw occurs in sixty different verses.  This has to do with each tribe being a force a host. The point being is in gathering together in groups to serve for protection. The Gematria of hl;jænæ, Nah Chah Lawh, meaning inheritance is 93. Part of the inheritance of B'nei Yisroel is Hashem Being our shield.   µk,yjeb]zIw", Vih Zee Vih Chay Chehm, meaning Our Sacred-offerings are like a shield.  These are obligatory offerings.  The obligatory offerings are a Command a Mitzvah.  The point is that in keeping / guarding the Observance we receive a shield.


93 = ˆ50 g3 m40

93 = a1 b2 x90

93 = µ40 k20  y10 j8 b2 z7 w6

93 = h5 l30 j8 n50


May we have the desire and the courage to walk on the path in righteousness and in purity!  May our Observances of Ha Torah and love for the Creator help to protect us!


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 16


Be Compassionate! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Helen bat Na'amah. Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones being Compassionate... understanding... sympathetic... sensitive... loving and warm is really really IMPORTANT. In this weeks Limood we note immediately that Sarai, Avram's wife bore him no children.... What did he do? Did he comfort his wife?  Was he understanding?  This is only 15 years from Bereisheit 15.3 where Avram said to the Creator  And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed; and, lo, one born in my house is my heir.


Bereisheit 3.6

 וַתֵּרֶא הָאִשָּׁה כִּי טוֹב הָעֵץ לְמַאֲכָל וְכִי תַאֲוָה־הוּא לָעֵינַיִם וְנֶחְמָד הָעֵץ לְהַשְׂכִּיל וַתִּקַּח מִפִּרְיוֹ 

וַתֹּאכַל וַתִּתֵּן גַּם־לְאִישָׁהּ עִמָּהּ וַיֹּאכַל:


Bereisheit 2.15

 וַיִּקַּח יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאָדָם וַיַּנִּחֵהוּ בְגַן־עֵדֶן לְעָבְדָהּ וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ:



Avram was only 70 years old when he said this prayer. His wife, Sarai was only 60 years old. They had only been married for a short time. Bereisheit 11. 29 establishes the time Avram and Nachor married. This was immediately after the fiery furnaces of Chasidim.  It was after the fiery furnaces of Ur Chasidim that Avram and Nachor married. Then Terach took Avram with Sarai & Nachor with Milcah and Lot and traveled towards Eretz Canaan. So what is the point?  Avram and Sarai had only been married for months when Avram stated, Behold, to me you have given no seed.  Avram was expecting children immediately.  Can we inquire?  How did this make Sarai feel?  Five years into their traveling they return to Haran.  They are there a short time when the Creator Says 'Get Out!'.   Avram was seventy-five and Sarai was sixty-five.  They left Eretz Canaan long enough that the custom of Eretz Canaan did not apply.  What custom?  A woman must provide children to her husband within the first ten years of living in Eretz Canaan.. If she failed then he was to divorce her and to take another wife.... 

What is the point?  Sarai felt the heat!  It was actually fifteen years and she had not given Avram children. 


THIS IS WHERE  being Compassionate... understanding... sympathetic... sensitive... loving and warm is really really IMPORTANT!  Avram was there 15 years earlier. He knew what it was like!  He knew how it felt!  Where do we see his compassion?  We don't see his compassion. Simply and crudely put He and Hagar got together and had a child. Sarai was left out.  Yet there was a time when Avram basically complained to the Creator  to me you have given no seed.


We must inquire where was Avram's compassion to his wife Sarai?  Maybe it was there... In the year 5772 I do not see HaTorah sharing Avram's compassion.  This is not to say it did not exist.  It is to say, I don't see his compassion.  He took that young pretty princess of Mitzriam and they had a baby.  Not Avram had proof that he had seed. The problem the issue had to be with Sarai.. And Sarai was the greater... She was on a higher plan of Spirituality than Avram. Now it was Sarai that could not bear children. Avram so to speak was off the hook!


Our discussion is about being Compassionate... understanding... sympathetic... sensitive... loving and warm.  If you have been there as Avram was in Bereisheit 15.3 IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO BE UNDERSTANDING etc...


So what does this mean to fathers?   What does this mean to mothers?  What does this mean to uncles and aunts?  What does this mean to us?  There are many SUPPORT GROUPS!  What do they do?  They show compassionate... understanding... sympathetic... sensitive... loving and warm to an individual who is experiencing what they have already experienced. The support groups are a beacon of light - leadership and understanding for those who are facing what they faced.


Each of us have a purpose in life.  A part of that purpose is to assist others who are going through what we have already went through!


May HaShem Bless ALL of us in being the kind of individual that will NOT JUDGE but will lend a hand to those we can help!


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk


Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 17


תָמִים

The Perfection of Avraham © 


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Jeanne Camille Wiltz Pierre may she rest in peace. 


Shalom Dear Ones,


We are learning Bereisheit 17 [Genesis 17].


1. When does Avram's name change?

Avram is ninety-six years old and his name is still Avram.  In Passuk Hey [Verse 5] Avram's name is changed to Avraham.


Bereisheit 17.1

וַיְהִי אַבְרָם בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה וְתֵשַׁע שָׁנִים וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם

 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי־אֵל שַׁדַּי הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי וֶהְיֵה תָמִים :11


2. What do you feel Hashem Meant when He Said to Avram, 'Walk before Me and be Perfect'?

Notice the last Word of Passuk Aleph [Verse 1]. 


תָמִים, Taw Meem means honest, innocent, harmless, upright, naive, whole, full, complete, entire, flawless and unblemished...


The Word Taw Meem occurs 54 times in Ha Tenach.  The first occurrence is Bereisheit 6.9 when Ha Torah States 'Noach was flawless in his generation.'  The second occurrence of Taw Meem is here in Bereisheit 17.2. 

The Gematria of Taw Meem is 490. 


In Bereisheit 15.2 Avram was 70 years.  Ha Torah Records Avram's statement,  'My Master, Hashem, what will You Give me since I continue childless and the administrator of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?'  It is interesting that the tenth Word is yrIyrI[}, Ah Ree Ree, meaning childless.


Bereisheit 15.2

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם אֲדֹנָי יֱהוִֹה מַה־תִּתֶּן־לִי וְאָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ עֲרִירִי 

:1וּבֶן־מֶשֶׁק בֵּיתִי הוּא דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר


Avram's contention was '[Hashem[ You have not given me children.'  In last weeks Limood, Bereisheit 16, it was Sarai, Avram's wife, who said, 'Hashem has restrained me [Sarai] from having children.'  This was 15 years past Bereisheit 15.2.  This is when Sarai gave Avram her handmaiden, Hagar. When Avram was 86 years old he has Yishmael. Something changed.


The Gematria of Taw Mee {perfect} is 490.

The Gematria of Ah Ree Ree {childless} is 490.  


490 = µ40 y10 m40 t400

490 = y10 r200 y10 r400 [70

3. What is the connection between these two Gematrias? What does not having children and walking perfect before Hashem possible indicate?  What one thing did Avram lack?


Bereisheit 17 .2

The last two words are repeated.


וְאֶתְּנָה בְרִיתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ וְאַרְבֶּה אוֹתְךָ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד



The Gematria of daom], Mih Ohd, meaning to increase.  When we have two of the same Words following each other as in  daom] daom]Bi Ha Torah is Saying Greatly increase.  The Gematria of Mih Ohd is 45. In Passul Bet [Verse 2] Hashem is Saying to Avram, I Will My Covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you [i.e.. your descendants] exceedingly.  It is interesting to note that the Gematria for hl;Wag", Gih Voo Law, meaning to redeem or redemption.  

Mystically I see redemption being multiplied exceedingly.


45 = d4 a1 m40

45 = h5 l30 w6 a1 g3

G-d Willing we will learn more later today and this week.  I plan to add more to this discussion later. Please think about Bereisheit 17.  It would really be wonderful if you would join us in sharing your thoughts .  I would really enjoy hearing from you.


The Rebbetzin brought out a really good point:

It is interesting to note that mih ode mih ode (translated as "most exceedingly") is used by Hashem in speaking to Avram in Passuk Beit (Verse 2) and then just after He Gave Avram his new name, Avraham, in Passuk Vav (Verse 6). Hashem Is Heaping Blessings on our holy Forefather Avraham and in turn on all of his descendants. This is Resplendent Divine Love and is so uplifting to read, absorb and experience. Reference for translation: Rabbi Nosson Scherman, > (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 7

Mazel Tov Rebbetzin!

Excellent comment!


Brachah Rivkah asked a really great question:

...What do you feel Hashem Meant when He Said to Avram, 'Walk before Me and be Perfect'?

To walk implies action on man's part. This seems to say that without action one cannot be Perfect Before HaShem. One must Observe the Mitzvot of Ha Torah to become Perfect. Is this correct?

Re: 'To walk implies action on man's part. This seems to say that without action one cannot be Perfect Before HaShem. One must Observe the Mitzvot of Ha Torah to become Perfect. Is this correct?"

ACTION IS VERY IMPORTANT! Excellent observation!

Ha Torah Teaches that our actions are everything. This is why we at B'nai Noach Torah Institute stress changing ones behavior. Our actions of Observing the Commands of Ha Torah is what makes us righteous. In other words one must do goods. One must avoid the actions that are wrong. If one were to think that faith alone is all that one needs to please our Creator that would be incorrect.

Action is a MAJOR distinction between Judaism and Spirituality and the other religions of the world.

When Ha Torah Says Noach was perfect / flawless in all his ways this specifically alludes to the fact that in addition to Noach righteous living... righteous actions... the absence of sinful actions... Noach was born circumcised. Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Yishai Chasidah, Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities (Jerusalem: Shaar Press Publication Mashabim, 2003) p412


Shem the son of Noach was also born circumcised. Rabbi Yisroel Yitzchok Yishai Chasidah, Encyclopedia of Biblical Personalities (Jerusalem: Shaar Press Publication Mashabim, 2003) p510

What is the point? Avraham was Instructed by Hashem to walk in perfection. Avraham lacked one thing. What was it?


This returns us to our Gematria.  µymit;, Taw Meem means honest, innocent, harmless, upright, naive, whole, full, complete, entire, flawless and unblemished...  At that time, Bereisheit 15.2, Avram was  yrIyrI[}, Ah Ree Ree, meaning childless.  For Avram to have children he needed to take a special step.  This was an elevated step.  This step was circumcision.  It was Brit Milah.  The Creator Knew that Avram would follow His Command to be Circumcised.  The Creator Changed Avram's name to Avraham.  The Creator also changed Sarai's name whose name was also changed to Sarah had a son.  Less than a year later they had an exceptional son, Yitzchok.


Avraham Observed the Mitzvah of Brit Milah.  Observing Ha Torah brings about wonderful rewards.


May each of us Observe the Commands of Ha Torah and receive rich wonderful blessings for Hashem.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 17


Changing Essence


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Shalom Dear Ones,


Thank you for joining us on the B'nai Noach Torah Institute blog this week.  We are learning Bereisheit 17 [Genesis 17]. G-d Willing I will be checking back today 01-18-09 and throughout this week to read your comments and answers some questions. You are invited to post a comment or ask a question about this weeks Limood.


Bereisheit 17.1

1. When does Avram's name change?

Avram is ninety-six years old and his name is still Avram.  In Passuk Hey [Verse 5] Avram's name is changed to Avraham.

Gen. 17:1

µynI-v; [v't´¢w" hn:¡v; µy[iàv]TiAˆB, µr:+b]a' yhi¢y"w"

la´¢AynIa} wŸyl;ae rm,aOYªw" µr:%b]a'Ala hw:@hy" ar:ŸYEw" 

 .µymiât; hyEèh]w< yn"¡p;l] ËL´àh't]hi yD"+v',



2. What do you feel Hashem Meant when He Said to Avram, 'Walk before Me and be Perfect'?

Notice the last Word of Passuk Aleph [Verse 1]. 


µymit;, Taw Meem means honest, innocent, harmless, upright, naive, whole, full, complete, entire, flawless and unblemished...


The Word Taw Meem occurs 54 times in Ha Tenach.  The first occurrence is Bereisheit 6.9 when Ha Torah States 'Noach was flawless in his generation.'  The second occurrence of Taw Meem is here in Bereisheit 17.2. The Gematria of Taw Meem is 490. 


In Bereisheit 15.2 Avram was 70 years.  Ha Torah Records Avram's statement,  'My Master, Hashem, what will You Give me since I continue childless and the administrator of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?'  It is interesting that the tenth Word is yrIyrI[}, Ah Ree Ree, meaning childless.

Gen. 15:2

yrI-yrI[} Ël´¢/h yki`nOa;w" yli+AˆT,TiAhm' h~wIhyÖ yn:•doa} µr:%b]a' rm,aOY§w" 

.rz<[≤âylia' qc,M≤àD" aWh¡ yti+yBe qv,m≤¢Aˆb,W

Avram's contention was '[Hashem[ You have not given me children.'  In last weeks Limood, Bereisheit 16, it was Sarai, Avram's wife, who said, 'Hashem has restrained me [Sarai] from having children.'  This was 15 years past Bereisheit 15.2.  This is when Sarai gave Avram her handmaiden, Hagar. When Avram was 86 years old he has Yishmael. Something changed.


The Gematria of Taw Mee {perfect} is 490.

The Gematria of Ah Ree Ree {childless} is 490.  


490 = µ40 y10 m40 t400

490 = y10 r200 y10 r400 [70

3. What is the connection between these two Gematrias? What does not having children and walking perfect before Hashem possible indicate?  What one thing did Avram lack?


Bereisheit 17 .2

The last two words are repeated.


  Gen. 17:2

 .daoêm] daoèm]Bi Ú¡t]/a hB≤àr"a'w" Ún<-ybeW ynI∞yBe yti`yrIb] hn:èT]a,w"

The Gematria of daom], Mih Ohd, meaning to increase.  When we have two of the same Words following each other as in  daom] daom]Bi Ha Torah is Saying Greatly increase.  The Gematria of Mih Ohd is 45. In Passul Bet [Verse 2] Hashem is Saying to Avram, I Will My Covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you [i.e.. your descendants] exceedingly.  It is interesting to note that the Gematria for hl;Wag", Gih Voo Law, meaning to redeem or redemption.  

Mystically I see redemption being multiplied exceedingly.


45 = d4 a1 m40

45 = h5 l30 w6 a1 g3

G-d Willing we will learn more later today and this week.  I plan to add more to this discussion later. Please think about Bereisheit 17.  It would really be wonderful if you would join us in sharing your thoughts .  I would really enjoy hearing from you.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 18


An Appearance from Hashem 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk 

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Bereisheit [Genesis] 18.1 - 33 


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Shalom Dear Ones,


We are learning Bereisheit 18 [Genesis 18].  Avraham is 99 years old.  This is the third day after his Brit Milah. He is in great pain.  Hashem Comes to visit Avraham in a vision.  Ha Torah Says Hashem [Spirituality] Appeared to Avraham,   Bereisheit 18.1.  This is where we begin.  It is here in this Perik [Chapter] that we learn about visiting the sick when Hashem Visits Avraham.


Bereisheit 18.1

1. Has anyone experienced a vision or a dream of the Creator?  Avraham did.


Bereisheit  18.2

2. How should be treat guests?

Avraham lifts up his eyes and observes three men [Actually angels]  Standing above him.  They were messengers of Hashem.  This is the first eight Words of Bereisheit 2.  The last seven Words of Bereisheit 18.2 are to be separated from the first seven.  The Angels have departed.  They are at a distance.  Avraham runs to met them.


Bereisheit 18.3 - 8

Avraham has a special meal prepared for them.  Remember Avraham was 99 years old Sarah was 89 years old.

3.  So ladies, how would you feel if out of nowhere your husband cam rushing in on day before Pesach whey you are cleaning and making Pesach preparations and says,  'Hurry make some cake rolls from the finest flour... we have guest that are waiting?


Bereisheit 18.8-16

Avraham and the Angels talk.  One Angel Reveals to Avraham a message from the Creator. Sarah will have a son.

4. How old was Chavah when she bore Shet? How old was Yochoved when she bore Moshe?How old was Na'amah when she bore her first child?  (See Sefer HaYashar).


Bereisheit 18.17-19

Hashem Reveals to Avraham that he will be a great and mighty nation.  The entire world will be blessed through him.

5. Notice Passuk [Verse] 19.  What is so special about the Word wyn:B;, Baw Nawv, meaning children?


Bereisheit 18.20-33b

Hashem Reveals that Sedom is going to be destroyed because of their wickedness. Avraham intercedes on behalf of the righteous of Sedom.

6. Why did Avraham stop at ten righteous?


G-d Willing we will be checking back throughout the day and week to respond to your comments and questions.


Blessings Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 18


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk 

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 18.1 - 33 


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Shalom Dear Ones, 

We are learning Bereisheit 18 [Genesis 18].  There is one Word that really caught my attention this time through on our learning expedition.  Please notice the seventh Word of Bereisheit 18.19.  


Gen. 18:19


, hW<@x'y" rv,Ÿa} ˆ°['m'l] wyTi%[]d"y" yKi¢

 wyr:+j}a' /ŸtyBeAta,w" wyn:•B;Ata,

hq:¡d:x] t/cè[}l' hw:±hy" Ër<D<∞ WŸrm]v...âw"

 h~w:hy" aybi¶h; ˆ['m'%l] fP...-v]miW

 .wyl...â[; rB≤`DIArv,a} ta´à µh;+r:b]a'Al['

Why did the Word wyn:B;, Baw Nawv, meaning children catch my attention? First it is because at that time in history Avraham's ONLY child was Yishmael.  Yet Ha Torah Records Hashem as Using the Word,  wyn:B;, Baw Nawv, 'children.'  Baw Nawv occurs five times before Bereisheit 18.19.  Baw Nawv occurs in Bereisheit 7.7, 13; 8.18; 9.1 and 9.8.  Each occurrence means children.  The Word Baw Nawv is common.   Baw Nawv occurs in 230 Passukim [Verses] of Ha Tenach.  The first Letter of Baw Nawv is  B, Bet, meaning house.  Bet is the second Letter of the Aleph Bet [Hebrew alpha bet].  The Letter Bet Represents tyIBæ, Bah Yeet, House; tyviarEB], Bereisheit, In the Beginning; ˚WrB;, Baw Rook, Blessings; ar:B;, Create and ˆBi, Ben, Son and wyn:B;, Baw Nawv, Children.  This is just a very small sampling of what the Letter Bet Represents.   In essence this means that a good parent builds a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings in their children.


Why did Hashem Use the Word wyn:B;, Baw Nawv?  Well. we cannot second guess the Creator.  However we do know that wyn:B;, Baw Nawv can represent children and grandchildren.  wyn:B;, Baw Nawv can also represent sons.  We know that Avraham had eight sons, Yishmael, Yitzchok, Zimran, Yokshon, Medan, Midian, Yishbok and Shuach.  Only Yitzchok was the son of the Covenant.   wyn:B;, Baw Nawv represents Yitzchok and his children and grandchildren etc. and  wyn:B;, Baw Nawv represents all eight of Avraham's sons.  It should not be difficult for us to understand Ha Torah's Intention in the use of the Word  wyn:B;, Baw Nawv.  It is clear that Hashem Made Direct reference to both Yishmael and Yitzchok and indirect references to the other sons of Avraham.  Ha Torah Takes us further than this.  Ha Torah Says, wyn:•B;Ata,, Eht Baw Nawv, meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of Avraham's children and grandchildren.  The Word Eht makes this all inclusive.  The meaning is all Avraham's sons and their children and their grand children.  Baw Nawv is the Gematria 68.  Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria 469.  Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria of 580.  Each Gematria has important associations.


Now we observe the phrase, wyn:•B;Ata, hW<@x'y", Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv, meaning [Avraham] commanded his children.  This phrase brings everything back into focus.  The Word, hW<@x'y", Yih Tzah Veh, meaning he [Avraham] commanded expresses much.  What did Avraham command his children? 


Gen. 18:19


, hW<@x'y" rv,Ÿa} ˆ°['m'l] wyTi%[]d"y" yKi¢

 wyr:+j}a' /ŸtyBeAta,w" wyn:•B;Ata,

hq:¡d:x] t/cè[}l' hw:±hy" Ër<D<∞ WŸrm]v...âw"

 h~w:hy" aybi¶h; ˆ['m'%l] fP...-v]miW

 .wyl...â[; rB≤`DIArv,a} ta´à µh;+r:b]a'Al['

For every individual who is not of the bloodline of Avraham these three Words are real important. 


wyr:+j}a' /ŸtyBeAta,w", Vih Eht - Bay Toh - Ah Chah Rawv, meaning and the household of [Avraham].  Why is this so important?  It is real important because these three Words include people from all walks of life and of all descendants.  Ha Torah Recorded that Avraham commanded his household after him.


Gen. 18:19


, hW<@x'y" rv,Ÿa} ˆ°['m'l] wyTi%[]d"y" yKi¢

 wyr:+j}a' /ŸtyBeAta,w" wyn:•B;Ata,

hq:¡d:x] t/cè[}l' hw:±hy" Ër<D<∞ WŸrm]v...âw"

 h~w:hy" aybi¶h; ˆ['m'%l] fP...-v]miW

 .wyl...â[; rB≤`DIArv,a} ta´à µh;+r:b]a'Al['

Avraham commanded his children and his household after him,  WŸrm]v...âw" Vih Shaw Mih Roo, meaning to guard... to keep;  Ër<D<∞, Deh Rehk, meaning the path... the way... of Hashem.  How were they to guard the path of Hashem?  


Gen. 18:19


, hW<@x'y" rv,Ÿa} ˆ°['m'l] wyTi%[]d"y" yKi¢

 wyr:+j}a' /ŸtyBeAta,w" wyn:•B;Ata,

hq:¡d:x] t/cè[}l' hw:±hy" Ër<D<∞ WŸrm]v...âw"

 h~w:hy" aybi¶h; ˆ['m'%l] fP...-v]miW

 .wyl...â[; rB≤`DIArv,a} ta´à µh;+r:b]a'Al['


t/cè[}l', Lah Ah Soot, meaning to do the work of hq:¡d:x], Tzih Daw Kawh [Tzedakah]  fP...-v]miW; Oo Meesh Pawt, meaning Justice. So He [Avraham[] commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of Hashem by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...


What is the meaning here?  There are children of the bloodline of Avraham who do not 'guard the path of Hashem by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...' and their are disciples of Avraham who do 'guard the path of Hashem by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...'  One is born of the bloodline of Avraham the other is born of the Spirituality of Avraham.


The point is that Avraham was known for doing Kindness, Charity and Justice.  Our Sages Teach that Yitzchok looked exactly like Avraham.  People could not tell them apart from their looks or from their actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice.  Yishmael was unruly.  Yishmael was a thief.  Yishmael was hated by those around him.  See Bereisheit 16.12. Yishmael may have been from Avraham's bloodline but he did not do the actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice.  Remember He [Avraham] commanded his children.  As parents and grandparents we know that all of our children may not follow our instructions.  It is our responsibility to command them in the path of Hashem.  It is their individual responsibility to Observe these Commands.  At first Yishmael did not Observe these commands.  Eisov did not Observe these commands. We can only Teach the path of Hashem.  We cannot force our children to follow the Path of Hashem.  So while they are all our children there is a difference!


Gematria Miluy

wyn:B;, Baw Nawv, children

550 = wynB

        w          y            n            B

550 =   12=w6 w+ 20=d4 w6 y10  + 106=ˆ50 w6 n50  +  412=t400 y10 B2

Gematria Regal

yrEm]v, Sh Mih Ray, the Guardians 

550 = y10 r200 m40 v300

The fullness of children is the Gematria 550. The Gematria of yrEm]v, Sh Mih Ray, meaning the Guardians completes this Passuk.   He [Avraham[] commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of Hashem by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice in order to bring upon Avraham everything from Aleph to Tav of that Hashem Had [Spoken] upon him.


In other words Avraham's children are commanded to guard how they live in order  to preserve the promises of Hashem Given to Avraham.  Avraham's children are commanded to be  guardians or to be just like Avraham.  This tells us that Avraham was a proper example for his children.  Our goal is to raise guardians of Ha Torah.


When a parent is not a proper example for their children what do they do?  One begins from where they are. Try to begin repairing poor behavior.  Try building on good traits. 


A good parent builds a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings in their children.  When children are already grown the house is built.  One cannot start from the beginning.  It is challenging to create an atmosphere for blessings when the children are grown or gone from home.  How does one remodel a child's home?  How does one change behavior and attitudes that our children learned from us from the beginning?  These are the areas we face when we failed to place the Letter Bet in  wyn:B;, Baw Nawv. When the Bet is absent we have wOynI, Nee Voh meaning lamenting, wailing, passionate expressions of grief and sorrow.  We have regret and disappointment.  We mourn and express disappointment when the Letter Bet is removed from   wyn:B;, Baw Nawv.

When Ha Torah Says Avraham commanded his children this means he established a House of Learning.  Yitzchok attended the School of Shem and Eiver.  We do not read of Yishmael attending the school of Shem and Eiver.  Avraham was circumcised when Yitzchok was born. Avraham was not circumcised when Yishmael was born. Avraham taught Kindness, Charity and Justice to both Yitzchok and Yishmael.  At first it did not take with Yishmael.  Why?  His mother Hagar poisoned her son with hatred towards Sarah and Sarah's Teachings of Ha Torah.  Later when Hagar changed her name to Keturah she became beautiful.  Our Sages Teach her deeds became beautiful. Rabbi Avrohom Davis / Rabbi Avrohom Kleinkaufman, The Metsudah Chumash / Rashi (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc. 1993) p266


Remember Avraham who was very wealthy sent Yishmael away with just a little bread and a pouch of water because he was angry with him.  See Bereisheit 21.14. Yishmael later corrected his life style. Our sages note this in the comments for Bereisheit 25.8,9. Our Sages Teach that 'a good old age' makes specific reference to the fact that Yishmael no longer cause Avraham grief.  Our Sages also point out that Yishmael repented.  Rashi Says, 'Good old age [means] that Ishmael had repented...'  ''We infer from the fact that, ['And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him'] that Ishmael repented and gave precedence to Isaac.  [Why?] We would expect to see Ishmael mentioned first as the older son.''


It is real important to note this change of behavior for Yishmael because this gives us an understanding of what needs to happen to turn things around for a wayward child.  Yishmael needed a change of location.  Where he was living was not good.  Yishmael needed a change of influences.  The people he was listening to influenced him incorrectly.  Either his family / friends needed to change or their view on what is correct / incorrect needed to change.  This is what we pray for and work towards with wayward children.  We use others to influence them.  We encourage a change in their poor background to a better background.  Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 975, 977


May Hashem open our eyes to areas we can improve and may we try to be better people.  May we use Ha Torah to assist us in meeting the challenges in life.



Blessings Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Genesis 19

Feeling Like A Failure / Coming Up A Little Short! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Dear Ones The paths of the righteous expose our failings if we are near them. We can feel quite uncomfortable and self conscience among them.  We feel a little numb.  We are worried.  We don't know how to act. We don't want to shame ourselves or to be embarrassed.


Bereisheit 19.16-23

טז וַיִּתְמַהְמָהּ ׀ וַיַּחֲזִיקוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים בְּיָדוֹ וּבְיַד־אִשְׁתּוֹ וּבְיַד שְׁתֵּי בְנֹתָיו בְּחֶמְלַת יְהוָֹה עָלָיו וַיֹּצִאֻהוּ וַיַּנִּחֻהוּ מִחוּץ לָעִיריז וַיְהִי כְהוֹצִיאָם אֹתָם הַחוּצָה וַיֹּאמֶר הִמָּלֵט עַל־נַפְשֶׁךָ אַל־תַּבִּיט אַחֲרֶיךָ וְאַל־תַּעֲמֹד בְּכָל־הַכִּכָּר הָהָרָה הִמָּלֵט פֶּן־תִּסָּפֶהיח וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹט אֲלֵהֶם אַל־נָא אֲדֹנָי יט הִנֵּה־נָא מָצָא עַבְדְּךָ חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ וַתַּגְדֵּל חַסְדְּךָ אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי לְהַחֲיוֹת אֶת־נַפְשִׁי וְאָנֹכִי לֹא אוּכַל לְהִמָּלֵט הָהָרָה פֶּן־תִּדְבָּקַנִי הָרָעָה וָמַתִּי:  כ הִנֵּה־נָא הָעִיר הַזֹּאת קְרֹבָה לָנוּס שָׁמָּה וְהִוא מִצְעָר אִמָּלְטָה נָא שָׁמָּה הֲלֹא מִצְעָר הִוא וּתְחִי נַפְשִׁי: [רביעיכא וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הִנֵּה נָשָׂאתִי פָנֶיךָ גַּם לַדָּבָר הַזֶּה לְבִלְתִּי הָפְכִּי אֶת־הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּכב מַהֵר הִמָּלֵט שָׁמָּה כִּי לֹא אוּכַל לַעֲשׂוֹת דָּבָר עַד־בֹּאֲךָ שָׁמָּה עַל־כֵּן קָרָא שֵׁם־הָעִיר צוֹעַרכג הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ יָצָא עַל־הָאָרֶץ וְלוֹט בָּא צֹעֲרָה:


And it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you, nor stay in the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 18  And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my Lord; 19  Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have shown to me in saving my life; I can not escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die;


Genesis Chapter 19.16-23

16  But he lingered, and the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful to him; and they brought him out, and set him outside the city. 17  And it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, Escape for your life; look not behind you, nor stay in the plain; escape to the mountain, lest you be consumed. 18  And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my Lord; 19  Behold now, your servant has found grace in your sight, and you have magnified your mercy, which you have shown to me in saving my life; I can not escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me and I die; 20  Behold now, this city is near to flee to, and it is a little one; Oh, let me escape there, is it not a little one? and my soul shall live. 21  And he said to him, See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for which you have spoken. 22  Hurry, escape there; for I can not do any thing till you come there. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. 23  The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar. 


[Lot thought] When I was with the Sedomites, God Saw my deeds an the deeds of the people of the city, and I appeared to be a righteous person and worthy of being rescued.  But, when I will come to the righteous person [Abraham] I will be [seen] as an evil person. The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p  200


Dear Ones  last week we shared that Abraham had a Spiritual visit from the Lord. How did Abraham feel.  Over all he seemed quite comfortable. On the other hand Abraham's grandson, Yaakov had an encounter with the Creator.  When He woke from his sleep He Said, 'In truth, the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.  He was afraid and said, How awesome is this place! This is none other than the House of Elokim and this is the gate of heaven.'  Yet hours before Lot felt OK about inviting strangers to his home for Erev Passover... Lot invited Melachim to his home.. He did not seem nervous...


Yaakov was shaken.  Here in our discussion Lot is shaken. It is Pesach day. He is standing outside the city broke... penniless. Hours earlier he was a wealthy Judge.  How did Lot feel?  We must ask ourselves,  How would I feel?


Lot seemed set for retirement.  Then Judgment from the Lord hits the city. Lot's life changes dramatically.  Four of his children perish. Several grand children perish.  His wife becomes a stone. He is survived by two young daughters. How was Lot feeling? Lot had herds and servants. He had many cattle and many servants.  They were all gone.  How did Lot feel?  All the positions in his home were gone.  Lot escaped... Dear Ones, ask, How did Lot feel?  Lot was greatly humbled.  He seemed like he was very grateful for being allowed to escape the destruction. Lot was frightened about being with a righteous person. He was frighten that he would be exposed as a sinner in the presence of a truly righteous individual.  Was Lot self centered? He had just lost everything why would he be concerned about how he appeared to others?  He was experiencing a major tragedy in his life.


Dear one we are trying to identify a feeling that exists. Some classmates feel like I could never write to the Rebbetzin or to myself.  Why?  They are worried about doing something wrong.  They are concerned about making a mistake.  It's Feeling Like A Failure or Coming Up A Little Short! Yet, Dear Ones, its important to speak up.  Its important to speak out... It is important to ask questions... It is important to get clarification on possible misunderstandings...


The Lord Overthrows Sedom, Saving Lot

The two Angels arrived in Sedom around evening time' and Lot discovered the Angels while he was pacing up and down the streets.  Why was Lot roaming the streets at night?  Lot wished to invite guests, but he was afraid of taking anyone into his house because of the Sodomite  laws; therefore he looked for travelers in the dark of the night in secret.

 

When Lot noticed the two strangers in the street, he ran towards them, bowed, and said 'Please, my lord come to my house and lodge with me overnight!' 

 

Lot imitated Abraham's conduct towards guests. .He had stayed in Abraham's house a long time, and although he had not adopted Abraham's way of life, he had learned from him to go out of his way to do kindness to others.

 

The Angels replied, "No, we will sleep in the street!" 

"Please come to me, Lot persevered.  When they were still reluctant, he took their hands, forcing them to follow him.

 

Walk to my house following a circuitous route and enter inconspicuously, Lot cautioned his guests.  When they were safely inside his house, he instructed them.  Do not wash the dust off your feet until tomorrow. I want the people of Sedom to notice the dust and think that you just recently arrived. We have to take this safety measure, for if they knew the truth, they would kill me! .

 

Lot prepared a good meal, as he had seen Abraham do for his guests.  Since it was Pesach, he baked matzos.  Lot's wife, Eeris, who was a native of Sedom and did not share her husband's views on hospitality said to him, "lf the people of Sedom find out' they will kill you.  You are endangering us!  lf you insist on having guests, divide the house between us. The guests will stay in your section!

 

It was the custom of Lot's wife to serve guests only saltless food.  Now Lot told her, "serve these guests a little salt. Do you want to introduce this evil custom here?" 

His wife shouted back, "We have no salt in the house!" She left the house with the words, "l shall borrow some from the neighbors".  Eeris went around to the neighbors announcing,  "We have guess!.  Can you give me some salt?" Within a short time the whole town knew that Lot had invited strangers! 

 

The Angels questioned Lot, "What sort of people live in this city?"

 

"Well, answered Lot, in most places there are better and worse people. In this city, they are all wicked!"

 

His words were confirmed by the mob, consisting of the entire population of the city, young and old, rapping at his door and demanding that the guests be handed out to them. There was not a single person who protested.

 

Lot went outside the door to quiet them down.  He thus endangered his own life for the mob could easily have killed him. "Please my brothers," he addressed the sodomites with gentle words' "Remember that the Generation of the Flood was wiped out for the type of sins that you are about to commit!  

 

Lot was ready for an even greater sacrifice to maintain his hospitality. Listen to me!"  He called, "I have two unmarried daughters! Let me bring them out to you and do to them as you see fit.  Just do this kindness to me and leave my guests alone' since they have come to my section of the housel"

 

the Lord said, "Usually a man hands himself over to be killed for the sake of his wife and daughters.  Lot, instead was ready to hand out his daughters to be abused.  I swear, you keep them for yourself! Ultimately, all future generations will sneer at his vow, as they read in the Torah, "And the two daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father!" (19:36)

 

"Step back!  " the rabble shouted at Lot,  "Have we appointed you as a judge over us so that you should introduce new laws? Our law since ancient time is that every stranger who comes here is maltreated and robbed!"

 

Although Lot, upon his arrival in S'dom, had been made head of the court of law, they only accepted his opinion if it agreed with their way life but otherwise rejected his words.

 

They shouted, "Now we will do worse to you than to them!" They wanted to break down the door, but the Angels protected Lot and his family in the merit of his hospitality.  They took Lot back into the house and smote with blindness all men, young and old, who stood at the entrance of the house.  The young ones had begun the wronGodoing, and therefore the punishment started with them.

 

The people, in spite of their blindness, were groping for the door, but eventually they gave up because they could not find it. As soon as Lot had realized that the Angels would destroy the inhabitants of  Sedom for their  wickedness, he had prayed on their behalf, pleading for mercy for them.  Now the Angels said to Lot, "'Do not continue. to beg for mercy for them.  They have asked you to hand us out to them for immoral purposes, a crime for which there is no defense.  We will destroy this place. Just save yourself and your family!"

 

Lot had four daughters, two of whom were married.  He went to inform his two Sodomite sons-in-law of the impending destruction, warning them to leave.  But they laughed at his words. "There is music and festivity in the city, they said,,  "and you speak about destruction?"   Lot himself was also hesitant.  "What about all my gold, silver, and pearls? He asked, bewildered.  "How can I leave my fortune behind?  Let me which I should choose to take along."

 

The morning dawned and Lot had still not decided which part of his riches to leave behind  "Hurry,"  the Angels said, "'or else you will be destroyed because of the iniquity of the city!"

 

When Lot still lingered, the Angels rewarded him for having taken them by the hand them to lodge in his house.  Both Refael and Gavriel took his hand and that of his wife and his two daughters and pulled them away from the city!

 

Lot left Sedom penniless. This was his punishment for having settled in Sedom for material reasons.

 

"Escape for your life! the Angels warned Lot and his family.  "Be happy that our life is spared and forget about your money!   Do not look back because the Lord's Shechina  will descend upon the city! the Lord's Shechina  and a host of 12,000 Angels of Destruction descended upon the five cities to destroy them in a moment.   All five cities were situated on one rock and the angel stretched out his and turned all of them over at once, except for Tzoar which was spared so that Lot could flee there.   Brimstone and fire rained down from Heaven and destroyed not only the houses, but even the vegetation.   The earth and air of that region were polluted so that until this day nothing grows there. 

 

Lot's wife, Eeris, had pity on her two older daughters who were left behind. She turned around to see if they were following her and perceived the shechina, Immediately, she was converted into a pillar of salt. This was a punishment for revealing the presence of her guests as she went to her neighbors ostensibly to borrow salt.

 

One who sees the pillar of salt that was Lot's wife (the exact location of which was known to our sages) is obliged to recite two blessings:

1. 'Blessed be the truthful Judge'

2. 'Blessed be He Who remembers the tzaddikim'

He blesses The Lord, who, in the overthrow of Sedom' remembered Abraham's righteousness and saved Lot in the merit of the Tzaddik Abraham.

 

How does Lot's fate relate to us?

"One who walks with wise men shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall suffer harm" (Mishlai 13:20)' If a man spends his time in a perfume shop, he will leave with the scent of perfume clinging to his clothes, even if he made no purchase at all. If a man chooses to stay in a tannery, an evil odor will cling to him even if he is not a tanner by profession. One who adheres to the company of those who study Torah will inevitably benefit, while those who stay with ignorant people are bound to be affected. Lot, who settled in Sedom a vicinity of sinners almost lost his life on their account.

 

Lot and His Daughters

The angel instructed Lot, "Flee to the mountain where Abraham lives." But Lot was afraid to move back to Abraham's  neighborhood,  thinking, "When I live among the wicked people of Sedom, the Lord compared me to them and found me to be relatively righteous.  He therefore saved me.  But if I move to the vicinity of the Tzaddik Abraham, I will be considered wicked next to him.  Lot therefore begged the Lord to spare the city of Tzoar from destruction so that he could escape there.   "Its sins are fewer than those of S'dom."  Lot argued, "since it was more recently populated."  the Lord granted his request and, for Lot's sake, did not destroy the city of Tzoar.

 

The Angel commanded Lot, "Make haste and escape to Tzoar because I cannot destroy S'dom before you get there!"  Lot and his daughters hurried to Tzoar, but they did not remain there.  Lot was afraid of settling in that city because it was too close to S'dom.  Instead, he moved with his daughters to a cave in the mountains, thus disregarding the words of the Angel who had commanded him to escape to Tzoar.  As a result, the shameful story of the events in the cave came about.

 

Two great women were destined to descend from Lot's daughters - -Ruth, the Moabite woman who was to be the ancestress of the dynasty of David and, ultimately, of  Mashiach, and Na'ama the Ammonite woman who would marry King Shlomo and become the mother of King Rechavam.  . Lot's daughters were allowed to survive the annihilation of S'dom for the sake of the two precious souls Ruth and Na'ama,  who were later to emerge from them.   Both of Lot's daughters were righteous and had learned in Abraham's house to love the Lord.  After witnessing the destruction of four big cities and the earth's swallowing up all the inhabitants of Tzoar (even though it was not overthrown like S'dom), Lot's daughters were under the impression that a second Deluge had swept the world leaving them the sole survivors.  "Our father is old,"  the older one said to her younger he might die.   Unless a male child will be born from him soon,  the human-race will perish!"

 

Lot's daughters acted as they did for the sake of Heaven, but Lot himself would not have been subjected to so disgraceful a situation were it not for his impure heart that really desired incest.

 

They found wine in the cave which the Lord had prepared especially for this purpose because He wanted the two nations of Ammon and Moav to come into existence.  They Permitted their father to become intoxicated and seduced him.  The older one set the example, and the younger daughter followed.   Both of them became pregnant and bore sons.  The older daughter, with unabashed immodesty called her son Moav, "born of the father," while the younger daughter named her son Ben-ami, "Son of my People."

 

the Lord, who records every  pronouncement emanating from a person's lips, dealt with both daughters  midda-keneged-midda.  He  commanded in the Torah that the people of Ammon-descendants of the younger, modest daughter - should not be attacked by the Bnai Yisrael. Against Moav - the offspring of the older, shameless daughter - however, the Lord only forbade open warfare but did not prohibit provoking them and challenging them to battle. (Devarim 2:19).  Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 173-179


May we be open and willing to ask questions and seek advise.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel





Journey Through Genesis


Genesis  20


Where Torah does Not Exist ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones a little later in our discussion I will explain why this discussion is entitled Where Torah Does Not Exist instead of where the Bible does not exist. 


Dear Ones, have you or someone you know ever been asked one of the following questions?

Am I normal?

Do I see things differently than others?

Why am I different?

What makes me different?

Do my co-workers see me as being odd?


A few months back I chose to become a part of an organization that helps the community.  They are known for doing a lot of good yet it is a crusty place to visit... My first visit was uncomfortable. They do a lot of things I have no interest in. I looked around.  It was clear I was different.  What made me different? Why did I feel uncomfortable? I felt like I was very odd to those around. Yet, they assist so many. I needed to participate with them hoping they would send some business my way.  Maybe you work at a place that is not comfortable. Maybe you attend a school that is not comfortable...  Maybe home is not too comfortable... Rebbetzin Revi relates a story every now and then when she arrived home after high school one afternoon and found her clothes in a single box on the front porch. Can we imagine what it must of felt like for a sixteen year old woman to be tossed out of the family home. How did the most precious of places become such a place of pain?  Dear Ones we look at our home as a place of safety from the world where those around us tenderly love us, support us, nurture us and encourage us.  Our home is so to speak a safety net, God willing where we escape from the world.  


Dear Ones many times throughout our lives we will be forced to operate in areas where we may feel uncomfortable.  Will we be required to interact outside of our comfort zone?


Avraham was placed in a situation where he was forced to interact and associate with the people of Gerar.  He was new to the area. Things got off to a rugged start. It was very uncomfortable for he and Sarah and their followers. Lets define why it was challenging. Our Sages say that Avraham moved because 'He saw the cities were destroyed and travelers ceased from passing by.  Other sages say, Avraham chose to distance himself from Lot who had acquired a bad reputation because he was incestuous with his daughters. See Rashi - We do not know for sure what it was that caused Avraham to move.


Genesis 20.1-10


בראשית פרק כ

  א וַיִּסַּע מִשָּׁם אַבְרָהָם אַרְצָה הַנֶּגֶב וַיֵּשֶׁב בֵּין־קָדֵשׁ וּבֵין שׁוּר וַיָּגָר בִּגְרָר:  ב וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וַיִּשְׁלַח אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ גְּרָר וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שָׂרָה:  ג וַיָּבֹא אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בַּחֲלוֹם הַלָּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ הִנְּךָ מֵת עַל־הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר־לָקַחְתָּ וְהִוא בְּעֻלַת בָּעַל:  ד וַאֲבִימֶלֶךְ לֹא קָרַב אֵלֶיהָ וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנָי הֲגוֹי גַּם־צַדִּיק תַּהֲרֹג:  ה הֲלֹא הוּא אָמַר־לִי אֲחֹתִי הִוא וְהִיא־גַם־הִוא אָמְרָה אָחִי הוּא בְּתָם־לְבָבִי וּבְנִקְיֹן כַּפַּי עָשִׂיתִי זֹאת:  ו וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו הָאֱלֹהִים בַּחֲלֹם גַּם אָנֹכִי יָדַעְתִּי כִּי בְתָם־לְבָבְךָ עָשִׂיתָ זֹּאת וָאֶחְשׂךְ גַּם־אָנֹכִי אוֹתְךָ מֵחֲטוֹ־לִי עַל־כֵּן לֹא־נְתַתִּיךָ לִנְגֹּעַ אֵלֶיהָ:  ז וְעַתָּה הָשֵׁב אֵשֶׁת־הָאִישׁ כִּי־נָבִיא הוּא וְיִתְפַּלֵּל בַּעַדְךָ וֶחְיֵה וְאִם־אֵינְךָ מֵשִׁיב דַּע כִּי־מוֹת תָּמוּת אַתָּה וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־לָךְ:  ח וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בַּבֹּקֶר וַיִּקְרָא לְכָל־עֲבָדָיו וַיְדַבֵּר אֶת־כָּל־הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה בְּאָזְנֵיהֶם וַיִּירְאוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים מְאֹד:  ט וַיִּקְרָא אֲבִימֶלֶךְ לְאַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ מֶה־עָשִׂיתָ לָּנוּ וּמֶה־חָטָאתִי לָךְ כִּי־הֵבֵאתָ עָלַי וְעַל־מַמְלַכְתִּי חֲטָאָה גְדֹלָה מַעֲשִׂים אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יֵעָשׂוּ עָשִׂיתָ עִמָּדִי:  י וַיֹּאמֶר אֲבִימֶלֶךְ אֶל־אַבְרָהָם מָה רָאִיתָ כִּי עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה:  


 1  And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev, and lived between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar. 2  And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 3  But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a man's wife. 4  But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation? 5  Said he not to me, She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this. 6  And God said to him in a dream, Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; for I also kept you from sinning against me; therefore I did not let you touch her. 7  Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you, and you shall live; and if you restore her not, know you that you shall surely die, you, and all who are yours. 8  Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants, and told all these things in their ears; and the men were very afraid. 9  Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, What have you done to us? And in what have I offended you, that you have brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done. 10  And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?


Within our world we do business with and interact with people we may choose not to associate with.  Abraham was placed in a situation like this when the King of Gerar took his wife, Sarah.  What would you do if placed in the same situation?


Many of our classmates already know this but it bears repeating. Our Sages Teach that for every Letter and every Passuk / Verse and every phrase and Perik / Chapter of Ha Torah there is at least 5,000 different interpretations. I did not include the entire Bible here because the reference is only to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  These five Books are the Torah. The Torah has 613 Commands, i.e. Laws for B'nei Yisroel / the Children of Yisroel to Observe and about 80 Commands B'nai Noach / the children of Noah to follow.  If we stop to think about it each of us are defendants of Noach / Noah and his wife, Na'amah. If we are God Fearing people we observe the Commands of Torah without even knowing what they are.  For example one Command is to establish a form of Government, of laws, of courts, of justices and of police officers. Another is to be kind to animals. The point is that our society exists because we each observe Laws established in the Torah whether we realized it or not.  This brings us to the problem Avraham / Abraham was having in Gerar. The laws our Government sets up must be just laws.  They must be fair Laws.  They must apply equally to all.  We learn from the Midrash some of the issues in Gerar. Before we discuss what the midrash says it is important to understand what the Midrash is.  מִדְרַשׁ סֵפֶר The Book of Midrash is Rabbinical Commentary and Homiletic interpretation of the Scriptures. Midrashic Texts can either be Aggada 'Story' or Halacha meaning 'the way' of practice or Law.  Having said this we are going to read a Midrash Aggada from The Midrash Says.  The Bible Quotes the Book of Jasher, a Midrashic Text in Joshua 10.13 and again in 2 Samuel 1.18.


After the destruction of Sedom, Abraham again changed his residence, moving his tent from Chevron to the Philistine city of Gerar. For what reasons did Abraham leave Charon?

1, Abraham was forced to forsake his old neighborhood because rumors of Lot's actions with his daughters were circulating. Lot's bad reputation also reflected in Avraham who was Lot's uncle. Avraham, afraid of a Chiluil Hashem, [profanation of the Divine Name] decided therefore to settle in a different place. 141

2. [Abraham's] overwhelming desire to perform kindness made him seek guests constantly. After the destruction of Sedom the roads in that area were deserted. Avraham consequently returned to Gerar where there would be wayfarers for him to serve.142


Avraham knew that the inhabitants of Gerar were not God fearing. He therefore decided that for safety reasons, it would be better if he called himself Sarah's brother, as he had done in Egypt.  This precaution was to no avail, however, since the king of the country himself, Avimelech, arrested Sarah and had her forcibly taken to the palace. Once Sarah was in the palace, she told Avimelech the truth - "I am a married woman!" Avimelech would have ignored her words but the Lord sent the Angel Michael to prevent him from touching her.144 The Lord Appeared appeared to Avimelech in a dream and warned him, "The woman whom you have taken to the palace is married! According to the Seven Noachide Laws you would deserve to die if you were to live with her." 145


Avimelech defended himself, saying to the Lord, "Is it fair to kill the innocent and the guilty a like? Do you punish those who sin intentionally, together with those who sin as a result of circumstances? 146

When I inquired about their relationship, her husband claimed that he was her brother. She did not object, which is equivalent to agreement 147. I took her to my house with innocent hands and integrity in my heart."


"True," The Lord answered him, "You were not informed of her true status when you took her to the palace and did it in all sincerity. However, you cannot claim to have innocent hands.  As soon as she told you that  she was married, it was your duty to restore her to her husband immediately.  Your claim to righteousness is unjustified,since it was I who Prevented you from touching her. 148 Furthermore you are deserving of death for having kidnapped her (the transgression of the Noachide Law of 'robbery"). And now, return this woman to her husband at once!" p179-181


 וַיֹּאמֶר אֲבִימֶלֶךְ אֶל־אַבְרָהָם מָה רָאִיתָ כִּי עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה



What Do You See?

מָה רָאִיתָ

ר200 א1 י10 ת400 = 611


Torah

תוֹרָה

ת400 ו6  ר200 ה5   = 611


I have provided the above information because each of us are required to Observe various Commands within Ha Torah. So this brings us to the point. There is a hidden message within the words of Avimelech. The hidden message is in the Hebrew Study of Jewish Mysticism known as Gematria. Gematria is a study of numbers based upon written Letters in the Hebrew Bible..  The Words Avimelech spoke to Abraham translated in to English are 'What do you see?' Mystically the Words ask, 'Do you see Torah? Do you see [anyone] Observing the Torah?' The answer is no! The Midrash points out doing what our Creator Requires was absent from the King down to the least in his kingdom. Where the Torah lives and is Observed may be an uncomfortable place for some... What do you think?  Where Torah is nonexistent may be an uncomfortable place for others. 


Blessing and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 21


Why Did Avraham Send Yishmael and Hagar Away Penniless? © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk 

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit [Genesis] 21.1 - 34 


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Shalom Dear Ones, 

We are learning Bereisheit 21 [Genesis 21] Tells several stories that are all connected by  Avraham sending Yishmael and Hagar away penniless.


1. Sarah - Drive out this bond woman and her son

2. Sarah - This bond woman and her son will not inherit with my son Yitzchok

3. Avraham - This request was wrong in the eyes of Avraham. Avraham was a prophet. Our Sages Teach that Sarah was a Prophetess who was on a higher level of Prophecy than Avraham.  Women are more Spiritual than men.  Women set the atmosphere for Spirituality in the home.

4. Hashem - Avraham listen to Sarah!!

5. Avraham obeyed.

6. Avraham sent Yishmael and Hagar away with just water and bread.  Why?


Gen. 21:14


 וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר

 וַיִּקַּח־לֶחֶם וְחֵמַת מַיִם וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־הָגָר

 שָׂם עַל־שִׁכְמָהּ וְאֶת־הַיֶּלֶד וַיְשַׁלְּחֶהָ וַתֵּלֶךְ

 וַתֵּתַע בְּמִדְבַּר בְּאֵר שָׁבַע:


The Gematria [746] of וַיִּקַּח־לֶחֶם וְחֵמַת מַיִםVih Yee Kah Ach - Leh Chehm - Vih Chay Maht Mah Yeem, and he [Avraham] took bread and a skin [pouch] of water is the same Gematria as µt;g...g"vi Shee Gih Gaw Tawm, meaning their errors.  This is an example of how our errors separate us from the wealth,  riches and blessings we could enjoy simply by being in the presence of the righteous.



Vih Yee Kah Ach - Leh Chehm - Vih Chay Maht Mah Yeem, and

he [Avraham] took bread and a skin [pouch] of water

746 = µ40 y10 m40    t400 m40 j8 w   µ40 j8 l30    j8 q100 y10 w6

Shee Gih Gaw Tawm, their errors

746 = µ40 t400 g6 g6 v300


So Avraham sent Yishmael and Hagar way without any wealth because he despised Yishmael for falling into evil ways. [Rashi].  Yet Avraham did  וַיִּתֵּן אֶל־הָגָר Vah Yee Tayn - Ehl Hagar, i.e he gave to Hagar.  What did he give to Hagar?  Avraham gave Hagar htev] Shi Tayh, meaning drink... to establish... to found... Avraham gave Hagar  the secret to live Spiritually in the desert.  How do we know this?  The following phrase from Ha Torah says 'She went and lost her way'.


Vah Yee Tayn - Ehl Hagar, i.e he gave to Hagar.

705 = r200 g3 h5     l30 a1     ˆ50 t400 y10 w6

Shi Tayh, meaning drink... to establish... to found... 

705 = h5 t400 v300

May Hashem open our eyes to areas we can improve and may we try to be better people.  May we use Ha Torah to assist us in meeting the challenges in life.



Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 21


G-d Tested Avraham © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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  Gen. 22:1


 µh...-r:b]a'Ata, hS...`nI µyhi+løa'h...¢w" hL,ae+h; µyrI∞b;D"h' r~j'a' yhi%y"w"

.ynINEêhi rm,aOYìw" µh...`r:b]a' wyl;+ae rm,aOY§w"



Dear Ones most of us know that G-d Tested Avraham.  Notice Words 5 - 8.  hS;nI, Nee Sawh, means to test, to try, to examine.  This is what G-d as Judge of the universe required of Avraham.  Sefer HaYashar, The Midrash Says, Midrash Rabbah and Midrash Tanchuma each comment that G-d Tested Avraham.


Sefer HaYashar 

Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.8


Midrash Rabba

Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) pp 482-503


The Midrash Says

Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 192-206


Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1

Avrohom Davis, Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1 (Monsey, NY Eastern Book Press Inc. 2005) pp 295-297


The Weekly Midrash

The Weekly Midrash Vol. 1 Bereisheit / Shemot (Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 2003), pp 152 -156


Midrash Rabba Says, The [L-rd] trieth the righteous, etc. (Ps.XI,5)... The L-rd Does Not test the wicked but only the righteous as it says, 'The [L-rd] trieth the righteous.' R. Eleazar said: When a man possesses two cows, one strong and the other feeble, upon which does he put the yoke?  Surely upon the righteous, as it says, The [L-rd] trieth the righteous.  Another interpretation: The [L-rd] trieth the righteous alludes to Abraham as it says, THAT [G-D] DID PROVE ABRAHAM.  pp 482, 483


Midrash Tanchuma Says [G-d Tested] Avrohom Tehillim 11.5  p296


There are a number of important points to notice about Avraham.


Avram Breaks His Father, Terach's, idols with an ax

The city was named after an incident between Avraham, his father Terach, a brother Charan, and King Nimrod. Avram {Avraham} broke all his father's idols - which were many- with an ax. He then left the ax in the hand of the largest idol and told his father that the largest idol had destroyed all the other idols. This was of course untrue. Terach realized the senselessness of Avram's story. He knew idols could not do what Avram claimed. Avraham used this to try to persuade his father to believe in the One true G-d. Terach refused. Terah took his son Avram before King Nimrod. Avram repeated the story to King Nimrod. He also knew idols could not do what Avram claimed. Avram used this incident to share about Hashem, the One true G-d, with King Nimrod.  http://www.jewishpath.org/gematriaintheendofdays.html


Abraham's [discovers G-d]

...his efforts to publicize the existence of [G-d] to the people of Ur Kasdim...forced  [a confrontation with] Nimrod, the regional monarch, and this resulted in Abraham's miraculous deliverance from [Ur Kasdim, i.e.] Nimrod's fiery furnace. This well-known incident is vital to our understanding of Abraham's character, for it illustrates Abraham's staunch devotion to the truth of [G-d's Existence], and it helps us understand why [G-d Chose] Abraham to disseminate His [Knowledge] to mankind. We can perceive the depth of Abraham's devotion to [G-d] when we realize that Abraham had no foreknowledge of [G-d's] intent to rescue him from the furnace, [See Nehemiah 9.7] http://www.jewishstudies.org/book/samplelesson.htm


Bereisheit 12.1,2

Avram leaves his land

Avraham leaves his birthplace

Avram leaves his father's house


Bereisheit 12

Avram went as Hashem had told him...

Avram built Altars to Hashem...

Avram separates from Lot


Bereisheit 14

Avram rescue Lot and all the people and cattle taken by the five kings

Avram tithed a 10th of everything

Avraham had thousands of servants / converts


Bereisheit 15

Avram agrees to Hashem's covenant


Bereisheit 16

Sarai gives Hagar to Avram for a wife

Hagar has Yishmael


Bereisheit 17

On the very day Avraham was commanded to receive circumcision  Avraham circumcised himself and the males in his household


Bereisheit 18

Hashem Appears Spiritually to Avraham three days after his circumcision

Three guest Appear before Avraham

Avram runs toward them, greets them, invites them for a meal

Avram hurries to Sarai's tent to have her prepare matzoh

Avraham ran to his cattle and took a choice calf

Avram receives the promise of a son at this same time {Pesach] next year

Avraham pleads for the righteous in Sedom


Bereisheit 19

Avraham got up early in the morning, Avraham saw heavy smoke rising from Sedom 


Bereisheit 20

Avraham journeyed from there

Sarah is taken by Avimelech to be his wife and Hashem Protects her

Avraham prayers for Avimelech so he and his country people will again be able to have children


Bereisheit 21

Yitzchok was born, he grew, he was weaned, Avraham made a great feast

Sari says drive out this bond woman and her son for the son of this slave woman will not inherit with my son, with Yitzchok

Avraham was trouble but obeyed

Avraham got up early in the morning and ejected Hagar and Yishmael

Avraham gave Hagar and Yishmael words of direction, a water pouch and bread


Bereisheit 22

Avraham is tested buy G-d

Avraham awoke early

Avraham saddled his donkey

Avraham split wood for the offering

Avraham offered Yitzchok as a sacrifice

Avraham learns that Rivkah the wife intended for Yitzchok was born


Bereisheit 23

Avraham mourns Sarah's death

Avraham the cave at Machpeilah


Bereisheit 24

Avraham calls for his most trusted servant and makes him swear regarding taking a wife for Yitzchok

Avraham instructs the servant


Bereisheit 25

Avraham takes Hagar back as Keturah for his wife

Avraham has nine children by her

Avraham gave them gifts and sent them away

Avraham dies at 175 years of age in peace.


What is the point to each of these stories?

Avraham was a righteous man.  Avraham was a Novie / Prophet.  Notice how Avraham did things.  Notice how careful Avraham was in his Observances.  Only the righteous are tested.  We may feel like we are tested but too often we are ONLY SUFFERING FROM OUR OWN SINS!  Avraham did Mitzvot.  We do Mitzvot.  Avraham is VERY RIGHTEOUS we are not?  Why?  Avraham was tried by G-d the Judge.  Usually we are not?  Why?  


It is the different way in which we do our Observances.  The only time the word  hS;nI, Nee Sawh, tested in Ha Torah like this is when Ha Torah Records,  G-d Tested Avraham.  Our sages tie the righteous to tests.  Our sages say G-d Only tests the righteous.  Why is this?  The righteous are strong.  We are weak!  If we were tested as Avraham and Dovid Ha Melech and B'nei Yisroel in the BaMidbar were tested we would fail.  Tests are designed to show the strength of the material, of the auto, of the jet of loving G-d or righteousness...


The Gematria of the word    hS;nI, Nee Sawh, to be tested is 115.  qz...j;, Haw Zawk meaning strength is 115.  The immediacy of Avraham in each of these examples is like the last Word in Bereisheit 22.1, ynInEhi, Hee Nay Nee, 'I am ready'.  How many times have we NOT been immediate like Avraham?  How many times have we drug our self to do a Mitzvah instead of hurrying?  How many times did we just not do the Mitzvah?  That is the difference between Avraham and us.  Avraham and the righteous have a higher self!  Only the strong can reach these levels.  Only the strong can endure these tests.


\Nee Saw / To be tested

115 = h5 s60 n50

Haw zawk To be strong, to have strength 

115 = q100 z7 j8

Hee Nay Nee / I am ready!

115 = y10 n50 n50 h5

What is the point?  The word for Sold is πWg, Goof meaning soul or body.  Whenever Ha Torah is translated from Hebrew to English and the world 'self' is used we are reminded that the word πWg, Goof  does NOT OCCUR EVEN ONE TIME IN Ha Tenach.  Instead the word used for self is Nefesh. Why is this?  This is to remind us that just as the Word πWg, Goof  is invisible in Ha Torah it must be invisible in us.  In  other Words in the Words of Mishnah, NUllify your will in the face of His Will, so that He Will nullify the will of others in the face of your will, Avot 2.4 The sages teach that Often a person performs Commandments, but angrily or begrudgingly, as through duress... Rabban Gamliel thus Teaches us to serve Him willingly, so that He in turn will do our will willingly.... In other Words treat your own will as if it were His Will.  I.e. one should liv e only for the sake of Heaven and perform even mundane affairs for the sake of Heaven....  Mishnah Volume IV(Mesorah Publications, LTD, Brooklyn, N.Y 11232 First Edition 2007, First Impression ) p 111


The full essence for the Word πWg, Goof is 166.  When we lift our self up ˆwOyl"[,, Eh Lee Yoon, meaning to lift ones self up on high, there is only one place for our prideful self to go Wlp]n: Naw Feh Loo, meaning to be fallen.  So the point is to take the self, the prideful self, the high and might self , the haughty self out of our being so that we will have a righteous being and be free to love G-d and serve G-d as our Father Avraham did.


166 =  81 = a1 p80  -  12= w6 w6  -  73 = l30 m40g3

166 = ˆ50 w6 y10 l30 [70

166 = w6 l30 p80 n50


The prayer for each of us is not to be self empowering but  to be soul empowering as our father Avraham and mother Sarah were.



Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 22



The Ten Trials of Avraham ©


By Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



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This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Helen bat Na'amah, Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones, This weeks discussion is challenging.  It is a gauntlet for some.  The thought of God as Judge Testing us is possible beyond us. This week I spoke with my brother Gary and my Brother Roger who are both congregation leaders about being tested. I also discuss this subject with the Rebbetzin often. It bothers me. 


Being tested is a trying subject. Some of us due to our own mistakes think our Creator is testing us.  Not so.  We struggle because of our own mistakes. So, how do we know when we are being Tested by God? Avraham experienced a famine.  This was a test. Today the entire world is in an economic crisis. Did our Creator bring this crisis on us or is it the result of human failure?  Just the same it is a test.  We each must find a way to survive to get by to go forward...


We will review the Ten Test Avraham experienced. This will help us to understand the boundaries of a test.  This will help us to understand when we are suffering because our own mistakes and how to correct them.


Bereisheit 22.1,2


Bereisheit 22.1,2.jpg

Genesis 22.1,2

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


The Ten Trials of Avraham / Abraham - Identified...

1 Is there a G-d that rules the universe? Abraham's through logic attains an understanding of a greater power. This was his introduction to G-d - After learning to know G-d Abraham was test and delivered from the Fiery Furnace. Genesis 11.28,31 and 15.7 "Avraham's Father Terach"  


2 Avraham was a nester. He was commanded to leave his land and travel to an unknown place, to leave his birthplace and to leave his father's house. Genesis 12.1-3 "Go Get Out!"


3. Avraham experienced a Vision of his descendants suffering through four monarchies. Genesis 15.12-16


4 Shortly after his second arrival in Eretz Canaan Avraham experienced famine. Genesis 12.10 "Abraham Went Down."


5 Sarah, Abraham's wife was kidnaped and taken to Pharaoh's Palace and placed in his harem. Genesis 12.12-20 "On the Word of Sarah" "Zerah Tov"


6 Lot, Abraham's nephew by his brother Charan who died in the fires of Kasdim is captured by the four kings a few days before Passover.  Avraham and his trained servants went to war to return him, his wife and his possessions. Genesis 14 - "Who was Og - Understanding Life's Purpose"


7 At the age of 99 Avraham is commanded to sanctify his sexual organ by doing a Brit Miliah. Genesis 17.1-10-14 and 23-27 "Brit Milah / Circumcision"


8 Abimelech, king of Gerar abducted Sarah, the wife of Abraham.  He had she taken to his palace with the intention of forced marriage. Genesis 20 "Where Torah Does Not Exist"


9. Avraham is required to cast our Yishmael and Hagar from his camp. Genesis 21.7-14 "And Abraham Listen to the Voice of Sarah"

 

10 Avraham is tested with the binding of Yitzchok. - The Akiedah  - The Binding of Yitzchok Genesis 22.1-19 "The Test"  With this is the length of time required to have a son with Sarah. "Be Compassionate" "Escalating"


Over the years we have discussed each of these tests. I included a topic name for each discussion.


1. Genesis relates a few clues to Abraham's early life.  They are found in Bereisheit / Genesis 11.28,31 and 15.7.  


A Discussion on Belief In God - vs - Athesim - The belief that there is no God


Atheist - person who does not believe in the existence of God or gods...


Agnostic - a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.


How we live says what we believe, not what we say...


Now these are the generations of Terach; Terach fathered Abram, Nahor, and Charan; and Charan fathered Lot. And Charan died in the face of his father Terach in the land of his birth, in the fires. Genesis 11.28


And he, Terach took everything from Aleph to Tav of Avram his son and everything from Aleph to Tav of Lot the son of Charan and his [Terach's] grandson and everything from Aleph to Tav of Sari that was his son, Avram's bride. And he got out with them from the fire of the Chaldee [May Oor - Kasdim] to go to the land of Canaan. They came Charan and they settled. Genesis 11.31


And He, said, 'I am the Lord that brought you out from the fires of the Chaldees [May Oor - Kasdim, and said] 'Go' [to you]  to give, [you] everything from Aleph to Tav of the land [of Canaan] this [land and] to all its [Spiritual] senses,' Genesis 15.7.


From these verses we see a light frame of what occurred.  Our Creator Delivered Avraham from the fiery furnaces. Avraham's brother, Charan, perished in the fiery furnaces. The Midrash Says Relates the following story:


Avram's Birth and Recognition of The Lord
The strength and cunning of King Nimrod were proverbial.  It was universal knowledge that his arm, aimed at a deer's heart, never missed its mark. Woe to him who dared to doubt that Nimrod was a self-created god! The hangman stood ever ready next to the throne. One day Nimrod's astrologers humbly approached the throne and prostrated themselves before the king.

"Your Majesty," they announced, "we have become aware of grave danger threatening your throne. The stars predict that a boy will soon be born in your kingdom who will deny your divinity and will overcome you!"

Nimrod turned to his ministers. "What protective measures do you suggest?"

Their answer came quickly, "Order that all newborn boys shall be annihilated!"

"This is fine advice. Call a meeting of the architects, ordering them to design special houses in which every woman with child shall be confined. We shall then make sure that only the baby girls will be dismissed alive.  Terach, one of the most honored noblemen at the court, was present during the discussion and jokingly asked, "You do not expect to include my wife in this new arrangement, do you?"

"We did not refer to your house, Terach," the king assured him. "You are the most trusted of my ministers."
The cruel edict was issued and thenceforth all baby boys were murdered. Over 700,000 newborns were killed.
One morning, Nimrod's astrologers requested another audience. "The danger is still present, 0 King! We have observed a star above Terach's house shooting out into all directions of the firmament and devouring four stars in the east, west, north, and south! This clearly points to Terach's newly born son who will conquer your kingdom! "Order Terach to hand over his new baby! I will compensate his loss with a treasury of gold and silver!" The messengers hurried to Terach's house, demanding his son. "Deliver your son in the name of Nimrod!" they commanded. "I will not give you my son!" he replied.

"The king offers you a treasury of gold and silver in exchange!"

Terach laughed scornfully, "Go tell your master, 'They said to the horse, 'We will cut off your head and you will receive a wagonload of hay instead!' 'Fools,' answered the horse, 'if I am beheaded, who will eat the hay?' If you kill my son, who will inherit my gold and silver?" The messengers left, but Terach did not relax. "Hurry," he commanded his wife Amtalai. "Wrap the baby up and hide him in a cave away from the house. I am sure they will soon return." And so it was. A short while later, the king's delegates knocked on the door again, but Terach was prepared. He gave them the son of his faithful maid instead. And what was the fate of his little son Avram?

He grew up in a cave, far from the wicked world around him. With his phenomenal mind he recognized his Creator when he was but three years old, arriving at his conclusion by observation and reasoning. "Maybe I should worship the earth," he mused, "because its production is that which sustains us. But then the earth is not all-powerful since it depends on the heaven for rain. Should I therefore bow to the firmament? The ruling power of the firmament clearly is the sun which keeps the world alive with its warmth and light. The sun must be the mighty god who created me and the universe around me!"

Avraham prostrated himself before the sun. But when night fell and the sun vanished to make way for the moon, Avram reasoned that the moon must be divine. But he abandoned this thought when he realized that the moon shone only by night. Finally, by observing the regular rhythm of day and night, of the seasons, and of all natural laws, Avram inferred the presence of an omnipotent and wise Creator. "How is it," Avram asked himself, "that the Heavenly bodies rise and set at an appointed time? There must be a higher intelligence directing them!

A wanderer was passing a castle. Attempting to find out what was inside, he walked all around to find the entrance, all to no avail. He called loudly, but no one answered, "Could it be that this castle is deserted?" he reflected. He raised his eyes to the roof and found that it had been covered with a protective layer of material, with a second layer carefully arranged above it, "This castle must be inhabited!" said the wanderer, "or else who could have arranged the layers on the roof so meticulously?

"I have not seen Him," said Avram, "but I can understand that only a mighty and merciful G-d could have created the marvelous world around me, and only His superior intelligence is able to keep it going. To Him will I bow!"

As time passed and the astrologers' predictions did not come true, the king revoked his decree and Avram was able to return home.
 
Avram's Rebellion Against the Beliefs of His Time
Terach's business was the sale of idols, and the young Avram did his best to convince people not to buy them. Once it happened that his father had to go on a trip and left Avram in charge of his store. His instructions to his son were, "The bigger the god, the higher the price you charge. If an important person comes in, offer him a big idol; to a lesser customer, give a smaller one." Terach left.

An impressive-looking broad-shouldered man entered the store. "Give me a big idol as befits my status!" he pompously addressed the boy Avram. Avram handed him the largest idol he could find on the shelves and the man drew a substantial amount of money from his pocket.

"How old are you?" Avram questioned him.

"I am fifty years old."

"And you are not ashamed to worship a god that is only one day old?" Avram asked. "My father just made this one yesterday!" Confused, the man put the money back in his pocket and left.

An old woman entered. She told Avram that thieves had invaded her house during the previous night and stolen her gods.

"Is that so?" Avram asked. "If your gods were unable to protect themselves from the robbers, how do you expect them to protect you?"

"You are right," the woman admitted. "But whom shall we serve?"

"The Greater of heaven and earth who made me and you," Avraham answered.

The woman left without buying a god.

Another woman came with a bowl full of flour as an offering for the gods. Avram took an axe and smashed all the idols except the biggest. He placed the axe leaning against the big idol. When Terach returned and saw the havoc in the house, he screamed angrily, "What happened here?"

"Why shall I conceal the truth from you?" answered Avram.

"While you were away, a woman brought some flour as an offering. Each god exclaimed that he wanted to be the first to have it. The biggest was insulted, so he seized an axe and broke all the others!"

"What nonsense is this?" shouted Terach. "You know very well that they neither speak nor move around."

"Is that so?" Avram retorted. "Pray think about what you just admitted. Why then do you serve them?' '

One day it was Terach's turn to conduct the services before the gods in Nimrod's royal palace. Terach took Avram along to the capital. They arrived in Nimrod's palace and found it to contain a large exhibition of gods in gold, silver, copper, wood, and stone.

Terach brought bread and wine and offered them to the gods. "Take them, eat, and drink," Avram said to the idols, "and be appeased." None of the idols moved or answered with a sound.

"You see, they are not worth anything," Avram remarked.

He threw all the idols and shoved them together in a pile. Then he set fire to them and hurriedly fled from the palace.

This could not be ignored any longer. Terach himself, a loyal subject of King Nimrod, reported his son's misdemeanor to the king.

Avram had successfully passed the first trial. He had applied his mind to recognize his Creator and had rejected idol worship.

Avram in Prison
Nimrod commanded his soldiers to bring Avram to the palace. Avram was arrested by the king's officers and taken to Nimrod.

Nimrod sat on top of his throne which was an artistic creation placed high on top of a spiraling tower comprised of seven different materials. Whoever approached it had to prostrate before the king. Avram was brought in and stood erect.

"Are you Avram, son of Terach?"

"I am."

"Then you are the traitor who had the audacity to burn my gods.

Don't you know that I am the master of all creation? Sun, moon, and stars obey me!"
"Excuse me," said Avram, "This is new to me. Let me make only one request and I will believe in you!"
"State your request!"

"The sun rises daily in the east and sets in the west. Command that tomorrow it rise in the west and set in the east!"
All ministers and nobles expectantly looked at the king. But Nimrod was strangely silent.
"Or else fulfill a different request of mine," Avraham persisted. "Reveal to me what my thoughts at this moment are and what I am about to do next."

There was perfect silence in the palace. All eyes turned towards the young man who had the courage to challenge the king. Nimrod was stupefied. No one had ever dared to use such words in his presence.

"Do not act so amazed," said Avram. "You are no god! You are a descendant of Kush. And if you deny it, how is it that you were not able to save your own father from death? The truth is that just as you could not save your father from death, so you could not save yourself either. You are not an immortal being!

Avram raised his eyes to Heaven and exclaimed, "Lord, see the wicked and judge them.
Nimrod by this time had composed himself. "Soldiers," he called, "immediate imprisonment for this rebel!" The soldiers rushed forward, bound Avram in chains and led him away.

Avram was thrown into the dungeon. He was held prisoner for a full ten years. Yet his belief in The Lord did not waver.


Later Avram is returned to Nimrod. Where the following conversation took place:


[Nimrod said] Let us worship the fire!

[Avram countered], Let us rather worship water, which extinguishes the fire,

[Nimrod agreed] Then let us worship water!

[Avram objected] Let us rather worship the clouds which bear the water.

[Fine said Nimrod] Then let us worship the clouds!

[Avram objected again], Let us rather worship the winds which disperse the clouds.

[Nimrod agreed], Then let us worship the wind!

[Avraham said] Let us rather worship human beings, who withstand the wind.

[Nimrod said] You are just bandying words, we will worship naught but the fire. Behold, I will cast you into it, and let your God whom you adore come and save you from it. Now Charan was standing there undecided. If Abram is victorious, [thought he], I will say that I am of Abram's belief, while if Nimrod is victorious I will say that I am on Nimrod's side. When Abram descended into the fiery furnace and was saved, [Nimrod] asked him, Of whose belief are you? 

[Charan replied] Of Abram's Thereupon he seized and cast him into the fire; his inwards were scorched and he died in his father's presence. Hence it is written, AND CHARAN DIED IN THE PRESENCE OF (' AL PENE) HIS FATHER TERAH. See Midrash Rabba Bereisheit


2 Avraham was a nester. He was commanded to leave his land and travel to an unknown place, to leave his birthplace and to leave his father's house. 


And He, the Lord Had Said to Abram, Go! Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house, to a land that I will show you... And I Will Make of you a great nation, and I Will Bless you, and Make your name great; and you shall be a blessing; 


We discussed this in detail in Genesis 12 entitled: Avram's Father Terach


3. Avraham experienced a Vision of his descendants suffering would suffer under four monarchies. 

Genesis 15,


Rebbetzin Revi Writes:

God told Abraham that his offspring would suffer under four monarchies.
 
Bereisheit 15
9 And He said to him, "Take for Me three heifers and three goats and three rams, and a turtle dove and a young bird."
10 And he took for Him all these, and he divided them in the middle, and he placed each part opposite its mate, but he did not divide the birds.
11 And the birds of prey descended upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.
12 Now the sun was ready to set, and a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and behold, a fright, a great darkness was falling upon him.
13 And He said to Abram, "You shall surely know that your seed will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and they will enslave them and oppress them, for four hundred years.

Bereisheit 15.12. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him
 
The Dreadful Vision.  
After Abram was made party of the Covenant between the Parts, he experienced the dreadful vision of his descendants being subjugated for 400 years.
 
A dread (fear) that was dark and ominous overwhelmed him.

In a vision Avraham saw his descendants suffer.
 
When you have a vision you see and experience what is happening.  How intense must have been Avraham's suffering to see his children live through horror.
How would we feel if we could see the suffering our children would G-d FORBID might live through.
 
I have had one seemed like a vision - I have no idea how you would validate that - in my vision I saw and experienced everything as if it were really happening to me.
Years later these visions became a reality and I did indeed experience those feelings.
 
I have read that when one experiences the death of a child that it is a judgment against them for not honoring a sage. I don't know if that is true but I do know that having lost a child I wonder if I had done something in my life different would she still be alive. So far Avraham to see some of his children suffer and die must have been excruciating.


4. Shortly after his second arrival in Eretz Canaan Avraham experienced famine. 


 The Ten Tests According to Rashi:
1) Abraham hid underground for thirteen years from King Nimrod, who wanted to kill him.
2) Nimrod flung Abraham into a burning bush.
3) Abraham was commanded to leave his family and homeland.
4) Almost as soon as he arrived in Canaan, he was forced to leave to escape a famine.
5) Sarah was kidnapped by Pharaoh's officials.
6) The kings captured Lot, and Abraham was forced to go to war to rescue him.
7) God told Abraham that his offspring would suffer under four monarchies.
8) At an advanced age, he was commanded to circumcise himself and his son.
9) He was commanded to drive away Ishmael and Hagar.
10) He was commanded to sacrifice Yitzchok.

The Ten Tests According to Rambam:
1) Abraham's exile from his family and homeland.
2) The hunger in Canaan after God assured him that he would become a great nation there.
3) The corruption in Egypt that resulted in the abduction of Sarah.
4) The war with the four kings.
5) His marriage to Hagar after having despaired that Sarah would ever give birth.
6) The commandment of circumcision.
7) Abimelech's abduction of Sarah.
8) Driving away Hagar after she had given birth.
9) The very distasteful command to drive away Ishmael.
10) The binding of Yitzchok on the altar.


Dear ones we lightly touched on several of the Tests of Avraham. If you are interested you may join us in discussing one or all tests at:


We pray that we will grow in the Words of our Creator and flourish.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 23

The Value Of Mother's Milk

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk Audio
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC




This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Helen bat Na'amah, Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones we are entering the Perik that discusses the death of Sarah, wife of Avraham, mother of Yitzchok. Yet the Scripture does not focus on death.  We read, 



Bereisheit 23

וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים שְׁנֵי      חַיֵּי שָׂרָה:11

Genesis 23.1

And it happened, the life of Sarah was a hundred year and twenty year and seven years, [these were the] years of Sarah's life.


Sarah's life is divided into three time periods.

One hundred year. [ק]One hundred years was grouped as a year.

Twenty year. [כ]Twenty years was grouped as a year.

Seven years. [ז]Each of the seven years were individual.


Dear Ones our intent is to provide a few examples for the significance of each of these numbers to Sarah, Avraham's wife.


Does this have anything to do with Bereisheit 6.3?


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לֹא־יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם בְּשַׁגָּם הוּא

 בָשָׂר וְהָיוּ יָמָיו מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה:


[3] And He, Hashem Said, My Spirit shall not argue within man  for ever, to connect to him, for he is flesh, and it happened, His days are one hundred twenty year


What is Ha Torah Telling us about Sarah's life?  I think we are being directed to focus on the periods of Sarah's life, the one hundred year period, the twenty year period and the seven years of which each are a period. The 120 years relates to us as humans.  This is the human cycle.  This is the period we are born in and die within. The seven years relates to us as Spiritual. The weekly cycle is seven. At the conclusion of the weekly cycle we begin another weekly cycle. The cycle concludes with the Seventh Day, Shabbat, the day of rest. Many cycles are based upon Seven. 


The Festival of Weeks -  7 Weeks x 7 Weeks = 49 days

And you shall observe the Feast of Weeks, of the first fruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year's end. Shemot 34.22

Seven weeks shall you count; begin to number the seven weeks from such time as you begin to put the sickle to the grain. 10  And you shall keep the Feast of Weeks to the Lord your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give according as the Lord your God has blessed you. Devarim / Deuteronomy 16.9


The Seventh Year Represents Freedom for A Hebrew Servant

If you buy a Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. Shemot / 21.2


Every Seven Years the Land Receives a Shabbat

Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit; But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest to the land, a sabbath for the Lord; you shall not sow your field, nor prune your vineyard. Vayikra / Leviticus 25.3


Seven Years x Seven Years is the Year of Jubilee

And you shall count seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty and nine years. Then shall you cause the shofar to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall you sound the shofar throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants of it; it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; you shall not sow, nor reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed. For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat the produce of it out of the field. In the year of this jubilee you shall return every man to his possession. Vayikra / Leviticus 25.8-13


Twenty Represents

Yaakov served Lavan 20 years

Thus have I been twenty years in your house... Bereisheit / Genesis 31.41


Yoseif was sold by his brothers for 20 pieces of silver

Then there passed by Midianites merchants; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out from the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver; and they brought Joseph to Egypt. Genesis 37.28


At the age of 20 a man was counted for the first time in the 1/2 Shekel Offering

Every one who passes among those who are counted, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering to the Lord. Exodus 30.14


A Hundred Represents

We know Yitzchok was born when Avraham was 100. Ha Torah draws attention to this fact in Bereisheit 21.7


וַתֹּאמֶר מִי מִלֵּל לְאַבְרָהָם הֵינִיקָה בָנִים שָׂרָה כִּי־יָלַדְתִּי בֵן לִזְקֻנָיו:  


Genesis 21.7

And she said, Who would have said to Abraham, that Sarah should suckle children? For I have born him a son in his old age


9. AND SHE SAID: WHO WOULD HAVE SAID מִלֵּל (MILLEL) UNTO ABRAHAM THAT SARAH SHOULD GIVE CHILDREN SUCK (XXI, 7)? R. Phinehas said in 

R. Helkiah's name: Not אָמַר Amar or  דִּבֶּר dibber but מִלֵּל MILLEL is written 

1: Thus she indirectly drew his attention to the fact that he had begotten child at the age of a hundred years. 

2 R. Phinehas said in R. Helkiah's name: [MILLEL signifies that] the standing crop of our father Abraham  {Gen. 467}  had been dried up, but it now turned to ripe ears of corn (meliloth).


Millel meaning to utter

 מִלֵּל 

מ40 ל30 ל30 = 100


3 THAT SARAH SHOULD HAVE GIVEN CHILDREN SUCK: she suckled builders.


4 Our mother Sarah was extremely modest. Said Abraham to her: 'This is not a time for modesty, but uncover your breasts so that all may know that the Holy One, blessed be He, has begun to perform miracles.' She uncovered her breasts and the milk gushed forth as from two fountains, and noble ladies came and had their children suckled by her, saying, 'We do not merit that our children should be suckled with the milk of that righteous woman.' The Rabbis said: Whoever came for the sake of heaven


5 became God-fearing. R. Aha said: Even one who did not come for the sake of heaven


6 was given dominion [i.e. greatness] in this world. Yet they did not continue to enjoy it, for when they stood aloof at Sinai and would not accept the Torah, that dominion was taken from them. Thus it is written, He looseth the bonds of kings, and bindeth their loins with a girdle (Job XII, 18).

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The Gematria of מֵאָה is 46.  This is the same Gematria as וְחָלָב meaning and milk is also 46.  Ha Torah Says in Bereisheit 18.8

וַיִּקַּח חֶמְאָה וְחָלָב וּבֶן־הַבָּקָר אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וַיִּתֵּן לִפְנֵיהֶם וְהוּא עֹמֵד עֲלֵיהֶם תַּחַת הָעֵץ וַיֹּאכֵלוּ:


And He Avraham took bread and milk and the calf he had prepared and set it before them...  


Hundred

 מֵאָה 

מ40 א1 ה5 = 46


and milk

 וְחָלָב

ו6 ח8 ל30 ב2 = 46


Who were these travelers? They were Angels. One would bring the message that at the age of one hundred Avraham would have a son. 


So Mystically we can see the connection between the period of 100 with the age of Avraham and the connection to the milk Sarah fed Yitzchok. From this we learn milk from a righteous woman causes the children to be G-d Fearing and causes greatness...



Genesis 23.2

וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַיָּבֹא

   : אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ  



Genesis 23.2

And Sarah died in Kiryat Arba, which is in Chevron in the land of Canaan. And he, Avraham came to eulogize , to hour, to lament, to grieveSarah and to weep for her.


Genesis 23.19

Avraham returned to Beer Sheva...


So Avraham was in Beer Sheva and Sarah was in Kiryat Arba. Sarah was in Kiryat Arba searching for Avraham and Yitzchol.


Kiryat Arba / evron is located in the southern West Bank of Yisroel, 30 km (19 mi) south of Jerusalem. Judaea Chevron is nestled in the Judaea Mountains at 930 meters (3,050 ft) above sea level.  It is the largest city in the West Bank. The city is the traditional burial site of Adam and Chavah, Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchok and Rivkah and Yaakov and Leah. Wikipedia

Beer Sheva is in the Negev dessert in southern Yisroel about 81 Km., (50 miles) from Jerusalem.  Beer Sheva  is about 48 Km., (30 miles) from Kiryat Arba. The walking distance would normally require between 1 to 3 days. Our Sages Teach that when Sarah learned of Avraham's intent to offer her son as a sacrifice. She traveled to Cevron in search of Avraham and Yitzchok. Then Sarah ends up dying in Chevron.


We who have just engaged in this discussion are blessed because of Sarah.  May this blessing grow and continue to grow.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


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Genesis 23

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Gen. 23.2

וַתָּמָת שָׂרָה בְּקִרְיַת אַרְבַּע הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַיָּבֹא אַבְרָהָם לִסְפֹּד לְשָׂרָה וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ:11



Shalom Dear Ones, please notice the 13th Word of Passuk Bet.  The 13th Word is the last Word. 


Notice the Word  וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ Vih Lee Bih Choh Tawh, meaning and to weep for her.  Please notice the 4th Letter is reduced in size.  Here the normal k Chof  is not so normal.  The normal k Chof  is reduced in size.  Our Sages Teach that the Letter k Chof is reduced to teach us to reduce our mourning.  Our Sages also Teach that the reduced Chof in וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ, Vih Lee Bih Choh Tawh should actually be read, HT;bil]W, Voo Lih Bee Tawh, meaning daughter.  When conbined as part of the last three Letters of 23.2 the meaning is  HT;bil]W hr:¡c;l] dPoès]li, to eulogize Sarah and her [virgin] daughter,'; who also died on that day, for the Sages derive from [Bereisheit 24.1 that the lKoBæ, Bah Cohl, meaning 'in all' as in Hashem Blessed Avraham in all must include a son, Yitzchok and a daughter.]  Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 866


Why a virgin daughter?  The Gematria of HT;bil]W, Voo Lih Bee Tawh, meaning, and a daughter too is 443.  The Gematria of hl;WtB], Bih Too Lawh, meaning virgin is 443.


Voo Lih Bee Tawh, meaning, and a daughter too


443 = h5 t400 b2 l30 w6


Bih Too Lawh, meaning virgin


443 = h5 l30 w6 t400 b2


When we consider the Letter k Chof we are aware that there is the normal k Chof  and the final ˚ Chof.   The final ˚ Chof is only used at the conclusion of a word.  The final ˚ Chof stands tall and proud.  When the final ˚ Chof is at the conclusion of a word it often means 'your'.   The final ˚ Chof  represents the Gematria 500.


Gen. 12.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ

 מֵאַרְצְךָ וּמִמּוֹלַדְתְּךָ

1: וּמִבֵּית אָבִיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַרְאֶךָּ





The normal k Chof  is at the beginning of a word or in the middle of a word.  The normal k Chof  when at the beginning of a word is often a connector that means 'like'.   The normal k Chof  represents the Gematria 20.


Gen. 1.26

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל־הָאָרֶץ וּבְכָל־הָרֶמֶשׂ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל־הָאָרֶץ :11



Deut. 2.33

וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵינוּ לְפָנֵינוּ וַנַּךְ אֹתוֹ וְאֶת־בנו [בָּנָיו] וְאֶת־כָּל־עַמּוֹ 1:1


Some Teach that the Letter Chof maybe enlarged in Devarim 2.33.  The Letter Chof if enlarged would represent great emphasis on 'and we struck him, i.e. Sichon.'  , http://www.sofer.co.uk/html/large_letters.html.


The Letter   k Chof  when Represented as Miluy equals 100 and as Miluy Godal equals 820.  Why?  The final Letter is the Letter π Pay which can have a Gematria of 80 or of 800.  The Letter   k Chof  is spelled  πk that is with the Letter  k Chof and the Final Letter π Pay.

Miluy

100 = π80 k20

Miluy Godal

820 = π800 k20

Rabbie Michael Munk, author of The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet, Teaches that 'The name πk; means bent [from πWpK;] for the [Letter] derives its name from its bent shape.'  I.e. the bent shape of a spoon, the bent palm of the hand, the bent sole of the foot and the bent palm branch.  Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 135


Mystically our Sages Teach that the Letter  k Chof is Representive of rt,K,, Cheh Tehr, meaning crown. 

We know that among women that Sarah was the crown.  The Gematria of  וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ, Vih Lee Bih Choh Tawh, meaning and to weep for her, is 463.  The Gematria of  twOnB;hæ, Ha Baw Noht, meaning 'the daughters' is 463.  This seems like a paradox.  How could Sarah who has only one virgin daughter who dies on the same day as her mother weep for her.  Ha Torah Says, 'I Will Bless her [Sarah] and she [Sarah] will be [a mother ] of to nations', Bereisheit 17.16.  The daughters of the Nations weeping over Sarah is Prophetic.  Who does not mourn the loss of Sarah, the greatest jewel of the Keter, Crown?  When Sarah died it was like the Chof of  וְלִבְכֹּתָהּ, Vih Lee Bih Choh Tawh, meaning 'and to weep for her', was removed.   The greatest of Jewish women came first and now she is gone.   The mother of Yitzchok is gone.  The wife of Avraham is gone.  The mother of nations is gone.   Why was Sarah the greatest of jewels taken first?  It is to limit our mourning.  One should not exceed the mourning of Avraham for his wife, Sarah.  When we mourn the loss of our mother Sarah we are reminded not mourn excessively.  When we mourn the loss of others we are reminded not to mourn excessively.



Vih Lee Bih Choh Tawh, meaning 'and to weep for her'


463 = h5 t400 k20 b2 l30 w6


Ha Baw Noht, meaning 'the daughters' 


463 = t400 w6 n50 b2 h5


The Letter  k Chof is quite unique in Ha Torah.  Out of the twenty-two Letters of Hebrew only five are Final Letters.  Of the five Final Letters only two are connecting Letters, the k Chof and the m Mem.  The  k Chof and the m Mem can both change the beginning and conclusion of a Word.

It is possible that the Letter k Chof  is the only Letter in Ha Torah with meanings in the beginning middle and conclusion and with reduced size and with enlarged size. 


May Hashem Bless each oif us in our time of mourning in our time of sadness.  May we limit our time of grief.  May we limit our mourning.


Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Gen. 24:1

   :וְאַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ אֶת־אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל


And Avraham was an Elder with many days and Hashem Blessed Avraham in everything.


First, we observe that the Letters z Zayin, q Kuf and ˆ Nun spell the Word  זָקֵן  Zaw Kayn, Elder. The normal Gematria of Zaw Kayn is 157.  The Gematria Miluy Godal is 807. 


 Second each Letter when spelled out concludes with a Final Letter. 

 זָקֵן Zah Yeen, meaning arms, weapon, male organ, seventh Letter of the Aleph Bet.

πWq Koof, meaning the eye of a needle, the hole of an ax handle the twentieth Letter of the Aleph Bet.


נון Noon, meaning to degenerate, to decline, fish, fourteenth Letter of the Aleph Bet.

Third each letter represents an import event in Ha Torah.  The Letter Zayin Represents Shabbat, the Day of Rest, the Day Hashem G-d Ceased from all His work and rested.  The Letter Kuf Represents the age of Avraham when Yitzchok was born, one hundred  The Letter Noon Represents the fifty days we count between Pesach and Shavuot. 


We can move the Letters placing of   זָקֵן Zaw Kayn, Elder to spell zQenI Nee Kayz, meaning to drain, to be drained or qz≤nE Nay Zehk, meaning loss damage harm injury.  Each of these Words share the Gematria of 157.  Each of these Words share the same Letters.   Each of these Letters Represent important times.  However when the Letters are moved around we have very different meanings. The Letter Zayin {7} on the right of Kuf flows to the left to the Letter Kuf {100} in the center.  The Letter Nun {50} on the left of Kuf flows to the right towards the Kuf.  The Letter Kuf Represents hv;Wdq] Kedushah, Holiness.

The Letter Zayin Representing bh;z Zaw Hawv, meaning gold flows to the left to towards the Kuf, towards Holiness.  The Letter Noon Representing rnE Nayr, meaning candle, and hm;v;n" Nih Shaw Maw, meaning our Soul join together to flow to the right towards the Kuf, holiness. So we have the candle of the Soul flowing towards Holiness.


Each of these observances of the Letters of  ˆqez... Zaw Kayn, Elder Teaches us what it is to be an Elder.

- Each Letter of the  z Zayin, q Kuf and ˆ Nun end in Final Letters.  This tells us the days of the Elder are concluding.  Avraham was 140 here in Bereisheit 24.1.  20% of his life remained.


- The center Letter, the Kuf Represents Holiness.  This tells us that Holiness is the center of an Elder's life. Beginning at a young age Avraham sanctified Hashem's Holy Name.  He went through the Fire.


- The first Letter of   זָקֵן  Zaw Kayn is the Letter Zayin.  The Letter Zayin tells us G-d Rested on the Seventh day.  The Letter Zayin Represents Gold.  This tells us that the Elder rests from earning gold on the seventh day. Shabbat Observance was not required until the eighth day of counting the Omer.  See Chadashim - Chronology of B'nei Yisroel's Exit from mitzriam to Receiving Ha Torah on Har Sinai p.12.


- The Letter Zayin also Tells us that the Elder sanctifies their sexual organs, Bereisheit 17.26 On that very day Avraham and his son Yishmael were circumcised...


-  The Letter Zayin Tells us that the Elder sanctifies their weapons, their power against others.  In Bereisheit 14.22 Avraham states, 'I have lifted up my hand to Hashem the Most High Alm-ghty, Possessor of heaven and earth, [saying] neither a thread nor a shoelace, I will not take anything of yours so you can say, ''I have made Avraham wealthy''.' 


- The last Letter of  זָקֵן  Zaw Kayn is the Letter Noon.  The Letter Noon Reminds us of the Candle of the Soul.  This means for the candle of the soul to burn brightly it has to move towards Holiness.  In Bereisheit 15.1 Hashem Tell Avraham, 'Fear not Avram, I am your Shield and your reward is great.'


- The Last Letter reminds us that the Elder is humble and that the Elder diminishes.  See Bereisheit 13.9  the separation of Lot from Avram.


- The last Letter informs us that the Elder will suffer personal loss or injury for the sake of Holiness.  We see this in Avram giving Lot whatever land he wanted, Bereisheit 13.9.  We see this in the rescue of Lot, Bereisheit 14.  We see this in Avraham's agreement with Avimelech, Bereisheit 21.


Now it is very interesting that  זָקֵן  Zaw Kayn means Elder and of   זָקֵן  Zaw Kayn also means old.  However being old does not make one an Elder unless they apply these principles.  Remember our Limood two weeks ago on righteousness.  Look at this lesson for Avraham's level of righteousness.  Look at Avraham's actions.


May each of us learn from this Limood the way of righteousness Avraham observed.


Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace, 


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Devarim 7.24: 

וְנָתַן מַלְכֵיהֶם בְּיָדֶךָ וְהַאֲבַדְתָּ אֶת־שְׁמָם מִתַּחַת הַשָּׁמָיִם לֹא־יִתְיַצֵּב אִישׁ בְּפָנֶיךָ עַד הִשְׁמִדְךָ אֹתָם



When the Lord your God shall bring you into the land which you are entering to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Chittites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you; Devarim 7.1.


The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples;  Devarim 7.7


But the Lord your God shall deliver them to you, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they are destroyed. And he shall deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall destroy their name from under heaven; there shall no man be able to stand before you, until you have destroyed them, Devarim 7.23,24.


וְהַאֲבַדְתָּ

and you shall destroy

ו6 ה5 א1 ב2 ד4 ת400 = 418


חִתִּי

Chittite

 ח8 ת400 י1  = 418




Bereisheit 15.20

On that day in 2018 FC when Avram was 70 years old... We note the first occurrence of Chittites


2 Chronicles 8.7

In 2948 FC - 930 years later we note the last reference to the Chittites. 



Here is how we calculate this time:

2448 FC B'nei Yisroel Came out of Mitzrim

480 years later in  2928 FC The construction of the Holy Temple began

20 years later - At the end of 20 years...


2948 FC



And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month Zif, which is the second month, that he began to build the house of the Lord, 1 Kings 6.1.


In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, in the month Zif: And in the eleventh year, in the month Bul, which is the eighth month, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, and according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it, Kings 6.37-38.


And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years. And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead, 1 Kings 11.42-43.


Thus David the son of Jesse reigned over all Israel. 27 And the time that he reigned over Israel was forty years; seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem. 28 And he died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead,1 Chronicles 29.26-28.


Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month. 4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark. 5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.2 Chronicles 5.3-5


And it came to pass at the end of twenty years, during which Solomon had built the house of the Lord, and his own house, That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and made the people of Israel live there. And Solomon went to Hamathzobah, and prevailed against it. And he built Tadmor in the wilderness, and all the storage cities, which he built in Hamath. Also he built upper Beth-Horon, and lower Beth-Horon, fortified cities, with walls, gates, and bars; And Baalath, and all the storage cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion. As for all the people who were left of the Chittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which were not of Israel, And of their children, who were left after them in the land, whom the people of Israel did not wipe out, Solomon raised a levy of them until this day. But Solomon did not make slaves of the people of Israel for his work; but they were men of war, and chiefs of his captains, and captains of his chariots and horsemen...2 Chronicles 8.1-9


Dear classmates our goal is to provide information about the Chittities.


And Ephron lived among the Hittites; and Ephron the Chittite answered Abraham in the hearing of the Hittites, of all who went in at the gate of his city, saying... Bereisheit 23.10


And Esau was forty years old when he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Chittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Chittite; And they made life bitter for Isaac and for Rebekah.


Blessings and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi




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Journey Through Genesis 


Genesis 26


Breath of / Spirit of Bitterness / Rebellion © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Instittue, LLC


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Our Devri Torah is in the loving Memory of John Rockwell, John Bond, Nylah Jo, Stephen Reynolds and Linda Sutherland may they rest in peace.   May they be elevated in the HaShamayim.



 Gen. 26:35  

1:1וַתִּהְיֶיןָ מֹרַת רוּחַ לְיִצְחָק וּלְרִבְקָה:



And they were a spirt of rebellion to Yitzchok and Rivkah...

And they were a breath of rebellion to Yitzchok and Rivkah...


And they [Yehudit and Basmat] were spiritually rebellious to Yitzchok and Rivkah...  tr"mo, Moh Raht mean rebellion.  Rashi Teaches that tr"mo, comes from µyrIm]mæ, meaning 'you were rebellious,' Devarim 9.24. Others Teach that tr"mo, Moh Raht means bitterness.  In any case regardless if our definition is rebellion or bitterness we recognize the result as falling short of what our Creator Expects from His Creation.  


If this is a breath of bitterness or a breath of rebellion it is short lived.  However if these are spirits of bitterness or spirits of rebellion they live on.  How can we tell which they are?  The first Letter of tr"mo is µm Mem. The Letter travels in a 360 degree circle.  This gives us the impression that the bitterness or the rebellion is eternal.  This means the bitterness or rebellion lives in them, their children their grand children etc.  The Letter vyrE Reish means head or principle.  This is the first time the Word tr"mo occurs in Ha Torah. The usage in Bereisheit 26.35 is the head or principle. The Letter wT; Tav means sign. Rather it is bitterness or rebellion it begins with Eisov's marriage to Yehudit and Basmat.  Unfortunately it continues through their children.  Look at the flow of Letters from the right to the left.  The are flowing away from the Creator on the right... when we consider that the Creator is at the center of everything.


Moh Raht means bitterness or rebellion

trm

The Letter Mem is mystical with a continuing equals 360 degree circle

80 = µ40 m40

The Letter Reish means First or Principal

510 = v300 y10 r200

The Letter Tav Represents a sign

406 = w06 t400

The total of 996 = 80 + 510 + 406


Te Word ˆWrm]v]Ti, Tee Shih Mih Roon, meaning to guard, to keep, to observe... Please not the second Word of Devarim / Deuteronomy 6.16


ת400 ש300 מ40 ר200 ן50 = 996


What is bitterness?

Wikipedia defines bitterness as: having a sharp, pungent taste or smell; not sweet...  angry, hurt, or resentful because of one's bad experiences or a sense of unjust treatment...  painful or unpleasant to accept or contemplate..


What is rebellion?  Wikipedia defines bitterness as: an act of violent or open resistance to an established government or ruler...


When one wonders from guarding Ha Torah... when one wonders from keeping the Mitzvot of Ha Torah when one does not Observe Ha Torah the full result is a spirit of bitterness and rebellion like that of Eisov and his wives Yehudit and Basmat. So we should try not to go towards that realm.  We try not to travel their.  We try not to travel in that direction.  We try to be careful.


May Hashem Bless each of us...


Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel

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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 27


Is Deception OK? Is Lying OK? © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our Devri Torah is in the loving Memory of Mr. Dale Kettles, Mr. Tim Cox, Mr. John Rockwell, Mr. Von Rockwell,  Mr. Winton Ingram and Mrs Mary Ingram and may they rest in peace.   May they be elevated in the HaShamayim.


Dear ones, our discussion in Bereisheit 27 is about was it acceptable for Rivkah, the wife of Yitzchok to instruct her son to deceive and to lie to his father, Yitzchok?  Was it  acceptable for Yaakov to take Eisov blessing of the first born?


The answer to both is YES!!

Gen. 27:35

וַיֹּאמֶר בָּא אָחִיךָ בְּמִרְמָה וַיִּקַּח בִּרְכָתֶךָ:


And [Eisov] said My brother has come with deception and taken my Blessing.




Exod. 28:3

וְאַתָּה תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב אֲשֶׁר מִלֵּאתִיו

רוּחַ חָכְמָה וְעָשׂוּ אֶת־בִּגְדֵי אַהֲרֹן לְקַדְּשׁוֹ לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי:


[Hashem Said]... And you will speak to all the wise of heart that I Have Invested with the spirit of wisdom and they will make everything from Aleph to Tav of garments for Aharon, to sanctify him to be a Kohen to Me.


The Word hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah, means; deceived, mislead, tricked, duped.  hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah does not mean to steal or to lie... IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THIS!  The Gematria of  hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah is 287. רוּחַ חָכְמָה Ruach Chaw Chih Maw, meaning the spirit of wisdom is also the Gematria of 287.  What do we Observe?  We Observe through the spirit of wisdom that it is acceptable to be deceptive at certain times of life.  If Eisov would have received his father's Bracha it would have change the course for the entire world.  The deception of Rivkah and Yaakov saved the world.  This is why later the Creator Changes Yaakov's name to Yisrael in Bereisheit 32.27; 35.10. The Creator Wanted Yisroel's name to have His Name at the conclusion. The Creator Wanted to Testify of Yaakov's honesty and straightness.


287 = h5 m40 r200 m40 b2

287 = h5 m40 k20 j8  j8 w6 r200

rv,y≤ Yeh Shehr meaning to be straight forward, righteous, [in ] alignment with lae Ayl [El] meaning G-d.



We also notice in the Atbash of the Word hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah the Heavenly meaning.  When we reverse the Letters of hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah they spell gyci Seeg, meaning to need, occupation, [a]x;y: Yaw Tzaw, meaning to to come out, to emerge, to expire, to fall to leave...  So the At bash of  hm;r"miB] Bih Mee Rih Mah is [a]x;y:  gyci Seeg - Yaw Tzaw, meaning to need to expire or to fall.  In other words it was necessary for the Bracha of Yitzchok to fall Eisov so Yaakov would receive it.


b  =  c

m  =  y

r  =  g

m  =  y

h  =  x

When we review the Words,


Gen. 27:36

וַיֹּאמֶר הֲכִי קָרָא שְׁמוֹ יַעֲקֹב וַיַּעְקְבֵנִי זֶה פַעֲמַיִם אֶת־בְּכֹרָתִי

 לָקָח וְהִנֵּה עַתָּה לָקַח בִּרְכָתִי וַיֹּאמַר הֲלֹא־אָצַלְתָּ לִּי בְּרָכָה:


And he[Eisov] said, for he is called by the name Yaakov

and he [Yaakov] has deceived me these times

and behold he took my birthright 

and behold he has taken my blessing.

And he [Eisov] said have you saved a blessing for me?


The Gematria for  וַיַּעְקְבֵנִי זֶה פַעֲמַיִם Vah Yah Kih Bay Nee - Zeh - Fah Ah Mah Yeem, meaning: 'and he [Yaakov] has deceived me these times.'  The Gematria for  וַיַּעְקְבֵנִי זֶה פַעֲמַיִם Vah Yah Kih Bay Nee - Zeh - Fah Ah Mah Yeem is 500.  This is the same Gematria for ˆton... Naw Tohn, meaning to give to or ˆtæn... Naw Tahn meaning, to bestow, to allow or permit...

500 = µ40 y10 m40 [70 p80 -  h5 z7 -  y10 n50 b2 q100 [70 y10 w6

500 = ˆ50 t400 n50

So dear ones behind the words are different Mystical meanings which tell an entirely different story.  From the Mysticism we learn that there are times it is necessary to deceive for the better good of the people around us or the city or the county or the state or the country or the world...  Rivkah and Yaakov's deception was permitted by the Creator for the better good of the world.  This was a righteous deception. This deception was for the better of all of us.


Blessings, Love,  Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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     By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Bereisheit 27 Yitzchok Could Not See... Can We?


Our study is in the loving memory of the Horvat Mishpacha that died in the Holocaust.  May they rest in peace.


Ha Torah begins Bereisheit {Genesis} Chapter 27 with a statement.  And it happened Yitzchok became an elder.  His eyesight faded and he could not see...  Yitzchok was the holy child who at the age of 37 willingly lay on the Mizbayach {altar} offering himself as a sacrifice.  Now 86 years later, at the age of 123 Ha Torah States, Yitzchok is an elder.  His physical eyesight faded.  It also impacted his Spiritual insight. 


Ha Torah Informs us in Bereisheit 24 that Avraham, Yitzchok's father, became an elder at the age of 137. Ha Torah Tells us the Creator Had Blessed Avraham in all things.  His eyes were not faded.  Avraham would live another 38 years.  He would father at least nine more children through Keturah, {Bereisheit 25.2}.


Neither we nor our father nor our grandfather will live to the age of Avraham {175} or Yitzchok {180}.  We are not on their level of righteousness.  We do not experience their visions.  We do not have the closeness to the Creator that they had.  We are not elders in the sense they were elders.  We are generations away from Har Sinai.  Our lives are cluttered with interferences that impede our Spirituality.  How many hours did Avraham and Yitzchok spend on the internet?  What about notebooks, ipods, satellite radio, DVDs, TV, cell phones, phones, faxes, etc.?  How do these things impact our Spirituality?  There are so many distractions that take us away from focusing on Spirituality.


In light of these points we should consider what the length and depth of our Spiritual vision is.  What are our limitations?  What can we do about all these devices that are part of world communication?


Our father Yitzchok did not have these distractions yet his eyes faded.  Why did his eyes fade?  Our Sages say it was from the incense offered to idols by his daughters-in-law, Yehudit and Bawsmat, Eisov's wives.[1] This teaches us an important lesson. Yitzchok and Rivkah lived so close to Eisov and his idolatrous wives that the incense caused him to lose his vision. It also clouded his Spiritual vision.   How do we know this?  Why else would he call for his evil son Eisov to bless him?  Why would he bless a son who murdered, committed rape and adultery and married idolatrous women?  We learn a similar lesson from another great Tzaddik, Lot.  He lived among the Sedomites. Why?  He was a cattle baron.  He felt that his cattle would flourish in the plush land of Sedom.  That may have been true but he was too close to evil!  It impacted him. His vision was impacted!  This is the point.  Day in and day out being too close to anything that interferes with our Spirituality can harm our vision and the lives of those we love.


Evil impacted Noach!  Evil impacted Lot.  Evil impacted Yitzchok.  Do we feel we can withstand such great evil?  I do not think so!  So for us to have clarity of vision and keen focus, the real issue is identifying evil and keeping it at the greatest distance away from us that we can.


[1] Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 1114


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Bereisheit Chapter 28


G-d, I Will Repeatedly Tithe to You! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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This is a teaching to B'nei Yisroel and especially to B'nai Noach.  This discussion is about the importance Noachides to our Creator. 



Bereisheit / Genesis 28.22


 וְהָאֶבֶן הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר־שַׂמְתִּי מַצֵּבָה יִהְיֶה בֵּית אֱלֹהִים וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר תִּתֶּן־לִי עַשֵּׂר אֲעַשְּׂרֶנּוּ לָךְ:


And the foundation stone [the precious stone] this, the [one] which I have set as a monument will become the House of G-d and all that you give me, of my riches I will give a tenth to You. 


Please notice the first two words. There is something very special within the wording here. It is very obvious.  Why?  The two Hey's and Zoht {this}.  This is clearly designed to share a Gematria with us.


  ו6 ה5 א1 ב2 ן50 = 64  And the foundation stone ו6 ה5 א1 ב2 ן50 = 64

64 = h5 w6 j8  µ 40d4 a1 Adam / Chava 

64 = µ40 y10 w6 g3 h5 The Nations or the People

64 = j8 w6 n 50 Noach You shall bring 


Notice the Gematria 64. Notice the Gematria that says ha Goyim, the nations of the People. This is in reference to the non-Jewish nations.  This is reference to the Noachides.  Adam and Chavah our first parents were foundation stones. Noach and Na'amah were foundation stones to the Nations as well as to B'nei Yisroel. The specific connection of Adam and Chavah is important. The connection to Noach is important. These Mystical Words tell us there is something unique and special going on here. Let's be careful not to miss it!


aybit;

413 = t400 a1 z7 h5 this, the [one]

413 = a1 y10 b2 t400 You shall bring

Our sages teach this meant money, assets, children and time. However in addition this means people.  It means the nations that came from Adam and Chavah and from Noach and Na'amah. You are to bring them.  You are to bring their riches and their wealth to the Creator. You are to bring their tenth.


rC´`[ richness, wealth, riches, abundance, tenth


WNr<èC]['a} A tenth


Why is the Letter Aleph in front of Ah-Ah-Si-Reh-Nu?  The Letter Aleph represents G-d As One. This tithe is to be given to G-d!  And not only does the Aleph represent G-d as the source of our tithe it represents G-d as the Creator over all Nations, not just B'nei Yisroel. This is a message to all of us. We, B'nei Yisroel are to bring the nations that came forth from Adam and Chavah and from Noach and Na'amah to the Creator. We are their Priests. Noachides are precious to our Creator.

Check out the commentary in the Stone Chumash.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk





   




Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 29

Who Is The Right Wife?

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC



Dear Ones Yitzchok Instructed his son Yaakov /Jacob to go

Bereisheit 28.1

And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him, You shall not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother. And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, that you may be a multitude of people; And give the blessing of Abraham to you, and to your seed with you; that you may inherit the land where you are a stranger, which God gave to Abraham. And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went to Padan-Aram to Laban, son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Yaakov was 63 years of age when he was sent away to take a wife by his Father, Yitzchok.  Part of taking a wife is preparing for marriage. Yaakov went to the Academy of Shem and Evier to prepare for marriage, and to learn about being a good husband. He prepared himself for 14 years.  Chapter 29 begins when Yaakov is 77 years old.  He has completed his studies and is now prepared for marriage.  

Bereisheit 29.1
Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the people of the east.

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 30

Set Your Wage

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Dear Ones,

Sometimes we deceive ourselves. 

Bereisheit 29.13 - 15

And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things. 14  And Laban said to him, Surely you are my bone and my flesh. And he abode with him a month. 15  And Laban said to Jacob, Because you are my brother, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?
Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 31


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 32


Vah Ah Say Chesed

Making Kindness ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.


The First use of חסד in the Bible is learned from Eliezer of Damascus in Genesis 24.12


וַיֹּאמַר ׀ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם הַקְרֵה־נָא לְפָנַי הַיּוֹם וַעֲשֵׂה־חֶסֶד עִם אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם


Eliezer of Damascus of said, O HaShem, God of my master, Abraham, I pray that You encounter me... that You meet me... [that your] face is upon me... and Make  

Chesed [Kindness] this day for my master Abraham, Genesis 24.12.



 וְהָיָה הַנַּעֲרָ אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶיהָ הַטִּי־נָא כַדֵּךְ וְאֶשְׁתֶּה וְאָמְרָה שְׁתֵה וְגַם־גְּמַלֶּיךָ אַשְׁקֶה אֹתָהּ הֹכַחְתָּ לְעַבְדְּךָ לְיִצְחָק וּבָהּ אֵדַע כִּי־עָשִׂיתָ חֶסֶד עִם־אֲדֹנִי:


...and thereby shall I know for you have Made Chesed [Kindness] for my master, Genesis 24.14



וְעַתָּה אִם־יֶשְׁכֶם עֹשִׂים חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת אֶת־אֲדֹנִי הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאִם־לֹא הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאֶפְנֶה עַל־יָמִין אוֹ עַל־שְׂמֹאל:


Now if you want to make kindness and truth for my master then tell me...


7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two camps And said, If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the other camp which is left shall escape. And Jacob Said, O God of My [Grand] Father Abraham, and God of My Father Isaac, the Lord which Said to me, Return to your country, and to your kindred, and I Will Deal Well with you: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which You Have Shown to your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two camps. Rescue me, I pray from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, otherwise he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And You Said [to me] , I Will Surely Do to you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude, Genesis 32.8 -13.



קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל־הָאֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי בְמַקְלִי עָבַרְתִּי אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת


These are the first four times the Word Chesed occurs in Ha Torah. Three are with Eliezer of Damascus, the servant of Avraham and one is with Yaakov, the grandson of Avraham. However there is a tie in here.  Eliezer was the servant of Avraham.  Yaakov was the servant of HaShem. 


In the first Occurrence we learn that we can keep Chesed alive or destroy Chessed.



וַעֲשֵׂה־חֶסֶד

And Make Kindness

ו6 ע70 ש300 הח8 ס60 ד 4 = 453



Genesis 6.19

וּמִכָּל־הָחַי מִכָּל־בָּשָׂר שְׁנַיִם מִכֹּל תָּבִיא אֶל־הַתֵּבָה לְהַחֲיֹת אִתָּךְ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה יִהְיוּ:

 

And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.



לְהַחֲיֹת

to keep them alive

ל30 ה5 ח8 י10 ת400 = 453



Numbers 33.52

וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־ישְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ מִפְּנֵיכֶם וְאִבַּדְתֶּם אֵת כָּל־מַשְׂכִּיֹּתָם וְאֵת כָּל־צַלְמֵי מַסֵּכֹתָם תְּאַבֵּדוּ וְאֵת כָּל־בָּמוֹתָם תַּשְׁמִידוּ:


Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and you shall destroy all their figured pavements, and destroy all their molten images, and devastate all their high places;


וְאִבַּדְתֶּם

and you shall destroy

ו6 א1 ב2 ד4 ת400 מ40 = 453


Dear ones, what did our Creator Create with?  Last week with the Creators Help I released my first book in over twenty years.  This is the first I have released since returning to Torah Observance. The book is entitled, A Sincere Journey Ends Without Jesus.  God Willing, I hope to soon release PASSOVER, The Last Six Days Of Jesus Life on Earth and then a third book entitled, A Journey to Passover.  Each book is an autobiography of my life mixed with discussions on my return to Judaism...


In the book scheduled to be released in about a week I go into so depth regarding the Term Word. In this discussion the term 'Word' applies. we have the power.  We can chose to have the Words to Create Peace.


May desire to make Chesed.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 32


Vah Ah Say Chesed

Making Kindness ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Zerah Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Revi's Grandmother Gladys Ethel and father and step father, my mother and my father, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Stephen ben Martha, Sharon bat Vivian, Florence Youman bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah and Michael and Channah Sakash may they rest in peace.


The First use of חסד in the Bible is learned from Eliezer of Damascus in Genesis 24.12


וַיֹּאמַר ׀ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם הַקְרֵה־נָא לְפָנַי הַיּוֹם וַעֲשֵׂה־חֶסֶד עִם אֲדֹנִי אַבְרָהָם


Eliezer of Damascus of said, O HaShem, God of my master, Abraham, I pray that You encounter me... that You meet me... [that your] face is upon me... and Make  

Chesed [Kindness] this day for my master Abraham, Genesis 24.12.



 וְהָיָה הַנַּעֲרָ אֲשֶׁר אֹמַר אֵלֶיהָ הַטִּי־נָא כַדֵּךְ וְאֶשְׁתֶּה וְאָמְרָה שְׁתֵה וְגַם־גְּמַלֶּיךָ אַשְׁקֶה אֹתָהּ הֹכַחְתָּ לְעַבְדְּךָ לְיִצְחָק וּבָהּ אֵדַע כִּי־עָשִׂיתָ חֶסֶד עִם־אֲדֹנִי:


...and thereby shall I know for you have Made Chesed [Kindness] for my master, Genesis 24.14



וְעַתָּה אִם־יֶשְׁכֶם עֹשִׂים חֶסֶד וֶאֱמֶת אֶת־אֲדֹנִי הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאִם־לֹא הַגִּידוּ לִי וְאֶפְנֶה עַל־יָמִין אוֹ עַל־שְׂמֹאל:


Now if you want to make kindness and truth for my master then tell me...


7 Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two camps And said, If Esau come to the one camp, and smite it, then the other camp which is left shall escape. And Jacob Said, O God of My [Grand] Father Abraham, and God of My Father Isaac, the Lord which Said to me, Return to your country, and to your kindred, and I Will Deal Well with you: I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which You Have Shown to your servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two camps. Rescue me, I pray from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, otherwise he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children. And You Said [to me] , I Will Surely Do to you good, and make your seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude, Genesis 32.8 -13.



קָטֹנְתִּי מִכֹּל הַחֲסָדִים וּמִכָּל־הָאֱמֶת אֲשֶׁר עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־עַבְדֶּךָ כִּי בְמַקְלִי עָבַרְתִּי אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה וְעַתָּה הָיִיתִי לִשְׁנֵי מַחֲנוֹת


These are the first four times the Word Chesed occurs in Ha Torah. Three are with Eliezer of Damascus, the servant of Avraham and one is with Yaakov, the grandson of Avraham. However there is a tie in here.  Eliezer was the servant of Avraham.  Yaakov was the servant of HaShem. 


In the first Occurrence we learn that we can keep Chesed alive or destroy Chessed.



וַעֲשֵׂה־חֶסֶד

And Make Kindness

ו6 ע70 ש300 הח8 ס60 ד 4 = 453



Genesis 6.19

וּמִכָּל־הָחַי מִכָּל־בָּשָׂר שְׁנַיִם מִכֹּל תָּבִיא אֶל־הַתֵּבָה לְהַחֲיֹת אִתָּךְ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה יִהְיוּ:

 

And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.



לְהַחֲיֹת

to keep them alive

ל30 ה5 ח8 י10 ת400 = 453



Numbers 33.52

וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־ישְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ מִפְּנֵיכֶם וְאִבַּדְתֶּם אֵת כָּל־מַשְׂכִּיֹּתָם וְאֵת כָּל־צַלְמֵי מַסֵּכֹתָם תְּאַבֵּדוּ וְאֵת כָּל־בָּמוֹתָם תַּשְׁמִידוּ:


Then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and you shall destroy all their figured pavements, and destroy all their molten images, and devastate all their high places;


וְאִבַּדְתֶּם

and you shall destroy

ו6 א1 ב2 ד4 ת400 מ40 = 453


Dear ones, what did our Creator Create with?  Last week with the Creators Help I released my first book in over twenty years.  This is the first I have released since returning to Torah Observance. The book is entitled, A Sincere Journey Ends Without Jesus.  God Willing, I hope to soon release PASSOVER, The Last Six Days Of Jesus Life on Earth and then a third book entitled, A Journey to Passover.  Each book is an autobiography of my life mixed with discussions on my return to Judaism...


In the book scheduled to be released in about a week I go into so depth regarding the Term Word. In this discussion the term 'Word' applies. we have the power.  We can chose to have the Words to Create Peace.


May desire to make Chesed.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 32


Our Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Mrs. Ethel Channah Sakash Belk and Mr. George Belk.  May they rest in peace.

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Genesis 33


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Our Devri Limood is in the loving memory of Mr. Yochanan Bond, Mr. Stephen Reynolds and Mr. T.J. and Mrs. Olive Norman may they rest in peace.


Genesis 33.1

וַיִּשָּׂא יַעֲקֹב עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה עֵשָׂו בָּא וְעִמּוֹ אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת

   1:1אִישׁ וַיַּחַץ אֶת־הַיְלָדִים עַל־לֵאָה וְעַל־רָחֵל וְעַל שְׁתֵּי הַשְּׁפָחוֹת



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Bereisheit 33.1-3

The relationships between relatives is often tested.  In our Devri Torah Limood this week we see the test between Eisov and Yaakov, brothers, twins coming head on.  All relationships experience tests. This comes pretty naturally.  Brothers test brothers.  Sisters test sisters.  Children test parents. Husbands test there wives and wives test there husbands. No special tests are required. Situations that arise from out of no where test us.  

We could go on and on...  The facts are we all face tests and need to prepare in advance for them.

In this weeks Limood  this is what we see Yaakov doing.  Yaakov saw the test coming. It was Eisov, his brother, and 400 men.  Yaakov made plans to face the test. UNFORTUNATELY not all tests that come our way are as easily identified a Eisov and 400 men coming right towards us.  Tests creep into our lives without us paying a great deal of attention to them.  Then all of the sudden they are upon us.  They have us in their grip.  We are surprised!  We are shocked!

Yaakov knew why this test was coming his way.  Yaakov lied to his father.  Yaakov deceived his father. Now, we understand why Yaakov lied and deceived his father.  It was for a very good reason.  However Eisov did not share this position.

We know that there were extenuating circumstances:

G-d Told Rivkah through the Novie, Shem that the older son, Eisov, would serve the younger son, Yaakov.  

• We know that Yaakov purchased Eisov's birthright after he returned from murder and rape on the day of his grandfather, Avraham's death.

• We also know that Rivkah, the mother of Eisov and Yaakov instructed Yaakov to follow her plan.  Yaakov did as he was instructed by his mother.

• We know that Rivkah participated in the deception of her husband

• We also know that it would have been disastrous if Yitzchok had given the blessing of the firstborn to Eisov...

Yet, all of this did not change the facts.  Eisov was angry because he felt he had been wrongly dealt with by Yaakov.  Eisov felt that Yaakov deceived him twice.

Now, sometimes situations happen and we do not know all the facts and we are tempted to make a judgment on just the information we have..  Many religious groups judge Yaakov to be a deceiver.  They are looking only at Eisov's account of what happened. We should be careful in judging areas like this.

We who live in 5769 F.C. have the advantage of knowing the entire story as our Creator Related it to Moshe on Har Sinai.  Yet, when this story happened in 2172 F.C. only pieces of the story were known. Hundreds of years later the truth of what happened was revealed.

We do not read anywhere in Ha Torah of Rivkah stating her involvement of what transpired to Yitzchok or Eisov.  We do not read anywhere in Ha Torah of Yaakov defending himself against Eisov's allegations of lying and deceiving.  We do not read of Yaakov blaming his mother etc. The information that the Creator wanted us to have was revealed centuries later.

Many years ago after I returned to Judaism my mother spoke with me.  She queried, Akiva do you remember the time your father phoned and left a horrible message saying something to the effect that you needed to fall down on your knees and cry out to Jesus for forgiveness...? That you were raised better....? That you were taught the truth...?  That there was no excuse for you leaving christianity and returning to Judaism...?  Then your father said something like he would have nothing to do with you until you were cleansed by the blood of Jesus etc.  Then Momma said I got on the phone and made a comments to the effect that I agreed with your father.  By this point in the conversation Momma was crying.  Momma said, Akiva your father made me say those words.  I did not want to say them.  I did not agree with him.  Will you forgive me?

I responded, Yes!  I understood all along that my mother never meant a word of what she was forced to say that day.  Yet this was not confirmed until years later.

A few years back during the Atlanta Olympics there was a bombing.  Richard Jewell was wrongly accused.  He was arrested and charge with a crime he was later proved to be innocent of.  At first the media was running wild with this story. Richard Jewell was convicted of this crime in the minds of many Americans before his day in court.  We were all so to speak sweep off our feet by this story.  We were pulled into the media hype without knowing the facts.

Many men who were tried and convicted of crimes they were innocent of have later been found innocent.  Why?  DNA!  all the truth was not known...

Only parts of the truth were know when Yaakov meets his brother Eisov after 20 years of separation...  Yaakov knowing the truth bravely prepares to meet his brother.

May Hashem Bless each of us with patience when the times of test rise to be careful in our thoughts and deliberations.

Blessings, Love, Health, Prosperity, Kindness and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Genesis 34

The Circumcision of Death ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit / Genesis 34.15 - 29



 אַךְ־בְּזֹאת נֵאוֹת לָכֶם אִם תִּהְיוּ כָמֹנוּ לְהִמֹּל לָכֶם כָּל־זָכָר:


 וְנָתַנּוּ אֶת־בְּנֹתֵינוּ לָכֶם וְאֶת־בְּנֹתֵיכֶם נִקַּח־לָנוּ וְיָשַׁבְנוּ אִתְּכֶם וְהָיִינוּ לְעַם אֶחָד:


 וְאִם־לֹא תִשְׁמְעוּ אֵלֵינוּ לְהִמּוֹל וְלָקַחְנוּ אֶת־בִּתֵּנוּ וְהָלָכְנוּ:


 וַיִּיטְבוּ דִבְרֵיהֶם בְּעֵינֵי חֲמוֹר וּבְעֵינֵי שְׁכֶם בֶּן־חֲמוֹר:


וְלֹא־אֵחַר הַנַּעַר לַעֲשׂוֹת הַדָּבָר כִּי חָפֵץ בְּבַת־יַעֲקֹב וְהוּא נִכְבָּד מִכֹּל בֵּית אָבִיו:


 וַיָּבֹא חֲמוֹר וּשְׁכֶם בְּנוֹ אֶל־שַׁעַר עִירָם וַיְדַבְּרוּ אֶל־אַנְשֵׁי עִירָם לֵאמֹר:


 הָאֲנָשִׁים הָאֵלֶּה שְׁלֵמִים הֵם אִתָּנוּ וְיֵשְׁבוּ בָאָרֶץ וְיִסְחֲרוּ אֹתָהּ וְהָאָרֶץ הִנֵּה רַחֲבַת־יָדַיִם לִפְנֵיהֶם אֶת־בְּנֹתָם נִקַּח־לָנוּ לְנָשִׁים וְאֶת־בְּנֹתֵינוּ נִתֵּן לָהֶם:


אַךְ־בְּזֹאת יֵאֹתוּ לָנוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים לָשֶׁבֶת אִתָּנוּ לִהְיוֹת לְעַם אֶחָד בְּהִמּוֹל לָנוּ כָּל־זָכָר כַּאֲשֶׁר הֵם נִמֹּלִים:


 מִקְנֵהֶם וְקִנְיָנָם וְכָל־בְּהֶמְתָּם הֲלוֹא לָנוּ הֵם אַךְ נֵאוֹתָה לָהֶם וְיֵשְׁבוּ אִתָּנוּ


 וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל־חֲמוֹר וְאֶל־שְׁכֶם בְּנוֹ כָּל־יֹצְאֵי שַׁעַר עִירוֹ וַיִּמֹּלוּ כָּל־זָכָר כָּל־יֹצְאֵי שַׁעַר עִירוֹ


 וַיְהִי בַיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי בִּהְיוֹתָם כֹּאֲבִים וַיִּקְחוּ שְׁנֵי־בְנֵי־יַעֲקֹב שִׁמְעוֹן וְלֵוִי אֲחֵי דִינָה אִישׁ חַרְבּוֹ וַיָּבֹאוּ עַל־הָעִיר בֶּטַח וַיַּהַרְגוּ כָּל־זָכָר


 וְאֶת־חֲמוֹר וְאֶת־שְׁכֶם בְּנוֹ הָרְגוּ לְפִי־חָרֶב וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת־דִּינָה מִבֵּית שְׁכֶם וַיֵּצֵאוּ


 בְּנֵי יַעֲקֹב בָּאוּ עַל־הַחֲלָלִים וַיָּבֹזּוּ הָעִיר אֲשֶׁר טִמְּאוּ אֲחוֹתָם:  


 אֶת־צֹאנָם וְאֶת־בְּקָרָם וְאֶת־חֲמֹרֵיהֶם וְאֵת אֲשֶׁר־בָּעִיר וְאֶת־אֲשֶׁר בַּשָּׂדֶה לָקָחוּ


 וְאֶת־כָּל־חֵילָם וְאֶת־כָּל־טַפָּם וְאֶת־נְשֵׁיהֶם שָׁבוּ וַיָּבֹזּוּ וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר בַּבָּיִת


This is the only way we will consent to you; If you must be like us, every male must be circumcised; Then will we give our daughters to you, and we will take your daughters for us, and we will live with you, and we will become one people. But if you will not listen to us, to be circumcised, then we will take our daughter, and we will be gone. And their words pleased Hamor, and Shechem Hamor's son. And the young man deferred not to do the thing, because he had delight in Jacob's daughter; and he was more honorable than all the house of his father.  And Hamor and Shechem his son came to the gate of their city, and talked with the men of their city, saying, These men are peaceable with us; therefore let them live in the land, and trade in it; for the land, behold, is large enough for them; let us take their daughters to us for wives, and let us give them our daughters.  Only thus will the men consent to live with us, to be one people; if every male among us is circumcised, as they are circumcised.  Shall not their cattle and their wealth and every beast of theirs be ours? only let us consent to them, and they will live with us. And to Hamor and to Shechem his son listened all who went out from the gate of his city; and every male was circumcised, all who went out of the gate of his city.  And it came to pass on the third day, when they were sore, that two of the sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, Dinah's brothers, took each man his sword, and came upon the city boldly, and slew all the males.  And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.   The sons of Jacob came upon the slain, and plundered the city, because they had defiled their sister.  They took their sheep, and their oxen, and their asses, and that which was in the city, and that which was in the field,   And all their wealth, and all their little ones, and their wives took they captive, and carried off all that was in the houses. 



לְהִמּוֹל

To be Circumcised

ל30 ה5 מ40 ו6 ל30 = 111


אֶלֶף

One Thousand

א1 ל30 ף80 = 111


אֹפֶל

Darkness

א1 פ80 ל30 = 111


These were evil people.  The circumcision was only for marrage and profit.  The Spiritual side was void.  As a result they died. What is the point?  Doing the commands in a mundane way does not fulfill the Mitzvah. The Spirituality of the action is necessary.


May we bring greater Spirituality into our lives for the greater good... The purpose of our circumcision is commitment.  That commitment takes us from darkness to life which is represented by 1000. The Letter Aleph which represents G-d and 1,000. If the Spirituality is not in our circumcision then its not the commitment it is intended to be...


Blessings, Love  and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi




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Journey Through Genesis ©


Genesis 35


Give Account of Your Life! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־יַעֲקֹב קוּם עֲלֵה בֵית־אֵל וְשֶׁב־שָׁם וַעֲשֵׂה־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לָאֵל הַנִּרְאֶה אֵלֶיךָ בְּבָרְחֲךָ מִפְּנֵי עֵשָׂו אָחִיךָ:  


Bereisheit / Genesis 35.1


וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־יַעֲקֹב


Arise - Yaakov was praying.  He was prostrated.  He was bowed low. He was extremely serious. He was seeking advise. Nations gathered their armies and were preparing to go to war with him. Several weeks ago we read that Eisov, his brother was coming with four hundred men.  Yaakov felt like Eisov's intent was to attack him. Our Creator guided Yaakov and his family through this trial.  Now Yaakov faced another life threatening trial. Deenah was kidnapped and rapped. 


The men of Shechem would not bring their young prince to justice.  The men of Shechem would not follow the Seven Laws. Kidnapping is a capital offense.  Kidnapping is stealing. Rape is also stealing. They would not bring the prince to justice. Shimon and Levy, as Jews had the right to enforce Noachide law even outside of Yisroel. 


Go - 


Up to Bethel


And God said to Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-El, and live there; and make there an altar to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother. 2  Then Jacob said to his household, and to all who were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments; 3  And let us arise, and go up to Beth-El; and I will make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 4  And they gave to Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their rings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem. 5  And they journeyed; and the terror of God was upon the cities that were around them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob. 6  So Jacob came to Luz, which is in the land of Canaan, that is, Beth-El, he and all the people who were with him. 7  And he built there an altar, and called the place El-Beth-El; because there God appeared to him, when he fled from the face of his brother.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi


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Journey Through Genesis ©


Genesis 36


GREED! ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Dear Ones when we read the first Passuk / Verse of Bereisheit / Genesis 36 immediately a question should pop up. What is that question?



 וְאֵלֶּה תֹּלְדוֹת עֵשָׂו הוּא אֱדוֹם:


Genesis 36.1

And these are descendants of Eisov who also was known as Edom.


Why Does our Creator Identify Eisov as Edom?  What did Eisov do to become known as Edom?  What is the significance of being known as Edom?  Why should we go in the opposite direction? 


Eisov was the first born of Yaakov.  He was the older twin brother of Yaakov. He had greater potential than Yaakov to know learn and follow Ha Torah.  Remember Ha Torah is Genesis Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.


Let's note the Gematria Miluy Godal of Edom. The final letter of Edom is a ם Final Mem. The Final Mem looks like a square. A Final Letter can only be used at the end of a Word. When a Final Letter is used for the Letter Mem the Gematria may remain as 40 or increase to 600.  In this case the Letter Mem מ can be either 40 or 600. When we use the Final Mem ם


The Normal Gematria of Edom is 51. This points to Eisov desire to consume. The Gematria of eating... consuming is also 51.


Edom

אֱדוֹם

א1 ד4 ו6 ם40 = 51


וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל

Genesis 2.16, 17

And He, the Lord God Commanded to the Adam [i.e. Adam and Chavah] Saying , 'From All Trees in the Garden [of Eden] eat freely... But from the tree of knowledge of good and evil do not eat from it for in the day you eat from it you will die.


וּמֵעֵץ הַדַּעַת טוֹב וָרָע לֹא תֹאכַל מִמֶּנּוּ כִּי בְּיוֹם אֲכָלְךָ מִמֶּנּוּ מוֹת תָּמוּת:


What did Adam and Chavah do?  They ate from the tree. They desired the tree. They lusted for the tree they could not have. They defended their actions of sealing by saying they could see it was good for food. They disobeyed the Command of the Creator. They broke the Command do not steal.  They stole. They feed their desire!


Eat / Consume

אָכֹל

א1 צ20 ל30 = 51


Dear Ones,  What is the definition of GREED?  To be Covetousness... to be materialistic... to be money-grubbing... to be self indulge... to Desire... to Crave.. to Lust... to yearn... to hunger... From this we learn that Eisov was driven by strong appetites to do wrong. 


On the day of his Grandfather Avraham's death and burial our Sages Teach 'Yitzchok and Rivkah weep; Yaakov weeps; heaven and earth weep. The sick people Avraham had healed and all those upon whom he had showered hospitality -- all mourn for him. The great of all the nations stood in the mourner's row and lamented, 'Woe to the world that has lost its leader; woe to the ship that has lost its pilot!' (Bava Basra 91b) Yishmael mourns the great father he had just helped bury.  They return from the Cave of Machpelah Yitzchok sits on the ground and mourns while Yaakov prepares the customary mourner's meal from his own lentils since a mourner may not eat the first meal from his own food, but only from that of others.


Where was Eisov? 


Esau, in contrast, is portrayed as going about his evil business as usual, uninvolved, as it were, in his family's bereavement: 'Esau came in from the field' after he committed five crimes on that very day: 


1. He violated a betrothed maiden.

2. He committed murder.

3. He denied God.

4. He denied the resurrection of the dead.

5. He spurned the birthright.  See Artscroll Bereisheit 25


This brings us to the Spirituality of our discussion.  The Gematria of Torah is 611. Eisov had the opportunity to learn from the world's best Spiritual Teachers, Shem and Eiver. He walked away from them... Eisov walked away from Torah Observance.


Torah

 תּוֹרָה

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611


The Midrash Teaches that when Esau learned why Jacob was preparing lentils he exclaimed blasphemously, 'If Judgment has been able to overtake that righteous man (i.e. Abraham who did not reach the longevity of Adam or Noah -- [Yafeh Toar]) then there is neither reward nor resurrection!' To this the Midrash concludes, the Shechinah cried out, 'Weep not for the dead -- i.e. for Abraham -- nor bemoan him; but weep bitterly for him who went away -- that is, for Esau (who forsook the true faith).']


This brings us to the Word Edom. What did Eisov say to Yaakov?


We know that the Seven Laws come from Bereisheit 2.16.  We Mystically the connection between Edom and Greed. There is also a Spiritual connection.  What is the Spiritual Connection?



Edom

אֱדוֹם

א1 ד4 ו6 ם600 = 611



Genesis 25.30

 וַיֹּאמֶר עֵשָׂו אֶל־יַעֲקֹב הַלְעִיטֵנִי נָא מִן־הָאָדֹם הָאָדֹם הַזֶּה כִּי עָיֵף אָנֹכִי עַל־כֵּן קָרָא־שְׁמוֹ אֱדוֹם:


And He Eisov said to Yaakov, [with animal like voracity] pour into me, now some of that red red stuff for I am exhausted. And therefore he was named Edom.


Dear ones the point to our discussion is for us to ask ourselves what drives us.  Why do we do the things we do?


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Journey Through Genesis ©


Genesis 37


 חֲלוֹם

Chah Lom,  A Dream, A Vision ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit 20.3

 וַיָּבֹא אֱלֹהִים אֶל־אֲבִימֶלֶךְ בַּחֲלוֹם הַלָּיְלָה וַיֹּאמֶר לוֹ הִנְּךָ מֵת עַל־הָאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר־לָקַחְתָּ וְהִוא בְּעֻלַת בָּעַל:

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


Bereisheit 31.10

וַיְהִי בְּעֵת יַחֵם הַצֹּאן וָאֶשָּׂא עֵינַי וָאֵרֶא בַּחֲלוֹם וְהִנֵּה הָעֲתֻּדִים הָעֹלִים עַל־הַצֹּאן עֲקֻדִּים נְקֻדִּים וּבְרֻדִּים

 'And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up my eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle were striped, spotted and speckled.'


Bereisheit 31.11

 וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים בַּחֲלוֹם יַעֲקֹב וָאֹמַר הִנֵּנִי

'And the Gngel of God Spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob; And I said, Here am I.'


Bereisheit 37.5

וַיַּחֲלֹם יוֹסֵף חֲלוֹם וַיַּגֵּד לְאֶחָיו וַיּוֹסִפוּ עוֹד שְׂנֹא אֹתוֹ

'And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers; and they hated him even more.'


Bereisheit 40.8

'Do not interpretations belong to God?'


BaMidbar 12.6-8 

Our Creator Said,  'And he said, Hear now my words; If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream.  Not so with my servant Moses, for he is the trusted one in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, manifestly, and not in dark speech; and he behold the form of the Lord.'


Rabbi Michael Munk writes in his Book, The Wisdom in the Hebrew Alphabet on page 112, 'The number eight symbolizes man's ability to transcend the limitations of physical existence.' The Letter ח / Chet which in Gematria is the number eight is the first Letter of חֲלוֹם / Chah Lom, meaning to dream to have a vision. The first three usages of חֲלוֹם actually begin with the Letter ב Bet as referenced above. The Letter ב Bet normally means in or with or through. The letter Bet combined with Chah Lom means in a dream or through a dream or with a dream etc. Mystically our Creator can and does communicate with us in a dream or a vision.


The first time Ha Torah records the actual use of the word בַּחֲלוֹם meaning in a dream is in Bereisheit 20.3 Our Creator Spoke to a Noachide king, Avimelech. 


Another way our Creator Communicates with us is through a deep sleep known as תַּרְדֵּמָה / Tah Rih Day Maw.  Here one enters a state of unconsciousness. It's as if the Letter Chet like a bag descends upon us. 


Bereisheit 2.21

וַיַּפֵּל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהִים ׀ תַּרְדֵּמָה עַל־הָאָדָם וַיִּישָׁן וַיִּקַּח אַחַת מִצַּלְעֹתָיו וַיִּסְגֹּר בָּשָׂר תַּחְתֶּנָּה

'And the Lord God Made Adam fall into a deep sleep, and he slept; and He took one from his side, and closed up the flesh.'


Bereisheit 15.12

וַיְהִי הַשֶּׁמֶשׁ לָבוֹא וְתַרְדֵּמָה נָפְלָה עַל־אַבְרָם וְהִנֵּה אֵימָה חֲשֵׁכָה גְדֹלָה נֹפֶלֶת עָלָיו

' And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a fear of great darkness fell upon him.'


Bereisheit 15.1

אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great.


Then there is Vah Yah Rawh where one has a mental vision as Avram did in Bereisheit 18.1. Avraham's eyes may have been open but most likely they were closed.  He had a mental vision.  This is similar to a dream. One may be awake.


Bereisheit 18.1

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם:


Dear Ones our point here is to say there are special ways some of us may experience a communication from God. It helps to know what is happening. If you would like to share a vision or a dream  from our Creator we have a web blog set up to discuss and share at:


http://www.bnti.us/bnti_blog/2012/05/visions-dreams-and-other-mysti.html


I will share a recent dream in the blog.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk


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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 38


Living The Life of a Harlot?


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Parshats in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.



Dear Ones Ha Torah Says,


Yehudah Saw her, he thought her to be a harlot since she had covered her face. So he detoured to her by the road and said, "Come if you please, let me consort with you," For he did not know that she was his daughter-in-law, Bereisheit 38.15,16


He thought she was a Harlot because she exhibited what many call modesty...


What is a Harlot?

What does Ha Tenach Teach about Harlotry?


Harlot.... A prostitute, a whore, file de joie, a call girl; promiscuous an informal hooker,a  hustler, a tramp; a streetwalker, a hussy, a lady of the evening, a pro, a member of the oldest profession, a scarlet woman, a loose woman, a fallen woman, a cocotte, a wanton; a archaic a strumpet, a courtesan, a trollop, a doxy, a trull.


What is it to be Promiscuous?

Promiscuous -  a promiscuous teenager licentious, sexually indiscriminate, wanton, immoral, fast; informal easy, swinging, sluttish, whorish, bed-hopping; dated loose, fallen. antonym chaste, virtuous. promiscuous reading indiscriminate, undiscriminating, unselective, random, haphazard, irresponsible, unthinking, unconsidered. antonym selective.


The question arises, Did Yehudah do wrong?  What do you think?


Our Sages Teach us to view Yehudah's actions in the correct historical perspective.  Yehudah's actions happened around 2212 FC. At this time harlotry was permitted according to Rambam.  See Stone p211


The halachic perspective of Judah's action.

Judah's action must be viewed in the perspective of the time in which he lived. As Rambam (Hit. Ishus 1:4) writes, harlotry was permitted in those times -- just as non-kosher foods were not forbidden -- before  the Torah was given. Even though the Patriarchs -- and presumably their families -- observed the Torah before it was given, they did so voluntarily, so that it was conceivable that where necessary they would act according to the laws that were obligatory at the time. Consequently, if the Divine plan required Judah to cohabit with a "harlot," he would be permitted to do so. [Cf. the case of Jacob marrying two sisters which later Torah law would absolutely forbid.]

14. -- And she had not been given to him as 'a wife. This explains why Tamar did such an undigni­fied thing. She was determined to have children from Judah (Rashi). Since it could not be through Shelah, she had no alternative but that it be from Judah himself (Gur Aryeh). This was part of God's plan, for he wanted the Messianic dynasty to come from Tamar through Judah, who was more righteous and pure than his son Shelah (Sforno).


16-18.-- What will you give me? Tamar did not want money and would have refused it if it had been offered--_ She wanted something that she could use later to prove -­her consort was Judah, so that her pregnancy would acknowledged as the result of a levirate union. So  great was the passion burning within him [as a result c- Providential intervention (Abarbanel)] that Judah gave her  three valuable items as a pledge for a single goat and items that would so conclusively identify him.


Look at:http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?Criteria=harlot&t=KJV


How do we live?  How do we want to be thought of?  It is important for us to be careful... Do we live as a Harlot to our Creator?


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 39


Needing G-d's Favor ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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וְיוֹסֵף, הוּרַד מִצְרָיְמָה; וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, אִישׁ מִצְרִי, מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה.


 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an

 Egyptian, bought him from the hands of the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down there, Genesis 39.1.



YOSEIF'S BROTHERS HUMBLED & REJECTED HIM...

Yoseif was was stripped of his tunic [of many colors] his fine woolen tunic that was on him, Genesis 37.23

Yoseif was cast [down] into a pit, Genesis 37.23


YOSEIF WAS SOLD INTO SLAVERY...

Yoseif was sold to Midianite Traders who sold him to Yishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver  Genesis 37.27,28

Yoseif was brought down to Mitzrim / Egypt... Genesis 39.1

Yoseif was sold to Potiphar, Genesis 37,36


 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיְהִי אִישׁ מַצְלִיחַ; וַיְהִי, בְּבֵית אֲדֹנָיו הַמִּצְרִי.


HASHEM IS WITH YOSEIF

And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian, Genesis 39.2



 וַיַּרְא אֲדֹנָיו, כִּי יְהוָה אִתּוֹ; וְכֹל אֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ בְּיָדוֹ.


And his master saw, For the LORD was with him, and all that he made, LORD Prospered with his hand. Genesis 39.3



 וַיִּמְצָא יוֹסֵף חֵן בְּעֵינָיו, וַיְשָׁרֶת אֹתוֹ; וַיַּפְקִדֵהוּ, עַל-בֵּיתוֹ, וְכָל-יֶשׁ-לוֹ, נָתַן בְּיָדוֹ.


And he, Yoseif found favor in his eyes, and he Minister to him, and [Potiphar] appointed [Yoseif] over his house and all substance was given into his hand, Genesis 39.4


   וַיְהִי מֵאָז הִפְקִיד אֹתוֹ בְּבֵיתוֹ, וְעַל כָּל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ, וַיְבָרֶךְ יְהוָה אֶת-בֵּית הַמִּצְרִי, בִּגְלַל יוֹסֵף; וַיְהִי בִּרְכַּת יְהוָה, בְּכָל-אֲשֶׁר יֶשׁ-לוֹ--בַּבַּיִת, וּבַשָּׂדֶה.


And it happened from the time [Yoseif] was appointed over [Potiphar's] house and all his substance that HaShem Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of the Egyptian's house on account of Yoseif. And it happened that the Blessing of HaShem was on all [Potiphar's] substance and in his house and in his field, Genesis 39.5.


Yosief is a beautiful man, Genesis 39.6

The Master's wife wants a physical relationship with Yoseif, Genesis 39.7

Yoseif refuses, Genesis 39.8

The Master's wife was persistent, Genesis 39.9-11

The Master's wife lies about Yoseif, Genesis 39.12-18

The Master heard and was angry, Genesis 39.19

Yoseif is placed in prison, Genesis 39.20



HASHEM IS WITH YOSEIF

 וַיְהִי יְהוָה אֶת-יוֹסֵף, וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד; וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ, בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר.


And HaShem / The Lord was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and Extended Kindness to him and he was given favor in the eyes of the officer of the prison house, Genesis 39.21.


 וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, בְּיַד-יוֹסֵף, אֵת כָּל-הָאֲסִירִם, אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר; וְאֵת כָּל-אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם, הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה.


And he, the officer of the prison house gave into Yoseif's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison house and all that was done their [Yoseif]  was the doer, Genesis 39.22.


אֵין שַׂר בֵּית-הַסֹּהַר, רֹאֶה אֶת-כָּל-מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ, בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָה, אִתּוֹ; וַאֲשֶׁר-הוּא עֹשֶׂה, יְהוָה מַצְלִיחַ.


The Officer of the prison house, saw everything from Aleph to Tav of all , anything in ]Yoseif's] hands in that HaShem was with him and his doings HaShem Made to prosper, Genesis 39.23.


Our Creator Allows some people to get in our way. Our Creator Allows some people to make things difficult for us. Yet our Creator is with us.  Our Creator Blesses our Works. Our Creator Blesses our hands. Our Creator blesses things under our direction. Others see the Creator's Blessing upon us. Potiphar's and the Officer of the prison house each realized HaShem's Blessing on Yoseif. Yet where was Yoseif? He was deserted by his brothers. He was forsaken by his brothers.  He was sold into slavery. He was placed in prison because of lies. Yet our Creator blessed him.


Was it easy for Yoseif? No! Did Yoseif like his situation? No, not entirely... Did everything go in Yoseif's direction? No! Did Yoseif have struggles? Yes! It is important to focus on the facts. It's OK to dream yet we need to be realistic! Our Creator does send us challenges amidst His Blessings. 


You can look into your life no matter how difficult it maybe and see the hand of our Creator 'IF' you want to...  May we see His Blessings... May we be thankful for His Blessing upon us!


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 40


Letters Of Sin ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai NOach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Ha Torah Says that a sin was committed in Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1 If we want to know what sin is we must  travel back to Bereisheit / Genesis 4.6 & 7 where sin is mentioned for the first time in the Bible. Ha Torah Says,

Bereisheit / Genesis 4.6

 וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־קָיִן לָמָּה חָרָה לָךְ וְלָמָּה נָפְלוּ פָנֶיךָ  


And He, HaShem, the LORD Said to Kayin, 'Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?


Have you ever tried to reason with a son or daughter that was angry?  Have you ever tried to reason with a spouse that was angry?  Have you ever tried to reason with a friend or a boss or a co-worker that was angry?  Our Creator is trying to reason with Kayin who is angry...


Bereisheit / Genesis 4.7


 הֲלוֹא אִם־תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת  רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ


The LORD Said... Surely, If you do well, i.e if you improve yourself, you are forgiven, i.e. lifted up! And if you don't do well, sin creeps at the door. Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it, i.e govern it.


The KJV Says, 'And the Lord Said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.


There is a huge translation difference here...




The Word  אִם  Eem is a conditional Word that means 'If'.  Eem represents a choice. One can do good. One can do not as good. One can do bad. One can do very bad.  Eem represents a choice. It is very important to understand sin is a choice. Doing better is a choice!!


What are the choices?  The Word תֵּיטִיב Tay Veet means to improve. The LORD says, 'if you improve'.  Our Sages Say HaShem Wanted to Teach Kayin how to repent, Stone p21 (Radak). The emphasis is upon improving. The next Word that follows is שְׂאֵת Sih Ayt meaning to be lifted up to be elevated to be forgiven. The point is that if one improves one is elevated. One is forgiven. Again our Sages Teach, HaShem taught Kayin that man can always repent and that He Will always forgive him, Stone 21 (Ramban).


In this [Verse HaShem] tells Cain that he does not desire sacrifice but obedience ... (Malbim) Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 147


Dear Ones, in this first discussion about sin and repentance in the Bible NOTHING is said about offering a sacrifice. The emphasis is upon improvement and controlling one'S evil inclination.  Ha Torah Says,


וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת  רֹבֵץ


'And 'if' you do not do well, i.e if you do not improve yourself sin Chah Tawt meaning sin חַטָּאת creeps at the door.


וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ 


Its desire is toward you, yet you can conquer it.



The Bible Teaches that we have power over the desires that bring about sin in each of our lives. Nothing is said about needing a redeemer or a savior.  The Word וְאֵלֶיךָ  Vih Ay Leh Chaw means 'to you or towards you'.  The Word Vih Ah Taw means 'yet you...' The LORD is Teaching Kayin that he has the ability to control his desires and to conquer them.  This is how we deal with issues. The LORD Gives each of us strength to conquer our desires.  This is God's Plan and has ALWAYS been God's Plan. If G-d is willing I plan to discuss this in an up coming book entitled God's Plan From The Beginning.


When we consider the Word Tee Mih Shawl - Bow תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ we note the Letter in red is a ת Tav. When the Letter Tav is attached to the beginning of a Word where it does not normally belong this often represents that 'this is a sign'. This would be like spelling the word govern with the letter t in front of it, (tgovern). It does not go there.  Those who read English know the word govern is not spelled with a t in the beginning. In English we would call this an incorrect spelling.  In the Original Language of the Bible, Hebrew we call this a Letter that is pointing to an important sign.


The Letter Tav is the last Letter in the Word אות Oht, meaning 'Sign'.


In Bereisheit 4.7 the Letter Tav is not part of the Word. This means that the Tav is a sign we need to pay close attention to. Ha Torah is telling us to dig around a little to mine here. The intent is for us to understand that one can conquer their desires and that one can govern their desires!


Now that we have defined sin as letting our desires get out of line we return to Bereisheit 40.1


The root Word for sin is  חָטָא Chaw Taw.  Notice the red Word in Bereisheit / Genesis 4.7. Chaw Taw means to sin. Notice the Word in Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1


וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה חָטְאוּ מַשְׁקֵה מֶלֶךְ־מִצְרַיִם וְהָאֹפֶה לַאֲדֹנֵיהֶם לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרָיִם


When Bereisheit / Genesis 40.1 begins by saying, 'After these events a sin was committed.' We understand that an officer of Pharaoh's court let his desire get out of line. What Ha Torah Says and does not say here is very important.  See if you can pick it up. Pharaoh is angry with his Chief Butler and his Chief Baker. He is not angry with one man alone. He is angry with two men. Yet Ha Torah Says, 'After these events a sin was committed.' The Word used is  חָטְאוּ 

Chah Tih Voo meaning 'a sin'.  There were not multiple sins committed. In Vayikro / Leviticus 20.20 Ha Torah Says,


 וְאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אֶת־דֹּדָתוֹ עֶרְוַת דֹּדוֹ גִּלָּה חֶטְאָם יִשָּׂאוּ עֲרִירִים יָמֻתוּ 



And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he has uncovered his uncle's nakedness; they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless, Leviticus 20.20. The Word used is plural.  How do we know the Word is plural? חֶטְאָם meaning, sins Cheh Tih Awm has the Final Letter ם Mem at the end of the Word. This normally means the Word is plural. Why am I pointing this out? It is because Pharaoh was angry with two men but ha Torah informs ONLY ONE man committed the offense. I discussed this offense in another lesson a few years back so I won't repeat it here. 


וַיַּחַלְמוּ חֲלוֹם שְׁנֵיהֶם אִישׁ חֲלֹמוֹ בְּלַיְלָה אֶחָד אִישׁ כְּפִתְרוֹן חֲלֹמוֹ הַמַּשְׁקֶה וְהָאֹפֶה אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם אֲשֶׁר אֲסוּרִים בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר


The two of them [the Chief Butler and the Chief Baker] had dreams [plural]. Each had his dream [singular] in one night...


Here we see the use of plural and singular. English translators can really mess things up when they don't make these significant differences known in their translations...


The story goes on to say Yoseif said, 'Do not interpretations belong to God?  Then Yoseif explains the meaning of each dream. The Chief Butler was restored to his position the Chief Baker was executed. So what Ha Torah is sharing with us is that two men were accused and imprisoned but only one was guilty. The innocent officer was restored. The guilty officer was punished. The premise for the entire story is stated in the first five Words of the story, 'After these events a sin was committed.'


What should we take away from this lesson?


Blessings, Love, and Peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 41


The Trauma of Yoseif an Osnat © 


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Parshat is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas may they rest in peace.


This is an excerpt from my new book entitled The Mysteries of Ha Torah Revealed... G-d Willing to soon be published... Kan Nah Nah Haw Rah....


'In Parshat Mikeitz an interesting name surfaces. The name is אסנת Osnat, wife of Yoseif.  When we think of אסנת Osnat we should immediately think of אשרי Ahsh Ray... We should think of her as an individual who is praiseworthy.  We should also think of תקוה Teek Vaw...  We should think of Osnat as a woman of hope and expectation.


As a child Osnat was driven from Yaakov's house by her uncles according to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer. This was because her uncles were concerned that people would speak of licentiousness in their tents.  They were concerned that people would think that they were morally perverse.  As a result Yaakov engraved a metal plate and put it around Osnat' neck to protect her.  The metal plate was engraved with words to the effect that Osnat' parents were Shechem and Deenah and that whoever married her would be marrying a relative of Yaakov's family.  

Potiphar

At this point Osnat was placed under a bush in a field and left.  Her name is a derivative of the word Si Neh {thorn bush}.  Through providence a Malach {messenger} took Osnat from under the thorn bush to the house of Potiphar in Egypt.  He and his wife raised her as their own daughter.  Twenty-two years later Pharaoh ordered that Osnat marry Yoseif to vindicate Yoseif from any guilt brought on by the false accusation of her foster mother, Potiphar's wife.  Potiphar's wife accused Yoseif of sexual assault.  It is at this point that we make mention of the fact that the Midrash points out that at every birth of Yaakov's sons a twin daughter was born.  The purpose was so that the sons could marry sisters as wives.  However when Yoseif was born without a twin sister this was a sign that Yoseif would marry someone else, Osnat.'


May our Creator ASSIST EACH OF US who have struggled with trumah and difficulties in life to see His Purpose and how these struggles fit into the puzzle of our life's...  Kan Nah Nah Haw Rah....


Many blessings of Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 42

Prison Or  ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute. LLC


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Prior to Genesis 42.16 prison was the 'the round house'. Beginning with Genesis 42.16 prison takes on an entirely different meaning as we shell see... 


Genesis 39.20-23

וַיִּקַּח אֲדֹנֵי יוֹסֵף אֹתוֹ וַיִּתְּנֵהוּ אֶל־בֵּית הַסֹּהַר מְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר־אסורי [אֲסִירֵי] הַמֶּלֶךְ אֲסוּרִים וַיְהִי־שָׁם בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר

And Yoseif's master took him, and put him in the prison / the round house, a place where the king's prisoners were confined; and he was there in the prison / 'In The Round House'

וַיְהִי יְהוָֹה אֶת־יוֹסֵף וַיֵּט אֵלָיו חָסֶד וַיִּתֵּן חִנּוֹ בְּעֵינֵי שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר


However, HaShem was with everything from Aleph to Tav of Yoseif, and showed him mercy, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison / the round rouse.


 וַיִּתֵּן שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר בְּיַד־יוֹסֵף אֵת כָּל־הָאֲסִירִם אֲשֶׁר בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר וְאֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עֹשִׂים שָׁם הוּא הָיָה עֹשֶׂה


And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoseif's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatever was done there, he was the doer of it.


אֵין ׀ שַׂר בֵּית־הַסֹּהַר רֹאֶה אֶת־כָּל־מְאוּמָה בְּיָדוֹ בַּאֲשֶׁר יְהוָֹה אִתּוֹ וַאֲשֶׁר־הוּא עֹשֶׂה יְהוָֹה מַצְלִיחַ: פ


The keeper of the prison / the Round Hose looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because HaShem was with him, and that which he did, HaShem made it to prosper.

וַיַּחַלְמוּ חֲלוֹם שְׁנֵיהֶם אִישׁ חֲלֹמוֹ בְּלַיְלָה אֶחָד אִישׁ כְּפִתְרוֹן חֲלֹמוֹ הַמַּשְׁקֶה וְהָאֹפֶה אֲשֶׁר לְמֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם אֲשֶׁר אֲסוּרִים בְּבֵית הַסֹּהַר

Genesis 40.5

And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison /the round House.


 שִׁלְחוּ מִכֶּם אֶחָד וְיִקַּח אֶת־אֲחִיכֶם וְאַתֶּם הֵאָסְרוּ וְיִבָּחֲנוּ דִּבְרֵיכֶם הַאֱמֶת אִתְּכֶם וְאִם־לֹא חֵי פַרְעֹה כִּי מְרַגְּלִים אַתֶּם:

Genesis 42.16

Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and you shall be kept in prison, tied up confined [in my house] that your words may be proved, whether there is any truth in you; or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies. 

 וַיֶּאֱסֹף אֹתָם אֶל־מִשְׁמָר שְׁלשֶׁת יָמִים:

Genesis 42.17

17  And he put them all together under guard [in the prison] for three days.


אִם־כֵּנִים אַתֶּם אֲחִיכֶם אֶחָד יֵאָסֵר בְּבֵית מִשְׁמַרְכֶם וְאַתֶּם לְכוּ הָבִיאוּ שֶׁבֶר רַעֲבוֹן בָּתֵּיכֶם: 

Genesis 42.19

 If you are honest men, let one of your brothers be confined in the house of your prison; you go, carry grain for the famine of your houses.


Yoseif did not want his brother to experience the prisons he did.  May we be kind to those around us. May we be tender hearted about their needs.  May our Creator be blessed.


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 43


Ha Torah


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben ChavahEthel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


Dear Ones please notice Genesis 43.26-30... The first discussion is about loving and enjoying Ha Torah. There is a very great value to loving Ha Torah.  One does not need to be a Rabbi to love and enjoy Ha Torah.  One does not need to be Jewish to love and enjoy Ha Torah. One does not need to be educated to love and enjoy Ha Torah.  Dovid Ha Melek wrote, Happy is the man / woman ...whose delight is in Ha Torah of HaShem; and in His Torah he / she  meditates day and night. He / She shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; [his / her] leaf shall not wither; and whatever he / she does shall prosper. Tehillim / Psalms one


We want to be joyful.  We want to be happy. We want to be fulfilled. We arrive at this goal by hungering for Ha Torah. Dovid Ha Melech wrote, 



 סֵעֲפִים שָׂנֵאתִי וְתוֹרָתְךָ אָהָבְתִּי:

...and Your Torah I love,  Tehillim / Psalms 119.113.


סִגִים הִשְׁבַּתָּ כָל־רִשְׁעֵי־אָרֶץ לָכֵן אָהַבְתִּי עֵדֹתֶיךָ:


...I love Your Witness / Your Testimonies, Tehillim / Psalms 119.119.


 עַל־כֵּן אָהַבְתִּי מִצְוֹתֶיךָ מִזָּהָב וּמִפָּז:


Oh! Yes!  I love Your Commands more than gold more than finest [Gold], Tehillim 119.127.


רְאֵה כִּי־פִקּוּדֶיךָ אָהָבְתִּי יְהֹוָה כְּחַסְדְּךָ חַיֵּנִי:


Observe! For Your Precepts I love, like [I love] Your Kindness and grace, Tehillim 119.159.


The Word Torah occurs 23 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Ha Torah occurs 48 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Toraht occurs 49 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Ha Toraht occurs 1 times in Ha Tenach.

The Word Torah Tekah meaning Your Torah occurs 8 times in Ha Tenach.


What is the point to this?  Most English Bibles do not use the Word Torah. Most often they say Law rather than Torah. In doing this the meaning is some what stifled and hidden and covered. The read may equate many thoughts to the Word Law that they would not if the Word Torah was used. When we read in Tehillim 19 that the Torah of the L-rd is Perfect we may miss the intent if we were to read the Law of the L-rd is Perfect. The Law of the L-rd is quoted in many places. The Law of the L-rd that Dovid Ha Melek is writing about is Ha Torah. When one reads Ha Torah of the L-rd is perfect that reference is ONLY to Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. 


The Gematria of Ha Torah is 616.  For those that are new to the studies at B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we Teach according to the custom of our Sages. Our Sages Teach that every Letter of the Alef Bet / the Hebrew Alpha Bet has a corresponding number. When these numbers are combined they equal a total. The Total is an אות a sign. Scholars call this Gematria, i.e. a system of assigning a number value to a Hebrew Letter Word or Phrase... This is also called Kabbalah or Jewish Mysticism.




Ha Torah

התורה


ה5 ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 616



Genesis 43.26

וַיִּשְׁאַל לָהֶם לְשָׁלוֹם וַיֹּאמֶר הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם הַעוֹדֶנּוּ חָי:  



And he inquired of them about [how is your] peace / welfare, And he said, [how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder, you spoke of [him] is he alive, Genesis 43.26?



 הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן

[how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder


ה5 ש300 ל30 ו6 ם40 = 381   א1 ב2 י10 כ20 ם40 =73   ה5 ז7 ק100 ן50 = 162    162 + 73 + 381 = 616  



We have just shown that the total for the Letters in the Word Ha Torah is 616 and the total Letters in the Words [How is] the peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder is also 616. What does this say to us?  What should this say to us? 


Rabbi Eleazar Said in the name of Rabbi Chanina: The disciples of the wise increase peace in the world, as it says, And all thy children shall be taught of the L-rd, and great shall be the peace of thy children. Do not read בניך banayik meaning your children but instead read bonayik your builders Why? Because great is the peace for those that love Ha Torah / Your Law, and there is no stumbling for them. Peace be within your walls and prosperity within your homes. For my brethren and companions' sake I say, Peace be within you  For the sake of the house of the L-rd our G-d I will seek your good. The L-rd will give strength to His people, the L-rd will Bless His people with peace. Berachot 64a


Dear Ones this speaks to the great value for the daily study of Ha Torah.


Assignment:


Those that have enrolled in Journey Through Genesis are required to do their homework assignments. Please answer each question then return it by E-mail. If you would like to discuss any area of this discussion please write or phone me at 636-577-7945.


1.) List the ONLY Books of Ha Torah.

2.) Why is it better to use the Word Torah instead of the Word Law? Do you agree with this? 

3.) King David said, The Torah of the L-rd is Perfect. Can you think of any reason why someone would want to do away with the Perfect Torah?


May HaShem Bless those who love and enjoy and Observe Ha Torah and for those who try...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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There are points below that are not discussed in the audio.  


The Second point of discussion is the Word בַּיְתָ meaning house.  In Passuk 27 it is called הַבַּיְתָה Which brings about another discussion.  


Genesis 43.27

 וַיָּבֹא יוֹסֵף הַבַּיְתָה וַיָּבִיאוּ לוֹ אֶת־הַמִּנְחָה אֲשֶׁר־בְּיָדָם הַבָּיְתָה וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ־לוֹ אָרְצָה:  


And he, Yoseif came to the house. And they [his brothers] brought the offering that was in their hand

to the house and they prostrated themselves on the ground, Genesis 43.27.



It is important to note Ha Torah's usage of the Letter Hey at the end of the Word. The Letter Hey is not necessary at the end of the Word unless it is telling us something.  Since the Hey is there it is telling us whose house it is.  It is 'HER' house.  Notice Genesis 39.11



Genesis 39.11

 וַיְהִי כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה וַיָּבֹא הַבַּיְתָה לַעֲשׂוֹת מְלַאכְתּוֹ וְאֵין אִישׁ מֵאַנְשֵׁי הַבַּיִת שָׁם בַּבָּיִת



And it happened on the day, this very day, And he came to the house to do work and no man from the ruler of the house was in the house, Genesis 39.11.


וַתִּתְפְּשֵׂהוּ בְּבִגְדוֹ לֵאמֹר שִׁכְבָה עִמִּי וַיַּעֲזֹב בִּגְדוֹ בְּיָדָהּ וַיָּנָס וַיֵּצֵא הַחוּצָה


And she grabbed him saying, 'be with me' He left his garment and fled and went outside. Notice that the Word Lay Mohr is not feminine.  Normally when a woman is speaking the Word would be spelled like Genesis 3.2 and 3.13. 


 וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה אֶל־הַנָּחָשׁ מִפְּרִי עֵץ־הַגָּן נֹאכֵל

And she said...


וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים לָאִשָּׁה מַה־זֹּאת עָשִׂית וַתֹּאמֶר הָאִשָּׁה הַנָּחָשׁ הִשִּׁיאַנִי וָאֹכֵל


And he said...


And she said...


However here the Word לֵאמֹר is an adverb used to modify the verb. She grabbed him. The adverb tells us how she trapped him.  It was not just that she grabbed him. She grabbed him like a man who would not be refused, like a man with a death lock on a woman. As she grabbed him with this death like hold and at the same time she said to him in a hard determined voice like when one commands another,  'BE WITH ME!!". It was to this house that Yoseif  met his brothers. The lady who did this to him became his Step Mother in Law. Yoseif married Asnot , her step daughter (the daughter of Deenah bat Leah). Yoseif was her step son in law. Her attempt was for a righteous purpose. As Viceroy Yoseif was now over his former master and all that he had. There was a purpose that Yoseif met his brothers at her house. Yoseif's House had mezuzah on the door.  Yoseif's house had Shabbat Candle holders and Challah covers and a very noticeable Jewish presence. So he met his brothers at her house.


Why did Lot's wife turn back to look at the city.  Many teach it was because her daughters and grand children were their. It is because the house was her house.  Ha Torah Says in Genesis 19.11


וַיִּשְׁלְחוּ הָאֲנָשִׁים אֶת־יָדָם וַיָּבִיאוּ אֶת־לוֹט אֲלֵיהֶם הַבָּיְתָה וְאֶת־הַדֶּלֶת סָגָרוּ


Ha Torah Says that the men [Angels] put out their hands and pulled Lot to them, into the house and closed the door.



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וַיִּשְׁאַל לָהֶם לְשָׁלוֹם וַיֹּאמֶר הֲשָׁלוֹם אֲבִיכֶם הַזָּקֵן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם הַעוֹדֶנּוּ חָי:  



And he inquired of them about [how is your] peace / welfare, And he said, [how is] The peace / welfare of your Father, the Elder, you spoke of [him] is he alive?



 וַיֹּאמְרוּ שָׁלוֹם לְעַבְדְּךָ לְאָבִינוּ עוֹדֶנּוּ חָי וַיִּקְּדוּ וישתחו [וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲוּוּ] :  



And they said [together He is at] peace, your servant, our Father. He is alive. They bowed their heads and prostrated to the ground.


וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא אֶת־בִּנְיָמִין אָחִיו בֶּן־אִמּוֹ וַיֹּאמֶר הֲזֶה אֲחִיכֶם הַקָּטֹן אֲשֶׁר אֲמַרְתֶּם אֵלָי וַיֹּאמַר אֱלֹהִים יָחְנְךָ בְּנִי:



And he lifted his eyes and saw everything from Aleph to Tav of Benjamin his brother, son of his mother, And he said to his brothers Is this the little one that you spoke of to me? And he said [to Benjamin], G-d Be Gracious to you my son!



 וַיְמַהֵר יוֹסֵף כִּי־נִכְמְרוּ רַחֲמָיו אֶל־אָחִיו וַיְבַקֵּשׁ לִבְכּוֹת וַיָּבֹא הַחַדְרָה וַיֵּבְךְּ שָׁמָּה



And he Yoseif hurried [away] because enkindled was his compassion to his brothers and he needed to weep and he went to the room and weep there. Our Sages question why did Yoseif Weep?  The following story is told. Yoseif was touched with great compassion because of his brother Benjamin's actions.


Yoseif inquired of Benjamin, Do you have a brother from the same mother? 


Benjamin responded, I had a brother but I do not know where he is.


Then Yoseif inquires of Benjamin, Do you have any children?


Benjamin answers, I have ten sons.


Yoseif asks, What are their names?


Benjamin said Bela, Becher, Ashbeil, Geiroh, Naamon, Eichi, Rosh, Muppim, Chuppim and Ard


Yoseif inquired, what is the essence of each name?


Benjamin answers by saying each name is related to my brother and the troubles he has experienced. בֶּלַע

He was called Bela, because Yoseif was swallowed up 

נבלע (Nee Vih Lah)  among the peoples.


בֶכֶר

He was called Becher, because Yoseif was the firstborn

 בְּכוֹר Bekor of his mother. 


אַשְׁבֵּל

He was called  Ash bel, because G-d Sent Yoseif into 

captivity שבאו אל [Shaw Vih Oh El ].


גֵּרָא

He was called Gera, because Yoseif dwelt גֵר  

[gar] in lodgings [in a strange land].



נַעֲמָן 

He was called Naaman, because he was especially 

beloved נאכז [na'im]. 


אֵחִי 

He was called Ehi because Yoseif  is my brother. -   


רֹאשׁ

רֹאשׁ Yoseif was called 

 because he was my Elder


 מֻפִּים 

He was called Muppim because Yoseif learned 

from מִפִּי  the mouth of my Father.

חֻפִּים

Chuppim, because Yoseif  did not see my Chupah

marriage-canopy [chupah] and I did not see his.


אָרְדְּ

He was called Ard, because Yoseif descended [yarad] among the peoples. 



Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel


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Journey Through Genesis

Genesis 44

So You Think You Have Problems ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC

AUDIO 1

Our discussion is in the loving memory of Helen, Gladys Ethel, Martha, John, Patrick, Ethel Channah, George, Gary Lee, Donald Wayne, Carrie, Stephen, Sharon, Florence Youman, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre, Terrill B. Thomas, Joyce Duff, Michael and Channah may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones Ha Torah Perik 44 continues with the story of Yoseif and his brothers. Yoseif was determined to try his brothers. He had money placed in their sacks on there first departure.  He had his chosen goblet placed in Benjamin's sack on there second departure.  

Our Creator uses our spouse, our children, our grand children, our siblings and our relatives to smooth our rough edges. 


Notice Yedudah,

What shall we say to [Yoseif] my master? What can we speak? How can we justify ourselves? G-d [the Judge] has found the iniquity of your servants... Yehudah explains... He requests a favor... 'let me be a slave to my master instead of the lad.'  Let me take his place. Let the lad go home to his father...

The discussion focuses on issues we face.  Everyone has problems. The rich have problems. the wise have problems.  The pretty and the beautiful have problems. Everyone has problems.  Those who love and believe in the Torah of HaShem have an answer for every problem.  Delight in the Torah of HaShem.  Meditate in the Torah of HaShem. Nothing helps like Prayer and Ha Torah...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 45


Uncontrolled Weeping ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben Chavah Ethel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Ida bat Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


Dear Ones on the afternoon before Tisha B'Av, the Chasam Sofer would neither study Ha Torah nor write Torah Discussions. He closed himself in his room. On an occasion his disciple Reb Moshe, quietly opened the door to his room. He saw the Chasam Sofer weeping over the destruction of the Temple. His tears fail into a glass. At the meal prior to fasting on Tisha B'Av the Chasam Sofer drank from the tears collected in the glass.


Our Sages Say, this action fulfilled the Verse, You fed them with the bread of tears, and gave them tears to drink in great measure, Tehilim / Psalms 80:6.



R. Eleazar said: prayer is more efficacious even than good deeds, for there was no-one greater in good deeds than Moses our Master, and yet he was answered only after prayer...


R. Eleazar also said: Fasting is more efficacious than charity. What is the reason? One is performed with a man's money, the other with his body...


R. Eleazar also said: prayer is more efficacious than offerings, as it says, To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto Me, Isaiah 1.11


R. Eleazar also said: From the day on which the Temple was destroyed the gates of prayer have been closed, as it says, Yea, when I cry and call for help He shuts out my prayer. Though the gates of prayer are closed, the gates of weeping are not closed, as it says, Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; keep not silence at my tears, Tehilim 13.13 / Psalms 13.12


I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.


Tisha B'Av, the Fast of the Ninth of Av, At B'nai Noach Torah Institute we call this day The Fast of Chodesh Ha Chamishi the fifth month the ninth day.  We mourning to remember the many tragedies that have befallen B'nai Yisroel / the Jewish People.  Tisha B'Av means the ninth (day) of Av. It usually occurs during August however this year it is in July.  It was on this day that both the First and Second Temples were destroyed.  The first Temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in 3338 FC {From Creation} or 586 BCE. The Temple was Destroyed by the Romans in 3830 F C {From Creation} or 70 CE.


I have written more extensively about The Fast of Chodesh Ha Chamish at the following link.

http://www.jewishpath.org/hdtishabave.html


The primarily meaning is to remember  the destruction of the Temple, however it is appropriate to remember many other tragedies like the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.

So now we remember the writings of Shlomo Ha Meleck,

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven; A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. 

This is the time to weep... to mourn... to rend... to refrain from embracing...

  א וְלֹא־יָכֹל יוֹסֵף לְהִתְאַפֵּק לְכֹל הַנִּצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיִּקְרָא הוֹצִיאוּ כָל־אִישׁ מֵעָלָי וְלֹא־עָמַד אִישׁ אִתּוֹ בְּהִתְוַדַּע יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו:

And he, Yoseif could not control all his emotions from all those {spiritually} above him. And he cried to all men go out from me and no man stood with him when Yoseif made himself known to his brothers.


  ב וַיִּתֵּן אֶת־קֹלוֹ בִּבְכִי וַיִּשְׁמְעוּ מִצְרַיִם וַיִּשְׁמַע בֵּית פַּרְעֹה: 

And he, Yoseif gave out everything from Aleph to Tav of a call  in weeping and the Mitzrim heard and the house of Pharaoh heard.


 ג וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו אֲנִי יוֹסֵף הַעוֹד אָבִי חָי וְלֹא־יָכְלוּ אֶחָיו לַעֲנוֹת אֹתוֹ כִּי נִבְהֲלוּ מִפָּנָיו

And He, Yoseif Said to his brothers, I am Yoseif is The bind to father lives and they his brothers could not answer him, For they were confused before him.



וַיֹּאמֶר יוֹסֵף אֶל־אֶחָיו גְּשׁוּ־נָא אֵלַי וַיִּגָּשׁוּ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲנִי יוֹסֵף אֲחִיכֶם אֲשֶׁר־מְכַרְתֶּם אֹתִי מִצְרָיְמָה

And He, Yoseif Said to his brothers, come close to me please. And they came close. And he said, I am Yoseif  your brother that you sold me into slavery in Mitzriam.


May Hashem Bless each individual as we enter this time of fasting and weeping....


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi




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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 46


Nefesh [Soul] ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones please remember that each of us are from the family of Adam Ha Reshon and Chavah Reshonah, Adam and Eve.  Each of us are descendants of Noach and Na'amah.  Even those who maybe descendant from Cham who was cursed that curse has long passed. 


What is the point?  Everyone is important!!  We have the power to elevate ourself through Ha Torah.  It is observance of Ha Torah that unites our soul with the family of Yaakov.


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.6,7

וַיִּקְחוּ אֶת־מִקְנֵיהֶם וְאֶת־רְכוּשָׁם אֲשֶׁר רָכְשׁוּ בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן וַיָּבֹאוּ מִצְרָיְמָה יַעֲקֹב וְכָל־זַרְעוֹ אִתּוֹ


 בָּנָיו וּבְנֵי בָנָיו אִתּוֹ בְּנֹתָיו וּבְנוֹת בָּנָיו וְכָל־זַרְעוֹ הֵבִיא אִתּוֹ מִצְרָיְמָה:


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.6,7

And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came to Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him;


His sons, and his grandsons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him to Egypt.


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.27

וּבְנֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר־יֻלַּד־לוֹ בְמִצְרַיִם נֶפֶשׁ שְׁנָיִם כָּל־הַנֶּפֶשׁ לְבֵית־יַעֲקֹב הַבָּאָה מִצְרַיְמָה שִׁבְעִים


Bereisheit / Genesis 46.27

And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two soul; all the soul of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy.


BaMidbar / Numbers 14.18

The Lord is long suffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generation.


'If the Jewish people would only observe two Sabbaths according to their law, they would be redeemed immediately.' Quote from the Talmud is from Sabbath 118b


May we work together to encourage Jewish Sabbath Observance.  May we each do our part.


Blessings, Love, and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 47


Choose Words Carefully ©


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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As we G-d Willing continue our Journey Through Genesis we offer this discussion of Ha Torah in the loving memory of Don ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah Steven Ben Martha, Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Yochanan ben Chavah Ethel bat Channah, Gabor ben Idah, Will ben Chavah, Ida bat Chavah, Don ben Ether Channah, Gabor ben Ethel Channah and Carry bat Brachah Rivkah may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the HaShaMiym and those that contributed in their behalf be bless beyond measure.


וַיֹּאמֶר יַעֲקֹב אֶל־פַּרְעֹה יְמֵי שְׁנֵי מְגוּרַי שְׁלשִׁים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה מְעַט וְרָעִים הָיוּ יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיַּי וְלֹא הִשִּׂיגוּ אֶת־יְמֵי שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי אֲבֹתַי בִּימֵי מְגוּרֵיהֶם: 


וַיְבָרֶךְ יַעֲקֹב אֶת־פַּרְעֹה וַיֵּצֵא מִלִּפְנֵי פַרְעֹה:



And He Yaakov / Jacob said to Pharaoh, the days - years of being a stranger are thirty years and a hundred years few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and [I] have not attained everything from Aleph to Tav, the days -  years of the life of my fathers in the days of their being a stranger. 


And Jacob Blessed everything from Aleph to Tav of Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.



This was a summit meeting between the two most powerful men in the world. Both were wise and well educated.  Both were wealthy.  Both had many servants. Both were warriors.  Both were leaders of many people. One had grain. The other needed grain.


We have a difficult task before us.  This task is to try and understand the use of Words Yaakov / Jacob choose when speaking before Pharaoh. We must be careful not to judge Yaakov. Yet we must inquire why Yaakov said, '...years few and evil have the days of the years of my life been...'


There is another place where similar Words were used in Ha Torah to describe how Yaakov felt about Rachael. See Bereisheit 29.20


 וַיַּעֲבֹד יַעֲקֹב בְּרָחֵל שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וַיִּהְיוּ בְעֵינָיו כְּיָמִים אֲחָדִים בְּאַהֲבָתוֹ אֹתָהּ: 


And he, Yaakov served seven years for Rachel and in his eyes it seemed like a few days...


So when Yaakov was serving the evil Lavan for his daughter Rochel it seemed like a few days...


Could it be that Yaakov was saying his days of evil were few? When Yaakov says few is this referring to the days or to the days of evil? Ask yourself this question, Would you want a blessing from an individual whose days were evil?  I don't think so.


What I see Yaakov saying is that his days of evil have been few. The evil days have been just days not years.... Thank G-d! Many of the translations I read seem to translate Yaakov as saying.


'The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage, Bereisheit 47.9.


Now we could debate Yaakov's intent from now until... Regardless of who is correct in the translation of what Yaakov said we MUST choose words carefully.


I write poetry some. Choosing words carefully is so very necessary when writing poetry.  Yet it is so important for every day and hour and minute. It is so very important for husbands to carefully choose words when speaking with one's wife or children. Words can build or break. So each of us need to be careful with our words.


In addition words can draw attention to situations we would rather not draw attention to.  We do not want the evil eye to focus on words we choose. 


We can also say things that could result in causing others problems. I see this happening a lot...


May we be very careful with our fords.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 48


Feeling Left Out ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Thomas H. Davis ben Na'amah, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah,  Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Dear Ones we read that Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt for seventeen years.


Genesis 47.28

 וַיְחִי יַעֲקֹב בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם שְׁבַע עֶשְׂרֵה שָׁנָה וַיְהִי יְמֵי־יַעֲקֹב שְׁנֵי חַיָּיו שֶׁבַע שָׁנִים וְאַרְבָּעִים וּמְאַת שָׁנָה:


And it was Yaakov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; and it was, Yaakov's entire life was a hundred and forty seven years.


What is Ha Torah Sharing with us?  Ha Torah is Saying that Yaakov could have spent 17 year cycles with His grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh.  Ha Torah is Saying Yaakov could have shared 884 Sabbaths with His grandchildren.  


Why is this important?


Yoseif was removed from the place of his captivity when he was 30 years old, Bereisheit 41.46. 


Pharaoh gave Osnat [the daughter of Deenah and grand daughter of Yaakov to Yoseif as a wife.  Shechem, the prince of Shechem was the father of Osnat. Osnat bore two sons to Yoseif, Manasseh and Ephraim  They were born to Yoseif before the famine. It is likely that Manasseh was born in the first year of plenty and Ephraim in the second year.  This would mean Manasseh could have been eight years old and Ephraim could have been seven years when they met their grandfather, Yaakov. They could have also been twins and born at the conclusion of the seven years of plenty.  If this were the situation they would have each been two years old when they met their grandfather. We know they had to be at least two years old because Yoseif said to his brothers that the famine was [now] two years, Bereisheit 45.6. 


The point is they spent 17 productive years with their grandfather. When Yaakov called them into bless them the boys may have been as old as 25 or as young as 19. Each spent quality productive years with Yaakov.  SO THEN WHY did Yaakov wait until hours before his death TO BLESS them?  See Bereisheit 48.  The entire Perik is about Yaakov's blessing of his children.  We are instructed to bless our children as Yaakov did, Bereisheit 48.20.


The question we ask is, why did Yaakov wait to this time to bless his grandchildren?


וַיְבָרֲכֵם בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא לֵאמוֹר בְּךָ יְבָרֵךְ יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר יְשִׂמְךָ אֱלֹהִים כְּאֶפְרַיִם וְכִמְנַשֶּׁה וַיָּשֶׂם אֶת־אֶפְרַיִם לִפְנֵי מְנַשֶּׁה:


And Bless them, in [that] day, say the same blessing. You shall bless Israel saying,  May G-d Make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh...


On the one hand for seventeen years it may have appeared like Ephraim and like Manasseh were out casts because of their lineage.  Shechem was their father.  He over powered their mother.  He kidnapped her. He raped her. He was the lowest of the low. The place of their up bringing may have been an issue. Ephraim and Manasseh, were born outside of Eretz Yisroel.  They were raised in the land of Egypt among idol worshipers. Then what about the influence of living in Egypt? They were not part of a minyan of ten Jewish men above the age of twelve. How could they say their daily prayers and study Ha Torah etc? How could they keep kosher? They were not taught by Rabbis in a day school. They did not have the advantages that Yaakov's sons enjoyed.  Ha Torah Does Not describe any other interaction with their grandfather Yaakov.  One could argue that Ephraim and Manasseh were feeling left out. Many of the thing that existed in their lives are the things that some of us may feel left out. SO WE CAN UNDERSTAND HOW THEY COULD FEEL LEFT OUT...


Yet it is clear that Yaakov saw things differently.  He included Ephraim and Manasseh.  He included them because their lives were very righteous.  ALL OF HIS CHILDREN'S LIVES WERE RIGHTEOUS. He also included them to bring a message to each of us about including others especially others who may have genealogy issues, who may have community issues who may have pasts that don't fit the mold of observant Judaism. 


May each of us be real careful to include others in our lives and among our group at B'nai Noach Torah Institute. 


Blessings and peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel



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Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 49


After Shiloh Comes ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


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This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Thomas H. Davis ben Na'amah, Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah,  Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


א וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל־בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם 

בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים:

And He, Yaakov called to his sons...


ב הִקָּבְצוּ וְשִׁמְעוּ בְּנֵי יַעֲקֹב וְשִׁמְעוּ אֶל־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיכֶם:


Come together and hear sons of Yaakov {Used only 8 times in Ha Torah and 14 times total in Ha Tanach.}


Listen to Yisroel your father...


ג רְאוּבֵן בְּכֹרִי אַתָּה כֹּחִי וְרֵאשִׁית אוֹנִי יֶתֶר שְׂאֵת וְיֶתֶר עָז:


Reuvein, you are my firstborn, you are my strength and the beginning of my manhood...



Bereisheit 49.9

 גּוּר אַרְיֵה יְהוּדָה מִטֶּרֶף בְּנִי עָלִיתָ כָּרַע רָבַץ כְּאַרְיֵה וּכְלָבִיא מִי יְקִימֶנּוּ:


Judah is a lion gathering from the prey, my son, you are gone up; he stooped down, he couched like a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?


Bereisheit 49.10

לֹא־יָסוּר שֵׁבֶט מִיהוּדָה וּמְחֹקֵק מִבֵּין רַגְלָיו עַד כִּי־יָבֹא שִׁילֹה וְלוֹ יִקְּהַת עַמִּים:


The staff shall not depart from Judah, and law enforcement from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and to him shall be obedience of the people. 


Yehudah is the only son that Yaakov make reference to as my son...


Until or after Shiloh comes... The Gematria of שִׁילֹה Shiloh is 345.


The Gematria of [ מֹשֶׁה ]Moshe is 345.


Why is this significant?


G-d Willing we will discuss these notes...


Blessings and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel




Journey Through Genesis


Genesis 50



Weeping For Unity ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


AUDIO 1


PDF


This Devri Torah Limood is in the loving memory of Joyce Duff bat Na'amah, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, Martha bat Sarah, Sharon bat Vivian, Sarah bat Chavah, Jeanne C. W. Pierre, Joseph Adam Pierre, Louella P. Bienvenu, Barbara Pierre and Terrill B. Thomas Ethel Channah bat Channah, George ben Idah, Donald ben Channah, Gary Lee ben Channah Yochanan ben Chavah and Stephen ben Martha, may they rest in peace.


Bereisheit 50.15

וַיִּרְאוּ אֲחֵי־יוֹסֵף כִּי־מֵת אֲבִיהֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוּ יִשְׂטְמֵנוּ יוֹסֵף וְהָשֵׁב יָשִׁיב לָנוּ אֵת כָּל־הָרָעָה אֲשֶׁר גָּמַלְנוּ אֹתוֹ:


And when Yoseif's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, Yoseif will perhaps hate us, and will certainly pay us back for all the evil which we did to him. 


Bereisheit 50.16

וַיְצַוּוּ אֶל־יוֹסֵף לֵאמֹר אָבִיךָ צִוָּה לִפְנֵי מוֹתוֹ לֵאמֹר


And they sent a messenger to Yoseif, saying, Your father did command before he died, saying, 


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