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Parshat Vayigash

Genesis 14.1 - 24


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We offer this study in the memory of those we love.  May they be elevated in the Heavens. May there memory be for good.  May they rest in peace.


Lot makes a poor choice when he separates from Avram. He moves to Sedom.  The Torah says, This was in the Days of Amraphel, i.e. Nimrod who threw Avram in to the furnace in Chaldee, (Gen 15.7). Four kings waged ware on five kings, (Genesis 14.9). When the four kings defeated the five they took Lot, Avram's nephew, his wife, children and all his wealth. Avram was informed and responded.  This battle between the four kings and Avram happened on Erev Pesach / Passover. During the battle with the four kings Nimrod was killed. Avram took Lot, his wife, their family and possessions and returned them to there homes in Sedom. Lot was returned but not Spiritually restored.  Avram kept nothing from the spoils of war for himself.  After his victory, Avram traveled to the city that would later become known as Jerusalem.   There Shem, the son of Noach also known as Malki (king) Zedek (of righteousness) came out to met Avram. Malki Zedek blessed Avram and offered him bread and wine.  He paid 10% of all that he had to Malki Zedek then returned to his home. 


If one is in a position where they can help family they should.  If one cannot help they should pray and offer words of encouragement.


Our Rabbi place a limit on the amount of assistance one can offer in a year as 20% of one's wealth.


The Rabbis Say one needs a base to be able to assist in following years.  If you gives all they have away then they will need assistance themselves.


Some countries like America tax citizens. Some of this money pays welfare, food stamps and for other programs.  That counts as part of the good one does even though it is a tax.


We pray that our Creator will Bless you...


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr, Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi



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Weekly Noachide Limood

Genesis 15.1 - 21


You Shall Go To Your Fathers in Peace

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Our Torah Discussion is in the loving memory of Channah bat Sarah, Michael ben Sarah, Martha bat Sarah, Idah bat Chavah, Will been Chavah, George ben Idah, Ethel Channah bat Channah, Stephen been Martha, Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah. May they rest in peace.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.  May their memory be for good.


Dear Ones, 

Genesis 15 is known as the chapter with the 'Covenant between the Pieces.'  Avram is seventy years old.  Sari is Sixty years old. This was in year 2,018 From Creation. It was there first venture into Eretz Canaan.  They would visit then return to Charan. They would leave Charan for the last time in 2,023 From Creation. That is five years away. 


In Chapter 15 we learn:


The Lord is Avram's shield - מָגֵן 


Avram and Sari were childless


Avram is told he would have children - Look to the Heavens ... so shall your seed be...


The Lord tells Avram that He delivered him from the fires of the Chaldees...


Avram is instructed to sacrifice...


Avram is informed his seed as strangers in a land that is not their's will be afflicted four hundred years... 


The Lord will Judge the nation responsible...


His Descendants would come forth with great wealth.


In the fourth Generation they will return to the land...


The Lord and Avram made a covenant.


Avram was informed,


Genesis 15.16

וְאַתָּה תָּבוֹא אֶל־אֲבֹתֶיךָ בְּשָׁלוֹם תִּקָּבֵר בְּשֵׂיבָה טוֹבָה:


And you shall go to your fathers in peace; 

you shall be buried in a good old age.


Genesis 15 Teaches us about death. 


The Lord God offers comfort to Avram. '[Your Soul] shall go to your fathers in peace.'


Shalom is representative of Success, of Contentment, of Comfort, of Well-Being and of Tranquility. In other Word Avram was going to the World after.  He was going to Heaven... There are many wonderful words for Heaven.


Avram is informed that others he knew in this live would also be there in Heaven, i.e. 'Your Fathers.'


He was '[lovingly] gathered to his people.' Who were his people?  The righteous. The Observant. He was NOT rejected... He was NOT done away with. He was lovingly gathered.  He was brought into his people.


We know that Terach, Avraham's Father, a former Idol maker repented repented from Idol making because Avraham joined his father in heaven. 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 531


'Your Fleshly body will be buried.' 


This will happen when you are old. 


You will be at a 'Good Old Age.' It is not going to be tragic.


We know that the issues between Avraham and Yishmael were resolved because his sons buried him.


Genesis 25.7-9

And these are the days of the years of Abraham's life which he lived, a hundred and seventy five years.

8 Then Abraham expired, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. 


Genesis 25.9

'...his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah...'


Dear Ones what we observe here is that Avraham's soul went to Heaven.  He joined other souls already in Heaven. Heaven is a very good place. 


May our study be for good!


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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Limood Bereisheit 17


A Father Of Many Nations ©


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Dear Ones,  my new book Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah Revealed IN EXODUS is now available.  Please visit bnti.us/books.html to order your copy .


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 וַיְהִי אַבְרָם בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִים שָׁנָה וְתֵשַׁע שָׁנִים

 וַיֵּרָא יְהֹוָה אֶל־אַבְרָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו

 אֲנִי־אֵל שַׁדַּי הִתְהַלֵּךְ לְפָנַי וֶהְיֵה תָמִים:  


וְאֶתְּנָה בְרִיתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ וְאַרְבֶּה אוֹתְךָ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד:  


וַיִּפֹּל אַבְרָם עַל־פָּנָיו וַיְדַבֵּר אִתּוֹ אֱלֹהִים לֵאמֹר:  


אֲנִי הִנֵּה בְרִיתִי אִתָּךְ וְהָיִיתָ לְאַב הֲמוֹן גּוֹיִם:  


וְלֹא־יִקָּרֵא עוֹד אֶת־שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָם וְהָיָה

שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָהָם כִּי אַב־הֲמוֹן גּוֹיִם נְתַתִּיךָ:  


וְהִפְרֵתִי אֹתְךָ בִּמְאֹד מְאֹד וּנְתַתִּיךָ לְגוֹיִם

וּמְלָכִים מִמְּךָ יֵצֵאוּ: [שביעי]  


וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ וּבֵין

זַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ לְדֹרֹתָם לִבְרִית עוֹלָם לִהְיוֹת

 לְךָ לֵאלֹהִים וּלְזַרְעֲךָ אַחֲרֶיךָ


And when Abram was ninety nine years old, [2147 FC] 

the Lord [Spiritually] appeared to Abram, and said to him, 

I am the El Shaddai / Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. 


And I will make my covenant between me and you, and 

will multiply you exceedingly.


And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,


As for me, behold, my covenant is with you, 

and you shall be a father to many nations.


And you shall not be called from Aleph to Tav of your name Abram, 

your name is now Abraham; for a father to many nations I have made you.


And I will make you exceedingly fruitful, 

and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you.


And I will establish everything from Aleph to Tav of 

my covenant between me and you and your seed 

after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant,

to be a God to you, and to your seed after you.


Originally I was going to share about the Gematria Relationship of 642 between לִבְרִית Covenant and בִּרְכָתֶךָ Blessing but felt this subject would be more interesting to Noachides.



הֲמוֹן

Hah Mohn

Many Multitude

ה5 מ40 ו6 ן50 = 101


 צִוָּה

Tzee Vawh

Command

צ90 ו6 ה 5 = 101


Notice the relationship between Hah Mohn, meaning multitude and Tzee Vawh, meaning Command. How does this impact the Noachide. Before reviewing this it is important to note the Covenant made here with Avraham is Brit Milah, Circumcision. Note Verse 11 and Genesis 21.4 And the Torah also makes that the seed is from Avraham.


Genesis 21.4


וַיָּמָל אַבְרָהָם אֶת־יִצְחָק בְּנוֹ בֶּן־שְׁמֹנַת יָמִים כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה אֹתוֹ אֱלֹהִים:


And Avraham circumcised everything from Aleph to Tav of Yitzchok, his son, being eight days old, as God had Commanded him.


It here in this weeks Limood that God Commanded Avraham.


Genesis 17.11 - 12

And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you. And he who is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any stranger, who is not of your seed.


In a book we soon hope to publish entitled, 'Would You Like To Be Jewish' I discuss where we come from. What are our roots...


Now we can ask the question what is meant when the Creator of the Universe said to Avraham, 'you shall be a father to many nations?' 


One could argue that Avraham had ten sons in addition to Yitzchok. They were born in his house. Avraham would have circumcised them.  Eisov was the grandson of Avraham. Deenah was the great  grand daughter of Avraham. What happened to them? They are the seed of Avraham.  Are they included in the the multitude of nations spoken of in Genesis 17.4? I think they are. So in theory there are a number of descendants of Avraham that maybe included in the multitude of nations that are not necessarily Jewish. And it is possible you maybe one of them... You would not be B'nei Yisroel.  You would be B'nai Avraham.  You would also be B'nai Noach. And you would be required to keep some of the 613 Commands of Ha Torah. No one is required to keep all of them. 



We who are in search of who we are... may we be blessed with answers.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Why Does The Creator Visit Avraham


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Zerah Torah Limood

Genesis 18.1 - 33


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This Zerah Torah Parshat is in the Loving Memory of Carrie bat Brachah Rivkah, may she rest in peace, may her memory be for good and may her soul be elevated in the Heavens.


Genesis 18.1 - 5

וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא וְהוּא

יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח־הָאֹהֶל כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם: 


And He, HaShem / The Lord [Spiritually] Appeared to him in the plains of Mamre; as he dwelt in the tent door in the heat of the day.


וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו וַיַּרְא וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים

נִצָּבִים עָלָיו וַיַּרְא וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם 

מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אָרְצָה: 


And he lifted his eyes and he looked, and behold, three [Angles who appeared as Arab] men stood above him; and he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and he bowed himself to the ground... [Mentally HaShem is Present with Avram.]


 וַיֹּאמַר אֲדֹנָי אִם־נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן

בְּעֵינֶיךָ אַל־נָא תַעֲבֹר מֵעַל עַבְדֶּךָ:  

And he [Avram] said, [to HaShem] My Master, if  I find favor in your eyes, pass not away, I beseech you, from your servant. [Then Avram addresses the three Arab men.]

 יֻקַּח־נָא מְעַט־מַיִם וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם

וְהִשָּׁעֲנוּ תַּחַת הָעֵץ: 


Please take a little water and wash your feet, and rest yourselves beneath the tree; 

וְאֶקְחָה פַת־לֶחֶם וְסַעֲדוּ לִבְּכֶם אַחַר

 תַּעֲבֹרוּ כִּי־עַל־כֵּן עֲבַרְתֶּם עַל־עַבְדְּכֶם

 וַיֹּאמְרוּ כֵּן תַּעֲשֶׂה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבַּרְתָּ: 


And take a piece of bread, and sustain your hearts; after that pass over; for you have come to your servant. And they said, Yes! Make like that as you have said. 


Why did the Creator visit Avraham? Our Sages Teach that this was the third day after His Brit Milah / his circumcision. The third day is when it is most painful. 


At night fall Passover would begin. Avraham and Sarah did not celebrate Passover as his descendants would in a few hundred years. Yet they did have a form of celebration.

They removed leaven from their bread.

They removed leaven from their dwellings.

They made matzah.

How do we know this?  Avraham taught me. 


Genesis 19.3


וַיִּפְצַר־בָּם מְאֹד וַיָּסֻרוּ אֵלָיו

וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־בֵּיתוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם

מִשְׁתֶּה וּמַצּוֹת אָפָה וַיֹּאכֵלוּ:   


And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread / [Passover] Matzots, and they ate. 


Why did Lot do this? The local law forbid having guests.  His wife and sons would not participate. He made a kosher feast with Matzah as Avraham had taught him. 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 680


We who have freedoms should enjoy them. Lot did not enjoy the freedoms we have. He risked everything he owned to celebrate Passover.  He was in the gate of the city seeking guests to celebrate Passover  as Avraham had taught him. Avraham was sitting with his tent flap open so he could search for guests to celebrate Passover with.


One must inquire why did Avraham have his Brit Milah three days before Passover. 


Genesis 17.1,2

And when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly...


Genesis 17. 9 -13

And God said to Abraham, You shall keep my covenant therefore, you, and your seed after you in their generations. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; Every male child among you shall be circumcised. And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you.  And he who is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every male child in your generations, he who is born in the house, or bought with money from any stranger, who is not of your seed.  He who is born in your house, and he who is bought with your money, must be circumcised; and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant...


Genesis 17.19-21

And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you; Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he father, and I will make him a great nation.  But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.


Genesis 17.22 - 27

And he left off talking with him, and God went up from Abraham. And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all who were born in his house, and all who were bought with his money, every male among the men of Abraham's house; and circumcised the flesh of their foreskin that very day, as God had said to him. And Abraham was ninety years old and nine, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.  In the same day was Abraham circumcised, and Ishmael his son.  And all the men of his house, born in the house, and bought with money from the stranger, were circumcised with him.


Dear one, Avraham deeply desired to Obey the Commands of our Creator. He did not hesitate. He immediately got after it.


What do we do?


So, even though it was close to Passover Avraham preformed Brit Milah on all the men of his camp over the age of eight days. This is why no servants were available to get the calf and prepare it. Yishmael was the young man, i.e. the lad who prepared the calf.  How do we know this? The lad of Genesis 21.12 and 17,18, 19, 20 is Yishmael.  Yishmael, like his father Avraham obeyed the Commands of the Creator even when great pain was involved.


Dear ones from this lesson we can see why the Creator would come to visit a loyal, dedicated and faithful servant like Avraham.



Blessings, love and peace,

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Dr. Akiva Gamliel


Bereisheit / Genesis

Genesis 19


Bread And Salt


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this study in the loving memory of my parents and Revi's parents. may they rest in peace.  May there memory be for good. May they be elevated in the heavens. May we dedicate our lives to good deeds, giving charity and loving others in there memory...


Salt is placed upon raw meet to draw out the blood. Salt is a preservative. Salt is a seasoning that enhances the flavor of meat bread and other foods. When our Holy Temple stood we had a Meez Bach/ a Holy Altar. We salted our sacrifices  when we placed them on the Holy Altar. Today our Shulcan / Dinning Table is the Holy Altar in the Jewish home. We place salt on the table just like we did on the Holy Altar. We pray at our Table. We share The torah Portion of the Bible at our Table.


Lot prepared unleavened bread, i.e. Matzah. This is bread without leaven. The Torah makes it very clear that Lot prepared Matzah. This is to inform us that Lot was Observant of Avraham's Teachings. 


Genesis 19. 1- 3

וַיָּבֹאוּ שְׁנֵי הַמַּלְאָכִים סְדֹמָה בָּעֶרֶב וְלוֹט יֹשֵׁב בְּשַׁעַר־סְדֹם וַיַּרְא־לוֹט וַיָּקָם לִקְרָאתָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ אַפַּיִם אָרְצָה:  ב וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֶּה נָּא־אֲדֹנַי סוּרוּ נָא אֶל־בֵּית עַבְדְּכֶם וְלִינוּ וְרַחֲצוּ רַגְלֵיכֶם וְהִשְׁכַּמְתֶּם וַהֲלַכְתֶּם לְדַרְכְּכֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ לֹּא כִּי בָרְחוֹב נָלִין:  ג וַיִּפְצַר־בָּם מְאֹד וַיָּסֻרוּ אֵלָיו וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־בֵּיתוֹ וַיַּעַשׂ לָהֶם מִשְׁתֶּה וּמַצּוֹת אָפָה וַיֹּאכֵלוּ: 


And there came two angels to Sodom at evening; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom; and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face to the ground; 2  And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I beseech you, to your servant's house, and remain all night, and wash your feet, and you shall rise up early, and go on your way. And they said, No; we will stay in the street all night. 3  And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in to him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.


Genesis 3.19

 יט בְּזֵעַת אַפֶּיךָ תֹּאכַל לֶחֶם עַד שׁוּבְךָ אֶל־הָאֲדָמָה כִּי מִמֶּנָּה לֻקָּחְתָּ כִּי־עָפָר אַתָּה וְאֶל־עָפָר תָּשׁוּב: 


This was the night of Passover. Lot was honoring this night even though Passover would not happen for many years in the future. In these two Verses we comp rear the Hebrew Words for bread. 



In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust shall you return. 


וּמַצּוֹת

Oov Mah Tzot - Unleavened Bread.


לֶחֶם

Leh Chehm - Leavened Bread


The people of Sedom were really evil. They did not permit hospitality. They were evil to guests. It was against the law of Sedom to invite guests to you home. One could be seriously punished for making a guest feel welcome. 


Rabbi said: There was no city more wicked than Sodom: when a man was evil he was called a Sedomite;... The men of Sedom were wicked and sinners. They committed sexual sins... The Sedomites made an agreement among themselves that whenever a stranger visited them they should force him to sodomy and rob him of his money . Br R 50.7 They were wicked to each other. They were adulterers. They were idol worshippers. The shed blood. Br R 41.7


Last week we discussed how hospitably Avraham was and how lot learned to be hospitable from Avraham. We did not dwell on the danger Lot placed upon himself or his family. We did not speak of Lots wife. She did not participate in the Passover meal .A fierce quarrel broke out over the salt, for he [Lot] said to her [his wife], ' Give these guests a little salt,' to which she replied, 'Do you want to introduce that evil practice here also?' Br R 50.4


She gossiped about Lot. When Lot did not have salt for the Passover meal she went from house to house requesting sale. She announced 'We have Guests' and Lot needs salt for the feast he is preparing them. Br. R 51.5


One of our Sages taught, 'Lot's wife turned into salt because she was stingy towards the needy. Lot himself was a generous person, always inviting guests. His wife resented guests and discouraged them. One trick of hers was not to provide salt, a small thing which makes a big difference to guests. Therefore, she was punished by means of salt, measure for measure.

R. Judah ben Shila said in R. Assi's name in R. Johanan's name: There are six things, the fruit of which man eats in this world [and enjoys], while the principal [blessing] remains for him for [in] the world to come. Such is Hospitality to wayfarers, Sabbath 127 a.

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May we bless our Creator and those around us with bread and salt. 

Blessings, Love and Peace,

Dr. Akiva Gamliel






Zerah Torah Limood

Bereisheit 20.1 - 18


COMPARISON  ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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Our discussion is in the loving memory of Stephen Ben Martha may he rest in peace. May his memory be for good.  May he be elevated in the Heavens.


The comparison is between God the Creator of All and Avimelech King of Gerar.


Genesis 20.1

וַיִּסַּע מִשָּׁם אַבְרָהָם אַרְצָה הַנֶּגֶב וַיֵּשֶׁב בֵּין־קָדֵשׁ וּבֵין שׁוּר וַיָּגָר בִּגְרָר ב

Genesis 20.1

And Abraham journeyed from there toward the Negev, and lived between Kadesh and Shur, and sojourned in Gerar.  


וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וַיִּשְׁלַח אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ גְּרָר וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שָׂרָה:  ג


And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah.



When he did this what did God do?  What did God Say?

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. 


But Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, Lord, will you slay also a righteous nation? 


[Avraham Said] to me, She is my sister? and [and Sarah]  herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.


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.  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.



Matthew 1:18-20

Now the birth of Jesus was according to this account: When as his mother Mary {Jesus mother]  was espoused [Married] to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


The account in Matthew IS A LIE! Why? We have an example in Genesis 20 of how God viewed taking another man's wife.  IT IS WRONG! 


God came to Avimelech and said to him, Behold, you are but a dead man, the woman you have took is a man's wife.... 


God chastised Avimelech for taking Sarah the wife of Avraham. THEREFORE God would not take Mary the wife of Joseph!!


Avimelech said [There was deception involved] [Avraham Said] to me, She is my sister? and [and Sarah]  herself said, He is my brother; in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this... 


On the Other Hand look at what the Christian Writings accused the Creator of the Universe of... the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto you Mary your wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


If this story were true AND IT IS A LIE! The Angel of the Lord would be required to repeat the exact Words spoken to Him by God, Creator of all.  THEREFORE when the Angel is quoted by Matthew as saying 'Mary your wife'. He would ONLY Say what God Told him.  WE KNOW GOD DID NOT TELL HIM THIS! How do we know? Taken another mans wife is FORBIDDEN by God!! God was going to kill Avimelech for taking the wife of Avraham.  Think of it like this. Avimelech did not know Sarah was the wife of Avraham and he was in very BIG TROUBLE! According to the Christian Writings God knew Mary was Joseph's wife. 


In addition AND Avimelech did not touch her. The Christian Writings say the Holy Ghost impregnated Mary. IMPOSSIBLE!


Dear Reader do you see the bigotry of this story? Do you see the lies of this story.


So we have a comparison of what God Does and What God would NEVER DO!



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Devri Torah Limood

Bereisheit 21.1 - 18


The Lord Counted ©

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk & Rebbetzin Revi


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Last Discussion we made a comparison between God the Creator of All and Avimelech King of Gerar. The Christian Writing proudly proclaim:


God took another man's wife...

God impregnated another man's wife...

The wife had NO PRIOR knowledge of her impregnation. Behold she was pregnant.

Mary's life was placed in danger. 

Is it possible Mary may have thought sinful thoughts?

Where is the honesty in this action?  

Does impregnating another man's wife have improbities?

What about free will? Matthew Writings imposes pregnancy on a twelve year girl. Is this free will? 


Joseph's first awareness of Mary being pregnant was when he saw the undeniable.

How do you think Joseph felt?

What do you think Joseph thought?

Is it possible Joseph may have thought sinful thoughts?

What about Joseph's freewill?  Was he given a choice about what happened to Mary? Was it imposed upon him? 



In reading the Writer Luke's commentary, (Luke 3:23) Jesus was supposed to be the son of Joseph..., Jesus was thought to be the son of Joseph... We see this continued intentional deception...


This story is so far out in very weird land... Anyone who studies about God knows, God is a God of order, righteousness, honesty and integrity.


So we come to this week's discussion. For many the birth of Isaac is the most important birth in the Bible. The birth was planned. The promise was announced in advance. Nothing was hidden. 


Genesis 21.1

The Lord remembered everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah.

What does this tell us? What does this Verse say?


The Lord God is NOT happenstance.  Everything about our Creator is well defined and thought out. Nothing is a surprise! Yet the Christian Writing say, Mary was surprised... shocked to learn she was pregnant... Joseph was surprised to see Mary, his wife pregnant, Joseph was shocked... IT IS NECESSARY TO STOP LIVING IN WIERD LAND! 



For years God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. It was to happen at the designated time. Our Sages Teach Sarah became pregnant on the Day of Remembrance. This was the birthday of the world. This was Rosh Hashanah, this was the Day of Judgment.


Genesis 21.1


וַיהוָֹה פָּקַד אֶת־שָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמָר

 וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָֹה לְשָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר:  


The Lord counted, enumerated, ordered, arranged everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah as He had said...  For Sarah conceived, and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.


The Word פָּקַד Paw Kahd means to count, to enumerate, to order, to arrange... What needed arranging? 



Genesis 15.13


וַיֹּאמֶר לְאַבְרָם יָדֹעַ תֵּדַע כִּי־גֵר ׀ יִהְיֶה זַרְעֲךָ בְּאֶרֶץ לֹא לָהֶם וַעֲבָדוּם וְעִנּוּ אֹתָם אַרְבַּע מֵאוֹת שָׁנָה



Genesis 15.13

 And He [the Lord God] Said to Abram, Know for a certainty that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 


At the time the Creator spoke these Words to Abraham he was seventy years old.  Our Creator was on the clock so to speak. This means for the prophecy to happen Avraham and Sarah would have to get together very late in life.  Sarah was 89 and Abraham was 99. They had to be attracted to each other. Their sexual organs had to function. Sarah returned to having her monthly menstruation. Sarah had to have eggs to be impregnated.  Abraham had to have firmness without virago. Abraham had to have quality seed to impregnate Sarah. His sperm count had to be good.  So dear Ones there was a lot of counting going on.


May we be blessed to study each Word in The Torah Portion of the Bible for meaning.


Blessings, Love and peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel & Rebbetzin Revi Belk




Zerah Torah Limood

Genesis 22.1 - 24


The binding of Yitzchok on the altar.


The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Our discussion is in the loving memory of Mr. John Bond and Mr. Patrick Reynolds and Mrs. Martha Bond Reynolds may they rest in peace. May their memory be for good.  May they be elevated in the Heavens.


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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."


Is it necessary to really say any more? This was another test. This was the tenth test. 


Some of us like to think we are being tested as Avraham. NOT SO in most instances. We are not on Avraham's level of righteousness or Observances.  Yet we comfort ourselves with being tested like Abraham...


Dear Reader, would you like to be tested like Abraham?


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


The Word נִסָּה Nee Sawh means to prove to try... The Word חָזַק Chaw Zahq means to be strong.  Our Creator was proving Avraham strength in His Word. Our was observing if Avraham would be obedient.


נִסָּה

Nee Sawh means to prove to try

נ50 ס60 ה5 = 115


 חָזַק

Chaw Zahq means to be strong.

ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115


I write about Avraham's experience in my book entitled, Passover, The Last Six Days.


And it happened after these events, that God Tested Abraham and He Said to him. 'Abraham!'

and Abraham responded, 'Here I am.' 

and He Said to him, 'Take your son. '

and Abraham said I have two sons, 

and God Said, 'your only son',

and Abraham said Yishmael is an only son to Hagar 

and Isaac is an only son to Sarah

and God Said, the one whom you love 

and Abraham said I love Yishmael and I love Yitzchok.

and God Said take  - Yitzchok - and go to the land of Moriah sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you.


Dear Reader Abraham had many scars. He bled some. He was tried and proven. Yet, Abraham remained strong. How many of us can stay when we have been tried we have remained strong? 


How Did Abraham do this? It's not complicated. Abraham loved and worshipped the Creator. Abraham Obeyed the Creator.  Abraham filled the Torah.


Blessings, Love and Peace,


Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi



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Zerah Torah Limmod

Genesis 23.1 - 20


Extreme Grief

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk and Mrs Martha Reynolds may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.


We are going to take a few minutes to review 25 Verses of the Torah portion of the Bible to determine who Sarah is. 


Abraham said that Sarah was his sister.

The Torah said Sarah was Abraham was his wife.


Please review:


Genesis 11.31, 32

 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldeans, to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran, and lived there. 32  And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.


Genesis 12.5

And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan; and to the land of Canaan they came.


Genesis 12.11 - 13

אִמְרִי־נָא אֲחֹתִי אָתְּ לְמַעַן יִיטַב־לִי בַעֲבוּרֵךְ וְחָיְתָה נַפְשִׁי בִּגְלָלֵךְ


And it came to pass, when he came near to enter to Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that you are a pretty woman to look upon; Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see you, that they shall say, This is his wife; and they will kill me, but you they will keep alive. Say, I beg you, that you are my sister; that it may be well with me for your sake; and my soul shall live because of you. 


Genesis 12.19

לָמָה אָמַרְתָּ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וָאֶקַּח אֹתָהּ לִי לְאִשָּׁה וְעַתָּה הִנֵּה אִשְׁתְּךָ קַח וָלֵךְ:


Genesis 12.17 - 20

And the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife?  Why did you say, She is my sister? so I might have taken her for my wife; now therefore behold your wife, take her, and go your way.  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.


Genesis 13.1

And Abram went up from Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, to the Negev. 


Genesis 16.1

Now Sarai Abram's wife bore him no children; and she had a maid servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 


Genesis 17.15

And God said to Abraham, As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be.


Genesis 17.19

 And God said, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. 



Genesis 20.2

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם אֶל־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֲחֹתִי הִוא וַיִּשְׁלַח אֲבִימֶלֶךְ מֶלֶךְ גְּרָר וַיִּקַּח אֶת־שָׂרָה

Genesis 20.2, 3, 7

And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, She is my sister; and Abimelech king of Gerar sent, and took Sarah. 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.... 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.


Genesis 20.12- 18

וְגַם־אָמְנָה אֲחֹתִי בַת־אָבִי הִוא אַךְ לֹא בַת־אִמִּי וַתְּהִי־לִי לְאִשָּׁה:  

And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife.  And it came to pass, when God caused me to wander from my father's house, that I said to her, This is your kindness which you shall show to me; at every place where we shall come, say of me, He is my brother. And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and women servants, and gave them to Abraham, and returned to him Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is before you; live where it pleases you. And to Sarah he said, Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, he is to you a covering of the eyes, to all who are with you, and with all other; thus she was reproved. And Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, and his wife, and his maidservants; and they bore children. For the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah Abraham's wife.


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


Genesis 23.1

And Sarah was a hundred and twenty seven years old; these were the years of the life of Sarah.  And Sarah died in Kiriath-Arba; which is Hebron in the land of Canaan; and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her.


Abraham came to express his deep sorrow for the loss of Sarah. Abraham came to express his deep regret to Sarah. Abraham came to show his extreme grief. Abraham came to communicate his anxiety, his pain and his great sorrow at the loss of Sarah. He grieve! He trembled in distress! He weep! He cried! He moaned / bewailed. The the pain of Sarah's death was so great! 


וְאַחֲרֵי־כֵן קָבַר אַבְרָהָם אֶת־שָׂרָה אִשְׁתּוֹ אֶל־מְעָרַת שְׂדֵה הַמַּכְפֵּלָה עַל־פְּנֵי מַמְרֵא הִוא חֶבְרוֹן בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן:


Genesis 23.19, 20

And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre; the same is Hebron in the land of Canaan. And the field, and the cave that is in it, were made over to Abraham for a possession of a burying place by the Hittites.


What do you draw from these Verses?  NOT ONE PLACE in the Torah portion of the Bible does Abraham say Sarah is his Wife. Now we are not saying that Abraham did not claim Sarah as  his wife. The Torah portion of the Bible does not record Abraham  as having said this.


How did Sarah feel about Abraham not identifying her in the Torah as his wife? 


There are many things we do not know. However we know that Abraham loved Sarah and that he was deeply moved by her death. We know that he chose to be obedient to God even though it resulted in his wife of more than a hundreds years death. 


May our Creator Bless all who mourn in Zion.


May our Creator Bless all who mourn.



Blessings, Love and peace,



Dr. Akiva Gamliel and Rebbetzin Revi Belk

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Zerah Torah Limmod

Genesis 23.1 - 20


The Wrong Marriage Partner


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


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We offer this discussion in the loving memory of Mr and Mrs Belk, Mrs Martha Reynolds and Gary lee ben Ethel Channah, and Donald Wayne ben Ethel Channah  and Stephen ben Martha may they rest in peace and may their memory be for good and may they be elevated in the heavens.  May those who study with us and give charity in their memory be richly blessed.



Genesis 24.1 - 4

And Abraham was old, and well advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Put, I beg you, your hand under my thigh;   And I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live;   But you shall go to my country, and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.


When Abraham sent Eliezer, the head servant of his household to find a  wife for Isaac, he was 40 years old.  How do we know this?


Genesis 17.17

Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him who is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear? 


Genesis 21.5

And Abraham was a hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born to him. 


Genesis 23.1

 And Sarah was a hundred and twenty seven years old; these were the years of the life of Sarah.


Now it requires a little addition and logic to figure this out.


Sarah was a 127 when she died.  How old was Abraham?  Abraham was 137 years old.  How old was Isaac/  Isaac was 37 years old. When Isaac was offered as a sacrifice how old was he?  He was 37 years old.  He was NOT a little child.  How do we know this? 


Genesis 22.19 -

 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.  And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she has also born children to your brother Nahor;   Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram,  And Kesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel.  And Bethuel fathered Rebekah;


And it came to pass after these things...,i.e after Isaac was offered as a sacrifice...



Again Abraham is 137.  Isaac is 37.  Rebekah is just born. Three years later Isaac marries Rebekah when she is only 3 years old.  To Young? Think about the age Jacob's sons watched his flocks.  How old were they? Jacob worked for seven years, Genesis 29.20. He married Leah, Genesis 29.21-27. The following week he married Rachel.  He fathered 11 sons and 1 daughter during his second seven years. His oldest son Reuvein was only six years old when he guarded his family flocks... 


Genesis 24.67

And Isaac brought her to his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.


Genesis 25.20

And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah for his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-Aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.


Genesis 25.24 - 26

And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.  And the first came out red, all over like a hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.   And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob; and Isaac was sixty years old when she bore them.


Isaac was 60 and his wife, Rebekah was 23. 


We return to the point Abraham made with his Chief Servant. Do not take a wife for my son from  the daughters of the Canaanites..


We have several points. 

1. Isaac was 37 years old. Why did he not seek his own wife? Why did he submit to his father and to his father's servant to find him a wife?


Abraham was old and wise and blessed.  


Notice how Abraham approached the subject.  Abraham knew who he absolutely did not want for a daughter - in - law. We learn that it is fine to make a distinction for our children with regards to marriage.  It is OK to discriminate in marriage. The sanctified discriminate. When we fail to discriminate we open ourselves up for problems as I have done. The Wrong Marriage Partner can ruin you, Kaw Naw Nah Haw Raw.


Age should not be an issue in marriage.  Finding the right marriage partner should.


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