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The Sefirah


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


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


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


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


Vayikra 23.10 - 21

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


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


Exodus 16.13-18

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


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


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


Leviticus 11.45

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


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


Psalms 19.8 - 

The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Clean me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.


Week One


חֶסֶד שֶׁבְּחֶסֶד

Kindness restores Kindness

גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Strength restores Kindness

תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Beauty restores Kindness

נֶצַח שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Endurance restores kindness

הוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Humility restores Kindness

יסוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Bonding restores Kindness

מַלְכוּת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Kingdom restores Kindness



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

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


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


Exodus 6.2 - 5

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


Second, The People of Israel kept their Hebrew Names

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

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


Bereisheit 2.4

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

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


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


Bereisheit 46.8

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


Genesis 46.8 - 26

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


Shemot 1.1

וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרָיְמָה אֵת יַעֲקֹב אִישׁ וּבֵיתוֹ בָּאוּב


Exodus 1. 1 - 5

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


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


Tehillim 147.4

מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָאה

Psalms 147.4

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


Jeremiah 40.26

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


The Zohar writes about the symbolic meaning of Exodus 13.13.


Exodus 13.13

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


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


Exodus 32.33

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


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץב


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


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


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

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


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

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


History

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


Genesis 15.13

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


2048 From Creation

This count began with the birth of Yitzchok.


Exodus 12.40

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


2018 From Creation

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



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


2238 From Creation

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


2332 From Creation

Levi lived 94 years in Mitzriam.


2448 From Creation

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


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Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Rosh HaShanah


Pleasant Words


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Dear Friends so many things are happening on Rosh Ha Shanah it may feel overwhelming. We will discuss some of the activities on Rosh HaShanah but first, for a minute let's focus on one area each of us can do. Let's focus on an Observance each of us can understand. Each of us have at one time or another experienced the warmth of a kind act. We know how good kinds feels. What's think back to a time when someone did something for us that made us feel so good. Kindness has many shapes and forms that make others feel so incredibly good. Each of us possesses the power to be kind. Solomon wrote:


Mishlei 16.24

צוּף־דְּבַשׁ אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם מָתוֹק לַנֶּפֶשׁ וּמַרְפֵּא לָעָצֶם: כה


Proverbs 16.24

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words'


Pleasant Words represent Virtue. Virtue is behavior that shows high moral standards of goodness and decency. Being virtuous requires us to respect others. Sweet talk is cheap and sometimes disgusting. Solomon's points to the foundation behind 'Pleasant words'. Solomon is saying the one who is really intelligent has control of her / his words.


We from time to time one may feel irritable and grumpy. Sometimes things don't go the way one needs or wants. One may spew a few naughty words. Perhaps someone does something to us and we retaliate with a curse. Each of us knows what it feels like to be snapped at, criticized, the brunt of another's unhappiness. It is obvious that these are not Pleasant Words.


We know the difference between Pleasant Words and naughty words. Each of us are acquainted with attitudes and words that cause pain. We do not need to be a Rabbi or a Torah Teacher to understand the point Solomon is making.


If one is looking for a husband or wife, do you think they would look for a crude nasty mouth person? Do you think they would look for a person with anger and abuse issues? A crude nasty mouth person is revolting. And abrasive person is toxic.


When one looks for a mate they look for a gentle kind warm hearted loving tender and understanding individual who speaks pleasant words. Even though many of us are not looking for a mate this is the type of individual that we should strive to be. This should be our goal.


We understand that it is the foundation behind what we say. It is very good to see Pleasant Words. Very good to uplift others Kind Words and Deeds. It is excellent to control our emotions, our feelings and our attitudes when communicate to others. We do not want to be a source of pain or hurt.


Just as Solomon said 'Pleasant Words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.' Each of us are attracted to pleasant words that are spoken by individuals whose actions are in agreement with what they're saying. This is like honey to Soul. On Rosh HaShanah we enjoy honey because honey is sweet. We want our New year to be sweet like honey. Now that we realize our words are like a honeycomb we should bring in The New Year with plenty of pleasant Words. Pleasant words gives life and health to each of us. David wrote,


Psalms 19

The Torah of The Lord is Perfect, reviving the soul; The testimony of The Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The Commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of The Lord is clean, enduring for ever; The Judgments of The Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.


David reveals to us that the pleasant words which are sweeter than honey Words of ha Torah.


Proverbs 25.11

Solomon said, A Word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.


At Rosh Ha Shanah we dip slices of the Apple in honey. The apple represents The Garden of Eden our first parents were expelled from because of sin. Each Rosh Hashanah we mystically returned to the place of judgment in The Garden of Eden. The garden of Eden has the scent of an apple orchard. Gan Eden is pleasant. The Apple is bitter sweet. An apple may have a tart taste and a sweet taste. What does this mean? It is not fun to be judged. It is not enjoyable to have to review one's sins. The Apple represents the place where our first parents sent. That is bitter. Being expelled from The Garden of Eden was bitter for first parents. Now we have the opportunity to take the bitterness the tartness of the Apple and change its taste by dipping the Apple in the honey of The Words of The Torah.


In Genesis 3.9 the Lord God Called to Adam. Adam and Eve were in hiding because of their sin. They tried to cover their bodies that were left naked after His Divine Presence left them. The Word וַיִּקְרָא Vay Yee Kih Raw means and He Called. The root Word is יִּקְרָא Yee Kih Raw meaning to call. The Gematria for Yee Kih Raw is 311. The Lord God did not call to Adam and Eve in a harsh manner. The Lord God's Call was with Pleasant Words even though He knew Adam and Eve had already sinned.


יִּקְרָא

Yee Kih Raw / to call

י10 ק100 ר200 א1 = 311


אִישׁ

Eesh / Husband / Man

א1 י10 ש300 = 311


הָאִשָּׁה

Haw Ee Shaw / The Wife

ה5 א1 ש300 ה5 = 311


From These Three Words we learn how the Husband is to call to his wife.The Letter ה Hey is used as an article that elevates the Word used in conjunction with it. Here it is הָאִשָּׁה The Wife. The Word עַל means upon or near. When the man על העשה calls upon his wife he calls with Pleasant Words. The Wife is above him Spiritually. We know this because of the Article, i.e. the Letter ה Hey that proceeds the Word אִשָּׁה Wife. He the husband shows his wife respect through the Pleasant Words he calls to her with. We see this with the combination of the Words על העשה meaning to call to one's wife. The Gematria is 411.


עַל־הָאִשָּׁה

Ahl Haw Eeshaw / [To Call] upon One's Wife

ע70 ל 30 ה5 א1 ש300 ה 5 = 411


It is a little different when the Wife calls upon her husband. The husband is not on the same Spiritual level has his wife. In this instance the husband does not have the Letter Hey proceeding him. Yet even though this is the situation the wife because of her lofty Spiritual position follows The Lord God's example when she calls to her husband. She uses Pleasant Words.


עַל־אִישׁ

Al Eesh / [To Call] upon One's Husband.

ע70 ל30 א1 י10 ש300 = 411


The Gematria of Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words' is


אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם

Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words'

א1 מ40 ר200 י10 נ50 ע70 ם40 = 411


My intent is to show Mystically that a great deal of respect must exist between The Wife and the Husband. One should be careful to speak Pleasant Words. The Words should bring sweetness to the soul. the Words should be rich in Torah. The Words should restore. /The Words should bring health.


Friends, I used the example of a husband and wife. The same principles apply to each of us.

May each of us join at the Yom Tov Table this evening with plenty of pleasant words. May each that read and follow the words written in this discussion be written in the Book of Life for 5776 and all eternity.


Dear Friends, I forgive anyone who has wronged me in any way this past year or thought-out my lifetime.


Dear Friends, I am sorry for any Word or deed that I have done to you or any other being in this past year and throughout my life time. I ask forgiveness.


לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תֵּכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵחָתֵמוּ


Lih Shw Naw Toh Vaw Tay Caw Tay Voo Vih Tay Chaw Tay Moo


'May you be inscribed and sealed in The Book of Life.'



This evening Rosh HaShanah begins. Rosh HaShanah is a very important time. Wives prepare round Challah Loafs, Honey, Apples and other special foods for this evenings. Wives will light Yom Tov Candles before The holiday begins and say a Special Brachah / blessing. Husbands will say evening prayers and then return home to celebrate The Day of Remembrance.


Rosh HaShanah is the birthday of the world. We are entering year 5776 F.C. [From Creation]. Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment. Many each of us have a favorable verdict. May are names continue to be written in The Book of Life.


As we prepare to enter this new year each of us have important responsibilities even though we may not realize what they are at this time. In the past week or so new members have joined my Facebook page. I want each individual to feel welcome. Please join our learning groups and lets learn the Torah together. God willing, each week I write one or more posts. The posts are placed in one or more Learning Groups. New members have expressed a desire to learn with me. I am honored. The way we learn together is by belonging to a Learning Group. Members are welcome to join as many groups as they choose. Our emphasis is upon improving ourselves and being better individuals.


We say that Rosh HaShanah is The Day of Remembrance. The Lord God Remembered Sarah in Genesis 21, Rachel in Genesis 30, and Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. We say Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment. Beth Shammai Taught, 'There will be three groups at the Day of Judgment, one of thoroughly righteous, one of thoroughly wicked, and one of intermediate.' Rosh ha Shanah 16b.23. We know Adam And Eve were judged for their sin on Rosh HaShanah. in the ninth of the day in which Adam and Eve were Created on The Lord God Instructed them in The Seven Laws, i.e. He was Commanded not to eat of the tree, in the Tenth hour, Adam and Eve sinned; in The Eleventh Hour, Adam and Eve tried, and in the twelfth he was expelled from The Garden of Eden and departed. Sanhedrin 38b, Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2015) September.


We have been praying to The Lord God leading up to Rosh Ha Shanah asking that our sins be forgiven. We pray that all the sins of The People of Israel be forgiven. We should pray that all the sins of humanity be forgiven. For many years now during the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah... the Festival of Trumpets... i.e., the Festival of the Blowing of the Shofar... the Birthday of the World... the Day of Judgment... I have walked to a live body of water, one that has fish, a creek... a stream... a river... a lake... a reservoir... to observe the Tashlich Prayer, meaning "You {God} Will Cast all their sins into the depths of the sea," Micah 7:19


Receiving forgiveness for our sins is not a complicated matter. The Lord God Taught that when sin lies at our door we must improve. In other Words, we acknowledge our failing, we make a plan to not repeat our wrong. We reverse course. We turn ourself around. We do in another direction a better direction. We improve. We pay restitution for our error. We do not repeat our error. Yet, some time we repeat our error over and over again. Sometimes we repeat our errors in defiance. Now we are at Rosh Ha Shanah. We are about to be judged. What do we do? We improve!


The Day of Judgment humankind departed The Garden of Eden. The Prophet Isaiah Prophesied that on this same Day, i.e. The Day of Judgment, the outcasts among Israel will be gathered back.


Rosh Ha Shanah is the Day when we blow The Shofar.

Rosh Ha Shanah is the Day at sometime in the future that Messiah will come.


Isaiah 27.13

And it shall come to pass on that Day, that the great shofar shall be blown, and those shall come who were lost in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship The Lord on the Holy Mount at Jerusalem.


This immediately follows the Shmittah Year. Our Rabbis Teach that the end of the Seven Year Cycle The Son of David, i.e. Messiah will come on The First Day of The First Year of the New Seven Year Cycle. Sanhedrin 97a


Dear Friends so many things are happening on Rosh Ha Shanah it may feel overwhelming. For a minute let's focus on one area each of us can do. Let's focus on an Observance each of us can understand.









The remainder of this discussions lists areas The People of Israel are to remember. I would like to discuss two


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We are to Remember The Day we were delivered from Egyptian slavery,

Exodus 13.3


We are to Remember The Sabbath Day to keep it holy, Exodus 20.8.


We are to Remember all The Commandments of The Lord, and to do them, Numbers 15.39.


We are to Remember that [each of us] was a servant in the land of Egypt and that The Lord our God brought us out from there with a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm, Deuteronomy 5.15


We are to Remember ever way in which the Lord our God led us Forty Years in the wilderness, to humble us, and to prove us, to know what was in our heart, whether we would Observe His Commandments, or not, Deuteronomy 8.2


We are to Remember The Lord our God; for He is The One who Gives us power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant, Deuteronomy 8.18


We are to Remember that we provoked the Lord our God to anger in the wilderness; from The Day we departed from the land of Egypt, Deuteronomy 9.7.


We are to Remember what the Lord our God did to Miriam by the way, Deuteronomy 24.9.


We are to Remember what Amalek did to us by the way, Deuteronomy 25.17.


We are to Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you, Deuteronomy 32.1

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