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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 23

Genesis 23.1 - 20

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Chayei Sarah's Death - 23

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Genesis 23

Chayei Sarah's Death

Our Sages Teach that Sarah died when she was informed that Abraham Sacrificed her son Isaac. 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 861

Sarah died from the shock that Abraham offered her only child as a sacrifice. How could he do this? Why would he do such a thing? Sarah died without knowing Isaac was saved by a Messenger of The Lord. Sarah died without seeing Isaac marry. Sarah died thinking her life had been for not. Sarah did not meet Rivkah her daughter-in-law to be. Sarah did not have the privilege of dancing at Isaac's wedding. Sarah did not enjoy her grandchildren. Sarah died at the age of 127 years. She did not live to realize the fulfillment of many of her dreams.  This is how death is. When one dies one cannot complete their plans.

My Mother of blessed memory realized a short time before she died that she would not live to see the fulfillment of all her dreams. We spoke shortly before Momma entered eternity. Mother shared with me somewhat like Jacob shared with his sons before he entered the next life. Momma was busy about setting everything right. She wrote letters. She asked forgiveness of any individual she perhaps may have hurt. At that time, in my eyes she went way overboard to make sure her slate was very clean. My Mother was a very Holy Woman. She would grieve over her mistakes like few I have known. Mother took living righteously very seriously. Mother had an awareness she would soon be entering the next life soon. She checked and rechecked. She reviewed and reviewed her past. She wanted to enter the next life entirely righteous before her Maker. Many have been taken into the next life without notice. Many did not have the opportunity Momma had.

The other day I was speaking with a friend who works at a Senior's Center. She was sharing with me and another individual of folks who left home in the morning and did not return. Their life was snuffed out by...

So we are discussing death, yet our focus is on what Sarah went through to have this miracle baby, Issac that she only enjoyed for 37 years. In Chapter 21 we read of The Lord God Giving Abraham the promise of a son. We read that his names was to be Yitzchok, Isaac. 

We read that The Lord God would continue the Covenant of Abraham with his son Isaac.  So if you are Sarah and you just received really bad news, Isaac was sacrificed. How would you feel? What would run through your mind? Would you be angry with Abraham? Would you also be angry with The Lord God for giving you a precious child then taking him away? What about the covenant Promised by The Lord God? Would you question, what happened to the promise that Isaac would receive the Covenant of Abraham? How would that happen now? Sarah experienced being the captive of two very powerful men, the king of Egypt and the king of Gerar. She was the good wife. She left here family behind. She traveled with Abraham. She gave Hagar to Abraham to have a son by her because up until then she was ninety, she could not have children. Then after Isaac was born and grew Yishmael and Isaac were seen in a field quarreling over who should receive the double portion set aside for the firstborn. Ishmael was the firstborn of Hagar. Isaac was the firstborn of Sarah. Yishmael made sport of Isaac by shooting arrows around him. This is when Sarah informed Abraham that the son of the slave woman would not inherit with her son Isaac. This is when Yishmael and Hagar were sent out by Abraham in Genesis 21.9 - 14. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 220

We see how Sarah kept a close eye on her son. We see that Sarah was protective of her only son, her hope of the future. Then this happens. Abraham takes Isaac to Mount Moriah to offer as a sacrifice. Hearing the lie that Isaac was dead was an awful blow. She was so devastated that she died upon hearing this awful news...

One morning many years ago on September 2nd I came downstairs from my bedroom to the kitchen on the main floor for breakfast. My Mother was crying. I was young and felt so sad to see my Mother crying. I inquired. What is a matter? My mother said today is your brother Donald Wayne's birthday. There was no comforting my Mother. My Brother, Donald Wayne passed away at the age of 2 months and 17 days old on December 2nd 1938. He died from pneumonia. May he rest in peace. Each February 21st my mother would cry for my brother Gary Lee may he rest in peace.  Seeing my Momma cry and hurt so much at such a young age was very difficult. Mother ALWAYS remembered the birth dates and Yahrzites / Death Anniversary of my brothers. It was always painful and tearful. There was no relief for my Mother on these days. My Father, may he rest in peace moved on. He could not understand my Mother mourning the deaths of her two sons. Revi mourns the death of her daughter Carrie, may she rest in peace. And like my Mother, several days leading up to Carrie's death Revi cries. Like my Mother Revi cannot be comforted. Revi has shared with me the connection she felt with her children from conception. A Mother feels the baby move, sleep and kick inside her. A mother feels the birth and feeding pains. Can we imagine what it is like for a mother whose children die before them? Can we imagine the hurt and suffering and tears? 

Our Matriarch Sarah went through so much to get to the  birth of Isaac that the news of his death, even though it was a lie, killed her. Sarah's heart broke in two. She died. Sarah lived a life of Holiness. She was prepared to enter the next life when called home. Yet, that does not mean Sarah wanted to leave Abraham and Isaac. Death is sad. Death does bring sadness. I look at my Mother as a lady like Sarah.

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Gematria And Mysticism In Genesis - Book III

Genesis 20.1 - 18

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A unique way of looking at Biblical dates -

The Hebrew Scriptures have many dates. The People of Israel are required to pay attention to dates. What is the purpose of dates in The Scriptures? Specific dates like Passover, counting the Omer, The Festival of Weeks, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and The Festival of Booths require specific observances for The People of Israel. 

What about other dates? Do we pay attention to other dates? Are other dates important? Every date is important. What I am trying to say is that each of us has a relationship with dates in The Holy  Scriptures. For Example, Those born in the First month have relationship to Passover. Those born in the second month have a relationship to the Holy Census of The People of Israel in the Wilderness. The construction of The Holy Temple began in the second month. 

If one knows the day of their birth they can search The Scriptures to learn what may have happened on that day. For example, I learned that  '...the first day of the second month, in the second year after [The People of Israel] came out from the land of Egypt...' The Lord Instructed Moses to take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel. This day was the 31st day of the year.

The specific day of the year, one is born is their Gematria day number.  For example, אל El means 'to' or 'unto'. The Gematria of El is 31. El is also a Holy Name of God meaning 'Strength' and 'Power.'  The first occurrence of a Word with the Gematria 31 is in Genesis 1.3. ויהי Vah Yih Hee means 'was'.  God Said, 'Let there be Light and there WAS Light.'


Vah Yih Hee

ו6 י10  ה5  י10 = 31

The 31st Word in The Holy Scriptures is האור Ha Ohr, Meaning 'The Light'. The 31st Letter in The Holy Scriptures is The Letter א Aleph. The א Aleph is the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The Hebrew Alphabet.  The 31st Verse in The Holy Scriptures is Genesis 1.31 'And He, God Saw everything from Aleph to Tav that He Had Made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.'

What day were you born?

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 17

Genesis 17.1 - 27

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The Perfection Of Abraham

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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 תָמִים1:1

Genesis 17.1

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.

When we write about the perfection of Avram aren't we really writing about the perfection of each of us? Aren't we really writing about each of us walking before our Creator as The Lord God Instructed Avraham to do? So when I ask questions about what the Lord Meant isn't that directed to a personal level for each of us?

What did The Lord Mean when He Said to Avram, 'Walk before Me and be Perfect' ? Notice the last Word of the Passuk.

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 Genesis 6.9 when Ha Torah States 'Noach was flawless in his generation.' The second occurrence of Taw Meem is here in Genesis 17.2. The Gematria of Taw Meem is 490.

In Genesis 15.2 Avram was 70 years old. Ha Torah Records Avram's statement, It is interesting that the tenth Word is עֲרִירִי Ah Ree Ree, meaning childless. The Gematria of עֲרִירִי Ah Ree Ree meaning: childless is 490.

Bereisheit 15.2

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָם אֲדֹנָי יֱהוִֹה מַה־תִּתֶּן־לִי וְאָנֹכִי הוֹלֵךְ עֲרִירִי וּבֶן־מֶשֶׁק בֵּיתִי הוּא דַּמֶּשֶׂק אֱלִיעֶזֶר1:1

Genesis 15.2

And Abram said, Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

Avram's contention in Genesis 15.2 was 'Lord You have not given me children.' In last chapter's discussion of Genesis 16, Sarai, Avram's wife, had a similar contention. Sarai Said, 'The Lord has restrained me [Sarai] from having children.' Chronologically Genesis 16 is 15 years past Genesis 15.2.

In Genesis 16 Sarai gave Avram her handmaiden, Hagar. Avram was 85 years old at the time. A year later when Avram was 86 years old Yishmael is born. Something changes. Avram is no longer childless. Yet, Sarai remains childless.


Taw Meem / Perfect

ת400 מ40 י10 ם40 = 490


Ah Ree Ree / Childless

ע70 ר200 י10 ר200 י10 = 490

What is the connection between these two Gematrias? What does not having children and walking perfect before The Lord possibly indicate? What did Avram lack? What do we lack? Do children bring about perfection? Do children bring about trials which may lead to perfection? Don't parents look back as grandparents and often say something like wish I knew what I know now today about raising children? I would have done things differently... think of the Words 'Walk before Me'.  This indicates that before a husband and his wife bring children into the world they should work on them selves first so there home will be the place to raise godly children.

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 14

Genesis 14.1 - 24

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Struggling With Our Nature

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Bereisheit 14.1

וַיְהִי בִּימֵי אַמְרָפֶל מֶלֶךְ־שִׁנְעָר אַרְיוֹךְ מֶלֶךְ אֶלָּסָר

כְּדָרְלָעֹמֶר מֶלֶךְ עֵילָם וְתִדְעָל מֶלֶךְ גּוֹיִם1:1

Genesis 14.1

And it happened in the days Ahm Raw Phel, king of Shinar...

Who is אַמְרָפֶל מֶלֶךְ־שִׁנְעָר Ahm Raw Phel, king of Shinar? We address this by reviewing Genesis 10.8 Here Ha Torah states, Cush had a son who was named נִמְרֹד Nimrod. In verse 10 Nimrod is identified as being the king in the land of Shinar. Once we put the pieces of these verses together we learn that Nimrod is Ahm Raw Phel.

Why did he change his name from Nimrod to Ahm Raw Phel?

When we examine the name נִמְרֹד Nimrod we observe the first three letters as נ Nun מ Mem ר Reish. They are the three-letter Shoresh / root of the word Nimrod. Naw Mayr means tiger, leopard. When the ו Vav and the ד Dalet are added to Naw Mayr the meaning changes slightly to one who hunts like a tiger or hunter. נִמְרוֹד with the Letter Vav is often how Nimrod is spelled. Today we do not think of a hunter as one who hunts like a tiger yet that is the etymology of the word from Ha Torah for Nimrod. Reuben Alcalay, The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary {Chemed Books Massada 1990} p 1646

Dear Ones, I have observed that the letter י Yud which has the Gematria of ten often has the effect of added strength. When the Letter Yud is added to a word Strength is added. When the Letter Yud is removed from a word strength is removed from that word. As we study the Hebrew of Ha Torah please keep this in mind. I mention this because when we add the Yud to Naw Mayr, meaning tiger, leopard we get Ni May Ree, meaning tigerish or tiger like. The significance of this is that the Gematria of Vav and Dalet combined equal the Yud. So it appears as though the Vav and Dalet added to Naw Mayr have an impact similar to that of the Yud. The Gematria of Nimrod meaning One who hunts like a tiger and the Gematria of Ni May Ree meaning tigerish or tiger-like are each the Gematria of 300.

Nimrod meaning hunter

נ50 מ40 ר200 ו6 ד4 = 300

Ni May Ree meaning tigerish or tiger like

נ50 מ40 ר200 י10 = 300


י10 צ90 ר200 = 300

Humans have two inclinations a טוב Tov meaning good and an רע rah meaning evil. Our inclinations can be tiger like...

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 13

Genesis 13.1 - 18

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Traveling Towards The Altar

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Chapter - 13 Traveling Towards the Altar 

Bereisheit  / Genesis 13.1 - 18

Bereisheit 13.1

וַיַּעַל אַבְרָם מִמִּצְרַיִם הוּא וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וְכָל־אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ וְלוֹט עִמּוֹ הַנֶּגְבָּה1:1

Genesis 13.1

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

Bereisheit 13.2

וְאַבְרָם כָּבֵד מְאֹד בַּמִּקְנֶה בַּכֶּסֶף וּבַזָּהָב1:1

Genesis 13.2

And Avram was burdened greatly in cattle in silver and in gold.

This almost has the appearance of a fairy tale. Why? Only a very small number of individuals are wealthy like Avram.  The Word  כָּבֵד Caw Bayd means heavily burdened. Caw Bayd means one is weighted down. Avram was so wealthy that his wealth was an encumbrance to him. It was a troublesome difficulty for him. Avram was over loaded with wealth. Avram was wealth was so great it was oppressive. The Torah portion of the Bible Tells us Avram was greatly burdened in cattle, in silver and in gold. It is difficult for me to imagine being that wealthy. Many of us are on the other side of that coin.  We are burdened with paying bills and earning enough to get by. 

Abraham is a most unique individual. What do I mean?  Adam HaReshon / the first man taught very guarded Torah truths to Chanoch who was taken and to his son Methushelach who taught them to Noach who taught them to his son Shem and to Abraham. The span of lives reached from Adam to Methushelach to Noach to Abraham. The principles Abraham learned from Noach and Shem  greatly strengthened his faith in the Lord. Then Abraham's faith drew him close to the Creator of the universe. 

Abraham was not weighed down with guests or being hospitable. Abraham was not weighed down by his daily hours of Torah study. Abraham was not weighed down by his many daily hours of Teaching his Talmidim. 

We, on the other hand are weighed down with earning a living and as a result it becomes a struggle for us to do as our Father Abraham did. It is a challenge for us to be hospitable.  It is a daily strain to learn Torah let alone the thought of teaching others. We are so different in comparison to Father Abraham. Our Father Abraham was full of Emunah / Faith yet we do not read anything about faith being a weight to Abraham.  We do not read of prayer being a weight to Abraham. Is it possible that we are a little backwards in comparison to Abraham? These areas that the Torah portion of the Bible does not out right mention are mystical. They are hidden.  The Name of our Creator is the Gematria 26. The Gematria of the Word כָּבֵד Caw Bayd meaning  heavily burdened is also 26. The Letters of the Word כַּבֵּד Cah Bayd, meaning to honor are also the same spelling. The vowels are different so the pronunciation is different. 


The Lord

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26


Burden down

כ20 ב2 ד4 = 26


Yoh Doo / Tp praise, to offer thanksgiving

י10 ו6 ד4 ו6 = 26

It is also interesting to note that the names of the Matriarchs and the Patriarchs combined have 26 letters.

אברהם = 5 

יצחק = 4

יעקב = 4 

שרה = 3

רבקה = 4

רחל = 3

לאה = 3



We must ask ourself, what burdens me? Mystically Abraham was burdened with The Lord. Abraham did not seek wealth or honor. Abraham sought The Lord.  Yet Abraham did not consider these a burden. And it is not 'JUST' that Abraham  was burdened with the Lord, i.e burdened with being hospitable, daily Torah study, daily prayer daily education of others IT WAS HOW Abraham went about being burdened with the Lord. 

Our Matriarchs and Patriarchs left us a good path to follow right to the Altar of The Lord...

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Genesis 11.1 - 32

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In Chapter 11 our discussion is not just about our Creator confusing the language but about our Creator confusing the meanings of words. We were created with the ability to ORIGINALLY communicate perfectly but God Confused the languages and the words of each language. This is why relationships have communication issues. One's spouse can say one thing and mean one specific thing and it can be received in an entirely different way. This is the result of the languages and words being confused. This is different from how it used to be. Pirkei Avot 5.1 Says, with ten Divine Utterances was the world created... Think of this. With just Ten exact precise utterances God Created everything that exists... This tells us of the strength and exact explicit detailed meticulous meaning one Word used to convey.

When we speak of misunderstandings we are speaking about a failure to understand a communication correctly, i.e. as it was intended. Misunderstandings happen about every second in our world somewhere. They can be pretty challenging to avoid.

Bereisheit 11.1

וַיְהִי כָל־הָאָרֶץ שָׂפָה אֶחָת וּדְבָרִים אֲחָדִים:1

Genesis 11.1

And it was, all the earth was one lip / language {Hebrew} and [all their] words [were] one.

One could also say, And it was, all the earth was all calm... plain... smooth because[all their] words [were] one.

Ha Torah is informing us that the earth was one language. People and animals and other beings did not know what it was like to have diversity of language. So sometime after the flood of Noach but before the birth of Avraham, God confused the language. The descendants of the Tava / Ark observed the transformation of the world from one language to seventy languages. However, it wasn't just the language that was transformed it was the meaning of words. Words were confused! So our discussion in part is about introducing misunderstandings.

The use of the Word שָׂפָה Saw Fawh is interesting for a number of reasons. This is the first usage of Saw Fawh in Ha Torah. We have nothing prior to compare it with. Saw Fawh means calm plain smooth. This is in reference to the language.

The Letters ofשָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh represent power and corruption, mouth and anger, superiority and preciseness. שָׂפָה1 Saw Fawh means [a language that is calm plain smooth and the lip surrounding an opening.


Saw Fawh

ש300 פ80 ה5 =385


Haw Raw Kee Ah

Haw Raw Kee Ah meaning Firmament.

ה5 ר200 ק100 י10 ע70 = 385

Their goal was to build a tower to reach into the heavens. They wanted to break through the הָרָקִיעַ Haw Raw Kee Ah, meaning Firmament that the Lord God Created to divide the waters in the Heavens from the waters in the Earth. They wanted to break through the Firmament God Established. So what did God do? God confused the languages. God changed what was smooth and calm into confusion. God authored the confusion among words we use. In other words our misunderstandings date back to Babel when God confused the language and the words we use. 

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Genesis 10.1 - 28

Speaking Through The Generations

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The world tdol]woT] {Toh Lih Dot} meaning 'generations' speaks to each of us. The Gematria is 840. The Torah Says, These are the generations of Noah, Shem, Ham and Japhet. How does the generations of Ham speak to us? How does the generations of Japhet speak to us? The fact is that The Torah for the most part follows the generations of Shem. It is the generations of Shem that speak to us. The generations of Ham and Japhet are mentioned here through Chapter 11. At the conclusion of Chapter 11 Avram and Sarai are introduced. So it is important to understand that The Torah for the most part covers the descendants of Shem. It is Shem that is the chosen.

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

In Leviticus 1.2 we see a similar approach. The Torah Records, 

laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeDæ {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. Leviticus focuses on offerings. There is Israel, Levites and Priests. The function of the Priests is offerings and blessings etc. It is the Kohan (Priest) that is the chosen.


Toh Lih Dot / Generations

ת400 ו6 ל30 ד4 ת400 = 840 

laer...c]yI ynEB]Ala, rBeD

Dah Bayr - Ehl Bih Nay - Yees Raw Ayl

Speak To The People Of Israel

840 = t400 r200 l30 d4 t400

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

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Genesis 9.1 - 28

Vegetarians Until 1657 From Creation

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Spiritual sensitivity is important in each of our lives. This sensitivity is especially noted in in the food we eat. What foods do we eat? How is the food prepared? During the first 1,657 years humans were vegetarians. Meat, poultry and fish were not part of our diet. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, roots and grasses were our diet. Humans cared for livestock to enjoy cream, milk, cheese and eggs. People lived hundreds of years. People did not age. Yet, when our spirituality should have been at the highest peek it was the worst time on earth. Humankind were extremely sinful. After this generation perished in the Noah Flood The Lord God permitted humans to eat meet, poultry and fish with certain exceptions. There are clean animals, birds, fish and crawling things and there are unclean animals, birds, fish and crawling things.

Genesis 7.2 - 3

Of every clean beast you shall take to you seven pairs, the male and his female; and of beasts that are not clean one pair, the male and his female. 3  Of birds also of the air by seven pairs, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. 

From these Instructions we can see things were about to change. Before the flood humans and animals had a relationship of harmony. After the flood this relationship changed when The Lord God permitted humans to consume meet, poultry and fish life. Now animals could be killed and eaten. The animals that were killed and eaten were clean animals.

Genesis 9.2 - 3

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every bird of the air, upon all that moves upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; to your hand are they delivered. 3  Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. 

Genesis 9.5 - 6

And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man. Whoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God he made man.

Our Creator Instructs Noah and his sons not to consume blood.

Genesis 9.

But flesh with its life, which is its blood, you shall not eat. 

Last week when we discussed the Raven and the Dove I mentioned that martial relations were suspended while on the ark. 

Genesis 7.5 - 7

And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

Genesis 8.16

Go out from the ark, you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives with you.

We know who went into the Ark so why did our Creator Say to Noah  you, and your wife, and your sons, and your sons' wives? Our Sages Teach the purpose is to show marital relations on the Ark were interdicted. After leaving the Ark God Blessed Noach and his sons and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, Genesis 9.1... Cohabitation had been forbidden, Sanhedrin - Notes 108b.

Genesis 9.1

God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. 

Genesis 9.7

And you, be fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply in it. 

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Genesis 8.1 - 22

The Raven and The Dove

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Genesis 8.7

And he sent forth everything from aleph to Tav of 'the raven', which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.

The Sages Teach three sinned by copulating on the Tava the Raven, The Dog and Chum. Noach was dis satisfied with the Rave so he sent hime out. The Raven is an unclean bird. His mate was left to fend for the little ones... The Raven complained, What will happen if I die? Who will care for my mate and the little ones. How will the world be repopulated with us? 

What does all this Gematria concerning the Raven mean?  The Raven who is the most intelligent of  species aside from humans who is black sinned at night by copulating. We see the Raven's sin in the Gematria 277. The Raven 277 gave seed 277 and the Raven sinned 277.

The Raven and Crow are called by the same name.


The Raven

ה5 ע70 ר200 ב2 = 277



ז7 ר200 ע70 = 277


Aw Vih Raw, Meaning Sin

ע70 ב2 ר200 ה5  = 277


Aizer - Helper

ע70 ז7 ר200 = 277

The Dove


Ha Yoh Naw, [Jonah] meaning The Dove 

ה5 י10 ו6 נ50 ה5 = 76


Eh Vehd, meaning Servant

ע70 ב2 ד4 = 76

The dove is humble and willing to serve where as the Raven is a predator. The Dove is the symbol of the Spirit of purity and serving. The Raven is the symbol of darkness and sin. The Raven has the potential to help as when the Ravens fed the great Novie Prophet bread. The point to this discussion is the Raven was put out because of his sin. The Dove was asked to serve because of his willingness to purify. The Dove circled the Tava. The Doves action represent the world was purified from sin. The Dove returned with an Olive twig. This is a symbol of Holiness and purity and peace. The flood was the purification. The Raven was sent out first. This is like the night is black with sin. Later the Dove was sent out. This is like the world is cleansed, i.e. purified and has again retuned to spirituality.

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Genesis Chapter by Chapter

Genesis 2.1 - 25

The First Observance - 2

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The First Observance

Within The Ha Torah there are 613 Mitzvot / Observances. Last week in Chapter 1 we discussed the 613 Mitzvot. Let's review briefly. Notice the Words  אֶת־הָאוֹר Eht Haw Ohr meaning 'My Revealed Light'. The Gematria is 613.


Eht Haw Ohr

א1 ת400   ה5 א1 ו6 ר200 = 613

Of the 613 Mitzvot Some of the Observances are only for The High Priest. Some of the Observances are for Priests, i.e. the sons of Aharon.  Some of the Observances are only for The Levites.  Some of the Observances are only for the farmers and the property owners.  Some of the Observances are only for men. Some of the Observances are only for women. Some of the Observances are only for hunters.  Some of the Observances are only for animals, birds, fish, trees and plants.  Some of the Observances are only for giving Offerings.  Some of the Observances are only for the Holy Temple. Some of the Observances are only for The Land Of Israel.  Some of the Observances are for those who are not Jewish. Regardless, these 613 Observances were given to guide and direct our lives.

Originally the Creator Gave just one Observance to Adam and Eve. Do you know which Observance it was?  Do not steal! Our Creator Said to Adam and Eve, 

Genesis 2.16

And the Lord God Commanded Ha Adam / Eve, Saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.

Our Creator did not lay a heavy burden on Adam or Eve. Our Creator Gave them one observance. The observance was a prohibition, i.e. The Creator Said, Do not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The tree of knowledge of good and evil belongs to me. It does not belong to you. It is forbidden to you.  This is how we train our children. We give them one important responsibility. Then we watch to see how they perform.  Our hope is that they will perform well and that we will be able to give them additional responsibilities as they mature.

Human kind had not sinned prior to stealing from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Yet, even though Adam and Chavah sinned all was not lost. Chapter 1 concludes with a very important comment from the Lord God, after creation was concluded and after Adam and Eve sinned. The Creator Said, Behold it was very good.

Genesis 1.31

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

How could the Creator say this?  Our Sages Teach that seven things were created before the world. They are: The Torah, Repentance, the Garden of Eden, Gehenna, the Throne of Glory, the Temple, and the name of the Messiah, Nedarim 39b.  This means that both Adam and Chavah did 

teshuvah, i.e. they acknowledged their sin, they turned away from their sin, they made a plan to not repeat their sin, they reversed their sinful action and they offered restitution. This is how the Lord God could say, 'Behold, it was very good.' God Willing in the following Chapter we will discuss How One Receives Forgiveness for Sin.

In Chapter 2 we learn that embedded in Genesis 2.16 are Seven Observances The Creator Gave for every Human to follow.  One may ponder, where are these observances? I can understand questions like these. Are Sages Teach that the Lord God Created this world with Ten Utterances. Can you imagine, everything being created in our entire universe  from just Ten utterances?  It is possible to ask the same question when reading Genesis Chapter 2.16. We are very big on keywords. These are words that are very very important. In Genesis Chapter 2.16 there is a keyword which is like the door to a very large research.

Bereisheit 2.16

וַיְצַו יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים עַל־הָאָדָם לֵאמֹר מִכֹּל עֵץ־הַגָּן אָכֹל תֹּאכֵל:

Genesis 2.16

And He, The Lord God Commanded, to Haw Adam meaning both Adam and Chavah...

This is the first time in the Bible that we read the word Vah Yih Tzvah, וַיְצַו meaning 'To Command'. It is at this place and location that our Creator Games Seven Laws to all humanity.  We know this because of the Word צַו.  Humankind violated the Seven Laws often. So when we as a people cannot Observe 1 Command as in Adam and Chavah or Seven Commands as in the descendants of Cain and the people of the flood age how could our Creator Share all 613 Observances? Then came Noach a perfect man in his generation, his son Shem and his great great grandson Eiver.  Shem and his great Grandson formed the first Torah Academy, i.e. The School of Shem and Eiver. They taught Ha Torah to Avraham / Abraham, Yitzchok / Isaac and Yaakov / Jacob. Their descendants would receive Ha Torah in 2,448 on Mount Sinai. How do we know this? The Gematria of וַיְצַו  is 112. This is the same Gematria number of בָּעָם Baw Awm meaning The People of Israel. וַיְצַו Vah Yih Tzvah is the first usage of the Word Command.  בָּעָם Baw Awm is the first usage. 


Vah Yih Tzvah / And the Command

ו6 י10 צ90 ו6 = 112


Baw Awm / 

Through the People / by The People / With The People

ב2 ע70 ם40 = 112


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