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We are going to discuss several Observances specific to The Land of Israel. These Observances are linked ONLY to the Land of Israel. ONLY those Jews living in The Land Of Israel can perform these Observances. Those of us outside the Land of Israel should not ignore these Observances. We should be aware of them. We should be supportive of them even though we who are outside The Land of Israel cannot perform them.


On the Day Moses taught the Observance known as 'The Great Trumah' The People of Israel were living outside of The Land of Israel. Before anyone could perform this Observance The Land of Israel had to be conquered and divided. Then Jewish farmers had to settle into The Land and plant grain produces, grape vineyards and olive trees. Vineyards and olive trees remained because The Army of Israel was prohibited from cutting down fruit trees in Deuteronomy 20.19.


Dear Ones, our discussion in this chapter will be a little like a hexagon. We will discuss different views to the same subject in Time. The heart of our discussion is Deuteronomy 18.3 - 5. We will branch off from our discussion several times then return.


Deuteronomy 18.1 - 5

The Priests the Levites, and all The Tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat The Offerings of The Lord made by fire, and His inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brothers; The Lord is their inheritance, as He has said to them. And this shall be The Priest's due from The People, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is ox or sheep; and they shall give to The priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the stomach. Also The firstfruit of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, shall you give to him. For The Lord your God has chosen him out of all your tribes, to stand to minister in The Name of The Lord, him and his sons FOREVER.


Two Mitzvot

There are two Mitzvot / Observances in Deuteronomy 18.1 - 2. Both are Prohibitive Observances. The First Observance is in regards to the Kohanim / Priests. 'The Priests the Levites, and all The Tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel'. This means The Tribe of Levi will not inherit a section of The Land of Eretz Yisroel except for the Forty-Eight Cities. [Leviticus 25.34 and Numbers 35.2;7]. The second Observance is The Tribe of Levi could not share in the booty the armies of Israel captured during their conquest.


We are going to branch off for several pages to discuss Three Observances associated with the cities and land given to The Levites as an inherit.


Numbers 35.2

And The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, Saying; 'Command The People of Israel, that they give to The Levites of the inheritance of their possession cities to live in; and you shall also give to the Levites an open ground around the cities. And they shall have the cities to live in; and their open ground shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts. And the open ground around the cities, that you shall give to The Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits around. And you shall measure from outside the city on the east side Two Thousand cubits, and on the south side Two Thousand cubits, and on the west side Two Thousand cubits, and on the north side Two thousand cubits, and the city shall be in the midst. This shall be to them the open ground of the cities. And the cities which you shall give to the Levites shall be six cities of refuge, which you shall appoint for the man slayer that he may flee there; and to them you shall add Forty Two cities. So all the cities which you shall give to The Levites shall be Forty Eight cities; both them and their open grounds.'


The Levites and the Priests are separated unto The Lord. The Tribe of Levi is a chosen Tribe from among the other Tribes of Israel. They are separated for and dedicated to service in and around the Holy Temple. They are to spend their time studying and Teaching Ha Torah. They are also The Learning Centers distributed throughout The Land of Israel where by their brethren may come to study. Six of the cites are cites of refuge for one who has murdered by accident to flee for protection. This is a Pro-formative Mitzvah.


Leviticus 25.34

But the field of the pasture lands of their cities may not be sold; for it is their everlasting possession.


Mitzvot

There is a great deal more to this Observance than what we will discuss. I am sharing these two Observances to help us better realize the permanency of The last Word in Deuteronomy 18.5, 'FOREVER'. This is very complicated in this sense. The People of Israel are given 613 Observances forever. Deuteronomy 18.1 -5 Informs us that The People of Israel are to give to The Levites 'A due' forever.


Mitzvot

We are also informed in Numbers 35.2 - 7 that The People of Israel are to give Forty-Eight Cities to The Levites along with the land surrounding each city going out Two-Thousand Cubits which is about eighteen to Twenty-One inches in length. This means between 3,000 to 3,500 feet. Now we must inquire which are the Forty-Eight cities? Are the Forty-Eight cities still in existence today?


Mitzvot

In Leviticus 25.34 Ha Torah informs us of another Observance. The Land surrounding the Forty-Eight Cities cannot be altered or sold.


Here is how this becomes very complicated! The Forty Eight cities must be returned to The Levites. The land around these cities must be returned to The Levities. Who owns the homes in theses cities? How expensive are these homes? What has happened to the land around these cities? Has the land been sold? Has the land been altered? For us humans this is a big mess. Yet, these are three Mitzvot of Ha Torah with 'FOREVER' stamped on them By The Lord God! Why am I sharing this? This seems completely devoid of the beginning discussion. How are these Three Observances related to our discussion?


We now return to where we began our discussion. Moses was Teaching The People of Israel in the year 2488 FC. when they were just a short time from beginning the conquest of Eretz Yisroel about Observances they would fulfill years down the road.


Dear Ones, this is where we are at today. We are 3,287 years from when Moses spoke those Words. The Jewish people do not occupy all of the Land Promised to them by The Lord God. Millions of Jews live outside of Eretz Yisroel. The Levites do not occupy the Forty-Eight Cities as intended in Scripture. The land outside the Forty-Eight cities has been altered. I am saying the Mitzvot spoken of in the above Scriptures will need to be reestablished again as it was in the Days of Joshua! There will be a serious war to reclaim our land. Jews from every corner of the world will come to help liberate The Land of Israel Again. A number of countries will be wiped off the face of the earth. Moshiach / Messiah will lead forces to defeat all our enemies. This time they will be defeated once and for all! I am saying The People will fight these wars again as in the days of Joshua. So it is like each of us are standing before the great Prophet Moses hearing His Words again 3,287 Years later. We return to the subject at hand.


2488 FC

Once the Land of Israel was conquered, Jewish farmers settled the land and planted crops of grain, i.e. wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt. Then they could harvest their First Fruit. When a Jewish farmer owned land with grape vines or olive trees they could observe the Mitzvah of offering First Fruits without planting them first..


Mitzvot

Another Observance for the Land of Israel is The Shmittah Year. Every Seventh Year The Land of Israel is to be given a Time of rest. This Year, 5775 FC is a Shmittah Year. The Shmittah Year began on Rosh HaShanah, Sept 25, 2014 and continues until September 13, 2015. In conjunction with the Shmittah Year is The Release of debt between The People of Israel. Deuteronomy 15.1 - 3.


Deuteronomy 15.1 - 3

At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release. And this is the manner of the release; Every creditor who lends anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord's release. Of a foreigner you may exact it again; but that which is yours with your brother your hand shall release;


The above Scriptures contain Three Observances. They are:


Mitzvot

An Individual of B'nei Yisroel that is owed money from another individual of B'nei Yisroel may not demand payment of money owed once the Shmittah has passed.


Mitzvot

The Lord God Commands that the debt be 100% forgiven. Those of B'nei Yisroel who are owed money from B'nai Yisroel must write a waiver saying I waive all claims to debts owed me from among The People of Israel.


Mitzvot

There is a separation between the People of Israel and The People of Noach. Debts owed to anyone among B'nei Yisroel may demand payment from among The People of B'nai Noach when the debts are due regardless of The Shmittah year. This is called 'The Release.'


The Mitzvah is ONLY for The People of Israel. Why mention The Release? The Release happens in conjunction with the Seventh Year. At nightfall on September 13, 2015 all debt among The People of Israel will be cancelled.


When the last day of Elul 5775 FC concludes The Shmittah Year ends. . This is also the last Day of the Seventh Year. All debt between B'nei Yisroel is cancelled with the exception of the debt assigned to the Bet Din, i.e. Jewish Court.


During The Shmittah Year The Land of Israel sits. There is no plowing. There is no sowing of seed. There is no harvesting for profit.


Leviticus 25.20 - 22

And if you shall say, What shall we eat the seventh year? behold, we shall not sow, nor gather in our produce; Then I Will Command My Blessing upon you in the sixth year, and it shall bring forth fruit for three years. And you shall sow the eighth year, and eat still of old fruit until the ninth year; until its fruits come in you shall eat of the old store.


Ha Torah is not saying that The People living on The Land in Israel must go three years complete years without sowing or harvesting. Here is what Ha Torah is Saying. Our present Shmittah year began 01 Tishrei 5775 F.C. However in reality it began much earlier. Farmers would only plant crops that they could harvest before The Shmittah began.


5774 FC

Part of this year is counted for several reasons.

Farmers could only harvest crops up to when The Shmittah year began.

Farmers would not be permitted to plant fall crops because The Shmittah Year began.

All work on The Land stopped when The Shmittah year began.


5775 FC

No planting sowing, fertilizing or harvesting was done during The Shmittah year. The Land rested.


5776 FC

The Last Day of Elul 5775 FC concludes the Shmittah Year. However with all the Holy Observances that begin with the new Year planting among The People of Israel would not begin until the spring for many Jewish Farmers. Why?

2 Mitzvot

Deuteronomy 16.16

Three times in a year shall all your males appear before The Lord your God in The Place which he shall choose [ Jerusalem ] ; in The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and in The Feast of Weeks, and in The Feast of Booths; and they shall not appear before The Lord empty; Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of The Lord your God which He Has Given you.


The second Mitzvot is appearing with an offering. We are to give as The Lord Has Blessed us. If the blessing is tiny then a small gift is appropriate. If the blessing is great then a large gift is appropriate.


3,287 years ago this meant traveling by foot, donkey or Camel to Jerusalem. In some instances this required traveling several weeks to arrive in time to build a booth to celebrate the Festival of Booths.


As a way of example if a descendant of Simeon living is southern Israel were to travel to Jerusalem this would be a journey of about 140 miles {225 KM} as the eagle flies. This does not include traveling by foot through dessert or up over mountains etc. which was the common method of travel then. The length of a days travel was about 15 miles. Merrill C. Tenney, General Editor, The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible Volume Five (Grand Rapids MI Zondervan Publishing House 3rd printing 1978) p 799. The average traveler would take about 9 days each way.

However, when one includes the Observance of not traveling on Shabbat it is likely that the Nine Day journey becomes a Twelve Day journey depending on Shabbat and other High Holy Days.


As a way of example if a descendant of Dan living in northern Israel were to travel to Jerusalem the journey would be about 100 miles {150 KM}. This would require about Six Days each way. When one includes the Observance of not traveling on Shabbat or High Holy Days the Six Day journey becomes perhaps a Nine Day journey.


Think of it this way. Before the Festival of Booths is Yom Kippor The Day of Atonement. Yom Kipper concludes just Four Days before The Festival of Booths. Neither those traveling from Southern or Northern Israel could make the trip if they left after the conclusion of Yom Kippur. All travelers would need to leave the day after Rosh HaShanah to have time to travel and set up their Booth for the Festival of Booths. Then after the Festival they would make the long journey home. When they arrived home sowing time will have passed.


So we learn from these examples we learn Holy Days associated with Time even though Ha Torah Does not spell them out with each mention. So when we read Deuteronomy 18.1 - 5 where It is Written רֵאשִׁית דְּגָנְךָ 'Your First Grain' we should realize this is in reference to the First Day of The Festival of Weeks, Shavuot. We have connected the Time, with the Festival of Shavuot The Holy Scriptures referenced.


BaMidbar 28.26

Also on the Day of The Firstfruit when you bring a new Grain Tribute to The Lord on your Festival of Weeks it shall be a Holy Gathering to you. Cease all labors work.


The point is after all battles were fought and the wars won The People of Israel were entirely in position of The Land of Israel. Then The Land was divided. Then Jewish farmers planted wheat in the spring. Some of the new Wheat [Grains] were first brought to The Lord on Shavuot / The Festival of Weeks / Pentecost. What day was this?


Dear Reader, Moses died on 7 Adar 2488 FC. He was mourned for Thirty Days until 7 Nissan 2488. Joshua Instructed the People they would be crossing the Jordan in three Days on 10 Nissan. The People of Israel crossed the Jordan River then journeyed to the eastern edge of Jericho and camped at Gigal.


10 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 4.19

And the people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho.


Joshua performs Brit Milah / circumcision on all the males. On 14 Nissan at eve the People of Israel celebrate their first Passover in The Holy Land.


14 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 5.9 - 11

And the Lord Said to Joshua, 'This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you.' Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day. And The people of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month in the evening in the plains of Jericho. And they ate of the old grain of the land on the next day after the Passover, unleavened cakes, and parched grain in the same day.



Joshua 14.7

Then the sons of Judah came to Joshua in Gilgal; and Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenazite said to him, 'You know the thing that The Lord Said to Moses the man of God concerning me and you in Kadesh-Barnea. I was Forty years old when Moses the servant of The Lord sent me from Kadesh-Barnea to spy out The land; [ 29 Sivan 2449 FC ] and I brought him back word as it was in my heart. And my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; but I wholly followed the Lord my God. And Moses swore on that day, [9 Av 2449 FC] saying, Surely the land on which your feet have trodden shall be your inheritance, and your children's forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God. And now, behold, the Lord Has Kept me alive, as He Said, these forty five years, since The Lord spoke this word to Moses, while the people of Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, behold, I am this day eighty five years old [29 Sivan 2495 FC].


Our Sages Teach that The Conquest for The Land of Israel took Seven Years. It is based on this Text. Caleb was Forty Years of age when the spies were sent. This was the second year in the Wilderness. Add Thirty- Eight Years to Forty Years. When B'nei Yisroel began the conquest for The Land of Israel Caleb was 78 Years old. Now we move ahead to Joshua 14.6 - 10. Caleb says he is 85 Years old. This informs us that the conquest took Seven Years. 78 from 85 = 7.


The Seventh Year was the Shmittah Year [2495 FC]. This was the first Seven Years in Jubilee count of Forty-Nine Years. Ninety Days later The Shmittah Year would end with the beginning of the New Year 01Tishri 2496 FC.


Farmers were not plowing their fields yet. The task of dividing the Land among The Twelve Tribes begins. This is why Caleb came to Joshua. He wanted to insure that The Tribe of Judah received the city of Hebron. How long did the division of The Land of Israel take? Our Sages teach Seven years? How do we know this. Remember back to Chapter Two where we discussed the meaning of 'Many Days' regarding the Nineteen Years the People of Israel lived in Kadesh. In Joshua 22.23 we have another use of many Days.


Joshua 22.1 - 4

Then Joshua called the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh, And said to them, You have kept all that Moses the servant of the Lord commanded you, and have obeyed my voice in all that I commanded you; You have not left your brothers these many days to this day, [01 Nissan 2502 FC] but have kept the charge of the commandment of the Lord your God. And now the Lord your God has given rest to your brothers, as he promised them; therefore now return, and go to your tents, and to the land of your possession, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan.


These Many Days means the division of the land required Seven Years. So the first Seven Years the army of Israel conquered The Holy Land. Then the second Seven Years The Holy Land was divided. The division of the Holy Land concluded about ninety days from the completion of the second Shmittah year. The second Seven Year period ended with the Shmittah Year [2502 FC]. This was the second Seven Years in the Jubilee count of Forty-Nine Years. 01 Tishri 2503 FC began which is September in the Gregorian Calendar. Now farmers were free to prepare their land for sowing wheat and other produce. However remember 01Tishri was Rosh Ha Shanah which is followed by Yom Kippur which is followed by The Festival of Booths so the wheat crop would not be sown until the spring of 2503 FC. The first festival in which new grain was offered by farmers from all twelve Tribes in Israel was Shavuot 2503 FC. This was a little over fourteen years from when Moses spoke the Words רֵאשִׁית דְּגָנְךָ 'Your First Grain'.


דְּגָנְךָ

Dih Gaw Nih Kah / Your Grain

ד4 ג3 נ50 ך20 = 77


It is like the first Seven represents the Seven Years of conquest for the Holy Land of Israel and the second Seven is for the division of The Holy Land Of Israel. Seven plus Seven.


However, the Seventy-Seven is also significant because it points to the Altar The Tribes of Ruben and Gad along with half The Tribe of Manasseh constructed after returning to their tents in Joshua 22. The armies from The Ten Tribes of Israel gathered to war against them because of that altar. However The Ten Tribes learned the altar was not intend for sacrifice. It was intended to be a testimony to their children of the Victories The Lord Brought. The Gematria for sacrifice and for 'your altar' are both 77.


מִזְבַּחֲךָ

Meez Bah Chah Kaw / Your Altar

מ40 ז7 ב2 ח8 20 = 77


זִבְחֲכֶם

Zee Bih Chah Chawm / Sacrifice


רֵאשִׁית

Rah Sheet / First

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


Some have inquired about the significance of 911 occurring during a Shirttail year. 9-11-2001 was during the Shirttail year 5761 FC. The Shmittah ended on September 18, 2001. The Shirttail is only in relation to The Land of Israel. 2008 was a Shirttail year and this year, 2015 is a Shirttail year.


I cannot predict what enemies plan or do. All that I can say is that the Shirttail is in relationship ONLY to The Land of Israel. The Gematria of 911 is found and established in the very first Word of Ha Torah. Genesis 1.1 - 'In the beginning'. I see a Mystical relationship between The Firstfruits the People of Israel offered the first time 'In the beginning.'


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / Firstfruit

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / first beginning

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


We know that The People of Israel had to possess The Holy Land before they could offer firstfruits. The Gematria for הוֹרַשְׁתָּ meaning to possess is 911.


הוֹרַשְׁתָּ

Hoh Rah Shi Taw / To Possess

ה5 ו6 ר200 ש300 ת400 = 911


Dear Ones We have Journeyed through a number of Mitzvot of HaTorah. We have discussed, in brief, Eleven Mitzvot of Ha Torah. We have mystically linked Time with Gematria.


1. What is prohibited during The Shmittah Year?


2. Explain The Scriptures usage of 'Three Years' in reference to The Shmittah Year.


3. What Year did The People of Israel Bring their first firstfruits of new grain?


4. What is the importance of the Word FOREVER in Deuteronomy 18.1 - 5


5. There are many Observances associated with the Levites. What do you think it means when The Lord God Says, 'O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep All My Commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! ' Deuteronomy 5.26?


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Genesis Twenty-four and A Half


Keturah's Faithfulness


Genesis 25 begins with Abraham taking back his former wife Hagar whose name was changed to Keturah meaning beautiful.


Genesis 25.1

Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. 


We need to back up a little...


How did it feel to Hagar and to Yishmael to learn that the daughter of an Egyptian princess', i.e. Hagar and her son would not inherit Avraham's great wealth and power? Ha Torah does not inform us of what Hagar thought when she learned that Sarah would have a son.


Genesis 17.21

But My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.


That day Abraham and Sarah connected. Sarah became pregnant. Sarah carried Isaac for Seven months. She gave birth on Passover. So Genesis 21.1 informs us of Sarah's impregnation. Verse 2 informs us of Isaac's birth. Verse 2 informs us that The Lord God Kept His Promise that Abraham and Sarah would have children as written in Genesis 15.1 - 5 and 18.10 - 14.


Genesis 21.8 - 14

And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the same day that Isaac was weaned. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had born to Abraham, mocking. And she said to Abraham, Cast out this slave and her son; for the son of this slave shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham's sight because of his son. And God said to Abraham, Let it not be grievous in your sight because of the lad, and because of your slave; in all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac shall your seed be called. And also of the son of the slave will I make a nation because he is your seed. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away; and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba.


Hagar struggled with her relationship with Sarah. It was challenging to be taken from the place in Egypt and to be given to a wealthy nomad's wife to be her slave. After Ten years, Sarah did not give en Avraham children so according to the system of the land she gave her husband a new wife, Hagar. Hagar conceives soon after the marriage. Sarah realizes that it is her that cannot conceive. Sarah is hurt and angry.  Hagar taunts her pregnancy in front of Sarah. Their Master Servant relationship detritus. Hagar runs away then returns after divine revelation. The stress between them comes to a halt when Dismal throws javelins around Yitzchok when he is playing. Sarah demands that Hagar and Dismal be removed. Sarah said to Avraham, 'Cast out this slave and her son; for the son of this slave shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac..'


When Avraham sent Hagar out with nothing more than a loaf of bread and a pouch of water. Avraham could have provided much more for Hagar and Yishmael, but he choose not too. He could have given them camels and servants.  He could have provided them with a lovely place to live.  Why?


Even though for awhile Hagar lost her way she quickly found it.  As a wife to Avraham, she remained isolated from other men. She learned Ha Torah. She Observed the Mitzvot of Ha Torah. She sent Yishmael back to Avraham where he learned Ha Torah and became an honorable attendant in Avraham's home. Avraham instructed Yishmael along side Eliezer.  In Genesis 22.3 - 5 we Observe Avraham instructing them with these Words, 'Stay here with the ass, and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come back to you.'


How do we know that Avraham instructed both Yitzchok and Yishmael?


Genesis 18.19

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


Ha Torah does not say, child. Ha Torah Says children. This means more than one child. Eliezer was part of Avraham's household that received instruction in Ha Torah.


Abraham kept the way of the Lord. 

This means Abraham guarded the Observances in The Holy Scriptures. There are 613 Observances in The Holy Scriptures. Not all apply to each of us. Abraham kept those that applied to him. He carefully followed what The Lord God Commanded. He was meticulous with the Observances that applied to him.. Abraham was just. He was honest. He judged situations fairly. He did not deviate. He stayed on the path of The Lord.  He did not wander or stray. He taught his children and those living with him to follow the Observances that applied to them. Following the Observances worked for Abraham. Following the Observances will also work for us. First we must learn what the Observances are and then which apply to us individually. 



This was about 37 years from when Hagar and Dismal were put out.


We pick up the story with Genesis 22.


Genesis 22

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 that I will designate to you.'


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


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


Genesis 22.3 - 5

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and broke the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place far away. And Abraham said to his young men, Stay here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come back to you. 


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.


Now Avraham 'Again' takes a wife. As we shall learn in Genesis 25 taking a wife again was in reference to Keturah. Hagar became a seriously observant woman with an excellent reputation. Hagar's Torah Observance was so great the community called her ketubah meaning one who is beautiful. This was a complement toKeturah from among the community regarding her Torah Observance. 


We can use this example of the struggle between Sarah and Hagar and Yishmael and Yitzchok as a guide to family members who have been mean and who have rejected us. Notice how Hagar became beautiful. Notice how Yishmael the older brother honored Yitzchok. Notice how Yishmael set aside his honor for Yitzchok. Both Keturah and Dismal were humble and contrite. Both were invited back to be apart of Avraham's live and live in him home.  When individuals reverse improper actions such as Hagar and Yishmael did they should be invited back.  They should be welcomed with open arms. 


On the other hand when relatives continue in the same deceitful pattern and using the same mean tactics as in the past they cannot be welcomed back. They remain bogged down with the same issues as in the past.  Nothing has changed except time.

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Genesis 22.1 - 34

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The Tenth Trial Of Abraham - 22


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The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


Life is filled with challenges. Everybody has them. No one is exempt from challenges, or trials, or road blocks, or difficulties, or tests. Some tests are very great. Some challenges are so great it may feel like we won't survive the trial. This past year my wife, Revi [Rivkah / Rebekah ] has faced a life challenging disease, Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw. We have traveled to over 100 medical appointments. Revi has had several surgeries. There have been some very dark days. We have experienced times of depression. We have shed many tears. We have worried. We have tried to trust in The Lord God. Our faith has been challenged. We have cried out to The Lord. We have expressed our anger to The Lord. We have been upset many times. Dear Reader, when the one we love is faced with a life changing illness it is very difficult.


Revi loves to feed the birds. We have a special place on our deck set aside for bird pleasures. I say pleasures because during this very difficult time Revi would receive such pleasure from feeding the birds. Even though this tiny little woman was sick and in enormous pain she would find a way to feed the birds. On days after her surgeries when she was in the hospital we made arrangements for the birds to be cared for. When Revi was not permitted to get out of bed she would softly say to me 'Honey please don't forget to feed the birds.' I would stand in the background and watch Revi. She would stand by the flaishik sink [meat sink] and gaze out the window. She would call me to announce when a yellow finch would come for seeds. Every new bird would bring a glow on her face. Revi would talk about the Crows. Oh how she enjoyed it when they came in for a drink. They would grab a piece of bread and often dip it in the water then fly off. They would call to her, Revi! Revi! How are you?


With our Creator's help Revi improved a little here and a little there. We thank God for His many Blessings. And we look forward to better days, God Willing... Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw.

A few years back I was injured at my place of employment. The injuries were serious but we were told that they were not life threatening. Surgery was required. Hundreds of medical appointments were necessary. I received physical therapy 5 days a week. There was physical therapy for my wrist, hand and fingers at one location then there was physical therapy for my lower back and knee at another location. Then there was pool therapy at another location. There were medical appointments with wrist, hand and finger specialists. There were appointments with back and spine specialists. There were appointments with knee specialists. With this type of injury sleeping beyond several hours was very difficult so there were appointments with sleep specialists etc. There were dozens and dozens of doctor and medical appointments. There was a point where one doctor said I might be 100 percent disabled for life. During the first four months it was necessary to be driven to each appointment. It was necessary to use a walker. The medical appointments would require the entire day just about every day for a long time.. I would leave in the morning after breakfast and not return until evening. It was necessary to do in home physical therapy before leaving and after returning. My life... my recovery... my health were tied to hours and hours of physical therapy each day. For months my only job was following three to five different physical therapy plans daily. I constantly had to remind each therapist of therapy over load.


The injuries left me with disabilities. Yet, I do my best to fight through these limitations. From time to time there are flare ups resulting from these injuries which require more physical therapy. The path has not been easy. It has been challenging. Yet, through these struggles The Lord has been my guide and comfort. I am extremely thankful for all who have aided me in these times of difficulty. Kah Naw Nah Haw Raw.


Even though my path has been difficult it is nothing in comparison to what my wife, Revi has faced this past 15 months. I have seen Revi suffer in anguish and enormous pain even with powerful medication. Yet, God has been with us through everything. I think of what we have been through and am very very grateful for all that have assisted us each and every day. Thank God!


I had a wonderful neighbor, a distinguished Rabbi who used to say to me, 'Akiva, everyone has a pack'. His point was we each face trials. The rich, the wise, the poor, the foolish, the young and the seniors each face trials. I have written in this book about some of the trials Revi and I have experienced. Please don't make too much of them. They are trials. Everyone has trials. So it is not a surprise to read Abraham had a test, a trial. Abraham was a tzaddik, i.e. a righteous man. The righteous face trials differently than we do. Our goal in this discussion is to view Abraham's method of working through a trial.


Dear Reader, Abraham was a 137 years old at the time of his last trial. This is the trial we are about to discuss. Abraham was different than us. We do not read of Abraham doing the things most of us do. We do not read of Abraham ever being angry with God. We do not read of Abraham doubting God or complaining to God. In fact The Holy Scriptures only record Abraham speaking 13 times in the Hebrew Scriptures. I find this interesting. We read about the trials Abraham experienced but we don't read about Abraham being depressed or sad or frustrated like most of us would be. Abraham was different. His faith was challenged but he did not waver. Mystically we will Observe Abraham remained strong when he was being tested. We will Observe why Abraham remained strong while being tested. In The Torah we read that God completely Tested Abraham. Yet Abraham remained strong. How did Abraham do this?


We need to be aware that Abraham and Sarah were seniors. As one grows older, life events take on a different impact. Children need to be aware of how age impacts their parents. We Observe the closeness of Isaac and Ishmaael to Abraham several times in The Holy Scriptures. Ishmaael was one of the 'young men' who traveled with Isaac and Abraham to Mount Moriah. Isaac climbed the mountain with Abraham while Ishmaael waited at the foot of the mountain as instructed.


These are the thirteen times Abraham spoke.

Genesis 13.8, 14.22, 15.2, 15.3, 16.6, 17.18, 20.2, 20.11, 21.24, 22.5, 22.8, 24.2 and 24.6.


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... Tested Abraham... and He Said to him. 'Abraham!' and he 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.'


This was Abraham's tenth test.

Dear Reader, would you like to be tested like Abraham? I doubt that any of us would. Some of us like to think we are being tested as Avraham. This is NOT SO in most instances. We are not on Avraham's level of righteousness or Observances. Yet we comfort ourselves by thinking we are being tested like Abraham... What was the key to Abraham's success when he was tried? The Holy Scriptures Tell us. So none of us should worry about being tested like Abraham. We don't need to worry about being required to take our child to Mount Moriah to offer our child as a sacrifice on the altar. Our trials are different. Still, we need to know how Abraham faced his trials and worked through them. As an individual becomes older it is important for their children to reach out to assist them.


Genesis 18.19

For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.


Abraham kept the way of the Lord.

This means Abraham guarded the Observances in The Holy Scriptures. There are 613 Observances in The Holy Scriptures. Not all apply to each of us. Abraham kept those that applied to him. He carefully followed what The Lord God Commanded. He was meticulous with the Observances that applied to him.. Abraham was just. He was honest. He judged situations fairly. He did not deviate. He stayed on the path of The Lord. He did not wander or stray. He taught his children and those living with him to follow the Observances that applied to them. Following the Observances worked for Abraham. Following the Observances will also work for us. First we must learn what the Observances are and then which apply to us individually.


In my Book entitled, Would You Like To Be Jewish I write, 'From the beginning of creation God Revealed to humankind 613 Observances that cover every aspect of life in this universe. The 613 Observances were given EXCLUSIVELY to the Children of Israel on Mount Sinai 2,449 years later yet, these Observances were in existence and Observed from Creation. THINK ABOUT IT! This makes sense because the first Five Books of the Bible are the Torah. The 613 Observances are contained in these Five Books. Even though the bulk of these Observances are intended only for the People of Israel, each of us are responsible to observe certain Obligations within The Torah. This is one of the areas religions omit. Religions fail to accurately identify what Obligations humankind is required to observe.' Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk Would you Like To Be Jewish? (Cedar Hill Missouri, B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC, Publisher 2013) pp 44, 45 Some Observances are just for women. Some Observances are just for men. Some are just for children. Some Observances are for the High Priest. Some are just for the Priests. Some are just for the Levites. Some are just for farmers. Some are just for husbands. Some are for plants, some for animals and some are for mother earth. Still the key is to keep The Way of The Lord with all that we have...


Bereisheit 22.1

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


Genesis 22.1

And it came to pass after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, Abraham; and he said, Behold, here I am.


The Word נִסָּה Nee Sawh means to prove to try... The Word חָזַק Chaw Zahq means to be strong. Mystically we see the benefit of keeping our Observances. Keeping The Observances is also known as 'Keeping The Way of The Lord' or Derek HaShem, i.e. The Way of The Lord or The Path of The Lord. The point is that when one follows the Observances of Ha Torah, the Holy Scriptures they are keeping the way of The Lord. This is what Abraham did. Abraham was strong because he kept the Way of The Lord. We can be strong if we keep The Way of The Lord. Moses wrote:


Exodus 15.2

The Lord is my strength and song, and he has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will exalt Him.


Keeping The Way of The Lord is how one remains strong when tested. Mystically we see this in the Gematria 115. The Observances of Our Creator proved Abraham's strength in His Word. Abraham was obedient to The Word of The Lord..


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 of Jesus Life On Earth.


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.'

ב ' ח


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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.

 אֶת־הָאוֹר

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. 


 וַיְצַו 

Vah Yih Tzvah / And the Command

ו6 י10 צ90 ו6 = 112


 בָּעָם 

Baw Awm / 

Through the People / by The People / With The People

ב2 ע70 ם40 = 112


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