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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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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 24

Genesis 24.1 - 67

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The Blessing Of Abraham - 24


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Genesis 24


The Blessing Of Abraham


Of all the Chapters in Ha Torah, The Holy Scriptures Genesis Chapter 24 is perhaps my favorite. Chapter 24 follows Abraham's offering of Issac and the death of his beloved wife Sarah.  Abraham was a very important man. He cast a huge shadow. We observe the intoxicating presence of Abraham Chapter by Chapter.  He was very powerful. Yet, Abraham was a humble man. He was a kind man, a loving man, a caring man. He was a war tried veteran. He was a seasoned politician. He was an influential man. He was careful. He was the husband of two wives. At this time he was the father of two sons and a few years later many sons. He was a widower. He was extremely wealthy.  Abraham was an astrologer. And most important of all Abraham had an awareness of The Lord God beyond what we can imagine. Abraham's faith in the Lord God is a beacon of light for each of us. Abraham's devotion to the Lord God is unparalleled. His obedience to The Instruction and direction of The Lord God is  unapproachable. Abraham believed The Lord God. Abraham was a Novie / a Prophet. Yet His Wife Sarah was greater.  Abraham had the qualities of a Patriarch. Sarah had the qualities of a Matriarch. Soon Abraham would learn Sarah was gone. However, now, Abraham turned his attention to Isaac.


As Abraham and Isaac journey from their  experiences on Mount Moriah among the things that occur to Abraham was the  thought if Isaac had of died on Mount Moriah he would not have fulfilled the Mitzvah / the Observance of having children. It is God's Desire for us to father and mother children. The awareness of Isaac dying without children was interrupted by a revelation from the Lord God recorded in Genesis 21.20 - 24. The Lord God Informed Abraham that Isaac's Berschert, i.e. His God appointed mate Rebekah was born to his Brother, Nachor's eighth son Bethuel. 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 817.

At this time Abraham was 137 years of age, Sarah was 127 years of age. Issac was 37 years of age. Abraham was ten years older than Sarah.


Abraham was one hundred years of age when Isaac was born.


Genesis 21.5

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


In Chapter 23 we learned that Sarah died at 127 years of age.


Another area Abraham contemplated on as he and Isaac departed Mount Moriah was how he and Isaac looked like identical twins. Abraham was youthful. Up until this time people did not show or experience aging. All humans were youthful. The human body did not show age. Humans did not experience age as we know it today. Up until Abraham there was no old age, i.e. age did not mark a person. There were no wrinkles. There was no gray hair. The body did not experience the aches and pains of aging. Bones were not hard and brittle. The body remained youthful. Whoever wished to speak to Abraham would speak to Isaac, and the reverse would happen. Why because sons were identical looking as their fathers. Daughters were identical looking as their  mothers. Then Abraham prayed for distinction among people and old age came into existence, as it is written, 'And Abraham was old and well-stricken in age.' Bava Metzia 87a


As we begin Genesis 24 we are going to move away from discussing Isaac for a few pages to discuss Abraham's great and vast wealth.


Abraham Was Blessed As He Departed Haran.


Abram had substance and servants.


Bereisheit 24.1

אַבְרָהָם זָקֵן בָּא בַּיָּמִים וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ אֶת־אַבְרָהָם בַּכֹּל:  ב


Genesis 24.1

Abraham was an Elder with many days and The Lord Blessed Everything from Aleph to Tav of Abraham in everything.


At this point in Abraham was only 140 years of age. He would live another 35 years. Is it strange for this statement to be located in this place?  Perhaps it is. Yet there is a purpose for everything. In Chapter 24 we are provided the opportunity to view a few weeks in Abraham's life.


Dear Reader, Chapter 24 follows with many,  many examples how HaShem Blessed Abraham in everything. The Gematria of  וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  Vah HaShem Bay Rahk meaning And The Lord Blessed is the Gematria 254. דְּרָכֶיךָ Dih Raw Kheh Chaw neaning in your way is also the Gematria 254.


וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  

Vah HaShem Bay Rahk

And The Lord Blessed

ו6 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5     ב2 ר200 ך20 = 254


דְּרָכֶיךָ 

Dih Raw Kheh Chaw

ד4 ר200 כ20 י10 ך20  =  254



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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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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 21

Genesis 21.1 - 34

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Remember - 21


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Genesis 21

 

פָּקַד - Remember? 


Dear Reader, Genesis 21 is read on Rosh HaShanah because we celebrate our Creator, The Lord God Remembering Sarah. Rosh Ha Shanah is the birthday of the world, i.e. the new year. Rosh Ha Shanah is the day of judgment, i.e. the Day Adam and Chavah / Eve were judged on. Rosh Ha Shanah is the day of Shofar Blowing. It is the day when Messiah will come.  We realize the importance of this day. A month before Rosh Hashanah arrives we begin preparing ourselves. We review our life,  especially the past year. We repent for our mistakes, We make amends with those we have done wrong to. We seek to improve.


It is good to repent, to acknowledge our sins, to make a plan not to repeat our sins and to pay restitution before we get to the New Year.  It is good to turn over a new leaf so to speak, for the coming year.  It is good to seek forgiveness.  It is good to try and make amends for wrongs committed during the past year.  It is good to study Ha Torah and to pray more.  There are a lot of actions that one should do in preparation for the day of judgment.


In our discussion we are going to consider the Word פָּקַד Paw Kahd, meaning to remember... to recall... to review... to count... to number... Ha Torah Says 'And The Lord Remembered everything from Aleph to Tav of Sarah...'  


The Lord's Remembering  was an accounting of Sarah's worthiness. Sarah was 90 years old. The Hebrew Letter in the Aleph Bet for 90 is The Letter Tzaddi.  The Letter Tzaddi is the Letter that we associate with Tzaddik, meaning Righteous. Rabbi Michael L. Munk writes that the Letter Tzaddi represents The Symbol of Righteousness and Humility. Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 189 


Righteousness and humility are the attributes of our Creator accounted in Sarah.


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 15.1 - 5

After these things the word of The Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, 'Fear not, Abram; I am your shield, and your reward will be great.' 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? And Abram said, Behold, to me you have given no seed; and, lo, one born in my house is my heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, Saying, 'This shall not be your heir; but he who shall come forth from your own bowels shall be your heir. And he brought him outside, and said, Look now toward heaven, and count the stars, if you are able to count them; and he said to him, So shall your seed be.'


Genesis 18.10 - 14

And [the Angel Messenger Speaking in behalf of The Lord God] He Said, [Referring to The Lord God]  'I will certainly return to you at this season; and, lo, Sarah your wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well advanced in age; and it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.  Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am grown old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the Lord said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old? Is any thing too hard for the Lord? At the time appointed I will return to you, at this season, and Sarah shall have a son.'

 


Bereisheit 21.1

וַיהוָֹה פָּקַד אֶת־שָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר אָמָר וַיַּעַשׂ יְהוָֹה לְשָׂרָה כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֵּר


Genesis 21.1

The Lord Remembered {Everything from Aleph to Tav of} Sarah Like He Said and The Lord Did for Sarah like He had Spoken. 


The Word Remember is normally associated with to remember, זָכַר  Zaw Chahr. However, in Bereisheit 21.1 our Creator Selected the word   וַיהוָֹה פָּקַד Vah HaShem - Paw Kahd.  Why did our Creator Select פקד instead of זכר ?  


פקד Paw Kahd as mentioned above means, to order, to command, to enumerate, to count, to number, to hold, to muster, to review, to appoint, to charge with, to entrust, to remember, to recall, to think of, to attend to, to punish, to take revenge...


זכר  Zaw Chahr means, to remember, to recollect, to recall, to bear in mind, to bring to mind, to mention, to allude to, to commit to memory, to memorize...


I think the answer may be in the Words  פָּקַד אֶת־שָׂרָה He Recalled everything from Aleph to Tav for Sarah.  We observe our Creator, The Lord Stating during Sukkot that year, that He Would Establish His Covenant with Isaac.


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.


Chronologically this was after the other promises. Genesis 15.1 - 5 was when Abraham was 70 years of age. Genesis 18.10 - 14 was when Abraham was 99 years old. This promise of establishing the Covenant was after Sarah was impregnated with Isaac.  Both Abraham and Sarah were old yet they took refuge in the Promise of The Lord God. Issac was not born yet. They trusted in the promises of The Lord God. We are often in a place where we remember reading an inspiring Scripture from The Holy Scriptures. The Scripture gets our attention. We cling to that Scripture. That Scripture gives us hope for tomorrow and the next day and the next...


The Word פָּקַד Paw Kahd, meaning to remember... to recall... to review... to count... to number... is the Gematria 184


פָּקַד Paw Kahd

תו remember... to recall... to review... to count... to number...

פ80  ק100 ד4 =184


The Word הַמִּקְלָט Ha Meek Lawt meaning to take refuge is the Gematria 184. Mystically we see that one can trust The Lord God's Accounting... His promises to recall... to remember...


הַמִּקְלָט 

Ha Meek Lawt

ה5 מ40 ק100 ל30 ט9 = 184


We Observe many Commands of God being Ordered in advance. For example: The rainbow, which 'I have set' represents a previous Order for a later time.  Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), pp 295, 196


Seven things were created before the world was created, and these are they: The Torah, Repentance, the Garden of Eden, Gehenna, the Throne of Glory, the Temple, and the Name of the Messiah. Nedarim 39.b


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 20

Genesis 20.1 - 18

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Where Torah Does Not Exist


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Chapter 20 - Where Torah does Not Exist


Bereisheit 20.1 - 18


Dear Reader, have you asked yourself one of the following questions?


Am I normal?


Do I see things differently than others?


Am I different?


What makes me different?


Do my co-workers see me as being strange or odd?


Awhile back I chose to become part of a 501 c 3 organization that helps the community. This was not a religious organization. They are known for doing a lot of good yet it is a crusty place to visit... It smells awful. My first visit was uncomfortable. They do a lot of things I have no interest in. I looked around. It was clear I was different. What made me different? Why did I feel uncomfortable? Why did this organization that has helped so many down through the years make me feel entirely out of place?


Reader can you identify?


Do you work in a place that is not comfortable? Do you attend a school that is not comfortable? Do you live in a home which is not comfortable?


My wife, Revi arrived home after school one afternoon to find her clothes in a single box on the front porch. Can we imagine what it must of felt like for a sixteen year old woman to be tossed out of the family home. How did the most precious of places become such a place of pain?


Dear Reader, we look at our home as a place of safety from the world where those around us tenderly love us, support us, nurture us and encourage us. Our home is supposed to be a safety net, God Willing, a place where we can get away from the world. Unfortunately one's home can be changed into a very undesirable place quickly.


It was 8:00 am in the morning. It was time to report to work. I was a little early. Shortly after entering the large manufacturing building while walking towards the time clock a fellow worker cut me off. He got in front of me. He said what are you doing here?


I responded, I'am preparing to punch my time card and begin working.


He said, You don't work here any more.


I inquired, Why?


He said something like, We don't want any dirty Jews around here!!


Shortly after the conversation began about a dozen men from that company surrounded me. I was in the center of a circle that formed. They began terrorizing me. It happened so fast. It felt like they were about to hurt me when the owner of the company came rushing out of his office ordering them to halt. He took me back into the office and said, You cannot work here! File a law suit if you will. I will pay it but you cannot work here. File for unemployment, I will pay it but you cannot work here. What happened? They found out I was Jewish...



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

Avraham was placed in a situation where he was forced to interact and associate with the people of Gerar. He was new to the area. Things got off to a rugged start. It was very uncomfortable for he and Sarah and their followers. Lets define why it was challenging. Our Sages say that Avraham moved because He saw the cities of Sedom were destroyed and travelers ceased from passing by. In addition, Avraham chose to distance himself from Lot who had acquired a bad reputation because he was incestuous with his daughters.


Genesis 20.1-9

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


Bereisheit 20.10

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲבִימֶלֶךְ אֶל־אַבְרָהָם מָה רָאִיתָ כִּי עָשִׂיתָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה1:1


And Abimelech said to Abraham, What did you see, that you have done this thing?


Bereisheit 20.11

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם כִּי אָמַרְתִּי רַק אֵין־יִרְאַת אֱלֹהִים בַּמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וַהֲרָגוּנִי עַל־דְּבַר אִשְׁתִּי1:1


And Abraham Said, Because I Said, Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.


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


Let's first remember that Avraham was a Prophet. This means Avraham had Visions and Dreams. This means Avraham spoke Words from God. We read in Ha Torah that Avraham Said.

וַיֹּאמֶר אַבְרָהָם כִּי אָמַרְתִּי

Many translations use the Word 'thought' as in I thought Surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for my wife's sake.


However Avraham was a Prophet. Avraham didn't just think the Fear of God is not in this place. Avraham Saw through a Vision that the Fear of God was not in this place. The Word אָמַרְתִּי normally means to say. One must ask was Avraham attempting to be politically correct here, when he spoke with King Abimelech? I don't think so! Avraham condemned the king because as a Prophet he Saw the Fear of God was absent. He took actions because of his Vision. Sarah did like wise. Sarah agreed with her husbands Vision. Sarah had a Vision. Sarah could see what an evil man Abimelech was. Our Sages reveal a discussion between our Creator and Abimelech which is not mentioned in Ha Torah.


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

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

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


Avraham knew the people living in Gerar were not God fearing. As a result for safety reasons, he called himself Sarah's brother, like he did in Egypt. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 180


The Midrash informs us that once Sarah was forcibly taken to Abimelech's palace she told him, 'I am a married woman!' Avimelech ignored Sarah but the Lord sent the Angel Michael to protect her. He could not even approach Sarah.


The Lord Spoke to Abimelech in a dream Saying, 'The woman you took to your palace is married! As a result you deserve to die according to the Seven Noachide Laws. Avimelech objected. He claimed to be righteous.


The All Seeing Eternal Judge Said, Your claim to righteousness is not justified, since it was I who Prevented you from touching her... You are deserving of death! You kidnapped Sarah! Stealing is a prohibition of the Noachide Law of 'robbery' in the Ha Torah. Now, return this woman to her husband at once! Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 180 - 181


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


[What Do You] See?

רָאִיתָ

ר200 א1 י10 ת400 ‫=611


As a Prophet Avraham Saw an absence of Torah Observances. Avraham Saw an absence of righteousness. When the Observances of Ha Torah are absent from our world our world is NOT the place our Creator Intended it to be!! 


The Words Avimelech asked Abraham are 'What do you see?' Mystically the Words ask, 'Do you see Torah? Do you see [anyone] Observing the Torah?' The answer is no!


Torah

תוֹרָה

ת400 ו6 ר200 ה5 = 611


Each of us are required to Observe various Commands within Ha Torah. It does not matter if we are Jewish or not. Why? Our Creator Established His Will and His Rule for this World, He Created it. His Will and His Rule remains the same today as when He Created this Universe. His Will includes joining Him in Heaven after our life on this earth is concluded. His Will is for us to IMPROVE as individuals.


So if the home place does not Observe Torah the Home place is a scary place to be. If the Work place does not Observe Ha Torah the Work Place is a frightening place to be. God Teaches us Seven Laws to follow and to Observe that makes every place a good happy loving wonderful place to live.

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Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18

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Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


Our Sages Teach that Avraham took Hagar whose name was changed to Keturah because here deeds were as beautiful / spiritual as קְטֹרֶת incense. Incense rises to the Heavens like one's Spirit. The root for קטר means incense, smoke and to shut one's self in, to enclose. Because of Hagar's attitude she became known as Keturah, the lady with a Spirit like incense or the lady who secluded herself to remain true to her husband. Keturah was was well thought of because she did not seek a divorce from Avraham. And Avraham did not grant Hagar a divorce. The Torah Portion of the Bible Says, וַיְשַׁלְּחֶהָ Vah Yih Shah Lih Cheh Caw, meaning 'And he sent her away.' Hagar was lost without her husband, Avraham. Ha Torah does NOT Say Avraham divorced Hagar. Sarah did not say to Avraham divorce Hagar. Sarah Said,


Genesis 21.10

[Sarah] Said to Avraham, 'Drive out this slave woman and everything from Aleph to Tav of her son for the son of this slave woman will not inherit with my son with Yitzchok.'


We have NO indication that Avraham divorced Hagar. Our Creator Said to Avraham,


Genesis 21.12

Elohim Said to Avraham, 'Do not consider this wrong in your eyes on account of the boy and your slave woman. Regarding all that Sarah tells you listen to her. For through Yitzchok will seed be considered yours.


The Gematria of וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, meaning and he took is 430. The Gematria of נֶפֶשׁ Neh Pehsh / Nefesh meaning 'Soul' is 430. When one takes a wife Mystically we observe he is connecting with a soul. His wife is his Soulmate. How does one know He / she are soul mates? The fact is we are each from the same soul given to us by our Parents of Creation. Still the concept of one's SoulMate being the perfect one... the exact match... the correct fit... is correct. One must understand that perfection is received through marriage. Marriage is an institute where by the husband and wife help to polish the other into what our Creator Intends. The husband and wife work together to form a holy relationship to have a Holy Family with Holy children. The work together to be the single soul God Created them as.


וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

Vah Yee Kah Ach - Ee Shaw, and he took

ו6 י10 ק100 ח8 - א1 ש300 ה5 = 430


נֶפֶשׁ

Neh Pehsh / Nefesh 'Soul'

נ50 פ80 ש300 = 430


Remember: THERE IS A CHOICE! A man or woman's intent is VERY IMPORTANT. The purpose of taking each other is NOT for just physical sexual pleasure. The Marriage relationship is intended by our Creator to be one of Holiness. Our Creator Blessed the marriage relationship. He did NOT Bless the one night sexual fling!!


Sarah was noted as Avram's Wife. This is an elevated place. Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד


Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3.


אֵשֶׁת

[Avram's] Wife / His Wife

א1 ש300 ת400 = 701


שְׂאֵת

To Elevate... To Rise...

ש300 א1 ת400 = 701


For a Husband and Wife to reach the lofty Mystical place of being a SoulMate requires elevating the relationship. It requires raising the relationship. Being a 'SoulMate' is not physical. Being a 'SoulMate' is Spiritual!


We continue with several additional points of importance.


What did Avraham do?

וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר He got up early in the morning. Whenever we see Avraham facing a great difficulty we observe these three Words, וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם ׀ בַּבֹּקֶר See Genesis 19.27; 21.14 and 22.3. The first Letter of each Word combined spells שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw as in to draw strength or as in to draw water (Devarim 29.10) which Mystically means to draw strength from Ha Torah. Sending Yishmael and Hagar away was troubling for Avraham but he did it first thing in the morning. Watching Sedom burn was troubling for Avraham. He arose early in the morning with the hopes there were ten righteous in Sedom. Avraham counted, Lot, Lot's wife, Lot's two married daughters and their husbands, Lot's two daughters who were yet to consummate their marriage and their husbands, a total of 10. When Avraham saw the smoke from the fire it was troubling to him. He felt great anxiety. Avraham arose early to travel to the place where he would offer Yitzchok as an offering. Why? This was deeply troubling to him. וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' From this we learn that Avraham faced his troubles in the morning. Avraham would draw from the Wells of Torah for Strength. The morning was Avraham's time for prayer. Avraham would seek הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord]. The Gematria of שֹׁאֵב Shoh Ayv, meaning to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah] is 303. The Gematria of וּבְצָרָה Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, meaning 'And with trouble.' is 303. The Gematria of הָרַחֲמִים Haw Rah Chah Meem, meaning the Mercy [of The Lord] is 303.


שֹׁאֵב

Shoh to draw {from the waters of Ha Torah]

ש300 א1 ב2 = 303


וּבְצָרָה

Voo Vih Tzraw Rawh, 'And with trouble.'

ו6 ב2 צ90 ר200 ה5 = 303


הָרַחֲמִים

Haw Rah Chah Meem, the Mercy [of The Lord]

ה5 ר200 ח8 מ40 י10 ם40 = 303


We have discussed how Avraham faced issues that deeply troubled him. Now lets return to considering what a SoulMate is. We have established that The Torah Portion of the Bible does not Say Avraham divorced Hagar. This means they remained married. They remained separated for 38 years. How do we know this? Yitzchok was weaned when Yishmael mocked him, Genesis 21.8 - 14. Our Sages Teach this was after 24 months which is the customary time for a child to suckle, Gittin 75b; Kesuvot 60b. Yitzchok was 40 years of age when he married Rivkah, Genesis 25.20. It was immediately after this Avraham again took his wife Hagar whose name became Keturah.


Bereisheit 25.1

וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה

וּשְׁמָהּ קְטוּרָה: ב


Genesis 25.1

And He, Avraham again took his wife and her name was Keturah.


I understand אִשְׁתּוֹ is the Word for 'His Wife. Because אִשָּׁה is used the translation would normally would be 'Wife' or 'A Wife'. However Keturah was already Avraham's wife. Therefore this usage means something entirely different than what meets the eye. When Avraham married Hagar she was Sarah's Servant. Notice the Wording carefully!!


Bereisheit 16.2

וַתִּקַּח שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם אֶת־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית שִׁפְחָתָהּ מִקֵּץ עֶשֶׂר שָׁנִים לְשֶׁבֶת אַבְרָם בְּאֶרֶץ כְּנָעַן וַתִּתֵּן אֹתָהּ לְאַבְרָם אִישָׁהּ לוֹ לְאִשָּׁה: ד

Ha Torah Says, 'And Sarai, Avram's wife took... Why does Ha Torah inform us Sarai was Avram's wife? We already know this. Why not say Sarah took. Why was it necessary to point out Sarah was Avram's wife again? Ha Torah Informs us that Sarai took Hagar to be Avram's wife in Genesis 16.3. In Genesis 25.1 Ha Torah Informs us that Avraham took again. Does this mean He took Sarah and now he was taking a wife again? Or does this mean Avram had already taken Hagar and was taking her back again? The Answer has to do with שָׂרַי ׀ אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם Sarai was the wife of Avram. Hagar was a wife to Avram but not אֵשֶׁת 'his wife' because she belonged to Sarai. This changed when Avram sent Hagar out from his home. Hagar was free. She was no longer Avram's responsibility to care for as a slave. As a result he only gave her bread and water, i.e. Mystically Ha Torah to live on.


Exodus 21.7 -

And if a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do. If she pleases not her master, who has designated her for himself, then shall he let her be redeemed; to sell her to a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he has dealt deceitfully with her. And if he has betrothed her to his son, he shall deal with her as with a daughter. If he takes for himself another wife; her food, her garment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish. And if he does not do these three things to her, then shall she go out free without payment of money.


Thirty eight years pass. Sarah dies. Yitzchok marryies Rivkah. At this point Avraham again takes Hagar. We know it is Hagar because of several Words that are used.

First is וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם and again Avraham took a wife...

Second is וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And he took a wife.' Ha Torah Uses this language to point out this was Hagar, a wife. In Ha Torah 'A Wife' who is owned as a servant is not like a wife that is free. Hagar was NOT אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. Hagar was Sarai's bond maiden. Hagar was a servant wife. She was owned by Sarai. So Sarai gave Hagar to her husband Avram to be a wife not to be אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם a wife of Avram. So when we see Ha Torah Say וַיֹּסֶף אַבְרָהָם וַיִּקַּח אִשָּׁה 'And He, Avraham again took his wife...' We understand this is in reference to Hagar, 'a wife.' Our Sages point out that Hagar's / Keturah's status is still that of a concubine, i.e. a wife who status is lower than אֵשֶׁת אַבְרָם 'His Wife', Genesis 25.6. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 267



The Torah portion of the Bible Teaches a man may have more than one wife at the same time. While a Wife may only have one Husband. Why? Does this seem equal? Is this fair? This is not an issue of fairness or equality. It is an issue of mixing seed which is prohibited by the Creator. Now, we are also required to abide by the laws where we reside. Laws that prohibit polygamy must be followed.


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Bereisheit 23.1

 וַיִּהְיוּ חַיֵּי שָׂרָה מֵאָה שָׁנָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה וְשֶׁבַע שָׁנִים שְׁנֵי חַיֵּי שָׂרָה1:1


Genesis 23.1

And it was the lifetime of Sarah, one hundred years, and twenty years and seven years, [These were the] years of Sarah's life.


Parshat Chayei Sarah begins with the words ויהיו חיי שרה Vah Yeeh Yoo- Chah Yay Sarah, meaning, and it was the lifetime of Sarah. One should inquire, what was the lifetime of Sarah? In so doing they would find these three words reveal rich treasures. The Gematria of Vah Yeeh Yoo - Chah Yay Sarah is 570. Why is 570 so special? There are many Gematrias of 570.


This was the lifetime of Sarah

ו6י10ה5י10ו6 ח8י10י10 ש300ר200ה5 = 570

Shema [Yisroel]

ש300י10ן50 מ40ם40 ע70י10ן50 = 570


To Be Rich

ע70 ש300 ר200 = 570


The number 570 represents the lifetime of Sarah our Matriarch and richness. Sarah Emeinu / our mother's, lifetime was one of great wealth. Her life was filled with richness.


Shlomo Ha Melech / King Soloman said, An accomplished wife who can find? Far beyond [rich] pearls is her value. Mishlei / Proverbs 31.10

Our sages Teach Sarah's tent was Sarah's Temple. Sarah Emeinue brought Holiness into her home. Her home was no ordinary tent. It had extraordinary qualities: A cloud [the Shekinah] of Holiness [resting over it], doors which proclaimed their openness to all passers-by, a blessing in her dough, a Sabbath lamp that remained lit all week long. These miracles were not Abraham's doing; they ceased with Sarah's death. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereisheit Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 832


The Shekinah over Sarah's Home represented that this was a holy home. God's Presence Rested over it. The home was protected! There were special blessings of satisfaction in Sarah's dough that flowed out to the entire community. Just as the bread of the Bet HaMikdosh / the Holy Temple Brought prosperity and abundance to B'nei Yisroel, so did Sarah's bread. Sarah's Esau candles represented spiritual growth that would begin with each Erev Esau and last all week. When Sarah died all of these vanished. With Sara's death the Cloud of Glory over the tent vanished, the blessing in the dough ceased, and the candle that had burnt in the tent from one Erev Sabbath to the next was extinguished. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 210

When Sarah lived a cloud covered her tent; when she died, the cloud left. When Rebekah came, the cloud returned. When Sarah lived, the doors to her tent were wide open. When Sarah died the liberal giving ceased. When Rebekah came, the liberal giving returned. When Sarah lived, there was blessing upon her dough. The Sabbath candle / oil burn from the evening of the Sabbath until the evening of the following Sabbath. When Sarah died, these ceased. When Rebekah came they returned. Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba Genesis II (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) p 538





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By Rebbetzin Revi Belk

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Everything that exists in our inner world is an aspect of our soul.  Our personality, emotions, talents, desires, conscience and wisdom.  Every faculty we ordinarily assign to the mind, like thought, logic, memory and forgetting, are features of our soul.


For piety, fear of the Eternal, love of the Eternal, and purity of heart are not that deeply rooted within a person not to necessitate the employment of methods for their acquisition.  In this respect they differ from natural states such as sleep and wakefulness, hunger and satiety, and all other natural instincts.  Rather, the acquisition of these qualities definitely requires various methods and devices.   Furthermore, while there are many factors operating to distance piety from man there are many elements that can counter these factors.  


How will this wisdom enter a person's heart if he will not seek it?

The Path of the Just Torah Classics Library Moshe Chaim Luzzatto page 3


Piety, reverence, love and purity of heart are not ingrained in our soul, we have to acquire these.


Creation is a work-in-progress toward restitution (tikkun), whereby all subjects of Creation work to return things to their proper place so that Creation's original plan can continue.  Each creature's contemplation of heart and works - and its applications of power upon the inner universes. will return the Shekkinah to Her true place in unity with HaShem G-d.  The eternal Sabbath will be regained.  Window of the Soul James David Dunn page 21-22


Teshuvah is in the heart, in the mind.  One thought of Teshuvah is enough.  The mind is not restricted by the limitations of the body.  Just as sin is rooted in man's will and mind, so must Teshuvah be rooted in man's will and mind.


He who sets his heart on becoming purified becomes pure as soon as he has immersed himself.  One who sets his heart on cleansing himself from the impurities that beset man's soul - namely, wrongful thoughts and false convictions:  as soon as he consents in his heart to withdraw from those counsels and brings his soul into the waters of reason, he is pure.  Deep Calling Unto Deep Jacob Immanuel Schochet Page117-118


The tradgedy of sin is the failure to judge oneself, to do Teshuvah.  It is impossible to have Teshuvah, to repent without remorse.  The possibility of Teshuvah generates hope, faith and confidence.  HaShem Desires to show kindness, He is Gracious and Compassionate, He forgives the instant one pleads for His Forgiveness.  Teshuvah is marked by great joy.


One example of a real ba'al teshuvah is the prostitute Rahab who helped protect the Israelite spies as they reconnoitered the land. Because of Rahab's teshuvah she and her family were spared from death as the Israelites conquered the city. Rahab is remembered in the Tanakh as a person who came near to HaShem and His people through turning from sin and returning to HaShem through words and actions. Rahab is one of the women in the direct lineage of the Mashiach.  What an awesome example of Teshuvah and the fruits it bears.


The Rabbis say that Rahab acknowledged HaShem G-d more than Jethro and Naaman, declaring that He was G-d on both heaven and earth. Baba Bathra 120b  

The Rabbis also taught: There have been four women of surpassing beauty in the world -- Sarah, Rahab, Abigail and Esther. Megilah 15a


What are we working on this week?


1.We need a notebook or a journal

  -as we have stated before. NOW write:

2.Who do I need to seek forgiveness from?

3.Is there someone I need to talk to?

4.Are there one or two Mitzvot I haven't done so well or at all?

5.What are two things I did this past year that I am very proud of?

6.What are two things that I did last year that I am ashamed 

- two things that do not reflect who I really am?

7.Write three one sentence goals that I am going to use for this study.

8.What are the most important qualities I want to develop that will

reflect who I really am?

9.How do I become the person we want to be?

10.Who are two people I admire?



Blessings and Peace


Rebbetzin Revi




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Keter - Crown - Use Your Head ©

By Rebbetzin Revi Belk

How do we become the person we want to be?


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For a person to emulate his Creator, he must possess several qualities, which characterize the way G-d Conducts the world: Tomer  Devorah Rabbi Moshe Cordovero ch.2


Tomer  Devorah is the how-to manual to recognize HaShem; His Kindness, Compassion and Love for us. It teaches how to emulate His Ways.


The attributes of the head, the mind, the soul...


Through using our spiritual body language, literally using our head to improve our behavior we are able to emulate our Creator. Take a moment to think about it. Each one of us has this ability and the opportunity to become like our Creator. It's incredible to realize that we have the potential to behave on such a high level. It takes work and training to improve our old ways, but it is possible! 


If we contemplate what Tomer  Devorah says we will realize that we can emulate the Holy Behavior of HaShem.  This provides an incentive when we feel the goal is out of reach. This is mussar character trait improvement at it's finest.


Below is what Tomer Devorah has to say about Keter (about our head).


1.We must be humble (anavah)

2.Our thoughts (chokmah)  should emulate the thought process of keter.

3.Our forehead (metzach) should display no harshness. The forehead shows expression.

4.Our ears (Ozen) should always turn to hear good while falsehood or despicable things should be denied entry.

5.Our eyes (Ayin) should not gaze at anything despicable.

6.Our nose (Chotem) we should always remember that HaShem is constantly Breathing into us a living soul.  Nary a breath of anger should ever be found in our nose.

7.Our face (Panim) should always shine, and we should receive all with a cheerful countenance.

8.Our mouth  (Peh) should express nothing but good and the content of our words should be Torah and constant good will. Tomer Devorah Rabbi Moshe Cordovero ch.2


Simchah (joy) is a bulldozer that can break through barriers, but depression can lead

to apathetic paralysis. 


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The Key To Kabbalah book one Rabbi Nissan Dovid Dubov page 155


Let all those who put their trust in You rejoice; let them always shout for joy, because You defend them; let those who love Your Name be joyful in You.  Tehillim 5.12


Let's take a look at Sarah for a moment...


The root is Shem, Resh, Hey.  This means according to Yaacov's encounter with the Angel to strive with G-d and man and to prevailBereisheit (Genesis) 32.29Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew  Matityahy Clark page 280    Her name would suggest a person with great strength of will who struggled against societal constraints.  Both Sarah and Yaacov had difficult relationships with both G-d and man.  Sarah encountered many difficulties - she was abducted by Pharaoh.  Her husband could not protect her from that.  She struggled with Hagar and her son Yishmael.  Yet she had great joy when in her old age she had a son.


Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born to him who is a hundred years old? and shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear Bereisheit 17.17


Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am grown old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also.  Bereisheit (Genesis) 18.12


And the L-rd Said to Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old:  Bereisheit (Genesis) 18.13


There is one original explanation of G-d's rebuke to Sarah. Chizkuni 18.13 G-d's Criticism of Sarah is compared to a wise woman who wishes to rebuke her daughter-in-law.  Instead, she directs her rebuke to her daughter, and the daughter-in-law can infer the indirect message.  Similarly, G-d rebuked Avraham indirectly for his laughter by criticizing Sarah's behavior, in order to spare his feelings.  This interpretation suggests that Sarah reached such great intimacy and closeness with G-d that she is comparable to the daughter, as opposed to Avraham - the more distant daughter-in-law. Tending the Garden Chana Weisberg page 29-30


What an amazing woman.  What joy she must have experienced.  Wanting for so many years to give Avraham a son, now she will.  It is never too late, we can be bountifully Blessed by HaShem G-d at any moment in our lives.


We are looking this week at Simchah  (Joy) and Humility (Anavah).


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You will show me the path of life; in your Presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore: Tehillim (Psalm) 16.11


At our core, we are all holy

If we realize this our hearts will fill with joy.

Mussar tells us that, at our core, we are all holy, and it shows us ways to change those qualities within us that obstruct the light of our holiness from shining through us.


Just like a man conducts himself down here, so too he will merit to open that trait on high, mamash (literally) - according to how he acts, will be the Divine Flow from above Tomer Devorah Rabbi Moshe Cordovero ch.1 page 44


The Sages referred to the intellect as the Yetzer Tov and the forces within a person's soul as the Yetzer Hara.  The intellect (the mind) is termed the Yetzer Tov because its modus operandi is to investigate the final result.  One's bodily forces draw the sweetness of the moment into their net, even if this entails rebelling against HaShem.  This shortsighted force is the Yetzer Hara. Ohr Yesrael Rav Yisrael Salanter page 320-321


What we are being told is what Kabbalah teaches us.  We can bring Blessings into our lives by changing our behavior.    Remember  what Neil Armstrong said.... one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.  If we work to change our soul traits we too can change the world with G-d's Help.  One small step.....Ready?


Ezekiel describes a special function that existed during the time when the Temple was still available to us - whoever entered the Temple immediately became aware of the powerful holiness of one's own soul.


Within the inner sanctum of the Temple was Ha Kadosh Ha Kadashim.  One was very aware of the Holiness within the Temple.  Because we exist in the physical world and given the fact that the Temple is no longer available for us to go to, we have lost the vision, the ability to see the holiness of our soul.  Yet there are times when we can still feel it.  We have all had such experiences.  To become more aware of our soul and the holiness that is there we must have true humility, for nothing comes to us except from the Merciful Hand of HaShem G-d.


And the man Moses was very humble, more than any other men which were upon the face of the earth: Devarim (numbers) 12.3


Humility is not self nullification and not all pride is bad.  Humility will encourage tikkum, Teshuvah.  Humility is being honest with yourself.


Humility is the root of Divine service, and a small deed of the humble man or woman is a thousand times more acceptable to the Blessed One than a great deed of a proud man or woman.    The Ways of the Tzaddikim Feldheim page57


He Guides the humble in judgment; and He teaches the humble His way.  Tehillim (Psalms) 25.9


Rabbi Akiva's who was a student of Rabbi Nahum had a favorite maxim, 


All that G-d does He Does for good.

Kol de'av Rachmnan letav avad



Humility is associated with spiritual perfection. When humility effects depression it is defective; when it is genuine it inspires joy, courage and inner dignity Abraham Isaac Kook, The Moral Principles, p. 176


Perhaps if we start our day with....


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I give thanks to You, King Living and Everlasting, for You have restored my soul within me, with compassion. Great is Your Faithfulness.


Remembering that each and every breath we take, each moment of the day is a gift from G-d then we will have started our day with humility and gratefulness and joy will rule our lives.


We must remember when we are down to nothing,

HaShem is up to something



Blessings and Peace


Rebbetzin Revi


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