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Genesis Twenty-four and A Half

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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.

Gematria Vayikra Behar

Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2

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Gematria 570 - 9


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Vayikra 25.10

וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל־אֲחֻזָּתוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ:  יא


Leviticus 25.10

And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants of it; it shall be a Jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family.


The Gematria of 570 is among one of my favorites.  From early in the days when I returned to Yiddishkeit I have deeply cherished its special message.  


In the Shema we {the Jewish men from thirteen years and up} are Commanded by God in Ha Torah, 'Place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul; bind them for a sign upon your arm and let them be Tefillin between your eyes...'


In our daily prayer Siddurs Artscroll translates the word לְטוֹטָפֹת Lih Toh Taw Poht meaning frontlets as  תְּפִלִּין Tefillin. Rabbi Menachem Davis, Editor, The Shottenstein Edition Siddur for Weekdays, (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd., First Edition, 2002), p 134 

The Gematria of  לְטוֹטָפֹת is 534. 


Each morning at the time of prayer, Shacharit, we don our Tefillin with special blessings.  It is a routine, a good routine.  It is a habit, a good habit.  But wearing Tefillin is more than that.  I don't suppose that those who wear Tefillin have ever felt the HEAVY WEIGHT of the obligation of fulfilling the mitzvah. Wearing Tefillin is a sign.  It is a sign of the generations passed from Father to son to grandson.  It is a sign of responsibility!  It is a sign of maturity.  It is a sign of one's Jewishness.  It is also a sign of Gematria.  


The Gematria of Tefillin is 570.


תְּפִלִּין

Tefillin

ת400 פ80 ל30 י10 נ50 = 570


One should note that any challenge to not wear their Tefillin comes from Yetzer Raw, meaning  evil inclination.  I do not designate or preface evil inclination with the letter ה 'Hey' meaning 'the',  as some do, because using the letter in front of Yetzer Raw designates the word with a definite article.  Having the Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination is difficult enough. Why would any of us want to lay the royal carpet in front of the Yetzer Raw. Why classify the evil inclination with a  definite article? My Rabbi argues with my 'grammar' here. With due respect of this objection, there are many variations in Hebrew Letters and Words and I think this should be one of them.   Why should the word Yetzer Raw receive the same honor given to other names and titles?  Why should my personal tester - my יצר רע Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination receive the Letter Hey if front of it? I argue,  It should NOT!  The Gematria for Yetzer Raw is 570.


יצר רע 

Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination

י10 צ90 ר200   ר200 ע70 = 570


In the Midrash evil inclination is written often as / יצר רע Yetzer Raw. We should also note that the God given responsibility of Yetzer Raw is to test us.  Our father Avraham Aveinu was tested Yeh Sehr meaning "Ten" {times}  He passed each test, thank God!  The Gematria for ten is 570.


Unfortunately there are times in life where we are forced to face an evil man, an evil person.  To say they are unpleasant to deal with does not come close to the level of frustration they attempt to invoke.  That individual is  NOT Yetzer Raw.  That person is Raw Shaw, meaning evil / wicked.  There is a difference between the two.  One is a tester sent to test and strengthen us, the other is a destroyer sent to ruin us, God Forbid!    We deal with both in the same manner.  We don our royal crown.  We don our Tefillin.  Our Tefillin is the sign that we are obedient to our King, The Lord, and His Commands and His Torah.  We wrap our weaker hand and arm with Tefillin as a form of "SPIRITUAL ARMOR" and by fulfilling the Commandment of Tefillin we defeat Yetzer Raw and Raw Shaw, thank God.  The Gematria for Raw Shaw is 570.


רָשָׁע

Raw Shaw

ר200 ש300 ט70 = 570


Vayikra 25.10

וְקִדַּשְׁתֶּם אֵת שְׁנַת הַחֲמִשִּׁים שָׁנָה וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל־יֹשְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם וְשַׁבְתֶּם אִישׁ אֶל־אֲחֻזָּתוֹ וְאִישׁ אֶל־מִשְׁפַּחְתּוֹ תָּשֻׁבוּ:  יא


Leviticus 25.10

And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants of it; it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family.


יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם

Law Chem Yoh Vayl Hee Tee Hih Yeh

It shall be for you a Jubilee

י10 ו6 ב2 ל30    ה5 ו6 א1 = 60

ת400 ה5 י10 ה5   ל30 כ20 ם40 = 510

570 = 60 + 510


Now there is much, much more to the Gematria 570 including but not limited to Yoh Vahl  Hee   Tee Yeh  Law Chem, meaning 'It shall be for you a Jubilee.' Leviticus 25.10.  In other words, wearing Tefillin is an expression of freedom.   Observing the mitzvah of putting the Tefillin on, which is like the accumulation of seven Sabbatical years {7 x 7 = 49} in that it is approaching the fiftieth year, the year of Jubilee, just as wearing Tefillin is a spiritual act whereby one elevates towards the fiftieth level.  Wearing Tefillin is an expression of our superiority over Yetzer Raw and Raw Shaw. 


There are many other expressions that reinforce the powerful sign of donning Tefillin and reciting the Shema and Shemoneh Esrei.  This is a very deep subject! 


Rev Shlomo Carlebach related the following story at the Lubavitcher Rebbe's funeral. He said that there was no distance between the Rebbe and every other Jew in the world. He said when one would come before the Rebbe  that the Rebbe knows you. He knows you in this life or in a previous life. Rebbe Shlomo said that while doing a concert in Israel a non religious Yid came up to him. They talked.  He was becoming reform. Shlomo asked him a question. What turned you on? 


He said, I got divorced. My children don't talk to me. I feel very lonely. I have children. Then one morning there's a bang on his door. He opens the door and two Yidden with beards are standing outside. 


They said to him, We are coming to you in the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He wants you to put on the Tefilin. 


The man says,  What? The Lubavitcher Rebbe wants me to put on Tefilin. He thinks, Hummmm... There is a Yid in the world that cares so much for me that he wants me to put on Tefillin.  Dear Reader the Lubavitcher Rebbe knew the power of wearing Tefillin.


Yid I would really appreciate it if you would join with me by sharing in the mitzvah of putting on Tefilin...



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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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Gematria Shemot Tezaveh - 8

Exodus 27.20 - 30.10


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Exodus 28.3

וְאַתָּה תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־כָּל־חַכְמֵי־לֵב אֲשֶׁר מִלֵּאתִיו רוּחַ חָכְמָה וְעָשׂוּ אֶת־בִּגְדֵי אַהֲרֹן לְקַדְּשׁוֹ לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי1:1


And you speak to all wise of heart Them that are completely filled with the Spirit of Wisdom And they shall make everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothes for Aaron To sanctify [to serve] as a Priest to Me.


Shemot / Exodus 19.6

וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים

וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר

תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל1:1


And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests And a sanctified nation These are the Words that you shall say to B'nei Israel.


The purpose for comparing is to point out that just as the Kohan Gadol and the Kohanim are sanctified through clothing as stated in Shemot 28.3 so is every Jew because we are a kingdom of Priests to the entire world. There are several points to consider.


First is that Kal Israel is sanctified through clothing just as the Kohan Gadol and the Kohanim are. Our sanctified clothing is different from theirs.


Second is the concept of making sanctified clothing. Ha Torah Says, 'And they shall make everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothes for Aaron'. What does this mean? It means there is a plan, a pattern to follow and there is a goal. How does this apply to us? Are we to wear clothing like the Kohan Gadol or the Kohanim? What is the point?


The point is clothing is sanctified. Marriage is sanctified. Israel is sanctified. The Kohanim are sanctified. The Kohan Gadol is sanctified. Each of these are sanctified through clothing. One of the keys is 'speak to all wise of heart'. It is important to have direction with the clothes we cover ourselves with. Another point is that ONLY those who are completely filled with the Spirit of Wisdom can be selected to make this sanctified clothing. Making sanctified clothing require Chochmah / Wisdom and being over flowing with the Spirit of Wisdom... How many clothing designers and manufactures meet these requirements? Why are these important requirements?


Think about the importance of making Holy / Sanctified clothing. Only few have the wisdom to qualify. Why is wisdom so important? It is because those of us who are not as enlightened may make the wrong pattern or may select the wrong material. Remember we are forbidden to mix Shaatines, i.e. mix wool and linen within the same garment...


Why Jewish men should wear a Kippah and women should not...


Why Jewish men should wear a Tallit with Tzitzit and women should not...


Why our Sages Teach ladies should follow the custom of wearing a head covering... What types of head coverings...


Why our Sages Teach ladies should not wear mens clothing... What is the definition of men's clothing?


There is a point. I think the wise of heart can discuss and fully answer all questions regarding these issues. The Wise of heart are 'OVERFLOWING' with all that is necessary to answer our questions in these areas. Their answers are compelling.


Clothing is a material thing with a Spiritual purpose. When HaTorah Says these are the clothes you shall make we can begin to understand material things are sanctified for holy purposes...


Exodus 28.4

And these, the Clothes that he shall make:

Breast plate

and a Eiphod

and a robe

and a checkered undershirt

a turban

a sash-belt

And make sanctified garments For Aharon you brother And for the sons to serve Me as Priests.


Exodus 31.10

And everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothing of the service And everything from Aleph to Tav of the sanctified clothing for Aharon the Priest And everything from Aleph to Tav of the clothing the sons for Priests


Shemot / Exodus 28.5

And he, Moses went down from the Mountain To the people [B'nei Israel] And sanctified everything from Aleph to Tav of the people And they immersed [themselves] and their clothing


Bereisheit / Genesis 35.2

And Jacob said to his household And to all the people with him Get rid of everything from Aleph to Tav of these the foreign gods in your midst Purify yourselves and change your garments.


Yisaiah / Isaiah 61.3

To appoint to them that mourn in Tzion To give to them Beauty instead of dust / ashes Oil for Joy instead of mourning The Garment Mantel of Praise instead of the spirit of heaviness And to call themselves Leaders of the Righteousness who are planted by The Lord for Beauty / Glory.


בֶגֶד Beged, meaning Garment has the exact same letters as בָּגָד bagad, meaning to betray, to deceive. The difference is how clothing is designed and how clothing is worn.


My wife Brachah Rivkah says,


There is a physical function of clothing and a spiritual function of clothing.


Clothing can be a distraction.


Clothing is intended to be Spiritual.


Our clothes show how we Honor and Glorify The Lord.


Our clothing communicates messages to the world.


What message am I sending?


Marriage Clothing

A wife gives her husband a Tallit to wear during prayers this is a special sign that to many means he is married. This depends upon the custom. However the point is he covers himself with the cloth garment his wife has prepared or purchased for him. He secludes himself within the Tallit. He communes with the Creator within the Tallit. It is like the tallit is a garment that wraps around their marriage.


Adam and Chavah were enwrapped by the Glory of our Creator. This means they were in the center of Tiferet / Beauty. Adam was not on the left and Chavah was not on the right. They were in the exact center. This is the Spiritual place for marriage. This is correct. Spiritual attraction is the greatest. Physical attraction may draw us to an individual. Spiritual attraction is what keeps spouses engaged and in love with each other. Adam and Chavah were in the center of God's Glory. When they departed the center of God Glory is when each sinned. When they sinned they were outside of Tiferet...


The clothing of the kohanim and kohen gadol are called begadim.


The kohen gadol's primary function was to provide atonement. Each piece of his clothing provided atonement for specific sins. [See Exodus 28.4]


Only Aaron's garments are composed of blue, purple, scarlet, gold and twined thread. These are the same materials that comprise the curtains of the Mishkan.


On the Kohen Gadol's forehead was a plate engraved saying Holy to the Almighty. Ramban Says that the commandment to dress the High Priest in garments for glory (kavod) and splendor (tiferet) is not only to enhance the status of the priest himself, but also to enhance the Glory of God.


לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי

Lee Chah Hah No - Lee - To Be A Priest to Me

To Serve Me

ל30 כ20 ה5 נ50 ו6 ל30 י10 = 151


אָקִים

Aw Keem - I will Establish

א1 ק100 י10 ם = 151


These Words are rare. לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי Lee Chah Hah No - Lee, - To Be A Priest to Me To Serve Me occurs only three times in the Torah Portion of the Bible. אָקִים Aw Keem, - I will Establish occurs only twice in the Torah portion of the Bible. In the first, לְכַהֲנוֹ־לִי our Creator is Saying the office of High Priest is for the purpose of serving Me. In the second Word, אָקִים the Creator 'Established' the Covenant with Yitzchok / Isaac and the Office of Prophet.

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Exodus 25.1 - 8

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, that they bring me an offering; from every man that gives it willingly with his heart you shall take my offering. And this is the offering which you shall take from them; gold, and silver, and bronze, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and goats' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for the anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set on the ephod, and on the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.


Some years ago several rabbium, and I founded and operated a non profit program. We solicited new and used gifts from our community. The organization gave the gifts to Jewish educational institutions that needed them, sold others gifts to raise funds for Jewish education and discarded the unusables. We were paid for bulk clothing and shoes etc. One day we were having a yard sale. Many items were on display, including a dozen or so bikes in very rough condition. A middle aged man seemed to be taking an interest in these bikes. A few of us noticed. We thought maybe he was a bike dealer. After a while I approached him to begin a conversation. The first words out of his mouth were, 'It's amazing what junk some people will give to a non profit organization.'


Over the years I have experienced and shared many humorous and sad stories. I cannot count the times someone has said to me, 'Akiva, it's amazing the discards people try to pawn off on non profits.'

It is one thing to give away a useless piece of discarded junk and an entirely different matter to give away a priceless, warm, special treasure that happily lives in your home or office.

This week's parshat is saying only certain things belong in God's House. Only certain chosen items can live in the Mishkon. Other items cannot connect or attach to what is designated as Holy, as Separated for the Mishkon and its purpose and its service.

Now this is a problem for some of us. We struggle understanding the designation of HOLY or SEPARATED! In Judaism we have many categories that The Lord has said are Holy and that The Lord has Separated. It is unfortunate when we fail to comprehend the elevated status of these items. In Judaism we take certain mundane items, things, articles, clothing, seforim, places, animals, birds, fish, people; and we separate them and bless them. These items become Holy! They become Sanctified to The Lord.

We are suppose to have a standard in Judaism. The Lord is the architect, the general contractor, the purchasing agent, the builder and the inspector. He determines how things are done. This week's parshat relates the material for the construction of the Mishkon along with the exact construction details.

ONLY CERTAIN MATERIALS are usable in the Mishkon. PERIOD! These materials were selected by God! They are the only ones that can be used! In Judaism things are done a certain way. Judaism is NOT one of these flexible mix and match kinds of religions! The same God who said ONLY THESE ITEMS CAN BE USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MISHKON IS THE SAME GOD WHO DEFINED JUDAISM!

God set a standard for Jews to live by and that is what we had better do! If we want God to live in our house then it has to have the material that God has prescribed. It has to be built according to God's directions. God will not live in a house built with unsanctified materials. God will not live in a house constructed in a way other than He has directed. This is one of many reasons why intermarriage is SO VERY WRONG FOR THE JEW! It's a mix and match of materials! God cannot sanctify the relationship! IT IS WRONG!

There was an individual who was employed to work on a particular project. He was the purchasing agent for this project. His responsibility was to acquire the material according to the required specifications. Years later that structure developed problems. An investigation was made. The investigator determined that the purchasing agent ordered an inferior product, a product not acceptable according to the required specifications. This man was terminated from that company and held responsible for his actions. Why is it that we can understand this, but we cannot understand 
God's instruction?

There was another man who was a general contractor on a project. He was responsible for building a custom home. He modified a room from the original plans by just six inches without telling anyone. He saved thousands of dollars because of his modification. This modification was not discovered until the owners were moving in. Their grand piano would not properly fit in its designated area. Why? A special area, a balcony overlooking the front room lounge designed just for this very expensive and impressive piano was modified. Can you imagine the frustration? Can you imagine the problem? The custom home was perfect except for... Years went into the planning and now...

Dear reader, God has made a plan that He expects to be followed. Our junky discards are unusable and unacceptable. God requires men and women with a GENEROUS HEART, people who will follow His instructions. God wants people who will not attempt any substitutions or modifications. Modifications by men and women will NOT WORK in God's plan. Otherwise they are no longer God's Plans.

Dear Reader this was a problem for Cain, the son of Adam and Eve. He brought spoiled flax seed as an offering. His offering was rejected. He was angry with God because his offering was rejected. Is this what we want? 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 144

תְּרוּמָה

Terumah means donation, a portion set aside

ת400 ר200 ו6 מ40 ה5 = 651


Terumah - With the Terumah we cannot give away everything. - We can only a portion. God's Command to contribute to building the Mishkan even precedes His Command to actually build the Mishkan.

Each gift that was brought to build the Mishkan elevated this world. Each gift of myself that I bring to The Lord elevates a spark of creation.


Silver was used to build the framework of the Mishkan. Silver as we all know has dross and has to be refined. So we refine the silver. We remove the impurities. It must be done His way. We want a Mishkan that is useable. We want a Mishkan where He can and will Dwell.


אִמְרָתִי

Ee Mih Raw Tee = Listen to my words

א1 מ40 ר200 ת400 י10 = 651

When we do want we want who is in charge? This is perhaps like following one of the many religions in the world. Our goal should be to obey the Commands of the Creator and to stop listening to the religions of the world.


Giving with a GENEROUS HEART is important. Giving a useable gift is also very important. God has specified what He can use. What does God need from us?

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Your comment gives me the impression that you are a 'BELIEVER'. I define a believer as a dedicated individual who is closed to the Truth.  A believer remains CONVINCED that Rabbi Jesus is the Messiah, the son of God and God even when the Truth shows this is impossible. A believer is CONFIDENT there beliefs are right. Nothing anyone writes or says will alter what they believe.


We agree that Rabbi Jesus was a Jewish Rabbi that Matthew, Mark, Luke and John wrote about. We agree that the Messiah must come from the Tribe of Judah.


Michah 5.1

But you, Beth-Lehem Ephratah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he come forth to Me, he who is to be ruler in Israel; and his origin is from ancient time, from days of old.


Jeremiah 23.5 - 6

Behold, the days come, Says The Lord, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he shall be called, "The Lord is Our Righteousness". 


Psalms 132.11 - 12

The Lord has sworn in truth to David; he will not turn from it; One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. 12  If your children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon your throne for evermore.


We both agree that Matthew 1.18 says Jesus was the son of Mary


'Now the birth of Jesus [who christians call] Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.'


We agree that 'IF" The Holy Ghost fathered Jesus then Joseph was not Jesus father. If The Holy Ghost Fathered Jesus then Joseph was at best only Jesus Step-Father. 


Matthew informs us that Joseph was not Jesus father we cannot HONESTLY say or TRUTHFULLY CLAIM that Rabbi Jesus was from the tribe of Judah or of the seed of David based on his Step-Father's genealogy. So Joseph's Genealogy in Matthew does not support Rabbi Jesus as being from the Tribe of David or the seed of David. 


Matthew clearly tells us that the genealogy in Matthew 1:16 was that of Jesus Step Father.  He wrote, 'And Jacob fathered Joseph the husband of Mary of whom Jesus was born who [Christians] call Christ.'


I compared the Genealogy in Matthew 1.1 - 17 to the Genealogy in I Chronicles 1.27 - 3.19 and Observed that for some reason Matthew omitted 5 names from Rabbi Jesus Genealogy. The genealogies in Chronicles are well established. They were written more than 480 years before was written Matthew. They were vetted.


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Matthew states, 'So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.'  


Does your Bible say this? This is WRONG! There were 19 generations from Babylon to Jesus birth. Matthew says there are 14 generations but there are actual 19. Someone is mistaken! This is an error! Who made this error? This is why I call the Christian writings The Foreign Testament. The writings have errors. They are not perfect. They have mistakes.


So what about Mary? Is the genealogy in Luke Mary's genealogy?  Christian scholars did not know there were two versions of genealogy until around the 17th century. When this was discovered they were obviously very concerned. What were they going to do? The Genealogies did not match. At that time it was suggested that one genealogy was Mary's and the other Joseph's. H. D. M. Spence and Joseph S. Exell editors, The Pulpit Commentary Volume 22 Epistles of Peter, John and Jude. The Revelation (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, reprint 1975) pp. 135, 169


HOWEVER,  this does not help Christians because Luke writes  Mattatha was the son of Nathan who was the son of David in Luke 3:31. This is a HUGE PROBLEM for Christians because the Messiah MUST be a descendant of Solomon who was a descendant of David. 


2 Samuel 7.12 - 13

'And [David] when your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who shall issue from your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.' 


Nathan the son of David in Luke 3:31 did not build The Holy Temple for The Lord God. Solomon built The Holy Temple for The Lord God. The Prophecy clearly states that the one who builds the Holy Temple for The Lord God is the one whose kingdom will be established forever. 


So to conclude, Mathew 1:16 says 'Joseph was the husband of Mary'. Matthew 1:20 'Mary Your wife' Do you think it is alright to take another man's wife and impregnate her?


Matthew states that it was obvious to Joseph that Mary was pregnant and that 'he was not willing to make her a public example' and that 'he was going to put her away privily'.


Think about what Matthew wrote.  It obviously was a great surprise to Joseph to see that his wife was pregnant. Matthew says Joseph did not make her pregnant,  'before they came together'. What about Mary's mother? What about Mary's Father? What about Mary siblings? What about Mary's neighbors? What about the Jewish community Mary Lived in? What about Mary's girlfriends? 


Christians don't know the Jewish procedure for marrying. How does a man take a wife in Judaism? There are so many unknowns that Christians should be asking. Why don't you ask these questions. Put yourself in the mother's shoes. If Mary was your daughter and all of the sudden she was pregnant at the age of 12 what would you think?  How would you react? Put yourself in the father's shoes. 


Is one's imagination so impressionable that one would actually believe only Mary and Joseph knew she was nine months pregnant? How far does one have to stretch there imagination to believe this story? To what degree will Christians go to deny what is very obvious! The Lord God did NOT impregnate Mary!! Are you that easily persuaded? Are you this credulous?


It comes down to this. Do you believe what Rabbi Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5.22? 'Abstain from all appearance of evil.'


Do you think that impregnating another mans wife could have the appearance of wrong doing or evil?  I do!!


Do you think Joseph looked at his wife Mary being pregnant as being evil? I do!!


Dear Ones, some of the issues within Christianity and The Foreign Testament  result from poor translations.  Some issues exist because believers just don't really think about what is written within there own Testament and doctrines. When one comes to these ruff places in the road logic is very helpful.  For example if The Lord God says Humans should refrain from a particular action then Logic teaches us that The Angels, Spiritual Beings, and The Lord God also refrain from these actions also. This is the line of thinking when Rabbi Peter, i.e. the first Pope of the Catholic Church states in 1 Peter 1:15 - 16, 'But as he which has called you is holy, so should you be holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, You must be Holy because  I Am Holy.'


Rabbi Peter is telling Christians to practice logical thinking. If The Lord God is Holy then Christians are also suppose to be Holy. Rabbi Peter is quoting from Ha Torah, i.e


Leviticus 11.45

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


Dear Reader this is Logic. So when The Lord God Says Birds, fish, animals, trees and flowers should each mate with there own kind this means Angels are prohibited from mating with the daughters of men as described in Genesis 6.2.


Genesis 6.2

Two of the Angels] of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful; and they took as wives all those whom they chose.


Genesis 6.4

There were 'the fallen' / Giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, because [two of the Angels] of God came in to the daughters of men, and [had relationships with them and] they bore children to them, the same became mighty men of old, men of renown [Giants]. 


Genesis 6.12 - 13

And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. And God Said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them [i.e. the two fallen angels]; and, behold, I will destroy them [the two fallen angels and the offspring] with the earth.


This is why the world then was destroyed.


What are the instructions God gave to Noach?


Genesis 6.17 - 20

And, behold, I, Myself, will bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, where there is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons' wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. 20  Of birds after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after its kind, two of every sort shall come to you, to keep them alive.


So we see that The Lord God punished the world then and destroyed it because two fallen angels mixed there seed with that of humans which was NOT AFTER Their own kind. Therefore The Lord God would NOT violate any form of mixing seed as described in Matthew 1.18 and 1:20.


'Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost... But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.'


Using common sense and logic while studying The Holy Scriptures is absolutely necessary. One consider from the position of common sense and logic those claims that are not within  the realm of possibilities?  


In Bereisheit / Genesis 1.11


 וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים תַּדְשֵׁא הָאָרֶץ דֶּשֶׁא עֵשֶׂב מַזְרִיעַ זֶרַע עֵץ פְּרִי עֹשֶׂה פְּרִי לְמִינוֹ אֲשֶׁר זַרְעוֹ־בוֹ עַל־הָאָרֶץ וַיְהִי־כֵן: 


11  And He, God Said, Let grass on earth [bring forth] grass, herb from their own seed, and the fruit tree making fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth; and it was so.


12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind; and God Saw that it was good. 


21 And God Created the great giants, the great ones, and every being that is alive, that lives in the waters, according to its kind,  and every kind of winged birds, according to its kind and God Saw that it was good.


24  And God Said, Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind; and it was so.


25  And God Made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind; and God Saw that it was good.


Grass mated with grass and brought forth grass. Herbs mated with herbs and brought forth herbs. Fruit trees mated with their own kind and brought forth Fruit of their kind. 


And God Saw it was good.  This means mating within one's own kind is good.  Mating outside of one's kind is not good.   


Ha Torah Prohibits mixing diverse species together. This is called Kilayim meaning,  crossbreeding seeds. Their are nine types of forbidden mixtures.

1.mixed seeds

2 grafting trees

3 seeds in a vineyard

4 cross-breeding animals, 

5 pulling cattle

6 mixing linen and wool in garments (shatnez). 

7. Animals and humans

8. Angels and humans

9. God our Creator and humans


Kilayim is prohibited by Ha Torah. Our Creator FORBIDS altering species He Established and Created as an unwarranted tampering with the categories established by God's creation. The Jerusalem Talmud interprets the verse "My statutes you shall keep" as the laws of nature. Creation comes from God, implying that the alteration of a natural law or the modification of a species constitutes an impermissible violation of creation.  http://www.coejl.org/learn/bd_artson.php

James teaches engrafting in James 1.21. Paul teaches graphing in Romans 11:17; 19; 23-24 These are forbidden by The Holy Scriptures.

They alter what God Has Created! This is forbidden.


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Bereisheit 25.27


וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ

שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ישֵׁב אֹהָלִים: כח


וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ

שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ישֵׁב אֹהָלִים: כח


וַיִּגְדְּלוּ הַנְּעָרִים וַיְהִי עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ צַיִד אִישׁ

שָׂדֶה וְיַעֲקֹב אִישׁ תָּם ישֵׁב אֹהָלִים: כח


Genesis 25.27

And the boys grew up. And it happened, Eisov was a cunning man [at 13 years of age] a hunter, a man of the field and Yaakov was a man without fault dwelling in the tents [of learning at 13 years of age].


The Torah Portion of the Bible is speaking about the time when the boys turned thirteen as noted above. It was then that each became a man. Notice the usage of the Words אִישׁ Eesh. Eisov is described as עֵשָׂו אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ a cunning man. Mystically through Gematria we learn Eisov was on the path to wisdom but made a sharp turn in the wrong direction the day Avraham died. 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 1068 - 1074



With Eisov everything was a guarded calculation based upon his accumulated knowledge, Ha Torah is Informing us that Eisov was a wise man at the age of thirteen. He was clever. He knew how to deceive. He knew how to trick others.


He was skilled in achieving what he wanted by using deceit or evasion, i.e. indirect answers. In addition Yoh Day Ah can mean to know another sexually. By this we know that Eisov was sexually active. He was all about fulfilling physical pleasures. Some men are like Eisov. They are all about themselves. It should not take long to identify Eisov like characteristics.


We have the Eisov type men in our world. They give the appearance that they are on the path to Ha Torah but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah Wisdom to only benefit themselves and to take advantage of others.


אִישׁ יֹדֵעַ

Eesh - Yoh Day Ah

א1 י10 ש300 י10 ד4 ע70 = 395


לְהַשְׂכִּיל

Lih Ha Seh Ceel

the path to Wisdom

ל30 ה5 ש300 כ20 י10 ל30 = 395


There is reason The Torah Portion of the Bible describes Eisov with the Word Eesh in two different ways. It is like Eisov had two different faces. He has the good inclination and the evil inclination. When we Observe Eisov the man who is described as a farmer we see a man who has gone through a cleansing but still struggles with his impure and evil nature. He says he is going to kill his brother. This is the evil nature. He does not kill his brother. This is the good nature. He is going to meet his brother with 400 servants. His intent seems to be evil yet he hugs his brother and invites him to travel with him. Now we know that even though we see this Gematria shows the clean good side of Eisov we realize he has a very bad side.

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 18

Genesis 18.1 - 33

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Children


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While reading Genesis 18 one Word really caught my attention this time through on our learning expedition. Please notice the seventh Word of Genesis 18.19.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1


Genesis 18.19 '

For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of 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.


Why did the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv, meaning children catch my attention? First it is because at that time in history Avraham's ONLY child was Yishmael. Yet Ha Torah Records The Lord as Using the Word, בָּנָיו Baw Nawv, 'children.' Baw Nawv occurs five times before Genesis 18.19. Baw Nawv occurs in Genesis 7.7, 13; 8.18; 9.1 and 9.8. Each occurrence means children. The Word Baw Nawv is common. Baw Nawv occurs in 230 Passukim / Verses of Ha Tenach. The first Letter of Baw Nawv is ב / Bet, meaning house. Bet is the second Letter of the Aleph Bet [Hebrew Alpha Bet]. The Letter Bet Represents בית Bah Yeet, meaning House; בראשית / Bereisheit / means in the beginning. ברוך / Baw Rook, means blessings. ברא Baw Raw means to create. בן / Ben means Son and בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv, means children. This is just a very small sampling of what the Letter ב Bet Represents. Mystically we observe the connection to parenting and children. We observe that a good parent tries to build a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings of their children.


Why did The Lord Use the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv? Well.,we cannot second guess the Creator. However we do know that בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv can represent children and grandchildren. בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv can also represent sons. We know that Avraham had eight sons, Yishmael, Yitzchok, Zimran, Yokshon, Medan, Midian, Yishbok and Shuach. Only Yitzchok was the son of the Covenant בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv represents Yitzchok and his children and grandchildren etc. and בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv represents all eight of Avraham's sons. It should not be difficult for us to understand Ha Torah's Intention in the use of the Word בָּנָיו / Baw Nawv. It is clear that The Lord Made direct reference to both Yishmael and Yitzchok and indirect references to the other sons of Avraham. Ha Torah Takes us further than this. Ha Torah Says, אֶת־בָּנָיו / Eht Baw Nawv, meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of Avraham's children and grandchildren. The Word Eht makes this all inclusive. The meaning is all Avraham's sons and their children and their grand children. Baw Nawv is the Gematria 68. Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria 469. Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv is the Gematria of 580. Each Gematria has important associations as all Gematria does.


Now we observe the phrase יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו / Yih Tzah Veh - Eht - Baw Nawv, meaning [Avraham] commanded his children. This phrase brings everything back into focus. The Word, יְצַוֶּה Yih Tzah Veh, meaning he [Avraham] commanded expresses much. We have already discussed this. What did Avraham command his children? Remember back in Genesis 13 entitled Traveling Towards the Altar. There we set the foundation for this discussion. Avraham was a Teacher. Avraham taught his family to observe. In a few chapters we are going to learn how Avraham dealt with children who were rebellious.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1

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For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of 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.


For every individual who is not of the bloodline of Avraham these three Words are real important. Remember back in Genesis 13 where we expanded upon the 318 servants that were born in Avraham's household? These were Noachides. They were NOT Jewish. Yet they follow observances like Avraham did.


וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו / Vih Eht - Bay Toh - Ah Chah Rawv, meaning, and everything from Aleph to Tav of the household of [Avraham]. Why is this so important? It is real important because these three Words include people from all walks of life and of all descents. Ha Torah Recorded that Avraham commanded his household after him.


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1

Genesis 18.19 '

For I know him, that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of 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.


Avraham commanded his children and his household after him, וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה / Vih Shaw Mih Roo, meaning to guard... to keep; דֶּרֶךְ / Deh Rehk, meaning the path... the way... יְהֹוָה / The Lord, meaning of The Lord. How were they to guard the path of The Lord? Remember back a few pages when we discussed Avraham as having 8 sons? Again, there is Yishmael, Yitzchok, Zimran, Yokshon, Medan, Midian, Yishbok and Shuach. Only Yitzchok was the son of the Covenant. There is a point to this. The point is None of Avraham Sons were Jewish. Yet we know that Avraham taught those 318 trained in his own house, Ha Torah. Avraham taught his 8 sons and his two grandsons Ha Torah. He taught them the Way of the Lord. The Sages may differ as to whether Avraham received all 613 Mitzvot of Ha Torah or just the Seven Laws. Yet this Passuk lays a firm foundation for ALL to learn Ha Torah just as Avraham taught others!


Bereisheit 18.19

כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת־בָּנָיו

וְאֶת־בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה

לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא

יְהוָֹה עַל־אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דִּבֶּר עָלָיו1:1


Genesis 18.19 '

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


לַעֲשׂוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט meaning to do justice and judgment; לַעֲשׂוֹת / Lah Ah Soht, meaning to do the work of צְדָקָה / Tzih Daw Kawh Tzedakah meaning charity and וּמִשְׁפָּט / Oov Mee Shi Pawt, meaning Justice. So He, Avraham, Commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah / Kindness and Charity and Justice... Avraham taught Noachides Ha Torah! Did Avraham Teach Noachides the entire Torah? I don't know! Yet, we know Avraham taught Torah!


What is the meaning here? There are children of the bloodline of Avraham who do not 'guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...' and there are disciples of Avraham who do 'guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice...' One is born of the bloodline of Avraham the other is born of the Spirituality of Avraham. Both are very important!!


The point is that Avraham was known for doing Kindness, Charity and Justice. Our Sages Teach that Yitzchok looked exactly like Avraham. People could not tell them apart from their looks or from their actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice. Yishmael was unruly. Yishmael was a thief. Yishmael was hated by those around him. See Genesis 16.12. Yishmael may have been from Avraham's bloodline but he did not do the actions of Kindness, Charity and Justice at first. On the other hand Eisov did the Commands at first then rebelled. Remember He [Avraham] commanded his children. As parents and grandparents we know that all of our children may not follow our instructions. It is our responsibility to command, i.e. teach them in the path of The Lord. It is their individual responsibility to Observe these Commands. At first Yishmael did not Observe these commands. Eisov did not Observe these commands after the age of 15. We can only Teach the path of The Lord. We cannot force our children to follow the Path of The Lord. So while they are all our children there is a difference!


Gematria Miluy

בָּנָיו

Baw Nawv, Children

בָּנָיו

בית = 412

בָּנָיו

נ50 ו6 ן50 = 106

בָּנָיו

י10 ו6 ד4 = 20

בָּנָיו

ו6 ו6 = 12


550 = 412+ 106 + 20 + 12


Gematria Regal

שֹׁמְרֵי

Sh Mih Ray

the Guardians

ש300 מ40 ר200 י10 = 550


The fullness of children is the Gematria Miluy 550. The Gematria Regal of שֹׁמְרֵי Sh Mih Ray, meaning the Guardians completes this Passuk. Even though the Word used is מִשְׁפָּט Meesh Pawt meaning Justice or Judgment it is the guardians that preform this Observance. He, Avraham commanded his children and his household after him that they guard the path of The Lord by doing the work of Tzedakah [Kindness and Charity] and Justice in order to bring upon Avraham everything from Aleph to Tav of that which The Lord Had [Spoken] upon him.

In other words Avraham's children are commanded to guard how they live in order to preserve the promises of The Lord Given to Avraham. Avraham's children are commanded to be guardians or to be just like Avraham. This tells us that Avraham was a proper example for his children. Our goal is to raise guardians of Ha Torah.


When a parent is not a proper example for their children what do they do? One begins from where they are. Try to begin repairing poor behavior. Try building on good traits.



A good parent builds a house from the beginning creating the correct atmosphere for blessings in their children. 

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Gematria Shemot Mispatim 6

Exodus 21.1 - 24.18


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Exodus 21.1

וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר

11: תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם 


And these, the Laws that set before them.


Dear Ones a while back I had the special opportunity to visit a new congregation which is just a few months old. This is the second time Revi and I visited. The first time we visited a man in the Congregation gave us his Chumash / The Five Book of Moses. Chumash means five. At that time the Congregation did not own any Chumashim.  This touched us.  As a result B'nai Noach Torah Institute gave 14 full size Stone Chumashim to the Congregation from our Seforim Fund.


Last Shabbat we visited again. It was good to see the Seforim in use. 


This Congregation was a split off another local congregation. I attempted to bring the two groups together. Both groups were challenging. They eventually worked through their differences. The end results were that wounds were healed and they came back together. However, at the time I wrote this Parshat they were still divided. 


At that time I wrote a number of Letters, spoke on the phone with each group and invited both groups to our home to discuss the matter.  These were very special individuals with different ideas about what was best for the congregation. The division was a great deal about the future of the congregation. There was a load of love and pain on both sides. Thank God over time differences were worked out.  Individuals were trying from many sides to help. Eventually several leaders from each group were able to span broken bridges, encourage trust and issues began to get resolved. 


On one of those snowy days I took my lunch break to visit their Sunday School  It was wonderful.  There were classes for the infant / preschool children up through adult. Scattered throughout the study room in the home were the Chumashim.  What a blessing.


During the visit  it was a privilege to spend about ten minutes in two classes and about twenty in another.  A board member informed me that the older children were making a Book on Rabbi Akiva.  The books were about 18" wide and 24" long.  This is a great lesson for all involved. The love and work placed into the home spun books will last for years and be used by many younger children. They are being assembled with much attention to detail.  I was impressed. Rabbi Akiva was the great Torah Sage I wrote of in the Dedication of Gematria And Mysticism IN Genesis.


In another class the Teacher informed the students that this Parshat had the most Mitzvot of all the Parshat in Ha Torah.  She used several vivid examples to convey an important meaning to her students.  She told the students, that what they already possess, is worth more than if they won a great deal of money from the lottery... and she brought her point home with more examples...


The infant / preschool children were joined by several parents.  It is especially pleasing to see parents involved  taking an interest in their child's education.  When the parent is involved it tells the child the message is important.  The children were learning the Aleph Bet and saying the names of different clothing in Hebrew. 


Dear Ones it was real good to see this start up congregation in action. It was even better when all the differences were worked out between the two groups and everyone united in Love.


This brings to the forefront an important message.  When ever congregations do not agree, or families do not agree, or husbands and wives do not agree Ha Torah still requires obedience and conformity. There is great reward in obedience!!


God Willing we are going to examine the Mysticism of Shemot 21.1.

וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר

11: תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם 


And these, the Laws that are set before them.


The Sages Say it's like preparing a banquet of many excellent foods that will entice one to eat.  The purpose of learning these Laws is to Observe them. 


וְאֵלֶּה

Vih Ay Lehh - And These

ו6 א1 ל30 ה5 = 42 

הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים

Ha Meesh Paw Teem

The Laws / Judgments

ה5 מ40 ש300 פ80 ט9 י10 ם40 = 484


Total

42 + 484 = 526


These are the Laws that came to our father Abraham in a Vision.


Genesis 15.1

 אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ

11: שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד

Genesis 15.1

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.


הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם

the word of the Lord came to Abram

ה5 י10 ה5 = 20

ד4 ב2 ר200 = 206 

26 =

א1 ל30 = 31

א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 243

Total is 20 + 206 + 26 + 31 + 243 = 526


When one observes the Laws of Ha Torah the obedience to the Laws have a reward... They have a blessing.


וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ

Vah Ah Vaw Rih Chaw

Mih Vaw Rah Cheh Chaw

And I will Bless from Your Blessing

ו6  א1  ב2  ר200 כ20  ה 5 = 234

מ40  ב2  ר200  כ20  י10 ך20  = 292

Total is 234 + 292 = 526


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Passover Limood 

Chapter Four

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Chapter 4


Lunar Year / Solar Year


The Torah portion of the Bible Teaches we are to measure our time by the sun, moon and stars. So it is proper to measure accordingly. 


Genesis 1.14

And God Said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the Heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years...


Judaism measures time several ways. We measure years F.C., i.e. From Creation. 


Catholics and Christians for the past 431 years have been measuring time in terms of years from when they estimate Jesus was conceived. This would be from around 3760 F.C. From 3760 F.C. Christians measure back using B.C. Or measure forward using A.D. There is no zero year. Jews contribute to the confusion of this system of measurement by using BCE instead of BC and CE instead of AD. Our Creator confused the languages and we have confused just about everything else. For the most part, this paragraph will not be a part of the discussion.


A Lunar month in the Bible is the time between two new moons. A new moon is reached when the moon is closest to the Sun. A new moon is the first visible crescent of the moon after conjunction with the sun.. In terms of time a lunar month is 29 days, 12 hours and 44 minutes. A Lunar month consists of either 29 or 30 days. 


In Judaism we are to Sanctify the moon. This is called, Kiddush Levanah. We say special prayers and blessings one evening, normally after Sabbath has past. We say these blessings outside of the synagogue when when we can view the moon. One may Sanctify the moon in individual prayer but it is best to do so in a minyan, i.e. with ten Jewish men above the age of twelve.


On one occasion I was saying  Kiddush Levanah at our Colorado mountain home which was close to a forest area. As I was saying the prayers a conversation with a local businessman slipped into my mind. He told me that he saw two mountain lions chasing deer on the street in front of our home around 11:00 at night. Can you imagine what it is like to  Sanctify the moon knowing a mountain Lion might be near by? 


Dear Reader the point is that where ever Jews are, we are required to Observe Kiddush Levanah. This is a very important Observance because Kiddush Levanah was the first Observance given to the Children of Israel. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p. 89.


Our Sages Teach that on the First Day of the First Month that the Lord Said,


Exodus 12.1

And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the First Month of the year to you.


From this our Sages Teach that we should go out to meet the New Moon, i.e the New Month. Rabbi Yochanan taught that one who goes out to Bless the New Moon in its proper time is like one who greets God's Presence, i.e. the Shechinah. The second purpose has to do with the Jewish People's rebirth... The Jewish people in Egypt were in decline just as the moon is once a month. Then as the moon is reborn from it's lowest point so are the Jewish people reborn. Rabbi Menachem Davis, The Shottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash Bereishis / Genesis, {Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition 1st impression 2007}, p 454.


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Gematria Shemot Beshalach 4

Exodus 13.17 - 17.16


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Constancy


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Exodus 15.22

וַיַּסַּע מֹשֶׁה אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִיַּם־סוּף וַיֵּצְאוּ אֶל־מִדְבַּר־שׁוּר וַיֵּלְכוּ שְׁלֹשֶׁת־יָמִים בַּמִּדְבָּר וְלֹא־מָצְאוּ מָיִם1:1


So Moses brought everything from Aleph to Tav of Yisrael from the Sea of Reeds, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.


וַיָּבֹאוּ מָרָתָה וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לִשְׁתֹּת מַיִם מִמָּרָה כִּי מָרִים הֵם עַל־כֵּן קָרָא־שְׁמָהּ מָרָה1:1

Exodus 15.23

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore its name was called Marah.

They came to Marah expecting one thing but got another. The intention of B'nei Israel was to find water, what they got was bitter water.


The Gematria for Marah is 245.


מָרָה

Bitter

מ40 ר200 ה5 = 245


מהר

Moh Hahr

Contract price, to hurry,

מ40 ה5 ר200 = 245


Hah Mayr

המר

Change

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


המר

Hay Mar

Embitter / Permute

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


המר

Haw Mayr

Alterations Rearrangements

ה5 מ40 ר200 = 245


רככה

Roo Chi Chawh

Softness / Tenderness

ר200 כ20 כ20 ה5 = 245


באברם

Bih Avram

Through With Avram

ב2 א1 ב2 ר200 ם40 = 245


Dear ones, it is so easy to get caught up in the emotion of the minute. B'nei Israel just experienced the greatest military victory of their lives. The greatest, most feared army of Egypt had just been annihilated. They watched as the waters came crashing down on horse, chariot and rider. They observed as foot soldier, sergeant and captain drowned in the Yam Suf / the Reed Sea. They saw their once feared tormenters eliminated in an instant, never to bother them again. Under such circumstances it is extremely difficult not to get caught up in the singing and rejoicing. After all, this was a very great victory. This was a powerful deliverance by The Lord.


The same can be said for tragedy. On the morning of 9-11 I was preparing to leave for work when the phone rang. The caller was our son. He stated, "Turn on your television, Avie. The World Trade Center has just been hit by a terrorist plane." I turned on the television and watched. Soon my ride to work arrived at the door. He came in. I asked if he had heard the news. He said, "What news?" I invited him to join me. We sat their stunned as the events of the day unfolded. We decided to not go to work that day. We watched for hours....


Holy reader, it is easy to get caught up in festivities and in tragedies. We must be careful. While we need to rejoice and mourn we must still remain constant in our observance of Torah study. If we allow ourselves to be drawn away or permit ourselves to be attracted to something other than what it is we should be doing, we may be endangering our own existence. This is what happened to B'nei Israel in Parshat Beshalach. This is what can and occasionally may happen to us. We must be careful.


In all the rejoicing, B'nei Israel neglected to study The Torah for three days. Their neglect immediately resulted in the evaporation of their entire water supply. B'nei Israel went for three days without water and without studying The Torah. Their rejoicing almost immediately turned into tragedy. Over three million people were in need of water. The mothers, children and fathers needed water. Millions of sheep and cattle needed water. The vast herds grew weak. Everyone was searching for water. No one could find water. Things were quickly becoming desperate.


The point is being constant in times of rejoicing and tragedy. The point is remaining constant in all types of weather. This is why our Sages instituted the reading of Torah on Shabbat, Monday and Thursday so B'nei Israel would never again go three days without Torah study. You see we became so involved in a good thing... a great deliverance... a great victory... a powerful miracle that we neglected a very important thing, our Torah study.


So even though there are times that by accident or need we are drawn away from our important responsibilities of studying Torah, during each day our sages have placed a guard... a fence... a protection in our path to protect us from the bitter waters. That guard is consistency. It is good to rise at the same time each day. It is good to study at the same time each day. It is good to pray at the same time each day. In other words, it is important to develop a life built on consistency. I refer to this as digging a rut. When a Jew has deep ruts to follow throughout life it is much easier. There is nothing wrong in hugging deep ruts. They keep us consistent. They keep up us in place, God Willing, the right place. What I am saying is that for the observant Jew there is always a place that we are supposed to be and normally that is good. The problem erupts when we get out of our rut. Emergencies, vacations, meetings all have the potential of drawing us away from where we are supposed to be and away from what we should be doing. As an author of parshat studies each week, I must carefully guard my time. Studying, preparation and writing require many hours each week. I spend hours at work each week and driving between home and work. Each day begins with prayer. The night normally concludes with supper before bedtime and prayer. The days are long. The nights are short. Every minute of the day is scheduled in some form.


Dear Reader it does not matter how high one can climb. One can fall just as far. These principles are not for you alone but for me also. They are for all of us. One of the guards or fences the Rabbis strongly encourage is living in a Jewish Community. I did not use the word Orthodox for a purpose. Live next door to Jews. Live across the street from Jews. Live down the block from Jews. I appreciate the wisdom of living in a community. Several of the great mistakes in my life have been living outside the Jewish Community. Choose a community that is large enough to allow for some privacy. Choose a community with choices of many congregations. If it is not possible to live in a community then associate closely with the community. Attend studies, events, social gatherings daily prayer and Sabbath services when possible. Remember the waters of Marah were bitter but Ha Torah is sweet.


Psalms 19.8 - 12

The Torah of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward.


If we make the right changes we can avoid a lot of bitterness.

One Sabbath, while camping near Triangle Circle, about 26 miles up in the mountains above New Castle, Colorado, several family members took a hike. It was intended to be a short hike. We could not carry. It did not turn out that way. We refers to this hike as the Nine Mile Hike. We do not know how long it actually was. However, hours later by the time we found our way back to camp we were very thirsty.


I saw this water bottle lying there. I was very thirsty. I picked it up and removed the cap. I began to drink. I rinsed my mouth. After a couple of gulps I spit the rest out. PHEW!! Have you ever opened a plastic water bottle that has been sitting in the sun for a long time? Not only is it hot but it has a horrible taste. I can only imagine what it was like for B'nei Yisroel after traveling three days without water and then to see this wonderful looking oasis with what appeared to be refreshing water. Can you imagine bending down to drink this water? Can you imagine how awful the water tasted. B'nei Yisroel could not drink the water because it was so bitter.


We allowed our good intended walk to take us away from where we need to be. We allowed our walk to place us in a difficult place.


A friend from the Jewish Community stopped by my place of employment. During our brief conversation he asked, "Akiva, what day do you have off?" I responded, "Truthfully, only Shabbat!"


Dear ones, I remember the words of a Teacher who studied with me. He said something to the effect of, 'Akiva, there is never a time for a Jew to let his hair down. We are always suppose to be aware of God's Presence.' A Jew should always be somewhere. That somewhere is planned. That somewhere is prepared. That somewhere is deliberate. Unfortunately, B'nei Israel allowed themselves to be drawn out of that consistent cycle that my teacher spoke of. We must guard our constancy. May The Lord bless us with being great rut huggers!


We must be careful to fill our cups with The Torah several times a week. We must stay true to our agreements. Our actions God Willing will keep our water delightful...

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 15

Genesis 15.1 - 21

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Prophecy


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Dear Reader, there is a great deal that happens in Genesis 15 which is especially known as the 'Covenant between the Pieces.' Avram is seventy years old. Sarai is Sixty years old. This was in year 2,018 From Creation. It was their first venture into Eretz Canaan. They would visit then return to Charan. They would leave Charan for the last time in 2,023 From Creation. That is five years away.


In Chapter 15 we learn:


The Lord is Avram's shield - מָגֵן


Avram and Sarai were childless


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


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


Avram is instructed to sacrifice...


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


The Lord will Judge the nation responsible...


His Descendants would come forth with great wealth.


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


The Lord and Avram made a covenant.


Avram was informed,


Genesis 15.16

וְאַתָּה תָּבוֹא אֶל־אֲבֹתֶיךָ בְּשָׁלוֹם תִּקָּבֵר בְּשֵׂיבָה טוֹבָה1:1


And you shall go to your fathers in peace;

you shall be buried in a good old age.


Genesis 15 Teaches us about death.


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


Let's examine the mysticism of Children.


Bereisheit 15.1

אַחַר ׀ הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה הָיָה דְבַר־יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם בַּמַּחֲזֶה לֵאמֹר אַל־תִּירָא אַבְרָם אָנֹכִי מָגֵן לָךְ שְׂכָרְךָ הַרְבֵּה מְאֹד1:1


Genesis 15.1

After these Words, it happened the Word of The Lord came to Avram in a vision [in an ecstatic state] saying, 'Fear not Avram, I am your shield. Your reward is very great'.


Listen, Avram was an astrologer. He could see in the stars that he as Avram and his wife as Sarai would not have children.


בַּמַּחֲזֶה

Our Sages Teach that there are ten designations for prophecy, 

[ נָבוֹאָה ].

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 14

Genesis 14.1 - 24

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Struggling With Our Nature


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Bereisheit 14.1

וַיְהִי בִּימֵי אַמְרָפֶל מֶלֶךְ־שִׁנְעָר אַרְיוֹךְ מֶלֶךְ אֶלָּסָר

כְּדָרְלָעֹמֶר מֶלֶךְ עֵילָם וְתִדְעָל מֶלֶךְ גּוֹיִם1:1


Genesis 14.1

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


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


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


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


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


Nimrod meaning hunter

נ50 מ40 ר200 ו6 ד4 = 300


Ni May Ree meaning tigerish or tiger like

נ50 מ40 ר200 י10 = 300


Inclination

י10 צ90 ר200 = 300


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


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Gematria Shemot Va'eira 2/2

Exodus 6.2 - 9.35


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ONE God


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Exodus 6.2

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה עַתָּה תִרְאֶה אֲשֶׁר אֶעֱשֶׂה לְפַרְעֹה כִּי בְיָד חֲזָקָה יְשַׁלְּחֵם וּבְיָד חֲזָקָה יְגָרֲשֵׁם מֵאַרְצוֹ1:1


And The Lord Said to Moses, soon you will see what [I will do to] Pharaoh. For with [My] strong hand [he will] send them out and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.


Exodus 6.3

וַיְדַבֵּר אֱלֹהִים אֶל־מֹשֶׁה וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אֲנִי יְהוָֹה1:1


And He, God Spoke to Moses, And He Said to him, I am The Lord.


Exodus 6.4

וָאֵרָא אֶל־אַבְרָהָם אֶל־יִצְחָק וְאֶל־יַעֲקֹב בְּאֵל שַׁדָּי וּשְׁמִי יְהֹוָה לֹא נוֹדַעְתִּי לָהֶם1:1


And [ I ] Appeared to Abraham, to Jacob and to Issac as God Almighty and not by My Name The Lord. [I] did not reveal to them.


The Word נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee means 'reveal'. The Gematria of נוֹדַעְתִּי Noh Dah Tee is 540

נוֹדַעְתִּי

Noh Dah Tee

נ50 ו6 ד4 ע70 ת400 י 10 = 540


שָׁמַר

Shaw Mahr

To Guard

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


A revelation from God is very special. We must carefully guard revelations. We have to be careful not to loose what we have. We have to be careful to keep the rust off the revelations the Creator Gives us. His revelations are precious to us. My Rabbi once spoke to me. He said, 'Akiva, do you know how fortunate you are? You have heard the Voice of God at least four times. I have never heard the Voice of God. I envy you!! You are truly Blessed!' He is right!


Dear Reader the Torah portion of the Bible was given to Moses by the Voice of God. The Torah is a revelation of God! No other Book of the Bible was spoken to the Writer Word for Word. In this chapter we are going to review how God [singular] Spoke these Words.


The Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural. אֱלֹהִים means gods when it is not used in reference to God as Judge or Creator. Even though the Name אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is plural אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem is ALWAYS used as singular when reference is made to God as Creator. Why? אֱלֹהִים El Loh Heem our Creator is One. The Name אֱלֹהִים is singular in Exodus 6,3. The Name אֱלֹהִים is always used with the singular intent when used in reference to God.


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 13

Genesis 13.1 - 18

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Traveling Towards The Altar


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Chapter - 13 Traveling Towards the Altar 


Bereisheit  / Genesis 13.1 - 18


Bereisheit 13.1

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


Genesis 13.1

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


Bereisheit 13.2

וְאַבְרָם כָּבֵד מְאֹד בַּמִּקְנֶה בַּכֶּסֶף וּבַזָּהָב1:1


Genesis 13.2

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


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


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


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


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


י-ה-ו-ה

The Lord

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26


כָּבֵד

Burden down

כ20 ב2 ד4 = 26


יודו

Yoh Doo / Tp praise, to offer thanksgiving

י10 ו6 ד4 ו6 = 26

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

אברהם = 5 

יצחק = 4

יעקב = 4 

שרה = 3

רבקה = 4

רחל = 3

לאה = 3

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26 


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


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

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My Biblical Historical Calendar Book covers many goals for all walks of life. My calender is a religious calendar and a compilation of many prized wild life photographs including trophy Mule Deer, Elk, Rocky Mountain Goats, Coyotes and Foxes and beautiful birds.


The Biblical Historical Calendar Book focuses on the History of the Bible and the beauty of nature. There is a great deal to learn about the Bible's Calendar while at the same time enjoying some breath taking wildlife photographs. My goal is to provide the reader with interesting information about the measurement of time in the Bible and more than a dozen photographs from my prized nature and wildlife photograph collection. Many will wonder how i got within just a few feet of most of these wild animals.


The Biblical Historical Calendar Book will open the doors to many special journeys in time. The reader will walk in the paths of Noah, Abraham and Moses. Readers will learn how today's calendar is much different from the Biblical Calendar. We will learn why the calendar was changed and how that has impacted us.


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Dr. Akiva Gamliel translates a few words in this book that could change your life, make the foundation of your beliefs tremble and perhaps collapse or validate what you thought was true. Dr. Akiva Gamliel sheds light on the issues of Salvation, Sin, Repentance and many other issues. If you are a seeker of Truth this book will be a light on your path dispelling myths and untruths.


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My wife, Revi and I were traveling up the interstate when all of the sudden we came upon this huge sign. We were informed that we could not get off our normal place of exit.  It was closed for repairs. Now we would be forced to follow this detour that went on for miles. We eventually reconnected with the road we would have exited at. Oh relief, no more detour.  Road Closed signs and detours can be very frustrating.  


Many readers of Would You Like To Be Jewish know what it feels like to be placed on this endless road of detours towards their goal of converting to Judaism.  Some of you visited with a Rabbi who may have said, something like this, 'Why do you want to convert? Why do you want to be Jewish? We don't do conversions in Judaism.'  You ended up walking away disappointed, angered, exasperated, annoyed and very dissatisfied. Eventually you find a rabbi that agrees to do the conversion. Then you find out he charges thousands of dollars to do conversions and the conversation will take several years. Now you are steaming. You think, how can this be?  All these detours keep popping up! 


Some of the detours or road closed signs are the result of what we perceive Judaism to believe and to teach.  In this book we bring clarity.  We close the gaps and fill in blank pages.  I explain why we have issues with Jesus. We carefully review a few of these issues. When the reader understands our issues then our issues will be come the reader's issues. You will understand and identify.  We study inspiration and revelation. We discuss and compare the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Writings. Have you ever read the NIV Bible's Introduction to each Book in the Christian Writings?  Read Author and Date. Take away the speculation, the theories, the conjectures and the guesses and so much of what is left is blank.  We go behind the scenes to learn how the Bible was written and copied. What precautions were followed to eliminate errors etc. When one sees how this comes together road closed signs are removed. Individual objections... beliefs... doctrines that have held one back from their heart's desire to convert to Judaism diminish to a size where we can deal with them.


Dear Reader if you are supposed to return to Judaism or to convert to Judaism my book will help you.  If your soul stood at Mount Sinai to receive the Observances then this book will be helpful.  Even if you don't want to be Jewish but want to learn about Judaism my book will be helpful.  May the Creator of the Universe help each of us be the people we are supposed to be. Each book in this series will reveal greater detail as we study along together. I share a number of stories and insights. 


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