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Parshat Devarim Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26.1 - 29.1 - 8

Time: A Time To Acknowledge We Are Blessed!

Lesson Seven


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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

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Once the Land of Israel is conquered, Jewish farmers will settle the land and plant crops of grain, i.e. wheat, oats, rye, barley and spelt.  Then at a period in Time after these Times they will harvest their First Fruit.'

In this week's Parshat, we learn about rejoicing because of all the good The Lord God Has Given to us.

Devarim 26.11

וְשָׂמַחְתָּ   בְכָל־הַטּוֹב   אֲשֶׁר נָתַן־לְךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וּלְבֵיתֶךָ אַתָּה וְהַלֵּוִי וְהַגֵּר אֲשֶׁר בְּקִרְבֶּךָ: ס

Deuteronomy 26.11

You shall rejoice with all the good that the Lord your God Gave you, and your household, and the Levi, and the proselyte in your midst.

All the good is the Gematria of 74. Eternity is also the Gematria 74. We are learning about time and Gematria. Here we have a unique connection between time and Gematria. 

We also learn why it is so important to Observe ALL 613 Mitzvot of The Torah. In this Parshat we learn of the Blessings and curses. Deuteronomy 27.26 states the last curse. 

Devarim 27.26

אָרוּר אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָקִים אֶת־דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה־הַזֹּאת לַעֲשׂוֹת אוֹתָם וְאָמַר כָּל־הָעָם אָמֵן: פ

Deuteronomy 27.26

Cursed is the one that does not stand up for everything from Aleph to Tav of The Words of This, The Torah to perform Them and all The People said, 'Amen!.

If and when the People of Israel do not Observe a Mitzvot of Ha Torah this is a point in Time that one is cursed. Why am I pointing this out? It is because every Observance of The Torah is important. Well-meaning individuals attempt to persuade The People of Israel that the Observances in The Torah are filled and that we no longer need to Observe them. They mean well but they are mistaken! We discussed this in Chapter Five.

We are the Holy p\People because we have responsibilities to Observe The 613 Commands of The Torah. Observing the 613 Commands separates the people of Israel from the rest of the world. The Holy Scripture is informing us that we have a choice to be blessed or to be cursed. No one wants to be cursed!  The Parshat concludes with a reminder of what is is like to be Blessed.

Deuteronomy 28.1 - 8

And it shall come to pass, if you shall give heed diligently to The Voice of The Lord your God, to observe and to do All His Commandments which I command you this day, that the Lord your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth;  And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your cattle, the produce of your cows, and the flocks of your sheep. Blessed shall be your basket and your store. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways. The Lord shall command the blessing upon you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand to, and he shall bless you in the land that the Lord your God gives you. 

The Lord Said,

Genesis 12.2 - 3

'And I Will Make of you a great nation, and I Will Bless you, and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you; and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.'

Folks don't understand that the blessing for the people of Israel comes from our faithful adherence to do what The Lord God Has Commanded. If we fail to do what the Lord has commanded us, we are cursed. When we Observed the 613 Commands in the Torah, we are blessed.

On one day somewhere in the last Days of Moses's life, He took the time to remind us of this important principle of Observing every Command of the Torah. Now, Thousands of Years Later there are many Commands in the Torah that we cannot Observe. I shared a few in Chapter Five. Even though there are some Commands, we cannot fulfill we should do our very best to Observe the Commands that are within our reach. Honestly, This is not about how long one prays or studies The Torah each Day. It's about the sincerity of one's heart And the attitude that we possess. This returns us to the Gematria of 74. We are to express thanks and appreciation for every good thing the Lord Gives us.


Vih Cawl - Hah Tohv / In All The Good [The Lord Has Given us]

ב2 כ20 ל30  ה5 ט9 ו6 ב2 = 74

What do we say each Day in our prayers?

Psalms 145. 

David's Psalm of praise. I will extol you, my God, O king; and I will bless your Name for ever and ever. Every day I will bless you, and I will praise your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and of your wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of your awesome acts, and I will declare your greatness. They shall utter the fame of your great goodness, and shall sing of your righteousness. The Lord is Gracious and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of abundant loving kindness. The Lord is good to all, and His Mercies are over all His works. All your works shall praise you, O Lord; and your pious ones shall bless you.


Ahd / Ahd Eternity

ע70 ד4 = 74


Ayd  / Witness

ע70 ד4 = 74


Yee Sahd / To Appoint / To set up

י10 ס60 ד4 = 74

Psalms 119.89 

Forever, O Lord is Your Word fixed in Heaven.

What did we read in Deuteronomy 28.1? 'And it shall come to pass if you shall give heed diligently to The Voice of The Lord your God...'

Each Time we thank The Lord God for what He Has Given us is a Point in Time! Each of us should have many of these points in Time. We choose the appointed Time to say 'Thank you!'.  We are the witnesses of His Blessings throughout eternity.

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 24

Genesis 24.1 - 67

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The Blessing Of Abraham - 24

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Genesis 24

The Blessing Of Abraham

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

As Abraham and Isaac journey from their  experiences on Mount Moriah among the things that occur to Abraham was the  thought if Isaac had of died on Mount Moriah he would not have fulfilled the Mitzvah / the Observance of having children. It is God's Desire for us to father and mother children. The awareness of Isaac dying without children was interrupted by a revelation from the Lord God recorded in Genesis 21.20 - 24. The Lord God Informed Abraham that Isaac's Berschert, i.e. His God appointed mate Rebekah was born to his Brother, Nachor's eighth son Bethuel. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 817.

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

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

Genesis 21.5

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

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

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

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

Abraham Was Blessed As He Departed Haran.

Abram had substance and servants.

Bereisheit 24.1

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

Genesis 24.1

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

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

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

וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  

Vah HaShem Bay Rahk

And The Lord Blessed

ו6 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5     ב2 ר200 ך20 = 254


Dih Raw Kheh Chaw

ד4 ר200 כ20 י10 ך20  =  254

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Bereisheit Mikeitz - 10

Genesis 41.1 - 44.17

Asnot A Praiseworthy Wife

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Osnat, A Praiseworthy Woman of Yaakov's House

Chapter 10

Bereisheit Mikeitz

Bereisheit / Genesis 41.1 - 44.17

 Bereisheit 41.45

וַיִּקְרָא פַרְעֹה שֵׁם־יוֹסֵף צָפְנַת פַּעְנֵחַ וַיִּתֶּן־לוֹ אֶת־אָסְנַת בַּת־פּוֹטִי פֶרַע כֹּהֵן אֹן לְאִשָּׁה וַיֵּצֵא יוֹסֵף עַל־אֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם:

And he, Pharaoh proclaimed Yoseif's [Egyptian] name Tzaw Pih Nat - Paheh Nay Ach and he gave everything from Aleph to Tav of Awsnat daughter of Poti Phera, Priest of On, for a wife, and He, Yoseif, emerged over the land of Mitzriam.   Bereisheit 41.45

In Parshas Mikeitz an interesting name surfaces. The name is אסנת Osnat, wife of Yoseif.  When we think of אסנת Osnat we should immediately think of אשרי Ahsh Ray... We should think of her as an individual who is praiseworthy.  We should also think of תקוה Teek Vaw...  We should think of Osnat as a woman of hope and expectation.

As a child Osnat was driven from Yaakov's house by her uncles according to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer. This was because her uncles were concerned that people would speak of licentiousness in their tents.  They were concerned that people would think that they were morally perverse.  As a result Yaakov engraved a metal plate and put it around Osnat' neck to protect her.  The metal plate was engraved with words to the effect that Osnat' parents were Shechem and Deenah and that whoever married her would be marrying a relative of Yaakov's family.  

At this point Osnat was placed under a bush in a field and left.  Her name is a derivative of the word Si Neh {thorn bush}.  Through providence a Malach {messenger} took Osnat from under the thorn bush to the house of Potifer in Mitzriam.  He and his wife raised her as their own daughter.  Twenty-two years later Pharaoh ordered that Osnat marry Yoseif to vindicate Yoseif from any guilt brought on by the false accusation of her foster mother, Potifer's wife.  Potifer's wife accused Yoseif of sexual assault.  It is at this point that we make mention of the fact that the Midrash points out that at every birth of Yaakov's sons a twin daughter was born.  The purpose was so that the sons could marry sisters as wives.  However when Yoseif was born without a twin sister this was a sign that Yoseif would marry someone else, Osnat.  See Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(b) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), pp 1800, 1801; Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah writes, Tamar was the daughter of Shem. p 829

From the inscription on the plate around her neck left under a bush she knew that she was a descendant of Yaakov as was Yoseif.  Somehow this surfaced.   

We know that Yoseif would not have married outside of his household.  So we know at some point this connection had to be revealed to both of them.  Mystically the greatness is noted in Osnat.  The Gematria of her name is 511.  This is the same Gematria as that of Ahsh Ray {praiseworthy} and Teek Vaw {expectation}.  Osnat is praiseworthy for rejecting the lies of Zulaicha. Osnat is praiseworthy for returning to Judaism and she is praiseworthy for raising her children by Yoseif's tradition instead of her own.   Her praiseworthiness is so great that all Judaism blesses their children as Yaakov blessed Ephraim and Menasheh.

Aws Nays / Aws Nayt{daughter of Deenah}

א1ס60 נ50 ת400 = 511

Ahsh Ray {Praiseworthy}

אש300 ר200 י10 = 511


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