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Parshat  Tezaveh

Exodus 27.20 - 30.10


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Four times in this week's Parshat we read the Word עוֹלָם Oh Lawm / Olam meaning Forever. עוֹלָם Olam ocurrs sixty times in Ha Torah and 218 times in The Holy Scriptures. The Hebrew Letter Samech is the Gematria Sixty. We teach The Samech is an eternal Letter because of it's design. The Samech is designed in a circle which has no beginning or end.


The מִספָּר Mispar הָכַרַךְ Haw Chah Rah Kih of  עוֹלָם Olam is 146. This points to the Gematria הַמִּצְוָה Hah Mee Tzih Vah meaning The Mitzvh which is the Gematria of 146. הַמִּצְוָה  Hah Mee Tzih Vah refers to all the Mitzvot.


Devarim 5.28  - KJV 5.31

וְאַתָּה פֹּה עֲמֹד עִמָּדִי וַאֲדַבְּרָה אֵלֶיךָ אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר תְּלַמְּדֵם וְעָשׂוּ בָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לָהֶם לְרִשְׁתָּהּ:  ס


Deuteronomy 5.28  - KJV 5.31

And as for you who stand here by me, I will speak to you all The Commandments, and The Statutes, and The Judgments, that you shall teach them, that they may do them in The Land that I give you to possess.


We are to pay strict attention to The Words  אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים which means Everything From Aleph to Tav of ALL The Commandments, And The Statutes and The Judgments. Every Observance is included. The Mitzvah, i.e. Mitzvot are stated as  אֵת כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה Ayt - Cawl -  Hah Mee Tzih Vah which in this Scripture is in reference to every Observance. No Observance is omitted. הַמִּצְוָה Hah Mee Tzih Vah is Mystically connected to  Oh Lawm / Olam meaning Forever. All Observances are forever. Eternal is written four times in our Parshat.  


Shemot 27.21

   בְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד מִחוּץ לַפָּרֹכֶת אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָעֵדֻת יַעֲרֹךְ אֹתוֹ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו מֵעֶרֶב עַד־בֹּקֶר לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדֹרֹתָם מֵאֵת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: ס



Exodus 27.21

In The Tent of Meeting outside The Veil, which is before The Testimony, Aaron and his sons shall arrange [for The Lamp to burn] from evening to morning before The Lord; This Observance shall be a חֻקַּת statute עוֹלָם for every generations from The People of Israel.


When The third Holy Temple is rebuilt The High Priest and The Priests that will light the Menorah each evening will be descendants ONLY from Aharon and Aharon's sons. 


Shemot 28.43

  וְהָיוּ עַל־אַהֲרֹן וְעַל־בָּנָיו בְּבֹאָם ׀ אֶל־אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד אוֹ בְגִשְׁתָּם אֶל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לְשָׁרֵת בַּקֹּדֶשׁ וְלֹא־יִשְׂאוּ עָוֹן וָמֵתוּ חֻקַּת עוֹלָם  לוֹ וּלְזַרְעוֹ אַחֲרָיו: ס


Exodus 28.43

All these [vestments] shall be worn by Aaron, and  his sons, whenever they enter The Tent of Meeting, or when they come near The altar to Minister in The Holy Place and not die. [Wearing The Holy Vestments while serving as a Priest] shall be a Statute Forever for him and his seed after him.


When The third Holy Temple is rebuilt The High Priest and The Priests will be required to wear The Holy Vestments as discussed in Ha Torah. How do we know this? Ha Torah Says, 'This shall be a Statute Forever for him and his seed after him.' No one else will be permitted to wear The Holy Vestments of Priesthood. Only Aharon and his descendants. Why is this written in Ha Torah. It is because other religions will make false and misleading claims about The High Priest and The Priests. This is a reminder to The People of Israel not to believe or follow religions making such claims.


Shemot 29.9

וְחָגַרְתָּ אֹתָם אַבְנֵט אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו וְחָבַשְׁתָּ לָהֶם מִגְבָּעֹת וְהָיְתָה לָהֶם כְּהֻנָּה לְחֻקַּת עוֹלָם  וּמִלֵּאתָ יַד־אַהֲרֹן וְיַד־בָּנָיו:  ס

Exodus 29.9

And you shall gird them with a sash, Aaron and his sons, and wrap the Turbans on them; [after consecrating them the responsibility of] The Priesthood and the authority shall be in Aharon's hand and in the hands of his sons. This is an Eternal Statute.


Even though other religons teach differently, Ha Torah States that The responsibility and authority for The Priesthood is exclusively for the descendants of Aharon and his sons.


Shemot 29.28

וְהָיָה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו לְחָק־עוֹלָם  מֵאֵת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל כִּי תְרוּמָה הוּא וּתְרוּמָה יִהְיֶה מֵאֵת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל מִזִּבְחֵי שַׁלְמֵיהֶם תְּרוּמָתָם לַיהוָֹה: ס


Exodus 29.28

And it shall be [that the breast and thigh from The Raised Offering] are for Aaron's and for his sons by a statute forever from The People of Israel; for it is A Raised Offering; and it shall be A Raised Offering from The People of Israel of the sacrifice of their peace offerings, and their Raised Offering to The Lord.


Despite what others teach the Third Holy Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem at The Place The Lord God Has Designated. The Priesthood will be restored. The Priests will wear Holy Vestments as described in Ha Torah. Temple Sacrifice and Offerings will resume. The Priests will receive a portion from the Offerings. The Priests will be from the descendants of Aharon and his sons. These are Eternal Statutes. One purpose for these Eternal Statutes is to bless us.



לְחָק־עוֹלָם

Lih - Chawk - Olam / For Eternal Statue

ל30 ח8 ק100      ע70 ו6  ל30  ם40  = 284


 וְנִבְרְכוּ

Vih Nee Vih Rih Coo / And 

ו6  נ50  ב2  ר200  כ20  ו6  284


Bereisheit 12.3

  וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה: ס


Genesis 12.3

And I will bless those who bless you, and curse him who curses you; and will bless through you all families of the earth.


Mystically we Observe that The Blessing of Abraham flows through The Eternal Statute of giving a portion of The Raised Offering to The Officiating Priest.


Isaiah 56.7

Even them will I bring to My Holy mountain, and make them joyful in My House of Prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.


וַהֲבִיאוֹתִים אֶל־הַר קָדְשִׁי וְשִׂמַּחְתִּים בְּבֵית תְּפִלָּתִי עוֹלֹתֵיהֶם וְזִבְחֵיהֶם  לְרָצוֹן עַל־מִזְבְּחִי כִּי בֵיתִי בֵּית־תְּפִלָּה יִקָּרֵא לְכָל־הָעַמִּים: ס


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Parshat Bereisheit Chayei Sarah

Genesis 23.1 - 25.18


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Dear Ones, Recently I shared on the subject, 'Do Not Bear False Witness.'  I stated, The Holy Scriptures Group four evil vile sins together for a reason. You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, and you shall not bear false witness are grouped together. 


Society downplays lying with comments like, 'It was only a little white lie. It was only a little black lie.'  Lying is a grievous sin!!  What is the matter with us? Some of us associate with people who are known liars. . . 

Some of us contribute to the political campaigns of known liars. . . Some of us vote for known liars to lead our governments. 


Do we understand the implications of the words 'Do not bear false witness? The Torah is teaching us a valuable lesson about trust. The individuals that we associate with, the individuals we have close relationships with and the individuals we share a bond with must be trustworthy. 


Those who we choose to lead us must have a foundation of being reliable and truthful. Anyone who bears false witness lacks the fear of The Lord God. Leaders must walk in The Way of The Truth!! It deeply disturbs me that so many seem willing to accept lying as a pre-qualification for being a politician. What is the matter with us? What is a matter what society?


The answer is clear, we lack morality! We lack ethics! Do we think that if we have leaders who are liars that God will go any easier on us if we lie? 


The Torah Speaks about walking In The Path of Truth. It disturbs me that I must remind everyone of the value and importance of Truth. 


What if our doctors were like politicians? What if our doctors lied to us about our tests and examinations? What would be the value of going to a doctor? What if drug companies lie about their medications what would be the value of using their products?


Dear Friends, Truth and Truthfulness are very valuable!!  Relationships between husbands and wives are founded upon truthfulness!! Children depend upon their parents to be honest and truthful and forthright with them.


Anyone who has been lied to knows how horrible it feels. We understand how lying damages relationships. We understand the problems lying causes in relationships.  Most of us have lied.  Yet, this is not an excuse for us to continue following this pattern of sin! 

So we should not lie.

We should walk 'In The Path of Truth.'

We should teach others not to lie.

We should teach others to walk 'In The Path of Truth.'

We should be careful not associate with liars.

We should be careful not to support liars.

We should be careful not to elect individuals with a history of lying to gain a political position in government.


One can lie with their words, and one can lie by the way they live. Remember, Truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true. 


2088 years passed before The Word Truth was mentioned in The Holy Scriptures. Does this mean Truth was absent? Absolutely not! Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, said,


Genesis 24.48

'And I bowed down my head, and worshipped The Lord, and said, "Blessed The Lord God of my master Abraham, who had led me In The Path of Truth to take my master's brother's daughter [to be the wife] of his son.'" 


Eliezer, the servant of Abraham, understood and acknowledged The Path of Truth. He stated that The Lord God led him In The Path of Truth. From Eliezer's comment we learn, The Path of Truth was known and taught before being mentioned in The Torah. בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת Bih Deh Reh Kih - Emet meaning 'In The Path of Truth'  is the Gematria of 667. The Gematria Miluy Echad allows us to add The Number One to any Gematria because The Lord God is Echad, i.e. One. From time to time I share a Gematria Miluy Echad. Now we must ask what if we subtracted The Aleph from a Gematria. What would the meaning of 'In The Path of Truth' be if just the Aleph was removed?


בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת

Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth

ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20     ם40 ת400 = 667  



בְּדֶרֶךְ מֶת

Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death

ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20     מ40 ת400  = 666


If The Letter Aleph representing God were removed the meaning of the phrase Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth would change to Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death. The Gematria would change from 667 to 666.


One may walk In The Path of Truth, which enjoys the Presence of God, or one may walk in the path of death with does not enjoy the Presence of God. 


Numbers 23.19 informs us that 'God is not a man, that He should lie.' David wrote, 'God is Holy', Psalms 99.9. This means The Lord God is separated from sin. God is separated from those who lie. We are called to be Holy. The Torah Says, 'be Holy because I am Holy', Leviticus 11.44. In other words, we are to live separate from those who lie because lying is NOT HOLY! Lying is a sin! We are to separate ourselves from the sins associated with lying, murder, adultery and stealing. 


The Path of Truth brings life.


The path of lying brings death.


The truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true. 


May The Lord Bless all who read, study and Observer The Torah.


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Dear Friend, In the introduction I wrote, 'A modest, humble discrete individual is distinguished by virtuous characteristics. A distinguished individual is appropriate, proper and suitable for every circumstance. A distinguished individual avoids inappropriate, indecent communication and immodest clothing.


A virtuous individual is one whose pattern of living has good, desirable moral standards.


What are good moral desirable standards? 


The Lord God set the standards for modesty, so when we look at what is a good moral desirable standard, we must begin with the Originator of the standard, The Lord God. The foundation for modesty is Truth. Religions teach that they have the truth they know the truth, and they teach the truth.


The Holy Scriptures Teach that 'The Lord God is Truth,' Jeremiah 10.10. 'The Torah is Truth,' Psalms 119.142. When David wrote, 'The Torah is Truth' he was making reference to The 613 Observances in The Torah, The Covenant between Noah and The Lord God and The Covenant between The Lord God and The People of Israel. The Torah is The Five Books of Moses, i.e., Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The Creator of the universe Gave instructions for each of us to follow. Our obligation is to do as The Lord God instructed us. 


Our Association to The Lord God is determined by how seriously we follow His Instructions. Following The Creator's Instructions is a choice. One may walk In The Path of Truth, which enjoys the Presence of God, or one may walk in the path of death with does not enjoy the Presence of God.


The Path of Truth was known and taught before being mentioned in The Torah. בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת Bih Deh Reh Kih - Emet meaning 'In The Path of Truth' is the Gematria of 667. The Gematria Miluy Echad allows us to add The Number One to any Gematria because The Lord God is Echad, i.e. One. From time to time I share a Gematria Miluy Echad. Now we must ask what if we subtracted The Aleph from a Gematria. What would the meaning of 'In The Path of Truth' be if just the Aleph was removed?


בְּדֶרֶךְ אֱמֶת

Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth

ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 ם40 ת400 = 667 


בְּדֶרֶךְ מֶת

Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death

ב2 ד4 ר200 ך20 מ40 ת400 = 666


If The Letter Aleph representing God were removed the meaning of the phrase Bih Deh Reh Kih Emet / In The Path of Truth would change to Bih Deh Reh Kih Met / in the path of death. The Gematria would change from 667 to 666.


Again, It comes down to this question, Do we want to please God or do we want to please ourselves?


We need to speak Truth, write Truth, think Truth, preach Truth and live Truth!! Remember, Truth is only 'The Truth' when Truth is entirely true. Please notice all the benefits Truth Provides in Psalms 91.


Psalms 91

He who dwells in the secret place of The Most High, who abides under the shadow of The Almighty, Will say to The Lord, My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust, For He shall save you from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover you with his feathers, and under his wings shall you find refuge; His Truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night; nor of the arrow that flies by day; Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness; nor of the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand shall fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because you, O Lord, are my refuge. You have made the most High your habitation; No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. For He shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall carry you up in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread on the lion and on the adder; the young lion and the crocodile shall you trample under foot. Because He has set his love upon me, therefore I will save him; I will set him on high, because he knows My Name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will save him, and honor him. With long life, I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.



Being modest is about being quiet. It is secret. Being Tzniut is not about bringing attention to one's self. It is not about being noticed. Being modest is about taking refuge in The Observances of The Torah. Those who are modest are especially careful in how they care for The Name of The Lord. We live in the shadows of His Presence. We sense The Spiritual Presence of The Creator all about us. It's not about us it's about our Creator. We live to exalt The Lord God. We study The Torah to be careful in our Observances. The Truth is more precious to us than the finest honey and the purest gold and silver. We live in The Secret Place.


Dear Ones, we speak about The Shield of Abraham in Genesis 15.1. Are we making the connection? The Lord who is Truth and The Torah which is Truth are the shield for Abraham. Are we guilty of thinking of Abraham in a One diminutional way? We think of Abraham as a man of faith but it does not end there. Jacob spoke of The Truth The Lord had Revealed to him in Genesis 32.11. Who blessed Jacob? Isaac his father. Who blessed Isaac? Abraham, his father. Who Blessed Abraham? The Lord God! Genesis 12.2 - 3


The point is that there is a great blessing in the Truth. One cannot be Tzniut with out The Truth. The Torah is The Path of Truth.


May The Lord Bless all who read, study and Observer The Torah.


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Parshat Bereisheit Vayeira

Genesis 18.1 - 22.24


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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 עָלָיו:  כ



Genesis 18.18

And The Lord Said, '...For I know him, on account of [I know everything], [so I know] that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and everything from Aleph to Tav of his household אַחֲרָיו after him, and they shall keep The Way of The Lord, to do Righteousness and judgment; on account of [I know everything], [so I know] I, The Lord may bring upon Abraham everything from Aleph to Tav of the Word Spoken upon him. 


Can any of us imagine what it is like for The Lord God Who Is Omniscient, Who Knows everything there is to know Says, in The Torah, 'I know Him'?


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Genesis 18.19 is exoteric. When a Scripture is exoteric, there are many interpretations for each Letter, Word, Phrase, Sentence, Scripture, Chapter and Book of The Holy Scriptures. Each interpretation MUST agree with The Holy Scripture! Many translators do not include the translation for  לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn meaning 'on account of' or 'for the sake of', they must explain what  לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn is about. It is not so difficult when one considers The Lord Has already Stated, 'I know him.' לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn in this Word is about The  Omniscience of The Lord. לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn is explaining why The Lord Knows Abraham. The implication is 'I Know Everything' Therefore I can say, 'I Know Him.'  לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn occurs 243 times throughout The Holy Scriptures. Not every occurrence is translated the same. However  לְמַעַן Lih Mah Ahn occurs twice in This Scripture. Reuben Alcalay, The Complete Hebrew English Dictionary  {Chemed Books Massada 1990} p 1423


Translators also omit the meanings of אֶת Eht. Meaning everything from The First Letter of The א Aleph בּ Bet, The Letter א Aleph to the last Letter of The א Aleph בּ Bet, the Letter ת Tav. Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir (Row man & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, Maryland 1995) pp. 108,109  When The Word אֶת Eht is used in The Holy Scriptures it is for the purpose of including everything from The א Aleph to the ת Tav.  The Word אֶת Eht is all inclusive.

Sometimes Words that are awkward and clumsy to translate are omitted by translators. I understand translators need to have an easy flowing text for readers. Having an easy flowing text comes with a price!! The readers pay the price time and again.


כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן

For I know him on account of [I know everything]

כ20 י10     י10 ד4 ע70 ת400 י10 ו6     ל30 מ40  ע70  ן50 = 720


There are many many points to what The Lord is Communicating to us in This Scripture. It is like The Lord is Saying each of the following in Genesis 18.19:


Because The Lord God Knows everything The Lord can Say with certainty,  'I know that he will command everything from Aleph to Tav of his children and everything from Aleph to Tav of his household אַחֲרָיו after him.'


'I know they shall keep The Way of The Lord, to do Righteousness / Charity and Judgment.'


'I know that My Intent will be accomplished.'


'I know The Word, i.e. The Blessings I have Spoke regarding Abraham will be accomplished.'


The Word יָשִׁית Yaw Sheet means to firmly place or to fix, to appoint. The Gematria of יָשִׁית Yaw Sheet is 720. So when we read, 'For I know him on account of [I know everything]' we mystically understand The Lord Has Appointed it. The Lord Has Established it. The Lord Has Founded it. We can count on it. We can take it to the bank!


יָשִׁית 

Yaw Sheet / firmly place / to fix / to appoint

י10  ש300 י10 ת400 = 720


Consider what The Lord Established in Abraham. The Word  אַחֲרָיו Ah Chah Reh meaning 'after him.' Abraham followed The Instructions of The Lord and Commanded his children and the members of his household to do likewise. This may appear insignificant to those that do not understand or research The Holy Scriptures. Do you know the extent of Abraham's household?  


Genesis 14.14

And when Avram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed everything from Aleph to Tav of his trained servants, who were born in his household, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them to Dan.


Please carefully notice what The Torah is informing us. The 318 trained Servants were born in Avram's house. We do not know how old the 318 trained Servants were. However, we know that Avram followed The Torah. The Torah numbered men for war from the age of twenty and upward, Exodus 30.14. We also know that Simon was the age of 12 / 13 and Levi was the age  11 /12 when they adjudicated the kidnapping and rape of their sister Deenah by Prince Shechem in Genesis 34. We also note that The Torah States, 'And Avram took Sarai, his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Charan; and they went forth to go to the land of Canaan; and to the land of Canaan they came.


There are several points we know. We know this had happened before Avram was 85 years of age. We know that both Genesis 15 and 14.14 occurred on Passover. We know that there is a Fifteen Year span between Genesis15 and Genesis 14.14. We know Avram was a maggid, i.e. and Evangelist, who traveled between Eretz Canaan and Charan Teaching Mitzvot of The Torah. We know Avram had many followers. We know many souls followed Avram from Charan to Eretz Canaan. We know that during the 15 years 318 Male children were born in his house between the ages of 11 and 14. They cannot be older that 14 because the span of time is 15 years.


We are now going consider some basic numbers based on the above information.


It is likely an equal number of female children were also born to about 122 couples. Perhaps 2,282 children between the ages of 6 to 10 were born to 312 couples and perhaps 5,240 children between the ages of an infant to 5 were born to 707 couples. These numbers are based on each couple having only four children, i.e. two males and two females. Based on these numbers the estimated number of people that became part of Avram's household between the age of 70 years to 85 years are 9,299 people. Now we advance another 15 years. More individuals have joined Abraham's household. More children and grandchildren have been born. Abraham's household was larger than many cities in our age. Abraham's household may have numbered into the millions. Do the math. What do you think the size of Abraham's household would be? I don't know! 


When The Lord Says, אַחֲרָיו Ah Chah Reh meaning 'after him.' This is informing us that Abraham's influence was very great! His following was very large. 


אַחֲרָיו

Ah Chah Reh ./ After him

א1 ח8 ר200 י10 ו6 = 225


Bereisheit 17.19

וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים אֲבָל שָׂרָה אִשְׁתְּךָ יֹלֶדֶת לְךָ בֵּן וְקָרָאתָ אֶת־שְׁמוֹ יִצְחָק וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתּוֹ לִבְרִית עוֹלָם לְזַרְעוֹ אַחֲרָיו:  כ



Genesis 17.19

And God Said, 'Sarai your wife shall bear you a son indeed; and you shall call everything from Aleph to Tav of his name Isaac; and I Will Establish everything from Aleph to Tav of My Covenant with him for an עוֹלָם Everlasting בְרִית  Covenant, זַרְעוֹ and with his seed אַחֲרָיו after him.


I would like to know what part of This Scripture Catholics, Christians and Christian Messianic's do not understand. God Said, 'I will Establish My covenant with Isaac for an Everlasting Covenant'. The Covenant with The People of Israel is eternal. The Covenant is non stop!  God has NOT Established his covenant with the Catholic Church! God has not established His Covenant with Christians! God has NOT established His Covenant with Christian Messianic's! 


Jeremiah 31.30 - 32  [ KJV 31.31-32 ]

Behold [ End of ] The Days Come Says The Lord and I cut Everything From Aleph to Tav with The House of Israel and Everything from Aleph to Tav with The House of  Judah  A Renewed Covenant. 


Not like The Covenant [written on parchment and tablets of stone] that was cut from Aleph to Tav with their Fathers in The Day through the strength of My Hands I brought them from the land of Egypt where they broke Everything from Aleph to Tav of my Covenant even though I was a husband to them Says The Lord.


For This is The Covenant that I will cut everything from Aleph to Tav with The House of Israel after The [ End of ] Days Says The Lord. I will put everything from Aleph to Tav of My Torah within them and upon their heart I will write it. And I Will be God to them, and they will be to Me a people.


The difference between the Former Covenant and The New Covenant is the Former Covenant was written on parchment and tablets of stone. The New Covenant is written in our Hearts, in the Hearts of The People of Israel. The Torah of The Lord remains the same. The Torah does not change.


It is for these reasons I CANNOT accept the term, New Testament' as one that has anything to do with The People of Israel, The House of Israel and The House of Judah. Christian Messianic's FOOLISHLY write ברית חדשה meaning 'New Covenant' which they call The New Testament on a portion of their Bibles. 


It is clear from this discussion that The Covenant is Renewed with the House of Israel and Judah after The Time known as The End of Days. The Covenant, i.e. The Torah of The Lord, is written on the hearts of the People of Israel by The Finger of The Lord God.  


David wrote; The Torah of the Lord is Perfect in Psalm 19. Catholics, Christians and Christian Messianic's normally translate Torah as Law. The Torah is The Law. The Torah is also The Pentateuch; The Torah is the Five Books of Moses,  Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and  Deuteronomy, which is also known as The Chumash. The Scriptures within The Torah contain the 613 Mitzvot / Observances Given to The People of Israel by The Lord God. The Torah also contains The Covenant The Lord God has with The People of Israel. David said, The Torah of The Lord is Perfect. The Torah is flawless!


The Christian New Testament is not perfect. Dr. Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist in his book, states there are some 200,000 variants [errors] in the existing manuscripts of the New Testament.' Dr. Josh McDowell Evidence that Demands A Verdict (Campus Crusade 14th printing July 1977) pp. 41-47 - Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago, Il. Moody Press, tenth printing 1977) p 361


It is important for all of us to understand the intended meaning of ' I Will Establish everything from Aleph to Tav of My Covenant with [Isaac] for an עוֹלָם Everlasting בְרִית  Covenant, זַרְעוֹ and with his seed אַחֲרָיו after him.


Can we agree that The Word of The Lord is Forever Established in The Heavens?


Tehillim 119.89

לְעוֹלָם יְהֹוָה דְּבָרְךָ נִצָּב בַּשָּׁמָיִם:  צ


Psalms 119.89

לְעוֹלָם Forever, O Lord, דְּבָרְךָ Your Word is fixed in Heavens.


I must inquire, Does this include Genesis 18.19?  Does His Word include, 'The Lord may bring upon Abraham everything from Aleph to Tav of the Word Spoken upon him?'


It does! I must, therefore, conclude that there is no foundation for the claims by Christians and Christian Messianic's that The Lord God replaced His Eternal Perfect Torah for the Christian New Testament.


The Words דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה Derek HaShem means 'The Path of The Lord'  The first mention of 'The Path of The Lord' is here in Genesis 18.19. Mystically we learn that The Path of the Lord was available to all from Creation.


Genesis 2.4

These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth בְּהִבָּרְאָם when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.


דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה 

Derek HaShem / The Path of The Lord

ד4 ר200 ך20     י10   ה5    ו6    ה5      =     250


בְּהִבָּרְאָם

Bih Hee Baw Rih Awm / When They Were Created

ב2 ה5 ב2 ר200 א1 ם40 = 250


The Path of The Lord has always been there for humankind. The Path of The Lord was there for Adam and Eve. The Path of the Lord is there for us. Each of us must be careful not to misinform, not to Bear False Witness. We must remember that 'The Fear of the Lord is טְהוֹרָה Pure.' This means we should be very careful about the claims we make in The Name of The Lord. We should be pure. The fear of The Lord within us should cause us to be cautious about the claims we make!


טְהוֹרָה

Tih Hoh Raw / Pure

ט9 ה5 ו6 ר200 ה5  = 225


Are we following after The Lord or are we following after religious teachings?


May each of us seek the Path of the Lord in the purity of our heart and do our best to follow His Word.

ב׳׳ה


צניעות

Tzniut  Lessons


INTRODUCTION


Modesty Meekness Chastity


The Lessons We Learn From Adam And Eve


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Dear friends, some of us perhaps wonder why we have issues at home, at work, with our spouse, our children our parents, and perhaps with people we think are our friends and so forth. There are reasons that we have issues. I have issues. Each of us has issues. Are you open to admitting that you have issues? So, we all have issues. How do we deal with our issues? 


The base of our issues has to do with our relationship with The Lord God. Our relationship with God reflects on how to take care of ourselves. The Torah teaches us how to take care of ourselves in a most excellent way. The Torah teaches us.  Are willing to learn? 


Our discussion is going to preview the great value of a tzniut life. The Torah Teacher, scholar and philosopher, Rashi defines this as The Path of Modesty.


A modest, humble discrete individual is distinguished by virtuous characteristics. A distinguished individual is appropriate, proper and suitable for every circumstance. A distinguished individual avoids inappropriate, indecent communication and immodest clothing.


A virtuous individual is one whose pattern of living has good, desirable moral standards.


How we live and how, we present ourselves is a choice that is founded within us.  How do we take care of ourselves? Do we want to be respected? Do we want to be appreciated?  Do we want to be regarded and valued and esteemed?


The Lord God is our Creator. Each of us was created in Gods Spiritual Image, Genesis 1.27. Our Creators Breath gave us life. We are created from the very best dust of the earth. We were gathered and formed by The Lord God from the dust surrounding The Holy Altar. We are special. This is our physical home. When we die, our body returns to the earth.


Our goal is to live up to our potential. We have The Lord God's Spirit within us, so we do not lack for potential. I understand, sometimes we do not feel or think we are special. And we may feel like our potential is limited. This is not unusual. This is the human part of us.


Life's struggles are between The Spiritual part of us and The human part of us. Our Sages teach that humankind was created from the dust surrounding the Holy Altar.  This tells us the location of our home. We were created from the place where atonement is made. We who are kids... we who are children Fashion by The Lord God sometimes need to go home to be reassured and to be comforted. Our home is the location of the Holy Altar. The altar is a symbol of our place of communication with the Lord God. When we have struggles between The Spiritual part of us and human the human part of us, we can talk to God. God answers us through The Torah. We have questions for The Lord God we find the answers in The Torah. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Jerusalem the Eye of the Universe, {New York, N.Y. Publishers: National Conference of Synagogue Youth / Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, 2002} pp. 13,14



We are heavily impacted by the human side. 


In this Weeks Parshat, The Torah Informs us that Eve did not assert herself when she was confronted by the serpent. Why? Humankind was made master over all of the animals, beasts fowl, etc.  creation including the serpent.


Adam did not get involved. He was standing near Eve watching and listening.


Appropriately Assertive

Being appropriately assertive is an important lesson to learn from the history of our parents failure. The word history is significant. I say history because if we are not careful, History repeats itself. However, history does not need to repeat itself.  The Lord God included Adam and Eve's failure in The Torah for a purpose. It is to teach us to be appropriately assertive.


Associations

Who do we associate with? Where do we 'hang out?'  Who do we keep company with? Who are our associations? Inappropriate associations lead to problems.  When we have an appropriate associations, we do things that later we are sorry for. We need to be very careful with those we communicate. Adam and Eve were hanging out with the serpent.



Responsibility

It is a mistake to think the responsibility in The Garden was only Adam's. The responsibility of guarding the Garden was shared. Let's return to a principle of Bible Interpretation that I shared in the discussion Forbidden Unions. The principle is Everyone is accountable to The Lord for the Instructions He Gives. We could also establish this point on equality. I discuss equality in my book, Eve of Creation Restored.


Genesis 2.16 - 17

And The Lord God Commanded The Man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.


The Torah clearly states that 'The Lord God Commanded The Man'. Nothing is said of Adam's wife, Eve on his children. 'The Lord God Commanded The Man' Yet, In Genesis 3.16 - 17 Eve is judged by The Lord God. She is punished for eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The Lord God Instructed the Man yet the wife was also accountable. This is a principle. Everyone is accountable to The Lord for the Instructions He Gives. The Lord is accountable, Adam is accountable, Eve is accountable, and all creations is accountable. 


How could a just God Judge Eve if she was not equally accountable?


The Torah Informs us that God is Holy. Humankind fails to understand that being Holy is also being accountable. The Lord God is Holy. The Lord God is accountable to Himself. Being Holy and being Accountable has more than one side. One is not only accountable for their actions, but one is accountable for the actions of others. This means we are accountable to hold others responsible for their actions. The Lord God Held Eve accountable for her actions.


Why is it necessary for The People of Israel to learn and know all 613 Mitzvot of The Torah? Please think about this! No one can Observe each of the 613 Mitzvot of The Torah yet each of us is responsible to learn the Mitzvot and to know them. There Observance just for the High Priest. There Observance just forThe Priests. There Observance just for the Levim. There Observance just for Kings. There Observance just for a Nazirite. There Observance just for farmers. There Observance just for women. There are Observances just for wives. There are Observances just for men. There are Observances just for Husbands. There are Observances just for Husbands and wives. There are Observances just for children. There are Observances for Sabbath. There are Observances for each High Holiday.  There are Observance just for live stock.  There Observance just for lost animals.  There are Observance just for the Holy Temple.  There are Observances just for the Holy Place in The Holy Temple.  There are Observances just for the Land of Israel.


Dear friends, ignorance of a Mitzvot cannot be used as a reason to violate a Mitzvot of The Torah!! We are required to learn and to know all 613 Mitzvot to Observe Them. We Observe them by holding each other accountable. When one lives in a Jewish Community, each member of the community is being constantly held lovingly accountable by the other members of the community. When one is sick, the community lovingly assists. When one is hungry, the community lovingly assists. When one is lonely, the community lovingly assists. 


When I was a single man every Sabbath and High Holiday one or more members invited be to join them at their Sabbath or High Holiday table table.  Hundreds of time I joined members of the Jewish Community for a Sabbath / High Holiday meal. In a small congregation, it would not be unusual to receive a half dozen invitations on Sabbath Eve or Sabbath day. When I lived outside of the Jewish Community, I walked into the community for Sabbath prayers. When Sabbath concluded men from the community made sure I had a ride home. 


We are discussing being accountable. God is Accountable. God Does Not Sin! Other religions state God through The Holy Ghost impregnated Mary, the wife of Joseph. The Lord God did NOT do this. Why? Mary was the wife of Joseph. The Lord God is Accountable to HimSelf. Therefore, The Lord God would not do this. Did The Lord God Hold David accountable for taking Bathsheba? Did the Lord God send The Novie / Prophet Nathan to say to David, 'You are the man'? 


When men from the army of Israel would go to war,, they would write a decree of divorce for their wife. The purpose for the decree was to allow their wife to remarry if they were missing in action. Uriah wrote a divorce decree For his wife, Bathsheba. Technically speaking Bathsheba was a divorced woman. Yet, the purpose for The Divorce Decree was not to permit Bathsheba to marry David. Still, this is what happened. The marriage between Bathsheba and David was technically legal. David's intent was wrong! Some of David's actions were wrong. 2 Samuel 12


2 Samuel 12.9 - 11

Why have you despised The Commandment of The Lord, to do evil in His Sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10   And therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife. 


The Lord God is Holy. Because The Lord God is Holy, He holds us accountable for The Observances of The Torah. In this sense, The Lord God is also Accountable. The Lord God Does NOT sin. Because The Lord God is Holy He Holds us accountable. The Lord God sent the prophet Nathan to inform David that he was being held accountable for his soon.What did David do? He took the wife of Uriah for his wife. He impregnated Uriah Wife. 


The Lord God Judged David for his improper action. What David did was wrong in the eyes of The Lord and according to The Torah. Therefore, The Lord God would never take Mary, the wife of Joseph. This is how principals in The Torah Work. The Lord God looked upon the intent as well as the wrongful actions.


Responsibility

The Torah clearly states the purpose the Lord God placed Adam In The Garden.

Genesis 2.15

And the Lord God took everything from the Aleph to the Tav of the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ and to Guard it.


Eve's purpose in being in the Garden was the same purpose as Adam's. Humankind was placed in The Garden to guard it. The Word וּלְשָׁמְרָהּ Voo Lih Shaw Mih Raw means 'And to Guard it'. Many translation uses 'Keep it'. The root Word שָׁמְרָ Shaw Mih Raw means 'To Guard'.  Eve had a responsibility to The Lord God. Eve had a responsibility to herself.  Eve had a responsibility to Adam.  Eve had a responsibility to the serpent.  Eve had a responsibility to every being living in The Garden. 


Remember we are discussing being Tzniut / Modest. We have a responsibility to the Lord God, to ourselves, to our spouse, to the members of our family, to our community, and to the world just as Eve had. Our service to God is important. Our self-worth is important. How we are esteemed by our spouse, our children, our relatives, our community is important.


Passivity

Let's discuss Adam briefly. Adam is also responsible for the exact same areas as we discussed for his wife Eve. Just because we are discussing Eve does not mean Adam is any less responsible. Adam is equally responsible! Adam had the opportunity to stand up but he didn't! Adam had the opportunity to get involved, but he did nothing. He just let his wife, Eve sin. He let it happen. He stood by and did nothing! He was passive! He accepted what was happening without an active response! Adam could have made a difference. 


Adam was appointed to lead by The Lord God. Adam was appointed and established to Guard The Garden of Eden. Adam failed to lead. Adam failed to take charge. What did The Lord God Say to Adam? The Lord God Said to Adam, 'Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it...,' Genesis 3.17 - 18. Please show me in The Holy Scriptures where Eve spoke to Adam. Eve did not speak to Adam. Eve spoke to the Serpent. Adam listened to the voice of his wife, Eve speaking to the serpent. 


Adam was NOT punished for listening to the serpent!! Where does Adam was punished for listening to the serpent? The Torah does not Say this. 


1. Adam was punished for listening to the voice of his wife.

2. Adam was punished because he violated a Command from The Lord God.

Adam ate from the tree The Lord God Commanded him not to eat from.


What did Eve say? We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God Has Said, 'you shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die,' Genesis 3.2 -3.


God did not say 'You shall not touch it' Eve added these words to the Command that the Lord God Gave. Adding to an Observance is a problem. Attributing the words, 'You shall not touch it' is an issue. Again Adam was passive. He knew what The Lord God Said. He knew the Lord God did not say, 'You shall not touch it', but he did not say a word. Adam heard Eve's voice and did nothing. It may seem so small and insignificant to us, but it's HUGE! Why? Eve altered the intended meaning and purpose. Eve changed the absolute Command, 'You shall not eat of it.'  No reason was given why they should not eat it. God Commanded. That's it! When Eve added, you shall not touch it the Mitzvah was changed. A new impression is given. By adding 'you shall not touch it,' Eve gave the implication 'It's poison!'  , 'you shall not eat of it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die', A rational person might think the reason the Lord God Said, 'You shall not eat of it.' is because the tree is position. Even changed the intent from one of being Observant to what The Lord God Commands to being health conscience. Don't eat it because it's poison. Rabbi Menachem Davis, The Shottenstein Edition Interlinear Chumash Bereishis / Genesis, {Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition 1st impression 2007}, p 16


David wrote in Psalms 19 that The Torah of the Lord is perfect. If one Letter is changed, then The Torah of The Lord is no longer perfect. Eve's action may have been well intended, but she changed Letters and Words. Eve altered a Mitzvot of The Lord God. We are to pass the 613 Mitzvot of The Torah on exactly as the Lord Said them. We are not permitted to change even one Letter of The Torah.  Can you imagine what The Torah would be like if we were permitted to change a little here and a little there over 5776 Years? What would The Torah be like today if we had had NOTHING valuable to pass on to our children. The reason we have issues with Observance of  Tzniut is because we do not understand or believe The Words of The Torah are sweeter than honey from the honey comb and more valuable that the finest gold. If we truly believed this, we would alter how we live.


The Lord God is Teaching us we cannot be passive when it comes to The Torah. We must be preserved The Torah in It's original condition. A passive individual feels like I can take The Take what the Torah is Teaching today and tomorrow I may pass on what The Torah is Teaching. The Lord God Called Adam out for not stepping up and standing up in defense of what The Lord God Said.


Dear Friends, we must remember Adam was a King, Torah Teacher and Judge. Adam was not Created to be a passive king, a passive Torah Teacher or a passive judge. Being passive was an obstacle Adam faced. Each of us has obstacles we must face and work to improve.


Communication

Giving and receiving communication is one of the important functions of living. How we give and how we receive communications is extremely important. If we give an individual the wrong impression, we are misleading them. If we are frank, perhaps our frankness may hurt another individuals feelings. If we are not appropriately assertive, we may be taking advantage of. Our existence is dependent upon the communication we give or refrain from giving.In a similar way, we need to be very with the communication we receive. It is vital for us to learn the power of giving and receiving communication properly. A distinguished individual avoids inappropriate, indecent communication. 


Our communication has a power of giving life or death.


Proverbs 18.21

'Death and life are in the power of the tongue...'


We have the power to communicate encouragement or discouragement.


Proverbs 25.11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.


We have the responsibility to guard ourselves against the wrong type of communication. In America, we have a phone, 'No Call Lists' for a reason. Skilled communicators phone us. We answer the phone. Our guard is down. They use their communication skills to sellers products.


Guarding Ourselves

Being careful with our selection of clothing helps us to guard ourself. The purpose of our clothing is to cover our body. A distinguished individual is appropriate, proper and suitable for every circumstance. This begins with the clothes we select. When we prepare to dress is it important for us to take into account our responsibility to God, our self, and others. Remember if we do not hold ourselves accountable, God will hold us accountable. 


There are other ways we guard ourself. I don't answer the door just because someone knocks. I Don't answer the phone just because someone calls. I don't respond to every email. I eliminate pictures from my computer screen. These are ways we can protect ourselves.


Internet dating sites are dangerous. They have predators! The Internet is dangerous. The internet can provide instance access to evil, vile, wretched predators. Adam and Eve let the serpent into their home. They let the serpent into their lives. The serpent was a predator. The Torah describes the serpent as being 'more cunning'. Read Genesis 3.1.


Predators

Each of us must be careful. We are vulnerable to predators. God Help us! Kah Naw Nah Haw Rah! Adam and Eve were covered by The Glory of God yet they were vulnerable. The serpent got to them! The Torah is Teaching us that our power of choice is very great. Predators are cunning. Predators know the power of choice is great. The Torah and The Glory of God do not protect us from our power of choice. The Torah Teaches us to make the right choices. Following the Torah is our choice!


When the Torah Informs us that Adam and Eve were naked, The Torah is Informing us that we are vulnerable. Read Genesis 2.25. 


The Holy Scriptures reminds us that a righteous man may fall seven times yet, he gets back up and continues. See Proverbs 24.16


The point is, it's easy to be caught off guard. Even the best of us sometimes error. It is necessary to be very careful!


Emunah

We must have implicit Faith in The Lord God and The Teachings of The Torah!! What did the serpent do? The serpent questioned Eve. Questions open doors! The serpent used a question to challenge what God Said. The serpent lied!  The serpent mischievously reinterpreted what God Said, for his own advantage. He lied. Eve looked upon the forbidden tree and lusted. Eve sinned. She took the f forbidden fruit. It did not belong to her. She stole.  She became a thief. She took what did not belong to her. Then she offered her stolen fruit to Adam.


After Eve ate the fruit and after Adam ate the fruit The Torah informs us that her eyes were opened. Dear Ones after we sin, and after we make mistakes, it becomes so clear to us. Our eyes are opened. 


Forgive Ourself

We may feel like the mistakes we have made are so foolish. We are ashamed of our errors. We don't want anyone to know. We blame ourselves. We blame others. We may put ourselves down. We put others down. Our errors can take us in so many wrong directions. Making mistakes can be depressing. Mistakes can lead us to make more mistakes. Adam separated from Eve for 130 years. Adam was righteous. Eve was righteous. On the other hand their son, Cain, was evil, defiant, rebellious, disobedient and a murderer! During the time, Adam separated from his wife because he was so angry Cain populated the earth with people like him. One sin led to others.


Forgive Others

Eventually, Adam forgave Eve. They had many more children. Each of us is descendants of these children.


Adam and Eve were punished for their sins. Then The Lord God Forgave them. How can any of us ask The Lord to forgive us on Rosh Chodesh and Yom Kippur if we are unwilling to forgive others?  We must avoid the actions of saying we forgive yet living like we forgave nothing.



The purpose for this Learning Group is to help us to learn these principles about Modesty in The Torah so that we can be the esteemed and distinguished individuals The Lord God desires us to be. The choice is ours. What will we choose?


Are we going to believe God?  Do we desire to please God or ourselves? We are just beginning to learn the rewards of being Tzniut / Modest. We learned methods on how to protect ourselves. We learned that when we employee modesty this helps us raise or to rebuild our self-worth. 


There is one area that we have not discussed. The Lord God Blessed Adam and Eve. Read Genesis 1.28. Do we understand what it means to be blessed by The Lord God? Adam and Eve had the seal of approval from the Lord God. They walked in His Ways and Observed His Statutes until they sinned. One is blessed when you observe the Torah. This is the only way to receive and keep The Blessing of The Lord God.


May The Lord Blesses help us in learning and following these principles in The Torah.  May we be successful.


ב ' ח

Parshat Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27


Gematria In Genesis - Link


The Altar


Lesson 3 Link


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


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Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27


Gematria In Genesis -  Meez Bay Ach  /  The Altar


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk


Genesis 12.7

וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה


Dear Friends, Perhaps the greatest association in Abraham's life was The Altar to The Lord. We are going to consider Mysticism of several Scriptures in This Parshat.


Genesis 12.7

And The Lord Spiritually Appeared to Abram, and said, 'To your seed will I give this land; and there [Abram] וַיִּבֶן שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built an altar to The Lord, who appeared to him.


Genesis 12.8

And he moved from there to a mountain in the east of Beth-El, and pitched his tent, having Beth-El on the west, and Hai on the east; and there [Abram]  וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהֹוָה built an altar to The Lord, וַיִּקְרָא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and called in The Name Lord.


Genesis 13.3 - 4

And he went on his journeys from the Negev to Beth-El, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Beth-El and Hai; אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ To the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first;

וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and there Abram called in The Name Lord.


Genesis 13.8

Then Abram removed his tent, and came and lived in the plain of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built there an altar to The Lord.

There are several Word we want to consider. Please notice the individual Letters in the screened row. They are the true first Letter of Each Word. Mystically the First Letters combine to spell בָּשֹמִי Baw Sa Mee meaning fragrance. So when Abram built an Altar to The Lord, Mystically it was for the purpose of honoring The Lord with a Pleasing aroma a special fragrance that would rise into The Heavens. Noah did this in Genesis 8.21. The Gematria for  בָּשֹמִי Baw Sa Mee is 352. The Gematria for קָרְבָּן Qaw Rih Bawn / Karbon / meaning Offering is also 352. We are beginning to see the Spiritual Revelation of 'Abraham Built an Altar to The Lord.'


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בָּשֹמִי

Baw Sa Mee / Fragrance

ב2 ש300 מ40 י10  =352


קָרְבָּן

Qaw Rih Bawn / Karbon / Offering

ק100 ר200 ב2  ן50  =  352


Mystically we Observe that when Abram  וַיִּבֶן־שָׁם מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה built there an altar to The Lord it was for the purpose of offering a קָרְבָּן An offering a sacrifice. The sacrifice Offering pleased The Lord. In Genesis 13.3 - 4 we read, אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ To the place of the altar.  Notice the Words מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ Mih Qohm - Hah Mee Zih Bah Ach meaning 'place of the Altar'. The Gematria is 248. Is this interesting? In Genesis 17, The Lord Changes his name from Abram to Abraham. The Gemmatria of Abraham is 248. Mystically this is like The Lord is Saying to Abram because you build Altars to Me and because you come to the Place of the Altar to call in My Name I am going to change your name from Abram [Gematria 243] to Abraham [Gematria 248]. You build the Altar to Me. You offer a Karbon. The fragrance rises into The Heavens.


מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ

Ha Mee Zih Bay Ach - Mih Qohm

The Place of The Altar

מ40  ק100 ו6  ם40       ה5 מ40 ז7  ב2  ח8  = 248


Genesis 17.5

Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be אַבְרָהָם Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. 


אַבְרָהָם

Abraham

א1 ב2 ר200 ה5 ם40 = 248


אֶל־אַבְרָהָם

To Abraham

א1  ל30       א1  ב2  ר200 ה5  ם40  = 279


אֶל־מְקוֹם הַמִּזְבֵּחַ

To The Place of The Altar

א1 ל30     מ40  ק100  ו6  ם40     ה5 מ40  ז7  ב2  ח8  = 279


Mystically it's like The Lord God Changed Abraham's name to 'The Place of The Altar.


In Genesis 13.4 וַיִּקְרָא שָׁם אַבְרָם בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה and there Abram called in The Name Lord. I did not write 'In The Name of The Lord because The Text does not say this. Translators add this to The Scripture. It is important to note this. Abram called in The Name Lord. We do not know how to do this!! Abraham did NOT necessarily Say The Holy Name 'Lord'. He called in The Name Lord. His Intent was in the Name Lord. What he was saying was communicated in The Name Lord. Abraham was a Mystic. Abraham had a unique relationship with The Lord. We know that the only place where Abraham called in The Name Lord was 'There' at the altar. At this time, we are not going to discuss the method by which Abraham called in The Name Lord. 



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The Lord God Established during Creation that one should only mate with their own kind. Those that teach The Lord God impregnated Mary the wife of Joseph in the Christian New Testament, Matthew 1:18 DO NOT UNDERSTAND The Holy Scriptures Forbid a union between The Lord God and humans. So we will review why it is impossible for The Creator to have impregnated Mary, the wife of Joseph.


First, Mary was the wife of Joseph. Impregnating another man's wife violates The Holy Bond of Marriage Established by The Lord God.


Second, Leviticus 18 Teaches us about forbidden unions. We can understand it is wrong to have physical relations with animals, but some cannot understand why it is wrong for The Lord God to impregnate Mary, the wife of Joseph.


We have difficulty relating to The Lord God, so Scripture uses anthropomorphisms.


We misunderstand The Holy Scriptures use of anthropomorphisms. The Holy Scripture uses anthropomorphisms like 'The hand of The Lord' or, 'The hand of God' or, 'the eye of The Lord' or, 'The Lord God Walking in the garden' or, 'The eyes of The Lord' are not real. We call God our Father. We ascribe physical features to The Lord God. The more we personalize The Lord God we think of God as having human features. These are figures of speech. God is a Spirit. God does not have eyes, hands, ears, or feet like humans have.


Third, The Lord God is Holy. Our issue is that we cannot begin to comprehend The Holiness of The Lord God. It greatly distresses me to see the IGNORANT way humans use The Holy Name. Some humans write His Four Letter Name like their own. Where is the respect for The Holy Name of God? How is His Holy Name separated?


Dear Friends, if you are my friend... if you want to learn from me then DO NOT WRITE OR SAY THE HOLY FOUR LETTER NAME OF The Lord!! Isaiah wrote, 'they shall 'Sanctify My Name', and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear The God of Israel.' Isaiah 29.23 Those who use The Holy Four-Letter Name of The Lord inappropriately do not understand what it means to 'Sanctify My Name.' Yet, we understand the importance and value of carefully handling rare antiques that are NOT holy!


The Lord's Name is sanctified by those separate and guard His Holy Name. His Name is not to be used by any of us!! The Lord's Name is so Holy that His Name is only spoken by The High Priest on Yom Kippur!! Why do we use the word HaShem, meaning the Name? Why do we use the Word Ad-ni in Prayers? It is because The Lord's Name is So very Holy!! When one fails to grasp the Holiness of The Lord's Name, they will not understand God would NEVER impregnate Mary, the wife of Joseph or any human!! Our purpose in this world is to sanctify His Holy Name. We do not write or say the Four-Letter Name of The Lord. You cannot be my friend if you do this.


Leviticus 11.45

'For I am the Lord that brings you out of the land of Egypt, to be God to you. You shall, therefore, be Holy, for I Am Holy.'


Some do not understand the concept of what it means to be Holy. The Lord God is Separated from everyone and everything. None of us can exist outside of a zone in which The Lord God has constricted His Revelation of Light so that we may exist. This zone is called Tzimtzum.

Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 p xxii.


Fourth is the Separation of Kind with Kind


Genesis 1.11

And He, God Said, תַּדְשֵׁא הָאָרֶץ 'Let the earth sprout forth' Those interested in knowing The Truth should take not of The Word תַּדְשֵׁא.


The First Letter is NOT part of the Word דֶּשֶׁא meaning. Grass or to sprout forth. The Letter ת Tav frequently is added to the front of a Word as a Sign. The Letter ת Tav is the last Letter of אוֹת Oht meaning 'Sign'. In Genesis 4.15 we read that The Lord Placed a Sign on Cain. The Sign was The Letter ת Tav. Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 219


And The Lord Said to The Angel Gabriel, 'Go through The midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark [of The Letter Tav] upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry for all the abominations that are done in its midst thereof etc.' This Letter Tav was written on forehead of The Righteous with ink. The Tav written in ink denoted תִּחְיֶה meaning 'You shall live. The Tav was written on the foreheads of the wicked with blood denoted תָּמוּת meaning you shall die. Sabbath 55a. The Letter ת Tav represents אֱמֶת Truth and אוֹת A Sign. So when we see The Letter ת Tav in front of a Word that does not begin with The Letter ת Tav, this is A Sign to us. What is אוֹת The Sign? The reader is informed by the Sign of The Letter ת Tav to stop and search for a hidden revelation.


And to the others, He Said in my hearing, 'Go you after [The Angel Gabrial] through The City, and strike; let not your eye spare, nor have any pity;  Slay utterly old men and young men, young girls, and little children, and women; but do not come near any man upon whom is the mark of The Letter ת Tav ; and begin at my sanctuary. In Genesis 1.11 The Sign of The Letter ת Tav is in front of דֶּשֶׁא informs us of the End of Days prophecy in Deuteronomy 33 of אֵשְׁ דָּת The Fiery Torah.


תַּדְשֵׁא

Tah Dih Say / To Sprout forth

ת400 ד4 ש300 א1 = 705


אֵשְׁ דָּת

א1 ש300 ד4 ת400 = 705

Aish Dat / The Fiery Torah.


Just as The Firey Torah will be sealed upon the hearts of The People of Israel In Jeremiah 31 'kind producing with kind' is sealed upon earth. For those who are interested, there is no way translators can translate The significance of The Letter Tav being placed in front of a Word. We return to Genesis 1.11.


Genesis 1.11

And He, God Said, תַּדְשֵׁא הָאָרֶץ 'Let the earth sprout forth' grass, herbs, from seed, Fruit trees [from seed] לְמִינוֹ each made after it's own kind [of seed], from seed that is within it on the earth and it was so.


The Lord God MADE each seed-yielding fruit tree after in own fruit kind. Mixing fruit trees is forbidden! Engrafting one fruit tree into another fruit tree is forbidden. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) pp 161 - 162.


Leviticus 19.19

Observe everything from Aleph to Tav of My Statutes. תִּשְׁמֹרוּ Each of you shall guard your cattle. Do not mate to cross breed [mingle] to create a crossbreed. Do not plant your field with mixed seed. And do not mix a garment with [wool and linen fibers] with any combination. Do not put it on you! See Deuteronomy 22.11


Genesis 1.12 - דֶּשֶׁא עֵשֶׂב מַזְרִיעַ זֶרַע לְמִינֵהוּ

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


Genesis 1.21

And God Created the great whales, and every kind of creature that creeps which live in the waters, לְמִינֵהֶם after of it's kind, and every of winged bird, לְמִינֵהוּ of its kind, and God Saw that it was good.


Genesis 1.24

And God Said, 'Let the earth bring forth living creatures, לְמִינָהּ each after its kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth לְמִינָהּ each after its kind,' and it was so.


Genesis 1.25

And thus God Made the beasts of the earth לְמִינָהּ each of its kind, and cattle לְמִינָהּ each of its kind, and everything from Aleph to Tav of all that creep upon the earth לְמִינֵהוּ each of its kind; and God Saw that it was good.


Genesis 7.2 - 3

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


The Angels Shamchazai [also know as Chazai or Hazai] and Azael looked upon the daughters of man.


Genesis 6.2

That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were pretty; and they took them as wives all those whom they chose.


Giants resulted from these unnatural forbidden unions between the Nefilim, i.e the fallen angels and the daughters of men. The World was destroyed because of them, Genesis 6.11. The point is that The Lord God Established each of us to have and enjoy physical relationships with our own kind.


Every reference in The Holy Scriptures of Angels is in the masculine. The Lord God permitted Angeles to take on the form of men, yet Angels were not men. The Angels Shamchazai and Azael were permitted to take on the entire for of man so they could be tested as man is tested. They failed. They became vile sinners. They were destroyed in the flood.


Fifth, God is Echad! This means God does not reproduce HIMSELF! Otherwise, He would not be Echad. The Lord God is NOT three in one. The Lord God is ONLY One!


It is for these reasons and other that the Lord God did not impregnate Mary, the wife of Joseph.






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There are Two Words are Two Words I would like us to   consider. They are מִפְּנֵיהֶם Mee Pih Nay Hehm and From Countenance  הַנְּפִילִים  Hah Nih Fee Leem meaning The Fallen.


Genesis 6.13

And God Said to Noah, 'The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence מִפְּנֵיהֶם because of them [From Their Faces]; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.'


When The Torah Says, 'because of them, The Torah is Making reference to Two fallen angels, Shamchazai [also know as Chazai or Hazai] and Azael, and their offspring. Giants resulted from physical relations with the daughters of men. These were unholy unions. These were forbidden unions. In another discussion, I share about Forbidden Unions!


'When the Holy One, blessed be He, sought to create man, He took counsel with the ministering angels. He said to them: 'Let us make man in our image' (Gen. I, 26). 


The Angels responded, 'What is man, that You are mindful of him' (Ps. VIII, 5)? 


The Creator Answered, 'The man whom I desire to create will possess wisdom that shall exceed yours.' Then The Creator Assembled all the cattle, beasts, and fowl. He Had them pass before the Angels. Then The Lord God inquired, 'What are their names?' The Angels did not know.


However, after He Created Adam & Eve He had the animals, beasts and fowl pass before him. The Creator asked Adam, 'What are the names of these?'


Adam replied: 'This should fittingly be called an ox and that a lion; that a horse; that an ass; that a camel, and that an eagle.' This is inferred from the text, 'And the man gave names to all cattle, etc. (Gen. II, 20).


Then The Creator asked Adam, 'And you, what shall be your name?'


He answered: 'Adam.' 


The Creator questioned, 'Why? call yourself Adam'


He replied, 'Because I have been created from the ground (adamah).' 


The Holy One, blessed be He, asked Adam ' And I, what is My name?'


Said said, ' Lord.'


The Creator inquired, 'Why?'


Adam said, 'Because You are The Lord over all created beings.' Hence it is written, I Am The Lord, that is My Name (Isa. XLII, 8). It means: That is The Name by which Adam called Me; it is the name which I have accepted for Myself; and it is The Name on which I have agreed with My creatures. Midrash BaMidbar 19.3


In Genesis when we read The Lord deploring the wickedness of man, two angels Shamchazai and Azel, arose before Him and argued, 'Master of the Universe, didn't we tell you before the creation of man that he would be unworthy and should rather not be created?'


The Creator Responded to them, 'If not for man, what purpose does the universe serve?'


They replied, 'We, the angels, are sufficient reason for its existence.'


The Creator Said, 'I know that if you were to dwell on earth and possess evil impulses as men do, you would be even worse than they are!'


Shamchazai and Azel requested, 'Grant us permission to live among mortals and You will witness how we sanctify Your name!' 


The Creator Replied, 'Descend and do as you suggest.' [They were given free will to live as humans]. Shamchazzi and Azel lived on earth as human beings.  When they beheld the beauty of human women, they could not resist the temptation to sin with them.  These [sinful] unions gave rise to giants of the generation before the flood. [Their descendants] committed the sins of murder, adultery, and robbery, [i.e. kidnapping etc.] Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 79, 80


Sihon and Og were brothers,'Sihon and Og were the sons of Ahijah the son of Shamhazai', - The fallen angels are referred to in Gen. 6.2 and 4, as 'sons of God' or 'Nephilim', meaning the fallen. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 92 and 98.


Numbers 13.33

And there we saw הַנְּפִילִים the Nefilim, the sons of Anak, who come from the Nefilim, i.e. the fallen, the giants, and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight.


Mystically we see the bridge with   מִפְּנֵיהֶם 'because of them' / Their Faces / Their Countenance with הַנְּפִילִים 'The Fallen. The Gematria of each Word is 225.


מִפְּנֵיהֶם

Meet Pih Nah Hehm / because of them / Their faces / Their countenance

מ40  פ80  נ50  י10  ה5  ם40  = 225


הַנְּפִילִים

Hah Nih Fee Leem / The Fallen The Giants

ה5  נ50  פ80  י10  ל30  י10  ם40  = 225


The Torah is teaching us that our face reveals our intentions. Watch the face!


Genesis 31.5

'And said to them, I see everything from Aleph to Tav of your father's פְּנֵי countenance, that it is not toward me as before; but the God of my father has been with me.'


Mystically we see the faces of the fallen are related.

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An An individual requested that I share regarding being born again.


Christians feel a need to be born again because translators have hidden meanings, omitted Words and have altered the meaning of Words when translating from Hebrew into English. Misunderstandings result because of poor translations. This is sad and unfortunate. God Willing this week in the Gematria Learning Group I will be sharing from a new to be released Book entitled, God's Plan From The Beginning. I will be sharing excerts from Chapter Five and Chapter Eight. This discussion entitled 'The Heavens is important to our discussion about the Christian concept of being born again. Our discussion here will make more sense after we read study the discusssion on The Heavens. The reason is because when we study 'The Heavens' we will learn that from the beginning The Lord God has prepared a place for each of us that has no requirements of being born again. There is no need for a savior. There is no need for a blood sacrifice. There is no need for confessing and believing in Rabbi Jesus. The Lord God covered it all from the beginning.


We begin our discussion on the Christian concept of being born again. 

The term born again is a Christian term. Christians teach that being born again requires spiritual transformation. Christians teach spiritual transformation can only come through Rabbi Jesus, whom they call the Messiah. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus was perfect, i. e. without sin. Christians teach that Rabbi Jesus was like the Passover lamb. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus died for the remission of sin. Christians teach being born-again is when one accepts Rabbi Jesus as their savior. Christians teach Rabbi Jesus blood makes atonement for their sins.  Christians Teach Rabbi Jesus cleanses them from their sins when they confess Rabbi Jesus is the son of God. Christians teach after one is saved, i.e. believes in Rabbi Jesus they will do good works. Christians believe that Rabbi Jesus is 'the word' that created everything in this world. They believe that Rabbi Jesus to dwell among humans. They believe he was part human and part God. 


Rabbi Jesus said,  'Verily, verily, I say to you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, John 3:5 - 6.


John wrote, For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life, John 3:16.


This is supposed to have something to do with being born again, receiving eternal life and avoiding hell. Supposedly when one accepts Rabbi Jesus as their Savior, they become born again, and their name is written in the book of life.  John writes that those not written in The Book of Life are cast into the lake of fire, Rev.20:15.


The Lord God Said to Moses, 'Whoever has sinned against Me, him will I blot from My Book' Exodus 32.33  David writes regarding The Book of Eternal Life, 'Let [those who are evil] be blotted out of the Book of Life, and not be written with the righteous.' David states, 'In your Book [of Eternal Life] all are recorded.' Before Adam was formed all names were written in The Eternal Book of Life. Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Feuer and Rabbi Nosson Scherman The Artscroll Tanach Series - Tehillim Volume 1 - (Brooklyn New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression 1991), p 1642 Daniel Wrote, 'at that time your people shall be saved, every one whose name shall be found written in The Book [Of Eternal Life],' Daniel 12.1.


In my Book God's Plan from The Beginning I explain that The Lord God Wrote each of our names in The Eternal Book of Life. Each of us is destined for eternal life. Eternal Life has nothing to do with being born again.


The Lord God Says, 'IMPROVE" It's that simple. Cain sinned. The Lord God visited him. The Lord God Said, 'If you improve you will be accepted,' Genesis 4.7. All that The Lord God requires is to acknowledge that one has erred, reverse wrong actions, make a plan not to repeat the same mistake and to pay for damages caused by one's mistake. 


Peter wrote of Being 'born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible seed, by The Word of God, which lives and abides for ever,' 1 Peter 1.23. The writer of Hebrew stated, 'For if we willfully sin after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, [i.e. have been born again and then sin] there remains no more sacrifice for one's sins,' Hebrews10:26.


The Torah does not teach or encourage any form of rebellion. The Torah does exhibit a very great understanding of the nature of humans. Our Creator Knows each of us will more than likely have places in our lives that we will willfully sin. We will knowingly do what we know is wrong. In other words we will openly rebel against our Creator. This is when we need pardon and forgiveness for our iniquity, and our rebellion, and our willful sin.  נֹשֵׂא Noh means to pardon / to forgive  - עָוֹן Aw Ohn means iniquity and וָפֶשַׁע Vaw Feh Shah means rebellion / willful sin.


Exodus 34.6 - 7

The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, to the third and to the fourth generation.


Our Creator Desires to delight in Mercy, not Anger or Punishment. When we sin, we must repent.  The Torah does not teach that we can ignore our transgression.  Solomon wrote, 'Even though a Righteous man may fall seven times, he will rise up again; but the wicked stumble into calamity,' Proverbs 24.16 [KJV24:15].


Dear Ones as long as one has life and breath there is hope for salvation and repentance. Salvation, Repentance, and eternal life existed thousands of years before Rabbi Jesus was born and continues to exist today independent of Rabbi Jesus.


Christians believe Rabbi Jesus is 'the Word that was made flesh, and dwelt among us,' John 1:14. Christians believe Rabbi Jesus created the world. John also wrote, 'God is a Spirit,' John 4:24.


Numbers 23.19

לֹא אִישׁ אֵל

God is not a man, that he should lie; nor the son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and shall he not do it? or has he spoken, and shall he not make it good?


God is not flesh. God is not human. God has not come in human form.


Faith and Works

James, asks, 'What does it profit, my brethren if a man says he has faith and does not have works? Can faith save him? 'If faith does have works it is dead, being alone.' James 2:14


From the beginning, The Lord God Gave humankind observances to follow. The Observances The Lord God Gave Adam and Eve remain in effect today. 2,448 years later The Lord God Gave The People of Israel 613 Observances. The Observances are written in the Torah.


James identifies giving food and clothing to those in need as works, James 2:16. James is right! Giving food and clothing are good works. Christians claim they do good works because of their belief in Rabbi Jesus. Christians do many good works. Our world benefits greatly because of the loving-kindness of Christians. I do not want to diminish the importance of good works. 


James is teaching an Observances given to The People of Israel by the Lord God. Among The 613 Observations are Observances that require The People of Israel to assist those in need and to assist their neighbor.


Deuteronomy 15.7

If there is among you a poor man of one of your brothers inside any of your gates in your land that The Lord your God Gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother.


Exodus 22.21

You shall not afflict any widow or orphaned child.


Deuteronomy 26.12 - 13

When you have finished tithing all the tithes of your produce the third year, which is the year of tithing, and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the orphan, and the widow, that they may eat inside your gates, and be filled; 13   Then you shall say before The Lord your God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them to the Levite, and to the stranger, to the orphan, and to the widow, according to all your Commandments which you have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your Commandments, nor have I forgotten them.


There are many more Scriptures discussing the works of lovingkindness God requires from the People of Israel. The point is we do not need to be born again to do good works. We do good works because we believe in The Lord God and try to follow The Torah. 


Rabbi Jesus is quoted as saying,

'I say to you, That except your righteousness exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven,' Matthew 5:8


Later Rabbi Jesus says,

'But woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men... Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You devour widows' houses... You blind guides! You strain at a gnat and swallow a camel... outwardly you appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity... You serpents, you generation of vipers! How can you escape the damnation of hell? - Matthew 23


Does this sound offensive? Do these comments upset you?  Would you feel hurt by these words if you were a Scribe or a Pharisee? 


'Any man that does not offend with words is the same as a perfect man. He is able to control the whole body,' James 3:2


Christians teach that Rabbi Jesus did away with The Torah. They teach The  'Old Testament' is done away with. Sometimes, individuals take positions like this because they accept what others have taught them. Each of us should do our own investigation. We should come to our own conclusion based our studies.


Rabbi Jesus says,

I say to you, 'Heaven and earth will disappear before one Letter of The Yod or even the minutest part of The Torah until everything is fulfilled,' Matthew 5:18.


The Torah of The Lord is perfect! The Christian New Testament is filled with errors. The Christian New Testament is not perfect. Dr. Josh McDowell, a Christian apologist in his book, states there are some 200,000 variants [errors] in the existing manuscripts of the New Testament.' Dr. Josh McDowell Evidence that Demands A Verdict (Campus Crusade 14th printing July 1977) pp. 41-47 - Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago, Il. Moody Press, tenth printing 1977) p 361


It is for these reasons and others that I cannot accept the teachings in The Christian New Testament as reliable. In other discussions I have shown that Rabbi Jesus is a sinner, a false prophet, he is not the Jewish Messiah or the son of God, and he has no power to forgive us of our sins. Being born again along with the doctrine of the trinity are Christian beliefs not founded in The Holy Scriptures. 


Each of us was written in The Eternal Book of Life from the beginning. We should not fear hell or the grave. The Lord God prepared a place for each of us from the beginning. We do need to do our best to live a pure, holy life and to follow the Observance He has given us. When we fail we need to improve, i.e. repent. None of these previsions The Lord God Has given us have to do with Rabbi Jesus or being born again.


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Parshat Bereisheit Bereisheit

Genesis 1.1 - 6.8


Gematria In Genesis


The Heavens


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First את

Genesis 1.1

אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם

Last את

Deuteronomy 34.9

צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶת־מֹשֶׁה



Dear Friends this lesson is from two excerpts from my Book entitled, God's Plan for Man From The Beginning that is to be released soon.


During the course of this book, I will point to Scriptures where the Hebrew is entirely omitted in English translations. Where the Hebrew meaning is changed in English Translations and where the entire Hebrew meaning is not translated into English. This may sound like a conspiracy, but it isn't. Translation is not an easy task. There are areas where misunderstandings occur. I think perhaps many of these misunderstandings result from a failure to maintain a clear path of continuity in translation. Continuity is extremely difficult to maintain. Every possible situation should be considered when translating to give the very best possible translation. One must sweat and struggle when translating. Translations should not omit, cut corners or determine that some details are not necessary to relate to the reader. Let's consider an example from the first Scripture of the Bible that we began discussing in Chapter Four. 'Most English versions of the Bible omit two VERY IMPORTANT WORDS in their translations. They omit the Words אֵת Eht.'


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ: ב


Genesis 1.1

In the beginning, God Created the heavens and the earth.


This is the standard translation for Genesis 1.1 This is a good translation yet it fails to drive home the entirety of The Lord God's Creating. Most English versions of the Bible omit two VERY IMPORTANT WORDS in their translations. They omit the Words אֵת Eht. The Bible says, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם , Eht Hah Shaw Mah Yeem, meaning everything from the first Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Aleph, to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav, of the Heavens וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ , everything from the first Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Aleph, to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav, of the earth.


The First Letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the Letter א Aleph. The last Letter of the Hebrew Aleph Bet is the Letter ת Tav. Please look at them below. Remember Hebrew is read from Right to Left.


ת Tav - Aleph א

א - ת

א ב ג ד ה ו ז ח ט י כ ל מ נ ס ע פ צ ק ר ש ת


Again, the Word אֵת Eht means 'everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph Bet the Tav. The Word אֵת Eht is used to emphasize entirety. It is all inclusive! Nothing is excluded! All is included. This is an absolute way of saying that The Lord God Created everything in the Heavens, Spiritual and unspiritual, matter and nonmatter. NOTHING is omitted! The same is true for The Earth. This is an absolute way of saying The Lord God Created everything in the Earth Spiritual and unspiritual, matter and nonmatter. NOTHING is omitted! Aryeh Kaplan The Bahir ( Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers) 1st edition, 2004 pp 108 - 109


The Aleph Represents The Lord God. The Tav represents Truth.

אֶת

Eht Everything From Aleph to Tav

א1 ת400 = 401


תָּא

Taw / ' Cell / Little

ת400 א1 = 401


At B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we translate Genesis 1.1 as:


Genesis 1.1

In the Beginning God Created everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav of the Heavens and everything from the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, The Aleph to the last Letter of the Aleph-Bet, the Tav of the Earth.


This is much longer than simply saying, In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth.


Once a reader understands the meaning of the Word אֵת Eht we modify it to:


In the Beginning God Created everything from The Aleph to the Tav of the Heavens and everything from The Aleph to the Tav of the Earth.


The problem translating Genesis 1.1 as In the beginning God Created the heavens and the earth. Is that it does not stress the entirety of Creation, i.e. all the inclusiveness of Creation! The clear understanding that nothing in Creating the Heavens or the Earth was excluded is very important. Everything is included. When this translation is clearly understood many religious teachings about life after death are exposed as false or misleading. Now we take this a step further. We discuss how this impacts each of us. Regardless of our individual concept of Heaven, we know Heaven is complete wherever Heaven is. Remember, the Lord God Created everything from Aleph to Tav of the Heavens. Do you know what this means?


This means when the Heavens were completed and The Lord God Rested from His Creating, each of our names were written in the Book of life. This means the Lord God has a place prepared for each of us in The Heavens. There is nothing more required. NOTHING was omitted in Creating The Heavens. No further preparation is necessary. It is done! Heaven is complete. Dear Ones, this also includes our salvation, our redemption from sin and eternal life in Heaven. Yet, unfortunately, everyone will not go to Heaven. We know the generations in Noah's Time were blotted out. They did not want to improve. Their hearts were continually evil. We will discuss this in Chapter Twenty-Five, Sin.


It is the Truth; God Has a special place prepared from creation for each of us. It has ALWAYS been this way. Who can describe the beauty and spender of The Heavens? We know the Heavens are so wonderfully prepared and arranged. Every detail was handcrafted by The Master Builder. Total purity and righteousness are in every street and home. Not a dot of sin exists. Suffering, discomfort and deformities are unknown. The Holy Place Heaven is arrayed by materials finer than a man can imagine. There is always a light on. Your mansion or Teepee or Igloo or cabin is prepared and awaiting your arrival. All that I am trying to say is when our day arrives everything is ready for our arrival.


In the Christian New Testament, we read a quote attributed to Rabbi Jesus, 'Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God, also believe in me. In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may also be. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.'


Again, our place with our name plaque on the entrance gate and the mansion doors, in The Heavens has already been prepared from the beginning of creation. Heaven is entirely perfect wonderful and complete. There is nothing anyone can add to this wonderful, perfect place. There is no need for anyone to go and prepare a place that has existed since the creation of the world.

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Parshat Devarim Ha'azinu

Deuteronomy 32.1 - 52


Time And Gematria:

A Time of Justice, Righteousness And Security

At The End of Days


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Time & Gematria: A Time of Justice And Security

At The End of Days


Dear Ones,


In the previous Chapter, we discussed A Time of Rebellion at The End of Days. Parshat Vayeilech concludes with The Words:


Deuteronomy 31.27 - 30

For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck; behold, while I am still alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death! Gather to me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them. For I know that after my death you will completely corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you; and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands. And Moses spoke in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this poem until they were ended.


We are informed in Ha'azinu that The People of Israel will be judged for their rebellion. 


Devarim 32.36

כִּי־יָדִין יְהוָֹה עַמּוֹ וְעַל־עֲבָדָיו יִתְנֶחָם כִּי יִרְאֶה כִּי־אָזְלַת יָד וְאֶפֶס עָצוּר וְעָזוּב:  לז


Deuteronomy 32.36

For The Lord Shall Render Justice for His People, and later He will [out of Kindness] Reconsider his servants, when He Sees the power of [their enemies] surging, and none are structured or fortified.


Notice the Second Word  יָדִין Yaw Deen meaning Judgment or Justice. The root Word is  דִין Deen meaning to Judge. However, we notice that an extra Letter is added to the beginning of The Word  דִין Deen. The Letter י Yod is added to The Word דִין Deen. Why is this? What is the purpose for adding The Letter י Yod? 


The Letter י Yod is One of The Letters in The Holy Name of The Lord. Adding The Letter י Yod brings strength to an already strong Word. The Letter י Yod adds both strength and harmony. Rabbi Michael Munk The Wisdom In The Hebrew Alphabet Mesorah Publications, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1990), p. 131.  The Letter י Yod is the smallest of all The Hebrew Aleph Bet.  The Yod is small like a dot. The Letter י Yod represents the power of creating. The Talmud Relates that The Lord Used The Letters of His Name Yaw י ה to Create this world and the World to come. 'This world was created with The Letter ה Hey and the future world was created with The Letter י Yod.' 


The left leg of The Letter ה Hey is suspended. The left leg is not connected to the rest of The Letter. Notice the opening at the Top of The Letter ה Hey. The opening is an entrance for those desiring to repent. When we sin... When we rebel, it is like we leave the path. The opening in the Letter ה Hey allows us to rejoin The Path. Menachos 29b


Notice The Letter Yod appears Twice Within the First Seven Words of The Torah. The Yod appears in The Word בְּרֵאשִׁית 'In the beginning and The Word הַשָּׁמַיִם The Heavens.' The Yod also appears in The Word צַדִּיק Righteous. We see a common thread. It takes strength to be a righteous person. We are taught that our world exists because of the Lamed-Vav Tzadikim, i.e. Thirty-Six Righteous. Abaye Said: 'The world must contain not less than Thirty-Six Righteous men in each generation who are granted sight of The Shechinah's Countenance. Isaiah Wrote, 'Blessed are all they that לוֹ 'wait' for him. The numerical value of לוֹ 'loh / wait' is Thirty-Six. Sanhedrin 97b and Sukkah 45b.


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:  ב

We see the י Yod being connected to The Lord, to creating, to The Heavens and to The Righteous. The Heavens are where the Righteous go to reside. It is for this reason the future world was created with the Letter י Yod? It is because there are only a few righteous men in the world to come.


As noted before The Word  דִין Deen has a Second י Yod added for a purpose. The Second י Yod represents extra strength, extra emphasis in Justice and Righteousness. David informs us that 'The Judgments of The Lord are True and Righteous altogether,' Psalms 19.10.


Deuteronomy 32 informs us that the Lord Shall Render Justice for His People. Later, because of His Lovingkindness He will Reconsider His servants, when He Sees the power of [their enemies] surging, and none [of The People of Israel] is structured or fortified. It is then, at The End of Days The Lord God will bring Justice for The Land of Israel and The People of Israel. This is why there is a Second Yod. Justice must be balanced. On Rosh HaShanah, The Lord issues his Judgment. On Yom Kippur, He shows benevolence to His Servants. 


Deuteronomy 32.15 - 26 Speaks of the many failings of The People of Israel. We have a long history of failing The Lord. Each Yom Kippur we keep coming to The Lord with our failings without improving. Our insincere repentance becomes old. We are going through the motions. There is a short period where The Lord God of Israel turns His Face away from His People. This Yud of Justice is represented by The Yud in  דִין Deen. Between Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur are Ten Days. The Letter Yud is the Gematria of Ten. Moshiach Ben Yoseif comes to lead the armies of Israel. He is defeated and killed. All hope seems gone for The People of Israel. However on Yom Kippur Moshiach Ben David comes after The Lord Brings Justice on the enemies of His People and The Land of Israel. 


Deuteronomy 32.27 begins a Second Yud of Justice.


Our Sages Teach that the Nations of the world plan to exceed reasonable punishment for The People of Israel. The Leaders of these countries will claim they successfully wiped Israel off the face of the earth. The Lord God Will not permit this. The enemy nations will not understand why One from the Army of Israel can no longer pursue a Thousand or why Two from the Army of Israel can no longer pursue and defeat Ten Thousand. They will claim Israel's ruin was do to their strength. If the pursuit were changed, and One Thousand from the Army of Israel were to flee before One of their  enemies, and Ten Thousand of the Army of Israel were to flee before two of their enemies, the conquering nations would not understand! Their success would ONLY do to The Lord God turning away from His People. The enemy nations would not acknowledge God's Hand in their victory. The enemy nations would take all the credit for defeating the armies of Israel. Moses Prophesies, The Lord God Will not permit this to happen. Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2006) pp 199 - 207


The Prophet Ezekiel 39 Speaks of The Lord's Judgment and destruction of the enemy nations. Seven months will be required to bury all the dead. Seven Years will be required to burn all the weapons.


Ezekiel 39.21 - 29

And I will set My Glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see My Judgment that I Have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.  And The House of Israel shall know that I am The Lord their God from that Day forward. And the nations shall know that The House of Israel went into exile for their iniquity; because they dealt treacherously against me. Therefore, I Hid My Face from them and Gave them to the hand of their enemies; so they all fell by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done to them, and I Hid My Face from them. Therefore, Thus Says The Lord God: 'Now will I bring back the exile of Jacob, and Have Mercy upon the entire House of Israel, and Will Be Zealous for My Holy Name. They shall forget their shame, and all their faithlessness in which they have faithless to Me when they dwelt securely in their land, and none made them afraid. After I Have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and Am Sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I Am The Lord their God, Who Caused them to be led into exile among the nations; but I Have Gathered them to their land and have left there none of them any more. And I Will Not Hide My Face any more from them; for I Have Poured Out My Spirit Upon The House of Israel, Says The Lord God.


The prophecy in Joel 4.10 - 21 bares witness of what is to come. In the Christian Bible see Joel 3.10 - 21. Mystically within the Word יָדִין  we Observe a Time of appointment with the Word  יָסַד Yaw Sahd meaning Appoint or Set up. That Time of appointment is when The power of the enemies of Israel begins surging with the intent to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and to annihilate all The People of Israel, God Forbid!! We see the formations for this surging beginning to take shape today, 5776 From Creation,  with Iran and the nations of the world. America is giving money to Iran. What is the purpose for giving money to Iran? The structure and fortification America offered Israel seems to be evaporating!! What is happening here? 


יָדִין

Yaw Deen / To Judge - Justice

י10  ד4  י10  ן50 = 74


יָסַד 

Yaw Sahd / Appoint - Set up

י10  ס60 מ ד4  = 74


עֵד

Ayd / Witness

ע70 ד4 = 74


Deuteronomy 32.43

Rejoice, O you nations, with his people; for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will make expiation for the land of his people.


Moses prophesies that the Nations will rejoice with Israel after The Lord Renders Justice to the offending countries. This Justice is representative of the Second Yod. The Second Yud represents the Time The Lord Renders Judgment against the offending nations. The World will עֵד witness what The Lord Does to the Nations. And the Nations will join Israel in praising The Lord for His Glorious Works. Moshiach Ben David begins his rule.


The Prophet Isaiah speaks of this time of rejoicing.


Isaiah 2.1 - 5

The Word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it will happen in the End of Days, that the mountain of the Temple of The Lord shall be firmly established as the head of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. And many peoples shall go and say, 'Come, and let us go up to The Mountain of The Lord, to The Temple of the God of Jacob; and [Moshiach] will Teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths; for from Zion shall The Torah come forth, and The Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.' And [Moshiach] Shall Judge among the nations, and settle arguments of many people. They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, nor shall they study warfare any more.


Dear Ones the subjects of Jewish exile and return, destruction and exultation, major war defeat and victory and Moshiach establishing peace throughout the world are difficult to understand. I don't pretend to be an expert on The End of Days. No one is. We see little bits and pieces that seem to make sense at the time then it changes. I have offered my opinion based upon what I see. 


I see the war beginning after The Judgment on Rosh HaShanah. The Lord Hides His Face from The People of Israel. War begins. This is at the conclusion of a Shmittah Year. It appears like we, The People of Israel are going to be annihilated. After Yom Kippur The Lord Bring Justice on the enemy nations. Moshiach kingdom begins ruling from Jerusalem. The Third Holy Temple is Established. The People of Israel that were scattered by The Lord God are now Gathered back to Israel by Him.


Some who are living today may see the Great Hand of The Lord in the events discussed in this chapter. We are close to the Time know as The End of Days.


Jeremiah 9.22 - 23

Thus Says The Lord, 'Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, nor let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I Am The Lord Who Exercises Lovingkindness, Justice, and Righteousness, in the earth; for in these things I Delight, Says The Lord.'


So even though we desire to know The End of Days we should even more so desire to understand and know The Lord.


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Yom Kippur


Day of Atonements


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Dear Ones,

How should we approach Yom Kippur? Here is how we should approach Yom Kippur. 


When we fail, we should immediately take action to seek forgiveness. We should close each day by reflecting on our actions and seek repentance for any misdeeds. We should do the same at weeks end and on each Rosh Chodesh / New Month.  During the Month of Elul, we turn our attention towards the coming Day of Judgment on Rosh HaShanah. During the Ten Days of between Rosh Ha Shanah and Yom Kippur, we seek forgiveness of our failings. On Yom Kippur, we plead for forgiveness of our sins.


The good news is that the Lord God is forgiving. Still, we need to do our part. There are six Observances mentioned between Leviticus 23.27 - 32.


Vayikra 23.27

אַךְ בֶּעָשׂוֹר לַחֹדֶשׁ הַשְּׁבִיעִי הַזֶּה   יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים  הוּא מִקְרָא־קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם 

וְעִנִּיתֶם אֶת־נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם אִשֶּׁה לַיהוָֹה:  כ


Leviticus 23.27 - 28

Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement; it shall be a holy gathering to you; and you shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire to the Lord. 


ONE: On The Tenth Day of The Seventh Month

The Observances for Yom Kippur are time-related. They must be Observed beginning eighteen minutes before sundown in one area on the Tenth Day of The Seventh Month. The Observances must continue through the entire night and day until after nightfall on the Eleventh. 


TWO: You shall afflict your Souls, i.e. fast. 

The fast on Yom Kippur is a 26 Hour Fast. Young children should not fast. Nursing mothers should not fast. Individuals requiring medicine should not fast. 


How does one fast? We do not eat or drink anything for 26 hours. This may seem challenging. This is how The People of Israel have fasted for thousands of years. The Mitzvah is, 'You shall afflict your soul.' Fasting is a way to a afflict one's soul. Removing soft cushions from chairs is another way to affect one's soul.


Other forms of afflicting ones are not washing one's face, not bathing or showering, combing one's hair, using deodorant, perfume, makeup, cologne, not rinsing one's mouth, brushing one's teeth, not washing one's hands except the fingertips. This does not include changing a dirty diaper. Using common sense is important. One should not wear leather shoes. Marital relations are suspended for the day of atonement.


THREE: Offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.

This Mitzvah is discussed in greater detail in Numbers 29.7 - 11


Numbers 29.8- 11

You shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord for a sweet savor; one young bull, one ram, and seven one-year-old lambs without blemish. And their meal offering shall be of fine flour mixed with oil, [[as prescribed] Three-Tenth [of an ephah] measure for the bull, and Two -Tenths [of an ephah]  measure for the ram, and-and A Tenth [of an ephah] measure for each of the Seven lambs. [You shall offer] a young male goat for a sin offering; in addition to the [special] Atonement sin offering [of Yom Kippur] , [in addition you shall offer] the continual burnt offering [in the morning] , and it's meal offering and the drink offerings.


Today we do not have a Holy Temple. We do not offer these animals, grain or drink on Yom Kippur as it was done in the past. Instead, we offer songs of praise. When the Third Temple and worship are restored, sacrifices will return.


The Gematria of יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים   Yom Kippur is 411. The Gematria of  טֹבֹת meaning good or pleasant is 411.  The Day of Atoning is intended to be good for us. 


יוֹם הַכִּפֻּרִים

Yom Kippur / Day of Atoning!

י 10 ו6  ם40    ה5  כ 20 פ 80 ר 200 י  10 ם 40 = 411


טֹבֹת

Toh Vot  / Good or Plesant

ט9 ב2 ת400 = 411



יוֹם

Yom / Day

י10 ו6 ם40 = 56


טִמְּאוּ 

Tih Mihoo / Our uncleanness / our impurity

ט9  מ40  א1  ו6  = 56


הַכִּפֻּרִים

Ha Kippurim / The Day of Atoning

ה5  כ20  פ80  ר200  י10  ם40 = 355


שָׁנָה

Shaw Naw

ש300 נ50 ה5 = 355


בְּשִׂמְחָה

Bih See Maw Chawh / In or with Joy

ב2  ש300  מ40  ח8  ה5 == 355


Leviticus 23.29

For whatever soul it is that does not become afflicted in that same Day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 

FOUR: Affliction

Dear ones, The observances of This Day are so serious that one must be careful not to neglect afflicting themselves.  If one were to fail to afflict themselves, they will be cut off from among The People of Israel and will die prematurely without children. Again, I mentioned before how one may I afflict themselve.


Leviticus 23.30 - 31

And whatever soul it is who does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. You shall do no kind of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.


FIVE: It is forbidden to work on Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is a High Holy Day. All the Shabbat prohibitions apply on Yom Kippur.


You shall do no kind of work; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.


Leviticus 23.32

It shall be to you A Sabbath of rest, and you shall afflict your souls; in the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening to evening, shall you celebrate your Sabbath. 


SIX: Yom Kippur is Solemn Day of Rest 

This means one is to be serious about the Day of Atonements yet not stress or worry about anything especially work. We need to concentrate on our appeals to HaShem. We must not allow distractions. We are to keep this unique balance. We must be very concerned for our past wrong deeds. We must seek forgiveness for our sins. Yet, we need balance. 


Remember it was on this day that Moses came down from Mt Sinai with the second set of The Two Tablets of Stone symbolizing that The Lord God Had forgiven The people for the sin of the Golden Calf. Therefore The Tenth Day of?The Seventh Month became the Eternal Day for Forgiveness. So This means we must temper our insensitivity with confidence that The Lord God Will Forgive us.


May our 26 hours of fasting, afflicting our souls, seeking forgiveness, pouring out our hearts before HaShem and seeking pardon be successful. 


Yom Kippur is The Day of ATONEMENTS! There are many Atonements we must seek for. The Lord God Provided us this Day of Atoning to be successful. We must be serious. We must not take this Day lightly! When we approach The Day Of Atoning correctly, we can have confidence. It other we may rest assured that The Lord God Will Forgive and Pardon.


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Parshat Devarim Vayeilech

Deuteronomy 31.1 - 31.30


Time And Gematria:

The Time of Rebellion At The End of Days


Lesson Nine


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In this Weeks Parshat, our Teacher Moses shares about rebellion. How serious is the rebellion among the People of Israel, among us today?


Deuteronomy 21.27

Moses Said, 'For I know everything from Aleph to Tav of 'Meh Rih Yih Caw' your rebelliousness and your stiff neck. Behold! While I am still alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against the Lord; and how much more after my death!'


כִּי אָנֹכִי יָדַעְתִּי אֶת־מֶרְיְךָ


'For I know everything from Aleph to Tav of Meh Rih Yih Caw'


your rebelliousness. . .' Who is Moses speaking of? Is he speaking of The People of Israel? Is he speaking of us?


מֶרְיְךָ

'Meh Rih Yih Caw' means 'your rebellion'.

מ40 ר200 י10 ך20 = 270


The Gematria of מֶרְיְךָ Meh Rih Yih Caw' your rebelliousness is 270. What does this represent?


Dear Friends, we are among The Ten Days of Repentance. We should be examining ourselves. We should be considering every possibility of sin. What did the Lord Say about the Generation that was destroyed in the flood?


Bereisheit 6.5

וַיַּרְא יְהֹוָה כִּי רַבָּה רָעַת הָאָדָם בָּאָרֶץ וְכָל־יֵצֶר מַחְשְׁבֹת לִבּוֹ רַק רַע כָּל־הַיּוֹם: ו


Genesis 6.5

And God Saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.


רַע כָּל־הַיּוֹם Evil All the Day. רַע Rah means evil. The Gematria of Rah is also 270.


רַע

Rah / Evil

ר200 ט70 = 270


Dear Friends the issue with many of us is we were raised in life styles where Torah Observance was not prevalent. Our lives were not filled with Words of The Torah. Our lives were not surrounded by Torah living. Unfortunately, for many of us the abnormal is maybe be common for us. What is the abnormal?


As I share what should be abnormal for us it is with a caveat; I was also raised estranged to The 613 Observances of The Torah. I staired at looking women. I used awful language. I drank to excess and beyond. My attitude was one of, 'My way or the highway.' I was rugged and crude and much more. At that time, the Observances of The Torah were strange to me. My choice of clothing was outrageous. I did not dress as a man with virtue. My choice of clothing was not moral. I did not dress like an individual with high moral standards.


Today, decades later my past life has slowly become strange.


Many of us are somewhere in-between how I use to live and how I now live.


What is the point? Some us need to back up a little. We should consider if we are estranged to The Torah as I was. The Word נֵכָר Nah Cawr means 'Strange'. The Gematria for נֵכָר Nah Cawr is 270.


נֵכָר

Nah Cawr / Strange

נ50 כ20 ר200 = 270


The point is this. Perhaps we are estranged to The Observances of The Torah because of how we were raised before we began our return to The Lord / HaShem. Are we rebellious? Maybe! Do we guard how we speak? Is our choice of clothing modest? How do we conduct our lives? What does guarding the Sabbath mean to us? Does guarding The Sabbath have meaning for us?


Dear ones we are in the midst of the Ten Days of Repentance for the Year 5776 From Creation. So studying Vayeilech is appropriate. Why is studying Vayeilech appropriate? Moses speaks to us, The People of Israel as a Prophet. That very day he perceived rebellion among the hearts of The People of Israel. Moses was speaking to each of us. What Moses said might be difficult to except. Yet, we know Moses had the clearest perception of any prophet. We know Moses was right still it is difficult to accept. What is rebellion?


Rebelliousness - showing a desire to resist authority, control, or convention:


Disobedience - failure or refusal to obey rules or someone in authority:


Mutiny - an open rebellion against the proper authorities,


Insurgence - rising in active revolt:


Insubordination - defiance of authority; refusal to obey orders


Verse Twenty-Seven causes me a great deal of concern. I am troubled! In Chapter Eight we discussed the end of times. In this Parshat, we are knocking on the door again. Verse Twenty-Nine Discusses our Spiritual condition at The End of Days.


Moses Said, Evil will befall you at The End of Days?


Deuteronomy 31.29

For I know that after my death you will completely corrupt yourselves, and turn aside from the way that I have commanded you; and evil will befall you at the End of Days because you will do evil in the sight of The Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands.


Are we living in this Time? Perhaps. Are some of us are provoking The Lord? Has HaShem Turned away from us. Should we be asking, 'How long Ooh Lord Will You Turn away from your people?'


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Rosh HaShanah


Pleasant Words


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



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Dear Friends so many things are happening on Rosh Ha Shanah it may feel overwhelming. We will discuss some of the activities on Rosh HaShanah but first, for a minute let's focus on one area each of us can do. Let's focus on an Observance each of us can understand. Each of us have at one time or another experienced the warmth of a kind act. We know how good kinds feels. What's think back to a time when someone did something for us that made us feel so good. Kindness has many shapes and forms that make others feel so incredibly good. Each of us possesses the power to be kind. Solomon wrote:


Mishlei 16.24

צוּף־דְּבַשׁ אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם מָתוֹק לַנֶּפֶשׁ וּמַרְפֵּא לָעָצֶם: כה


Proverbs 16.24

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words'


Pleasant Words represent Virtue. Virtue is behavior that shows high moral standards of goodness and decency. Being virtuous requires us to respect others. Sweet talk is cheap and sometimes disgusting. Solomon's points to the foundation behind 'Pleasant words'. Solomon is saying the one who is really intelligent has control of her / his words.


We from time to time one may feel irritable and grumpy. Sometimes things don't go the way one needs or wants. One may spew a few naughty words. Perhaps someone does something to us and we retaliate with a curse. Each of us knows what it feels like to be snapped at, criticized, the brunt of another's unhappiness. It is obvious that these are not Pleasant Words.


We know the difference between Pleasant Words and naughty words. Each of us are acquainted with attitudes and words that cause pain. We do not need to be a Rabbi or a Torah Teacher to understand the point Solomon is making.


If one is looking for a husband or wife, do you think they would look for a crude nasty mouth person? Do you think they would look for a person with anger and abuse issues? A crude nasty mouth person is revolting. And abrasive person is toxic.


When one looks for a mate they look for a gentle kind warm hearted loving tender and understanding individual who speaks pleasant words. Even though many of us are not looking for a mate this is the type of individual that we should strive to be. This should be our goal.


We understand that it is the foundation behind what we say. It is very good to see Pleasant Words. Very good to uplift others Kind Words and Deeds. It is excellent to control our emotions, our feelings and our attitudes when communicate to others. We do not want to be a source of pain or hurt.


Just as Solomon said 'Pleasant Words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.' Each of us are attracted to pleasant words that are spoken by individuals whose actions are in agreement with what they're saying. This is like honey to Soul. On Rosh HaShanah we enjoy honey because honey is sweet. We want our New year to be sweet like honey. Now that we realize our words are like a honeycomb we should bring in The New Year with plenty of pleasant Words. Pleasant words gives life and health to each of us. David wrote,


Psalms 19

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.


David reveals to us that the pleasant words which are sweeter than honey Words of ha Torah.


Proverbs 25.11

Solomon said, A Word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.


At Rosh Ha Shanah we dip slices of the Apple in honey. The apple represents The Garden of Eden our first parents were expelled from because of sin. Each Rosh Hashanah we mystically returned to the place of judgment in The Garden of Eden. The garden of Eden has the scent of an apple orchard. Gan Eden is pleasant. The Apple is bitter sweet. An apple may have a tart taste and a sweet taste. What does this mean? It is not fun to be judged. It is not enjoyable to have to review one's sins. The Apple represents the place where our first parents sent. That is bitter. Being expelled from The Garden of Eden was bitter for first parents. Now we have the opportunity to take the bitterness the tartness of the Apple and change its taste by dipping the Apple in the honey of The Words of The Torah.


In Genesis 3.9 the Lord God Called to Adam. Adam and Eve were in hiding because of their sin. They tried to cover their bodies that were left naked after His Divine Presence left them. The Word וַיִּקְרָא Vay Yee Kih Raw means and He Called. The root Word is יִּקְרָא Yee Kih Raw meaning to call. The Gematria for Yee Kih Raw is 311. The Lord God did not call to Adam and Eve in a harsh manner. The Lord God's Call was with Pleasant Words even though He knew Adam and Eve had already sinned.


יִּקְרָא

Yee Kih Raw / to call

י10 ק100 ר200 א1 = 311


אִישׁ

Eesh / Husband / Man

א1 י10 ש300 = 311


הָאִשָּׁה

Haw Ee Shaw / The Wife

ה5 א1 ש300 ה5 = 311


From These Three Words we learn how the Husband is to call to his wife.The Letter ה Hey is used as an article that elevates the Word used in conjunction with it. Here it is הָאִשָּׁה The Wife. The Word עַל means upon or near. When the man על העשה calls upon his wife he calls with Pleasant Words. The Wife is above him Spiritually. We know this because of the Article, i.e. the Letter ה Hey that proceeds the Word אִשָּׁה Wife. He the husband shows his wife respect through the Pleasant Words he calls to her with. We see this with the combination of the Words על העשה meaning to call to one's wife. The Gematria is 411.


עַל־הָאִשָּׁה

Ahl Haw Eeshaw / [To Call] upon One's Wife

ע70 ל 30 ה5 א1 ש300 ה 5 = 411


It is a little different when the Wife calls upon her husband. The husband is not on the same Spiritual level has his wife. In this instance the husband does not have the Letter Hey proceeding him. Yet even though this is the situation the wife because of her lofty Spiritual position follows The Lord God's example when she calls to her husband. She uses Pleasant Words.


עַל־אִישׁ

Al Eesh / [To Call] upon One's Husband.

ע70 ל30 א1 י10 ש300 = 411


The Gematria of Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words' is


אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם

Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words'

א1 מ40 ר200 י10 נ50 ע70 ם40 = 411


My intent is to show Mystically that a great deal of respect must exist between The Wife and the Husband. One should be careful to speak Pleasant Words. The Words should bring sweetness to the soul. the Words should be rich in Torah. The Words should restore. /The Words should bring health.


Friends, I used the example of a husband and wife. The same principles apply to each of us.

May each of us join at the Yom Tov Table this evening with plenty of pleasant words. May each that read and follow the words written in this discussion be written in the Book of Life for 5776 and all eternity.


Dear Friends, I forgive anyone who has wronged me in any way this past year or thought-out my lifetime.


Dear Friends, I am sorry for any Word or deed that I have done to you or any other being in this past year and throughout my life time. I ask forgiveness.


לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תֵּכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵחָתֵמוּ


Lih Shw Naw Toh Vaw Tay Caw Tay Voo Vih Tay Chaw Tay Moo


'May you be inscribed and sealed in The Book of Life.'



This evening Rosh HaShanah begins. Rosh HaShanah is a very important time. Wives prepare round Challah Loafs, Honey, Apples and other special foods for this evenings. Wives will light Yom Tov Candles before The holiday begins and say a Special Brachah / blessing. Husbands will say evening prayers and then return home to celebrate The Day of Remembrance.


Rosh HaShanah is the birthday of the world. We are entering year 5776 F.C. [From Creation]. Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment. Many each of us have a favorable verdict. May are names continue to be written in The Book of Life.


As we prepare to enter this new year each of us have important responsibilities even though we may not realize what they are at this time. In the past week or so new members have joined my Facebook page. I want each individual to feel welcome. Please join our learning groups and lets learn the Torah together. God willing, each week I write one or more posts. The posts are placed in one or more Learning Groups. New members have expressed a desire to learn with me. I am honored. The way we learn together is by belonging to a Learning Group. Members are welcome to join as many groups as they choose. Our emphasis is upon improving ourselves and being better individuals.


We say that Rosh HaShanah is The Day of Remembrance. The Lord God Remembered Sarah in Genesis 21, Rachel in Genesis 30, and Hannah in 1 Samuel 1. We say Rosh HaShanah is the Day of Judgment. Beth Shammai Taught, 'There will be three groups at the Day of Judgment, one of thoroughly righteous, one of thoroughly wicked, and one of intermediate.' Rosh ha Shanah 16b.23. We know Adam And Eve were judged for their sin on Rosh HaShanah. in the ninth of the day in which Adam and Eve were Created on The Lord God Instructed them in The Seven Laws, i.e. He was Commanded not to eat of the tree, in the Tenth hour, Adam and Eve sinned; in The Eleventh Hour, Adam and Eve tried, and in the twelfth he was expelled from The Garden of Eden and departed. Sanhedrin 38b, Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2015) September.


We have been praying to The Lord God leading up to Rosh Ha Shanah asking that our sins be forgiven. We pray that all the sins of The People of Israel be forgiven. We should pray that all the sins of humanity be forgiven. For many years now during the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah... the Festival of Trumpets... i.e., the Festival of the Blowing of the Shofar... the Birthday of the World... the Day of Judgment... I have walked to a live body of water, one that has fish, a creek... a stream... a river... a lake... a reservoir... to observe the Tashlich Prayer, meaning "You {God} Will Cast all their sins into the depths of the sea," Micah 7:19


Receiving forgiveness for our sins is not a complicated matter. The Lord God Taught that when sin lies at our door we must improve. In other Words, we acknowledge our failing, we make a plan to not repeat our wrong. We reverse course. We turn ourself around. We do in another direction a better direction. We improve. We pay restitution for our error. We do not repeat our error. Yet, some time we repeat our error over and over again. Sometimes we repeat our errors in defiance. Now we are at Rosh Ha Shanah. We are about to be judged. What do we do? We improve!


The Day of Judgment humankind departed The Garden of Eden. The Prophet Isaiah Prophesied that on this same Day, i.e. The Day of Judgment, the outcasts among Israel will be gathered back.


Rosh Ha Shanah is the Day when we blow The Shofar.

Rosh Ha Shanah is the Day at sometime in the future that Messiah will come.


Isaiah 27.13

And it shall come to pass on that Day, that the great shofar shall be blown, and those shall come who were lost in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship The Lord on the Holy Mount at Jerusalem.


This immediately follows the Shmittah Year. Our Rabbis Teach that the end of the Seven Year Cycle The Son of David, i.e. Messiah will come on The First Day of The First Year of the New Seven Year Cycle. Sanhedrin 97a


Dear Friends so many things are happening on Rosh Ha Shanah it may feel overwhelming. For a minute let's focus on one area each of us can do. Let's focus on an Observance each of us can understand.









The remainder of this discussions lists areas The People of Israel are to remember. I would like to discuss two


זָכָר


We are to Remember The Day we were delivered from Egyptian slavery,

Exodus 13.3


We are to Remember The Sabbath Day to keep it holy, Exodus 20.8.


We are to Remember all The Commandments of The Lord, and to do them, Numbers 15.39.


We are to Remember that [each of us] was a servant in the land of Egypt and that The Lord our God brought us out from there with a mighty hand and with a stretched out arm, Deuteronomy 5.15


We are to Remember ever way in which the Lord our God led us Forty Years in the wilderness, to humble us, and to prove us, to know what was in our heart, whether we would Observe His Commandments, or not, Deuteronomy 8.2


We are to Remember The Lord our God; for He is The One who Gives us power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant, Deuteronomy 8.18


We are to Remember that we provoked the Lord our God to anger in the wilderness; from The Day we departed from the land of Egypt, Deuteronomy 9.7.


We are to Remember what the Lord our God did to Miriam by the way, Deuteronomy 24.9.


We are to Remember what Amalek did to us by the way, Deuteronomy 25.17.


We are to Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you, Deuteronomy 32.1

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Parshat Devarim Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29.9 - 30.20


Time And Gematria:

The End of Days


Lesson Eight


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By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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Dear Ones, within this week's Parshat there are Thirteen usages of The Word הַיּוֹם 'This Day'.  I would like to highlight several of the usages of The Word הַיּוֹם 'This day'.


Deuteronomy 29.9

Moses Said to The People of Israel, 'You are standing up This day, all of you before The Lord your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and your stranger who is in your camp, from the hewer of your wood to the drawer of your water; so that [each of] you should enter into Covenant with The Lord your God, and into His oath, which the Lord your God Makes with you This Day.' 


This Day was the Day The People of Israel were Standing before The Presence of The Lord God and His Representative, Moses, their Teacher.  The Word נִצָּבִים Nee Tzaw Veem means to stand up also to stand up for a principle. The Torah is Sharing more than a principle. The Torah Is informing us that the people of Israel were actively engaged. They stood for the principles the observances of the Torah.What we read goes beyond just standing up.   נִצָּבִים Nee Tzaw Veem at this time and place means enthusiastically standing up, enthusiastically participating and enthusiastically engaging. 


נִצָּבִים Nee Tzaw Veem Is more than mental assent. צָּבִים Nee Tzaw Veem is more than agreeing with what The Torah Says.  צָּבִים Nee Tzaw Veem describes our 100% commitment our 100% firm engagement our 100% enthusiasm for The Words of The Torah, The Mitzvot, and The Covenant. At that time, The People of Israel displayed a distinct sharpness like a soldier who has intensely agonized over his preparation for dress inspection. He stands out. He looks sharp and crisp Among other soldiers. This is what The People of Israel were like among the nations of the world at that time. Mystically we were in a place and time.


נִצָּבִים

Nee Tzaw Veem 

To enthusiastically stand up for a principal

נ50 צ90 ב2 י10 ם40 = 192


וּמָקוֹם

Voo Mah Kohm

And [being in a certain] place

ו6 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 = 192


בַּפַּעַם

ּBah Pah Ahm

[Being] In a specific time

ב2 פ80 ע70 ם40 = 192


Later in our discussion we will read in Ezekiel 38 how The Lord collects His People. The root Word for מְקֻבֶּצֶת Mih Qu Beh Tzet meaning to gather is קבץ. The Gematria for קבץ is 192.


מְקֻבֶּצֶת

קַבֵּץ Kah Baytz / To Gather - To Collect 

ק100 ב2 ץ90 = 192


Mystically we make this link where we, The People of Israel were before The Lord God in a specific place at a specific time appearing distinct and sharp as we stood up enthusiastically stood up for The Torah, The Mitzvot, and The Covenant.  


Where are we today?  We move a little further into our Parshat To another day and time When our heart turned away from the Lord God, When we served the gods of other nations, when the words of The Curse came upon us, when we were stubbornly drunk with our business and our self-importance,When we are scattered among the nations,When our land is desolate and when all things punishments have come upon us we will come back to our Spiritual senses We will return to the Lord and enthusiastically stand up again for The Torah, The Mitzvot, and The Covenant. At that Place and at that time we will obey all that the Lord Commanded us On 'This Day' that Moses Spoke to us.


This is about The End of Days That our Father Jacob spoke of in Genesis 49.1


Beresheit 49.1

1:וַיִּקְרָא יַעֲקֹב אֶל־בָּנָיו וַיֹּאמֶר הֵאָסְפוּ וְאַגִּידָה לָכֶם אֵת אֲשֶׁר־יִקְרָא אֶתְכֶם בְּאַחֲרִית הַיָּמִים


Genesis 49.1

And Jacob called to his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you at the End of Days.


Do we understand what Jacob spoke of when He used the term End of Days?    Please notice the date September 9, 2015, in The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar. Do we understand what happened on this day? Do we know what this Day was? Astute classmates may say This Day was the first day God began His Creating of the universe. They would be correct. However, This Day is more than just the First Day of The Lord God's Creating. There were Six days of creation. Five days of creating were during the Last Days of the Twelveth Month Of The Original Calendar. These five days were prior to the Lord God resting.  In The Jewish Calendar, they are from Elul 25 - 29.


Let's return to The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar. Notice Day Six of Creating. Day Six in 2015 is a Monday. Originally Day Six was a Friday. The Sixth Day of Creating is not part of The Last Days. Day Six is The Day of Judgment that we read about in Genesis Three. 


On The Sixth Day we are Taught Adam's dust was gathered from the location in front of The Holy Altar of The Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Holy Dust was kneaded into a shapeless mass. In The Third Hour, Adams limbs were shaped. In The Fourth Hour, The Lord God 'Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and Adam became a living soul'.  In The Fifth Hour, Adam arose and stood on his feet. In The Sixth Hour, Adam Gave Names to all the Animals. In The Seventh Hour, Eve was separated from Adam. In The Eighth Hour, Eve became his Wife. They consummated their relationship. Cain and his twin sister were born. In Ninth Hour Adam and Eve were Instructed In The Seven Laws that the universe is to operate by. In The Tenth Hour Adam and Eve sinned. In The Eleventh, Adam and Eve were Tried Judged. In The Twelfth Hour before the sunset and Sabbath began in Gan Eden Adam and Eve were expelled. Sabbath 38b


The point is on The Day of Judgment humankind departed The Garden of Eden. The Prophet Isaiah Prophesied that on this same Day, i.e. The Day of Judgment,  the outcasts among Israel will be gathered back.


Isaiah 27.13

And it shall come to pass on that Day, that the great shofar shall be blown, and those shall come who were lost in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship The Lord on the Holy Mount at Jerusalem.


This immediately follows the Shmittah Year. Our Rabbis Teach that the end of the Seven Year Cycle The Son of David, i.e. Messiah will come on The First Day of The First Year of the New Seven Year Cycle. Sanhedrin 97a


This will be The Year of Jubilee when The Land is Returned, all prior debt is forgiven, and all slaves are released among The People of Israel.


Our Parshat Speaks of This Day in Deuteronomy 30.1 - 7 Verse Five begins with the Word וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ  Veh Heh Vee Ah Kaw meaning 'to bring.' Please make a note of this because we will return to this point when we discuss Moses prophecy later in this discussion. Why? The Gematria points to The Jubilee Year.


Devarim 30.1 - 7

'And it shall come to pass, when all these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, where the Lord your God has driven you, And shall return to the Lord your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul; That then the Lord your God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the nations, where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts have been driven out to the farthest parts of heaven, from there will the Lord your God gather you, and from there will he fetch you; And the Lord, your God, will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live. And the Lord your God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on those who hate you, who persecuted you.'


Some Teach that we do not know the Day or The Hour Messiah will come/ This is not entirely true. 


We know Messiah will come immediately following 'The Last Days. The last Days are 25 Elul through 29 Elul.


We know that Messiah will come immediately after the Last Days of the week. The Last Days of The Week Are Friday and Sabbath. The Lord God is precise.


Genesis 2.2 - 3

And on the Seventh Day God Ended His work that He had made, and He Rested on The Seventh Day from all His work that He had made. And God Blessed The Seventh Day, and Sanctified It; because that in it He had rested from all his work which God Created and Made.


We know The Messiah will come on Sabbath Rosh Ha Shannah immediately following the Shmittah Year. Sanhedrin 97a 

Some believe Messiah will come following the Seventh Seven Year Cycle, i.e. the 49th Year. [7 Years x 7 Years] - Some think The Messiah will come in the Fiftieth Year. Some believe the Fiftieth Year is the Year of Jubilee.


It is on This Day, i.e. Rosh Ha Shanah that we, The People of Israel gather to weep and seek repentance for our sins. 


We know The Messiah will come in The Last Days of The Last Of The Years according to Ezekiel 38.

 

Yehezekiel 38.8

מִיָּמִים רַבִּים תִּפָּקֵד בְּאַחֲרִית הַשָּׁנִים תָּבוֹא ׀ אֶל־אֶרֶץ ׀ מְשׁוֹבֶבֶת מֵחֶרֶב מְקֻבֶּצֶת מֵעַמִּים רַבִּים עַל הָרֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲשֶׁר־הָיוּ לְחָרְבָּה תָּמִיד וְהִיא מֵעַמִּים הוּצָאָה וְיָשְׁבוּ לָבֶטַח כֻּלָּם:  ט


After many Days, you will have paid for [past sins], at the End of The Years you will come to The Land that is restored from the destruction. You will be gathered from among many nations, [By The Lord] to The Mountains of Israel that were continually desolate [of people]. And He will bring you forth from nations, and you shall dwell securely with them [your people]. 


Dear Ones The People of Israel do not posses all of The Holy Land The Lord God Gave to us. How will The People of Israel gain ownership and full control of every meter of The Land of Israel?  Possessing all The Holy Land will require a huge miracle. Today we are capable of receiving minute by minute information as it unfolds in our world. We know the present Day picture in The Holy Land of Israel looks gruesome. It looks like war is coming. There are disputes as to who owns all The Holy Land of Israel. These disputes must be settled! They will be settled!


Moses Prophesied, 'The Lord your God Will Bring you into [The Holy Land Of Israel] which your fathers possessed, and you will possess The Holy Land Of Israel; the Lord, your God, Will do good for you, and multiply you above your fathers.'


Devarim 30.5

וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶל־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יָרְשׁוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ וִירִשְׁתָּהּ וְהֵיטִבְךָ וְהִרְבְּךָ מֵאֲבֹתֶיךָ:  ו


We know Deuteronomy 30.5 is a prophesy for our present age because of the Words  הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יָרְשׁוּ אֲבֹתֶיךָ .


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The אֲבֹתֶיךָ Ah Voh Teh Caw means 'Your Fathers'. Deuteronomy 30.5 informs us that after Joshua and The Army of Israel conquered all The Holy Land, then partitoned The Holy Land to each Tribe, then possed The Holy Land and Then because of our sins were displaced from The Holy Land of Israel and scattered to the four corners of the earth. It is from the four corners of The Earth that The Lord God Will bring each of us back to The Holy Land. 


Today more of The People of Israel live outside of The Holy Land than those living in The Holy Land. 


- The Lord God has not brought all of us To The Holy Land of Israel yet. 

- The People of Israel do not possess all The Holy Land of Israel that our Fathers possessed.  Today The People of Israel possess a portion of The Holy Land, so this portion of the prophecy remains to be fulfilled. The People of Israel must possess the entire Holy Land including all of the Holy City, Jerusalem. Moses prophesied, ' You will possess The Land.' 


The birth of Isaac was to give Abraham a son to inherit or to possess The Land of Canaan. The Gematria of יָרְשׁוּ  Yaw Rih Shoo meaning to possess is 516. The Gematria of יוֹרֵשׁ Yoh Raysh meaning to inherit is 516. In Chapter Five we discussed Mitzvot that require us to both posses all The Holy Land of Israel and to inherit all the Holy Land of Israel. In Chapter Five I stated there are some Mitzvot that cannot be Observed until The People of Israel possess all of the Holy Land. What does this mean? Deuteronomy 30.5 remains to be entirely fulfilled.


Dear Reader the clock is ticking until The Lord God Brings The People of Israel back into complete possession of The Land of Israel. What conditions MUST exist for The People of Israel to Possess all the Land of Israel? A question arises in regards to Jeremiah 33.


Jeremiah 33.12 - 18

Thus says The Lord of Hosts; Again in this place, which is desolate without man and without beast, and in all its cities, shall be a habitation of shepherds who make their flocks lie down. In the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negev, and in the land of Benjamin, and in the places around Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, shall the flocks pass again under the hands of him who tells them, Says The Lord.  Behold, The Days come, Says The Lord, that I will perform that good thing that I have promised to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those 

Days, and at that Time, I will cause an offshoot of righteousness to grow up from David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in The Land. In those Days, Judah shall be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely; and this is the name by which she shall be called, 'The Lord is our Righteousness.' For thus Says The Lord; David shall never lack a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel; Neither shall The Priests, or The Levites lack a man before me to offer burnt offerings, and to kindle Meal Offerings, and to do sacrifice continually. 


The 'Again' in Verse Twelve is implied. Is this about two destructions of The Land of Israel? Some Rabbis were opposed to Israel becoming a nation in 1948. Why? Because, The Lord did not do this. If they are correct is there the possibility of another destruction? 


Those in control of The Holy Land must return The Holy Land to the tribes of original inheritance BEFORE The Year of Jubilee. In Joshua's Day, The Holy Land was taken little by little through the war at The Lord God's Direction. Perhaps this will be the course again. . . Then perhaps a second destruction awaits. I hope not!!


The People of Israel are in The Time of Blessing and the Time of Curse. Many of The People of Israel fulfill the Observances they can but cannot fulfill them all. This is the curse. We are stuck. The great Sage, Rambam cautions us to be careful about attempting to pinpoint the prophetic dates. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition Tanach (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 351Second Edition p 1299,


There is a process. I don't see the process alining with Holy Scripture at this time. This could change quickly! To possess The Holy Land means Time will be required to acquire ever meter of The Holy Land again. Time will be required to divide between Tribes. Time will be required to determine which Tribe each of us descends from.  Then the Tribal Leaders must settle descendants into their Land. Then after each of us are settled into our Land. It is then that each of us possess The Land. Then we can again begin celebrating the Year of Jubilee in The Holy Land Of Israel. 


By some accounts we are in the 49th year, I.e the Year of Jubilee right now, i.e. this Year. By other accounts, the Year of Jubilee will begin on Rosh HaShanah 5776 and conclude on Yom Kipper of 5777 FC. At night fall.


If in the very near future the Bet Din were to declare this to be the Year of Jubilee according to one of the above calculations Great miracles beyond our imagination would be required. The Bet Din cannot proclaim a true Year of Jubilee until The People of Israel are completely in possession of The Holy Land. In The Year of Jubilee, The Holy Land must be returned to the Tribe from which it inherited it. 


הֱבִיאֲךָ Heh Vee Ah Kaw meaning 'to bring' in Deuteronomy 30.5 is the Gematria of 44. The Word Jubilee is also the Gematria of 44.



וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ 

Veh Heh Vee Ah Kaw / And To Bring

ו6  ה5  ב2  י10  א1  ך20  = 44


בַּיֹּבֵל

Bah Yoh Vayl / In Jubilee

ב2 י10 ב2 ל30  = 44


לְבָבִי

Lih Vaw Vee / My Heart

ל30 ב2 ב2 י10  = 44


What is the Mystical meaning? The Lord God Brings The People of Israel to The Holy Land to possess The Land so we can return to Observing all Mitzvot, especially The Year of Jubilee. In the process of bringing us to the Holy Land The Lord God Circumcises our heart.


This is a discussion about Time and Gematria. At this Time, The People of Israel are still living in the Time of Blessing and curse. The curse is that we are not Observing all 613 Commands of The Torah. Many of us live outside The Land, Our hearts are not circumcised. We do not possess all The Land. We cannot pass The Land to our children as an inheritance. The Third Temple must be built. Articles of The Holy Temple must be restored. The Priests and Levites must be dedicated and assigned to their positions.


Messiah must come. There is the war that must be fought. The enemies of Israel must be defeated. Children must be born in Israel thus showing security. We must multiply.  Then when all is in order as The Lord God Intends it to be we will do Good. We will be the Blessing spoken of in Genesis Twelve.

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Parshat Devarim Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26.1 - 29.1 - 8


Time: A Time To Acknowledge We Are Blessed!


Lesson Seven


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Dear Ones,


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.

בְכָל־הַטּוֹב

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.


עַד

Ahd / Ahd Eternity

ע70 ד4 = 74


עֵד

Ayd  / Witness

ע70 ד4 = 74


יִסַּד

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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Parshat Devarim Ki Teitzei

Deuteronomy 21.10 - 25.19


Time And Gematria:

Unique Mentions Of Time In The Torah


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This week in our Parshat, We have many references to time. The references to time in this week's Parshat Are unique in this instance. Words that we commonly associate with Time like day, week, month and year are not frequently used in this weeks Parshat. Instead, Time is mentioned in other ways. For example Deuteronomy 21.10 - 11.


Deuteronomy 21.10 - 11

When you go forth to war against your enemies, and the Lord, your God, has delivered them into your hands, and you have taken them captive, 

And see among the captives a beautiful woman, and desire her, that you would have her as your wife; Then you shall bring her home to your house; and she shall shave her head, and pare everything from Aleph to Tav of her nails; And she must discard her prison garb from upon her, and shall remain in your house, and bewail everything from Aleph to Tav of her father and everything from Aleph to Tav of her mother for A Month of Days; and after that you shall go into her, and be her husband, and she shall be your wife.


'When you go forth to war against your enemies' Speaks of the time. We don't know specifically when that time will be at this minute. This time is not defined like The Sabbath, The Seventh Day. This time is not defined like Passover we know when Passover comes. This time is not defined like Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur. We know when Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur come. This time as defined by The Words 'when you go forth to war against your enemies. The time that The Torah is speaking about does not begin until specifically then. This is one of those unique times that we are discussing in this weeks Parshat.


The second part to time in this Verses after the Lord your God has delivered our enemies into our hands. The first time as we go to war. The second time is after were successful in the war and our enemies are defeated. The third time is when we take them captive. The fourth time is when we see a beautiful woman and desire her as a wife. The fifth time is when one brings this beautiful Captive woman to one's home, and she shaves her head until she's completely bald. Then she pairs for nails. Then she changes garments. She removes her garments of captivity. The sixth time is the 30 days of morning for her mother and father. After all six of these times are completed then at that point that the seventh time begins. The individual that desires her can marry her. The Torah mentions seven different times with only one direct reference to a time, i.e. 'A Month of Days.' 


A portion of our discussion regarding 'A Month of Days' must form around the words אֵשֶׁת יְפַת־תֹּאַר Ay Shet - Yih Paht - Toh Ahr - meaning A Woman who is beautiful, who is of appropriate form. Another meaning may also be 'a beautiful woman who is shapely apportioned'. Those that believe this is the correct interpretation suggest The Torah is trying to bring the soldier to his senses by having this beautiful woman mourn for her Father and Mother in his home for 30 days and by having her shave her head and cut her nails. The intent, they say is to make this beautiful woman appear unattractive and unappealing. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 1046



I feel that the first definition is accurate For several reasons. The only place in The Torah that the words The Words יֶרַח יָמִים Yeh Tah Ach Yaw Meem / A Month of Days appear is in Deuteronomy 21.13. Therefore, we recognize these words carry a special meaning and intention. Our duty is to understand the intention.


We must look behind the scenes to see what's there. When Ha Torah says, 'A Month of Days' It may appear like this is in reference to any month in the lunar cycle of either 29 or 30 days. However, our Sages Teach this is specifically in reference to The Month of Elul. During the month of Elul, we blow the shofar each day except for Shabbat. When the month of the Elul concludes, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah, The Day of the Shofar blowing, the day of judgment and the birthday of the world. Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Torah Chumash Devarim Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2011) p 125


Normally one begins morning on the day of death. However, here it appears to be different. The Words יֶרַח יָמִים Yeh Tah Ach Yaw Meem / A Month of Days may be interpreted as 'A Moon of Days'. Also, we need to keep in mind that the captive woman is not Jewish. Therefore, she will need to convert before the soldier can marry her. No matter how much the soldier desires her, he may not force her to convert. The Beautiful woman must choose to convert to Judaism on her own. 


The conversion process for the beautiful woman is timely. The beautiful woman must be taught all 613 Mitzvot of The Torah. She must understand. She must except them and practice them. This takes time. Observant conversions normally require a minimum of one year. 


Rabbi Ellie Monk writes in The Call Of The Torah that the soldier is Spiritually perceptive. He is not lustful! He sees a beautiful woman. What is it that he sees? He sees the soul of this beautiful woman. She is beautiful because of her spiritual relationship to the Lord. Therefore, he takes her to provide her soul the opportunity to observe all 613 mitzvot of Ha Torah as a convert. He takes a position formed by Ohr HaChaim and other Kabbalists. Rabbi Eli Munk, Call of the Torah, The Artscroll Mesorah Series, (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1994), pp 215 - 216


The Torah requires that the beautiful woman cut her hair. This is symbolic of removing her former intellect. As she learns The Torah and her hair begins to grow again she takes on a new intellect of one that is Torah observant. 


The Torah requires that the beautiful woman cut her nails. This is symbolic of removing superfluous emotional indulgences. Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, Torah Chumash Devarim Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2011) p 125 also cutting one's nails is in preparation for the Mikvah Conversion. Why? The entire body must be entirely immersed in a fresh flowing body of water. This is symbolic of cleansing oneself of the past.


Mystically there is a connection between 'A Month of Days' and dwelling. Remember how our discussion begin. 'When you go to war against your enemies.' The beautiful woman is from among the enemies of The Lord God and The People of Israel. The soldier has taken his enemy captive. Normally enemies of war are in prison camps. So why does The Torah say 'You won't bring her into your home?.' We teach their home is a sacred place where Taurus sayings are taught. Wouldn't this perhaps be disruptive to the home atmosphere and the learning out Torah? One can not tolerate disruptive behavior in their home especially during the month Elul! So we know there has to be more to what the Torah is telling us here. I believe The Torah is informing us that the soldier has removed this beautiful lady from the negative and harmful environment and in turn has placed her in an environment of Spirituality and Torah Observances. In other words, she used to dwell in a bad environment and now she dwells in A Torah observant environment. This dwelling is for 'A Moon of Days' or 'A Month of Days.' Often when the Word יָמִים Yah Meem is used this is reference to a year. Remember in Chapter One where we discussed יָמִים Yah Meem in Deuteronomy 1.46 and 2.1? 


The point is that we know conversation requires at least a year. We also know that  יָמִים Yah Meem is used in reference to Years. The righteous soldier takes the beautiful woman to his home to learn and observe Torah for a year. During this time, she is dwelling in his home. However, the intent is that she is dwelling in Torah learning and observance.


יֶרַח יָמִים

Yeh Tah Ach Yaw Meem / A Month of Days

י10 ר200 חי10 מ40 י10 ם40 = 318


יוֹשֵׁב

Yoh Shayv / To Dwell

י10 וש300 ב2 = 318


Remember, The normal. For mourning is Seven Days. When the Torah Says,  יָמִים Yah Meem 'A Moon of Days' or 'A Month of Days', We understand there is an intended meaning that we must search for. It is clear! This is not the normal type of mourning. This is a different type of mourning. As noted earlier, the period for mourning her father and her mother in this situation is during the month of Elul. The beautiful woman has concluded her year of Torah learning and is preparing to convert. The last stage of her preparation is to mourn the month of Elul for her father and her mother. Then on the eve of the birthday of the world, on the day of judgment, on The Day of Remembering and on the day we blow the shofar the beautiful woman completes her conversion by going to the mikvah and immerses herself thus completing the conversion process. She is now available to her husband. 


What does The Torah Say about Sarah, Rachel, and Hannah? 'On The New Year Sarah, Rachel and Hannah were visited,' i.e. they conceived.' Think about what this means. Rosh Hashanah is this incredibly Holy Day. Rosh Hashanah is also a date for physical relations with ones spouse. It is on this day that soldier and the beautiful woman consummate their marriage.


Deuteronomy 21.18 - 21

If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not listen to them; Then shall his father and his mother lay hold of him, and bring him out to the elders of his city, and to the gate of his place; And they shall say to the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones that he dies; so shall you put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.


We have another example of time not being mentioned in verses 18 through 21. The first mention of time is 'if a man has a stubborn son.' The second dimension of time is 'if a man has a rebellious son.' The third dimension of time is when the son refuses to 'obey the voice of his father'. The fourth dimension of time is when the son refuses to 'obey the voice of his mother.' 

Somewhere in the midst of these times are two other times. There are the times when the son is gluttonous. There is the time when the son is a drunkard. How many times does it take For one to be gluttonous? How make times doesn't take for one to be a drunkard? These times are evidence. But we cannot say how many times each represent. It takes to determine when one is gluttonous and Time to become a drunkard.


The next dimension of time is when each of these times has been repeated multiple times. Then the next Time is when the father and the mother take hold of their son and bring him to the elders of the city at the gate place. There has to be a determination. The son has to be found guilty. There have to be witnesses. Finally, After all of these Times are completed The final Time comes where the son is stoned to death, and he dies.


Deuteronomy 21.22 - 23

And if a man has committed a sin deserving death, and he is to be put to death, and you hang him on a tree; 23  His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but you shall bury him that day; for he who is hanged is accursed by God; that your land, which the Lord your God gives you for an inheritance, be not defiled.


At the conclusion of Chapter 21, Scripture speaks of a time when a man has committed a capital offense that deserves death. Then scripture speaks of the Time after he has been put to death. Scripture is speaking to the time when his body is hanging on a wooden tree. There are some times indicators in the above examples where Scripture is speaking of definite times. Scripture concludes this observance by giving us a definite reference to time, 'you are to bury him that day.' 


Within this Parshat, there are many examples of time observances. They don't stand out because keywords noting times are not used. Each of these is times.


Deuteronomy 24.16

When you lend your brother anything, you shall not go into his house to fetch his pledge. You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you lend shall bring out the pledge outside to you. And if the man is poor, you shall not sleep in his pledge; You shall deliver him the pledge back when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless you; and it shall be righteousness to you before the Lord your God. 


Questions


Here are five questions for reflection. Those seeking course credit please post the answers or send answers to Dr_Akiva_Gamliel@bnti.us - SUBJECT BOX - Pasted ONLY these words in the subject box.


1. What is the normal period for mourning the loss of a loved one?

2. What is the Time The Torah Requires the beautiful woman to mourn for her Father and Mother?

3. When the beautiful woman cuts her hair and nails what do these actions symbolize?

4. Explain what is meant by writing, 'Words that we commonly associate with Time like day, week, month and year are not frequently used in this weeks Parshat.'

5. What is the minimum Time required for an Observant conversion?


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Devarim Shoftim

Deuteronomy 16.18 - 21.9


Time And Gematria:

 The Time of First Fruits


Lesson Five


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


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


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


Deuteronomy 18.1 - 5

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


Two Mitzvot

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


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


Numbers 35.2

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


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


Leviticus 25.34

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


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


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


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


2488 FC

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


Mitzvot

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


Deuteronomy 15.1 - 3

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


The above Scriptures contain Three Observances. They are:


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


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


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


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


Leviticus 25.20 - 22

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


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


5774 FC

Part of this year is counted for several reasons.

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

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

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


5775 FC

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


5776 FC

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

2 Mitzvot

Deuteronomy 16.16

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


BaMidbar 28.26

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


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


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


10 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 4.19

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


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


14 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 5.9 - 11

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



Joshua 14.7

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


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


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


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


Joshua 22.1 - 4

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


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


דְּגָנְךָ

Dih Gaw Nih Kah / Your Grain

ד4 ג3 נ50 ך20 = 77


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


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


מִזְבַּחֲךָ

Meez Bah Chah Kaw / Your Altar

מ40 ז7 ב2 ח8 20 = 77


זִבְחֲכֶם

Zee Bih Chah Chawm / Sacrifice


רֵאשִׁית

Rah Sheet / First

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


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


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


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / Firstfruit

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / first beginning

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


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


הוֹרַשְׁתָּ

Hoh Rah Shi Taw / To Possess

ה5 ו6 ר200 ש300 ת400 = 911


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


1. What is prohibited during The Shmittah Year?


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


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


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


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


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Devarim Re'ey

Deuteronomy 11.26 - 16.17


Time And Gematria:

Time Offers Specific Directions


Lesson Four


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ב׳׳ח


Devarim Re'ey

Deuteronomy 11.26 - 16.17


Time And Gematria - Specific Directions


Lesson 4


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Day 1 Month 11 Year 2488 FC


Dear Ones, I am deeply intrigued by the Seventy-Four usages of The Word הַיּוֹם Ha Yohm meaning 'This Day' or 'Today' in Deuteronomy. Each usage of Ha Yohm is a reference to a place and point in Time. Mystically, each of the Seventy-Four references to Time in Deuteronomy is a learning portal. The Word דַּע Daha means 'Know'. The common usage for דַּע is ידע. The Gematria for דַּע is Seventy-Four.


דַּע

Dah / Know

ד4 ע70 = 74


Here we mystically observe Time and Gematria. Each time הַיּוֹם Ha Yohm is written in Deuteronomy gold nuggets of knowledge are waiting to be discovered.. Let's take this a step further. Each time הַיּוֹם Ha Yohm is written in Ha Torah there are gold nuggets of knowledge to be understood. Each time הַיּוֹם is written in Ha Torah we are to congregate around הַיּוֹם to learn. We are to assemble around הַיּוֹם. The Word הַיּוֹם Ha Yohm is written 135 times in Ha Torah. The Gematria for קְהַל meaning 'Congregation or Assembly' is 135. Note Exodus 12.6 says, כֹּל קְהַל עֲדַת־יִשְׂרָאֵל - All The Assemble of Witnesses among Yisroel.


קְהַל

Kih Hahl Assembly

ק100 ה5 ל30 = 135


Like The Word עֵת in Chapter One and יוֹם in Chapter Three each usage can be representative of a blink in Time, a Day in time or a period of time. In Chapter Two we learned that The Word בָּעֵת Baw Ayt represented Thirty Eight Years. In Chapter Three we learned that יוֹם represented Forty Days and Forty Nights. Here in Lesson Four we learn, God Willing, that every time הַיּוֹם is written in Ha Torah we should stop to camp and learn for awhile.


Before we continue learning I would like us to note the Five usages of הַיּוֹם in this weeks Parshat.


Devarim 12.8

לֹא תַעֲשׂוּן כְּכֹל אֲשֶׁר אֲנַחְנוּ עֹשִׂים פֹּה הַיּוֹם אִישׁ כָּל־הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינָיו: ט


Deuteronomy 12.8

You shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatever is right in his own eyes.


Devarim 13.19

כִּי תִשְׁמַע בְּקוֹל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לִשְׁמֹר אֶת־כָּל־מִצְוֹתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם לַעֲשׂוֹת הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ: ס

Deuteronomy 13.19

When you shall give heed to The Voice of The Lord your God, to Observe all His Commandments which I Command you This Day, to do that which is right in The Eyes of The Lord your God.


Devarim 15.5

רַק אִם־שָׁמוֹעַ תִּשְׁמַע בְּקוֹל יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לִשְׁמֹר לַעֲשׂוֹת אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה הַזֹּאת אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם: ו

Deuteronomy 15.5

Only if you carefully listen to The Voice of The Lord your God, to take care to do all these Commandments which I Command you This Day.


Devarim 15.15

וְזָכַרְתָּ כִּי עֶבֶד הָיִיתָ בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם וַיִּפְדְּךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ עַל־כֵּן אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ אֶת־הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה הַיּוֹם: טז

Deuteronomy 15.15

And you shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and The Lord your God Redeemed you; therefore I Command you This Today.


There are many uniquenesses throughout Deuteronomy. For example, The Words אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ Aw Noh Cee - Mih Tzah Vih Kawh meaning 'I Command You' occur Twenty Six times in Deuteronomy. We know that The Holy Name for The Lord, which we do not say aloud is the Gematria of Twenty Six.


י ה ו ה

The Lord

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26


We make an additional observation. Notice that The Word הַיּוֹם is added to the above Two Words. אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם Aw Noh Cee - Mih Tzah Vih Kawh - Hah Yohm meaning 'I Command You Today' is written Eighteen times in Deuteronomy. These Three Words put definition to The Time and The Gematria. What are we to make of this? We will camp out around these Words for a little while.


We know that The Observances in The First Four Books Of Moses, i.e. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers were given by The Lord God on Mt Sinai. The Lord Instructed Moses to Teach The People of Israel the last 245 Observances in Deuteronomy during his last Thirty-Six Days as noted below.


Deuteronomy 1.3

And it happened in Year Forty in Month Eleven, in Day One to the Month that Moses shared with The People of Israel, about every Command that The Lord Said to him with them.


Deuteronomy 4.40

You shall keep therefore His Statutes, and His Commandments, which I Command you Today, that it may go well with you, and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days upon The Land, which The Lord your God Gives you, forever.


Deuteronomy 1.3 informs us that 'It was in Year Forty, Month Eleven and the first Day that Moses Spoke to The People of Israel'. This was Thirty-Seven Days from when Moses died. Moses died on Day Seven of Month Twelve, i.e. 7 Adar. There are Thirty Days in Shevat plus Seven Days in Adar. He did not Teach B'nei Yisroel on the day of his death. Moses taught us Thirty-Six Days from Deuteronomy 1.3 until 6 Adar. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 939; Heninrich W. Guggenheimer, Seder Olam {A Jason Aronson Book, Lanham, Maryland, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2005) p 100


We learn when Moses began this Instruction. We also note that there are break periods amidst The Instruction. Where are the break points? Each time Moses Said the Words אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם Aw Noh Cee - Mih Tzah Vih Kawh - Hah Yohm meaning 'I Command You Today', there is a break. Please note the before mentioned Verses of Deuteronomy 13.19 and 15.5. There is no point for Moses to Say 'I command you 'This Day' more than once. Why repeat 'I Command you This Day if he has already said it? So when Moses Says, 'I Command You This Day' it is a conclusion that either begins a new Days instruction or concludes that Days instruction. The Command is sufficient for its self. It's a period. The periods of instruction were about Two Days each. 36 divided by 2 = 18. Again, The Words, 'I Command you This Day' are written Eighteen times in Deuteronomy. Eighteen represents 'Life' The Observances of Ha Torah are to bring us life!


חַי

Chai Live / Life

ח8 י10 = 18


When we examine the entire Book of Deuteronomy we will discover these periods of learning. In Parshat Re'ey There are 54 Observances.17 are Performative and 37 are prohibitive. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 266


Devarim 15.7

כִּי־יִהְיֶה בְךָ אֶבְיוֹן מֵאַחַד אַחֶיךָ בְּאַחַד שְׁעָרֶיךָ בְּאַרְצְךָ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ לֹא תְאַמֵּץ אֶת־לְבָבְךָ וְלֹא תִקְפֹּץ אֶת־יָדְךָ מֵאָחִיךָ הָאֶבְיוֹן: ח


Deuteronomy 15.7

If there is among you a poor man of one of your brothers inside any of your gates in your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother;


לְבָבְךָ

Lih Vaw Veh Kah

Your Heart

ל30 ב2 ב2 ך20 =54


What are we to take away from our discussion? All the Mitzvot / Commandments are to assist us in how we behave. What do we pray everyday?


Deuteronomy 6.5,6

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart.


Here are five questions for reflection. Those seeking course credit please post the answers or send answers to Dr_Akiva_Gamliel@bnti.us - SUBJECT BOX - Pasted ONLY these words in the subject box. these words.


1. How should we relate to אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם Aw Noh Cee - Mih Tzah Vih Kawh - Hah Yohm meaning 'I Command You Today'?

2. The Gematrias of 26 and 18 relate to what?

3. Explain the Mystical point with the Word דַּע Dah / Know.

4. What does the usage of The Word הַיּוֹם Ha Yohm represent?

5. How many knew Observances did Moses Teach us in Deuteronomy?

Time: Awareness - Lesson 3

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Parshat Devarim Eikve

Deuteronomy 7.12 - 11.25


Time And Gematria:

Baw Ayt - 'At That Time'


Lesson Three


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Time: Awareness


Dear Reader, the purpose of this discussion is to draw our attention to the number of places where Time is mentioned in The Weekly Parshat. . It is so easy to pass through The Parshat time after time without giving much thought to Time in the Parshat. There are 111 Verses in the Sidra Eikve. The Letter א Aleph represents God. An Aleph is One-Thousand. The Gematria of אֶלֶף Aleph is 111. The Word סְאִים Sih Eem means to measure, The Gematria of Sih Eem is 111. My intention in this Parshat is to relate to the reader the importance of time in the Holy Scriptures. Time is a point of measurement. Day is a measurement. Week is a measurement. An hour is a measurement. Often we pass by the measurement of Time without giving a great deal of thought. Shortly we will examine the Verses in this Sidra directly relating to time. Do you have any idea of the number of Verses that mention Time? Test yourself. How many times is a form of Time mentioned in Parshat Eikev? The answer is about every third Verse mentions a form of Time. In Some Verses a measurement of Time is mentioned up to four times. My goal to heighten our awareness aware of Time in The Holy Scriptures.


In so doing we are going to take a look at SOME the different usages for the Word יוֹם Yohm, meaning Day in The Holy Scriptures. I want the reader to memorize The Word יוֹם Yohm. My intention is to share a number of spelling variations for The Word Yohm in this Parshat. You will be surprised. God Willing, we will do this in the lesson summary at the end of the discussion.


There are 111 Verses in Parshat Eikve.


אֶלֶף

Aleph Represents God and the number 1,000.

א1 ל30 ף80 = 111


סְאִים

Sih Eem

ס60 א1 י10 ם40 =111


יום - Day

Devarim 9.9

בַּעֲלֹתִי הָהָרָה לָקַחַת לוּחֹת הָאֲבָנִים לוּחֹת הַבְּרִית אֲשֶׁר־כָּרַת יְהוָֹה עִמָּכֶם וָאֵשֵׁב בָּהָר אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לַיְלָה לֶחֶם לֹא אָכַלְתִּי וּמַיִם לֹא שָׁתִיתִי: י 


Deuteronomy 9.9

When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the Lord made with you, then I stayed in the mount forty days and forty nights, I did not eat bread nor drink water;


Devarim 9.11

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לָיְלָה נָתַן יְהֹוָה אֵלַי אֶת־שְׁנֵי לֻחֹת הָאֲבָנִים לֻחוֹת הַבְּרִית: יב


Deuteronomy 9.11

And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that The Lord Gave me the two tablets of stone, The Tablets of The Covenant.


Devarim 9.18

וָאֶתְנַפַּל לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה כָּרִאשֹׁנָה אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לַיְלָה לֶחֶם לֹא אָכַלְתִּי וּמַיִם לֹא שָׁתִיתִי עַל כָּל־חַטַּאתְכֶם אֲשֶׁר חֲטָאתֶם לַעֲשׂוֹת הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָֹה לְהַכְעִיסוֹ: יט

Deuteronomy 9.18

And I fell down before The Lord, as at the first, Forty Days and Forty Nights; I did not eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which you sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.


Devarim 10.10

וְאָנֹכִי עָמַדְתִּי בָהָר כַּיָּמִים הָרִאשֹׁנִים אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לָיְלָה וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהֹוָה אֵלַי גַּם בַּפַּעַם הַהִוא לֹא־אָבָה יְהוָֹה הַשְׁחִיתֶךָ: יא

Deuteronomy 10.10

And I stayed in the mount, according to the first days, forty days and forty nights; and The Lord Listened to me at that time also, and The Lord would not destroy you.



בְּיוֹם - In The Day

Devarim 9.10

וַיִּתֵּן יְהֹוָה אֵלַי אֶת־שְׁנֵי לוּחֹת הָאֲבָנִים כְּתֻבִים בְּאֶצְבַּע אֱלֹהִים וַעֲלֵיהֶם כְּכָל־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהֹוָה עִמָּכֶם בָּהָר מִתּוֹךְ הָאֵשׁ בְּיוֹם הַקָּהָל: יא

Deuteronomy 9.10

And the Lord delivered to me two tablets of stone written with The Finger of God; and on them was written according to all The Words, which The Lord Spoke with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in The Day of the assembly.


Devarim 10.4

וַיִּכְתֹּב עַל־הַלֻּחֹת כַּמִּכְתָּב הָרִאשׁוֹן אֵת עֲשֶׂרֶת הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהֹוָה אֲלֵיכֶם בָּהָר מִתּוֹךְ הָאֵשׁ בְּיוֹם הַקָּהָל וַיִּתְּנֵם יְהוָֹה אֵלָי: ה


Deuteronomy 10.4

And He Wrote on the tablets, according to the first writing, The Ten Commandments, which The Lord Spoke to you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in The Day of the assembly; and The Lord Gave them to me.



היום - The Day / This Day

Devarim 8.1

כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם תִּשְׁמְרוּן לַעֲשׂוֹת לְמַעַן תִּחְיוּן וּרְבִיתֶם וּבָאתֶם וִירִשְׁתֶּם אֶת־

הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם: ב


Deuteronomy 8.1

All The Commandments which I Command you This Day shall you take care to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess everything from Aleph to Tav of The Land which The Lord Swore to your fathers.


Devarim 8.11

הִשָּׁמֶר לְךָ פֶּן־תִּשְׁכַּח אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְבִלְתִּי שְׁמֹר מִצְוֹתָיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו וְחֻקֹּתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם: יב

Deuteronomy 8.11

Beware that you forget not anything from Aleph to Tav of The Lord your God, in not Observing His Commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command you This Day.


Devarim 8.19

וְהָיָה אִם־שָׁכֹחַ תִּשְׁכַּח אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְהָלַכְתָּ אַחֲרֵי אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים וַעֲבַדְתָּם וְהִשְׁתַּחֲוִיתָ לָהֶם הַעִדֹתִי בָכֶם הַיּוֹם כִּי אָבֹד תֹּאבֵדוּן: כ

Deuteronomy 8.19

And it shall be, if you do forget the Lord your God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I warn you solemnly this day that you shall surely perish.

Devarim 9.1

שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל אַתָּה עֹבֵר הַיּוֹם אֶת־הַיַּרְדֵּן לָבֹא לָרֶשֶׁת גּוֹיִם גְּדֹלִים וַעֲצֻמִים מִמֶּךָּ עָרִים גְּדֹלֹת וּבְצֻרֹת בַּשָּׁמָיִם: ב

Deuternomy 9.1

Hear, O Israel; You are to pass over the Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than yourself, cities great and fortified up to heaven,


Devarim 9.3

 וְיָדַעְתָּ הַיּוֹם כִּי יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ הוּא־הָעֹבֵר לְפָנֶיךָ אֵשׁ אֹכְלָה הוּא יַשְׁמִידֵם וְהוּא יַכְנִיעֵם לְפָנֶיךָ וְהוֹרַשְׁתָּם וְהַאֲבַדְתָּם מַהֵר כַּאֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָֹה לָךְ: ד

Deuteronomy 9.3

Understand therefore this day, that The Lord your God is he who goes over before you; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and He shall bring them down before your face; so shall you drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as The Lord Has Said to you.


Devarim 9.7

זְכֹר אַל־תִּשְׁכַּח אֵת אֲשֶׁר־הִקְצַפְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בַּמִּדְבָּר לְמִן־הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר־יָצָאתָ ׀ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם עַד־בֹּאֲכֶם עַד־הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה מַמְרִים הֱיִיתֶם עִם־יְהוָֹה: ח


Deuteronomy 9.7

Remember, and forget not, how you provoked everything from Aleph to Tav of The Lord your God to anger in the wilderness; from The Day when you departed out of The Land of Egypt, until you came to this place, you have been rebellious against The Lord.


Devarim 9.25

וָאֶתְנַפַּל לִפְנֵי יְהֹוָה אֶת־אַרְבָּעִים הַיּוֹם וְאֶת־אַרְבָּעִים הַלַּיְלָה אֲשֶׁר הִתְנַפָּלְתִּי כִּי־אָמַר יְהֹוָה לְהַשְׁמִיד אֶתְכֶם: כו

Deuteronomy 9.25

Thus I fell down before the Lord verything from Aleph to Tav of Forty Days and everything from Aleph to Tav of forty nights, because the Lord had Said He would destroy you.


Devarim 10.13

לִשְׁמֹר אֶת־מִצְוֹת יְהוָֹה וְאֶת־חֻקֹּתָיו אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם לְטוֹב לָךְ: יד

Deuteronomy 10.13

To Observe The Commandments of The Lord, and His Statutes, which I Command you This Day for your good?


Devarim 11.2

וִידַעְתֶּם הַיּוֹם כִּי ׀ לֹא אֶת־בְּנֵיכֶם אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדְעוּ וַאֲשֶׁר לֹא־רָאוּ אֶת־מוּסַר יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם אֶת־גָּדְלוֹ אֶת־יָדוֹ הַחֲזָקָה וּזְרֹעוֹ הַנְּטוּיָה: ג

Deuteronomy 11.2

And know This Day; for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of The Lord your God, His Greatness, His Mighty Hand, and His Stretched out Arm,


Devarim 11.4

וַאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְחֵיל מִצְרַיִם לְסוּסָיו וּלְרִכְבּוֹ אֲשֶׁר הֵצִיף אֶת־מֵי יַם־סוּף עַל־פְּנֵיהֶם בְּרָדְפָם אַחֲרֵיכֶם וַיְאַבְּדֵם יְהֹוָה עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה: ה

Deuteronomy 11.4

And what He Did to the army of Egypt, to their horses, and to their chariots; how He Made the water of the Red Sea overflow them as they pursued after you, and how The Lord Has destroyed them till This Day;


Devarim 11.8

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־כָּל־הַמִּצְוָה אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוְּךָ הַיּוֹם לְמַעַן תֶּחֶזְקוּ וּבָאתֶם וִירִשְׁתֶּם אֶת־הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ: ט

Deuteronomy 11.8

Therefore shall you Observe everything from Aleph To Tav of all The Commandments which I Command you This Day, that you may be strong, and go in and possess The Land, which you are going over to possess;


Devarim 11.12

אֶרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ דֹּרֵשׁ אֹתָהּ תָּמִיד עֵינֵי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ בָּהּ מֵרֵשִׁית הַשָּׁנָה וְעַד אַחֲרִית שָׁנָה: יג

Deuteronomy 11.12

A Land which The Lord your God Cares for; The Eyes of The Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of The Year to the end of The Year.


Devarim 11.13

וְהָיָה אִם־שָׁמֹעַ תִּשְׁמְעוּ אֶל־מִצְוֹתַי אֲשֶׁר אָנֹכִי מְצַוֶּה אֶתְכֶם הַיּוֹם לְאַהֲבָה אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וּלְעָבְדוֹ בְּכָל־לְבַבְכֶם וּבְכָל־נַפְשְׁכֶם: יד

Deuteronomy 11.13

And it shall come to pass, if you shall give heed diligently to My Commandments which I Command you This Day, to love The Lord your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,



כַּיּוֹם - Like The Day

Devarim 8.18

וְזָכַרְתָּ אֶת־יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ כִּי הוּא הַנֹּתֵן לְךָ כֹּחַ לַעֲשׂוֹת חָיִל לְמַעַן הָקִים אֶת־בְּרִיתוֹ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ כַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה: יט

Deuteronomy 8.18

And you shall remember The Lord your God; for He is who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His Covenant which He Swore to your fathers, as it is This Day.


Devarim 10.15

רַק בַּאֲבֹתֶיךָ חָשַׁק יְהוָֹה לְאַהֲבָה אוֹתָם וַיִּבְחַר בְּזַרְעָם אַחֲרֵיהֶם בָּכֶם מִכָּל־הָעַמִּים כַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה: טז 


Deuteronomy 10.15

Only The Lord Took delight in your fathers to love them, and He Chose their seed after them, you above all people, as it is This Day.



כָּל־הַיָּמִים - All The Days

Devarim 11.1

וְאָהַבְתָּ אֵת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ וְשָׁמַרְתָּ מִשְׁמַרְתּוֹ וְחֻקֹּתָיו וּמִשְׁפָּטָיו וּמִצְוֹתָיו כָּל־הַיָּמִים: ב


Deuteronomy 11.1

Therefore you shall love the Lord your God, and keep his charge, and His statutes, and His judgments, and His Commandments, All The Days.



מִיּוֹם - From The Day

Devarim 9.24

מַמְרִים הֱיִיתֶם עִם־יְהוָֹה מִיּוֹם דַּעְתִּי אֶתְכֶם: כה

Deuteronomy 9.24

You have been rebellious against the Lord from The Day that I knew you.



מהר - Quickly

Devarim 7.22

וְנָשַׁל יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֶת־הַגּוֹיִם הָאֵל מִפָּנֶיךָ מְעַט מְעָט לֹא תוּכַל כַּלֹּתָם מַהֵר פֶּן־תִּרְבֶּה עָלֶיךָ חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה: כג


Deuteronomy 7.22

And The Lord your God will clear away those nations before you, little by little; you may not destroy them quickly, lest the beasts of the field grow numerous upon you.


מָּיִם - This Day

Devarim 11.11

וְהָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם עֹבְרִים שָׁמָּה לְרִשְׁתָּהּ אֶרֶץ הָרִים וּבְקָעֹת לִמְטַר הַשָּׁמַיִם תִּשְׁתֶּה ־ מָּיִם: יב


Deuternomy 11.11

Beware that you forget not the Lord your God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command you This Day;



אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה - Forty Years

Devarim 8.2

וְזָכַרְתָּ אֶת־כָּל־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר הוֹלִיכְךָ יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֶיךָ זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה בַּמִּדְבָּר לְמַעַן עַנֹּתְךָ לְנַסֹּתְךָ לָדַעַת אֶת־אֲשֶׁר בִּלְבָבְךָ הֲתִשְׁמֹר מצותו [מִצְוֹתָיו] אִם־לֹא: ג


Deuteronomy 8.2

And you shall remember everything from Aleph to Tav of all the way which The Lord your God led you these Forty Years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would Observe His Commandments, or not.



Devarim 8.4

שִׂמְלָתְךָ לֹא בָלְתָה מֵעָלֶיךָ וְרַגְלְךָ לֹא בָצֵקָה זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה: ה


Deuteronomy 8.4

Your garment did not grow old upon you, nor did your foot swell, these Forty Years.



בְּאַחֲרִיתֶךָ - In Your End

Devarim 8.16

הַמַּאֲכִלְךָ מָן בַּמִּדְבָּר אֲשֶׁר לֹא־יָדְעוּן אֲבֹתֶיךָ לְמַעַן עַנֹּתְךָ וּלְמַעַן נַסֹּתֶךָ לְהֵיטִבְךָ בְּאַחֲרִיתֶךָ: יז


Deuteronomy 8.16

Who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers knew not, that He might humble you, and that He might test you, to do you good in the end;



בַּפַּעַם הַהִוא - At That Time

Devarim 9.19

כִּי יָגֹרְתִּי מִפְּנֵי הָאַף וְהַחֵמָה אֲשֶׁר קָצַף יְהוָֹה עֲלֵיכֶם לְהַשְׁמִיד אֶתְכֶם וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהוָֹה אֵלַי גַּם בַּפַּעַם הַהִוא: כ


Deuteronomy 9.19

For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which The Lord was Angry against you to destroy you. But The Lord Listened to me at that time also.



בָּעֵת - At That Time

Devarim 9.20

וּבְאַהֲרֹן הִתְאַנַּף יְהוָֹה מְאֹד לְהַשְׁמִידוֹ וָאֶתְפַּלֵּל גַּם־בְּעַד אַהֲרֹן בָּעֵת הַהִוא: כא


Deuteronomy 9.20

And The Lord was so very angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him; and I prayed for Aaron also at that time.


Devarim 10.8

בָּעֵת הַהִוא הִבְדִּיל יְהוָֹה אֶת־שֵׁבֶט הַלֵּוִי לָשֵׂאת אֶת־אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָֹה לַעֲמֹד לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה לְשָׁרְתוֹ וּלְבָרֵךְ בִּשְׁמוֹ עַד הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה: ט

Deuteronomy 10.8

At that time The Lord Set apart The Tribe of Levi, to carry The Ark of The Covenant of The Lord, to stand before The Lord to minister to him, and to bless in His Name, to this day.


יְמֵיכֶם וִימֵי - Your Days And the Days

Devarim 11.21

לְמַעַן יִרְבּוּ יְמֵיכֶם וִימֵי בְנֵיכֶם עַל הָאֲדָמָה אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם לָתֵת לָהֶם כִּימֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם עַל־הָאָרֶץ: כב



מַהֵר - Quickly

Deuteronomy 11.21

That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in The Land which The Lord swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.


Devarim 9.12

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֵלַי קוּם רֵד מַהֵר מִזֶּה כִּי שִׁחֵת עַמְּךָ אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתָ מִמִּצְרָיִם סָרוּ מַהֵר מִן־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר צִוִּיתִם עָשׂוּ לָהֶם מַסֵּכָה: יג


Deuteronomy 9.12

And The Lord Said to me, Arise, get down quickly from here; for your people, which you have brought out of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside from the way which I Commanded them; they have made themselves a molten image.


Devarim 9.16

טז וָאֵרֶא וְהִנֵּה חֲטָאתֶם לַיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם עֲשִׂיתֶם לָכֶם עֵגֶל מַסֵּכָה סַרְתֶּם מַהֵר מִן־הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶתְכֶם: יז


Deuteronomy 9.16

And I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against The Lord your God, and had made yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which The Lord Had Commanded you.


הָרִאשֹׁנִים - The First


Devarim 10.2

וְאֶכְתֹּב עַל־הַלֻּחֹת אֶת־הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר הָיוּ עַל־הַלֻּחֹת הָרִאשֹׁנִים אֲשֶׁר שִׁבַּרְתָּ וְשַׂמְתָּם בָּאָרוֹן: ג


Deuteronomy 10.2

And I will write on the tablets the words that were in the first tablets which you broke, and you shall put them in the ark.


The יוֹם Yohm Table


Below are Sixteen different ways to spell Day in Hebrew,

This sounds confusing but it's easy once the reader memorizes how to spell Yohm.


Yohm is spelled right to left י Yod ו Vav ם Final Mem יום


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There are 111 Verses in Parshat Eikve.


אֶלֶף

Aleph Represents God and the number 1,000.

א1 ל30 ף80 = 111


סְאִים

Sih Eem

ס60 א1 י10 ם40 =111













One Verse Mentions Time Five Separate Times.


How Important Is Time In The Holy Scriptures?


Devarim 10.10

וְאָנֹכִי עָמַדְתִּי בָהָר כַּיָּמִים -הָרִאשֹׁנִים אַרְבָּעִים יוֹם וְאַרְבָּעִים לָיְלָה וַיִּשְׁמַע יְהֹוָה אֵלַי גַּם בַּפַּעַם הַהִוא לֹא־אָבָה יְהוָֹה הַשְׁחִיתֶךָ: יא


Deuteronomy 10.10

And I stayed in the mount, Like the first days, forty days and forty nights; and The Lord Listened to me at that time also, and The Lord would not destroy you.


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Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3.20


Time And Gematria:

עֵת - Time


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עֵת


Time


Dear Ones, our goal in this discussion, is to help us make a connection with The Letter מ Mem [normal] ם [final] to learning. The Mem is a middle Letter of The Aleph Bet. The normal sign [Gematria] of The Letter Mem is 40. The final sign of The Mem is 600. The only time the final Mem may be used is when The Mem is the final Letter in a Word. The Letter Mem is one of two Hebrew Letters that makes a complete 360-degree circle. When the final Letter Mem was written in the Two Tablets by The Lord The Mem was suspended in air without touching or connecting to the Two Tablets. The Lord Made The Mem stood in place without falling. The Letter Mem is an eternal Letter. The Mem does not have a beginning or end. In addition to the Words we are going to study מֹשֶׁה Moses and מְשִׁיחַ Moshiach / Messiah each begin with The Letter Mem.


In addition to learning about the Letter Mem and associated Gematrias, we will God Willing consider elements of time-related to Moses our Teacher and The People of Israel. We will Observe the wisdom in Time. It is written. We will Observe perhaps one or two picture frames in the movie of Time. King Solomon wrote, 'To everything there is a season and time to every purpose under the heaven.' We will examine several points in time that are woven together into a special purpose.


Deuteronomy 1.1 - 3

These are the words which Moses shared with all Israel on this side of the Jordan in the wilderness, in the Arabah opposite the Red Sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.

There are eleven days' journey from Horeb by the way of Mount Seir to Kadesh-Barnea.


And it happened in Year Forty in Month Eleven, in Day One to the Month that Moses shared with the people of Israel, about every Command that The Lord Said to him with them.


The People of Israel left Egypt in the year 2448 FC in Month One in Day Fifteen. That was a long time ago. Ha Torah Says it was almost Forty complete years. The People of Israel had not completed Year Forty. There were 30 days left in Month Eleven and 29 Days left in Month Twelve. They were 59 days from completing Year Forty.


Moses was 37 Days away from turning 120 years of age. Moses would die in 37 Days on his Birthday. Our Sages Teach that Moses was in Mitzrim 40 years, In Midian 40 years and in the Midbar 40 Years.


Mitzrim / Egypt

מִצְרָיִם

מ40 צ90 ר200 י10 נם40 = 380


Midian

מִדְיָן

מ40 ד4 י10 ן50 = 104


Wilderness

מִּדְבָּר

מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 246


Our Sages Teach that Moses spent 40 Years in Mitzrim, 40 Years in Midian and 40 Years in Midbar. 120 = 40 + 40 + 40


The 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar will be released God Willing soon. In the calendar, I share about Moses simultaneous three Forty Day and Night fasts. Moses fasts from the Day he receives Ha Torah, The Commandments and The Covenant to Yom Kipper, which is the day of atonement. . Moses fasted three forty day periods one after the other plus the day before and the in between days. Our Sages Teach this is a total of between 122 to 123 days. The Seventh of Sivan is not counted. This is the Day Moses climbed Mt Sinai to receive the Commandments. The Day Moses prepares the second set of Tablets was 29 Av. This Day was not included in the fast days. So how can 122 days be 123 days? The question is, did Moses Fast on 6 Sivan, the preparation Day? Our Sages Teach Moses was very busy helping The People prepare to receive Ha Torah. Did Moses eat a Sabbath meal that night? It is not likely given Moses understanding of purity. It is likely that Moses fasted to be in a state of readiness to receive Ha Torah. Why is this such an important question?


Numbers 33.39

And Aaron was a hundred and twenty-three years old when he died in Mount Hor.


One-Hundred-Twenty-Three Days ties Aharon, The High Priest to Shavuot and Yom Kippur. In other Words The High Priest that makes atonement is a bridge spanning between receiving Ha Torah to the Day he seeks forgiveness for The People of Israel.


Fast One

Exodus 24.16 - Fast one from Sivan 7 to 17 Tammuz. The 17th of Tammuz is when the Roman soldiers breached the Holy City in their conquest to destroy our Second Holy Temple in 3830 FC. Rabbi Nachman Zakon, The Jewish Experience 2,000 Years Shaar Press (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 2003), p 11


Exodus 32.15 - 19

And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tablets of The Testimony were in his hand; the tablets were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written. And The Tablets were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, engraved upon The Tablets. And when Joshua heard the noise of The People as they shouted, he said to Moses, There is a sound like war in the camp. And He Said, It is not the voice of those who shout for mastery, nor is it the voice of those who cry for being overcome; but the sound of those who sing do I hear. And it came to pass, as soon as He came near to the camp, that He Saw the calf, and the dancing; and Moses' anger burned hot, and he threw The Tablets from his hands, and broke them beneath the mount.



Fast Two

Exodus 32.29 - 35

For Moses had said, Consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, every man against his son, and against his brother; that he may bestow upon you a blessing this day. And it came to pass on the next day, that Moses said to the people, You have sinned a great sin, and now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I shall make an atonement for your sin. And Moses returned to the Lord and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Now, if you will forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I beg you, from your book that you have written. And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot from my book. Therefore now go, lead the people to the place about which I have spoken to you; behold, my Angel shall go before you; nevertheless in the day when I punish I will punish their sin upon them. And the Lord plagued the people because they made the calf, which Aaron made.


How do we know this second fast was for 40 days? Deuteronomy 9. 12- 18


We know this because in Verse twelve Moses received The Tablets when The Lord Informed him of The People's sin. Then he went down to them. Then he broke the Tablets. Then the next Day He returns to pray on Mt Sinai.


Deuteronomy 9.11 - 12

And it came to pass at the end of forty days and forty nights, that The Lord Gave me The Two Tablets of Stone, The Tablets of The Covenant. And The Lord Said to me, Arise, get down quickly from here; for your people, which you have brought out of Egypt, have corrupted themselves; they are quickly turned aside from the way which I Commanded them; they have made themselves a molten image.


How do we know Moses second Fast followed the first? How do we know the second Fast was also for Forty Days and Nights?


Deuteronomy 9.15 - 19

So I turned and came down from The Mount, and The Mount Burned with fire; and The Two Tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. And I looked, and, behold, you had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the Lord Had Commanded you. And I took The Two Tablets, and threw them out of my two hands, and broke them before your eyes. And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights; I did not eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which you sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, with which the Lord was angry with you to destroy you. But the Lord listened to me at that time also.


The Third 40 Day and Night fast follow the first two fasts.


Deuteronomy 10.10 - 11

And I stayed in the mount, according to the first time, forty days and forty nights; and the Lord listened to me at that time also, and the Lord would not destroy you.   And the Lord said to me, Arise, go on your journey before the people, that they may go in and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers to give to them.


120 Days and Nights = 40 Days and Nights + 40 Days and Night + 40 Days and Nights


Within the Community of The People of Israel, there are some who pray each day each morning, afternoon and night. Some also pray at the mid of Night. The morning prayers maybe thirty minutes or longer on average. Afternoon prayers are perhaps fifteen minutes. Evening prayers are about twenty minutes. These are on normal Days. The Elul, Month leading up to Rosh HaShannah prayer time increases significantly. Then on Rosh HaShannah morning prayers may last from eight am to three in the afternoon. On Yom Kippur, we fast from one night to the next night that is about twenty-six hours. On Erev Yom Kippur at Kol Nidre about three hours. On Yom Kippur, we pray from early morning to night. It is understandable that one might be a little weary.


What about Moses. He did not just fast One Day and Night. Moses fasted for about 123 Days and Nights. Moses bowed down, prayed and interceded for The People of Israel during the middle Forty Days and Nights. The greatness of Moses is a challenging connection for us. I can relate to a tiny portion of what Moses experienced. What about you?


When we say 'In the Wilderness' the Word is Bamidbar.

בַּמִּדְבָּר

ב2 מ40 ד4 ב2 ר200 = 248


The positive Observances of Ha Torah are 248. The organs in our body are 248.

We see a relationship between the being in the wilderness, the positive Commands of Ha Torah and the organs of our body.


Devarim 1.3 is informing us that the wilderness experience is coming to an end in 59 days. Moses Leadership and hands on Teaching is coming to an end in 37 Days. The Lord Has Moses revisit the Observances with The People of Israel. Think of how that felt for Moses. He would die. He would not enter the Land with his people. The people who were taught Ha Torah at Moses' feet were already feeling the loss of their Great Teacher.


Here are five questions for reflection. Those seeking course credit, please post the answers or send answers to Dr_Akiva_Gamliel@bnti.us - SUBJECT BOX - Pasted ONLY these words in the subject box.


1.Solomon wrote, 'There is a time to every purpose under the heaven.' Exploring to learn the purpose is a deep Torah adventure. One point in this lesson is to teach us to search for the purpose related to time and seasons. Do we stop to consider the great significance of points in Time within The Holy Scriptures?


2. How is The Festival Season of Shavuot in which Ha Torah, the Commandments, and the covenant were given to the People connected through Moses to Yom Kipper, the Season for Atonement?


3. How is the Letter Mem related to Moses Life?


4. What is the importance of the number 123?


5. What happened on 17 Tammuz?



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Genesis Twenty-four and A Half

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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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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 24

Genesis 24.1 - 67

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Genesis 24


The Blessing Of Abraham


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


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

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


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


Genesis 21.5

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


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


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


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


Abraham Was Blessed As He Departed Haran.


Abram had substance and servants.


Bereisheit 24.1

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


Genesis 24.1

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


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


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


וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  

Vah HaShem Bay Rahk

And The Lord Blessed

ו6 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5     ב2 ר200 ך20 = 254


דְּרָכֶיךָ 

Dih Raw Kheh Chaw

ד4 ר200 כ20 י10 ך20  =  254



Gematria Vayikra Emor

Leviticus 21.1 - 24.23

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Vayikra 22.32

וְלֹא תְחַלְּלוּ אֶת־שֵׁם קָדְשִׁי וְנִקְדַּשְׁתִּי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵלאֲנִי יְהוָֹה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם:  לג  


Leviticus 22.32

You shall not profane My Holy Name but I will be sanctified among, The People of Israel.  I am The Lord Who makes you Holy.


Within our universe there seems to be a misconception of what it means to be Holy.  We must consider the questions: What is Holy?  What is Holiness?   Who defines what Holy means?  Does it matter who defines the meaning of Holiness?  


So often we look so holy with our long black coats, our black hats, our black kippot, our short hair, our payot, our long dresses, our sheitels, our outward actions, our Sabbath  attendance, our davening and many other outward appearances.  The problem with outward appearances is that too often they are sadly founded on showtime pretenses.  They are not real.  Good habits are important.  And they are healthy.  Yet, to suggest that smoking and drinking among other habits are the soil for sinners is wrong.  


So the point is real Holiness may NOT be based on the conformity of how one dresses or if one lives in a community or one's education or one's position in the community.  The Tzaddik could be the woodcutter in the wilderness who cannot bear community incongruity.  It gives us something to think about...


We need to understand what Holiness is and who defines what Holiness is.  Holiness is not up for personal interpretation.  Holiness was predefined before the Creation of man or religion.  Holiness was defined by The Lord God!


1 Samuel 2.2

There is none Holy as The Lord for there is none besides You neither is there any Rock like our God.


The Torah clearly States that The Lord Expects The People of Yisroel, / Kal Yisroel / all of Yisroel to be Holy!  Why?


Leviticus 19.2

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel, and say to them, You shall be Holy; for I the Lord your God Am Holy. 


Leviticus 20.26

 And you shall be Holy to me; for I the Lord am Holy, and have separated you from other people, that you should be mine.


Leviticus 21.8

You shall make him {the Kohen} Holy {even against his will, Rashi} {WHY?} for he offers the bread of your God; He shall be Holy unto you {WHY?} for I, The Lord, am Holy, Who Makes you Holy.


Again, the point is The Lord Expects Kal Yisroel to be Holy!  Why? The People of Israel are called by His Name... 

 

2 Chronicles 7.14

If My people, who are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.


Leviticus 22.2

Speak to Aharon and to his sons and let them keep away from the Holy Offerings of The People of Israel {on the days of their impurities, Rashi} and they shall not profane My Holy Name which they sanctify for Me, I am The Lord. 


Leviticus 22.32

You shall not profane My Holy Name but I will be sanctified among, The People of Israel.  I am The Lord Who makes you Holy.


This tells us something about a Jew's responsibility.  We are NOT TO PROFANE The Lord's Holy Name!  Instead we are to SANCTIFY The Lord'S HOLY NAME!  No other people or religion are given this great and Holy responsibility!  Only The People of Yisroel are held responsible to SANCTIFY The Lord's HOLY NAME!  So how do we fulfill our important responsibility?  What is our guideline?  The Torah of The Lord is our guide.  


THE TORAH DEFINES what The Lord Deems as Holy. 


Exodus 19.6

And you shall be to me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. These are the words which you shall speak to the people of Israel. 


Exodus 20.8

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 


Exodus 26.34

And you shall put the covering upon the Ark of the Testimony in the most Holy Place.


Holy Garments Ex. 28.2, the Holy Offering, the Holy Gifts Ex. 28.38,  the Holy Crown, Ex. 29.6, the Holy Altar Ex. 29.37, the Holy Ointment,  the Holy Anointing oil Ex. 30.25, the Holy Rim Ex. 39.30, the Holy Mishkon, the Holy Utensils Ex. 40.9, the Holy Offerings Lev. 2.3, the Holy Crown Lev. 8.9, the Holy Linen Coat Lev. 16.3, the Holy Sanctuary Lev. 16.33, the Holy Fruit Lev. 19.24,  the Holy Things Lev. 22.2, the Holy Name Lev. 22.32, the Holy Gathering Lev. 23.2 and many, many, more items and degrees of Holiness.


ONLY KAL YISROEL  ARE COMMANDED AND REQUIRED BY The Lord TO DO SO!  It is a very, very serious responsibility to be chosen for such an important task!  Not only is the responsibility very important but the Book, the Torah, which instructs us in fulfilling these responsibilities is also extremely IMPORTANT!  The Torah is our guide!  No other book has replaced our Torah!!


Our Sages Teach that every Jew is Holy. Our Holiness is Echad / One!  We we are not one individual but we are one. Kal Yisroel / All Yisroel are Echad as one. We are a kingdom of priests.  We Kal Yisroel as Echad  are a Holy Nation.  The Gematria for 'Kal Yisroel' is 591.  The Gematria for Ah Nee The Lord Mi Kah Deesh Chem {meaning 'I am The Lord Who makes you [Kal Yisroel] Holy.' is also 591.  So from this we Mystically learn that it is The Lord that chooses, requires and makes Kal Yisroel Holy, and it is Ha Torah that Teaches Kal Yisroel to differentiate between Holy and unholy, and between clean and unclean.


Vayikra 31.13

וְאַתָּה דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל לֵאמֹר אַךְ אֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַי תִּשְׁמֹרוּ כִּי אוֹת הִוא בֵּינִי וּבֵינֵיכֶם לְדֹרֹתֵיכֶם לָדַעַת כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָֹה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם 1:1 


Shemot 31.13

Speak you also to the people of Israel, saying, Truly My Sabbaths you shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that you may know that I am the Lord that does sanctify you. 


כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל

Kal Yisroel / All of Israel

כ20 ל30   י10 ש300 ר200 א1 ל30 = 591


אֲנִי יְהוָֹה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם

Ah Nee  The Lord   Mi Kah Deesh Chem

I am The Lord which Makes You Holy

א1 נ50 י10  י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 87

מ40 ק100 ד4 ש300 כ20 ם40 = 504

591 = 87 + 504


Note that כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל Kal Yisroel / All of Israel is not written one time in Leviticus. However, בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל Bnai Yisroel, i.e. The People of Israel is recorded 49 times. Could this have anything to do with the 49 levels the People of Israel climbed out of during the 50 days from leaving Egypt to receive Ha Torah?


Still even though כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל Kal Yisroel is not written in Leviticus but וְהַשָּׂעִיר Vih Hah Saw Eer meaning And The Azazel Goat that is freed on Yom Kippur and sent into the Wilderness is written in Leviticus 16.10. The Gematria is 591. Mystically what does this say to us? Don't worry about which trib e you bloong to.  Don't worry if you or a realitive is a convert to Judasim because The Lord Has Provide a way for Kal Yisroel, Every Jew.


וְהַשָּׂעִיר

Vih Hah Saw Eer / And The Azazel Goat

ו6 ה5 ש300 ע70 י10 ר200 = 591



Gematria Vayikra Kedoshim

Leviticus 19.1 - 20.27

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Vayikra 19.3

 אִישׁ אִמּוֹ וְאָבִיו תִּירָאוּ וְאֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתַי תִּשְׁמֹרוּ אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם:  ד

Leviticus 19.3

Man shall fear his Mother and his Father  and everything from Aleph to Tav of keeping My Sabbaths; I am the Lord your God.

Why did our Creator place Sabbath alongside honoring one's Mother and Father? Are they connected? How are they connected? God Willing we are going to begin a gentle climb up to the answers over the entirety of this chapter.


Each of us are Children. This Chapter is about us. It is about our Parents who are children and their parents who are children and if we have children then our children who God Willing will have children. . In one way or another this is about everyone.


Our Creator allows many challenges. Sometimes the challenges seem insurmountable like climbing a great mountain, a 14,000 foot high mountain. Yet every mountain has a trail blazed to the top that can be conquered by steady, faithful diligence. In our Parshat this week we are considering the responsibility of honoring one's parents. Each of us has parents that we should honor. The Lord God places the Mitzvot / Observance  of honoring parents as perhaps one of the most important Commandments written in Ha Torah.  If an employer knew that the individual who they are considering for employment was disrespectful to her or his parents  would that make a difference? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO AN EMPLOYER? If an institute were considering an application for a potential student should they be concerned if he or she was rude or impolite to his or her parents? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO THE INSTITUTE OF HIGHER LEARNING? If a business owner were uncivil or insolent to the Mother or Father that labored to bring this child into the world and to provide for the child the best he or she could should this make a difference to his or her clients? SHOULD RESPECTING ONE'S PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO CLIENTS OF THIS BUSINESS?

Let's consider these questions. Our country is governed by politicians who believe respect of parents is IMPORTANT!  How do we know this? The news media zooms in on the lives of ones parents. The news media shows parents and family members sitting in the audience and on  stage with their political daughter / son or relative. Why is it so important that the politician have the noticeable support of parents, spouse, family and relatives?  This is supposed to send us a message of family unity and of parental approval of the child. Why do  politicians speak of the labors of their fathers and mothers in their speeches? Well, if a  politician cursed his or her parents or was rude or impolite to his or her parents how would this play out in the media?   Politicians are fired by their supporters for marital infidelity all the time. So how well do you think political supporters would respond to parental abuse? Is it odd that so many Americans do not give high approval ratings to Congress or many political leaders? Many voters consider politicians to be liars...  deceptive... dishonest... whether they are or not. Yet the men and women who run for office feel the need to show the world how much their parents support and believe in them.  Are they trying to make a statement with us? Are they saying to the voters because my parents are in the audience and on the stage etc., you should trust me and you should vote for me because I am a good kid? I love and respect my parents. What is the message they are trying to convey?  

If a man does not respect his mother will he respect his wife? If a woman does not respect her father will she respect her husband? If a man has issues with his parents will he have issues with his children? If a woman has issues with her parents will she have issues with her children? 

CAN WE SEE HOW ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS RELATE?

If a man divorces his wife... if a woman divorces her husband... The children will be greatly impacted!! The husband / father will be impacted the wife / mother will be impacted each set of parents and relatives will be impacted. 

EVERYTHING we have mentioned in this chapter thus far comes down to respect for parents. 

All religions come together on this point. All beliefs teach RESPECT FOR PARENTS! This is a fundamental principle. Respect for parents is the foundation stone for every religion. 

Having lived in the world before Torah Observance and then in the World after Torah Observance I saw the difference. I learned the difference. The difference is very great. 

A man or woman that does not honor... esteem... hold in high regards his or her parents is an individual that is in serious trouble!! 

Before we delve into the degree of trouble a child is in who does not respect both her or his mother and father  we need to discuss the influence on a child from a divorced home. Sometimes a child is NOT at fault entirely. When the husband and wife divorce often children become victims of their parents and relatives revenge and rage. There is a story that is supposed to be humorous that helps to better explain this.

Two Jewish women were sitting next to each other under hair dryers at the hairdresser.

The first lady says, 'How's your family?'


The second lady responds, 'Just fine. It couldn't be better! She was so happy as she went on to share about her daughter.  My daughter is married to the most wonderful man. She never has to cook, he always takes her out. She never has to clean, he got her a housekeeper. She never has to work, he's got such a good job. She never has to worry about the children, he got her a nanny. Life couldn't be any better for her.'


The second lady ask the first lady, 'So how about you? How is your son these days?'


The first lady says, 'Awful. It couldn't be worse... My son is married to such a witch of a woman. She makes him take her out to dinner every night. She never sets a foot in their new kitchen.  She made Sam get her a housekeeper, God Forbid that she should vacuum a carpet or clean one of their five bathrooms.  He has to work so long and hard.  Why? Because that little princess will not get a job. With all her bridge parties she never takes the time to care for their children.  She demanded that my son hire a butler and a nanny. They live in the servants quarters at the back of the house. Life is horrible for him. Life could not be any worse for my son...'

Then they got from underneath their hair dryers and realized that...


Even though this couple was married and living together we see the same story as told from two completely different positions. The stories are so different it is difficult to believe they were speaking of the same two  people. Divorce can be somewhat like this. It can be challenging for children from relationshipls like this.  Poor relationships muddie the waters.


Years of non Jewish learning muddies the waters. Much sorting out has to be done. It takes weeks, months, years and possibly a lifetime to work through all the conflicts! Yet for the Jew who reestablishes Sabbath Observance there is a break in the conflict! There is a path to follow!




Gematria Vayikra Acharei Mot

Leviticus 16.1 - 18.30

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Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם: פ פ פ

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


In the previous Chapter we concluded with a caution to stay on the Path of Ha Torah.  Staying on the Path of Ha Torah can be a challenge. 

For example: It easy to become angry and say and do the wrong things. It is easy to let one's mind, thoughts eyes stray from the path of Ha Torah... How do we face these challenges?  Facing challenges is not new to our people. In the past we have been surrounded by abominations intended to attract us to sinfulness like when The People of Israel were surrounded by abominations while living in the BaMidbar / Wilderness.  There were nations intent on drawing us into there abominable customs. We had to draw together like eaglets drawn to the protection of their mother and covered by her wings.  The sin that was all around us could not be permitted in Eretz Canaan.  The People of Israel had to separate from these iniquities.  The People of Israel had to live by a higher standard.  


People who have not taken the time to carefully study The First Five Books of The Bible and who may not understand or know anything about The 613 Mitzvot / Commands from The Lord God written in The First Five Books of The Bible may take the position that the 613 Observances of Ha Torah are done away with. Many have been indoctrinated from conception to beliefs taught by their parents, their parents customs, traditions, religions just as we who Observe Ha Torah are supposed to do with our children. They believe they are correct. We believe we are correct. Many of them are zealous just as many of us are zealous. Only The Lord God knows the Truth!  Only the Lord God Knows how we will each come together in peace at some point in the future. I am saying that today as it was in the days of Moshe people who have been raised differently than us. They have different understandings of The Lord God than we have. Some try to persuade us to act like them, believe them etc. We MUST have a great deal of resolve to be understanding with them and to show kindness. Still we must remain committed to the Observances of Ha Torah. Dear Reader, lets think about this. We are supposed to be the Holy People. We are supposed to be the example.  This means we CANNOT act as they do. Our actions must follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they curse at us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. If they are mean to us we MUST follow Ha Torah.  If they try to entice us we MUST follow the Path of Ha Torah. We MUST NOT ACT LIKE THEM!! 


Just as The Lord God charged The People of Israel then, we are charged now! The Lord God Said, 


Leviticus 18.30

And You [The People of Israel] shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


Now we are back to the question, How are we to do this?  Well, simply put, we stand guard over our lives, over our family, over our neighbor, over our house, over our block, over our community, over our city and over our nation...


The point is that we are our keeper and we are our brother's keeper.


When I was single my next door neighbor's were  the Kohn's. I lived in the basement of the house next door. They were very very special neighbors. They were like parents to me. Rabbi Kohn was always checking on me. If I did not daven / pray as part of the morning minyan at our congregation the Rabbi would ask me the next time we met where I davened that morning. A Minyan is group of ten Jewish men above the age of twelve.  When one davens they pray. 


On Sabbath, I would hear this tapping on my basement window. It was my neighbor, Rabbi Kohn.  I could hear him saying, 'Akiva!  Akiva! It's time to walk to shul for morning prayers.'  He wanted to make sure I was up and about.  He wanted to make sure I was going to be at the congregation for morning prayers. 


On one Erev Sabbath he was on his way to services. I just pulled up to my apartment in my old brown truck. He was going to wait for me to get ready so we could walk to congregation together. I said, I need to go to the store quickly.


He said, 'What for?'

I said, 'I need a few things?'

Rabbi Kohn said, 'What do you need? It is almost time for Sabbath to begin?'


I said,  'A few groceries and some whiskey. 

 

Rabbi Khon was a short man but that did not get in his way.  He reached up to me with both hands and firmly took hold of my lapels and pulled me down right in front of his face and firmly but kindly said, 'Akiva listen to me! You come eat a my house this Sabbath. You drink all the whiskey you want at my house. Now, park your truck. Empty your pockets. Let's walk together. It's time to Observe Sabbath.'


What could I say? I did as instructed. I ate all three meals with the Kohn's. It was real special. That Sabbath Rabbi Kohn invited a guest to come dine with us after Evening Prayers. He invited a Chassidic Rabbi from Israel, may he rest in peace.  Dear Ones, we MUST care about each other. We must be like the soldiers whose motto is not to leave anyone behind.  Then in addition to us caring about our own we MUST show gentle loving care and be kind to all humans, i.e. the Noachide. 


The Lord Chose us, the Jewish people, as His people.  The Lord Chooses Eretz Yisroel as the earthly location for His Dwelling place, the Bet HaMikdosh, the Holy Temple.  When I say Holy I am saying 'SEPARATED'. The OBSERVANCES of The Mitzvot of Ha Torah Make The People of Israel Holy, Make the Temple Holy, Make the City of Jerusalem Holy, Make the Land of Yisroel Holy. Our Creator Say's They are Holy. Our Creator Gave us guidelines to make sure this Holiness remains. The Lord God Has Selected each of these to be Holy. It is our duty as the Jewish People to keep these important Observances.  We are the ones who follow the directives that separate The Holy Things.

WHY is this important?

The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel and the other nations and beliefs of the world.  The Lord God Set a standard between The People of Israel  and the Levium.  The Lord God Set a standard between the Levium and the Kohenim! Each standard requires a greater degree of separation, Holiness.  The standard begins with being born Jewish and continues from this point onward. This standard cannot be achieved through any other means.  No amount of learning or number of degrees will achieve the standard set down in the Torah by The Lord God!  No amount of Holiness will achieve that standard set down by The Lord God in Ha Torah!


Some religions teach the Observances written in Ha Torah, i.e. the standards set by The Lord God  have been discarded. Some teach that they have been eliminated. Some teach they have been superseded. It is for these very reasons and others that The Lord God Said to The People of Yisroel: 


Vayikra 18.30

וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי לְבִלְתִּי עֲשׂוֹת

מֵחֻקּוֹת הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר נַעֲשׂוּ לִפְנֵיכֶם

וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם אֲנִי יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם1:1

Leviticus 18.30

And You shall guard everything from Aleph to Tav of My Charge to you, to not do any of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and do not become defiled through them; I am The Lord your God.


This is why we we, The People of Yisroel REJECT ANY NOTION THAT HA TORAH IS FULFILLED, THAT THE TORAH IS COMPLETED, THAT THE TORAH IS SUPERSEDED!  It is our responsibility to guard every Observance of Ha Torah with all that we have! The Gematria for  וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo Baw Hehm, meaning 'and you shall not defile yourselves through them' {any of the abominable customs...},  is 540.


וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם 

Vih Loh Tee Tah Mihoo  Baw  Hehm

'and you shall not defile yourselves through them'

ו6 ל30 א1  ת400 ט9 מ40 א1 ו6  ב2 ה5 ם40 = 540


שָׁמֹר

Shaw Mohr /Guard / Keep / Observe

ש300 מ40 ר200 = 540


Gematria Vayikra Metzoro

Leviticus 14.1 - 15.33

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Vayikra 14.43

וְאִם־יָשׁוּב הַנֶּגַע וּפָרַח בַּבַּיִת אַחַר חִלֵּץ אֶת־הָאֲבָנִים וְאַחֲרֵי הִקְצוֹת אֶת־הַבַּיִת וְאַחֲרֵי הִטּוֹחַ:   וּבָא הַכֹּהֵן וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבָּיִת צָרַעַת מַמְאֶרֶת הִוא בַּבַּיִת טָמֵא הוּאוְנָתַץ אֶת־הַבַּיִת אֶת־אֲבָנָיו וְאֶת־עֵצָיו וְאֵת כָּל־עֲפַר הַבָּיִת וְהוֹצִיא אֶל־מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל־מָקוֹם טָמֵא:  מו


Leviticus 14.43

And if the disease comes again, and break out in the house, after he has taken away the stones, and after he has scraped the house, and after it is plastered; Then the priest shall come and look, and, behold, if the disease has spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house; it is unclean. And he shall break down the house, its stones, and its timber, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them out of the city into an unclean place. 


A while back, in a separate discussion not in this book, in Shemot Shemot we discussed Shuvah / Repentance. At that time I stated  many of the world's population were preparing to turn over a new leaf in the secular new year.   Then a few weeks later while studying in Parshat Beshalach I stated, 'We have entered our fourth week from Parshat Shemot / January 2000.' Already many who made a determination to alter their poor or improper actions, to do shuvah / repentance to be free from habits... from bondage... and from problems have fallen. During the past three weeks we discussed the monsters that bring us down, that help us fall and that help us to fail.'


Well, Dear Reader, we are now 13 plus years from that date where many made a determination to change.  That being the situation, we must assess where we aret.  Have we returned to the bondage we so desperately attempted to escape from?  Have old habits / addictions crept back?  Have we fallen?


If the answer is perhaps or yes please do not become discouraged. There is HOPE!! There is a Spiritual Season for Freedom. There is a  festival for freedom, a special time that  The Lord God Created for us to deal with those issues that have bound us. It is during this time frame that we can deal with everything about our nature, our shortcomings, our failures and our struggles more than we could ever. imagine.   This is one reason why The Lord stated in Parshat Metzozo


Vayikra 14.35, 26

וּבָא אֲשֶׁר־לוֹ הַבַּיִת וְהִגִּיד לַכֹּהֵן לֵאמֹר כְּנֶגַע נִרְאָה לִי בַּבָּיִתוְצִוָּה הַכֹּהֵן וּפִנּוּ אֶת־הַבַּיִת בְּטֶרֶם יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַנֶּגַע וְלֹא יִטְמָא כָּל־אֲשֶׁר בַּבָּיִת וְאַחַר כֵּן יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן לִרְאוֹת אֶת־הַבָּיִת:  לז


Leviticus 14.35 - 45

And he who owns the house shall come to the priest, tell him, saying, It seems like there is a disease in the house. Then the priest shall command that they empty everything from Aleph to Tav of the house before the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease, so that all that is in the house not be made unclean; and afterwards the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the house.


Notice the Words  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע Eht Ha Naw Gah meaning everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease. There are several connections that we must make here. 


First, The owner of the house calls the Kohein / The Priest. Why does the owner call The Priest?  It is because  נֶּגַע Naw Gah, i.e. this disease is not a medical issue.  נֶּגַע Naw Gah is a Spiritual issue. Dear reader many of the problems that we have are spiritual in nature. These issues must be brought before The Lord God. Our Sages Teach we are discussing a disease that results from speaking Loshon Hora, i.e speaking evil... gossiping... 


Second, the owner of the house must go to the Priest. The owner must take the initiative for help. The one who owns the house has the problem. The one who has the problem must come to the realization that he / she has the problem and seek the assistance of the Priest. Note Ha Torah Does NOT Say a Rabbi. The Priest is set aside. The Priest is anointed. The Priest has a special High Level of Holiness. This is not a slam against Rabbi's. This is simply explaining why one must go to a Priest. Aharon was the High Priest as well as a Rabbi! 


Third the owner who has this problem must express to The Priest that he has a potential problem and request help from The Priest.


Fourth The Priest becomes involved. The Priest has everything not attached to the house removed. The items are carried outside for all the neighbors to see. This now becomes an embarrassing humbling acknowledgement for the owner to his / her neighbors that he / she has a problem. This is an opportunity for all neighbors to come together to be loving, kind, understanding and to reach out to their fallen brother / sister and to offer to help. This is NOT a time to judge!! This is a time to be compassionate! This is a time to restore if one has fallen.  Now I say 'IF' because this is not certain. The Word used in Ha Torah is   כְּנֶגַע Kih Neg Gah meaning 'Like a disease'. The determination has not yet been made. This only appears like a disease. So all the Jewish Community MUST be very careful NOT to judge during this examination or after even if this is found to be a disease!!


Fifth after all items in the house have been removed The Priest enters the house to examine,

אֶת־הַנֶּגַע '...the priest shall go in to see everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'


The Gematria for  אֶת־הַנֶּגַע is 529.  Mystically we are Informed that the purpose of the Priest's examination, For The Priest הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm to know without any doubt that this is נֶּגַע.  The Gematria for  הַיְדַעְתֶּם Hah Yih Dah Tehm. is 529.


אֶת־הַנֶּגַע 

Eht Ha Neg Gah 

'...Everything from Aleph to Tav of the disease...'

א1 ת400   ה5 נ50 ג3 ע70 = 529


הַיְדַעְתֶּם 

Hah Yih Dah Tehm 

The Knowledge

ה5 י10 ד4 ע70 ת400 ם40 = 529


Sixth, The Priest, i.e. a Righteous man... a Spiritual man... He examines the possible issue. He must ascertain what the issue is. This is NOT left up to conjecture! This is NOT open to speculation. He will know!!


Seventh, He will offer the guidelines for treating the issue. Much of this is done in the view of the community. This is painful! It is shameful! It is now easy for the one desiring  freedom. Yet this is the path for this specific remedy. The path for each remedy must be completely followed. 


My hope and prayer is for each of us to use the Seasons of Freedom to free ourselves of issues and to better serve our Creator by Observing His Commands.


Gematria Vayikra Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 - 13.59

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Chapter Four


Parshat Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 -13.59


Vayikra 13.13

וְרָאָה הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה כִסְּתָה הַצָּרַעַת אֶת־כָּל־בְּשָׂרוֹ וְטִהַר אֶת־הַנָּגַע כֻּלּוֹ הָפַךְ לָבָן טָהוֹר הוּא יד

Leviticus 13.13

Then the priest shall consider; and, behold, if the leprosy has covered everything from Aleph to Tav of all his flesh, he shall pronounce him everything from Aleph to Tav clean, he who has the disease; it is all turned white; he is clean.


There are individuals with sin rooted deep within them. Then there are individuals like this poor leper with all his sin exposed for the entire world to see. His sin is obvious to all who come in contact with him. His error remains for a short while then new skin is generated by his body replaces the old white skin with leprosy. He is clean. He is  טָהוֹר הוּא. He / She returns to the Jewish Community as a changed man / woman.


Vayikra 13.35, 36

וְאִם־פָּשׂה יִפְשֶׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר אַחֲרֵי טָהֳרָתוֹ: וְרָאָהוּ הַכֹּהֵן וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּתֶק בָּעוֹר לֹא־יְבַקֵּר הַכֹּהֵן לַשֵּׂעָר הַצָּהֹב טָמֵא הוּא לז


Leviticus 13.35,36

And if the patch did spread much over the skin after his cleansing;  Then the priest shall look on him; and, behold, if the patch has spread over the skin, the priest shall not seek for yellow hair; he is unclean.


This is an individual who sin is deeper than the surface of the skin. Originally He / She was declared clean because the leprosy appeared to be just on the surface. Later it becomes clear that the leprosy is deeper rooted than the surface.


In Parshat Tazria there are two unique words each of which begins with the same letter, the letter ט Tet.  The words areTaw Hoor {clean} and Taw May {not clean}.


טָהוֹר

Taw Hoor {clean}

ט9 ה5 ו6 ר200 = 220


Taw May {not clean}

ט9 מ40 א1 = 50


What did The Spirit of God do when Moving upon the void unformed desolate and dark waters in Genesis 1.2?


וְרוּחַ

Vih Ruach

And Spirit [moved]

ו6 ר200 ו6 ח8 = 220


Mystically the Spirit purges and cleanses.


Judges 3.20

Ehud came to him [King Eglon who was very obese] while he was sitting alone in his cool upper chamber.  Ehud said, 'I have a Word of God for you,'  [King Eglon ] stood up from his chair, [even though standing was extremely difficult for him].


This may seem insignificant until you know the rest of the story.  Our rabbium state that anyone who recites Kaddish should stand.  Why?  If this extremely wicked king of Moav stood to receive a Word from God we should do likewise.  As a result this wicked king has altered the world.  Now millions of Yidden stand for Kaddish because of his single solitary action.  Dear Reader, in a similar way we can change the world.  One action can give light... Thomas Edison.  One action can give instant communication... Alexander Graham Bell.  One action can change the world.


A number of years ago I took a break from business around lunchtime to take care of some errands.  Sometimes while running errands I included two very special little friends, my year and a half old twin beagles, Kalie and Dov.  They provided so much company!  As we were returning from an errand, Dovie looked up at me with those big brown, sad eyes, as if to say, 'Could we please go for a run? Please!'  We were close to an area they particularly loved to run in.  Any time we are close to that area, they begin whimpering.  I know what they want!  


We went to this area where they occasionally run.  Normally I let them out of the vehicle on a seldom used dirt road and they follow behind for aways.  Howeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, on this occasion, Kalie picked up the scent of bighorn sheep and instead of running behind the vehicle he immediately turned to the left and began climbing this steep, rocky mountain like a billy goat.  It was absolutely phenomenal watching him go over rocks much larger than him, like a caterpillar with plungers on his feet.  Up and down and around and over the rocks he went with his heavy little brother behind him.  I stopped the vehicle, set the emergency break and jumped out, beckoning him to stop and to return to me.  It was as if Kalie was in a trance.  Nothing I said made any difference!   He was so concentrated and focused on following that scent that my words couldn't reach him.  Nose to the ground, tail waving in the air... then came the bellows, every third or fourth step, as only a beagle can do.  I knew he was gone and it seemed as if there was nothing I could do.  


Both he and his brother were climbing farther and farther up the mountain.  I called to his brother, 'Dov!  Come Tatty!'  Dov stopped. He turned to look at me.  I gave him a loving motion to come back to me.  He did.   With that one action, he chose me over his twin brother, over his powerful instinct to hunt and over his desire to have fun.  He came down the mountainside right to me.  And there is no way I can tell you how proud I was!  We went to the vehicle, he got in, poked his head out the window, and began calling his brother.  These boys love each other very much.  About ten years later when my former spouse chose a different direction in life she took these little boys. I could have fought for one but how could I separate these two brothers? They were now older guys. They had been together since being in the womb. Back to the story -  It is very difficult for them when they are separated. Kalie was near the top of the mountain.  Dov was in the truck with me.  Kalie climbed over a thousand feet up the mountain side. He was out of my voice range and almost out of my sight. Dov began to howl and cry. He heard his brother beckoning in that high pitched sound of his. He halted in his footsteps and immediately began his return to us.


Dear Reader, this is an example of how one very positive, dedicated action can alter a situation.  Had Dov not returned to me, the hunt, the following of the scent could have lasted for days.  And certainly hours.  In the same way,  we can use our influence with those we influence and they will influence others.  One act can change the world.  


That days the boys took off up the mountainside,  Interstate 70 was a few hundred feet away. The truck was parked on the dirt road and the mountain high mountain was next to it.  When the boys took off I immediately had visions of them chasing wildlife which is against the law and of them trying to cross this huge interstate with a four foot divider between east and west lanes. I was very worried this may be the last time I would see them alive.  I cried out to the Lord.  He Heard my desperate cry and somehow brought those two little beagle boys back to me.


Blessed be Hashem!

Gematria Vayikra Shemini

Leviticus 9.1 - 11.47

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Vayikra 9.1

וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי קָרָא מֹשֶׁה לְאַהֲרֹן וּלְבָנָיו וּלְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל:  וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־אַהֲרֹן קַח־לְךָ עֵגֶל בֶּן־בָּקָר לְחַטָּאת וְאַיִל לְעֹלָה תְּמִימִם וְהַקְרֵב לִפְנֵי יְהוָֹה: וְאֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל תְּדַבֵּר לֵאמֹר קְחוּ שְׂעִיר־עִזִּים לְחַטָּאת וְעֵגֶל וָכֶבֶשׂ בְּנֵי־

שָׁנָה תְּמִימִם לְעֹלָה:  ד


Leviticus 9.1

And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel; And he said to Aaron, Take a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the Lord.

We know that there are times when Jews do what is righteous, pure, Holy and correct. The same can be said for the B'nai Noach. Then there are sometimes when Jews and non-Jews walk a too close to the edge. There is a gray area where the two sides meet. In the gray area there is a thin line between being pure, Holy and correct and from being evil, sinful and wrong. In the gray area one could easily drift from one side to the other if they were not careful. This is a difficulty of living in or near the gray area.  One can be shrewd in business and then quickly drift into improper business behavior. Therefore it is good to make a fence between the area we know to be pure, Holy and correct behavior from that of where the gray area begins. This way we are always careful to live in the pure, Holy and correct areas of life. 


There was a sharp young businessman. He, his parents and grandparents were pillars of the Jewish Community. He and his wife had just returned from living in Israel. He returned to operate the family business so his parents could move to Israel. They owned businesses in America and in Israel. They were successful. They have a good name. The young couple rented a house in the community. After sometime the young man and a neighbor were talking. The neighbor indicated he would like to sell his home. The young man inquired how much he wanted for his home. The price was considerably lower than its actual value. The young man made the deal. Some of us might call this an awesome business deal. Others might say he swindled the neighbor. I don't know. After the deal was made the neighbor learned what the value of his property was worth and became angry. 


So we must inquire, Was the young businessman responsible for educating the neighbor on the value of property in the area? Was the neighbor careless and reckless and just looking for someone to blame. I don't know! I don't know the entire story. This may have been an issue for the Community Rav to settle or the Bet Din / Jewish Court to settle. Did this young man break any local, county, state or government laws. I am not aware of any local, county, state or government laws that were broken. Yet, I ask, 'What is so different from grabbing the best deal possible from an unlearned, poor neighbor'  Wouldn't most people of the world rush down to their attorney and have a deal drawn up as quickly as possible before the neighbor learned of the true value?  Unfortunately yes!  So why are we discussing this? It is because, God Has His own Law that we are compelled to abide by. So the next question is did this young man break God's law? 


Perhaps... We don't know the entire situation or the conversation between the parties. The matter was not brought before the Community Rav or a Jewish Bet Din. 


This goes back to chapters one and two where we made a case that we are our brother's keeper and that we have a moral and ethical obligation to our brother.  How far does this care and goodwill for a brother extend? To what degree are each of us responsible for our brother? We have Ha Torah, God's Law, we have Rabbinic Law and we have our own Law.  This is why we Examine ourselves and grade our level of Holiness. No matter how righteous we are if we walk a little too close to the edge we could get into trouble.


Dear Reader, in Judaism we teach that one should not dress as the nations of the world.  We teach that our clothes should be modest.  We teach that men should wear gentlemen's apparel and that women should wear ladies' apparel.   We go to great lengths to dress in a very modest fashion.  We do this because we are NOT supposed to be like the other nations of the world. This is a form of building a line of modesty and keeping it.  Our actions MUST correspond with our way of dressing.


As observant Jews we make so much out of the fact we changed our pattern of daily worship.  We no longer prostrate ourselves before God with the exceptions of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.  WHY?  Why did we change our pattern of worship?   It was because the nations of the world prostrate themselves in their worship.  We changed because we are commanded to be different.  


The point is that Jews have a higher power that we give account to and that we must ALWAYS be aware of  and act accordingly!!  We are supposed to be righteous!  We are supposed to be honest in our business dealings.  We are supposed to be above reproach! IT IS NOT GOOD TO ACT DIFFERENT IN BUSINESS THAN IN PRAYER...   IT IS NOT GOOD TO DRESS THE PART OF A RIGHTEOUS JEW YET CONDUCT BUSINESS LIKE SUTAN (SATAN), God forbid!!  God calls ALL JEWS to a higher level of righteousness.  Unlike the nations of the world, we are chosen... we are separated... we are elected to righteousness!  WE MUST LIVE LIKE IT!


Dear Reader, there are only seven days of the week however in a few places of the Torah Portion of the Bible we read about the eighth day as we do here in this Parshat of Leviticus. This has special meaning.  It was on the eighth day, 1 Nisan, the Jewish new year, the beginning of months, that our Mishkon service... our Temple worship began... וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי equals the Gematria 504. Also there is a place in this weeks Parshat that is known as the center of The Torah portion of the Bible. The halfway point between the first half of the Torah and the second half of the Torah is marked by the words דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ Daw Rahsh  Daw Rahsh meaning to diligently inquire makes the center word of the Torah Inquiry! This is what our discussion is about. We are to  diligently inquire about our actions. 


וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי

And On the Eighth Day...

ו6 י10 ה5 י10    ב2 י10 ו6 ם40 

ה5 ש300 מ40 י10 נ50 י10 = 504


דָּרשׁ

Daw Rahsh

To Diligently Inquire

ד4 ר200 ש300 = 504


Vayikra 10.16 [The Center of Ha Torah]

 וְאֵת ׀ שְׂעִיר הַחַטָּאת דָּרשׁ דָּרַשׁ מֹשֶׁה וְהִנֵּה

 שׂרָף וַיִּקְצֹף עַל־אֶלְעָזָר וְעַל־אִיתָמ

בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַנּוֹתָרִם לֵאמֹר:  יז


Leviticus 10.16

And Moses diligently sought the goat of the sin offering, and, behold, it was burned; and he was angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, the sons of Aaron, who were left alive, saying,


Few of us are anywhere near the level of the righteousness of Aharon's two sons who crossed the line a little. Crossing the line is serious, especially for a very righteous person, is quite serious. Yet we know,


Psalm 37.12,24

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord Will uphold him with his hand.


As noted above many translate 'The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:' However the correct translation is The Steps of the Strong are Ordered by The Lord and He Delights in His Way. 


Judging and correcting one actions takes great strength. One must be just with their self. One must not be to strict or to lenient. This is a fine line to walk.


This is why we inquire about our actions.


Many years ago while sitting in a packed auditorium as a Junior High student at Morey Middle School in Denver, Colorado, I heard Principle George E. Mathes relate the following story.  Principle Mathes said, There was a little boy named Billie who was about twelve years. Billie worked for the local drugstore as a delivery boy.  He would ride all over town on his shiny red bike with chrome fenders. 


One day Billie came into the local Ice Cream store which was located a block or so down the street from the drug store where he worked. He climbed up on the stool, sat down and ordered a ice cream shake. After ordering the ice cream shake he asked the owner, Mr. Fisher if it would be alright for him to use his phone for a local call.  Mr. Fisher said, Sure. Billie went to the end of the counter and made his call. Mr. Fisher over heard the following conversation. 


Billie said, Hello, could I speak with the owner of Smith's Drug Store.


Mr. Smith answered, Yes! This is Mr Smith.


Billie inquired, Mr. Smith, I hear you are looking for a delivery boy.


Mr. Smith said, No! We have a delivery boy.

Billie said, I hear he is not doing a good job.  Are you sure you don't need a new delivery boy.


Mr Smith said, Our delivery boy is Billie Jones. He is johnny on the spot. He is polite to our customers.  He is quick to make his deliveries. We are very pleased with him.  You must be thinking about another delivery boy somewhere else.


Billie hung the phone up. His Ice Cream Shake was just about ready.  As Billie sat there enjoying his Ice Cream Soda. Mr Fisher asked Billie a question.


Billie I thought you were the delivery boy for Mr. Smith's Drug Store down on the corner.


Billie said, I am.


Mr Fisher asked, Can I ask why you called to see if Mr. Smith needed a delivery boy? 


Billie said, Yes!  I was just checking up on myself.  I want to make sure Mr. Smith is pleased with my delivery service.


This is the type of attitude I am trying to draw out in this discussion. We need to check on ourselves. We also need to remember that when a strong man or woman fails the Lord Will help them back up again. 


ב ' ח

Bereisheit Limood Chapter 21

Genesis 21.1 - 34

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Remember - 21


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Genesis 21

 

פָּקַד - Remember? 


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


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


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


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


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


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


Genesis 15.1 - 5

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


Genesis 18.10 - 14

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

 


Bereisheit 21.1

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


Genesis 21.1

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


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


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


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


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


Genesis 17.21

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


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


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


פָּקַד Paw Kahd

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

פ80  ק100 ד4 =184


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


הַמִּקְלָט 

Ha Meek Lawt

ה5 מ40 ק100 ל30 ט9 = 184


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


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


Gematria Vayikra Tzav

Vayikra / Leviticus Tzav

Leviticus 6.1 - 8.36

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Vayikra 8.1-6

וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָֹה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר1:1

קַח אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו אִתּוֹ וְאֵת הַבְּגָדִים וְאֵת שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וְאֵת ׀ פַּר הַחַטָּאת וְאֵת שְׁנֵי הָאֵילִים וְאֵת סַל הַמַּצּוֹת1:1

וְאֵת כָּל־הָעֵדָה הַקְהֵל אֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:1

וַיַּעַשׂ מֹשֶׁה כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֹתוֹ וַתִּקָּהֵל

הָעֵדָה אֶל־פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד:  ה

וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל־הָעֵדָה זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּה יְהוָֹה לַעֲשׂוֹת:  ו

וַיַּקְרֵב מֹשֶׁה אֶת־אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־בָּנָיו וַיִּרְחַץ

אֹתָם בַּמָּיִם1:1


Leviticus 8.1-6

And the Lord Spoke to Moses, Saying, Take Aaron and his sons with him, and the garments, and the anointing oil, and a bull for the sin offering, and two rams, and a basket of unleavened bread; And gather all the Congregation together to the door of the Tent of Meeting / Tabernacle. And Moses did as the Lord Commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together to the door of the Tent of Meeting. And Moses Said to the congregation, This is the thing which the Lord Commanded to be done And he, Moses brought Everything from Aleph to Tav of Aharon and everything from Aleph to Tav of his sons and bathed them in water.


The word  וַיַּקְרֵב Vah Yah Kih Rayv means to draw, to bring inward or to bring into the midst.  The Congregation was assembled at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. Then Moshe brought inward everything from Aleph to Tav of Aharon and everything from Aleph to Tav of the sons of Aharon.  What we are reading is, Moshe SEPARATED Aharon and his sons from The People of Israel / from The People of Israel on the outside of the Tabernacle.   He drew them into the midst of the Tent of Meeting.  The Presence of the Creator was there.  All Yisroel was focused on the entrance to the Tabernacle. This is represented by the Gematria 318.


וַיַּקְרֵב 

Vah Yah Kih Rayv

To draw, To bring inward, To bring into the midst

ו6 י10 ק100 ר200 ב2 = 318


שׁוּבִי

Shoo Vee

To return to Torah Observance

To Obey the Commands of Ha Torah

ש300 ו6 ב2 י10 = 318


In Chapter one we discussed the Holiness ' purity required for the soul of the one that would bring flour as an offering for sin. The power of purity and the power of Holiness had to be representative of the one who brought the flour. I stated it had to be from one's heart. Bringing the offering of flour had to be more that a formality.  Our discussion in this Parshat is about the process for the High Priest and the Priests being drawn out from The People of Israel and into service in the Tent of Meeting. They had to be on a high level of Holiness to serve the Holy Soul that brings the offerings.


Feeling drawn into the midst of the Holy Tabernacle is not enough. One must Shoo Vee, i.e., Spiritually return. The Gematria for  שׁוּבִי is 318.


Gematria Vayikra

Vayikra / Leviticus Vayikra

Leviticus 1.1 - 4.26

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ב ׳׳ ה


Presentations To The Lord


Tribute

Sacrifice

Burnt Offering

Not Meat!

Slaughter Animal To Eat

Burnt Offering To The Lord

Genesis 4.3

Genesis 31.54

Genesis 8.20

Tribute

And He Jacob

Slaughtered a Sacrifice

Burnt Offerings

On The Altar

מִנְחָה

וַיִּזְבַּח יַעֲקֹב זֶבַח

עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ

Genesis 4.4

Exodus 3.18

Genesis 22.2

His Tribute

That We may Sacrifice

Burnt Offering

מִנְחָתוֹ

וְנִזְבְּחָה

לְעֹלָה

Genesis 4.5

Exodus 12.27

Genesis 22.7,8 and 13

His Tribute

Sacrifice The Pesach

Burnt Offering

מִנְחָתוֹ

זֶבַח־פֶּסַח

לְעֹלָה

Genesis 43.11

Psalms 51.17-19

Leviticus 4.7

a Tribute

Sacrifice

הָעֹלָה

מִנְחָה

זֶבַח


Leviticus 2.1

Burnt Offering


A Karbon Minchah, i.e. A Meal Offering To The Lord

עוֹלָה


קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה

The Sacrifices of God



זִבְחֵי אֱלֹהִים



Dear Ones, notice the three columns of the above table. Each column lists a presentation to The Lord. In column one there is the Minchah Tribute. In column two there is the Zeh Vah Ach sacrifice. In column three there is the Lih Ooh Lawh Burnt Offering to The Lord.


A clarification of each presentation is extremely important. Unfortunately, Bible translators have not been careful to make the distinctions between the three presentations clear. Bible translators use the word 'offering' for each of the three presentations. This is irresponsible and careless handling of The Holy Scripture!! When the word offering is used for each of these three words how is the reader to distinguish which meaning is intended? When we do not make clear concise distinctions well meaning folk may draw wrong conclusions.


My intent is to set a framework of interpretation for these three words that readers can rely on as a true foundation for understanding the correct meaning. To accomplish this some of us may need to erase what we have been told. We may need to take a few steps back before we can go forward.


We are entering Sefer Vayikra, i.e. The Book Of Leviticus. In Leviticus there are 247 Observances for The People of Israel. Many of these Observances are either a Minchah Tribute, a Zeh Vah Ach Sacrifice or a Lih Ooh Lawh Burnt Offering to The Lord. On page 25 in the textbook I quote Leviticus 1.1-2, 'if Adam, i.e. a man among you brings an Offering to The Lord..' What Presentation is being referred to? We cannot distinguish this in the English translations of the Bible. We don't know. Knowing the differences between the three presentations is very important! One must understand the meaning of each presentation to fulfill the Observance properly. This is why we must take time to explain and clarify the meaning and intent of each of these presentations.


Leviticus begins with establishing different Offerings that one may bring to The Lord. The Word for Offering is קָרְבָּן Kar Bawn / Karbon. Karbon refers to all forms of presentation to the Lord. Leviticus 1.2,3 identify The Karbon as animals, cattle or sheep.

Vayikra 1.8

וְעָרְכוּ בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֲנִים אֵת הַנְּתָחִים אֶת־הָרֹאשׁ וְאֶת־הַפָּדֶר עַל־הָעֵצִים אֲשֶׁר עַל־הָאֵשׁ אֲשֶׁר עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּחַ: ט

Leviticus 1.8


Notice וְאֶת־הַפָּדֶר Vih Eth - Hah Paw Dehr meaning the suet - the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep and goats. The Word for animal fat is פָּדֶר . This is different from the Word for diary fat from which we receive cream, butter and cheese.


Genesis 45.17

And Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, Do this; load everything from Aleph to Tav of your beasts, and go to the land of Canaan;


Bereisheit 45.18

וּקְחוּ אֶת־אֲבִיכֶם וְאֶת־בָּתֵּיכֶם וּבֹאוּ אֵלָי וְאֶתְּנָה לָכֶם אֶת־טוּב אֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם וְאִכְלוּ אֶת־חֵלֶב הָאָרֶץ: יט


Genesis 45.18

And bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your father and everything from Aleph to Tav of your households, and to me; and I will give you everything from Aleph to Tav of the good of the land of Egypt, and you shall eat everything from Aleph to Tav of the fat of the land.


The Words אֶת־חֵלֶב הָאָרֶץ and you shall eat everything from Aleph to Tav of the fat of the land refer to vegetation, grain, milk, cheese and butter.


Translators fail to make a most important distinction In Genesis 4.3 - 5 between חֵלֶב i.e. fat from vegetation, grain, milk, cheese and butter from that of פָּדֶר. i.e. animal fat / suet / - the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep and goats. Failing to make this extremely important distinction misleads readers. The translators write fat without making the distinction between the two. How is the reader to know the difference? In Genesis 4.3 the reference is to the fat of the land. In Leviticus 1.8 the reference is to animal fat.


Notice why making this distinction is important.


Bereisheit 4.3

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה: ד

Genesis 4.3

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an Tribute to the Lord.


מִנְחָה

Cains Tribute was a Minchah Tribute. Notice the eight word counting from the right to the left. The eighth Word is מִנְחָה Minchah. The tribute was not an animal sacrifice!



Bereisheit 4.4

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע

יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ: ה

Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it. And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his Tribute;


מִנְחָתוֹ

Able also brought a Tribute. The Tribute was a Minchah Tribute. The Holy Scriptures Say, מִנְחָתוֹ Mee Nih Chah Toh meaning His Tribute Offering. Able did not bring an animal sacrifice! If Able brought an animal sacrifice the Word would be לְעֹלָה Lih Ooh Lah meaning a burnt Offering. Able brought מִנְחָתוֹ i.e. a Tribute from vegetation, grain, milk, cheese and butter. We know Able brought cream, cheese and butter because The Holy Scriptures say מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ meaning from the firstborn of his flocks.


וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן

If Ables

Bereisheit 4.5

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו: ו


Genesis 4.5

But for Cain and for his offering he did not have respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.


The Holy Scriptures Uses the exact say Word to describe Cain's Tribute. The Holy Scriptures Say, מִנְחָתוֹ Mee Nih Chah Toh meaning His Tribute Offering. The Lord was not pleased with Cain's מִנְחָתוֹ Mee Nih Chah Toh meaning His Tribute Offering because Cain offered spoiled flax seed. Cain did not offer from the first grain from the best of his fields. Cain was stingy. He offered the poorest Tribute. It is for these reasons Cain's Minchah Tribute was rejected.


The Minchah Tribute may be a tribute to The Lord or another human being. Joseph, the viceroy of Egypt, received a Minchah Tribute from his brother in Genesis 43.11. The Minchah is described as, 'a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds'. These are not animal sacrifices. We review this on pages 26 through 32.


Those who are not Jewish may not know the Observances the Seder Meal follows during Passover. The ArtScroll Youth Haggadah is an excellent source to learn more about the Observance during the Seder Meal. During the Seder the leader takes the unleavened bread, i.e. the matzah and says, 'This is the plain bread of the poor...' 'This is the bread of affliction that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt. , Whoever is hungry let him come and eat.'


There is important meaning at the foundation of these words. When one is a slave they are owned by someone. They were not free to do as they wanted. The People of Israel owned sheep and cattle but were not permitted to offer burnt sacrifices to The Lord. The Egyptians worshiped the sheep as their gods. When the People of Israel took the Passover Offering, a lamb or goat they were taking the gods of Egypt to slaughter. They asked to leave Egypt to offer sacrifices to The Lord. Pharaoh denied their request time and again until the last plague. So when the People of Israel speak of the Matzah as the bread of the poor or the bread of affliction we understand this goes back thousands of years to slavery in Egypt. Matzah was the most basic of food for the People of Israel. When the people of Israel fled Egypt they took eighteen minutes to hastily make unleavened bread as a source of food for the days following there journey out of Egypt to freedom. Unleavened bread is without yeast. Unleavened bread is pure! Unleavened bread is the symbol of being without sin.


As noted above Leviticus begins with making important distinctions between the offerings. First is The Karbon of animals, cattle or sheep.


Vayikra 1.2

דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם אָדָם כִּי־יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה מִן־הַבְּהֵמָה מִן־הַבָּקָר וּמִן־הַצֹּאן תַּקְרִיבוּ אֶת־קָרְבַּנְכֶם: ג


Leviticus 1.2

Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, [if] a man among you brings an Offering to The Lord, from the animals, from the cattle and from the sheep, you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of your Offerings.


קָרְבָּן לַיהוָֹה Karbon, Offering to The Lord is a common way of discussing any presentation. It is an Offering to The Lord. קָרְבַּנְכֶם Kaw Rih Bah Nih Chem means your offerings. When the Words קָרְבָּן Karbon / Offering , קָרְבָּנוֹ or Kawr Vaw Noh / His Offering or קָרְבַּנְכֶם Kaw Rih Bah Nih Chem / His Offerings are used these are in reference to burnt offerings.

Vayikra 1.14

וְאִם מִן־הָעוֹף עֹלָה קָרְבָּנוֹ לַיהוָֹה וְהִקְרִיב מִן־הַתֹּרִים אוֹ מִן־בְּנֵי הַיּוֹנָה אֶת־קָרְבָּנוֹ: טו

Leviticus 1.14

And if his burnt offering to the Lord is of birds, he shall bring either the turtledoves, or the young pigeons [he shall bring] everything from Aleph to Tav of his offering.


קָרְבָּנוֹ Kawr Vaw Noh - meaning his offering.


Vayikra 2.1

וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי־תַקְרִיב קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה סֹלֶת יִהְיֶה קָרְבָּנוֹ וְיָצַק עָלֶיהָ שֶׁמֶן וְנָתַן עָלֶיהָ לְבֹנָה: ב


Leviticus 2.1

And when a soul brings a Minchah Offering to the Lord, his Offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense on it.


Dear Ones, I have made the above distinctions so that we can realize the difference between a Minchah Tribute from קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה A Karbon Minchah To The Lord. Cain and Abel brought A Minchah Tribute. A קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה Karbon Minchah To The Lord is fine flour, oil and frankincense that is burnt upon the altar.


In Leviticus 5 when an individual sins he may offer an ewe, a lamb or a nannie for a sin offering. Most of us would not be able to afford the cost so in Leviticus 5.7 we are informed that it is OK. If our funds are insufficient one may bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons for a sin offering. If our funds are insufficient and one cannot bring either two turtledoves or two young pigeons this is OK. One may bring a tenth of an epha of fine flour for a sin offering. The flour will be brought to the Priest. The Priest will burn the flour in the fire and atone for his sin.


It is this offering that we think of at the Passover Seder. It is this offering that is the plain bread of the poor that atones for our sins. Cain and Abel did not bring an atonement offering. They brought a Minchah Tribute.


Tributes


Bereisheit 4.3

וַיְהִי מִקֵּץ יָמִים וַיָּבֵא קַיִן מִפְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה: ד


Genesis 4.3

And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an tribute to The Lord.


Bereisheit 4.4

וְהֶבֶל הֵבִיא גַם־הוּא מִבְּכֹרוֹת צֹאנוֹ וּמֵחֶלְבֵהֶן וַיִּשַׁע יְהֹוָה אֶל־הֶבֶל וְאֶל־מִנְחָתוֹ: ה


Genesis 4.4

And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat of it, i.e. the cream of it And the Lord had respect for Abel and for his tribute;


Bereisheit 4.5

וְאֶל־קַיִן וְאֶל ־ מִנְחָתוֹ לֹא שָׁעָה וַיִּחַר לְקַיִן מְאֹד וַיִּפְּלוּ פָּנָיו: ו 

Genesis 4.5

But for Cain and for his tribute he did not have respect. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.


Some Religions claim Abel brought an animal sacrifice. Abel did not!! Notice Abel's tribute and Cain's tribute are spelled the same in Hebrew. We know Cain's tribute was spoiled flax seed. Abel's Tribute was Cream, butter and wool.


Bereisheit 43.11

וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם יִשְׂרָאֵל אֲבִיהֶם אִם־כֵּן ׀ אֵפוֹא זֹאת עֲשׂוּ קְחוּ מִזִּמְרַת הָאָרֶץ בִּכְלֵיכֶם וְהוֹרִידוּ לָאִישׁ מִנְחָה מְעַט צֳרִי וּמְעַט דְּבַשׁ נְכֹאת וָלֹט בָּטְנִים וּשְׁקֵדִים: יב


Genesis 43.11

And their father Israel said to them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your utensils, and carry down a Tribute to the man, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds;


Vayikra 2.1

וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי־תַקְרִיב קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה לַיהוָֹה סֹלֶת יִהְיֶה קָרְבָּנוֹ וְיָצַק עָלֶיהָ שֶׁמֶן וְנָתַן עָלֶיהָ לְבֹנָה: ב


Leviticus 2.1

And when any will offer a Minchah Offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense on it;


Sacrifices

In the second column is The Zeh Vah Ach Sacrifice. The Zeh Vah Ach Sacrifice may or may not include an animal. In Psalms 51 David Said, זִבְחֵי אֱלֹהִים Zee Vih Chai - Elohim meaning 'The Sacrifices of God'. One would normally associate a sacrifice to be an animal sacrifice. We are informed that a broken spirit, a broken and contrite heart are also sacrifices that The Lord Desires.


There is an important point to note. The Word מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach meaning 'Altar' incorporates the Word זֶבַח meaning Sacrifice into it's spelling. The Letter Mem is added to the front of זֶבַח Zeh Vah Ach to become the Word מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach. The significance cannot be entirely understood. Think of it like this. Every time the Word מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach is written in The Hebrew Scriptures this reminds us of sacrifice. The Letter מ Mem reminds us that the Altar is for more than just sacrifices.


The first usage of the Word מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach is immediately after the world was flooded. When the ark settled and the occupants departed Noah took the opportunity to make the first burnt offering unto the Lord. The first Offering was a Peace Offering unto the Lord.


Up until this time The Lord God forbade humankind to take life of any kind. No one was permittted to take life for any reason!. The Lord God Judged all humankind and determined to end the lives of all who were evil. See Genesis 61.3. The destruction of the World was a judgment that ended life.


In Sefer Raziel Ha Malach, the Book of Adam Ha Reshon we read an excerpt from the prayer Adam prayed after his sin. Adam confessed his sin. He prayed for The Lord to be Merciful and Gracious with him. He requested compassion for himself and all creation. Avraham Yaakov Finkel, Kabbalah (Southfield, Mi, Targum, Nanuet NY, Feldheim Publishers, 2002) p 24.



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