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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

Dean of Jewish Studies,

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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.


Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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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.

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Dear Ones, we are going to consider the sexual intimacy of Genesis 2.24. Translators editorialize Genesis 2.24. Translators deliberately conceal the intended message in Genesis 2.24.  Translators are attempting to be tzniut. i.e. modest. The general rule translators follow is not to describe sexual organs or sexual acts. When translators editorialize the Scriptures this impacts the effectiveness of the message. Let's get real!! Moses wrote what The Creator Spoke. The Words written in the Scriptures are The Creator's. Who are we to editorialize His Words?


In Genesis 2.24 Our Creator is Quoting the words of Adam. At the time, Adam spoke these words he was perfect!


Bereisheit 2.24

: עַל־כֵּן יַעֲזָב־אִישׁ אֶת־אָבִיו וְאֶת־אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד-


Genesis 2.24 ( Editorialized )

Therefore shall a man leaves his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.


The Editorialized translation omits details. When we discuss relationships and marriage, details are important.


Genesis 2.24

It is the right way; it is the higher path for a husband to use his strength properly to leave everything from Aleph to Tav of his Father and everything from Aleph to Tav of his Mother and sexually attach with his wife, and they shall become as one flesh.


The Torah is Teaching us the hierarchy of associations between a husband his wife and his parents. His wife is first in the hierarchy of associations. Parents are important. We are to honor our parents. Honoring our parents extends our life, Exodus 20.12. Still, The Torah Teaches One's wife comes first. Her needs are first.  Husbands are required to place their wife before all else. The wife's wants, desires, needs are first. If the wife wants the husband to take care of the children, then he must do so. If the wife wants the husband to do the laundry, he must do the laundry to the best of his ability. If the wife wants the husband to go on an errand, he must do so. The wife is first!!


Editorialized translations Say 'a man shall leave his father and mother'. The Word for man and husband is אִישׁ Eesh. We need to answer this question. When is Scripture speaking of a man and when is Scripture speaking or a husband?


In addition, we need to discuss בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ Bih Eesh Toh meaning 'with the wife'. The root Word for בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ Bih Eesh Toh is אִשָּׁה Eesh meaning 'wife'. The word for Woman and wife is אִישׁ Eesh. 


Why do the editorialized translations use the word man instead of husband? Why do they use the word wife instead of woman? It is not logical! Why is it not logical? If a man is sexually attached to a woman, it has to be his wife. So why is אִישׁ Eesh translated as a man in the editorialized translation when, in fact, it has to be the husband?


We need to know, is Scripture discussing a man or is Scripture discussing a husband. The rules of association are different between a man and a husband. A man should not have close associations with a woman especially if they are by themselves. On the other hand, a husband should have close intimate special sexual relations with his wife when they are alone.  This is a black-and-white issue in The Torah that society has muddied the waters on. The Editorialized translations also contribute to confusing This Scripture.


In the purest sense, This Scripture is informing us that only a husband and his wife may attach themselves sexually. Later in The Holy Scriptures we learn of an additional separation.

Intimate Associations within The People of The Covenant


Devarim 7.3

וְלֹא תִתְחַתֵּן בָּם בִּתְּךָ לֹא־תִתֵּן לִבְנוֹ וּבִתּוֹ לֹא־תִקַּח לִבְנֶךָ:ס 


Deuteronomy 7.3

And do not intermarry with them. Do not give Your daughter to his son. And do not take his daughter to your son.


The Mitzvot of The Torah draws a separation between The People of Israel and the rest of the world. The People of Israel are B'nei Yisroel, i.e. The Children of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. The Torah Says, וְלֹא תִתְחַתֵּן Vih Loh - Tee Tih Chah Tayn meaning 'And do not intermarry.' 


Genesis 7.7 - 8

And I will establish My Covenant between Me and you and your seed after you in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God to you, and to your seed after you. And I will give to you, and to your seed after you, The Land where you are a stranger, all The Land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. 


The Lord God is informing all of us that ONLY the seed of Abraham will inherit The Land of Israel. The Lord God specifies that ONLY the seed He He Makes His Covenant with will inherit The Holy Land. Do we understand what this means? The People of Israel MUST marry within their tribes!Their seed must remain the seed of Abraham. When we speak about the ten lost tribes they are indeed lost. They are gone. How can they inherit The Holy Land if they are not of the seed of The Covenant? How can they return if they have intermarried and dissolved into oblivion? Sanhedrin 110b, Yevamot 17a (notes). Still, with The Lord God there may remain pure seed from the ten lost tribes to resurrect the tribes. However, if no pure seed remains among the ten lost tribes, the other Tribes will inherit their Land. We are discussing the reasons for The People of Israel to remain purely the seed of Abraham.


Numbers 27.8 - 11

And you shall speak to The People of Israel, saying, If a man dies and has no son, then you shall cause his inheritance to pass to his daughter. And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers. And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father's brothers. And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his kinsman who is next to him of his family, and he shall possess it; and it shall be to The People of Israel A Statute of Judgment, as the Lord Commanded Moses. 


Association As Priests of The Lord God To The People of The World

The People of Israel have an Association with The Lord God as a Holy Nation of Priests. The Association between The Lord God and The People of Israel exists because The Lord God Chose The People of Israel to Observe His 613 Eternal Mitzvot. No one else has the responsibility of Observing The 613 Mitzvot of The Torah. Yet, Each of us has Mitzvot to follow. 


Exodus 19.3 - 6

And Moses went up to God, and The Lord Called to [Moses] from The Mountain, Saying, 'Thus shall you say to The House of Jacob, and tell The People of Israel, You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagles' wings, and brought you to Myself. Now, therefore, if you will obey My Voice indeed, and keep My Covenant, then you shall be My own treasure among all peoples; for all the earth is mine, And you shall be to Me a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation. These are the words that you shall speak to The People of Israel. 


All The People of Israel are the Priests to the Nations and peoples of the world. In this sense, The People of Israel are separated from The rest of the world.  It is here that I must point out that Christians teach a conflicting doctrine. Christians teach they are the chosen people, that they are the royal priesthood, and that they are the holy nation, 1 Peter 2:9.


According to the writer of Acts Peter was unschooled, Acts 4:13. As noted he was strongly influenced by Rabbi Jesus. 


Peter taught Christians 'about Christian life and duties,' The NIV Study Bible (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan Bible Publications 1985) P 1887 This was Peter's  opinion. Each of us has opinions. Peter's opinion is not qualified. Catholics consider Peter the first Pope because they believe Rabbi Jesus refers to Peter as the rock upon which he will build his kingdom, Matthew 16:18 - 19.  Peter's lack of knowledge, education or qualifications were not a consideration. According to Christians and Catholics, Peter was uniquely qualified because he had been taught by Rabbi Jesus. I wrote about How The Lord God Commanded the People of Israel 'Do not Bear false witness.'  We see that one may bear false witness because they do not have an adequate knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. One may not bear false witness because they lack information and knowledge about a particular subject in The Holy Scriptures. One may bear false witness simply because they lack understanding. Many bear false witness because they do not carefully read and research the Bible. At B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC we require references. Students are NOT permitted just to spout off. Students must back up what they say with references.  When individuals read our discussions, I want them to be able to study and to research what we are discussing. 


Most Christian New Testament translations reference 1 Peter 2.9 to Exodus 19.6. If one does just a little research, they will learn Peter consistently took Scripture The Lord God spoke to The People of Israel and applied The Scripture to Christians. Then Christians Teach The Holy Scriptures, i.e. The Hebrew Scriptures are done away with. They Teach The Christian New Testament is the New Covenant. The call their book 'The New Covenant, i.e. The New Testament. David wrote, 'The Torah of The Lord is Perfect,' Psalms 19. Christians do not know that The Torah is The 613 Mitzvot / Laws, The Covenant and The Five Books of Moses. They think of The Torah as being only The Law. Dr. Josh McDowell, A Christian apologist, writes that there are over 200,000 variants, i.e. errors in The Christian New Testament. Dr. Josh McDowell, author of Evidence that Demands A Verdict (Campus Crusade 14th printing July 1977) pp. 41-47. Dr. Norman L. Geisler and Dr. William E. Nix in their book, published by Moody Press, entitled, 'A General Introduction to The Bible,' say there are over 200,000 variants, i.e. error in the Christian New Testament. Norman L. Geisler and William E. Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible (Chicago, Il. Moody Press, tenth printing 1977) p 361. A little common sense is necessary. Why would The Lord God replace The Perfect Torah with the imperfect Christian New Testament? 


It is a common practice for Christians to quote from The Hebrew Scriptures and to do like Peter. Dear Friends, Christians were not slaves in Egypt. Christians were not delivered from slavery by the Mighty Power of The Lord God. Christians are not born of the seed of Abraham. The Lord God did not make a Covenant with Christians. Christians are not born into the Covenant The Lord God Made with Abraham. The Lord God did not promise Abraham that The Holy Land of Israel would be given to Christians. Christians are not The Holy Nation. Christians are not a Kingdom of Priests to the World. Christians cannot be part of the Royal Priesthood.


Yet, many Christians and Catholics truly love their perception of The Lord God. They try to be better people because of their belief. They try to be holy because of their belief. They deeply care about the Holy Land and the Holy City, Jerusalem. They support The people of Israel. They visit The Holy Land. Israel and Jerusalem are important to them!! There is a huge misunderstanding because of Peter's teachings. A little research can clear up that misunderstanding. It is important for each of us to verify what we read, see and hear. Each of us MUST do the research to know what we read see and hear is The Truth. 


What is the point? The People of Israel are separated from the other nations of the world by The 613 Mitzvot of The Torah from The Lord God. We, The People of Israel must not intermarry because we are Priests to the World. Our intimate associations must be within The People of Israel. Otherwise, we are no longer Holy and no longer separate from the nations of the world. We are no longer listening and following the Voice of the Lord God!


Leviticus 21.6

They shall be Holy to their God, and not profane The Name of their God; for The Offerings of The Lord made by fire, and The Bread of their God, they do Offer; therefore they shall be Holy.


Leviticus 7.8

You shall sanctify [the Lohan] therefore; for he offers The Bread of your God; He shall be Holy to you; for I the Lord, which sanctify you, Am Holy. 


The purpose of mentioning These Scriptures is to point to the fact that a Kohan / Priest is held to a higher standard with regards to who he marries. Why? Because 'The Priest Offers The Bread of your God'. The Priest must be Holy to offer sacrifices. Therefore Mitzvot within The Torah set a higher standard, i.e. sets restrictions on who The Priest is permitted to marry. Among The People of Israel, the priesthood is passed from father to son. 


The point is that just as the Priesthood has restrictions on who a Priest can marry in a similar way the People of Israel are held to a higher standard, i.e. have a set of restrictions on who they can marry.


Dear Ones, thus far we have learned that one may have sexual relations only with their wife. Then we learned one's wife / husband must be from among The People of Israel. One may not intermarry with the other nations of the world. We must remain separated to inherit The Holy Land of Israel. We must marry within The Tribes of Israel because we are Priests to the world.


Now we are going to learn that the intimate associations, i.e. sexual relations between a husband and wife are prohibited during Niddah, i.e. the time of the month when one's wife has her menstruation cycle. 


Intimate Associations Have Restrictions

Leviticus 18.19

You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness, as long as she is apart for her menstrual uncleanness.


When a man and woman agree to marry the custom in the Observant Community is to instruct them in proper intimate associations and the Laws of Niddah, in Leviticus 15. One studies The Observances in The Shulchan Aruch and The Tractate Niddah of The Talmud. Men study with men. Women study with women. The study is normally one on one or in small groups. One studies each day up until the day of the Chassanah / wedding.


Leviticus 15.1 - 18 discusses discharges from the male organ. Some discharges occur when the husband inseminates his wife during permitted marital relations.  All other discharges whether voluntary or involuntary are forbidden. When the husband inseminates his wife both become unclean. When a husband and wife have intimate associations and he discharges both become impure. When a man has a discharge whether voluntary or involuntary, he becomes impure. Leviticus 15 discusses the Observances one follows to return to purity.


Leviticus 15.19 - 33 discusses the impurities a woman or wife has while discharging blood or any type and The Observances one follows to return to purity.


Remember, we began our discussion with Genesis 2.24.


Bereisheit 2.24

עַל־כֵּן יַעֲזָב־אִישׁ אֶת־אָבִיו וְאֶת־אִמּוֹ וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ וְהָיוּ לְבָשָׂר אֶחָד1:1


Genesis 2.24

Therefore shall a man leaves his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.


Genesis 2.24

It is the right way; it is the higher path for a husband to use his strength properly to leave everything from Aleph to Tav of his Father and everything from Aleph to Tav of his Mother and sexually attach with his wife, and they shall become as one flesh.


When Holy Scripture Says, וְדָבַק בְּאִשְׁתּוֹ Vih Daw Vahk - Bih Ee Shih Toh meaning 'And attach / cling With His Wife.' Scripture is speaking of a proper sexual association. The clinging action is for the purpose of having children. It is an action to provide pleasure and release for the purpose of having children. The clinging action is only permitted during the time of the month when a Wife is pure, i.e. not releasing blood.  When a Wife is in the time of impurity, she is 100% OFF LIMITS to her husband. Soulmates sleep in separate beds. They do NOT touch! Not even a hug or kiss is permitted!!  A Husband honors his Wife during this time by not sexually pursuing her.  When a Wife concludes her time of impurity and she visits the Mikvah, she may renew intimate associations with her husband. She renews herself by immersing in the Mikvah. She beautifies herself. Immediately the husband realizes his wife is available to him. They reunite in one bed. The Husband is required to spend plenty of time with his wife and to give her great pleasure. No excuses on either side!! During the days of impurity, there is plenty of time for business meetings, extended Torah studies, and other important responsibilities.


Now this leads us to another very important part of the marriage relationship.  Within marriage, there are immoral acts that are sinful and out of bounds. Sex between husband and wife during that time of the month is out of bounds. Any act of homosexuality between the husband and wife is unnatural and immoral!   You may wonder how can this be? 


What is proper Intimate Associations?

The Mitzvot of The Torah Establishes sexual boundaries.


Leviticus 18.22 has been used time and time again by those Teaching against Homosexuality. There is much more to this Scripture. So we are going to take a closer look.  


Leviticus 18.22 is used as a comparison between a man who has sexual relationships with women as opposed to a man that has a wrongful sexual relationship with a man.  I used sexual relations with women intentionally.  Why?


Most translations say the following:


Leviticus 18.22

'You shall not lie with men, as with women; it is abomination.' 


What is the Scripture saying? 'You shall not lie with men as a husband lies with his wife. It is an abomination.' Scripture is drawing a comparison between a proper sexual association from that of an improper sexual association. 


Let's observe the non-Editorialized translation of This Scripture.


Vayikra 18.22

וְאֶת־זָכָר לֹא תִשְׁכַּב מִשְׁכְּבֵי   אִשָּׁה תּוֹעֵבָה הִוא:  כג


Leviticus 18.22

Every action of the male sexual organ shall not be to cohabitant with men as a [husband] cohabitants with his wife.


Scripture is making a comparison between what is natural and what is moral from what is not natural and what is immoral. Sexual relations between a husband and a wife is for the purpose of having children. It is not about being a beast with one's spouse. Husbands, we are to do our very best to give our wife the highest proper pleasure. Let's discuss the comparison.


I cannot understand why any translator would use the word Woman instead of 'Wife'. 


Why? As noted before, The Word אִשָּׁה Ee Shaw means Wife and Woman. So אִשָּׁה Ee Shaw maybe translated either way. However, I cannot understand why any translator would say, 'You shall not lie with men, as with women.'


The intent of the Text in Leviticus 18 is to follow the higher path spoke of in Genesis 2.24 of The Perfect Torah.  Why would The Holy Scripture Offer a lower path when we know all the time The Lord God Instructs us to be Holy as He is Holy. See Leviticus 11.45 - 46. To translate a Scripture in a way that may give the impression it may perhaps be alright to have sex with a woman that is not one's wife is not taking the higher path. It borders on bearing false witness. Scripture does not do this. Poor translations do this. As we shall see, our obligation is to follow the higher road.. Sarah was taken twice from Abraham specifically for the sexual pleasure of two kings. The Lord Did not Permit this. See Genesis 20.6 'I also Kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I Did Not let you touch her.'


The Original Language of Leviticus 18.22 carries an intention with it beyond just the translation. The translator MUST consider Ha Torah's Intention along with what is written. The translation  'You shall not lie with men, as with women.' DOES NOT ACCOMPLISH THIS!


As noted before, the way in which this translation is offered implies that perhaps a man could have sex with a woman in which he is not married. Yet, we know The Holy Scripture Does not permit sex outside of Marriage! Men should not have sex with women they are not married to. The Holy Scripture forbids this unless the act of sex is intended as a marriage bond between the woman and the man. In other words, the woman becomes the man's wife through their first sexual act. While this is possible, this is not the comparison The Holy Scripture has in mind. In this instance, translators should use the Word wife instead of a woman. Now I am speaking specifically to women who may have had sexual relations with men not their husband.  Have you ever wondered why you can't get 'that man' out of your thoughts?  It is for exactly this reason.  When you entered that relationship the man became your husband.  The action you have to take now to remedy this situation is to ask for forgiveness and healing from the Lord God.  Teshuvah.  Commit to NOT doing this again and return to the Lord God and follow His Commandments.



There two points to remember.


First, The Lord is Forgiving and Gracious. There is no sin The Lord will not forgive if one repents. 


Exodus 34.6.

'And the Lord passed by before [Moses], and Proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, is Merciful and Gracious, Long Suffering, and Abundant in Goodness and Truth'.


Psalms 86.5

For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and of bountiful love toward all those who call upon You.


Second, one can alter past mistakes by not repeating them. The Lord God Commented to Cain in Genesis 4.7


Bereisheit 4.7

הֲלוֹא אִם־תֵּיטִיב שְׂאֵת   וְאִם לֹא תֵיטִיב לַפֶּתַח חַטָּאת רֹבֵץ וְאֵלֶיךָ תְּשׁוּקָתוֹ וְאַתָּה תִּמְשָׁל־בּוֹ:  ח


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The Lord God Said to Cain, 'Without any doubt if you ''Improve'' yourself you will be forgiven.' Genesis 4.7


So to any individual who has faultered please remember you can alter the past by not repeating it.


What does Improve mean? Improve means, One takes ownership of their error / sin. After one acknowledges their error, they go in the opposite direction by making a plan not to repeat the error / sin. One offers restitution for any damages. The sinner is forgiven and restored to Derek Ha Torah / The path of Torah. It's that simple!  See Eve Of Creation Restored -  Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, Eve Of Creation Restored (B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC., First Edition 2013, Cedar Hill, MO)


To understand this Scripture properly, we must understand the comparison that is being made. As already noted, The Holy Scripture takes the higher road.  The higher road here is VERY IMPORTANT.


The Holy Scriptures are crème de la crème. The correct interpretation is Wife rather than a woman. However, the interpretation does not stop with this point. For this to be a Torah comparison, The husband and wife mentioned in Leviticus 18.22 must be crème de la crème. Their relationship as Soulmates, and as Husband and Wife are on the highest level. Using them sets a standard worthy of the Holiness written in Leviticus 11.45 - 46. When we understand this, we understand the comparison is NOT just about men sleeping with men. It is also about heterosexual men who are married who do not live according to the crème de la crème in their marriage relationship. I am speaking of the Intimate Association between husband and wife. The Intimate Association between husband and wife is the highest level of association.


The comparison in this Scripture is with the purest and the highest level of the proper act of sex between a husband and a wife. The husband and wife in Leviticus 18.22 represent the HIGHEST LEVEL of clean moral, pure, holy sex possible!! Anal sex is forbidden. Anal sex with one's wife is forbidden. Anal sex with a man is forbidden. Oral sex is forbidden. Oral sex with one's wife is forbidden. Oral sex with a man is forbidden. Fornication is forbidden. Adultery is forbidden. Rape is forbidden. The fact is that fornication, adultery, and rape are discussed more in the Bible than homosexuality. 


So when we place Leviticus 18.22 in perspective, we should see that homosexual actions are unnatural and immoral in the intimate association between Husband and wife!!  Is there any difference between a gay man having anal relations with another gay man from that of a heterosexual man having anal relations with his wife. Ha Torah is Teaching us that both acts are not following what The Creator Has instructed. The same holds true for oral sex. Some actions between heterosexuals even in husband-wife relationships can be improper, unnatural, immoral and sinful.   Leviticus 18.22 prohibits homosexual acts, improper sexual acts, unnatural and immoral sexual actions in heterosexual relationships. Leviticus 18.22 establishes the HIGHEST LEVEL of clean moral, pure, holy sex possible in the intimate association between husband and wife.


We are not going to go into greater detail on this subject. Discussions on Leviticus 15 should be in person with one Rav, or an individual The Rav assigns a Torah Teacher for each to learn.


Dear Ones, A modest individual lives on a high plain of righteousness. Individuals who are modest do not need to be told what Improper Associations are. They already know. 


Improper Associations

Leviticus 18 speaks to sexual immorality. We are about to learn that the Mitzvot of The Torah Establishes sexual boundaries. We are not going to discuss each of these boundaries in detail. I think most individuals with a degree of common sense already realize these 'Forbidden Associations' is off limits.


Each of the following 'Forbidden Associations', i.e. relationships is prohibited by The Torah. Each is a Mitzvot of The Torah. These Torah prohibitions apply to B'nai Noach, all those who descended from Noah and his wife, Na'amah. This means each of us! The people of the world are included by The Seven Laws given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 2.16.  Most translators do not mention The Seven Laws when translating. One of The Seven Laws Commands, Do not Steal. The following Observances come from the Law Do Not Steal. The Associations mentioned between Leviticus 18.7 - 18.19 are forbidden by The Lord God. The Lord God is Saying none of these belong to you. You cannot have any of these individuals. They are prohibited to you. Violating any of these Commands constitutes stealing! 


Leviticus 18.7

The nakedness of your father, or the nakedness of your mother, shall you not uncover; she is your mother; you shall not uncover her nakedness.


1.  One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's father.

2.  One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's mother.


Leviticus 18.8

The nakedness of your father's wife shall you not uncover; it is your father's nakedness. 


3. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's step-mother even if his / her's father is deceased.


Leviticus 18.9

The nakedness of your sister, the daughter of your father, or daughter of your mother, whether she was born at home, or born abroad, their nakedness you shall not uncover. 


4.  One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's sister or half sister.


Leviticus 18.10

The nakedness of your son's daughter, or of your daughter's daughter, their nakedness you shall not uncover; for theirs is your own nakedness.


5. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with their son's daughter.


6. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with their daughter's daughter.


7. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with their son.


8. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with their daughter.


Leviticus 18.11

The nakedness of your father's wife's daughter, fathered by your father; she is your sister, you shall not uncover her nakedness. 


9. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's sister from their father's side.


Leviticus 18.12

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's sister; she is your father's near kinswoman. 


10. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's aunt from their father's side.


Leviticus 18.13

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother's sister; for she is your mother's near kinswoman.


11. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's aunt from their mother's side.


Leviticus 18.14

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father's brother, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt.


12. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's uncle from their father's side.


13. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with the wife of one's uncle from their father's side.


Leviticus 18.16

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law; she is your son's wife; you shall not uncover her nakedness.


14. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's daughter-in-law.


Leviticus 18.16

You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife; it is your brother's nakedness. 


15. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with one's sister-in-law on their brother's side.


Leviticus 18.17

You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, nor shall you take her son's daughter, or her daughter's daughter, to uncover her nakedness; for they are her near kinswomen; it is wickedness. 


16. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with a mother and her daughter.


17. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with a mother and her son's daughter.


18 One is prohibited from having sexual acts with a mother and her daughter's daughter.


Leviticus 18.18

Neither shall you take a rival wife from her sister, to uncover her nakedness, beside the other in her life time. 


19. One is prohibited from having sexual acts with two sisters unless one is deceased.


Leviticus 18.22

Every action of the male organ shall not be to cohabitant [with men] as a [husband] cohabitants with a wife.



Bereisheit  1.27

וַיִּבְרָא אֱלֹהִים ׀ אֶת־הָאָדָם בְּצַלְמוֹ בְּצֶלֶם אֱלֹהִים בָּרָא אֹתוֹ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה בָּרָא אֹתָם:ס


Genesis 1.27

And He, God Created everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Ha Adam / the man in His  Form in His Form God Created them with male / masculine parts and female / feminine parts He Created them.


The Word זָכָר Aw Chawr means with male parts, i.e. the male reproductive genitals. This is the body part in which The Lord God Created on a man to become firm to enter the hollow part of a female to eject seed. The Word Voo Nih Kay Vawh וּנְקֵבָה means with female parts, i.e. the female reproductive genitals. This is the body part in which The Lord God Created in a woman that is like a tunnel. It is designed to receive the male part and the seed ejected by the male part. The Lord God Intended that the first time the male genital entered the female genital this would be in the consummation of a marriage.  This is the action of becoming one flesh as described by Adam in Genesis 2.24. This is the clinging action that physically bonds a man and a woman together as Husband and Wife.  This is why the translation 'You shall not lie with men, as with women, is wrong.'  Scripture's intent is not to suggest men may have sex with women they are not married to.  Yet, it may give that impression. It's not suggesting that it is O.K. that laying with a woman other than one's wife is fine. It is not fine. Being one's Soulmate is so much more than just having sex. 


May each of us be blessed in Observing Proper associations established in The Mitzvot of The Torah!






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Dear Friends, Our introduction began with 'perhaps we may wonder why we have issues at home, at work, with our spouse, our children our parents, and with people we think are our friends and so forth. There are reasons that we have issues.' The discussion we are entering will ask this question. Are those whom we associate with Tzniut? 


For years I have been writing a book about Soulmates. Individuals seeking their Soulmate often have a list of what qualities they are seeking. Having a list of qualities is good. One knows what they want. However, there is often an issue. The individual seeking a Soulmate fails to look in the mirror. Sometimes when one is seeking their Soulmate they fail to look at themself. One must consider, how will the Soulmate I am seeking view me? Am I the individual that will meet her / his list of standards.


The point is that when it comes to Tzniut, The Torah requires each of us to have standards. Tzniut standards apply to us as well as our associations. The Torah offers some guidance that will help us live Tzniut. We will need to be honest with ourself. We will need to consider our actions and the actions of our associates.


In the Introduction, I stated, 'The base of our issues has to do with our relationship with The Lord God. How we live and how we present ourselves is a choice.  Perhaps I should say, How one lives needs to be a choice. It is so important for us to understand we have the power of choice. Sometimes our choices are not as many as we would like, however, we always have the power of choice.


In the introduction, we discussed Adam's Passivity. Remember, Adam set back allowing issues to begin and to develop. Adam chose not to stand up. Adam chose to be irresponsible. Adam chose not to accept the responsibilities given to him by The Lord God. Adam was appointed King and ruler of the earth. Adam was placed in The Garden of Eden to protect it from the serpent. Adam was given Seven Instructions to follow by The Lord God.  Adam was given a beautiful place to live. Adam was given a beautiful wife Eve, as his lifetime partner to share life. Adam was given children.


Dear Reader, Adam's choice was to be passive. Adam chose to let things happen without interfering. Adam chose to let the chips fall where they may. Adam did not follow the Path of The Torah. The Torah requires us to make positive choices. Adam did not touch the steering wheel of his life so to speak. Adam allowed his life to wander without following the guidance of The Torah. Adam chose to ignore and reject The Observances given to us by The Lord God. Adam did not guard The Garden from the serpent. Adam did not rule. Adam did not offer guidance to his wife, Eve. He did not take charge over the serpent. Adam did not object to Eve's mischaracterization of what the Lord God Commanded. Adam understood the teaching of the Lord God, '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.' 


Each of us has been impacted by Adam being passive.  Our world is a different place because Adam failed. We are the children of Adam and Eve. We face issues because of our parents failings. We suffer because of Adam and Eve made some poor choices. 


Some of us have children and perhaps grandchildren. If we have children or grandchildren, we should want the best for them. I say, 'we should want the best for them' but sometimes our actions collide with what we want for our children and grandchildren.  We should want our children to have virtue. We should want our children to have standards. We should want our children to have self-esteem. Again, we must look at ourselves in the mirror. Are we like the individual seeking high standards for a future Soulmate but we do not abide by the same standards?  Are we the parent that seeks high standards for our children but not for ourselves?


Some of us send our children and grandchildren to a Torah Day School. Good! We want our children have a better life than we had. Good! However, we must seek the same values and standards for ourselves. What did The Lord God Say about Abraham?


Genesis 18.19

'For I know [Abraham]. 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.' 


Later we are going to discuss why and how Abraham was blessed in everything.


We have a responsibility to command our children in keeping and maintaining the Way of The Lord. One of the Seven Universal Laws in Genesis 2.16 comes from The Word Lay Moor, meaning לֵאמֹר 'To Say.' Before anyone can learn The Torah in their home, the home MUST be prepared to receive The Torah. How does one prepare the ceiling, walls and floor to receive The Torah? Tzniut! 


In a similar way, the Heavens are our ceiling and the earth is our floor. On three separate occasions Moses, Our Teacher said, 'I call heaven and earth to witness, Deut. 4.26. ' I call heaven and earth to record,' Deut. 30.19. 'call heaven and earth to witness, Deut. 31.28. Our ceiling, walls and floor bear witness to how we conduct ourselves behind closed doors. Our ceiling, walls, and floor record our deeds. 


Abraham lived in a tent. One can stand fifty feet away from a tent and listen to conversations. What about our homes. What will neighbors hear?  A lesson in being Tzniut is that one ALWAYS lives in the Presence of The Lord God. Remember What The Lord Testified to regarding Abraham? 'I know Abraham. I know Abraham will command his children and his household after him.' The Lord used Abraham as a standard. The Lord Said, 'He will command his children and his household after him. In other words, Abraham was the living Torah. Every action was a reflection of The Torah.  Not only did the ceiling, walls, and floors of Abraham's tent speak, The Lord Spoke about the high standard of Abraham's Tzniut.


What should parents do when they see their child making a mistake? What do government officials do when they see us break The law? What should one's spouse do when they see their soulmate wandering from the direction of The Torah? What did Adam do when he saw Eve wander from The Truth? Adam did nothing. Adam chose to be passive. Adam was punished for not keeping ALL The Observances given to him by the Lord God. 


The point is that The Lord God has given each of us Torah Observances to help guide us in being a modest, humble, discrete individual distinguished by virtuous characteristics. Our responsibility is to choose to learn and abide by The Observances given to us by The Lord God.


How we take care of ourselves depends upon how well we Observe The Torah. Respect, appreciation, regard, value and esteem are each products of observing The Torah. The Torah Teaches us that we have potential. Are we living up to our potential?


Our issues stem from the human side of us. Each day we must contend with our human side. I said, 'MUST CONTEND' because each day requires us to make choices. In this Weeks Parshat, we are going to review Abraham's associations. We are also going to tie our Spirituality to Tzniut.


Let's begin by noting what Isaiah wrote, ' I will greatly rejoice in The Lord. My soul shall be joyful in My God. [Why?] For He Has Clothed me with the garments of salvation, He Has Covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61.10.


What is Isaiah sharing with us? Isaiah is sharing about his Spirituality. Isaiah is Teaching us about Spiritual garments The Lord clothes and covers us. The Observances of The Torah clothe and cover us when we Observe them. The concept of being Tzniut is to cover ourselves Spiritually with Mitzvot and Physically with clothing that is appropriate, proper and suitable for every circumstance.


The Zohar writes, 'The righteous are illumined by the reflection of that supernal resplendency, and on each New Moon The Glory of the Shekinah as revealed in that firmament transcends that of other times. All the righteous then approach and prostrate themselves before [The Shekinah of The Lord God]. Happy is the portion of whoever is found worthy of those garments wherein the righteous are clad in the Garden of Eden. Those garments are made out of the good deeds performed by a man in this world in obedience to the commands of The Torah.'  Zohar 210 a - b


We read that Observance of The Torah and good deeds surround us like a garment. This is the tzniut garment each of us should greatly desire to wear. It is important for us to understand the bridge between Observing The Mitzvot of The Torah and doing good deeds, as being a Spiritual Covering. The point is that being Tzniut is not just about just how one clothes their body. Tzniut is also about laboring to 'do good deeds in this world and in obedience to The Commands of The Torah.'


I have shared this connection to being Tzniut because our associations greatly impact our desire to please and serve The Lord God. Our Parshat begins with The Lord Instructing Abram to alter his associations. Why? The influence from Abram's associations was hampering his Spirituality.


I realize we may be stuck with associations we would rather not have. Abram and Sarai had to endure the wicked, biased ruler Nimrod. Terach, the father of Abram and Sarai, was an idol maker and worshiper. Lot attached himself to Abraham. Sarah was the captive of Pharoah and Abimelech. Isaac and Rebecca were close neighbors with the idolatrous wives of their son, Esau. Jacob's brother Esau was an association he had to flee from to protect himself. Jacob's father-in-law, Laven was evil. Deenah, the daughter of Jacob and Leah, was kidnapped and raped. Difficult and challenging associations do exist.  David wrote, 'It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn your statutes. The Torah of Your Mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. Psalms 119.71 - 72. 


We should not use difficult associations that are imposed upon us as an excuse because Abram, Sarai, Issac, Rebecca, Jacob, Deenah showed us how to face those. We will consider a few difficult associations during our discussion.


Genesis 26.24 - 35

And Esau was forty years old when he married Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite, And they were sources of Spiritual bitterness for Isaac and Rebekah.


Esau married the daughters of Canaanites that Abraham forbid his servant, Eliezer to take as a wife for his son, Isaac, Genesis 24.3.

Marriage is a very strong association. Esau's marriage to Canaanite wives impacted Isaac and Rebekah. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 255.


When one associates, i.e. marries the wrong individual it impacts them, their parents and relatives. Isaac and Rebekah suffered because of Esau's wives.


Genesis 27.

And Rebekah said to Isaac, 'I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Cheth; if Jacob takes a wife of the daughters of Cheth, such as these who are of the daughters of the land, [i.e. Cannanites] what good shall my life be to me?'


Genesis 28.1

And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and commanded him, and said to him, 'You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.' 


We see the struggles Isaac and Rebecca faced each day because of the idolatrous daughters of Cheth. It was unpleasant for Isaac and Rebecca yet they endured. It impacted their health yet they endured. Isaac and Rebecca continued with their Observances of the Torah. Isaac tried to learn The Torah with his son, Esau. 


Dear Friends, children reach an age where they choose to follow The Torah or choose to forsake The Torah, God Forbid. Isaac and Rebecca were righteous individuals. They sent both of their sons to learn at the Academy of Shem and Eiver. They had a righteous home. They set an atmosphere of learning in their home as they learned from Abraham. Yet, Esau became evil. We must understand the power of individual choice. We are not robots. We have a Yetzer Tov / A Good Inclination and a Yetzer Raw / Evil inclination that  we battle with everyday.


People change. Sometimes people change for the good, and sometimes people change for evil. We can offer guidance. We can point them in the direction of Torah Observance, but each person makes their choices. There are times when divorce becomes necessary for a variety of reasons. 


Genesis 12.1 - 6

And The Lord [HAD] Said to Abram, Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house to a land that I will show you. 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. So Abram departed, as The Lord Had Spoken to him; and Lot went with him; and Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Charan. And Abram 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.


Genesis 1.1

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה אֶל־אַבְרָם לֶךְ־לְךָ

And He, The Lord Said to Abram, 'Go! Get out!'


An understanding of the words spoken to Avram by The Lord results in some translators including the word 'had' in their translations. They translate, 'And The Lord [HAD] Said to Abram.' The word had is not written in Hebrew. The Word had is implied by The Words לֶךְ־לְךָ Lech Leh Chaw meaning 'Go! Get out!' Abram was to go to the land of Eretz Cannan. We do not know the exact date The Lord God Instructed Abram to go. However, we know Abram was 70 years old in Genesis Chapter 15. How do we know this?


SIDENOTE

Genesis 15.13

[And The Lord God] Said to Abram, 'Know for a certainty that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years.'


2048 From Creation

Isaac was born when Abraham was 100 years old. This is when the 400-year count begins. How do we know this? The Scripture your ' your seed'. Isaac and Ishmael were both Abraham's seed. We know The Holy Scripture is speaking of Abram's seed through Isaac because they were strangers and afflicted from the time Isaac was born. The same is not reported of Ishmael.


2018 From Creation

We know Abram was 70 years old at the time of the prophecy in Genesis 15 because of what is written in Exodus 12.


Exodus 12.41

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even on that very day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt.


The 430-year count began at Passover on 2018 From Creation. Abram was Seventy years old. The Holy Scripture emphasizes 'That Very Day'. The Midrash informs us that Abram called for public assemblies to proclaim the Truth to B'nai Noachides, i.e. the people of the world after the flood. Abram authored books dennouncing idolarty and idolatrious practices. Abram traveled back and forth between Eretz Canaan and Charan until The Lord Instructed him to move permanently to Eretz Canaan in 2023 From Creation at the age of Seventy-Five. Abram gained tens of thousands of followers.  Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 125.


These Associations of Abram and his descendants being afflicted and serving were associations that were Prophesied in Holy Scripture. The Lord God Speaks Words of Prophecy from His foreknowledge of events.  In other words, The Lord God Knows in advance the results of the choices we will make. The Lord God Shares His Foreknowledge with Abram.


So we know Abram was in Eretz Cannan when he was Seventy Years of age. We know Abram returned to Haran because The Holy Scriptures speak of Abram leaving at the age of Seventy-five. This was the second time Abram left Haran.  The second time is noted as לְךָ Leh Chaw, 'Get Out' which is more forceful. The second time specifies, 'Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house.' 


There are strict interpretations of The Holy Scriptures, and there are lenient and interpretations of The Holy Scriptures. Sometimes it is necessary to be very specific regarding what is the intended meaning to avoid misunderstandings. The Lord was being specific with Abram in Genesis 12.1 for a reason. Our Sages teach that the first time The Lord Instructed Abram to go that he left from Mesopotamia. There is a reference to this. 


Abram was reluctant to leave his father, Terach. The Torah Requires children to care for their parents. This caring for our parents is one way we honor our parents. Abram was concerned about His Torah obligation to honor his father. Abram was conscientious with Observing all Mitzvot of The Torah. It is for this reason and others that the Lord was specific with Abram.


Abrams father, Terach was an idol maker. This is not a good association. The Lord is Teaching us that there are times one may not associate with parents and relatives.  So, on one hand we are required to honor and care for our parents, but on the other hand not at the expense of being subjected to idol worship or the doctrines of other religions.  There is another message. Associations that oppose Observances of  The  Torah are similar to Terach. We need to separate from them and limit our contact with them, even when the evil influence is from our parents or relatives.


Genesis 15.7

[And The Lord God] said to [Abram], I am The Lord who brought you out of מֵאוּר כַּשְׂדִּים Ur [from the fire] of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.


מֵאוּר כַּשְׂדִּים  May Oor Cah Sih Deem means from the fire of Chaldean. Abram was thrown into a firey furnance by king Nimrod. Why do translators say Ur of the Chaldeans instead The furnaces of  Chaldeans? The Midrash shares the following Story:


Terach's business was the sale of idols, and the young Avram did his best to convince people not to buy them. Once it happened that his father, Terach, had to go on a trip. He left Avram in charge of his store. His instructions to his son were, 'The bigger the god, the higher the price you charge. If an important person comes in, offer him a big idol; to a lesser customer, give a smaller one.' Terach left.

 An impressive-looking broad-shouldered man entered the store. He spoke to Abram, 'Give me a big idol that befits my status!'  Avram handed him the largest idol he could find on the shelves, and the man drew a substantial amount of money from his pocket.

'How old are you?' Avram questioned him.

'I am fifty years old,' the man stated.

Abram questioned, 'Why aren't you ashamed to worship a god that is only one day old? My father just made this idol yesterday!'  Confused, the man put the money back in his pocket and left.

An old woman entered. She told Avram that thieves had invaded her house during the previous night and stolen her gods.




'Is that so?' Avram asked. 'If your gods were unable to protect themselves from the robbers, how do you expect them to protect you?'




'You are right,' the older woman admitted. 'But whom shall we serve?'




'The God of Heaven and earth who made you and me,' Avram answered.

The older woman left without buying a god.

Another woman came with a bowl full of flour as an offering for the gods. After she left Avram took an ax and smashed all the idols except the biggest. He placed the ax leaning against the big idol. When Terach returned and saw the havoc in the house, he screamed angrily, 'What happened here?'




'Why should I conceal the truth from you?' answered Avram.




'While you were away, a woman brought some flour as an offering. Each god exclaimed that he wanted to be the first to have it. The biggest was insulted, so he seized an ax and broke all the others!'



'Nonsense!' shouted Terach. 'You know very well that these idols neither speak nor move around.'


Avram responded, 'Is that so?  Think about what you just said. Why do you serve them?' 


One day it was Terach's turn to conduct the services before the gods in Nimrod's royal palace. Terach took Avram along to the capital. They arrived in Nimrod's palace and found it to contain a large exhibition of gods in gold, silver, copper, wood, and stone.

Terach brought bread and wine and offered them to the gods. [Abram sneered] 'Take them, eat, and drink, and be appeased.'  None of the idols moved or answered with a sound.




'You see, they are not worth anything,' Avram remarked.

He threw all the idols down and shoved them together in a pile. Then he set fire to them and hurriedly fled from the palace.

This could not be ignored any longer. Terach himself, a loyal subject of King Nimrod, reported his son's misdemeanor to the king.

Avram had successfully passed the first trial. He had applied his mind to recognize his Creator and had rejected idol worship. Abram was arrested and placed in prison.


Nimrod commanded his soldiers to bring Avram to the palace. Avram was taken to Nimrod.
Nimrod sat on top of his throne which was an artistic creation placed high on top of a spiraling tower comprised of seven different materials. Whoever approached it had to prostrate before the king. Avram was brought in and stood erect. Nimrod questioned,
'Are you Avram, son of Terach?'


Abram annswered, 'I am.'


Nimrod stated to Abram, 'You are the traitor who had the audacity to burn my gods. Don't you know that I am the master of all creation? Sun, moon, and stars obey me!'



'Excuse me!'  said Avram, 'This is new to me. Let me make only one request and I will believe what you say.'



Nimrod said, 'State your request!'


Abram said, 'The sun rises daily in the east and sets in the west. Command that tomorrow it rise in the west and set in the east!' All ministers and nobles expectantly looked at the king. But Nimrod was strangely silent. 'Perhaps you can fulfill a different request of mine,' Avram persisted. 'Reveal to me what my thoughts at this moment are and what I am about to do next.' There was complete silence in the palace as all eyes were turned towards the young man who had the courage to challenge the king. Nimrod was stupefied. No one had ever dared to use such words in his presence. 'Do not act so amazed,' Abram said.  'You are no god! You are a descendant of Kush. And if you deny it, how is it that you were not able to save your father from death? The truth is that just as you could not save your father from death, so you could not save yourself either. You are not an immortal being!'


Avram raised his eyes to Heaven and exclaimed, 'Lord, see the wicked and judge them.'


Nimrod by this time had composed himself. 'Soldiers,' he ordered, 'Immediate imprisonment for this rebel!'  The soldiers rushed forward, bound Avram in chains and led him away. Avram was thrown into the dungeon. He was held a prisoner for a full ten years. Yet, his belief in The Lord did not waver. Later Avram is returned to Nimrod.


Nimrod said, 'Let us worship the fire!'


Avram countered, 'Let us rather worship water, which extinguishes the fire.'


Nimrod agreed, 'Then, let us worship water!'


Avram objected,  'Let us rather worship the clouds that bear the water.'


'Fine!' said Nimrod, 'Then let us worship the clouds!'


Avram objected again, 'Let us rather worship the winds that disperse the clouds.'


Nimrod agreed, 'Then let us worship the wind!'


Avraham said,  'Let us rather worship human beings, who withstand the wind.'


Nimrod said,  'You are just bandying words!  We will worship none, but the fire. Behold, I will cast you into the fire, and let your God whom you adore come and save you from the fire.' Now, Charan, Abram's brother was standing there undecided. If Abram is victorious, [thought he], I will say that I am of Abram's belief, while if Nimrod is victorious I will say that I am on Nimrod's side. After Abram had descended into the fiery furnace and [The Lord] saved him, Nimrod asked Charan,  'Of whose belief are you?' 


Charan replied, 'Of Abram's,' Immediately Charan was seized and cast him into the fire; his body was scorched, and he died in his father's presence. It is written: 'And Charan died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, בְּאוּר כַּשְׂדִּים in Ur [the fires] of the Chaldeans,' Genesis 11.28.  Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Beraishis (Brooklyn, New York:  Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 119 - 123


Based upon the forementioned stories we can see that Abram suffered because of the associations he had with his father, Terach. At that time, Terach's actions of making idols and promoting idoltry were exteremly evil. Terach's actions were so evil that The Torah pronounces him as dead Sixty Years before he actuallly died. Why? This Holy Scripture Teaches us that an evil person is termed as dead by The Holy Scripture? Terach was dead to the righteous. Abram was not required to show honor to his father who was Spiritually dead.


Proverbs 2.10 - 16

'When wisdom enters into your heart, and knowledge is precious to your soul; Discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you; To save you from the way of the evil man, from the man who speaks perverse things, Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness; Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the perverseness of the wicked; Whose ways are crooked, and who are devious in their paths; To save you from the alien woman, from the stranger who speaks smoothly'


This is in part why, The Lord God Instructed Abram to 'Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house.'


Abram had already departed from the place of his birth, i.e. his country, Abram had already departed from his relatives. Now, Abram was instructed to depart from his Spiritually dead father, Terach, Genesis 11.28 - 31.


The Lord Makes a promise to Abram. To comprehend the promise The Lord God Makes to Abram it is important to understand The Letter ו Vav.  The function of The Letter וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה Vav is to connect two Words, two Scriptures two stories two chapters, etc. together. It is important to comprehend that Abrams promised Blessings are each connected to 'Get out from your country, and from your family, and from your father's house.'  Notice:


'וְאֶעֶשְׂךָ לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל 

'And I will make of you a great nation.'


וַאֲבָרֶכְךָ

'And I will bless you.'


וַאֲגַדְּלָה שְׁמֶךָ

'And I will Make your Name great.'


וֶהְיֵה בְּרָכָה

'And you will be a Blessing.'


  וַאֲבָרְכָה מְבָרֲכֶיךָ

'And I Will Bless those who bless you.'


וּמְקַלֶּלְךָ אָאֹר

'And I will Curse those that curse you.'


וְנִבְרְכוּ בְךָ כֹּל מִשְׁפְּחֹת הָאֲדָמָה

'And Bless all families of the earth through you.'


Please note that the Letter ו Vav begins each of these promises from The Lord. In other Words, every promise was Dependant on Abram separating from his place of birth, his relatives, and his father. Abram did as The Lord Instructed him. The Lord Did as he promised Abram.


2088 From Creation - Abraham is 140 years old.


Genesis 24.1

And Abraham was old and well advanced in age, and The Lord had blessed Abraham in all things.


2033 From Creation - Avram is 85 years old. Genesis 14.14 occures before Abram is married to Hagar. Genesis 14 occurs sometime before 2033 From Creation. It is important for us to comprehend the signifance of what The Holy Scripture is Stating here. Let's consider Avram's status before age 85.


Genesis 14.14

And when Abram heard that his brother's son 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.


The Words  אֶת־חֲנִיכָיו Et Chah Nee Chaw mean everything from Aleph to Tav of his trained servants. 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 Abram 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 Abram 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 Abram was 85 years of age. We know that both Genesis 15 and 14.14 occured on Passover. We know that there is a Fifteen Year span between Genesis15 and Genesis 14.14. We know Abram was a maggid, i.e. an Evangelist, who traveled between Eretz Cannan and Charan Teaching Mitzvot of The Torah. We know Abram had many followers. We know many souls followed Abram from Charan to Eretz Cannan. 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 Abram's household between the age of 70 years to 85 years are 9,299 people.


The number of couples joining Abram's Household grew at about 20% each year for 15 years. This is a guess based upon the information we have. The point to this exercise is to show the vast wealth Abram had. 


Remember the population in 1657 From Creation immediately was only ten people. Only Three couples were physically able to bear children. The population in Abram's time was perhaps 600,000. This means about 1.5% of the earth's population was part of Abram's household. This would be like a household of 10,500,000 in 5776 From Creation, i.e. today. So when The Torah Says Abram was blessed in everything, we can only imagine the vastness of the Blessing. Our important responsibility is to remember The ו Vav's that connect the Blessings to our responsibilities. The Lord Blessed Abram because he obeyed. Abram believed The Lord. Each of us can walk in Abram's steps. It's up to us.


There are several other associations. Abram was forced to go down to Egypt, which forced His wife, Sarai into an unwanted association with Pharaoh and his Officers.


Abram associated with his Nephew Lot because Lot's father, Charan died in the fiery furnace of Chaldean. Abram felt compassionate towards his nephew even though they did not see eye to eye. Abram spoke kindly with Lot about the disagreements their herdsmen were having. Eventually, Abram determines he must separate from Lot. Shalom Bayit, i.e. Peace in The House is important. Lot and his herdsmen were the sources of discord. Even though Abram wanted to continue a loving relationship, Lot's servants were not of the same mind set.


The same could be said about Abram's association with his servant-wife, Haggar and their son Ishmael. Abram did not like his wife, Sarai's demand. Sarai ordered Abram, 'Cast out this slave and her son; for the son of this slave shall not be heir with my son, with Isaac,' Genesis 21.10. Haggar and Ishmael deliberately created issues between Abram and Sarai. All members of a household need to focus on peaceful relationships. When the tranquility of one's home is disrupted by relatives and friends who disagree with family rules and policies, perhaps it is time to request that they leave. The Lord God Values Shalom Bayit. This is in part why He Instructed Abraham to listen to the voice of his wife, Sarai. 


Perhaps the greatest association in Abraham's life was when he built the altar to The Lord. I discuss this in Chapter Three of Gematria in Genesis.


The following Scriptures describe wonderful traits of Abraham.


Malachi 2.5 - 7

My covenant was with him for life and peace, and I gave them to him for the fear with which he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The Torah of Truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many away from iniquity. For the priest's lips should guard knowledge, and they should seek The Torah from his mouth; for he is a messenger of The Lord of Hosts.


Psalms 34.14

Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.


Psalms 51.17

O Lord, open you my lips; and my mouth shall declare your praise. 


Proverbs 16.21

The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases learning.


Proverbs 16.20 - 24

 He who considers his words shall find good; and happy is he who trusts in the Lord. The wise in heart shall be called prudent, and the sweetness of the lips increases learning. Intelligence is a fountain of life to him who has it, but the chastisement of fools is folly. The heart of the wise teaches his mouth and adds learning to his lips. Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.


Proverbs 17.28

Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise; and he who closes his lips is considered a man of understanding.


Proverbs 20.15

There are gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel. 


What is the point? Abraham had an association with The Lord God that impacted how he lived every breath. We can learn from Abraham how to love and serve The Lord and Observe The Torah of Truth if we choose to do so.  It is our individual choice.  We observe there is incentive in making the right choices.  The Blessings of Abraham are available to us.  The Lord Said, 'I Will Bless them that Bless you,' Genesis 12.3. In other words the Lord is informing us that it is His will for us to be blessed.


Remember when we discussed Genesis 18.19. Thousands of years later Abraham still commands his children, i.e. his descendants even in our time to follow after him and to keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; so that The Lord May bring upon Abraham and his descendants all that He Has Spoken of him. The Torah is NOT making reference to those who are ONLY Jewish. At the Time The Lord Spoke, these in Words Genesis 18.19  Isaac was not born. There was only Ishmael and the 9,299 followers of Abraham. They were the members of his household. None of them were Jewish!! Therefore, we know the Scripture is prophetic. Scripture includes those who were then in Abraham's household and those who are his children. 


We began by sharing being Tzniut is both Spiritual and Physical. The same principle holds true here. While everyone is not a physical descendant of Abraham many may choose to be Spiritual descendants of Abraham. They will not be Jewish. That's OK. We need individuals who are not Jewish to follow The Observances in The Torah that The Lord established as universal Observances from the beginning.


May The Lord Bless all who learn and Observe The Torah.


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צניעות

Tzniut  Lessons


INTRODUCTION


Modesty Meekness Chastity


The Lessons We Learn From Adam And Eve


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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.


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Parshat Bereisheit Lech Lecha

Genesis 12.1 - 17.27


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The Altar


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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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(Conclusion of The Torah Cycle)


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 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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Parshat Devarim Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29.9 - 30.20


Time And Gematria:

The End of Days


Lesson Eight


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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 .


Time & Gematria - Possess Land.jpg


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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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.


2488 FC

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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Devarim Devarim

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.


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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



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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 23

Genesis 23.1 - 20

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Genesis 23


Chayei Sarah's Death


Our Sages Teach that Sarah died when she was informed that Abraham Sacrificed her son Isaac. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz and Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Artscroll Tanach Series - Bereishis Vol. I(a) (Brooklyn, New York: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. 3rd Impression, 1989), p 861


Sarah died from the shock that Abraham offered her only child as a sacrifice. How could he do this? Why would he do such a thing? Sarah died without knowing Isaac was saved by a Messenger of The Lord. Sarah died without seeing Isaac marry. Sarah died thinking her life had been for not. Sarah did not meet Rivkah her daughter-in-law to be. Sarah did not have the privilege of dancing at Isaac's wedding. Sarah did not enjoy her grandchildren. Sarah died at the age of 127 years. She did not live to realize the fulfillment of many of her dreams.  This is how death is. When one dies one cannot complete their plans.


My Mother of blessed memory realized a short time before she died that she would not live to see the fulfillment of all her dreams. We spoke shortly before Momma entered eternity. Mother shared with me somewhat like Jacob shared with his sons before he entered the next life. Momma was busy about setting everything right. She wrote letters. She asked forgiveness of any individual she perhaps may have hurt. At that time, in my eyes she went way overboard to make sure her slate was very clean. My Mother was a very Holy Woman. She would grieve over her mistakes like few I have known. Mother took living righteously very seriously. Mother had an awareness she would soon be entering the next life soon. She checked and rechecked. She reviewed and reviewed her past. She wanted to enter the next life entirely righteous before her Maker. Many have been taken into the next life without notice. Many did not have the opportunity Momma had.


The other day I was speaking with a friend who works at a Senior's Center. She was sharing with me and another individual of folks who left home in the morning and did not return. Their life was snuffed out by...


So we are discussing death, yet our focus is on what Sarah went through to have this miracle baby, Issac that she only enjoyed for 37 years. In Chapter 21 we read of The Lord God Giving Abraham the promise of a son. We read that his names was to be Yitzchok, Isaac. 


We read that The Lord God would continue the Covenant of Abraham with his son Isaac.  So if you are Sarah and you just received really bad news, Isaac was sacrificed. How would you feel? What would run through your mind? Would you be angry with Abraham? Would you also be angry with The Lord God for giving you a precious child then taking him away? What about the covenant Promised by The Lord God? Would you question, what happened to the promise that Isaac would receive the Covenant of Abraham? How would that happen now? Sarah experienced being the captive of two very powerful men, the king of Egypt and the king of Gerar. She was the good wife. She left here family behind. She traveled with Abraham. She gave Hagar to Abraham to have a son by her because up until then she was ninety, she could not have children. Then after Isaac was born and grew Yishmael and Isaac were seen in a field quarreling over who should receive the double portion set aside for the firstborn. Ishmael was the firstborn of Hagar. Isaac was the firstborn of Sarah. Yishmael made sport of Isaac by shooting arrows around him. This is when Sarah informed Abraham that the son of the slave woman would not inherit with her son Isaac. This is when Yishmael and Hagar were sent out by Abraham in Genesis 21.9 - 14. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 220


We see how Sarah kept a close eye on her son. We see that Sarah was protective of her only son, her hope of the future. Then this happens. Abraham takes Isaac to Mount Moriah to offer as a sacrifice. Hearing the lie that Isaac was dead was an awful blow. She was so devastated that she died upon hearing this awful news...

One morning many years ago on September 2nd I came downstairs from my bedroom to the kitchen on the main floor for breakfast. My Mother was crying. I was young and felt so sad to see my Mother crying. I inquired. What is a matter? My mother said today is your brother Donald Wayne's birthday. There was no comforting my Mother. My Brother, Donald Wayne passed away at the age of 2 months and 17 days old on December 2nd 1938. He died from pneumonia. May he rest in peace. Each February 21st my mother would cry for my brother Gary Lee may he rest in peace.  Seeing my Momma cry and hurt so much at such a young age was very difficult. Mother ALWAYS remembered the birth dates and Yahrzites / Death Anniversary of my brothers. It was always painful and tearful. There was no relief for my Mother on these days. My Father, may he rest in peace moved on. He could not understand my Mother mourning the deaths of her two sons. Revi mourns the death of her daughter Carrie, may she rest in peace. And like my Mother, several days leading up to Carrie's death Revi cries. Like my Mother Revi cannot be comforted. Revi has shared with me the connection she felt with her children from conception. A Mother feels the baby move, sleep and kick inside her. A mother feels the birth and feeding pains. Can we imagine what it is like for a mother whose children die before them? Can we imagine the hurt and suffering and tears? 


Our Matriarch Sarah went through so much to get to the  birth of Isaac that the news of his death, even though it was a lie, killed her. Sarah's heart broke in two. She died. Sarah lived a life of Holiness. She was prepared to enter the next life when called home. Yet, that does not mean Sarah wanted to leave Abraham and Isaac. Death is sad. Death does bring sadness. I look at my Mother as a lady like Sarah.



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 Tazria

Leviticus 12.1 - 13.59

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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!

ב ' ח

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Genesis 22.1 - 34

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


These are the thirteen times Abraham spoke.

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


Genesis 22.1,2

And it happened after these events,(the birth of Yitzchok, the ejection of Hagar and Yishmael and the agreement between Abraham and Avimelech,) and the God Tested everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of Abraham... Examined Abraham... Tested Abraham... and He Said to him. 'Abraham!' and he responded,


'Here I am.' He Said,

'Take everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of your son, everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of your only son, everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of who you love - Yitzchok - and go get everything from the Letter Aleph to the Letter Tav of to the land of Moriah [Jerusalem] Sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you.'


This was Abraham's tenth test.

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


Genesis 18.19

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


Abraham kept the way of the Lord.

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


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


Bereisheit 22.1

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


Genesis 22.1

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


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


Exodus 15.2

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


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


נִסָּה

Nee Sawh means to prove to try

נ50 ס60 ה5 = 115


חָזַק

Chaw Zahq means to be strong.

ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115


I write about Avraham's experience in my book entitled, Passover, The Last Six Days of Jesus Life On Earth.


And it happened after these events, that God Tested Abraham and He Said to him. 'Abraham!'


and Abraham responded, 'Here I am.'


and He Said to him, 'Take your son.'


and Abraham said I have two sons,'


and God Said, 'your only son',


and Abraham said 'Yishmael is an only son to Hagar and Isaac is an only son to Sarah'


and God Said, 'the one whom you love'

and Abraham said, 'I love Yishmael and I love Yitzchok.'


and God Said, 'take Yitzchok and go to the land of Moriah sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will designate to you.'

ב ' ח

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The goal of this discussion is to provide some information and history leading up to the reasons for Counting הָעְוֹמֶר Haw Ooh Mehr, The Omer. The Word used in the Brachah we say each evening after Maariv is הָעְוֹמֶר Haw Ooh Mehr. We say,


בָּרוּךְ אַתַּה יהוה אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָםאֲשֶׁר קִדְשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּנוּ עַל סְפִירַת הָעְוֹמֶר.ר


When actually counting we say לָעְוֹמֶר or בָּעְוֹמֶר . However the Word Ha Torah uses is עֹמֶר Oh Mehr five times, הָעֹמֶר Ha Oh Mehr five times and בָעֹמֶר Vaw Oh Mehr one time.


When we speak of the Omer this is in reference to the day after Pesach / Passover when we bring everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the first fruits of our harvest to the priest; And the Priest waves everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer before the Lord, so our offering will be by The Lord accepted for us. On the day after Pesach when the Omer is waved by the priest we are to begin counting for seven weeks and for forty nine days. The fiftieth day is the giving of Ha Torah on Mt Sinai. This is Shavuot, the fifth day.


Vayikra 23.10 - 21

Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come to the land which I give to you, and shall reap its harvest, then you shall bring everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest; And he shall wave everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer before the Lord, to be accepted for you; on the day after the day of rest [Pesach / Passover] the priest shall wave it. And you shall prepare on the day when you wave everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer, a male lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering to the Lord. And the meal offering of it shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mixed with oil, an offering made by fire to the Lord for a sweet savor; and the drink offering of it shall be of wine, the fourth part of a hin. And you shall eat nor bread, nor parched grain, nor green ears, until the same day that you have brought an offering to your God; it shall be a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. And you shall count from the day after the day of rest [Pesach], from the day that you everything from Aleph to Tav of the Omer of the wave offering; seven complete weeks, i.e. Seven Sabbaths; To the next day after the Seventh Sabbath shall you count fifty days; and you shall offer a new meal offering to the Lord. You shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals; they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven; they are the first fruits to the Lord. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bull, and two rams; they shall be for a burnt offering to the Lord, with their meal offering, and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire, of sweet savor to the Lord. Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering before the Lord with the two lambs; they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. And you shall proclaim on the same day, that it may be a holy gathering to you; you shall do no labor in it; it shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.


As a point of interest עֹמֶר Oh Mehr makes reference to the amount of manna gathered by each man gathered while living in the Wilderness.


Exodus 16.13-18

And it came to pass, that at evening the quails came up, and covered the camp; and in the morning the dew lay around the camp. And when the dew that lay was gone, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as hoarfrost on the ground. And when the people of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna; for they knew not what it was. And Moses Said to them, This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat. This is the thing which the Lord Has Commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons, whom each of you has in his tent; And the people of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less. And when they did measure it with an omer, he who gathered much had nothing over, and he who gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.


Counting the Omer is a Mitzvot. We are Commanded by The Lord God to count the Omer each year following the day of Passover. Our Sages Teach that one of the many purposes for counting the Omer for forty nine day is because The People of Israel had fallen to the forty ninth level of impurity. Thew purpose of counting the Omer is for us as a people is to rise out of our impurity to receive Ha Torah on the fiftieth day. So when we were in Mitzrim / Egypt in slavery in our lowest state we began the climb from the forty-ninth level of impurity to the fiftieth level of purity. This was not forty nine steps. This was forty nine steps out of impurity PLUS fifty steps up to purity. We actually climbed ninety-nine steps. 


Every year from our deliverance from Mitzrim when we count the Omer there are very important reasons why we do this in addition to this being a Mitzvot / Command of The Lord God. Each of us are scattered some where along the steps from the lowest level of impurity to purity. Each day when we count the Omer we are to take account of actions. We are to do two steps of Tikkun. We need repair. We need restoration. We need to climb the stairs of return. Our world needs Tikkun Olam / Repairing The World. We do this by the Sefirah. The Lord Said,


Leviticus 11.45

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


This is what counting the Omer is about. Our goal is to climb from where we are to higher levels of holiness. This can ONLY be accomplished through Ha Torah.


Psalms 19.8 - 

The Torah of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Clean me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me; then shall I be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock, and my redeemer.


Week One


חֶסֶד שֶׁבְּחֶסֶד

Kindness restores Kindness

גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Strength restores Kindness

תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Beauty restores Kindness

נֶצַח שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Endurance restores kindness

הוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Humility restores Kindness

יסוֹד שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Bonding restores Kindness

מַלְכוּת שֶׁבְִֶּחֶסֶד

Kingdom restores Kindness



Our Sages Teach that we were delivered from Mitzrim on account of these things:

First, The People of Israel were redeemed because of the merit of Avraham, Yitzchok, Yaakov and Yoseif. Ha Torah Says, 


And God Remembered His Covenant. For Israel were not worthy of salvation, since they were wicked, but they were redeemed because of the merit of their fathers; hence is it written: And God Remembered His Covenant.


Exodus 6.2 - 5

And God Spoke to Moses, and Said to him, I Am The Lord; And I Appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, byThe Name of God Almighty, but by My Name 'The Lord' I was not known to them. And I Have also Established My Covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their sojourning, in which they sojourned. And I Have also Heard the groaning of The People of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in slavery; and I Have Remembered My Covenant.


Second, The People of Israel kept their Hebrew Names

Rabbi Huna in the name of Bar Kappara said: Israel was redeemed from Egypt on account of four things, one being because they did not change their names. Shemot Rabba 1.28

And these וְאֵלֶּה / Vih Ay Leh are the names Another explanation: Rabbi Abhu said: Wherever the text says 'these' אֵלֶּה / Ay Leh, this invalidates those things previously mentioned, but wherever it says 'And these' / Vih Ay Leh, it adds new praise to those previously mentioned. Here is an example from Genesis 2.4.


Bereisheit 2.4

אֵלֶּה תוֹלְדוֹת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ בְּהִבָּרְאָם בְּיוֹם עֲשׂוֹת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהִים אֶרֶץ וְשָׁמָיִם: ה

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


The אֵלֶּה / Ay Leh does not include the Letter ו VavThe result is Genesis 2.4 cancels the preceding creations, which were reduced to formlessness and emptiness. Wear as Genesis 46.8 and Exodus 1.1 which have the Letter Vav And these וְאֵלֶּה / Vih Ay Leh are the names, add new praise for the seventy souls who are mentioned intimating that all of them were righteous. Shemot Rabba 1.2


Bereisheit 46.8

וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרַיְמָה יַעֲקֹב וּבָנָיו בְּכֹר יַעֲקֹב רְאוּבֵןט


Genesis 46.8 - 26

And these are the names of the people of Israel, who came to Egypt, Jacob and his sons; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn...


Shemot 1.1

וְאֵלֶּה שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַבָּאִים מִצְרָיְמָה אֵת יַעֲקֹב אִישׁ וּבֵיתוֹ בָּאוּב


Exodus 1. 1 - 5

And these are the names of the sons of Israel, who came to Egypt, with Jacob, every man with his household. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. And all the souls who came from the loins of Jacob were seventy souls; for Joseph was in Egypt already. 


Israel is of equal importance with the host of heaven; for here it says NAMES, and in reference to the stars, the word 'names' is also used, as it is said: He counts the number of the stars; He Gives them all their names . So the Holy One, blessed be He, when Israel came down to Egypt, counted their number, too, and because they were likened to stars, He called them all by their names. Hence it is written, Now THESE ARE THE NAMES. Shemot Rabba 1.3


Tehillim 147.4

מוֹנֶה מִסְפָּר לַכּוֹכָבִים לְכֻלָּם שֵׁמוֹת יִקְרָאה

Psalms 147.4

He Counts the number of the stars; He Calls them all by their names.


Jeremiah 40.26

Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things; who brings out their host by number, he calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing. 


The Zohar writes about the symbolic meaning of Exodus 13.13.


Exodus 13.13

And every firstling of an ass you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not redeem it, then you shall break his neck; and all the firstborn of man among your children shall you redeem.


'The ass and the lamb symbolize the evil and the good inclinations. The very evil can be turned into good by repentance: the 'ass' must be redeemed by a 'lamb'. In other words, even if a man is an 'ass', a spiritual ignoramus, he can be redeemed from the exile of darkness and be included in the redemption of Israel, 'the scattered sheep. mentioned in Jeremiah 50.17. But if he does not repent, Ha Torah Instructs, 'you shalt break his neck', meaning, he belongs to the stiff necked ones who will be blotted out from the Book of Life.' The Lord Said that unrepentant sinners would be blotted out of The Book Of Life.


Exodus 32.33

And the Lord said to Moses, Whoever has sinned against me, him will I blot from my book.


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץב


Genesis 1.1 tells us that God Created אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם everything from the Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the Heavens and וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ everything from the Letter Aleph to The Letter Tav of the Earth. God Created everything. 


Our Sages Teach that when the Lord God Created the Heaven and Earth He Created the Host of The Heavens on the second day. However, Day Four is when the Stars of the Heavens were Created. 


Third, The People of Israel kept Hebrew as their language.

The Woman were not immoral. They did not commit adultery. R. Akiva said in a discourse that Israel was redeemed from Egypt on account of the righteous women of that generation. Shemot Rabba 1.12


Fourth, The People of Israel were redeemed Mitzrim because of the righteous women of that generation.

Rabbi Akiva said that The People of Israel were redeemed from Mitzrim on account of their righteous women of that generation.


History

The people of Israel lived in Mitzrim 210 years. The People of Israel were in slavery for 116 years before the Creator Delivered them. When The People of Israel came to Mitzriam they were righteous as noted later in this discussion. However while in Mitzrim The People of Israel fell to the lowest possible level that one can return to the Lord God. They fell to the forty-ninth level on impurity. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 190


Genesis 15.13

And He Said to Abram, Know for a certainty that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;


2048 From Creation

This count began with the birth of Yitzchok.


Exodus 12.40

Now the sojourning of the people of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.


2018 From Creation

This count began when Abraham and Sarah visited Eretz Canaan when Abraham was 70 years old in Genesis 15. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Vayikra (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1994) pp 141 - 142



The People of Israel were NOT SLAVES for 400 years. They were afflicted for 400 years. They sojourned in a land that was not their's for 430 years. 


2238 From Creation

Jacob went down to Mitzrim / Egypt when he was 130 years of age, See Genesis 47.9. Levi was 43 years of age when Jacob went to Mitzriam. Levi lived 137 years.


2332 From Creation

Levi lived 94 years in Mitzriam.


2448 From Creation

The people of Israel lived in Mitzrim 210 years. The People of Israel were in slavery for 116 years before the Creator Delivered them. When The People of Israel came to Mitzriam they were righteous as noted later in this discussion. However while in Mitzrim The People of Israel fell to the lowest possible level that one can return to the Lord God. They fell to the forty-ninth level on impurity. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) p 190


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 21

Genesis 21.1 - 34

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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

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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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Presentations To The Lord - 3 - 1


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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.



The point is that before Noah, building an altar and offering kosher birds and animals humankind made supplications to the Lord. There was the supplication of the heart only! There was the confession of the mouth only!



Bereisheit 6.18 - 20

וַהֲקִמֹתִי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אִתָּךְ וּבָאתָ אֶל־הַתֵּבָה אַתָּה וּבָנֶיךָ וְאִשְׁתְּךָ וּנְשֵׁי־בָנֶיךָ אִתָּךְ: יט וּמִכָּל־הָחַי מִכָּל־בָּשָׂר שְׁנַיִם מִכֹּל תָּבִיא אֶל־הַתֵּבָה לְהַחֲיֹת אִתָּךְ זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה יִהְיוּ: כ מֵהָעוֹף לְמִינֵהוּ וּמִן־הַבְּהֵמָה לְמִינָהּ מִכֹּל רֶמֶשׂ הָאֲדָמָה לְמִינֵהוּ שְׁנַיִם מִכֹּל יָבֹאוּ אֵלֶיךָ לְהַחֲיוֹת: כ



Genesis 6.18 - 20

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


Now something happens during the five years Noah was constructing the Ark between Genesis 6.18 - 20 and the completion of the Ark in Genesis 7.1 - 3.


Bereisheit 7.1 - 3

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָֹה לְנֹחַ בֹּא־אַתָּה וְכָל־בֵּיתְךָ אֶל־הַתֵּבָה כִּי־אֹתְךָ רָאִיתִי צַדִּיק לְפָנַי בַּדּוֹר הַזֶּה: ב מִכֹּל ׀ הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהוֹרָה תִּקַּח־לְךָ שִׁבְעָה שִׁבְעָה אִישׁ וְאִשְׁתּוֹ וּמִן־הַבְּהֵמָה אֲשֶׁר לֹא טְהֹרָה הִוא שְׁנַיִם אִישׁ וְאִשְׁתּוֹ: ג גַּם מֵעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם שִׁבְעָה שִׁבְעָה זָכָר וּנְקֵבָה לְחַיּוֹת זֶרַע עַל־פְּנֵי כָל־הָאָרֶץ: ד 


Genesis 7.1- 3

And The Lord Said to Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before Me in this generation. 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.


In Genesis 6. 18 - 20 the Instruction תָּבִיא Taw Vee i.e. to bring... In Genesis 7.1 - 3 the Instruction was תִּקַּח Tee Kah Ach to take. This is very significant because תִּקַּח Tee Kah Ach represents ownership. Remember Noah was a prophet of The Lord God. As a Prophet he had the ability to foresee and foretell the future. It was at this time Noah understood the Creator's purpose of giving all animals to him. Originally all the animals belonged to Adam. Then Adam sinned. Originally Adam had authority over all the animals. Then Adam sinned. Adam lost his authority over the animals and all creation. Adam said that after his sin the animals did not fear him. The Lord Made a special covering from Lambs wool, goats hair and shed serpent skins to cover him and his wife. Again, there was no shedding of blood. The Creator of the universe forbade taking life until 1,656 years from creation when He destroyed the evil.


Dear Ones, The Holy Scriptures Say, 'Noah was perfect in his generations'. The Lord God chose a man who was not perfect from birth but who attained perfection by improving himself. Then the Lord God Establishes His covenant with Noah. Then the Lord God Gives all the animals to Noah. They were his responsibility. Noah and his family cared for all the animals during the year on the ark. Why is all this significant?


When Noah took the animals they belonged to him. He could not sacrifice animals if they were stolen. Noah understood this. Noah also understood the purpose for taking seven pairs of clean animals and birds. Prophetically he could see the day he would build the first מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach and be the first to offer birds and animals on the Altar to The Lord.


Do we understand what Ha Torah is Saying when we read Genesis 8.20?


Bereisheit 8.20

וַיִּבֶן נֹחַ מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה וַיִּקַּח מִכֹּל ׀ הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהֹרָה וּמִכֹּל הָעוֹף הַטָּהוֹר וַיַּעַל עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ: כא


Genesis 8.20

And Noah built an altar to the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and brought up burnt offerings on the altar.


Noah was not commanded or instructed to build an altar. Noah constructed an altar at the very location that Adam and Eve were created. This is the place where hundreds of years later the Holy Temple in Jerusalem would be built and the Holy Altar would be constructed. Ha Torah Says Noah built the Altar!! Noah is the first in The Holy Scriptures to build an Altar. Noah did not just construct a physical Altar. Noah also constructed the Word מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach מִזְבֵּחַ Mee Zih Bay Ach is a very Mystical Word. Abraham the Servant of The Lord learned how to build the Mee Zih Bay Ach מִזְבֵּחַ in Genesis 12.7 from Noah. Abraham is the second to build an Altar to the Lord God. Noach constructed the Altar. He took the זֶבַח Zeh Vah Ach and added the Letter מ Mem to build The Altar. We can speculate why Noah did this. We know that the Letter מ Mem is the first Letter for

מַבּוּל Mah Bool / Flood and The Letter Mem is the first Letter for מְשִׁיחַ Mih Shee Ach meaning Messiah.


The Zeh Vah Ach Sacrifice maybe a Burnt Offerings to The Lord. In Genesis 8.20


Again I ask, do we understand what Ha Torah is Saying when we read Genesis 8.20? Noah prophetically realized humankind needed to sacrifice unto The Lord. So Noah built the Mee Zih Bay Ach מִזְבֵּחַ . Mystically the Gematria of Mee Zih Bay Ach מִזְבֵּחַ is 57. The Gematria of בֹּנֶה to build is also 57.


מִזְבֵּחַ

Mee Zih Bay Ach Altar

מ40 ז7 ב2 ח8 = 57


בֹּנֶה

Boh Neh / to build

ב2 נ50 ה5 = 57


Noach built the physical and Mystical Altar and offered the first sacrifices. He instructed Abraham in the Way of The Lord. The Messiah will come from a descendant of Noah, Shem, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, David and Soloman. Can you see the altar Noach built?


Bereisheit 8.20

וַיִּבֶן נֹחַ מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה וַיִּקַּח מִכֹּל ׀ הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהֹרָה וּמִכֹּל הָעוֹף הַטָּהוֹר וַיַּעַל עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ: כא


Genesis 8.20

And Noah built an altar to the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and brought up burnt offerings on the altar.


Bereisheit 31.54

1:1וַיִּזְבַּח יַעֲקֹב זֶבַח בָּהָר וַיִּקְרָא לְאֶחָיו לֶאֱכָל־לָחֶם וַיֹּאכְלוּ לֶחֶם וַיָּלִינוּ בָּהָר


Genesis 31.54

Then Jacob slaughtered a sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brothers to eat bread; and they ate bread, and stayed all night in the mount.



Shemot 3.18

וְשָׁמְעוּ לְקֹלֶךָ וּבָאתָ אַתָּה וְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־מֶלֶךְ מִצְרַיִם וַאֲמַרְתֶּם אֵלָיו יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי הָעִבְרִיִּים נִקְרָה עָלֵינוּ וְעַתָּה נֵלְכָה־נָּא דֶּרֶךְ שְׁלֹשֶׁת יָמִים בַּמִּדְבָּר וְנִזְבְּחָה לַיהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵינוּ: יט

Exodus 3.18

And they shall listen to your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt, and you shall say to him, The Lord God of the Hebrews has met with us; and now let us go, we beseech you, three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.


Shemot 12.27


Shemot 12.27

וַאֲמַרְתֶּם זֶבַח־פֶּסַח הוּא לַיהֹוָה אֲשֶׁר פָּסַח עַל־בָּתֵּי בְנֵי־יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּמִצְרַיִם בְּנָגְפּוֹ אֶת־מִצְרַיִם וְאֶת־בָּתֵּינוּ הִצִּיל וַיִּקֹּד הָעָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ: כח


Tehillim 51.17 - 19

אֲדֹנָי שְׂפָתַי תִּפְתָּח וּפִי יַגִּיד תְּהִלָּתֶךָ: כִּי ׀ לֹא־תַחְפֹּץ זֶבַח וְאֶתֵּנָה עוֹלָה לֹא תִרְצֶה: זִבְחֵי אֱלֹהִים רוּחַ נִשְׁבָּרָה לֵב־נִשְׁבָּר וְנִדְכֶּה אֱלֹהִים לֹא תִבְזֶה: כ


Psalms 51.17 - 19

O Lord, open you my lips; and my mouth shall declare your praise. For you do not desire sacrifice; or else would I give it; you do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.



Offering / Burnt Offering

Column three always is in reference to sacrifices that are 'Burnt Offerings'. The הָעֹלָה Haw Ooh Leh meaning Burnt Offerings rise in the air. After Noach offered the first Burnt Offering to The Lord the fragrance rose up into the heavens 'And the Lord smelled the pleasing odor' . The Word עַל Ahl means to go up. The Word עָלָה Aw Lawh means to go up to rise to ascend. The will begin a new when Moshiach comes.


Bereisheit 8.20

וַיִּבֶן נֹחַ מִזְבֵּחַ לַיהוָֹה וַיִּקַּח מִכֹּל ׀ הַבְּהֵמָה הַטְּהֹרָה וּמִכֹּל הָעוֹף הַטָּהוֹר וַיַּעַל עֹלֹת בַּמִּזְבֵּחַ: כא


Genesis 8.20

And Noah built an altar to the Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean bird, and brought up burnt offerings on the altar.


Dear Ones, Noach not only built a physical Altar and a Mystical Altar but he brought up into the Heavens burnt fragrances that arose to please The Lord God. The picture is this. When we pray let our prayer rise up. Do not be bashful. Let the sounds of our voice rise like Noach brought the fragrance of the Burnt Offering to rise up. Noach caused the Burnt offering to rise up. This is the Mystical key. This is what we must do. We must cause our praise to rise up.


The Word עֹלֹת Ooh Lot meaning to rise up is the Gematria of 500. The Word מִסַּת Mee Saht meaning a Tribute is also the Gematria 500.


עֹלֹת

Ooh Lot / To rise up to ascend

ט70 ל30 ת400 = 500


מִסַּת

Mee Saht / a tribute

מ40 ס60 ת400 = 500


The point is that Noach helped to teach us how to elevate to the Lord. Noach taught Abraham how to rise up. This is one of the many lessons we should receive from Noach. What did the Lord God Say to Abram?


Genesis 17.1

And when Abram was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be perfect.


What does the Lord God Say to us?


Leviticus 19.1,2

And The Lord Spoke to Moses, Saying, 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.


Dear Ones, the purpose of this presentation is to better understand our potential presentations unto the Lord God. Do you want to be that Noach? Do you want to be like Abraham? Then release your potential. Elevate. Rise up in a most humble way to bless, honor and praise the lord from a life of holiness. Remember Noach had to possess the animals. Abraham had to possess the animals he offered. We have to possess Holiness. Holiness can not be jacket that we wear.


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.


Within this discussion we should have learned the foundation stones for the Minchah Tribute, The Zeh Vah Ach Sacrifice and The הָעֹלָה Haw Ooh Leh Burnt Offerings that rise up. We should understand Noach's intent was to help build and establish a bridge between the survivors of the flood and their descendants to The Lord God after the world was destroyed.


In these Gematrias we see the connection between the sacrifice and the bread. Bread is one of the presentations. Remember....


Deuteronomy 8.3

And He Humbled you, and let you hunger, and Fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that He Might Make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord Does man live.


וְנִזְבְּחָה

Vih Neez Bih Chawh / And Sacrifice

ו6 נ50 ז7 ב2 ח8 ה5 = 78


לֶחֶם

Leh Chehm Bread

ל30 ח8 ם40 = 78


מַבּוּל

Mah Bool / Flood

מ40 ב2 ו6 ל30 = 78


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A unique way of looking at Biblical dates -


The Hebrew Scriptures have many dates. The People of Israel are required to pay attention to dates. What is the purpose of dates in The Scriptures? Specific dates like Passover, counting the Omer, The Festival of Weeks, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and The Festival of Booths require specific observances for The People of Israel. 


What about other dates? Do we pay attention to other dates? Are other dates important? Every date is important. What I am trying to say is that each of us has a relationship with dates in The Holy  Scriptures. For Example, Those born in the First month have relationship to Passover. Those born in the second month have a relationship to the Holy Census of The People of Israel in the Wilderness. The construction of The Holy Temple began in the second month. 


If one knows the day of their birth they can search The Scriptures to learn what may have happened on that day. For example, I learned that  '...the first day of the second month, in the second year after [The People of Israel] came out from the land of Egypt...' The Lord Instructed Moses to take a census of all the congregation of the people of Israel. This day was the 31st day of the year.


The specific day of the year, one is born is their Gematria day number.  For example, אל El means 'to' or 'unto'. The Gematria of El is 31. El is also a Holy Name of God meaning 'Strength' and 'Power.'  The first occurrence of a Word with the Gematria 31 is in Genesis 1.3. ויהי Vah Yih Hee means 'was'.  God Said, 'Let there be Light and there WAS Light.'


ויהי

Vah Yih Hee

ו6 י10  ה5  י10 = 31


The 31st Word in The Holy Scriptures is האור Ha Ohr, Meaning 'The Light'. The 31st Letter in The Holy Scriptures is The Letter א Aleph. The א Aleph is the first Letter of The Aleph Bet, i.e. The Hebrew Alphabet.  The 31st Verse in The Holy Scriptures is Genesis 1.31 'And He, God Saw everything from Aleph to Tav that He Had Made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.'


What day were you born?

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Lets look at Yaakov. Ha Torah Says Yaakov at the age of manhood, i.e. thirteen, was a man without fault. תָּם Tawm means perfect yet we do not translate Yaakov as being perfect. Now, in comparison Ha Torah Says Noach at the age of 600 was a righteous man perfect in his generation... There are three important points.


אֵלֶּה תּוֹלְדֹת נֹחַ נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה

:בְּדֹרֹתָיו אֶת־הָאֱלֹהִים הִתְהַלֶּךְ־נֹחַ


First

When The Torah portion of the Bible Says, נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים Noach was a righteous man, perfect... this was when Noach was 600 years old. His life of righteousness and perfection were well established over a very long period of time. He was Observed for 600 years. This says a great deal for Noach. In comparison, Yaakov's life was Observed in Ha Torah for only 13 years at the time of this witness.


Second Noach was married. This means that he was perfect in his marriage. Noach was a father. He was perfect in his relationship to his sons and daughter-in-laws. Yaakov was not married. He did not have any children or relatives. The Yud and Mem are missing from Yaakov's life. We do not see תָּמִים we see תָּם . When we Observe the Word used for perfection in Noach's life the Yud and the Mem are present. They are not present in Yaakov's life at the age of thirteen. Even though Tam means without fault, is Ha Torah Saying that Yaakov was complete with 134 more years to live? I think Ha Torah is Saying Yaakov has gone as far as a single man can. He needs a wife . He needs children. He needs relatives. How do we know this? The Gematria of 10י Yud and ם40 Mem equals 50.


תָּם Tawm means perfect yet we do not translate Yaakov as being perfect.We say he was without fault. Now, in comparison Ha Torah Says Noach at the age of 600 was perfect.


At the age of thirteen Yaakov is תָּם Tawm which is the Gematria of 440. At the age of of 63, i.e. 50 years later he leaves home to begin his pursuit of a wife, children and relatives. 13 + 50 = 63. The Yud and the Mem = 50. Consider that 7 weeks times 7 weeks is 49 and the next day we the Jewish people are at our height of Spirituality. It is Shavuot the 50th day. So one could say that Yaakov was perfect in one area of his life but not all areas. the Yud and the Mem often represent plural. If the Yud and the Mem were added to תָּם Tawm this could represent many levels of perfection.


Yaakov did not rush into marriage as did Eisov who married at 40 but was sexually active at 13. Yaakov was 77 years of age when he married Rochel and 83 when he consummated the marriage with Leah and a week later with Rochel.


Genesis 28.2

Arise, go to Padan-Aram, to the house of Bethuel your mother's father; and take a wife from there of the daughters of Laban your mother's brother.


From Yitzchok's Blessing we learn that he ratified his original Blessing. He did not consider himself tricked. His second Blessing was of his own free will. Yitzchok's instruction also indicates his disapproval of Eisov's actions in marrying Canaanite women. He Instructed Yaakov to take a wife from Lavan, his mother's brother. Yaakov did as his father Instructed him.


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Ha Torah is Teaching Jewish Women to marry Jewish men. The SoulMate of a Jewish person will be from B'nei Yisroel. Yitzchok Instructed Yaakov to not take a wife from among other belief's. Avraham Instructed his servant to not take a wife from among other belief's. One cannot find their SoulMate if they are seeking outside of their belief.


The SoulMate of a non-Jew individual, a Noachide will be from among B'nai Noach. Why? Our Creator separated B'nei Yisroel from among all people. B'nei Yisroel are called to a life of separation to a life of holiness that other people are not required to Observe.


B'nei Yisroel have certain Mitzvot to Observe. The Mitzvot for B'nei YIsroel are more than those for B'nai Noach. Dozens of times our Creator Said, דַּבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל 'Speak to the people of Israel... ' There is a reason for this. Certain Observances are only for B'nei Yisroel. This is in part why a non-Jewish man should marry a non Jewish woman. A non Jewish woman should marry a non Jewish man. Your SoulMate will not be Jewish.

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There is reason The Torah Portion of the Bible describes Eisov with the Word Eesh in two different ways. It is like Eisov had two different faces. He has the good inclination and the evil inclination. When we Observe Eisov the man who is described as a farmer we see a man who has gone through a cleansing but still struggles with his impure and evil nature. He says he is going to kill his brother. This is the evil nature. He does not kill his brother. This is the good nature. He is going to meet his brother with 400 servants. His intent seems to be evil yet he hugs his brother and invites him to travel with him. Now we know that even though we see this Gematria shows the clean good side of Eisov we realize he has a very bad side. The Gematria for אִישׁ שָׂדֶה Eesh - Saw Deh, meaning, A Man of the Field, A Farmer is 620. The Gematria for being pure is 620.


We have the Eisov type men. They give the appearance that they are clean and pure but what they do shows otherwise. They use Torah as a cover for their actions.


אִישׁ שָׂדֶה

Eesh - Saw Deh

A Man of the Field, A Farmer

א1 י10 ש300 ש300 ד4 ה5 = 620


טְהֹרוֹת

Tih Hoh Roht, Pure Clean

ט9 ה5 ר200 ו6 ת400 = 620


Now lets look at Yaakov. Ha Torah Says Yaakov at the age of manhood, i.e. thirteen, was a man without fault. תָּם Tawm means perfect yet we do not translate Yaakov as being perfect. Now, in comparison Ha Torah Says Noach at the age of 600 was a righteous man perfect in his generation... There are three important points.

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As In The Days Of Noah, REALLY!


In my book God's Plan From The Beginning, I share this story. A few years back the Revi and I were on an interstate traveling. Our auto began to shiver and shake. The car would slow down then speed up. We were frightened. We were worried. We began to pray. The nearest average size town was over 50 miles away. Our car was over 15 years old. We tried to keep it up. We spent over $1,500 on maintenance and repairs in the preceding months. Regardless of our dedicated maintenance efforts our car was nearing the end. We knew this. Little did we know this would be the day when we said the traveler's prayer that morning. As we prayed, our car chugged a few times like a charging dog that would charge and stop then charge again. Our car slowed to perhaps 25 miles per hour on the interstate. The car chugged a couple more times then stopped running. We coasted to the side of the road. We were two seniors sitting in a broken down car at the side of the road. We checked to see if we had cell phone service. Revi called her son Anthony who is a mechanic. We knew we were in trouble. There was nothing he could do. He was willing to grab some tools, jump in his truck and drive to us immediately, but it would be hours before he could get to us. We are seniors, and we were very shaken by this incident. It was dangerous sitting at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. We asked The Creator to start our auto and allow us to make it to an exit ramp where we would feel safer. Revi turned the key. The car started. It would only go about 25 miles per hour. Thank God. The car chugged along for maybe a mile or two until we reached an off ramp. As we approached the stop sign at the top of the ramp, the car died. We were able to coast safely into the parking area of a gas station where we called a tow truck. When the tow truck driver arrived about an hour and a half later, he pointed out the oil trail our blown engine left on the pavement. He towed us to a dealership where we were able to make a deal for a new vehicle.


The salesman said our new auto would get about 26 miles per gallon in the city and about 30 miles per gallon on the highway. After the car had a few thousand miles, we began to check our in city driving and our highway driving. Why did we do this? It was to verify the accuracy of the salesman statement.

A while back I went for a walk. The route is a common walking route for neighbors. High school kids run this route after school. As I finished my walk, I was calculating the distance of the walk to be between 1.25 miles to 1.5 miles. At the end of the walk, I passed by a neighbor's house. The neighbor was outside. We talked a little while. My neighbor said that the route was a mile. Later I drove the route. Why did I do this? It was to verify the accuracy of my neighbor's statement.


There are some things we can verify if we choose to do so. I would like to ask you to verify everything I am about to share with you. Please check out the references. Please research every detail if you want to know The Truth.


Do you want to know if the Christian New Testament is really the Foreign Testament? Do you want to know if the Christian New Testament is Divinely Inspired? Do you want to know if Rabbi Jesus was truthful? Do you want to know if Rabbi Jesus spoke falsehoods? Do you want to know if Rabbi Jesus sinned? Do you want to know God's Plan From The Beginning?


Do you want to know the Truth?


Dear Reader we are going to do a VERY BASIC study that anyone can do. One does not have to be a scholar to know the Truth. Each of us can see... read... understand the text in this discussion.


In America, when an individual is a candidate for President of the United States of America they make many speeches. They travel in huge jets, on trains, on buses in limos, etc. and make speech after speech. Often what they say comes into question. Are they accurately stating the facts? Are they 100% truthful? Are they saying one thing here and something different somewhere else? Some business people began a website called factcheck.org. The purpose was to show when a candidate told The Truth from when they didn't. That is what our goal is here in Chapter 24 of Matthew. We are going to ask simply if Rabbi Jesus was Truthful or did Rabbi Jesus lie. You will be the jury. You will decide based upon the information provided.



As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

Matthew 24:37


Matthew 24:27 Rabbi Jesus said, "For as lightning comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man be." Jesus also said that just "As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For as [it was] in the days [of Noah] before the flood [the people then] were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man." Matthew 24:37-39


Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. Luke 17:26


People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:27


Rabbi Jesus went out, and departed from the Holy Temple: and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the Temple. And Rabbi Jesus said to them, 'Do you see you all these things? Verily I say to you, 'There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.' And as he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, asking,


'Tell us, when shall these things be? What shall be the sign of your coming? When will the end of the world be?' Matthew 24:3


Rabbi Jesus answered, 'Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am [the Messiah]; and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars. Do not be troubled! All these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you ]the Jewish People] up to be afflicted, and shall kill you and you [the Jewish People] shall be hated by all nations for my name's sake. And then many of you shall be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness to all nations; and then shall the end come. Therefore, when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in The Holy Place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! Pray your your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath Day: For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is [here is the Messiah], or there; don't believe it. For there shall arise false [Messiah's], and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say to you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. [27] For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh: So likewise you will know when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. Verily I say to you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he does look not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Matthew states that Rabbi Jesus said the following: 'But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the Angels in the Heavens. Only my Father knows. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. They did not know until the flood came and washed them all away, so it will happen the same way for the coming of the son of man.' Matthew 24:36-39.


Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man, Luke 17:26.


People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all, Luke 17:27.


As we consider these three quotes, we will discuss a variety of issues posed by these quotes. A number of questions immediately surface beyond the possible accuracy of what Matthew and Luke claim Rabbi Jesus said. Fortunately, we are blessed with additional sources to consider the historical evidence.


We can research what Rabbi Jesus said for accuracy. We are going to do this. It's not difficult to know the Truth!


One must research The Holy Scriptures to see if Rabbi Jesus is in agreement with what The Lord God Commanded. Study what happened in Noah's time. Determine if Rabbi Jesus comments are truthful. Research Rabbi Jesus comments. We should have some serious concerns about his claims.


I will prove NOTHING could be further from the truth. Why would a God of Love destroy a world where the inhabitants were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage? After all, The Lord God Commanded us to marry and to have children in Genesis.


Genesis 1.28

And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.


God would not!! Our Creator said to Adam and Eve that they could eat from every tree in The Garden except the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil


Genesis 2.16-17

And the Lord God Commanded [Adam and Eve] Saying, of every tree of the garden you may freely eat but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it; for in the day that you eat of it, you shall surely die.


What is the point? Eating and drinking are not the issue. Fruit and grains are not prohibited to Adam and Eve. The exception was the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


Genesis 1.29

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, on which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.


So making wine or other strong drinks are not prohibited. The Lord Gave Adam and his descendants the right to consume all products grown from the earth. That being the situation eating and drinking were not forbidden. Eating and drinking were fine. So there was nothing wrong or sinful with the people who were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage. Why were they destroyed? Why did Rabbi Jesus' use this as an example to imply they were doing something wrong? Why did he imply that eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage was the reason for the so called sudden destruction of the world?


Rabbi Jesus gave the impression that the people in the future who eat, drink, marry and giving in marriage will be destroyed without warning. Was this his intention? Was Rabbi Jesus saying people who live normal lives of eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage would be destroyed without prior warning? He said, it would happen as swiftly as lightning shooting across the sky from one end to the other. Rabbi Jesus implied that his coming would be swift! Let's consider a few important points. What were the people in Noah's day doing?


First, The Creator Forbids worshipping idols. Genesis 4.26 states, men began to call [idols] by the Name of The Lord. Our Sages point to the meaning of The Word הוּחַל Hu Charla that is related to חולין Chu Lin meaning to profane. They were worshipping idols!


Bereisheit 4.26

וּלְשֵׁת גַּם־הוּא יֻלַּד־בֵּן וַיִּקְרָא אֶת־שְׁמוֹ אֱנוֹשׁ אָז הוּחַל לִקְרֹא בְּשֵׁם יְהוָֹה: ס


Genesis 4.26

And to Seth, to him also there was born a son, and he called his name Enosh; it was then men began to call [idols] by the name of The Lord.


Second, We observe in Genesis 6.3 that The Lord Said in mercy, 'My Spirit shall not continue to judge [these evil] men forever. He is flesh...' The Holy Scriptures credit this comment to the Merciful Attribute of The Lord. The Lord in His Mercy is saying man has become so very evil that He cannot continue to look away from man's evil... man's sin... Man is NOT Spiritual any longer... man is only flesh... Then The Lord Said, '...his days will be a hundred and twenty years.'


Bereisheit 6.3

וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה לֹא־יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם בְּשַׁגָּם הוּא בָשָׂר וְהָיוּ יָמָיו מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה: ד


Genesis 6.3

And He, The Lord Said, My Spirit shall not [continue to] Judge [the descendants of] Adam forever. Moreover, He is flesh. And it happened his days are one hundred and twenty years.


Third, we observe a sinful mixture of seed. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin comments, regarding The B'nai Elohim {the sons of God / the angels of God} in Genesis 6.2. He states that they are the Nephilim meaning the fallen of Genesis 6.4. The Holy Scriptures states that the sons of God... that the Nephilim... that the angels had relations with the daughters of man, and this result was abnormal beings, giants. The Holy Scriptures Teaches against mixing seed. Observe what The Lord Commanded from the very beginning. The fallen angels rebelled against The Lord... Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin, Insights In The Torah - Bereishis (Brooklyn, NY: Mesorah Publications, Ltd. First Edition, 1991), pp. 44 - 46


Genesis 1.11-12

And God Said, Let the earth bring forth grass, herb yielding seed, and fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth, and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after its kind, and tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after its kind; and God saw that it was good.


Genesis 1.24

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


Genesis 1.25

And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps upon the earth after its kind; and God saw that it was good.


Noah and his grandfather, Mesushelach taught against interrelationships with the Nephilim. Many people of the earth heeded their instruction. The results were the Nephilim forcibly took the wives and daughters of those who heeded their message of religious purity. Eventually the entire world was corrupted by vile sin. Stealing was the root of the problem. Men stole everything. Nothing was sacred. Men stole the wives and daughters of others. The police and judges did the same. There was no justice. The Talmud, Se far HaYashar and the Drastic books discuss this subject.


Fourth, in Genesis 6.5 we observe that the Creator Saw man's wickedness increase on the earth and that his thoughts were only continually evil.

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.


Fifth, God, Informs Noah He is going to destroy the entire world. That was God's last course of action. The Book of Hebrews states. 'By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to save his house; and in so doing he condemned the world.'


Peter states, God destroyed the disobedient. He stated. God was long suffering... God waited... God did not hurry to destroy the world. Noah preached righteousness. Noah warned the world... 2 Peter 2:5


'Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.' 1 Peter 3:20


'And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;' 2 Peter 2:5


Dear Reader what is the point? Rabbi Jesus description of the days of Noach is not correct.If it is not entirely true what is it?


Rabbi Jesus said. 'For as lightning comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man be,' Matthew 24.27. Rabbi Jesus said. 'As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For as [it was] in the days [of Noah], before the Flood people were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.' Matthew 24:37-39


From these verses I get the impression that these people were just eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. They were living normal lives based on Rabbi Jesus description. They were not doing anything wrong based on what Rabbi Jesus described! So again, I ask why did they perish? Rabbi Jesus gives the impression God is ruthless when in fact God is long suffering, kind, loving and merciful!!


Dear Reader, it does not matter what Rabbi Jesus was attempting to communicate if it was untruthful. Rabbi Jesus zoomed in on what God fearing and abiding people often do. They eat, drink, marry and have children. Why didn't Rabbi Jesus say anything about idol worship, stealing, the fallen angels, kidnapping, stealing mothers, stealing wives and daughters to rape them? Why didn't Rabbi Jesus say anything about the giants that resulted from Angels impregnating the daughters of men? Why didn't he mention the sin of mixing Angelic seed with human seed, man's evil, man's continual wickedness? The point is Rabbi Jesus stated people were marrying and giving in marriage. That is about as far from the truth as it gets.


Let's continue to consider the facts. Let's consider the historical facts. Let's consider what Christians themselves have taught about this subject.


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First, The world Rabbi Jesus described in Matthew and Luke is inaccurate!! 1,400 years before the flood, The Holy Scriptures Stated, 'men began to call [idols] by the Name of The Lord.' Sefar HaYashar says the name Enosh means man brought pain to their souls. Enosh means serious, mortal implying seriously ill or mortally ill. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.10


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Second, Sefar HaYashar states that just 130 years later over 1,200 years before the flood that Keinan the son of Enosh knew God was about to destroy mankind because of THEIR SINFUL LIVES. Not because they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.10


The wives of Lemech did not bear him any more children after he killed a man. Why? 'They knew God was going to destroy the earth by a flood because of the evil and corrupt ways humankind lived. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) pp.11-12


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Third, Mesushelach was born 969 years before the flood. The meaning of the name מְתוּשֶׁלַח Mesushelach is recognized by scholars to mean 'death and destruction'. Our Sages point to the first two letters of מְתוּשֶׁלַח Mesushelach. They are from right to left ת Tav מ Mem. They form The Word מֵת Mayt or Met meaning death. The second word in Methuselah's name is שַׁלַּח Sheh Lah Ach means to send, to launch, to dispatch. The Letter ו Vav is between these two Words. The Vav connects Met and Sheh Lah Ach together. Met Voo Sheh Lah Ach means 'When this child dies destruction begins.'


Fourth, Peter states, 'God spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.' 2Peter 2:5 There are several points to what The Christian New Testament book of Peter states.


1.) Noah preached righteousness. Noah was a preacher of righteousness. Genesis 6.3 states that God waited 120 years.. God said in reference to the sinful people living in Noah's day, 'My Spirit shall not continue to judge [these] men forever since he is but flesh...'


Noah and Mesushelach were told by God to preach this message: Thus Says God. 'Repent of you evil ways and He Will Change His Decree against you.'


Genesis 6.3

And He, The Lord Said, My Spirit shall not [continue to] Judge [the descendants of] Adam forever. Moreover, He is flesh. And it happened his days are one hundred and twenty years.


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According to Sefar Ha Yasher The Lord Required Mesushelach and Noah to preach repentance every day for 120 years leading up to the flood. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.16


Finis Jennings Dake, a Christian Bible Scholar, commentator and author states, 'God in His Mercy, Gave him [man] 120 more years in which to repent and conform his life to the will of the Creator..' Finis Jennings Dake, Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, {Lawrenceville, Georgia: Dake Bible Sales 10th printing, 1978) p 6


2.) Peter states that those that perished in the flood were ungodly. They were not a bunch of easy going nice people who were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. They were ungodly! They were NOT righteous.


'And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;' 2 Peter 2:5


Fifth, Sefar Ha Yasher writes, five years before the flood The Lord Commanded Noah to build the ark. See Genesis 6.14. Sefar Ha Yasher says, 'After repeated warnings' to humankind God Spoke to Noah. Sefer HaYashar (Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Publishing House, Inc., 1993) p.18


Genesis 6.13

And God said to Noah, The end of all flesh has come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.


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Sixth, one week before the flood Noah and his family, are instructed to take all the animals into the Ark. Genesis 7.1-5. It was on this day that

Mesushelach died.


Genesis 7.1-6

And the Lord said to Noah, Come you and all your house into the ark; for you have I seen righteous before me in this generation. 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. For in another seven days, I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. And Noah were six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth.


What is the point?


Rabbi Jesus said, 'And they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. So shall also the coming of the coming of the Son of Man will be.' Matthew 24:39.


I have chronologically shown that the people living in Noah's time were warned of what was about to transpire. Especially the last 120 years when Noah was preaching. Then the completion of the Ark with the animals being gathered into the Ark and the death of Mesushelach. Then Noah and his family entering the ark. There is a difference between the claim Rabbi Jesus made, 'they knew nothing' and being warned for over 1,400 years, 1,200 years, 969 years, 120 years, five years, and seven days of the impending destruction. DO YOU GET THE POINT?


'By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as of yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the save his house; in so doing he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness...' Hebrew 11:7


So this was not ...as lightning coming from the east that was visible in the west as Rabbi Jesus indicated in Matthew 24:27. God's Judgment was a slow, deliberate process of warnings. It was not all of the sudden without warning as Rabbi Jesus said!!


Dear Reader in numerous examples I have shown many errors in Rabbi Jesus comment on Matthew 24:37-39. At the very least this should challenge us to ask why did Rabbi Jesus misrepresent the truth? Why did Rabbi Jesus state things that historically are proven inaccurate? One must at least consider how the Christian New Testament could not be considered Divinely inspired with so many errors?

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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 20

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Where Torah Does Not Exist


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