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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Exodus 34.6 - 7

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


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


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


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


Numbers 23.19

לֹא אִישׁ אֵל

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


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


Faith and Works

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


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


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


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


Deuteronomy 15.7

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


Exodus 22.21

You shall not afflict any widow or orphaned child.


Deuteronomy 26.12 - 13

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


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


Rabbi Jesus is quoted as saying,

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


Later Rabbi Jesus says,

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


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


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


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


Rabbi Jesus says,

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


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


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


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


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Parshat Devarim Ha'azinu

Deuteronomy 32.1 - 52


Time And Gematria:

A Time of Justice, Righteousness And Security

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Time & Gematria: A Time of Justice And Security

At The End of Days


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


Deuteronomy 31.27 - 30

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


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


Devarim 32.36

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


Deuteronomy 32.36

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


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


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


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


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


Bereisheit 1.1

בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ:  ב

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


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


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


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


Deuteronomy 32.27 begins a Second Yud of Justice.


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


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


Ezekiel 39.21 - 29

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


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


יָדִין

Yaw Deen / To Judge - Justice

י10  ד4  י10  ן50 = 74


יָסַד 

Yaw Sahd / Appoint - Set up

י10  ס60 מ ד4  = 74


עֵד

Ayd / Witness

ע70 ד4 = 74


Deuteronomy 32.43

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


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


The Prophet Isaiah speaks of this time of rejoicing.


Isaiah 2.1 - 5

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


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


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


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


Jeremiah 9.22 - 23

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


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


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Parshat Devarim Vayeilech

Deuteronomy 31.1 - 31.30


Time And Gematria:

The Time of Rebellion At The End of Days


Lesson Nine


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


Deuteronomy 21.27

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


כִּי אָנֹכִי יָדַעְתִּי אֶת־מֶרְיְךָ


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


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


מֶרְיְךָ

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

מ40 ר200 י10 ך20 = 270


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


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


Bereisheit 6.5

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


Genesis 6.5

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


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


רַע

Rah / Evil

ר200 ט70 = 270


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


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


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


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


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


נֵכָר

Nah Cawr / Strange

נ50 כ20 ר200 = 270


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


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


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


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


Mutiny - an open rebellion against the proper authorities,


Insurgence - rising in active revolt:


Insubordination - defiance of authority; refusal to obey orders


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


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


Deuteronomy 31.29

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


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


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Rosh HaShanah


Pleasant Words


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk



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


Mishlei 16.24

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


Proverbs 16.24

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Psalms 19

The Torah of The Lord is Perfect, reviving the soul; The testimony of The Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The Commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of The Lord is clean, enduring for ever; The Judgments of The Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even very fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.


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


Proverbs 25.11

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


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


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


יִּקְרָא

Yee Kih Raw / to call

י10 ק100 ר200 א1 = 311


אִישׁ

Eesh / Husband / Man

א1 י10 ש300 = 311


הָאִשָּׁה

Haw Ee Shaw / The Wife

ה5 א1 ש300 ה5 = 311


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


עַל־הָאִשָּׁה

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

ע70 ל 30 ה5 א1 ש300 ה 5 = 411


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


עַל־אִישׁ

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

ע70 ל30 א1 י10 ש300 = 411


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


אִמְרֵי־נֹעַם

Ee Mih Ray - Noh Ahm - 'Pleasant Words'

א1 מ40 ר200 י10 נ50 ע70 ם40 = 411


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


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

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


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


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


לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה תֵּכָּתֵבוּ וְתֵחָתֵמוּ


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


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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Isaiah 27.13

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


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


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









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


זָכָר


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

Exodus 13.3


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Parshat Devarim Nitzavim

Deuteronomy 29.9 - 30.20


Time And Gematria:

The End of Days


Lesson Eight


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


Deuteronomy 29.9

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


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


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


נִצָּבִים

Nee Tzaw Veem 

To enthusiastically stand up for a principal

נ50 צ90 ב2 י10 ם40 = 192


וּמָקוֹם

Voo Mah Kohm

And [being in a certain] place

ו6 מ40 ק100 ו6 ם40 = 192


בַּפַּעַם

ּBah Pah Ahm

[Being] In a specific time

ב2 פ80 ע70 ם40 = 192


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


מְקֻבֶּצֶת

קַבֵּץ Kah Baytz / To Gather - To Collect 

ק100 ב2 ץ90 = 192


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


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


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


Beresheit 49.1

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


Genesis 49.1

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


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


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


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


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


Isaiah 27.13

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


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


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


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


Devarim 30.1 - 7

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


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


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


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


Genesis 2.2 - 3

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


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

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


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


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

 

Yehezekiel 38.8

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


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


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


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


Devarim 30.5

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


Jeremiah 33.12 - 18

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



וֶהֱבִיאֲךָ 

Veh Heh Vee Ah Kaw / And To Bring

ו6  ה5  ב2  י10  א1  ך20  = 44


בַּיֹּבֵל

Bah Yoh Vayl / In Jubilee

ב2 י10 ב2 ל30  = 44


לְבָבִי

Lih Vaw Vee / My Heart

ל30 ב2 ב2 י10  = 44


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


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


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

ב ' ח

Parshat Devarim Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26.1 - 29.1 - 8


Time: A Time To Acknowledge We Are Blessed!


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Dear Ones,


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


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 Shoftim

Deuteronomy 16.18 - 21.9


Time And Gematria:

 The Time of First Fruits


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


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


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


Deuteronomy 18.1 - 5

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


Two Mitzvot

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


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


Numbers 35.2

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


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


Leviticus 25.34

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


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


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


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


2488 FC

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


Mitzvot

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


Deuteronomy 15.1 - 3

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


The above Scriptures contain Three Observances. They are:


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


Mitzvot

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


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


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


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


Leviticus 25.20 - 22

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


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


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Part of this year is counted for several reasons.

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

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

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


5775 FC

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


5776 FC

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

2 Mitzvot

Deuteronomy 16.16

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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


BaMidbar 28.26

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


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


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


10 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 4.19

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


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


14 Nissan 2488 FC

Joshua 5.9 - 11

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



Joshua 14.7

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


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


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


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


Joshua 22.1 - 4

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


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


דְּגָנְךָ

Dih Gaw Nih Kah / Your Grain

ד4 ג3 נ50 ך20 = 77


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


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


מִזְבַּחֲךָ

Meez Bah Chah Kaw / Your Altar

מ40 ז7 ב2 ח8 20 = 77


זִבְחֲכֶם

Zee Bih Chah Chawm / Sacrifice


רֵאשִׁית

Rah Sheet / First

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


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


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


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / Firstfruit

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


רֵאשִׁית

Ray Sheet / first beginning

ר200 א1 ש300 י10 ת400 = 911


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


הוֹרַשְׁתָּ

Hoh Rah Shi Taw / To Possess

ה5 ו6 ר200 ש300 ת400 = 911


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


1. What is prohibited during The Shmittah Year?


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


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


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


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


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Devarim Re'ey

Deuteronomy 11.26 - 16.17


Time And Gematria:

Time Offers Specific Directions


Lesson Four


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Devarim Re'ey

Deuteronomy 11.26 - 16.17


Time And Gematria - Specific Directions


Lesson 4


By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

Dean of Jewish Studies

B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC


Day 1 Month 11 Year 2488 FC


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


דַּע

Dah / Know

ד4 ע70 = 74


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


קְהַל

Kih Hahl Assembly

ק100 ה5 ל30 = 135


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


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


Devarim 12.8

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


Deuteronomy 12.8

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


Devarim 13.19

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

Deuteronomy 13.19

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


Devarim 15.5

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

Deuteronomy 15.5

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


Devarim 15.15

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

Deuteronomy 15.15

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


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


י ה ו ה

The Lord

י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 26


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


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


Deuteronomy 1.3

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


Deuteronomy 4.40

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


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


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


חַי

Chai Live / Life

ח8 י10 = 18


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


Devarim 15.7

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


Deuteronomy 15.7

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


לְבָבְךָ

Lih Vaw Veh Kah

Your Heart

ל30 ב2 ב2 ך20 =54


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


Deuteronomy 6.5,6

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Time: Awareness - Lesson 3

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Parshat Devarim Eikve

Deuteronomy 7.12 - 11.25


Time And Gematria:

Baw Ayt - 'At That Time'


Lesson Three


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Time: Awareness


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


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


There are 111 Verses in Parshat Eikve.


אֶלֶף

Aleph Represents God and the number 1,000.

א1 ל30 ף80 = 111


סְאִים

Sih Eem

ס60 א1 י10 ם40 =111


יום - Day

Devarim 9.9

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


Deuteronomy 9.9

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


Devarim 9.11

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


Deuteronomy 9.11

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


Devarim 9.18

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

Deuteronomy 9.18

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


Devarim 10.10

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

Deuteronomy 10.10

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



בְּיוֹם - In The Day

Devarim 9.10

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

Deuteronomy 9.10

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


Devarim 10.4

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


Deuteronomy 10.4

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



היום - The Day / This Day

Devarim 8.1

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

הָאָרֶץ אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּע יְהוָֹה לַאֲבֹתֵיכֶם: ב


Deuteronomy 8.1

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


Devarim 8.11

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

Deuteronomy 8.11

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


Devarim 8.19

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

Deuteronomy 8.19

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

Devarim 9.1

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

Deuternomy 9.1

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


Devarim 9.3

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

Deuteronomy 9.3

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


Devarim 9.7

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


Deuteronomy 9.7

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


Devarim 9.25

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

Deuteronomy 9.25

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


Devarim 10.13

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

Deuteronomy 10.13

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


Devarim 11.2

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

Deuteronomy 11.2

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


Devarim 11.4

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

Deuteronomy 11.4

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


Devarim 11.8

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

Deuteronomy 11.8

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


Devarim 11.12

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

Deuteronomy 11.12

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


Devarim 11.13

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

Deuteronomy 11.13

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



כַּיּוֹם - Like The Day

Devarim 8.18

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

Deuteronomy 8.18

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


Devarim 10.15

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


Deuteronomy 10.15

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



כָּל־הַיָּמִים - All The Days

Devarim 11.1

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


Deuteronomy 11.1

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



מִיּוֹם - From The Day

Devarim 9.24

מַמְרִים הֱיִיתֶם עִם־יְהוָֹה מִיּוֹם דַּעְתִּי אֶתְכֶם: כה

Deuteronomy 9.24

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



מהר - Quickly

Devarim 7.22

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


Deuteronomy 7.22

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


מָּיִם - This Day

Devarim 11.11

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


Deuternomy 11.11

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



אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה - Forty Years

Devarim 8.2

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


Deuteronomy 8.2

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



Devarim 8.4

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


Deuteronomy 8.4

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



בְּאַחֲרִיתֶךָ - In Your End

Devarim 8.16

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


Deuteronomy 8.16

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



בַּפַּעַם הַהִוא - At That Time

Devarim 9.19

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


Deuteronomy 9.19

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



בָּעֵת - At That Time

Devarim 9.20

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


Deuteronomy 9.20

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


Devarim 10.8

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

Deuteronomy 10.8

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


יְמֵיכֶם וִימֵי - Your Days And the Days

Devarim 11.21

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



מַהֵר - Quickly

Deuteronomy 11.21

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


Devarim 9.12

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


Deuteronomy 9.12

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


Devarim 9.16

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


Deuteronomy 9.16

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


הָרִאשֹׁנִים - The First


Devarim 10.2

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


Deuteronomy 10.2

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


The יוֹם Yohm Table


Below are Sixteen different ways to spell Day in Hebrew,

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


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


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There are 111 Verses in Parshat Eikve.


אֶלֶף

Aleph Represents God and the number 1,000.

א1 ל30 ף80 = 111


סְאִים

Sih Eem

ס60 א1 י10 ם40 =111













One Verse Mentions Time Five Separate Times.


How Important Is Time In The Holy Scriptures?


Devarim 10.10

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


Deuteronomy 10.10

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


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Devarim Va'etchanan
Deuteronomy 3.23 - 7.11

Time And Gematria:

 Baw Ayt - 'At That Time'

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At That Time


The Word עֵת Ayt means 'Time'. בָּעֵת Baw Ayt means 'In Time, On Time, At Time Through Time, With Time'. The best translation for Verse 23 is 'At That Time.' We will go with this translation. The Word עֵת Ayt occurs 73 times and בָּעֵת Baw Ayt occurs 90 times in The Hebrew Scriptures. The difference between עֵת Ayt and בָּעֵת Baw Ayt is The Letter בּ Bet. The Bet makes The Word עֵת Ayt 'A Point In Time.' This means we are to classify בָּעֵת Baw Ayt as a definite place in time. When Moses Says בָּעֵת Baw Ayt, he is making reference to a specific place in Time. Our goal is to try and determine what that place in time is. We will first view The Verse then we will determine The Year.


Devarim 3.23

וָאֶתְחַנַּן אֶל־יְהוָֹה בָּעֵת הַהִוא לֵאמֹר: כד

Deuteronomy 3.23

And I pleaded with The Lord at that time, saying,


What was 'At that Time'? We will need to backtrack in Time to determine what 'At That Time' is in reference to. We begin with the Seventh Day of Miriam's affliction for speaking evil against Moses. Miriam spoke Loshon Hara against Moses. The Lord Called her out if front of all The People of Israel and rebuked her. She was placed outside of the camp for Seven Days. This was the Seventh Day. Miriam was allowed to return to the camp. It was on That Day that Moses sent the 12 spies into the Land of Canaan.


29 Sivan 2449 FC

The spies left the encampment at Paran one year and 74 Days from being delivered from Egypt by the Lord. It is necessary for me to make a distinction. If one studies the 2016 Bible Journeys Calendar, they will Observe several important Time points. In the first year 2448 FC [From Creation] on this specific Day Moses was in Day Twenty-Two of receiving the first set of Tablets on Mt. Sinai. Our point inTime is the following year. We are 74 Days into in Year 2449 FC. [16 Days in Nissan + 29 Days in Iyar + 29 Days in Sivan = 74 Days]



Numbers 13.1 - 3

And The Lord Spoke to Moses, Saying, 'Send for yourself men, and have them scout everything from Aleph to Tav of the land of Canaan, which I am Giving to the people of Israel; Send them, one great man from each of his father's tribes. Each must be a leader among them. And Moses sent them from the desert of Paran on The Word of The Lord. All were men of distinction, They were chiefs of the People of Israel.'


Those who study with me know that I often include The Words 'everything from Aleph to Tav.' when the Word אֶת Eht is used. The Word אֶת eht occurs thousands of times in The Holy Scriptures for a reason. Many times the reason is to inform us of the inclusiveness of what is being said. The point is that nothing is left out. Everything is included. Chagigah 12b 1 - The Bahir (Row man & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Lanham, Maryland 1995) pp. 108,109


Every Tribe sent a represenative except for the Tribe of Levi. Numbers 13.4-16 lists the leaders from each Tribe. The Levites believed The Word of The Lord. They did not need to spy out The Land.


09 Av 2449

The Spies return after Forty Days of spying out The Land of Canaan.


Ten of the twelve spies presented an evil report to B'nei Yisroel. Then B'nei Yisroel rebelled against The Lord. Due to our parents rebellion The People of Israel were not permitted to enter the Promised Land.


Numbers 13.26 - 27

And they returned from searching The Land after Forty Days. And they came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of B'nei Yisroel, to the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word to them, and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. And they told him and said, We came to the land where you sent us, and surely it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit.


Numbers 13.28-29

However, the people, who inhabit the land, are strong, and the cities are very greatly fortified [with walls] and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the southern part of the land; and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the side of the Jordan.


Ten leaders expressed serious concerns about the people who dwelt in the land. They said, 'The land truly flows with milk and honey.' Look at the magnificent fruit. However, there are some very scary people who occupy the land.


Numbers 13.29

And Caleb silenced everything from Aleph to Tav of The People and confidently said to Moses, We can go up and consume them. For we more than measure up, we are capable of doing it!


Caleb, was General of the Army of Yisroel. He assured The People of Israel that they were more than capable of defeating the enemy. Then the spies representing Ten of Yisroel's Tribes chimed in. They had a different opinion. How qualified was their opinion? Were they battle tested like Joshua?


Numbers 13. 30

But the men who went up with him said, We are not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they spread slander about The Land which they had spied to B'nei Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to spy, is A Land that consumes its inhabitants; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw everything from Aleph to Tav of the Giants, the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim; and we were in our sight as grasshoppers, and so were we in their sight.


In our age we have terms that describe different mental conditions. What do you think? Is it possible that all of The People had PTSD Post Thematic Stress Disorder resulting from their slavery and brutal treatment in Egypt? B'nai Yisroel went through a number of hardships due to being captive. Do you think they may have had Stockholm Syndrome? Were they brainwashed by their captors? What type of individual, family, group and community issues were each dealing with? We can imagine.


I ask these questions because of how quickly B'nei Yisroel turned away from The Lord. From time to time, it seems like B'nei Israel snaps instead of doing what they should.


We notice that there is a difference of opinion between Joshua, Caleb and the other spies. Having differences of opinion among B'nei Yisroel is not unusual. It's what we do with our opinions that makes the difference. The Ten spies predetermined that B'nei Yisroel were 'not able to go up against the people' because in their opinion the inhabitants were stronger than B'nei Yisroel. The spies described how small they were in comparison to the giants who were descendants of the fallen / the sons of Anak. The Ten spies compared themselves to grasshoppers next to the giants. They frightened B'nei Yisroel.


The Ten spies spread slander against the Promised Land. וַיֹּצִיאוּ דִּבַּת הָאָרֶץ 'They brought forth a report on The Land.' They said, 'The Land consumes its inhabitants.' This was a lie and part of their evil report. Our Sages Teach they witnessed many funerals while spying out the Land. There were so many people dying that the spies went unnoticed. This was Divine Providence working in their behalf but instead of taking this point of view Ten of the Leaders interpreted this as The Land consumed its inhabitants. They spoke evil about the land. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p 803


The Ten spies were respected leaders among B'nei Yisroel who agreed to speak evil regarding the Land of Canaan. What they did was wrong yet this shows us the impact ten important leaders had on The People of Israel. When we, B'nei Yisroel, unite we can do amazing things!


B'nei Yisroel rebelled based on the report of these These Ten well respected spies.


So when we speak of the Words 'At That Time'. Could it be a point of reference to The Time B'nei Israel united for the wrong reasons?

Bamidbar 14.1

וַתִּשָּׂא כָּל־הָעֵדָה וַיִּתְּנוּ אֶת־קוֹלָם וַיִּבְכּוּ הָעָם בַּלַּיְלָה הַהוּא: ב


Numbers 14.1

[ת - SIGN] And the entire community [except The Tribe of Levi] lifted up everything from Aleph to Tav of their voice and cried and wept through the night.


בָּעֵת

Baw Ayt / At That Time

ב2 ע70 ת400 = 472


בְּכִיתֶם

Bih Cee Tehm / They weep

ב2 כ20 י10 ת400 ם40 = 472


We Observe the Mystical connection to 'At That Time' as 'Weeping'. Is this what Moses was making reference to when he wrote 'At That Time'? It is a piece of the picture as we shall see.


I cannot emphasize how significant the Words of Verse One are. First the Verse begins with וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw meaning 'And to lift up' Normally The Letter ת Tav is not part of this Word.


In the past, I have written about paying close attention to The Letter ת Tav. The Letter ת Tav is a mystical Letter. When The Letter ת Tav appears as it does here The ת Tav is a sign to pay attention and to mine for additional meaning. Normally the first Word in Verse One would be נָשָׂא Naw Saw, meaning 'to Lift up'. However, The Word is וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw. The Letter נ Nun is replaced by The Letter ת Tav. We must determine what the purpose is for replacing The Letter נ with The Letter ת Tav. Could it be that this is what Moses was making reference to when he said, 'At That Time'? Was The Letter ת Tav what Moses was referring to?


The root Word for וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw has different meanings. Here we need to pay attention to the other meanings as well. Each Word uses the same Letters. The spelling is exactly the same. The only difference is with the Vowels. נִשָא Nee Saw means 'to be misled or to be deceived'. Lets review.


First, וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw meaning 'And to lift up'

Second, The Root Word is נָשָׂא Naw Saw, meaning 'to Lift up.'

Third, The Letter נ Nun in נָשָׂא Naw Saw was replaced by The Letter ת Tav. [ תִּשָּׂא] The Letter ו Vav of וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw is a connecting Letter that means 'and'.

Fourth, The Letter The ת Tav is a sign to pay attention and to mine for additional meaning.


Notice the meaning in the Two Words following וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw. כָּל־הָעֵדָה Cawl - Haw Ay Dawh means 'All the community' or 'All the witnesses'. All the Community includes members of The Sanhedrin and The Seventy Elders. The Sanhedrin were the Jewish Judges of The High Court. They were convinced that Moses and Aaron misled them. Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 803 All The Judges and The Seventy Elders of B'nei Yisroel raised their voices and shouted. Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2006) p 86 B'nei Yisroel followed the lead of the High Court. They cried and wept through the night just as their leaders did.


Numbers 14.2

They murmured against Moses and Aaron; All of B'nei Yisroel [except The Tribe of Levi] and the all the Community [except The Tribe of Levi] said to them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! Would God we had died in this wilderness!


We need to take a minute to exeronate The Tribe of Levi who consistently took the high ground when B'nei Yisroel had issues. The Levites did not sin with the golden calf. Nor did they sin with B'nei Yisroel in the matter of the spies evil report. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Bamidbar (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), pp 157; 180, Rabbi Dr. H. Freedman, Midrash Rabba Babmidbar (New York, NY: The Soncino Press 1983) - Midrash Rabbah p 72 [br 3.5] - Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Socierty (Brooklyn, NY 2006) p 253

The Midrash Says the Sanhedrin complained to Moses saying, We accept the decree of death but should we die at the hand of these idolaters in Eretz Canaan? It would have been better to have died in Egypt or to have passed away here in the wilderness. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Bamidbar (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 170 How did The Lord Respond? 'It shall be as you wish'. How was The Word of The Lord fulfilled? Every Erev Tish B'Av Moses would say to the men of war, those who rebelled against The Lord and those who were decreed to die during these Forty Years 'Dig A grave for yourself.' Each man dug a grave for himself and rested that night in the grave. Those who reached the age of sixty would pass away during the night of weeping. This was about 15,000 every year. 570,000 of the 600,000 men who were between 20 to 60 passed away like this each year. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Bamidbar (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 170


Can we imagine what it was like for the wives, children, relatives and friends of those decreed to die in The Wilderness each year as the night of weeping approached? What was it like for The Judges of The SanhedrinIs who spoke the Words 'let us die here in The Wilderness'? What was it like for them knowing these men were dying because of their unjust faithfulness ruling? What was it like for B'nei yisroel each year as 9 Av approached? What did it feel like watching thousands upon thousands of graves being dug? How did this impact The People of Israel? We have already discussed the Mystical connection of 'At That Time' to weeping on the eve of 9 Av. How did the community of Yisroel feel knowing it was their Judges that spoke the words 'Let us die in The Wilderness.? We should ask ourselves, how would I feel if I were one of the men between Twenty to Sixty that refused to fight for the Holy Land and who rebelled? What if I were one of the men that mummered and complained against the Lord? What if I were one of the men that said I wanted to return to Egypt, i.e. the idolatrous practices of Egypt. The ladies did not die because they remained faithful to The Lord quietly within their tents. Rabbi Moshe Weissman, The Midrash Says Bamidbar (Brooklyn, New York: Benei Yakov Publications 1980), p 180


The Sanhedrin and The Seventy Elders lead the Community in this very emotionally charged rebellion against Moses and Aaron. They exclaimed:


Numbers 14.3

And why has The Lord brought us to This Land, to fall by the sword so that our wives and our children should become prey? Would it not be better for us to return into Egypt?


Up until this point according to our Sages The Sanhedrin and The Seventy Elders participated in the rebellion.


Numbers 14.1

- כָּל־הָעֵדָה Cawl - Haw Ay Daw meaning All the Community / Congregation or All the Witnesses. The Sanhedrin and The Seventy Elders are included.


Numbers 14.2

- כֹּל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל Kol - B'nei Yisroel meaning All of The People of Israel

כָּל־הָעֵדָה Kawl - Haw Ay Daw meaning All the Community / Congregation


Numbers 14.4

And the men said one to another, 'Let us appoint a chief, and let us return to Egypt.'


Numbers 14.10

וַיֹּאמְרוּ כָּל־הָעֵדָה לִרְגּוֹם אֹתָם - And The Entire Congregation Said 'Stone Them refering to Joshua and Caleb.'


Who has the authority to make such a decision? Who has the authority to appoint a leader over B'nei Yisroel?


It is very important for us to remember that Lord Requires faithfulness from His People. We depend on our Leadership to help us stay on the right course. What happened here? In Deuteronomy 1.32 Moses said that at that time The People did not Trust The Lord their God. Why did our relatives of Years past fail to trust The Lord after all the Miracles He preformed? Why was B'nei Yisroel so willing to turn away from The Lord? We continue to read the extent of how distant B'nei Yisroel were willing to go in their rebellion to The Lord.


Numbers 14.5 - 6

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of The People of Israel. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of those who spied the land, tore their clothes;


We see ONLY four men speaking up for The Lord and The Land of Canaan. The Sanhedrin and the Seventy Elders did not step up. They did not join them. Was this the Time Moses was speaking of when he said 'At That Time?


Numbers 14.7 - 9

And they spoke to all the Congregation of The People of Israel, saying, 'The land, which we passed through to spy, is a very good land. If the Lord Desires us to have it, then He Will Bring us into this Land, and Give it to us; a Land which flows with milk and honey. However, do not rebel against The Lord and do not fear the people of the land; for they are as bread for us; their protection is removed from them, and The Lord is with us; do not be afraid of them.


Numbers 14.10

The entire community said that they should be stoned to death, [but just then] The Glory of The Lord Appeared in The Tent of Meeting before all The People of Israel.


Not any man has the authority to pass judgment on his fellow man. Who has the authority to judge? Who has the authority to pass judgment on stoning a guilty individual? Again we see The Sanhedrin's involvement in this rebellion.


The Sanhedrin felt like Moses and Aharon had deceived them. They felt like Moses and Aharon had mislead them. I have already shown that The Root Word for וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw has different meanings. We know that The Root Word for וַתִּשָּׂא Vah - Tee Shaw is נָשָׂא Naw Saw, meaning 'to Lift up', Notice that נִשָא Nee Saw which is spelled exactly the same means 'to be misled or to be deceived'. We realize that the Judges of The High Court felt like Moses and Aaron had deceived them. How did they come to this opinion? The Ten Spies spread malicious gossip about The Land and it's inhabitants. Bamidbar Rabah 9.18 - Was this what Moses spoke of when he said 'At That Time'?


Now The Lord Appears to set the record straight. Moses and Aaron fail to the gound and began interceding for The People of Israel. Think about what is happening 'At That Time! All The People of Israel are angry with Moses and Aharon. They are making plans to return to Egypt, appoint a new Chief over them and to stone Joshua and Caleb. So where is Moses? He is bowed to the earth praying that The Lord would Forgive all B'nai Yisroel. See Numbers 14.11 -19. What a leader! The Lord does Forgives B'nei Yisroel but Prohibits those who sinned from entering The Land of Canaan.


Numbers 14.20 - 24

And the Lord Said, I have pardoned according to your word; However, as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. All those men which have seen everything from Aleph to Tav of My Glory, and My Miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the desert, and still have tested Me these ten times, and they have not listened to My voice; Surely they shall not see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of them who provoked me see it; except for My servant Caleb, because he possed a different spirit with him, and has followed me fully. I shall bring him into the land to which he came; and his seed shall possess it.


B'nei Yisroel's rebellion resulted in the establishment of a Time / a Season for mourning. The High Court Ruled against Moses and Aharon. Their actions had reprecutions!! The actions of The Sanhedrin mislead The People of Israel. Their authority set in motion a day of great sadness and mourning that is incumbent upon each of us. Who wants to fast for Twenty-Six hours? Who wants to fast from sundown to sundown. Who wants to mourn? Yet, fasting and mourning are absolutely necessary to remind us to be very careful with those who lead us and for us who follow them. It is incumbent upon each of us to learn and to know each of the 613 Mitzvot of Ha Torah so that we can judge for our self what is the proper path to take. We must determine what is the correct course of action!


Numbers 14.22 - 23 makes it very clear that the men of B'nei Yisroel tested The Lord Ten times. They were Judged for repeated offences. The Lord was Gracious and Merciful and Forgiving time and again as the offences pilled one upon the other. A picture should be beginning to emerge with regards to the Words 'At That Time'.


Dear Ones, just Forty Days earlier Miriam was permitted to rejoin the camp of Israel after being separated for Seven Days. Remember, The Lord Descended in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance to The Tent of Meetings. The Lord Called to Aharon and Miriam. They appeared before The Lord. The Lord Spoke to them in the presence of all Israel. What did The Lord Say?


Numbers 13.6 - 10

And He Said, 'Listen to My Words; If there is a Prophet among you, I, The Lord Will Make Myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream. That is not the case with My servant Moses, in all My House for he is the trusted one. I Speak mouth to mouth with him, in a vision, and not in riddles; and he gazes at the Likeness of The Lord, so why were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? And The Lord's Anger was kindled against them; and He Departed. And The Cloud Departed from atop The Tent; and, behold! Miriam had become leprous, white as snow; and Aharon looked towards Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.


The incident with The Prophetesses Miriam was meant to be a lesson for each of us. Miriam was set outside of the encampment for Seven Days. All The People of Israel knew. The Sanhedrin knew. The Seventy Elders knew. All The People of Israel knew. The punishment of Miriam should have been fresh in their minds. Everyone should have remembered how The Lord Appeared in The Cloud and why The Prophetesses Miriam became leprous and was separated from the encampment. How quickly we forget!


The actions of The Sanhedrin and The Seventy Elders were much more grievous than Miriam's in leading B'nei Yisroel to sin. We remember our failings and the failings of those who sinned on 9 Av. The failings of The Sanhedrin and B'nei Yisroel were not just for One Day. They are for The same Day each Year, Year after Year. Is this what Moses spoke of when he said 'At That Time'? Rabbi Nosson Scherman, The Stone Edition The Chumash (Mesorah Publications, Ltd., Brooklyn, N.Y. 1993), p. 803 - Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Socierty (Brooklyn, NY 2006) p 86 - Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1

Avrohom Davis, Metsudah Midrash Tanchuma Bereishis 1 (Monsey, NY Eastern Book Press Inc. 2006) pp 296 - 297 - Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Bereishis (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 178


Numbers 14.29 - 32

Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all who were counted of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, who have murmured against me, Shall by no means come into the land, concerning which I swore to make you live in it, save Caleb, the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun, [and The Tribe of Levi]. But your little ones, which you said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know The Land, which you have despised. But as for you, your carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness.


Numbers 14.33

And your children shall wander in the wilderness Forty Years, and bear your backslidings, until your carcasses are wasted in the desert. According to the number of The Days in which you spied the land, Forty Days, each Day for a Year, shall you bear your iniquities, Forty Years, and you shall know My Displeasure. I the Lord have said, I will surely do it all to this evil congregation, who are gathered together against me; in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. And the men, which Moses sent to spy the land, who returned, and caused all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land, Those men that brought up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the Lord.


Some Teach that The Lord Instructed Moses to have The People of Israel travel to the Sea of Reeds. They base this on Numbers 14.25. I reviewed the original Language of Numbers 14.25 and do not see anything that Instructs B'nei Yisroel to travel to or to return to the Sea of Reeds. Numbers 14.25 ONLY instructs B'nei Yisroel to change the direction of the encampment from facing The Land of Israel to facing the wilderness and the path leading to the Sea of Reeds.


Numbers 14.25.

The Amalekites and the Canaanites live in the valley. Tomorrow you are to move and face the wilderness path towards the Sea of Reeds.


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This is very significant because B'nei Yisroel did not travel anywhere. They remained in this location for 19 years. Rabbi Menachem M. Scheerson, Torah Chumash Shemot Kehot Publication Society (Brooklyn, NY 2006) p 89 Yet, The Holy Scriptures notes them turning the direction of the camp without traveling. Why? This is an exact point of measurement in time. The 38 years of Deuteronomy 2.14 is based upon the Day The Camp Turned their camp direction towards the wilderness towards the Sea of Reeds. The intent of The Words 'At That Time' are based upon what happened then and each year on the same Day since.


This Day was the Day following the rebellion. This is The Day they went up the mountain to fight the Amalekites and Canaanites. They were crushed! See Deuteronomy Chapter One. The last Verse in Deuteronomy Chapter One shares a very important nugget of Time with us.


Devarim 1.46

: וַתֵּשְׁבוּ בְקָדֵשׁ יָמִים רַבִּים כַּיָּמִים אֲשֶׁר יְשַׁבְתֶּם

Deuteronomy 1.46

[ת - SIGN] So you abode in Kadesh many Days, [Years] like the days [Years] you lived there [elsewhere].


Again The Letter ת Tav appears in the Word וַתֵּשְׁבוּ to inform us to give a diligent search for in depth meaning. The intent is for us to discover that B'nei Yisroel dwelt in Kadesh for 19 years and wandered for 19 years. Ha Torah Informs us that the Time they dwelt was like the number of years when they wandered.


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Deuteronomy 2.14

And the Days from our leaving Kadesh-Barnea, until we came over the brook Zered, was thirty-eight years; until all the generation of the men of war had perished from the camp, as the Lord swore to them.


The Thirty-Eight Years were measured to the exact Day which was The Day after the 9th of Av. Remember that it was on the 9th of Av that the spies returned. Ten spies shared an evil report. B'nei Yisroel rebellied. This was Thirty-Eight Years from the next day. In addition to the text presented thus far Holy Scripture Informs us 'all the generation of the men of war had perished from the camp'. On The Eighth of Av the remaining men of war, about 15,000 dug their graves for the final time knowing they were the only ones left from the original 600,000 men of that generation. That night each of the remaining men of war perished from the Camp of B'nei Yisroel. The following morning was 10th of Av 2487 FC.


After the last man of war died It was 'At That Time' The Word of The Lord was fulfilled. 'all the generation of the men of war had perished from the camp, as the Lord swore to them.'


After the last man of war had died, Yisroel was divested of them. Their children were trained for war. They were ready to defeat Sicon and Og. 'At That Time' is in reference to the final Day of the completion of the thirty-Eight Years in which The people who rebelled died.


There are Two Gematrias relating to The Number Thirty-Eight.


הָאֵבֶל

Haw Ay Vehl / The mourning The Lamenting

ה5 א1 ב2 ל30 = 38


Each Year on the 9th of Av during the Thirty-Eight Year span of Judgment on those men who rebelled there was a great deal of mourning and lamenting as thousands died year after year. There was great bemoaning, bewailing, weeping and sadness as B'nei Yisroel revisited the 9th of Av each year.


יִבְכּוּ

Yee Vih Coo / To Mourn To Weep To Bewail

י10 ב2 צ20 ו6 = 38


1 Nissan 2487 FC

B'nei Yisroel arrives at Kodesh at the border to Edom.


10 Nissan 2487 FC

Miriam the sister of Moses and Aharon dies in a gentle, tranquil manner. It was like a kiss from The Creator. Miriam was buried there.


1 Av 2487 FC - Aharon Dies on Mt Hor - Numbers 33.38 - 39


30 Av 2487 FC - B'nei Yisroel 30 Days of Mourning for Aharon ends. - Numbers 20.29


B'nei Yisroel defeated Sicon and Og. Moses.


7 Adar 2448 FC Moses our Teacher dies.


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1. Define בָּעֵת Baw Ayt.

2. What is the significance of the following dates?

22 Sivan

29 Sivan

9 Av

10 Av

3. When did the Thirty-Eight Years begin and end?

4. What did we learn about The Sanhedrin and the Seventy Elders?

5. How can we apply the lessons in this discussion to our own lives?


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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.


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


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


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


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


4. What is the importance of the number 123?


5. What happened on 17 Tammuz?



Gematria Vayikra Bechukotai

Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2

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Chapter 10


Parshat Bechukosai

Leviticus 26.3 - 27.34


Vayikra 26.43

וְהָאָרֶץ תֵּעָזֵב מֵהֶם וְתִרֶץ אֶת־שַׁבְּתֹתֶיהָ בָּהְשַׁמָּה מֵהֶם וְהֵם יִרְצוּ אֶת־עֲוֹנָם יַעַן וּבְיַעַן בְּמִשְׁפָּטַי מָאָסוּ וְאֶת־חֻקֹּתַי גָּעֲלָה נַפְשָׁם:  מד


Leviticus 26.43

The land, being bereft of them, will be appeased for its Sabbaths, during the time of its desolation from them and their iniquities will then be appeased {forgiven} since what certainly caused {this} is that they despised My laws and their soul loathed {rejected} My statutes.  


The Lord made these Comments in reference to His faithfulness to His Covenant with The People of Israel. Yet, we failed to keep the Sabbatical year and Sabbaths because we despised His Laws. 


In this week's Parshat we read The Lord's Words, 'I Will Remember.'  We also read, 'and I Will Remember the land.' Leviticus 26.42 


Holy reader, why is the land of Israel called the Holy Land?  Israel is Holy, because The Lord God Separated this parcel of Land from all other lands. We read that The Lord Instructed Avram, '...Go to The Land that I will show you...' in Genesis 12.1 We read, 'Avram...set out to go to the Land of Canaan...' in Genesis 12.5.  This is chronologically followed by Genesis Chapter 15. In Genesis 15.7 Avram chronologically was  in the land of Eretz Canaan for the first time at the age of seventy. Rabbi Avrohom Davis, The Mesudah Chumash A New Linear Translation Shemot (Hoboken New Jersey, KTVA Publishing House, Inc., 1991) p 142 Also Note: 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 514


The Lord God Said in Genesis 15 , 'I Am The Lord Who Brought you out of Ur Kasdim to Give to you this land as an inheritance.'  Chronologically this occurs before Genesis Chapter 12.6 - 14.24.


Genesis 15.18 - 21

In the same day The Lord Made a covenant from Aleph to Tav with Abram, Saying, To your seed have I Given everything from Aleph to Tav of This Land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates; Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kennith, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kenazites, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Kadmonites, And Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Hittites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Perizzites, and Everything from from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Rephaim, And Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ]the Amorites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Canaanites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Girgashites, and Everything from Aleph to Tav of [ the lands of ] the Jebusites.


About 429 years later Moshe climbs Mt Horeb / Sinai to observe the Burning Bush. The deliverance of the People of Israel from slavery in Egypt took place the next year. The People of Yisroel  were delivered in 2448 F.C.


Exodus 3.5 

And He Said, Do not come any closer; take off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you stand is Holy Ground. 


Where was this place? This was Mount Horeb. This is Mt Sinai. This is 'The Place' הַמָּקוֹם Hah Maw Kohm where the ladder extended into the heavens. Yaakov Said, This was the Gateway to Heaven.


While Moshe is their at 'The Place' The Lord God Tells Moshe that He Will bring the People of Israel out of Mitzrim.


Exodus 3.16, 17

Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt; And I have said, I will bring you out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey. 


Now, we learn in Parshat Behar Leviticus 25.1 - 26.2) that The Land of Yisroel is required to Have a Sabbath of Rest.  What place in the world outside of Yisroel does the Creator of the universe require The People of the land to have a Sabbath of Rest?  Does this include ALL the lands Given to The People of Israel by The Lord God?  Perhaps... since the את Eht does not proceed the the Mitzvot here, there maybe room for other possibilities. I am saying that the Mitzvot here could be more absolute. Absolute would be

the inclusion of  את Eht in Verse one and in verse four. A much greater authority must make that decision.


Leviticus 25.1 - 5

And the Lord Spoke to Moses in Mount Sinai, saying, Speak to the people of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a Sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in its fruit; But in the Seventh Year shall be a Sabbath of rest to the land, a Sabbath for the Lord; you shall not sow your field, nor prune your vineyard. That which grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your vine undressed; for it is a year of rest to the land.


The Lord God Establishes Mitzvot regarding the Land of Israel.  The Observances the Lord God Established was ONLY for the Land of Israel. In doing this The Lord God Separated the Land of Israel from all other lands. Rabbi A. Y. Kahan The Taryag Mitzvot (Brooklyn, N.Y. Keser Torah Publications 1987, 1988) pp 201 - 202


Then the year of Jubilee is based on the Seventh year of Rest. 


Leviticus 25.8 - 13

And you shall count Seven Sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and the space of the Seven Sabbaths of years shall be to you forty and nine years. Then shall you cause the shofar to sound on the tenth day of the Seventh Month, in the Day of Atonement shall you sound the Shofar throughout all your land. And you shall sanctify 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. A Jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you; you shall not sow, nor reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed. For it is the Jubilee; it shall be Holy to you; you shall eat the produce of it out of the field. In the year of this Jubilee you shall return every man to his possession.


Leviticus 27.30

And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's; it is Holy to the Lord.


The Creator, Takes great offense at the desecration of the laws pertaining to the Land of Yisroel and of the Sabbatical year and our Sabbaths. In fact, our Beit HaMikdosh is destroyed and most of us are scattered throughout the world because we failed as Jews to properly elevate the Sabbatical year and the Sabbaths.  


Holy reader, The Lord took offense at our loathing for His laws.  That is why we are so scattered throughout the world!  Now believing in Jesus will not reunite Israel or restore the Divine Blessings.


Vayikra 26.42

וְזָכַרְתִּי אֶת־בְּרִיתִי יַעֲקוֹב וְאַף אֶת־בְּרִיתִי יִצְחָק וְאַף אֶת־בְּרִיתִי אַבְרָהָם אֶזְכֹּר וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר מג


The Lord Remembers. The Lord Forgives. The Lord Blesses!! The Lord Said, אֶזְכֹּר Ehz Cor / 'I will remember'.  When The Lord remembers Oo Vah Rayk / He Blesses.  The Gematria for both Ehz Cor  and  Oo Vah Rayk are 228. Shemot 23.25 reminds us that when we serve The Lord He Blesses us...


Shemot 23.25

וַעֲבַדְתֶּם אֵת יְהוָֹה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם וּבֵרַךְ אֶת־לַחְמְךָ וְאֶת־מֵימֶיךָ וַהֲסִרֹתִי מַחֲלָה מִקִּרְבֶּךָ:  כו


Exodus 23.25

And you shall serve Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of the Lord your God, and He Shall Bless Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of your bread, and Everything from the Aleph to the Tav of your water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of you.


אֶזְכֹּר

Ehz Cor / [The Lord Says], I Will Remember!

א1 ז7 כ20 ר200 = 228


וּבֵרַךְ

Oo Vah Rayk /  and He Shall Bless

ו6 ב2 ר200 ך20 = 228


When The Lord Said, וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt   Ehz Cor / And I will remember the land we see the connection with שָׁב / Shawv meaning Return, Repent, Restore.   While the Gematria for וְהָאָרֶץ אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt - Ehz Cor is 530 the Gematria for  אֶזְכֹּר Vih Haw Aw Rehzt meaning 'And the land' is only 302. This is the same Gematria relationship with שָׁב / Shawv meaning Return, Repent, Restore.


So when we fulfill our areas of responsibilities The Lord will Remember us and He Will Bless us.


When Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was a young 'timid man' even though that is difficult to imagine. The way he tells stories which just reach out and touch the soul of anyone who listens... it hard to think he was ever timid, Blessed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe and how it changed his life forever. Reb Shlomo was learning in Lakewood. While studying Ha Torah in Lakewood he approached outreach at a distance. He didn't like getting up close and personal with individuals.


Reb Shlomo Said, he had the great privilege of sitting next to the Rebbe and learning with the Rebbe.  'It was Gan Eden'. This means it was like being in Heaven with the Creator. One day while learning together the Rebbe said to him, 'God Gave you Talent to talk to Yidden. You have to talk to Yidden. 'Right now, the world needs you to talk to Yidden'.  


Reb said, I want you to know the Rebbe gave me a new Neshama. That day after leaving the Rebbe's presence he felt different.  After receiving the new soul he wanted to talk to other Yidden up close.  He related suddenly He wanted to tell every Yid he saw there's a great Rebbe. He wanted to stand on his own two feet when talking to individuals up close when he was away from the Rebbe. He said that He would not leave the subway unless he had talked to at least one Yid. He would travel back and forth on the subway searching for a Yid to share with. He would say I'm not leaving until least I talk to Yid. 


Back when he was a young man Reb Shlomo said it was the night before Erev Shavuot . At that time Erev Shavuot and Sabbath were Observed together since the were on the same day. After learning he needed to travel home. It was late at night. He wasn't a rich schlepper and didn't have the chutzpah  meaning he was not particularly audacious or that he didn't have the guts to borrow money so he took the subway instead of riding in a cab.  While taking the subway sitting opposite of him was a young man maybe 20 or 22 years old. He was glowing. He appeared to be Jewish.   Rev Shlomo said to him,  'Hey brother I see you're so happy. What's the occasion?  


The Young Man Said, Well, I'm Jewish.  I'm so proud to tell you I'm getting married at a [Christian] Church to a non-Jewish girl in the Bronx on the Sabbath. It's a very special weekend for me.


Reb Shlomo related that  he knew it was a very special weekend for him. He said there is only one way of talking to him.  Shlomo said, listen to me.  I appreciate it! It is very very special that you're getting married but I feel you should get a blessing from a very holy man before you go to the chupah.  Just two stations back is this very holy man. I think our meeting here is providence. Let's go back just two stations and I'll bring you to Rebbe. 


Reb Shlomo said, I'll never forget it. By that time it was 4:30 am of Erev Shavuot.  They went to Rebbe's home. He knocked on the door. The Lubavitcher Rebbe opened the door. How many people have the privilege of Lubavitcher Rebbe, this holy righteous man opening the door for them?  Reb Shlomo had his arms around this young man. He spoke to the Rebbe in Yiddish because the young man could not understand.


The Rebbe asked, What did you bring me?


Reb Shlomo said, The young man needs a little teaching.  He's getting married in church on Sabbath.


The Rebbe said to Reb Shlomo wait outside.  He waited until about 7:30 am very close to the door while saying Tehillim. He asked, Do you know what the Rebbe was doing?  He was washing out his Neshama / his soul.  This was not just a little dust. The Rebbe had to do plastic surgery on his neshama.  He had to cut very deep. The Rebbe opens the door. The Young man steps out.  The young man's  eyes were flooded with tears. The  Rebbe said to Reb Shlomo,  Take this young man to the mikvah. The Mikvah was very crowed because that evening was both Shavuot and Sabbath. The 'Rebbe said, Then put Tefilin on with him... The young man returned to Judaism. 


Can you imagine what it would be like if you were me and if you were standing in a check out line in a local store in the Jewish Community and Reb Shlomo Carlebach came up and stood in line behind you and began sharing about Judaism? Wouldn't that be wonderful?

  

Leviticus 27.34

These are the Commandments, which the Lord Commanded Moshe for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai.


Chazak - חזק



ב ' ח

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Genesis 24.1 - 67

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Genesis 24


The Blessing Of Abraham


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


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

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


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


Genesis 21.5

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


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


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


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


Abraham Was Blessed As He Departed Haran.


Abram had substance and servants.


Bereisheit 24.1

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


Genesis 24.1

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


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


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


וַיהוָֹה בֵּרַךְ  

Vah HaShem Bay Rahk

And The Lord Blessed

ו6 י10 ה5 ו6 ה5     ב2 ר200 ך20 = 254


דְּרָכֶיךָ 

Dih Raw Kheh Chaw

ד4 ר200 כ20 י10 ך20  =  254



Gematria Vayikra Emor

Leviticus 21.1 - 24.23

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Vayikra 22.32

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


Leviticus 22.32

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


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


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


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


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


1 Samuel 2.2

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


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


Leviticus 19.2

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


Leviticus 20.26

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


Leviticus 21.8

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


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

 

2 Chronicles 7.14

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


Leviticus 22.2

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


Leviticus 22.32

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


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


THE TORAH DEFINES what The Lord Deems as Holy. 


Exodus 19.6

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


Exodus 20.8

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 


Exodus 26.34

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


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


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


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


Vayikra 31.13

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


Shemot 31.13

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


כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל

Kal Yisroel / All of Israel

כ20 ל30   י10 ש300 ר200 א1 ל30 = 591


אֲנִי יְהוָֹה מְקַדִּשְׁכֶם

Ah Nee  The Lord   Mi Kah Deesh Chem

I am The Lord which Makes You Holy

א1 נ50 י10  י10 ה5 ו6 ה5 = 87

מ40 ק100 ד4 ש300 כ20 ם40 = 504

591 = 87 + 504


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


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


וְהַשָּׂעִיר

Vih Hah Saw Eer / And The Azazel Goat

ו6 ה5 ש300 ע70 י10 ר200 = 591



Gematria Vayikra 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


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The Sefirah Week 2

By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk

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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 days is because The People of Israel had fallen to the forty-ninth level of impurity. The purpose of counting the Omer is for us as a people to rise out of our impurity to receive Ha Torah on the fiftieth day.


חֶסֶד שְׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Lovingkindness Restores Strength

Love is the foundation and motivation for Strength. Gevurah without love has no foundation. Love is NOT a crutch of tolerance for improper actions. Loving kindness is the reverse. Lovingkindness guides one's discipline. When discipline is necessary. Lovingkindness is required in the training / teaching of modesty, ethics, middot and proper appropriate actions. Without Lovingkindness discipline is only viewed as punishment.


A principle in Judaism is Lovingkindness. Rabbi Hillel, Head of the Sanhedrin was asked by a Noachide to summarize, the 613 Observances of Ha Torah. Rabbi Hillel Said, Whatever you consider to be hateful do not that to your fellow man. This is the whole of Ha Torah; the rest is mere commentary Sabbath 31a. Through these words, Hillel expressed a foundation stone within Ha Torah. Moral law requires the Biblical precept of brotherly love.


Leviticus 19.18

You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.


גְּבוּרָה שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Strength restores Strength

Before we can understand how Strength Restores Strength we must first comprehend and accept the Biblical principle of brotherly love. For Strength to properly restore or return, Strength, Lovingkindness must be present. Just as one is required to love their neighbor as they would themselves one is required to discipline themselves with love and our neighbor with love. Each of our lives requires self-restraint. We understand we must place boundaries that discipline our actions. In this same vein, one acknowledges responsibilities that MUST be kept. Keeping responsibilities that we do not enjoy or detest requires discipline. This is where Strength restores Strength.


גְּבוּרָה Gevurah is very powerful. Gevurah must be used with caution and in limited measure. The Gematria of Gevurah is 216. The Gematria of יָרֵאָה Yaw Ray Awh Fear... Reverence... Terror... Dread... Awe... is also 216.


גבורה

Gevurah / Strength

ג3 ב2 ו ר20606 ה5 = 216


יראה

Yaw Ray Awh

י10ר200 א1 ה5 = 216


תִּפְאֶרֶת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Beauty Restores Strength

תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiferet / Beauty... Glory... Magnificence... Grandeur... Honor are each between Chesed / Lovingkindness and Gevurah / Strength. Beauty can only be accomplished when there is Honor between both Strength and Kindness. Glory, Grandeur and Magnificence are accomplished when Strength and Kindness operate Spiritually as directed in Ha Torah, i.e. in complete cooperation. They find balance and harmony.


נֶצַח שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Endurance Restores Strength

Simply put when the balance between Strength and Kindness operates properly this causes the נֶצַח Endurance of Strength. נֶצַח Netzach, often requires tenacious balancing and rebalancing of Strength and Kindness thus maintaining the beauty that is enduring.


הוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Humility Restores Strength

הוֹד / Hod is the capsulation of Lovingkindness, Strength, Beauty, and Endurance. The balance and harmony of these four are the foundations for Hod. Hod is the absence of arrogance. Hod is selflessness. Hod is absent of human bias.


יסוֹד שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Bonding restores Strength

How difficult is it bonding with a humble, loving, kind, strong, beautiful individual who endures trials by being flexible? When an individual disciplines theirself a great deal more than others as discussed in Gevurah, we see and feel the strength that creates the atmosphere for bonding. Certain individuals bond well with others. Why?


מַלְכוּת שֶׁבִּגְבוּרָה

Kingdom restores Strength

מַלְכוּת / Malkhut is the very base for each of the other six steps of Gevurah. We must work from our heart of Lovingkindness and strength towards the Royalty of Malkhut / Kingdom. One accomplishes Royalty through self-restraint and giving of one's self. This type of dignity is not the power to take but the power to give. Royalty like this comes from the honor one gives to others.


We honor the Lord God. The Lord God is King, Creator, and Master Over All! How can Royalty rise higher than Humility? It is exactly the opposite. Royalty results from greater humility. We turn to Moshe as an example. Moshe greatness resulted in part because he was humble.


Chodesh Echad - The beginning of Months - Exodus 12.1 - 2


10 Chodesh Echad - Take a lamb - Exodus 12.3


14 Chodesh Echad - Slaugher the Pesach Lamb - Exodus 12.6


15 Chodesh Echad - The People of Israel were delivered from Egypt by the powerful hand of the Lord. First Sedar Meal


16 Chodesh Echad - The Festival of Unleavened Bread - Begin counting the Omer.


15 days of Chodesh Echad

30 days of Chodesh Sheini

45 days from Mitzrim - This would be the 44th day of counting the O m e r.


1 Chodesh Sh'lishi - This would be the 45th day of counting the O m e r.


In my book entitled The Biblical Historical Calendar Book There is a page entitled: The Chronology of B'nei Yisroel's Exit From Mitzriam / Egypt to the Receiving of Ha Torah on Har Sinai. This page provides a breakdown of the dates and cooresponding events in The Holy Scriptures from exiting Egypt to receving The Torah. Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk, The Biblical Historical Calendar Book (Cedar Hill, Missouri - B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC Publishers, 2013) p 68


Exodus 19.1 - 6

In the third month, when The People of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, and had come to the desert of Sinai, and had camped in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And Moses went up to God, and The Lord Called to him from The Mountain, Saying, You shall say this 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 which you shall speak to The People of Israel.


Shemot 19.6

וְאַתֶּם תִּהְיוּ־לִי מַמְלֶכֶת כֹּהֲנִים וְגוֹי קָדוֹשׁ אֵלֶּה הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר תְּדַבֵּר אֶל־בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: ז 


We are instructed to Obey The Lord's Voice and to Observe His Covenant. Doing these will make us The Lord's Treasure among all peoples of the earth and we will be a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation to The Lord.


Priests are royalty. Think about what priests do?


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Bereisheit Limood Chapter 22

Genesis 22.1 - 34

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The Tenth Trial Of Abraham - 22


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The Tenth Trial Of Abraham


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.'

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Counting The Omer - Why?

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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