Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 25, 2018

Kee Seesa – When You Will Count

This week’s Torah Reading is Kee Seesa – When You Will Count. This week is also the special Holiday of Purim.

Near the beginning of the Torah Reading we are told that a copper basin was made for the Cohaneem to wash their hands and feet. They actually had a special way of doing this. They placed their right hand on their right foot and washed that together. They then placed their left hand on their left food and washed that together.

The Ramban talks about the idea of placing the hand together with the foot and washing them together for purity reasons. He indicates that the highest levels, representing the height the hand extends and the lowest levels, symbolized by the foot, are to be used in the service of the Al-mighty.

Judaism indeed calls upon us for total commitment and total service to the Al-mighty. Every aspect of our daily life, how we go to sleep, how we wake up, how we get dressed, how we eat, etc., is filled with rules and directions. All this serves as a reminder to constantly remain attached to our Creator.

The Holiday of Purim coming up also reminds us of total commitment to the Al-mighty, even when our very lives are at stake. (Haman wanted to kill all the Jews).

May we show and live our lives with total commitment and thus experience the full redemption of the Jewish nation and the total picture of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 18, 2018

Tetzaveh – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is Titzaveh – Command. This mainly deals with the clothes that the Kohaneem and the Kohane Gadol were to wear in the Mishkan – Sanctuary.

Among the garments described at length is the garment the Cohen Gadol wore called the Mieal – the Robe. It had a hole at the top for his head to pass through and thus covered the Cohen Gadol from sort of top to bottom as it extended to his feet. The color was all blue. We find that one of the fringes worn on our tallis was once made of a special blue dye. As we are not sure today where this dye came from most wear all white fringes.

The concept of the Cohen Gadol wearing an all blue garment was clearly to remind him of his heavenly responsibility. The Cohen Gadol also aided in the purification of the Jewish nation as does a proper body of water (blue) when a person immerses oneself in it.

For all of us, who have a responsibility to live holy and proper lives, our positive deeds clothe us, in so to speak blue, heavenly purity.

May we live our daily lives in “blue”, purity, and soon this will bring about the rebuilding of our Holy 3rd Temple where we can see the Cohen Gadol once again dressed in his holy blue Mieal – Robe.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 11, 2018

Terumah – A Portion

This week’s Torah Reading is called Terumah – A Portion. The focus turns to donations and the building of the Holy Temple in the desert and the vessels and garments associated with the Holy Temple.

We also learn that the Designer and Builder of the world is also a Designer and Architect for the Temple and its contents in the Desert. The Al-mighty gives exact instructions to Moshe how the Holy Mishkan and the Holy Items in the Mishkan are to be built.

This is perhaps a lesson in our own daily lives. We need to be conscientious and meticulous in our actions and day to day activities. The life we lead needs to exemplify a Holy Temple lifestyle.

In the world we live in, this is indeed a major challenge. There are so many distractions and road blocks. We have to take with us the so to speak, Mt. Sinai revelation, (the study of Torah) and the Holy Temple (our daily prayers) and face the challenges of life in a positive way. We will bring light into a world through our daily sacrifices that we are called upon to make each day. This positive attitude and action will ultimately lead to the redemption and 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 4, 2018

Mishpateem – Civil Laws

This week’s Torah Reading is Mishpateem – Civil Laws. This coming Shabbos is also referred to as Shekaleem, where we read the additional portion of each male Jew, 20 years and older, giving a half shekel. It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos where we bless the new month of Adar, the Hebrew month that Purim falls out on. A very packed Shabbos.

In the Torah Reading we find the importance of responsibility. We need to be always careful not to bring harm upon our neighbors.

Two examples are: 1. Letting one’s animal loose and it causes damage to your neighbor. and 2. Lighting a fire that is not guarded and causes damage to your neighbor. There are many more.

It is very evident that the Torah wants to focus on our neighbors and to be concerned for their well being. This is illustrated by the first laws given, after the events of Mt. Sinai and presentation of the 10 Commandments, is the laws called Mishpateem – Civil Laws.

We are called the Al-mighty’s CHOSEN CHILDREN. Therefore we need to act accordingly all the time. Thus the stress of Mishpateem – Civil Laws. In our constant 24 hour day, where we live with our neighbors and where we work with our co-workers, we need to do what is right and good. This is our constant challenge.

Knowing that we stood at Mt. Sinai, with all the special miraculous affects, gives us the motivation to live our lives in such a concientious way.

It is this concern and focus that we have for our fellow neighbor that will bring the future redemption. May it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 28, 2018

Yisro – Yisro

This week’s Torah Reading is called YIsro – Yisro (In honor of the name of Moshe’s father-in-law). The Torah Reading also contains the 10 Commandments. It is also the week that the New Year for trees, Wednesday the 15th of Shevat, Tu B’Shvat, occurs.

In the Torah Reading it mentions the 6th Commandment, the 1st one on the second tablet, “Lo Tirtzach, Do Not Kill”. This was actually a basic commandment for society going way back to the time Cain killed his brother Abel. Just as the 1st commandment on the first tablet, “Anochi Hashem, I am the L-rd” is a basic one.

However there is more than one way to, so to speak, kill a person. That as we all know is by our mouths or our conduct. We can embarrass people and that can, in some ways, be worse and more painful than death. This is much harder to control and work on. We as Jews do not walk around with guns shooting people just like that. However our mouths and our actions, they can be ‘hand guns’ causing ‘bloodshed’.

The 10 Commandments actually serve as a constant reminder that we are Jews who stood before the Al-mighty at Mt. Sinai and made a commitment “Naaseh Vi’Nishma – We Will Do and Understand”. We need to be committed as one nation to not want to do harm. In this way we will guard our tongue and our actions from improperly hurting another person. It is through this type of proper behavior that the Al-mighty will positively respond with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple and our final redemption, may it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 21, 2018

Bishalach – Sent Out

This week’s Torah Reading is Bishalach – Sent Out. The Jewish Nation is Sent Out by Paroh, finally, from Egypt. It is also called Shabbos Shira, as we sing the famous song, also found in our daily prayers of the Miracle of the Splitting of the Red Sea.

As the Jewish Nation is going through the desert they run out of food so to speak and complain. Well Hashem provides them with the Mannah from Heaven on a daily basis and a double portion on Friday to carry them over for Shabbos.

A short while later they complain to Moshe again, rather than personally praying as a nation to Hashem, for fresh water (or Coco Cola).

This time Hashem instructs Moshe to collect the elders and go to Horeb and hit this special rock which will supply the Jewish Nation with water. (or Rock Soda or since he hit it with a club perhaps Club Soda). This Moshe does and the Jewish Nation will have water for their entire 40 years in the desert.

What we are seeing is training the Jewish Nation to learn that Hashem is available to supply all the needs in life. We need only to call out to the Al-mighty in earnest. Hashem is our provider. We need to acknowledge that fact.

May we soon experience what we have been calling out to Hashem for almost 2000 years, Redemption and the building of the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 14, 2018

Bo – Come

In this week’s Parsha Bo – Come, we have the 3 remaining plagues, Locust, Darkness and the Death of the First Born. Finally Paroh will agree to let the Jewish nation go.

There is an interesting concept that one of the prophets will comment on. The fact that the Jewish people did not fully prepare their food for the trip. That is one reason why we eat matzah as there was no time to allow it to rise. Yes the Jewish Nation was told that they were leaving and had plenty of time to call a moving company or U-Haul. (Might have been a difficulty considering they spent 40 years in the desert until they arrived in Israel).

However, the fact that they actually made little preparations, other than what they were told to do by Moshe, shows the faith the nation had developed. Certainly the 10 plagues had an amazing affect on their belief in Hashem and the promise He had made to the Avos, Avraham, Yitzchak and Yakov. It was now being fulfilled.

We in our time have witnessed and read about amazing things that have happened to us over the almost 2000 years of our exile. There are certainly more to come that will increase our faith. May we grow in this Emunah, faith and the exile will soon come to an end as we continue to do positive things in life.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 7, 2018

VaAira – And I Appeared

This week’s Torah Reading begins the 10 plagues that occurred in Egypt. This Shabbos is also Shabbos Mivorcheem, the Shabbos we bless the New Month of Shevat.

In the Torah Portion we read about Moshe’s encounter with Pharoh to announce the first plague. This takes place at the Nile River. (Pharoh is going to the bathroom in the Nile River so as people will think he is godlike as he does not need to go to the bathroom during the day like normal people – very nice of him to make a poop in the Nile River) (But then again he was not a nice guy.)

Moshe says “Hi” and begins to tell Pharoh about the Plague of Blood that will affect the water he is in and all the water the Egyptians come in contact with. So Pharoh you better let the Jews go. Pharoh basically tells Moshe to get lost and of course the Nile River and the waters turn to blood.

The Nile River was the number 1 idol of Egypt as their economy, food and literally life depended on the Nile River. This was a clear message that the Al-mighty controls all aspects of life. Of course Pharoh and the Egyptians did not see this aspect.

We often see signs in life. They are a message to us that the Al-mighty is in complete control. It is important that we take note of these messages and use them in our daily lives to walk the correct path in fulfillment of the commandments the Al-mighty has given us.

When we experience a doubt about a certain message it is then we need to seek out our Moshe Rabbeinu, our Rabbi and ask what is it we are to do and then DO IT.

This is a way for are own personal redemption and ultimately the final redemption of the Jewish Nation by properly following the signs. May it be soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 31, 2017

Shemos – Names

This week’s Torah reading begins with the 2nd Book called Shemos – Names and in English it is referred to as Exodus.

We find many interesting things in this week’s Torah Reading. One of them is the unusual situation where Moshe, who is sent to redeem the Jews finds things get worse when he meets with Pharoh. The Jews are given more work to do.

This actually is a sign of exile. Things do get worse at times prior to a redemption. We find the expression that things sometimes have to reach a low before they get better. This certainly was the case in Egypt and for us it has happened many times.

Recently the crazy UN with the Jerusalem nonsense. The positive event being that the President of the leading country in the world finally openly acclaimed Jerusalem as the capitol of Israel and the US embassy would be moving there.

This Torah portion Shemos begins our redemption. Chanuka, our Greek redemption, was when the President made the announcement.

Moshe, our redeemer, is raised in the Egyptian’s King’s Palace. That in itself is pretty wild.

We as a Jewish nation have been exposed to many crazy things throughout our history. May we shortly be exposed to the final redemption which may look like the craziest but be the best. May it happen very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 24, 2017

Vayichee – And He Lived

This week we conclude the Book of Biraishis with the reading of Vayichee – Yakov living in Egypt. Yakov living in Egypt is also a symbolic statement of the Jewish nation living in exile and truly living. This was made possible by Yakov first sending Yehuda to set up a Yeshiva, a place to learn Torah.

This week also is the 10th of Teves when our exile takes the beginning steps with the later destruction of the Bais Hamikdosh on the 9th of Av.

In the Torah Reading we find Yakov blessing his children before his death. The final one to receive the blessing is Benyamin, the youngest.

We recently finished celebrating Chanuka a special Rabbinic holiday. The Torah portion now hints at a new Rabbinic celebration from the blessing Yakov gives to Benyamin by the phrase “Vila’erev Yicha’lake Shalal – in the evening he will divide the spoils”. This refers to Mordechai,and Esther, who come from the tribe of Benyamin, will divide the spoils of Haman.

The Torah portion is called Vayichi, even though it discusses the actual death and burial of Yakov our forefather. The Torah lets us know that his best years were the years he lived in Egypt. They were 17 good years. (see MosesfromSinai Vayichee 2009).

Mordechai and Esther also lived under the foreign rule of the Persian King, Achashveirosh. Mordechia, as a member of the Sanhedrin and Esther as Queen of Persia. They both maintained their strong commitment in exile and the Jewish nation benefited from them greatly to this very day.

When in exile we need to make the best out of our lives and this will lead to the ultimate best which will be the building of the 3rd Holy Temple very very soon.

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