Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 17, 2018

Chukas – Statutes

This week’s Torah Reading is called Chukas – Statutes. These are laws that have no reason to them other than the Al-mighty commanded us to do them.

This week’s Torah Reading is almost like a Triple Header. We first read about the death of Miriam. This is followed by the death of Aaron. Then Moshe, in an attempt to bring forth water from a special rock that came in Miriam’s honor when she was alive, hits the rock and is told he too will die in the wilderness and not enter the promised land. Wow.

These are our three main players in Egypt and in the Desert. All three are not to enter the promised land.

Perhaps this is a positive inspiration though to us. Just as in the future, Miriam, Aaron and Moshe will be back and then enter the promised land with the coming of Moshiach we too will all enter the promised land.

indeed all of this takes place in a Torah Reading called Chukas, which refers to laws that we cannot understand. So too, the future events are those that are beyond our understanding but we have faith that they will certainly happen. May it be very very soon.

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Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 10, 2018

Korach – Korach

This week’s Torah Reading is Korach – Korach, the story of the Rebellion of Korach and his cohorts. It is also the week of Rosh Chodesh Tamuz.

The Torah Reading is filled with strange events. Just after we witness the death of Korach, and his group of 250 people who were in agreement with Korach, in an amazing miraculous way, the Jews again complain.

The Al-mighty, so to speak has had it and wants to destroy them all that are again complaining. Moshe instructs Aaron how to quickly save the situation before things get totally worse. Over 14,000 died until Aaron was successful in stopping the deaths.

This whole scene is hard to comprehend from us a viewers. You just witnessed the amazing miraculous death of Korach and his group and the following morning you start up a again with Moshe and Aaron.

In truth we do this as well. We often see around us amazing things both in the positive and in the negative and yet somehow we are able to shrug these off and continue in our silly follies. We need to pause and learn from what we see and encounter. They are a message to us as how we are to conduct and improve our day to day lives.

Let us indeed pause and learn. In so doing each day we will grow and eventually bring on the ultimate redemption and building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 3, 2018

Shilach – You Send

The Torah Reading for this week is Shilach – You Send. The sending refers to the 12 spies sent to spy out the land of Israel they were about to enter and conquer. The situation for the Jewish nation did not go well when 10 spies reported negatively and they accepted the report. Another 40 years in the dessert served as the punishment for the 40 days the spies spent spying out the land.

However to give the Jewish nation some upbeat news they were given commandments that would take affect when they finally entered the land of Israel. One of them was the mitzvah of Challah, to take a portion of dough from what is being baked and give it to the Kohen.

This Mitzvah has a lot of nice implications. One of them is the idea that your basic food in life, bread, you are willing to give and share with another person. This concept is a priority among our people. When we are blessed, symbolized by our daily bread, we show that we are willing to share our blessings.

May we all merit blessings until the ultimate blessing, being the building of the 3rd Holy Temple in Jerusalem

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 27, 2018

Biha’aloscha – When You Will Light

This week’s Torah portion is Biha’aloscha – “When you will light”. The obvious concept is bringing light into a world of darkness through Torah and Mitzvos, good deeds.

We find an unusual occurrence alluded to in the Torah. The Midrash comments that after the giving of the Torah to the Jewish Nation, “they fled from the mountain Of G-d like a child running away from school.” The Ramban explains that they ran because they were concerned that the Al-mighty would give them more and more commandments.

The truth is we actually do have more commandments which is alluded to in the concept Beha’aloscha – When You Will Light. We each have a responsibility to bring light into this world by our daily actions. Each thing that would do, work, play, school,etc., needs to be done in a way that is according to Torah and lights up the area we are in by our proper actions. It is this type of behavior of bringing light into the world which will ultimately bring the light from the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 22, 2018

Naso – Count

This week’s Torah Reading Naso – Count, comes after the Yom Tov of Shavuous, when the 10 Commandments were given on Mt. Sinai.

In the Torah Reading we find that the Torah records that the Mishkan – Temple is ready to be dedicated. The credit for the construction is given to Moshe even though he was not the actual builder. However, his total commitment and involvement earned him the sole mention of the dedication. As in truth he was totally dedicated to the task.

In our lives it is indeed important to be fully dedicated to our responsibilities. Moshe also uses the word Kodesh – Holy twice. This serves as a reminder that we are to be Holy both inside and out. That a Mikdash – Holy Temple or our homes have to maintain a Kedush holiness on the two levels.

May we soon again see our final 3rd Holy Temple with the Kedusha – Holiness, on the inside and outside.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 13, 2018

Bimeebar – In The Desert

This week’s Torah Reading is called Bimeedbar – In The Desert. This portion begins the 4th book of the Torah. Right after this Shabbos we enter the Yom Tov of Shavuous – the giving of the Torah. Thus indeed a very special Shabbos

With this in mind that Shavuous comes right after the reading of Bimeedbar, it clearly is an indication that surviving a desert requires Torah.

In the actual Torah Reading we find something that perhaps could be classified as strange. The Torah notes that each tribe had their own flag and that each group of 3 tribes had an additional flag. When they traveled they marched with their flags. Their flags were of different colors and different pictures and different Hebrew letters. This was quite an elaborate display. This is something we might use in a kid’s camp when we divide them in groups and get them excited. However these were adults. Perhaps it was a way of getting their kids excited, as they went to Camp Bimeedbar for 40 years.

However, indeed, each flag with the choice of color, picture and wording was a lesson and expression for each tribe.

This perhaps is a teaching for us that when we begin each day we need to go out with our “flag” of Judaism. We are to enter the “Meedbar” the desert (world) with our personal “flag” of Torah and Mitzvos. We are indeed members of a special tribe. We are members of a Jewish nation and are not to be ashamed but rather proud. We are to perform our Jewish duties and responsibilities in a very positive way that proudly flies like a flag.

May we merit to fulfill our mandate, to fulfill the Torah with beauty and pride that will soon lead to the building of the 3rd Holy Temple in Jerusalem and the Meedbar,the desert will no longer be a desert. It will be filled with all that is good and beautiful.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 6, 2018

Bihar – Bichukosy In The Mountain – In The Statutes

This week, we again have a double portion and conclude the book of Vayikra, the third book of the Torah.

In the portion of the Torah Reading we find in the section of Bihar a verse telling us not to hurt our fellow person with words. We can hurt a person with words in many different ways including giving intentional bad advice.

This is the 3rd book of the Torah called Vayeekra, the Al-mighty calling on us to do the right thing in life. It is very important to not hurt our fellow Jew with words. We are indeed a Holy Nation and must act accordingly. Our brothers and sisters are important in the eyes of the Al-mighty and therefore important in our eyes. We need to extend ourselves on their behalf and not misdirect them intentionally.

Knowing that we are concerned in helping others out will serve as a safeguard to survive in the desert, the 4th Book that we will soon begin.

We will also bless this month on Shabbos, the month of Sivan, when we all came together as one nation ready to receive the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

Let us be fully concerned about not hurting our fellow Jew, assisting when we can and this will hopefully lead us to Redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 29, 2018

Emor – Say

This week’s Torah Reading is Emor – Say. In the Torah Reading we find towards the very end the famous expression “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”. We of course know that it means monetary compensation. It also means fair market value. Thus if the eye of a baseball pitcher was knocked out, the individual would end up broke as he could not afford the monetary compensation. (It was a good thing they did not have baseball back then).

The beginning of the Torah Reading deals with the Kohaneem and Kohen Gadol, very special holy stuff. It seems strange we end off with hurting another Jew.

Perhaps this is another reminder that we must always have at the forefront the concern for another Jew. As Hillel said in regards to the single important advice he gave to this person that wanted to know the entire Torah while stand on 1 leg, “What you do not like do not do to others.”

Right after the Torah Reading of Kedosheem, the concept of being Holy, we discuss, in the next portion, the holy representatives of our nation, the Kohaneem. This also teaches us that we all have to strive to be proper servants to the Al-mighty. In addition to the service we do in the Temple, we have an obligation, a priority obligation, to treat our fellow Jews with the utmost respect and love.

This can be why the portion ends on that note. We are reminded that our service requires that we act in a very proper way towards our fellow Jews. In this way we merit the Holy Temple and the service done by the Kohaneem in the Holy Temple. May we soon experience this again.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 22, 2018

Acharay – Kedosheem After – Holy

This week’s Torah Reading is once again a double portion. We find ourselves in the midst of studying Pirchei Avos, Ethics of Our Fathers and counting the omer, leading up to the receiving of the Torah.

In the Torah Reading of Kedosheem it lists right away 3 commandments to follow. These 3 selected are part of the original 10 Commandment.

They are to fear your mother and your father (your mother is mentioned first as the tendency is to fear the father first. In the original 10 Commandments it placed the father first when talking about honor, because a child has a special love and thus honor for his/her mother who makes the yummy food). Then mentioned in the very same sentence is to guard the Shabbos. Finally the 3rd one mentioned in its own sentence is not to turn to idols and make idols.

Thus these 3 certainly play a role in our being classified as a Holy Nation. How we treat our parents and the love and respect we show them is vital in our being pure and holy. Similarly, how we spend our special 7th day, Shabbos, sets the tone for the week which is blessed by the Shabbos. By showing how we make Shabbos special this helps us make each day following, holy and special in the service to the Al-mighty.

Finally, not to turn to idols helps us to maintain pure values. We will not fall into the trap of running after some of the crazy things the people around us do and give them high priority. Torah tells us what is special, those items that can be used in the proper service to the Al-mighty are what we should be looking to acquire and make.

Let us focus on these holy activities, strive to be Kedosheem, a Holy Nation and soon we will have our Holy 3rd Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 15, 2018

Tazreeah – Metzorah Conceive – Lepor

This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. The week also begins with the Rosh Chodesh – the New Month of Iyar. This is the month that the Al-mighty cures us. In Hebrew, the month is spelled Aleph, Yud, then Yud, and Raish. This is a short form for Aleph (Ani or Anochi – I am) the 2 Yuds (one of the short names for the Al-mighty) and Raish (Rofecha – who heals you). This is the month of healing.

In the Torah Reading we start off with informing us that after a woman gives birth she becomes impure. The time factor varies from a boy to a girl.

The overall concept of this impurity, and in general the woman’s menstrual cycle, takes us back to the Garden of Eden and the original sin committed by Chava (Eve). This was of course the eating of the fruit from the forbidden tree. So began the expulsion from Gan Eden – the special Garden of Eden.

Perhaps now that a new child has been born and as a result the mother is in a state of impurity, a message is being sent to the mother and also to the father to raise the precious child, boy or girl, in a way that teaches them to avoid temptation and to do the right thing in life. In this way contamination and impurity will be avoided.

Indeed a time will again come when the world will be fully cleansed with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple and women will no longer go through a stage of impurity. This is a good month as the Al-mighty is present and active to provide a proper healing.

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