Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 17, 2019

Kee Seesa – When You Will Count

This week’s Torah Reading is called Kee Seesa – When You Will Count. The method used to count the Jewish Nation is giving a 1/2 Shekel (similar to the 1/2 dollar) by each male over the age of 20. It was given to be used in the Temple.

We find that upon seeing the Golden Calf, Moshe breaks the 2 Tablets containing the 10 Commandments. These 2 Tablets were special in that they were formed by the Al-mighty and written by the Al-mighty. Moshe felt that the Jewish people were unworthy of receiving this when he saw the idol. The Al-mighty agreed with Moshe’s actions.

We found that when Adam and Chava ate from the forbidden fruit they were no longer permitted to be in the Garden of Eden and realized that they were naked and covered themselves. Their status in life was lowered.

The Jewish nation, after the Golden Calf, had their status lowered and thus were not deserving to have the set of Tablets that the Al-mighty made.

Moshe will make a second set and the Al-mighty will engrave them. This symbolized also a lower standard. This would serve as a reminder that we are to constantly work on ourselves to elevate our level in life.

We will have accomplished this task upon the coming of Moshiach and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple. May it be very soon.

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Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 10, 2019

Titzaveh – Command

This week we read about the special garments that were made for the Kohaneem and the Kohen Gadol. A tremendous emphasis is placed on their attire when doing service in the Holy Mishkan – Temple.

We find an interesting activity in relation to Aaron and his sons. The blood is sprinkled on Aaron’s right ear, right thumb, and right toe. This was also done to his sons.

It is perhaps interesting to note that the emphasis was on the right. The attribute of kindness is referred to being on the right side.

Aaron and his sons were the priests of the Jewish nation. Their role was to listen with kindness, symbolized by the sprinkling of blood on the right ear and to act and move in kindness, symbolized by the blood sprinkled on their right thumb and toe.

We as a Jewish nation have to be sensitive and concerned and listen to the emotions of our brothers and sisters as they express them. We must then be prepared to even go and assist them with kindness when necessary.

This approach will hopefully soon lead to the building of the 3rd Holy Temple where Aaron and his descendants will once again be serving us in kindness.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 3, 2019

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.

In the construction of the Temple each board had two tenons protruding. These were inserted into two silver sockets.

Man is often compared to a tree, which wood comes from. Just as there were 2 tenons protruding man has two feet to stand on, a right and left foot.

In Judaism we deal with two fundamental emotions, love and fear – Ahava and Yirah, or kindness and strength – chesed and gevurah. We stand on these and they support our actions.

The wooden planks with their 2 tenons and then 2 sockets are perhaps a way of letting us know that our Holy Temple, our body needs to have these 2 tenons and sockets – love and fear as well as kindness and strength in our daily life. In this way we are connected with the Holy Temple, may it be soon physically built.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 27, 2019

Mishpateem – Civil Laws

This week’s Torah Reading is Mishpateem – Civil Laws. It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos we bless the new Hebrew month of Adar. Since this year is a leap year, where we add an additional Hebrew month it is called Adar Reeshon, the 1st Adar.

In the Torah Reading we find a very interesting concept. The Torah states “Do not follow the majority for evil”. Specifically this is referring to a judge to be independent and not be influenced by a majority of opinions if he believes they are incorrect. He should remain firm.

In our society we are often influenced by the conduct of a large group of people in so many different ways. The Torah is telling us to always remain strong and choose the proper Torah path.

In the end we will also feel better about ourselves knowing that what we have chosen was purely our own decision. We were not sort of forced to go along with the majority.

By remaining strong in our proper commitments, we will hopefully soon experience the coming of our final redemption and the building of the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 20, 2019

Yisro – Yisro

This week’s Torah Reading is called Yisro – Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, who was obviously very special. It is also the week that Tu Bi Shvat – the 15th of the Hebrew month of Shvat – the New Year for trees, is celebrated, (Monday). Man is compared to a tree as it states, Ki Adam Eitz Hasada – Man is like a tree of the field. It is a New Year for trees so in some way it is a New Year for Mankind.

It is also interesting to further note that this week’s Torah Reading is of the giving of the Torah and the 10 Commandments at Mt. Sinai – a new beginning for the Jewish Nation. We the Jewish Nation take on a committed life style to the Al-mighty. Through the Torah and the Jewish Nation, the rest of the world is blessed.

In the 10 Commandments we find the 2nd Commandment to be “Not to Worship Idols”.
This Commandment encompasses many different levels and ideas. Some may sound silly today to us, such as the worship of the idol Pe’Or, which is to defecate (make a poop) in front of the idol.

One of our idols today may be $money. Yes, it plays a role in our life, but interesting to note that in the American bill, it clearly states “In G-d We Trust.”

Often we find people are prepared to do various negative things for money. We need a constant reminder of the events of Mt.Sinai to strengthen our resolve to always do what is right rather than give in to the monetary temptation. This strength of resolve will ultimately lead us to the redemption and the building of the 3rd Beis Hamikdosh, may it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 13, 2019

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.

There is an interesting expression, “Action speaks louder than words”.

We find in the Torah Reading when the Jewish Nation sees the Egyptian army behind them and the Yom Soof, the waters blocking there way to freedom, in front of them there is a problem. This causes Moshe to cry out to the Al-mighty. The Al-mighty responds with the statement “Why are you crying out to Me? Speak to the Jewish Nation that they should travel forward.”

In life we sometimes come across apparent barriers which seem to block our objectives in life. When we know what our agenda is, we need to take action and just simply do it with the faith that the Al-mighty will grant us success.

We may be tempted to get bogged down in prayers and complaining and more prayers. This is not the time. When we are faced with the obstacle and know what we are to do, just do it with the faith that Hashem will provide what is necessary for you to succeed.

We need to march forward doing acts of kindness and helping our fellow Jews until the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh will be built and the world will be redeemed. May it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | January 6, 2019

Bo – Come

This week’s Torah Reading is called Bo – Come. This week is also the week of the new month of Shevat.

In the Torah Reading we come across the Mitzvah of redeeming the first born male. (This was talked about in the Bo of 2016 as Shabbos was the 6th of Shevat, the birth of my first born years ago and this Shabbos is again the 6th of Shevat. ( https://mosesfromsinai.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/bo-come-5/ )

In the same aliyah right after this Mitvah it begins with the question that your child will ask Mah Zos – What is this? (that is also how the Maftir begins).

We respond by telling him that the Al-mighty took us out with a strong hand. This is actually a lesson for us. When we find ourselves in a state of Golus – Exile, inhibited in doing what is correct we need to take a strong approach.
We have to summon our strength and recognize how important this Mitzvah – Good Deed is and see that we overcome the obstacles and do it. By using this approach we will experience a sense of going out of our inner bondage and this will ultimately lead to the future full redemption may it be very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 30, 2018

VaAirah – And I Appeared

This week’s Torah Reading is called VaAirah – And I Appeared. This Torah Reading marks the beginning of the 10 Plagues, which sets in motion the ultimate redemption of the Jewish Nation from Egypt. It is also the Shabbos that we bless the New Month of Shevat.

The first plague was Blood. The waters turned to blood. The fish in the Nile River the Torah tells us also died. (The Egyptians were big on eating fish as they worshiped many animals and did not kill them.) (Worry not, Goshen, where the Jews lived, had fish for Shabbos.)

It is interesting to note that during the Flood when all the animals died except those on the ark, the fish were spared. Here the fish are not, so as to increase the hardship of the plague on the Egyptians. There would be nothing positive coming from the Nile.

Remember Paroh used the Nile River to kill the Jewish boys. This could be called a partial payback time. The Red Sea splitting for the Jewish Nation and then the Egyptians drowning would be the later payback.

We find that when the Al-mighty created the fish, they were given a special blessing to multiply. (This would be needed as mankind would catch and consume a great deal of fish). Thus a further symbolism to the Egyptians, by seeing the dead fish, would be just as you are trying to reduce the Jewish Nation by killing off the boys, you will be eventually greatly reduced.

Our history has shown that nations do well when they are good to the Jewish people and when they are not things begin to go downhill.

Soon we will leave our Golus – Exile, just as the Jewish Nation did and then all the good people in the world will benefit as well (and have their fish to eat too).

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 23, 2018

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 will also bless the new month of Shevat.

In the Torah Reading we read that Moshe is concerned that the Jewish people will doubt him when he relates what his purpose is. The Al-mighty then asks Moshe what he is holding in his hand. Moshe responds that it is a staff. The Al-mighty then tells Moshe to throw it on the ground and turns it into a live snake. (Hollywood special affects can take a lesson here).

Moshe runs from the snake. The Al-mighty then instructs Moshe to stretch forth his hand and grab the snake by the tail. Moshe does this and the snake reverts back to a staff. (Moshe is ultimately a brave person with great faith to be able to reach out and grab the snake).

This was a lesson to Moshe not to speak bad about the Jewish Nation. He is to use this staff and perform the same event as to show the people that the Al-mighty indeed cares about His nation.

In our long history of exile, we have been shown various signs that the Al-mighty ultimately cares about us. Even though we have suffered greatly as well at times, we have escaped total destruction and succeeded in rebuilding.

This needs to be a positive sign to us that we will ultimately be redeemed from our exile and see Moshiach and the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | December 16, 2018

Vayichee – And He Lived

This week’s Torah Reading is Vayichee. It is the last portion in the first book of the Torah. This week is also the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Teves. This day marks the beginning stages of the destruction of the Beis Hamikdosh, the Holy Temple and the beginning of the Jewish exile.

In the Torah Reading we read the blessing that Dan is given, “Dan Yadeen Amo” – that Dan will avenge his nation. This refers to Samson who will take care of the Philistines later in history.

Samson will be able to unite the Jewish nation and bring harmony back. In so doing they will be able to overcome their enemies.

This clearly is a lesson to us. By using proper judgement and recognizing our responsibilities as well as carrying them out, we will bring unity to the Jewish nation and peace to the world.

Indeed Yakov is telling us a way that brings about redemption. We need to work on our Achdus, our unity with ourselves and our brothers and sisters and the Al-mighty and the world we live in.

In this way we shortly will have our 3rd Bais Hamikdosh.

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