Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 14, 2019

Acharay – After

This week’s Torah Reading is Acharay – After (the death of the 2 sons of Aaron). We also bless the New Month of Iyar on Shabbos. We have finished celebrating Pesach and are in the midst of counting the Omer leading up to Shavuous – the giving of the Torah. Finally, we also begin to learn Pirkey Avos – Ethics of Our Fathers this Shabbos. Wow very fully packed.

In the Torah Reading, towards the end we read about whom we are permitted to marry and a morality code.

We are also told to abstain from homosexuality and bestiality. The Torah calls this type of activity an abomination.

In our world today, unfortunately this is not seen that way. There are actual movements in support of this form of activity. The Torah is telling us that this is not proper in very harsh tones to perhaps be clear on this negative behavior.

We need to recognize what is the correct way in life and set a proper example for others to follow. By leading proper lives and having a positive impact on society we can hasten the coming of redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 7, 2019

Metzorah – Lepor

The week’s Torah Reading is called Metzorah – A Leper, dealing with the unusual skin rashes called leprosy. It is also Shabbos Hagodal, the big Shabbos that comes before Pesach. On this day the Jewish people showed their great faith and strength by taking the sheep they would soon use for a sacrifice and tie it to a pole. The sheep was an Egyptian idol and yet the Jewish nation was not afraid to go against the Egyptians by this act. This was a very positive strong act of faith the Jewish people performed.

We find a very interesting section in the Torah that tells us that if a person is a “Dal” – “Poor” and does not have the finances there is an alternative offering that can be brought. Thus the Torah covers all various levels of people to be able to atone and be purified.

In our dealings with people we sometimes bend over backwards for the wealthy and perhaps ignore the poor. The Torah is reminding us they we need to give attention to all, whether wealthy or poor. The Al-mighty provides a way for the poor as we must also provide a way for them to fulfill their obligations in life.

When we take into account all the nation and feel that we are truly one, this will help bring about the final redemption. As we are in the month of redemption may it indeed be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 31, 2019

Tazreeyah – Conceive

This week we read the Portion Tazreeyah and a special reading called Hachodesh (the New Month – referring to the command given to sanctify the New Month which was the month of Nissan, the month the Jews would leave Egypt. This marked the beginning of the Jewish nation and their first command as a nation.) It is also Rosh Chodesh Nissan this Shabbos. Thus we will be reading from 3 Torahs, a fully packed Shabbos.

In the Torah portion we read that we sit 7 days until we again become pure. The number 7 has a variety of ideas. The first that may come to mind is the 7 days of creation. Perhaps this serves as a time to reflect how when I am again pure I can better serve the Al-mighty each day of the week.

Another area that the number 7 refers to is the 7 emotions a person is composed of. This again could serve as a time to reflect that when I am again pure I will use my emotions for positive things in life and abstain from the negative impure things that one encounters during the course of a day.

Let us hope that just as this coming Shabbos marks the month of the Jewish Nation’s redemption from Egypt and the renewal of the moon, that we as a nation are compared to the moon, we succeed in serving the Al-mighty better with all our 7 emotions. This will then lead to the final redemption may it happen swiftly.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 24, 2019

Shmeenee Eighth

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shmeenee – Eighth. It is also special in that it is Parshas Para, the reading of Para – The Red Heffer. This tells us it is time for purification to get ready to bring the special offering that was brought for Pesach during the time we had the Holy Temples. It is also the Shabbos that we bless the new month coming up on next Shabbos, the month of Nissan, the month of our redemption. A fully pact Shabbos.

In the Torah Reading we read that when Aaron finished with his various offerings he raised his hands and blessed the people. This he did out of his own love for the Jewish Nation. Thus we find that Kohaneem have a special affection for the Jewish Nation. As a result of this special love the Kohaneem have, they were given the Mitzvah, Commandment, of Birchas Kohaneem, the Blessings of the Kohaneem. This we have in our prayers and are done in a special manner on the Yom Toveem, Holidays. In Israel it is done daily.

As mentioned in other writings, every Jew has an obligation to feel like a Kohane in his love and service to the Al-mighty. Thus we should have in our hearts to wish to bless our fellow Jews when we see them. This warm feeling we cultivate towards our fellow Jews will help bring the final redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 17, 2019

Tzav – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is called Tzav – Command. We find a very interesting lesson in common sense.

When it came time to remove the large pile of ashes from the alter, after many usages, the Kohen was told to switch clothes. This was to avoid messing up the garments he did the daily service with. The analogy is a nice one. When you cook, chances are you will get a bit messed up, so when it comes time to serve the guests, you switch to nice clean clothes.

This is an interesting concept. There are times that we need to serve the Al-mighty by doing some dirty work. Guess what is soon coming up after Purim. Yep it will be time to clean the house for Pesach. That should be done wearing the common sense clothing and not the priceless dress or suit.

Torah is teaching us that part of serving the Al=mighty indeed involves common sense. Yes there are Commandments that we are given that are called Chukeem, Statutes that make no sense. We are to do those because we were commanded.

However our day to day life is based on common sense. (In today’s world that may be a bit difficult, given all the crazy things that we see going on). However if we are living a Torah life, that will guide us to proper common sense.

With a combination of fulfilling Mitzvos and doing acts of common sense we will soon merit having the 3rd Holy Temple built.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 10, 2019

Vayeekrah – And He Called

This week’s Torah Reading begins the 3rd book in the Torah, Vayeekra – And He called. It is also called Shabbos Zachor – Remember, to remember Amalek that attacked us right away in the desert in an effort that we should not accept the Torah at Mt. Sinai.

In the Torah portion we read that we are to bring a Korban Olah – an Olah offering. The translation of the word “Olah” means “going up”. There are a variety of explanations for the use of the word “Olah”.

Some explain that it means the entire sacrifice goes up in flames. Others explain that it atones for the sinful thoughts that go up and enter a person’s mind. Still others explain that it raises the sinner, who brought the offer, to a state of spiritual elevation.

What we can see and learn is that we should not give up because we erred and sinned. It is indeed very possible to create an elevation and be forgiven. The physical as well as the individual person can be elevated through the Korban Olah by making a sacrifice to come closer to the Al-mighty.

May we all succeed in our efforts to come closer and elevate and also be elevated until we merit the coming of Moshiach and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 3, 2019

Pikudai – Accountings

This week’s Torah Reading is called Pikudai. It is the final portion in the second book of the Torah called Shemos – Names (Exodus). The book concludes with the building of the Mishkan – Temple, and then the dedication later on the 1st day of Nisan, the month the Jewish Nation experienced their freedom from Egypt and exile.

The Torah portion and the second book, called Exodus concludes with the concept of the Intense Cloud of Glory resting on the Mishkan. This is symbolical of the presence that our Avos, Forefathers, Avraham, Yizchak and Yakov experienced. The mothers, Sarah, Rivka, Rachel and Leah would light the Shabbos candles and they would remain lit, by way of a miracle, all week.

The idea that Exodus concludes with the Divine present over the Temple symbolizes the complete Exodus from the Exile the Jewish nation was in while in Egypt.

We are told that during the first and second Temples in Israel there was a Divine presence as well. Miracles actually took place that could be seen.

We are told that the 3rd Holy Temple will have the greatest level of the Divine presence where amazing miracles will once again be seen.

May we work hard to come together as a nation, symbolized by last week’s Torah Reading Vayakhale, and the special Mafter that we read last week of giving the Half Shekel. Finalized by the actual doing as in this week’s Torah Reading that concludes the Book of Exodus. This will hopefully lead to our final redemption and to the building of our 3rd Holy Temple and the powerful Divine presence with wonderful miracles occurring each day.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 24, 2019

Vayakhale – And He Gathered

This week we read Vayakhale – And He Gathered. Because it is a leap year (2 Adars), we will read Pikuday, separately, next week.

In the Torah Reading we find a a very interesting and positive concept. The Jewish Nation is commanded to build the Mishkan, temporary Temple in the desert, which would travel with them during their journeys.

One would have thought this was a job for the construction workers, namely the men. Yet in the Torah we see how prominent a role the women played. When it came to giving donations to the building of the Temple the women were quick to even donate their jewelry. This is a powerful statement. They were involved in the sewing and other activities needed for the Temple.

We find when it comes to the home, the individual Temple, again the Jewish woman plays a primary role. She lights the Shabbos candles whose splendor impact on the entire week. Remember that the candles Sarah lit actually lasted an entire week.

All her activities are geared to make the home a holy place that will give energy to deal with what we encounter outside the home. With their positive input may we very soon merit the 3rd Holy Temple.

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.

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.

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