Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 16, 2018

Ha’azeenu – Give Ear

The Torah reading Ha’azeenu = “Give Ear” is the last weekly portion read on Shabbos. The final portion, Vizos Habracha – “This is the Blessing” is read on Shmeenee Atzeres – Simchas Torah.

In the Torah Reading we find a very important phrase, “Zechor Yimos Olam” – “Remember the days of yore”. We are reminded to remember our past and learn from them. Wow is this a powerful statement and lesson. If indeed we would look at the past and learn from them, how life would be much better.

We often say ‘forget it, that was then not now’. Yes sometimes that may be true but before we act, it is important that we examine the situation well. Often what happened in the past can be avoided by a change in our actions. If we continue to drive on the same path we are bound to see the same problems. It is a sign that we should choose a better direction.

Life is filled with many daily events. We need to learn from them how to best react and live our proper daily lives.

Indeed by “Remembering the days of yore” we will be motivated to improve our lives in such a way that shortly we will see the 3rd Holy Bais Hamikdosh and be united with Moshiach in Jerusalem. May it be this New Year we have entered.

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Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 12, 2018

Vayailech – And He Went

The Torah Reading for this week is Vayailech – And He Went. It is also Shabbos Shuva, the Shabbos before Yom Kippur where we are focused on returning to the Al-mighty by avoiding the negatives and doing the positives in life.

In the Torah Reading we read that Moshe informs us that we have been rebels against the Al-mighty and will be so in the future.

This is very powerful. Moshe is saying that we have a tendency to rebel against the Al-mighty. Perhaps this is one reason why we read this Torah portion before Rosh Hashona or Yom Kippur. This is a wake up call to not be a rebel. We need to repent and do the will of the Al-mighty. It is certainly with in our ability to repent and the beauty is that the Al-mighty will forgive us.

We are approaching Shabbos Shuva which then leads shortly into Yom Kippur, a day of repentance. We should use this week remaining, after having celebrated Rosh Hashona to remove the areas of rebellion and want to do what is expected of us.

In this way we indeed will be sealed for a special blessed year and hopefully the building of our 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 2, 2018

Netzaveem – Standing

This week’s Torah Reading is called Nitzaveem. It alludes to the concept of standing before the Al-mighty on our New Year, Rosh Hashona. Nitzaveen is always read before Rosh Hashona, alone or combined with the next Torah Reading.

In the Parsha we read, that what is being asked of us is not impossible to do. In life we often get that feeling that this or that is impossible for me. Generally speaking if it is thrown your way there is a way to accomplish the mission.

We are a nation that has survived many amazing events. This in itself is an indication that we can accomplish great things. We are indeed standing before the Al-mighty even after all these many years that have included tragic events to our people.

This should be actually an encouragement that the mission is very possible and near completion. We stand before the Judge of the entire world waiting and praying for the final Redemption. May it be this coming year.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 26, 2018

Ki Savo – When You Will Come

This week’s Torah Reading is called Key Savo – When You Will Come (into the promised land of Israel).

This week also contains the birthdays of two very famous Rabbis, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidus and Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad. This takes place on the 18th of Elul, Wednesday.

We then have 12 days until Rosh Hashona, where each of the remaining days can be used to find redemption for each of the 12 months of the year. This we should take advantage of by ensuring that each day is filled with good days and regret for the past negative deeds.

In the Torah portion we read that when building an alter to perform sacrifices on it you should use complete stones and not partial stones. This is an important message in our day to day lives.

Each day and also many times during the day we are called upon to make various types of sacrifices. Our natural tendency might be to go about it in a lackadaisical way. Not put our full and proper effort into what we are facing or doing. The Torah is telling us that when dealing with sacrifices we need to use a complete stone, we need to give it full and proper effort and time.

With this approach we will soon merit to have our 3rd Holy Temple where we will be able to have our Alter and bring the proper sacrifices.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 19, 2018

Ki Taitzai – When You Will Go Out

In this week’s Torah Reading, Key Taitzai – “When you go Out” (to battle), there are numerous Positive and Negative commands. The actual count is 27 Positive commands and 47 Negative commands, for a total of 74 commandments. Fully pact to perhaps get us ready for the New Year coming up.

We find an interesting concept for men in the army. When you go out to do battle, you should guard yourself from all types of evil. Often we hear of stories from other armies that do indeed perform evil acts. We as a holy nation must abstain from such type of behavior.

This concept can also allude to the idea of our daily battles in life. Each day when we exit our home, kiss the mezzuzah as a reminder that the Al-mighty will protect our goings and comings, we have an obligation that our activities be pure.

This is indeed a difficult challenge with the type of world we live in. That perhaps is why when going to battle out in the world, we need to be full of Mitzvos, commandments, as a reminder and to give us the strength to overcome the battles we will face in our day to day lives.

May each day be one of victory until the ultimate victory which is Moshiach coming and the building of our 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 12, 2018

Shofteem – Judges

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shofteem – Judges. We also have entered the special month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashona, the New Year. We begin to add prayers and also blow the Shofar after the morning prayers. This is a special time to renew our connection to the Al-mighty and to receive a positive judgement for the New Year.

In the Torah Reading we find that we should not offer a blemished animal or bring somthing bad as an offering. This is a life lesson.

When we are involved in anything we should see to it that we are doing that which is proper and has no ‘blemish’ or is bad. Our actions, our emotions and our thoughts should not have a blemish or be bad.

It is important, the Torah tells us, that when we do something it should be positive. If are actions will be on a positive side than this will bring closer the ultimate redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 5, 2018

Ri-aih – See

This week’s Torah Reading is Ri’aih – See. It is also the Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, the new month of Elul, a month that we have to examine and look at our deeds we did or did not do for the year that is quickly ending. Soon it will be Rosh Hashona – The New Year and we have to make amends to receive the proper blessings.

In the Torah Reading we come across a very unusual concept. The Al-mighty is telling us not to pick up on the culture of the nations we conquer when we enter the land Israel. One that is described is the idea of throwing their sons and daughters into the fire for the ideologies they follow. Wild. We are talking at that time literally throwing their sons and daughters into the fire as sacrifices to their idols. In our thinking, certainly insane.

However there is a subtle area here that we need to watch out for. That is the culture that the others nations may live by that are totally against Torah values. How they expose their children to so much ‘garbage’ in today’s society.
Even the public schools are having issues today that are literally life threatening. It is paramount that we see that our children are exposed to only the positive aspects and are kept away from that which is very harmful to them.

We cannot throw our sons and daughters into the burning fires of society. We need to keep them surrounded with ‘pleasant water’ (the Torah is compared to water which causes healthy growth). May we merit to have children that are indeed blessed and see our Holy 3rd Beis Hamikdosh shortly.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 29, 2018

Aikev – Heel

This week’s Torah reading is called Aikev – “The Heel”. In this week’s Torah Reading we come across the Hebrew phrase, ” ViAchalta, ViSavata, uVairachta”, “You Will Eat, You Will Be Satisfied, and You Will Bless”.

From here we learn the Mitzva to Bench, to say the blessings after we eat.

This has also perhaps a deeper meaning in life. It is important for us to show appreciation for even the small things that happen to us in life. We chose to Bench, to say the after blessings even if we ate a small portion of bread. This is indeed a key concept.

There are so many things that occur in our day to day lives. If we are thankful for the blessings the Al-mighty gives us then He will continue to give us blessings. Life in the normal sense is, if someone does something good for you and you do not acknowledge it, then the next time that person may not choose to do something good again for you. If you show appreciation, then chances are that person will repeat. We want the Al-mighty to give us blessings, including the ultimate blessing, the 3rd Holy Temple. The best thing for us to keep doing, is to bless the Al-mighty for all that we take in and are given, even if it is a small amount.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 27, 2018

Vaeschanan – And I Prayed

This week’s Shabbos is called Shabbos Nachamu. It comes after Tisha B’Av, the destruction of the Temple and the exile of the Jewish nation. The reading from the Prophets, beginning with the word Nachamu, is to provide comfort to the Jewish people. We actually have 7 readings of comfort during the next 7 weeks.

In the Torah Reading Moshe stresses not to make a graven image of any kind to serve as an idol. In some ways this is a strange statement and an unusual thing to remind the Jewish Nation not to do.

However, when we think about how we approach life and live on a daily basis, there indeed is a possible tendency to give too much value to various items in our physical world. We can get carried away and almost make an idol out of this indeed special item. but we need to put the item in the proper perspective. Yes their are things out there that are special, and have even monetary value, but they are just that ‘things’.

The Al-mighty is the one that provides us all with our life sustenance. We need to be constantly aware of this reality.

May we soon merit the final episode in our wanderings with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 15, 2018

Devareem – Words

This week begins the 5th book of the Torah, Devareem – Words. This coming Shabbos is actually Tisha B’Av, when our holy temple was destroyed. The fast is pushed off and begins towards evening Saturday night.

Right at the very beginning of the Torah Reading, Devareem – Words, we learn a very interesting concept. When giving rebuke, and at the same time encouragement, it is best to hint at the negative aspects of a person rather than come out in an aggressive nature.

Moshe is giving, so to speak, his last will and testament to the Jewish Nation. He will shortly pass on and Yehoshua will take over as leader. Moshe wants to give courage and advice to the Jewish Nation as they make plans to finally enter the promised land of Israel.

Moshe wishes to point out their mistakes in a gentle way so that they can learn from them and not repeat them. Their remaining in the promised land is based on living a proper Torah life. Moshe is giving them the sound advice how to go about living this life without falling into the pit holes that are out there.

We need to learn that when we deal with another human being and wish to correct or advise how they should conduct them self it is best not to embarrass them. We have to just hint at the areas that need improvement and hint at how they had previously erred. They will respect and appreciate what and how we are saying this. Thus they will be more inclined to follow our suggestions.

May will all continue to walk in the correct path and hopefully as we push off the fast of Tisha B’Av this year as it falls on Shabbos to Sunday, let us hope it will be completely pushed off with the building of our 3rd Holy Temple and the Redemption of the Jewish Nation with Moshiach at the forefront.

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