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.

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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.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 8, 2018

Matos – Masii Tribes- Journeys

This week’s Torah reading is a double portion. Matos – Tribes followed by Masii – Journeys. This also concludes the 4th Book of the Torah called Bamidbar – In the Desert.

In the Torah Reading of Masii it mentions that Aaron died on Mt Hor. Right after it mentions his death it states that the Canaanite king, Arad heard. The famous commentator, Rashi, points out that the king heard that Aaron had passed away and as a result, the clouds that protected the Jewish Nation due to Aaron’s honor, were no longer present. This gave the king the idea that he could attack the Jewish Nation.

What we see from here is that when our enemies perceive a weakness they will think that it is okay to attack and do us harm. It was for this reason that the Canaanite nation was specifically selected to be ousted from the land of Israel. Something the Jews did not fully do and led to many problems later on.

In our own personal lives it is important to build fences from those things that can harm us. On a broader scale we as a nation must take the correct steps in seeing to it that those that have shown they wish to do us harm are no longer able to do so.

Just as we are ending the 4th Book of Bamidbar – In the Dessert, may we soon merit to end Golus – Exile, and all enter the Holy Land with our 3rd Holy Temple led by Moshiach and Moshe and Aaron as well as King David and the rest of our holy nation, including of course Avraham, Yitzchak and Yakov.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 1, 2018

Pinchas – Pinchas

This week’s Torah Reading is called Pinchas. In the Torah Reading we find that Moshe is instructed to publicly appoint Yehoshua as the future leader of Israel.
Moshe was perhaps a bit disappointed it was not his kid to take over, but Yehoshua was indeed close to Moshe as his number 1 student.

This takes place in this Parsha perhaps because we also find a special appointment made. Pinchas, for his special conduct, is appointed an official Cohen. He, Pinchas, is also Eliyahu Hanavi, the special person in the future who will announce the final leader, Moshiach.

Indeed as we examine this Parsha we find it fully packed, as mentioned before in a previous posting, by containing the various Jewish holidays we celebrate.

Thus to complete the package it is appropriate to announce to all of Israel who will be the leader and set that system up.

We can learn from here that it is best to set in motion a new situation when just having completed a very positive event. This new situation is readily accepted by those that it will effect.

In our own personal growth it is good to instill a positive activity just after having accomplished something special. May we have many of these positive accomplishments and activities until we have the final accomplishment Moshiach and the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 24, 2018

Balak – Balak

This week’s Torah Reading is Balak. He was a nasty king that hired Bilam, another nasty person, to curse the Jews. What else is new?

We find an amazing statement after the failures Bilam has in cursing the Jews. In fact, each time he tried, he ended up blessing the Jews.

This was not quite what King Balak paid him an incredible amount of money to do. Each time Bilam blessed the Jews the king got really ticked off.

Finally he has it out with Bilam. Bilam tells him the amazing statement. I can only do and say what the Al-mighty permits me.

Well here we have it. A person can only do what the Al-mighty permits that person to do.

Thus when we see negative things this must be a sign or message that things need to improve on our part so the Al-mighty will not allow this negative to happen and actually change it to a positive.

We as a Jewish nation have this special gift to make things positive happen.

Let us work for the ultimate positive by bringing Moshiach and having our 3rd Bais Hamikdash.

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.

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.

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