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.

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.

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