Posted by: mosesfromsinai | October 2, 2017

ViZos HaBracha – And This Is The Blessing

The final section, Vizos Habrach – And This Is The Blessing, is read on the Yom Tov of Simchos Torah according to all customs. It is the final blessings that Moshe gave before his death. They are beautiful blessings. They come after we have celebrated Yom Kippur and Succos. Thus being forgiven for our sins and filling our basket so to speak with the mitzvos found in the Yom Tov of Succos.

In the actual Torah Reading we find that Moshe concludes his blessings with a unique statement. “Ashrecha Yisroel, Me Chamocha Am Nosha BaHashem” “Happy are you O Israel,who is like you? A nation saved by the Al-mighty.”

This phrase shows the very special and personal relationship we have with the Al-mighty. He is there to save us and as a result we are happy.

We read this portion indeed on Simchas Torah when we are in an amazing highly festive and happy mood. Perhaps after the holidays, when we will be going back to our daily schedule in life, it is the positive happy note that energizes us in the coming year to fulfill the will of the Al-mighty in a Simcha, joyous way. May we all enjoy the Yom Tov and soon experience the ultimate Simcha with the redemption and building of our 3rd Bais Hamikdash.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 17, 2017

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. Ha’azeenu is also often read on Shabbos Shuva, the Shabbos before Yom Kippur, as is the case this year. It is a special song, which is recommended to learn by heart. (good for the businessman). It was sung by Moshe (look out American Idol), before the Jewish nation enter Israel and just before Moshe will pass away on Mt. Navo. Thus it was meant to have a powerful impact on the Jewish Nation.

In the Torah portion, towards the very end, we find the phrase “BiEtzem Hayom Hazeh” – “In The Middle Of The Day”. Moshe was told to go up Har Navo, the mountain he was to die on, in the middle of the day. This was done to show that when the Al-mighty decrees an event it cannot be stopped. The Jewish people were very tempted to try and stop Moshe from going up Har Navo and thus stop his death. The Al-mighty is showing this cannot be.

This phase “BiEtzem Hayom Hazeh” – “In The Middle Of The Day” we find two other times. This first time in in the story of Noach and the flood. Noach is instructed to enter the Ark “BiEtzem Hayom Hazeh” – “In The Middle Of The Day”.
The people tried to stop Noach but there is no stopping him once the Al-mighty has set things in motion.

The second time is when the Egyptians tried to stop the Jews from leaving Egypt again the phrase used is “BiEtzem Hayom Hazeh” – “In The Middle Of The Day”.
They, the Egyptians, were not able to stop the Jewish Nation as there is no stopping the Jewish Nation once the Al-mighty has set things in motion.

We are promised that soon we will be redeemed and our 3rd Holy Temple will be rebuilt. Let us work and pray in the right direction so we can have the phrase,
“BiEtzem Hayom Hazeh” – “In The Middle Of The Day”, be used and seen in our final redemption.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 10, 2017

Nitzaveem-Vayailach Standing and You Went

This weeks Torah portion, read before Rosh Hashana, is Nitzaveem – “Standing”. (Standing for judgment on Rosh Hashana) and Vayailach. The Torah tells us that the covenant was made with those standing before Moses and with those that will stand in the future. The Torah is binding on all of us at all times and at all places. This is a very powerful statement. Further the rewards and punishments are also applicable at all times and at all places as outlined in the Torah.

This Saturday night we will also be going to the Synagogue after the mid night to say the special Selichos, prayers for forgiveness.

In the Torah Reading we find in the section of Nitzaveem that the curses listed will be affecting our enemies and those that hate us, when we fulfill the Mitzvos, Commandments. Our enemies are those that actually attack us and those that hate us are those that have a hatred for us in their hearts.

At times we worry what will be. We need to have Bitachon – faith, that when doing the will of the Al-mighty things will be good. In this way we can indeed be Nitzaveem – Standing , strong in our commitment and will to serve our Creator.

This attitude prepares us for the coming New Year and brings us the positive blessings. May we all have a special New Year with the ultimate blessing of redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | September 3, 2017

Key Savo – When You Will Come

This week’s Torah Reading is Key Savo – When You Will Come. Once again we find a portion in the Torah Reading that deals with curses for not fulfilling the Torah requirements.

Among the list, is the curse for someone who dishonors his father or mother. This one was also included in the 10 Commandments in the Positive format, Honor Your Father and Mother.

Parents play a vital role and it is important to honor them and not bring dishonor to them. This starts at an early stage in life and one’s respect for his/her parents is a constant theme. We fulfill this not only by doing as they request but by the very life we lead. When we lead a bright, shining life, it brings great honor to one’s father and mother. This is true even after one’s parents are in the heavenly world.

Let us work hard in this area and soon all of us will merit to see one’s parents and ourselves when we come into the Holy Land with the 3rd Temple. May it be very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 27, 2017

Key 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. Which is more than 10% of all the commandments in one Torah Reading ( There are 613 biblical commandments).

We find a very interesting positive commandment in regards to the building (purchase) of a new home. A person is required to make a fence for the roof (patio) so that someone will not fall off.

In life we or constantly pursuing and often acquiring different items. It is very important that we examine these items and see to it that the safety measures are installed. This includes our day to day actions and activities. Have we seen to it that we have the proper controls operating so as not to cause damage to others and to ourselves? A common example would be our mouths. They can cause a great deal of damage to others and to ourselves.

Each day is a battle as the Torah Reading alludes to. It is important that we are armed (with good deeds and the knowledge of Torah) and in control (with the will and desire to fulfill the Al-mighty’s commandments). In this way we will be able to defeat our enemy (the evil inclination) and do that which is expected of us.

May we be victorious in our personal battles and soon see the coming of Moshiach and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 20, 2017

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 a very unusual event. It states that if a person hates his neighbor and conceals himself and plots to kill him and indeed does so he will not find salvation in the cities of refuge. Those cities were designated for deaths caused by accident and not premeditation.

We might be tempted to have pity on this person that plotted and actually carried out the murder. We might think and feel that one person has already died isn’t that enough. The Torah is telling us that for this type of person, who plans and carries out an actual murder we are not to have mercy on. This killer has proven he is a danger to society by his behavior.

There are times we have to take a strong stance to protect the quality of life in our society and in our own family. The Torah is telling us that even though compassion is generally a good trait, when it can harm your community or family it must be set aside.

The portion is called Shofteem – Judges and it reminds us in life that we, at times, are all called upon to judge how to respond to various acts.

Let us make the correct decision with Torah as our guide.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 13, 2017

Ri’aih – See

This week’s Torah Reading is Ri’aih – See. It is also the Shabbos that we bless the 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 towards the end it talks about if one sees a needy person we should not harden our heart or close our hands in helping. You should try to assist the person.

This is a very important concept. We need to first be aware of our surroundings and the people we encounter. We have to be of a mindset in helping people when we can.

When we show an awareness for people in need this in a sense opens up the Al-mighty to recognize a need that His Jewish children have. Let us hope through our positive actions and our concerns for those who need help the Al-mighty will provide the ultimate help we need and take us out of exile.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 6, 2017

Aikev – Heel

This week’s Torah reading is called Aikev – “The Heel”. It is an excellent pep talk that reaches to the bottom of our heel so to speak. It is very encouraging and positive in many ways.

The Torah reminds us that when we feel in our heart that the situation we face is too difficult, we need to have the faith that we can overcome the challenge we face. The Torah asks us to remember when we were in Egypt with Pharoh and things looked impossible and then when we were at the Yum Soof, yet this was all dealt with by the Al-mighty for His chosen children, we the Jewish Nation.

We can be wandering in a barren hot desert, where there are snakes and scorpions for even 40 years and feel like we are (almost in Miami in the 5 star glatt kosher and cholev Yisroel hotel – okay make that) in the 5 star Jerusalem hotel). Truthfully it was even better.

Remember that is why many years ago the 10 out of the 12 spies did not want to leave the desert to enter the land of Israel. (Again note they did not even have to leave any tips in the desert so better than a hotel, where tips alone can cost you a small fortune).

However, we, this generation is indeed looking forward to entering the promised land. We anxiously await the final redemption and constantly pray for the building of the 3rd Temple even more than the 500 plus times (515) Moshe prayed to enter the land of Israel. May the Al-mighty soon fulfill the promise of our final redemption.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 30, 2017

Vaeschanan – And I Pleaded

This week’s Torah Reading is called Vaeschanan – And I Pleaded. This week also has the historical event of the destruction of the Holy Temple on the 9th of Av, this year on Tuesday. This Shabbos is also referred to as Shabbos Nachamu, the Shabbos of Comforting – the destruction and loss of the Holy Temple.

In the Torah portion we read, we find that Moshe took the opportunity to fulfill one further deed. He set up 3 cities on the east side of the Jordan which they now possessed to be cities of refuge. (No not for illegal immigrants but for those that accidentally killed someone).

Moshe’s actions are a lesson to us. He finished his words of rebuke and his words of encouragement to the Jewish Nation. When he finished he then quickly performed this special deed of setting aside the 3 cities.

We need to constantly look to do mitzvos. Even after we have completed one important task or mitzvah we should be looking to fulfill another one. This we learn from our leader and teacher Moshe Rabbeinu.

May we merit to fulfill our mitzvos in a very positive way and ultimately bring Mosheach, the 3rd Temple and Moshe Rabbeinu in our midst.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 23, 2017

Devareem – Words

This week’s Torah Reading begins the 5th book called Devareem – Words. This week is also the beginning of the month of Menachem Av. This is the month that our Temples were destroyed and our exiles, including this one, began.

Among the various instructions given over is the way the Jews are to treat Esav’s descendants and their land. The Jewish nation was required to request permission from them and also to buy drinks and food from them. This goes back to a promise the Al-mighty made to Abraham that 10 territories would be for Abraham; 7 would belong to Israel and the other 3 would be for Esav and Lot.

It is interesting to note that the Jewish Nation was to also inform Esav’s descendants that they would be purchasing food from them. Thus it would be beneficial for them to allow the Jewish Nation to pass through and do business with them.

Did the Jewish Nation need to purchase anything? Not really all their needs were supplied by the Al-mighty. (Thus they did not need to go to Public’s or Safeway and the other supermarkets for food and drinks, nor did thy have to go to the shopping malls to buy clothes)- ( No – Amazon on line was also not yet in business). The Jewish Nation had the best line of shopping (not Best Value) the Al-mighty directly. Their food, water, clothing and lodging were all provided by the Al-mighty. (A 5 star hotel service – and yes even then we complained – wow, amazing).

The purpose of informing the descendants of Esav and for us to shop was to do the proper thing when passing through a land that is not ours. We indeed learn from this to be pleasant and proper in a journey when we travel. In our travels it is important that we make a positive impact on the people we encounter. This translates into a big Kiddush Hashem, sanctifying the Al-mighty by His chosen children, the Jewish nation acting especially nice on their journeys and to the people they encounter.

May we soon once again begin our final journey to redemption brought on in part by our proper actions.

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