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.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 16, 2017

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. It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos we bless the new month which is Av. May the new month, Av, be finally one of revealed blessings.

In the Torah reading of Matos we find the rules of how to kosher vessels. Namely those used for cold could be koshered by rinsing good with cold water. Those used for boiling would require boiling and those used by fire would require fire.

Perhaps this may help us in our daily approach to life. When dealing with issues we need to use the proper energy that the problem presents. To do less will not resolve the problem or correct it or make it “Kosher”. In our day to day battles we need to see to it that we bring the right utensils, that is the proper Torah requirements. In this way we indeed will be successful.

May we face our day to day challenges with great success and that will ultimately lead to the building of the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 9, 2017

Pinchas – Pinchas

This week’s Torah Reading is called Pinchas. The 17th of Tamuz, the beginning of the 3 sad weeks leading up to the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem on the 9th of Av, occurs this week as well.

In the Torah Reading we find that the children of Israel are again counted. In the counting it does mention that Dasan and Avirum, the 2 that gave Moshe a hard time in life and participated in the rebellion led by Korach, died by having the earth opening up and swallowing them along with Korach. It then goes on to mention right away that the sons of Korach, however, did not die. Though they also were part of the revolt at the beginning, they opted out and repented.

This is an amazing piece of information. It is said in a brief form but carries a strong lesson for us. In life there may be things that we at first start off with that may be very negative. We at first join in and participate. The Torah teaches us that we can correct that horrible situation through repenting and no longer being involved. This we need to keep in our minds as we go through life.

Very often people get pulled into improper things and once in, believe there is no way out. Not true. There is a way out but the person needs to take that first step. Once having done that, he will be forgiven and can lead a beautiful life. This also leads to the ultimate redemption by correcting those mistakes that need correction. May we succeed in our endeavors and shortly experience the redemption and building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 2, 2017

Balak – Balak

This week’s Torah Reading is called Balak. He was a King who hired a talented Bilaam to help defeat the Jewish Nation. It did not work out, Boruch Hashem.

In the Torah we read, on Bilaam’s third attempt to curse the Jewish Nation, a line he said that we incorporate in the very beginning of our prayers.
“Mah Tovu Ohalecha Yaakov Meeshkinosecha Yisroel.” How goodly are your tents Yaakov your dwellings Yisroel. This was a positive statement that came from Bilaam’s mouth when he saw the beautiful modesty the Jewish people lived by.

Here was Bilaam, looking for negatives so he could curse the Jewish Nation and was overwhelmed by the sight of positive, beautiful modesty he witnessed the Jews living by.

Unfortunately we are indeed a nation in exile with enemies still. It remains, however, for our actions to be very positive so that even they, our enemies, are overwhelmed by our special, positive behavior. Today in an era of instant news we need to be scrupulous in all our actions to see that they are beautiful sanctifications of the Al-mighty.

This will ultimately lead to where we will have our 3rd Holy Temple and no further enemies.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 25, 2017

Chukas – Statutes

This week’s Torah Reading is called Chukas – Statutes. They refer to laws that on their own make no sense.

In the Torah Reading we find an unusual event. The Jewish Nation complains to motion (that was not unusual – Moshe got that a great deal, nebech).
The Al-mighty, however so to speak, had enough. He sent snakes to bite the people and many died. The people realized their error and asked for forgiveness and that Moshe should pray for them to remove the snakes.

The Al-mighty instructs Moshe to make a snake and put it on a pole. All those that will look up at the snake and see it will live. Moshe makes a copper snake and puts it on a pole. It indeed happened that those that were bitten came and looked up at the snake and lived.

This sounds sort of strange. We are informed that it was not the copper snake on the pole but the Al-mighty that cured the individual bitten by a snake. The person looking up was reminded and felt the wrong committed and was asking forgiveness by looking up.

This is a powerful message. Even though the poison was in their system, due to the snake’s bite, they were not affected by it after looking up and repenting and renewing their faith in the Al-mighty.

We too need to learn that even though we may have encountered negative things in our lives, we can over ride them and continue to live, fulfilling the will of our Al-mighty. May we indeed look up, so to speak, overcome the poisons we may have absorbed and ultimately experience redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 18, 2017

Korach – Korach

This week’s Torah Reading is Korach. It is also Rosh Chodes Tamuz, the New Month of Tamuz.

In the Torah Reading, we find an unusual test. The Al-mighty instructs Moshe to collect a staff from each of the tribal leaders and one from Aaron. They were then placed in the Temple. The following day Moshe brought them out and only the staff of Aaron had changed. His staff had blossomed and bore ripe almonds. This clearly showed the Jewish Nation that Aaron was the chosen one to indeed be the Cohen Gadol – High Priest.

In our own lives we often have doubts as to what path or paths we should follow. We need to look for the signs that show us what will make things blossom and grow in a positive way. When really in doubt we may need to seek outside assistance from our Moshe and of course we need to pray to be shown the right path and success in our choices.

We begin a new month, Tamuz, and we need to grow in our adding light in a period of darkness as the moon indeed does. Let us choose the correct paths and this will ultimately lead to the end of exile and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 11, 2017

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.

Also in the Torah Reading towards the end is a very positive and nice comment. When a person commits a sin by accident, he needed to bring an offering as forgiveness and that person would be forgiven by the Al-mighty.

When we, by accident, hurt a person’s feelings we need to seek forgiveness. The person also must recognize that there was no bad intent in the sad act that occurred and be also ready to forgive the person when approached for forgiveness.

We are one family, one nation, and our intentions need to be for the good. We can at times make a mistake and it is important to ask and also receive forgiveness.

This positive bound that we will display will remind our Father in Heaven the love we have for each other and this will ultimately bring out His love for His children with the final redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | June 4, 2017

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 that the Jewish Nation would pack up and travel based upon the movement of the special cloud that accompanied them. The cloud would rest over the Tabernacle and then when the Al-mighty wanted the Jewish Nation to continue their journey, the cloud would move and come to rest at the next stop where the Jewish Nation would then set up shop, so to speak.

In our daily lives we also have journeys to make. It is important that we make these journeys with the concept of fulfilling the will of the Al-mighty. There may be obstacles along the way that we will encounter. For that we may need to ask our Moshe Rabbeinu, our Rebbe or Rabbi as to the correct choice to make.

In this way we will see through the “clouded” issue and do what is correct. By our positive actions we will bring about the ultimate redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 28, 2017

Naso – Count

This week’s Torah Reading is called Naso – Count. We will also celebrate Shavuous, the giving of the Torah (10 Commandments) on Mt. Sinai this week.

In the Torah Reading we have the portion where the Al-mighty tells Moshe to speak to Aaron and have him bless the Jewish Nation. The blessings are used to this very day by the Kohaneem.

“May the Al-mighty bless you and safeguard you. May the Al-mighty illuminate His countenance for you and be gracious to you. May the Al-mighty lift His countenance to you and establish peace for you.”

It is very interesting to note that after all the blessings it ends with the blessing to establish peace. Indeed, one may have prosperity, health, food and drink but if there is no peace it is all worthless. Therefore, the blessings are sealed with the gift of peace.

May we indeed celebrate the Shavuous, the Giving of The Torah, followed by true peace with the redemption and ultimate building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

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