Posted by: mosesfromsinai | May 6, 2018

Bihar – Bichukosy In The Mountain – In The Statutes

This week, we again have a double portion and conclude the book of Vayikra, the third book of the Torah.

In the portion of the Torah Reading we find in the section of Bihar a verse telling us not to hurt our fellow person with words. We can hurt a person with words in many different ways including giving intentional bad advice.

This is the 3rd book of the Torah called Vayeekra, the Al-mighty calling on us to do the right thing in life. It is very important to not hurt our fellow Jew with words. We are indeed a Holy Nation and must act accordingly. Our brothers and sisters are important in the eyes of the Al-mighty and therefore important in our eyes. We need to extend ourselves on their behalf and not misdirect them intentionally.

Knowing that we are concerned in helping others out will serve as a safeguard to survive in the desert, the 4th Book that we will soon begin.

We will also bless this month on Shabbos, the month of Sivan, when we all came together as one nation ready to receive the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

Let us be fully concerned about not hurting our fellow Jew, assisting when we can and this will hopefully lead us to Redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

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Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 29, 2018

Emor – Say

This week’s Torah Reading is Emor – Say. In the Torah Reading we find towards the very end the famous expression “AN EYE FOR AN EYE”. We of course know that it means monetary compensation. It also means fair market value. Thus if the eye of a baseball pitcher was knocked out, the individual would end up broke as he could not afford the monetary compensation. (It was a good thing they did not have baseball back then).

The beginning of the Torah Reading deals with the Kohaneem and Kohen Gadol, very special holy stuff. It seems strange we end off with hurting another Jew.

Perhaps this is another reminder that we must always have at the forefront the concern for another Jew. As Hillel said in regards to the single important advice he gave to this person that wanted to know the entire Torah while stand on 1 leg, “What you do not like do not do to others.”

Right after the Torah Reading of Kedosheem, the concept of being Holy, we discuss, in the next portion, the holy representatives of our nation, the Kohaneem. This also teaches us that we all have to strive to be proper servants to the Al-mighty. In addition to the service we do in the Temple, we have an obligation, a priority obligation, to treat our fellow Jews with the utmost respect and love.

This can be why the portion ends on that note. We are reminded that our service requires that we act in a very proper way towards our fellow Jews. In this way we merit the Holy Temple and the service done by the Kohaneem in the Holy Temple. May we soon experience this again.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 22, 2018

Acharay – Kedosheem After – Holy

This week’s Torah Reading is once again a double portion. We find ourselves in the midst of studying Pirchei Avos, Ethics of Our Fathers and counting the omer, leading up to the receiving of the Torah.

In the Torah Reading of Kedosheem it lists right away 3 commandments to follow. These 3 selected are part of the original 10 Commandment.

They are to fear your mother and your father (your mother is mentioned first as the tendency is to fear the father first. In the original 10 Commandments it placed the father first when talking about honor, because a child has a special love and thus honor for his/her mother who makes the yummy food). Then mentioned in the very same sentence is to guard the Shabbos. Finally the 3rd one mentioned in its own sentence is not to turn to idols and make idols.

Thus these 3 certainly play a role in our being classified as a Holy Nation. How we treat our parents and the love and respect we show them is vital in our being pure and holy. Similarly, how we spend our special 7th day, Shabbos, sets the tone for the week which is blessed by the Shabbos. By showing how we make Shabbos special this helps us make each day following, holy and special in the service to the Al-mighty.

Finally, not to turn to idols helps us to maintain pure values. We will not fall into the trap of running after some of the crazy things the people around us do and give them high priority. Torah tells us what is special, those items that can be used in the proper service to the Al-mighty are what we should be looking to acquire and make.

Let us focus on these holy activities, strive to be Kedosheem, a Holy Nation and soon we will have our Holy 3rd Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 15, 2018

Tazreeah – Metzorah Conceive – Lepor

This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. The week also begins with the Rosh Chodesh – the New Month of Iyar. This is the month that the Al-mighty cures us. In Hebrew, the month is spelled Aleph, Yud, then Yud, and Raish. This is a short form for Aleph (Ani or Anochi – I am) the 2 Yuds (one of the short names for the Al-mighty) and Raish (Rofecha – who heals you). This is the month of healing.

In the Torah Reading we start off with informing us that after a woman gives birth she becomes impure. The time factor varies from a boy to a girl.

The overall concept of this impurity, and in general the woman’s menstrual cycle, takes us back to the Garden of Eden and the original sin committed by Chava (Eve). This was of course the eating of the fruit from the forbidden tree. So began the expulsion from Gan Eden – the special Garden of Eden.

Perhaps now that a new child has been born and as a result the mother is in a state of impurity, a message is being sent to the mother and also to the father to raise the precious child, boy or girl, in a way that teaches them to avoid temptation and to do the right thing in life. In this way contamination and impurity will be avoided.

Indeed a time will again come when the world will be fully cleansed with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple and women will no longer go through a stage of impurity. This is a good month as the Al-mighty is present and active to provide a proper healing.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 25, 2018

Shemeenee – Eighth

The Torah Reading, that will take place after Passover, is Shemeenee – Eighth. It wiil also be Shabbos Mevorchim, the Shabbos that we bless the new month which is Iyar. The Haphtorah, reading from the Prophets is also special as it will be Mochar Chodesh, as the new month will begin right after that Shabbos.

In that Torah Reading we will find a very special and unusual event. Moshe criticizes his two nephews for not eating part of a sacrifice. Aron responds by telling Moshe the reason why. They were in a state of mourning and could not partake in the service. Aron had just experienced the death of two of his sons and was not allowed as an onen to eat of the sacrifice even though he was the Kohen Gadol. As Kohen Gadol, he was allowed to do the sacrifice in the first place where his 2 living sons could not, but Aron too could not eat.

The amazing part is the Torah says “Moshe heard and it was good in his eyes”. Moshe had erred and been corrected by his brother Aron. Rather than get angry or show resentment the Torah tells us that Moshe felt good about it. This is an amazing event. Normally when a leader is criticized there is resentment, anger and other types of emotions. Here Moshe realized he had erred and felt good that Aron had done the right thing and explained why. There was no feeling of jealousy or other negative reaction.

We at times, when corrected, have a negative vibration. We need to learn from Moshe our teacher that when you are corrected, you should take it in a very positive way. Moshe was very humble, the most humble of all. Like Matza on Passover that does not rise. May we all work on our humility in not having negative feelings when being properly shown what is right and what is wrong. It is this good vibration that will help lead to the future redemption and the building of our 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 18, 2018

Tzav – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is called Tzav – Command. It is also Shabbos Hagodal – The Great Shabbos, the Shabbos before Passover. This is the time when the Jewish Nation took a lamb, which was the Egyptian Idol and tied it to a post. We were getting ready to slaughter the lamb, the Egyptian Idol. This symbolized a total defiance of Egyptian culture.

In the Torah Reading towards the end we find that Moshe sort of performed an inauguration ceremony for Aron, the Cohen Gadol, and his sons. He sprinkled blood on the right ear of Aron and then his sons. He sprinkled blood on their right thumbs and then their right toes.

This has strong symbolism. The blood on the ear teaches us to always listen to and obey what the Al-mighty asks of us. The blood on the thumb is to tell us to actively carry out that which the Al-mighty wants of us to do in our daily lives. The blood on the toe serves as a reminder that we need to be on the move to fulfill the will of the Al-mighty.

This total commitment serves as a way to bind us with the Al-mighty as symbolized by the Hebrew word Tzav which also means attach or bind.

Let us be fully committed to serving the Al-mighty with our ears, our hands and our feet and soon we will celebrate Shabbos Hagodal, the taking of the lamb for Passover, in Jerusalem, in our 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 11, 2018

Vayeekra – And He Called

This week’s Torah reading starts a new book, the 3rd called Vayeekra – literally meaning “And He Called”. This refers to the Al-mighty calling to Moshe in a most positive way. This let’s us know that the Al-mighty had a special level of communication with Moshe.

It is also Parshas HaChodesh, where we read that this month is the first month of the months of the year. This is referring to the Hebrew month of Nissan, the month of the liberation from Egypt. This Shabbos is also Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the New Month of Nissan.

In the Torah Reading when we select an animal to sacrifice it needs to be “Tameem” – “Unblemished”. This means that the animal can not have any defects.

This is a very important lesson in our serving the Al-mighty. We need to make sure that are actions and motives are pure – without blemish. Similarly in our relation with other people, we are called upon to also make sacrifices. Here again, we need to see to it that we are without blemish and pure in our fulfillment of what is required of us.

By living this style of purity and actions without blemish we bring closer the redemption where the world will be pure and positive.

Let us work and make sacrifices so that our thoughts, speech and actions are pure – without blemish. This will lead to the building of the 3rd Holy Temple where we will once again offer actual animal sacrifices that are pure without blemishes. May it be very soon as we enter the new month of Nissan, the month of redemption.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 4, 2018

Vayakhale – Pikudai And He Gathered – Accountings

This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. It is also the Shabbos when we read Parshos Porah – The Red Heffer. This is to prepare us to be pure for Pesach. It is also called Shabbos Chazak, as we conclude the second book of the Torah, Shemos. We will also be blessing the New Month of Nissan, the month of our redemption from Egypt. Wow fully packed.

In the Torah Reading we find that it is action. We are actually making the items talked about earlier. There were two alters that were used for sacrifices, one was the outer alter and the other was the inner alter.

In life we also have different types of sacrifices that we make. Some of these are external sacrifices, the types of clothing one has to wear, modest. How one is to look,neat and proper. How one is to outwardly conduct oneself. This is a sacrifice

Then there are the internal sacrifices we are called upon to make. The idea of not to be selfish and to give of yourself to help others. We are required to work on our emotions, love and respect. This too is a sacrifice.

It is interesting to note that the book of Exodus, which represents leaving Egypt, exile, concludes with the sacrifices we need to make both on the external and internal levels.

This then is a true key to our ultimate redemption. When we, as a Jewish Nation, are working to fulfill this mandate of self sacrifice on these two levels, we will merit the Redemption and the building of the 3rd Beis HaMikdosh. May it be very soon especially with Pesach (Redemption from Egypt) coming.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 25, 2018

Kee Seesa – When You Will Count

This week’s Torah Reading is Kee Seesa – When You Will Count. This week is also the special Holiday of Purim.

Near the beginning of the Torah Reading we are told that a copper basin was made for the Cohaneem to wash their hands and feet. They actually had a special way of doing this. They placed their right hand on their right foot and washed that together. They then placed their left hand on their left food and washed that together.

The Ramban talks about the idea of placing the hand together with the foot and washing them together for purity reasons. He indicates that the highest levels, representing the height the hand extends and the lowest levels, symbolized by the foot, are to be used in the service of the Al-mighty.

Judaism indeed calls upon us for total commitment and total service to the Al-mighty. Every aspect of our daily life, how we go to sleep, how we wake up, how we get dressed, how we eat, etc., is filled with rules and directions. All this serves as a reminder to constantly remain attached to our Creator.

The Holiday of Purim coming up also reminds us of total commitment to the Al-mighty, even when our very lives are at stake. (Haman wanted to kill all the Jews).

May we show and live our lives with total commitment and thus experience the full redemption of the Jewish nation and the total picture of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 18, 2018

Tetzaveh – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is Titzaveh – Command. This mainly deals with the clothes that the Kohaneem and the Kohane Gadol were to wear in the Mishkan – Sanctuary.

Among the garments described at length is the garment the Cohen Gadol wore called the Mieal – the Robe. It had a hole at the top for his head to pass through and thus covered the Cohen Gadol from sort of top to bottom as it extended to his feet. The color was all blue. We find that one of the fringes worn on our tallis was once made of a special blue dye. As we are not sure today where this dye came from most wear all white fringes.

The concept of the Cohen Gadol wearing an all blue garment was clearly to remind him of his heavenly responsibility. The Cohen Gadol also aided in the purification of the Jewish nation as does a proper body of water (blue) when a person immerses oneself in it.

For all of us, who have a responsibility to live holy and proper lives, our positive deeds clothe us, in so to speak blue, heavenly purity.

May we live our daily lives in “blue”, purity, and soon this will bring about the rebuilding of our Holy 3rd Temple where we can see the Cohen Gadol once again dressed in his holy blue Mieal – Robe.

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