Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 16, 2017

Shmeenee – Eighth

This week’s Torah Reading is called Shemeenee. This year it comes after Pesach. It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos when we will bless the New Month of Iyar.

In the Torah Reading, as commented several times in previous years, we read about the kosher animals, birds and fish we may eat. This plays a major role in our day to day lives.

It is a law that is called a Chok, a statute, a law with no logical explanation. We may give it one, as many people do, saying that it is health reasons. However, it may be healthy to avoid the prohibited but that is not the reason given. In simple words we are told that we are a holy nation as such the kosher species listed should be our food diet.

Certainly there are many things we learn from the animals, birds and fish we are to avoid. Among the things we learn is that a person should not be a phony, present yourself religious on the outside but really be a horrible person on the inside. That is the pig showing us its split hooves on the outside, saying I am kosher, but inside, nope, no double stomach. No rethinking the actions a person is taking to make sure they are indeed proper according to Torah.

We always need to examine our deeds, our thoughts, our emotions to see that they are proper according to Torah. This is what makes us “kosher”. (and not a pig).

We have just finished celebrating Pesach where we had to get rid of the Chometz, the bread that rises (our big ego). We need to continue to retain a humble, positive character as we conduct our daily lives. It is this behavior that will lead finally to redemption, what Pesach represented and the building of our 3rd Holy Temple. Let is happen very very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 2, 2017

Tzav – Command

This week’s Torah Reading is called Tzav – Command. It is also Shabbos Hagodal – The Great Shabbos, the Shabbos before Passover.

Right near the very beginning we find repeated the concept of keeping a constant flame burning on the alter. This can certainly imply that our lives are constantly called upon to make sacrifices.

We have accepted a commitment at Mt. Sinai, to be the Al-mighty’s chosen people. We have a Torah to follow (way of life) that is indeed holy and special.

The concept of Shabbos HaGodal also shows this special bond we have with the Al-mighty. We went ahead and took a major idol of the Egyptians, a lamb, tied it to a poll and letting them know that we were going to kill the lamb, as well as eat it and sprinkle the blood on our door post. It was not going to be just 1 lamb but many lambs as each Jew was obligated to eat a portion from the lamb.

This also marked our final stage of exile and our leaving Egypt, our redemption.

As we continue to show our constant attachment to the Al-mighty, keeping the fires constantly burning in our heart for the Al-mighty, we will soon experience the miracle of our final redemption and the building of the 3rd Holy Temple where we can once again do the Korban Pesach – Passover Sacrifice, and be fully attached to the Al-mighty.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 26, 2017

Vayeekra – And He Called

This week we start the 3rd Book of the Torah called Vayeekra – And He Called. Here we have the Al-mighty calling out to Moshe the leader of the Jewish Nation. We note that in the Hebrew the letter Aleph is written in a small form. There are many wonderful reasons given for this.

Aleph is the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is also the first letter in the 10 Commandments which begins with the Hebrew word Anochi (I am -referring to the Al-mighty).

Certainly Moshe as leader, was the number 1 man of the Jewish Nation and he is also the number 1 prophet of the Jewish Nation.

When you are number 1 there is a natural tendency to be a bit, how shall we say it, blown up, puffed up. After all you are “numero uno”, the number 1 guy. Moshe, by writing a small Aleph, was showing that he was not “puffed up”. He actually did not want to use that word, he wanted another word which would be similar in spelling but without the Aleph. That word, Vayeekar – And It Happened, means exactly that, it just so happened that the Al-mighty called upon Moshe, nothing special about Moshe. This word is used when the Al-mighty called upon the wicked Bilaam.

The Al-mighty was telling Moshe you are very different and I wish to associate the Aleph, the number 1 letter in the Hebrew Alphabet and the first letter in the 10 Commandments with you. So an agreement was reached that it would be in a small Aleph form.

This serves to tell us that at times we may find ourselves in a stage of greatness and it is important to retain a level of humility. May we all merit to be called upon at times to do great things and yet retain this special level of humility as taught to us by our teacher Moshe.

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Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 19, 2017

Vayakhale – Pikudai And He Gathered – Accountings

This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. In addition this Shabbos has a special Torah Reading called Parashas Hachodesh – The Commandment to sanctify the New Month. This New Month was Nisan, the month that the Jewish nation would be redeemed from Egypt.

Yep Pesach is coming so it is cleaning time.

Right near the very beginning of the Torah Reading where it discusses donating for the Temple, the Torah describes the person giving whatever his heart desires to give. This concept of giving suggests that a person needs to have a pure heart when doing the Mitzvah of Tzedakah.

This emotion is central to the Temple. When we are focused on the spiritual then the value of the physical and its purpose is clear. We are to dedicate our physical selves and our possessions to a holy purpose in life. This is indeed a huge challenge with many obstacles and temptations. However, the priority is clear. To have a unified holy nation it is incumbent to recognize the spiritual importance and be prepared to give what our heart mandates for holiness to the Temple.

When we are focused on this priority and committed with our hearts toward giving and thus helping our fellow Jew, the Temple will be restored. May we continue to grow in this direction and to finally experience the rebuilding of our 3rd Holy Temple, to be gathered together as a nation (Vayakhale) and to be counted (Pikudai).

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 12, 2017

Kee Seesa – When You Will Count

This week’s Torah Reading is Kee Seesa – When You Will Count. It is also a special Shabbos in that we read the Laws of the Parah Adumah – Red Cow. (Count down to Pesach – time to start cleaning and getting ready).

Right at the end of the first portion we read, is again the Commandment of Shabbos. Obviously this is a major commandment as it was included in the “Big” Ten Commandments.
There are various reasons given for the mentioning it again in this Torah Reading. Bottom line is Shabbos must be very important.

The idea of setting aside 1 day as a reminder of the Al-mighty and His creating the world plays a major role in our lives. This gives us a sense of purpose. We have a mission in life to show the world there is an Al-mighty by our positive actions. The Al-mighty is sort of ‘counting’ on us to bring light into this world and illustrate His presence to the rest of the world by our actions.

The Al-mighty indeed counts us and we are precious, but He is counting on us to show His presence in the world/universe He created. This we accomplish by carrying out the mandate placed on us by the 10 Commandments and the Torah. By our leading a special pure life we bring out the special connection the Al-mighty has. May we complete this mission which will be fulfilled with the building of the 3rd Holy Temple.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | March 5, 2017

Titzaveh – Command

The Torah Reading for this week is Titzaveh – Command. A major emphasis of the portion read deals with the garments the Kohen Gadol – High Priest and Kohaneem – regular priests wore.

One of the garments worn by the Kohen Gadol was the Choshen – The Breastplate. It contained 12 special different stones and on each stone a name of 1 of the 12 tribes was engraved. Inserted into the Breastplate was also the Urim V’Tumeem – a parchment that had written on it by Moshe the special name of the Al-mighty.

The parchment would then light up letters on the 12 precious stones in response to a question the Kohen Gadol would ask. This parchment was hidden during the final years of the First Holy Temple along with the Ark containing the Tablets and the special anointment oil.

Presently, when we have a question we ask our holy Rabbis for a response and they rely on the holy letters from the Torah and Shulchan Orech – Code of Jewish Law.

We need to still be asking questions even though we do not have the Urim V’Tumeem. The Rabbis need to play an active role in our lives. This allows us to better live a Torah life – a proper life.

Let us also continue to pray for the rebuilding of our Holy Temple and with it the return of the Urim V’Tumeem, our Ark and the special anointment oil.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 26, 2017

Terumah – A Portion

This week’s Torah Reading is called Terumah – A Portion. The focus turns to donations and the building of the Holy Temple in the desert and the vessels and garments associated with the Holy Temple.

One of the items built for the Temple was the Alter. There were actually 2 Alters. One was placed outside the Temple in the courtyard and the other was in the Temple. The one discussed in the Torah Reading this week was the one built in the courtyard.

Both Alters had a similar concept, they were both built having a square surface. The courtyard alter was larger but still a square.

Perhaps the concept of a square refers to covering all areas in life equally. We have to be concientious in all our actions to see they are indeed holy. In life we often have to make sacrifices and it is important to make sure that our actions remain proper. Pressure can be applied to disturb this proper balance and we need to use our given strength to maintain this consistent proper approach to our Jewish life. And yes it indeed requires sacrifice. May we all strive and succeed in our efforts to have a pleasant and correct, balanced life.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 19, 2017

Mishpateem – Civil Laws

This week’s Torah Reading is Mishpateem – Civil Laws. This coming Shabbos is also referred to as Shekaleem, where we read the additional portion of each male Jew, 20 years and older, giving a half shekel. It is also Shabbos Mevorcheem, the Shabbos where we bless the new month of Adar, the Hebrew month that Purim falls out on. A very packed Shabbos.

In the Torah Reading we read that a person is responsible for being negligent. If for example he dug a pit and did not cover it over and an animal falls in, he is responsible for the damages caused.

The Torah begins by telling us in life we have to be careful and conscientious in our daily lives. We have to take into consideration what are acts may result in to not only other human beings but even animals.

Torah does indeed demand of us to be constantly aware of what is the correct activity or action. If we keep in mind constantly our responsibilities to the Al-mighty and His created world, this sets the tone for the final redemption where the entire world will be filled with the special light.

This light will be present hopefully soon when our 3rd Holy Temple will be built.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 12, 2017

Yisro – Yisro

This week’s Torah Reading is called Yisro – Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, who was obviously very special.

The Torah portion contains the giving of the 2 tablets that have written on it the 10 Commandments. It is interesting to note that keeping the Shabbos is among the 10 Commandments.

This tells us that it is a major player in life. The idea of taking a day off weekly is indeed healthy and good. This also gives us a sense that all of the Torah is good for us. This concept is needed as there are laws, called Chukeem, Statutes, that have no explanation other than it is the will of the Al-mighty so do it we must.

Shabbos reminds us of who created the world and we have a daily purpose. Each day we need to live a Torah life, a good wholesome, spiritual life, doing what is right in this very physical world.

Thus including Shabbos was really an automatic( a no brainer may not be proper in this case). By leading a Shabbos life and really a proper daily life we set the tone for the ultimate fulfillment of the time when the world will be a time of total spiritual goodness and called Yom Shekulu Shabbos, a day that is always Shabbos, just simply beautiful. May it be very soon.

Posted by: mosesfromsinai | February 5, 2017

Bishalach – Sent Out

This week’s Torah Reading is Bishalach – Sent Out. The Jewish Nation is Sent Out by Paroh, finally, from Egypt. It is also called Shabbos Shira, as we sing the famous song, also found in our daily prayers of the Miracle of the Splitting of the Red Sea.

If we look carefully at the Exodus of Egypt, it looks a bit crazy. First we have the final plague, the Pesach seder, then we quickly leave Egypt with all our belongings as well as what we requested from the Egyptian people. We are led by day with a cloud that protects us and by night with a pillar of fire. Yep your average way of taking a normal trip.

We are told that are final Exodus will also be a bit crazy. Yep that to makes sense. From all the various countries that we are now in planes will be taking off and landing in Tel Aviv (eagles wings it says for our final redemption).

What is important is that we saw that we went through a crazy time and redemption so we can indeed anticipate a crazy time and final redemption. We need to do our thing in the meantime which is to live and spread the positive light in this world of darkness. We have to continue to do good deeds, help our fellow Jew and be a guiding light to all the other nations by our positive actions.

This will bring about our own crazy Exodus, may it happen very soon.

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