UPDATED JUNE 15 2014
When God spoke to Moses from the Ark, there were people standing right next to Moses who could not hear God’s voice. They lacked the ability to “amplify” the sound waves of God’s voice, and “translate” them. The reason we do not experience prophecy today is not because there is no prophecy, but because we lack prophets, people capable of amplifying God’s voice. While God continues to communicate in a myriad ways all the time, we are generally not geared to receive His messages.
When we seek to draw ourselves closer to God, we do it sometimes by removing ourselves from the material world and ascending and we also manifest the heavens here. We struggle to make space for God to be with us where we are.
Achieve great cleaving to God, joining your soul with heaven.
Its written in the Torah :
““you shall be holy” (Leviticus 21)
We must “be holy” in monetary matters, commerce and business. It deals with interpersonal behavior and challenges, with getting along with others in all things. The home, the marketplace, the Temple, the dinner table and the kitchen are all the places of holiness. Holiness is not just for when one is praying and ritual matters. One who restricts “holiness” to specified places, does holiness a great disservice. All life is all-encompassing of the entire Torah. Life should not be thrown together, formless and disorganized, unconnected and even unfocused, but full of the essential wholeness and unity of holiness. Torah, holiness can convert what appears to be mundane to Holy. Know God in all your ways………
Using the metaphor of the the Tabernacle – itself, where the entire structure is holy, but the innermost sanctum is considered the “Holy of Holies,” Thus should be your life. embody the holiness of the inner sanctuary all ways.
The Israelites spent forty years wandering — forty, a number that implies completion and purity. Moses spent forty days on Mount Sinai, there is a minimum measure of 40 saeh (measure) water in a Mikvah (ritual bath). Forty was the number of fruition. During these forty years of growth, the Israelites carried the Tabernacle with them according to these instructions.
The Torah tells us, Aaron and his sons would take down the screening curtain and cover the Ark with it. They would cover that with leather, and then with a cloth of pure blue. The table and its accoutrements — bowls, ladles, jars, tongs and fire-pans, libation jugs — would be wrapped in cloths of blue, violet, and crimson, and then in tahash, a yellow-orange leather of a unique animal. Everything precious in the sanctuary, in fact, was wrapped first in cloth and then in skin, and loaded onto a set of carrying poles for easy transport.
Many of us spend our lives wandering, too, or at least move a few times from here to there. We can cross these physical distances with ease, but the emotional journey of relocation shapes us even so. But physical movement is only one part of the picture. Even for those who don’t move physically, life is inherently a form of travel. Our perspectives change as we grow and mature, as we come to see our old surroundings in a new light.
In the Israelites’ journey through that wild desert we can see a metaphor for our own transformation. Our lives, like the desert, can be both harsh and beautiful. We don’t always know where we’re going, nor how long it will take us to get there. And sometimes the voice of God is most audible when we create our own holy spaces, and when we make a practice of pausing in those spaces, surrounded by but separate from the hubbub of ordinary life. The Tabernacle provided a doorway, a conduit through which our conversation with God could flow. It allowed us to sanctify the passage of time, to repent for our misdeeds, to show our gratitude to the Source of All. These are vitally important to our spiritual wellbeing, both as individuals and as a community. This week’s Torah portion reminds us that when we pack up to leave a place — whether physically or metaphysically — we must be sure to bring our relationship with God to wherever we are going.
After the destruction of the First Temple, the Greek philosopher, Plato, saw Jeramiyah the prophet weeping bitterly. Plato asked him why he was crying over the destruction of something as material as a mere building.
Instead of responding to his question, Jeramiyah answered, “Ask me what is perplexing you.”
Plato asked him several complex questions. Yermiyahu solved them all. Plato was dumbfounded, “I can’t believe that a human being could be so wise!”
Yermiyahu pointed to the ruins and said, “I derived all my wisdom from that ‘mere building.’ And that is why I am crying.” The Holy Temple was much more than a structure. It was the source of all wisdom.
In the days of the Tabernacle we would cover that with leather, and then with a cloth of pure blue. The table and its accoutrements, may the temple be rebuilt speedily in our days. Today we wrap our selves in our Talit (prayer shawl), Teffillin (talisman) and meditate.
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Arab Riots on the Temple Mount
Eight suspects were arrested in eastern Jerusalem following the incident, according to Israel Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld, who said that scattered disturbances were continuing around the area, primarily near the gates to the Old City and in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. A security presence has been beefed up in the area, he added.
The riots began after arrived a Group of tourists entered the Holy site in Jerusalem accompanied by police force. Some 150 Muslim worshipers gather around them, some hurling stones. Eighteen policemen, 17 worshipers lightly hurt; 11 people detained Arabs who worship at the mosque on the site started hurling rocks at approximately 7:30 a.m.
A mob of some 150 Muslim worshipers surrounded the Jews, according to Rosenfeld, who told Israel National News that officers on the scene fired stun grenades at the rioters, and were able to bring the riot to a halt. A dialogue was opened with Muslim Waqf officials in an attempt to calm the situation, but ultimately riot control procedures were required.
Police closed the Temple Mount, but the Western Wall plaza was kept open, contrary to prior reports. “I was there this morning and everything was proceeding as usual, people were praying as always. It was open,” said Rosenfeld.
A number of Jewish eyewitnesses present at the scene told the Hebrew-language Arutz Sheva that minutes after the riot some police officers began cursing the Jews who had been hoping to pray at the site. “It’s all because of you religious [Jews],” one policeman said bitterly, according to an eyewitness who requested anonymity. The source said the police officer added insults and curses that could not be published.
Jerusalem police should deal with Arab rioters and not violate the freedom of Jewish worshippers who want to pray.
The Jerusalem district police spokesman denied the charge, and told Arutz Sheva that the claim was a “provocation” by some Jewish worshippers and said “if that is what they say about police officers endangering themselves for them, they should be ashamed.”
Following the incident, MK Michael Ben-Ari sharply criticized the conduct of the police officers. “Jerusalem police should deal with the Arab rioters and not violate the freedom of Jewish worshippers who want to pray,” he said.
Large numbers of Jews visited the Western Wall (Kotel) overnight Saturday for the final Selichot prayer service before Yom Kippur. The central Selichot service was held at 12:30 PM Saturday night, led by former Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and current Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yonah Metzger. Police estimated that more than 100,000 worshippers attended that service alone.
“For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations”(Isaiah 56) Jerusalem’s importance as a site chosen by God for His special purposes dates from the call of God to Abraham to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah, in the city of Jebus, as recorded in Genesis 22. (This important event in the life of Abraham is known to the Jews as “the Akeda” or “the binding of Isaac.”)
“After these things God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; and he cut the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the ass; I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”
And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood; but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Abraham said, “God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
Then Abraham put forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.”
And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son.
So Abraham called the name of that place YHV”H will see; as it is said to this day, “On the mount YHV”H shall be seen.” And the angel of the YHV”H called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, “By myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will indeed bless you, and I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies, and by your descendants shall all the nations of the earth bless themselves, because you have obeyed my voice.” So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beer-sheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beer-sheba.
Late in his reign as King of Jersualem David erred grievously in the sight of the Lord by ordering a census. (I Chronicles 21, 2 Samuel 24). As part of his repentance before the Lord, David purchased a large piece of property owned by a Jebusite man named Ornan (or Araunah) for 600 shekels of gold. David’s purchase of Ornan’s property seems to have included an additional 50 shekels of silver for the purchase threshing floor proper, and oxen for sacrifice. David then erected an altar there and offered sacrifices there.
It was David’s intent to build a temple to the Lord on this property, on Mt. Moriah, however God chose Solomon for this task instead, after allowing David to amass the material resources that would be required. (I Chronciles 1 Kings ).
Concerning the future its written
by Jeremiah :
” Behold the days are coming says YHV”H I will perform the good thing which I promised to the house of Israel, and to the house of Yehudah. In those days at that time, I will cause an offshoot of righteousness to grow up for David and He shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Yehudah be saved and Jerusalem shall dwell safely and this is the name whereby she shall be called YHV”H is our righteousness. Thus says YHV”H David shall never lack a man sitting on the thrown of the house of Israel. Neither shall the Cohen and Levites lack a man before me to offer Burnt offerings and to burn Meal offerings and to do sacrifice for all days ”(33:14-18)
Filed under: Archeology
Sep. 25, 2009
> CAIRO – Ancient coins bearing the name and image of biblical Joseph have been found from the Museum of Egypt, contradicting claims made by some historians that coins were not used for trade in olden Egypt.
“The researcher identified coins from many different periods, including coins that bore special markings identifying them as being from the era of Joseph. Among these, there was one coin that had an inscription on it, and an image of a cow symbolizing Pharaoh’s dream about the seven fat cows and seven lean cows, and the seven green stalks of grain and seven dry stalks of grain. It was found that the inscriptions of this early period were usually simple, since writing was still in its early stages, and consequently there was difficulty in deciphering the writing on these coins. But the research team [managed to] translate [the writing on the coin] by comparing it to the earliest known hieroglyphic texts…
“Joseph’s name appears twice on this coin, written in hieroglyphs: once the original name, Joseph, and once his Egyptian name, Saba Sabani, which was given to him by Pharaoh when he became treasurer. There is also an image of Joseph, who was part of the Egyptian administration at the time.
Whether you believe that the biblical account of Joseph did happen (or something close to the biblical account), or even if you don’t, this account of an Egyptian archeological find in a leading Egyptian Newspaper is very cool According to a report in the Egyptian daily Al-Ahram, by Wajih Al-Saqqar, archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins bearing the name and image of the Biblical Joseph.
> Archeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian coins
> bearing the name and image of biblical Joseph, Al Ahram
> recently reported. Excerpts provided by MEMRI show that the
> coins were discovered among a multitude of unsorted
> artifacts stored at the Museum of Egypt.
> According to the report, the significance of the find is
> that archeologists have found scientific evidence countering
> the claim held by some historians that coins were not used
> for trade in ancient Egypt, and that this was done through
> barter instead.
> The period in which Joseph was regarded to have lived in
> Egypt matches the minting of the coins in the cache,
> researchers said.
> “A thorough examination revealed that the coins bore the
> year in which they were minted and their value, or effigies
> of the pharaohs [who ruled] at the time of their minting.
> Some of the coins are from the time when Joseph lived in
> Egypt, and bear his name and portrait.
> The discovery of the cache prompted research team head Dr.
> Sa’id Muhammad Thabet to seek Koranic verses that speak of
> coins used in ancient Egypt.
> “Studies by Dr. Thabet’s team have revealed that what most
> archeologists took for a kind of charm, and others took for
> an ornament or adornment, is actually a coin. Several [facts
> led them to this conclusion]: first, [the fact that] many
> such coins have been found at various [archeological sites],
> and also [the fact that] they are round or oval in shape,
> and have two faces: one with an inscription, called the
> inscribed face, and one with an image, called the engraved
> face – just like the coins we use today,” the report said.
Filed under: small news
CAIRO — A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.
After unsuccessfully petitioning his father for two years to marry the girl, the man heated up a knife and sliced off his reproductive organ, said a police official.
The young man came from a prominent family in the southern Egyptian province of Qena, one of Egypt’s poorest and most conservative areas that is also home to the famed ancient Egyptian ruins of Luxor.
The man was rushed to the hospital but doctors were unable to reattach the severed member, the official added citing the police report filed after the incident.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with the press, added that the man was still recovering in the hospital.
Traditionally, marriages in these conservative part of southern Egypt are between similar social classes and often within the same extended families — and are rarely for love.
One must avoid desception , there are those who teach :
A prophecy of Maitreya is in the Sanskrit text, the Maitreyavyākaraṇa (The Prophecy of Maitreya), stating that gods, men, and other beings will worship Maitreya; it implies that he is a teacher of meditative sadhana:
Only worship GOD the creator alone !
Maitreya (Sanskrit) is a future Buddha of this world in Buddhist eschatology. In some Buddhist literature, such as the Amitabha Sutra and the Lotus Sutra, he is referred to as Ajita Bodhisattva.
Maitreya is a bodhisattva who in the Buddhist tradition is to appear on Earth, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor of the historic Śākyamuni Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The prophecy of the arrival of Maitreya is found in the canonical literature of all Buddhist sects (Theravāda, Mahāyāna, Vajrayāna) and is accepted by most Buddhists as a statement about an actual event that will take place in the distant future.
One mention of the prophecy of Maitreya is in the Sanskrit text, the Maitreyavyākaraṇa (The Prophecy of Maitreya), stating that gods, men, and other beings will worship Maitreya; it implies that he is a teacher of meditative sadhana:
“will lose their doubts, and the torrents of their cravings will be cut off: free from all misery they will manage to cross the ocean of becoming; and, as a result of Maitreya’s teachings, they will lead a holy life. No longer will they regard anything as their own, they will have no possession, no gold or silver, no home, no relatives! But they will lead the holy life of chastity under Maitreya’s guidance. They will have torn the net of the passions, they will manage to enter into trances, and theirs will be an abundance of joy and happiness, for they will lead a holy life under Maitreya’s guidance.” (Trans. in Conze 1959:241)
Maitreya currently resides in the Tuṣita Heaven (Pāli: Tusita), said to be reachable through meditation. Śākyamuni Buddha also lived here before he was born into the world as all bodhisattvas live in the Tuṣita Heaven before they descend to the human realm to become Buddhas. Although all bodhisattvas are destined to become Buddhas, the concept of a bodhisattva differs slightly in Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism. In Theravada Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who is only destined to one day become a Buddha, whereas in Mahayana Buddhism, a bodhisattva is one who has already reached a very advanced state of grace or enlightenment but holds back from entering nirvana so that he may help others.
Once Maitreya becomes a Buddha, he will rule over the Ketumati Pure Land, an earthly paradise sometimes associated with the Indian city of Varanasi (also known as Benares) in Uttar Pradesh. (All Buddhas preside over a Pure Land; the Buddha Amitabha presides over the Sukhavati Pure Land, more popularly known as the Western Paradise.)
There are those who believe :
Although the names are different, many believe that they all refer to the same individual: the World Teacher, whose personal name is Maitreya (pronounced my-tray-ah).
Preferring to be known simply as the Teacher, Maitreya has not come as a religious leader, or to found a new religion, but as a teacher and guide for people of every religion and those of no religion.
At this time of great political, economic and social crisis Maitreya will inspire humanity to see itself as one family, and create a civilization based on sharing, economic and social justice, and global cooperation.
He will launch a call to action to save the millions of people who starve to death every year in a world of plenty. Among Maitreya’s recommendations will be a shift in social priorities so that adequate food, housing, clothing, education, and medical care become universal rights.
Under Maitreya’s inspiration, humanity itself will make the required changes and create a saner and more just world for all.
A man named Benjamin Creme, a British artist and longtime student of esoteric
philosophy (his words), is promoting a self-proclaimed world
teacher named Maitreya, who says he is not only Jesus
Christ, but the Jewish Messiah, the Hindu Krishna, the
Buddhist Maitreya Buddha and the Muslim Imam Mahdi all
rolled into one. This man is even being promoted by the
UN. He performs miracles, and is reported to have healed
people and animals. He says he is responsible for the fall
of communism in the Soviet Union, the fall of apartheid in
South Africa, the rapprochement (harmonious comingtogether
– which is a whole new description of espionage)
between East and West, the growing power of the people’s
voice (I haven’t noticed that one.), and a worldwide focus
on preserving the environment (That one I have noticed.).
He even claims credit for statues that appear to be crying crystal tears. Mr. Creme says he receives instructions from Maitreya through telepathy.. according to Crème Maitreya says his body of manifestation was totally complete, that he had “donned” it, and this body of light – his ascended body – was now at rest in his mountain center in the Himalayas.
The Buddha Maitreya has an etheric retreat of in the Himalayas, where he invites students to come on wings of harmony to receive higher initiations. In a large chapel of white marble, the flame of purity blazes and a large figure of Kuan Yin rests upon the altar, attended by “cosmic monks.” Students who come to Maitreya’s retreat receive ancient mystery school training through the illumination of the Christ and the strength of the Word for the mastery of the sacred fire. They may be given the initiations of the Buddha and are expected to express loving kindness in their interactions with one another.
There is this story of a buddist master in search of Maitreya . Asanga in pursuit of unmistaken understanding of the Perfection of Wisdom sutras decided that only from Maitreya could he receive the instructions he needed. He therefore entered into intensive retreat in hopes of gaining a direct vision of this Buddha.
After three years of intensive meditation in a cave in the Himalayas with no success he quit this retreat. On his way back home he saw an old man trying to remove a huge stone by brushing it with a feather. Asanga took this as a sign that with enthusiastic perseverance, anything could be accomplished, so he reentered his retreat. More years passed, without results. But each time Asanga gave up he would encounter someone doing an impossible task, and thus he would be re inspired again. But after 12 years with no results, Asanga gave up his practice for good. This time on his way home, he saw a starving dog on the ground, its wounds being eaten by maggots. Moved by compassion for the dog and maggots, he cut off a piece of his own flesh and bent down to transfer the maggots to the meat with his tongue so he would not hurt the maggots. He closed his eyes, but although he leaned over very far, he felt nothing. When he opened his eyes to see what was wrong, the dog had disappeared and in its place stood Maitreya in all his glory.
Holyness does not choose to reveal itself from a rotting dogs flesh full of maggots.
Maitreya must be another name for
Aza and AzaEl. these two Holy One cast down from heaven. They chased after women and caused people to err. It is written concerning Angels, “He makes Ruchot-Spirits His Angel-Messengers” (Psalms 104:4), these two were angels. How then were they able to exist on the earthly plane? Rather, none of the supernal angels can exist without receiving their life-force through the supernal radiance. If this radiance is withheld from them, they cannot exist. This is all the more so true of these two whom the Holy One cast down and thereby cut off from His supernal radiance. Their own radiance changed, and when they descended, the atmosphere of this world overcame them, and they underwent a drastic change in levels. When they descended to this world, the atmosphere of this world enveloped and overwhelmed them, and they changed from their previous level. The Holy One do saw that they were leading people astray. He bound them with metal chains in the mountains of darkness… People who found out where they were would go to them, and they would teach these people the occult arts. The Torah calls these mountains of darkness Harerei Kedem (Ancient Mountains of the East, based on the double meaning of Kedem, “east” and “ancient”), as the verse states, “Balak, king of Moab, has brought me from Aram, from the Ancient Mountains of the East, [telling me] to come curse Jacob and conjure divine wrath against Israel” (Bamidbar 23:7). Bilaam took after Lavan in being a master-magician he learned the occult arts from these fallen angels. This is why Bilaam said about himself, “It is the word of one who hears G-d’s sayings, who sees a vision of the Almighty” (Bamidbar 24:4). For Aza and AzaEl had taught him G-d’s secret sayings that they had heard when they were still in heaven. This is why it says, “hears G-d’s sayings,” and not “hears G-d’s voice,” i.e. the sayings he had heard from Aza and AzaEl. He also said, “It is the word of the one who hears G-d’s sayings and knows the will of the Most High” (ibid. 24:16). From Aza and AzaEl he learned how to divine the most auspicious times to perform his art. He continued saying, “Who sees a vision of the Almighty while fallen [in a meditative trance] with mystical insight”
Who are the ones who see a vision of the Almighty? “Nofel [Fallen] and Galuy Eynayim [Mystical Insight],” i.e. Aza and AzaEl. Aza is called “Nofel” because besides being cast down from heaven once, the Holy One forced him further down into the depths of darkness. AzaEl is called “Galuy Eynayim” because he didn’t anger the Holy One as much as Aza. Bilaam used to go to the Ancient Mountains of the East each day. This is why he said, “Balak… has brought me… from the Ancient Mountains of the East…”
Bilaam was the Pharoe of Egypts greatest magician and council. When Israel left Egypt, Bilaam realized that all the spells and incantations he had pronounced on Israel had been brought to naught. He began to tear out his hair. He went to the Mountains of Darkness, to the place where Aza and AzaEl were bound in chains of iron.
What does a person do when he goes to these mountains? When he arrives there, AzaEl sees him and informs Aza. They both give forth a call, summoning many poisonous snakes to gather round. They also send forth a kind of cat with the head of a snake, tiny paws, and two tails. The person has to have a container of ashes, the remains of a white rooster. He casts the ashes in the face of the cat, and the cat then accompanies him further, until they arrive at the place where the iron chains are wedged in the ground. He then descends down to the abyss, where there is a kind of pin wedged in the deepest abyss. It is to this pin that the iron chains are secured. When this person arrives there, he strikes the pin three times, at which point Aza and AzaEl call him. He then bows down on his knees, closes his eyes and crawls forward. He then sits down in front of them, whereupon all the snakes surround him on all sides. He opens his eyes and sees them. He trembles and quivers and falls on his face. He bows towards them. They then teach him the black arts. He stays with them for three days. When the time comes to take leave, the cat, along with all the snakes, take off in front of him, until he exits those Mountains of Darkness.
All this to was to no Avail the Holy One had ruined all the wisdom and magic in the world, and they were prevented from harming them.
In the end all the Evil will come to naught. There are many paths of the God , but this being is not it.
“And the YHV”H shall be king over all the earth; on that day the Lord shall be one, and his name one.” (Zecahria 14)