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Concerning “holiness”
September 25, 2009, 6:18 pm
Filed under: Holiness, The tabernacle, The Temple | Tags:

 

 

 

THIS IS INTERESTING :

Four verses in the Torah suggest that Holiness is contagious:

Whatever touches the altar shall become Holy” (Exod 29:37)

Whatever touches the furnishings of the Tabernacle shall be consecrated” (Exod 30:29)

Anything that touches these [meal offerings] shall become Holy”(Lev 6:11)

Anything that touches its flesh [the flesh of the sin offering] shall become Holy  ( Lev 6:20)

Only impurity can be transferred through contact, holiness cannot. SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ”

 

 

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.



Egyptians Say They Found Proof of Biblical Joseph
September 25, 2009, 12:14 pm
Filed under: Archeology

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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.

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/world-news/ancient-coins-bearing-josephs-image-prove-their-use-for-trade-in-olden-egypt_100252189.html



Egypt man cuts off his penis for love, say police
September 25, 2009, 11:57 am
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.

http://blog.taragana.com/n/egyptian-man-cuts-off-his-own-penis-after-family-wont-let-him-marry-lower-class-girl-68343/