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HOLY WOMEN !
May 29, 2019, 2:27 pm
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THIS IS BIG

the women of Israel, who wove for the Tabernacle also refused to donate their golden ornaments for the calF



Also the Historical Biblical narrative is supported by outside sources
May 29, 2019, 12:13 pm
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Its written in the Bible :

“This is the inheritance of the tribe of the sons of Issachar according to their families, the cities and their villages.
24. And the fifth lot came to the tribe of the sons of Asher according to their families.
25. And their border was Helkath, and Hali, and Beten, and Achshaph,”

(Joshua 19 23-25)
Achshaph one of the cities listed above conquered by Joshua, Achshaph is known as one of the oldest Canaanite cities as attested by The Egyptian Execration texts which reveal a significant amount of history from the 20th to 18th centuries BC. The Execration texts, according to Israeli archaeologist Yohanan Aharoni, “reflect the changes that took place in Palestine during the twentieth to nineteenth centuries B.C.” Achshaph is mentioned in Egyptian Execration Texts of the 19th and 18th centuries b.c., in the Karnak list of places conquered by Tuthmosis III (1490-1436 b.c.).  The Egyptian Execration Texts were discovered in Egypt and are comprised of two groups of texts from the 18th and 19th centuries BCE. The texts are written curses in the Egyptian Hieratic script, can be found today in Berlin and Brussels.

Achshaph is also known from the Tell el-Amarna letters of the 14th cent. b.c., and in a 13th cent. Egypian letter.

The Amarna letters  sometimes referred to as the Amarna tablets, and cited with  are an archive, written on clay tablets, primarily consisting of diplomatic correspondence between the Egyptian administration and its representatives in Canaan and Amurru during the New Kingdom, between c. 1360-1332 BC (see here for dates). The letters were found in Upper Egypt at el-Amarna, The Amarna letters are unusual in Egyptological research, because they are mostly written in a script known as Akkadian cuneiform, the writing system of ancient Mesopotamia, rather than that of ancient Egypt, and the language used has sometimes been characterised as a mixed language, Canaanite-Akkadian. The known tablets total 382, of which 358 have been published by the Norwegian Assyriologist Jørgen Alexander Knudtzon’s in his work, Die El-Amarna-Tafeln, which came out in two volumes (1907 and 1915) and remains the standard edition to this day. The texts of the remaining 24 complete or fragmentary tablets excavated since Knudtzon have also been made available

The Papyrus Anastasi also attests to Achshaph. The Papyrus Anastasi I officially designated papyrus British Museum 10247 is an ancient Egyptian papyrus containing a satirical text used for the training of scribes during the Ramesside Period, the Nineteenth and Twentieth dynasties). This papyrus is important as it lists towns in  Canaan during the New Kingdom.

City states mentioned in the book of Joshua thus have been confirmed to exist from non Biblical writing from the time period of Joshua.



JUDAISM IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER RELIGION !
May 22, 2019, 11:37 am
Filed under: Israel, Jews, KUZARI, PROOF OF GOD, Torah, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

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this concerns the disputation, argument made defending the faith of Israel to the king of the Kuzari in the 1100s , that brought about the acceptance of torah Judaism by the kuzari people

Rabbi Yehuda Ha-Levi in his book The Kuzari explains that our belief and obligation to God came into being as a result of an encounter that cannot be denied specific historic event where God acted on our behalf in a supernatural way. Leaving us with absolute certainty regarding His existence and powers.

When the Rabbi was asked about his belief, he responded to the king of the Khazars as follows:

I believe in the God of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Israel, who led the children of Israel out of Egypt with signs and miracles; who fed them in the desert and gave them the land, after having made them traverse the sea and the Jordan in a miraculous way; who sent Moshe with His law, and subsequently thousands of prophets, who confirmed His law by promises to the observant, and threats to the disobedient. Our belief is comprised in the Torah – a very large domain. (Kuzari, I, 11)

The king of Khazars is astonished by this answer



SUCH A GOY !
May 21, 2019, 6:52 am
Filed under: Hebrew, nations, Uncategorized
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Photo by Wendy Wei on Pexels.com     Groups of people joined together have different names depending on the group. A “Am” in Biblical Hebrew or  nation in English  signifies a social collective joined together on an economic basis. “Goy” reflects cultural cohesiveness of a people. Yisrael is called in the Torah “Goy Kadosh” (A Holy nation, exo chapt,19)  The term “edah” and “kahal” are other Biblical words for groups the reflect a common denominator of a group around a spiritual idea and destiny. The sages tell us that “kahal” is used only to describe those who live in “Eretz Yisrael.” (The Land of Israel) The Land creates a connection between all its inhabitants, creating one unit.     Groups of people joined together have different names depending on the group. A “Am” in Biblical Hebrew or  nation in English  signifies a social collective joined together on an economic basis. “Goy” reflects cultural cohesiveness of a people. Yisrael is called in the Torah “Goy Kadosh” (A Holy nation)  The term “edah” and “kahal” are other Biblical words for groups the reflect a common denominator of a group around a spiritual idea and destiny. The sages tell us that “kahal” is used only to describe those who live in “Eretz Yisrael.” (The Land of Israel) The Land creates a connection between all its inhabitants, creating one unit.Groups of people joined together have different names depending on the group. A “Am” in Biblical Hebrew or  nation in English  signifies a social collective joined together on an economic basis. “Goy” reflects cultural cohesiveness of a people. Yisrael is called in the Torah “Goy Kadosh” (A Holy nation)  The term “edah” and “kahal” are other Biblical words for groups the reflect a common denominator of a group around a spiritual idea and destiny. The sages tell us that “kahal” is used only to describe those who live in “Eretz Yisrael.” (The Land of Israel) The Land creates a connection between all its inhabitants, creating one unit.

Groups of people joined together have different names depending on the group. A “Am” in Biblical Hebrew or  nation in English  signifies a social collective joined together on an economic basis. “Goy” reflects cultural cohesiveness of a people. Yisrael is called in the Torah “Goy Kadosh” (A Holy nation)  The term “Aadah” and “kahal” are other Biblical words for groups the reflect a common denominator of a group around a spiritual idea and destiny. “Aad” literally means witness. So a “Aadah” is a group that witnessed something.  The sages tell us that “kahal” is used only to describe those who live in “Eretz Yisrael.” (The Land of Israel) The Land creates a connection between all its inhabitants, creating one unit.



HOLINESS
May 20, 2019, 2:39 pm
Filed under: Holiness, PARSHA KIDOSHIM, Uncategorized

 

 

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. Defilement is contagious . . ., holiness is not.  Sanctity is much more difficult to acquire

SO WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT IN THE ABOVE VERSES ?

Certain items that you want to use for a Holy purpose begin to have Holy status the moment they are placed on the altar or in a Temple vessel.   But as Rashi puts it, “Any item that does not belong there does not become Holy”

in Masechet Zevachim its taught that the  “halachah” that if an invalid “korban” (by a defect )  was placed on the Mizbeiach, it is no taken off. The Gemara explains that this halachah does not apply if it occurs (the defect) before the consecration of the “korban”.  Only if it had already been consecrated and made holy.

The depth behind this halachah is because if a korban is disqualified before it was consecrated, it was invalid to begin with and therefore there is no way it can be consecrated.

Moses requested that The “Shechinah” (Divine Presence) not rest among the nations of the world as Yisrael would not be able to survive all the generations of exile unless they recognized that the Shechina rested only among them.

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.