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The mitzvah to appoint a King is not necessarily agreed upon. There is an argument in the Talmud Sanhedrin 20b regarding the verses of the Torah that discuss the Jewish king. The Torah plainly says (Devarim 17:14): “When you come to the land that Hashem your God is giving you, you will inherit it and settle in it and you will say: I shell appoint a king over myself … Then indeed you should appoint a king over yourself …” The language of the Torah seems obscure. Is it trying to tell us that the monarchy is not the ideal system of government, but Hashem allows it if the people will demand it? Or is it trying to say that indeed there is a mitzvah to appoint a Jewish king at some point in our history? In fact both explanations are found in the Talmud. The Talmud leaves this dispute undecided. The Rambam  holds that appointing the king is a mitzvah. Rabbi Abarabanel (Devarim 17:14) holds that it’s not. The  Ramban (Devarim 17:14) explains that the Torah obscure language here without clearly stating if it commendable to appoint a king or that simply this is what would happen in the future.

400 years after we entered the land of Israel the Jewish people asked Shmuel, the greatest prophet of the time, that a king should be appointed. Shmuel was very upset at their request and kept warning them that the kingship they are asking will one day turn against them.

The lineage of King David is shrouded in mysteries, Here is a little revealed :David’s  Great Grandmother was a convert from Moab, Moab is the nation known for exceptional cruelty and moral degradation carried all the way from Lot and his daughters. The Vilna goan says that this kind of cruelty is a quality needed for a Jewish King.  The Torah forbids a Moabite convert to intermix with our nation, but this prohibition was limited to men, though its not written as such in the Torah explicitly. For generations there were no Moabite converts, the details of this law were forgotten and when Ruth came with Naomi, many thought that she was forbidden to marry a regular Jew.. Boaz however, knew the truth and issued his halachic ruling: Saying that Ruth is permissible to the Jewish Congregation. There was a closer relative than Boaz who could choose to marry Ruth but that relative refused, as he did not accept the ruling Boaz had made. He though a Jew could not marry a Moabite convert, even a female one. She became pregnant on the wedding night, but Boaz died right after. Some thought that his death was Divine retribution for marrying a Moabite convert, but in truth it was exactly the opposite – Hashem let Boaz live till this time only in order that the next generation of David’s ancestors will be born.

Boaz’s grandson Yishai was one of the leaders of the generation. At the end of his life he started doubting the halachic decision of his grandfather. What if Boaz was wrong? Then the entire family would be considered “Psulei Kahal”  (those unfit to marry regular Jewish people) There is one way to purify such families ( Kidushin 69a). The man can take a servant woman and her children are halachically like herself. If they are freed, they can marry anyone. But what if Boaz was right? Then Yishai is regular Jew and can’t have relations with a servant woman. So Yishai came up with an ingenious solution..

He separated from his wife, and freed his servant woman on condition that he is a kosher Jew. This way, if Yishai is kosher, his relations with the servant woman are permitted since she was freed, and has become Jewish. But if Yishai is not kosher, then he is having relations with a servant woman, whose children will not bear a stigma of “Psulei Kahal”. This way Yishai could purify his seed and have kosher descendants no matter what.

When Yishai’s wife found out about this, she did not accept such a decision. She was confident that Boaz, the leader of his generation, could not be mistaken. She Knew her husband was a kosher Jew. She therefore pretended to be the servant woman, and went to her husband in the dark.. When his wife was noticeably pregnant, Yishai, of course, assumed that this is an illegitimate child. Later, when Shmuel came to anoint one of Yishai’s children, it did not even occur to Yishai to bring Dovid. It was only when Shmuel received a message from Hashem that neither of the men standing before him is the chosen one, was Dovid called in. And here the TRUTH came out at last. The man that was most despised is the true anointed of Hashem. It’s the broken heart that Hashem desires (Tehilim 51:19).

David was the fourteenth generation after Avraham, so 14 is the “Gematria” of his name, David. His kingdom is compared to the moon. The moon shines its’ brightest on the fifteenth day of the lunar month, but by the end of the day its’ light begins to wane. So too Shlomo, David’s son, reached the highest point of the dynasty, but at the end of his life things started to deteriorate (see Melachim 1:11:4). In another fifteen generations the Temple was destroyed and our nation went into exile. Every month, when we sanctify the new moon we say that our nation will be renewed just like the new moon! And as we wait for Moshiach to speedily arrive, we continue: “David, the King of Israel lives forever!”

In Sha’ar HaGilgulim, is explained how the God uses “trickery and scheming.” In order to bring about what he desires !. Thus the works of the God in his providence most of the time is misunderstood by most of the people. As “His thoughts are not our thoughts”. We see this by God arranging for Avraham to be born to Terach, a leading practitioner of idol worshipper. Who would of thought that Avraham would be the first monotheist  ?

It’s God who made King David’s coming to his Kingship and his  life to be so difficult to under, and difficult for King David..David was the last one the suspected to become king from his family. No one thought Yosef would be the ruler of Egypt. We don’t know how many times things as these happen throughout history, probably all the time on a personal basis. We just don’t see it, and what we do notice most of the time all we can say is As “His thoughts are not our thoughts” along the long twisting roads and paths to Moshiach and the Final Redemption


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Jews have been praying at this site King David’s tomb on Mount Zion since the Middle Ages (12th century). david ancient-well-cover-2100-years-old Ancient well cover on Mount Zion 2100 + years old davidtomb2s marker phjerusalemmountzion1 phjerusalemmountzion2 phjerusalemmountzion6 tom BEHIND THIS ANCIENT STONE MARKING THE GRAVE OF KING DAVID ARE SEALED STAIRS THAT GO DOWN TO THE BURIAL CAVES OF THE BIBLICAL KINGS OF THE HOUSE OF DAVID ! The Midrash, counting Abraham as the first Jewish King counts 14 kings between him and King Solomon, and another 14 kings from King Solomon to the destruction of the First Temple. King Solomon is the 15th of 30 kings. These 30 kings correspond to the 30 days of a lunar month, and thus the institution of Jewish monarchy is seen as starting as a “ moon” with Abraham, waxing until its greatest point in the person of King Solomon, and then waning as Jewish civilization became more decadent after him, until the destruction. Now more on king David and Mount Zion. Mount Zion is a hill just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The term “Zion” became a synonym referring to the entire city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. There is reason to believe that in Biblical times the name Mount Zion referred to the area of what today is called the Temple Mount. However, as early as the first century the hill today called Mount Zion had acquired the name for unknown reasons. On Mount Zion is King David’s Tomb and that of the other kings of Isreal. An unexpected opportunity to investigate this building occured in 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence. A mortar shell hit the site, and Israeli archaeologist Jacob Pinkerfeld was sent to repair the damage. In the course of repairs, he removed the marble floor slabs and dug two pits revealing three earlier floors, shown in the lower left drawing. Five inches below the present floor was a 12th-century Crusader floor; 1.5 feet below that, Pinkerfeld discovered a mosaic floor with geometric designs dating to the Byzantine period (fifth century); 4 inches below the mosaic, he uncovered the remains of a Roman floor (end of the first century), consisting of plaster fragments and stones from a possible pavement. A foundation ledge projecting into the hall at this final level indicated that this earlier Roman floor was the original building’s floor. Pinkerfeld observed that the niche in the northern wall, behind the cenotaph, was Part of the original construction Standing 6 feet above the earliest floor Level, the niche resembles other niches in ancient synagogues. He noted that the niche was oriented towards the Temple Mount and concluded that the building was originally a synagogue and the niche was the aron (ark for Torah scrolls).Pinkerfeld concluded that the original building was a Roman-period synagogue or early Byzantine. . The thousand-year-old building that houses the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion in Jerusalem is almost always thronging; some have come to pray and pay homage to Israel’s famous king and ancestor of the Messiah, while others pour over sacred texts all day long in the anteroom next to the tomb. Jewish tradition has identified the tomb of King David on “Mount Zion”, a few hundred meters from the Zion Gate for more than one thousand years. The earliest mention of the Tomb of David as identified today appears in the writings of the Moslem geographer al-Makadasi, in the 10th century. However, al-Makadasi based this identification on the tradition of “the People of the Book”, that is, Jews and Christians. The first Jewish source to commit this tradition to writing is the travel diary of the “Jewish Marco Polo”, Binyamin of Tudela [1160 – 1173]. He writes Two Jewish workers employed to reconstruct a damaged monument on Mount Zion accidentally happened upon a secret passage andfound themselves in a palace made of marble columns.Within the palace was a table upon which rested a golden scepter and golden crown, with riches all around. The workers decided this was King David’s Tomb. Suddenly, they were struck down by a fierce wind and heard voices that told them to leave immediately. Three days later, the two workmen were sick in bed and could not be persuaded to return to the site. The tomb itself is a burial cave, which is not accessible. What is accessible is a cenotaph (stone marker) over the entrance to the cave. The cenotaph is located within a complex of buildings which date to the Crusader Period [12th century], though some of the buildings were added during the Ottoman Period [16th century and later], and may have served as a caravanserai (inn for traders on the caravan routes). The building housing David’s tomb incorporates much more ancient elements. The southern wall includes stones which are quite large and obviously older than the rest of the building. Josephus reports that Herod the Great (37-4 B.C.) secretly tried to rob the treasure hidden in David’s tomb. When two of Herod’s clandestine diggers met a mysterious death, fear overcame Herod and he ordered a tomb-memorial erected at the site. Jews have streamed here for centuries to recite the Psalms written by David, whose life teaches many lessons about human nature. The tomb is covered with a velvet cloth embroidered with the words David Melech Israel Hai Vekayam, the first song many Jewish children learn, which evokes the sense that David’s spirit is still with us. Prayers at King David’s tomb also turn to Jerusalem, which David made the united capital of the tribes of Israel. The anniversary of David’s death coincides with the eve of Shavuot, when it is customary to pray and study all night at the tomb. Behind the marker of King David’s tomb, the cenotaph there used to be stairs going down to the actual burial cave. Workers were sent down to look by Rabbi Goldstein, they came up terrified saying they saw down there amazing ancient things. This area was sealed with cement by Rabbi Goldstein. Mount Zion is a hill just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. The term “Zion” became a synonym referring to the entire city of Jerusalem and the Land of Israel. There is reason to believe that in Biblical times the name Mount Zion referred to the area of what today is called the Temple Mount. However, as early as the first century the hill today called Mount Zion had acquired the name for unknown reasons. On Mount Zion is King David’s Tomb and that of the other kings of Isreal. An unexpected opportunity to investigate this building occured in 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence. A mortar shell hit the site, and Israeli archaeologist Jacob Pinkerfeld was sent to repair the damage. In the course of repairs, he removed the marble floor slabs and dug two pits revealing three earlier floors, shown in the lower left drawing. Five inches below the present floor was a 12th-century Crusader floor; 1.5 feet below that, Pinkerfeld discovered a mosaic floor with geometric designs dating to the Byzantine period (fifth century); 4 inches below the mosaic, he uncovered the remains of a Roman floor (end of the first century), consisting of plaster fragments and stones from a possible pavement. A foundation ledge projecting into the hall at this final level indicated that this earlier Roman floor was the original building’s floor. Pinkerfeld observed that the niche in the northern wall, behind the cenotaph, was Part of the original construction Standing 6 feet above the earliest floor Level, the niche resembles other niches in ancient synagogues. He noted that the niche was oriented towards the Temple Mount and concluded that the building was originally a synagogue and the niche was the aron (ark for Torah scrolls).Pinkerfeld concluded that the original building was a Roman-period synagogue or early Byzantine. . The thousand-year-old building that houses the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion in Jerusalem is almost always thronging; some have come to pray and pay homage to Israel’s famous king and ancestor of the Messiah, while others pour over sacred texts all day long in the anteroom next to the tomb. Jewish tradition has identified the tomb of King David on “Mount Zion”, a few hundred meters from the Zion Gate for more than one thousand years. The earliest mention of the Tomb of David as identified today appears in the writings of the Moslem geographer al-Makadasi, in the 10th century. However, al-Makadasi based this identification on the tradition of “the People of the Book”, that is, Jews and Christians. The first Jewish source to commit this tradition to writing is the travel diary of the “Jewish Marco Polo”, Binyamin of Tudela [1160 – 1173]. He writes Two Jewish workers employed to reconstruct a damaged monument on Mount Zion accidentally happened upon a secret passage andfound themselves in a palace made of marble columns.Within the palace was a table upon which rested a golden scepter and golden crown, with riches all around. The workers decided this was King David’s Tomb. Suddenly, they were struck down by a fierce wind and heard voices that told them to leave immediately. Three days later, the two workmen were sick in bed and could not be persuaded to return to the site.

The tomb itself is a burial cave, which is not accessible. What is accessible is a cenotaph (stone marker) over the entrance to the cave. The cenotaph is located within a complex of buildings which date to the Crusader Period [12th century], though some of the buildings were added during the Ottoman Period [16th century and later], and may have served as a caravanserai (inn for traders on the caravan routes). The building housing David’s tomb incorporates much more ancient elements. The southern wall includes stones which are quite large and obviously older than the rest of the building. Josephus reports that Herod the Great (37-4 B.C.) secretly tried to rob the treasure hidden in David’s tomb. When two of Herod’s clandestine diggers met a mysterious death, fear overcame Herod and he ordered a tomb-memorial erected at the site. Jews have streamed here for centuries to recite the Psalms written by David, whose life teaches many lessons about human nature. The tomb is covered with a velvet cloth embroidered with the words David Melech Israel Hai Vekayam, the first song many Jewish children learn, which evokes the sense that David’s spirit is still with us. Prayers at King David’s tomb also turn to Jerusalem, which David made the united capital of the tribes of Israel. The anniversary of David’s death coincides with the eve of Shavuot, when it is customary to pray and study all night at the tomb.

Behind the marker of King David’s tomb, the cenotaph there used to be stairs going down to the actual burial cave. Workers were sent down to look by Rabbi Goldstein, they came up terrified saying they saw down there amazing ancient things. This area was sealed with cement by Rabbi Goldstein.

The Sfas Emet writes that the Mishnah in Avot (3:2) states that if not for the fear of the king, every man would swallow his friends up alive. Nonetheless, if people feared HaShem there would be no need for a king. The concept of a king, is because through fearing the king one will come to fear HaShem. Thus, we see that there really is no need for a king over the people, as every man should be a king over himself. This idea is akin to what the commentators write regarding the Mishkan (tabernacle). Prior to the sin of the Golden Calf, there was no need for a Mishkan, as everyone was able to contain the Divine Presence within himself. Once the Jewish People sinned, however, they required a Mishkan as a resting place for the Divine Presence. 

King David had made music instruments that were played in the Temple his son King Salomon built. We see in  Divrei HaYamim 1(Chronicles) 28:11-13 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple, its buildings, its storerooms, its upper parts, its inner rooms and the place of atonement. He gave him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the temple of HaShem and all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the treasuries for the dedicated things. He gave him instructions for the divisions of the priests and Levites, and for all the work of serving in the temple of HaShem, as well as for all the articles to be used in its service.

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Biblical Joshua conquered the OLDEST CITY IN THE WORLD
December 29, 2013, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Archeology | Tags: ,

If one goes to Jericho they will see a Sign-posted saying

“The oldest city in the world,”

 

Jericho is located in the center of the sun-baked Judean desert, with a history going back over 11,000 years.

 

Sumerians have an unknown origin. They reached Sumer around 3,500 BC.



THE REAL INDIANA JONES FOUND FIRST TEMPLE TREASURES !
April 24, 2011, 1:08 pm
Filed under: Archeology

JUST IN CASE YOU NEVER HEARD THIS

Vendyl Jones passed away at 3:15 Monday, December 27, 2010 in Texas. This is a great loss for the world. He found the anointing oil for Kohanim, Kings, and the First Temple’s utensils and the incense that was used in the 2nd Temple. He, at the end of his long life, wanted to drill a bore hole into the Cave of the Column in Qumran to see if the treasures of Betzalel were hidden there including the Menorah, the Golden Table, and the Ark of the Covenant. All of these things were hidden during the reign of Josaiah (Yoshiyahu), the great king of Yehudah, in the waning days of the First Temple period. Yet he ran into political resistance, for Qumran is in what was or is to become Palestine.

Vendyl Jones* and his team o found a clay juglet measuring approximately five inches high in a cave at Qumran, just west of the northern end of Dead Sea. The juglet contained a most unusual oil. It is believed to be the only surviving sample of the balsam oil that was prescribed in the Torah for anointing the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and its vessels, as well as the Priests [Cohanim], Prophets and Kings of Israel. The oil was still viscous, but because of its age it had solidified into a gelatin-like substance that resembled molasses. The juglet that contained the oil was wrapped in palm leaves and carefully concealed in a 3-foot deep pit that preserved it from looting and the extreme climatological factors

Two years later (April 1992) Vendyl and his team made another discovery. In a cave not far from where the juglet of oil was found they uncovered 600 kilos of a “reddish-brown organic substance” in a rock silo that had been deliberately concealed. The silo had been constructed in such a way as to protect its contents from the surrounding environment. Subsequent palynological analysis determined that the substance contained traces of all eleven spices that were used in the manufacture of the Incense Mixture (Pitum HaQetoret) that was burned in the Temple.

In 1994, the incense spices were presented to the now late Rav Yehudah Getz, late Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall and Holy Places in Israel. A sample was also given to Hakham Ovadiah Yosef. he had his own chemist analyze the mixture to confirm its organic nature. Then both Hakhamim requested that Vendyl Jones “burn” some of the incense for scientific purposes (not with fire but with hydrochloric acid). At their suggestion, he had the spices combined together with the sodom salt and karshina lye that was also found stored separately in the cave in Qumran.  

 

The results were astonishing according to all accounts. Although the spices had lost some of their potency over the two millennia since their burial, it was still powerful. The residue of its fragrance lingered in the vicinity for several days following the experiment. Several people present reported that their hair and clothing retained the aroma. One account of the incident states:

 

“The aroma released from the spice compound during its processing was profuse and almost immediate. It initially saturated my hands as well as the clothes that I was wearing. Within a matter of minutes my laboratory and the surrounding area (for an area of several meters) was affected by the scent released from the spices… On the first day of processing, the aroma was so intense that I could almost taste it… Upon my return home that evening, the scent that had attached itself on my body and clothes was really apparent to both my wife and daughter. During the course of the week, the odor lessened slightly but was still noticeable in and around my lab. Within a few weeks the distinct aroma of the spices diminished to a freshness or cleanness of the air in my lab and the surrounding area. This aroma was in evidence, if even so slightly, for approximately two months.” (Dr. Terry Hutter, Palynological Asessment of the Qumran Spices, May 5, 1994, in Vendyl Jones’ Report on the Excavations at Qumran).

 

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Vendyl Jones is a former Baptist minister who became disillusioned with the New Testament. He served in the Israeli Army. He also founded the B’nai Noach (Sons of Noah) movement which is an organization that seeks to bring the nations of the world to an understanding of Torah as it relates to the grand design that God has for Jews and Gentiles.  Jones, with encouragement of several rabbis, has been attempting to use information from the Copper Scroll to search for the Ark. But what is listed on the Scroll? Basically, it’s a list of locations for gold and silver treasure from Jerusalem and from the Second Temple, the one that did not hold the Ark. Most of the sites mentioned are unknown today. There are spelling mistakes and there is corrosion that makes it difficult to read in its entirety.  Still, using it, Jones has found items he believes were from the Temple – in particular, in April of 1988, a small juglet of thick oil that (according to the Pharmaceutical Department of Hebrew University) was probably Holy Anointing Oil used on sacrifices and for anointing the priests and kings of ancient Israel. It was the first find of an item mentioned in the Copper Scroll.

In a 1992 excavation, his efforts resulted in the recovery of a reddish snuff – looking material. It was analyzed by Dr. Marvin Antelman (consultant to the Weitzmann Institute); and subsequently, the pollens in the material were analyzed by Dr. Terry Hutter, a paleobotanist. They identified the material as a compound of nine specific spices in a highly refined state. Two additional inorganic ingredients, Karsina Lye and Sodom Salt, were found close by in the same cave, apparently ready to be mixed with the spices, to comprise the ingredients of the Holy Incense, the Qetoret. This was the same compound burned on the Altar of Incense in the Holy Temple. A total of 900 pounds of the Incense was eventually found. It seems likely that even if the oil and incense were from the Temple, we would be dealing with artifacts produced during the time of the Second, non-Ark possessing Temple. However, according to a Vendyl Jones article by Gerald Robins carried in the Jewish Herald Voice Houston newspaper in 2000, the Scroll is said to contain the following text:

In the desolations of the Valley of Achor, under the hill that must be climbed; hidden under the east side, forty stones deep, is a silver chest, and with it, the vestments of the High Priest, all the gold and silver with the Great Tabernacle (the Mishkan) and all its Treasures.In the desolations of the Valley of Achor, under the hill that must be climbed; hidden under the east side, forty stones deep, is a silver chest, and with it, the vestments of the High Priest, all the gold and silver with the Great Tabernacle (the Mishkan) and all its Treasures.

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Rabbi Chama the son of Rabbi Chanina said: What is meant by that which is written: And you shall make the beams of the Tabernacle of cedar wood, standing?…What does the verse mean by standing?  Lest you say, now that the Tabernacle has fallen into disuse and the beams interred: Their promise is ruined, never to return!  [the Torah] therefore teaches that the beams are standing – to tell us that they are standing forever and ever.



The most amazing Archeological Discovery in Egypt proof of the truth of the Bible
July 8, 2010, 8:59 am
Filed under: Archeology

Undoubtedly, the most important mention of Israel outside the Bible is that in the Merneptah, or “Israel,” Stela.

The date of the reference to Israel in the Merneptah Stela is during the time of the Biblical “judges”

The Merneptah Stela
Also spelled Merenptah Stela, this stone is carved with a hieroglyphic account from 1220 B.C.E., commissioned by Pharaoh Merneptah to boast of his conquests.

the Israel Stele or Victory Stele of Merneptah — is an inscription by the Ancient Egyptian king Merneptah (1213 to 1203 BC), which appears on the reverse side of a granite stele. erected by the king Amenhotep III.

The stele has gained much fame and notoriety for being the only Ancient Egyptian document generally accepted as mentioning  “Israel”. It is also, by far, the earliest known attestation of  Israel. For this reason, many scholars refer to it as the “Israel stele”.

The Israel stela specifically mentions the Israelites are mentioned as  a foreign people.

This is the earliest mention of Israel outside of Biblical texts.

The line mentioning Israel is grouped together with three other defeated states in Canaan (Gezer, Yanoam and Ashkelon) in a single stanza, beside multiple stanzas regarding his defeat of the Libyans. The line referring to Merneptah’s Canaanite campaign reads:

Canaan is captive with all woe. Ashkelon is conquered, Gezer seized, Yanoam made nonexistent; Israel is wasted, bare of seed.

The phrase “wasted, bare of seed” is formulaic, and often used of defeated nations. It implies that the store of grain of the nation in question has been destroyed, which would result in a famine the following year, incapacitating them as a military threat to Egypt.

Michael G. Hasel, a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona he has done an in-depth linguistic study and has determined  :

Israel is identified by the determinative for people, is a socioethnic unity powerful enough to be mentioned along with major city-states that were also neutralized” (1994: 51).

It is now currently housed and displayed in the Cairo

Here is the text of the Israel Stele

Year 5, 3rd month of summer, day 3, under the Majesty of Horus: Mighty Bull,
Rejoicing in Maat; the King of Upper and Lower Egypt: Banere-meramun; the Son of Ra:
Merenptah, Content with Maat, magnified by the power, exalted by the strength of
Horus; strong bull who smites the Nine Bows, whose name is given to eternity forever.

Recital of his victories in all lands, to let all lands together know, to let the glory of his
deeds be seen: the King of Upper and Lower Egypt: Banere-meramun; the Son of Ra:
Merenptah, Content with Maat; the Bull, lord of strength who slays his foes, splendid on
the field of valour when his attack is made:

Shu who dispelled the cloud that was over Egypt,
letting Egypt see the rays of the sun disk.
Who removed the mountain of copper from the people’s neck,
that he might give breath to the imprisoned folk.
Who let Hut-ka-Ptah exult over its foes,
letting Tjenen triumph over his opponents.
Opener of Memphis’ gates that were barred,
who allowed the temples to receive their foods.
The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Banere-meramun,
the Son of Ra, Merenptah, Content with Maat.
The Sole One who steadied the hearts of hundred thousands,
breath entered their nostrils at the sight of him.
Who destroyed the land of the Tjemeh in his lifetime,
cast abiding terror in the heart of the Meshwesh.
He turned back the Libyans who trod Egypt,
great is dread of Egypt in their hearts.

Their leading troops were left behind,
Their legs made no stand except to flee,
Their archers abandoned their bows,
The hearts of their runners grew weak as they sped,
They loosened their waterskins, cast them down,
Their packs were untied, thrown away.
The vile chief, the Libyan foe,
Fled in the deep of night alone,
No plume on his head, his feet unshod,
His wives were carried off from his presence,
His food supplies were snatched away,
He had no drinking water to sustain him.
The gaze of his brothers was fierce to slay him,
His officers fought among each other,
Their tents were fired, burnt to ashes,
All his goods were food for the troops.
When he reached his country he was in mourning Those left in his land
were loath to receive him
“A chief, ill-fated, evil-plumed”,
All said of him, those of his town.
“He is in the power of the gods, the lords of Memphis The Lord of
Egypt has made his name accursed;
Merey is the abomination of Memphis,
So is son after son of his kin forever.
Banere-meramun will be after his children,
Merenptah, Content with Maat is given him as fate.
He has become a [proverbial saying] for Libya, Generation says to
generation of his victories:
It was never done to us since the time of Ra;”
So says every old man speaking to his son.

Woe to Libyans, they have ceased to live
In the good manner of roaming the field;
In a single day their stride was halted
In a single year were the Tjehenu burned!
Seth turned his back upon their chief,
By his word their villages were ruined;
There’s no work of carrying [loads] these days.
Hiding is useful, it’s safe in the cave.
The great Lord of Egypt, might and strength are his, Who will combat,
knowing how he strides?
A witless fool is he who takes him on,
He knows no tomorrow who attacks his border!
As for Egypt, “Since the gods,” they say,
“She is the only daughter of Pre;
His son is he who’s on the throne of Shu,
None who attacks her people will succeed.
The eye of every god is after her despoiler,
It will make an end of all its foes”,
So say they who gaze toward their stars,
And know all their spells by looking to the winds.

A great wonder has occurred for Egypt,
Her attacker was placed captive (in) her hand,
Through the counsels of the godly king,
Who prevailed against his foes before Pre.
Merey who stealthily did evil
To all the gods who are in Memphis,
He was contended with in On,
The Ennead found him guilty of his crimes.
Said the Lord-of-all: “Give the sword to my son,
The right-hearted, kind, gracious Banere-meramun,
Who cared for Memphis, who avenged On,
Who opened the quarters that were barred.
He has freed the many shut up in all districts,
He has given the offerings to the temples,
He has let incense be brought to the gods,
He has let the nobles retain their possessions,
He has let the humble frequent their towns”.
Then spoke the lords of On in behalf of their son,
Merenptah, Content with Maat:
“Grant him a lifetime like that of Ra,
To avenge those injured by any land;
Egypt has been assigned him as portion,
He owns it forever to protect its people”.
Lo, when one dwells in the time of the mighty,
The breath of life comes readily.
The brave bestows wealth on the just,
The cheat cannot retain his plunder;
[What a man has of ill-gotten wealth
Falls to others, not (his) children.]

This (too) shall be said:
Merey the vile foe, the Libyan foe
Had come to attack the walls of Ta-tenen,
Whose lord had made his son arise in his place,
The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Banere-meramun,
Son of Ra, Merenptah, Content with Maat.
Then said Ptah concerning the vile Libyan foe:
“His crimes are all gathered upon his head.
Give him into the hand of Merenptah, Content with Maat,
He shall make him spew what he gorged like a crocodile.
Lo, the swift will catch the swift,
The lord who knows his strength will snare him;
It is Amun who curbs him with his hand,
He will deliver him to his ka in Southern On,
The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Banere-meramun,
Son of Ra, Merenptah, Content with Maat”.

Great joy has arisen in Egypt,
Shouts go up from Egypt’s towns;
They relate the Libyan victories
Of Merenptah, Content with Maat:
“How beloved is he, the victorious ruler!
How exalted is he, the King among the gods!
How splendid is he, the lord of command!
O how sweet it is to sit and babble!”
One walks free-striding on the road,
For there’s no fear in people’s hearts;
Fortresses are left to themselves,
Wells are open for the messengers’ use.
Bastioned ramparts are becalmed,
Sunlight only wakes the watchmen;
Medjai are stretched out asleep,
Nau and Tekten are in the fields they love.
The cattle of the field are left to roam,
No herdsmen cross the river’s flood;
There’s no calling out at night:
“Wait, I come,” in a stranger’s voice.
Going and coming are with song,
People don’t [lament] and mourn;
Towns are settled once again,
He who tends his crop will eat it.
Ra has turned around to Egypt,
The Son is ordained as her protector,
The King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Banere-meramun,
Son of Ra, Merenptah, Content with Maat

The princes are prostrate saying: “Shalom!”
Not one of the Nine Bows lifts his head:
Tjehenu is vanquished, Khatti at peace,
Canaan is captive with all woe.
Ashkelon is conquered, Gezer seized,
Yanoam made nonexistent;


Israel is wasted, bare of seed,


Khor is become a widow for Egypt.
All who roamed have been subdued.
By the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Banere-meramun,
Son of Ra, Merenptah, Content with Maat,
Given life like Ra every day.

The Israel Stele or Victory Stele of Merneptah is currently in the Museum in Cairo, Egypt.



Half Shekal Silver coin
February 25, 2010, 5:26 am
Filed under: 1/2 of a shekel coin, Archeology, Purim

The Torah discusses different kinds of donations for the building of the Mishkan. One donation every Jew donated was a mere half a shekel.

This raises the question–why the need for the half a shekel campaign?

The emphasis here is on every single taking part in the building of the Mishkan. We need to view each and every one of us as a piece in the puzzle.

The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced that a rare half-shekel silver coin was found in an excavation in Jerusalem. A silver coin that was used to pay the half-shekel head tax to the Temple was found in what was the main drainage channel of Jerusalem in the Second Temple period. Before reading the Scroll of Esther, all devout Jews will contribute a sum of money, “a reminder of the half shekel” which was paid by every household in ancient times for the purpose of maintaining the Temple. Today, this sum is translated into local currency and donated to the needy.



. The world of archeology is rocked by discovery of King David’s palace and fortifications of King Solomon
February 23, 2010, 9:55 am
Filed under: Archeology

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The debunkers of Jewish biblical history got some bad news recently, when a spunky, dedicated archaeologist began her latest dig. Dr. Eilat Mazar, world authority on Jerusalem’s past, has taken King David out of the pages of the Bible and put him back into living history. Mazar’s latest excavation in the City of David, in the southern shadow of the Temple Mount, has shaken up the archaeological world. For lying undisturbed for over 3,000 years is a massive building which Mazar believes is King David’s palace and now most recently has discovered ancient fortifications from the time of King Solomon.


An Israeli archaeologist said Monday that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era.

Based on the age of the fortifications and their location, she suggests it was built by Solomon, David’s son, and mentioned is in the Book of Kings

Ancient stone fortifications that were recently uncovered outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City date back some 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era, according to archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar, who spoke to a group of reporters at the site on Monday. The section of the city wall revealed, which is 70 meters long and six meters high, is located in the area known as the Ophel, between the City of David and the southern wall of the Temple Mount. An inner gatehouse for access into the royal quarter of the city was uncovered in the city wall complex, along with a royal structure adjacent to the gatehouse and a corner tower that overlooks a substantial section of the adjacent Kidron Valley.

The finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century BCE. “It’s the most significant construction we have from First Temple days in Israel,” Mazar said on Monday. “And it means that at that time, the 10th century, in Jerusalem there was a regime capable of carrying out such construction.” “The city wall that has been uncovered testifies to a ruling presence,” Mazar said. “Its strength and form of construction indicate a high level of engineering, and the city wall is at the eastern end of the Ophel area in a high, strategic location atop the western slope of the Kidron Valley.”A comparison of this latest finding with city walls and gates from the period of the First Temple, as well as pottery found at the site, enable us to postulate, with a great degree of assurance, that the wall that has been revealed is that which was built by King Solomon in Jerusalem in the latter part of the tenth century BCE,” she continued.


“This is the first time that a structure from that time has been found that may correlate with written descriptions of Solomon’s building in Jerusalem,” she added.

“The Bible tells us that Solomon built – with the assistance of the Phoenicians, who were outstanding builders – the Temple and his new palace and surrounded them with a city, most probably connected to the more ancient wall of the City of David.”

Mazar, 48, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the archaeology of ancient Jerusalem and head archaeologist of the Shalem Center Institute of Archaeology, the discovery was the culmination of years of effort and solid speculation. From the time she was a teenager, she had her nose in archaeology literature, and worked closely with her grandfather, renowned archaeologist Benjamin Mazar, who conducted the southern wall excavations next to the Western Wall. She holds a doctorate in archaeology from Hebrew University, is author of The Complete Guide to the Temple Mount Excavations, and in the 1970s and ’80s worked on the digs supervised by Yigal Shilo in the City of David. The significant discoveries made then, including a huge wall called the “stepped-stone structure” — which Shilo believed was a retaining wall for David’s royal palace or part of the Jebusite fortress he conquered — ignited Mazar to continue to look for the prize: David’s palace itself.

Some biblical scholars gave up looking for the palace because, according to Mazar, they were looking in the wrong place. Scholars searched for remains of the palace within the walls of the ancient Jebusite city that David conquered and called Ir David (City of David). This city, while heavily fortified with both natural and man-made boundaries, was also very small, just nine acres in size. When no evidence of such a majestic palace as the Bible describes was found there, the next step was to claim that David’s monarchy never really existed.

But Mazar always suspected that the palace was outside the original city, and cites the Bible to prove it. When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed, they went on the attack to apprehend him. This occurred after he conquered the Fortress of Zion, which was the actual nucleus of the city, and built his palace. The Bible says that David heard about it and “descended to the fortress,” (2-Samuel 5:17), implying that he went down from his palace, which was higher up on the mountain than the citadel/city.

Mazar told Aish.com: “I always asked myself: Down from where? It must have been from his palace on top of the hill, outside the original Jebusite city.”

Mazar says she was confident in her assessment of where the palace would be. What she discovered was a section of massive wall running about 100 feet from west to east along the length of the excavation (underneath what until this summer was the Ir David Visitors Center), and ending with a right-angle corner that turns south and implies a very large building.

Scientist, Not Philosopher

Within the dirt fill between the stones were found pottery shards dating to the 11th century BCE, the time when David established his monarchy. Based on biblical text and historic evidence, Mazar assumed that David would have built his palace outside the walls of the fortified but cramped Jebusite city which existed up to 2,000 years before; and in fact, the structure is built on the summit of the mountain, directly on bedrock along the city’s northern edge, with no archaeological layers beneath it — a sign that the structure constituted a new, northward expansion of the city’s northern limit.

“I was shocked at how easy it was to uncover it, and how well-preserved it was, as if it were just waiting 3,000 years for us to find it.”

What most amazed Mazar was how close the building is to the surface — just one to two meters underground. “The cynics kept saying, ‘there will be so many layers, so many remnants of other cultures, it’s not worth digging, it’s too far down.’ I was shocked at how easy it was to uncover it, and how well-preserved it was, as if it were just waiting 3,000 years for us to find it,” Mazar said.

Mazar snickers at the idea that she is some sort of divine emissary revealing the eternity of David’s kingdom. “I am a scientist, not a philosopher. My focus is on how magnificent and enduring these complex structures are, that they were preserved and protected for so many generations. In truth, when I began to excavate, I had to be prepared for any result. I even had to be prepared to accept Finkelstein’s hypothesis if that’s what the facts indicated. Still, I am a Jew and an Israeli, and I feel great joy when the details on the ground match the descriptions in the Bible. Today it’s become fashionable to say there was no David, no Solomon, no Temple, no prophets. But suddenly the facts on the ground are speaking, and those outspoken voices are stammering.”

Biblical References

The City of David is essentially the ancient nucleus of Jerusalem, located just south of the mountain on which the Holy Temples stood. From here the rest of the city as we know it grew and developed over the course of history. According to tradition, the first significant event that occurred there was the meeting between Abraham and Malki-tzedek, King of Shalem. King David, divinely directed, chose this city as the capital of his united kingdom. And the more archaeologists uncover and identify, the easier it is becoming to form a complete picture of the people who lived there — with the pivotal Jewish history of the First Temple period, described in the Prophets, played out in its structures and installations.

The Bible says that King David brought God’s Tabernacle to its final home in this original Jerusalem, expanded the city, and made it the spiritual and economic capital of the world at that time. According to Jewish tradition, he fulfilled God’s master plan for a spiritual monarchy that would endure until the final Redemption.

“The construction that we found was a complicated and intricate engineering operation that must have required immense resources, and the dating matches,” says Mazar. “This is the kind of step one would expect of a new ruler who wants to turn the city he conquered into his permanent residence, and who has an exceptional vision of the future development of the city.”

According to the Bible, David’s palace was constructed by Hiram, King of Tyre, the contemporary Phoenician ruler and his ally against the Philistines. Mazar, an expert in Phoenician construction from her excavations at Achziv on Israel’s northern coast, attests that this building bears the mark of Phoenician construction, not likely to be found otherwise in the Judean hills.

In fact, quite a bit about David’s palace is known from the Bible itself. It was a “house of cedars” built by Phoenician builders (2-Samuel 5:11 and 1-Chronicles 14:1) who used the cedars of Lebanon and developed a distinct style of stone masonry. Remains of pillars and decorative stone capitals in this particular style were discovered at the site years before, which was one clue Mazar used to look for the palace.

THE CLAY DISC

Mazar believes that the palace was used for Jewish monarchs until the destruction of the First Temple 450 years later. To indicate this, she speaks excitedly about a tiny clay item she found at the site (found on the 17th of Tammuz, the fast day commemorating the siege of Jerusalem before its destruction). It is called a “bulla,” a clay disc, inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the name of the sender as a “return address,” used to seal papyrus scroll “mail.” The bulla bears the name of Yehuchal Ben Shelemiah,* who is mentioned in Chapters 37 and 38 of the Book of Jeremiah. Yehuchal was one of two emissaries dispatched by King Tzidkiyahu to Jeremiah, asking him to pray for the people during the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon. In an about-face, Chapter 38 tells that Yehuchal was one of four ministers who asked the king to kill Jeremiah, claiming that he was demoralizing the besieged nation with his prophecies of doom and destruction.

The bulla found on the site of the palace indicates that the building was used by the king, or at least by his ministers, until the destruction of Jerusalem soon afterwards. (In fact, a nearby cistern uncovered in what might have been a king’s courtyard is speculated to perhaps be the pit Jeremiah was lowered into, as recorded in Jeremiah 38:6).

Pottery shards discovered within the fill of the lowest floor of the royal building near the gatehouse also testify to the dating of the complex to the 10th century B.C.E. Found on the floor were remnants of large storage jars, 1.15 meters in height, that survived destruction by fire and that were found in rooms that apparently served as storage areas on the ground floor of the building. On one of the jars there is a partial inscription in ancient Hebrew indicating it belonged to a high-level government official.

“The jars that were found are the largest ever found in Jerusalem,” said Mazar, adding that “the inscription that was found on one of them shows that it belonged to a government official, apparently the person responsible for overseeing the provision of baked goods to the royal court.”

In addition to the pottery shards, cult figurines were also found in the area, as were seal impressions on jar handles with the word “to the king,” testifying to their usage within the monarchy. Also found were seal impressions (bullae) with Hebrew names, also indicating the royal nature of the structure. Most of the tiny fragments uncovered came from intricate wet sifting done with the help of the salvaging Temple Mount Sifting Project, directed by Dr. Gabriel Barkai and Zachi Zweig, under the auspice of the Nature and Parks Authority and the Ir David Foundation

“For me, finding the bulla was tremendous,” says Mazar. “Yehuchal was no longer just some name in a biblical account that I might not even have been sure was true. He was a real person. We now have his business card. The account is a real account. It is very rare to find such precise evidence for a narrative in the Bible.”

Mazar is heady, not with personal glory or the fame, but with what she considers validation of the Bible she so loves and respects.

Mazar took the bulla home to examine and decipher. With the help of a needle and magnifying glass, she cleaned off the grains of dust until the ancient inscription was revealed. Together with her boys, aged 14, 13, and 11, they managed to decipher the ancient Hebrew script. Mazar’s late husband, also an archaeologist, had published material on bullas, and the boys made use of their father’s articles which explained how to properly examine and decipher the clay.

Mazar is heady, not with personal glory or the fame that has followed her since the discovery, but with what she considers validation of the Bible she so loves and respects. “Today the scholarly approach to Tanach [the Bible] is that it’s not true unless you can prove it true. Maybe we should do a little reverse. Why don’t we say it’s true unless we can prove otherwise?”

Too Biblical?

More than ten years ago, Mazar proposed a solid thesis as to the location of the palace, and argued her position in a piece published in Biblical Archaeological Review. After years of digging in the City of David under her professional mentor Yigal Shilo before he passed away, and based on finds several decades ago by British archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon, she knew she was in the right place. David’s palace was the topic of her last conversation with her famous grandfather, biblical archaeology Professor Binyamin Mazar, before he died ten years ago. He told her, “Kenyon found the protoaeolic capitals (of the decorative Phoenician stone-work), so go and find where she found them, and start there.”

Despite her sound hypothesis and impeccable credentials, she couldn’t find any financial backers, as if no one in the academic world really wanted to find David’s palace. It would just be too politically complicated. It’s no wonder, when even mainstream archaeologists are inclined to play down finds which might be considered too highly charged with biblical or historical accuracy.

An example is Adam Zertal, who in 1983 discovered an enormous sacrificial altar on Mount Eval, on the very mountain where Joshua was described in the Bible as having built an altar after the Jews crossed the Jordan River. The altar he found contained tools dating to the 12th century BCE, the time the Jewish people entered the Land, and its construction matched the descriptions of Joshua’s altar in both biblical and rabbinic texts. But instead of the expected excitement accompanying such a monumental find, Zertal’s academic colleagues ignored him and his discovery. The more vocal accused Zertal, a secular Jew raised on a kibbutz, of being politically motivated to support Jewish settlements in the area around Shechem (Nablus), where Mount Eval is located.

The Moslem Waqf, the religious authority that administers the Temple Mount — the site of Judaism’s First and Second Temples — has been claiming for years that there was never a temple there. The idea that Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and Jerusalem its holy capital has been under attack from others as well in recent decades. This should silence them.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100222094757.htm

http://www.aish.com/jw/j/48961251.html

http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=169388




SECRETS OF THE GREAT PYRAMID
December 27, 2009, 3:01 pm
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WHO DID build the Great Pyramid at Gizeh, Egypt? WHEN and WHY was it built ?

It is a monument made out of stone,  an enormous one, and if it wasn’t built by G–d himself, as you will soon witness, it was certainly built with the dimensions He must have supplied. Like the Torah, it is precise beyond comprehension and certainly beyond the capabilities of man thousands of years ago. Yet, like the Torah, there it is for all to see and study. It towers a steep 48 stories above you, made up of 6 million tons of limestone and granite blocks, some weighing up to 50 tons each.  For 3500 years it was also the world’s TALLEST building. Only in this last generation has man built taller buildings than the Great Pyramid. Yet the Empire State Building in New York — the HIGHEST building on earth today — is only about 2/5 the volume of the Great Pyramid! “The Cambridge Ancient History”, Vol. 1, page 281, declares of the Great Pyramid: “… its perfect building compels our admiration; its alignment {with the points of the compass} is mathematically correct; often one cannot insert a penknife between the joints of the stone.” And take in that it was assembled thousands of years ago with an amazing precision rivaling NASA today.

One thing I do know is it would have taken tremendously large structures to store grain for the 7 years of the Biblical famine over which Josef fed the world.

The entrance used today by tourists is, however, the forced entrance cut out by the Arabs. At the true entrance to the Great Pyramid we saw the hieroglyphic carving containing the name of the mighty builder of this architectural wonder of the ancient world. His name in Egyptian is spelled Khufu by modern writers. The Greeks spelled his name Cheops. That is why the Pyramid is often called the Pyramid of Cheops today.

. The world knows it as the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), which has helped to conceal its true import—except to tourism of course—but all that will be explained soon enough.

Who was Cheops or Khufu? When and why did he build the pyramid?

Cheops NOT an Egyptian!

The Egyptians like to boast about their pyramids. Yet the greatest pyramid of all, they admit was not built by an Egyptian! And they admit that all their later copies of the Great Pyramid are quite inferior to the first one built by Khufu. The Egyptian historian Manetho, who lived in the third century BC, wrote that Khufu “was of a DIFFERENT RACE from the Egyptians” (“Wathen’s Arts and Antiquities of Egypt”, p. 54).  Herodotus, the famous Greek historian of the 5th century BC , states that the builders of the Great Pyramid were SHEPHERDS (“Euterpe” § 128). But the Egyptians were not shepherds! Notice Genesis 46:31-34:

“And Joseph said unto his brethren … I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father’s house … are come unto me; and the men are SHEPHERDS … And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation? That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle …. FOR EVERY SHEPHERD IS AN ABOMINATION UNTO THE EGYPTIANS.

The Egyptians were not shepherds. They employed others to tend their cattle. Yet Khufu, or Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid, WAS A SHEPHERD!

Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote that the Egyptians set the Israelites “to build pyramids” (“Antiquities of the Jews”, bk. II, ch. ix, § 1). But the pyramids which the Israelites built during their enslavement were hastily constructed, inferior duplicates of the first mighty Pyramid of Khufu or Cheops. Who was Cheops the shepherd who built the first Pyramid before the enslavement of the Israelites?

Cheops NOT an Idolater

Cheops was not a polytheist. He was a worshipper of the One God. “Cheops closed the temples and prohibited the Egyptians from offering sacrifices,” wrote Herodotus in book II of his “History”, § 124.

Now the surprise of history is that king Zoser ruled part of Lower Egypt AT THE SAME TIME JOSEPH WAS PRIME MINISTER UNDER PHARAOH AMENEMHET III, king of Upper Egypt. Ancient Egypt, remember, was a confederation of small city states. Amenemhet III (1741-1692 B.C.) was king of Upper Egypt and Pharaoh of all Egypt. But under him were lesser kings, among whom was Zoser. CHEOPS WAS A FOREIGN KING whose domain extended into the Delta of Egypt.

KING ZOSER RECORDED THE SEVEN YEARS’ DROUGHT IN JOSEPH’S TIME. “My heart is in great anxiety,” said Zoser, “for in my time the Nile has not overflowed for a period of SEVEN YEARS” (“Cambridge Ancient History”, p. 309-310, vol. I).

The Bible reveals the seven years of famine extended from 1727 to 1720 B.C.

Here is clear evidence that Cheops, a contemporary of Zoser, must have built the Great Pyramid during the beginning of the sojourn (1726-1487 B.C.) of Israel in Egypt and about the time of the seven years of famine!

A noted man who helped Cheops in building the Pyramid was named “Souf”. He was “chief of the works of Khufu” (Rawlinson’s “Egypt”, ch. 14). This man has been an enigma to the historians (see Maspero’s “Dawn of Civilization”, pp. 363-364). Elsewhere he is called “Saf-hotep” — meaning “Saf the servant.” He was apparently one of 12 BROTHERS who built the Labyrinth — the “Pentagon” of Ancient Egypt — for Amenemhet III (Wathen’s “Antiquities”, p. 142). Certainly there is no doubt who “Souf” was! He could be none other than JOSEPH!

The name given Joseph by Pharaoh was “ZAPH-nath-paaneah” (Gen. 41:45). The Egyptians still call Joseph “Yousuf.” Certainly there need be no doubt when Cheops lived!

A corrupted Egyptian story records an incident in the later life of Cheops or Khufu, in which he calls an aged Egyptian sage to his palace (Budge’s “Egypt”, vol. II, p. 43). The sage lived 110 years. Joseph died at 110 years of age (Gen. 50:26). There can be no mistaking this coincidence!

Now the Mysteries of the Pyramid

All they pyramids measurements to a fraction of an inch detail a prophecy of the coming Messiah and of the end of the 4 exiles, and much more. Yet it was built long before the first exile ended.

To answer these questions we need to work with numbers , they represent energy and we need them to reveal the secrets hidden beneath them—think of them as symbols in a giant cosmic puzzle that we’re piecing together—and if they’re not your thing, just get a feel for the story they are telling, and let their spirit guide you to a further state of awe, as we draw back the veils on the tree-of-life reality.

Let’s start with the standard measure of its base (width), which is 756.25 feet long. That’s long. We know the  height is 481.25 from the base It’s huge actually, but we’re more concerned for the moment on what it could mean..   Hieroglyphics aren’t going to help us here. Fortunately, we have gematria (numerology), the same gematria used by our Patriarchs.

756 is  the gematria value of the Hebrew word for “the years of” (ShNVT). And similarly, the height of this monument is 481.25 feet high, not only towers 48 stories over the desert below, but matches up with the Hebrew word for year, Shanah (ShNH), which likewise when taken in its more potent gematria milui (spelled-out) value (ShYN NVN HY) gives us 481.

The Hebrew letter Nun (N) in the more potent gematria milui (spelled-out) sofit version (spelled NVN) is 756. And reflecting on the letter Nun (N) we know that its ordinary value as a single letter is 50, which kabbalistically always represents the sefira (dimension) of Binah (understanding) and specifically the 50th gate of understanding. This is the highest level, one beyond that attained by Moses. Nun (N) always refers to the 50-year jubilee cycle as designated in the Torah in the counting toward the arrival of Moshiach (the Messiah) and the geula (final redemption).

But the height of the pyramid may reveal something else as well, because 481.25 feet is also 5775 inches, or in terms of years, 5775 would be the year 2015 CE and 3 years shy of the date given to us by Rav Ashlag  for Moshiach (the Messiah) and the geula (final redemption) 5778  in the Biblical calandar is 2018CE.

Of course the measure of 27.5 inches can also be derived from the harmonic structure of the number 3 itself, so critical to the physical and spiritual structure of our universe, thus  adding 3 to 5775 would not be out of hand  :

For reference only: 3 =  27.5/10 + ((-1) (n-2) 27.5)/10(n+1) where n=1→∞ , and therefore, 5778 = 210 * 27.5 +  27.5/10 + ((-1) (n-2) 27.5)/10(n+1) where n=1 → ∞.

The alternating harmonic convergence sequence in standard notation:

x + (-1)n+1(x/10n)

n = 1

And if that doesn’t convince you—or at least numb you—please note that there was a capstone on the pyramid—long since missing—of 3 levels (cubits) in height, just as the 3 upper sefirot (are above) the other 7 bundled together. Moreover, without that separate capstone, depicted on the US dollar bill as a hovering eye above the truncated pyramid, the pyramid is only 207 level/cubits high and 207 is not only the numerical value of the Hebrew words for Light (Or) and Secret (Raz),

The 4 Pyramid bases in inches (9075) do form a perimeter of 36,300 inches with 363 being the numerical value of H’Moshiach (The Messiah). And if you think that’s coincidental, please note that the measurement of that same South base in cubits is exactly 330 cubits and 3302/3 = 36,300 as well.

The ancient and future cubit is entirely based on the Name of G-d.

The Ramchal explains that the four expansions of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH) have such “great holiness [that] their power is limitless. All existence is bound to them from beginning to end.”

Av YVD HY VYV HY of numerical value 72

Sag YVD HY VEV HY of numerical value 63

Mah YVD HE VEV HE of numerical value 45

Ban YVD HH VV HH of numerical value 52

The total value of these 4 names that represent the totality of the 10 sefirot spelled out in 39 letters is 232

232 is “Ad Adi Ad” (AD ADY AD) or “eternity of eternities” as expressed in the Sefer Yetzirah 1:5

And 232 + 39 + 4 = 275.

And since 275/10 sefirot = 27.5

232 + 39 letters + 4 Names = 275. And since 275/10 sefirot = 27.5, the secret measure of the Holy cubit, 27.5 inches, was dictated by the Holy Name of G-d itself.

As we said, the standard base measurement of the pyramid (actually the South base, since all four are slightly different, yet extremely precise for very specific reasons we’ll go into later), which is exactly 756.25 feet wide, and the exact height of the pyramid is precisely 481.25 feet tall. So yes, the basic measurements of the pyramid (756.25 – 481.25 = 275) give the exact dimension of the ancient and future cubit in terms of the Divine Name of G-d.

Now that’s more than a bit Strange………………………

We know the most basic measurements of the Pyramid are exactly 210 cubits for the height and 330 cubits for the base.

. Remember the height of the pyramid is 481.25 feet, the same as the gematria (481) of the Hebrew word for years, and 481.25 feet = 210 cubits, which is also the same as the exact number of levels of stone in the pyramid, 210.

Or that the sum of the base and height in cubits (330 + 210) equals 540 and when we add 1 of the kolel we get 541, the numerical value of Israel.

The 10 dimensional structure of the universe agreed upon by both most modern physicists and the ancient kabbalists, we find that:

1/(330*102) = 1/33,000 inches (the exact wavelength for red light)

and

1/(210*330) = 1/69300 inches (the exact wavelength for violet light on the opposite side of the visible light spectrum).

What chance is there that this too is coincidence?

Its glimmering capstone. Is  fully missing is 7 levels high, stretching from the 203rd level to the tip of the 210th

The end of the first exile occurred after 210 years in Egypt The Zohar informs us in Pasha Toldot, (Midrash Hane’elam) Section 8, #71 that in regards to the resurrection the righteous will rise up 210 years before everyone else.  With the pyramid, we have that figure preserved in stone.

At the 35th level of  the pyramid, the height of the masonry is purposefully twice that of the average and surrounding layers, making it stand-out like a wide stripe or band around the pyramid. . Furthermore, this 35th level just happens to be exactly 50 inches thick (high), which is yet another allusion to what is called the 50th gate of understanding. This is the highest level, one beyond that attained by Moses.  Also alluding to 50-year jubilee period.

Moreover, the 35th level up is necessarily the 175th down, corresponding to the 175 years of Abraham’s life, the first of the Patriarchs to visit Egypt.

The capstone was mysteriously removed long long ago, because, now, if you’d look straight down over the top of the pyramid you’d see a square 32 feet by 32 feet in the exact middle of it, just as you would if you did the same with the Holy Temple.  The square central alter in the center, or heart, of the Future Holy Temple is 32 cubits by 32 cubits.

32 is the numerical value for the Hebrew word for heart (LB), representing the 32 Paths of Wisdom, which form the Tree-of-life.

The Torah begins and ends with the letters Lamed (L) and Bet(B) as in LB

The 4 bases of this capstone, like the 4 bases of the pyramid itself, vary slightly, with the average being about 32.0833 feet, 32 and 1/12 feet or exactly 14 cubits, making the height of the capstone 20.42 feet and the apothem just about 26 feet give or take less than half an inch, with 26 being the numerical value of the Tetragrammaton (YHVH).

Now there are 201.1 cubits to this 203rd level, leaving 7 additional levels to the apex and since 2011 plus 7 equals 2018, as in 2018 CE, it matches up with the Hebrew year 5778 dictated by the pyramid’s height in inches. But more significantly, and more precisely, the ratio of the height and base of the capstone to the height and base of greater pyramid itself is 4.2424% giving us 424, the numerical value of Mashiach Ben David (the Messiah).

Yes, this is no coincidence.

The capstone is exactly 14 cubits wide and 14 is the gematria value for David (DVD) and yad (YD), meaning hand, as in the hand of G-d, so how odd is it that 541 cubits is 14, 877.5 inches or 14 with 5778 reversed, the date Rav Yehuda HaLevi Ashlag of blessed memory gave us for the end of this 4th exile and final exile.

The measure of the pyramid’s apothem, an imaginary line drawn down the center of the South face of the pyramid,and we get a measurement of 612 feet, the numerical value of the Hebrew word Brit, meaning Covenant. The Covenant God made with  Abraham the “Covenant of Halves” was in made in 2018 HC and 5778HC is also 2018 CE The Year Rabbi Ashlag says will be the Redemption. R’ Elchonon Wasserman-” This time is called עקבתא דמשיחא –  time…preparation for the time of the Mashiah. Then, he said it has to take 70 years. עקבתא דמשיחא has to take 70 years. 70 years  from the birth of the state of Israel coincides with the year 2018 CE, which in turn coincides with G-d’s Covenant with Abraham in 2018 HC, the “Covenant of Halves.”

Thanks to science, we know that the temperature of the surface of the sun is 5778 degrees Kelvin. I think were getting hot.

more of this at

http://kabbalahsecrets.com/

The entrance to the Pyramid was originally hidden several feet behind a slick, steep, and thick limestone encasing and was 55 feet off the ground. That 55 is precisely 2 x 27.5 is yet another reference to Abraham’s description of the structure of the universe at the beginning of his Sefer Yetzirah in that 5 on one side, 5 on the other, unified, and split down the middle is a graphic way of illustrating the numerical expression 55/2 = 27.5

The secret entrance to the pyramid is located 55 feet off the ground with a futuristic YHVH engraved over it—odd if an Egyptian pharaoh was the architect or builder, don’t you think ?

The ‘Tetragram’ that was once reported as being carved over the door is no longer visible.” Adams believes, the hieroglyphic sign must be the pyramids divine name”.

And after the Tower of Babel—the only other time the Torah mentions the word bricks besides in conjunction with the Israelites work in Egypt—maybe there was very good reason to conceal the Holy cubit until now. We’re calling them holy cubits because this cubit (27.5 inches) is the one based on G-d’s name, (YHVH) and designated for the Future Temple. May it be built speedily in our days.

Imhotep was the world’s first named architect who built Egypt’s first pyramid, and is often recognized as the world’s first doctor, priest, scribe, sage, poet, astrologer, and vizier, chief minister – to Djoser (reign 2630–2611 BC), the second king of Egypt’s third dynasty. Imhotep may have lived under as many as four kings. An inscription on one of the kings statues states Imhotep’s titles as the “chancellor of the king of lower Egypt’, the “first one under the king”, the “administrator of the great mansion”, the “hereditary Noble”, the “high priest of Heliopolis”, the “chief sculptor”, and finally the “chief carpenter”.

By reading the following table it would appear that Imhotep and Joseph, son of Jacob, had many attributes in common – if not identical. Is this a pattern that has repeated – or were the two men one and the same person?

My conclusion – Imhotep and Joseph were indeed the same person and the descendant of Ptah.

Joseph and  Imhotep seem to be the same person


second in command under Pharoah

second in command under Pharoah Djoser

lived to be 110 years of age

lived to be 110 years of age

great architect and builder

great architect and builder

stored up corn during 7 yrs of plenty

stored up corn during 7 yrs of plenty

saw seven years of famine – fed people

saw seven years of famine – fed people

interpreter of dreams

interpreter of dreams

built pyramids & palaces

built the  Pyramids & palaces

Called his servants the physicians for His Father

physician servants was a physician

instituted an income tax of one fifth

instituted an income tax of one fifth

married into the Priesthood of On

married into the Priesthood of Heliopolis [On]

knowledge of astrology

knowledge of astrology

coat of many breadths/colors

(pac (pas) = wide tunic)

became an educated man

a poet and educated medical writer

overseer of works

overseer of works

legendary history

legendary history

name means to gather together

name means “the one that comes in peace”

was one of twelve siblings

was one of twelve siblings


Adolf K Placzek. Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects. Vol. 2. London: The Free Press, 1982.  p454-464.

Imhotep was the world’s first named architect who built Egypt’s first pyramid, and is often recognized as the world’s first doctor, priest, scribe, sage, poet, astrologer, and vizier, chief minister – to Pharoe Djoser.  Yosef was only 30 years old when he first came before  Pharoe Djoser. He later came to be known as “Souf” who was “chief of the works of Khufu” (Rawlinson’s “Egypt”, ch. 14). As explained above.