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Shemini- Eighth Becoming Holy, Guardians of the Flame

Psalm 73;20 Like a dream upon awakening, so, the Lord, in the city You will render their appearance despicable. 21 When my heart was in ferment, though my mind was sharpened, 22 and I was senseless and unknowing, like [mindless] beast was I with You; 23 still, I was always with You. You grasped my right hand. 24 May you guide me in Your counsel; and afterwards, You will take [my] soul unto You. 25 Whom [else] do I have in heaven? And when I am with You I do not desire anything on earth. 26 My flesh and my heart yearn- God is the rock of my heart and my portion forever. 27 For behold, those removed from you shall perish, You cut down all those who stray from You. 28 But as for me, God’s nearness is my good; I have placed my trust in the Lord HASHEM/ELOHIM, to recount all of Your works.

–Torah Sedra or Parasha Shemini gives us a sampling of the heights of spiritual magnitude and the depths of lament. This section includes the center of the Torah..where the words darosh darash mark the divine instruction to search the scriptures. The opening day of the Mishkan, the glory falling, the untimely deaths of Nadav and Abihu and God’s map of holiness in the outline of clean and unclean ‘food’.

–(Vayikra = Leviticus) Shemini= eighth, eight alerts us to the higher significance of this section. God created for seven days, the eighth speaks of something greater…the age to come.The Messianic Kingdom.

–There are eight garments for the Kohen Gadol (high priest).

–God commands that boys be circumcised on the eight day of life.
Luke 2;21 On the eighth day, when it was time for his b’rit millah, he was given the name Yeshua, which is what the angel had called him before his conception.

–There are seven days of the Feast of Succoth (Tabernacles) and on the eighth day is a celebration where one arrives after this exceedingly joyous time to transition from the time in the Succah (temporary dwelling) to a day of supplications for rain (water- connection, blessing) and praises to God…at a higher level. (Leviticus 23;36 For a seven-day period you shall offer a fire-offering to HASHEM; on the eighth day there shall be a holy convocation for you and you shall offer a fire-offering to HASHEM, it is an assembly, you shall not do any laborious work.)

–There are eight days of Channukah, the time of miracles…celebrating and remembering the Almighty in His grand mercy orchestrates what to us is impossible. The ‘army’ of the Maccabees defeating the powerful Greek force and taking back the Temporary Dwelling for God on earth…is the miracle of the eighth day often recalled subsequent to the pure oil meant to last one day which
burned for eight.

–The Hebrew word for oil is Shemen (shin-mem-nun) it means, rich, superabundant. It is the root word for the title of our portion Shemini…I pray the abundance here will anoint you will blessing!

Yeshua tallit menorah

Vayikra 9;1 It was on the eighth day, Moses summoned Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel. 2 He said to Aaron: Take for yourselves a young bull for a sin-offering and a ram for a burnt-offering- unblemished; and offer [them] before HASHEM. 3 And to the Children of Israel speak as follows: Take a he-goat for a sin-offering, and a calf and a sheep in their first year- unblemished- for a burnt-offering. 4 And a bull and a ram for a peace- offering to slaughter before HASHEM, and a meal-offering mixed with oil; for today HASHEM appears to you. 5 They took what Moses had commanded to the front of the Tent of Meeting; and the entire assembly approached and an stood before HASHEM. 6 Moses said: This is the thing that HASHEM has commanded you to do; then the glory of HASHEM will appear to you.

–There are many, what I see as, ‘unspoken’ miracles in the bible. This portion is filled with them. The entire assembly approaches the entrance of the Tent of Meeting…hundreds of thousands advance to the Mishkan entrance and yet as we will read they are all somehow able to experience the ‘going’s on’ of this ‘Grand Opening’ celebration. Moses, continually faithful, stringently adhering to God’s program reiterates to the people that this is God’s agenda and not his own ‘show’; explaining that only when the people take part in doing God’s will, will the glory fall. This is what the people have been longing for…this is the very thing that will become living proof: God can be in this world with us!

Hebrews 1;1 In days gone by, God spoke in may varied ways to the Fathers through the prophets. 2 But now, in the acharit-hayamim (end of days), he has spoken to us through his Son, to whom he has given ownership of everything and through whom he created the universe. 3 This Son is the radiance of the Sh’kinah (glory), the very expression of God’s essence, upholding all that exists by his powerful word; and after he had, through himself, made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of HaG’dulah BaM’romim. (the greatness on high)

Vayikra 9;7 Moses said to Aaron: Come near to the Altar and perform the service of your sin-offering and your burnt-offering and provide atonement for yourself and for the people; then perform the service of the people’s offering and provide atonement for them, as HASHEM has commanded.
8 Aaron came near to the Altar, and slaughtered the sin-offering calf that was his. 9 The sons of Aaron brought the blood to him. He dipped his finger into the blood and placed it upon the horns of the Altar, and poured the [remaining] blood upon the foundation of the Altar. …
12 He slaughtered the burnt-offering; the sons of Aaron presented the blood to him and he threw it upon the Altar, all around. 13 They presented the burnt-offering to him in its pieces with the head; and he caused it to go up in smoke on the Altar.

Aaron

–Imagine! What must have been going through Aaron’s mind. All eyes on him, his brother…messenger of God most high guiding him along, his precious sons participating. The first order of business is this sin-offering, and it is for the high priest first…to come into the service of the King with ‘clean hands’ and a clean heart…first atoning for his own transgression before bringing the offerings of the people (remember that this type of Korban (translated meaning- to draw near) was for inadvernant transgression.) What has been going through the heads of the entire people, namely Aaron, all this time? “Has God really forgiven us for the golden calf? Will He really accept us and dwell among us even after all we have done?” Aaron’s sin-offering: a calf, atonement for his participation in the sin of the golden calf. The people need to see the glory fall, they need to know that God is with them… it is their ultimate longing! Read John 20 below…open your heart to the beauty of our king, he longs to greet you…to show you his suffering, to inspire you that in your own suffering…he IS there. The glory may not seem to be ‘falling’ in your life, no matter how rigorous you are to obey God’s apparent will…but He is ever present, and shows Himself in many ways, the proof you need is right before your eyes…all you need to do is look, and reach out to Him! Trust, receive his holy breath as he gives the Spirit as a blessing to you…freely given, and then act…act for your king. Now is the time, we are on the heels of a final generation…the king is coming, where will you be?

John 20;19 In the evening that same day, the first day of the week, when the talmidim were gathered together behind locked doors out of fear of the Judeans, Yeshua came, stood in the middle and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” (“Peace be upon you!”) 20 Having greeted them, he showed them his hands and his side. The talmidim were overjoyed to see the Lord. 21 “Shalom aleikhem!” Yeshua repeated, “Just as my Father sent me, I myself am also sending you.” 22 Having said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Ruach HaKodesh! (Holy Spirit) 23 If you forgive someone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you hold them, they are held.” 24 Now, T’oma (the name that means “twin”), one of the Twelve, was not with them when Yeshua came. 25 When the other talmidim told him, “We have seen the Lord,” he replied, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands, put my finger into the place where the nails were and put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe it.” 26 A week later his talmidim were once more in the room, and this time T’oma was with them. Although the doors were locked, Yeshua came, stood among them and said, “Shalom aleikhem!” 27 Then he said to T’oma, “Put your finger here, look at my hands, take your hand and out it into my side. Don’t be lacking in trust, but have trust!” 28 T’oma answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Yeshua said to him, “Have you trusted because you have seen me? How blessed are those who do not see, but trust anyway!” 30 In the presence of the talmidim Yeshua performed many other miracles which have not been recorded in this book. 31 But these which have been recorded are here so that you may trust that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by this trust you may have life because of who he is.

Jesus shows his wounds to Thomas

–The offerings are brought and performed according to all God had told Moses. Aaron blesses the people…close your eyes and experience the intensity of this moment…the hopeful anxiety as the assembly awaits the Lord. The heavenly fire is still absent. Only after the two brothers (Moshe and Aaron) go into the Tent of Meeting together, come back out, and bless the people together…does the glory fall. Oh how I wonder what transpired in the tent. Was there strife between the brothers which still remained? Was there forgiveness that hadn’t been allotted to one party or the other? This private meeting with God…made all the difference. The delay…the intermission scheduled by God at this poignant moment speaks volumes of what He intends for these services to be about…this is His design, His will, His avenue for the people to enrich their spiritual and physical walks and above all to come closer to Him….but it is not the equation of animals or order of waving’s or patterns of blood drippings…that brings the glory, the atonement, the reconciliation. This is all about the Lord and our connection to Him depends upon His will, timing and ordination…and the willingness of our hearts to serve Him according to His eternal ways.

Vayikra 9;15 He brought near the offering of the people: He took the sin-offering goat that was for the people, and slaughtered it and performed the sin-offering service, as for the first one. 16 He brought near the burnt-offering and performed its service according to the law. …
21 Aaron lifted up the breasts and the right thigh as a wave-service before HASHEM, as Moses had commanded. 22 Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them; then he descended from having performed the sin-offering, the burnt-offering, and the peace-offering. 23 Moses and Aaron came to the Tent of Meeting, and they went out and they blessed the people- and the glory of HASHEM appeared to the entire people! 24 A fire went forth from before HASHEM and consumed upon the Altar the burnt-offering and the fats; the people saw and sang glad song and fell upon their faces.

Priestly blessing

–The people fall on their faces not out of fear or anxiety, but out of the shear force of the love for and from the Creator!

–This is the pinnacle of this whole process the people have been going through from the day they left Egypt. The spiritual upheaval, the exhibition of the soul to God, coming clean about everything you have hidden or denied before the All Knowing One, taking responsibility for failures…this is the peak! As the glory appears to the whole assembly. Once again, an unspoken miracle…the people ALL ra’ah-to see, literally or physically…intransitive, causative, directly. This is incredible and I truly believe that each and every one of us can and will ra’ah-enjoy, have experience, gaze, consider, discern, take heed….and behold the glory in some way…in His timing for us, according to the expressions of our hearts and the actions of our faith, by grace…therefore we walk preserving the glory He has already established here with us!

worship

Revelation 7;9 After this, I looked; and there before me was a huge crowd, too large for anyone to count, from every nation, tribe, people and language. They were standing in front of the throne and in front of the Lamb, dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands; 10 and they shouted: “Victory to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11 All the angels stood around the throne, the elders and the four living beings; they fell face down before the throne and worshipped God, saying, 12 “Amen! Praise and glory, wisdom and thanks, honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!”

–Study the words below and their meaning as we read through the texts which contain them…their context sheds light to God’s purposes when we come to the verses of Leviticus regarding Nadab, Abihu and the alien fire.

*“alien fire” Zuwr (zoor)- Alien; to turn aside; to be a foreigner; strange; profane; (to commit adultery).

“near ones to Me” Qarowb (kaw-robe’)-near in place or time; kindred; more ready; allied; approach.

“I shall be hallowed” Qadash(kaw-dash)- to be(causatively, make pronounce or observe as) clean (ceremonially or morally); appoint; bid; consecrate; dedicate; hallow; (be, keep) holy; prepare; proclaim; purify; sanctify.

Exodus 29;33 Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram and the bread that is in the basket before the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. 33 They- who received atonement through them, to inaugurate them, to sanctify them- shall eat of them; and alien shall not eat for they are holy.

Exodus 30;8 And when Aaron kindles the lamps in the afternoon he shall bring it up in smoke, continual incense before HASHEM for your generations. 9 You shall not bring upon it alien incense, or a burnt-offering or meal-offering; nor may you pour a libation upon it.

Numbers 3;4 Nadab and Abihu died before HASHEM when they offered an alien fire before HASHEM in the Wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children; but Elazar and Ithamar ministered during the lifetime of Aaron, their father.

Numbers 26;60 To Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Elazar and Ithamar. 61 Nadab and Abihu died when they brought an alien fire before HASHEM.

Numbers 18;3 They shall safeguard your charge and the charge of the Tent of Testimony. 3 They shall safeguard your charge and the charge of the entire tent- but only the holy vessels and to the Altar they shall not approach, that they not die- they as well as you. 4 They shall be joined to you and safeguard the charge of the Tent of Meeting for the entire service of the Tent, and an alien shall not approach you. 5 You shall safeguard the charge of the Holy and the charge of the Altar, and there shall be no more wrath against the Children of Israel; to you they are presented as a gift for HASEHM, to perform the service of the Tent of Meeting.

Levites

Deuteronomy 32;16 They would provoke his jealousy with strangers; they would anger Him with abominations. 17 They would slaughter to demons without power, gods whom they knew not, newcomers recently arrived, whom your ancestors did not dread. 18 You ignored the Rock Who gave birth to you, and forgot the God Who brought you forth.

Psalm 45; 19 Our heart has not turned back, nor have our footsteps strayed from Your path, 20 even when You crushed us in the place of serpents and shrouded us in the shadow of death. 21 Have we forgotten the Name of our God and extended our hands to a strange god? 22 Is it not so that God can examine this, for He knows the secrets of the heart?

Psalm 54; 3 O God, by Your Name save me, and by Your might vindicate me. 4 O God, hear my prayer, give ear to the utterances of my mouth. 5 For strangers have risen up against me and oppressors have sought my soul, they have not set God before themselves, Selah.

Numbers 16; 12 Moses sent forth to summon Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We shall not go up! 13 Is it not enough that you have brought us up from a land flowing with milk and honey to cause us to die in the Wilderness, yet you see to dominate us, even to dominate further? 14 Moreover, you did not bring us to a land flowing with milk and honey nor give us a heritage of field and vineyard! Even if you would gouge out the eyes of those men, we shall not go up!” 16 Moses said to Korah, “You and your entire assembly, be before HASHEM- you, they, and Aaron- tomorrow. 17 Let each man take his fire-pan and you shall place incense on them and you shall bring them before HASHEM each man with his fire-pan- two hundred and fifty fire-pans; and you and Aaron each man with his fire-pan. 18 So they took- each man his fire-pan- and they placed fire upon on them and put incense on them; and they stood at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, with Moses and Aaron. 19 Korah gathered the entire assembly against them to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of HASHEM appeared to the entire assembly. 20 HASHEM spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21 “Separate yourselves from amid this assembly, and I shall destroy them in an instant!” 22 They fell on their faces and said “O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and you be angry with the entire assembly?”

Korach rebellion

–The verses above all speak of the zuwr-alien. The stranger is not to eat of the inaugural offering for it is holy, for it is set apart to sanctify the priests. The incense service is tamid (continual) and set apart from all other offerings, no libations, meal or meat offerings are to be brought and there shall be no strange incense. (I am certain Nadav and Abihu had gone over this service specifically, repeatedly and were well aware of its details and implications.) The verses of Numbers document the account of which we are about to read, clarifying without doubt that Nadav and Abihu brought an alien fire and died (remember one definition: to turn aside…in this case from the commandments of HASHEM.) The Levites are to be set apart, they are to serve and protect the entire workings of the Mishkan and no stranger is to approach, they are sanctified to HASHEM. The people later turned to provoke God, conforming to the ways and practices of their strange ‘neighbors’, worshiping false gods in an alien fashion. Another definition of zuwr can refer to committing adultery, which is what idolatry is likened to (spiritual adultery). King David, calls out to God as witness for himself and the people claiming they had not raised their hands to an alien god. He asks for aide when alien forces rise up against him. Then we read the account of the Korach rebellion. These men seek to usurp the position of the priesthood from Aaron and the leadership role from Moses. Yet after utter defiance toward them and the Lord, Moses and Aaron plead on behalf of the assembly who had been swayed by these men who sought to bring their own authority to the covenantal service.

Vayikra 10;1 The sons of Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, each took his fire pan, they put fire in them and placed incense upon it; and they brought before HASHEM an alien fire that He had not commanded them. 2 A fire came forth from before HASHEM and consumed them, and they died before HASHEM.

–The very first thing we want to recognize here is that the whole priestly service in the Mishkan (the Mishkan itself and all its parts and all its vessels point to Yeshua) is for the purpose of foreshadowing the very work that our high priest Yeshua is doing from the right hand, right now! Nadav and Abihu changed and thus, spoiled this unparalleled picture that God had given regarding the unique place of the high priest, foreshadowing Yeshua. The coals should have come from the incense Altar, Nadav and Abihu brought from some other source (some say it was from the Altar for burnt-offerings, others say it was a fire of their own making ) and only the high priest was to put incense on the coals. Nadav and Abihu, whether seeking to or not, acted to usurp Aaron’s duties. Furthermore they did not confer for counsel with either their leader (who God spoke to as a friend) Moses, or their father and elder and spiritual head, Aaron. They didn’t ask if this offering was a good idea, they took it upon themselves, and it follows that they did so in the state of intoxication (as we will read).

Nadab and Abihu consumed

Hebrews 12;27 And this phrase, “one more time”, makes clear that things shaken are removed, since they are created things, so that the things not shaken will remain. 28 Therefore, since we have received an unshakeable Kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may offer service that will please God, with reverence and fear. 29 For indeed, “Our God is a consuming fire!”

–Nadav and Abihu know who they are, they have a legacy to establish. They are in a position to ensure, through their devoted service, that the light of HASHEM comes into the world. They are representative of the people. When this service becomes something different, changing from God’s design, they come on their own…there is no connection to the people. They came with a sincere motivation, but missed the mark…by abiding outside God’s will. We know our God is just and compassionate, but He also a consuming fire. We must honor and respect the fire of God. Nadab and Abihu asserted their own presence in the area of the holy, in the absolute presence of God. We must be very cautious, not to confuse our own will the Will of God. Faith, religion, observance…whatever you label it, is not mute, mild or marginal. It is fire that warms the soul, but also burns. We are to be the guardians of the flame, keeping the charge of HASHEM, according to His design…which everlasting, eternal, unchanging.

Ecclesiastes 9; 14 There was a small town with only a few inhabitants; and a mighty king come upon it and surrounded it, and built great siege works over it. 15 Present in the city was a poor wise man who by his wisdom saved the town. Yet no one remembered that poor man. 16 So I said: Wisdom is better than might, although a poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words go unheeded. 17 The gentle words of the wise are heard above the shouts of a king over fools, 18 and wisdom is better than weapons, but a single rogue can ruin a great deal of good.

consuming fire lion

–Nadab and Abihu were guardians of the flame and they were men of God. They wanted to serve God so much, they were so excited about the idea of God’s presence, though their aim was good,they ‘overshot’. Their actions could be compared to a religious fanatic, bringing extra fire…it morphs into a strange service. It is a slippery slope, we can see before our very eyes religious fanatics who perpetrate, in the name of ‘god’, the worst of crimes. HASHEM had no choice but to make an example at this point, what happens when you stray from the designated path. We have the map, He gives us the strength to forge onward, let us beware that we not become the rogue and the rebel. The integrity of this holy day, the sanctified and ordained service could not be sullied, ruined or defiled, no matter how good the intention.

Vayikra 10; 3 Moses said to Aaron: Of this did HASHEM speak, saying: “I will be sanctified through those who are nearest Me, thus I will be honored before the entire people”; and Aaron was silent.

–The sudden and untimely death of the young is something inexplicable and hard to fathom, Aaron’s response is one of shocked, silence…but demonstrates the greatness this man. He is restrained, majestic, regal, resigned, accepting…he knows the weight of this day in the hearts, minds, spirits of himself and knows the result of this day is the reality of God’s presence among them…he does not draw the attention from the greatness of this day nor does he distract from the glory of God.

silence

Matthew 14;12 Yochanan’s talmidim came, took the body and buried it; then they went and told Yeshua. 13 On hearing about this, Yeshua left in a boat to be by himself in the wilderness.

Psalm 94;17 Had HASHEM not been a help to me, my soul would soon have dwelt in silence. 18 If I said, “My foot falters,” Your kindness HASHEM, supported me. 19 When my forebodings were abundant within me, Your comforts cheered my soul.

Psalm 4;4 Be aware that HASHEM has set aside the devout one for Himself; so that HASHEM will listen when I call to Him. 5 Tremble, and sin not; reflect in your hearts while on your beds and be utterly silent, selah. 6 Slaughter offerings of righteousness, and trust in HASHEM.

Lamentations 3;25 HASHEM is good to those who trust in Him; to the soul that seeks Him. 26 It is good to hope silently for HASHEM’s salvation. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. 28 Let one sit in solitude and be submissive, for He has laid it upon him. 29 Let him put his mouth to the dust- there may yet be hope. 30 Let one offer his cheek to his smiter, let him be filled with disgrace; 31 for the Lord does not reject forever; 32 first He afflicts, then pities, according to His abundant kindness. 33 For He does not torment capriciously, nor afflict man; 34 To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the earth; 35 to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High; 36 to wrong a man in his conflict; the Lord does not approve.

call out to God

–Who can understand the horrors we are witness to in the days in which we live? Who can fathom the losses some experience, the magnitude? My heart pours out to those who have had their children torn away from them…at any age, those whom have experienced bereavement. The challenge, and the test…acceptance, forgiveness. To continue in your ‘service’ of God, without asking ‘why?’, to go the extra mile when your legs have been cut out from beneath you. Celebration of God’s mercy and kindness amid tragedy. A true commitment to sacrifice…amid sacrifice. Happy is the nation, the people, the soul who uses its energy to rebuild and recreate amid losses, difficult changes. By virtue of this magnification of God in these most arduous of times…we are charged to continue to live, create, build and grow.

Vayikra 10; 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them. “Approach, carry your brothers out of the Sanctuary to the outside of the camp.” 5 They approached and carried them by their Tunics to the outside of the camp, as Moses had spoken. 6 Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Elazar and Ithamar, “Do not leave your heads unshorn and do not rend your garments that you not die and He become wrathful with the entire assembly; and your brethren the entire House of Israel shall bewail the conflagration that HASHEM ignited. 7 Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting lest you die, for the oil of HASHEM’s anointment is upon you”; and they carried out Moses’ bidding.

–The closest relatives aside from Nadab and Abihu’s father and brothers are summoned to remove the bodies from the Sanctuary. Aaron, Elazar and Ithamar can not touch or come near the bodies or they will become unclean and the whole service will come to a halt. Then Moses instructs them with a weighty task, not to mourn outwardly. They are to continue with the offerings and services for this is their task. He consoles with the fact that the entire congregation will bewail and make lamentation for his sons, their brothers and the events that transpired.

lamentations

Lamentations 2;9 Her gates have sunk into the earth, He has destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her officers are among the nations, there is no Torah; her prophets too, find no vision from HASHEM. 10 They sit on the ground, they are silent, the elders of the daughter of Zion; they have strewn ashes on their heads, they have girded themselves in sackcloth. The maidens of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.

Nehemiah 9; 1 On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Children of Israel gathered together, in fasting and [wearing] sackcloth, with earth upon them. 2 The offspring of Israel had separated themselves from all the alien people, and then they rose and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 They stood in their place and read from the scroll of the Torah of HASHEM, their God, one quarter of the day, and [another] quarter they confessed and prostrated themselves before HASHEM their God.

–Among all these scriptures are the words of our Torah portion, I am astounded as we uncover the context of this in its entirety. These lamentations and mourning’s are from a deep and intense desire that the connection to HASHEM be kept alive, a yearning for reconciliation. What we see as we read as the ‘problem’, the distance is due to a separation from the instruction, a deviation from the direction, a removal of the Divine Law…a lack of Torah. A lack of Torah in effect is the absence of Messiah, for He is the giver of the Torah and the Word made flesh. ( James 4;11 Brothers, stop speaking against each other! Whoever speaks against a brother or judges a brother is speaking against Torah and judging Torah. And if you judge Torah, you are not a doer of what Torah says, but a judge. 12 There is but one Giver of Torah; he is also the Judge, with the power to deliver and to destroy.)

Joel 2;12 ‘Even now- the word of HASHEM- return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping, and with lamentation.’ 13 Rend your hearts and not your garments, and return to HASHEM your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and He relents from evil. 14 Whoever knows, let him repent and regret, and it will leave a blessing behind it, for a meal-offering and libation to HASHEM your God. 15 Blow the shofar in Zion; decree a fast; call an assembly; 16 gather the people; summon the congregation, assemble the elders; gather the young children and the suckling’s; let the bridegroom go forth from his chamber and the bride from her canopy. 17 Between the Hall and the Altar let the Kohanim, the ministers of HASHEM, weep; and let them say, “Have pity, HASHEM, upon Your people, and let not Your heritage be and object of scorn, for the nations to dominate them. Why should they say among the people, “Where is there God?”’ 18 Then HASHEM will take up the cause of His land and take pity on His people.

Ezra reading the torah

–We transition to verses which shed light to the state in which Aaron’s sons approached the divine service of HASHEM.
The word Badal (baw-dal): means divide; distinguish; differ; select; separate; sever.

Genesis 1;4 God saw that the light was good, and God separated between the light and the darkness.

Leviticus 20;22 You shall observe My decrees and all My ordinances and perform them; then the Land to which I bring you to dwell will not disgorge you. 23 Do not follow the traditions of the nation that I expel from before you, for they did all of these and I was disgusted with them. 24 So I said to you: You shall inherit their land, and I will give it you to inherit it, a land flowing with milk and honey- I am HASHEM, your God, Who has separated you from the peoples. 25 You shall distinguish (badal) between the clean and the unclean; and you shall not render your souls abominable through such animals and birds, and through anything that creeps on the ground, 26 You shall be holy for Me, for I HASHEM am holy; and I have separated you from the peoples to be Mine.

Vayikra 10;8 HASHEM spoke with Aaron saying: 9 Do not drink intoxicating wine, you and your sons with you, when you come to the Tent of Meeting, that you not die- this is an eternal decree for your generations. 10 In order to distinguish between the sacred and the profane, and between the contaminated and the pure, 11 and to teach the Children of Israel all the decrees that HASHEM had spoken to them through Moses.

–The Kohanim are set at an extremely high standard, they are not to dull, dim or separate any of their faculties for they have the lives of the people in their hands.
They are to keep all their senses sharp in order to properly function in this sacred capacity. The Lord makes specific that the Kohen can not give the Good News, the Teaching, the Torah to the people (which is a big part of his job) in a state of intoxication. Wine speaks of our joy, the Kohanim sacrifice their own private ‘joys’ in order to make the service of HASHEM their delight, and to allow for the joy of the people in connection with the Lord to come first. And that is an eternal decree. We can not give the Good News when we are intoxicated by the world, or our own delights and desires… there is no way to properly teach unless you are willing to put it all on the Altar first and remain faithful, consistent, persistent, and devoted to doing things according to the commands of our Lawgiver.

Levites 3

Ezekiel 44;20 “They shall not shave their heads, nor shall they allow them to grow wild; they shall keep their heads trimmed. 21 No Kohen shall drink wine when they enter the inner courtyard. 22 They shall not take a widow or a divorcee unto themselves for wives, but only virgins from the offspring of the House of Israel; but a widow who is only widowed, some Kohanim may marry. 23 They shall instruct My people concerning [the difference] between holy and ordinary, and they shall inform them of [the difference] between contaminated and clean. 24 Concerning a disagreement, they shall stand in judgment, and shall adjucate them according to My laws; they shall safeguard My teaching and all My appointed times and they shall sanctify My Sabbaths. 25 They shall not approach a human corpse to become contaminated, except that each of them may become contaminated by [ the corpse of his] father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister who had never been married to a man. 26 And then, after his cleansing, they shall count seven days for him.

Judges 13;3 And an angel of God appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold now- you are barren and have not given birth, but you shall conceive and give birth to a son. 4 And now, be careful not to drink wine or aged wine, and not to eat anything contaminated.”

Ecclesiastes 9;1 For all this I noted and sought to ascertain all this: that the righteous and the wise together with their actions are in the hand of God; whether love or hate man does not know; all preceded them. 2 All things come alike to all; the same fate awaits the righteous and the wicked, the good and the clean and the unclean, the one who brings a sacrifice and the one who does not. As is the man, so is the sinner; as is the one who swears, so is the one who fears an oath. 3 This is an evil about all things that go on under the sun: that the same fate awaits all. Therefore, the heart of man is full of evil; and madness is in their heart while they live; and after that, they go to the dead. 4 For he who is attached to all the living has hope, a live dog better than a dead lion. 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all; there is no more reward for them, their memory is forgotten. 6 Their love, their hate, their jealousy have already perished- nor will they ever again have a share in whatever is done beneath the sun. 7 Go, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a glad heart, for God has already approved your deeds. 8 Let your garments always be white, and your head never lack oil. 9 Enjoy life with the wife you love through all the fleeting days of your life that He has granted you beneath the sun, all of your futile existence; for that is your compensation in life and in your toil which you exert beneath the sun. 10 Whatever you are able to do with all your might, do it. For there is neither doing nor reckoning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the grave where you are going.

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–From the day the people left Egypt (Mitzrayim-trials, tribulations, limitations) HASHEM has been honing, sharpening, pruning, cutting away the dead…overgrown parts that have threatened to hinder their closeness to Him. This opportunity on this opening day of the Mishkan is the zenith of all the trials and tests they (and the Lord) have endured all this time. The Almighty now gives the people a challenge, the greatest one we all have been given…yet His expression of it stunningly simple! Be holy, for I am holy…and this is how to do it. The encouragement our creator bestows upon us in the simplicity of the most lofty goal to be reached is manifested here…we can do it, and He believes in us!

Leviticus 11; 44 For I am HASHEM your God- you are to sanctify yourselves and you shall become holy, for I am holy; and you shall not contaminate yourselves through any teeming thing that creeps on the ground. 45 For I am HASHEM Who elevates you from the land of Egypt to be a God unto you; you shall be holy, for I am holy. 46 This is the law of the animal, the bird, every living creature that swarms in the water, and for every creature that teems on the ground; 47 to distinguish (badal) between the contaminated and the pure, and between the creature that may be eaten and the creature that may not be eaten.

Job 14; 1 A man, born of woman, has a short life span, and is sated with anxiety. 2 He emerges like a blossom, and is then cut down; he flees like a shadow, and does not endure. 3 Do you fix Your eyes even upon such [a being], that You bring me to judgment with You? 4 Who can produce purity from impurity? No one!

withered blossom

Ezekiel 22;26 Her priests robbed My Torah and desecrated My sanctities; they did not distinguish between holy and profane, and they did not make known the difference between contaminated and purified; they hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I became profaned among them.

–What is holy? What is sanctified to HASHEM? Is it that which we think will bring honor to a special day to be remembered, or is it clearly defined in His word? Imagine the joy among the people who have returned from the exile, to partake of the Passover remembrance. If the feasts of the Lord are shadows of things to come in the Kingdom I imagine we will all share in this delight one day as we are gathered in from our present exile! What a blessing it is to partake of the dress rehearsal’s of these Feasts.

Ezra 6;15 This Temple was completed by the third day of the month of Adar, during the sixth year of the reign of King Darius. 16 The Children of Israel, the Kohanim and the Levites and the remainder of the people of the exile celebrated the inauguration of this Temple of God with joy. 17 They offered for the inauguration of this Temple of God: one hundred bulls, two hundred rams and four hundred sheep, and twelve young goats as sin-offerings for all of Israel, corresponding to the number of the tribes of Israel. 18 They established the Kohanim in their groups and the Levites in their divisions for the service of God in Jerusalem, as written in the Book of Moses. 19 The people of the exile brought the pesach-offering on the fourteenth day of the first month. 20 For the Kohanim and the Levites had purified themselves as one; all of them were pure. They slaughtered the pesach-offering for all the people of the exile, and from their brethren the Kohanim, and for themselves. 21 The Children of Israel who had returned from the exile ate it, together with all those who had separated themselves from the defilement of the nations of the land to join them and to seek HASHEM, God of Israel. 22 They celebrated the Festival of Matzos joyfully for a seven-day period, for HASHEM ha brought them joy, for He turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the labor for the Temple of God, the God of Israel.

Pesach at home

Ephesians 4;7 Each one of us, however, has been given grace to be measured by the Messiah’s bounty. 8 This is why it says, “After he went up into the heights, he led captivity captive and he gave gifts to mankind.”

I Corinthians 15; 50 Let me say this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom of God, nor can something that decays share in what does not decay. 51 Look, I will tell you a secret- not all of us will die! But we will all be changed! 52 It will take but a moment, the blink of an eye, at the final shofar. For the shofar will sound, and the dead will be raised to live forever, and we to two will be changed. 53 For this material which can decay must be clothed in imperishability, this which is mortal must be clothed with immortality. 54 When what decays puts on imperishability and what is mortal puts on immortality, then this passage in the Tanakh will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?”

Isaiah 25;7 On this mountain He will eliminate the faces [wearing] veils, that are veiled, of all the nations, and the masks of all the nations. 8 He will eliminate death forever, and my Lord HASHEM/ELOHIM will erase tears from all faces; He will remove the shame from His nation from upon the entire earth, for HASHEM has spoken.

–While we await our King who will conquer death and sorrow, we recognize him in the Torah, the entire counsel of the scriptures point to him and this was his very intent as he authored and imparted them to man from the beginning of time. The verses at the heart of the Torah contain the very center: darosh, darash. In the Hebrew it is the same word written twice with different vowel points…Moses inquired, insistently. These words tell us to search! And to keep searching the scriptures! To uphold HIS word! These commandments are the witness and testimony of our savior!

Matthew 22;29 Yeshua answered them, “The reason you go astray is that you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God.”

John 5;37 “In addition, the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf. But you have never heard his voice or seen his shape; 38 moreover, his word does not stay in you, because you do not trust the one he sent. 39 You keep examining the Tanakh because you think in it you have eternal life. Those very scriptures bear witness to me, 40 but you wont come to me in order to have life!

Yeshua reading torah

Luke 24;25 He said to them, “Foolish people! So unwilling to put your trust in everything the prophets spoke! 26 Didn’t the Messiah have to die like this before entering his glory?” 27 Then starting with Moshe and all the prophets, he explained to them the things that can be found throughout the Tanakh concerning himself.

Vayikra 10;16 Moses inquired insistently about the he-goat of the sin-offering, for behold, it had been burned!- and he was wrathful with Elazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s remaining sons, saying: 17 “Why did you not eat the sin-offering in a holy, place for it is most holy; and He gave it to you to gain forgiveness for the sin of the assembly and to atone for them before HASHEM? 18 Behold, its blood was not brought into the Sanctuary within; you should have eaten it in the Holy, as I commanded!”
19 Aaron spoke to Moses: “Was it they who this day offered their sin-offering and their burnt-offering before HASHEM? Now that such things befell me- were I to eat this day’s sin-offering, would HASHEM approve? 20 Moses heard and he approved.

–Out of respect for his brother, Moshe addresses Aaron’s sons. Why is Moses so concerned here? There has already been one ‘blunder’ and consuming fire resulted. Not the one which originated from heaven, signifying the approval of the work on the Mishkan and acceptance of the offerings. Not the strange fire which was brought…but the third fire which came forth from the Lord, entered Nadab and Abihu’s nostrils and consumed their souls. Moshe can not stand to see another instance of disobedience, another opportunity to sanctify…transgressed. However Aaron’s response identifies that he in actuality was taking great care in the sanctification of this special offering, by not partaking of it. Though he may not be outwardly mourning as instructed, clearly…he is bereaved and is mourning internally, it would be inappropriate for him to partake in the consumption of this offering, he displays his fear of the Lord knowing the Almighty sees to the depths of the heart. Nothing is hidden from HASHEM.

kosher slaughter

Vayikra 11;1 HASHEM spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying to them. 2 Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the animals that are upon the earth. 3 Everything among the animals that has a split hoof, which is completely separated into double hooves, and that brings up its cud- that one you may eat.

–As a parent takes care in the preparation of food for their children, our Father has a grand design to make life more nourishing for us. He has a balanced meal on His menu. Can we consider that God wants even the mundane acts of life to be dedicated to serving Him in obedience? Furthermore, can we consider that something God says will remain an abomination would later change?

Vayikra 11; 9 This may you eat from everything that is in the water: everything that has fins and scales in the water, in the seas, and in the streams, those may you eat. 10 And everything that does not have fins and scales in the seas and in the streams- from all that teems in the water, and from all living creatures in the water- they are an abomination to you. 11 And they shall remain an abomination to you; you shall not eat of their flesh and you shall abominate their carcass.12 Everything in the water that does not have fins and scales in the water- it is an abomination to you.

— Verse 4-8 of Leviticus 11 consist of 5 times mentioning the words “unclean to you.” The list of land animals that may try and ‘trick’ the consumer into thinking it was clean were the camel, hyrax and hare (v4-6 “for it brings up it cud but its hoof is not split- it is unclean to you.), and the pig (v7 “for its hoof is split and not completely separated, but it does not chew its cud- it is unclean to you.) Verse 8: “You shall not eat of their flesh nor shall you touch their carcass- they are unclean to you. We find in the three verses of Leviticus 11;9- 12 the word abomination (abominate) four times. (There is a vast array of species in the waters that look similar, that are unclean.) What is the difference between something that is unclean to you and something that is an abomination?
Abomination: Sheqets-an idolatrous object, figuratively and specifically.
Unclean: Tamay- to be foul, especially in a ceremonial or moral sense; defile, pollute, contaminated.

Vayikra 11;13 These shall you abominate from among the birds, they may not be eaten- they are an abomination: the nesher, the peres, the ozniah…
(The list continues, lets note that as a general rule the birds that are considered abominations are birds of prey. What does this teach us about God? What does this teach us about what we put in our bodies, does it really matter to God?)

Vayikra 11;20 Every flying teeming creature that walks on four legs- is an abomination to you. 21 Only this may you eat from among the flying teeming creatures that walks on four legs: one that has jumping legs above its legs, with which to spring upon the earth.

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-A Kosher, or biblically clean diet is nothing more or less than the expression of a “Kosher” life. Obedience to God is not a means for righteousness, but the mark of those who have been sanctified and set apart unto the Holy One. God expects His people to live CONSTANTLY before Him. In all of our actions we are to display that we belong to Him.

Vayikra 11; 24 You become contaminated through the following- anyone who touches their carcass becomes contaminated until the evening; 25 and anyone who carries their carcass shall immerse his clothing and be contaminated until evening- 26 every animal that has split hooves that are not completely split, or does not chew its cud, they are contaminated to you; whoever touches them becomes contaminated.

Vayikra 11; 27 And every one that walks on its paws, among all the animals that walk on four legs, they are contaminated to you; whoever touches their carcass shall be contaminated until the evening. 28 One who carries their carcass shall immerse his clothing and be contaminated until evening; they are contaminated to you.

–Are these matters of higene and nutrition? These laws are to sanctify (to set apart) Israel from the pagan nations. The juxtaposition of these verses is telling, the Mishkan stands, the inauguration has commenced. The people’s offering have been accepted. Now it is time to walk in God’s ordained light and here we are discussing one of the most essential but basic aspects of our physical being, what we eat…it does matter what sustains us, how it is considered by us, and why we do even this to the glory of God and HIS sanctity.

I Corinthians 10;31 Well, whatever you do, whether it is eating or drinking or anything else, do it all so as to bring glory to God.

Vayikra 11;31 Only these are contaminated to you among all the teeming animals; anyone who touches them when they are dead shall be contaminated until evening; 32 and when they are dead, anything upon which part of them will fall shall become contaminated, whether it is a wooden utensil, a garment, leather or sackcloth- any utensil with which work is done- shall be brought into the water and remain contaminated until evening, and then become cleansed.

Psalm 31;5 Sing to HASHEM, His devout ones, and give thanks to His holy Name. 6 For His anger endures but a moment; life results from His favor. In the evening one lies down weeping, but with the dawn- a cry of joy!

broken clay

Vayikra 11;33 Any earthenware utensil into whose interior one of them will fall, everything in it shall become contaminated- and you shall break it- 34 of any food that is edible, upon which water comes, shall become contaminated; and any beverage that can be drunk, in any vessel, shall become contaminated. 35 Anything upon which part of their carcass may fall shall be contaminated- an oven or a stove shall be smashed- they are contaminated and they shall remain contaminated to you- 36 only a spring or a cistern, a gathering of water, shall remain pure- but one touches their carcass shall become contaminated.

–A bad apple spoils the bunch- any vessel where contamination “falls”, the ENTIRE contents become contaminated. We are once more notified by God that we must surround ourselves with light and goodness as much as possible as often as possible. Our nature is to be permeable to unclean influences, we must guard ourselves and God’s honor in all circles and communities and keep them sanctified to the Lord.

-Prerequisite: “food” must be considered to be edible… as outlined clearly by the Holy One Blessed is He, in the verses preceding we know what can and can not be eaten. Lets keep this in mind when we read about Peter’s vision, (which is often thought to be about ‘food’ but in fact is about people, how to consider one another), as he goes up to the roof to daven (pray) at Mincha (the time of the afternoon offerings):

Acts 10; 9 The next day at about noon, while they were still on their way and approaching the city, Kefa went up on the roof of the house to pray. 10 He began feeling hungry and wanted something to eat; but while they were preparing the meal, he fell into a trance 11 in which he saw heaven opened, and something that looked like a large sheet being lowered to the ground by its four corners. 12 In it were all kinds of four footed animals, crawling creatures and wild birds. 13 Then a voice came to him, “Get up Kefa, slaughter and eat!” 14 But Kefa said, “No, sir! Absolutely not! I have never eaten food that was unclean or treif.” 15 The voice said to him a second time: “Stop treating as unclean what God has made clean.”

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-What is labeled as “food” was considered to be “food”, it was edible as outlined in the Torah. Divinely ordained “food” – considered by God to be fit for human consumption. So too, when God says that as believers grafted into the tree of Israel are considered His, we should believe that we too are considered a part of His covenant and therefore should live and walk sanctifying His commandments, in Yeshua’s name that we might too receive the eternal promises He made to the natural Tree of Israel.

Genesis 1; 24 God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures, each according to its kind: animal and creeping thing, and beast of the land each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, and the animal according to its kind, and every creeping being of the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, “Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness. They shall rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and over the animal, the whole earth, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. 27 So God created man in His image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, the bird of the sky, and every living thing that moves on the earth.

Genesis 8;20 Then Noah built and altar to HASHEM and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt-offerings on the Altar.

Noach Altar

–Adam knew, Noach knew, Peter knew…what had been considered clean and unclean to put into your body hadn’t changed since the day God ‘gave’ the instruction (remember Torah= instruction) in the garden.

Vayikra 11;37 And if its carcass will fall upon any edible seed that has been planted, it remains pure. 38 But if water had been placed upon a seed and then their carcass falls upon it, it is contaminated to you.

–If the seed or plant is connected by even a tiny root to the earth it is still clean. For it to be contaminated it has to be completely severed. If the seeds we are planting are good, they will (eventually) bear good fruit…we plant and tend, the Lord creates! As long as we are connected to the good roots Yeshua has established from the beginning we are living proof that His word, His Light, His eternal Promises can not be changed, amended, or severed!
Water: causes things to join together, combine, it initiates unity.
With the living water, separate materials become one. We are able to be united in the service of the Lord, as differing essences and personalities we can become combined and of one purpose if we stick to the Lord’s ‘program’.

Vayikra 11;39 If an animal that you may eat has died, one who touches its carcass shall become contaminated until evening. 40 And one who eats from its carcass shall immerse his clothing and remain contaminated until evening; and one who carries its carcass shall immerse his clothing and remain contaminated until evening.

–It is in your hands, you can make yourselves abominable by becoming contaminated through the things God told us to stay away from, and if this occurs…it is in your hands to go to the water…the living water to become immersed and cleansed.

Genesis 3;13 And HASHEM God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done!” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 And HASHEM God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, accursed are you beyond all beasts of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will pound your head, and you will bite his heel.

crushing serpant

Vayikra 11;41 Every teeming creature that teems upon the ground- it is an abomination, it shall not be eaten. 42 Everything that creeps on its belly, and everything that walks on four legs, up to those with numerous legs, among all the teeming things that teem upon the earth, you may not eat them, for they are an abomination. 43 Do not make yourself abominable by means of any teeming thing; do not contaminate yourselves through them lest you become contaminated through them.

Genesis 9; 1 God blessed Noah and his sons, and he said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the land. 2 The fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast pf the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, in everything that moves on earth and in all the fish of the sea; in your hand they are given. 3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; like the green herbage I have given you everything. 4 But flesh; with its soul its blood you shall not eat. 5 However, your blood which belongs to your souls I will demand it; but of man, of every man for that of his brother I will demand the soul of man. 6 Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God He made man.

–Redemption and New Life…just after the creation of man God talks about food and sustenance, just after Noah and his family leave the Ark God once again defines what they are to eat. So too in our Torah portion, soon after the construction and inauguration of the dwelling place of God on earth…a new life with an avenue for connection to God, clean and unclean foods are discussed.
Can eating be a divine service of HASHEM? Beyond health and cleanliness this is the way in which we can elevate eating to a greater level and do as we are commanded. Living a life of separation, accepting this as a divine invitation…we can realize a level of holiness we can aspire to by keeping His commandments in all aspects of our life.

Vayikra 11;44 For I am HASHEM your God- you are to sanctify yourselves and you shall become holy, for I am holy; and you shall not contaminate yourselves through any teeming thing that creeps on the earth. 45 For I am HASHEM Who elevates you from the land of Egypt to be a God unto you; you shall be holy, for I am holy.

–As mentioned at the beginning of the searching we have done in this ‘place’, the depths of sorrow have been conquered and God illuminates for us some of the most beautiful words one could hear…It is in our ‘power’ to consciously serve our King in holiness, that He does consider us set apart (holy) to Him…that in all things as we walk in line with His will we will be transformed from unclean lumps of clay into sanctified vessels for use according to His purpose for us here on earth and in the holiest place…the Kingdom where we will eternally ‘live’ before the Lord!

Vayikra 11;46 This is the law of the animal, the bird, every living creature that teems on the ground; 47 to distinguish between the contaminated and the pure, and between the creature that may be eaten and the creature that may not be eaten.

Jesus praying

Matthew 5;48 Therefore, be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Romans 12; 2..keep letting yourself be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.

Baruch attah ADONAI, Eloheinu Melech Ha olam,
Blessed are You Lord our God, King of the Universe,
You alone have planted among us life eternal!
Blessed are You Lord our God gracious giver of the Torah.
Amein

–HASHEM, I come before you in this place and offer to you all that I am. I have been searching out my intentions, my hopes and aspirations…and I ask that You take it all Almighty King. Make all my thoughts, your own…make my dreams and goals Your own, conform all facets of this life You have graced me with…to be according to Your will. I do not want to drive any longer Lord, my arms are tired and sore and I have been veering into avenues of doubt and discouragement…please drive for me Lord, I will follow closely…I will not nod off with You at the wheel. My King how wondrous are Your instructions, please teach all Your children from Yourself, as You did in past times. The world around us closes in and we long to be holy as you have encouraged us to be…teach us how. My Gracious King, You have hearkened to the beckonings of my soul and I am eternally in Your hands…please heal all Your children and cause us to hearken to You. Prepare a small place for each of us and grant us our portion however tiny, in Your eternal Torah,…it shall sustain us forever our spirits shall overflow with Your bounty and we will approach you will familiar fire in our hearts…that which came from you!
In Yeshua’s name I ask these things, amein.

-These weeks have been so incredibly full. Full of gardening and Festivals, full of sicknesses and devastating news. The time that has passed has been full of broken computers and lost items; changing bodies and moods…transformations in the world and in lives. There is so much help and support and blessing I can not say enough to express my thanks. This work, though always dedicated to HASHEM, ‘goes out’ to those who have helped me in this time of need and encouraged me along the way: Thank you Kristen and Martha! God bless you all!

Resources/ tools :
-The Complete Jewish Bible-David H. Stern
-The Stone Edition Tanach- artscroll
-Interlinear Scripture Analyzer

-www.chabad.org
-www.torahresource.com
-www.wisdomintorah.com
-www.elshaddaiministries.us
-http://www.chiefrabbi.org/
-http://www.templeinstitute.org/study_tools.htm

-excellent resource: Online Tanach, easily searchable.
http://www.chabad.org/library/bible_cdo/aid/63255/jewish/The-Bible-with-Rashi.htm

-For amazing commentary I find crucial please visit:
http://www.torahresource.com/Parashot.html

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