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SUMMARY FOR PARSHAS SHLACH

Started by James aka yaahov bar Yosef. Last reply by James aka yaahov bar Yosef Jun 4, 2018. 1 Reply

SUMMARY FOR PARSHAS SHLACHNote: The Shabbos Torah Reading is divided into 7 sections. Each section is called an Aliya [literally: Go up] since for each Aliya, one person “goes up” to make a bracha [blessing] on the Torah Reading.1st Aliya: Moshe…Continue

Veyechi

Started by James Trimm. Last reply by James Trimm Jan 9, 2012. 1 Reply

Parasha Veyechi Bereshit (Gen) 47:28-50:26By Rav MikhaelIncluded within this week’s parasha is Ya’akov’s blessing of his sons before his death. He begins his poetic testament with his firstborn Reuven, who receives condemnation for his illicit…Continue

Vezot Haberachah

Started by James Trimm. Last reply by Vickie Vest Dec 10, 2011. 1 Reply

Parasha Vezot Haberachah Devarim (Deut) 33:1-34:12By Rav MikhaelThis is our last parasha in the Torah, in a few weeks we’ll start Bereshit and begin again after Simchat Torah. Four of our five books of the Torah have centered around the most…Continue

Vayeilech

Started by James Trimm Sep 27, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Vayeilech Devarim (Deut) 31:1-31:30By Rav MihaelShalom Brothers and Sisters,I will begin by saying that this week’s parasha commentary will be more controversial than most. The subject matter is the future of Israel as the specific chosen…Continue

Nitzavim

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Parasha Nitzavim Devarim (Deut)29:9-30:20By Rav MikhaelI our parasha this week we have the mitzvah of ‘teshuvah’ or repentance, or more accurately, a returning, or turning back. In this season of the fall Holy Days, the theme of teshuvah is more…Continue

Ki Tavo

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Parasha Ki Tavo Devarim (Deut) 26:1-29:8By Rav MikhaelThis week’s parasha is mainly concerned with our Torah obedience and making sure that we take it as seriously as G-d does. There are long lists of blessings for obedience and curses and methods…Continue

Ki Tetze

Started by James Trimm Sep 7, 2011. 0 Replies

Parasha Ki Tetze Devarim (Deut) 21:10-25:19By Rav MikhaelOne of the major themes in this week’s parasha is justice and fair treatment, the purpose of which is to maintain the bonds of brotherhood within the community and purge it of any evil. A…Continue

Shoftim

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Parasha Shoftim Devarim (Deut) 16:18-21:9By Rav MikahelThis week’s Parasha contains a promise by Moshe that one day G-d will raise up a prophet like him from among them (18:15). The Nazarenes applied this to Yahushua (Acts 3:22, 7:37). If that is…Continue

Re’eh

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Parasha Re’eh Devarim (Deut) 11:26-16:17By Rav MikhaelMany of us familiar with Christianity have had some contact with the charismatic movement. The charismatic experience has become entrenched in much of Messianic Judaism and as such, we will all…Continue

Ekev

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Parasha Ekev Devarim (Deut) 7:12-11:25By Rav Mikhael“What does YHVH your G-d ask of you? Only to fear YHVH, your G-d, to go in all His ways and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul”This is really the sum total of our duty to our…Continue

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on April 28, 2012 at 12:28pm

M'tzora:

Synopsis: M'tzorah (leprosy) comes from a Hebrew word meaning to "bring out the bad" Again, any form of leprosy is most often the result of Lashon HaRah - evil speaking.

Cleansing of leprosy takes several steps. One, we must be able to recognize it and be willing to deal with it. Again, to do this we must eradicate our own ego and any form of spiritual arrogance. The next step is to go before the priest. 14:2 This shall be the Torah of the leper in the day of his cleansing: he shall be brought unto the cohen.  Today our Cohen HaGadol (High Priest) is Yahshua our Messiah. There is no way we can leave Him out of the healing process.

Step three is giving of sacrifices Sacrifices are contingent on what we cann rightfully afford.

Step four is making a complete and clean break with our past. This involves both a physical and spiritual change. 14:8 And he that is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes and shave off all his hair, and bathe himself in water, and he shall be clean; anmd after that he may come into the camp, but shall dwell outside his tent seven days. We cannot separate physical and spiritual cleansing. Bathing in water of course means Mikvah (ritual immersion). Shaving all the hair from off our head and body makes us much like a newborn babe, symbolizing a new start. This ritual is repeated in verse 9 after seven days, then followed by additional sacrifices.

The newley cleansed leper (verses 14 - 18) is now annointed with the blood of the sacrifice is applied to the leper's right ear, thumb and great toe. The blood of course is a reminder to us of the blood sacrifice of our messiah. The leper is then annointed with oil, a metaphore for the annointing of the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).,

Verses 35 through 57 deal with leprosy of a house and garments. We must keep in mind that "house' is a metaphore for our bodies and garments deal with our outward physical appearance. let us plasse read every word of this week's dual parsha and strive to give all we read.the appropriate spiritual application to our own lives.

Additionally, let ups continue to pray for Inga Trim and for Dr. Trimm as well. James Trimm told me this past week that Inga is progressing in her healing and doing much better, but is still not "out of the woods" yet. This entire ordeal has been a tremendous physical, emotional and financial strain on the Trimms.

Let us also continue to fulfill the Positive Mitzveh of the Counting of the Omer. May Almighty Abba Yahweh bless us as we seek to serve Him and learn more of His ways. Belated Rosh Chodesh Iyar greetings to Kol Yisrael and may this month be a month of blessing, goodness, and healing to all.           .  

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 5, 2012 at 3:11pm

Greetings Brethren: today is the 28th day of the Counting of the Omer, 13 Iyar, 5772, Roman date, 5 May, 2012. I trust we are all being faithful to Yahweh’s commands and continuing to count the Omer.

 

This Shabbat we have a dual Parsha: Achari Mot (After the Death of…) Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 16:1 – 18:20, and K’doshim (Holy Ones) Vayyiqra 19:1 – 20:27. The Haftarah reading for Achari Mot is Yehezkiel (Ezekiel) 22:1 – 31. (Note that in this passage, as in Achari Mot, the priests, ‘religious leaders,’ are rightfully accused of violating Yahweh’s Torah by doing something different than what Yahweh wants). Ketuvim Natzrim readings are: Romans 3:19 – 28; Ibrim (Hebrews) 7:23 – 10;25. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 76.

 

The Haftrah reading for K’Doshim is Amos 9:7 – 15. Ketuvim Natzarim readings are Galatians 5:13 – 26 and 1 Kepha (1 Peter) 1:13 – 21. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 146.

 

Achari Mot – Synopsis: Note that this portion is also customarily read on Yom Kippur. Achari Mot concerns the death of Aharon’s two sons, Nadab and Abihu. The problem was that these to men, priests (leaders) in Israel, wanted to do something different than what Yahweh had ordained. Yahweh’s Torah is described as a “fiery Law” or a “Law of fire” in Debarim 33:2. From this we may draw the inference that Nadab and Abihu tried to offer up a different Torah. They wanted to do things their way, to modify Yahweh’s plan. This idea is re-inforced by Yehezkiel 22 where we read that the priests (religious leaders) have done violence to the Torah.

 

Key Verses: 16:2 And Yahweh said to Mosheh, “Speak to Aharon your brother not to come in at all times to the Set-Apart Place inside the veil, before the lid of atonement which is on the ark, lest he die, because I appear in the cloud above the lid of atonement.

 

From this we can conclude again, that things must be done according to Yahweh’s plan, and we must not change or modify it to suit ourselves. A blatant example of this is the Christian practice of “Comunion Sunday.” This service is supposed to commemorate the so-called Last Supper, where Yahshua took bread, broke it, and gave it to His talmudim. Although He said, “As oft as you do this, do it in remembrance of Me…” He did not say that we are to do it “often” or whenever we feel like it. Yahweh’s Sacrd Seasons, including Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, occur at specific times of the year. (The Last Supper, by the way, was not a Passover commemoration, but a separate function necessitated by the Messiah’s impending death). We must not deviate from Yahweh’s schedule, that is, His heavenly calendar. Some years ago we attended at Messianic congregation that claimed to be Torah observant. However, no matter when a holy day was slated to be observed, the congregation observed it on Friday evening. This was done, so they said, to make it “convenient” for congregation members.

 

16:13 And he shall put incense on the fire before Yahweh, and the cloud of incense shall cover the lid of atonement which is on the witness, lest he die.

Incense, and burnt offerings, are synonymous with prayer, Tehillim (Psalms)

141:2. Every thing we do on Yahweh’s behalf must be accompanied by deep, heart felt prayer. Otherwise we are performing a meaningless ritual, one that has no value other than to ostensibly impress shallow people and inflate our own ego.

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 5, 2012 at 3:22pm

16:21 Notice at the very end of this verse we read “…by the hand of a fit man.” What is a “fit” man. The word “fit” is Strong’s number 6261 (‘ittiy’) meaning “timely.” It is related to 6256 (‘eth) which among other things connotes times of day (evening, morning, etc) and also “seasons” as in the Shalosh Regalim (Sacred Seasons). We can safely conclude that a “fit” man is also a man who is fit spiritually to do the job required.

 

16:29 At the end of this verse we read that (in reference to the Day of Atonement) the act of afflicting our souls (fasting) is for “…the native or the stranger who sojourns among you.” Yahweh’s Torah is for “Kol Yisrael” (All Israel) for those who are “native born” as well as those who are grafted into the mishpoha (family) of spiritual Israel. This concept is reinforced in chapter 17:13, 14, concerning the eating of blood, makes it clear that again, this Torah is for all mankind who would be a part of Yahweh’s family.

 

Concerning the eating of blood, we are what we eat. We know that the “…life is in the blood,” life being equated with “soul.” Therefore, if we violate this Torah and eat blood, we are  ingesting the soul of an animal into our very being. Is it any wonder why people today act like animals. 

 

18:2,3 “Speak unto the children of Yisrael, and say to them, ‘I am Yahweh your Elohim, Do not do as they do in the land of Mitsrayim (Egypt) where you dwell. And do not do as they do in the land of Kena’an where I am bringing you, and do not walk in their laws.’”

 

It is so easy to become entrapped by the customs of the “am ha’aretz” (people of the land). There is a virtual heap of customs, traditions, and practices that can cause us to either directly violate the Torah or at least “compromise” on our Torah observance, water it down, so to speak. We can avoid such traps by examining everything in the Light of Scripture. Rav. Shaul (Paul) said, in effect, and I take the liberty of paraphrasing, “All things are lawful but not all are expedient.”  

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 5, 2012 at 3:27pm

K’Doshim

 Synopsis: K’doshim means “Holy Ones,” or “Set Apart Ones.” The parsha starts, 19:2, out with a command of Yahweh to the congregation ‘Be set-apart, for I Yahweh your Elohim am Set-Apart.’

 

What does it mean to be “set-apart” or “holy.” This was discussed in 18:2,3. It means to be different. But refraining from engaging in certain activities on the Sabbath or Holy Days is not enough. The idea of keeping Yahweh’s Sabbaths isn’t about what we should or should not do. Sabbath keeping is about what we do. What are the Sabbaths and Moedim for? They are primarily for us to come before Almighty Abba Yahweh and worship Him. They are days for us to learn. We learn by listening to Spirit filled teachers, by reading and studying the Scripture, and by sincere prayer. Notice that we said by “…reading and studying the Scriptures...” “Reading” the Bible is good and necessary, but it is not necessarily “studying” the Bible. Today, there are many excellent Bible study tools available to us (besides the usual Strong’s Concordance). Nazarene Space Website has a top-notch selection of books and other materials, including a free Bible course, that will bolster our study efforts. Although it may be worded differently in various translations, Paul told Timothy, in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved…” Paul didn’t say “OK, Timothy, just read the Scriptures and you’ll be alright.” The verse ends wit the phrase “…rightly handling the Word of Truth.” Can the “Truth” be mishandled? Just look around at Christianity today, and also take a look at the many “messy-antic” congregations that claim to be Torah observant, but which in reality, just want to play “Jew for a day.”       

 For lack of time (on my part) and space, I ask us to consider two final verses in K’Doshim. 20:22 “And you shall guard all My Laws and all my Right Rulings, and do them…”

 

Too many times we may be tempted to pick and choose which parts of the Torah we will keep or which parts we will “modify’ or “change.” We cannot “water down” Yahweh’s Torah and still call ourselves “His people.” It’s that simple.

 

The final verse for consideration is in 20:25 “And you shall make a distinction between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean birds and clean, And do not make yourselves abominable by beast or by bird, or whatever creeps on the ground which I have separated from you as unclean.”  In the very next verse, Yahweh tells us that he has separated us from the peoples so that we may be His.

 

Failing to make such distinction was the principle sin of the priests in Ezekiel 22, however, teaching others to make distinction was the function of the faithful priests in Ezekiel 44.

 

Let us not neglect to continue counting the omer. Also, let us keep our friend and brother Rabbi Rob Miller of Congregation Agudat Bris, Temple Texas, in our prayers. My dear friend and brother in the faith, Rob, is on a missionary journey, first to Thailand, then to Australia and New Zealand. He is slated to return to the states May 12. May Almighty Abba Yahweh bless and keep him.          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 12, 2012 at 12:58pm

Greetings brethren on this 35th day of the Omer Count, Shabbat, 20 Iyar, 5772 (Roman date: 12 May, 2012).

 

This Shabbat our Parsha is Emor (Speak) Vayyiqra 21:1 – 24:23. Our Haftarah reading is Yehezkiel (Ezekiel) 44:15 – 31, and our Ketuvim Natzarim readings are MattithYahu (Matthew) 5;38 – 42 and Galatians 3:26 – 29. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 102; 119:33 – 48; and 120.  Our friend and brother Rav. Miller is slated to return to the U.S, today after his missionary journey to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Let us pray that he will be rested up and refreshed. Let us also continue to pray for Sister Inga Trimm for a compete healing and recovers, and for Brother James Trimm for a respite from all the stress he has endured. Now to our Parsha.

 

Synopsis: Emor means to speak. We must be careful to always speak the truth and avoid lashon harah (the evil tongue).

 

Key Verses: Vayyiqra 21:1 And YHWH said unto Moshe: Speak unto the cohanim the sons of Aharon, and say unto them: There shall none shall defile himself for the dead among his people

 

The remainder of this chapter and most of Chapter 22 concerns instructions to the priests on how to conduct their lives. The priests were, rightly so, to a high standard of behavior. One that in many ways, set them apart from the people they led in worshipping YHWH. The idea here is rather simple, the more light we are given, the more that is expected of us.

 

We might wonder how this portion relates to us today. One answer is found in Revelation 1:6 and 5:10. In Revelation 5;10 we read: And You made them to Eloah a Kingdom and cohenim and kings, and they will reign on the earth.

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 12, 2012 at 12:58pm

Greetings brethren on this 35th day of the Omer Count, Shabbat, 20 Iyar, 5772 (Roman date: 12 May, 2012).

 

This Shabbat our Parsha is Emor (Speak) Vayyiqra 21:1 – 24:23. Our Haftarah reading is Yehezkiel (Ezekiel) 44:15 – 31, and our Ketuvim Natzarim readings are MattithYahu (Matthew) 5;38 – 42 and Galatians 3:26 – 29. Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 102; 119:33 – 48; and 120.  Our friend and brother Rav. Miller is slated to return to the U.S, today after his missionary journey to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand. Let us pray that he will be rested up and refreshed. Let us also continue to pray for Sister Inga Trimm for a compete healing and recovers, and for Brother James Trimm for a respite from all the stress he has endured. Now to our Parsha.

 

Synopsis: Emor means to speak. We must be careful to always speak the truth and avoid lashon harah (the evil tongue).

 

Key Verses: Vayyiqra 21:1 And YHWH said unto Moshe: Speak unto the cohanim the sons of Aharon, and say unto them: There shall none shall defile himself for the dead among his people

 

The remainder of this chapter and most of Chapter 22 concerns instructions to the priests on how to conduct their lives. The priests were, rightly so, to a high standard of behavior. One that in many ways, set them apart from the people they led in worshipping YHWH. The idea here is rather simple, the more light we are given, the more that is expected of us.

 

We might wonder how this portion relates to us today. One answer is found in Revelation 1:6 and 5:10. In Revelation 5;10 we read: And You made them to Eloah a Kingdom and cohenim and kings, and they will reign on the earth.

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 12, 2012 at 1:00pm

These two verses are based on Shemoth (Exodus) 19;6 and YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 61:6. We have to realize that if we are faithful servants of YHWH in our lifetimes, we will reign and function as kings and priests in the Kingdom of YHWH. We are, so to speak, priests in training at this time. The royal priesthood is our destiny and goal.

 

Being a faithful priest means not merely keeping YHWH’s Torah, but keeping it in such a way that we are examples to others, and we are prepared to teach the Torah to those willing to learn and obey. We learn more about priests in Yehezkiel chapters 22 and 44. However, before we delve into that subject, I would like to digress to the latter phrase of Chapter 21:1 “…There shall none defile himself for the dead among his people.

 

What does it mean to be defiled for the dead? Please read Bemidbar (Numbers) Chapter 19. This chapter concerns the Red heifer and cleansing from contact with the dead by washing with water. (Please note the number of references to such words as wash, bathe, and water).  

 

Numbers 19, in essence, concerns cleansing ourselves from dead works. Note that all cleansing is done with water. In Debarim (Deuteronomy) 32:2 we read that water, (rain) is a metaphor for the instruction and teaching of YHWH. Therefore, we must conclude that the teaching and instruction of YHWH, His Torah, is what cleanses us from our former dead works — dead ideas, concepts and preconceived notions that are not in harmony with the Torah.

 

In Yehezkiel 44:15 – 31 we read about exactly what the faithful priests are to do. In verse 23 we read: And they shall teach My people the difference between the set-apart and the common, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.   

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 12, 2012 at 1:04pm

By contrast, in Ezekiel 22:26 we read about the unfaithful priests, anti-nomian minded false teachers: Her cohanim have done violence to My Torah, and have profaned My set-apart things; they have put no difference between the set-apart and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. (Please read verses 24 – 31). Notice, at the outset of verse 26, the word “Her” (priests). The word “her” refers to the “religious” worship sanctioned by the beast system. “Her” is of course, the great harlot of Revelation 17:1.

 

Leviticus 23 is an outline of the Moedim, commanded convocations or Holy Days. It is incumbent on all believers to keep these Annual Sabbaths that Almighty YHWH has ordained for us. Zechariah 14:18: And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, they shall have no overflow. In other translations the word “overflow” is translated as “rain.” Again, “rain” hearkens back to Debarim 32:2 denoting instruction, teaching. We must point out that “Egypt’ does not necessarily mean the Egyptian people. Rather it is a metaphor for people with an Egyptian mindset, people whose hearts and minds are still in a spiritual Egyptian captivity. People who  refuse to cleanse themselves from dead works.

The entire idea of Parsha Emor is found in Chapter 20:26 And you shall be set-apart unto me; for I YHWH am set-apart, and have set you apart from the peoples, that you should be Mine.  

May Almighty Abba YHWh bless us all as we seek to serve Him and learn more of His ways.

              

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 19, 2012 at 12:02pm

Greetings Brethren: today is the 42nd day of the Counting of the Omer, 27 Iyar, 5772, Roman date, 19 May, 2012. I trust we are all being faithful to Yahweh’s commands and continuing to count the Omer. Let us not neglect to welcome the new Hebrew month of Sivan this coming week. If you go by the calculated calendar Monday at Sundown begins the Rosh Chodesh,1 Sivan 5772 (May 28, 2012). 

 

This Shabbat again we have a dual Parsha: B’Har (On the Mountain) Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 25:1 – 26:2, and B’Chukkotai (My Statutes) Vayyiqra (Leviticus) 26:3 – 27:34.

 

The Haftarah reading for B’Har is YirmeYahu (Jeremiah) 32:6 - 7 and the Haftarah reading for B’Chukkotai is YirmeYahu (Jeremiah) 16:19 – 17-14.

 

The Ketuvim Natzarim readings are: B’Har: Luke 4:16 – 21 and Galatians 6:7 – 10. B’Chukkotai: Yochanan (John) 14:15 – 21 and 15:10 – 12, and also ! Yochanan (all).

 

Please also read Tehillim (Psalms) 140 and 141.

 

As we end the Book of Vayyiqra (Leviticus) as is our custom with all books of the Torah, we say Chazik. Chazik, V’nit Chazek (Be Strong, Be Strong and May We be Strengthened). Now to our commentary.

 

B’Har

Synopsis: B’Har (On the Mountain). B’Har refers to Mount Sinai, where YHWH gave (reiterated) the Torah to Moshe on Shavuoth. Mount Sinai is not the highest mountain in Israel, nor is it the smallest. There is a personal message for us in Sinai’s elevation. We are not to put ourselves above others, nor are we to lose self esteem by putting ourselves down. We are to control our pride and ego. We are to strive to find the place (spiritual level) where YHWH wants us to be and function there.

 

Key Verses: 25:2 Speak unto the children of Yisra’el and say unto them: When you come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto YHWH.      

 

This is peaking about the “Land Sabbath” or Shemittah Year. (while some may disagree, on a personal note I have come to believe that the Shemittah Year is to be kept in Eretz Yisra’el only, and not world wide. This belief is based on the phrase …when you come into the land…) Plese not that the Shemittah is referred to as “…a sabbath. In Scripture we have cycles of seven. There is the weekly Sabbath, and there are annual Sabbaths, every seven years we have a Shemittah, or yearly Sabbath. Every seventh Shemittah is followed by a Yovel or Jubilee Year, the year of release. Every Sabbath, whether weekly, annual, yearly or the Yovel, gives us a chance to disconnect ourselves from the world and all its cares, worries, woes and distractions, and reconnect to YHWH. The Sabbaths give us a chance to rest, be refreshed, learn and be blessed.

 

Economically, the Shemittah was a sort of forced recession. Since all debts were to be forgiven it was thus ensured that there were no ‘super rich” nor very poor. In a physical sense it balanced the economy of ancient Israel, and also served to balance the people. One of the key lessons here is the word “balance,” to make things fair and equitable for all.

 

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on May 19, 2012 at 12:03pm

Every seventh year the Shemittah began during the fall High Holy Days, immediately after Yom Kippur. This is one reason why Tishri (or Ethanim) beginning on Yom Teruah, is referred to as Rosh HaShannah, the “Head of the Year. It is not the beginning of the Sacred year, as we are commanded to Observe in Shemoth (Exodus) 12;2, but rather the beginning if Israel’s secular calendar, and agricultural calendar. This is also known as “The year of the Kings.”

 

25:25 If your brother be waxen poor, and sell some of his possession, then shall his kinsman that is next unto him come, and shall redeem that which his brother has sold. Note the use of the word “…brother.” Let us ask ourselves who is our brother? This verse shows us the unity of Spiritual Israel and the relationship we must have with one another. The Zohar says that we are all the same. When one of us feels pain or sorrow, we should all feel his or her pain or sorrow. Conversely, when anyone of us experiences joy or happiness, we should be more than willing to share our elation with others, so that they may share our joy or happiness.

 

This also shows us that we must never take advantage of anyone. However, we cannot help everyone that crosses our path, we are not expected to. But we must not add to the misery or misfortune of others. By the same token, we must never become envious of others. Envy always leads to destructive behavior, and the one being destroyed through envy is the one who envys.

 

25:47 - 54 These verses speak of slavery and servitude. To be a slave means that someone, or something, has control over you. It could be a person, a habit, or a material addiction. People who must control others set themselves up as slave masters, “control freaks” to use modern terminology. Jezebel was in every sense of the word a control freak. Therefore, today we could say that a person who is a control freak has a Jezebel spirit. A Jezebel spirit is an evil spirit. It is our duty to help release people from spiritual slavery or bondage by sharing with them the word of YHWH and giving them hope and purpose.

 

As mentioned earlier, B’Har means “On the Mountain.” While we must seek to control our egos, at the same time, we must in a spiritual sense strive to ascend the mountain, that is, to grow and be uplifted spiritually. As we approach Shavuoth, may we keep this worthy goal in mind, and ask Almighty Abba YHWH to show us His will for our lives.       

    

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