Posts filed under ‘Judaism’

On Becoming Connected

My beloved and I get along most stupendously. I don’t say this lightly or in a ‘Evangelical Christian” way, to say something that ain’t so to make it so. We really do get along great. What’s our secret? We both bend, but we don’t break.

We have such different tastes in many, many areas. I love technology. She hates most of it. I couldn’t wait to get my first computer in 1990. She gets all glassy eyed over plants on sale at WallyWorld. I’m thinking of getting the latest and greatest from Apple. She has finally gotten the hang of texting and Pinterest and decided her next cell phone will be similar to a flip phone.

I love movies, T.V., drama, stories, suspense, action and plot. Not her. Just the facts please. She would rather listen to a good teacher about Torah than 100 offerings of the Netflix fare.

Don’t get me wrong. I love good Torah teaching, too. But my entertainment diet has to be watched carefully because the Yetser Hara (the Evil Inclination, a tool of Satan) knows my weakness and exploits it when he can.

And this brings me to the point of this treatise. Since we decided to leave the mainstream and convert to Judaism, we have to work to maintain balance in our lives. Because, if nothing else, Judaism is about balance.

Most of Christianity has this conversion thing so wrong. You don’t just walk down the aisle and ‘accept Jesus in your heart’ and you are ‘Saved’ and your ticket to Heaven is secure. In Judaism, you become righteous/generous and grow toward HaShem (the Creator of the Universe) and by the way, (spoiler alert) nobody goes to Heaven. You’re either going back to Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) or being eliminated completely. That’s right, according to the Sages of Judaism, there is no ‘permanent’ Hell. Now there is Gehinnom, which is not to pleasant, but it is for tikkun (correction) and never lasts more than a year.

I think now would be a good time to interject my personal belief on the afterlife. Any time someone tells you what is going to happen after you check out of this incarnation, take it with a grain (grain? how about a spoonful) of salt. The obvious reason is because the stairway to Heaven is a one way ride. Now I know that there are people that have had NDE’s (Near Death Experiences) and I don’t discount their encounters. But that’s the key, it was THEIR experience, not yours. HaShem, most blessed be He, may have something entirely different in store for you.

So, do NOT, base your actions because someone said they’ve been there and this is the way it is. Base your actions on what the Holy One tells you. Just make sure you know it’s the Holy One, the Ancient of Days.

How do you know it is G-d directing you down a certain path? This is the reason my beloved and I get along so well. We have a relationship. We talk to each other. We know each other.

This is what you must have with the Creator, blessed be He. Read His Word, pray to Him and follow His directions. Now, you don’t have to be Jewish and have a Siddur (Jewish prayer book) to pray to G-d. He created YOU! He loves YOU! He wants to hear from YOU! My advice on reading His Word is that you learn Hebrew if you want to get the correct translation. I know, I know, learning a language is very difficult and Hebrew is really difficult. So if you’re going to continue to read the Bible in your native tongue, here is a rule I have found helpful. If you read something that contradicts or nullifies the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy) it is most probably mis -translated and needs further research to see what went wrong.

Becoming a Jew for me is a process. I’m still walking it out. I’m definitely a work in progress. But guess what, we all are. The thing is at the end of the day, you need to be able to say … I think I’m a little bit closer to you HaShem, Todah Raba (thank you very very much), because we never are stagnant, we either grow to Him or away from Him.

December 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm 1 comment

Why Am I Jewish?

When I was older, I remember church. I was fascinated by the Preacher. Not a certain Preacher, but any Preacher. The sermons grabbed me. I tried to memorize what they were saying. It seemed so important.

Continue Reading November 27, 2018 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

A Psalm for Today … Ps. 94

Psalm 94:1 O יהוה, Ěl of vengeance; O Ěl of vengeance, shine forth!

I was reading this Psalm during my morning prayers. It is the Psalm the Rabbis recite on Wednesdays at the rostrum.

Psa 94:2 Raise Yourself up, O Judge of the earth; Render punishment to the proud.
Psa 94:3 יהוה, how long are the wrong, How long are the wrong going to exult?

With the heated debates on the political scene today, I pondered,”Man, that’s close!” Now look at the next verses.

Psa 94:4 They pour forth words, They speak arrogantly; All the workers of wickedness boast in themselves.
Psa 94:5 They crush Your people, O יהוה, And they afflict Your inheritance.
Psa 94:6 They slay the widow and the stranger, And murder the fatherless.

OMG!!! Really!! This was written 2000 years ago and it perfectly describes the doings of Evil today! They crush Your people, O יהוה, … look what happened last Shabbat !!

Psa 94:7 Yet they say, “Yah does not see, And the Elohim of Yaʽaqoḇ pays no heed.”

Sound familiar? Let’s skip a few verses …

Psa 94:21 They band together against the life of the righteous, And declare innocent blood wrong.

But don’t despair … for we win.

Psa 94:23 And brings back on them their own wickedness, And cuts them off in their own wrongdoing; יהוה our Elohim does cut them off.

I know those who know me know where I stand. I am praying for righteousness to prevail next Tuesday. Our country, our World depends on it. But however it comes out, HaShem (God) is in control and if he deems we should have mercy, we will have mercy.

 

November 1, 2018 at 12:42 am Leave a comment

Report from Spiderluf

It’s in the Heavenlies, so the description is not really possible. One of the Melach’s is approaching Gabriel with a report.

“Here’s the report you asked for yesterday, Your Eminence”

“Did you read it?”, He asked (knowing that he had).

“Yessir, looks like all is good on Monroe residence.”

Report from Spiderluf: Monroe Date Monday April 9, 2018

Subject appears listless. Vitals are nominal. Color is pale. Frequent trips to bathroom.

Last Monday, I was lying in my bed feeling horrible. Some virus had entered our domain (Brenda had it yesterday) was causing terror. In the afternoon, my body was exhausted after several trips to the john that were necessary to expel through the southern end whatever it was that wasn’t supposed to be there.

I looked up the wall and saw a black spot on the ceiling molding. I thought, “hmmm, how’d that get there?”

Then it moved.

Ahhh, a spider. What’s it doing? There’s no food there. Nothing to hang a web on. It moved about a foot to 18 inches and then reversed course and went back to wherever it came from. 

“Looks like they got that bug we sent. I was wondering why we didn’t hear the morning or afternoon Schma (prayer). OK, thanks, that’ll be all” 

 

 

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April 11, 2018 at 4:34 pm 1 comment

Why Su Ann Is Talking to Yeshua As We Speak

One of my favorite cousins is in the Afterlife today. Her soul is not trapped in her body any more. This is a sad time for us but I guarantee you not her. She is talking with the Master and finding out  her next mission.

From the Gospels (We call it the Nazarean Codicil).

Mat 22:35 and one of them, one learned in the Torah, did question, trying Him, and saying,
Mat 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great command in the Torah?”
Mat 22:37 And יהושע said to him, “ ‘You shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38 “This is the first and great command.
Mat 22:39 “And the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’

יהושע  is Hebrew for Yeshua (Jesus).

Every time I saw Su she was fulfilling this mitzvot (commandment). In the Jewish faith it is the Schma (Schma means to hear and to do). No matter what tests and trials this life gave her, that’s what she did.  I could give you examples and stories but have neither the time nor the talent to do so. Besides, if you knew her, if you met her then you know I’m right.

I love you SuAnne and can’t wait to see you again when I go for my next mission.

The last few months have been rough but she smiled through them because she knew what was ahead. HaShem (G-d) granted me the privilege of being with her last December. She was SO excited. She knew she was about to shed this earthly suit and she was grinning from ear to ear about it. She had questions for me because we both were trying to fulfill the mission laid out in the Schma to the best of our abilities. I was woefully inadequate in explaining what I thought she would be facing.

I know she forgives me because that’s how we show we love each other. We forgive each other.

Goodbye Su … can’t wait till I see you again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2018 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

Revelations From Shacharit

Just before I started my morning prayers, this morning, (we call them the Shacharit sha-ka-reet), I had a major insight.

You see, I used to be a DeeJay (announcer, record spinner, etc) when I was in my 20s. I always wondered if I had any listeners. My own little ego trip, I guess. I was assured I did when I would call on advertisers during the day and they would ask me to play certain songs and such. I’ll never forget when I walked into Tulia Auto and they said,”Man, you cracked us up this morning!”. I said,”Oh, how’s that?”. One of them said,”When you said, ‘wind warnings are in effect for only those lakes with water in them!” The Texas panhandle is notorious for lakes drying up.

One of the questions I have always had in my Halak (Walk) with HaShem is Prayer. Actually, it’s how to pray effectively. I know in Jakov it reads, (more…)

April 14, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Happy Purim 5777

Happy Purim 5777 (Chag Semeach Purim is my guess on the Hebrew greeting). Giberet Chaggit (Brenda) and I had a wonderful Shabbat yesterday as we most generally do. This week we made the trek to Amarillo to be with likeminded individuals. An inspiring time of Midrash (discussion), Prayer and food was had by all. By the way, you can find this week’s Parasha (triennial cycle) here.

This has been a crazy month already. What with the fires in our land. Over a million acres burned, 4 human souls died (last I heard) and untold number of animals, wild and domestic.

The story of Esther. That’s what today is all about though. It’s in the Old Testament. There have been many discussions about its authenticity but I see no reason to doubt it. The fact that it is a Rabbinical holiday deters some from celebrating. No problem. The Nations don’t need to celebrate Jewish Feasts anyway. Some say they do but don’t want anything to do with Hannuka or Purim. These people adhere to the principal that if it is not written in the Tanak (Hebrew O.T.) or in the Nazarean Codicil (N.T.), then the Rabbis made it up and it’s not a valid date to be celebrated. Let me just say this about that. Baloney.

Esther saved the Jewish people from destruction. Mordeḵai, believed to be her Uncle and spiritual advisor, helped her do it. There are a few parallels with Hannuka. In Hannuka, the Greeks didn’t want to annihilate the Jews, they just wanted the Israelis to assimilate, and leave all that Jewish stuff behind. In Esther, Haman (the bad guy, a descendant of Amelich) wanted to destroy Judaism and wipe every Jew from the face of the Earth. Much like the descendants of Amelich (Terrorist Muslims and Progressive Liberals, to mention a couple of the groups) want to destroy Israel and its people today.

In Hannuka, the battle was fought with force by a family of Levites. In Purim, the battle is fought with prayer.  There is a lesson in that.

 

March 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Fast of Purim

Less than 2 hours to go….

I started this fast some 11 or so hours ago at sun-up.

This is a fast that is in memory of Esther of the Bible. Purim is a Rabbinical holiday that is based on her story in the Tanak (Old Testament). She (and Israel) fasted 3 days before implementing her plan to save her people.

It’s going pretty good, actually.

I can honestly say that I haven’t had anything since this morning. OK, Ok, I did take a little too long finishing my coffee. I guess I need to explain. On a day-fast fast, if you get up early enough, you can eat and drink before the sun comes up. In Judaism, there are four fast days: Tammuz 17, Av 9, Tishri 3, and Tevet 10. The entire Talmud tractate of Taanit contains the details of these fasts. The Tanach records these fasts as though they were contained in the written Torah:

 Zechariah 7:2-5 The people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-Melech, together with their men, to entreat HaShem By asking the priests of the house of G-d Almighty and the prophets, “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Then the word of HaShem Almighty came to me: “Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?

This is quote from Rabbi Dr. Hillel

I think that Yom Kippur is the only Sundown to Sundown fast we have. It’s kind of funny that nowhere is it written to fast on these days. It all comes from Oral Law. Oral Law is the part that a lot of people get a big stumbling block. I  consider that it makes perfect sense that there be an Oral and a Written Torah. Here’s a good article R. Hillel has about it.

My morning and afternoon prayers were very good. The were some additions especially for this occasion in the Amidahs. The Amidahs are the silent prayers we say during the other prayers.

Along with fasting food and drink, I try to limit myself on secular entertainment and such.

I also like to study Torah and listen to teachings.

So, it’s about and hour till sundown and Giberet Chaggit has started the beans and rice.  I will be ready

Erev Shabbat is tomorrow night and Purim is Sunday.

Shalom U’brachot

Adon Aviner ben Abraham

March 9, 2017 at 11:49 pm 1 comment

The Erev Rav

I was listening to one of my favorite Rabbi’s Yosef Mizrachi, this morning and got an explanation of the Erev Rav. They were Egyptians that converted to Judaism when they saw the ruin HaShem made into Egypt before the Exodus. Problem was, Moshe Rabbeinu (Moses) did not consult with HaShem before he accepted them. These are the 3000 that got the Golden Calf made. That’s not the only rebellion they stirred up, but it’s the one that caused the most trouble. This is the only time He called them Moses nation.

(Exo 32:7) And HaShem said to Mosheh, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Mitsrayim have corrupted themselves.

Did you know the reason Aaron formed the Golden Calf was because he watched the Erev Rav murder his nephew (son of Mariam) Hur assassinated after he reproved them for doubting.

I love the story of the Exodus. Purim is Sunday and that means that Pesach (Passover) is in a little more than 2 weeks.

This little tidbit of our fathers in the wilderness just spices it up.

 

March 8, 2017 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Yeshua …. Where Art Thou?

I was asked by a friend where Yeshua fit into our new Halak (Walk). I think my beloved said it best … I am not against Jesus.(We study the NT.) Without him I wouldn’t be where I am today but I am against mistranslated, out of context and just plain inserting an agenda to promote a belief system. This has a lot of interesting info and references. Isaiah sure looks like Israel ( Jews) to me. I could be wrong. I’m still learning and that’s endless. She was posting a link to an excellent article about Isaiah 53 http://nojesus4jews.weebly.com/sophiees-blog/can-isaiah-53-be-about-jesus …

 

That being said, let me elaborate. I told her (my friend that was asking about our walk) to let me “stew on it” and I would get back to her. Then I messaged her this,”I can tell you this, Yeshua is the Master Messiah and He is coming back!”

So, what does that really mean? Jesus (Yeshua) is not God incarnate. He is not some kind of 100% God and 100% man at the same time. Rabbi Hillel has an excellent article on this. Is Yeshua God?

Let me tell you about a Gilgul.

Deu 18:15 “יהוה your Elohim shall raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brothers. Listen to Him,

The Prophet mentioned here is a Gilgul of Moses. That Prophet is Yeshua.

The Rabbi’s that we are studying under have dedicated their lives to proving this is the case. Our weekly Parashas are on the 3 1/2 year cycle, not the annual cycle. In them, we study the Torah, the Psalms, the Writings (Ashlamatah), the Pirque Abot and the Nazarean Codicil (New Testament).  Here is an example of last weeks study

Shabbat
בִּנְיָמִין
B’resheet (Gen) Gen. 49:27 – 50:26
Ashlamatah: I Sam 9:1-10
Special: Yeshayahu 51:12 – 52:12
Psalm 41:5-14
 
N.C.: Mk 4:35-41; Lk 8:22-25

Acts 14:8-18

If you would like to see the full study go to Elul.

I want to focus on Rabbi Eliyahu and Rabbi Haggai’s excellent study of the Nazarean Codicil. Luke 8:49-56 and Mark 5:35-43 tell the story of Yeshua raising a 12 year old girl from death. Here they are from e-swords  The Scriptures 1998+

(Luk 8:49) While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the congregation’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher any further.”

(Luk 8:50) And ?????, having heard, answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid, only believe, and she shall be healed.”

(Luk 8:51) And coming into the house, He allowed no one to go in except K?pha, and Ya?aqob?, and Yoh?anan, and the girl’s father and mother.

(Luk 8:52) And they were all weeping and mourning for her, and He said, “Do not weep, she is not dead, but sleeps.”

(Luk 8:53) And they were laughing at Him, knowing that she was dead.

(Luk 8:54) But taking her by the hand He called, saying, “Child, arise.”

(Luk 8:55) And her spirit returned, and she rose up immediately. And He directed that she be given food to eat.

(Luk 8:56) And her parents were astonished, but He ordered them to say to no one what had taken place.

Mar 5:35 As He was speaking, they came from the ruler of the congregation’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”
Mar 5:36 But having heard the word that was spoken, יהושע said to the ruler of the congregation, “Do not be afraid – only believe.”
Mar 5:37 And He allowed no one to follow Him except Kĕpha, and Yaʽaqoḇ, and Yoḥanan the brother of Yaʽaqoḇ.
Mar 5:38 So they came to the house of the ruler of the congregation, and saw a commotion, and much weeping and lamenting.
Mar 5:39 And coming in He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child has not died, but is sleeping.”
Mar 5:40 And they were laughing at Him. And when He had put them all out, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and went in where the child was lying.
Mar 5:41 And taking the child by the hand He said to her, “Talitha, qumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.”
Mar 5:42 And immediately the girl rose up and was walking, for she was twelve years old. And they were completely astonished.
Mar 5:43 But He ordered them many times that no one should know it, and said that she should be given food to eat.

Now, let’s see how our Rabbis have interpreted these passages.

School of Hakham Shaul

Tosefta

(Luqas Lk 8:49-56)

Mishnah א:א

 

While he Yeshua was still speaking, someone came from the house of the Rosh HaKenesét, saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Rabbi (Hakham) anymore.” But when Yeshua heard this, he answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only trust (God), and she will be made well.” When he came to the house, he did not allow anyone to enter with him, except the Paqidim Tsefet and Yochanan and Ya’aqob, and the girl’s father and mother. Now they were all weeping and lamenting for her; but he said, “Stop weeping, for she has not died, but is asleep.” And they began laughing at him, knowing that she had died. He, however, with a strong hand took her with his Tallit by the hand and called, saying, “Child, arise!” And her spirit returned, and she got up immediately; and he gave orders for something to be given her to eat. Her parents were amazed; but he instructed them to tell no one what had happened.

 

School of Hakham Tsefet

Peshat

(Mark 5:35-43)

Mishnah א:א

As he (the Master) was speaking, there came from the Rosh HaKenesét’s house, certain, saying: “Your daughter has died, why do you still trouble the Master?” And Yeshua immediately, having overheard what they said, spoke to the Rosh HaKenesét, “Do not be afraid, only trust (be faithfully obedient to) in Ha-Shem.” And he (Yeshua) did not allow anyone to follow him, except Shimon HaTsefet, and Ya’aqob, and Yochanan the brother of Ya’aqob; And he came to the house of Yair the Rosh HaKenesét, and saw an uproar, much weeping and wailing. And having gone in he said to them: “Why do you make an uproar, and weep? The child has not died, but is sleeping.” And they were laughing at him. And he, having put everyone out, he took the father of the child, and the mother, and those with him, and he went into where the child was lying. And, having taken the hand of the child (having bound his Tsitsit on her hand), he said to her: “Talitha[1] Cumi!” which is, being interpreted: “She who is in the Tallit (a young girl before bat-mitsvah), arise!” And immediately the young girl arose, and began walking, for she was nearly twelve years old; and they were overcome with a great amazement, And he charged them sternly, that no one should know this thing. And he said that there be given to her something to eat.

 

[1] The feminine imperative has caused many scholars to stumble over this interpretation, failing to see the reference to the Tallit. However, the feminine imperative is unusual. The command to wear the Tallit is given to men therefore; the reference to the tallit in the feminine is awkward. Because Yeshua wraps the young girl in the tallit and wraps the fringe around her hand he speaks in the feminine gender of a masculine article/object i.e. Tallit.

Now, here is their commentary:

Commentary to Hakham Tsefet’s School of Peshat

 

This particular section of Mordechai is one, which is the least understood by Christian Exegetes. The reason for this is their lack of understanding of Jewish Halakha. In the previous pericope, we left off the Master having brought healing to a woman with an issue of blood for twelve years, and which healing rendered him in a state of ceremonial uncleanness because the woman had touched his Tsitsit. This complicated matters very much with regard to the healing of the daughter of Yair, Rosh HaKenesét (the President of the local Esnoga).

 

  1. 35 – As he (the Master) was speaking, there came from the Rosh HaKenesét’s house a certain, saying: “Your daughter has died, why do you still trouble the Master?” – As we read in the previous pericope, the healing of the woman with an issue of blood had rendered the Master ceremonially unclean and therefore complicating matters with regard to the Master’s ability to effect healing on this young girl. For the multitude and Yair, may have thought that it would be impossible for a ceremonially unclean person to be a conduit for Ha-Shem’s healing. But, if this was not problematic enough, news comes that the daughter of Yair has died. To understand the gravity and despair of the situation let us contrast Mordechai 5:23 with 5:35

 

5:23 – “My little daughter is sick unto death, please having come, you may lay on her your hands, so that she may be saved, and she will live.”

 

5:35 – “Your daughter has died, why do you still trouble the Master?”

 

In verse 23 we breathe a deep cry of hope, but now it appears that the time for hope has vanished and it is time to call for the mourners. The messengers even add a note of cruelty: “Why do you still trouble the Master?” Young’s Literal translation has even a more vivid expression capturing the intention of the Greek: “Why do you still harass the Master?” From all in the congregation present, Yair still believes deep within him that there is still hope, that the great Master of Halakha before him can find a way to beseech G-d to restore his daughter to life and health within the bounds of Halakha. Yair is not an ordinary man, he is the Rosh HaKenesét (the President of the local Esnoga) and a man of deep faithful obedience, acquainted with the workings of G-d’s governance in the heavens and on earth.

 

What no one present, in an atmosphere charged with great negativity, despite the witnessing of the miraculous healing of a woman with an issue of blood for twelve years by G-d through the Master, could contemplate was what G-d, most blessed be He was trying loudly to indicate. Ha-Shem, most blessed be He, was loudly saying: “Stop! My logic is not always your logic. If I am able to restore to full health a woman with an issue of blood for twelve years, how much the more should I not be able and willing to restore the life of a twelve year old young girl?” In the first instance, the woman’s faithful obedience had saved her from her twelve-year-long affliction, in this instance Yair, his wife and three Talmidim together with the Master are asked to trust Ha-Shem for awakening this twelve year old little girl from the sleep of death.

 

  1. 36 – And Yeshua immediately, having overheard what they said, spoke to the Rosh HaKenesét, “Do not be afraid, only trust in Ha-Shem.” – Notice the word “immediately” with which this Mishnaic writing of Mordechai repeatedly provides. In the mind, soul and spirit of the faithfully obedient servant of G-d there is NO room for negativity or commiseration, but rather for creativity, possibility and an ear attuned to G-d’s speech through the circumstances before us. Immediately, the Master Sage, has perceived a Halakhic creative solution to the problem at hand. Therefore, he informs Yair, the Rosh HaKenesét (the President of the local Esnoga), not to be terrorized by the news he has heard, but rather to trust Ha-Shem with all of his heart, mind and soul, that He is more than able to provide a solution to any problem no matter how difficult it may be.

 

Most Christian commentators, propose that Yeshua is calling upon Yair to trust in his vivifying power even when the news of the death of his beloved daughter is staring at him. We must disagree totally with this notion. His Majesty King Yeshua is here setting an example of how should a servant of G-d think and behave. So much vivifying power had Yeshua as any faithful obedient servant of G-d at any point in time. We are but conduits of Ha-Shem’s healing and vivification. The problem is that many have fallen into a stupor of laziness, teaching that miracles were for a season and are no longer for today. These lazy human beings are afraid to show how little trust they have in Ha-Shem, and how little faithful obedience to His Commandments they have. They are terrorized to live a life in total obedience and submission before G-d for the sake of the wellbeing of others.

 

Please, let this horrible false teaching be far from us, for the Master taught in another occasion:

 

“Amen, amen, I tell you, the one who faithfully obeys me, the works which I do, that one will do also, and greater than these he will do, because I go to my Father (Creator).” (Yochanan 14:12)

 

Not only are we commanded and given the ability to do the works (miracles, teachings, healings, halakhic rulings) like the Master did, but we are promised that if we are faithfully obedient to him and to Torah: greater than these we will do.” The competition here is not who does greater miracles, but who is being faithfully obedient to Torah and to the Master, living the life that he did. This is where the rubber meets the road, the rest is but distractions.

 

Note, that therefore every man who faithfully obeys Torah and upholds the Halakha of the Jewish people, and is as well faithfully obedient to the Master, has as much vivifying power as the Master had. Besides, the power is not ours, but we are mere vessels of Ha-Shem the Almighty, most blessed be He! Surely, the Master was/is very special, but he came to leave us an example to emulate, and even a command/promise to exceed him in what he did.

 

v.37 – And he (Yeshua) did not allow anyone to follow him, except Shimon HaTsefet, and Ya’aqob, and Yochanan the brother of Ya’aqob. – A question arises. Why the narrowing of who can come with the Master? Marcus[1] puts it well, when he states:

 

“The common motive for the restriction is a feeling akin to that expressed in Matthew 7:6; certain doctrines and practices are too holy for general publicity. Consequently, Yeshua leaves the congregation behind when he goes with Yair to the place of death, and of his disciples he takes only the “Big Three,” Peter, James, and John (5:37). These are the same three followers who will be given a foretaste of Yeshua’s resurrection glory at the Transfiguration (9:2) but will also be called upon to share in the suffering at Gethsemane (14:33).”

 

I must add that these three also represent the three pillars of leadership of the Jewish Nazarean movement, as well as the three chief leaders of the Nazarean Supreme Court. Besides, the Law states that in the presence of two or three witnesses let everything be established (Deut. 17:6). Since the father and the mother are related to the little girl, they cannot become a witness.

 

Mk. 5:38-40 And he came to the house of Yair the Rosh HaKenesét, and saw an uproar, much weeping and wailing. And having gone in he said to them: “Why do you make an uproar, and weep? The child has not died, but is sleeping.” And they were laughing at him. And he, having put everyone out, he took the father of the child, and the mother, and those with him, and he went into where the child was lying.

 

Again, he arrives at the house of Yair, and finds a picture of total despair – the sight of the mourners bewailing the dead girl. But the true servant of G-d has been shown by G-d that there is a way out. He therefore informs the mourners that the child is not dead but is asleep.  The mourners, experts in death, answer in derision, after all, the girl is supposedly dead and dead people do not come to life.  But the master knows that after a person dies for some hours the spirit of that person hovers over its body, and if Ha-Shem, reveals to His servants that the girl can be revived it surely is possible for a revivification to occur. So the Master, having received revelation from G-d that he is to vivify the young girl, immediately and forcefully puts out all negativity from the house.

 

Note how many remain inside the house:

 

1 Master ——————- Shabbat

1 Young girl sleeping —  The first day of the week

2 Parents ——————- The Second and Third days of the week

3 Talmidim —————- The Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth days of the week.

 

A whole menorah of people remain in the home and through whom G-d will speak and reveal His governance and mercy. The Master the center branch of the Menorah, the young girl and her two parents to the right and his three Talmidim to the left of the menorah.

 

v.41 – And, having taken the hand of the child (having bound his Tsitsit on her hand), he said to her: “Talitha[2] Cumi!” which is, being interpreted: “She who is in the Tallit (a young girl before bat-mitsvah), arise!” – Now we know that we have departed somewhat from the extant Greek and Aramaic texts of Mark, but we are of the sure belief that what we have placed in italics was originally there, or words to that effect.

 

You see, the Master had lost his state of ceremonial cleanliness and had become ceremonially unclean, therefore unable of his own to lay his pure hands on the young girl and effect G-d’s healing. So the only thing left for him was to use the Tallit which is holy, ceremonially clean channel to effect Ha-Shem’s healing. For, as we taught last pericope a Tallit no matter what touches it will never lose its state of sanctity, unless someone interferes or destroys any of its four Tsitsit. Therefore, the Master binds the Tsitsit if his Tallit on the young girl’s hand and uses the sanctity of the Tallit to affect this healing/vivification. In this way, no Halakha was violated and the vivification was entirely Kosher.

 

This episode brings to our attention the fact that we need as much as possible to remain in a state of spiritual, and physical cleanliness if we are to be of help to our fellowmen. And how do we remain in this relative state of spiritual cleanliness? Messiah King David answered:

 

Psa 119:9 With what does a young man purify his path? By observing [the Commandments] according to Your Word.

Psa 119:10  With all my heart I have sought You, Let me not err from Your commandments.

Psa 119:11  In my heart (mind) I have hid Your Word, that I sin not before You.

Psa 119:12  Blessed are You, O Ha-Shem, teach me Your statutes.

Psa 119:13  With my lips I have recounted all the judgments of Your mouth.

Psa 119:14  In the way of Your testimonies I have joyed, As over much wealth.

Psa 119:15  In Your precepts I meditate, And I behold attentively Your paths.

Psa 119:16  In Your statutes I delight myself, I do not forget Your Word.

 

The second teaching is to raise our awareness of the sanctity of the Tsitsit we wear inside our shirt, and of the Tallit we done when we pray. These represent the whole 613 commandments of Ha-Shem as well as His Holy Name, most blessed be He. By means of these Tsitsit we have a most powerful tool to be channels to revive and to heal. We should treat the Tsitsit therefore with great care and reverence.

 

Notice also that when the Master went to vivify the young girl, he bound her with Ha-Shem’s most Holy Name and with the whole of the Jewish Law (the 613 Commandments)! For this young girl this incident not only served for her to literally become born again, but also as her Bat-Mitzvah. And this in effect is what Bar/Bat Mitzvah is all about: i.e. one becomes bound to the Name of Ha-Shem and to the 613 commandments of the Torah. Blessed are those who sincerely choose of their free will to be bound to the Holy Name of G-d, the 613 commandments of the Torah, and the authority of the Hakhamim, because they surely will indeed be truly born again, and they will be vivified for the service of Ha-Shem, most blessed be He!

 

We also know that the Aramaic word “Talitha” means a young girl, but it can also mean “she that is inside the Tallit.” The reason for this is that there is a custom by which the Cohen (Priest) or Hakham of the Congregation when he recites the Priestly Blessing he will have all the children of the congregation under twelve years of age under his Tallit, whilst reciting the Priestly Blessing. Those that have witnessed this custom being exercised can understand therefore our translation of this verse, which is to be understood to mean that the little girl was over eleven years old, but had not yet reached her 12th birthday, although for hermeneutical purposes we say that she was 12 (or close to Bat Mitzvah age). For at twelve a girl becomes of age and is now considered responsible before the Law of G-d, and as a woman in the congregation.

 

  1. 42 – And immediately the young girl arose, and began walking, for she was nearly twelve years old; and they were overcome with a great amazement. – Mida K’Neged Mida (Measure for Measure), G-d responds in kind. Those who waste not a minute to obey the commandments of G-d, will receive an immediate answer, for G-d is debtor to no one. The Master went about IMMEDIATELY to put away all negativity and to show great ingenuity and elegance in the observance of the commandments, and G-d answered likewise! This is why it is so important that a follower of the Master be careful in choosing a good Hakham, and once the decision is made, be totally and promptly obedient to him, for G-d in seeing such faithful, prompt, and elegant obedience will reward that obedience beyond imaginable measure. We are Nazareans, we are a branch of Messiah King David who taught: “I delight to [promptly] do Your will, O My God; and Your Law is within My inmost being” (Psalm 40:8).

 

Interesting, everyone was “amazed with a great amazement.” But for those who are faithfully obedient and prompt to execute most elegantly the will of Ha-Shem, most blessed be He, there is no amazement or bewilderment, but praise in our mouths. Nothing should catch us up by surprise! We must always be aware of what G-d is about to do, for he speaks loud and clear through the events taking place before us, not that we may panic, but rather that we may take hold of the silver lining and see the opportunity, be elegantly creative and take hold of the commandments before us, as the Master did.

 

  1. 43 – And he charged them sternly, that no one should know this thing. And he said that there be given to her something to eat – No fanfare, no trumpeting, no calling the press! Miracles, healings, and even vivifications from the dead are to be kept secret. We are not merchandising miracles, we are not selling healings, we are not to show off what we are not. Since the healing and the miracles comes from G-d, and not from us. Oh how great will be the punishment of those who advertise that healings and miracles will occur in such and such meeting, by such and such prophet or faith healer! If G-d has given you the gift, be silent about it and do the same as the Master did, command that: no one should know this thing!” We are servants of G-d, of His Torah and of His Messiah, we are not here as Pirke Abot puts it: “to use the Torah as a spade to dig up with.” [A Jewish saying meaning to become famous or to enrich ourselves.]

 

And he said that there be given to her [something] to eat. – Someone has said, that we make bread to have it with something and someone. The French word “compagnion” translated and transliterated almost into the English as “companion” means literally to have bread with someone. The young girl who had temporarily departed the intimate fellowship of her family and local Esnoga was again restored to that intimate fellowship, and bread represents that intimate fellowship which we depict in our recitation of Kiddush.

[1] Marcus, J. (2000), The Anchor Bible: Mark 1-8 – A New Translation With Introduction and Commentary, New York: Doubleday, p. 371.

[2] The feminine imperative has caused many scholars to stumble over this interpretation, failing to see the reference to the Tallit. However, the feminine imperative is unusual. The command to wear the Tallit is given to men therefore; the reference to the tallit in the feminine is awkward. Because Yeshua wraps the young girl in the tallit and wraps the fringe around her hand he speaks in the feminine gender of a masculine article/object i.e. Tallit.

I know this was a long read. It’s easy to cut and paste, perhaps too easy.

The Scholars HaShem has hooked us up with are no slouches in thinking and I am so glad that my Beloved wife and I are accounted worthy to study under them.

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