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Torah Readings for Shabbat - November 18, 2017

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on November 17, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Toledot - "GENERATIONS"

Torah: Bereshit/Genesis 25:19 – 28:9

Haftarah: 1 Samuel 20:18-42 

Besorah:  Matthew 10: 21 - 38


Genesis 25:22-23. “The children struggled together within her…And the LORD said to her: Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the other, the older shall serve the younger.”


The struggle between the descendants of these two children Jacob and Esau (whose name would also be Edom) would continue; it is a spiritual struggle. God’s hatred for the spirit working in Esau, which not only despised its own birthright, but also persisted in working violence against the lineage of God’s sovereign choosing, would be strongly expressed in the Book of Obadiah—“Behold, I will make you small among the nations; You shall be greatly despised. The pride of your heart has deceived you…For violence against your brother Jacob, shame shall cover you, and you shall be cut off forever” (Obadiah 2-3, 10).


YAHUAH is a God of love and life—attributes which manifest in holy hatred against all which would seek to thwart His life-covenants with the Children of Adam. “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated” (Malachi 1:2-3; Romans 9:13). “For the day of the LORD is near upon all the nations. As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head. For as you have drunk on my holy mountain, so all the nations shall drink continually; they shall dink and swallow, and shall be as though they had never been” (Obadiah 15-16).


1 Samuel 20:18-42
This narrative of Jonathan saving David from the wrath of Saul, is an interesting Parralel to the Story of Esau and Jacob who were two brothers who struggled since being in their mother's womb.  Is it not uncanny how Jonathan and David were like two bonding brothers.  Is it not very interesting that Saul used these words to described Saul's mother as such:

30 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness?


While so many often speak oddly of the love between two men as there were between Jonathan and David, could this truly be a loving bond between two brothers of the same mother?


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A Reading from the Besorah:  Matthew 10: 21 - 38


Finally Yahusha sends his apostles out to share the Living Word of Yahuah but warns them of the day shall come where brothers shall rise up against brothers (not much different than in the days of our Patriarchs ).  Yet the households of children rising up against their fathers was shown in the story of Jonathan and Saul. 

If we look back at the rising up against one another within a household, we must know that this is spiritual warfare in the Kingdom where the Righteous shall separate its will and way of life from the unrighteous even if they are family as close as a mother should be to her daughter and a son to his father.  The righteous will rise against the unrighteous within the same household. Therefore, a wise moreh once stated, "Think not I come to bring peace"


34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.


35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.


36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.


Consider Lunar Indication of the Sabbath Day

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 7, 2017 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)


 

 

 

The Seventh Biblical Month is perhaps the greatest opportunity for Yisreal to uncover a huge conflict of schedules biblical vs Gregorian and discover a new way of seeing The Wondrous Works of a Mighty Great YAH. Let us take a look at just how well the Seventh Biblical Month helped me to completely embrace and desire to return to the Traditional Ancient Way of observing Shabbat according to the very same Hebrew Calendar we observe all of our Set Apart Appointments with Yahuwah.

 

Yom Teruah is set for Festival / Memorial Day 1 of the 7th month. Yom Kippurim is a Set Apart Atonement Day set specifically to begin sundown following the 9th day to sundown following the 10th day (which is the 10th day of of the 7th month). So let me ask, "Which day between these two dates (the 1st day and the 10th day) did the Shabbat fall for Patriarchs such as Moshe or Joshua?

 

Some would say the 7th day from Yom Teruah. My reply would be as follows. If that is true, then please tell me how could Yom Kippurim in our day (the 10th day of the biblical month) ever fall upon a Shabbat? Why would it be different for Moshe than it would be for us today?

 

A modern day Torah scholar would say, "Well the Shabbat and the Feast days do not follow the same calendar". Rellay if that is so why did YAH not mentioned it once in Leviticus 23?; Is YAH an author of confusion?"; "Would YAH used two different calendars to completely confuse the Israelites? "Did such a term as Saturday or a Sunday even exist during the days of Moshe, Joshua, David?"

 

The fact is very clear that the very same Calendar used to determine the Feast days truly is the very same calendar use to determine our Sabbath days and every single other date that YAH refers to in scriptures? Now let us see what I am speaking of and how it works out for the 7th month.

 

Yom Teruah is the New Moon Day of the 7th month. Well according to our Hebrew Scriptures, we do not work on The New Moon Day. Yet, YAH commands us to work 6 days and Rest on the 7th Day. Therefore, when each New Moon arrives, we bring forth offerings and Israel did not work the fields or their farms on The New Moon Day. Lots of proof of this is in our Scriptures.

 

Ezekiel 46:1 establishes that there are three different types of days: New Moon Days; Work Days; Sabbath Days

 

"Thus says the Eternal Yahuwah: “The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the abbath it shall be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.” (See Ezekiel 46:1.)

 

 

Thus, the New Moon Day and was not counted by YAH as a regular working day. Therefore, on Day 2 - the day following The New Moon Day - we start our first working day and on Day 3 is our second working day, Day 4 is our 3rd working day; Day 5 is our 4th working day,  Day 6 is our 5th working day and we finally get to day 7 which is our 6th working day.

 

"Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings". (Leviticus 23:3)

 


Torah says 6 days you MUST work but on the 7th day, you are to rest. As a result, Day 8 is the very first Sabbath day of every single biblical month. The Sabbath actually concludes the concept of a week.


 

Shavua Tov is offered on Day 9 because it begins the first working day of the second week of every single biblical month.


 

Yes, Day 9 of each month begins the first work day of the second week of the month. Day 10 the second work day; and so on to Day 14, the 6th work day and what is day 15? Yes, it is the 7th day which is our second Sabbath Day of the week. Our second week of the month is now concluded. This very simple pattern repeats itself two more times during each biblical month.

 

 

Day 16 is the first work day of the third week..... right to Day 21 being the 6th work day of the week and yes you are correct, Day 22 is the 7th day of the third week and thus Day 22 is our Sabbath day.

 

Day 23 is the first work day of the fourth week... right up to day 28 our 6th work day of the fourth week of the month and now Day 29th is the 7th day and a day of rest... it is the Shabbat of the fourth week... and the week is concluded... at this time, Israel is looking out for the very next New Moon which sages calculated as 29.6 days

 

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Time to Reflect wearing these new lenses:

 

For all first timers wearing these lunar based Sabbath lenses, some will say this is completely lunacy. I completely understand and say to you that this would be a good place for you to end this blog because it gets deeper with LUNARcy. For those who sees something in the rythymn of this but still say this is too much to make sense of, please hold on and let me try to tie some knots here. I too recall when first trying to digest this; I did not until nearly ten years later. Well, lets go to the next stage on this lesson.

 

Ok now according to using The Moon Day as a means of determining our Sabbath based on Abba's own signs, there will be four Sabbaths in every month of YAH but in the 7th month and let us see if this changes.

 

The New Moon Day is not truly a Sabbath Day but for the most part all New Moon Days are treated similar to the Sabbath in that Israel did not work on the New Moon Day. Yah commands us to come before Him every New Moon Day and every Sabbath Day but we learned in this blog that it is the New Moon Day that begins each and every month of Abba which is not part of His working days. Amos 8:5 attests to this as well as the above scripture from Ezekiel 46.

 

5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?

 

Also,. 2 Chronicles 2:4 lets us see that the New Moon Day could not possibly be a regular working day:

 

Behold, I build an house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the Lord our God. This is an ordinance for ever to Israel.

 


Now the New Moon Day of the 7th month is declared by Yah to be a special New Moon Day unlike the others. Some may refer to it as a High Sabbath. Yah gave this New Moon Day the titlel, Yom Teruah - Feast of Blastings or Trumpets. The notion of Rosh HaShannah is completely man made day but that is for another discussion at a later blog. The Karaite Jews did an excellent teaching on the error of Rosh haShannah for those interested, may

Google such articles. Our first day of the 7th Month is exactly what Abba calls it, Yom Teruah. Now back to our Ancient Sabbath tradition.

 

 

Based on the Ancient Sabbath Practice, the Sabbaths of the 7th Month are as follows: The 8th Day, The 15th day, the 22nd day and the 29th day of the Biblical or Hebrew Month. This is where we must take time to make Hebraic sense of what has happened. If Yah had only ONE METHOD in Leviticus 23 to calculate His Appointments which in each case were indicated by a number (1st day or 7th day or 10th day or 15th day, etc., then how is it possible that the 10th day of any month could ever fall on the same day as 7th day of the month which would be the expected Sabbath day by most people? Their is a huge conflict with such understanding for all of us who know Abba YAH made it plain that the Moon and the Sun are His Signs for His Appointment days.

 

 

"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years". (Gen.1:14) The root meaning of the word season is the Hebrew word "moade or moadim", it means "an appointed time, a festival.

 

 

 

Yom Kippurim was on the 10th day (which should always chronologically fall between the two Sabbath days and could never fall on a Sabbath, since Yom Kippur is to be observed 10 days after the New Moon Day which naturally makes the first Sabbath of the month to always precede it. Now it was this conflct that got my attention to listen to how the Sabbath is based on the New Moon Day.

 

Chag Sukkot brought it home for me... When does it open? the 15th day of the 7th month... which is a Full Moon day and according to our counting, it is a also Sabbath Day. Just like the New Moon of the 7th month was selected to be a very special New Moon Set Apart Day for Israel... So is the second and third Sabbaths of the 7th month, selected by YAH to be very Special Sabbaths of the month.


 

The 22nd Day of the month is always a Sabbath Day but the 22nd Day of 7th month is a special Sabbath Day. It is the Great 8th Day of the Sukkot Festival and it is the closing of Sukkot on that Sabbath Day. Even 2Chronicles show that it was the 23rd day of the 7th month that those who came to dedicate the Temple of YAH began dispersing in their own ways. Indeed Israel, observed the first day of the 7th Month as they would, the first day of all months, except this one will be a special Feast Day. Then Israel would work for 6 days as they do every single biblical month and on Day 8 which is the 7th day after the New Moon Day, they REST. for the Sabbath Day.


 

 

 

So for those who could follow this teaching, you can now see that for every biblical month there are 4 Sabbaths (8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th day of each month) and this even includes the 7th month where we are commanded to assemble before YAH for four Set Apart Appointments. You will now see that Sukkot actually opens and closes on what is already known by Israel to be their Sabbath Days.


 

As for Yom Teruah, every New Moon is treated similar to a Sabbath. However, as for Yom Kippruim, being even more than a Sabbath Day. Yom Kippurim is a very special Set Apart day of absolutely no working like a Sabbath Day but also a day of afflicking our souls - absolutely no eating or drinking unlike a Sabbath Day. Therefore, it is actually only Yom Kippurim that required our Ancient Fathers and Mothers to go before YAHUAH an additional day in that month, because the New Moon Day and the Sabbaths of 15th and 22nd day were already established times to see YAH.


 

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The Amazing Signs of YAHUWAH

 

 

What is so amazing about learning about YAH's WAY of counting for every single one of His Feast Days and Shabbats and New Moon Days is that all our Patriarchs really had to do is look up at the sky at nightfall to determine their coming Shabbat Day or Feast Day because ALL OF HIS APPOINTED TIMES LISTED IN LEVITICUS 23 ARE ALIGNED WITH ABBA'S LUNAR SETTING. What do I mean by that?

 

*Well on the 8th day of the month (the first Shabbat of every month), there is a quarter moon waxing

 

*and by the next Shabbat, the 15th day, there is a Full Moon - fully waxed with light

 

*and by the 22nd day of the month, the moon is quarter moon again but this time it is waning (losing its light)

 

*and by the 29th it is nearly fully darkened.

 

WOW, Our YAH is so AWESOME...

 

Yes, this is a 7th day cycle for those who are confused...

 

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Still want more evidence on this?

 

 

 

Ok what got me fully on board with understanding the Moon as a sign for both our Sabbaths as well as our Feast Days is that are our Feast Days also fall on the established Sabbath Days.

 

As we know Pesach is at eve of the 14th day according to Leviticus 23: as some say but the 14th day is Preparation Day for Pesach... when is The Feast of Pesach? It is on the 14th Day at eve... why do YAH share it that way because He wants us to do Pesach when the 15th comes in at Sunset which is the 14th at eve...

 

Remember Yom Kippurim, it too begins at the 9th day at evening. So, when do we begin our fast? Answer, when the 10th day arrives at its onset in the evening... aka the 9th day at eve.

 

So yes Pesach is always done on the Full Moon - the 15th day and Unleavened Bread likewise but it begins at day light even though we do not eat leaven for either Feasts. What I found interesting about The Feast of Unleavened Bread is that it ends immediately before the next Lunar Sabbath which would be Abib 22.

 

When is The Feast of Shabuoth? There is confusion about counting Gregorian calendar Sabbaths but interesting how the Jewish sages did not allow us to get it twisted with the Gregorian Calendar Sabbaths but for this count, they made sure we began our count on the 16th day of Abib (knowing the 15th day was indeed a Sabbath day) so that on the 8th day of Sivan or the third month, Shabuoth is observed... now when is the first Shabbat of the third month according to the New Moon Day? Yes, indeed, it is on The 8th Day - the very same day; the first Sabbath of the third month.

 

We already knw that the Fall Feast Days of Yom Teruah is a New Moon Day and that The Feast of Sukkot open and closes on the Sabbath Days of the 15h day and the 22nd day of the seventh Month and that it is only Yom Kippurim that does not fall on the Sabbath Day. It is not surprising because Yom Kippurim is surely a very important practice day to meet our Most High Elohim.

 

End Note:

 

Most Hebrews are not aware of this information on the Sabbaths and therefore, are counting Gregorian Sabbath for their start of the count and this is the only area of confusion between them and the Talmud which already accounted for this issue because it was Hillell II who changed from the Lunar calculating of the Sabbath days to following the Gregorian Saturday calendar only for the Sabbath Days but he continued of course to use the Hebrew Calendar which is based on the New Moon Day for all of the other Set Apart Appointments with YHWH. Now you tell me, did Moshe or Joshua know anything at all about teaching Saturdays and Gregorian calendars to Israel? Of Course not, so on this I rest my case.

 

 Just look at how our Patriarchs selected our Set Apart Sabbaths to do what they did. 

2 Chronicles 29:17 Now they began on the first day of the first month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they to the porch of the Lord: so they sanctified the house of the Lord in eight days; and in the sixteenth day of the first month they made an end.

 


Rosh Chodesh to the 8th Biblical Month!

 

 



Deliverance from Spiritual Husband

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 5, 2017 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Salvation for My Family May Begin with the Mothers
by Imah Hephzybah 





Earlier this week my car was in repair, I needed an alternate way to work. My stepfather gave me a ride to the train station. My stepfather is the Pastor of Spirit of Pentecost Church, which he founded nearly ten years ago.  Initially, he complained that he and my mother were planning to visit their home in South Carolina for weeks and they were leaving that same morning; however, once again she canceled from going.  He was a bit flustered about her last minute change of plans for it has happened far too often in the past.  I always felt sad for him about that issue.  He wants to move permanently in South Carolina to his own house but I do not think my mother will ever really make that transition. They currently live in the house that my dad left when he passed away.  Elder Brooker always tried to get them to move into one of his houses but my mom's home was a superior house. 

Well, I was happy Elder Brooker (the name I call him) and I had the few minutes to converse together.  My younger sister who is a minister at their church informed me that they are studying the Sabbath Day as their worship day.  So, I asked Elder Brooker about their studies on the Sabbath and how it was progressing. Well, he went on to explain so much to me that completely rattled my spirit.  He said, he knew about the true Sabbath many years ago.  He explained that he was called to be a Prophet but my mother insisted that he get ordained as Bishop.  He believed his role of Prophet was to restore the 7th Day Sabbath to the church. He further expressed that it was my mother that refused to allow him to move forward with his mission to return to the 7th Day Sabbath.  He was dropping me off and then going on to his home in South Carolina where he would spend the next week or so.  I was so devestated by his two statements to me because I know just how my mother can have her way just as I can and have had my way in my own marriage with my husband as we raised our four children plus my nephew came to us when he was 12 years old. 

I could only say to my stepfather whom I suddenly saw with very different eyes that his timing to go to South Carolina is not by coincidence.  I informed him that on Wednesday night, The Feast of Tabernacles will begin.  I advised him to take the next 8 days from Wednesday to TABERNACLE before The Eternal and ask Him how you should move from this day forward and He will give you complete direction. When he returns with instructions from The Eternal, he should let no man or woman change your directed course of action.  I so wanted to tell him to bring forth a burnt offering for Tabernacles but I know that would be more than he can endure.  What can I now do to intercede for Prophet Brooker, my step father, in order to help him do what is right by our Eternal Father.  I realize it will be challenging to overrule the opinions of my mother.  I too am much like her.

Spiritual Husband - What is it?

A very dear moreh of my past once shared with me that I had to be delivered from a spiritual husband which plagued my life.  According to him it is a negative spirit within some women to desire to rule as men. He had special prayers for me and a fast for me to follow along with Psalms of deliverance to read.  I believe I did all that was asked of me but I was not so sure I did it all with a pure heart or spirit for I was engaged to marry him but had not fully resolved the marriage of my past. After 33 years of marriage, I could no longer handle the relentless fighting and verbal abuse of my children's father. We went our separate ways and in many ways we were divorced but not legally.  I know that our children suffered emotionally as they witness their parents strife for so many years. Over the past two years, my children and extended family overall seem to be going through so many serious problems inclusive of drug addictions and jail time concerns. Therefore, I went to an Igbo priest to make burnt offering intercession for my family. In my returned message, I was commanded by The Eternal to repent regarding my defilement of His Temple, and that I must keep His Sabbath and Feast Days Set Apart and return to my original marriage and then my offering would be accepted on behalf of my family.  This was a harsh message for me but I am willing to suffer through my painful marriage if it will save my children, niece and nephews and grands. 

Now returing to my Stepfather and His Mission

Upon my train ride to work and rethinking about Prophet Brooker (a name I shall call him based on the revelation given by him) testimony to me about his desire for the Sabbath to be taught at his congregation, the Holy Spirit directed me to call a meeting between my sister(s) and my mother.  My mother and my minister sister  had one a week ago where I was on the hotseat and my mother showered me with concerns about current and proposed marriages in my life.  I was very transparent with the two of them and I think they both felt very sad for me and the state of chaos my marriage and my children seem to be in.  My mother completely dismissed the burnt offering I did for my marriage and my family but my sister seem to believe that if God directed me to do so, it was the right thing to do.  Now I am asking for the next meeting with my mother and perhaps both of my sisters while Prophet Brooker is away. My youngest sister is on the Board of the church, though she is not one to attend any church or faith. Yet,  the issue I am wanting to meet about is not about church issues but about our issues as women of God and mothers in our family. Are we aware that we may have a spirit within us that is not righteous and our need to control may be due to what some refer to as a spiritual husband. Could this be the source of our family's suffering? We always talked about getting Family Counseling but is it Deliverance that we really need? I am going to ask that we begin to fast and pray as he seeks Yahweh for direction. If anyone has suggestions for me, please share.  Also, please keep the Jones family women in prayers.

Prophetess Chalduh, A Great Israelite Matriarch

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on July 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)


The Extraordinary Prophetess Chuldah


There were three leading prophets in Chuldah’s generation - Yirmiyah, Tzefaniah, and she, Prophetess Chuldah, was the third one. Yirmiyah prophesied in the marketplaces, Tzefaniah in the buildings where people congregated, and Prophetess Chuldah prophesied to the women according to the sages but the narratives in the Tanach seem to show something different.


Prophetess Chuldah was involved in one of the most important stories in the Tanach twice in second Kings 22 and again in second Chronicles 34. I will share short form here. Melachim II 22 records an event involving King Yoshiyahu. Yoshiyahu came after two wicked kings, who had attempted to destroy Torah - Menasheh (who repented at the end of his life) and Amon. Yoshiyahu took the throne at age 8, and he was a righteous king. At age 26, Yoshiyahu decided it was time to turn the treasury toward fixing up the Beis haMikdash. In the course of the work, a scroll was discovered.


Chilkiah the Kohen Gadol, Shafan the scribe, and others, brought the scroll to Yoshiyahu. It is not clear what was in the scroll. It may have been a normal Torah opened to The Eternal's threats of punishment to the Israelite people. It also may have been a book of Debarim. Alternatively, it may have been a Torah which Moshe recorded, himself.


Whatever it was, it warned of punishment, which frightened Yoshiyahu. Yoshiyahu ordered them to petition The Eternal for guidance, and so they went to Prophetess Chuldah. Prophetess Chuldah informed them that The Eternal was going to bring punishment upon the Israelite people, but that their personal goodness would spare them this experience. The suffering would come after their deaths.


The sages offered an interesting question - Why did they go to Prophetess Chuldah, when Yirmiyahu was around? They respond that it may have been because he was not in Yerushalayim that day, or because they were hoping she would be merciful. Yirmiyahu was known for his harsh rebukes; they thought that Prophetess Chuldah, a woman, might be more merciful. However, the truth may be that The Spirit of The Eternal gave them the guidance to seek her out for it was her whom He revealed the revelation. For extraordinary times and events, Abba has things done in His own way, which often defies what cultural traditions dictates to mankind.


Now more on the Prophetess Chuldah. Prophetess Chuldah's husband was also an interesting person. He was the guardian of the king's (perhaps the Kohen Gadol's) special garments. Jewish Midrashic sources link him to a story involving Elisha. Elisha had been promised that his miracles would double those of Eliyahu. Eliyahu revived one person. Elisha's famous resuscitation was the son of the Shunamis. Where was the second? The sages suggest that it may have been in 2Melachim13, when a body was put in Elisha's freshly-dug grave, and it came to life and popped out of the grave. Some suggest that this man went on to become a great man, sitting at the gate of Yerushalayim and providing water for travellers, and that he married Chuldah the Prophetess.


Prophetess Chuldah had another unique point. The standard rule is that nobody is buried in Yerushalayim (bodies aren't even left in Yerushalayim overnight; they are taken out and buried outside, even at night). I find it very amazing that the only exceptions are the tomb of King David, and the tomb of our Matriarch, Prophetess Chuldah. Various sources explain that a specially constructed tunnel allowed for the flow of impurity to leave the city out to Nachal Kidron, so that people walking in Yerushalayim would not become impure.


There was a gate to the Temple named for Prophetess Chuldah, and the Jewish Midrash says this gate was never destroyed. One Jewish sage, named Rashi comments that this was the gate where she sat and taught; it is referred to as "Mishneh" in the verse (2Melachim 22:14).


"15 She told them, “Adonai the God of Isra’el says to tell the man who sent you to me 16 that Adonai says this: ‘I am going to bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants, every word in the scroll the king of Y’hudah has read; 17 because they have abandoned me and offered to other gods, in order to provoke me with everything they do. Therefore my anger will burn against this place and will not be quenched.’ 18 But you are to tell the king of Y’hudah, who sent you to consult Adonai, that Adonai the God of Isra’el also says this: ‘In regard to the words you have heard, 19 because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before Adonai when you heard what I said against this place and its inhabitants — that they would become an object of astonishment and cursing — and have torn your clothes and cried before me, I have also heard you, says Adonai. 20 Therefore I will gather you to your ancestors, you will go to your grave in peace, and your eyes will not see all the calamity I am going to bring on this place.’” So they brought word back to the king."




Alternatively, "Mishneh" may refer to the walls which were there. There is a comment added to Rashi's commentary on that verse in Melachim, suggesting that Prophetess Chuldah taught Mishnah to the sages by that gate. If this is true, then there is evidence here that Prophetess Chuldah surely did more than prophesize to women. According to the sages, she actually taught the learned men of Israel and prophesized to them as well at the gate but not inside of the Temple. I believe Prophetess Chaldah is one of the most interesting Matriarchs of our Hebraic Roots.

 


 

 


 


Nasso, Torah Study for May 31, 2014

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on May 29, 2014 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)



Nasso  "Take up"

HEBREW DATE:              2 Sivan 5774


TORAH:                            Numbers 4:21-7:89

1st Reading:   Numbers 4:21 | The Gershonites and Merarites

2nd Reading:  Numbers 4:34 | Census of the Levites

3rd Reading:   Numbers 5:1 | Unclean Persons

4th Reading:   Numbers 5:5 | Confession and Restitution

5th Reading:   Numbers 5:11 | Concerning an Unfaithful Wife

6th Reading:   Numbers 6:1 | The Nazirites

7th Reading:   Numbers 6:22 | The Priestly Benediction

maf:                   Numbers 7:1 | Offerings of the Leaders

 


HAFTARAH:                     Judges 13:2-5

ProphetsJdg 13:1 | The Birth of Samson

BESORAH:                       John 11:1-54






Torah Portion for May 17, 2014

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on May 15, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)



Torah Portion for May 17, 2014

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Bechukotai   "In My statutes"

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Torah: Leviticus 26:3-27:34

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Haftarah:  Jer 16:19-17:14


Besorah: Luke 14:1-15:32


Brit Chadashah:  2 Cor 6:14-18


The Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 4, 2012 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (4)

The Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey

Reviews

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“A fascinating, sensitive, and insightful addition to the rapidly developing field of studies of Jews and Judaism in Africa. A must-read . . .”

—Richard Hull, New York University

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“Metaphorically, the Igbo have often been regarded as ‘the Jews of Nigeria’ because of their entrepreneurial exceptionalism. This volume is about those Igbo who are literally of Jewish faith. Professor William Miles provides us with a fascinating report about Black Jews who have prospered in a country with the largest concentration of Muslims on the African continent.”

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—Ali A. Mazrui, Professor and Director of Global Cultural Studies, State University of New York, Binghamton

LI synagogue lends hand to Nigerian Jews

Newsweek, NYC & LI Sept 17, 2012

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” Members of a Plainview synagogue are extending support to a group of Nigerians, estimated to number in the thousands, who have discovered what they believe are their ancient Jewish roots. The decision by members of the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria to follow Judaism instead of Christianity is generating debate among rabbis and scholars about the authenticity of their Jewish roots and the converts’ assertions that Jews lived in Africa‘s most populous nation before the Christian missionaries arrived with European colonizers around 1800.But their little-known story is also stoking fascination and enthusiasm. A new documentary film is out and a book by a professor who grew up in West Hempstead goes on sale in November, while the Manetto Hill Jewish Center in Plainview is sending 700 High Holy Days prayer books to the Igbo Jews.” They’re an inspiring group of people,” said Marilyn Morris, who organized the book-donation project. “To do something for them was great.” She recently invited the maker of “Re-Emerging: The Jews of Nigeria” to show the film at her synagogue.

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Cultural similarities: About two decades ago, some Igbo started practicing Judaism after discovering — partly through the Internet — parallels between their longtime cultural practices and the Jewish faith, said filmmaker Jeff Lieberman. The Igbo, for instance, circumcise their sons on the eighth day after their birth, slaughter animals in ritualistic ways and do not eat nonkosher types of meat such as pork, or fish without scales.” The coincidental cultural practices really are striking,” said William Miles, a political science professor at Northeastern University and author of the forthcoming “Jews of Nigeria: An Afro-Judaic Odyssey.” He estimates there are several thousand Igbo Jews today and about 25 synagogues, mainly in the southern and eastern parts of Nigeria. The Igbos’ embrace of Judaism recalls similar phenomena by ethnic groups in Uganda and Ethiopia.

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Muslims are the largest religious group in Nigeria, and the Igbos, 30 million strong, have lived as Christians for centuries. The Jewish converts often are ostracized or cast off by their own families. Questions about ancestry One Igbo featured in the film, Shmuel Tikzah, 37, said in the film that his father has accepted his conversion from Catholicism to Judaism, but his mother cried and thinks he has joined a cult. “My father tried to convince her that Judaism is a pure religion,” he said, “but she couldn’t listen.” "It is an anguished and soul-wrenching discovery,” Lieberman said, for them to leave Christian religion that had been “a deep part of their lives.” Rabbi Howard Gorin of Rockville, Md., who has ministered to the Igbo Jews on three trips, said there are also tens of thousands of Igbos who fall into a more nebulous category, including those who practice Judaism but also still believe in Jesus Christ, and others who don’t practice Judaism but consider themselves “Jewish.”Gorin said he does not believe the Igbo had Jewish ancestors. “I don’t think they are re-emerging because I don’t believe there ever was an historic Jewish community in Nigeria,” he said. “There is totally no evidence for that.” He said they adopted customs that parallel Judaism simply by reading the Bibles brought by Christian missionaries. Lieberman said that while the jury is still out on whether Jews lived in Nigeria centuries ago, the fact is today many are proclaiming themselves Jewish.

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Matter of the heart: “In the final analysis,” said David Senter, rabbi of the Manetto Hill Jewish Center, “Judaism is a matter of the heart.” Morris said her synagogue recently replaced its High Holy Days prayer books with new ones, so the synagogue decided to send the old ones, still in good condition, to the Igbo Jews. The timing was also good because the holy days of Rosh Hashanah when Jews are encouraged to perform acts of charity were approaching. In late August she and her husband, Elliot, a pediatrician, drove the books to a shipping company in Maryland to send to Nigeria. “It’s nice to be able to pass down a piece of our heritage,” she said. “It was such a feel-good feeling when we drove down. We were just giddy almost.” Mitchell Nesenoff, a businessman from Dix Hills who travels often to Nigeria, said he will help distribute the books to synagogues there. Tikzah said in a phone interview that the Igbo Jews will be grateful for the books.” I’m very happy and excited about it,” said Tikzah, who dreams of studying at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan to become a rabbi if he can get a student visa.”

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Melchizedek Dead Sea Scroll: 11Q13, Column 2

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Melchizedek Dead Sea Scroll: 11Q13, Column 2

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(...) And concerning what Scripture says, "In this year of Jubilee you shall return, everyone f you, to your property" (Lev. 25;13) And what is also written; "And this is the manner of the remission; every creditor shall remit the claim that is held against a neighbor, not exacting it of a neighbor who is a member of the community, because God`s remission has been proclaimed" (Deut.15;2) the interpretation is that it applies to the Last Days and concerns the captives, just as Isaiah said: "To proclaim the Jubilee to the captives" (Isa. 61;1) (...) just as (...) and from the inheritance of Melchizedek, for (... Melchizedek), who will return them to what is rightfully theirs. He will proclaim to them the Jubilee, thereby releasing them from the debt of all their sins. He shall proclaim this decree in the first week of the jubilee period that follows nine jubilee periods. Then the "Day of Atonement" shall follow after the tenth jubilee period, when he shall atone for all the Sons of Light, and the people who are predestined to Melchizedek. (...) upon them (...) For this is the time decreed for the "Year of Melchizedek`s favour", and by his might he will judge God`s holy ones and so establish a righteous kingdom, as it is written about him in the Songs of David ; "A godlike being has taken his place in the council of God; in the midst of divine beings he holds judgement" (ps. 82;1). Scripture also says about him ; "Over it take your seat in the highest heaven; A divine being will judge the peoples" (Ps. 7;7-Concerning what scripture says ; " How long will you judge unjustly , and show partiality with the wicked? Selah" (Ps. 82;2), the interpretation applies to Belial and the spirits predestined to him, because all of them have rebelled, turning from God`s precepts and so becoming utterly wicked. Therefore Melchizedek will thoroughly prosecute the vengeance required by God`s statutes. Also, he will deliver all the captives from the power of Belial, and from the power of all the spirits destined to him. Allied with him will be all the "righteous divine beings"(Isa. 61;3). (The ...) is that whi(ch ...all) the divine beings.

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The visitation is the Day of Salvation that He has decreed through Isaiah the prophet concerning all the captives, inasmuch as Scripture says, "How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion "Your divine being reigns"." (Isa. 52;7) This scriptures' interpretation: "the mountains" are the prophets, they who were sent to proclaim God`s truth and to prophesy to all Israel. "The messengers" is the Anointed of the spirit, of whom Daniel spoke; "After the sixty-two weeks, an Anointed shall be cut off" (Dan. 9;26) The "messenger who brings good news, who announces Salvation" is the one of whom it is written; "to proclaim the year of the LORD`s favour, the day of the vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn" (Isa. 61;2) This scripture`s interpretation: he is to instruct them about all the periods of history for eternity (... and in the statutes) of the truth. (...) (.... dominion) that passes from Belial and returns to the Sons of Light (....) (...) by the judgment of God, just as it is written concerning him; "who says to Zion "Your divine being reigns" (Isa. 52;7) "Zion" is the congregation of all the sons of righteousness, who uphold the covenant and turn from walking in the way of the people. "Your divine being" is Melchizedek, who will deliver them from the power of Belial. Concerning what scripture says, "Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud; in the seventh month . . . " (Lev. 25;9)

Rim-Agu in Empires of the Bible

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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RIM-AGU IN EMPIRES OF THE BIBLE

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Rim-Agu was the son of Kudur-mabuk. His name is translated rather indefinitely. Besides the name as given in this inscription, it is translated “Riagu,” “Eriacu,” “Ri-im-agu,” and “Rim-agu.” The form that has the preference in the books is the one adopted here. His position and titles as given by himself are as follows: -

“Rim-agu, the powerful hero, the governor of Ur, King of Larsa, King of Sumir and Akkad.”

“Rim-agu, the powerful man, the high Ruler, established by Bel, nourisher of Ur, King of Larsa, king of Sumir and Akkad, son of Kudur-mabuk, the Lord of Elam.”

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The capture of the city of Karrak by Rim-agu was an event to which so much importance was attached that it was used as an era. A number of tablets were found that were dated in “the fifth,” “the sixth,” “the seventh,” “the eighth,” “the thirteenth,” and “the twenty-eighth” “year after Karrak was captured.” One of them reads: “Month Tisritu, 30th day, in the thirteenth year after Karrak, by the living ruler, Rim-agu, was captured.”[34] This proves that Karrak was a place of no little importance. Another inscription of this time is dated, “Month Abu, in the year when the River Tigris, the river of the gods, to the ocean was excavated:” which shows that Rim-agu cut a channel from the Tigris to the Persian Gulf. Another document is dated “in the year when Kisure he [Rim-agu] occupied and his powerful warriors Bel gave him in numbers, and Dur-an he conquered.” “This notice refers to a war in Upper Babylonia, both Kisure and Dur-an being in that part of the country.” - George Smith.

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Hammurabi, or Khammuragas, broke the power of Kudurmabuk and Rim-agu, and brought their kingdom to an end during their lifetime. This man was the leader of a host of invaders from the borders of Media. He and his followers composed the “horde of strangers” who “swept over the country” of Accad and dispossessed Queen Ellat-gulla of her kingdom. “After obtaining possession of Northern Babylonia, or Akkad, and fixing his capital at Babylon, Hammurabi made war on the southern portion of the country, then ruled by Rim-agu. His first attack was probably the invasion which Rim-agu claims to have repulsed; if so, however, this success only gave a short breathing time to the kingdom of Rim-agu.

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Hammurabi again attacked him; and, although the king of Larsa called in the aid of the Elamites, he and his allies were defeated in a decisive battle by Hammurabi, who now took possession of the rest of the country.” - George Smith. [36] The triumph of Hammurabi is recorded in the two following inscriptions: -

“Month Sabadu, 22nd day in the year, when Hammurabi the king, in the service of Anu and Bel triumphantly marched, and the Lord of Elam and King Rim-agu he overthrew.” “Month Nisannu in the year when Hammurabi the King in the service of Anu and Bel triumphantly marched.”

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“In spite of the brilliant reigns of Sargon and Naram-sin, who ruled in Upper Babylonia, the most important seats had hitherto been in the lower country. With the reign of Hammurabi all this was changed. . . . From the time when Hammurabi fixed his court at Babylon, that city continued to be the capital of the country down to the conquest of Babylonia by the Persians.” - George Smith. Hammurabi himself did much to give to Babylon the elements of permanency that caused it to continue a great city and a mighty capital for more than twelve hundred years. He introduced, if he did not invent, a grand system of irrigation. An embankment was built against the Tigris, and a net-work of canals was constructed to distribute the waters that were drawn from the rivers. The main canal, as repaired by the great Nebuchadnezzar, was one of the wonders of Babylon when Herodotus described it about BC. 450. Of the original of this great work, Hammurabi himself wrote thus: -

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“Hammurabi the powerful king, king of Babylon, the king renowned through the four races, conqueror of the enemies of Muruduk, the ruler of the delight of his heart am I. When Anu and Bel the people of Sumir and Akkad to my dominion gave, powerful adversaries into my hand they delivered. The river Hammurabi-nuhus-nisi (Hammurabi the delight of men) flowing waters giving pleasure to the people of Sumir and Akkad I excavated, the whole of its banks to its course I restored, the entire channel I filled, perennial waters. for the people of Sumir and Akkad I established. The people of Sumir and Akkad, their chief men I gathered, authority and possessions I established to them; delight and pleasure I spread out to them, in luxurious seats I seated them.

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Then I Hammurabi, the powerful king, blessed by the great gods, with the powerful forces which Muruduk gave me, a great wall with much earth, its top like a mountain raised, along the river Hammurabi-nuhus-nisi I made.” It will thus be seen that he not only established an excellent system of irrigation, but that he took a personal interest in distributing the people throughout the land, and training them into the enjoyment of the benefits which were thus brought within their reach. The land of Babylon was marvelously productive. Herodotus says of it that “of all the countries that we know there is none which is so fruitful in grain. It makes no pretension indeed of growing the fig, the olive, the vine, or any other tree of the kind, but in grain it is so fruitful as to yield commonly two-hundred-fold, and when the production is the greatest, even three-hundred-fold. The blade of the wheat-plant and the barley-plant is often four fingers in breadth.

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As for the millet and the sesame, I shall not say to what height they grow, though within my own knowledge; for I am not ignorant that what I have already written concerning the fruitfulness of Babylonia must seem incredible to those who have never visited the country.” - Rawlinson. [39] Having secured to two whole nations of people - Sumer and Accad - in his own time, and to untold numbers for the future, the blessings of husbandry in such a land as this, Hammurabi, of Babylon, deserves to be distinguished as one of the greatest kings of all time.

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SOURCE:

FROM THE CONFUSION OF TONGUES TO THE BABYLONIAN CAPTIVITY

“To the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men.”

BY ALONZO TREVIER JONES

 

 

Eri Origin: The Aguleri & Umueri Relationship

Posted by Mosheh Ben Israel on October 2, 2012 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Aguleri and Umueri were Neighbors and from all available evidence are relatives since the both origin is surrounded in the myth of Eri. One accounts has it that Aguleri were amalgamation of Eri descendants living in the forest/wilderness as the name suggests -The Eri living in the forest(Aguu). This explains why many Aguleri have their ancestral home in Aguleri Otu and Odeke at the bank of Anambra River near to Kogi State .

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Though this account seems not popular, but it’s no denying the fact that both Aguleri and Umueri hail from the same ancestor. Oral tradition of Umueri however agreed that they were half brother. The Oral tradition traces the geneology to Dabawor, the eldest Son of Eri whose daughter was Okpu, the founder of the most elderly village in Aguleri till today.

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Eri been a typical Polygamist married many wives of which many of the other Villages in Aguleri fall into the category. But the Oral tradition of Aguleri speaks of Okpu lineage but points to the existence of non-Okpu descendants that today occupied the territory of Aguleri side by side with Okpu, a claim which is consistence with Polygamy. However to prove the fact that the oldest and most elderly Village in Aguleri emanates from Umueri, the Okpu Village has kept the ritual practice of paying tribute to Dabawor Shrine. And they have never failed to pay the homage despite recent stain in the relationship Occasioned by land dispute, litigation and war. During Sacrifices, the Okpu Village Elders received the daughterly share( a practice that has been observed unto this day) of waist of Cow or Goat used for its sacrifice. Furthermore, it was proved that Umumba Igboezunu,Aguleri- the Custodian of Ajana Aguleri has blood relationship with Ugume Umueri. At the Installation of an AJANA Chief Priest, Ugume Village of Umueri is usually informed. It’s mandatory that "sons of Dabawor (Ugume) should be there to perform the customary rites. The study of the relationship between the two towns was hindered due to the Otuocha land dispute which held way for more than 50 years (1933-1984). This has indeed led various indigenous authors and writers, who were unable to conquer prejudice and bias landed themselves into distortion of facts. Thus Umueri/Aguleri brotherhood was sacrificed on alter of litigation, calumny, greed and hatred.


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