Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What other objects were in the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle?

Once the Tabernacle was constructed and assembled, the Holy of Holies part of the Tabernacle contained ONLY the Ark of the Covenant with the 2 Stone Tablets inside of it! However, during the desert wanderings, God has commanded to add additional objects into the Holy of Holies. 

Let's take a look at what was added to the Holy of Holies, because these objects are rarely get mentioned.

First object that was added was the Jar of Manna:
YLT Ex 16:32 And Moses saith,  'This is the thing which Jehovah hath commanded: Fill the omer with it, for a charge for your generations, so that they see the bread which I have caused you to eat in the wilderness, in My bringing you out from the land of Egypt.' 
YLT Ex 16:33 And Moses saith unto Aaron,  'Take one pot, and put there the fulness of the omer of manna, and let it rest before Jehovah, for a charge for your generations;' 
YLT Ex 16:34 as Jehovah hath given commandment unto Moses, so doth Aaron let it rest before the Testimony, for a charge. 
YLT Ex 16:35 And the sons of Israel have eaten the manna forty years, until their coming in unto the land to be inhabited; the manna they have eaten till their coming in unto the extremity of the land of Canaan.
So the Jar of Manna was added to the Holy of Holies room together with the Ark of the Covenant. PLEASE NOTE that the Jar of Manna WAS OUTSIDE OF THE ARK, right next to it. NOT INSIDE like some traditions claim.

According to Exodus 16:1 and Exodus 16:30, this had happened on the 15th+7=22nd of the 2nd Month from Exodus from Mitzrayim.

The second object was the Rod of Aaron. After the rebellion of Korach, God has commanded the following:
YLT Num 17:10 And Jehovah saith unto Moses,  'Put back the rod of Aaron, before the testimony, for a charge, for a sign to the sons of rebellion, and thou dost remove their murmurings from off me, and they do not die;'
YLT Num 17:11 and Moses doth as Jehovah hath commanded him; so he hath done.
It is interesting to note that rebellion of Korach affected the Altar of Burnt Offering too. The special Copper Lid was added to the Altar. See this post.

So as you can see, there were two extra objects in the Holy of Holies room. The Jar of Manna and Aaron's Rod. This is aside from the Ark of the Covenant with the 10 commandments in it.


Please also see this post for one more object of the Tabernacle.

Treasury of the Tabernacle

Apparently, the Tabernacle had a treasury. So aside from the Ark, Aaron's Rod and a Jar of Manna, there was also a pile of Gold in the Tabernacle. Let's take a look at what the Text says: 
YLT Num 31:48 And the inspectors whom the thousands of the host hath, (heads of the thousands and heads of the hundreds), draw near unto Moses, 
YLT Num 31:49 and they say unto Moses,  'Thy servants have taken up the sum of the men of war who are with us, and not a man of us hath been missed; 
YLT Num 31:50 and we bring near Jehovah's offering, each that which he hath found, vessels of gold--chain, and bracelet, seal-ring, ear-ring, and bead--to make atonement for ourselves before Jehovah.' 
YLT Num 31:51 And Moses receiveth--Eleazar the priest also--the gold from them, every made vessel, 
YLT Num 31:52 and all the gold of the heave-offering which they have lifted up to Jehovah is sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels, from heads of the thousands, and from heads of the hundreds; 
YLT Num 31:53 (the men of the host have spoiled each for himself); 
YLT Num 31:54 and Moses taketh--Eleazar the priest also--the gold from the heads of the thousands and of the hundreds, and they bring it in unto the tent of meeting--a memorial for the sons of Israel before Jehovah.
As you can see from the underlined verse, the Gold of ransom from the war with Midianites was put inside the Tabernacle for a memorial. So basically speaking, there was a pile of Gold in the Tabernacle. Kind of like a little treasury. This interesting fact is very rarely discussed or even mentioned. 

The only thing that is not clear from the description is where this pile of Gold was located inside the Tabernacle? Most likely it was in the Holy of Holies as all other artefacts. Although it is possible that it was in the Holy Place part of the Tabernacle.

Please see this post for other artefacts of the Tabernacle.

What does Mamzer mean?

Let's take a look at Deuteronomy 23:2. What does the word Mamzer (ממזר) mean?
YLT Dt 23:2 a bastard doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even a tenth generation of him doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah.
Traditional translation of this word is obviously incorrect. Here is why:

Mamzer really means “a foreigner” or “an alien”. For example, see Deuteronomy 25:5 or Numbers 17:5(16:40). It has nothing to do with wedlock or incest like traditional translations suggest (although incestous people are mentioned in the following verses. See Deuteronomy 23:4 (3).

So basically, the word mamzer means the same thing as the word "nakar". I.e Exodus 12:43, Deut 14:21, Deut 23:20. Usually, this refers to a person who is not circumcised, who does not live according to the Written Torah and who is from another country.

Unfortunately, this word used in the Written Torah only once in Deut 23:2, so there is no other verses we can compare for definitive meaning. The only place where the word ממזר is used is Zechariah 9:6 in the Book of Prophets of the TaNaKh so we have to be careful. Let's take a look:
YLT Zch 9:6 And dwelt hath a foreigner in Ashdod, And I have cut off the excellency of the Philistines.
Young himself admits that the word Mamzer can't be translated as "bastard" in this verse and therefore he translates it correctly as "a foreigner".

Therefore, correct meaning of the word Mamzer in Hebrew would be "a foreigner".

Who wrote the Torah and when?

The Written Torah was written by God Himself and given to Moses on Mt. Sinai by approximately the 20th of the 4th month since Exodus from Mitzrayim. See Exodus 24:12, 32:32 and this post.

According to Exodus 24:12, Moses got the 2 Stone Tablets with the 10 Commandments upon them and the scroll of the Written Torah written by God Himself. This was it and there was nothing else given.

We are explicitly commanded in the Written Torah to follow only what is written in the Torah Scroll ONLY !!! Deuteronomy 28:58, 28:61, 29:21, 30:10

It is interesting to note that Moses made copies of the original Torah as well. See Deuteronomy 31:24.

This means that Moses was aware of the entire Torah, which included the description of his death, so it was most certainly a prophetic revelation.

When we are commanded to blow the Shofar?

We are actually commanded to blow 2 Silver Trumpets (not Shofars) that are supposed to remind us of the Shofar-like sound that happened when God talked to the whole nation at the Mt. Sinai. See Exodus 19:16, 19:19 and 20:18

We are also commanded to blow these 2 Silver Trumpets ON EVERY SHABBAT AND HOLY MEETING as well as other occasions. Not just on Yom Teruah. The difference in the procedure is that on Yom Teruah we make the Trumpets go through the whole land(Lev 25:9), while on Shabbats, Holy Meetings and other occasions we would blow the Trumpets locally.  Let's take a look:
YLT Num 10:2  'Make to thee two trumpets of silver; beaten work thou dost make them, and they have been to thee for the convocation of the company, and for the journeying of the camps; 
YLT Num 10:3 and they have blown with them, and all the company have met together unto thee, unto the opening of the tent of meeting. 
YLT Num 10:4 And if with one they blow, then have the princes, heads of the thousands of Israel, met together unto thee; 
YLT Num 10:5  'And ye have blown--a shout, and the camps which are encamping eastward have journeyed. 
YLT Num 10:6  'And ye have blown--a second shout, and the camps which are encamping southward have journeyed; a shout they blow for their journeys. 
YLT Num 10:7  'And in the assembling of the assembly ye blow, and do not shout; 
YLT Num 10:8 and sons of Aaron, the priests, blow with the trumpets; and they have been to you for a statute age-during to your generations. 
YLT Num 10:9  'And when ye go into battle in your land against the adversary who is distressing you, then ye have shouted with the trumpets, and ye have been remembered before Jehovah your God, and ye have been saved from your enemies. 
YLT Num 10:10  'And in the day of your gladness, and in your appointed seasons, and in the beginnings of your months, ye have blown also with the trumpets over your burnt-offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace-offerings, and they have been to you for a memorial before your God; I, Jehovah, am your God.' 
Please note that traditionally, religious Jews blow the Shofar as commanded only on Yom Teruah (Day of the Blast). However, as you can see from the verses above, it has to be done much more often. And we are supposed to blow 2 Silver Trumpets and not the actual Shofar (Horn of a Ram).

Also, please note that ONLY THE PRIESTS CAN BLOW THE TRUMPETS. Once again, only Levitical Priests have the authority to proclaim these events, not some rabbis or some other impostor authorities.


What is the most fundamental difference between the Written Torah and the rest of the Bible?

Written Torah was written by God Himself. See Exodus 24:12, 32:32. All other books of the Bible were written by men.

Books of NK (Neviim / Ketuviim aka Prophets and Writings) are simply fairy tales that should NOT be believed or taken seriously. Even their historical value is questionable because there are no other confirming witnesses that could corroborate the stories of the NK. This is the most fundamental difference between the two.

Another fundamental difference is that Written Torah is explicit and clear that any other book that was declared holy or divinely inspired is prohibited and violates Deuteronomy 4:2 command. Written Torah explicitly commands to follow ONLY ITSELF !!! See Deuteronomy 28:58, 28:61, 29:21, 30:10.

So if you want to follow the true Word of God, follow only the Written Torah!


What does Rainbow mean? What is the Rainbow?

What is the Rainbow? What does Rainbow mean?

Well, the answer is as usual is found directly in the Written Torah. Let's take a look?
YLT Gn 9:8 And God speaketh unto Noah, and unto his sons with him, saying, 
YLT Gn 9:9 'And I, lo, I am establishing My covenant with you, and with your seed after you, 
YLT Gn 9:10 and with every living creature which is with you, among fowl, among cattle, and among every beast of the earth with you, from all who are going out of the ark--to every beast of the earth. 
YLT Gn 9:11 And I have established My covenant with you, and all flesh is not any more cut off by waters of a deluge, and there is not any more a deluge to destroy the earth.' 
YLT Gn 9:12 And God saith,  'This is a token of the covenant which I am giving between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, to generations age-during; 
YLT Gn 9:13 My bow I have given in the cloud, and it hath been for a token of a covenant between Me and the earth; 
YLT Gn 9:14 and it hath come to pass (in My sending a cloud over the earth) that the bow hath been seen in the cloud, 
YLT Gn 9:15 and I have remembered My covenant which is between Me and you, and every living creature among all flesh, and the waters become no more a deluge to destroy all flesh; 
YLT Gn 9:16 and the bow hath been in the cloud, and I have seen it--to remember the covenant age-during between God and every living creature among all flesh which is on the earth.' 
YLT Gn 9:17 And God saith unto Noah,  'This is a token of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth.'
As you can see from the verses above, the Rainbow is a sign of the covenant between all living beings (all flesh) and Yahuah God so as to not destroy the Earth with the Waters of the Flood again. Rainbow is a reminder to us and to God of the covenant.

Why Jews have abandoned the Written Torah?

Written Torah prophesied through Moses that Hebrews will abandon the Written Torah. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 31:29 for I have known that after my death ye do very corruptly, and have turned aside out of the way which I commanded you, and evil hath met you in the latter end of the days, because ye do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, to make Him angry with the work of your hands.'
As you can see, Moses and God knew about what was going to happen after Moses's death and after Hebrews will enter Canaan.

The question that pops up is this: Why did this happen? Did not generation of Moses or Joshua knew better? Why Hebrews strayed away from the path of the Torah in a matter of two generations?

Well, the answer I guess would be simple...even though their leaders understood what Torah is, the majority of the people did not. So it was unavoidable that Hebrews would abandon the Torah because they got corrupted by their own success while they were observant of the Torah. After all, Hebrews were the first to apply Torah for social order and it was only the first attempt in the world to do something like this. No wonder that the first time did not work out very well.

To put it plainly, Hebrews got bored from all the greatness and glory that God brought them and they have decided to try to go back to their old ways of Mitzrayim and other nations.

Thank God, Torah also prophesies that in the end of days Hebrews will return again back to God and Torah, and like any smart people they will not make the same mistake again and there will be peace in Canaan and on Earth forever.

The missing piece in the Theory of Everything.

I just wanted to share a revelation with you about state of modern science today.

All these scientists, from physicists to astronomers, are so desperately looking to explain the universe, yet they constantly fail in their quest. Why?

Well, this is because all these "scientists" are not smart to realize that the reason why they fail is because they are not including in their equations the most important and fundamental constant there is - One God!

I am more than sure that once they will do that, they will be easily explain and complete the Theory of Everything in every scientific discipline.

God, Torah and Science are a whole and they can never be separated from each other. Any wise and rational person should understand that! Especially those who call themselves Scientists.

Did they know Torah better than us 2000 years ago?

One of the common misconceptions about the Torah is that we do not understand it as well as Pharisaic sages did or people who lived during the 2nd Temple Period when all 3 witnesses of the Torah we have today were written.

For example, one argument that I have heard is that Septuagint should be considered valuable because people who wrote it knew Hebrew much better than we did.

This is of'course not true and here is why...

When the 2nd Temple was destroyed and Jews were completely and finally exiled from Canaan for good, it was the LOWEST point in the history of the Jewish people. This is because of the exile. Had they actually knew Torah and the language, they wouldn't have been exiled from the land. But as we know, they were exiled exactly because of their ignorance of the Torah and because they lost the knowledge of the language of the Torah.

For example, you can check out my Corner Boards article to see what the word תאמים (taamim - coupled) really means in Exodus 26:24. However, in Septuagint, the word is being translated as ἴσου (equal), which is not correct translation of this Hebrew word. So as you can see, it is most certainly clear that they knew Hebrew worse 2000 years ago than we do now. Not to mention that 2000 years ago they did not have computers that greatly help with understanding of the correct meaning of the Torah words through comparative analysis.

Does Torah allow converts?

No. In short Torah DOES NOT allow people to convert. However, Torah's does provide ways for outsiders to join the faith. Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 12:48 'And when a sojourner sojourneth with thee, and hath made a passover to Jehovah, every male of his is to be circumcised, and then he doth come near to keep it, and he hath been as a native of the land, but any uncircumcised one doth not eat of it; 
YLT Ex 12:49 one law is to a native, and to a sojourner who is sojourning in your midst.' 
YLT Lv 19:34 as a native among you is the sojourner to you who is sojourning with you, and thou hast had love to him as to thyself, for sojourners ye have been in the land of Egypt; I am Jehovah your God. 
YLT Num 9:14 'And when a sojourner sojourneth with you, then he hath prepared a passover to Jehovah, according to the statute of the passover, and according to its ordinance, so he doth; one statute is to you, even to a sojourner, and to a native of the land.' 
YLT Num 15:13 every native doth thus with these, at bringing near a fire-offering of sweet fragrance to Jehovah; 
YLT Num 15:14 and when a sojourner sojourneth with you, or whoso is in your midst to your generations, and he hath made a fire-offering of sweet fragrance to Jehovah, as ye do so he doth. 
YLT Num 15:15 'One statute is for you of the congregation and for the sojourner who is sojourning, a statute age-during to your generations: as ye are so is the sojourner before Jehovah; 
YLT Num 15:16 one law and one ordinance is to you and to the sojourner who is sojourning with you.'
So, as the verses above state, Torah allows ANYONE to sojourn in the midst of the Children of Israel. The only requirement is that the sojourner lives according to the Written Torah. For example, the best verse from ones above is Leviticus 19:34, where it says explicitly that "as a native among you is the sojourner to you who is sojourning with you", which means that the only difference between the sojourner and native is that the natives are entitled to the Land allotment, while a sojourner has to purchase what is available and they can't own their land. Otherwise, as Torah states, there is no difference.

Aside from that there are two more classes of people the Torah talks about. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 23:7 'Thou dost not abominate an Edomite, for thy brother he is; thou dost not abominate an Egyptian, for a sojourner thou hast been in his land; 
YLT Dt 23:8 sons who are begotten of them, a third generation of them, doth enter into the assembly of Jehovah.
So as you can see, two nations were explicitly allowed to join the faith as well, namely Edomites and Egyptians. The third generation of them could become part of the Assembly of the Hebrews so that they could bring the offerings to God.

Some nations and classes of people were NOT allowed to join the Hebrews. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 23:1 'One wounded, bruised, or cut in the member doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; 
YLT Dt 23:2 a foreigner doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even a tenth generation of him doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah. 
YLT Dt 23:3  'An Ammonite and a Moabite doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even a tenth generation of them doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah--to the age; 
YLT Dt 23:4 because that they have not come before you with bread and with water in the way, in your coming out from Egypt, and because he hath hired against thee Balaam son of Beor, of Pethor of Aram-Naharaim, to revile thee; 
YLT Dt 23:5 and Jehovah thy God hath not been willing to hearken unto Balaam, and Jehovah thy God doth turn for thee the reviling to a blessing, because Jehovah thy God hath loved thee; 
YLT Dt 23:6 thou dost not seek their peace and their good all thy days--to the age.
As you can see from these verses, everything is pretty clear except maybe Deuteronomy 23:2. Let's take a look who the "foreigners" are...
YLT Lv 22:10 .  'And no stranger doth eat of the holy thing; a settler of a priest and an hireling doth not eat of the holy thing; 
YLT Lv 22:11 and when a priest buyeth a person, the purchase of his money, he doth eat of it, also one born in his house; they do eat of his bread. 
YLT Lv 22:12  'And a priest's daughter, when she is a strange man's,--she, of the heave-offering of the holy things doth not eat; 
YLT Lv 22:13 and a priest's daughter, when she is a widow, or cast out, and hath no seed, and hath turned back unto the house of her father, as in her youth, of her father's bread she doth eat; but no stranger doth eat of it. 
YLT Ex 12:43 . And Jehovah saith unto Moses and Aaron,  'This is a statute of the passover; Any son of a stranger doth not eat of it; 
YLT Ex 12:44 and any man's servant, the purchase of money, when thou hast circumcised him--then he doth eat of it; 
YLT Ex 12:45 a settler or hired servant doth not eat of it; 
YLT Lv 22:25 And from the hand of a son of a stranger ye do not bring near the bread of your God, of any of these, for their corruption is in them; blemish is in them; they are not pleasing for you.' 
YLT Dt 14:21  'Ye do not eat of any carcase; to the sojourner who is within thy gates thou dost give it, and he hath eaten it; or sell it to a stranger; for a holy people thou art to Jehovah thy God; thou dost not boil a kid in its mother's milk. 
YLT Dt 15:3 of the stranger thou mayest exact, and that which is thine with thy brother doth thy hand release;
So, as you can see, there are many types of people Torah mentions. And there are different rules for different groups, even though the requirement to the obedience of the Written Torah is similar to all groups.

How does Torah define lineage?

There are two components to the way the Torah defines lineage:
  1. Blood
  2. Patrilineal descent
In order to be considered Hebrew, one has to have the blood of the Hebrew. And your lineage is most certainly defined by the father's blood, not mother's blood like rabbis wrongly teach.

So it is the blood of the Father or, as Torah puts it - "the House of the Father" (i.e Numbers 1:2).

The reason why blood is a requirement to be considered Hebrew is because of the Land Inheritance given to us by God. So Torah DOES NOT allow converts. One can sojourn(Exodus 12:48-49) or even be a part of congregation (Deut 23:7-8) but the only way to get Land Inheritance would be to prove that you have Hebrew blood. If Torah allowed converts, eventually the whole world would want to convert and there simply would be no space in Canaan for everyone to live.


Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife

There is an argument going around that the 10th commandment implies, among other things, that we are not allowed to have "dirty" sexual thoughts. Let's take a look at what commandment really says:
CLV Ex 20:17 You shall not covet the house of your associate. You shall not covet the wife of your associate, his field, his servant or his maidservant, his bull, his donkey or anything which is your associate's. 
CLV Dt 5:21 You shall not covet the wife of your associate. You shall not lust after the house of your associate, his field, his servant or his maidservant, his bull, his donkey or anything which is your associate's.
CLV Dt 7:25 You shall burn the carvings of their elohim with fire. You shall not covet the silver and gold on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be trapped by it, for it is an abhorrence to Yahweh your Elohim.
These three verses are the only places in the Written Torah where the word תחמד - tachmod - "to covet" is used. 

As you can see from the above quote, only in two places the word in question can be interpreted to have a sexual connotation. In all other places the meaning of the word "covet" is NON-SEXUAL and refers only to goods or property, i.e silver and gold.

So the question here is if we can interpret "You shall not covet the wife of your associate," in a sexual context? The answer seems to be yes. Plain meaning of this part of the passage appears to mean sexual thoughts about your associate's wife. Can this logic be further extended to mean that ALL dirty sexual thoughts are prohibited? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT!

First of all, the word "covet" means something that you are OBSESSED about. It most certainly does not mean that we can't briefly fantasize about our neighbours wifes! I am most certainly against these kinds of thoughts but people do have these thoughts and it simply would be absolutely unrealistic to expect the majority of people of not having such thoughts. 

This means that in this particular case, we are only prohibited from obsessing over our associate's wife for long periods of time and for sexual purposes. Brief thoughts that happen without your consent (your instinct thoughts) are perfectly fine. This is normal to fantasize and the Torah most certainly DOES NOT PROHIBIT FREEDOM OF THOUGHT !!!

So, what does "You shall not covet the wife of your associate" really mean? It simply talks about coveting your associate's wife for non-sexual purposes. For example, you might want to desire this woman because she has a lot of money, or because she has property, or because she cooks good. It is not always sexual, you know! The only thing that is indeed prohibited is SEXUAL OBSESSION with your associate's wife! Once again, all incidental dirty sexual thoughts are OK !!!

How many men survived Exodus?

Not many. Few actually. Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 12:37 And the sons of Israel journey from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, apart from infants;
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YLT Num 1:2 'Take ye up the sum of all the company of the sons of Israel by their families, by the house of their fathers, in the number of names--every male by their polls; 
YLT Num 1:3 from a son of twenty years and upward, every one going out to the host in Israel, ye do number them by their hosts, thou and Aaron; 
YLT Num 1:4 and with you there is a man for a tribe, each is a head to the house of his fathers. 
YLT Num 2:32 These are those numbered of the sons of Israel by the house of their fathers; all those numbered of the camps by their hosts are six hundred thousand, and three thousand, and five hundred and fifty.
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YLT Num 26:1 And it cometh to pass, after the plague, that Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, and unto Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, saying, 
YLT Num 26:2 'Take up the sum of all the company of the sons of Israel, from a son of twenty years and upward, by the house of their fathers, every one going out to the host in Israel.' 
YLT Num 26:3 And Moses speaketh--Eleazar the priest also--with them, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, near Jericho, saying, 
YLT Num 26:4 'From a son of twenty years and upward,'  as Jehovah hath commanded Moses and the sons of Israel who are coming out from the land of Egypt. 
YLT Num 26:51 These are numbered ones of the sons of Israel, six hundred thousand, and a thousand, seven hundred and thirty.
As you can see from the verses above, ~600k men left Mizraim and ~600k men entered the Canaan after 40 years of desert wanderings. What does that mean? 

This means that the entire generation (the one that left Mizraim) died in the desert. God explicitly said that He is destroying them for their wickedness and unrighteousness. See Number 14:27-38. Only 4 men survived - Joshuah, Caleb, Eleazar and Ithamar. Even Moses and Aaron did not make it.

So what can we learn from this? The answer is simple. This story explicitly tells us that if we wait for God to correct everything and return us to the Torah, we will have to pay the price. Namely, the generation of messiah will be destroyed. It will be another Holocaust for the Jews. 

So we shouldn't wait for God and messiah and we should return to God and His Written Torah ON OUR OWN !!! This is the only way to avert this disaster, another Holocaust that awaits us.

About Red Haifer

One of the very important components of the Tabernacle was the so-called Waters of Impurity which were made out of Red Heifer. Let's take a look what the text says:
YLT Num 19:1 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, and unto Aaron, saying, 
YLT Num 19:2 'This is a statute of the law which Jehovah hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the sons of Israel, and they bring unto thee a red cow, a perfect one, in which there is no blemish, on which no yoke hath gone up
YLT Num 19:3 and ye have given it unto Eleazar the priest, and he hath brought it out unto the outside of the camp, and hath slaughtered it before him. 
YLT Num 19:4 'And Eleazar the priest hath taken of its blood with his finger, and hath sprinkled over-against the front of the tent of meeting of her blood seven times;
YLT Num 19:5 and one hath burnt the cow before his eyes; her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, besides her dung, he doth burn; 
YLT Num 19:6 and the priest hath taken cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet, and hath cast unto the midst of the burning of the cow; 
YLT Num 19:7 and the priest hath washed his garments, and hath bathed his flesh with water, and afterwards doth come in unto the camp, and the priest is unclean till the evening; 
YLT Num 19:8 and he who is burning it doth wash his garments with water, and hath bathed his flesh with water, and is unclean till the evening. 
YLT Num 19:9 'And a clean man hath gathered the ashes of the cow, and hath placed at the outside of the camp, in a clean place, and it hath become to the company of the sons of Israel a charge for waters of separation--it is a cleansing
YLT Num 19:10 and he who is gathering the ashes of the heifer hath washed his garments, and is unclean till the evening; and it hath been to the sons of Israel, and to the sojourner who is sojourning in their midst, for a statute age-during
YLT Num 19:11 'He who is coming against the dead body of any man--is unclean seven days; 
YLT Num 19:12 he doth cleanse himself for it on the third day, and on the seventh day he is clean; and if he cleanse not himself on the third day, then on the seventh day he is not clean. 
YLT Num 19:13 Any one who is coming against the dead, against the body of man who dieth, and cleanseth not himself--the tabernacle of Jehovah he hath defiled, and that person hath been cut off from Israel, for water of separation is not sprinkled upon him; he is unclean; his uncleanness is still upon him.
I underlined the most important parts but please read the whole thing. So what does the text mean:

First of all, it can be ANY RED COW !!! They are actually very common and come in different shades of red. The exact color that is required can be deduced from Genesis 25:30, where it says that the the stew that Jacob gave Esau in exchange for his birthright was "red". So the cow should be a shade of a red stew/pottage.

Here is a good, unbiased picture of what Torah talks about. As you can see it is perfect and does not have any spots.

Secondly, this is one of the very interesting slaughters (offerings) mentioned in the Torah because unlike all other ones, in this case the whole cow was burned. The difference between this commandment and the pagan sacrifices is that the ashes of the cow were used, pagans on the other hand would burn everything, even the ashes. So, as you can see, even in this extreme example, the animal was NOT sacrificed in vain. It was used for a very specific and important purpose.

So once the ashes were produced, they would be kept for making "waters of impurity" (Holy Water). The words מי נדה - mi nidah  mean literally "waters of impurity".

Please note that this entire commandment is called "chukat olam" or "eternal statute", meaning that the creation of Waters of Impurity was a CONTINUOUS process. This mean that once the ashes were used up, another Red Cow was burned to produce more water. So, once again, these Red Cows are COMMON and we can use ANY cow of the proper shade of red for this purpose.

As you can see from the last verse cited, the Waters of Impurity were used for cleansing purposes. The reason why the Waters of Impurity were important was because there was a significant punishment for violating the command. As you can see, Num 19:13 say that the person who does not clean himself from the dead body touch is "cut off from Israel" forever!

Please note that Num 19:13 is one of many commandments that require Waters of Impurity. Therefore, we must rebuild the Tabernacle so that we can do these commandments and help cleanse the people who became impure for this or that reason.

Who wrote the Torah?

According to the Written Torah, God Himself wrote the Two Stone Tablets with the 10 Commandments and a scroll of the Written Torah, which He gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 24:12 And Jehovah saith unto Moses,  'Come up unto Me to the mount, and be there, and I give to thee the tables of stone, and the law, and the command, which I have written to direct them.
There is another reference to this in Exodus 32:32
YLT Ex 32:32 and now, if Thou takest away their sin--and if not--blot me, I pray thee, out of Thy book which Thou hast written.
Moses also made copies himself as well. See Deuteronomy 31:9


A look inside the Orthodox Yeshivas and Kollels

Check out this post on this blog. It provides the most up-to-date information about the state of (Ultra)Orthodox Judaism in Israel. In US the situation is no better. Here is the main quote that answers the question if (Ultra)Orthodox Jews study the Torah?
"the majority of the men aren't really learning anyway. They're busy helping their wives who are working, they're taking their kids to school, they're going shopping, etc. They come to the Beis Ha-Medrash late, and spent a good part of their time batteling. What little "learning" they actually do is the same old regurgitation of bits and pieces of bavli, the same thing they've been doing their entire life, over and over. Even the better ones, a small percentage, are just doing the same yoreh deah stuff as everyone else, maybe some Choshen Mishpat of questionable value. Few great landmark Torah projects are emerging from any of these places."
As you can see from the quote above, all that (Ultra)Orthodox Jews do is study Talmud - a hateful book. Most of them never even read the Torah (maybe when they were children), let alone study it. And this happens even in the elite Yeshivas, so one can only imagine what kind of "Torah scholars" they produce. As you can see, the situation is extremely bad and sad. 

A few speculations about the Roof of the Tabernacle

One of a few remaining questions about the Tabernacle has been really bothering me lately, so I wanted to look into the possible answers to it.

The question that I am wondering about is the Tabernacle Roof. 


As you can see from the picture above, if we follow the description of the Tabernacle in the Torah, the Tabernacle Roof would appear to have depressions due to the weight of the Coverings.

In other words, if it would rain, the water would accumulate in these depressions and probably would even seep inside the Tent. This is of'course is unacceptable.

So how this problem can be solved?

First speculation that I have is that the description is missing this part. The Text of the Torah is most certainly corrupted so it is a good possibility that the part that covers the Roof is missing. The text of MT, SP and DSS is identical, which means that this information was lost prior to the 2nd Temple period.

Second speculation that I have is perhaps it IS NOT an issue at all. Here is what the text says:
YLT Ex 40:34 And the cloud covereth the tent of meeting, and the honour of Jehovah hath filled the tabernacle; 
YLT Ex 40:35 and Moses hath not been able to go in unto the tent of meeting, for the cloud hath tabernacled on it, and the honour of Jehovah hath filled the tabernacle.
As you can see from these verses, the Glory of Yahuah covered the Tent, so even Moses could not enter it. Perhaps this can be used to justify the depressions on the roof of the Tent. Perhaps the Glory of God, which appeared as a pillar of smoke or fire over the Tabernacle, prevented any weather elements from getting on top of the Tent. So perhaps the rain would not reach the top of the Tent due to the presence of God's Glory (pillar of smoke/fire).

This would be the only two possible explanations that I can come up with at the moment.

Scientific Monotheism

I practice what I call Torah-centric Judaism. However, there is another definition of my beliefs that I wanted to talk about.

Torah-centric Judaism can be alternatively described as a Scientific Monotheism. Let's look at this term in more details.

According to Britannica, Monotheism is defined as "a belief in the existence of one god, or in the oneness of God. As such, it is distinguished from polytheism, the belief in the existence of many gods, and from atheism, the belief that there is no god."

Monotheism characterizes the traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and elements of the belief are discernible in numerous other religions.

However, my Monotheism is not religion based. I am not religious. I believe in science, logic and reason. This is why my Monotheism is Scientific, meaning that my understanding of God is being conducted in the manner of science or according to results of investigation by science, practicing or using thorough or systematic methods such as logic, reason and comparative critical analysis of the text.

To put it plainly, I do not really believe in God. I know and I understand God because it makes perfect logical sense to me. 

Science without God and God without Science is a logical fallacy. Therefore, one must use both concepts together to truly understand God and the Universe.

Its Honey Year, not Honey Moon

This is rather interesting. There is a very obscure passage in the Torah that tells us how a man should treat his wife. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 24:5 'When a man taketh a new wife, he doth not go out into the host, and one doth not pass over unto him for anything; free he is at his own house one year, and hath rejoiced his wife whom he hath taken.
So as you can see from this passage, a man has to rejoice together with his new wife for the whole year. So Torah effectively commands us to observe a Honey Year together with a new wife. 

This is a very wise commandment because as the rest of the Torah it celebrates life and happiness. Therefore a man is even exempt from a military service for 1 year. This part of the passage is repeated in Deuteronomy 20:7 (see also Deut 20:1-9).

Retirement in the Torah

Interestingly enough, Written Torah discusses the retirement issue. Written Torah appear to understand that people get old and therefore they can't be effective workers anymore due to age.

Let's take a look at these rather obscure passages:
YLT Num 4:23 from a son of thirty years and upward, till a son of fifty years thou dost number them, every one who is going in to serve the host, to do the service in the tent of meeting. 
YLT Num 4:30 from a son of thirty years and upward even unto a son of fifty years thou dost number them, every one who is going in to the host, to do the service of the tent of meeting. 
YLT Num 4:35 from a son of thirty years and upward even unto a son of fifty years, every one who is going in to the host, for service in the tent of meeting, 
YLT Num 4:39 from a son of thirty years and upward even unto a son of fifty years, every one who is going in to the host, for service in the tent of meeting, 
YLT Num 4:43 from a son of thirty years and upward even unto a son of fifty years, every one who is going in to the host, for service in the tent of meeting, 
YLT Num 4:47 from a son of thirty years and upward even unto a son of fifty years, every one who is going in to do the work of the service, even the service of burden in the tent of meeting, 
YLT Num 8:24 'This is that which is the Levites': from a son of five and twenty years and upward he doth go in to serve the host in the service of the tent of meeting, 
YLT Num 8:25 and from a son of fifty years he doth return from the host of the service, and doth not serve any more, 
YLT Num 8:26 and he hath ministered with his brethren in the tent of meeting, to keep the charge, and doth not do service; thus thou dost to the Levites concerning their charge.'
As you can see, according to these verses, Levites were allowed to work at the Tabernacle from 25 years old until 50 years old. This is very wise commandment because people over 50 years of age start to make mistakes and their productivity starts to decline. The Levites and the Priests were supposed to represent perfection of human form, so unfortunately humans stay in their best shape roughly from 25 - 50 years of age just like the Torah says. After you are 50, you are too old to be considered perfect. Sorry :(

Having said all this, please note that these passages are literally directed at the Levites and Priests. This mean that if you are not a Levite or a Priest, you can work at your job after you reach 50 years of age. This Levitical commandment should only be taken by regular people as a guideline and not as a fact.

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect is defined as a property of chaotic systems (as the atmosphere) by which small changes in initial conditions can lead to large-scale and unpredictable variation in the future state of the system

The Written Torah speaks of one such event. Let's take a look:
YLT Gn 7:1 And Jehovah saith to Noah,  'Come in, thou and all thy house, unto the ark, for thee I have seen righteous before Me in this generation; 
YLT Gn 7:2 of all the clean beasts thou dost take to thee seven pairs, a male and its female; and of the beasts which are not clean two, a male and its female; 
YLT Gn 7:3 also, of fowl of the heavens seven pairs, a male and a female, to keep alive seed on the face of all the earth;
... 

YLT Gn 8:20 And Noah buildeth an altar to Jehovah, and taketh of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and causeth burnt-offerings to ascend on the altar
YLT Gn 8:21 and Jehovah smelleth the sweet fragrance, and Jehovah saith unto His heart,  'I continue not to disesteem any more the ground because of man, though the imagination of the heart of man is evil from his youth; and I continue not to smite any more all living, as I have done; 
YLT Gn 8:22 during all days of the earth, seed-time and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night, do not cease.'
So as you can see from the verses above and from underlined passages, Noah sacrificed 1/14th of clean animals (a cow, a sheep, a goat, etc) and 1/14th of all clean fowl (chicken, doves, turkey, etc).
This means that according to the Butterfly Effect mentioned in a beginning of my post, the population of clean animals and clean fowls was effectively culled by 1/14th. It means that current population of these creatures is 1/14th less than it could have been had Noah did not sacrifice them.
Noah did it from the evil heart, from his evil inclinations, even though Noah was called by God perfect in his generation (Gen 6:9).

So this means that you see 1/14th less birds in the skies than we would have had Noah did not sacrifice them.

Where can we rebuild the Tabernacle?

According to the Written Torah, the Tabernacle can be located ANYWHERE because it was designed to be mobile. Our God is the Living God so He likes to travel just like humans do.

Remember that once the Tabernacle was constructed, the presence of God appeared above the Tabernacle in the form of a pillar of smoke (fire at night). Once this presence appeared, it would point out the location of "The Place" mentioned in Deuteronomy 12:5. As you can see, "The Place" location would change all the time.

This is what "The Place" expression refers to in the Written Torah. Written Torah NEVER mentions Jerusalem, Temple or Temple Mount. Can the Tabernacle stand on the Temple Mount? Yes! But if anything, it will not be there permanently. 

This is why we can rebuild the Tabernacle at the absolutely any place on Earth. And then, the presence of God will guide us to the next locations. This is how it works according to the Written Torah.

Original Tabernacle was built in the desert of Sinai so this would be one of many possible places to reconstruct it. Any other desert would probably do too.

Top covering of the Ark of The Covenant

I have realized something while I was studying the transportation of the Ark of The Covenant. It seems that the words got misplaced in the verses that describe how the Ark was transported.

Let's take a look:
YLT Num 4:5 that Aaron and his sons have come in, in the journeying of the camp, and have taken down the vail of the hanging, and have covered with it the ark of the testimony; 
YLT Num 4:6 and have put on it a covering of badger skin, and have spread a garment completely of blue above, and have placed its staves.
As you can see from these verses, we are commanded to cover the Ark with three things: The Vail of the Holy of Holies, Tahash Skins and Blue Cloth.

This does not make a lot of sense to me because all other artefacts had Tahash Skins covering on the very top. The point of having the Tahash Skins on top was to protect the Artefacts and other coverings from Sun and other elements of nature.

Therefore, Numbers 4:6 should look like this:
YLT Num 4:6 and have spread a garment completely of blue above, and have put on it a covering of badger skin, and have placed its staves.
This is how the Ark should look like. It should also have Tahash Skins covering on its top, not in the middle.

Gerizim or Ebal?

This is a rather interesting question...Ebal or Gerizim? Let's take a look at the texts of MT and SP and let's try to figure out what is the truth.

YLT Dt 11:29 'And it hath been, when Jehovah thy God doth bring thee in unto the land whither thou art going in to possess it, that thou hast given the blessing on mount Gerizim, and the reviling on mount Ebal; 
YLT Dt 27:4 'And it hath been, in your passing over the Jordan, ye raise up these stones which I am commanding you to-day, in mount Ebal, and thou hast plastered them with plaister,
YLT Dt 27:5 and built there an altar to Jehovah thy God, an altar of stones, thou dost not wave over them iron. 
YLT Dt 27:6 Of complete stones thou buildest the altar of Jehovah thy God, and hast caused to ascend on it burnt-offerings to Jehovah thy God, 
YLT Dt 27:7 and sacrificed peace-offerings, and eaten there, and rejoiced before Jehovah thy God, 
YLT Dt 27:8 and written on the stones all the words of this law, well engraved.'
So as you can see, we can gather the following facts from the traditional Jewish Torah:

  1. Mt. Gerizim is for blessing
  2. Mt. Ebal is for reviling/cursing.
  3. Mt. Ebal is the place for the stones of the Law and the stone altar. We are not commanded to put anything on Mt. Gerizim
Now, let's take a look at the Samaritan Pentateuch:
Exodus 20:17 And when it so happens that Yahuah God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to possess, you shall set-up there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the altar to the Yahuah your God. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to Yahuah your God. And you bring on it ascend offerings to Yahuah your God, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the Yahuah your God. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Shechem.
Deuteronomy 11:29 And it shall come to pass, when the Yahuah thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.
Deuteronomy 27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, [that] ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Gerizim, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster. 
Deuteronomy 27:5 And there shalt thou build an altar unto the Yahuah thy God, an altar of stones: thou shalt not lift up [any] iron [tool] upon them. 
Deuteronomy 27:6 Thou shalt build the altar of the Yahuah thy God of whole stones: and thou shalt offer burnt offerings thereon unto the Yahuah thy God: 
Deuteronomy 27:7 And thou shalt offer peace offerings, and shalt eat there, and rejoice before the Yahuah thy God. 
Deuteronomy 27:8 And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.
As you can see from the Samaritan Pentateuch, we have the following:
  1. Mt. Gerizim is for blessing
  2. Mt. Ebal is for reviling/cursing.
  3. Mt. Gerizim is the place for the stones of the Law and the stone altar. We are not commanded to put anything on Mt. Ebal.
So as you can see, the only difference between two Torahs is the #3. What does this mean?

This means that most likely Samaritan Pentateuch is correct. This is because Mt. Gerizim was for blessing as both Torahs state, so it is only logical to assume that we would not want to build an altar on the cursed mountain (Ebal), which means that the correct mountain is the Mt. Gerizim. So it is on the Mt. Gerizim we must place the Stones with the Law and the Stone Altar.

So the answer to the question if it is Gerizim or Ebal would be - it is Gerizim!

People are generally evil

Yes. This is true. People are generally inclined to do wickedness and evil. Let's take a look at what Torah says:
YLT Gn 8:21 and Yahuah smelleth the sweet fragrance, and Yahuah saith unto His heart,  'I continue not to disesteem any more the ground because of man, though the imagination of the heart of man is evil from his youth; and I continue not to smite any more all living, as I have done;
As you can see, God Himself gives humans characterization. God says that our heart is evil from our youth. Can we control our evil inclinations? Yes - see Genesis 4:7. But it is a LIFETIME PROCESS. One has to be always aware of this evil inclination, or this "rat" that lives inside each and every one of us and we must constantly keep this evil inclination at bay so it does not get out and harm someone. 

This brings me to my second argument why people are generally evil...It is the sin atonement system that was immortalized in the Torah. Many of the sin offerings mentioned in the Torah are called "chukat olam" (eternal commandments), which means that even after the whole world will come to serve One God and live by the Torah, there still going to be sin. We will be subjected to this evil inclination FOREVER! So we must also be prepared to fight it forever!

According to the Torah all can sin, even the best of us. Leviticus 4:3 says that even Anointed Messiah himself can sin, meaning that even a Anointed High Priest could make a mistake. Princes of the tribes also mentioned in Leviticus 4:22. Even the majority can sin as I have discussed in my previous posts and as Torah tells us in Numbers 15:22-26. 

So as you can see, the sin is a natural phenomenon that is always present and we must be always on guard to not let it get out and overtake us.

As a side note I want to point out that personal appearance and impression is not an indication of righteousness. The person may look and act as a saint but have a rotten core at his soul. For example, those who call themselves "rabbis" are very evil people. They make good personal and social impression but this nothing but a disguise to feed you their agenda that has very little to do with the Torah. This can also be deduced from the Prophet's Test, which also tell us to watch out for compliance with the Torah and nothing but the Torah! So the prophet may do the signs or wonders but he still may have an intention to lead you away from the Torah. So watch out for this as well.

Who are Hebrews forbidden to marry?

Torah prohibits Hebrews to marry Ammonites, Moabites and people from 7 condemned nations (i.e Canaanites, Hittites etc). See Deut 23:3–6, Deuteronomy 7:1–6

As far as non-Hebrews go, Torah prohibits marrying a foreigner (mamzer) - those who do not live according to the Torah and who are from another nation, but allows to marry sojourners (ger) - those from other nations, who live according to the Torah in the midst of the Hebrews. See Deuteronomy 23:2, Exodus 12:49, Deuteronomy 10:19.

Hebrews could marry Mitzrim (Egyptians) and Edomites. See Deuteronomy 23:7–8

Priests (Aaronites) could marry only virgins from Hebrews. They were not allowed to marry widows, non-virgins or defiled (raped or otherwise polluted). Leviticus 21:13–15

Close intermarriage was also prohibited. See Leviticus 18, 18:6

Is God Male or Female?

God Yahuah is most certainly male according to Exodus 15:3. Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 15:3 Yahuah is a man of battle; Yahuah is His name.
So as you can see, the answer to this question is provided by the Torah explicitly. For all purposes we are to consider Yahuah as a male.

Yes, it is true that God refers to Himself in plural form in Genesis 3:22 and the word "Elohim" (forces) is also plural. However, the plain meaning of God would be most certainly singular male form.

So there is One God and He is a male for all purposes.

How long is Torah year?

According to my correct Hebrew calendar, Torah year is either 354 days in normal years and 383-384 days in intercalated years. Here is why...

The original Torah year was 360 days with 12 month even and 60 Shabbats. Due to the Floor and subsequent continent split described in Genesis 10:25 the cycles of the Earth and the Moon have changed so now Torah year is 354 days in normal years and 383-384 days in intercalated years.

In normal years we have 354 days, with exactly 12 months of 5 Shabbats each = 60 Shabbats total.
In Intercalated years, we have 383-384 days, with 13 months of 5 Shabbats each = 65 Shabbats total. 

The reason why the year varies in intercalated year is due to the intercalated month length. So if intercalated month is 29 days, then we have 354+29=383, and if intercalated month is 30 days, then we have 354+30=384 days.

I hope now it is clear how long the Torah year is.

Who are the Nephilim ?

Who are the Nephilim? The Torah is not very clear about it so let's take a look and see if we can make sense out of the text:
YLT Gn 6:4 The fallen ones were in the earth in those days, and even afterwards when sons of God come in unto daughters of men, and they have borne to them--they are the heroes, who, from of old, are the men of name. 
YLT Num 13:33 and there we saw the Nephilim, sons of Anak, of the Nephilim; and we are in our own eyes as grasshoppers; and so we were in their eyes.'
So as you can see from the text, Nephilim = Sons of God. Superhumans conceived by God.

Their children from human females were “gabarim” or ancient "warriors" of the Name (Yahuah).

So I would say that the Nephilim are the Sons of God and their children are a hybrid of Sons of God and humans. So one can say: aliens+humans ;)

Children of Nephilim had super abilities as the passage states. They were great ancient warriors and heroes.

Does maternal lineage matters?

Not really, because Torah explicitly states that we are to identify lineage by the father (i.e Numbers 1:1-4). This is most certainly very wise, logical and reasonable. Even science confirms that the lineage passes through the males and not females.

However, to make a person one needs a father AND a mother, so sometimes mothers do play a role. Let's see what restrictions on maternal lineage is there in the Written Torah...

First passage is a requirement for the Priests (kohanim): 
YLT Lv 21:13 'And he taketh a wife in her virginity; 
YLT Lv 21:14 widow, or cast out, or polluted one--a harlot--these he doth not take, but a virgin of his own people he doth take for a wife, 
YLT Lv 21:15 and he doth not pollute his seed among his people; for I am Jehovah, sanctifying him.
So as you can see, the Priests were so holy to God that he restricted their maternal lineage to the Hebrew virgins basically. A priests couldn't even marry a sojourner, not to mention a foreigner, even if such woman is a virgin. Only a virgin from HIS OWN PEOPLE - HEBREWS.

The second passage I want to cite talks about maternal restriction for all Hebrews. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 7:1 'When Jehovah thy God doth bring thee in unto the land whither thou art going in to possess it, and He hath cast out many nations from thy presence, the Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations more numerous and mighty than thou, 
YLT Dt 7:2 and Jehovah thy God hath given them before thee, and thou hast smitten them--thou dost utterly devote them--thou dost not make with them a covenant, nor dost thou favour them. 
YLT Dt 7:3  'And thou dost not join in marriage with them; thy daughter thou dost not give to his son, and his daughter thou dost not take to thy son, 
YLT Dt 7:4 for he doth turn aside thy son from after Me, and they have served other gods, and the anger of Jehovah hath burned against you, and hath destroyed thee hastily. 
YLT Dt 7:5 'But thus thou dost to them: their altars ye break down, and their standing pillars ye shiver, and their shrines ye cut down, and their graven images ye burn with fire; 
YLT Dt 7:6 for a holy people art thou to Jehovah thy God; on thee hath Jehovah thy God fixed, to be to Him for a peculiar people, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the ground.
As you can see, we are prohibited to take any woman (even a virgin) from 7 condemned nations of Canaan.

Also, one can't marry a Moabite or Ammonite and other foreigners (mamzerim) who do not live according to the Written Torah. See Deuteronomy 23:2-6. However, it seems that if a woman is a virgin, it is acceptable. See Numbers 31:17-18.

So, as you can see, maternal lineage does matter in some cases. Otherwise, we are free to marry however we chose and love.

"Will choose" or "Have chosen" The Place?

One of the important differences between Jewish Torah and Samaritan Torah is the difference in conjugation of the verb "choose" in reference to The Place where God dwells.

The Jewish Torah says that He "shall choose" The Place and the Samaritan Pentateuch says that He "has chosen" The Place already in reference to the Altar on Mt. Gerizim.

The verses in question are Deuteronomy 12:5, 12:11, 12:14, 12:18, 12:21, 12:26, 14:23-25, 15:20, 16:2, 16:6-7, 16:11, 16:15-16, 17:8, 17:10, 17:15, 18:6, 26:2 and 31:11. Here is the text of Deut 12 as the example.

In Jewish Torah, it says "יבחר" .yivchar - shall choose - qal, imperfect, 3rd person, masculine, singular.

In Samaritan Torah it says "בחר" - bachar - has chosen - qal, perfect, 3rd person, masculine, singular

So will God "choose" The Place in the future or has He "chosen" The Place already?

The answer to this question is the Tabernacle!

As I've said many times before, the Tabernacle was designed to be mobile so it could travel from place to place. This is why "The Place" that Torah talks about refers to the Tabernacle place and not to Jerusalem's Temple Mount (as in Jewish tradition) or the Altar on Mt. Gerizim (as in Samaritan tradition).

This means that the correct reading is "יבחר" .yivchar - shall choose - continuous action - as found in Jewish Torah, because the place changes all the time. So Samaritans are most certainly mistaken and the difference in the text was intentional just like the addition of the 11th commandment for example.

So in this particular case, Jewish Torah is correct and Samaritan Torah is wrong.

Toilets should be made out of metal!

Here is a very interesting practical application of Torah laws that can change the world as we know it.

The example I want to talk today is - a Toilet.

As you know, most Toilets are made of ceramic, which Torah classifies as "the vessel of earth". Since this is something that Torah talks about, let's take a look at the text to get the whole picture:
CLV Lv 6:28 Yet the earthenware vessel in which it is cooked shall be broken. And if it is cooked in a copper vessel, it will be scoured and laved in water. 
CLV Lv 11:33 Yet every earthenware vessel into the midst of which any of them should fall, all that is in its midst shall be unclean, and you shall break it.
As you can see from the verses above, there is no way to clean the earthenware vessel from uncleanness, which among other things includes human waste/excrements. 

So according to the Torah, our Toilets should be made out of metal which can be cleaned and will not stay unclean after use. So as you can see, the world that Torah describes would be different even in the bathroom. So do not try to extrapolate the meaning of the Torah by using modern social stereotypes because it is not going to work and will only mislead you.

As a side-note, all plumbing should be made out of copper since the Laver and the Altar of Burnt Offering were made out of copper. Perhaps the most preferable metal for the Toilet that would fit Torah description would be copper as well.


Why alcohol is bad?

I already discussed why alcohol is bad in my previous posts. However, I wanted to provide a simple explanation that is purely Torah based. Let's take a look at what Torah says about alcohol:
CLV Lv 10:8 Yahweh spoke to Aaron saying: 
CLV Lv 10:9 Do not drink wine or intoxicant, you or your sons with you, when you come into the tent of appointment, so that you may not die. It shall be an eonian statute throughout your generations, 
CLV Lv 10:10 to differentiate between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, 
CLV Lv 10:11 and to direct the sons of Israel in all the statutes which Yahweh has spoken to them by means of Moses.
As you can see from the verses above, alcohol is prohibited at work so that one can differentiate between holy and profane and between the unclean and clean. So the most important lesson here is that alcohol clouds the judgement so that the person stops differentiating between good and bad.

Torah most certainly does not prohibit alcohol, in fact priests were required to drink the wine that was brought with offerings, they were just prohibited from drinking alcohol while on duty at the Tabernacle. Otherwise, once they would finish for the day and go to their tents, they could drink wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Please note that organic drugs do not distort one's judgement. So there is a huge difference between these substances. It is most certainly preferable to smoke weed for example rather than to drink (even small amount) daily. So if you can handle organic drugs, switch to it from alcohol - you will feel much better. And your judgement won't be affected.

What does Shabbat Shabbaton mean?

Here are my thoughts about the expression "Shabbat Shabbaton" (שבת שבתון) and what it means, or rather what it should mean according to the Torah. Let's take a look:
CLV Ex 16:23 then he said to them: This is what Yahweh has spoken, A cessation, a holy sabbath to Yahweh is tomorrow. What you are baking, bake, and what you are cooking, cook, and all the superfluity, leave it in your charge until the morning. 
CLV Ex 31:15 Six days shall work be done, and on the seventh day is a sabbath of cessation, holy to Yahweh. Everyone doing work on the sabbath day shall be put to death, yea death. 
CLV Ex 35:2 Six days shall work be done, yet on the seventh day you shall come to have a holy sabbath of cessation to Yahweh. Everyone doing work on it shall be put to death.
CLV Lv 16:31 It is a sabbath of cessation for you, and you will humble your souls; it is an eonian statute. 
CLV Lv 23:3 Six days shall work be done, yet on the seventh day there shall be a sabbath of cessation, a holy meeting. You shall do no work at all. This is a sabbath to Yahweh in all your dwellings.
CLV Lv 23:24 Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month on day one of the month there shall be a cessation for you with a memorial trumpet blasting, a holy meeting. 
CLV Lv 23:32 It is a sabbath of cessation for you, and you will humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening shall you cease for your sabbath. 
CLV Lv 23:39 On the fifteenth day of the seventh month after you have gathered the yield of the land, you shall celebrate the celebration of Yahweh for seven days. On the first day there is a cessation and on the eighth day a cessation.
CLV Lv 25:4 Yet in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of cessation for the land, a sabbath to Yahweh. Your field you shall not sow, and your vineyard you shall not prune; 
CLV Lv 25:5 The self-sown of your harvest you shall not reap, and the grapes of your untrimmed vines you shall not pick. A year of cessation shall it be for the land.
As you can see from the verses above, the expression "Shabbat Shabbaton" means "Shabbat of Cessation" and this expression refers to BOTH Shabbats AND other Holy Meeting, such as Yom Kippur, Yom Teruah, etc.

It is pretty clear from the verses above that the text is corrupted. It should say "Shabbat Shabbaton" in all the verses above.

This proves that expression "Shabbat" = expression "Holy Meeting" = expression "Shabbat Shabbaton". So all Shabbats and other Holy Meetings are "Shabbat Shabbatons" or "Shabbats of Cessation". There is no difference between these expressions like some people think. All misunderstanding comes from the corrupted text.

Why do we have even number of ribs?

Here is a rather stupid question: Why do we have even number of ribs, if God took one rib from Adam to make it into a Woman?

Well, the answer to this question is very simple...As you probably know, physical traumas can't be passed genetically. So while it is true that Adam had odd number of ribs because God indeed removed one, his woman and children most certainly had even number of ribs.

This is why we still have even number of ribs.

Why Hebrews are born uncircumcised?

Here is an interesting question....why even Hebrews are born uncircumcised ?

The answer to this question is very simple: God gives all of us a choice. It has to be a conscientious decision to circumcise oneself or one's own child. This is a test that God uses to see if we would observe His Laws and Commandments.

Being a Hebrew is a choice. So God gives us the opportunity to make our own decision: do we want life or do we want death? I think the choice is pretty clear, so choose circumcision, choose life!

It is possible that when the whole world will come to Torah and Yahuah, then perhaps the evolution will take hold and humans will be born without the foreskin - natural circumcision of sorts. But until then it will remain a matter of personal choice.

Why Levites were not counted?

So why the Levites were not counted during the counting of the Tribes? The answer to this question is in the original text. Let's take a look:
CLV Num 1:47 Yet the Levites, for the stock of their fathers, did not present themselves to be mustered in their midst; 
CLV Num 1:48 for Yahweh had spoken to Moses, saying: 
CLV Num 1:49 Only the stock of Levi you shall not muster, and their sum you shall not obtain, in the midst of the sons of Israel. 
CLV Num 1:50 As for you, give the Levites supervision over the tabernacle of the testimony, over all its furnishings and over all which pertains to it. They themselves shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they shall minister to it, and around the tabernacle shall they encamp. 
CLV Num 1:51 When the tabernacle is to journey the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to encamp the Levites shall set it up. But any alien who comes near shall be put to death. 
CLV Num 1:52 The sons of Israel will encamp by their militia hosts, each man on his campsite and each under his standard. 
CLV Num 1:53 Yet the Levites shall encamp around the tabernacle of the testimony so that no wrath may come on the congregation of the sons of Israel. The Levites will keep guard of the tabernacle of the testimony. 
CLV Num 1:54 Thus the sons of Israel did according to all that Yahweh had instructed Moses; so they did.
As you can see from the verses above, the reason why Levites were not counted was because they did not have any Land Inheritance which was allocated based on the number of people of each Tribe. The Tabernacle and the Tithes was the Levitical heritage, therefore there was no need to count the Levites.

Another interesting reason would be the God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 15:5. God has promised Abraham that his seed will be so numerous that no one will be able to count it. So even if one could count all 12 tribes, one could certainly never count the Tribe of Levi because God Himself commanded that they won't ever be counted.

How to properly understand the Bible?

First and foremost, entire Bible points to the Torah! This is the most important fact to remember.

All books of the Bible have to be interpreted to point to the Torah, or at least all books of the Bible must be considered from the Torah perspective ONLY !

This means, that in order for the Bible to be valid and not contradict Deuteronomy 4:2, the only way to interpret the Bible would be through the Torah perspective.

I hope now it is clear that everything in the Bible points to the Torah.

The second issue is the actual commandments of the Torah in, say, Deuteronomy 17:18-20, 28:58, 28:61, 29:21, 30:10, where Torah is explicit that we are only to follow TORAH and NOTHING ELSE!!!

This argument alone disqualifies all books of the Bible except the Torah. So we are to follow only Written Torah and nothing else. This means that we do not even need the Bible. All we need is the Torah and Torah only!

I hope now it is clear that Torah is the only sanctioned book of the Bible that we are to believe in. And not even blindly. We are to use logic and reason to interpret the Written Torah. We are only to believe in the Torah interpretations and ONLY if they do not contradict logic and reason. Otherwise, logic and reason take the precedence even over the Torah.

Why so many people misunderstand Written Torah?

Why so many people, especially Hebrews, do not understand the Written Torah?

The answer would be rather complex. There are different factors in play that influence how most people treat and react to the Written Torah.

First of all, religion is to blame. Judaism is a religion which requires blind faith in something that God never commanded. However, most Jewish groups claim that they follow the Written Torah down to the letter. This is of'course the false statement. Torah itself is not a religious book. It is a book of scientific truths. However, in this day and age, religious groups claim to have the authority to interpret the Torah, which turns it into something else than what was originally intended by God.

When most people see all these beautiful synagogues and churches that preach mostly what the people want to hear, it is very hard for most people to resist the temptation of organized religion, even if deep inside they know that what they are teaching is wrong. Most people a looking for a sense of community and belonging when it comes to their beliefs, so organized religion is most certainly the obvious choice. I was religious myself for several years, so I can't blame a commoner who is much more vulnerable to religious lies than someone like me.

Another reason is the truth itself. The truth is a very hard thing to accept and digest. So most people are usually reject the truth when they hear it for the first time and from a few people. Most people would rather follow the majority and sin, rather than stand up on their own and cling to the truth. We are even commanded this in the Torah in Exodus 23:2
CLV Ex 23:2 You shall not come after the many to do evil, and you shall not respond in a contention to turn aside after the many, to turn aside judgment.
And we have a special sin offering for just the cases like this - when the whole congregation sins. 
CLV Lv 4:13 If the whole congregation of Israel should err inadvertently and the matter is obscured from the eyes of the assembly, and they do something departing from any of Yahweh's instructions of what should not be done, and they realize their guilt 
CLV Lv 4:14 when the sin with which they have sinned becomes known, then the assembly will bring near a flawless young bull calf of the herd as a sin offering and bring it before the tent of appointment. 
CLV Lv 4:15 The elders of the congregation will support their hands on the head of the young bull before Yahweh, and one will slay the young bull before Yahweh. 
CLV Lv 4:16 And the anointed priest will bring some of the blood of the young bull to the tent of appointment. 
CLV Lv 4:17 The priest will dip his finger into the blood and spatter it seven times before Yahweh, at the surface of the curtain of the holy place. 
CLV Lv 4:18 And some of the blood the priest shall put on the horns of the altar of the incense of spices before Yahweh, which is in the tent of appointment. All the rest of the blood shall he pour out at the foundation of the altar of ascent offering which is at the opening of the tent of appointment. 
CLV Lv 4:19 All its fat shall he raise up from it and cause it to fume on the altar. 
CLV Lv 4:20 So he will do to the young bull just as he did to the young bull of the sin offering; thus shall he do to it. The priest will make a propitiatory shelter over them, and it will be pardoned them. 
CLV Lv 4:21 Then he will bring forth the young bull outside the camp and burn it just as he burned the former young bull. It is the sin offering for the assembly.
So, as you can see, we live in exactly such time when the entire Hebrew congregation is deeply mistaken in their ways, which causes majority of people to follow them and also sin before God. So until the Hebrew congregation realizes the error of its ways, Hebrews will stay in exile and the whole world will continue to hate them.

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