Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Full Moon 08/06/2017

I took this picture @ 9:22PM on 08/06/2017, eve of Shabbat. So as you can see, the moon is a perfect circle, which means that it is the beginning of Full Moon Shabbat (the 15th of the month). The moon phases are more aligned in the middle of the year than at the beginning, so this month, all phases are right on time.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

My Birthday Moon

I took this picture after sunset (~10PM PDT) on 08/04/2017. This is my birthday moon. This is how the moon looked like when I was born. Technically speaking, it might've looked bigger (or smaller) but the phase and the month (at least) are the same. According to the Metonic Cycle we only see exactly the same Moon once every 19 years. This means that you can only see exact Moon of your birthday on your 19th birthday, on your 38th birthday, etc. But like I said, the phase of your birthday is visible EVERY MONTH. This is sorta a gift to us from God. 

The moon here is around 95%, so it is a few days from Full Moon.

I am not sure yet how to decipher and understand this information. All I know it is very significant.

Here is the post that tell you how to calculate and see your own birthday moon.

And here is the correct Hebrew calendar so that you know the correct day.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Torah was given Today (sort of)

Just wanted to point out that today (5th lunar month, 5th day) is when Moses got the ORIGINAL Stone Tablets from God on Mt. Sinai. Today is exactly 50 days from 15th of the 3rd month.

The reason why I said sort of is because Moses broke these Tablets and had to spend another 40 days to get the replacement Tablets. So technically speaking, the process of giving of the Torah goes on until 6th lunar month at least.

Check out these posts for exact verses and details.

Also, please remember that Giving of the Torah IS NOT an official holiday so we are not required to celebrate it in any way. And technically we can't because we do not know exact day when Moses got the 2nd set of Stone Tablets.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Half Moon 07/16/2017

I took this picture on 07/16/2017 @ 5:39AM. As you can see, the moon is exactly half, even though it was not a conjunction yet. So it is most certainly a 3rd Quarter Shabbat Half Moon. 16th was certainly a Shabbat Day.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Status Update: Working on my NIP

I think I did enough posts for this season, so I've decided to dedicate some time to my Normalized Interlinear Pentateuch.

I am currently working on the Masoretic Text part of my NIP. I expect it to be completed very soon.

If you want to help, please visit my NIP web site.

So there will be few posts from now on because I will be working on my NIP.

Monday, July 10, 2017

About vaccinations

I just wanted to cover the subject of vaccinations, especially after the whole HPV business.

I am not against vaccinations. I am just against using them for no reason. Like HPV vaccine for girls. This, I think, takes the first place. 

Do you understand what HPV vaccine for girls means? It means that we are preparing our girls to engage in promiscuous, dangerous and indiscriminate sexual behavior. Is this what we want? 

Just like condoms or abortion, vaccines should only be used if there is a JUSTIFIED MEDICAL REASON !!! Otherwise, vaccines are dangerous and have only negative consequences.

So think twice before using ANY vaccine and be very careful about the reason that makes you want one.

Why we are not to eat animal with its blood (while it is still alive)?

Because this is what animals do. And we are not animals.

Let's take a look at the text:
CLV Gn 9:4 "Yea, only flesh with its soul, its blood, you shall not eat. 
CLV Lv 17:13 Any man from the sons of Israel and from the sojourners sojourning in your midst who hunt a game animal or a flyer which may be eaten will pour out its blood and cover it with soil, 
CLV Dt 12:16 But the blood you shall not eat. On the earth shall you pour it out like water. 
CLV Dt 15:23 But its blood you shall not eat. On the earth shall you pour it out like water.
As you can see, we are commanded to drain the blood from the animal that we slaughter and we are also commanded to cover it with soil.

We are not animals so we are not allowed to eat the animal while it is still alive and we are not allowed to eat the blood of the animal we are slaughtering.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

There are no Torah-centric women

Just wanted to share with you one observation that I have made over the years that I have been teaching Torah on the Internet.

It seems that we live in a time when there are absolutely no Torah-centric women that exist. All female friends that I have do not live according to the pure Torah. They are either religious or secular. There is no single Torah-centric woman exist anywhere on the Internet and that is half of all people on Earth.

It seems that as you get closer to the Torah, there are less and less women.

For example, even Karaites, who are not so different from Orthodox Jews, already see a huge disproportion between men and women. Karaite group on Facebook, for example, is mostly men. Samaritans have it even worse: they are dying out because of the shortage of women. And pure Torah-centric people such as myself or my friends are men only. Like I said above, not a single woman practices Torah-centric lifestyle.

This is very disheartening because even though modern women have achieved a greater equality with men, it seems when it comes to logic and reason, modern women fail absolutely. Not a single woman understands or is interested in Torah-centric lifestyle. This is very sad because it shows that women are absolutely inferior to men in this regard. At least in our time.

This is not surprising though. Most modern women do not care about life, children or family and they are not interested in living in sync with nature and God. This is why we have so much perversion in our society and this is why there is huge decline in number of normal (full) families. And I am talking about US. In other countries it is even worse and even more backward.

It seems that today we educate our girls to be promiscuous and careless in life. I am yet to meet at least one woman who would think and behave otherwise. That is why I do not have respect for women of my generation. They are just horrible.

Torah prophecies that  at the end of days Hebrews will return to the Torah. However, it will be men and not women who will lead the way. 

This is actually consistent with the Genesis story about the Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. It was the woman who disobeyed God first and who was responsible for downfall of Adam.

Please understand that I do not hate women or blame them for any of the men's problems. I am just saying that at this time (and probably all the time) our women are very far from God, Life and Torah. This is very frustrating and sad.

This is why it is up to us, men, to fix this horrible situation and get women interested in the Torah again. After all, Miriam was a teacher of the Torah and a prophetess so it shows that women can achieve great understanding of it just like men.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Who one can sell a dead animal to?

Here is a little inconsistency of sorts I found in Deuteronomy about the the command for the dead animal. Let's take a look:
CLV Dt 14:21 You shall not eat any carcass. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your gates so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a people holy to Yahweh your Elohim. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother.
So as you can see, Torah says that it is ok to give a carcass to a sojourner so he may eat it. But the sojourners are required to do all the laws of the Torah so how this can be allowed?

I think the reason for this can be found in the following verse:
CLV Lv 17:15 Any soul who eats a carcass or an animal torn to pieces, whether a native or a sojourner, will rinse his garments and bathe in water and be unclean until the evening; then he will be clean.
As you can see, eating a carcass is expected even for natives, so it is a simple uncleanness. This is a not a serious sin. So this is why sojourners are allowed to eat the carcass. They would become unclean and would have to clean themselves but it is not a huge violation of the Torah.

Deut 14:21 by the way is one other difference between the natives and the sojourner. A native is NEVER allowed to eat a carcass, yet the sojourner may eat it as you can see from this verse.

About surrogate mothers

One of the modern-day issues is that of surrogate mothers. Surrogate child-bearing is not a new thing. Even when there were no technology, people still found ways to have surrogate children.

Here is the example from the Torah:
CLV Gn 16:1 Now Sarai, the wife of Abram, does not bear for him. Yet an Egyptian maid has she and her name is Hagar. 
CLV Gn 16:2 And saying is Sarai to Abram,  "Behold, pray! Yahweh restrains me from bearing. Come, pray, to my maid. Perhaps I will be built by her."  And hearkening is Abram to the voice of Sarai. 
CLV Gn 16:3 And taking is Sarai, the wife of Abram, Hagar, the Egyptian, her maid, at the end of ten years of Abram's dwelling in the land of Canaan, and giving her is she to Abram, her husband, for his wife. 
CLV Gn 16:4 And coming is he to Hagar, and pregnant is she becoming. And seeing is she that she is pregnant, and lightly esteemed is her mistress in her eyes.
As you can see, Abraham took his female-slave to be a surrogate mother for Sarah. 

Now, the issue here is that not all women can be surrogate mothers.

For example, a married woman can't be a surrogate mother because it would be considered adultery. Also, a woman can't be surrogate unless she is his wife, concubine or a female-slave.

In other words, surrogate mother has to be officially "taken" or "wed" by a man who needs a surrogate.

Otherwise, there are no problem with surrogate children bearing. It is a beautiful gift that a woman can give to a childless couple so Torah most certainly allows that.

Same goes for today's three parent embryos. A surrogate mother has to be related to the man for this to be legal according to the Torah.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Why Moses could not see the face of God?

As you know from the Book of Exodus, Moses asked God to show Himself to him. Due to Moses's righteousness his request was granted and God appeared to him. Let's take a look:
CLV Ex 33:18 Now he said: Show me, I pray, Your glory. 
CLV Ex 33:19 And He said: I shall pass all My goodness before you and proclaim My name, Yahuah, before you; I will be gracious to whom I am being gracious and will have compassion for whom I am having compassion. 
CLV Ex 33:20 He also said: You cannot see My face, for no human shall see Me and live.
CLV Ex 33:21 Then Yahuah said: Behold! There is a place by Me, and you will station yourself on the rock. 
CLV Ex 33:22 So it will come to be when My glory passes by that I will place you in a fissure of the rock. And I will overshadow you with My palm until I pass by.
CLV Ex 33:23 Then I will take away My palm, and you will see My back, yet My face shall not appear.
CLV Ex 34:6 Now Yahuah passed by before his face and called: Yahuah, Yahuah God, Who is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and with much kindness and truth, 
CLV Ex 34:7 preserving kindness to thousands, bearing with depravity, transgression and sin, yet He is not immediately making innocent in order to make innocent, but visiting the depravity of the fathers on the sons and on the sons'  sons, on the third and on the fourth generation. 
CLV Ex 34:8 Then Moses hastened, bowed his head toward the earth, bowed himself down,
So, as you can see, Moses was the only person in the world to see actual God. And not even His face - ONLY HIS BACK, because no man can see God and live.

Why is that? Why can't a man see the God and live?

The answer to this is very simple. God's face represents absolute perfection. Once you would see it, you simply will not have any other reason to live because you will want to see it again and again and you will want to be a part of Him. So if a human would see God's face, a human would die. 

Even Moses, who spoke directly to God and who saw God's back, could not see the perfection of God's face and live.

This is why God's presence was in a form of a pillar of smoke/fire over the Tabernacle because this is most that regular people could handle and not die.

A Vow and a Vow Offering

I want to start my Offerings Section with the Vow and Vow offering. A vow offering is a very interesting offerings and it has many laws and commandments about it. Also, it is pretty complicated so I figured it would be a good place to start. We actually have examples of a vow in the Torah text, which is why I think it will be easy to understand.

Here is the example of a vow that requires an offering:
CLV Gn 28:20 And vowing is Jacob a vow, saying,  "Should it be coming that Yahuah Elohim stands by me, and keeps me in this way which I am going, and gives to me bread to eat and a garment to put on,

CLV Gn 28:21 and I return in peace to my father's household, then Yahuah becomes my Elohim,

CLV Gn 28:22 and this stone, which I place for a monument, shall become the house of Elohim for me. And of all that You are giving to me, tithe, yea, tithe it will I for You."
And here is a communal vow that requires an offering:
CLV Num 21:1 When the Canaanite king of Arad, dwelling in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming by way of Atharim, he fought against Israel and captured captives from him. 
CLV Num 21:2 Israel vowed a vow to Yahweh and said: If You give, yea give this people into my hand then I will doom their cities. 
CLV Num 21:3 Yahweh heard the voice of Israel and gave the Canaanite into his hand. So he doomed them and their cities; hence one called the name of the place Hormah. 
Now, let's take a look at the rules of a vow and a vow offering:
CLV Lv 7:11 This is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings which one may bring near to Yahweh. 
CLV Lv 7:12 If he should bring it near for an acclamation then along with the acclamation sacrifice he will bring near unleavened perforated cakes mingled with oil and unleavened wafers anointed with oil and fried perforated cakes of flour mingled with oil. 
CLV Lv 7:13 With perforated cakes of leavened bread shall he bring near his approach present, along with the acclamation sacrifice of his peace offerings. 
CLV Lv 7:14 And from it he will bring near one of each kind of approach present as a heave offering to Yahweh for the priest who is sprinkling the blood of the peace offerings; his shall it become. 
CLV Lv 7:15 As for the flesh of the acclamation sacrifice of his peace offerings, on the day of his approach present shall it be eaten. None of it shall he leave until morning. 
CLV Lv 7:16 If his approach present is a vow or a voluntary sacrifice, it shall be eaten on the day of his approach with his sacrifice, and on the morrow the rest of it may be eaten.
CLV Lv 7:17 Yet the rest of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire. 
CLV Lv 7:18 If any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings should be eaten, yea eaten, on the third day, the one bringing it near shall not be accepted; it shall not be reckoned to him. Vile shall it become, and the soul eating any of it shall bear his depravity. 
CLV Lv 7:19 As for flesh which is touching anything unclean, it shall not be eaten; in fire shall it be burned. As for other flesh, everyone clean may eat of the flesh. 
CLV Lv 7:20 Yet the soul who eats flesh from the sacrifice of peace offerings, which are to Yahweh, while his uncleanness is on him, that soul will be cut off from his kinsmen. 
CLV Lv 22:21 When a man brings near a sacrifice of peace offerings to Yahweh to make an extraordinary vow or as a voluntary offering of the herd or of the flock, flawless shall it be for acceptance; no blemish at all shall be in it. 
CLV Lv 22:22 Blind or crippled or gashed or with an ulcer or eczema or tetter, you shall not bring these near to Yahweh, nor as a fire offering shall you offer of them on the altar to Yahweh. 
CLV Lv 22:23 As for a bull or a flockling deformed or stunted you may offer it as a voluntary offering, yet for a vow it shall not be accepted. 
CLV Lv 22:24 And one with testicles squashed or pounded to pieces or pulled away or cut out you shall not bring near to Yahweh. You shall not do this in your own land,
CLV Lv 22:25 nor shall you bring near as the bread of your Elohim of any of these animals acquired from the hand of a foreigner's son. Since their ruin is in them, and a blemish is in them, they shall not be accepted on your behalf. 
CLV Lv 27:2 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them: In case anyone makes an extraordinary vow to Yahweh, involving your appraisal of human souls: 
CLV Lv 27:3 then your appraisal will be for the male from twenty years old unto sixty years old: your appraisal will be fifty shekels of silver, by the shekel of the holy place;
CLV Lv 27:4 and if she is a female, then your appraisal will be thirty shekels. 
CLV Lv 27:5 If he is from five years old unto twenty years old then your appraisal will be: for the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels. 
CLV Lv 27:6 If the person is from a month old unto five years old then your appraisal will be: for the male five shekels of silver, and for the female your appraisal will be three shekels of silver. 
CLV Lv 27:7 If the person is from sixty years old and upward, if a male, then your appraisal will be fifteen shekels and for a female ten shekels.
CLV Lv 27:8 Yet if he is too reduced by poverty for your appraisal then one will stand him before the priest, and the priest will appraise him. Corresponding to what the vower's means can afford shall the priest appraise him. 
CLV Lv 27:9 If the vow involves a domestic beast from which they bring near an approach present to Yahweh, all of what one gives to Yahweh, it shall be holy.
CLV Lv 27:10 He shall not exchange it nor substitute for it, a good for a bad one or a bad for a good one. And if he should substitute, yea substitute beast for beast, then it has become holy; both it and its substitute shall be holy. 
CLV Lv 27:11 If the vow involves any unclean beast of which they may not bring near an approach present to Yahweh, then he will stand the beast before the priest, 
CLV Lv 27:12 and the priest will appraise it as good or bad; according to your appraisal, O priest, so shall it be.
CLV Lv 27:13 If he should redeem, yea redeem it then he will add a fifth of its value over your appraisal. 
CLV Num 15:2 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, When you come to the land of your dwellings which I am giving to you 
CLV Num 15:3 and you make a fire offering to Yahweh, an ascent offering or a sacrifice for an extraordinary vow or in a voluntary offering or in your appointments to make a fragrant odor to Yahweh from the herd or from the flock, 
CLV Num 15:4 then the one approaching will bring near as his offering to Yahweh an approach present, a tenth of an ephah of flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of oil; 
CLV Num 15:5 as for wine for a libation you shall offer on the ascent offering or for a sacrifice a fourth of a hin with the one lamb. 
CLV Num 15:6 Or for the ram you shall offer an approach present, two tenths of an ephah of flour mingled with a third of a hin of oil;
CLV Num 15:7 as for wine for a libation you shall bring near a third of a hin, a fragrant odor to Yahweh.
CLV Num 15:8 In case you offer a bull calf of the herd as an ascent offering or a sacrifice for an extraordinary vow or peace offerings to Yahweh, 
CLV Num 15:9 then one will bring near with the bull calf of the herd an approach present, three tenths of an ephah of flour mingled with half a hin of oil; 
CLV Num 15:10 as for wine you shall bring near for a libation, half a hin, as a fire offering of fragrant odor to Yahweh. 
CLV Num 15:11 Thus shall it be done for each bull or for each ram or for a flockling among the lambs or among the goats. 
CLV Num 15:12 According to the number which you offer thus shall you do for each in their number. 
CLV Num 15:13 Every native shall do these things thus to bring near a fire offering of fragrant odor to Yahweh. 
CLV Num 15:14 In case a sojourner is sojourning with you or whoever is in your midst throughout your generations, and he offers a fire offering of fragrant odor to Yahweh, just as you are doing so shall he do. 
CLV Num 15:15 As for the assembly, there shall be one statute for you and for the sojourner sojourning with you. It shall be an eonian statute throughout your generations. Like you so shall the sojourner be before Yahweh. 
CLV Num 15:16 One law and one custom shall come to be for you and for the sojourner sojourning with you.
CLV Num 30:2 In case a man vows a vow to Yahweh or swears an oath to bind a bond on his soul, he shall not profane his word. According to all coming forth from his mouth shall he do. 
CLV Num 30:3 And in case a woman vows a vow to Yahweh and binds herself by a bond in the house of her father in her youth, 
CLV Num 30:4 and her father hears about her vow or her bond which she has bound on her soul but her father is silent toward her, then all her vows are confirmed, and every bond which she has bound on her soul shall be confirmed. 
CLV Num 30:5 Yet if her father repudiates her vow on the day he hears about it, all her vows and her bonds which she has bound on her soul shall not be confirmed, and Yahweh will pardon her, seeing that her father repudiated her act. 
CLV Num 30:6 If it be that she should become a man's while her vows are on her or the talk of her lips which she has bound on her soul,
CLV Num 30:7 and her husband hears about it, yet on the day he hears he is silent toward her, then all her vows are confirmed, and her bond which she has bound on her soul shall be confirmed.
CLV Num 30:8 Yet if, on the day her husband hears about it, he repudiates her act, then he annuls her vow which is on her or the talk of her lips which she has bound on her soul, and Yahweh shall pardon her. 
CLV Num 30:9 The vow of a widow or one driven out, all which she binds on her soul shall be confirmed on her. 
CLV Num 30:10 Yet if, in the house of her husband, she vows or binds a bond on her soul by an oath, 
CLV Num 30:11 and her husband hears about it but is silent toward her and does not repudiate her act, then all her vows are confirmed, and every bond which she has bound on her soul shall be confirmed. 
CLV Num 30:12 Yet if her husband annuls, yea annuls them on the day he hears about them, then no utterance at all from her lips concerning her vows or the bond of her soul shall be confirmed. Her husband has annulled them, and Yahweh shall pardon her.
CLV Num 30:13 Every vow and every oath of binding to humiliate the soul, her husband shall confirm it or her husband shall annul it. 
CLV Num 30:14 And if her husband is silent, yea silent toward her from day to day then he confirms all her vows or all her bonds which are on her; he has confirmed them, for he was silent toward her on the day he heard about it.
CLV Num 30:15 Yet if he annuls, yea annuls them after he heard about it, then he will bear her depravity.
CLV Num 30:16 These are the statutes which Yahweh had instructed Moses between a man and his wife and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father's house. 
CLV Dt 12:11 then it will come to be: the place where Yahweh your Elohim shall choose to tabernacle His name, there shall you bring all that I am instructing you, your ascent offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes, the heave offerings of your hand and all your choice vow offerings which you shall vow to Yahweh. 
CLV Dt 12:17 You cannot eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, of your grape juice and of your clarified oil, neither the firstlings of your herd and your flock nor any of your vow offerings which you shall vow, neither your voluntary offerings nor the heave offerings of your hand.
CLV Dt 12:18 But rather you shall eat it before Yahweh your Elohim in the place that Yahweh your Elohim shall choose, you, your son and your daughter, your servant and your maidservant and the Levite who is within your gates. Then you will rejoice before Yahweh your Elohim in every undertaking of your hand.
CLV Dt 12:26 But as for your holy gifts which you shall come to have, and your vow offerings, you shall carry them and come to the place that Yahweh shall choose.
CLV Dt 23:18 You shall not bring the fee of a prostitute or the price of a cur into the house of Yahweh your Elohim for any vow offering, for they are an abhorrence to Yahweh your Elohim, indeed both of them.
CLV Dt 23:21 In case you should vow a vow to Yahweh your Elohim, you shall not delay to perform it, for Yahweh your Elohim shall require, yea require it from you, and it would be sin on your part.
CLV Dt 23:22 Yet in case you should forbear to vow, it shall not become sin on your part. 
CLV Dt 23:23 The utterance of your lips you shall observe, and you must do just as you have vowed to Yahweh your Elohim; it is a voluntary offering that you have spoken of with your mouth.

Who is allowed bring slaughters (offerings) to God?

Let's take a look at who is allowed to offer burnt offerings to God.

Of'course all Hebrews are definitely allowed to bring offerings to God. But who else?

Converts from Mitzrayim and Edom are allowed to bring offerings to God as well, regardless of their status.

Sojourners are also most certainly allowed to bring offerings to God. Here are the verses:
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.'
Only foreigners are prohibited from making burnt offerings:
CLV Ex 12:43 Yahweh said to Moses and to Aaron: This is the statute of the passover: Any son of a foreigner, he shall not eat of it.
CLV Lv 22:25 nor shall you bring near as the bread of your Elohim of any of these animals acquired from the hand of a foreigner's son. Since their ruin is in them, and a blemish is in them, they shall not be accepted on your behalf. 
CLV Dt 23:2 No foreigner shall come into the assembly of Yahweh. Even the tenth generation from him may not come into the assembly of Yahweh.
So a foreigner (nakar or mamzer) is not allowed to do the offerings, even to eat the offerings. This is because a foreigners are not part of the assembly and they are not even allowed to be a part of the assembly. In contrast, a Sojourner, even though also not part of the assembly, is considered AS assembly so they are allowed to bring the offerings.

And of'course, all of these offerings are done at the Tabernacle (Mishkan). So the Tabernacle plays important role in offerings as well.   


Thursday, July 6, 2017

An overlooked Torah housing specification

I wanted to point out a very obscure verse that very few people are aware of due to it being buried in the midst of Deuteronomy:
CLV Dt 22:8 When you build a new house, then you must make a parapet for your housetop so that you do not bring blood-guilt on your house in case someone falling from it might fall to death. 
AV Dt 22:8 When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence. 
YLT Dt 22:8 'When thou buildest a new house, then thou hast made a parapet to thy roof, and thou dost not put blood on thy house when one falleth from it.
As you can see, Torah requires a parapet (a border) on top of the house to prevent people from accidently falling off of it and thus causing a blood-guilt on the house.

This feature is rarely found in modern housing (especially single-family houses) but I did find some examples:

This is what Torah is talking about when it comes to Roof Tops. Entire Roof of your house must be FALL PROOF and it must have safety guard rails on the roof !!! As you can see from the right side of the image below, even the side-roofs must be fall-proof.

Surprisingly, the most famous example of such building is the White House. Way to Go, Mr. President!

Are Hebrews space faring nation?

Yes. Absolutely!

The answer to this question lies in the Tabernacle. Tabernacle was designed to be mobile, so it can be transported to absolutely any place, even another planet.

In fact, Hebrews are not nomads, they are settled shepherds! Torah discusses whole complicated networks of cities that are required to keep all of the commandments of God.

This means that Hebrews will, eventually, have the technology to travel between planets, stars and galaxies. When this happens, this will happen at the command of God and with the presence of the Tabernacle that will travel with them.

P.S. It is most certain that wherever there are humans in the Universe, there can be found Torah and the Tabernacle. It would be very interesting to compare the Tabernacles on the different human planets.

Why Torah teaches to rely on God when looking for your soulmate?

The reason why the Torah teaches us to rely on God when looking for your other half is because this is the only rational approach in such situation. Here is why:

Even the most sophisticated, modern dating sites as this one can't match two people exactly. This is because human relationships are very complex and can't possibly be quantified by a computer/matchmaker.

In most cases, the reason why two people are together is something different from what these two people originally imagined for themselves. The reason why two people connect can't be predicted or quantified. This is why we essentially need a higher power (God) to help us solve this unimaginably complex problem that each and every one of us faces in his/her life.

Like I said in my previous posts, if going to your people and to your land did not help you to find your soulmate (your other half), then the only other rational solution is to trust God to help you with this problem. Only superior intelligence that created us can match two humans together. This is why it is important to follow and live your life by the Torah so that God would be more inclined to help with the soulmate issue.

Why do we need the Torah?

First reason why we need the Torah is because as a society we need some kind of system of rules to live by, therefore we have the Torah. Unlike other societies and nations, Torah of Hebrews contains every and all laws that are needed for society to function. I.e a constitution (10 commandments), criminal code, civil code, etc. In this way Torah is much more advanced than even US system of Laws because Torah is much smaller and never changes, which makes it much easier for each individual to remember and use.

Second and maybe more important reason for the existence of the Torah is that all humans need an undeniable source of the truth so that one would not go completely insane from the complexity of life.

This second reason is very important part of our existence because Torah give one a concise and direct answer to the questions of life: Why are we here? Who created us? What does God want from us? etc.

The Universe (God) itself created the Torah because such book is actually a part of nature. It is the most advanced way in which seemingly non-human universe communicates with us. Torah is the expression of the will of that Universe (God) so that we, humans, are aware of what it wants and so that we can live in harmony with it.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Major Update to the Tabernacle Mishkan Calculator. Version 1.1

Dear thedeserttabernace.com readers,

I just wanted to point your attention to the major update to my Tabernacle Mishkan Calculator.

I have corrected all mistakes in formulas and calculations and I have separated The Copper Laver from the Service Utensils so it is now according to the text.

As you know, my calculator allows you to play with the weights of the parts of the Mishkan and see if they would fit textual description. So enjoy the newer, more precise version :)

If you find any mistakes or if you have any suggestions about the Calculator, please let me know.

Thank you and Enjoy!

Is gay marriage allowed by the Torah?

NO! Absolutely not!

While Torah allows homosexual orientation and platonic relationships between two men, homosexual behavior is most certainly prohibited. Marriage implies sexual activity so since homosexuals are not allowed to engage in anything sexual, marriage would also be prohibited.

Here is how Torah defines marriage:
CLV Dt 24:1 When a man takes a wife and possesses her, and it comes to be that she should not find favor in his eyes, because he has found in her the nakedness of anything, then he would write for her a scroll of divorce, give it into her hand and send her away from his house.
As you can see, according to the Torah, marriage is a contract between a MAN AND A WOMAN! Had Torah allowed homosexual marriage, it would've been clear from the language. Unfortunately, this is not the case, so traditional definition of marriage is most certainly accurate according to the Torah.

So what two men who are in a platonic relationship can do? They can be partners and they most certainly are entitled to all benefits of married couples, but they CAN'T use the word marriage or get married.

Homosexual orientation, according to the Torah, is very close to the red line, this is why Torah does not encourage such behavior to begin with.

So partnership but definitely NOT MARRIAGE! 

P.S. In fact, as a straight man, I find gays who are trying to change the meaning of the word "marriage" very offensive. I think righteous homosexuals should never call themselves something they are not and they should respect straight people if they want respect in return.

Does Torah allow prostitution?

No. Absolutely not. Here is what Torah states:
CLV Dt 23:18 You shall not bring the fee of a prostitute or the price of a cur into the house of Yahweh your Elohim for any vow offering, for they are an abhorrence to Yahweh your Elohim, indeed both of them. 
CLV Dt 23:17 There shall come to be neither a cult-prostitute from the daughters of Israel, nor shall there come to be a cult-prostitute from the sons of Israel. 
CLV Dt 22:20 Yet if this matter be true and no proof of virginity is found for the maiden, 
CLV Dt 22:21 then they will bring forth the maiden to the portal of her father's house, and the men of her city will stone her with stones so that she dies, for she committed decadence in Israel so as to prostitute herself while in her father's house. Thus you will eradicate the evil from among you.
As you can see, not only Torah prohibits, female prostitution, but it also prohibits male prostitution and promiscuous sexual behavior.

So men who engage in a lot of casual relationships are pretty much prostitutes under the Torah law and it is most certainly forbidden.

So not only prostitution is prohibited but also promiscuous sexual behavior. For example, a strip club or casual dating apps on smartphones would be prohibited under Torah law.

This is most certainly righteous and wise command because prostitution and promiscuous sexual behavior lead to serious social illnesses and vices.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Exceptions to an eye for an eye

It is very interesting to see that Torah provides certain exceptions for an eye for an eye commandment. This exception is not an excuse not to do an eye for an eye, however, it is interesting that it exists so let's take a look at it:
CLV Ex 21:26 When a man smites the eye of his slave or the eye of his female-slave and ruins it he shall dismiss him free for his eye. 
CLV Ex 21:27 And if he causes a tooth of his slave or a tooth of his female-slave to fall out he shall dismiss him free for his tooth.
As you can see, if someone damaged his slave's eye or tooth, there is no reciprocal punishment. In case of slaves the punishment is slave is granted his freedom.

This, I think, is a very fair and just command. It does not mean that slaves are somehow inferior to not-slaves. It would not be fair to do an eye for an eye in case of a slave because slaves do not have authority over their own freedom. Torah slaves have made a conscientious decision to stay with their Torah-observant masters, so they have effectively put their life into the hands of their masters. This is why there is an exception for an eye for an eye command here.

Why sex-change is bad?

Here is a simple logical argument that would show you why sex-change is a bad idea.

Let's say you are a man and you want to be a woman. So you do a sex-change operation and now you are a woman.

So now what? If you are now a woman, no matter who you would choose as your partner (a man or a woman) you will be engaging in a homosexual relationship.

If you were a man and now you are a woman but you want to be with men, you are gay.
Same thing if you were a man and now you are a woman and you want to be with women, you are also gay.

No matter what gender you choose, you are still going to be gay. Logic itself declares the truth here.

So if you do the sex-change operation, you are screwed according to the Torah. So DO NOT DO IT !

Sex change is prohibited by the Torah based on many things so if you are not sure about your gender, it is better not to do anything at all.

As I have explained in my other posts, gender confusion is something that can be dealt with. Gender confusion is something that God is putting on people like this so that He may test these people to see how they will react and what they will do. So DO NOT surgically change your gender - it is most certainly prohibited by the Torah.

Gender confusion is a lifetime challenge that gender-confused people must deal with and overcome. If you will do this, you will be righteous in God's eyes.

Here is a Family Guy cut-out that explains this point:

Monday, July 3, 2017

How to find true love? How to find your soulmate?

How to find a woman or a man of your dreams? 

I've already discussed what practical solutions Torah offers, but I wanted to elaborate more on the specific situation when that advice would not work.

See this post to recall what Torah teaches about finding your soulmate. Meanwhile, I want you to check out the video below. It is a cut out from Family Guy which pretty much sums up how to find your true love.

This video, of'course, is a gross generalization, however, it is more or less correct. Finding your love is something that you CAN'T really control. If going to your kind to your motherland did not help, the only other choice you have is TO WAIT!

Yes, the only way to find a true love is to wait patiently for God to send you one. If you failed to find your love by yourself, the only other person that can help you is God. So you have to trust God with this one.

Remember, our patriarch Abraham had similar problems...He could not have children until he was very old. So what he did is he waited for God.

And what you may ask one is supposed to do while you wait? The only solution is to dedicate your time and effort toward God and Torah, toward observing all of His commandments. God helps only those who do things for Him. So while you are waiting for your soulmate, dedicate your life to God.

I know that if you are alone it may be hard to serve God, but it is the only solution that really works. So as they say, do what you can and whatever happens happens.

P.S. Of'course if you wait you may not find anyone at all, but would you rather be with someone who does not get you/does not satsify you completely?

P.P.S. Another issue maybe the less-compatible women/men trying to get into the relationship with you, so you have to be strong and you should not settle for anything less than you deserve and want.

True Torah prophecy is organic to the Torah

I wanted to point out a very important fact that can help you identify the true prophecy.

Once a true prophecy has been fulfilled it becomes a redundant statement to the Torah. True prophecy does not and can't add or subtract anything from the Torah, therefore it needs to be a part of it.

For example, as in a case of my prophecy about Yom Kippur, once all Hebrews will start observing Yom Kippur on the correct day, my statement that Yom Kippur is on the 8th will become redundant to the Torah. My statement about correct day of Yom Kippur will become part of the Torah once it is fulfilled.

So make sure that prophecy is from the Torah and it is redundant to the Torah. Otherwise, it is not a valid prophecy.

For example, if someone would've predicted 9/11, it would not mean that it is a true Torah prophecy because 9/11 has nothing to do with the Torah or true Torah prophecy.

Why a Sojourner IS NOT a convert?

This is because Moses and his son are called sojourners yet we know that Moses and his son were not Midianite converts.

Here is the verse:
CLV Ex 2:22 When she bore a son, he called his name Gershom, for he said: A sojourner have I become in a foreign land.
As I have stated many times on this blog, a sojourner is someone who is Torah observant but who is not a part of the Assembly and who is not considered a member of the Tribes.

Only Mitzri and Edomites were allowed to become Hebrews after 2 generations of vetting. A sojourners, on the other hand, are not considered Hebrews even though they have very similar rights and responsibilities. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

What is Yahuah in secular terms?

When you are trying to explain the concept of Torah God to secular people, here is the analogy that you can use...

Yahuah God is pretty much a coherent manifestation of the universe. Apparently, the will of the universe has a male human form which goes by the name Yahuah. Yahuah would be the name of that superintelligence or the universe that created us and which we are parts of.

If we, tiny parts of the universe are so intelligent and coherent...how much so is are the bigger parts like the sun or the moon. And of'course the biggest part of the universe, God, is most certainly also intelligent and coherent.

Yahuah Elohim means literally "existing living forces", which implies that God (Yahuah) is the summary of ALL forces in the universe. This is why Elohim is a plural form. Yet God is still one though. The manifestation of God in our universe is singular. This was proven by science (Big Bang).
So all of the forces of the universe are represented by one deity - God Yahuah.

The difference between sets of the Stone Tablets

As you know from the Torah, Moses broke the original set of the Stone Tablets when he saw the perversion of the Golden Calf. Torah lists a difference between the original set and the set that moses got the second time. Let's take a look at what this difference is:
CLV Ex 24:12 Yahuah said to Moses: Ascend to Me to the mountain and be there, and I shall give to you the stone tablets, the law and the instructions which I wrote to direct them. 
CLV Ex 31:18 He gave to Moses, as He finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of Elohim
CLV Ex 32:16 And the tables, they were the handiwork of Elohim; and the writing, it was the writing of Elohim, chiseled on the tablets. 
CLV Ex 32:19 And it came to be just as he drew near to the camp and saw the calf and the choruses that Moses'  anger grew hot, and he flung from his hands the tablets and broke them below the mountain. 
CLV Ex 34:1 Yahuah said to Moses: Carve for yourself two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on the tablets the words which came to be on the first tablets which you broke. 
CLV Ex 34:4 So he carved two stone tablets like the first ones. And Moses rose early in the morning and ascended to Mount Sinai, just as Yahweh had instructed him and took in his hands the two stone tablets. 
CLV Ex 34:28 And he came to be there before Yahuah, forty days and forty nights. Bread he did not eat and water he did not drink. Thus he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the ten words. 
CLV Ex 34:29 It came to be when Moses descended from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in Moses'  hands, when he descended from the mount, that Moses did not realize that the skin of his face gleamed because of His speaking to him.
As you can see, the key verse here is Exodus 32:16 and Exodus 34:1. From these two verses it is abundantly clear that the first Stone Tablets were created and written by God Himself, whereas the second set of the Stone Tablets was created by Moses, however it was still God who wrote the text on the Tablets.

So the second set of the Stone Tablets was made by Moses and engraved by God. This is the most fundamental difference that text is trying to relay to us.

Obviously this was done because Israel lost its holiness during the episode with the Golden Calf. So the second set of the Stone Tablets was not as holy as the first set which Moses broke.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Were there two Tabernacles?

NO! Absolutely not! Let's take a look at the text to see what really happen:

The following verse describe the events that took place right after the Sin of the Golden Calf.
CLV Ex 33:5 for Yahweh had said to Moses: Say to the sons of Israel: You stiff-necked people! If for one moment I should go up among you, I would finish you! And now, take down your ornaments off you that I may know what I should do to you. 
CLV Ex 33:6 So the sons of Israel despoiled themselves of their own ornaments from Mount Horeb onward. 
CLV Ex 33:7 As for Moses, he took the tent and stretched it out outside the camp, far from the camp; and he called it the tent of appointment; and it came to be that everyone seeking Yahweh went forth to the tent of appointment which was outside the camp. 
CLV Ex 33:8 Also it came to be as Moses went forth to the tent, all the people rose and stationed themselves, each man, at the portal of his tent and looked after Moses until he entered the tent. 
CLV Ex 33:9 It came to be as Moses entered the tent that the cloud column descended and stood at the portal of the tent, and He spoke with Moses. 
CLV Ex 33:10 When all the people saw the cloud column standing at the portal of the tent, all the people rose and bowed themselves down, each man at the portal of his tent. 
CLV Ex 33:11 So Yahweh spoke to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his associate. When he returned to the camp then his minister, Joshua son of Nun, a youth, did not remove himself from the midst of the tent.
So as you can see, what Torah really speaks of is the Moses's tent which served as a temporary Tabernacle because the Tabernacle has not been constructed yet.

So between the Sin of Golden Calf and the completion of the construction of the Tabernacle, Moses's own Tent that was located outside the camp (not in the middle) served as a temporary Tabernacle where people would come to seek God's word.

As you can see, the text does not use the word "mishkan". It is uses the word "ohel" (tent) to show the difference between the two.

Also, as the text states, the pillar of smoke and fire stood by the Moses's Tent just like it stood later over the Tabernacle.

What is interesting that both places were called "Tent of Appointment" because they served the same function, even though the Moses's Tent was replaced later by the Tabernacle.

Tabernacle is equated to the human body in the Torah

Here are a few verses that equate the Tabernacle (Mishkan) with the human body. Usually this comparison is done in the passages about uncleanness, meaning that we must not defile ourselves because our body is a representation of the Tabernacle.

Here are the verses:
CLV Lv 15:31 You will warn the sons of Israel against their uncleanness so that they may not die in their uncleanness when they defile My tabernacle which is in their midst. 
CLV Lv 20:3 I Myself shall set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people (for he has given of his seed to Moloch) on account of the defilement of My sanctuary and the profanation of My holy name. 
CLV Num 19:13 Anyone touching a dead body, a human soul who died, and who does not purify himself from sin defiles the tabernacle of Yahweh; that soul will be cut off from Israel, for water of impurity was not sprinkled on him. He shall be unclean; his uncleanness will still be in him. 
CLV Num 19:20 If anyone who is unclean does not purify himself from sin, then that soul will be cut off from the midst of the assembly, for the sanctuary of Yahweh has he defiled; water of impurity was not sprinkled on him, he is unclean.
So, as you can see, these verses not only related to the Tabernacle but they also related to the human body being a copy of the Tabernacle.

So anyone who is unclean is defiling the Tabernacle of Yahuah. Especially if such person comes to the Tabernacle with his or her uncleanness.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What to do if you are not sure what to do?

Sometimes in life it is possible to reach a point where you are not sure about what to do and how to behave, yet you need to make the decision and just go with it.

Torah observance, in cases like this, are also an issue because we do not want to sacrifice that in lieu of making our lives easier or solving some personal problems.

Anyway, if you not sure what to do that would be right in the eyes of God, you need to remember one simple thing: ALWAYS choose life, God and Torah.

No matter how difficult choosing life, God and Torah may be, it will always be the correct solution, especially in a long run!

Just say NO! to temptation and evil. Choose what is right in His eyes!

The only time and place to give up God, Life and Torah would be on your deathbed, when you are very old and surrounded by your many children and grandchildren. Until then - Choose Life !

For example, if you are considering an abortion  - choose life!
If you are considering spaying or neutering your pet - choose life!
If you are considering killing yourself because you are depressed - choose life!

Always choose, life, God and Torah and you will not regret the result! Remember, what does not kill you makes you stronger so in a long run you will be better off if you will choose Life, God and Torah!

A note about the Correct Torah Calendar

Leviticus 23 and Numbers 28-29 define all Holy Meetings and Moedim. 

If you will look at my Correct Hebrew Calendar, you will see that my arrangement completely satisfies Genesis 1:14. I use both, Sun and Moon, consistently, to define Holy Meetings and Moedim.

What I wanted to point out is that the Sun is used ONLY to define the Morning Offering Moed and Evening Offering Moed. 

All other moedim are actually Holy Meetings and they are defined by the Moon.

Sun is also used to define "day" or "light" periods as Torah states in Genesis 1:14.

Here is a simple table that illustrates this point:

Sun:     Num 28:3-4 - Morning Daily Offering
Sun:     Num 28:3-4 - Evening Daily Offering
Moon: Num 28:9 - Shabbat Offering
Moon: Num 28:11 - 1st of the Month / New Moon Offering
Moon: Num 28:18 - 1st of Passover
Moon: Num 28:25 - 7th of Passover
Moon: Num 28:26 - 50th of Omer
Moon: Num 29:1 - 1st of the 7th Month / Yom Teruah (Day of the Blast)
Moon: Num 29:7 - Yom Kippur
Moon: Num 29:12 - 1st of Sukkot
Moon: Num 29:35 - 8th of Sukkot

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Does Torah allow (assisted) suicide?

Yes, Torah allows suicide and assisted suicide. This is because the 6th commandment does not prohibit killing, only murder, so (assisted) suicide is allowed by the Torah laws.

In fact, Moses and Aaron are the two examples that sort-of experienced this. I am not saying that Moses and Aaron have committed suicide, I am just saying that they died once their purpose in life was fulfilled.

Suicide is a very personal decision and only the person who is committing it has the right to decide and do it. 

Torah is very clear that life is precious. Torah is very clear that as long as you are alive, ANYTHING is possible and EVERYTHING can change in one second. But once you are dead - this is it. Your life is complete and there is nothing that will ever change about it. So if you are considering (assisted) suicide, please keep this important thought in mind.

Yes, (assisted) suicide can be abused but with properly implemented security procedures, the risk will be minimal. We can't deny a lot of people a chance to die with dignity just because we are afraid that it will be abused.

Who are the prime candidates for (assisted) suicide? Here are some examples:

  1. Old people who has less than a week to live and who are experiencing slow organ failure'
  2. Terminally ill people who has less than 6 month to live
  3. Other seriously ill people who are experiencing pain and suffering due to their illness.
Regardless, CHOOSE LIFE. Live as long as you possible can! Only if you know for sure that the end is near, only then you should consider (assisted) suicide option. Otherwise, I would not recommend it.

P.S. If you or someone you know are serious about (assisted) suicide, I would recommend to talk to your doctor about replacing barbiturates with opiates because I think the overdose from opiates would be better and make the whole experience less painless.

Does Torah command the rapist to marry his victim?

No! ABSOLUTELY NOT !!! I do not know why this is even an issue for some people? 

This rumor is based on slight inconsistency in the verses of the text in Deuteronomy. So while I understand that some people could misread the text, still it is pretty crazy to think that some people would believe that God would allow this.

Let's take a look at what text of the Torah really says:
CLV Ex 22:16 In case a man entices a virgin who is not betrothed and lies with her he shall pay, yea pay her bride-price as a wife for himself. 
CLV Ex 22:17 If her father refuses, yea refuses to give her to him, he shall weigh out silver according to the bride-price for virgins. 
CLV Dt 22:28 In case a man should find a maiden, a virgin who is not betrothed, and he grasps her and lies with her, and they are found, 
CLV Dt 22:29 then the man who is lying with her must give to the maiden's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife. Inasmuch as he humiliated her he shall not be able to dismiss her all his days.
So as you can see, in reality the Torah states that it is up to the father of the victim to decide if she will be married off to the rapist. The woman's opinion also counts, which means that a woman must also agree with this. 

So as you can see, rapist IS NOT commanded to marry his victim. Rapist would only marry his victim if she and her father would agree to it. And as you can see from Deut 22:29, a rapist can't divorce his victim all his life. 

All in all, I think Torah commands a very wise and righteous things. Torah would never force a woman to marry her rapist !!! 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The missing blessings

An interesting inconsistency can be found in the Tribal blessings of Moses and Jacob (Israel). There seem to be one blessing missing. Let's take a look at the text:

Genesis 49

1) Reuben
2) Simeon
3) Levi
4) Judah
5) Zebulon
6) Issachar
7) Dan
8) Gad
9) Asher
10) Naphtali
11) Joseph
12) Benjamin

Deuteronomy 33

1) Reuben
2) Judah
3) Levi
4) Benjamin
5) Joseph
6) Zebulun
7) Gad
8) Dan
9) Naphtali
10) Asher

So as you can see, we are missing several blessings, namely for Simeon and Issachar, from the list of blessings that Moses gave.

My NIP also does not show any additional information (Genesis, Deuteronomy).

This means that most likely these blessings fell out of the text before the 2nd Temple period because they most certainly had to be there originally.

Also, it is interesting to see that Ephraim and Menashe tribes are listed under Joseph's name. This is because Joseph was one of the brothers originally and therefore also needed a blessing.

So we are missing two blessings, which are very important for Tribal identification. It would be very interesting to find the missing pieces but all current witnesses of the Torah do not contain them.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The word "Moshiach" in the Torah

Let's take a look at the word "Moshiach" in the Torah. This will make it absolutely clear that the word "Ha Moshiach" (המשיח) means "the anointed one" and it refers to Aaron and his sons.
CLV Lv 4:3 If the anointed priest should sin so as to bring guilt on the people, then he shall bring near for his sin with which he has sinned a flawless young bull calf of the herd, to Yahuah as a sin offering. 
CLV Lv 4:5 Then the anointed priest, who had filled his hand, will take some of the blood of the young bull and bring it to the tent of appointment. 
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 6:22 And the priest anointed in his stead from among his sons shall do it. It is an eonian statute to Yahuah. Wholly shall it be caused to fume;
And here is the summary of all forms of the root "MSH" (משח)

As you can see, the word "Moshiach" is applied exclusively to indicate Aaron and his sons (Ex 28:41). This word NEVER refers to a king or any other position mentioned in the Torah.

In fact, WE ARE PROHIBITED to use the Anointing Oil on someone else besides the Priests:
CLV Ex 30:31 And to the sons of Israel shall you speak, saying: A holy anointing oil shall this become to Me throughout your generations
CLV Ex 30:32 On human flesh of others it shall not be rubbed, and by its recipe you shall not make such as it. It is holy; holy shall it become to you. 
CLV Ex 30:33 The man who compounds such as it, and who gives any of it to an alien, he will be cut off from his people.
So what we read in NK about Anointing Oil being applied on kings is in fact a contradiction to the Torah and outright abomination to God!

So the word "Moshiach" refers exclusively to Aaron and his sons. During the Messianic Event, Aaron will re-appear and he will be anointed to become a so-called "Priestly Messiah". This is the only Messiah that is mentioned in the Torah.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Exclusive Material: The value of the Silver Shekel of the Tabernacle is revealed!

Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary (Tabernacle) is one of the most important units of measure in the Torah because a lot of things are tied to the value of the Silver Shekel.

First, I would like to offer you to look back at my original post when I started researching this issue. Here is the post.

Also, check out my research that I have made over the years here.

Let's take a look at the verses where the word "gerah" is used:
CLV Ex 30:13 This shall they give, everyone passing over to the ones being mustered: a half shekel by the shekel of the holy place, which is twenty gerahs to the shekel; the half shekel shall be a heave offering to Yahweh. 
CLV Lv 11:3 Every one bisecting the hoof and cleaving the cleft of the hooves and bringing up the cud among beasts, you may eat it.
CLV Lv 11:4 Only this is what you may not eat of those bringing up the cud or bisecting the hoof: the camel (for it is bringing up the cud yet is not bisecting the hoof; it is unclean for you), 
CLV Lv 11:5 the coney, (for it is bringing up the cud yet is not bisecting the hoof; it is unclean for you),
CLV Lv 11:6 the hare, (for it is bringing up the cud yet does not bisect the hoof; it is unclean for you), 
CLV Lv 11:7 and the boar, (for it is bisecting the hoof and is cleaving the cleft of the hoof, yet it is not stirring up the cud; it is unclean for you). 
CLV Lv 27:25 All of your appraisals shall be by the shekel of the holy place: twenty gerahs shall there be to a shekel
CLV Num 3:47 you will take also five shekels, five shekels per skull. By the shekel of the holy place shall you take them, twenty gerahs to the shekel. 
CLV Num 18:16 As for his ransom, from a month old up shall you take ransom by your appraisal with five silver shekels by the shekel of the holy place. It is twenty gerahs.
CLV Dt 14:6 And any other beast bisecting the hoof, cleaving the cleft into two hooves and bringing up the cud, among beasts, it you may eat. 
CLV Dt 14:7 Only this you may not eat of those bringing up the cud and of those bisecting the cloven hoof: the camel, the hare and the coney, for they are bringing up the cud yet do not bisect the hoof; they are unclean to you; 
CLV Dt 14:8 and the swine, for it is bisecting the hoof and cleaving the cleft of the hoof, yet it is not stirring up the cud; it is unclean to you. From their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcass you shall not touch.
So as you can see, the ONLY meaning of the word "gerah" is in relation to the Cud or Silver Shekel.
Otherwise, the word "gerah" is not used anywhere else in the Torah.

The reason why I dismissed this explicit connection in my research was due to the traditional value of gerah. Tradition claims that "gerah" is a small coin and weighs roughly 0.5 gram, making Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary 0.5*20=10g. This is most certainly a very appropriate value but the catch here is that Torah never mentions any "coins" or any connection to the money. The only thing that Torah mentions explicitly is the cud of a clean animal.

So, as you can see, I felt a victim of tradition again, which led me on the wrong path and would not let me figure out the correct value of the Shekel and Gerah.

So what is the correct answer here?

First of all, the value of the Silver Shekel of the Tabernacle is connected to the bolus of cud of the clean animal. This is the most important thing here, which is based on reading the Torah verses above.

However, Shekel said to be 20 gerahs, which obviously does not fit. So what are we to do here?

Let's look at the numerals in the verses above. Here is the image that demonstrates what is going on and where is the problem:

As you can see, traditional grammar is not consistent because it uses the same terms to define the numerals. In other words, the word for "ten" and "tenth" are the same or similar. So what is going on in our verses?

The answer is very simple. Due to scribal mistakes, the text got corrupted and the original text said "twentieth of a gerah" and not "twenty gerahs". In Hebrew, the proper word for "twentieth" is עשרים (oshrim) or עשירים (oshirim). Therefore, in the verses about Gerah, we are to understand the passage as saying that Shekel equals "A TWENTIETH" of Gerah !!!

Now that we know the correct value of the Shekel, let's calculate how much it would weigh in modern units of measurements:

According to this, this and this source, a cud bolus (shown below) would weigh approximately 100 grams. This is the average cud bolus of the average cow.

Since Shekel is equal 1/20th of a Gerah, it means that Shekel of the Tabernacle weighs 100g/20=5g. The value that fits perfectly in the Tabernacle measurements. See my Tabernacle Calculator for exact numbers.

Therefore, a Silver Talent would weigh 5g * 3000 = 15kg

Here is how 5 gram of Silver looks like:

So as you can see, the Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary (Tabernacle) was a relatively small coin. The half of that coin was the redemption money for the Israelites. So it most certainly was very affordable for everyone, regardless of their financial abilities.

If you read my previous research on Shekel, you would see that the proper value is close to that of a carob. However, carob is never mentioned in the Torah so it is not correct way to do it. We are to use cow's cud for measuring the Shekel of the Sanctuary.

I hope now it is clear how much the Silver Shekel of the Sanctuary weighs.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Full Moon 06/09/2017

I took this picture around 10:13 PDT on 06/08/2017. As you can see, the moon is exactly full - a perfect circle with a halo around it. This is most certainly Full Moon Shabbat eve. It was a very nice "strawberry " moon because it had a shade of red to it, especially in the early morning hours.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Who should wear Tzitzit?

Who should wear Tzitzit? Should women wear tzitzit? Let's take a look at the original text:
YLT Num 15:37 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, 
YLT Num 15:38 'Speak unto the sons of Israel, and thou hast said unto them, and they have made for themselves fringes on the skirts of their garments, to their generations, and they have put on the fringe of the skirt a ribbon of blue, 
YLT Num 15:39 and it hath been to you for a fringe, and ye have seen it, and have remembered all the commands of Jehovah, and have done them, and ye search not after your heart, and after your eyes, after which ye are going a-whoring; 
YLT Num 15:40 so that ye remember and have done all My commands, and ye have been holy to your God; 
YLT Num 15:41 I am Jehovah your God, who hath brought you out from the land of Egypt to become your God; I, Jehovah, am your God.'
As you can see from the verses above, the text clearly states "sons". This is because the word "בני" (bni) is most certainly masculine, even the Masoretic Pointing says that it is masculine noun. In all places in the Torah where this word is used it is always masculine, so it most certainly refers only to men.

However, women are ALSO REQUIRED TO WEAR TZITZIT. The whole point of Tzitzit is to remind us about the commandments of God, so it would be strange that women would be excluded from this commandment. This is confirmed by Leviticus 11:2, Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 23:2 where the same terminology (sons of Israel) is used, yet no one would think that these commands apply only to men. Therefore, even though the commandment is addressed to men, we are to understand that it applies BOTH TO MEN AND WOMEN !!!


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