Friday, March 31, 2017

Dietary Laws Beyond Clean and Unclean in the Written Law

The written Torah tells us to do more than just separate between clean and unclean. There are additional dietary laws, such as regarding not eating blood, not eating fat/tallow, not eating a carcass, and not eating an animal that was predated by another animal.




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Moon 03/29/2017

I took this picture around 8PM PT on 03/29/2017. As you can see, the Moon is about 4% here, which means that the 28th was indeed the first day of the month and the new year day.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Homosexuality and Torah: The Issue of Choice

Some men experience attraction to other men. We are all dealt the lot we are dealt. The question is, even if we naturally feel inclined to do otherwise, are we going to seek His desires and His commands, or no?

The details of the command: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWVm3wpq068


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Please note that IT IS ALWAYS A CHOICE to engage in HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR. There is no justification for thinking otherwise. So while HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION is NOT A CHOICE, the HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR IS !!! Especially if you claim to be Written Torah observant!

Please see this post for more details.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Homosexuality and Torah: What Does It Actually Say?

Traditions on homosexuality sometimes go beyond what the law actually says, especially in regard to female homosexuality. We'll be looking at the actual literal wording of the law, surrounding and related passages, and we'll discuss the implications of these commands. Also, we'll discuss the concept of a homosexual lifestyle (including gay marriage).


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] The main reason why woman+woman is not prohibited is because Torah allows polygamy and because women do not have organs to have sexual intercourse with each other. Only HOMOSEXUAL BEHAVIOR is prohibited - not HOMOSEXUAL ORIENTATION. If you like to hang out with guys platonically, Torah does not prohibit that. Only gross stuff like sex and other perverted behavior.

Please see this post for detailed discussion of this subject.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Rosh HaShana !!! Happy New Year!!!

Dear thedeserttabernacle.com readers,

I would like to congratulate all of us for reaching the end of one and beginning of another Hebrew Lunar Year! Happy New Year !!!

As Torah clearly states, Rosh HaShana (or Rosh Chodashim) happens on the 1st of the 1st Month.
CLV Ex 12:2 This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first for you of the months of the year.
As I mentioned before in my blog, the New Year begins in the first lunar month right after spring equinox. This is because this month will be the flowering month for plants like barley.

We begin to count new year and new month today evening. Today is the evening of Rosh HaShana.

Unfortunately, I do not know what year it is, since the count was long lost and changed by the rabbis.

Regardless, I would like to wish all my readers well and happiness in the new year. I hope this year will be better than the last one for you!


Here is my Correct Hebrew Calendar for this year. Please help me by sharing and spreading this calendar. Here is direct link.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Does Atonement Mean At-One-Ment in the Hebrew?

When looking at the Hebrew word "kipper" or "kippur", is it accurately represented by the English words "atone" and "atonement"? Is it reasonable to conclude symbolic meanings based upon these words? When we look at the usage of the Hebrew words, we see no such implication, and instead, we see a more accurate translation is the word "cover".


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] In the Torah, the word "kippur" or "kapporot" refers primarily to the Lid of the Ark of the Covenant (See Exodus 25:17). This part:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

If Someone Starts to Realize the Torah's Relevance

When people start to realize something isn't quite right with the traditional teachings, what do we do? How can we help them to realize the Torah is the way? In my view, we should help them to recognize their current motivation and state of awareness, and suggest putting a specific plan of action into place. Apathy has its own momentum, so if the person has any expectation of figuring this out, they need to start now and maintain that course.


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] What I recommend to a beginner or those who are too lazy or busy to read the text, is to LISTEN to the Torah. A chapter a day perhaps. Audio recordings of the Written Torah are available on the right sidebar of this blog on on the bottom of this page.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Dining Out While Trying to Keep Kosher?

Is it realistic to try to dine at a restaurant while seeking to follow the biblical dietary restrictions? Special guests share their experience working at restaurants and food service establishments and offer their insights. We then highlight three points: cross-contamination, ingredients, and communication issues.






[Aleksandr Sigalov:] I would also advise against going out to a kosher restaurant. Even if it is Glatt Kosher. All Glatt and regular kosher restaurant I've been to in LA have the same issues: they serve food on ceramic plates, they allow women to work there and they all have mexican cooks for some reason. So while kosher restaurants usually do not have issues that my friend described in his video, they still can't be considered kosher according to the Torah due to other violations of other commands. Not to mention that every kosher store has different rabbi certifying it so there may be other issues due to that.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The Law of the King of Israel: Deuteronomy 17 and Its Implications

What does the Torah say about the king of Israel? Who is he, what is he supposed to do and not do, and what are the implications of the command? If we expect the messiah to fulfill the law and to do the commands given for the king of Israel, then we should also be expecting the continuation of Torah observance and the continuation of the Levitical priesthood.

(Graphic is understood as US public domain, Rembrandt)


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Please note that the word "messiah" means "the anointed one". The only legitimate messiah was Aaron and then his son. So technically speaking, messiah and anointment in the Torah reserved ONLY to the Aaronites. We are never commanded to anoint the king. In fact, if I remember correctly, we can't use the anointing oil on anyone other than a priest that we are anointing.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Everyone Sorts Out Their Own Salvation?

Is everyone in the Torah society supposed to operate independently and be left to their own conclusions? Is the Torah society individualistic such that everyone is their own island? Is the Torah society an anarchist society? We discuss leadership in the Torah, personality types and the inclination to lead vs follow, and the culture of guiding one another in the Torah society.

(Graphics are either sourced by me or are understood as US public domain)


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] A few points my friend does not make... First point is that we are supposed to listen ONLY to LEVITES and JUDGES APPOINTED BY LEVITES, and ONLY if they follow Written Torah. If a Levite or a Judge preaches something else than Written Torah, you are not to obey such individual. See this page for exact quotes and more information.

The other point is that we are still responsible for our own soul as Deuteronomy 4:9 states. This means that we are NOT to follow our leaders BLINDLY!!! This is what Nazis did. We are always required to be vigilant and careful with the Written Torah and we should reprove and correct our fellow brothers and leaders shall they be mistaken in the Law.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Deuteronomy 12:15 - Understanding Clean and Unclean People

Understanding the distinction between clean & unclean animals and clean & unclean people is essential to understanding many commands in the law, such as Deuteronomy 12:15. We'll discuss some examples of both and the basics of how they differ, and we'll use this foundation to discuss the meaning of Deuteronomy 12:15.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

1000000 page views and counting :)

Dear thedeserttabernacle.com readers,

Finally, I got to hit 1 million page views mark! Thanks to you! Keep up the good work! I need your viewership and support!

This is very exciting and I am very proud of this accomplishment and grateful to God for letting me spread His word!

Here is some statistics for the lifetime (7.5 years) of my blog:

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Who is the "Firstborn" of God? What does the Bible say?

A commonly missed verse talks about who the "firstborn" of God is. This statement is quoted from God in the text of the book of Exodus. What might this entail regarding later claims and later books?

(Graphics are either sourced by me or are understood as US public domain)



[Aleksandr Sigalov:] According to the Exodus 13:12-15 and Deuteronomy 15:19 the term "firstborn" should be understood to refer ONLY TO MALES !!!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Full Moon 03/12/2017

As you can see from the picture below, yesterday was indeed Full Moon Shabbat. I took this picture around 9PM. As you can see, the Moon was still perfectly round even though it has been 14+ hours since the phase.

The moon appeared full a day before Shabbat, but it was an illusion. This is why it is important to use charts/calculations to double check when is the correct Shabbat day.

Full Moon is hard to see phase. It is not clearly visible. This is why I prefer to rely on Half Moons to determine the Shabbat day of the week for a month.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Kosher Symbols 101: Which ones should I trust?

Introduction to Kosher Symbols, some basics about what they mean and where to find them, and some issues to be aware of with certain symbols we may see.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Based Upon My Reading of the Entire Bible"

When people use the notion of a "reading of the entire Bible" to justify their beliefs, we need to encourage them to get more specific. We want to discuss the specifics of the text, specific passages, specific wordings, and specific teachings. If we're talking about a concept of the "entire Bible", we're talking about beliefs, not the text.

(Graphics are either sourced by me or are understood as US public domain)


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] I wrote a similar post titled Where it is written in the Written Torah? I express the same sentiments as my friend, because many people seem to ascribe to the Bible, and Torah in particular, all kinds of things and beliefs. So ALWAYS CHECK THE TEXT !!! Even the text itself can be misleading, this is why it is always important to operate only with facts and use logic and reason when trying to interpret the Written Torah.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Yom Kippur sign

What is the sign of Yom Kippur???

Yom Kippur sign in the sky from God is the 1st Quarter (Half) Moon in 7th lunar month from spring equinox! Correct Yom Kippur date, therefore, is the 8th of the 7th lunar month! Not 10th!

This year (2017) it is from evening of September 27th through the evening of September 28th.

Please see this section for more information and explanations.



Yom Kippur Sign and correct Yom Kippur Date. Day of Atonement Sign and date.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Halal Slaughter: Should Torah Observers Eat It?

We may get the idea that Muslim dietary practice is somewhat similar to Kosher/Clean & Unclean practice and therefore seek out local Halal butchers for meat. There may be a problem with this. While Islamic practice can vary from group to group, many effectively sacrifice their animals in the name of their elohim. Exodus 34:15 and its surrounding verses seem to indicate that we wouldn't even want to consider eating of such a thing from the Canaanites, so this situation could be problematic as well (there are some connections between Islamic and Canaanite practice).

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Adding to the Law in the TNK?

Are the prophecies at the end of Ezekiel problematic? Do some of the prophets in the traditional TNK canon seek to change the Torah and its commands? Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32 prohibit such a change. 

(Graphics are either sourced by me or are understood as US public domain)


[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Tabernacle is the ONLY true sanctuary of God. Stone Temple in Jerusalem is a lie and a fairy tale made up by men. Only Tabernacle and it is forever!

All other books of the Bible except Written Torah (Pentateuch) are NOT divine! They are made-up story that often contradict the Written Torah. Only Written Torah was written by God Himself (Ex 24:12). All other books of the Bible were written by men and they are not holy!

Half Moon 03/06/2017

Took this picture right after sunset on 03/06/2017 (right after Shabbat had begun, ~6:20PM PT). As you can see, the Moon is exactly half so it is definitely 1st Quarter Shabbat.


As you can see from diagram below, 1st Quarter Moon (1st Half Moon of the month) is to remind us about Taking of Passover Lamb and Yom Kippur - both events connected to the sin atonement.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Torah Business Practices: Wages and Pay Periods

How often are we to pay our hired workers? The two-week pay period may be deemed useful for the interests of a business, but what are we to do according to the commands of the Torah? 

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Should We Pray Before or After the Meal?

A common practice is to pray before eating. Is this consistent with the biblical text, or is there a more accurate approach? 

Also see the meaning of bless here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWx0HyxEiuU

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[Aleksandr Sigalov:] Please also check out Deuteronomy 6:7 and Deuteronomy 11:19. So perhaps we are to bless God before and after the meal? However, as video above clearly points out there is only the command to do it after (not before). So I think this video has a good point.

P.S. I found a passage where Torah explicitly states that Isaac blessed his son AFTER a meal. See Genesis 27:4 for example.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Exclusive Material: Complete correct Torah calendar

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce that I have finished working on the correct Torah calendar and now it is complete and ready for use. It took me over 2 years to figure out correct calendar but I finally did it

This is a very significant discovery and I am very proud of this accomplishment. You, my readers, are the first to read about it and you are the first in many millennia to see the original Torah calendar.

Please check out the calendar below. This calendar does not have any deficiencies and fully consistent with the Torah text. This calendar allows one to be completely in sync with nature and God. This calendar also allows you to calculate events correctly, such as birthdays or other occasions. This calendar also much more efficient than any other calendar.

The most significant achievement of this calendar is the correct date for Yom Kippur! I was the first to have figured it out and I am very proud of it. I feel very excited that from now on I will be celebrating Yom Kippur as God has intended. Please note that correct Yom Kippur is on the 8th of the 7th lunar month! Not 10th of the 7th lunar month! 1st Quarter Moon of the 7th Month is Yom Kippur sign in the sky from God!


You can read entire complete article about all details of the calendar here.

Enjoy!

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