Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Exclusive Material: How long did Noah travel in the Ark?

I've discussed this in my previous post, however I've realized something that may resolve this issue.

As you know from Genesis 7:11, 8:3-4, Noah traveled in the ark for exactly 150 days. Current observation of the moon obviously do not support this number. So, what are we to make of this? Is Torah incorrect? 

Of'course not! Torah is, as usual, correct. I think the reason why we can't have the 150 days count today is described in the Torah. Let's take a look:
YLT Gn 10:25 And to Eber have two sons been born; the name of the one is Peleg (for in his days hath the earth been divided,) and his brother's name is Joktan.
For some reason, I thought before that Peleg was born before Noah, which is why I did not connect the Flood and Division of the Earth at first. But now I think it makes sense to me.

If you think about it, originally the Moon cycle was exactly 30 days. In the days of Noah. The Flood did not affect the earth right away. It happened gradually, up until the time Peleg was born and continents of the Earth split. Please see this post for additional details. 

It seems that that continent split due to Flood very well might have affected the rotation of the Earth and/or the Moon, thus speeding up Moon cycle to 29.5 days from 30 days even.

I can even prove this experimentally... Imagine Pangea as a weight on a rotating sphere (the Earth). Since the weight is only on one side of the rotating sphere, the sphere wobbles, meaning that the sphere turns slower. Once the weight is redistributed evenly over the rotating sphere, the wobbling disappears and the sphere starts turning faster. Therefore, the Moon orbiting our rotating sphere would have a reduced monthly cycle of 29.5 days instead of 30 days originally.

I think this makes perfect sense and fits very well into my theory about the calendar. From the post mentioned in the beginning, the current count for Noah's journey is 148 days. I will double check it this year and report if it is accurate. Please see my calendar for more information.

DIY Easy, Simple Tassels (Tzitzit) on a Garment

Step-by-step instructions for making the commanded tassels on our clothes. We will be using a simple, quick, and easy method that can be applied to any garment. No more safety pins! We are concerned with the text of the command rather than the later traditions on the issue, and we will be doing these tassels on a garment. We are supposed to do the tassels on our clothes, not just "wear 4 tzitzit" (see Does the Law say to "Wear Tzitzit"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDOYQiBIZfk).



What you need: ( 2:22 )
-Scissors
-Yarn darner/large-eyed needle
-2+ Embroidery floss (blue and one or more additional floss)
-Superglue (optional, for use on short tassels)

1. Choose locations for your tassels ( 2:48 )
2. Prepare floss and needle ( 2:58 )
3. Insert needle from outside and pull floss through ( 3:10 )
4. Insert needle from inside and pull floss through ( 3:23 )
5. Cut floss ( 3:37 )
6. Tie knots ( 3:48 )
7. Trim ( 4:48 )
8. Repeat for rest of the tassels ( 4:52 )
9. Apply superglue to knots (optional) ( 5:01 )

[Aleksandr Sigalov]: Please note that this is the most basic and simple way to make TziTzit. I personally prefer whole fringes that I put on all edges of the garment. Please see this page to compare it to my friend's.

What is the Psychoactive Information?

As the expert on Torah and computers, I enjoy seeing both human and machine world. One thing I wanted to discuss today is the Psychoactive information. This is the term that I use to describe any information that transfers extreme degree of human emotion and energy, so that it affects anyone receiving it in profound ways. 

Why I want to talk about it? Simple...We all use internet so we encounter Psychoactive Information on a daily basis. Some of you may not even realize it...

So what is the Psychoactive Information or Psychoactive Material?

Like I said above, the main difference between Psychoactive Information and regular Information is the degree of human emotion and energy being transferred. For example, Torah is one of the very good examples of Psychoactive Material or Information, because Torah has affected almost everyone who has read it and 95% of the world believes in some or all parts of the Torah.

So books, music, videos and now VR, AR, MR etc are all examples of media that can transfer Psychoactive Information or Material.

Psychoactive Material can be positive and negative (good or bad basically).

The most extreme version of negative Psychoactive Material would be a video of murder, although now it would probably be VR or AR of murder. This would be the most extreme material that I can think of. It is well documented that people who work with such materials on daily basis (i.e LEOs) can get very real PTSD and other mental damage.

So remember, while all computer media is not real (just pixels on the screen), its content can have very real power over you. So please be very careful with negative Psychoactive Information.

Of'course, this does not mean you can't enjoy positive Psychoactive Material like Torah or beautiful concert. Positive Psychoactive Information causes only positive changes so feel free to get as much as you desire.

It is interesting to note that the more advanced technology becomes, the more powerful Psychoactive Information becomes. This applies to both positive and negative Psychoactive Information. One thing is to see something on a small crappy TV and another thing to see a full-blown VR or AR. While this is a great news for positive Psychoactive Information, this is rather bad news in terms of negative one because it will also be more powerful.

You have power over sin (Genesis 4:7), therefore you have a power over negative Psychoactive Information, so do not let it get to you. It can't affect you if you will choose so. 

Instead, try to absorb as much as possible of positive Psychoactive Information which will heal and elevate your soul. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

A restaurant analogy

Consider such example...

The world is the restaurant. God is the owner, of'course. Hebrews are the staff and nations are the clients.

As anyone will tell you, a restaurant is only as good as the staff that is working there. If the staff is polite and friendly there are usually no problems and everyone is happy. 

At the same time, if the staff is rude and has a superiority complex, such restaurant would not be a very nice place to eat.

Hebrew nation is called the "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19:6), so Hebrews must set the example and live the highly moral and a spiritual life.

We, Hebrews, are like the eldest brother among all the nations. The example we set will be followed by others so we must watch out what we do as a nation and as individuals.

This is why we must live ONLY by the Written Torah because it is the ONLY Law that was given to the Hebrews by God. If we will continue to follow other gods and add to the Torah, we will only invite trouble, hate and anti-semitism.

The only way for the Hebrews to live in peace is to take on the role of the WISE and RIGHTEOUS leaders of the nations and set an example that will be coveted and followed.

Exclusive Material: Brief information about state of the Torah text

I wanted to give you an overview of the state of the Torah text. I wanted to draw you a complete picture so you can see the degree of the problem.

First of all, there are only three available sources (witnesses) of the original Torah text, namely Masoretic Text or the text of the Jews (Torah scroll as you know it), Samaritan Pentateuch which is a text of a small Jewish sect and Dead Sea Scrolls (Qumran Scrolls) that are remains of another Jewish sect.

These three witnesses, MT, SP and DSS, are the primary sources of the Torah as we know it. You can find all three on my Interlinear Pentateuch project web site.

All of these witnesses come to us from the after 2nd Temple period and as far as I know there are no earlier sources of the Torah available. For example, it would be interesting to see the Torah from the days of the 1st Temple, and even more so from the days of Moses and Elders.

Masoretic Text is the most widespread and considered a standard and a tradition. However, Samaritan Pentateuch contains very important additions not found in the Masoretic Text. 

Samaritan Pentateuch is closer to the original, except the famous 11th commandment (this part was obviously added by Samaritans).

You can find the list of most significant difference in the SP here, in this post.

Dead Sea Scrolls are closer in spelling to the SP rather than MT, but as far as text itself goes DSS are closer to MT. There are no significant textual differences or any important additions in the DSS - mostly spelling differences. DSS are pretty much useless when it comes to the Torah, so it can be disregarded for the most part.

However, even if you use all three witnesses together, you will find that the text is still corrupted. This means that many changes occurred prior to the 2nd Temple period. How do I know this? Through comparative analysis of the text. In many places text does not make any sense, which is an indication of intentional change and corruption. Here is a one example.

What does this mean? It means that you have to be very careful when you studying Torah, because the original text itself can't be completely trusted. Best way to get the correct information from the text would be through logic and comparative textual analysis. If you blindly trust the text, you will make mistakes in understanding the Torah.

All three witnesses were extensively edited, even the most holy parts like Decalogues (Ex 20, Deut 5). While some changes appear accidental and due to scribe not understanding what he was writing (i.e "work" vs" "slave work" issue), other changes look definitely intentional and sectarian in nature. Example with Passover above is one of such intentional changes to fit the pharisaic agenda.

So like I said, be very very careful with relying on just on the text of the Torah. It has mistakes too, so it can mislead you.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Moon 01/29/2017

Took this picture tonight. The moon was clearly 4% so my calendar appears to be correct and yesterday was indeed the 1st of the month or the new moon.

Exclusive Material: A brief history of Torah observance

As one can read from NK, Torah was more or less observed up until the time of David. 

David was the first to propose the idea of the stone Temple that was foreign to the Torah.

David's son, Solomon, managed to take the Ark from the Tabernacle and move it to the stone Temple (1st Temple) that he and his father had built.

How did this happen? On what authority? 

Torah explicitly states that anyone foreign approaching the Tabernacle must be killed. The Ark and the Tabernacle were sanctified by Moses and were Holy so only Levites and Kohanim could serve in it. The Ark was also sanctified so no one was allowed even to enter into one room with it... So having said all this, how did Solomon managed to take the Ark? I do not know. NK does not state this very important detail.

Was there a revolt? Did Solomon kill the guarding Levites to take the Ark? 

Or, perhaps, by the time this happened, Levites abandoned the Torah and were complicit to establish some new and foreign order of things... 

Once again, NK is silent about this, so one can only speculate. 

What is clear is that the dedication of the 1st Temple was the turning point for the Hebrew nation. By the time of the 1st Temple, Hebrews completely abandoned the Torah and started following this new order of things where the center of worship was not the light, portable Tabernacle, but rather impossibly heavy, stationary stone Temple.

Of'course, once the 1st Temple was destroyed, things got even worse. They built a second Temple, which was not even supposedly sanctioned by God (Herod's Temple) at which time we see the birth of Judaism which is a religion that has nothing to do with what Written Torah says. Also, completely foreign idea.

Now most Hebrews do not even know the Written Torah. No sure, they know they basic narrative but they have absolutely no understanding of a single word from it. This is what is known as Rabbinic Judaism, or Judaism in general...

Breastfeeding and menstruation issues

Here is an issue that I was thinking about for quite some time... What about newborns and infants in general?

As we know from the Torah, a woman returns to her regular period after the "cleansing blood flow" period(Leviticus 12:4-5)

However, as we know from the Torah, anything that menstruating woman touches becomes unclean. Does this apply to the child she is breastfeeding? I think it does. I think it makes the child unclean. I think Torah implies that. I.e Lev 7:21, Lev 13:44-45, etc.

This means that before a clean father or anyone else clean can handle a newborn who is still being breastfed, the newborn probably needs to be washed and his clothes changed.

I think, during the breastfeeding, a child should be separated with his mother, because they both would be unclean due to the mother's period and because there is a high chance of spreading this uncleanness through touching of the newborn.

This is basically the issue in a nutshell. What do you think?

Hebrew Priests as an ideal

When you have a question about Torah, particularly about how to behave in this or that situation, it is a very good idea to look at the Torah Priests.

According to the Torah, a Priest is someone who is the descendant of Aaron and who is completely dedicated to live his life according to the Written Torah. At the time of existence of the Tabernacle, priests would also be required to serve there.

Priests were separated from the rest of the Hebrews and even their brethren (Levites) and had a special set of commandments applicable only to them. While Torah is very clear that some commandments are for the priests and some for regular people, there are less clear situation in which Torah seem to imply the priests as a desired ideal.

For example, Priests were required to marry only virgins, eat only the best of the best food and a High Priest was required to wear a special Golden Frontlet on his forehead. These are good three examples that should give you an idea of what I am talking about.

What does it mean? 

Well...it means that even for a common Hebrew man it would be desirable to marry a virgin instead of a divorcee for example. 

Or, if it is possible, one should eat not just the best food, but the best of the best.

Or, the last example with the High Priest is pretty much a direct description of the so-called Tefillin that was required to be worn even by the commoners. In this case, a commoner would not wear Gold but some cheaper material and different inscription (the 10 commandments are assumed as an inscription instead of "Holy to Yahuah" for the High Priest).

So as you can see, when you are not sure what to do, ask yourself: what would a Hebrew Priest would do? How he would behave? This should assure that you will make the right choice in life and in this particular situation.

Having said all that, please remember that some thing were reserved ONLY for the Priests (i.e tithe or 1st born animals or firstborn ransom silver) so a commoner should never desire this for himself as it is holy to God. 

So think and act as a Priest, but do not forget that if you are a commoner, you still have to give the best of the best to them and do not keep what is God's for yourself.

About pornography

There are two issues with pornography from the Torah perspective. Let's examine both of them.

First issue is the issue of the media on which pornography is recorded. What Torah allows and what it does not allow? 

Well, obviously any physical carving or molten image would be prohibited because it would be considered an idol. Paper or computer pornography would be ok. 

In fact, modern media raises a very interesting question of how to deal with sexually deviant pornography? As far as I understand, pixels on the screen are not considered idols by the Torah, therefore, any type of computer pornography is allowed.

So the second issue as you can guess would be what to do with sexually deviant pornography? Does Torah allow it or not?

Once again, Torah seem to allow all type of computer pornography, meaning that even sexually deviant pornography should be allowed to exist. This is closer to the media and freedom of information question, rather than pornography question.

At the same time, sexually deviant pornographic acts may be misunderstood by some people as a call to action, therefore, sexually deviant pornography should have limited access. Say - by age, or perhaps what is more effective - by justified need.

And just to quickly define what is sexually deviant pornography...Well, homosexual pornography, child pornography, adultery and promiscuity. So, afaik, this would limit Torah-allowed pornography only to the sex between married couples and only to the traditionally dressed actors in terms of sexual orientation and movie story line. 

This is what I think about this issue. What about you?

Will the Temple be Rebuilt when Israel is Restored?

Is the temple supposed to be rebuilt according to the law? Will the temple be constructed and that will cause the restoration of Israel, or will the restoration of Israel cause the reconstruction of the temple, or does the Torah say something different entirely? 

The Torah tells us in Leviticus 26:11 that the blessing of being in the land is that the Tabernacle (mishkan), also known as the "tent of meeting", will be given in the midst of obedient Israel. This is accordance with the location that we are commanded to do the rituals at throughout the commands, the commanded holy place of the Torah (Exodus 25:8, etc). 

We want to reevaluate these prophets that have told us that we should no longer do the commands as they were given, and we want to reevaluate prophets that want us to expect something that does not align with the Torah.

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

Difficult love life of the Patriarchs

One interesting detail that I've noticed when I was doing my MLT project was that the Patriarchs had a very difficult love life.

Abraham married his step-sister, which resulted in them not being able to have children. Also, once Isaac was born, Sarah became competitive of Abraham's other wives, which added to the difficulty of their relationship and resulted in exile of Ishmael.

Jacob married sisters, which also resulted in a difficult relationship. His wives competed and fought with one another so I am sure it was difficult for Jacob to manage that. From Jacob's story we see that his wives competed almost through the entire life, especially so when they were bearing children for Jacob.

Joseph had to marry an Egyptian woman. And even though Torah is silent about their relationship, it was also probably rocky due to the differences in cultures and the issue of the Torah observance.

Even Moses had difficult relationship with his Midianite wife, whom he had to divorce once he had taken over the leadership of the Hebrews.

The only person who had more or less good relationship with his wife was Isaac, but as you know his children fought with each other, so his family life was difficult as well.

What does this all teaches us? Well...life is a terrible thing no matter who you are and where you come from. Even our Patriarchs had their share of problems. Therefore, never envy someone else's wife because you do not know what kind of crap they had to deal with in their relationship. Usually it is just as bad, so you would not gain anything by adultery. And of'course remember to humbly accept your woman for who she is because frankly - it could have been much worse :p

Mercy, love and kindness

One important aspect to understand about God is the aspect of mercy, love and kindness.

Why this is important? Well, simply because humans are not perfect like God and bound to make mistakes (sin). This is why God instituted rituals of slaughter to atone for such mistakes (sin).

Unfortunately, sometimes the sin is unavoidable (for different reasons). This is when mercy, love and kindness of God come into play.

Let's take a look at Exodus 34:5-8
YLT Ex 34:5 And Jehovah cometh down in a cloud, and stationeth Himself with him there, and calleth in the Name of Jehovah, 
YLT Ex 34:6 and Jehovah passeth over before his face, and calleth:  'Jehovah, Jehovah God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth, 
YLT Ex 34:7 keeping kindness for thousands, taking away iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and not entirely acquitting, charging iniquity of fathers on children, and on children's children, on a third generation, and on a fourth.' 
YLT Ex 34:8 And Moses hasteth, and boweth to the earth, and doth obeisance,
As you can see from these verses, 'Jehovah, Jehovah God, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abundant in kindness and truth'.... This means that sometimes God is willing to simply forgive (erase) the sin and restore the sinner to the path of righteousness.

For example, Abraham was married to his step-sister, which is forbidden by the Torah. This is why they could not conceive until God forgave Abraham and granted him a son. Had it not been for God's abundant love, mercy and kindness, Abraham would've died childless.

Similarly God understands that we are not robots and we can't be punished as robots (for every little single thing). Therefore, God sometimes forgives us the sin so we can continue to live (literally), so that the sin does not eat us alive.

So remember, that it is the effort that counts most. If you are trying to observe the commandments with all your soul and heart but they still do not come out quite right - keep trying, but always remember that God will not punish you for a sincere effort and honest mistakes.

Also remember that mercy, love and kindness are a part of the decalogue, therefore it is permissible to count on God to be merciful, loving and kind in some situation. But once again, those who abuse or take advantage of God's grace usually get punished pretty severely.

Why story of Moses?

Torah is a manual to life. It is the law for humans to live by and therefore it must reflect humanity in the most precise and undistorted way. 

Torah was written by God for humans, therefore it is not just a bunch of laws but rather an intricate story that explains all nuances of human psyche and behavior.

Of'course, the central figure of the Torah is Moses, because God has chosen him to deliver His Law to the Hebrew people.

Story of Moses is special in many different ways and it is very important to the Torah narrative. 

However, one often overlooked detail is that Moses, as the greatest prophet who ever lived, reflected all positive and negative qualities of the human beings. This means that anyone would behave the same way in Moses's shoes. Imho, Moses's was so close to God that he was actually living the Law, he was acting the law out. Moses, in a way, did not have a choice in his life after God had chosen him to lead the Hebrew nation. Moses couldn't have not brought Hebrews out of Egypt, Moses couldn't have not split the Sea, Moses couldn't have not build the Tabernacle etc. 

Human essence and nature is summarized by the story of Moses, which what makes it so great and profound. This is why the Torah is the word of God, because the story of Moses is true. In fact, the story of Moses is such the fundamental truth that it can't be denied by any rational and logical person who have read the Torah. 

I believe in the story of Moses because it is real life in its glory, in its good and bad at the same time. In a way, Moses is fighting his evil self in the Torah. Moses goes through the inner struggle that is reflected as an outer struggle of the Hebrew nation.

Most women in the Written Torah were promiscuous

Yes, this seem to be the case. It took me a while to figure it out but I finally noticed this horrible detail. Here is why...

In the Written Torah, only Rebecca is called a virgin. Explicitly. Twice. Genesis 24:16

All other women mentioned in the Torah are only called by name. Torah never says that any other woman it mentions was a virgin.

This is not surprising...

Consider this, Torah explicitly states that Children of Israel are stiff-necked. That they easily go after other gods, especially when it comes to women.

Abraham had almost borderline perverted relationship with his step-sister, Jacob married sisters...no wonder that all these women were promiscuous.

I will even go as far as to say that Miriam was promiscuous, because Torah does not say that she was a virgin.

So as you can see, female promiscuity is something that has been haunting humanity since the time immemorial, so it is up to us to follow the Torah to reverse and prevent this. 

All Torah laws that discuss female promiscuity are very just and very righteous. So any woman who claims to follow God's Law, should really examine her behavior and see if she maybe doing (or have done) something that Torah prohibits.

Once again, I need to mention that Torah provides Tabernacle and system of slaughters that allows a woman to atone for some of the promiscuity. However, there are things that woman can't atone for, so if I were a woman, I would watch out for these things.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Where it is written in the Written Torah?

Here is a very simple argument for you to consider when you are discussing the Torah. Actually, I would say that the question I am about to propose should be asked every time you are trying to make any conclusion about the Torah text.

Where it is written in the Written Torah?

For example, someone is trying to convince you that there was some other torah (oral torah) given by God to Moses. The question you must ask such person is WHERE it is written in the WRITTEN Torah? This will usually resolve most of the questions at once. In this case, you can look at Exodus 24:12, where it clearly says that Moses got ONLY Tablets of Stone with the 10 commandments on them and a scroll of the Written Torah. This is it. Written Torah never lists anything else that God gave. No other types of Torah was ever given. So here...this question provides the answer that can't be argued against.

So always remember: WHERE it is written in the WRITTEN Torah?!??

Observing the Torah when you do not feel well

This is a rather interesting subject... How to observe the Torah and continue to believe God in the darkest of the darkest hours?

For example, I had a food poisoning recently and all I was thinking about is the Hospital and ER. I had only few thoughts about God or Torah.... I try but when you are throwing up all over the place every five minutes, it is not as easy as one may think.

So what to do is such situation?

Well...always remember that God is your healer and that you live by the Law (Torah). So if you do not feel well, it means that you have violated the Law and God decided to punish you a little bit. This is why I think God and Torah does not cross one's mind when he is sick...I mean, you are in the middle of punishment so it is easier to just concentrate on the punishment and misery and get it over with.

Of'course, once I went to the ER and got their healing IVs and shots, I felt much better and could get back to God and Torah. I actually felt good after all this, because what doesn't kill you, makes you stronger.

Since it was a food poisoning, I most certainly violated Dietary Laws, so there was no one to blame but myself.

Regardless, even if you are in the middle of shit-storm and you feel horrible, always remember Yahuah and His Torah. This will help you to get your mind of the pain and suffering. Also, it really helps to wear TziTzit, because this way you will definitely remember God and His Torah even if you are by the toilet, throwing up.  

Virginity is a virtue and a sign of holiness

According to the Torah, virginity is great virtue. Only Rebeccah in the entire Torah was called a virgin, which means that there were problems with women even in times of the patriarchs.

Here are a few interesting verses.
YLT Lv 21:1 And Jehovah saith unto Moses,  'Speak unto the priests, sons of Aaron, and thou hast said unto them, For any person a priest is not defiled among his people, 
YLT Lv 21:2 except for his relation who is near unto him--for his mother, and for his father, and for his son, and for his daughter, and for his brother. 
YLT Lv 21:3 and for his sister, the virgin, who is near unto him, who hath not been to a man; for her he is defiled. 
YLT Lv 21:7  'A woman, a harlot, or polluted, they do not take, and a woman cast out from her husband they do not take, for he is holy to his God; 
YLT Lv 21:8 and thou hast sanctified him, for the bread of thy God he is bringing near; he is holy to thee; for holy am I, Jehovah, sanctifying you. 
YLT Lv 21:9  'And a daughter of any priest when she polluteth herself by going a-whoring--her father she is polluting; with fire she is burnt.
As you can see, Sons of Aaaron, Sons of the Priests and the Priests could not approach a dead person, unless it was the closest of kin. Most interesting verse is Lev 21:3, where it says that a priest may defile himself for his dead VIRGIN sister. So as you can see, even in death, virginity is considered holy and a virtue.

What does it mean? It means that virginity is a holy and a sign of a discerning (read - wise) woman that is fit to be a wife of a Priest. Why God gave Priests virgins to wives? Well...that's is because a priest was holy onto God and could not profane his status by associating with polluted women.

Does this mean that non-virgins are somehow worse than virgins? No, of'course not. However, those women who want to be holy to God and who want to show that they are wise, would keep their virginity for their one and only husbands.

Remember, what goes into the woman - stays there forever. So of'course a Priest could not mix his holy seed with a seed of non-priest. This is why even honest divorced women would not be fit for the Priest. 

This is this concept in a nutshell. There are many more nuances to this which I will explain in my other posts on this subject.

What does the word "Bless" mean?

When a Hebrew Bible translation refers to "bless" or "blessing" (barak, berek, etc), what does it actually mean? The word has lost its literal meaning in the English definition.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Genesis 37:3

One of the discoveries that I have made during my MLT project was the proper translation of Genesis 37:3. Let's take a look at the several traditional translations first:
YLT Gn 37:3 And Israel hath loved Joseph more than any of his sons, for he is a son of his old age, and hath made for him a long coat
CLV Gn 37:3 And Israel loves Joseph more than any other of his sons, for a son of his old age is he, to him. And he makes for him a distinctive tunic
AV Gn 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he [was] the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of [many] colours
So what exactly did Israel make for his son? Here is my, and I think, proper translation of this passage:
(Gen 37:3) And Israel loved Joseph from all of his sons, for a son of old age is he to him. And he made for him a coat of handiwork.
Why handiwork? Well, because it was the ultimate expression of love on the part of Jacob. He loved son of his beloved wife so much that he made him a tunic with his own hands. This is how this passage should be understood.

Once you add this new detail, the whole story of Joseph starts to make much more sense. For example, when brothers brought back his hand-made tunic back covered in blood to their father, no wonder he lamented. For Jacob, Joseph was like Isaac to Abraham - the most beloved son. Jacob was Israel's "handiwork" (no pun intended). Therefore, when Israel saw blood-covered tunic, he most certainly was heart-broken because he saw the best deeds of his hands - gone!

Choose Life!

When all the lights go out and there is nothing but darkness and fear, always remember - Choose Life! 

No matter how difficult and depressing it gets or how tempting it may be to sin, always remember - Choose Life!

Always remember: it is much easier to live (no matter how miserable) then to die!

What does expression "Choose Life" mean and where does it come from? Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 30:19  'I have caused to testify against you to-day the heavens and the earth; life and death I have set before thee, the blessing and the reviling; and thou hast fixed on life, so that thou dost live, thou and thy seed, 
YLT Dt 30:20 to love Jehovah thy God, to hearken to His voice, and to cleave to Him (for He is thy life, and the length of thy days), to dwell on the ground which Jehovah hath sworn to thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give to them.'
First of all, the meaning of expression "Choose Life" is literal! No matter how shitty your life gets, you have to always choose life and honor life. For example, if you are depressed and thinking about suicide, you should always choose to live no matter what. Suicide is antagonistic to life and therefore a wrong and stupid choice. Or, for example, your wife is pregnant and you thinking about abortion because you think you can't afford another child. Such thinking is also antagonistic to life and therefore a wrong and stupid choice. Especially if you are not sure what to do in a particular situation - always remember to "Choose Life!".

No - matter - what! Choose Life! Always remember this!

Secondary meaning of expression "Choose Life" is in terms of Torah context. Choosing life means following the Written Torah and clinging to God. In the Torah, God is synonymous with wisdom and perfection, so life is also an attribute that God considers holy. Therefore, if you want to honor God with your life, you will always "Choose Life", meaning that you will follow and live your life according to the Written Torah..

Deuteronomy 5:1-3

These verses provide us with the very interesting fact. Let's take a look:
YLT Dt 5:1 And Moses calleth unto all Israel, and saith unto them,  'Hear, Israel, the statutes and the judgments which I am speaking in your ears to-day, and ye have learned them, and have observed to do them. 
YLT Dt 5:2 Jehovah our God made with us a covenant in Horeb; 
YLT Dt 5:3 not with our fathers hath Jehovah made this covenant, but with us; we--these--here to-day--all of us alive.
As you can see from these verses, it appears that even though Torah was known to Abraham (Gen 26:5, c.f. Ex 24:12), it appears that it was not applicable to previous generations because it was not officially given yet. This, perhaps, explains why Abraham got away with marrying his step-sister(Lev 18:9) and Jacob got away with marrying siblings (Lev 18:18).

At the same time, idea of the Torah is that it is applicable at all times, so I think God still judges us, even if we are exempt. For example, Sarah could not bear children and Jacob's wifes fought all the time.

So keep in mind that commandments of the Torah are applicable AT ALL TIMES. Therefore, be very careful and guard your soul with all your strength and wisdom by observing these great commandments!

Why Hebrew New Year begins in spring?

Why does Hebrew New Year begins in spring?

The answer is simple. 1st Month of the Torah year is a reminder to us about our Exodus from Mizraim, therefore, God specifically made it first, because it is the first month in our story.

Alternatively, as you know, most cereal grass begin to flower in spring and the first bread happens also in spring. Therefore, we celebrate beginning of the New Year in spring.

Usually, if the first bread is plentiful it would mean plentiful fruit harvest, therefore, once again, we celebrate New Year in spring.

There is also a parallel with Genesis. God created herbs first, then trees. Since herbs could not grow in the middle of winter, we have no choice but to admit that herbs and trees were created in spring time (when the Sun gets closer to Earth).

And of'course there is a very explicit statement of Exodus 12:2
YLT Ex 12:2  'This month is to you the chief of months--it is the first to you of the months of the year;
This is how we know that our 1st month, Abib, or new year (rosh chodashim) happens in spring, during flowering stage of the herbs, when cereal grass is ready for harvest, when the day is 12 hours or more.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Foreskin Evolution

I was thinking that foreskin is the only thing on human body that can be cut off without mutilation. This reminds me of the way evolution works and leads me to conclusion that absence of foreskin is the next step in human evolution on this planet.

Yes, we are born with the foreskin, but just like our evolutionary ancestors, we are shredding this useless part like a lizard shedding its tale. Why is it useless?...well..it leads to sexual perversion which is antagonistic to life, which is why life is shedding it.

Once again, we are born with the foreskin, which means that evolution is not yet ready to completely let go of this part of the body. However, evolution shows that smart people choose to do it to themselves and their children, meaning that evolution favors such path. This is what I call "soft evolution", where evolution happens through our heads (not through birth).

Perhaps, one day, all humans will be born without foreskin. Such cases are actually documented already. However, at this point it remains a matter of choice. We can choose to evolve and loose the foreskin, or we can choose to devolve and keep it. 

The choice is obvious to me. What about you?

P.S. Torah never contradicts scientific observations, therefore, all postulates of theory of evolution that can be scientifically confirmed are perfectly in line with the Torah.

P.P.S. Circumcision is also a sign of the covenant between God and the Hebrews(Genesis 17:9-14), so all Hebrews must be circumcised if they want to be called Hebrews and if they want a part of their inheritance outlined in the Torah.

A note on Urim and Thummim

I wanted to touch on a very obscure subject of two Priestly Garments parts, namely Urim and Thummim. These were to be placed "into" the Breastplate of Judgement (with 12 stones) to get "judgement of lights" from it.

Anyway, I was thinking how to translate and understand these two words...

One idea that I had is such...Mizraim was very technologically advanced at the time of Exodus, so were the Hebrews. This means that they had at least electricity by that time... If we think about the Breastplate of Judgement as some sort of device that "lights up" the stones in the breastplate, we can then translate Urim as "light bulbs" and "Thummim" as "electric circuits".

This would mean that Urim and Thummim was an electronic device, which would light up the stones based on what the "Thummim" or its "circuits" intended to detect. Since the Breastplate was used to ask the "Judgement of lights", this means that the appropriate "Ur" or "a light bulb" would light up the appropriate stone on the Breastplate when it was asked by the High Priest.

Design of this device was obviously shown to Moses when He talked to God (Exodus 25:9).

Gospels as a proof of an extra-terrestrial life

Just a quick thought about Gospels and their place in the world history...

If you think about it, Genesis 6:1-4 says that God (Yahuah) has sons. Not just one. Many sons.
So the events about one of the sons of God that are recorded in the Gospels is nothing but direct proof of extraterrestrial life.

Why do you think that an alien has to be some 8 legged, 5 eyed creature??? This is a very wrong assumption.

If anything, aliens have human form, because this is what evolution came up with. I do not think that life has evolved in something better than human form. 

At the same time, the main character of the Gospels is described to have supernatural powers (which is consistent with Genesis account), so this is what we essentially encountered - a super human - a son of God.

Therefore, imho, if you are looking for proof of extraterrestrial life, look right in front of you - in the Gospels.

Please note that the rest of New Testament was written later, so it does not have the same degree of accuracy as the Gospels. So if you are Christian, you should follow only the Gospels, just like Jews should only follow Torah of the TaNaKh.

Letters of Moses

One very obscure part of Torah is the part that shows the actual Moses's writings. I am talking about Moses's letters of'course.

Let's take a look:
YLT Num 20:14 . And Moses sendeth messengers from Kadesh unto the king of Edom,  'Thus said thy brother Israel, Thou--thou hast known all the travail which hath found us; 
YLT Num 20:15 that our fathers go down to Egypt, and we dwell in Egypt many days, and the Egyptians do evil to us and to our fathers; 
YLT Num 20:16 and we cry unto Jehovah, and He heareth our voice, and sendeth a messenger, and is bringing us out of Egypt; and lo, we are in Kadesh, a city in the extremity of thy border. 
YLT Num 20:17 Let us pass over, we pray thee, through thy land; we pass not over through a field, or through a vineyard, nor do we drink waters of a well; the way of the king we go, we turn not aside--right or left--till that we pass over thy border.' 
YLT Num 20:18 And Edom saith unto him,  'Thou dost not pass over through me, lest with sword I come out to meet thee.' 
YLT Num 20:19 And the sons of Israel say unto him,  'In the highway we go, and if of thy waters we drink--I and my cattle--then I have given their price; only (it is nothing) on my feet I pass over.' 
YLT Num 20:20 And he saith,  'Thou dost not pass over;'  and Edom cometh out to meet him with much people, and with a strong hand; 
YLT Num 20:21 and Edom refuseth to suffer Israel to pass over through his border, and Israel turneth aside from off him.
...

YLT Dt 2:26  'And I send messengers from the wilderness of Kedemoth, unto Sihon king of Heshbon,--words of peace--saying, 
YLT Dt 2:27 Let me pass over through thy land; in the several ways I go; I turn not aside--right or left-- 
YLT Dt 2:28 food for money thou dost sell me, and I have eaten; and water for money thou dost give to me, and I have drunk; only, let me pass over on my feet,-- 
YLT Dt 2:29 as the sons of Esau who are dwelling in Seir, and the Moabites who are dwelling in Ar, have done to me--till that I pass over the Jordan, unto the land which Jehovah our God is giving to us. 
YLT Dt 2:30  'And Sihon king of Heshbon hath not been willing to let us pass over by him, for Jehovah thy God hath hardened his spirit, and strengthened his heart, so as to give him into thy hand as at this day. 
YLT Dt 2:31  'And Jehovah saith unto me, See, I have begun to give before thee Sihon and his land; begin to possess--to possess his land. 
YLT Dt 2:32  'And Sihon cometh out to meet us, he and all his people, to battle to Jahaz; 
YLT Dt 2:33 and Jehovah our God giveth him before us, and we smite him, and his sons, and all his people; 
YLT Dt 2:34 and we capture all his cities at that time, and devote the whole city, men, and the women, and the infants--we have not left a remnant; 
YLT Dt 2:35 only, the cattle we have spoiled for ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we have captured.
As you can see from these two letters, Moses shows absolute humility even to his enemies in order to preserve life. Moses has God on his side but he still chooses diplomacy over war. In fact, as the first letter shows, Moses has to yield to his brother Edom.

These two letters appear to be similar in style so they are undoubtedly represent the original Moses's writings. It is not a lot to judge about Moses's character, but they do provide some basic details like the those mentioned above.

What does Elohim mean...

I found an interesting word in Daniel 11:38. It says there מעזים (motzim), which can be translated as "force" or "strength".

So I guess, my literal translation of the word "Elohim" as "forces" or "strengths" was more or less correct.

Therefore, "Yahuah Elohim" would translate as Yahuah Forces or Yahuah Strengths.

Here is the link to my Interlinear Pentateuch, in case you have not seen it yet: https://sites.google.com/site/interlinearpentateuch/

Torah codes are BS.

Just a quick note about the so-called Torah codes...

Torah was written in words, not numbers. We are humans, not computers. Therefore, Torah must be read in numbers.

The so-called Torah codes are just plain numerology that DOES NOT let you predict anything.
Torah is a pretty long book (80k words / 305k letters) which, statistically, would allow one to find any possible combination of words/numbers. In other words, any book of Torah size would produce similar results. 

So please, do not engage in any "torah codes" or any "calculations" based on the Torah. Please read the Torah the way it was meant to be - in words.

WhyTorah is not just a bunch of commandments?

We are not robots! Or a military or any other type of purely organized structure. 

We are human and therefore we represent the entire tapestry of all possible expressions of this condition.

Yes, some of the commandments do sound like they were written for robots or computers, like "thou shall not murder", but this is only because such strict representation was necessary to transfer the importance and critical nature of this commandment.

Otherwise, Torah is the whole story. From Genesis to Deuteronomy. All parts of the Torah are equally important and convey a lot of important facts and information.

We were created in the image of God, therefore we need a story just like God. Torah represents such a story.

It is interesting to note that of all the people who ever lived, Torah chose Moses's life. This is because had any of us been put in Moses's shoes, he would behave exactly as Moses. This is the human condition and the essence of human nature. In other words, Moses's life reflects the best in humans, which is why we need to try to live according to the Written Torah, just like Moses have.

So do not discount the Book of Genesis (Bereshit) as some unimportant tradition. This is extremely important part of the Torah that helps to explain the whole thing.

Also, do not think about commandments in absolute terms. Simply try to do your best to keep the commandment, the best way you can. God does not expect perfection, He expects the effort.

So remember, we are not robots. We are human and Torah should be interpreted as written for such.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Levels of Revelation: Law and Prophets Distinction

What does the Torah say about the distinction between law and prophets? How do writings fit in? We will consider the commandments regarding how we are to handle the law and how we are to handle prophets.


Important points that my friend does not make in this video are that the Books of Prophets are unverifiable at best and that the false prophets can be very sneaky.

There is nothing in the Written Torah about ANY Prophetic books and there are NO tests or instructions of how to deal with such books/writings. On the contrary, Deuteronomy 4:2 is very clear that we are NOT TO ADD to the Law. So WRITTEN Books of the Prophets violate Deuteronomy 4:2 and therefore IS NOT a valid prophecy. A historical account - maybe, but definitely not the prophecy by Torah definition.

Please note that false prophets can be very sneaky and appear to follow the Torah. For example, a prophet can pass two checks (a miracle and a prophecy) yet if he follows a 7th day Shabbat he would definitely be a false prophet.

In other words, before believing anyone claiming to be the prophet, even if such prophet showed you a sign and the prophecy, you have to make sure that the prophet can explain to you the logic behind his actions and Torah observance. If the prophet can't explain why he is doing this or that according to the Torah, he is a FALSE PROPHET!!!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Does the Law say to "Wear Tzitzit"?

What does the text of the law actually say in Numbers 15:37-41 and Deuteronomy 22:12? Has the commandment been interpreted correctly, or have new traditions accidentally distorted the command? Are we to "wear tzitzit", or are we to "do" them on our clothes?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Overlooked Medicine Concern for Torah Observance: Beef Tallow

The commands do not just require us to not eat pork and shellfish, but we are also prohibited from eating beef tallow. Beef tallow derived ingredients are common in medicine, pills, tablets, etc. See Leviticus 3:17, Leviticus 7:23-25.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Problems with Assuming Reasons for Commands

A presumed "Spirit of the Law", presumed reasons for commands, or presumed meaning for commands can create problems for us in our observance. Reasons not only affect our understanding of the text and our subsequent following of it, but can even result in us unintentionally ignoring parts of the text and can prevent us from learning a more accurate interpretation.



Outline:

I. We have different backgrounds. We bring those experiences with us.

II. We want to know "why". We want to know meaning.

III. We want to know "why" so we can bridge the gap between our background and the Torah.

IV. Benefits of Reasons:

1. Feeling good about the commands.
2. Teaching others. Helping others to feel good about obeying.
3. Defending Torah against those who reject it.

V. It's a trap. Problems with Reasons:

1. Reasons confuse our understanding of what the text actually says.
A. Can confuse us and others even if we know the text.
B. We start viewing the command through the reason.
C. We will mentally bring up the meaning instead of the text.
D. "Natural" example.
E. We might end up creating new commands based on our reasons.
F. Confirmation bias.


2. Reasons can result in us obeying incorrectly.
A. We might ignore parts of the command because of the reason we assume is behind it.
B. We assume our reason is the most important part ("spirit of the law").
C. We might create new laws as a result of the meaning we assume.


3. Reasons can prevent us from learning.
A. If we build up reasons for commands, 
it makes it harder for us to accept new 
contrary evidence.

VI. Be vigilant about what we are bringing to the table.

VII. Accept that we are biased.

VIII. Feeling resolved about an issue does not mean it is valid.

IX. Reasons for law as a whole: Ex 19:5, Dt 6:20-25

X. Be honest, be direct. Acknowledge the text's silence.

XI. People often delete a preface from their memory.

XII. Be careful about reasons for commands.

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

Where are the Rituals to be Done according to the Torah?

The Torah commands a number of rituals, including offerings. Where does the Torah itself tell us to do these rituals? Let's look at the text of the law.



Please read the following verses and think about this question.

Exodus 27:20-21
Exodus 28:42-43
Exodus 30:18-20
Exodus 30:35-36
Leviticus 1:3-5
Leviticus 3:1-2
Leviticus 3:7-8
Leviticus 3:12-13
Leviticus 4:3-8
Leviticus 4:14-18
Leviticus 6:16-18
Leviticus 6:26
Leviticus 10:8
Leviticus 12:6
Leviticus 14:11,23
Leviticus 15:14,29
Leviticus 16:7,16-17
Leviticus 16:23,33
Leviticus 17:3-9
Leviticus 19:21
Leviticus 24:3
Numbers 3:6-7
Numbers 5:17
Numbers 6:10-18
Numbers 8:19-26
Numbers 18:1-2
Numbers 18:21-31

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Full Moon 01/13/2017

01/13/2017 was definitely a Shabbat. I took this picture around 3-4am on the 13th. The moon was still full. As you can see, moon remains full for about a day. This is true for all moon phases.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Why 7th day Shabbat is wrong? A simple explanation.

Why seventh day Shabbat is wrong? The answer is simple: Solar Year (365.25 days) and Lunar Year (354 days) ARE NOT divisible by 7. That is it!

If you observe 7th day Shabbat, your calendar drifts by 1.25 days each Solar year or 4 days each Lunar Year. This means, that for example, in 30 years, your calendar will be off by more than a month by Solar calendar! 

This is why 7th day Shabbat is totally wrong way to observe Torah Shabbat.

Video Lecture: Reasons to Not Wear Tzitzit

Does God really want us to have tassels on our clothes? Don't people criticize them? Wouldn't we not wear them if they weren't commanded? Don't people we disagree with also wear them?

Please check out my friend's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgG_THBJHBjRsFNCWjE10w

Video Lecture: Employment Law Protects Sabbath Observance

Sometimes we run into resistance at our job regarding the Sabbath. US employment law, however, generally protects us in our observance. Simply knowing this can change our mindset and cause us to recognize we do have options, and we can know that we can stand firm in our observance. Typically all we need to do is make our observance clear to our employer.

Please check out my friend's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgG_THBJHBjRsFNCWjE10w

Video Lecture: Abominable Coinage: Images of gods on US Coins

Several US coins currently in circulation have graven images of gods on them. Examples include New York state quarter, "American Eagle" gold/silver/etc coins, Presidential $1 coins, and possibly the Pennsylvania and another state quarter. Based on Deuteronomy 7:25-26, we need to beware these graven images.

Please check out my friend's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgG_THBJHBjRsFNCWjE10w



[Aleksandr Sigalov]: Please note that my friend is wrong about the grinder option, You can't grind off the image off a coin. The entire coin is doomed so the only option is to throw it out or burn it down.

Video Lecture: "Other Fibers"?

Some garments, especially socks, jersey gloves, and winter hats, among others, may contain "other fibers" or "recycled fibers". These are likely to be an issue for Torah observers, because they are likely to contain a problematic mix of fibers (see Leviticus 19:19, Deuteronomy 22:11).

Please check out my friend's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgG_THBJHBjRsFNCWjE10w

Video Lecture: Clean vs. Unclean

Why and how do we differentiate between clean and unclean animals? Are we doing it because of health? Is it based on the animal's diet? What does the text say? Also, does the Torah actually say quail are clean?

Please check out my friend's channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCgG_THBJHBjRsFNCWjE10w

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Day Moon 01/08/2017

This is Waxing Gibbous Moon @ 84% of Full Moon.

As you can see, the Moon is visible during the day too (this picture was takes @ 3:30pm PST), meaning that the Shabbat can be announced in advance of the evening.

Interesting thing about Moon and its phases (at least half and full moon phases) is that they are visible from ANY point on Earth at ALL times. I believe God did this to make sure that no one messes with His calendar and to assure that all people of the Earth know when are His Moedim. Even during the day as this picture clearly shows.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Moon 01/06/2017

So yeah, today it seem like the moon was NOT half, but slightly bigger (about 60%). It may not be clearly seen on the picture, but when you look at the Moon IRL you would see it very clearly. Yesterday the moon was undoubtedly half, because the "cut" of the Moon looked exactly "straight". Today, as you may see from the picture, it is slightly curved. 

Once again, this is not very good for my theory. Any suggestions, opinions would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Half-Moon 01/05/2017

I took this picture tonight. It appears that Half-Moon Shabbat starts today. This already does not fit well with 30 day months, which is not a very good sign. I am not sure how to interpret it yet. Once, again, I think the only correct approach is to observe the moon directly to see if there is any pattern.

Once again, I am reminding that while I do not know yet how Moon system works, I can tell you for sure that traditional Shabbat is wrong as well (365.25 is not divisible by 7). So at this time no one has the correct Torah calendar.

Any thoughts?


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