Saturday, December 31, 2016

I am observing the moon

So I've decided to start tracking the moon for year. I want to see what can be directly observed by just looking at the moon. I tried to make sense of the calendar by using charts and tables but I couldn't figure anything out. I guess I am not smart enough to figure out the formula for the calendar. This is why direct observations is the only sure-proof method for me to make sense of the calendar.

I invite you to join me and report your moon sightings in comments below.

I also mark observed moons on my Google Calendar below. Shabbats marked with the word "Observed" means that I saw the moon the morning or evening before. Moons that I did not see I marked with the words "Not Observed". This is due to my location and also clouds sometimes.

We are, of'course, interested only in primary phases of the moon. Namely, New Moon, Half-Moon, Full Moon, another Half-Moon and the Old Moon.

In my observations, I rely only on three most visible phases: Half Moons and Full Moon. I try to catch the New and Old Moon if I can but so far I've been unsuccessful, again, due to my crappy location.

I will be doing the observations roughly until March 2018, so get comfortable... it is going to take a while.

Here is the calendar:

Great video lecture series about Written Torah

Just wanted to bring your attention to the page and videos of my friend, who is doing a video series about Written Torah. I highly recommend to check it out. Do not forget to like/subscribe. Thank you and enjoy!

In this video hunting according to the Torah is discussed. Which animals we are allowed to hunt as well as how to properly kill clean animals. What parts of the animal we are allowed to eat and more...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

How to easily determine Hebrew New Year? How to determine Abib?

Hebrew New Year or the Month of Abib are determined by the spring equinox. Month of Abib falls RIGHT AFTER spring equinox.

So, to determine Hebrew New Year for any given year, we will need this equinox table and this phases of the moon calculator.
  1. As you can see, according from the first table, the Spring Equinox happens on 03/20/2016 @ 04:31.
  2. From the second calculator, we deduce that New Moon on 04/08/2016 is our month of Abib or our first month of the Hebrew year. This is because, the first New Moon RIGHT AFTER Spring Equinox of the month of Abib, happens on 04/08/2016.
I hope now you can see, how easy it is to determine the beginning of the months (Abib) 

God as the Sun Analogy

This is not my idea. I believe I've read it somewhere in the Jewish tradition texts. But because it is so simple and understandable, I wanted to share it with you.

How long can you look directly at the Sun, without going blind? 2-3 seconds? I thought so.

But now, imagine God as the star of infinite size and properties. How much more brighter such star would shine? If you could look at the Sun for only 2 seconds and it already hurts, how much more would it hurt if one to look upon God.

My point is that it is impossible to look at God (more specifically His face) because it would be so bright and it would be so perfect that after seeing it, you would probably die from separation from such perfection.

So remember, how minuscule are we in the Creation. Only by working together, we can accomplish anything we want. This is why I would like to ask everyone to live their lives according to the Written Torah.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Believing in God vs. Knowing and Understanding God

I wanted to explain to you all how I perceive God.

I do not consider myself religious, because being religious requires one to have a belief or faith of some kind. This, while admirable, also very dangerous as it is pretty much blind faith. This is not the case with me.

When people ask me, "do you believe in God", I tell them - NO. I do not BELIEVE in God.

Instead, I tell them that I KNOW and UNDERSTAND GOD. This is a completely different approach toward this whole God issue.

For me, God is not the matter of faith - it is the matter of reason, logic and common sense. This means that I know and understand God. Why would I believe in it? I already know that it is the truth.

Here is a good analogy: "Do you believe in mathematics or physics?" or "Do you understand and know mathematics and physics?" Do you see the difference now?

So while I can say that I believe in God, I would rather say that I KNOW and UNDERSTAND God. It is not an issue of faith for me anymore. I do not need faith to know and understand!!

About King David's lineage

The book of Ruth is one of many books in NK that barely makes it in terms of Torah compliance.

Story does make sense, however I do have one question: Was Ruth, great-grandmother of David a virgin when Chilion took her? If you remember, we are prohibited to intermarry with Moabites 
(Deuteronomy 23:3-6). The only Moabites that Hebrews could marry were the Moabites virgins (Numbers 31:18)

But the Book of Ruth does not say a word about Ruth's virginity as, say, Torah does in Genesis 24:16, so it is possible to assume that she was not. This would make the King David illegitimate according to the Laws of the Torah.

So as you can see, books of NK have many flaws and inconsistencies in the narrative, that explicitly contradict the Written Torah. So be aware of this.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Why people do not care to celebrate birthday on the correct day?

Why people do not care to celebrate birthday on the correct day? This is a great question!!!

All of you, ask yourself, why do you observe your birthday on the WRONG DAY ??? Did you know that? Were you aware of this?

As I thoroughly explained in my Calendar article, the ONLY correct way to observe your birthday is if it is in sync with the Sun and the Moon. This is not because Torah says so, not because Hebrews use Lunar Calendar, but because Sun-Moon is our observational frame of reference and it is the only scientifically correct way to tell time on Earth!!!

So, for example, if my birthday is 08-02-1982, this year it is going it be on 08-16-1982 according to the correct calendar. As you can see, almost 2 week difference. Only on the 16th, the Sun and the Moon will be at the same position they were when I was born. This is logic and reason, people.

By observing my brithday on the 16th, I get a chance to see exactly how Universe looked like, because Sun, Moon and the stars are at the same place. This is a bir-thday gift from God to all of us, once a year to witness the Universe as it were on the day YOU were born. 

So ask yourself, when are you going to observe your birthday on the correct day? Are you going to change anything or you just going to stick with what you used to? Do you care or not? Is the truth more important to you than tradition or some society rules? How long are you going to celebrate your birthday the ways some idiot set up hundreds of years ago? 

Ask yourself all these questions and maybe you will understand why so few people follow Written Torah !!!

And also know this. Change starts with you!!! I gave you the correct information, the rest is up to you!

The sooner all of you will start observing your birthday on the correct day, the sooner you are going to do other things that Written Torah talks about. If none of you going to change your ways, NOTHING WILL CHANGE !!! PLEASE HELP ME FIX THIS MADNESS !!! Start by observing your birthday on the correct day!!

Here is the Tutorial I wrote to help you determine your correct birthday. And my article above has the correct calendar.

Majority can be wrong!

I wanted to discuss the very little known fact that Torah acknowledges that ENTIRE CONGREGATION can be wrong, just like it is going on right now with Rabbinic Judaism.

Let's take a look a the laws of atonement of sin of the entire congregation:
YLT Num 15:22 'And when ye err, and do not all these commands which Jehovah hath spoken unto Moses, 
YLT Num 15:23 the whole that Jehovah hath charged upon you by the hand of Moses, from the day that Jehovah hath commanded, and henceforth, to your generations, 
YLT Num 15:24 then it hath been, if from the eyes of the company it hath been done in ignorance, that all the company have prepared one bullock, a son of the herd, for a burnt-offering, for sweet fragrance to Jehovah, and its present, and its libation, according to the ordinance, and one kid of the goats for a sin-offering. 
YLT Num 15:25 'And the priest hath made atonement for all the company of the sons of Israel, and it hath been forgiven them, for it is ignorance, and they--they have brought in their offering, a fire-offering to Jehovah, even their sin-offering before Jehovah for their ignorance; 
YLT Num 15:26 and it hath been forgiven to all the company of the sons of Israel, and to the sojourner who is sojourning in their midst; for to all the company it is done in ignorance.
So as you can see, Written Torah clearly states that entire congregation can be in error and must bring an atonement to the priest.

Why is that? How majority can be wrong? The answer is very simple! 

Yes, majority can be OFTEN wrong when it comes to WISDOM !!! When it is needed to execute wisdom in making a decision, it is often seen that majority is wrong when making such decision. For example, when a judge is making a judgement, he is using the WISDOM. This is where majority is often wrong, as majority would not be able to make any "tough" decisions that were not in the interest of majority. This is why we have only ONE Judge per case.

On the other hand, when it comes to KNOWLEDGE, majority is usually correct. For example, if you need to know some fact or perform a calculation that does not require one to think outside the box, majority will usually get it right.

This is why control over society, in the Torah, was assigned to the ONE person (High Priest) who would decided issues of WISDOM.

So my question is this.... When will majority of Jews will realize the error of their ways and return to God and the Written Torah? WHEN ??? When we will break the yoke of rabbis and go back to serving God??? When we will rebuild the Tabernacle??? WHEN ???

Let me know if you know answers to these questions.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Joshua 5:10-12 and Counting of Omer

I wanted to comment on Joshua 5:10-12, which is sometimes being used a some kind of proof that Counting of Omer begins right after Passover (on the 15th of the 1st month). 

Let's take a look at it and see if it is true:
YLT Jsh 5:10 And the sons of Israel encamp in Gilgal, and make the passover on the fourteenth day of the month, at evening, in the plains of Jericho; 
YLT Jsh 5:11 and they eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow of the passover, unleavened things and roasted corn, in this self-same day; 
YLT Jsh 5:12 and the manna doth cease on the morrow in their eating of the old corn of the land, and there hath been no more manna to the sons of Israel, and they eat of the increase of the land of Canaan in that year.
As you can clearly see from the first verse (5:10), ALL Children of Israel were at Gilgal, which means they were all in one place. What does this mean? Very simple! It means that obviously it was possible for them to bring in the Wave Sheaf on the 15th, as this was "old corn" of the land. This was not Wave Sheaf of the grain that was sown, but rather a Wave Sheaf of the grain of the land that was already there and was self-grown.

In other words, since Children of Israel were in one place, there was no difference in harvest time. All of them brought a Wave Sheaf as required and at the same time. Normally, once Children of Israel have settled throughout the land, the average harvest time would be at least a week later, which means that the High Priest would announce the Counting of Omer later, probably as early as right after Passover week.

I am saying all this, assuming the book of Joshua makes any sense and is accurate. Technically speaking, Book of Joshua is not Written Torah, so we do not have to explain it or use it to interpret the Written Torah. I was providing this explanation purely because it made sense to me, and because traditional explanation was clearly wrong.

So, if you will look at my calendar, you will see that the EARLIEST the Counting of Omer could start was the last Shabbat of Passover.

Once again, the High Priest would determine the day of the Wave Sheaf and Counting of Omer.

I hope this clarifies this matter.

About Astrology vs. Astronomy

I wanted to comment on what Written Torah says about Astrology and Astronomy.

Let's take a look:
YLT Gn 1:14 And God saith,  'Let luminaries be in the expanse of the heavens, to make a separation between the day and the night, then they have been for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years,
As you can see, the Sun and the Moon and the stars (Gen 1:16) to define, aside from all other things, the signs. This means that everything we see in the Heavens is a reflection of what is going on here on Earth. This means that it is possible to tell what is going on just by looking at the Sun, Moon and the stars.

Secondly, I want to point out the difference between Astrology and Astronomy... 

Basically, Astrology is a parent of Astronomy. Astrology was an early attempt of humans to understand what is going on in the heavens. However, please note that what we know as Astrology today is a complete nonsense and made up crap. Astronomy, on the other hand, is a legitimate natural science, that is indeed the correct way to tell what is going on above.

There is currently a gap. Astronomy, being a science, does not pay attention to God and to linking events in the sky to those on Earth. And Astrology is a complete nonsense because it is not currently backed up by any legitimate science.

So if at some point, these two disciplines converge and take a benefit from each other, we would get a science that is indeed what God explains in Genesis 1:14-16. Basically, if you want to read the signs in the heavens to understand the events here on Earth, you have to put a legitimate science (Astronomy) behind the explanations (Astrology). Only together, these two disciplines will make sense.

Solar Eclipse is a good example of Sun-Moon "signs". Movements of the Stars and other bodies in the Universe also give us legitimate signs. The key is to deciphering it, which was never done before, by combining Astrology and Astronomy together.

Please note, that it is prohibited to predict the future or do any type of magic/occult based on the Sun/Moon/Stars. See Leviticus 20:27 or Deuteronomy 18:9-12.

I hope now you understand the difference between Astrology and Astronomy. Perhaps one day we will see convergence of these two disciplines into one useful and rational science.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Karaites and Samaritans are lying to you too!

Just wanted to make you aware that Karaites and Samaritans are dangerous sects that you should stay away from!

Karaites claim that they follow only Written Torah. However, this is a blatant lie! In reality they also believe in NK and they have their own oral torah (or traditions as they call it) that they follow. The most unbleievable part is that they HIDE their traditions and oral torah from most of their followers. Their followers are not aware that they are following interpretations of the Torah by Karaite sages, and not pure Written Torah as God has intended and commanded. Please also see this post.

Samaritans are the same. They have their traditions and they have a different Book of Joshua that they believe into. They also do not follow pure Written Torah. They are in a genetic crisis at the moment, so they are trying to lure people (particularly women) into their sect. Stay away from them if you know what is good for you!

This is not to mention, that Karaites and Samaritans observe traditional 7th day Shabbat, which means that they not even aware of the proper calendar and Shabbat of the Torah.

I hope this clarifies this issue. Please, please, stay away from either of these sects. They are very dangerous and damaging!

Traffic lights analogy

I just wanted to share with you one analogy that I find very graphic and simple to explain the message of the Torah about serving One God and having One Law for everyone.

As you know, we are more or less advanced civilization, so we are using cars. Obviously we needed the way to control them on the streets, so the traffic light was invented. Here is the image :)

As you can see, modern traffic light has three signals. Red - Stop, Yellow-Slow, Green - Go. Very simple, very intuitive. FYI, the reason why such colors were chosen was because they are natural to humans. Red always means danger, yellow always means warning and green always means - Ok, good.

So here is the analogy.... Why no one is questioning traffic lights? Why no one is questioning the existence of traffic lights? Why no one is questioning colors of the traffic light or what to do on each of the signals...!?? Why there are no different groups of people that promote different traffic lights???

The answer is obvious. If we would do all this, cars would stop on the streets because there would be so much confusion and accidents that traffic would have to stop completely.

So, why we do the same with God and His Law??? Written Torah is very specific that there is only One God and One Law (Written Torah). So those who do not accept this are absolutely wrong and misleading people. Only in unity we can prosper. Freedom of religion is a myth! It only creates confusion, which is ironically called Babylon in Hebrew ;) Remember what happened there?!? ;)

Anyway, I hope now you can see that there is only One God -Yahuah, and only One Law of God - His Written Torah.

Friday, June 17, 2016

VERY IMPORTANT: Prophecy can't be in a written form !!!

I wanted to point out one very important fact. Prophecy can NEVER BE in a written form, except for the Written Torah !!!

So all books of the prophets are a blatant lie. Sorry to break it to you. Only Written Torah is allowed to be in a written form. That is it!

This is because the Prophet Test in Deuteronomy 13:1-5 and 18:15-22 is very clear that anything that goes against Written Torah is an apostasy. Also, these verses never mention anything about writing it down or prophecy being in the written form. On the contrary, Deuteronomy 4:2 is explicit that ANY written addition to the Written Torah that was declared holy/word of God, is an apostasy!

Prophecy can't be in the written form, because then it would be impossible to verify it and test it. All prophets whose prophecies we have are long time dead (if they ever existed), so there is no way for us to tell if they are genuine prophets or not, as the book of Deuteronomy prescribes.

So as you can see, written prophecy violates not one, but two commandments of the Torah, namely Prophet Test and Deuteronomy 4:2.


Please do not think that I am ignorant. Other books of the Bible contain important historical information, so I do not completely reject them. However, when it comes to believing in it as a word of God - I do not do that, as it would be against Written Torah.

For example, Ezikiel speaks about some temple. On what basis we are going to have temple instead of the Tabernacle??? Written Torah speaks only about Tabernacle and that it is forever and that Levites are to serve in the Tabernacle forever. Ark of the Covenant also supposed to be in the Tabernacle. I do not know on what authority it was moved to the temple? See Exodus 27:20-21, Leviticus 16:32-34, Leviticus 24:2-4, Numbers 18:20-24, Numbers 18:31 and Leviticus 26:11.

Another example are the offerings for the sacrifices. Ezekiel lists different burn-offering, sin-offering, e.t.c. Yet Written Torah provides us with different types and quantities of animals. On what basis sacrifices were changed? All offering are listed in Numbers 28. Compare it to Ezekiel 46:4-7 for example.

So yes, as hard as it is to admit it, all books of the Bible, except for the Written Torah are FICTION!
Please disregard these books completely. Do not let these books influence your understanding of the Written Torah. Rely and study only Written Torah.

THE PLACE is where the TABERNACLE STOOD! Not a temple or Jerusalem!

I wanted to make one very important point about so-called "the place" described in a book of Deuteronomy.

You can find it in Deuteronomy 12:5, 12:14, 12:18, 12:21, 12:26, 14:23-24, etc.

Let's take a look a one of the verses:
YLT Dt 12:5 but unto the place which Jehovah your God doth choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, to His tabernacle ye seek, and thou hast entered thither,
As you can see, "the place" mentioned is referring to the Tabernacle !!! Not some temple or Jerusalem !!!

I've explained it many times before, but I wanted to repeat it again, that Written Torah speaks ONLY about Tabernacle !!!

Basically, what Written Torah is saying is that we are to come and bring our offerings to "the place" out of one of our tribes, where God's presence would manifest itself with a cloud of smoke over the Tabernacle !!! So as you can see, Torah clearly refers to the Tabernacle! And as this verse infers, "the place" can change because Tabernacle was a movable structure.

Our God, Yahuah, is a living God, so He likes to travel just as much as we (humans) do. It is not surprising that the location of the place can change. So it is not temple or Jerusalem, but can be absolutely any place where there are Hebrews. 

As Exodus 40:38 states, "for the cloud of Jehovah is on the tabernacle by day, and fire is in it by night, before the eyes of all the house of Israel in all their journeys.", which means that Tabernacle and "the place" would be located where it was needed most, or where children of Israel were. This means that we can rebuild the Tabernacle anywhere where there is a significant population of the Hebrews.

If anything, the last recorded location of the Tabernacle where it was still operational was Shiloh. See Joshua 18:1 for example...

So, always remember, "the place" is where THE TABERNACLE STOOD!!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What is sin? Understanding sin.

What is sin and how we are to understand it and its role in human life?

Well, the sin is basically when you do something against logic and common sense. It can be criminal in nature (like murder) or non-criminal (at least according to human laws) like female promiscuity.

Regardless, the most important thing here that every single little action that each one of us make has an equal reaction from the universe. Things that we do that are not rational usually get a negative reaction from the universe and this is what we basically call sin.

According to the Torah, the only way to atone for sin is usually with blood. Usually animal (for less serious sins) but sometimes - human blood (for more serious). There is no way around this and rational people should be able to agree with this statement.

Why blood? Well, according to the Torah, soul is in the blood, which means that to repair the damage to the world from sin, someone has to give up their soul and therefore blood. Thank God, Yahuah is a just and merciful God, so he usually requires just the blood of the animal, which is a good substitute for human blood obviously.

Torah is just and it preaches justice for all (not just for some or for most). Therefore, it is an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, injury for injury, blood for blood, soul for soul. I think in this sense Torah is a very wise Law and book in general.

Monday, May 2, 2016

What is Abib? What does it mean?

What is Abib? What does the word Abib (אביב) mean? 

Let's take a look at the verses where it is mentioned:
YLT Exo 9:31 And the flax and the barley have been smitten, for the barley is budding, and the flax forming flowers, 
YLT Exo 13:4 To-day ye are going out, in the month of Abib. 
YLT Exo 23:15 the Feast of Unleavened things thou dost keep; seven days thou dost eat unleavened things, as I have commanded thee, at the time appointed in the month of Abib; for in it thou hast come forth out of Egypt, and ye do not appear in My presence empty; 
YLT Exo 34:18 'The feast of unleavened things thou dost keep; seven days thou dost eat unleavened things, as I have commanded thee, at an appointed time, the month of Abib: for in the month of Abib thou didst come out from Egypt. 
YLT Lev 2:14  'And if thou bring near a present of first-ripe fruits to Jehovah,--of green ears, roasted with fire, beaten out corn of a fruitful field thou dost bring near the present of thy first-ripe fruits,
YLT Deut 16:1 'Observe the month of Abib--and thou hast made a passover to Jehovah thy God, for in the month of Abib hath Jehovah thy God brought thee out of Egypt by night;
As you can see from the verses above, particularly Leviticus 2:14, it says to bring "Abib roasted with fire". This means that Abib means "ripe" or "ripening". You would not bring "green ears" as YLT states, because they are inedible. So Abib has to mean "ripe".

So the expression "month of Abib" should be understood as "month of ripening (of spring crops)" or more specifically a "month of flowering". In this case, it is barley and wheat.

This means that 1st month of the Year is the first month after spring equinox, because only at equinox and further the light cycle is around 12/12 hours(flowering stage), which is ideal for ripening of barley and wheat.

I hope this clarifies this word.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Exclusive Material: Can we have two Shabbats in a row?

Here is a good looking question. Can we have two Shabbats in a row?

At this time, I am inclined to say yes. Here is why...

According to observation of the moon, there is sometimes less than a day between Old Moon Shabbat and New Moon Shabbat. This produces Two Shabbats in a row, which seem somewhat suspicious.

I did quite a lot of thinking on the issue and this seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to the problem.

We need to account for the manna for the two Shabbats at the end of some lunar months. This can be argued from Exodus

Let's take a look:
YLT Ex 16:29 see, because Jehovah hath given to you the sabbath, therefore He is giving to you on the sixth day bread of two days; abide ye each in his place, no one doth go out from his place on the seventh day.' 
In this verse it peculiarly says "bread of days", not "bread of two days" as most translation say. Therefore, we can also interpret this as God giving us "bread of (several) days", thus we can have two Shabbats in a row.

Also, keep in mind that since in the original Torah calendar there was never 2 Shabbats in a row at the end of the month, we can assume that it is ok to have two in a row now due to the Moon cycle change. I know, it is a weak argument, but it is true nevertheless.

Out of curiosity I checked and my NIP shows the same reading in all 3 witnesses, meaning that my interpretation can be valid.

This is why I think my calendar is correct and fully according to the Torah. Please see my calendar here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The only one who does not sin is the one who does not do anything

Why Yom Kippur is Shabbat? Why can't we atone for sins on a work day? Let's take a look:
YLT Lv 23:27  'Only--on the tenth of this seventh month is a day of atonements; ye have a holy convocation, and ye have humbled yourselves, and have brought near a fire-offering to Jehovah; 
YLT Lv 23:28 and ye do no work in this self-same day, for it is a day of atonements, to make atonement for you, before Jehovah your God.
YLT Lv 23:29  'For any person who is not humbled in this self-same day hath even been cut off from his people; 
YLT Lv 23:30 and any person who doth any work in this self-same day I have even destroyed that person from the midst of his people; 
YLT Lv 23:31 ye do no work--a statute age-during to your generations in all your dwellings. 
YLT Lv 23:32 It is a sabbath of rest to you, and ye have humbled yourselves in the ninth of the month at even; from evening till evening ye do keep your sabbath.'
As you can tell from the title of this post, the only way for a person not to sin is not to do anything, not to create anything, not to do creative work.

I think, the main reason is why Yom Kippur is on Shabbat, or rather, Yom Kippur is Shabbat, because in order to atone for sin, the first thing you do is stop, rest, take a break from whatever you are doing. Only when your mind is not occupied, you can truly reflect upon yourself and see all the sins you have committed during your labors.

Verse 30 and 32 explicitly say that Yom Kippur is Shabbat and the main point is not to do Slave Work. It is just as important as the humbling of the soul. Afterall, atonement means release and freedom from sin and this means that it can only happen on the day of rest.

I hope now you see importance of the Yom Kippur being a Shabbat. Sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to see.

Friday, April 15, 2016

About Encryption

I am the IT professional with over 15 years of experience and the topic of encryption is very important to me, so I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the matter...

Here is the question: Should the government have access to encrypted traffic/materials? Should the encryption be breakable?

The answer to this question is - absolute yes!

Here is the deal basically....The only reason why anyone would want to encrypt something is usually for bad purposes only. Normal people usually do not need unbreakable encryption, even any encryption whatsoever. 

So yes, in terms of Law Enforcement Agencies with a legitimate warrant, I most certainly support complete access to encrypted materials/traffic.

On the other hand, there is such an issue as personal privacy, in which case, I do not support access to encrypted materials/traffic. It is the same as our clothes. We wear it not to hide anything but to help us deal with our sexual instincts and associated shame(Gen 2:25). 

Same with encryption...I do not want the government or anyone else snooping around in my personal business AS LONG AS I DO NOT VIOLATE THE LAW!

So, as you can see, it is all very simple. I hope that our legislators will be just as progressive and wise and implement rational encryption standards and practices.

My Letters to the Presidents: Responses

I've got the following responses to some of my letters(see original post).

This one is from White House. Probably Obama's assistants...

Thank you for writing.  The Obama Administration is committed to developing policies based on science and research, and the Federal Government has been funding and reviewing studies to better understand marijuana’s effects on individuals, public health, and safety.  
This Administration opposes marijuana legalization, and our policy approach focuses on improving public health and safety through prevention, treatment, support for recovery, and innovative criminal justice strategies to break the cycle of drug use and crime.  A considerable body of evidence shows that marijuana use, especially chronic use that begins at a young age, is associated with serious health and social problems.  Studies also reveal that marijuana potency has tripled since 1990, raising serious public health concerns. 
At the same time, we share public concerns about ensuring limited Federal enforcement resources are dedicated to pursuing our highest enforcement priorities, such as preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing the sale of marijuana by criminal enterprises and gangs, preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, and preventing drugged driving and other adverse public health consequences.   
We will also closely monitor implementation of marijuana legalization in individual States and prevent the diversion of marijuana to States that have not legalized its use, sale, or distribution.   
Outside of its highest enforcement priorities, the Federal Government has traditionally relied on State and local agencies to address marijuana activity through enforcement of their own narcotics laws. 
Like many people, we are also interested in the potential marijuana components may have in providing relief to individuals diagnosed with certain serious illnesses.  That is why we support ongoing research into evaluating what components of the marijuana plant may be used as medicine.   
To date, though, neither the FDA nor the Institute of Medicine have found smoked marijuana to meet the modern standard for safe or effective medicine for any condition. 
Thank you for making your voice heard.  You can learn more about the President’s approach to drug control at  
The White House
What can I say??? I guess they do not get it over there.... And even if they do, they rely on the wrong information. It has been proven that marijuana is very beneficial for cancer, glaucoma and epilepsy. I've all read in the news recently, that there are still great issues with proper marijuana research, therefore information that government has is most certainly not correct and not reliable.

I will most certainly follow up with FDA and Institute of Medicine. I want to do what I can end this madness. At least with respect to organic drugs.

The next letter is from a Senator Feinstein:

Dianne Feinstein 
United States Senator for California
Dear Mr. Sigalov:
Thank you for contacting me to express your views on medical marijuana.  I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.
I recognize that marijuana may have medicinal properties that could help individuals dealing with serious medical conditions, such as cancer-related nausea and AIDS-related wasting.  For this reason, I support compassionate use in certain medical situations when prescribed by a physician for a serious illness.  In addition, I have not opposed further research on the potential medical benefits of marijuana. 
At the same time, I do not support the general legalization of illicit drugs, including marijuana.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), driving after marijuana use is more prevalent than drunk driving, and marijuana is the most frequently detected illegal substance in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.  Studies have also shown that early and persistent marijuana use can lead to a loss of IQ points and lower educational achievement.  Moreover, a June 2012 report ( issued when I was Chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control noted that marijuana is much more potent today than in the past, with tested samples showing that average potency more than doubled from 1998 to 2008.
Again, thank you for taking the time to write.  Please know that I will keep your thoughts in mind moving forward.  If you have any additional comments or questions, please feel free to contact my Washington, D.C. staff by calling (202) 224-3841 or visit my website at 
Sincerely yours,

Dianne Feinstein 
United States Senator
Senator seem to get it. More or less. She obviously has more wiggle room here because she works with state laws.

Regardless, I wish this was already done and over with....

All I want is legalization for medical and religious reasons. I am not advocating for making Marijuana or Poppy available at every gas station. But it should be legal, cheap and easily accessible to those who need it. I am in favor of controlled and regulated legalization. I should be able to get the prescription from any doctor and I should be able to buy with my medical insurance just like any other medicine or I should be able to purchase it for a reasonable amount of money.

Best way to deal with Psychosis, Anxiety and Depression

Here are the results of my research into efficacy of the organic psychoactive drugs. Everything is very simple:
  1. Take your chemical drugs prescribed to you by the doctor. It is ok to mix them. However, sometimes they may interact so check your prescription information. For example, benzodiazepines(Xanax, Tenazepam e.t.c) do not mix well with Poppies. 
  2. Do not drink alcohol. Quit if you can. If you must drink, at least take alcohol separately and do not mix it with Marijuana, Poppies.
  3. For Depression take Marijuana,orally or in smoked form, as needed.
  4. For Psychosis and/or Anxiety take Opium Poppy. Orally only, as needed.I recommend Poppy Pod Tea.
  5. You can take both substances together if you have both depression and psychosis. 
So, if you happen to have depression and/or psychosis or know someone who does, be sure to try these two natural remedies. They are easily available and 100% safe. It is food, as Genesis 1:29 clearly states, so please do not demonize otherwise beneficial substances.

The reason why I recommend these substances is because chemical medications have very bad side-effects, so Marijuana and Poppy will help with that significantly. Most mentally ill people do not take prescribed meds because of the side-effects. Most psychiatrists seem to ignore this problem.

Another reason why I recommend these substances is because Antidepressants and Antipsychotics may not be enough to deal with severe depression and psychosis, so these organic supplements will help greatly.

Please note that this is advice for those who are not clinical and who are stable and disciplined. This advice may not work for people with hospital grade depression and/or psychosis. In such situations more powerful hallucinogens and depressants may be needed. Unfortunately, I do not deal with chemical drugs, so I can only speak for organic drugs that I have studied and researched.

The only downside in using Marijuana and Poppy is that it is expensive, so not all people can afford it. Which is why I am absolutely in favor of controlled and regulated legalization of the all organic drugs. This war on drugs craziness got to stop.

Do you know that humanity never experienced such a huge rise in mental illness??? The reason why we have so many people suffering from it is that we have took away natural remedies for people to heal themselves mentally. When organic drugs were legal 100 years ago, there were no so many problems with mental health. Marijuana, Poppy and other organic drugs are natural mental illness remedies!!! I absolutely disagree with many psychiatrists who think that organic drugs are in any way dangerous to human (mental)health, especially when we are talking about oral consumption.

Anyway, here are my thoughts and results of my experiments. If you know someone who is suffering from psychosis/anxiety or depression, let them know this life-saving information. At this time these are the only available medicines to help with these ailments. Perhaps in the future, chemical drugs will get better, but for now people who suffer from mental illness should not be afraid to use what is available. And their relatives should be supportive and encouraging. 

Once again, I am not promoting drugs. I am simply teaching responsible and beneficial way to use them. If you may have a problem with addiction, this advice may not be for you. However, addiction from organic drugs is very mild and can be very easily dealt with and tolerated. So consider all these facts before denying yourself or someone you know this valuable medicine.

Advice to the Levites and Priests (Kohanim)

I just wanted to state the obvious and give a sort of advice to Levites and Kohanim who may be reading my blog....

YLT Num 18:1 And Jehovah saith unto Aaron,  'Thou, and thy sons, and the house of thy father with thee, do bear the iniquity of the sanctuary; and thou, and thy sons with thee, do bear the iniquity of your priesthood; 
YLT Num 18:2 and also thy brethren, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring near with thee, and they are joined unto thee, and serve thee, even thou and thy sons with thee, before the tent of the testimony. 
YLT Num 18:3 'And they have kept thy charge, and the charge of all the tent; only, unto the vessels of the sanctuary and unto the altar they do not come near, and they die not, either they or you; 
YLT Num 18:4 and they have been joined unto thee, and have kept the charge of the tent of meeting, for all the service of the tent; and a stranger doth not come near unto you; 
YLT Num 18:5 and ye have kept the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar, and there is no more wrath against the sons of Israel. 
YLT Num 18:6 'And I, lo, I have taken your brethren the Levites from the midst of the sons of Israel; to you a gift they are given by Jehovah, to do the service of the tent of meeting;
YLT Num 18:7 and thou, and thy sons with thee, do keep your priesthood, for everything of the altar, and within the vail, and ye have served; a service of gift I make your priesthood; and the stranger who is coming near is put to death.' 
YLT Num 18:8 And Jehovah speaketh unto Aaron:  'And I, lo, I have given to thee the charge of My heave-offerings, of all the hallowed things of the sons of Israel--to thee I have given them for the anointing, and to thy sons, by a statute age-during. 
YLT Num 18:9 This is thine of the most holy things, from the fire: all their offering, to all their present, and to all their sin-offering, and to all their guilt-offering, which they give back to Me, is most holy to thee, and to thy sons; 
YLT Num 18:10 in the holy of holies thou dost eat it; every male doth eat it; holy it is to thee. 
YLT Num 18:11  'And this is thine: the heave-offering of their gift, to all the wave-offerings of the sons of Israel, to thee I have given them, and to thy sons, and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute age-during; every clean one in thy house doth eat it; 
YLT Num 18:12 all the best of the oil, and all the best of the new wine, and wheat--their first-fruits which they give to Jehovah--to thee I have given them. 
YLT Num 18:13 'The firstfruits of all that is in their land, which they bring in to Jehovah, are thine; every clean one in thy house doth eat it; 
YLT Num 18:14 every devoted thing in Israel is thine, 
YLT Num 18:15 every one opening a womb of all flesh which they bring near to Jehovah, among man and among beast, is thine; only, thou dost certainly ransom the firstborn of man, and the firstling of the unclean beast thou dost ransom.
YLT Num 18:16 'And their ransomed ones from a son of a month, thou dost ransom with thy valuation, of silver, five shekels, by the shekel of the sanctuary, twenty gerahs it is. 
YLT Num 18:17 'Only, the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou dost not ransom, holy they are: their blood thou dost sprinkle on the altar, and of their fat thou makest perfume, a fire-offering of sweet fragrance to Jehovah, 
YLT Num 18:18 and their flesh is thine, as the breast of the wave-offering, and as the right leg, it is thine; 
YLT Num 18:19 all the heave-offerings of the holy things which the sons of Israel lift up to Jehovah I have given to thee and to thy sons, and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute age-during, a covenant of salt, age-during it is before Jehovah, to thee and to thy seed with thee.' 
YLT Num 18:20 And Jehovah saith unto Aaron,  'In their land thou dost not inherit, and a portion thou hast not in their midst: I am thy portion, and thine inheritance in the midst of the sons of Israel; 
YLT Num 18:21 and to the sons of Levi, lo, I have given all the tenth in Israel for inheritance in exchange for their service which they are serving--the service of the tent of meeting.
YLT Num 18:22 'And the sons of Israel come no more near unto the tent of meeting, to bear sin, to die, 
YLT Num 18:23 and the Levites have done the service of the tent of meeting, and they--they bear their iniquity; a statute age-during to your generations, that in the midst of the sons of Israel they have no inheritance; 
YLT Num 18:24 but the tithe of the sons of Israel which they lift up to Jehovah, a heave-offering, I have given to the Levites for inheritance; therefore I have said of them, In the midst of the sons of Israel they have no inheritance.'
So why Levites and Kohanim do not want the Tabernacle??? Why Levites and Kohanim have abandoned Written Torah and turned to something other than the Law of God??? Why Levites and Kohanim do not want to demand their tithes, redemption money and other offerings specified in the Torah???

If I was a Levite or a Priest, I would simply give an advertisement online or in the paper that I would gladly accept a tithe or a redemption money (5 Silver Shekels) from anyone who is willing to donate it. 





About Incest and Pedophilia

This is rather a touchy and sensitive subject, so please keep an open-mind...

Let's start with Incest first. Let's take a look:
YLT Gen 5:3 And Adam liveth an hundred and thirty years, and begetteth a son in his likeness, according to his image, and calleth his name Seth. 
YLT Gen 5:4 And the days of Adam after his begetting Seth are eight hundred years, and he begetteth sons and daughters.
As you know, there were no humans before Adam and Chava. So an obvious conclusion that we can come to is that Cain and Seth procreated through incest, namely with Adam's daughters. It is very interesting that Torah avoids talking about it. However, it implies just that very strongly. Does this mean that incest is allowed? Of'course not! But it means that in the situation when there are no other alternatives to preserve human race, anything goes. This is not applicable now because we have been given the Torah, but otherwise there is no restrictions for life's sake. So, for example, if we would send 2 humans to colonise a planet, they can use incest to procreate. This would be practical application of this knowledge.

Obviously, Torah prohibits incest in any other situation. Let's take a look:
YLT Lev 18:6  'None of you unto any relation of his flesh doth draw near to uncover nakedness; I am Jehovah. 
YLT Lev 18:7  'The nakedness of thy father and the nakedness of thy mother thou dost not uncover, she is thy mother; thou dost not uncover her nakedness. 
YLT Lev 18:8  'The nakedness of the wife of thy father thou dost not uncover; it is the nakedness of thy father. 
YLT Lev 18:9  'The nakedness of thy sister, daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, born at home or born without; thou dost not uncover their nakedness. 
YLT Lev 18:10  'The nakedness of thy son's daughter, or of thy daughter's daughter: thou dost not uncover their nakedness; for theirs is thy nakedness. 
YLT Lev 18:11  'The nakedness of a daughter of thy father's wife, begotten of thy father, she is thy sister; thou dost not uncover her nakedness. 
YLT Lev 18:12  'The nakedness of a sister of thy father thou dost not uncover; she is a relation of thy father. 
YLT Lev 18:13  'The nakedness of thy mother's sister thou dost not uncover; for she is thy mother's relation. 
YLT Lev 18:14  'The nakedness of thy father's brother thou dost not uncover; unto his wife thou dost not draw near; she is thine aunt.
YLT Lev 18:15  'The nakedness of thy daughter-in-law thou dost not uncover; she is thy son's wife; thou dost not uncover her nakedness.
YLT Lev 18:16  'The nakedness of thy brother's wife thou dost not uncover; it is thy brother's nakedness. 
YLT Lev 18:17  'The nakedness of a woman and her daughter thou dost not uncover; her son's daughter, and her daughter's daughter thou dost not take to uncover her nakedness; they are her relations; it is wickedness.
Notice the word "flesh" in the beginning (Lev 18:6). This means that sexual relations with one's children are also prohibited, even though never explicitly stated. 

Please note that it is possible to have sexual relations with one's cousins and other far relatives. This is not considered incest by the Torah. 

Interestingly enough, Torah speak about history of incest and its role in humanity's history. Let's take a look:
YLT Gn 19:30 . And Lot goeth up out of Zoar, and dwelleth in the mountain, and his two daughters with him, for he hath been afraid of dwelling in Zoar, and he dwelleth in a cave, he and his two daughters. 
YLT Gn 19:31 And the first-born saith unto the younger,  'Our father is old, and a man there is not in the earth to come in unto us, as is the way of all the earth; 
YLT Gn 19:32 come, we cause our father to drink wine, and lie with him, and preserve from our father--a seed.' 
YLT Gn 19:33 And they cause their father to drink wine on that night; and the first-born goeth in, and lieth with her father, and he hath not known in her lying down, or in her rising up. 
YLT Gn 19:34 And it cometh to pass, on the morrow, that the first-born saith unto the younger,  'Lo, I have lain yesterday-night with my father: we cause him to drink wine also to-night, and go thou in, lie with him, and we preserve from our father--a seed.' 
YLT Gn 19:35 And they cause their father to drink wine on that night also, and the younger riseth and lieth with him, and he hath not known in her lying down, or in her rising up. 
YLT Gn 19:36 And the two daughters of Lot conceive from their father, 
YLT Gn 19:37 and the first-born beareth a son, and calleth his name Moab; he is father of Moab unto this day; 
YLT Gn 19:38 as to the younger, she also hath born a son, and calleth his name Ben-Ammi: he is father of the Beni-Ammon unto this day.
So, as you can see, the father of all inbreds and pedophiles was Lot. Lot was neither, but because of what his daughters did, he was not entitled to be blessed by God as Abraham was. Moreover, Lot became the father of two incestous and pedophilic nations, namely Moab and Amon. If you will look in my Interlinear Pentateuch, in Genesis 19:37-38, you will see that "Moab" means "from a father" and Ben-Ammi means "child of incest" or "inbred". These two are both definition for incest and pedophilia. So Torah basically says that there were two nations that practiced these things. At the end of days, at the messianic event, we will see these two nations again. They are already getting reborn as I will explain below...

But before I do, I want to finish with Moab and Amon...
YLT Deut 23:3  'An Ammonite and a Moabite doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah; even a tenth generation of them doth not enter into the assembly of Jehovah--to the age; 
YLT Deut 23:4 because that they have not come before you with bread and with water in the way, in your coming out from Egypt, and because he hath hired against thee Balaam son of Beor, of Pethor of Aram-Naharaim, to revile thee; 
YLT Deut 23:5 and Jehovah thy God hath not been willing to hearken unto Balaam, and Jehovah thy God doth turn for thee the reviling to a blessing, because Jehovah thy God hath loved thee; 
YLT Deut 23:6 thou dost not seek their peace and their good all thy days--to the age.
These verses mean that Moabite child (child from a father) or Ammonite child (child of incestous relationship) may not be ever Hebrew or considered one. 

What is interesting in this passage that Incest and Pedophilia seemingly not mentioned as the reason for a curse, which is surprising considering the severity of the crime. Perhaps it was to allow situations as Adam and Chava... 

Anyway, it took me a while to figure it out, but I did it. The answer is in v. 4-5, namely that they were too selfish(did not greet/help fleeing Hebrews) and hateful (hired Balaam to seduce Hebrews). So as you can see, the crime of Incest and Pedophilia is usually due to selfishness and hate in those who commit it. Pretty obvious I think...

Now, about Pedophilia...

Torah obviously prohibits pedophilia. Usually because it involves incest or prostitution of some sort. In other words, most pedophiles are related to their victims or use their victims purely for personal, one way pleasure, without consideration for the child.

At the same time, Torah age-of consent is 13 for boys and when period starts for girls. If you having sex with someone that age or older, this would not be considered pedophilia according to the Torah laws. Even in the United States the laws are pretty uneven. For example, in many states like Washington or Vermont (or many others) the age of consent is 16, yet here in California age of consent is 18. Why am I a pedophile in California, yet law abiding citizen in Vermont? Obviously because age of consent in US is not based on anything, thus the problems. Torah does not have that issue as I explained above.

However, Torah is very just. There is a form of pedophilia that Torah allows. It is pedophilia for the purpose of marriage and creation of the family. This is colloquially known as "child bride". Torah, of'course, assumes that it would be a last resort solution and otherwise does not encourage or support that kind of relationships. But it is permissible under Torah law. There is no direct prohibition against sex with children, although it is implied in a way that I explained.

Otherwise, Torah considers pedophilia either incest or a form of prostitution, both of which are prohibited.

Lastly, I want to explain couple of things about pedophilia. This is by no mean a defence of pedophilia - just a statement of pure facts.
  • Peodphilia is ok for the purpose of marriage and creation of the family. Otherwise Torah clearly prohibits it. Such cases are extremely rare and do not apply to most pedophiles.
  • Most pedophiles do not harm children. Child rape is very rare, thank God, even among pedophiles.
  • Most children consent to sex with a pedophile. Once again, child rape is rare and any child is perfectly capable of consenting to sexual relations, albeit perhaps without complete awareness of consequences.
  • The main reason why pedophilia is the problem today are the modern women. Many men find today's women too promiscuous for them, so they turn to those who have that innocence they are looking for - to children. Not to mention that current witch-hunt and misunderstanding only makes pedophiles more desperate and force them commit more serious crimes.
  • It is ok to have pedosexual fantasies and desires. Pedosexual fantasy, pedosexual desires or even pedosexual orientation is not a crime. Just like with homosexuality, according to the Torah it only becomes a problem when you are doing it, not when you are thinking about it. So if you have pedo thoughts - it is ok. But do not let them consume you and make you act upon them. Remember that it is better to masturbate to some free child pornography on the internet than to actually go and destroy a life of an innocent child. Is five seconds of pleasure (that you can get by yourself or with adult woman) worth ruining someone's life??? I hope not! 
  • Easiest way to cure pedophilic urges and thoughts is either through masturabation or through consensual sex with an adult woman. Most people who engage in sex with children are not natural born pedophiles and can be reformed just like most homosexuals. Once again, it is about what you do, not about what you think or feel!
So as you can see, Torah prohibits almost all forms of incest and pedophilia, however there are permitted exceptions. So please be open-minded when you judging someone. Torah is absolutely just, so there is no need to label exceptions from these rules as criminal. However, I absolutely agree with most people and the Torah that in most cases Incest and Pedophilia are very bad and are prohibited.

I hope this clarifies this rather sensitive issue.

P.S. Jewish fairy-tale that Isaac married Rebecca when she was 3 is pathetic and wrong. Genesis clearly states that Rebecca could carry water jars and water the flock, so it means that she was at-least a teenager. Also, Torah says that Isaac was 40 when he took Rebekah, yet he only had children when he was 60, so there was ample time to wait even if Rebecca was underage. Once again, Jewish tradition perverts and screws up everything. Not to mention that Talmud allows sex with 3 years olds without any clarification ,which is a recipe to disaster and perhaps the cause of this horrible sexual abuse scandal that currently ravages in (ultra)orthodox communities. Read for details.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Laws of Divorce in the Written Torah

This is a very interesting subject. The problem is there is not much in the Written Torah about divorce procedure. But let's take a look:
YLT Gen 2:24 therefore doth a man leave his father and his mother, and hath cleaved unto his wife, and they have become one flesh.
As you can see, Torah defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. As far as I understand, Torah assumes that divorce is rare and done only in extreme situations. 

Usually, divorce is an issue due to the finances. Let's take a look at what husband is obligated to give to a wife when he divorces her...
YLT Gen 21:9 and Sarah seeth the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she hath borne to Abraham, mocking, 
YLT Gen 21:10 and she saith to Abraham,  'Cast out this handmaid and her son; for the son of this handmaid hath no possession with my son--with Isaac.' 
YLT Gen 21:11 And the thing is very wrong in the eyes of Abraham, for his son's sake;
YLT Gen 21:12 and God saith unto Abraham,  'Let it not be wrong in thine eyes because of the youth, and because of thy handmaid: all that Sarah saith unto thee--hearken to her voice, for in Isaac is a seed called to thee.
YLT Gen 21:13 As to the son of the handmaid also, for a nation I set him, because he is thy seed.' 
YLT Gen 21:14 . And Abraham riseth early in the morning, and taketh bread, and a bottle of water, and giveth unto Hagar (placing it on her shoulder), also the lad, and sendeth her out; and she goeth on, and goeth astray in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba;
As you can see, the first "divorce" mentioned in the Torah was rather strict. Abraham just pretty much kicked his concubine out of the house, leaving her only bread and a bottle of water. As you can see, no financial compensation was given to her. This is another example of Patriarchs violating the Torah before it was officially given.
YLT Gen 25:5 And Abraham giveth all that he hath to Isaac; 
YLT Gen 25:6 and to the sons of the concubines whom Abraham hath, Abraham hath given gifts, and sendeth them away from Isaac his son (in his being yet alive) eastward, unto the east country.
As you can see here, the same thing happened to other wives of Abraham. They received only minimal compensation. A gift in this case. Abraham was not paying them any alimony/child support e.t.c.

Let's look further...
YLT Deut 24:1 'When a man doth take a wife, and hath married her, and it hath been, if she doth not find grace in his eyes (for he hath found in her nakedness of anything), and he hath written for her a writing of divorce, and given it into her hand, and sent her out of his house, 
YLT Deut 24:2 and she hath gone out of his house, and hath gone and been another man's, 
YLT Deut 24:3 and the latter man hath hated her, and written for her a writing of divorce, and given it into her hand, and sent her out of his house, or when the latter man dieth, who hath taken her to himself for a wife:
YLT Deut 24:4  'Her former husband who sent her away is not able to turn back to take her to be to him for a wife, after that she hath become defiled; for an abomination it is before Jehovah, and thou dost not cause the land to sin which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee--an inheritance.
Here you see that no manner of compensation is mentioned. However, it may be due to the fact that something bad happened.

Another interesting verse are the Daughters of Zelophehad...
YLT Num 36:5 And Moses commandeth the sons of Israel, by the command of Jehovah, saying,  'Rightly are the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaking; 
YLT Num 36:6 this is the thing which Jehovah hath commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, To those good in their eyes let them be for wives; only, to a family of the tribe of their fathers let them be for wives; 
YLT Num 36:7 and the inheritance of the sons of Israel doth not turn round from tribe unto tribe; for each to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers, do the sons of Israel cleave. 
YLT Num 36:8 'And every daughter possessing an inheritance, of the tribes of the sons of Israel, is to one of the family of the tribe of her father for a wife, so that the sons of Israel possess each the inheritance of his fathers, 
YLT Num 36:9 and the inheritance doth not turn round from one tribe to another tribe; for each to his inheritance do they cleave, the tribes of the sons of Israel.' 
YLT Num 36:10 As Jehovah hath commanded Moses, so have the daughters of Zelophehad done, 
YLT Num 36:11 and Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, daughters of Zelophehad, are to the sons of their fathers'  brethren for wives; 
YLT Num 36:12 to men of the families of the sons of Manasseh, son of Joseph, they have been for wives, and their inheritance is with the tribe of the family of their father. 
YLT Num 36:13 These are the commands and the judgments which Jehovah hath commanded, by the hand of Moses, concerning the sons of Israel, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, near Jericho.
As you can see, women are allowed to inherit and possess property, which means that in marriage, finances should be separate to prevent inheritance of one (tribe) going to another (tribe). This also means that a husband does not legally owe his wife anything, except for the Scroll of Divorce - the written statement of a fact.

There is an issue with children, but Torah covers it. Let's take a look:
YLT Num 36:5 . And Moses commandeth the sons of Israel, by the command of Jehovah, saying,  'Rightly are the tribe of the sons of Joseph speaking; 
YLT Num 36:6 this is the thing which Jehovah hath commanded concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, To those good in their eyes let them be for wives; only, to a family of the tribe of their fathers let them be for wives; 
YLT Num 36:7 and the inheritance of the sons of Israel doth not turn round from tribe unto tribe; for each to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers, do the sons of Israel cleave. 
YLT Num 36:8  'And every daughter possessing an inheritance, of the tribes of the sons of Israel, is to one of the family of the tribe of her father for a wife, so that the sons of Israel possess each the inheritance of his fathers, 
YLT Num 36:9 and the inheritance doth not turn round from one tribe to another tribe; for each to his inheritance do they cleave, the tribes of the sons of Israel.' 
YLT Num 36:10 As Jehovah hath commanded Moses, so have the daughters of Zelophehad done, 
YLT Num 36:11 and Mahlah, Tirzah, and Hoglah, and Milcah, and Noah, daughters of Zelophehad, are to the sons of their fathers'  brethren for wives; 
YLT Num 36:12 to men of the families of the sons of Manasseh, son of Joseph, they have been for wives, and their inheritance is with the tribe of the family of their father. 
YLT Num 36:13 These are the commands and the judgments which Jehovah hath commanded, by the hand of Moses, concerning the sons of Israel, in the plains of Moab, by Jordan, near Jericho.
As you can see here, if a wife had children from her previous marriage, she would be responsible to provide them with more inheritance than the children she might have with her current husband. This also confirms that finances must be separate, so this particular commandment can be kept.

In case of joint finances, they should be divided evenly or according to the contribution of each partner. This is why we are commanded to setup Judges (Deut 17:8-13) so they could judge civil cases like this. So while a husband is not obligated to give woman anything (it is not commanded or implied) there is an option for a woman to request financial compensation through the Judges. It even says that in the Torah (Exodus 21:22).

There is one more thing...
YLT Ex 21:7 'And when a man selleth his daughter for a handmaid, she doth not go out according to the going out of the men-servants; 
YLT Ex 21:8 if evil in the eyes of her lord, so that he hath not betrothed her, then he hath let her be ransomed; to a strange people he hath not power to sell her, in his dealing treacherously with her. 
YLT Ex 21:9 'And if to his son he betroth her, according to the right of daughters he doth to her. 
YLT Ex 21:10 'If another woman he take for him, her food, her covering, and her habitation, he doth not withdraw; 
YLT Ex 21:11 and if these three he do not to her, then she hath gone out for nought, without money.
The key verses here are Ex 21:10-11. As can be inferred from these verses, woman is entitled to compensation in a case if she is a slave. However, this clearly does not apply to free women. From this, we can come to a conclusion that in normal cases a husband would not owe anything to his wife.

These are my current thoughts. I will have to think about it more as I've never actually had to deal with this (thank God), so my experience is limited. I welcome you to share such life experiences here so we can see what would we do according to the Torah.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Tutorial how to create your own Torah calendar

Here is a short and very easy tutorial to create Torah calendar. It is as easy as it was intended by the Torah, so even a small child could figure it out.

You will need Moon CalendarMoon Data for One Day,Equinox/Solstice table and empty calendar (I recommend Google Calendar). Open new (Google) calendar and begin filling out dates as explained below. I will use current, 2016, year as an example. 

Please remember that Hebrew days start in the evening. This means that if certain event happens before sunset, it is counted as current day. If certain event happens after sunset, we use the next day for the event.

Here are the steps:
  1. We need to determine the beginning of the New Year. According to Equinox table, spring Equinox falls on 03/20/2016. Put it in your calendar.
  2. Open Moon Calendar and find closest New Moon RIGHT AFTER Equinox. For this year, it is 04/07/2016. This means that 4th Gregorian Month is when 1st day happens.
  3. Find Full Moon of this Lunar Month. It is 04/21/2016 @ 10:23pm PDT. Like I warned above, this event happens after sunset, so Full Moon day is 22nd and not 21st. So write down Full Moon Shabbat on 04/22/2016
  4. Fill in other Phases of the Moon of this month. Thus, New Moon would fall on 04/08/2016, 1st Quarter would fall on 04/15/2016, 3rd Quarter would fall on 04/29/2016. Write all of these into the calendar. Basically, your Shabbat day is determined by the day on which all phases of the Moon line up.
  5. Last, 5th Shabbat of the month is trickier. You have to do Steps #3-4 for the next month again. You will see that New Moon of the 2nd Hebrew month would fall on 05/07/2016. We can have two Shabbats in a row, so there is no need to separate 5th Shabbat and the New Moon. This would put 5th Shabbat on 05/06/2016. This is Last Old Moon Shabbat or 5th Shabbat of the month. Write it down. If New Moon of the next month does not fall next to the 5th Shabbat, then we have months with 4 complete weeks and 1 incomplete. In this case, we have 4 complete weeks even, so no need to add incomplete weeks. 
  6. Repeat Steps 3 - 5 for other months. When connecting to the next or previous years, always use Equinox text described in Step #2
I hope this simple guide would help you in calculating and creating your own calendar for your own time zone and circumstances. 

I will add how to do other parts of the calendar, once I finish working on it. Stay tuned.

How to determine your birthday according to the Written Torah?

Here is an interesting question... how does one determine own birthday according to the Torah calendar? Torah calendar is based on the Sun and Moon, so we need to be able to convert from one system (traditional Gregorian or Hebrews calendar) to the other (Torah Sun-Moon system).

Here is the easy way to do it. You can use this method to create a calendar as well. This step-by-step tutorial will explain how to find the right date according to the Torah. 

In Torah calendar, dates move around due to the difference between Sun/Moon cycle, so your birthday will fall on different day according to the traditional calendars.

  1. You will need Moon calendar for any year. This is pretty good. And you will need Moon data for one day. Here is one.
  2. Let's say my birthday is on 08/02/1982. So, I open Moon calendar on that specific year and month and find the Moon Phase closest to my birthday. In my case it is Full Moon that falls on 08/04/1982. This means that my birthday day of the month is 13th (Full Moon 08/04 - 2 days = 13th 08/02)
  3. Now, we need to determine the month. This is also pretty easy but you have to be careful. To do this, we need to take a look at spring equinox. You will need this equinox table. In 1982 it was on March 20th, just like this year.
  4. Now you need to determine the 1st day of the first month of your birthday year. It is very easy. Just look at the equinox and take the closest New Moon that is RIGHT AFTER equinox. In my case it is 03/25/1982. 
  5. Now we need to count from 1st day of the 1st month of your birthday year to the 1st of the Month of your birthday month. This will tell us your birthday month according to the Torah calendar. In my case it is 5th Month (1st - 03/25, 2nd - 04/23, 3rd - 05/23, 4th - 06/21, 5th- 07/20). 
  6. That is it! Now you know that my birthday is on the 13th of the 5th Month according to the Torah. In my birthday year, it was 08/02/1982, but this year (2016) it will be on 08/15/2016.
  7. There is no way currently to tell a year from creation. As far as I can tell, humanity is at least 170 million years old, so the current year since creation should be around this number. Perhaps in the future we will develop means of calculating the year precisely.
Please remember to watch out for time when the day starts. In Torah system day starts at the evening. This means that event that happens before sunset is considered today and if after, it is the next day. For example, New Moon of the 3rd month in my example started at 9:40 PM PDT. Sunset on this day was at 7:54pm PDT. This means that New Moon day is the 23rd and not 22nd, because 9:40pm is a part of the next day(23), not the previous day(22).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Comparing positioning of the Staves of the Ark of the Covenant

I made two 3D models to compare both ways of positioning the gold-plated staves of the Ark. Enjoy! I personally start going back to traditional design of staves along the long side. Seems more natural. Regardless, staves must be positioned in such a way that they make carrying the ark as easy and as naturally as possible. Staves must account for the balance of the Ark during transportation. Which way is it - I am not sure yet.

Exclusive Material: Is the Equinox the key?

I was re-reading arguments for and against Lunar Shabbat and I found an interesting fact. 

It appears that barley is never aviv before the equinox. This is so obvious, I do not know how I could not see it before.

Basically, plants have two stages, roughly speaking. Vegetative state is when the plant grows and flowering stage when the plant ripens. Plant switches between these stages based on the amount of sunlight it gets. To flower, plant needs 12 OR MORE HOURS of Sunlight. This is precisely what happens at equinox. Plants switch from vegetative state to flowering state. So aviv can't possibly ever happen before equinox.

If you are progressive as me, you would know what 12/12 and 18/6 cycles are...;) Well... it is the same thing. 12/12 - is equinox and 18/6 or 6/18 is solstice.

This means that THE 1ST New Moon RIGHT AFTER EQUINOX is the 1st day of the 1st Month.

Please note that I do not connect begining of the month with the equinox itself. I just say that equinox is the determining factor as opposed to barely sighting, because we only commanded to use Sun and Moon and NEVER barley. Ripening of barley is A SECONDARY CHECK. But we use major astronomical event (spring equinox) to determine the beginning of New Year. 

Just like Counting of Omer is not connected to summer solstice directly and just happens around this time, so is the beginning of the New Year is not connected to the equinox but only happens around this time.

This makes perfect sense to me. This way we are not worshiping the Sun or Moon and we do not need to check barley in Canaan. 

I think this is correct answer to this question.

P.S. Click here for some reliable information. According to this, barley harvest starts in Canaan at the end of April - beginning of May. Here is the quote:
"Both[wheat and barley] are sown as a rule, in November and the harvest starts around the end of April - the beginning of May. As stated, this year the first wheat and barley have been harvested not before mid of May in the Jordan Valley."
The reason stated is such:
Today we have to wait with the harvest until the grain is entirely dry which means a moisture content of 12-13% only. Otherwise the mechanical harvester does not perform a clean threshing and the grain cannot be stored without further drying. In the ancient times and even to-day with primitive methods the barley and wheat were harvested with a sickle and left on the land in sheaves for further drying. Therefor the crop could be harvested a couple of weeks earlier even if the barley would have been harvested with 20% moisture content. 
So, as you can see, my assumption are correct.

P.S. It can't be Equilux, because it is different for different locations. And we count from the New Moon, not 15th of the month(Full Moon) because ripening happens when cycle is 12/12 or more.


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