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.

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