Friday, February 9, 2018

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Messengers of Yahuah (aka Angels)

What does Torah say about Angels? Are there Angels in the Torah?!?

NO. There is no such thing as Angels in the Torah! 

The only humanoid creatures with wings that are mentioned in the Torah are the Cherubim. And Torah says very little about them. They are mentioned as the guardians of the Garden of Eden and as decorations of the Mercy Seat (Lid) of the Ark of the Covenant.

But Cherubim are NOT Angels. So what does the Torah talk about?!?

Let's take a look:

Here is the ISA2 analysis of the word (מלאך), which is traditionally translated as "Angel".


As you can see, not once Torah uses the word "angel". The only word that is used in the Torah is the word "messenger".

So as you can see, it is the "Messengers" and not "Angels". It is either normal humans or divine beings that deliver the specific message of Yahuah. The word "Messenger" is very different in meaning from the word "Angel". So this is a very important distinction that one has to understand here.

I hope now it is clear that there were no any angels in the Torah, only messengers.

Messengers can be corporeal (normal humans). See Genesis 19:1, 15.
Or, Messengers can be noncorporeal Gen 21:17, Exodus 3:2

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Why God does not answer my prayers?

Why doesn't God answer my prayers?!?

The answer is rather complicated...

First of all, there are billions and billions of habitable planets in the Universe, which means that there are billions of civilizations out there. Some are more advanced, some are less advanced.

The Universe itself is even bigger... There is a gazillion of stars, planets, black holes and other cosmic bodies and objects.

So as you can see, God has A LOT to manage! Universe's size is mindboggling and incomprehensible.

This means that God is probably very very busy managing all this. 

So when you wondering why God does not answer your prayers, you have to understand that God is very very busy and can't answer all prayers right away.

In most cases, God works indirectly, which is why it may take a long time (years) for Him to answer your prayers. This means that you have to be very very patient if you want to see your prayers answered.

Secondly, because of #1, each one of us is nothing but a microbe in the eyes of God. Our individual existence is simply insignificant in the eyes of God. How much do you worry about an individual ant in an anthill somewhere in Africa?!? 

The only way to be significant to God is to do #3.

So thirdly, God only answers prayers of people who FOLLOW HIS LAW (Written Torah). God only answers prayers of those who are SIGNIFICANT to Him.

So if you do not follow and live by the Written Torah, why God has to help you? If you do not do what He wants, why would He do what you want?!?

So as you can see, not only God is very busy, it takes Him time to answer prayers of everything in the Universe due to its size and God only answers prayers of those who do things for Him (live by the Written Torah).

What does the Torah say about the afterlife?

What does the Torah say about the afterlife and dying?

Let's take a look:
CLV Gn 25:8 And expiring is Abraham, and dying in a good grey-haired age, old and satisfied with days. And gathered is he to his people. 
CLV Gn 25:17 And these are the years of the life of Ishmael: a hundred and thirty seven years. And expiring is he, and died, and is gathered to his people. 
CLV Gn 35:29 And expiring is Isaac, and he died, and is gathered to his people, old and satisfied with days. And entombing him are Esau and Jacob, his sons. 
CLV Gn 47:30 Lay me with my fathers, and carry me from Egypt and entomb me in their tomb."  And saying is he,  "I will do according to your word." 
CLV Gn 49:33 And finishing is Jacob instructing his sons, and gathering is he his feet into the couch and is expiring, and is being gathered to his people
CLV Num 20:29 the whole congregation discerned that Aaron had expired. They lamented for Aaron thirty days, all the house of Israel. 
CLV Dt 31:16 Yahuah said to Moses: Behold, you are about to lie with your fathers. Yet this people will rise and prostitute after the gods of the foreigners of the land where they are entering to be among them; and they will forsake Me and annul My covenant that I contracted with them.
As you can see, the Torah uses four words to describe death. Here they are in order:
  1. "to expire" or literally "to breathe out"
  2. "to die"
  3. "to be gathered"
  4. "to lie" or "to sleep"
As you can see, first you "breath out" (make your last exhalation). Then, you die. Then you are "gathered" onto your own people and then you "sleep" with them.

So as you can see, there is NO afterlife or heaven. Once you die, that is it!

Even Moses, the greatest prophet of them all, died and was buried. He did not go into some imaginary place.

Please check out this post if you want to know what happens at the moment of death (step #2). 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Should we observe the Moon or use calculations?

Should we observe the Moon or use calculated values for Moon phases?

As far as I can tell, we need to use both.

The reason for this being that the Moon cycle is not perfect so in some month observations of the Moon can be misleading. This is why we need to use calculations sometimes.

For example, in the 7th month, the Moon phases align perfectly with Shabbats, so we do not really need calculations in this month. However, in the 1st month the cycle is shifted, so we must use calculated values for the phases to determine the Shabbat days for this month.

I am still doing observations so as to determine the best way to determine the Shabbats.

What do Levites get their tithes for?

What do Levites get their tithes for?

Let's take a look:
CLV Num 18:20 Yahuah said to Aaron: In their land you shall not have an allotment, nor shall a portion be yours in their midst. I am your portion and your allotment in the midst of the sons of Israel. 
CLV Num 18:21 As for the sons of Levi, behold, I give all the tithe in Israel as an allotment in exchange for their service in which they are serving, the service of the tent of appointment.
CLV Num 18:22 The sons of Israel shall not come near again to the tent of appointment to bear sin so as to die. 
CLV Num 18:23 He, the Levite, will serve in the service of the tent of appointment, and they shall bear any depravity of theirs. It shall be an eonian statute throughout your generations so that in the midst of the sons of Israel they shall not be allotted an allotment, 
CLV Num 18:24 for it is the tithe of the sons of Israel which they shall raise up as a heave offering to Yahuah which I give to the Levites as an allotment. Therefore I say concerning them: No allotment in the midst of the sons of Israel shall they be allotted. 
As you can see, just like the Priests, the Levites would be entitled to the tithes of the sons of Israel.

However, please note that the tithe was given for two things:

1) Service of the Tent of Meeting (Tabernacle)
2) A tithe was Levitical inheritance instead of the Land Allotment.

This means that even when there is no Tabernacle, all Levites (Priests included) are still entitled to the tithe of the Land produce. So as long as sons of Israel get anything from Land of Canaan, they are required to pay tithe to the Levites, even in the absence of the Tabernacle. This is not being done right now by the Hebrews who live in Canaan, which is a direct and blatant violation of the Torah.

Please note that not all Levites served at the Tabernacle. Here is what Torah says:
CLV Dt 18:6 In case a Levite should come from one of your gates, from anywhere in Israel where he sojourned, he may come with all the yearning of his soul to the place that Yahuah shall choose; 
CLV Dt 18:7 then he may minister in the name of Yahuah his Elohim, like all his brothers, the Levites, those standing there before Yahuah. 
CLV Dt 18:8 Portion for portion shall he eat, besides what comes from his sales of the fathers'  holdings.
As you can see, for Levites, serving at the Tabernacle was a CHOICE. Which is why I say that Levites were entitled to the tithe of the Land regardless of the service of the Tabernacle.

Please note that Levites were still legitimate Torah authority, regardless of their service at the Tabernacle.

The Priests, on the other hand, were required to serve at the Tabernacle. In fact, they could not even leave the Tabernacle without special procedures. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

We are only alive today because of God's great mercy!

The only reason why all of us alive in these dark times is a great mercy of God.

Even the most observant of us are very far from the real fulfillment of the commandments of the Torah.

The biggest obstacle that we face today is the absence of the Tabernacle.

Most Torah commandments require the Tabernacle, so we can't really claim that we observing the commandments without the Tabernacle.

So our first priority should be rebuilding of the Tabernacle.

The second problem that we face is that Levites are not recognized as a legitimate Torah authority. Rabbis have enslaved and subdued the Levites and hijacked our faith. So our second priority should be the restoration of Levitical order, the only legitimate Torah authority.

So as you can see, we have a lot of problems to overcome and we are very far from achieving either one of these goals.

As you know Torah prescribes capital punishment or cut-off from the congregation for violation of many commandments. Which is why I said at the beginning of this post that we only alive because God allows us so. His great mercy for us is unbelievable.

So please do even think that God's words about capital punishment and cutting of are in vain. They are not! So we must do our best and observe the Torah commandments the best we can so as to please God for what He is doing for us.

Yahuah, One God, is truly merciful and loving God. Even in these dark times, He has not forsaken us.

Is mixing meat and milk allowed by the Torah?

I just wanted to create a clear post on this issue so here it is.

The tradition of not mixing meat and milk stems from the following Torah verses:
CLV Ex 23:19 You shall bring the first of the firstfruits of your ground to the house of Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother. 
CLV Ex 34:26 The first of the firstfruits of your ground shall you bring to the house of Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother. 
CLV Dt 14:21 You shall not eat any carcass. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your gates so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a people holy to Yahuah your God. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother.
And here is the variant reading from the Samaritan Pentateuch that gives the passages the context:
SP Ex 23:19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Yahuah thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk, that one doing this as sacrifice forgets and enrages God of Jacob
As you can see, the original Torah reading speaks about sacrifices. So these passages have nothing to do with not eating milk and meat together. The most strict interpretation of the passage would be simply to interpret these verses as a prohibition of cooking a kid in the milk of its mother. However, the most literal interpretation is that we are not to bring a kid cooked in its mother's milk as a sacrifice, it does not mean we can't do it for ourselves or eat it.

And as I have mentioned before on my blog is that Torah explicitly says that Messengers of God ate milk and meat together and it was Abraham who served it to them (Genesis 18:8), even though he was a prophet(Gen 20:7) and he was observing all Torah laws(Genesis 26:5) even though they were not officially given.

And here is the video of my friend who says the same thing pretty much:


How did Ark of the Covenant function?

How did Ark of the Covenant function? What happened when Moses or High Priests entered in the Holy of Holies of the Tabernacle?

Torah is pretty explicit about this. Let's take a look:
CLV Ex 25:22 I will keep appointment with you there, and I will speak with you above the propitiatory shelter from between the two cherubim which are over the coffer of the testimony of all which I am instructing you for the sons of Israel. 
CLV Num 7:89 Whenever Moses came into the tent of appointment to speak with Him then he would hear the voice of Yahweh speaking to him above the propitiatory shelter which was on the coffer of the testimony; it was from between the two cherubim that He spoke to him.
As you can see from these verses, the Ark of the Covenant was a radio of sorts that allowed us to communicate with God directly.

The Ark of the Covenant, more specifically, the Mercy Seat, served as a sound resonator of sorts that channeled God's voice down to earth.


As you can see, it was the Wings of the Cherubim (if I am correct) that produced the sound. Which is why I said that the Ark was like a sound resonator for the voice of God.

There is no such thing as Jewish people or Jewish nation!!!

There is no such thing as Jewish people or Jewish nation !!!

It is unbelievable how corrupted the words and definitions nowadays !!!

Jews are just one (1) of thirteen (13) tribes of the HEBREW PEOPLE and HEBREW NATION !!! So as you can see, there are only Hebrew people and Hebrew nation!

Calling Jews people or nation is the same as calling all Christians Catholics people or Catholic nation. This is wrong and offensive, especially to people like myself who are Hebrew but not Jewish.

So please do not say Jewish people or Jewish nation. This is wrong and offensive.

Thank you.

P.S. In USSR they properly called us Hebrews as opposed to the US where all Hebrews are indiscriminately called Jews.

Monday, January 8, 2018

About Deuteronomy 12:5

I found yet another blatant edit of the Torah. It is Deuteronomy 12:5.

Let's take a look...

First of all, here is the Hebrew text:

כִּי אִם-אֶל-הַמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר-יִבְחַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם, מִכָּל-שִׁבְטֵיכֶם, לָשׂוּם אֶת-שְׁמוֹ, שָׁם--לְשִׁכְנוֹ תִדְרְשׁוּ, וּבָאתָ שָּׁמָּה

As you can see, the word in question is לשכנו which does not really makes sense because it is should obviously be the noun (Tabernacle), yet it is written as a verb (?) in 3rd person masculine.

Here are the traditional translations that show the problem:
CLV Dt 12:5 But rather for the place that Yahuah your Elohim shall choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there, you shall inquire for His tabernacle, and there will you come. 
YLT Dt 12:5 but unto the place which Yahuah your God doth choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, to His tabernacle ye seek, and thou hast entered thither, 
AV Dt 12:5 But unto the place which the Yahuah your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, [even] unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
As you can see, the only translation that gets it right is Young's translation (YLT). Other two translations trying to translate the word literally which results in a very strange translation that does not make any sense.

Here is the first ISA2 analysis:


As you can see, this particular word appears only once in the Torah, which is very suspicious, to say the least.

So here is the second analysis:


As you can see, the almost identical form of this word appears in Josh 22:29. While Joshuah is not Torah and we should be careful with the non-Torah Hebrew words, in this particular case Neviim are correct and it should be indeed למשכנו (to his Tabernacle). So as you can see, in Deuteronomy 12:5 one letter fell out which changed the meaning of the sentence. It is obvious to me that it was done intentionally by the scribes who tried to erase Tabernacle from the Torah because they have replaced it with the temple abomination.

Since such reading does not appear in Kennicott, I surmise that this change occurred during the 1st Temple period.

So correct translation of the Deuteronomy 12:5 should be as follows:
YLT Dt 12:5 but unto the place which Yahuah your God doth choose out of all your tribes to put His name there, to His tabernacle ye seek, and thou hast entered thither,
This way, the text is super explicit that the only place that Torah talks about is the place of the portable Tabernacle (Tent of Meeting) and not some immovable stone temple.

Is God watching me when I poop?

Here is an interesting question: Does God watch me poop? Does God watch me when I am in the bathroom?

Surprisingly, Torah deals with this question pretty explicitly. Let's take a look:
CLV Dt 23:13 You shall come to have a shovel with your gear so it will come to be when you have squatted outside that you must dig with it, then turn back and cover your excrement. 
CLV Dt 23:14 For Yahuah your Elohim is walking about within your camp to rescue you and to deliver up your enemies before you; hence your camps will come to be holy so that He should not see among you the nakedness of anything and turn away from following you.
As you can see, Yahuah requires us to cover our excrements and keep ourselves clean because He is walking among us.

So yes, God watches you poop and He actually gets angry if you do not do it in a civilized and clean manner.

I think it would be better to say that God is aware that you are pooping. He is not actually watching you poop like on TV or something. God is not a pervert, which is why we have the above commandments about covering our excrements. Obviously, God being a superior being/entity is very well aware of the common etiquette and morals.

What color is Tekhelet (תכלת)?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word "blue"?!? The sky of'course. This is exactly the color that Torah implies by Tekhelet (תכלת).


I have discussed this at the very beginning of my blog here: http://www.thedeserttabernacle.com/2010/01/exodus-261-2-coverings-of-tent-of.html

The word Tekhelet is used in the Torah to describe Tabernacle Coverings and Curtains, Garments of the High Priest and TziTzit of'course.

Unfortunately, the text of the Torah is not very useful when one tries to determine the meaning of some words like this one because there are no contextual verses with this word to determine its idiomatic meaning. The only way to truly understand what this word means is to master Torah Hebrew which has not been done yet by anyone. Torah Hebrew is still a dead language so until it is restored, we can't really hope to understand the true meaning behind this and some other Torah words.

The only guess I could come up with was the word תכל (finishing or ending) but it does not seem to provide any useful information as to the meaning of Tekhelet.

Please note that this color was produced from either plants or minerals. For example, in the Septuagint, Tekhelet was translated into Greek as hyakinthos (ὑακίνθος, "hyacinth"). The color of the hyacinth flower, which ranges from violet blue to a bluish purple.

The color could NOT have been produced from a marine creature known as the Ḥillazon (also spelled Chilazon) as Talmud suggests because it is not kosher and one would have to kill millions of them to produce enough dye for the Tabernacle Coverings/Curtains and everyday TziTzits.

About Genesis 2:18

I found another misplaced verse in Genesis. It is Genesis 2:18.

Let's take a look:
CLV Gn 2:16 And instructing is Yahuah Elohim the human, saying,  "From every tree of the garden, you are to eat, yea, eat. 
CLV Gn 2:17 Yet from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you are not to be eating from it, for in the day you eat from it, to die shall you be dying." 
CLV Gn 2:18 And saying is Yahuah Elohim,  "Not good is it for the human for him to be alone. Make for him will I a helper as his complement." 
CLV Gn 2:19 And furthermore Yahuah Elohim, having formed from the ground all field life and every flyer of the heavens, He is also bringing it to the human to see what he will call it. And whatever the human living soul is calling it, that is its name. 
CLV Gn 2:20 And calling is the human the names for every beast and for every flyer of the heavens, and for all field life. Yet for the human He does not find a helper as His complement. 
CLV Gn 2:21 And falling is a stupor on the human, caused by Yahweh Elohim, and he is sleeping. And taking is He one of his angular organs and is closing the flesh under it. 
CLV Gn 2:22 And Yahuah Elohim is building the angular organ, which He takes from the human, into a woman, and bringing her is He to the human. 
CLV Gn 2:23 And saying is the human,  "This was once bone of my bones and flesh from my flesh. This shall be called woman, for from her man is this taken. 
CLV Gn 2:24 Therefore a man shall forsake his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they two become one flesh.
As you can see, Genesis 2:18 clearly appears to be out of place. Here is how it is supposed to be:
CLV Gn 2:16 And instructing is Yahuah Elohim the human, saying,  "From every tree of the garden, you are to eat, yea, eat. 
CLV Gn 2:17 Yet from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you are not to be eating from it, for in the day you eat from it, to die shall you be dying."
CLV Gn 2:19 And furthermore Yahuah Elohim, having formed from the ground all field life and every flyer of the heavens, He is also bringing it to the human to see what he will call it. And whatever the human living soul is calling it, that is its name. 
CLV Gn 2:20 And calling is the human the names for every beast and for every flyer of the heavens, and for all field life. Yet for the human He does not find a helper as His complement. 
CLV Gn 2:18 And saying is Yahuah Elohim,  "Not good is it for the human for him to be alone. Make for him will I a helper as his complement."
CLV Gn 2:21 And falling is a stupor on the human, caused by Yahweh Elohim, and he is sleeping. And taking is He one of his angular organs and is closing the flesh under it. 
CLV Gn 2:22 And Yahuah Elohim is building the angular organ, which He takes from the human, into a woman, and bringing her is He to the human. 
CLV Gn 2:23 And saying is the human,  "This was once bone of my bones and flesh from my flesh. This shall be called woman, for from her man is this taken. 
CLV Gn 2:24 Therefore a man shall forsake his father and his mother and cling to his wife, and they two become one flesh.
Looks much better, isn't it? :)

Enjoy!

How to slaughter animals?

How does the Torah command to slaughter animals? There do not seem to be any verses dealing with this subject. However, a closer look reveals otherwise.
YLT Dt 12:16  'Only, the blood ye do not eat--on the earth thou dost pour it as water; 
YLT Dt 15:23 Only, its blood thou dost not eat; on the earth thou dost pour it as water.
Some of you are familiar with these verses and as some of you know, Orthodox Jews use these verses to justify "oral torah" its laws of slaughter. Their preposterous argument is that since we are not told how to slaughter the animal, there must've been some "oral torah" which explains this.

Of'course, these verses DO NOT refer to any "oral torah", in fact, if you look closely, you will see that these verses actually explain how to slaughter the animal.

Here is the answer: What do the verses say? We are to pour blood as water on the ground. There is only one way to do it and that is to cut animal's throat. This way the animal's heart keeps beating and pumping blood out of the wound, effectively deblooding the animal so that we do not eat its blood.

For example, some prefer to kill the animals by piercing their heart. This would not deblood the animal, so it is NOT an acceptable way to kill the animal according to the Torah.

This is how simple this is.

This is why it is important to read each passage carefuly, paying attention to every word in it.

There is no "oral torah" and the Written Torah always provide explanation or implication. There is only one truth and therefore only one correct explanation or implication.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Why Levites and Hebrews were allowed to marry non-virgins ?

Torah is very explicit that virginity is a sign of holiness and that we are to prevent our daughters from promiscuous behavior.

Here is what Torah says:
YLT Lv 19:29 'Thou dost not pollute thy daughter to cause her to go a-whoring, that the land go not a-whoring, and the land hath been full of wickedness.

YLT Dt 22:20 'And if this thing hath been truth--tokens of virginity have not been found for the damsel--

YLT Dt 22:21 then they have brought out the damsel unto the opening of her father's house, and stoned her have the men of her city with stones, and she hath died, for she hath done folly in Israel, to go a-whoring in her father's house; and thou hast put away the evil thing out of thy midst.

YLT Dt 23:17 'There is not a whore among the daughters of Israel, nor is there a whoremonger among the sons of Israel;

YLT Dt 23:18 thou dost not bring a gift of a whore, or a price of a dog, into the house of Jehovah thy God, for any vow; for the abomination of Jehovah thy God are even both of them.
As you know from the Torah, only Rebbecah (wife of Isaac) is called a virgin in the Torah. This means that the issue of virginity was an issue all the time. In fact, Torah expects this, which brings us to the answer to the post's question.

The reason why regular Hebrews and Levites (non-Priests) were allowed to marry non-virgins was that in many cases the most compatible woman is not going to be a virgin, especially in our time. It would be unreasonable to put a virginity requirement on the regular people who do not possess the holiness, discipline, and patience of the Priests. This is why only Priests were required to marry virgins. Other people could marry non-virgins.

This is also related to why Torah allows polygamy. Sometimes, it is not only impossible to find a virgin, but also it is impossible to find one woman that is compatible with you completely. This is why a man could take the additional wife(s) that possess other qualities that he is looking for aside from his first wife.

This is why virginity requirement should not be taken as absolute by those of us who are not Priests. This way we have more chances finding the woman that we love and we are compatible with.

Of'course, once we will live according to the Torah, most women will be virgins so this is not going to be an issue anymore. But in our dark times, we must take what we can. This is sad but it is a reality.

The width of the Tabernacle Boards

I have found an interesting fact about Tabernacle boards that I wanted to share with you.

Turns out that the width of the Tabernacle boards is exactly equal to the full arm's length. Arm's length of the adult male human is ~27 inches, which equates to 1.5 cubits, which is exactly the width of each of the Tabernacle boards.

This was not surprising to me though because it seems that all Tabernacle units of measure and Torah units of measure for that matter are based on human body parts. Omer, cubit and other units of measure are based on the human body.

Sanhedrin is not the Torah concept!

Most religious people believe in the so-called "Sanhedrin" as the ultimate Torah authority. However, this is a delusional belief that was spawned by tradition and religion and it has NO basis in the Torah whatsoever.

The word "sanhedrin" (סַנְהֶדְרִין) is NEVER found in the Torah.

The only "Court" described in the Torah was the Tent of Meeting (The Tabernacle). And the only authority that decided all matters of the Torah was the Aaronites (aka Kohanites, the Priests).


Yes, this is true that Torah speaks of Judges and Elders, however, they were the lesser authority. The highest authority was the High Priests that served at the Tent of Meeting.

In fact, the reason why the Tabernacle called Tent of Meeting is that it was specifically designed for the entire congregation to meet.

Please also note that Judges functioned independently because Torah commands individual responsibility for judgments. Each Judge functioned independently and made decisions independently. Torah never commands a jury or a group of several judges judging cases.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Can a regular Priest marry a widow?

Can a regular Priest (not the High Priest) marry a widow?

Orthodox Judaism allows the regular Priests marry a widow. But is this justified by the Torah?

Let's take a look:
CLV Lv 21:7 A prostituting woman or a violated one, they shall not take, and a woman driven out from her husband they shall not take, for he is holy to his Elohim.
As you can see, the word "widow" is absent from this verse. This is why Orthodox Judaism interpreted this verse as a permission for regular Priests marry a widow. However, this does not make much sense because a "widow" is not much different from "a violated one" for example.

Let's look further at the High Priest permissions:
CLV Lv 21:13 He shall take a wife in her virginity.

CLV Lv 21:14 A widow or one driven out or violated or prostituting, these he shall not take, but rather a virgin from his kinsmen shall he take for a wife,
First of all, please compare bold words in both passages. As you can see, the only difference in these passages is the word "widow". This means that this passage was most certainly edited.

As I said above, there is no big difference between all these words, so a "widow" was probably the original reading for the regular Priests.

The reason why ALL Priests were required to marry a virgin from their own people was that so they do not pollute their seed, their offspring.

As you know, what goes into a woman, stays there, which is why Priests were prohibited marrying women who already had sex with other men (married or otherwise).

Here is what Torah says about Priests and the High Priest respectively:
CLV Lv 21:8 You will regard him as holy, for he is bringing near the bread of your Elohim. He shall become holy to you, for I am holy, Yahweh Who is hallowing you.

CLV Lv 21:15 that he may not profane his seed among his kinsmen, for I, Yahweh, am regarding him as holy.
As you can see, both passages are identical and both regular Priests and the High Priest are regarded as Holy to Yahuah. This is why I am more than certain that regular Priests CAN'T marry a widow.

I also checked the Kennicott and Dead Sea Scrolls but unfortunately, they were of no help. This means that this change occurred during the 1st Temple period which predates our witnesses by many centuries.

P.S. Consider a situation: The Elder of regular Priests marries a widow and has children with her. At some point the High Priest dies and the Elder of regular Priests becomes the High Priest. What he is to do now? Is he supposed to divorce and abandon his wife and children and marry a virgin? This does not make any sense! This is why even regular priests were required to marry virgins of their own people.

When does day begin? Evening or Morning?

When does the day (yom) begin? Does day begin in the Evening or Morning?

Here is a very good video that explains the problem and provides the answer.


And here is the most explicit verse from the Torah that answers the question:
CLV Gn 1:5 And calling is the Elohim the light "day," and the darkness He calls "night." And coming is it to be evening and coming to be morning, day one.

CLV Lv 23:32 It is a sabbath of cessation for you, and you will humble your souls. On the seventh day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening shall you cease for your sabbath.
So as you can see, the day begins at the evening and ends also at the evening. Very simple.

One reason why we start counting the day from the evening is because of the Moon Phases. The Moon phases, particularly the New Moon phase, begins in the evening and it is visible starting at the evening. So we have to count the day from the evening because otherwise, the Moon will be out of phase.

Torah is Abstract and Transcendent

As I have described in my previous posts, Torah is much more than just a book, and God is most certainly much more than just the Torah.

For example, let's take "thou shalt not murder" commandment. Is this common sense or a religious dogma?!?

There are billions of habitable planets in our galaxy alone, so if there are advanced civilizations, they most certainly have the same laws about murder. This is what makes the Torah transcendent. All sentient beings should have the same laws throughout the universe.

Also, what is important to understand is that Torah is abstract, meaning that we must follow the abstract Torah and not the corrupted copy that we have. Our copy of the Torah had been extensively edited and changed. Examples like Yom Kippur date show the extent of the editing.

So remember that Torah is abstract and transcendent.

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Government Hierarchy of the Torah

In this post, I would like to discuss the government hierarchy that Torah proposes.

What Torah proposes is not a theocracy and it is more linear than some people think.

Below is the diagram of the IDEAL government hierarchy that Torah proposes. The reason why I call it IDEAL is that Torah expects that the circumstances may be less than ideal as you will see from the second diagram.

So here is the IDEAL hierarchy of the Torah government:


As you can see, the hierarchy is linear with God being on top of it.

However, Torah anticipates that the government may become unstable and therefore it may need additional links in the chain so to speak.
As you can see, in the less than ideal circumstance, the hierarchy can add a Prophet and a King. Torah expects it being done when people stray away from the Torah and want to be more like other nations. This is why we should stick to the IDEAL hierarchy as much as we can.

In other words, Torah says that it is ok NOT to have a King. And Prophets also usually do not come when everything is ok.

As you can see from both diagrams, the hierarchy is not redundant. Instead, the hierarchy can stretch and shrink. This makes the hierarchy just as stable as most redundant hierarchies.

Last, but not least, it is important to understand that as diagrams clearly show one must go through the whole hierarchy when there is an issue of the Torah. In other words, if you have a Torah issue, you do not go straight to the High Priest first, you go to your Chief of 10s or a Judge and they escalate the issue to the higher authority if they can't decide the matter themselves.

The Priests The Levites

I wanted to address the issue of the "The Priests The Levites" expression that seems to be causing a lot of confusion as to the authority of the Priests and the Levites.

The expression "The Priests The Levites" can be found in Deuteronomy 17:9, 17:18, 18:1, 24:8 and 27:9.

Let's take a closer look:
CLV Dt 17:9 And you will come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge who shall come to be in those days; they will inquire and tell you the word of judgment.
This is the key verse to understanding the expression in question.

First of all, notice that we are to come to Judges appointed by Levites too. This alone proves that this verse speaks of THREE authorities (not 1 or 2), namely The Priests, The Levites and The Judge. It would be strange to interpret this verse as speaking to the Priests and Judges alone because Judges are not even Levites so it would be strange to assume that Levites are somehow inferior to the Judges.

Secondly, this expression is an obvious corruption of the Torah text. Here is the variant reading presented in Kennicott Vetus Testamentum:


As you can see, the most likely original reading was: "The Priests AND The Levites and the Judges"

Let's look further:
CLV Dt 17:18 It will come to be when he is seated on the throne of his kingdom, that he will write for himself a duplicate of this law on a scroll from the one before the priests, the Levites.
It should be "the priests and the Levites". Kennicott confirms this again:


Let's look further:
CLV Dt 18:1 There shall be for the priests, the Levites--the entire tribe of Levi--neither portion nor allotment with Israel. They shall eat the fire offerings of Yahuah as their allotment.
Once again, it should be "the priests and the Levites". Kennicott confirms that.


Let's look further:
CLV Dt 24:8 Be on guard in a contagion of leprosy to observe especially and to do according to all the law which the priests, the Levites, shall direct you. Just as I have instructed them shall you observe to do.
Once again, it should be "the priests and the Levites". Kennicott confirms that. 


And the last verse:
CLV Dt 27:9 Moses and the priests, the Levites, spoke to all Israel, saying: Keep quiet and hearken, Israel. This day you have become a people holy to Yahuah your Elohim.
Once again, it should be "the priests and the Levites". Kennicott confirms this one last time. 


So, as you can see, the Levites are just as a legitimate Torah authority as the Priests and definitely as the Judges. Eight manuscripts (!) support this point.

In Torah hierarchy, a person would go to the Judge first, then the Levite and only then the Priests.

Another reason why Levites are a legitimate Torah authority is that there were simply not enough Priests to cover entire Land of Canaan and because the Priests could not really leave the Tabernacle. This is why we are commanded to allocate the land around the cities to the Levites so that we can go to them whenever Torah question arises and so that we do not have to travel all the way to the Tabernacle (to the Priests).

I hope it is now clear that there are THREE (3) legitimate Torah authorities: The Priests AND The Levites and the Judges.

Further reading: http://www.thedeserttabernacle.com/p/rabbis-are-illegitimate-impostors.html

P.S. The only places in the Torah where the expression "The Priests The Levites" is used are those four verses above. In most places, Torah refers to the Priests as "Sons of Aaron". I.e. Lev 1:5, 1:7, 1:8, 1:11, 2:2 etc. This is another argument in favor of reading the passages as "The Priests AND The Levites".

P.P.S. The Priests are the highest authority of'course. So if the Levites can't solve a Torah issue, they escalate it to the Priests. I believe I have stated that several times already. See Deut 21:5.

Cut-off commandments

In this post, I want to talk about the so-called Cut-off Commandments. These commandments are called so because violation of these commandments leads to expulsion from the congregation and it means that the person ceases being a Hebrew. This applies both to natives and the sojourners (gers).


Let's take a look:
CLV Gn 17:14 And the uncircumcised male, the flesh of whose foreskin was not circumcised in the eighth day, that soul also shall be cut off from his people. My covenant he annuls."

CLV Ex 12:15 Seven days shall you eat unleavened cakes. Yea, on the first day you shall eradicate yeast from your houses; for if anyone is eating what is leavened, from the first day unto the seventh day, then that soul will be cut off from Israel.

CLV Ex 12:19 For seven days yeast shall not be found in your houses, for anyone eating leavened cakes, that soul will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, both among the sojourners and among the natives of the land.

CLV Ex 30:33 The man who compounds such as it, and who gives any of it to an alien, he will be cut off from his people.

CLV Ex 30:38 The man who makes such as it to smell of it, he will be cut off from his people.

CLV Ex 31:14 Hence you will keep the sabbath, for it is holy to you. Profaners of it shall be put to death, yea death, for if anyone is doing work in it, that soul will be cut off from among his people.

CLV Lv 7:20 Yet the soul who eats flesh from the sacrifice of peace offerings, which are to Yahuah, while his uncleanness is on him, that soul will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 7:21 When a soul touches anything unclean, the uncleanness of a human or an unclean beast or any unclean swarmer, and eats any of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings which are to Yahuah, then that soul will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 7:25 When anyone is eating the fat from the beast of which he brings near a fire offering to Yahuah, then the soul who is eating will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 7:27 Any soul who eats any blood, that soul will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 17:4 and does not bring it to the opening of the tent of appointment so as to bring it near as an approach present to Yahuah before the tabernacle of Yahuah, bloodshed shall be accounted to that man. He has shed blood; hence that man will be cut off from among his people
CLV Lv 17:9 and not bring it to the opening of the tent of appointment to offer it to Yahuah, that man will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 17:10 As for any man from the house of Israel and from the sojourners sojourning in your midst who should eat any blood, I will set My face against the soul eating blood, and I will cut him off from among his people,

CLV Lv 17:14 for the soul of all flesh is its blood; as its soul is it. So I said to the sons of Israel: The blood of any flesh you shall not eat, for the soul of all flesh, it is its blood. Everyone eating it shall be cut off.

CLV Lv 18:29 For anyone who shall do any of these abhorrences, the souls doing them will be cut off from among their people.

CLV Lv 19:8 Its eater shall bear his depravity, for what is holy to Yahuah has he profaned; hence that soul will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Lv 20:3 I Myself shall set My face against that man and will cut him off from among his people (for he has given of his seed to Moloch) on account of the defilement of My sanctuary and the profanation of My holy name.

CLV Lv 20:5 then I Myself will set My face against that man and against his family and will cut off from among their people him and all those prostituting after him, to prostitute after Moloch.

CLV Lv 20:6 As for the soul who should countenance mediums and wizards to prostitute after them, I will set My face against that soul also and cut him off from among his people.

CLV Lv 20:17 As for a man who takes his sister, the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, this is a base thing, and they will be cut off before the eyes of the sons of their people. The nakedness of his sister has he exposed; his depravity shall he bear.

CLV Lv 20:18 As for a man who lies with a menstruous woman and exposes her nakedness, he causes her fountain to be naked, and she exposes the fountain of her blood-flows. Then the two of them will be cut off from among their people.

CLV Lv 22:3 Say to them: Throughout your generations, every man of all your seed who is coming near to the holy things which the sons of Israel are sanctifying to Yahuah, when his uncleanness is on him, that soul will be cut off from My presence: I am Yahuah.

CLV Lv 23:29 For every soul who is not humbled on this very day will be cut off from his kinsmen.

CLV Num 9:13 Yet the man, he who is clean and is not on the road and forbears to observe the passover, that soul will be cut off from its kinsmen because he has not brought near the approach present of Yahuah at its appointed time, that man shall bear his sin.

CLV Num 15:30 Yet the soul who is doing anything with a high hand, from the native and from the sojourner, he is taunting Yahuah; that soul will be cut off from among his people,

CLV Num 15:31 since the word of Yahuah he despised and His instruction he annulled. That soul shall be cut off, yea cut off; his depravity is on him.

CLV Num 19:13 Anyone touching a dead body, a human soul who died, and who does not purify himself from sin defiles the tabernacle of Yahuah; that soul will be cut off from Israel, for water of impurity was not sprinkled on him. He shall be unclean; his uncleanness will still be in him.

CLV Num 19:20 If anyone who is unclean does not purify himself from sin, then that soul will be cut off from the midst of the assembly, for the sanctuary of Yahuah has he defiled; water of impurity was not sprinkled on him, he is unclean.
As you can see, cutting-off from the people happens due to a violation of a wide range of commandments. From Shabbat to Sexual Perversion to eating from Holy Slaughters, all of these bear a punishment of cutting-off from one's people.

So yes, this literally means that one ceases to be a Hebrew and a member of the congregation.

Misleading Translation: Tabernacle of the Congregation

I want to begin the new season with the video of my friend.

While "tabernacle" may be technically valid, it directs our attention in a different way than "tent" would.

(Thumbnail graphic from public domain).



[Aleksandr Sigalov:] As you can see, Torah talks ONLY about the portable TENT and NEVER about any kind of an immovable temple made out of stone.

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