Wednesday, January 31, 2018

He is a Jealous God!

He is a Jealous God!

Have you ever experienced jealousy? Mind-numbing jealousy, jealousy that makes you mad to the point of insanity?!?

If the answer is yes, then you should understand why One God is a jealous God!

We are all a part of God. So God, real God, is getting very jealous when His part rejects him in favor of something made-up and not real. We were made in His image so He is very very jealous of us.

Jealousy is a very healthy and appropriate feeling in some situations. Torah even proscribes jealousy ritual for humans (see Num 5:11-31). 

It is normal to experience jealousy. In fact, when you are experiencing this feeling, this is exactly how God feels toward us and toward our observance of the Torah.

So do not make God jealous by serving other gods or by not observing His Torah. God is very real and He may punish you for making Him feel this way.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Beware of religious Priests!

I found it necessary to point out that most Priests (Aaronites or Kohanim) are under influence of religion so they can't be trusted!

THEY DO NOT REPRESENT A LEGITIMATE TORAH AUTHORITY !!!

All Kohanim that I know of are under heavy influence of religion and tradition so they DO NOT have any authority to judge Torah matters. Just because one has Aaronite blood does not automatically mean that they have legitimate Torah authority.

The Priests should represent the best of the best not only physically and genetically, but also intellectually. During Moses's time, Priests possessed an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom, which is contrary to what we see in today's Aaronites.

Most of today's Aaronites were raised in a religious environment where knowledge and wisdom are heavily suppressed, so how can one expect them to be experts in the Torah?!?

Most Aaronites never even studied Torah seriously so they are most certainly NOT Torah-centric/Torah observant.

All Priests I personally know of could never explain any of their so-called "judgments" according to the Written Torah because all of them were incapable of critical thinking that is required for Torah understanding. Their judgments did not make sense and were usually reduced to "because I said so".

So DO NOT listen to Aaronites unless you know for a fact that they are truly Torah-centric and unless they can explain their rulings and interpretations according to the Written Torah only.

Authority of Torah works on logic, reason and common sense. So beware of the Priests who can't explain themselves logically, rationally and reasonably!

Mass-murder, genocide or the right thing to do?

Some people struggle with some of the Torah verses that talk about God commanding to kill men, women, and children of the certain nations. See Numbers 21:35, Numbers 31:7-18, Deut 2:33-35, etc.

First of all, ask yourself a question: If you knew with 100% certainty that a child would grow up to kill 6 million Jews, would you kill the child? I hope that you agree that the answer should be yes.

Yes, it is awful when women and children have to die, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary to preserve the humanity. All of the commanded killings of the people described in the Torah were made to cleanse the world from pure evil. It was the nature itself bloating out these people.

Torah is very explicit that it was God Himself who authorized those killings. It was the nature cleansing itself from antagonistic parts. It was the nature (God) that wanted those people dead. They were doomed regardless of the way they were killed. Had not Hebrews destroyed them, God would send a plague or another disaster to destroy them. It was simply absolutely necessary to destroy those who were evil and against life.

God foresaw that all of these killed people would be evil and against life so He commanded to kill them. This is the evolution at its best. It was a conscientious will of nature.

So it was most certainly NOT a mass-murder, genocide or ethnic cleansing of any kind. It was nature itself killing off those who were contrary to it. It was nature cleansing and purifying itself.

So it is my absolute opinion that ALL killings described in the Torah were completely justified.

In fact, when it was possible, some of the doomed people were salvaged. For example, when Moses was commanded to smite the Midianites, he kept all virgins alive because they were not a threat to God or nature and because they could be "reprogrammed" so to speak to be good in the eyes of God.

So One God is most certainly a very just God and merciful God, and I absolutely can't accuse Him of any wrongdoing in the cases described in the Torah.
CLV Dt 18:9 When you come to the land that Yahuah your Elohim is giving to you, you shall not learn to act according to the abhorrences of those nations
CLV Dt 12:31 You shall not act thus toward Yahuah your Elohim, for every abhorrence which Yahuah hates they perform for their elohim, for even their sons and their daughters they burn with fire for their elohim. 
CLV Dt 18:12 For anyone doing these things is an abhorrence to Yahuah your Elohim, and owing to these abhorrences Yahuah your Elohim is evicting them from your presence. 
CLV Dt 20:18 that they may not teach you to act according to all their abhorrences which they do for their elohim so that you might sin against Yahuah your Elohim.

Theodicy or Why does God allow evil?

Why does God allow evil?

This is rather a silly question.

God DOES NOT allow evil! It is us who are responsible for all the suffering in the world! It is us who are not living according to the Torah and it is us who are allowing all the evil to thrive!

God gave us free will and therefore we have a choice to be good or evil. Some people choose to do evil and this is why we have evil in the world. This is the price we pay for having free will. Would you rather have no evil but no free will? Would you really be happy in a Borg-like society? 

Since our society is very far from Torah society, the amount of evil is astounding. However, Torah promises that evil will end once all people of the earth will agree to live according to the Torah of One God. I am not saying that evil will be completely eradicated, it is just going to be reduced to almost non-existence.

So it is up to each and every one of us to do our best to choose good and to choose life!

Yes, sometimes temptations can be insanely appealing and sweet. However, this is just an illusion that evil is projecting. The punishment for evil is death. So you must fight evil within yourself no matter what! We have the power to rule over evil!

A simple interpretation of the Ten Commandments.

Here is the simple interpretation of the Ten Commandments.
  1. There is only One God that created Everything.
  2. All other gods are made-up and a product of human imagination
  3. Since One God is real, it is unwise to take His name in vain because He will require the fulfillment of the oath to preserve His perfection.
  4. All humans need 1 day of rest after 6 days of work.
  5. One should consider what one's parents say because they are older, have more experience and they love you and can't do anything to hurt you by definition
  6. Don't murder (no explanation necessary I hope)
  7. Don't commit sexual wrong-doing  (no explanation necessary I hope)
  8. Don't steal  (no explanation necessary I hope)
  9. Don't commit purgery (no explanation necessary I hope)
  10. Don't covet (Grass is NEVER greener on the other side so there is no point to covet what is not yours.)
As you can see, all of these commandments is NOT a religious dogma but rather common sense, logic, and reason.

Most people on earth observe these commandments even if they are not conscientiously aware that these are the commandments of God.

From primitive tribes of Amazon to advanced alien civilizations, these commandments apply to all and most people observe them. This is why Torah is abstract and transcendent.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Three big misconceptions about the Torah

Here are three big misconceptions about the Torah that I have encountered in my study.
  1. People think that just because Torah says something it must be true.
  2. People think that Torah is not connected to nature or anything external and constitutes a thing on its own, regardless of the scientific evidence to the contrary.
  3. People think that their incorrect interpretation of the Torah that makes their life hard is normal.
The first misconception is a folly of religious people. Since they using blind faith instead of reason and logic, they are forcing themselves to believe many incorrect Torah inconsistencies that our copy of the text is full of. They do not care if the text makes sense or if it contradicts science, they are just blindly believing in what the text says. They are essentially idolizing the Torah.

The second misconception is also found among religious people. They are usually poorly educated and therefore unable to see that Torah is abstract and transcendent and that it is interconnected with the Universe and nature. They fail to see that Torah and science must go together. Otherwise, Torah can be safely considered a fairy tale and disregarded.

Non-religious people have the same misconception. They fail to see that Torah is different from the rest of the Bible and they fail to see its logical and rational nature because they have a pre-existing belief that Torah is a made-up story. Most of them never even read the text, let alone properly understood it.

The third misconception is again a problem of religious people. They fail to see that the Universe, nature, and God follow the Occam's Razor principle, namely that simplest explanation is usually the correct one and that everything seeks the path of least resistance. So when Torah interpretation produces burdensome results, it is usually a solid sign that interpretation is incorrect and illogical/irrational.

Of'course, some of the Torah commandments require sacrifices and a certain degree of inconvenience to one's way of life, but things, like not burning fire or not using electricity on Shabbat, goes well beyond reasonable hardship necessity.

So as you can see, most people have huge misconceptions about the Torah and what it is.

I am not religious!

I am not religious! I am not religious! I am not religious!

Perhaps saying it three times will get my message across!

I do not recognize any authority except the authority of science, reason, and logic.

I would never allow religious people to tell me how to live or how to understand the Torah! And if you value my advice and knowledge, you would be wise to do the same!

As of today, entire Torah system is completely corrupted.

Not only we do not have the correct Torah text but the Priests (Aaronites/Kohanim) and Levites are corrupted and under the influence of religion and religious impostors!

This is why the only way to know what God wants is to use science, logic, and reason. This is the only approach that is fail-proof and will prevent one from becoming a victim of religion.

I do not know of a single Levite or a Priest who uses the same approach to the Torah and God. From my direct experience, all Priests and Levites are preaching religion, which effectively disqualifies them from decision making and Torah interpretation.

In order to understand God and the Torah, one must possess a huge amount of knowledge, something that most Levites and Priests do not have as they were raised in the religious environment. So do not trust them or listen to them as they will greatly mislead you!

God and Torah are much more than these impostors are trying to preach. They want you to take Torah and everything else on faith so that they can continue to rule over you. They are leading you astray and away from God and true Torah!

The future of God and Torah is science, logic, and reason, not religion! If we want to truly understand the Creator of the entire Universe we must use His qualities and methods to do so!

Thank God that at least some people understand that religion is not real and must be dismantled to give way to the real progress of science, logic, and reason.

YOU YOURSELF ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SOUL !!! So do not let anyone tell you what to do and how properly understand God and Torah. As of today, this is the only way. Hopefully, it changes in the future, but for now, it is so.









Sunday, January 28, 2018

Authority of the Levites who are not the Priests

I wanted to clarify my position about regular Levites who are not Aaronites/Kohanim.

I was initially confused about the authority of the Levites because of some of the Torah manuscripts, which say that Levites too can decide matters of the Torah.

See Kennicott Vetus Testamentum on Deut 17:9, 17:18, 18:1, 24:8, 27:9.

In these verses, some MT Torah manuscripts said "The Priests AND the Levites".

However, I found two verses that directly contradict this and which do not have similar variant readings. See Deut 17:12, 19:17 and in some ways Deut 24:8. 

So I have no other choice but to admit that only Levites who are Priests can DECIDE/JUDGE matters of the Torah.

However, according to Deut 33:8 and 33:10 regular Levites have the authority to TEACH the Torah and Priestly judgments. Deut 33:8 speaks about the entire Tribe of Levi, not just the Priests, so all Levites are eligible to TEACH the Torah.

Regular Levites CAN'T DECIDE/JUDGE matters of the Torah, but they most certainly CAN TEACH the Torah AND the Priestly Judgements as Deut 33:10 explicitly states.

This is the correct explanation of the problem.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another significant contradiction in the Torah

I wanted to direct your attention to another significant contradiction found in the Torah. 

Let's take a look:

THIS
CLV Ex 13:2 Hallow to Me every firstborn male, opening up every womb, among the sons of Israel, among human and among beast. It is Mine. 
CLV Ex 13:15 When it came to be that Pharaoh was obstinate to dismiss us, then Yahuah killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of human unto the firstborn of beast. Therefore I am sacrificing to Yahweh all the males opening up the womb; yet I am ransoming every firstborn of my sons. 
CLV Ex 22:29 You shall not delay to offer from your fullness and your fruit juice. The firstborn of your sons shall you give to Me. 
CLV Ex 22:30 So shall you do with your bull, with your flock and your donkey. Seven days it shall be with its mother; on the eighth day shall you give it to Me. 
CLV Lv 27:26 However the firstborn among beasts which as firstborn is devoted to Yahuah, no one may sanctify it; whether a bull or a flockling, it is already Yahuah's. 
CLV Num 18:17 Only the firstborn of kine or the firstborn of sheep or the firstborn of goats you shall not ransom. They are holy. Their blood you shall sprinkle against the altar, and their fat you shall cause to fume as a fire offering for a fragrant odor to Yahuah. 
CONTRADICTS THIS
CLV Dt 12:17 You cannot eat within your gates the tithe of your grain, of your grape juice and of your clarified oil, neither the firstlings of your herd and your flock nor any of your vow offerings which you shall vow, neither your voluntary offerings nor the heave offerings of your hand. 
CLV Dt 12:18 But rather you shall eat it before Yahuah your Elohim in the place that Yahuah your Elohim shall choose, you, your son and your daughter, your servant and your maidservant and the Levite who is within your gates. Then you will rejoice before Yahuah your Elohim in every undertaking of your hand. 
CLV Dt 12:21 In case the place where Yahuah your Elohim shall choose to place His name is far from you, then you may sacrifice of your herd and of your flock which Yahuah gave to you, just as I instructed you; and you may eat it within your gates with all the yearning of your soul. 
CLV Dt 14:22 You shall tithe, yea tithe all the yield of your seed which is coming forth from the field year by year. 
CLV Dt 14:23 You will eat before Yahuah your Elohim, in the place where Yahuah your Elohim shall choose to tabernacle His name, the tenth of your grain, your grape juice and your clarified oil, the firstlings of your herd and of your flock, that you may learn to fear Yahuah your Elohim all the days. 
CLV Dt 15:19 All the firstborn males that shall be born in your herd and in your flock you shall sanctify to Yahuah your Elohim. You shall neither serve with the firstborn of your kine nor shall you shear the firstborn of your flock. 
CLV Dt 15:20 You shall eat it before Yahuah your Elohim year by year in the place that Yahuah shall choose, you and your household. 
As you can see, the first set of verses says that all first-born clean animals are Yahuah's and only Levites can eat it. Yet the second set says that regular people can also eat first-born clean animals. 

So which is it?

In this particular case, it is the issue of the Book of Deuteronomy most likely. I think these passages are incorrect or should be interpreted in a way that does not contradict the statements of other books.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Realistic thickness of gold overlay of the Tabernacle

I wanted to see the possible realistic thickness of the gold overlay of the Tabernacle parts. Fortunately, there is a way to do it, which is why I wanted to try it.

Thanks to my Tabernacle Calculator it should be relatively easy.

After playing with different values, I have calculated that the maximum thickness of Gold Overlay should not exceed ~0.000037 m or ~0.037 mm.

This uses up ~29.12 Talents of Gold, which is very close to textual value.

This value is also pretty close to a minimum thickness below, which is consistent with recommended thickness for such overlay and to provide necessary wear and tear resistance.

The minimum thickness of gold overlay should be at least ~0.0000254 m or ~0.025 mm.
This uses up ~24.91 Talents of Gold, 5 Talents less than required.

Compare these values with the proposed ~0.0002 m (0.2 mm) or traditional 0.0004 m (0.4 mm) thickness proposed in this article. Almost 10 fold difference, 10 times as much Gold would be needed. I.e with 0.2 mm thickness, we would need 88.09 Talents of Gold.

This means that the most logical way to "overlay" the boards was some form of plating. Either electrical or chemical. This would also assure that everything would be shiny and reflective.

I will update my Tabernacle Calculator shortly with these values.




Note of the Calendar

Here is a simple rule to remember and understand the Correct Torah Calendar.

All Holy Meetings (Miqraim Qodashim) are Shabbats and Moedim (appointments).

But not all Moedim (appointments) are Shabbats and Holy Meetings (Miqraim Qodashim)

Only Morning and Evening Burnt Offerings are pure Moedim. All other Moedim are Shabbats and Holy Meetings.

ALL MOEDIM ARE DETERMINED BY THE SUN AND THE MOON TOGETHER !!!

For example, a Morning Offering is defined by the Sunrise and Every Phase of the Moon.

Another example, Shabbat, is defined by the Sunrise and Sunset AND 5 Major Phases of the Moon.

So as you can see, Sun and Moon work together to define all Moedim.

A simple explanation of Yom Kippur contradiction

I figured that I need to provide a simplified explanation of Yom Kippur issue because it seems to me that very few understand what is going on. So here it is...

THIS
CLV Lv 16:29 It will come to be for you as an eonian statute: in the seventh month on the tenth of the month you shall humble your souls, and no work at all shall you do, the native or the sojourner sojourning in your midst. 
CLV Lv 23:27 Then on the tenth of this seventh month, it is the day of propitiatory shelters. It shall be a holy meeting for you, and you will humble your souls and bring near a fire offering to Yahuah. 
CLV Lv 23:32 It is a sabbath of cessation for you, and you will humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening shall you cease for your sabbath. 
CLV Lv 25:9 Then you will make the trumpet blast pass over all your land in the seventh month on the tenth of the month. On the day of propitiatory shelters you shall make the trumpet pass over all your land. 
CLV Num 29:7 On the tenth of this seventh month you shall come to have a holy meeting, and you will humble your souls; you shall do no work at all.
CONTRADICTS THIS
CLV Gn 1:14 And saying is the Elohim,  "Become shall luminaries in the atmosphere of the heavens, to give light on the earth, to separate between the day and the night. And they come to be for signs and for appointments, and for days and years." 
CLV Lv 23:2 Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, The appointed seasons of Yahuah, those which you shall proclaim holy meetings; My appointed seasons, they are these: 
CLV Num 28:2 Instruct the sons of Israel and say to them: My approach present, My bread for My fire offerings, My fragrant odor shall you observe to bring near to Me at its appointed time. 
CLV Lv 23:24 Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, In the seventh month on day one of the month there shall be a cessation for you with a memorial trumpet blasting, a holy meeting. 
CLV Lv 23:25 You shall do no occupational work at all and shall bring near a fire offering to Yahuah. 
CLV Lv 23:27 Then on the tenth of this seventh month, it is the day of propitiatory shelters. It shall be a holy meeting for you, and you will humble your souls and bring near a fire offering to Yahweh. 
CLV Lv 23:28 You shall do no work at all on this very day, for it the day of propitiatory shelters so as to make a propitiatory shelter over you before Yahuah your Elohim. 
CLV Lv 23:29 For every soul who is not humbled on this very day will be cut off from his kinsmen. 
CLV Lv 23:30 And every soul who does any work on this very day, I will destroy that soul from among his people. 
CLV Lv 23:31 You shall do no work at all. It is an eonian statute throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 
CLV Lv 23:32 It is a sabbath of cessation for you, and you will humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening, from evening until evening shall you cease for your sabbath.
As you can see, the second set of verses does not say explicitly that Yom Kippur supposed to be on the 8th but it is what is most certainly being implied here by the Torah. This is why many people do not understand this contradiction.

Look closer! The first set of verses say that Yom Kippur is on the 10th and it is the Shabbat. Yet the second set of the verses states that all moedim (appointed times or seasons) are defined by the Sun and Moon and that 1st of the 7th month is the Shabbat.

But if the 1st of the 7th month is the Shabbat then the next Shabbat is the 8th and not 10th and it is the 8th that has the moon phase (1st Quarter Moon or Half-Moon) not 10th.

So obviously the second set of the verses is the correct one and the first set of the verses had been blatantly edited by the temple scribes.

I hope now it is more clear why Yom Kippur is on the 8th and not 10th.

P.S. Another evidence in favor of Yom Kippur being on the 8th is the Burnt Offering. Below is the comparison of the Burnt Offering of Yom Kippur with the Burnt Offering of Yom Atzeret (8th of Sukkot).

COMPARE THIS
CLV Num 29:7 On the tenth of this seventh month you shall come to have a holy meeting, and you will humble your souls; you shall do no work at all. 
CLV Num 29:8 You will bring near an ascent offering to Yahuah, a fragrant odor, one young bull, a calf of the herd, one ram, seven year-old he-lambs (flawless shall they be for you), 
CLV Num 29:9 and as their approach present of flour mingled with oil, three tenths for the young bull, two tenths for the one ram, 
CLV Num 29:10 a tenth by a tenth for each he-lamb of the seven lambs, 
CLV Num 29:11 and one hairy one of the goats as a sin offering aside from the sin offering of the propitiatory shelters and the regular ascent offering with its approach present and their libations. 
TO THIS 
CLV Num 29:35 On the eighth day you shall come to have a time of restraint. No occupational work at all shall you do. 
CLV Num 29:36 You will bring near an ascent offering, a fire offering of fragrant odor to Yahuah: one young bull, one ram, seven flawless year-old he-lambs, 
CLV Num 29:37 their approach present and their libations for the young bull, for the ram and for the he-lambs by their number as is the custom, 
CLV Num 29:38 and one hairy one of the goats as a sin offering, aside from the regular ascent offering with its approach present and its libation.
So hopefully now you see why Yom Kippur is on the 8th and NOT the 10th!!!


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?

Here is the most explicit verse I could find:
YLT Gn 3:19 by the sweat of thy face thou dost eat bread till thy return unto the ground, for out of it hast thou been taken, for dust thou art, and unto dust thou turnest back.
CLV Gn 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat your bread, till your return to the ground, for from it are you taken, for soil you are, and to soil are you returning."
So prepare yourself for the inevitable.
But here is more...

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).

P.S. A good logical example is the fact that even if there is an afterlife, you will not be aware of it anyway, much as you are not aware of any previous lives you might have lived.

Regardless, it stands to reason that most likely once you die, you start living your life again. Most likely making the same choices that you did in a previous iteration of your life. However, since the universe is flexible, it stands to reason that it is possible to change certain things in the next iterations of your life.

Once again, we simply do not have sufficiently advanced science to answer these questions properly and correctly.

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.

And the reason why Torah gives us day's numbers and not Phases of the Moon is because of the above issue of Lunar cycle being out of alignment in some months. So in these month one can only use calculations and therefore one need to use day's numbers and not Moon Phases, even though they should still fall on the correct days.

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 Catholic 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

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 have decided to salvage this post because I put a lot of effort into it.

If you have read the post before, please re-read it as I have made important changes.

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.
 Here is the variant reading presented in Kennicott Vetus Testamentum:


As you can see, the most likely original reading was: "The Priests The Levites, and the Judges". This is because we see similar reading in Deuteronomy 17:12 and 19:17. So only two authorities: Priests and Judges. Levites are excluded. Kennicott variant reading appear to be incorrect.

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, the Levites". Kennicott variant reading is incorrect:


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.
Here, it should be "the priests AND the Levites", especially because it explicitly says "the entire tribe". Kennicott confirms that and provides correct reading.


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.
Here it should be "the priests the Levites" because in this particular verse the MT reading is correct since it is the Priests who are charged with leprosy rituals. Kennicott variant reading is incorrect.


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, the Levites". Kennicott variant reading is incorrect. 


So as you can see, only two verses should be read as "Priests AND Levites". All other verses appear to be correct in MT.

So there are only two Torah authorities: Priests and Judges appointed by Priests. Only Priests and Judges could JUDGE/DECIDE matters of the Torah.

However, please note that according to Deut 33:8 and 33:10, non-priestly Levites were a legitimate TEACHERS of the Torah and Priestly Judgements. They were allowed to TEACH the Torah and the Priestly Judgements.

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.

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