New Essay: The Wisdom of the Jewish Sage

- - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity - -
- - הִנֵּ֣ה מַה־טּ֭וֹב וּמַה־נָּעִ֑ים שֶׁ֖בֶת אַחִ֣ים גַּם־יָֽחַד - -

- - If only My nation would listen to Me and Yisrael would walk in My ways - -
- - ל֗וּ עַ֭מִּי שֹׁמֵ֣עַֽ לִ֑י יִ֝שְׂרָאֵ֗ל בִּדְרָכַ֥י יְהַלֵּֽכוּ - -


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  • Upon whom shall we depend?

    "When murderers multiplied, the [ceremony of] breaking a heifer’s neck ceased. That was from the time of Eliezer ben Dinai, and he was also called Tehinah ben Perisha and he was afterwards renamed “son of the murderer”. When adulterers multiplied, the ceremony of the bitter waters ceased and it was Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai who discontinued it, as it is said, “I will not punish their daughters for fornicating, nor their daughters-in-law for committing adultery, for they themselves [turn aside with whores and sacrifice with prostitutes]” (Hosea 4:14). When Yose ben Yoezer of Zeredah and Yose ben Yohanan of Jerusalem died, the grape-clusters ceased, as it is said, “There is not a cluster [of grapes] to eat; not a ripe fig I could desire [The pious are vanished from the land, none upright are left among men" (Micah 7:1-2).

    "Yohanan the high priest brought to an end the confession made at the presentation of the tithe. He also discontinued the wakers and the knockers Up to his days the hammer used to strike in Jerusalem, And in his days there was no need to inquire about doubtfully tithed produce."

    "When the Sanhedrin ceased [to function], song ceased from the places of feasting, as it is said, “They drink their wine without song” (Isaiah 24:9).

    "When the former prophets died, the Urim and Thummim ceased. When Temple was destroyed, the shamir and nopheth zufim ceased. And people of faith ceased, as it says, “Help, O Lord, for the faithful are no more” (Psalms 12:2). Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel in the name of Rabbi Joshua: from the day the Temple was destroyed, there is no day without a curse, the dew has not descended for a blessing, and the flavor has departed from produce. Rabbi Yose says: the fatness was also removed from produce."

    "Rabbi Shimon ben Elazar says: [the cessation of observation of the] purity laws has removed taste and fragrance, [the cessation of observation of] the tithes has removed the fatness of grain. But the Sages say: licentiousness and sorcery destroyed everything."

    "When Rabbi Meir died, the composers of fables ceased. When Ben Azzai died, the diligent students [of Torah] ceased. When Ben Zoma died, the expounders ceased. When Rabbi Joshua died, goodness ceased from the world. When Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel died, locusts come and troubles multiplied. When Rabbi Elazar ben Azaryah died, the sages ceased to be wealthy. When Rabbi Akiba died, the glory of the Torah ceased. When Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa died, men of wondrous deeds ceased. When Rabbi Yose Katnuta died, the pious men (hasidim) ceased and why was his name called Katnuta? Because he was the youngest of the pious men. When Rabban Yohanan ben Zakkai died, the splendor of wisdom ceased. When Rabban Gamaliel the elder died, the glory of the Torah ceased, and purity and separateness perished. When Rabbi Ishmael ben Fabi died, the splendor of the priesthood ceased. When Rabbi died, humility and fear of sin ceased."

    "Rabbi Phineas ben Yair says: when Temple was destroyed, scholars and freemen were ashamed and covered their head, men of wondrous deeds were disregarded, and violent men and big talkers grew powerful. And nobody expounds, nobody seeks, and nobody asks. Upon whom shall we depend? Upon our Father who is in Heaven."

    "Rabbi Eliezer the Great says: from the day the Temple was destroyed, the sages began to be like scribes, scribes like synagogue-attendants, synagogue-attendants like common people, and the common people became more and more debased. And nobody seeks. Upon whom shall we depend? Upon our Father who is in Heaven. In the footsteps of the messiah insolence (hutzpah) will increase and the cost of living will go up greatly; the vine will yield its fruit, but wine will be expensive; the government will turn to heresy, and there will be no one to rebuke; the meeting-place [of scholars] will be used for licentiousness; the Galilee will be destroyed, the Gablan will be desolated, and the dwellers on the frontier will go about [begging] from place to place without anyone to take pity on them; the wisdom of the learned will rot, fearers of sin will be despised, and the truth will be lacking; youths will put old men to shame, the old will stand up in the presence of the young, 'For son spurns father, daughter rises up against mother, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law a man’s own household are his enemies (Micah 7:6)."

    "The face of the generation will be like the face of a dog, a son will not feel ashamed before his father. Upon whom shall we depend? Upon our Father who is in Heaven."

    "Rabbi Pinchas ben Yair says, Heedfulness (being aware or alertness) leads to cleanliness, cleanliness leads to purity, purity leads to separation, separation leads to holiness, holiness leads to modesty, modesty leads to fear of sin, fear of sin leads to piety, piety leads to the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit leads to the resurrection of the dead, and the resurrection of the dead comes from Elijah, blessed be his memory, Amen." -- Mishnah  Sotah Chapter 9.

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  • CoronaVirus or What Is G-d Trying To Tell Us?

    Shmuel Katanov

    As you know more and more countries get infected with CoronaVirus and it is not slowing down. The World Health Organization has officially named this virus as Covid-19. Why did they choose this name?

    The Sages tell us that parents become prophets when they choose a name for their child, since they name the child with the name G-d wants him to have. I believe same thing happened here, the World Health Organization has chosen a name that G-d wants, since He is trying to tell us something.

    But what exactly is He trying to tell us?

    Covid-19 is written in Hebrew as: 19–כוביד starts with letters כו - Kaf & Vav that has a Gematria or a numerical value of 26, as in the Tetragrammaton - YHVH, and the word ends with יד - Yud & Dalet or word Yad which means Hand - with a numerical value of 14. Together both words mean: the Hand of G-d. In the middle there's letter ב - Bet that has a numerical value of 2. So, if we add all these values together 26+14+2=42 it represents a powerful Kabbalistic 42 letter name of G-d.

    In Exodus 8:12–15, we have a similar reference, but to a finger of G-d: "And the Lord said to Moshe, Say to Aharon, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may turn into lice throughout all the land of Mizrayim. And they did so; for Aharon stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Mizrayim. And the magicians did so with their secret arts to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice on man and beast.  Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, This is the finger of G-d: and Pharaoh's heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them; as the Lord had said." 

    Back then, G-d has showed His Might to Pharaoh and whole of Egypt. But during this process Pharaoh hardened his heart every time and at the end he lost it all.

    I believe this time, G-d is showing His Might to the whole world and it is not pretty

    But what should we do? There's only one way to stop it, and it is a Teshuvah - to return to G-d, to keep Shabbat, Torah laws,  learn the laws of slandering and to make G-d - our Master and the driving force of our life instead of wealth and comfortable lifestyle. The nation of Israel must embrace and keep their end of the bargain - we must follow what we have promised when we accepted the Torah at the Mount of Sinai. 

    Same thing goes for the non-Jews, who have their own set of laws to keep.

    These are the times of the Moshiach and G-d will do everything to bring the end of days events and prophecies to happen whether we are ready for them or not. 

    DO NOT Harden Your Heart, a lot is at stake and we are all in this together.

    The destruction of Egypt happened with The Finger of G-d, imagine what may happen to our World from the blow of The Hand of G-d...?!??... Let's work together, do our parts and make this World a better place for all of the Humanity. 

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  • Козёл Отпущения

    Шмуэль Катанов

    Я прочитал эту идею у Рав Элиягу Эссас, и хотел бы с ней с Вами поделиться.

    В Главе Ахарей Мот 16:5 рассказывается как Коэн Гадоль берёт двух молодых и на вид одинаковых козлят, тянет жребий который определяет судьбу этих козлов - для жертвы в Храме а другого чтоб отнесли на гору Азазель в пустыню.

    Тот который для Храма, Коэн приносил в жертву, а другого несли в пустыню и сбрасывали с обрывистой скалы. Этим искупались грехи всего народа в тот день Йом Кипура. Отсюда и пошло название Козёл Отпущения.

    Но здесь возникает вопрос, почему именно берут козлов?

    На иврите козел переводится как саир. А общее название этой группы животных — эз (козы; отсюда и название Азазел, сложенное из двух слов: эз и азал – конец, смерть), что в максимальной степени выражает их главное свойство. Ведь слово эз переводится на русский язык как "наглость".

    Наглость сама по себе очень отрицательная черта, однако здесь не всё так просто, как кажется. Если бы Авраам Авину, главное качество которого - доброта (хэсед) и стремление помочь людям, не был эз, хватило бы ему "наглости" пойти против всего человечества, которое поклонялось идолам?

    К тому же эта черта очень помогла нашему народу - без способности противостоять общественному мнению еврейский народ давно бы ассимилировался.

    Однако правильно ли вообще называть такое качество "наглостью"?

    В языке иврит есть другое слово, которое тоже состоит из букв, айн и зайн. Разница лишь в том, что читается оно иначе - оз, что в переводе на русский означает — "сила". Это - сила, которая дает возможность противостоять злу.

    Но если евреи забывают свою клятву служить Вс-вышнему, эта сила превращается в наглость, что нередко становится причиной дурных поступков.

    Всё это частично объясняет, почему в Йом Кипур первосвященник брал для искупления проступков народа именно козлов.

    Также слово саир означает не только "козел", но и "косматый" – так называли Эйсава, близнеца Яакова, и его страну. Рожденные от праведных еврейских родителей, Ицхака и Ривки, воспитанные в одних условиях, братья пошли разными дорогами. Эйсав был прозван, в результате - Эдом (от слова адом – красный) — за то, что пренебрег традицией и хотел жить, исполняя все свои желания и проливая кровь. А Яков получил от посланника Всевышнего имя Исраэль - "прямой с Творцом".

    Все люди - смертны. Жизнь каждого из нас, казалось бы, заканчивается одинаково. Прожив энное количество лет мы все заканчиваем свой путь в одном и том же месте - под землёй. Но разница заключается вот в чём: кто-то посвящает себя служению Творцу, и ему выпадает жребий или скорее он этот жребий тянет осознанно - чтоб подняться навстречу Ему, в Будущий Мир. Другим, то есть тем, кто стремиться к иллюзорной, житейской свободе, суждено огромный подъём и  одиночество пустыни. И в конце они катятся вниз со скалистой горы, называемой Азазелем, как падает осужденный за тяжкие преступления на самую страшную казнь - скилу.

    Господа, какой конец Вы выберете себе?

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