“’Holiness’ is difficult to describe; it is a mysterious quality…p’rushim tihyu/goy kadosh.
To say that God is ‘holy’ is similar to saying that He is great, powerful, merciful, just, wise, and so forth.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
Oppression of Oblivion…
Lands, when conquered, change hands with zero regard for what may have happened before or during conflict. The conqueror is swallowed up in his will to conquer as much as one zealous for the house of his God may be swallowed up in zeal and forget all about his own welfare or that of the people. It may be likened unto mania or temporary insanity that is above thought and intent practical or rational; but in the end, means more to ‘we the people’ and Zion’s fate in the context of eternity than any momentary discomfort, dispossession, or displacement, etc., may feel in the interim.
The problem with ‘getting back to work,’ finding employment, doing business, and fulfilling political agenda in particular is that one must be mindful of what did happen in ‘oblivion’ to those displaced, discomfited, dispossessed persons, etc. One may not just sweep generations away to make place for the new, though the new have more right divine than the old, they are to be as constrained and bridled by the Law as were or may have been their forefathers and must not become destroyers or arrogant scoffers, dissemblers, communistic hippie dreamers or republic hating mob-rulians guised as democrats.
The peoples most recently displaced in America for instance were mostly lawfully dispossessed for lack of worth, or ability to maintain a viable living interest in a rapidly changing economic reality that was as unfair to them as it is now unreal to those seeking to make a profit from states of disaster and depression. Not that these entities do not deserve some reward for their talent or ability to make something of an untoward situation or provide something in way of assistance to those disaster struck souls treading water in the ocean of obscurity that defines present day America, but that they do not have the right to oppress or further afflict those whom the L-rd or their own lack of disaster preparedness brought upon them.
What absolutely must not happen is collusion in corruption birthed in new enterprises benefiting from loans or funds created from oppression upon oppression of the oblivious.
2Sa 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
Isaiah – Chapter 9
Nahum – Chapter 1
It is a time to recreate a renewed republic that may take advantage of an ideal opportunity to make Americans created equal in the image and likeness of no less than God with inalienable rights to the same privileges and benefits any noble son of Zion of old were due and for which men established a government that they might share this wonderful gift of liberty divine enhanced and mobilized by common agreement, zealous acquiescence for the goodwill, care and compassion of one’s fellow, home born and the alien alike; yet marking a difference between the two but not making the difference a detriment but rather an impetus for radical new boundaries and heights of achievement reached as promised in the original Constitution/Compact/Covenant.
Old handed criminals making their endeavors seem and look humanistic and altruistic in nature working with land-mongers, lining one another’s pockets, prodding and shoving aside their neighbors whether of the manor born or foreign shore washed denizen have defamed and unframed that Constitution, made a bloody mockery of it, and all but destroyed the Republic and its destiny through greed and contempt, outright lies and unreasonable theft and defraudation that knows no want of audacity and mendacity. Claiming all lies to be gospel and all gospel unnecessary for the country which they have bastardized unto the aforementioned oblivious state of never ending rear ending, never amending always wending a way around and about a way lawful they refuse to acknowledge their duty to make straight and commonplace, that all might be made whole and able to attain to the miraculous and divine in nature by direct and indirect experience.
This is why the likes of Romney had to be beaten. And this we did not that we might imitate their ilk in establishing an otherwise minded mob rule, but that we might overcome and fulfill the American Dream as we know and understand we ought as a divine right and duty to ourselves and our posterity.
Gal 4:22-31 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.
“The biblical term for holiness is ‘kodesh.’ Although the noun is abstract, it is likely that the perception of holiness was not thoroughly abstract. In fact, ‘kodesh’ had several meanings including ‘sacred place,’ ‘sanctuary’ and ‘sacred offering.’ In addition, in certain syntactic positions, Hebrew nouns function as adjectives. The Hebrew phrase ‘shem kodsho,’ for example, does not mean ‘the name of His holiness’ but rather, ‘His holy name.’ This leads to the conclusion that in the biblical conception holiness is not so much an idea as it is a quality, identified both by what is real and perceptible on earth and with God…Mortals speaking of God recognize that holiness is inextricable from Him; it is a constant, divine attribute.
“Holiness as a quality knows no bounds of religion or culture. Very often, the reactions It generates are perceived by all, regardless of what their belief.
“Through ritual, prayer, and formal declaration, sanctification took effect.
“The gulf between the sacred and the profane was not meant to be permanent. The command to achieve holiness, to become holy, envisions a time when life would become consecrated in its fullness and when all nations would worship God in holiness. What began as a process of separating the sacred from the profane was to end as the unification of the human experience, the harmonizing of people with their universe and of people with God.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
Lawyers, judges, the government institutions not concerned with building up Zion (the pure in heart) and maintaining a free government and expanding the global reach of divine liberty unto every creature by any means necessary; vapid souls ill concerned or not concerned with anymore than preserving their delusions, in order to gain control over anything at all, be it office space, a parking spot, a desk job, computer, mouse and pad, cell phone, rotary phone, pen, pencil, or so much as a piss pot may be of that spirit which lists to destroy the sons of God, our nation’s liberty, the workings of the holy ghost in particular, or any of the members of the body of HaShem, whether debtor or freeman.
‘If as children, have pity on us as a father pities his children; and if as servants, we call upon you to be gracious to us and merciful in judgment upon us.’
K’vod ha-tzibbur ~ Dignity of the community.
1Cr 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
Judge by kavanah/intention rather than any action or inaction on the part of men/women. If the ends justify the means, one may forgive all, but not let things remain uncorrected or unchanged; made better for the trouble, rather than worse or more corruptly perverse in justifying our own wills rather than God’s will be done, His kingdom come.
All must be brought to know their duty rather than to wander in ignorance from the same, oblivious to their own soul’s welfare.
It is also an awareness of privileges within the kingdom that no man ought to be without or denied whether stranger or home born and to grow in zeal of performance and love of country, fellow man, and toward God; which is also an awareness of the dangers of receiving favor or privileges undue from your fellow man who is not seeking your good but your destruction.
Pro 26:23-36 Burning lips and a wicked heart are like a potsherd covered with silver dross.
He that hateth dissembleth with his lips, and layeth up deceit within him;
When he speaketh fair, believe him not: for there are seven abominations in his heart.
Whose hatred is covered by deceit, his wickedness shall be shewed before the whole congregation.
The kind of freedom experienced naturally and even erringly taken for granted is preferable to the kind of enforced privilege taking ‘we the people’ may be guilty of when given the opportunity
I feared that this is what Americans so-called were seeking through support of Romney’s republic and such spirits as are fundamentally anti-christ and anti-freedom with or without even realizing it. Because the kind of son ship that establishes the kingdom among men is not brought to pass by government flexing and such as inflicts a lawless punishment upon an erring though not guilty people.
Num 15:25-26 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the L-RD, and their sin offering before the L-RD, for their ignorance:
And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.
And ‘We the People’ may not be forgiven if we are found guilty of inflicting this sort of unholy, unjust and unreasonable punishment on anyone, man or beast, once we are made accountable by collusion of will and intention. For this is wickedness in hegemony.
It is once again cardinal sin.
“God regards the unauthorized taking of life by humans and by animals as cardinal sin (Gen. 9:5-6).
When you or anyone is getting their way in the world; on a roll, so to speak…they are usually getting out of the Way and into trouble and there is no swifter way to bring destruction upon all involved.
It may seem slow in coming, as you make yourself comfortable in selling out – getting your way, fulfilling your delusion rather than your destiny or duty, but when it catches up with you, that is the end of the matter and you have enjoyed your lot or your way as far as it may take you. The future is something you no longer have a say in because the powers that be, that let you have your say and way today, tomorrow will not be there for you.
However, the L-RD is always available and never forsakes and all may return to Him.
D&C 132: 31-36 This promise is yours also, because ye are of Abraham, and the promise was made unto Abraham; and by this law is the continuation of the works of my Father, wherein he glorifieth himself.
Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into my law and ye shall be saved.
But if ye enter not into my law ye cannot receive the promise of my Father, which he made unto Abraham.
God commanded Abraham, and Sarah gave Hagar to Abraham to wife. And why did she do it? Because this was the law; and from Hagar sprang many people. This, therefore, was fulfilling, among other things, the promises.
Was Abraham, therefore, under condemnation? Verily I say unto you, Nay; for I, the L-rd, commanded it.
Abraham was commanded to offer his son Isaac; nevertheless, it was written: Thou shalt not kill. Abraham, however, did not refuse, and it was accounted unto him for righteousness.
It is best/safest to remain separate and distinct and not to become entangled with US law whatsoever, because Jews are no better than Gentiles and are just as quick to misuse authority and force to get their way.
One really can not fight the system, but one whose heart is converted unto the L-RD may affect it in a positive way, at some or great risk to self, and to no personal gain nor loss unlawful or avoid it altogether which is of course almost impossible given the government’s desire to regulate all of life.
I believe Romney would have destroyed America at such a rapid pace, nothing and no one would have remained free for long.
“Jewish law governed the daily lives of most of the world’s Jews…because societies were organized corporately, such that the government let specific communities within their realm govern themselves…As a result, Jews who had a dispute with one another would bring it to Jewish courts for resolution. (Filing instead in a gentile court would undermine the authority of the Jewish courts; and it might subject the other party – and perhaps even the jewish community – to penalties exacted by the usually anti-semitic government.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
As Paul taught:
1Cr 6:1-8 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.
I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren?
But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.
Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?
Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.
If the majority are all pigs, guilty of cardinal sin, worry not, destroying angels and wild beasts shall be sent among them to destroy them, while making sure the innocent are rescued, preserved and protected.
The L-RD is simply waiting for His to call upon Him and defend one another as well.
‘Pigs’ are not necessarily unclean until they lust for power, fame and reward or become exceedingly immoral and criminal in their undertakings. They have no understanding of Torah.
“In addition to being scavengers, pigs actually compete with humans for food.
The heart is entered through the belly as well as through other organs and limbs.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
“Aaron [is] an exemplar of love and humanity and the pursuit of peace.”
Aaron offered the most pure sacrifices in the history of the universe. As the holy one of Israel, his was pure devotion and experience undiluted by knowledge or pride. His was pure belief and enjoyment of holiness. There was no doubt in him; only zeal, fear and awe of HaShem. His was pure love of God and his fellow man.
Sacrifice for others may have been a method of persuading God of the sincerity of their intentions, to thus bring about the acceptance of human desires.
But with Aaron, there was no will to negotiate or cajole. He had no other agenda then to know, please and experience God and his reward was always revelation of how to direct human will to better serve and celebrate God; and this when the tabernacle was known as ‘the realm of silence.’
“The Sages remark that ‘cry’ always refers to prayer (Sefrei Deut. 26).” (Exod. 2:23)
Gen 32:11-12 Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, and the mother with the children.
And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.
“A verbal recitation of the history of Israel was made when presenting the first fruits (Deut. 26:4-10).
God is searching the thoughts and intents of the heart with His own revealed will and word; He who denies this denies the Holy Spirit – an unpardonable sin.
Why Jacob gave Esau gifts and means for sacrifice, as alms might be given was more for Esau’s sake than his own, which is why Esau eventually accepted the gifts. As mean as he was known for being, he wasn’t stupid or ignorant of God’s will.
Pro 17:9 He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
The point was to expiate the sin of either and both together and get a blessing from God like Jacob’s. That is the connection we must seek with God and with one another, even if we are just sharing a meal at McDonald’s.
My heart exults in the L-RD;
I have triumphed through the L-RD.
I gloat over my enemies;
I rejoice in Your deliverance. [1Sam. 2:1]
Yet turn, O L-RD; my God to the prayer and supplication of your servant…May your eyes be open day and night toward this House…may You heed the prayer which your servant will offer toward this place. And when You hear the supplications which Your servant and Your people Israel offer toward this place, give heed in Your heavenly abode-give heed and pardon (1Kings 8:28-30).
“What is God’s response? ‘I have heard the prayer and the supplication which you have offered me. (1Kings 9:3). Not a word about the sacrifice.
“Yes, sacrifice was an integral part of Israel’s worship, Israel could not do without it, But God certainly did not need it.
The Point- ‘The Temple of the L-RD – The Temple of silence – became the House of Prayer.’
1Ki 8:12-13 The L-RD said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
I have surely built thee an House to dwell in, a settled place for thee to abide in for ever.
“Ever since the Temple was destroyed, God’s place in the world has been restricted to the four cubits of the Law (BT Ber. 8a).
Halachik law ought to replace US law and no doubt, in part, was its inspiration foundational.
Jewish law became somewhat frozen, unuseful or inconvenient as Christianity imposed man made statutes, relying on Jesus as their justification for doing so, completely ignoring the fact that he had said ‘Salvation is of the Jews.’ Although Jewish Law continued to grow and have influence beyond Israel’s borders and in the Jewish Community throughout the world, gentile law and order would both enable and frustrate God and His people for centuries…
“Normative Jewish tradition is a legal tradition, the foundation of which is Torah. The goal of the tradition is to make clear in detail the commands of God’s revealed will. In the earliest eras, God’s will was revealed either directly, through the prophets, starting with Moses, or indirectly, through other media of revelation in the Temple in Jerusalem, like the Urim and Thummim (Exod. 28:30; Num. 27:31; 1 Sam. 14:37-41, 28:6). The entire legal system (halachah) is based on the conviction that through it God’s will becomes known. If that legal system is to remain viable, the Torah must be able to serve as the ultimate source for the resolution of legal questions; even in times far removed from the period of the Torah’s composition. In other words, the Torah must be eternally relevant if the halachic system is to remain vibrant.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
The Holy Spirit would supersede midrash but technically it is essential for the Holy Spirit’s revelation.
“The term midrash in the Bible means ‘to examine’ to ‘investigate’ ‘to seek or search out’ (Lev. 10:16; Deut. 13:15). ~Etz Hayim Commentary
What most often happened with the Law in the USA?
“Karo indicated that the movement of Jews from country to country produced conflicts between new arrivals and long time residents, with the result that ‘the law has come to be many torot (laws),’ which needed to be summarized and codified in a systematic and useful way. “~Etz Hayim Commentary
Decisors in schools and courts of law must be trained in halachik law as members of a minority even within a hostile majority if the US is to do Justice on a national and eventual global basis. Creating a centralized authority to teach and implement Torah law, as Maimonides desired all people to be able to read the Torah and the code he wrote and thereby know how to live their lives as Jews (law-abiding nobles).
“…Summarizing Jewish law in the form of codes caused great controversy. First of all, because the whole point of writing a code was to create a short, clear, unequivocal statement of what is required, the codifiers generally did not cite their sources or the reasoning that led to their conclusions. That detached Jewish law from its Source and from its process of ongoing development, freezing it in the form which the codifier created.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
Which gave the Gentiles with the help of the Holy Ghost revealed in themselves and Jews alike the responsibility to defy them.
We are to seek continuity and flexibility of the law in order that we might be as lively stones and not frozen judges. The latter is precisely what happened to most men and women who sought to become judges/lawyers in the US and abroad, which of course led to law or justice sans mercy and often times justice did rob mercy of her own, and likewise or on the other hand mercy had to rob justice in order to claim her own. And both were frustrated.
“People learned how to behave as Jews by observing how Jewish law was practiced in their own homes and communities and by hearing answers to one’s questions from parents, rabbis and friends.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
Is this not the point of American Liberty?
“Jewish ritual behavior then is important because it provides a unifying force for the community and dramatizes its values.”
Whence we first learned how to be Thespians, though for the most part we weren’t acting but seeking to be who we are, whom God made us to be.
That every man, woman and child might bring down his own holy self of the kingdom of God to live and breathe in the kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
“We obey the commandments in gratitude for our very lives and for the special favors God had done for us individually and as [we the] people.
“…a person who hears the reading is like one who is able to repeat what he has heard (Arukh Ha-Shulhan O.H. 139:3).
“Elisha ben Ahuvah…compares learning as a child to ‘ink written on clear paper’ and learning as an adult as ‘ink written on erased paper’ (M Avot 4:20, Git. 2:4).
Hence writing your own seifer Torah is the same as creating an ‘instrument of peace’…attached to the atzei hayyim (tree of life).
Which takes giddim!
“Moses was allowed to see God clearly through a shining mirror; whereas, all other prophets had to perceive God through a glass darkly, as in an unclear, unpolished mirror…Their goal was to exhort the people to return to faithfulness to the Covenant and to announce the consequences of their behavior and the future fate of the people.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
I think in the USA, Levites bit off more than they could chew, and the original 48 cities allotted to them in Israel became the 48 states that were necessary to satisfy the longings/cravings of more than is necessary or wisdom in Israel. To me they represent the armed forces, responsible for protecting kohanim, holy men/priests.
Levites served as a barrier between the kohanim and the people as a whole. Whose responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Guard duty- mishmeret
Cleaners (of the ritual materials)- k’lei kodesh
Preparation of the offerings-matzot and minhah.
Singers in the Temple.
Assisting as magistrates and lower judges and overseeing treasury.
Teachers and interpreters assigned to live in 48 cities throughout the territory of Israel/New Israel/New England/USA.
They, with the help of ‘we the people,’ create the American Dream in order to protect the manifest sons of God. But somewhere along the line, things went awry and protection became taking undue advantage and even hurting the same to no one’s good or advantage. Envy, delusion and frustration may have overwhelmed concern and duty/faithfulness?
History repeats itself and has many times in US History X.
The appointment of a new cadre of priests was an essential element in the rebellion of Jeroboam.
Hasmoneans began a righteous war because the kingdom was degraded and because of war became sinful so that it ultimately backfired leading to Pharisee rule taking the place of Kohanim.
The kohen and the levite are both essential for nourishing spiritual life.
Kohanim – structure, order of ritual, etc.
L’viyyim/Levites – service, song , celebration, etc.
1Ki 12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
At any rate, for those who want to know, that is what the war on terror/error has been all about, at least within the borders of the USA, as I see it.
And we the people are on the cusp of victory and a new nation born in the blink of an eye, when all people of the apparent hood whether ‘niggahs’ or ‘wiggahs’ will become sons of God and heirs of His Kingdom.
“Martin Buber once said that the task of the biblical translator was to overcome the ‘leprosy of fluency’ a disease of the spirit that can lead us to imagine that we already know what we are reading; causing us blithely and triumphantly, to read past the text. The effective translator must, therefore, reformulate the word or the words of the text to produce a new encounter with its language and thus facilitate a new hearing and a new understanding. The spiritual task of interpretation, likewise, is to affect or alter the pace of the reading so that one’s eye and ear can be addressed by the text’s words and sounds-and thus reveal and expanded or new sense of life and its dynamics. The pace of technology and the patterns of modernity pervert that vital task. The rhythm of reading must, therefore, be restored to the rhythm of breathing, to the cadence of the cantillation marks of the sacred texts. Only then will the individual absorb the texts with his or her life breath and begin to read liturgically as a rite of passage to a different level of meaning. And only then may the contemporary idolization of technique and information be transformed, and the sacred text restored as a living teaching and instruction, for the constant renewal of the self.”
~Etz Hayim Commentary
1Cr 8:2-3 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
Dan 2:43-45 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Psa 89:37 It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.