No Fear Of God


No fear of God before their eyes. (Ro 3:18)

Like many in today’s world. The famous atheists of History such as David Hume, profane, bitter, angry, contentious. They do what they want, without impunity. Having in their minds erased the existence of God, their actions are no longer tempered by the thought of a Judgment Day. And the human capability for evil is staggering when there is no longer any fear of God.

In Judaism, many devout actions occur that take place because of Yirat Hashem, the Fear of God. There are rituals of prayer, of action. I can remember being an Oyruf, a Sabbath Guest at my Rabbi’s house, and he found me and his sons drinking coffee in the kitchen. I won’t go into the complexities of how you got coffee on the Sabbath, but the point was the Rabbi scolding us, “I hope you all said the Shema before you rewarded yourself with coffee.”

That’s fear of God. Make sure you say a prayer before you even drink your morning coffee. Say a prayer upon leaving the bathroom for the first time in the day. Say a prayer before washing your hands in the morning.

Christianity has many rituals as well (an honest examination will show you how many we have as well, and most of ours are for a combination of Ahavat Hashem (the love of God) and Yirat Hashem (the fear of God). We may not have the fancy Yiddish and Hebrew phrases for our devotional acts, but we have them nonetheless.

Love of God drives the Christian to seek everything that’s got the label “Christian” on it, whether right or wrong. Fear of God drives us to seek to be saved, to seek forgiveness, to try to address wrongs we committed before we were saved.

Contrast your actions, thoughts and motivations with the unsaved.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.

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Psalm 22:16


They pierced my hands and feet. Kari כָּ֝אֲרִ֗י can be K’ari, “like a lion” or the Aramaic Kari, “they have pierced”. which is it? it’s clear from context that the Aramaic makes more sense (“Like a lion my hands and feet” lack the clear sense that “They have pierced” has) – but even if you’re a purist, okay! Let’s look at the Hebrew and ask a simple question – what does that mean? “They did to my hands and feet like a lion did… either claw and rend, or more likely, bite. Tigers shred, lions bite. Lions prefer to jump at you, dig their claws in only to keep you from getting away, then start biting. So, what would that mean, “they did to my hands and feet what a lion would do?”

It would mean… “they have pierced.”

Argument over.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #34


I’ve heard it taught that we atone for our sins by prayer and charity. Let’s look at that.

‏כָּפַר‎ is the root word for “to atone”. ‏כָּפַרה‎ is the usual sense we see it in our Hebrew Bibles. As a matter of fact, it’s in the siddur, too. Look it up.

Kapparah (the dagesh in the peh is mighty small – I can’t see it) first found in Exodus 29. It’s connected with the atonement needed before the Kohenim could serve. Their sins had to be forgiven, because you could not offer anything with a blemish or not perfect… that includes the one officiating. There are laws that the High Priest, the Kohen, was invalid if suffering from certain injuries or birth defects.

In Bible study, we understand the rule that since this is the word of God, then God defines His words. Thus, the rule of first usage is studied. The first time a word is used, the context tells us the meaning of the word throughout the Bible. Literally, in one of the first Bibles put in English, there was at that time no English word for Kapparah. So, two words and a suffix were combined to make the word atonement.

At-One-ment.

20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. 21 And thou shalt take of the blood that is upon the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon the garments of his sons with him: and he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him. Exodus 29:20-21 (KJV)

33 And they shall eat those things wherewith the atonement was made, to consecrate and to sanctify them: but a stranger shall not eat thereof, because they are holy. Exodus 29:33 (KJV)

Prayer is not mentioned here. Atonement, by the Bible’s own definition, requires blood.

11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. Leviticus 17:11 (KJV)

24 And the priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel: for the king commanded that the burnt offering and the sin offering should be made for all Israel. 2 Chronicles 29:24 (KJV)

Prayer does not atone for the soul.

Neither does charity.

35 And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: yea, though he be a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. 36 Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee. 37 Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Leviticus 25:35-37 (KJV)

That’s really the first reference in the Bible to charity. Just to be honest and fair, let’s look at another one.

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)

Two passages on Charity. nothing in there about Atonement. Nothing.

Blood is required to atone for the soul. There are several words in the Bible by which we understand this concept. In many ways, the New Testament (a thoroughly Jewish book, by the way) helps to illuminate what we’ve studied in our Tanakh.

Propitiation is one word used – this means “satisfaction of a debt.” Since blood is required to atone for sins, our blood must be shed for so much as a single lie. How much blood? Can you just cut your arm or something? No. “A part is the same as a whole”, is how the Gemara explains it. The Bible speaks of “Ha’dam” or “ha’Damim” – thus, the bloods, meaning ALL OUR BLOOD.

That means if you sin, you must die. That’s explained to Adam and Eve when they rebelled in the Garden. By putting our hands upon the sacrifice, our sins are transferred to the animal. It doesn’t mean the animal has now sinned, but the responsibility passes to that animal. And the animal must be put to death.

Without the Beis Miqdash, there’s been no way to atone for our sins for 2,000 years. The Gemara says that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Miqdash. the temple, that they used to tie the doors shut on Yom Kippur with a red cloth, and it would turn white, showing that the sacrifices were accepted. In AD 30, it stopped turning white. The atonement was no longer accepted.

Guess who was crucified that year?

It means that sins the propitiation, the satisfaction of a debt, was paid that year. On Pesach, Passover. So, that year, there was no need for the atonement of Yom Kippur.

Jesus Christ is the Messiah.

Answering Rabbinic Judaism #33


If you follow the category links on the right hand side, you’ll find the old entries on this. During my first venture into this, I first put up about 170 of the Taryag Mitzvos (613, in case you never spent any time as a Chassid).

Then I put up about 170 prophecies from the Bible of who the Messiah was.

These were important, especially since I discredited the Oral Torah. THe Torah She’beaal Peh, or Oral torah is just what it reads like – The P’rushim movement in Roman era Israel was a strong minority, trying to push for a renewed Judaism based upon the Oral Torah. But the problem was – there was no oral torah (hold that thought – I’m about to re-rpove that for those recently joining this newly resumed discussion). So, they had to invent one. The first thing they did was start with Pirke Avos, which became the heart of the Mishneh. After that, they began serious work on the Mishneh.

The mishneh came to an abrupt halt, and then the Gemara was started. We all know this. If you went to Cheder, you were probably taught this. I had to learn this from self study, since my family was extremely assimilated, and my parents wanted nothing to do with any form of Orthodoxy.

So, if the Oral Torah ALWAYS Existed…. why then didn’t it mention any Rabbi’s before the Mishnaic period???

Uh-oh.

Huh.

“Well, there WERE no Rabbi’s. It was the Priesthood. But Ezra taught the Oral Torah at the Great Synagogue.”

Huh.

So, Ezra, at the rebuilding of Jerusalem, and the repairing of the gates and the Beis Miqdash… stood there and read to the Kehillat, “Rabbi Judah The Prince taught, there are seven kinds of…”?

This would be the same Rabbi Judah who would not be born for six centuries, right?

“Well, no. The Oral Torah back then didn’t have the Gemara in it.”

Okay, then they read the Mishneh. Like, the teachings of Choni the Circle Drawer, who was born after the Maccabees.

“well, no. They didn’t have that part either.”

Okay, find me ONE PART of the Mishneh, which existed in Ezra’s time. Where are these teachings that Ezra and Nehemiah taught Kehillat Yisrael?

Hm. There are no parts of the Mishneh that old. Everything is post-Maccabbee.

The real issue here is, God put in place the Kohenim. The priests, if you speak as much Hebrew and Yiddish as I did growing up, which was little. I actually learned more Yiddish growing up, and zero Hebrew.

Man put in place the Rabbi’s. Who do we find quoted in the Gemara? The Rabbi’s. Not the priests.

Really, when you look at it… today’s Judaism looks about as much like Biblical Judaism as the Talmud looks like the Bible.

The Bible is full of Authority. “And the LORD Spoke unto Moses, saying….”

THe Talmud is full of man’s opinions and arguments. “And so taught Rabbi Zusya. But there is a PROB-lem….”

So, where do we turn to?

The Gemara. The Talmud.

We’re supposed to be the people of the book, but we actually abandoned it! We read the Torah portion, and the Haftarah, and if you’re part of the Lubavitch tradition, you read the Psalms every month.

What about the parts of the Bible that AREN’T the haftarah? What about Proverbs? What about Isaiah? What about Jeremiah? CAn you quote me ONE verse in the Bible from Isaiah or Jeremiah?

I can think of gentiles who can. A lot of them, as a matter of fact. About 200 of them read this blog. They read their Bibles. Many of them study it the way you study the Daf.

And they know more about God’s word than Jews.

Let’s try this. Read God’s word. Put aside the writings and opinions of man. Read God’s word. Read the Bible.

And ask yourself if what’s in your daily Daf is really Judaism? Or something the Rabbi’s invented?

Watch: Historic Omer Offering Held in Jerusalem – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva


Watch: Historic Omer Offering Held in Jerusalem – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva.

Time is running out…

Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual – Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews


Temple Mount Faithful sacrifices lamb in pre-Passover ritual – Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews.

If you have a ministry you’ve always wanted to do before the Lord returns… go start today. You’re running out of time.

Thinking seriously


Reading yesterday’s poll about Evangelicals getting serious doctrines wrong – and I mean “difference between heaven and hell serious…” almost makes me think I should restart my “Correct doctrines” series.

I absolutely do not care if you get bored with that. If only one person reads an article and thinks, “oh, no… I’ve got that one wrong!”,  I will have taught a person – and if it’s one of those “serious” doctrines, hey, then I helped get a soul saved, and that’s crucial.

As far as the proofs for my Jewish people, hey… I need to get that one moving soon too. I think everyone’s spiritually mature enough to tolerate a week of that at a time!