Yom Kippur

Today is Yom Kippur….the holiest day of The Jewish Spiritual Map. It is called the day of atonement. It is the day that the opponent has the day off.

Throughout the past year I have attempted to “document” the map of The Torah. As I have said many times, I believe understanding the Torah is essential not just for the Jew but also for the Christian.

In this video the Rabbi provides insight into the meaning and reason of the day and do so while integrating the role of Jesus.

Ha’ azinu

The word Ha’azinu (הַאֲזִינוּ‎) literally means “give ear,” an expression meaning “Listen to this.” It is also the name of the fifty-third and second-to-last reading from the Torah. It is the first word of the Song of Moses, which begins with the words “Give ear (Ha’azinu), O heavens, and let me speak” (Deuteronomy 32:1). This Torah portion is only a single chapter long, and the majority of it consists of the Song of Moses. The Song of Moses is a prophetic oracle warning Israel about apostasy to come and the resulting wrath of God. The song looks far into the future, even envisioning the Messianic advent amid rich and frightening apocalyptic imagery. After the conclusion of the song, Moses is told to ascend Mount Nebo and overlook the Promised Land before dying.

While Rosh Hashanah last week marks the beginning of the new year, in fact there are 3 weeks of transition. Yom Kippur on the 16th seems to be the ‘climax’ of these three weeks…..

It’s Happening Now

Roger Waters is someone who has had a significant influence in my life. For those of you who don’t know who Roger Waters is …… He was the the lead singer for the band Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd is, arguably, the best Rock Band ever. Roger broke up from the band in the 80’s and went solo. He produced an epic and prophetic album yin 1990 called “Amused To Death.” It was a message to the world about how the human race has “amused itself to death.” I just came across a recent interview I thought you would enjoy………

There are so many good songs on the album. Go to YouTube and search for Roger Waters Amused to Death Album if you wish to check it out….

Nitzavim-Vayelech

As we approach Rosh Hashanah (beginning evening of September 6) we have Nitzavim and Vayelech.

Nitzavim

The name of the fifty-first reading from the Torah is Nitzavim, which means “standing.” The name is derived from the first verse of the portion in which Moses says, “You stand (nitzavim) today, all of you, before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 29:10). In this portion, Moses invites the entire assembly of Israel to take on the covenant. He warns them that if they sin, they will go into exile, but he also predicts that, in the future, they will repent and God will return them to the land of Israel. In some years, Nitzavim is read together with the subsequent Torah portion, Vayelech, on the same Sabbath.

Vayelech

The name of the fifty-second reading from the Torah is Vayelech, which means “and he went.” The name is derived from the first word of the first verse of the portion: “So Moses went (vayelech) and spoke these words to all Israel.” In this short portion, Moses commands an assembly for a public Torah reading and covenant renewal once every seven years. He then finishes writing the scroll of the Torah and has it deposited in the Holy of Holies next to the ark of the covenant.

Ki Tavo

Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8.

Deuteronomy 26 begins the fiftieth reading from the Torah with the words, “Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance” (26:1). In Hebrew, the words for “when you enter” are ki tavo. This Torah portion begins with laws regarding first fruits and tithes. It goes on to discuss covenant renewal, after which Moses recites the blessings guaranteed to Israel for covenant obedience and warns of the curses for apostasy.

A few weeks ago we explored the concept of “Great Doubt.” Genpo Roshi says that the “direct path” to ‘enlightenment’ is to doubt everything. As we know, as way seekers and now, truth seekers is that everything arises with it’s polar opposite…….This week’s portion presents 98 curses.

““Certainty” is a term you will hear used over and over again in the Kabbalah Centre. To have certainty is to know that everything we experience is for the greater good, for our ultimate benefit. The gifts we are given in life, we are given to enjoy and share with others. The challenges are to teach us, to make us stronger, and to bring us closer to the Light. Was “good” not there, in both these mountains? With certainty, we can reach a very beautiful conclusion that the greatest blessing of all is the ability to see everything as a blessing.

“The greatest blessing of all is the ability to see everything as a blessing.”

We are only two weeks away from Rosh Hashanah, and it is no coincidence that there is a palpable energy in the universe right now that can help us to see God’s hand in everything. What a beautiful gift we are given in these days. Let’s take advantage of this time by looking at the situations in our life that seem dark – they could be challenges we are currently facing, or situations from our past (our childhood, perhaps) – and see the inspiration of a divine force, a bigger plan. Let’s ask: Where is the Light in this? What am I meant to do? Did I learn from it? Did I, or can I still, grow stronger from it? If it is pain another has inflicted upon us, maybe the question is: How can I draw boundaries to not allow this to happen again? Or, am I doing this to someone else in another way? “(KAREN BERG).