When we look at the menorah lamp we may have the centre candle branding most of the time. Though it must not burn all day, in our heart that symbolic light has to burn all the day and all the night. We may not forget that centre candle represents God awareness, the thing that has to be lit inside of us, at all times, for it is the God connection.
such connection can only grow when we open our heart and want to listen to the Words of That Most High Eternal Almighty Spirit, Whose light never fades. It is not because we can not see God that we would not be able to hear Him. It may even be that humble will hear more easily about the works of God and rejoice to magnify the Most High Elohim. For those who search for God may come to hear Him. We may be sure that God shall not have us to shame we looked for Him and we praised Him.
Exodus 33:20 (TS2009)
20 But He said, “You are unable to see My face, for no man does see Me and live.”
Psalms 34:1-7 (TS2009)
1 Aleph I bless יהוה at all times; His praise is continually in my mouth. 2 Bĕt My being makes its boast in יהוה; Let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Gimel Oh, make יהוה great with me, And let us exalt His Name together. 4 Dalet I sought יהוה, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. 5 Hĕ They looked to Him and were lightened, Waw And their faces were not ashamed. 6 Zayin This poor one cried out and יהוה heard him, And saved him out of all his distresses. 7 Ḥet The messenger of יהוה encamps all around those who fear Him, And rescues them.
We live in a world where many to this day did not open their heart to God for getting understanding. Their eyes shall not perceive the same light as when we look at the menorah. Many today have their ears shut. Though we must also know that some will never understand though perhaps they will look and look but never comprehend.
Matthew 13:12-17 (TS2009)
12 “For whoever possesses, to him more shall be given, and he shall have overflowingly; but whoever does not possess, even what he possesses shall be taken away from him.c Footnote: cCompare footnote at Luk 8:18. 13 “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 “And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive, 15 for the heart of this people has become thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart, and turn back, and I heal them.’ Isa 6:9-10. 16 “And blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear, 17 for truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous ones longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Therefore we better choose to have wise ears, willing to learn and a heart willing to grow. We are better of to accept those Words which are written son very long ago by men ordered by the Omnipotent Omniscient to write it down and tell the people what God had to say. Those Words of God are available to us all so that we can treasure up God his mitzvot.
When we take those writings of those chosen men, we can dream away under the candle light or let our thoughts wander over the paths God has laid out in front of us. Getting to read those sacred or set-apart (holy) words we can make our ear attend to wisdom. When we incline our heart to understanding for those words we may know that if we do not seem to understand them we can ask God Himself to enlighten us. For if we cry for discernment and lift up our voice for understanding, showing to God that we are prepared to seek for His treasures instead of the treasures of this earth, He shall be willing to come closer to us and to give us replies.
Proverbs 18:15 (TS2009)
15 The heart of the understanding one gets knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
Proverbs 2:1-12 (TS2009)
1 My son, if you accept my words, And treasure up my commands with you, 2 So that you make your ear attend to wisdom, Incline your heart to understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as hidden treasures, 5 Then you would understand the fear of יהוה, And find the knowledge of Elohim. 6 For יהוה gives wisdom; Out of His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 And He treasures up stability for the straight, A shield to those walking blamelessly, 8 To watch over the paths of right-ruling, And the way of His lovingly-commited ones He guards. 9 Then you would understand righteousness And right-ruling, and straightness – Every good path. 10 For wisdom would enter your heart, And knowledge be pleasant to your being, 11 Discretion would guard you; Understanding would watch over you, 12 To deliver you from the evil way, From the man who speaks perversities,
But we must know that it does not stop there. From those words we learn that we must tell others about what we have learned and that we have to teach our children, by talking about those inspiring words and events written in that library of books. To do that there are many occasions. When you sit in your house and when you travel on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Every moment of the day can be taken to read the words of God but also to talk about those words.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (TS2009)
18 And you shall lay up these Wordsb of Mine in your heart and in your being, and shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. Footnote: bSee footnote at Deu 5:22. 19 And you shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up, 20 and shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, 21 so that your days and the days of your children are increased on the soil of which יהוה swore to your fathers to give them, as the days of the heavens on the earth.
Nehemiah 8:2-7 (TS2009)
2 And Ezra the priest brought the Torah before the assembly of both men and women and all who could hear with understanding, on the first day of the seventh new moon. 3 And he read from it in the open space in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people listened to the Book of the Torah. 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose. And beside him on his right stood Mattithyah, and Shema, and Anayah, and Uriyah, and Ḥilqiyah, and Ma‛asĕyah. And on his left stood Peḏayah, and Misha’ĕl, and Malkiyah, and Ḥashum, and Ḥashbaddanah, Zeḵaryah, Meshullam. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people. And when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed יהוה, the great Elohim. Then all the people answered, “Amĕn, Amĕn!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped יהוה with faces to the ground. 7 And Yĕshua, and Bani, and Shĕrĕḇyah, Yamin, Aqquḇ, Shabbethai, Hoḏiyah, Ma‛asĕyah, Qelita, Azaryah, Yozaḇaḏ, Ḥanan, Pelayah, and the Lĕwites, caused the people to understand the Torah while the people were in their place.
We are given the scrolls. Today they can be found published in books in many different languages, so that nobody might have an excuse he could not find the Bible in a language he could understand. Having the set-apart Scriptures we should be wiling to read it regularly and intensely, as if it is the nicest sweet (as honey for sweetness) and the biggest treasure we can find, more to be desired than gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Ezekiel 3:1-3 (TS2009)
1 And He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find, eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Yisra’ĕl.” 2 And I opened my mouth, and He fed me the scroll. 3 And He said to me, “Son of man, feed your stomach, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I am giving you.” And I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth.a Footnote: aPsa 19:10, Psa 119:103, Rev 10:9-10.
The Word of Life is hold forth in front of us and has light shining before men, so that they shall know at the end of the race it was not in vain.
Philippians 2:16 (TS2009)
16 holding on to the Word of life, for a boast to me in the day of Messiah, that I have not run in vain or laboured in vain.
1 Timothy 4:13 (TS2009)
13 Until I come, give attention to reading of Scripture, to encouragement, to teaching.
1 Timothy 4:16 (TS2009)
16 Pay attention to yourself and to the teaching. Continue in them, for in doing this you shall save both yourself and those who hear you.
When we look at that book of books we come to know that Torah study is regarded as the most important of all mitzvahs, because it opens the door for observance of the other mitzvot. As the Talmud says:
“The study of Torah is equal to the sum total of all other mitzvahs” (Shabbat 127a).
Throughout the ages there have been several teachers who explained why we should read the Torah. The Orthodox Jewish rabbi and rabbi emeritus of Congregation Beth Jacob of Atlanta, Georgia, Rabbi Emanuel Feldman is one of those contemporary teachers who in his book “On Judaism” (Shaar Press), explains beautifully the importance of Torah study:
“Study of Torah is a specific mitzvah in Deuteronomy 6:7 (which we recite daily in the Shema):
“You shall teach them diligently to your children”
– which directs us to transmit Torah to the next generation…
“and you shall speak of them (words of Torah) while you sit at home, while you walk on the way, when you go to bed and when you get up”
– which directs us to study the Torah ourselves. This need to devote ourselves to knowing the Torah, to work at it, to strive to comprehend it, to give it first priority – is repeated over and over again throughout the Bible…
Looking at the history of mankind we also can see that strangely enough every time people went away from Torah teaching their situation reversed drastically, sometimes even to the disappearance of their culture.
We must know that the Divine Creator has given His Word for a good reason so that we beyond all the good, rational reasons, in Torah can find the mysterious bridge which connects the Faithful Believer (Jew and all those who want to be Children of God) and God, across which they interact and communicate, and by means of which God fulfils His covenant with His people to sustain them and protect them.
For the Jews it is therefore no surprise that Torah study is so central with them. For every person who want to come under god it is essential to come to know god and to come to see clear what He wants from us.
We also can find the mohel Rebbe Akiva Eger (or Akiva Eiger/Güns) from Eisenstadt, [the most important town of the Seven Jewish Communities of Burgenland, Hungary, (now Austria)], in the Talmud stating that to expect a Jew to live without Torah is like expecting a fish to live without water. That’s because the fact is that the Torah is the essence of the Jewish people. For every believer in the Most High God of gods, their very life and soul, should be with that set-apart message from God, by which without it we literally have no existence.
When reading the Torah, we have the correspondence of our Most Beloved. Studying those Words we are not studying an abstract and arcane text of the ancient world. We are studying the way in which God wants us to live on this earth. Peoples are in fact engaged in discovering the essence of Judaism, God’s Wishes, and in God’s Peoples which is to say, the essence of ourselves.
By opening our eyes and ears to the Torah “the Mind of God” is revealed to us and it containing the deepest secrets of the universe, we can gain lots of hidden wisdom.
Through five books of Moshe, the Chumash or Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) we can find the history of the Jewish race but also the explanation of what God wants from His creatures.
Deuteronomy 6:4-5 (TS2009)
4 “Hear, O Yisra’ĕl: יהוה our Elohim, יהוה is one! 5 “And you shall love יהוה your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your being, and with all your might.
Too many christians do forget that Jesus did not come to abolish the Torah or the Prophets, but to fulfil them.
Matthew 5:17-19 (TS2009)
17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Torah or the Prophets.e I did not come to destroy but to complete. Footnote: eThe Law and the Prophets is a term used for the pre-Messianic Scriptures. 18 “For truly, I say to you, till the heaven and the earth pass away, one yod or one tittle shall by no means pass from the Torah till all be done.f Footnote: fLuk 16:17. 19 “Whoever, then, breaks one of the least of these commands, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the reign of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the reign of the heavens.
Too many Christians do believe they are saved by Jesus his “crucifixion” and think they do not have to worry any more, not having to do any works any more. But Jeshua was very clear that each person has to be very careful not to loose the entrance to the Kingdom of God and had to do the works of faith.
Matthew 19:17-19 (TS2009)
17 And He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One – Elohim. But if you wish to enter into life, guard the commands.”b Footnote: bSee also Luk 10:28, Joh 12:50, Rev 22:14. 18 He said to Him, “Which?” And יהושע said, “ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ Exo 20:13-16, Deu 5:17-20. 19 ‘Respect your father and your mother,’ Exo 20:12, Deu 5:16 and ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ ” Lev 19:18.
In addition, by studying Torah, we not only come to know god better. In those five books of Moshe we are also told about the one who shall come and who shall make an end to the curse of death. We can dee how God provided many things people asked Him, like priests, judges and kings, but we must know that God provides mankind with one set apart man who shall have all qualities in him. He shall be the best Kohen Gadol or high priest and the best king man can have. He is foretold in the Pre-Messianic writings, and by reading them you might find out who that Messiah and High Priest can be.
Hebrews 3:1-6 (TS2009)
1 Therefore, set-apart brothers, partakers of the heavenly calling, closely consider the Emissary and High Priest of our confession, Messiah יהושע, 2 who was trustworthy to Him who appointed Him, as also Mosheh in all His house.a Footnote: aSee Num 12:7. 3 For this One has been deemed worthy of more esteem than Mosheh, as much as He who built the house enjoys more respect than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all is Elohim. 5 And Mosheh indeed was trustworthy in all His house as a servant, for a witness of what would be spoken later, 6 but Messiah as a Son over His own house, whose house we are if we hold fast the boldness and the boasting of the expectation firm to the end.
Hebrews 6:13-20 (TS2009)
13 For Elohim, having promised Aḇraham, since He could swear by no one greater, swore by Himself,c Footnote: cGen 22:16. 14 saying, “Truly, blessing I shall bless you, and increasing I shall increase you.” Gen 22:18. 15 And so, after being patient, he obtained the promise. 16 For men do indeed swear by the one greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 In this way Elohim, resolving to show even more clearly to the heirs of promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, confirmed it by an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable matters in which it is impossible for Elohim to lie, we might have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the expectation set before us, 19 which we have as an anchor of the life, both safe and firm, and entering into that within the veil, 20 where יהושע has entered as a forerunner for us, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Malkitseḏeq. Psa 110:4.
But to know more about the one to whom shall be given all authority to judge man and who brings liberation or salvation to all people, God has given the world men with vision, Nevi’im or “prophets” who wrote down God His prophesies so that we could come to know and see who is the real Messiah.
In the Torah we can find the beginning of times and the beginnings of man’s struggle with God. In the haftarah or (in Ashkenazic pronunciation) haftoroh or Hafṭorah (Haphṭorah), we may get a referral to the beginning of the reading from the Navi or Nevi’im (Prophets) opening a new world for mankind where promises are made clear.
One of the most renowned Ashkenazi Jewish rabbis and leading French Tosafists, a leading halakhic authority in his generation, and a grandson of Rashi, Rabbeinu Tam or Jacob ben Meir Tam, who was responsible for a series of far-reaching decisions governing relationships between Christians and Jews in medieval Europe, believes that haftarah is related to peter as in peter rechem — to open. Haftarah, in this sense, signifies that as long as the Torah is being read, one is not allowed to converse, even concerning halachic matters. However, once the reading of the haftarah commences, one may “open” his mouth and speak, i.e. a devar halachah.
In Jewish communities, at the synagogue for example, the Torah is read from a handwritten scroll, whilst the haftarah, which was read as far back as Mishnaic times (c. 1st century CE), today is written from a printed book that includes the trope notations. [Some accredit the establishment of the haftorah reading to Ezra the Scribe (c. 350 BCE).]
Only selected passages from the Prophets make it into the haftarah cycle. After the introduction with a berakhah (blessing) praising God for having “chosen good prophets and accepted their words, spoken in truth comes part of a prophesy read, followed by a cluster or three or four berakhot (blessings), depending on the occasion. Their call for prophecy to be fulfilled and for God to restore the Jewish people to Zion serve as a finale to the full set of the day’s scriptural readings, Torah and Haftarah together.
Whatever the origin of the haftarah, it became, as Professor Michael Fishbane notes in the introduction to his Haftarot commentary volume (Jewish Publication Society, 2002), one of the three components of the public recitation of scripture in the ancient synagogue. This public reading reflected three sources of authority: the Torah, which is the ultimate source of law; the haftarah, which presents the words of the Prophets, who provided moral instruction and uplift; and the sermon or homily, which drew on the authority of the Rabbis to interpret and legislate.
We should not limit ourselves to just some parts of the Nev’im but, at home, we should regularly read those writings which shall give insight on what and why what happened and still shall happen. By the words of the Nevi’im we shall be able to come to recognise who is the promised one and what he, the sent one from God, shall do to bring an end to the curse of death.
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- Necessary to be known all over the earth
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 3 Getting understanding by Word of God 1
- Necessity of a revelation of creation 5 Getting understanding by Word of God 3
- Faith coming by hearing and sent preacher gift from God
- Bible, God speaking words profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
- Words of God to stand and to be followed and to believe
- God-breathed prophetic words written torah and the mitzvot to teach us
- Scripture words written for our learning, given by inspiration of God for edification
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