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    O Dear Lost Sheep from the House of Israel let we try to make a Holy Agreement? No matter what your religion (or none religion) is, with Love and respect for each other. But let the 'base' be the Divine Commands given to Moshe Rabbeinu nothing lessor or nothing more......

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    The goal is that we Jews and Ephraim may come to the ultimate ‘agreement’, a Holy, set apart by Adonai’s commandments agreement. As is foretold by the prophet YeshaYahu:

    When it shall happen: the disclosure of His Messiah - His Name,

    Isa 11:9-16  They do no evil nor destroy in all My set-apart mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of Yah, as the waters cover the sea.

    10  And it shall come to pass on that day, that the root of Jesse, that stands for an ensign of the peoples, unto him shall the nations seek; and his resting-place shall be glorious.

    11  And it shall come to pass in that day, that Yah will set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, that shall remain from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

    12  And He will set up an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the dispersed of Israel, and gather together the scattered of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

    13 And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the adversaries of Yehuḏah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yehuḏah, and Yehuḏah not trouble Ephrayim.

    (Rashi: Ephraim shall not envy Judah: The Messiah, the son of David, and the Messiah, the son of Joseph, shall not envy each other. See: Yeshayahu - Chapter 11:13)

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    14  And they shall fly down upon the shoulder of the Philistines (The head of Amalek today PA, PLO, Hamas etc.) on the west; together shall they spoil the children of the east; they shall put forth their hand upon Edom (Western world today, Edom and Yishmael in unity) and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.

    15  And Yah will utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea (Today: Edom and Yishmael in unity with Amalek their leader); and with His scorching wind will He shake His hand over the River, and will smite it into seven streams, and cause men to march over dry-shod.

    16  And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people (the dispersed from Israel and Yehudah), that shall remain from Assyria, like as there was for Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

    My part of the Holy Agreement is that I mention daily your profile names in my personal Prayers and when I am on the Har HaBait near where once was and soon shall be again the Kodesh Kodeshim. From where HaShem shall speak again from between the Cherubim above the Atonement lid of the Ark of the Covenant all the words that the Benay Yisrael need to know: The revelation of Messiah Ben David......

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    So that may come in fulfillment,
    Jer_31:6  “For there shall be a day when the watchmen cry on Mount Ephrayim (united states of Israel), ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to Adonai our Elohim.’ ”

    Praying and hoping together according,

    Zec 4:1-5 And the messenger who was speaking to me came back and woke me up as a man was awakened from sleep (Your dispersion to the end of the earth).

    2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I said, “I have looked, and seen: a lamp stands all of gold with a bowl on top of it, and on the stand seven lamps with seven spouts to the seven lamps.

    3 “And two olive trees (Yehudah and Ephraim) are by it, one at the right of the bowl and the other at its left.”

    4 Then I responded and spoke to the messenger who was speaking to me, saying, “What are these, my master?”

    5 And the messenger who was speaking to me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my master.”

    11 Then I responded and said to him, “What are these two olive trees, one at the right of the lampstand and the other at its left?”

    12 And I responded a second time and said to him, “What are these two olive branches which empty golden oil from themselves by means of the two gold pipes?”

    13 And he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my master.”

    14 And he said, “These are the two anointed ones (Yehuadah and Ephraim), who stand beside the Master of all the earth.

    Yehudah and Ephraim standing near the Kodesh Kodeshim........ Two separate nations: Yehudah (Their National soul Messiah Ben David) and Ephraim (Their National Soul Messiah Ben Yoseph) coming to unity by 'oil from themselves' (independent from each other): The 'sparks' of Messiah there (in unity) 'National Soul'....... Messiah Ben David, HaShem speaking from between the Cherubim above the Atonement Lid of the Ark of the Covenant.

    Please don’t accept another messiah but accept only Messiah Ben Yoseph/David.

    By coming into the Holy Agreement:
    And the envy of Ephrayim shall turn aside, and the adversaries of Yehuḏah be cut off. Ephrayim shall not envy Yehuḏah, and Yehuḏah not trouble Ephrayim.

    (Rashi: Ephraim shall not envy Judah: The Messiah, the son of David, and the Messiah, the son of Joseph, shall not envy each other. See: Yeshayahu - Chapter 11:13)’

    The Jews (Yehudah) shall bring forth Messiah Ben David…..We, Yehudah and Ephraim, hearing again HaShem's Voice from between the Cherubim….. By the anointing of the King of the Jews: Messiah Ben David, the ‘ultimate’ expression of the national soul of Yehudah and Ephraim..
    The unification of Yehudah and Ephraim - The unification of Messiah Ben David/Yoseph.
    Messiah Ben David/Yoseph is the One who: Isa 63:9  In all their distress He was distressed, and the Messenger of His Presence saved them. In His love and in His compassion He redeemed them, and He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. What is he base of the HaBerith HaChadasha:

    Jer 31:1-37  “At that time,” declares Adonai, “I shall be the Elohim of all the clans of Yisra’ěl, and they shall be My people.” 

    2  Thus said Adonai, “A people who escaped from the sword found favour in the wilderness, Yisra’ěl, when it went to find rest.” 

    3  Adonai appeared to me from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I shall draw you with loving-commitment. 

    4  “I am going to build you again. And you shall be rebuilt, O maiden of Yisra’ěl! Again you shall take up your tambourines, and go forth in the dances of those who rejoice. 

    5  “Again you shall plant vines on the mountains of Shomeron. The planters shall plant and treat them as common. 

    6  “For there shall be a day when the watchmen cry on Mount Ephrayim (The United States of Israel), ‘Arise, and let us go up to Tsiyon, to Adonai our Elohim.’ ” 

    7  For thus said Adonai, “Sing with gladness for Ya‛aqoḇ, and shout among the chief of the nations. Cry out, give praise, and say, ‘O Adonai, save Your people, the remnant of Yisra’ěl!’ 

    8  “See, I am bringing them from the land of the north, and shall gather them from the ends of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together – a great assembly returning here. 

    9  “With weeping they shall come, and with their prayers I bring them. I shall make them walk by rivers of waters, in a straight way in which they do not stumble. For I shall be a Father to Yisra’ěl, and Ephrayim – he is My first-born. 

    10  “Hear the word of Adonai, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Yisra’ěl gathers him, and shall guard him as a shepherd his flock.’ 

    11  “For Adonai shall ransom Ya‛aqoḇ, and redeem him from the hand of one stronger than he. 

    12  “And they shall come in and shall sing on the height of Tsiyon, and stream to the goodness of Adonai, for grain and for new wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and the herd. And their being shall be like a well-watered garden, and never languish again. 

    13  “Then shall a maiden rejoice in a dance, and young men and old, together. And I shall turn their mourning to joy, and shall comfort them, and shall make them rejoice from their sorrow, 

    14  and shall fill the being of the priests with fatness. And My people shall be satisfied with My goodness,” declares Adonai. 

    15  Thus said Adonai, “A voice was heard in Ramah, wailing, bitter weeping, Raḥěl weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted for her children, because they are no more.” 

    16  Thus said Adonai, “Hold back your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work,” declares Adonai, “and they shall return from the land of the enemy. 

    17  “And there is expectancy for your latter end,” declares Adonai, “and your children shall return to their own country. 

    18  “I have clearly heard Ephrayim lamenting, ‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised, like an untrained calf. Turn me back, and I shall turn back, for You are Adonai my Elohim. 

    19  For after my turning back, I repented. And after I was instructed, I struck myself on the thigh. I was ashamed, even humiliated, for I bore the reproach of my youth.’ 

    20  “Is Ephrayim a precious son to Me, a child of delights? For though I spoke against him, I still remembered him. That is why My affections were deeply moved for him. I have great compassion for him,” declares Adonai. 

    21  “Set up signposts, make landmarks; set your heart toward the highway, the way in which you went. Turn back, O maiden of Yisra’ěl, turn back to these cities of yours! 

    22  “Till when would you turn here and there, O backsliding daughter? For Adonai has created what is new on earth: a woman encompasses a man!” 

    23  Thus said Adonai of hosts, the Elohim of Yisra’ěl, “Let them once again say this word in the land of Yehuḏah and in its cities, when I turn back their captivity, ‘Adonai bless you, O home of righteousness, mountain of set-apartness!’ 

    24  “And in Yehuḏah and all its cities farmers and those who journey with flocks, shall dwell together. 

    25  “For I shall fill the weary being, and I shall replenish every grieved being.” 

    26  At this I awoke and looked around, and my sleep was sweet to me. 

    27  “See, the days are coming,” declares Adonai, “that I shall sow the house of Yisra’ěl and the house of Yehuḏah with the seed of man and the seed of beast. 

    28  “And it shall be, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict, so I shall watch over them to build and to plant,” declares Adonai. 

    29  “In those days they shall no longer say, ‘The fathers ate sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are blunted.’ 

    30  “But each one shall die for his own crookedness – whoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted. 

    31  “See, the days are coming,” declares Adonai, “when I shall make a renewed covenant with the house of Yisra’ěl (Ephraim, the Lost Sheep from the House of Israel) and with the house of Yehuḏah (The Jews). 

    32  Not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I strengthened their hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares Adonai.

    33  “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’ěl after those days, declares Adonai: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people. 

    34  “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.” 

    35  Thus said Adonai, who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars for a light by night, who stirs up the sea, and its waves roar – Adonai of hosts is His Name: 

    36  “If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares Adonai, “then the seed of Yisra’ěl shall also cease from being a nation before Me forever.” 

    37  Thus said Adonai, “If the heavens above could be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I would also cast off all the seed of Yisra’ěl for all that they have done,” declares Adonai.

    It doesn’t matter your ‘religious’ or ‘non-religious’ ‘background. Be what you are Christian, Muslim, Hindu or whatever but don’t change by taking off or adding to the Divine Laws ‘revealed’ to Moshe Rabbeinu the first five books of the Bible…… Let us do again all His Sabbath and Yom Tovim? But find a way to ‘use’ the laws of ‘your religion’ as a ‘halacha’ around the Divine Laws revealed to Moshe Rabbeinu. As is the ‘function’ of Jewish Halacha. Express Love in respect to every religion. By annihilating all the laws Avoda Zarah, robbery, murder, raping, murder the rape victim, homophily, pedofily etc. brought forth by following our Yetser Hara (evil inclination) and bringing fort her ‘head’ the ‘anointed’ king: Amalek, the ultimate expression of our evil inclination. But instead cultivating the sparks of Messiah our Yetser Tov (good inclination) into our National Soul. And accepting the areas West of the Jordan River as Jewish (Yehuda’s) Inheritance under Jewish (Yehuda’s) Sovereignty with only Jewish Halacha. Including the Har HaBait with a New Temple and her service under Jewish Halacha. Come and help the Jews to build and reinstitute: The Temple Service until Gen 49:10  “The sceptre shall not turn aside from Yehuḏah, nor an Inscriber from between his feet, until Shiloh (Messiah Ben David) comes, and to Him is the obedience of peoples…….. 

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Mitzvot-God’s Royal Decrees or Prescriptions or Both?

Parashat Ki Teitzei


Mitzvot-God’s Royal Decrees or Prescriptions or Both?

Presented by:

Yedidya Solomon
Video: https://youtu.be/xSNAa1AFEUw

Mitzvot-God’s Royal Decrees or Prescriptions or Both?

Dvar Torah written by: Yaakov Karmon 


If you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord, your God, will deliver him into your hands, and you take his captives, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman (yefat toar) and you desire her, you may take (her) for yourself as a wife.

[Devarim 21:10-11]

 Scripture speaks against the evil inclination, for if the Holy One, blessed be He, would not permit her to him, he would take her illicitly. (However, the Torah teaches that) if he marries her, he will come to despise her, as it says after this “If a man has two wives, one beloved and the other despised..” [v.15]; moreover, he will father a rebellious son [v.18]. This is the reason for the juxtaposition of the verses. [Rashi]



Based upon Rashi’s comments, God does not approve of the matter of the yefat toar, and thus “a sin brings another sin” [Pirkei Avot, 4:2] so that the Israelite will ultimately hate the woman and she will bear him a rebellious son.

At first glance, Rashi’s comments are surprising. After all, the Israelite soldier acted within the parameters of the Halacha. Moreover, the Israelite did everything the Torah requires of him in this matter; he brought the yefat toar into his home, allowed her to cry for her parents for a full month [pesukim (verses) 12-13], he did everything according to the Book. Why, then, is the Israelites deserving of such punishment – hating the woman and having her bear him a rebellious son?


Medicine and Decrees

In order to answer our question, we must understand that there are two aspects to observance of mitzvot.

On one hand, mitzvot can be seen as comparable to a physician’s instructions – they are beneficial objectively and in reality. When a physician instructs a patient to take a particular medication and to refrain from certain foods, there is a logical reason. Taking the medication prescribed and recovering from the illness is not a reward for positive behavior, rather a natural outcome; antibiotics cure maladies. On the other hand, if a diabetic ingests too much sugar, his pancreas will fail. His body’s reaction to sugar is not “punishment” administered by the physician, but the natural result of the patient’s behavior.

Mitzvot also convey this aspect. Zohar refers to mitzvot as “six-hundred and thirteen pieces of advice.” God gave us mitzvot, which are recommendations and guidance concerning appropriate behavior. One who behaves in accordance with God’s “recommendations” will be blessed, since this is the reality of the world. We do not always understand why mitzvot are objectively and realistically good, but we are similar to the patient who is unable to determine for himself which is the proper medication and he must therefore ask a physician.

However, mitzvot have an additional aspect, being comparable to a monarch’s decrees. A monarch’s decree is not necessarily connected to objective reality, and the reward for fulfillment or punishment for violation of the decree is not inherently related to the behavior itself. For example, a monarch may decree that anyone making noise on Mondays at 3:00 PM will be incarcerated. Clearly, there is no inherent connection between noise making and incarceration. It is only the royal decree which makes imprisonment the consequence of noise making. As we shall see, at times the laws of the Torah are comparable to royal decrees – we are to observe mitzvot because it is God’s decree, even if there is no apparent connection between performance of the mitzva and reality.


Set Up Markers for Yourself [Yirmiyahu 31:20]

There are situations in which only the second aspect, that of royal decrees, applies.

Midrash Sifrei [Parashat Eikev, 43] elucidates the posuk: "הציבי לך ציונים" (“Set up markers for yourself”) to mean that mitzva observance outside Eretz Yisrael is merely a “marker,” a way to remember how to fulfill mitzvot upon return to the Land.

Ramban’s opinion, based upon the Sifrei quoted above, is that essentially, observance of mitzvot is mandatory only within Eretz Yisrael, abroad it is intended to keep us aware of how to observe mitzvot when we return to the Land. If Am Yisrael (the Nation of Israel) did not put on tefilin for the almost two-thousand years of exile, it would not remember how to perform this mitzva within the Land. If we had not taken lulav and etrog, we would not have known the proper definition of “the fruit of the hadar tree” (etrog) or “a branch of a braided tree” (hadass) [Vayikra 23:40]. This, asserts Ramban, is the reason to fulfill mitzvot outside Eretz Yisrael, but there is no true inherent obligation to fulfill mitzvot outside the Land.

The approach of Ramban/Sifrei is quite difficult. There are mitzvot which are dependent upon the Land, such as shemitta and yovel, which clearly apply only within Eretz Yisrael, but why should mitzvot such as tefilin, which have no clear connection o the Land apply only within her?

Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch (1860 – 1929, Rosh Yeshiva of Telz) suggests that Ramban/Sifrei do not intend that there is no obligation whatsoever to fulfill mitzvot outside the Land, rather that outside the Land, mitzvot convey only the aspect of royal decrees. Outside Eretz Yisrael, we are obligated to fulfill mitzvot because they are God’s decrees, but the aspect of connection between mitzvot and objective goodness, as in our analogy to medication, exists only in Eretz Yisrael. It is this aspect which Ramban/Sifrei which is lacking outside the Land and for which mitzva observance abroad is merely “markers.” Upon returning to the Land, it will be possible to fulfill mitzvot fully, with both aspects, as Divine decrees and as a physician’s prescription.


The Forefathers Observed Torah

There are also situations in which only the aspect of a prescription applies to mitzva observance. Chazal (Our Sages) [Gemara Yoma 28b] taught that the Forefathers observed all of Torah. Obviously, the Forefathers lived before Torah had been given at Sinai, therefore, necessarily, the aspect of royal decree did not apply to mitzvot. Why did the Forefathers observe mitzvot without being commanded to do so? According to what we have said, the reason is that mitzvot are objectively and realistically good, as the physician’s prescription. This and not the aspect of royal decree pertained to mitzvot during the lifetimes of the Forefathers.

Based upon these thoughts and the innovative approach of Rabbi Bloch, we can understand an additional comment of Ramban in a new light. In Parashat Toledot [Bereishit 26:5], Ramban asks how Ya’akov could have married two sisters or Amram married his aunt Yocheved; each of which is a marriage forbidden by the Torah. The answer, Ramban suggests, is that the protagonists were outside Eretz Yisrael at the time, and the Forefathers observed Torah only within the Land. This answer requires elucidation, since in Rabbi Bloch’s analysis, Ramban agrees that there is an obligation to fulfill outside the Land. However, the Forefathers were not obligated to fulfill mitzvot in the aspect of royal decree, but only in the aspect of prescription, and this aspect does not apply outside the Land; thus they did not fulfill mitzvot outside her.


Yefat Toar

Concerning yefat toar, there is a certain parallel to the times of the Forefathers. Realizing the influence of man’s evil inclination, the Torah did not forbid the matter, knowing that the Israelite soldier would likely act illicitly, as Chazal said [Gemara Kiddushin 22ab] “It is better for Israel to eat the flesh of animals about to die which has been ritually slaughtered than the flesh of dying animals which have perished.” Nonetheless, on the level of objective reality, taking the yefat toar has negative influences. The matter of yefat toar does not have the aspect of the royal decree, since the King permitted it; but the aspect of prescription still applies. However, in this instance the “Physician” chose not to write the prescription, deciding that this is the lesser of the evils. Thus, one who takes a yefat toar is likely to suffer the negative consequences and have her bear him a rebellious son, having done something which is objectively bad. Hating the yefat toar and having a rebellious son are not “punishment” but consequences of having taken her. Just as one who jumps off a roof will be hurt when he lands and one who ingests poison will be harmed, so it is with one who takes a yefat toar. There is no punishment involved; it is simply applying the laws of nature.



We have seen that there are two aspects to observance of mitzvot:

1) Royal decrees;

2) Physician’s prescription.

There are instances, such as outside Eretz Yisrael, in which only the aspect of royal decree applies and others, such as the times of the Forefathers, or the matter of yefat toar, in which the only aspect which applies is the physician’s prescription. In the latter instances, though the King did not decree, one who acts in accordance with God’s will benefits, and one who does not lose.

There are instances, such as within Eretz Yisrael, in which both aspects apply. The purpose of fulfilling mitzvot outside the Land is to reach Eretz Yisrael and fulfill them completely – in both aspects.

Thank God, we are privileged to observe mitzvot in Eretz Yisrael, fulfilling God’s will on a complete level – in which their fulfillment has direct impact on reality.

May it be God’s will that we continue to fulfill mitzvot in Eretz Yisrael, thereby increasing goodness within the world. 



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