Gaddi – President Bet Yisrael: Kedoshim

Kedoshim

 

Kedoshim | קדשים | “Holy”

– Our Father(Abba) who art in heaven ; May your Name be kept HOLY

– Abba, You are the Most Ancient Holy One and Mighty One of Israel, You separated us from other nations to Serve you and to became a kingdom of priests and a HOLY NATION.

– Holy, Holy Holy is the Most High of Hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.

The Thirtieth reading from the Torah and seventh reading from Leviticus is named Kedoshim (קדשים), which mean “holy.” In the chapter of Leviticus 19:2, which says, “You shall be Holy, for I the Most High your G-d am Holy.” And it describes the holy community through a series of specific commandments.

The first of the commands Most High gives, after telling us to “be holy,” is to revere our parents and honoring the Sabbath.

“You shall be holy since I, G-d, Your Lord, am holy. Every man should revere his mother and his father and you should observe my Sabbaths. I am G-d, your Lord”. –Leviticus 19:2-3

Holiness:

Kedoshim begins with G-d telling the Israel people that they are to be holy, “for I, G-d their Lord, am Holy.” The verse informs us that a Israel sanctity can be of such magnitude that it comes to resemble G-d’s. So it is that, before giving the Torah, G-d tells the Israel people: “You shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” In other words, every Israel has the capacity to reach the lofty level of a “High Priest,” with the same measure of love for G-d as Aharon and his sons displayed. … Man’s potential for sanctification is such that it even bears a degree of comparison to G-d’s. And it explains the concept of holiness as the means for being separate from the other nations. Three basic formats for holiness exist: Time, place, and person. The ultimate integration of the three is found in the person of the High Priest entering the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur. … Because a person possesses an “actual part of G-d” within his being, it is possible for him to appreciate — and express — holiness on all levels, even within the confines of material existence.

And G-d spoke to Moshe saying: ‘Speak to the entire Community of Israel, and say to them “You shall be holy, for I, the Lord, your G-d, am holy.”‘ -Leviticus 19:1-2

To be “holy” means to be “set apart.” Which help us to be “holy,” include such “down to earth” things as; not cheating, paying workers on time, cursing the deaf, not gossiping, correctly rebuking someone, not bearing grudges, and loving neighbour as oneself.

Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, of all deceit, hypocrisy and envy, and of all the ways there are of speaking against people; and be like newborn babies, thirsty for the pure milk of the Word; so that by it, you may grow up into deliverance. For you have tasted that Adonai is good. -1 Peter 2:1-3

When we act with love for our fellow man, we bring the Shechinah, G-d’s Presence, down into the world; hatred between men expels the Shechinah from the world.

Peter’s commentary on Leviticus 19:2: …but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work,conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear… 1 Peter 1:15-17

The Kotzker Rebbi said: How can man be holy! Only because “I the Lord your G-d am Holy.” (Shem Mishmuel Vayikra page 277) : The Shem Mishmuel, a grandson of the Kotzker Rebbi : Every Jew has within him a part of G-d’s holiness, which enables him to achieve holiness. Man can become holy, because man was created in the image of G-d. But every person possesses a different soul, therefore each person has a different holiness within him.

Holiness in Physical Pleasure

“For three years the fruit shall be ‘Orlah,’ and may not be eaten. In the fourth year, all of the fruit shall be holy, for praising G-d.” -Leviticus 19:23-4

The Talmud in Berachot 35a quotes this verse as the source for reciting a brachah (blessing) over food. “‘Holy, for praising G-d’ — this teaches that (fruit and other foods) require a blessing before and after eating.

After instructing the crowds to sit down on the grass, he took the five loaves and the two fish and, looking up toward heaven, made a b’rakhah. – Matthew 14:19

Then he took a piece of bread, gave thanks to Most High……. – Luke 22:19

Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to G-d by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. -Philippians 4:6

Brachah : “Blessed are you O lord, our God, King of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.”

A brachah is not just our gratitude for the physical pleasure we are about to enjoy. Each blessing should make us aware of a far greater kindness of G-d: that even material pleasures can be a source of spirituality and holiness. Our fruit thus becomes “holy, for praising G-d.” We experience an inner joy when we realize that every form of physical pleasure was created with the opportunity to refine the spirit and uplift the soul.

Rav Kook noted, is kodesh — holiness. Even when we eat, even when we partake of worldly pleasures, we should be able to find holiness.

So you will eat and be satisfied, and you will bless Adonai your G-d for the good land he has given you. – Deuteronomy 8:10

That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through him to G-d the Father. -Colossians 3:17

Fear Your Father and Mother:

On the other hand, the Torah teaches: You shall fear your father and mother and guard my Sabbaths, I am G-d. -Leviticus 19:3

The Talmud stresses this point in the following passage: When the Holy One, Blessed be He, said “I am… You shall have no other …” the nations of the world said “He is preaching for His own aggrandizement. But when He said “Honor your father and mother,” they praised …… by the end of the commandments they came to appreciate the truth in the first ones. (Kiddushin 31a)

Zohar: It explains the idea of “father and mother” beyond our physical parents, to honoring Most High, that is both the “masculine” and “femine” aspects of Most High – (Chokhmah and Binah).

Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2, Page 90a – HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER. R. Hiya connected this command with the words: “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden” (Gen. II, 10). ‘The “river” he said, is the issue of the fountain which flows perennially and from whence the whole Garden of Eden is watered, and this issue [Tr. Note: Tifereth.] of the holy fountain is called Ab- “Father”.’

Aspects of Most High: [ Keter( Upper Crown,Will, Spirit of Most High, Ancient), Chokmah – YOD – Father, Abba ]; [ Binah – Hay – Upper Mother ]

Soncino Zohar, Shemoth, Section 2,page 55a – The Yod and the He [Father and Mother], in the Divine Name are mingled, and one is contained in the other and they are never separated, being for ever united in love, being the source whence emanate all those streams and springs of blessing and satisfaction to the universe.

It is very interesting to note that the Midrash Rabbah says Torah a “tutor.” Midrash Rabbah – Genesis I:1, – Then I was by Him, as a nursling (amon); and I was daily all delight (Proverbs VIII, 30). ‘Amon’ means tutor; ‘amon’ means covered; ‘amon’ means hidden; and some say, ‘amon’ means great. ‘Amon’ is a tutor, as you read, As an omen (nursing father) carrieth the sucking child (Num. XI, 12).

“As a man whose mother comforts him, so I will comfort you” -Isaiah 66:13

The Same way Paul says about Torah in Galatians: Accordingly, the Torah functioned as a custodian ( i.e Tutor) until the Messiah came, so that we might be declared righteous on the ground of trusting and being faithful. -Galatians 3:24

Binah representing the supernal “Mother” is never separated from Chokhmah (the supernal Father). Therefore, the Ruach haKodesh “proceeds” from the heavenly Father “through the Mother.”

“When the Counselor comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of Truth, who keeps going out from the Father — he will testify on my behalf. -John 15:26

Yeshua’s authority was given to Him by the Father, for His earthly role as a divine heavenly Tzaddik and suffering Messiah:

Binah (i.e Teshuva, Understanding ) is said to be the feminine counterpart to the masculine Chokhmah. Wisdom and Understanding (Binah ) are often mentioned together in Scripture, as one is very much “in need” of the other. Binah is said to be the divine source of souls, hence the “upper mother” aspect, which is also associated with above Jerusalem.

But the Yerushalayim above is free, and she is our mother ( divine source of souls); -Galatians 4:26

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the stake. Wherefore G-d also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yeshua haMashiach is Lord, to the glory of G-d the Father. -Philippians 2:7-11

He that hateth me hateth my Father also. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. -John 15:23-24

Love Your neighbour:

New light is thus shed on the celebrated Talmudic passage in which Hillel is asked by a potential convert to teach him the entire Torah while he stands on one foot. Hillel responds: “What is despised by you do not do to your friend. This is the entire Torah, the rest is commentary; go learn!” (Shabbat 31a)

Hillel’s Aramaic paraphrase of the verse “Love your neighbour as your self” is found in the Targum Yerushalmi. Rashi’s explanation: What is despised by you, do not do to your friend. Do not abandon your friend and the friend of your father. (Proverbs 27), This refers to G-d. Do not break His Words, for you hate when your friend ignores your words.

Yeshua Words: The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” – Mark 12 :31

“You shall rebuke your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:17). This may sound like an obligation to point out others’ wrongdoings, however the original Hebrew says: “You should give TOCH’ACHA to your neighbor.” Toch’acha is from the same word as Hoch’acha, and means “proof.” What does this teach us about how to change the behavior of others ; If you reprove a scoffer, he will hate you; if you reprove a wise man, he will love you. – Proverbs 9:8

How might this command relate to the one presented right before it, “Don’t stand by your brother’s blood” -Leviticus 19:16.

The Way of the Land Precedes the Torah:

The Hungarian Chareidi Rabbi Yisachar Shlomo Teichtal when he wrote his in depth, scholarly work about Eretz Yisrael, Redemption and Unity. He explained that the establishment of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel will affect even the Diaspora Jews, who will become more unified through their soul’s connection to the center established in the Land of Israel (Em Habanim Semeichah page 95).

The meraglim (spies) in the wilderness were not interested in entering the Land of Israel, because they claimed that Torah precedes the Land of Israel. Therefore, they preferred to remain in the wilderness and learn Torah from Moshe. However, according to the midrash, Derech Eretz – the way that leads to the Land – precedes Torah, as it states: “To guard the way of the land, the Tree of Life” (Bereishit 3:24). There is no Tree of Life except the Torah as it states, “She is a Tree of Life to those who hold on to her” (Mishlei 3:18). This teaches us that the way to the Land of Israel precedes the Torah. (Tana, D’Bei Eliyahu Rabah Chapter 1). Although the term “Derech Eretz” usually is translated to mean “The way of the world,” according to Rabbi Akiva Yoseph Shlessinger, Derech Eretz refers to the Land of Israel.

For I will take you out of the nations; I will gather you from all the countries and bring you back into your own land. – Ezekiel 36:24

Yeshua Words: who will not receive a hundred times over, now, in the ‘olam hazeh, homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and lands — with persecutions! — and in the ‘olam haba, eternal life. -Mark 10:30

He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. – Deuteronomy 30:5

However the only way we can reflect the glory of the Infinite One, is to engage in the acts of chesed ( loving kindness ) that He commands us to do.

“Woe to you hypocritical Torah-teachers and P’rushim! You pay your tithes of mint, dill and cumin; but you have neglected the weightier matters of the Torah — justice, mercy, trust.These are the things you should have attended to — without neglecting the others! – Matthew 23:23 Read his full study click: https://betyisrael.org/kedoshim-2016/

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