Rabbi’s Reflections – Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Another situation that requires explanation.  In Israel (within the promised land) Passover is celebrated 7 days.  However; outside Israel it is celebrated for 8 days.  Why the extra day in the “Galut?”  (Galut is the Hebrew word for Diaspora.  Every Jewish person who lives outside the land of Israel is said to live in the Galut.)

The answer is a little complex.  In ancient times the notification that any holiday started was sent out from Jerusalem. ون كارد فوري   By the time word reached far-away places, it might be the next day, so they started observing 2 days for every one commanded holy day, instead of just the one to be sure at least one of the days observed was the correct day.  Did you get that?

This year, because Passover starts on a Saturday, in Israel it ends after 7 days (Friday is the last day), but in the Galut it ends on Saturday (Shabbat), because of the extra day.  Now follow me here.  We read the Torah portion weekly on Shabbat, but not on holidays when the holiday falls on Shabbat. casino 888 login On those Shabbats, there is a special holiday portion read.  So everyone (both inside and outside of Israel) read a special portion of the Torah last week for Passover.

This sets up the problem and the reason I’m writing this.  Next Shabbat, April 23rd, inside Israel, portion “Achare Mot” (Leviticus 16:1-18:30) will be read, while on the same date, a special portion for the 8th day of Passover will be read in the Galut.  Portion Achare Mot will be read in the Galut on April 30th.  The two communities of Jews, inside and outside Israel will continue reading portions one week apart until the Galut will read two on the July 30th.  On July 30th Matot-Masei are combined in the Galut while only Masei is read inside Israel.

Now for the “fun” part.  I follow the Israel calendar, even though I live in the Galut.  I “self-identify” as one inside the land, so I follow the Israeli calendar.  Then again, there are times when I confuse myself.  Oy vey!  My advice, follow Yeshua.  He knows where He’s going.

Isaiah 53, part 10

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will give Him a portion with the great, and He will divide the spoil with the mighty— because He poured out His soul to death, and was counted with transgressors. For He bore the sin of many, and interceded for the transgressors.

Isn’t this a great summary verse?  The whole chapter is summed up here.  “Therefore” means here is the logical conclusion of everything you just read about this suffering servant.  Then we immediately find the phrase, “I will give Him.”  Who is speaking?  It is in the book of Isaiah, but it clearly is not Isaiah who is speaking.  God, our Father, will “give.”  After all, Who but the Creator has the power to give?

And what will God give His suffering servant (His only begotten Son), nothing less than an abundant portion.  Satan tempted Yeshua with everything in the world, but Yeshua already knew the promised inheritance.  Yeshua had to pass this third temptation before Satan would leave Him.

Matthew 4:8 Again, the devil takes Him to a very high mountain and shows Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Yeshua says to him, “Go away, satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship Adonai your God, and Him only shall you serve.’

You know, I like to come back to the question, “What about us?”  We’ve got to resist Satan’s temptations, just as Yeshua did, if we expect to share in Yeshua’s promised inheritance. Jacob 4:7 Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.

And I’m going to close today with the following 3 verses… Jacob 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded! 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of Adonai, and He shall lift you up. مميزات بنك سكريل

Bonus: Keep your eyes on Yeshua… Hebrews 12:1b Let us run with endurance the race set before us, 2 focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame; and He has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Daily Bread, reading plan by Lars Enarson (https://www.thewatchman.org/)
Wed 20-Apr-2022 19th of Nisan, 5782 Pesach V (CH”M)
Ex 34:1-26 Nu 28:19-25 Isa 45 Pr 25 (Mt 12:22-50) 1 Jn 1

Week 17
Memory Verse: Psalm 23:1 A psalm of David. Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake.

81    4/20      Monday:        2 Samuel 1-2:1-7
82    4/21      Tuesday:       2 Samuel 3:1; 5; Psalm 23
83    4/22      Wednesday:  2 Samuel 6-7
84    4/23      Thursday:      Psalm 18; 2 Samuel 9
85    4/24      Friday:           2 Samuel 11-12