Weekly Torah Commentary – Emor April 27, 2018

Torah reading (in Israel): Leviticus 21 -24    (Overseas schedule one week behind)

Haftorah reading: Ezekiel 44: 15-31

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In its essence, Leviticus is a book about worship. In it, the requirements for acceptable worship are carefully detailed.. You will remember that the book opens with the tabernacle having been constructed and the glory cloud of the Lord having descended—but Moses was still on the outside of the tabernacle. After the anointing of the priesthood in chapter 8, the priests, as instructed in chapter 9, then offered their prescribed sacrifices and the tabernacle was opened for corporate worship.

Unfortunately, soon thereafter (chapter 10) two of Aaron’s sons offered an unauthorized sacrifice before the Lord and died in His presence—on the spot. Their dead bodies were transported by their tunics and they were cast outside the tabernacle.  There was still much for the Israelites to learn about holiness

God decreed that their eating habits were to be holy (chapter 11); their childbirth was to be regulated by God’s holy law (chapter 12); their personal and domestic hygiene was to be holy, as symbolized by the laws regarding leprosy (chapters 13—14) and those with reference to bodily discharges (chapter 15).

In chapter 16, the regulations for the yearly observance of the Day of Atonement were closely followed by instruction concerning the central place of the blood in acceptable worship (chapter 17). After all of this, in chapters 18-20, the Torah dealt other issues of practical, day-to-day holiness.

Clearly the central theme was God’s passion for His holiness and therefore His prescription that His people be holy. This is summed up in 19:2 with the words, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.’”

The same mandate applies to every generation

This week’s reading In chapters 21—22 continues the theme by addressing the priesthood.

In chapter 21, we learn that the priests had to meet certain prescribed qualifications if they would be deemed holy enough to serve in the tabernacle. No exceptions were to be made. It was serious business to serve God’s sanctuary.

In chapter 22, further regulations are given concerning the quality of the sacrifices that the priests were to offer. The priests in other words were responsible for the kind of worship offered by those whom they represented.

The overall theme is that those ordained to lead God’s people were to display unquestioning loyalty to the Lord God alone. They were to be holy.

Leviticus calls for holiness on the part of the congregation, on the part of the priesthood, and on the part of the high priest. And with each call to holiness, the demands become stricter.

This should not surprise us since the closer one gets to the Lord the holier one must be. This is pictured for us in the tabernacle itself.

The courtyard was where the people in general would gather and they certainly had a code of holiness for which they were responsible. The priesthood then had greater demands for holiness placed upon them, for they were allowed access to the Holy Place. But the high priest had an even higher standard of holiness placed upon him, for he alone was allowed access, one day a year, beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies.

The children of Israel were to be different, and the priests of the children of Israel were to be especially different. Those with greater privilege had greater responsibility.

In Tune with Torah this week =  Let it not be said that these ancient words have no relevance to us for the scripture itself tells us that everything was written for our instruction.

First, leaders of God’s people today have the same responsibility to live in holiness.

Second, congregational members also have the responsibility to seek holiness for the admonition in last week’s Torah reading is clear: ‘You shall be holy as I am holy.’  That was spoken to the entire nation of Israel, not just the priests.

Third, the instructions to the priests provide a model of self-discipline which all of us need to apply to our lives.

Without discipline there is no holiness.  Without holiness, there is no godly congregation. Therefore the call to be holy as He is holy is at once personal and congregational.  As each of us grows in holiness, the entire community benefits.

Shabbat Shalom

 

 

 

Weekly Torah Commentary- April 20, 2018 Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

Torah reading:  Leviticus 16-20

Haftorah reading: Amos 9:7-15

God has given us an explicit command regarding how He expects us to live.  It is a commandment found in this week’s Torah portion. Leviticus 11:44 and Leviticus 20:26 say: “You must be holy because I am holy.”

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You must be holy because God is holy…But what does it mean to be holy? What is holiness?

Let’s make it simple, shall we? Holiness is the fruit of a life wholly devoted to God and His purposes.

For some people, “holiness” is viewed as too difficult to achieve.

Depending on our upbringing and religious background, we can have legalistic notions of holiness or we can have moralistic notions of holiness. We can behave as if holiness is either outdated or something that only needs to effect a small part of our lives. Yet, God has commanded us “You must be holy because I am holy.”

When you think about being holy what comes into your mind? Thoughts of outmoded ways of dressing or the shunning of fashion and makeup? Or do you rather think in terms of morality, purity, integrity and commitment to a personal relationship with God?

What does really God expect of us?

The biblical idea of holiness, while it includes private morality, also means much, much more.  Holiness is about living the life God has planned and purposed for us. It is about living according to God’s standards and precepts, not by the world’s standards, not by our own standards, living by God’s standards. Holiness is not just for the advanced spiritually-elite.  The call to holiness is to everyone, regardless of status.

We are daily inundated with attitudes, principles and values that are diametrically opposed to the principles and values of the sacred Scriptures.  In order to successfully steer the direction and decisions of our life according to godly principles, we must know the Word of God and choose continually to live in accord with its teaching, which is the path to holiness.

Psalm 119 offers us tremendous wisdom in this regard.

You are only truly happy when you walk in total integrity, walking in the light of God’s Word. What joy overwhelms everyone who keeps the ways of God, those who seek Him as their heart’s passion.  (vs. 1-2)

God has prescribed the right way to live; obying His commandments with all our hearts. (vs. 4)

How can a young man stay pure? Only by living in the word of God and walking in its truth.  (vs. 9)

Give me revelation about the meaning of Your ways so I can enjoy the reward of following them fully. Give me an understanding heart so that I can passionately know and obey Your truth.  (vs. 33-34)

Truth’s shining light guides me in my choices and decisions; the revelation of Your Word makes my pathway clear. To live my life by Your righteous commands has been my holy and lifelong commitment.  (vs. 105-106)  All quotations from the Passion Translation.

Holiness is neither a scary calling, nor is it impossible.  Holiness is not an event but a journey which encompasses our entire life. It is a way of life marked by progress, not perfection.  It is a calling that picks us up after we’ve failed and draws us forward after we’ve been stagnant.

Holiness is simply this: living each day with the intent of pleasing our heavenly Father in our thoughts, words and deeds.

Andrew Murray of South Africa said it this way over a century ago: the greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

Elizabeth Elliott: God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.

In Tune with Torah this week:  do you want to grow in holiness?  Well, then, consider this.
Let your thoughts, words and deeds by persistently God-like, determinedly holy, immovably honest, and passionately kind.

Shabbat Shalom
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For a few weeks at present, the Torah readings overseas are a week behind the Torah readings in Israel.  This post is following the Israeli schedule of Torah readings.

Weekly Torah Commentary – Mikeitz December 30, 2016

Torah reading:  Genesis 41:1-44:17

Haftorah reading: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7  Shabbat Hanukkah

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For the past seven days, Jews around the world have been celebrating the festival of Hanukkah, a time in Jewish history when God delivered “the many in to the hands of the few, the impure into the hands of the pure, the wicked into the hands of the righteous” (Al Hanissim Prayer). It marks a victory against tyranny and religious persecution.

It also reaffirms an uncompromising historical truth which stands firm regardless of one’s opinion on the best way to solve the modern-day conflict: for thousands of years the Land of Israel – especially the parts referenced in last Friday’s UN resolution – has been profoundly intertwined with Jewish destiny. No amount of Security Council resolutions can ever change that historical and inescapable fact.  It is amazing that the anti-Israel UN resolution was passed on the very eve of the festival of Hanukkah.

In this week’s Haftorah portion, Zechariah addresses the people of Israel, assuring them of the absolute certainty of God’s promises.  In chapter 2:6-7, God calls out to His people who live within the territory of the enemy to flee because His judgment is about to blaze forth upon the enemies of His people and He did not want His people to be singed because they were too near the flame.

The people had been exiled because of God’s judgment. It thus took a divine command and divine power to enable their return.  Though a remnant had returned to ancient Judah, most of the Jews were not living in the promised land. Thus historically this call was fulfilled when more of the Israelites returned to Judah. This prophecy also calls the Jewish people back to Israel, before God judges the north in the end of days. We have seen this gathering occurring since 1948 when Israel again became a nation after nearly 2,000 years of exile.

Notice that the call is to Zion.

Mount Zion was where David built a tabernacle and placed the Ark of the Covenant. We read, “David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it… So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it,” 1 Chronicles 15:1 & 16:1.

The Ark of the Covenant was where God dwelt, spoke from, and revealed His glory to His people, Ex.25:22; Ps.80:1; & Lev.16:2.  King David placed the ark in a tabernacle on Mount Zion, which he made as a place of worship where God dwelt in the midst of His people, 1 Chron.16:4-37; Ps.9:11.

When the ark was placed in this tabernacle, Zion then became famous for two reasons: both the throne of the king and the ark of God were there!  The throne speaks of authority, while the ark speaks of worship and God’s glory.  The significance of the throne and the ark in Zion continue on to have greater prophetic meaning throughout the scriptures.

Therefore, in the call to come out of Babylon, we see a significance that goes beyond Zechariah’s time for after all, he was a prophet, someone who speaks not only to his generation but to future generations.  The call to ‘come out of Babylon’ has its application in every generation, but never more powerfully than in the generation that has seen Israel become a sovereign nation again on its historical land.  Because of that, we who are alive today have the great hope of seeing the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy in these last days when the religious, political and economic systems called Babylon are going to be destroyed.

Inherent in this call ‘out of Babylon’ is an appeal from heaven to separate oneself from all that ‘Babylon’ represents.  On a personal level, it means choosing the Word and ways of God above all else.  Those Jews who stayed in Babylon are, spiritually speaking, symbols of those who prefer their own comfort and convenience to the ways of God.  They are symbols of seeking pleasure over purity, self-will over God’s will and earthly pursuits over eternal realities.

Zion became synonymous with the high calling of God to His people.  Those born in Zion were given high honor, Ps.87:1-6.  Mount Zion was a place of joy and safety, the city of the great King, Ps.48:1-14.  The people will see God in Zion, Ps.84:7.  There the Lord will appear in glory, Ps.102:16.

Is it any wonder then that Zechariah cries out in verse 13 of chapter 2, ‘Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord..’?

It is our tendency to pamper our fleshly, earthly existence with self-serving decisions that keep us from growing into the holiness to which we have been called, the Zion of God.  We too often prefer comfort to consecration, distraction to diligence and tradition to transformation.

Zion’s call has not changed.  ‘You shall be holy as I am holy,’ says the Lord.

In Tune with Torah this week = as the last candle of Hanukkah is lit, and the year 2017 looms in front of us, what will we choose to do with it? Will we draw closer to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? Will we choose to seek after Zion, the place of holiness?  What steps will we take to demonstrate our consecration and diligence in pursuit of being transformed into a holy vessel for Him?

Shabbat Shalom and may the new year find you walking closer with the Holy One of Israel than ever before.

 

 

 

Weekly Torah Commentary – Emor May 13, 2016

Leviticus 21-24

Embedded in this week’s Torah reading are two of the most fundamental commandments. We find them in verse 32 of Leviticus 22:

Do not desecrate My holy name.  I must be sanctified among the Israelites. I am the Lord who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.’

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The two commands basically tell us that we are 1) not to desecrate God’s Name but instead 2) to sanctify His Name.  What does that mean?

Your name is how you are known to other people.  It is the same with God.  His ‘name’ identifies Him and how people use His Name identifies their perception or lack therof of Who He is.  As those who love Him and revere His Name, it is our responsibility to demonstrate that love and respect in our conduct and our words.  This is what Isaiah meant when he wrote: “You are my witnesses, says God, that I am God” (Isaiah 43:10)

Did you get that?  Our lives and conduct are to witness Who God is!

The God of Israel is the God of all humanity. He created the universe and life itself. He made all of mankind in His image. He cares for all of us: “His tender mercies are on all his works” (Psalm 145:9).

Yet the God of Israel is radically unlike the pagan gods we read about. He is not identical with nature. He created nature. He is not identical with the physical universe. He transcends the universe. He is not capable of being mapped by science: observed, measured, quantified. He is the author of science. How then is He known?

We are God’s ambassadors to the world.  Therefore our behavior either sanctifies God’s Name or desecrates it.  The prophet who never tired of pointing this out was Ezekiel, the man who went into exile to Babylon after the destruction of the First Temple. This is what he hears from God:

I dispersed them among the nations, and they were scattered through the countries; I judged them according to their conduct and their actions. And wherever they went among the nations they profaned my holy name, for it was said of them, “These are the LORD’s people, and yet they had to leave his land.” (Ezekiel 36:19)

When the Jews were defeated and sent into exile, it was not only a tragedy for them. It was a tragedy for God, like a parent would feel when he sees a child of his disgraced and sent to prison.  But when God’s people are faithful to their mission, when they live and lead and inspire others, then God’s name is exalted.

Maimonides described it this way:

If a person has been scrupulous in his conduct, gentle in his conversation, pleasant toward his fellow creatures, affable in manner when receiving, not retorting even when affronted, but showing courtesy to all, even to those who treat him with disdain, conducting his business affairs with integrity … And doing more than his duty in all things, while avoiding extremes and exaggerations – such a person has sanctified God.

God trusted us enough to make us His ambassadors to an often faithless, brutal world. The choice is ours. Will our lives ‘sanctify His Name’, or God forbid, do the opposite? To have done something, even one act in a lifetime, to make someone grateful that there is a God in heaven who inspires people to do good on earth, is perhaps the greatest achievement to which anyone can aspire.

In Tune with Torah this week = how closely does our behavior mirror the faith we profess? Do we take seriously our destiny to be God’s ambassadors to those around us?

Shabbat Shalom!

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Weekly Torah Commentary – Kedoshim May 6, 2016

Leviticus 19-20

In last week’s Torah portion, we were given several commandments prohibiting certain behaviors.  In this week’s reading, we move to positive commandments.

The section opens with these words:

The Lord also said to Moses, ‘Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel.  You must be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy…….’Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.’

By connecting these two commandments within the section, we understand that from God’s point of view, there is no true holiness without loving others.  As has been said, ‘If you cannot love your brother whom you do see, how can you love God whom you do not see?’

Holiness is defined as the state or quality of being holy.  Becoming holy is a process  comprised of daily choices that in reality boil down to one fundamental choice: will I live by God’s instructions or not?

In this week’s portion, for instance, there are also the commands: ‘Do not spread slanderous gossip among your people’ and ‘Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives.’  Both of these relate directly to the commandment: ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’

Every time we choose to bite our tongue rather than lash out in anger at someone else, we take a step towards holiness.  Every time I pass up the opportunity to gossip about someone, I take another step towards holiness.

Now here’s the rub.  We all get hurt – it’s part of life.  But…what we sometimes forget is this: we all hurt others as well.  It’s a two way street.  We may not intend it but it happens. If we want understanding and forgiveness from someone we may have offended, then it is incumbent upon us to be ready and willing to forgive those who offend or hurt us.

Centuries ago, Rabbi Akiva said: ‘That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellowman; this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it.”  In other words, treat other people the way you want to be treated yourself…and do it first!  Can you imagine what this world would be like if as a society we all lived by this principle?

Why don’t we?

Consider: Moses had ample opportunities to be offended.  Remember when his sister and brother spoke against him in Numbers 12?  Yet in that very passage, God called him ‘the most humble man in all the earth.’

Humility is not weakness; it is the fundamental character of a person who understands that we are all fallible; everyone of us makes mistakes.  Therefore, when someone behaves or speaks in a way that irks me or annoys me, rather than react in anger and lash out, humility causes me to take a step back and recognize my own fallibility.  As I do, an attitude of understanding and compassion can arise in me towards the offender.

That does not mean we just let people get away with anything and everything.  Absolutely not.  But it does mean that if I am in the position to address the offense and offer some correction or means of reconciliation, I do so maintaining respect for the offender, not belittling or demeaning him or her but communicating in a clear and appropriate manner, designed to minimize any damage to the relationship.

To walk in love towards others requires willingness on our part to exercise patience, kindness and humility.  To walk in love towards others is no small matter.  But it IS a commandment. Therefore, if we have dedicated our lives to following God and His Word, the choice has already been made.

May God help each of us to live up to our commitment.

In Tune with Torah this week = honestly assess how you are doing in this matter?  Do you love your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers, as you love yourself? What does that mean to you?

Shabbat shalom and a blessed weekend to you.

 

 

 

Weekly Torah Commentary – Pekudei March 11, 2016

As the book of Exodus draws to a close, a cloud envelops and fills the newly completed Tabernacle.

Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.  Moses was not able to enter the Tabernacle because the cloud had settled on it and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.  Throughout all their journeys, whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tabernacle, the children of Israel would set out; but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not set out until the day when it was taken up. For throughout all their journeys, the cloud of the Lord was on the Tabernacle day by day and there was fire on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel.  Exodus 40:34-38

We may not have noticed but the cloud has been a major element throughout the book of Exodus.

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When the Israelites first left Egypt, the cloud accompanied them:

The Lord went before them by day with a pillar of cloud, to guide them along the way. By night it appeared as a pillar of fire, providing them with light. They could thus travel day and night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire at night from before the people.  Exodus 13:21-22

From the day they left Egypt, like a brooding mother, the cloud protected them. It separated their encampment from that of the Egyptians, it led them through the sea and at the appropriate time, God Himself descended on Mt. Sinai ‘in a cloud’ which the people could see.

God said to Moses, ‘I will come to you in a thick cloud, so that all the people will hear when I speak to you. They will then believe in you forever.’ Exodus 19:9

When God called Moses to the top of Mt. Sinai, he had to make his way through that cloud:

Then Moses went up the mountain and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord rested on Mt. Sinai and the cloud covered it for six days; and on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud.  And to the eyes of the sons of Israel, the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the mountain top. Moses entered the midst of the cloud as he went up to the mountain.  Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights. Exodus 24:15-18

These verses bear a striking resemblance to the verses quoted above describing the completion of the Tabernacle. The key concept in both is the ‘cloud’.

Think back to the incident of the golden calf. The people became impatient and confused; they felt abandoned due to Moses’ lengthy stay on top of the mountain. While that is understandable in the natural, the sin of the golden calf was the fruit of their lack of appreciation for God’s Presence in the midst in the form of the cloud. Because they turned a blind eye toward the ever-present manifestation of God, taking the ‘cloud’ for granted, they fell into sin.

Herein lies a key that applies to every person in every generation.

Though we may not see with our physical eyes, the ‘cloud’ of God’s presence with us by day and by night, the truth is that He is just as present today as He was then for He is the same – yesterday, today and forever.

Holy men and women throughout the centuries have taught the importance of living each day mindful of God’s presence with us.  That consciousness serves to protect us just as much as the cloud in the desert protected the Israelites.  When we do not take the ‘cloud’ for granted, as they did, we recognize more quickly the danger of entertaining temptation to do wrong and choose instead the ways of righteousness more readily.

In simple terms, cultivating the awareness of God’s presence with us at all times is a deterrent towards falling into sin, like a child who chooses to behave properly in his father’s presence while in the father’s absence may be more likely to transgress his parents’ instructions.

In Tune with Torah this week = look back over the past week and consider: how often have I been aware of God’s presence with me?  Are there times when I acted or spoke in ways that would not meet with the Lord’s approval?  If I had stopped then to consider His presence with me, would I have spoken or acted differently?   Let us be like David, the sweet psalmist of Israel, who declared:

I have set the Lord continually before me. Psalm 16:8
Shabbat Shalom

 

Weekly Torah Commentary – Mishpatim Feb. 5, 2016

Exodus 21-24

This week’s Torah reading opens with this verse:

Now these are the ordinances which you shall place before them [the Children of Israel].  21:1

The word ‘ordinance’ is defined as ‘an authoritative decree’; an edict, an injunction, a command, rule or mandate.  This Torah portion goes on to outline a series of rules that are to govern interpersonal relationships among His people.

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Let’s face it – human beings generally don’t like ‘rules’.  We don’t like being told what to do, how to do it, when to do it and with whom to do it! We seem to have this innate resistance to ‘authority’ in whatever form it happens to ‘encroach’ on what we perceive as our ‘freedom.’  This attitude is so prevalent in modern times that it’s difficult to have a calm and non-emotional discussion about it at times.

That should not be among God’s people.

Recently a friend of mine was on a plane sitting opposite a mother with her young son who was perhaps about seven or eight.  As soon as they were belted into their seats, the boy began playing on an IPad.  When it was time for take-off, the flight attendant instructed the boy to turn off the IPad.  He kept playing. And Mom said nothing.  A second time the flight attendant passed by, told him to shut it down and give it to his mother until he could resume later.  The boy paid no attention.  And Mom said nothing.  The boy continued to play on the IPad all through take-off and afterward.  And Mom said nothing.  My friend commented later, “She is training him to ignore authority. Where will he be ten years from now?”

Sound too harsh?  What about the killing of 13 year old Andy Lopez in Santa Rosa, California, by police who thought he was about to shoot them with an assault rifle. It turned out to be a toy gun. Two times, the police told the boy to drop the gun. Instead he turned it on them. They fired.  Did he not hear what they told him or was he in the habit of not responding to direct commands? We may not know for sure but we know one thing.  It cost him his life.  Parents, take heed!

The word ‘obedience’ today seems to have fallen into the dictionary of political incorrectness.  Just ask any school teacher what it’s like in today’s classroom compared to twenty years ago.

Among God’s people, it should not be.  Obedience is necessary in private life, social life and in every other sphere of life where one is expected to do his duty or earn his livelihood. An individual must obey his elders or superiors. Children must obey their parents. Students must obey their teachers. Obedience is the rule of life and without it life will sooner or later lead to misery.

Does obedience ‘ruin’ your ‘freedom’?  Absolutely not – in fact, it enhances your freedom.  The thief serving his eight year sentence in prison for breaking the law is hardly ‘free’.  The person who was tempted to steal but didn’t is going on with his life outside prison bars. Get the point?

Freedom is not doing whatever you want, whenever you want, with whomever you want.

The Bible says quite a bit about freedom, despite any impressions people have about it being filled with restrictive rules. In reality, if we are willing to consider it, the Bible teaches us how to distinguish between what it means to be free from something and to be free to do or be something. Freedom from and freedom to are two sides of the freedom coin.

Suppose ‘John’ has a real problem with gluttony and is consequently terribly overweight.  (NOTE: I am not referring to people with a genuine medical problem and/or who suffer uncomfortable weight gain as a side effect of certain medicines for other issues in their body!)  Let’s just focus on the person who can’t seem to resist the quart of chocolate ice cream or the whole package of chocolate chip cookies just before bed every night, etc.  So ‘John’ goes to a doctor for help.  He’s put on a rigorous diet and over a period of six to twelve months, John drops 100 lbs.  The doctor is pleased, John is pleased, his wife is pleased. Fast forward to three years later, John has gained back all the weight and then some. Why?

Because his heart, his inner person didn’t change.  For a short period he was “Free From” excess weight but he didn’t make the leap to be “Free T0” maintain his achievement. The external symptoms were treated but there was no change to the root cause of his problem.

God’s commandments are designed to lead us into true freedom; to be “Free To” become holy, righteous, kind, compassionate and generous individuals, reflecting in our own lives the character of our Father in Heaven who commands us “Be holy as I am holy.” Lev. 19:2

In Tune with Torah this week = before getting past the first verse of this week’s reading, examine your own attitude toward obedience in general and God’s Word in particular.  Is your focus more on being ‘free from’ or have you made the leap to be ‘free to’ become what He created you to be?

Shabbat Shalom

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