At the close of our portion of this week (Pinchas), we learn about all the sacrifices of Mussafim, the additional sacrifices which are to be offered on holy days- the Shabbats, Chagim, & beginnings of months - the Rashey Chodashim. On all the Holy days, starting from Rosh Chodesh, through Pessach and Shavuot (Jewish Pentecost) … Continue reading Did you see where that Bull go? – Accepting Responsibility
In a previous post I spoke about the reason why we Jews never pronounce the Holy Name as it's wtitten in the Torah - יהוה Rather, we use a different name אדני, Adonai, which means Master of All. I've explained that uttering His Name explicitly, is a thing of the future to come, when indeed … Continue reading Why did the Jews Pronounce the Name of G-d as it is Written in the Torah – in the Temple
It's just scary. I mean, this Parasha's concept... This person, the evil Bilaam, a notorious sorcerer, but a prophet for gentiles too, in his free time, seems to have a direct line to HaShem. He worships HaShem (as well as other "deities") and declares he can do nothing without permission from G-d. He seems quite … Continue reading Bilaam’s Warning
Well, actually, that's not wholly true... Because in the Temple, the Shem Hameforash, the Explicit Name, was indeed uttered by the high priests. A recurrent passage in the Seder HaAvoda, the description of the doings of the High Priest in the Temple on Yom Kipur, (one of the most uplifting parts of the prayer on that … Continue reading Why do Jews Never Pronounce the Name of G-d as it is Written in the Torah?