MESSIAH

OF the six things which existed before creation, when only ‘the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,’ two, the Torah and the throne of God, were complete in every detail. The remaining four, however, viz., the Patriarchs, Israel, the Temple, and the name of Messiah, existed prior to the creation only…

The Kotel-The Western Wall

  Question: Does the Kotel (Western Wall) have any special sanctity? Answer: Our Sages (Midrash Shemot Rabba, Parasha 2) taught: “Hashem’s divine presence has never moved from the western wall of the Holy Temple.” Our Sages added, “The verse states, ‘Behold, he stands behind our wall’-this refers to the western wall of the Bet Hamikdash…

Sfas Emes – Parshas Haazinu

Parshas Haazinu By Nosson Chayim Leff Ha’azinu, 5634 [paragraph 3] It helps to begin with some background information. In parshas Emor, the Torah presents many halachos which pertain to the Yomim Tovim. As we would expect, that material includes a section on Sukkos. That section, in turn, includes the halachos of the “arba minim” —…

The Custom of “Tashlich”

Following Mincha services of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to go to a seashore, river, well, or pit in order to recite the order of “Tashlich.” If there is no river, lake, or pond in close proximity of one’s vicinity, it is likewise perfectly acceptable to recite the order of Tashlich…

Lashon Hara

Lashon Hara I would like to bring attention to the issue of our speech. It seems there are cases where we openly attack other believers in the Messiah. Be they called Christians, Messianic Jews, Messianic Believers, Believers, we should not make disparaging comments about what they are called, we should not take pot shots as…

Halacha Yomit

How One Should Conduct Himself in the Morning The Mishnah in Pirkei Avot (Chapter 5) states: “Yehuda ben Tema says: Be bold like a leopard, light as an eagle, swift as a deer, and mighty as a lion to perform the will of your father in Heaven.” Let us now explain this Mishnah. The Tanna…

Midrash halakha

Midrash halakha are the works in which the sources in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) of the traditionally received laws are identified. These Midrashim often predate the Mishnah. The Midrash linking a verse to a halakha will often function as a proof of a law’s authenticity; a correct elucidation of the Torah carries with it the support of thehalakhah, and often the…

Rabbinic literature

Rabbinic literature Talmudic literature Mishnah • Tosefta Gemara Jerusalem Talmud • Babylonian TalmudMinor tractates Halakhic Midrash Mekhilta de-Rabbi Yishmael on Exodus Mekhilta de-Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai on Exodus Sifra on Leviticus Sifre on Numbers & Deuteronomy Sifre Zutta on Numbers Mekhilta on DeuteronomyBaraita of Rabbi Ishmael Aggadic Midrash —— Tannaitic —— Seder Olam Rabbah Alphabet of Akiba ben Joseph…

Shaddai in the Midrash

There is a Midrashic interpretation as an acronym standing for “Guardian of the Doors of Israel” (Hebrew: שׁוֹמֶר דְלָתוֹת יִשְׂרָאֶל). This acronym is commonly found as carvings or writings on themezuzah, which is placed on the doorposts of Jewish homes and other dwellings. Still another view is that “El Shaddai” is composed of the Hebrew relative pronoun She (Shin…