showing Sunday February 12, 2023
showing Sunday February 12, 2023
First Saturday of the Month- LIVE
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You may think you’re a big shot in battle
When you’ve captured a beautiful woman
And that she is yours to possess immediately
But don’t even consider it.
Instead, take her into your household,
Change her captive’s clothes to clean ones,
Pedicure and manicure her,
So she begins to feel human again.
Allow her a month to mourn her parents.
Then you can make your move and marry her.
If after lovemaking you discover in your heart
That you’re no longer interested in her,
Show some class:
Don’t turn her into a slave
By selling her for money.
Release her immediately.
Follow only the laws of the One God
Smash all altars to pagan gods
And destroy any Canaanite who builds one.
Eat nothing that is abhorrent, because
It reflects the disgusting unholy diet of Canaanites.
(For a complete list consult a priest)
Don’t let the Levites go hungry
Nor the stranger, the fatherless, or the widow
Observe the laws of remission:
When Jubilee rolls around
Make sure your freed kinsman has been furnished
From the flock, the threshing floor and vat
So he can get started.
Remember you were once slaves in Egypt
And the Lord redeemed you.
Observe the festival of Passover in Abib (Nissan)
And let the Lord determine where the sacrifice will take place.
Eat no leavened bread during the festival.
Count off seven weeks and then count your blessings!
Fear Adonai, not your enemies.
Your enemies lack laws and practices
That can serve a society.
They are focused only on their wicked ways,
So Adonai will help you destroy them,
No matter that they greatly outnumber you.
Be disciplined and focus instead on keeping
The laws and commandments that
Adonai has given you.
If you follow them,
You will live a prosperous life
In the ancient land
Adonai has promised you.
If you don’t follow them,
Your life will be that of
Famine, misery, and eventual dispersion.
It is your choice.
And Moses let down his guard as he spoke
To his people in his own voice:
I feel your frustration and I must tell you I too
I have experienced that feeling,
For I have wanted badly to join the young generation
I wanted the Lord to rescind his decree and allow me
To pass with you.
He not only said no, but ordered me never
To discuss the subject with him again.
You know, there are times I feel desperate
About this still,
But then I remember how wondrous
Our one God is.
We may enjoy all the elements and nature around us,
But we need pray only to him in thanks
Through discipline we can jettison our polytheistic
Past and focus on our becoming
A special and unique people
Who loves and serves this one deity,
By following laws that will allow us
To survive from generation to generation.
How marvelous it is that these rules and commandments
Will outlive me and my siblings.
Recognize that I want only the best for you.
The leaving of Egypt will only matter
If we can choose the path
That allows us to prosper and
Experience a profound contentment.
I want you to choose this life
Instead of chasing after trash
And doing nothing but complain
To a God you will obey
Only if that God satisfies your selfish ends.
No wonder God has been so angry with you!
HIs impatience is rooted in your perpetually
Repeating the same errors in thinking and behavior.
Speaking for myself, I have grown exhausted
Having to be the intermediary between you and him.
Begging for mercy as yet another plague
Whisks away another ten thousand of your fellow Israelites.
What will you do when I am gone?
What if the Lord decides no longer
To hang out from his cloud
And never speaks to us again?
Will you continue to be like small children
And whine until all hours,
Or will you choose to act like responsible adults?
My people, for the next few weeks while I still live
I will serve you by reviewing all that has
Transpired in a way I hope you will understand.
I will speak from my heart
And hope you will listen with yours.
I, Moses, now speak directly to my people
To remind them of all that has transpired
Since the Exodus
And what now is expected of them.
Do not make the same mistake
The last generation made,
When they refused Adonai’s command
To take the Land promised to them.
That refusal resulted in 40 years wandering
From encampment to encampment
With no hope of ever entering the land.
Now Adonai is commanding you
A second time to take the land.
When Adonai tells you to fight,
What will you do?
Will you merely hanker for land you crave?
Or will you fight alongside your brothers?
If you fight like that, you will win.
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According to the Torah
If you’re a man, every vow you make, shall stand.
If you are a young woman, still in your father’s house,
Your father can object on the day he finds out, and
the vow shall not stand.This is not a policy based on sexism.
Rather, it recognizes the immaturity and vulnerability of youth.
If, you, a woman are married while the vow you’ve taken is in
And your partner objects on the day he finds out,
The vow shall not stand.
This promotes intimacy, for sharing with your partner
Sooner rather than later recognizes trust in the partnership.
But don’t mess around.
If your husband fails to object on the day he finds out,
The vow shall stand, for both of you are responsible now.
The same is true if you are a widow or a divorced woman
You are a mature woman of some experience and know the rules,
So whatever you vow shall stand.
Watch what you vow!
No sooner had the Israelites defeated their foes
Then they decided to celebrate by fornicating with Moabite women.
God responded by inflicting yet another plague and hundreds died.
Pincus, Aaron’s grandson, picked up a spear
And crying, “Enough of this self-sabotage,”
Pierced an Israelite and his Moabite lover.
The plague stopped and God praised Pincus
For understanding that the cycle of victory,
Followed by undisciplined mischief could not stand.
Focus turned to naming Joshua, son of Nun
As Moses’s successor with a worthy ritual.
With Eleazar, son of the departed Aaron,
In place as the Head Cohen,
The sacrificial calendar was reviewed,
With a precise focus not only on the daily sacrifice rituals,
But also on those rituals that marked special festivals each year.
A full accounting of the animals to be sacrificed was made.
With that the parasha named for Pincus became a lodestar
For centuries to come.