Blog Acharei Mot Nisan 29 5779 בלוג אַחֲרֵי מוֹת, כ”ט ניסן תשע”ט
This parashah begins with the regulations for Yom Kippur for the Cohanim in chapters 16 and 17, warning Aaron that there was danger if they didn’t follow all these regulations set down by the Creator, to the point that they could even lose their lives. Chapter 18 is a very hard one for most people living in the western world today. Recently California tried to pass a resolution to ban the Bible specifically due to what is written here. They were going to censor the Torah because it goes against the beliefs of certain groups of people. These are not easy times for those who have the courage to stand up for morality. Most people are losing their conscience to the point that they are becoming totally amoral. To them, right or wrong depends upon how they feel instead of what the Creator told us! History teaches us that the greatest empires have fallen for these three reasons: first, totalitarian governments led by wicked dictators, second, a complete loss of justice accompanied with the desire to annihilate Israel and the Jews and third, total moral bankruptcy. The bottom line is, this is a spiritual battle between light and darkness. When the boundaries of morality are lost, darkness reigns.
I recommend that you read the entire chapter of Leviticus 18 but let me read the beginning: 2 “1 The Lord spoke to Moses and said 2 Speak to the Israelites and say: “I am the LORD your God: 3 You must not behave as they do in Egypt where you used to live; you must not behave as they do in Canaan where I am taking you, nor must you follow their laws.” It can’t be clearer. Very few want to deal with this chapter and I personally do not enjoy reading about the things outlined in it. There is a very strong word in verse 22 תּוֹעֵבָה “toeva” which means “abomination”. Then verses 24 and 25 say 24 “Do not contaminate yourselves by any of these practices, for it was by such things that the nations that I am driving out before you made themselves contaminated. 25 The land has become contaminated; hence I am about to punish it for its guilt, and the land itself will vomit – תָּקִא – out its inhabitants.” This does not only pertain to the land of Israel but to the entire world. It is no wonder that we see what is going on in the world today including the state of Israel.
The world is so brainwashed right now that it celebrates as right the things that the Torah teaches us as wrong. Anyone who speaks against it is called an enemy of humanity, a bigot. My problem is not with those on the outside but with those who are among us. I have spoken with people who have good moral values, but they have bought the lie. Sexual immorality is not OK no matter who is involved. Why? Because the Bible tells us so! If we say things for what they are according to this book, we are called religious fanatics. The Torah is not about being a fanatic; it is about morality, about basic principles of decency, about how to live a full and rich life! It warns us about the types of behavior that can destroy humanity.
As an Engineer and Professor of Thermodynamics, I knew about the resistance of materials, the process of going from elasticity to plasticity. An elastic can be pulled to the point at which it bounces back when released. This can be compared with the person who has a conscience but who does something immoral. He can still be pulled back onto the right track when his conscience prods him to do teshuva. However, the next step in elasticity is to keep pulling until it loses its elasticity and moves to plasticity. It never returns to its former shape. Many of us who have been pulled outside our conscious level and have accepted the lies of society for whatever the reason, we have moved to plasticity. The Torah is clear about abhorrent sexual behaviour, but we are slowly accepting it as the norm due to popular opinion. This is deeply affecting our youth today who are being bombarded with lies. They say, “what is wrong if they love each other?” It is true that we live in a free society, having been given free will, but there are consequences for our actions for which we are responsible. Simply repeating that something is right, does not make it right. Agreement doesn’t change the truth. The liberal and progressive movement allows freedom of speech to those who agree with them, but they censor those with opposing opinions to the point of hurling insults. Do we not have the right to believe the Torah?
What can we do about it? There stands a greater law than the law of the land – the principles given to us by the Creator. No matter how much the world wants to turn itself upside down, the Creator has spoken. We may be afraid to speak out due to the repercussions but nonetheless we need to speak out. At this time, most of the great religions have accepted the immorality of this world instead of teaching the morality of the Torah. They are changing the Word of God in order to be popular. The Creator does not change! People are more worried about the physical pollution of the planet than the spiritual pollution of our souls. As we move contrary to the principles that the Creator gave us, we are destroying the soul of our planet. The spiritual manifests in the physical.
Man has enthroned himself instead of enthroning the Bore Olam who created us male and female. We have dedicated our children to the god Moloch by teaching them lies about moral values, thus offering them to false gods. The other way we do that, is through abortion on demand. Last week they arrested a woman who wanted to have a midwife deliver her baby at home and forced her to deliver at the hospital, stating that it was a danger to the life of the “Fetus”, a term used to dehumanize the baby. Yet at this same hospital, they have an abortion clinic. How crooked is our way of thinking! We are being blinded by spiritual pollution yet there may still be time to reverse the direction of this world’s trajectory, if each of us find the courage to speak the truth when called for. One small candle can light up a room of darkness.