Blog Vaetchanan 5779 16 Av 5779 בלוג וָאֶתְחַנַּן, ט׳׳ז אב תשע׳׳ט
The fifth book of the Bible, Deuteronomy was written by Moshe Rabeinu to help the new generation continue on their journey without him. In this portion Vaetchanan, he is pleading with his people, like a father exhorts his children, to remember and do all that he had taught them. He was afraid that they would mingle with bad company and was warning them about the consequences. I practice what I call “Biblical Judaism” as opposed to the other forms of Judaism and which comes directly from the Torah revealed to us by the Creator. Rabbi Yeshua followed in Moshe’s footsteps in order to remind the Israelites to return to the Aseret ha Devarim, the Ten Sayings. He wanted us to have a relationship with the Bore Olam, instead of blindly following rules and regulations of man-made religions.
In Deut.4:1-2 it says: “And now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the ordinances, which I teach you, to do them; that you may live, and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you. You shall not add to the word which I command you, neither shall you take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” He is speaking about the Ten Commandments revealed at Mt. Sinai to the people of Israel who were all witnesses; he was not speaking about the תרי׳׳ג Teryag, the 613 ordinances. What has religion done? They have added their own books of human wisdom and have supplanted the Word of God. Our Rabbi Yeshua came specifically to the Israelites to remind them that they were chosen to be Ohr L’goyim and that they were to spread these Ten Sayings to all the nations. Many of us have accepted the word of man over the Word of God but we do not have the right to replace the Creator with our own human gods. We have removed His Words of decency and morality and replaced them with our own indecency and immorality.
Religious leaders today are becoming wishy-washy because they are more interested in being accepted by people than by the Creator. Today we see people with tattoos all over their bodies. It has become the fashion, and everyone prefers to follow the crowd instead of defining themselves. Psalm 139 tells us that the Creator made us in a marvelous way. Why should we lose that to be like others? Why should we allow others to tell us who we are? That is why Moshe begged the people not to add or take away anything from His Word. As Yeshua said, our human traditions have annulled the Word of God.
In Deut 4:15, he continues… “Be careful of what you do for you did not see any form on the day that the LORD spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire; see that you do not corrupt yourself by making an image of any figure, male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth…” The commandments are so clear yet how many religions have erected statues and have pictures of the gods that they worship even if they do not want to admit that this is what the Word of God says.
Hebrew is a polyvalent language i.e. one word can have many meanings depending upon the context. Religions have the tendency to force their own understanding into the Word of God instead of drawing the true meaning out of the Word. The phrase “Shema Israel Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad” means “Hear oh Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One” …the word “Echad” can mean “unique, the only or singular”. The meaning “compound unity” has been forced into it by a certain religion to justify their doctrine.
At the end in 7:6-11: “For you are a consecrated people to the LORD your God who has chosen you to be His own peculiar people (am segullah לְעַם סְגֻלָּה) out of all peoples that are upon the face of the earth.” He told Israel that they would be different from the rest but today Israel wants to be like the other nations, similar to the times when they wanted to have a human king and chose Saul, thus throwing out the Creator. We constantly look for a man to replace the Creator. He did not choose us because we were more numerous or greater than any other nation; on the contrary, we were nobody so that we could not give ourselves the credit for who we are. All the credit belongs to the Bore Olam. Israel has the largest percentage per capita of Nobel Prizes than any other nation because He told us that we would be a blessing to all the nations. Israel exists for that reason and the greatest blessing that we have to give to the world are the Ten Sayings.
Chapter 7:9 states: “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God; the faithful God, who keeps covenant ( Brit –this is speaking of the Ten Commandments) and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations; and repay them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them; ..” How do we hate God? We hate Him when we disobey His Commandments and do whatever we want. The world is flooded with that attitude today. For example, Secular Jews want nothing to do with the Creator; then we wonder why we are such a terrible situation today. Religious Jews try to impose their own understanding of the Word of God instead of following the basic Ten Commandments.
Verse 11 says “Therefore keep the commandments (Mitzvot), and the statutes (Chukkim), and the ordinances (Mishpatim), which I command you this day, to do them.” The three first commandments are Mitzvot which depict our relationship with the Creator, the middle two are the Chukkim which relate to ourselves and the last five, the Mishpatim, teach us how to live with our neighbor. The middle two, Commandments four and five represent us as a hinge between the Creator and our fellow man. If we, as the hinge, do not have a strong relationship with the Creator and we do not love ourselves, we cannot love either the Creator or our fellow man, as our Rabbi Yeshua told us.