Rosh Chodesh Tamuz / ראש חודש תמוז

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Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz. Tamuz (sometimes transliterated Tammuz) is the 4th month of the Hebrew year. Corresponds to June or July on the Gregorian calendar.

30th of Sivan, 5774 = June 28, 2014

1st of Tamuz, 5774 = June 29, 2014

Reference: http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/rosh-chodesh-tamuz

 

The Month of Tammuz

The month of Tammuz is the fourth month of the Jewish calender. In its earliest occurrence, Tammuz begins on June 10th and ends on July 8th; its latest occurrence is from July 9th to August 6th. The zodiacal sign of Tammuz is Cancer, the crab.

In the Bible, the word ‘Tammuz’ is mentioned in Ezekiel 8:14. The term denotes a Babylonian God and the sin of idolatry, which caused the destruction of the first Temple. The month of Tammuz is referred to as ‘the fourth month’ in Jeremiah 39:2.

There are always two days of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, the celebration of the new moon. The first day of Rosh Chodesh Tammuz falls on the 30th of Sivan. The first day of Tammuz never falls on a Monday, Wednesday or Saturday. Tammuz always has 29 days.

It is said that on the third day of Tammuz, God, at the behest of Joshua, caused the sun and the moon to stop. This brought about 36 uninterrupted hours of sunlight, in order to give the conquering army of Israel time to exact vengeance from their enemy, the Emorites (Joshua 10: 12-13). The battle in which the sun stood still took place in Givon, in the Ayalon valley in central Israel.

The 17th day of Tammuz is a fast day. This fast is referred to in the Bible (Zecharia 8:19).

The Mishna Taanit 4:3 (Oral Law) lists five tragic events of Jewish history that happened on the 17th of Tammuz:

  1. Moses smashed the first tablets on seeing the golden calf.
  2. During the period of the first Temple, the besieged population of Jerusalem could not obtain an animal for the daily sacrifice.
  3. The walls of Jerusalem were breached by the Romans during the second Temple period.
  4. Apustamus, a Roman officer, burnt a Torah scroll.
  5. An idol was placed in the holy Temple.

The 17th of Tammuz signifies the commencement of the three weeks of mourning over the destruction of the first and second holy Temples. This period is traditionally called ‘between the straits’, ending during the following month, on the 9th of Av. During these weeks marriages are not performed, and it is customary to refrain from attending public performances of music and dancing. Ashkenazi Jews traditionally do not cut their hair or shave during this time. According to the Talmud, in messianic times the 17th of Tammuz will be transformed into a day of joy.

The permutation of the four-letter name of God (the Tetragrammaton) through which divine energy flows to the world is HVHY (hey vav hey yud) in Tammuz, emerging from the final letters of the passage in Esther ( 5:13) zeH enenV shaveH leY, spoken by Haman. The order is the direct reverse of the Name’s regular form, YHVH. This is a sign of the stricture and judgement hanging over this tragic month until the Messianic era.

Sight is the bodily function that must be rectified during Tammuz. The majority of the time that Moses’ spies spent in the holy land was during the month of Tammuz. They saw the land with eyes that lacked faith, eventually bringing back an evil report that cost the people 40 days of wandering in the desert. The tribe associated with Tammuz is Reuven, whose name means ‘see a son’, and is derived from the sense of sight.

According to the great medieval commentator, Rashi, the last words of the Torah, “and all the great awe that Moses did before the eyes of all of Israel”, refer to the breaking of the tablets, which took place on the 17th of Tammuz. The fixing of our eyes is to realize that the broken fragments we see belong to a greater whole, which has shattered, but which can be repaired.

The Lubavitch Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, died on the third of Tammuz, 1993, after a three-year build-up of messianic expectation. Some of his followers still believe that his death is only an optical illusion, a matter of insufficient sight.

Tammuz is the saddest month in the Jewish calendar. In order to fix Tammuz, Jews need to repair their eyes, in order to gain messianic sight of the rectified future.

Blog posted by: בוב ג’קסון

Have a good week: ש לי שבוע טוב

Reference: http://www.bje.org.au/learning/judaism/calendar/tammuz.html

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Parashat Chukat / פרשת חקת

This weeks read in the Diaspora on 28 June 2014. Parashat Chukat is the 39th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Yahweh’s Calendar: 3/28/5774

Babylonian/Jewish Calendar: Sivan 30, 5774

Gregorian/Civil Calendar: 28 June 2014

 

 

Portion (parasha) for this week:

 Chukat חוקת | “Statute”

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TorahNumbers 19:1 – 22:1

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Prophets: Judges 11:1-33; Isaiah 66:1-24

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Brit Hadasha: Matthew 21:1-17; John 3:9-21, 4:3-30, 12:27-50

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)


“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

 

מי ייתן וברכות הלורדים לבוא אליך השבוע

בוב ג’קסון

 

 

Parashat Korach / פרשת קורח

This weeks read in the Diaspora on 21 June 2014. Parashat Korach is the 38th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Yahweh date: 3/21/5774

Babylonian/Jewish Date: Sivan 21, 2014

Civil Date: 6/21/2014

Korach קורח | “Korah”

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TorahNumbers 16:1 – 18:32

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Prophets: 1 Samuel 11:14 – 12:22

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Brit Hadasha: Luke 18:35 – 19:28; Romans 13:1-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-21; Jude 1:1-25

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)


“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.
Shavua Tov – Have a good week
Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון

 

 

 

Parashat Sh’lach / פרשת שלח־לך

This read in the Diaspora on 14 June 2014. Parashat Sh’lach is the 37th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

Portion (parasha) for this week:

Yahweh’s Calendar: 3/14/5774.

Jewish calendar: Sivan 14th, 2014. 

Shelach שלח | “Send”

TorahNumbers 13:1 – 15:41

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Prophets: Joshua 2:1-24

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Brit Hadasha: Mark 10:1-45; Hebrews 3:7-19

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)


“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.
Shavua Tov
בוב ג’קסון
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Mankind Walks in Darkness

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Ecclesiastes 1:9-18

9) That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

10) Is there a thing of which it may be said, “Behold, this is new?” It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us.

11 There is no memory of the former; neither shall there be any memory of the latter that are to come, among those that shall come after.

12) I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

13) I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under the sky. It is a heavy burden that God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

14) I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind.

15) That which is crooked can’t be made straight; and that which is lacking can’t be counted.

16) I said to myself, “Behold, I have obtained for myself great wisdom above all who were before me in Jerusalem. Yes, my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.”

17) I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.

18) For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

 

The atheistic human wants no part of worshiping the Creator of the universe. They reject His existence. They are fools. The word of Yahweh says that the fool has said in his heart that there is no God. This type of thinking is god-less and produces a reprobate mind.

Other humans fall into the area of pantheism, mortals who have a polytheism mentality, they worship many gods, these are mortals that create their own human deities. Mammon is chief among his many gods. Yahweh says “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.

Many others have created their own religions, cults and sects which has led to many Religious denominations, Rabbinical persuasions, Islamic factions, pagan deities, churches, mosques, synagogues, organizations, fellowships and schism, etc. This type of human worships the gods that they have created as well. This type of human claims to be Monotheistic. He has taken the Creator of the universe and placed Him in a box, a box that he has created on how he will worship and encourages others on how his god is to be worship, based on Greek and Humanistic thinking.

Finally there are those who are of a  monotheistic minority. These humans believe in one God, the Creator of the universe but have decided to pick and choose what they want to believe and have replaced the Creator of the universe with the false doctrines being taught by many Pastors, Rabbis, Teachers and Leaders who have added to and taken away from the Word the Creator has given to Mankind.

So, let us remember what Galatians 4:9 has to say about our miserable lives. “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, why do you turn back again to the weak and miserable elemental principles, to which you desire to be in bondage all over again?”

So then, let us conclude this blog. “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

 

Shalom Aleikhem – Peace unto you – שלום עליכם

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון

 

References:

Psalm 53:1

Matthew 6:24

Deuteronomy 4:2

 

 

 

Parashat Beha’alotcha / פרשת בהעלתך

this read of the Diaspora on 07 June 2014. Parashat Beha’alotcha is the 36th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

 

Portion (parasha) for this week:

Beha’alotcha בהעלותך | “When You Set Up”

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TorahNumbers 8:1 – 12:16

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Prophets: Zechariah 3:1 – 4:7

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Brit Hadasha: Luke 17:11 – 18:14; John 19:31-37; Hebrews 3:1-6

Additional Readings for Shavuot (not included below): Exodus 19:1 – 20:23; Numbers 28:26-31; Ezekiel 1:1-28, 3:12; Book of Ruth; Acts 2

(click on a selected reading to be taken directly to it)

“Torah Portions” are a systematic teaching schedule that includes a portion of scripture from the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Hadasha each week.  This schedule is known all over the world, and serves as a great way to facilitate discussion and learning with others in the Body of the Messiah.

 

Shauvah Tov

Bob Jackson – בוב ג’קסון