Saturday, October 13, 2012

"Shadow of Things to Come" 2: Shavu`oth

The great day of Shavu`oth, the memorial of the giving of the Torah to Israel at Har Sinai through Moshe Rabbenu. A time to celebrate the Torah which separates the people of Israel from all other nations.

The Torah proclaims that HaShem is One; that there is no other Creator besides Him. One of the biggest forbidden things in the Torah is serving, worshiping, or even thinking about doing such. In fact, even if one defecates on an idol as an insult, if that is the way its worshipers praise this false deity, that person is still guilty of a sin, albeit an accident.

Merely giving the impression of serving any other god, even when one is not actually doing so, is forbidden. This is because a Jew must be seen as serving only HaShem, being that he is chosen for special service to HaShem, and any indication of foreign service is forbidden to the extreme.

So clearly, Shavu`oth has nothing to do with anything contrary to HaShem and His Torah. However, the Messianics and in fact all strains of Christianity say that on this day, there was a supposed outpouring of the "Holy Spirit" on "Pentacost" which is their holiday partially derived from Shavu`oth.

The term in Hebrew is Ruahh HaQodesh (please note: "hh" refers to the guttural "h" sound of the letter "hheth"; whereas most people pronounce this the same as the letter "khaf", a "kh"/"ch" sound). I distinguish between this and the Christian concept of Holy Spirit. It is said that the followers of the Christian messiah had a day paralleled by the Shavu`oth account of the Torah being spoken by HaShem in all the 70 languages of the goyim. What is claimed to have happened is people "speaking in tongues".

Speaking in tongues is meant in the NT to mean speaking in foreign languages at random. Whereas today, the Pentacostal sect of Protestant Christianity as well as some Messianics and other Christians know it is unintelligible speech as well as foreign languages.

So what is the point of all this?

"Speaking in tongues" may be random jibberish, a form of demonic influence on speech, or be a mixed spiritual experience; or it could be all of those or any combination of those. The point is, people who worship a foreign entity and breach a basic law of Torah - to serve only HaShem - are not in a position for spirituality in qedusa, rather they partake in the side of qelipa; the other side.

In other words, the Pentecost and the "Holy Spirit" of the goyim and of `avoda zara are the sittra ahhra (other side) version of what is in true Torah-Judaism.

Just as I learned earlier today on Shabat (it is motza"sh as I am writing this), in Liquttei Moharan, torah 8, the sighing of a Jew is great. The breath (neshima) is related to the soul (neshama) and has to do with the ruahh (spirit/wind/breath) of life that HaShem breathes into creation. The sigh of the Jew, fills the hhesron (lack) which exists in a given thing because of a lack of 'ruahh' in that thing. This sigh draws life into the thing.
On the flip side, the resha`im (the evil) symbolized by `Esaw who is "ish se`ir" draw their fulfillment of lack from the other side in what is a "ruahh se`ara" (storm wind), which is strong temporarily but results ends up sweeping away the bodies and souls of those who use it.

This "Holy Spirit" of the Christians is an aspect of `Esaw, the "ruahh se`ara"/storm wind, which has strong but temporary strength, and eventually passes away like every storm, bringing the bodies and souls of those who are caught up in it away into destruction. As we see, Christianity is passing away; and Messianism will either result in the currently non-Jewish, potential Jewish souls eventually coming to true Torah or the withering away of their lives.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

"A Shadow of Things to Come"

It has been a while since my last blog post since I've been enjoying all of the hhagim. In light of the holidays, I'd like to take a brief look at the overview of all 7 of the DeOraita holidays. These are usually used as "proofs" by Messianics and "Hebrew Roots" Christians to the authenticity of their god's supposed miraculous birth and his claimed existence and ascension.

In fact, they are each usually referred to as "prophetic pictures" having described their god and messiah's supposed first coming and his fantasized second. In response to such an idea, I'd like to briefly refute their main points, and give the correct understanding. This post will be dedicated to Pesahh, and I'll continue with Shavu`ot, and Sukot.

Pesahh, firstly, as everyone knows, is a memorial of the exodus from Egypt. This is replayed in the exodus from every exile, in fact, since our Sages say that every exile is called "Egypt". A huge reason many of the Jewish people are often ensnared in exile, despite the fact that there is abounding persecution in each, is cultural assimilation and the idols of materialism. Cultural assimilation works in two ways. While in one way it leads to a loss in the number of Jews via intermarriage and through Jews thinking of themselves as one with the local populace, acting, talking, and dressing like them - it can also work in spreading Jewish lineage to those who are born goyim, and after a generation or two, those children often feel an arousing to return to some of their ancestors' people and religion.
This is explained by Rabi Nahhman of Uman, as I recall, having to do with Jewish souls being overpowered by the forces of the "other side", actualized by the goyim, and they end up being freed and returning to their source after some generations. This is the beauty of the idea of encouraging zera` Yisrael (that is, non Jews with some Jewish lineage or ancestors; for example, someone with only a Jewish father) to return to Judaism.

Nonetheless, Pesahh has nothing to do with Jesus. His worshipers claim him to be the "sacrifice lamb", akin to the pascal lamb, the blood on the doorposts, etc. What is quite comical is that slaughtering this lamb was a direct affront to the Egyptians, since they worshiped a lamb-god. Egyptians wouldn't kill and eat sheep or cattle, just like modern day Indians wouldn't the latter. Meaning slaughtering this lamb had to do with defamation, insult, and affront toward foreign deities, yet these people assign it to the exact opposite. Think about that for a moment.

I could go into the placing of sins upon sacrificial animal for atonement, for the Tanakhic fact that prayer is as these sacrifices. I could tie in the idea of repentance and confessing sins to HaShem as necessity in the act of repentance, etc. All of these things are known and written of, and I am fairly proficient in that knowledge. However, not many Messianics are very much. There is tons of confusion in their minds about this issue, as a result of the erroneous doctrines they are brainwashed with. I am not going to go in this topic on this particular post, but it would be a good one to write about in the future.

Pesahh truly symbolizes Jews getting out of exile, returning to the Land of Israel, rejection the way of life of the goyim, and their religions and idolatry (whether of gods or materialism). Christianity and all its forms, including Messianism, couldn't be a better example of the kind of foreign religion and idolatry. As you'll see, Messianism claims to be a fulfillment of the Tanakh, but yet is actually be the direct opposite, as in this case.

So let's see who HAS done HaShem's will and has gotten out of exile, back into the Land of Israel and have merited this return which keeps coming into fruition, continuously removing the layers of galut. Is it the Messianics, the vast, vast majority of whom live outside of Israel and most of whom are not halakhically Jewish? Or is it the Jewish people, who continue to go according to the Sages of Israel, not those who come up with their own interpretations, and who have returned to the Land of Israel in mass, established a thriving nation there, and are on their way to complete redemption? The answer is extremely obvious.