Parshas Ki Seitzei
Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19

Ethics For All Our Lives ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of the weekly Gematria parsha is dedicated in the loving memory of Mrs. Rachel Student, may she rest in peace.

We read, "Do not preach of [or pursue] their peace or benefit ALL YOUR LIFE FOREVER..." Deuteronomy 23: 7 This speaks in regard to the descendants of Lot, the Ammonites and the Moavites. The reason for this instruction is the descendants of Lot showed no gratitude for our father Avraham's action of pursuing four kings in battle to free Lot, his family and goods [see Genesis 14]. One would expect gratitude for such formidable heroism. One would expect the descendants of Lot to express gratitude for Avraham's actions.

Hashem's comments are recorded in the Torah, commanding us - instead of to show gratitude, "Because of the fact that they did not greet you with bread and water on your path exiting Mitzriam... and because [the King of Moav] hired [the evil prophet] Bilam against curse you... Do not seek.... Do not speak of... Do not preach... Do not pursue... THEIR GOOD [at any time] ALL YOUR LIFE FOREVER!" Deuteronomy 23:5-7

Dear reader, Hashem expects us who are free from bondage to assist those relatives who are just experiencing freedom from serving, bowing, praying, etc. to other gods in Mitzriam. Hashem expects even distant relatives to assist their brethren in such instances. As a result, the Torah uses the example of very distant relatives like the descendants of Lot {the Ammonites and the Moavites} and B'nei Yisroel. Because of the failure of the Ammonites and the Moavites to assist B'nei Yisroel when they exited Mitzriam with bread and water, with encouragement, sustenance that is associated with offering bread and water, Hashem commanded B'nei Yisroel "...Do not seek.... Do not speak of... Do not preach... Do not pursue... THEIR GOOD [at any time] ALL YOUR LIFE FOREVER!"

The Gematria for Cawl - Yaw Meh Chaw - Li Oh Lawm, meaning "All your life forever" is 306. Mystically this relates to the Gematria Ee Shaw, meaning wife. The bond between a husband and a wife is considered a tight knit bond by the Torah. It is for reasons like this that we use the term "soul mate". It is the inference that each of us has a very special mate, a mate that is a perfect match created by Hashem just for us. In Genesis 2:23 we observe the first usage of the word Ee Shaw: "And said the man, "this time [a comparison between animals and humans] is bone of my bones and flesh from my flesh. To this [one I] call woman [why?] for from Eeshaw [man she was] taken..." Genesis 2:23

Cawl - Yaw Meh Chaw - Li Oh Lawm {All your life forever}
306 = Mem 40 Lamid 30 Vav 6 Ayin 70 Lamid 30 - Chof 20 Yud10 Mem 40 Yud10 -Lamid 30 Chof 20

Ee Shaw {Woman, Wife}
306 = Hey 5 Shin 300 Aleph 1

The point to this is to express the mystical closeness between man and woman. Even though distant relatives are not this close, distant relatives are expected to assist their fellow relative when exiting the bondage of serving, bowing, praying, etc. to other gods. In this instance distant relatives are expected to be an Aizer, a helpmate, to their distant relative as if this were their husband.

An interesting word occurs between Avram and Lot. The Torah says, "Vah Yee Paw Ree Doo," meaning "they separated one from the other." Genesis 13:11 Yet Hashem did not intend for this separation to mean that they should not assist one another in times of need. We clearly understand this by Hashem's command to B'nei Yisroel that followed after the descendants of Lot {the Ammonites and the Moavites} FAILED to assist B'nei Yisroel in their time of need. "...Do not seek.... Do not speak of... Do not preach... Do not pursue... THEIR GOOD [at any time] ALL YOUR LIFE FOREVER!"

Vah Yee Paw Ree Doo {they separated one from the other}
306 = Vav 6 Dalet 4 Reish 200 Pey 80 Yud 10 Vav 6

Mystically we observe an ethical failure by the descendants of Lot . They failed to uphold a moral standard. That moral standard was to simply assist their distant relative when exiting the bondage of serving, bowing and praying to other gods. They failed to offer B'nei Yisroel the encouragement that bread and water represents. They failed to be moral to a relative! They failed to offer Di Vahs, meaning "honey", the honey, the sweetness of what bread and water would have represented to their distressed relatives. They failed to be moral! They failed to be Moo Sawr, meaning "ethical". They failed to offer that friendly contact of a loving relative in a time of need. They failed Moh Sayr, meaning "to bond", with B'nei Yisroel. They failed to show any connection, even a distant connection, with B'nei Yisroel! In so doing they failed to fulfill a basic requirement. They lacked appreciation for when Avram risked his life and the lives of his followers to free them from slavery and to return them to a life of freedom. They lacked even the simplest form of appreciation. They did not even offer B'nei Yisroel bread and water.

Di Vahs {Honey}
306 = Shin 300 Bais 2 Dalet 4

Dear readers, Hashem expects us to offer that bread and water for our brethren who are attempting to find their way from the slavery of serving other gods. It is for this reason that we at JewishPath write articles regarding Christians / Messianics. It is to offer a hand of encouragement to our fellow Jew who is exiting from serving, bowing, praying, etc. to other gods. It is to say, YOU ARE MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICE! It is to say, don't be intimidated! It is to say, don't be afraid of their threats of hellfire! It is to say that as you study at JewishPath and other anti missionary organizations you will learn that you made the correct choice. So dear readers, the purpose of such anti missionary organizations like JewishPath is to offer bread and water to our dear brothers and sisters as they exit their former beliefs. We are here to offer them strength and encouragement that they are making the correct decision. We are here to show them why they made the correct decisions. We are here to sustain and fortify them in their journey. Our way of doing this is to discuss in dozens of articles the Torah's teachings as opposed to Christian / Messianic teachings. Understanding the differences is important!

So, dear reader, outreach organizations like JewishPath reach out to our very distant brothers and sisters. We reach out to that flickering light within the soul, the neshama, of every Jew. Our message touches Jews who are generations removed from observance. And our message reaches out to the non-Jewish world with bread and water, with hope that there is something very special for them also. There is a light for non Jews. There is a path for non Jews within the pages of Torah. That light and that path is observance of the Seven Noaich Commandments. That light and that path is freedom from oppression of thousands of religious teachings which differ with what G-d the Creator intended for mankind. So even though some of our messages strike hard against doctrines that differ with the Torah, our message also preaches peace. Our message is ethical! Our message offers peace to the confused souls of Jews and Non Jews who are searching for their place in this world. G-d created a special place for everyone. For the Jew it is Torah observance! For the non Jew it is Shee Vaw - Ha Mitzvos, "observing the Seven Commands [of the Torah]." When we find that place which G-d has created especially for us, when we find that place which is aligned with the Torah, then we find peace, our true peace!

So non Jews as well as Jews must be standing by to reach out to their brethren who are exiting doctrines, teachings and beliefs which differ with what G-d the Creator intended for mankind. Many Jews returning to Judaism have shared their experiences with us at JewishPath. We encourage this kind of sharing to continue! The question may arise, Why should Jews be standing by for non Jews? Because we are also brethren from an older relationship than that of Avraham and Sarah. We are brethren from the relationship of Adam and Chava. As a result we at JewishPath encourage Noaichs to share their experiences with us. To assist you we at JewishPath are establishing a new web site, G-d willing. This new site is a non Jewish site that will feature articles from non Jews who have exited religions and spiritual paths of the world. This new site will be aligned with the Torah as G-d the Creator desires. Jews and Noaichs must be careful to offer bread and water to our brethren exiting Mitzriam! In so doing, we are observing Ethics for all of our lives!

Blessings and peace!

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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