Lateral Learning

         The 9th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא learns an entire sugia of Gemara in two lines of Gemara.
כשחזיק חב המזיק:  חב המזיק, חייב המזיק.  תוס.  לא שייך לשון חיוב אלא לשון חובה.
Oppose Daf Yomi.  Why?  It fails to weigh that each sugia of Gemara learns as intact units.  Raping the integrity of a sugia of Gemara – that’s Daf Yomi in a nut shell.  The Talmud entails more than simply reading on a daily basis a page of Gemara.  The sugiot of Gemara, they establish the basic order of the texts.  Uprooting this basic order (logic requires order, Oral Torah stands upon the יסוד of logic.  This Oral Torah logic system stands totally apart and different from the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle who developed a completely separate logic system format.

The mitzva of lighting the lights of Hanukkah, Jews dedicate to HaShem the commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by relying upon the Oral Torah logic system.  Rabbi Akiva’s chariot mysticism stands upon פרדס scholarship.  This kabbalah stands upon the mitzva of קידושין.  P’shat and Dr’osh a working couple; Remez and Sod, likewise a working couple), Daf Yomi totally ignores פרדס, the basis by which Tannaim and Amoraim, from Rabbi to Rav Ashi and Ravina based the “definition” of how to learn – known as Talmud!

Obvious: that the premise of this mussar, has an immediate appeal perhaps comparable to a lead balloon.  Alas most Yidden do not have the slightest clue that perhaps the greatest chiddush of the Talmud, that it sets up a common law legal system which establishes lateral justice.  Not till the American revolution by which the revolutionaries ditched the vertical  Star Courts legal system by requiring a jury of one’s peers!  Just as the jury system, those people do not receive a salary from the State so too the Torts court beit din Judges do not receive their salary from the State – both lateral type systems of justice!

Mashgiachim, based upon this chiddush, should not receive their salaries from the places they police for Kashrut.  But alas because most rabbis fail to grasp the biggest chiddush expressed throughout the entire Sha’s, the beit din judges fail to properly assume their function as an expression of the Talmudic model of justice.  Pursue justice sums of all the mussar from the NaCH prophets!  G’lut comes upon the nation when we fail to rule the oath sworn lands with justice.  The 3 judges of a Torts court: One functions in the role of prosecutor.  The second functions in the role of attorney for the defense.  Both these judges argue their case before the 3rd Judge.

Contrast the vertical legal system – popular in all none Jewish legal systems across the planet.  Those vertical legal systems, the State pays the salary of both the Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney.  A person who receives a salary from the State, hence in a court hearing its the State vs. so and so.  Talmud reflects the mussar given by the Yethro prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  To rule the nation requires the establishment of a workable legal system, no one man alone can judge the social and civil disputes of an entire nation.

The entire purpose of establishment of the 48 Levitical cities, 42 Yeshivot to train Federal Sanhedrin judges.  The 6 cities of refuge each had a “Federal” small Sanhedrin court – headed by a Cohen of the house of Aaron.  These cities too had a private altar.  Prior to carrying out a Capital Crimes ruling, the Cohen of the small Sanhedrin court dedicated a korban upon the altar, to publicly testify that the judges of the Court heard the case in tohor – that they took no bribes.  The dedication of a korban requires that the Cohen must be tohor on pain of כרת.  The small Sanhedrin Courts functioned as the spokes of the Federal Court legal system.

The word ברית does not mean “covenant”, the popular translation in the Xtian Bible.  Rather this key term בראשית\ברית אש serves as the יסוד of the entire Torah!  Brit means alliance, the entire first Book of בראשית addresses the brit alliance in the face of g’lut.  Brit vs. g’lut – Adam, Noach, and the unborn children of Avram (brit of pieces) experienced g’lut.  The theology of the apostle Paul, by contrast, makes a focus upon “original sin” as the basis by which mankind needs Jesus son of Zeus to take the sins of the world away!

How do you define the “Big Picture” interpretation of the Torah?  G’lut vs. Original Sin.  Prior to the establishment of Israeli Independence, Jews lived our lives as stateless refugee populations scattered across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe/Golden Medina.  Today, Yidden rule our homelands and Xtianity rots in g’lut, waiting for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus. Stateless refugees have no rights by definition.  How does the Torah describe the creation of the world?  The world – filled with anarchy and chaos.  The expulsion of Jews from England, France, Spain, and Germany — not a time of chaos and anarchy?

Logic stands upon Order.  No logic system works without disciplined Order.  דרוש compares cases comparable to how the Gemara “learns” the Mishna!  דרוש functions as the יסוד of פשט, רמז, וסוד of פרדס scholarship.  To weave a garment requires a warp and its opposing woof. Talmud contains halaka opposed by aggadita.  To divorce the halaka from its “wife” aggadita, compare to a man who sends his wife away without her Get דאורייתא!

Gaonim scholarship produced Midrashim.  The latter organize (emphasis on Order) aggadic stories in the Order of the T’NaCH.  The Talmud by contrast organizes aggadita around a specific Mishna!  Aggadita makes a T’NaCH דרוש, comparable to the halakic cases the Gemara brings to learn the Case/Rule of a specific Mishna.  The logic compares to a simple Algebraic equation.  Anything done on one side of the equation requires an equal opposite upon the other side of the equation.

We have now gone full circle.  Just as the T’NaCH has sugiot, so too does the Talmud.   The sugiot function, they give Order to both T’NaCH and Talmud.  Learning T’NaCH and Talmud divorced from the Order established by the sugiot violates the dedication of the lights of Hanukkah – mentioned in the opening paragraph of this commentary of mussar.  Mussar, by the way, defined as דרך ארץ, and דרך ארץ means justice.

No man can tell or dictate to another that he must walk in דרך ארץ, that he must dedicate his life to seek justice.  Hence the sages of the Talmud admitted that they did not know how to give a תוכחה to other Jews.  This P’shat of the Talmud stands upon the יסוד of דרוש mussar.  All the prophets of the T’NaCH command mussar.  Why?  Because mussar applies equally across the board to each and every generation who walks upon the face of this earth.

‘Light unto the nations’, does not refer to Goyim, but rather g’lut Jewry dwelling in Goyim lands. Why?  Goyim have no brit with the God of Israel.  Goyim, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise, they do not sit as the Judges of Israel.  My wife Karen, her metaphor by which she describes the failure of family and friends to rebuke immodest behavior by those whom they love, as “pollyanna naivate”.  The behavior of דרך ארץ mussar stands upon the יסוד of emotional maturity.  Sometimes, easier for others to recognize tuma behavior, than self awareness while breathing tuma spirits.

Weigh the ברכה:

השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו תבשובה שלמה לפניך:  ברוך אתה ה’, הרוצה בתשובה.
How does the NaCH learn the k’vanna of this blessing?
מלכים א יט:י.  ויאמר קנא קנאתי לה’ אלהי צבאות כי עזבו בריתך בני ישראל את מזבחתיך הרסו, ואת נביאיך הרגו בחרב, ואותר אני לבדי, ויבקשו את נפשי לקחתה.
On the surface this statement, exceptionally difficult to understand based upon the p’sukim
מלכים א יח:ד.  ועבדיהו היה ירא את ה’ מאד וכו’.
How could Eliyyahu declare that he alone lived as a prophet?  The NaCH has Eliyyahu repeat his obtuse statement a second time to emphasize its inherent lack of clarity.  What exactly burdened the heart of Eliyyahu?  Contrast the language employed by ישעיה opposed by the similar language by which the prophet ירמיה conveys a matter of the heart.
עמנו אל    כנגד    כי אתך אני.

         The former validates the harshest of times, but that language equally conveys a social togetherness, an optimism that the mussar commandment of the prophet – heard and accepted by both the king and others.  The language of the latter communicates a lonely bitter isolation, an anguish of spirit and a depth of depression.  The language that Eliyyahu addresses his vision of HaShem directly resembles the language spoken by ירמיה; it contrasts with the assumption that a child or wife would obey their father or husband, if either vowed or sworn an oath.

Eliyyahu could not rely upon an Ovadyahu to deliver him from Izevel.  The stark bitterness of ירמיה, that tuma spirits so dominated the Cohen people that they simply lacked the heart to do t’shuva; anymore than Izevel could suddenly prize the absolute necessity for justice.

         Yidden mourn during this period known as the 9 days.  Easier to sit on low stools and decry the destruction of buildings made of wood and stone weeping in an inverse pollyanna spirit, than to learn tohor middot and dedicate as a holy korban unto HaShem our commitment to walk in דרך ארץ in how we behave and interact with family and friends.  Shalom requires trust.  No trust no shalom.

         Meditation does wonders for healing.  A simple meditation that does not depend upon the eyes to focus upon some external object [I have a lazy eye so attempts to focus on a specific external object never worked for me.].  Always liked the pre WW2 research done by Royal Rife with radio frequencies.  Asian medicine rejects Western medicine on the specific, that it holds that internal organs produce basic emotions.  This concept works well with the
Spinal Courd/Brain Stem reflex arc electrical “laws” within our bodies.  The art of meditation which this commentary promotes, affixing a color to an internal organ to a finger.

This concept of meditation follows the post War Japanese healing technique that I employed to treat my daughters’ cystic fibrosis.  My teacher in this method of meditation – her daughter too had cystic fibrosis, and that common problem caused her to investigate Jin Shin Jyutsu is.

Fear(red)[anger, passion, power]/אמץ לב(green)[nature, safety, envy, luck] to the stomach/kidney.  Anger(cyan[greenish/blue])[Spring, safety, stability, calmness, sadness]/Joy(pink)[romance, nurturing, kindness, calmness] to the liver/spleen/pancreas; Grief(black)[power, boldness, mystery, unhappiness]/Love(white)[emptiness, peacefulness, cleanliness, Innocence] to the heart/lungs.  Shame(orange)[energy, enthusiasm, attention, happiness]/Hope(blue)[confident, relaxed, motivated] to large intestines/small intestines.  Guilt(Chartreuse/yellow-green)[warmth, growth, energy, confidence, attention, jealous]/Freedom(purple)[wealth, imagination, popular, winter, defensive] to gall bladder/bladder.  Chinese medicine does not include the pancreas, while the Japanese view the heart as taboo.  Fear/Index finger.  Anger/Middle finger.  Grief/Ring finger.  Shame/pinky finger.  Guilt/Thumb.  The right hand corresponds with the toes on the left foot and the left hand with the toes of the right foot.

         The crux of meditation centers upon developing an awareness and sensitivity to the “focus point”.  This meditation technique it’s different from the classic meditation as practiced in some yoga buddha styles.  While single individuals alone can meditate, this system, built around group meditation. Something like using battery cables to start a car requires at least two cars.  Two ways the body fights diseases, White Bloods cells and similar defense systems.  The other, the body actually remembers past diseases and develops an immunity.  The measles serve as a good example of this second type of natural defense within our bodies.

         The derivative of Jin Shin Jyutsu is that my meditation technique has developed over the years, it views powerful positive and negative emotions as a bi-polar battery.  In Asian medicine a low Qi [pronounced che] within the 10 major internal organs, a low Qi energy represents the chief cause that causes the body defenses to fail to overcome diseases.  The black death, which wiped out perhaps half of the population of Europe, began in China.  Chinese medicine treated the disease successfully.

          Some attempt to explain their healing success by simply saying that Chinese include rats within their Culinary menu.  I do not know.  Nonetheless the idea that our internal organs produce our basic emotions, this idea, likewise expressed within the prophets of the NaCH and Sages in the Talmud, they mutually agree and accept the idea that internal organs produce emotions.

         Western medicine has accomplished much.  But what I do not trust, the strong tendency practiced by the medical industry to push pills; the idea that doctors have some sort of “secret” knowledge/expertise outside of the realm of the common man.  The matter that bothered me for years, influenced by my dyslexia, how to employ the rational portion of our brains to
communicate with our internal organs.  Remembered my first year of College biology.  Could ATP produced by the mitochondria, within the cells of the major internal organs, physically represent the Qi of Asian medicine.

Early Freud, he attempted and failed to locate a physical location in the brain that produced emotions.  This failure caused him to develop his revolutionary idea of the conscious and non conscious components of the human mind.  Freud focused upon the libido/sex drive, this ideal scandalized European medical circles in its day.

         But clearly Freud searched for basic/fundamental emotions as the יסוד/foundation by which he sought to heal mental disease.   Western medicine, it seems to me, they remain stuck in the idea that emotions generate from the mind alone.  Western medicine does not view the Brain stem as serving as the Maestro which orchestrates the “music” of emotions produced by the internal organs of our body.  As the dyslexic brain has trouble communicating between the two hemispheres of the brain, so too the rational mind does not openly communicate with the internal organs without intense Yoga-like meditation.

         As an Israeli, the movement which hopefully will sprout from my political involvement within Israeli society, that Israel turns away from Shoah Europe as our main trading partners in favor of North Africa and eventually drawing in all or most of the African States.  Medicine for the masses, African society, basically 3rd world as it stands today.  Currently Western healing techniques dominate Israeli medical practices.  This hopefully shall change.  The medical meditation techniques my research has attempted to develop, permits the individual to treat diseases by means of meditation.

         In the 1930s Rife research accomplished healing through employment of precise radio frequencies aimed at a diseased internal organ.  Rife developed a powerful microscope that even today surpasses the electron microscope.  The latter can only examine dead cells whereas the Rife microscope could examine living cells invaded by bacteria and viruses.  The American medical community outlawed the Rife techniques for treating diseases.  But Germany and other countries have incorporated it as part of their standard medicine.

         But third world African countries, most villages lack electricity.  The internal organs vibrate, they produce “frequencies”.  Placement of the fingers upon targeted internal organs compares with starting a car with battery cables…transferring the “memory” of a healthy internal organ frequency over to a weak internal organ essentially defines the meditation of my modified Jin Shin Jyutsu is.

Karen has not felt well and she just messaged me that her heart damage has returned.  She did not like making a meditation schedule and I certainly had no desire to demand it from her.  Meditation qualifies as a skill that requires practice and mental energy focused upon building the awareness of a person’s fingers, that they feel the vibrations which the targeted internal organ(s) produce.

Color-Psychology, affixing a color to represent a fixed emotion assigned to an internal organ of the body.  The internal organs do not communicate through words, but rather by means of emotions.  To describe an emotion with words compares to poetry or songs.  King Shaul would rely upon David to treat his headaches by playing the harp.  But third world countries don’t have easy access to music.  But the human eye can see colors, a person can enter the cave of many colors within his mind.  Can colors have an impact upon the emotions the internal organs produce?  Yes they can.  Prisons employ colors to reduce prison violence.

         The problem of meditation, the clutter within the mind.  Affixing a color to an emotion as mentioned in the 3rd paragraph above, and referenced later still, permits the rational neocortex part of the brain to communicate a focused color/emotion to a specific internal organ by means of the fingers feeling the vibrations produced by those two targeted organs.  In effect this meditation technique combines the neocortex together with the Brain stem to direct two targeted internal organs to produce higher levels of ATP, and release this increased ATP into the bloodstream to function as energy food for other internal organs.

         The beauty of this meditation technique, a healthy person can employ their fingers as “battery cables” and transfer ATP frequency energies from their body to assist the recovery of a sick person.  This vibration energy compares to alternating AC currents.  Inhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of one hand.  Exhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of the other hand.  Affix a color to basic emotion.  The meditation focuses upon feeling the vibrations felt by the fingers, combined with “seeing” a fixed color within the mind – both the healer and the patient can do this as they breathe.
         ישעיה ז: ט  –  אם לא תאמינו כי לא תאמנו
The sign of this concept of faith: g’lut.
מאוס ברע ובחור בטוב
This idea refers to דרך ארץ, meaning ruling the land with justice.  Wealth and power draw away the tuma yatzir within our hearts.
נעשה ונשמע
The Sinai oath to rule our people with righteousness.  But what happens when the rich and powerful damage the persons and goods of the orphan and widow.  Shall Israeli courts compel the rich and powerful רשעים to make fair restitution for damages inflicted?  It seems to this commentator that the crux of this question defines the k’vanna of intent of the blessing:

סלח לנו אבינו כי חטאנו, מחל לנו מלכנו כי פשענו, כי מוחל וסולח אתה:  ברוך אתה ה’, חנון המרבה לסלח.

         The cry to achieve the mitzva of Moshiach, to destroy the tuma oppression, committed by the State and/or Corporate monopolies amongst our people.  The obligation to keep the Sinai oath weighs upon the shoulders of the rich and powerful.  ישעיה opened by bringing the memory of king Uzziyyahu, struck with  tzarat, he sought to usurp the avoda of the Cohonim.

         The tohor walk before HaShem, essentially defines the commitment to rule the land with justice.  Neither a Crown, nor military rank that commands armies, permits a bnai brit person to abandon the דרך ארץ faith.
ישעיה ט:טו.  ויהיו מאשרי העם הזה מתעים, ומאשריו מבלעים.
G’lut:  A land without faith, that’s a land without Yidden.  Russia of the late 19th Century and Germany in the middle of the 20th Century.  Jews should leave the EU today.  When Jews assimilate and embrace with fervor the customs and cultures of non Jews, then too Jews cease to live in those g’lut countries.   Nations which have no faith, Stalin’s USSR serves as a powerful sign, such nations lack social endurance.
ישעיה י:א.  הוי החקקים חקקי און, ומכתבים עמל כתבו.  יא.  להטות מדין דלים, ולגזל משפט עניי עמי, להיות אלמנות שללם, ואת יתומים יבזו.
The vision of that prophet, that a remnant, comparable to a tree chopped down, shall sprout and grow from a trunk which has somehow survived total destruction of its tree.  T’shuva holds a vision that our people shall once again commit to the Sinai נעשה ונשמע oath.  Then shall the Cohen nation again walk in דרך ארץ before our G-d.

         The encounter between Par’o and Avram over Sarai his wife compares to Uzziyyahu’s attempt to usurp the duties of the House of Aaron.  The servants of Lot rejected דרך ארץ therefore the family relations, at least on the side of Lot, collapsed.  The invasion and g’lut of Lot.  Avram served in the metaphor of Moshiach, and redeemed Lot from g’lut.  But Lot assimilated and embraced the culture and customs of the people of Sedom.
         Thereafter HaShem cut a brit with the unborn seed of Avraham and Sarah.  The intent of this brit learns from the contexts of Parshat לך לך.  The sign of faith – the brit melah.  Thereafter the birth of  Yitzak caused the heart of Sarah to rejoice.  Yet Avraham still guarded the back of Lot, despite the foreign assimilation of the latter, whose children accepted the ערוה customs and practices acceptable unto Sodom.

         The vision of Amos sees the din of g’lut fall upon multiple nations.  Throughout human history empires have arisen and collapsed.  The Cohen people have personally witnessed the rise and fall of many empires.  Yet the mussar commanded by the prophets remains unchanged.  The prophet demand of the Cohen nation to walk before HaShem with דרך ארץ, as the Cohen nation… the mussar of Parshat אחרי מות, with its Yom Kippor mussar.  Whose Torah specifically mentions the Lot desire to pursue ערוה.
דכתיב במדבר לד:א.  וידבר ה’ אל משה לאמר.  ב.  צו את בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם כי אתם באים אל הארץ כנען זאת הארץ אשר תפל לכם בנחלה ארץ כנען לגבלתיה.
What defines the borders of the Jewish state?  To love tohor דרך ארץ and to equally hate ערוה.  The ברכה of סלח לנו defines the eternal borders of the Jewish State.

Here concludes the learning on the 9th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא.

Coming Attractions

         Oppose Daf Yomi.  Why?  It fails to weigh that each sugia of Gemara learns as intact units.  Raping the integrity of a sugia of Gemara – that’s Daf Yomi in a nut shell.  The Talmud entails more than simply reading on a daily basis a page of Gemara.  The sugiot of Gemara, they establish the basic order of the texts.  Uprooting this basic order (logic requires order, Oral Torah stands upon the יסוד of logic.  This Oral Torah logic system stands totally apart and different from the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle who developed a completely different type of logic system format.

The mitzva of lighting the lights of Hanukkah, Jews dedicate to HaShem the commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by relying upon the Oral Torah logic system.  Rabbi Akiva’s chariot mysticism stands upon פרדס scholarship.  This kabbalah stands upon the mitzva of קידושין.  P’shat and Dr’osh a working couple; Remez and Sod, likewise a working couple), Daf Yomi totally ignores פרדס, the basis by which Tannaim and Amoraim, from Rabbi to Rav Ashi and Ravina based the “definition” of how to learn – known as Talmud!

Obvious: that the premise of this mussar, has an immediate appeal perhaps comparable to a lead balloon.  Alas most Yidden do not have the slightest clue that perhaps the greatest chiddush of the Talmud, that it sets up a common law legal system which establishes lateral justice.  Not till the American revolution by which the revolutionaries ditched the vertical  Star Courts legal system by requiring a jury of one’s peers!  Just as the jury system, those people do not receive a salary from the State so too the Torts court beit din Judges do not receive their salary from the State – both lateral type systems of justice!

Mashgiachim, based upon this chiddush, should not receive their salaries from the places they police for Kashrut.  But alas because most rabbis fail to grasp the biggest chiddush expressed throughout the entire Sha’s, the beit din judges fail to properly assume their function as an expression of the Talmudic model of justice.  Pursue justice sums of all the mussar from the NaCH prophets!  G’lut comes upon the nation when we fail to rule the oath sworn lands with justice.  The 3 judges of a Torts court: One functions in the role of prosecutor.  The second functions in the role of attorney for the defense.  Both these judges argue their case before the 3rd Judge.

Contrast the vertical legal system – popular in all none Jewish legal systems across the planet.  Those vertical legal systems, the State pays the salary of both the Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney.  A person who receives a salary from the State, hence in a court hearing its the State vs. so and so.  Talmud reflects the mussar given by the Yethro prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  To rule the nation requires the establishment of a workable legal system, no one man alone can judge the social and civil disputes of an entire nation.

The entire purpose of establishment of the 48 Levitical cities, 42 Yeshivot to train Federal Sanhedrin judges.  The 6 cities of refuge each had a “Federal” small Sanhedrin court – headed by a Cohen of the house of Aaron.  These cities too had a private altar.  Prior to carrying out a Capital Crimes ruling, the Cohen of the small Sanhedrin court dedicated a korban upon the altar, to publicly testify that the judges of the Court heard the case in tohor – that they took no bribes.  The dedication of a korban requires that the Cohen must be tohor on pain of כרת.  The small Sanhedrin Courts functioned as the spokes of the Federal Court legal system.

The word ברית does not mean “covenant”, the popular translation in the Xtian Bible.  Rather this key term בראשית\ברית אש serves as the יסוד of the entire Torah!  Brit means alliance, the entire first Book of בראשית addresses the brit alliance in the face of g’lut.  Brit vs. g’lut – Adam, Noach, and the unborn children of Avram (brit of pieces) experienced g’lut.  The theology of the apostle Paul, by contrast, makes a focus upon “original sin” as the basis by which mankind needs Jesus son of Zeus to take the sins of the world away!

How do you define the “Big Picture” interpretation of the Torah?  G’lut vs. Original Sin.  Prior to the establishment of Israeli Independence, Jews lived our lives as stateless refugee populations scattered across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe/Golden Medina.  Today, Yidden rule our homelands and Xtianity rots in g’lut, waiting for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus. Stateless refugees have no rights by definition.  How does the Torah describe the creation of the world?  The world – filled with anarchy and chaos.  The expulsion of Jews from England, France, Spain, and Germany — not a time of chaos and anarchy?

Logic stands upon Order.  No logic system works without disciplined Order.  דרוש compares cases comparable to how the Gemara “learns” the Mishna!  דרוש functions as the יסוד of פשט, רמז, וסוד of פרדס scholarship.  To weave a garment requires a warp and its opposing woof. Talmud contains halaka opposed by aggadita.  To divorce the halaka from its “wife” aggadita, compare to a man who sends his wife away without a Get!

Gaonim scholarship produced Midrashim.  The latter organize (emphasis on Order) aggadic stories in the Order of the T’NaCH.  The Talmud by contrast organizes aggadita around a specific Mishna!  Aggadita makes a T’NaCH דרוש, comparable to the halakic cases the Gemara brings to learn the Case/Rule of a specific Mishna.  The logic compares to a simple Algebraic equation.  Anything done on one side of the equation requires an equal opposite upon the other side of the equation.

We have now gone full circle.  Just as the T’NaCH has sugiot, so too does the Talmud.   The sugiot function, they give Order to both T’NaCH and Talmud.  Learning T’NaCH and Talmud divorced from the Order established by the sugiot violates the dedication of the lights of Hanukkah – mentioned in the opening paragraph of this letter of mussar.  Mussar, by the way, defined as דרך ארץ, and דרך ארץ means justice.

No man can tell or dictate to another that he must walk in דרך ארץ, that he must dedicate his life to seek justice.  Hence the sages of the Talmud admitted that they did not know how to give a תוכחה to other Jews.  This P’shat of the Talmud stands upon the יסוד of דרוש mussar.  All the prophets of the T’NaCH command mussar.  Why?  Because mussar, applies equally across the board to each and every generation who walks upon the face of this earth.

‘Light unto the nations’, does not refer to Goyim, but rather g’lut Jewry dwelling in Goyim lands. Why?  Goyim have no brit with the God of Israel.  Goyim, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise, they do not sit as the Judges of Israel.  My wife Karen, her metaphor by which she describes the failure of family and friends to rebuke immodest behavior by those whom they love, as “pollyanna naivate”.  The behavior of דרך ארץ mussar stands upon the יסוד of emotional maturity.  Sometimes, easier for others to recognize tuma behavior, than self awareness while breathing tuma spirits.

Weigh the ברכה:

השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו תבשובה שלמה לפניך:  ברוך אתה ה’, הרוצה בתשובה.
How does the NaCH learn the k’vanna of this blessing?
מלכים א יט:י.  ויאמר קנא קנאתי לה’ אלהי צבאות כי עזבו בריתך בני ישראל את מזבחתיך הרסו, ואת נביאיך הרגו בחרב, ואותר אני לבדי, ויבקשו את נפשי לקחתה.
On the surface this statement, exceptionally difficult to understand based upon the p’sukim
מלכים א יח:ד.  ועבדיהו היה ירא את ה’ מאד וכו’.
How could Eliyyahu declare that he alone lived as a prophet?  The NaCH has Eliyyahu repeat his obtuse statement a second time to emphasize its inherent lack of clarity.  What exactly burdened the heart of Eliyyahu?  Contrast the language employed by ישעיה opposed by the similar language by which the prophet ירמיה conveys a matter of the heart.
עמנו אל    כנגד    כי אתך אני.

         The former validates the harshest of times, but that language equally conveys a social togetherness, an optimism that the mussar commandment of the prophet – heard and accepted by both the king and others.  The language of the latter communicates a lonely bitter isolation, an anguish of spirit and a depth of depression.  The language that Eliyyahu addresses his vision of HaShem directly resembles the language spoken by ירמיה; it contrasts with the assumption that a child or wife would obey their father or husband, if either vowed or sworn an oath.

Eliyyahu could not rely upon an Ovadyahu to deliver him from Izevel.  The stark bitterness of ירמיה, that tuma spirits so dominated the Cohen people that they simply lacked the heart to do t’shuva; anymore than Izevel could suddenly prize the absolute necessity for justice.

         Yidden mourn during this period known as the 9 days.  Easier to sit on low stools and decry the destruction of buildings made of wood and stone weeping in an inverse pollyanna spirit, than to learn tohor middot and dedicate as a holy korban unto HaShem our commitment to walk in דרך ארץ in how we behave and interact with family and friends.  Shalom requires trust.  No trust no shalom.

         Meditation does wonders for healing.  A simple meditation that does not depend upon the eyes to focus upon some external object [I have a lazy eye so attempts to focus on a specific external object never worked for me.].  Always liked the pre WW2 research done by Royal Rife with radio frequencies.  Asian medicine rejects Western medicine on the specific, that it holds that internal organs produce basic emotions.  This concept works well with the
Spinal Courd/Brain Stem reflex arc electrical “laws” within our bodies.  The art of meditation which this commentary promotes, affixing a color to an internal organ to a finger.

This concept of meditation follows the post War Japanese healing technique that I employed to treat my daughters’ cystic fibrosis.  My teacher in this method of meditation – her daughter too had cystic fibrosis, and that common problem caused her to investigate Jin Shin Jyutsu is.

Fear/אמץ לב to the stomach/kidney.  Anger/Joy to the liver/spleen/pancreas; Grief/Love to the heart/lungs.  Shame/Hope to large intestines/small intestines.  Guilt/Freedom to gall bladder/bladder.  Chinese medicine does not include the pancreas, while the Japanese view the heart as taboo.  Fear/Index finger.  Anger/Middle finger.  Grief/Ring finger.  Shame/pinky finger.  Guilt/Thumb.  The right hand corresponds with the toes on the left foot and the left hand with the toes of the right foot.

         The crux of meditation centers upon developing an awareness and sensitivity to the “focus point”.  This meditation technique it’s different from the classic meditation as practiced in some yoga buddha styles.  While single individuals alone can meditate, this system, built around group meditation. Something like using battery cables to start a car requires at least two cars.  Two ways the body fights diseases, White Bloods cells and similar defense systems.  The other, the body actually remembers past diseases and develops an immunity.  The measles serve as a good example of this second type of natural defense within our bodies.

         The derivative of Jin Shin Jyutsu is that my meditation technique has developed over the years, it views powerful positive and negative emotions as a bi-polar battery.  In Asian medicine a low qi [pronounce che] within the 10 major internal organs, a low Qi energy represents the chief cause that causes the body defenses to fail to overcome diseases.  The black death, which wiped out perhaps half of the population of Europe began in China.  Chinese medicine treated the disease successfully.
Some attempt to explain their healing success by simply saying that Chinese include rats within their Culinary menu.  I do not know.  Nonetheless the idea that our internal organ produce our basic emotions, this idea, expressed within the prophets of the NaCH and Sages in the Talmud, they mutually agree and accept the idea that internal organs produce emotions.

         Western medicine has accomplished much.  But what I do not trust, the strong tendency practiced by the medical industry to push pills; the idea that doctors have some sort of “secret” knowledge/expertise outside of the realm of the common man.  The matter that bothered me for years, influenced by my dyslexia, how to employ the rational portion of our brains to
communicate with our internal organs.  Remembered my first year of College biology.  Could ATP produced by the mitochondria, within the cells of the major internal organs, physically represent the qi of Asian medicine.

Early Freud, he attempted and failed to locate a physical location in the brain that produced emotions.  This failure caused him to develop his revolutionary idea of the conscious and non conscious components of the human mind.  Freud focused upon the libido/sex drive, this ideal scandalized European medical circles in its day.

         But clearly Freud searched for basic/fundamental emotions as the יסוד/foundation by which he sought to heal mental disease.   Western medicine, it seems to me, they remain stuck in the idea that emotions generate from the mind alone.  Western medicine does not view the Brain stem as serving as the Maestro which orchestrates the “music” of emotions produced by the internal organs of our body.  As the dyslexic brain has trouble communicating between the two hemispheres of the brain, so too the rational mind does not openly communicate with the internal organs without intense Yoga-like meditation.

         As an Israeli, the movement which hopefully will sprout from my political involvement within Israeli society, that Israel turns away from Shoah Europe as our main trading partners in favor of North Africa and eventually drawing in all or most of the African States.  Medicine for the masses, African society, basically 3rd world as it stands today.  Currently Western healing techniques dominate Israeli medical practices.  This hopefully shall change.  The medical meditation techniques my research has attempted to develop, permits the individual to treat diseases by means of meditation.

         In the 1930s Rife research accomplished healing through employment of precise radio frequencies aimed at a diseased internal organ.  Rife developed a powerful microscope that even today surpasses the electron microscope.  The latter can only examine dead cells whereas the Rife microscope could examine living cells invaded by bacteria and viruses.  The American medical community outlawed the Rife techniques for treating diseases.  But Germany and other country have incorporated it as part of their standard medicine.

         But third world African countries, most villages lack electricity.  The internal organs vibrate, they produce “frequencies”.  Placement of the fingers upon targeted internal organs compares with starting a car with battery cables…transferring the “memory” of a healthy internal organ frequency over to a weak internal organ essentially defines the meditation of my modified Jin Shin Jyutsu is.

Karen has not felt well and she just messaged me that her heart damage has returned.  She did not like making a meditation schedule and I certainly had no desire to demand it from her.  Meditation qualifies as a skill that requires practice and mental energy focused upon building the awareness of a person’s fingers, that they feel the vibrations which targeted internal organs produce.

Color-Psychology, affixing a color to represent a fixed emotion assigned to an internal organ of the body.  The internal organs do not communicate through words, but rather by means of emotions.  To describe an emotion with words compares to poetry or songs.  King Shaul would rely upon David to treat his headaches by playing the harp.  But third world countries don’t have easy access to music.  But the human eye can see colors, a person can enter the cave of many colors within his mind.  Can colors have an impact upon the emotions the internal organs produce?  Yes they can.  Prisons employ colors to reduce prison violence.

         The problem of meditation, the clutter within the mind.  Affixing a color to an emotion as mentioned in the 3rd paragraph above permits the rational neocortex part of the brain to communicate a focused color/emotion to a specific internal organ by means of the fingers feeling the vibrations produced by those two targeted organs.  In effect this meditation technique combines the neocortex together with the Brain stem to direct two targeted internal
organs to produce higher levels of ATP, and release this increased ATP into the bloodstream to function as energy food for other internal organs.

         The beauty of this meditation technique, a healthy person can employ their fingers as “battery cables” and transfer ATP frequency energies from their body to assist the recovery of a sick person.  This vibration energy compares to alternating AC currents.  Inhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of one hand.  Exhale, focus upon the vibrations felt by the fingers of the other hand.  Affix a color to basic emotion.  The meditation focuses upon feeling the vibrations felt by the fingers, combined with “seeing” a fixed color within the mind – both the healer and the patient can do this as they breathe.

Coming Attractions

         Oppose Daf Yomi.  Why?  It fails to weigh that each sugia of Gemara learns as intact units.  Raping the integrity of a sugia of Gemara – that’s Daf Yomi in a nut shell.  The Talmud entails more than simply reading on a daily basis a page of Gemara.  The sugiot of Gemara, they establish the basic order of the texts.  Uprooting this basic order (logic requires order, Oral Torah stands upon the יסוד of logic.  This Oral Torah logic system stands totally apart and different from the ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle who developed a completely different type of logic system format.

The mitzva of lighting the lights of Hanukkah, Jews dedicate to HaShem the commitment to interpret the Written Torah strictly and only by relying upon the Oral Torah logic system.  Rabbi Akiva’s chariot mysticism stands upon פרדס scholarship.  This kabbalah stands upon the mitzva of קידושין.  P’shat and Dr’osh a working couple; Remez and Sod, likewise a working couple), Daf Yomi totally ignores פרדס, the basis by which Tannaim and Amoraim, from Rabbi to Rav Ashi and Ravina based the “definition” of how to learn – known as Talmud!

Obvious: that the premise of this mussar, has an immediate appeal perhaps comparable to a lead balloon.  Alas most Yidden do not have the slightest clue that perhaps the greatest chiddush of the Talmud, that it sets up a common law legal system which establishes lateral justice.  Not till the American revolution by which the revolutionaries ditched the vertical  Star Courts legal system by requiring a jury of one’s peers!  Just as the jury system, those people do not receive a salary from the State so too the Torts court beit din Judges do not receive their salary from the State – both lateral type systems of justice!

Mashgiachim, based upon this chiddush, should not receive their salaries from the places they police for Kashrut.  But alas because most rabbis fail to grasp the biggest chiddush expressed throughout the entire Sha’s, the beit din judges fail to properly assume their function as an expression of the Talmudic model of justice.  Pursue justice sums of all the mussar from the NaCH prophets!  G’lut comes upon the nation when we fail to rule the oath sworn lands with justice.  The 3 judges of a Torts court: One functions in the role of prosecutor.  The second functions in the role of attorney for the defense.  Both these judges argue their case before the 3rd Judge.

Contrast the vertical legal system – popular in all none Jewish legal systems across the planet.  Those vertical legal systems, the State pays the salary of both the Judge and the Prosecuting Attorney.  A person who receives a salary from the State, hence in a court hearing its the State vs. so and so.  Talmud reflects the mussar given by the Yethro prior to the revelation of the Torah at Sinai.  To rule the nation requires the establishment of a workable legal system, no one man alone can judge the social and civil disputes of an entire nation.

The entire purpose of establishment of the 48 Levitical cities, 42 Yeshivot to train Federal Sanhedrin judges.  The 6 cities of refuge each had a “Federal” small Sanhedrin court – headed by a Cohen of the house of Aaron.  These cities too had a private altar.  Prior to carrying out a Capital Crimes ruling, the Cohen of the small Sanhedrin court dedicated a korban upon the altar, to publicly testify that the judges of the Court heard the case in tohor – that they took no bribes.  The dedication of a korban requires that the Cohen must be tohor on pain of כרת.  The small Sanhedrin Courts functioned as the spokes of the Federal Court legal system.

The word ברית does not mean “covenant”, the popular translation in the Xtian Bible.  Rather this key term בראשית\ברית אש serves as the יסוד of the entire Torah!  Brit means alliance, the entire first Book of בראשית addresses the brit alliance in the face of g’lut.  Brit vs. g’lut – Adam, Noach, and the unborn children of Avram (brit of pieces) experienced g’lut.  The theology of the apostle Paul, by contrast, makes a focus upon “original sin” as the basis by which mankind needs Jesus son of Zeus to take the sins of the world away!

How do you define the “Big Picture” interpretation of the Torah?  G’lut vs. Original Sin.  Prior to the establishment of Israeli Independence, Jews lived our lives as stateless refugee populations scattered across the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe/Golden Medina.  Today, Yidden rule our homelands and Xtianity rots in g’lut, waiting for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus. Stateless refugees have no rights by definition.  How does the Torah describe the creation of the world?  The world – filled with anarchy and chaos.  The expulsion of Jews from England, France, Spain, and Germany — not a time of chaos and anarchy?

Logic stands upon Order.  No logic system works without disciplined Order.  דרוש compares cases comparable to how the Gemara “learns” the Mishna!  דרוש functions as the יסוד of פשט, רמז, וסוד of פרדס scholarship.  To weave a garment requires a warp and its opposing woof. Talmud contains halaka opposed by aggadita.  To divorce the halaka from its “wife” aggadita, compare to a man who sends his wife away without a Get!

Gaonim scholarship produced Midrashim.  The latter organize (emphasis on Order) aggadic stories in the Order of the T’NaCH.  The Talmud by contrast organizes aggadita around a specific Mishna!  Aggadita makes a T’NaCH דרוש, comparable to the halakic cases the Gemara brings to learn the Case/Rule of a specific Mishna.  The logic compares to a simple Algebraic equation.  Anything done on one side of the equation requires an equal opposite upon the other side of the equation.

We have now gone full circle.  Just as the T’NaCH has sugiot, so too does the Talmud.   The sugiot function, they give Order to both T’NaCH and Talmud.  Learning T’NaCH and Talmud divorced from the Order established by the sugiot violates the dedication of the lights of Hanukkah – mentioned in the opening paragraph of this letter of mussar.  Mussar, by the way, defined as דרך ארץ, and דרך ארץ means justice.

No man can tell or dictate to another that he must walk in דרך ארץ, that he must dedicate his life to seek justice.  Hence the sages of the Talmud admitted that they did not know how to give a תוכחה to other Jews.  This P’shat of the Talmud stands upon the יסוד of דרוש mussar.  All the prophets of the T’NaCH command mussar.  Why?  Because mussar, applies equally across the board to each and every generation who walks upon the face of this earth.

‘Light unto the nations’, does not refer to Goyim, but rather g’lut Jewry dwelling in Goyim lands. Why?  Goyim have no brit with the God of Israel.  Goyim, despite their efforts to pretend otherwise, they do not sit as the Judges of Israel.  My wife Karen, her metaphor by which she describes the failure of family and friends to rebuke immodest behavior by those whom they love, as “pollyanna naivate”.  The behavior of דרך ארץ mussar stands upon the יסוד of emotional maturity.  Sometimes, easier for others to recognize tuma behavior, than self awareness while breathing tuma spirits.

Weigh the ברכה:

השיבנו אבינו לתורתך, וקרבנו מלכנו לעבודתך, והחזירנו תבשובה שלמה לפניך:  ברוך אתה ה’, הרוצה בתשובה.
How does the NaCH learn the k’vanna of this blessing?
מלכים א יט:י.  ויאמר קנא קנאתי לה’ אלהי צבאות כי עזבו בריתך בני ישראל את מזבחתיך הרסו, ואת נביאיך הרגו בחרב, ואותר אני לבדי, ויבקשו את נפשי לקחתה.
On the surface this statement, exceptionally difficult to understand based upon the p’sukim
מלכים א יח:ד.  ועבדיהו היה ירא את ה’ מאד וכו’.
How could Eliyyahu declare that he alone lived as a prophet?  The NaCH has Eliyyahu repeat his obtuse statement a second time to emphasize its inherent lack of clarity.  What exactly burdened the heart of Eliyyahu?  Contrast the language employed by ישעיה opposed by the similar language by which the prophet ירמיה conveys a matter of the heart.
עמנו אל    כנגד    כי אתך אני.

         The former validates the harshest of times, but that language equally conveys a social togetherness, an optimism that the mussar commandment of the prophet – heard and accepted by both the king and others.  The language of the latter communicates a lonely bitter isolation, an anguish of spirit and a depth of depression.  The language that Eliyyahu addresses his vision of HaShem directly resembles the language spoken by ירמיה; it contrasts with the assumption that a child or wife would obey their father or husband, if either vowed or sworn an oath.

Eliyyahu could not rely upon an Ovadyahu to deliver him from Izevel.  The stark bitterness of ירמיה, that tuma spirits so dominated the Cohen people that they simply lacked the heart to do t’shuva; anymore than Izevel could suddenly prize the absolute necessity for justice.

         Yidden mourn during this period known as the 9 days.  Easier to sit on low stools and decry the destruction of buildings made of wood and stone weeping in an inverse pollyanna spirit, than to learn tohor middot and dedicate as a holy korban unto HaShem our commitment to walk in דרך ארץ in how we behave and interact with family and friends.  Shalom requires trust.  No trust no shalom.

Lateral Learning

The 8th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא learns from the top of .ו to :ו.  The subject of war shares a strong connection with the subject of damages.

הצד השוה שבהן:  לאתויי מאי?  אמר אביי לאתויי אבנו סכינו ומשאו שהניחן בראש גגו ונפלו ברוח מצויה והזיקו.  ותנן פרק שלישי: נשברה כדו ברה”ר והוחלק אחד במים או שלקה בחרסית חייב.  רבי יהודה אומר, במתכוין חייב, באינו מתכוין פטור.  ותנן פרק חמישי:  הקדר שהכניס קדרותיו לחצר בעל הבית שלא ברשות, ושברה בהמתו של בעל הבית  – פטור.  ואם הוזקה בהן בעל הקדרות – חייב.  ואם הכניס ברשות בעל החצר – חייב וכו’.  פרק שני דתנן: התרנגולים מועדין להלך כדרכן ולשבר.  היה דליל קשור ברגליו, או שהיה מהדס ומשבר את הכלים – משלם חצי נזק.  ותנן פרק עשירי בבא מציעא.  הבית והעלייה של שנים שנפלו, אמר בעל העלייה לבעל הבית לבנות, והוא אינו רוצה לבנות, הרי בעל העלייה בונה את הבית ודר בתוכה עד שיתן לו את יציאותיו.

What signs does HaShem send unto damaged g’lut Israel?  Observance of halakot, they serve as the Divine signs – comparable to the plagues which befell Par’o by the hand of HaShem through Moshe.  From the times following the Creation, the heart of Man expresses strong inclinations to chisel away at righteous upright behavior; its tuma impatience prefers physical violence over rational diplomacy.  Form which lacks substance, to what does it compare?  Ritualized observance of halakot – divorced from prophetic mussar.  The classic story of Egyptian bondage. Par’o only recognized the plagues and the damages; never once did he take to heart Divine mussar דרך ארץ.  This יסודי distinction defines the k’vanna of the opening working blessings of the Shemone Esri:

אתה חונן לאדם דעת, ומלמד לאנוש בינה: חננו מאתך דעה בינה והשכל:  ברוך אתה ה’, חונן הדעת.
Par’o refused to validate within his heart any prophetic mussar; his Yatzir rejected  דרך ארץ as a life walk – also known as t’shuva.  Young king Shlomo directly compares to juvenile king Rehav’am; both rejected the advice given by their fathers’ senior most trusted advisors.  This common denominator, likewise found in Egypt story when the advisors of Par’o informed him that due to the plagues, the country lay in ruins.

King Shlomo did not consult with Natan the prophet, he simply decided to build both his personal Court of law, together with his pyramid like Temple.  King Shlomo’s court prioritized his personal wisdom, which subordinated unto oblivion the Torah commandment – to established Federal Sanhedrin courts.  The last commandment that Moshe accomplished during his lifetime – he established 3 small Sanhedrin Federal courts within the conquered lands, which enlarged the 1st Republic.

King Shlomo, by contrast, prioritized grand construction projects – they required both taxation and perhaps coerced labor.  In conjunction, his disgraceful foreign wives, they drained and estranged the good will of the people.  Opposition to the rule of the house of David sprouted into open rebellion during his lifetime.  Rehav’am, son of Shlomo, never governed as king before the ten Tribes rebelled against the new king and his promise to increase the intensity of his fathers’ oppressive rule.  Avoda zara tends to gloat about its grand and glorious splendor, and its great and brilliant wisdom.  The Book of מלכים, its satire mocks the conceit by which avoda zara behavior tends to strut.  Comparable to the pompous goose march-step made by Fascist and Communist soldiers in the 20th Century.

A specific, but general example which explains avoda zara – Xtianity.   Church advocates, as a general rule, ardently pursue evangelism. The wicked criminal war crimes committed by church priests, ministers and lay personnel throughout history – pushed off with the excuse: “they were not real Xtians”.  Ignorant of brutal war crimes and criminal terrorism, zealant Xtian evangelists resemble – the hardened heart of Par’o.  Monotheists preach that only one God lives.  Yet these pious ‘true faith’ preachers, never once consider neither the first nor second commandments revealed at Sinai.  The tuma Yatzir: blind to the obvious, the opening line of גיטין א:א:לפי שאין בקיאין לשמה teaches a powerful mussar, which alas, Reshonim scholarship failed to grasp.

The Shoah and the Armenian Genocide: both, examples of “Genocide-in whole”.  The Young Turks and Nazi Party, their leaders made unilateral decisions that committed their nation to perpetrate racial genocide.  Civil Wars throughout history have witnessed a disproportionate proportion of domestic, racial ethnic genocides.  But revolutionary politics does not in and of itself produce racial wars.  Attila the Hun: 372-454, the Crusades:1095-1270, Genghis Khan & the Mongol invasions:1220-1650, atrocities in the Congo 1885 – 1908, the Namaqua genocide 1904 – 1908, the Amer-Indians of North America: 1565-1924 — these mass slaughters of human life did not necessarily occur due to political revolutions or Civil Wars.

The criminal element in all cases of racial war, viewed from the specific lenses of church guilt, these violent lunatics universally assume that their target victims exist as inferior sub-humans.  Something on par and similar to the command of General Sheridan which permitted poachers to illegally invade Indian territories, to exterminate the Indians buffalo food source.  Comanche Chief Tosawi reputedly told Sheridan in 1869, “Tosawi, good Indian,” to which Sheridan reportedly replied, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.” This crude and barbaric response succinctly sums up the motivations of extreme racial prejudice; the basis for the Catholic prayer about the perfidious Jew.

Had a dream that interpreted the k’vanna of the niggun of Hava Nagila.  A powerful mussar walks a narrow line, it does not bounce from subject to subject, rather it clings to a simple idea that arouses the אומץ לב of joy within our hearts, the Will to possess the land.  1948, the declaration of National Independence, Yidden danced the Hava Nagila niggun of the Sadigura Hasidic dynasty that made aliya to Israel on the eve of WW2.  Written either by Avraham Zevi Idelsohn or Moshe Nathanson, the former made its first recording in 1922.  It’s a simple niggun: ‘Come let us be glad, and rejoice.  Arise brethren with a joyful heart’.  Traditionally sung together with blowing the shofar.  This niggun goes together with Shalom aliechem which Yidden traditionally sing to invite the sanctity of shabbot; prior to the evening first meal, which begins with a blessing pronounced over wine and bread.  The blowing of the shofar together with this niggun – so inspires the heart.  The k’vanna of Hava Nagila – to enliven the heart; to rise up against the Yatzir Ha’Ra and steel our Will, for the coming hard fight, to possess and conquer the land.

Wheels within Wheels, the spirit of HaShem contained within the wheels.  The vision of the Divine Chariot, from which rabbi Akiva derived his פרדס kabbala sh’itta of Talmudic scholarship.  The circular dance of joy, expressed on Chag Sukkot, focuses upon the liberation from g’lut, rather than the bitter cold night of g’lut.  It recalls the opening war to capture the walled city of Jericho, the opening battle to conquer the land – the reason HaShem brought Israel out of Egyptian slavery compares to the joy expressed during Chag Sukkot for rainfall in its due season.

Yidden recall through Hava Nagila the courage of king Hezekia, when he stood toe to toe with Sennacherib, the Assyrian king.  Torah victory in war requires HaShem to first judge the Gods whom the Goyim worship.  Tehillem teaches: trust not in the power of the horse.  Israel conquers and takes possession of the land, not through tuma wisdom and military prowess.  Slaves thumbed our noses at Par’o following the P’sach night, when the head and hands of the fallen Egyptian Gods lay shattered upon church and mosque floors.

Yidden dance forming a circle to arouse the Divine Spirits within us to overcome our dread and fear of giants in the faith of עמנו אל – first HaShem wars against the Gods whom the Goyim worship, only thereafter does Israel rejoice victorious over our enemies – the latter, utterly and totally destroyed.  Another memory dance, Yidden – speaking for myself – share the exhilaration when our Siddur regales the vision of destroyed chariots; the obliteration of the army of Par’o, corpses cast upon the shores of the Sea of Suf.  Traditionally Yidden stand in shul when the פסוקי דזמר “blessing” comes to

אז ישיר משה ובני ישראל את השירה הזאת

         Viewed under these contexts inflicting damages upon the enemy gives pleasure which the generations can relive again and again.  Justice has two diametrically opposed perspectives.  Damages inflicted upon our bnai brit allies hopefully arouses within us the opposite feelings than that wherein we rejoice at the destruction of our hated enemies.  When the leaders of a people – of any civilization – rejoice at the destruction of their own people, regardless of any excuse, due to errors made by specific individuals within society, the social fabric of society lays in shreds.  The leaders who approve the destruction of the social fabric of their own society, behave like criminal sociopaths.  The first obligation and duty of any government – to prevent violent social anarchy, the preamble to Civil War.  Riots within a society merit the primary leadership of government to prove that the head of State, that he’s on the side of the People.  Good leadership treats riots comparable to Covid 19 – to prevent its spread across the nation.  Poor leadership argues that local governments should contain “local” riots.  Violent riots within a City compare to a terrible natural disaster, the leader of the Central Government should immediately get personally involved.  The people of that City require assurance that the Head of State, that he too shares their grief and anguish.  Should a protest against the Head of State happen, never must that leader hide behind the clubs and water canons of police brutality.  Such a crisis proves the mettle of the Head of State in the eyes of the People.  Government leadership stands upon the יסוד of עמנו אל.

Herein concludes the learning of this the 8th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא.

Coming Attractions

What signs does HaShem send unto damaged g’lut Israel?  Observance of halakot, they serve as the Divine signs – comparable to the plagues which befell Par’o by the hand of HaShem through Moshe.  From the times following the Creation, the heart of Man expresses strong inclinations to chisel away at righteous upright behavior; its tuma impatience prefers physical violence over rational diplomacy.  Form which lacks substance, to what does it compare?  Ritualized observance of halakot – divorced from prophetic mussar.  The classic story of Egyptian bondage. Par’o only recognized the plagues and the damages; never once did he take to heart Divine mussar דרך ארץ.  This יסודי distinction defines the k’vanna of the opening working blessings of the Shemone Esri:

אתה חונן לאדם דעת, ומלמד לאנוש בינה: חננו מאתך דעה בינה והשכל:  ברוך אתה ה’, חונן הדעת.
Par’o refused to validate within his heart any prophetic mussar; his Yatzir rejected  דרך ארץ as a life walk – also known as t’shuva.  Young king Shlomo directly compares to juvenile king Rehav’am; both rejected the advise given by their fathers’ senior most trusted advisors.  This common denominator likewise occurs in Par’o when his advisors informed him that Egypt lay in ruins.

King Shlomo did not consult with Natan the prophet, he simply decided to build both his personal Court of law, together with his pyramid like Temple.  King Shlomo’s court prioritized his personal rule, which subordinated unto oblivion the Torah commandment – to established Federal Sanhedrin courts.  The last commandment that Moshe accomplished during his lifetime – he established 3 small Sanhedrin Federal courts from conquered land which enlarged the 1st Republic.

King Shlomo, by contrast, prioritized grand construction projects, this forced labor, in conjunction with his disgraceful foreign wives, drained and estranged the good will of the people.  Opposition to the rule of the house of David sprouted  into open rebellion during his lifetime.  Rehav’am, son of Shlomo, never governed as king before the ten Tribes rebelled against the promise of his oppressive rule.  Avoda zara tends to gloat about its grand and glorious splendor, and its great and brilliant wisdom.  The Book of מלכים, its satire mocks the conceit by which avoda zara behavior tends to strut.  Comparable to the pompous goose march-step made by Fascist and Communist soldiers in the 20th Century.

A specific, but general example which explains avoda zara – Xtianity.   Church advocates, as a general rule, ardently pursue evangelism. The wicked criminal war crimes committed by church priests, ministers and lay personnel throughout history – pushed off with the excuse: “they were not real Xtians”.  Ignorant of brutal war crimes and criminal terrorism, zealant Xtian evangelists resemble – the hardened heart of Par’o.  Monotheists preach that only one God lives.  Yet these pious ‘true faith’ preachers, never once consider the first commandment revealed at Sinai.  The tuma Yatzir: blind to the obvious, the opening line of גיטין א:א:לפי שאין בקיאין לשמה teaches a powerful mussar, which alas, Reshonim scholarship failed to grasp.

The Shoah and the Armenian Genocide: both, examples of “Genocide-in whole”.  The Young Turks and Nazi Party, their leaders made unilateral decisions that committed their nation to perpetrate racial genocide.  Civil Wars throughout history have witnessed a disproportionate proportion of domestic, racial ethnic genocides.  But revolutionary politics does not in and of itself produce racial wars.  Attila the Hun: 372-454, the Crusades:1095-1270, Genghis Khan & the Mongol invasions:1220-1650, atrocities in the Congo 1885 – 1908, the Namaqua genocide 1904 – 1908, the Amer-Indians of North America: 1565-1924 — these mass slaughters of human life did not necessarily occur due to political revolutions or Civil Wars.

The criminal element in all cases of racial war, viewed from the specific lenses of church guilt, these violent lunatics Universally assume that their target victims exist as inferior sub-humans.  Something on par and similar to the command of General Sheridan which permitted poachers to illegally invade Indian territories, to exterminate the Indians buffalo food source.  Comanche Chief Tosawi reputedly told Sheridan in 1869, “Tosawi, good Indian,” to which Sheridan reportedly replied, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.” This crude and barbaric response succinctly sums up the motivations of extreme racial prejudice; the basis for the Catholic prayer about the perfidious Jew.

Lateral Learning

          The 7th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא searches for a common denominator by which to add up the complex fractions of damages.  It goes from .דך ו to :ו.  To study a commentary on a Gemara most emphatically requires learning the Gemara primary source in conjunction and together with how a commentary offers its “slant” interpretation on that primary source.  This key יסוד, separates disciplined scholars from rank amateurs.  Reading a commentary divorced from that which it comments upon, simply does not qualify as scholarship.  Much work precedes this commentary.  Earlier works, as a rule, focus upon teaching how to correctly read a page of Gemara.  This commentary, makes as its focus of פרדס, specifically the discipline of דרוש.  Reshonim scholarship by contrast made as their contribution to Talmudic scholarship, an examination of פשט.

         The concept of דרוש requires developing a sh’itta of logic which connects the dots joining T’NaCH literature together with the Aggadic portions within our Sha’s.  It by nature makes a synapsis jump from case to comparable case.  The effort to refine דרך ארץ within our social interactions and behaviors, for example, compares to navigating a boat down the Mississippi river.  Man has his habits and ways.  While possible to adjust a course down the river, primarily the strong currents of the river transports a Man down stream.  For a man to change the course of his behavioral patterns requires both patience, confronted by failures, and a strong blessing from Heaven.  This blessing compares to the winds that make full the sails of a boat.  Tohor middot live as Spirits within our hearts.  The פשט schools, as a rule – they place their emphasis upon the halakic portions of our Sha’s.  The times of g’lut Jewry have gone into remission ב”ה.  Jews today can keep the commandments of the Torah, whereas g’lut Jewry could only observe mitzvot and halakot.  The יסוד of all Torah commandments – to pursue justice among our people.

         The obligations to compensate for damages very much depends upon what we possess and control at the exact moment of contention.  The אב נזיקין of damages compare to the ancient Greek concept known as four elements: Matter/Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. .דף ו…

לא ראי זה כראי זה.

The basic יסוד of our Torah concerning damages: עיין ויקרא יט: א – כב.  Tuma wisdom pays no heed to the damages caused by פגול.  Just as a person at ease often feels slight empathy for the poor, the plight of a widow, or the dignity of an orphan.  Perhaps the p’suk לא תקלל חרש ולפני עור לא תתן מכשל most efficiently sums up the idea of damages in our responsibility to rule our land with justice.  Compare, דרוש, יחזקאל יב: א – כז against the above quoted ויקרא.  The Cohen nation has an eternal obligation for as long as we rule our homelands to walk in דרך ארץ to assure righteous justice among our people.

         Our Gemara here resembles קידושין

דף ה.  ומה כסף שאינו גומר קונה, חופה שגומרת אינו דין שתקנה?  מה לכסף שכן פודין בו הקדשות ומעשר שני, ביאה תוכיח.  מה לביאה שכן קונה ביבמה, כסף יוכיח.  וחזר הדין, לא ראי זה כראי זה, ולא ראי זה כראי זה, הצד השוה שבהן שקונין בעלמא וכו’.  דף כ.  ת”ר (שמות כא) אם בגפו יבא בגפו יצא בגופו נכנס בגופו יצא וכו’.
The point of justice, not to cause a party to profit or default more or less that what damages actually inflicted.  Determination of the value of damaged goods, a difficult and complex equation.
         Tammuz 17 through Av 9, the 21 days of National mourning begins today.  Mourning in general and g’lut consequences in particular has a tremendous impact upon Yiddishkeit. Nearly two-thirds of the mitzvot learn from disasters, like the opening Parshaot of the Book of שמות.  Religious Yidden spin like a top over the destruction of the Temples, their religious petitions plead for its reconstruction.  The avoda zara tuma of these 3 weeks, remembers the many and numerous calamities experienced by Yidden.  We avoid haircuts, avoid purchase of new garments or other objects, abandon the joy of wedding or the enjoyment of good music.  Virtually totally ignored, the mussar of our failure as a people to conduct our internal social relations with tohor middot and דרך ארץ.  So much more simple to mourn the loss of fancy wood and stone structures.  Yidden virtually ignore גיטין.
המביא גט ממדינת הים, צריך שיאמר בפני נכתב ובפני נחתם.  גמ. מ”ט רבה אמר לפי שאין בקיאין לשמה.
Xtianity minimizes the Torah Sinai revelation to 10 commandments, it ignores the revelation of the Name of HaShem.  Just as and similar to Yidden rabbis who learn גיטין and make the focus of their understanding about the failure to correctly write the name of the divorcee woman.  Never once do they question why such a critical problem never similarily occurs in כתובות.  The separation of tohor from tuma, wisdom from wisdom, my people likewise totally ignore.  Leonhard Euler, April 1707 – September 1783, one of the most eminent mathematicians of the 18th century.  Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, December 1804 – February 1851,  the first Jewish mathematician to be appointed professor at a German university.  To advance his career he converted to Xtianity.

Johann Franz Encke, September 1791 – August 1865, a German astronomer.  He  worked on the calculation of the periods of comets and asteroids, measured the distance from the earth to the sun, and made observations of the planet Saturn.  Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, April 1777 – February 1855, a German mathematician and physicist.  Sometimes referred to as the Princeps mathematicorum.  Gauss  firmly believed in the afterlife, and saw spirituality as something essentially important among human beings.  Eugen Karl Duhring, January 1833 – September 1921, a German philosopher, positivist, economist, and socialist opposed to Marxism.  The universe, in his opinion, contains but one reality – matter.  Matter exists as the יסוד to all conscious and physical existence.  He detested Yidden.  He delved into the Jewish Question, later “solved” by Hitler and the Nazis.  The Jewish Question tended to focus upon Jewish resettlement away from Europe.  Some proponents of the Jewish Question favored total assimilation of Jews – the abandonment of all signs of ethnic and religious distinctiveness.  The Jewish Question views Jews and Goyim in conflict, with the prospect of Jews winning that war.  By 1890 there were over 190 various antisemitic parties in Germany.  Armanism – also known as  ‘Ario-Christianity’ before the First World War.   An esoteric ideological system pioneered by Guido von List and Jorg Lanz von Liebenfels respectively.  Served as the יסוד of the Volkisch “blood and soil” movement.   Volkisch theorists tended to settle upon myths of “national rebirth”; reconstructed traditions of the ancient Germans inspired their religious beliefs.  It sought to revive pre-Xtian Germanic paganism, together with the belief in racial superiority.

         The original religion of the Germanic tribes centered around some form of sun worship, with its priest-kings (similar to the Icelandic gooi) as legendary rulers of ancient Germany. Religious instruction was imparted on two levels. The esoteric doctrine (Armanism) was concerned with the secret mysteries of the gnosis, reserved for the initiated elite, while the exoteric doctrine (Wotanism) took the form of popular myths intended for the lower social classes. [Goodrick-Clarke, Nicholas. The Occult Roots of Nazism: The Ariosophists of Austria and Germany 1890–1935].  W.O.T.A.N – an acronym for Will Of The Aryan Nation – teaches that God dwells within the individual human spirit as an inner source of magical power; an indwelling within nature, expressed through the primal laws which govern the cycles of growth, decay and renewal. The ego passes, being immortal, through successive reincarnations.  These racialist writers believe in the ancient Odin cult.

Houston Chamberlain, Hitler’s ‘John the Babble-tist’.  Through the music of Wagner, Chamberlain became introduced to the mystical, life-affirming spiritual force that Xtian British and French cultures so abysmally lacked.  His behavior reflects a rather bipolar manic-compulsive insanity.  Volkisch beliefs tend towards some kind of unification of race, art, nation and politics. Chamberlain, like many other volkisch activists, became fascinated with Hindu mythology and legend, he learned Sanskrit in order to read the ancient Indian epics like the Vedas and the Upanishads in their original form.  Chamberlain favored a world governed by some rigid caste system with social inferiors firmly locked into their place as untouchables.  He held that modern Germans had much to learn from Hinduism.  For Chamberlain, Hindu texts offered a body of pure Aryan thought .  Hindu wisdom opened doors of the possible; to find human harmony through pantheism.  A unity of thought, purpose and action, the Aryan peoples spirituality.

         But this jabber of racial blood purity, never addressed the consequences of racial inspired genocide.  The 2nd Sinai commandment – the counter Name: avoda zara – acknowledges that the worship of Gods in the heavens predates the Sinai revelation.  The revelation that HaShem lives within the hearts of the Cohen people through tohor middot expressions of emotional maturity and development, which inspires Man to pursue justice by means of Courts of law.  Sharply contrasts with the mathematical wisdom which the elites required in order to worship their Gods found in the stars.

Srinivasa Ramanujan, December 1887 –  April 1920, an Indian mathematician who lived during the British imperial rape of India.  Ramanujan’s first Indian biographers describe him as a rigorously orthodox Hindu. He credited his acumen to his family goddess, Namagiri Thayar (Goddess Mahalakshmi) of Namakkal. He looked to her for inspiration in his work, and said he dreamed of blood drops that symbolised her consort, Narasimha. [Kanigel, Robert (1991). The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons].  Graham Hancock, author of many books, introduces novel theories about ancient civilizations and how kings worshiped their Gods based upon precise mathematical knowledge.  The theories he introduces, suggests that ancient civilizations developed advanced mathematics and thrived 10,500 years ago. The orthodox theories taught today reject Hancock, they refer to him as a pseudoscientist.  As if ad hominem arguments validate Xtian based theories of ancient human history.  That the construction of these ancient megaliths across the earth, not only predates the fads currently taught in the Universities, but further argues a systematic unified intent.  Popular “science” argues that ancient man built these tremendous megaliths totally unaware of similar construction across the planet.

According to Hancock’s unorthodox theory, ancient men built their megaliths because they all possessed, in common, great mathematical wisdom.  Western science rejects Hancock as a kook.  But fails to explain just how ancient man developed the skills required to move, and precisely construct structions like the pyramids which duplicate – on this earth – Orien’s belt.  Science by nature does not feel comfortable with discussions of avoda zara beliefs as expressed through tremendous archaeological constructions.  Regardless, that Jews to this day mourn the destruction of two ancient Temple megaliths.  The crown of Torah faith: We accept the responsibility of the consequences of accepting the revelation of the Name at Sinai/Horev.  Blessing – if we obey and keep the sworn oath britot; curse – if we forsake the Cohen cultural inheritance of dedicating within our hearts tohor middot דרך ארץ.  This most essential distinction between wisdom and wisdom – life and death, justice and genocide.

         Whether Hancocks theories prove correct or not, does not change the fact that ancient civilizations went extinct, comparable to the dinosaurs.  It’s really a trivial point to argue just exactly when did the Tyrannosaurus walk upon this earth, when Xtian priests declare discovery of their bones as proof of the work of the Devil; God created the world approximately 6000 years ago.  The Church likewise abhors the NaCH prophets, they taught that g’lut comes upon all civilizations who rule, through employment of oppression and injustice.  Xtianity as a theology never troubled its theology to develop the concept of social conflict resolution by means of lateral Common Law Courts.  Only post WW2 did European moral superiority attempt to impose an absurd International Criminal Court (ICC).  Europeans lost their moral superiority to judge other people; their Xtian religion rots in exile, it stinks upon the dung heaps of history.
         It’s a fast day for Yidden today in America and Israel. It truly bothers me that Yidden fast for the destruction of wood and stone buildings. Has America degraded to a 3rd world Rhodesia that does not even exist anymore!  The nation that occupies those identical lands goes by the name of Zimbabwe, just as Judea the Romans renamed Palestine.  Based upon a comparative of Jewish exile to America’s abandonment of its founding fathers and Constitution, this caused me to write a parallel reality upon which Jews have mourned for over 2000 years. The Carter Administration intervened in a Rhodesian Civil War, at the height of the US vs USSR Cold War. Strategic US interests sought to impose the Truman Containment Policy upon Southern African countries.  The issue of Black equality and democracy, stands in the shadow of the assassination of Martin Luther King by the US government a few years previous. Carter made a misleading comparison of Rhodesian blacks to American blacks. In 1986, the U.S. Congress, overriding President Ronald Reagan’s veto, enacted the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act imposing the first substantial economic sanctions to be levied against South Africa for its practice of racial apartheid. S. Africa like present day Zimbabwe – a completely different country than that which existed prior to international intervention during the years of Apartheid.

Black Lives Matters seeks to dismantle the US.  Democracy, its a post Civil War redefinition of the Republic of States forming a Union. Naturally as a Southern born Yid, I reject Lincoln’s illegal and dastardly invasion of the Southern States and his perversion of Jeffersonian democracy.  That BLM seeks to destroy Southern monuments which includes Washington and Jefferson truly offends me. That these reactionary communists reject and despise the history of the American people arouses tremendous harsh feelings within my guts.

A few years back, PM Rabin sought to make “peace with Israeli enemies”. This chilloni/secular Jew did not know what keeping shabbos entails. On Shabbot Yidden greet each other with the word shalom. This word exists primarily as a verb rather than “peace” understood as a noun. Shabbot observance centers around the 3 traditional meals. Who eats these 3 Shabbot meals? Family, and friends … not detested enemies. Yidden strive to make shalom with folk whom they trust. Trust requires basic fundamental terms of agreement between allied partners. Simply put: an agreement not to do acts of theft, oppression, ערוה, and rely upon courts to resolve civil/monetary disputes.  The word ערוה, a difficult term to translate. It includes incest but really entails much much more. Basically in this matter of ערוה the father trusts both his family and friends not to betray modesty in adult “private” interactions. At the time  I married my wife she had 4 children from a previous marriage, 3 girls and a boy.  When she traveled or left me in the house, I would never completely close a door to a room with the girls and myself alone. At night the girls expected to lock their bedroom doors. Human sexuality easily seduces people to make immodest decisions.

Rabin, not educated in Torah wisdom, thought that enemies made peace with one another. He ate a bullet for making such a fundamental error. You never make peace with an enemy, because you never trust an enemy. Shabbot teaches the importance of making shalom with family and friends – these people you invite to sit at the Shabbos table.  BLM, these reactionary communists merit no trust. They despise the American cultural traditions. If as leader, who carried the baggage of national responsibility for the nation,  I personally would deprive BLM criminals of their US citizenship, place them all on an American merchant marine ships, and force them to live out their lives as exiles.

Current US Strategic Foreign Policy:  America treats S. America as its back yard. Europe makes attempts to transform the Middle East and North Africa unto their domesticated, house broken lap dog.  China does the same with Taiwan. Honestly, this head to head policy: known as Truman’s Containment confrontation, a tactical response to check Stalin’s desire to gobble up Eastern Europe into an expanded Russian empire.  Let the Asian neighbors to China resolve their regional imperialism checks and balances.  Washington needs to recover from its shock of China going Red.  The Truman Korean policy of making police actions across the planet, causes countries to hate the US.  Stalin died in the early 1950s, Mao likewise has died.  America should not establish it’s Great Power credentials by duplicating this Truman error.  The Lord Voldemort mistake wherein he assumed that he alone must kill Harry Potter.  This flawed decision of leadership, in effect, made Potter his equal.  Voldemort, in this sense compares to Germany which lost two European wars, based upon a collision course strategy.

War reflects an absolute disaster in leadership.  War dramatically changes both winners and losers of the confrontation.  A nation state changes its course, comparable to a mighty river being dammed.  The two world wars destroyed the imperial first world status of Europe.  The American Civil War switched the priority of States forming a larger Republic, to a democracy with an ever enlarging voter franchise.  The American defeat in Vietnam made a check on the American Containment Policy, perhaps on par with the disastrous invasions of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

         Israel should strive to prioritize trade – Butter over guns – as its Foreign Policy. This – Butter over guns – strategic Foreign Policy should dominate the US/Israel strategic international relations.  Israel should switch and strive to make North African countries as its main trading partners and abandon trade with Europe. In the 19th Century the Policy of – Butter over guns – shaped US international relations. Of all countries, Israel owes its greatest debt of gratitude to America – above all other countries.   In the 19th Century, when the US established diplomatic relations with a country; they prioritized trade, they built Universities etc.  By contrast, US embassies today compare to Soviet embassies under Stalin, built as fortresses. When US embassies exist like some Alamo fort, this short sighted policy decision strongly indicates that US Foreign Policy produces hatred against America , rather than awe of the Golden Medina.

Golden Medina that’s how Jews living under the cruel Czar pogroms referred to America!  It’s the Foreign Policy model that Washington together with Jerusalem should strive to duplicate. The Cold War ended in 1989.   It’s time that American Foreign Policy i.e. the State Department – wake up and smell the coffee.  Nothing destabilizes a region of the world faster than a Cold War style arms race.  The two US policy initiatives which defined Cold War America, the Containment Policy and the Marshall Plan.  The Pax American Empire established military bases in over 150 countries because of the Marshall Plan.  Countries which accepted US foreign loans equally permitted the construction of US military bases within their countries.  This post War Truman style, both the US and Israel should now emphatically reject.  The European model of sowing social anarchy within a region which they hope to eventually invade and occupy, merits nothing short of total and absolute contempt.  Possibly the best example of this type of imperialism, the ‘balance of power’ policy established by John Russell, Smith-Stanley, Disraeli, and Gladstone.  Maintenance of the ‘balance of power’ in a region referred to the establishment of British domination of that region, as first among equals.  In the late 19th Century the Great Powers carved up China into ‘spheres of influence’.

Man’s ability to kill Man, ever improves in efficiency.  But nation states remain in fixed locations that do not change.  Consequently, when a nation develops and charts its long term strategic objectives, this foreign policy becomes fixed.  Administrations come and go, each tweaks and fine tunes its fixed strategic objectives as that Administration views its current interests.  The post war US debt serves as a most obvious example.  Following WW2, no President has ever attempted to dismantle the Federal bureaucracy, as the chief means to reduce the Federal budget deficit.  Bureaucracies once started never cease, their budgets increase almost each and every year thereafter.  The Federal Unions have made it practically illegal for the President to fire corrupt or inefficient public workers.  President Reagan and his struggle with the air traffic controllers.  He eventually won and fired some 11,000 workers.  But that fight placed the American people at tremendous risk.  Had a major air disaster struck, Reagan most probably would not have run for a second term of Office.  Thereafter, Reagan ceased any further attempts to “Drain the Swamp”.  He switched his quagmire to the far less risky adventure: the sale of illegal drugs for arms – history remembers as the Contra Affair.

Herein concludes the learning on this the 7th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא.

Lateral Learning

         The 6th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא learns from the bottom of .ה to the top of .ו.  This sugia addresses the possibility of even further simplifying the extremely complex subject of damages.  The art of making logical deductions by which the sages strive to refine the concept of damages, this issue our sugia addresses.

ותנן בבא קמא דף ט: כל שחבתי בשמירתו – הכשרתי את נזקו.  הכשרתי במקצת נזקו – חבתי בתשלומין כהכשר כל נזקו.  ותנן פרק שלישי.  נשברה כדו ברה”ר והוחלק אחד במים או שלקה בחרסית, חייב.  רבי יהודה אומר במתכוין חייב, באינו מתכוין פטור.  ותנן פרק חמישי.  כסהו הראשון, ובא השני ומצאו מגולה, ולא כסהו – השני חייב.  כסהו כראוי ונפל לתוכו שור או חמור ומת – פטור.  לא כסהו כראוי ונפל לתוכו שור או חמור ומת – חייב.
שמע קולנו ה’ אלהינו, חוס ורחם עלינו, וקבל ברחמים וברצון את תפלתנו, כי אל שומע תפלות ותחנונים אתה, ומלפניך מלכנו, ריקם אל תשיבנו.  כי אתה שומע תפלת עמך ישראל ברחמים:  ברוך אתה ה’, שומע תפלה.
Our sages teach: tefilla learns from
שמואל א ב:א.  ותתפלל חנה ותאמר עלץ לבי בה’ רמה קרני בה’ רחב פי על אויבי כי שמחתי בישועתך.
As tefilla requires k’vanna so too the determination of restitution for damages.  Worlds separate a person who sets a trap to inflict damages from accidents which likewise cause injury of persons and goods.
         Tefilla learns from Egypt. Tefilla, defines the avodat HaShem of the Cohen people.  What causes Israel to abandon the Cohen faith?
שופטים יז:ו.  בימים ההם אין מלך בישראל איש הישר בעיניו יעשה…יח:א.  שבט הדני מבקש לו נחלה לשבת חי לא נפלה לו עד היום ההוא בתוך שבטי ישראל בנחלה…כא:כה.  איש הישר בעיניו יעשה.  כלל, פרט, כלל.
יג:א.  ויסיפו בני ישראל לעשות הרע בעיני ה’ ויתנם ה’ ביד פלשתים ארבעים שנה.  יג:ח,ט.  ויעתר מנוח אל ה’ ויאמר בי אדוני איש האלהים אשר שלחת יבוא נא עוד אלינו ויורנו מה נעשה לנער היולד.  וישמע האלהים בקול מנוח ויבא מלאך האלהים עוד אל האשה וכו’.
נזיר כנג נזיר … שמשון כנגד שמואל.  יעתר כנגד תפילה:  שמות ח: כד.  העתירו בעדי.
The Book of שופטים teaches that Israel behaved without דרך ארץ among our people.  Failure to behave with respect for the dignity of others – rips the social fabric of a society.  Par’o too lacked דרך ארץ in his relationship with Israel.  The ensuing plagues brought in their wake chaos and anarchy unto Egyptian society.

Did שמשון behave with דרך ארץ on par שמואל?  No, based on the conclusion of שופטים: אין מלך בישראל.  The language of מלכות refers to a persons command over tohor middot.  When tuma middot govern within the heart of Israel, we – as a collective people – break faith with the brit Cohen relationship.  The Gemara of ברכות commands the halaka which requires that a blessing have שם ומלכות.  The meaning of this halaka, that a person commands his tohor middot to rule over the tuma middot within his heart.  Herein defines the blessing by which Yitzak did bless Yaacov.

         Whether Moshe sent to Egypt, or Hanna rejoicing over the birth of שמואל, the k’vanna of tefilla: the commitment by the Cohen people to dedicate tohor middot unto HaShem, as expressed in our social behavior among Yidden.  Petitions to HaShem for things we want compares to the Goyim custom of Xmas.  If we keep our part of the brit alliance, HaShem rains blessing down upon our nation.

         The closing blessing of שמע קולנו makes רמז to the Moshiach, from the commandment to set aside the house of Aaron, to the mitzva which sanctifies the generations of the house of David to obey the commandments and mitzvot, to the posok halaka established by the rabbis to this very day.  The gradations of Moshiach as expressed through commandments, mitzvot, and halakot, they all refine the tohor middot within the hearts of the Cohen nation.

         As our forefathers endured the oppression of slavery, this harsh oppression caused a majority of our own people to resist their normal desire to view other Yidden with צר עיין or speak לשון הרע.  Three years after the Shoah the nation state of Israel rose from the ashes of Europe, and Xtians went into moral exile – post poop Pius XII, the Church lost influence as the defining moral authority among Europeans.

         The classic concept of the prophetic mitzva of Moshiach learns from ישעיה.  There that prophet employs the משל of עמנו אל.  The casting off of local sovereignty conflicts upon the dung heaps of g’lut … unto the Assyrian devastating siege of Jerusalem.  Israel made a tuma demand unto שמואל, to anoint a king to fight their wars.  The king of Israel, not a man of flesh and blood but rather the sworn oath brit cut at Gilgal – Rashi tefillen – HaShem judged the Gods of Sennacherib just as HaShem did judge the Gods of Par’o.  Herein defines the k’vanna of  שמע קולנו.

This concludes the learning on the 6th sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא.

Coming Attractions

שמע קולנו ה’ אלהינו, חוס ורחם עלינו, וקבל ברחמים וברצון את תפלתנו, כי אל שומע תפלות ותחנונים אתה, ומלפניך מלכנו, ריקם אל תשיבנו.  כי אתה שומע תפלת עמך ישראל ברחמים:  ברוך אתה ה’, שומע תפלה.

Our sages within the masoret of our Talmud teach: tefilla learns from
שמואל א ב:א.  ותתפלל חנה ותאמר עלץ לבי בה’ רמה קרני בה’ רחב פי על אויבי כי שמחתי בישועתך.

         Tefilla learns from Egypt. Tefilla, the avodat HaShem of the Cohen people.  What causes Israel to abandon the Cohen faith?
שופטים יז:ו.  בימים ההם אין מלך בישראל איש הישר בעיניו יעשה…יח:א.  שבט הדני מבקש לו נחלה לשבת חי לא נפלה לו עד היום ההוא בתוך שבטי ישראל בנחלה…כא:כה.  איש הישר בעיניו יעשה.  כלל, פרט, כלל.
יג:א.  ויסיפו בני ישראל לעשות הרע בעיני ה’ ויתנם ה’ ביד פלשתים ארבעים שנה.  יג:ח,ט.  ויעתר מנוח אל ה’ ויאמר בי אדוני איש האלהים אשר שלחת יבוא נא עוד אלינו ויורנו מה נעשה לנער היולד.  וישמע האלהים בקול מנוח ויבא מלאך האלהים עוד אל האשה וכו’.
נזיר כנג נזיר … שמשון כנגד שמואל.  יעתר כנגד תפילה:  שמות ח: כד.  העתירו בעדי.
The Book of שופטים teaches that Israel behaved without דרך ארץ among their own.  Par’o too lacked דרך ארץ in his relationship with Israel.  Did שמשון behave with דרך ארץ on par שמואל?  No, based on the conclusion of שופטים: אין מלך בישראל.  The language of מלכות refers to a persons command over tohor middot.  When tuma middot govern within the heart of Israel, we – as a collective people – break faith with the brit Cohen relationship.  The Gemara of ברכות commands the halaka which requires that a blessing have שם ומלכות.  The meaning of this halaka, that a person commands his tohor middot to rule over the tuma middot within his heart.  Herein defines the blessing by which Yitzak did bless Yaacov.

         Whether Moshe sent to Egypt, or Hanna rejoicing over the birth of שמואל, the k’vanna of tefilla: the commitment by the Cohen people to dedicate tohor middot unto HaShem, as expressed in our social behavior among Yidden.  Petitions to HaShem for things we want compares to the Goyim custom of Xmas.  If we keep our part of the brit alliance, HaShem rains blessing down upon our nation.

         The closing blessing of שמע קולנו makes רמז to the Moshiach, from the commandment to set aside the house of Aaron, to the mitzva which sanctifies the generations of the house of David to obey the commandments and mitzvot, to the posok halaka established by the rabbis to this very day.  The gradations of Moshiach as expressed through commandments, mitzvot, and halakot, they all refine the tohor middot within the hearts of the Cohen nation.

         As our forefathers endured the oppression of slavery, the domination of oppression caused a majority of our own people to resist the desire to view other Yidden with צר עיין or speak לשון הרע.  Three years after the Shoah the nation state of Israel rose from the ashes of Europe, and Xtians went into moral exile – post poop Pius XII, the Church lost influence as the defining moral authority among Europeans.

         The classic concept of the prophetic mitzva of Moshiach learns from ישעיה.  There that prophet employs the משל of עמנו אל.  The casting off of local sovereignty conflicts upon the dung heaps of g’lut … unto the Assyrian siege of Jerusalem.  Israel made demand unto שמואל to anoint a king to fight their wars.  The king of Israel, not a man of flesh and blood but rather the sworn oath brit cut at Gilgal – Rashi tefillen.  HaShem judged the Gods of Sennacherib just as HaShem did judge the Gods of Par’o.  Herein defines the k’vanna of  שמע קולנו.

Lateral Learning

The fifth sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא contains 3 lines of Gemara and concludes on .דף ה.

לא הרי השור כהרי המבעה:  מאי קאמר?  אמר רב זביד משמיה דרבא, הכי קאמר לכתוב רחמנא חדא ותיתי אידך מיניה.  הדר אמר חדא מחדא לא אתיא.
את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום:  ברוך אתה ה’, מצמיח קרן ישועה.

The blessing separates the tohor substance of wisdom from its tuma shadows of wisdom.  The classic משל of tuma, a man who cheats and has affairs with other women.  The Book of שופטים teaches its mussar by referring to a time when on “king” ruled the land.  The נמשל of this משל, that Yidden conducted their social affairs with their people without דרך ארץ.

From the violent theft of an idol by the Tribe of Dan, to a man cutting up his brutally raped wife into 12 parts and sending them to the Tribes of Israel.  The Book of מלכים, instructs with the mussar משל of young king Shlomo pleading for wisdom by which to rule, but his Court not only fails to establish a Federal Sanhedrin Court system, but tolerates pimps and prostitutes as well as tuma “High Places” private altars – comparable to the story of God, worshipped till the violent brutality of Tribe of Dan caused the people to die in g’lut.

         Wisdom separates the tohor wisdom from tuma wisdom, it distinguishes between the human life from the human shadow of life by making a clear discernment of priorities.  The well of Mariam, the people correctly prioritize human welfare over animal welfare.  Later three Tribes would prioritize their cattle over their wives and children.  Healing, by placing the image of a snake upon a pole, likewise requires a wisdom that distinguishes the tohor substance from its tuma shadow.  The prophet ירמיה discerned from which nation would carry the kingdom of David unto g’lut.  Whereas the prophets of lies, at best could only make a showy pretense of wisdom, like placing bull horns upon their heads to encourage their king to engage in a disastrous war.

         To develop מלכות of tohor middot/attributes, means that a person self actualizes these middot by modifying how he conducts his social affairs with and among our bnai brit allies.  Prophetic mitzvot refine the Torah commandments in this manner.  The warp/woof halaka/aggadita relationship further purifies and refines Torah commandments and prophetic mitzvot.

Post WW2, Europe lay in total ruin. These crude inhuman barbarians had forfeited their mantle, as king of the First world great powers.  American troops occupy Europe to this day.  When the EU attempted to write a Constitution, it made no mention to Xtianity – that dead religion whose fruits of faith produced both Stalin and Hitler.  Europe has a long and bloody history of crimes against humanity.

Yet, today European society stands aghast, in absolute horror.  Three years after the despicable crime of the millennia – the Shoah – Jews achieved political independence as a nation!  Xtian Europe finds itself in moral exile.  Jews rule our national homelands.  While Xtian Europe stoops completely disgraced in the eyes of the community of Nations, guilty beyond the metaphor of debauchery!  European society, utterly criminal and despised beyond disgrace. This society of inhuman barbarians, waits for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus, to take away the sins of their war crimes; their betrayal of humanity compares to a dog who returns to eat its own vomit.

Only in Greek/Roman mythology does a God rape a married woman, and the child produced, somehow [a miracle] does not qualify as a bastard son.  The Roman forgery known as the New Testament dolls up its “virgin birth” of Jesus, in the shadow of messianic Jewish garments. But the substance of Xtian theology stands upon the ideology of Greek/Roman mythology; little surprise that the earliest manuscripts of the Xtian new bible – written in Greek.  That work refers to this dolled up Cinderella in glass slippers as: “a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing”.

The messiah claims, by which the European church makes claim to its Gospel good news, a ridiculous distortion of T’NaCH “prophecy”.  The T’NaCH – [Torah/Prophets/Holy Writings].  The latter division functions as the Primary Source commentary to both the Books of Prophets and the Torah.  Jewish jurisprudence obeys certain defined sets of priorities.  Obviously the post Torah generations struggled with interpreting our Torah “Constitution” [something like the Koran in Saudi Arabia and Iran today].

A basic rule of interpretation: you cannot learn a verse taken out of its sugia context.  Rav Aaron learned each and every sugia within the Sha’s as an intact/whole unit.  Commentaries made upon Torah and Talmud have no legs.  Meaning to understand a commentary requires that a person study it together with the Primary Source upon which it learns.  Both Torah and Nach employ a systematic “Order” of either פ\ס [chapter/sugia], or clearly marked sugiot contained in all the Books of the Nach.

Another basic rule, called – “a mountain hanging by a hair” – key words like faith, love etc require a prior definition from the Torah itself, before later scholars can “hang” other ideas or concepts upon these strategic words.  The Torah defines “prophet” as a person who commands mussar.  Mussar applies equally to each and all generations of people living on this earth.  Mussar means דרך ארץ.

This concept of mussar דרך ארץ roughly instructs – that a person dedicates tohor pronoun attributes of G-d unto HaShem.  The intent, that a person commits to modify or change the manner by which he socially interacts with others based upon the defined midda/attribute which he dedicates to G-d within his heart.  This type of Jewish spirituality defines the complex subject of prayer, known as tefilla.  G-d hears a person’s tefilla, when that person, based upon the defined midda/attribute so dedicated as Holy, modifies how he socially interacts with other people.

The Talmud learns a tuma human midda/attribute by way of the משל: a person going to a mikveh while holding a rat.  [Non Jews don’t know the culture and customs of the chosen Cohen nation.  The Torah tohor commandment applies to married women, strictly as a specific example.  It requires married women to ritually purify themselves following their menstruation.  The reason for this, a woman ovulates 7 to 11 days after she ceases bleeding.  Ritual purity customs favor that couples have sex under conditions most conducive to producing children from those sexual couplings.

Consequently by these purity customs, a Jewish woman must bathe herself in a special bath known as a mikveh.  A person who seeks to make oneself “tohor” [Tohor, a very complex subject.  The entire service of the house of Aaron, to dedicate sacrifices unto G-d.  This avoda revolves around this subject of “tohor”.  And it applies across the board to all Jews, not just to married women].

Both males and females have an obligation to dedicate a “tohor” midda/attribute unto G-d.   The משל, of a person, who goes to a mikveh while holding a rat [a tuma/opposite of tohor/ animal], clearly does not make himself ritually purified from his pre-existing tuma.  Therefore based upon this required preface, the human heart equally holds tohor and tuma middot/attributes.  Consequently the Torah spells heart as לבב.  This struggle between tohor and tuma Yatzirot within the heart defines the Jewish concept of prayer, called tefilla.  The avoda of tefilla learns from the aggadic stories of the sons of Adam and the sons of Yitzak.

A person does not make a petition to God for something, a defining attribute of non Jewish prayer.  Rather a person dedicates a “tohor” midda/attribute to HaShem.  A Torah blessing requires שם/the Name and מלכות/rulership over tohor middot pronouns of the Name. The נמשל of tefilla, expressed as the modifications that persons’ tefilla motivates him to modify his social behavior with others.  Jewish tefilla separates itself from non Jewish prayers on this foundation – this basic distinction between tefilla and prayer – essentially differentiates Oral Torah logic from ancient Greek philosophies of logic.

Oral Torah, like prophetic mussar/דרך ארץ, serves as the יסוד by which it further interprets prophetic mitzvot.  This logic format attaches דרוש aggadic mussar to ritual rabbinic laws known as halaka. As oak wooden barrels traditionally ages wine, so too דרך ארץ matures avodat HaShem.   A person who observes and keeps halaka without dedication of some specific tohor midda/attribute to G-d, compares to a person who goes to the mikvah while holding a dead rat.

Practical halaka expands the avenue of Jewish tefilla dedications to HaShem, unto all fields and walks of life, from how a person eats, ties his shoes, or wipes his behind.  Talmud learns halaka bound unto mussar aggadita.  The divorce by Reshon scholars, who organized halaka into codes of religious law, produced a disaster for Yiddishkeit perhaps comparable to the crime of the Shoah which destroyed the European “white mans’ burden”.  That moral superiority arrogance by which they esteemed themselves, and looked down their noses upon all inferior peoples and nations.

This concludes the learning on our 5th sugia upon the Av Mishna of בבא קמא.

Lateral Learning

          The fifth sugia of our Av Mishna בבא קמא contains 3 lines of Gemara and concludes on .דף ה.

לא הרי השור כהרי המבעה:  מאי קאמר?  אמר רב זביד משמיה דרבא, הכי קאמר לכתוב רחמנא חדא ותיתי אידך מיניה.  הדר אמר חדא מחדא לא אתיא.
את צמח דוד עבדך מהרה תצמיח, וקרנו תרום בישועתך, כי לישועתך קוינו כל היום:  ברוך אתה ה’, מצמיח קרן ישועה.

The blessing separates the tohor substance of wisdom from its tuma shadows of wisdom.  The classic משל of tuma, a man who cheats and has affairs with other women.  The Book of שופטים teaches its mussar by referring to a time when on “king” ruled the land.  The נמשל of this משל, that Yidden conducted their social affairs with their people without דרך ארץ.

From the violent theft of an idol by the Tribe of Dan, to a man cutting up his brutally raped wife into 12 parts and sending them to the Tribes of Israel.  The Book of מלכים, instructs with the mussar משל of young king Shlomo pleading for wisdom by which to rule, but his Court not only fails to establish a Federal Sanhedrin Court system, but tolerates pimps and prostitutes as well as tuma “High Places” private altars – comparable to the story of God, worshipped till the violent brutality of Tribe of Dan caused the people to die in g’lut.

         Wisdom separates the tohor wisdom from tuma wisdom, it distinguishes between the human life from the human shadow of life by making a clear discernment of priorities.  The well of Mariam, the people correctly prioritize human welfare over animal welfare.  Later three Tribes would prioritize their cattle over their wives and children.  Healing, by placing the image of a snake upon a pole, likewise requires a wisdom that distinguishes the tohor substance from its tuma shadow.  The prophet ירמיה discerned from which nation would carry the kingdom of David unto g’lut.  Whereas the prophets of lies, at best could only make a showy pretense of wisdom, like placing bull horns upon their heads to encourage their king to engage in a disastrous war.

         To develop מלכות of tohor middot/attributes, means that a person self actualizes these middot by modifying how he conducts his social affairs with and among our bnai brit allies.  Prophetic mitzvot refine the Torah commandments in this manner.  The warp/woof halaka/aggadita relationship further purifies and refines Torah commandments and prophetic mitzvot.

Post WW2, Europe lay in total ruin. These crude inhuman barbarians had forfeited their mantle, as king of the First world great powers.  American troops occupy Europe to this day.  When the EU attempted to write a Constitution, it made no mention to Xtianity – that dead religion whose fruits of faith produced both Stalin and Hitler.  Europe has a long and bloody history of crimes against humanity.

Yet, today European society stands aghast, in absolute horror.  Three years after the despicable crime of the millennia – the Shoah – Jews achieved political independence as a nation!  Xtian Europe finds itself in moral exile.  Jews rule our national homelands.  While Xtian Europe stoops completely disgraced in the eyes of the community of Nations, guilty beyond the metaphor of debauchery!  European society, utterly criminal and despised beyond disgrace. This society of inhuman barbarians, waits for the 2nd Coming of Jesus son of Zeus, to take away the sins of their war crimes; their betrayal of humanity compares to a dog who returns to eat its own vomit.

Only in Greek/Roman mythology does a God rape a married woman, and the child produced, somehow [a miracle] does not qualify as a bastard son.  The Roman forgery known as the New Testament dolls up its “virgin birth” of Jesus, in the shadow of messianic Jewish garments. But the substance of Xtian theology stands upon the ideology of Greek/Roman mythology; little surprise that the earliest manuscripts of the Xtian new bible – written in Greek.  That work refers to this dolled up Cinderella in glass slippers as: “a wolf dressed in sheep’s clothing”.

The messiah claims, by which the European church makes claim to its Gospel good news, a ridiculous distortion of T’NaCH “prophecy”.  The T’NaCH – [Torah/Prophets/Holy Writings].  The latter division functions as the Primary Source commentary to both the Books of Prophets and the Torah.  Jewish jurisprudence obeys certain defined sets of priorities.  Obviously the post Torah generations struggled with interpreting our Torah “Constitution” [something like the Koran in Saudi Arabia and Iran today].

A basic rule of interpretation: you cannot learn a verse taken out of its sugia context.  Rav Aaron learned each and every sugia within the Sha’s as an intact/whole unit.  Commentaries made upon Torah and Talmud have no legs.  Meaning to understand a commentary requires that a person study it together with the Primary Source upon which it learns.  Both Torah and Nach employ a systematic “Order” of either פ\ס [chapter/sugia], or clearly marked sugiot contained in all the Books of the Nach.

Another basic rule, called – “a mountain hanging by a hair” – key words like faith, love etc require a prior definition from the Torah itself, before later scholars can “hang” other ideas or concepts upon these strategic words.  The Torah defines “prophet” as a person who commands mussar.  Mussar applies equally to each and all generations of people living on this earth.  Mussar means דרך ארץ.

This concept of mussar דרך ארץ roughly instructs – that a person dedicates tohor pronoun attributes of G-d unto HaShem.  The intent, that a person commits to modify or change the manner by which he socially interacts with others based upon the defined midda/attribute which he dedicates to G-d within his heart.  This type of Jewish spirituality defines the complex subject of prayer, known as tefilla.  G-d hears a person’s tefilla, when that person, based upon the defined midda/attribute so dedicated as Holy, modifies how he socially interacts with other people.

The Talmud learns a tuma human midda/attribute by way of the משל: a person going to a mikveh while holding a rat.  [Non Jews don’t know the culture and customs of the chosen Cohen nation.  The Torah tohor commandment applies to married women, strictly as a specific example.  It requires married women to ritually purify themselves following their menstruation.  The reason for this, a woman ovulates 7 to 11 days after she ceases bleeding.  Ritual purity customs favor that couples have sex under conditions most conducive to producing children from those sexual couplings.

Consequently by these purity customs, a Jewish woman must bathe herself in a special bath known as a mikveh.  A person who seeks to make oneself “tohor” [Tohor, a very complex subject.  The entire service of the house of Aaron, to dedicate sacrifices unto G-d.  This avoda revolves around this subject of “tohor”.  And it applies across the board to all Jews, not just to married women].

Both males and females have an obligation to dedicate a “tohor” midda/attribute unto G-d.   The משל, of a person, who goes to a mikveh while holding a rat [a tuma/opposite of tohor/ animal], clearly does not make himself ritually purified from his pre-existing tuma.  Therefore based upon this required preface, the human heart equally holds tohor and tuma middot/attributes.  Consequently the Torah spells heart as לבב.  This struggle between tohor and tuma Yatzirot within the heart defines the Jewish concept of prayer, called tefilla.  The avoda of tefilla learns from the aggadic stories of the sons of Adam and the sons of Yitzak.

A person does not make a petition to God for something, a defining attribute of non Jewish prayer.  Rather a person dedicates a “tohor” midda/attribute to HaShem.  A Torah blessing requires שם/the Name and מלכות/rulership over tohor middot pronouns of the Name. The נמשל of tefilla, expressed as the modifications that persons’ tefilla motivates him to modify his social behavior with others.  Jewish tefilla separates itself from non Jewish prayers on this foundation – this basic distinction between tefilla and prayer – essentially differentiates Oral Torah logic from ancient Greek philosophies of logic.

Oral Torah, like prophetic mussar/דרך ארץ, serves as the יסוד by which it further interprets prophetic mitzvot.  This logic format attaches דרוש aggadic mussar to ritual rabbinic laws known as halaka. As oak wooden barrels traditionally ages wine, so too דרך ארץ matures avodat HaShem.   A person who observes and keeps halaka without dedication of some specific tohor midda/attribute to G-d, compares to a person who goes to the mikvah while holding a dead rat.

Practical halaka expands the avenue of Jewish tefilla dedications to HaShem, unto all fields and walks of life, from how a person eats, ties his shoes, or wipes his behind.  Talmud learns halaka bound unto mussar aggadita.  The divorce by Reshon scholars, who organized halaka into codes of religious law, produced a disaster for Yiddishkeit perhaps comparable to the crime of the Shoah which destroyed the European “white mans’ burden”.  That moral superiority arrogance by which they esteemed themselves, and looked down their noses upon all inferior peoples and nations.

This concludes the learning on our 5th sugia upon the Av Mishna of בבא קמא.