A Response to Northeastern Jewish Studies Blog@

Flour and Torah

By Lori Hope Lefkovitz.

Lori Hope Lefkovitz, the Ruderman Professor of Jewish Studies, directs the Northeastern Humanities Center and the Jewish Studies Program at Northeastern University. The founding director of Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women and Gender Studies, the first such center at a rabbinical seminary.

Her article opens with a quote from Pirkei Avot 17:3: Rabbi Elazar ben Azariah said: Where there is no Torah, there is no right conduct; where there is no right conduct, there is no Torah. Where there is no wisdom there is no fear of God; where there is no fear of God, there is no wisdom. Where there is no understanding, there is no knowledge; where there is no knowledge, there is no understanding. Where there is no bread, there is no Torah; where there is no Torah, there is no bread.

Let’s define some of the key terms of this passage from Avot. Right conduct refers to the concept known as derech eretz, a complex idea whereby this tractate of the Mishna defines prophesy, as meaning: mussar. Mussar has the meaning of: awareness of the finger of HaShem within our lives. Prophets to not foretell the future – this tuma represents a form of witchcraft. Prophets mussar commandments seek to give direction to the Yatzir Ha’Tov within the Cohen peoples’ hearts in our struggle with our Esau nature, commonly known as Satan or Yatzir Ha’Rah. Clearly the Torah concept of Satan diverges completely from the European Goyim religions who view Satan as the Devil who rebelled against God, and got cast into Hell.

Avot likewise teaches that derech ertetz precedes the Torah. Meaning the entire revelation of the Torah at Sinai, it stands upon the foundation of mussar: the awareness of HaShem within our lives. Naturally if Israel stood at Sinai and their hearts compared unto Par’o, at the time of the splitting of the Sea of Sof, then Israel could not have accepted the Torah at Sinai!

The next דיוק made by the quoted passage from Avot: wisdom and fear of G-d. Wisdom stands apart from knowledge. Wisdom compares to a person who acquires a skill by constant repetition of that labor. Like a brick layer. Laying brick with precision and speed qualifies as a “Chochmah/wisdom”. A person repeats a work over and again and attains a mastery. Open any Book of the Talmud, you will see on every page 4 lines of Rashi & Tosafot commentaries above the first line of the Mishna or Gemara. This organization of every page of the Talmud – likewise comes from Avot 1:1 – Moshe received the Torah at Sinai and transmitted it to Yehoshua, and Yehoshua to the elders, and the elders to the prophets, and the prophets to the men of the Great Assembly. Moshe repeated the instruction of the Torah no less than 4 times. Hence every page within the Talmud has 4 lines of Rashi and Tosafot commentaries above the opening line of the Talmud – a reference to Avot 1:1.

Fear of G-d, refers to a person who strives to build a good reputation: Baal Shem Tov. A man can work his entire life to build a good reputation and one silly/foolish act can destroy that good name. Something like a catholic priest who secretly rapes little choir boys. Or christian hate propaganda which maligns Jews as the spawn of Satan and the Nazis base their murder of Jews which resulted in the Shoah upon the some 2000 years of the christian message of hate. An evil eye and an evil tongue, they both accomplish the same effect, simply they employ different senses of the body, whereby they encourage others to hate and despise some targeted others. Once had a girl friend who referred to this plague, she called such people who practice this type of behavior: “psychic drains”. Other people understand that term as a type of energy sickness, how we can feel sick and even have some symptoms from being energetically depleted. Europeans did not just wake up one day and decide to murder 75% of all Jews in Europe, and do this crime in less than 4 years.

The reputation of European society as 1st world has collapsed as a consequence to the Shoah crimes against humanity. Post WW2 all the mighty empires of Europe collapsed. The sun set upon the British empire. Europeans now bear the name: crude barbarians, peoples who have no culture, dignity, or respect. Actions have their consequences. Cowards love to point blame fingers at others, but the systematic murder of European Jewry could not have occurred had Hitler not had willing helpers. The Allies new of the death camps and refused to bomb the rail lines. Almost all countries across the planet closed their doors to Jews seeking asylum refuge. The Chamberlain appeasement – two state solution of Czechoslavakia – destroyed that nation prior to the world war. Britain imposed a two state solution upon India, and 5 major wars ensued. Europe demands a two state solution on the Jewish state, that Israel surrender its amazing victory of the June 1967 Six Day War. Irregardless that to divide the Jewish state would result in total ruin of the Jewish state! Europe would happily occupy Israel, like the Nazi’s occupied Czechoslavakia in 1938!

The next דיוק/inference distinguishes understanding from knowledge. The Talmud defines understanding as development of the ability to discern like from like; to learn a matter in the midst of another matter. Knowledge compares to simple rote learning; children possessing the ability to repeat verbatim, word for word what they have learned. The quoted passage of Avot then returns full circle and compares Torah to bread. Eating bread requires vigorous mastication; something like ruminant animals. Ruminants, as a point of observation, they all have 4 stomachs!

Chag Shevuoth culminates the counting of the Omer. Previously my commentary addressed the k’vanna of counting the Omer. The Omer makes a דיוק on removing the chametz prior to Pesach. The search to remove chametz (leavened bread) serves as a משל, which teaches the נמשל of removing avoda zara from our lives. Comparable to La’van searching the Tents of Yaacov in search of his stolen god. Learning by means of applying a logical דיוק\inference essentially defines the concept of משל\נמשל. Wisdom and understanding stand apart and opposite of simple rote knowledge. The latter exists as passively acquired information. Whereas the former most essentially requires an active “awareness”, comparable to mussar, to discern the “black fire from the white fire”. The developed photograph from its negative sheet of transparent film images. Something like male and female bolt & nuts. The zivug couple of Pesach/Shevuoth contrasts slaves leaving Egypt to the free Cohen nation in possession of the awareness to accept the revelation of HaShem into our lives for all generations which our people live on the face of this earth – by all generations swearing the oath brit of נעשה ונשמע. We will do and hear: what does this oath mean? The Cohen nation accepts full responsibility for both the blessing (the 1st commandment) and the curse (the 2nd commandment). All the rest of the Torah commandments serve as simply a commentary to these opening first two commandments which all generations of Israel have a Torah obligation to accept.

Lori Hope Lefkovitz makes reference to the concept of the רמח”ל, Rabbi Luzzatto kabbalah of the Moshiach commonly known as “tikkun olam”, a term which has the same definition as derech eretz, meaning emotional maturity. New babies, by definition have never developed the wisdom of derech eretz. Slaves coming out of Egypt compare to new babies. The mussar of the revelation of derech eretz, of HaShem within our lives, defines fear of heaven and Torah wisdom.

This next YouTube clip, likewise pathetic, attempts to address the subject of kashrut – keeping kosher. The chosen Cohen nation stands apart from all Goyim who refused to accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. The stories of Bil’am and the war with Median, from this Torah source the sages learned about forbidden wines, Kashering Pots & Pans, and other fences around the Torah. This clip like most all these YouTube clips, offers a pathetic attempt to understand a basic idea. The Torah commands the Cohen nation not to assimilate and practice and do the cultures and customs of Goyim who never accepted the Torah revelation at Sinai. Listened to the US Holocaust presentation which attempted to address the causes for European insanity. This and that “expert” said: blah and more blah. The source for all Antisemitism throughout history: when the Cohen people abandon the obligation to keep and protect, and maintain the Torah defined culture of the Cohen nation. The House of Aaron get anointed/Moshiach and immediately after the Torah address the subject of tohor and tuma animals! For example: the Torah explicitly commands not to eat blood. What and which blood does the Torah refer? Living blood. Which means what? Living blood learns from korbanot. The Gemara of Pesach teaches that the sages rejected the notion of scooping up blood from the ground and pouring that blood upon the altar. Why? No direct proof that the blood scooped up from the ground qualifies as “living blood”; blood that gushes out of the cut coriatic artery for as long as the heart of the sacrificial animal beats. Contrast the liver, full of blood. Yet if a person by accident cooked liver in a pan, permitted to eat the liver but the pan the liver was cooked becomes trief. By the time the liver gets removed from the animal, without question that animal, already dead. Blood from the heart by stark contrast, a serious doubt exists if the blood within the heart does not qualify as “living blood” at the moment the heart of the animal slaughtered stops beating. Therefore the blood of the liver exists as rabbinic blood whereas the blood of the heart exists as a doubt if its living blood which the Torah commands not to eat!

Shabbot observance as opposed by the Xtian and Muslim concept of “the day of rest”. This next YouTube clip an christian preacher talks about the shmita year. The contrast between how Goyim theologians preach their understanding of the shmita totally contrasts with the Torah concept of the holy land, as opposed to lands/countries other than the oath sworn lands.

The focus of Talmudic learning, making the דיוק/logical inference. The Torah commands not to work. The Gemara of Shabbot defines the forbidden aspect of the commandment not to work – as the 39 principle labors required to build the Mishkan/Tabernacle. But Shabbot begins and ends by making a הבדלה\a distinction between shabbot and chol. Therefore work has no less than two opposing aspects: forbidden labor and permitted, praise worthy labor!

The praise worthy labor qualifies as the דיוק made upon the forbidden labor. Making shalom between family and close trusted friends – requires work, a lot of work. If a man does not go out of his way to validate and acknowledge his wife and family – not long before that man finds himself divorced. Shabbot separates and distinguishes the work required to make a living from the work required to keep & maintain a stable family and close friends relations. This face of doing “work” on shabbot, its what fundamentally separates Shabbot observance from Xtian sunday and Muslim friday. Come shabbot a man ceased to do פרנסה/livelihood work and dedicates making shalom work to maintain and repair family and close friends personal relations. This distinction between work and work, this הבדלה separates shabbot from chol, and makes shabbot a holy day.

The Shmita Year begins on Rosh HaShana. The 6th middle blessing of the Shemone Esri contains the language: ותן ברכה\טל ומטר לברכה על פני האדמה ושבענו מטובה … religious Goyim refer to ארץ ישראל by the title: “Holy Land”. What makes this land “holy”? Rabbi Yechuda HaNasi addressed the subject of the Torah misspelling the word heart as found in the paragraphs of the mitzva of kre’a shma: בכל לבבך\כם. Rabbi Yechuda learned that a man has to serve HaShem with the 2 Yatzirot within his heart, the Yatzir HaTov and the Yatzir HaRah. Where did Rabbi Yechuda learn this chiddush from the Torah? The first word of the Torah בראשית\ב’ ראשית – Two Beginnings. In the womb of Rivka, Yitzak’s wife, the Torah tells that two nations struggled within her womb.

The Torah stands upon good and evil, blessing and curse, redemption from g’lut and g’lut. The brit which Avram cut with HaShem between the pieces defines the brit of the Cohen nation. But the genesis of the Cohen nation starts with the life and death struggle between Cain and Abel. The Torah tells the story of the chosen Cohen nation, and it never deviates from this single narrative. HaShem redeemed Israel from Egyptian slavery and with the death of the first born on Pesach night, HaShem chose Israel as His first born Cohen people – the nation of Cohanim.

The story of this nation of Cohanim, the narrative switches from blessing and curse; the Cohen nation maintaining the tohor status which avodat HaShem most essentially requires vs. the people embracing and assimilating to the cultures and customs of Goyim who never accepted the Torah revelation at Sinai. Within the hearts of the Cohen nation these two Yatzirot wrestle together, as did Yaacov wrestle the Angel of Esau. The Torah commands mussar, because mussar applies to each and every generation that lives and shall ever live on the planet earth. Mussar defines the term “prophet”; prophets command mussar. Mussar arouses awareness of the finger of HaShem within our lives, based upon the revelation of the Torah at Sinai wherein all of Israel experienced the revelation of awareness of HaShem in their lives at that specific moment in time.

But what happens when through the “art of persuasion”, that Jews assimilate – every man woman and child – abandon tohora and embrace and accept the cultures and customs practiced by Goyim. Goyim who never accepted the Torah at Sinai. The anger of HaShem burns against Israel, and the total defeat in war up-roots the Jewish people from off our lands. Our surviving remnants languish in exile/g’lut in foreign lands, among alien peoples who practice cultures and customs completely separate and independent from the cultures and customs of the brit Cohen nation who “accepted” the Torah at Sinai, based upon the commitment to do avodat Hashem while breathing tohor spirits. (The Wilderness generation “accepted” the Torah at Sinai, but 10 times their faith flagged and they, like Par’o could not perceive the revelation of HaShem within their lives).

What happens when, through the art of persuasion, that our the Yatzir HaRa prevails, and Israel abandons the tohor precondition of doing avodat HaShem? The last bastion of hope for the chosen Cohen seed of Avraham … the land itself cries out just has it did when Cain murdered Abel; HaShem remembers the brit sworn together with Yaacov, with Yitzak, on the merits of Avraham. The keeping of the Shmita recognizes the oath as holy wherein HaShem swore to give the land of cursed Canaan to the Cohen seed of Avraham. The prophets command a mussar which denounces Israel when we abandon the Cohen faith. The last bastion of hope for the Cohen seed of Avraham, who have broken faith and renounced the Cohen obligations, only the land crying out unto HaShem – causes HaShem to remember the Brit sworn to the Avot. The holiness of the land inspires HaShem to redeem his chosen Cohen nation from g’lut.

Not the righteousness of Israel did the IDF prevail over the multiple Arab nations in all previous wars. Rather the wickedness of the Goyim, Arabs made open alliance with Hitler. During those desperate times Jews had almost totally abandoned the tohor faith. Even now very few Jews struggle to define from the Torah the Oral Torah 13 tohor middot. Herein defines the k’vanna of מברך השנים.

This next YouTube clip, likewise pathetic, attempts to address the subject of kashrut – keeping kosher. The chosen Cohen nation stands apart from all Goyim who refused to accept the revelation of the Torah at Sinai. The stories of Bil’am and the war with Median, from this Torah source the sages learned about forbidden wines, Kashering Pots & Pans, and other fences around the Torah. This clip like most all these YouTube clips, offers a pathetic attempt to understand a basic idea. The Torah commands the Cohen nation not to assimilate and practice and do the cultures and customs of Goyim who never accepted the Torah revelation at Sinai. Listened to the US Holocaust presentation which attempted to address the causes for European insanity. This and that “expert” said: blah and more blah. The source for all Antisemitism throughout history: when the Cohen people abandon the obligation to keep and protect, and maintain the Torah defined culture of the Cohen nation. The House of Aaron get anointed/Moshiach and immediately after the Torah address the subject of tohor and tuma animals! For example: the Torah explicitly commands not to eat blood. What and which blood does the Torah refer? Living blood. Which means what? Living blood learns from korbanot. The Gemara of Pesach teaches that the sages rejected the notion of scooping up blood from the ground and pouring that blood upon the altar. Why? No direct proof that the blood scooped up from the ground qualifies as “living blood”; blood that gushes out of the cut coriatic artery for as long as the heart of the sacrificial animal beats. Contrast the liver, full of blood. Yet if a person by accident cooked liver in a pan, permitted to eat the liver but the pan the liver was cooked becomes trief. By the time the liver gets removed from the animal, without question that animal, already dead. Blood from the heart by stark contrast, a serious doubt exists if the blood within the heart does not qualify as “living blood” at the moment the heart of the animal slaughtered stops beating. Therefore the blood of the liver exists as rabbinic blood whereas the blood of the heart exists as a doubt if its living blood which the Torah commands not to eat!

This next YouTube clip attempts to address the subject of marriage. Yes, the presentation, utterly pathetic. Jewish marriage קידושין ultimately defines the whole of Yiddishkeit. קידושין learns from the 3rd Parsha in the Book of בראשית, the brit cut between the pieces. How many children did Avram have when he mutually together with HaShem swore an oath alliance/brit? Answer, that old man had no children. From this source the Torah defines the concept of O’lam Ha’bah. HaShem and Avram mutually swore their respective oaths. Seed as the stars in the heavens for multitude vs. the Spirit of the Name of HaShem lives within the hearts of the chosen Cohen nation. קידושין this mitzva too directly and closely resembles an oath, its done with witnesses and a minyan – comparable by inference to the chillul Hashem made by both the spies sent by Moshe to search out the land, and a man who divorces his wife and refuses to give her her “get”! The Torah defines the mitzva of love as “ownership”. A man does not “love” that which he does not own. What does a man “acquire” when he makes קידושין with his wife? He acquires her nefesh O’lam Ha’Bah soul! What’s that? The children born into the future consequent to this union. קידושין learns directly from the brit cut between the pieces wherein the old man Avram had no children at the time of the oath brit. Herein explains the halachic custom (fence around the Torah) of Shomer Negiah as the יסוד of tohorat ha’biet. All avodat HaShem organized around the concept of tohor. The Cohen nation cannot practice avodat HaShem without obeying the pre-condition of tohor. Tohar serves as the יסוד of all mitzvot observances/avodat HaShem. When a man “acquires” his wife, he takes ownership of the children born into the future world/O’lam Ha’bah for all generations eternal. The mitzva of “get” by contrast, the man who divorces his wife returns her nefesh O’lam Ha’bah soul. Herein defines the mitzva: you shall love HaShem with all your heart and soul. קידושין obligates the father to instruct the brit faith unto his future born children. Herein succinctly defines Jewish marriage.

This next YouTube clip attempts to address “conversion”. Another distasteful subject. Jews, despite how many skulls Nazis measured, we do not exist as a race. Any person, and many have, can “convert” and become Jewish. The conversion process has less to do with Jewish ritual observances and much more with getting along together and forging deep life long friendships. The brit faith centers around forging strong alliances and accepting the good and the bad. Jews have to put our pants on one leg at a time and quite often our farts really stink. Xtianity claims itself as “grafted on to the Jewish tree”. Bunk. The church hounded, persecuted, slandered, crushed, oppressed, and violently murdered Jews throughout history – which culminated in the Shoah where Europeans tortured and murdered 75% of all European Jewry in less than 4 years! If a person seeks to convert, religion plays 2nd fiddle to embracing the good as well as the bad of the Jewish people. The acceptance of the Torah most essentially entails blessing and curse – the 1st two commandments of Sinai, everything else – just commentary.

This next “reform” clip, argues that some mitzvot have no applicability in the modern era. It abysmally fails to distinguish between g’lut Jewry and the re-established home lands of Israel! A fundamental error. But no surprise here seeing that “reform” called Berlin their “New Jerusalem”. This pathetic excuse which pigeon holes the Torah as an old archaic text, only exposes the utter and total ignorance of its silly commentator. Just prior to leaving the States unto Israel, my Israeli partner warned me: “Moshe 2 types of Jews define our people: incredibly brilliant and utterly stupid – no middle ground.” Our generation has yet to restore the Torah as the Constitution of our Republic of States! So naturally no Torah based lateral common law courts capable of judging Capital Crimes Cases currently occupy the chambers of the small and Great Sanhedrin courts of law. Law, entirely different from Commandments – a basic and fundamental distinction.

This next clip, it talks down to Yidden interested in the Torah and mesoret like as if those Yidden, if they had a brain, they would be dangerous! Ewwww disgusting. For example the subject of not doing melachot on shabbot. As if the 39 forbidden labors defines the sum total and purpose of the commandment “not to work” … NOT. The Torah mitzva of shabbot observance centers around the dedication of shalom among family members and trusted friends. Shalom functions as a verb rather than a useless rhetorical noun, like as found in John Lennon anti-war song: “All we are saying is give peace a chance”. Utter drivel and total narishkeit! Peace requires a focused dedication; peace requires that family and friends trust one another, and have confidence that should hard times come, that their “allies” will protect cover their 6, their backs. Rabbi Yechuda organized “6” Orders to the Mishna. Shabbos as a mitzva makes its focus of family and friends sitting in shalom together breaking bread and eating a sumptuous series of meals together. Shabbos prioritizes shalom among and between family and friends as the definition of the key term brit. Brit, its located within the first word of the Torah בראשית\ברית אש. Brit has the Torah definition of alliance by means of a mutual sworn oath.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTiQb_3FGSE

This lady speaks utter and total narishkeit. Not a word about the Talmud as the repository of Oral Torah logic. Not a word about Talmud as the model of lateral Common law courts, written in g’lut with the hope to establish jurisprudence when the Cohen nation reconquered and reestablished the Jewish State! The two opposing contrasting thread which weave together making the fabric of the Talmud itself, halacha and aggadita – zilch. Worlds separate the narishkeit of jabbering about a particular subject. As opposed to learning “through” that particular subject in its details and depth. This woman “authority” lol, she fails to address the critical post Talmudic scholarship which shaped and molded how all future generations learn the Talmud to this very moment in time. In a few words, this presentation: “utterly and totally pathetic and worthless”.