This week we begin the book of Exodus. The Torah portion is Shemot (translation: “names”).
Torah Portion: Exodus 1:1 – 6:1
Supplemental reading – Ashkenazim: Isaiah 27:6 – 28:13; 29:22 – 29:23
Supplemental reading – Sephardim: Jeremiah 1:1 – 2:3
Getting into it. A bit rusty.
Okay, there is a lot of action here. To summarize: There’s a new Pharoah in Egypt, and he doesn’t like the Jews, and he is enslaving and killing them. A savior is born from within the Jewish people (Moses), who feels inadequate, but God reassures him.
Now remember, the way you learn Bible is typically very superficial.
Egypt was not just “a kingdom,” it was a country dominated by the art and science of witchcraft.
The Jewish people were very embedded in Egypt, just like the Jewish people were very embedded in Germany before the Holocaust. The only things they did not assimilate: Their language, their clothes, and their names.
They also did not sleep around.
Just learning as we go, there are actually two, and they’re both located in what we call the “Midrash.” (The Hebrew word “drasha” means “explanation.”)
1) Judaic biblical interpretation;
2) the method used in interpreting;
3) a collection of such interpretations.”
Pic: “Title page of Midrash Tehillim (Prague, 1613), from the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia.”
Source for definition of Midrash: “Chan Man Ki, “A Comparative Study of Jewish Commentaries and Patristic Literature on the Book of Ruth” (University of Pretoria 2010), p. 112,
citing Gary G. Porton, “Rabbinic Midrash” in Jacob Neusner, Judaism in Late Antiquity Vol. 1, p. 217; and Jacob Neusner, Questions and Answers: Intellectual Foundations of Judaism (Hendrickson 2005), p. 41″
Sourcing Biblical commentary can be very confusing as Midrash #1 is in Vayikrah Rabbah – a commentary on Leviticus, not Exodus.
But it’s worth taking the time.
In any case, the first rabbi says the Jews were saved not only because they kept their names and language, and not only because they were sexually moral, but also because they avoided the sin of gossip.
He offers Biblical reasoning for the first three, but not the fourth.
In the course of his argument, the rabbi says that sexual immorality hurts the offspring, not just the original sinners. I don’t want to go into too much detail but this is important to think about in the context of familial child sex trafficking cults.
Regarding these children: “They have no comforter” – says the Holy Blessed One: it is upon me to comfort them; in this world they are cast aside, but in the future, as Zecharia said, ‘I see a people all of gold.'”
Let’s look at the Biblical reference for a minute. There is an interesting double meaning here.
“And the angel that spoke with me returned, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep. And he said unto me: ‘What seest thou?’ And I said: ‘I have seen, and behold a candlestick all of gold….” (Verses 1-2)
“Then the angel…said unto me: ‘Knowest thou not what these are?’ And I said: ‘No, my lord.’ Then he answered and spoke unto me, saying: ‘This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying: Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.”
God does the work, not man. That is the point.
But look at the Hebrew text where it mentions gold.
Go back to verse 2. “I have seen, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it.”
“רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה מְנוֹרַת זָהָב כֻּלָּהּ וְגֻלָּהּ עַל-רֹאשָׁהּ”
The bowl on top of the candlestick.
The Hebrew word for “bowl” here is “Gulah” –> גֻלָּהּ
The root word contains these Hebrew letters –> Gimmel (“G”), Lammed (“L”), and Heh (“H”)
The rabbi, in the midrash, points out that there are two interpretations of that root word. “Two speak,” he says. “One says ‘an exile [gulah]’ and one says ‘a redeemer [goalah]'”.
The point is that redemption is contained within its opposite. Think about it.
Now read the interpretation of Verse 2 again.
“‘They have no comforter’ – says the Holy Blessed One: it is upon me to comfort them; in this world they are cast aside'” — These are the children of the sexually immoral.
What these children are going through, was foretold in the Bible, in prophecy.
“but in the future, as Zecharia said, ‘I see a people all of gold,’ as it is written (Zechariah 4:2) “I see a menorah all of gold, with a bowl [gulah] above it”
Meaning, the children will be GOLDEN (think how the occultists worship gold) and GOD WILL BE ABOVE THEM, REDEEMING!
The second Midrash talks about the Jews remaining distinct “as a nation” – “clothing, food and language”.
Now you can see how @POTUS is actually fulfilling the Bible through an Executive Order declaring the Jewish people A SEPARATE NATION.
Why is @POTUS doing this? Because he fears God, not man.
And we see also that American Jews as a group were divided about President Trump’s EO.
Whatever their claims about the reasoning, the fact is that not all accept the idea that the Jewish people are a nation.
Example: Max Boot (prominent American Jewish) “author, consultant, editorialist, lecturer, and military historian”: “It’s time for us to have an unapologetic atheist in the White House.”
“His parents, both Russian Jews, emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1976 and moved to Los Angeles, where he was raised.”
Pew 2018: “. American Christians (80%) are most likely to believe in a biblical God, a minority position among Jews (33%). A majority of American Jews view God as a higher power or spiritual force instead.”
“Jews are less than half as likely (30%) as Christians (74%) to describe God as all-knowing, all-powerful, and loving all people regardless of their faults.”
This is why, I believe (even as I am a practicing Jewess), that it is the Christians rather than the Jews who are the ones leading the Redemption process. And why Q speaks in the language of the New Testament.
I pray for a future where we all (regardless of religious label) unify within belief in God, and where we are all peacefully redeemed together.
By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. Opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.