Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ahh, Smell the steak!!!

I hope everyone had wonderful Shabat/Sabbath.
I am writing this at 2:14 AM - 7/3/2011
This last Shabat that just ended marks the beginning of the 4th biblical month, which is not the same as the rabbinical calendar.
The ancient Hebraic names of the calendar months have been lost except for 4 of them.
These four surviving names are:
* 1st Month: Aviv / Abib
* 2nd Month: Ziw? / Ziv (the "vav" in ancient times was a "w," not a "v," making the
                      "vav" into "waw")
   3rd Month: lost
   4th Month: lost
   5th Month: lost
   6th Month: lost
* 7th Month: Ethanim
* 8th Month: Bul
   9th Month: lost
   10th Month: lost
   11th Month: lost
   12th Month: lost
   13th Month: lost (This was not a normal month, but it was used when the "New Moon"
           would fall between 30 days to 15 days before the first day of Spring,
           for Pesach/Passover had to fall on or anytime after the first day of
           Spring. For my readers who may not know: Pesach/Passover was/is always
           held on the 14th of the first biblical month. Therefore, 14 days before the
           first day of Spring is the cut off point.)
The calendar names that we see today in Israel and in the majority of Jewish calendars were actually adopted when many of us remained behind in Babylon, instead of coming back to Eretz Yisrael / the land of Israel.
On top of all that I just mentioned, the biblical New Year was abandoned. The biblical New Year is held in the Spring, but due to an accidental mis-read of a certain passage of the Tanach it started to be celebrated in the Fall. Before the Mishna was penned down in 190 CE by Judah ha-Nasi, at some unknown time, the sages mis-read a passage in Sh'mot/Exodus 23 when reading a statute about Succoth (The Feast of Tabernacles). The sages thought they read, " the end of the year" in Sh'mot 23:16 and so because of this they thought the Year naturally started at this point. However, through other passages of the Holy Torah we know that Succoth, Yom Kippur and the Feast of Trumpets all take place during the 7th biblical month. In reality, the mis-quoted passage should have been read like this... "at the latter end of the year."
That is a brief history of how things became what they are today. Our organization is pointing out these things in order to restore that ancient faith of Judaism. We are only a grassroots movement, but we are hoping things will catch on. One must remember that ancient peoples wrapped their culture around agriculture and major turning points or life cycles. It is very fitting, therefore, for Adonai to tell Moshe/Moses to begin the year with the same month Pesach is held in. In Aviv (when Pesach is held), or in Spring, things rebound with new life and the cycle of the growing season begins all over again - which is a perfect time for the ancients to start their calendar year.
Moving on...
This last Shabat marked a special Shabat, the first day of the fourth month. On a regular Shabat/Sabbath a priest would have offered up two daily lambs as required, one in the morning and the other within the last hour and half before sunset. The priest was also required to offer up the special offerings tailore-made for the Shabat/Sabbath itself. These Sabbath offerings were two extra lambs with grain offerings and offerings of wine that was poured onto the hot coats of the altar. Normally these four animals would be the only things offered during the Shabat. This Shabat, however, was a special Shabat when a "New Moon" also fell on this Shabat. This would make the Temple priests very very busy. In addition to the four animals that are normally offered on the Sabbaths, the priests would offer up 11 more animals on this unique circumstantial day, plus 11 more grain offerings and 11 more wine offerings. Two of these animal offerings, mind you, are two young male cows, less than a year old. Cows are not exactly small animals and it takes a lot of work to skin any animal, let alone a cow. I wanted to point this out, because I have skinned several goats in the last few months and it is a lot of work. I can't imagine skinning two cows on the same day, let alone all the required animals for this special circumstance.
The priests were the only ones allowed to work during the Shabat and this unique day was a very busy and tiring day.
Now, a lot of people cringe at the thought of animals being sacrificed, yet at the same time most people love the yummy smell of a good barbeque. That is exactly what was going on to a certain extent. All the meat that was actually put on the altar was burned up and turned into the most wonderful smell, especially when the wood that was used was also cedar wood. Not all the meat was burned up, some of it was kept off the altar and given to the priests for food, for that is how they survived out of the clans of Israel. The priests were not allotted any land among all the tribes of Israel.
I know that not everyone prays this way, but our sect prays three times a day that HaShem will allow us to rebuild the Temple and to reestablish the ancient sacrifical practices. Once this should occur again, then the mountains around Jerusalem will be filled with the rich aroma as meat cooking on a barbeque.
May you all have a wonderful week

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Learning What the "Organization of Ancient Judaism" and the grassroots sect "Mefachadim" is all about.

Sunday, 5/1/2011, 2:40AM

Shalom to all my Jewish family and all those that have come under the banner of Judaism,

This blog is for the strict purpose of advancing the "biblical" tenets of Judaism. We are in search of the ancient religion of our Judean ancestors before they went into the Babylonian captivity. We say this because we feel that when the ancient Judeans fell into idolatry before the captivity they naturally picked up more idolatrous practices when they entered into polytheistic societies like that of the Babylonians and Persians. As a result of this, we feel that many things written in the book of B'reshit /Genesis are canonized myths of those pagan cultures, but are not authentic Judean beliefs or ancestral historical data before the exile. It is good, therefore, to start the narrative of the Jewish people with Terah, the father of Abraham, and not at the beginning of creation. Anything before Terah can probably be ruled out as "made up" or "legendary" or as an early "rabbinical" spin.

There are several things wrong with Genesis that give the reader many false impressions and thus deceives the reader into falsehood. This is especially true if the reader erroneously believes Moshe/Moses wrote it or that HaShem directed some other author(s) to pen down the things written therein, at least the things before the time of Terah.

Thank you,
Maregaal Ben Yaakov