Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Happy Succoth Part II (Men and Appearing before the temple on this holiday)

Here is the part on man's obligation during the holiday. From Deutoronomy 16:16-17

(This is one of the three holidays where all men which the torah views being a full man at age 20 and up have to appear in Jerusalem with an animal offering)
16:16 Three times a year all your males shall appear before Hashem your God in the place that he will chose on the Festival of Matzhos, the Festival of Shavuos, and the Festival of Succos and he shall not appear before Hashem empty handed

17. Everyone according to what he can give, according to the blessing that Hashem your God gives you. My comments: As to why women don't have to come they had to take care of the children and the home as that is their first priority and that requires time and wisdom.
Sad to say though it is funny the male religious leaders make other men feel unwanted and uncomfortable in doing their duty.

Happy Succoth (the festival of booths to everyone).

Here are some of the biblical passages about the holiday of Succos which is being celebrated. That in parentheses are my comments.

From Leviticus 23:39-43
Leviticus 23:39 But on the 15th of the 7th month when you gather in the crop of the land you shall celebrate Hashem's festival for a 7 day period the first day is a day of rest and the seventh day is a day of rest. (Outside of Israel the Orthodox keep two days in beginning and end)

40. You shall take for yourselves on the first day the fruit of a citron tree the branches of date palms twigs of a plaited tree and brook willows and you shall rejoice before your God for a seven day period.

41 You shall celebrate it as a Festival for God a seven day period in the year an ETERNAL decree for your generations. in the the seventh month (interesting the new year is the seventh month in the count of months)

42. You shall dwell in booths for a seven day period every native in Israel shall DWELL IN BOOTHS.

43. So that your generations will know that I caused the children of Israel to dwell in booths and took them from the land of Egypt. I am Hashem (That is the short form of the name of the God of Israel) your God.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yom Kipper.

Starting at Sundown tonight is Yom Kippar. It is the only biblical fast day of the year as God really does need us to afflict ourselves and a day to ask God for forgiveness. Leviticus 16:29 In the Seventh month of the 10th of the month you shall afflict yourself and you shall not do any work. For on this day he shall provide atonement for you to cleanse you from all our sins before God shall you be cleansed.

Issiah 58 which we read also discusses why we should fast or not fast. And God here through the prophet criticizes the Jews for fasting just to inflict oneself. Part of fasting is recognizing that others may not have what to eat and how this effects someone when you fast one day.

58:5 Can such be a fast I choose a day when a man merely afflicts oneself? Can it be merely bowing one's head like a bulrush and spreading sackcloth and ashes. Do you call this a fast a day when a man merely afflicts oneself.

58:6 Surely this is the fast I chose to break open the shackles of wickedness to undo the bonds of injustice and let the oppressed go free and annul all perversions.

58:7 Surely you should break your bread for the hungry and bring all the moaning poor to your home when you see a naked person clothe him and do not hide yourself from your kin

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein on Birth control. Somewhat troubling.

This is what Rabbi Moshe said on birth control.

From here.

Photo from Wikipedia.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein and his view of feminism in his own profession vs. other professions.

This is an interesting of a Rabbi who was well known and considered by many to be one of the Rabbi's of the past generation. He also is the father in law of the Rabbi I prayed in growing up Rabbi Moses Tendler so unlike others I don't see him as perfect which anyway we never should worship any man as God and right about everything as this turns Judaism into a cult if we worship male religious leaders. Anyway. This is an interesting paragraph on his view of feminism "in the workplace he felt there should be limited boundaries. From this blog this is what he felt.

Photo from Wikipedia.