Friday, March 25, 2016

Living Alone Is Israel's Fate

Nadene Goldfoot                                                                   
Exodus-Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and to the Promised Land

I am always inspired by this website's awesome finds in our Torah that ring true in today's world.  Here's one that sure fits today's position of Israel.  To think that this was written down almost 4,000 years ago is amazing!  It's earth-shaking!

It says that  the Jewish people shall not be reckoned  among the nations.  In other words, the Great Plan for us was already known that we were a stiff-necked people and that others would react as they do. They were to remain as independent thinkers.   Webster's dictionary tells us that reckon means: count, estimate, compute, to determine by reference to a fixed basis,  to regard, consider, think, to settle accounts, judge, suppose, depend, calculate, rely.

The result is that Israelis are to live alone.  They cannot be counted as  part of a pack.  Israel is not to be swayed by others.  Jews have the Mosaic LAW and that is what they judge themselves with.
The biblical story of Balaam's old she donkey scolding Balaam for hitting her is interpreted by
Maimonides as a vision that he had.  Balaam thought his donkey was mocking him
with her braying and he hit her 3 times at which she asked him why?  
Balaam was a heathen prophet who was invited by Balak, the king of Moab (Ruth's home of Southern Transjordan) , to curse the Israelites when they neared his country during their walking of the Exodus from Egypt to their Promised Land.  Instead, when he opened his mouth, out came Blessings instead of Curses.  Numbers 33-1:16 tells of Balaam's following advice to the Midianites to invite the Israelites to worship Baal Peor-the local Canaanite deity, worshipped with sexual orgies on Mt. Peor in Moab.  Of course, being men, the Israelites were temporarily attracted to this cult during the time of traveling through the land.  The result of this instigating was of being killed by the Israelites on the battlefield.   Balaam was not an Israelite  prophet but was a Mesopotamian priest and soothsayer. Even so, he  was a faithful servant of G-d as well.  He was among the 7 prophets who spoke to heathen nations of that day with success.  Evidently he was tuned into the the creator but wasn't capable  of understanding the full message.
Incredible view from Israel's highest peak | 15 Adar II 5776  (March 25)

For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations

כִּי-מֵרֹאשׁ צֻרִים אֶרְאֶנּוּ וּמִגְּבָעוֹת אֲשׁוּרֶנּוּ  הֶן-עָם לְבָדָד יִשְׁכֹּן וּבַגּוֹיִם לֹא יִתְחַשָּׁב

במדבר כג: ט

kee may-rosh tzu-reem er-e-nu u-mig-va-ot a-shu-re-nu hel am l'-va-dad yish-kon u-va-go-yeem lo yit-kha-shav

Shabbat Inspiration

Today's verse describes an attempt by the wicked Balaam to curse the Jewish people. His plan was foiled by God, and instead he utters a reluctant compliment, “Indeed this is a people that dwells alone and is not counted among the nations.” For better and for worse, the Jews have always been set aside from among the nations and singled out for special treatment. Israel receives an utterly disproportionate amount of coverage by the media, most of it negative, yet there is an inherently positive lesson in this solitude: the people of Israel are singled out for a holy purpose. They are chosen by God to remain faithful to Him and to fulfill the Biblical mandate of teaching His truths to the world. 

Resource: Israel365
Tanakh, The Stone Edition, Numbers: 23-9.
The new Standard Jewish Encyclopedia
Webster's Dictionary, 7th new collegiate edition


  1. is this true nadene?

    Vatican Now In Control of Jerusalem

  2. I certainly don't believe it. This is a comment by Steven Ben-Nun and I don't know who he is. It's about what the Italian foreign Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, had said. This comment, "And clearly you’re gonna find out tonight as we look at some of the historical view of what the Vatican’s desire is in controlling Jerusalem has always been to the degradation of the Jewish people," tells a lot. No doubt the Vatican would love to be in control of Jerusalem, but they aren't. They own some building or have long leases in Jerusalem, that I have heard. Jerusalem is the unified capital of Israel, regardless of what foreign countries do not recognize it as such. Israelis do. It's their capital. It was their ancient capital, the city of David who made it so clear back over 3,000 years ago. Can anyone picture the return of Jews to their Middle Eastern Homeland and NOT call their country anything but Israel? Can anyone picture their capital being anything other than Jerusalem where their Temple once stood? Of course not. How ridiculous other countries want to be is their problem. As we say, Am Israeli Chai (The people of Israel live.) So does Jerusalem. Let the Pope stay in the Vatican.