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Today I was reminded of this awkward translation in Exodus 22:28 [29]  that Grant Luton spoke about in one of his teachings. When we read from the English translations is reads: “You are not to delay offering from your harvest of grain, olive oil or wine.” However, the direct Hebrew to English translation reads, “Your fullness and your weeping of tears do not delay to bring to me.” This is quite a different translation and perhaps that is why the translators tried to make more sense of this and linked it back to wheat. So, what does this have to...

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The letter dalet is the fourth letter of the alephbet. It has the value of 4 and is the picture of a door or a tent door. The letters that make up the word dalet are dalet, lamed and tav. When we look at the meaning of each of these letters it would look like this: Dalet – the door Lamed – authority Tav – covenant Dalet can therefor mean ‘the door to the authority of the covenant’. John 10:9 “I am the gate. If anyone enters through Me, he will have life, and will go in, and will go...

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We are busy looking at the letter Gimmel. The first three letters of the Alephbet are laden with dimensions and symbols – all of these letters speak of Adonai Echad – our almighty Elohim. The Aleph is the first letter and represents the Father with the value of 1. The one means one and only, it implies divinity and monotheism – one God. In the Hebrew Bible and some English translations, you will see the little word ‘et’ spelled aleph tav. This is also the fourth word of the Torah. The sages say this is an untranslatable word but this...

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The letter gimmel is the third letter of the alephbet and has the value of 3. The picture representation of this letter is a camel. The shape of this letter looks like man made out of a vav (the 6th letter) and a yod (the 10th letter). The Talmud tells a story of how the gimmel is a rich man running after the poor man in the next letter, the dalet, to perform acts of tzedakah (charity). So, the gimmel can represent our choice to run after the teaching of the Torah by practicing acts of lovingkindness. The most amazing...

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Torah portion Lech Lecha – (Go for yourself) 5782 and the letter Bet part 2 Dageshim: the sole difference between the letter bet and the letter vet is the presence or the absence of the dot in the middle of the letter (called a dagesh mark.) This dot means the letter is pronounced as a “b”, otherwise pronounce it as a “v”.   The sages say that 1 hour in the world to come is more than all the lives of this world but there is not one hour in the world to come that can match one hour of...

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