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Tetzaveh: Where Is God in a Physical World?


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Last week’s parsha video outlines the mishkan as a ‘face’ of God, and this week, he delves into the paradox – how can God be both outside of space and time, and in our physical world? Rabbi Fohrman argues that maybe the face of the mishkan gives us the answer, and begins to explore the similarities between humankind and God.



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About the Author: Rabbi David Fohrman is the dean of Aleph Beta Academy. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll's Talmud translation project. Aleph Beta creates videos to help people experience Torah in way that is relevant and meaningful to them. for more videos, visit: alephbeta.org.


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5 Responses to “Tetzaveh: Where Is God in a Physical World?”

  1. Eduardo Mazo says:

    until now asking where is God to this turmoil of man made misdeed.

  2. HE IS OMNICIENT…everywhere at once…past, present, and future simultaneously…do not second guess how…He is was and always will be…for me, He is most comforting to know and love…and I pray to be with Him forever and ever…Amen!

  3. Nebuchadnezzer started his siege of Yerushalayim on the 10th of Tevet. He sacked the Holy Temple 2 1/2 years later on the 7th, 8th, and 9th of Av. When Mitzvah observing Jews decide to give up on what G-d has given us here in Eretz (Land) Yisrael especially when it is a piece of Eretz Yisrael, it is a very serious matter. It places even our Holy City where Heaven’s throne touches earth into question. Abandoning part of Eretz Yisrael to unrepentent terrorists, placing thousands into harms way of missile bombardment, places our very existence in the Holy City into question. Heaven has the right to ask: Will we sell it for a price too? Are we willing to learn Torah in a spiritual desert here in the Land of Israel behind beautiful Jerusalem stone walls while Hell comes for a visit?”
    One of the fundamental thesis of the Jewish sages in understanding the Torah and the prophetic intension of the prophets of Israel for the time of the end is to first gain a comprehension of the literal (pshat) understanding of the text. The Sefirot of God (World of the Divine) is anchored in the physical and literal our three dimensional world (Malkhut) so also the scriptural text must be anchored in the literal application of physical time and space. The Jewish sages also proclaim that there are seven levels of prophetic understanding like a ladder ascending to the throne of God. These are like a multi-layered cake, each layer with its own texture, aroma and succulent taste. Even the literal pathway of Abraham moving into the Land of Canaan has layers and layers of literal, spiritual, allegorical and mystical interpretations. Each one adds to the matrix and texture of the scriptural text. Each layer brings a new synthesis and totality to the rich patterns of meaning and understandings.
    Seventy years had now passed and again we see Zechariah as a participant of the rededication of the Temple of Zerubbabel. This was because seventy Sabbatical years they Jews had not allowed Eretz Yisrael to rest and lay fallow as the God of Israel commanded. So today as the Jewish people long for the rebuilt temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, they remind themselves that they are the seventieth generation since the day when the Temple of Herod was destroyed almost two thousand years ago. We all came to a unique impression; “This is to be a time” when the “eyes of man” like “all the (lost) tribes of Israel” will begin to look towards the Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This will be a time when the non-Jewish Gentiles (the Goyim) will begin to look back towards the ancestors of their religious faith, people of Judah, towards the Torah, the “Land of Israel,” and to HaShem, the God of Israel. The powerful impact in this oracle in Zechariah is now focused at the time of the end. It is directed to the lands surrounding the Land of Israel to the north and west. Over the course of thirty years, the borders of Israel along Lebanon and Gaza have been infiltrated by a people that hate the Jewish people like the ancient Philistines did to the children of Israel in the days of Kings Saul, David and Solomon. While the eyes of the world were on the Lord, we can safely assume that all the “eyes” of the descendants of the lost members of the ten tribes of the Nation of Israel, sent into exile by Assyria in the 8th century BCE and lost their identity, were also watching with fascination and interest. They could not understand the significance of why they felt such a bond and attachment to the Jewish people and the Land of Israel. A new reality and awakening was swelling within their hearts. Zechariah 10:6 – “I will strengthen the house of Judah (Nation of Israel), and I will save the house of Joseph (lost tribes that have not returned). I will bring them back because I have mercy on them. They shall be as though I had not cast them aside; for I am the Lord their God, and I will hear them.” The Lord of hosts is bringing judgment unto the land that has harbored terrorist with “blood oaths within their mouths.” The Lord of hosts is bringing judgment to the people whose sole intent to destroy Israel. Yet the Lord will also use this judgment as a literal and spiritual awakening to the nations on this planet earth. This new reality is: “The Lord of hosts is Mighty in Battle…The Lord of hosts will protect His own.” Yet what is lacking in this equation? Must everyone come to Israel now? “No, but they must all make tshuva!” in times of a threat to our existence, one must make a dedicated commitment to Hashem and to His commandments in order to survive. The US, The EU/Windsors, Rothschilds, The Jesuits/Mormon, The Vatican, The illuminati are setting the stage for what he hopes is the annihilation of Israel. The head of the Shin-Bet is warning that Gaza will soon be another Lebanon. The IDF is pounding the Hizbolla, but the missiles are still raining on the Galilee, with the future looking worse. Here O Israel, it’s time to wake up. The world is becoming more spiritual every moment. Soon, the material amenities that people chase won’t be worth a hoot. People get ready, ’cause the train’s a’comin’! You can say that the Beams is bananas, but that doesn’t alter the facts. Time’s running out!”
    The act of Tshuva is the act of acknowledging what you have done wrong, apologizing for your transgressions and doing your best to repair the damage you have done. In other words, it is the act of getting right with God, yourself and your world around you. You must not leave any stone unturned. Snuff out any discontent, hatred, addictive passion, worries plus self absorbing habits and actions. In other words, “get out of yourself” and turn your “eyes to the Lord!” http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/177160

  4. BECAUSE HE’S GOD!!!

  5. Gary Harper says:

    Make Me a Holy place, so I may dwell among you. God Himself is the Holy place; if you dwell within it, He dwells within you. If you are looking for God, look to and beyond the universe, and within all and yourself. What is beyond the cloud and thunder and lightning is the little voice you hear within. God is beyond the veil he has created. The veil itself is contained within All That Is. Once you can rationalize one to the other, you achieve the synergy that is the realization of the knowable nature of God. This Goy feels that this is a well put explanation, as it is revealed within this video.

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