Monday, February 11, 2019

Please advise Re: Lev vs. Ruach

Shalom,

Perhaps you can help me. 

I am looking at the Gemara Sota 5a and the Rashi there regarding Chizkiya's statement regarding tefilla.
אמר חזקיה אין תפלתו של אדם נשמעת אא"כ משים לבו כבשר שנא' (ישעיהו סוכגוהיה מדי חדש בחדשו [וגו'] יבא כל בשר להשתחוות וגו'
I've seen multiple pasukim and sources but I do not have clarity.  Can you please tell or direct me to sources the explain what the Ruach and Lev do in terms of decision making and especially in regards to prayer?

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  1. Sota 5a
    “Hezekiah said: A man's prayer is not heard unless he makes his heart [soft] like flesh; as it is said “And new moon after new moon, And sabbath after sabbath, All flesh כל בשר shall come to worship Me—said the Lord.” (Isaiah 66:23). R. Zera said: Concerning flesh it is written: “ובשר When an inflammation appears on the skin of one’s body and it heals ונרפא,” (Leviticus 13:18). And it is healed [Hence only one whose heart is soft like flesh will be healed, and not a man in his full pride.] but it is not written concerning man, And he is healed.”
    ויקרא פרק יג פסוק יח
    וּבָשָׂר כִּי יִהְיֶה בוֹ בְעֹרוֹ שְׁחִין וְנִרְפָּא
    רש"י ויקרא פרשת תזריע פרק יג פסוק יח
    ונרפא - השחין העלה ארוכה ובמקומו העלה נגע אחר:
    No, the poor fellow with the נגע is not healed, just שחין left and was replaced by שאת. “and a white swelling or a white discoloration streaked with red develops where the inflammation was, he shall present himself to the priest.” (Leviticus 13:19).
    It seems from the plain reading that making one’s heart soft like flesh בשר God will hear his prayer. Yes God hears prayer from the lowly, from those in pain etc. The high priest on Yom Kippur asks God for rain and not to listen to the prayers of the travelers who don’t want the rain... God hears prayer does not mean that God healed/cured the person. With the נגע, God cured the שחין but replaced it with שאת. Yes, the poor fellow must again pray to God. Seems we must always pray to God. Thank you God for hearing our prayers.
    No, we cannot rely that God will hear our prayers in our decision making. “Look down from Your holy abode, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the soil You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.” (Deuteronomy 26:15).

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  2. Bravo that the jury voted guilty for El Chapo. What a trial! Chance are better now the Democrats will agree to a wall...
    Tomorrow, the NYS Ct of Appeals will release decisions.
    Allow me.
    טור אבן העזר הלכות אישות סימן ט
    אשה שנשאת לשנים ומתו לא תינשא לג' שכבר הוחזקה להיות אנשיה מתים ואם ניסת לשלישי כתב א"א ז"ל שכופין אותו להוציא דחמירתא סכנתא מאיסורא וכמו שב"ד חייבין להפריש האדם מאיסור כך חייבין למונעו שלא יפשע בעצמו

    A woman who has married to two and they died should not marry to a third, for she has a חזקה that her husbands die. Wrote my father of blessed memory to hit him [who marries a woman whose 2 husbands died] to separate [from such a wife] for dangerous matters are graver than forbidden matters. Just as a bet din is obligated to separate a couple in a forbidden marriage so too regarding preventing a man from injuring himself.


    Who had already been held to be a dead person and if the third letter was sent to the letter that forced him to remove Dmhirtaa danger from Isora and like the rabbinical court obligated to exempt the person from the prohibition so obliged to prevent him not to himself.
    Susan, ORA, K-Y, Mendel Epstein et al, Rabbi Ralbag etc love that NYS allows a woman to get a civil divorce over the husband’s objections. Susan tried her best to get a NYS civil divorce over my objections and failed until 2013.
    In Jewish law an opinion is that where it is dangerous, the court should order a separation. Yes, I felt it was dangerous for me in NY. Ian Anderson, my long time lawyer gave me good advice, God bless him. Maybe, we can say for the K-Y heter that K-Y was thinking of Aaron’s physical safety.... Physical safety is cases overrides prohibitions... Follow Kalonymus Anonymus, Yehoshua, etc my critics?
    Oh, Tamar and Aaron is a physical danger to Aaron. Didn’t Aaron get beat up?... Oh, for me too, it was dangerous for me in NY... Maybe K-Y does right to be quiet on Tamar’s marriage to her lover. Otherwise, who knows what Tamar would do.

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  3. Bravo https://www.wsj.com/articles/pence-accuses-europe-of-busting-sanctions-against-murderous-iran-11550183751
    “Pence Accuses Europe of Busting Sanctions Against ‘Murderous’ Iran”
    Allow me to show my letter today:
    1.I request permission to submit these papers concerning my motion 2018 - 1149 12/10/2018. I attach Exhibit A Susan's website https://www.agunahinternational.com/. I'm attaching an affidavit of service proving I mailed by UPS a true copy to Susan.
    2.My argument is that Susan uses the NYS court system for her mission in life: “To free women trapped in dead marriages by recalcitrant husbands who refuse to grant a Get.”
    Recalcitrant is from Latin calcitrare, meaning “to kick,” so someone who is recalcitrant is kicking back against what's wanted of them. Synonyms are unruly, intractable, and refractory, all referring to what is difficult to manage or control. Writers are frequently referring to recalcitrant Democrats and Republicans, since many people are stubbornly loyal to their political parties and unwilling to change.
    3.Exhibit A “Agunah International I Will Betroth You with Justice under the Law” the full Bible quote with JPS commentary is:
    “And I will espouse you forever: I will espouse you with righteousness and justice [Then you shall be devoted to the Lord. As the bride-price which the bridegroom will pay, He will confer these qualities on her, so that she will never offend again.], And with goodness and mercy, And I will espouse you with faithfulness” (Hosea 2:21-22).

    4.To counsel women whose husbands use the Get as a weapon to extort financial gain or custodial rights, or to exact revenge during the divorce process.”' Susan counsels women who claim their husbands are bad on strategy and tactics in the divorce process in NYS courts.
    5.”We can alert you to the risks inherent in seeking a Get in the beit din system.” Susan counsels the women that come to her to avoid the beit din system as much as possible and to focus on achieving the angry women's aims in the NYS courts.
    6.Yesterday, my motion 1149 of 12/10/2018 is still on the list of undecided motions. I spoke to a motion clerk and told her that if the NYS Court of Appeals will nullify the 2013 NYS civil divorce, I'll contact the Supreme Court of the U.S. to stay their vote on my docket 2018-7160 for 2/22/2019. It seems to me that the NYS Court of Appeals is taking an unduly long-time in ruling on my motion 1149--12/10/2018.
    I’m happy to tell you that I got a Google Alert that a Christian scholar cites my analysis of the פילגש בהגבעה see http://jbqnew.jewishbible.org/assets/Uploads/412/jbq_41_2_idolofmicah.pdf
    Follow Kalonymus Anonymus, Yehoshua, etc my critics? See, I request nullification of the ridiculous 2013 NYS civil divorce. See bet din courts are so much better than NYS
    courts... Wow! What a prophet Hosea: “When the Lord first spoke to Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, Go, get yourself a wife of whoredom and children of whoredom; for the land will stray [lit. whore away] זנה תזנה הארץ from following the Lord.” (Hosea 1:2). In my analysis of the mistress/whore from the Givah, I bring the midrash that God tolerates idol worshipping if people are considerate one to another... Graver is physical danger than prohibitions...

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  4. Hertz Chumash on Hosea 2:21: “I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness...know the Lord. Betrothal was always accompanied by a gift [דברים פרק כד פסוק א
    כִּי יִקַּח אִישׁ אִשָּׁה וּבְעָלָהּ וְהָיָה אִם לֹא תִמְצָא חֵן בְּעֵינָיו כִּי מָצָא בָהּ עֶרְוַת דָּבָר וְכָתַב לָהּ סֵפֶר כְּרִיתֻת וְנָתַן בְּיָדָהּ וְשִׁלְּחָהּ מִבֵּיתוֹ]. God will endow Israel, his bride, with righteousness, lovingkindness, and faithfulness---that she had lost. The bride’s gift will be knowledge of God וידעת את ה' --- recognition that God is a God of righteousness, lovingkindness, and faithfulness and that in these things He delights. Such a betrothal is everlasting.”
    God bears with us so tenderly: דברים פרק א פסוק לא
    וּבַמִּדְבָּר אֲשֶׁר רָאִיתָ אֲשֶׁר נְשָׂאֲךָ יְקֹוָק אֱלֹקֶיךָ כַּאֲשֶׁר יִשָּׂא אִישׁ אֶת בְּנוֹ בְּכָל הַדֶּרֶךְ אֲשֶׁר הֲלַכְתֶּם עַד בֹּאֲכֶם עַד הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה
    This is what God is doing now to Israel with Trump and Netanyahu... Thank you God n heaven.

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  5. Torah thought on parshat כי תשא
    “He said: I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will work such wonders as have not been wrought on all the earth or in any nation; and all the people who are with you [lit. in whose midst you are] shall see how awesome are the Lord’s deeds which I will perform for you. Mark well what I command you this day. I will drive out before you the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Beware of making a covenant with the inhabitants of the land against which you are advancing, lest they be a snare in your midst. No, you must tear down their altars, smash their pillars, and cut down their sacred posts; for you must not worship any other god, because the Lord, whose name is Impassioned, is an impassioned God. You must not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for they will lust after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifices. And when you take wives from among their daughters for your sons, their daughters will lust after their gods and will cause your sons to lust after their gods.” (Exodus 34:10-16).
    Note: “for they will lust after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and invite you, and you will eat of their sacrifices.”
    See, the women of Jebusites etc lust after their gods and invite Jews to eat of their sacrifices---sounds like the sins of tribe of Shimon in the desert with the Moabite women “While Israel was staying at Shittim, the people profaned themselves by whoring [others began to commit harlotry] with the Moabite women, who invited the people to the sacrifices for their god. The people partook of them and worshiped that god.” (Numbers 25:1-2).
    במדבר פרק כה
    וַיֵּשֶׁב יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּשִּׁטִּים וַיָּחֶל הָעָם לִזְנוֹת אֶל בְּנוֹת מוֹאָב: וַתִּקְרֶאןָ לָעָם לְזִבְחֵי אֱלֹהֵיהֶן וַיֹּאכַל הָעָם וַיִּשְׁתַּחֲווּ לֵאלֹהֵיהֶן:
    My theory is that the Levi travelling with his mistress who once deserted him for 4 months (Judges 19:2) in the story of the פילגש בגבעה did not want to stay a night in Jebusite territory, for he might be tempted with their women: “Since they were close to Jebus, and the day was very far spent, the attendant said to his master, Let us turn aside to this town of the Jebusites and spend the night in it. But his master said to him, We will not turn aside to a town of aliens who are not of Israel, but will continue to Gibeah.” (Judges 19:11-12). My theory is that among Jews at that time they observed well the command “No Israelite woman shall be a cult prostitute קדשה, nor shall any Israelite man be a cult prostitute קדש.” (Deuteronomy 23:18).
    My theory is that God created Jewish men to have a huge יצר הרע for the women of the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. The Levi travelling with his mistress preferred to go to Gibeah so as not to be tempted with the women of the Jebusites.
    Reading Hosea. “In that their mother has played the harlot כי זנתה אמם, She that conceived them has acted shamelessly—Because she thought, I will go after my lovers, Who supply my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, My oil and my drink.” (Hosea 2:7).
    הושע פרק ב פסוק ז
    כִּי זָנְתָה אִמָּם הֹבִישָׁה הוֹרָתָם כִּי אָמְרָה אֵלְכָה אַחֲרֵי מְאַהֲבַי נֹתְנֵי לַחְמִי וּמֵימַי צַמְרִי וּפִשְׁתִּי שַׁמְנִי וְשִׁקּוּיָי
    מלבי"ם הושע פרק ב פסוק ז
    והנמשל שהכנסיה נפרדה מה' לגמרי ועובדת ע"ז בפרהסיא, וחושבת שכל שפעה והצלחתה באים מצד מערכת הכוכבים והמזלות ושה' לא ייטיב ולא ירע ואין תועלת מעבודתו כלל, ובזה נהיה ככל משפחות האדמה לשרת עץ ואבן, ולכן לא ירחם ה' גם על הטובים וישליך את כולם מעל פניו:
    God is warning us in this week’s parsha for Jewish men not to marry/love non-Jewish women... Israel is much safer for Jewish men than America, in this regard...

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  6. More on The Golden Calf and the idolatry of the people.
    “Early next day, the people offered up burnt offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; they sat down to eat and drink, and then rose to dance לצחק. (Exodus 32:6)
    שמות פרק לב פסוק ו
    וַיַּשְׁכִּימוּ מִמָּחֳרָת וַיַּעֲלוּ עֹלֹת וַיַּגִּשׁוּ שְׁלָמִים וַיֵּשֶׁב הָעָם לֶאֱכֹל וְשָׁתוֹ וַיָּקֻמוּ לְצַחֵק
    רש"י שמות פרשת כי תשא פרק לב פסוק ו
    וישכימו - השטן זרזם כדי שיחטאו:
    לצחק - יש במשמע הזה גלוי עריות, כמו שנאמר (בראשית לט יז) לצחק בי, ושפיכות דמים, כמו שנאמר (שמואל ב' ב יד) יקומו נא הנערים וישחקו לפנינו, אף כאן נהרג חור
    מלבי"ם שמות פרק לב פסוק ו
    וישכימו. אבל הם השכימו ממחרת לפני רדת משה ויעלו עולות ועי"כ ויקומו לצחק, כפי מנהג המצריים בעבודת השור שהיו עושים צחוק ומחולות:
    Rashi states that three violations occurred here: murder (the murder of Hur), adultery (“Then she told him the same story, saying, The Hebrew slave whom you brought into our house came to me to dally with me לצחק בי; (Genesis 39:17)), and idolatry.
    Egypt was infamous for its licentiousness. “You shall keep My charge not to engage in any of the abhorrent practices that were carried on before you, and you shall not defile yourselves through them: I the Lord am your God.” (Leviticus 18:30).
    My theory is that God created Jewish men to have a huge יצר הרע for the women of the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. In Egypt, even the saintly Joseph, in the midrash, had a huge יצר הרע for the wife of Potifar. This is how God created men.
    Yoma 69b:
    “The prophet said unto them: Cast him into a leaden pot, closing its opening with lead. Because lead absorbs the voice, as it is said: “That, he said, is Wickedness הרשעה; and, thrusting her down into the tub, he pressed the leaden weight into its mouth.” (Zecharia 5:8). They said: Since this is a time of Grace, let us pray for mercy for the Tempter to evil. [The evil desire, for idolatry is also the evil desire for immorality. The two were found to go hand in hand.] They prayed for mercy, and he was handed over to them. He said to them: Realize that if you kill him, the world goes down. They imprisoned him for three days, then looked in the whole land of Israel for a fresh egg and could not find it.”

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