Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The Desert Tabernacle

The Desert Tabernacle

Nice Mishkan blog.


  1. Is that the Christan version of the Menorah and Shulchan he has there


    Manchester rabbis have backed two services that claim to offer Jewish spiritual healing.

    In recent weeks two Jewish papers have carried an advert by Israeli Rabbi Avraham Lebel in which he says he can remove the ayin hara (evil eye). He charges £50 for the service.

    In another, the Chabad House in Whitefield advertises free "spiritual healing" by two men, Eric Sayers and Carl Montlake, described as "Jewish healers for the Jewish community".

    Mr Montlake, who was convicted of fraud and given a six-year prison sentence in 2007, said he had trained in reflexology, aromatherapy and massage, and said the spiritual healing had been "self-developed" from there.

    Manchester Dayan Osher Westheim, who is named as a supporter in Rabbi Lebel's advertisement, said the practice of removing the evil eye was "a long-standing and widely known tradition".

    Bury Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyomin Singer said: "What is tragic is many Jewish people seek spirituality elsewhere. There is a wealth of it in our own religion so we don't need to go to Tibet to find things like this."

    Chabad of Whitefield's Rabbi Shmuli Jaffe said he supported the men because they also had qualifications in other forms of alternative remedies.

  3. Rav Yaakov Kaminetzsky later in Sefer Devorim on the Posuk 6:5 (בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ) says a Chiddush. He says it always disturbed him why there is no word for the brain in Tanach. Moach in Tanach doesn’t refer to the brain although it is used that way in modern Hebrew. There is no word for the brain.

    Rav Yaakov is Mechadeish that the word Leiv that refers to thought is really a reference to the brain. Leiv is a reference to the emotional aspect of the brain. That is the idea of (בְּכָל-לְבָבְךָ וּבְכָל-נַפְשְׁךָ) to serve Hashem with all your heart means with all your intellect and all you’re thought. So Rav Yaakov has this idea that Leiv in Tanach is actually a reference not to heart and flesh but to the mind, the emotional mind.

    This Rashi seems to contradict that. (וְרָאֲךָ וְשָׂמַח בְּלִבּוֹ) according to Rav Yaakov should mean, that he will rejoice emotionally with his thoughts, in his mind. In the Zechus of that Aharon was Zoche to the Choshen. The Choshen was not on his Leiv of thought but on his chest near the heart and therefore it is difficult to understand (וְנָשָׂא אַהֲרֹן אֶת-מִשְׁפַּט בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל-לִבּוֹ, לִפְנֵי יְרוָר--תָּמִיד) and it was in the Zechus of (וְשָׂמַח בְּלִבּוֹ). It would seem that the word Leiv is a reference to the heart. This is a second thought regarding the Parsha.