Torah Pearls #47 – Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

Torah Pearls Re'eh, abomination, altar, altars, antinomianism, Asherim, belial, beliar, beliyaal, blessing and curse, clean and unclean, commandments, Do not boil a kid in it’s mother’s milk, Egypt, evil eye, Exodus, feast of booths, feast of tabernacles, Feast of Weeks, idolatry, Israelite, Israelites, Jerusalem, kid mother’s milk, kosher, mount Ebal, mount Gerizim, pagans, Passover sacrifice, Pentecost, re’eh, Sabbatical year, Shemitah, son of God, sons of God, spiritual mixing of seed, Sukkot, tithe, tithes, Torah Pearls, unclean birds, worship, yoke of TorahThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Re'eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17). We focus on Moses’ command to “see”—to clearly understand that life gives us only two choices—to create a god from our own hearts or to obey and worship the true God—His place, His time, His way.  The trio explores the following questions: Where did God choose to place his name and can a GPS get you there? What’s the biblical way to dispose of an idol? What does it mean to be without the yoke of the Torah and does the New Testament refer to this malady? What’s an “evil eye”? Why were Jews in the Middle Ages forced to choose between begging and banking?  Who are the sons of Yehovah? Do some translations attempt to make bacon kosher? What’s at the heart of the issue of boiling a kid in its mother’s milk? What’s so dangerous about high mountains and green trees? Ten times three equals thirty... right? Is night time the right time for a Passover sacrifice? In addition to many other insights into the original Hebrew language and context, Gordon provides an example of the meticulousness of the scribes who preserved for us an imaginary bird that we couldn't eat even if we tried. Can one worship the true God without adhering to His commandments? What of the altars other than the altar? Who exactly were the corrupt men of “beliya’al”? Where is the son of God mentioned in the Old Testament? What kind of birds are the Ra’ah & the Da’ah? How can we possibly understand the deep & complex riddle, “Do not boil a kid in it’s mother’s milk”? Are there three tithes or only one? When did the Israelites leave Egypt, by day or by night?

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31 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #47 – Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

  1. Since nobody seems to know why it is forbidden to boil the goat’s milk, I will explain. It is completely and totally unrelated to the goat animal, but rather applies to the tribe of Gad, the same word as the hebrew word for ‘goat’. To spell it out, the word גדי means Gadite, not goat. The command relates to a specific genetic mutation peculiar to the tribe of Gad that causes them to be symbiotically dependent on the enzymes in milk. Cooking (pasteurizing) the milk kills the enzymes, with the eventual result that the Gadite goes insane. This principle was not understood by later scribes, who revised the command to make sense of it as an arbitrary command from God.

    The blessing of the Gadites was a shortcut to the metabolism of dietary calcium, a deletion in the section of a chromosome that encodes for the extraction of calcium from ordinary foods. This usual metabolic pathway is energy intensive, unreliable and bulky, as calcium is a difficult element to extract and make bioavailable. To offset the deletion, Gadites were given a mutation that extracts their calcium directly from milk. As a result, Gadites were unable to acquire calcium from ordinary food but were dependent on cows, as alluded to in Numbers 32:1; “Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of cattle”. There are more allusions, the Gadites were highly effective “shock troops”, an activity requiring large amounts of available energy, quick reflexes and strong bones. You can see how the Gadites had a genetic advantage in their calcium metabolism. Since the most important role of dietary calcium is the electrical function of neurons, calcium depletion would cause the Gadite to slowly become uncoordinated and lose their mental capacity.

    Cooking was the usual way to preserve milk before refrigeration was invented, but cooking killed the enzymes in milk that are necessary for the digestion of its calcium. Thus the Gadites were especially forbidden from drinking cooked milk, while anyone else could get their calcium from ordinary food. So cooking the milk was a no-no for Gadites.

  2. Nehemia, i listened to both Torah pearls and prophet pearls today so I forget which one it was but you spoke of a man named (Shophtim?) Sneed who people thought was Mashiach can I have the correct spelling to research more about him?

  3. Nehemia stated that Abraham was 68 years old when He was circumcised in this portion. I know Nehemia will make mistakes like we all do so this is more to correct the record than the Wandering Jew…
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    Gen 17:24 Now Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.… Blessings for the Wonderful Teaching of Torah Pearls.

    • I believe what he said was that he was 68 when YHVH called him and then he wasn’t circumcised until some years later

  4. My journey started in 1976 from being a atheist / leftist / drugged hippie to a spiritualist / Islamist / Christian / Mammon worshipper and in 2012 I sought the Elohim of the Bible.
    Where am I spiritually ?

    1) YHWH in his mercy and compassion draws me to his Son Yahushua ha’Masiach and He leads me out of Egypt .

    2) Am in the wilderness and there is water from the Rock and there is manna from heaven for our substance

    3 ) I am the base of Mt .Horeb and a Mixed Multitude prince says do no know when the ha’Masiach will return :

    a) we cannot go back to Egypt so lets go to Tyre and Sidion ( Sunday Christians ) and so I follow them .

    b) Korah and group rises and says has not Elohim spoken to us and lead us into Babylon where others land up in the box of messianics .

    c) some of us escape from Sidion and come to Babylon and get caught up within the box of messianics

    d) a few still wait at Horeb waiting for Mosheh ( ha’Msdiach ) to appoint us elders or leaders to lead us to the promised land .

    This is my spiritual position ( sorrow , confusion and an anticipation we will be meet his bond slaves or called out saints.

    It is at this juncture Through Bro Micheal Rood I encoumtered you.

    Re’ah is the first teaching of yours from the Torah though I had listened on Youtube 6 parts of The Open door policy

    I thank YHWH for bringing me out from the muddy stream of the sages .

    Your teaching was so refreshing and enlightening .

    Am the sole seeker ,in my joint family home who are all Universalist , of YHWH , El Shaddai , the Elohim of Abraham , Yitshaq and Ya’aqob in Rabboni Yahushua . Am praying that the scales drop from our eyes and like Yahoshua I could say ” As for me and my family , we will serve , YHWH .

    Love and Regards

    Joy Mathew
    Hyderabad India
    Mobile : +91 – 730 -603 – 2138
    Email : mathewjy@gmail.com

    PS : I know neither Hebrew nor Greek . I followed the King James Version and now the HalleluYAH Scripture . I know only English .

  5. Deut. 16:1, “for it was in the month of Abib, at night, that the LORD your God freed you from Egypt.” That was the night when the tenth plague brought about Pharaoh’s change of heart, demanding that the Israelites leave. The Israelites were thus freed at night by action of the death angel, passing over the Israelites; but they didn’t leave until the morning. I believe this was the same way that Rashi interpreted Deut. 16:1.

  6. In regards to the command to not even TOUCH the body of a dead pig, would this also prohibit the use of my boar-bristle hairbrush? I’m serious! For many years, I would never think of consuming pork, nor have I any need to touch a pig–dead or alive, yet it never occurred to me that my hairbrush, which I’ve used for decades, might be prohibited by Torah Law. My scalp and my hair loves this brush, but if it violates the Law of Yehovah, I would trash it in a heartbeat. Could I have clarification on this? Please.

  7. In Deut 16:7, according to my understanding, Moses seems to be changing the commandment concerning preperation of the Passover meal from not boiling the lamb (Ex 12:9) to boiling it. What is your understanding? Thanks in advance – Michael

  8. Nehemia,
    In Deut 12:15 I am confused by the word יֹאכְלֶנּוּ.
    It looks to me like it should be translated as “he will eat/consume us” but it isnt…what is my misunderstanding?

  9. I listen every year since the Torah pearls were published and I do enjoy listening to it again and again. Thanks to you guys. May the GOD of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob bless you and keep you.

    I have a small problem with the numbers and multitude that left Egypt, especially after I visited the land and been to Jericho. It is such a tiny little city and so it seems odd to me that 600,000 men needed to spy out the place and needed reassurance before being ready to attack it.
    I reasoned that Joseph left with Israel and so did all the people who had died in Egypt. Of course, not everyone (bones) could have been taken along since many died without having a tomb as a burial place. But I like to think that nobody left behind by counting them all in when doing the census.
    I thing the same picture is shown with Gideon’s army. All came out with him but just a much smaller number did the actual fighting.
    Just my thoughts on that.

    Shalom

  10. I think Nehemia is correct in his explanation of Deut. 16:1 that the phrase “by night” goes with the sacrifice of the passover, because it says in Exodus 12:22 that no one was to go out of their place until the morning.

  11. Nehemia brings up how Yehovah told Elijah to go make sacrifices on Mount Carmel which was not the prescribed place for making sacrifices, Keith made such a great point when he said, “I don’t see the problem, Yehovah can do whatever He wants whenever He wants.” Start at 42:48 or even 40:40 on the recording to get context. Then Nehemia says “I don’t disagree with you but Yehovah did say He choses a place forever.” then goes onto explain how what was happening then was the reason Yehovah made that exception in the law. Then at 44:18 Nehemia says “but it does raise the question, how is this to be explained and Jono says “how is it to be understood”… I’m going with Yehovah is sovereign and all His ways are righteous and we don’t have to fully understand everything He does even while in our tiny little minds it looks like He is breaking His own law. I think it’s a good idea to always keep in mind who He is and who we are before we ask certain questions of Him. Let me refer you to Job 

    The next law Nehemia discusses that Yehovah makes an exception for is mentioned in the line in Deut 12:15 where Yehovah says “the unclean and the clean may eat thereof” (start at 47:00 on the recording) Nehemia is talking about the Laws in Leviticus 17 and says Deut 12:15&16 says that rule didn’t apply in the desert. Nehemia goes on to say “the clean and the unclean, now that doesn’t mean you’re eating an unclean animal, it means the person who is eating it is unclean” Nehemia is right about the interpretation of that line, it is referring to people who were ceremonially clean or unclean. Again Yehovah made an exception to a law because of the situation. The part Nehemia didn’t discuss is the line in Deut 12:15 where Yehovah said, “whatsoever thy soul lusteth after”. That is the KJV which is the best and most literal translation of the Hebrew. the Hebrew word ‘av vah is the word for lust which means; desire, lust, will (not necessarily evil). To make it clear Yehovah says this two more times, once in verse 20 and again in verse 21, “whatsoever thy soul lusteth after”. Then to clarify even further that they could eat any kind of meat they wanted to, Yehovah says in verse 22, “Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them”. In the context of these verses, “them” is referring to whatever kind of animal they desired to eat, not the roebuck and the hart. Not only did Yehovah change the law to allow a ceremonially unclean person to eat, but be also changed the law to allow them to eat unclean meat while they were in the desert.

    What bothers me here is that it really looks like you did a Rabbinical Word Dance (Eisegesis) on this set of verses in order to make it say what you wanted it to. More importantly, you are teaching it as the word of Yehovah and you subtracted from His word.

    Yehovah established His first food law in Genesis 1:29. He gave them plants and fruit to eat but no animals. Hundreds of years later, after the flood, in Genesis 9:3 He gave them every moving thing to eat. It wasn’t until hundreds of years after the flood that he gave them the exact diet to follow in Leviticus 11 where He gave them specific things to eat and not eat. As you examine the situation further in Deuteronomy 12 it becomes apparent that there were not enough sacrificial animals for them to eat as frequently as they needed to. They were starving so Yehovah allowed them to eat whatever they could find.

    The verses of Deuteronomy 12:15-22 gives credence to the idea that Peter’s vision was a dual revelation from Yehovah. Simply imagine what the implications are in the situation. Yehovah was telling Peter that salvation was for the Gentiles too. They were to share the Gospel to all the world. Clean animals were not always available for food everywhere. Of course Yehovah could have miraculously supplied clean animals all over the world, but that is not how He decided to handle the situation. There are three periods where Yehovah allowed us to eat what Leviticus 11 calls unclean meat. The first time is after the flood, the second time is while they were in the desert and the third is from the time of Peter’s vision on.

    • Paul, I disagree.
      Please allow me to refer to Gen4:4 in which Abel is offering the firstborn of his flock and their fat. It seems very much like that he ate the rest of the animal and did’t bury it. Not much benefit of having a flock and being a vegetarian. Just my humble opinion about it.

      I wouldn’t go down a road were GOD isn’t able to provide food and needs to agree on changing his rules to sustain his chosen people. He “managed” to provide water from a rock, right? He rains quails on them, right?
      You basically suggest that at other times he needed to allow unclean food within the camp while he himself was being among them?

      Peter refused it three times and not even for a split second he considered that to be food but was pondering about the meaning of that vision.
      If GOD had changed our internal organs miraculously and changed the pig too then why there are still unclean animals in Rev18? Why would Jesus cast out the workers of lawlessness, when the law is done away with? Makes no sense to me.
      Just my humble opinion about it.
      Shalom

    • While the Temple and Priest and Kohanim were officiating; tithing was done along with all other offerings, after the Temple was destroyed, people were encourage to give generously to their teachers and care for each other.

  12. Shabbat-shalom, Nehemia, Keith and Jono!

    As usual I have thoroughly enjoyed this Torah-Pearl session and have gleaned more from Abba’s torah than previously known.
    Just 2 tidbits that Yahveh-Elohim’s ruach passed on to me through it:

    #1 concerning the extra bird listed here compared to Vayikra/Lev. 14:13 and the hara’ah (rendered “hawk”, “vulture”, “kite”). As I looked this up I noticed that the word “ra’ah” is from the root word “ra’ah (different Hebrew letters) that mean “to see” and that is also the first word of this Torah portion which it is named after!

    #2 concerning the seemingly anomaly between Yahveh-Elohim’s instruction in Vayik/Lev. 23:39-43 and B’mid/Num. 15:16 and Dev./Deut. 14:21 about “foreigners” and “you” . When I looked up the passage in Bmid/Num 15:16 I noticed that a different word was used in conjunction with “foreigner/ger” – the word “gur/ lodging with” while here in Dev./Deut. 14:21 the word used with “ger/foreigner” was “sha’ar/ an opening (like a door or gate). So to me there is a difference between a foreigner who is lodging/staying/living within a place compared to a foreigner who is only there for a brief time (like a tourist or even a quick stop at a place). If we look at this through Yavheh-Elohim’s eyes the foreigner that He was saying had the same torah as the natural-born Yisraelite would be a non-Jewish person who had made the decision to live with Him and His Torah within His Community.

    Shavu’ah-tov/Have a great new week!

  13. Hey, I have one more comment which is on Deut. 14:21 which refers to a sojourner “who has not joined themselves” with Israel. 🙂

  14. I love Torah pearls. As I listen to Nehemia explain that boiling a kid in it’s mothers’ milk is just that; as a goat shepherdess, I understand that a kid “in its mothers’ milk” is one who is not yet weaned; although I don’t dismiss Nehemia’s own research that pagan’s did boil kids in their mothers’ milk. I recall a command that IF the kid be too large for a family, then there needed to be groups of families to share the Pasach. If you knew anything about goat kids which are not weaned, they are small enough to eat by yourself. Pasach happens durring the time of, or shortly after “kidding season.” So I see a different perspective which I hope you will consider. From the perspective of a shepherdess, one who raises and cares for goats; it is those kids born the previous year, but less than a full year old, which would be considered for Pasach. Kids who still are nursing are considered off limits.
    What say you Nehemia? Keith” Jono?
    May Abba continue blessing you all and may Torah portions here last l’olam.
    LJ (Ezrachah Bat Ephrayim)

  15. “The Scriptures” renders the word abominable in stead of detestable.
    I found with a few exceptions that The Scriptures by the Institute of Scripture Research is mostly correct

  16. I have a thought on the “why” of the 2 “loopholes” for the sojourners:
    We have friends who are homeless. They do carry tents with them on their bicycles, but are grateful for a house to stay in when it’s offered for a time. Fine folk in general, but they do not have a lot. They get most of their food out of dumpsters.
    Similarly to the homeless not being commanded to live in booths because they’re already living in tents as it its, perhaps (not “this is the way it is”; Just perhaps) the sojourner is given the loophole of being allowed to “eat out of the dumpster” if they’re really that hungry?

    • I agree. Would the implication that a sojourner has no home also imply they have no land to produce food, both grain/veggi or livestock? If that is the case there is a provision for grain and fruit/veggies, what about meat? Could this be the provision? Could also not “to save a life” come into play a little here?

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