PORTION 25.vi,vii “The ram of the investitures”

[NB All readings are suspended next two weeks in observance of Passover. Shabbat Shalom, D.G.]

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22. And he brought near the second ram, the ram of the investitures, and Aaron and his sons leaned their hands [forcefully] upon the ram’s head. כב. וַיַּקְרֵב אֶת הָאַיִל הַשֵּׁנִי אֵיל הַמִּלֻּאִים וַיִּסְמְכוּ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו אֶת יְדֵיהֶם עַל רֹאשׁ הָאָיִל:
23. And he slaughtered [it], and Moses took some of its blood, and placed it on the cartilage of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. כג. וַיִּשְׁחָט וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה מִדָּמוֹ וַיִּתֵּן עַל תְּנוּךְ אֹזֶן אַהֲרֹן הַיְמָנִית וְעַל בֹּהֶן יָדוֹ הַיְמָנִית וְעַל בֹּהֶן רַגְלוֹ הַיְמָנִית:
24. And he brought Aaron’s sons forward, and Moses placed some of the blood on the cartilage of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet, and Moses dashed the blood on the altar, around. כד. וַיַּקְרֵב אֶת בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וַיִּתֵּן מֹשֶׁה מִן הַדָּם עַל תְּנוּךְ אָזְנָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל בֹּהֶן יָדָם הַיְמָנִית וְעַל בֹּהֶן רַגְלָם הַיְמָנִית וַיִּזְרֹק מֹשֶׁה אֶת הַדָּם עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ סָבִיב:
25. And he took the fat, the tail, all the fat which was on the innards, the diaphragm of the liver, the two kidneys together with their fat and the right thigh. כה. וַיִּקַּח אֶת הַחֵלֶב וְאֶת הָאַלְיָה וְאֶת כָּל הַחֵלֶב אֲשֶׁר עַל הַקֶּרֶב וְאֵת יֹתֶרֶת הַכָּבֵד וְאֶת שְׁתֵּי הַכְּלָיֹת וְאֶת חֶלְבְּהֶן וְאֵת שׁוֹק הַיָּמִין:
26. And out of the basket of unleavened bread that was before the Lord, he took one loaf of unleavened bread, and one loaf of oily bread, and one wafer, and he placed them on top of the fats and the right thigh. כו. וּמִסַּל הַמַּצּוֹת אֲשֶׁר לִפְנֵי יְ־הֹוָ־ה לָקַח חַלַּת מַצָּה אַחַת וְחַלַּת לֶחֶם שֶׁמֶן אַחַת וְרָקִיק אֶחָד וַיָּשֶׂם עַל הַחֲלָבִים וְעַל שׁוֹק הַיָּמִין:
27. And then he placed it all on Aaron’s palms and on his sons’ palms, and he waved them as a waving before the Lord. כז. וַיִּתֵּן אֶת הַכֹּל עַל כַּפֵּי אַהֲרֹן וְעַל כַּפֵּי בָנָיו וַיָּנֶף אֹתָם תְּנוּפָה לִפְנֵי יְ־הֹוָ־ה:
28. And Moses took them from their hands and made them [go up in] smoke on the altar along with the burnt offering. They were investiture offerings, as a pleasing fragrance, a fire offering to the Lord. כח. וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה אֹתָם מֵעַל כַּפֵּיהֶם וַיַּקְטֵר הַמִּזְבֵּחָה עַל הָעֹלָה מִלֻּאִים הֵם לְרֵיחַ נִיחֹחַ אִשֶּׁה הוּא לַי־הֹוָ־ה:
29. And Moses took the breast and waved it as a waving before the Lord. It belonged to Moses as a portion from the ram of the investitures, as the Lord had commanded Moses. כט. וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה אֶת הֶחָזֶה וַיְנִיפֵהוּ תְנוּפָה לִפְנֵי יְ־הֹוָ־ה מֵאֵיל הַמִּלֻּאִים לְמֹשֶׁה הָיָה לְמָנָה כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶת מֹשֶׁה:

7th Portion

Chapter 8

30. And Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, and he sprinkled it on Aaron and on his garments, and on his sons, and on his sons’ garments, and he sanctified Aaron, his garments, his sons and his sons’ garments with him. ל. וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה מִשֶּׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וּמִן הַדָּם אֲשֶׁר עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וַיַּז עַל אַהֲרֹן עַל בְּגָדָיו וְעַל בָּנָיו וְעַל בִּגְדֵי בָנָיו אִתּוֹ וַיְקַדֵּשׁ אֶת אַהֲרֹן אֶת בְּגָדָיו וְאֶת בָּנָיו וְאֶת בִּגְדֵי בָנָיו אִתּוֹ:
31. And Moses said to Aaron and to his sons, “Cook the flesh at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and eat it there, and the bread that is in the basket of the investiture offerings, as I have commanded, saying, ‘Aaron and his sons shall eat it.’ לא. וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל אַהֲרֹן וְאֶל בָּנָיו בַּשְּׁלוּ אֶת הַבָּשָׂר פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד וְשָׁם תֹּאכְלוּ אֹתוֹ וְאֶת הַלֶּחֶם אֲשֶׁר בְּסַל הַמִּלֻּאִים כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוֵּיתִי לֵאמֹר אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו יֹאכְלֻהוּ:
32. And whatever is left over from the flesh and the bread, you shall burn in fire. לב. וְהַנּוֹתָר בַּבָּשָׂר וּבַלָּחֶם בָּאֵשׁ תִּשְׂרֹפוּ:
33. And you shall not leave the entrance of the Tent of Meeting for seven days, until the day of the completion of your investiture days, he will inaugurate you for seven days. לג. וּמִפֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד לֹא תֵצְאוּ שִׁבְעַת יָמִים עַד יוֹם מְלֹאת יְמֵי מִלֻּאֵיכֶם כִּי שִׁבְעַת יָמִים יְמַלֵּא אֶת יֶדְכֶם:
34. As he did on this day, so the Lord has commanded to do, to effect atonement for you. לד. כַּאֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה בַּיּוֹם הַזֶּה צִוָּה יְ־הֹוָ־ה לַעֲשֹׂת לְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם:
35. And you shall stay day and night for seven days at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. You shall observe the Lord’s command, so that you will not die, for thus I was commanded. לה. וּפֶתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד תֵּשְׁבוּ יוֹמָם וָלַיְלָה שִׁבְעַת יָמִים וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם אֶת מִשְׁמֶרֶת יְ־הֹוָ־ה וְלֹא תָמוּתוּ כִּי כֵן צֻוֵּיתִי:
36. And Aaron and his sons did all the things that the Lord commanded through Moses. לו. וַיַּעַשׂ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו אֵת כָּל הַדְּבָרִים אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְ־הֹוָ־ה בְּיַד מֹשֶׁה:

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Prophets-Isaiah 32,33 “Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty”

32,1 Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and as for princes, they shall rule in justice. 32,2 And a man shall be as in a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as by the watercourses in a dry place, as in the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. 32,3 And the eyes of them that see shall not be closed, and the ears of them that hear shall attend. 32,4 The heart also of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly. 32,5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be noble. 32,6 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise ungodliness, and to utter wickedness against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and to cause the drink of the thirsty to fail. 32,7 The instruments also of the churl are evil; he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, and the needy when he speaketh right. 32,8 But the liberal deviseth liberal things; and by liberal things shall he stand. {S} 32,9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease, and hear my voice; ye confident daughters, give ear unto my speech. 32,10 After a year and days shall ye be troubled, ye confident women; for the vintage shall fail, the ingathering shall not come. 32,11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye confident ones; strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins, 32,12 Smiting upon the breasts for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine; 32,13 For the land of my people whereon thorns and briers come up; yea, for all the houses of joy and the joyous city. 32,14 For the palace shall be forsaken; the city with its stir shall be deserted; the mound and the tower shall be for dens for ever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks; 32,15 Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. 32,16 Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field. 32,17 And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and confidence for ever. 32,18 And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting-places. 32,19 And it shall hail, in the downfall of the forest; but the city shall descend into the valley. 32,20 Happy are ye that sow beside all waters, that send forth freely the feet of the ox and the ass. {S} 33,1 Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! When thou hast ceased to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou art weary with dealing treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee. {S} 33,2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for Thee; be Thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. 33,3 At the noise of the tumult the peoples are fled; at the lifting up of Thyself the nations are scattered. 33,4 And your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathereth; as locusts leap do they leap upon it. 33,5 The LORD is exalted, for He dwelleth on high; He hath filled Zion with justice and righteousness. 33,6 And the stability of thy times shall be a hoard of salvation–wisdom and knowledge, and the fear of the LORD which is His treasure. {P}
33,7 Behold, their valiant ones cry without; the ambassadors of peace weep bitterly. 33,8 The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth; he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth not man. 33,9 The land mourneth and languisheth; Lebanon is ashamed, it withereth; Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel are clean bare. {S} 33,10 Now will I arise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift Myself up. 33,11 Ye conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble; your breath is a fire that shall devour you. 33,12 And the peoples shall be as the burnings of lime; as thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire. {P}
33,13 Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge My might. 33,14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling hath seized the ungodly: ‘Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?’ 33,15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from looking upon evil; 33,16 He shall dwell on high; his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks; his bread shall be given, his waters shall be sure. 33,17 Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty; they shall behold a land stretching afar. 33,18 Thy heart shall muse on the terror: ‘Where is he that counted, where is he that weighed? Where is he that counted the towers?’ 33,19 Thou shalt not see the fierce people; a people of a deep speech that thou canst not perceive, of a stammering tongue that thou canst not understand. 33,20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemn gatherings; thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a peaceful habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be plucked up, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken. 33,21 But there the LORD will be with us in majesty, in a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. 33,22 For the LORD is our Judge, the LORD is our Lawgiver, the LORD is our King; He will save us. 33,23 Thy tacklings are loosed; they do not hold the stand of their mast, they do not spread the sail; then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey. 33,24 And the inhabitant shall not say: ‘I am sick’; the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity. {S}

Prophet-Isaiah 31 “So will the LORD of hosts come down to fight”

Isaiah Chapter 31

1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many, and in horsemen, because they are exceeding mighty; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD! 2 Yet He also is wise, and bringeth evil, and doth not call back His words; but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity. 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses flesh, and not spirit; so when the LORD shall stretch out His hand, both he that helpeth shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall perish together. {S}
4 For thus saith the LORD unto me: Like as the lion, or the young lion, growling over his prey, though a multitude of shepherds be called forth against him, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them; so will the LORD of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof. 5 As birds hovering, so will the LORD of hosts protect Jerusalem; He will deliver it as He protecteth it, He will rescue it as He passeth over. 6 Turn ye unto Him against whom ye have deeply rebelled, O children of Israel. 7 For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin. 8 Then shall Asshur fall with the sword, not of man, and the sword, not of men, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become tributary. 9 And his rock shall pass away by reason of terror, and his princes shall be dismayed at the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in Zion, and His furnace in Jerusalem. {P}