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In what arm does one carry a Torah scroll?

Posted October 26th, 2009 by Webmaster

In the Code of Jewish Law1 it is written that a Torah scroll should be held in one's right arm (and rested on the right shoulder). This applies even if the one holding the Torah is left-handed. There are two verses that allude to this idea:

1) "From His right hand was a fiery Law for them" -- Deuteronomy 33:2. The Torah was given from G‑d's right hand, as it were, and we therefore hold it in our right hand, too.

2) "And His right hand will embrace me" -- Song of Songs 2:6. G‑d embraces us with His right hand, and we, in turn, embrace His holy Torah with our right hand.

— Rabbi Yisroel Cotlar

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/571210/jewish/In-what-arm-does-one-carry-a-Torah-scroll.htm

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Messiah, Resurrection and Judgment

Posted October 26th, 2009 by Webmaster

"The resurrection of the dead will be brought about by the Holy One, blessed be He, in
this world in order to sanctify His great name in the days of Messiah, and in order to give
rewards to those who love Him and fear Him in the World to Come."

[Seder Eliyahu Rabba 5:22]

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Recognizing the Messiah

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"Now there was about this time, Yeshua (Eaysoos in Greek), a wise man, if it be lawful
to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive
the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the
Gentiles. He was Mashiach (Christos in Greek); and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the
principal men among us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first
did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine

— Yosef ben Mattityahu a.k.a Josephus

[Antiquities of the Jews, book 18, chapter 3, paragraph 3; Yosef ben Mattityahu a.k.a Josephus]

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Recognizing the Messiah

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"I may remark then, that our Rabbis with one voice accept and affirm the opinion that the
prophet is speaking of the King Messiah, and we ourselves shall adhere to the same
view."

— Rabbi Mosheh El-Sheikh

[Rabbi Mosheh El-Sheikh regarding Yesha’yahu 53 in the Tanakh]

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A Messiah of Israel and the Nations

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"The rabbis have taught, the Holy One, blessed by He, will say to Messiah ben David,
may he be revealed soon in our days. 'Ask of Me anything and I shall give it to you.' For
it is written, Adonai said to me, 'Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee. Ask of
Me and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance (Psalm 2:7-8).' And when he
will see that Messiah ben Joseph will be slain, he will say before Him, 'Master of the
World! I ask nothing of you except life.' G~d will say to him, 'Even before you said,

[Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 52a]

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A Messiah of Israel and the Nations

Posted October 26th, 2009 by Webmaster

"And the King Messiah will be revealed and all the nations of the world will gather
around King Messiah, and the verse will be fulfilled, 'The root of Jesse which standeth as
the peoples' ensign, unto it shall the nations seek, and his resting place shall be glory.
(Isaiah 11:10)'"

[Zohar 2:172b]

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The Messiah to Provide Atonement

Posted October 26th, 2009 by Webmaster

"In the times of the Messiah, the L~rd shall manifest a second time His hand' (Isaiah
11:11). He shall be the Redeemer in person so that 'Israel shall be saved in the L~rd with
an everlasting salvation' (Isaiah 45:17). And 'his rest shall be glorious' (Isaiah 11:10).
All the world shall say, 'It is fitting that his rest shall be glorious, for while ordinary kings acquire glory for themselves through victorious wars, and do not believe themselves to be esteemed when they are at rest, he, on the contrary, without waging war makes everyone subject to him, and all render him homage."

[Commentary Minha- Ghedola in the Grand Rabbinic Bible of Amsterdam, 1700-1705— Rabbinic Bible of Bombergi]

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The Messiah to Provide Atonement

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"What is the cause of the mourning (Zechariah 12:10)? It is well according to him who
explains that the cause is the slaying of Messiah, the son of Joseph, as it is written, 'And
they shall look upon me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him as one
mourneth for his only son.'"

[Babylonian Talmud, Sukkah 52a]

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The Messiah to Provide Atonement

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"Does not atonement come through the blood, as it is said: For it is the blood that maketh
atonement by reason of the life!"

[Babylonian Talmud, Yoma 5a referring to Vayikra (Lev.) 17:11 in the Tanakh]

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The Messiah to Provide Atonement

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"The Messiah our righteousness has turned from us. We are alarmed, we have no one to
justify us. Our sins and the yoke of our transgressions he bore. He was bruised for our
iniquities. He carried on his shoulders our sins. With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53).
Almighty G~d, hasten the day that he might come to us anew; that we may hear from Mt.
Lebanon (figurative reference to the Temple), a second time through the Messiah."

— Eliezer Hakkalir

[Ancient hymn-prayer by Eliezer Hakkalir sung during the Musaf Service on Yom Kippur; included in some Siddurs]

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