Read the Hebrew word for children in that verse not as BANECHA, 'your children', but as 'BONECHA', your BUILDERS!' The way to build true peace is through studying and keeping the Torah" (R' Avraham Greenbaum). "Builders (bonim) comes from the same root as "binah" which means "understanding.” Since the Hebrew word for child, son (ben) is derived from to build, it also alludes to the lesson that children are the builders of the future" (R’ David Feinstein). Moreover, God is called "the Stone of Israel" EVEN YISRAEL (Genesis 49:24).
"The stone (EVEN) that the builders (Ha-BONIM) rejected, became a cornerstone" (Psalm 118:22). Here we are told about a stone; God or "knowledge of God" (1 Samuel 17:49, Isaiah 11:9, 28:16-17, Habakkuk 2:11-14, and kingdom of David; Daniel 2:34-35,44, Zech. 12:3) that was rejected by some builders and/or the nations. However, Mashiach will in any case bring out "the stone of the main architect," which will be used as a cornerstone to build peace and the III Temple of course (Zech. 4:7).
And, let us not forget the concrete, primordial foundation stone of the world, labeled EVEN SHETIYAH, which is found today in the Mosque of Omar on the Temple Mount.
"This is the rock on the Temple Mount that is called "the belly of the earth",See: Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto ("RaMChaL"): SECRETS OF THE FUTURE TEMPLE.
Mitt Romney: Jerusalem Is 'The Capital Of Israel': Romney says the United States will always stand with Israel, including its insistence that Jerusalem be the cornerstone of Israel (HuffingtonPost). The usual election promise?
Five weeks after calling for "an undivided Jerusalem as Israel's capital," Barack Obama blames "poor phrasing" and bad syntax for the statement (Obama Gives Final Burial to 'Undivided Jerusalem' Statement, INN, 7/14/2008).
Video: White House Rejects Israel’s Naming Its Capital:
The White House criticized Romney for daring to adopt a policy on Jerusalem that is different from previous administrations. Congress passed a law in 1995 declaring that Jerusalem is the capital and that the United States shall move its embassy there from Tel Aviv. However, the law included a waiver that allows the president to postpone the move every six months if he cites issues of “national security” (INN, 7/31/2012).
Jerusalem the Cornerstone of Israel? ”
The stone that the builders rejected became a cornerstone”
(Psalm 118:22). Neither the UN nor the American government recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The congress in the USA voted indeed for such a recognition in the middle of 1990. But the presidents; Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all delayed the implementation of the decision.
The authors of the Christian bible claims that "the stone which the builders rejected" was Jesus of Nazareth: "Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, "Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame." Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, "The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone," and "A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense." They stumble (the Jews), being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed" (1 Peter 2:6-8 NKJ).
In order to make it fit into the Christian theology, Peter rearranges the words of Isaiah 28:16 in the in the book of 1 Peter (2:6-8),
so that Isaiah appears to predict that Jesus of Nazareth is the cornerstone. This, of course, is not what the prophet predicts.
Isaiah 28:16 ”Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I lay in
Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a costly corner-stone of sure foundation; he that believeth shall not make haste.” And I believe Rambam’s 12th: ”I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah. How long it takes, I will await his coming every day.”
Maimonides 13 Principles: The Messianic Era by Rabbi Mordechai Blumenfeld. "Waiting for the Messiah means knowing that he will bring the world to the recognition of the Almighty and at last fulfill the national mission of Israel."
Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me; seeing thou hast forgotten the law (the Torah) of thy God, I also will forget thy children." Even before creation, the Torah was, as it were, God's favorite child (Proverbs 8:30).
Amos 2:4 "So said the Lord: For three transgressions of Judah, yea for four, I will not return them; for they rejected the Law of the Lord, and they did not keep His statutes, and their lies mislead them, which their forefathers followed."
"The words of the wise are like goads, and like well-fastened nails with large heads, given from one Shepherd" (Eccl. 12:11) . Just like the goad directs the plow-ox in its furrow, so the words of the wise direct a man in the pathways of life" (Rashi). "Incline your ear and hearken to the words of the wise, and put your heart to My knowledge,.." (Proverbs 22:17).
Daniel 12:3 "And the wise (those who engaged in the Torah and the comandments) will shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who bring the multitudes to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." And it is said: "A star has gone forth from Jacob,.." (Numbers 24:17-20). A star shoot out like an arrow. "Your arrows are sharpened — peoples will fall under you. The arrows sink into the heart of the king’s enemies" (Psalm 45:6). "The scholar’s weapons are the Torah insights. These come only to one who lives according to the Torah. Their sharpness guarantees their effectiveness in penetrating the listener’s heart" (Rabbi Yitzchok Rubin).
The rabbis of the Talmud state that the category of "the wise" includes every DAYAN ("judge") who judges truthfully as well as those who go around collecting charity, while "they who turn many to righteousness" are those who teach Torah to little children (Bava Basra 8b). "Observe therefore and do them (the chukim (statutes) and the mishpatim (ordinances); for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, that, when they hear all these statutes, shall say: 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.' (Deut. 4:6).
Leviticus 26, begins with the idyllic blessings that await
the Jewish people if they live up to their covenant with God, and then proceeds to the admonition, a sobering account of punishments, frustrations, and curses that will be the invitable outcome of any attempt to destroy the Covenant. Indeed, though God's underlying mercy prevents all of these curses from befalling Israel in any one unbearable instant, a careful reading of Jewish history, the twentieth century in particular, shows that they have taken place at various intervals, before and during the exiles.
The blessings are given in general terms, the curses, are given in great details, because they are intended to awe the people into obedience to God’s will. (Ibn Ezra). Punishments are not meant as revenge, but to influence people to repent, therefore they are inflicted in stages of increasing severity, until repentance and God’s mercy finally come.
"You shall not make idols for yourselves, nor shall you set up a statue or a monument for yourselves. And in your land you shall not place a pavement stone on which to prostrate yourselves, for I am the Lord, your God. You shall keep My Sabbaths and fear My Sanctuary. I am the Lord.
If you follow My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them, I will give your rains in their time, the Land will yield its produce, and the tree of the field will give forth its fruit. Your threshing will last until the vintage, and the vintage will last until the sowing; you will eat your food to satiety,
and you will live in security in your land.
And I will grant peace in the Land
and you will lie down with no one to frighten [you];
I will remove wild beasts (the enemy, Ezekiel 34:23-31) from the Land, and no army will pass through your land;" By climaxing the above blessings with that of peace, the Torah teaches that peace is equivalent to all the other blessings combined (Rashi; Sifra).
"You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you; Five of you will pursue a hundred, and a hundred of you will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall by the sword before you" (Leviticus 26:1-9). Because God will fight for you (Zechariah 12:9, 14:3).
The Talmud refers to the Shemoneh Esrei (Amidah) simply as The Prayer, for it is only in Shemoneh Esrei that we formulate our needs and ask God to fulfill them. The term Shemone Esrei means eighteen, and, indeed, the original Shemoneh Esrei consisted of eighteen blessings.
Sim Shalom (Grant Peace) is a blessing that is recited at the end of the morning Amidah. "
Establish peace, goodness, blessing, life, graciousness, kindness and compassion upon us and upon all of Your people Israel."
Man goes through stages and developments in life. When he is growing and improving, he is the recipient of God’s graciousness. In his period of maturity, when an individual may not improve, but continue the accomplishments of his more fruitful period, then God grants him kindness. Sometimes he declines or does not deserve God’s help – but even then God shows compassion (Ikkarim).
"Bless us, our Father, all of us as one, with the light of Your countenance, for with the light of Your countenance You gave us, Hashem, our God, the Torah of life and a love of kindness, righteousness, blessing, compassion, life and peace."
God is not content if we merely act kindly toward others. He wants us to love kindness. What someone loves to do is never a chore (Chofetz Chaim).
"And may it be good in Your eyes to bless us and to bless all of Your people Israel, in every season and in every hour with Your peace (with abundant strength and peace). Blessed are You, HaShem, Who blesses His people Israel with peace. May the expressions of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart find favor before You, HaShem, my Rock and my Redeemer."
The text contains allusions to the Priestly Blessing, and the six forms of goodness listed here – peace, goodness, blessing, graciousness, kindness and compassion – allude to the six blessings of Bircas Kohanim (Etz Yosef).
“Our God and the God of our forefathers, bless us with the three-verse blessing in the Torah that was written by the hand of Moses, Your servant, that was said by Aaron and his sons, the Kohanim, Your holy people, as it is said:
1. “May HaShem bless you.”
With increasing wealth (Rashi) and long lives (Ibn Ezra). With the many blessings in the Torah such as those specified in Deut. 28:1-14 and Lev. 26:1-13. And it says: “If there is no flour there is no Torah” (Avos 3:15). God blesses Israel with prosperity to enable the people to devote themselves to study Torah and fulfillment (Sforno).
“and safeguard you” May the above blessings be preserved against loss or attack. Only God can guarantee that no one or nothing can tamper with the gifts He confers upon His loved ones (Midrash Rabbah). "A person is obligated to give to another, for the money is not his own. G-d has given the money to him on trust, for the purpose of giving it to others" (The Rebbe, Likutei Sichos, Vol.2, p. 411). The best way for someone to preserve his wealth is to use it for charity and good deeds, that assures him God’s continued blessing (Yalkut Yehuda).
1 Chronicles 23:13 "The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses, and Aaron was separated, to be sanctified as most holy, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the Lord, to serve Him, and to bless with His name to eternity." The Kohanim are descibed as a holy people, because they were designed to serve God and to bless Israel (Zechariah 6:12-13, Jeremiah 33:6-26).
2. “May HaShem illuminate His countenance for you”
This is the blessing of spiritual growth, the light of Torah, as we find (Proverbs 6:23):
”For a commandment is a candle, and the Torah is light,”
which is symbolized by God’s countenance (Sifre). May God enlighten you so that you will be capable of perceive the wondrous wisdom of the Torah and of God’s intricate creation. Having the blessing of prosperity, we have the peace of mind to go beyond the elementary requirements of survival (Sforno). His countenance, literally face, must be understood in a figurative sense, since God is incorporeal.
“and be gracious to you” May you find favor in God’s eyes (Rambam), or may you find favor in the eyes of others, for all a person’s talents and qualities will avail him little if others dislike him (Ohr HaChaim) But if God has given us His benefits of the light of His Torah and of His Presence, what more can be needed? A person can have a host of personal attributes, but unless his fellows appreciate and understand him, his relationship with them will not be positive. The grace that a person has is the quality of being liked by others.
With this blessing the Kohanim pray that after giving Israel material and spiritual success, God will enable the other nations to evaluate us properly (Or HaChaim according to Degel Machaneh Ephraim). Rambam, however, interprets that Israel will find favor in God’s eyes.
Sifre interprets: God be gracious to you by granting you Torah knowledge, as well as the wisdom and understanding to utilize it properly and fully. Accordingly, this blessing complements the first part of this blessing. May God grant you the Torah knowledge and insight to comprehend His purpose (R’ Hirsch).
"O Lord, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail!" (Jeremiah 16:19, Micah 7:15-20, Isaiah Ch. 60, Zechariah 8:20-23, 2:15).
3. “May HaShem turn His countenance to you”
May He suppress His anger against you, even if you are sinful and deserve to be punished (Rashi). One’s face is indicative of his attitude toward someone else. If he is angry he will turn away from the one he dislikes. God ‘turns His face’ toward Israel to show that He loves them. If one is angry at his neighbor, he refuses to look at him, and if one has wronged or is indebted to his neighbor, he is ashamed to face him. Therefore, when God turns His face to Israel, so to speak, He symbolizes that He is not angry with us. As a result, we can lift our heads, despite our own unworthiness (Maharzu).
“and establish peace for you” (Numbers 6:24-26). Peace is the seal of all blessings, because without peace – prosperity, health, food, and drink are worthless (Sifrei).
Isaiah 24:1-6 ”Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor. The earth shall be utterly emptied, and clean despoiled; for the LORD hath spoken this word.
The earth fainteth and fadeth away, the world faileth and fadeth away, the lofty people of the earth do fail. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statute, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath a curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth waste away, and men are left few.” See also Zechariah 14:16, Jeremiah 3:14-15, Isaiah Ch. 4.
If this prophesy refers to Israel, it is referring to the transgression of the two Torahs, the written and the oral (Metzudas David). If it refers to the nations of the world, it refers to their violating the covenant God made with Noah ”the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is upon the earth” (Genesis 9:1-17), their persecution of Israel in excess of what God decreed, thereby violating the covenant of brotherhood (Amos 1:9) that should have existed between Esau (Edom), Ammon, Moab and Ishmael and their close relative Israel (RaDaK).
The Torah provides the gentiles with their own many faced pathway through the Seven Universal Laws of the Children of Noah with all their ramifications. And everyone who embraces the Seven Commandments and is careful to practice them is one of the saints of the nations of the world and has a share in the World to Come (Rabbi Avraham Greenbaum).
TORAH FOR THE NATIONS: World Class Events By Avraham ben Yaakov.
We can only hope and pray that God will bring humanity to its senses before we destroy ourselves and the whole world.
Have a wonderful Shabbos! (Isaiah 56:1-8, 58:7-14, Deut. 32:10-14, Jeremiah 23:7-8, 31:6-11, 17:24-27). He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace upon us, and upon all Israel. Amen.
Priestly Blessing at the Kotel: Photos & Video:
Thousands gathered Thursday morning for the annual Priestly Blessing (Birkat Kohanim) ceremony at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem - one of the largest in memory (INN, 04/21/11).
Psalm 67:2-8 "G-d be gracious unto us, and bless us; may He cause His face (countenance) to shine toward us; Selah That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, O G-d; let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, all of them. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy; for Thou wilt judge the peoples with equity, and lead the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, O G-d; let the peoples give thanks unto Thee, all of them.
The earth hath yielded her increase; may G-d, our own G-d, bless us. May God bless us; and let all the ends of the earth fear Him."
Psalm 67 is a prayer for the arrival of the Messianic Era, when all mankind will worship God (Zechariah 1:9, Tzefaniah 3:9, Deut. 6:4) and earn His blessing.
Genesis 12:3 "And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.'
Psalm 119:135 "Cause Your countenance to shine upon Your servant and teach me Your statutes." Psalm 94:12-13 "Praiseworthy is the man whom God disciplines, and whom You teach from Your Torah, to give him rest from the days of evil, while a pit is dug for the wicked.
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”