Daniel 12:3 "And the wise (who engaged in the Torah and in
the commandments) will shine like the brightness of the sky,
and those who bring the multitudes to righteousness
like the stars forever and ever." 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). "...for they shall all know Me from their smallest to their greatest, says the Lord,.. (Jeremiah 31:33).
Chief Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu Passes Away:
Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu was born in 1929 in the Old City of Jerusalem to an illustrious Baghdad family; his father was a renowned Kabbalist and his mother was a granddaughter of the famed Ben Ish Chai's sister. He was recognized as a prodigy at a young age and went on to become Israel's youngest Rabbinical Court Judge.
Upon hearing the news, Rabbi Chaim Druckman, head of the Bnei Akiva Yeshiva Movement and the Ohr Etzion Yeshiva, cried in a tear-choked voice: "We are orphaned, left without a father..."
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who studies Torah weekly with Rav Zaafrani, Rav Eliayhu's longtime assistant and who delivered a short eulogy at the funeral, said earlier, “I am a partner to the heavy mourning of the Nation of Israel in general, and of Jerusalem in particular, on the passing of the great Torah leader, father and rabbi to myriads, and from whom I was privileged to benefit from his proximity and learn from his wisdom. Rabbi Mordechai Eliylahu, who engraved on his flag love of Israel and outreach, and who always found the good in people, will be engraved in all our hearts and his path will light our way.
Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe of the Land of Israel Task Force said, “...All of those loyal to the Torah of Israel and the Land of Israel must strengthen themselves and continue in his path. We express our condolences to his son and follower in his path, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu.”
"And Elisha saw, and he was crying, "My father! My father! The chariots of Israel and their riders!" And he saw him (Elijah) no longer... And he picked up Elijah's mantle that had fallen off him,.. And when the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho some way off saw him, they said: 'The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha' (2 Kings 2:12-15, 13:14).
The sons of the prophets were not necessarily their biological offspring but rather the students of the prophets. And from here we learn that students are called children, and likewise it says, And you shall diligently teach them (the mitzvah, chukim, mishpatim) to your children (Deut. 6:7), and just as students are called children, so the teacher is called a father (Sifrey Va-etchanan 6).
"The chariots of God are myriads, even thousands upon thousands; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in holiness" (Psalm 68:18, Daniel 7:10, 2 Kings 6:17, Habakkuk 3:8, Deut. 33:2).
Rabbi M. Eliyahu's Prayer - Found: Rabbi Eliyahu was the youngest dayan (rabbinical court judge) ever elected, at the age of 28. "He therefore felt very strongly," Rabbi Zaafrani said, "the heavy responsibility that weighed upon him, and so he composed a prayer that he would recite every day before entering the courtroom... Quote: "... and to teach Torah, so that the Name of Heaven be sanctified by us. Let the people respect and fear us,.."
Positive Commandment 9: We are commanded to sanctify God's holy Name by publicly proclaiming our faith and religion.
Positive Commandment 3 Loving God: This mitzvah also includes sharing our knowledge of God with others, and calling upon our fellows to serve Him.
Ezekiel 39:7-8,25-29 "And My holy name will I make known in the midst of My people Israel;.. and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel... when I have brought them (the Jews) back from the peoples, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations." See Isaiah 5:16.
Ezekiel 38:15-23 "it shall be in the end of days, and I will bring thee against My land, that the nations may know Me, when I shall be sanctified through thee, O Gog, before their eyes..."
As his father, Hakham Silman Eliyau, 'a"h, Hakham Mordechai Eliyahu, 'a"h, diligently followed the teachings of the great Hakham Yoseph Hayyim of Baghdad, 'a"h, the Ben Ish Hai. His opinion in matters of Halakha was sought after by people worldwide.
On the laws of Jewish Holidays he wrote: ”Long before the commandment was given over to Moshe Rabbenu,
'a"h, Ya'aqob Abinu, 'a"h, (our father Jacob) had already kept the important Miswah (commandment) of teaching Torah to one's sons.
He taught Torah to all of his sons, and especially to Yoseph HaSaddiq,
'a"h. Not only that, but he ensured that Torah would be taught to his subsequent generations, even though they would be in Egypt, by sending Yehudah, his son, to form a Yeshibah in the land of Goshen. This is because he understood that the study of Torah is critical for the survival of the Jewish people...” (Rab Mordechai Eliyahu, 'a"h: the Torah is the continuity of the Jewish people)
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Proverbs 16:7 "When the Lord accepts a person's ways, He will cause even his enemies to make peace with him." As in Genesis 33:4 "And Esau ran toward him (Jacob) and embraced him, and he fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept." And Genesis 25:8-9 "And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and satisfied, and he was gathered to his people. And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the Cave of Machpelah..." From here we may deduce that Ishmael repented and let Isaac go before
him, and that is the meaning of “a good old age” which is stated regarding Abraham (Genesis 15:15).
Proverbs 3:17 "Her (the Torah's) ways are ways
of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."
Psalm 119:165 "There is abundant peace to those who love Your
Torah, and they have no obstacle (Evil Inclination)."
The Outreach King:
The rabbis said of Yehoshaphat that when he would see a Torah scholar, he would rise from his throne and hug and kiss him, calling him "My teacher! My teacher! My master! My master" (Maccos 24a). His father,
King Asa, had demeaned the Torah scholars in taking them out of the study halls to work side by side with the common people, carrying, digging and building.
But King Yehoshaphat now took the Torah itself out to the ordinary people in order to teach and elevate them. "In the third year of his reign he sent his ministers… to teach in the cities of Judah, and with them the Levites… and with them the Sefer Torah of HaShem, and they went around all the cities of Judah and they taught the people."
This mass arousal to the study of the Torah was sufficient to throw all of the surrounding kingdoms into fear: "And the fear of the Lord was upon all the kingdoms of the lands (in the merit of having studied Torah)
that were around Judah, and they did not wage war with Jehoshaphat. And some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat gifts and loads of silver; also the Arabs brought him flocks; rams-seven thousand and seven hundred, and goats-seven thousand and seven hundred" (II Chronicles 17:1-11).
Here in a nutshell is Israel 's true and lasting solution to the entire Middle East problem and the hostility of all the surrounding countries: send outreach rabbis with Sefer Torahs into all the cities and gather the people to teach them the Torah! Simple!!! Even the Philistines (=Palestinians?) and the Arvee-im (=Arabs?) sent gifts of gratitude to Yehoshaphat (v 11) for saving them from having to make war with Israel (Azamra). See also Isaiah 60:6-7!
"She (the Torah) is a tree of life to them that
lay hold upon her, and happy is every one that holdest her fast" (Prov. 3:17). '...and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever' (Genesis 3:22).
"My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold; and my
produce than choice silver.
Receive my instruction, and not silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold. For wisdom is better than rubies, and all things desirable are not to be compared unto her" (Proverbs 8:19,10-11).
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that is wise winneth souls" (Proverbs 11:30). "A true witness delivereth souls; but he that breatheth forth lies is all deceit" (Proverbs 14:25).
For the past 2,000 years, the church loudly declared that the unique role of the Jews as guardians of the sacred scriptures and witnesses to the divine oracles of God has ended. As if with one voice, the Church Fathers and Reformers insisted that the commandments prescribed in the Torah became obsolete, and the Jewish people are lost, wallowing in spiritual blindness because they rejected the Cross. Is this a legitimate claim?
The Bible declares that the role of the Chosen People is eternal and we are mandated to be "witnesses" for all time. What did we witness?
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