B’chukotai / In My Decrees
Leviticus 26:3-27:34
Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
2 Corinthians 6:14-18

     This is the last chapter of Vayikra/ Leviticus. And it begins with a stark warning: ‘If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them…’ Leviticus 26:3.  God continues in Leviticus 26:4-13 with the abundance of blessings that He will then grant to Israel, His people. Then it stops as God continues with the dire consequences if Israel does not obey. ‘But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments, 15 and if you despise My statutes, or if your soul abhors My judgments, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, 16 I also will do this to you:’ Leviticus 26:14-16.  These consequences continue until verse forty: ‘But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, 41 and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt….’ Leviticus 26:40-41
     Then hope for the people and one of the great consolations in Scripture appears: ‘… then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land. 43 The land also shall be left empty by them, and will enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them; they will accept their guilt, because they despised My judgments and because their soul abhorred My statutes. 44 Yet for all that, when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, nor shall I abhor them, to utterly destroy them and break My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.’ Leviticus 26:42-44.
    
This type of hope is seen again in Ezekiel 37:11-14: ‘Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. 13 Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. 14 I will put My Spirit in you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it and performed it,” says the Lord.’  
      It is true that Israel, God’s people would suffer and deny His word. We would be brought out of bondage only to return by our own choices. We would serve the idols of our hearts and would become the tail. But we confessed and will continue to confess our grave sins; we will go forward, become the children of God, and once again to live in His covenant.  We have the hope that we will be the overcomers that we are meant to be. Revelation 2:7 ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.’
      Hope is what keeps humans striving forward. We have hope for the future, and hope in Adonai. ‘The title of the Israeli national anthem is Hatikvah, which means “The Hope” in Hebrew. It was written in Palestine in the early 1880's by Naftali Herz Imber, a Galician Jew, and then set to music. Hatikva is about the undying hope of the Jewish people, through the long years of exile, that they would someday return to independence in their homeland. The second stanza of the Hatikva recalls the undying hope of Jews through the generation, Jews who lived in other countries and Jews who had remained in Palestine. When Hatikva is sung together, we are making a promise that we will never forget the undying Jewish hope for independence and that we will do all within our power to help the State of Israel prosper.’ (Jewish Virtual Library.)

In the Jewish Heart                                          Kol ode balevav P’nimah
A Jewish spirit still sings                                  Nefesh Yehudi Homiyah

And the eyes look east toward Zion             Ulfa’atey mizrach kadimah ayin l’Tzion tzofiyah

Our hope is not lost,                                       Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Our hope of two thousand years                   Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim

To be a free nation in our land,                     L’hiyot am chofshi b’artzenu
In the land of Zion and Jerusalem                 Eretz Tzion v’Yerushalayim.

 

     It would seem that Israel is a nation of ‘hope’ and God is the author. Hope is defined as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. Synonyms for hope include aspiration, desire, wish, expectation, ambition, aim, goal, plan, and design. The word for hope in Hebrew is tikvah. The verb “to hope” is yachal which literally means “to wait or to have expectation.” We have hope in a merciful God.  We worship the God of hope. We put our hope in His word. We hold onto hope. We have hope for our descendants. We have hope in our praises and our hope is Messiah.

Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Psalm 42:11 ‘Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.’
Romans 15:13 ‘Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’
Lamentations 3:24 ‘“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”
Psalm 71:4-6 ‘Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth. By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise shall be continually of You.’
1 Timothy 1:1 ‘Paul, an apostle of Yeshua HaMashiach, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Yeshua Messiah, our hope…’

The Hebrew mindset is to look forward, to hope for the future, never to languish over the past.

Philippians 3:13 ‘Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…
Luke 17:32‘Remember Lot's wife.’
Luke 9:62 ‘Yeshua said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Genesis 19:26‘But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.’

The Hope
Chazak! Chazak! V’nitchazek! Be Strong! Be Strong! And May We Be Strengthened!

Behar/On the Mount
Leviticus 25:1-26:2
HafTorah Portion Jeremiah 32:6-27
Brit Chadasha Luke 4:16-21

   This week’s Torah portion Behar begins with instructions for the counting of the Ha Yovel. ‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement, you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.’ Leviticus 25:8-10.
     In last week’s parsha we read Leviticus 23:15-16 ‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. 16 Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord.’
     These two acts of counting are similar, yet there is a difference that tends to be missed in translation. The counting of the Omer is in the plural: u-sefartem lakhem. The counting of the Sabbatical Years is in the singular: vesafarta lekha.  It was the sages’ teaching that the difference between the two was ‘who’ was to do the counting.  They taught that in the case of the Omer the counting is each individual’s duty, therefore, the plural use. In the case of Ha Yovel, it is the singular, therefore, the counting was the Bet Din’s responsibility, specifically the supreme court, the Sanhedrin.  
    However, that doesn’t coincide with the singular, since Bet Din would represent a plural, a minyan, ten men. If it is the case of singular, who would actually be responsible for the counting?
     There is only One that who qualified to do the counting or to cease the counting for a season-Elohim. He alone is the author of HaYovel. He started it.  He will continue it, and He will end it. But why did HaYovel cease? The sages teach: “According to biblical law, the Jubilee is only observed when all twelve tribes are living in Israel, as is derived from the verse, “And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live on it,” which implies that the Jubilee is only sanctified when “all who live on it”—meaning, all who are meant to be living there—are in the Land of Israel.’  
       Last year for this Torah portion, I taught on Yeshua, HaYovel and the importance of the phrase: the release of the captives.  This is also why it is so important to study the Torah. Otherwise, one cannot properly interpret the New Testament, the Brit Chadasha meaning the Renewed Covenant.
     We see HaYovel woven throughout Scripture. The year of Yeshua's ministry was a sabbatical year according to ancient historical sources. His ministry started during a sabbatical year when He cited Isaiah 61:1-2: ‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord
(שינת רצון shne ratson -year of favor) and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.’
     This is also referenced in Luke 4:16-19: ‘So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
     This leaves the possibility that the recounting of HaYovel began during Yeshua’s ministry. Would the 50th of the 50th be at His return?
    If the nations are not counting, is it be possible that Elohim is counting? Until His return, we are not yet all gathered together under One Messiah in the promised land, but we will be.
     Deuteronomy 30:3-5 ‘…that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it.’
     Ezekiel 37:24-28 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
     Isaiah 43:5-7 ‘Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth— Everyone who is called by My name, whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
      Too many ‘scholars’ try to date HaYovel and the return of Yeshua. But these presumptuous teachings declare that HaYovel might have been restored in 2014, or maybe 2015 or possible 2016. Why the confusion? Because these dates are guesses and not the plan of Adonai for He is not the author of confusion; 1 Corinthians 14:33.  
      Therefore let us remember we are not to know, and let us not forget the details of Yom Kippur:
     Acts 1:7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.’
     Matthew 24:36 ‘But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.’
     Matthew 25:11-13 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
     Leviticus 25:8-10 ‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.

בְּהַר                                         
Behar / On the Mount
Leviticus 25:1-26:2
HafTorah Portion  Jeremiah 32:6-27
Brit Chadasha  Luke 4:1-21
בְּחֻקֹּתַי
Bechukotai / In My Decrees
Leviticus 26:3-27:34
HafTorah Portion   Jeremiah 1:19-17:15
Brit Chadasha  2 Corinthians 6:14-18

       Israel is the only country on earth that God speaks of a Sabbatical rest and the year of Jubilee. There is no other nation or country that is mentioned with this kind of adoration and set-apartness. His people of all nations; His chosen ones, yes- He adores, and guides and helps and lifts them up on eagle’s wings; but other nations other than Israel?  No, only Israel is bestowed this kind of love, this kind of glory. This is the proof that dissolves British Israel-ism, replacement theology and teachings of the like.
     ‘The Lord said to Moses at Mount Sinai, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath to the Lord. For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of Sabbath rest, a Sabbath to the Lord. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards. Do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the grapes of your untended vines. The land is to have a year of rest. Whatever the land yields during the Sabbath year will be food for you—for yourself, your male and female servants, and the hired worker and temporary resident who live among you, as well as for your livestock and the wild animals in your land. Whatever the land produces may be eaten.’ Leviticus 25:1-7.
    
This continues with the year of HaYovel, ‘Count off seven Sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven Sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. 10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11 The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.13 “‘In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property.’ Leviticus 25:8-13.
    
Studying HaYovel and looking for signs of the next HaYovel time, there is no year, or date. There are only conflicting dates across that are given. Every teacher, every sight, different Rabbis and theories have their own ‘true’ date. In essence, we have no date, no exact year for a HaYovel since the time of Yeshua.
      Looking at the words of the verses regarding the Yovel, we see the same counting of Shavout. What happened on Shavout? The Torah and the Holy Spirit came to man. On the fiftieth year we are to consecrate it and proclaim liberty. It is a holy year and we are returned to our own property. The two connections between Shavout and HaYovel are unmistakable.
     Matthew 24:36 ‘“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.’
     1 Thessalonians 4:16 ‘For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Messiah will rise first.’

    Matthew 24:31 ‘The great trumpet will sound, and He will send out his angels to the four corners of the earth, and they will gather his chosen people from one end of the world to the other.  "Let the fig tree teach you a lesson. When its branches become green and tender and it starts putting out leaves, you know that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see all these things, you will know that the time is near, ready to begin.  Remember that all these things will happen before the people now living have all died. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.’
     Isaiah 44:22 ‘I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
     2 Peter 3:9 ‘The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’
      This continues with God’s will for His people: ‘‘Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God. “‘Observe my Sabbaths and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the Lord.“If you follow My decrees and are careful to obey My commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.’ Leviticus 26:1-5.  The word here is ‘IF’.
     What is the rain?  Isaiah 55:10-12 ‘“My word is like the snow and the rain that come down from the sky to water the earth. They make the crops grow and provide seed for planting and food to eat. 11 So also will be the word that I speak— it will not fail to do what I plan for it; it will do everything I send it to do.’
     What is the significance of the threshing floor? “Threshing is often used as a symbol for God's judgment; trials separate those who truly believe in him and those who do not. A busy threshing floor was a symbol of a plentiful harvest; a bare one indicated famine, and perhaps God's judgment.”
     What is the purpose of threshing? “Threshing is the process of loosening the edible part of grain (or other crop) from the straw to which it is attached. It is the step in grain preparation after reaping. Threshing does not remove the bran from the grain.”
     Except for the reference in Matthew 3:11 and Luke 4:17, the term "threshing floor" is found only in the Tanakh. Its use there indicates there is a particular significance in a "threshing floor". 2 Samuel 24 tells of King David buying a threshing floor, to build an altar on it. Why a "threshing floor" and not a field or some other structure? Does God have a purpose for the threshing floor?
    Luke 3:17 “His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
     The threshing floor clearly has two connotations. First, it is a place of blessing. It was the place where the grain of the harvest was actually taken from the sheaves. As such, it was a place where the blessing was received. Scriptures refer to "the increase of the threshing floor” in Numbers 18:30 and to a time when "the floors shall be full of wheat" in Joel 2:24.
     But secondly, it is a picture of judgment. This is certainly seen in the Matthew 3:12 passage- ‘Whose fan is in his hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
     At the time of threshing, the wheat is separated from the chaff and the tares. Also, the sheaves are beaten or crushed in order to make the separation. All of this is seen as a picture of judgment in Micah 4:12 which tell how the Lord will gather the nations "as the sheaves into the floor." The picture of Deliverance is very clear.
     There are two verses in this parsha, Leviticus 27:29 that separates His people from the wicked.
“‘No person devoted to destruction may be ransomed; they are to be put to death.’ The teachings on this verse indicate that a person, who is sentences to death, may not be redeemed: ‘he is on his way to be executed, and therefore, he “cannot be redeemed”-he has no market value [as a slave] or any valuation.’ Rashi.
    We have been sentenced to death. We have not been redeemed and we were unable to redeem ourselves…until…the death of Messiah.  He paid our ransom, He redeemed us and He spared us from the eternal death. We have market value, and we become a servant unto the LORD, we are redeemable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

בְּחֻקֹּתַי  בְּהַר  
Behar / On the Mount

Bechukotai  / By My Decrees
Torah Portion: Leviticus 25:1-27:34
Haf Torah Portion: Jeremiah 32:6-27  Jeremiah 16:19-17:14
Brit Chadasha: Luke 4:16-21   Matthew 21:33-46

      But for their sake I will remember the covenant of their ancestors…

     That verse is found in Leviticus 26:45.  This Torah portion is a double parsha, Behar/ On the Mountain and Bechukotai / By My Decrees.  In Leviticus 25, the laws and instructions for the Sabbath Year and the year of Yovel (Jubilee) are given.  Rabbi Shaul in Galatians 5:13 remezes back to Leviticus 25:10 and exhorts the people/us, that we have been called to liberty, but to not use this liberty as an opportunity for the flesh. From Leviticus 25:8-55 God lays out the instructions for the right of redemption.  At the 50th year, exactly on the Yom Kippur, the trumpet is to sound proclaiming liberty throughout the land. There are direct connections to Yeshua in Revelation 11:15-18, 1 Corinthians 15:52, and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
    Quoting Isaiah 61:1-2 Yeshua says in Luke 4:18-19 ~
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”
     In Leviticus 25:23 God specifically instructs Israel: “The land must not be sold permanently because the land is Mine, and you are but aliens and My tenants. Throughout the country that you hold as a possession, you must provide for the redemption of the land.” God continues with instructions regarding the poor, those that have sold property, those that become poor, and if a man sells his house in a walled city and cannot redeem it within one year, the house then belongs permanently to the buyer. Yeshua in Mark 14:6-8 rebukes His disciples: “Leave her alone; why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful deed to Me. The poor you will always have with you and you can help them whenever you want, but you will not always have Me. She has done what she could to anoint My body in advance of My burial.…” He was referencing Deuteronomy 15:11 ‘For there will never cease to be poor in the land; that is why I am commanding you to open wide your hand to your brother and to the poor and needy in your land.’ This connects to the redemption plan and the instructions in this parsha. It speaks of ‘brothers, poor and needy in the land’.
     Leviticus 26 is considered to be the chapter of the Promise of Blessing and Retribution and begins with a profound and distinct command: ‘Do not make idols, set up an image, a sacred stone for yourself.  When we operate with idols in our hearts, we set up a sacred stone for ourselves. We replace the commands and instructions of God with our own set up standards, our own interpretations of Scripture according to the desires of our heart. Verse 2 God reiterates to observe His Sabbaths.  This is not a Sabbath that man would choose but The Sabbath of YHWH.
     Leviticus 26: 9-13 God tells His people that He will look on us with favor if we follow His commands, (Leviticus 26:3). He continues with: “I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. 12 I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. 13 am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves; I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.” The Words ‘Your God and My people’ are the covenantal terms made famous by Hosea in 1:9-10, 2:23, Jeremiah 31:33, Ezekiel 36:28, and Hebrews 8:10.
   Leviticus 26 ends with “But for their sake, I will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom I brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations to be their God. I Am the LORD.”  Adonai reminds His people again and again that it was He who released them from the bondage and slavery of Egypt.  As it is now, it is He who releases us from the bondage of our own self-made slavery. We are released back into our inheritance as we are redeemed. Redemption is the lifestyle that we are given when we obey His Word.
     Acts 20:32 His chesed/grace gives us an inheritance: ‘So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.’
     Acts 26:18 His forgiveness offers an inheritance: ‘… to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’
    Ephesians 1:11-14 we have obtained an inheritance: ‘In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.’
     Leviticus 27 is the final chapter of Vayikra and is the chapter of redemption. Leviticus 27:28 contains a sentence that is often translated in different ways.  The word devoted is often worded as doomed. This can be confusing as it is linked to Jephthah and his daughter.  He in fact did not slaughter his daughter but ‘devoted’ her to Temple service. This is confirmed in the book of Judges when it concludes that as a result of his promise she never “knew a man.” The Torah does not state that she was put to death, but that she remained a virgin. She was redeemed to The God Most High.
     To be devoted to God is a high calling, a promise that is part of the covenant.
     1 Kings 8:61 ‘Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this day.’ 1 Samuel 1:28 ‘So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.’
     Baruch HaShem!

                    Chazek! Chazek! V’nitchazek! Be Strong! Be Strong and May We Be Strengthened!