Proclaiming the Holy Convocation. Bechukosai.

From: Sophereth at Kirjath Sepher

To: the Israel of God…

. tonight, at sundown, begins the holy convocation, the Sabbath of Bechukosai.

. Bechukosai means decree. admonition. warning.

. the Torah reading is: Leviticus 26:3 – 27.

. I quote from The Pentateuch And Haftorahs. edited by J.H. Hertz. second edition. p. 542: “The book of Leviticus has it’s sacerdotal chapters, it’s ceremonial parts, it’s ethical section; and in it’s concluding portion, it strikes the note of Prophetic admonition and warning…the name for this chapter from v. 14-45 (as well as for the parallel section in Deut.28) is Tochacha, …lit. ‘Warning’, ‘Admonition’. After having declared the higher law and rooted all human duty, both to God and man, in the Holiness-ideal—‘Ye shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy….”

. the prophetic reading is: Jeremiah 16:19 – 27.

. Hertz: “…the Haftorah is the utterance of the Prophet who witnessed the destruction of the Temple and State through the religious and moral degeneracy of the nation. His words…an echo of the prophecy of Moses…Jeremiahs’s message here is one of great hope…Let Israel trust-as he does-in God, the faithful Physician, who will heal them, and establish them on an eternal foundation.”

. the NT reading is Matthew 21:33-46.

. I go to a website: ‘whenisthenewmoon’ to get the sighting of the new moon from Jerusalem. the expected sighting is as early as June 6, 2016.

. Spaghetti w/ anchovy sauce: a good amount of butter and olive oil in a skillet. I put in a whole lot of minced garlic, like maybe a whole, large head. (my question is this? “is it possible to put in too much garlic???” the answer is no). saute for a while. then put in a whole can of anchovies. (my question is this: “is it possible to put in too much…???” the answer is no). saute until the anchovies are melted. add a ‘sprinkling’ of red pepper flakes. plenty of freshly ground black pepper. pour a ‘little bit will do ya’ over your spaghetti. top with freshly grated parm. with challah w/a whole lot of butter and garlic! the anchovy sauce makes a great bread dipping sauce also.  YUM.

. good Sabbath to you all.


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