Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So, with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portions with Æmor – אֱמֹר, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 16th – טז, & on the 17th – יז, of the month of Ïyyâr – אִייָר, [ this month is also known & referred to from Scripture as “Ziv – זיו” especially in relationship to the Babylonian Exile. ] for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar. This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to B’leh N’gerachew – ብለህ ንገራቸው; on the 4th – ፬, & on the 5th – ፭, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of G’nbot – (ግንቦት) for this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).
Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23
Ezekiel 44: 15 – 31
I Peter 2: 4 – 10
The parsha/kifil for this week, is Æmor-B’leh N’gerachew. But, aside from some of the more obvious inclinations made by socially, historically and politically aware brethren & sistren who probably recognize the blatancy of the symbology passing through the consciousness of the of study portion of the Scriptures, for this week; we will do our best to relay the best possible analysis.
Before going into the study portion in-depth, we will focus on the certain aspects that may or may not interest others in their examinations of not only our claims to the foundation of these studies but, others as well. For instance, the Hebrew word Æmor – אֱמֹר, which comes to an English meaning of “say,” “utterance,” “word,”(or moreso dealing with speaking). & the Ethiopian-Amharic equivalent which is, B’leh N’gerachew – ብለህ ንገራቸው, is in harmony to the manner of “speaking words,” more to the implications of intelligently speaking, but spoken words nonetheless being the focal point.
* SIDENOTE: for consideration *
Now, in noticing the ancient names for this week’s portion of the study of the Scriptures, there’s noticeable keys of understanding that one may pick up on, if attention is brought to it. The point to be made is this,…: Æmor, has a resonant sound phonetically with the Law term known as “Moor.” When this word/term is scrutinized carefully the term for this parsha, from the Hebraic form can collectively include the disobedience/fall of a great people of a dark hue(color), who were recognized legally during a certain period of time in the southern European region; comprising a number of countries.
From the Ethiopic perspective, the name of the kifil-portion, is B’leh N’gerachew-ብለህ ንገራቸው, and phonetically, especially for anyone who was born or grew up in the Western Hemisphere of the world, could notice the irony of the name of the study, along with the cognitive inferences to the modern time. B’leh-ብለህ, which more than likely could mean “wise” or “intelligent,” & N’gerachew-ንገራቸው, giving meaning to “words,” or “manners of speaking.“
Now, with the term Hebraic Æmor, and of course, the phonetical sounds in the Ethiopic word N’gerachew, the surety of understanding who, and what black people are in general should be a point of interest. Mainly, because this parsha/kifil deals with the blaspheming of an individual in Hebraic community that was in the wilderness.
The feast and memorials were told to Moses by God also in this portion of Scripture. Moses is told to instruct the Israelites, especially the priesthood, to proclaim, observe, due diligence to the Holy Days, which were to be set apart as remembrances from generation to generation.
These holy days were what has become into today’s society, known as: the weekly Sabbath(Shabbot–שבת) or the Seventh Day or the “Day of Rest”
the fouteenth day of the first month (Nisan-Abib), Shavout – שבועות (or the Feast of Weeks)
The first day of the Seventh Month (Rosh Ha’Shanah – ראש השנה), shall be the “blowing of the trumpets”, an holy convocation.
The tenth day of the Seventh month (Yom Kippur – יוֹם כִּפּוּר), and it shall be a Day Of Atonement: it shall be an holy convocation to you; and shall afflict your souls and offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
…& the fifteenth day of the Seventh month (Sukkot – סֻכּוֹת), shall be the feast of Tabernacles for seven days to the LORD.
God continues instructing Moses to teach the priests on how to conduct services in the sanctuary of the Tabernacle. Things like; the lighting of the lamps for the candlestick (or the Menorah– מְנוֹרָה), on a regular basis,
the bread offerings, also where the meals were to take place within the Tabernacle.
Then, the story of the “Blasphemer,” came to Moses so that he should teach to the children of Israel.
THIS WEEK’s STUDY,
is Æmor, which also tells of the rules and regulations given to the children of Israel, for the purification of the priests. This study takes account of the HOLY days, which were to be observed by Israel, throughout their generations. This study also shows the instruction by God, to Moses for Israel to perform service in the Tabernacle. For example, the lights and bread in the Sanctuary were assembled and prepared in specific manner for worship in the Hebrew faith. The blasphemer and his punishment are also a matter of focus in this study of the Scriptures.
The laws for the priesthood were laid out to Moses, for the Kohaniim-כֹּהֲנִים(Priests) of the children of Israel.
[Lev. 21: 1-9]
Correspondingly, laws and commandments were laid out for the women of the children of Israel, with no partiality. This would show that the children of Israel regardless of gender(sex), were to take responsibility for ones’ self.
[Lev. 21: 9-15]
Commandments of reaping the harvest, in the counting of the Omer, were obligations of the children of Israel, and gleaners were to leave a portion for the poor.
[Lev. 21: 15-24]
The institution for the observance of the HIGH HOLY days were given to Moses for the Hebrew people, as well, in this study. The feasts were the appointed times the children of Israel, were to reap the their harvests. Known is modern Judaism, as the Moedim-מועדים: or the Yamim Nora’im–ימים נוראים.
[Lev. 23: 10-15]
The Sabbath(Shabbot/Senbet), Pesach, Sha(v)bu’ot, Rosh HaShanna, & Yom Kippur, were of the Meodim, that were spoken of in the Scripture study.
[Lev. 23: 1-44]
The_Blasphemer_Stoned(illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)