Haven on Earth
Joining together to leave the wilderness by way of these words. What is the idea, to clean off the blood stain of injustice with the blood stain of pure truth!? Prepare yourself, together we can educate civilization to prevent the initiating violence of a more just, even truly just violence. How can we prevent the further cultivation of a broken, uncivilized culture from just being what it is and becoming of itself? Appoint it! Set it up! Make your strong resolutions and build on them. Augment the research of exactly how an EYDAH works, how central B'TOCH can be. You might have freedom of will - we might have it - define the limit! You might value life - we might . . . SACRED, holy, the Holy One! How far can Verse reach into us?
'AND YOU SHALL KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS, AND DO THEM: I AM THE L~RD. NEITHER SHALL YOU PROFANE MY HOLY NAME; BUT I WILL BE MADE HOLY AMONG [ B'TOCH ] THE CHILDREN OF YISRAEL: I AM THE L~RD THAT MAKE YOU HOLY, WHO BROUGHT YOU OUT OF THE LAND OF MITZRAYIM, TO BE YOUR G~D: I AM THE L~RD.' VAYIQRA 22.
Do we wish to go up unto a prosperity of magnitude? If toward the essence of goodness, then amidst a multitude there will we will find our journey. Our path will gather us up, collecting our sojourns. To begin our steps with humble good will is to prepare ourselves with the very steps that are to be found at the Destination - Glorious, Everlasting. Just imagine it now, envision together a smaller mountain, so well grounded, transporting rocky mountains concurrently, as one with a flowing stream, gusts of wind and a rising sun.
'THE L~RD OUR G~D SPOKE TO US IN HOREV, SAYING, YOU HAVE DWELT LONG ENOUGH IN THIS MOUNTAIN . . . AND I SPOKE TO YOU AT THAT TIME, SAYING, I AM NOT ABLE TO BEAR YOU MYSELF ALONE: THE L~RD YOUR G~D HAS MULTIPLIED YOU, AND, BEHOLD, YOU ARE THIS DAY LIKE THE STARS OF THE HEAVEN FOR MULTITUDE. ( THE L~RD G~D OF YOUR FATHERS MAKE YOU A THOUSAND TIMES SO MANY MORE AS YOU ARE, AND BLESS YOU AS HE HAS PROMISED YOU! ) HOW CAN I MYSELF ALONE BARE YOUR CARE, AND YOUR BURDEN, AND YOUR STRIFE? TAKE WISE MEN, AND UNDERSTANDING, AND KNOWN AMONG YOUR TRIBES, AND I WILL MAKE THEM RULERS OVER YOU. AND YOU ANSWERED ME, AND SAID, THE THING WHICH THOU HAST SPOKEN IS GOOD FOR US TO DO. SO I TOOK THE CHIEF OF YOUR TRIBES, WISE MEN, AND KNOWN, AND MADE THEM HEADS OVER YOU, CAPTAINS OVER THOUSANDS, AND CAPTAINS OVER HUNDREDS, AND CAPTAINS OVER FIFTIES, AND CAPTAINS OVER TENS, AND OFFICERS FOR YOUR TRIBES. AND I CHARGED YOUR JUDGES AT THAT TIME, SAYING, HEAR YOUR CAUSES BETWEEN YOUR BRETHREN, AND JUDGE RIGHTEOUSLY BETWEEN EVERY MAN AND HIS BROTHER, AND THE STRANGER THAT IS WITH HIM. DO NOT RESPECT PERSONS IN JUDGEMENT; BUT HEAR THE SMALL AS WELL AS THE GREAT; DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE FACE OF ANY MAN; FOR THE JUDGEMENT IS G~D'S: AND THE CAUSE THAT IS TOO HARD FOR YOU, BRING IT TO ME, AND I WILL HEAR IT. AND I COMMANDED YOU AT THAT TIME ALL THE THINGS WHICH YOU SHALL DO.' DEVARIM 1.
'NOW THEREFORE HEARKEN, O YISRAEL, TO THE STATUTES AND THE JUDGEMENTS, WHICH I TEACH YOU, TO DO THEM, THAT YOU MAY LIVE, AND GO IN AND POSSESS THE LAND WHICH THE L~RD G~D OF YOUR FATHERS GIVES YOU. YOU SHALL NOT ADD TO THE WORD WHICH I COMMAND YOU, NEITHER SHALL YOU DIMINISH FROM IT, THAT YOU MAY KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE L~RD YOUR G~D WHICH I COMMAND YOU . . . THEN IF FROM THERE THOU SHALL SEEK THE L~RD THY G~D, THOU SHALL FIND HIM, IF THOU SEEK HIM WITH ALL THY HEART AND ALL THY SOUL . . . FOR ASK NOW OF THE DAYS THAT ARE PAST, WHICH WERE BEFORE THEE, SINCE THE DAY THAT G~D CREATED MAN UPON THE EARTH, AND FROM ONE SIDE OF HEAVEN TO THE OTHER, WHETHER THERE HAS BEEN ANY SUCH THING AS THIS GREAT THING IS, OR WHETHER AUGHT HAS BEEN HEARD OF IT? . . . THEN MOSHE SET APART THREE CITIES ON THIS SIDE OF THE YARDEN TOWARD THE SUN RISING; THAT THE SLAYER MIGHT FLEE THERE, WHO SHALL KILL HIS NEIGHBOUR UNAWARES, AND HATED HIM NOT IN TIMES PAST; AND THAT FLEEING UNTO ONE OF THESE CITIES HE MIGHT LIVE.' DEVARIM 4.