Twelve Tribes Gemstones and their Essential Oil with corresponding Ketoret  and Brain Function

Twelve Tribes Gemstones and their Essential Oil with corresponding Ketoret and Brain Function

  The Torah tells us that upon the Shoham stones, the names of the tribes were engraved: וְלָקַחְתָּ, אֶת-שְׁתֵּי אַבְנֵי-שֹׁהַם; וּפִתַּחְתָּ עֲלֵיהֶם, שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל.  שִׁשָּׁה, מִשְּׁמֹתָם, עַל, הָאֶבֶן הָאֶחָת; וְאֶת-שְׁמוֹת הַשִּׁשָּׁה הַנּוֹתָרִים, עַל-הָאֶבֶן הַשֵּׁנִית—כְּתוֹלְדֹתָם – Six of their names on one stone and the names of the remaining six on the second stone, according to their births (Shemos 28:9-10).  Therefore, upon one stone was engraved: Reuven, Shimon, Levi, Yehuda, Dan, Naphtali; and upon the other stone was engraved: Gad, Asher, Yissachar, Zevulun, Yosef and Binyamin.  Why did the Kohen Gadol carry the names of the Tribes of Israel upon his shoulder straps? אַבְנֵי זִכָּרֹן, לִבְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל – Stones of remembrance for the Bnei Yisrael.   Rashi notes: שֶׁיְּהֵא רוֹאֶה הַקָּבָּ”ה אֶת הַשְּׁבָטִים כְּתוּבִים לְפָנָיו וְיִזְכּוֹר צִדְקָתָם – That Hashem will see the (names of the) Tribes written before Him and He will remember their righteousness (28:12 w/ Rashi). And what of the אבני מילואים, the twelve Filling Stones, which adorned the חשן (the breastplate)?  Upon those twelve were engraved the names of the tribes, in order of their birth, one tribe per stone (28:21 w/ Rashi). If the names of the Tribes were engraved upon the stones of the shoulder straps, what do we learn from the fact that they needed to be further engraved upon the twelve breast-plate stones?  Furthermore, what lesson can we derive from the command to engrave the Shoham stones with six names per stone, while the Filling Stones were engraved with one name per stone?  Perhaps the Torah is teaching us a profound lesson of what it means to be a member of...
Holy Smokes! Incense is a Higher Ground of Medicinal & Original Aromatherapy?

Holy Smokes! Incense is a Higher Ground of Medicinal & Original Aromatherapy?

The ‘ketoret’ is the incense described in the Bible for use in the Holy Temple. Its composition and usage is described in greater detail in midrash, the Talmud and subsequent rabbinic literature. Although it was not produced following the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE, some Jews study the composition of the ancient Temple incense for future use in a restored Temple as part of daily Jewish services. Contemporary Judaism still uses aromatic spices in one ritual, the havdala) ceremony ending the Sabbath. In addition, there is a blessing for pleasant smells. Most Incense can be used for Aromatherapy medicinal purposes. Some people like to make into a ritualistic experience, but in Jewish tradition this is forbidden when burning incense because of the ketoret incense was and is the only ritual burning of incense allowed. Since our Temple does not stand we can no longer burn ketoret. But much of it’s ingredients like frankincense, myrrh, cassia etc can be used for healing purposes only. Incense can purify a space from germs. The burning of incense, use of essential oils, or inhaling of nature’s aromas outdoors was one of the original natural “treatments,” helping to keep humans in balance on many different levels since the beginning of time. It just goes to show that as we continue on the path of technological advancement of our planet, modern medicine, and further disconnection from G-d’s creation of nature, society ultimately relies more and more on man-made drugs and chemicals to make up for the lack of awareness of, the organic medicines that their ancestors received from spending time in nature...

The Color Red אדם in Understanding Biblical Color Therapy צבע טיפול בשמנים

Adom אדם  in Hebrew is the word for the color Red The letter read  are from Right to left Alef Dalet Men אדם Each letter represents Adom א, Daveed ד (King), Mashiach מ. These three have Wisdom and Understanding. Red is associated with the Tribe of Judah which is the tribe that the King of Israel was chosen from. It is also the tribe which Mashiach (Messiah) will come from. Judah is considered the wisest and most understanding of the 12 tribes of Israel. Red is considered one of the most important anointing colors. But too much of the color Red -Adom can become Edom, Edom is the name of the nation that sprang from Esau, the son of Isaac and Rebekah, and the brother of Jacob (Genesis 25:30). Edom bordered Israel on the south and was a kingdom long before Israel (Genesis 36:31). Edom and Israel skirmished throughout their existence. King Saul battled them (1 Samuel 14:47) but David conquered them (2 Samuel 8:14) and Edom remained under Israel’s control until the reign of Jehoram (2 Kings 8:20). The ethnonym, Edomite, occurs only sporadically in the Bible (Deuteronomy 23:8, 1 Samuel 21:8, 1 Kings 11:14), and is spelled without the signature letter vav. That means that Edomite is spelled the same as Adamite (one of Adam).   The root (shoreshim) of  RED  דמם  דום  דמה  דמן  אדם  דם Perhaps by coincidence and perhaps not, this root-cluster contains roots that all seem to have to do with stillness or productivity, with a clear nod to the color red. Red is the color of dawn and is also the first color a human...
The King is in the Field. Come take a stroll with him in the Garden?

The King is in the Field. Come take a stroll with him in the Garden?

Happy Chodesh Elul! The King is in the Field. Come take a stroll with him in the Garden? The month of Elul, last month of the Hebrew calendar year, is an auspicious time for repentance, prayer and introspection. These are special days of Divine good will and mercy, and the very essence of these days bespeak the basic human need for closeness with the Holy One, blessed be He… and His immediate and unequivocal response. The word Elul in Hebrew is actually an acronym, an abbreviation of the Hebrew words Ani l’dodi v’dodi li, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Songs 6:3). This verse from the Song of Songs is actually the theme of this very special month: realizing how beloved we are to G-d, and how precious our relationship with Him is. Elul reminds us that G-d constantly beckons us to return to Him. During this month, we seek to improve our relationship with G-d and with each other. Before A king enters a city, it’s inhabitants go out to greet him and receive him in the field. At that time, anyone who desires may approach and greet him. He …receives them all pleasantly and shows a smiling countenance to all. As he proceeds to the city, they follow him. Afterwards, when he reaches his royal palace, one may see the king only with permission, and this is only granted only to the nation’s elite who are a select few. (From the Maamer Ani Lidodi V’dodi Li of the Alter Rebbe) The month of Elul is a joyous time where Hashem has made...

שמן האפרסמון חוזר הביתה || גן עצי בשמים לבית המקדש

                                           http://the–temple.blogspot.co.il/2016/10/blog-post_9.html שמן האפרסמון חוזר הביתה || גן עצי בשמים לבית המקדש יום שישי, 7 באוקטובר 2016 מסע בין עצי הבשמים האגדיים של הקטורת, בגן העדן הלאומי שמייסד גיא ארליך (46) במרחבי בקעת יריחו   ערוגות הבושם שוב פורחות. גיא ארליך ולבונות הקטורת ↓ מאת: ארנון סגל עץ קינמון ציילוני “מיריחו היו מריחים ריח פיטום הקטורת”, מספרת המשנה (תמיד ג, ח) ומתכוונת כנראה לריח העולה ממטע האפרסמון של גיא ארליך הצופה אל העיר. ארליך (46), חבר קיבוץ אלמוג, מקדם בכל בוקר בחלקה שלו את פני השחר. חמש וחצי והוא כבר ב’גבעת הלבונה’, שבה שתל ערב השמיטה האחרונה כמה שורות נסיוניות של לבונת הקטורת. העצים התימניים הללו אוהבים מאוד את הסביבה הציונית שממנה נפרדו לפני כאלפיים שנה, וכבר מתנשאים לגובה מרשים של שניים-שלושה מטרים. את השטח המדברי, יבש וטרשי כפי שהיה מששת ימי בראשית, קיבל לפני שלוש שנים מהחטיבה להתיישבות. ארליך, חקלאי בראשית דרכו שלא נרתע מלקפוץ ראש לבריכות ריקות, חתום על מה שככל הנראה הוא נסיון יחידי מסוגו בעולם כולו בעידן המודרני לגדל את הלבונה, המור והאפרסמון באופן חקלאי. מתוך 10,000 שתילי האפרסמון שברשותו שתל באדמת בקעת יריחו כבר יותר ממחצית, ולצדם עוד מאות שתילים של לבונה, מור, נרד וכרכום, קנה וקינמון עם כל עצי בשמים. ארליך איננו דתי ובכל זאת החליט לשמור שמיטה כהלכתה, ורק אחריה המשיך בהפיכת חלקת המדבר שברשותו לירוקה. “לאורך השנים הבנתי שלאפרסמון שלי יש משמעות יותר מאשר רק פרנסת המשפחה שלי”, מנמק ארליך. “שמרתי את השמיטה, וזה התגלה כצעד נכון. בהרבה מובנים השמיטה הצילה אותי מעצמי ומצרות כלכליות, או לפחות דחתה אותן. כשנגמרה השמיטה התחלתי לשתול כמיטב יכולתי”. משמונים הדונמים שקיבל מהחטיבה להתיישבות ומההסתדרות הציונית הוא מילא כבר כעשרים דונמים באפרסמונים ובעמיתיהם לרשימת סממני...

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