Ancient Egyptian Childbirth Frog God
This is a picture of an ancient Egyptian idol, a frog god, on display at the Toledo, Ohio, Museum of Art.
The more you learn about the Torah, the deeper and heavier it gets.
The Jews were the only ones whose sacred Scriptures were held in ever greater veneration as they became better known.” Archbishop Jacques Bossuet (Paris, 1681).
Egypt worshipped the frog, the curators tell us, as the Deity of pregnancy and childbirth. This factoid adds a little depth to the history in the Book of Exodus of the plagues of Egypt. The first plague turned the River Nile’s water bloody- a reminder, to the Egyptians, of their people’s slaughter of the People of Israel’s babies. (Remember how they drowned Moses' generation in the Nile?) HaShem, the Master of the Universe, turned their own idol, the Nile, against them - it testified against their murders of the innocents. Then came the second plague, a fantastic indundation of their own “god"...further testimony to remind them and all Creation of their people’s crimes.
When Life Begins
After the fertilization of a lady’s egg by the gentleman’s sperm, it remains “mere water” or just a hairy egg, for the next five-weeks. Only 40-days post-conception does its acquire the ability to feel pain, through the development of a nervous system, and a beating heart, and the beginnings of recognizably human features, faces, hands and feet, fingers and toes. Its gender also gets settled, and perceptible.
At that point, anyone with any brains ought to know enough not to try to kill the fetus - by now, him or her – unless, of course, the further development of the fetus goes wrong to the extent that he or she directly endangers the life of its mother.
The idea that “life begins” sometime about when the gentleman asks “How’s about it?” and the lady replies, “My place or yours,” is false. The idea that “all abortion should be banned” as of conception is not a Torah idea. At the same time, the idea that the developing fetus can be killed for any or no reason after he or she has reached 40-days past conception is genuinely inhuman and contrary to God’s Law.
In fact, pretty nearly any idiot ought to be able to make his or her own determination that it's truly wrong. As such, it's a violation of the Noahide or Universal Law, the First Covenant Law - since the essence of the Seven Universal Laws is that they are OBVIOUS!
“That they [the nations of Earth] may know that You alone, whose Name is HaShem, are the Most High over all the Earth.” – Psalms 83:18
“Blessed is he that blesses you [Israel], and cursed is he that curses you.” – Numbers 24:9 (words of the Noahide prophet Balaam)
Thanks to whoever orginally wrote and posted this on Facebook [click here to go to Rainbow Covenant on Facebook].
A gentle admonition against violating the Universal Law against eating a limb torn from the living.
A Farmer’s Tale
A man is lost in a rural area and stops at a farm to get directions. As he is talking to the farmer he notices a pig with a wooden leg. “How did the pig get a wooden leg?” he asks the farmer.
“Well”, says the farmer, “that is a very special pig. One night not too long ago we had a fire start in the barn. Well, sir, that pig set up a great squealing that woke everyone, and by the time we got there he had herded all the other animals out of the barn and saved every one of them.”
“And that was when he hurt his leg?” asked the man.
“Oh no”, says the farmer. “He was fine after that. Though a while later I was in the woods out back and a bear attacked me. Well, sir, that pig was near by and he came running and set on that bear and chased him off. Saved me for sure.”
“So the bear injured his leg then”, says the man.
“Oh no. He came away without a scratch from that. Though a few days later my tractor turned over in a ditch and I was knocked unconscious. Well, that pig dove into the ditch and pulled me out before I drowned.”
“So he hurt his leg then?” asks the man.
“Oh no”, says the farmer.
“So how did he get the wooden leg?” the man asks.
“Well”, the farmer says, “when you have a valuable animal like that, you don’t eat him all at once.”
Thanks to R' Yehoshua Friedman of liberated Samaria ("Shomron"), Israel, who posted this ancient buba meisa ["grandmother's tale] on Facebook
Israel Burns with America
Let us not feel too terribly bad, as Americans and Westerners, when they who delight in reviling Israel revile America too. There are a lot more Arabs and Muslims than Jews and they have immensely more earthly wealth and power... So, many "Realist" leaders in government and business put a lot of emphasis on this. Nevertheless, it’s good to stand with Israel!
Cursed be they who curse you [Israel] and blessed be they who bless you. Genesis 27:29
The Thinker and the Doer
All depends on deeds. – Rabbi Akiba, of blessed memory: Pirke Avot 3:15
Whose work exceeds his wisdom is like a tree with few branches and many roots: all the raging winds will not move him.” – Rabbi Eleazar ben Azariah, Pirke Avot 3:17
The Thinker and the Doer. Thanks to brilliant English cartoonist Keith Reynolds, c. 2012
By Michael Dallen
God gave the Torah to the Jewish People so that all nations might benefit from it. – Midrash Tanchuma (ancient rabbinic commentary), Devarim 3