“He that keeps the Commandment keeps his Soul!”

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He that keeps the Commadment keeps his Soul!

 

With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

Elohim’s law is a tremendous blessing and we should understand of course that living within or as close as possible to our beloved Torah Mitzvot is a key to well-being and a life of happiness.

“Shomer mitzvah, shomer nafsho

“He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his soul”

Mishle Shlomo - Proverbs of Solomon 19:16 (JPS Version of the Tanakh).

Elohim’s way of life is the way of joy, love, peace and happiness! The spiritual truth we possess can make us wiser than the most intelligent people in this world, richer than the wealthiest, happier than the most materially prosperous.

Elohim’s law provides a standard for all human conduct. His spiritual law regulates relationships between Elohim, man and his fellow man. He also put into effect physical laws that regulate the smooth functioning of all things physical, including our human bodies. Just as keeping Elohim’s spiritual law will result in spiritual, mental and emotional well-being, living in accord with Elohim’s physical laws will produce zest-filled, abundantly good physical health. An exact parallel can be made between spiritual and physical law.

The world today is wracked with lawlessness, both spiritual and physical. And Elohim’s people are beset by temptation and test on every side which, too often, we succumb to, wittingly and unwittingly. Failing to reap the blessings and benefits of keeping Elohim’s law demonstrates the measure to which that law is being broken.

“If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in His eyes, and wilt give ear to His Commandments, and keep all His Statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have put upon the Egyptians; for I am that healeth thee ” Shemot - Exodus 15:26 (JPS version of the Torah).

The last five words of this verse are translated from the Ivrit – Hebrew as Rapha - ”, meaning “Elohim who heals.”

But notice the phrase “I will put none of these diseases upon thee.” This scripture is more than a promise to heal! It is Elohim’s promise to protect His faithful people from disease, from getting sick in the first place!

This same promise is made eight chapters later:

“And ye shall serve your Elohim, and He will bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.” - Exodus 23:25 (JPS).

But, we do know that because of the huge degeneracy of the world all around us, with so much evil in almost every single corner of the earth as well as in the very places we live there are countless murders and such evil which is growing day by day and they are getting younger and younger. Then there are the world-wide epidemics and other deceases that seem to spread like wildfire, and some of us have sadly been subject to some of these effects of what is happening world-wide, yes there is, air pollution, tainted water, and now we know so much food has become more and more nutrient-depleted.

But have we allowed those facts to lull us into a lackadaisical attitude toward Elohim’s beloved Torah and His promises regarding loving us and our well-being? No He never will leave us, for He is with us each and every minute, sadly it is us who have left Him in so many ways!

All I can tell you is this, to receive Elohim’s blessing, blessed be He, He expects us to “diligently hearken … to His Commandments, and keep all His Statutes” (Shemot 15:26) and that is something we certainly cannot take lightly!

Thus if you feel that you may have somehow failed His blessed Laws in various ways, and feel that you might like to slowly make your way back and see what you have been missing, and the Mitzvoth you need to take care off, be it you prayer life, such as saying the various blessings, be it upon waking, or going to sleep, Men you might even consider laying Tefillin, which is such a wonderful Mitzvah! And Keeping Shabbas and lighting the Shabbas lights, etc. To assist you, that is only if you require it of course, you can locate an comprehensive simple Prayer Guide, as well as a Tefillin Instruction and Blessing Guide online on the Main Index (located below).

Remember that our beloved Elohim will richly bless all those who;

“Return unto Me, and I will return unto you, saith of hosts” Malochi – Malachi 3:7 (JPS).

Always remember our motto seen on the logo at the top of this page: “The More Torah, the More Life”, for Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is the one who gave us our Life!”

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

 

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