Sunday, June 25, 2017

Aaron’s Rod as the State of Israel

Aaron’s Rod as the State of Israel (Numbers 17: 16-25)

In Numbers 16 the earth swallows up Korach’s jealous haters (who mistook selfless service for selfish entitlement), as well as the anti-aliya rebels-for-any-cause Dathan and Aviram ( לא נעלה Lo N’[A]LeH in 16:12). This miraculous but angry, instant and violent intervention did not solve the crisis. (See the Korach You Tube of Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks). What finally settles the leadership dispute by the wannabes (who symbolize the future forces of Replacement Theology), is the slow, non-violent, positive, even Green undeniable eloquence of the miracle of Aaron’s Rod, מטה אהרן  MaDTeH AHaRoaN.

By the Almighty’s command, the sturdy walking sticks of the heads of all the tribes are to be marked and gathered overnight in the sacred Tent of Meeting. The next morning, the staff (long-dead tree branch) of the chosen tribe will miraculously have come to life, have sprouted buds, blossoms and botanical produce.

This was undeniably the sign of the Creator of Life. Such a miracle recalls Aaron’s Rod becoming a snake, which swallowed the charmed snakes (fake staffs) of Pharoahs’ magicians. But this sign and wonder is supremely powerful because it answers strife with positive pleasantness, with life and growth. Non-coincidently, “Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peaceful” precedes “she is a TREE OF LIFE to those who grasp her” (Proverbs 3:17 and 18).

Every tribe puts in their staff. מטה MaDTaH means both tribe and staff, as a rod is a branch or offshoot of people. (Similarly, שבט  SHeyBHeDT is also both a "tribe" (Numbers 24:2) or a branch. A SEPT is an old Irish clan or tribe, for example, and שבט  SHeyBHeDT is behind SCEPTER, STAFF, STAVE and SWITCH (the whipping branch). *

Again, the tribes of Israel are a metaphor for the world’s peoples, and the landless, teacher tribe of Levi is a metaphor of the wandering Jews. But, since 1948, the Jews have returned to their Promised Land. More than the Jews waited for Israel, Israel waited for the Jews. The land was a barren wasteland with a malarial swamp, keeping squatters away. Read the stark testimony of travelers like Mark Twain. But today, Israel is the world’s only country with more trees than it had in the 19th century. It is an agricultural superpower and exporter, growing even South American coffee and bananas, Chinese lychee, Iraqui dates, etc.

Aaron’s rod sprouted blossoms and almonds. The challenging tribes dropped their jaws and complaints. One day the Black Hebrews, orthodox Catholics, liberal BDS Protestants, militant peaceniks and sundry Lost Tribe claimants will be impressed enough with the miracle of Israel’s resurrection to agree to be served by a tiny tribe whom they finally come to understand is not claiming superiority. A new generation of Torah-literate Israelis will humbly display their god-given role as role models.

Even many children of Ishmael will finally be satisfied with their vast superiority in numbers and acres, and conclude that tolerating, benefiting from this tiny miracle is more productive than wasting trillions, (defying the Koran,) and vainly attempting to destroy her.

May the minor, often-overlooked episode of Aaron’s Rod become a blooming walking stick with which to progress forward towards a new world of peace.

*If not familiar with the new evidence for the Hebrew language being a trunk, not a branch, see

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shavuot/Feast of Weeks: Dairy Edition

MILK        MaLaQ         Mem-Lamed-Koof
MA-LUCK                 מלק            [MLK]
ROOTS: Old English meolc or melk is traced to IE “root” melg (to press out, to milk). So we need a verb for getting MILK, not a noun for the white liquid.

 מלק MaLaQ is defined as "to wring off" and is translated in Leviticus 1:15 as "to pinch off."   Both the wringing of the sacrificial bird's neck and the MILKING of a cow's udders require similar action.
Many have seen   מלק MaLaQ as  a cutting off term ; EDK has “nip off.” 

But duck hunters have a humanely quick and painless neck-wringing way of putting an injured bird out of its misery with thumb and fingers. This is more consistent with the Torah’s concern for the pain of birds and other living things.

BRANCHES: MILCH (milk-giving, as cows, from Old English) and Yiddish/ German milchik/ milchig (made from milk) are cognates as surely as Russian malako (milk) is. LACTATE, LACTO- and LETTUCE are listed too, coming to English from Latin lac (milk). 

Reversing lac, one can hear Greek gala (milk) - which is also listed at IE “root” melg as a cognate. Both the LACTIC  (reverse Het-Lamed)  and GALACTIC words may be better linked to חלב K[H]aLa(V) (milk - see "GALAXY").  Another guttural-L word to consider is עול GHOOL (to give milk, MILCH kine (I Samuel 6:7).

Throughout Germanic and Slavic, MILK words remain recognizable. Examples include  German Milch, Dutch melk  (RW), Swedish mjolk  and Polish mleko. Croatian musti (milk) may favor   מצוי MeeTSOOY (to squeeze out). Hindi doodh names milk from דד  DahD (Proverbs 5:19), an animal breast or TEAT… like a cow’s UDDER.
EMULSION is another cognate of MILK that prefers the ML of MLK, not the LK of either מלק MaLaQ or  חלב K[H]aLaBH.

מלק   MaLaQ (to wring…,to milk)  as a verb is firmly established in Slavic:
MahLahkah or MoLoKo  (milk)  -- Russian молоко
MaLaKo (to milk) -- Belarusian
na MieLKo (to milk) -- Macedonian
na MLijeKo (to milk) -- Bosnian,
MLeKu  (to milk)-- Serbian
s MLéKem (to milk) -- Czech
MLieKo (to milk) -- Slovak
za MLyaKo (to milk) -- Bulgarian
MoLoKo (to milk) -- Ukrainian

Another ML term relevant to the action of milking is מלל MaLaL (to rub, squeeze).
BONNY CLABBER (thickly curdled milk) begins with Irish bainne (milk). This BN milk term should come from  לבן LaBHaN (white - see "ALBINO"), which also contains the Lamed-Bhet or  L-BH heart of    חלב  [K]HaLaBH (milk). Laban in Arabic means milk, and Finnish luu (milk) might also be an L-BH milk-white word.  The letters U and V more than look alike.

Irish bainne, as a "white" word, recalls the other BONNY (Scottish for pretty) and the blond-means-fair-thus “beautiful” equation. BONNY has no known origin, but Europeans associate "white" with "good" and "dark" or "black" with "evil." Perhaps a BONUS, BONANZA or BON BON are "good" words (Latin bonus is good) for the same reason that BONE (only in Germanic) is a BN word - they come from  (Lamed)-Bet-Noon (white).
 מלח  MaLaK[H],"  tearing away” in Isaiah 51:6, supports the thesis that מלק MaLaQ is more like removal than wringing

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jerusalem Division + Unity

“Jerusalem” speaks division, but promises unification.  Isaac Mozeson, Jerusalem Day 2017

An “East Jerusalem” of the קדם  QeDeM, the east or past, was called שלם  Shalem/Salem (complete, peaceful).  This was the city of the gentile spiritual leader  מלכי-צדק Malki-Tsedeq of Genesis 14:18.  Just as Esau got his 12 tribes right away, the city of  שלם  Shalem/Salem was already established when Abraham, the first wandering Hebrew, arrived. The non-Jews are loved unconditionally. A king whose King is Righteousness, מלכי-צדק  , earns the kingdom right away.

The Jews are loved, but conditionally, with the tough love of a very involved parent. Abraham doesn’t get a land, but a Promised Land. A “West Jerusalem” of a future time when the sun will set. Abraham is commanded to leave  his homeland for a place that he will be shown (Genesis 12:1). Then, he is sent on a Mission Impossible again to an unknown place. It is seen only from far off in Genesis 22:4.  For the Jew in Exile for thousands of years, a Jerusalem would only be a prayer for “next year.” After his encounter with the future Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Abraham names the place in future tense יראה  YiREH (will see)… Genesis 22:14,   B’HaR HaSHeM YeyRAeH, on the Eternal’s mountain it will be seen. Here is the Jewish “Jeru” half of JERUsalem that would one day be unified with the SALEM half of the JeruSALEM of the righteous gentiles.

I was in Junior High not far from Salem, Massachusetts in June 1967 as the news promised Holocaust II, not Temple III. 50 years to the day has passed since Jerusalem has become where this Jerusalemite can stand inside your gates, O Jerusalem, in a built-up city that that has been united (Psalms 122: 2,3). May we see peace.