Exodus Age part 2

סדרת האוצרות האבודים

Exodus Age part 2

כרך 4


פרק לדוגמא: The Song of the Sea

The looting of the sea lasted for several hours as men, women, and children loaded an abundance of gold and precious stones onto their donkeys. Moses and Aaron stood at a distance, looking at their nation. A pleasant sun warmed the heart, the sky as pure as on the day of creation. Moses felt his soul overflowing with love for his Creator. His lips began to hum a sweet melody, a pleasant tone like that of the ministering angels singing before their Maker. The melody grew louder, spreading across the wilderness that unfolded opposite the sky. The people looked up toward Moses and Aaron, swept away by the intoxicating melody. Moses’s eyes were serenely closed, the humming emanating from a loving heart coming from the heights. The people were listening to the voice, repeating the words of praise, and gratitude burst forth from Moses’s lips. “I will sing to God for He has acted gloriously, a horse and his rider He has cast into the sea. God is my strength and song, He was my salvation; this is my God and I will glorify Him. He is the God of my father and I will exalt Him. God is a man of war, God is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and soldiers He cast into the sea, his choicest captains were drowned in the Red Sea. The depths covered them, they sunk to the abyss like a boulder. Your right hand, O’ God, is gloriously powerful. Your right hand, O’ Lord, shook the enemy. With Your abundant excellence You destroyed those who rose up against You, You sent forth your anger and consumed them like straw. With the breath of Your nostrils the waters piled high, the flowing water stood erect as a heap. They were as if congealed in the depths, in the heart of the sea. The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will reach, I will divide the booty; my soul will overwhelm them, I will draw my sword, my hand will conquer them.’ You blew Your wind and the sea covered them, they drowned as lead in the fierce waters. Who is like You among the mighty ones, O’ God, who is like you, exalted in holiness, awesome in praises, performing wonders? You stretched forth Your right hand, the earth swallowed them. You led in Your kindness this nation You redeemed, You led with Your strength to the abode of Your holiness. Nations heard and trembled, fear will take hold of the Philistines. The princes of Edom will be amazed, the gods of Moab will be overtaken by trembling, and all the inhabitants of Canaan will fade away. Fear and panic will fall upon them, with the greatness of Your arm they will sink like a boulder until Your nation crosses, O’ God, until the nation You acquired crosses. You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, the place for Your dwelling which You erected, O’ Lord; the sanctuary which Your hands, O’ Lord, established. God will rule forever. For Pharaoh’s horse, with his chariot and riders, went into the sea, and God returned the waters of the sea upon them; the Israelites walked on dry land in the midst of the sea. The voice of song lasted for a long time, the voice of men singing to their Savior. The women, Miriam, sister of Aaron, at their helm, felt in their hearts the joy of thankfulness. The desire to sing before their Savior was intensifying, yet the recognition that it was not appropriate for a woman to sing in front of men stymied their yearning to sing. Miriam looked at the women and felt their souls’ despair. She took out the drum on which she learned to play when she studied with Serah, daughter of Asher; it was the instrument she would use to bring herself to a prophetic state. All the women who saw what she did understood her intention. Many musical instruments were removed from their bags, instruments brought by the righteous women who, even prior to their exodus from Egypt, believed within that many miracles would be performed for them in the future and that they would need the instruments to sing and thank their Rock for their salvation. The women quickly erected a barrier of mats and curtains between them and the men, knowing that the men would not be able to withstand the temptation of lewdness during holy dancing. The singing lasted for a long time, a time of connecting and joining of the people with their Creator. All eyes were closed, as if blinded by the glory of God’s presence, becoming one with it. Every soul desired to adhere to the Rock that chiseled it, the love of man for his God. Little by little the song dissipated, and supreme bliss filled the hearts of the people who sensed with absolute clarity the providence of the Creator of All hovering over them. The atmosphere was that of a child who met a father whom he hadn’t seen for a long time; even though he was aware of his father’s existence, he hadn’t felt his embrace. Moses, Aaron, and Hosheia looked at the people. Some of them seemed still enwrapped in holy meditation; others had returned to the task of looting. “What will they do with all of this?” Hosheia asked with a grin upon seeing the people loading a huge amount of booty onto their donkeys. “Only God knows that…” Aaron answered with a smile. “The desire for money is apparently the strongest human desire.” Hosheia seemed thoughtful. “I searched among the piles of corpses for the body of the king, but I didn’t find it. The other young men also searched but didn’t find a thing.” “Apparently his role has not yet been completed,” Aaron said, hoping he would be proven wrong. Moses looked behind him. The pillar of cloud began to move and rise above the surface of the wilderness, ascending towards the heavens. “Forward…” Moses said, still waving his hand toward the Desert of Shur. Hosheia and his aides ran to hurry the people to continue on their way. There were a few refusals from among the men who wanted to continue looting. “We are now continuing onward!” Moses said to the men who were trailing resentfully on the journey toward the unknown. “Whoever so wishes may remain here on his own.” “Father, I want a drink. I’m very thirsty!” was heard from a young girl, walking bowed. Her father’s face darkened. Three days had passed since they had crossed the sea, three days of walking among the clouds of glory hovering over them. The water he carried with him in the flasks was depleted, and his own dry tongue bothered him; blood dripped from his parched lips. “I know, my dear one, but all the water is finished.” Tears flowed from the girl’s eyes. “But Daddy, I’m thirsty!” The girl’s crying joined the crying of thousands of other children. The endless desert sand dunes were parched and dry. The hope of finding water to quench the growing thirst seemed doubtful. Tears of doom and despair began to flow even from the father’s eyes. “I told you that we didn’t need all this nonsense!” whispered a friend walking alongside the father. “I don’t know how they convinced us to leave for this death march. I know that we have seen many miracles so far, but how will that help us if we’re dead corpses in the heart of the desert?” The man plopped himself down and refused to get up. The father looked at his friend. Faith stirred within him that it is not beyond God to save his people even in this time of trouble, yet in his mind he understood that his demise and the demise of the entire nation was approaching. “Water! Water!” Sounds of joy were heard from those walking at the front of the camp. The father looked up, and in the distance saw several palm trees. The entire thirsty nation ran amok. The oasis indicated a water source from which the palm trees received their nourishment. Running towards the hope, towards the impossible salvation, joyous cries burst forth from the children when they realized that there was solace for their suffering. The father carried his frail daughter in his arms, running towards the desert water fountain. Cries of frustration and final despair came from the men who earned the right to be the first to reach the water, thirsty men who disgustedly spit out the water they had just swallowed. A variety of cries arose from the lips of the broken men. “It is impossible to drink from these waters!” “They are as bitter as wormwood!” “Moses is making a joke out of us!” “He wants to murder us all!” The children who reached the edge of the long-awaited water fountain sat down on the ground crying, realizing that indeed no water source was found for their thirst. “Enough! I can’t take it any longer!” whispered the father, with despair completely overtaking him. “Either Moses will do something − or I will do something to Moses!” The father rose to his feet, his face determined to hold accountable the man who brought his family to the gates of death. Thousands of men who understood what he was feeling in his heart − and agreed with his logic − began to follow him towards the man bringing destruction upon their families. A cadre of young men from Hosheia’s entourage saw what was happening and realized that their leader was in danger of losing his life. A few seconds passed, and a ring of young men surrounded Moses and Aaron in order to protect their leader with their bodies. “Moses, I’m telling you, if you don’t do something immediately, these children will not be able to survive.” The father who, in an instant, had become the spokesperson for a powerful group of men, felt the power of the crowd that stood behind him. “Our children are thirsty and are about to die… and you take us to a source of muddy water? What will we drink? We will give you a half-hour, and you’d better have water for us to drink! If not…” The frustrated father turned around towards the group accompanying him. “It’s better that we don’t explain to you what will happen…” he added. He sat down on the ground. “We will wait right here! We have nowhere to go…” Moses looked at the crowd. A tear trickled down his cheek as he felt the pain of the men for their children. Love and pity for the sheep of his flock filled his heart, the love of a father for his children. “Poor souls,” he thought. “The thirst and concern for their loved ones has driven them out of their minds, and therefore they have spoken so harshly.” Feelings of sympathy and responsibility flooded his heart. Moses closed his eyes in prayer, crying out to his Creator. “Please, God, have mercy upon Your children. Give the sheep of Your flock pure water to drink.” A pleasant feeling of connectedness swelled within Moses like flames intertwined with one another. He sensed the voice speaking inside him, showing him the path he must take. “In order that I test My children, to see if they will believe that I am able to cure the bitterness of their hearts that they endured while in Egypt when they learned the false beliefs of the Egyptians; when I give them the Torah and Commandments, which at times may seem bitter and difficult − specifically for that reason, to cure their bitter hearts and bitter nature, I will provide for them a Tree of Life. The tree will at times seem bitter and as harsh as an olive, which only after crushing it can one savor its sweet taste.” With closed eyes, Moses lifted his feet, led by a higher force. A small olive branch appeared in the heart of the wilderness with a bitter olive tree next to the well. Moses severed a tiny branch from the tree. The crowed stared in amazement, unable to take their awestruck eyes off him. With a confident stride, Moses walked, eyes closed, towards the well. He threw the branch into the water, kneeled, and took a sip of water from the palm of his hand. His eyes opened as he smiled at the congregation affixed to the ground. “Tttooo yyooorrr hhhealltthhh,” he told them, with a loving smile. The people rose hesitantly, having difficulty comprehending what was happening − how a tiny branch from a bitter tree could sweeten bitter waters. Cries of joy were heard from parents and children as they quenched their thirst with the sweet waters. The father − the one who had organized the rebellion − had still not advanced towards the pure water. He appeared before Moses, bowing in tears. “I am sorry, My Master. I don’t know what got into me. I wasn’t myself… the children, my wife, the craziness…” he cried loudly. “How could I not have believed in my Creator? How did I not realize that He is always with us and concerned for us?” Moses approached the man, took hold of his arm, and pulled him to his feet. The firm hug of a father to his son regretting his deeds surprised the man. “Go and drink,” Moses said lovingly. For ten days the nation camped in Marah, days in which they ate from the flat cakes they took with them from Egypt and drank from the sweet waters of the fountain. Moses sat and explained to Aaron certain statutes and ordinances, the holiness of the Sabbath, the obligation to honor one’s parents, and the Law of the Red Heifer. Aaron explained Moses’s words to the congregation. “Observing the holiness of the Sabbath day is one of the basic foundations of our people,” he said to the crowd that eagerly crouched down to hear his words. “The Sabbath teaches us about the renewal of the world by the Creator, . The nations of the world think that the entire universe is dependent upon nature, and that were it not for the world there would be no nature. However, we, the people of God, know that we were all created at the will of the Prime Mover of All Things. Nature is dependent upon nothing other than the Creator, . Therefore our Creator commanded us to observe the sanctity of the Sabbath, the day on which He completed creating His world. There is no nation or people in the entire world that was so commanded, other than our people. Because of the Creator’s abundant love for us, He has given us this day of rest, a day on which we must rest from all work and busy ourselves with and only with our all-encompassing faith in Him. As we are a legion of the King of Kings, we must act accordingly.” The people sat still and internalized Aaron’s words. All eyes looked with love and admiration at he who conveyed to them the words of the Rock of the Universe. “Man has three partners: his father, his mother, and the third partner is God, . From his mother and father, man’s body is formed, yet God breathes into him his soul,” Aaron said with a smile. “It is obvious that were it not for the will of the Creator, a body could be transformed into a person. Yet, in His modesty, the Creator leaves the creation of the body to the father and mother; this is why God has commanded us to honor our parents as we honor Him. “The third command we were privileged to receive from God for now,” Aaron said to the crowd that was thirstily drinking in his words, “we are not yet able to perform…” A stunned voice arose from the crowd. “If we cannot observe it, why do we need to receive it?” Joyous laughter erupted from Aaron’s lips. “That’s a good question, but first I will tell you the commandment. It is the Law of the Red Heifer.” “What is a red heifer? What does it accomplish?” one of the gathered asked. “A red heifer is a completely normal heifer. It is forbidden, however, for it to have even two hairs that are not red, and it is forbidden for it to have a blemish. In the future, we will need to slaughter such a heifer and burn it together with cedar wood, hyssop, and scarlet, and mix its ashes in living well water. We will sprinkle the water on a person who became impure by coming in contact with a dead body. The person upon whom the water is sprinkled will become purified from the impurity of the dead, and yet the one who sprinkles the water, or for that matter anyone who touches the water, will himself become impure until the evening,” Aaron said, eager to perform this command. Several questions were asked. “But, My Master Aaron, I don’t understand. How does it work? How can the ashes of a red heifer purify someone? And why does the sprinkler become impure?” “How does it work?” Aaron said, giggling. “Tell me, how can it be that a small branch of an olive tree can turn bitter water to sweet? How can it be that the waters of the Red Sea were split in half? How is it that the sun shines in the morning and the moon at night? You understand all of that? They are all decrees from on high. By the will of God, may He be exalted! He carved out creation! He created nature! He and only He decides what will work and function, and what will not. This law is not at all comprehensible, and there is no one who can truly understand how it functions. The only possible way to understand it is through simple faith − faith that there is no nature in the world! For everything that seems natural and understood is only so because we have become accustomed to it. Is there any understanding of how the seed of a tree planted in the ground will be given water to drink, and then after a time it will grow and blossom? That it will grow fruits that themselves contain seeds that will be able to grow new trees?” Aaron eagerly closed his eyes, as if gazing at the ancient sky. “All the commandments, statutes, and laws that the Creator has commanded are not binding because of man’s simple common sense. Even the reality that our minds are able to understand one idea or another, at its core we do not uphold God’s Commandments because of our understanding, rather because of our faith in Him. We are not considered true believers until we believe that everything we have and all that happens to us is a miracle. There is no nature or way of the world in them, whether regarding a group or an individual. Rather, if one carries out the Commandments, his reward will be success; if he transgresses them, his punishment will doom him.” Aaron opened his eyes and looked at those staring at him with great astonishment. “All the laws we are commanded and will be commanded in the future are only due to the greatness of the love of our Creator for us. All is given to us in order to prepare us to be fitting for the eternal good He wishes to bestow upon us.” My Master Aaron, when will we be able to fulfill it?” asked Hosheia, sitting opposite Aaron, thirstily lapping up his words. “My dear friend,” Aaron said softly, recognizing that Hosheia hoped to fulfill the word of God. “Today we counted twenty days from the day of our exodus from Egypt. Another thirty days remain until we will earn the event that God has promised us – to worship Him at the end of fifty days.” Aaron winked mischievously. “It seems that until then we will have to wait patiently.”

תיאור מלא של המוצר

חלק שני של הספר "דור המדבר" מתורגם לאנגלית.

לאחר שעלה במחשבת הבורא לברוא את העולם, הוציא את רצונו מהכוח אל הפועל. כל יצורי בראשית נבראו, הארץ ומלואה, השמים והחלל, העופות ובעלי החיים, אדם וחווה. חווה ואדם חטאו ביומם הראשון על פני האדמה, באוכלם מפרי עץ הדעת, וגרמו חורבן ומוות לעולם. לאחר שגורשו מגן עדן, החל המאבק התמידי בין האמונה בא-ל אחד יחיד וקדמון ובין המתנגדים לממשלתו.
בשנת 1948 לבריאת העולם, נולד אברהם העברי. הוא הגיע בדעתו לאמונה בא-ל, וכנגד כל הסיכויים ובמלחמה מול כל באי עולם החל מנחיל את האמונה שנשתכחה ברבות הימים. את לפיד האמונה העביר בנו וממשיך דרכו יצחק ליעקב בנו. מאבק איתנים התחולל בין יעקב לאחיו התאום עשו, מאבק שיסודו על הנהגת העולם והשרשת האמונה.
שנים עשר בנים נולדו ליעקב, והם הוכרחו לרדת למצרים בעקבות גזרה שנגזרה על אברהם סבם. במשך קרוב למאה שנים ישבו בני ישראל במצרים בשלווה, עד שהחל השעבוד המר.
הספר "דור המדבר", השני בסדרת "האוצרות האבודים", מספר על שעבוד העם במצרים והוצאתו משם על ידי משה רבנו, את תלאות העם במדבר עד פטירתו של משה רבנו בטרם כניסת העם לארצו.
באנגלית הוא מחולק לשני כרכים:
Exodus Age part 1
Exodus Age part 2
מאחל לכם קריאה נעימה ומרגשת, מלמדת ומחכימה.

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