Deuteronomy 16:18-29:9

by Yehoshua ben Moshe

Shalom Aleichem,
We commence this D'var Torah by placing our attention on the title of the parashat. The title of the Torah portion is entitled SHOFTIM. The Hebrew Transliteration is interpreted to mean "JUDGES". There were always to be JUDGES in the midst of YISRAEL. A Judge is one who will aid in bringing about SUPERNAL JUDGMENT or 'G-d's determinate counsel to ensure that what He has decreed will come to pass'. When we look at this portion from the PERSPECTIVE OF MISHKAHN DAVID, that is TRANSFORMATION of the 'points in the heart' or the Desires of other nations into the DESIRE TO BECOME ONE WITH G-D. "Judges and Officers shall you appoint in all your cities - which Hashem, your God, gives you - for your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. You shall not pervert judgment, you shall not respect someone's presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and make just words crooked. Righteousness, righteousness shall you pursue, so that you will live and posses the Land that Hashem, your God, gives you." Deut. 16:18-20. This narrative discloses some very important instructions on making the Ascension into the Land (PURE SOUL CONSCIOUSNESS or PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY). Righteousness can be understood in levels. At the lower levels of righteousness we find that your Good deeds outweighing you Bad deeds is considered righteousness. Then you have at the Higher levels of righteousness that making Echad (G-d) true through TRUSTING in Him is also righteousness. In making Him true, despite what you may think you know or hear that is contrary to what He says is key. Abraham followed a VISION from G-d and it was considered righteousness, "And He took him outside, and said, "Gaze, now, toward the Heavens, and count the starts if you are able to count them!" And He said to him, "So shall your offspring be! And he trusted in HASHEM, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness." Gen. 15: 5. The Prophet Isaiah discloses to us the following, "On this mountain He will eliminate the covering that covers all the peoples, and the mask that masks all the nations. He will eliminate death forever, and my Lord HASHEM/ELOHIM will erase tears from all faces; He will remove shame of His nation from upon the entire earth, for HASHEM has spoken." Isaiah 25:7,8. Being that our forefather Abraham undergoes transition (physical death) we understand that the prophetic utterance of Isaiah was for our time and this generation. If we, with the same TRUST LEVEL that our father Abraham had we embrace the idea of PHYSICAL DEATH being eliminated it will aid us into making a evolutionary step toward PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY. Let us keep in mind that the SOUL does not die, neither does the Spirit so when He says He will eliminate death for ever that HAS TO BE speaking of physical death where the Physical Body will no longer have to experience Death but a REGENERATION PROCESS. Through right actions (Righteousness) we are destined to experience Physical Immortality in this generation, but not without the Correction of the 613 thought constructs in the heart (mind). This process can not be done alone but with the AID OF THE UPPER FORCES or from ECHAD. This requires TOTAL TRUST and moving beyond faith to KNOWLEDGE of this EVOLUTION. The Prophet Daniel discloses, "The wise will shine like the radiance of the firmament, and those who teach righteousness to the multitudes [will shine] like the stars, forever and ever." Dan. 12:3. Well how will those who teach righteousness shine forever UNLESS THEY WERE IMMORTALS. Possession of the Land comes as a result of pursing Righteousness. To trust that the Goal of Creation is to be become like the Creator and not die and to pursue that type of lifestyle is RIGHTEOUSNESS. It's a community that will reach this Goal in our generation. And eventually all of CREATION will reach PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY, but the Jewish people has to first in order to aid other people. To think otherwise of some other goal is to do what Torah warns not to do, "You shall not plant for yourselves an idolatrous tree - any tree - near the Alter of HASHEM, your God, that you shall make for yourself". Deut. 16:21. Let us be encouraged that we are moving into this EVOLUTIONARY STEP OF PHYSICAL IMMORTALITY in this generation.