G-d's Warning Through This Year's Torah Cycle on the Coronavirus and What Our Job Is To ALLEVIATE It
Think on this, in a few weeks we have a double Torah portion, we have Tazria and Metzorah. These two Torah portions are about quarantine! In these parshiot the priest visits the quarantined to see if they have gotten better and if they have they can come back into the fold. There is really something deep in this that I have been saying for over a month. Let me explain.
First of all what started the inflictions of Metzorah (leprosy)? It started with Myriam speaking against Moshe and Aharon. This is the concept of lashon hara (evil speech). Now, in Aramaic the word Milthe means “words/MANIFESTATIONS/instances/substances/Incantations”. We see this word used in it’s singular form, Miltha” in John as shown:
Beresheet atohi hwa Miltha (In the Beginning was the Word, Manifestation, Instance, Substance, Incantation) And that Miltha (Word/Manifestation) was with Alaha (G-d). And Alaha (G-d) was that Miltha (Word/Manifestation).
(John 1:1; LJANT)
Our words, brethren manifest. This is why the ancient Jewish sages said that when a person speaks their words are suspended in the cosmos and they affect someone somewhere. This is the cause for cancer, the cause for sickness and the cause of great joy and love. They manifest based on the Semitic languages given to us from HaShem to understand these premises.
The Torah states in Tazria and Metzorah that the physical affliction of leprosy is brought on by the spiritual condition known as “nega ta’arat” though the Torah continues to use the word leprosy through these parshiot sometimes nega tza’arat is translated as well as leprosy but it is the spiritual condition that allows it to manifest. It then starts to show physical signs known as Metzorah.
When the Metzorah is formed, they are taken out from the people and they are quarantined. This quarantine serves as a time of repentance for their condition which was brought on physically from the spiritual condition. Now, I have said, G-d brought the Coronavirus because we need to grow and we need correction this is why we are quarantined and isolated from the world right now in this lockdown. But the condition will not clear away until our high priest, Yeshua HaNotzri, checks to see if we are clean. We have chosen to prolong this quarantine through our spiritual condition. Yeshua is constantly checking on us to see if the lesions of the society have passed, they will pass when our spiritual condition is elevated. Right now, we have not gotten the memo.
If I had to take an educated guess, in the realization that the physical comes about from the spiritual and from the understanding of G-d’s Word. I would say that we will start to see society slowly start to open up the next day after these Torah portions are read and taught. The 26th of April of 2020 I think we will see some changes happening for the better because G-d’s people will start to get the message.
At noon EST on April 6th 2020 (Nisan 12, 5780) the Beit Din of Ani Judaism assembled via conference call to make a decision on the upcoming times of the Passover Seder. This article will serve as a guide to what was decided for all congregations under the banner of Ani Judaism.
The appointed time for the Seder is set on the evening of the 14th of Nisan each year, which this year falls on the evening of Wednesday the 8th 2020. There is a second passover that starts on the evening of May 7th 2020, which is known as Pesach Sheni. This is reserved for those who are deemed unclean. Some have asked if the seder should be moved to Pesach Sheni on the 14th of the month of Iyar for this year. Below is our decision voted on by a 53 to 15 majority.
It has been decided that for this year (5780) and this year only, congregations are forbidden to have mass gatherings for the seder on the evening of the 14th of Nisan. These gatherings for a mass seder are put into place mainly for beginners and first year participants in the Pesach Seder. For, the sick, the elderly, or the first time participants, as well as individuals who are unmarried, they can wait for Pesach Sheni for the seder.
In our sect as well as most sects of Judaism the seder is mainly done in the home with one's family, not at the congregation. One who's a family and who is learned in the order of the Seder is obligated to do their seder at home if they are a family of 2 or more on the evening of 14th of Nisan. Yet, one its not to invite other congregants or extended family for this year. It is forbidden to do so for this year. We hope to not hear congregants are not.
Those with a strong internet connection will be sent a virtual seder from many of the rabbis of Ani Judaism. Some will be live streaming through platforms like Zoom, ECamm, Skype, Streamyard and BeLive. These will be for different time zone and different languages. Not every rabbi of Ani Judaism is required to do this as most do not have the technical know-how so it is not a requirement of our rabbis. But, a beginner is allowed to celebrate the Passover on the 14th if their rabbi has deemed they are ready to keep the mitzvah of Pesach virtually. If one attends a virtual seder on the 14th of Nisan they can also attend one with friends, extended family or their congregation on the 14th of Iyar if it is deemed safe at that time by the government in your country.
We will however be eating matzah, as a community on the 15th of Nisan for the 7 day period as prescribed. If a person does Pesach Sheni on the 14th of Iyar they are not required to also eat matzah that week as well unless they did so because of being unclean during the first Pesach on the 14th of Nisan.
The Seduah of Moshiach, as well as the Omer count and Shavuos will remain unchanged and the same rules for Pesach will also apply to the Seduah of Moshiach on the last day of Pesach. There is not a second Seduah of Moshaich in the Baal Shem Tov's timing so that is not moved to the month of Iyar. The Omer count as well as Shavuos also doesn't have an Omer sheni or Shavuos Sheni. So therefore the rules of Pesach Sheni do not apply.
Be well, and many blessings,
Christopher Fredrickson (Rabbi Eved Banah)
The North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism
Theological Insights from Rabbi Eved Banah the North American Rebbe of Ani Judaism